Week of Sunday, December 14, 2014
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Sunday, December 14, 2014 (16 events)

  • Allied Arts Holiday Festival: The annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival continues from 10am-6pm Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 24. at 4145 Meridian St. (near Park Bowl). The works of more than 100 local artisans and craftspeople can be perused and purchased at the festival. http://www.alliedarts.org
    10:00am
  • Deck the [Old City] Hall: Shop, sing, see Santa, enjoy dozens of decorated trees and enter to win a special "decked out' tree for your home at part of "Deck the [Old City] Hall" from 12-5pm every Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 28 at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is free with museum admission. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:00pm
  • Bob’s Your Elf: Comedy and the holidays combine when Bob's Your Elf continues this weekend with 7:30pm shows Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $18 and additional showings happen weekends through Dec. 20. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • A Christmas Story: A one-legged lamp, a Red Ryder BB Gun, a kid who freezes his tongue on an icy flagpole and the phrase "You'll shoot your eye out, kid!" will all be part of A Christmas Story: The Musical showings concluding this weekend at 7:30pm Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $8-$12. http://www.clairevgtheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Mary and Joseph: Playwright Tim Greger's Serial Killers-winning play, Mary and Joseph: A Bible Story, returns as a full-length production starting this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Sunday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The show features a modern take on the trials and tribulations of one young couple's unplanned immaculate conception. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door; additional showings happen Dec. 18-21. (P.S. There'll be a post-show reception opening night, and the http://www.idiomtheater.com
    7:30pm
  • Miracle on 34th Street: Is Santa a myth? Find out when Kris Kringle takes on the cynics in an adaptation of the popular holiday favorite, Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical, concluding this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$14. http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
    7:30pm
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Two casts of 25 actors ages 9 to 12 will share their talents at musical versions of The Nightmare Before Christmas at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10 online or at the door. Kids 5 and under are free. http://www.baay.org
    7:00pm
  • Shop, Dine, Celebrate: Downtown Bellingham Partnership presents "Shop, Dine, Celebrate" from Friday through Sunday throughout downtown Bellingham. Carolers, visits with Santa, specials, raffles and more will be part of the festive fun. Pick up a free copy of the Holiday Shopping Guide available at Greenhouse, Backcountry Essentials, Garys' Men's and Women's Wear, and other retailers. http://www.downtownbellingham.com
    10:00am
  • Holiday Glass Sale: Find affordable glass gifts and watch ongoing glassblowing demos at an annual Holiday Sale and Open Studio from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at Glass Mountain Studios, 927 Yew St. Entry is free. http://www.glassmtn.com
    10:00am
  • Shop & Sip at BelleWood Acres: A "Shop & Sip" event takes place this weekend from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Christmas cookie decorating for kids, a bonfire and s'more bar, live music and more will be part of the fun. Visit with Santa from 1-5pm, and take horse-drawn sleigh bell trolley rides from 2-5pm ($7 with hot cider, $10 with brandy and mulled cider). http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
    10:00am
  • Celebrate the Season: Anacortes Schools Foundation presents family-oriented "Celebrate the Season" events from 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Port of Anacortes Events Center, 100 Commercial Ave. Activities include photos with Santa, "reindeer" games, crafts, hot beverages and cookies, gingerbread contests (Saturday), and more. Entry is $5 per person or $20 per family. http://www.anacortesnow.com
    12:00pm
  • 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
  • Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide: The Boulding family will return to Mount Vernon for their annual "Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide" performance at 3pm at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The Tara Academy Irish Dancers, fiddler Jocylyn Pettit, singer Colleen Raney, guitarist Colm MacCarthaigh, and percussionist Matt Jerrell will join the festivities. tickets are $15-$24. http://www.lincolntheatre.org
