Week of August 21, 2016

Sunday, August 21 19 events
  • All Day Bard on the Beach 
    William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. This year's productions will run through Sept. 24. Tickets are $20-$47.
  • All Day Boating Center Open 
    The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • All Day Skagit Tours 
    As part of the annual "Skagit Tours," Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours Thursdays through Mondays through the summer in and around the three dams near Highway 20. "Newhalem at Night" walking tours are free; boat tours and other tours are $12-$40.
  • 4:00pm Fiction Double-Headers 
    Bellingham-based author Kate Vale reads from Destiny's Second Chance and Canadian writer Caitlin Hicks shares A Theory of Expanded Love at a Fiction Double-Header at 4pm Sunday at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The duo will also be front and center at a reading at 6pm Monday at the Lynden-based Village Books, 430 Front St. Entry is free.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm Creation Lab Alpha 
    See the results of what happened when student actors and composers spent three weeks writing and preparing their own piece of musical theatre at performances of "Creation Lab Alpha" at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: http://www.baay.org
  • 12:00pm Plover Rides 
    The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor's Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested donation for the excursions is $1 for kids and $5 for adults.
  • 9:00am Cascade Days 
    A parade, a "Dump Run," chain saw carving, car and log shows, a chalk art competition, pie and watermelon eating contests, a pet show, ice carving, a duck race and more will be part of the annual "Cascade Days" taking place from 9am-4:30pm Saturday and 9am-4pm Sunday in Concrete at Veterans Memorial Park and beyond. Many events are free.
  • 7:30pm Seminar, A Comedy 
    As part of Western Summer Theatre performances happening this summer at Western Washington University, attend showings of Seminar: A Comedy at 7:30pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the school's DUG Theater in the Performing Arts Center. In the provocative comedy for Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. Tickets are $9-$16.
    DUG Theater :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Community Breakfast 
    Eggs made to order, omelets, pancakes and more can be had at a monthly Community Breakfast from 8-11am at Sedro-Woolley's American Legion Post #43, 701 Murdock St. Entry is $5 for kids, $7 for adults.
    American Legion Post #43 :: http://www.sedro-woolley.com
  • 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 - 12:00pm The Color Run 
    As part of the Tropicolor World Tour, take part in the Color Run starting at 8am at the Lee Memorial Park at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. The 5K will see waves of participants leaving every few minutes until 8:30am; they will be bathed in a tropical array of colors and island scents as they pass through the shade of palm trees, arches and island-style music. At the Finish Festival, Color Runners will encounter Rainbow Beach, an interactive island featuring music, dancing, unique photo opportunities, and massive color throws. Entry is $40.
    Lee Memorial Park :: http://www.thecolorun.com
  • 10:00am - 6:00pm Dog Days of Summer 
    Humans and canines can take part in Whatcom Humane Society's annual "Dog Days of Summer" starting with a 5K Walk/Run at 10am at Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way. Entry to the fundraiser is $20-$25 per person or $60-$125 for teams. From 12-3pm, the free festival will feature more than 45 pet-related vendors, interactive doggie games and contests, an animal caricaturist, canine demos, a dog agility area, an area for kids, a vegetarian food court and more.
    Lake Padden Park :: http://www.whatcomhumane.org
  • 11:00am - 4:00pm Community Music Fest 
    Mojo Music hosts its annual Community Music Fest from 11am-4pm at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. All proceeds benefit Blue Skies for Children.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: http://www.bbaybrewery.com
  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm Creative Process Writing Workshop 
    Internationally known multi-genre fiction author and anthology editor Mitzi Szereto leads a "Jumpstart the Creative Process" workshop from 12-4pm at Ferndale's Red Barn Lavender, 3106 Thornton Rd. The event is open to writers from beginning to advanced. Entry is $79 and includes a light brunch.
