Week of May 1, 2016

  • Ends 6:00pm   Books by the Bay Book Fair
    Attend the annual "Books by the Bay" Book Fair from 1-6pm Friday through Sunday at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. Author signings, discussion panels, story speed dating, door prizes and other book-related fun will take place throughout the day on Sunday; books will be sold throughout the event. Entry is free.
    Hotel Bellwether :: www.chantireviews.com
  • Ends 5:30pm   August, Osage County
    Experience the dark side of a Midwestern American family when August: Osage County continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play—which is being directed by Marla Bronstein—are $12-$14; additional showings take place through May 8. Note that this play carries content and language warnings; please see the website or call the ticket office for details.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • Ends 5:00pm   Skagit Community Band
    "Fly Me to the Moon" will be the theme of the Skagit Community Band's annual spring jazz concert taking place at 7:30pm Friday at La Conner's Maple Hall, and 3pm Sunday in Anacortes at Brodniak Hall. Admission to both concerts is by donation.
    Maple Hall, :: www.skagitcommunityband.org
  • Ends 4:00pm   Celebrating in Song
    The Skagit Valley Chorale and a small chamber orchestra will explore a variety of rhythmic themes in chorale music across the centuries at "Celebrating in Song" concerts at 7:30pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $14-$25.
    McIntyre Hall :: www.mcintyrehall.org
  • Ends 4:00pm   Dance in Concert
    Western Washington University dance students will perform original choreography by WWU dance faculty and guest artist Joachim Schloemer at "Dance in Concert" performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Tickets are $8-$16.
    Performing Arts Center Mainstage :: 650-6146 or www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 8:00am - 1:00pm   Community Breakfast
    Meet and greet local politicians as they serve you coffee and made-from-scratch pancakes, French toast, sausage, eggs and more at the monthly Community Breakfast taking place from 8am-1pm at the Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Hwy. Entry is $2 for kids, $6 for adults.
    Rome Grange :: (360) 961-9584
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm   Oyster Dome Hike
    Join members of the Mount Baker Club for a round-trip hike to Oyster Dome today. Meet at 8am at the parking lot at Sunnyland Elementary to carpool. This area may be logged next year, so enjoy it while you can.
    Oyster Dome :: www.mountbakerclub.org
  • 8:30am - 12:00pm   Rabbit Ride
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bike, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
    Fairhaven Bike :: www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm   April Brews Day Brunch
    All ages are welcome at a Brews Day Brunch taking place from 10am-2pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Entry to the post-April Brews Day event is $10. Proceeds benefit the Max Higbee Center.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: www.maxhigbee.org
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm   Blessing of the Fleet
    Attend the annual Blessing of the Fleet at 1pm at Blaine Harbor's Blaine Boating Center, 235 Marine Dr. This annual event brings commercial fishers and their families and friends to both welcome and bless those boats which will be fishing through the coming months, and remembering and honoring those local commercial fishers who were lost at sea over the last 100 years (as well as remembering local fishers who have died recently).
    Blaine Boating Center :: www.portofbellingham.com
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm   Skagit Topic
    Archeologist Bob Mierendorf leads a Skagit Topic presentation focused on "10,000 Years of Hiking in the North Cascades" from 2-4pm at La Conner's Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. Fourth St. He has made discoveries documenting over 9,000 years of human history at this site, deciphered through the artifacts, features, and geochronology. Entry is $4-$5.
    Skagit County Historical Museum :: www.skagitcounty.net/museum
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm   Whatcom Symphony Orchestra
    Seattle Symphony violinist Elisa Barston will be the featured soloist at the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra's "Viva El Tango!" concert at 3pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets to the Latin music-focused concert are $14-$39.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm   Spring Beer Dinner
    Purchase tickets by April 27 for a Spring Beer Dinner starting at 6pm at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 601 W. Holly St. The dinner will feature five gourmet dishes, each expertly paired with a Chuckanut beer that will be described by brewmaster Will Kemper. Tickets are $62 (includes food, beer, tax and gratuity).
    Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen :: 752-3377 or www.chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Sunday Night Fusion
    A community partner dance dubbed "Sunday Night Fusion" takes place from 7-9pm every Sunday at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. The event explores "co-creative partner dance inspired by a variety of beautiful music." No experience is necessary. Entry is $5 at the door.
