Week of Sunday, January 6, 2013
(64 events)

Sunday, January 6, 2013 (8 events)

  • FAIRHAVEN RIDE: Meet up with folks from Fairhaven Bike & Ski for a weekly race-pace ride at 8am at the Fairhaven Village Green. 733-4433 or http://www.fairhavenbike.com
    8:00am
  • Rabbit Ride: Join members of the Mt. Baker Bike Club for the weekly “Rabbit Ride” starting at 8:30am at Fairhaven Bike & Ski, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route sees riders heading down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. 733-4433 or http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
    8:30am
  • Lake Samish Runs: Join the Greater Bellingham Running Club for its annual “Lake Samish Runs” race starting 10am at Samish Park (I-5, exit 246). The 6.5-mile course follows paved, low-traffic country roads around the lake. Entry is $5-$15. http://www.gbrc.net
    10:00am
  • Baker Beacon Rally: Mt. Baker Education Center, REI, and other backcountry educators will be on hand for the “Baker Beacon Rally: Backcountry Education Day” gathering from 11am-2:30pm at the Mt. Baker Ski Area. In addition to learning about basic search techniques—including beacon, shovel and probe use—participants can expect practice sessions, demos and a timed rescue race. Entry is free, and prizes will be available for attendees. http://www.mtbakerskiarea.com or www.rei.com
    11:00am
  • Resolutions for Writes: Local writing experts will present mini-workshops on the hour from 12-5pm at a "Resolutions for Writers" gathering from 12-5pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. "Journaling for the Writer," "Blogging for Writers" and "The Care and Feeding of Writing Groups" will be among the free offerings. No tickets or reservations are needed. http://www.villagebooks.com
    12:00pm
  • Bridal Inspirations: Alicia’s Bridal & the Formal House sponsors the annual “Bridal Inspirations” Wedding Expo happening from 12-5pm at the Lakeway Inn, 714 Lakeway Dr. In addition to the plethora of wedding-related vendors that will be on hand, there’ll be a 4pm fashion show, free handouts, exhibits and much more. Entry is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. http://www.aliciasbridal.com
    12:00pm
  • Vic Cano: Blues and roots Americana will be on the musical menu when songwriter, banjo-picker and storyteller Mike Marker performs at 3pm at the Amadeus Project, 1209 Cornwall Ave. Suggested donation is $5 for those 18 and under, $10 for seniors and students and $15 for adults. http://www.theamadeusproject.org
    3:00pm
  • Mike Marker: Blues and roots Americana will be on the musical menu when songwriter, banjo-picker and storyteller Mike Marker performs at 3pm at the Amadeus Project, 1209 Cornwall Ave. Suggested donation is $5 for those 18 and under, $10 for seniors and students and $15 for adults. http://www.theamadeusproject.org
    3:00pm

Monday, January 7, 2013 (6 events)

  • Footloose Auditions: Kids ages 11 to 15 can audition for upcoming performances of Footloose from 4:30-6:30pm Monday and Tuesday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. The show runs March 15-24. http://www.baay.org
    4:30pm
  • Academic Excellence Opening: Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth presents the grand opening of the Center for Academic Excellence today at the school’s headquarters at 1059 N. State St. Top-notch tutoring for young people in grades 4 through 10 will be available, with skill-building in math, reading, writing and more. Contact the number below for prices and other details. 441-0728 or http://www.baay.org
    12:00am
  • Raptor Class with Bud Anderson: Raptor expert Bud Anderson leads a “Raptor Class” beginning tonight at 6:30pm at REI, 400 36th St. The five-week course includes species identification, lectures and slideshows on hunting habits, wintering, migration patterns and more, a field trip and a possible visit by a live bird. Cost is $150 per student and registration is a must. 650-9470 or http://www.whatcomlandtrust.org
    6:30pm
  • Boating Class: Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron leads a “Boat With Confidence” course starting tonight from 6:30-8:30pm at Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. Course topics include boat handling and trailering, anchoring, avoiding collision, emergencies, on the water training sessions and more. Cost is $110 and classes continue Tuesdays through Feb. 26. Completion of the course fulfills requirement for mandatory Washington State Boaters Cards. http://www.boatingisfun.org
    6:30pm
  • General Literature Book Group: The General Literature Book Group meets tonight to discuss Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The group meets the first Monday of each month, and authors do not attend. 671-2626
    7:00pm
  • Grammar for Editors: Today is the deadline to sign up for Western Washington University’s Extended Education’s “Grammar for Editors” class, which begins Jan. 14 and takes place Mondays from 7-8:30pm through March 11. This stand-alone course is open to community members, and will be taught by journalism professor Carolyn Dale. Cost is $260 plus one required textbook. 650-3717 or http://www.extendeded.wwu.edu
    7:00pm

