Week of Sunday, August 17, 2014
(100 events)

Sunday, August 17, 2014 (14 events)

  • Upfront Improv Festival: A gala show featuring funnyman Ryan Stiles will kick off the inaugural Upfront Improv Festival at 8pm Wednesday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The festival—which also celebrates the improv theater's 10th anniversary—continues with two or three shows nightly through Sunday (see the website for a full listing of events). Tickets are $10 per show, or $50 for a festival pass. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • Mark Twain in Fairhaven: Local playwright and historian John Lenz's Mark Twain in Fairhaven: A Musical Tall Tale—loosely based on Twain's visit to Fairhaven in 1895—concludes this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Tickets are $8-$12/ http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:30pm
  • Boating Center Open: All are welcome to check out the Community Boating Center, which is open for the summer season at its headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. (near the Amtrak Station). Upcoming classes and excursions include bioluminescence paddles, introductions to sea kayaking, sunset paddles, dinghy sailing 101, full moon paddles, paddleboarding 101, and more. Boat rentals and storage and moorage are also available. Check the website for times and prices. http://www.boatingcenter.org
    8:00am
  • Bard on the Beach: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will play in repertory with the Bard's The Tempest and Cymbeline, and Bill Cain's Equivocation, during the 25th annual "Bard on the Beach" season through Sept. 20 at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). http://www.bardonthebeach.org
    5:00pm
  • Bellwether Arts Market: Allied Arts and the Port of Bellingham will team up to present the annual "Bellwether Arts Market" from 12-6pm Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday at the Tom Glenn Commons on Bellingham's Bellwether Way. More than 30 juried regional artists will share their creative wares, and there'll also be an arts area for youth and a rotating roster of musicians. Entry is free. http://www.alliedarts.org
    12:00pm
  • Orcas Island Studio Tour: Visit the working studios of 32 artists as part of the Orcas Island Artists' Studio Tour happening from 11am-5pm Friday through Sunday throughout the lovely San Juan island. The three-day studio tour event will feature artists working in painting, print making, stone cutting, woodworking, blacksmithing, encaustics, ceramics, fiber arts, sculpture, photography, jewelry and more. Entry to the self-guided tour is free. http://www.orcasartistsstudiotour.com
    11:00am
  • Muds to Suds: Twenty-two dirty obstacles combining athletic stamina and your childhood fantasies of playing in the mud will be part of the annual "Muds to Suds" 2.5-mile race starting at 9am Saturday and Sunday at Ferndale's Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Nielsen Ave. In addition to the filthy displays of athleticism, there will be costume contests, a beer garden, a root beer garden and more. Entry is $25-$59. http://www.mudstosuds.com
    9:00am
  • 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
  • Totem Pole Departure: The 2014 "Lummi to Alberta" Totem Pole Journey will host a departure blessing ceremony beginning at 9:30am at the Lummi Tribal Center, 2665 Kwina Rd. The "Our Shared Responsibility: The Land, the Waters and the Peoples" tour will cover more than 6,000 miles while visiting local and tribal communities discussing what's at stake with fossil fuel extraction, export and consumption. http://www.totempolejourney.com
    9:30am
  • Metal Arts Open House: Visit a working studio and watch local jewelers, artists and artisans demonstrating various metal art skills at a Studio Open House from 11am-4pm at Bellingham Metal Arts Guild, 2620 N. Harbor Loop Dr., suite #6. The free event coincides with the Bellwether Art Market. http://www.bellinghammetalartsguild.org
    11:00am
  • Co-op Community Party: The Community Food Co-op will host its 17th annual Community Party from 12-4:30pm at Bellingham's Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. The free shindig will include music by the Clumsy Lovers and Kuungana, a kid parade that will lead partygoers to a special circus show featuring the Emergency Circus, $3 burritos, numerous activities for kids, henna tattoos, Mallard ice cream, and information and activities by community and nonprofit groups. 734-8158 or http://www.communityfood.coop
    12:00pm
  • Book Chat, Writing Group: Markus Zusak's The Book Thief will be the focus of an Afternoon Book Chat Encore meeting from 1:30-3pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At 3:15pm, the bookstore will host the bimonthly Nonfiction & Memoir Writing Group. Both events are free. http://www.villagebooks.com
    1:30pm
  • International Concert Series: The Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble shares the traditional music, dance and costumes of Croatia as part of a monthlong International Concert Series at 2pm at Blaine's Peace Arch Park. Entry is free; additional concerts happen Sundays through Aug. 24. http://www.peacearchpark.org
    2:00pm

