Week of Sunday, May 12, 2013
(128 events)

Sunday, May 12, 2013 (15 events)

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Mother’s Day Brunch: An all-you-can-eat Mother’s Day Brunch takes place from 10am-2pm in the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Entry is $12 for kids and $20 per adult, and reservations are recommended. P.S. Moms get a free mimosa. http://www.bbaybrewery.com
    10:00am
  • Mother’s Day at Big Rock Garden: Bring mom along to peruse sculptures both new and permanent from 1-4pm at the annual "Mother's Day at Big Rock Garden" gathering at Big Rock Garden park, 2900 Sylvan St. In addition to the art, attendees can take in the lush foliage, listen to live music by a Celtic harpist and check out the plein air painters who'll be on the grounds. Entry is free. Parking is limited, so consider taking a free shuttle from Bloedel Donovan Park. 778-7100
    1:00pm
  • Geoffrey Castle Band: The Geoffrey Castle Band will be joined by the world premiere of Turn on Red—a tribute to genius bass player Jaco Pastorius and bands like Weather Report and Return to Forever featuring Grammy Award-winning guitarist Frank Gambale—at a 6pm Mother’s Day Concert at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $20. http://www.lincolntheatre.org
    6:00pm

Monday, May 13, 2013 (5 events)

  • Children’s Book Week: Celebrate youth literacy as part of Children’s Book Week from May 13-19 at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Storytimes, author events and more will happen through the week. http://www.villagebooks.com
    10:30am
  • Mushroom Farm Walk: Join Tilth Producers for a Farm Walk from 12:30-4pm at Cascadia Mushrooms in Bellingham. Farm owner and operator Alex Winstead will demonstrate the operation he designed and built from scratch in 2009. Cost is $15-$25. Please register in advance, as space is limited. http://www.tilthproducers.org
    12:30pm
  • Blaine Book Group: Cokie Roberts’ Founding Mothers will be the focus of today’s Monday Book Group gathering from 6-8pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. 332-8146
    6:00pm
  • Farmacology: Physician, author and professor of Family Medicine Daphne Miller shares ideas from her new book Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Guffawingham: A new weekly open mic for comedians, dubbed “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 8pm Mondays at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. http://www.acoustictavern.com
    8:00pm

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 (6 events)

  • Children’s Book Week: Celebrate youth literacy as part of Children’s Book Week from May 13-19 at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Storytimes, author events and more will happen through the week. http://www.villagebooks.com
    10:30am
  • Western Connections: Wilson Library reference specialist Julene Sodt leads a “Western Connections” brown bag speaker series focusing on “Breaking Knitting Stereotypes” at 12pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Entry is free. 671-2626
    12:00pm
  • 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
  • Lebanese Tapas: Chef Cholam helms a “Lebanese Tapas” 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
  • Italian Feast: Antipasto plates, pasta dishes and fruit and polenta cake will be among the menu items to master when Karina Davidson leads a “Rustic Italian Feast” course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Cost is $39. 383-3200
    6:30pm
  • Julia Serano: Whipping Girl author, slam poet and trans-feminist Julia Serano focuses on “A Holistic View of Feminism” at a 7pm discussion at Western Washington University’s Arntzen Hall 100. Entry is free and open to the public. http://www.wwu.edu
    7:00pm

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 (11 events)

