Week of November 19, 2017

Sunday, November 19 18 events
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 38th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" starting this week and continuing from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve (closed on Thanksgiving) at 4145 Meridian St. (next to Burlington Coat Factory). Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun.
    Meridian Street :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 7:30pm Bellingham Repertory Dance's Emerge 
    Expect to see debut performances of new works by nationally acclaimed choreographers when Bellingham Repertory Dance presents showings of "Emerge" at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 5pm Sunday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The shows promise to exhibit the "expansive and explosive abilities of the human body, the precise musicality of intricate isolations, and intriguing character pieces." Entry is $12-$20.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: http://www.bhamrep.org
  • 10:00am Cheese Fest 
    Sample exotic internationally and locally sourced sheep, goat and bovine cheeses at the 47th annual "Cheese Fest" taking place from 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday in Van Zandt at Everybody's Store, 5465 Potter Rd. While you're there, continue your holiday gift-giving while perusing jewelry, clothing, housewares and more. Complimentary gift wrapping will be part of the free festivities.
    Everybody's Store :: http://www.everybodys.com
  • 10:00am Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show 
    Paintings, pottery, glass art, photography, jewelry, fine crafts, weaving, woodwork and much more will be available for purchase and perusal at the Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. Entry to the second weekend of the holiday arts and crafts show is free.
  • 7:30pm Fools 
    Neil Simon's comedic fable, Fools, concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday at the Mount Baker High School auditorium, 4936 Deming Rd. The tale focuses on a Russian school teacher who hopes to break the curse of a town suffering from a 200-year-old case of stupidity. Tickets will be $6-$8 at the door.
    Mount Baker High School :: (360) 383-2015 or http://www.mtbakerwednet.edu
  • 10:00am Holiday Farmers Market 
    Stock up on holiday produce, your favorite vendors' goods, handmade gifts and much more when the Anacortes Farmers Market hosts it annual Holiday Market from 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center, 100 Commercial Ave. Live music, a wine garden and more will be part of the festivities.
    Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center :: http://www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org
  • 7:00pm Peter and the Star Catcher 
    Squalicum High School Drama presents showings of Peter and the Star Catcher at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the school's Forum space, 3773 E. McLeod Rd. Tickets to the musical are $5-$10.
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Community Breakfast 
    Eggs to order, omelets, bacon, sausage, hash browns, pancakes, French toast and more can be had at a monthly Community Breakfast from 8-11am at Sedro-Woolley's American Legion Post #43, 701 Murdock St. Entry is $5 for children, $7 for adults.
    American Legion Post #43 :: http://www.sedro-woolley.com
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Rabbit Ride 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
    Fairhaven Bicycle :: http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 8:30am - 11:00am 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
  • 1:00pm - 3:30pm Sound of Music Singalong 
    Wannabe nuns, goat herders, baronesses and beyond can get in on the auditory action at the annual pre-Thanksgiving screening of the Sing-A-Long Sound of Music from 1-3:30pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The event is more than a chance to see the classic movie on the big screen—it's also a major audience participation event with subtitles for all the songs (not that you'll need them). Hosts Don Wick and Dave cross will lead the audience through a vocal warmup and give a comprehensive guide to the accompanying actions and use of an interactive fun-pack. Tickets are $15-$20.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm Getting in on the act 
  • 2:00pm - 4:30pm A Musical Thanksgiving 
    Members of the Skagit Community Band and the Skagit Valley College choirs will present "A Musical Thanksgiving" from 2-4:30pm in Mount Vernon at the school's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Entry is $10-$14.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Harmony from Discord with Whatcom Symphony Orchestra 
    World-famous Israeli cellist Amit Peled will be the featured soloist at Whatcom Symphony Orchestra's third "Harmony from Discord" concert at 3pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In addition to listening to Peled perform "Bestemming: Concerto for Cello, Orchestra, and Narrator"—a piece honoring the life of Curt Lowens, who escaped Nazi Germany and joined the Dutch Resistance at the age of 14—audiences will also hear Beethoven's fitting work, "Heroic." Tickets are $15-$49.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm The 25th Hour 
    Dr. Karen McLean Dade shares ideas from Christopher Donaldson, Jr.'s The 25th Hour at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. With one out of 100 people incarcerated in the United States, it is likely that many of us on the outside are connected in some way to those imprisoned. The 25th Hour builds on that connectedness in sharing the poetry of a young incarcerated black male who beckons readers of his poetry to recognize the human connection between us all—thus the need for those on the outside to work for greater justice for those on the inside.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 5:00pm - 6:30pm Southside Community Meal 
    All are welcome at the monthly Southside Community Meal happening from 5-6:30pm at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1720 Harris Ave. Meals include a main dish, salad and more. Entry is free; guests are asked to bring a potluck dessert.
