Week of April 24, 2016

  • All Day   Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout the month of April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: www.tulipfestival.org
  • Ends 4:00pm   100 Years of Fashion
    The Ferndale Heritage Society hosts "100 Years of Fashion" at 7pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at Pioneer Park's Pioneer Pavilion, 2004 Cherry St. Activities include vintage fashion shows, a display of 100 years of wedding dresses, decorated theme tables and much more. Entry is $15; tickets must be purchased in advance.
    Pioneer Pavilion :: www.ferndaleheritagesociety.com
  • Ends 4:00pm   August, Osage County
    Experience the dark side of the midwestern American family when August: Osage County opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and 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 4:00pm   Neighborhood Playhouse Shows
    Find out what's lurking in the shadows after the lights go out when the Neighborhood Playhouse presents There's an Alligator Under My Bed, A Nightmare in My Closet, and Something in My Attic at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 5pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Tickets to see the trio of classic Mercer Mayer stories brought to life are $8-$12.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: www.theneighborhoodplayhouse.net
  • 7:00am - 1:00pm   Skagit Valley Ultras
    Choose from 50K, 50-mile, and 100K courses at Skagit Valley Ultra-Marathons beginning at 7am at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland St. Day-of registration is $70.
    Mount Vernon Senior Center :: www.pacultras.com
  • 8:00am - 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
  • 8:00am - 10:00am   Veterans Breakfast
    All veterans, their families and guests are invited to a Veterans Breakfast from 8-10am at VFW Post 1585, 625 N. State St. Attendees can choose from a menu of waffles, French toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage, bacon, biscuits, gravy, coffee and juice. Entry is $7; proceeds help local vets.
    VFW Post 1585 :: (360) 318-7521
  • 8:30am - 12:00pm   Dan Harris Challenge
    The annual "Dan Harris Challenge" takes place from 8:30am-12pm at Bellingham's Boulevard Park. As in prior years, rowers, pullers and paddlers will race each other along the Fairhaven and Chuckanut shorelines. Entry is $25 for singles, $35 for doubles and $50 for quads, war canoes and more.
    Boulevard Park :: www.danharrischallenge.com
  • 8:30am - 11:00am   Pooch Scoot
    As part of the Dirty Dan Harris Festival, sign up for a "Pooch Scoot 5K" starting at 8:45am at the Bellingham Tennis Club, 800 McKenzie Ave. Entry is $35 per person, plus one dog (it's $5 per additional dog). Proceeds benefit Animals as Natural Therapy, a nonprofit that incorporates animals as therapy for at-risk youth.
    Bellingham Tennis Club :: www.poochscoot5k.com
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm   Dirty Dan Harris Festival
    Live music, selections of food and shop offerings, an all-ages fish toss, a donut-eating contest, a Dirty Dan lookalike contest, period costumes (and costume contests), an uphill piano race, a Chuckanut Chili Cook-off, a Dirty Dan Challenge rowing race and more will be part of the annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival taking place from 10am-5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green (1207 10th St.) and beyond. Entry is free.
    Fairhaven Village Green :: www.fairhaven.com
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm   Edison Studio Tour
    Fifteen artists will show and sell their work and share behind-the-scenes creative spaces at the inaugural Edison Studio Tour taking place from 10am-5pm at 12 studios in or near Edison. Look for yellow balloons at each studio; maps will be available in Edison businesses. Participating artists include John Robbins, Sheila Klein, Ries Niemi, Lisa McShane, Janeen Doi, Margy Lavelle, Jasmie Valandani, Ellen Michael, Andrew Vallee, Pieter Van Zanden, and more. Entry is free.
    Edison :: www.facebook.com/events
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm   Marimbas and More
    Students of Nancy Steele's Ruvara Marimba Studio will play Zimbabwean dance music at 10:30am at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. The 75-member BUF Chalice Choir will sing sweet harmonies with the marimba music. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship :: www.ruvara.org
  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm   Whatcom Art Market Grand Opening
    The Whatcom Art Market will host a grand opening for the opening of their new gallery from 12-4pm at 1103 11th St. The Fairhaven-based co-op will feature and sell the works of 45 Whatcom Art Guild members in a plethora of mediums. All aspects of running the gallery will be done by the participating artists on a scheduled bases, so expect to see different faces every time you visit. The market will be open from 10am-6pm every Wednesday through Sunday.
