Week of Sunday, December 15, 2013
(102 events)

Sunday, December 15, 2013 (28 events)

  • Holiday Handmade Bazaar: Letterpress cards and journals, furniture made from salvaged wood, stuffed animals, Washington State honey, and much more will be available at the 6th annual Holiday Handmade Bazaar happening from 10am-6pm Mon-.Sat. and 12-4pm Sundays through Dec. 24 at the Paper Mill, 205 W. Chestnut St. 746-8574
    10:00am
  • Holiday Festival of the Arts: Paintings, wearable art, jewelry, specialty foods, repurposed art and more will be available at the 34th annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts from 10am-6pm every Wednesday through Sunday through Dec. 24 at 1825 Cornwall Ave. http://www.alliedarts.org
    10:00am
  • Inspecting Carol: Get a behind-the-scenes look at a struggling theater's annual slapdash production of A Christmas Carol when Inspecting Carol concludes this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $12-$14. http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
    7:30pm
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Find out what takes place after the "horrible" Herdman kids storm Sunday school and take over the church's annual holiday show when The Best Christmas Pageant Ever concludes this weekend with showings at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $8-$12. http://www.clairevgtheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Mama Won’t Fly: Watch what happens when a dutiful daughter tries to get her mother across the country in time for her wedding when Mama Won't Fly shows at 7:30pm Thursday, 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $18 and additional showings happen through Dec. 22. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • J&L Art Show: Thirty artists will offer paintings, photos, fused class, woodwork, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, textiles and more at this weekend's J&L Art Show from 11am-6pm Friday, and 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday at Hampton Inn's Fox Hall, 3985 Bennett Dr. wwww.facebook.com/jlartshow
    11:00am
  • Shop, Sip and Snack: Great food, special cocktails, distillery tours and tastings, cookie decorating, live music, locally made gifts and more will be part of a "Shop and Sip and Snack" event from 2-6pm Friday through Sunday at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. The events are part of "Christmas on the Farm" happenings taking place through December. http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
    2:00pm
  • Saving Christmas Town: Characters from Oogie Boogie Land will attempt to capture Santa's joyful and bright headquarters when the Dance Studio presents "Saving Christmas Town" at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Performing Arts Center at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $12. http://www.thedancestudio.net
    7:00pm
  • Pacific Arts Holiday Festival: The 17th annual Pacific Arts Holiday Market continues this weekend from 10am-6pm in downtown Bellingham at 114 W. Holly St. The event—which features a bevy of artists and crafters selling their wares onsite—concludes Dec. 20-22. Entry is free. http://www.pacificartsmarket.com
    10:00am
  • Skagit Valley Chorale’s Heralding Christmas: The Skagit Valley Chorale presents its annual "Heralding Christmas" performance at 7:30pm Friday and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Familiar tunes and works by major composers will be part of the festive fun. Tickets are $16-$25. http://www.mcintyrehall.org or www.skagitvalleychorale.com
    7:30pm
  • Free Holiday Parking: Courtesy of the City of Bellingham, there will be free holiday parking throughout downtown Bellingham and on the first floor of the public parking structure at 1300 Commercial Street through Christmas Day. http://www.cob.org
    9:00am
  • Grinch Photos: Kids can get their pics taken with the grumpy guy in green at "Photos with the Grinch" from 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Photos are $10; proceeds benefit Blue Skies for Children. http://www.villagebooks.com
    12:00pm
  • Marblemount Hatchery Tours: In conjunction with the return of the bald eagles to the Skagit River watershed system, Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group will offer free tours from 10am-3pm every Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 26 at the Marblemount Fish Hatchery, 8319 Fish Hatchery Rd. Attendees will learn about the operations of the hatchery, salmon and the lifecycle, the habitat needs of salmon and other wildlife, and bald eagles. Self-guided tours will be available seven days a week. http://www.skagitfisheries.org
    10:00am
