Week of Sunday, April 6, 2014
(111 events)

Sunday, April 6, 2014 (10 events)

  • Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival kicks off this week and continues through April 30 throughout the verdant valley. In addition to the hundreds of acres of blooming daffodils and tulips that will bloom according to Mother Nature through the month, there'll be street fairs, wine events, outdoor excursions, art displays, a home tour, live music, the "world's largest garage sale, a gala celebration, historic home tours, and much, much more. Go to the website to find out more. http://www.tulipfestival.org
    8:00am
  • Les Miserables: Redemption and revolution will take center stage when Les Miserables continues this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday, 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M. Ave. Tickets are $20. Additional performances of the award-winning musical happen weekends through April 27. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Fundraising Garage Sale: A fundraising Spring Garage Sale for WeSNIP takes place from 9am-4pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am-2pm Sunday, at the former Crossroads Thrift Store, 4145 Guide Meridian #103. The sale happens again April 11-13. http://www.wesnip.com
    9:00am
  • Peter Pan: Lyric Light Opera tells the story of a boy who just can't grow up when they conclude their musical run of Peter Pan this weekend at 7:30pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $22-$45. http://www.mcintryehall.org
    7:30pm
  • Stamp & Coin Show: Attend the annual Stamp & Coin Show from 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday at Hampton Inn's Fox Hall, 3985 Bennett Dr. Entry is free. http://www.pnna.org
    10:00am
  • FAIRHAVEN RIDE: Meet up with folks from Fairhaven Bike & Ski for a weekly race-pace ride at 8am at the Fairhaven Village Green. 733-4433 or http://www.fairhavenbike.com
    8:00am
  • Community Breakfast: Pancakes, French toast, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee will be available at the monthly Community Breakfast from 8am-1pm at the Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Hwy. Additionally, attendees will be served by local politicians. Entry is $2 for kids and $5 for adults. 739-9605
    8:00am
  • Rabbit Ride: Join members of the Mt. Baker Bike Club for the weekly “Rabbit Ride” starting at 8:30am at Fairhaven Bike & Ski, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route sees riders heading down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. 733-4433 or http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
    8:30am
  • Timber Rose with Janet Oakley: Local author and historian Janet Oakley shares her new book of fiction, Timber Rose, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The tome takes place in 1907 and focuses on a female mountain climber seeking new meaning in her life amidst nature. 671-2626
    4:00pm
  • Stage Door Canteen: Jazz chanteuse Greta Matassa will be joined by bassist Clipper Anderson and keyboardist Darin Clendenin for a 1940s-era "Stage Door Canteen" benefit concert, dance and auction from 5:30-9:30pm at the Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Rd. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $35; proceeds benefit the Drayton Harbor Music Festival Camp. http://www.draytonharbormusic.org
    5:30pm

Monday, April 7, 2014 (5 events)

  • Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival kicks off this week and continues through April 30 throughout the verdant valley. In addition to the hundreds of acres of blooming daffodils and tulips that will bloom according to Mother Nature through the month, there'll be street fairs, wine events, outdoor excursions, art displays, a home tour, live music, the "world's largest garage sale, a gala celebration, historic home tours, and much, much more. Go to the website to find out more. http://www.tulipfestival.org
    8:00am
  • Mount Baker Images: Join John D’Onofrio and Todd Warger as they share the history of Whatcom County's favorite mountain at "Images of Mt. Baker" presentations at 6:30pm Monday at the Blaine Library (610 3rd St.) and 7pm Tuesday at the Ferndale Library (2007 Cherry St.). An additional presentation happens Wed., April 30 at the Everson Library. All events are free. http://www.wcls.org
    6:30pm
  • Best of the Fest: The Anacortes Arts Festival's "Best of the Fest" exhibit shows from 11am-4pm daily through Sat., April 12 in Anacortes at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R. Ave. The invitational features 25 of the festival's best fine artists and booth artists. Entry is free. http://www.anacortesartsfestival.com
    11:00am
  • The Art of Wine: Wine expert Ryan Wildstar helms a four-part class focusing on "The Art of Wine: A Tour of France" starting tonight from 6:30-8pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Each session will focus on one region and examine how the “terroir” (the unique combination of soil, climate and environment) shows up in the fine wines and influences art, literature, music, and film from that region. Entry is $119 for all classes. 383-3200
    6:30pm
  • Poetrynight: Those looking to share their verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. http://www.poetrynight.org
    8:00pm