    Whatcom Art Market :: www.whatcomartmarket.org
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm   Pottery Party
    Several artists will demonstrate assorted pottery-making techniques as part of the Dirty Dan Harris Festival from 1-4pm at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave. The event also coincides with a reception for April's featured artist Jeremy Noet, who will also be onsite demonstrating his throwing skills. Entry is free.
    Good Earth Pottery :: www.goodearthpots.com
  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm   Dia de los Niños
    Celebrate children, books and the Latino culture at a "Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day)" from 1-5pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. The free, all-ages event will include story time and crafts for kid, folkloric dancing by Herencias Mexicanas, refreshments and free books.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm   Chili Cook-off
    As part of the 14th annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival, attend a Chili Cook-off from 2-4pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. For $5, you'll get to taste each chili, and consume a bowl of your favorite. Entry to the festival itself is free.
    Fairhaven Village Green :: www.fairhaven.com
  • 2:30pm - 4:30pm   Langley Ukulele Ensemble
    Hear everything from Bach to the Beatles when the Langley Ukulele Ensemble performs at a benefit concert for the Rotary Club at 2:30pm at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $10-$20.
    Bellingham High School :: www.rcob.brownpapertickets.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:30pm   Art of Jazz
    Scenes Trio will perform at the Jazz Project's monthly "Art of Jazz" concert from 4-6:30pm at the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $10-$16.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: www.jazzproject.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm   Poetry & Art
    In celebration of National Poetry Month, attend a reading and art exhibit reception focused on selections from Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington at 6:30pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Sixteen poets whose prose is related to their artwork on display will share their pieces. The exhibit shows through April 31.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: www.othermindpress.wordpress.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
  • All Day   Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout the month of April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: www.tulipfestival.org
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm   Meet Your Meat
    Sustainable Connections hosts a "Meet Your Meat" butchering demo and mixer from 4-7pm at Custer's Burk Ridge Farms, 1594 W. Badger Rd. At the event, you'll get an in-depth look at the butchering of a whole pig, tour the farm and enjoy a barbecue mixer. Entry is $59-$69.
    Burk Ridge Farms :: www.universe.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm   Triathlon Training Basics
    Julie Spady focuses on "Triathlon Training Basics" at a free clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. She'll review what you need to get started to train, insights into how you should train for different segments of the face, how to manage transitions and more. Please register in advance.
    REI :: 647-8955 or www.rei.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm   Northwest Paella
    Jesse Otero focuses on "Northwest Paella" at a cooking class taking place from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. He will discuss the ancestral beginnings of paella while creating two delicious versions: a spicy sausage and shellfish paella and a mushroom, olive, winter squash paella. Entry is $45.
    Community Food Co-op :: www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Open Mic
    Local writer and teacher Laurel Leigh helms a monthly literary-minded Open Mic at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience as their share stories, poems and essays. Please sign up in advance, either at the front desk or by calling the number listed here.
    Village Books :: (360) 671-2626
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm   WWU Orchestra
    Join the Western Washington University Symphony Orchestra for a free concert at 7:30pm at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. The "eclectic and adventuresome" performance will include the world premiere of Roger Briggs' "Concerto for String Quartet" with the acclaimed Fiction Quartet.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: www.wwu.edu
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm   Poetrynight
    Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will read from his work at a special Poetrynight celebrating National Poetry Month at 8pm at the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In an effort to demonstrate the variety of the poet population in our county, there will be a limited number of open mic opportunities. Signups begin at 7:30pm. Entry is by donation.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: www.poetrynight.org
  • 9:30pm - 11:30pm   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.
    Green Frog :: www.acoustictavern.com
  • 9:30pm - 11:30pm   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.
    Green Frog :: www.acoustictavern.com
  • All Day   Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout the month of April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: www.tulipfestival.org
  • 4:30pm - 6:30pm   Native Plant Walk
    People of all ages and experience levels are welcome at the first of a series of Introductory Native Plant Walks taking place from 4:30-6:30pm at the upper North Lake Whatcom Trailhead (near the end of Northshore Road). Ethnobotanist Abe Lloyd will share traditional uses and identification tips for the colorful plants as attendees walk along the Hertz Trail and enjoy good views, unique flora and conversation. Entry is free and no registration is required.