    Our Saviour's Lutheran Church :: http://www.happyvalleyna.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Way North Comedy Showcase 
    Four of the Pacific Northwest's best comics—including Glen Bristow, Claire Webber, Birungi Birungi, and headliner Sam Miller—will perform at the WAY North Comedy Showcase at 7pm at Mount Vernon's Farmstrong Brewing, 110 Steward Rd. Lee Cox will host, and an open mic will follow (sign up on the Facebook event page). Entry to Skagit Valley's premier monthly comedy show is free; please be 18 or over. Food trucks will also be on site.
    Farmstrong Brewing Co. :: http://www.farmstrongbrewing.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Rutie Dornfeld, John Miller 
    Violinist Ruthie Dornfeld will join guitarist John Miller in an instrumental duo that specializes in the finest of cafe music from around the world at a 7pm concert at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. Expect to hear Venezuelan waltzes and merengues, Brazilian choros, French musette waltzes, Finnish polkas and schottishes, as well as a generous helping of Ruthie and John's original compositions. Tickets are $15.
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Monday, November 20 4 events
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 38th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" starting this week and continuing from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve (closed on Thanksgiving) at 4145 Meridian St. (next to Burlington Coat Factory). Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun.
    Meridian Street :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Wander + Camber Beer Dinner 
    Wander Brewing will team up with Camber to celebrate the shift in seasons at a Wander + Camber Beer Dinner taking place from 6:30-9pm at Camber, 221 W. Holly St. Diners taking part in the autumnal, locally sourced feast will enjoy a five-course meal paired with seven unique beers—including some new additions to the Wander lineup. Entry is $80.
    Camber Cafe :: http://www.eventbrite.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Rocks & Gems 
    Join the monthly meeting of the Mt. Baker Rock & Gem Club at 7pm at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave. A rock-focused show-and-tell, a silent auction, door prizes, refreshments and a short business meeting will be part of the night's events.
    Bloedel Donovan Community Building :: http://www.mtbakerrockclub.org
  • 9:30pm - 11:00pm Guffawingham 
    A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. Each week, the event features approximately 20 standup comedians who each do a four-minute set.
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Tuesday, November 21 9 events
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 38th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" starting this week and continuing from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve (closed on Thanksgiving) at 4145 Meridian St. (next to Burlington Coat Factory). Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun.
    Meridian Street :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Bellingham at Home 
    Learn more about Bellingham at Home at an informational meeting from 1-3pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Membership and volunteering will also be discussed.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: (360) 746-3462
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pumpkin Pie Push 
    Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes-by the water or through the woods. Entry is free. Tonight's "Pumpkin Pie Push" run will features Brooks demos, post-run pie and prize giveaways, and more. Headlamps or flashlights are required.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Waxing Basics 
    Base preparation, structure and minor repair will be covered at a "Ski and Snowboard Waxing Basics" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. An expert technician will go into an in-depth examination of how and why waxes work. You do not need to bring your personal skis or snowboard to this class. Register in advance for the free primer.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm WAKE Meeting 
    Don Cheyette, director of Seattle Adventure Sports, will lead an "Expeditioning Made Easy" presentation at Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts' monthly meeting from 6:30-9pm at the lower level of the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. The former Bellingham resident will help you consider all the details, large and small, that make any trip into an unforgettable experience.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.wakekayak.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Skagit Folk Dancers 
    Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterwards.
    Bayview Civic Hall :: http://www.skagitfolkdancers.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm MVHS Fall Gala Concert 
    The celebrated Mount Vernon High School instrumental music department will open its season with a Fall Gala Concert at 7pm at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The audience will listen to a concert of varied works for band and orchestra by the school's concert band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, orchestra and more. Entry is by donation.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Books on Tap 
    Deming Library staff Erin Suda and Katrina Carabba will helm a "Books on Tap" discussion from 7-8:30pm at the North Fork Brewery, 6185 Mt. Baker Hwy. This month's read is I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.
