Week of April 21, 2019

Sunday, April 21 14 events
  • All Day Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: http://www.tulipfestival.org
  • All Day Bellingham Beer Week 
    Beer Olympics, beer dinners, an Earth Day cleanup party, an Easter keg hunt, book signings, multiple release parties, hops planting, a mountain bike festival, brew-focused presentations, a paper airplane contest, tastings, an IPA challenge, Barleywood Squares, April Brews Day, and much more will be part of the annual Bellingham Beer Week, which takes place Friday, April 29 through Sat., April 28 at a variety of venues throughout the city. Peruse the website for a full listing of events, and get sipping!
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bellinghambeerweek.com
  • All Day Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition 
    Residents of Whatcom County can submit images to the City of Bellingham's annual "Essence of Bellingham" photo competition through May 1. See submission guidelines online. For more info: www.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.cob.org
  • 10:00am Tulip Festival Street Fair 
    More than 100 artisan vendors will show and sell their wares as at the annual Tulip Festival Street Fair happening from 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday in downtown Mount Vernon. Live music in multiple locations, food trucks, kid-friendly vendors, performers and activities will take place throughout the weekend. Most events are free.
    Downtown Mount Vernon :: http://www.mountvernondowntown.org
  • 10:00am Plant Sale and Easter Events 
    Starts of heirloom and organic tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, onion, herbs and more can be found when Growing Veterans hosts its annual Plant Sale from 10am-3pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Additionally, celebrate Easter with live entertainment, Easter Bunny photo-ops, egg hunts, pony rides, a petting zoo and more (entry is $7 per kid for the egg hunt). While you're there, enjoy a yummy breakfast or lunch in the cafe and free tastings of farm-made spirits in the tasting room.
    BelleWood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Sedro-Woolley Community Breakfast 
    Eggs to order, omelets, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, French toast and more can be had at a monthly Community Breakfast happening from 8-11am in Sedro-Woolley at American Legion Post #43, 701 Murdock St. Entry is $5 for kids, $7 for adults.
    American Legion Post #43 :: http://www.sedro-woolley.com
  • 8:30am - 11:30am Rabbit Ride 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8:30am 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
  • 9:30am - 11:00am Wild Things 
    Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30am-11am at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Stimpson Family Nature Reserve :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm Egg Hunt and Easter Brunch 
    Don't forget to bring a basket for your kids when you attend an Egg Hunt starting at 11am at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. From 10am-2pm, an all-ages Easter Brunch will be taking place. Reservations are recommended.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: http://www.bbaybrewery.com
  • 11:00am - 4:00pm Bellingham Handmade Market 
    Attend a Bellingham Handmade Market from 11am-4pm at Goods Nursery and Produce, 2620 Northwest Ave. Through October, the weekly event will offer a selection of rotating artisans that make high-quality functional products locally—just like the venue's brews and produce.
    Goods Nursery and Produce :: http://www.facebook.com/goodsproduce
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm Barkley Village Egg Hunts 
    Kids up to 10 years old can take part in Barkley Village Easter Egg Hunts at 11am and again at 12pm at Barkley Village, 2219 Rimland Dr. Each hunt will have a division for kids under 5 and another for kids ages 5-10. Bring a basket, and don't miss photos with the Easter Bunny, a special appearance by Zig Zag & Ragz Z Clowns, and a free glitter tattoo station by Glitt3r Lyfe.
    Barkley Village :: http://www.barkleyvillage.com
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm Easter Brunch 
    Enjoy a five-course Easter Brunch starting at 11am at Ciao Thyme Commons, 207 Unity St. A morning nosh plate, savory yemenite pancakes, spiced lamb kofta with fresh herb salad, almond-chia seed pudding cups and a trio of sweets will be among the menu items. Entry is $58.
    Ciao Thyme Commons :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm Langar in Lynden 
    All are welcome at a Langar event from 11am-2pm in Lynden at Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara, 176 E. Pole Rd. Langar is the sacred community free kitchen of the Sikh people and every temple serves delicious vegetarian food-which they invite the general public to come eat. The largest free kitchen in the world is Langar at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar India, where they serve 100,000 people a day every weekend, and 50,000 a day on weekdays.
    Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara :: (360) 398-1184
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Nina Gerber and Chris Webster 
    Hear original songs, tasteful covers, soulful ballads, jazzy tunes, and sweet folk when vocalist Nina Gerber and guitarist and singer Chris Webster perform at 2pm at Nancy's Farm, 2030 E. Smith Rd. Suggested donation is $18; find out how to get on the invite list online.
    Nancy's Farm :: http://www.nancysfarm.com
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Monday, April 22 15 events
  • All Day Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: http://www.tulipfestival.org
  • All Day Bellingham Beer Week 
    Beer Olympics, beer dinners, an Earth Day cleanup party, an Easter keg hunt, book signings, multiple release parties, hops planting, a mountain bike festival, brew-focused presentations, a paper airplane contest, tastings, an IPA challenge, Barleywood Squares, April Brews Day, and much more will be part of the annual Bellingham Beer Week, which takes place Friday, April 29 through Sat., April 28 at a variety of venues throughout the city. Peruse the website for a full listing of events, and get sipping!
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bellinghambeerweek.com
  • All Day Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition 
    Residents of Whatcom County can submit images to the City of Bellingham's annual "Essence of Bellingham" photo competition through May 1. See submission guidelines online. For more info: www.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.cob.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 9:30am-11am at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Stimpson Family Nature Reserve :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 11:00am - 2:30pm Earth Day Sustainable Food Fair 
    Celebrate Earth Day proper by attending a Sustainable Food Fair from 11am-2:30pm at Western Washington University's Viking Union 565. The event hosted by the AS Environmental Center will feature local food vendors competing for the most delicious sustainable dish at WWU. Aramark will be joining in to showcase some of their sustainability initiatives and participate in cooking. Entry is $2 to try five dishes and vote on your favorites.
