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Week of Sunday, January 31, 2016
(98 events)

 

 

Sunday, January 31, 2016 (13 events)

  • Calendar Girls: Attend performances of Calendar Girls at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Based on a true story and the hit movie of the same name, the play tells the tale of Annie and her friends who, following the death of Annie's husband, resolve to raise money for the local hospital by posing nude for a fundraising calendar. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 13. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Les Miserables: BAAY Pro, a new and advanced division of Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, will present showings of the musical Les Miserables at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. The school edition of the play takes the audience on an exciting journey through revolutionary France, where a number of young idealists put their lives on the line for what they believe in. Tickets are $12; additional showings happen Feb. 5-7. http://www.baay.org or www.baaylesmis.brownpapertickets.com
    7:00pm
  • Baby: Meet three couples who are facing the brave new world of parenthood in humorous and poignant fashion when Baby opens this week with shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The musical examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs, that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Tickets are $12-$14; additional showings happen through Feb. 14. http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
    7:30pm
  • Father’s Been to Mars: The Alger Lookout Thespian Association presents Father's Been to Mars starting this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday, at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. The comedy focuses on a television actor who can't separate his family life from his onscreen persona. Tickets are $12-$14; additional showings happen though Feb. 13. http://www.altatheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Skagit Eagle Festival: Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers and more will be part of the final weekend of the Skagit Eagle Festival from 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday at Rockport's Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Rd. The center offers opportunities to better understand the wildlife of the Skagit River watershed with an emphasis on the winter migration of bald eagles, salmon and the vital role each play in our ecosystem. Additional http://www.skagiteagle.org or www.concrete-wa.com
    10:00am
  • VFW Breakfast: Choose from a menu of waffles, French Toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, bacon, biscuits, gravy, coffee and juice at a Community Breakfast happening from 8-10am at Bellingham's VFW Post 1585, 625 N. State St. Entry is $7. (360) 734-5520
    8:00am
  • Rabbit Ride: Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8:30am 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. http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
    8:30am
  • Festival of Costume: Attend a "Festival of Costume" from 2-4pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. If you've got ethnic and exotic clothing from around the world, wear it and share stories (or pictures) of the amazing things people around the world have created for adornment. Entry to the all-ages event is free. 305-3600
    2:00pm
  • Skagit Symphony Family Concert: Bring the kids along to "Cakes, Bikes and Music," Skagit Symphony's annual family concert, starting at 2pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Children and students with ID get in for free, but still require a ticket. Entry for adults is $10. http://www.mcintyrehall.org
    2:00pm
  • Audubon Advice: Members of the North Cascades Audubon Society will be on hand to provide casual conversation and information about birds at an "Audubon at the Museum" event from 2-4pm at Whatcom Museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St.—where a permanent collection of more than 500 birds is on display. Entry is $5. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    2:00pm
  • Chess & Coffee: Join a new "Bellingham Chess and Coffee Meetup" at 2pm at the Market Street Cafe at the Barkley Haggen, 2900 Woburn St. Folks of all ages may drop every Sunday by to meet other local players and play chess. Entry is free. http://www.meetup.com/BellinghamChess
    2:00pm
  • Art of Jazz: The Jazz Project kicks off its "Art of Jazz" series with a solo concert featuring Flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez from 4-6:30pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Jazz combos from WWU's music program will open the show. Tickets are $10-$16. http://www.jazzproject.org or www.tickets.wwu.edu
    4:00pm
  • International Guitar Night: Founder Brian Gore will be joined by three of Europe's finest acoustic guitarists—gypsy Jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt, contemporary fingerstyle innovator Mike Dawes, and multi-genre showman Andre Krengel—for an annual International Guitar Night concert at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $25-$34. http://www.lincolntheatre.org
    7:30pm

Monday, February 1, 2016 (5 events)

  • Knife Skills: Mataio Gillis leads a hands-on "Knife Skills" course at 5:30pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. The beginning course will focus on the fundamentals, including safety, knife mechanics and maintenance, and classical cutting techniques. Entry is $48. http://www.ciaothyme.com
    5:30pm
  • Seasonal Eating: Acupuncturist Cadie Federmeyer focuses on "Eating with the Seasons: A Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective" at a 6:30pm presentation at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $5. http://www.communityfood.coop
    6:30pm
  • Exploring Jordan: As part of a monthlong series dubbed "Teaming Up for Travel," Heather Daour will lead an "Exploring Jordan" talk and slideshow at 6:30pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. She'll discuss how to stay safe and explore the diverse culture of contemporary Jordan and the rich history of its empires, from Biblical times to the present. Entry is free. Additional events happen most Mondays in February. 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. 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, February 2, 2016 (7 events)

