Week of January 15, 2017

Sunday, January 15 12 events
  • All Day New Year, same you 
  • All Day New Year, same you 
  • 7:30pm 48 Hour Theater Festival 
    View two nights of world premiere one-act plays, all written and produced in the prior 24 hours, at the 47th iteration of iDiOM Theater's 48 Hour Theater Festival taking place at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Saturday and Sunday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The epic events feature writers, directors and actors working to produce 12 new short plays in two days. And, for the first time, this weekend's shows will feature the addition of one-person and two-person plays to the mix. Tickets are $12.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.idiomtheater.com
  • 10:00am Skagit Eagle Festival 
    Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 20th annual Skagit Eagle Festival taking place from 10am-4pm every Saturday and Sunday through January 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. Entry is by donation.
    Howard Miller Steelhead Park :: http://www.skagiteagle.org
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Rabbit Ride 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 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 Bicycle :: http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Community Breakfast 
    Eggs to order, omelets, bacon, sausage links, ham, hash browns and more will be available at a monthly Community Breakfast taking place from 8-11am at Sedro-Woolley's American Legion Hall, 701 Murdock St. Entry is $5 for kids and $7 for adults.
    American Legion Hall :: http://www.sedro-woolley.com
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm National Geographic Exhibit Exits 
    If you haven't yet seen the stunning "National Geographic's 50 Greatest Photographs" exhibit—which you really, really should—today from 12-5pm is your final day to do so at Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. Entry is $5-$10. P.S. The final docent tour of the exhibit takes place at 1:30pm; no signup is necessary.
    Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm Artwood Reception 
    Furniture by Gary Leake and paintings by Francie Blumhagen can be seen at a reception for the artists happening from 1-4pm at Artwood Gallery, 1000 Harris Ave. The works will be highlighted through January.
    Artwood Gallery :: http://www.artwoodgallery.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Poetry Duo 
    Two celebrated Bellingham poets will read from their works at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Jim Milstead (known by many as the "Bard of Bellingham") will share selections from Scenario and Sara Simard will read from her new collection, Heart.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm Vaudevillingham 
    Attend the Bellingham Circus Guild's monthly uncensored variety show, "Vaudevillingham," at 7pm and 9pm performances at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St., suite #102. Expect to see everything from aerial performances to dance, comedy, magic, juggling, burlesque and more. Both novice and veteran performers are welcome to share their talents. Suggested donation is $5-$10.
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm Going for gold 
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Salish Sea Early Music Festival 
    The first Salish Sea Music Festival concert of the season takes place at 7:30pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St. "A Little Evening Concert for Louis XIV" will feature baroque bassoonist Anna Marsh, baroque violinist Romaric Pokomy, baroque violist Stephen Creswell, and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan playing the modern-day premiere of suites assembled in 1713 for the king. Suggested donation is $15-$25 (free for those 18 and under).
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.salishseafestival.org
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Monday, January 16 9 events
  • All Day New Year, same you 
  • All Day New Year, same you 
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm MLK Day Work Party 
    Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and the City of Bellingham for an MLK Day Work Party from 10am-1pm on Squalicum Creek (along a section of the Bay to Baker Trail). In addition to improving salmon habitat by planting native trees and shrubs, volunteers can enjoy light refreshments and raffle prizes.
    Squalicum Creek :: http://www.n-sea.org
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm MLK Day Beach Cleanup 
    RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and WWU's Students for the Salish Sea will host an all-ages Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Beach Cleanup from 11am-2pm at Blaine's Semiahmoo Spit. Participants should meet in the public parking lot at Semiahmoo Park (off Semiahmoo Pkwy). Carpool if possible. Volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves and five-gallon plastic buckets. Registration is not required.
    Semiahmoo Spit :: http://www.re-sources.org
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Swing Dancing Classes 
    Learn the dances that swept the nation in the days of flappers and speakeasies at a five-week class focusing on vintage jazz dances at 6pm at Eagles Hall, 1125 N. Forest St. At 7pm, learn some of the fundamental moves of the Lindy Hop and other swing dances, and, at 8pm, show up for an "absolute beginner" swing dance lesson. Prices for the classes vary.
