Week of September 3, 2017

Sunday, September 3 21 events
  • All Day Eat Local Month 
    Farm Week (Sept. 3-10), Market Week (Sept. 10-16), Seafood Week (Sept. 17-23), and Restaurant Week (Sept. 24-30) will be part of Sustainable Connections' annual "Eat Local Month) taking place throughout September at farms, restaurants, grocery stores and beyond. See a full schedule of events online, and have a tasty month!
    Whatcom County :: http://www.eatlocalfirst.org
  • All Day Bard on the Beach 
    Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. The plays will show in repertory through Sept. 23. Ticket prices begin at $21 (Canadian). Advance purchase is strongly recommended.
  • All Day Boating Center Open 
    The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am 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.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • All Day Skagit Tours 
    As part of the annual "Skagit Tours," Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours Thursdays through Mondays through the summer in and around the three dams near Highway 20. Prices for boat tours and other tours range from $15-$42.
  • All Day Woodpalooza 
    The Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild will host its 14th annual "Art + Wood = Woodpalooza" exhibition at an opening reception from 6-9pm Friday, and from 12-5pm Saturday through Monday in Langley at the Whidbey Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave. The 20 artisans will be on hand to talk about their creations, and a color program will be available at the door and online. Entry is free.
    Whidbey Center for the Arts :: http://www.woodpalooza.com
  • 9:00am Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival 
    Musicians from near and far, instrument workshops, a beer garden, activities for kids, a local band showcase, on site camping and much more will be part of the second annual Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival taking place from 9am-8pm Saturday and Sunday at Ferndale's Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Nielson Rd. Entry is $12.50-$90 (children under 12 attend for free). From 4-7pm Fri., Sept. 1, there will be a free Community Concert.
    Hovander Homestead Park :: http://www.hhbgf.org
  • 10:00am Lummi Island Artists' Studio Tour 
    More than 35 artists and craftspeople will show and sell their work at 19 locales from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Lummi Island Artists' Studio Tour taking place throughout the lovely land mass. Pick up a map at participating locales or at the Islander grocery store (directly to the left when you exit the ferry), or look for the balloons marking each studio. Entry is free.
    Lummi Island :: (360) 758-7121
  • 10:00am Harvest Happens 
    U-pick pumpkins and apples, a corn maze, apple bin train rides, live music, distillery tours, corn cannons and face painting will be part of "Harvest Happens" events weekends through October at Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian.
    BelleWood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 9:00am Discover Birch Bay Days 
    A grand parade, an arts and crafts fair, a variety o food vendors, live music, a beer garden, Kids Olympics, an "Extreme Wood" sculpture event, a crab derby and more will be part of the 38th annual "Discover Birch Bay Days & Crab Fest" taking place from 9am-7pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday on Birch Bay Drive. Entry is free.
    Birch Bay Drive :: http://www.birchbaychamber.com
  • 12:00pm Communities Paddling Together 
    Welcome Native American canoes coming to Birch Bay and Blaine on Friday as part of "Communities Pulling (paddling) Together." For the next two days, if you have a sailing dinghy, rowboat, canoe, kayak, or even a steamboat, come join the canoes for short journeys in the protected waters of Drayton Harbor, Semiahmoo Spit, and Dakota Creek. Watercraft can be launched from the beach at the east end of Semiahmoo Spit, the Blaine Harbor Marina and Launch, or from the beach at Marine Drive in Blaine.
    Drayton Harbor :: http://www.blainechamber.com
  • 7:30pm The Secret Garden 
    For the conclusion of Western Summer Theatre, attend showings of The Secret Garden at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. In the re-imagining of the classic tale of an orphaned young girl sent to live at her embittered uncle's estate—where she happens upon a magic garden—a 24-piece professional orchestra and talented singers will transport viewers to another time. Tickets to the musical directed by Heather Dudenbostel are $11-$18.
    Performing Arts Center Mainstage :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 10:00am Book & Bake Sale 
    Gently used books and delectable baked goods can be purchased at Friends of the North Fork Community Library's Book & Bake Sale taking place from 10am-4:30pm Saturday and Sunday in Maple Falls at the Mt. Baker Foothills Visitor Center, 7509 Mt. Baker Hwy. Proceeds from the sale will support building maintenance, updates, and programs for all ages.
    Mt. Baker Foothills Visitor Center :: (360) 599-2020
  • 10:00am Lopez Island Artists' Studio Tour 
    The 21st annual Lopez Island Artists' Studio Tour takes place from 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday throughout Lopez Island (a 40-minute ferry ride from Anacortes). The free, self-guided tour will feature 30 studios and 42 artists. In addition to the art on display, there'll be demos and discussions about techniques and visions.
