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NORWEGIAN COOKIE CLASS

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m. at Sons of Norway Normanna Hall, 1106 S. 15th St., Tacoma you can learn to make Norwegian cookies. A baking class will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The series begins with a series of baking delicious cookies. The classes will be led by Kathy Fry-Martin, and are open to Sons of Norway members only (it is easy and inexpensive to join).  The cookies will be served and reviewed at the monthly business meeting. Taking part in these classes will lead to the Cultural Skills Award. These classes are offered free of charge. For more information, please contact Kathy at kathyfry@hotmail.com.

CARMEN AT THE HARMON

Stop by Harmon Brewery & Restaurant (1938 Pacific Ave., Tacoma) for some amazing pints and performances. The evening of brews and tunes called “Carmen at the Harmon” features performances by the Opera Cowgirls, members of the Tacoma Opera, and numbers from their upcoming performance of “Carmen.” The Opera Cowgirls perform opera in settings where you’d least expect it, operafying rock tunes and rockifying opera arias, shattering pint glasses with high notes and shattering the misconceptions of any opera neophyte. The event takes place Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. For information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1392507427542255.

AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN

Join readers around the country to celebrate Black History Month and African-American literature. Share a favorite poem, book or speech and learn about books and authors you may not have discovered yet. Win giveaways such as an autographed book from Coe Booth, author of “Kinda Like Brothers,” winner of the 2017 Sasquatch Book Award, gift cards and more. Mixed-media artist Lisa Myers Bulmash will lead participants in creating collages that explore family histories. Wednesday Feb. 7, 3:30 p.m. at Pierce County Library (Summit), 5107 112th St. E., Tacoma. For information, visit www.piercecountylibrary.org/files/library/african-american-read_001_001_001.pdf

SEEDS AND STORIES

Harvest Pierce County’s annual seed swap, story share and potluck takes place Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6-8 p.m. at William Bichsel Social Hall (behind St. Leo Church), 710 S. 13th St., Tacoma. For something often no larger than a pebble, many seeds carry a significant story. Some seeds are passed down year after year after year; some are even centuries old. Some saved seeds are very personal are repositories of memory and story. Do you have a seed with a story to tell? Come share it at the annual Seed Swap & Story Share. The event is entirely free and there is no need to bring seeds if you have none. There is enough to go around. Info: www.facebook.com/events/312398092563101/

GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

The Audubon Society’s annual backyard bird count is at hand. Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded. The 21st annual GBBC will be held Friday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 19. To find out how to register and participate, visit www.tahomaaudubon.org/GBBC.

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