    3:00pm
  • Bellingham Poems: Clayton Beach’s naked sunbathers, the aroma of poached salmon and ancient stories found in Salish baskets are some of the subject matter to be found when locals Charles Luckmann, Tim Pilgrim, and Paul Piper read from Bellingham Poems at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. http://www.villagebooks.com
    4:00pm
  • Arto and Antii Jarvela: Finland's Arto and Antti Jarvela bring their musical talents to Bellingham for a 7:30pm concert at Nancy's Farm, 2030 E. Smith Rd. The cousins are part of a musical heritage of performers that have been "fiddling in the front line of Ostrobothnian weddings for generations." Suggested donation is $15. http://www.nancysfarm.com
    7:30pm

Monday, December 15, 2014 (5 events)

  • Winter Camping Basics: Instructor Greg Nace will cover how to plan, how to stay warm, how to select winter-appropriate gear and what to expect when setting up camp and during your overnight at a "Winter Camping Basics" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Register in advance for the free workshop. 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
    6:00pm
  • Vaudevillingham: The Bellingham Circus Guild presents its monthly variety show fundraiser, "Vaudevillingham," at 7pm and 9pm performances at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St., suite 102. Expect to see everything from aerial acts to dance, comedy, magic, theater, jugging, burlesque and more. Suggested donation is $5-$10. (Note: A "Holiday Bazaar" begins at 6pm at the space, so make sure to show up early to check it out.) http://www.bellinghamcircusguild.com
    6:00pm
  • Holiday Chamber Concert: The Mount Baker Youth Symphony will perform at a Holiday Chamber Concert at 7pm at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. "Holiday Favorites from Many Lands" will be the theme of the festive performance. Tickets are $1-$10. http://www.mbys.org
    7:00pm
  • Poetrynight: Those looking to share their verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation. http://www.poetrynight.org
    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, December 16, 2014 (5 events)

  • 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
  • Avalanche Awareness: Winter backcountry travelers can sign up for an "Avalanche Awareness" presentation by the American Alpine Institute from 6-7:30pm at REI, 400 36th St. Whether you ski, snowshoe, snowboard or snowmobile in the backcountry, recognition of avalanche danger is an essential and potentially lifesaving skill. This session introduces and explains where and why avalanches occur and provides a basic approach to managing risk in the backcountry. Entry is free; register in advance. 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
    6:00pm
  • Give and Glow Run: Donations for the Bellingham Food Bank will be matched by reps from Asics as part of a "Give and Glow Run" starting at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The run—20 minutes out and 20 minutes back—will be followed by pizza, presents and prizes. Glow sticks will be provided, but runners should also bring a headlamp or flashlight. http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
    6:00pm
  • BAAY Winter Dance Show: Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's dance company presents performances by their two dance groups at a "Winter Show" featuring choreography by artistic director Lisa Markowitz at 7pm at the BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Suggested donation is $5 at the door. http://www.baay.org
    7:00pm
  • Drive-Ins and Drive-Ups: Wes Gannaway and Kent Holsather share stories from Drive-Ins, Drive-Ups, and Drive-Thrus: The History of Drive-In Movie Theaters and Drive-In Food Places in Whatcom County at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book was written to help people remember days gone by, when drive-ins were the gastronomical and social hot-spot of every community in Whatcom County. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (13 events)

  • Allied Arts Holiday Festival: The annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival takes place for the final week from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Tuesday, and 10am-3pm Wed., Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) at 4145 Meridian St. (near Park Bowl). The works of more than 100 local artisans and craftspeople can be perused and purchased at the festival. http://www.alliedarts.org
    10:00am
  • MVHS Choirs: Choral works featuring gospel, carols, classical works, and other seasonal favorites can be heard when the award-winning Mount Vernon High School Choirs present "Winter Concert" performances at 4pm and 7pm at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $6 for the early show, $8 for the later one. http://www.mcintyrehall.org