  • 12:00pm Farm to Glass Distillery Tours 
    Attend Farm to Glass Distillery Tours at 12pm or 2pm Saturday and Sunday at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Attendees can learn about agricultural practices, cider-making and the distillation process. Entry is $10 and includes samples and a private tasting. Please make reservations in advance.
    BelleWood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Rabbit Ride 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
    Fairhaven Bicycle :: http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 8:00am - 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
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm La Conner Live! 
    Blues and rock by the CC Adams Band can be heard at the final "La Conner Live!" concert series of the summer from 1-4pm at the town's Gilkey Square. Entry is free.
    Gilkey Square :: http://www.lovelaconner.com
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Repair Cafe 
    Bring broken electronics, furniture, toys, etc. and work with volunteers to fix them at the Bellingham Repair Cafe taking place at 3pm at the Bellingham Foundry, 1000 F St. Donations are accepted, but are not necessary.
    Bellingham Foundry :: http://www.bellinghamrepaircafe.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Sinking Fiction 
    Spokane-based author Leyna Krow reads from her new book of short fiction, I'm Fine But You Appear to Be Sinking, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. She will be joined by poets Tim Greenup and Ben Cartwright, who will each present a short reading of their work.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm Trivia Nigth 
    Jeff Zwiers will host a Trivia Night from 5-8pm in the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Teams of up to six people can play; entry per person is $1. The all-ages event will take place Sundays through the summer.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: http://www.bbaybrewery.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, September 4 7 events
  • All Day Eat Local Month 
    Farm Week (Sept. 3-10), Market Week (Sept. 10-16), Seafood Week (Sept. 17-23), and Restaurant Week (Sept. 24-30) will be part of Sustainable Connections' annual "Eat Local Month) taking place throughout September at farms, restaurants, grocery stores and beyond. See a full schedule of events online, and have a tasty month!
    Whatcom County :: http://www.eatlocalfirst.org
  • All Day Bard on the Beach 
    Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. The plays will show in repertory through Sept. 23. Ticket prices begin at $21 (Canadian). Advance purchase is strongly recommended.
  • All Day Boating Center Open 
    The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am 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.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 12:00pm Skagit Tours 
    As part of the annual "Skagit Tours," Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours Thursdays through Mondays through the summer in and around the three dams near Highway 20. Prices for boat tours and other tours range from $15-$42.
  • 6:00pm Woodpalooza 
    The Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild will host its 14th annual "Art + Wood = Woodpalooza" exhibition at an opening reception from 6-9pm Friday, and from 12-5pm Saturday through Monday in Langley at the Whidbey Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave. The 20 artisans will be on hand to talk about their creations, and a color program will be available at the door and online. Entry is free.
    Whidbey Center for the Arts :: http://www.woodpalooza.com
  • 10:00am - 11:00am Arch of Healing Groundbreaking Ceremony 
    On the 110th anniversary of the 1907 anti-Hindu riots, attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the Arch of Healing and Reconciliation at 10am across from Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie St. The granite monument will honor Whatcom County's immigrant communities—including those who came to the Pacific Northwest from China, India, and Japan—and recognize all immigrants who have come to America since the 1800s seeking better opportunities for themselves and their families.
    Bellingham City Hall :: http://www.archofhealing.org
  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm Poop Patrol 
    Volunteers are being recruited for RE Sources' "Poop Patrol" from 4:30-6pm at Larrabee State Park, 245 Chuckanut Dr. The patrol is part of the Squalicum Clean Water Project, a campaign that monitors water quality and educates citizens about how they can help prevent fecal coliform pollution in the Squalicum Watershed by pickup up and properly disposing of dog poop.
    Larrabee State Park :: (360) 733-8307 or http://www.re-sources.org
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Tuesday, September 5 9 events
  • All Day Eat Local Month 
    Farm Week (Sept. 3-10), Market Week (Sept. 10-16), Seafood Week (Sept. 17-23), and Restaurant Week (Sept. 24-30) will be part of Sustainable Connections' annual "Eat Local Month) taking place throughout September at farms, restaurants, grocery stores and beyond. See a full schedule of events online, and have a tasty month!
    Whatcom County :: http://www.eatlocalfirst.org
  • All Day Bard on the Beach 
    Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. The plays will show in repertory through Sept. 23. Ticket prices begin at $21 (Canadian). Advance purchase is strongly recommended.
