Week of February 4, 2018

Sunday, February 4 11 events
  • All Day Bellingham Cocktail Week 
    Special drink and food menus, a cocktail art competition taking place during the Feb. 2 Art Walk, a CLUE-style murder mystery featuring themed cocktails and small bites, whiskey flight tastings, a vermouth showcase, a visit with St. George Spirits, and a BCW Recuperation Brunch dubbed “Bellingham Rhapsody” are among the many offerings taking place Feb. 1-8 for Bellingham Cocktail Week. A variety of venues—from downtown to Fairhaven and beyond—will participate in the fun. Prices vary. Drink responsibly.
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bellinghamcocktailweek.com
  • 7:00pm Scapino Auditions 
    Auditions for upcoming performers of Scapino! take place at 7pm Sunday and Monday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Director Teri Grimes is looking for actors committed to exploring the physical side of comedy, and part are available for 14 actors ages 20 to 60 (any gender). The play features clowning, gymnastics, bicycle riding, rope swinging, plate tossing-highly silly, athletic, and fast-paced physical comedy.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 2:30pm Birding for Kids 
    Skagit Guided Adventures offers a fun and easy way to introduce kids to identifying and learning about the birds of winter at "Birding for Kids: An 'I Spy Adventure' in Skagit Valley" from 2:30-4:30pm Saturdays and Sundays through March 18. Fees vary. Proceeds sponsor Birding for Latino Kids.
    Skagit Valley :: (360) 474-7479 or http://www.skagitguidedadventures.com
  • 7:30pm My Three Angels 
    Find out what happens when three convicts-two of them murderers, the third a swindler-stumble upon a family in dire need of angelic assistance against a bevy of unscrupulous relatives when My Three Angels continues this weekend with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to the family-friendly comedy are $8-$14. Additional performances happen through Feb. 11.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:30pm Enchanted April 
    Matthew Barber's Enchanted April continues this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The story based on the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim focuses on four women who rent a castle in Italy—where the sun-drenched environs works its magic on each sad and hardened heart, healing grief and bringing hope. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen weekends through Feb. 17.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm Community Breakfast 
    Meet and greet local politicians as they serve you coffee and a morning meal when the monthly Community Breakfast resumes from 8am-12pm at the Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Hwy. Pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausages and beverages will be on the menu. Entry is $2 for kids, $6 for adults.
    Rome Grange :: (360) 739-9605
  • 8:30am - 11:00am 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
  • 1:00pm - 3:30pm Tosca 
    Sonya Yoncheva will make her role debut as the title prima donna alongside Vittorio Grigolo and Bryn Terfel at a "Met Live in HD" performance of Tosca at 1pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Tickets are $17-$23.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Del Rey and Suzy Thompson 
    Resonator guitar and ukulele goddess Del Rey, and blues fiddler Suzy Thompson will explore the upbeat, positive side of the blues at a 2pm concert at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. A duet since the mid-1980s, Del and Suzy stir it up with roots, blues, and show-stopping vocals. Entry will be $18 at the door; a portion of the proceeds will benefit the YWCA.
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Nonfiction & Memoir Writing Group 
    A Nonfiction & Memoir Writing Group meets from 3:15-5:15pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Members bring printed copies of their pieces for others to follow while you read aloud; the group critiques aloud and also writes notes on your printout, and returns the print outs to you for you to keep. New members are asked to attend at least two meetings before submitting their own works for critique.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Take Me to Church 
    The iconic Betty Desire and the Panty Hoes present a weekly "Take Me to Church" drag production starting at 8pm at Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave. Entry is by donation; funds raised benefit community charities such as Northwest Youth Services, Safe for Free, and more.
    Rumors Cabaret :: http://www.rumorscabaret.com
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Monday, February 5 11 events
  • All Day Bellingham Cocktail Week 
    Special drink and food menus, a cocktail art competition taking place during the Feb. 2 Art Walk, a CLUE-style murder mystery featuring themed cocktails and small bites, whiskey flight tastings, a vermouth showcase, a visit with St. George Spirits, and a BCW Recuperation Brunch dubbed “Bellingham Rhapsody” are among the many offerings taking place Feb. 1-8 for Bellingham Cocktail Week. A variety of venues—from downtown to Fairhaven and beyond—will participate in the fun. Prices vary. Drink responsibly.
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bellinghamcocktailweek.com
  • 7:00pm Scapino Auditions 
    Auditions for upcoming performers of Scapino! take place at 7pm Sunday and Monday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Director Teri Grimes is looking for actors committed to exploring the physical side of comedy, and part are available for 14 actors ages 20 to 60 (any gender). The play features clowning, gymnastics, bicycle riding, rope swinging, plate tossing-highly silly, athletic, and fast-paced physical comedy.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm Valentine's Day Wallet-Making 
    Attend a Valentine's Day event where you can build your own wallet—along with free laser engraving to personalize the mementos—from 4-7pm Monday through Thursday at local manufacturer Trayvax, 4001 Iron Gate Rd. There will also be tours, free giveaways for all attendees, a kids activity table, discounted gifts and more.