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 (8 events)

  • Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival kicks off this week and continues through April 30 throughout the verdant valley. In addition to the hundreds of acres of blooming daffodils and tulips that will bloom according to Mother Nature through the month, there'll be street fairs, wine events, outdoor excursions, art displays, a home tour, live music, the "world's largest garage sale, a gala celebration, historic home tours, and much, much more. Go to the website to find out more. http://www.tulipfestival.org
    8:00am
  • Mount Baker Images: Join John D’Onofrio and Todd Warger as they share the history of Whatcom County's favorite mountain at "Images of Mt. Baker" presentations at 6:30pm Monday at the Blaine Library (610 3rd St.) and 7pm Tuesday at the Ferndale Library (2007 Cherry St.). An additional presentation happens Wed., April 30 at the Everson Library. All events are free. http://www.wcls.org
    6:30pm
  • Best of the Fest: The Anacortes Arts Festival's "Best of the Fest" exhibit shows from 11am-4pm daily through Sat., April 12 in Anacortes at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R. Ave. The invitational features 25 of the festival's best fine artists and booth artists. Entry is free. http://www.anacortesartsfestival.com
    11:00am
  • Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 255-7166 or 647-0910
    12:00pm
  • Spring Has Sprung Run: Show up for a rain-or-shine "Spring Has Sprung" all-paces run starting at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. In addition to prizes, surprises and sweet treats, the free event will also feature demos from Mizuno. http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
    6:00pm
  • Biking Overnight: "Planning Your Overnight Bicycle Tour" will be the focus of a free presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Roger Ames will focus on how to select routes, pack your bike and make your ride as comfortable as possible. Please register in advance. 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
    6:00pm
  • How It’s Made: Attend a lecture with photographer Trisha Dawn Doggins at a "How It's Made" presentation at 6:30pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. "Photography As Performance Art" will be the focus. Entry is $3-$5. http://www.jansenartcenter.org
    6:30pm
  • A Storied Life: Author and screenwriter Gabrielle Zevin tells the tale of a bookstore owner whose life isn't going so well when she reads from The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.
    7:00pm

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (12 events)

  • Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival kicks off this week and continues through April 30 throughout the verdant valley. In addition to the hundreds of acres of blooming daffodils and tulips that will bloom according to Mother Nature through the month, there'll be street fairs, wine events, outdoor excursions, art displays, a home tour, live music, the "world's largest garage sale, a gala celebration, historic home tours, and much, much more. Go to the website to find out more. http://www.tulipfestival.org
    8:00am
  • Best of the Fest: The Anacortes Arts Festival's "Best of the Fest" exhibit shows from 11am-4pm daily through Sat., April 12 in Anacortes at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R. Ave. The invitational features 25 of the festival's best fine artists and booth artists. Entry is free. http://www.anacortesartsfestival.com
    11:00am
  • Blaine Book Group: Anna Funder's All That I Am will be the focus of a Book Discussion Group meeting from 12-2pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. All adults are welcome. 305-3600
    12:00pm
  • 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
  • Super Foods: Dieticians from Skagit Valley Hospital will focus on "Super Foods" and how they can help you make healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle at a class from 6-8pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen's Kitchen, 509 S. First St. Entry is $25. (360) 814-2424
    6:00pm
  • Gluten-Free Baking: Dr. Jean Layton will focus on "Gluten-free Spring Baking" from 6-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. In addition to cooking up some goods, Layton will share tips and tricks for freezing and gifting. Entry is $35. 383-3200
    6:00pm
  • Israel Author: Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Max Blumenthal will speak about his recent book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, at 7pm at Garden Street Methodist Church, 1326 N. GarDen St. After his presentation, the author will be available for a Q&A. Entry is free. 734-0217 or http://www.whatcompjc.org
    7:00pm
  • Yangtze River Journey: "Traveling Down the Yangtze River to the Gorges Dam" will be the focus of a Whatcom Maritime Association presentation with member Marty Haines at 7pm at the Squalicum Yacht Club, 2633 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Entry is free and all are welcome. 676-0884
    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
  • Horticultural Society Talk: Southlands Nursery's Tom Hobbs will kick off Whatcom Horticultural Society's spring lecture series at a "Goodbye Hollywood, Hello Green Acres" presentation at 7:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is $10-$15. http://www.whatcomhortsociety.org
    7:30pm
  • Mike Allen Quartet: The monthly Mike Allen Quartet Jazz Series performance begins at 7:30pm at the BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Performers include sax man Mike Allen, pianist Miles Black, bassist Adam Thomas and drummer Julian MacDonough. Entry is $8-$10. http://www.jazzproject.org
    7:30pm

