Week of Sunday, December 30, 2012
(45 events)

Sunday, December 30, 2012 (6 events)

  • Lynden in Lights: Illuminated designs, Nativity sets, Dutch children, poinsettias, windmills and more will shine brightly in light displays and decorated storefronts at “Lynden in Lights” through December 31 throughout downtown Lynden. 354-4242
    12:00am
  • Holiday Bubbles: Taste sparkling wines from around the globe at “Holiday Bubbles” tastings from 1-6pm Dec. 22-31 at La Conner’s Hellams Vineyard, 109 N. First St. Cost is $1 per taste (complimentary for club members). http://www.hellamsvineyard.com
    1:00pm
  • 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
  • Seasonal Stories: Storyteller Brian Flowers will share “Stories for a New Year” at 10:30am at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Themes will include giving and receiving, hope and renewal. http://www.buf.org
    10:30am
  • Aida: View the Met’s unforgettable production of Verdi’s ancient Egyptian drama, Aida, at 1pm on the big screen at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $16-$23. http://www.lincolntheatre.org
    1:00pm

Monday, December 31, 2012 (9 events)

  • Lynden in Lights: Illuminated designs, Nativity sets, Dutch children, poinsettias, windmills and more will shine brightly in light displays and decorated storefronts at “Lynden in Lights” through December 31 throughout downtown Lynden. 354-4242
    12:00am
  • Holiday Bubbles: Taste sparkling wines from around the globe at “Holiday Bubbles” tastings from 1-6pm Dec. 22-31 at La Conner’s Hellams Vineyard, 109 N. First St. Cost is $1 per taste (complimentary for club members). http://www.hellamsvineyard.com
    1:00pm
  • Celebrate New Year’s: A variety of free events put on by the City of Bellingham happen Dec. 31-Jan. 1. From 6-9pm Tuesday, there'll be ice skating, carnival games, face painting, spin art, bouncy toys, soccer, horse-drawn wagon rides and more at the Sportsplex (1225 Civic Field way) and, from 6:45-8pm, open swimming for all ages at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center, 1114 Potter St. At 11am Tuesday, there'll be a Resolution Run at Lake Padden, followed by the annual Polar Dip in the lake. 778-7000 or http://www.cob.org
    6:00pm
  • Ring of Fire and Hope: The annual “Ring of Fire and Hope” begins at 7pm at Birch Bay Beach. For a small donation, flares will be available at the Birch Bay Visitors Center, 7900 Birch Bay Dr. The event features revelers ringing in the New Year by lighting road flares along the Birch Bay shoreline and thus creating a ring of fire that signifies hope for the coming year. 371-5004
    7:00pm
  • Annual Ring of Fire & Hope: Ring in the New Year at the annual "Ring of Fire & Hope" starting at 7pm at Blaine's Birch Bay Beach. The event features a number of people lighting road flares along the shoreline—thus making the bay become a ring of fire. For a small donation, flares are usually available at the Birch Bay Visitors Center, 7900 Birch Bay Dr. 371-5004
    7:00pm
  • New Year’s Eve Party: Appetizers, hats, noisemakers, a champagne toast, music by Rocky Vasilino’s band, free parking, shuttle van service and more will be part of a New Year’s Eve Party from 7pm-2am at American Legion Post No. 7, 1688 W. Bakerview Rd. The event is open to Post members and a limited number of tickets will be available to the general public. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. 734-3110 or http://www.bellinghamlegion.com
    7:00pm
  • Upfront New Year’s Eve Shows: Experience the best and worse of 2012 through the use of hilarity at New Year’s Eve shows happening at 7pm, 9pm and 11pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets are $15 for the first two shows and $20 for the third—which also includes a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are recommended, as these shows sell out fast. http://www.theupfront.com
    7:00pm
  • Contra Dance Gala: Join the Bellingham Country Dancers for a New Year’s Eve Contra Dance Gala from 8pm-1am at Norway Hall, 1419 N. Forest St. The Syncopaths, a national hot contra dance band, will provide the tunes, and Marlin Prowell will do the calling. Entry is $10 for students and $15 for adults, and party favors and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Bring finger food to share. http://www.bellinghamcountrydance.org
    8:00pm
  • New Year’s Salsa Dance: A salsa class, performances by Rumba Northwest and live Latin music and dancing can be experienced at a New Year’s Eve Salsa Dance starting at 9pm at Bellingham’s Studio Z, 311 E. Holly St. Alcoholic beverages will be available at the adjoining bar, Stella. Entry is $10. http://www.rumbanorthwest.com
    9:00pm

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 (2 events)

  • Birch Bay Polar Bear Swim: The annual Birch Bay Polar Swim—which is celebrating its 30th year—commences at 11am at Birch Bay Beach, 7900 Birch Bay Dr. Prizes will be given in a variety of categories. Entry is free, but if you pay $15 when you register, you'll be given a "I Took the Plunge" T-shirt. http://www.blainechamber.com
    9:30am
  • 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

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 (6 events)