    Presence Studio :: www.presence-studio.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm   Raw Desserts
    Sara Southerland, co-owner of Electric Beet Juice Co., shows how to make delicious whole-foods based treats that will satisfy any craving without compromising on ingredients at a "Raw Desserts" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest ST. Entry is $39.
    Community Food Co-op :: www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm   Poetry in Nature
    Attend a kickoff for "Poetry in Nature" at 6:30pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. Poems written by noted Northwest poets, Spanish poems and poems written by area children will be featured on three Mount Vernon trails through the month of May; Nature Trail and Viewpoint Trail on Little Mountain, and Trumpeter Trail between Section and Division streets.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: www.mountvernonwa.gov
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm   Poetrynight
    Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation.
    Bellingham Public Library :: www.poetrynight.org
  • 1:30pm - 4:30pm   Bellingham Terror
    Tune in for the first episode of the radio drama series, "Bellingham Terror," at 1:30pm on SPARK Radio (102.3FM). Created by Bryna and Riley Sweeney, the show features more than 40 local actors and the sounds and locations of 1935 Bellingham. Episodes will revolve around historical events and local places, touching on such landmarks as the Mason Block in downtown Fairhaven, the Blue Canyon Mine in south Whatcom County, and the burning of Fairhaven High School in 1936. The series will be broadcast at 7:30pm Tuesday nights and 1:30pm Saturdays. It will also be available to stream.
    SPARK Radio :: www.bellinghamterror.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm   Bike Maintenance Bascis
    Learn how to lube a chain, fix a flat in record time and make other minor adjustments to your ride at a "Bike Maintenance Basics" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. No experience is necessary. Register in advance for the free primer.
    REI :: 647-8955 or www.rei.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm   Tres de Mayo Run
    Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. Entry is free. Tonight's "Tres de Mayo" run will feature a post-run chips and salsa bar, Zensah demos and more.
    Fairhaven Runners :: www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm   Alaskan Halibut
    Robert Fong demonstrates three ways to cook his favorite fish at an "Alaskan Halibut" class happening from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $55.
    Community Food Co-op :: www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 9:30pm - 10:30pm   Skagit Folk Dancers
    Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterwards.
    Bayview Civic Hall :: www.skagitfolkdancers.org

TODAY   8 events

  • 10:30am - 12:00pm   Bellingham at Home
    Whatcom County Council on Aging hosts a "Bellingham at Home" membership and volunteer information meeting at 10:45am at 6pm at the Center for Spiritual Living, 2224 Yew Street Rd. The program is a new volunteer-powered virtual village that empowers seniors to continue to live in their own homes and neighborhoods while staying active and connected with the community.
    Center for Spiritual Living :: 746-3462 or www.bellinghamathome.org
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm   Bellingham Music Club Concert
    Pianist Jeremy DesChane will perform works by Beethoven, Debussy, Stravinksy, and Albeniz at a Bellingham Music Club concert at 10:30am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St. Entry is by donation.
    Trinity Lutheran Church :: www.bellinghammusicclub.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm   Hexies & More Reception
    An opening reception for Glenys Baker's "Hexies & More" takes place from 4-6pm at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 703 S. Second St. The exhibit of hexagon quilts shows through May 29.
    La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum :: www.laconnerquilts.org
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm   Green Drinks
    Network with likeminded environmentally aware citizens at the monthly Green Drinks from 5-7pm at Solar Inc., 4041 Home Rd., Ste. A. At the event, you can also celebrate the conclusion of the successful "Solarize Whatcom" campaign and learn the final tally of solar panels to be donated and installed at the Bellingham Food Bank and take the Green Power Challenge.
    Solar Inc. :: www.re-sources.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm   Group Run
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required.
    Skagit Running Company :: www.skagitrunners.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Garden Club Meeting
    Dr. Lisa Wasko DeVetter from WSU will talk about the best growing practices and varieties of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries at the Birchwood Garden Club's monthly meeting from 7-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The public is invited, and membership is open to everyone in Whatcom and Skagit counties.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: www.birchwoodgardenclub.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Griffin & Sabine Return
    Bestselling author and illustrator Nick Bantock returns to Bellingham to read from The Pharos Gate: Griffin & Sabine's Missing Correspondence at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th ST. The book continues the beguiling tale of Griffin Moss, a London-based artist who makes postcards, and Sabine Strohem, an artist in the South Pacific who illustrates stamps.