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 (5 events)

  • Footloose Auditions: Kids ages 11 to 15 can audition for upcoming performances of Footloose from 4:30-6:30pm Monday and Tuesday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. The show runs March 15-24. http://www.baay.org
    4:30pm
  • Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 255-7166 or 647-0910
    12:00pm
  • All-Paces Run: Meet up for an “All-Paces” run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The free event features runs 20 minutes out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. Participants are divided into groups ranging from run/walk to seven-minute pace. http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
    12:03pm
  • Nonfiction Writing Group: Meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback and help you with your writing goals at today’s Nonfiction Writing Group meeting from 3-5pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The group, which meets the second Tuesday of other month, is open to both newcomers and drop-ins. http://www.villagebooks.com
    3:00pm
  • Waxing Basics: Learn how to take better care of your winter gear at a “Ski/Snowboard Waxing Basics” clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. The free class will focus on a wide variety of subjects, including base preparation, structure, major and minor repair and stone grinding. Please register in advance. 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
    6:00pm

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 (8 events)

  • Genealogy Assistance: A volunteer from the Whatcom Genealogy Society will be available to help with genealogy research from 10am-2pm at the genealogy alcove at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. The event happens again Jan. 16, 23 and 30. 778-7206
    10:00am
  • Blaine Book Group: Join the Blaine Wednesday Book Group to talk about M.L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans from 11am-1pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The gathering is intended to be for adults. 332-8146
    11:00am
  • Afternoon Book Chat: Bring a latte or beverage to an Afternoon Book Chat starting at 1pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Today’s chat will focus on Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Purpose. Entry is free. 671-2626
    1:00pm
  • GROUP RIDE: The Mt. Baker Bike Club hosts a Group Ride starting every Wednesday at 6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Be prepared to ride for 30 miles at a race/training pace, and regroup at the brewery following the excursion. http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
    6:00pm
  • Evening Epic Run: A weekly “Evening Epic Run” begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The strenuous runs are 1.5-2 hours in length on hilly terrain with experienced trail runners. Entry is free. http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
    6:00pm
  • Snowshoe Basics: Join experienced staff for a “Snowshoeing Basics” course from 6-7:30pm at REI, 400 36th St. The free clinic will focus on the appropriate selection of gear as well as the basics on what you need and where to get started. Register in advance. 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
    6:00pm
  • Acting Intensive: Glenn Hergenhahn and Sean Cook will lead a 20-hour, one-week “Acting Intensive” class starting tonight from 6-9pm and continuing through Jan. 16 at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. A textbook and printed materials will be provided for the class, which focuses on script analysis and fundamental acting techniques. Cost is $200. 201-6492 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    6:00pm
  • Scottish Country Dance Social: Join the Scottish Country Dance Club from 7-9:30pm every Wednesday for a public dance at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome, and no partner or experience is needed. Drop-in fees are $8, but those who are showing up for the first time will gain free entry. http://www.bellinghamscd.org
    7:00pm

Thursday, January 10, 2013 (8 events)

  • Light and Landscape: Patricia Leach, executive director of the Whatcom Museum, leads a “Light & Landscape at the Lightcatcher” presentation at 9:30am at the museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The discussion will focus on the current exhibit at the Lightcatcher, “California Impressionism.” Entry is free to the public. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    9:30am
  • Sustainable Connections Meeting and Potluck: All 250 members of Sustainable Connections, their employees and their families are invited to an All-Member Meeting and Potluck from 5:30-8pm at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. The event celebrates 10 years of sustainable goodness and will focus on motivation, inspiration and camaraderie. Awards will be given. Check the website to see what you should bring to the potluck. http://www.sustainableconnections.org
    5:30pm
  • Fiction Writing Group: The Lummi View Fiction Writing Group meets from 6-8pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals. http://www.villagebooks.com
    6:00pm
  • Book Discussion: All adults are welcome to discuss Snow Falling on Cedars at a Book Discussion at 7pm at the Lynden Public Library, 216 4th St. 354-4883
    7:00pm
  • Introductory Improv Class: A free “Awaken the Spontaneity Within!” introductory improv class happens from 7-9pm at Improv Playworks, 3012 W. Illinois St. Sheila Goldsmith will lead workshop. Please register in advance, if possible. 756-0756 or http://www.improvplayworks.com
    7:00pm
  • Folk Dance Party: Learn Balkan, Israeli, Romani and Greek dancing with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5 (first-time visitors and students are free). 380-0456
    7:00pm
  • Fourth Corner Folk Dancers: Learn Balkan folk dances with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7:15-10:15pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All ages are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors and students are free. 380-0456
    7:15pm
  • GOOD, BAD, UGLY: Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 8pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $7 for the early show, $4 for the late one. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm

Friday, January 11, 2013 (6 events)

  • Eagle Events: From 10am-4pm every Friday through Sunday through January, visit the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park in Rockport. Guided walks will start at 11am and speakers will be feature at 1pm (unless otherwise noted). There will also be plenty of eagle-viewing information, educational displays, trained staff and more. http://www.skagiteagle.org
    11:00am
  • Improv Evolution: See new forms of improvisation created on the spot at “Improv Evolution” shows at 8pm and 10pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 general. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • Toddler Art: Young artists (with help from instructors and participating adults) will create their own masterpieces at “Toddler Art” programs from 10-11am every Friday in January at the Whatcom Museum’s Family Interactive Gallery (FIG), 250 Flora St. Cost is $2-$4 per class and materials are included. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    10:00am
  • VIGIL FOR PEACE: Join the longest-running Peace Vigil in the country—48 years and counting—from 4-5pm every Friday afternoon at the corners of Cornwall Avenue and Magnolia Street. http://www.whatcompjc.org
    4:00pm
  • Baay’s Big Show: Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth will host the dance company’s “Big Show” with a 7pm performance at the company’s headquarters at 1059 N. State St. Entry is free and open to all. http://www.baay.org
    7:00pm
  • Jazz, Take Two: Learn more about retired WWU professor Milt Krieger’s new book, The Less Subdued Excitement: A Jazz History of Bellingham and Whatcom County, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The free event will also feature a live trio performing—you guessed it—jazz music. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm

Saturday, January 12, 2013 (24 events)