Thursday, April 10, 2014 (18 events)

  • Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival kicks off this week and continues through April 30 throughout the verdant valley. In addition to the hundreds of acres of blooming daffodils and tulips that will bloom according to Mother Nature through the month, there'll be street fairs, wine events, outdoor excursions, art displays, a home tour, live music, the "world's largest garage sale, a gala celebration, historic home tours, and much, much more. Go to the website to find out more. http://www.tulipfestival.org
    8:00am
  • Monsters!: Northwest Passage Theatre Lab presents showings of Monsters! for one weekend only at 8pm Thursday through Saturday at iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The dialogue-free show—which also features live music by Falling Upstairs—follows the story of a group of monsters who emerge from the walls to inhabit and explore the human world. Tickets to the fundraising performances are $25 and include food, drink and an after-show tea service. http://www.nwptheater.com or www.brownpapertickets.com
    8:00pm
  • Best of the Fest: The Anacortes Arts Festival's "Best of the Fest" exhibit shows from 11am-4pm daily through Sat., April 12 in Anacortes at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R. Ave. The invitational features 25 of the festival's best fine artists and booth artists. Entry is free. http://www.anacortesartsfestival.com
    11:00am
  • Orcas Island BIrd & Wildlife Festival: Nature hikes, birding walks, boat and kayak tours, art workshops, speakers, and a variety of activities for all ages will be part of the inaugural Orcas Island Bird & Wildlife Festival happening Thursday through Saturday throughout Orcas Island. Prices vary. http://www.orcasislandbirdfest.com
    5:30pm
  • Les Miserables: Redemption and revolution will take center stage when Les Miserables continues this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M. Ave. Tickets are $20. Additional performances of the award-winning musical happen weekends through April 27. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Coal Mine Talk: Geologist George Mustoe focuses on "Coal Mines of Whatcom County" at a 10am presentation at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is free. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    10:00am
  • Writing for Kids: Guest speakers Lois Harris, Amber Keyser, and Barbara Hicks will focus on "Making it in the Business of Children's Writing" at a Skagit Valley Writers League gathering from 1-3pm at the Burlington Community/Senior Center, 1011 Greenleaf. Register in advance for the free event. All are welcome. http://www.skagitwriters.org
    1:00pm
  • Family Book Club: Kids in second through fourth grade can bring their parents or caregivers along for today's Page Turners Family Book Club gathering at 4pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Expect fun, snacks and fabulous books. Entry is free. 305-3600
    4:00pm
  • Mexican Kitchen: Ana Jackson leads a "Mexican Kitchen: Spring Stews and Soups" course from 6-9pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Entry is $39. 383-3200
    6:00pm
  • Staring a Co-op: Community to Community Development's Rosalinda Guillen and Circle of Life Caregivers Cooperative's Deborah Craig will lead a "Starting a Co-op" presentation from 6:30-8:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Future classes in this series will also focus on resources for forming co-ops in Whatcom County. Register in advance for the free event. 734-8158
    6:30pm
  • Canning & Cocktails: Certified food preservers Katharine Isserlis and Ann Darlin Leason team up to present "Canning & Cocktails: Pickling and Preserving Eggs" from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen's Kitchen, 519 S. First St. Entry is $30. http://www.gretchenskitchen.com
    6:30pm
  • Theatre Night Fundraiser: Help raise funds for the Kiwanis Club of Bellingham at a preview showing of The Women of Lockerbie starting with a wine and hors d'oeuvres gathering at 6:45pm at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $20; funds benefit youth and children's programs. (360) 714-8156
    6:45pm
  • Curveball Contemplations: Longtime Bellingham resident Carolina Barr shares ideas from her new "heartfelt and humorous" book, Contemplations on Life's Little Curveballs, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. 671-2626
    7:00pm
  • Growing Grains: Krista Rome will present step-by-step instructions on selecting varieties, planting, maintenance, harvest, threshing, seed cleaning, and storage at a "Growing Dry Legumes and Grains in Your Backyard" class at 7pm at the WSU Whatcom County Extension, 1000 N. Forest St. Instruction manuals and seeds will also be provided. Entry is free. 676-6736
    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
  • Drive-Ins: Local historians Kent Holsather and Wes Gannaway present a photographic history of drive-ups, drive-thrus and drive-ins and stories of some of the popular Whatcom County venues at a "Bellingham Drive-Ins" event at 7:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $3. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    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, April 11, 2014 (19 events)

  • Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival kicks off this week and continues through April 30 throughout the verdant valley. In addition to the hundreds of acres of blooming daffodils and tulips that will bloom according to Mother Nature through the month, there'll be street fairs, wine events, outdoor excursions, art displays, a home tour, live music, the "world's largest garage sale, a gala celebration, historic home tours, and much, much more. Go to the website to find out more. http://www.tulipfestival.org
    8:00am
  • Monsters!: Northwest Passage Theatre Lab presents showings of Monsters! for one weekend only at 8pm Thursday through Saturday at iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The dialogue-free show—which also features live music by Falling Upstairs—follows the story of a group of monsters who emerge from the walls to inhabit and explore the human world. Tickets to the fundraising performances are $25 and include food, drink and an after-show tea service. http://www.nwptheater.com or www.brownpapertickets.com
    8:00pm
  • Best of the Fest: The Anacortes Arts Festival's "Best of the Fest" exhibit shows from 11am-4pm daily through Sat., April 12 in Anacortes at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R. Ave. The invitational features 25 of the festival's best fine artists and booth artists. Entry is free. http://www.anacortesartsfestival.com
    11:00am
  • Orcas Island BIrd & Wildlife Festival: Nature hikes, birding walks, boat and kayak tours, art workshops, speakers, and a variety of activities for all ages will be part of the inaugural Orcas Island Bird & Wildlife Festival happening Thursday through Saturday throughout Orcas Island. Prices vary. http://www.orcasislandbirdfest.com
    5:30pm
  • Les Miserables: Redemption and revolution will take center stage when Les Miserables continues this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M. Ave. Tickets are $20. Additional performances of the award-winning musical happen weekends through April 27. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • What-A-Sho!: Drama, dance, standup comedy, music and more will be featured at the annual "What-A-Sho!" Variety Show performances at 7pm Friday and Saturday at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Tickets to see the talented students will be $8 at the door. 676-6575 or http://www.bellinghamschools.org
    7:00pm
  • Scratchpad and Pulp Improv: Watch improv inspired by poetry, which is inspired by improv, when "Scratchpad" returns to the stage at 8pm shows through April at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, show up (or stick around) to view the fully improvised, Tarantino-inspired format, "Pulp Improv." Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • The Women of Lockerbie: The poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate can be seen when Deborah Brevoort's The Women of Lockerbie opens this weekend at shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$14, and additional shows happen weekends through April 27. 733-1811 or http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
    7:30pm
  • Phrasings in Word and Dance: Bellingham Repertory Dance teams up with local and regional poets to present the annual "Phrasings: In Word and Dance" performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 5pm Sunday, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Entry is $12-$15; tickets sell out early, so don't delay in getting yours. http://www.bhamrep.org
    7:30pm
  • Fundraising Garage Sale: A fundraising Spring Garage Sale for WeSNIP takes place from 9am-4pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am-2pm Sunday, at the former Crossroads Thrift Store, 4145 Guide Meridian, #103. http://www.wesnip.com
    9:00am
  • World’s Largest Garage Sale: The 22nd annual "World's Largest Garage Sale" happens from 9am-4pm at Mount Vernon's Skagit Valley Fairgrounds, 479 W. Taylor St. More than 140 vendors will be selling their wares. http://www.tulipfestival.org
    9:00am
  • Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom Walks for "Wild Things" excursions from 9:30-11am every Friday through April at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. 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
  • Exploring Literature: As part of the Humanities Washington Speaker Series, University of Washington professor Anu Taranath will present "The World in Washington: An Exploration of Literature and Our Lives" at 7pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Inspirational stories and literature written by multicultural authors from around the state will be the focus of the free event. http://www.humanities.org
    7:00pm
  • Poetry in the Round: Celebrate National Poetry Month by signing up for—or simply listening in on—a "Poetry in the Round" reading from 7-9pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. The event is free, and family-friendly. 305-3600
    7:00pm
  • Recalling Exxon Valdez: Angela Day shares ideas and reads from Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book documents a tragic event that stunned the world, recounts regional and national history, and explains how oil titans came to be entrusted with a spectacular, fragile ecosystem. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • The Steeldrivers: Bluegrass, country, soul and other contemporary influences can be heard when the Grammy-nominated, Nashville-based ensemble known as the SteelDrivers performs at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $25. http://www.mcintyrehall.org
    7:30pm
  • Great Gatsby Prom: Join the Bellingham Dance Company for a Great Gatsby-inspired prom from 7:30-10:30pm at the group's digs at 1705 N. State St. Bring a date, your friends or your neighbors and get dancing (costumes are welcome). Jitterbug and Charleston lessons will be available, and there'll be snacks and a dessert table. Entry is $8-$10. http://www.bellinghamdancecompany.com
    7:30pm
  • Double CD Release Concert: Southern singer-songwriter Joanne Rand and Seattle legend Reggie Garrett will perform at a Double CD Release Concert at 8pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall. The show celebrates Rand's Still a Real World and Garrett's Something New albums. Tickets will be $12-$15 at the door. (360) 223-5449 or http://www.joannerandmusic.com
    8:00pm

