Streamkeepers needed: Thornton Creek, the most polluted stream in Seattle, needs streamkeepers. The first of a two-part training is 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17, North Seattle College, Room CC1161, 9600 College Way N. The second outdoor field training date options are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 or Oct. 21, at Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. NE, Seattle, and two locations on Thornton Creek. Free. Registration required by calling 425-316-8592 or emailing email@example.com.
National Geographic Speaker Series: A series of six talks from the front lines of exploration returns to Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. The season opens with “Into the Arctic Kingdom” by photographer Florian Schulz at 2 p.m. Oct. 22, and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and Oct. 24. Schulz’s multi-year quest to document the Arctic took him to the ends of the Earth while camping for weeks in jarring winter conditions and accompanying traditional Inuit hunters all to get an intimate look at life in the Arctic. There Schulz tracked families of polar bears, followed the vast caribou herds and captured the Northern Lights. Schulz takes audiences on a legendary journey into the Arctic kingdom with a special focus on the Arctic Refuge, one of the world’s last great wilderness. More at www.benaroyahall.org or by calling 206-215-4747.
Cycling: Bill Thorness, ride leader for Cascade Bicycle Club, will speak on “Cycling the Pacific Coast: An Epic Adventure on Two Wheels Craggy,” 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24, Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St. His new Mountaineers book, “Cycling the Pacific Coast: A Complete Guide from Canada to Mexico,” is filled with memorable cycling adventures, from hopping ferries through northern islands to pedaling wooded peninsulas and spinning down Oregon’s beachfront highway to tackling the varied pleasures of California. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is a $3 suggested donation. More at www.marysvillewa.gov or 360-363-8400.
Standup star: Paddle boarder Karl Kruger is the keynote speaker at the Everett Mountaineers Banquet on Nov. 4 at Embassy Suites, 20610 44th Ave. W, Lynnwood. Kruger will share his experiences in the 2017 Race to Alaska, a two-week, 750-mile journey from Port Townsend to Ketchikan, Alaska, involving non-motorized watercraft of all kinds. He is the first to complete this race on a standup paddle board. His presentation will include photographs and video footage of his adventure through gale force winds, strong currents and peaceful moments on the water as well as encounters with wildlife. A social hour begins at 5 p.m. with program at 6 p.m. Registration ends Oct. 31. Tickets, $39, must be purchased in advance. No sales at the door. More at www.mountaineers.org.
Free park-ing: Visit Washington State Parks for free on Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass ($30 annual, $10 day). There is one more free day this year: Nov. 24, in celebration of autumn. Free days apply only to day-use access by vehicle, not overnight stays or rented facilities. More at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
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