Week of May 7, 2017

Sunday, May 7 19 events
  • All Day Of genius and madness 
  • 9:00am Children's Book Week 
    As part of Children's Book Week, attend readings and events from May 1-7 at Village Books stores in Bellingham (1200 11th St.) and Lynden (430 Front St.). Village Books donates 10 percent of all kids' book purchases made during Children's Book Week to the Children's departments of the city and county libraries, so stock up on reading material.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:30pm Cantabile Chamber Choir 
    Hear healing songs like “Sure On This Shining Night,”“Only in Sleep,” and “Amazing Grace" when the Cantabile Chamber Choir presents "Dream: Songs of Hope and Healing" at 7:30pm Saturday in Anacortes at the United Methodist Church (2201 H Ave.), and 3pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (425 18th St.). Tickets will be $8-$15 per person at the door, or $40 per family.
  • 10:00am Book, Bake and Plant Sale 
    Find great prices and a large selection of used books, baked goods, and plants for your garden at a "Book, Bake and Plant Sale" from 10am-4:30pm Saturday and Sunday in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd.
    North Fork Library :: (360) 599-2020
  • 7:00pm You Can't Take it With You 
    ALTA Theatre (Alger Lookout Thespian Association) presents the madcap comedy about two very different families, You Can't Take It with You, starting this week with performances at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. Tickets are $12-$14 for the later shows (includes dessert), and $10 for the matinee. Additional showings happen through May 14.
    Alger Community Church :: http://www.altatheatre.com
  • 7:30pm Dance in Concert 
    View Afro-Cuban salsa by guest choreographer Antonio Diaz and new works by Western Washington University faculty Nolan Dennett, Pam Kuntz, and Rick Merrill at "Dance in Concert" performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Tickets are $8-$16.
    Performing Arts Center :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:30pm Godspell 
    Members of the Lynden Performing Arts Guild present showings of the inspiring, biblically driven musical Godspell at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Shawn Fuller directs the telling of a series of parables based on the Gospel of St. Matthew. The musical numbers use a wide range of styles with lyrics that are primarily traditional hymns. Tickets are $8-$12 and additional performances happen through May 21.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.clairevgtheatre.com
  • 3:00pm Sir Edward's Memorial Tournament 
    The Society for Creative Anachronism will host "Sir Edward's Memorial Tournament" from 3pm Friday to 3pm Sunday at the Deming Logging Show Grounds, 3295 Cedarville Rd. Championships on heavy fighting, archery, arts and sciences, rapier and more, and there will be a merchants row, a silent auction, a "torchlight tourney," a feast, a pancake breakfast, food trucks, a dessert auction and more. Tickets to take part in the medieval fun are $15 per day or $20 for the weekend (age 17 and under are free).
    Deming Logging Show Grounds :: http://www.facebook.com/events
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Rabbit Ride 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
    Fairhaven Bicycle :: http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm Community Breakfast 
    Meet and greet local politicians as they serve you coffee and breakfast at the monthly Community Breakfast from 8am-12pm at the Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Hwy. Pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausages and beverages will be on the menu. Entry is $2 for kids, $6 for adults.
    Rome Grange :: (360) 739-9605
  • 9:00am - 4:00pm Tire Recycling Event 
    Households can recycle up to 15 auto or small truck tires from 9am-4pm at the Birch Bay-Lynden Box Facility & Recycling Center, 4297 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd. Please bring proof of Whatcom County residency; no commercial, business, semi-truck or tractor tires will be allowed.
    Birch Bay-Lynden Box Facility & Recycling Center :: (360) 778-6033
  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm Jumpstart the Creative Process 
    Multi-genre fiction writer and anthology editor Mitzi Szereto leads a "Jumpstart the Creative Process" workshop from 12-3pm in Lynden (location will be revealed when you register). The event is open to writers from beginning to advanced. Just bring your laptop or notebook. Entry is $49.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.mitziszereto.com
  • 2:00pm - 4:30pm Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead 
    See Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire, and David Haig on the big screen at a National Theatre Live production of Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead at 2pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets to see Tom Stoppard comedy are $14-$18.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm Chorus Girl Auditions 
    Dancers, movers and shakers from all backgrounds who love the art of chorus girl dancing are invited to audition for the Rhythm Belles—a troupe of female dancers dedicated to bringing back the magic and entertainment of the golden era of chorus-girl dancing (1920s-’50s)—from 4-7pm at LaVida Dance Studio, 1417 Cornwall Ave., #202. Please be 18 or older, and register in advance.