Saturday, April 12, 2014 (51 events)

  • Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival kicks off this week and continues through April 30 throughout the verdant valley. In addition to the hundreds of acres of blooming daffodils and tulips that will bloom according to Mother Nature through the month, there'll be street fairs, wine events, outdoor excursions, art displays, a home tour, live music, the "world's largest garage sale, a gala celebration, historic home tours, and much, much more. Go to the website to find out more. http://www.tulipfestival.org
    8:00am
  • Monsters!: Northwest Passage Theatre Lab presents showings of Monsters! for one weekend only at 8pm Thursday through Saturday at iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The dialogue-free show—which also features live music by Falling Upstairs—follows the story of a group of monsters who emerge from the walls to inhabit and explore the human world. Tickets to the fundraising performances are $25 and include food, drink and an after-show tea service. http://www.nwptheater.com or www.brownpapertickets.com
    8:00pm
  • Best of the Fest: The Anacortes Arts Festival's "Best of the Fest" exhibit shows from 11am-4pm daily through Sat., April 12 in Anacortes at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R. Ave. The invitational features 25 of the festival's best fine artists and booth artists. Entry is free. http://www.anacortesartsfestival.com
    11:00am
  • Orcas Island BIrd & Wildlife Festival: Nature hikes, birding walks, boat and kayak tours, art workshops, speakers, and a variety of activities for all ages will be part of the inaugural Orcas Island Bird & Wildlife Festival happening Thursday through Saturday throughout Orcas Island. Prices vary. http://www.orcasislandbirdfest.com
    5:30pm
  • Les Miserables: Redemption and revolution will take center stage when Les Miserables continues this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M. Ave. Tickets are $20. Additional performances of the award-winning musical happen weekends through April 27. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • What-A-Sho!: Drama, dance, standup comedy, music and more will be featured at the annual "What-A-Sho!" Variety Show performances at 7pm Friday and Saturday at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Tickets to see the talented students will be $8 at the door. 676-6575 or http://www.bellinghamschools.org
    7:00pm
  • Scratchpad and Pulp Improv: Watch improv inspired by poetry, which is inspired by improv, when "Scratchpad" returns to the stage at 8pm shows through April at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, show up (or stick around) to view the fully improvised, Tarantino-inspired format, "Pulp Improv." Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • The Women of Lockerbie: The poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate can be seen when Deborah Brevoort's The Women of Lockerbie opens this weekend at shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$14, and additional shows happen weekends through April 27. 733-1811 or http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
    7:30pm
  • Phrasings in Word and Dance: Bellingham Repertory Dance teams up with local and regional poets to present the annual "Phrasings: In Word and Dance" performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 5pm Sunday, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Entry is $12-$15; tickets sell out early, so don't delay in getting yours. http://www.bhamrep.org
    7:30pm
  • Fundraising Garage Sale: A fundraising Spring Garage Sale for WeSNIP takes place from 9am-4pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am-2pm Sunday, at the former Crossroads Thrift Store, 4145 Guide Meridian, #103. http://www.wesnip.com
    9:00am