    Red Barn Lavender :: (503) 610-0834 or http://www.redbarnlavender.com
  • 1:00pm - 8:00pm Summerfest 
    Attend "Summerfest" from 1-8pm at Josh Vander Yacht Memorial Park, behind Deming's Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Valley Hwy. The event will feature live music by bandZandt and Friends, dancing, a community potluck, a "Reading of the Names" commemorative ceremony, arts and crafts vendors, nonprofit organizations, fun family activities and "6x6xCedar”—an opportunity for artists to express themselves however they wish (as long as it fits on a 6”x6” cedar plank!). Entry is by donation.
    Josh Vander Yacht Memorial Park :: soutforkvalley@aol.com
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm International Concert Series 
    Juan Barco y su Conjunto presents Tex-Mex music for the masses at the 10th annual Peace Arch International Concert Series at 2pm at Blaine's Peace Arch Provincial Park. An additional concert featuring Irish fiddle music by Randal Bays and Friends happens Sun., Aug. 28; entry is free, but a Washington State Parks Discover Pass is required for parking inside of the park.
    Peace Arch Provincial Park :: http://www.peacearchpark.org
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm Wine and Supper Club 
    Join a "Ribs & Zin" Wine and Supper Club gathering from 4-7pm at Artifacts Cafe and Wine Bar, located inside Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. Entry is $55-$65 and includes a display of ribs paired with all the fixings, live music and the best Zinfandel wins from around the world. Sign up in advance.
    Artifacts Cafe and Wine Bar :: http://www.artifactswinebar.com
  • 4:30pm - 6:30pm Southside Barbecue 
    Live music, family games and a barbecue of burgers and hotdogs (vegetarian, too) will be part of a fundraising Southside Community Meal from 4:30-6:30pm at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1720 Harris Ave. Please bring a dessert to share. Entry is free, but cash donations are welcome to support the Happy Valley Neighborhood Association program.
    Our Saviour's Lutheran Church :: http://www.oursavioursbham.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Sunday Night Fusion 
    A community partner dance dubbed "Sunday Night Fusion" takes place from 7-9pm every Sunday at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. The event explores "co-creative partner dance inspired by a variety of beautiful music." No experience is necessary. Entry is $5 at the door.
    Presence Studio :: http://www.presence-studio.com
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Monday, August 22 8 events
  • All Day Bard on the Beach 
    William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. This year's productions will run through Sept. 24. Tickets are $20-$47.
  • All Day Boating Center Open 
    The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 10:00am Skagit Tours 
    As part of the annual "Skagit Tours," Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours Thursdays through Mondays through the summer in and around the three dams near Highway 20. "Newhalem at Night" walking tours are free; boat tours and other tours are $12-$40.
  • 4:00pm Fiction Double-Headers 
    Bellingham-based author Kate Vale reads from Destiny's Second Chance and Canadian writer Caitlin Hicks shares A Theory of Expanded Love at a Fiction Double-Header at 4pm Sunday at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The duo will also be front and center at a reading at 6pm Monday at the Lynden-based Village Books, 430 Front St. Entry is free.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm We Grow Market 
    Stock up on organic fruit, veggies and flowers when the We Grow Market Stand—a vocational project for at-risk and homeless youth in our community—sells its wares from 3-5pm every Monday through September in front of Northwest Youth Services, 1020 N. State St.
    Northwest Youth Services :: http://www.nwys.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Find Your Park 
    Get the knowledge you need to enjoy your time on the trails, snow and water at a free "Find Your Park: North Cascades National Recreation Area" presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Please register in advance.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Horsefever 
    Lee Hope reads from her new book of fiction, Horsefever, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The thriller follows two couples as they are swept into the perilous tangle of lust and ambition amid the sensual, addictive world of horse competitions, a world leading to murder.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 9:30pm - 11:30pm Guffawingham 
    A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free.
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TODAY 8 events
  • All Day Bard on the Beach 
    William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. This year's productions will run through Sept. 24. Tickets are $20-$47.