  • Dancing Through the Snow: Harper & I brings its second annual winter production "Dancing Through the Snow" to the stage at 7pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. A variety of dancers, singers and musicians will take part, and will feature everything from ballet to salsa. Tickets are $15. http://www.harperandi.com
    7:00pm
  • The Nutcracker: Northwest Ballet Theater continues its run of performances of the classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker at 7:30pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. More than 100 dancers will bring the merry masterpiece to life. Tickets are $24-$32. Additional performances take place Dec. 21-22 at McIntyre Hall. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • 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
  • Mt. Baker Beacon Rally: Local avalanche pros will share rescue skills and promote mountain safety in the backcountry at the annual Beacon Rally happening from 11am-2:30pm at the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Beginners to seasoned veterans can come learn and practice basic search techniques including beacon, shovel and probe use with practice stations, demonstrations, presentations and a beacon rescue race. 
Demo set-up with the latest and greatest in winter and backcountry gear, and sign up to win prizes. Entry is free. http://www.mtbaker.us
    11:00am
  • Holiday Pop-Up Shop: Meet and purchase goods from the people that grow, raise, catch bake and create food locally at a Holiday Pop-U Shop from 11am-4pm at Acme Farms & Kitchen, 1309 N. State St. (alley side). Vendor demos, activities for kids, free cocoa and cider, samples and, of course, lots of great food and gifts will be part of the day's offerings. http://www.acmefarmsandkitchen.com
    11:00am
  • Chanukah Concert: What the Chelm! presents its annual Chanukah Concert at 12:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $3. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:30pm
  • Celtic Yuletide: The family ensemble known as Magical Strings present their 35th annual "Celtic Yuletide" concert at 3pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. In addition to the Boulding family's intergenerational talents, there'll be performances by the Tara Academy Dancers, singer Colleen Raney, Dublin guitarist Colm MacCarthaigh, percussionist Matt Jerrell, and more. Tickets are $16-$22. http://www.lincolntheatre.org
    3:00pm
  • North Cascades Concert Band: The 50-piece North Cascades Concert Band presents a variety of classic band music at 3pm in Anacortes at Brodniak Hall, 1600 20th St. Tickets are $5-$12 per person, or $25 per family. http://www.nccband.org
    3:00pm
  • Ish River Poets’ Circle: Jane Alynn, Caleb Barber, and Jennifer Bullis will read from their works as part of the Ish River Poets' Circle gathering from 3-5pm in Anacortes at Anchor Art Space, 216 Commercial Ave. Brad Killion and Jeff Winston will provide a musical interlude of Robert Sund's poems set to music. Suggested donation is $5. (360) 755-3140
    3:00pm
  • Whatcom Chorale’s Songs of Heaven: Sacred antiphonal works for choir, brass and organ by Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Schütz, Rachmaninoff, and Mendelssohn will be part of Whatcom Chorale's season kickoff concert, "Songs of Heaven," from 3-5pm at the Church of the Assumption, 2116 Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $5-$20. 738-7166 or http://www.whatcomchorale.org
    3:00pm
  • Tribute Jazz Concert: As part of a Tribute Jazz series, Julian MacDonough, Miles Black, and Chuck Kistler will perform the "Music of Thelonious Monk" at 4pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Admission is $10-$15. 734-2776
    4:00pm
  • Backgammon Tourney: The Bellingham Backgammon Association hosts a monthly tournament starting with a beginners' seminar at 5pm at the Clubhouse at Parkway Village, 2015 24th St. Match play starts at 5:30pm. Entry is $15 for four matches. http://www.bellinghambackgammon.com
    5:00pm
  • Bells of the Sound: Bells of the Sound will present a "Making Spirits Bright!" holiday concert at 5pm at the First Congregational Church of Bellingham, 2401 Cornwall Ave. The handbell ensemble will focus on both traditional and modern holiday classics. Suggested donation is $8-$10 at the door. 734-3720 or http://www.bellsofthesound.org
    5:00pm
  • Vaudevillingham: The Bellingham Circus Guild presents its monthly uncensored variety show, "Vaudevillingham," at 7pm and 9pm performances at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. Suggested donation to the shows—which feature everything from circus acts to burlesque, improv, music, comedy and more from guild members and community talent—is $5-$10. http://www.bellinghamcircusguild.com
    7:00pm

Monday, December 16, 2013 (3 events)