  • Children’s Book Week: Celebrate youth literacy as part of Children’s Book Week from May 13-19 at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Storytimes, author events and more will happen through the week. http://www.villagebooks.com
    10:30am
  • 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 Wednesday-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. Tickets are $8-$12. 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    7:30pm
  • 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
  • Better Than Fresh: Discover winning ways to use day-old bread at a “Better Than Fresh” course with Chef Jesse Otero from 6-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Entry is $35. 383-3200
    6:00pm
  • Cafe Favorites: Mataio Gillis, Shawn Warner, and Amber Holway will team up to present “Soups, Salads, & More” at 6:30pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. The class will focus on fan’s menu faves of the Ciao Thyme Café. Entry is $55. http://www.ciaothyme.com
    6:30pm
  • Meat Animals 101: Matthew Aamot of Hannegan Farm & Home leads a “Raising Meat Animals on the Small Homestead” presentation at 6:30pm at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St. Attendees will find out what you need to know to raise meat birds, rabbits and other small animals in limited space. Entry is free. 988-2501
    6:30pm
  • Whatcom Girls Chorus: Music from the 1960s will be highlighted when the Whatcom Girls Chorus presents its Spring Concert at 7pm at the Firs Retreat Center, 4605 Cable St. Entry is by donation. http://www.whatcomgirlschorus.com
    7:00pm
  • The Woman Upstairs: New York Times bestselling author Claire Messud reads from her new work of fiction, The Woman Upstairs, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Vaudevillingham: The monthly uncensored variety show known as Vaudevillingham can be seen at 7pm and 9pm performances at the Bellingham Circus Guild’s Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. Suggested donation for the fundraiser is $5-$10. http://www.bellinghamcircusguild.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 16, 2013 (21 events)

  • Children’s Book Week: Celebrate youth literacy as part of Children’s Book Week from May 13-19 at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Storytimes, author events and more will happen through the week. http://www.villagebooks.com
    10:30am
  • 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 Wednesday-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. Tickets are $8-$12. 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    7:30pm
  • Little Shop of Horrors: The Lynden Performing Arts Guild presents Little Shop of Horrors for the final weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $8-$12. http://www.clairevgtheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Baja Design Competition: The Western Washington University chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers will host the Baja 2013 International Design Competition from 8am-5pm Thursday and Friday at Lynden’s NW Washington Fairgrounds and 8am-3pm Saturday and Sunday at Hannegan Speedway. The event—which calls for students to develop a vehicle—is free and open to the public. 650-4128 or http://www.wwu.edu/bajasae/
    8:00am
  • Community to Community: Learn how social change is happening in our area at a “Community to Community with Rosalinda Guillen” brown bag discussion at 12:30pm at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Guillen will discuss the women-led, grassroots effort that C2C has undertaken to support under-represented people and create sustainable agricultural policies for farm workers in Whatcom County. Suggested donation is $3. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:30pm
