This Capital Bicycle Club ride emphasizes having fun and meeting other cyclists; pace will be 14-16 mph, and the ride will cover 15-30 miles on level ground; rain will cancel the ride; 6 p.m. Tuesday; meet at Marathon Park, Olympia; capitalbicycleclub.org.
An REI staffer will take the mystery out of backpacking with this overview of planning, preparation and gear; learn how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear; 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday; REI, 625 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Suite 410, Olympia; free; register at rei.com/olympia; 360-786-1938.
The Tahoma Audubon Society will hold its volunteer recognition and celebration at its monthly meeting; doors open at 7 p.m. Thursday; Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma; free and open to the public; tahomaaudubon.org.
Metro Parks Tacoma is leading its monthly cleanup of the beach at Point Defiance Park; the work party is held the third Saturday of the month; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday; meet at Point Defiance Marina Complex, 5912 N. Waterfront Dr., Tacoma; free; metroparkstacoma.org.