    Village Books :: www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Climate, Class and Capitalism
    The Blue-Green Committee of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) will host a Climate, Class and Capitalism discussion focusing on "Strengthening Ties: Building Our Common Resistance" from 7-9pm at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. The forum will explore the intersections of our common struggles: climate, labor, race, class and capitalism. Speakers include Darrell Hillaire (Lummi Nation), Maru Mora (Latino Advocacy), Sawyer Joy (sHellNo!), and David Tucker (IWW Whatcom-Skagit branch cofounder).
    First Congregational Church :: (360) 715-9788
  • Starts 7:30pm   August: Osage County
    Experience the dark side of a Midwestern American family when August: Osage County concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play—which is directed by Marla Bronstein—are $12-$14. Note that this play carries content and language warnings; please see the website or call the ticket office for details.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • Starts 7:30pm   Oliver
    Hear hits such as "Food Glorious Food" and "Consider Yourself" when Oliver—the award-winning musical based on Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist—opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $8-$12; additional performances happen through May 22.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: www.clairevgtheatre.com
  • Starts 7:00pm   Rising Ashes
    Seventeen Blaine High School advanced theater arts students will present Rising Ashes: The Hans J. Massaquoi Story at 7pm Thursday and Friday at the Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H St. The docu-musical tells the true story of Massaquoi, who grew up being a mixed-race African/German during Hitler’s Nazi regime (and survived the Holocaust). Tickets are $5.
    Blaine Performing Arts Center :: www.blaine.wednet.edu/pac
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm   Spring Book & Bake Sale
    Browse a wide selection of things to read and eat at at Spring Book and Bake Sale from 10am-4pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Proceeds benefit library programs and building maintenance.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 2:00pm - 9:00pm   Rumpus & Reverend
    Join the Wild Rumpus and elebrate Children's Book Week with a reading of Where the Wild Things Are and take pictures with the Wild Thing himself at 2pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At 7pm, the performance artist and eco/anti-consumerism activist known as the Reverend Billy shares ideas from his new motivational handbook, The Earth Wants You. Both events are free.
    Village Books :: www.villagebooks.com
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm   First Thursday Art Walk
    Sixteen locales will be exhibiting original works by local and regional artists at the First Thursday Art Walk taking place from 5-8pm in downtown Mount Vernon. Special events include a gallery exhibit at the Front Gallery, 420 Myrtle, featuring a gallery exhibit of paintings done by Syrian refugee youth in Jordan and freed Congolese youth slaves.
    Mount Vernon :: www.mountvernondowntown.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm   Joyriders Outing
    Area women can join the WMBC Joyriders for a bimonthly group mountain bike ride starting at 6pm at the north entrance of Galbraith Mountain Bike Park. The group meets on the first and third Thursday of the month through the spring and summer.
    Galbraith Mountain Bike Park :: www.wmbcmtb.org
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm   Book Buzz
    Meet a Random House rep who will buzz about forthcoming books and give readers the inside scoop on Spring 2016 titles at a "Book Buzz" presentation from 7-8:30pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Entry is free to all adults.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Architecture Awards
    The Northwest Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects will host its Architectural Design Awards at 7pm at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris St. The awards will be juried based on design quality, functional utility, accessibility, aesthetic delight, sustainability, creativity and innovation.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: www.nwaia.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Crowder
    Folk music, Appalachian tunes, Ibiza and more can be heard when Christian music artist David Crowder presents music from his debut studio album, Neon Steeple, at 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $26-$40.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm   Night Beat
    Works by Bach, Piazzolla, and Liszt will be featured when pianist Jeremy DesChane performs at the Bellingham Music Club's monthly "Night Beat" concert at 7:30pm at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $15 (take a teen for free).
    First Congregational Church :: www.bellinghammusicclub.org
  • Starts 5:00pm   Mother's Day Weekend Chocolate Lounge
    Chocolate, art and live music will be part of a Mother's Day Pop-up Chocolate Lounge from 5-10pm Friday and Saturday, and 12-5pm Sunday at Evolve Chocolate headquarters at 1313 N. State St. All confections will be available as individual purchases or can be gift-wrapped.
    Evolve Chocolate :: www.evolvetruffles.com
  • All Day   August: Osage County
    Experience the dark side of a Midwestern American family when August: Osage County concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play—which is directed by Marla Bronstein—are $12-$14. Note that this play carries content and language warnings; please see the website or call the ticket office for details.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • Starts 5:00pm   Mother's Day Chocolate Lounge
    Chocolate, art and live music will be part of a Mother's Day Pop-up Chocolate Lounge from 5-10pm Friday and Saturday, and 12-5pm Sunday at Evolve Chocolate headquarters at 1313 N. State St. All confections will be available as individual purchases or can be gift-wrapped.
