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GET OUT: Native Plant Society talk, book talk with author, free tree pruning workshop and more happenings

Learn about seeds at Native Plant Society talk.
Learn about seeds at Native Plant Society talk. Staff file, 2012

Wednesday (Oct. 14)

Washington Native Plant Society hosts South Sound Speaker Series

Join the Washington Native Plant Society at its South Sound Speaker Series. Thor Hanson, conservation biologist, will talk about “The Triumph of Seeds.” In his latest book he touches on the importance of seeds in human history and modern life. A book signing will follow the 7 p.m. presentation Wednesday. It’s at the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma and it’s free. For more information go to


Author Bruce Meyers shares from his book “Reflections of a Grunt Marine”

Meet author Bruce Meyers when he comes to the Moore Branch Library, 215 S. 56th St., Tacoma. He will be discussing and signing his memoir, “Reflections of a Grunt Marine.” Meyers is an adventurer, mountain climber and has a 28-year career as a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Hear about his life and experiences at a 7 p.m. presentation Tuesday. It is free to the public.




Free tree pruning workshop hosted by Lakewold Gardens

Lakewold Gardens is hosting a free fall pruning workshop open to the public Thursday. Presenter Dennis Tompkins, a certified arborist and tree risk assessor, will explain the type of pruning that safe to accomplish during the autumn season. Each workshop participant will have the opportunity to practice in the field with a mentor. Registration is required for the 9 a.m.-noon workshop at Lakewold Gardens, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood. Contact Katrina at or call 253-584-4106 Ext. 106. The class is part of Lakewold’s Learn in the Garden series, which combines instruction with hands-on learning.

Naturopathic nutrition is topic of talk by Dan Labriola

Join Dan Labriola, ND, of Northwest Natural health, as he will share the connections between what you eat and how you feel at his presentation, “Food, Mood, and You - Fighting Cancer with Naturopathic Nurtition. Learn how this applies to the challenges faced during cancer treatment and recovery, and illness in general. To RSVP to attend the noon-1:30 p.m. talke Thursday, call 866-200-2383 or go online to Gilda’s Club lectures are free and open to the public It is being held at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center - Tacoma, 1003 S. Fifth St., Tacoma.