Week of Sunday, August 24, 2014
(97 events)

Sunday, August 24, 2014 (17 events)

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dog Run: Leashed pets are welcome to join the Whatcom Humane Society's "Dog Days of Summer" Fun Run/Walk starting at 9am at Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way. Entrants can choose from a 10K run or 2.6-mile course. Entry is $25 per person. http://www.whatcomhumane.org
    9:00am
  • Summer Rides Finale: Choose from a self-guided tour of all 14 Woods coffee shops or join Everybody Bikes for a social-paced guided tour of a few locations as part of the "Summer Rides: Woods to Woods Classic" today throughout Bellingham. The self-guided rides begin and 9am, and the guided ride begins at 1pm at 1135 Railroad Ave. The event is a finale to the Summer Rides series. http://www.everybodybike.com
    9:00am
  • Dog Days of Summer: Dog demonstrations, pet-themed booths, a vegetarian food court, contests for canines with fabulous prizes, family- and canine-friendly activities, a fun run and more will be part of the Whatcom Humane Society's annual "Dog Days of Summer" Festival from 10:30am-3:30pm at Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way. Entry is free. http://www.whatcomhumane.org
    10:30am
  • Bellingham BaconFest: Fifteen local food vendors will share their primo pork products at Max Higbee Center's inaugural "BellinghamHAM BaconFest" from 12-3pm at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to the bacon-focused food and drink, there'll be music and entertainment by Moongrass and the Bellingham Circus Guild, a Bacon Mascot Contest, a "bacon zone" for kids, raffle prizes (including a 20-pound slab of bacon), and more. Tickets to the fundraiser are $10 and include five tasting tickets. http://www.maxhigbee.org
    12:00pm
  • Skill Fest: Learn to juggle balls or sticks, throw a yo-go, twirl and astrojax and more at the third annual "Skill Fest" happening from 12-4pm at Fairhaven Toy Garden, 1147 11th St. Both kids and adults are welcome to attend. 714-8552
    12:00pm
  • International Concert Series: Traditional Irish tunes can be heard when Crumac concludes the monthlong International Concert Series at 2pm at Blaine's Peace Arch Park. The trio will be joined by members of the Tara Academy of Irish Dance. Entry is free. http://www.peacearchpark.org
    2:00pm
  • Van Zandt Summerfest: Attend the annual community festival and membership drive known as the Van Zandt "Summerfest" from 3-9pm at Deming's Van Zandt Community Hall, 4061 Valley Hwy 9. Activities include a potluck, live music, Irish and African dance performances, art vendors, on-the-spot poetry, and more. Attendees are asking community members to bring surplus garden and orchard produce for donation to the Foothills Food Bank. (360) 220-8841
    3:00pm
  • The Fugitives: Join the Skagit River Poetry Foundation and the Port of Skagit for a performance by the acoustic folk sensation, the Fugitives, at 4pm at the La Conner Marina, 613 N. 2nd St. Local opening bands include the Erik Christensen Band, and others. Entry is $10; proceeds support the Skagit River Poetry Foundation's mission to build literacy in area classrooms. http://www.skagitriverpoetry.org
    4:00pm
  • Summer Recital: Violist Colin Wheatley and pianist pianist Cole Anderson will team up for a summer recital of music by Rebecca Clarke and Cesar Franck at 5pm at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Dr. Both performers are graduates of Oberlin Conservatory and are Bellingham natives. Suggested donation is $5-$10. (360) 483-6050
    5:00pm

Monday, August 25, 2014 (10 events)

  • 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
  • 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
  • Swim to Live: As part of "Swim to Live 2014," there will be a four-mile memorial relay swim in Bellingham Bay happening from 8am-12pm that will be followed by a banquet at 6pm at the Best Western Lakeway Inn, 714 Lakeway Dr. The event draws attention to the growing issue of military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the resulting increase in military suicide—an to honor American and Canadian wounded warriors who have battled PTSD. Entry is $50. http://www.swimtolivebellingam.org
    8:00am
  • Free Parks Day: As part of the National Forest Service's birthday, visit Washington State parks for free today. A Discover Pass won't be required to visit state parks, but will still be required to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov
    8:00am
  • Ukulele Basics: Zach Zenovic leads a "Ukulele Basics" course at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. This class will introduce the basics of the Uke including simple chords, rhythms and a couple songs. Register in advance for the free workshop. 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
    6:00pm
  • Monday Author Series: As part of a "Literary Elements" adult summer reading author series, longtime Skagit Valley resident Evangeline DeMaster will read from her book Not Yet at 6pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. The book focuses on the storied life of Mount Vernon resident John Meyer. Entry is free. http://www.mountvernonwa.gov
    6:00pm
  • Ferndale Book Club: Australian author Graeme Simsion's novel about the unlikely relationship between Don, a socially inept geneticist and an equally unsuitable Rosie, The Rosie Project will be the focus of the Ferndale Friends Book Club meeting from 7-9pm at the Ferndale Library, 2007 Cherry St. All adults are welcome to join the discussion. http://www.wcls.org
    7:00pm
  • Open Mic: Local writer and teacher Laurel Leigh will helm the monthly Open Mic at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience. Bring your written words inspired by our wonderful Whatcom County―or any creative work in progress. Sign up in advance. 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.or
    8:00pm
  • Guffawingham: A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. http://www.acoustictavern.com
    9:30pm

