Week of March 26, 2017

Sunday, March 26 12 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 Rock & Gem Show 
    Rocks from worldwide sources, minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, approximately 30 entertaining and educational exhibits, gold panning, dealers, door prizes, silent auctions, demos and more will be the part of the 56th annual Mt. Baker Rock & Gem Show taking place from 10am-6pm Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday at the Bloedel Donovan Community Center, 2214 Electric Ave. Entry to the all-ages event is free.
    Bloedel Donovan Community Center :: http://www.mtbakerrockclub.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.
    Brodniak Hall :: (360) 293-2166
  • 7:00pm The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 
    "Tweenagers" played by adults will disclose hilarious and touching stories from their home lives as they spell their way through a series of words hoping never to hear the "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake when The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opens this week with showings at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $20 and additional showings take place through April 22.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 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.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • 12:00pm SICBA Home & Garden Show 
    Seminars, vendors, a Lego Build Contest, activities for kids, live music and much, much more will be part of the SICBA Home & Garden Show happening from 12-7pm Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, and 10am-4pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at the Skagit County Fairgrounds, 1410 Virginia St. Entry is $5-$7.
    Skagit County Fairgrounds :: http://www.sicbahomeshow.com
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Goose Rock Hike 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Club for a hike to Goose Rock today. Beginning at West Beach in Deception Pass State Park, the route passes under the bridge and continues toward Coronet Bay before climbing up to views on Goose Rock. To carpool, meet at 9am at Sunnyland Elementary. Suggested carpool donation is $6.
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Sound/Counterpoint 
    Baroque violinist Linda Melsted and harpsichordist Jonathan Oddie will play a duo recital of works by Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, Duphly, Mondonville, and local composer Adam Haws at a "Sound/Counterpoint" concert at 3pm in Mount Vernon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 415 S. 18th St. Suggested donation is $20, or pay as you're able (free for those 12 and under).
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.soundcounterpoint.org
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Whatcom Symphony Orchestra with Christopher Guzman 
    Noted pianist Christopher Guzman will join the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra for the ensemble's "All-American Salute to Spring" at 3pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The concert is a celebration of American composers, including Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," Copland's "Appalachian Spring" and Bernstein's "On the Town: Three Dance Episodes" from the musical of the same name. Tickets are $15-$39.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Never Let You Go 
    Chevy Stevens reads from Never Let You Go at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book of fiction focuses on a woman who has left an abusive relationship and started a new life with her teenage daughter only to find out someone is tracking her every move.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:30pm Art of Jazz 
    The Seattle-based band Duendre Libre will be the featured group at the Jazz Project's monthly "Art of Jazz" concert from 4-6:30pm at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. Entry is $10 for students, $16 general (free for Jazz Project members).
    The Majestic :: http://www.jazzproject.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Keola Beamer and Jeff Peterson 
    Virtuoso slack key guitar players Keola Beamer and Jeff Peterson will present an evening of superb guitar that explores the beauty of Hawaiian music as it reflects its native land, the range of Hawaii's many cultural influences, and the complexity of technique that has shaped the distinctively resonant sounds of the state at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The duo will be joined by dancer Moanalani Beamer. Tickets are $20-$35.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
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Monday, March 27 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 - 5:00pm Wings of Courage 
    Students in grades 3 and up can attend showings of Wings of Courage at 10am and 12:15pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The play—part of the MBT Wade Bennett King Education Series—is based on the life of Eugene Bullard, the first African-American combat pilot and adventurer. Tickets are $6-$7.50.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Library Tour 
    View a hidden fourth floor, a "book hospital" and much more at a "Behind the Scenes" tour taking place from 6-7:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Meet at the upper mezzanine at the library; entry is free, and no registration is required.