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm Big Ole 
    Finish out Children's Book Week by joining author Todd Warger and illustrator Ellen Clark when they share Big Ole: A Timber Mill Whistle in Bellingham at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The tome is a true story about a revered mill whistle that once shrieked loudly across Bellingham Bay before being removed in 1942.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Bellingham Chamber Music Society 
    "A Piacere Musica da Camera" will be the focus of a Bellingham Chamber Music Society concert at 5pm at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Founding member Leslie Johnson will return to town for the performance, which will feature works by Haydn, Brahms, and Dohnanyi. Entry is $5-$15.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.bellinghamchambermusic.org
  • 5:30pm - 8:00pm Sini-Hha Dance Showcase 
    Sini-Gang and the WWU Hip Hop Association will team up for a "Sini-Hha Dance Showcase" from 5:30-8pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Dancers and crews from around the region will "express their love for dance in the way they feel is right." Tickets to "Purpose" are $5-$8. Warning: The event contains explicit material.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Peace Poets 
    Attend a group reading from Peace Poems Two in Lynden at Village Books, 430 Front St. The event features members of World Peace Poets from Whatcom County and British Columbia who are part of a worldwide community writing on peace.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm The Gateway Show 
    Attend "The Gateway Show" at 8pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The night's entertainment will feature five comics who will do a sober set, get extremely stoned at an undisclosed location and then return for a second (stoned) set. Tickets are $12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
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Monday, May 8 6 events
  • 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 of all skill levels can join a monthly Garden Work Party from 6-7pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Bring your gardening gloves and the desire to dig in the dirt, learn and have fun.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Books on Tap 
    South Whatcom Library manager Brian Hulsey leads a "Books on Tap" discussion from 6:30-8pm at Tino's Pizza & Pasta Co., 2275 Lake Whatcom Blvd. The book to read for this month is Eric Weiner's The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World.
    Tino's Pizza & Pasta Co. :: (360) 305-3632
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Trump Sonnets 
    Ken Waldman—known as "Alaska's fiddling poet"—reads from Trump Sonnets, vol. 1 at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The scribe processed Donald Trump's unlikely rise to power by writing 71 sonnets in the first 50 days after the election—41 were in the voice of Trump; the other 30 were addressed to him. The result is an ambitious, satirical look at current events.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 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, everybody is 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, May 9 7 events
  • 2:30pm - 4:30pm Ferndale Book Group 
    Joshua Davis' Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot and the Battle for the American Dream will be the focus of a book group meeting from 2:30-4:30pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. All are welcome.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm Out and Out 
    Western Washington University Associate Professor of English Kristin Mahoney will present “Out and Out from the Family to the Community: The Housmans and the Politics of Queer Sibling Devotion” at 4pm at WWU's Wilson Library. The event focuses on British author, artist and activist Laurence Housman. For the Housman family, queer kinship practices engendered political activism, and political activism fostered queer kinship practices. Entry is free.
    Wilson Library :: (360) 650-3097
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Fly and 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 "Don't Run...Fly!" outing will feature DynaFlyte demos, prizes (including tickets to the Wings Over Washington Flying Ride), flight-themed snacks and a paper plane soaring contest will be part of the fun.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Kayaking in Atlantic Canada 
    Photographer and adventurer Geneva Langworthy presents "Icebergs, Puffins & Whales: Kayaking in Atlantic Canada" at 6pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. The free event includes a brief discussion of the history and culture of the regions of Atlantic Canada, maps, video excerpts and slides.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: http://www.mountvernonwa.gov
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Ahoy, Lummi Island! 