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Cuban Salsa 
    Rumba Northwest hosts a "Cuban Salsa for Beginners" class at 6pm at Bell Tower Studios, 1430 N. Garden St. At 7pm, a "Cuban Salsa Advanced" class takes place. Entry to the classes is $8 for regular students, $12 for drop-ins.
    Bell Tower Studios :: http://www.rumbanorthwest.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm African Cooking 
    Assefa Kebede, former chef and owner of Vancouver BC’s award-winning Nyala African Restaurant, focuses on "African Cooking" at a class taking place from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. In this class, he shares two of his favorites—baboutie, the national dish of South Africa, which he will prepare in both meat and vegetarian versions, and, from Senegal, mafe chicken with peanut sauce. Entry is $39.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Washington Wines 
    Laurent Martel will look at the history and future of wine in Washington as he guides a carefully curated tasting of some of the state’s finest pours at a "Washington Wines" class happening from 6:30-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. With more than 25 years experience in the Washington wine industry, Laurent has been a witness to the state's wine boom since the early years. Entry is $35.
    Cordata Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Astronomy Meeting 
    The Whatcom Association of Celestial Observers will meet from 7-9pm at Ferndale’s Whatcom EducationalCredit Union, 5659 Barrett Rd. (Use I-5 exit 262.) A presentation describing a way to improve the probability of contacting extraterrestrial intelligence is scheduled. Entry is free and open to all.
    Whatcom Educational Credit Union :: http://www.whatcomastronomy.org
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Island Readers and Writers 
    Readers will share opinions about the books they are reading and/or discuss a book chosen for each month on the theme of "Resistance"—the subject of this year's Whatcom WRITES publication—at a monthly Island Readers and Writers meeting from 7-8:30pm at Lummi Island's Beach Store Cafe, 2200 N. Nugent Rd. Writers will have the opportunity to offer support for each other’s work.
    Beach Store Cafe :: (360) 758-7145
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm General Lit Book Group 
    Discuss Sunil Yapa's Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist at a General Literature Book Group meeting at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book is the focus of this year's Whatcom READS events. Entry is free.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Dahlia Discussion 
    Members of the Whatcom County Dahlia Society will discuss "New Dahlias 2018" from 7-9pm at Laurel Grange, 6172 Guide Meridian. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Avalanche Awareness 
    The American Alpine Institute will be presenting an Avalanche Awareness Seminar for the Nooksack Nordic Ski Club monthly membership meeting 7:30pm at the Garden Street Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden St. Entry is free and open to all.
    Garden Street Methodist Church :: http://www.nooksacknordicskiclub.org
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Tuesday, February 6 11 events
  • All Day Bellingham Cocktail Week 
    Special drink and food menus, a cocktail art competition taking place during the Feb. 2 Art Walk, a CLUE-style murder mystery featuring themed cocktails and small bites, whiskey flight tastings, a vermouth showcase, a visit with St. George Spirits, and a BCW Recuperation Brunch dubbed “Bellingham Rhapsody” are among the many offerings taking place Feb. 1-8 for Bellingham Cocktail Week. A variety of venues—from downtown to Fairhaven and beyond—will participate in the fun. Prices vary. Drink responsibly.
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bellinghamcocktailweek.com
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Off the Shelf Book Club 
    Discuss Jill Smolinski's The Next Thing on My List at an Off the Shelf Book Club meeting from 1-2pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Gate 2. All are welcome.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 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. In these darker months, be sure to bring a headlamp or flashlight.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm U.S. Citizenship Class 
    Do you have a green card? Do you want to learn more about the process of becoming a United States citizen? If so, join a free "U.S. Citizenship 101" session at 6pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Local immigration attorneys will cover the general eligibility requirements for naturalization, explain the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship, and be available to answer questions. Additionally, the Whatcom Literacy Council will be there to provide information about its free programs; including how you can sign up for citizenship classes or work with a tutor to prepare for the citizenship test.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Ski and Snowboard Waxing Basics 
    Base preparation, structure and minor repair will be covered at a "Ski/Snowboard Waxing Basics" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. An expert technician will go into an in-depth examination of how and why waxes work. You do not need to bring your personal skis or snowboard to this class. Register in advance for the free primer.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm MVPD Outreach 
    Learn about the MV Police Department's Outreach Coordination program, about people in the community without homes, and why we can have hope when longtime social worker Erin von Fempe, LICSW, leads "A Piece of the Continent" at 6:30pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. Entry is free and open to the public.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: http://www.mountvernonwa.gov
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Chinese New Year DInner 
    Enjoy a celebratory dinner to welcome the Year of the Brown Earth Dog when Chef Robert Fong helms a "Chinese New Year Dinner" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Come hungry and be ready to enjoy tasty, interesting Chinese food for the Lunar New Year. Entry is $69.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Skagit Folk Dancers 
    Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterwards.