  • Ladies Night Out: “Pretty in Purple” will be the theme of the fifth annual “Ladies Night Out” from 5-11pm in downtown Bellingham. Attendees are invited to come downtown to shop, primp and sip while taking advantage of various specials and promotions offered by participating businesses throughout the urban core. Proceeds will benefit nonprofit organizations such as Lydia Place, DVSAS, and Women Build. http://www.downtownbellingham.com
    5:00pm
  • Raise the Roof: Habitat for Humanity will host a “Raise the Roof” auction starting at 5:30pm at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. Tickets are $50 and include libations, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, dessert and entry to both silent and live auctions. http://www.hfhwhatcom.org
    5:30pm
  • Steve Rudy: Solo piano pieces will be highlighted when Steve Rudy plays songs from his new CD, Songbook, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Piano Lounge at Lynden’s Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Entry is free. http://www.jansenartcenter.org
    5:30pm
  • Springtime Brunch: Registered dietician Lisa Nixon focuses on “Springtime Brunch” courses at a class from 6-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Entry is $35. 383-3200
    6:00pm
  • After Hours Art: Take an “Exhibition Expedition” with intrepid and informed guides at the weekly “After Hours Art” gathering at 6:30pm at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. Entry is free with $5 Thursday admission. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    6:30pm
  • Mother Sauces: “The Five Mother Sauces” will take the lead at a course with Chef Nguyen 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
  • Jazz Legacy Concert: Local drummer Julian MacDonough will help debut a new monthly Jazz Legacy concert series with “Art of the Piano Trio” at 7pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. MacDonough will be joined by pianist Miles Black and bass man Chuck Kistler. Tickets are $10-$15 at the door. http://www.facebook.com/legacyjazzconcerts
    7:00pm
  • Volcano Talk: “Mt. Baker: The Active Volcano in Our Backyard” will be the focus of a presentation with WWU geologist Dave Tucker at 7pm in Mount Vernon at the Tarro Theatre at Skagit Valley College. Admission is by donation. wwwwmbvrc.wordpress.com
    7:00pm
  • Boynton Poetry Awards Ceremony: The public is invited to hear area poets read from their winning works at the awards ceremony for the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest at 7pm at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Copies of the poems will be displayed throughout the year on WTA buses and at the Poetry Walk in front of the Bellingham Public Library. http://www.boyntonpoetrycontest.wordpress.com
    7:00pm
  • Penguin Power: Biologist Dee Boersma and penguin researcher Pablo Garcia Borboroglu share stories and slides from their book Penguins: Natural History & Conservation at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. 671-2626
    7:00pm
  • Intro to Improv: Sheila Goldsmith of Improv Playworks presents an “Awaken the Spontaneity Within!” introductory improv class from 7-9pm at 1415 Dupont St. Please register in advance for the free workshop. 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
  • One Voice: Band, orchestra and choir students from Bellingham High School, Sehome High School, and Squalicum High School will perform at a “One Voice” fundraising concert to benefit Bellingham Public Schools employees affected by cancer from 7-10pm at Squalicum High School, 3773 E. McLeod Rd. Admission is by donation. 650-0926
    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
  • Magpie: Folk legends Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino—also known as Magpie—will perform at a Whatcom Land Trust-sponsored concert at 7:30pm at the Roeder Home, 2600 Sunset Dr. “Music of Mudflats to Mountains: A Celebration of Whatcom County” will be the focus of the performance. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. 306-3365 or http://www.magpiemusic.com
    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 17, 2013 (34 events)

