Week of Sunday, February 3, 2013
(96 events)

Sunday, February 3, 2013 (11 events)

  • Steel Magnolias: Head to Louisiana to view the comedic Southern drama, Steel Magnolias, at 7:30m Thurs., 8pm Fri.-Sat., and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $18 and additional showings happen through Feb. 16. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Quilters: Learn more about life on the American frontier—and womanhood—when Quilters shows at 7:30pm Thurs.-Sat. and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the musical—which is presented in a series of short stories, songs and dances—are $8-$12. Additional showings happen through Feb. 10. 733-1811 or http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
    7:30pm
  • Skagit Community Band: “Music that Inspired, Touched and Moved You From the Silver Screen” will be the theme of the Skagit Community Band’s concerts at 7:30pm Friday at La Conner’s Maple Hall and 3pm Sunday at Brodniak Hall in Anacortes. Tickets are $10-$15 per person or $30 per family. http://www.skagitcommunityband.org
    7:30pm
  • Hello, My Name is You: Kuntz and Company’s latest community dance and theater project, Hello, my name is You, shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday and 5pm Sunday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The performance shares the life of Cooper, a 28-year-old Bellingham resident with Asperger’s Syndrome, and illustrates the various facets of her life with this autism spectrum disorder. Post-show discussions will follow. Tickets are $15. http://www.kuntzandco.org
    7:30pm
  • Red Wine and Chocolate Festival: Carpenter Creek Winery (Mount Vernon), Pasek Cellars (Conway), Dusty Cellars, and Silver Bell Winery (La Conner) will team up for a “Red Wine & Chocolate Festival” from 12-6pm Saturday and Sunday. Each locale will have decadent chocolate and fabulous red wine available. http://www.siverbellwinery.com or www.carpentercreek.com
    12:00pm
  • True West Auditions: Auditions for upcoming performance of Sam Shepard’s True West take place at 7pm Sunday and Monday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Actors should come prepared for cold readings from the script. 671-5673 or http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
    7:00pm
  • 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
  • Community Breakfast: Get served by local politicians at the monthly Community Breakfast happening from 8am-1pm at the Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Hwy. Pancakes, French toast, sausage, eggs and more will be on the menu. Entry is $2 for kids and $5 for adults. 739-9605
    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
  • Del Rey, Steve James: Acoustic country blues, humor and more will be on the lineup when Del Rey and Steve James perform at 2pm at Nancy’s Farm, 2030 E. Smith Rd. Suggested donation is $15. http://www.nancysfarm.com
    2:00pm
  • Voila, Viola Benefit Concert: Violist Eric Kean and pianist Judith Widrig perform at a “Voila, Viola” concert at 3pm at the Amadeus Project, 1209 Cornwall Ave. Beethoven’s “Spring Sonata” and Hindemith’s “Der Schwanendreher” will be on the lineup. Tickets are $5-$15; proceeds benefit the Brigid Collins Center. http://www.theamadeusproject.org
    3:00pm

Monday, February 4, 2013 (3 events)

  • True West Auditions: Auditions for upcoming performance of Sam Shepard’s True West take place at 7pm Sunday and Monday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Actors should come prepared for cold readings from the script. 671-5673 or http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
    7:00pm
  • Austrian Cooking: Pastry chef Hilde Korsmo focuses on “A Few of Our Favorite Things from Austria” at a cooking class at 6:30pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Pork goulash with bread dumplings, cabbage salad, cheese spaetzle and apple strudel will be on the menu. Cost is $48. http://www.ciaothyme.com
    6:00pm
  • Healthy KItchen: Registered dietician Lisa Dixon, RD, leads a “Healthy Kitchen” course from 6:30-8pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Dixon will focus on kitchen staples and how to turn them into a healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner in a snap. Samples and recipes will be provided. Cost is $10. 734-8158
    6:30pm

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 (5 events)

