Week of May 29, 2016

TODAY   11 events

  • Ends 6:00pm   Lummi Island Artists' Studio Tour
    More than 40 artists and craftspeople will share their creative spaces and their works at more than two dozen locations from 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday as part of the seasonal Lummi Island Artists' Studio Tour taking place throughout the lovely locale. Tour maps will be available just south of the ferry dock at the Islander store, as well as at all tour locations (wall for balloons marking each stop). Entry to the self-guided tour is free.
    Lummi Island :: (360) 758-7121
  • Ends 5:00pm   Bird Exhibit
    View the 500-plus mounted birds on display from 12-5pm Thursdays through Sundays through June 4 at Whatcom Museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. The center—which is only open for a limited time each year—also features Coast Salish and Victorian exhibits.
    Syre Education Center :: www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 7:30am - 5:00pm   Ski to Sea
    Eight-member teams will compete in seven different sports—cross country skiing, downhill skiing/snowboarding, running, road biking, canoeing, cyclocross biking and sea kayaking—as part of the 44th annual Ski to Sea Race taking place from 7:30am-5pm starting on Mt. Baker and continuing through Glacier, Maple Falls, Kendall, Everson, Lynden, and Ferndale—finishing at Marine Park in Bellingham's historic Fairhaven district. View legs along the 93-mile course, or show up to support the competitors at the Fairhaven Festival.
    Whatcom County :: www.skitosea.com
  • 8:00am - 10:00am   VFW Breakfast
    Veterans, their families and guests are invited to a Sunday Breakfast from 8-10am at VFW Post 1585, 625 N. State St. Entry to the monthly breakfast is $7.
    VFW Post 1585 :: (360) 734-5520
  • 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
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm   Seconds Sale
    Imperfect, experimental and "lonely" pots will be sold at discounted prices at the annual "Seconds Sale" happening during the Ski to Sea Fairhaven Festival from 10am-5pm at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave.
    Good Earth Pottery :: www.goodearthpots.com
  • 12:00pm - 7:00pm   Fairhaven Festival
    Arts and crafts vendors, a beer and wine garden, live music, exhibits from nonprofits, children's activities, food booths and an opportunity to watch the final leg of the Ski to Sea race will be part of the Historic Fairhaven Festival happening from 12-7pm throughout the historic district. Entry to the block party is, per usual, free and open to all ages. Whatcom Transportation Authority buses will be running throughout the day from downtown Bellingham and the WWU campus.
    Historic Fairhaven :: www.fairhaven.com
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm   Audubon Advice
    Audubon member Sue Parrott will be on hand for casual conversation and interesting information about birds at an "Audubon at the Museum" event from 2-4pm at Whatcom Museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. Entry is free with museum admission.
    Syre Education Center :: www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:30pm   Art of Jazz
    The Mike Allen Quartet will perform at the Jazz Project's monthly "Art of Jazz" concert taking place from 4-6:30pm at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10 for students, $16 general.
    BAAY Theatre :: www.jazzproject.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Switchfoot
    Hear emotionally intelligent and uplifting alternative rock when the Grammy Award-winning band Switchfoot performs at 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $40.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or www.mountbakertheatre.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

Monday, May 30, 2016   3 events

  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm   Festival of Flags
    Commemorate the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day at the 51st annual Festival of Flags from 12-3pm at Ferndale's Greenacres Memorial Park, 5700 Northwest St. The event will feature music by the Bellingham Pipe Band, an honors presentation, a dove release, activities for kids, a remembrance ceremony and more.
    Greenacres Memorial Park :: www.festivalofglags.org
  • 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
  • 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

Tuesday, May 31, 2016   4 events

  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm   Peaceful Poetry Workshop
    Students in K-12, along with their families, are invited to a "Peaceful Poetry" workshop starting at 4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. The free event is an opportunity for students to explore different styles of poetry and engage their creativity through interactive exercises—resulting in the creation of a unique poem to submit to the Peaceful Poetry Contest.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm   Bike Maintenance Basics
    Learn more about your ride at a "Bike Maintenance Basics: Level 2" class from 6-7:30pm at REI, 400 36th St. Attendees will learn to set proper cable tension, change brake pads, replace worn chains and keep your bike shifting and braking smoothly. Please register in advance for the free primer.
    REI :: 647-8955 or www.rei.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm   All-Paces Run
    Staff 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
  • 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

Wednesday, June 1, 2016   10 events

  • Starts 7:30pm   As You Like It
    See William Shakespeare's comedy of romance, deceit, adventure and family when As You Like It shows at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Tickets to see the classic masterpiece that's described as having "more twists and turns than Chuckanut Drive" are $10-$17.
