Week of March 12, 2017

Sunday, March 12 13 events
  • All Day Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest 
    The annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting submissions through March 31. Winning entries are displayed for a year on placards in front of the Bellingham Public Library, and inside Whatcom Transportation Authority buses that serve routes throughout Whatcom County. See submission guidelines online.
  • 12:00pm Chow Down(town) 
    Special prix-fixe menus can be had at 20 venues in the urban core from March 7-12 as part of Downtown Bellingham Partnership's "Chow Down(town)." Each discounted lunch or dinner menu will include one appetizer, one entree and one dessert—all offered at an easy, set price. Additionally, there will be pop-up shops, wine tastings, drink specials at area bars, and more. See a full listing of participating restaurants and menus online.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 7:30pm The Little Mermaid 
    META Performing Arts presents showings of Disney's The Little Mermaid at 7:30pm Friday and 3pm Saturday and Sunday at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets to see the tale of a 16-year-old mermaid who is fascinated with life on land—and with a human prince—are $12-$25. Additional showings of the musical take place March 15-19 and 23-25.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:30pm Bellingham Chamber Chorale 
    Experience a Russian Orthodox choral tradition when Bellingham Chamber Chorale presents performances of Gretchaninoff's "Passion Week" at 7:30pm Saturday at Bellingham's St. Paul's Episcopal Church (2117 Walnut St) and 3pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's Salem Lutheran Church 2529 LaVenture Rd). Tickets are $5-$20.
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.bccsings.org
  • 7:00pm Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 
    Family-friendly comedy, daredevil dancing, heartfelt romance and entertaining musical scores will be part of performances of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at Lynden Middle School's Judson Hall, 516 Main St. Tickets to see the musical set in the backwoods of Oregon in the 1850s are $7-$9.
    Judson Hall :: (360) 354-4401
  • 7:00pm East of the Sun and West of the Moon 
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students will bring a classic Norwegian folk tale to life with the help of puppetry and live music at performances of East of the Sun and West of the Moon at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. In the story, a princess who has fallen on hard times must travel to a far-off kingdom to rescue her best friend from trolls. Tickets are $10.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • 5:00pm Wings Over Water Birding Festival 
    The 15th annual "Wings Over Water" Northwest Birding Festival begins with an opening reception and featured artist reception from 5-7pm Friday at Blaine's Semiahmoo Resort (9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy). Saturday's events include a Birding Expo from 9am-5pm at Blaine Middle School (975 H St.), guided birding trips, a photography workshop, activities for kids, wildlife cruises, live raptor presentations, keynote speakers and more. Sunday brings a birder's breakfast and and speakers from 9-11am at the BP Heron Center (7290 Birch Bay Dr.) and, from 11am-3pm, guided field trips, workshops and more. Prices vary.
  • 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
  • 12:00pm - 2:30pm Purim Carnival 
    Henna, face painting, fortune-telling, carnival games, a costume parade and hamantashen will be part of an annual Purim Carnival taking place from 12-2:30pm at Bloedel Donovan, 2214 Electric Ave. Entry is free. Tickets can be purchased for games, activities, food and drinks.
    Bloedel Donovan :: (360) 733-8890
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Margo Murphy and John Roberts 
    Seattle's Margo Murphy and Bellingham's John Roberts will be joined by fiddler Ruthie Dornfeld and a special guest (or two) for a CD release concert at 2pm at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. Entry to hear the vintage country duet do their thing is $10-$15.
    YWCA Ballroom :: jandwroberts@comcast.net
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm The Pirates of Penzance 
    Buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, Victorian maidens and a dotty general will all make appearances when the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players present The Pirates of Penzance at 3pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The musical theater masterpiece will be performed in its original format, along with a full orchestra and vocal chorus. Tickets are $30-$70.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Kings Men of Song 
    Listen to the gospel sounds of the Kings Men of Song when they perform at an annual fundraiser for the Lighthouse Mission at 6pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 858 W. Smith Rd. Entry is by donation.
    Redeemer Lutheran Church :: http://www.thelighthousemission.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Whatcom Chorale 
    "Spectrum: French Masterpieces for Choir and Organ" will be the focus of a Whatcom Chorale concert at 7:30pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St. Works by Cesar Franck, Gabriel Faure, and Louis Vierne will be featured, and organist Wade Dingman will take part. Tickets are $5-$20.