  • Eagle Events: From 10am-4pm every Friday through Sunday through January, visit the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park in Rockport. Guided walks will start at 11am and speakers will be feature at 1pm (unless otherwise noted). There will also be plenty of eagle-viewing information, educational displays, trained staff and more. http://www.skagiteagle.org
    11:00am
  • Improv Evolution: See new forms of improvisation created on the spot at “Improv Evolution” shows at 8pm and 10pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 general. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • Thirty-Day Challenge: Be a part of Fairhaven Runners’ “30-Day Challenge” starting today and continuing through Feb. 10. The challenges is simple: Get out and walk, run, swim, bike, dance, do a body workout at home or visit the gym every day for 30 days. The store will provide incentives along the way and cool prizes at the end. http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
    12:00am
  • Fairhaven Walking Club: Whether you’re looking to improve or compete, all are welcome at the weekly Fairhaven Walking Club led by Cindy Paffumi starting at 8am at various locations in Fairhaven. Walk routes and meeting places change from week to week. All paces are welcome. 676-4955 or 319-3350
    8:00am
  • Sumas Book Club: Hot coffee and cinnamon roles will be available at the inaugural meeting of the Sumas Book Club starting at 9am at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St. The club will be choosing its first book to read and setting up guideline they want to follow. The group will meet once a month. 988-2501
    9:00am
  • Winter Market: Local farm goods, fresh-baked breads and treats, food and crafts from local vendors and much more will be available when the Anacortes Farmers Market hosts an Indoor market from 9am-2pm at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. Additional indoor markets happen Feb. 9, March 9, and April 13. http://www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org
    9:00am
  • Winter Trails Day: The 18th annual Winter Trails Day celebrates snowshoeing and cross-country skiing by offering a free introductory day of snow-filled excitement across the country. A snowshoe-only event happens from 10am-4pm at Mountaineers Snoqualmie Campus, 1390 State Hwy 906, Snoqualmie Pass. Tours will leave the main event area every 20 minutes, and you’ll be able to check out the latest snowshoes and snow equipment on campus. http://www.wintertrails.org
    10:00am
  • Kids Art Contest: Kids fifth grade and under can attend Whatcom Transportation Authority’s “Cleaner, Greener Ride Art Contest” from 10am-12pm at the Meridian Street Haggen and 1-3pm at the Ferndale Haggen. All art materials will be provided, and winners will be announced by Jan. 18. Three designs will be chosen to be featured on the side of a hybrid bus. 527-4718 or http://www.ridewta.com
    10:00am
  • Tea Time: “Growing Tea in the Valley” will be the focus of a workshop with Richard Sakuma of Sakuma Brothers Farm at 11am at Mount Vernon’s Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. You’ll get to sample an assortment of teas that they sell, and learn more about the challenges of joys of growing the tea plants. Entry is $5 and registration is required. http://www.christiansonsnursery.com
    11:00am
  • Model Railroad Open House: The Whatcom Skagit Model Railroad Club will host an Open House from 11am-4pm in Alger, adjacent to the Alger Community Church, 1469 Silver Run Lane. http://www.whatcomskagitmrc.org
    11:00am
  • Winery Opening: Attend a Grand Opening Celebration of Silver Bell Winery’s new tasting room from 11am-6pm in La Conner at 106 S. First St. Attendees can sample the newly released Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon featuring fruit from Hedges Family Vineyard. Live music, light appetizers and more fabulous wine will be part of the fun. http://www.silverbellwinery.com
    11:00am
  • Cinderella Auditions: Plan now to attend open auditions for Northwest Ballet Theater’s spring production of Cinderella. Auditions begin at 1pm Saturday, Jan. 12 at the company’s headquarters at 1417 Cornwall Ave. Dancers who are 7 or older are invited to audition. http://www.northwestballet.org
    1:00pm
  • Street Law: Volunteer lawyers will dispense free legal advice and referrals at the bimonthly “Street Law at the Library” from 1-4pm at the Bellingham Public Library Lecture Room, 210 Central Ave. http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
    1:00pm
  • Winter Exhibitions at MoNA: Opening receptions for “Eduardo Calderon: Portraits of 20 Northwest Artists” and “Black and White Color Study from the Permanent Collection” happen today from 2-5pm in La Conner at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S. First St. The winter exhibitions will be on display through March 13. http://www.museumofnwart.org
    2:00pm
  • Cheech Marin Art Discussions: Renowned entertainer Cheech Marin leads a discussion focusing on his "Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection (Size Doesn't Matter)" exhibit opening today at the Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building at 2pm at the Rotunda Room in the Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The exhibit will be on display through March 24. Suggested donation is $3. He'll also talk at 6:30pm at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. at a screening of Born in East LA, followed by a Q & A. Entry to http://www.whatcommuseum.org or www.pickfordfilmcenter.org
    2:00pm
  • Red Meadows: Local author Neil Sogge—a.k.a. Ole Juul—reads from his novel, The Red Meadows, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. 671-2626
    4:00pm
  • Whatcom Reads: As part of Whatcom READS!, attend a presentation focused on “The Japanese-American Experience During World War II” from 4-6pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Panelists include people whose families were interned, a woman whose father volunteered for the 442nd infantry regiment, and a woman who was a camp supervisor. 778-7323 or http://www.whatcomreads.org
    4:00pm
  • Acting for the Camera: Sean Cook leads an “Acting for the Camera” workshop from 4-7pm Saturday and Sunday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The workshop is designed for actors with some stage and/or camera experience who want to fine-tune their skills in front of the camera. Cost is $75. 201-6492 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    4:00pm
  • Bellingham Roller Betties: Blunt Force Trauma will take on the Dockyard Derby Dames as part of the first bout of the Bellingham Roller Betties’ sixth season starting at 5pm at Whatcom Community College. Tickets are $6-$14. Concessions, beer and merchandise will be available at the bout (cash only). http://www.bellinghamrollerbetties.com
    5:00pm
  • Music and Memories: Trish Hatley, Hans & Phil, and Joan Penney will be the featured entertainment at a “Music and Memories” auction to benefit the Bradford House and Gentry House starting at 5pm at Mount Vernon’s St. Joseph Center, 215 N. 15th St. Tickets are $50. http://www.skagitadultcare.org
    5:00pm
  • Line Dancing Classes: Western Line Dancing classes are offered at 6pm (beginners) and 7pm (intermediates) every Friday night at Lynden’s Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. No experience or partner is needed. Cost is $5 per class. 354-4325
    6:00pm
  • Eliza’s Journal: Caelyn AB Williams reads from her young adult novel, Eliza’s Journal, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The illustrated story focuses on a teenage girl’s summer of mystery and self-discovery on Orcas Island. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Viavoice: The a cappella quartet known as viaVoice performs at 7:30pm at La Conner’s Maple Hall, 104 Commercial St. The ensemble focuses primarily upon performing jazz from the first half of the 20th century, and rock from the latter half. Tickets are $15-$17 (free for those under 18). http://www.laconnerarts.com
    7:30pm
  • Benefit Jazz Concert: Jazz vocalist David Post and jazz guitarist John Stowell perform at a benefit concert at 8pm at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $15; 50 percent of the proceeds will go to scholarships for BAAY students. Tickets are available at the door only. http://www.baay.org
    8:00pm

 

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