  • 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
  • Cross-Country Skiing Basics: Sharmon Hill will lead a “Cross-Country Skiing Basics” clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. The class will focus on the fundamental differences between backcountry, telemarking and touring ski styles, as well as proper clothing and details on where and how to get started. Register in advance for the free course. 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
    6:00pm
  • Ballroom Dance: Sentimental Journey will provide big band sounds for the monthly Ballroom Dance happening from 6-8pm at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. The monthly event is free, and all skill levels are invited. 733-3500
    6:00pm
  • Garden Club Meeting: Learn more about feeding, bird baths, plants for birds and more when reps from Wild Bird Chalet lead a “Birds in the Garden” presentation at the Birchwood Garden Club’s monthly meeting at 7pm at the Whatcom Museum’s Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect St. All are welcome. http://www.birchwoodgardenclub.org
    7:00pm
  • 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 3, 2013 (6 events)

  • Brown Bag: “Russian History and Culture” will be the focus of today’s Brown Bag presentation at 12:30pm at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Modern Languages professor Edward Vajda will lead the event and discuss how Russia came to be the world’s largest country by expanding across all of North Asia to the Pacific. Suggested donation is $3. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:30pm
  • Poetry Writing Group: Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals at the monthly Poetry Writing Group meeting at 5:30pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The group is open to newcomers and drop-ins and meets the first Thursday of every month. http://www.villagebooks.com
    5:30pm
  • 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
  • Shred-A-Vision: Wildcard Movies bring its snowboard-centric movie, Shred-A-Vision, to Bellingham for a 10pm showing at the Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St. The film features the talents of boarders like Colin Spencer, Manuel Diaz, Laura Hadar, Patrick McCarthy, Nick Ennen, and many others. Doors open at 8pm and entry is $5-$15. http://www.wildbuffalo.net or www.wildcardmovies.com
    10:00pm

Friday, January 4, 2013 (8 events)

  • 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-$10 and additional shows happen Jan. 11-12. 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nooksack Photo Reception: An opening reception for P. Davis’ “Nooksack River Project” photo exhibition happens from 5-7pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. The photos, which capture the gradual transformation of the Nooksack River over a one-year time frame, will be on display through Feb. 9. 592-2422
    5:00pm
  • Gallery Walk: Peruse local galleries and businesses at the monthly Gallery Walk happening from 6-9pm throughout downtown Anacortes. Entry is free. http://www.anacortesart.com
    6:00pm
  • Art Walk: Galleries, restaurants and businesses will display art for public consumption at the monthly Art Walk happening from 6-10pm throughout downtown Bellingham. Pick up a map at participating locations. http://www.downtownbellingham.com
    6:00pm
  • 48 Hour Theater Festival: The 35th 48 Hour Theater Festival can be experienced at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The weekend will feature a plethora of short plays created—twice—in 24-hour increments. Tickets are $10. 201-5464 or http://www.idiomtheater.com
    8:00pm

Saturday, January 5, 2013 (10 events)

  • 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-$10 and additional shows happen Jan. 11-12. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • 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
  • Eagles and Salmon Excursion: Libby Mills will lead North Cascades Institute’s “Eagles and Salmon: Northwest Icons on the Skagit” excursion today from 8am-4pm in the upper Skagit Valley. Libby will illuminate the intertwined biology of salmon and eagles, their migratory patters and the impacts they have on other flora and fauna. Cost is $95. http://www.ncascades.org
    8:00am
  • Pancake Breakfast: The Ferndale Food Bank hosts its monthly fundraising Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington Ave. http://www.ferndalefoodbank.org
    8:00am
  • Met Music: The Met’s “Les Troyens” (Berlioz) can be seen on the big screen starting at 9am at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Every live transmission features a pre-opera lecture with Stassya Pacheco and box lunches are available. Running time is five-plus-hours, so there will be two intermissions. Tickets are $16-$23 and an additional showing happens Jan. 13. http://www.lincolntheatre.org
    9:00am
  • King’s Chess Tournament: Student chess players from around the region will compete at the King’s Chess Tournament starting at 9:15am at Wade King Elementary School, 2155 Yew St. The event is open to chess players of all abilities, and players must pre-register to pay (by Jan. 3, if possible). Entry fee is $15. Chess clubs and members can also get a discounted entrance to Brooklyn Castle, a chess-focused documentary playing at the Pickford Film Center starting Jan. 4. http://www.northwestchess.info or www.pickfordfilmcenter.org
    9:15am
  • Resolutions Mini Workshops: "Clearing Clutter for a Creative New Year," "Setting Intentions with Collage," and "Feeling Stuck? Six Keys to Changing Behavior in Your Life" will be a few of the mini-workshops taking place at a "Resolutions" gathering from 11am-4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Local experts will starts new workshops on the hour. The event is free. See the website for a complete list of workshops, and times. http://www.villagebooks.com
    11:00am
  • 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
  • Festival of Music Fundraiser: The Bellingham Festival of Music hosts its third annual “Welcome Home” fundraising concert at 7pm at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Dr. Local boys and Thornton School of Music graduates Jon Hansen (tuba) and Albert Diaz (guitar) will perform solo works at the show. Suggested donation is $15 (free for students). http://www.bellinghamfestival.org
    7:00pm
  • Skagit Contra Dance: Join the Skagit Contra Dancers for a public dance from 7-9:30pm in Anacortes at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. All dances will be called and taught, and no partner or experience is necessary. Live music by Flowing Tide and calling by Betty and Bill Connor are also on the roster. Entry is $8 at the door. http://www.skagitcontra.org
    7:00pm

 

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