    North Lake Whatcom Trailhead :: 733-5477 or boghill@earthlink.net
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm   Mountain Biking Bellingham
    "Ride the Chuckanuts and Galbraith: Mountain Biking Bellingham" will be the focus of a presentation by Whatcom Mountain Bike Association's Kristian Duft at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Attendees will discover when and where to ride, get the skinny on setting up their rides and more. Register in advance for the free primer.
    REI :: 647-8955 or www.rei.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm   Training Talk
    "How to Smartly Ramp Up Your Training to Run Your Best" will be the subject of a discussion led by former triathlon coach and physical therapist Daryl Smith at 7pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. Entry is free.
    Fairhaven Runners :: www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm   All-Paces Run
    Staffers 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.
    Fairhaven Runners :: www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm   Bellingham Reads
    Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres will be the focus of a Bellingham Reads book discussion at 6:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. New members are always welcome.
    Bellingham Public Library :: (360) 778-7236
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm   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
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Audubon Talk
    Joseph K. Gaydos, Chief Scientist for the SeaDoc Society, focuses on "The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest" at a North Cascades Audubon Society presentation at 7pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Gaydos will take attendees on a spectacular tour of this rich world, from invertebrates of the deep to river otters, orcas, bald eagles, and even humans who call the region home. Suggested donation is $3.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm   FAME Fundraiser
    Female Artists for Music Education (FAME) holds their spring musical fundraising event from 7:30-9pm at the Lairmont Manor, 405 Fieldston Rd. The program will include performances by Allegra Women's Ensemble, the Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers, Hadassah McGill, author Brenda Miller, pianist Andrea Rackyl, and jazz vocalist Greta Matassa. Tickets are $25.
    Lairmont Manor :: www.bellinghamsings.org
  • All Day   Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout the month of April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: www.tulipfestival.org
  • 11:30am - 1:30pm   Canada versus U.S.
    "Are We Really Children of a Common Mother?" will be the topic of a Bellingham City Club luncheon with John Herd Thompson at 11:30am at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. Thompson will explain why Canadians and Americans perceive the world so differently and will provide answers to the question of why the United States and Canada diverge politically, socially and culturally. Entry is $5-$18 and includes a buffet lunch.
    Northwood Hall :: www.bellinghamcityclub.org
  • 12:30pm - 2:00pm   Lynden Book Club
    Share what you’re reading and gain ideas for your next read at a Book Enthusiasts Book Club meeting at 12:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Don't worry if you don't have a book to share, as library staff will always have a few books to talk about.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm   Mayor's Arts Awards
    Jaz Okura-Youtsey, Judith Owens-Lancaster, Christopher Key, Luther Allen and Judy Kleinberg, Kuntz & Company, Bellingham Repertory Dance, Bellingham Threshold Singers, Bellingham Music Club, and AnMorgan Curry will be honored by Mayor Kelli Linville at the 37th annual Mayor' Arts Awards ceremony at 5:30pm at Mount Baker Theatre's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Entry to the event—which recognizes artists, advocates, organizations and performances that contribute significantly to Bellingham's arts scene—is free and open to the public.
    Walton Theatre :: www.cob.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 - 8:30pm   Energy Crossroads
    All are welcome at "Energy Crossroads: A Community Forum" taking place from 7-8:30pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. People have mobilized in huge numbers to oppose expansion of fossil fuel development and traffic through communities in Skagit County. Proponents of these projects would have us believe that deepening dependence on fossil fuels is the only way to run the economy, despite the devastating local and global impacts. But there's a better way forward, an equitable shift to the clean energy economy. Learn more at the free event.
    Lincoln Theatre :: www.lincolntheatre.org
  • Starts 7:30pm   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
  • Starts 7:30pm   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
  • All Day   Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout the month of April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: www.tulipfestival.org
  • Starts 7:00pm   The Capper Trap
    Secret identities and silly situations set in the 1940s will take center stage when the comedic play The Capper Trap shows at 7pm Thursday and Friday at Lynden's North County Christ the King, 1816 18th St. Tickets are $15 (includes dessert). Proceeds benefit the church's outreach program in Kenya.