  • 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
  • Tombstone Territorial Park Presentation: Photographer and Adventures NW publisher John D’Onofrio leads a presentation focusing on Canada’s “Tombstone Territorial Park” at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Expect stories and images focusing on the mountains and sub-arctic landscapes of North America’s newest wilderness areas. Register in advance for the free event. 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
    6:00pm
  • Big Easy Dining: Classic New Orleans recipes will be on the menu when dietician Lisa Dixon leads a “Dining in the Big Easy” course from 6-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Entry is $39. 383-3200
    6:00pm
  • Vietnamese Cooking: Chef and cookbook author Mary Ellen Carter helms a “Celebrate the Vietnamese New Year” course from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen’s Kitchen, 509 S. First St. Entry is $40. http://www.gretchenskitchen.com
    6:30pm
  • Intro to Improv: A free “Awaken the Spontaneity Within!” introductory improv workshop happens from 7-9pm at Improv Playworks, 302 W. Illinois St. If possible, register in advance. 756-0756 or http://www.improvplayworks.com
    7:00pm

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 (12 events)

  • Teen Poetry Contest: Whatcom County teens grades 6 to 12 are invited to enter original poems in the WCLS Teen Poetry Contest through February 14. Winning poets will have their poems published in the Forest of Words 2013 Poetry Anthology, and will also receive a copy. 592-2422
    12:00am
  • Music Club Concert: Recipients of Bellingham Music Club’s annual Enid Carrick High School Piano Awards will perform at a free concert at 10:30am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St. 671-0252
    10:30am
  • Green Drinks: Network with likeminded environmentally aware community members at the monthly Green Drinks gathering from 5-7pm at Brandywine Kitchen, 1317 Commercial St. http://www.re-sources.org
    5:00pm
  • Porchetta and Sausage Class: Mataio Gillis and Shawn Warner lead a “Hands-on Porchetta and Sausage” class starting at 5:30pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. You’ll learn how to season and stuff fresh sausage, and each student will leave with portions of porchetta and sausages to cook at home. Cost is $95. http://www.ciaothyme.com
    5:30pm
  • 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
  • Snowshoeing Basics: Learn more about a fun winter sport at a “Snowshoeing Basics” clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. You’ll learn more about the basics of what you need and where to go to get started. Register in advance for the free workshop. 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
    6:00pm
  • Ballroom Dancing: Sentimental Journey will provide the music at the monthly Ballroom Dance from 6-8pm at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. All skill levels are invited to the free event. 733-3500
    6:00pm
  • Moroccan Cuisine: Jesse Otero focuses on “Moroccan Cuisine” at a cooking class from 6-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Entry is $39; a $7 wine option is payable at class. 383-3200
    6:00pm
  • Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy: Pamela Fitzpatrick and Paul Dix discuss their book Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book focuses on trying to locate more than 100 of the people Dix photographed during the Contra War in the 1980s. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Garden Club Meeting: Roger Ragusa from Well’s Nursery in Mount Vernon will talk about setting up display gardens at past NW Flower and Garden shows at the Birchwood Garden Club’s monthly meeting at 7pm at the Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 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, February 7, 2013 (18 events)