Monday, August 18, 2014 (9 events)

  • Boating Center Open: All are welcome to check out the Community Boating Center, which is open for the summer season at its headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. (near the Amtrak Station). Upcoming classes and excursions include bioluminescence paddles, introductions to sea kayaking, sunset paddles, dinghy sailing 101, full moon paddles, paddleboarding 101, and more. Boat rentals and storage and moorage are also available. Check the website for times and prices. http://www.boatingcenter.org
    8:00am
  • Bard on the Beach: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will play in repertory with the Bard's The Tempest and Cymbeline, and Bill Cain's Equivocation, during the 25th annual "Bard on the Beach" season through Sept. 20 at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). http://www.bardonthebeach.org
    5:00pm
  • Radical Repetition Closing Day: Today's your last chance to see "Radical Repetition: Albers to Warhol" from 12-5pm at Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 205 Flora St. Don't miss seeing pop and print art masters like Warhol, Lichtenstein, Haring, Close, and many more at the stunning exhibit, which was culled from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:00pm
  • Bike Basics: Learn how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time and make other minor adjustments to your ride at a free "Bike Maintenance Basics" workshop at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Please register in advance. 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
    6:00pm
  • Monday Author Series: As part of a "Literary Elements" adult summer reading author series, Kate Lloyd reads from her Lancaster Trilogy series and talks about "Breaking All the Rules: How I Became a Successful Amish Author" at 6pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. Entry is free. http://www.mountvernonwa.gov
    6:00pm
  • Priestly Poetry: Poet and priest Spencer Reece reads from his new book of poetry, The Road to Emmaus, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Area poets Kathleen Flenniken and Jeremy Voigt will also read from their collections. 671-2626
    7:00pm
  • Poetrynight: Those looking to share their verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:30pm at the Bellingham Alternative Library, 1417 Railroad Ave. Readings start at 8pm. 778-7230 or http://www.poetrynight.org
    8:00pm
  • Guffawingham: A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 8pm Mondays at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. http://www.acoustictavern.com
    8:00pm
  • Pint Night: Come celebrate and support the Whatcom Literacy Council at a "Pint Night" fundraiser from 8-10pm at Kulshan Brewery, 2238 James St. In addition to your beer purchases—$1 of which will go to the council—prepare to play some trivia. http://www.whatcomliteracy.org
    8:00pm

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 (6 events)

  • Boating Center Open: All are welcome to check out the Community Boating Center, which is open for the summer season at its headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. (near the Amtrak Station). Upcoming classes and excursions include bioluminescence paddles, introductions to sea kayaking, sunset paddles, dinghy sailing 101, full moon paddles, paddleboarding 101, and more. Boat rentals and storage and moorage are also available. Check the website for times and prices. http://www.boatingcenter.org
    8:00am
  • Bard on the Beach: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will play in repertory with the Bard's The Tempest and Cymbeline, and Bill Cain's Equivocation, during the 25th annual "Bard on the Beach" season through Sept. 20 at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). http://www.bardonthebeach.org
    5:00pm
  • Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 255-7166 or 647-0910
    12:00pm
  • Summer Run: A "Don't Say Sayonara to Summer" All-Paces Run begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. In addition to demos and raffles for free shoes from Mizuno, there'll be giveaways, water balloons, squirt guns and watermelon following the run. Entry is free. http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
    6:00pm
  • Cross-Country Celebration: Thirty-four bicyclists near the end of a 3,837-mile cross-country trip in support of affordable housing will talk about their experiences at 7pm at Lynden's Hope Lutheran Church, 900 E. Grover St. The free event kicks off at 6pm with a potluck dinner. http://www.bikeandbuild.org
    7:00pm
  • Another Autumn: Themes of family, love, loss, community, work, separation and connection will make appearances when Yvonne Higgins Leach reads from her Another Autumn poetry collection at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. She'll be joined by musical guest Burke Mulvany. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (12 events)