    Performing Arts Center :: 650-6146 or www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • Starts 12:00pm   Book Buzz
    Adults can glean info about summer reading picks when WCLS Collection Development Librarian Mary Kinser shares hot fiction and nonfiction you’ll want to put on your reading list right now, and gives a sneak peek at what’s coming later in the season, at "Book Buzz" events at 12pm Wednesday at the Blaine Library (610 3rd St.); 2pm Thursday at the Everson Library (104 Kirsch Dr.); 10:30am Friday at the Deming Library (5044 Mt. Baker Hwy); and 6:30pm Wed., June 8 at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Ct. All events are free.
    Whatcom County libraries :: www.wcls.org
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm   Music Club Concert
    Soprano Katherine Copland will perform opera arias and songs for the Bellingham Music Club at 10:30am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St. She will be accompanied by Abdiel Vazquez, often hailed as "the greatest Mexican pianist." . Admission is by donation.
    Trinity Lutheran Church :: www.bellinghammusicclub.org
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm   Wednesday Market Opening
    The first Wednesday Farmers Market of the season takes place from 12-5pm today at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. More than 25 vendors will offer fresh local produce, crafts, tasty treats and more every Wednesday through September.
    Fairhaven Village Green :: www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 3:00pm - 7:00pm   Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market
    The Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market takes place from 3-7pm every Wednesday through Oct. 12 at the town's Hammer Heritage Square, 640 Metcalf St.
    Hammer Heritage Square :: www.sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com
  • 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
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm   Just Chicken
    Whole “smart” chicken, jalapeno cilantro wings, and seared garlic chicken steamed with scallions and sherry will be on the menu at a "Just Chicken" class with Robert Fong from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $49.
    Community Food Co-op :: www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm   Brewers Cruise
    Tonight's "Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise" will feature liquid fare from Boundary Bay Brewery, Fremont Brewing Company, and Diamond Know Brewery starting at 6:30pm at San Juan Cruises' dock at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry is $39; additional cruises happen Wednesdays through Sept. 14.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: www.whales.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Making Mead
    Jereme Zimmerman shares tips from Make Mead Like a Viking: Traditional Techniques for Brewing Natural, Wild-Fermented, Honey-Based Wines and Beers at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In the book, Zimmerman unlocks the brewing secrets of the ancient Norse and shows how to incorporate wildness, mysticism and individuality in home-crafted brews.
    Village Books :: www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm   Community Memory Talk
    Join Rod Perry as he reminisces with Sumas resident Herb Hatch about growing up and going to school in Clearbrook at a Sumas Community Memory Talk at 7pm at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 988-2501

Thursday, June 2, 2016   18 events

  • Starts 7:30pm   Proof
    View the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play Proof at 7:30pm shows Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The drama focuses on a woman who's spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, and is afraid of following in his footsteps, both mathematically and mentally. Tickets are $20; additional performances happen through June 18.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day   As You Like It
    See William Shakespeare's comedy of romance, deceit, adventure and family when As You Like It shows at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Tickets to see the classic masterpiece that's described as having "more twists and turns than Chuckanut Drive" are $10-$17.
    Performing Arts Center :: 650-6146 or www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • Starts 7:30pm   Come With Me if You Want to Live
    Brendan LaBotz and Kimberly Ross' Come With Me if you Want to Live concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall. The musical is a parody of the 1985 sci-fi blockbuster The Terminator, and pays tribute to the cult classic with original songs, dance and a plethora of ’80s references. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
    iDiOM Theater :: www.idiomtheater.com
  • Starts 12:00pm   Bird Exhibit
    View the 500-plus mounted birds on display from 12-5pm Thursday through Saturday at Whatcom Museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. The center—which is only open for a limited time each year—also features Coast Salish and Victorian exhibits.
    Syre Education Center :: www.whatcommuseum.org
  • All Day   Book Buzz
    Adults can glean info about summer reading picks when WCLS Collection Development Librarian Mary Kinser shares hot fiction and nonfiction you’ll want to put on your reading list right now, and gives a sneak peek at what’s coming later in the season, at "Book Buzz" events at 12pm Wednesday at the Blaine Library (610 3rd St.); 2pm Thursday at the Everson Library (104 Kirsch Dr.); 10:30am Friday at the Deming Library (5044 Mt. Baker Hwy); and 6:30pm Wed., June 8 at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Ct. All events are free.
    Whatcom County libraries :: www.wcls.org
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm   Kamishabi Man
    Experience traditional Japanese storytelling when Kamishibai Man brings a high-energy show for kids of all ages to Lummi Island at 2:30pm at the Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd.
