Week of January 14, 2018

Sunday, January 14 9 events
  • 7:30pm 48 Hour Theater Festival 
    Watch plays that have been created from page to stage in 24 hours—twice—as part of iDiOM Theater's 48 Hour Theater Festival at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Saturday and Sunday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The six plays that will be take the stage each night by teams of writers, directors and actors will feature different themes. Tickets are $12.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.idiomtheater.com
  • 10:00am Skagit Eagle Festival 
    Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 20th annual Skagit Eagle Festival taking place from 10am-4pm most Saturdays and Sundays through January at Rockport's Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Rd. The center offers opportunities to better understand the wildlife of the Skagit River watershed with an emphasis on the winter migration of bald eagles, salmon and the vital role each play in our ecosystem. Entry is by donation.
    Howard Miller Steelhead Park :: http://www.skagiteagle.org
  • 7:00pm Xanadu 
    Roller disco, Greek muses, an original score composed by a couple of pop-rock legends and forbidden love will all make appearances when Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students ages 13-17 perform the Tony Award-nominated musical Xanadu starting this weekend at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10, and additional showings take place Jan. 19-21.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Rabbit Ride 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
    Fairhaven Bicycle :: http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 8:30am - 11:30am Rabbit Ride 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8:30am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
    Fairhaven Bicycle :: http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm NookChat with Diane Das 
    From Vancouver Island to Hollywood to Nooksack, Diane Das will share stories of her glamorous youth and world travels at a "NookChat: Community Storytelling" event from 3-4:30pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Das rode horses with Elizabeth Taylor, sang and danced in numerous light operas using the stage name “Dauncey,” worked for Egyptologists, and is now one of the library’s avid supporters.
    Everson Library :: (360) 966-5100
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Nasty Women Poets 
    Attend a group poetry reading for Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The timely collection of poems speaks not just to the current political climate and to the man responsible for its title, but also to the stereotypes and expectations women face—and the long history of women resisting these limitations.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Take Me to Church 
    The iconic Betty Desire and the Panty Hoes present a weekly "Take Me to Church" drag production starting at 8pm at Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave. Entry is by donation; funds raised benefit community charities such as Northwest Youth Services, Safe for Free, and more.
    Rumors Cabaret :: http://www.rumorscabaret.com
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm The Gateway Show 
    Attend "The Gateway Show" at 8pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The night's entertainment will feature five comics who will do a sober set, get extremely stoned at an undisclosed location and then return for a second (stoned) set. Tickets are $12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
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Monday, January 15 7 events
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm MLK Day Community Work Party 
    Join the Nooksack Enhancement Association and the City of Bellingham to restore salmon habitat along Whatcom Creek at an MLK Day Community Work Party taking place from 10am-1pm at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. Volunteers will be removing invasive vegetation and planting trees and shrubs. Tools and gloves will be provided, as will pizza from Papa John’s.
    Maritime Heritage Park :: http://www.n-sea.org
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm Martin Luther King Jr. Day Read-In 
    Local children are invited to gather to hear student volunteers from Western Washington University read stories about the civil rights movement, tolerance and diversity at an annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Read-In from 10am-1pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The free event will also feature a visit by Congressman Rick Larsen, who plans to stop by around 11:30am to participate.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 
    "Together Against Hate" will be the focus of the City of Bellingham's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at 12pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Author and civil rights activist Clyde Ford will emcee the annual event, which will feature music by the Kulshan Chorus and Meghan Yates and the Reverie Machine; speakers Kelli Linville, Satpal Sidhu, and Trula Nicholas; an opening blessing by Darrell Hillaire, and more. Entry is free; attendees are encouraged to bring a donation for the Bellingham Food Bank.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.cob.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Cuban Salsa 
    Rumba Northwest hosts a "Cuban Salsa for Beginners" class at 6pm at Bell Tower Studios, 1430 N. Garden St. At 7pm, a "Cuban Salsa Advanced" class takes place. Entry to the classes is $8 for regular students, $12 for drop-ins.