    Bellingham Public Library :: (360) 778-7217
  • 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 Cultivating cannabis cognizance 
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Dig Into Spring 
    Learn how to grow own produce without a giant garden at a "Dig Into Spring" presentation with a Skagit County Master Gardener focused on "Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces" at 6pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. Entry is free.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: http://www.mountvernonwa.gov
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Community Film 
    The Ferndale Community Coalition and the Ferndale School District will host a free screening of the film Screenagers from 6:30-8:30pm at the Ferndale High School Auditorium, 5830 Golden Eagle Dr. The documentary will be shown in English with Spanish subtitles and a optional facilitated discussion will be hosted afterward.
    Ferndale High School Auditorium :: (360) 383-9226
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Open Mic 
    Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience when they share their stories, poems and essays at a monthly Open Mic at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Sign up at the main counter on the first floor or call the number listed here to do so.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 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
  • 8:30pm - 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 28 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.
  • 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 - 8:00pm Fun with Cheese 
    Watch the breaking of the wheels at a "Parmigiano Classico" gathering starting at 6pm at the Ciao Thyme Commons, 207 Unity St. Attendees can taste the freshly cracked cheese and then enjoy a light meal of simple recipes that utilize it. Entry is $58 and includes a piece of cheese to take home.
    Ciao Thyme Commons :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Harbor Porpoise Presentation 
    Pacific Mammal Research's Cindy Elliser will give a presentation focusing on harbor porpoises at 6:30pm at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. The program on the fascinating recent local research being done by the center will help attendees learn more about this poorly understood marine mammal—an important species in the Salish Sea ecosystem. Entry is free.
    Burlington Public Library :: http://www.burlingtonwa.gov/library
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bellingham Reads 
    Discuss Mischa Berlinski's Fieldwork at a Bellingham Reads book discussion group meeting from 6:30-7:30pm at the Dodson Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. All adults are welcome.
    Bellingham Public Library :: (360) 778-7323
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Alton Brown Live 
    Songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics and potentially dangerous food demonstrations will be part of "Alton Brown Live" at 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The award-winning cookbook author and Good Eats television host has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Tickets to the (sold out) show are $40-$90.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Gather Round 
    All are welcome at a new monthly forum for people who love a good story, "Gather Round: True Stories Told Live," taking place from 7-8:30pm at Honey Moon, 1053 N. State St. (in the alley). The theme for this edition is "Felix Culpa, or Blessings in Disguise." Stories must be true and personal, told without notes and last approximately 5-8 minutes.
    Honey Moon Mead & Cider :: http://www.honeymoonmeads.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Maloney & Tergis 
    Fiddler Athena Tergis and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mick Maloney will present their award-winning mix of Irish and Scottish traditional songs, folk tunes and world music at a 7pm concert at Western Washington University's Old Main Theater. Tickets are $20-$25.
    Old Main Theater :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 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 Semiahmoo Stewardship 
    The North Cascades Audubon Society will host the Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society's Matt Christensen and Sarah Brookes for a "Stewardship North of the 49th Parallel" presentation from 7-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The society is a 100 percent volunteer-based stewardship group working to restore and raise knowledge of the watersheds and habitats associated with Boundary Bay. Suggested donation is $5.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Books on Tap 
    Ferndale Library staff member Stacy Paull will helm a "Books on Tap" discussion focused on Alan Cumming's Not My Father's Son at 7pm at Maggie's Pub, 2030 Main St. The book club meets on the fourth Tuesday of most months.
    Maggie's Pub :: (360) 384-3647
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Wednesday, March 29 10 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.
  • 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
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm CSA Happy Hour 
    Businesses interested in getting workplace CSAs started can join Sustainable Connections Membership Coordinator and the Food & Farming team to learn about the benefits of signing up for Community Supported Agriculture at a "Meet Your Farmer: CSA Happy Hour" from 5-7pm at Diamond Jim's Grill, 2400 Meridian St. Entry is $10 at the door (free for Sustainable Connections members).