    4:00pm
  • GROUP RIDE: The Mt. Baker Bike Club hosts a Group Ride starting every Wednesday at 6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Be prepared to ride for 30 miles at a race/training pace, and regroup at the brewery following the excursion. http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
    6:00pm
  • Evening Epic Run: A weekly “Evening Epic Run” begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The strenuous runs are 1.5-2 hours in length on hilly terrain with experienced trail runners. Entry is free. http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
    6:00pm
  • Skagit 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. http://www.skagitrunners.org
    6:00pm
  • Poetry, Prose & Music Open Mic: Attend South Whatcom Library's "Poetry, Prose & Music" Open Mic from 6-8:30pm at the Creekside Cafe at the Sudden Valley YMCA, 8 Barn View Court, Gate 2. Entry is free. http://www.wcls.org
    6:00pm
  • Lighted Neighborhood Ride: Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a fun and festive "Lighted Neighborhoods Ride" starting at 6pm at the parking lot at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. (across from Boundary Bay Brewery). Feel free to decorate yourself and/or your bike. http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
    6:00pm
  • 3D Printing Demos: Find out what 3D printing is, how the printer works and see demos from 6:15-7:45pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. This free program is useful if you have never used a 3D printer before and want to know how it works. 305-3600
    6:15pm
  • Meat Rabbit Class: Robert Fuit focuses on "Raising Meat Rabbits" at a free class at 6:30pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, 202 S. First St. Learn about rabbit care and what is involved in developing and maintaining a humane, family-scale rabbitry. Register in advance. http://www.skagitfoodcoop.com
    6:30pm
  • Senseless Knowledge: Master humorist Kent Woodyard brings new life to the memory devices of a bygone era when he reads from his first book, Non-Essential Mnemonics: An Unnecessary Journey into Senseless Knowledge, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Jazz Concert: Seattle pianist John Hanson and his trio will be the featured performers at a 7pm concert at the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. Tickets are $5-$10. http://www.wjmac.org
    7:00pm
  • Chocolat and Wine: Forte Chocolate's Karen Neugebauer, one of a handful of Master Chocolatiers in the United States, will helm an "Artisan Chocolate & Wine" event at 7pm in Anacortes at Potluck Kitchen Studio, 910 A 11th St. Neugebauer will talk about her background and share what makes her chocolates so special. Tickets are $10 and include a round of chocolates with a red wine pairing. Chocolates will also be on sale to purchase after the event. http://www.potluckkitchenstudio.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

Thursday, December 18, 2014 (21 events)

  • Allied Arts Holiday Festival: The annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival takes place for the final week from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Tuesday, and 10am-3pm Wed., Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) at 4145 Meridian St. (near Park Bowl). The works of more than 100 local artisans and craftspeople can be perused and purchased at the festival. http://www.alliedarts.org
    10:00am
  • Bob’s Your Elf: Comedy and the holidays combine when Bob's Your Elf concludes this weekend with 7:30pm shows Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The play focuses on an elf who's been banned from the North Pole and is ordered by Santa to learn a lesson or two about cooperating by others—via helping out a small town with the production of their annual Christmas pageant. Tickets are $18. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Christmas Capers and Carols: The Whidbey Playhouse's youth theater troupe, the Would Be Players, presents "Christmas Capers and Carols" at 7pm Thursday and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at the Star Studio at the Whidbey Island locale at 730 SE Midway Blvd. Audiences will see what happens when Santa loses his Naughty and Nice List, listen to traditional carols, witness some dance and witness a production of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas go wrong. Tickets are $5 for kids and $10 for adults. http://www.whidbeyplayhouse.com
    7:00pm