  • World Tutu Day: Celebrate World TuTu Day from 3-6pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. At the free event, there'll be an interactive demonstration in the weaving studio of a tutu pattern using a weaver’s loom, the opportunity to paint and decorate ballet shoes, a ballet-inspired drawing contest for kids, a Tutu Parade through the center and a performance from Pas de Quatre by the Northwest Ballet Academy. P.S. The wearing of tutus is highly encouraged. http://www.jansenartcenter.org
    3:00pm
  • Funk Discussion: "When Local Becomes National: The Legacy and Impact of Pacific Northwest Photojournalist Wallie V. Funk" will be the focus of a panel discussion from 4-5:30pm on the sixth floor of Western Washington University's Wilson Library. The event is part of an exhibit that is currently on display at the library. Entry is free. http://www.wwu.edu
    4:00pm
  • All-Paces Run: Staffers and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. Entry is free. In these dark months, a headlamp or flashlight is required. http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
    6:00pm
  • Soups for Supper: Chef Jim Kowalski focuses on "Soups for Supper" at a 6:30pm class in Mount Vernon at Gretchen's Kitchen, 509 S. First St. He'll be recreating Rhododendron Cafe classic soups, including pork posole, Senegalese chicken peanut soup, and Thai shrimp coconut curry. Entry is $45. http://www.gretchenskitchen.com
    6:30pm
  • Winter Soups: Karina Davidson helms a "Winter Soups for the Body and Soul" class from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $39 and includes a class of wine or a non-alcoholic beverage. http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
    6:30pm
  • Not If But When: Whatcom County Library System invites the public to an informal discussion about how children and teens face and process death, and the role literature can play helping them make sense of these complicated issues, at a "Not If But When: Books for Young People about Death and Loss" presentation at 7pm at the Ferndale Public Library, 2125 Main St. Panelists include Marie Eaton, Director of the Palliative Care Institute at WWU, Sylvia Tag, Instructional Services Librarian at WWU, and Thom http://www.wcls.org
    7:00pm
  • 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. http://www.skagitfolkdancers.org
    7:00pm

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 (13 events)

  • Kapow! Competition: Sustainable Connections begins its second annual Bellingham Placemaking Design Competition this month. "KAPOW!" seeks to engage the community in designing "tactical urbanism" project that enhance the identity, vitality and health of North State Street. The design ideas are meant to reflect Bellingham’s unique community identity, attract people, activate inactive spaces, provide amenities and promote people's health, happiness, and well-being. Applications are due Feb. 15. http://www.sconnect.org
    10:00am
  • Estate Planning: Seniors can get valuable information about securing their estates and retirement planning at a free Estate Planning workshop from 9:30am-1:30pm at the Quality Inn Grand Suites, 100 E. Kellogg Rd. Please register in advance, as space is limited. 1-866-252-8721
    9:30am
  • Call for Art in La Conner: The La Conner Arts Commission is seeking entries for its 10th annual La Conner Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. The selected sculptures will be on public display in La Conner in the spring; selected sculptures will be on loan to the town for two years, and the arts commission will promote their sale through statewide advertising. The entry deadline is Feb. 8; peruse the website listed here for more submission details. (360) 466-3125 or http://www.townoflaconner.org
    10:00am
  • Teen Poetry Contest: The Whatcom County Library System invites teens in grades 6-12 to submit their original poetry for consideration for publication in A Forest of Words, which is published each spring. Submissions will be accepted through Feb. 14. The book will be illustrated with teen art published in Whatcomics, another WCLS publication which highlights teen artistic talent. http://www.wcls.org
    10:00am
  • Music Club Concert: Winners of the Bellingham Music Club's piano and vocal awards for high school students will perform at 10:30am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St. Admission will be free to the public, with donations accepted to support cash awards to students. http://www.bellinghammusicclub.org
    10:30am
  • Book Talk: Teens in grades 6-12 can meet for a Book Talk from 3-4pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Join this reading and talking group that chooses a new book each month. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month. Entry is free. http://www.wcls.org
    3:00pm
  • Spaghetti Dinner: Help support the kids of La Conner by attending a Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner from 5-8pm at La Traviata Italian Restaurant, 201 E. Morris St. Entry is $10. http://www.lovelaconner.com
    5:00pm
  • 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
  • Western Line Dancing: No partner or experience is necessary to take part in Western Line Dancing classes Wednesday nights through Feb. 10 at Lynden's Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. Beginners instruction happens from 6:30-7:30pm, and intermediates from 7:30-8:30pm. Entry is $5 per class. http://www.facebook.com/lyndenlinedancers
    6:30pm
  • Pakistani Cuisine: Enjoy chicken palau, dal masoor, vegetable curry, and cucumber salad when Azma Khan leads a "Pakistani Cuisine" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $35. http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
    6:30pm
  • Garden Club Meeting: Jenny and Christopher of My Garden Nursery will talk about the fun events and seminars they have planned for 2016 at the Birchwood Garden Club's monthly meeting at 7pm at Whatcom Museum's Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect St. The duo will also share some of the new plants and products they have or will be getting soon. All are welcome. http://www.birchwoodgardenclub.org
    7:00pm
  • Understanding ISIS: Phyllis Bennis shares ideas from Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS, working as a writer, activist and analyst on Middle East and UN issues. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Community Memories: Attend a "Sumas Community Memory Talk" at 7pm at the Sumas Library, 451 Second St. The families of Gertie Rensink Saar and Allan Saar have lived in the Sumas and Deming area for generations. Join Deborah Morgan as she reminisces with Gertie and Allan in an informal setting. http://www.wcls.org
    7:00pm

