Free Showing of “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story” part of the City of Tacoma’s Preventing Wasted Food Campaign. 7-9 p.m. Keystone Building Room 102, 1754 Commerce Street, Tacoma. Free. 253-591-5172
Rebecca Morris will talk about her new book “A Killing in Amish Country: Sex, Betrayal and a Cold-Blooded Murder” 7 p.m. Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma
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Moderated Panel Discussion: Racism, Then and Now Panelists will consider how racism has affected the art world, our local community, and current social and political positioning in America. 6:30-8 p.m. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Free. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org/events
Thursday — Sunday
Oct. 20-23: Beautiful Tables Showcase This event is a great way to kick off the holiday season, and is a perfect time to view Lakewold Gardens in all its fall glory. Browse the various rooms filled with over 30 table designs. Admission is $9 for members and $14 for nonmembers, price includes admission to gardens as well as the event. Children 12 and under free. Event runs Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. Extended hours Friday Oct. 21 until 7 p.m. Lakewold Gardens, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood. $14; $9 members. 253-584-4106, lakewoldgardens.org
Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Festival 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St. holidaygiftshows.com