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Cuban Salsa 
    Rumba Northwest hosts a "Cuban Salsa for Beginners" class at 6pm at Bell Tower Studios, 1430 N. Garden St. At 7pm, a "Cuban Salsa Advanced" class takes place. Entry to the classes is $8 for regular students, $12 for drop-ins.
    Bell Tower Studios :: http://www.rumbanorthwest.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Rocks and Gems 
    All are welcome when the Mt. Baker Rock & Gem Club hosts its monthly meeting at 7pm at the Bloedel Donovan Community Center, 2214 Electric Ave. A "show and tell" focusing on sparkly crystals, door prizes, a silent auction, refreshments and a brief business meeting will be part of the event. Visitors are always welcome.
    Bloedel Donovan Community Center :: http://www.mtbakerrockclub.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Trivia Night 
    Attend a weekly Trivia Night at 7pm at Kulshan Brewery, 2238 James St. Entry is $2 per person, and teams can have a maximum number of six players. At 7pm Wednesdays, the event takes place at K2, 1538 Kentucky St.
    Kulshan Brewery :: http://www.kulshanbrewery.com
  • 9:30pm - 11:00pm 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. Each week, the event features approximately 20 standup comedians who each do a four-minute set.
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TODAY 10 events
  • All Day New Year, same you 
  • All Day New Year, same you 
  • 9:30am Maple Alley Inn 
    Hot, home-cooked meals are served as part of the Opportunity Council's Maple Alley Inn from 9:30-10:30am Tuesdays at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (2117 Walnut St.) and 11:30am-1:30pm Wednesdays and Thursdays at Faith Lutheran Church (2750 McLeod Rd.). Entry is free and open to all.
    Faith Lutheran Church :: http://www.oppco.org/maple-alley-inn
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Looking for Betty 
    Author and historian Paula Decker shares stories from Looking for Betty MacDonald at 2pm at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. NW. MacDonald, the author of The Egg and I, was a celebrated author from Washington state.
    Burlington Public Library :: http://www.burlingtonwa.gov
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm Seafood Class 
    Chef Shawn Tolliver helms a "Scallops & Oysters" cooking class from 5-8pm at the Great Blue Heron Grill at Blaine's Semiahmoo Resort, 8720 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Entry is $65 and includes food and wine tastings, an apron and keepsake recipe cards.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: http://www.semiahmoo.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pumped for Puddles 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. Tonight's "Get Pumped for Puddles" run will include Black Diamond and Gore-Tex demos, raffle prizes and a sprinkling of post-run snacks.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Triple Italy 
    Fresh off adventures in Sardegna, Emilia-Romagna, and Umbria, Mataio Gillis will helm an "Italy, Italy, Italy" class at 6:30pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. In addition to introducing participants to a number of courses, Gillis will also share pictures and stories from his travels. Entry is $58.
    Ciao Thyme Commons :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm WAKE Meeting 
    Don Cheyette of Seattle Adventure Sports will teach his tricks for expedition trip planning and execution at an "Expeditioning Made Easy" presentation at tonight's Whatcom Area Kayak Enthusiasts (WAKE) meeting at 6:30pm at the Lecture Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. The meeting is open to non-members, so come check it out.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.wakekayak.org
  • 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 :: http://www.skagitfolkdancers.org
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Books on Tap 
    Deming Library staff Erin Suda and Katrina Carabba will lead a "Books on Tap" discussion focusing on Jonathan Evison's The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving from 7-8:30pm at the North Fork Brewery, 6186 Mt. Baker Hwy.
    North Fork Brewery :: (360) 592-2422
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Wednesday, January 18 16 events
  • All Day New Year, same you 
  • All Day New Year, same you 
  • 8:00am Teen Poetry Contest 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in a teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Feb. 14. Along with having their poems published in the tome—which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools—all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org/teens
  • All Day Maple Alley Inn 
    Hot, home-cooked meals are served as part of the Opportunity Council's Maple Alley Inn from 9:30-10:30am Tuesdays at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (2117 Walnut St.) and 11:30am-1:30pm Wednesdays and Thursdays at Faith Lutheran Church (2750 McLeod Rd.). Entry is free and open to all.