    Willows Inn’s sous chef, Nick Green, will join Chef Robert Fong for an encore "Ahoy, Lummi Island!" cooking presentation from 6:30-9pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Chef Green will again create fine, delicate dishes using fish from the Salish Sea and vegetables and fruit from the island's Loganita Garden. A real treat will be his artistic tweaking of Chef Fong’s roast duck. Entry is $75.
    Cordata Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.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 An Evening with Tod Marshall 
    Attend "An Evening of Poetry with Tod Marshall" at 7pm at the Concrete Theatre, 45920 Main St. Marshall—a professor at Gonzaga University serving as the Washington State Poet Laureate through 2018—will share his thoughts on the impact that poetry can bring to our lives, read from his works, and conclude with a brief Q&A. The audience may participate in an Open Mic. Entry is free.
    Concrete Theatre :: http://www.wapoetlaureate.org
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Wednesday, May 10 6 events
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Whatcom Writers and Publishers Meeting 
    Prize-winning author Laura Kalpakian will give a presentation on "How to Give a Reading" at tonight's Whatcom Writers and Publishers meeting from 6-8:30pm at Nicki's Bella Marina, 2615 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Entry is free; please RSVP to guarantee a seat.
  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Sephardic Jewish Cuisine 
    Take your taste buds on a culinary adventure when Samantha Ferraro demonstrates Middle Eastern dishes from her own Sephardic Jewish heritage at a "Sephardic Jewish Cuisine" 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
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm MIlo Peterson Trio 
    Jazz guitarist Milo Petersen will be joined by bassist Michael Glynn and drummer Julian MacDonough for a Whatcom Jazz Music Art Center concert at 7pm at Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Rd. Entry is $5-$10 (free for members).
    Unity Spiritual Center :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Hanneke Cassel Band 
    Enjoy an evening of Scottish music with the celebrated Hanneke Cassel Band at 7pm at Mount Vernon's Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave. The trio will create sounds on the cutting edge of acoustic music while retaining the integrity and soul of the Scottish fiddle tradition. Tickets are $20-$25.
    Littlefield Celtic Center :: http://www.celticarts.org
  • 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, May 11 14 events
  • 7:00pm You Can't Take it With You 
    ALTA Theatre (Alger Lookout Thespian Association) presents the madcap comedy about two very different families, You Can't Take It with You, with performances at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. Tickets are $12-$14 for the later shows (includes dessert), and $10 for the matinee.
    Alger Community Church :: http://www.altatheatre.com
  • 7:30pm Godspell 
    The Lynden Performing Arts Guild presents showings of the inspiring, biblically driven musical Godspell at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Shawn Fuller directs the telling of a series of parables based on the Gospel of St. Matthew. Tickets are $8-$12 and additional performances happen through May 21.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.clairevgtheatre.com
  • 7:30pm New Works Festival 
    View WWU student Teague Parker's award-winning dark comedy, Smooth Smooth Jazz, at New Works Festival performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday at the Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect St. Tickets to see the play about a husband who tries to get revenge on his unfaithful wife by hiring a wannabe gangster to kill him in front of her are $12.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.idiomtheater.com
  • 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 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
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm Curator Talk 
    Join the Museum Advocates for a talk with Curator of Art Barbara Matilsky at 12pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Matilsky will present an illustrated overview of "Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity," which will explore artworks by an international group of artists who interpret the fragile balance of life on Earth through a wide range of media in the winter of 2018. Entry is free.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Skagit Valley Writers League 
    Poet and nonfiction writer Mary Lou Sanelli leads a "Literally Speaking" workshop at today's Skagit Valley Writers League meeting from 1-3pm at the Burlington Library, 820 E. Washington St. Participants are encouraged to bring at least one poem or short prose piece they wise to read aloud, if time allows. Entry is free, but please register in advance.
