Week of Sunday, March 22, 2015
(98 events)

 

 

Sunday, March 22, 2015 (15 events)

  • Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting single-poem submissions from Whatcom County residents until March 31. Winners are invited to read their poems at a free public awards ceremony on Thurs., May 14, and winning poems are displayed for a year in front of the library and on WTA buses. Walk Award poems are displayed on plaques in front of the Bellingham Public Library for a year; placards of both Walk and Merit Award poems circulate in WTA buses throughout the county. See the guidelines http://www.boyntonpoetrycontest.wordpress.com
    5:00pm
  • The Birthday Party: iDiOM Theater and Stone Town Theatre Works team up to present Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party continuing this week at 7:30pm showings Thursday through Sunday at the iDiOM's headquarters at 1418 Cornwall Ave. Expect absurdist dialogue, themes of identity and social conformity, and a birthday party that "heads off the rails and into uncharted, nightmarish territory." Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; additional showings happen March 26-29. http://www.idiomtheater.com
    7:30pm
  • Wonderheads present Grim and Fischer: The multiple award-winning physical theater company, Wonderheads, presents showings of "Grim and Fischer" at performances March 19-29 at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In the wordless mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against the Grim Reaper and must fight for survival. Tickets are $16-$32. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • The Jungle Book: Actors ages 9 to 12 present song-and-dance performances of the musical The Jungle Book at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10; additional performances take place March 27-29. http://www.baay.org
    7:00pm
  • Whitworth Choir Concerts: Listen to an performance of choral music by the Whitworth University Choir at 7pm Saturday at Bellingham's Birchwood Presbyterian Church (400 Meadowbrook Court) and 6pm Sunday at Lynden's Third Christian Reformed Church (514 Liberty St.). The introductory portions of the concert will be sung jointly with high school choirs from Sehome, Squalicum and Bellingham high schools. Admission is by donation. http://www.news.whitworth.edu
    7:00pm
  • 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
  • Rabbit Ride: Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8:30am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bike & Ski, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. This is intended to be a fitness ride, and you're encouraged to push yourself. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
    8:30am
  • Leprechaun Daze Car Show: View a variety of classic cars when the Fourth Corner Elites Car Club presents its annual "Leprechaun Daze Car Show" from 10am-3pm in the parking lot at Hardware Sales, 2034 James St. Entry is free for visitors; $10 for those who want to show off their classic rides. http://www.fourthcornerelitescarclub.com
    10:00am
  • Walk for Water: The City of Bellingham will host its seventh annual "Walk for Water" from 11am-1pm at the Fairhaven Village Green. Participants in this free, family-friendly event will embark on a 2.3-mile loop walk along the South Bay Trail to Boulevard Park and back. A water tasting station and signs will be posted along the way with facts and action items consistent with the World Water Day theme, "Water and Sustainable Development." The walk symbolizes the distance women and children across the world http://www.cob.org or www.unwater.org
    11:00am
  • Young Musicians of Whatcom County: The Bellingham Music Club presents its third annual "Young Musicians of Whatcom County " benefit concert at 3pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St. The "ages and stages" concert will mark the progress of musical educations, featuring young string and wind musicians at various stages of development. Admission is by donation. http://www.bellinghammusicclub.org
    3:00pm
  • Silent Film Series (With Music): Organist and historic preservationist Dennis James will play along on the Mighty Wurlitzter during a showing of Buster Keaton's The General at 3pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Entry to final Silent Film Series event is $10-$23. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    3:00pm
  • Sea Shanty Sing-Along: Join Randy Benson and friends for a "Sea Shanty Sing-Along" from 4-5:30pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Bring a song to share or an instrument to accompany. Entry is free and open to all ages. http://www.wcls.org
    4:00pm
  • White and Red Poetry: Poet and artist Carol McMillan reads from her new book of poetry, White Water, Red Walls, at a launch party at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The collection by the Bellingham-based writer and anthropologist focuses on a 224-mile rafting trip McMillan took down the Colorado River to celebrate her 70th birthday. 671-2626
    4:00pm
  • King’s Men of Song: The Lighthouse Mission hosts its annual fundraising concert featuring the gospel singing talents of Lynden's King's Men of Song ensemble at 6:30pm at Hope in Christ Church, 710 E. Sunset Dr. Additionally, there will be free refreshments, including cookies and coffee. Entry is by donation. http://www.thelighthousemission.org  
    6:30pm