  • Deck the [Old City] Hall: Shop, sing, see Santa, enjoy dozens of decorated trees and enter to win a special "decked out' tree for your home at part of "Deck the [Old City] Hall" from 12-5pm every Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 28 at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is free with museum admission. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:00pm
  • Saving Christmas Town: Watch elves defend their territory from the "naughty and ominous" characters of Oogie Boogie Land at the Dance Studio's third annual performances of Saving Christmas Town at 7pm Thursday through Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $12 in advance at the Dance Studio or at the door. http://www.thedancestudio.net
    7:00pm
  • Mary and Joseph: Playwright Tim Greger's Serial Killers-winning play, Mary and Joseph: A Bible Story, returns as a full-length production continuing this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Sunday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The show features a modern take on the trials and tribulations of one young couple's unplanned immaculate conception. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. http://www.idiomtheater.com
    7:30pm
  • Holiday Songs: Celebrate the holidays with songs performed by the Kendall Elementary School Student Choir at a free concert at 12:30pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. http://www.wcls.org
    12:30pm
  • Holiday Jazz with Scot Raney: Pianist and composer Scot Raney explores popular holiday and Christmas music in a variety of styles at a Brown Ban "Holiday Jazz Concert" at 12:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $3. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:30pm
  • Hershey Book Signing: Bellingham-based author Sheryl Hershey will present and the first her series of children's books, Lila and the Dandelion, at a book signing from 4-6:30pm at Barkley Village's Dorothy Haggen Building, the Dorothy Haggen building in Barkley Village, 2211 Rimland Dr. Local artist Michael Marshall—who illustrated the book—will also be on hand to sign copies. http://www.thelilabooks.com
    4:00pm
  • The Lights of Christmas: View festive holiday displays both outdoors and indoors at the annual "The Lights of Christmas" event from 5-10pm Thursday through Tuesday in Stanwood at the 15-acre Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Dr. In addition to the more than one million lights that will be lit up, there will be activities for kids, live entertainment, music, dinner theater, holiday shopping and more. Tickets are $10-$15. The fun continues Dec. 26-30. (Dec. 29-30 are pay-what-you-can nights.) http://www.thelightsofchristmas.com
    5:00pm
  • Poetry Writing Group: Meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback and help you with your writing goals at a Poetry Writing Group meeting from 5:30-7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St 671-2626
    5:30pm
  • Dinner Theater: It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play can be seen at dinner theater performances at 6pm Thursday through Saturday at the annual "Lights of Christmas" event at Stanwood's Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Dr. Tickets are $39-$48 and include a five-course meal. A dessert theater matinee takes place at 4pm Sunday. Tickets are $24 (includes admission to the light displays). http://www.thelightsofchristmas.com
    6:00pm
  • Cantabile of Skagit Valley: Sacred and secular works can be heard when the 20 vocalists of Cantabile of Skagit Valley present a free Christmas concert at 6pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. http://www.mountvernonwa.gov
    6:00pm
  • Pie School: Author and baker Kate Lebo returns to Bellingham to share recipes from her new book Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter at 7pm at the Book Fare Cafe at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Lebo will discuss her techniques for creating delicious fruit-based pies, while also demonstrating how to make a pie at the café. A hot beverage will be served with a delicious pie sample. Tickets are $5. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Winter Concert: Celestial Voices (ladies) and Bellingham Boys’ Choir present their Winter Concert at 7pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Enjoy works by John Rutter, Randall Thompson, and local composer and arranger Scott Henderson. David Post directs. Admission is $5 at the door. http://www.baay.org
    7:00pm
  • All That Holiday Jazz: The Jazz Project’s Bellingham Youth Jazz Band presents "All That Holiday Jazz!" at 7pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Suggested donation at the door is $5-$10; proceeds will go to preserving the Firehouse PAC as a community performing arts center. http://www.jazzproject.org
    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