    Burlington Library :: http://www.skagitwriters.org
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm Cook It and Book it 
    Kids in grades 4-7 are invited to "Cook It and Book It" from 3:30-5pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. The monthly event focuses on conversations about great books and the cooking of something yummy to eat. Entry is free.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 5:30pm - 10:00pm Winemakers Dinner Series 
    As part of a Winemakers Dinner Series, reserve a spot in advance for a four-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Bruno Feldeisen and paired with liquid fare from Dobbes Family Estates—which will be chosen by winemaker and president Joe Dobbes—from 5:30-10pm at Semiahmoo Resort's Pierside Kitchen, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Entry is $135.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: http://www.semiahmoo.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Solar Workshop 
    "Solar Energy for Your Home, Farm, Business or Off-Grid Site" will be the focus of a free public workshop with Fire Mountain Solar from 6:30-8:30pm at Mount Vernon's Skagit Valley Food Co-op, 202 S. First St. Please register in advance.
    Skagit Valley Food Co-op :: http://www.skagitfoodcoop.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Ethiopian Cuisine 
    Assefa Kebede, the former owner and chef at Vancouver's award-winning Nyala African Cuisine, leads an "Ethiopian Cuisine" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Enjoy doro wat (chicken vegetable stew), azifa (lentil salad) and injera, the distinctive sourdough flatbread that accompanies all Ethiopian meals. Entry is $35.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Balkan Folk Dancers 
    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
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Astronomy Meeting 
    The Whatcom Association of Celestial Observers will meet from 7-9pm at Ferndale’s Whatcom Educational Credit Union, 5659 Barrett Rd. Use I-5 exit 262. The event will include a discussion of local astronomy events and outreach projects, and a presentation. Entry is free and open to the public.
    Whatcom Educational Credit Union :: http://www.whatcomastronomy.org
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm Marathon Toolkit 
    If you've ever wanted to run the Bellingham Bay Marathon or Half, but don't know if you're up to the challenge, attend a free "BBM Toolkit: Everything You Need to Run Your Best at Bellingham Bay" presentation with Coach Carol Frazey at 7:15pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. Race director Ben Twigg will also be on hand to talk about pacing support in the race and the many ways you will be aided and cheered on during the ace.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Bayou Bingo Night 
    Engineers Without Borders will host the monthly Bayou Bingo Night from 7-9pm at the Bayou Annex Bar, 1300 Bay St. Join in anytime to play six rounds.
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Friday, May 12 17 events
  • 11:00am La Conner Guitar Festival 
    Head to Skagit County from Friday through Sunday for the La Conner Guitar Festival. A Luthier's Exhibition, instruction workshops, daytime mini-concerts, an evening concert series, a festival cabaret and more will take place at Maple Hall, the Civic Garden Club, and the La Conner Waterfront Cafe. Day passes are $15-$20; a three-day pass is $40-$50.
  • 7:00pm Something Wonderful 
    Bellingham Circus Guild artists will take you on an enchanting aquatic adventure at performances of "Something Wonderful: Circus of the Sea" at 7pm Friday, 3pm and 7pm Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. Flying fish, a seahorse carousel, electric eels, rope-swinging pirates, acrobats, jugglers and more will be part of the fun. Tickets are $10 for kids and $20 for adults (kids 5 and under are free). Additional performances happen May 19-21.
  • All Day You Can't Take it With You 
    ALTA Theatre (Alger Lookout Thespian Association) presents the madcap comedy about two very different families, You Can't Take It with You, with performances at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. Tickets are $12-$14 for the later shows (includes dessert), and $10 for the matinee.