    Faith Lutheran Church :: http://www.oppco.org/maple-alley-inn
  • 9:00am - 10:30am Community Coffee and Tea 
    All are are invited to a free "Community Coffee & Tea" event from 9-10:30am in Maple Falls at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Rd. The free weekly event features snacks from the Co-op Bakery, hot beverages and the company of your friends and neighbors. All ages are welcome.
    East Whatcom Regional Resource Center :: (360) 499-3944 or http://www.oppco.org
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm Handmade Pasta Class 
    Join Executive Chef Bruno Feldeisen for a "Handmade Pasta & Tortellini" class from 5:30-7:30pm at Pierside Kitchen at Blaine's Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Entry is $79 and includes food, a glass of wine or tastings, an apron and keepsake recipe cards.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: http://www.semiahmoo.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 :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 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 :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 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 :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Creekside Open Mic 
    Sign up to read your poetry and prose or play music—or simply listen in—at a Creekside Open Mic starting at 6:30pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. Entry to the monthly event is free.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm More Soups 
    Chicken and sausage gumbo and sweet potato and lentil soup will be on the menu at a "More Soups!" class led by Erin Gable from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen's Kitchen, 509 S. First St. Entry is $45 and includes recipes to make at home.
    Gretchen's Kitchen :: http://www.gretchenskitchen.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Wild Writing 
    Deb Norton shares tips from Part Wild: A Writer's Guide to Harnessing the Creative Power of Resistance at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In the tome, she shares dozens of illuminating and effective practices and quick-start prompts that are guaranteed to get writers out of their heads and onto the page.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Cigarette Diaries 
    Rebecca Pratt will read from The Cigarette Diaries at 7pm at the Anacortes Library, 1220 10th St. The book focuses on her father Frank Pratt's time as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft near Barth, Germany during World War II. While there, he kept journals written mostly on the back of cigarette packets from Red Cross parcels.
    Anacortes Library :: http://www.caveartpress.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Fame the Musical 
    Follow the hopes and fanatical ambitions of the final class of New York City's High School for the Performing Arts at a one-night-only showing of the musical Fame at 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The show was conceived by original movie producer David De Silva and maintains all the struggles, fears and triumphs of the 1980 smash hit film. Tickets are $30-$70.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Mike Allen Quartet 
    Jazz will be the name of the game when the Mike Allen Quartet reunites to perform at 7pm on the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center (WJMAC) stage at Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Rd. Entry is $5 for students, $10 general.
    Unity Spiritual Center :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 9:00pm - 10:30pm Panty Hoes 
    Aruba Sterling and Mahogony Night host a weekly drag queen production, "Panty Hoes," at 9pm at Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave. The duo—who are joined by other talented performers every Wednesday—have been performing for decades, and promise to deliver a great show. Suggested donation is $3; proceeds raised go to various LGBTQ-supported organizations.
    Rumors Cabaret :: http://www.rumorscabaret.com
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Thursday, January 19 7 events
  • All Day New Year, same you 
  • All Day New Year, same you 
  • 7:30pm Winter Dances 
    Experience original student choreography and movement when members of Western Washington University's dance program present the annual "Winter Dances" at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Performing Arts Center's Mainstage. Professor Nolan Dennett advises audiences to allow the contemporary and impressionistic works to wash over them without trying to "figure it out." Tickets are $8-$16.
    Performing Arts Center :: http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • All Day Teen Poetry Contest 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in a teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Feb. 14. Along with having their poems published in the tome—which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools—all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org/teens
  • 9:30am Maple Alley Inn 
    Hot, home-cooked meals are served as part of the Opportunity Council's Maple Alley Inn from 9:30-10:30am Tuesdays at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (2117 Walnut St.) and 11:30am-1:30pm Wednesdays and Thursdays at Faith Lutheran Church (2750 McLeod Rd.). Entry is free and open to all.