  • Holiday Handmade Bazaar: Letterpress cards and journals, furniture made from salvaged wood, stuffed animals, Washington State honey, and much more will be available at the 6th annual Holiday Handmade Bazaar happening from 10am-6pm Mon-.Sat. and 12-4pm Sundays through Dec. 24 at the Paper Mill, 205 W. Chestnut St. 746-8574
    10:00am
  • Free Holiday Parking: Courtesy of the City of Bellingham, there will be free holiday parking throughout downtown Bellingham and on the first floor of the public parking structure at 1300 Commercial Street through Christmas Day. http://www.cob.org
    9:00am
  • Guffawingham: A weekly open mic for comedians, dubbed “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 8pm Mondays at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. http://www.acoustictavern.com
    8:00pm

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 (7 events)

  • Holiday Handmade Bazaar: Letterpress cards and journals, furniture made from salvaged wood, stuffed animals, Washington State honey, and much more will be available at the 6th annual Holiday Handmade Bazaar happening from 10am-6pm Mon-.Sat. and 12-4pm Sundays through Dec. 24 at the Paper Mill, 205 W. Chestnut St. 746-8574
    10:00am
  • Free Holiday Parking: Courtesy of the City of Bellingham, there will be free holiday parking throughout downtown Bellingham and on the first floor of the public parking structure at 1300 Commercial Street through Christmas Day. http://www.cob.org
    9:00am
  • 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
  • Give and Glow Run: Bring donations for the Food Bank at tonight's "Give and Glow Run" starting at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The Asics-partnered outing will feature glow sticks, celebratory pizza following the run, presents and prizes. Entry is free. http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
    6:00pm
  • Avalanche Awareness: Skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and snowmobilers can sign up for a free "Avalanche Awareness" course at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. This session introduces and explains where and why avalanches occur and provides a basic approach to managing risk in the backcountry. Sign up in advance. 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
    6:00pm
  • Nonfiction Writing Group: Meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback and assist you with your writing goals at the bimonthly meeting of the Nonfiction Writing Group from 6:15-8:15pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. 671-2626
    6:15pm
  • Bands and Trumpets: Internationally acclaimed trumpeter Allen Vizzutti will be the highlighted performer at a 7pm concert in Anacortes at Brodniak Hall, 1600 20th St. The Anacortes and Mount Vernon high school bands will also take part in the evening's entertainment. Tickets are $10. http://www.vizzutti.com
    7:00pm

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 (13 events)

  • Holiday Handmade Bazaar: Letterpress cards and journals, furniture made from salvaged wood, stuffed animals, Washington State honey, and much more will be available at the 6th annual Holiday Handmade Bazaar happening from 10am-6pm Mon-.Sat. and 12-4pm Sundays through Dec. 24 at the Paper Mill, 205 W. Chestnut St. 746-8574
    10:00am
  • Book and Bake Sale: Gift books and holiday cookies and cakes can be perused at a Holiday Book & Bake Sale happening through Monday, Dec. 23 in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. All funds raised will go toward maintaining the library's building. 305-3600
    10:00am
  • Holiday Festival of the Arts: Paintings, wearable art, jewelry, specialty foods, repurposed art and more will be available at the 34th annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Monday at 1825 Cornwall Ave. You can also shop from 10am-3pm on Christmas Eve. http://www.alliedarts.org
    10:00am
  • Free Holiday Parking: Courtesy of the City of Bellingham, there will be free holiday parking throughout downtown Bellingham and on the first floor of the public parking structure at 1300 Commercial Street through Christmas Day. http://www.cob.org
    9:00am
  • Project Hope Food Fundraiser: Raise funds for the Project Hope Food Bank from 10am-10pm by eating at Lynden's Taco Time, 8096 Guide Meridian Rd. The restaurant will donate all of its net sales from the day to the food bank, which provides basic necessities including nutrition, housing, utilities, transportation, medical care and clothing to families in need. Last year's event raised more than $3,000. http://www.tacotimenw.com
    10:00am
  • Engaged Citizens Book Group: Read and discuss at variety of books exploring how to create a more civil and engaged community at the monthly Engaged Citizens Book Group meeting from 12-1:30pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. This month's selection in Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow. 671-2626
    12:00pm
  • MVHS Christmas Concerts: The award-winning Mount Vernon High School choirs will present choral works featuring gospel, carols, classical works and other holiday favorites at Christmas Concerts at 4pm and 7pm at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $6-$8. http://www.mcintyrehall.org
    4:00pm
  • GROUP RIDE: The Mt. Baker Bike Club hosts a Group Ride starting every Wednesday at 6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Be prepared to ride for 30 miles at a race/training pace, and regroup at the brewery following the excursion. http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
    6:00pm
  • Evening Epic Run: A weekly “Evening Epic Run” begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The strenuous runs are 1.5-2 hours in length on hilly terrain with experienced trail runners. Entry is free. http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
    6:00pm
  • Snowshoeing Basics: Gear selection and where to go to get started will be among the topics discussed at a "Snowshoeing Basics" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Register in advance for the free workshop. 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
    6:00pm
  • Sehome’s Spirit of the Holidays: Sehome High School's concert, chamber and mixed choirs will perform at a "Spirit of the Holidays" concert at 7pm at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. Tickets are $14; proceeds support the music programs. 676-6481
    7:00pm
  • BUG Song Circle: Join the Bellingham Ukulele Group (BUG) for a Song Circle from 7-9pm at the Roeder Home, 2600 Sunset Dr. If you'd like, bring a new song to share and sing with the group (please bring 20 copies). Bring a music stand if you have one. Suggested donation is $5. http://www.bellinghamukulelegroup.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, December 19, 2013 (14 events)