    Diamond Jim's Grill :: http://www.sustainableconnections.org
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Growing Alliance Fundraising Dinner 
    Food prepared by local chefs, a silent auction, music and more will be part of a Growing Alliance Fundraising Dinner from 5:30-8:30pm at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. Entry is $40; funds raised will go to this summer's fostered youth employment program to build and maintain raised beds for low-income households.
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm Pickling Class 
    Join a team of chefs for a "Pickling Mushrooms and Vegetables" class 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. Space is limited, so reserve in advance.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: 318-2028 or http://www.semiahmoo.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Miwako Kimura Reception 
    As part of a 20th anniversary celebration, attend an opening reception for Japanese fiber artist Miwako Kimura's "For the Love of Children" from 4-6pm at La Conner's Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 703 S. Second St. The exhibit also feature the work of 10 of Kimura's students, and will focus on traditional Japanese childhood themes. See it through June 25.
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 7:00pm - 11:30pm Artists protect the Salish Sea 
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Pops Concert 
    Vocalist Star Anna will share the stage with Toronto-based singer Laila Biali and instrumentalists Miles Black, Adam Thomas, and Julian MacDonough for a 7pm Whatcom Jazz Music Art Center Pops Concert at 7pm at Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Rd. Both women know how to put a song together and aren’t limited by musical boundaries and labels. Entry is $5-$15.
    Unity Spiritual Center :: http://www.wjmac.org
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Thursday, March 30 10 events
  • 7:30pm The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 
    "Tweenagers" played by adults will disclose hilarious and touching stories from their home lives as they spell their way through a series of words hoping never to hear the "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake when The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee continues this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $20 and additional showings take place through April 22.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 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 - 11:00am Parkinson's Dance Class 
    Pam Kuntz leads a dance class for people with Parkinson's disease and other movement or neurological disorders starting today at 10am at Ballet Bellingham, 1405 Fraser St., suite #103. Entry is free. No registration is necessary; just show up ready to dance. The class continues Thursdays through June 1.
    Ballet Bellingham :: (360) 510-4711
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm Forward With Strength 
    aple Falls resident Susan Lynn Sloan will be on hand to sign copies of and talk about Yishar Koach: Forward With Strength from 10am-2pm outside the gift shop at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, 2901 Squalicum Pkwy. The book is a biography of late Bellingham resident Fred Fragner—who survived five years in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp.
    PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center :: (360) 220-1211
  • 3:00pm - 6:00pm Chuckanut Brewery Night at Fred Meyer 
    Chat with brewery representatives and fill your growlers with award-winning ales and lagers at Chuckanut Brewery Night from 3-6pm at Fred Meyer, 800 Lakeway Dr. Export Stout, Chuckanut Kolsch, and Chuckanut Pilsner will be tapped for the event.
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Fish Trivia with NSEA 
    Help raise funds for the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association at the seventh annual "Fish Trivia" competition from 6-8pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Registration fees are $5 per person, with teams of up to five people. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winning teams.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: http://www.n-sea.org
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Our American Quilt 
    Join your neighbors for a pizza dinner and lively dialogue to explore differences and discover shared bonds in the greater Foothills community rural life at a "Stitching the Fabric of Difference: Our American Quilt" gathering from 6:30-7:30pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. The conversation will be facilitated by Jillian Froebe and Elizabeth Kerwin, which will begin to set the tone for a Community American Quilt Project.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422 or http://www.wcls.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Kathy Kallick Band 
    Original and classic bluegrass tunes can be heard when the Kathy Kallick Band performs at 7pm at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. The band will feature material from a new album, Foxhounds, and will debut material learned from the Carter Family, Bill Monroe, and Kallick herself. Entry will be $15 at the door.