    Evolve Chocolate Pop-up Lounge :: www.evolvetruffles.com
  • All Day   Oliver
    Hear hits such as "Food Glorious Food" and "Consider Yourself" when Oliver—the award-winning musical based on Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist—opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $8-$12; additional performances happen through May 22.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: www.clairevgtheatre.com
  • Starts 7:00pm   Alice in Wonderland
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's junior performers present showings of Alice in Wonderland at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10. A new cast will present the classic again May 13-15.
    BAAY Theatre :: www.baay.org
  • Starts 10:00am   A spring studio tour
  • Starts 7:30pm   48 Hour Theater Festival
    View two nights of world premiere one-act plays, all written and produced in the prior 24 hours, at the 48 Hour Theater Festival taking place at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Friday and Saturday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Since this will be the final "48" in the space before the organization moves to the Sylvia Center for the Arts in coming months, the epic event will feature nearly double the usual number of writers, directors and actors, including the return of veteran writers from seasons past. Tickets are $12, and advance reservations are recommended.
    iDiOM Theater :: www.idiomtheater.com
  • Starts 7:30pm   Music, Magic & Mayhem
    Get a sneak peek of On the Precipice Productions and Seattle's Minion Productions' upcoming Bellingham Fringe Series at "Music, Magic & Mayhem" performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. At the show, accordion-punk auteur Strangely presents his "rollicking cabaret riot," with accordions, acrobatics, bad jokes and bawdy ballads. Fringe magician Christopher Bange will also share his talents, served up with humor and attitude. Tickets are $15.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: www.OTPprod.com

  • Starts 8:00pm   Tarnation and Exchange
    Show up to view an improvised Wild West comedy show when "Tarnation" returns to the stage at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for "The Exchange Program," which will feature ensemble performers joined by standup comics, poets, actors and musicians from around the region. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Both formats show through May.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or www.theupfront.com
  • Starts 10:00am   Spring Plant Sale
    The Friends of the Deming Library will host a Spring Plant Sale from 10am-4pm Friday and Saturday at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Proceeds benefit library programs and building maintenance.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • Starts 6:00pm   Mountain to Sea Exhibit
    Celebrate national, state and local parks and the water surrounding us at the Anacortes Arts Commission's "Mountain to Sea" photography exhibit showing from 6-9pm Friday and 10am-2pm Saturday at the city's Depot Art Center, 611 R Ave. Entry is free.
    Depot Art Center :: www.anacortesartscommission.com
  • Ends 9:00pm   Rising Ashes
    Seventeen Blaine High School advanced theater arts students will present Rising Ashes: The Hans J. Massaquoi Story at 7pm Thursday and Friday at the Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H St. The docu-musical tells the true story of Massaquoi, who grew up being a mixed-race African/German during Hitler’s Nazi regime (and survived the Holocaust). Tickets are $5.
    Blaine Performing Arts Center :: www.blaine.wednet.edu/pac
  • 9:00am - 1:30pm   Boundary Bay Ride
    Join members of the Mount Baker Club for a Boundary Bay Bike Ride today. Meet at 9am at the WTA Ferndale Park & Ride; from there, riders will head to the flatlands of Boundary Bay and bike 25-30 miles with a stop for coffee or cold drinks.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: www.mountbakerclub.org
  • 9:30am - 11:00am   Wild Things
    Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in May at Cornwall Park. Suggested donation is $5.
    Cornwall Park :: www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm   Anacortes Art Walk
    A.C.M.E. Creative Space, the Depot Art Center, Burton Jewelers, THink Tiny Gallery, the Scott Milo Gallery, and the Majestic Inn and Spa will be among the venues opening their doors for the First Friday Art Walk from 6-9pm in downtown Anacortes. Entry is free.
    Downtown Anacortes :: www.anacortesart.com
  • 6:00pm - 10:30pm   Boaters Boogie
    Support the Community Boating Center by attending a "Boaters Boogie" from 6-10:30pm at the Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 N. Harbor Loop Dr. The event will include gutter races, music by Jasmine Greene, craft beer, salmon sliders and more. Tickets are on a sliding scale of $10-$30.