  • Sweaters and Beer: Wear your most horrific Christmas sweater and sample Menace Brewing's newest beer—the Ugly Sweater Winter Ale—at an "Ugly Sweater Winter Beer Release Party" from 7-11pm at the Local, 1427 Railroad Ave. http://www.facebook.com
    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
  • Coldsmoke Winter Film Tour: Watch an action-paced evening of short-form winter culture films as part of the Coldsmoke Winter Film Tour starting at 9pm at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Each attendee will receive a two-for-one lift ticket to Montana's Big Sky Resort. http://www.coldsmokewinterfilm.com or www.pickfordfilmcenter.org
    9:00pm

Friday, December 19, 2014 (16 events)

  • Allied Arts Holiday Festival: The annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival takes place for the final week from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Tuesday, and 10am-3pm Wed., Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) at 4145 Meridian St. (near Park Bowl). The works of more than 100 local artisans and craftspeople can be perused and purchased at the festival. http://www.alliedarts.org
    10:00am
  • Bob’s Your Elf: Comedy and the holidays combine when Bob's Your Elf concludes this weekend with 7:30pm shows Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The play focuses on an elf who's been banned from the North Pole and is ordered by Santa to learn a lesson or two about cooperating by others—via helping out a small town with the production of their annual Christmas pageant. Tickets are $18. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Christmas Capers and Carols: The Whidbey Playhouse's youth theater troupe, the Would Be Players, presents "Christmas Capers and Carols" at 7pm Thursday and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at the Star Studio at the Whidbey Island locale at 730 SE Midway Blvd. Audiences will see what happens when Santa loses his Naughty and Nice List, listen to traditional carols, witness some dance and witness a production of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas go wrong. Tickets are $5 for kids and $10 for adults. http://www.whidbeyplayhouse.com
    7:00pm
  • Deck the [Old City] Hall: Shop, sing, see Santa, enjoy dozens of decorated trees and enter to win a special "decked out' tree for your home at part of "Deck the [Old City] Hall" from 12-5pm every Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 28 at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is free with museum admission. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:00pm
  • Saving Christmas Town: Watch elves defend their territory from the "naughty and ominous" characters of Oogie Boogie Land at the Dance Studio's third annual performances of Saving Christmas Town at 7pm Thursday through Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $12 in advance at the Dance Studio or at the door. http://www.thedancestudio.net
    7:00pm
  • Mary and Joseph: Playwright Tim Greger's Serial Killers-winning play, Mary and Joseph: A Bible Story, returns as a full-length production continuing this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Sunday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The show features a modern take on the trials and tribulations of one young couple's unplanned immaculate conception. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. http://www.idiomtheater.com
    7:30pm
  • Home for the Holidays: The seasonal "Home for the Holidays" show can be seen at 8pm and 10pm every Friday and Saturday through December at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The improvised hilarity will focus on three characters and their arrival home for holiday get-togethers. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • Bellingham Folk Festival: Anna Schaad, Brian Bowers, Laurel Bliss, Clyde Curley, Coty Hogue, Kat Bula, Geof Morgan, Richard Scholtz, Lucas Hicks, Flip Breskin, Jenny Rose, Aaron Guest, Cayley Schmid, Jeff Lefferts, Melanie Flink, Norah McLaughlin, the Gallus Brothers, and Rattletrap Ruckus will be among the performers and instructors taking part in the Bellingham Folk Festival from 7-9pm Friday and 10am-9pm Saturday at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Prices vary for concerts and workshops. http://www.thebellinghamfolkfestival.com
    7:00pm
  • Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom Walks for "Wild Things" excursions from 9:30-11am every Friday in December at the Connelly Creek Nature Area in the Happy Valley neighborhood. A frequently traveled corridor for wildlife of all kinds, this trail winds through surprisingly diverse and mature tree stands. Entry is by donation. http://www.wildwhatcom.org
    9:30am