    Island Library :: (360) 758-7145
  • 4:30pm - 7:00pm   Spaghetti Taste-Off
    The La Conner Chamber of Commerce will host a "Spaghetti Taste-Off" dinner and silent auction from 4:30-7pm at the town's Maple Hall, 104 Commercial St. Attendees can taste a variety of sauces and choose the one they want for dinner. Entry is $5-$8. Desserts and alcohol are extra.
    Maple Hall :: www.lovelaconner.com
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm   Thursday Art Walk
    The Mount Vernon Downtown Association presents the first Thursday Art Walk of the season from 5-8pm at 18 locations in downtown Mount Vernon. Featured artist Peter Belknap will show his sculptures and paintings at the Front Gallery. See a full listings of participants online. Additional art excursions will happen on the first Thursday of the month through October.
    Downtown Mount Vernon :: www.mountvernondowntown.org
  • 5:00pm - 9:00pm   Handbags for Housing
    Lydia Place will host its fourth annual "Handbags for Housing" fundraiser from 5-9pm at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. The event features a "Handbags Bazaar," a fashion show featuring more than 10 local boutiques, a live handbag auction, raffles, wine tastings, cocktail samples, gourmet appetizers and more. Tickets are $25-$75; services benefit homeless families in our community.
    Depot Market Square :: www.lydiaplace.org
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm   Urban Kickball League
    Take part in Downtown Bellingham Partnership and the City of Bellingham's "Throwback Thursdays" Urban Kickball League by showing up to support the teams at 5:30pm at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. The spring league will conclude with a family-friendly Final League Tournament at 11am Sat., June 9.
    Maritime Heritage Park :: www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 6:00pm - 10:30pm   Ultimate Party
    Bellingham Youth Ultimate—which inspires youth to be exceptional humans through playing and competing in the sport of ultimate—will host a Summer Lawn Party from 6-10:30pm at the Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 N. Harbor Loop Dr. A "cups" tournament, music, food, games and more will fill the night. Entry is $25.
    Squalicum Boathouse :: www.bellinghamyouthultimate.bpt.me
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm   Cup Show Opening
    An opening reception and award presentation for the fourth annual "Cup Show" takes place from 6-8pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners.
    Jansen Art Center :: www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm   Farmers Evening Benefit
    Help raise funds for Growing Veterans at a "Farmers Evening Benefit" taking place from 6-10pm at Everson's Samson Estates Winery, 1861 Van Dyk Rd. Entry is free. In addition to a buffet, there will be live music, a silent auction and raffle, painting, wine tasting and storytelling.
    Samson Estates Winery :: www.growingveterans.org
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm   Ethiopian Cuisine
    Join Assefa Kebede, former owner and chef of Vancouver’s award-winning Nyala African Cuisine, for an "Ethiopian Cuisine" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $39.
    Community Food Co-op :: www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Road of Poetry
    Poet, translator, fiction writer and editor William O'Daly reads from his new poetry collection, The Road to Isla Negra, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. the tome is a poetic response to four decades spent translating Pablo Neruda’s poetry.
    Village Books :: www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   On Broadway
    Mount Vernon High School instrumental music department students present songs from Chicago, Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera and more at an "On Broadway!" performance at 7pm at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $4-$10.
    McIntyre Hall :: www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm   Night Beat
    Cellist Mike Copland, a Bellingham schools official, will join his daughter, soprano Katherine Copland, in a "Night Beat" performance at 7:30pm at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. They will be accompanied by pianist Abdiel Vazquez. Tickets are $15 online and at the door.
    First Congregational Church :: www.bellinghammusicclub.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm   Pearl Django
    Traditional jazz classics and original compositions can be heard when Pearl Django performs at a "Save KPLU" fundraising concert at 7:30pm at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. Tickets are $25 (regular) to $50 (VIP). A donation to the Save KPLU fund will help secure the station as a vital voice in Western Washington.
    Majestic :: www.savekplu.org

Friday, June 3, 2016   24 events

  • Starts 12:00pm   Plover Rides
    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 :: draytonharbormaritime.org
  • Starts 6:00pm   Bellingham Scottish Highland Games
    Piping and drumming competitions, Scottish country dancing, heavy athletics, Celtic music showcases, medieval weapons demos, parades, food and merchandise vendors, games for kids, an ale and wine garden, a 5K, a car show and more will be part of the 55th annual Bellingham Scottish Highland Games happening from 6pm Friday until Sunday afternoon at Ferndale's Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Neilson Ave. Entry is $10 for kids and $15 for adults. Friday's opening night Ceiligh is free.
    Hovander Homestead Park :: www.bellinghamhighland.org
  • Starts 7:30pm   South Pacific
    The story of American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II will be highlighted when South Pacific opens this weekend at performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday in Oak Harbor at the Whidbey Island Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets to the musical are $20; additional performances take place through June 26.
