Thursday, November 28, 2019

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Thanksgiving Dinner Update

Dear Seniors and Friends,

We will have Thanksgiving Dinner, with all of the trimmings on the Monday before Thanksgiving Day.  The meal is $7.00, if you don't bring a side dish to share and $5.00 if you bring a side dish.  We need everyone to RSVP and let us know if you're coming & whether your bringing a side dish.  If you're bringing a side dish, please let us know what it is.

We will be closed on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, as many people need that day to cook for family and friends.  That being said, we will be open on Thanksgiving for a "Pot Luck".  
There is no cost on Thanksgiving Day, if you're bringing a side dish.  Regular prices apply, if you're not bringing a side dish. 
Again, we need everyone to RSVP and let us know

  1.  If you're coming 
  2.  Whether or not you're bringing a side dish*.  
  3.  If you're bringing a side dish, please let us know what it is. 
  4.  If you know someone who will be spending Thanksgiving alone, please feel free to invite them. 
  5.  *Note:  Couples and families need only bring one side dish. 

Hope you had a Blessed Holiday!


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Save the Dates for Upcoming Events at the Senior Center!

There are several up coming events at the Senior Center of Rainier.  We hope you'lll join us in our fun activities!

Save the Date(s):

18 Jan: Pre Valentine's Day Bazaar at Rainier Senior Center/ 10am to 3pm
8 Feb: Rainier Art Gallery Opening at Rainier School District building/6pm
21 March: Romance in Rainier Adult Prom at the Rainier Senior Center/6pm/$10 a person/DJ Chroma/Risky Sisters Mobile Bar/Photos by Belinda Bugh Hayner
18 July: Rainiers First Art Festival
25 July: Rainier Pet Festival
More details will follow!!!!

Sarah Christensen  
Event Coordinator, Senior Center of Rainier

Monday, October 14, 2019

Winter Craft Fair November 2, 2019

Come join Sue Watson at the Winter Craft Fair at Faith Community Center at 7075 Pacific Ave SE in Lacey, WA on November 2, 2019 from 10 AM - 4 PM!   Questions?  Call:
(360) 491-3552

Everything is homemade, handmade & Made with Love!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Constitution Is the Solution

You are invited to attend a FREE six-part educational workshop about the US Constitution 
starting on Thursday evening, October 10, 2019 at 7 PM.

Questions?  Call Gracie Sudano (360) 894-2516

Monday, September 23, 2019

Medicare Workshop October 7, 2019

Elizabeth Thunstedt will be holding a Medicare Workshop on October 7, 2019 at 1:00 PM in the Senior Center of Rainier dining area.  Please bring your questions about the 2020 changes in Medicare.  We'll talk about Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement and Presecription drug plans.  Join us. Take the "Mystery out of Medicare"

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

October 2019 Lunch Menu

PSE Power Outages


The Senior Center of Rainier is a "warming and cooling shelter" for our seniors in the Yelm/Rainier/Tenino area. Please feel free to call one of our board members who has a key, and they will open the center to let you if you have an emergency outside of our normal hours of operation. We are on the City of Rainier trunk line, so we usually have power. We can also provide you with hot food, internet and games/puzzles/books. Check your membership list for contact names and phone numbers.

Here's a link to a PSE Outage Map. Scroll to the bottom of the page to the map, then zoom in on your area. This map will give you an estimated time when the power will be up and running again when you click the red area on the map.  

RSE Free Introductory Event 2019

The JZ Knight Humanities Foundation gave the Senior Center of Rainier a grant to paint the exterior of our building.  There was enough money left over to finsh and paint the upstairs interior.  Anyone who's interested in JZ Knight can go to a Free RSE Introductory Event.  The information was provided to us to post here:

Yelm Free Intro!

Free Introductory Event

RSE Main Campus - Yelm, US

Event starts on Saturday, November 9 2019 at 1PM

Event ends at approx. 5pm Saturday, November 9 2019

For Gate Times - Click Here


Open to the public!

Cost & Discounts

Registration Fee: Free!

Truth does not come from words written in a book. Truth comes when you apply the words in your life to produce a wonder, a profound result.

At RSE you will learn grand knowledge and experience it so that the truth is awakened in you. The most marvelous knowledge — the greatest teaching of all — is Behold God.

Refunds are available up until the start time of the event.

Registration Information:
360.458.5201 ext 110

Registration available at the door

To register online for this event - Click Here

Additional Event Info:

There is so much more to you than meets the eye. There are great tools you can use to better navigate your life. Are you ready to remember who you really are and why you are really here? Free introduction to Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment. Join us for a “sneak peek” inside RSE prior to our September Remarkable Mind Event. Current students come prepared to demonstrate Fieldwork and Analogical Archery.

Coordinator Contact: -

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Senior Center of Rainier Gets a Paint Job!