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.whatcomchorale.org
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Monday, March 13 11 events
  • All Day Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest 
    The annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting submissions through March 31. Winning entries are displayed for a year on placards in front of the Bellingham Public Library, and inside Whatcom Transportation Authority buses that serve routes throughout Whatcom County. See submission guidelines online.
  • 10:00am - 12:30pm Painting at the Library 
    Maria Monks facilitates a "Painting at the Library" program from 10am-12:30pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Bring your own work, equipment and supplies—including a table cover. All mediums are welcome.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 10:00am - 12:30pm Library Painting 
    Join fellow artists for a "Painting at the Library" gathering from 10am-12:30pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The twice-monthly painting program is facilitated by Maria Monks. Bring your own work, equipment and supplies (including a table cover). All mediums welcome, but no solvents of any kind please.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Cuban Salsa 
    Rumba Northwest hosts a "Cuban Salsa for Beginners" class at 6pm at Bell Tower Studios, 1430 N. Garden St. At 7pm, a "Cuban Salsa Advanced" class takes place. Entry to the classes is $8 for regular students, $12 for drop-ins.
    Bell Tower Studios :: http://www.rumbanorthwest.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Garden Work Party 
    Garden enthusiasts can join the first Garden Work Party of the season at 6pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. All levels of gardening expertise welcome. Bring your gardening gloves and the desire to dig in the dirt, learn and have fun.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Spanish Tapas 
    Spicy sausages stewed in red wine, roasted mushrooms with cabrales cheese, chile-braised potatoes with honey, and a few seasonal extras will be on the menu when Jesse Otero helms a "Spanish Tapas" class from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $39.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Books on Tap 
    South Whatcom Library manager Brian Hulsey will lead a "Books on Tap" discussion focusing on Ivan Doig's The Bartender's Tale from 6:30-8pm at Tino's Pizza & Pasta Co., 2275 Lake Whatcom Blvd.
    Tino's Pizza & Pasta Co. :: (360) 305-3632
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Local film gets an encore 
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm Poetrynight 
    Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.poetrynight.org
  • 8:00pm - 10:30pm Swing Dance 
    All ages and experience levels are invited to a weekly Swing Dance starting with a beginner drop-in class from 8-8:30pm at Eagles Hall, 1125 N. Forest St. From 8:30-10:30pm, all levels are invited to dance the night away. No partner is needed due to the friendly, community atmosphere swing dancing is known for. Entry is $3-$5.
  • 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, March 14 8 events
  • All Day Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest 
    The annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting submissions through March 31. Winning entries are displayed for a year on placards in front of the Bellingham Public Library, and inside Whatcom Transportation Authority buses that serve routes throughout Whatcom County. See submission guidelines online.
  • 2:30pm - 4:30pm Ferndale Book Group 
    Take part in a discussion about Julie Barton's Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself at a Ferndale Book Group meeting from 2:30-4:30pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. All are welcome.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Wearin' O' the Green 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. Tonight's "Wearin' O' the Green Run" will feature Saucony demos, a limerick contest, a raffle for those wearing green and a post-run party featuring St. Patrick's Day-themed eats and drinks.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 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 Next Year for Sure 
    Zoey Leigh Peterson reads from her debut novel, Next Year for Sure, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In the book, longtime romantic partners experiment with an open relationship and reconsider everything they thought they knew about love.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Carnegie Hall Concert 
    The award-winning Mount Vernon High School Bands and Orchestra present a selection of music from their core repertoire at a "Carnegie Hall Concert" at 7pm at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The performance will also feature the Wind Ensemble as they prepare for their Carnegie Hall debut at New York City's National Band and Orchestra Festival. Tickets are $5-$10.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Winter Speaker Series 
    Photographer John Scurlock will present "My Years Above the Mountains: Flights to the Great Ranges of Western North America" at a Bellingham Mountaineers Winter Speaker Series at 7:30pm at Backcountry Essentials, 214 W. Holly St. Entry is free.
    Backcountry Essentials :: http://www.bellinghammountaineers.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Ryan Keberle and Catharsis 
    New York City-based jazz trombonist Ryan Keberle and his band Catharsis will perform at 7:30pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center. In addition to performing with Wynton Marsalis and Maria Schneider, Keberle has performed with Sufjan Stevens, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, and the Saturday Night Live Band. Tickets are $15-$20.
    Performing Arts Center :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
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Wednesday, March 15 13 events
  • All Day Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest 
    The annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting submissions through March 31. Winning entries are displayed for a year on placards in front of the Bellingham Public Library, and inside Whatcom Transportation Authority buses that serve routes throughout Whatcom County. See submission guidelines online.
