Week of Sunday, December 29, 2013
(46 events)

Sunday, December 29, 2013 (3 events)

  • Youth Football Camp: Former Dallas Cowboy and Washington State University football player Anthony McClanahan will lead a "Legends in the Making" Youth Football Camp Friday through Sunday at Bloedel Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave. The non-contact camp will have two age groups—10 and younger, and 11-17. Cost is $175. http://www.41Sports.us
    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

Monday, December 30, 2013 (3 events)

  • Winter Arts Programs: Visual arts, creative movement, drama and music classes will be available Dec. 30-Jan. 1 at Gabriel's Art Kids, 1415 Dupont St. Full and half-day session for kids in preschool through 5th grade will be available. Entry is $25 for a half-day, $40 for a full day or $115-$185 for the week. 393-0107 or http://www.gabrielartkids.com
    10:00am
  • Winter Break Art Camps: Kids ages 4 to 12 and teenagers can learn new art skills and have fun drawing, painting and sculpting at Winter Break Art Camps happening Monday through Friday at BellinghamART, 1701 Ellis ST. Each camp follows a creative theme and includes all materials, tools and a daily snack. Cost is $85-$148. 738-8379 or http://www.bellinghamart.com
    10:00am
  • 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 31, 2013 (14 events)

  • Winter Arts Programs: Visual arts, creative movement, drama and music classes will be available Dec. 30-Jan. 1 at Gabriel's Art Kids, 1415 Dupont St. Full and half-day session for kids in preschool through 5th grade will be available. Entry is $25 for a half-day, $40 for a full day or $115-$185 for the week. 393-0107 or http://www.gabrielartkids.com
    10:00am
  • Winter Break Art Camps: Kids ages 4 to 12 and teenagers can learn new art skills and have fun drawing, painting and sculpting at Winter Break Art Camps happening Monday through Friday at BellinghamART, 1701 Ellis ST. Each camp follows a creative theme and includes all materials, tools and a daily snack. Cost is $85-$148. 738-8379 or http://www.bellinghamart.com
    10:00am
  • Family Holiday Movie Matinees: Attend a Family Holiday Movie Matinee and Snack Potluck from 1-3:30pm in Tuesday and Wednesday in Maple Falls at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 251 Kendall Rd. The featured movie on New Year's Eve will be Home Alone and, on New Year's Day, The Never ending Story. Childcare will be available, but please RSVP if you plan to drop your child off. Entry is free. 599-3944 or http://www.oppco.org
    1:00pm
  • Note of Thanks: Kids can show up for the 23rd annual "Note of Thanks" from 10:30am-12pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Materials will be provided, and entry is free. 778-7200 or http://www.cob.org
    10:30am
  • Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 255-7166 or 647-0910
    12:00pm
  • NYE Skate Party: Attend a New Year's Eve Skate Party from 1-4pm at Lynden Skateway, 421 Judson St. A $7.50 admission charge includes admission, skate rentals and party favors. 354-3851 or http://www.lyndenskateway.com
    1:00pm
  • The Silver City Band: Spend New Year's Eve afternoon with the Silver City Band at a concert from 2-5pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. The band will send the old year out in style with their repertoire of rock & roll, country, contemporary hits and classics. Entry is free. http://www.jansenartcenter.org
    2:00pm
  • NYE Wine & Cheese: Get a jump on the New Year by pairing special holiday wines and cheeses at a "New Year's Eve Wine & Cheese" gathering in Burlington from 3-5pm at the Skagit Valley Senior Village, 400 Gilkey Rd. (360) 755-5550 or http://www.sv-sv.com
    3:00pm
  • Bellwether NYE Celebration: Attend a New Year's Eve Celebration from 4pm-1am at Hotel Bellwether's Lighthouse Bar & Grill, One Bellwether Way. Live music, a special dinner menu and much more will be part of the big event. http://www.lighthousebarandgrill.com
    4:00pm
  • Crush the Ball: Face painting, airbrush tattoos, hookah bars, massage tables, oxygen lounges, food and more will be part of Kush and Koffee's New Year's Eve "Crush the Ball" starting at 6pm at the Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Rd. Entry is $25. (360) 224-3099 or http://www.brownpapertickets.com
    6:00pm
  • Ring of Fire: If you want to help signify hope for the coming year, attend the annual "Ring of Fire & Hope" starting at 7pm at Birch Bay Beach. Revelers will be lighting road flares along the shoreline, making the bay turn into a temporary "ring of fire." For a small donation, flares will be available at the Birch Bay Visitor's Center, 7900 Birch Bay Dr. http://www.birchbaychamber.com
    7:00pm
  • Upfront New Year’s Eve Shows: Expect heaps of hilarity and a look back at 2013 at special "New Year's Eve Shows" at 7pm, 9pm and 11pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At the brink of midnight, players and staff will share a toast to another hilarious and fun improv year with the community. Tickets are $15 for the 7pm and 9pm shows, and $20 for the 11pm show (includes champagne). Get tickets early, as the shows are known to sell out. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    7:00pm
  • Incognito NYE Dinner: Put on your party frock and make reservations for a New Year's Eve Incognito dinner starting at 8pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Entry is $125 and includes nine courses, champagne and live music. Wine is not included. http://www.ciaothyme.com
    8:00pm
  • NYE Gala Contra Dance: Northern Contraband and the Toad Mountain Ramblers will provide live music and Maureen Collier and Marlin Prowell will do the calling at the Bellingham Country Dance Society's annual New Year's Eve Gala Contra Dance from 8pm-1am at Norway Hall, 1419 N. Forest St. Party favors and sparkling cider will be available at midnight (bring finger food to share). Entry to the alcohol-free event is $10 for students and $15 for adults. http://www.bellinghamcountrydance.org
    8:00pm

