Week of June 23, 2019

Sunday, June 23 16 events
  • All Day Bard on the Beach 
    A Wild West-inspired version of The Taming of the Shrew kicks off the 30th Bard on the Beach season at Vanier Park in Vancouver, BC. Through Sept. 21, the Shakespearean favorite will show in repertory with the romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, an India-based All's Well That Ends Well, and the riveting political drama Coriolanus. Tickets start at $26 (Canadian).
  • All Day Community Boating Center Open 
    Bellingham's Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 10am until sunset daily at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes is currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 12:00pm Plover Ferry Rides 
    The Plover ferry runs weekends through Sept. 2 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 excursion on the oldest foot passenger ferry in the state is $1 for kids and $5 for adults.
  • All Day Plover Ferry Rides 
    The Plover ferry runs weekends through Sept. 2 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 excursion on the oldest foot passenger ferry in the state is $1 for kids and $5 for adults.
  • 12:00pm Plover Ferry Rides 
    The Plover ferry runs weekends through Sept. 2 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 excursion on the oldest foot passenger ferry in the state is $1 for kids and $5 for adults.
  • 7:30pm James and the Giant Peach 
    A musical version of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach continues this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M. Ave. Additional performances take place through June 30.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm Nunsense 
    Watch what happens when 52 nuns are poisoned and the Little Sisters of Hoboken decide to raise funds for the burials by putting on a variety show when Dan Goggin's Nunsense continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$14 to view the comedy. Additional performances happen through June 30.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:00pm On Trend Dance Show 
    Skagit Valley Academy of Dance presents "On Trend" performances at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The show will include contemporary dance styles from ballet to hip-hop. Tickets are $20-$35.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:00pm Stepsisters, a Dance Story 
    Bellingham Dance Company presents Stepsisters: A Dance Story at 7pm Thursday and Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Lucas Hicks Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The tale about Cinderella's supposedly evil stepsisters will be told using only cultural and social dancing (waltz, foxtrot, cha cha, swing and more). Tickets are $12-$15.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:00pm The Dance Studio presents Rubies 
    The Dance Studio celebrates its 40th anniversary with "Rubies" performances at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tiny tots, tweens, teens and adults will perform to songs from each previous production by the Dance Studio from 1979 to today. This creative spectacle of dance featuring tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop musical theater and adagio brings to life songs stretching over the last four decades. Tickets are $5-$15.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.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
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Birchwood Farmers Market 
    More than 10 local growers and producers will sell fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, honey, flowers and more at the cooperative Birchwood Farmers Market from 10am-3pm every Sunday through October at the Park Manor Shopping Center, 1538 Birchwood Ave.
    Park Manor Shopping Center :: http://www.citysproutsfarm.com/market
  • 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 - 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
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm La Conner Live! 
    Brian Lee and the Orbiters will perform as part of a "La Conner Live!" summer concert series from 1pm-4pm at the town's Gilkey Square. Free concerts continue Sundays through Labor Day weekend.
    Gilkey Square :: http://www.lovelaconner.com
  • 1:30pm - 3:30pm Audubon at the Museum 
    Join experts from North Cascades Audubon Society for a monthly "Audubon at the Museum" gathering from 1:30pm-3:30pm at the John M. Edson Hall of Birds at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. In addition to displays of more than 500 mounted birds, the exhibit provides opportunities to learn about migration, conservation, birds in peril, and the importance of studying bird specimens today. Entry is included with admission fees.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
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Monday, June 24 11 events
  • All Day Bard on the Beach 
    A Wild West-inspired version of The Taming of the Shrew kicks off the 30th Bard on the Beach season at Vanier Park in Vancouver, BC. Through Sept. 21, the Shakespearean favorite will show in repertory with the romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, an India-based All's Well That Ends Well, and the riveting political drama Coriolanus. Tickets start at $26 (Canadian).