    Bayview Civic Hall :: http://www.skagitfolkdancers.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Cameo Jazz 
    Jazz and art will combine when Cameo Jazz continues tonight from 7-9pm at the Pegasus Gallery, 301 W. Holly St. The weekly event features small jazz groups, ranging from soloists to trios. All concerts are free to the public, and light refreshments will be available.
    Pegasus Gallery :: http://www.gallerypegasus.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Global Spice Series 
    Attend "An Evening of Classical Hindustani Song" when Srivani Jade and her ensemble perform as part of Western Washington University's Global Spice concert series at 7:30pm at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 general.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 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, February 7 13 events
  • All Day Bellingham Cocktail Week 
    Special drink and food menus, a cocktail art competition taking place during the Feb. 2 Art Walk, a CLUE-style murder mystery featuring themed cocktails and small bites, whiskey flight tastings, a vermouth showcase, a visit with St. George Spirits, and a BCW Recuperation Brunch dubbed “Bellingham Rhapsody” are among the many offerings taking place Feb. 1-8 for Bellingham Cocktail Week. A variety of venues—from downtown to Fairhaven and beyond—will participate in the fun. Prices vary. Drink responsibly.
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bellinghamcocktailweek.com
  • 8:30am Flower Buses 
    Forget about the stress of driving and parking at Seattle's Northwest Flower and Garden Show by signing up for "Flower Buses" leaving at 8:30am Wednesday through Friday in Mount Vernon at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. Tickets are $19 in advance, and $24 during the days of the show ($7 for kids). The cost of a combination show ticket and bus ride is $54.
    Christianson's Nursery :: http://www.christiansonsnursery.com
  • 8:00am - 9:00pm A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through March 1. Along with having their poems published in the tome―which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools―all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 10:30am - 11:30am Bellingham Music Club Concert 
    Winners of high school piano and voice competitions will perform at a Bellingham Music Club concert at 10:30am at Trinity Lutheran, 119 Texas St. The program is free and open to the public.
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Tech Basics 
    If you need help with basic computer, tablet, Internet, streaming, and downloading skills, sign up for a free, one-on-one coaching session with a Librarian or Volunteer Tech Helper at"Tech Basics Coaching" from 2-4pm Wednesdays through February at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.
    Bellingham Public Library :: (360) 778-7210
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Books and Tea 
    Chuck Robinson, cofounder of Village Books, will discuss his tome, It Takes a Village Books, at an Afternoon Books and Tea discussion from 2-3:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Read a book of your choice on this month's subject, Bookstores, and share your thoughts.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm Everson Book Club 
    Gaby Rodriquez's The Pregnancy Project will be the focus of an Everson Book Club meeting from 3-4:30pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Join the event for friendly discussions and Cynthia Rogers’ captivating books talks, even if you have not finished the book. Sign out a copy of the monthly selection, or bring a favorite book of your own.
    Everson Library :: (360) 966-5100
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Winter Gardening 
    Learn how to start seeds for transplanting out of doors and seed sprouting for windowsill gardening at a "Winter Gardening" workshop from 4-6pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Participants will also discover how to get a jump on the growing season using hoop houses with passive protection. Entry is free. The class repeats from 10am-12pm Sat., Feb. 10.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Cross-Country Skiing Basics 
    Learn more about the fundamental differences between backcountry, telemarking and touring ski styles at a free "Cross-Country Skiing Basics" class at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. In addition, the instructor will cover proper clothing and information on where and how to get started in this fun winter activity. Please register in advance.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Inspiration de Paris 
    Karina Davidson leads an "Inspiration de Paris" course from 6:30-9pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Entry to learn about and taste the four-course French feast is $49 and includes a choice of wine or a non-alcoholic beverage.
    Cordata Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommuntiyed.com
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Inventions from China 
    Lecturer and author Peter Gray leads an "Inventions from China" presentation at 6:30pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. See a slide show based on these inventions and learn more about this historical World War II story. Entry is free.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm Running Clinic 
    Participants will get a chance to practice what they learn with guided drills and feedback at a free "Run Faster, Easier, More Injury-Free" clinic with staffer (and coach) Josh Vander Wiele at 7:15pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. Register in advance, as space is limited.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Dawn Clement and Mark Taylor 
    Pianist and vocalist Dawn Clement and alto sax player Mark Taylor will be joined by bassist Michael Glynn and drummer Julian MacDonough for a Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center concert at 7pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Entry is $5-$10.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
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Thursday, February 8 20 events
  • All Day Bellingham Cocktail Week 
    Special drink and food menus, a cocktail art competition taking place during the Feb. 2 Art Walk, a CLUE-style murder mystery featuring themed cocktails and small bites, whiskey flight tastings, a vermouth showcase, a visit with St. George Spirits, and a BCW Recuperation Brunch dubbed “Bellingham Rhapsody” are among the many offerings taking place Feb. 1-8 for Bellingham Cocktail Week. A variety of venues—from downtown to Fairhaven and beyond—will participate in the fun. Prices vary. Drink responsibly.