Thursday, February 4, 2016 (13 events)

  • Kapow! Competition: Sustainable Connections begins its second annual Bellingham Placemaking Design Competition this month. "KAPOW!" seeks to engage the community in designing "tactical urbanism" project that enhance the identity, vitality and health of North State Street. The design ideas are meant to reflect Bellingham’s unique community identity, attract people, activate inactive spaces, provide amenities and promote people's health, happiness, and well-being. Applications are due Feb. 15. http://www.sconnect.org
    10:00am
  • The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin: A cast of 10 will play everyone from a radical socialist to an Italian laundress to a scientific industrialist when The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theatre. The play focuses on the events surrounding the titular character, who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc smelter, brought the World War I British war machine to a halt. Tickets are $7-$12. Additional 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    7:30pm
  • Baby: Meet three couples who are facing the brave new world of parenthood in humorous and poignant fashion when Baby continues this week with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The musical examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs, that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Tickets are $12-$14; additional showings happen through Feb. 14. http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
    7:30pm
  • Calendar Girls: Attend performances of Calendar Girls at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Based on a true story and the hit movie of the same name, the play tells the tale of Annie and her friends who, following the death of Annie's husband, resolve to raise money for the local hospital by posing nude for a fundraising calendar. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 13. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Moon Over Buffalo: Hilarious misunderstandings pile on top of madcap misadventures in Ken Ludwig's valentine to theater hams everywhere when Moon Over Buffalo shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday, at Oak Harbor's Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 21. http://www.whidbeyplayhouse.com
    7:30pm
  • Solar Lunch: Attend a "Solar Wise Solarize Lunch" from 11:30am-1pm at Sustainable Connections, 1701 Ellis St., suite #221. The program encourages homeowners and businesses to install solar panels on their homes, businesses or multifamily units and in return, solar panels will be donated to the Bellingham Food Bank. Entry is free. http://www.sconnect.org
    11:30am
  • Bookmark Workshop: Learn how to make a cute and simple bookmark to keep your place when you've got to put your book down at a "Make It: Corner Critter Bookmarks" workshop from 4-6:30pm at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Entry is free, and materials will be provided. 778-7217 or http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
    4:00pm
  • After Hours Art: Learn a creative relief-printing technique that doesn’t require special materials or tools at an "After Hours Art: Collograph Printmaking" workshop from 5:30-7:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. Participants will make a printing plate from collaged materials and learn how to print from it, using pre-made plates. Artist Meghan Yates leads the event. Entry is $15-$18; please register in advance. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    5:30pm
  • Historical Museum Opening: An opening reception for "Secrets of the Mount Vernon Culture" takes place from 6-8pm at La Conner's Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. Fourth St. The exhibit was "uncovered, documented and prepared" by artist and filmmaker Jack Gunter, who has assembled Paleolithic vessels and interpreted his discovery through paintings and film. See it through May 15. http://www.skagitcounty.net
    6:00pm
  • New Exhibit Opening: Attend an opening for the "Winter Into Spring" juried exhibit and a "Student Show" featuring those who have participated in classes, workshops or open studios from 6-8pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. http://www.jansenartcenter.org
    6:00pm
  • Making Mozzarella: Oly-Cultures founder Julie Kamin-Martin leads a "Make Your Own Mozzarella" class from 6:30-8:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Students will learn about the acidification of the milk proteins, creation of the curds and whey, the proper method for kneading, how to store fresh mozzarella, and get a variety of recipes. Entry is $40 and includes a mozzarella-making kit. http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
    6:30pm
  • Travelogue Talk: "Cycling Idaho and the Rockies in Montana" will be the focus of a Travelogue Series presentation and slideshow by Susan Willhoft from 7-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $3. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    7:00pm
  • Nordic Ski Club Meeting: George Ratayczak will be the featured speaker at the Nooksack Nordic Ski Club's monthly meeting at 7:30pm at Garden Street Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden St. Ratayczak, a former Emergency Rescue expert and current deputy sheriff, will cover his experiences and explore what to do if you find a person in distress on a trail in a remote area. Prospective members can show up at 7pm for a new member orientation. http://www.nooksacknordicskiclub.org
    7:00pm