    North Fork Brewery :: (360) 592-2422
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Comedy Open Mic 
    The weekly Shakedown Punch Up Comedy Open Mic begins at 7:30pm at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. Entry is free. If you'd like to take your turn onstage, show up at 7pm to sign up for a five-minute set.
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Wednesday, November 22 5 events
  • 10:00am Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 38th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" starting this week and continuing from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve (closed on Thanksgiving) at 4145 Meridian St. (next to Burlington Coat Factory). Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun.
    Meridian Street :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Julian MacDonough and Friends 
    The skills of Whatcom Jazz Music Art Center founder and musician Julian MacDonough will be on display when the dynamic drummer leads a trio including pianist Blake Angelos and bassist Michael Glynn from 7-9pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Entry to give thanks for all the live jazz the city gets is $5-$10.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Scottish Dancing 
    Join the Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers to learn about the social dancing of Scotland from 7:30-9:30pm every Wednesday through May at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. No partner is required. The drop-in fee is $8.
    Fairhaven Library :: http://www.bellinghamscd.org
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TODAY 5 events
  • 8:00am - 10:00am Turkey Trot 
    Burn off some calories before sitting down to your Thanksgiving feast by taking part in the 11th annual La Conner Turkey Trot starting at 8am at La Conner High School, 307 N. 6th St. Entry to the 5K is $20-$30. Prizes will be available for the top three overall finishers, and costumes are encouraged.
    La Conner High School :: http://www.lovelaconner.com
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Old Town Thanksgiving Dinner 
    Dine on a festive feast prepared with food donated by local farmers, churches, unions, businesses and individuals at the 45th annual Thanksgiving Dinner taking place from 10am-3pm at Bellingham's Old Town Cafe, 316 W. Holly St. Per usual, entry is free and open to all.
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner 
    Classics such as roasted turkey, homemade stuffing and pumpkin pie will be on the menu at an expansive Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner from 12-5pm at the ballroom at Four Points Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Dr. Entry is $14 for kids, $30-$35 for adults.
    Four Points Sheraton :: http://www.fourpointsbellingham.com
  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm Thanksgiving Dinner in Ferndale 
    All are welcome at a free, all-ages Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 12pm at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St.
    United Church of Ferndale :: http://www.unitedchurchofferndale.org
  • 4:00pm - 9:00pm Thanksgiving Dinner Potluck and Party 
    Bring a dish and/or drinks to share at a Thanksgiving Dinner Potluck and Party starting at 4pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Turkey, plates, utensils and a family-friendly movie playing on the big screen will be part of the free festivities.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: http://www.firehouseperformingartscenter.com
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Friday, November 24 16 events
  • 10:00am Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 38th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily (except for Thanksgiving) through Christmas Eve at 4145 Meridian St. (next to Burlington Coat Factory). Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun.
    4145 Meridian St. :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 12:00pm Spirit Festival 
    Attend a "Spirit Festival" from Friday through Sunday at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Spirit "Tour & Taste" events, a "Crafts Spirit Cocktails 101" mixology class, mixed case pricing, toddy specials, a bonfire and s'mores, fresh cut Christmas trees and wreaths and more will be part of the fun. Some events have fees; check online for a full listing.