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bellinghamcocktailweek.com
  • 12:00pm Chocolate Pop-Up Lounge 
    Evolve Chocolate will host a Pop-Up Lounge from 12-9pm through Feb. 14 at 1228 Bay St. (near the Upfront Theatre). In addition to picking up chocolate-related gifts for your loved ones, there will be live music, a Mardi Gras "Beer & Bites" ticketed soiree, projected movies and Olympics events and more.
    1228 Bay Street :: http://www.evolvetruffles.com
  • 7:30pm My Three Angels 
    Find out what happens when three convicts—two of them murderers, the third a swindler—stumble upon a family in dire need of angelic assistance against a bevy of unscrupulous relatives when My Three Angels concludes this weekend with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to the family-friendly comedy are $8-$14.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:30pm Enchanted April 
    Matthew Barber's Enchanted April continues this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The story based on the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim focuses on four women who rent a castle in Italy-where the sun-drenched environs works its magic on each sad and hardened heart, healing grief and bringing hope. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 17.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm A Murder is Announced 
    Agatha Christie's classic English murder mystery, A Murder is Announced, opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Expect two deaths, a puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a determined inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple to be on hand to provide the final solution. Tickets are $10-$14. Additional performances happen through Feb. 25.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 7:30pm Invincible Ones 
    Samantha Cooper's Invincible Ones opens this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theater (in the Performing Arts Center). The play delves into roller derby culture, focusing its lens on a group of 20-something friends reeling from their best friend's death. The story "explores the way we handle grief and guilt." Tickets are $7-$12. Additional showings happen Feb. 14-17.
    DUG Theater :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • All Day Flower Buses 
    Forget about the stress of driving and parking at Seattle's Northwest Flower and Garden Show by signing up for "Flower Buses" leaving at 8:30am Wednesday through Friday in Mount Vernon at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. Tickets are $19 in advance, and $24 during the days of the show ($7 for kids). The cost of a combination show ticket and bus ride is $54.
    Christianson's Nursery :: http://www.christiansonsnursery.com
  • 8:00am - 4:30pm Resilient Gardening in Western Washington 
    Attend "Resilient Gardening in Western Washington" from 8-4:30pm at Bellingham Technical College's Settlemyer Hall. The full-day garden conference being hosted by WSU will focus on food gardening, sustainability, community connections, native pollinators and habitat, gardening in small spaces, youth gardening, storage crops and more. Entry is $40 in advance and $50 at the door (includes a light breakfast and catered lunch). Attendees can also browse among various garden vendors.
    Settlemyer Hall :: http://www.whatcom.wsu.edu
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm Exhibition Preview 
    Attend a Museum Advocates presentation by Hathfor Yngvason, Director of the Western Gallery, at 12pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. "Western Washington University Gallery Exhibition Preview" will feature details about a series of summer exhibitions on campus that will explore themes in post-war American art by bringing works from the gallery’s American Works on Paper Collection together with sculptures from the Outdoor Sculpture Collection. Entry is free.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Memoir Workshop 
    Public speaker, counselor, life coach and author Marlene Anderson leads a "Memoir: Your Untold Stories Can Change a Life" presentation at a Skagit Valley Writers League meeting from 1-3pm at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Ave. All are welcome. Please register in advance for the free workshop.
    Mount Vernon Senior Center :: http://www.skagitwriters.org
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm Cook It and Book It 
    Students in grades 4-7 can meet up for cooking and book-related fun at a monthly "Cook It and Book It" gathering from 3:30-5pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. If whipping up something tasty to eat and talking about books interests your kids, have them check it out.
    Lynden Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm TESOL Info Session 
    Learn more about earning a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages at a "TESOL Info Session" from 5-6pm at Western Washington University's Miller Hall, room 231. Entry is free.
    Miller Hall :: http://www.wwu.edu/TESOL
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Jazz Jam 
    The Jazz Project's Jud Sherwood hosts a rotating house trio featuring top-flight local and regional musicians at a Jazz Jam happening from 5:30-8:30pm Thursdays at Illuminati Brewing, 3950 Hammer Dr., Suite 101. Entry is free.
    Illuminati Brewing :: http://www.jazzproject.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm New Orleans Dinner 
    Cajun Fish Po'Boys, shrimp and grits, gumbo with house-made chicken andouille and bananas foster will be on the menu at a New Orleans Dinner starting at 6pm at the Ciao Thyme Commons, 207 Unity St. New Orleans-style jazz music will be part of the fun. Entry is $68; wine and beer will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.