  • Children’s Book Week: Celebrate youth literacy as part of Children’s Book Week from May 13-19 at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Storytimes, author events and more will happen through the week. http://www.villagebooks.com
    10:30am
  • 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 Wednesday-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. Tickets are $8-$12. 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    7:30pm
  • Little Shop of Horrors: The Lynden Performing Arts Guild presents Little Shop of Horrors for the final weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $8-$12. http://www.clairevgtheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Baja Design Competition: The Western Washington University chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers will host the Baja 2013 International Design Competition from 8am-5pm Thursday and Friday at Lynden’s NW Washington Fairgrounds and 8am-3pm Saturday and Sunday at Hannegan Speedway. The event—which calls for students to develop a vehicle—is free and open to the public. 650-4128 or http://www.wwu.edu/bajasae/
    8:00am
  • Evermore: Go 1,000 years into the future when showings of the science-fiction rock musical Evermore take to the stage at 8pm Friday and Saturday at Whatcom Community College’s Syre Theatre, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Tickets are $15. http://www.freekeyproductions.org
    8:00pm
  • Abilene: Follow Captain Gideon Harris and his struggles to bring the first cattle drive to the town of Abilene, Kansas, when the third 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. 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
  • Welding Rodeo: Join in the "fun, flare and sparks" at the annual Welding Rodeo happening from 8am-5pm Friday and Saturday at Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. In addition to the real-time welded sculpture and skills competition comprised of professional teams from throughout Washington State, there'll be a Welding Skills Challenge open to all, a hands-on welding booth, a vendor trade show, industry reps, raffles, food, blacksmithing demos and much more. Entry is free. http://www.weldingrodeo.com
    8:00am
  • Spring 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. 592-5748
    10:00am
  • Into the Woods: Young performers ages 12-15 present showings of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods at 7pm Friday, 1:30pm 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. http://www.baay.org
    7:00pm
  • Driving Miss Daisy: The Alger Lookout Thespian Association continues its production of Driving Miss Daisy 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. http://www.altatheatre.com
    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. http://www.nooksackschools.org
    7:00pm
  • Art by the Airport: The Whatcom Art Guild presents its annual Ski to Sea exhibit and sale, “Art by the Airport,” from 6-8pm Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at Hampton Inn’s Fox Hall, 3985 Bennett Dr. Approximately 50 members will display artwork in a variety of genres, and there’ll be art demos, a garden plant sale and food by Bare Bones Barbecue. Entry is free. http://www.whatcomartguild.org
    6:00pm
  • Back 2 Bellingham: Art exhibits, planetarium shows, live music, paddling and bike excursions, theater, a carnival, campus tours, dinners, birding walks, presentations, open houses and much, much more will be part of the 100-plus activities happening during Western Washington University’s “Back2Bellingham” celebration happening on campus and throughout Bellingham Friday through Sunday. Many events are free. http://www.back2bellingham.com
    10:00am
  • Bike to Work and School Day: Celebrate the 16th annual Bike to Work and School Day from 6:30-9:30am at a plethora of “celebration stations” throughout Whatcom County (see the website listed here to find the one closest to you). Once you check in, you’ll be gifted with a variety of foodstuffs and swag. Later in the day, there’ll be a Tricycle Relay Race and Slow Bike Race at noon at City Hall, and, at 5pm, an after-work party at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen. http://www.biketoworkandschoolday.org
    6:30am
  • Pancake Feed: As part of Bike to Work and School Day, attend a Pancake Feed from 6:30-11am at the Hub Community Bike Shop, 903 ½ N. State St. In addition to the pancakes, there’ll be coffee, adult beverages, live music, a photo booth and a dance party. 255-2072
    6:30am
  • 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