  • All Day Boating Center Open 
    The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am 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.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 11:00am - 11:00pm Potato Burrito Fundraiser 
    Help raise funds for Ragfinery at a Potato Burrito Fundraiser happening throughout the day (and night) at Casa Que Pasa, 1415 Railroad Ave. For every jumbo potato burrito sold, the eatery will donate $1 to the textile reuse center—they'll even match any in-house donations up to $200.
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Off the Shelf Book Club 
    Kathleen Grissom's The Kitchen will be the subject of an Off the Shelf Book Club conversation from 1-2pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. All are welcome.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 4:00pm - 9:00pm Schachner and Jance 
    Author and illustrator Judy Schachner kicks off a national tour for her new book, Sarabella's Thinking Cap—about a little girl who is always thinking—at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At 7pm, bestselling author and Seattle resident J.A. Jance reads from her new J.P. Beaumont novel, Proof of Life. Both events are free.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm All-Paces Run 
    Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. Entry is free.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 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
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Comedy Open Mic 
    The weekly Shakedown Punch Up Comedy Open Mic begins at 7:30pm at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. Entry is free. If you'd like to take your turn onstage, show up at 7pm to sign up for a five-minute set.
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Wednesday, September 6 10 events
  • All Day Eat Local Month 
    Farm Week (Sept. 3-10), Market Week (Sept. 10-16), Seafood Week (Sept. 17-23), and Restaurant Week (Sept. 24-30) will be part of Sustainable Connections' annual "Eat Local Month) taking place throughout September at farms, restaurants, grocery stores and beyond. See a full schedule of events online, and have a tasty month!
    Whatcom County :: http://www.eatlocalfirst.org
  • 10:30am Bellingham Music Club Concerts 
    The Bellingham Music Club kicks off its 102nd season with a concert of pieces by Bach, Schubert, Debussy, and Berg performed by 11-year-old piano prodigy Henry From at 10:30am Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St. Entry is by donation. A "Night Beat" concert takes place at 7:30pm Thursday at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $15-$20.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.bellinghammusicclub.org
  • 2:00pm Bard on the Beach 
    Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. The plays will show in repertory through Sept. 23. Ticket prices begin at $21 (Canadian). Advance purchase is strongly recommended.
  • 12:00pm Boating Center Open 
    The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am 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.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Books and tea 
    Bring your favorite tea cup and a mystery of your choice at today's Afternoon Books and Tea gathering from 2-3:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm Everson Book Club 
    Cynthia Rogers helms an Everson Book Club meeting from 3-4:30pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. The optional book selection for September in Marcus Samuelsson's Yes, Chef. Sign out a copy, or bring a favorite book of your own.
    Everson Library :: (360) 966-5100
  • 3:00pm - 7:00pm Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market 
    Produce, crafts and more can be procured at the Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market from 3-7pm at Hammer Heritage Square, 118 Ferry St. The market continues Wednesdays through September.
    Hammer Heritage Square :: http://www.sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:30pm Water Bath Canning Class 
    Learn about the best produce for water bath canning as well as preparation, safety, how-to and resources at a Water Bath Canning class taking place from 4-6:30pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The free class presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education) repeats Sat., Sept. 9.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Green Drinks 
    Network with likeminded environmentally aware citizens at the monthly Green Drinks gathering from 5-7pm at the Community Boating Center, 555 Harris Ave. The event will also celebrate the educational nonprofit's 10th anniversary. Entry is free.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.re-sources.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Brewers Cruise 
    Tonight's "Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise" starts at 6:30pm at San Juan Cruises' dock at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry is $39; additional cruises happen Wednesdays through Sept. 13.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.whales.com
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Thursday, September 7 17 events
  • All Day Eat Local Month 
    Farm Week (Sept. 3-10), Market Week (Sept. 10-16), Seafood Week (Sept. 17-23), and Restaurant Week (Sept. 24-30) will be part of Sustainable Connections' annual "Eat Local Month) taking place throughout September at farms, restaurants, grocery stores and beyond. See a full schedule of events online, and have a tasty month!
    Whatcom County :: http://www.eatlocalfirst.org
  • 2:00pm Bard on the Beach 
    Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. The plays will show in repertory through Sept. 23. Ticket prices begin at $21 (Canadian). Advance purchase is strongly recommended.