  • Boating Center Open: All are welcome to check out the Community Boating Center, which is open for the summer season at its headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. (near the Amtrak Station). Upcoming classes and excursions include bioluminescence paddles, introductions to sea kayaking, sunset paddles, dinghy sailing 101, full moon paddles, paddleboarding 101, and more. Boat rentals and storage and moorage are also available. Check the website for times and prices. http://www.boatingcenter.org
    8:00am
  • Bard on the Beach: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will play in repertory with the Bard's The Tempest and Cymbeline, and Bill Cain's Equivocation, during the 25th annual "Bard on the Beach" season through Sept. 20 at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). http://www.bardonthebeach.org
    5:00pm
  • Wednesday Market: Peruse local fruits and vegetables, diverse handcrafted works and ready-to-eat items when the Bellingham Farmers Market continues its Wednesday Market from 12-5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. (behind Village Books). The market continues weekly through Sept. 24. http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
    12:00pm
  • Wednesday Walking Group: Adults ages 50 and older are invited to join a free Bellingham Evening Walking Group starting at 5:30pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. The group meets every Wednesday in August. 733-4030 or http://www.wccoa.org
    5:30pm
  • GROUP RIDE: The Mt. Baker Bike Club hosts a Group Ride starting every Wednesday at 6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Be prepared to ride for 30 miles at a race/training pace, and regroup at the brewery following the excursion. http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
    6:00pm
  • Evening Epic Run: A weekly “Evening Epic Run” begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The strenuous runs are 1.5-2 hours in length on hilly terrain with experienced trail runners. Entry is free. http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
    6:00pm
  • Brews Cruise: Join San Juan Cruises for the weekly "Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise" leaving at 6:30pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. The cruises―which continue every Wednesday through Sept. 24―includes liquid samples from Boundary Bay Brewery and two other Northwest breweries. Entry is $35. Register in advance, as the cruises sell out quickly. http://www.whales.com
    6:30pm
  • Chelsea Cain’s Kick: Former Bellingham resident turned New York Times bestselling author, Chelsea Cain, returns to town for a 7pm reading of her new thriller, One Kick, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book focuses on Kick Lannigan, a former kidnapping victim who's now on the hunt for a serial kidnapper. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Chelsea Cain’s Kick: Former Bellingham resident turned New York Times bestselling author, Chelsea Cain, returns to town for a 7pm reading of her new thriller, One Kick, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book focuses on Kick Lannigan, a former kidnapping victim who's now on the hunt for a serial kidnapper. http://www.villagebooks.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
  • Lashley Reading: Bellingham-based poet Robert Lashley reads from his recent collection, The Homeboy Songs, at 8pm at the Redlight, 1017 N. State St. The book is Lashley's "complex homage to the black community of Tacoma." Jessica Lohafer will open the event. http://www.smalldoggiepress.com
    8:00pm
  • Comedy at the Shoe: If you like sipping on cocktails and laughing uproariously, attend the weekly "Shoe Me the Funny" comedy showcase starting at 9pm every Wednesday at the Ranch Room at the Horseshoe Cafe, 113 E. Holly St. The event features six comedians vying for your vote, a highlighted comedian, host Mike Cramblett, and a chance to win a platter of cheesy fries. Entry is free. http://www.facebook.com
    9:00pm

Thursday, August 21, 2014 (20 events)

