Cycling: Bill Thorness, ride leader for Cascade Bicycle Club, will speak on “Cycling the Pacific Coast: An Epic Adventure on Two Wheels,” 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24, Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St.Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is a $3 suggested donation. More at www.marysvillewa.gov or 360-363-8400.
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.
Winter park-ing: More than 100 Washington State Parks remain open for camping or day-use activities and about 19 parks are closed until dates in March, April or May, due to weather and other circumstances. See the schedule at www.parks.state.wa.us/winterschedule.
Green Everett Day: 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 28, Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett. Help plant hundreds of native trees and shrubs in Forest Park, and ensure that this beloved wooded wonderland continues to thrive into the future. Gather family and friends to celebrate the kick-off of planting season with food and fun. More at https://everettwa.gov.
Stand-up star: Paddleboarder 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 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 stand-up paddleboard. 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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