  • 12:00pm Boating Center Open 
    The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am 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.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 10:00am Skagit Tours 
    As part of the annual "Skagit Tours," Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours Thursdays through Mondays through the summer in and around the three dams near Highway 20. Prices for boat tours and other tours range from $15-$42.
  • 11:00am Greek Festival 
    Traditionally made gyros, spanakopita, dolmades, baklava, loukoumades, Greek coffee and more will be on the mouthwatering menu at the annual Greek Festival happening from 11am-9pm Thursday through Saturday, and 11am-8pm Sunday, at Bellingham's St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 510 E. Sunset Dr. There'll also be live music, a beer garden, books and gifts, church tours and games for kids. Entry and parking are free; prices for food vary.
    St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church :: http://www.bellinghamgreekfest.org
  • 10:30am Bellingham Music Club Concerts 
    The Bellingham Music Club kicks off its 102nd season with a concert of pieces by Bach, Schubert, Debussy, and Berg performed by 11-year-old piano prodigy Henry From at 10:30am Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St. Entry is by donation. A "Night Beat" concert takes place at 7:30pm Thursday at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $15-$20.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.bellinghammusicclub.org
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm Moonwort Madness Plant Walk 
    Join members of the Washington Native Plant Society for a "Moonwort Madness" plant walk to learn to identify native flora along the Yellow Aster Butte Trail today. The trail enters the Mt. Baker wilderness, so group size is strictly limited to 12. Please register in advance.
    Yellow Aster Butte :: mcnitt@acies.com or wwww.wnpskoma.org
  • 12:00pm - 6:00pm Lynden Farmers Market 
    Local farmers and artisans will sell their edible and creative wares at the Lynden Farmers Market from 12-6pm at 324 Front St. Visit the market Thursdays through October 12.
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Stories of the Holocaust 
    Holocaust survivor and author Noemi Ban leads a "Sharing is Healing: Stories of the Holocaust" presentation from 2-3:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Attendees at the free event can learn about the award-winning educator's time in occupied Hungary, and later the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Stories of the Holocaust 
    Holocaust survivor and author Noemi Ban leads a "Sharing is Healing: Stories of the Holocaust" presentation from 2-3:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Attendees at the free event can learn about the award-winning educator's time in occupied Hungary, and later the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm First Thursday Art Walk 
    The final First Thursday Art Walk of the season takes place from 5-8pm in downtown Mount Vernon. Locally and regionally renowned artists will exhibit at 12 downtown locations, including a documentary photography exhibit, "Through My Viewfinder: A 40-Year Collection Showcasing the Heart of Mount Vernon," by featured artist Cathy Stevens at Front Gallery, 420 Myrtle St.
    Downtown Mount Vernon :: http://www.mountvernondowntown.org
  • 5:00pm - 9:00pm Blues and Brews 
    Space Band will perform at a "Blues, Brews & BBQ" summer concert series taking place from 5-9pm on the waterfront terrace at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. Baby Cakes will perform at the final concert of the season on Thurs., Sept. 14. Entry is $5
    Hotel Bellwether :: http://www.hotelbellwether.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Understanding Gender Identity 
    Randi Breuer, PFLAG Skagit President and YMCA Oasis Daylight Coordinator, will facilitate an "Understanding Gender Identity" workshop with special guest Linden Jordan, PFLAG Skagit’s Speakers Bureau Chair, at 6pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. They will talk about the difference between biological sex and gender identity, and why that is important to know the difference, as well as covering some common terminology and guidelines of respect. Entry is free and open to all.
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Habitat Restoration Stream Tour 
    Join the City of Bellingham for a guided stream tour focusing on habitat restoration starting at 6pm at Sunset Pond Park on James Street Rd. (north of Woodstock Way). The free event is the first of three tours focusing on streams that bring life to local salmon populations and fresh water to Bellingham Bay. Additional tors happen Sept. 14 (Padden Creek) and Sept. 21 (Whatcom Creek). No RSVP is necessary.
    Sunset Pond Park :: (360) 778-7968 or http://www.cob.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Fall Exhibit Opening 
    Attend an opening reception for a "Fall Juried Exhibit," Whatcom Weavers Guild's "Fibers & Beyond," and "Illusions and Other Still Life: Paintings by Rob Gischer" from 6-8pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. The free event will also feature live music, visits with the artists and more. See the works through Dec. 2.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 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 - 8:30pm Marathon Countdown Forum 
    Calm your Bellingham Bay Marathon and Half Marathon jitters by attending a "Countdown: Advice and Information Forum" with Coach Carol Frazey and race director Ben Twigg at 7:15pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. A race-day checklist will also be provided to all attendees.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
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Friday, September 8 18 events
  • All Day Eat Local Month 
    Farm Week (Sept. 3-10), Market Week (Sept. 10-16), Seafood Week (Sept. 17-23), and Restaurant Week (Sept. 24-30) will be part of Sustainable Connections' annual "Eat Local Month) taking place throughout September at farms, restaurants, grocery stores and beyond. See a full schedule of events online, and have a tasty month!
