Week of Sunday, May 5, 2013
(119 events)

Sunday, May 5, 2013 (19 events)

  • Little Shop of Horrors: The Lynden Performing Arts Guild opens Little Shop of Horrors this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Additional performances of the popular musical take place though May 19. Tickets are $8-$12. http://www.clairevgtheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Driving Miss Daisy: The Alger Lookout Thespian Association opens its production of Driving Miss Daisy this weekend with shows at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. Tickets are $12-$14; matinee tickets are $10. Additional showings take place May 10-11 and 17-19. http://www.altatheatre.com
    7:00pm
  • Skagit Community Band: Attend the Skagit Community Band’s annual spring concert, “Stella by Starlight,” at 7:30pm Friday at La Conner’s Maple Hall, and 3pm Sunday in Anacortes at Brodniak Hall. Tickets are $10-$15 per person or $30 per family. http://www.skagitcommunityband.org
    7:30pm
  • Hello Dolly: Skagit Valley College’s music department will help tell the story of a matchmaker who’s been hired to arrange a marriage to a wealthy man at showings of the musical Hello Dolly at 7:30pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $15-$25 and additional showings can be attend May 11-12. http://www.mcintyrehall.org
    7:30pm
  • Rare Plant Sale: A wide variety of rare, reasonably prices garden perennials, agave trees and shrubs can be picked up at a Rare Garden Plant Benefit Sale from 9am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday in Ferndale at 1685 Grandview Pl. Funds raise will benefit the Community Empowerment Network. http://www.endruralpoverty.org
    10:00am
  • 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 from 8am-1pm at the Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Hwy. 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
  • Little Mountain Run: As part of the Bellingham Trail Running Series, sign up for today’s “Little Mountain 10K/25K” at 10am at Mount Vernon’s Little Mountain Park. The race starts and finishes at the parking lot at Jefferson Elementary School, 1801 E. Blackburn Rd. Cost is $40-$60. http://www.bellinghamtrail.com
    10:00am
  • High Tea: Attend a “Springtime High Tea” from 1-3pm at the Blaine Senior Center, 763 G St. Tickets are $15 and include tea sandwiches, scones, fruit, chocolates, live music by the Valley Voices, a silent auction and door prizes. Entry is $15 and advance purchase is recommended. 332-8040
    1:00pm
  • Soil Prep Workshop: “Preparing Your Soil” will be the focus of a free Master Gardener-led workshop at 2pm at Ferndale’s Hovander Homestead Park. No registration is required. 676-6736 or http://www.whatcom.wsu.edu
    2:00pm
  • Quilts of Valor: An opening reception for “Quilts of Valor” happens from 2-4pm at the Ferndale Public Library, 2007 Cherry St. The 25 quilts were made by locals and will be on display through May. 384-3647
    2:00pm
  • Circus Art Sketch: The monthly “Circus Art Sketch” takes place from 2-5pm at the Bellingham Circus Guild’s Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. The event features various costumed drawing sessions. No instruction will be provided, but chairs and costumed models will. http://www.bellinghamcircusguild.com
    2:00pm
  • Lynn Dee Reception: Attend an opening reception for Lynn Dee’s “Rockface” raku sculptures from 2-5pm at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave. The pieces will be on display through the month. http://www.goodearthpots.com
    2:00pm
  • Protea String Quartet: Hear a variety of classical favorites when the Protea String Quartet performs at 3pm at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $3. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    3:00pm
  • Redefining Literacy: Stephen Apkon will read from his new book, The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in the Age of Screens, at 3pm at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. There’ll also be a screening of a documentary he produced that “must remain nameless until its official premiere.” Copies of the book will be available. Entry is free; reservations are recommended. http://www.pickfordfilmcenter.org
    3:00pm
  • Broadway Recital: Students from the Vocal Studio of Jami Templeton will present a concert of Broadway and pop favorites at 4pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Suggested donation is $5. http://www.buf.org
    4:00pm
  • A Difficult Journey: Learn more about a “real-life” book intended for middle and high school students when Woodring College dean Karen Dade shares ideas from Divine N Promise: A Difficult Journey at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. 671-2626
    4:00pm
  • Mexican Cooking Class: Chef Roberto Cortez focuses on “Secrets of Mexico’s Interior” at a cooking demo at 6:30pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Entry is $48 and includes a four-course light meal. http://www.ciaothyme.com
    6:30pm

Monday, May 6, 2013 (4 events)