  • Teen Poetry Contest: Whatcom County teens grades 6 to 12 are invited to enter original poems in the WCLS Teen Poetry Contest through February 14. Winning poets will have their poems published in the Forest of Words 2013 Poetry Anthology, and will also receive a copy. 592-2422
    12:00am
  • Honk!: Showings of the musical comedy HONK! happen at 7pm Thurs.-Sat. at Lynden Christian High School, 515 Drayton St. Tickets are $6-$10. 318-9525
    7:00pm
  • Mystery Spot: View the award-winning comedy, Mystery Spot, at 8pm Thurs.-Sat. at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The play, which was written by local playwright Steve Lyons, focuses on a women’s studies major that gets a job at the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot and soon discovers nothing is as it seems. Tickets are $10. 201-5464 or http://www.idiomtheater.com
    8:00pm
  • Steel Magnolias: Head to Louisiana to view the comedic Southern drama, Steel Magnolias, at 7:30m Thurs., 8pm Fri.-Sat., and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $18 and additional showings happen through Feb. 16. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Quilters: Learn more about life on the American frontier—and womanhood—when Quilters shows at 7:30pm Thurs.-Sat. and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the musical—which is presented in a series of short stories, songs and dances—are $8-$12. 733-1811 or http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
    7:30pm
  • Travel Talk: “Volcanoes and Tsunamis in the Russian Far East: Four Field Seasons in the Kuril Islands” will be the focus of a Travelogue presentation from 7-9pm at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $3. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    11:27am
  • Songs for Lovers: The a cappella trio Mockingbird will perform “Songs for Lovers” at a brown bag concert at 12:30pm at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $3. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:30pm
  • Marvin Johnson: Swing, rock and blues can be heard when Marvin Johnson performs at a free concert from 5:30-7:30pm in the Piano Lounge at Lynden’s Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. http://www.jansenartcenter.org
    5:30pm
  • Healthy Recipes: “Explore the Sweeter Side of Diabetes: Healthy Recipes to Celebrate with your Valentine” will be the focus of a class with chef and dietician Megan Gill from 6-8pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen’s Kitchen, 509 S. First St. Rosemary and lentil soup, spicy arugula salad and chocolate walnut truffles will be among the menu items. Entry is $15. http://www.gretchenskitchen.com
    6:00pm
  • Ben Mann Reception: An opening reception for Ben Mann’s “Paintings from a Bella Excursion” happens from 6-9pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The exhibit features paintings based on his recent trip to Northern Italy. Entry is free. http://www.mann-alive.com
    6:00pm
  • Nordic Ski Club Meeting: Those who are interested in becoming part of the Nooksack Nordic Ski Club can show up for a new member orientation at 6:30pm at the WECU Education Building, 511 E. Holly St. The general meeting starts at 7pm, and will feature a talk with U.S. Forest Service Manager Otis Allen. All are welcome. http://www.nooksacknordicskiclub.org
    6:30pm
  • The Art of Wine: Ryan Wildstar leads a class focused on “The Art of Wine: A European Tour” from 6:30-8pm for the next four Thursdays at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Each session will devoted to the wine, food and art of different countries—including France, Spain, Italy and Germany. Cost is $119. 383-3200
    6:30pm
  • 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
  • Nick Offerman: “An Evening with Nick Offerman” begins at 7:30pm at WWU’s Performing Arts Center Mainsage Theater. Last Comic Standing John Lee will open for the Parks and Recreation star. Tickets are $16-$24, although you should know the show’s been sold out for a while now. 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    7:30pm
  • Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble: California’s Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble performs at 7:30pm at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Suggested donation is $15; students are free. 650-3130
    7:30pm
  • Avalanche Clinic: Members of the NW Avalanche and Weather Center will be on hand at a free Avalanche Clinic at 7:30pm at Backcountry Essentials, 214 W. Holly St. Brush up on avalanche safety and find out in what areas you might need more training and/or awareness. http://www.backcountryessentials.net
    7:30pm
  • 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, February 8, 2013 (15 events)