    Whidbey Island Playhouse :: www.whidbeyplayhouse.com
  • Starts 4:00pm   San Juan Island Artists' Studio Tour
    Suss out the studio spaces of creative community members at the 25th annual San Juan Island Artists' Studio Tour taking place from 4-7pm Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday throughout the island. With a mixture of prints, paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, sculpture and fiber, the professional artists open their doors and welcome the public to see where art is created and explain their processes. Entry to the self-guided tour is free.
    San Juan Island :: www.sanjuanislandartists.com
  • All Day   Proof
    View the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play Proof at 7:30pm shows Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The drama focuses on a woman who's spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, and is afraid of following in his footsteps, both mathematically and mentally. Tickets are $20; additional performances happen through June 18.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: www.acttheatre.com
  • Starts 7:00pm   Mary Poppins
    Students ages 12-16 will share their talents when the legendary musical Mary Poppins opens this week at performances at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets to see the magical nanny and her adventures are $10; additional shows take place June 10-12.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: www.baay.org
  • Starts 3:00pm   Democrats Plant Sale
    Purchase a variety of trees, shrubs and perennials at a Plant Sale benefiting Whatcom Democrats from 3-7pm Friday and 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday at 2920 Eldridge Ave.
    Eldridge Avenue :: www.whatcomdemocrats.com
  • Starts 8:00pm   Truth and Pulp
    Improvised scenes, characters and relationships will be inspired by true monologues from the cast at showings of "Truth be Told" at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for the return of "Pulp Improv, an R-rated format embodying the work of Quentin Tarantino. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or www.theupfront.com
  • All Day   As You Like It
    See William Shakespeare's comedy of romance, deceit, adventure and family when As You Like It shows at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Tickets to see the classic masterpiece that's described as having "more twists and turns than Chuckanut Drive" are $10-$17.
    Performing Arts Center :: 650-6146 or www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • All Day   Come With Me if You Want to Live
    Brendan LaBotz and Kimberly Ross' Come With Me if you Want to Live concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall. The musical is a parody of the 1985 sci-fi blockbuster The Terminator, and pays tribute to the cult classic with original songs, dance and a plethora of ’80s references. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
    iDiOM Theater :: www.idiomtheater.com
  • Starts 7:00pm   The Wizard of Oz
    Join Dorothy and her little dog Toto as they are whisked away to a mystic land when Harper & I presents showings of The Wizard of Oz at 7pm Friday and Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The unique rendition of a classic story will feature a variety of dance styles, including ballet, tap, hip-hop and more. Tickets to the family-friendly show are $18.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • Starts 6:00pm   Summer Art Walk
    In conjunction with the Summer Art Walk, attend the monthly First Friday Art Walk from 6-9pm throughout downtown Anacortes. Good Stuff Arts, Classic Style & Co., Fidalgo Artisan Yarn & Co, A.C.M.E. Creative Space, City Hall, Burton Jewelers, the Depot Art Center, THink Tiny Gallery, the Majestic Inn and Spa, and PDA Marketing Group will be among the venues taking part in the free event. From 10am-5pm Saturday, more than 20 merchants will show the work of local artists.
    Downtown Anacortes :: www.anacortesart.com
  • All Day   Bird Exhibit
    View the 500-plus mounted birds on display from 12-5pm Thursday through Saturday at Whatcom Museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. The center—which is only open for a limited time each year—also features Coast Salish and Victorian exhibits.
    Syre Education Center :: www.whatcommuseum.org
  • Ends 12:00pm   Book Buzz
    Adults can glean info about summer reading picks when WCLS Collection Development Librarian Mary Kinser shares hot fiction and nonfiction you’ll want to put on your reading list right now, and gives a sneak peek at what’s coming later in the season, at "Book Buzz" events at 12pm Wednesday at the Blaine Library (610 3rd St.); 2pm Thursday at the Everson Library (104 Kirsch Dr.); 10:30am Friday at the Deming Library (5044 Mt. Baker Hwy); and 6:30pm Wed., June 8 at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Ct. All events are free.
    Whatcom County libraries :: www.wcls.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 every Friday in June at Fairhaven's Marine Park. Suggested donation is $5.
    Marine Park :: www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 11:00am - 4:30pm   Northwest Robot Festival
    Attend the annual Northwest Robot Festival from 11am-4:30pm at Western Washington University's Communications Facility. The all-ages event will include a student robot competition, mobile app showcase, police department robot displays and demos and more. Entry is free.
