Monday, March 27, 2017

Rainier Community Cares Offers FREE Drug Lock Bags

Rainier Community Cares is offering drug bags, free of charge, while supplies last.  These lockable bags keep your prescriptions safe. They are used to help prevent misuse, or accidental use of drugs in your home.

You do not have to be a resident of Yelm or Rainier to receive one of these bags during normal hours.

  •  Just stop in and ask for one  in Yelm at Tim's Pharmacy & Rite Aid Drugs.
  • In Rainier you can pick a bag up at the Rainier school nurses office and Rainier City Hall.   

These bags are great for parents and grandparents alike, helping to keep keep our families safe.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

UPDATE:Deschutes Neighborhood Group Bird Survey for Sheep Farm

Greetings, Everyone!
Since the beginning of January we have been surveying the bird population every Thursday close to the proposed tower site...3 hours after dawn and 3 hours at dusk.  Black Hills Audubon Members are participating and helping our fledgling birders from our community...It is lots of fun and rewarding!
As the weather changes and birds nest we expect even more activity than ever!

Alex and Carolyn went to the Black Hills Audubon Society (BHAS) Annual Awards Dinner to spread the word of our good works.  A couple more people from BHAS eagerly volunteered!   There are a few pictures below of the event.

Please see the BHAS Dinner Handout (attached)  for the preliminary results of our surveys!
It is so exciting that we have over 3,000 birds counted and about 25 different species!
Help spread the word to the community at large about our Bird Survey for preserving wildlife habitat and all of the wonderful species and bird herds (flocks and gaggles) we have observed. Two pairs of Bald Eagles sat peacefully in a tree for over an hour on the Smith Wetland Property last Thursday.
If you would like to participate in our survey, please contact us at this email ( or Carolyn (360) 446-0468 and we will get back to you!
We welcome volunteers and you can train while surveying!  We even have beautiful color laminated booklets for identification purposes.

Soon we will put out a press release for the newspapers and they will come out and take pictures!
Best to all,
Deschutes Neighborhood Group

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

REF 18th Annual Auction on March 25, 2017

Come join us for the 18th Annual Auction for Education!

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Rainier High School
Doors open for Silent Auction                   3:30 pm
BBQ Dinner* (tickets 
on-line only!)          6:00 pm
Live auction with Larry Schorno               7:00 pm
*Barbecue Dinner by Steel Clayton – Master of the BBQ | State Farm Agent
To all of our donors, sponsors, guests, and volunteers
Thank you for supporting the 17th Annual Auction for Education!
With the support and generosity of our local community and surrounding areas, the Annual Auction for Education has grown into a very successful fundraiser for the Rainier Education Foundation and the students of the Rainier School District.
Since REF’s inception, we have raised over $800,000!
We would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the businesses and individuals that have supported us in the past with donations. In addition, without the time and energy provided by our many volunteers, both adults and students, the REF would not be able to make scholarships and grants available to support Rainier students. Thank you to the many volunteers for their commitment!! New volunteers are always welcome.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Dr Wood's "Get Skinny" Plan

This is Dr. Brodie Wood's diet plan that he shares with his patients.  Don't let the fact that this is short - fool you.  There are many "green" and colorful vegetables you can eat.  This isn't a temporary diet, but a way of eating for life.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tenino Truckload Meat Sale

VITA & Elderly Tax Assistance Programs

Tax assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.
To access these resources, you can use the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Locator tool on, or the AARP Tax-Aide Site Locator, which allow users to input their zip code to find the closest locations.  
Please stay in touch.


Denny Heck
Member of Congress