    Ciao Thyme Commons :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pub Run 
    Attend a weekly Pub Run starting at 6pm at BBay Running, 1431 N. State St. The 3- to 5-mile runs are open to all levels and abilities of runners, and BBay ambassadors guide each pace group. Tonight's run will follow along the Bay to Baker west trail, ending at Hops 'n Heads. Entry is free.
    BBay Running, :: http://www.bbayrunning.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Most Likely to Succeed 
    Attend a Whatcom County Independent Schools Fair at 6:30pm and a free screening of Most Likely to Succeed at 7pm at St. Paul's Academy, 1509 E. Victor St. The film, which received critical acclaim at the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals, highlights how to meet the needs of 21st century learners while also fostering a culture in education that will lead to both in college and career successes.
    St. Paul's Academy :: http://www.stpaul.academy
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Pakistani Vegetarian 
    Join Azma Khan for a homestyle meal of palak paneer (spinach with paneer), vegetable pulao, masoor dal (red lentils) and kachumber salad at a "Pakistani Vegetarian" class from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Khan is a native of Lahore, Pakistan, who has lived in Whatcom County since 1993.Entry is $39.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Coast to Coast on a Tandem 
    Tracy and Peter Flucke will lead a slideshow based on their book Coast to Coast on a Tandem at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Climb aboard and join the Fluckes on their tandem bicycle for their 2014 trip that began in Bellingham, across the Northern Tier of the United States. Somehow, these determined personalities were able to endure the better part of 72 days within six inches of each other, surviving physical, logistical and interpersonal challenges that made this an adventure of a lifetime.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Intersection Trio 
    The Bellingham Festival of Music hosts a concert by the Intersection Trio at 7:30pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center, 516 High St. Composed of violinist Laura Frautschi, cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, and pianist John Novacek, the trio is known for seamlessly dovetailing a wide variety of repertoire including classical, jazz, Latin, Broadway/film music and new commissions. Tickets are $10-$25.
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm The Liberal Arts on Trial 
    Whatcom County Historical Society member Ron Judd helms a presentation of "The Liberal Arts on Trial: Charles H. Fisher and Red Scare Politics at Western Washington College" at 7:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $5.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
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Friday, February 9 21 events
  • All Day Bellingham Cocktail Week 
    Special drink and food menus, a cocktail art competition taking place during the Feb. 2 Art Walk, a CLUE-style murder mystery featuring themed cocktails and small bites, whiskey flight tastings, a vermouth showcase, a visit with St. George Spirits, and a BCW Recuperation Brunch dubbed “Bellingham Rhapsody” are among the many offerings taking place Feb. 1-8 for Bellingham Cocktail Week. A variety of venues—from downtown to Fairhaven and beyond—will participate in the fun. Prices vary. Drink responsibly.
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bellinghamcocktailweek.com
  • All Day Chocolate Pop-Up Lounge 
    Evolve Chocolate will host a Pop-Up Lounge from 12-9pm through Feb. 14 at 1228 Bay St. (near the Upfront Theatre). In addition to picking up chocolate-related gifts for your loved ones, there will be live music, a Mardi Gras "Beer & Bites" ticketed soiree, projected movies and Olympics events and more.
    1228 Bay Street :: http://www.evolvetruffles.com
  • 12:00pm Legendary Banked Slalom 
    The annual snowboarding extravaganza known as the Legendary Banked Slalom takes place Friday through Sunday on the slopes of the Mt. Baker Ski Area. If you're watching from the sidelines, stick around for the awards ceremony and the salmon barbecue Sunday afternoon.
    Mt. Baker Ski Area :: http://www.mtbaker.us
  • 7:30pm Skagit Community Band 
    The Skagit Community Band presents a multi-course concert titled "Bon Appetit" at 7:30pm Friday and La Conner's Maple Hall (104 Commercial), and 3pm Sunday in Anacortes at Brodniak Hall (1600 20th St). Entry to the gastronomical musical experience is by donation.
    Maple Hall, Brodniak Hall :: http://www.skagitcommunityband.org
  • All Day A Murder is Announced 
    Agatha Christie's classic English murder mystery, A Murder is Announced, opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Expect two deaths, a puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a determined inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple to be on hand to provide the final solution. Tickets are $10-$14. Additional performances happen through Feb. 25.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • All Day Enchanted April 
    Matthew Barber's Enchanted April continues this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The story based on the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim focuses on four women who rent a castle in Italy-where the sun-drenched environs works its magic on each sad and hardened heart, healing grief and bringing hope. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 17.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day My Three Angels 
    Find out what happens when three convicts—two of them murderers, the third a swindler—stumble upon a family in dire need of angelic assistance against a bevy of unscrupulous relatives when My Three Angels concludes this weekend with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to the family-friendly comedy are $8-$14.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 8:00pm Cupid's Arrow, Backyard Brawl 
    An improvised dating game dubbed "Cupid's Arrow" continues this week with performances at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The show is inspired by the classic 1960s and ’70s show The Dating Game, and has the "contestant "choosing from three outlandish characters inspired by audience suggestions (and then going on a date with them). At 10pm, stick around for "Backyard Brawl," which pits two teams of improvisers against on another in a "short form improv slugfest." Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 6:00pm Lucas Hicks Remembrance Ceremony and Celebration 
    Attend a Remembrance Ceremony for local musical legend Lucas Hicks starting at 6pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. The ceremony will be followed by music and dancing into the wee hours. Starting at 7pm Saturday, a continued celebration and mass revelry will take place at the Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St. Music by the Crow Quill Night Owls, the Sons of Rainier, Reeb Willms and Caleb Klauder, the Happy Valley Sluggers and more will fill the night. Entry is $10 in advance. On Saturday, the Old Town Cafe will also be operating as an all-ages memorial space. Refreshments will be available.