  • Sherlock’s Staying Power: “Dr. Doyle and Mr. Holmes: The Cultural Staying Power of Sherlock Holmes” will be the focus of a Humanities Washington Speaker Series talk with journalist Tim Keogh at noon at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Entry is free. 778-7323
    12:00pm
  • 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
  • Farm Fun Friday: Food, drinks, live music and lawn games will be part of “Farm Fun Fridays” until 9pm every Friday through July 5 at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. The distillery tasting room will also be open late, with free tastings. From 4-6pm, happy hour specials will be available. http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
    4:00pm
  • Aliens in Disguise: As part of Children’s Book Week, Bellingham author Clete Barrett Smith will read from Aliens in Disguise—the third book in his Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast series—at 5pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. http://www.villagebooks.com
    5:00pm
  • Lydia Place Gala: Help raise funds for Lydia Place’s transitional housing program at the nonprofit’s 12th annual Spring Gala & Auction from 5:30-8:30pm at the Best Western Lakeway Inn, 714 Lakeway Dr. Tickets are $60. 671-7663 or http://www.lydiaplace.org
    5:30pm
  • Junior Ski to Sea Parade: Support local kids and get an eyeful of community participation at the annual Junior Ski to Sea Parade beginning at 6pm at Cornwall Avenue and Alabama St. Judging will take place at 4:30pm. 734-1330 or http://www.skitosea.com
    6:00pm
  • Family Story Night: Members of the Bellingham Storyteller’s Guild will tell tales at Family Story Night at 7pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Show up at 6pm for a fee hour of coaching and an intro to storytelling. 778-7188
    6:00pm
  • Coffee House Open Mic: Singers, musicians and readers of poetry and prose can take part in a Coffee House Open Mic at 7pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Participants can sign up to perform up to three songs or poems. 733-1420 or http://www.buf.org
    7:00pm
  • First Muslim: Former psychologist and Middle East journalist Lesley Hazleton shares stories and ideas from her book The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad at 7pm at Whatcom Community College’s Heiner Theatre. Entry is free. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Bingo in the Barn: Help the South Whatcom Public Library at Sudden Valley at a fundraising “Bingo in the Barn” gathering from 7-9pm at the Sudden Valley Dance Barn. Proceeds from the all-ages event will benefit the building fund. http://www.wcls.org
    7:00pm
  • Prom Night Dance: Join USA Dance for a “Prom Night” public dance with live music by Napu from 7-10pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Mary Evans will lead a west coast swing lesson at 7pm, and beginners and singles are welcome. Entry is $7-$10. 734-5676 or http://www.bellinghamusadance.org
    7:00pm
  • Kay Zavisla Piano Recital: Acclaimed pianist Kay Zavisla, current a visiting professor at WWU, will perform selected works by Johann Sebastian Bach at a free concert at 7:30pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. 650-3130 or 734-2776
    7:30pm
  • Sara Watkins: Singer, songwriter and fiddler Sara Watkins—who is best known for her work in the Grammy Award-wining band, Nickel Creek—performs at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Kris Orlowski opens the show. Tickets are $20. http://www.mcintyrehall.org
    7:30pm
  • Purple Church Ecstatic Dance: Enjoy spontaneous, inner-guided dancing to a wave of world fusion music every Friday from 7:30-9pm at the Purple Church Ecstatic Dance, 311 E. Holly St. Suggested donation is $5-$10. 734-1596
    7:30pm
  • The Flying Karamazov Brothers: The vaudevillian comedy-and-juggling spectacle known as the Flying Karamazov Brothers bring their internationally renowned act back to Bellingham at 8pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The show is suitable for all ages. Attendees are encouraged to bring objects to the theater for the “brothers” to keep airborne. Tickets are $20-$42. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    8:00pm
  • Guitars of Western: The public is invited to a free “Guitars of Western” concert at 8pm at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. 650-3130
    8:00pm
  • Zombie Prom: Join the Bellingham Roller Betties for their 7th annual Zombie Prom starting at 9pm at Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave. Entry is $5 with a costume, $6 without. A costume contest, face painting, a photo booth and more will be part of the freaky festivities. http://www.bellinghamrollerbetties.com
    9:00pm