    Alger Community Church :: http://www.altatheatre.com
  • All Day Godspell 
    The Lynden Performing Arts Guild presents showings of the inspiring, biblically driven musical Godspell at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Shawn Fuller directs the telling of a series of parables based on the Gospel of St. Matthew. Tickets are $8-$12 and additional performances happen through May 21.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.clairevgtheatre.com
  • 8:00pm Genre Legends 
    Fairy tale princesses, teenager issues, Western outlaws and members of the mob may make appearances at "Genre Legends" shows at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets to see the "coolest movie ever made" are $10-$12. Additional performances of the format happen through May.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 4:00pm Sin & Gin Tours 
    Join the Good Time Girls for their sixth "Sin & Gin" tour season every Friday and Saturday through August starting at 4pm at Bellingham/Whatcom County Tourism's Downtown Info Center, 1306 Commercial St. From the rise and fall of downtown Bellingham’s former Red Light District to the subcultures of prohibition, guides will regale audiences with tales of fascinating characters at the margins of history. Tickets are $20 and include a spirits tasting at Chuckanut Bay Distillery.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.goodtimegirlstours.com
  • 7:00pm Opus Spring Showcase 
    Emerging artists from Opus Performing Arts present Spring Showcase performances at 7pm Friday, and 2pm Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The students will proudly display the year’s progress in ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and more—including new works by artistic director Brooke Evans and others. Tickets are $5-$10.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 9:00am Bio Blitz Work Parties 
    Join the Whatcom Land Trust for "Bio Blitz and Invasive Plant Control" work parties from 9am-1pm Friday and Saturday at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Participants need to register in advance, and be prepared for off-trail adventuring s they take biological inventories and remove invasive plants.
    Stimpson Family Nature Reserve :: http://www.whatcomlandtrust.org/stewardship
  • 7:30pm New Works Festival 
    View WWU student Teague Parker's award-winning dark comedy, Smooth Smooth Jazz, at New Works Festival performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday at the Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect St. Tickets to see the play about a husband who tries to get revenge on his unfaithful wife by hiring a wannabe gangster to kill him in front of her are $12.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.idiomtheater.com
  • 9:00am - 3:00pm Diversity & Inclusion Workshop 
    Organizations and businesses can learn how to foster innovation, produce higher quality results and yield better solutions at a"Diversity & Inclusion: Creating Community" workshop from 9am-3pm at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. The course fee is $79.
    Whatcom Community College :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.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 May at Cornwall Park. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Cornwall Park :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Mother's Day Bingo 
    Attend a fundraising Mother's Day Bingo starting at 2pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Bingo cards will be $1 each; buy as many as you want. There will be cash payouts on all 10 games.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: http://www.wccoa.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Food Not Bombs 
    All are welcome to partake of nutritious and delicious vegan meals when Food Not Bombs offers a community meal from 4-6pm every Friday on the corner of Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue (alongside the peace vigil). The event—which is dedicated to spreading food, love and nonviolence as an action against war and poverty—is free.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.facebook.com/BellinghamFNB
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Downtown Wine Walk 
    Sample unique wines from near and far at the third annual Downtown Wine Walk happening from 5:30-8:30pm at 20 different shops throughout the urban core—including the Allery, Backcountry Essentials, Bellingham Frameworks, Bison, the Comics Place, Downtown Emporium, Fringe the Greenhouse, Heroine Clothing, Ideal, Kids NW, Mi shoes, Novato, Otion, Sojourn, and beyond. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day-of and include a custom wine glass, 15 tasting tickets and an event guide.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Waveform Readings 
    Brenda Miller and Marcia Aldrich read from their pieces in Waveform: Twenty First Century Essays at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The collection of essays by diverse and distinguished writers celebrates the role of women essayists in contemporary literature.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm The Grand Lady 
    Local historian and author Michael Impero shares stories and images from The Grand Lady of Mount Baker from 7-8:30pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. The tome focuses on early expeditions up the North Fork of the Nooksack River and the operation of the Mount Baker Lodge from 1927 until it burned in 1931.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Salish Sea Early Music Festival 
    "Baroque in Transition: 1600-1700" will be the focus of a Salish Sea Early Music Festival concert at 7:30pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St. The chamber music concert will feature violinist Ingrid Matthews, harpsichordist Elisabeth Wright, and flutist Jeffrey Cohan. Suggested donation is $15-$25 (free for youth 18 and under).