    Viking Union 565 :: http://www.facebook.com/events
  • 4:30pm - 7:00pm Plant Diagnostic Clinics 
    Local Master Gardeners will be on hand for Plant Diagnostic Clinics from 4:30pm-7pm Mondays through April at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Bring your spring gardening questions, samples or photos of unknown or problem plants, and other gardening questions to the library, where Master Gardeners will offer advice.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm Women's Backpacking Round Table Discussion 
    Share your experiences backpacking and/or get tips from other women who know just what it's like to hike and camp in primitive locations at a Women's Backpacking: Round Table Discussion from 5:30pm-7:30pm at REI, 400 36th St. REI's expert backpacker will lead the discussion. She will include topics such as: favorite trails, safety, hygiene, making a plan and taking care of your mind, body and gear. Please register in advance for the free event.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm Before the Flood 
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church, United Church of Ferndale, RE Sources, members of the Whatcom faith community, and the Mt. Baker Group of the Sierra Club will sponsor a free Earth Day screening of Before the Flood at 5:45pm at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. This powerful National Geographic documentary features United Nations Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey to five continents and the Arctic to document the ecological impacts of global climate change.
    Pickford Film Center :: http://www.beforetheflood.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Swing Dancing Classes 
    Learn the basics in a friendly environment at Swing Dancing for Everyone classes at 5pm Mondays at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. At 6pm, attend Intermediate/Advanced Lindy Hop, and, at 7pm, Strong and Mighty Solo Jazz. Drop-in fees are $12-$15; $40-$50 pays for a month of classes.
    Presence Studio :: http://www.bhamhop.com/classes
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Student Poetry & Art Showcase 
    Enjoy original poetry and art by Burlington-Edison School District 5th graders and Burlington-Edison High School art and creative writing students at a Student Poetry & Art Showcase from 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. The National Poetry Month event is free, and kicks off a two-week exhibit at the library.
    Burlington Public Library :: http://www.burlingtonwa.gov
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Healthy Desserts 
    Enjoy matcha tea pudding, burnt-orange marmalade power cookies, and chia coconut trifle topped with hempseed crumble when celebrated pastry chef Bruno Feldeisen leads a "Healthy Desserts" class from 6:30pm-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. The recipes Feldeisen will be making use no cream, eggs, butter or refined sugars. Entry is $49.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Poetrynight 
    Those looking to share their creative verse as part of the weekly Poetrynight can sign up starting at 6:30pm at the Alternative Library, 519 E. Maple St. Readings begin at 7pm. Entry to the all-ages event is by donation.
    Alternative Library :: http://www.blog.poetrynight.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Salish Sea Early Music Festival 
    "Baroque Winds" will be the theme of a Salish Sea Early Music Festival concert at 7pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St. The chamber music event will feature Vicki Boekman (recorder), Sand Dalton (oboe), Anna Marsh (bassoon), Jeffrey Cohan (baroque flute) and Jonathan Oddie (harpsichord). Suggested donation is $15-$25 (free for those 18 and under).
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.salishseafestival.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Wild & Scenic Film Festival 
    Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association will host the Earth Day Wild & Scenic Film Festival for the first time at 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The films will combine beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for us all. In the Walton Theatre, a dozen nonprofit partners will be available to talk about what they're doing to shape the culture of Whatcom County. Entry is $14-$24.
  • 9:00pm - 10:30pm Guffawingham 
    A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9pm every Monday at the Firefly Lounge, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. The event features approximately 20 standup comedians who each do a four-minute set.
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Tuesday, April 23 11 events
  • All Day Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: http://www.tulipfestival.org
  • All Day Bellingham Beer Week 
    Beer Olympics, beer dinners, an Earth Day cleanup party, an Easter keg hunt, book signings, multiple release parties, hops planting, a mountain bike festival, brew-focused presentations, a paper airplane contest, tastings, an IPA challenge, Barleywood Squares, April Brews Day, and much more will be part of the annual Bellingham Beer Week, which takes place Friday, April 29 through Sat., April 28 at a variety of venues throughout the city. Peruse the website for a full listing of events, and get sipping!
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bellinghambeerweek.com
  • All Day Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition 
    Residents of Whatcom County can submit images to the City of Bellingham's annual "Essence of Bellingham" photo competition through May 1. See submission guidelines online. For more info: www.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.cob.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 9:30am-11am at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Stimpson Family Nature Reserve :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 5:00pm - 6:30pm TESOL Info Session 
    Attend a free information session on Western Washington University's Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses from 5pm-6:30pm at the school's Miller Hall, room 105. TESOL prepares future educators to teach English—the language of world communication in our increasingly globalized world.
    Miller Hall :: http://www.wwu.edu/TESOL
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Introductory Plant Walk 
    Join the local chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society for an Introductory Plant Walk from 5pm-7pm at Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. The free walk will be led by anthropologist Allan Richardson, co-author of Nooksack Place Names. Learn about the plants, their names, and uses in native Salish traditions.
    Stimpson Family Nature Reserve :: http://www.wnpskoma.org
  • 5:30pm - 8:00pm Energy Careers Prep Night 
    Community members, students and those interested in learning about jobs in the energy industry are invited to join an Energy Careers Prep Night from 5:30pm-8pm at Bellingham Technical College's Settlemyer Hall, 3058 Lindbergh Ave. This event is an excellent opportunity to network with professionals in the energy industry, learn about jobs in the industry from those who perform them, and tour BTC programs that can train job-seekers for a new career. Entry is free; please sign up in advance.
    Settlemyer Hall :: http://www.btc.edu/energynight
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bellingham Reads 
    Discuss Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelson at a Bellingham Reads book group meeting from 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Dodson Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, and 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 afterward.