  • All Day Boating Center Open 
    The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm History Sunset Cruise 
    Join Whatcom Museum's 33rd annual "History Sunset Cruise" outings at 6:15pm leaving from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Historians Brian Griffin and Doug Starcher will take turns at the helm of the educational and picturesque excursions aboard San Juan Cruises' Victoria Star Tuesdays through Aug. 30. Their narrative of history, trivia and current events will give passengers a new understanding of the bay—and the city itself. Entry is $28-$35. Reservations are recommended.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm All-Paces Run 
    Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. Entry is free.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Summer Book Club for Adults 
    Get together with friends to read or talk about a book that has been chosen as not to be missed at an Award-Winning Summer Book Club for Adults from 6:30-7:30pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Library staff will host and serve refreshments.
    Lummi Island Library :: (360) 758-7145
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm BIFT 
    Upfront Theatre improvisors will present two sets of short-form improv comedy games at Beer + Improv + Food Truck (BIFT) shows at 6:30pm every Tuesday through Aug. 30 at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Tickets to the interactive, family-friendly comedy show are $5 (free for those 12 and under).
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bellingham Reads 
    Elizabeth Kilbert's The Sixth Extinction will be the focus of discussion at a Bellingham Reads meeting from 6:30-7:30pm at the Dodson Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. New members are always welcome.
    Bellingham Public Library :: (360) 778-7236
  • 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
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Wednesday, August 24 9 events
  • 12:00pm Bard on the Beach 
    William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. This year's productions will run through Sept. 24. Tickets are $20-$47.
  • 12:00pm Boating Center Open 
    The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm Wednesday Market 
    Attend the Wednesday Market from 12-5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. Approximately 25 vendors will offer fresh local produce, crafts, tasty treats and more every Wednesday through Sept. 30.
    Fairhaven Village Green :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 3:00pm - 7:00pm Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market 
    The Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market takes place from 3-7pm every Wednesday through Oct. 12 at the town's Hammer Heritage Square, 640 Metcalf St.
    Hammer Heritage Square :: http://www.sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required.
    Skagit Running Company :: 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 - 8:00pm Music at Maritime 
    The Staxx Brothers will perform at the final "Music at Maritime" summer concert series from 6-8pm at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. Food will be available for purchase, and there will also be a beer garden hosted by Kulshan CLT.
    Maritime Heritage Park :: 778-7000 or http://www.cob.org
  • 6:00pm - 11:00pm Brewers Cruise 
    Tonight's "Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise" will feature liquid fare from Boundary Bay Brewery, Lazy Boy Brewery, and Naked City Brewery & Taphouse starting at 6:30pm at San Juan Cruises' dock at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry is $39. Other food-and-drink-related excursions include "UnWINEd on the Bay" on Thursdays and Chuckanut Cracked Crab Dinner Cruises.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.whales.com
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm The Gun Show 
    Bellingham TheatreWorks presents The Gun Show at 8pm at the Mountain Room at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. The one-man performance featuring actor Ian Bivins "jumps into the middle of the gun control debate with poignant stories that are sometimes humorous, sometime heartbreaking, but always brutally honest." Additional showings happen Aug. 31 and Sept. 7. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreworks.org
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Thursday, August 25 13 events
  • 12:00pm Boating Center Open 
    The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 12:00pm Bard on the Beach 
    William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. This year's productions will run through Sept. 24. Tickets are $20-$47.
  • 10:00am Skagit Tours 
    As part of the annual "Skagit Tours," Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours Thursdays through Mondays through the summer in and around the three dams near Highway 20. "Newhalem at Night" walking tours are free; boat tours and other tours are $12-$40.
  • 8:00pm Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead 
    After leaving their home of 14 years and before moving permanently into the Sylvia Center for the Arts, iDiOM Theater will present Sir Tom Stoppard's "sparkling and absurdist" tragicomedy, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, at 8pm shows Thursday through Saturday at the Bellingham Circus Guild's Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. Tickets to the Hamlet parody—which features the tragic events of Shakespeare's play ingeniously retold from the perspective of two minor characters—are $15 (Thursdays preview is $10, and the opening-night reception on Friday is $25). Additional performances happen Sept. 1-3 and 8-10.