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.salishseafestival.org
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Saturday, May 13 38 events
  • 10:00am Boating Center Open 
    The Community Boating Center has resumed operations for the 2017 season from 10am until sunset on Saturdays and Sundays at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online. In the third week of June, the schedule will shift to seven days a week.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • All Day La Conner Guitar Festival 
    Head to Skagit County from Friday through Sunday for the La Conner Guitar Festival. A Luthier's Exhibition, instruction workshops, daytime mini-concerts, an evening concert series, a festival cabaret and more will take place at Maple Hall, the Civic Garden Club, and the La Conner Waterfront Cafe. Day passes are $15-$20; a three-day pass is $40-$50.
  • All Day Something Wonderful 
    Bellingham Circus Guild artists will take you on an enchanting aquatic adventure at performances of "Something Wonderful: Circus of the Sea" at 7pm Friday, 3pm and 7pm Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. Flying fish, a seahorse carousel, electric eels, rope-swinging pirates, acrobats, jugglers and more will be part of the fun. Tickets are $10 for kids and $20 for adults (kids 5 and under are free). Additional performances happen May 19-21.
  • All Day You Can't Take it With You 
    ALTA Theatre (Alger Lookout Thespian Association) presents the madcap comedy about two very different families, You Can't Take It with You, with performances at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. Tickets are $12-$14 for the later shows (includes dessert), and $10 for the matinee.
    Alger Community Church :: http://www.altatheatre.com
  • All Day Godspell 
    The Lynden Performing Arts Guild presents showings of the inspiring, biblically driven musical Godspell at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Shawn Fuller directs the telling of a series of parables based on the Gospel of St. Matthew. Tickets are $8-$12 and additional performances happen through May 21.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.clairevgtheatre.com
  • 8:00pm Genre Legends 
    Fairy tale princesses, teenager issues, Western outlaws and members of the mob may make appearances at "Genre Legends" shows at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets to see the "coolest movie ever made" are $10-$12. Additional performances of the format happen through May.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 4:00pm Sin & Gin Tours 
    Join the Good Time Girls for their sixth "Sin & Gin" tour season every Friday and Saturday through August starting at 4pm at Bellingham/Whatcom County Tourism's Downtown Info Center, 1306 Commercial St. From the rise and fall of downtown Bellingham’s former Red Light District to the subcultures of prohibition, guides will regale audiences with tales of fascinating characters at the margins of history. Tickets are $20 and include a spirits tasting at Chuckanut Bay Distillery.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.goodtimegirlstours.com
  • 7:00pm Opus Spring Showcase 
    Emerging artists from Opus Performing Arts present Spring Showcase performances at 7pm Friday, and 2pm Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The students will proudly display the year’s progress in ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and more—including new works by artistic director Brooke Evans and others. Tickets are $5-$10.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 9:00am Bio Blitz Work Parties 
    Join the Whatcom Land Trust for "Bio Blitz and Invasive Plant Control" work parties from 9am-1pm Friday and Saturday at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Participants need to register in advance, and be prepared for off-trail adventuring s they take biological inventories and remove invasive plants.
    Stimpson Family Nature Reserve :: http://www.whatcomlandtrust.org/stewardship
  • 7:00am - 7:00pm Kulshan Quest Adventure Race 
    Choose from 3- to 12-hour courses as part of today's Kulshan Quest Adventure Race happening from 7am-7pm in Whatcom County. Participants are given maps with area checkpoints identified just 30 minutes before the start. It is up to each racer (or team of racers) to decide their routes, which utilize feet, mountain bike and kayak. Prices vary.
  • 8:00am - 2:00pm Skagit County Master Gardener Plant Fair 
    The 23rd annual Skagit County Master Gardener Plant Fair takes place from 8am-2pm at Mount Vernon's Skagit County Fairgrounds, 479 W. Taylor St. More than 50 varieties of tomatoes, herbs, shrubs, veggies, native plants, garden tools, fire pits, garden art, books and an assortment of food will be part of the fun.