  • All Day Community Boating Center Open 
    Bellingham's Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 10am until sunset daily at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes is currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • All Day Plover Ferry Rides 
    The Plover ferry runs weekends through Sept. 2 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 excursion on the oldest foot passenger ferry in the state is $1 for kids and $5 for adults.
  • 12:00pm Plover Ferry Rides 
    The Plover ferry runs weekends through Sept. 2 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 excursion on the oldest foot passenger ferry in the state is $1 for kids and $5 for adults.
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Youth Dance Workshop 
    Bellingham Repertory Dance will host a Youth Dance Workshop from 10am-3pm Monday through Thursday at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Dancers entering grades 6 to 8 will have opportunities to develop their technique and expand their artistic expression. Participants should have some previous dance training for this intermediate workshop. Entry is $250.
    Firehouse Arts and Events Center :: http://www.bhamrep.org
  • 4:30pm - 7:00pm Plant Diagnostic Clinics 
    Local Master Gardeners will be on hand for Plant Diagnostic Clinics from 4:30pm-7pm Mondays through May 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
  • 5:00pm - 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 - 9:00pm Raw Vegan Desserts 
    Sara Southerland focuses on "Raw Vegan Desserts" at a class happening from 6:30pm-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Attendees can explore the joy and simplicity of raw desserts, and leave class with a handful of recipes and ideas to try at home. Fees are $45.
    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 - 8:30pm Open Mic Night 
    Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience as they share their stories, poems and essays at a monthly Open Mic Night starting at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Sign up at the main counter on the first floor, or by calling the number listed here.
    Village Books :: (360) 671-2626
  • 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, June 25 9 events
  • All Day Bard on the Beach 
    A Wild West-inspired version of The Taming of the Shrew kicks off the 30th Bard on the Beach season at Vanier Park in Vancouver, BC. Through Sept. 21, the Shakespearean favorite will show in repertory with the romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, an India-based All's Well That Ends Well, and the riveting political drama Coriolanus. Tickets start at $26 (Canadian).
  • All Day Community Boating Center Open 
    Bellingham's Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 10am until sunset daily at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes is currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 12:00pm Plover Ferry Rides 
    The Plover ferry runs weekends through Sept. 2 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 excursion on the oldest foot passenger ferry in the state is $1 for kids and $5 for adults.
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Artist Workshop 
    Watch artist Neal Cronic paint with acrylics and oil at a low-key Artist Workshop from 6pm-7:30pm at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. If you're interested in following along with Cronic, bring water-based painting materials of your own and join in. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Pressure Canning Class 
    As part of a Food Preservation Series with Jennie Goforth, attend a class on "Pressure Canning" from 6:30pm-8pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Additional classes happen July 2 (Pickling and Fermentation), and July 9 (Freezing, Drying, and Root Cellaring). Entry is $29 per class.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bellingham Reads 
    Discuss Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians at a Bellingham Reads book discussion at 6:30pm at the Dodson Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month, and new members are always welcome.
    Bellingham Public Library :: (360) 778-7236
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Sunset History Cruise Kickoff 
    Whatcom Museum hosts its first "Sunset History Cruise" of the season starting at 6:30pm at San Juan Cruises' slip at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Historians Brian Griffin and Doug Starcher will take turns leading the popular Bellingham Bay excursions aboard the Victoria Star every Tuesday through Sept. 3. In addition to offering stunning scenery, the event includes stories about the region's fascinating history and how they relate to contemporary issues. Tickets are $30-$35.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Skagit Folk Dancers 
    Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterward.
    Bayview Civic Hall :: safdancers@hotmail.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Comedy Showcase and Open Mic 
    The Punch Up Comedy Showcase and Open Mic begins at 7:30pm at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. The bimonthly event features five to seven open mic comedians, followed by a feature and a headliner doing longer sets. Entry is free.
