Week of January 13, 2019

Sunday, January 13 16 events
  • 11:00am Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-4pm Friday through Sundays through Feb. 24 at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart from the Discovery Center at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm; Park staff and volunteers will lead half-mile, 45-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers will discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • All Day Literacy Council Seeks Volunteers 
    The Whatcom Literacy Council is currently recruiting volunteers to work two to four hours a week with adults who have asked for help to improve their English, reading, writing, math and computer skills. Training and ongoing support from professional staff will be provided.
  • All Day Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-4pm Friday through Sundays through Feb. 24 at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart from the Discovery Center at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm; Park staff and volunteers will lead half-mile, 45-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers will discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 9:00am Birding Adventures 
    Skagit Guided Adventures hosts "Birding for Kids" and "Birding for Seniors" excursions from 9am-12pm and 1-4pm on a daily basis through March. Prices vary; binoculars will be provided.
  • 7:00pm Urinetown 
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students ages 13-16 will present the bold musical comedy Urinetown at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. The Tony Award-winning play takes place in the not-so-distant future, where a 20-year drought has caused a devastating water shortage and a governmental ban on private toilets. Those who disobey the restroom laws and venture to "pee for free" are harshly punished and exiled to the mysterious district of Urinetown. Tickets are $10; additional performances happen Jan. 18-20.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • 11:00am Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-4pm Friday through Sundays through Feb. 24 at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart from the Discovery Center at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm; Park staff and volunteers will lead half-mile, 45-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers will discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 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 - 4:00pm Skagit Eagle Festival 
    Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, watching stations, photography tours, multimedia presentations, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 21st annual Skagit Eagle Festival taking place Saturdays and Sundays through January (and on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) at Rockport's Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, and in Concrete, Marblemount, and beyond. Entry is by donation.
    Rockport, Concrete, Marblemount :: http://www.concrete-wa/com/skagit-eagle-festival
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Write to Renew Workshop 
    Expressive arts facilitator Jay S. Nahani, MSW, leads a "Write to Renew" workshop from 10am-3pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. The day will be full of opportunities to write and renew, and to make personal discoveries with a sense of purpose and perspective. You will leave with several fresh pieces of writing underway, and a readiness to move forward on your continually unfolding path. Entry is $75 and is payable at the door.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.org
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm Lake Samish Runs 
    The Greater Bellingham Running Club hosts its 43nd annual "Lake Samish Runs" starting at 10am at Samish Park, 673 N. Lake Samish Dr. Entry to take part in the 6.5-mile race or half-marathon is $5-$35. Entry is capped at 300 participants.
    Samish Park :: http://www.gbrc.net
  • 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
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Fortland Cello Project 
    Hear music from everyone from Radiohead to Bach and Coltrane with the Portland Cello Project performs at 3pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Formed 12 years ago with nine classically trained cellists, the ensemble has a mission to bring cellos to new places, bring new music to cellos, and bring to audiences all of the sonic ecstasy that happens in the process. Tickets are $22.50-$42.50.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm Nookchat Community Storytelling 
    As part of an "Explore the Past; Enrich the Present" series, attend a NookChat Community Storytelling event focusing on Harkness Homestead from 3-4:30pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Ahead of her time, Mary Harkness single-handedly homesteaded her Nooksack residence during the 1800s, which was later inhabited by Linda Bylsma and family. Linda will share pictures and stories from her son’s research at this informal, interactive gathering. Entry is free.
    Everson Library :: (360) 966-5100
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm To boldly go 
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm A Holocaust Story 
    Seattle-based author and public speaker Karen Treiger reads from My Soul is Filled With Joy: A Holocaust Story at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book focuses on Treiger's in-laws, Sam and Esther Goldberg, who escaped the Treblinka Death Camp and hid in the woods for a year until liberation. Treiger uncovers details of their wartime experiences and travels to Poland to meet the families of the Righteous Gentiles who helped them survive.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Queens of the Night 
    "Star Flaming Queens of the Night" will feature sopranos Jennifer Bromagen and Serena Eduljee—both of whom have performed the difficult role of Queen of the Night for Seattle Opera—from 4-6pm at Lairmont Manor, 405 Fieldston Rd. Tickets are $75 and include wine and appetizers. Proceeds benefit the Pacific Northwest Opera.
