Week of Sunday, December 21, 2014
(49 events)

 

 

Sunday, December 21, 2014 (14 events)

  • Allied Arts Holiday Festival: The annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival takes place for the final week from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Tuesday, and 10am-3pm Wed., Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) at 4145 Meridian St. (near Park Bowl). The works of more than 100 local artisans and craftspeople can be perused and purchased at the festival. http://www.alliedarts.org
    10:00am
  • Deck the [Old City] Hall: Shop, sing, see Santa, enjoy dozens of decorated trees and enter to win a special "decked out' tree for your home at part of "Deck the [Old City] Hall" from 12-5pm every Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 28 at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is free with museum admission. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:00pm
  • Saving Christmas Town: Watch elves defend their territory from the "naughty and ominous" characters of Oogie Boogie Land at the Dance Studio's third annual performances of Saving Christmas Town at 7pm Thursday through Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $12 in advance at the Dance Studio or at the door. http://www.thedancestudio.net
    7:00pm
  • Mary and Joseph: Playwright Tim Greger's Serial Killers-winning play, Mary and Joseph: A Bible Story, returns as a full-length production continuing this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Sunday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The show features a modern take on the trials and tribulations of one young couple's unplanned immaculate conception. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. http://www.idiomtheater.com
    7:30pm
  • Dancing for Joy’s Nativity: View the Nativity story told through the language of dance when Dancing for Joy presents performances of "Nativity: We Danced Our Best For Him" at 6:30pm Saturday and Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Dance styles will include jazz, lyrical, modern and ballet. Tickets are $12-$14. 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
    6:30pm
  • The Nutcracker: Northwest Ballet Theatre concludes its run of performances of the seasonal holiday ballet The Nutcracker at 7:30pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Northwest Ballet Theater has performed the production since 1999. This year, with growing community support, the company has been able to create an even more elaborate production than ever before. Tickets are $24-$35. http://www.mcintyrehall.org or www.northwestballet.org
    7:30pm
  • FAIRHAVEN RIDE: Meet up with folks from Fairhaven Bike & Ski for a weekly race-pace ride at 8am at the Fairhaven Village Green. 733-4433 or http://www.fairhavenbike.com
    8:00am
  • Rabbit Ride: Join members of the Mt. Baker Bike Club for the weekly “Rabbit Ride” starting at 8:30am at Fairhaven Bike & Ski, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route sees riders heading down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. 733-4433 or http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
    8:30am
  • Rabbit Ride: Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8:30am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bike & Ski, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. This is intended to be a fitness ride, and you're encouraged to push yourself. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
    8:30am
  • Holiday Cookie Decorating: Kids of all sizes can come in and decorate six pre-made shortbread cookies to take home or give to loved ones as part of a "Holiday Cookie Decorating" event from 1-4pm in Anacortes at Potluck Kitchen Studio, 910-A 11th St. Icing, sprinkles and other decorations will be supplied. Tracey Olson, of Two Girls Baking, a dessert catering company from Anacortes, will be on hand to offer expert decorating tips and tricks. Entry is $10. http://www.potluckkitchenstudio.com
    1:00pm
  • Holiday Concert: Uplifting seasonal music, folk tunes, Broadway hits, spirituals, world music and more can be heard when the Bellingham Community Chorus presents its annual Holiday Concert from 3-5pm at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Admission to the family-friendly concert is free. (360) 595-0934
    3:00pm
  • Solstice Concert with Stanley Greenthal Ensemble: Seasonal songs and poems will be presented alongside Celtic and Balkan tunes and more at at Winter Solstice Concert with Stanley and Kip Greenthal at 7pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Christos Govetas and Kim Goldov will also perform. Entry is $6-$15. http://www.brownpapertickets.com
    7:00pm
  • Salsa Night: Rumba Northwest presents its new "Salsa Night" from 7-10pm every Sunday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Attendees can enjoy a salsa lesson, and DJ Antonio will spin a mix of Latin rhythms. Entry is $3. http://www.rumbanorthwest.com
    7:00pm
  • Winter Solstice Ritual: All are welcome to attend the 36th annual Grand Dance Movement Ritual to Bring Back the Light from 7:30-10pm at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave. The movements are simple and easy to learn. Entry is a sliding fee donation of $8-$15 (kids 14 and under are free). Check the website for guidelines about child care. http://www.grand-dance.com
    7:30pm

Monday, December 22, 2014 (4 events)

  • Allied Arts Holiday Festival: The annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival takes place for the final week from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Tuesday, and 10am-3pm Wed., Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) at 4145 Meridian St. (near Park Bowl). The works of more than 100 local artisans and craftspeople can be perused and purchased at the festival. http://www.alliedarts.org
    10:00am
  • PNW Book Group: Colin Meloy's Wildwood will be the focus of discussion at a Pacific Northwest Book Group meeting at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book club focuses on writers from the Pacific Northwest and writing set in or about the Pacific Northwest, both fiction and non-fiction. All are welcome at the monthly meeting. http://www.villagebooks.com
    7:00pm
  • Poetrynight: Those looking to share their verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:30pm 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, December 23, 2014 (6 events)