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 (4 events)

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bellingham Reads: Join the Bellingham Reads book discussion group to talk about Jill Lepore's The Life and Opinion of Jane Franklin at 6:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. New members are always welcome. 778-7323
    6:30pm

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 (15 events)

  • 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
  • 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
  • Epic Kite Flight: Industrial Credit Union's Family Pass will host an Epic Kite Flight from 2-4pm at Zuanich Point Park, 2600 S. Harbor Loop Dr. The event is entirely free and open to the community, and there will be free kites for the first 1,000 people. If you are not a Family Pass member, joining is free. http://www.familypass.com
    2:00pm
  • 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
  • Wine and Dinner Cruise: The Bellingham-based tall ship Schooner Zodiac will team up with Vinostrology for a four-course, three-hour wine tasting dinner sail starting at 5:30pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry is $95. http://www.schoonerzodiac.com
    5:30pm
  • Wine & Dinner Cruise: The Bellingham-based tall ship, Schooner Zodiac, will team up with Vinostrology for a four-course, three-hour wine tasting dinner sail starting at 5:30pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry is $95. http://www.schoonerzodiac.com
    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
  • Pressure Canning Class: Food preservation specialist Susy Hymas leads a "Pressure Canning" workshop from 6:30-8pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Participants will learn about preserving vegetables and meats safely with a pressure canner. Entry is $19. 734-8158 or http://www.communityfood.coop
    6:30pm
  • 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
  • Roeder Home Handoff: Help celebrate local musician Flip Breskin's birthday at an annual concert at 7pm at the Roeder Home, 2600 Sunset Dr. The event will also serve as a handoff to Cayley Schmid, who will take over making music happen at the historic residence. Suggested donation is $8-$15. http://www.flip.breskin.com
    7:00pm
  • Chuckanut Radio Hour: Kathleen Flinn, author of Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food & Love from an American Midwest Family, will be the featured author at the live taping of the monthly Chuckanut Radio Hour at 7pm at Whatcom Community College's Heiner Theater. Pianist Julianne Thoma, Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes, poet Kevin Murphy and others will also take part. Entry is $6. 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
  • Improv Troupe Auditions: Join Sheila Goldsmith of Improv Playworks for auditions for a Community Improv Troupe from 7:30-9pm at 1308 E. Street. Prior improvisation experience is required, and anyone from the community may apply. Other auditions will be held in the near future. 756-0756 or http://www.improvplayworks.com
    7:30pm
  • 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 28, 2014 (15 events)