    Squalicum Boathouse :: www.boatingcenter.org
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm   Children's Art Walk
    Allied Arts, the Alternative Library, Artists 12 Pop-Up Gallery, Aslan Brewing Co., Backcountry Essentials, Bayou on Bay, the Beauty Institute, Bellingham Public Library, the Bureau of Historical Investigation, Cafe Bouzingo, Casa Que Pasa, Community Food Co-op, Creative Space, Dakota Gallery, Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery, Hatch 2.0, the Lucky Monkey, Make.Shift, Novato, Old World Deli, Peter James Studios, the Racket, Redlight, Sculpture NW Gallery, SoapBox, Social Fabric, Studio 5, Sylvia Center for the Arts, Third Planet, Western City center, Whatcom Land Trust, and Whatcom Museum will participate in the Children's Art Walk from 6-9pm throughout downtown Bellingham. Entry is free.
    Downtown Bellingham :: www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm   Blossomtime Bingo
    Attend a fundraising "Blossomtime Bingo!" event starting at 6pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Entry to the 21-and-over event is $20, which includes bingo sheets for eight regular games, a nacho bar, plus a drink ticket for beer or wine.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: 733-4030
  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm   Casino Night
    Blue Skies for Children will host its ninth annual "Casino Night" fundraiser from 6:30-9:30pm at Northwood Hall, 3420 Northwest Ave. Tickets are $60 and include a night of mock casino gaming, appetizers, a raffle dash, music and more.
    Northwood Hall :: www.blueskiesforchildren.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Sea Glass
    Luci Shaw reads from Sea Glass: New and Selected Poems at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Shaw's 15th collection combines 38 new poems with a “best of” selection of poems from 11 of her previous books.
    Village Books :: www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm   Locarno
    Paperboys frontman and Juno Award-winner Tom Landa brings his Latin project, Locarno, to Mount Vernon for a 7:30pm concert at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The music, like him, is part Mexican but with strong doses of Cuban son, folk music, pop and funk. Tickets are $22-$30.
    McIntyre Hall :: www.mcintyrehall.org
  • All Day   August: Osage County
    Experience the dark side of a Midwestern American family when August: Osage County concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play—which is directed by Marla Bronstein—are $12-$14. Note that this play carries content and language warnings; please see the website or call the ticket office for details.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • All Day   Mother's Day Chocolate Lounge
    Chocolate, art and live music will be part of a Mother's Day Pop-up Chocolate Lounge from 5-10pm Friday and Saturday, and 12-5pm Sunday at Evolve Chocolate headquarters at 1313 N. State St. All confections will be available as individual purchases or can be gift-wrapped.
    Evolve Chocolate Pop-up Lounge :: www.evolvetruffles.com
  • All Day   Mother's Day Weekend Chocolate Lounge
    Chocolate, art and live music will be part of a Mother's Day Pop-up Chocolate Lounge from 5-10pm Friday and Saturday, and 12-5pm Sunday at Evolve Chocolate headquarters at 1313 N. State St. All confections will be available as individual purchases or can be gift-wrapped.
    Evolve Chocolate :: www.evolvetruffles.com
  • All Day   Alice in Wonderland
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's junior performers present showings of Alice in Wonderland at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10. A new cast will present the classic again May 13-15.
    BAAY Theatre :: www.baay.org
  • All Day   Oliver
    Hear hits such as "Food Glorious Food" and "Consider Yourself" when Oliver—the award-winning musical based on Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist—opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $8-$12; additional performances happen through May 22.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: www.clairevgtheatre.com
  • All Day   A spring studio tour
  • Ends 11:30pm   48 Hour Theater Festival
    View two nights of world premiere one-act plays, all written and produced in the prior 24 hours, at the 48 Hour Theater Festival taking place at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Friday and Saturday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Since this will be the final "48" in the space before the organization moves to the Sylvia Center for the Arts in coming months, the epic event will feature nearly double the usual number of writers, directors and actors, including the return of veteran writers from seasons past. Tickets are $12, and advance reservations are recommended.