  • Holiday Handmade Bazaar: Letterpress cards and journals, furniture made from salvaged wood, stuffed animals, Washington State honey, and much more will be available at the 6th annual Holiday Handmade Bazaar happening from 10am-6pm Mon-.Sat. and 12-4pm Sundays through Dec. 24 at the Paper Mill, 205 W. Chestnut St. 746-8574
    10:00am
  • Book and Bake Sale: Gift books and holiday cookies and cakes can be perused at a Holiday Book & Bake Sale happening through Monday, Dec. 23 in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. All funds raised will go toward maintaining the library's building. 305-3600
    10:00am
  • Holiday Festival of the Arts: Paintings, wearable art, jewelry, specialty foods, repurposed art and more will be available at the 34th annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Monday at 1825 Cornwall Ave. You can also shop from 10am-3pm on Christmas Eve. http://www.alliedarts.org
    10:00am
  • Sister’s Christmas Catechism: "The Mystery of the Magi's Gold" will be the focus of Sister's Christmas Catechism performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The interactive "holiday mystery extravaganza" will also feature a local choir, help from audience members, gifts galore and lots of laughs. Tickets are $15-$25. http://www.mcintyrehall.org
    7:30pm
  • Lasso the Moon: Sol Olmstead brings his seasonal one-man show Lasso the Moon back to the stage for 8pm shows Thursday through Saturday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The performance examines the classic film It's a Wonderful Life and plumbs the depths of why it has made it so far into our collective American psyche with humor, insight and "a mean Jimmy Stewart impression." Tickets are $10. http://www.idiomtheater.com
    8:00pm
  • Mama Won’t Fly: Watch what happens when a dutiful daughter tries to get her mother across the country in time for her wedding when Mama Won't Fly shows for the final weekend at 7:30pm Thursday, 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $18.
    7:30pm
  • The Wutcraker: Bellingham Children's Theatre presents the intergenerational holiday parody known as The Wutcraker at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Performing Arts Center at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. This is the last year the Mayor's Arts Award-winning production will take the stage, so don't miss out. Tickets are $14-$17. 734-9999 or http://www.bellinghamchildrenstheatre.com
    7:00pm
  • Free Holiday Parking: Courtesy of the City of Bellingham, there will be free holiday parking throughout downtown Bellingham and on the first floor of the public parking structure at 1300 Commercial Street through Christmas Day. http://www.cob.org
    9:00am
  • Brown Bag: "Greed, Glory and Madness: A History of Mount Baker" will be the focus of a Brown Bag presentation with Images of America: Mount Baker authors sJohn D'Onofrio and Todd Warger at 12:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $3. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:30pm
  • Student Choir: Members of the Kendall Elementary Student Choir will sing an assortment of winter songs and holiday favorites at 2pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. Entry is free, and cider and cookies will be provided. 305-3600
    2:00pm
  • High School Music: The Squalicum High School Music Department presents its annual BORCH (Band/Orchestra/Choir) Concert at 7pm at the school's gymnasium at 3773 E. McLeod Rd. Entry is free and open to all. 676-6471
    7:00pm
  • Folk Dance Party: Learn Balkan, Israeli, Romani and Greek dancing with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5 (first-time visitors and students are free). 380-0456
    7:00pm
  • Fourth Corner Folk Dancers: Learn Balkan folk dances with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7:15-10:15pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All ages are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors and students are free. 380-0456
    7:15pm
  • GOOD, BAD, UGLY: Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 8pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $7 for the early show, $4 for the late one. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm

Friday, December 20, 2013 (21 events)

  • Holiday Handmade Bazaar: Letterpress cards and journals, furniture made from salvaged wood, stuffed animals, Washington State honey, and much more will be available at the 6th annual Holiday Handmade Bazaar happening from 10am-6pm Mon-.Sat. and 12-4pm Sundays through Dec. 24 at the Paper Mill, 205 W. Chestnut St. 746-8574
    10:00am
  • Book and Bake Sale: Gift books and holiday cookies and cakes can be perused at a Holiday Book & Bake Sale happening through Monday, Dec. 23 in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. All funds raised will go toward maintaining the library's building. 305-3600
    10:00am
  • Holiday Festival of the Arts: Paintings, wearable art, jewelry, specialty foods, repurposed art and more will be available at the 34th annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Monday at 1825 Cornwall Ave. You can also shop from 10am-3pm on Christmas Eve. http://www.alliedarts.org
    10:00am
  • Sister’s Christmas Catechism: "The Mystery of the Magi's Gold" will be the focus of Sister's Christmas Catechism performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The interactive "holiday mystery extravaganza" will also feature a local choir, help from audience members, gifts galore and lots of laughs. Tickets are $15-$25. http://www.mcintyrehall.org
    7:30pm
  • Lasso the Moon: Sol Olmstead brings his seasonal one-man show Lasso the Moon back to the stage for 8pm shows Thursday through Saturday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The performance examines the classic film It's a Wonderful Life and plumbs the depths of why it has made it so far into our collective American psyche with humor, insight and "a mean Jimmy Stewart impression." Tickets are $10. http://www.idiomtheater.com
    8:00pm
  • Mama Won’t Fly: Watch what happens when a dutiful daughter tries to get her mother across the country in time for her wedding when Mama Won't Fly shows for the final weekend at 7:30pm Thursday, 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $18.
    7:30pm
  • The Wutcraker: Bellingham Children's Theatre presents the intergenerational holiday parody known as The Wutcraker at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Performing Arts Center at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. This is the last year the Mayor's Arts Award-winning production will take the stage, so don't miss out. Tickets are $14-$17. 734-9999 or http://www.bellinghamchildrenstheatre.com
    7:00pm
  • Home for the Holidays: Characters will take fantastical improvised journeys to reach their final destinations at "Home for the Holidays: An Upfront Story" shows at 8pm and 10pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets are $10-$12 and additional showings happen through December. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • Coast Salish Winter Festival: Traditional artwork and unique handcrafted gifts will be sold by Lummi community members at the final weekend of the third annual Coast Salish Winter Festival from 12-6pm Friday and Saturday at the Lummi Gateway Center, 4920 Rural Ave. http://www.lummigatewaycenter.com
    12:00pm
  • Nativity Dance: Dancing for Joy presents "Nativity: We Danced Our Best For Him" at 6:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The performances—which focus on the true meaning of the season—will include jazz, lyrical, modern and ballet. Tickets are $12-$15. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Free Holiday Parking: Courtesy of the City of Bellingham, there will be free holiday parking throughout downtown Bellingham and on the first floor of the public parking structure at 1300 Commercial Street through Christmas Day. http://www.cob.org