    Communications Facility :: www.wwu.edu
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm   Literary Lunchtime
    Debby Farmer will read a chapter from Cameron McDonald's The Endangered Species Road Trip at a free "Literary Lunchtime: Storytime Fun for Adults" event at 1pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Bring a lunch if you'd like, and after the reading stay to make a simple related craft. The event happens twice a month through August.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm   Walk About
    Bellingham Parks and Rec hosts the first of three Walk About Series excursions at 2pm at the pavilion at Maritime Heritage Park, 514 Holly St. At the free Nature Walk About, attendees can learn about plants and animals and their interactions with each other. An Art Walk About takes place July 1, and a History Walk About happens Aug. 5.
    Maritime Heritage Park :: 778-7366
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm   Mt. Baker Ultra Run Sendoff
    The public is invited to come send off the 12 ultra runners who will be making a 108-mile round-trip journey from the shores of Bellingham Bay to the 10,781-foot summit of Mt. Baker (and back) as part of the fourth annual Mount Baker Ultra Run starting at 6pm at Cornwall Beach, 100 Pine St. Thee route follows the planned Bellingham-Mt. Baker Trail that would connect the Bellingham shoreline all the way to the Easton Glacier on Mount Baker. This trail system would link the future downtown waterfront park, Whatcom Falls Park, Lake Whatcom Park, the town of Acme, the South Fork Park and follow the historic Mt. Baker Marathon route up the Middle fork of the Nooksack river connecting to the Ridley Creek Trail and on to the Easton Glacier.
    Cornwall Beach :: www.facebook.com/cascademountainrunners
  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm   Art Walk
    Allied Arts, Aslan Brewing Co., Backcountry Essentials, Bayou on Bay, the Bureau, Cafe Bouzingo, Casa Que Pasa, Community Food Co-op, Commercial Street Night Market, Culture Cafe, Dakota Art Gallery, Evolve Chocolate Lounge, the Foundry, Hatch, Fourth Corner Frames, Honey Salon, the Lucky Monkey, Make.Shift Art Space, New Wave, Old School Tattoo, Novato, Pickfor Art Studios, the Racket, Rock & Rye, Sculpture NW Gallery, Wandering Oaks Fine Arts, Waterfront Artists Studio Collective, and Western City Center will be among the venues taking part in the monthly Art Walk from 6-10pm in downtown Bellingham. Entry is free.
    Downtown Bellingham :: www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm   Farm Tunes
    Tea Seas Trio will perform at the first FarmTunes Fridays event taking place from 6-9pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. The weekly gig continues through July 22 and includes "food, spirits and fun."
    BelleWood Acres :: www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm   Square Dance
    Lucas Hicks and his band will take the stage at a "Square Dance & Jamming for the Ferndale Food Bank" event starting at 6pm at the town's Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St. Entry is $5-$10; bring a jar of store-bought jam along to donate to the food bank.
    Pioneer Pavilion Community Center :: (360) 778-3681
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm   Jazz Ensembles
    Western Washington University's Big Band and Jazz Orchestra will present a combined "Jazz Ensembles" concert featuring popular songs as well as original student and faculty compositions at a free concert at 7:30pm at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: www.cfpa.wwu.edu
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm   An Evening of Improv
    Improv Playworks presents "An Evening of Improv" at 7:30pm at the Sehome High School Little Theater, 2700 Bill McDonald Pkwy. Tickets to see the improvised scenes and games will be available at the door for $5 for students, $12 for adults. Proceeds benefit the school's drama department.
    Sehome Little Theater :: www.improvplayworks.com

Saturday, June 4, 2016   50 events

  • All Day   Plover Rides
    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 :: draytonharbormaritime.org
  • Starts 10:00am   Anacortes Waterfront Festival
    A boat show, car show, a milk carton derby, vendors, children's activities, live music, a food court, self-guided walking tours, dinners and dances, a beer garden and much more will be part of the Anacortes Waterfront Festival happening from 10am-7pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday in downtown Anacortes at the Cap Sante Marina, 1019 Q Ave. Entry is free.
    Cap Sante Marina :: www.anacortes.org
  • All Day   San Juan Island Artists' Studio Tour
    Suss out the studio spaces of creative community members at the 25th annual San Juan Island Artists' Studio Tour taking place from 4-7pm Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday throughout the island. With a mixture of prints, paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, sculpture and fiber, the professional artists open their doors and welcome the public to see where art is created and explain their processes. Entry to the self-guided tour is free.
    San Juan Island :: www.sanjuanislandartists.com
  • All Day   South Pacific
    The story of American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II will be highlighted when South Pacific opens this weekend at performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday in Oak Harbor at the Whidbey Island Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets to the musical are $20; additional performances take place through June 26.
    Whidbey Island Playhouse :: www.whidbeyplayhouse.com
  • All Day   Bellingham Scottish Highland Games
    Piping and drumming competitions, Scottish country dancing, heavy athletics, Celtic music showcases, medieval weapons demos, parades, food and merchandise vendors, games for kids, an ale and wine garden, a 5K, a car show and more will be part of the 55th annual Bellingham Scottish Highland Games happening from 6pm Friday until Sunday afternoon at Ferndale's Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Neilson Ave. Entry is $10 for kids and $15 for adults. Friday's opening night Ceiligh is free.