    Bell Tower Studios :: http://www.rumbanorthwest.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Keeping the Dream Alive 
    Attend "Keeping the Dream Alive," a 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, starting at 6pm at the Community Food Co-op's Connections Building, 405 E. Holly St. Looking to Dr. King's notion of a "beloved community," the free event will feature music by Checo Tohomaso, a "Healing Must Start with Actions" presentation with Whatcom Human Rights Task Force cofounder Vernon Damani Johnson, a presentation about the racial equity work underway at the Co-op, and—to close the evening—the traditional Open Mic for sharing poems, stories and songs focusing on diversity, human rights or related issues. Kevin Murphy will emcee.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.communityfood.coop
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm Vaudevillingham 
    Attend the Bellingham Circus Guild's monthly uncensored variety show, "Vaudevillingham," at 7pm and 9pm performances at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St., suite #102. Expect to see everything from aerial performances to dance, comedy, magic, juggling, burlesque and more. Both novice and veteran performers are welcome to share their talents. Suggested donation is $5-$10.
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm Poetrynight 
    Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.poetrynight.org
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Tuesday, January 16 5 events
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Baker Backcountry Basics 
    Necessary gear, common mistakes, best practices and places to ride will be part of a free "Baker Backcountry Basics" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. The Mt. Baker area of the North Cascades offers endless backcountry ski and snowboard lines for those with the right tools, experience and time. Please register in advance.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Frosty Frolic Run 
    Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes-by the water or through the woods. Entry is free. Tonight's "Frosty Frolic" run will include Gore-Tex and other demos, healthy treats and a raffle for store gift certificates.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Books on Tap 
    Deming Library staff Erin Suda and Katrina Carabba will lead a "Books on Tap" discussion from 7-8:30pm at the North Fork Brewery, 6186 Mt. Baker Hwy. January's read is Your Heart Is Muscle the Size of a Fist. The tome by Sunil Yapa is the 2018 Whatcom READS selection.
    North Fork Brewery :: (360) 592-2422
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Skagit Folk Dancers 
    Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterwards.
    Bayview Civic Hall :: http://www.skagitfolkdancers.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Comedy Open Mic 
    The weekly Shakedown Punch Up Comedy Open Mic begins at 7:30pm at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. Entry is free. If you'd like to take your turn onstage, show up at 7pm to sign up for a five-minute set.
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Wednesday, January 17 12 events
  • 8:00am - 9:00pm A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through March 1. Along with having their poems published in the tome—which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools—all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Open Studio Painting 
    Learn to paint (or paint better) when Trish Harding leads an Open Studio Painting from 10am-3pm at Studio UFO, 301 W. Holly St. All skill levels will benefit as the instruction is easel-to-easel using your media and personal projects. Additional events happen Jan. 24 and 31. Entry is $62 per class.
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm Calligraphy Classes 
    Attend "Chinese Calligraphy" classes from 11am-1pm Wednesdays at BellinghamART, 1701 Ellis St. The tutorials are taught by Kathy Pak, who has exhibited around the United States and in Canada. Entry is $160 per month.
    BellinghamART :: katpak10@hotmail.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Make Your Own Ghee 
    Attend a "Make Your Own Ghee" class from 4-6pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Entry is free to the live demonstration focusing on how to make this delicious, pure butterfat—which is not only gluten- and dairy-free, but can also be used as a spread or for frying food. If you can't make today's event, the program repeats from 10am-12pm Sat., Jan. 20.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 304-3637
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Tree Talk 
    Freelance naturalist David Drummond focuses on "Northwest Native Coniferous Trees and Ecology" at a presentation from 6:30-8:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. He will cover the field ID of species occurring on both the western and eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in a fun look at our area's incredible tree diversity. Entry is $10.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.communityfood.coop
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Creekside Open Mic 
    Sign up to read your poetry and prose or play music—or simply listen in—at a Creekside Open Mic starting at 6:30pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Gate 2. Entry to the monthly event is free.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm BUG Song Circle 
    Join the Bellingham Ukulele Group (BUG) for a Song Circle from 7-8:30pm in the parlor at the Roeder Home, 2600 Sunset Dr. All instruments welcome. Admission is by donation.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Ron Jones and Jazz Fores 
    Grammy- and Emmy-nominated composer Ron Jones will be joined by his big band, Jazz Forest, for a 7pm Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center concert at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Admission is $5-$20.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Ingrid Backstrom Film and Q&A 
    Watch the premiere of iconic skier Ingrid Backstrom's new short film at 7pm at K2 Brewery, 1538 Kentucky St. Following the viewing, Backstrom will be on hand for a Q&A with those in attendance. Entry is free; proceeds from discounted pints and raffle tickets will benefit the Northwest Avalanche Center.
    K2 Brewery :: http://www.k2brewing.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Scottish Dancing 
    Join the Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers to learn about the social dancing of Scotland from 7:30-9:30pm every Wednesday through May at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. No partner is required. The drop-in fee is $8.