  • Beauty and the Beast: NETworks Presentations brings Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the big stage for 7pm performances Monday and Tuesday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets to see the elaborate theatrical production are $20-$75. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    7:00pm
  • David Suzuki: Author, environmentalist and activist David Suzuki speaks at 12pm at WWU's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall as part of Japan Week.. The event is free and open to the public. "Time is Running Out: Ecology or Economics?" will be the focus of his talk. http://www.wwu.edu
    12:00pm
  • Knock-Out Editing: Find out more about WWU’s Extended Education class, “Knock Out Editing,” at an informational course with instructor Laurel Leigh at 5:30pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The four-week class starts May 23. http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu
    5:30pm
  • Knife Skills: Chef Erik Morris will lead a “Knife Skills and Sharpening” class from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen’s Kitchen, 509 S. First St. Students will practice on fruits, vegetables and meat that will be put to good use in a communal meal at the end of the class. Entry is $30. http://www.gretchenskitchen.com
    6:30pm

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 (7 events)

  • Beauty and the Beast: NETworks Presentations brings Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the big stage for 7pm performances Monday and Tuesday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets to see the elaborate theatrical production are $20-$75. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    7:00pm
  • Dine Out for Maple Alley Inn: If you’ve been putting date night on hold—or date morning or date afternoon—make plans to eat out at dozens of Bellingham eateries today as part of the Opportunity Council’s annual “Dine Out for Maple Alley Inn.” At least 20 percent of each restaurant’s take from the day will go to support the program that provides hot, nutritious meals for anyone who is hungry. Check out the website listed here for a full list of participating restaurants. http://www.oppco.org
    8:00am
  • 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
  • Spring Fling Run: Don your favorite spring colors for a “Shades of Color Spring Fling” run starting at 6pm from Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. Nike shoes and apparel will be raffled off to the rainbow of runners. Entry is free. http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
    6:00pm
  • Outdoor Photo Basics: Patrick Kennedy will share tips on getting better scenic shots at an “Outdoor Photography Basics” clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Register in advance for the free course. 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
    6:00pm
  • Soup Stocks: Co-op deli chef Paul Manthe focuses on “Superior Soup Stocks” at a course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op’s Connection Building, 1220 N. Forest St. Plenty of taste samples will be provided. Cost is $29. 383-3200
    6:30pm
  • Dandelion Hunter: Forager and journalist Rebecca Lerner shares stories and ideas from Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 (10 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
  • Bike Maintenance Basics: Learn how to lube a chain, fix a flat and more at a free “Bike Maintenance Basics” clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. No experience is necessary. Please register in advance. 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
    6:00pm
  • Hidden Forest Foray: Join the Koma Kulshan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society for a “Hidden Forest Foray” to identify native plants from 6-8pm starting at Bellingham’s Sehome Hill Arboretum. Guidebook author and Arboretum board member Mark Turner will lead the way. Entry is free, and registration is not required. 319-6988 or http://www.wnps.org
    6:00pm
  • Foodie Series: The first of a local “Foodie Series” begins at 6:30pm at Lehman’s Appliance, 2001 James St. Reps from the Table will lead a “Making Ravioli” course in Lehman’s Jenn-Air Test Kitchen. Entry is $10. Please register in advance. (206) 375-6080
    6:30pm
  • Around the World with Robert Fong: Global fusion will be the focus when Robert Fong leads an “Around the World” course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $65. 383-3200
    6:30pm
  • Art Talk: Exhibiting artist Linda Scoboria will be on hand to discuss her work at an Art Talk at 7pm at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 601 W. Holly St. Scoboria’s cut paper paintings will be on display through June 1. http://www.chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com
    7:00pm
  • William Dietrich: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author William Dietrich reads from his latest Ethan Cage adventure, The Barbed Crown, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Entry is free. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater: All are welcome to read their original writings at the monthly Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theatre Open Mic starting at 7pm at the café at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. http://www.chuckanutsandstone.blogspot.com