    Faith Lutheran Church :: http://www.oppco.org/maple-alley-inn
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Cyber-Surveillance Presentation 
    "Cyber-Surveillance: Who's Watching Us Online, and Does It Even Matter?" will be the focus of a public lecture with cyber-security engineer Shay Colson at 5pm at Western Washington University's Western Gallery. A discussion will follow. The free event is presented in connection with the exhibitions "In the Open" and "The Neighbors."
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Travelogue Talk 
    "Exploring Northern Africa with Bob the Mule" will be the focus of a Travelogue Series presentation with local traveler Jake Strauss from 7-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation to the Bellingham Parks and Rec program is $5.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
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Friday, January 20 19 events
  • 9:39am New Year, same you 
  • All Day New Year, same you 
  • All Day New Year, same you 
  • All Day Winter Dances 
    Experience original student choreography and movement when members of Western Washington University's dance program present the annual "Winter Dances" at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Performing Arts Center's Mainstage. Professor Nolan Dennett advises audiences to allow the contemporary and impressionistic works to wash over them without trying to "figure it out." Tickets are $8-$16.
    Performing Arts Center :: http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 8:00pm Space Trek and Doubles 
    Meet the women and men of the USS Upfront when the improvised sci-fi adventure known as "Space Trek" takes the stage at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for "Doubles"—where duos of performers take on the weight of multiple performers. Tickets to the shows are $10-$12. Both formats show through January.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm Bellingham Rep's No Such Place 
    View seven works by choreographers from around the country when Bellingham Repertory Dance presents its 11th annual winter concert, "no such place," at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The pieces performed by the professional dancers range from haunting to comedic and far beyond. Tickets to view the movement-inspired alchemy are $13-$20. Additional performances take place Jan. 27-29. Advance purchase is recommended, as these shows often sell out.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: http://www.bhamrep.org
  • 8:00am Teen Poetry Contest 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in a teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Feb. 14. Along with having their poems published in the tome—which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools—all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org/teens
  • 8:30am - 11:30am Don't Mourn, Organize 
    Heal election-induced trauma and get inspired to volunteer with local organizations offering those opportunities at a "Don't Mourn, Organize" gathering from 8:30-11:30am at the lower level of the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. The event is being presented by the focused issue group Democrats to the Rescue.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.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 January at Lake Padden Park. Suggested donation is $5.
    Lake Padden Park :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 10:30am - 11:30am Spanish Storytime 
    Families interested in hearing stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish can attend "Spanish Storytime" for kids ages 3-5 at 10:30am most Fridays through May 19 at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm Books and Bites 
    Bring along lunch and discuss Jonathan Evison's The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving at a "Books and Bites" gathering from 1-2:30pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The tome is the 207 Whatcom READS selection.
    Blaine Library :: http://www.whatcomreads.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Food Not Bombs 
    All are welcome to partake of nutritious and delicious vegan meals when Food Not Bombs offers a community meal from 4-6pm every Friday on the corner of Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue (alongside the peace vigil). The event—which is dedicated to spreading food, love and nonviolence as an action against war and poverty—is free. Volunteers are often needed to help cook, serve and transport donations.
    Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue :: http://www.facebook.com/BellinghamFNB
  • 5:30pm - 9:00pm Vintner Dinner 
    Enjoy local wines masterfully paired with seasonally inspired menus at a Vintner Dinner Series event with Patz & Hall taking place from 5:30-9pm at Blaine's Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Entry is $125 per person. Advance reservations are recommended, as seating is limited.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: 318-2028 or http://www.semiahmoo.com
  • 5:30pm - 9:00pm Art Auction Gala 
    Food, wine, socializing and bidding on fine art will be part of the annual "Art Auction Gala" beginning at 5:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 205 Flora St. Tickets are $125 and support exhibitions and programming. Contact the museum to see if any are still available.
    Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Family Story Night 
    Pros from the Bellingham Storyteller's Guild will offer up an hour of coaching and an intro to the craft at 6pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. At 7pm, Family Story Night will commence. Entry is free.
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Bring Your Light to the Library 
    Music, singalongs, stories, crafts and more will be part of an all-ages "Bring Your Light to the Library" gathering from 6-8pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. The free event is being offered "in the spirit of hope and kindness."
