Read it and eat
Join this group as it discusses a different food-themed book every month and eats snacks provided by the Olympia Food Co-op; feel free to bring snacks, recipes or copies of your favorite food books; sponsored by the co-op and the Friends of the Lacey Library; 3 p.m. Monday; Lacey Timberland Regional Library, 500 College St. SE, Lacey; free; 360-491-3860.
Author Marlon James speaks
Award-winning novelist and native of Jamaica Marlon James will talk about the books that made him take up writing; 8 p.m. Tuesday; Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma; $20; 253-879-3100, pugetsound.edu.
Take Nisqually bird walk
Join Phil Kelley on his weekly bird walk through the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge; walk covers at least 2 miles; dress for the weather; bring rain gear, snacks and water, plus binoculars or spotting scopes if you have them; 8-11 a.m. Wednesday; meet at visitor center pond overlook at refuge; walk is free, but there is a $3 parking fee; 360-459-1499, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about marine life
You can see and learn about marine life in Puget Sound during the Pier Peer held by the South Sound Estuary Association; 7:30 p.m. Friday; Boston Harbor Marina, 312 73rd Ave. NE, Olympia; $10 for ages 12 and older, free for ages 6-11; sseacenter.org/pier-peer.
Family bingo night
Bring your family and friends for family bingo night at Chamber Creek Regional Park; prizes awarded to winners; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday; Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th St. W., University Place; $4, free for children 3 and younger; pre-register by calling 253-798-4141.
Family walk at Swan Creek
Join this walk led by a naturalist from the Tacoma Nature Center; learn about the plants and animals that live in a Tacoma park; 10-11 a.m. Saturday; Swan Creek Park, 2820 Pioneer Way E., Tacoma; free; space is limited; register at 253-591-6439 or metroparkstacoma.org.