    Fairhaven Library :: http://www.bellinghamscd.org
  • 10:00pm - 11:30pm Talent Show Wednesdays 
    DJ Shortstack and select drag and talent acts command the stage at "Talent Show Wednesdays" with Vivienne Duchanne at 10pm at Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave. Drink specials are part of the fun.
    Rumors Cabaret :: http://www.rumorscabaret.com
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Thursday, January 18 6 events
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm Lifestyle Talks 
    Gene Kelly, a longevity expert and outdoor adventure guide, will share lifestyle habits and more at "Change the Way You Think About Aging" presentations at 1pm today and again Jan. 25 at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Take a test to learn your “real age” and get recommendations to help reduce your biological age. In this two-day series of highly motivational talks, Gene will inspire you to renew your mindset on aging and add quality years to your life.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm English Country Dancing 
    Attend English Country Dancing classes from 1:30-3pm Thursdays at the Bellingham Senior Activities Center, 315 Halleck St. No experience or partner is necessary.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: (360) 384-2674
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Jazz Jam 
    The Jazz Project's Jud Sherwood hosts a rotating house trio featuring top-flight local and regional musicians at a Jazz Jam happening from 5:30-8:30pm Thursdays at Illuminati Brewing, 3950 Hammer Dr., Suite 101.
    Illuminati Brewing :: http://www.jazzproject.org
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm Poetry Writing Group 
    Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback and assist you with your writing goals at a Poetry Writing Group meeting from 5:30-7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The group is open to newcomers and drop-ins and meets the first and third Thursday of each month.
    Village Books :: (360) 671-2626
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Balkan Folk Dancers 
    The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Dances are taught, and mentoring is available. Suggested donation is $5.
    Fairhaven Library :: (360) 380-0456
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm European Travelogue 
    Nicole Oliver and Chloe Fearing will share their experiences and photos at a "Mother and Daughter Explore Central and Eastern Europe" Travelogue from 7-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The duo spent 16 days last fall exploring Prague, Krakow, Levoca, Kosice, Eger, and Budapest. Suggested donation is $5.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
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Friday, January 19 18 events
  • 9:00am Cascade Games Convention 
    Bring your favorite board, card and tabletop games to the inaugural CascadeCon (Cascade Games Convention) from 9am-12am Friday through Sunday at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. CascadeCon is a convention for serious board game-players and others interested in the hobby of craft board gaming to enjoy one another's company, play the games you love, try excellent new titles, and make memories with friends and family. Tickets are $25-$50 in advance, $30-$60 at the door.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.cascadecon.games
  • 4:30pm Bellingham Folk Festival 
    Workshops, performances, dances and jams for all ages and abilities will be part of the Bellingham Folk Festival, which takes place from 4:30-9:30pm Friday, 9am-9:30pm Saturday, and 1-9:30pm Sunday at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Admission is $10-$95.
    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship :: http://www.thebellinghamfolkfestival.com
  • 7:00pm Xanadu 
    Roller disco, Greek muses, an original score composed by a couple of pop-rock legends and forbidden love will all make appearances when Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students ages 13-17 perform the Tony Award-nominated musical Xanadu this weekend at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: http://www.baay.org
  • 8:00pm Space Trek, Backyard Brawl 
    Audience members will provide the suggestions that inspire improvised missions when they climb aboard the USS Upfront for showings of "Space Trek" at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays through January at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for "Backyard Brawl," which pits two teams of improvisers against on another in a "short form improv slugfest." Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm The Flick 
    Western Washington University professor Rich Brown directs staged readings of The Flick at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Entry to experience the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Annie Baker is $4-$5.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 12:00pm Garage Sale and Health Fair 
    Attend a Student Nurse Organization Garage Sale from 12-4pm Friday at Bellingham Technical College's Settlemyer Hall, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. From 8am-3pm Saturday, the sale will continue and there will also be a Health Fair where you can learn about health and wellness from students in BTC's nursing, dental, culinary and veterinary programs. Proceeds from sales benefit the Student Nurse Organization for future humanitarian aid trips.
    Settlemyer Hall :: http://www.btc.edu
  • 9:30am - 11:00am Wild Things 
    Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in January at Lake Padden Park (East). Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Lake Padden Park :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Post-Holiday Detox 
    Food and Health Coach Demetree Robinson shares details of the 7-10-day detox program she uses with her clients with great success at a "Post-Holiday Detox" class from 2-3:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. If you overindulged during the holidays, now is the time to get back on track and experience the feeling of a healthy body. Entry is $10, and includes refreshments.