    North County Christ the King :: www.ncctk.com
  • Starts 9:00am   Plant Sale
    Selections from local nurseries, house plants, vegetable starts, homegrown plants, garden decor and more can be purchased at an annual Plant Sale taking place from 9am-4pm Thursday and Friday at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. All proceeds benefit the programs and activities of the center.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: www.wccoa.org
  • 11:30am - 1:30pm   Career Fairs
    More than a dozen employers from a variety of sectors will be present at a Manufacturing & Industrial Career Fair taking place from 11:30am-1:30pm at Settlemyer Hall on the campus of Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. A Financial Fair will take place at the same time. It will include BTC tables with information about financial aid, scholarships and workforce funding, and community tables with experts on healthcare access, law advocates and more.The fairs are free and open to the community.
    Bellingham Technical College :: www.btc.edu
  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm   Poetry Festival
    "Beat to Your Own Drum!" will be the theme of the 11th annual Poetry Festival taking place from 4:30-6pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. In addition to featured poet Kevin Murphy, there's will be an open mic poetry reading and art from area middle schools. Entry to the all-ages event is free.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm   Poetry Festival
    "Beat to Your Own Drum!" will be the theme of the 11th annual Poetry Festival taking place from 4:30-6pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. In addition to featured poet Kevin Murphy, there's will be an open mic poetry reading and art from area middle schools. Entry to the all-ages event is free.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm   Poetry Festival
    "Beat to Your Own Drum!" will be the theme of the 11th annual Poetry Festival taking place from 4:30-6pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. In addition to featured poet Kevin Murphy, there's will be an open mic poetry reading and art from area middle schools. Entry to the all-ages event is free.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm   Voices of Islam
    A panel of Muslim students who attend Whatcom Community College will share personal perspectives regarding their faith at a "Voices of Islam" panel at 5:30pm at the school's Syre Auditorium, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Panel members represent Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Malaysia. Adjunct history faculty Mary Haberman will moderate. Entry is free and open to the public.
    Syre Auditorium :: www.whatcom.ctc.edu
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm   Incognito
    Expect the unexpected at the monthly "Incognito" dinner starting at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Entry to the six-course dinner—which aims to use as many seasonal and local ingredients as possible—is $68 per person. Reservations are a must.
    Ciao Thyme :: www.ciaothyme.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm   Skagit Writers League
    Writer and author platform specialist Amanda June Hagarty leads a "Facebook Pages for Authors: Why You Gotta Do It" presentation at a Skagit Valley Writers League meeting from 6:30-8:30pm at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Ave. Entry is free; register in advance.
    Mount Vernon Senior Center :: www.skagitwriters.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm   Raw Food Meeting
    Join Raw Food Bellingham for a talking about making delicious, filling and well-balanced meals in the form of salads from 6:30-8pm at Improv Playworks Studio, 1011 Girard St. Samples will be available, but attendees are also encouraged to bring something along. Entry is free.
    Improv Playworks Studio :: www.facebook.com/raw-food-bellingham
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Chuckanut Radio Hour
    Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will be the featured author at a Chuckanut Radio Hour celebrating National Poetry Month at 7pm at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Performance poet Kevin Murphy, Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes, an episode of the "Bellingham Bean" and more will be part of the monthly event. Entry is $5.
    Village Books :: www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Andy Mineo's Uncomfortable Tour
    Hip-hop and Christian music combine when Andy Mineo brings his "Uncomfortable Tour" to town for a 7pm concert at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Expect emphatic lyricism, colorful storytelling and plenty of emotion. Tickets are $23-$45.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Artist Trust Tour
    our award-winning artists from Bellingham and Tacoma will come together to perform, read and celebrate art at an "Artist Trust on Tour" gathering at 7pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Bellingham artists featured are poet Roberto Ascalon and circus artist Esther de Monteflores, and the artists visiting from Tacoma are poet Allen Braden and visual artist and muralist Christopher Paul Jordan. Entry is free; please RSVP in advance.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: www.artisttrust.org
  • Starts 1:00pm   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
  • All Day   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
  • Starts 7:30pm   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
  • All Day   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
  • Starts 8:00pm   Improvathon
    Stay up late—heck, stay up all night—when the Upfront Theatre revives its 27-hour Improvathon starting at 8pm Friday night and continuing until 11:30pm Saturday night at the theater's headquarters at 1208 Bay St. The event features a new show every hour, including some of the Upfront's most popular formats like "Hellingham," "Space Trek," and more. Individual shows are $5-$12 depending on the hour; a "Stay as Long as You Can" pass is $20, a "Hardcore" pass is $50, and a VIP pass is $75.
    upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or www.theupfront.com
  • Starts 8:00pm   Improvathon
    Stay up late—heck, stay up all night—when the Upfront Theatre revives its 27-hour Improvathon starting at 8pm Friday night and continuing until 11:30pm Saturday night at the theater's headquarters at 1208 Bay St. The event features a new show every hour, including some of the Upfront's most popular formats like "Hellingham," "Space Trek," and more. Individual shows are $5-$12 depending on the hour; a "Stay as Long as You Can" pass is $20, a "Hardcore" pass is $50, and a VIP pass is $75.
    upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or www.theupfront.com
  • All Day   Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout the month of April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: www.tulipfestival.org
  • Starts 7:30pm   North Cascades Concert Band
    United States Marine Band saxophonist Gregory Ridlington will be the featured soloist at a North Cascades Concert Band performance at 7:30pm Friday at the Blaine High School Performing Arts Center (1055 H St.) and 3pm Saturday at Anacortes High School's Brodniak Hall (1600 20th St.) The theme of the concerts is "Sousa and All That Jazz." Entry is by donation.
    Blaine Performing Arts Center :: www.nccband.org
  • Starts 10:00am   Book and Bake Sale
    Browse a wide selection of reading material and tasty treats at a Spring Book and Bake Sale happening from 10am-4pm Friday and Saturday at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Proceeds help pay for the building maintenance of the library and community programs.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • Ends 7:00pm   The Capper Trap
    Secret identities and silly situations set in the 1940s will take center stage when the comedic play The Capper Trap shows at 7pm Thursday and Friday at Lynden's North County Christ the King, 1816 18th St. Tickets are $15 (includes dessert). Proceeds benefit the church's outreach program in Kenya.
    North County Christ the King :: www.ncctk.com
  • Ends 4:00pm   Plant Sale
    Selections from local nurseries, house plants, vegetable starts, homegrown plants, garden decor and more can be purchased at an annual Plant Sale taking place from 9am-4pm Thursday and Friday at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. All proceeds benefit the programs and activities of the center.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: www.wccoa.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 at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Suggested donation is $5.
    Stimpson Family Nature Reserve :: www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 5:30pm - 10:00pm   Inspire Higher Dreams Fundraiser
    Get dressed up and join the Boys & Girls Club of Whatcom County for an "Inspire Higher Dreams" Gala and Auction starting at 5:30pm with cocktails, appetizers and a silent auction at the Silver Reef Event Center, 4876 Haxton Way. The event will also feature a plated dinner, live auction, dessert dash and after-party featuring Disco Ballz. Tickets are $125.
    Silver Reef Event Center :: www.whatcomclubs.org
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm   The Lost Highway
    Have a boot-scooting good time when the Lost Highway Band performs at a country hoedown at 6pm at the Ferndale Senior Activity Center, 1999 Cherry St. Tickets are $15; proceeds benefit the center. Show up at 5:30pm for a barbecue dinner.
    Ferndale Senior Activity Center :: (360) 384-6244
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm   Poetry Circle
    Celebrate National Poetry Month at a Poetry Circle from 7-8:30pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Attendees can bring new poems or old favorites—both original and borrowed pieces are encouraged—to read aloud. Please register at the front counter, and keep your selections under five minutes. Entry is free.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm   Trivia Bee & Silent Auction
    Whatcom Literacy Council will host its 20th annual Trivia Bee & Silent Auction starting at 7pm at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. The fundraiser will be hosted by Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings and KAFE Radio's Scotty VanDryver. Tickets to watch the teams compete are $15 per person or $30 for a family pack.
