Week of November 26, 2017

Sunday, November 26 16 events
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 38th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily (except for Thanksgiving) through Christmas Eve at 4145 Meridian St. (next to Burlington Coat Factory). Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun.
    4145 Meridian St. :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • All Day Santa at Yeager's Toyland 
    For the 35th year, the Fairhaven Lions will host Santa Claus through the holidays at Yeager's Toyland, 3101 Northwest St. Visits are free. You can take pictures with your own camera at no charge. If you wish to help raise money for local charities, the club will be available to take pictures for $15-$25. Santa Dennis will be back again with his natural white hair and beard, so you can continue your tradition of pictures with the same Santa. The event happens at various times and dates through Christmas Eve.
  • 12:00pm Deck the Old City Hall Opening 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" begins this week from 12-5pm Friday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. In addition to viewing the decorated trees and seasonal splendor that will be on display Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 31, this weekend's events will also feature visits with Santa from 12:30-2:30pm Saturday and Sunday (photo ops are self-serve). Entry is by donation.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 11:00am Women's Work International Market 
    Peruse handmade gifts from around the world and closer to home at the fifth annual Women's Work International Market taking place from 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland St. In addition to the fair trade goods from many counties, there will be live music, various performances and presentations, Mexican and Colombian food, and craft activities for kids.
    Mount Vernon Senior Center :: http://www.womensworkinternational.com
  • 12:00pm Spirit Festival 
    Attend a "Spirit Festival" from Friday through Sunday at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Spirit "Tour & Taste" events, a "Crafts Spirit Cocktails 101" mixology class, mixed case pricing, toddy specials, a bonfire and s'mores, fresh cut Christmas trees and wreaths and more will be part of the fun. Some events have fees; check online for a full listing.
    BelleWood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 7:30pm Scrooge the Musical 
    The Lynden Performing Arts Guild will kick off its 30th holiday season with a production of Scrooge the Musical this weekend at 7:30pm Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The play follows the traditional story of A Christmas Carol bringing memorable songs to accompany the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge one Christmas Eve. Tickets to the play co-directed by Teri Grimes and Susan Duncan are $10-$14; additional performances happen through Dec. 10.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 7:30pm The Christmas Schooner 
    Learn more about the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the spirit of the season when The Christmas Schooner opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the critically acclaimed seasonal musical are $8-$14. Additional performances take place through Dec. 10.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 11:00am Hilltop Holiday Craft Sale 
    The Skagit County History Museum will highlight handcrafted items made by local artists when they host the annual Hilltop Holiday Craft Sale from 11am-5pm Saturday, and 11am-3pm Sunday at the La Conner Civic Garden Club, 622 S. Second St.
    La Conner Civic Garden Club :: http://www.skagitcounty.net/museum
  • 12:30pm Skagit Festival of Trees 
    Members of the community can view the selections at the annual Skagit Festival of Trees from 12:30-4:30pm Saturday, and 10am-2pm Sunday at Burlington's Skagit Center at Christ the King, 1000 Fountain St. Entry to the Family Festival Days will be $5 at the door. A Gala and Auction begins at 5:30pm Friday, and tickets are $110. Funds raised benefit the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation.
  • 12:30pm Skagit Festival of Trees 
    Members of the community can view the selections at the annual Skagit Festival of Trees from 12:30-4:30pm Saturday, and 10am-2pm Sunday at Burlington's Skagit Center at Christ the King, 1000 Fountain St. Entry to the Family Festival Days will be $5 at the door. A Gala and Auction begins at 5:30pm Friday, and tickets are $110. Funds raised benefit the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation.
  • 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
  • 8:30am - 11:30am Rabbit Ride 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8:30am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
    Fairhaven Bicycle :: http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Messiah Sing-Along 
    The 27th annual “Messiah” Chorus Sing-Along welcomes everyone to participate at 3pm at the Garden Street United Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden St. Music is provided, or bring your own score. Singing will be accompanied by orchestra and organ. Entry is free; donations to the Food Bank are welcome.
    Garden Street United Methodist Church :: http://www.gardenstreetumc.org
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn 
    The one-of-a-kind musical pairing of Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn can be heard at a 3pm concert at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Fleck is a 16-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the banjo across multiple genres, while Washburn—who is also married to Bela—is a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who has critically acclaimed solo albums and cross-cultural projects of her own. Tickets to see the duo are $22-$49.50.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:30pm Art of Jazz 
    The Christopher Woitach Quartet will perform at the Jazz Project's final "Art of Jazz" concert of the season from 4-6:30pm at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. Tickets are $10-$16.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Albanie Falletta and the Sweet Tooth Serenaders 
    Hear world-class guitar playing, vocal virtuosity and inspiring instrumentals when Albanie Falletta and the Sweet Tooth Serenaders perform at 7pm at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. Tickets are $15.
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Monday, November 27 6 events
  • All Day Santa at Yeager's Toyland 
    For the 35th year, the Fairhaven Lions will host Santa Claus through the holidays at Yeager's Toyland, 3101 Northwest St. Visits are free. You can take pictures with your own camera at no charge. If you wish to help raise money for local charities, the club will be available to take pictures for $15-$25. Santa Dennis will be back again with his natural white hair and beard, so you can continue your tradition of pictures with the same Santa. The event happens at various times and dates through Christmas Eve.
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 38th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily (except for Thanksgiving) through Christmas Eve at 4145 Meridian St. (next to Burlington Coat Factory). Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun.
    4145 Meridian St. :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 7:00pm A Murder is Announced Auditions 
    Cold readings for the Lynden Performing Arts Guild's upcoming showings of Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced take place at 7pm Monday and Tuesday at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Performances take place Feb. 8-25.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Open Mic 
    Local writer and editor Andrew McBride will host a monthly Open Mic at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and share their own stories, poems and essays with a welcoming audience. To read, sign up on the main counter on the first floor or by calling the number listed here.