    Cordata Community Food Co-op :: http://www.communityfood.coop
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Books and Bites 
    Bring your lunch if you'd like and join a lively conversation about Sunil Yapa's Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist—the 2018 Whatcom READS selection—at a "Books and Bites" meeting from 2-3pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm Coffee Tasting 
    Attend a weekly coffee tasting from 3-3:30pm at Camber Cafe, 221 W. Holly St. Entry is free, and no RSVP is needed to come in and enjoy a small tasting flight of the venue's single-origin coffees.
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Food Not Bombs 
    All are welcome to partake of nutritious and delicious vegan meals when Food Not Bombs offers a community meal from 4-6pm every Friday on the corner of Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue (alongside the peace vigil). The event—which is dedicated to spreading food, love and nonviolence as an action against war and poverty—is free.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.facebook.com/BellinghamFNB
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Art Auction Gala 
    Socializing, fine wine, a delicious dinner and exciting bidding opportunities will be part of Whatcom Museum's annual Art Auction Gala starting at 5:30pm at the Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. Tickets to the biggest fundraiser of the year are $125 (ticket cutoff was last week, but last-minute tickets may be available).
    Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Family Story Night 
    Bellingham Storyteller's Guild members will lead an hour of coaching and an introduction to the craft at 6pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. At 7pm, Family Story Night will commence. Entry to both events is free.
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Anacortes Women's March 
    Bring candles, flashlights, signs and your voices to a Women's March starting at 6pm in Anacortes at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. The march will focus on protecting our rights, our safety, our health and our families—recognizing that vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
    Depot Arts Center :: (360) 708-7770 or lalipke@gmail.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Sierra Club Winter Member Party 
    The Mt. Baker Sierra Club will host its second annual Winter Member Party from 6:30-8:30pm at the Mountain Room at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. In addition to helping set goals for the next year and hearing updates on club campaigns from state and national organizers, refreshments and hearty appetizers will be served. Admission is free to members and their guests.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: http://www.sierraclub.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Opera Scenes 
    Students from Western Washington University's Opera Club will direct, produce and perform "Opera Scenes" at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the school's Performing Arts Center. Attendees will experience comedy, romance, and drama in selected scenes from masterpieces of opera and operetta. Entry is free.
    Performing Arts Center :: http://www.cfpa.wwu.edu
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Five for Fighting 
    Grammy Award-nominated vocalist and songwriter John Ondrasik—also known as Five for Fighting—brings his string quartet to Bellingham for an 8pm show at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Ondrasik has sold more than 2.5 million albums and been featured in more than 350 films and television shows, and he's known to use music as a "great healer." Tickets are $17.50-$40.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Tropical Heat Wave Dance 
    USA Dance Bellingham will host a "Tropical Heat Wave" dance featuring the band Latin Tinge from 8-10pm at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. Show up at 7:15pm for a salsa lesson. All are welcome, including beginners, singles, couples, seniors and students. Tropical attire is encouraged. Entry is $7-$10.
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TODAY 30 events
  • All Day Cascade Games Convention 
    Bring your favorite board, card and tabletop games to the inaugural CascadeCon (Cascade Games Convention) from 9am-12am Friday through Sunday at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. CascadeCon is a convention for serious board game-players and others interested in the hobby of craft board gaming to enjoy one another's company, play the games you love, try excellent new titles, and make memories with friends and family. Tickets are $25-$50 in advance, $30-$60 at the door.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.cascadecon.games
  • All Day Bellingham Folk Festival 
    Workshops, performances, dances and jams for all ages and abilities will be part of the Bellingham Folk Festival, which takes place from 4:30-9:30pm Friday, 9am-9:30pm Saturday, and 1-9:30pm Sunday at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Admission is $10-$95.
    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship :: http://www.thebellinghamfolkfestival.com
  • All Day Xanadu 
    Roller disco, Greek muses, an original score composed by a couple of pop-rock legends and forbidden love will all make appearances when Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students ages 13-17 perform the Tony Award-nominated musical Xanadu this weekend at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: http://www.baay.org
  • 10:00am Skagit Eagle Festival 
    Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 20th annual Skagit Eagle Festival taking place from 10am-4pm most Saturdays and Sundays through January at Rockport's Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Rd. The center offers opportunities to better understand the wildlife of the Skagit River watershed with an emphasis on the winter migration of bald eagles, salmon and the vital role each play in our ecosystem. Entry is by donation.