Saturday, May 18, 2013 (42 events)

  • Children’s Book Week: Celebrate youth literacy as part of Children’s Book Week from May 13-19 at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Storytimes, author events and more will happen through the week. http://www.villagebooks.com
    10:30am
  • 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 Wednesday-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. Tickets are $8-$12. 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    7:30pm
  • Little Shop of Horrors: The Lynden Performing Arts Guild presents Little Shop of Horrors for the final weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $8-$12. http://www.clairevgtheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Baja Design Competition: The Western Washington University chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers will host the Baja 2013 International Design Competition from 8am-5pm Thursday and Friday at Lynden’s NW Washington Fairgrounds and 8am-3pm Saturday and Sunday at Hannegan Speedway. The event—which calls for students to develop a vehicle—is free and open to the public. 650-4128 or http://www.wwu.edu/bajasae/
    8:00am
  • Evermore: Go 1,000 years into the future when showings of the science-fiction rock musical Evermore take to the stage at 8pm Friday and Saturday at Whatcom Community College’s Syre Theatre, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Tickets are $15. http://www.freekeyproductions.org
    8:00pm
  • Abilene: Follow Captain Gideon Harris and his struggles to bring the first cattle drive to the town of Abilene, Kansas, when the third 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. 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
  • Welding Rodeo: Join in the "fun, flare and sparks" at the annual Welding Rodeo happening from 8am-5pm Friday and Saturday at Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. In addition to the real-time welded sculpture and skills competition comprised of professional teams from throughout Washington State, there'll be a Welding Skills Challenge open to all, a hands-on welding booth, a vendor trade show, industry reps, raffles, food, blacksmithing demos and much more. Entry is free. http://www.weldingrodeo.com
    8:00am
  • Spring 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. 592-5748
    10:00am
  • Into the Woods: Young performers ages 12-15 present showings of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods at 7pm Friday, 1:30pm 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. http://www.baay.org
    7:00pm
  • Driving Miss Daisy: The Alger Lookout Thespian Association continues its production of Driving Miss Daisy 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. http://www.altatheatre.com
    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. http://www.nooksackschools.org
    7:00pm
  • Art by the Airport: The Whatcom Art Guild presents its annual Ski to Sea exhibit and sale, “Art by the Airport,” from 6-8pm Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at Hampton Inn’s Fox Hall, 3985 Bennett Dr. Approximately 50 members will display artwork in a variety of genres, and there’ll be art demos, a garden plant sale and food by Bare Bones Barbecue. Entry is free. http://www.whatcomartguild.org
    6:00pm
  • Back 2 Bellingham: Art exhibits, planetarium shows, live music, paddling and bike excursions, theater, a carnival, campus tours, dinners, birding walks, presentations, open houses and much, much more will be part of the 100-plus activities happening during Western Washington University’s “Back2Bellingham” celebration happening on campus and throughout Bellingham Friday through Sunday. Many events are free. http://www.back2bellingham.com
    10:00am
  • Camano Island Studio Tour: Forty-eight artists, 31 studios and three galleries will be part of the 15th annual Camano Island Studio Tour from 10am-5pm Friday through Sunday throughout the island. The self-guided tour is free. http://www.camanoarts.org
    10:00am
  • Book and Plant Sale: Used books, DVD and plants can be purchased at a Used Book and Plant Sale from 10am-4:30pm Saturday and Sunday in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. 599-2020
    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
  • Swedish Pancake Breakfast: Enjoy “Swedish pancakes made by Norwegians” at the monthly Swedish Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am at Norway Hall, 1419 N. Sate St. Entry is $3 for kid and $7 for adults. http://www.wergelandlodge.com
    8:00am
  • Pancake Breakfast: Attend a monthly Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am at the Blaine Senior Center, 763 G St. Entry is $4 for kids and $6 for adults. 332-8040
    8:00am
  • Ski to Sea Junior: Six-member teams can register to participate in the five-leg Ski to Sea Junior Race happening from 8am-4pm at Lake Padden Park. All races have three divisions, and participants must be in third grade or above. http://www.skitosea.com
    8:00am
  • Anacortes Farmers Market: Visit the Anacortes Farmers Market from 9am-2pm every Saturday through Oct. 26 at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. http://www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org
    9:00am
  • Cascade Cuts Plant Sale: The popular Cascade Cuts Plant Sale can be visited from 9am-4pm at the nurseries of Cascade Cuts, 632 Montgomery Rd. In addition to the plants—which include veggie starts, ornamentals, herbs, annuals, perennials and tons of hanging baskets—there’ll be live music and plenty of surprises. The event helps raise funds for Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming Program. http://www.sustainableconnections.org
    9:00am
  • Bay View Women’s Walk & Run: The 31st annual Bay View Women’s Walk & Run begins at 10am in Mount Vernon at Bay View State Park, 10901 Bay View-Edison Rd. Entry is $30-$45. Proceeds benefit Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services. Please register by May 17. http://www.skagitrunners.org
