Thursday, November 17, 2022

Senior Services Home Share Program

Home Share is a simple idea; it enables two or more people to share housing for their mutual benefit. A Home Provider offers a private bedroom and shared common areas in exchange for rent, help around the house or a combination of the two. Every Home Share arrangement is unique depending on the needs of Provider and Seeker.

The Home Share Program is being managed by Rebecca Hutchinson.

If you are interested in learning more about their Home Share Program, please visit If you are interested in becoming a Home Provider or Home Seeker please visit their website, call Rebecca at 360-586-6181 ext. 111 or email her at: 

Homeshare Article below:

Coffee with the New Thurston County Sheriff


Coffee with Our New Sheriff

Thurston County "Deputy Derek Sanders" in 2023.  

In 2023 we will have a new Sheriff.  Deputy Derek Sanders was elected this month.  He will be visiting the Senior Center of Rainier on November 30, 2022 at 1:00 PM.  

Please join us after lunch to meet Deputy Sanders.  Feel free to bring your questions or concerns about our community with you. 

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Upcoming Events in November & December 2022

 Dear Seniors & Friends,

November 18th:  STEDI Meeting & Breakfast.  $15.00 each.  This meeting will be held at the Senior Center of Rainier.  Meeting starts promptly at 8:00 AM.  George Sharp, from EDC, leads the meeting of Thurston County Leaders.  I recommend coming, if you're available.  A lot of important information about the economic development in south Thurston County is discussed.  We share future plans in our area, project progress and local activities that are coming up.  Resources to help build our community are discussed, as well as opportunities for grants that are available.

November 19th:  Pumpkin Puree.  9 AM - 1:30 PM in the FFH Room.

November 21st:  BINGO & Medicare Presentation by Elizabeth Thunstedt:  

  • BINGO starts at 10:00 AM.  
  • Elizabeth will come and help people look at changes in the 2023 Medicare benefits.  Bring a list of for 2023.  She will also make arrangements to meet you at another time, if you need her to research something for you.
November 21st: Pumpkin Pie Baking in FFA room at RHS from 3:30 - 8:00 PM.

November 23th:  Thanksgiving Dinner Luncheon.  We will be cooking and serving a full Thanksgiving dinner for lunch. (Regular lunch prices).  Please sign up at the front desk to attend as space is limited.  RSVP.

November 24th:  Thanksgiving Day Dinner.   We will be cooking 2 more turkeys for Thanksgiving Day dinner.  (Regular lunch prices).  Please sign up at the front desk to attend as space is limited.  RSVP.

November 25th:  Christmas Bazaar for Kids at the Rainier Chapel.  The Saturday Market vendors will have a special event where they sell items for under $10.00 for the kids at the Rainier Chapel.  1 PM - 6 PM.

November 26th:  Saturday Market Christmas Bazaar at the Rainier Chapel.  The Saturday Market will be held in the Rainier Chapel from 10 AM - 3 PM.

December 1st:  Christmas Tree Lighting in Holiday Park.  This is an activity that takes a whole town to coordinate.  

  • We Love Rainier WA members decorated Downtown Rainier & Holiday Park.  
  • The Prairie Point Quilters Guild cut and sew the patchwork Christmas Stockings for the kids.
  • Members of the Senior Center of Rainier donate the candy and treats & fill the stockings for the Kids.
  • The UN's "Save the Children" gives away packages with books and treats for kids.
  • The South Thurston Fire Department comes and brings treats for kids.  Santa rides in the fire truck!
  • The "South Sound Reading Foundation" donated 500 books for kids.
  • The Girl Scouts are providing cocoa and cookies for kids.
December 9th:  RES Booster Club's Christmas Store for Kids.  Evening time.  

December 10th:  Lantern  Walk of Hope at the Rainier High School.  Afternoon, evening.

Farm to Table FFA Project


Sunday, November 6, 2022

Snow, Wind & Power Outages

Dear Seniors & Friends,

I just received a high wind warning from the Emergency Management Public Information Officer on  (Logo They expected winds of 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour, when they sent out the notice.  Now the forecast is for snow on Monday.

For more information please check the local forecast at:  

You can sign up for local alerts so you know what roads are closed around you.  If you need assistance, they can help.  Go to:

To check the snow alerts on the mountain passes go to:

Remember, the Senior Center of Rainier is a designated heating & cooling shelter.  If there is a lot of snow, or a power outage and you need to come into the Senior Center for shelter, please call George Johnson (360) 292-5363.  

Regardless of the weather, we are both planning on coming in tomorrow morning.  We are here to serve you.    


P.S.  Comcast (Xfinity) will be working on updating their internet equipment tomorrow.  We may be without internet & phone for up to 2 hours at a time tomorrow.  I apologize for the inconvenience.  LJJ

November 2022 Lunch Menu

Dear Seniors & Friends,

Here's a copy of the November 2022 lunch menu.  Please note that BINGO will be on November 21st (the third Monday of the month) and the Senior Center Board Meeting will be on November 28th (the fourth Monday of the month).  I haven't figured out how to edit the menu on a Chromebook.  My apologies.

We look forward to seeing you for lunch.  

There will be Church in the Park on the third Saturday of the month at 4:00 PM.

There will be game night on Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM.  We play Mexican Train Dominoes.  You're welcome to join us, bring friends and play other games as well.

See you at the Center!