  • Summer Book Sale: A Summer Book and Media Sale takes place from 10am-6pm Thursday and Friday, and 10am-1pm Saturday, at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. P.S. On Saturday, you can score the goods for $4 per bag. 778-7250
    10:00am
  • Syre Education Center Open: See the Whatcom Museum's 500-plus bird collection and special education exhibits—like Northwest Coast First Nations, Pioneer Life, and Logging—from 12-5pm every Thursday through Sunday through Sept. 12 at the museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. A number of bird-related events will also be taking place. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:00pm
  • Boating Center Open: All are welcome to check out the Community Boating Center, which is open for the summer season at its headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. (near the Amtrak Station). Upcoming classes and excursions include bioluminescence paddles, introductions to sea kayaking, sunset paddles, dinghy sailing 101, full moon paddles, paddleboarding 101, and more. Boat rentals and storage and moorage are also available. Check the website for times and prices. http://www.boatingcenter.org
    8:00am
  • Bard on the Beach: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will play in repertory with the Bard's The Tempest and Cymbeline, and Bill Cain's Equivocation, during the 25th annual "Bard on the Beach" season through Sept. 20 at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). http://www.bardonthebeach.org
    5:00pm
  • Lynden Farmers Market: Procure fresh, seasonal fare from local farmers at the Lynden Farmers Market, which happens from 12-5pm every Thursday through Oct. 30 at 324 Front St. http://www.lyndenfarmersmarket.com
    12:00pm
  • Brown Bag: British Alpine Hannibal Expedition/Reunion" will be the focus of a lunchtime Brown Bag presentation with John Hoyte at 12:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The event focuses on Hoyte's 1959 expedition over the alps following Hannibal's footsteps (with an elephant) and a his subsequent reunion climb this summer (without an elephant). Suggested donation is $3. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:30pm
  • Fiber Day: Learn more about things like raising fiber animals, processing fiber, weaving, knitting, felting and more at today's Bow Little Market Fiber Day from 1-6pm at the Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green (along Hwy 99). In addition to workshops and demos, there'll be fiber projects for kids and sales of fleece, yarn, knitting needles and more. http://www.bowlittlemarket.wordpress.com
    1:00pm
  • Bird Walk: Join local birder and educator Dick McNeely for an "I See a Bird: Bird Watchers Walk and Talk" at 2pm starting at Whatcom Museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. Entry is free with admission to the museum. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    2:00pm
  • Poetry Writing Group: Join a Poetry Writing Group from 5:30-7pm on the first and third Thursday of each month at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals. This group is open to newcomers and drop-ins. http://www.villagebooks.com
    5:30pm
  • Final History Cruise: Longtime historian Brian Griffin will be the knowledgable narrator when the Whatcom Museum of History & Art concludes its "History Sunset Cruise" season at 5:30pm at Island Mariner Cruises, 2621 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Tickets are $30-$35. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    5:30pm
  • Art Uncorked: The Bellingham Childcare and Learning Center will host its second annual "Art Uncorked" event starting at 5:30pm at the Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 Harbor Loop. In addition to the silent auction showcase of art by community artists and children, there'll be appetizers, drinks and a wine cellar drawing. Tickets are $40. http://www.bellinghamchildcare.com
    5:30pm
  • Beyond Bike Basics: A free "Beyond Bike Maintenance Basics: Brakes & Drive Train" workshop begins at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Get prepared for the road or trail ahead by digging a little deeper into the components of your ride and learn what minor adjustments you can make. Register in advance. 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
    6:00pm
  • Elizabeth Park Concert Series: The east county's favorite dance ensemble, bandZandt, performs from 6-8pm at Bellingham's Elizabeth Park. The free summertime concerts conclude next week with a show by the folk cabaret known as the Penny Stinkers. http://www.cob.org
    6:00pm
  • Zoo Patrol: A Third Thursday local music series will feature blues, jazz, funk, soul and more when Zoo Patrol performs from 6-8pm at the Swan Cafe at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is free. http://www.communityfood.coop
    6:00pm
  • Garden Concert: The McNeely Family Band will perform golden oldies, hymns and current hits at 7pm at the Glen Echo Garden, 4390 Y Rd. Feel free to come early to view the garden. Entry to the green space is $8.50-$9.50. http://www.glenechogarden.com
    7:00pm
  • Folk Dance Party: Learn Balkan, Israeli, Romani and Greek dancing with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5 (first-time visitors and students are free). 380-0456
    7:00pm
  • Folk Dance: Join the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers to learn lively folk dances from Eastern Europe, Greece, Turkey, and Israel from 7:15-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5; students and first-timers are free. (360) 380-0456
    7:15pm
  • Fourth Corner Folk Dancers: Learn Balkan folk dances with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7:15-10:15pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All ages are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors and students are free. 380-0456
    7:15pm
  • 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
  • Electric Beet Speakeasy: The Electric Beet Juice Co., a new juice bar hoping to open inside the Bellingham Public Market in the near future, will host a "Summer Speakeasy"at 9pm at the Swillery Whisky Bar, 118 W. Holly St. In addition to juice-infused cocktails, there'll be performances by the Provocateurs, Sara South & the Introvert, and Platonic DJ. Suggested donation is $7-$10. There'll also be a Cold-pressed Juice Demo & Fundraiser from 1-4pm Sat., Aug. 23 at Aslan Brewing Co., 1300 N. Forest St. http://www.smallknot.com
    9:00pm