    Howard Miller Steelhead Park :: http://www.skagiteagle.org
  • 8:00pm Space Trek, Backyard Brawl 
    Audience members will provide the suggestions that inspire improvised missions when they climb aboard the USS Upfront for showings of "Space Trek" at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays through January at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for "Backyard Brawl," which pits two teams of improvisers against on another in a "short form improv slugfest." Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm The Flick 
    Western Washington University professor Rich Brown directs staged readings of The Flick at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Entry to experience the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Annie Baker is $4-$5.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 12:00pm Garage Sale and Health Fair 
    Attend a Student Nurse Organization Garage Sale from 12-4pm Friday at Bellingham Technical College's Settlemyer Hall, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. From 8am-3pm Saturday, the sale will continue and there will also be a Health Fair where you can learn about health and wellness from students in BTC's nursing, dental, culinary and veterinary programs. Proceeds from sales benefit the Student Nurse Organization for future humanitarian aid trips.
    Settlemyer Hall :: http://www.btc.edu
  • 8:00am - 11:00am VFW Breakfast 
    Enjoy a meal of pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage and a beverage at a Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8-11am the Lynden VFW Hall, 7011 Hannegan Rd. Entry is $6 (free for kids 5 and under).
    VFW Hall :: http://www.lynden.org
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Pancake Breakfast 
    Choose from pancakes, French toast or biscuits and gravy at a Pancake Breakfast happening from 8-11am at the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. Entry is $2.50 for kids and $6 for adults and includes scrambled eggs, ham or sausage, and beverages.
    Ferndale Senior Center :: (360) 384-6244
  • 9:00am - 10:30am Mason Bee Management 
    Attend a "Managing Mason Bee Pollinators for the Season Ahead" presentation at 9am at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Jim Ullrich, the new owner of Knox Cellars Bees, will explain the lifecycle of these friendly pollinators, and explain how—with just a little bit of assistance—you can encourage them to nest in your garden and provide much-needed pollination of your fruit trees and berries. Entry is free; mason bees and their homes will be available for purchase.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: http://www.garden-spot.com
  • 9:00am - 8:00pm Smoking Crow Opening 
    Live music, talks by reps from Heylo Cannabis, Raven Grass, and Sugarleaf Farm, discounts on products and more will be part of a Grand Opening celebration taking place from 9am-8pm at Smoking Crow, 4264 Pacific Hwy. The brand-new dispensary is focused on cannabis education and community involvement.
    Smoking Crow :: http://www.smokingcrow.com
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Plant Society Field Trip 
    Join members of the Washington Native Plant Society for a "Birch Bay and Semiahmoo: Plants and Birds in Winter" excursion starting at 10am at the BP Heron Center in Birch Bay State Park (a Discover Pass in required to park). Attendees will identify plants by their twigs and buds and the marine birds that should be abundant at this time of year. There will be handouts for identifying plants and several scopes and handouts for the common birds seen at this time of year. Bring a lunch and dress for winter weather.
    Birch Bay State Park :: http://www.wnpskoma.org/field-trips
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm March on Bellingham 
    Attend a Women's March on Bellingham at 10am starting at Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie St. If you're interested in marching for unity, equity, justice and humanity, join and have your voice heard.
    Bellingham City Hall :: http://www.facebook.com/events
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Winter Farmers Market 
    A plethora of vendors will have edible and creative offerings for sale at the first Winter Market of the season at the Bellingham Farmers Market's Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. Additional events take place Feb. 17 and March 17 before the market opens on a weekly basis in April.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm Nordic Ski Ambassadors 
    Nordic Ski Ambassadors from the Nooksack Nordic Ski Club will be on hand to share their knowledge from 10am-2pm at the SnoPark at Salmon Ridge (mile 46.9 of the Mount Baker Highway). Demos, tips, maps of the trails, short tours, the selling of SnoPark passes, hot chocolate and more will be part of the winter fun. An additional event happens Sat., Jan. 27. Entry is free.