    Whatcom County :: http://www.eatlocalfirst.org
  • All Day Bard on the Beach 
    Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. The plays will show in repertory through Sept. 23. Ticket prices begin at $21 (Canadian). Advance purchase is strongly recommended.
  • All Day Boating Center Open 
    The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am 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.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • All Day Skagit Tours 
    As part of the annual "Skagit Tours," Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours Thursdays through Mondays through the summer in and around the three dams near Highway 20. Prices for boat tours and other tours range from $15-$42.
  • 10:00am International Walking Weekend 
    As part of International Walking Weekend, join the NW Tulip Trekkers and BC's Surrey Trekkers for a series of walks that take place in Point Roberts, Tswawwassen, White Rock, Blaine, and Lynden from Friday through Monday. The walks are non-competitive, free, and have a variety of starting times. See the full schedule online.
    Point Roberts, Tswawwassen, White Rock, Blaine, and Lynde :: http://www.nwtrekkers.org
  • 7:30pm Mrs. Bave Presents the Pig War 
    View "the almost true story of a play that nearly happened about a war that never occurred" when Bellingham TheatreWorks presents Steve Lyons' Mrs. Bave Presents the Pig War at 7:30pm Friday through Sunday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Tickets to see the historically inspired play directed by Mark Kuntz are $15. Additional showings happen Sept. 15-17.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreworks.org
  • All Day Greek Festival 
    Traditionally made gyros, spanakopita, dolmades, baklava, loukoumades, Greek coffee and more will be on the mouthwatering menu at the annual Greek Festival happening from 11am-9pm Thursday through Saturday, and 11am-8pm Sunday, at Bellingham's St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 510 E. Sunset Dr. There'll also be live music, a beer garden, books and gifts, church tours and games for kids. Entry and parking are free; prices for food vary.
    St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church :: http://www.bellinghamgreekfest.org
  • 6:30pm Whatcom Food Fest 
    Appetizers and cocktails at BelleWood Acres, a Farm Tour brunch at Goat Mountain Pizza, a Wine, Cheese & Chocolate tasting at Vartanyan Estates Winery, a "Farms, Fishers & Fermentation Fete" at Boundary Bay, and a Fried Chicken Picnic with ACME Farms + Kitchen will be part of Eat Local Month's "Whatcom Food Fest" taking place Friday through Sunday in Whatcom County. Prices vary.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.eatlocalfirst.org
  • 12:00pm Imagine Music and Art Festival 
    Live music from around the world, a variety of performers and visual artists will be part of the IMAGINE Music and Art Festival kicking off at 12pm Friday and continuing until 4pm Sunday at Orcas Island's Doe Bay Resort. Tickets are $225.
  • 9:00pm Improv Evolution 
    Teams will be formed before the start of the show and each will debut never-before-seen improv formats at "Improv Evolution" performances at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Entry is $10-$12. Additional creations can be seen Sept. 15-16.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 10:00am Fall Book Sale 
    Find some fantastic reads at bargain prices at a Fall Book Sale taking place from 10am-5pm Saturday, and 10am-4pm Sunday at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. The event continues Sept. 15-16; all proceeds go to the Friends of the Deming Library to support library programs and building maintenance.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 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 September at Whatcom Falls Park. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Whatcom Falls Park :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 1:00pm - 7:00pm Drive for the Arts 
    Show your support for community theater in the Skagit Valley by joining TAG, META, and the Lincoln Theatre for the fourth annual "Drive for the Arts" starting at 1pm at Burlington's Avalon Golf Links, 19345 Kelleher Rd. Entry to the fundraiser is $100 and includes 18 holes of golf, a riding cart, post-tournament appetizers, dinner, entry to an auction and prize drawings.
    Avalon Golf Links :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 3:00pm - 7:00pm Ferndale Farmers Market 
    Vendors will sell a selection of locally grown produce and handmade crafts at the Ferndale Farmers Market from 3-7pm Fridays through mid-October at the city's Centennial Riverwalk Park, 1931 Main St.