    Bayview Civic Hall :: http://www.skagitfolkdancers.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Glacial Influence 
    Join the North Cascades Audubon Society when geologist Dan McShane discusses "Glacial and Post-Glacial Influence on the Northwest Washington Environment: What Does Lidar Show Us?" at 7pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Books & Brews 
    Discuss B is for Beer by Tom Robbins at a new "Books & Brews" event hosted by Village Books at 7pm at Lynden's Overflow Taps, 106 5th St. The monthly gathering also includes a chosen beverage to pair with the book. Pick up your copy of the book at Village Books, then mosey to the tap room for an exclusive Books & Brews growler free with the purchase of a fill. Tonight's event will be hosted by Village Books founder Chuck Robinson.
    Overflow Taps :: http://www.villagebooks.com
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Wednesday, April 24 16 events
  • All Day Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: http://www.tulipfestival.org
  • All Day Bellingham Beer Week 
    Beer Olympics, beer dinners, an Earth Day cleanup party, an Easter keg hunt, book signings, multiple release parties, hops planting, a mountain bike festival, brew-focused presentations, a paper airplane contest, tastings, an IPA challenge, Barleywood Squares, April Brews Day, and much more will be part of the annual Bellingham Beer Week, which takes place Friday, April 29 through Sat., April 28 at a variety of venues throughout the city. Peruse the website for a full listing of events, and get sipping!
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bellinghambeerweek.com
  • 10:00am Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition 
    Residents of Whatcom County can submit images to the City of Bellingham's annual "Essence of Bellingham" photo competition through May 1. See submission guidelines online. For more info: www.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.cob.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 9:30am-11am at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Stimpson Family Nature Reserve :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm Nonprofit Brown Bag 
    "Board and ED relations for Small Nonprofits" will be focus of a Nonprofit Brown Bag roundtable discussion from 11:30am-1pm at St. Luke's Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy. Kirk Roberts, co-owner of Free Range Nonprofit Solutions, will be the featured speaker. Entry is free, and no RSVP is necessary. Attendees are also welcome to bring along their lunch.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center :: (360) 734-5400
  • 11:30am - 1:30pm Let's Talk About Race 
    Bellingham City Club and Humanities Washington will host author and professor Clyde Ford for a "Let's Talk About Race" discussion from 11:30am-1:30pm at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. Meant for people of all races, participants will come away with tools for
 engaging in conversations about race in an honest, transparent and
 meaningful way. Though ambitious, this talk aims to make a difference in
bridging and healing the racial divide. Entry is $5-$18 and includes lunch.
  • 2:30pm - 4:30pm Dirt Fest 
    Celebrate school gardens when Common Threads—a local nonprofit that connects kids to healthy food by providing gardening and cooking lessons for close to 7,000 students in 21 schools across Whatcom County—hosts its fifth annual "Dirt Fest" from 2:30pm-4:30pm at Carl Cozier Elementary, 1330 Lincoln St. The free community event will feature healthy snacks, live music with garden songs, a seed sale, tours of the school's garden and more. Entry is free.
    Carl Cozier Elementary :: http://www.commonthreadsfarm.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Container Gardening 
    Learn how to choose the right plants, containers and watering techniques when Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education) leads a free "Container Gardening" workshop from 4pm-6pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. If you lack land or have mobility issues, container gardening is for you.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Bham SOUP 
    The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite Bham SOUP proposal at 6pm at Goat Mountain Pizza, 211 W. Holly St. During each Bham SOUP funding cycle, individuals from the Bellingham community submit project proposals that demonstrate a positive impact for Downtown Bellingham. Suggested donation is $10 at the door and includes a soup dinner and a chance to review all submitted proposals and vote for your favorite. The nightly proceeds will be awarded to the proposal that receives the most votes. [Please note that this event was postponed after Cascadia Weekly went to print. Check the website or Facebook page for updates.]
    Goat Mountain Pizza :: http://www.bhamsoup.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.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Wines of the Rhone 
    Laurent Martel focuses on "Wines of the Rhone" from 6:30-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. While guiding a tasting of some excellent Rhone wines, Martel will discuss the history of viniculture in the region. Was the locale the birthplace of Syrah or merely a stopover? What does it mean to be “hermitaged?" Is it possible for grapevines to grow out of rock? Entry is $45.
    Cordata Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Histories & Mysteries Book Club 
    Share your thoughts on the books and enjoy games, book recommendations, yummy treats and a hot cuppa at a Histories & Mysteries Book Club gathering taking place from 6:30pm-8pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Tonight's focus will be on M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series. Read the Agatha novel of your choice.
    Everson Library :: (360) 966-5100
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Write Riot Poetry Slam 
    In honor of National Poetry Month, attend the second annual Write Riot Poetry Slam at 7pm at the Colophon Cafe, 1208 11th St. Local poet DeeDee Chapman will host the event, which will also feature spoken word and fiber artist Taylor Xavier. Poets of all ages can sign up at 6:30pm for available slots to read their poetry (be aware there may be adult language and themes). Judges will score performances with good-natured encouragement from the audience. Please thank the venue for hosting the free event by purchasing from the menu or from the specials for the night.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Think & Drink 
    Humanities Washington presents "Think & Drink: Speed of Deceit—The New Era of Online Lies and Misinformation" at 7pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. These events are
 meant to be casual conversations on provocative topics, and include guest speakers. Tonight's gathering will feature experts at the front lines of the information wars. Entry is free; registration is required.
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Classical on Tap 
    Whatcom Symphony Orchestra 's "Brew Crew" will play classical chamber music favorites at the first "Classical on Tap" concert of the season at 7pm at Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen, 601 W. Holly St. This year, the free community events will go on tour, bringing music to locales in Lynden, Blaine, Ferndale, and Bellingham.
    Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen :: http://www.whatcomsymphony.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Bill Anschell Trio 
    Pianist and composer Bill Anschell will be joined by bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer D'Vonne Lewis for a Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center concert at 7pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Entry will be $5-$10 at the door.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
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Thursday, April 25 16 events
  • 10:00am Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition 
    Residents of Whatcom County can submit images to the City of Bellingham's annual "Essence of Bellingham" photo competition through May 1. See submission guidelines online.