Friday, February 5, 2016 (21 events)

  • Father’s Been to Mars: The Alger Lookout Thespian Association presents Father's Been to Mars continuing this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. The comedy focuses on a television actor who can't separate his family life from his onscreen persona. Tickets are $12-$14; additional showings happen though Feb. 14. http://www.altatheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin: A cast of 10 will play everyone from a radical socialist to an Italian laundress to a scientific industrialist when The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theatre. The play focuses on the events surrounding the titular character, who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc smelter, brought the World War I British war machine to a halt. Tickets are $7-$12. Additional 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    7:30pm
  • Baby: Meet three couples who are facing the brave new world of parenthood in humorous and poignant fashion when Baby continues this week with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The musical examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs, that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Tickets are $12-$14; additional showings happen through Feb. 14. http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
    7:30pm
  • Calendar Girls: Attend performances of Calendar Girls at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Based on a true story and the hit movie of the same name, the play tells the tale of Annie and her friends who, following the death of Annie's husband, resolve to raise money for the local hospital by posing nude for a fundraising calendar. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 13. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Moon Over Buffalo: Hilarious misunderstandings pile on top of madcap misadventures in Ken Ludwig's valentine to theater hams everywhere when Moon Over Buffalo shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday, at Oak Harbor's Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 21. http://www.whidbeyplayhouse.com
    7:30pm
  • Cupid’s Arrow: An improvised dating game dubbed "Cupid's Arrow" opens this week with performances at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The show is inspired by the classic 1960s and ’70s show The Dating Game, and has the "contestant "choosing from three outlandish characters inspired by audience suggestions (and then going on a date with him/her). The show runs weekends through February. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. http://www.theupfront.com
    7:30pm
  • Mary Poppins: Watch what happens when a magical nanny comes to work for a banker's family and takes them on fantastical adventures when Disney's Mary Poppins concludes this week with performances at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 1:30pm and 7pm Sunday, at Lynden Christian High School, 515 Drayton St. Tickets to see the Broadway musical are $6-$10. http://www.lyncs.org
    7:00pm
  • Les Miserables: BAAY Pro, a new and advanced division of Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, will present showings of the musical Les Miserables at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm and Saturday, and 12pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. The school edition of the play takes the audience on an exciting journey through revolutionary France, where a number of young idealists put their lives on the line for what they believe in. Tickets are $10-$12. http://www.baay.org or www.baaylesmis.brownpapertickets.com
    7:00pm
  • Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30-11am Fridays in February on the Interurban Trail. Suggested donation is $5. http://www.wildwhatcom.org
    9:30am
  • Parkinson’s Dance Class: Kuntz and Company's Pam Kuntz leads a dance class for people with Parkinson's disease and other movement or neurological disorders at 10am at Ballet Bellingham, 1405 Fraser St., suite #103. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the joy of dancing while forming a community of support. Entry is free. No registration is necessary. http://www.kuntzandco.org
    10:00am