    Centennial Riverwalk Park :: http://www.ferndalepublicmarket.org
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Farm Tunes 
    Listen to the "freeform farm jazz" sounds of the Tea Seas Trio when they perform as part of "Farm Tunes" from 6-9pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. The seasonal, bluegrass-focused series features bands, food and drink every Friday through October.
    BelleWood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Metamorphosis Reception 
    Attend a one-night only reception for painter Trish Harding's "Metamorphosis" exhibit from 6-9pm at Studio UFO Gallery, 301 W. Holly St. Harding has been painting the Georgia-Pacific Paper Mill site since it first started to be deconstructed in 2002, and the show is about the "skeletal remains of the one-time enormous plant as the deconstruction concludes and the 'gentrification' begins."
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Gender Revolution 
    Get an introduction to the complicated issue of gender identity by watching National Geographic's "Gender Revolution with Katie Couric" at 6:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Following the viewing, PFLAG will host a panel discussion, and written material will also be available. Entry is free (appropriate for ages 13 and older).
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.whatcompflag.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Dragonfly Guide 
    As part of North Cascades Institute's "Nature of Writing" series, physicist and author James S. Walker shares facts and images from Common Dragonflies of the Pacific Coast: A Life Size Field Guide at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Filled with beautiful photos and original illustrations, the field guide will help to get you on a “first name basis” with these wonderful, yet little-known, creatures.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
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  • All Day Eat Local Month 
    Farm Week (Sept. 3-10), Market Week (Sept. 10-16), Seafood Week (Sept. 17-23), and Restaurant Week (Sept. 24-30) will be part of Sustainable Connections' annual "Eat Local Month) taking place throughout September at farms, restaurants, grocery stores and beyond. See a full schedule of events online, and have a tasty month!
    Whatcom County :: http://www.eatlocalfirst.org
  • All Day Bard on the Beach 
    Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park. The plays will show in repertory through Sept. 23. Ticket prices begin at $21 (Canadian). Advance purchase is strongly recommended.
  • All Day Boating Center Open 
    The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am 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.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • All Day Skagit Tours 
    As part of the annual "Skagit Tours," Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours Thursdays through Mondays through the summer in and around the three dams near Highway 20. Prices for boat tours and other tours range from $15-$42.
  • All Day International Walking Weekend 
    As part of International Walking Weekend, join the NW Tulip Trekkers and BC's Surrey Trekkers for a series of walks that take place in Point Roberts, Tswawwassen, White Rock, Blaine, and Lynden from Friday through Monday. The walks are non-competitive, free, and have a variety of starting times. See the full schedule online.
    Point Roberts, Tswawwassen, White Rock, Blaine, and Lynde :: http://www.nwtrekkers.org
  • All Day Mrs. Bave Presents the Pig War 
    View "the almost true story of a play that nearly happened about a war that never occurred" when Bellingham TheatreWorks presents Steve Lyons' Mrs. Bave Presents the Pig War at 7:30pm Friday through Sunday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Tickets to see the historically inspired play directed by Mark Kuntz are $15. Additional showings happen Sept. 15-17.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreworks.org
  • All Day Greek Festival 
    Traditionally made gyros, spanakopita, dolmades, baklava, loukoumades, Greek coffee and more will be on the mouthwatering menu at the annual Greek Festival happening from 11am-9pm Thursday through Saturday, and 11am-8pm Sunday, at Bellingham's St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 510 E. Sunset Dr. There'll also be live music, a beer garden, books and gifts, church tours and games for kids. Entry and parking are free; prices for food vary.
    St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church :: http://www.bellinghamgreekfest.org
  • All Day Whatcom Food Fest 
    Appetizers and cocktails at BelleWood Acres, a Farm Tour brunch at Goat Mountain Pizza, a Wine, Cheese & Chocolate tasting at Vartanyan Estates Winery, a "Farms, Fishers & Fermentation Fete" at Boundary Bay, and a Fried Chicken Picnic with ACME Farms + Kitchen will be part of Eat Local Month's "Whatcom Food Fest" taking place Friday through Sunday in Whatcom County. Prices vary.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.eatlocalfirst.org
  • 8:00am Harvest Happens 
    U-pick pumpkins and apples, a corn maze, apple bin train rides, live music, distillery tours, corn cannons and face painting will be part of "Harvest Happens" events weekends through October at Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian.
    Bellewood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 8:00am Hamster Endurance Runs 
    The sixth annual "Hamster Endurance Runs" begin at 8am Saturday at Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way. Runners can choose from 6-, 12-, 24- and 32-hour options, and run laps around Lake Padden during that time period. Both seasoned ultra-runners as well as first-timers looking for a new challenge are welcome. Entry is $85-$185.