  • 24 Hour Comics Event: Participants will be challenged to draw a 24-page comic in a day (and night) at a "24 Hour Comics" event starting at noon Saturday and ending at noon Sunday at the Comics Place, 221 W. Holly St. The all-ages event aims to bring together creators and enthusiasts to celebrate the medium. The all-ages event is free, so feel free to drop by at any time within the 24-hour period to see what's happening. Art materials will be supplied by Dakota Arts. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    12:00pm
  • 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
  • Tulip Festival Volkssport Walk: Choose from a 5K or 10K excursion at today's Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Volkssport Walk starting at 8am at Burlington's Skagit River Park, 1100 S. Skagit st. Trails will be marked, and will continue along the river and through the historic town. Entry is free. http://www.nwtrekkers.org
    8:00am
  • Rummage Sale: Donate or find treasures at a gigantic Rummage Sale taking place from 8am-3pm at the Blaine Senior Center, 763 G St. 332-8040
    8:00am
  • Container Design: Rachel Zeutenhorst, a horticulturist with Tissues and Liners Nursery, will give a free presentation focusing on "Container Design" at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Please register in advance. 676-5480
    9:00am
  • Walk MS: Rally to end multiple sclerosis at today's "Walk MS" gathering starting at 9am at 2814 Meridian St. Proceeds from the event support research and local program for people living with the disease. Check out the website below to find out how to begin fundraising. http://www.walkms.org
    9:00am
  • Tree Planting Work Party: Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and the Chums of Terrell Creek for a Tree Planting Work Party from 9am-12pm along the banks of Terrell Creek. Check out the website listed below for directions. http://www.n-sea.org
    9:00am
  • Bay View Cleanup: Volunteers from the Bay View community and state park staff will host the third annual Spring Cleanup from 9am-12pm in Mount Vernon at Bay View State Park, 10901 Bay View-Edison Rd. Dress for the weather and bring your own gloves, rakes ans garden clippers. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    9:00am
  • Anacortes Winter Market: Local produce, farm goods, gift ideas and much more will be available at the Anacortes Farmers Market's final Winter Market from 9am-2pm inside the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. The market opens outdoors on a weekly basis in early May. http://www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org
    9:00am
  • Brunch Club: Poached eggs in a zesty Italian tomato sauce will be highlighted at a "Brunch Club: Eggs in Purgatory" class at 9:30am in Mount Vernon at Gretchen's Kitchen, 509 S. First St. Entry is $25. http://www.gretchenskitchen.com
    9:30am
  • Community Meal: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, salad, bread and Bundt cake 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. 714-9029
    10:00am
  • Hannah Creek Work Party: Join Bellingham Parks for a Work Party from 10am-12pm along Hannah Creek. Park along Birch Street, off of Lakeway, and follow signs. 778-7105
    10:00am
  • AAUW Meeting: Join theAmerican Association of University Women for a talk with Byron Manering on the topic of "Breaking the Cycle of Child Abuse" at 10am at the YWCA, 1026 N. Forest St. The program includes discussion of Darkness to Light, a national advocacy training program to prevent sexual abuse. 201-6005
    10:00am
  • Alger Alp Trail Run: Choose from a five- or 13-mile run as part of the Bellingham Trail Running Series' Alger Alp Trail Run starting at 10am at the Squires Lake Trailhead on Highway 99. Entry is $35-$55 (add $10 for day-of registration). http://www.bellinghamtrail.com
    10:00am
  • Bellingham Farmers Market: Attend the weekly Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 20 at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. New and returning vendors will be selling fresh produce and ready-to-eat goods, local crafts, and more. http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
    10:00am