    BelleWood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 12:00pm Deck the Old City Hall Opening 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" begins this week from 12-5pm Friday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. In addition to viewing the decorated trees and seasonal splendor that will be on display Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 31, this weekend's events will also feature visits with Santa from 12:30-2:30pm Saturday and Sunday (photo ops are self-serve). Entry is by donation.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 7:30pm The Christmas Schooner 
    Learn more about the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the spirit of the season when The Christmas Schooner opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the critically acclaimed seasonal musical are $8-$14. Additional performances take place through Dec. 10.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:30pm Scrooge the Musical 
    The Lynden Performing Arts Guild will kick off its 30th holiday season with a production of Scrooge the Musical this weekend at 7:30pm Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The play follows the traditional story of A Christmas Carol bringing memorable songs to accompany the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge one Christmas Eve. Tickets to the play co-directed by Teri Grimes and Susan Duncan are $10-$14; additional performances happen through Dec. 10.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 8:00pm Backyard Brawl 
    Two members of the audience will be chosen to act as team captains at the final performances of "Backyard Brawl" at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The new format pits two teams against one another in a short-form improv slugfest described as "WWE meets playground sports meets Whose Line is it Anyway?" Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm Anne of Green Gables 
    Attend opening weekend performances of Anne of Green Gables at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The stage adaptation promises to capture all the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery's enduring classic story of the orphan Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy. Tickets are $20; additional performances happen through Dec. 16.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:00pm Harper & I's Nutcracker 
    Harper & I Dance Center presents performances of The Nutcracker at 7pm Friday and Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In addition to featuring the talents of local youth and adults in the telling of the classic holiday tale, the productions will include dancers Xuan Cheng and Brian Simco, principal guest artists from the Oregon Ballet Theatre who will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Tickets are $22.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 5:00pm Holiday Art Walk 
    As part of the annual Fairhaven Winterfest, attend a Holiday Art Walk from 5-8pm Friday and Saturday throughout the historic district. Watch for special candles burning outside participating locales, and get a full listing online.
    Historic Fairhaven :: http://www.fairhaven.com
  • 10:00am Hot Cider & Cool Art 
    Painter Ben Man will host "Hot Cider & Cool Art" from 10am-4pm every Friday and Saturday through December at his third-floor space in the Morgan Block Studios, 1000 Harris Ave. Among the treasures, find $20 2018 calendars, $15 prints and children's books, $4 greeting cards and original works starting at $9.
    Morgan Block Studios :: http://www.ben-mann.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 9:30-11am at Cornwall Park. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Cornwall Park :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm Opt Outside 
    If you're looking for an alternative to Black Friday, join the NW Tulip Trekkers for an "Opt Outside" walk starting at 10am at the Ferndale Haggen, 1815 Main St. (registration will be in the deli area inside the store). The free outing will feature a 5K or 10K through downtown and three parks. Enjoy views of murals, historic building and views of Mt. Baker as you make your way through the city.
    Ferndale Haggen :: http://www.nwtrekkers.org
  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm Lighthouse Mission Thanksgiving Dinner 
    Lighthouse Mission Ministries will present its 94th annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the hungry and homeless from 12-2pm at the gymnasium at the Church of the Assumption, 2116 Cornwall Ave. More than 500 people are expected for the dinner and additional meals will be delivered to homebound seniors through the Whatcom County Council on Aging's Meals on Wheels and More program.
    Church of the Assumption :: (360) 733-5120 or http://www.thelighthousemission.org
  • 3:00pm - 8:00pm Fairhaven Winterfest 
    The annual Fairhaven Winterfest kicks off with visits from Father Christmas from 3-5pm and a Holiday Art Walk and Open House from 5-8pm Friday throughout the historic district. On Saturday, there will also be visits with Father Christmas and horse-drawn carriage rides (12-3pm), a Holiday Market at the Village Green (12-5pm), a tree lighting (5pm), and an Art Walk and Open House (5-8pm). The event will continue 12-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 23 with a "Find the Elves" Treasure Hunt, visits with Father Christmas, and horse-drawn carriage rides.
    Historic Fairhaven :: http://www.fairhaven.com
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm Coffee Tasting 
    Attend a weekly coffee tasting from 3-3:30pm at Camber Cafe, 221 W. Holly St. Entry is free, and no RSVP is needed to come in and enjoy a small tasting flight of the venue's single-origin coffees.
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Food Not Bombs 
    All are welcome to partake of nutritious and delicious vegan meals when Food Not Bombs offers a community meal from 4-6pm every Friday on the corner of Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue (alongside the peace vigil). The event—which is dedicated to spreading food, love and nonviolence as an action against war and poverty—is free.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.facebook.com/BellinghamFNB
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Saturday, November 25 27 events
  • 12:00pm Santa at Yeager's Toyland 
    For the 35th year, the Fairhaven Lions will host Santa Claus through the holidays at Yeager's Toyland, 3101 Northwest St. Visits are free. You can take pictures with your own camera at no charge. If you wish to help raise money for local charities, the club will be available to take pictures for $15-$25. Santa Dennis will be back again with his natural white hair and beard, so you can continue your tradition of pictures with the same Santa. The event happens at various times and dates through Christmas Eve.
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 38th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily (except for Thanksgiving) through Christmas Eve at 4145 Meridian St. (next to Burlington Coat Factory). Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun.