  • All Day Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: http://www.tulipfestival.org
  • All Day Bellingham Beer Week 
    Beer Olympics, beer dinners, an Earth Day cleanup party, an Easter keg hunt, book signings, multiple release parties, hops planting, a mountain bike festival, brew-focused presentations, a paper airplane contest, tastings, an IPA challenge, Barleywood Squares, April Brews Day, and much more will be part of the annual Bellingham Beer Week, which takes place Friday, April 29 through Sat., April 28 at a variety of venues throughout the city. Peruse the website for a full listing of events, and get sipping!
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bellinghambeerweek.com
  • 7:00pm Eurydice 
    Squalicum Drama presents performances of Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Squalicum High School, 3773 E. McLeod Rd. Ticket prices vary. Additional performances take place May 2-5.
    Squalicum High School, :: http://www.squalicumdrama.com
  • 7:30pm Unstable By Design 
    ttend the world premiere of a new play by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao when Unstable by Design concludes this week with 7:30pm performances Thursday through Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The "unrelenting" comedy follows the manic mind of an ad-writing intern named Alyssa, whose journey from intervention to creative rebirth is accompanied by therapy, medication and a group of hallucinated companions. Tickets are $9-$15.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:00pm Robin Hood, a Musical 
    Students from Sedro-Woolley High School's award-winning theatre arts program will present a lively adaptation of a classic tale at performances of Robin Hood: A Musical at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at the school's theater at 1235 3rd St. Tickets are $5-$10 to attend the musical with unexpected twists and both familiar and new characters. At 1pm Sat., April 27 there will be a sensory-friendly performance. Entry is by donation, but attendees need to register online in advance at www.eventbrite.com. Additional performances happen May 2-4.
    Sedro-Woolley High School :: (360) 855-3510
  • 9:30am - 11:00am Wild Things 
    Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30am-11am at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Stimpson Family Nature Reserve :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm Student and Community Job Fair 
    Everyone is welcome to meet with employers and connect with job 
opportunities across a range of fields at a WCC Student and Community Job Fair taking place from 10am-2pm at Whatcom Community College's Pavilion Student Rec Center, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Entry is free.
    Whatcom Community College :: http://www.whatcom.edu
  • 10:00am - 8:00pm Skagit Valley College Sustainability Fair 
    Attend a Sustainability Fair from 10am-8pm in Mount Vernon at Skagit Valley College. Table displays from local nonprofits, free bicycle tuneups by Skagit Cycle, a presentation from filmmaker Florian Gray for his movie Beneath the Salish Sea, live music from Gallowglass and Baby Cakes, a presentation on the issues of plastic pollution by the Skagit Plastic Reduction and Recycling Coaltion, and presentations by the Orca Network and the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group will be part of the action. Entry is free.
    Skagit Valley College :: http://www.mysvc.edu
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Parkinson's Dance Class 
    Pam Kuntz leads a dance class for people with Parkinson's disease and other movement or neurological disorders at 11am at Ballet Bellingham, 1405 Fraser St., suite #103. Entry is free. No registration is necessary; just show up ready to dance. The classes continue Thursdays through June 6.
    Ballet Bellingham :: (360) 510-4711 or http://www.kuntzandco.org
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm English Country Dancing 
    Enjoy gentle English Country Dancing to beautiful music from 1:30-3pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 15 Halleck St. Newcomers age 50 and up are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Entry is by donation; if you decide you want to continue the activity, then BSAC membership is required.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: http://www.becd2.wordpress.com
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Alt Reads 
    Whether you like graphic novels, play scripts, fan fiction or poetry, attend a monthly "Alt Reads" book club discussion from 3pm-4pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. The group reads books together as well as talk about any books that they are reading on their own.
    Everson Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm Kids for Peace Write Now 
    Youth ages 4-18 can create a unique poem to submit to the annual Peaceful Poetry Contest by attending a youth poetry workshop, "Kids for Peace Write Now" from 4pm-5:30pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The free event is a fun opportunity for students to explore different styles of poetry and engage their creativity through interactive exercises and discussion. Entry is free.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Success Lie 
    Local author Janelle Bruland shares ideas from her new book, The Success Lie: 5 Simple Truths to Overcome Overwhelm and Achieve Peace of Mind at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Bruland is an entrepreneur, business leader, and high-performance coach who inspires others to live highly engaged, impactful and successful lives.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Salish Sea Intertidal Life 
    Wildlife biologist and naturalist David Drummond presents "Salish Sea Intertidal Life: Barnacles to Sea Stars" at 7pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. He'll discuss field ID, habitats and ecology in this second part of a three-part series. Entry is $10.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.communityfood.coop
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Balkan Folk Dancers 
    The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. There is teaching early in the evening, and no experience or partner is necessary as most dances are line or circle dances. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors can attend for free.
    Fairhaven Library :: (360) 380-0456
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TODAY 21 events
  • All Day Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition 
    Residents of Whatcom County can submit images to the City of Bellingham's annual "Essence of Bellingham" photo competition through May 1. See submission guidelines online.
  • All Day Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: http://www.tulipfestival.org
  • All Day Bellingham Beer Week 
    Beer Olympics, beer dinners, an Earth Day cleanup party, an Easter keg hunt, book signings, multiple release parties, hops planting, a mountain bike festival, brew-focused presentations, a paper airplane contest, tastings, an IPA challenge, Barleywood Squares, April Brews Day, and much more will be part of the annual Bellingham Beer Week, which takes place Friday, April 29 through Sat., April 28 at a variety of venues throughout the city. Peruse the website for a full listing of events, and get sipping!