  • Digitizing History: Current and former Burlington and surrounding area residents can bring family photographs, personal and historical documents, and photographs of the local Burlington community to the library to be scanned into a digital format at a "Digitizing Your Family History Day" from 10am-3pm at Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. Entry is free. http://www.burlingtonwa.gov/library
    10:00am
  • Compost Sale: The Kiwanis Club and students at Sehome High School will team up for the annual Mushroom Compost Sale from 10am-4pm at the school's parking lot at 2700 Bill McDonald Pkwy. The 40-pound bags of compost can be had for $5 each. (360) 714-8156
    10:00am
  • South Whatcom Library Grand Opening: Ribbon cutting refreshments and opening remarks will be part of a Grand Opening Celebration at 10am at Sudden Valley's new South Whatcom Library, 8 Barn View Court. Events and programs for all ages will happen throughout the day (the open house ends at 5pm). Entry is free. 305-3600 or http://www.wcls.org
    10:00am
  • Seed Starting, Fruit Growing: A "Seed Starting" workshop happens from 10:30am-12:30pm at Everson's Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd. "Advanced Stone Fruit Growing, Part I" happens from 1:30-3:30pm, The first event is $30, and the second is $40 (includes a second class). Please register in advance. http://www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org
    10:30am
  • Northwest Alphabet: Seattle-based children's author and illustrator Hannah Viano reads from S Is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet at a kid-friendly event at 11am at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Fun activities related to the book will also be part of the free fun. 671-2626
    11:00am
  • Spring Open Studios: Attend a "Spring Open Studios" event from 11am-4pm at Fairhaven's Morgan Block Studios, 1000 Harris Ave. Doors will be open at Kulshan Clayworks, Martini Metal Craft, and more. http://www.facebook,com/morganblockbuilding
    11:00am
  • Antiques & Collectibles Evaluation: Bring your treasures and finds to an "Antiques and Collectibles Evaluation" from 11am-4pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Seasoned evaluators will be on hand. Entry is $6 per item, or $15 for three. 733-4030
    11:00am
  • Garden Swap & Sale: Buy and swap seeds, seedlings, vegetables, flowers, annuals, bulbs, perennials, tools, books, compos, container and art at the Bow Little Market Garden Swap & Sale happening from 12-3pm at Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane. Music, native plant giveaways and free class on making Asian fruit fly traps will also be part of the fun. (360) 724-3333 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    12:00pm
  • Spring Wine Festival: Six restaurants and 30 breweries will be represented at the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival taking place from 12-4:30pm at the Historic Port of Anacortes Transit Event Center, 100 Commercial Ave. Advance tickets are $40 ($20 for a designated driver). http://www.anacortes.org
    12:00pm
  • Rain Barrel 101: Learn how to make a rain barrel, and why, at a "Rain Barrel 101" presentation from 1-3pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The C.O.R.E. gardening program is free. http://www.wcls.org
    1:00pm
  • Karen Healy Art Talk: Artist Karen Healy will talk about her work in wood, forged steel, jewelry and stone at a "Meet the Artist" gathering from 1-4pm at Artwood Gallery, 1000 Harris Ave. Entry is free. http://www.artwoodgallery.com
    1:00pm
  • Abbe Rolnick Talk: Abbe Rolnick, the author of Color of Lies, will be on hand to discuss the creative writing process and the fine art of storytelling from 2-4pm at the Sedro-Woolley Public Library, 802 Ball St. Entry is free. (360) 855-1166
    2:00pm
  • Roller Betties Bout: Watch a duo of roller derby bouts when the Bellingham Roller Betties host the fourth bout of their seventh season at 5pm at Whatcom Community College's Orca Pavilion. Entry is $6 for kids and $14 for adults. http://www.bellinghamrollerbetties.com