    Village Books :: (360) 671-2626
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm Poetrynight 
    Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.poetrynight.org
  • 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, November 28 10 events
  • All Day Santa at Yeager's Toyland 
    For the 35th year, the Fairhaven Lions will host Santa Claus through the holidays at Yeager's Toyland, 3101 Northwest St. Visits are free. You can take pictures with your own camera at no charge. If you wish to help raise money for local charities, the club will be available to take pictures for $15-$25. Santa Dennis will be back again with his natural white hair and beard, so you can continue your tradition of pictures with the same Santa. The event happens at various times and dates through Christmas Eve.
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 38th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily (except for Thanksgiving) through Christmas Eve at 4145 Meridian St. (next to Burlington Coat Factory). Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun.
    4145 Meridian St. :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 7:00pm A Murder is Announced Auditions 
    Cold readings for the Lynden Performing Arts Guild's upcoming showings of Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced take place at 7pm Monday and Tuesday at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Performances take place Feb. 8-25.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Cloud Mountain Farm Center Benefit 
    As part of Giving Tuesday, attend a Cloud Mountain Farm Center Benefit from 5-7pm at the Ciao Thyme Commons, 207 Unity St. Attendees can sample unique and limited-edition wines grown and produced at the Everson-based teaching farm, enjoy appetizers provided by Ciao Thyme (and made with produce grown at Cloud Mountain), and learn more about the nonprofit dedicated to building a divers and vibrant local food system. Entry is $60.
    Ciao Thyme Commons :: http://www.ciaothyme.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. Headlamps or flashlights are required.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Bread Lab Talk 
    Find out more about Burlington's innovative Bread Lab at a talk with Dr. Stephen Jones at 6pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. The Bread Lab is where science, art, curiosity and innovation come together to develop ways to use grains grown in the Skagit Valley. Jones will discuss current research and projects. Entry is free.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: http://www.mountvernonwa.gov
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Baker Backcountry Basics 
    Necessary gear, common mistakes, best practices and places to ride will be part of a free "Baker Backcountry Basics" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. The Mt. Baker area of the North Cascades offers endless backcountry ski and snowboard lines for those with the right tools, experience and time. Please register in advance.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bellingham Reads 
    Discuss Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton at a Bellingham Reads book discussion from 6:30-7:30pm at the Dodson Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. The group is open to all and new members are very welcome.
    Bellingham Public Library :: (360) 778-7236
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Friends of the Deming Library 
    Visitors are welcome at the monthly Friends of the Deming Library Board Meeting taking place from 6:30-8pm at the library's headquarters at 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. The Friends plan activities that support the library.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm 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, November 29 16 events
  • 12:00pm Deck the Old City Hall 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" continues this week from 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. In addition to viewing the decorated trees and seasonal splendor that will be on display Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 31, this weekend's events will also include visits with Wally the Museum Mouse from 12:30-2:30pm Saturday, and with Santa from 12:30-2:30pm Sunday. Entry is by donation.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 10:00am Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 38th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily (except for Thanksgiving) through Christmas Eve at 4145 Meridian St. (next to Burlington Coat Factory). Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun.
    4145 Meridian St. :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 12:00pm Santa at Yeager's Toyland 
    For the 35th year, the Fairhaven Lions will host Santa Claus through the holidays at Yeager's Toyland, 3101 Northwest St. Visits are free. You can take pictures with your own camera at no charge. If you wish to help raise money for local charities, the club will be available to take pictures for $15-$25. Santa Dennis will be back again with his natural white hair and beard, so you can continue your tradition of pictures with the same Santa. The event happens at various times and dates through Christmas Eve.
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Pizza and Pages 
    Teens in grades 6-12 can join a monthly "Pizza and Pages" book club meeting to talk about what they're reading from 4-5pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Attendees at the free event can learn about new books, get book recommendations, and enjoy delicious pizza.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 5:00pm - 9:00pm Best Beard Competition 
    Attend the "Best Beard in Bellingham" from 5-9pm at Aslan Brewing Co., 1330 N. Forest St. The event take place as part of No-Shave November; 10 percent of drink sales during that time frame will benefit the national organization Fight Colorectal Cancer.
    Aslan Brewing Co. :: http://www.aslanbrewing.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Cookbook Club 
    Whether you're a foodie or a novice chef, make a dish to share and come ready to talk about the cookbook you used at an Eat Your Words Cookbook Club meeting from 6:30-8pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. This month's theme is Comfort Food.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm Theater Party 
    Attend a special viewing of A Christmas Schooner when the Harborview Lions present their annual Theater Party fundraiser starting with appetizers, champagne, sparkling cider and a silent auction at 6:30pm at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $22; proceeds go toward local Lion projects.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: (360) 671-5788
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Wine, Women & Song 
    Allegra Women's Ensemble and the Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers will perform at a "Wine, Women & Song" event starting at 7pm at the Lairmont Manor, 405 Fieldston Rd. Tickets to the Bellingham Sings fundraiser are $25 and include light hors d'oeuvres, a glass of wine and musical selections full of the wonder, love and traditions of the winter season and holidays.
    Lairmont Manor :: http://www.bellinghamsings.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Skagit Folk Dancers 
    Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterwards.
    Bayview Civic Hall :: http://www.skagitfolkdancers.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm In Conversation with Andy Weir 
    Andy Weir, the bestselling author of The Martian, will discuss his new book, Artemis, at 7pm at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Weir will be in conversation with Western Washington University's Melissa Rice, an Assistant Professor of Geology. In the new sci-fi tome, Weir has crafted a near-future crime caper that takes place in the first and only city on the moon and introduces a protagonist every bit as memorable as The Martian’s Mark Watney—Jasmine Bashara, aka Jazz. Tickets are $5; proceeds will benefit Bellingham High School's PTSA.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm John Reischman and the Jaybirds 
    Hear world-glass bluegrass when John Reischman and the Jaybirds perform at 7pm at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. Like the mandolinist at its helm, the group fashions a stylish, elegant take on bluegrass that is at once innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned, yet unselfconsciously new. Tickets are $15.