  • 7:30pm The Little Mermaid 
    META Performing Arts presents showings of Disney's The Little Mermaid at 7:30pm Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets to see the tale of a 16-year-old mermaid who is fascinated with life on land—and with a human prince—are $12-$25. Additional showings of the musical take place March 23-25.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 9:00am - 10:30am Community Coffee and Tea 
    All are are invited to a free "Community Coffee & Tea" event from 9-10:30am in Maple Falls at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Rd. The free weekly event features snacks from the Co-op Bakery, hot beverages and the company of your friends and neighbors. All ages are welcome.
    East Whatcom Regional Resource Center :: (360) 499-3944 or http://www.oppco.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Searching for Phoebe 
    Get the inside story of the research done by Mary Michaelson and the Lynden Pioneer Museum into the life of "Aunt Phoebe," the Mother of Lynden, at "My Search for the True Life of Phoebe Goodell Judson" gatherings from 2-4pm Wednesdays through April 12 at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Michaelson will also answer questions about Judson and her book, A Pioneer's Search for an Ideal Home.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 5:30pm - 10:30pm Duck, Duck, Duck Class 
    Join Executive Chef Bruno Feldeisen for a "Duck, Duck, Duck" class focusing on duck leg confit and duck breast from 5:30-7:30pm at Pierside Kitchen at Blaine's Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Entry is $79 and includes food, a glass of wine or tastings, an apron and keepsake recipe cards.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: http://www.semiahmoo.com
  • 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. Entry to the monthly event is free.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Hearty Soups and Stews 
    Learn how to warm up during the cold days of winter and early spring when Cindy McKinney leads a "Hearty Soups and Stews" class from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $35.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Water in Whatcom County 
    The Sierra Club hosts a presentation by Eric Hirst focused on "Water in Whatcom County: Why We Should Be Concerned" at 7pm at Carl Cozier Elementary School, 1330 Lincoln St. Hirst was the lead defendant in the Washington Supreme Court decision which ruled that Whatcom County failed to comply with the Growth Management Act requirements to protect water resources.
    Carl Cozier Elementary School :: http://www.sierraclub.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Steve Kaldestad Quartet 
    Celebrated saxophonist Steve Kaldestad guitarist Peter Bernstein will perform at a Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center concert at 7pm at the Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Rd. The duo will be joined by bassist Michael Glynn and drummer Julian MacDonough. Tickets are $5-$15.
    Unity Spiritual Center :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Adelphian Concert Choir 
    As part of a spring tour, the University of Puget Sound’s Adelphian Concert Choir will perform at 7pm at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. In addition to featuring music composed for a cathedral, music from around the world and works from two contemporary Canadian composers, tonight's show will also see BHS choirs joining the longtime ensemble. Entry is free and open to the public.
    Bellingham High School :: http://www.pugetsound.edu
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm Vaudevillingham 
    Attend the Bellingham Circus Guild's monthly uncensored variety show, "Vaudevillingham," at 7pm and 9pm 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 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 :: 756-0756 or http://www.improvplayworks.com
  • 9:00pm - 10:30pm Panty Hoes 
    Aruba Sterling and Mahogony Night host a weekly drag queen production, "Panty Hoes," at 9pm at Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave. The duo—who are joined by other talented performers every Wednesday—have been performing for decades, and promise to deliver a great show. Suggested donation is $3; proceeds raised go to various LGBTQ-supported organizations.
    Rumors Cabaret :: http://www.rumorscabaret.com
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Thursday, March 16 13 events
  • All Day Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest 
    The annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting submissions through March 31. Winning entries are displayed for a year on placards in front of the Bellingham Public Library, and inside Whatcom Transportation Authority buses that serve routes throughout Whatcom County. See submission guidelines online.
  • All Day The Little Mermaid 
    META Performing Arts presents showings of Disney's The Little Mermaid at 7:30pm Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets to see the tale of a 16-year-old mermaid who is fascinated with life on land—and with a human prince—are $12-$25. Additional showings of the musical take place March 23-25.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:00pm Avenue Q 
    Show up to see a fast-moving adult take on Sesame Street when the school edition of Avenue Q shows at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Anacortes High School's Brodniak Hall, 1600 20th St. Tickets to see the story of the slightly naughty puppets and people who live on the eponymous avenue are $6-$12; additional showings happen March 23-26.