    Hovander Homestead Park :: www.bellinghamhighland.org
  • All Day   Proof
    View the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play Proof at 7:30pm shows Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The drama focuses on a woman who's spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, and is afraid of following in his footsteps, both mathematically and mentally. Tickets are $20; additional performances happen through June 18.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day   Mary Poppins
    Students ages 12-16 will share their talents when the legendary musical Mary Poppins opens this week at performances at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets to see the magical nanny and her adventures are $10; additional shows take place June 10-12.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: www.baay.org
  • All Day   Democrats Plant Sale
    Purchase a variety of trees, shrubs and perennials at a Plant Sale benefiting Whatcom Democrats from 3-7pm Friday and 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday at 2920 Eldridge Ave.
    Eldridge Avenue :: www.whatcomdemocrats.com
  • Ends 11:30pm   Truth and Pulp
    Improvised scenes, characters and relationships will be inspired by true monologues from the cast at showings of "Truth be Told" at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for the return of "Pulp Improv, an R-rated format embodying the work of Quentin Tarantino. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or www.theupfront.com
  • Ends 9:30pm   As You Like It
    See William Shakespeare's comedy of romance, deceit, adventure and family when As You Like It shows at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Tickets to see the classic masterpiece that's described as having "more twists and turns than Chuckanut Drive" are $10-$17.
    Performing Arts Center :: 650-6146 or www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • Ends 9:30pm   Come With Me if You Want to Live
    Brendan LaBotz and Kimberly Ross' Come With Me if you Want to Live concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall. The musical is a parody of the 1985 sci-fi blockbuster The Terminator, and pays tribute to the cult classic with original songs, dance and a plethora of ’80s references. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
    iDiOM Theater :: www.idiomtheater.com
  • Ends 9:00pm   The Wizard of Oz
    Join Dorothy and her little dog Toto as they are whisked away to a mystic land when Harper & I presents showings of The Wizard of Oz at 7pm Friday and Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The unique rendition of a classic story will feature a variety of dance styles, including ballet, tap, hip-hop and more. Tickets to the family-friendly show are $18.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • Ends 5:00pm   Summer Art Walk
    In conjunction with the Summer Art Walk, attend the monthly First Friday Art Walk from 6-9pm throughout downtown Anacortes. Good Stuff Arts, Classic Style & Co., Fidalgo Artisan Yarn & Co, A.C.M.E. Creative Space, City Hall, Burton Jewelers, the Depot Art Center, THink Tiny Gallery, the Majestic Inn and Spa, and PDA Marketing Group will be among the venues taking part in the free event. From 10am-5pm Saturday, more than 20 merchants will show the work of local artists.
    Downtown Anacortes :: www.anacortesart.com
  • Ends 12:00pm   Bird Exhibit
    View the 500-plus mounted birds on display from 12-5pm Thursday through Saturday at Whatcom Museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. The center—which is only open for a limited time each year—also features Coast Salish and Victorian exhibits.
    Syre Education Center :: www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 8:00am - 11:30pm   Photo Challenge
    Starting today, share photos of your favorite books, libraries and reading activities on social media using the hashtag #bplsummer2016 as part of a "Take Another Look! Adult Summer Reading Photo Challenge" continuing through Aug. 31. Participants will have chances to win monthly prizes and be entered into an end-of-summer grand prize drawing.
    Whatcom County :: www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 8:00am - 10:30am   Farmer's Day Breakfast
    Fuel up before today's parade at a Farmer's Day Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8-10:30am at the Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. The meal will be prepared and served by volunteers to benefit senior programs at the center. Entry is $5.
    Lynden Community Center :: www.lyndencommunitycenter.org
  • 8:00am - 3:00pm   Chuckanut Mountain Championships
    The final Bellingham Trail Running Series of the season, the Chuckanut Mt. Championships Half/Full begins at 8am at Larrabee State Park. Entry is $80-$100. There will also be a free kid's race.
    Larrabee State Park :: www.bellinghamtrail.com
  • 8:00am - 1:00pm   Skagit Flats Ride
    Join members of the Mount Baker Club for a Skagit Flats breakfast ride starting at 8am at the former bamboo nursery at 3533 Chuckanut Dr. The 40-mile round-trip ride will include a stop for breakfast at Rexville Grocery.
    Chuckanut Drive :: www.mountbakerclub.org
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm   NSEA Work Party
    Join the Nooksack Enhancement Association for a Spring Work Party from 9am-12pm along Whatcom Creek. Meet at the north end of C Street (near the BTC Fisheries campus) and gain access from Holly St. Volunteers will remove invasive plants and mulch to improve salmon habitat.