    YWCA Ballroom :: http://www.thejaybirds.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Andy Weir goes to the moon 
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Scottish Dancing 
    Join the Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers to learn about the social dancing of Scotland from 7:30-9:30pm every Wednesday through May at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. No partner is required. The drop-in fee is $8.
    Fairhaven Library :: http://www.bellinghamscd.org
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Thursday, November 30 12 events
  • 10:00am Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 38th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at 4145 Meridian St. (next to Burlington Coat Factory). Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun.
    4145 Meridian Street :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 12:00pm Santa's in Town 
    For the 35th year, the Fairhaven Lions will host Santa Claus through the holidays at Yeager's Toyland, 3101 Northwest St. Visits are free. You can take pictures with your own camera at no charge. If you wish to help raise money for local charities, the club will be available to take pictures for $15-$25. Santa Dennis will be back again with his natural white hair and beard, so you can continue your tradition of pictures with the same Santa. The event happens at various times and dates through Christmas Eve.
  • 5:00pm The Lights of Christmas 
    View festive holiday displays both outdoors and indoors at the annual "The Lights of Christmas" starting this week from 5-10pm Thursday through Sunday in Stanwood at the 15-acre Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Dr. In addition to the more than one million lights that will be lit up, there will be activities for kids, live entertainment, music, dinner theater, holiday shopping and more. Entry is $11-$16. The event continues Dec. 7-10, 14-17, 19-23, and 26-30.
  • All Day Deck the Old City Hall 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" continues this week from 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. In addition to viewing the decorated trees and seasonal splendor that will be on display Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 31, this weekend's events will also include visits with Wally the Museum Mouse from 12:30-2:30pm Saturday, and with Santa from 12:30-2:30pm Sunday. Entry is by donation.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 7:30pm Scrooge the Musical 
    The Lynden Performing Arts Guild will kick off its 30th holiday season with a production of Scrooge the Musical continuing this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The play follows the traditional story of A Christmas Carol bringing memorable songs to accompany the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge one Christmas Eve. Tickets to the play co-directed by Teri Grimes and Susan Duncan are $10-$14; additional performances happen through Dec. 10.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 7:30pm Anne of Green Gables 
    Attend performances of Anne of Green Gables at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The stage adaptation promises to capture all the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery's enduring classic story of the orphan Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy. Tickets are $20; additional performances happen through Dec. 16.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm The Christmas Schooner 
    Learn more about the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the spirit of the season when The Christmas Schooner continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the critically acclaimed seasonal musical are $8-$14. Additional performances take place through Dec. 10.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm SPA Talk 
    Hans Erchinger-Davis, the executive director of Lighthouse Mission Ministries, leads a SPA Talk at 2:30pm at St. Paul's Academy, 1509 E. Victor St. The community leader and public speaker will talk about his work to end the cycle of homelessness in the lives of men, women and children in Whatcom County. Parents and members of the public are welcome to attend.
    St. Paul's Academy :: http://www.stpaul.academy
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 
    Join Recreation Northwest for a Trail Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 3pm at the upper shelter at Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Drive N. The event celebrates the official opening of a new trail and wetland boardwalk, and will recognize all who have been involved in the project.
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Balkan Folk Dance 
    The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Dances are taught, and mentoring is available. Suggested donation is $5.
    Fairhaven Library :: (360) 380-0456
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Breaking Bread 
    As part of iDiOM Theater's First Weekend events, attend a "Breaking Bread" storytelling gathering at 7:30pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Hosted and curated by Julia Lafortune, the event will feature true stories on the theme of "Gray Area" as told by community members. Food will be provided by Avenue Bread. Entry is $5.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.idiomtheater.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm WWU Wind Symphony 
    Attend a free performance with the Western Washington University Wind Symphony at 7:30pm at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. All are welcome.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: http://www.cfpa.wwu.edu
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Friday, December 1 33 events
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 38th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at 4145 Meridian St. (next to Burlington Coat Factory). Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun.
    4145 Meridian Street :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • All Day Santa's in Town 
    For the 35th year, the Fairhaven Lions will host Santa Claus through the holidays at Yeager's Toyland, 3101 Northwest St. Visits are free. You can take pictures with your own camera at no charge. If you wish to help raise money for local charities, the club will be available to take pictures for $15-$25. Santa Dennis will be back again with his natural white hair and beard, so you can continue your tradition of pictures with the same Santa. The event happens at various times and dates through Christmas Eve.
  • All Day The Lights of Christmas 
    View festive holiday displays both outdoors and indoors at the annual "The Lights of Christmas" starting this week from 5-10pm Thursday through Sunday in Stanwood at the 15-acre Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Dr. In addition to the more than one million lights that will be lit up, there will be activities for kids, live entertainment, music, dinner theater, holiday shopping and more. Entry is $11-$16. The event continues Dec. 7-10, 14-17, 19-23, and 26-30.
  • 10:00am Pacific Arts Market 
    Several dozen local artists and crafters will show and sell a variety of work—including jewelry, fine art, photography, textiles, clothing, bath and body, specialty foods, home decor, paper crafts and much more—at the 21st annual Pacific Arts Market taking place from 10am-6pm Friday through Sunday at Sunset Square, 1125 E. Sunset Dr., suite 115 (between Joanne Fabrics and El Gitano). The seasonal market takes place again Dec. 8-10, 15-17 and and 22-23, and includes live music and artist demos.