    Brodniak Hall :: (360) 293-2166
  • 10:00am Spring Craft & Antique Show 
    More than 100 artists and crafters will how and sell their creative wares and vintage treasures during the 31st annual Spring Craft and Antique Show happening from 10am-8pm Thursday and Friday, and 10am-5pm Saturday at Lynden's Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1175 Front St. Admission is $5-$6.
    Northwest Washington Fairgrounds :: http://www.lyndencraftantiqueshow.com
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm Hall of Birds 
    Learn about bird migration, conservation success stories, birds in peril and the importance of studying bird specimens when the "John M. Edson Hall of Birds" opens today from 12-5pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Alongside the interpretive panels and the birds themselves, the exhibit will provide a variety of interactive opportunities for all ages.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 3:00pm - 8:00pm Spring Business Showcase 
    Meet face-to-face with local vendors, manufacturers and retailers and taste samples from local restaurants and bakeries at a free Spring Business Showcase from 3-8pm at the Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, 4876 Haxton Way. The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce event is designed to introduce the public to a variety of local businesses.
    Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa :: http://www.bellingham.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Pinxtos and Paella 
    Mataio Gillis will lead a "Pintxos and Paella" gathering at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. The dinner/class hybrid will include Spanish tapas and a paella demonstration. Entry to the delicious fun is $68.
    Ciao Thyme :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Travelogue Talk 
    Marie-Laure Valandro leads a Travelogue Series talk and slideshow focused on "Overlanding on the Silk Road" from 7-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $5.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Experience Ireland 
    Local author Susan Colleen Browne leads an "Experience Ireland: Along the Atlantic Coast" workshop from 6-9pm at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. The three-hour class includes a slideshow, Irish history, culture and travel tips. Entry is $45.
    Whatcom Community College :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm House Sit Around the World 
    Silvana and Allan Clark will share secrets on where and how to find prime house sitting positions when they host a "House Sit Your Way Around the World" info session at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Village Books will have books on hand that will help you get inspired and informed about this creative way to travel. Entry is free.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Balkan Folk Dance 
    The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm most Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Dances are taught, and mentoring is available. Suggested donation is $5.
    Fairhaven Library :: (360) 380-0456
  • 7:30pm - 10:00pm St. Patrick's Eve with Skagit River Poetry Foundation 
    The Skagit River Poetry Foundation hosts a St. Patrick's Eve Celebration from 7:30-10pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Expect high spirits, laughter and lilting music of both the literary and instrumental kind when award-winning Oregon storyteller Will Hornyak joins Ireland’s beloved poet troubadour Tony Curtis and traditional Irish musicians, Dale Russ and Jan Peters. Tickets are $10-$25; if you attend an opening reception from 5:30-7pm at the Trumpeter Public House, tickets are $50-$70.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Winter Concert 
    Whatcom Community College's Contemporary Music Ensemble and Collegiate Choir will perform selections from their jazz and classical music repertoire at a free Winter Concert at 7:30pm at the school's Heiner Theater, 237 W. Kellogg Rd.
    Heiner Theater :: (360) 383-3548
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Friday, March 17 22 events
  • All Day Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest 
    The annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting submissions through March 31. Winning entries are displayed for a year on placards in front of the Bellingham Public Library, and inside Whatcom Transportation Authority buses that serve routes throughout Whatcom County. See submission guidelines online.
  • All Day The Little Mermaid 
    META Performing Arts presents showings of Disney's The Little Mermaid at 7:30pm Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets to see the tale of a 16-year-old mermaid who is fascinated with life on land—and with a human prince—are $12-$25. Additional showings of the musical take place March 23-25.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:00pm Godspell 
    Dana Crediford makes her directorial debut when Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students present showings of the award-winning musical Godspell at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Tickets to see the parables paired with contemporary songs are $10 at the door or online. Additional showings happen March 24-26.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • All Day Avenue Q 
    Show up to see a fast-moving adult take on Sesame Street when the school edition of Avenue Q shows at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Anacortes High School's Brodniak Hall, 1600 20th St. Tickets to see the story of the slightly naughty puppets and people who live on the eponymous avenue are $6-$12; additional showings happen March 23-26.
