1 Talk on ancient places
Historian Jack Nisbet will give a presentation on the relationship between ancient people and places in the Northwest. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S.; free; 253-292-2001, ext. 3, tacomapubliclibrary.com.
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The Orionid meteor shower is expected to create up to 20 meteors per hour; the shower is created by dust grains left behind by comet Halley; look late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning; the best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight Wednesday after the moon sets.
3 Local poet featured
Olympia poet Jeanne Lohmann will be the featured reader at this Olympic Poetry Network event. She has written 10 poetry collections and two books of prose; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; Traditions Fair Trade Café, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia; free; 360-701-2030. traditionsfairtrade.com.
4 Walk through historic Lacey
Join the Capitol Volkssport Club for a 10-kilometer walk through historic areas in Lacey, including St. Martin’s University, with a 5-kilometer option. Start at 10 a.m. Thursday at Safeway, 6200 SE Pacific, Lacey; free unless walking for credits; capitolvolkssportclub.org.
Check out the first Haunted Fort, with games, activities and stories in the Admiralty Head Lighthouse; haunted fort is recommended for children 10 and older; 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Fort Casey State Park, 1280 Eagle Road, Coupeville; $7 per person or $25 per family; parks.state.wa.us.
6 Spooky tales at Fort Nisqually
Follow a path lit by jack o’lanterns to the bonfire and listen to spooky stories during “Bonfires, Beaver Pelts and Bogeymen,” 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Fort Nisqually, Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $8 for adults, $6 for children 12 and younger, $1 off when purchased in advance; metroparkstacoma.org.