  • Allied Arts Holiday Festival: The annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival takes place for the final week from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Tuesday, and 10am-3pm Wed., Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) at 4145 Meridian St. (near Park Bowl). The works of more than 100 local artisans and craftspeople can be perused and purchased at the festival. http://www.alliedarts.org
    10:00am
  • Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 255-7166 or 647-0910
    12:00pm
  • All-Paces Run: Staffers and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. During these cold, dark months a headlamp or flashlight is required. Entry is free. http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
    6:00pm
  • Sci-Fi Writing Group: If your fiction writing leans toward the fantastic (sci-fi, fantasy, mythic, magical, steampunk, etc.), attend the bimonthly meeting of the Spec Fiction/Sci-fi Writing Group from 6-8pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. 671-2626
    6:00pm
  • Family Fun Night: Stories, games, crafts and a visit from Mrs. Claus will be part of Family Fun Night starting at 6pm at the La Conner Regional Library, 614 Morris St. Entry is free. (360) 466-3352
    6:00pm
  • Bellingham Reads: The Bellingham Reads book discussion group will discuss Tracy Kidder's Strength in What Remains from 6:30-7:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. New members are always welcome. 778-7323
    6:30pm

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 (9 events)

  • Allied Arts Holiday Festival: The annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival takes place for the final week from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Tuesday, and 10am-3pm Wed., Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) at 4145 Meridian St. (near Park Bowl). The works of more than 100 local artisans and craftspeople can be perused and purchased at the festival. http://www.alliedarts.org
    10:00am
  • Candles and Carols: All denominations are welcome to attend "Christmas Eve Candles and Carols" services at 6pm and 8pm at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. The early service will feature music by the children's choir, and the later one will highlight the adult choirs. Attend either or both services. http://www.buf.org
    6:00am
  • Christmas Eve Pasta Feed: Reserve space in advance for the annual Christmas Eve Pasta Feed happening from 5-8pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. The all-you-can-eat dinner will include several pasta dishes, Caesar salad and garlic bread. Gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options will also be available. Entry is $12 for kids 12 and under and $21 for adults (kids 5 and under eat for free). 647-5503 or http://www.bbaybrewery.com
    5:00pm
  • GROUP RIDE: The Mt. Baker Bike Club hosts a Group Ride starting every Wednesday at 6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Be prepared to ride for 30 miles at a race/training pace, and regroup at the brewery following the excursion. http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
    6:00pm
  • Evening Epic Run: A weekly “Evening Epic Run” begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The strenuous runs are 1.5-2 hours in length on hilly terrain with experienced trail runners. Entry is free. http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
    6:00pm
  • Group Run: All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required. http://www.skagitrunners.org
    6:00pm
  • Christmas Eve Service: Carols and candlelight will make appearances at a family-friendly Christmas Eve Service at 7pm at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St. Entry is free and open to all. 383-3302 or http://www.unitedchurchofferndale.org
    7:00pm
  • Scottish Country Dance Social: Join the Scottish Country Dance Club from 7-9:30pm every Wednesday for a public dance at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome, and no partner or experience is needed. Drop-in fees are $8, but those who are showing up for the first time will gain free entry. http://www.bellinghamscd.org
    7:00pm
  • Comedy at the Shoe: Attend the weekly "Shoe Me the Funny" comedy showcase starting at 9pm every Wednesday at the Ranch Room at the Horseshoe Cafe, 113 E. Holly St. The event features six comedians vying for your vote, a highlighted comedian, host Mike Cramblett, and chances to win platters of cheesy fries. Entry is free. http://www.facebook.com
    9:00pm

Thursday, December 25, 2014 (3 events)

  • Folk Dance Party: Learn Balkan, Israeli, Romani and Greek dancing with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5 (first-time visitors and students are free). 380-0456
    7:00pm
  • Fourth Corner Folk Dancers: Learn Balkan folk dances with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7:15-10:15pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All ages are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors and students are free. 380-0456
    7:15pm
  • GOOD, BAD, UGLY: Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 8pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $7 for the early show, $4 for the late one. 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm

Friday, December 26, 2014 (7 events)