  • 10:00am 5Point Adventure Film Festival 
    Rock climbing and bicycling clinics, yoga, free community parties, a Van Life Rally, a food truck rally, live music, athlete and filmmaker panel discussions with Pacific Northwest locals, and short adventure film screenings will be part of the annual 5Point Adventure Film Festival taking place Thursday through Saturday in downtown Bellingham. Many events are free. the film showings at 7pm Friday and Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre are $17.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.5pointfim.org/bellingham
  • 1:00pm - 6:00pm Bow Little Market 
    Peruse produce and more when 30-plus vendors sell their wares at the Bow Little Market from 1-6pm every Thursday through Sept. 1 at the Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green (south of Bow Hill Rd.).
    Belfast Feed Store :: http://www.bowlittlemarket.com
  • 3:00pm - 6:00pm Garden Dedication 
    Attend a "Celebrating a Century of Service" garden dedication to honor 100 years of national parks from 3-6pm at the garden at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. The free event will feature a local plant identification challenge, strolls through garden pathways, a National Park photo challenge and refreshments.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: http://www.mountvernonwa.gov
  • 5:00pm - 9:00pm Blues, Brews & BBQ 
    Gin Creek will perform at tonight's "Blues, Brews & BBQ" summer music series taking place from 5-9pm on the waterfront terrace at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. The concerts continue Thursdays through Sept. 8. Entry is free.
    Hotel Bellwether :: http://www.hotelbellwether.com
  • 5:30pm - 9:00pm Vintner Dinner 
    The wines of Caymus Vineyard will be paired with a five-course dinner designed by Executive Chef Bruno at a Vintner Dinner taking place from 5:30-9pm at Blaine's Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy.Entry is $150 per person, or $519 for two tickets to the dinner and one night's accommodation.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: http://www.semiahmoo.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Move to Amend 
    Learn how Washingtonians can help abolish "corporate personhood" and establish a government of, by and for the people when David Cobb and Ruthi Engelke from Move to Amend present "Corporate Personhood and the Rights and Privileges Timeline" at 6pm in Mount Vernon at 47 Alder St. Entry is free.
    Mount Vernon :: http://www.wamend.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Fiction Writing Group 
    Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback and assist you with your writing goals at a Fiction Writing Group meeting from 6-8pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. This group is open to newcomers and drop-ins and meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
    Village Books, :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Riverwalk Summer Concert Series 
    The Stacy Jones Band performs as part of the Riverwalk Summer Concert Series from 6-8pm at the Skagit Riverwalk Park plaza in historic Mount Vernon. The free series continues Thursdays through Sept. 8.
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Elizabeth Park Concert Series 
    Listen and dance to the rock sounds of the Naughty Blokes from 6-8pm at the final summer concert series of the season at the Columbia neighborhood's Elizabeth Park. Entry is free. Food is available to purchase, or bring a picnic.
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Friday, August 26 19 events
  • All Day Boating Center Open 
    The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • All Day Bard on the Beach 
    William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. This year's productions will run through Sept. 24. Tickets are $20-$47.
  • All Day Skagit Tours 
    As part of the annual "Skagit Tours," Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours Thursdays through Mondays through the summer in and around the three dams near Highway 20. "Newhalem at Night" walking tours are free; boat tours and other tours are $12-$40.
  • 12:00pm Plover Rides 
    The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor's Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested donation for the excursions is $1 for kids and $5 for adults.
  • 7:30pm A Little Night Music 
    A concert version of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music will close out Western Summer Theatre's season with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Audiences can spend a weekend in the Swedish countryside following the story of an aging actress, the men who love her and their jealous wives. Thanks to a professional orchestra, a company of talented singing actors and the skills of director Heather Dudenbostel and her husband, conductor Ryan Dudenbostel, the show is a perfect way to round out the summer session. Tickets are $11-$18.
    Performing Arts Center :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 6:00pm Ferndale Street Festival 
    Live music, a "Festival of Fenders" car show, vendors of all trades, a wine and beer tent, activities for families and kids, various food outlets and much, much more will be part of the 13th annual Ferndale Street Festival from 6-11:30pm Friday and 10am-11:30m Saturday in downtown Ferndale. Entry to the "rain or shine" event is free.