    Lairmont Manor :: (360) 610-7249 or http://www.pnopera.org
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Monday, January 14 11 events
  • 7:00pm Bellinghamster One-Act Theater Festival (BOAT) 
    The seventh annual Bellinghamster One-Act Theater Festival (BOAT) begins with performances from 7-9:30pm Monday through Saturday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The "fringe"-style festival will present an eclectic mix of short works by mostly local artists this week, then again Jan. 21-26. Festival passes will be $10.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • All Day Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-4pm Friday through Sundays through Feb. 24 at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart from the Discovery Center at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm; Park staff and volunteers will lead half-mile, 45-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers will discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 10:00am Literacy Council Seeks Volunteers 
    The Whatcom Literacy Council is currently recruiting volunteers to work two to four hours a week with adults who have asked for help to improve their English, reading, writing, math and computer skills. Training and ongoing support from professional staff will be provided.
  • 11:00am Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-4pm Friday through Sundays through Feb. 24 at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart from the Discovery Center at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm; Park staff and volunteers will lead half-mile, 45-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers will discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm Wheelchair Gangball 
    Attend Indoor Wheelchair Gangball from 3:30-5:30pm every Monday through May at Bloedel Donovan, 2200 Electric Ave. Sport wheelchairs will be provided, and able-bodied participants are welcome. Please call or text to RSVP.
    Bloedel Donovan :: (360) 303-2130
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Baker Backcountry Basics 
    Necessary gear, common mistakes, best practices and places to ride will be part of a free "Baker Backcountry Basics" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. The Mt. Baker area of the North Cascades offers endless backcountry ski and snowboard lines for those with the right tools, experience and time. Please register in advance.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Back to Baker (Again) 
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Community Soup Kitchen 
    Volunteers and donations are welcome at a weekly Community Soup Kitchen, which happens from 6-7pm every Monday until April 1 at the Little Cheerful Cafe, 133 E. Holly St. The event provides meals to the homeless community in Whatcom County, and all are welcome.
    Little Cheerful Cafe :: (360) 738-8824
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Books on Tap 
    South Whatcom Library staff will lead a "Books on Tap" discussion focusing on Ron Suskind's Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism from 6:30-8pm at El Agave 2, 4 Clubhouse Circle. The book club meets on the second Monday of every month.
    El Agave 2 :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 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
  • 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, January 15 12 events
  • All Day Bellinghamster One-Act Theater Festival (BOAT) 
    The seventh annual Bellinghamster One-Act Theater Festival (BOAT) begins with performances from 7-9:30pm Monday through Saturday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The "fringe"-style festival will present an eclectic mix of short works by mostly local artists this week, then again Jan. 21-26. Festival passes will be $10.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 11:00am Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-4pm Friday through Sundays through Feb. 24 at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart from the Discovery Center at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm; Park staff and volunteers will lead half-mile, 45-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers will discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm Cook It and Book It 
    Students in grades 4-7 can meet up for cooking and book-related fun at a monthly "Cook It and Book It" gathering from 3:30-5pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. If whipping up something tasty to eat and talking about books interests your kids, have them check it out.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Snowshoeing Basics 
    Learn more about appropriate gear as well as what you need and where to go to get started at a "Snowshoeing Basics" presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Register in advance for the free clinic.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm All-Paces Run 
    Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes-by the water or through the woods. Entry is free.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Firehouse Open Mic 
    Performers and patrons of all ages and talents are invited to a monthly Firehouse Open Mic happening from 6-9pm at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Come to perform or just enjoy watching all the amazing local talent! Entry is free; sign-up starts at 5:30pm.
    Firehouse Arts and Events Center :: http://www.firehouseperformingartscenter.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Toastmasters Open House 
    Bellingham Evening Toastmasters invites the public to an Open House meeting from 6:45-8:30pm at Spring Creek Retirement Center, 223 East Bakerview Rd. Meet members and other guests. See and hear the benefits of learning to speak well in public. Test your extemporaneous speaking skills or sit back and enjoy entertaining speeches. Entry is free.