A special "Thank you" goes out to the JZ Knight Humanities Foundation for giving us a grant to have the painting done.  Our building needed a some siding replaced, as well as some other work done before it could be painted.  The paint crew from W.E. Davis Co just finished painting the outside of the Senior Center of Rainier last Friday.  Our building looks as good as new!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Damion "Bud" Green Write-In Candidate for Council Position #4

Hi, my name is Damion Green, but most people in town know me as "Bud".

I am running as a write-in candidate for City Council Position #4. The reason I'm running for this office is that it’s been brought to my attention that my opponent was fired by the City Council, when he was our Building Inspector.  I love our community and I want to see even more great things happen in it.  I’ve lived in Rainier most of my life.  My family moved to the out skirts of Vail when I was in the 4th grade.  Little did I know then, how blessed I was to be a part of this city. I worked here locally for over a decade - meeting and befriending lots of the local family’s and newcomers. 

Rainier is a great place to live and still retains a lot of its small town charm that I love and hope it never loses.  I hope your thoughts for the future are similar to mine, so I can help to be a part of it   I pride my self on being old fashion, but know when it's important to be a forward thinker. I love to volunteer when I have time.  My wife and I worked with other family’s in our community to get a Cub Scout pack going here in town which is getting stronger with every passing year. I love seeing things getting done for the youth. They are our future and scouting teaches young people to be leaders. That’s another reason I’ve chosen to run for the City Council. I’ve been taught to lead by example.  Julia and I have three children. I figure what better way to lead than to serve the city that I grew up in, found my soulmate in and I’m building a life in. 

I’ve told my wife Julia repeatly that I’m never moving they will take me out of this house in a body bag LOL.  God willing, that will not be too soon. I'm a simple blue collar man that wants my family, and the ones around us, to feel safe and thrive in this little slice of heaven that’s known as Rainier. I know as time passes thing around here will change.  It has already changed so much in the time my wife and I have been here. I look forward to the future and hope it only gets better. 

We have a great foundation here for a truly great city, that with the right leader ship and community involvement, will be the standard that other small city’s like ours will strive for. I’m a busy father, husband, and volunteer, but as the journey man that taught me when I was an apprentice “If you want something done, and done right, give that job to some one that’s busy!” 

I can’t promise you perfection, but I promise to strive for it. And I also promise to listen to the people here in our city.  I am open to ideas and will take advice, as longe and it benefits us all.  My door is always open to anyone that wishes to voice their opinions and keeps an open mind.   
May the best person win and I hope you see me as that person. I’m telling you now I’m in it for the long haul here. One day I’ll be one of the older generation sitting at the market drinking coffee with the others saying "Wow, look how far our little town has made it and we were a part of that." If you have any questions or concerns give me a call or stop by.

Note:  We don't usually post political things on our blog.  That being said, Bud was asked by several members of our community to run for this office.  Since this is only the second time someone has been a formal "write-in canditate" in our state, we decided to post this information on our blog. Thank you.

County Commissioners Meeting in Yelm August 27th

The Board of County Commissioners will be at an Off-Site Meeting in the commons area of Yelm Middle School on August 27, 2019 at 5:30 PM.  The public is invited.  In the past we've discussed septic systems, gophers, new courthouse, health department regulations and many other concerns at "Coffee with a Commissioner".  Please bring your questions and concerns with you to this meeing.  

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Celebration of Life for James Amidon

Dear Seniors and Friends,

Cindy contacted us today to thank everyone at the Senior Center for the cards and flowers we sent her, in memory of her late husband, James.

We are all invited to Jame's "Celebration of Life" on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 2 PM.  It is being held at the:

Capital Christian Center
4431 Martin Way E.
Olympia WA

Cindy appreciates everyone's thoughts, prayers and support.   



Thursday, August 8, 2019

WANTED ARTISTS for Art Festival during Bluegrass Festival

Myrna Orcini, the owner of Monarch Sculpture Park, will be hosting the first Annual Art Festival during the Bluegrass Festival Weekend in the open are by the Rainier City Hall.  The sculpture she created and donated to the City of Rainier will be unveiled during this art festival. 

Myrna's looking for artists.   If  you know anyone who might be interested in selling/showing their art at the festival, please contact Myrna call:  (360) 264-2498 or email her at: 

Community Reunion BBQ

SAVE the Date:

August 11, 2019

BBQ Potluck starts at noon in Wilkowski Park.

Friday, August 2, 2019

James Amidon

Dear Seniors & Friends,

George and I received a text from Cindy Amidon this afternoon letting us know that her husband, James, passed away on July 31st.  She has been by his side throughout his illness.  He went into ICU on July 20th, where he remained. 

We are both saddened by this news.  Our hearts go out to her.  I'll send out an email to all of our seniors & friends, to let them know.