  • 12:00pm Art as Radical Pedagogy Black History Month 
    A Black History Month cultural reception with welcoming performers, an “Africa to America” participatory workshop, an African Diaspora Fashion Show, visual and performing arts featuring local and non-local artists, panel discussions on the works of African-American artists and more will be part of "Art as Radical Pedagogy Black History Month" events Friday and Saturday on the Western Washington University campus. The events are part of the "Back to the Sandbox" exhibit currently on display at Western Gallery.
    Western Washington University :: http://www.westerngallery.wwu.edu
  • All Day Invincible Ones 
    Samantha Cooper's Invincible Ones opens this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theater (in the Performing Arts Center). The play delves into roller derby culture, focusing its lens on a group of 20-something friends reeling from their best friend's death. The story "explores the way we handle grief and guilt." Tickets are $7-$12. Additional showings happen Feb. 14-17.
    DUG Theater :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 8:30am Flower Buses 
    Forget about the stress of driving and parking at Seattle's Northwest Flower and Garden Show by signing up for "Flower Buses" leaving at 8:30am Wednesday through Friday in Mount Vernon at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. Tickets are $19 in advance, and $24 during the days of the show ($7 for kids). The cost of a combination show ticket and bus ride is $54.
    Christianson's Nursery :: http://www.christiansonsnursery.com
  • 9:30am - 11:00am Wild Things 
    Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in February on the Interurban Trail. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Interurban Trail :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Truffles 101 
    Cindy McKinney helms a "Truffle Making 101" class from 3-5pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Attendees will learn about three different flavors/techniques and each one can be varied to create more flavors: milk chocolate with chai spices, white chocolate with Grand Marnier, and dark chocolate with raspberry chocolate filling. Entry is free, and all ingredients will be provided. Please register in advance, as space is limited.
    Lynden Library :: http://www.wcls.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
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Library Breakout Night 
    Kids in grades 4-7 can take part in a "Library Breakout Night" from 6-7:30pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. At the free event, they can follow clues, crack codes, and open locks to uncover hidden treasures, splitting into teams to work together to solve the mystery. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Climbers 
    Jim Herrington shares slides and stories from The Climbers at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The photography book is the culmination of a two-decade project to track down and document the surviving legendary climbers of the early-to-mid 20th century "Golden Age’"of climbing. Herrington will also recount what it was like to step into these climber’s homes, their lives and their history.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Roll With It Improv 
    Join Philip Prud’homme, a local actor and leadership facilitator, for an informal evening of improv with a team of actors at a "Roll With It Improv" event at 7pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The interactive workshop aims to connect people socially who share a common interest in the arts, to learn improvisational skills, and to have a good time. Entry is $5 and includes light hors d'oeuvres. Pre-registration is required.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:30pm - 11:30pm Salsasere Salsa Night 
    Spend the evening dancing to salsa, bachata, merengue, cha-cha-cha and more when Cubasere presents a "Salsasere" Salsa Night from 7:30pm-12am in the Bard Loft at the Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St. Entry is $10 and includes a half-hour Introduction to Cuban Salsa lesson. The event is all-ages until 11pm.
    Conway Muse :: http://www.cubasere.com
  • 8:00pm - 11:00pm Love is Love Dance with Whatcom PFLAG 
    Join PFLAG Whatcom for a "Love is Love" Valentine's Dance taking place from 8-11pm at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. The 21-and-over event will feature tunes by DJ Provoker and Company, and will be open to LGBTQs and their allies. Come as you are, or dress in your best. Entry is $10. Alcohol will be available to purchase.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.whatcompflag.org
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  • All Day Bellingham Cocktail Week 
    Special drink and food menus, a cocktail art competition taking place during the Feb. 2 Art Walk, a CLUE-style murder mystery featuring themed cocktails and small bites, whiskey flight tastings, a vermouth showcase, a visit with St. George Spirits, and a BCW Recuperation Brunch dubbed “Bellingham Rhapsody” are among the many offerings taking place Feb. 1-8 for Bellingham Cocktail Week. A variety of venues—from downtown to Fairhaven and beyond—will participate in the fun. Prices vary. Drink responsibly.
