1 Join yule log hunt
The Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia will hold its annual holiday celebration. Participants can help search for the yule log, then enjoy Christmas music, hot beverages, cookies and a warm fire. 1 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 14); Schafer State Park, 1365 W. Schafer Park Road, Elma. Free, but a Discover Pass is needed to enter the park. For information, call 360-789-9953.
2 Banff festival concludes
Catch the final showing of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, featuring some of the best high-adrenaline films at the annual event. 6 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 14), Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $14 and are available at Centro, olympiafilmsociety.org and the door.
3 Talk birds, drink beer
The Black Hills Audubon Society will hold it monthly Birds and Beer gathering. This is an opportunity to share where you have been going and what you have been seeing in the area. 4:30 p.m. Monday; Fish Tale Brewpub, 515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia. To learn more, contact Deb Nickerson at 360-754-5397 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
4 Hiking the Wonderland
Author Tami Asars will talk about her new book “Hiking the Wonderland Trail,” published by Mountaineers Books. She will talk about the logistics of hiking the 95-mile trail that circles the mountain. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday; REI, 222 Yale Ave. N., Seattle. Free. Register at rei.com/seattle.