    YWCA Ballroom :: http://www.kathykallick.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Words with Whittaker 
    Mountain climber, photographer, My Old Man and the Mountain author and Western Washington University alum Leif Whittaker will shed light on growing up in the shadow of a famous father and how that journey helped shape a unique view of his own relationship with a mountain and a dad at a 7pm presentation and book signing at Western's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Entry is $5.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 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
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Friday, March 31 16 events
  • 7:30pm Don Giovanni 
    Pacific Northwest Opera will feature a cast of brilliant young professional singers in a fully-staged production of Don Giovanni at 7:30pm Friday and 3pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets to see Mozart’s setting of the Don Juan legend—which is regarded as one of the most sublime works of Western art—are $25-$59. Additional showings take place April 7 and 9.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 11:00am Chanticleer Authors Conference 
    "Unlock the Secrets to Successful Publishing" will be the focus of the annual Chanticleer Authors Conference taking place Friday through Sunday at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. Entry is $495 and includes workshops, a staffed book room where all attendees can sell their books, lunches and dinners throughout the conference, and tickets to an Awards Gala on Sunday.
    Hotel Bellwether :: http://www.chantirereviews.com
  • All Day The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 
    "Tweenagers" played by adults will disclose hilarious and touching stories from their home lives as they spell their way through a series of words hoping never to hear the "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake when The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee continues this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $20 and additional showings take place through April 22.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm I Hate Hamlet 
    Paul Rudnick's comedic I Hate Hamlet opens this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Set in John Barrymore's old apartment in New York City, the play follows successful television actor Andrew Rally as he struggles with taking on the dream role of Hamlet, dealing with girlfriend issues and playing host to Barrymore's ghost. Tickets are $12-$14; additional performances happen through April 16.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 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.
    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 concludes 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.
  • 8:00am 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.
  • 9:30am - 11:00am Wild Things 
    Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30-11am at 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 - 3:00pm Valley Writers 
    Bring pen and paper or a digital device to the bimonthly "Valley Writers" meeting from 1-3pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. Participants write from prompts, and the event is facilitated by C.J. Prince. All adults are welcome.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 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
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Rexville Reception 
    Attend an opening reception for the annual Rexville Grange Art Show from 6-8pm in Mount Vernon at the Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. As part of the Tulip Festival, the works by more than 20 local artists and craftspeople will be on display and for sale from 10am-6pm daily through April 9.
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Children's Art Show Reception 
    Marvel at the artistic accomplishments by students of local art teacher Brenda Calvert at a reception for a "Children's Art Show" from 6:30-8pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. See the works through tomorrow.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Ice Cream Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood 
    Try ice cream from three local creameries and sample delicious coffee at a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood at 7pm at Everson's Over the Moon Ice Cream and Espresso Cafe, 102 Everson Rd. One hundred percent of the donations will go directly to the healthcare nonprofit.
    Over the Moon :: (360) 738-4798
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Regrettable Supervillains 
    Cartoonist, graphic novelist and author Jon Morris shares stories and images from The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Attendees will be introduced to D-list rogues like Brickbat (choice of weapon: poisonous bricks), Robbing Hood (steals from the poor to give to the rich), Swarm (a crook made of bees), and many more.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Hurricane Ridgerunners 
    Southern old-time music with splashed of bluegrass, strong harmony singing and hard-driving fiddle tunes can be expected when the Hurricane Ridgerunners reunite as part of a Northwest tour for a 7pm concert at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. Suggested donation is $15.
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Saturday, April 1 29 events
  • 10:00am Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout the month of April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit County :: http://www.tulipfestival.org
  • All Day Don Giovanni 
    Pacific Northwest Opera will feature a cast of brilliant young professional singers in a fully-staged production of Don Giovanni at 7:30pm Friday and 3pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets to see Mozart’s setting of the Don Juan legend—which is regarded as one of the most sublime works of Western art—are $25-$59. Additional showings take place April 7 and 9.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • All Day Chanticleer Authors Conference 
    "Unlock the Secrets to Successful Publishing" will be the focus of the annual Chanticleer Authors Conference taking place Friday through Sunday at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. Entry is $495 and includes workshops, a staffed book room where all attendees can sell their books, lunches and dinners throughout the conference, and tickets to an Awards Gala on Sunday.