    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, May 9, 2013 (18 events)

  • Queer Experience: Members of the queer community will break down barriers and reclaim their truths at memoir performances of the 4th annual “Queer Experience” at 7pm Thursday and Friday at WWU’s Viking Union 552. The cast includes both students and community members. Entry is free. http://www.wwu.edu
    7:00pm
  • Soapbox: Original song and dance, characters both realistic and theatrical, moments both comic and dramatic and personal revelations will be part of Soapbox performances at 7:30pm Thursday-Friday, and 7:30pm and 10:30pm Saturday, at WWU’s Performing Arts Center. FYI: The show contains adult content, so it’s best to leave the kids at home. Ticket are $8-$12 and additional performances happen May 15-18. 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    7:30pm
  • Evermore: Go 1,000 years into the future when showings of the science-fiction rock musical Evermore take to the stage at showings at 8pm Thursday-Saturday at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Additional showings of the futuristic love story—which was directed by Bellingham’s Christopher Key—take place May 17-18 at Whatcom Community College. Tickets are $12-$20. http://www.lincolntheatre.org or www.freekeyproductions.org
    8:00pm
  • Little Shop of Horrors: The Lynden Performing Arts Guild presents Little Shop of Horrors at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Additional performances of the popular musical take place though May 19. Tickets are $8-$12. http://www.clairevgtheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • BAC Plant Sale: A Plant Sale takes place from 9am-4pm Thursday and Friday at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. 733-4030 or http://www.wccoa.org
    9:00am
  • Skippyjon Jones: As part of the MBT’s annual Education Series, kids can attend a showing of Skippyjon Jones at 10am and 12:15pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $5-$6.50. http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    10:00am
  • David Marshall Tribute: Sculpture Northwest and the Sculptors' Society of British Columbia will host a formal opening for the "Tribute to David Marshall" exhibit at 2:30pm at the Big Rock Garden Park, 2900 Sylvan St. Artists from several nations will be on hand at the exhibit, which honors Marshall, a Canadian sculptor who died in 2006. Entry is free. 734-9757 or http://www.sculpturenortwest.org
    2:30pm
  • Day of Giving: The Skagit Community Foundation will host the Skagit Day of Giving from 5-8pm at Mount Vernon’s St. Joseph Center. The event features youth activities and crafts, educational booths, live music, food and beverages. You’ll also leave with a greater understanding and appreciation for local nonprofits and the resources they sustain. Entry is free. http://www.skagitcf.org
    5:00pm
  • Nick Swanson: Young musician Nick Swanson will do his thing at a free concert from 5:30-7:30pm at the Piano Lounge at Lynden’s Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. http://www.jansenartcenter.org
    5:30pm
  • After Hours Art: “Native Landscape” will be the focus on the weekly After Hours Art gathering at 6:30pm at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. Attendees will find out how native plants can accent your home and garden from an Olson Kundig architect, then explore the “Jim Olson: Art in Architecture” exhibit. Entry is free with $5 Thursday admission. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    6:30pm
  • Wine Class: Tim Johnson focuses on “Wine Terroirs of the Yakima Valley” at a class from 6:30-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Reps from several wineries will be on hand, and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Entry is $25. 734-8158
    6:30pm
  • Gluten-free Recipes: Chef Atterberry leads a “Gluten-free Recipes” class 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
  • Atlantic Crossing: Jordan Hanssen shares the account of an epic journey when he reads from his memoir, Rowing Into the Son: Four Young Men Crossing the North Atlantic, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. 671-2626
    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
  • Fitness Forum: Elizabeth Hampton from CORE Physical Therapy will lead a Fitness Forum titled “Why Jane Stopped Running…” at 7:15pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The free presentation will focus on women’s “fluid retainment issues." http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
    7:15pm
  • 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
  • North Sound Community Orchestra: The North Sound Community Orchestra offers up a free concert at 7:30pm at Kulshan Middle School, 1250 Kenoyer Dr. Refreshments will be served, and donations will be accepted. 756-0756
    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, May 10, 2013 (20 events)