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bellinghambeerweek.com
  • 7:30pm Skagit Community Band 
    "Petite Fleur" will be the theme of Skagit Community Band performances at 7:30pm Friday in La Conner at Maple Hall, and 3pm Sunday in Anacortes at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Entry is by donation to hear the annual jazz bouquet of swing standards celebrating the Great American Songbook.
    Maple Hall, Anacortes-Westminster Presbyterian Church :: http://www.skagitcommunityband.org
  • 12:00pm Chanticleer Authors Conference 
    Enjoy three days of instruction on how to improve your marketing skills and sell more books at the annual Chanticleer Authors Conference taking place Friday through Sunday at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. At the unique event, authors and publishers will enjoy workshops on craft and marketing, master classes, cocktail parties, an awards banquet, marketing strategies and more. Fees vary. A book room selling works by local authors will be open to the public 12pm-5pm Saturday, and 1pm-5pm Sunday, and a free "Books by the Bay" Book Festival can be visited from 1pm-4pm Sunday.
    Hotel Bellwether :: http://www.chantireviews.com
  • 3:00pm Linuxfest Northwest 
    Learn and share ideas about accessible technology when Bellingham Linux Users Group and BTC’s Information Technology (IT) department host the 20th annual "Linuxfest Northwest" event starting with a Technology Alliance Group (TAG) Expo & Job Fair on from 3pm-7pm Friday at Bellingham Technical College's Settlemyer Hall, 3058 Lindbergh Ave. From 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday, the free event will feature more than 100 presentations, with session topics that range in complexity so there are activities to interest novices and professionals alike.
  • 7:30pm The Coronation of Poppea 
    Western Washington University opera students will present performances of Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea at 7:30pm Friday and 2pm Sunday at the Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Tickets will be $11-$16 to see the classic drama, which will be presented in Italian with English subtitles.
    Performing Arts Center Mainstage :: http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • All Day Eurydice 
    Squalicum Drama presents performances of Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Squalicum High School, 3773 E. McLeod Rd. Ticket prices vary. Additional performances take place May 2-5.
    Squalicum High School, :: http://www.squalicumdrama.com
  • 7:30pm Genre Legends, Hot Dogs 
    A fan favorite show, "Genre Legends," returns to the stage at 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays through April at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, attend "Top Dog," a monthlong team improv tournament. Tickets are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • All Day Unstable By Design 
    ttend the world premiere of a new play by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao when Unstable by Design concludes this week with 7:30pm performances Thursday through Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The "unrelenting" comedy follows the manic mind of an ad-writing intern named Alyssa, whose journey from intervention to creative rebirth is accompanied by therapy, medication and a group of hallucinated companions. Tickets are $9-$15.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • All Day Robin Hood, a Musical 
    Students from Sedro-Woolley High School's award-winning theatre arts program will present a lively adaptation of a classic tale at performances of Robin Hood: A Musical at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at the school's theater at 1235 3rd St. Tickets are $5-$10 to attend the musical with unexpected twists and both familiar and new characters. At 1pm Sat., April 27 there will be a sensory-friendly performance. Entry is by donation, but attendees need to register online in advance at www.eventbrite.com. Additional performances happen May 2-4.
    Sedro-Woolley High School :: (360) 855-3510
  • 9:30am - 11:00am Wild Things 
    Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30am-11am at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Stimpson Family Nature Reserve :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm Spring Book Sale 
    Fill your book bag with some fantastic reads at bargain prices at a Spring Book Sale happening today through May 4 during open hours at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Find books for all ages at the self-service event. Books will be $5 per bag on Sat., May 4.
    Deming Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Valley Writers 
    Bring pen and paper or a digital device to the bimonthly "Valley Writers" meeting from 1pm-3pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. Participants write from prompts, and the event is facilitated by CJ Prince. All adults are welcome.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm SPA Talk with Bradley James Lockhart 
    Bradley James Lockhart, the local graphic artist, animator and creator of the beloved Bellingham Flag, will lead a SPA Talk at 2:30pm at St. Paul's Academy, 3000 Northwest Ave. If you want to learn about the flag, cartoon, logo or rock n' roll secrets, don't miss it! This event is open to community members, neighbors, design students, creatives and those interested in how the symbolic green and blue Bellingham flag became a symbol for the city. Entry is free.
    St. Paul's Academy :: http://www.sp-academy.org
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Peace Vigil 
    All people of goodwill are invited to join the weekly Peace Vigil from 4-5pm every Friday on the corner of Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue (in front of the Federal Building). Started by Howard and Rosemary Harris more than 50 years ago, the vigil has seen more than four generations.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.whatcompjc.org
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm First Friday Art Walk 
    Fairhaven Realty, Whatcom Art Market, Peter James Photography Gallery, Current and Furbish, Evolve Chocolate, Tony's Coffee & Tea/Harris Ave. Cafe, Village Books, Paper Dreams, Colophon Cafe, Sweet Bellingham, Artwood Gallery, Morgan Block, Good Earth Pottery, Stones Throw Brewery, and Blessings Salon Spa will be among the venues participating in the monthly First Friday Art Walk happening from 5pm-8pm throughout historic Fairhaven.
    Historic Fairhaven :: http://www.fairhavenartwalk.com
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm Building Dreams Dinner and Auction 
    Home Trust of Skagit will host its inaugural "Building Dreams" Dinner and Auction from 5pm-8pm in Mount Vernon at Maplehurst Farm, 18495 Dike Rd. Tickets are $50; proceeds will fund the mission of increasing the availability of affordable housing in Skagit County.
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Poetry Party 
    In honor of National Poetry Month, local poet Andrea Weiser will read from her books River Bed: Poems and Prose and Thunder Blossom: Wilderness Can Heal at 5pm in Concrete and the Upper Skagit Library, 45770 B Main St. The free event will also feature Jason Miller, who will read and talk about his poetry as well. Refreshments will be provided.