    10:00am
  • Tomato Talk: “Growing Tomatoes in Whatcom County” will be the focus of a free workshop at 10am at Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Rd. Please register in advance. http://www.bakerviewnursery.com
    10:00am
  • Book Sale: Celebrate Children’s Book Week at a Book Sale from 10am-2pm at the Point Roberts Community Center, 1487 Gulf Rd. In addition to books for kids, there’ll be fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, craft books, DVDs and CDs for sale. 945-6545
    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
  • Backyard Habitat & Native Flora Fair: The annual Backyard Habitat & Native Flora Fair takes place from 10am-4pm at the Fairhaven Village Green. In addition to a native plant sale, there’ll be plant experts on hand to answer questions, a two-hour guided native plant walk at 1pm with the Native Plant Society, noxious weed information, children’s activities and more. Entry is free. http://www.fairhaven.com
    10:00am
  • Blue Ocean Music Festival: Blue Helix, Science, the Vonvettas, Pawnbrokers, Mr. Feelgood and the Firm Believers, Garrett Lamp, the Austerman File, Bre’er Rabbit, and Minor Plains will be among the regional musicians performing at the Blue Ocean Music Festival from 10am-8pm in the parking lot of O’Donnell’s Flea Market, 405 E. Champion St. Entry is free. Proceeds raised during the event will go the Blue Ocean Foundation, a nonprofit marine conservation group based in Bellingham. http://www.blueoceanfoundation.blogspot.com
    10:00am
  • Hoop House Workshop: “Using Tunnels and Hoop Houses for Productive Gardening” will be the focus of a free workshop from 10:30am-12pm at Everson’s Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd. Construction, planting, pruning and training, and management issues will be discussed. http://www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org
    10:30am
  • Screenwriting Seminar: Hollywood “script doctor” Aubrey M. Horton (MFA, UCLA film school) will teach a free seminar focused on "How to Write a Funny Screenplay" at 11am at the Pickford Cinema, 1318 Bay St. Entry is free. http://www.ScriptDoctor911.com
    11:00am
  • Children’s Book Readings: A variety of readings will happen today as part of Children’s Book Week today at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At 11am, Katherine Pryor will read from Silvia’s Spinach. Rick Swann will read from Our School Garden at 1pm, and, at 4pm, author and illustrator Sarai Stevens reads from and discusses Seeds for a New Day. All events are free. http://www.villagebooks.com
    11:00am
  • Woodside Wedding Faire: The inaugural Woodside Wedding Faire takes place from 11am-4pm at Bellingham’s Center for Spiritual Living, 2224 Yew Street Rd. In addition to a blessing ceremony for “brides, grooms and romantics of all persuasions,” there’ll be local wedding professionals on hand, live music, a bridal fashion show, food and drink from area caterers and much more. Entry is free. http://www.csl-bellingham.org
    11:00am
  • Limelight Writer: Madeleine Albright discusses her book Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War at a “Writers in the Limelight” onscreen talk and discussion at noon at the Pickford Film Center, 1416 Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $5. http://www.pickfordcinema.org
    12:00pm
  • FishBoy Spring Show: Get a peek at new works when folk artist R.R. Clark (FishBoy) presents a FishBoy Gallery Spring Show from 2-9pm at the painter’s headquarters at 617 Virginia St. (near Trader Joe’s). 714-0815 or http://www.fishboygallery.com
    2:00pm
  • Fresh Film: Learn more about local and sustainable food practices at a free screening of the documentary Fresh at 4:30pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Show up at 4pm for tours of the Firehouse garden. A panel discussion with local food advocates will follow the film. 734-2776
    4:00pm
  • Grapes and Plates: The annual “Grapes and Plates” gathering happens from 5-7:30pm at La Conner’s Swinomish Yacht Club, 310 N. First St. Tickets are $30 in advance or at the door. http://www.lovelaconner.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
  • Hawaiian Luau: Get transported to the Hawaiian island at tonight’s “Spirit of the Land” luau from 6-9pm at WWU’s Viking Union Multipurpose Room. In addition to the food, the cultural celebration will also include live music, hula dancing and plenty of surprises. Entry is $12-$15. 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    6:00pm
  • Dinner and Dance: Help raise funds for homeless women at a dinner and dance from 6-10pm at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, 510 E. Sunset Dr. Tickets are $15 at the door and include a spaghetti dinner, line dancing and more. http://www.saintsophias.org
    6:00pm
  • Day to Day Dance: “Discovering the Forest” will be the theme of Day-to-Day Dance’s performance at 6:30pm at the Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H St. Six different dance styles will be presented at the production, which is meant to spread the love and appreciation of nature. Entry is $3-$8. 332-6613
    6:30pm
  • Skagit Symphony: Violinist Bonnie Wilkens will be the featured soloist at a “Masterpiece Concert” presented by the Skagit Symphony at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Ticket are $20-$40. http://www.mcintyrehall.org
    7:30pm
  • Paula Poundstone: Expect spontaneity and hilarity in spades when consummate comedienne Paula Poundstone—who was recently inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame—returns to town for an 8pm show at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $39; proceeds will benefit Bellingham’s Rainbow Recovery Center, a program for low-income and homeless mentally ill. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    8:00pm

 

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