  • Queer Experience: Members of the queer community will break down barriers and reclaim their truths at memoir performances of the 4th annual “Queer Experience” at 7pm Thursday and Friday at WWU’s Viking Union 552. The cast includes both students and community members. Entry is free. http://www.wwu.edu
    7:00pm
  • Soapbox: Original song and dance, characters both realistic and theatrical, moments both comic and dramatic and personal revelations will be part of Soapbox performances at 7:30pm Thursday-Friday, and 7:30pm and 10:30pm Saturday, at WWU’s Performing Arts Center. FYI: The show contains adult content, so it’s best to leave the kids at home. Ticket are $8-$12 and additional performances happen May 15-18. 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    7:30pm
  • Evermore: Go 1,000 years into the future when showings of the science-fiction rock musical Evermore take to the stage at showings at 8pm Thursday-Saturday at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Additional showings of the futuristic love story—which was directed by Bellingham’s Christopher Key—take place May 17-18 at Whatcom Community College. Tickets are $12-$20. http://www.lincolntheatre.org or www.freekeyproductions.org
    8:00pm
  • Little Shop of Horrors: The Lynden Performing Arts Guild presents Little Shop of Horrors at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Additional performances of the popular musical take place though May 19. Tickets are $8-$12. http://www.clairevgtheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Abilene: Follow Captain Gideon Harris and his struggles to bring the first cattle drive to the town of Abilene, Kansas, when the second episode of Ben Eisner’s five-part serial play, Abilene shows at 8pm and 10pm shows Friday and Saturday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Tune in for a new episode each weekend through June 1. Tickets are $10 per show or $35 for all five. 201-5464 or http://www.idiomtheater.com
    8:00pm
  • Mixed Bag: View classic and evolving improv formats at “Games Galore!” shows at 8pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, viewers can show up for “Director’s Cut” performances. Tickets are $8-$10. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • Book Sale: Friends of Deming Library will host a Spring Book and Plant Sale from 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. The sale happens again May 17-18. 592-5748
    10:00am
  • Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse: The Neighborhood Playhouse presents showings of Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 5pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Tickets to see the adaptation of the popular book by Kevin Kenkes are $8 for kids and $12 for adults. http://www.theneighborhoodplayhouse.net
    7:00pm
  • Into the Woods: Young performers ages 12-15 present showings of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10 at the door or online. Additional showings take place May 17-18. http://www.baay.org
    7:00pm
  • Crenshaw Family Reunion: Watch familial shenanigans ensue at showings of Crenshaw Family Reunion at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at Everson’s Nooksack Valley High School, 3326 E. Badger Rd. Tickets are $8 and additional showings happen May 17-19. http://www.nooksackschools.org
    7:00pm
  • Skagit Cantabile: The Cantabile of Skagit Valley will celebrate 100 years since the birth of composer Benjamin Britten by singing his glorious “Hymn to St. Cecilia,” and other pieces by contemporary composers, at “The Sounds of Spring” concerts at 7:30pm Friday at Anacortes Christian Church, 7:30pm Saturday at Lynnwood’s Trinity Lutheran Church, and 2pm Sunday at Bellingham’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. http://www.cantabileofskagitvalley.org
    7:30pm
  • Camano Island Studio Tour: Forty-eight artists, 31 studios and three galleries will take part in the 15th annual Camano Island Studio Tour from 10am-5pm Friday through Sunday throughout the island. The free, self-guided tour takes place again May 18-19. http://www.camanoarts.org
    10:00am
  • Pacific NerdWest: Talks and panels, a vendor expo, a geek auction, a NERF war, video games and a variety of other events will be part of Pacific NerdWest happening Friday through Sunday at a variety of venues in downtown Bellingham. Cost is $20. http://www.pacificnerdwest.com
    4:00pm
  • Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom Walks for “Wild Things” excursions from 9:30-11am every Friday in May at Cornwall Park. Entry is by donation. http://www.wildwhatcom.org
    9:30am
  • Bellingham Farmers Market: The Bellingham Farmers Market can be visited from 10am-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 21at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. Fresh produce, crafts and a variety of ready-to-eat good are available. Today’s event also includes the monthly “Chef in the Market,” with demos by local chefs at 11am (Ciao Thyme) and 1pm (Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen). http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