Friday, August 22, 2014 (21 events)

  • Summer Book Sale: A Summer Book and Media Sale takes place from 10am-6pm Thursday and Friday, and 10am-1pm Saturday, at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. P.S. On Saturday, you can score the goods for $4 per bag. 778-7250
    10:00am
  • Syre Education Center Open: See the Whatcom Museum's 500-plus bird collection and special education exhibits—like Northwest Coast First Nations, Pioneer Life, and Logging—from 12-5pm every Thursday through Sunday through Sept. 12 at the museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. A number of bird-related events will also be taking place. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:00pm
  • Boating Center Open: All are welcome to check out the Community Boating Center, which is open for the summer season at its headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. (near the Amtrak Station). Upcoming classes and excursions include bioluminescence paddles, introductions to sea kayaking, sunset paddles, dinghy sailing 101, full moon paddles, paddleboarding 101, and more. Boat rentals and storage and moorage are also available. Check the website for times and prices. http://www.boatingcenter.org
    8:00am
  • Bard on the Beach: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will play in repertory with the Bard's The Tempest and Cymbeline, and Bill Cain's Equivocation, during the 25th annual "Bard on the Beach" season through Sept. 20 at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). http://www.bardonthebeach.org
    5:00pm
  • Ferndale Street Festival: Live music, a car show, various food outlets, vendors of many trades, a beer and wine tent, activities for kids and much more will be part of the annual Ferndale Street Festival happening from 6-11:30pm friday and 10am-11:30pm Saturday in downtown Ferndale. Local restaurants and retail stores will also get in on the action with plenty of specials and sales. Entry is free. http://www.ferndalestreetfestival.com
    6:00pm
  • Sacred Alchemy Festival: Attend the inaugural Sacred Alchemy Festival from 10am-10pm Friday, 9am-12am Saturday, and 8am-3pm Sunday in Lynden at Mystic Valley (on the north side of Kok Rd.). The event—which is meant to bring the "sacred elements of heartbeat, sweat, drum, earthen floor, fire, dance and tribes together"—includes workshops and performances from belly and fire dancers, 5Rhythms dancers, healers, storytellers, poets and actors, circus folk, and more. Entry is $35 for a day pass, $90 for a weekend pass, http://www.sacredalchemyfestival.com
    10:00am
  • Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom Walks for "Wild Things" excursions from 9:30-11am at Lake Padden every Friday in August. Entry is $5. http://www.wildwhatcom.org
    9:30am
  • Follow That Fiddle: National Symphony Orchestra's Glenn Donnellan plays his one-of-a-kind Electric Slugger—an electric violin he crafted out of a Louisville Slugger baseball bat—at a "Follow That Fiddle" Family Concert at 11am at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Entry to hear the musical journey is fee. http://www.jansenartcenter.org
    11:00am
  • Wednesday Market: Peruse local fruits and vegetables, diverse handcrafted works and ready-to-eat items when the Bellingham Farmers Market continues its Wednesday Market from 12-5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. (behind Village Books). The market continues weekly through Sept. 24. http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
    11:28am
  • Cemetery Tour: "Literary Remembrances" will be the focus of a Cemetery Tour put on by the City of Bellingham at 1pm at Bayview Cemetery, 1420 Woburn St. The excursion will feature literary quotations inspired by monument in the cemetery. Entry is free; please make a reservation in advance. 778-7150 or http://www.bayviewcemetery.com