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TODAY 12 events
  • 4:00pm Bard on the Beach 
    A Wild West-inspired version of The Taming of the Shrew kicks off the 30th Bard on the Beach season at Vanier Park in Vancouver, BC. Through Sept. 21, the Shakespearean favorite will show in repertory with the romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, an India-based All's Well That Ends Well, and the riveting political drama Coriolanus. Tickets start at $26 (Canadian).
  • 10:00am Community Boating Center Open 
    Bellingham's Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 10am until sunset daily at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes is currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 8:30am - 2:30pm Scrubs Camp 
    A free "Scrubs Camp" designed to introduce high school students to a variety of healthcare careers takes place from 8:45am-2:30pm at Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. Students will experience hands-on activities with healthcare professionals who conduct interactive workshops on EMT, nursing, radiologic technology, veterinary technician and surgery technician. Please register in advance.
  • 11:30am - 1:30pm Perspectives from the Port 
    Bellingham City Club's monthly presentation and luncheon features Port of Bellingham Executive Director Rob Fix discussing "Perspectives from the Port" from 11:30am-1:30pm at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest St. Fix will give an update on the Port’s challenges with economic development, the airport and the future of the waterfront. Entry is $5-$18.
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Wellness Wednesdays 
    The Mount Vernon Downtown Association concludes its "Wellness Wednesdays" event at 12pm at the Skagit Riverwalk Plaza. The Riverside Health Club will lead the lunch-hour workout.
    Skagit Riverwalk Plaza :: http://www.mountvernondowntown.org
  • 2:00pm - 6:00pm Wednesday Farmers Market 
    Attend the Bellingham Farmers Market's Wednesday Market from 2pm-6pm at the Barkley Village Green, 2215 Rimland Dr. The midweek market continues through September.
    Barkley Village Green :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 3:00pm - 7:00pm Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market 
    The Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market takes place from 3pm-7pm at Hammer Heritage Square, 200 Metcalf St. Vendors will offer a selection of produce, crafts and more through September.
    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.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Brewers Cruise 
    "Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise" features liquid fare from Boundary Bay Brewery and two other local or regional breweries at 6:30pm at San Juan Cruises' dock at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry is $39 and includes snacks; additional cruises happen Wednesdays through Sept. 18.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.whales.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Backdoor to Baker 
    Runners Jeremy Wolf and Krissy Moehl will be joined by adventure photographer Ben Groenhout for a "Backdoor to Baker" presentation focusing on their run from the Fairhaven Village Green to Mt. Baker during last year's summer solstice at 6:30pm at Prime Sports Institute, 1704 N. State St. Entry is free; please RSVP.
    Prime Sports Institute :: http://www.primebellingham.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Thomas Harris and Kevin Woods Quintet 
    The Thomas Harris and Kevin Woods Quintet closes out Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center's fifth season with a 7pm concert at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Bring your instrument and stick around after the show for a jazz jam. Entry is $5-$10 at the door.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 9:00pm - 10:30pm Summer Funny 
    Twelve area comedians will ply their trade at a "Summer Funny" Stand Up Comedy show starting at 9pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Joel O'Connor hosts. Tickets are $5 to the R-rated event.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
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Thursday, June 27 17 events
  • 12:00pm Bard on the Beach 
    A Wild West-inspired version of The Taming of the Shrew kicks off the 30th Bard on the Beach season at Vanier Park in Vancouver, BC. Through Sept. 21, the Shakespearean favorite will show in repertory with the romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, an India-based All's Well That Ends Well, and the riveting political drama Coriolanus. Tickets start at $26 (Canadian).
  • 10:00am Community Boating Center Open 
    Bellingham's Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 10am until sunset daily at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes is currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 7:30pm Nunsense 
    Watch what happens when 52 nuns are poisoned and the Little Sisters of Hoboken decide to raise funds for the burials by putting on a variety show when Dan Goggin's Nunsense concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$14 to view the comedy. Please note that shows have been selling out, so advance purchase is recommended.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:30pm James and the Giant Peach 
    A musical version of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach concludes this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M. Ave. Tickets are $20.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 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
  • 5:00pm - 9:00pm Blues and Brews 
    A seasonal "Blues, Brews & BBQ" series continues with music by Jasmine Green from 5pm-9pm on the waterfront terrace at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. The open-air concerts continue Thursdays through Sept. 12. Admission is $7-$10.