    4145 Meridian St. :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • All Day Deck the Old City Hall Opening 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" begins this week from 12-5pm Friday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. In addition to viewing the decorated trees and seasonal splendor that will be on display Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 31, this weekend's events will also feature visits with Santa from 12:30-2:30pm Saturday and Sunday (photo ops are self-serve). Entry is by donation.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • All Day Spirit Festival 
    Attend a "Spirit Festival" from Friday through Sunday at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Spirit "Tour & Taste" events, a "Crafts Spirit Cocktails 101" mixology class, mixed case pricing, toddy specials, a bonfire and s'mores, fresh cut Christmas trees and wreaths and more will be part of the fun. Some events have fees; check online for a full listing.
    BelleWood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 11:00am Women's Work International Market 
    Peruse handmade gifts from around the world and closer to home at the fifth annual Women's Work International Market taking place from 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland St. In addition to the fair trade goods from many counties, there will be live music, various performances and presentations, Mexican and Colombian food, and craft activities for kids.
    Mount Vernon Senior Center :: http://www.womensworkinternational.com
  • All Day The Christmas Schooner 
    Learn more about the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the spirit of the season when The Christmas Schooner opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the critically acclaimed seasonal musical are $8-$14. Additional performances take place through Dec. 10.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • All Day Scrooge the Musical 
    The Lynden Performing Arts Guild will kick off its 30th holiday season with a production of Scrooge the Musical this weekend at 7:30pm Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The play follows the traditional story of A Christmas Carol bringing memorable songs to accompany the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge one Christmas Eve. Tickets to the play co-directed by Teri Grimes and Susan Duncan are $10-$14; additional performances happen through Dec. 10.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 11:00am Hilltop Holiday Craft Sale 
    The Skagit County History Museum will highlight handcrafted items made by local artists when they host the annual Hilltop Holiday Craft Sale from 11am-5pm Saturday, and 11am-3pm Sunday at the La Conner Civic Garden Club, 622 S. Second St.
    La Conner Civic Garden Club :: http://www.skagitcounty.net/museum
  • 12:30pm Skagit Festival of Trees 
    Members of the community can view the selections at the annual Skagit Festival of Trees from 12:30-4:30pm Saturday, and 10am-2pm Sunday at Burlington's Skagit Center at Christ the King, 1000 Fountain St. Entry to the Family Festival Days will be $5 at the door. A Gala and Auction begins at 5:30pm Friday, and tickets are $110. Funds raised benefit the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation.
  • 12:30pm Skagit Festival of Trees 
    Members of the community can view the selections at the annual Skagit Festival of Trees from 12:30-4:30pm Saturday, and 10am-2pm Sunday at Burlington's Skagit Center at Christ the King, 1000 Fountain St. Entry to the Family Festival Days will be $5 at the door. A Gala and Auction begins at 5:30pm Friday, and tickets are $110. Funds raised benefit the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation.
  • 8:00pm Backyard Brawl 
    Two members of the audience will be chosen to act as team captains at the final performances of "Backyard Brawl" at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The new format pits two teams against one another in a short-form improv slugfest described as "WWE meets playground sports meets Whose Line is it Anyway?" Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm Anne of Green Gables 
    Attend opening weekend performances of Anne of Green Gables at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The stage adaptation promises to capture all the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery's enduring classic story of the orphan Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy. Tickets are $20; additional performances happen through Dec. 16.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:00pm Harper & I's Nutcracker 
    Harper & I Dance Center presents performances of The Nutcracker at 7pm Friday and Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In addition to featuring the talents of local youth and adults in the telling of the classic holiday tale, the productions will include dancers Xuan Cheng and Brian Simco, principal guest artists from the Oregon Ballet Theatre who will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Tickets are $22.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 5:00pm Holiday Art Walk 
    As part of the annual Fairhaven Winterfest, attend a Holiday Art Walk from 5-8pm Friday and Saturday throughout the historic district. Watch for special candles burning outside participating locales, and get a full listing online.
    Historic Fairhaven :: http://www.fairhaven.com
  • 10:00am Hot Cider & Cool Art 
    Painter Ben Man will host "Hot Cider & Cool Art" from 10am-4pm every Friday and Saturday through December at his third-floor space in the Morgan Block Studios, 1000 Harris Ave. Among the treasures, find $20 2018 calendars, $15 prints and children's books, $4 greeting cards and original works starting at $9.