    2:01pm
  • 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
  • Matthies Art Opening: Contemporary artist Dick Matthies will be showing a special sampler of bite-sized works drawn from decades of painting at an opening 6pm at Stanwood’s Firelight Bistro, 10007 270th St. NW. Entry is $15 and includes a wine tasting and appetizers. (360) 629-7575
    6:00pm
  • Magic with Elliott Hofferth: Anacortes High School student and magician Elliott Hofferth presents a 90-minute Las Vegas-style show featuring sleight-of-hand tricks and much more at 7pm at the school’s Brodniak Hall, 1600 20th St. Tickets will be $7 at the door. (360) 293-2166
    7:00pm
  • Young Adult Authors: Young adult authors Danika Dinsmore (Brigitta from the White Forest and The Ruins of Noe) and Stacy R. Campbell (Hush) will read from their respective works at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Alessio Bax: The final Sanford-Hill Piano Series concert of the season will feature award-winning pianist Alessio Bax at 7:30pm at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $9 for students, $18 for seniors and $24 general. 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    7:30pm

Saturday, May 11, 2013 (44 events)

  • Mother’s Day Studio Tour: More than 40 artists will display their works at the self-guided Artists Studio Tour happening from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday throughout Blaine, Birch Bay, and Custer. Entry to the Mother’s Day weekend tour is free. Maps can be picked up at the Blaine Visitors Center, 728 Peace Portal Dr., or at participating locations. http://www.blaineharborartgallery.com
    10:00am
  • Soapbox: Original song and dance, characters both realistic and theatrical, moments both comic and dramatic and personal revelations will be part of Soapbox performances at 7:30pm Thursday-Friday, and 7:30pm and 10:30pm Saturday, at WWU’s Performing Arts Center. FYI: The show contains adult content, so it’s best to leave the kids at home. Ticket are $8-$12 and additional performances happen May 15-18. 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    7:30pm
  • Evermore: Go 1,000 years into the future when showings of the science-fiction rock musical Evermore take to the stage at showings at 8pm Thursday-Saturday at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Additional showings of the futuristic love story—which was directed by Bellingham’s Christopher Key—take place May 17-18 at Whatcom Community College. Tickets are $12-$20. http://www.lincolntheatre.org or www.freekeyproductions.org
    8:00pm
  • Little Shop of Horrors: The Lynden Performing Arts Guild presents Little Shop of Horrors at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Additional performances of the popular musical take place though May 19. Tickets are $8-$12. http://www.clairevgtheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Abilene: Follow Captain Gideon Harris and his struggles to bring the first cattle drive to the town of Abilene, Kansas, when the second episode of Ben Eisner’s five-part serial play, Abilene shows at 8pm and 10pm shows Friday and Saturday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Tune in for a new episode each weekend through June 1. Tickets are $10 per show or $35 for all five. 201-5464 or http://www.idiomtheater.com
    8:00pm
  • Mixed Bag: View classic and evolving improv formats at “Games Galore!” shows at 8pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, viewers can show up for “Director’s Cut” performances. Tickets are $8-$10. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • Book Sale: Friends of Deming Library will host a Spring Book and Plant Sale from 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. The sale happens again May 17-18. 592-5748
    10:00am
  • Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse: The Neighborhood Playhouse presents showings of Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 5pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Tickets to see the adaptation of the popular book by Kevin Kenkes are $8 for kids and $12 for adults. http://www.theneighborhoodplayhouse.net
    7:00pm
  • Into the Woods: Young performers ages 12-15 present showings of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10 at the door or online. Additional showings take place May 17-18. http://www.baay.org
    7:00pm
  • Crenshaw Family Reunion: Watch familial shenanigans ensue at showings of Crenshaw Family Reunion at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at Everson’s Nooksack Valley High School, 3326 E. Badger Rd. Tickets are $8 and additional showings happen May 17-19. http://www.nooksackschools.org
    7:00pm
  • Skagit Cantabile: The Cantabile of Skagit Valley will celebrate 100 years since the birth of composer Benjamin Britten by singing his glorious “Hymn to St. Cecilia,” and other pieces by contemporary composers, at “The Sounds of Spring” concerts at 7:30pm Friday at Anacortes Christian Church, 7:30pm Saturday at Lynnwood’s Trinity Lutheran Church, and 2pm Sunday at Bellingham’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. http://www.cantabileofskagitvalley.org