  • 9:00pm Doubles 
    Two-person improv teams will "take on the weight of multiple performers" at "Doubles" shows at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. With only each other to rely on, anything might happen. Tickets are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • All Day Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead 
    After leaving their home of 14 years and before moving permanently into the Sylvia Center for the Arts, iDiOM Theater will present Sir Tom Stoppard's "sparkling and absurdist" tragicomedy, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, at 8pm shows Thursday through Saturday at the Bellingham Circus Guild's Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. Tickets to the Hamlet parody—which features the tragic events of Shakespeare's play ingeniously retold from the perspective of two minor characters—are $15 (Thursdays preview is $10, and the opening-night reception on Friday is $25). Additional performances happen Sept. 1-3 and 8-10.
  • 5:30pm Barbecues and Beach Parties 
    Live music and "ridiculously good food" straight off the grill can be had at "Barbecues and Beach Parties" gatherings from 5:30-9:30pm Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 10 at Blaine's Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Entry is $13 for kids, $30 for adults. Reservations are recommended.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: (360) 318-2044 or http://www.semiahmoo.com
  • 7:00pm Final Sin & Gin Tours 
    Learn more about the history of vice and sin that helped make the foundation of our urban locales what they are today at the Good Time Girls' final "Sin & Gin Tours" of the season at 7pm Friday in Fairhaven next to Skylark's Hidden Cafe (1308 11th St.) and 7pm Saturday at the Bureau of Historical Investigation (217 W. Holly St.). Tickets to take part in the tours—which are led by costumed historians—are $15 general and $20 with a drink.
    Historic Fairhaven and downtown Bellingham :: http://www.thebureaubellingham.com
  • All Day 5Point Adventure Film Festival 
    Rock climbing and bicycling clinics, yoga, free community parties, a Van Life Rally, a food truck rally, live music, athlete and filmmaker panel discussions with Pacific Northwest locals, and short adventure film screenings will be part of the annual 5Point Adventure Film Festival taking place Thursday through Saturday in downtown Bellingham. Many events are free. the film showings at 7pm Friday and Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre are $17.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.5pointfim.org/bellingham
  • 9:00am - 3:00pm What's Next? 
    Learn more about making choices for your legacy and healthcare at a "What's Next: Planning Ahead" event from 9am-3pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. In addition to presentations on everything from palliative care to wills and legal issues, end of life choices, advance directives and more, there will be booths featuring health and wellness reps from the community. Entry is free; from 11:30am-1pm, lunch will be available for $6.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: http://www.wccoa.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 August at Lake Padden. Suggested donation is $5.
  • 1:00pm - 6:00pm Ferndale Farmers Market 
    Local vendors and farmers will sell their wares at the Ferndale Farmers Market from 1-6pm every Friday through Oct. 28 at 2007 Cherry St.
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Art Party 
    Bring your own painting or drawing and art supplies to a monthly Friday Night Art Party taking place from 6-8:30pm at Tillie Lace Gallery, 1415 13th St. Entry to the night of creative expression and socializing is $10. Refreshments will be provided.
    Tillie Lace Gallery :: http://www.tillielacegallery.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Farm Tunes 
    Hot Damn Scandal performs on the patio as part of the summer's "Farm Tunes" series from 6-9pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. At the free event, you can enjoy "food, spirits and fun."
    BelleWood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Summer Concert Series Finale 
    The Naughty Blokes perform at the final Port of Anacortes Summer Concert Series from 6-8pm at Seafarers Park, 601 Seafarers Way. Entry is free.
    Seafarers Park :: http://www.portofanacortes.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Wine and Music 
    Show up for a wine tasting, purchase food and enjoy live music at a "Concert in the Courtyard" from 7-9pm at the courtyard at Artifacts Cafe and Wine Bar, located inside Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. Entry is free.
    Artifacts Cafe and Wine Bar :: http://www.artifactswinebar.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Final Dancing on the Green 
    Bellingham Parks and Rec's final "Dancing on the Green" event takes place from 7-9:30pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. Tonight's dance party—including instruction—is a wild card. Entry is free.
