Stars under the stars
Stars under the stars
Stars under the stars
Stars under the stars
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Marrowstone Music Festival
Orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes, and professional performances for the public will be part of the 73rd annual Marrowstone Music Festival taking place July 24-Aug. 7 at Western Washington University. Students ages 14-25 come from more than 30 states and several countries to study with internationally acclaimed faculty. Public concerts take place July 28, 30 and 31 and Aug. 4, 6 and 7 at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall and the Mount Baker Theatre. Prices vary.
Western Washington University ::
Tall Ship Sails and Tours
Take part in tours and public sails on the historic tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain through Aug. 3 leaving from the Squalicum Harbor Marina, 2600 N. Harbor Loop Dr. Suggested donation to tour the boats is $5. Prices for adventure sails, evening sails and battle sails range from $35-$75. Following their time in Bellingham, the boats will dock in Blaine Aug. 5-7 as part of Drayton Harbor Days.
Squalicum Harbor Marina ::
Boating Center Open
The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online.
Community Boating Center ::
Bard on the Beach
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. This year's productions will run through Sept. 24. Tickets are $20-$47.
Vanier Park ::
As part of the annual "Skagit Tours," Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours Thursdays through Mondays through the summer in and around the three dams near Highway 20. "Newhalem at Night" walking tours are free; boat tours and other tours are $12-$40.
Skagit County ::
Mt. Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival
The Noah Wotherspoon Band, Carson Diersing, Magnus Berg, the Wasteland Kings, Josey Wales, the Bobby Patterson Band, the Naughty Blokes, Popa Chubby, and Selwyn Birchwood will be among the performers taking part in the 21st annual Mt. Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival taking place Thursday night through Sunday afternoon at the Deming Log Show Grounds, 3295 Cedarville Rd. Day passes are $70-$75; passes for the weekend are $135.
Deming Log Show Grounds ::
The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor's Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested donation for the excursions is $1 for kids and $5 for adults.
Blaine Harbor ::
Whatcom Old Settlers' Picnic
Celebrate the rich history of the area and the great people that call it home at the annual "Whatcom Old Settlers' Picnic" taking place Thursday through Sunday at Ferndale's Pioneer Park—and beyond. Events include parades, a 5K run, live music, a classic car show, a barn dance, class reunions, local food and craft vendors, activities for kids, tours of the historical structures and much more. Prices vary for events.
Pioneer Park ::
That's Not My Department
Local playwright Willow McLaughlin's That's Not My Department continues this week with 7:30pm performances Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The comedy focuses on a woman who starts a new job at an upscale department store, only to realize the place is full of wacky employees and even crazier customers. Tickets are $20; additional shows happen through Aug. 13.
Anacortes Community Theatre ::
The Lion King
Performers ages 9-16 will share their talents at performances of The Lion King at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. The shows are the culmination of a three-week summer theater camp. Tickets to the musical are $10 in advance or at the door.
Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth ::
Beauty & the Beast Jr.
Showings of Beauty and the Beast Jr. conclude this weekend with performances at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Oak Harbor's Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets are $5-$12.
Whidbey Playhouse ::
Birch Bay Music Festival
Nearly 20 performers from around the region will share their talents at the sixth annual Birch Bay Music Festival taking place from 8am-10pm Friday and Saturday, and 9am-7pm Sunday on the grounds of the former Homestead Golf Course, 7878 Birch Bay Dr. In addition to the music, there will be vendors, food, a beer and wine garden, raffles and more. Entry is by donation; funds raised support local animal welfare organizations for dogs, cats and orcas.
Homestead Golf Course ::
The Shoe Play
Bellingham TheatreWorks presents showings of Quality: The Shoe Play at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Fairhaven's 12th Street Shoes, 1204 Harris Ave. The black comedy by Vancouver playwright Elaine Avila focuses on two ambitious women as they attempt to navigate and conquer the world of selling high-end designer shoes. Tickets are $15 and additional performances happen Aug. 4-6.
12th Street Shoes ::
An Improvised Musical
Mainstage players will take on the magical world of musicals for the final weekend at performances of "An Improvised Musical" at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Plot, lyrics, music, choreography and comedy will be combined to make epic productions worthy of Broadway. Entry is $10-$12.
Upfront Theatre ::
Sin & Gin Tours
Learn more about the history of vice and sin that helped make the foundation of our urban locales what they are today at the Good Time Girls' annual "Sin & Gin Tours" at 7pm Friday in Fairhaven next to Skylark's Hidden Cafe (1308 11th St.) and 7pm Saturday at the Bureau of Historical Investigation (217 W. Holly St.). Tickets to take part in the tours—which are led by costumed historians—are $15 general and $20 with a drink. Tours take place weekends through Aug. 27.
Historic Fairhaven and downtown Bellingham ::
The Wizard of Oz
The Ferndale Summer Youth Theatre Institute presents The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers' Edition at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 3pm and 7pm Saturday at Ferndale High School, 5830 Golden Eagle Dr. Tickets are $5.
