From Nov. 3 until Nov. 14, Tacoma Public Library will be hosting its first “Rock Exchange” in the Handforth Gallery at the main branch (1102 Tacoma Ave. S.). Visit and share your rocks and talents with the world. Any rock left may be photographed for the library’s website and Facebook account or taken by a visitor. The library would like to issue a special invitation to all members of Tacoma Rocks whose participants help make rock hunting around Tacoma a perpetual surprise. For information visit www.tacomalibrary.org/handforth-gallery.
HERITAGE SKILLS: MAKING BACON
On Nov. 4 at 10 a.m., participants in this heritage skills workshop will learn pre-industrial techniques of food preservation. The workshop takes place at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, located in Point Defiance Park. People have been preserving food by salting, smoking, drying and pickling for thousands of years and it can still be done today. Pork, and specifically bacon, was one of the staples that crossed cultural and class boundaries to be consumed by almost everyone. Making bacon is a heritage skill that anyone can employ to enrich their modern life. In this hands-on workshop participants will learn to cure bacon and will take home instructions to make their own at home. You must be at least 16 years old to participate. Spots are limited so preregister, cost is $25. Info: www.metroparkstacoma.org/fort-nisqually-living-history-museum.
CRAZY HORSE FAMILY
At King’s Books (218 St. Helens Ave.) on Nov. 8 from 7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Horse family members Floyd Clown and Doug War Eagle, plus author William Matson, will discuss and sign their book “Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy” based on the family’s oral history. Visit www.kingsbookstore.com/event/crazyhorse for details.
PROTECTION OF POLLINATORS
“Protect Pollinators, A Critical Need” is part of the Washington Native Plant Society South Sound’s Speaker Series at Tacoma Nature Center (1919 S. Tyler St.). Franklin Heinecke, owner of Blossoms and Bees and former president of the Washington Bee Keepers Assoc. will discuss the critical need for pollinators and recommendations for protecting and increasing bee populations. See www.southsoundchapterwnps.org for the particulars.
CUSTOM DRAGON PORTRAITS
At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 at Crescent Moon Gifts (2502 6th Ave.), you can receive a personal guardian dragon portrait by Rob Carlos. Carlos creates an original work of art for individuals by intuitively sketching their own personal dragon (or anything else you would like). Cost varies, but starting price is approximately $50 for black and white and $80 for color. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are okay. Call (253) 572-8339 to schedule an appointment. See www.facebook.com/events/1810309232557289/ for more information.