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bellinghamcocktailweek.com
  • All Day Chocolate Pop-Up Lounge 
    Evolve Chocolate will host a Pop-Up Lounge from 12-9pm through Feb. 14 at 1228 Bay St. (near the Upfront Theatre). In addition to picking up chocolate-related gifts for your loved ones, there will be live music, a Mardi Gras "Beer & Bites" ticketed soiree, projected movies and Olympics events and more.
    1228 Bay Street :: http://www.evolvetruffles.com
  • All Day Legendary Banked Slalom 
    The annual snowboarding extravaganza known as the Legendary Banked Slalom takes place Friday through Sunday on the slopes of the Mt. Baker Ski Area. If you're watching from the sidelines, stick around for the awards ceremony and the salmon barbecue Sunday afternoon.
    Mt. Baker Ski Area :: http://www.mtbaker.us
  • All Day Skagit Community Band 
    The Skagit Community Band presents a multi-course concert titled "Bon Appetit" at 7:30pm Friday and La Conner's Maple Hall (104 Commercial), and 3pm Sunday in Anacortes at Brodniak Hall (1600 20th St). Entry to the gastronomical musical experience is by donation.
    Maple Hall, Brodniak Hall :: http://www.skagitcommunityband.org
  • 2:30pm Birding for Kids 
    Skagit Guided Adventures offers a fun and easy way to introduce kids to identifying and learning about the birds of winter at "Birding for Kids: An 'I Spy Adventure' in Skagit Valley" from 2:30-4:30pm Saturdays and Sundays through March 18. Fees vary. Proceeds sponsor Birding for Latino Kids.
    Skagit Valley :: (360) 474-7479 or http://www.skagitguidedadventures.com
  • All Day My Three Angels 
    Find out what happens when three convicts—two of them murderers, the third a swindler—stumble upon a family in dire need of angelic assistance against a bevy of unscrupulous relatives when My Three Angels concludes this weekend with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to the family-friendly comedy are $8-$14.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • All Day A Murder is Announced 
    Agatha Christie's classic English murder mystery, A Murder is Announced, opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Expect two deaths, a puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a determined inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple to be on hand to provide the final solution. Tickets are $10-$14. Additional performances happen through Feb. 25.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • All Day Enchanted April 
    Matthew Barber's Enchanted April continues this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The story based on the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim focuses on four women who rent a castle in Italy-where the sun-drenched environs works its magic on each sad and hardened heart, healing grief and bringing hope. Tickets are $20. Additional showings happen through Feb. 17.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 8:00pm Cupid's Arrow, Backyard Brawl 
    An improvised dating game dubbed "Cupid's Arrow" continues this week with performances at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The show is inspired by the classic 1960s and ’70s show The Dating Game, and has the "contestant "choosing from three outlandish characters inspired by audience suggestions (and then going on a date with them). At 10pm, stick around for "Backyard Brawl," which pits two teams of improvisers against on another in a "short form improv slugfest." Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 6:00pm Lucas Hicks Remembrance Ceremony and Celebration 
    Attend a Remembrance Ceremony for local musical legend Lucas Hicks starting at 6pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. The ceremony will be followed by music and dancing into the wee hours. Starting at 7pm Saturday, a continued celebration and mass revelry will take place at the Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St. Music by the Crow Quill Night Owls, the Sons of Rainier, Reeb Willms and Caleb Klauder, the Happy Valley Sluggers and more will fill the night. Entry is $10 in advance. On Saturday, the Old Town Cafe will also be operating as an all-ages memorial space. Refreshments will be available.
  • 12:00pm Art as Radical Pedagogy Black History Month 
    A Black History Month cultural reception with welcoming performers, an “Africa to America” participatory workshop, an African Diaspora Fashion Show, visual and performing arts featuring local and non-local artists, panel discussions on the works of African-American artists and more will be part of "Art as Radical Pedagogy Black History Month" events Friday and Saturday on the Western Washington University campus. The events are part of the "Back to the Sandbox" exhibit currently on display at Western Gallery.
    Western Washington University :: http://www.westerngallery.wwu.edu
  • 7:30pm Invincible Ones 
    Samantha Cooper's Invincible Ones opens this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theater (in the Performing Arts Center). The play delves into roller derby culture, focusing its lens on a group of 20-something friends reeling from their best friend's death. The story "explores the way we handle grief and guilt." Tickets are $7-$12. Additional showings happen Feb. 14-17.
    DUG Theater :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:00am - 10:00am Swan Watch 
    The Friends of Tennant Lake and Hovander Park will host the annual "Swan Watch" from 7-10am at Ferndale's Tennant Lake, 5236 Nielsen Ave. Participants can view as many as 300 trumpeter and tundra swans form into small groups, bob their heads simultaneously, then lift off the water for the day's forage. A guest speaker will be on site in the Interpretive Center after the swans leave. As in years past, rehabilitated swans healthy enough to be returned to the wild might be released after the presentation. Entry is free, and all ages are welcome.
