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Mother Nature has teased us with a window or two of blissed, sunny rays of sunshine, which means more and more foodie festivities will be taking place outdoors! This is a good thing because we can now pretend that putting on our walking shoes and putting in our steps for the day totally count as something that resembles burning calories and earning the caloric intake we are partaking in simultaneously. Here are a few events on my radar in the South Sound this weekend:

As I've mentioned before, I am all about the new series of opportunities to connect with the Point Defiance Park Ranger and revel in the majestic lot of honest to goodness nature right here in our backyard at Point Defiance Park. April 13, rise and shine bright and early to have Coffee With the Birds just before 9 a.m. Gather at the Fort Nisqually picnic shelter for a cup of steaming hot joe or hot cocoa and be ready to walk up to a mile of trails, this week's topic: Crows and Ravens. Tacoma Audubon will have binoculars to borrow. Bring your own mug and fill it with roasted bean concoction provided by Bluebeard Coffee. 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma

Sunday, April 14, marks the 21st annual SLURP. PCSGA and local shellfish growers invite lovers of our shell-dwelling sea friends to feast on dishes crafted by local restaurants paired with Washington Wines and all-you-can-drink brews by Fish Tale Ales. There will be a Grand Oyster Bar, celebrity slurp-off (sounds dirty in any other context, they're talking about oysters here folks), live auction and live music! All proceeds benefit PCSGA's Shellfish Restoration Fund. Snag your tickets at pcsga.org/slurp/. Fish Brewing, 515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia

Were you aware of Tacoma's booming candy industry? If not, you ought to be! Pretty Gritty Tours is hosting another Tacoma Sweets Tour. On their event page they say, "Tacoma has a rich and tasty history as a major destination for the manufacturing of delicious treats. We are the birthplace of Almond Roca, Mountain Bars, half of Baskin Robbins, the first Mars Bar, Johnson's Candy Co., some of the nation's best donuts, and more! The naturally cool and stable climate has allowed Tacoma to become a major player in the sweets industry." If the neat history aspect of the tour doesn't lure you in enough, you get to hear, see and taste the sticky sweet history during the tour. The tour requires a hop on the link light rail hyphenated by a short walk or two. Find full details and buy your tickets online at
prettygrittytours.com/sweets-tour.html. Tickets are $25 for adults, children 3-12 are only $9 and children younger than 3 are FREE!

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