    Brodniak Hall :: (360) 293-2166
  • 8:00pm Against All Odds 
    View a fully improvised journey of underdogs working their way to victory when "Against All Odds" shows at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for "Face Off," a competitive show where the audience serves as the judge and jury of comedic quality. Tickets are $10-$12; additional showings of the formats takes place through March.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:00pm Always…Patsy Cline 
    The Theater Arts Guild presents a musical tribute to a beloved country western star when Always...Patsy Cline continues this weekend with 7pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Conway Muse, 1844 Spruce St. Ria Peth Vanderpool plays the title role and co-star Kelly Visten plays Cline's longtime fan and friend, Louis Seger. A seven-piece country band will play along during the musical, which weaves 27 songs into the storyline. Tickets are $28. Additional performances happen through April 1.
  • All Day Spring Craft & Antique Show 
    More than 100 artists and crafters will how and sell their creative wares and vintage treasures during the 31st annual Spring Craft and Antique Show happening from 10am-8pm Thursday and Friday, and 10am-5pm Saturday at Lynden's Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1175 Front St. Admission is $5-$6.
    Northwest Washington Fairgrounds :: http://www.lyndencraftantiqueshow.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 every Friday in March at Whatcom Falls Park. Suggested donation is $5.
    Whatcom Falls Park :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 10:30am - 11:30am Spanish Storytime 
    Families interested in hearing stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish can attend "Spanish Storytime" for kids ages 3-5 at 10:30am most Fridays through May 19 at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St.
    Lynden Library :: 360) 354-4883
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm Books and Bites 
    Bring your lunch if you'd like and join the lively conversation about Rory Stewart's The Places in Between at a "Books and Bites" meeting from 1-2:30pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm St. Patrick's Day Brews & Ukes 
    Join Ukulele Fun, Mount Vernon's Ukulele group, for an Irish sing-along at the fourth annual Saint Patrick's Day Brews & Ukes gathering from 2-4pm at the Porterhouse Pub, 415 W. Gates St. Song lyric sheets will be provided, as will your favorite brews.
    Porterhouse Pub :: (206) 790-4862 or http://www.porterhouse.pub
  • 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. Volunteers are often needed to help cook, serve and transport donations.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.facebook.com/BellinghamFNB
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Focus on 50 
    "Groovy" memorabilia, recorded memories and opportunities for guests to share their own stories from the last half-century will be part of a "Focus on 50: Whatcom Community College" exhibit opening March 18 and continuing through May 31 at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. An opening reception for WCC students, staff, faculty, retirees and friends takes place from 5-7pm today.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org or http://www.whatcom.edu
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Family Story Night 
    Pros from the Bellingham Storyteller's Guild will offer up an hour of coaching and an intro to the craft at 6pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. At 7pm, Family Story Night will commence. Entry is free.
  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm Blue Skies for Children Casino Night 
    Enjoy a mock casino event with blackjack, high card flush, roulette and more at the 10th annual Blue Skies for Children Casino Night Fundraiser happening from 6:30-9:30pm at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. Entry is $65 and includes music, hearty appetizers, a raffle dash, gaming prizes and more.
  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm St. Patrick's Day Party 
    Irish-inspired food, drink and music by Puirt N Gael can be had as part of an all-ages St. Patrick's Day Celebration starting at 6:30pm at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 601 W. Holly St.
    Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen :: http://www.chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Acoustic Open Mic 
    Acoustic musicians, singers, writers, jokesters and other performers are invited to present for about 10 minutes each at an Open Mic at 7-9pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Elsworth St. The theme for the evening is "Hope Spring Eternal." Material related to the theme is optional, but encouraged. (P.S. Wear green so you don't get pinched.)
    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship :: http://www.buf.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Charlie's back, and he wrote a book 
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Barrule 
    Everything from Manx tunes to Gaelic songs can be heard when Barrule, an award-winning trio with a big band sound, perform at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Barrule elevates the Isle of Man’s native music to a new level of performance and musicianship. Tickets are $20-$30.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Salish Sea Early Music Festival 
    "Celebrating 250 Years of Telemann" will be the theme of a Salish Sea Early Music Festival concert at 7:30pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St. Tonight's performance will feature harpsichordist Bernward Lohr, violinist Anne Rohrig, and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan honoring the Baroque period's most prolific composer. Suggested donation is $15-$25 (18 and under are free).