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Ramblin' Boy 
    Daniel Leen shares stories from Ramblin' Boy: The Letters of Steve Hoyt at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The tome is nominally the story of Steve Hoyt, a sensitive and adventurous young man who died on Lummi Island in a diving accident in 1972, but it is much more—it is also a memoir illustrating the changes America went through during the 1960s.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Arthur Greene Piano Concert 
    Guest artist Arthur Greene will present an evening of classical piano music at 7:30pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Entry is free and open to all.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: (360) 650-3130
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm A Night of Irish Music 
    Enjoy a lively night of Irish music with acclaimed instrumentalists Cillian Vallely and Kevin Crawford at a 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave. Vallely is the uilleann piper and low whistle player with the traditional Irish ensemble Lunasa, and Crawford is an exceptional flute and whistle player who also performs with the band. Tickets are $20-$25.
    Littlefield Celtic Center, :: http://www.celticarts.org
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Saturday, January 21 23 events
  • All Day New Year, same you 
  • All Day New Year, same you 
  • All Day New Year, same you 
  • All Day Winter Dances 
    Experience original student choreography and movement when members of Western Washington University's dance program present the annual "Winter Dances" at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Performing Arts Center's Mainstage. Professor Nolan Dennett advises audiences to allow the contemporary and impressionistic works to wash over them without trying to "figure it out." Tickets are $8-$16.
    Performing Arts Center :: http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 10:00am Skagit Eagle Festival 
    Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 20th annual Skagit Eagle Festival taking place from 10am-4pm every Saturday and Sunday through January 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. Entry is by donation.
    Howard Miller Steelhead Park :: http://www.skagiteagle.org
  • 8:00pm Space Trek and Doubles 
    Meet the women and men of the USS Upfront when the improvised sci-fi adventure known as "Space Trek" takes the stage at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for "Doubles"—where duos of performers take on the weight of multiple performers. Tickets to the shows are $10-$12. Both formats show through January.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm Bellingham Rep's No Such Place 
    View seven works by choreographers from around the country when Bellingham Repertory Dance presents its 11th annual winter concert, "no such place," at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The pieces performed by the professional dancers range from haunting to comedic and far beyond. Tickets to view the movement-inspired alchemy are $13-$20. Additional performances take place Jan. 27-29. Advance purchase is recommended, as these shows often sell out.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: http://www.bhamrep.org
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Lynden Breakfast 
    Kids and adults are invited to a monthly VFW Breakfast featuring pancakes, French toast, eggs and more from 8-11am at Lynden's VFW Hall, 7011 Hannegan Rd. Entry is $6 (youth 5 and under are free).
    VFW Hall :: http://www.lynden.org
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Ferndale Breakfast 
    Choose from pancakes, French toast or biscuits and gravy at a Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8-11am at the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. Entry is $2.50 for kids and $6 for adults and includes scrambled eggs, ham or sausage and beverages.
    Ferndale Senior Center :: (360) 384-6244
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm Nookachamps Winter Runs 
    The 38th annual Nookachamps Winter Runs begin at 10am at Mount Vernon's Skagit Valley College Gymnasium, 2405 E. College Way. Participants can choose from a 5K, 10K or half-marathon. Entry is $15-$40.
    Skagit Valley College :: http://www.nookachamps.com
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm Romeo et Juliette 
    Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo star in the Met Live broadcast of Romeo et Juliette at 10am at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets to see the opera's classic (and doomed) lovers in Gounod's lush Shakespearean adaptation are $19-$23. An additional viewing takes place at 1pm Sun., Jan. 29.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Winter Trail Run Series 
    The third Winter Trail Run Series of the season begins at 10am at Bellingham's BBMX Park, 5022 Guide Meridian. The additional 5K cross country trail runs take place Feb. 25 and March 25. Entry is $5 for those under 18 and GBRC members, and $10 general.