  • The Nerd: Find out what happens when an ex-GI is beset by a visitor who outstays his welcome with a vengeance when the MBT Rep comedy The Nerd opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets to the show are $25. Additional performances happen Feb. 17-21 and 24-28. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    11:01am
  • Valley Writers: Bring pen and paper or a digital device to the bimonthly "Valley Writers" meeting from 1-3pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. Participants write from prompts à la Natalie Goldberg, and the event is facilitated by C.J. Prince. All adults are welcome. http://www.wcls.org
    1:00pm
  • How Space Turns Reception: An opening reception for "How Space Turns" happens from 5-7pm at Western Washington University's Western Gallery. The exhibit brings together installations from six prominent artists from three continents (South America, Iceland, and Japan) sharing common approaches to space and materials. It can be viewed through May 12. http://www.westerngallery.wwu.edu
    5:00pm
  • Lighting the Dark: Chuckanut Transition will host "Lighting the Dark: Swapping, Dining, Learning and Burning" from 5-8:30pm at Burlington's Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Ln. The event will include a food and seed swap, potluck dinner, art, a "Forgotten Pollinators" presentation and the lighting of fire sculptures. Bring along your musical instruments and help fill the dark night with celebration. Entry is free. http://www.chuckanuttransition.com
    5:00pm
  • World Wide Wine Dinner: Master sommelier Rob Bigelow from Chateau St. Michelle will join Mataio Gillis for a "World Wide Wine Tour" dinner at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Expect to experience variety, phenomenal flavors and great values on exceptional wines—which will be available after the dinner at discount pricing. Entry is $98. http://www.ciaothyme.com
    6:00pm
  • Gallery Walk: A.C.M.E. Creative Spaces, Scott Milo Gallery, Burton Jewelers, Anacortes Oil & Vinegar Bar, the Depot Gallery, the Majestic Inn and Spa and more will have their doors open from 6-9pm for the monthly Gallery Walk in downtown Anacortes. Entry is free and open to all. http://www.anacortesart.com
    6:00pm
  • Art Walk: Allied Arts, Aslan Brewing Co., Bayou on Bay, Bay Street Studio Artists, Bellingham Alley District, Casa Que Pasa, Center for Independence, Community Food Co-op, Downtown Visitors Center, First Baptist Church, Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery, Hatch 2.0, Honey Salon, he Lucky Monkey, Max Higbee Center, Make.Shift Art Space, Novato, Old World Deli, Pickford Art Studios, the Racket, Redlight, Rock & Rye Oyster House, Social Fabric, Western City Center, and Western Gallery will be among those taking http://www.downtownbellingham.com
    6:00pm
  • Noisy Water Reading: Selected poets who were published in Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County will read from their respective works from 7-9pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. The collection includes the work of 101 poets. Entry to the all-ages event is free. http://www.wcls.org
    7:00pm
  • Healthy Knees Cycling: Local author and Bellingham Tennis Club and Fairhaven Fitness co-owner Robin Robertson will give a talk about how to reduce knee pain and keep your knees healthy when she shares advice from her book Healthy Knees Cycling at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In June, she will launch an international “train the trainer” program to teach others how to safely guide those with knee, hip, and ankle complaints to better health, reduced pain and an active lifestyle. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Coco Montoya: Self-taught guitar slinger Coco Montoya shares his signature blues sounds with the public at a 7:30pm performance at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $25-$35. http://www.lincolntheatre.org
    7:30pm
  • Ciompi String Quartet: Expect musical sophistication when the four Duke professors performing under the moniker of the Ciompi String Quartet share their chamber music talents at a concert at 7:30pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Entry is free and open to the public. http://www.cfpa.wwu.edu
    7:30pm

Saturday, February 6, 2016 (30 events)