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.salishseafestival.org
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Lewis Black's righteous rants 
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Lewis Black's Rant, White & Blue Tour 
    Comedian, author and actor Lewis Black returns to Bellingham as part of his "Rant, White & Blue" Tour at 8pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Lewis’ live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience, helping them see he's more of a pissed-off optimist than a mean-spirited curmudgeon. Tickets are $45-$65.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
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Saturday, March 18 40 events
  • All Day Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest 
    The annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting submissions through March 31. Winning entries are displayed for a year on placards in front of the Bellingham Public Library, and inside Whatcom Transportation Authority buses that serve routes throughout Whatcom County. See submission guidelines online.
  • All Day The Little Mermaid 
    META Performing Arts presents showings of Disney's The Little Mermaid at 7:30pm Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets to see the tale of a 16-year-old mermaid who is fascinated with life on land—and with a human prince—are $12-$25. Additional showings of the musical take place March 23-25.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • All Day Godspell 
    Dana Crediford makes her directorial debut when Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students present showings of the award-winning musical Godspell at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Tickets to see the parables paired with contemporary songs are $10 at the door or online. Additional showings happen March 24-26.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • All Day Avenue Q 
    Show up to see a fast-moving adult take on Sesame Street when the school edition of Avenue Q shows at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Anacortes High School's Brodniak Hall, 1600 20th St. Tickets to see the story of the slightly naughty puppets and people who live on the eponymous avenue are $6-$12; additional showings happen March 23-26.
    Brodniak Hall :: (360) 293-2166
  • 8:00pm Against All Odds 
    View a fully improvised journey of underdogs working their way to victory when "Against All Odds" shows at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for "Face Off," a competitive show where the audience serves as the judge and jury of comedic quality. Tickets are $10-$12; additional showings of the formats takes place through March.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:00pm Always…Patsy Cline 
    The Theater Arts Guild presents a musical tribute to a beloved country western star when Always...Patsy Cline continues this weekend with 7pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Conway Muse, 1844 Spruce St. Ria Peth Vanderpool plays the title role and co-star Kelly Visten plays Cline's longtime fan and friend, Louis Seger. A seven-piece country band will play along during the musical, which weaves 27 songs into the storyline. Tickets are $28. Additional performances happen through April 1.
  • 10:00am Spring Craft & Antique Show 
    More than 100 artists and crafters will how and sell their creative wares and vintage treasures during the 31st annual Spring Craft and Antique Show happening from 10am-8pm Thursday and Friday, and 10am-5pm Saturday at Lynden's Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1175 Front St. Admission is $5-$6.
    Northwest Washington Fairgrounds :: http://www.lyndencraftantiqueshow.com
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm Chuckanut 50K 
    Climb 5,000 feet and descend the beautiful Chuckanut Mountain Ridge at the 25th annual "Chuckanut Mountain 50K" starting at 8am at Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Dr. N. Registration is $95; this year's quarter-century race will also include vouchers for food and a pint.
  • 8:00am - 11:00am VFW Breakfast 
    Choose from pancakes or French toast and enjoy eggs, sausage and beverages at a VFW Breakfast taking place from 8-11am at Lynden's VFW Hall, 7011 Hannegan Rd. Entry is $6 (free for kids 5 and under).
    VFW Hall :: http://www.lynden.org
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Pancake Breakfast 
    Attend a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. Entry is $2.50 for kids and $6 for adults and includes the choice of pancakes, French toast or biscuits and gravy, plus scrambled eggs, ham or sausage and a beverage. Entry is $2.50 for kids, $6 for adults.
    Ferndale Senior Center :: (360) 384-6244
  • 9:00am - 5:00pm Demo Day 
    Enjoy a day of free bike demos and riding with the pros at a "MTB Demo Day" from 9am-5pm at Fanatik Bike Co., 1812 N. State St. Norco, Knolly, Ibis, Devinci, and potentially Santa Cruz and Evil will be on hand with their latest wares for you to take out on Galbraith Mountain, and there will also be group rides, games for kids, food, drink and more.
    Fanatik Bike Co. :: http://www.fanatikbike.com
  • 9:00am - 10:00am Best of Hinkley 
    Tadd Storrer, horticulturist and representative of Monrovia Nursery, will focus on the "Best of Dan Hinkley Collection" at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Tadd brings with him all the new Dan Hinkley introductions coming from around the world along with the stories behind them. Entry is free; please register in advance.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: http://www.garden-spot.com
  • 9:00am - 11:00am Spring Run Off 
    Choose to run or walk either a 5K or 10K at today's Spring Run Off starting at 9am the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce, 2007 Cherry St. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in bright spring colors or costumes. Pets are welcome. Entry is $12-$20.