Ferndale High School ::
Graffiti Dance Theater
Western Washington University's theater and dance department brings its Graffiti Dance Theater onstage for shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Fairhaven's Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Choreographer and artistic director Nolan Dennett says the show "is not story ballet or hip-hop funk. It is mysterious at times, breathtaking at others and has appeal for the whole family." Tickets are $5-$10.
Firehouse Performing Arts Center ::
650-6146 or www.tickets.wwu.edu
See the Bard's classic tale of love and money set in a town that's known to love its money when The Merchant of Vegas shows at 7pm Thursday at Mount Vernon's Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheater, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. Familial strife, an impending war with Rome, a villainous Italian, rugged mountaineers and hilarious hijinks will make appearances when Cymbeline shows at 7pm Friday. From 1-7pm Saturday, attend the annual "Iron Man" event, which features showings of both the aforementioned plays, plus Shakespeare's Wonderland: An Elizabethan View Through the Looking Glass. Tickets are $30-$35.
Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheater ::
8:00am - 2:00pm
Healthy Kids Day
Attend "Bellingham Healthy Kids Day" from 8am-2pm at Unity Care Northwest, 220 Unity St. The event will offer free services to kids ages 4-18, such as well child exams, sports physicals and dental exams. There will also be a variety of family-friendly activities offered by the WTA, Sportsplex, Bellingham Public Library, Bellingham Circus Guild, and more. Entry is free and no appointment is necessary.
Unity Care Northwest ::
9:00am - 11:00am
Worm Composting 101
Beginners, experienced worm farmers, home composters and anyone who has ever been curious about worms and soil can join "worm wrangler" Paige for a "Worm Composting 101" workshop at 9am at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Please register in advance for the free event.
Garden Spot Nursery ::
676-5480 or www.garden-spot.com
9:00am - 2:00pm
Anacortes Farmers Market
Vegetables, fruit, baked goods, fresh meat and dairy, cut flowers, wine, eggs, art and much more can be found at the Anacortes Farmers Market from 9am-2pm every Saturday through Oct. 29 at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave.
Depot Arts Center ::
9:00am - 2:00pm
Mount Vernon Farmers Market
As many as 60 vendors will share their wares through the season at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market, which takes place 9am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 15 at the city's Riverfront Plaza. A Wednesday Market also takes place from 11am-4pm at the Kincaid entrance lawn at the Skagit Valley Hospital.
Riverfront Plaza ::
9:00am - 6:00pm
Twin Sisters Farmers Market
Purchase farm-fresh goods at the Twin Sisters Market taking place from 9am-3pm in Deming at Nugent's Corner, and 3-6pm in Maple Falls at Kendall Elementary School every Saturday through October.
Nugent's Corner ::
10:00am - 5:00pm
Foothills Arts and Crafts Fair
Support local artists, listen to live music and get a bite to eat at the third annual Foothills Arts and Crafts Fair taking place from 10am-5pm in downtown Maple Falls, 7802 Silver Lake Rd. Funds raised will help go toward the future Maple Falls Park.
Maple Falls ::
10:00am - 12:00pm
Art of Camouflage
Join Wild Whatcom for an "Art of Camouflage" excursion from 10am-12pm at Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way. The interactive program will feature naturalist knowledge and outdoor skills. Suggested donation is $12; advance registration is required.
Lake Padden Park ::
10:00am - 2:00pm
Blaine Gardeners Market
Procure produce, crafts, food from vendors and more at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 29 at 685 Peace Portal Dr.
Peace Portal Drive ::
10:00am - 5:00pm
Summer Harvest Day
Get a behind-the-scenes look at what's involved in running a nonprofit education farm center at a Summer Harvest Day from 10am-5pm at Everson's Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd. Attendees can taste freshly harvested fruits and veggies, explore the orchards, learn about beekeeping, take guided farm walks, hear about the center's community education program, watch propagation demos and more. Entry is free.
Cloud Mountain Farm Center ::
10:00am - 4:00pm
Samish Island Arts Festival
Attend the 20th annual Samish Island Arts Festival from 10am-4pm at the Samish Island Community Center, 11292 Blue Heron Rd. In addition to works by featured artist Ann Reid, there'll be plenty of other visual works to peruse and purchase, live music, locally sourced seafood and other edible wares, activites for kids and more. Entry is free.
Samish Island Community Center ::
10:00am - 3:00pm
Bellingham Farmers Market
Attend the Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 17 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to perusing and purchasing locally grown produce, crafts and ready-to-eat foods, attendees can experience monthly Demo Days, live music and more.
Depot Market Square ::
11:00am - 3:00pm
Attend a Pioneer Days Cafe Fundraiser and Bake Sale from 11am-3pm at the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. Entry is $5-$8 and includes pulled pork sandwiches, polish sausage with grilled onions and homemade ice cream sandwiches. The bake sale will feature homemade pies and freshly baked cookies.