    iDiOM Theater :: www.idiomtheater.com
  • Ends 9:30pm   Music, Magic & Mayhem
    Get a sneak peek of On the Precipice Productions and Seattle's Minion Productions' upcoming Bellingham Fringe Series at "Music, Magic & Mayhem" performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. At the show, accordion-punk auteur Strangely presents his "rollicking cabaret riot," with accordions, acrobatics, bad jokes and bawdy ballads. Fringe magician Christopher Bange will also share his talents, served up with humor and attitude. Tickets are $15.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: www.OTPprod.com

  • Ends 8:00pm   Tarnation and Exchange
    Show up to view an improvised Wild West comedy show when "Tarnation" returns to the stage at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for "The Exchange Program," which will feature ensemble performers joined by standup comics, poets, actors and musicians from around the region. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Both formats show through May.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or www.theupfront.com
  • Ends 4:00pm   Spring Plant Sale
    The Friends of the Deming Library will host a Spring Plant Sale from 10am-4pm Friday and Saturday at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Proceeds benefit library programs and building maintenance.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • Ends 2:00pm   Mountain to Sea Exhibit
    Celebrate national, state and local parks and the water surrounding us at the Anacortes Arts Commission's "Mountain to Sea" photography exhibit showing from 6-9pm Friday and 10am-2pm Saturday at the city's Depot Art Center, 611 R Ave. Entry is free.
    Depot Art Center :: www.anacortesartscommission.com
  • 8:00am - 11:00am   Pancake Breakfast
    Attend a monthly Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for the Ferndale Food Bank from 8-11am at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St.
    United Church of Ferndale :: www.ferndalefoodbank.org
  • 8:00am - 3:00pm   Community Garage Sale
    Visit more than 40 locales as part of the annual Community-Wide Garage Sale taking place throughout the day throughout Ferndale and the surrounding area. Maps will be posted online and can also be found at the Ferndale Public Library and the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce.
    Ferndale :: www.ferndale-chamber.com
  • 8:00am - 4:30pm   Students Leading Change Conference
    Student leaders at Whatcom Community College (WCC) invite community members to participate in the third annual "Students Leading Change" conference from 8am-4:30pm at the school's Syre Center, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Planned and led by WCC students for WCC students, the educational conference promotes understanding of social justice issues and inspires participants to create a more inclusive community. Entry is free; please register in advance.
    Whatcom Community College :: www.whatcom.edu/sojep
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm   Have a Heart Run
    Community Action of Skagit County hosts its seventh annual "Have a Heart Run" from 8am-12pm at Mount Vernon's Edgewater Park, 600 Behrens Millet Rd. The family-friendly event will feature a 5K/10K run, a 2K walk, and a half-mile kids' run. Entry is $15-$30.
    Edgewater Park :: www.haveaheartrun.org
  • 8:00am - 1:30pm   Lost Lake Ultras
    The eighth annual trail race known as the Lost Lake 50K begins at 8am at the Clayton Beach parking lot at the base of Chuckanut Mountain; a 25K begins at 10am. Day-of registration is $55-$65.
    Chuckanut Mountain :: www.lostlakeultras.com
  • 8:00am - 2:00pm   Skagit County Plant Fair
    High-quality garden plants that have been grown by local gardeners can be perused and purchased at the 22nd annual Skagit County Master Gardener Plant Fair taking place from 8am-2pm at Mount Vernon's Skagit County Fairgrounds, 479 W. Taylor St. Thousands of plants will be available at discounted prices, and there'll also be educational booths, art displays, food, a 4-H small animal exhibit, tractor demos and more.
    Skagit County Fairgrounds :: www.skagit.wsu.edu
  • 8:30am - 11:00am   Haggen to Haggen
    There will be no onsite registration, so sign up in advance for the 23rd annual "Haggen to Haggen" Fun Run starting at 8:45am at the Sehome Haggen and ends at the Meridian Haggen. Entry is $10; proceeds support the Greater Bellingham Running Club’s Whatcom County high school scholarship program.
    Haggen stores :: www.haggen.com
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm   Anacortes Farmers Market Opening
    Vegetables, fruit, baked goods, fresh meat and dairy, cut flowers, wine, eggs, art and much more can be found at the Anacortes Farmers Market, which opens this week from 9am-2pm at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. The market continues every Saturday through Oct. 29.
    Depot Arts Center :: www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm   Whatcom County Master Gardeners Sale
    Peruse 23 varieties of locally grown tomatoes, hundreds of specialty perennials, herbs, natives, shade plants and more at the Whatcom County Master Gardeners 25th annual Plant Sale taking place from 9am-2pm at Ferndale's Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Neilson Ave. The event will also include a plant clinic and information booth, mini-workshops, nursery vendors, educational displays, food and more. Entry is free.
    Hovander Homestead Park :: www.whatcom.wsu.edu
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm   Mum Run
    Attend a fundraising event to honor moms at the annual "Run for Your Mum" starting at 9am at Mount Vernon's Bakerview Park, 3101 E. Fir St. Entry to the 2K and 5k is $5 for youth ages 13-17 and $10 for everyone 18 and older, free for kids and those who fundraise $100 or more.