  • Pacific Arts Market: Several dozen well-known local artists and crafters will show and sell a variety of work—including jewelry, fine art, photography, textiles, clothing, bath and body, specialty foods, home decor, paper crafts and much more—at the 18th annual Pacific Arts Market for the final weekend from 10am-6pm Friday through Sunday at Sunset Square, 1125 E. Sunset Dr. Live music and artist demos will happen throughout the weekend. Admission is free. http://www.pacificartsmarket.com
    10:00am
  • Poetrynight: Those looking to share their verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation. (P.S. Use the back fountain entry.) http://www.poetrynight.org
    10:57am
  • 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
  • Family Story Night: Professional tale-tellers from the Bellingham Storytellers Guild will provide an hour of coaching and an introduction to the craft at 6pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. At 7pm, Family Story Night will commence. Both all-ages events are free. 778-7188
    6:00pm
  • Christmas Concert: Songs from the "Messiah" and other traditional holiday favorites can be heard at Shelter Bay Chorus Christmas concerts at 7:30pm Friday and 3pm Saturday in La Conner at the Shelter Bay Clubhouse, 1000 Shoshone Dr. Suggested donation is $10 at the door. (360) 770-7354 or http://www.lovelaconner.com
    7:30pm
  • Noel Christmas Concert: Harps, strings, flute and percussion will join in when the Noel Harp Ensemble presents its annual "Noel: The Magic of Christmas in Concert" performance at 7:30pm at Lynden's Third Christian Reformed Church, 514 Liberty St. Tickets are $15-$20. (360) 305-7136 or http://www.noelharp.com
    7:30pm
  • 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

Saturday, December 20, 2014 (35 events)

  • Allied Arts Holiday Festival: The annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival takes place for the final week from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Tuesday, and 10am-3pm Wed., Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) at 4145 Meridian St. (near Park Bowl). The works of more than 100 local artisans and craftspeople can be perused and purchased at the festival. http://www.alliedarts.org
    10:00am
  • Bob’s Your Elf: Comedy and the holidays combine when Bob's Your Elf concludes this weekend with 7:30pm shows Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The play focuses on an elf who's been banned from the North Pole and is ordered by Santa to learn a lesson or two about cooperating by others—via helping out a small town with the production of their annual Christmas pageant. Tickets are $18. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Christmas Capers and Carols: The Whidbey Playhouse's youth theater troupe, the Would Be Players, presents "Christmas Capers and Carols" at 7pm Thursday and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at the Star Studio at the Whidbey Island locale at 730 SE Midway Blvd. Audiences will see what happens when Santa loses his Naughty and Nice List, listen to traditional carols, witness some dance and witness a production of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas go wrong. Tickets are $5 for kids and $10 for adults. http://www.whidbeyplayhouse.com
    7:00pm
  • Deck the [Old City] Hall: Shop, sing, see Santa, enjoy dozens of decorated trees and enter to win a special "decked out' tree for your home at part of "Deck the [Old City] Hall" from 12-5pm every Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 28 at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is free with museum admission. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:00pm
  • Saving Christmas Town: Watch elves defend their territory from the "naughty and ominous" characters of Oogie Boogie Land at the Dance Studio's third annual performances of Saving Christmas Town at 7pm Thursday through Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $12 in advance at the Dance Studio or at the door. http://www.thedancestudio.net
    7:00pm
  • Mary and Joseph: Playwright Tim Greger's Serial Killers-winning play, Mary and Joseph: A Bible Story, returns as a full-length production continuing this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Sunday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The show features a modern take on the trials and tribulations of one young couple's unplanned immaculate conception. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. http://www.idiomtheater.com
    7:30pm