  • All Day Deck the Old City Hall 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" continues this week from 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. In addition to viewing the decorated trees and seasonal splendor that will be on display Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 31, this weekend's events will also include visits with Wally the Museum Mouse from 12:30-2:30pm Saturday, and with Santa from 12:30-2:30pm Sunday. Entry is by donation.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 7:30pm North Cascades Concert Band 
    "Music for Kids of All Ages" will be the focus of North Cascades Concert Band performances at 7:30pm Friday at Whatcom Community College (237 W. Kellogg Rd), 7:30pm Saturday at Blaine High School PAC (1055 H St.), and 3pm Sunday at Anacortes High School (1600 20th St.). Guest appearances by area middle school band will be part of all three concerts. Suggested donation is $5-$12.
    Whatcom Community College, Blaine HS, Anacortes HS :: http://www.nccband.org
  • 12:00pm Holiday Port Festival 
    Music by local bands, orchestras, choirs and performance groups, visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, art activities for kids, horse-and-wagon rides, gingerbread house viewings, tours of the Alaska ferry and much more will be part of the Port of Bellingham's annual "Holiday Port Festival" from 12-8pm Friday, and 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry and parking is free.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.portofbellingham.com
  • 7:30pm The Nutcracker 
    Experience the beauty of Tchaikovsky’s musical creation and the wonders of Clara’s magical journey through the glorious Land of Snow and the delectable Kingdom of Sweets when the Skagit Valley Academy of Dance presents its 28th annual performances of The Nutcracker at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $20-$37.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 5:00pm Olde Fashioned Christmas 
    Members of the Ferndale Heritage Society will help visitors step back in time at the 25th annual "Olde Fashioned Christmas" taking place from 5-9pm Friday, 1-9pm Saturday, and 1-4pm Sunday at the town's Pioneer Park, 2007 Cherry St. Costumed hosts, decorated log cabins, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, refreshments and more will be part of the seasonal fun. Entry is $3-$4.
  • All Day Scrooge the Musical 
    The Lynden Performing Arts Guild will kick off its 30th holiday season with a production of Scrooge the Musical continuing this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The play follows the traditional story of A Christmas Carol bringing memorable songs to accompany the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge one Christmas Eve. Tickets to the play co-directed by Teri Grimes and Susan Duncan are $10-$14; additional performances happen through Dec. 10.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • All Day Anne of Green Gables 
    Attend performances of Anne of Green Gables at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The stage adaptation promises to capture all the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery's enduring classic story of the orphan Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy. Tickets are $20; additional performances happen through Dec. 16.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day The Christmas Schooner 
    Learn more about the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the spirit of the season when The Christmas Schooner continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the critically acclaimed seasonal musical are $8-$14. Additional performances take place through Dec. 10.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 8:00pm Ghosts and Brawling 
    Audiences can imagine the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future and help move the story forward when "My 3 Ghosts" opens this weekend with 8pm and 10pm shows Friday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. At 10pm, show up for the competitive (and improvised) "Backyard Brawl."
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm Holiday Express on Ice 
    Members of the Bellingham Figure Skating Club present their annual holiday show, "Holiday Express on Ice," at performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Bellingham Sportsplex, 1225 Civic Field Way. The story of a magical train ride to the North Pole will feature both classic and contemporary seasonal favorites from club members, the WWU skating team and Learn to Skagit Academy students. Tickets are $9-$12.
    Bellingham Sportsplex :: (360) 676-1919 or http://www.bellinghamfsc.com
  • 5:00pm Handmade Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar 
    A Handmade Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar will be open from 5-7pm Friday and 10am-6pm Saturday at Blaine's Goff Building, 674 Peace Portal Dr. The event will feature handmade items including jewelry, knitted and fabric crafts, fine art, wood crafts, photo cards and cookies.
    Goff Building :: http://www.blainechamber.com
  • 6:00pm Holiday Make.Sale 
    Attend the seventh annual Holiday Make.Sale from 6-10pm Friday, and 12-5pm Saturday at Make.Shift Art Space, 306 Flora St. The event will feature locally designed and handmade goods by more than 30 vendors and on-site tenants. Live music, refreshments and activities for kids and adults will be part of the fun. Cafe Velo (120 Prospect St.) and Oikos Fellowship (206 Prospect St.). will also get in on the artistic action.
    Make.Shift Art Space :: http://www.makeshiftproject.com
  • 10:00am Holiday Book Sale 
    Discover the perfect gift at an annual Blaine Holiday Book Sale taking place from 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The event coincides with the city's Holiday Harbor Lights Festival.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 6:00pm Holiday Art Walk 
    More than 20 merchants will exhibit the work of local painters, sculptors, jewelers, photographers and more at a Holiday Art Walk taking place from 6-9pm Friday, and 10am-5pm Saturday in Old Town Anacortes. Live music and holiday specials will be part of the fun.
    Downtown Anacortes :: http://www.anacortes.org
  • 10:00am Hot Cider & Cool Art 
    Painter Ben Mann will host "Hot Cider & Cool Art" from 10am-4pm every Friday and Saturday through December at his third-floor space in the Morgan Block Studios, 1000 Harris Ave.
    Morgan Block Studios :: http://www.ben-mann.com
  • 11:00am Tour of Trees 
    The Bellingham Senior Activity Center will host a free, family-friendly "Winter Wonderland" Tour of Trees from 11am-9pm Friday and 10am-1pm Saturday at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. At 6:30pm Saturday, attend a Gala Dinner and Christmas Tree Auction. Tickets to the fundraiser are $50.
    Leopold Crystal Ballroom :: http://www.wccoa.org
  • 9:00am - 12:30pm Whatcom Community College Preview Day 
    High school juniors and seniors are invited to Fall Preview Day from 9am-12:30pm at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. The free event will help prospective students learn more about academic programs of interest, steps to enroll and pay for college, and the services and student activities WCC offers. Attendees will sit in on mock engineering, nursing, chemistry, communication, cyber-security, and English classes and interact with current students through a student panel. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required.