    9:00am
  • Comfort & Joy Concerts: The Shelter Bay Chorus presents "Comfort & Joy" concerts at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday in La Conner at the Shelter Bay Clubhouse, 1000 Shoshone Dr. (across the Rainbow Bridge). Expect to hear many familiar Christmas songs, as well as traditional ones. Suggested donation is $10. (360) 770-7354
    7:30pm
  • Holidays on the Farm: As part of "Holidays on the Farm" events happening this month, attend "Winter Solstice & Sleigh Rides" events through the weekend at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Visits with Santa Claus (bring a camera!), sleigh rides, hot cider and cookies (or hot cider with warm brandy), live music and more will be part of the festive fun. http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
    12:00pm
  • Pacific Arts Holiday Festival: The 17th annual Pacific Arts Holiday Market concludes this weekend from 10am-6pm in downtown Bellingham at 114 W. Holly St. The event features a bevy of artists and crafters selling their wares onsite. http://www.pacificartsmarket.com
    10:00am
  • Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom Walks for "Wild Things" excursions from 9:30-11am every Friday in December at the Connelly Creek Nature Area. 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
  • Family Story Night: Join pros from the Bellingham Storyteller's Guild for an hour of coaching and an introduction to storytelling at 6pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. From 7-8:30pm, Family Story Night will take place. All are welcome, and entry is free. 778-7188
    6:00pm
  • Christmas Concert and Singalong: International concert artist Martin Kuuskmann and local musical talents will join forces for a Christmas Concert and Community Singalong starting at 7pm at Blaine's Grace Lutheran Church, 702 G St. Entry is by donation; proceeds will help support the 2014 Drayton Harbor Music Camp (formerly the Blaine Jazz Camp). 820-8312
    7:00pm
  • Solstice Dance Concert: Attend a Solstice Dance Concert with performances at 7pm (kid-friendly) and 9pm (concert-based) at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. Giant's Causeway will play "pure Irish music with contemplative intensity," and will be joined by Lindsay Street, who'll present music from several traditions, including the British Isles, Quebec, Scandinavia, and France. Readings by Kevin Murphy and Ellen Murphy will also take place. Tickets are $10. http://www.artistecard.com
    7:00pm
  • Dances of Universal Peace: Devotional songs and chants honoring the world's spiritual traditions will be part of the monthly Dances of Universal Peace gathering from 7-9pm at the Center for Spiritual Living, 2224 Yew Street Rd. No previous experience is necessary, and all are welcome. Entry is by donation. 733-5745
    7:00pm
  • Sacred Bass Sessions: A new monthly community gathering and variety show produced by local music collectives Boogie Universal and Destination Burning Man dubbed "Sacred Bass Sessions" happens from 8pm-2am at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. This month's event, "Soulstice," includes electronic music, yoga, art installations, seasonal rituals and intentional participation. Entry is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. http://www.sacredbass.org
    8:00pm