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Saturday, August 27 35 events
  • All Day Boating Center Open 
    The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • All Day Bard on the Beach 
    William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. This year's productions will run through Sept. 24. Tickets are $20-$47.
  • All Day Skagit Tours 
    As part of the annual "Skagit Tours," Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours Thursdays through Mondays through the summer in and around the three dams near Highway 20. "Newhalem at Night" walking tours are free; boat tours and other tours are $12-$40.
  • 10:00am Discover Birch Bay Days 
    A grand parade, an arts and crafts fair, live music, a beer garden, a Ducky Derby race, a crab derby and boil and more will be part of the 37th annual Discover Birch Bay Days & Crab Fest (formerly "Discovery Days") from 10am-7pm Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday on the 7800 block of Birch Bay Dr. Entry is free (sponsor a duck for $5).
    Birch Bay Drive :: http://www.birchbaychamber.com
  • All Day Plover Rides 
    The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor's Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested donation for the excursions is $1 for kids and $5 for adults.
  • 12:00pm A Swinging Weekend 
    Swing Connection, Skagit Swings and the A Band will perform at a Big Band Bash from 12-5pm Saturday at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. From 2-4pm Sunday, Swing Connection and singer Cheryl Hodge will return to the venue for their final outdoor concert of summer. Entry to both events is by donation.
    Fairhaven Village Green :: http://www.swingconnection.org
  • All Day A Little Night Music 
    A concert version of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music will close out Western Summer Theatre's season with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Audiences can spend a weekend in the Swedish countryside following the story of an aging actress, the men who love her and their jealous wives. Thanks to a professional orchestra, a company of talented singing actors and the skills of director Heather Dudenbostel and her husband, conductor Ryan Dudenbostel, the show is a perfect way to round out the summer session. Tickets are $11-$18.
    Performing Arts Center :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 6:00pm Ferndale Street Festival 
    Live music, a "Festival of Fenders" car show, vendors of all trades, a wine and beer tent, activities for families and kids, various food outlets and much, much more will be part of the 13th annual Ferndale Street Festival from 6-11:30pm Friday and 10am-11:30m Saturday in downtown Ferndale. Entry to the "rain or shine" event is free.
  • 9:00pm Doubles 
    Two-person improv teams will "take on the weight of multiple performers" at "Doubles" shows at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. With only each other to rely on, anything might happen. Tickets are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 8:00pm Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead 
    After leaving their home of 14 years and before moving permanently into the Sylvia Center for the Arts, iDiOM Theater will present Sir Tom Stoppard's "sparkling and absurdist" tragicomedy, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, at 8pm shows Thursday through Saturday at the Bellingham Circus Guild's Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. Tickets to the Hamlet parody—which features the tragic events of Shakespeare's play ingeniously retold from the perspective of two minor characters—are $15 (Thursdays preview is $10, and the opening-night reception on Friday is $25). Additional performances happen Sept. 1-3 and 8-10.
  • 5:30pm Barbecues and Beach Parties 
    Live music and "ridiculously good food" straight off the grill can be had at "Barbecues and Beach Parties" gatherings from 5:30-9:30pm Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 10 at Blaine's Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Entry is $13 for kids, $30 for adults. Reservations are recommended.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: (360) 318-2044 or http://www.semiahmoo.com
  • 7:00pm Final Sin & Gin Tours 
    Learn more about the history of vice and sin that helped make the foundation of our urban locales what they are today at the Good Time Girls' final "Sin & Gin Tours" of the season at 7pm Friday in Fairhaven next to Skylark's Hidden Cafe (1308 11th St.) and 7pm Saturday at the Bureau of Historical Investigation (217 W. Holly St.). Tickets to take part in the tours—which are led by costumed historians—are $15 general and $20 with a drink.