    Hotel Bellwether :: http://www.chantirereviews.com
  • 10:00am Stamp and Coin Show 
    The Stamp and Coin Place will host its annual Stamp and Coin Show from 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday at Hampton Inn's Fox Hall, 3985 Bennett Dr. Dealers from around the region will share their wares, and there will also be hourly door prizes. Entry to the all-ages event is free.
    Hampton Inn's Fox Hall :: http://www.stampandcoinplace.com
  • All Day The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 
    "Tweenagers" played by adults will disclose hilarious and touching stories from their home lives as they spell their way through a series of words hoping never to hear the "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake when The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee continues this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $20 and additional showings take place through April 22.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day I Hate Hamlet 
    Paul Rudnick's comedic I Hate Hamlet opens this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Set in John Barrymore's old apartment in New York City, the play follows successful television actor Andrew Rally as he struggles with taking on the dream role of Hamlet, dealing with girlfriend issues and playing host to Barrymore's ghost. Tickets are $12-$14; additional performances happen through April 16.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 9:00am WoodFest 
    Vendors, demos by carvers and wood turners, a student competition, featured speakers, a silent auction, raffles and more will be part of "WoodFest" from 9am-4pm Saturday, and 10am-3pm Sunday at the gym at Sedro-Woolley High School, 1235 Third St. Admission is free.
    Sedro-Woolley High School :: http://www.sedro-woolley.com
  • 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.
    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 concludes 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.
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Pancake Breakfast 
    Help raise funds for the Ferndale Food Bank at a monthly Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St.
    United Church of Ferndale :: http://www.ferndalefoodbank.wordpress.com
  • 8:30am - 12:00pm Birch Bay Road Race 
    Choose from 5K, 15K or 30K routes at the annual Birch Bay Road Race starting at 8:30am near the Water Slides area on Birch Bay-Lynden Rd. Runners will enjoy spectacular water views on a course that runs through the natural habitat of eagles and shore birds. Entry is $50-$90.
    Birch Bay-Lynden Rd. :: http://www.birchbayroadrace.com
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm Land Trust Work Party 
    Whatcom Land Trust and the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association will team up for a joint Work Party from 9am-12pm at WLT's Riverstead conservation site on the South Fork of the Nooksack River. Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs along the riparian zone.
    Riverstead conservation site :: http://www.whatcomlandtrust.org
  • 9:00am - 4:00pm Native Plant Walk 
    Be prepared for off-trail travel on steep terrain when you join members of the Native Plant Society for an excursion to explore the forest and meadows at Larrabee State Park. Meet at 9am at the Fairhaven Park-and-Ride (at the south end of 32nd St.). Discover Passes will be necessary.
    Larrabee State Park :: (360) 733-3448
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Bellingham Farmers Market Season Opening 
    Mayor Kelli Linville will be on hand for the annual cabbage toss to kick off the opening of the 25th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market at 10am at Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. There will also be cake, live music, discounts, the Whatcom Food & Finder release, 11am and 1pm Holly Street History Tours with the Good Time Girls, and the usual plethora of produce, crafts, ready-to-eat dining options, and more. The market runs from 10am-3pm every Saturday through December.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Blooms for a bride 
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Chuckanut Center Dedication Ceremony 
    Find out more about the volunteer-driven, eight-year restoration of the former Fairhaven Rose Garden and House into the Chuckanut Center at a dedication ceremony at 10am at the space at 107 Chuckanut Drive North. House and garden tours will follow. Entry is free.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.org
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Great Puzzle Hunt 
    Members of the public are invited to take part in Western Washington University's "Great Puzzle Hunt" from 10am-3pm throughout campus. Teams of four to six puzzle hunters will travel on foot solving a collection of puzzles (logic puzzles, word scrambles, trivia, etc.) Prizes will be awarded to the first top three teams in each division—including high school students, college students, alumni and community members. Entry is $5-$15.