  • 12:00pm Dahlia Flower Show 
    See bunches of beautiful blooms at the Whatcom County Dahlia Society's annual Dahlia Flower Show from 12-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday at Bloedel Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave. The event provides a way for dahlia enthusiasts to see what they'd like to have in their garden next summer. Entry is free.
  • 10:00am Whatcom County Farm Tour 
    Visit vegetable, meat, cheese, berry and flower producers—and pick up some of what they're growing—at the 10th annual Whatcom County Farm Tour happening from 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday at 13 locales throughout Whatcom County. Entry to the self-guided tour is free. VIP tickets are available for $10.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.eatlocalfirst.org
  • All Day Imagine Music and Art Festival 
    Live music from around the world, a variety of performers and visual artists will be part of the IMAGINE Music and Art Festival kicking off at 12pm Friday and continuing until 4pm Sunday at Orcas Island's Doe Bay Resort. Tickets are $225.
  • 9:00pm Improv Evolution 
    Teams will be formed before the start of the show and each will debut never-before-seen improv formats at "Improv Evolution" performances at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Entry is $10-$12. Additional creations can be seen Sept. 15-16.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 10:00am Fall Book Sale 
    Find some fantastic reads at bargain prices at a Fall Book Sale taking place from 10am-5pm Saturday, and 10am-4pm Sunday at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. The event continues Sept. 15-16; all proceeds go to the Friends of the Deming Library to support library programs and building maintenance.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Mount Vernon Farmers Market 
    The 30th season of the Mount Vernon Farmers Market continues from 9am-2pm Saturdays through mid-October at the city's Riverfront Plaza. A Wednesday Market takes place from 11am-4pm weekly through Sept. 27 at the Skagit Valley Hospital.
  • 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 - 3:00pm Twin Sisters Farmers Market 
    Affordable, Whatcom County-grown produce can be procured at the Twin Sisters Farmers Market from 9am-3pm at the parking lot at Nugents Corner, and 10am-2pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. The markets continue Saturdays through October.
    North Fork Library, Nugents Corner :: http://www.twinsistersmarket.com
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Bellingham Farmers Market 
    The 25th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm every Saturday through December at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. Every week, a plethora of produce, crafts, ready-to-eat dining options and more are available.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Salmon Sighting 
    Join NSEA naturalists for "Salmon Sighting" from 10am-12pm at Thompson Creek Bridge (off the Mt. Baker Hwy). Attendees will witness pink salmon—who only spawn on odd years—fighting their way upstream.
    Thompson Creek Bridge :: http://www.n-sea.org
  • 10:00am - 11:00am Sumas Book Club 
    Enjoy coffee and treats while discussing Alice LaPlante's Turn of Mind at a Sumas Book Club meeting from 10-11am at the Sumas Library, 461 2nd St. The group meets on the second Saturday of every mont, and all are welcome.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 988-2501
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm AAUW Meeting 
    Join the American Association of University Women for a review of the Tech Trek summer science and tech camp for middle school girls and a preview of AAUW's 100th year at a meeting taking place from 10am-12pm at the YWCA, 1026 N. Forest St.
    YWCA :: (360) 392-8856
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Canning Class 
    Learn about the best produce for water bath canning as well as preparation, safety, how-to and resources at a Water Bath Canning class taking place from 10am-12pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The free event is presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education).
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637 or http://www.wcls.org
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm Blaine Gardeners Market 
    Homegrown and handmade farm products, baked goods, arts and crafts and more can be found at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through October at the city's H Street Plaza.
    H Street Plaza :: (360) 332-6484
  • 10:00am - 6:00pm Compete for a Cause 
    The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center hosts its 11th annual "Compete for a Cause" cribbage tournament from 10am-3pm at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. There will be mimosas in the morning, a food truck in the afternoon, and the beer garden will be open all day. Live music and raffles take will take place throughout the event. Entry is $20-$30.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: http://www.whatcomdrc.org
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Lynden Book Club 
    Discuss Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah at an Award-Winning Book Club meeting from 10:30am-12pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Even if you didn't finish the book, all are welcome.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Edible Perennial Gardens 
    "Create a Self-Sufficient Edible Perennial Garden" will be focus of a workshop with Andrew Tuttle from 11am-12pm at Mount Vernon's Azusa Farm & Gardens, 14904 SR 20. Attendees will learn simple guidelines for designing self-sufficient systems, whether it be integrated into an urban landscape or by creating a lush edible forest garden in your backyard. Entry is free; please pre-register.