  • Teen Poetry Contest: Whatcom County teens grades 6 to 12 are invited to enter original poems in the WCLS Teen Poetry Contest through February 14. Winning poets will have their poems published in the Forest of Words 2013 Poetry Anthology, and will also receive a copy. 592-2422
    12:00am
  • Honk!: Showings of the musical comedy HONK! happen at 7pm Thurs.-Sat. at Lynden Christian High School, 515 Drayton St. Tickets are $6-$10. 318-9525
    7:00pm
  • Mystery Spot: View the award-winning comedy, Mystery Spot, at 8pm Thurs.-Sat. at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The play, which was written by local playwright Steve Lyons, focuses on a women’s studies major that gets a job at the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot and soon discovers nothing is as it seems. Tickets are $10. 201-5464 or http://www.idiomtheater.com
    8:00pm
  • Steel Magnolias: Head to Louisiana to view the comedic Southern drama, Steel Magnolias, at 7:30m Thurs., 8pm Fri.-Sat., and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $18 and additional showings happen through Feb. 16. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Quilters: Learn more about life on the American frontier—and womanhood—when Quilters shows at 7:30pm Thurs.-Sat. and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the musical—which is presented in a series of short stories, songs and dances—are $8-$12. 733-1811 or http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
    7:30pm
  • Cabaret: View cutting-edge, eclectic works from the WWU’s theater and dance department at the semi-annual “Cabaret” performances at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Performing Arts Center, room #16. 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    8:00pm
  • Space Trek: Show up for the “galactically awesome” improvised adventure show, “Space Trek,” at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets are $8-$10. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • Legendary Banked Slalom: The Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom happens from Friday through Sunday at the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Come cheer on contestants and take part in the festivities following the races. http://www.mtbaker.us
    12:00am
  • Arms and the Man: The Alger Lookout Thespian Association presents George Bernard Shaw’s satiric comedy, Arms and the Man, at 7pm Friday and Saturday and 2:30pm Sunday at the Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. Tickets are $12-$14. http://www.altatheatre.com
    7:00pm
  • Skagit Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor: Megan Chenovick and Marchus Shelton will sing the lead roles in Skagit Opera’s fully staged performances of Gaetano Donizetti’s epic Scottish romance, Lucia di Lammermoor, at 7:30pm Friday and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $15-$59 and additional showings happen Feb. 15 and 17. http://www.mcintyrehall.org or www.skagitopera.org
    7:30pm
  • Nature Babies: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom Walks for “Nature Babies” excursions from 9:30-11am every Friday in February on the Interurban Trail. Entry is by donation. http://www.wildwhatcom.org
    9:30am
  • 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
  • An Affair to Remember: The Alzheimer Society of Washington hosts its second annual fundraiser, “An Affair to Remember, Mardi Gras Style,” from 7-10pm at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club, 3729 Meridian St. Tickets are $50 and include live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, a dessert dash, music by the Atlantics and more. http://www.alzsociety.org
    7:00pm
  • Early Music Festival Concert: Soprano Linda Tsatsanis, harpsichordist Jan Weinhold, and flutist Jeffrey Cohan will perform works by Handel and Corelli at a Salish Sea Early Music Festival concert at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St. Suggested donation is $15-$20. http://www.salishseafestival.org
    7:30pm
  • Jake Shimabukuro: Musician Jake Shimabukuro—a talented young performer who’s been called “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele”—heads to Bellingham for an 8pm at WWU’s Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Tickets are $24-$44. 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    8:00pm

Saturday, February 9, 2013 (37 events)