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 (8 events)

  • Winter Arts Programs: Visual arts, creative movement, drama and music classes will be available Dec. 30-Jan. 1 at Gabriel's Art Kids, 1415 Dupont St. Full and half-day session for kids in preschool through 5th grade will be available. Entry is $25 for a half-day, $40 for a full day or $115-$185 for the week. 393-0107 or http://www.gabrielartkids.com
    10:00am
  • Winter Break Art Camps: Kids ages 4 to 12 and teenagers can learn new art skills and have fun drawing, painting and sculpting at Winter Break Art Camps happening Monday through Friday at BellinghamART, 1701 Ellis ST. Each camp follows a creative theme and includes all materials, tools and a daily snack. Cost is $85-$148. 738-8379 or http://www.bellinghamart.com
    10:00am
  • Family Holiday Movie Matinees: Attend a Family Holiday Movie Matinee and Snack Potluck from 1-3:30pm in Tuesday and Wednesday in Maple Falls at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 251 Kendall Rd. The featured movie on New Year's Eve will be Home Alone and, on New Year's Day, The Never ending Story. Childcare will be available, but please RSVP if you plan to drop your child off. Entry is free. 599-3944 or http://www.oppco.org
    1:00pm
  • Polar Bear Plunge: Registration for the 31st annual Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge begins at 9am at Birch Bay Beach, 7900 Birch Bay Dr. (the event starts at noon). Started in 1982 by local residents on a dear, this annual ritual draws hundreds of participants and onlookers each year. Competitions include Most Years Plunging, Oldest Participant, Best Individual Costume, Best Group Costume, and Farthest Traveled Participant. There is no cost to take the plunge, but people who register receive "I Took the Plunge" http://www.birchbaychamber.com
    9:00am
  • Resolution Run, Polar Dip: Warm up, and then cool down, at the annual Resolution Run/Walk and Polar Dip starting at 11am at Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way. At the finish line for the run, there's be snacks, toasty patio heaters and lots of camaraderie before the dip. Heated showers and goodies for everyone exiting the water after the "dip" will also be available. Entry is free and no registration is necessary. http://www.cob.org
    11:00am
  • 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
  • Scottish Country Dance Social: Join the Scottish Country Dance Club from 7-9:30pm every Wednesday for a public dance at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome, and no partner or experience is needed. Drop-in fees are $8, but those who are showing up for the first time will gain free entry. http://www.bellinghamscd.org
    7:00pm

Thursday, January 2, 2014 (5 events)

  • Winter Break Art Camps: Kids ages 4 to 12 and teenagers can learn new art skills and have fun drawing, painting and sculpting at Winter Break Art Camps happening Monday through Friday at BellinghamART, 1701 Ellis ST. Each camp follows a creative theme and includes all materials, tools and a daily snack. Cost is $85-$148. 738-8379 or http://www.bellinghamart.com
    10:00am
  • Tech Coaching: Librarians and volunteers will be on hand for a "One-on-One Tech Coaching" event from 1-3pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Bring your device, and learn how to download and receive free library eBooks and eAudiobooks. Call the number below to sign up for a half-hour session. 733-4030
    1:00pm
  • 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, January 3, 2014 (4 events)