    Ferndale Chamber of Commerce :: http://www.ferndale-chamber.com
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Changing Our Energy Landscape 
    The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County will host an education program focused on "New Power: Changing Our Energy Landscape and Creating Jobs" from 10am-12pm at the Lecture Room of the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Attendees can learn more about how our changing energy landscape, new technologies and widespread adoption of new energy sources is creating jobs and other benefits to our communities and our world. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.lwvbellinghamwhatcom.org
  • 10:00am - 6:00pm Final Winter Farmers Market 
    Dozens of vendors will sell fresh local produce, fine local crafts and ready-to-eat menu items at the Bellingham Farmers Market's final Winter Farmers Market of the season from 10am-3pm at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. From 11am-3pm, the event will also include a free "Meet Your Farmer CSA Fair" hosted by Sustainable Connections. The market opens on a weekly basis Sat., April 1.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 10:00am - 6:00pm Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride 
    Flat roads and beautiful scenery can be expected at the third annual Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride starting at 10am in front of the La Conner Channel Lodge, 205 N. First St. From 10am-2pm, bicyclists wearing tweed or other fancy clothing can ride along the route, stop for a picnic lunch, take pictures of daffodils and much, much more. An after-party happens from 2-6pm at Hellam's Vineyard, 109 N. First St. Contests for "most dapper chap," "most snappy lass" and more will be part of the fun. Entry is $10.
    La Conner Channel Lodge :: http://www.thedandydaffodil.com
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Tree Sale 
    Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association will host its annual Tree Sale from 10am-12pm at Lynden's NW Washington Fair and Event Center, 1775 Front St. The trees—various varieties of spruce, pine, fir, cedar, hemlock, Japanese larch and more—will be available for purchase for $1 each.
    NW Washington Fair and Event Center :: http://www.wafarmforestry.com
  • 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
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Fido Fun Run 
    Bring your four-legged friends along at "Fido Fun Run" starting at 10:30am in Burlington at the Skagit Regional Airport, 15000 Crosswind Dr. Attendees can choose from a two- or three-mile run. Entry is $30 for one handler and one dog; add $10 per additional dog. Day-of registration will be available.
    Skagit Regional Airport :: http://www.runfare.org
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Growing Wine Grapes 
    A "Growing Wine Grapes" class takes place from 10:30am-12pm at Everson's Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd. The class will provide you with an overview of how to grow wine grapes in a cool climate, soil requirements, pruning techniques, harvesting and more. Entry is $8-$10. Please register in advance.
    Cloud Mountain Farm Center :: http://www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm Plant Pathogens 
    "Controlling Diseases of Vegetables and Other Herbaceous Plants" will be the focus of an informative discussion by Master Gardener Jeff Dodson from 11am-12:30pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. If you have diseases and insects attacking your vegetables and herbs, this general educational talk on plant pathogens will help. Entry is free.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 12:00pm - 3:30pm Emergency Preparedness Events 
    Learn about emergency preparedness, local natural hazards, how to build inexpensive and effective disaster kits and more at a Red Cross Emergency Preparedness event at 12pm at the Everson Library (104 Kirsch Dr.) and 2pm at the Lynden Library (216 4th St.). Entry to both events is free. Complimentary take-home materials will include basic first aid kits and disaster preparedness calendars. All ages are encouraged to attend.
    Everson Library, Lynden Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm Mt. Baker Fidalgo Youth Symphony 
    The Mt. Baker-Fidalgo Youth Symphony performs at a "Majestic Music" spring concert at 1pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. At the event, more than 70 young musicians from Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and Snohomish counties will present an exciting program of diverse pieces. Entry is $5-$15.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm Intro to Solar 
    Learn how to harness the power of the sun in your own home at an "Introduction to Solar Power" at 1pm at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St. Find out more about the facts and myths regarding potential costs, rebates and installation. Entry is free.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 988-2501
  • 1:00pm - 4:30pm Tax Help 
    AARP Tax-Aide will be offering free tax preparation services from 1-4:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. IRS-certified volunteers will assist people on a first-come, first-served basis. The service will be available from 1-4:30pm Saturdays and 4-7pm Mondays through Thursdays through April 15.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm Sacred River 
    Debu Majumdar shares images and stories from Sacred River: A Himalayan Journey at a "Journey to the Source of India's Sacred River" presentation happening from 1-2:30pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Entry is free.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Sudden Valley Jazz Series 
    Trumpeter Kevin Woods, singers Sage Romer and Kirk Roa, and instrumentalists Cole Shuster, Gren Feingold, and Julian MacDonough will perform at a Jazz Series concert at 3pm at the Sudden Valley Dance Barn, Gate 2. Tickets are $20.