  • 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
    6:00pm
  • 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
  • Putts Fore Pets: Attend the Whatcom Humane Society's fundraising "Putt Fore Pets" Golf Tournament from 1-8pm at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club, 3729 Meridian St. Entry is $115. http://www.whatcomhumane.org
    1:00pm
  • Putt Fore Pets: Attend the Whatcom Humane Society's fundraising "Putt Fore Pets" Golf Tournament from 1-8pm at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club, 3729 Meridian St. Entry is $115. http://www.whatcomhumane.org
    1:00pm
  • Creative Collaboration: Village Books and Whatcom Community College's Continuing Education series team up for a new "Chuckanut Writers" collaboration with Seattle slam poet Rose McAleese from 5-6:30pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. "Skeletons and Skin"―focusing on adding and expanding what your writing is capable of doing―will be the focus of the workshop. Entry is $15. 383-3200 or http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
    5:00pm
  • Ciao Thyme Al Fresco Dinner: Sign up now for the first-ever "Ciao Thyme Al Fresco" dinner beginning at 6pm at Fairhaven's Marine Park, 100 Harris Ave. Rattletrap Ruckus will provide the soundtrack for the evening's picnic buffet, which will include deviled eggs, organic field greens, stone fruit salad, grilled alder plank salmon, and more. Entry is $60. http://www.ciaothyme.com
    6:00pm
  • Ladies Bike Ride: Attend a Ladies Bike Ride starting at 6pm at Fanatik Bike Co., 1812 N. State St. The early evening ride will see participants biking around Bellingham before ending up for food and drink at Chuckanut Brewery, 601 W. Holly St. Entry is free. http://www.fanatikbike.com
    6:00pm
  • Elizabeth Park Concert Series Finale: The Penny Stinkers share their "folk cabaret" sounds from 6-8pm at Bellingham's Elizabeth Park. Tonight's concert marks the conclusion of the free summertime series. http://www.cob.org
    6:00pm
  • Waterfront Tour: Join San Juan Cruises for a "Bellingham's Future Waterfront" boat tour at 6:30pm leaving from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. View the current status of the waterfront from the water while representatives from the Port of Bellingham offer details on planned redevelopment and the vision of what our waterfront could look like in the future. Entry is $10-$20. http://www.whales.com
    6:30pm
  • The Story of Bill: Author and illustrator Yam Cooper will read from The Story of Bill and His House on the Hill at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. He'll also lead a workshop for parents and children, demonstrating how to use the book as a parenting and educational aid to develop children's creativity, communication and leadership skills, and talk about the importance of recognizing the various types of bullying. http://www.villagebooks.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
  • 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, August 29, 2014 (14 events)

  • 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
    6:00pm
  • Final Sin & Gin Tours: The Good Time Girls host "Sin & Gin Tours" Friday and Saturday at 7pm starting at the Bureau of Historical Investigation, 217 W. Holly St. The walking tours—which conclude this 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
  • Harold Shows: Long-form improvised comedy will be the name of the game at "Harold" shows at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Ufpront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The shows can also be seen Aug. 29-30. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Please note that summer hours are in effect, meaning there's only one show on weekend nights until school's back in session. http://www.theupfront.com
    9:00pm
  • The Ghosts of Tonkin: Bellingham TheatreWorks presents showings of The Ghosts of Tonkin at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the auditorium at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. The drama focuses on Oregon Senator Wayne Morse—one of only two congressmen to vote against the resolution that authorized military intervention in Vietnam. Each performance will be followed by a post-play discussion. Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door. http://www.bellinghamtheatreworks.org
    7:30pm
  • 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
  • Whidbey Island Studio Tour: Whidbey Working Artists presents its annual Summer Art Tour from 10am-5pm Friday through Sunday throughout Whidbey Island. Nearly 20 studios will open for the annual event. Entry to the self-guided tour is free. http://www.whidbeyworkingartists.com
    10:00am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Picnic Concert and Storytelling: Bring the family and a full picnic basket for a "Picnic Concert and Storytelling" event from 6-8pm at the new community garden at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Storyteller Brian Flowers will get things started, followed by local musician Jimmy Brite. Entry to the all-ages event is free. 305-3600
    6:00pm
  • Farm Tunes: The Quickdraw String Band will perform at a "Farm Tunes" concert from 6-9pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Entry is free. http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
    6:00pm
  • 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
  • Motown Cruisers: Help the Motown Cruisers celebrate at a "Sweet 16" Anniversary Party from 7:30-10:30pm at Zuanich Point Park's Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 Harbor Loop Dr. The band will perform three sets of soul R&B in a tribute to the Motown era, and there'll be refreshments, giveaways, and trophies for best dancing and best soul costume. Entry is $10 per person or $20 per family. http://www.motowncruisers.com
    7:30pm

Saturday, August 30, 2014 (25 events)