    Whatcom Community College :: http://www.whatcom.edu/previewday
  • 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 December at the Connelly Creek Nature Area. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Connelly Creek Nature Area :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm Coffee Tasting 
    Attend a weekly coffee tasting from 3-3:30pm at Camber Cafe, 221 W. Holly St. Entry is free, and no RSVP is needed to come in and enjoy a small tasting flight of the venue's single-origin coffees.
  • 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 - 8:00pm Deck the Old City Hall Cocktail Party 
    Enjoy tasty drinks and hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing and decorated Christmas trees at the annual "Deck the Old City Hall Cocktail Party" from 5:30-8pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Tickets are $50. Visit the Lightcatcher exhibitions after the festivities during Art Walk.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm Downtown Bellingham Art Walk 
    Allied Arts, Boundary Bay, Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery, Dakota Art Gallery, the Leopold, Make.Shift Art Space, 3 OMS Yoga, the Leopold, Modern Classics Furniture, Waterfront Artists Studios, Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, Western City Center, and more will open their doors for the final Art Walk of the year from 6-10pm throughout downtown Bellingham. Pick up maps at participating locales, or see a full listing online.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Winterfest Book Sale 
    Browse children's books while you enjoy the Winter Festival in the Everson Park at a Winterfest Used Book Sale from 6-7:30pm at the corner of Lincoln and Washington streets.
    Everson Park :: (360) 305-3637
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Festival of Tiny Trees 
    Attend a Festival of Tiny Trees fundraiser from 6:30-8pm at the La Conner Library, 614 Morris St. Entry is $35 and includes bidding on small Christmas trees decorated by individuals, businesses and organizations, sips, savories and sweets. Proceeds benefit the new La Conner Library building project.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm A Higher Perspective 
    Bellingham-based photographer Tore Ofteness will be on hand to share images and stories from A Higher Perspective: Aerial Photos of the Pacific Northwest at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Tore’s photography will also be on display in the readings gallery through December.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm A Charlie Brown Christmas 
    Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang at a one-night-only showing of A Charlie Brown Christmas at 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Before seeing the classic, animated television special come to life in this faithful stage adaptation, show up at 5:30pm for a Holiday Lighting Celebration taking place in front of the theater. Tickets are $18-$50.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Friday Night Flicks 
    Join the South Fork Valley Community Association for a "Friday Night Flicks" viewing of "Little Big Man" at 7:30pm at the Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Valley Hwy. Entry is $5 per person or $10 per family. Popcorn is free
    Van Zandt Community Hal :: southforkvalley@aol.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm WWU Jazz Ensembles 
    All are welcome at a free performance by WWU Jazz Ensembles at 7:30pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: http://www.cfpa.wwu.edu
  • 9:00pm - 10:30pm Brass Monkey Theater Club 
    As part of a First Weekend series, attend iDiOM Theater's Brass Monkey Theater Club at 9pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The event features short plays on the theme "The End of the World," performed script-in-hand by a cast of randomly drawn actors. Playwrights and actors can sign up on site. Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao hosts. Entry is
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.idiomtheater.com
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  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 38th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at 4145 Meridian St. (next to Burlington Coat Factory). Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun.
    4145 Meridian Street :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • All Day Santa's in Town 
    For the 35th year, the Fairhaven Lions will host Santa Claus through the holidays at Yeager's Toyland, 3101 Northwest St. Visits are free. You can take pictures with your own camera at no charge. If you wish to help raise money for local charities, the club will be available to take pictures for $15-$25. Santa Dennis will be back again with his natural white hair and beard, so you can continue your tradition of pictures with the same Santa. The event happens at various times and dates through Christmas Eve.
  • All Day The Lights of Christmas 
    View festive holiday displays both outdoors and indoors at the annual "The Lights of Christmas" starting this week from 5-10pm Thursday through Sunday in Stanwood at the 15-acre Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Dr. In addition to the more than one million lights that will be lit up, there will be activities for kids, live entertainment, music, dinner theater, holiday shopping and more. Entry is $11-$16. The event continues Dec. 7-10, 14-17, 19-23, and 26-30.
  • All Day Pacific Arts Market 
    Several dozen local artists and crafters will show and sell a variety of work—including jewelry, fine art, photography, textiles, clothing, bath and body, specialty foods, home decor, paper crafts and much more—at the 21st annual Pacific Arts Market taking place from 10am-6pm Friday through Sunday at Sunset Square, 1125 E. Sunset Dr., suite 115 (between Joanne Fabrics and El Gitano). The seasonal market takes place again Dec. 8-10, 15-17 and and 22-23, and includes live music and artist demos.
  • All Day Holiday Port Festival 
    Music by local bands, orchestras, choirs and performance groups, visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, art activities for kids, horse-and-wagon rides, gingerbread house viewings, tours of the Alaska ferry and much more will be part of the Port of Bellingham's annual "Holiday Port Festival" from 12-8pm Friday, and 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry and parking is free.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.portofbellingham.com
  • All Day Deck the Old City Hall 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" continues this week from 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. In addition to viewing the decorated trees and seasonal splendor that will be on display Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 31, this weekend's events will also include visits with Wally the Museum Mouse from 12:30-2:30pm Saturday, and with Santa from 12:30-2:30pm Sunday. Entry is by donation.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • All Day North Cascades Concert Band 
    "Music for Kids of All Ages" will be the focus of North Cascades Concert Band performances at 7:30pm Friday at Whatcom Community College (237 W. Kellogg Rd), 7:30pm Saturday at Blaine High School PAC (1055 H St.), and 3pm Sunday at Anacortes High School (1600 20th St.). Guest appearances by area middle school band will be part of all three concerts. Suggested donation is $5-$12.
    Whatcom Community College, Blaine HS, Anacortes HS :: http://www.nccband.org
  • 10:00am Holiday Book Sale 
    Shop a huge selection of high-quality fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages at Holiday Book Sale taking place from 10am-5pm Saturday and 1-5pm Sunday at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. The annual sale supports children, teen, and adults programs at the library.