    1:00pm
  • For the Birds: "Everyone Can Draw Birds" will be the focus of a workshop from 2-3:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. The workshop includes a birding sketchbook to take home. Cost is $13; please register in advance. 778-8960 or http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    2:00pm
  • 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
  • Ferry Flotilla: Get a 20 percent discount on rental fees for sailing dinghies and human-powered watercraft as part of the monthly "Ferry Flotilla" starting at 5pm at the Community Boating Center, 555 Harris Ave. The monthly event bids adieu to the departing Alaska Ferry. http://www.boatingcenter.org
    5:00pm
  • Western Line Dancing: A new Western Line Dance class meets at 6pm Friday at Lynden's Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. The group dances the oldies to the latest western, with a little bit of rock and roll. Entry is $5 per class. (360) 354-4325
    6:00pm
  • DVSAS Auction: Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) hosts an "Enchanted Garden" gala and auction at 6pm in Anacortes at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge, 12885 Casino Dr Entry is $60 per person, or $440 for a table of eight. http://www.skagitdvsas.org
    6:00pm
  • Women, Words, Works: A reception and poetry reading for the "Whatcom Women Words and Works" exhibit happens from 6:30-8:30pm at the Firehouse Cafe at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The artwork and poetry by Anita K. Boyle, Nancy Canyon, J.I. Kleinberg, and Sheila Sondik will continue to show through Aug. 31. 734-2776
    6:30pm
  • A Pair of Poets: James Meetze reads from his poetry collection, Dayglo, and Frank Montesonti reads from his, Hope Tree, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Entry to hear the California-based poets is free. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Sin & Gin Tours: The Good Time Girls host a "Sin & Gin Tour" tonight at 7pm starting at the Bureau of Historical Investigation, 217 W. Holly St. The walking tours―which continue Fridays and Saturdays through next weekend in downtown Bellingham and historic Fairhaven―feature stories about Bellingham's history and sometimes salacious past. Entry is $15-$19. http://www.thebureaubellingham.com
    7:00pm
  • Pirate Party: Support the Anacortes Seafarers Memorial Foundation and honor those who work and have been lost at sea at a "Party Like a Pirate" fundraiser from 7-11pm at the Port of Anacortes Transit Event Shed, 100 Commercial Ave. In addition to music by Barrel Springs Road, John Holmes, Jon Parry, and others, there'll be a costume contest, grog and more. Tickets are $15. 360) 708-7770 or http://www.anacortes.org
    7:00pm
  • Friday Night Dance Party: A mix of swing, Latin and ballroom will be highlighted and danced to with an introductory lesson at the weekly Friday Night Dance Party from 7:30-10pm at the Bellingham Dance Company, 1705 N. State St. Admission is $5-$7. http://www.bellinghamdancecompany.com
    7:30pm
  • Dessert and Dancing Fundraiser for iDiOM Theater: Partake of many sweet things—including a chocolate fountain!—at a "Desserts and Dancing" fundraiser for the iDiOM Theater happening from 8-11pm at a private residence in the York neighborhood (1535 Humboldt St.). Entry to the event—which will feature desserts (including Mallard ice cream), a DJ and hours of dancing under the stars—is $10. Please RSVP by phone if you plan on coming so organizers can get a head count. (360) 305-3524 or http://www.idiomtheater.com
    8:00pm