    Hotel Bellwether :: http://www.hotelbellwether.com
  • 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 6pm-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 - 9:00pm Community Pint Night for Planned Parenthood 
    Help raise funds for Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood and support access to health care at a "Community Pint Night: Breweries for Community Health" event happening from 6pm-9pm at Aslan Depot, Boundary Bay Brewery, Chuckanut Brewery, Gruff Brewing, Kulshan Brewing Co. (both locales), Menace Brewing, North Fork Brewery, Stones Throw Brewery, Wander Brewing, and Twin Sisters Brewing.
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Joe and Carol Young 
    Yogoman and Bongo Jac will perform at a House Concert at 7:30pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. The married duo's folky style of Reggae meets soul and country music is refreshing and vibrant—though much more laid back than the big sound of Yogoman Burning Band. Suggested donation will be $5-$10 at the door.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series 
    Hear jazz and funk originals when Triple Mood performs as part of the annual Summer Concert Series from 6pm-8pm at Elizabeth Park, 1000 Walnut St. The free, family-friendly concerts continue every Thursday through Aug. 22.
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Incognito 
    Reserve a seat in advance for the unconventional "Incognito" dinner series starting at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Entry is $82 to the six-course (or more) feast featuring seasonal fare. The details of the menu are concealed until mealtime, so prepare to be pleasantly surprised.
    Ciao Thyme :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Mediterranean Mezzes 
    Local food blogger and cookbook author Samantha Ferraro of The Little Ferraro Kitchen helms a "Mediterranean Mezzes" class from 6:30pm-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Included is muhammara, a Syrian roasted pepper dip, savory cheese pastries called borekas, turmeric roasted cauliflower with almonds and creamy tahini sauce and red beet hummus. Fees are $45.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Life Between the Pages Dinner Book Club 
    The monthly "Life Between the Pages" event begins at 6:30pm at Evolve Chocolate + Cafe, 1200 11th St. (above Village Books). The dinner book club includes food and cocktail pairings related to a book—this month's choice in Amor Towles' A Gentleman in Moscow. Tickets are $60; copies of the book can be purchased at the bookstore for a 15 percent discount.
    Evolve Chocolate + Cafe :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 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
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Ajax 
    As part of iDiOM Theater's Summer Rep lineup, watch a contemporary take on war and the consequences of the choices we make when Sophocles' Ajax opens this week with shows at 7:30pm at the Lucas Hicks Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The drama shows in repertory with Briseis, Aristophanes' The Birds, a new telling of Homer's Odyssey, and Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's An Iliad. Tickets are $9-$15 (entry to the opening-night reception is $20-$25). Additional showings happen July 5-6 and 11-13.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm House Concert with Yogoman and Bongo Jac 
    Yogoman and Bongo Jac will perform at a House Concert at 7:30pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. The duo's folky style of Reggae meets soul and country music is refreshing and vibrant—much more laid back than the big sound of Yogoman Burning Band. Suggested donation will be $5-$10 at the door.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.org
  • 7:30pm - 11:00pm Good, Bad, Ugly 
    Watch "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" at 7:30pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, stick around for "The Project"—which tonight will feature "Midnight Express," an improvised trip among a train speeding along the tracks. Entry is $8 for the early show, $5 for the late one.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
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Friday, June 28 16 events
  • All Day Bard on the Beach 
    A Wild West-inspired version of The Taming of the Shrew kicks off the 30th Bard on the Beach season at Vanier Park in Vancouver, BC. Through Sept. 21, the Shakespearean favorite will show in repertory with the romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, an India-based All's Well That Ends Well, and the riveting political drama Coriolanus. Tickets start at $26 (Canadian).