    Ferndale Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • All Day The Nutcracker 
    Experience the beauty of Tchaikovsky’s musical creation and the wonders of Clara’s magical journey through the glorious Land of Snow and the delectable Kingdom of Sweets when the Skagit Valley Academy of Dance presents its 28th annual performances of The Nutcracker at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $20-$37.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • All Day Anne of Green Gables 
    Attend performances of Anne of Green Gables at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The stage adaptation promises to capture all the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery's enduring classic story of the orphan Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy. Tickets are $20; additional performances happen through Dec. 16.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day Scrooge the Musical 
    The Lynden Performing Arts Guild will kick off its 30th holiday season with a production of Scrooge the Musical continuing this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The play follows the traditional story of A Christmas Carol bringing memorable songs to accompany the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge one Christmas Eve. Tickets to the play co-directed by Teri Grimes and Susan Duncan are $10-$14; additional performances happen through Dec. 10.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • All Day Olde Fashioned Christmas 
    Members of the Ferndale Heritage Society will help visitors step back in time at the 25th annual "Olde Fashioned Christmas" taking place from 5-9pm Friday, 1-9pm Saturday, and 1-4pm Sunday at the town's Pioneer Park, 2007 Cherry St. Costumed hosts, decorated log cabins, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, refreshments and more will be part of the seasonal fun. Entry is $3-$4.
  • 7:00pm Winter White 
    View excerpts from classical ballets like Sleeping Beauty and La Sylphide and original contemporary works when Opus Performing Arts presents performances of "Winter White" at 7pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets to the family-friendly show are $5-$10.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 12:00pm Celebrate the Season 
    The Anacortes Schools Foundation will host its fifth annual "Celebrate the Season" event from 12-4pm Saturday and Sunday at the Port of Anacortes Event Shed, 100 Commercial Ave. Saturday will feature afternoon entertainment by the Fidalgo Elementary School Choir, Wren & Della, a local juggling duo and more. On Sunday, the focus will be on gingerbread house competitions. Eentries will be judged by a panel of community leaders. In addition, children of all ages will be able to decorate mini-houses of their own to take home. Entry is free.
    Port of Anacortes Event Shed :: http://www.asfound.org
  • All Day The Christmas Schooner 
    Learn more about the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the spirit of the season when The Christmas Schooner continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the critically acclaimed seasonal musical are $8-$14. Additional performances take place through Dec. 10.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 12:00pm Spirit Festival 
    Attend a "Spirit Festival" Saturday and Sunday at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Spirit "Tour & Taste" events, a "Crafts Spirit Cocktails 101" mixology class, mixed case pricing, toddy specials, a bonfire and s'mores, fresh cut Christmas trees and wreaths and more will be part of the fun. Some events have fees; check online for a full listing.
    BelleWood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 8:00pm Ghosts and Brawling 
    Audiences can imagine the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future and help move the story forward when "My 3 Ghosts" opens this weekend with 8pm and 10pm shows Friday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. At 10pm, show up for the competitive (and improvised) "Backyard Brawl."
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm Holiday Express on Ice 
    Members of the Bellingham Figure Skating Club present their annual holiday show, "Holiday Express on Ice," at performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Bellingham Sportsplex, 1225 Civic Field Way. The story of a magical train ride to the North Pole will feature both classic and contemporary seasonal favorites from club members, the WWU skating team and Learn to Skagit Academy students. Tickets are $9-$12.
    Bellingham Sportsplex :: (360) 676-1919 or http://www.bellinghamfsc.com
  • 5:00pm Handmade Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar 
    A Handmade Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar will be open from 5-7pm Friday and 10am-6pm Saturday at Blaine's Goff Building, 674 Peace Portal Dr. The event will feature handmade items including jewelry, knitted and fabric crafts, fine art, wood crafts, photo cards and cookies.
    Goff Building :: http://www.blainechamber.com
  • 6:00pm Holiday Make.Sale 
    Attend the seventh annual Holiday Make.Sale from 6-10pm Friday, and 12-5pm Saturday at Make.Shift Art Space, 306 Flora St. The event will feature locally designed and handmade goods by more than 30 vendors and on-site tenants. Live music, refreshments and activities for kids and adults will be part of the fun. Cafe Velo (120 Prospect St.) and Oikos Fellowship (206 Prospect St.). will also get in on the artistic action.
    Make.Shift Art Space :: http://www.makeshiftproject.com
  • 10:00am Holiday Book Sale 
    Discover the perfect gift at an annual Blaine Holiday Book Sale taking place from 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The event coincides with the city's Holiday Harbor Lights Festival.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 6:00pm Holiday Art Walk 
    More than 20 merchants will exhibit the work of local painters, sculptors, jewelers, photographers and more at a Holiday Art Walk taking place from 6-9pm Friday, and 10am-5pm Saturday in Old Town Anacortes. Live music and holiday specials will be part of the fun.
    Downtown Anacortes :: http://www.anacortes.org
  • 10:00am Hot Cider & Cool Art 
    Painter Ben Mann will host "Hot Cider & Cool Art" from 10am-4pm every Friday and Saturday through December at his third-floor space in the Morgan Block Studios, 1000 Harris Ave.
    Morgan Block Studios :: http://www.ben-mann.com
  • 11:00am Tour of Trees 
    The Bellingham Senior Activity Center will host a free, family-friendly "Winter Wonderland" Tour of Trees from 11am-9pm Friday and 10am-1pm Saturday at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. At 6:30pm Saturday, attend a Gala Dinner and Christmas Tree Auction. Tickets to the fundraiser are $50.