    Spring Creek Retirement Center :: http://www.4470.toastmastersclubs.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 :: http://www.skagitfolkdancers.org
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Change Your Habits 
    International facilitator Desiree "Monique" Stefens leads an Excellence Northwest workshop at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. "Change Your Habits" will be the focus of the free event.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Books on Tap 
    Deming Library staff Erin Suda and Katrina Carabba lead a discussion on Kathleen Grissom's Kitchen House at a "Books on Tap" meeting happening from 7-8:30pm at the North Fork Brewery, 6186 Mt. Baker Hwy.
    North Fork Brewery :: (360) 592-2422
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm Vaudevillingham 
    Attend the Bellingham Circus Guild's monthly uncensored variety show, “Vaudevillingham,” at 7pm (family-friendly) and 9pm (almost anything goes) performances at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St., suite #102. Expect to see everything from aerial performances to dance, comedy, magic, juggling, burlesque and more. Both novice and veteran performers are welcome to share their talents. Suggested donation is $5-$10.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Cannonball Adderley Tribute Concert 
    Drummer Roy McCurdy (who has played with some of the best-loved names in jazz, including Sonny Rollins, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and Herbie Hancock) and Vancouver's Cory Weeds lead an all-star band of Northwest talent in celebration of Cannonball Adderley’s music and a newly released album at a Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center concert at 7pm in the Lucas Hicks Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Entry at the door will be $10-$20.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
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Wednesday, January 16 11 events
  • 10:00am Cascadia Weekly's Fiction 101 Contest 
    The Cascadia Weekly is currently accepting submissions from community members for our revived "Fiction 101" contest. Creative submissions in two age ranges—youth (18 and under) and adults (19 and older)—can be sent to the following email through Mon., Feb. 18. Winners will receive prizes and be printed in our March 6 edition, and online. Submissions must be 101 words or less; please include your name, the title of your story, contact information, and indicate if you're 18 or under.
  • All Day Bellinghamster One-Act Theater Festival (BOAT) 
    The seventh annual Bellinghamster One-Act Theater Festival (BOAT) begins with performances from 7-9:30pm Monday through Saturday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The "fringe"-style festival will present an eclectic mix of short works by mostly local artists this week, then again Jan. 21-26. Festival passes will be $10.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 10:00am A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Fri., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome—which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools—all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm Ferndale Book Group 
    A Ferndale Book Group discussion will focus on The Keeper of Lost Things, a novel by Ruth Hogan, from 2:30-4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. With an unforgettable cast of characters, this is a heartwarming read about second chances, endless possibilities and joyful discoveries. All are welcome.
    Ferndale Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Infra-Supra Opening Reception 
    An opening reception for Finnbogi Petursson's "Infra-Supra 2019" exhibit takes place from 5-7pm at Western Washington University's Western Gallery. Petursson is known for intricate and subtle sound sculptures that have been described as "part physics and part poetics." The exhibit can be experienced by students and members of the public through March 16.
  • 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 Creekside Open Mic 
    Sign up to read your poetry and prose or play music—or simply listen in—at a Creekside Open Mic starting at 6:30pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Gate 2. Entry to the monthly event is free.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Ferndale Books on Tap 
    All are welcome at a "Ferndale Books on Tap" discussion from 6:30-8pm at Downtime Taps, 1730 LaBounty Dr. Tonight's focus will be on The Wanderers, by Meg Howrey. This fascinating novel captures the experience of three astronauts recruited to train for the first mission to Mars, exploring the interior lives of astronauts and the family members they leave behind.
    Downtime Taps :: (360) 384-3647
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm A Sea Change 
    Sandy Lawrence, MD, leads "A Sea Change" presentation at 6:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Lawrence is a retired physician with a lifelong interest in environmental issues, and will discuss solutions to problems associated with sea changes—such as overpopulation, king tides, storm surges, acidification, deoxygenation, coral bleaching, plastic accumulation, and overfishing. Register in advance for the free event.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.communityfood.coop
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Plant Society Talk and Meeting 
    Environmental science professor Jim Helfield will join the Washington Native Plant Society to discuss the "Importance of Salmon-Derived Nutrients for Riparian Forest Growth" at 7pm at the RE Store's Sustainable Living Center, 2309 Meridian St. Attendees at the free event can learn abou thow 600,000 pounds of dead fish affected Alaska's trees, among other things. All are welcome.