  • All Day Community Boating Center Open 
    Bellingham's Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 10am until sunset daily at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes is currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 12:00pm Plover Ferry Rides 
    The Plover ferry runs weekends through Sept. 2 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 excursion on the oldest foot passenger ferry in the state is $1 for kids and $5 for adults.
  • All Day Nunsense 
    Watch what happens when 52 nuns are poisoned and the Little Sisters of Hoboken decide to raise funds for the burials by putting on a variety show when Dan Goggin's Nunsense concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$14 to view the comedy. Please note that shows have been selling out, so advance purchase is recommended.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:30pm Writer's Block, PainProv 
    Two writers will create a brand-new story while improvisers act it out on the spot at "Writer's Block" performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, "PainProv" shows will test the players' comedic abilities and pain tolerance. Tickets are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • All Day James and the Giant Peach 
    A musical version of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach concludes this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M. Ave. Tickets are $20.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm Briseis 
    Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao's Briseis continues iDiOM Theater's Summer Rep lineup with showings at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the amphitheater at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. The quirky black comedy tells the story of the last days of the Trojan War through the eyes of a captive war bride. Entry is free. Additional showings happen July 5-6.
    Maritime Heritage Park :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 5:00pm Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival 
    Allied Art's Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival kicks off from 5pm-8pm Friday during Fairhaven's Fourth Friday Art Walk at the historic district's Village Green, 1207 10th St. The collaborative project with the Historic Fairhaven Association, Native Arts Collective, Whatcom Artist Guild and more continues from 10am-8pm Saturday with activities, events and vendor booths focusing on the arts, music, performance, food, presentations and workshops celebrating the diverse cultural communities in Whatcom County. Entry is free and open to all.
  • 7:00pm Harper&I Dance presents Through the Decades 
    Find out what happens when five friends accidentally download an app that causes them to travel back in time when Harper & I Dance Center presents showings of "Through the Decades" at 7pm Friday and 2pm Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $12-$18 to see dancers ages dance through every decade and discover the importance of friendship.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 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 every Friday in June at Bellingham's Marine Park. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
  • 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
  • 2:00pm - 6:00pm Ferndale Farmers Market 
    Find fare from local farmers and artisans at the Ferndale Farmers Market from 2pm-6pm Fridays through Oct. 11 at a new locale next to the Grocery Outlet, 1750 LaBounty Dr.
  • 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 Fourth Friday Art Walk 
    Whatcom Art Market, Fairhaven Realty, Peter James Photography, Current & Furbish, Evolve Chocolates, Tony's Coffee & Tea/Harris Ave Cafe, Village Books, Paper Dreams, Colophon Cafe, Chuckanut Center, Artwood Gallery, Morgan Block, Good Earth Pottery, Stones Throw Brewery, and Blessings Spa will be among those opening their doors for the Fourth Friday Art Walk taking place from 5pm-8pm in historic Fairhaven. Entry is free.
    Historic Fairhaven :: http://www.fairhavenartwalk.com
  • 5:30pm - 8:00pm Orca Month Kayak Tour 
    Celebrate Orca Month with RE Sources and Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures at a kayaking trip leaving from 5:30pm at Waypoint Park, 1145 Granary Ave. Tour leaders will show kayakers a perspective of Bellingham Bay that can’t be seen from land, and visit sites that illuminate the history of Bellingham Bay, its past industrial contamination, cleanup and habitat improvement opportunities, and how our local bay plays a role in the health of the Salish Sea and its endangered orca population. Fees are $15 (with boat) or $35 (with a kayak rental).
  • 9:00pm - 11:00pm Comedy Benefit for Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood 
    Help raise funds for Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood at a Comedy Benefit starting at 9pm at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. In addition to a lineup of stellar standup comedians, there will be raffles for locally donated goods. Entry is $5, and additional donations are welcome. One hundred percent of the profits will go to ensuring people have access to affordable health care.