    Upper Skagit Library :: (360) 853-7939
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Raise the Roof Auction and Trashion Show 
    Join Habitat for Humanity for its 17th annual "Raise the Roof" Auction and Trashion Show starting at 5:30pm at Bellingham's Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $50 and include appetizers and a catered dinner, two drinks, live music, games and live and silent auctions. All proceeds support Telegraph Townhomes and permanent, affordable homes in Whatcom County.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.hfhwhatcom.org/auction18
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm North Cascades Community Orchestra 
    North Cascades Community Orchestra presents its annual Spring Concert at 7:30pm at Central Lutheran Church, 925 N. Forest St. The classical concert will include the Downton Abbey suite by John Lunn, "Karelia Suite" by Jean Sibelius, "For Horns and Strings" by Arthur Frakenpohl, and Beethoven's "First Symphony." Admission is by donation.
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Saturday, April 27 48 events
  • All Day Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition 
    Residents of Whatcom County can submit images to the City of Bellingham's annual "Essence of Bellingham" photo competition through May 1. See submission guidelines online.
  • All Day Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: http://www.tulipfestival.org
  • All Day Bellingham Beer Week 
    Beer Olympics, beer dinners, an Earth Day cleanup party, an Easter keg hunt, book signings, multiple release parties, hops planting, a mountain bike festival, brew-focused presentations, a paper airplane contest, tastings, an IPA challenge, Barleywood Squares, April Brews Day, and much more will be part of the annual Bellingham Beer Week, which takes place Friday, April 29 through Sat., April 28 at a variety of venues throughout the city. Peruse the website for a full listing of events, and get sipping!
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bellinghambeerweek.com
  • All Day Skagit Community Band 
    "Petite Fleur" will be the theme of Skagit Community Band performances at 7:30pm Friday in La Conner at Maple Hall, and 3pm Sunday in Anacortes at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Entry is by donation to hear the annual jazz bouquet of swing standards celebrating the Great American Songbook.
    Maple Hall, Anacortes-Westminster Presbyterian Church :: http://www.skagitcommunityband.org
  • All Day Linuxfest Northwest 
    Learn and share ideas about accessible technology when Bellingham Linux Users Group and BTC’s Information Technology (IT) department host the 20th annual "Linuxfest Northwest" event starting with a Technology Alliance Group (TAG) Expo & Job Fair on from 3pm-7pm Friday at Bellingham Technical College's Settlemyer Hall, 3058 Lindbergh Ave. From 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday, the free event will feature more than 100 presentations, with session topics that range in complexity so there are activities to interest novices and professionals alike.
  • All Day Chanticleer Authors Conference 
    Enjoy three days of instruction on how to improve your marketing skills and sell more books at the annual Chanticleer Authors Conference taking place Friday through Sunday at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. At the unique event, authors and publishers will enjoy workshops on craft and marketing, master classes, cocktail parties, an awards banquet, marketing strategies and more. Fees vary. A book room selling works by local authors will be open to the public 12pm-5pm Saturday, and 1pm-5pm Sunday, and a free "Books by the Bay" Book Festival can be visited from 1pm-4pm Sunday.
    Hotel Bellwether :: http://www.chantireviews.com
  • All Day The Coronation of Poppea 
    Western Washington University opera students will present performances of Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea at 7:30pm Friday and 2pm Sunday at the Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Tickets will be $11-$16 to see the classic drama, which will be presented in Italian with English subtitles.
    Performing Arts Center Mainstage :: http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 4:00pm FiberFest 
    In advance of Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum's annual "FiberFest," attend a Preview Party and Sale from 4pm-6pm Saturday in La Conner at Maple Hall, 104 Commercial St. Tickets are $15. From 10am-4pm Sunday, "FiberFest" will commence. The event features sales of unique fabrics, yarns, textiles, embellishments and tools for quilt and fiber artists.
    Maple Hall :: http://www.qfamuseum.org
  • 7:30pm Skagit Valley Chorale's American Journeys 
    "Celebrating in Song: American Journeys" will be the focus of Skagit Valley Chorale performances exploring different genres and regions at 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The Evergreen Elementary School Choir from Sedro-Woolley will sing along with us and wow the audience with their rhythm skills. Tickets are $16-$25.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • All Day Eurydice 
    Squalicum Drama presents performances of Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Squalicum High School, 3773 E. McLeod Rd. Ticket prices vary. Additional performances take place May 2-5.
    Squalicum High School, :: http://www.squalicumdrama.com
  • 10:00am WoodFest 
    "Timber to Tech" will be the theme of the 21st annual "WoodFest" from 9am-5pm Saturday, and 10am-3pm Sunday at Sedro-Woolley High School, 1235 3rd St. At the free event, high school students from across Northwest Washington will show their woodworking and technology skills. Additionally, vendors will sell handcrafted woodwork and other products, and there will be demos, prize drawings and more. Related activities such as chainsaw carving, wine tastings, tours and more will take place throughout the city.
    Sedro-Woolley High School :: http://www.facebook.com/Woodfest.sedrowoolley
  • 10:00am Contemplative Brush and Japanese Washi Papers 
    Heather Midori Yamada leads a "Contemplative Brush and Japanese Washi Papers" workshop from 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday at the Blaine Harbor Center, 235 Marine Dr. Entry is $225, plus a materials fee. Please register in advance.
