Summer is past, but there are still some outdoor activities on the Key Peninsula calendar, as well as the beginning of the holiday season.
Halloween brings several special activities.
The Food Markets in Key Center and Lake Kathryn Village will offer a Kids’ Day Event for those 12 and younger from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Kids can dress in costume and participate in games with prizes.
On Halloween, Trunk or Treat will be offered from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Longbranch Improvement Club.
The Key Peninsula Civic Center Halloween Carnival, from 6 to 8 p.m., will offers prizes for costumes and pumpkin carving, with carnival-style activities and treats for all. Free admission.
Waypoint Church in Vaughn will host a candy carnival from 6 to 8 p.m. with games, a costume contest, chili and cornbread, plus lots of candy. No scary costumes are allowed. Admission is a bag of wrapped candy and a donation of food per child for the Food Backpacks 4 Kids program.
Boy Scott Troop 22 will Scout for Food for the Key Peninsula Food Bank, beginning this week through Thanksgiving. Collection baskets are near the doors of both Food Markets.
The scouts will begin a door-to-door pickup on at 2 p.m. Nov. 3 and conclude on Nov. 9. They hope to exceed last year’s total of 3,000 items collected.
KeyPen Parks will offer a FUNdraising mountain bike team relay event on Nov. 2. Called Shake & Bake, it’s anticipated to last four hours at the 360 Park trails, with teams of one, two or four people ages 11 and older. It’s a family-friendly event with a barbecue, awards and prizes. The cost is $30 per rider, and pre-registration is required by Oct. 28. For more information, call 253-884-9240, ext. 22, visit www.keypenparks.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Winter Warmup Crafts Fair and chili competition will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the KP Civic Center, and it will feature good shopping of hand-crafted items from local vendors. Craft activities for kids and concessions will be available. To register for the chili cookoff, visit www.kpciviccenter.org.
“Christmas in the lumber camps” will be the theme of the Key Peninsula Historical Society’s open house at the same time in the museum. The event is to thank members and organizations on the Key who have supported the organization this year. New and reprinted books and other gift items will be available for sale.
A local loggers’ forum will be the highlight of the fall membership meeting in the VFW Room of the KP Civic Center in Vaughn, beginning at noon on Nov. 16. Several local loggers and those connected with logging will share their memories and answer questions.
Members, guests and others who are interested in the historical society or the museum are welcome to attend. Guests are asked to bring their own plate service and something to share. The forum will begin about 12:45 p.m. For more information, call 253-888-3246.
The annual Holiday Bazaar at the Key Peninsula Lutheran Church will open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30. Scandinavian goodies of lefse, krumkake and rosettes will be available, as well as hand-crafted gifts and holiday décor. A special Feliz Navidad tree will be raffled, and tickets will be available at the church office or their community meals. For more information, call 253-884-3312.
An ESW Lifeguarding class is planned at Easter Seal Camp Stand by Me in November. Successful completion awards in lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED qualify for a lifeguard certificate from the American Red Cross that’s good for two years. Eligibility requires a candidate to be at least 15 1/2 years old, be able to swim 300 continuous yards using back and crawl strokes, tread water for two minutes, do a 40-minute timed swim, and retrieve a diving brick from 8 feet of water. For more information, call 253-884-2722.Out Our Way columnist Colleen Slater writes monthly for the Neighbors page. She can be reached by email at email@example.com.