    Bellingham High School :: www.whatcomliteracy.org

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  • All Day   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
  • All Day   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
  • All Day   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
  • All Day   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
  • Starts 7:30pm   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 11:30pm   Improvathon
    Stay up late—heck, stay up all night—when the Upfront Theatre revives its 27-hour Improvathon starting at 8pm Friday night and continuing until 11:30pm Saturday night at the theater's headquarters at 1208 Bay St. The event features a new show every hour, including some of the Upfront's most popular formats like "Hellingham," "Space Trek," and more. Individual shows are $5-$12 depending on the hour; a "Stay as Long as You Can" pass is $20, a "Hardcore" pass is $50, and a VIP pass is $75.
    upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or www.theupfront.com
  • Ends 11:30pm   Improvathon
    Stay up late—heck, stay up all night—when the Upfront Theatre revives its 27-hour Improvathon starting at 8pm Friday night and continuing until 11:30pm Saturday night at the theater's headquarters at 1208 Bay St. The event features a new show every hour, including some of the Upfront's most popular formats like "Hellingham," "Space Trek," and more. Individual shows are $5-$12 depending on the hour; a "Stay as Long as You Can" pass is $20, a "Hardcore" pass is $50, and a VIP pass is $75.
    upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or www.theupfront.com
  • Ends 5:00pm   North Cascades Concert Band
    United States Marine Band saxophonist Gregory Ridlington will be the featured soloist at a North Cascades Concert Band performance at 7:30pm Friday at the Blaine High School Performing Arts Center (1055 H St.) and 3pm Saturday at Anacortes High School's Brodniak Hall (1600 20th St.) The theme of the concerts is "Sousa and All That Jazz." Entry is by donation.
    Blaine Performing Arts Center :: www.nccband.org
  • Ends 5:00pm   Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout the month of April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: www.tulipfestival.org
  • Ends 10:00am   Book and Bake Sale
    Browse a wide selection of reading material and tasty treats at a Spring Book and Bake Sale happening from 10am-4pm Friday and Saturday at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Proceeds help pay for the building maintenance of the library and community programs.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 8:00am - 10:30am   Pancake Breakfast
    Blueberry pancakes, French toast with blueberry sauce, eggs, sausage and beverages will be served at a Community Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8-10:30am at the Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. Entry is $3 for kids, $5 for adults.
    Lynden Community Center :: www.lyndencommunitycenter.org
  • 9:00am - 1:00pm   Everson Plant Sale
    Colorful perennials, natives, shrubs, small trees and more will be sold at well-below retail prices at the Everson Garden Club's annual Plant Sale happening from 9am-1pm at Everson Elementary School, 215 Everson-Goshen Rd.
    Everson Elementary School :: (360) 592-5456
  • 9:00am - 11:00am   Water Gardening
    Discover the beauty of floating, potted and bog aquatic plants that can be grown in backyard water gardens at a "Water Gardening Season Ahead!" class at 9am at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Entry is free; register in advance.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: www.garden-spot.com
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm   Birchwood Garden Club Sale
    Annuals, perennials, indoor plants, veggie starts, pots, books and other garden-related goods will be available at the Birchwood Garden Club's annual Plant Sale from 9am-2pm at the Lecture Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.
    Bellingham Public Library :: www.birchwoodgardenclub.org
  • 9:00am - 4:00pm   Spring Vintage Market
    Antiques, garden goodies, home decor, repurposed items and more can be had at the Anacortes Spring Vintage Market happening from 9am-4pm at the Port of Anacortes Event Center, 100 Commercial Ave. Entry is $7, $5 with the donation of at least two cans of nonperishable food items.
    Port of Anacortes Event Center :: www.anacortes.org
  • 10:00am - 10:00pm   Honey Bee Festival
    Attend an Apple Blossom & Honey Bee Festival from 10am-10pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. The all-day affair will include a "Run for the Bees" 5K, a concert by Pearl Django, bee seminars and demos, family orchard photos and much more. Entry is free; costs for activities vary.
    BelleWood Acres :: www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm   Community Boating Center Opening
    Starting at 10am, rent a boat, register for a class, buy your season pass and more at opening day of the Community Boating Center, 555 Harris Ave. From 10am-2pm, the WAKE kayak club will also host a gear swap.
    Community Boating Center :: www.boatingcenter.org
  • 10:00am - 2:30pm   Car Show
    More than 100 classic and vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles will be displayed at an April Foolz Car Show from 10am-2:30pm in the parking lot in front of Jeckyl & Hyde Ale House, 709 W. Orchard Dr. Entry is free to view the cars; $15 to show your ride. Proceeds go to the Children's Hospital for Shriners.
