1 Adventures with orcas
Whale researcher and author Erich Hoyt will give a program, “Adventures with Orcas in the North Pacific;” he also will be signing copies of his latest book, “Creatures of the Deep;” 2-4 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 11); Carwein Auditorium, University of Washington Tacoma, 1918 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $5-$10; 206-948-8309.
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Authors Anthea Sharp and Ryan Williams will talk about getting your book produced by an independent publisher, part of the Timberland Reads Together program. 5-6 p.m. Wedneday, Tenino Timberland Regional Library, 172 W. Central Ave., Tenino; free; trl.org.
3 Chase Garden open for tours
View the garden created by Ione and Emmott Chase in the 1940s. The garden’s natural design is a tribute to the Pacific Northwest and is open for tours 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through October. Chase Garden, 16015 264th St. E. Orting; $8, free for children 11 and younger; 360-93-6739, chasegarden.org.
4 Talk trails, sip brews
The Washington Trails Association is bringing its Trails and Ales to Tacoma; meet staffers, local hikers and volunteers; the association will provide light hors d'oeuvres, you buy your own drinks; 6-8 p.m. Wednesday; The Swiss, 1904 S. Jefferson St., Tacoma; wta.org.
Join the Blacks Hills Audubon Society as members and other volunteers pull ivy. Olympia Parks will provide tools, glove, water and snacks; wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; meet at Shelter No. 4, Priest Point Park, 2600 East Bay Drive NW, Olympia; free; blackhills-audubon.org.
6 Tacoma Mountaineers award night
The Tacoma Mountaineers will hold its annual potluck and awards dinner. Event includes program on 100 climbs, scrambles and hikes in and around Mount Rainer National Park. 6 p.m. Saturday; Tacoma Mountaineers Program Center, 2303 N. 30th St., Tacoma; tacomamountaineers.org.