  • Home for the Holidays: The seasonal "Home for the Holidays" show can be seen at 8pm and 10pm every Friday and Saturday through December at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The improvised hilarity will focus on three characters and their arrival home for holiday get-togethers. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • Bellingham Folk Festival: Anna Schaad, Brian Bowers, Laurel Bliss, Clyde Curley, Coty Hogue, Kat Bula, Geof Morgan, Richard Scholtz, Lucas Hicks, Flip Breskin, Jenny Rose, Aaron Guest, Cayley Schmid, Jeff Lefferts, Melanie Flink, Norah McLaughlin, the Gallus Brothers, and Rattletrap Ruckus will be among the performers and instructors taking part in the Bellingham Folk Festival from 7-9pm Friday and 10am-9pm Saturday at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Prices vary for concerts and workshops. http://www.thebellinghamfolkfestival.com
    7:00pm
  • Dancing for Joy’s Nativity: View the Nativity story told through the language of dance when Dancing for Joy presents performances of "Nativity: We Danced Our Best For Him" at 6:30pm Saturday and Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Dance styles will include jazz, lyrical, modern and ballet. Tickets are $12-$14. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    6:30pm
  • 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: Pancakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, eggs, ham, sausage and more will be on the menu at a fundraising Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am at the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. (next to Pioneer Park). Entry is $2.50 for kids and $6 for adults. 384-6244
    8:00am
  • Lake Whatcom Hike: Join members of the Mount Baker Club for a 6.5-mile round trip North Lake Whatcom hike. Meet at 8:30am at Sunnyland Elementary to carpool, or meet at 9am at the trailhead. Dress for the weather, and bring a snack or lunch to eat at the turnaround point. 770-2926 or http://www.mountbakerclub.org
    8:30am
  • Holiday Centerpiece Party: Attend an all-ages "Kid's Holiday Family Centerpiece Party" at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Entry is $30 and includes all supplies, as well as milk and treats. Please sign up in advance. http://www.garden-spot.com
    9:00am
  • Shop & Sip at BelleWood Acres: A "Shop & Sip" event takes place this weekend from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Christmas cookie decorating for kids, a bonfire and s'more bar, live music and more will be part of the fun. Visit with Santa from 1-5pm, and take horse-drawn sleigh bell trolley rides from 2-5pm ($7 with hot cider, $10 with brandy and mulled cider). http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
    10:00am
  • Community Meal: Glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, mixed veggies, green salad, bread and Christmas cookies will be on the menu at the bimonthly Community Meal from 10am-12pm at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St. Per usual, entry is free and open to all. 714-9029
    10:00am
  • Adult Acting Class: Nello Bottari leads a free "Adult Acting" class from 10am-1pm at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The monthly gathering features scripted scenes and a variety of acting games, with a different topic each month. (Classes are independent, so you don't have to commit to every session.) http://www.acttheatre.com
    10:00am
  • Final Bellingham Farmers Market: Attend the final Bellingham Farmers Market of the year from 10am-3pm at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. Monthly markets will happen in the new year on Jan. 17, Feb. 21 and March 21 before opening up on a weekly basis in April. http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
    10:00am
  • Coast Salish Winter Festival: Find unique handcrafted gifts created and sold by Lummi community members at the fourth annual Coast Salish Winter Festival happening from 10am-5pm at Ferndale's Lummi Gateway Center, 4920 Rural Ave. http://www.lummigatewaycenter.com
    10:00am
  • Santa Book Signing: The big fella in red will sign copies of Santa is Coming to Bellingham from 11am-12pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In the book, Santa has loaded up his sleigh and, with the help of one red-nosed reindeer, will soar over rooftops in Bellingham neighborhoods, including Birchwood, York, Silver Beach, Happy Valley and, of course, Fairhaven. Those who visit can also expect a treat. http://www.villagebooks.com
    11:00am
  • Fish Hatchery Tours: In conjunction with the return of bald eagles to the Skagit River watershed system, volunteer guides will provide free tours from 11am-3pm every Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 1 at the Marblemount Fish Hatchery, 8319 Fish Hatchery Rd. Tours start inside the visitor's center and proceed outdoors. Sturdy footwear is recommended. Entry is free. http://www.skagitfisheries.org
    11:00am
  • Christmas Cross: Bellingham BMX and Cascade Cross present their monthly "Winter Cross" 5K cross-country race, "Christmas Cross," at noon at Bellingham BMX's headquarters at 5022 Guide Meridian (just north of Kelly Road and south of Smith Road). There is limited parking, so carpool if possible. Entry is $10 (cash) onsite. Costumes are encouraged. http://www.bbmxwintercross.com