    7:30pm
  • Camano Island Studio Tour: Forty-eight artists, 31 studios and three galleries will take part in the 15th annual Camano Island Studio Tour from 10am-5pm Friday through Sunday throughout the island. The free, self-guided tour takes place again May 18-19. http://www.camanoarts.org
    10:00am
  • Pacific NerdWest: Talks and panels, a vendor expo, a geek auction, a NERF war, video games and a variety of other events will be part of Pacific NerdWest happening Friday through Sunday at a variety of venues in downtown Bellingham. Cost is $20. http://www.pacificnerdwest.com
    4:00pm
  • Garden Art Workshop: Sue Roberts will lead a “Mosaic Garden Art” workshop from 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday in Bow at Harmony Fields, 7465 Thomas Rd. Cost is $95, plus $15 for materials. http://www.hfrproduce.com
    10:00am
  • 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
  • Lost Lake 50K: The fifth annual Lost Lake 50K begins at 8am at Larrabee State Park. Entry to the run the course, which will include an 8,200-foot elevation gain, is $55-$60. http://www.skagitrunners.org
    8:00am
  • Skagit Plant Fair: Thousands of locally grown tomato plants, veggie starts, flowers, perennials, herbs, shrubs, trees and native plants can be had at the Skagit County Master Gardener Plant Fair from 8am-2pm at Mount Vernon’s Skagit County Fairgrounds, 1410 Virginia St. Entry is free. http://www.skagit.wsu.edu
    8:00am
  • Bike-A-Thon: Help raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the 30th annual Bike-A-Thon happening from 9am-12:30pm in Lynden at the NW Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. Community members are encouraged to participate by bicycling, walking, or jogging at the event and asking for donations and support from friends, family, coworkers, etc. 354-5752 or http://www.cff.org
    9:00am
  • Master Gardener Plant Sale: The Whatcom County Master Gardener Foundation will host its annual Plant Sale from 9am-2pm at Ferndale’s Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Nielsen Ave. Expect lots of plants at great prices, including unusual tomato plants, lots of veggie starts, lettuce bowls, along with perennials, trees, shrubs and herbs. Entry is free. 676-6736 or http://www.whatcom.wsu.edu
    9:00am
  • Show-N-Shine: Classics, antiques, custom cars and trucks will be on display at the 6th annual “Show-N-Shine” from 9am-3pm at Burlington’s Foothills Toyota, 1881 Bouslog Rd. Entry is free with donations of nonperishable food items for area food banks. http://www.footshilltoyota.com
    9:00am
  • Trinkets & Treasures: A garage sale, bake sale, performers, a bouncy house, glitter tattoos and more will be part of the Ferndale Band Boosters annual “Trinkets & Treasures” Spring Festival from 9am-5pm at Ferndale High School, 5830 Golden Eagle Dr. Entry is free. http://www.ferndaleband.org
    9:00am
  • Community Meal: Chicken cacciatore, green salad, mixed veggies and berry crisps will be on the menu at the bimonthly Community Meal from 10am-12pm at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St. Entry is free and open to all. 384-1422
    10:00am
  • Bellingham Farmers Market: The Bellingham Farmers Market can be visited from 10am-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 21at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. Fresh produce, crafts and a variety of ready-to-eat good are available. http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
    10:00am
  • Ferndale Farmers Market: Fresh produce and handcrafted products will be available for perusal and purchase at the Ferndale Public Market from 10am-3pm at the town’s Centennial Riverwalk Park. The weekly market runs through Oct. 12. http://www.ferndalepublicmarket.com
    10:00am
  • Belle on Wheels: Celebrate fashion and functionality at Everybody Bike's "Belle on Wheels" event starting at 10:30am at Bellingham's Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to viewing spring outfits, handbags and accessories modeled on matching chic bicycles, attendees can get information about Bike to Work and School Day and enter to win prizes. Entry is free. http://www.everybodybike.com
    10:30am
  • Cider and Mead Festival: As many as 20 hard cider and mead producers will share their liquid assets at the third annual Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival happening from 11am-4pm at the Eastsound Village Green. Local musicians will be entertaining the throng, and several island restaurants will be featuring cider pairings and entrees during the week. Entry starts at $5 per person. http://www.orcasislandciderfest.org
    11:00am
  • Gluten-Free Food Fair: The 6th annual Gluten-Free Food Fair takes place from 1-4pm at the Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. In addition to sampling gluten-free foods sold in the market and by local food producers, there’ll be info about support that is available locally, door prizes and goodie bags (while supplies last). Entry is free. http://www.bellinghampublicmarket.com