    Leopold Crystal Ballroom :: http://www.wccoa.org
  • 8:00am - 10:30am Holiday Pancake Breakfast 
    Attend a Holiday Pancake Breakfast and Crafts Sale from 8-10:30am at the Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. In addition to breakfast, Santa will be on hand for photo-ops, and there will be holiday music, carolers, craft vendors and more. Entry is $3-$6.
    Lynden Community Center :: http://www.lyndencommunitycenter.org
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Breakfast with Santa 
    Come enjoy a hot pancake and sausage breakfast with your family and friends at a "Breakfast with Santa" event from 8-11am at the Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St. Pictures with Santa, a cookie decorating station and festive entertainment will be part of the fun. Entry is $6.
    Anacortes Senior Center :: http://www.anacortes.org
  • 8:30am - 11:00am Santa Breakfast 
    Have breakfast and get pictures with the big guy in red at "A Vintage Holiday" Santa Breakfast taking place from 8:30-11am at La Conner's Maple Hall, 104 Commercial St. Entry is $3 for kids, $7 for adults.
  • 9:00am - 11:00am Grapevine Wreath Class 
    Design a European-style holiday decoration at a Grapevine Wreath Class starting at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Entry is $39 and includes all supplies―including evergreens, berries, moss and more for you to create your own unique wreath with French ribbon.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: http://www.garden-spot.com
  • 9:00am - 11:30am Breakfast with Santa Fundraiser 
    Children's House International will host its fourth annual "Breakfast with Santa" fundraiser from 9-11:30am at Birchwood Presbyterian Church, 400 Meadowbrook Court. Come enjoy face painting, entertainment and other activities. After breakfast, kids can take time to sit on Santa’s lap and whisper Christmas wishes in his ear. Entry is $8-$15.
    Birchwood Presbyterian Church :: http://www.childrenshouseinternational.com
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm NSEA Work Party 
    Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for a Community Work Party from 9am-12pm at Squalicum Creek. Park at the end of West Orchard Drive off of Meridian Street and walk along the new Bay to Baker Trail until you see the blue NSEA tent.
    Squalicum Creek :: http://www.n-sea.org
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm Girls on the Run Fall 5K 
    All are welcome at the "Girls on the Run" Fall 5K taking place from 9am-12pm at Mount Vernon's Skagit Valley College Field House. Entry is $15-$25; proceeds support Girls on the Run of Skagit County—a program that combines training for a 5K alongside healthy living education.
    Skagit Valley College Field House :: http://www.skagitymca.org
  • 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 - 4:00pm Morrison Glass Art Open House 
    Live glassblowing demos, refreshments and glass art at bargain prices will be part of an Open House happening from 10am-4pm at Morrison Glass Art, 2111 Lincoln St. In addition to viewing works by longtime glassblower Christopher Morrison, the event will also feature works by David Wight.
    Morrison Glass Art :: http://www.morrisonglassart.com
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm Coast Salish Winter Festival 
    Find unique handcrafted gifts created and sold by Lummi community members at the annual Coast Salish Winter Festival happening from 10am-5pm at Ferndale's Lummi Gateway Center, 4920 Rural Ave. The seasonal art show takes place again Dec. 9 and 16.
    Lummi Gateway Center :: http://www.lummigatewaycenter.com
  • 10:00am - 7:00pm Holiday Harbor Lights Festival 
    An arts and crafts bazaar, a book sale, a Holiday Art and Gift Market, an "Obstacle Dash," a tree lighting ceremony, visits with Santa, horse-drawn trolley rides, a lighted boat display and more will be part of the annual Holiday Harbor Lights Festival taking place from 10am-7pm throughout downtown Blaine. Many events are free.
    Throughout Blaine :: http://www.blainechamber.com
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm Fairhaven Frosty 
    The Greater Bellingham Running Club hosts its annual "Fairhaven Frosty" 5K and 10K at 10am at Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Dr. Entry to the seasonal sojourn is $5-$10 (free for GBRC members). Register in advance online, as there will be no day-of registration.
    Fairhaven Park :: http://www.gbrc.net
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm Christmas Parade 
    The Anacortes Lion's Club's Christmas Parade begins at 11am in downtown Anacortes. Setup begins at 10am, and anyone can participate.
    Downtown Anacortes :: http://www.anacortes.org
  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm Fairhaven Winterfest 
    The annual Fairhaven Winterfest continues from 12-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 23 with a "Find the Elves" Treasure Hunt, visits with Father Christmas, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Entry is free.
    Historic Fairhaven :: http://www.fairhaven.com
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Close Encounters of the Literary Kind 
    Meet and chat with a panel of five local authors over refreshments in a warm and friendly atmosphere at a "Close Encounters of the Literary Kind" gathering taking place from 1-3pm at Deming's Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Valley Hwy. Matthew Thuney will host the event—which includes Susan Colleen Browne, Sean Dwyer, Michael Impero, Jennifer Mueller, and Janet Oakley. There will also be time to purchase signed copies of the authors' works and take care of some holiday gift-giving. Admission is free.
    Van Zandt Community Hall :: http://www.facebook.com/events
  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm Holiday Tea 
    Enjoy delicious home-baked treats and tea while being entertained by local performers at this annual Holiday Tea from 1-5pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Entry is free and open to all.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm Handmade Holiday Pop-Up Shop 
    Attend the first of four Handmade Holiday Pop-up Shop events from 1-4pm at Mount Vernon's Skagit Valley Food Co-op, 202 S. First St. Phoebe, owner of elSage, will be on hand today, hand-carving printing blocks she uses to print t-shirts, hoodies, and hats. Additional events featuring local artisans who will be showcasing their goods and hand-making unique holiday gifts happen Dec. 9, 16 and 23.