    Sustainable Living Center :: http://www.wnpskoma.org/meetings
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Intro to Improv 
    Attend a free workshop focusing on play, creativity, storytelling and fun at a "Learn to Think on Your Feet" introductory improv class from 7-9pm at Improv Playworks, 1011 Girard St. All levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Please register in advance.
    Improv Playworks :: (360) 756-0756 or http://www.improvplayworks.com
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Thursday, January 17 13 events
  • All Day Cascadia Weekly's Fiction 101 Contest 
    The Cascadia Weekly is currently accepting submissions from community members for our revived "Fiction 101" contest. Creative submissions in two age ranges—youth (18 and under) and adults (19 and older)—can be sent to the following email through Mon., Feb. 18. Winners will receive prizes and be printed in our March 6 edition, and online. Submissions must be 101 words or less; please include your name, the title of your story, contact information, and indicate if you're 18 or under.
  • 10:00am Call to Artists for Spring Juried Exhibit 
    Lynden's Jansen Art Center will be accepting submissions for its 2019 Spring Juried Exhibit through Mon., Feb. 11. The exhibits are open to the public as a way to showcase the artistic talent in Whatcom County and the surrounding region. Submit up to five pieces to be judged by a qualified jury made up of artists, curators and other figures in the arts community. The selected pieces will be displayed in the Jansen Art Center for the community to enjoy.There is a $30 submission fee.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
  • All Day Bellinghamster One-Act Theater Festival (BOAT) 
    The seventh annual Bellinghamster One-Act Theater Festival (BOAT) begins with performances from 7-9:30pm Monday through Saturday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The "fringe"-style festival will present an eclectic mix of short works by mostly local artists this week, then again Jan. 21-26. Festival passes will be $10.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 10:00am Literacy Council Seeks Volunteers 
    The Whatcom Literacy Council is currently recruiting volunteers to work two to four hours a week with adults who have asked for help to improve their English, reading, writing, math and computer skills. Training and ongoing support from professional staff will be provided.
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Fri., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome—which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools—all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.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
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm Wine Tasting Social 
    Attend a Wine Tasting Social event from 5:30-7:30pm at Hotel Bellwether's Lighthouse Grill, One Bellwether Way. Each of these casual tasting events in the Compass Wine Room will feature at least two wineries offering their best vintages for tasting and purchase. Entry is $30 and includes light appetizers and discounted wine pricing. Additional events happen monthly through May.
    Lighthouse Grill :: http://www.hotelbellwether.com
  • 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
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Basic Emergency Preparedness 
    Empower yourself and your family at a "Basic Emergency Preparedness" workshop happening from 6-7:30pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Attendees will learn more about what supplies and resources to have on hand when a natural or human-made disaster occurs. The free community outreach event will be put on by the Ferndale Community Emergency Response Team.
    Ferndale Library :: (252) 281-3006
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Winter Soups for the Body and Soul 
    Karina Davidson helms "Winter Soups for the Body and Soul" from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. On the lineup will be a classic oxtail soup with barley and Burgundy; broccoli-cheddar bisque with Parmesan crisps; yin-yang black and white bean soup; and winter avgolemono—an especially rib-sticking version of the classic Greek chicken, rice, and lemon soup. Entry is $45.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.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
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Bangladesh Travelogue 
    "Bumpy Travels Through Bangladesh" will be the focus of a Bellingham Parks and Rec Travelogue with local traveler Jake Strauss from 7-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Strauss will share his three-week trip through the most densely populated city in the world, Dhaka; by water in the largest contiguous mangrove forest in the world in Sundarbans; and a foray into the troubled eastern highlands. Suggested donation is $5.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.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." Entry is $8 for the early show, $5 for the late one.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
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TODAY 18 events
  • All Day Cascadia Weekly's Fiction 101 Contest 
    The Cascadia Weekly is currently accepting submissions from community members for our revived "Fiction 101" contest. Creative submissions in two age ranges—youth (18 and under) and adults (19 and older)—can be sent to the following email through Mon., Feb. 18. Winners will receive prizes and be printed in our March 6 edition, and online. Submissions must be 101 words or less; please include your name, the title of your story, contact information, and indicate if you're 18 or under.