Monday, March 23, 2015 (5 events)

  • Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting single-poem submissions from Whatcom County residents until March 31. Winners are invited to read their poems at a free public awards ceremony on Thurs., May 14, and winning poems are displayed for a year in front of the library and on WTA buses. Walk Award poems are displayed on plaques in front of the Bellingham Public Library for a year; placards of both Walk and Merit Award poems circulate in WTA buses throughout the county. See the guidelines http://www.boyntonpoetrycontest.wordpress.com
    5:00pm
  • Wonderheads present Grim and Fischer: The multiple award-winning physical theater company, Wonderheads, presents showings of "Grim and Fischer" at performances March 19-29 at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In the wordless mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against the Grim Reaper and must fight for survival. Tickets are $16-$32. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Dig Into Spring: As part of a "Dig Into Spring" series, local WSU Master Gardeners will lead a "Right Plant/Right Place" presentation at 6:30pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. The event will help you learn how to select plants that are suitable for your purposes and needs. Entry is free. http://www.mountvernonwa.gov
    6:30pm
  • Poetrynight: Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation. P.S. Please use the back fountain entry. 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, March 24, 2015 (9 events)

  • Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting single-poem submissions from Whatcom County residents until March 31. Winners are invited to read their poems at a free public awards ceremony on Thurs., May 14, and winning poems are displayed for a year in front of the library and on WTA buses. Walk Award poems are displayed on plaques in front of the Bellingham Public Library for a year; placards of both Walk and Merit Award poems circulate in WTA buses throughout the county. See the guidelines http://www.boyntonpoetrycontest.wordpress.com
    5:00pm
  • Wonderheads present Grim and Fischer: The multiple award-winning physical theater company, Wonderheads, presents showings of "Grim and Fischer" at performances March 19-29 at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In the wordless mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against the Grim Reaper and must fight for survival. Tickets are $16-$32. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • 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
  • 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. During these cold, dark months a headlamp or flashlight is required. Entry is free. http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
    6:00pm
  • Mountain Biking Basics: Sign up in advance for a free "Mountain Biking Basics" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Experts will focus on bikes, essential gear, safety and responsibility on the trail, basic bike maintenance and more. 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
    6:00pm
  • Bellingham Reads: Discuss Alice Munro's Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage at a Bellingham Reads book discussion group meeting at 6:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. New members are always welcome. 778-7323
    6:30pm
  • Comics and History: "Seeing Comics through the Lens of History" will be the focus of a free Speakers Bureau event with journalist Andrew Wahl at 6:30pm at Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. In the interactive multimedia presentation, Wahl will explore how historical events and shifting social mores can be seen in the evolution of characters from Wonder Woman to Spider-Man. http://www.burlingtonwa.gov
    6:30pm
  • Chef’s Table with Robert Fong: Adventurous foodies who enjoy being surprised with inventive, tasty, and artfully presented dishes should sign up for a "Chef's Table" course with Robert Fong from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest. St. Entry is $55. 383-3200
    6:30pm
  • Audubon Presentation: The North Cascades Audubon Society will focus on "Tundra and Trumpeter Swans: Washington Winter Birds" at a 7pm presentation with swan biologist Martha Jordan at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Learn about the critical problems and controversies surrounding these special birds and what is needed to insure their future. Suggested donation is $3. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    7:00pm

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 (13 events)

  • Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting single-poem submissions from Whatcom County residents until March 31. Winners are invited to read their poems at a free public awards ceremony on Thurs., May 14, and winning poems are displayed for a year in front of the library and on WTA buses. Walk Award poems are displayed on plaques in front of the Bellingham Public Library for a year; placards of both Walk and Merit Award poems circulate in WTA buses throughout the county. See the guidelines http://www.boyntonpoetrycontest.wordpress.com
    5:00pm
  • Wonderheads present Grim and Fischer: The multiple award-winning physical theater company, Wonderheads, presents showings of "Grim and Fischer" at performances March 19-29 at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In the wordless mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against the Grim Reaper and must fight for survival. Tickets are $16-$32. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • High School Book Club: Students in grades 9-12 can join today's High School Book Club meeting at 4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Attendees can explore different books and partake of "snacks and fun." 305-3600
    4:00pm
  • Food Waste Recycling: As part of the Blaine C.O.R.E. program, Mary Jensen will cover the basics of food waste recycling at a "Composting and Vermiculture" workshop from 4-6pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. 305-3637
    4:00pm
  • Book Club Meeting: All ages are welcome at a meeting of the "I Like-This-One" Book Club at 4:15pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Bring a book you enjoy, and be prepared to share what you liked about it and read a brief excerpt. A projector with a wifi-connected laptop will also be available for further author, book or subject investigations. http://www.wcls.org
    4:15pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Climate Action Media Project: Join the Climate Action Media Project (CAMP) for a meeting at 6pm at the Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Bring your own questions and ideas to the table. 671-0248 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    6:00pm
  • Easter Buffet Ideas: Executive Chef David Burdette from the Treehouse Bistro in La Conner leads a "Creative Easter Buffet Ideas" class from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen's Kitchen, 202 S. First St. Students will enjoy a variety of buffet offerings, plus a ginger orange mimosa. Entry is $40. http://www.gretchenskitchen.com
    6:30pm
  • New Energy, New Day: Learn how we can all help create healthier communities, support jobs and move forward together into a new energy future when Transition Fidalgo presents "New Energy for a New Day" at 7pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. In addition to keynote speeches from Chris Davis (Governor Inslee's Senior Advisor for Energy and Carbon Markets), Anna Fahey (Sightline Institute's senior communication strategist), and Rosalinda Guillen (Executive Director of Community to Community), http://www.lincolntheatre.org
    7:00pm
  • Orrin Evans and Thomas Marriott: The Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center hosts a concert with New York City-based pianist and Grammy nominee Orrin Evans and Seattle trumpeter Thomas Marriott at 7pm at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. The jazz musicians are touring in support of Thomas' new release, Urban Folklore Entry is $10-$20. http://www.wjmac.org
    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, March 26, 2015 (11 events)

  • Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting single-poem submissions from Whatcom County residents until March 31. Winners are invited to read their poems at a free public awards ceremony on Thurs., May 14, and winning poems are displayed for a year in front of the library and on WTA buses. Walk Award poems are displayed on plaques in front of the Bellingham Public Library for a year; placards of both Walk and Merit Award poems circulate in WTA buses throughout the county. See the guidelines http://www.boyntonpoetrycontest.wordpress.com
    5:00pm
  • The Birthday Party: iDiOM Theater and Stone Town Theatre Works team up to present Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, which concludes this week at 7:30pm showings Thursday through Sunday at the iDiOM's headquarters at 1418 Cornwall Ave. Expect absurdist dialogue, themes of identity and social conformity, and a birthday party that "heads off the rails and into uncharted, nightmarish territory." Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. http://www.idiomtheater.com
    7:30pm
  • Wonderheads present Grim and Fischer: The multiple award-winning physical theater company, Wonderheads, presents showings of "Grim and Fischer" at performances March 19-29 at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In the wordless mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against the Grim Reaper and must fight for survival. Tickets are $16-$32. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Grim and Fischer: The multiple award-winning physical theater company, Wonderheads, presents showings of Grim and Fischer at 7:30pm Thursday, 3pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In the wordless mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against the Grim Reaper and must fight for survival. Tickets are $16-$32. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Elimination Diet: Ali Segersten, MS, and Tom Malterre, CN, present an "Elimination Diet 101" class from 6-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Tom and Alissa —co-authors of "The Elimination Diet—team up to explain this process and share diet recipes that will expand your culinary horizons. Entry is $35. 383-3200
    6:00pm
  • Crab Dinner: Oysters, cheddar biscuits, corn chowder, potato frites, whole Dungeness crabs with dipping sauces and more will be on the menu at a "Winner, Winner, Crab Dinner" seafood feast at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Entry is $78. http://www.ciaothyme.com
    6:00pm
  • Beans & Grains: Krista Rome, founder of Backyard Beans & Grains—a local seed company that works to identify varieties of staple crops that mature easily in the Pacific Northwest—helms a "Growing Dry Beans & Grains in the Pacific Northwest" course from 6:30-8:15pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Entry is free. 305-3600
    6:30pm
  • Options in Publishing: Kathleen Kaska and Karla Locke will focus on "Options in Publishing" a a Skagit Valley Writers League meeting from 6:30-8:30pm at the Burlington Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. Entry is free; please register in advance. http://www.skagitwriters.org
    6:30pm
  • Folk Dance Party: Learn Balkan, Israeli, Romani and Greek dancing with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5 (first-time visitors and students are free). 380-0456
    7:00pm
  • Fourth Corner Folk Dancers: Learn Balkan folk dances with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7:15-10:15pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All ages are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors and students are free. 380-0456
    7:15pm
  • GOOD, BAD, UGLY: Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 8pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $7 for the early show, $4 for the late one. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm

Friday, March 27, 2015 (15 events)

  • Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting single-poem submissions from Whatcom County residents until March 31. Winners are invited to read their poems at a free public awards ceremony on Thurs., May 14, and winning poems are displayed for a year in front of the library and on WTA buses. Walk Award poems are displayed on plaques in front of the Bellingham Public Library for a year; placards of both Walk and Merit Award poems circulate in WTA buses throughout the county. See the guidelines http://www.boyntonpoetrycontest.wordpress.com
    5:00pm
  • The Birthday Party: iDiOM Theater and Stone Town Theatre Works team up to present Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, which concludes this week at 7:30pm showings Thursday through Sunday at the iDiOM's headquarters at 1418 Cornwall Ave. Expect absurdist dialogue, themes of identity and social conformity, and a birthday party that "heads off the rails and into uncharted, nightmarish territory." Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. http://www.idiomtheater.com
    7:30pm
  • Wonderheads present Grim and Fischer: The multiple award-winning physical theater company, Wonderheads, presents showings of "Grim and Fischer" at performances March 19-29 at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In the wordless mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against the Grim Reaper and must fight for survival. Tickets are $16-$32. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Grim and Fischer: The multiple award-winning physical theater company, Wonderheads, presents showings of Grim and Fischer at 7:30pm Thursday, 3pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In the wordless mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against the Grim Reaper and must fight for survival. Tickets are $16-$32. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Improvathon: tay up late—heck, stay up all night—when the Upfront Theatre revives its 27-hour Improvathon starting at 8pm Friday night and continuing until 11pm Saturday night at the theater's headquarters at 1208 Bay St. The even features a new show every hour, including some of the Upfront's most popular formats. Individual shows are $5-$12 depending on the hour; a "Stay as Long as You Can" pass is $20 and a "Hardcore" pass is $40 (includes food and beverages). 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • Fundraising Garage Sale: Donated items covering more than 6,000 square feet of space can be perused at a fundraising Garage Sale for WeSNIP from 9am-4pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am-2pm Sunday, in Ferndale at 1920 Main St., #1. (WeSNiP's support for low- income families has resulted in more than 13,000 spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats in Whatcom County.) The sale happens again April 3-5. http://www.wesnip.org
    9:00am
  • The Jungle Book: Actors ages 9 to 12 present song-and-dance performances of the musical The Jungle Book at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10. http://www.baay.org
    7:00pm
  • The Spitfire Grill: Performances of The Spitfire Grill begin this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The dramatic musical focuses on a girl trying to make a fresh start in a small town in Wisconsin and the power of redemption. Tickets are $20; additional showings happen through April 25. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom Walks for "Wild Things" excursions from 9:30-11am every Friday in March at Whatcom Falls Park. Entry is by donation. http://www.wildwhatcom.org
    9:30am
  • 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
  • Riedel Wine Glass Seminar and Tasting: Sign up for a Riedel Glass Seminar and wine tasting to benefit the Sunrise Rotary Scholarship Fund for WCC and BTC students from 6-8pm at the Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, 4876 Haxton Way. Tickets are $100 and include the seminar, wine tastings with Dunham Cellar Wines, and a four-piece Riedel Glass set to take home. http://www.silverreefcasino.com
    6:00pm
  • Friday Night Dance Party: A mix of swing, Latin and ballroom will be highlighted and danced to with an introductory lesson at the weekly Friday Night Dance Party from 7:30-10pm at the Bellingham Dance Company, 1705 N. State St. Admission is $5-$7. http://www.bellinghamdancecompany.com
    7:30pm
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’: Five great Northwest performers will present an evening of rowdy and humorous songs in a Harlem Renaissance musical homage that "encapsulates the many moods of songwriter Fats Waller and his view of live as a journey meant for pleasure and play" at an Ain't Misbehavin' performance at 8pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $20-$49. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    8:00pm
  • Salsa Night: Rumba Northwest continues its "Friday Night Salsa" gatherings from 9pm-12am every Friday at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State St. The event kicks off with Salsa lessons by Antonio Diaz and Heather Haugland, followed by dancing to a variety of hot Latin rhythms until midnight. Entry to the all-ages event is $4. http://www.rumbanorthwest.com
    9:00pm
  • Poetry Slam and Jazz Jam: Attend the monthly Jazz Jam and Poetry Slam at 10pm at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. In addition to the poets competing for a $100 cash prize, there'll be live jazz trio accompaniment and readings by a featured poet. Entry is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. http://www.idiomtheater.com
    10:00pm

Saturday, March 28, 2015 (40 events)

  • Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting single-poem submissions from Whatcom County residents until March 31. Winners are invited to read their poems at a free public awards ceremony on Thurs., May 14, and winning poems are displayed for a year in front of the library and on WTA buses. Walk Award poems are displayed on plaques in front of the Bellingham Public Library for a year; placards of both Walk and Merit Award poems circulate in WTA buses throughout the county. See the guidelines http://www.boyntonpoetrycontest.wordpress.com
    5:00pm
  • The Birthday Party: iDiOM Theater and Stone Town Theatre Works team up to present Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, which concludes this week at 7:30pm showings Thursday through Sunday at the iDiOM's headquarters at 1418 Cornwall Ave. Expect absurdist dialogue, themes of identity and social conformity, and a birthday party that "heads off the rails and into uncharted, nightmarish territory." Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. http://www.idiomtheater.com
    7:30pm
  • Wonderheads present Grim and Fischer: The multiple award-winning physical theater company, Wonderheads, presents showings of "Grim and Fischer" at performances March 19-29 at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In the wordless mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against the Grim Reaper and must fight for survival. Tickets are $16-$32. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Grim and Fischer: The multiple award-winning physical theater company, Wonderheads, presents showings of Grim and Fischer at 7:30pm Thursday, 3pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In the wordless mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against the Grim Reaper and must fight for survival. Tickets are $16-$32. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Improvathon: tay up late—heck, stay up all night—when the Upfront Theatre revives its 27-hour Improvathon starting at 8pm Friday night and continuing until 11pm Saturday night at the theater's headquarters at 1208 Bay St. The even features a new show every hour, including some of the Upfront's most popular formats. Individual shows are $5-$12 depending on the hour; a "Stay as Long as You Can" pass is $20 and a "Hardcore" pass is $40 (includes food and beverages). 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • Fundraising Garage Sale: Donated items covering more than 6,000 square feet of space can be perused at a fundraising Garage Sale for WeSNIP from 9am-4pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am-2pm Sunday, in Ferndale at 1920 Main St., #1. (WeSNiP's support for low- income families has resulted in more than 13,000 spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats in Whatcom County.) The sale happens again April 3-5. http://www.wesnip.org
    9:00am
  • The Jungle Book: Actors ages 9 to 12 present song-and-dance performances of the musical The Jungle Book at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10. http://www.baay.org
    7:00pm
  • The Spitfire Grill: Performances of The Spitfire Grill begin this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The dramatic musical focuses on a girl trying to make a fresh start in a small town in Wisconsin and the power of redemption. Tickets are $20; additional showings happen through April 25. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Rock & Gem Show and Sale: The Mt. Baker Rock & Gem Club will host its 54th annual Rock & Gem Show & Sale from 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday at the Bloedel Donovan Community Center Building, 2214 Electric Ave. Among other things, the show will feature an ongoing fluorescent rock show, lapidary demonstrations, gold panning, rocks, gems, jewelry, dealers and some 30 cases of rock exhibits. Entry to the family-friendly event is free. http://www.mtbakerrockclub.org
    10:00am
  • Diploma Art Exhibit: View an exhibition of Diploma Students' Work from 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday in Mount Vernon at the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts, 12636 Chilberg Rd. Work on display will include wall hanging, 3-D items, and a portfolio of samples. Entry is free. http://www.gailcreativestudies.com
    11:00am
  • 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: Attend a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am at Ferndale's American Legion Post 154, 5537 2nd Ave. Entry is $3 for kids and $6 for adults. The event is held on the fourth Saturday of every month (expect in July and December). 384-7474
    8:00am
  • Birch Bay Road Race: Choose from a 5K, 15K or 30K as part of the 10th annual Birch Bay Road Race beginning at 8:30am in Blaine near the Water Slides area on Birch Bay-Lynden Rd. Entry is $40-$85. http://www.birchbayroadrace.com
    8:30am
  • Stimpson Nature Reserve Hike: Join members of the Mount Baker Club for a five-mile loop through the Stimpson Nature Reserve today. Meet at 9am at Sunnyland Elementary to carpool, or at 9:30am at the parking lot on Lake Louse Rd. The event may be cancelled if weather is bad. http://www.mountbakerclub.org