    Skagit Valley Food Co-op :: http://www.skagitfoodcoop.com
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Holiday Craft Bazaar 
    Buy homemade crafts and treats made by kids and teens at a Holiday Craft Bazaar from 2-4pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Everything will be priced at $5 or less.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm The Santaland Diaries 
    Local actor and filmmaker Eliott Glasser will be front and center at a new Lend Us Your Ears reading series featuring David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries―about his journey as an adult elf at Macy's during the height of the busiest holiday shopping season of the year―at 2pm at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Entry to see the staged reading directed by Sean Walbeck is by donation. Due to adult language and situations, the event is for adults only.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 3:00pm - 9:30pm Bellingham Chamber Chorale 
    "By the Light of the Stars" will be the theme of Bellingham Chamber Chorale concerts at 3pm and 7:30pm at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Tickets are $5-$20.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.bccsings.org
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Bellingham Ukulele Orchestra Holiday Concert 
    Enjoy seasonal music performed by the Bellingham Ukulele Orchestra at a free, family-friendly Holiday Concert happening from 3-4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm Community Tree Lighting 
    Awards will be given in several categories at a "Mustache Bash" starting at 4:30pm at La Conner's Gilkey Square. At 5pm, a Community Tree Lighting will begin.
    Gilkey Square :: http://www.lovelaconner.com
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm Objectification 10 Opening 
    Attend an opening reception for "Objectification 10" from 5-8pm at Edison's Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. Visit the annual invitation arts installation focusing on functional and three-dimensional artwork from more than 50 regional artists through Dec. 31. P.S. When the art is purchased, it goes home with the buyer that same day, so the show is constantly reworked and replenished.
    Smith & Vallee Gallery :: http://www.smithandvallee.com
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony 
    Mayor Kelli Linville will be on hand to start the action at a Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30pm at Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In partnership with the City of Bellingham, following festivities will feature photos with Santa, hot cocoa and cookies, ornament-making with Gabriel's Art Kids, activities provided by Inner Child Studio, carolers, music from Wild Hare Music School, and performances by Harper & I Dance. Entry is free.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm BYC Lighted Boat Parade 
    From 5:30-7pm, set up camp at spots from Squalicum Harbor to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal to watch the Bellingham Yacht Club's annual Lighted Boat Parade make its way along Bellingham Bay. Each year boaters from all the area clubs decorate their boat to participate in the parade.
    Bellingham Bay :: http://www.fairhaven.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Boat Parade Viewing Party 
    Join the Community Boating Center for a Lighted Boat Parade Viewing Party and fundraiser from 6-9pm at the Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way. Tickets are $50.
    Hotel Bellwether :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Lighted Christmas Parade 
    Watch a dazzling display of lights, trucks, cars, floats, wagons and farm equipment at the annual Lighted Christmas Parade starting at 6pm in downtown Lynden.
    Downtown Lynden :: http://www.lynden.org
  • 6:30pm - 10:00pm Dream It Dinner 
    Food catered by Gere-a-Deli, a live auction, music by the Patrick McHenry Band and more will be part of a "Dream It" Dinner taking place as part of "Celebrate the Season" from 6:30-10pm at the Port of Anacortes Event Shed, 100 Commercial Ave. Tickets are $50.
    Port of Anacortes Event Shed :: http://www.asfound.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Rabbi's Gift 
    Seattle-based writer and musician Chuck Gould reads from The Rabbi's Gift: Re-Telling an Ancient Tale at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book of fiction includes Roman history, Jewish mysticism and Babylonian astrology to tell a story of a star-crossed romance.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Speakeasy 20 
    Five highly accomplished Canadian poets will read at "SpeakEasy 20" at 7pm at the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The scribes—including Susan Alexander, Linda Thompson, Richard Osler, Barbara Pelman, and Terry Ann Carter—will read a series of linked poems in their very distinctive voices that respond to the previous poet's poems. In addition, three of the poets will teach workshops on the day of the event. Entry is $15 for the workshops, and by donation for the reading.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Coats 
    Listen to the region's premier vocal band when the Coats return to Bellingham for a 7pm concert at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. In addition to seeing and hearing holiday favorites from the national touring artists, the show will also include performances from the BHS Showstoppers, Sehome High School's Chamber Choir, and the Squalicum High School Storm Singers. Tickets are $20 in advance and at the door.
    Bellingham High School :: (360) 676-50006 or http://www.thecoats.net
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Swing Connection Holiday Concert 
    Traditional and contemporary swing arrangements of Christmas classics can be heard at a Swing Connection Holiday Concert taking place from 7-9pm at the First Baptist Church, 110 Flora St. Vocalists Alicia Dauber and Frank Kuhl will join the big band sounds of the ensemble. Entry is free and open to all ages.
    First Baptist Church :: http://www.swingconnection.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Celtic Holiday Concert 
    Harpists Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne, and Aryeh Frankfurter will perform at "A Winter Gift: Music & Stories for the Season" Celtic Holiday Concert from 7-9pm at Mount Vernon's Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave. At the festive event, the trio will present a heartwarming collection of tales and music from Celtic legend and traditional folk stories. Tickets are $20-$25.
    Littlefield Celtic Center :: http://www.celticarts.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Cantabile Christmas Concert 
    "Rejoice! A Celebration of Christmas" will be the focus of Cantabile Chamber Choir concert at 7:30pm at Anacortes Lutheran Church, 2100 O Ave. In addition to hearing the premiere of "We Come Rejoicing" by local composer Michael Austin Miller, attendees can expect a wide range of choral music, carols, gospel music and the "celestial" sounds of the Celtic harp. Tickets will be $10-$16 at the door.
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm When Women Didn't Count 
    Bellingham author Robert Lopresti will discuss how problems with data in federal statistics have misrepresented women in many ways when he shares his book When Women Didn't Count: The Chronic Marginalization of American Women in Federal Statistics from 7:30-9pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd.
    Lummi Island Library :: (360) 758-7145
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm An Evening of Improv 
    Improv Playworks performers present a family-friendly show featuring scenes, games and storytelling at "An Evening of Improv" at 7:30pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Tickets are $12.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: http://www.improvplayworks.com
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