    5:00pm
  • Whatcom Dream Fundraiser: Help the Whatcom Dream's vision to end poverty at the nonprofit's 10th annual Dinner and Fundraiser starting at 5:30pm at Bellingham's Best Western Lakeway Inn, 714 Lakeway Dr. Entry is $65 and includes dinner, an auction and raffle. http://www.thewhatcomdream.org
    5:30pm
  • 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
  • Latino Heritage Dinner: The Latino Student Union will host its annual Heritage Dinner from 6-9pm at Western Washington University's Viking Union Multipurpose Room. Tickets are $12-$14 and include food, music and a variety of performances. 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    6:00pm
  • Biagio & Rabia: A free concert featuring music by Bellingham-based musicians Biagio Biondolillo and Rabia Magnusson takes place from 6:30-8pm at the piano lounge at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. http://www.jansenartcenter.org
    6:30pm
  • Haynie Opry Concert: A surprise guest will join Matt Audette and the Circle of Friends Band at tonight's Haynie Opry concert at 7pm at Blaine's Haynie Grange, 3144 Haynie Rd. The special for the show will be a “mini tribute” to Buck Owens and his Buckaroos. Tickets are $15. http://www.thehaynieopry.com
    7:00pm
  • Nature of Wriing: Village Books and the North Cascades Institute team up for the first "Nature of Writing Series" with a reading of Sailing by Raven by poet Holly J. Hughes at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The former Alaskan salmon gillnetter, mariner and naturalist "deftly explores how we find our way, at sea, in love, and in life." Entry is free. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Contra Dance: Seattle's Tapsalteerie will perform at the bimonthly Contra Dance from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Beginners are welcome. Suggested donation is $8-$10. http://www.bellinghamcountrydance.org
    7:00pm
  • Victorian Secrets: Travel back in time at "Victorian Secrets: A Night of Innovative Entertainment" from 7-10:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Revel in playful fun with food, spirits, innovative historical trivia, and intriguing treasure hunts You can also try your hand at creating an invention, get your picture taken by the Good Time Girls, and take part in a treasure hunt. Dressing in era attire encouraged, but not required. Entry is $7-$10. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    7:00pm
  • The Wailin’ Jennys: The award-winning singer-songwriter trio known as the Wailin' Jennys perform at shows at 7:30pm Saturday and 3pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets to the see the dynamic contemporary folk group are $22-$42 (tickets are likely sold out by now, but it can't hurt to check). http://www.lincolntheatre.org
    7:30pm
  • Scottish Country Dance Social: The Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers will host a Scottish Social at 7:30pm at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. All dances will be walked through. Entry is $7 for students and $10 general. http://www.bellinghamscd.org
    7:30pm
  • Opera Popolare: Arias and duets from a variety of famous duets can be heard when Opera Popolare presents an "Opera Selections" concert at 7:30pm at Garden Street United Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden St. Tickets will be $10 at the door. http://www.operapopolare.com
    7:30pm
  • WhatComedy Open Mic: The bimonthly "WhatComedy" Open Mic will feature standup comedians and Seattle's Brent Flyberg starting at 8pm at the Village Inn Pub & Eatery, 3020 Northwest Ave. Entry is free. 734-2490
    8:00pm
  • Tango by the Bay: Tocato Tango will provide live music when USA Dance Bellingham presents the monthly "Tango by the Bay" from 8-11pm at the Squalicum Yacht Club, 2633 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Both beginners and experienced dancers are welcome, as are singles. Entry is $7-$10. 734-5676
    8:00pm

 

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