    9:00am
  • Plant Crush: Tadd Storrer of Monrovia will share the latest and greatest from their extensive collection of plants and give design tips at a "Plant Crush" class at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Entry is free; register in advance. http://www.garden-spot.com
    9:00am
  • NSEA Work Party: Plant native trees and shrubs and remove invasive plants with the Whatcom Land Trust and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association at a Work Party from 9am-12pm at Upper Landingstrip Creek. Parking will be available at Acme Elementary School, 5200 Turkington Rd. http://www.n-sea.org
    9:00am
  • Whatcom Conservation District Plant Sale: Purchase a variety of low-cast native plants at the Whatcom Conservation District's 22nd annual Plant Sale & Expo happening from 9am-2pm at the Roe Studio at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. This year there will be 40 different species of native, bareroot trees and shrubs along with a variety of potted perennials. Some of this year’s species include yellow and western red cedars, Puget Sound juniper, western larch, garry oak, red elderberry, red flowering currant, beaked http://www.whatcomcd.org
    9:00am
  • Health and Wellness Fair: In collaboration with the Meals On Wheels and More Program and March for Meals Campaign, attend "What’s Next? A Healthier You! Take Charge of Your Health!" from 9am-4pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. The open-house health and wellness fair is free to attend. The event will cover many aspects of health and wellness which are important for keeping the body and mind revitalized. http://www.wccoa.org
    9:00am
  • Community Meal: Beef stroganoff, mixed veggies, green salad, bread and cookies with ice cream will be on the menu at the bimonthly Community Meal happening 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
  • Planting Party: Help restore native riparian plants in the Skagit and Samish watersheds by joining Skagit Fisheries for a planting party from 10am-1pm at the group's nursery near Sedro-Woolley (see the website for directions). http://www.skagitfisheries.org
    10:00am
  • Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride: Flat roads and beautiful scenery can be expected at today's Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride starting at 10am in front of the La Conner Channel Lodge, 205 N. First St. From 10am-2pm, bicyclists wearing tweed or other fancy clothing can ride along the route, stop for a picnic lunch, take pictures of daffodils and much, much more. An after-party happens from 2-6pm at Hellam's Vineyard, 109 N. First St. Contests for "most dapper chap," "most snappy lass" and more will be part of the fun. Entry is $10. http://www.thedandydaffodil.com
    10:00am
  • Fairhaven Plant and Tree Sale: Along with expert advice, gardeners will find perennials, annuals, ornamentals, trees, native plants, herbs, vegetable starts, blueberries, bamboo, garden décor and much more at the 27th annual Fairhaven Plant and Tree Sale happening from 10am-3pm at the outdoor parking lot at the Hillcrest Chapel, 1400 Larrabee Ave. (on the corner of Old Fairhaven Pkwy and 14th St.). Entry is free. 671-5517 or http://www.facebook.com/fairhavenplantandtreesale
    10:00am
  • Bellingham Family Fair: More than 35 local businesses will share information on products, services and activities for local families at the inaugural Bellingham Family Fair from 10am-5pm at the Bellingham Sportsplex, 1225 Civic Field Way. There will also be family-friendly entertainment (Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey) activities (jump castles, climbing wall, ice skating, face painting, etc.) and more. Entry is $6 in advance or $8 at the door. http://www.bhamfamfair.com
    10:00am
  • Studio Seconds Sale: Find mugs, bowls and all sorts of functional pottery and planters at the second annual Studio Seconds Sale from 10am-5pm at Blue Water Pottery Studio, 2521 Vallette St. (behind the house, with alley access). In addition to being able to purchase seconds—old, flawed or just plain weird pieces—for $5 a pound (less for planters), children can experience hand-on wheel throwing and more. Entry is free. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or http://www.facebook.com/bluewaterpottery
    10:00am
  • Veggie Garden Primer: "Starting Your Vegetable Garden" will be the focus of a workshop with George Kaas from 11am-1pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Included will be discussion on planting the right plant in the right place, plotting one's garden sun patterns, soil testing, reasons and seasons for mulching, and composting. Entry is free. 305-3637 or http://www.wcls.org
    11:00am
  • Spring Garden Walk: Join John Christianson for a "Spring Garden Walk" at 1pm in Mount Vernon at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. The tour will take place in the lovely English style gardens of the La Conner Flats located next to the nursery. Entry is free; reservations are required. http://www.christiansonsnursery.com