    Skagit County Fairgrounds :: http://www.extension.wsu.edu/skagit
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm Lost Lake Ultras 
    The ninth annual Lost Lake 50K and 25K start at 8am and 10am at Larrabee State Park, 245 Chuckanut Dr. There are several challenging, leg-burning, steep ascents, slow, technical, rolling ridges, and a limited supply of fast “free speed” on the descents, but the view will be worth it. Entry is $45-$55.
    Larrabee State Park :: http://www.lostlakeultras.com
  • 8:30am - 11:00am Roar & Soar 5K Race 
    All ages are welcome at today's "Roar & Soar" 5K starting at 8:30am at Lynden High School, 1201 Bradley Rd. Entry is $10-$25; funds raised will go to volunteer teams at local elementary schools to benefit the children.
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm Heritage Society Plant Sale 
    Plants, vegetable starts and yard art can be found at a Ferndale Heritage Society Plant Sale from 9am-12pm at parking lot at Samuel's Furniture, 1904 Main St.
  • 9:00am - 12:30pm Kids and Race Workshop 
    Preschool through elementary aged children, their parents and their educators can take part in a "Kids and Race: Challenging the Narrative" workshop from 9am-12:30pm at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Adults attending will learn how stories we tell children can cause negative views of people of color that detrimentally affect both white children and children of color. A concurrent session for children will use art, music, movement and storytelling to grow confidence and self-esteem while fostering empathy for people of color and other marginalized groups. Entry is $10 for kids, $20 for adults.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.whatcompjc.org
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Anacortes Farmers Market 
    Garden goods by approximately 60 vendors and more will be part of the Anacortes Farmers Market from 9am-2pm every Saturday through October at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave.
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Whatcom County Master Gardeners Plant Sale 
    Peruse more than 20 varieties of locally grown tomatoes, hundreds of specialty perennials, herbs, natives, shade plants and more at the Whatcom County Master Gardeners' 26th annual Plant Sale taking place from 9am-2pm at Ferndale's Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Neilson Ave. The event will also include a plant clinic and information booth, mini-workshops, nursery vendors, educational displays, food and more. Entry is free.
    Hovander Homestead Park :: http://www.whatcom.wsu.edu
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm SeaSkills Marine Expo 
    Boat displays, demos and workshops on boat ownership, safety, weather, food, arts and crafts booths, free vessel safety checks, marine vendors and ferry rides will be part of a free SeaSkills Marine Expo happening from 10am-5pm at the Blaine Marina, 235 Marine Dr.
    Blaine Marina :: (360) 332-4544 or http://www.boatingisfun.org
  • 10:00am - 10:00pm Bellingham Anime Convention 
    Live-action role playing, a cosplay contest, an anime swap meet, a maid cafe, panels, video and tabletop gaming, performances by the Seattle Video Game Orchestra and Flying Tonkatsu, music by Raj Ramayya, and a presentation by voice actor Matthew Erickson will be part of the Bellingham Anime Convention happening from 10am-10pm at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Entry is $20 (11 and under are free with an adult).
    Whatcom Community College :: http://www.bellinghamanimecon.com
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Fairhaven Park Work Party 
    Join Bellingham Parks and Rec for a Work Party to help remove bike jumps and prepare the area for future planting from 10am-12pm at Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Drive N. Gloves, tools and direction will be provided; bring a wheelbarrow if you have one.
    Fairhaven Park :: (360) 778-7105
  • 10:00am - 11:00am Sumas Book Club 
    Join a Sumas Book Club meeting to talk about Robyn Davidson's Tracks from 10-11am at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 988-2501
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Bellingham Farmers Market 
    The 25th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm every Saturday through December at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. Every week, a plethora of produce, crafts, ready-to-eat dining options and more are available.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Lynden Book Club 
    Discuss Cokie Roberts' Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation" at an Award Winning Book Club meeting from 10:30am-12 at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm Emergency Preparedness 
    Learn about emergency preparedness, local natural hazards, how to build inexpensive and effective disaster kits and more at a free Red Cross Emergency Preparedness event at 12pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. Complimentary take-home materials will include basic first aid kits and disaster preparedness calendars. All ages are encouraged to attend.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Skagit Genealogical Society Meeting 
    Professional genealogist Mary Kircher-Roddy leads a "Direct Link to the Past: City Directories for Genealogy" presentation at the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society's monthly meeting from 1-3pm at the Burlington Senior Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave.