    Blaine Harbor Center :: http://www.washiarts.com
  • 10:00am We Are Skookum Scavenger Hunt 
    An inaugural "We Are Skookum" Scavenger Hunt takes place from 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday starting at Perch and Play, 1707 N. State St. Teams of 1-20 will collect stamps at partners businesses and landmarks in downtown Bellingham and Squalicum Harbor (stops and prizes will be different on both days). Registration is free for the weekend and includes capes, discounts at various participating businesses, and admission to an after-party on Sunday afternoon.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.skookumkids.org
  • 7:30pm Genre Legends, Hot Dogs 
    A fan favorite show, "Genre Legends," returns to the stage at 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays through April at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, attend "Top Dog," a monthlong team improv tournament. Tickets are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm Unstable By Design 
    ttend the world premiere of a new play by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao when Unstable by Design concludes this week with 7:30pm performances Thursday through Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The "unrelenting" comedy follows the manic mind of an ad-writing intern named Alyssa, whose journey from intervention to creative rebirth is accompanied by therapy, medication and a group of hallucinated companions. Tickets are $9-$15.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:00pm Robin Hood, a Musical 
    Students from Sedro-Woolley High School's award-winning theatre arts program will present a lively adaptation of a classic tale at performances of Robin Hood: A Musical at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at the school's theater at 1235 3rd St. Tickets are $5-$10 to attend the musical with unexpected twists and both familiar and new characters. At 1pm Sat., April 27 there will be a sensory-friendly performance. Entry is by donation, but attendees need to register online in advance at www.eventbrite.com. Additional performances happen May 2-4.
    Sedro-Woolley High School :: (360) 855-3510
  • 8:00am - 10:00am Pancake Breakfast 
    Attend a monthly Pancake Breakfast from 8am-10am at Ferndale's American Legion Post #154, 5537 Second Ave. Entry is $3 for kids 12 and under, $6 general.
    American Legion Post #154 :: (360) 201-1109
  • 9:00am - 4:00pm Anacortes Vintage by the Sea 
    Creative vendors will share their vintage home decor, garden goodies, French antiques, repurposed and restyled junk salvage and other fabulous finds at "Anacortes Vintage by the Sea" from 9am-4pm at the Anacortes Port Transit Event Center, 100 Commercial Ave. Admission is $7 ($5 with a canned food donation).
    Anacortes Port Transit Event Center :: http://www.anacortesvintagemarket.com
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm NSEA Work Party 
    Join Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for its final Community Work Party of the season happening from 9am-12pm at the NSEA campus at 3057 E. Bakerview Rd. Volunteers will be potting the last of the organization's 2019 nursery stock. The potted trees and shrubs will grow in the nursery until they are strong enough to be planted along salmon bearing streams. Tools, gloves and snacks will be provided.
    Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association :: http://www.n-sea.org
  • 9:00am - 4:00pm Rise Against Hunger 
    Help pack 75,000 meals to be shipped to hungry families in impoverished countries at Bellingham Rotary's fourth annual "Rise Against Hunger" event from 9am-4pm at St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy. Volunteers can sign up for two-hour shifts.
    St. Luke's Community Health Education Center :: http://www.events.stophungernow.org
  • 9:00am - 7:00pm Independent Bookstore Day 
    Day-long celebrations including author appearances, games, prizes, treats and much more will be part of the fifth annual Independent Bookstore Day events taking place from 9am-7pm at Village Books in Bellingham (1200 11th St.) and Lynden (430 Front St.). Check the website for more details.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm Have a Heart Family Fun Run 
    Create a team and raise pledges to help people find the tools and support they need by get out of poverty by taking part in the 10th annual "Have a Heart" Family Fun Run starting at 9am in Mount Vernon at Edgewater Park, 600 Behrens Millett Rd. Choose from 2.5K and 5K runs. Entry is $35-$40 (free for kids under 9).
    Edgewater Park :: http://www.secure.qgiv.com
  • 9:00am - 1:00pm Everson Garden Club Plant Sale 
    Everson Garden Club will host its annual Plant Sale from 9am-1pm on the lawn at Everson Elementary School, 216 Everson Goshen Rd. Colorful perennials, natives, shrubs and small trees can be found for great prices, and vendors will offer veggie starts, speciality plants and crafts. (Cash or checks only, please.)
    Everson Elementary School :: (360) 592-5456
  • 9:00am - 6:00pm Dealer Demo Day 
    Come test Transition, Evil, Ibis, Santa Cruz, Forbidden, Knolly, GT, and Norco bikes at a free Dealer Demo Day taking place from 9am-6pm at Fanatik Bike Co., 1812 N. State St. Demo bikes will be first-come, first-served, and may be taken out for two-hour stretches until 3pm, and returned by 5pm. Bring your own helmet and pedals. Taco truck and beer sales, a skills course and a morning ride will be part of the day's offerings.
    Fanatik Bike Co. :: http://www.fanatikbike.com
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Local Author/Illustrator Open House 
    A Local Author/Illustrator Open House happens from 10am-3pm in Sudden Valley at the South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. The free event will feature published authors and illustrators who live in the valley who will be on hand to share their work and visit with their fellow community members.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Dia de los niños/Dia de los libros 
    Join a Latino tradition of celebrating children and books at the annual "Dia de los niños/Dia de los libros: Children's Day/Book Day" event from 10am-3pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Food, music, entertainment and crafts will be part of the free fun for all families and the community.
    Lynden Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm Dakota Art Store Anniversary Art Expo 
    Product demonstrations, door prizes and more —including 25 percent off of everything in the store—will be part of an Anniversary Art Expo from 10am-4pm at Dakota Art Store, 1322 Cornwall Ave. The longtime art supplier will be celebrating 25 years of helping community members on their paths to creativity, and all are welcome.
    Dakota Art Store :: http://www.dakotaartstores.com
  • 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 10am-11am at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St. All writing styles are welcome. Can't make it every month? No problem—come when you are able.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 988-2501
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Bellingham Farmers Market 
    The 27th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm Saturdays through Dec. 21 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to perusing and purchasing locally grown produce, regular events for the market include Demo Days and a Wednesday Market starting in June.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Seedlings, Starts and Garden Goodies Swap and Giveaway 
    The South Fork Valley Community Association and LocalFoodWorks host a "Seedlings, Starts and Garden Goodies Swap and Giveaway" from 10am-2pm in Deming at the Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Valley Hwy. Bring your own plant starts, seedings, tools and experience to share, or just join in.