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Saturday, June 29 27 events
  • All Day Bard on the Beach 
    A Wild West-inspired version of The Taming of the Shrew kicks off the 30th Bard on the Beach season at Vanier Park in Vancouver, BC. Through Sept. 21, the Shakespearean favorite will show in repertory with the romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, an India-based All's Well That Ends Well, and the riveting political drama Coriolanus. Tickets start at $26 (Canadian).
  • All Day Community Boating Center Open 
    Bellingham's Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 10am until sunset daily at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes is currently available online.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 12:00pm Plover Ferry Rides 
    The Plover ferry runs weekends through Sept. 2 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 excursion on the oldest foot passenger ferry in the state is $1 for kids and $5 for adults.
  • All Day Plover Ferry Rides 
    The Plover ferry runs weekends through Sept. 2 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 excursion on the oldest foot passenger ferry in the state is $1 for kids and $5 for adults.
  • All Day Nunsense 
    Watch what happens when 52 nuns are poisoned and the Little Sisters of Hoboken decide to raise funds for the burials by putting on a variety show when Dan Goggin's Nunsense concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$14 to view the comedy. Please note that shows have been selling out, so advance purchase is recommended.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:30pm Writer's Block, PainProv 
    Two writers will create a brand-new story while improvisers act it out on the spot at "Writer's Block" performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, "PainProv" shows will test the players' comedic abilities and pain tolerance. Tickets are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm James and the Giant Peach 
    A musical version of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach concludes this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M. Ave. Tickets are $20.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm Briseis 
    Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao's Briseis continues iDiOM Theater's Summer Rep lineup with showings at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the amphitheater at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. The quirky black comedy tells the story of the last days of the Trojan War through the eyes of a captive war bride. Entry is free. Additional showings happen July 5-6.
    Maritime Heritage Park :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 5:00pm Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival 
    Allied Art's Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival kicks off from 5pm-8pm Friday during Fairhaven's Fourth Friday Art Walk at the historic district's Village Green, 1207 10th St. The collaborative project with the Historic Fairhaven Association, Native Arts Collective, Whatcom Artist Guild and more continues from 10am-8pm Saturday with activities, events and vendor booths focusing on the arts, music, performance, food, presentations and workshops celebrating the diverse cultural communities in Whatcom County. Entry is free and open to all.
  • 7:00pm Harper&I Dance presents Through the Decades 
    Find out what happens when five friends accidentally download an app that causes them to travel back in time when Harper & I Dance Center presents showings of "Through the Decades" at 7pm Friday and 2pm Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $12-$18 to see dancers ages dance through every decade and discover the importance of friendship.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Mount Vernon Farmers Market2333 
    Attend the Mount Vernon Farmers Market from 9am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 12 at the city's Riverwalk Park, 509 S. Main St. The market supports local farmers and growers in a family-friendly environment that offers fresh, healthy food including locally grown produce and baked goods.
  • 9:00am - 3:00pm Concrete Saturday Market 
    Fresh food, arts and crafts, and live music are part of the Concrete Saturday Market happening from 9am-3pm weekly through Labor Day weekend at the Concrete Community Center, 45821 Railroad St.
    Concrete Community Center :: http://www.concretesaturdaymarket.weebly.com
  • 9:00am - 3:00pm Twin Sisters Farmers Markets 
    Affordable, Whatcom County-grown produce can be procured at the Twin Sisters Farmers Market from 9am-3pm at the IGA parking lot on Nugent's Corner, and 10am-2pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. The markets continue Saturdays through October.
    North Fork Library :: http://www.twinsistersmarket.com
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Anacortes Farmers Market 
    Find fresh produce and much more at the 30th season of the Anacortes Farmers Market happening from 9am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 26 at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave.
