Jack Nisbet 7 p.m. today, Wenatchee Public Library, 310 Douglas St., abookforallseasons.com, free 548-1451
Spokane author Jack Nisbet will talk about the adventures of Scottish naturalist David Douglas, who explored the Pacific Northwest in the 1800s. After the presentation, Nisbet will sign his latest novel, “David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work,” which was written as a companion book to an exhibit on display at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane.
Amanda Coplin 7 p.m. today, Wenatchee High School commons, 1101 Millerdale Ave., $10 per person, $1 per student with ASB card; 1 p.m. Friday, A Book for All Seasons, 703 Highway 2, free 548-1451
Wenatchee-born author Amanda Coplin headlines a dessert benefit tonight for the Wenatchee High School journalism program. She then travels to Leavenworth for a book signing Friday. Coplin’s debut, “The Orchardist” made the New York Times Bestseller List and was featured on the “Oprah Book Club.” It’s about a lonely orchardist who takes in two pregnant teens on the run.
Enchanted Evening, dinner and wine gala 5 p.m. Saturday, Chateau Faire le Pont, 389 Technology Center Way, $40 per person, $75 couple 663-7446
The chefs at Chateau Faire le Pont will serve a semi-formal dinner with wine and a dessert auction. Proceeds benefit the social service center SAGE, which stands for Safety, Advocacy, Growth and Empowerment.
“Italy,” Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra 6 p.m. prelude, 7 p.m. Saturday, Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, 123 N. Wenatchee Ave., $16-$35, pacwen.org 663-2787
Pianist Duane Funderburk has performed all over the world — Shanghai, Korea, Berlin and Australia to name a few. He now joins the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of Italy. They’ll perform “Overture to Nabucco” by Giuseppe Verdi, “Piano Concerto” by Robert Schumann and “Pines of Rome” by Ottorino Respighi.
“People of our Past” 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 127 S. Mission St., free 888-6240
Local actors bring back five historical figures from Wenatchee’s past. In costume, they will give a monologue in character and answer questions from the audience. Kathy Smithson plays litigator Bernice Bacharach; Wilfred Woods will portray his father, Wenatchee World publisher Rufus Woods Sr.; Andrew Munro is public power advocate Homer T. Bone, John Wagner portrays Capt. Leavenworth and Sally Knipfer plays Elsie Parrish, a chambermaid who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case.
Kathleen Flenniken Noon Wednesday, Wenatchee Valley College, 1300 Fifth St., free 682-6737
Washington state poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken will read from her latest book, “Plume” at the Wells Hall campus theater. Her book “Plume” is a meditation on the Hanford Nuclear Site, where she used to work as a civil engineer. It was a finalist for a Pacific Northwest Book Award.
ACRD Season 2, Bout 3 7 p.m. Saturday, Wenatchee Valley Sportsplex, 2 Fifth St., $10 general, $15 trackside, applecityrollerderby.com
The Jawbreakers take on the Hydro Elektras; the two teams were neck-and-neck last season. Outlaw country band The Skiffs will play before the bout, and Wenatchee Youth Circus will perform at halftime. Afterward, head to the Grizzly Lounge to meet some of the skaters.
Janice Franz Talent Show 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, March 1, Wenatchee High School auditorium, 1101 Millerdale Ave., $8 663-8117
Expect big dance numbers, stand-up comedy, beautiful vocal solos and a variety of other talents, all for the benefit of two young boys struggling with medical issues.
“Walking on Crystalline Water — The Origins and Evolution of Mountain Snowshoes” 7 p.m. Friday, Barn Beach Reserve, 347 Division St., free 548-0181
Karl Lillquist, a science professor at Central Washington University, gives a look into the evolution of the modern snowshoe, from its humble beginnings 2,000 to 6,000 years ago in Eurasia to the sleek, lightweight models out today.
“Almost, Maine” 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Merc Playhouse, 101 S. Glover St., Twisp, by donation 997-7529
The Merc Playhouse presents a story about the mythical town of Almost, where people fall in and out of love in unexpected, hilarious ways. The show is directed by Ashley Lodato.
The Coats 7 p.m. Saturday, Omak Performing Arts Center, $15 adults, $10 students, omakpac.org 422-2456
An a capella quartet from Seattle, The Coats have sung for U.S. presidents and internationally. They will teach a free vocal workshop at 4:30 p.m., and then perform selections from their 10 albums later that night.
“Alaska Gold” 6 p.m. today, Twisp River Pub, 201 State Route 20, Twisp free, ccfeg.org
Have a brew for thought, with a documentary about the battle between salmon fisherman on Alaska’s Bristol Bay and mining companies pushing to extract enormous amounts of minerals. The movie will be followed by a discussion on local watershed issues.