    Burlington Senior Center :: http://www.skagitvalleygenealogy.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Brenda Lowery Reception 
    Peruse highlighted woodworks by members Jim Hume, David Gray, Karen Healy, and Michael Flaherty and meet painter Brenda Lowery at a reception from 2-4pm at Artwood Gallery, 1000 Harris Ave.
    Artwood Gallery :: http://www.artwoodgallery.com
  • 3:00pm - 9:00pm Haynie Opry 
    Matt Audette and his Circle of Friends Band will perform at an Old-Time Gospel Music matinee at 3pm at Blaine's Haynie Grange, 3344 Haynie Rd. At 7pm, a Haynie Opry concert will see Dmitri Wagoner joining Audette and his bandmates for a traditional country music concert. Tickets are $5 for the early show, $10 for the late one (kids under 12 are free).
    Haynie Grange :: (360) 366-3321
  • 3:00pm - 7:00pm The Hamster Crawl 
    Visit eateries, bars and breweries as part of the second annual "Hamster Crawl" taking place from 3-7pm throughout downtown Bellingham. The walking tour features participating businesses offering food and drink specials to attendees, ending with a party at the Underground Night Club. Tickets are $25; proceeds benefit Cascade Connections, which helps people with disabilities live and work in our community.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.cascadeconnections.org
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm Teen Art Showcase 
    Attend a reception for a Teen Art Showcase from 3:30-5pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. See the original artwork through May 20.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Mark Wenet, Margy Lavelle Reception 
    View mixed-media artist Mark Wenet's "Speaking in a Quiet Voice" and oil painter Margy Lavelle's "Shimmer" at a reception for the artists from 4-6pm at Edison's i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. See the works through May 28.
    i.e. gallery :: http://www.ieedison.com
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm Madie Klusmire Reception 
    Ceramic artist Madie Klusmire will be on hand to talk about her "Wake Up!" exhibit at a reception from 4-7pm at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave. (If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind pottery creation for Mother's Day, you'll find it here.)
    Good Earth Pottery :: http://www.goodearthpots.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Chuckanut Radio Hour 
    Seattle-based author Lyanda Lynn Haupt will read from her new book Mozart's Starling as the featured guest at the live taping of the Chuckanut Radio Hour at 6:30pm at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. Performance poet Kevin Murphy, Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes and serial radio comedy will be part of the fun. Tickets are $5 (free with a purchase of the book).
    Leopold Crystal Ballroom :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm Contra Dance 
    Purple Heys will provide live music and Karen Marshall will do the calling at the Bellingham Country Dance Society's Contra Dance taking place from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $6 for students and $8-$10 general.
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm A Film Is Truth fundraiser 
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm The Masquerade 
    The Western Washington University Department of Music will present the Swedish opera The Masquerade (with narration in English) at a free performance at 7:30pm at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. The piece, reconstructed from the original parts, is having its first performance since the 18th century.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: http://www.cfpa.wwu.edu
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Kulshan Chorus Spring Concert 
    "Water" will be the theme of a Kulshan Chorus Spring Concert at 7:30pm at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. The performance celebrating the 30th year of the community chorus will bring the various facets of water to life through choral music. The Atlantics will join the show. Tickets are $5-$20.
    Bellingham High School :: http://www.kulshanchorus.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Greta Matassa Quartet 
    As part of the 2017 Jazz Series, the Greta Matassa Quartet will perform at 7:30pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. The lauded Seattle-based vocalist will be joined by Darin Clendenin (piano), Clipper Anderson (bass), and Mark Ivester (drums). Tickets are $25.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 9:30pm - 11:30pm Saturday Salsa Night 
    Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest's weekly "Saturday Salsa Night" taking place from 9:30pm-12am at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State St. Entry is $5.
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