    1:00pm
  • K.W. Harris Book Signing: Author K.W. Harris will sign copies of his new thriller Left No Choice: Jon Blake Become J.J. Tracker from 1-3pm in La Conner at the Faded Cover, 105 S. First St. Books will also be available onsite to purchase. (360) 399-1673
    1:00pm
  • Bingo Fundraiser: Cash prizes can be had at a Spring Fling Bingo Fundraiser from 1-3pm at the Ferndale Senior Activity Center, 1999 Cherry St. Admission is $20 and includes three cards for each of the nine games (extra card packs are $15). 384-6244
    1:00pm
  • Tax Help: AARP Tax-Aide will be offering free tax preparation service from 1-4:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. IRS-certified volunteers will assist people on a first-come, first-served basis. The service is also available from 4-7pm Monday through Thursday through April 15. The Ferndale and Blaine senior centers and the Lynden and Ferndale libraries are also offering tax assistance by appointment. (360) 920-0476
    1:00pm
  • Bookmaking Workshop: Pam Miller will lead a "Bookmaking with Folded and Cut Paper" workshop from 2-3:30pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2114 S. Nugent Rd. Materials will be provided, or you're welcome to bring your own paper, photos and decorations for your creations. Entry to the all-ages event is free. http://www.wcls.org
    2:00pm
  • Blooming Scraps Workshop: Learn (or practice) basic hand-sewing techniques with endless variations for creating flowers from scrap material when Bellingham fiber artist Libby Chenault (of Moth and Squirrel) helms a "Blooming Scraps" class from 2-4pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Attendees will leave with at least one pin or hair clip and inspiration to continue customizing projects at home. Preregistration is recommended. 305-3637
    2:00pm
  • Anna Evelina: Authors Lisbeth Hadden Fritzberg and Alan Richard Fritzberg share stories from Anna Evelina from 3-4:30pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. "Coming of Age on the Stickney Island Road (1910-1917) will include a slideshow and discussion about the discovery of a treasure trove of letters and post cards, diaries and old photographs. 305-3600
    3:00pm
  • Boocoo Dinky Dow: Julie Titone shares images and stories from Grady Myers' memoir, Boocoo Dinky Dow: My Short, Crazy Vietnam War, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Titone—who co-authored the book—has made a personal journey of sharing the book with audiences and honoring veterans since Myers, her ex-husband, died in 2011. http://www.villagebooks.com
    4:00pm
  • Line Dancing Classes: Western Line Dancing classes are offered at 6pm (beginners) and 7pm (intermediates) every Friday night at Lynden’s Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. No experience or partner is needed. Cost is $5 per class. 354-4325
    6:00pm
  • Producers Night Fundraiser: "Casino Royale" will be the theme of the Lincoln Theatre's "Producers Night" fundraiser starting at 6pm in Anacortes at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge. Tickets are $75 and include hors d'oeuvres, wine, dinner, live music, and live and silent auctions. http://www.lincolntheatre.org
    6:00pm
  • Family Field Trip: Join Wild Whatcom Walks for a Family Field Trip from 6:30-8:30m at Squires Lake. Sign up for the "Beaver Prowl" by Thurs., March 26, and bring your binoculars along to spy on the beavers as they "swim to and fro in their search for breakfast by moonlight." Entry is $8 for kids, $12 for adults. http://www.wildwhatcom.org
    6:30pm
  • Ballroom Dancing: All ages and levels of experience can attend "Ballroom Dancing" events from 6:30-9pm on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. The social dances feature traditional ballroom and swing music for foxtrot, east coast swing, waltz, nightclub two-step, cha cha, rumba, salsa, samba and more. Entry is $5. (360) 671-7764
    6:30pm
  • Show of Champions: Barbershop quartets and choruses from around the Northwest will share their a cappella talents at a "Show of Champions" performance at 6:30pm at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. The show is a culmination of a two-day convention and contest attended by 400 "barbershoppers." Tickets are $20. http://www.topperschorus.org
    6:30pm
  • Contra Dance: Come play in the band, call a dance—or just dance—when the Bellingham Country Dance Society hosts an Open Band Night Contra Dance from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. No experience is necessary, and no partner is needed. Entry is $6-$10. http://www.bellinghamcountrydance.org
    7:00pm
  • Bellingham Firefighters Community Ball: Music, dancing, a silent auction, appetizers and desserts will be part of the 117th annual Bellingham Firefighters Community Ball happening from 7pm-12am at the Leopold, 1224 Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $25-$30; proceeds raised go to the Burned Children Recovery Foundation. http://www.bfdball.is-by.us
    7:00pm

 

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