Ferndale Senior Center ::
12:00pm - 11:30pm
Rockin' the Park
The Penny Stinkers, Motown Cruisers, and Pretty Twisted will perform at the annual "Rockin' the Park!" event taking place from 12-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at the Lake Associates Recreation Club (LARC), 21700 SR 9. LARC is a family-friendly, clothing-optional park. Bring along a picnic and beverages, or purchase items from the grill. Entry is $25 at the gate.
Lake Associates Recreation Club ::
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Celebrate 100 years of service supporting literacy, community development and intellectual freedom at today's "Centennial Social: Celebrating a Century of Service" from 1-3pm at the pocket park across the street from the west side of the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. The event will include ice cream, live music, old-timey games, trivia and preview performances by the New Old Time Chautauqua. Entry is free.
Mount Vernon City Library ::
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Holly Street History Tour
The Bureau of Historical Investigation teams up with the City of Bellingham to offer "Holly Street History Tours" at 1pm starting in front of the Chuckanut sandstone building at 311 E. Holly St. Please register in advance for the free, all-ages excursion, which covers topics of growth, social reform, the arts, women's history, racial tensions and more. Tours continue Saturdays through Sept. 24.
Downtown Bellingham ::
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Three Silly Goats Gruff
Kids ages 5-8 will share their theatrical talents when Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's Pixie students present Three Silly Goats Gruff at 2pm at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Entry to the all-ages show is by donation at the door.
BAAY Theatre ::
2:00pm - 11:30pm
Live music and more will be part of the fourth annual "Autism Awareness" fundraiser put on by Faces NW from 2-6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. From 7pm-12am, attend "Operation Warm"—a fundraiser by local firefighters that focuses on buying jackets for low-income children. Entry is $5 to the first event, and a suggested $10 for the second.
Boundary Bay Brewery ::
2:00pm - 11:30pm
Lost Hours and Harry Potter
Bring the kids along when award-winning playwright Nicola Pearson and 13-year-old illustrator Maya Keagan read from The Lost Hour: A Grand Globetrotting Adventure with Six O'Clock & Friends at 2pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. From 6:30pm-12am, attend a release party for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parks I & II. A costume contest, crafts, activities and viewing of Labyrinth (part of the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema) will be part of the fun.
Village Books ::
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Nooksack River Walk
Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for a free Nooksack River Walk at 3pm at the Horseshoe Bend Trailhead on the Mt. Baker Hwy. Attendees can learn about salmon, discover native plants and find bugs on the hands-on stream walk led by Nooksack River Steward volunteers.
Horseshoe Bend Trailhead ::
3:00pm - 9:00pm
Experience Arts Festival
Karl Blau, Peter Irving, De La Rosa Trio, Fantasy, Sky Colony, Lizzie Weber, Fantasy, Peter Ali, and Birdsview Bluegrass will be among the musicians performing at today's Experience Arts Festival from 3-9pm at the Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St. The outdoor, all-ages event will also feature theater, circus and dance performances, face painting, arts and crafts booths, art projects and more. Admission is $10 (free for kids 12 and under).
Conway Muse ::
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Movie-Writing Curiosity Class
Catch a glimpse into the process of writing a screenplay for feature-length films when the Indie Film Group hosts a free Movie-Writing Curiosity Class from 4-5pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Entry is free; register in advance.
Bellingham Public Library ::
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Hot Damn Scandal
Hear "tipsy American gypsy blues" when Hot Damn Scandal performs as part of a summer music series from 6-8pm at the Heart of Anacortes, 1014 4th St. Tickets are $8.
Heart of Anacortes ::
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Pack a picnic and bring along friends and family for a free City of Bellingham-sponsored concert by Snug Harbor from 7-9pm at Boulevard Park. A final concert with Maggie's Fury at the loverly waterfront venue takes place Sat., Aug. 13.
Boulevard Park ::
7:00pm - 9:00pm
New Old Time Chautauqua
Expect to see everything from juggling to magic, music, trapeze acts, dance, storytellers, poets and more when the New Old Time Chautauqua returns to Mount Vernon for a 7pm performance at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band will accompany each performance with "rousing music and zany wisecracks." Tickets are $10-$20.
Lincoln Theatre ::
7:30pm - 9:00pm
World traveler Jack van Ommen will share the exciting account of his solo circumnavigation of the globe at a free "SoloMan" presentation from 7:30-9pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Entry to the all-ages event is free.
Lummi Island Library ::
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Ruth Vanden Bos
Seattle-based violinist Ruth Vanden Bos performs at 7:30pm in the chamber hall at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Brennan Vanden Bos, Ruth’s older brother, will join the performance as a special guest, playing clarinet. Ruth will be accompanied by pianist, Mary VanHulzen. Her performance will include pieces from Mozart, Brahms, Vivaldi and more. Tickets are $10.
Jansen Art Center ::
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Kirtan and Chant
Global vocalist Gina Salá and tabla great Daniel Paul will be joined by other musicians for an "Evening of Kirtan" performance at 8pm at 3 Oms Yoga, 1319 Cornwall Ave., suite 200. No particular ability or belief system is required to attend. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
3 Oms Yoga ::