are announced at meetup.com/Tacoma-JS/, other nodeschool events are announced at http://nodeschool.io/events.html.
The in-person events give you a chance to learn in a collaborative environment, & also to help beginners if you already have JS/Node experience.
On the command line check to see if nodejs is installed:
$ node -v
$ v4.4.5 (for example)
If there is no version number you do not have NodeJS, see the complete list of install by package-manager
If you are the super user admin for the machine, you can do something like:
$ curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_6.x | sudo -E bash -
$ sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
If you are NOT super user admin then see these instructions
for installing nodejs without package manager.
If all of the above is a bit much just to start learning, then consider:
For more information, IDE suggestion, and study guides, please see the