    Historic Fairhaven and downtown Bellingham :: http://www.thebureaubellingham.com
  • 10:00am 5Point Adventure Film Festival 
    Rock climbing and bicycling clinics, yoga, free community parties, a Van Life Rally, a food truck rally, live music, athlete and filmmaker panel discussions with Pacific Northwest locals, and short adventure film screenings will be part of the annual 5Point Adventure Film Festival taking place Thursday through Saturday in downtown Bellingham. Many events are free. the film showings at 7pm Friday and Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre are $17.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.5pointfim.org/bellingham
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Pancake Breakfast 
    Attend a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am at Ferndale's American Legion Hall, 5537 2nd Ave. Entry is $3 for kids, $6 for adults. The event happens on the fourth Saturday of most months.
    American Legion Hall :: (360) 384-7474
  • 9:00am - 3:00pm Sedro Car Show 
    Attend a fundraising Car Show from 9am-3pm in Sedro-Woolley at United General Fitness Center, 2000 Hospital Dr. The car show is open to all, and “people’s choice” prizes will be awarded.Three will be a $20 car registration fee; spectators can attend for free.
    United General Fitness Center :: (360) 854-0247
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Mount Vernon Farmers Market 
    As many as 60 vendors will share their wares through the season at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market, which takes place 9am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 15 at the city's Riverfront Plaza. A Wednesday Market also takes place from 11am-4pm at the Kincaid entrance lawn at the Skagit Valley Hospital.
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Anacortes Farmers Market 
    Vegetables, fruit, baked goods, fresh meat and dairy, cut flowers, wine, eggs, art and much more can be found at the Anacortes Farmers Market from 9am-2pm every Saturday through Oct. 29 at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave.
  • 9:00am - 6:00pm Twin Sisters Farmers Market 
    Purchase farm-fresh goods at the Twin Sisters Market taking place from 9am-3pm in Deming at Nugent's Corner, and 3-6pm in Maple Falls at Kendall Elementary School every Saturday through October.
  • 10:00am - 11:00am Sumas Writers Group 
    Aspiring writers can join the Sumas Writers Group to improve writing techniques, get feedback and gain information on how to get work published from 10-11am at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St. All writing styles are welcome.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 988-2501
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm Island Market 
    Peruse arts and crafts, partake of food and listen to music at the Lummi Island Saturday Market from 10am-4pm in the field next to the Islander Grocery, 2106 S. Nugent Rd.
    Islander Grocery :: (360) 380-0979
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm Wondermud 
    Whatcom Events will host "Wondermud" (formerly "Muds to Suds") from 10am-4pm at Bellingham BMX, 5022 Guide Meridian. The family-friendly event will feature more than 20 obstacle courses and eight mud pits (heats take place every 20 minutes), a root beer garden, photo ops galore and more. Entry is $35-$59 and includes a T-shirt, a root beer float, a bratwurst and bragging rights. Funds raised benefit Lydia Place's transitional housing program.
    Bellingham BMX :: http://www.mudstosuds.com
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Bellingham Farmers Market 
    Attend the Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 17 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to perusing and purchasing locally grown produce, crafts and ready-to-eat foods, attendees can experience monthly Demo Days, live music and more.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm Blaine Gardeners Market 
    Procure produce, crafts, food from vendors and more at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 29 at 685 Peace Portal Dr.
    Peace Portal Drive :: http://www.blainechamber.com
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Improv for Kids 
    Youth ages 9 and up can sign up in advance for a free "Learn to Think on Your Feet" introductory improv class happening from 10:30am-12pm at Improv Playworks, 1011 Girard St.
    Improv Playworks :: 756-0756 or http://www.improvplayworks.com
  • 11:00am - 3:00pm Fidalgo Bay Day 
    Attend the 13th annual "Fidalgo Bay Day" and celebrate National Estuaries Day from 11am-3pm in Anacortes at the Samish Indian Nation’s Fidalgo Bay Resort, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Rd. Take part in beach seining demos and touch live marine critters, get creative at the kid-friendly craft tables, play fun games and learn about local projects and volunteer opportunities at the many educational exhibits staffed by local agencies and organizations. A no-host traditional salmon barbecue lunch will be offered, and there will be complimentary samples of seafood chowder. Entry is free.
