Mountain film fest in Olympia
The Olympia Mountaineers is hosting Friday a showing of films from the Telluride Mountain Film Festival held earlier this year.
The Mountainfilm on Tour documentaries explore the themes connected to Telluride festival’s mission of exploring cultures, preserving environments and promoting adventure, according to a news release.
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Mountainfilm presenter Natalie Jones will introduce the films and engage the audience in discussion following the films.
The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the films start at 7 p.m. Friday at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia.
Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for Olympia Film Society members, students and children. They are on sale at the theater or at olympiafilmsociety.org.
Dealing with wildlife in the garden
Dr. Sarah Reichard will give a program titled “Wildlife in Your Garden: Welcome Guests or Unwanted Pests?” at Thursday’s meeting of the Tahoma Audubon Society.
Through her own experience in the garden, scientific literature and the audience’s shared experiences, Reichard will explore the conundrum of wildlife and gardens.
Reichard is the Orin and Althera Soest Professor for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington and is the director of the UW Botanic Gardens. She also is the author of “The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic” (University of California Press) and co-author of “Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest” (University of Washington Press).
The doors open at 7 p.m., and the presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. at Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma.
Youth snowmobile safety class Saturday
Youths ages 12-16 can take part in a free snowmobile safety class Saturday in Puyallup.
The class is from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave SW, Puyallup. Enter through the Blue Gate. Participants should arrive at 8:30 a.m.
The class will take place during the 24th annual Washington State Snowmobile Association Snowmobile Expo and Swap Meet.
A parent or guardian must sign a consent form for each child registered. Lunch is not provided, so participants should bring something to eat and drink. A parent or guardian must sign out the child at the end of class.
Register for the class or get more information about snowmobiling and the State Parks Winter Recreation Program at parks.state.wa.us/130/Winter-Recreation, by sending an email to email@example.com or calling 360-902-8664.
New centennial geocaches released
Visit Rainier, partnering with Mount Rainier National Park and Washington State Geocaching Association, released Friday a second set of geocaches. The caches are part of the tourism group’s Visit Rainier Centennial GeoTour.
There will be 100 new geocaches placed around the park and its gateway communities to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016.
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt using GPS devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache hidden at that location.
The caches on the geotour are being released 25 at a time. The first release was June 13. The final releases will be May 27, 2016, and Sept. 16, 2016.
The Rainier GeoTour page on geocaching.com lists all the geocaches. Each cache contains a code word that participants record in a passport (downloadable on VisitRainier.com) along with the challenge rules). When a passport contains all 25 code words, participants can turn it in for a trackable path tag. A new tag will be available for each series. If a player logs all 100 caches, they can receive a commemorative geocoin.
For more information, visit visitrainier.com.
Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, firstname.lastname@example.org