    Depot Arts Center :: ww.anacortesfarmersmarket.org
  • 9:30am - 2:30pm Lake Samish Road Bike Ride 
    Shifting Gears will host a road bike ride for womxn around Lake Samish from 9:30am-2:30pm, leaving from Fairhaven's Stones Throw Brewery, 1009 Larrabee Ave. The ride is designed for beginners, but is open to all. Entry is $5.
    Stones Throw Brewery :: http://www.letsshiftgears.com
  • 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 - 2:00pm Lynden Farmers Market 
    Local farmers and artisans will sell their edible and creative wares at the Lynden Farmers Market from 10am-2pm every Saturday through Sept. 28 at Centennial Park, 319 Grover St.
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm Blaine Gardeners Market 
    Homegrown and handmade farm products, baked goods, arts and crafts and more can be found at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through October at the city's H Street Plaza.
    H Street Plaza :: (360) 332-6484
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm Lummi Island Saturday Market 
    Vendors will offer fresh produce, local honey, gorgeous flowers, arts and crafts and more at the Lummi Island Saturday Market happening from 10am-1pm Saturdays through the summer in the field next to the Islander Grocery, 2106 S. Nugent Rd.
    (360) 758-2815
  • 10:30am - 3:00pm Saturday Story Time 
    Kids can hear books read aloud at Saturday Story Time events at 10:30am at Bellingham's Village Books (1200 11th St.) and 2pm at Lynden's Village Books (430 Front St.). Entry is free.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Cemetery Tours 
    The Lynden Pioneer Museum presents "A Walk Back in Time" tour from 11am-12pm at the Lynden Cemetery, 1975 Front St. Tour guides will explore the history of the city, burial practices and symbology used on many headstones. Entry is free; additional tours happen Saturdays through Sept. 28.
    Lynden Cemetery :: (360) 354-3675
  • 1:00pm - 7:30pm A slo-pitch story 
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Fourth of July Wine Tasting 
    Sample a selection of libations designed to help celebrate our national birthday at a Fourth of July Wine Tasting from 2pm-4pm at Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St. Expect to taste a great core of wines that match up with barbecue—whether you're planning on grilling fish or going with beef, chicken or pork options. Entry is free; please be 21 or older.
    Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants :: http://www.sjwinemerchants.com
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm Nooksack River Walk 
    Learn about local salmon species, discover native plants and find aquatic insects at the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association's Nooksack River Walk starting at 3pm in Glacier at the Horseshoe Bend Trailhead. The free, all-ages educational excursions will be led by Nooksack River Steward naturalists Saturdays through Sept. 21.
    Horseshoe Bend Trailhead :: http://www.n-sea.org
  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm Bellingham Beer and Music Festival 
    "Radio Isn't Dead" will be the theme of the sixth annual Bellingham Beer and Music Festival taking place from 6pm-10pm at the North Bellingham Golf Course, 205 W. Smith Rd. The rain-or-shine event will feature music from four different bands and more than 35 breweries pouring as many as 100 different beers. Entry is $30; fundraising beneficiaries include the Alzheimer's Association and Make.Shift Art Space.
    North Bellingham Golf Course :: http://www.bellinghambeerandmusicfestival.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Salmon Campfire Stories 
    Join Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for a "Salmon Campfire Stories" event from 6pm-8pm at Chair 9 Pizza & Bar, 10459 Mt. Baker Hwy. A roaring fire, salmon-related stories read aloud around an outdoor campfire, and s'mores will be part of the fun. Entry is free.
    Chair 9 Pizza & Bar :: http://www.n-sea.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Bellingham Festival of Music 
    Pianist George Li will help kick off the 26th annual Bellingham Festival of Music with a 7:30pm concert at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Additional classical music concerts continue through July 19 at the venue, in addition to a "Chamber Music by the Bay" at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, public masterclasses, and free concerts by members of the Festival Orchestra July 3 and 17 at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, July 14 at Mallard Ice Cream, and July 8 at Lynden's Jansen Art Center. Tickets to the main events are $12-$55.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: http://www.bellinghamfestival.org
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