    Jeckyl & Hyde Ale House :: www.jhdeli.com
  • 10:00am - 6:00pm   Spring Garden Party
    Attend a Spring Garden Party from 10am-6pm at Chuckanut Bay Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 700 Chuckanut Dr. Painted Peace artist Stephanie Burgess will be on hand to sign her peace poles from 11am-2pm, and painted glass artist Nancy Fiala will be on hand from 11am-2pm. Specials, snacks, door prizes and more will happen throughout the day.
    Chuckanut Bay Gallery & Sculpture Garden, :: www.chuckanutbaygallery.com
  • 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 - 7:00pm   Indie Bookstore Day
    Activities, surprises and the chance to purchase exclusive items will be part of Independent Bookstore Day activities taking place from 10am-7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Entry is free.
    Village Books :: www.villagebooks.com
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm   Tunnels and Hoops
    Learn how to grow great tomatoes and peppers in the Pacific Northwest at a "Using Tunnels and Hoop Houses for Productive Gardening" workshop taking place from 10:30am-12pm at Everson's Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd. Be prepared to be outside. Suggested donation is $5; no registration is required.
    Cloud Mountain Farm Center :: www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm   Run for the Bees
    Sign up for the inaugural "Run for the Bees" 5K starting at 11am at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. In addition to the trail run through the orchard, the event will feature music, snacks and drinks at the finish line, honey bee seminars and demos and more. Entry is $20 per person and $40 per family; funds raised benefit honey bee research at WSU.
    BelleWood Acres :: www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm   Hard Cheese Class
    Seattle cheese-maker Mark Solomon teaches students how to make cheddar and gouda—two great cheeses that provide a window into the production of many hard cheeses—at a "Make Your Own Hard Cheese" class from 1-4:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $59.
    Community Food Co-op :: www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm   Uplifted Down
    Local author Beth Anna Margolis celebrates the release of her new book, Uplifted Down Syndrome, from 1-2pm at the Fairhaven Haggen, 1401 12th St. The author—who hasn't let Down Syndrome stop her from expressing herself through poetry, art and photography—will sell and sign copies of her book.
    Fairhaven Haggen :: (360) 920-1561
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm   Bread & Music
    Andy Walton from Micro Eats Farm focuses on how to make sourdough bread at a "Sourdough, Grumpy, and Sunshine" gathering from 3-5pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. In addition to going home with detailed instructions and your own sourdough starter, there'll be live music by Grumpy and Sunshine. Entry to the all-ages event is free.
    Everson Library :: (360) 966-5100
  • 5:30pm - 11:00pm   April in Paris Fundraiser
    Elegant food, wine, music, silent and live auctions and more will be part of the Bellingham Festival of Music's "April in Paris" fundraiser from 5:30-11pm at Settlemyer Family Hall at Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. Tickets are $100.
    Settlemyer Family Hall :: www.bellinghamfestival.org
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm   Farewell to 1418 Fundraiser
    Live music by Julian and Bill MacDonough and friends, hearty appetizers, special performances from days of old and from upcoming shows, toasts and fond goodbyes will be part of a "Farewell to 1418" fundraiser for the Sylvia Center for the Arts taking place from 7-10pm at iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Tickets to the wake are $50; proceeds will go to iDiOM's move to the new arts center in upcoming months.
    idiOM Theater :: www.idiomtheater.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Pearl Django
    Gypsy jazz will be highlighted when Pearl Django performs at a fundraising concert for WSU Bee Research at 7pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Tickets are $15.
    BelleWood Acres :: www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm   Contra Dance
    Heliotrope will provide a live soundtrack for the Bellingham Country Dance Society's Contra Dance taking place from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Entry is $6-$10. No partner is needed, and now experience is necessary.
    Fairhaven Library :: www.bellinghamcountrydance.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm   Brigid Collins Benefit Concert
    Help raise funds for the Brigid Collins Center when Shauna Rae Samograd and Sharon Mayson, along with a number of musical guests, present original songs and Americana-style cover songs at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $8-$18 and include dessert and coffee.
    Walton Theatre :: www.mountbakertheatre.com