    Whatcom Creek :: www.n-sea.org
  • 9:00am - 11:00am   Girls on the Run 5K
    All are welcome at the YMCA'S "Girls on the Run 5K" starting at 9am at Lake Padden, 4882 Samish Way. Entry to the run/walk is $15; funds raised benefit the after-school program for girls in grades 3-5 that is designed to increase physical activity and emotional health.
    Lake Padden Park :: www.whatcomymca.org
  • 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. 17 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 :: www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org
  • 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 :: www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm   Learn to Row Day
    Celebrate National Learn to Row Day by joining the Whatcom Rowing Association from 10am-2pm at the organization's boathouse at Bloedel Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave. The free event will include coaching on proper techniques, demos in eight-person shells, tours with local rowers and more.
    Bloedel Donovan Park :: www.whatcomrowing.org
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm   Sculpture Woods
    If you're interested in art with a view, head to Lummi Island to peruse 16 outdoor sculptures by Ann Morris from 10am-5pm at the monthly "Sculpture Woods" tour at 3851 Legoe Bay Rd. The working studio will not be open. Entry is free. Park diagonally in the designated parking area, take a map for the self-guided tour and enjoy (no photos, please).
    Sculpture Woods :: www.sculpturewoods.com
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm   Morrison Glass Art Studio Sale
    Get low prices on high-quality glass works at today's Studio Sale happening from 10am-4pm at Morrison Glass Art, 2111 Lincoln St. Entry is free.
    Morrison Glass Art :: www.morrisonglassart.com
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm   Lummi Island Market
    Peruse arts and crafts, partake of food and listen to music at opening day of the Lummi Island Saturday Market from 10am-4pm in the field next to the Islander Grocery, 2106 S. Nugent Rd.
    Islander Grocery :: (360) 758-2815
  • 10:00am - 9:00pm   Bridge of Aloha Festival
    Honor Hawaiian culture from afar at today's "Bridge of Aloha" Festival happening from 10am-9pm at the Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Rd. Hawaiian music and Polynesian dance, arts and crafts, vendor boots, cultural workshops, raffle drawings, activities for kids, food and more will be part of the event. Entry is $10.
    Ferndale Events Center :: www.bridgeofaloha.webs.com
  • 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 :: www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 10:00am - 11:30am   Doxie Walk
    All dachshunds and dachshund lovers are invited to take part in the 12th annual "Doxie Walk" starting at 10am at the Fairhaven Train Station, 401 Harris Ave. After meeting to sniff, mingle and bark for a while, the walk will continue on to Marine Park to run around and play. Entry is free.
    Fairhaven Train Station :: (360) 303-9202
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm   Veteran Benefits
    If you served in the United States military and are interested in finding more about enrolling in VA health care, military discharge benefits or other related information, attend a "Veteran Benefits" event from 10am-1pm at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. Entry is free.
    Burlington Public Library :: (360) 393-5514
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm   Blaine Gardeners Market
    Procure produce, crafts, food from vendors and more at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm at 685 Peace Portal Dr.
    Peace Portal Drive :: www.blainechamber.com
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm   What's the Point?
    Join Whatcom Land Trust and the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee for an annual low-tide exploration dubbed "What's the Point?" starting at 10am at Point Whitehorn Beach. During the morning’s low tide, naturalists familiar with intertidal creatures and seaweeds, birds, native plants and local geology will answer questions and lead guided tours along the beach. Marine life specialists will be on the beach providing information about plants and animals in the reserve’s intertidal zone. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the beach during the free event.
    Point Whitehorn Beach :: www.whatcomlandtrust.org
  • 10:30am - 2:30pm   Summer Reading Kickoff Party
    Attend a Summer Reading Kickoff Party from 10:30am-2:30pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. The family-friendly event will include supersized games and activities, signups for summer reading, root beer floats and more.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm   Farmer's Day Parade
    Watch an eclectic menagerie of cars, bands, tractors, trucks and horses as they salute the agriculture industry of Whatcom County at the annual Lynden Farmer's Day Parade beginning at 10:30am on Front Street beginning at 10th St. and continuing to 3rd St. Entry is free for spectators.
    Downtown Lynden :: www.lynden.org
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm   Beer Book and Tour
    Mike Rizzo will sell and sign copies of Washington Beer: A Heady History of Evergreen State Brewing from 11am-1pm at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 601 W. Holly St. At 11:30am, there will also be a free tour of the brewery for those wanting to know more about the space and its history.
    Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen :: www.chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm   World Record Shortcake
    As part of Lynden Farmer's Day events and the town's 125th birthday, show up to see the creation of a 1,250-foot-long Strawberry Shortcake from 12-1:30pm in downtown Lynden. Servings will be offered to the public for free after creation and documentation of the world-record shortcake—which will be made with locally grown strawberries, plus ice cream and whipped cream.
    Downtown Lynden :: www.lynden.org
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm   Fidalgo Youth Symphony
    The Fidalgo Youth Symphony presents a Finale Concert at 1pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The show is the culmination of a full season of practicing, perfecting, and performance and includes featured soloists and a farewell to graduates. Tickets are $1-$10.
    McIntyre Hall :: www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm   Vineyard Care
    Shoot positioning, summer pruning, bunch thinning, water and disease management and more will be covered at a "Summer Care in the Vineyard" workshop from 1:30-3pm at Everson's Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd. Entry is free, and no registration is required.
    Cloud Mountain Farm Center :: www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm   Traditional Jazz
    Bonnie Northgraves’ Band will perform swinging music at the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society’s monthly concert and dance from 2-5pm at the VFW Hall, 625 N State St. Entry is $6 students, $10 members, $12 general.
    VFW Hall :: 371-7030 or www.btjs.webs.com
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm   Serendipity's Footsteps
    Suzanne Nelson reads from her new book of young adult fiction, Serendipity's Footsteps, at 2pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The teen tome follows three different girl born in three different times and places.
    Village Books :: www.villagebooks.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm   Color Me 5K Community Fun Run
    Join hundreds of other runners and get colored from head to toe as you travel through stations along the course of the "Color Me 5K" Community Fun Run starting at 4pm at Lynden High School, 1201 Bradley Rd. Come win prizes, meet new friends, have fun and support girls and boys tennis players from Lynden High and Lynden Christian high schools. Entry is $15-$20.
    Lynden High School :: www.eventbrite.com
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm   Edison Opening
    Peruse new works by printmaker and painter Lindsay Kohles and woodcarver Marceil DeLacy at an opening reception from 5-8pm at Edison's Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. The works will be shown through June 28.
    Smith & Vallee Gallery :: www.smithandvallee.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm   Tillie Lace Grand Opening
    Attend a Grand Opening Party and peruse Cooper Lanza's "Caught in the Moment" exhibit from 6-9pm at Fairhaven's Tillie Lace Gallery and School of Fine Art, 1415 13th St. (formerly the Lucia Douglas Gallery). The free event will also feature live music by Cheryl Hodge and others.
    Tillie Lace Gallery and School of Fine Art :: www.tillielacegallery.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm   Inside the Inside Passage
    Celebrate the launch of local author Susan Marie Conrad’s adventure memoir Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage at 7pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center. The book is about Conrad's 1,148-mile solo sea kayak expedition from Anacortes to Juneau, Alaska. Entry is $10; funds raised with benefit the Community Boating Center's educational programs and youth scholarships.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: www.boatingcenter.org
  • 7:00pm - 11:30pm   Lynden Dinner
    Be part of a big anniversary when the Lynden Music Festival hosts a "Celebrate 125 Years in Lynden" event from 7-11:30pm at the Lynden Pioneer Museum, 217 Front St. The festivities include a sit-down dinner, live music, a silent auction and dancing. Tickets are $50.
    Lynden Pioneer Museum :: www.lyndenmusicfestival.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm   Sharing is Healing
    Holocaust survivor Noémi Ban shares her story at a "Sharing is Healing" presentation at 7:30pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Ban was a young woman when she lost most of her family at Auschwitz. She survived, and has been sharing her story of hope and forgiveness since. Entry is free.
    Lummi Island Library :: 758-7145
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm   Manuscripts and Monasteries
    Skagit Valley native Father Dale presents "Forty Years on the Silk Road: Manuscripts, Monasteries and Massacres from Jerusalem to Beijing" at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Entry is free.
    Lincoln Theatre :: www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:30pm - 10:00pm   Summer Solstice Dance
    USA Dance host a Summer Solstice Dance from 7:15-10pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. The event will kick off with a two-step lesson, followed by a dance party with music selected to celebrate the coming of summer by DJ Skeeter. Entry is $7-$10.
    Presence Studio :: www.presence-studio.com
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm   Roger and Michael Fisher
    Roger and Michael Fisher of Heart will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band's first album, Dreamboat Annie, and play songs from their new album, All Told, at 8pm at the Underground, 211 E. Chestnut St. Tickets to the multimedia experience are $10-$15.
    Underground Nightclub :: (360) 306-3178
  • 9:30pm - 11:30pm   Salsa Night
    Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest's bimonthly "Salsa Night" taking place from 9pm-12am on the first and third Saturdays of the month at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State St. Entry to the all-ages event is $4.
    Cafe Rumba :: www.rumbanorthwest.com