  • All Day Call to Artists for Spring Juried Exhibit 
    Lynden's Jansen Art Center will be accepting submissions for its 2019 Spring Juried Exhibit through Mon., Feb. 11. The exhibits are open to the public as a way to showcase the artistic talent in Whatcom County and the surrounding region. Submit up to five pieces to be judged by a qualified jury made up of artists, curators and other figures in the arts community. The selected pieces will be displayed in the Jansen Art Center for the community to enjoy.There is a $30 submission fee.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 11:00am Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-4pm Friday through Sundays through Feb. 24 at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart from the Discovery Center at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm; Park staff and volunteers will lead half-mile, 45-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers will discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 7:00pm Urinetown 
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students ages 13-16 will present the bold musical comedy Urinetown at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. The Tony Award-winning play takes place in the not-so-distant future, where a 20-year drought has caused a devastating water shortage and a governmental ban on private toilets. Those who disobey the restroom laws and venture to "pee for free" are harshly punished and exiled to the mysterious district of Urinetown. Tickets are $10.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • 7:30pm Space Trek 
    The men and women of the USS Upfront will return to the stage when the popular improvised sci-fi show, "Space Trek," returns to the stage for 7:30pm and 9:30pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Audience members can get in on the action, too—they'll provide the suggestions that inspire the improvised "missions." Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Additional showings happen through January.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • All Day Bellinghamster One-Act Theater Festival (BOAT) 
    The seventh annual Bellinghamster One-Act Theater Festival (BOAT) begins with performances from 7-9:30pm Monday through Saturday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The "fringe"-style festival will present an eclectic mix of short works by mostly local artists this week, then again Jan. 21-26. Festival passes will be $10.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • All Day Literacy Council Seeks Volunteers 
    The Whatcom Literacy Council is currently recruiting volunteers to work two to four hours a week with adults who have asked for help to improve their English, reading, writing, math and computer skills. Training and ongoing support from professional staff will be provided.
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Fri., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome—which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools—all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 9:30am - 11:00am Wild Things 
    Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in January at Lake Padden Park (east entrance). Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Lake Padden Park :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm Books and Bites 
    Bring your lunch if you'd like and join a lively conversation about Steve Berry's The Bishop's Pawn at a "Books and Bites" discussion from 1-2:30pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St.
    Blaine Library :: http://www.wcls.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
  • 5:30pm - 10:30pm Art Auction Gala 
    Start 2019 off on the right foot at the Whatcom Museum's annual Art Auction Gala happening from 5:30-10:30pm at the Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. Tickets to the museum's largest fundraiser of the year are $125 and will include an evening of wining and dining and bidding on fine art (and much more). Proceeds will provide vital funding for exhibitions and programming.
    Lightcatcher Building :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Family Story Night 
    Bellingham Storyteller's Guild members will lead an hour of coaching and an introduction to the craft at 6pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. At 7pm, Family Story Night will commence. The free events are appropriate for ages 6 to adult.
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Photography Exhibit Opening 
    An opening reception for an "Artist's Choice 2019: Photography Edition" exhibit takes place from 6-9pm at Fourth Corner Frames and Gallery, 311 W. Holly St. The subject matter in FCF’s kickoff presentation for 2019 spans the globe and imagination for the images chosen by some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest photographers. The framing for this exhibit will be designed by FCF staff.
    Fourth Corner Frames and Gallery :: http://www.fourthcornerframes.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Quieting the Monkey Mind 
    Dudley and Dean Evenson, local musicians and internationally acclaimed leaders in the sound healing field, share ideas from their book Quieting the Monkey Mind: How to Meditate with Music, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Drawing from more than four decades of creating music for meditation and yoga, this book is filled with practical tips, exercises, photos and illustrations to support an empowering journey of inner peace.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm VoicePlay 
    Listen to a barbershop act turned touring sensation when VoicePlay performs at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The ensemble recreates the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with just five voices, making for an imaginative and original theatrical experience that takes the timeless sound of vocal music and turns it on its head. Tickets are $22.50-$42.50.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Courthouse Vaudeville 
    Members of the Bellingham Circus Guild will perform at a "Courthouse Vaudeville" gig starting at 7:30pm at the Territorial Whatcom County Courthouse, 1308 E St. The intimate seated show at the state's oldest brick building will feature local circus performers Chipp Allard, Sadye Osterloh, Daniel Sloan, Vanessa Vortex, Wren Schultz, and Della Moustachella, who will tickle your senses with circus, magic and awe. Entry to the all-ages show is by donation; proceeds will go toward ensuring encore events take place at this historic space.