  • Teen Poetry Contest: Whatcom County teens grades 6 to 12 are invited to enter original poems in the WCLS Teen Poetry Contest through February 14. Winning poets will have their poems published in the Forest of Words 2013 Poetry Anthology, and will also receive a copy. 592-2422
    12:00am
  • Honk!: Showings of the musical comedy HONK! happen at 7pm Thurs.-Sat. at Lynden Christian High School, 515 Drayton St. Tickets are $6-$10. 318-9525
    7:00pm
  • Mystery Spot: View the award-winning comedy, Mystery Spot, at 8pm Thurs.-Sat. at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The play, which was written by local playwright Steve Lyons, focuses on a women’s studies major that gets a job at the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot and soon discovers nothing is as it seems. Tickets are $10. 201-5464 or http://www.idiomtheater.com
    8:00pm
  • Steel Magnolias: Head to Louisiana to view the comedic Southern drama, Steel Magnolias, at 7:30m Thurs., 8pm Fri.-Sat., and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $18 and additional showings happen through Feb. 16. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Quilters: Learn more about life on the American frontier—and womanhood—when Quilters shows at 7:30pm Thurs.-Sat. and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the musical—which is presented in a series of short stories, songs and dances—are $8-$12. 733-1811 or http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
    7:30pm
  • Cabaret: View cutting-edge, eclectic works from the WWU’s theater and dance department at the semi-annual “Cabaret” performances at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Performing Arts Center, room #16. 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    8:00pm
  • Space Trek: Show up for the “galactically awesome” improvised adventure show, “Space Trek,” at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets are $8-$10. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • Legendary Banked Slalom: The Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom happens from Friday through Sunday at the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Come cheer on contestants and take part in the festivities following the races. http://www.mtbaker.us
    12:00am
  • Arms and the Man: The Alger Lookout Thespian Association presents George Bernard Shaw’s satiric comedy, Arms and the Man, at 7pm Friday and Saturday and 2:30pm Sunday at the Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. Tickets are $12-$14. http://www.altatheatre.com
    7:00pm
  • Skagit Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor: Megan Chenovick and Marchus Shelton will sing the lead roles in Skagit Opera’s fully staged performances of Gaetano Donizetti’s epic Scottish romance, Lucia di Lammermoor, at 7:30pm Friday and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $15-$59 and additional showings happen Feb. 15 and 17. http://www.mcintyrehall.org or www.skagitopera.org
    7:30pm
  • Edison Bird Festival: The second annual Edison Bird Festival—which focuses on the “art, conservation and fascination” of birds—kicks off with a Chicken Parade at 10am Saturday starting at the Old Edison Inn. The event, which continues through 5:30pm Sunday, includes avian art-making, decoy carving demos, live raptor presentations, talks with bird experts, an art opening, guided bird excursions with the North Cascades Institute and a closing dinner celebration. Most events are free. http://www.edisonbirdfestival.com
    10:30am
  • Camera Acting Class: A “Camera Acting with Sean Cook: Basic Techniques” class happens from 4-7pm Saturday and Sunday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Students will have the opportunity to see their work and other students as they are directed for both still and hand-held shots. Cost is $75. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or http://www.idiomtheater.com
    4:00pm
  • Swan Watch: The Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and the Friends of Tennant Lake will host a “Swan Watch” and lecture starting at 7am at the tower at Ferndale’s Tennant Lake. All ages are welcome at the free event. 380-0456
    7:00am
  • 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
  • Sweetheart Breakfast: Pianist Rudi Weiss and violinist Petra Fiero will perform a variety of love songs during a Sweetheart Breakfast from 8-11am at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Entry is $3.50 for kids, $5 for adults or $13.50 per family. 756-0999
    8:00am
  • Sumas Book Club: Join the Sumas Book Club for hot coffee, cinnamon rolls and a discussion of Bill Bryson’s The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid at 9am at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St. The group meets once a month for lively, open-minded discussions. 988-2501
    9:00am
  • Fruit Growing: “Growing Strawberries, Blueberries, Rhubarb and Raspberries” will be the focus of a free workshop at 9am at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Register in advance. 676-5480 or http://www.garden-spot.com
    9:00am
  • AAUW Meeting: The Bellingham branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) hosts “AAUW Washington: An Active Voice for Women & Girls” presentation with AAUW president Kelvie Comer at 10am at the YWCA, 1026 N. Forest St. 392-8856
    10:00am
  • Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Auditions: Adults 19 years and older can audition for the Neighborhood Playhouse’s upcoming performances of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse at 10am at Melody Hall, 4071 Home Rd. 961-2213 or http://www.theneighborhoodplayhouse.net
    10:00am
  • Community Meal: All are welcome at the bimonthly Community Meal from 10am-12pm at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St. Entry is free. The next meal happens Feb. 23. 384-1422