  • 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
    6:00pm
  • Final Sin & Gin Tours: The Good Time Girls host "Sin & Gin Tours" Friday and Saturday at 7pm starting at the Bureau of Historical Investigation, 217 W. Holly St. The walking tours—which conclude this 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
  • Harold Shows: Long-form improvised comedy will be the name of the game at "Harold" shows at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Ufpront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The shows can also be seen Aug. 29-30. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Please note that summer hours are in effect, meaning there's only one show on weekend nights until school's back in session. http://www.theupfront.com
    9:00pm
  • The Ghosts of Tonkin: Bellingham TheatreWorks presents showings of The Ghosts of Tonkin at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the auditorium at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. The drama focuses on Oregon Senator Wayne Morse—one of only two congressmen to vote against the resolution that authorized military intervention in Vietnam. Each performance will be followed by a post-play discussion. Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door. http://www.bellinghamtheatreworks.org
    7:30pm
  • Woodpalooza 2014: The Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild presents the 12th annual "Art + Wood = Woodpalooza" event from 12-5pm Saturday through Monday at Langley's Whidbey Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave. In addition to viewing the work of more than 20 island artists, there'll be demos, and more. Entry is free. http://www.woodpalooza.com
    12:00pm
  • Lummi Island Artists’ Studio Tour: View the work of 34 island artists at 23 venues during the semiannual Artists' Studio Tour happening from 10am-6pm throughout lovely Lummi Island. Catch the Whatcom Chief at 10 minutes past every hour from Gooseberry Point, and pick up maps at the Islander grocery store, or at participating studios. Entry to the self-guided tour is free (ferry fare is not). http://www.lummi-island.com
    10:00am
  • Family Fair: The second annual Fire and Rescue Family Fair takes place from 9am-9pm Saturday and 11am-8pm at the Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St. Labor Day weekend activities include camping fun, a family river float, games, live music, a barbecue dinner, and more. Prices vary; a portion of proceeds will be donated to Seattle Firefighters Benevolent Associations. http://www.conwaymuse.com
    9:00am
  • Maple Falls Book Sale: The Friends of the North Fork Community Library will host a Fall Book & Bake Sale from 10am-4:30pm Saturday and Sunday at Maple Falls Town Hall, 7509 Mt. Baker Highway. Expect "great prices and a large selection to choose from." http://www.wcls.org
    10:00am
  • Lopez Island Studio Tour: Visit 24 studios and see the work of 36 artists at the 18th annual Lopez Island Studio Tour happening from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday throughout Lopez Island. The tour is an opportunity to purchase original works of art and to come away with insights to the artists and their community context. Entry is free. http://www.lopezstudiotour.org
    10:00am
  • Island Library Book Sale: The summertime Used Book Sale that's been happening for the past couple months will culminate in a Buck-a-Bag Weekend Bargain Book Blowout from 10am-4pm Saturday through Monday at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. 305-3600
    10:00am
  • North County Road Run: View some of the most scenic views in Whatcom County at the inaugural North County Road Run starting at 7:30am in Lynden at 110 3rd St. Entrants can choose from a 5K, 10K, or 25K. Entry is $25-$40 in advance, and $35-$50 day-of. http://www.northcountyroadrun.com
    7:30am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lake Padden Relay: Join the Greater Bellingham Running Club (GBRC) for a "Lake Padden Relay" starting at 10am at Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way. Participants can choose from a four-person or individual 10-mile run. Individuals are $10, and teams are $20. GBRC members can enter free of charge. http://www.gbrc.net
    10:00am
  • Point Roberts Book Sale: Fiction, nonfiction, children's books, craft books, children's books and CDs, DVDs and more will be for sale at a Fall Book Sale from 10am-2pm Saturday and 12-3pm Sunday at the Point Roberts Library, 1487 Gulf Rd. (360) 945-6545 or http://www.wcls.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
  • 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
  • Wonders of Whatcom: "Rockin' Around Whatcom" will be the focus of a "Wonders of Whatcom" talk and slideshow about the "rock stars" of the area at 3pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. The free presentation includes an introduction on the major types of rocks with some famous examples from elsewhere in the world. 306-3600 or http://www.wcls.org
    3:00pm
  • Ferndale Uncorked: Enjoy an outdoor wine tasting, appetizers, a wine-themed silent auction, live music and more at a "Ferndale Uncorked!" fundraiser from 4-7pm on the lawn outside the city's Christ Lutheran Church, 5904 Vista Dr. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple; proceeds will benefit the Interfaith Coalition's Our House—a shelter for homeless families. http://www.interfaith-coalition.org
    4:00pm
  • 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
  • Summer Music Series: As part of a summer music series, listen to the world beat sounds of Rivertalk from 6-8:30pm at the Heart of Anacortes, 1014 4th St. Entry is $8 at the door. http://www.theheartofanacortes.com
    6:00pm
  • Contra Dance: Join the Bellingham Country Dance Society for a Contra Dance from 7-11pm at the Eagles Hall, 1125 N. Forest St. Main's Will Mentor will call this special dance, and there'll be live music by Perpetual e-Motion. Show up early for a workshop; beginners are welcome, as are singles. Entry is $10-$15 (12 and under are free). http://www.bellinghamcountrydance.org
    7:00pm
  • 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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