    Territorial Whatcom County Courthouse :: http://www.facebook.com/events
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Sanford-Hill Piano Series 
    Award-winning Italian pianist Roberto Plano opens this year's Sanford Hill Piano Series with a 7:30pm concert at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $18-$44.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
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Saturday, January 19 33 events
  • All Day Cascadia Weekly's Fiction 101 Contest 
    The Cascadia Weekly is currently accepting submissions from community members for our revived "Fiction 101" contest. Creative submissions in two age ranges—youth (18 and under) and adults (19 and older)—can be sent to the following email through Mon., Feb. 18. Winners will receive prizes and be printed in our March 6 edition, and online. Submissions must be 101 words or less; please include your name, the title of your story, contact information, and indicate if you're 18 or under.
  • All Day Call to Artists for Spring Juried Exhibit 
    Lynden's Jansen Art Center will be accepting submissions for its 2019 Spring Juried Exhibit through Mon., Feb. 11. The exhibits are open to the public as a way to showcase the artistic talent in Whatcom County and the surrounding region. Submit up to five pieces to be judged by a qualified jury made up of artists, curators and other figures in the arts community. The selected pieces will be displayed in the Jansen Art Center for the community to enjoy.There is a $30 submission fee.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 11:00am Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-4pm Friday through Sundays through Feb. 24 at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart from the Discovery Center at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm; Park staff and volunteers will lead half-mile, 45-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers will discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 10:00am Skagit Eagle Festival 
    Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, watching stations, photography tours, multimedia presentations, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 21st annual Skagit Eagle Festival taking place Saturdays and Sundays through January (and on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) at Rockport's Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, and in Concrete, Marblemount, and beyond. Entry is by donation.
  • All Day Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-4pm Friday through Sundays through Feb. 24 at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart from the Discovery Center at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm; Park staff and volunteers will lead half-mile, 45-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers will discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • All Day Urinetown 
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students ages 13-16 will present the bold musical comedy Urinetown at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. The Tony Award-winning play takes place in the not-so-distant future, where a 20-year drought has caused a devastating water shortage and a governmental ban on private toilets. Those who disobey the restroom laws and venture to "pee for free" are harshly punished and exiled to the mysterious district of Urinetown. Tickets are $10.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • 7:30pm Space Trek 
    The men and women of the USS Upfront will return to the stage when the popular improvised sci-fi show, "Space Trek," returns to the stage for 7:30pm and 9:30pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Audience members can get in on the action, too—they'll provide the suggestions that inspire the improvised "missions." Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Additional showings happen through January.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:00pm Bellinghamster One-Act Theater Festival (BOAT) 
    The seventh annual Bellinghamster One-Act Theater Festival (BOAT) begins with performances from 7-9:30pm Monday through Saturday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The "fringe"-style festival will present an eclectic mix of short works by mostly local artists this week, then again Jan. 21-26. Festival passes will be $10.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 10:00am Literacy Council Seeks Volunteers 
    The Whatcom Literacy Council is currently recruiting volunteers to work two to four hours a week with adults who have asked for help to improve their English, reading, writing, math and computer skills. Training and ongoing support from professional staff will be provided.
  • 10:00am A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Fri., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome—which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools—all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Pancake Breakfast 
    Choose from pancakes, French toast, or biscuits and gravy at a Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8-11am at the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. (next to Pioneer Park). Entry is $2.50 for kids and $6 for adults and includes scrambled eggs, ham or sausage, juice, coffee or tea.