Please keep Cindy in your thoughts & prayers.

Linda J.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Update on Renovation & Emergency Preparedness Project

Senior Center June 21, 2019 - Picture by Valentin Fyrst

Capital Improvements

The Senior Center of Rainier is one of 4 facilities that's been designated as an emergency shelter in Rainier.  Knowing this, we've worked hard to make changes so our facility can be utilized in the event of a serious emergency.

We've had tons of left over rummage sale items and other stuff removed from the premises.  We've cleaned up and organized the kitchen, pantry, dining room and lending library areas, as well as upstairs, closets and offices.  We hired someone to fix the gutter and roof.  He inspected it to make sure all repairs were made.  Someone even went into the attic to check to make sure the roof has no leaks.  It's good for another 2 - 3 years.

We've had the septic tank pumped, wiring and plumbing repaired, LED light bulbs installed and carpets cleaned.  As improvements were made, people started donating items for our center.  

We now have the following:
  • A projector & screen
  • Flat screen TV; VHS player & Blu-ray player; movies and VHS tapes.  
  • Judy Smith donated a 3/4 size pool table in honor of her late husband, John.  
  • Deni & Chris Hanson donated a huge clock and 12' display cabinet
  • Marna Keller donated a chair and couch
Darla Lamar prepped and painted the lending library area in front, dining room and entry way.  

What is in process

Someone has applied for grants to make the needed improvements to the Senior Center, so we can accommodate people when the need arrises.

The JZ Knight Humanities Foundation donated $10,000 to pay to have the building painted on the outside.  A special "Thank You" goes out to JZ Knight and Terri Stuart for our first grant.  We had several bids to have the work done.  The bid to paint the ourside of our building was awarded to the WE Davis Co.  They should start prepping and painting the building soon.  

What remains to be done

We need to make several changes/upgrades to our building to meet the needs of our seniors & community in the event of a serious emergency.  Grants have been applied for to do the following:
  • Install a shower that will work for handicapped
  • Install Washer & Dryer hookups
  • New heating & cooling system
  • Commercial gas generator
  • New, 5 - 6 burner gas range with double oven
  • New, steele roof
All in all, we've made a lot of progress in this last year.  This has taken a lot of work to do.  We still need to get bids for the work that remains to be done.  If anyone has contacts, or can give a bid on any of this work, please contact one of the board members and let them know.  All bids have to be itemized and from a licensed, bonded and insured business.

The Senior Center of Rainier is a 501-c3 organization.  Your tax deductible donation can be made for this project:

Senior Center of Rainier
ATT:  Building Fund
PO Box 67
Rainier, WA  98576

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Senior Center of Rainier at: or (360) 446-2258.  

Thank you,

Linda Johnson

The Senior Center of Rainier is a 501-c3 organization.  

We Love Rainier WA Meetings!

Please remember "We Love Rainier Wa" will have meetings this week at the Senior Center of Rainier. 

Wednesday the the 17th at 1:30 and Thursday the 18th at 6 pm. 

Our meetings are fun and we never know what exciting topics that may come up. 

We also have a guest speaker at the Wednesday meeting. Krosbie Carter from Thurston Thrives will be telling us a little of what is happening in our area. (She is also with the Olympia Chamber.) 

Hope to see you all this coming week!!!

August 2019 Lunch Menu

Saturday, June 22, 2019

We're having pot roast Monday for lunch & a special announcement.

On this coming Wednesday is "Coffee with a Cop" complete with donuts! The center opens at 10 AM and meeting starts promptly at 10:30. Come join us for the conversation!!!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Charlotte's 90th Birthday Party Pictures

Dee Camp Photos of Charlotte's 90th Birthday Party at the Senior Center of Rainier:

Shine with Amazon!

When you buy from Amazon, please remember to use the Senior Center of Rainier's "Amazon Smile" link.  It makes no difference in the price you pay for your item, yet the Senior Center receives a donation from Amazon to our center.  Thank you for your support!

Amazon Smile Link:   (The 91-0973941 is the EIN number for the Senior Center of Rainier)  Please share!  Thanks!!!

Coffee with a Cop June 26th @ 10:30 AM

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Free Cancer Screening Monday, May 21st

We are having a free cancer screening Monday, May 21st, at the Senior Center of Rainier. This is a simple process to check for the cancer gene. They use a cotton swab on the inside of a person's cheek to test their DNA.
We will be open early for BINGO Monday, so come join us for the fun and free testing.
Now that the inside of our building has been painted, we'll be able to have special speakers and presentations again!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Yelm Community Choir Concert May 11th @ 7 PM

The Yelm Community Choir concert is Saturday May 11 at 7:00pm at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church 206 Third Street Yelm. Admission is free and the theme is lullabies that are guaranteed not to put you to sleep! Soloists and a harpist are featured.