    Fidalgo Bay Resort :: http://www.skagitmrc.org
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Holly Street History Tour 
    The Bureau of Historical Investigation teams up with the City of Bellingham to offer "Holly Street History Tours" at 1pm starting in front of the Chuckanut sandstone building at 311 E. Holly St. Please register in advance for the free, all-ages excursion, which covers topics of growth, social reform, the arts, women's history, racial tensions and more. Tours continue Saturdays through Sept. 24.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.eventbrite.com
  • 2:00pm - 6:30pm This Old House 
    Listen to or tell stories about old homes in Point Roberts at a "This Old House" gathering at 2pm at the Point Roberts Community Center, 1487 Gulf Rd.
    Point Roberts Community Center :: (360) 945-6545
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm Nooksack River Walk 
    Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for a free Nooksack River Walk at 3pm at the Horseshoe Bend Trailhead on the Mt. Baker Hwy. Attendees can learn about salmon, discover native plants and find bugs on the hands-on stream walk led by Nooksack River Steward volunteers.
    Horseshoe Bend Trailhead :: http://www.n-sea.org
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm Downtown Throwdown 
    Come see what the Bellingham Roller Betties are all about when the roller derby team hosts the second annual "Downtown Throwdown" starting with a bout at 5pm at the parking lot at Terra Organica, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Starting at 4pm, there will be food trucks, merchandise and face painting. Entry to the family-friendly event is free.
  • 4:00pm - 8:00pm Drinking for Dogs 
    Silent auctions, food, drinks, live music and more will be part of Happy Tails Happy Homes' fifth annual "Drinking for Dogs" fundraiser from 4-8pm at the Green Frog Acoustic Tavern, 1015 N. State St. Suggested donation is $5; funds raised benefit the volunteer-run dog rescue organization.
    Green Frog Acoustic Tavern :: http://www.happytailshappyhomes.com
  • 5:00pm - 10:00pm Toys for Tots Benefit Concert 
    Help raise funds for Toys for Tots at an annual benefit concert featuring LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends from 5-10pm at Sedro-Woolley's Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Rd. Local favorite Rabbit Wilde will open the show, and there will also be a barbecue dinner, raffle prizes, wine and a live auction. Tickets are $25-$50.
    Eagle Haven Winery :: http://www.eaglehavenwinery.com
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm Scary Monster & the Super Creeps 
    Listen to Prince's Purple Rain soundtrack in its entirety when Scary Monster & the Super Creeks perform at a summer concert series from 5-8pm at the Heart of Anacortes, 1014 4th St. The tribute band will also cover favorites by David Bowie. Suggested donation is $12; funds raised benefit the Rick Epting Foundation for the Arts. A silent auction and an ’80s costume contest will be part of the fun.
    Heart of Anacortes :: http://www.theheartofanacortes.com
  • 5:30pm - 9:00pm Moonlight in Margaritaville 
    The Rotary Club of La Conner hosts its 10th annual Harvesting Hope fundraising auction, "Moonlight in Margaritaville," from 5:30-9pm at the town's Maple Hall, 104 Commercial St. Entry is $90 and includes appetizers, a gourmet dinner.
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm An Evening with Ann Morris 
    Attend "An Evening with Sculptor Ann Morris" from 7:30-9pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Morris—whose home and studio is on the island—has moved from large bronze work to now making delicate, lightweight boats from materials like seaweed, cedar, and willow, gathered on her walks. Entry is free.
    Lummi Island Library :: (360) 758-7145
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Circus on the Water 
    Attend "Circus on the Water" at 8pm at the Lookout Arts Quarry, 246 Old Highway 99 N. Rd. The spectacle of juggling, acrobats, comedy and aerials will take place on a floating dock or suspended above the reflecting lake. The event is the culmination of the Lookout Circus Campout, an annual festival that draws circus performers and teachers from near and far every year to train, teach, learn, and collaborate from dawn to dusk. Entry is $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
    Lookout Arts Quarry and Boundary Bay Brewery :: http://www.lookoutarts.com
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