    Ferndale Senior Center :: (360) 384-6244
  • 9:00am - 4:00pm Martin Luther King, Jr. Conference 
    The Whatcom Human Rights Task Force hosts the 21st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Conference from 9am-4pm at the Syre Student Center at Whatcom Community College, 235 W. Kellogg Rd. "Remaining Awake Together: Nurturing a Revolution of Values" will be the theme for the event. The Peoples’ Keynote will take the form of a conversation that centers the voices and experiences of impacted communities. Skill-building workshops will follow, facilitated by community educators and activists. Entry is free and open to all ages.
    Whatcom Community College :: http://www.mlkconference.org
  • 9:00am - 4:00pm Larrabee Old Growth Exploration 
    Join the Komo Kulshan chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society for a "Larrabee Old Growth Exploration" field trip today, meeting at 9am at the Fairhaven Parkway Park & Ride (off 32nd St.). Naturalist Bob Lemon will lead the six-mile hike focusing on large, fire-scarred old-growth trees. Space is limited; pre-register.
    Fairhaven Parkway Park & Ride :: http://www.wnpskoma.org/field-trips
  • 10:00am - 1:30pm Winter Fitness Hike 
    Join Friends of the Forest for a Winter Fitness Hike taking place from 10am-1:30pm starting at the Whistle Lake parking lot near Anacortes. The fast-paced hike is for those who want to cover ground at a fast pace, and will span about eight miles exploring the scenic forest lands. Make sure to dress in layers and bring water.
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm Skagit Eagle Festival 
    Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, watching stations, photography tours, multimedia presentations, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 21st annual Skagit Eagle Festival taking place Saturdays and Sundays through January (and on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) at Rockport's Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, and in Concrete, Marblemount, and beyond. Entry is by donation.
    Rockport, Concrete, Marblemount :: http://www.concrete-wa/com/skagit-eagle-festival
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Winter Farmers Market 
    A plethora of vendors will have edible and creative offerings for sale at the first Winter Market of the season from 10am-3pm at the Bellingham Farmers Market's Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. Additional events happen Feb. 16 and March 16 before the market opens on a weekly basis in early April.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 10:00am - 2:30pm Plant Classes 
    A "Make It and Take It: Succulent Arrangment" class begins at 10am at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. The class fee of $39 will cover all supplies. At 1pm, a free "Orchids 101" workshop will cmmence. Please register in advance for these events.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: http://www.garden-spot.com
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm The Basics of Sprouting 
    Learn what supplies you'll need, where to get seeds, and the timetables for the process when Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education) hosts "The Basics of Sprouting" from 10am-12pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Nutrient-dense, sprouts are a welcome addition to winter diets and are easy to grow—even without a windowsill. Entry is free.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm Washington Remembers 
    Attend opening day of "Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom" from 12-5pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The exhibit is full of emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home front. The Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. It will be on display through April 14.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 12:00pm - 7:00pm When voices are silenced 
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm MONA Openings 
    Head to La Conner for the opening of "Spell of the West" and "2016 Luminaries Award-Winning Artists" exhibits from 1-3pm at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. "Luminaries" artists include Denzil Hurley, George Rodriguez, Sutton Beres Culler, and Saya Moriyasu. "Spell of the West" is curated by Lauren Carroll-Bolger and explores how the west was romanticized in art (and features performance art). The opening will include presentations by the artists and curator, and the new community gallery, Outside In, will have its grand opening. Entry is free; please RSVP.
    Museum of Northwest Art :: http://www.monamuseum.org
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm Travel to the Philippines 
    Local resident and world traveler Lawrence Pang will take you on a virtual tour at a "Travel to the Philippines" presentation from 1:30-3pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd. Journey with Pang to Manila, Baguio, Sagada, and Palawan, where you'll discover the people, the food, the architecture and more.
    Blaine Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Rioja Tasting 
    Local importer Basilio Rodriguez Grueso from Casa Ventura will host a Bodegas Riojanas Rioja tasting from 2-4pm at Siefert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St. Entry is free and open to all adults 21 and older.