Saturday, December 21, 2013 (34 events)

  • Holiday Handmade Bazaar: Letterpress cards and journals, furniture made from salvaged wood, stuffed animals, Washington State honey, and much more will be available at the 6th annual Holiday Handmade Bazaar happening from 10am-6pm Mon-.Sat. and 12-4pm Sundays through Dec. 24 at the Paper Mill, 205 W. Chestnut St. 746-8574
    10:00am
  • Book and Bake Sale: Gift books and holiday cookies and cakes can be perused at a Holiday Book & Bake Sale happening through Monday, Dec. 23 in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. All funds raised will go toward maintaining the library's building. 305-3600
    10:00am
  • Holiday Festival of the Arts: Paintings, wearable art, jewelry, specialty foods, repurposed art and more will be available at the 34th annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Monday at 1825 Cornwall Ave. You can also shop from 10am-3pm on Christmas Eve. http://www.alliedarts.org
    10:00am
  • Lasso the Moon: Sol Olmstead brings his seasonal one-man show Lasso the Moon back to the stage for 8pm shows Thursday through Saturday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The performance examines the classic film It's a Wonderful Life and plumbs the depths of why it has made it so far into our collective American psyche with humor, insight and "a mean Jimmy Stewart impression." Tickets are $10. http://www.idiomtheater.com
    8:00pm
  • Mama Won’t Fly: Watch what happens when a dutiful daughter tries to get her mother across the country in time for her wedding when Mama Won't Fly shows for the final weekend at 7:30pm Thursday, 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $18.
    7:30pm
  • The Wutcraker: Bellingham Children's Theatre presents the intergenerational holiday parody known as The Wutcraker at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Performing Arts Center at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. This is the last year the Mayor's Arts Award-winning production will take the stage, so don't miss out. Tickets are $14-$17. 734-9999 or http://www.bellinghamchildrenstheatre.com
    7:00pm
  • Home for the Holidays: Characters will take fantastical improvised journeys to reach their final destinations at "Home for the Holidays: An Upfront Story" shows at 8pm and 10pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets are $10-$12 and additional showings happen through December. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • Coast Salish Winter Festival: Traditional artwork and unique handcrafted gifts will be sold by Lummi community members at the final weekend of the third annual Coast Salish Winter Festival from 12-6pm Friday and Saturday at the Lummi Gateway Center, 4920 Rural Ave. http://www.lummigatewaycenter.com
    12:00pm
  • Nativity Dance: Dancing for Joy presents "Nativity: We Danced Our Best For Him" at 6:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The performances—which focus on the true meaning of the season—will include jazz, lyrical, modern and ballet. Tickets are $12-$15. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Free Holiday Parking: Courtesy of the City of Bellingham, there will be free holiday parking throughout downtown Bellingham and on the first floor of the public parking structure at 1300 Commercial Street through Christmas Day. http://www.cob.org
    9:00am
  • Comfort & Joy Concerts: The Shelter Bay Chorus presents "Comfort & Joy" concerts at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday in La Conner at the Shelter Bay Clubhouse, 1000 Shoshone Dr. (across the Rainbow Bridge). Expect to hear many familiar Christmas songs, as well as traditional ones. Suggested donation is $10. (360) 770-7354
    7:30pm
  • Holidays on the Farm: As part of "Holidays on the Farm" events happening this month, attend "Winter Solstice & Sleigh Rides" events through the weekend at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Visits with Santa Claus (bring a camera!), sleigh rides, hot cider and cookies (or hot cider with warm brandy), live music and more will be part of the festive fun. http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
    12:00pm
  • Pacific Arts Holiday Festival: The 17th annual Pacific Arts Holiday Market concludes this weekend from 10am-6pm in downtown Bellingham at 114 W. Holly St. The event features a bevy of artists and crafters selling their wares onsite. http://www.pacificartsmarket.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
  • Pancake Breakfast: Pancakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy and more will be available at a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am at the Ferndale Senior Activity Center, 1999 Cherry St. Entry is $3 for kids and $6 for adults; proceeds benefit the Jet Oldsters. 384-6244
    8:00am
  • Holiday Centerpieces: Moms, dads, grandparents and kids can make a "Holiday Family Centerpiece" starting at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Workshop fee is $30 and includes all supplies. 676-5480
    9:00am
  • Final Bellingham Farmers Market: The Bellingham Farmers Market can be visited for the final time this year from 10am-3pm the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. Additional markets happen January 18, February 15, and March 15 before the market opens on a weekly basis again in April. http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
    10:00am