    Azusa Farm & Gardens :: http://www.azusafarm.com
  • 11:00am - 3:00pm Kids Do Art Open House 
    Instructors and representatives will be on hand to answer questions about programs and many hands-on activities will be held in various studios at a "Kids Do Art" Open House happening from 11am-3pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. The free event is intended to give families in the community an opportunity to check out the space and the programs offered. A 12:30pm puppetry and clowning performance by Andy Koch will be part of the fun.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 12:00pm - 7:00pm Bellhaven Jazz Festival 
    The Jazz Project will host its annual Bellhaven Jazz Festival from 1-7pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 11th St. Bands include the Johnaye Kendrick Quartet, Blues Union, the Dmitri Matheny/Ed Dunsavage Quartet, and the EntreMundos Quarteto. Entry is free and open to all. Bring your own seating and enjoy a full day of jazz, blues and Latin music.
    Fairhaven Village Green :: http://www.jazzproject.org
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm Crossroad Grocery Customer Appreciation Day 
    Celebrate 10 years of providing local goods and fresh groceries at a Crossroads Grocery Customer Appreciation Day taking place from 12-5pm at the Maple Falls Community Garden (at Mt. Baker Hwy and Silver Lake Rd.). Food, beverages and county-based entertainment will be provided. The event happens in conjunction with the Maple Falls Park Auction.
    Maple Falls Community Garden :: (360) 599-9657
  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm Vintage Trailer Rally Open House 
    Vintage trailer owners will open their doors for public perusal at the Mt. Baker Vintage Trailer Rally Open House from 12-4pm at Lynden's Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. Approximately 200 trailers will be on site, and the Studebaker Car Club will have approximately 30 cars on display for viewing. Entry is free.
    Northwest Washington Fairgrounds :: http://www.nwwafair.com or http://www.tincantourists.com
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Old Town History Walk 
    Join the Good Time Girls and Bellingham Parks and Rec for a free, all-ages walking tour of Old Town Bellingham starting at 1pm at the amphitheater at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional walk happens Sat., Sept. 16.
    Maritime Heritage Park :: http://www.cob.org
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm Bluegrass Ice Cream Social 
    Animals as Natural Therapy will host its annual Bluegrass Ice Cream Social from 1-4pm at their headquarters at Windy Acres Farm, 721 Van Wyck Rd. Live bluegrass music, dancing, games, a petting zoo, horse demos and Mallard Ice Cream will be part of the fundraiser. Parking and shuttle service is available at Bank of the Pacific, 4124 Hannegan Rd. Entry is free.
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm Theater Open House 
    View a historical exhibit of show posters and cast photos, take backstage and downstairs tours, check out the scene shop and the costume shed, and get the history behind the space at an Open House taking place from 1-4pm at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Entry is free, and all are welcome.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Park to Peak Run 
    Help raise funds for the Skagit Symphony's music education program by taking part in the second annual "Park to Peak Run" starting at 10am at Mount Vernon's Hillcrest Park, 17171 S. 13th St. Entry to the 7K walk or 14K run is $30; a trail dash for kids is $10.
    Hillcrest Park :: http://www.skagitsymphony.com
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm Nooksack River Walk 
    Learn about salmon, discover native plants and find bugs at the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association's Nooksack River Walk starting at 3pm in Glacier at the Horseshoe Bend Trailhead. The free, all-ages educational excursions will be led by Nooksack River Steward volunteers Saturdays through Sept. 23.
    Horseshoe Bend Trailhead :: http://www.n-sea.org
  • 6:00pm - 10:30pm Contra Dance and Potluck 
    Join the Bellingham Country Dance Society for its first Contra Dance of the season starting with a 6pm potluck at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. The sharing of food will be followed by a workshop, live music by Northern Contraband, and dancing until 10:30pm. Suggested donation is $6 for students, $8-$10 otherwise.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Startling Statistics 
    Longtime Western Washington University Librarian and author Robert Lopresti shares ideas from his book, When Women Didn't Count: The Chronic Mismeasure and Marginalization of American Women in Federal Statistics, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book traces the development of data on population, employment, crime, health and many other topics, showing how often the statistics which have shaped our view of American women have been based on false assumptions, or simply wrong.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 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 weekly "Saturday Salsa Night" taking place from 9:30pm-12am at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State St. Entry is $5.
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