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm Holly Street History Tours 
    Join the Good Time Gils for the launching of their sixth "Sin & Gin" tour season at free Holly Street History Tours at 11am and 1pm during the opening of the 25th Bellingham Farmers Market season at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. Attendees can register for upcoming tours—which begin this weekend—learn more about local history, and find out about the significance of April 1—107 years after Bellingham's Red Light District closed. Please RSVP for today's tours in advance, as space is limited.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.goodtimegirlstours.com
  • 12:00pm - 8:00pm Stones Throw Brewery Anniversary Party 
    Attend a rain-or-shone One Year Anniversary Block Party from 12-8pm on the block in front of Stones Throw Brewery, 1009 Larrabee Ave. Food trucks (Fairhaven Pizza, Back East BBQ, and Simmering Tava), live music, new and favorite Stones Throw beers, games and an extended beer garden will be part of the fun. Entry to the family-friendly event is free.
    Stones Throw Brewery :: http://www.stonesthrowbrewco.com
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm Chili and Chowder Cook-off 
    Enter your favorite recipe or come and vote for your favorite at the inaugural Skagit Chili and Chowder Cook-off happening from 1-4pm at Mount Vernon's Farmstrong Brewery, 110 Stewart Rd. Entry is $25 to compete. A $15 entry fee will get you six samples and a large portion of your favorite.
    Farmstrong Brewery :: http://www.farmstrongbrewing.com
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm Landscape Staging 
    Accredited staging professional Karri Street will lead a presentation focused on "Landscape Staging for Selling or Living" at 1pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Ct. The free event will teach you how to boost your curb appeal and enhance your backyard’s beauty to add value to your property through “staging” your outdoor spaces.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 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
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Traditional Jazz 
    Ray Skjelbred And The Yeti Chasers will perform swinging music at the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society’s monthly concert and dance from 2-5pm at the VFW Hall, 625 N State St. Entry is $6 students, $10 members, $12 general.
    VFW Hall :: 371-7030 or http://www.btjs.webs.com
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Starry Night Chamber Orchestra 
    The music of the great Viennese composer Franz Schubert will be highlighted when the Starry Night Chamber Orchestra performs at 3pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S> First St. Guest baritone Hugh Davis will also perform songs from Schubert's prodigious creative outpouring. Tickets are $10-$20.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Thor Myhre, T. Michael Gardiner Reception 
    View Bellingham-based sculptor Thor Myhre's "Cultivating Figures" and Seattle painter T. Michael Gardiner's "Low-level Trapezoids" exhibits at an opening reception from 4-6pm at Edison's i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. The two series can be viewed through April 30.
    i.e. gallery :: http://www.ieedison.com
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Fools' Run 
    Celebrate April Fool's Day at a five-mile "Fools' Run" starting at 5pm at the Heart of Anacortes, 1014 4th St. Everyone who participates in the road race will receive a finisher's medal. Entry is $20-$30.
    Heart of Anacortes :: http://www.anacortesfoolsrun.com
  • 6:00pm - 11:00pm Fun with romantic folly 
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Houston Ballet II 
    Reach a place of limitless possibility where movement becomes momentous, guided by the sure-footed grace of world-class dancers, when Houston Ballet II performs at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. As the touring division of America's fourth-largest ballet company, the ensemble performs excerpts from classic ballets like Swan Lake, as well as contemporary works by Artistic Director Stanton Welch. Tickets are $20-$50 (youth tickets are $10 with the purchase of at least one accompanying adult ticket).
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:30pm - 10:30pm First Saturday Balkan Folk Dance 
    Osem i Devet will provide live music at the First Saturday Balkan Folk Dance taking place from 7:30-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Requested donation is $15.
    Fairhaven Library :: (360) 380-0456
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