  • Marblemount Hatchery Tours: In conjunction with the return of the bald eagles to the Skagit River watershed system, Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group will offer free tours from 10am-3pm every Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 26 at the Marblemount Fish Hatchery, 8319 Fish Hatchery Rd. Attendees will learn about the operations of the hatchery, salmon and the lifecycle, the habitat needs of salmon and other wildlife, and bald eagles. Self-guided tours will be available seven days a week. http://www.skagitfisheries.org
    10:00am
  • Community Meal: Glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, mixed veggies, green salad, bread and Christmas cookies 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. 21 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
    10:00am
  • Cozy Corner Open House: Newly published books by local authors such as Peter Stockwell, Joannah Miley, Dawn Marie Hanrahan, Robert Larson, Glenn Stewart, and Johannes Lisiecki will be available at a Holiday Open House Celebration from 10am-5pm at Cozy Corner Books & Coffee, 3094 Northwest Ave. Complimentary hot spiced apple cider, and home-baked Holiday Booky's Cookies will be available. 647-1747
    10:00am
  • Festive Fairhaven: As part of Fairhaven holiday festivities, partake in horse-drawn carriage rides and visits with Santa from 12-3pm at the Fairhaven Village Inn, 1200 10th St. Entry is free. http://www.fairhaven.com
    12:00pm
  • Holiday Cookie Workshop: Kids can decorate a half-dozen cookies and take them home at a Holiday Cookie Workshop from 1:30-5:30pm in Anacortes at Potluck Kitchen Studio, 910 11th St. Entry is $10. (360) 393-2855
    1:30pm
  • Writer’s Workshop: Bring a sample of your writing (2,000 words or less) and three or four copies to today's Writer's Workshop from 2-4pm at the Point Roberts Public Library, 1487 Gulf rRd. Entry is free. http://www.wcls.org
    2:00pm
  • Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas: Puget Sound Refinery presents "Geoffrey Castle's Celtic Christmas Celebration" at performances at 4pm and 6:30pm at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Events Center, 100 Commercial Ave. In addition to the lauded violinist, there will also be performances by Cirque Du Soleil vocalist Beth Quist and Bagpiper Don, aerialist elves and visits with Santa. Entry is free with a suggested donation of an unwrapped toy or nonperishable food item. VIP seating will be available for $25. 1-800-838-3006 or http://www.geoffreycastle.com
    4:00pm
  • Winter Solstice Party: Pick out a Christmas tree, visit with Santa and get a little holiday shopping done at a Winter Solstice Party & Craft Fair from 4-8pm at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Entry is free. http://www.bbaybrewery.com
    4:00pm
  • Solstice Advent: Celebrate and honor Solstice and Advent—two traditions that heighten awareness of the dark, while also recognizing the promise of the coming light—at a "Solstice Advent" gathering starting at 4:16pm at the Fairhaven Park Pavilion. Attendees will experience liturgy, music, candles, a yule log and labyrinth walking. Part of the event is outside, so dress accordingly. http://www.echoesbellingham.org
    4:16pm
  • 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
  • Poetry and Music: Marblemount poet and author Andrea Weiser will read and sign from her new collection Thunder Blossom: Wilderness Can Heal and River Bed at 6pm at the Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St. She'll be join by Native American flutist Peter Ali, and will also talk about the craft of writing and offer tidbits about online self-publishing. Entry is free. http://www.conwaymuse.com
    6:00pm
  • Ugly Sweater Celebration: Dig out your horrifying Christmas finery for an Ugly Sweater Celebration happening from 6-9:30pm at the Kulshan Brewery, 2328 James St. There'll be Royal Tanenbaum Christmas Ale on tap, and Zach Zinn will be your karaoke host. Entry is free. http://www.kulshanbrewery.com
    6:00pm
  • Ladies Night Wine Tasting: Live music, wine tasting, a jewelry show, massage treatments, appetizers, a raffle and more will be part of a "Ladies Night!" gathering from 6-10pm in La Conner at Hellam's Wine Shop & Wine Bar, 109 N. First St. Tickets are $20 and includes food, a wine tasting flight and one raffle ticket. http://www.hellamsvineyard.com
    6:00pm
  • The Giftmaker’s Workshop: Day-to-Day Dance and Whatcom Fitness offer up a showing of The Giftmaker's Workshop at 7pm at the Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H St. Tickets will be $3 for kids and $8 for adults at the door. http://www.daytodaydance.com
    7:00pm
  • A Christmas Carol: The Midnight Mystery Players present an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at live radio shows at 7pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at Unity Church of Bellingham, 1095 Telegraph Rd. Bob Simmons will read the role of Scrooge. Entry is $7 at the door. http://www.unitybellingham.org
    7:00pm
  • The Nutcracker: A cast of 100 Northwest Ballet Theater dancers will take part in the final performances of The Nutcracker at 7:30pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Expect a "swirl of sumptuous spectacle, majestic music and breathtaking choreography." Tickets are $15-$30. http://www.northwestballet.org or www.mcintyrehall.org
    7:30pm

 

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