    Bakerview Park :: www.pregnancychoices.org
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm   Bellingham Public Market
    Attend the Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 17 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to perusing and purchasing locally grown produce, crafts and ready-to-eat foods, attendees can experience Demo Days and a Wednesday Market starting in June at the Fairhaven Village Green.
    Depot Market Square :: www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 10:00am - 3:30pm   Point Whitehorn Plant Walks
    n "Introduction to Seaweed" Plant Walk takes place from 10am-12:30pm at Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve. Wearing rubber boots is helpful, but not essential; any algae reference you have would be good to bring along. From 1:30-3:30pm, a "Spring Plant Walk" to learn about the flowers, shrubs and trees of this forest on the edge of the sea. Both events are free, and no registration is required.
    Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve :: (360) 733-5477
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm   Sculpture Woods
    If you're interested in art with a view, head to Lummi Island to peruse 16 outdoor sculptures by Ann Morris from 10am-5pm at the monthly "Sculpture Woods" tour at 3851 Legoe Bay Rd. The working studio will not be open. Entry is free. Park diagonally in the designated parking area, take a map for the self-guided tour and enjoy (no photos, please).
    Sculpture Woods :: www.sculpturewoods.com
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm   Books and Plants
    Attend an annual Spring Plant and Book Sale from 10am-5pm both inside and outside the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. In addition to books for adults and children, the sale will feature locally grown plants of all types—including shrubs and flowers, house plants, berry plants, hanging baskets and more.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 599-2020
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm   Veterans Assistance
    U.S. veterans confused by the maze of information regarding applying for VA benefits can get free assistance from 10am-1pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Volunteers from the Whatcom County Veteran Navigator will be available for drop-in assistance; vets should bring a copy of their DD 214 if they have it.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm   Dad School
    As part of Children's Book Week, local author Rebecca Van Slyke reads from Dad School at 10:30am in Lynden at Village Books, 430 Front St. With warm, silly illustrations and a fun role-reversal story in which dads act like kids, young readers will love imagining what would happen if their own dads went to Dad School.
    Village Books :: www.villagebooks.com
  • 10:30am - 9:00pm   Feelings, Love, and Dodos
    As part of Children's Book Week, local author Keith Negley reads from Tough Guys Have Feelings, Too at 10:30am at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At 2pm, author Martha Brockenbrough reads from the YA novel, The Game of Love and Death. At 7pm, Michael Hurwicz reads from The Meltese Dodo, a book featuring a detective on a mission to save the earth. All events are free.
    Village Books :: www.villagebooks.com
  • 11:00am - 3:00pm   Moving Meditation
    As part of World Labyrinth Day, cross mental and physical borders in a shared symbolic walk for peace at today's "Moving Meditation for Peace" from 11am-3pm at Blaine's Ebenezer Farm, 85 N. Harvey Rd. A group walk is scheduled for 1pm. Entry is free and open to all. The event will be hosted by the Western Washington Labyrinth Network.
    Ebenezer Farm :: www.wwln.org
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm   Bucolia Reading
    Matthew Thuney will be reading from and signing copies of his new book, Bucolia: Hijinx in the Hinterlands, from 11am-12pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. In a humorous and heartfelt way, the book narrates the author's bewildered attempts to adjust to country living in Whatcom County's South Fork Valley.
    North Fork Library :: (360) 599-2020
  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm   Amy Goodman on Tour
    As part of a 100-city tour, Democracy Now radio host Amy Goodman will speak as part of a 20th anniversary celebration of daily, independent, global TV/radio news at 12pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. Front St. A book signing of Democracy Now! Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America will follow. Entry is $5.50-$20; all proceeds will go to Skagit Valley College radio stations KSVR-FM and KSVU-FM.
    Lincoln Theatre :: www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 12:30pm - 3:30pm   Ultimate Frisbee Clinic
    Youth and high school girls in grades 3-12 can take part in a free Ultimate Frisbee Clinic for Girls from 12:30-3:30pm at Western Washington University's Harrington Field. The free event will be coached by WWU Women's Ultimate Team. Register in advance or onsite.
