Outdoors

Plan your week list of events for Jan. 3

1 Astronomy club meets

The Tacoma Astronomical Society will hold its monthly general meeting; includes a discussion and sharing time; prospective members welcome; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; Room 175, Thompson Hall, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma; free; tas-online.org.


2 Discussion follows bird film

Art Wang of the Tahoma Audubon Society will lead a discussion following a showing of “The Messenger”; the documentary looks at how issues facing songbirds also have implications for the entire planet; the talk follows the 6:45 p.m. screening Tuesday; there also is a 1:45 p.m. screening that day; Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma; tickets are $5.50-$10; grandcinema.com.


3 Story time for toddlers

Children ages 2-3 will enjoy picture books, songs, finger plays and movement games; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday; Dupont Library, 1540 Wilmington Dr., Dupont; free; 253-548-3326, piercecountylibrary.org.


4 Wonderland Trail book program

Author and outdoor photographer Tami Asars will discusses her book “Hiking the Wonderland Trail” at the Olympia Mountaineers’ Adventure Speaker Series; this will help you plan your own trip, or is a chance to see photos of Mount Rainier's backcountry; 6 p.m. Wednesday for potluck meal and social hour, program at 7 p.m.; Friends Meeting House at Priest Point, 3201 Boston Harbor Road, Olympia; bring a dish to share, and your own plate and flatware; olympiamountaineers.org.


5 Personal Hanford perspective

Kathleer Flenniken, a former civil engineer, will give a talk on living near and working at the Hanford nuclear site; she has a new book of poems that looks at life in Richland and at the plant; part of Pacific Lutheran University’s Learning is ForEver program; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday; Garfield Book Co., 208 Garfield. St. S., Tacoma; $15; 253-241-4166, plu.edu/liferoadscholar.


6 Talk on purple martins

Michelle Trihi, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, will give a program on purple martins; participants will also be able to help construct nest boxes; 10 a.m.-noon Saturday; Olympia City Hall, 601 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia; free; streamteam.info.

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