Saturday, August 23, 2014 (26 events)

  • Summer Book Sale: A Summer Book and Media Sale takes place from 10am-6pm Thursday and Friday, and 10am-1pm Saturday, at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. P.S. On Saturday, you can score the goods for $4 per bag. 778-7250
    10:00am
  • Syre Education Center Open: See the Whatcom Museum's 500-plus bird collection and special education exhibits—like Northwest Coast First Nations, Pioneer Life, and Logging—from 12-5pm every Thursday through Sunday through Sept. 12 at the museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. A number of bird-related events will also be taking place. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:00pm
  • Boating Center Open: All are welcome to check out the Community Boating Center, which is open for the summer season at its headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. (near the Amtrak Station). Upcoming classes and excursions include bioluminescence paddles, introductions to sea kayaking, sunset paddles, dinghy sailing 101, full moon paddles, paddleboarding 101, and more. Boat rentals and storage and moorage are also available. Check the website for times and prices. http://www.boatingcenter.org
    8:00am
  • Bard on the Beach: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will play in repertory with the Bard's The Tempest and Cymbeline, and Bill Cain's Equivocation, during the 25th annual "Bard on the Beach" season through Sept. 20 at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). http://www.bardonthebeach.org
    5:00pm
  • Ferndale Street Festival: Live music, a car show, various food outlets, vendors of many trades, a beer and wine tent, activities for kids and much more will be part of the annual Ferndale Street Festival happening from 6-11:30pm friday and 10am-11:30pm Saturday in downtown Ferndale. Local restaurants and retail stores will also get in on the action with plenty of specials and sales. Entry is free. http://www.ferndalestreetfestival.com
    6:00pm
  • Sacred Alchemy Festival: Attend the inaugural Sacred Alchemy Festival from 10am-10pm Friday, 9am-12am Saturday, and 8am-3pm Sunday in Lynden at Mystic Valley (on the north side of Kok Rd.). The event—which is meant to bring the "sacred elements of heartbeat, sweat, drum, earthen floor, fire, dance and tribes together"—includes workshops and performances from belly and fire dancers, 5Rhythms dancers, healers, storytellers, poets and actors, circus folk, and more. Entry is $35 for a day pass, $90 for a weekend pass, http://www.sacredalchemyfestival.com
    10:00am
  • Whatcom Skillshare Faire: Attend Transition Whatcom's third annual Whatcom Skillshare Faire from 10am-9pm Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday at Ferndale's Hovander Homestead Park. In addition to hourly skill sharing demos happening throughout the day—on everything from raising farm animals to animal husbandry, survival skills, yoga for pain, homemade firestarters, preventative auto maintenance and storytelling—there'll be local bands and performers, the swapping and bartering of things such as seeds, recipes, clothes and http://www.whatcomskillsharefaire.org
    10:00am
  • Whidbey Island Studio Tour: Whidbey Working Artists presents its annual Summer Art Tour from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday throughout Whidbey Island. Nearly 20 studios will open for the annual event, which happens again Aug. 29-31. Entry to the self-guided tour is free. http://www.whidbeyworkingartists.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: Attend a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am in Ferndale at American Legion Post 154, 5537 2nd Ave. Entry is $3-$6. 384-7474
    8:00am
  • Anacortes Farmers Market: Attend the Anacortes Farmers Market from 9am-2pm at the town's Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. The market continues every Saturday through October. http://www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org
    9:00am