    1:00pm
  • Be Ready!: Kim Chase shares ideas from her book Be Ready!—Religion at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Attendees can find out how to become spiritually and physically prepared for what lies ahead, the importance of watching the signs of the times, and what to watch for. 671-2626
    4:00pm
  • Womencare Gala: Womencare Shelter will hold its annual Dinner and Auction Gala starting at 5pm at the Silver Reef Casino, 4876 Haxton Way. Tickets are $75 and include dinner, champagne and live and silent auctions. http://www.womencareshelter.org
    5:00pm
  • Bellingham Roller Betties Bout: Attend a Bellingham Roller Betties roller derby bout at 5pm at Whatcom Community College’s Orca Pavilion. Entry is $6 for kids, $14 for adults. http://www.bellinghamrollerbetties.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
  • BHS Alumni Band: The Bellingham High School Alumni Concert Band will perform at the ensemble’s 5th annual Spring Concert starting at 6pm at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. Tickets are $25 and include a silent auction, hearty appetizers and the show. 756-0756 or http://www.bhsalumniband.com
    6:00pm
  • Polecat CD Release: An all-ages CD Release Party for Polecat’s latest album begins at 7pm at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. In addition to the music, there’ll be face painting, a photo station, a bar and dancing. Tickets are $5 (free for those 12 and under). http://www.polecatmusic.com
    7:00pm
  • Chamber Music Society Concert: The newly formed Bellingham Chamber Music Society performs “Chamber Music of Three Centuries” at a 7pm concert at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Works by Beethoven, Mozart, Arnold and others are on the lineup. Suggested donation is $20. (206) 953-2275
    7:00pm
  • Mt. Baker Toppers, Swing Connection: The Mt. Baker Toppers Barbershop Chorus will be joined the Jay Birds and the big band sounds of Swing Connection at a Mother’s Day Musical Celebration at 7pm at Whatcom Community College’s Syre Hall, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Tickets are $10-$15. http://www.topperchorus.org
    7:00pm
  • Contra Dance: Up in the Air will provide the live tunes at the Bellingham Country Dance Society’s bimonthly Contra Dance from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $6 for students and $8-$10 general. http://www.bellinghamcountrydance.org
    7:00pm
  • Marimba Jam: Big Bad Monkeys Youth Marimba Band, Kuungana, and Ruvara Marimba Ensemble will perform at a Three-Band Marimba Jam from 7-11pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Suggested donation is $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. 920-6494
    7:00pm
  • Scottish Dance Social: Join the Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers for a Scottish Country Dance Social at 7:30pm at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. Admission is $7-$10. All dances will be walked through. http://www.bellinghamscd.org
    7:30pm
  • Allegra and Friends: “Aqua” will be the theme of today’s concert with the Allegra Vocal Ensemble, the Sharon Peterson Conservatory String Quartet, and the Bemused Vocal Quartet at 7:30pm at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1720 Harris Ave. “Singin’ in the Rain,” “At the River,” and “the Water is Wide” will be among the musical selections. Suggested donation is $10. http://www.bellinghamsings.org
    7:30pm
  • Tribal Art Presentation: Author, carver and Lummi Island resident Paul Owen Lewis leads a “Tribal Art Styles of the Northwest Coast” presentation at 7:30pm at the Lummi Island Grange, 2220 N. Nugent St. Entry is free. 758-7145
    7:30pm
  • Hello Dolly: Skagit Valley College’s music department will help tell the story of a matchmaker who’s been hired to arrange a marriage to a wealthy man at showings of the musical Hello Dolly at 7:30pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $15-$25. http://www.mcintyrehall.org
    7:30pm
  • Ronnie James Dio Tribute: The band known as Rising presents “A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio” at 8pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The ensemble will bring back the music of Dio, who performed with such bands as Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Heaven and Hell, and Elf. Tickets are $10-$24. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    8:00pm
  • Collegium Concert: Attend a Collegium Concert featuring the premiere of the “Birthday Cantata for Gustav III” at 8pm at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Entry is free and open to the public. 650-3130
    8:00pm
  • Poetry Alive: Bellingham-based poets Kevin Murphy. Matthew Brouwer, and Jodee Adams-Moore will perform at a “Poetry Alive!” reading at 8pm at the Little Studio Up Top, 1412 Cornwall Ave. Entry is $10 in advance at the downtown Community Food Co-op or $12 at the door. http://www.matthewbrouwerpoet.com or www.batcavepottery.weebly.com
    8:00pm

 

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