University of Washington professor Deborah Kelley will give a program on development of an underwater observatory being constructed to aid ocean researchers; presented by the South Sound chapter of Surfriders Foundation and Harbor WildWatch; 6:30 p.m. Thursday; King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma; free; southsound.surfrider.org and harborwildwatch.org.
The whole family can enjoy fishing together for trout; staffers will talk about what equipment is best to use and where some of the best spots are; part of a series of events during the weekend; 11 a.m. Saturday; fishing department, Cabela’s, 1600 Gateway Blvd. NE, Lacey; free; 360-252-3500.
The local chapter of the Friends of the NRA will hold its annual banquet; proceeds help fund gun safety education and shooting programs; 4 p.m. Saturday; Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup; tickets are $50 each; for reservations, contact Jim Williams at 253-841-7113.
Wings Over Water Birding Festival celebrates the abundance of wildlife and bird species in the area; include field trips, live raptor displays, workshops and speakers; Friday-March 15; Blaine and Birch Bay; there is a charge for some events; wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com.