  • Plein Air Paint Out: Thirty artists will take to the streets as part of Studio UFO's annual "Plein Air Paint Out" from 9am-5pm in downtown Bellingham. The public is encouraged to come downtown to see the Paint Out and speak with the artists as they work "en plein air." The works can also be seen at an exhibit opening Friday, Sept. 19 at Mindport Exhibits. http://www.studio-ufo.net or www.facebook.com
    9:00am
  • Community Meal: Chicken tacos, tortilla chips, coleslaw and pudding 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
  • Safety Fair: Join Skagit Habitat for Humanity an many other local businesses for a "Kids and Family Health and Safety Fair" from 10am-3pm in the parking lot at the Mount Vernon Walmart, 2300 Freeway Dr. Entry is free. http://www.amaze-a-thon.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. http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
    10:00am
  • Ferndale Public Market: Drop by the Ferndale Public Market from 10am-3pm at the city's Centennial River Walk, 5667 First Ave. The market continues Saturdays through the summer. http://www.ferndalepublicmarket.org
    10:00am
  • John Walton Magic Show: Attend "John Walton's Magic Show: A Benefit for Clean Water in Uganda" at 11am and 3pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $22; all proceeds will go toward building a solar water pumping system for a small community in Uganda. 733-5793 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    11:00am
  • Dave Nelson Memorial Classic: Both beginners and pros can take part in the Dave Nelson Memorial Classic starting at 12pm at the Sudden Valley Golf Course. Entry is $85 and includes an 18-hole shotgun scramble, free gifts, a chance to win a fee car, entrance to an after-party, a costume contest, and more. (310) 909-3318 or http://www.facebook.com
    12:00pm
  • Blues for Boobs: Margaret Wilder, Gary B's Church of the Blues, bandZandt, and Andrew Ellis will be among the performers raising money for the fight against breast cancer at a "Blues for Boobs" benefit for the Bodacious Babes (who are walking in the upcoming Susan G. Komen event) from 12-10pm at Deming's River's Edge Christmas Tree Farm, 4773 Deming Rd. Entry is $20 (kids 15 and under are free). http://www.facebook.com/comedynite
    12:00pm
  • Happy Tails Fundraiser: "Drinking for Dogs III" will be the theme of a Happy Tails Happy Homes fundraiser from 4-8pm at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. The all-ages event for the nonprofit animal rescue organization will feature live music and a silent auction. Suggested donation is $5. http://www.happytailshappyhomes.org
    4:00pm
  • Benefit Concert: LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends will headline a Toys for Tots Benefit Concert starting at 4pm at Sedro-Woolley's Eagle Haven Winery & Vineyard, 8243 Sims Rd. Award-winning vocalist David Nellis will open the show. Entry is $25. http://www.facebook.com
    4:00pm
  • Harvesting Hope: "Moonlight and Martinis" will be the theme of a "Harvesting Hope for Literacy" fundraiser and auction from 5:30-9pm at La Conner's Maple Hall. Entry is $75. http://www.harvestinghopeauction.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
  • Summer Music Series: As part of a summer music series, listen to the blues and R&B sounds of Stacy Jones from 6-8:30pm at the Heart of Anacortes, 1014 4th St. Entry is $8 at the door. http://www.theheartofanacortes.com
    6:00pm
  • Salsa Night: Join Rumba Northwest for "Salsa Night" starting at 9pm every Saturday at Cafe Rumba, 1430 N. State St. After an introductory lesson, attendees can dance to the a mix of Latin rhythms, including salsa, merengue, bachata, cha-cha-cha, and more. Entry to the all-ages event is $4. http://www.rumbanorthwest.com
    9:00pm
  • Salsa Night: Join Rumba Northwest for "Salsa Night" starting at 9pm every Saturday at Cafe Rumba, 1430 N. State St. After an introductory lesson, attendees can dance to the a mix of Latin rhythms, including salsa, merengue, bachata, cha-cha-cha, and more. Entry to the all-ages event is $4. http://www.rumbanorthwest.com
    9:00pm

 

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