Stars under the stars
Boating Center Open
The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online.
Community Boating Center ::
Kids, parents and Waldo-lovers of all ages can take part in the annual "Find Waldo" event happening through July in historic Fairhaven, and in Lynden.. Pick up a "Find Waldo" passport at any of the 25 participating businesses to start your search. Bring your stamped passport to Village Books, and passports with at least 10 store stamps will receive a Waldo button, while supplies last. Passports with at least 20 store stamps are eligible to be entered in a drawing for various Waldo books and products.
Bard on the Beach
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. This year's productions will run through Sept. 24. Tickets are $20-$47.
Vanier Park ::
A chainsaw carving competition, a carnival, a classic car show, a rodeo, parades, a foot race, a logging show, a street dance, food-related events, fireworks, a beard contest and much, much more will be part of the annual "Loggerodeo"—the longest-running 4th of July celebration in Washington State—taking place from 8am-10pm Friday, 8am-6pm Saturday, 8am-9pm Sunday, and 6am-10:30pm Monday throughout Sedro-Woolley. Prices vary.
Find some fantastic summer reads while supporting library programs and services at an annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Book Sale taking place from 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Monday at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The event is pat of Blaine's Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration.
Blaine Library ::
Commedia in the Park
Western Washington University's Department of Theatre and Dance presents its fourth annual “Commedia in the Park” performances at 7pm Friday through Sunday at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. “Commedia” is a highly physicalized, masked comedy performance originating from the Italian Renaissance. The show directed by WWU Theatre faculty Rich Brown features well-known stock characters such as the tricky servants, young lovers and foolish old men and women. Entry is free and open to the public.
Maritime Heritage Park ::
The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor's Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested donation for the excursions is $1 for kids and $5 for adults.
Blaine Harbor ::
"Soap Queen" Anne-Marie Faiola will kick off an "All-Out-Learning Weekend" with a soap-making tutorial, Q&A, and private book signing for Pure Soapmaking from 12-3pm at Otion: The Soap Bar, 301 W. Holly St. Seven additional bath and body product courses will take place through July 3. Sign up by phone or on the website.
NSEA River Walks
Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for a free Nooksack River Walk at 3pm Saturday and 11am Sunday at the Horseshoe Bend Trailhead on the Mt. Baker Hwy. Attendees can learn about salmon, discover native plants and find bugs on the hands-on stream walk led by Nooksack River Steward volunteers. At 6pm Saturday, the organization will also host a free Campfire Talk at the Douglas Fir Campground.
Horseshoe Bend Trailhead ::
An improvised Musical
Mainstage players will take on the magical world of musicals at performances of "An Improvised Musical" at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Plot, lyrics, music, choreography and comedy will be combined to make epic productions worthy of Broadway through July 30. Please note that summer hours are in effect, meaning there's only one show on Friday and Saturday nights. Entry is $10-$12.
Upfront Theatre ::
View The Last Five Years at "ACT Fringe" shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The two-person musical explores a five-year relationship between Jamie (a rising novelist) and Cathy (a struggling actress). Each tells their story in opposite chronological order—Jamie from when they met, and Cathy from when their marriage ends. Tickets are $10. Additional performances happen July 8-9.
Anacortes Community Theatre ::
9:00am - 2:00pm
Anacortes Farmers Market
Vegetables, fruit, baked goods, fresh meat and dairy, cut flowers, wine, eggs, art and much more can be found at the Anacortes Farmers Market from 9am-2pm every Saturday through Oct. 29 at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave.
Depot Arts Center ::
9:00am - 6:00pm
Twin Sisters Farmers Market
Purchase farm-fresh goods at the Twin Sisters Market taking place from 9am-3pm in Deming at Nugent's Corner, and 3-6pm in Maple Falls at Kendall Elementary School every Saturday through October.
Nugent's Corner ::
9:00am - 2:00pm
Mount Vernon Farmers Market
As many as 60 vendors will share their wares through the season at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market, which takes place 9am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 15 at the city's Riverfront Plaza. A Wednesday Market also takes place from 11am-4pm at the Kincaid entrance lawn at the Skagit Valley Hospital.
Riverfront Plaza ::
10:00am - 3:00pm
Bellingham Farmers 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 monthly Demo Days, live music and more.
Depot Market Square ::
10:00am - 2:00pm
Blaine Gardeners Market
Procure produce, crafts, food from vendors and more at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 29 at 685 Peace Portal Dr.
Peace Portal Drive ::
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Photographs from a not-so-distant past as captured by Ektachrome®, Kodachrome® and Technicolor slide film, as well as small color transparencies, can be seen when "Nostalgic Saturation: Mid-Century Bellingham in Historic Color" opens today from 12-5pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The Jeff Jewell-curated exhibit is focused on the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s.
Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall ::
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Out of the Drawer Opening
An opening reception for "Out of the Drawer" takes place from 4-6pm at Edison's i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. The multi-artist exhibit features flat files (prints, drawings, paintings on paper, and cloth) that have spent time in holding gallery closets, storage rooms and warehouses. This is a salon-style exhibit and the work can be taken when purchased. The exhibit will show through Aug. 7.
i.e. gallery ::
4:00pm - 9:00pm
Live music by Spaceband, a silent auction, kid-friendly fundraising activities and much more will be part of an all-ages "Generation Celebration" taking place from 4-9pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave.
Boundary Bay Brewery ::
5:00pm - 8:00pm
David Eisenhour's "Carbon" exhibit can be perused at an opening reception from 5-8pm at Edison's Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. The solo exhibition by the sculptor is in response to humans' relationship with the planet. See it through July 31.
Smith & Vallee Gallery ::
6:30pm - 9:30pm
An opening reception for Cooper Lanza's solo art exhibition, "Twins," takes place from 6:30-9:30pm at Tillie Lace Gallery, 1415 13th St. (formerly Lucia Douglas Gallery). See the show about duality from 10am-5pm Tuesdays through Fridays through Aug. 31.
Tillie Lace Gallery ::
9:30pm - 11:30pm
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 9:30pm-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 ::