    10:00am
  • Independent School Fair: Schools offering preschool through 12th grade will be represented at today’s WISE Independent School Fair from 10am-1pm at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave. Meet and visit with teachers and administrators, ask questions, learn about opportunities for home-schooled children and visit with educational vendors. Entry is free. 778-3681
    10:00am
  • Poetry Workshop: Poet Rachel Meal leads a free “Writing Boynton Contest Poems” workshop from 1-3pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. The event is part of Whatcom County’s annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, which begins in March. Donations will be accepted but not expected. Please register in advance. http://www.boyntonpoetrycontest.wordpress.com
    1:00pm
  • Cookie Class: Baker and candy-maker Lisa Hatten schools participants on how to make “Designer Sugar Cookies” from 1-4pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Entry is $35 plus $20 for each additional family member. 383-3200
    1:00pm
  • Ethics of Japanese Removal: "The History, Literature and Ethics of Japanese Removal" will be the focus of a "Reconciling the Past" discussion from 2-4pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Professor Robert Keller will explore various questions related to the topic as part of the Whatcom Reads! lineup related to David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars. Entry is free. 332-8146
    2:00pm
  • Salish Stories: An opening reception for “Salish Stories” happens from 3-7pm at Coast Salish Creations, 424 W. Bakerview Rd., #102. The exhibit, which shows through Feb. 28, features works by contemporary painter and shoe artist Phillip Solomon of the Lummi Nation. At 3:30pm, enjoy a contemporary and traditional Native fashion show featuring pieces by more than a dozen artists. (360) 922-7902
    3:00pm
  • Volunteer Vacations: Joyce Major, author of Smiling at the World: A Woman’s Passionate Yearlong Quest for Adventure and Love, leads a “Volunteer Vacations” talk and slideshow at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Major will be discussing how she has found global travel as a volunteer to be the best way to see the world. http://www.villagebooks.com
    4:00pm
  • Barbed Wire Memories: As part of Whatcom Reads!, attend a panel discussion with members of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American community who were incarcerated during World War II and were the inspiration for David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars from 4:30-6:30pm at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St. 988-2501
    4:30pm
  • Bird Festival Invitational Opening: An opening artist reception for the “Edison Bird Festival Invitational” happens from 5-8pm at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. The event, which is part of the this weekend’s Edison Bird Festival, features artwork by more than 40 local and regional artists. http://www.smithandvallee.com
    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
  • Old Time Square Dance: Lucas Hicks will call the moves to the music of the Shadies at an Old Time Square Dance from 6-9pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. The event is all-ages, and no experience is necessary. Entry is $5 per student, $10 for adults or $25 per family; funds raised benefit Cascades Montessori Middle School. 671-9930
    6:00pm
  • The Lost Art of Mixing: Seattle author Erica Bauermeister reads from her new book of fiction, The Lost Art of Mixing, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book has been called a “captivating meditation on the power of love, food and companionship. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Dessert Benefit: Help raise funds for the youth drop-in center, Amy’s Place, at a Dessert Benefit starting at 7pm at Melody Hall, 4071 Home Rd. Desserts and gift certificates will be auctioned off by emcee Michael Watters. Entry is free. 671-5567 or http://www.amysplaceforyouth.org
    7:00pm
  • Bellingham Youth Jazz Band: The Bellingham Youth Jazz Band will perform at a benefit swing dance from 7-9pm Saturday at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center (315 Halleck St.), and at 2pm Sunday at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall (121 Prospect St.). Entry to both shows is by donation. 676-5750
    7:00pm
  • Contra Dance Gala: Northern Contraband will provide live tunes at tonight’s Contra Dance from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. No experience is necessary. Entry is $6-$10 at the door. http://www.bellinghamcountrydance.org
    7:00pm
  • The Sweetest of Celebrations: Sample the region’s finest wines, cheeses, spirits and sweets at “The Sweetest of Celebrations” from 7:30-10:30pm at Lynden’s Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. The festivities will also include live music and fine art work and demonstrations. Tickets are $25 per person or $50 per couple. 778-1228 or http://www.jansenartcenter.org
    7:30pm
  • The Voca People: Take part in an “intergalactic” musical theater experience that bridges languages, cultures and even planets when the Voca People perform at 8pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The show features a cappella harmonies, physical comedy, the art of Beat box and other “mouth music.” Tickets are $20-$59. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    8:00pm
  • Mark Growden: Expect everything from New Orleans brass to grunge and Appalachian folk—and many genres in between—when Mark Growden performs at 8pm at the Bellingham Circus Guild’s Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. Entry is $10-$20 on a sliding scale (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). http://www.bellinghamcircusguild.com
    8:00pm

 

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