1.It's the third Thursday and that means Third Thursday Artwalk. Galleries, museums, restaurants, art spaces and businesses stay open late, drop admission fees, maybe offer some treats, so you may check out their art. 5-8 pm, free. For details, see www.artwalktacoma.com/ Also, see the galleries by bus on www.TacomaArtBus.com.
2. Join sweet pea from King's Books and Matt Lemanski from the GLBT Book Club as they discuss their favorite queer reads. From fiction to memoir, picture book to young adult, graphic novel to nonfiction, we'll talk about our favorite book recommendations, both classic and contemporary. Part of the Tacoma Pride Festival.7 pm., free. King's Books
218 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma.
3. Broadway Center Exectuitve Director David Fischer directs a staged reading of Lanford Wilson's Tony- Award Winning play "Fifth of July". Terrific local cast including original music by Goldfinch front man & Broadway Center Programming Associate Aaron Stevens. Post show discussion "After Don't Ask Don't Tell: Creating a More Inclusive Military". 7 pm, $14. www.broadwaycenter.org.
4. Java Jive Appreciation Society invites you to don your Christmas gear, summer gear, or something in between and join us at the Jive for an old fashioned White Elephant gift swap. www.facebook.com/events/104816066331502/ 8 pm, Free admission, White Elephant gift swap optional. Bob's Java Jive, 2102 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma.
5. (From REI) Do you want to make easy and fun meals at camp but feel unsure how to cook them? Would you like tips on what to bring and how to make the most of cooking in the outdoors? Join REI for an introductory class on campsite cooking. No experience necessary! 7-8:30 pm, free. 3825 S Steele St, Tacoma.