    12:00pm
  • Carols and Lunch: Light finger foods and refreshments will be served at a "Haynie Opry Christmas Carols and Lunch" event starting at noon at Blaine's Haynie Grange, 3144 Haynie Rd. Matt Audette and the Circle of Friends Band will provide the songs of the season. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. (360) 366-3321
    12:00pm
  • Carriage Rides: Horse-drawn carriage rides with Creamer Classics and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus will take place from 12-3pm at the Fairhaven Village Inn, 1200 10th St. The festivities are free and open to all. http://www.fairhaven.com
    12:00pm
  • The Innkeeper’s Christmas: The Skagit Valley Lutheran Cluster presents Taproot Theatre's The Innkeeper's Christmas at 2pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The play re-frames the first Christmas, "drawing laughter and insight from the unexpected ways God alters expectations." Tickets are $20. http://www.lincolntheatre.org
    2:00pm
  • Used Book Sale: If you're looking to do some last-minute Christmas shopping, the Friends of the Everson Library will host a Used Book Sale from 2-5pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Sales will support programs and services at the book hub. 305-3600
    2:00pm
  • Solstice Celebration: Carolers, hot cider and cookies, carriage rides, visits from Santa and a craft fair will be part of a Solstice Celebration from 2-6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. The all-ages event is free. http://www.bbaybrewery.com
    2:00pm
  • Library Tours: Adults and school-age children can show up for "Behind the Scenes" tours at 2pm, 3:30pm, 4pm and 5:30pm starting at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Attendees can visit the library's hidden fourth floor, take a peek inside the "book hospital" and much more. Entry is free. 778-7217 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    2:00pm
  • Lighted Boat Parade: Bundle up and head outside along the Guemes Channel to get a better view of the beauty at a Lighted Boat Parade starting at 4:30pm in Anacortes at Cap Sante Boat Haven, 1019 Q Ave. If inclement weather cancels the parade, an alternate course might happen inside Cap Sante Marina. http://www.anacortes.org
    4:30pm
  • 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
  • Drag Show Auditions: All identities and skill levels can audition for Western Washington University Queer Resource Center's annual Drag Show from 6-8pm at Viking Union 462. Performances may include dancing, lip-syncing, and more. http://www.as.wwu.edu
    6:00pm
  • Radio Christmas: The Midnight Mystery Players bring two holiday radio shows to the public at a 7pm performance at the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Audiences will be treated to live recordings (with sound effects) of Charles' Dickens' A Christmas Carol and a preview of Dancing Dan's Christmas. Admission is $5. 671-5938 or http://www.midnightmysteryplayers.com
    7:00pm
  • Winter Wonderland: Day to Day Dance presents a "Winter Wonderland" performance at 7pm at the Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H St. The "journey" will focus on the Snow Queen Allegra as they encounter many joyful winter adventures. Tickets to the all-ages show are $3 for kids and $8 for adults. http://www.daytodaydance.com
    7:00pm
  • Christmas Concert: Performers from the Lynden Music Festival will sing a variety of holiday songs at a Christmas Concert from 7-9pm at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 1105 Liberty St. Entry is free and open to all. http://www.lyndenmusicfestival.com
    7:00pm
  • Not So Silent Night Caroling: The Good Time Girls will team up with iDiOM Theater for the fourth annual "Not So Silent Night" caroling pub crawl starting at 7pm at four locales in downtown Bellingham—Redlight, Casa Que Pasa, the Star Club, and the Real McCoy. Carolers—as many as 100—will split up into teams and compete to raise money for Lydia Place. Tickets to the 21-and-over event are $35 and include drinks and a caroling booklet. Event participants will get to choose their team and starting location on a http://www.thebureaubellingham.com
    7:00pm
  • The Nutcracker: Northwest Ballet Theatre concludes its run of performances of the seasonal holiday ballet The Nutcracker at 7:30pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Northwest Ballet Theater has performed the production since 1999. This year, with growing community support, the company has been able to create an even more elaborate production than ever before. Tickets are $24-$35. http://www.mcintyrehall.org or www.northwestballet.org
    7:30pm

 

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