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm Nordic Ski Ambassadors 
    Nordic Ski Ambassadors from the Nooksack Nordic Ski Club will be on hand to share their knowledge from 10am-2pm at the SnoPark at Salmon Ridge (mile 46.9 of the Mount Baker Highway). Demos, tips, maps of the trails, the selling of SnoPark passes, hot chocolate and more will be part of the winter fun. An additional event happens Jan. 28.
    SnoPark at Salmon Ridge :: http://www.nooksacknordicskiclub.org
  • 10:30am - 12:30pm Correspondence Club 
    Anyone over 8 years old can show up for the monthly Correspondence Club gathering from 10:30am-12:30pm at Mindport Exhibits, 210 W. Holly St. Supplies, materials and instructional guidance will be provided for collage Mail Art, envelopes, postcards and more.
    Mindport Exhibits :: http://www.mindport.org
  • 10:30am - 12:30pm Women's March on Bellingham 
    Area women and their allies are encouraged to attend today's Women's March on Bellingham starting with speakers, poets and musicians at 10:30am City Hall, 210 Lottie St. At 11am, the one-mile peaceful march of unity through downtown—with a simple message that women's rights are human rights, and that the new administration won't quiet their voices—will take place, and will be followed by a Community Connections Fair back at City Hall, where marchers can connect with local organizations and activists who are working to make a difference in Whatcom County. All are welcome.
  • 11:00am - 5:00pm Bridal Inspirations Wedding Expo 
    More than 50 businesses offering services such as photography, venues, florists, caterers, hairstylists, event coordinators, officiants and more will be part of the 24th annual Bridal Inspirations Wedding Expo taking place from 11am-5pm at Four Points by Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Dr. The event will also include a 4pm fashion show, a Justin Alexander Trunk Show and more. Entry is $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
    Four Points by Sheraton :: http://www.bridalinspirationsexpo.com
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Computer Security 
    Marvin Waschke leads "Personal Cybersecurity" presentations from 1-2pm Saturdays starting today and continuing through Feb. 4 at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. This series of talks will leave you with an understanding of what the computer security threats are, how they may affect you, and reasonable measures for protecting yourself. Entry is free.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 5:00pm - 9:00pm Lighting the Dark 
    A Food and Seed Swap will kick off Chuckanut Transition's "Lighting the Dark: Swapping, Dining, Learning, Burning" event at 5pm the Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane. After swapping preserved or fresh homegrown or home-processed food, seeds and other handmade items, there'll be a 6pm potluck and storytelling with Harper Stone. At 7pm, attend a mason bee class, and, at 8:15pm, gather around a fire sculpture to light the dark. Entry to the event is free.
    Alger Community Hall :: http://www.chuckanuttransition.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm BE in the Show 
    Local actors, dancers, circus performers, singers, instrumentalists and more will share their talents when the Dance Studio presents "BE in the Show" at 6:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The second annual event celebrating Bellingham's performing arts scene and featuring both amateurs and professionals will raise funds for the Sylvia Center for the Arts—a new arts center aiming to provide affordable, accessible space and resources for the local arts community. Entry is $5.
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm Lucas Hicks Cancer Benefit Extravaganza 
    Show-stopping performances by members of the Bellingham Circus Guild, live music by the Gallus Brothers and Bar Tabac, a square dance with the Shadies and Seattle caller Gabe Strand, a staffed bar, a silent auction and more will be part of the Lucas Hicks Cancer Benefit Extravaganza taking place from 7-10pm at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. Suggested donation to support the beloved Bellingham musician and teacher will be $10-$20 at the door (you must be 21 or over to attend).
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Gorilla Presentation 
    Be transported to tropical African forests when Claudia Olejniczak presents "Studying Gorillas in the Republic of Congo" from 7:30-9pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Olejniczak will share some of her experiences while studying the ecology and behavior of western lowland gorillas and other wildlife that regularly visit a large forest clearing in the northern part of the country. Entry is free.
    Lummi Island Library :: (360) 758-7145
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Kiwanis Comedy Night 
    Derek Richards, Travis Nelson and Chase Mayers will be the featured performers at the annual Kiwanis Comedy Night at 8pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $20; proceeds from this show and other fundraising events will be returned to the community for assistance to Skagit area kids and other community needs.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 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 9:30pm-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.
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