    Harrington Field :: www.bellinghamyouthultimate.org
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm   Bellingham Terror
    Tune in for episodes of the radio drama series "Bellingham Terror" at 1:30pm Saturdays and 7:30pm Tuesdays on SPARK Radio (102.3FM). The show features more than 40 local actors and the sounds and locations of 1935 Bellingham. Episodes revolve around historical events and local places, touching on such landmarks as the Mason Block in downtown Fairhaven, the Blue Canyon Mine in south Whatcom County, and the burning of Fairhaven High School in 1936.
    SPARK Radio :: www.bellinghamterror.com
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm   Book Buzz
    Meet a Random House rep who will buzz about forthcoming books and give readers the inside scoop on Spring 2016 titles at a "Book Buzz" presentation from 2-3:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Entry is free to all adults.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm   Traditional Jazz
    The Maple Leaf Jazz Band will perform New Orleans/Dixieland music at the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society’s monthly concert and dance from 2-5pm at the VFW Hall, 625 N State St. Entry is $6 students, $10 members, $12 non-members.
    VFW Hall :: 371-7030 or www.btjs.webs.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm   Procession of the Species
    Celebrate community, creativity and our connection with nature at the 13th annual Procession of the Species starting at 4pm in front of Bellingham City Hall (210 Lottie St.) and continuing to Maritime Heritage Park. Show up costumed as your favorite species at 3:30pm to line up, and remember the three rules: no live animals, no motorized vehicles, and no words (written or spoken). A post-parade celebration will include music by Kuungana and dancing.
    Maritime Heritage Park :: www.bpots.org
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm   Wilderness Wars Exhibit
    Attend an opening reception for "Wilderness Wars" from 5-8pm at La Conner's Gallery Cygnus, 109 Commercial St. The exhibit features paintings and sculptures by Todd Horton and Caitlin Ahern that examine the idea of a world where human desires, beliefs, hatred and greed exist among animals. See it through June 30.
    Gallery Cygnus :: www.gallerycygnus.com
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm   Edison Reception
    An opening reception for an exhibit featuring works by printmaker Jean Behnke and sculptor Peregrine O'Gormley takes place from 5-8pm at Edison's Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. The intriguing works will be on display through May 31.
    Smith & Vallee Gallery :: www.smithandvallee.com
  • 5:30pm - 9:30pm   Cinco de Mayo Party
    Partake of a traditional Latino-themed dinner, raffles, activities and silent and live auctions at a Cinco de Mayo Celebration and benefit for the Sean Humphrey House from 5:30-9:30pm at Four Points by Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Dr. Tickets are $50.
    Four Points by Sheraton :: www.seanhumphreyhouse.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Veterans of Comedy
    Military veterans Will C., Ibo Brewer, and Erik Knowles will deliver their experiences in a hilarious package as part of a "Veterans of Comedy" show hosted by JR Redwater at 7pm in Anacortes at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge, 12885 Casino Dr. Tickets to the 18-and-over show are $10-$20.
    Swinomish Casino and Lodge :: www.swinomishcasinoandlodge.com
  • 7:30pm - 10:30pm   First Saturday Folk Dance
    Zakusa will provide the live music at the First Saturday Folk Dance from 7:30-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. No partner or experience is necessary. Suggested donation is $15; all ages are welcome.
    Fairhaven Library :: (360) 380-0456
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm   Skagit Symphony Classic Concert
    The Skagit Symphony presents its annual "Classic Concert" to end its season with a 7:30pm performance at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Works by Strauss, Britten, Mozart, and Hindemith can be heard. Tickets are $20-$40.
    McIntyre Hall :: www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:30pm - 10:00pm   Prom Night with USA Dance
    USA Dance will host a Prom Night with live music by Kuhl and the Gang from 7:15-10pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. Th evening will begin with an East Coat Swing lesson taught by Mary Evans, and be followed by a dance party. Entry is $7-$10.
    Presence Studio :: www.presence-studio.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm   Kulshan Chorus' Greatest Hits
    Experience the beauty of more than 90 voices raised in song when the longtime Kulshan Chorus presents a "Greatest Hits" concert at 7:30pm at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. The show will reinvent some classics from the choir and showcase a number of recent additions by Artistic Director Dustin Willetts. Tickets are $5-$20.
    Bellingham High School :: www.kulshanchorus.org
  • 9:30pm - 11:30pm   Salsa Night
    Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest's bimonthly "Salsa Night" taking place from 9pm-12am on the first and third Saturdays of the month at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State St. Entry to the all-ages event is $4.
    Cafe Rumba :: www.rumbanorthwest.com