  • Father’s Been to Mars: The Alger Lookout Thespian Association presents Father's Been to Mars continuing this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. The comedy focuses on a television actor who can't separate his family life from his onscreen persona. Tickets are $12-$14; additional showings happen though Feb. 14. http://www.altatheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin: A cast of 10 will play everyone from a radical socialist to an Italian laundress to a scientific industrialist when The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theatre. The play focuses on the events surrounding the titular character, who, through a strike at a Canadian zinc smelter, brought the World War I British war machine to a halt. Tickets are $7-$12. Additional 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    7:30pm
  • Baby: Meet three couples who are facing the brave new world of parenthood in humorous and poignant fashion when Baby continues this week with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The musical examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs, that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Tickets are $12-$14; additional showings happen through Feb. 14. http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
    7:30pm
  • Calendar Girls: Attend performances of Calendar Girls at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Based on a true story and the hit movie of the same name, the play tells the tale of Annie and her friends who, following the death of Annie's husband, resolve to raise money for the local hospital by posing nude for a fundraising calendar. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 13. http://www.acttheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Moon Over Buffalo: Hilarious misunderstandings pile on top of madcap misadventures in Ken Ludwig's valentine to theater hams everywhere when Moon Over Buffalo shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday, at Oak Harbor's Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 21. http://www.whidbeyplayhouse.com
    7:30pm
  • Cupid’s Arrow: An improvised dating game dubbed "Cupid's Arrow" opens this week with performances at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The show is inspired by the classic 1960s and ’70s show The Dating Game, and has the "contestant "choosing from three outlandish characters inspired by audience suggestions (and then going on a date with him/her). The show runs weekends through February. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. http://www.theupfront.com
    7:30pm
  • Mary Poppins: Watch what happens when a magical nanny comes to work for a banker's family and takes them on fantastical adventures when Disney's Mary Poppins concludes this week with performances at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 1:30pm and 7pm Sunday, at Lynden Christian High School, 515 Drayton St. Tickets to see the Broadway musical are $6-$10. http://www.lyncs.org
    7:00pm
  • Les Miserables: BAAY Pro, a new and advanced division of Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, will present showings of the musical Les Miserables at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm and Saturday, and 12pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. The school edition of the play takes the audience on an exciting journey through revolutionary France, where a number of young idealists put their lives on the line for what they believe in. Tickets are $10-$12. http://www.baay.org or www.baaylesmis.brownpapertickets.com
    7:00pm
  • Chocolate Pop-Up Lounge: Special discounted chocolate and tastings will take place from 2-4pm daily through Valentine's Day at the Evolve Chocolate Pop-up Lounge, 1313 N. State St. From 4-8pm there'll be an acoustic open mic, a "Lovers Flight of Cacao" (three confections served with sipping chocolate for two), seasonal specials and more. Entry is free. http://www.evolvetruffles.com
    2:00pm
  • Pancake Breakfast: A monthly Pancake Breakfast takes place from 8-11am at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St. Funds raised go to the Ferndale Food Bank. http://www.ferndalefoodbank.org
    8:00am
  • Pruning 101: Blaine Community Orchards for Resources and Education (CORE) hosts a "Pruning 101" workshop from 10am-12pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Learn about the growth habits of trees and bushes, why to prune, the right tools, and how to get overgrown trees back in shape. Entry is free. The class repeats at 4pm Wed., Feb. 10 and 10am Sat., March 5. http://www.wcls.org
    10:00am
  • Zombies Have Heart, Too: Registration (and face painting) for the Max Higbee Center's annual 5K Run, Walk & Roll, "Zombies Have Hearts, Too," begins at 8am at Bloedel Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave. Zombie attire is not required—both the living and the walking dead can take part. Entry is $12-$25—if you choose to have your face painted, it'll be $5 -$10 for zombie face painting. Don't forget: an all-ages after-party and costume contest takes place at Kulshan Brewery. (Max Higbee Center is a nonprofit providing http://www.maxhigbee.org
    10:00am
  • 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). http://www.annmorrisbronze.com
    10:00am
  • Wild Whatcom Winter Classes: As part of Wild Whatcom's winter explorations, sign up boys grades 4 and up for "Snow Cave Building" today in Whatcom County ($70). Girls in grades 3-5 can take part in a "Night Exploration Traverse" at dusk ($45). Pre-registration is required for both event. http://www.wildwhatcom.org
    10:00am
  • Advanced Coffee: Co-op coffee instructor Hayley Boothe, along with guest presenter Sara Galactica, will encourage students to think and taste outside the box of traditional coffee norms at an "Advanced Coffee" class from 10:30am-12pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $10. http://www.communityfood.coop