  • 48 Hour Theater Festival: The 38th iteration of the 48 Hour Theater Festival can be seen at 8pm and 10pm at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The theatrical extravaganzas see teams of writers, actors and directors create brand-spanking-new plays in 24 hours—twice. Tickets are $10; these shows fill up fast, so don't delay in getting tickets early. 220-5446 or http://www.idiomtheater.com
    8:00pm
  • Winter Break Art Camps: Kids ages 4 to 12 and teenagers can learn new art skills and have fun drawing, painting and sculpting at Winter Break Art Camps happening Monday through Friday at BellinghamART, 1701 Ellis ST. Each camp follows a creative theme and includes all materials, tools and a daily snack. Cost is $85-$148. 738-8379 or http://www.bellinghamart.com
    10:00am
  • Upfront Mixed Bag: Long-form improv will be highlighted at "Harold" shows at 8pm every Friday and Saturday through January at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, "Games Galore" shows will take the stage. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • 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

Saturday, January 4, 2014 (14 events)

  • 48 Hour Theater Festival: The 38th iteration of the 48 Hour Theater Festival can be seen at 8pm and 10pm at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The theatrical extravaganzas see teams of writers, actors and directors create brand-spanking-new plays in 24 hours—twice. Tickets are $10; these shows fill up fast, so don't delay in getting tickets early. 220-5446 or http://www.idiomtheater.com
    8:00pm
  • 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
  • Upfront Mixed Bag: Long-form improv will be highlighted at "Harold" shows at 8pm every Friday and Saturday through January at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, "Games Galore" shows will take the stage. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • Skagit Eagle Festival: Guided walks and talks, raptor presentations, river float trips, Native American storytelling, photography workshops, hayrides, bonfires and much more will be part of the Skagit Eagle Festival happening every Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 26 in eastern Skagit County (Rockport, Concrete, Marblemount, etc.). Many events are free. http://www.skagiteaglefestival.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
  • Moon Phase Gardening: Learn more about how choosing your chores by the phases of the moon can increase your efficiency and the health of your gardens at a "Moon-Phase Gardening" class at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Call in advance to register for the free workshop. 676-5480
    9:00am
  • Salmon Run & Nature Walk: A "Salmon Run & Nature Walk" begins at 10am in Concrete at Ovenelle's Ranch, 46276 Concrete-Sauk Valley Rd. The unique 5K run will take partipants through a beautiful ranch and along the Skagit River. Entry is $20 and includes a knit hat, healthy snacks, a bonfire and cocoa. If you're not a runner, join in a free family-friendly nature walk to look for eagles, osprey, deer, elk and beaver. Kiosks will feature wildlife information, winter safety tips and activities for kids. (360) 856-7245 or http://www.unitedgeneral.org
    10:00am
  • Sea Float Scramble: Search for hand-blown glass sea floats made by Callahan's Firehouse as part of the annual "Sea Float Scramble" starting at 11am at Langley's Seawall Park. The family-friendly event is free. After the hunt, explore more than 50 shops and restaurants in the seaside villag or blow you own glass treasure at Callahan's. http://www.mainstreetlangley.org
    11:00am
  • Resolutions Workshops: f you need a boost in 2014, attend the annual "Resolutions: Mini Workshops to Jumpstart Your New Year" from 11am-4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Workshops feature local experts, including Carolyn Koehline on "Clearing Clutter for the New Year" (11am), "How to Succeed With Your Fitness Resolution with Robin Robertson (12pm), Renata Kowalczyk on "How to Invest in Whatcom County Businesses and Prosper" (1pm), "Yoga, Anyplace, Anyhow, Anyway" with Ingela Abbott (2pm), and Julianne Dickelman on 671-2626 or http://www.villagebooks.com
    11:00am
  • Traditional Jazz: The Halleck Street Ramblers will perform at the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society's monthly concert and dance from 2-5pm at the VFW Hall, 624 N. State St. Entry is $6 for students, $10 for members, and $12 for non-members. 734-2973 or http://www.btjs.webs.com
    2:00pm
  • 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
  • Charlotte’s Web: The Neighborhood Playhouse presents showings of E.B. White's Charlotte's Web starting this weekend with performances at 7pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the musical adaptation of the classic tale—which focuses on the story of a young girl named Fern, a pig named Wilbur, and a spider named Charlotte—are $8-$12. Additional showings happen Jan. 10-12. http://www.theneighborhoodplayhouse.net
    7:00pm
  • Tropical Escape Dance: Join Bellingham USA Dance for a "Tropical Escape" dance from 7-10pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. A rumba lesson will start things off, and the dance party will begin at 8pm. Themed dress is optional, and beginners and singles are welcome. Entry is $7-$10. 734-5676 or http://www.bellinghamusadance.com
    7:00pm
  • Welcome Home Concert: The Bellingham Festival of Music presents its 4th annual "Welcome Home Concert" at 7:30pm at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Dr. The show will highlight Bellingham High School graduate Roman Yearian on the violin. Suggested donation is $15. http://www.bellinghamfestival.org
    7:30pm

 

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