Watch for meteor shower
If the weather cooperates, skywatchers might see up to 120 meteors per hour during the Geminid meteor shower, which is considered one of the best showers. The meteors are produced by debris left behind by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. The best viewing will be after midnight Sunday (Dec. 13) and in the early hours Monday.
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Women of Note concert
The 20 members of Women of Note will perform “Songs of Joy,” a concert for the whole family. They will perform Christmas carols from the United States, Canada, England and elsewhere; 7-8 p.m. Tuesday; Shelton Performing Arts Center, 3737 Shelton Springs Road, Shelton; 360-426-4471.
Literary gingerbread house contest
Make a gingerbread house scene from your favorite book or join the all-ages building session from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday. Deadline for entries is 7 p.m. Wednesday. Community voting for the favorite runs Friday through Dec. 30; Lacey Timberland Regional Library, 500 College St. SE, Lacey; free; 360-491-3860.
Birding at JBLM golf course
The Black Hills Audubon Society is hosting a birding walk led by David Wienecke. Dress for the weather, and bring snacks and water; 8-11 a.m. Thursday; Eagle’s Pride Golf Course, Exit 116 from Interstate 5. Meet at the driving range parking lot. For more information, contact Wienecke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-964-0341; blackhills-audubon.org.
Help with restoration work
Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive plants and replant with native plants. Work for all ages takes place rain or shine; children must be accompanied by an adult. 9 a.m.-noon Friday; Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma; free; 253-591-6439.
Free folk music concert
Autoharpist Bryan Bowers and folk singer Jim Page will perform together. The Northwest artists will offer a concert of seasonal songs; 2 p.m. Saturday; Olympic Room, Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma; free; 253-292-2001, tacomapubliclibrary.com.