    Morgan Block Studios :: http://www.ben-mann.com
  • 8:00am - 11:00am American Legion Pancake Breakfast 
    Attend a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am at Ferndale's American Legion Hall, 5537 2nd Ave. The community breakfasts are held on the fourth Saturday of every month (expect in July and December).
    American Legion Hall :: (360) 384-7474
  • 9:00am - 11:00am Wreath Decoration Class 
    Come have a ball making Northwest evergreen wreaths adorned with holly, twigs and berries at a Wreath Decoration Class starting at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Entry is $39 and includes all supplies. Please register in advance.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: http://www.garden-spot.com
  • 9:00am - 4:00pm Holiday Craft Market 
    Attend a Holiday Craft Market from 9am-4pm in Ferndale at Pioneer Meadows Montessori School, 2377 Douglas Rd. The event will feature more than 25 amazingly creative local artists selling top quality handmade crafts for all ages including clothing, jewelry, knitting, face painting, woodworking, baked goods and more. Live music will be part of the fun.
    Pioneer Meadows Montessori School :: http://www.pmmontessori.org
  • 9:00am - 9:00pm Indies First 
    As part of Small Business Saturday, attend "Indies First!" events from 9am-9pm at Bellingham's Village Books (1200 11th St.) and 9am-8pm at Lynden's Village Books (430 Front St.). In Bellingham, local authors Clete Barrett Smith (12-2pm) and Craig Romano (2-4pm) will be on hand to sign copies of their latest books and talk about their favorite reads this season. From 2-4pm in Lynden, author Jes Stone will do the same thing. "Indies First!" is a year-round campaign in support of independent bookstores by authors and publishers. Sherman Alexie came up with the idea for writers to support their local indies. Book recommendations and more will be part of the fun.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Bellingham Farmers Market 
    The 25th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm every Saturday through December at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. Every week, a plethora of produce, crafts, ready-to-eat dining options and more are available.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 10:00am - 11:00am Sumas Writers Group 
    Aspiring writers can join the Sumas Writers Group to improve writing techniques, get feedback and gain information on how to get work published from 10-11am at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St. All writing styles are welcome. Can't make it every month? No problem—come when you are able.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 988-2501
  • 10:30am - 12:30pm Correspondence Club 
    Anyone over 8 years old can show up for the monthly Correspondence Club gathering from 10:30am-12:30pm at Mindport Exhibits, 210 W. Holly St. Supplies, materials and instructional guidance will be provided for collage Mail Art, envelopes, postcards and more.
    Mindport Exhibits :: http://www.mindport.org
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm Holiday Tea 
    Enjoy tea, scones, assorted sandwiches, chocolates and desserts at the 22nd annual "Holiday Tea" taking place from 12-5pm in Mount Vernon at the 1888 schoolhouse at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. Entry is by donation, but reservations are a must, as the event typically fills quickly.
    Christianson's Nursery :: http://www.christiansonsnursery.com
  • 5:00pm - 10:00pm Woodchopper's Ball 
    The 32nd annual "Woodchopper's Ball" begins with a potluck at 5pm at the Guemes Island Community Center, 7549 Guemes Island Rd. Music by Hoe 'n Harrow starts at 6pm, and Tapwater performs from 8-10pm. The event will also include wood raffles, door prizes, a wood-chucking contest, and more. Entry is $5 for teens, $7 for seniors and $8 for adults (kids attend for free).
    Guemes Island Community Center :: (360) 610-0465 or http://www.linetime.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Deck the Halls Concert 
    The 61-member Bellingham Community Band will perform a variety of holiday music at a Deck the Halls concert at 7pm at Whatcom Community College's Syre Auditorium, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Tickets will be $5 in advance or at the door.
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm Open Band Contra Dance 
    Come call some dances, play in the band or just show up and dance when the Bellingham Country Dance Society hosts an Open Band and Caller Contra Dance from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $8-$10.
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Return to Vietnam 
    Vietnam veteran Tom Philpot will show stunning photos of his recent trip to Vietnam and share stories of his adventures at a "Return to Vietnam" event from 7:30-9pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Entry is free.
    Lummi Island Library :: (360) 758-7145
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