    Van Zandt Community Hall :: localfoodworks@rocketmail.com
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Backyard Habitat Native Flora Fair 
    Washington Native Plant Society, Bellingham Parks and Rec, and North Cascades Audubon Society hosts their annual Backyard Habitat Native Flora Fair from 10am-3pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. In addition to native plant sales, attendees can learn how to make their yard, schoolyard or business landscape wildlife-friendly via a native plant walk, educational booths, advice from experts, activities for kids and more. Entry is free.
    Fairhaven Village Green :: http://www.wnpskoma.org
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm Tomato Growing Tips and Tricks 
    Nathan Weston will host a "Tomato Growing Tips & Tricks" workshop from 11am-12:30pm at Joe's Gardens, 3110 Taylor Ave. If you want to produce a bounty of tomatoes this season, sign up for this free class and find out how.
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm Getting Your Hand Dirty 
    Find out what you need to do to get your vegetable garden going when Whatcom County Master Gardeners lead a "Getting Your Hands Dirty" workshop from 11am-12:30pm at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. The free session will include learning about what soil temperatures will encourage your seeds and starts to grow, planting tips and tricks, important garden care including mulching, pests and diseases, and what you should know about compost, fertilizers and mulches.
    North Fork Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 11:00am - 6:00pm Vaisakhi Festival 
    All are invited to a Vaisakhi Festival from 11am-6pm in Lynden at Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara, 176 E. Pole Rd. The free event celebrates the biggest Sikh holiday of the year with a parade, food and other colorful celebrations.
    Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara :: http://www.ggng.us
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm The Greatest Sideshow in Sedro-Woolley 
    Members of the Bellingham Circus Guild and other area performers will share their aerial, magic and musical talents at "The Greatest Sideshow in Sedro-Woolley" from 12-5pm at the city's Hammer Heritage Square and beyond. Entry to the all-ages event is free.
    Hammer Heritage Square :: http://www.eventbrite.com
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm Learn to Grow Fruit Trees 
    A "Learn to Grow Fruit Trees" workshop begins at 1:30pm at Everson's Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd. Be prepared to be outside. Entry is $15, and registration is requested.
    Cloud Mountain Farm Center :: http://www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Little Farm Homegrown 
    Local author Susan Colleen Browne shares tales from Little Farm Homegrown at 2pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. In this sequel to her award-winning Little Farm in the Foothills, Browne shares the further true-life adventures of a Boomer couple’s pursuit of a self-reliant lifestyle in the foothills of the Pacific Northwest. Susan and her husband John must cope with the demands of their middle years while raising chickens, growing organic food and living closer to—and often battling—nature.
    Everson Library :: (360) 966-5100
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Garage Wine Company Tasting 
    Josh Silverman of Grape Expectations leads a tasting of Garage Wine Company's wine of Chili from 2pm-4pm at Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St. Entry is free; please be 21 or older.
    Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants :: ww.sjwinemerchants.com
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Sudden Valley Jazz Series 
    Brazilian natives Nilza Lessa and Marco de Carvalho will perform at a "Bossa Nova Brazil" concert as part of the Sudden Valley Jazz Series from 3pm-5pm at the South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Gate 2. The duo will be playing and singing bossa nova songs backed by Jeff Johnson on bass and Jeff Busch on drums. Tickets are $20.
    South Whatcom Library :: http://www.fwsl.org
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm Interwoven Lives 
    Local historian and author Candace Wellman shares stories from Interwoven Lives: Indigenous Mothers of Salish Coast Communities at 4pm at Lynden's Village Books, 430 Front St. The sequel to Peace Warriors depicts the lives of four century indigenous women who influenced Bellingham Bay area settlement—Jenny Wynn, Elizabeth Patterson, Mary Allen and Mrs. George Pickett—and reveals new details about the Northwest life of future Confederate brigadier general George E. Pickett.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 6:30pm - 10:00pm April Brews Day 
    Sixty-five Pacific Northwest craft breweries will be pouring more than 140 regional beers at the Max Higbee Center's 18th annual April Brews Day fundraiser from 6:30pm-10pm at Bellingham's Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. Twelve food trucks, games, live music and a dance floor will also be part of the fun. Tickets are $40.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.maxhigbee.org
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Guemes Island gets lit 
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm Contra Dance with Heliotrope 
    Heliotrope will provide live music at Bellingham Country Dance Society's Contra Dance happening from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. A workshop will kick off the action, and the tunes will start at 7:30pm. Suggested donation is $10-$12; all are welcome.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Poetry Duo 
    Local writers Sierra Golden (The Slow Art) and Elaina Ellis (Write About an Empty Birdcage) read from their respective poetry collections at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Entry is free.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Bellingham Community Band's Appalachian Spring 
    Hear a wide variety of concert band music when Bellingham Community Band presents "Appalachian Spring" at 7pm at the Syre Center at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Tickets will be $10 at the door (free for youth under 10).
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Swing Into Spring 
    The Swing Connection will bring its big band sounds to a "Swing Into Spring" dance hosted by the Ferndale Arts Commission from 7pm-9pm at the city's Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St. There is no charge for this family-friendly event, and refreshments will be served. Dance lessons will be available at the beginning of night.
    Pioneer Pavilion Community Center :: http://www.swingconnection.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Jennifer Scott, Rene Worst, and Bill Coon 
    Vocalist Jennifer Scott, bassist Rene Worst, and guitarist Bill Coon will team up for a 7:30pm jazz and classical music concert at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Tickets are $25 to see the talented trio.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Artrageous 
    Captivating vocals, intricate choreography, and exciting audience interaction will be part of an "Artrageous" performance at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The troupe of artists, dancers, musicians and singers pays tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons, and musical genres, culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. The performance also acts as the theater's 92nd birthday party. Tickets are $17.50-$40; give MBT a $1 birthday present donation at any Cruisin' Coffee through April 27 and get a "thank you" of $10 off the show.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
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History Hangouts
Anniversaries in action

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