  • Home for the Holidays: The seasonal "Home for the Holidays" show can be seen for the final weekend at 8pm and 10pm showings Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The improvised hilarity will focus on three characters and their arrival home for holiday get-togethers. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • Palindrom: Watch what happens when two characters (Justin Therrien and Matthew "Poki" McCorkle)—each the other's imaginary friend—meet for the first time and unfold the intricacies of their tangled coexistence at "Palindrome" shows at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The physical theater show will feature invisible string manipulation, shoe poi, impossible feats with silverware, creative dining, snail hats, and finger tricks, all set to the live music of Lucas Hicks. http://www.idiomtheater.com or www.incredibleincredible.com
    8:00pm
  • The Lights of Christmas: View festive holiday displays both outdoors and indoors at the annual "The Lights of Christmas" event from 5-10pm Friday through Tuesday in Stanwood at the 15-acre Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Dr. In addition to the more than one million lights that will be lit up, there will be activities for kids, live entertainment, music, dinner theater, holiday shopping and more. Tickets are $10-$15. Dec. 29-30 are pay-what-you-can nights. http://www.thelightsofchristmas.com
    5:00pm
  • Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom Walks for "Wild Things" excursions from 9:30-11am every Friday in December at the Connelly Creek Nature Area in the Happy Valley neighborhood. A frequently traveled corridor for wildlife of all kinds, this trail winds through surprisingly diverse and mature tree stands. Entry is by donation. http://www.wildwhatcom.org
    9:30am
  • Deck the [Old City] Hall: Enjoy dozens of decorated trees and more as part of "Deck the [Old City] Hall" for the final weekend from 12-5pm Friday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is free with museum admission. http://www.whatcommuseum.org
    12:00pm
  • VIGIL FOR PEACE: Join the longest-running Peace Vigil in the country—48 years and counting—from 4-5pm every Friday afternoon at the corners of Cornwall Avenue and Magnolia Street. http://www.whatcompjc.org
    4:00pm
  • Dance Party: A mix of swing, Latin and ballroom will be highlighted and danced to with an introductory lesson at the weekly Friday Night Dance Party from 7:30-10pm at the Bellingham Dance Company, 1705 N. State St. Admission is $5-$7. http://www.bellinghamdancecompany.com
    7:30pm

Saturday, December 27, 2014 (8 events)

  • Home for the Holidays: The seasonal "Home for the Holidays" show can be seen for the final weekend at 8pm and 10pm showings Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The improvised hilarity will focus on three characters and their arrival home for holiday get-togethers. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. http://www.theupfront.com
    8:00pm
  • Palindrom: Watch what happens when two characters (Justin Therrien and Matthew "Poki" McCorkle)—each the other's imaginary friend—meet for the first time and unfold the intricacies of their tangled coexistence at "Palindrome" shows at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The physical theater show will feature invisible string manipulation, shoe poi, impossible feats with silverware, creative dining, snail hats, and finger tricks, all set to the live music of Lucas Hicks. http://www.idiomtheater.com or www.incredibleincredible.com
    8:00pm
  • The Lights of Christmas: View festive holiday displays both outdoors and indoors at the annual "The Lights of Christmas" event from 5-10pm Friday through Tuesday in Stanwood at the 15-acre Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Dr. In addition to the more than one million lights that will be lit up, there will be activities for kids, live entertainment, music, dinner theater, holiday shopping and more. Tickets are $10-$15. Dec. 29-30 are pay-what-you-can nights. http://www.thelightsofchristmas.com
    5:00pm
  • Fish Hatchery Tours: In conjunction with the return of bald eagles to the Skagit River watershed system, volunteer guides will provide free tours from 11am-3pm every Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 1 at the Marblemount Fish Hatchery, 8319 Fish Hatchery Rd. Tours start inside the visitor's center and proceed outdoors. Sturdy footwear is recommended. Entry is free. http://www.skagitfisheries.org
    11:00am
  • Fairhaven Walking Club: Whether you’re looking to improve or compete, all are welcome at the weekly Fairhaven Walking Club led by Cindy Paffumi starting at 8am at various locations in Fairhaven. Walk routes and meeting places change from week to week. All paces are welcome. 676-4955 or 319-3350
    8:00am
  • Rain Barrels 101: Brad Walters will demonstrate how to prep, assemble and maintain a rain barrel and will be available to answer questions at a "Rain Barrel Construction" workshop at 3:30pm at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Entry is free, and no registration is required. 778-7217 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
    3:30pm
  • Line Dancing Classes: Western Line Dancing classes are offered at 6pm (beginners) and 7pm (intermediates) every Friday night at Lynden’s Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. No experience or partner is needed. Cost is $5 per class. 354-4325
    6:00pm
  • Comedy Nite with Kane Holloway: Kane Holloway will be the featured standup comedian at Jay Benton's monthly Comedy Nite performance at 9pm at Poppes 360, 714 Lakeway Dr. Kamryn Minch will also get in on the funny business, and Chris Zapata will take on hosting duties. Tickets are $10 at the door. (360) 392-6520 or http://www.facebook.com/comedynite
    9:00pm

 

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