    Siefert & Jones Wine Merchants :: http://www.sjwinemerchants.com
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Bellingham Roller Betties' Double Header 
    A double header will kick off the Bellingham Roller Betties' 12th season starting at 5:30pm at Lynden Skateway, 421 Judson St. In the first bout of the night, the Roller Betties All Stars take on the Eves of Destruction from Victoria, British Columbia. The second match-up features the Bellingham Roller Betties newest skaters in the annual Freshmeat Skater Debut Bout: Red Riot vs. Black Death. Entry is $6 for kids ages 8-12, $10 for adults.
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm An Evening with the Artist 
    Watch a live painting demonstration by abstract expressionist Gregory S. Walsh at "An Evening with the Artist" taking place from 6-9pm at Gallery Pegasus, 301 W. Holly St. In addition to enjoying wine and cheese, attendees can also peruse Walsh's works that are currently on display at the gallery.
    Gallery Pegasus :: http://www.gallerypegasus.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Be IN the Show 
    Members of the Dance Studio will perform tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary dance and more at a "BE in the Show: Just Dance" event beginning at 6pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. This fast-paced, upbeat and lively performance will kid-friendly, informal and a great way to bring a bit of brightness to the darker months. Tickets are $7.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Blue Abode Comedy Show 
    Local standup comedians will do their best to make you laugh at a Blue Abode Comedy Show starting at 7pm at Blue Abode Bar, 2925 Newmarket St., #104. Entry to the 21-and-older event is $5. Stefan Matusek will host.
    Blue Adobe Bar :: http://www.theblueadobebar.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Time Travel Sound Sessions 
    Attend "Time Travel Sound Session" events at 3pm and 7pm at the Anacortes Museum, 1305 8th St. DJ and jazz musician Daniel Greenwald, Museum Docent Al Bofenkamp, and Media Curator Kate Clark will share selections of sounds and stories that emerged from people’s home radios in the 1930s-’50s—from the devastation of WWII, to the swinging rhythms of race records, the imagined raids of invading Martians, and beyond. Listening selections will be played on vintage radios and phonographs currently on display at the museum. Entry is free; registration is required.
    Anacortes Museum :: http://www.cityofanacortes.org
  • 7:00pm - 11:30pm Unity Ball 
    "Celebrate Yourself Like Never Before" will be theme of an inaugural "Unity Ball" celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 7pm-12am at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. Performances from the Bellingham Circus Guild, Afro Beat, Rumba Northwest, Rhythms of India, Groove Bot and more will be part of the evening, as will heavy appetizers (the event is alcohol-free). Tickets are $25 per person or $45 for a pair. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the International Inclusive Empowerment Society, a local nonprofit that empowers vulnerable immigrants and refugees with multiple barriers to successfully integrate into an inclusive American society through education, advocacy and community-building.
    The Majestic :: http://www.whrtf.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Shame of Losing 
    Sarah Cannon reads from The Shame of Losing at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The memoir comprised of diary entries, mock-love letters and considered vignettes features on what happened after Cannon's husband was severely injured by a falling tree branch, and how she had to learn to care for the man she depended on for support.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Fire and Grace 
    Bellingham Music Club presents a "Night Beat" performance by the duo known as Fire and Grace (Edwin Huizinga and William Coulter) at 7:30pm at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Bach's lively court dances —allemande, sarabande, courante—dosey-doe with Celtic flings. Gigue and jig meet in this gig, and attendees can also get down with Vivaldi, Riverdance, and wild-eyed Bulgarians. Tickets are $25; includes post-show refreshments.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.bellinghammusicclub.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Eagle Talk 
    A representative of the North Cascades Audubon Society will speak about the lives of eagles, how to observe these majestic birds without disturbing them, and eagle-watching field trips this winter at "The Bald Eagle: A Local Treasure" presentation from 7:30-8:45pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd.
    Lummi Island Library :: (360) 758-7145
  • 7:30pm - 10:00pm Hot House at the Courthouse 
    Attend "Hot House at the Courthouse" from 7:30-10pm at the Territorial Whatcom County Courthouse, 1308 E st. B'ham Hop will kick off the event with a beginning dance lesson (no partner or experience is needed), and Hot House will provide a night of prohibition-era swing and blues at the oldest standing brick building in Washington state. Entry to the all-ages event is by donation.
    Territorial Whatcom County Courthouse :: http://www.facebook.com/events
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