    SnoPark at Salmon Ridge :: http://www.nooksacknordicskiclub.org
  • 12:00pm - 7:00pm Of marching and mending 
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Travel to Cuzco and Machu PIcchu 
    Local resident and world traveler Lawrence Pang will take you on a virtual tour using video clips and photos of his visits to locations around the world at a "Travel to Cuzco and Machu Picchu" presentation from 1-3pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Entry is free.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Mysticism in Art 
    "Mysticism in Art: How Skagit Valley Artists are Carrying the Baton for the Big Four Mystics" will be the focus of a "Skagit Topic" panel discussion from 2-4pm at La Conner's Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. 4th St. Artists Todd Horton, Barbara Silverman Summers, Roger Small, and others will take part in the event facilitated by Claire Swedberg. Entry is $4-$5.
    Skagit County Historical Museum :: http://www.skagitcounty.net/museum
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Learn to Grow a Vegetable Garden 
    Join staff from Everson's Cloud Mountain Farm Center for a practical overview of how to successfully grow a wide variety of produce throughout the year at a "Learn to Grow a Vegetable Garden" class occurring from 2-3:30pm at the Sumas Library, 461 2nd St. The free workshop will cover how to get your garden started—from buying seeds and plant starts and planning your plantings, to managing your soil and fertility inputs and timing for multiple harvests.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 988-2501
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Exploring Port 
    Attend "Exploring Port" from 2-4pm at Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St. The free event will feature fortified wine tastings from around the globe. Chad Slansky from Seattle's C & G Imports will be will be on hand to answer questions and share his knowledge.
    Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants :: http://www.sjwinemerchants.com
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Mona Openings 
    An opening reception for "Holly Andres: The Homecoming," "Katie Creyts: Wilderland," "For the Masses: Prints and Printmaking from the Permanent Collection," and "Through Their Eyes: A Northwest Youth Services Photography Project" takes place from 2-5pm at La Conner's Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. Show up at 1pm for a talk by photographer Holly Andres. Entry is free.
    Museum of Northwest Art :: http://www.monamuseum.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Cedar Weaving Workshop 
    Learn about cedar weaving from Lummi artists Lee and Isabelle Plaster at a Cedar Weaving Workshop taking place from 2-4pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Entry is free; register in advance, as space is limited.
    Lynden Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Teddy Bear Biographies 
    Kids in grades K-5 can bring their favorite teddy bear (or any stuffed toy) to a "Teddy Bear Biography" event taking place from 2-3:30pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. They'll work with staff to tell their bear's story, and be able to take a biography home.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm The Fight Against Human Trafficking 
    Sue Ann Heutink will share current information about trafficking in the United States and around the world at a presentation on "The Fight Against Human Trafficking" from 3-4:30pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Learn about the fight against trafficking in Whatcom and Skagit counties, and how busy people with busy lives can help.
    Everson Library :: (306) 966-5100
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm Kindgom Quest 
    Hear more about a courageous 13-year-old named Kate and her epic quest into an enchanting new country when former Sumas resident Karl Petersen reads from his middle grade fiction book, The Kingdom of What Is, at 4pm at Lynden's Village Books, 430 Front St. Entry is free.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 5:00pm - 9:00pm Music and Memories 
    Blackstone and Burnett will be the featured entertainment at a "Music and Memories" fundraiser benefiting the Branford House and Gentry House from 5-9pm in Anacortes at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge. Tickets are $60 and include dinner, raffles and live and silent auctions.
    Swinomish Casino & Lodge :: (360) 428-5972
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Robert Burns Supper 
    A festive dinner, haggis, whiskey, poetry readings, highland dance and more will be part of the 26th annual Robert Burns Supper happening from 5:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at the Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave. Tickets to take part in the evening celebrating Scotland's national poet are $55-$60; advance purchase is recommended, as this event routinely sells out.
    Littlefield Celtic Center :: http://www.celticarts.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea 
    Plunge into a multi-sensory experience with unforgettable characters, eye-popping projections and interactive audience technology when Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea shows at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The family-friendly show is the stage adaptation of the classic Jules Verne sci-fi adventure, exploring the power of nature and the nature of power. Tickets are $25-$35.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintryehall.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm The Good Lovelies 
    Expect to hear new material from the upcoming album Shapeshifters when the Canadian folk and country trio known as the Good Lovelies return to Mount Vernon for a 7:30pm performance at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $24-$34.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Ensemble Electra 
    As part of the Firefly Concert Series, Electra Ensemble will perform at 7:30pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. The Seattle-based trio comprised of Vicki Boeckman (recorder), Tekla Cunningham (violin), and Jillon Stoppels Dupree (harpsichord) specialize in music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Tickets are $25.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
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