    Sudden Valley Dance Barn :: http://www.fswl.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Forward with Strength 
    Maple Falls-based author Susan Sloan shares stories from Yishar Koach: Forward with Strength, the Story of Shoah Survivor Ferdinand Fragner at 4pm at Lynden's Village Books, 430 Front St. The Holocaust survivor's biography is a testimony to personal strength and perseverance in the face of overwhelming hardship.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 5:00pm - 9:00pm Camp Fire Birthday 
    Celebrate with Camp Fire Samish at the 11th annual Birthday Dinner & Auction starting at 5pm in Anacortes at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge, 12885 Casino Dr. With 20 live and 300 silent auction items, there will be something for everyone. Tickets are $65 and include dinner.
    Swinomish Casino & Lodge :: http://www.campfiresahmishcouncil.org
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm St. Patrick's Day "Ceilidh-bration" 
    A traditional Irish dinner will kick off a seventh annual St. Patrick's Day "Ceilidh-bration" at 5:30pm at Mount Vernon's Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave. A social hour and Irish music and dancing will follow. Entry is $35. Make reservations beforehand, as these events regularly sell out.
    Littlefield Celtic Center :: http://www.celticarts.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Jazz Celebration IX 
    Seattle-based trumpeter Ansgar Duemchen, bass saxophonist Preston Lamp, and a trio of singers known as the Gales will perform at a "Jazz Celebration IX: The Music of Bob Storms" concert from 6:30-8:30pm at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. In addition to listening to new Dixieland jazz by a local composer, attendees will also hear from bestselling author Richard LeMieux, who will talk about his book Breakfast at Sally's. Suggested donation is $5.
    First Congregational Church :: (360) 384-6652
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Smells Like Finn Spirit 
    Randy Henderson reads from Smells Like Finn Spirit—the final installment of his Familia Arcana series—at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In the book, Finn is settling back into the real world after his 25-year imprisonment in the otherworld of Fey.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm 3 Hat Trio 
    Vocalist, guitarist and banjo player Hal Cannon, fiddler Eli Wrankle, and vocalist and bassist Greg Istock will present mostly original old-time cowboy and pioneer songs when 3hattrio performs at 7pm at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. Cannon is a founding light of the Deseret String Band, the Western Folklife Center, and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Entry will be $15 at the door.
    YWCA Ballroom :: http://www.3hattrio.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Raptor Highlights on Six Continents 
    "Hawkwatching Around the World: Raptor Highlights of Six Continents" will be the focus of a presentation by raptor expert and author Sergio Seipke at 7pm at the Lecture Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Photos and descriptions of raptors he observed in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Nepal, Thailand, South Africa, Spain and the United States will be part of the free event.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Ladies of Laughter 
    Comedians Dana Eagle, Stephanie Blum, and Alycia Cooper will bring their stellar standup talents to town as part of the "Ladies of Laughter: Funny & Fabulous" tour at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets to the show are $20-$40. Warning: The performance includes mature language, so you might want to leave the kids at home.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Skagit Symphony's Masterpiece Concert 
    Violinist Sarah Hall will be the featured performer at Skagit Symphony's "Masterpiece Concert" at 7:30pm in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Pieces by Bruch, Beethoven, Mozart, and more are on the lineup. Tickets are $20-$40.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Boys of Lesvos 
    Hear stories from Stuart Rich's Boys of Lesvos from 7:30-9pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. The collection of short stories is based upon the true events of refugee children escaping from deadly violence in the Middle East. Entry is free.
    Lummi Island Library :: (360) 758-7145
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Bob Milne 
    By popular demand, national treasure and world-renowned ragtime and boogie-woogie pianist Bob Milner will return to the area for a 7:30pm concert at the Blaine Performing Arts Center, 675 H St. Tickets are $10 for students, and $15 for adults. Proceeds will benefit Blaine Library improvements.
    Blaine Performing Arts Center :: http://www.wcls.org or http://www.brownpapertickets.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm The ladies of laughter 
  • 9:30pm - 11:30pm Salsa Night 
    Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest's bimonthly "Salsa Night" taking place from 9:30pm-12am on the first and third Saturdays of the month at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State St. Entry to the all-ages event is $4.
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