    10:30am
  • Foodscaping: Kathy Anderson of Beautiful Landscapes will focus on "Foodscaping for the Urban Landscape" at an 11am presentation in Mount Vernon at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. Foodscaping uses Permaculture techniques involving patterns found in nature to create sustainable, multi-layered and multi-dimensional food systems while still retaining an aesthetic landscape. Entry is $8; register in advance. http://www.christiansonsnursery.com
    11:00am
  • Returning Home Tour: The artist will be on hand at 2pm to lead a tour and share insights about his work when "Returning Home: Six Decades of Art by Ira Yeager" opens today from 12-5pm at Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. Born in Bellingham in 1938, Yeager has traveled the world and created a unique body of work that illuminates the people and landscapes that he encountered while living in Florence, Corfu, Tangiers, Santa Fe, New York City, San Francisco, and Calisto. The works will be up through http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:00pm
  • 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 will be available from 1-4:30pm Saturdays and 4-7pm Monday through Thursday through April 15. Starting this week, the Ferndale and Blaine senior centers and the Lynden and Ferndale libraries will also offer tax help by appointment. (360) 920-0476 or http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
    1:00pm
  • Traditional Jazz: Bob Storms’ Dixieland All Stars will perform New Orleans/Dixieland 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. 371-7030 or http://www.btjs.webs.com
    2:00pm
  • FishBoy Winter Show: View and purchase new works and classics when folk artist RR Clark (FishBoy) hosts a Winter Show from 2-9pm at FishBoy Gallery, 617 Virginia St. (near Trader Joe's). http://www.fishboygallery.com
    2:00pm
  • Top Dog/Underdog: Take a powerful and provocative journey with two young black brothers—Lincoln and Booth—who are attempting to survive in New York City at showings of Top Dog/Underdog at 2pm and 7:30pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Following the performances here, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Suzan-Lori Parks will be presented in Mexico City as part of the Festival Nacional de Teatro Universitario. Tickets are $15. 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
    2:00pm
  • Vietnames Festival Fair: Vietnamese traditions, stories, horoscopes, food, arts and crafts and more will be part of an inaugural Vietnamese Festival Fair from 4-7pm at the YWCA, 1026 N. Forest St. Entry is $5 per person or $20 for a family of five (children under 10 are free). .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    4:00pm
  • Hearts for Housing: Get dressed up for the 15th annual "Hearts for Housing" fundraiser for Lydia House taking place from 6-9pm at Four Points by Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Dr. Tickets are $75 and include a cocktail hour reception, a red carpet photo experience, a plated dinner, games, a chocolate bar, a romantically curated live auction, a silent auction, music and more. http://www.lydiaplace.org
    6:00pm
  • Oysterfest: Enjoy fresh-shucked oysters, refreshments, a buffet dinner, silent and live auctions and more at Sunrise Rotary Club's annual "Oysterfest" from 6-10pm at Bellingham Golf & Country Club, 3729 Meridian St. Tickets are $100. Proceeds benefit pediatric cancer research through the Strong Against Cancer project, as well as other local organizations. http://www.bellinghamsunriserotary.com
    6:00pm
  • Fiction Trio: Young Adult author and actress Jennifer Longo reads from her new book of fiction, Up To This Pointe, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At 7pm, David Joy reads from Where All Light Tends to Go and Owen Laukkanen reads from The Stolen Ones at a fiction double-header. Both events are free. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Red and Black Dance: USA Dance will host a "Ladies in Red, Men in Black" dance from 7:15-10pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. The event includes live music by the Alicia Dauber Quartet, a dance lesson and more. All are welcome including beginners, singles, couples, seniors and students. Entry is $7-$10. http://www.presence-studio.com
    7:15pm
  • The Dream of Spaceflight: Celebrated astronaut Dr. Stephen Robinson will take the audience to outer space when he presents "This Side of Impossible; Achieving the Dream of Spaceflight" at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Robinson's multimedia presentation focuses on the 36 years he spent in the space program—and out of this world. Tickets are $10-$29. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    7:30pm
  • Folk Dance Party: The Makedonians will play music from the Balkans and beyond at the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers' monthly dance from 7:30-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. No partner is necessary as most dances are circle or line dances, and no experience is necessary as most dances are easy to pick up, and coaching is readily available. Suggested donation is $15. (360) 380-0456
    7:30pm
  • Serial Killers, Round Three: Four remaining teams will present short episodic plays as part of the annual "Serial Killers" competition at 7:30pm and 9:30pm at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Per usual, each week the audience votes to kill off one of the plays, with the remaining teams fighting to stay alive—and win $1,000—at weekly shows through Feb. 20. Entry is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. (P.S. If you miss a week, a recap team will get you up to date.) http://www.idiomtheater.com
    7:30pm
  • 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. http://www.rumbanorthwest.com
    9:00pm

 

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