    Tennant Lake :: http://www.fotlhp.org
  • 9:00am - 3:30pm Native Plant Walk 
    Join the Komo Kulshan chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society for a "Winter Twigs and Buds" native plant walk leaving at 9am from the upper Lake Whatcom Park trailhead (just before the end of Northshore Rd.). Ethnobotanist and naturalist Abe Lloyd will lead the trip to the new Chanterelle Trail in the Lake Whatcom Park reconveyance land and show you how to identify native deciduous trees and shrubs. Dress for the weather and pack a lunch. Entry is free, and no RSVP is needed.
    Lake Whatcom Park :: http://www.wnpskoma.org
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Anacortes Winter Farmers Market 
    Peruse and purchase locally sourced food and crafts from area vendors at the Anacortes Farmers Market's second Winter Market of the season from 9am-2pm at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. Additional markets happen March 10, and April 14 before the season opens on weekly basis in early May.
  • 9:00am - 10:30am English Roses 
    Becky Reed, horticulturist and rose expert for David Austin Roses will lead "The Charm and Elegance of David Austin English Roses" at 9am at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. The free event is suitable for both beginners and enthusiasts, and will teach you everything you need to know about roses—including cultivation, planting and care.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: http://www.garden-spot.com
  • 10:00am - 7:00pm A Great A-Fair 
    More than 30 artisans and crafters will offer a wide variety of their finest products for a pre Valentine's Day, one-stop-shopping event dubbed the "Great A-Fair" from 10am-7pm at the Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini St. There will be a Booth Decorating Contest that will be judged by event attendees, a raffle, and a food booth serving dinner items and hot drinks. Entry is $3.
    Birch Bay Activity Center :: (360) 656-6416
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Drop-in Work Party 
    Join Bellingham Parks and Rec for a drop-in Work Party from 10am-12pm along Fairhaven's 19th Street Trail. Volunteers will be removing invasive weeks, mulching and planting a variety of native trees and shrubs. Tools, gloves and directions will be provided.
    19th Street Trail :: 778-7105 or http://www.cob.org
  • 10:00am - 11:00am Sumas Writers Group 
    Aspiring writers can join the Sumas Writers Group to improve writing techniques, get feedback and gain information on how to get work published from 10-11am at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St. All writing styles are welcome. Can't make it every month? No problem-come when you are able.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 988-2501
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Two for the Road 5K 
    Run solo or with a partner (teams must finish together) at the Greater Bellingham Running Club's annual "Two for the Road" 5K Run starting at 10am at Whatcom Falls Park, 1401 Electric Ave. Entry is $5 for youth, $10 for solo runners and $15 for teams. No dogs are allowed, but strollers are welcome.
    Whatcom Falls Park :: http://www.gbrc.net
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Award-Winning Book Club 
    Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming will be the subject of an Award Winning Book Club meeting from 10:30am-12pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. All are welcome-even if you didn't finish the book.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm Hearty Party 5K 
    Grab a pal, furry friend or someone special and take part in the Max Higbee Center's annual "Hearty Party! 5K Run, Walk & Roll" starting at 11am at the center's headquarters at 1210 Bay St. Entry to take part in the "race for inclusion" is $15-$35 and includes entrance to an after-party at Boundary Bay Brewery. For those not in the know, the nonprofit provides recreational services to teens and adults living with developmental disabilities.
    Max Higbee Center :: http://www.maxhigbee.org
  • 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help 
    The AARP Tax-Aide program will provide free tax preparation services today from 12:30-4:30pm at Bellingham's First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. On weekdays through mid-April, the service will take place from 3:30-6:30pm. A Spanish-language interpreter will be available on Wednesdays and Saturdays. See guidelines on the Bellingham Public Library's website.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Travel to Rio de Janeiro 
    Local resident and world traveler Lawrence Pang will take you on a virtual tour using video clips and photos of his visits to locations around the world at a "Travel to Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls" presentation from 1-3pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Entry is free.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Swing Connection Valentine's Concert 
    Jazz vocalist Cheryl Hodge and the Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers will join the Swing Connection big band for a Valentine's Concert and Dance from 2-5pm at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. In addition, the band will provide swinging instrumental arrangements of romantic standards. Entry is free; when the tip jar comes around, suggested donation is $10.
    Leopold Crystal Ballroom :: http://www.swingconnection.org
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Birds of Winter Art Walk 
    Check out as many as 15 downtown venues featuring artists with bird-themed art at a "Birds of Winter" Art Walk from 2-5pm in Mount Vernon. Works by both local and regional artists will be featured.
    Downtown Mount Vernon :: http://www.mountvernondowntown.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Ken Speer Artist Talk 
    Join artist Ken Speer for an informal discussion about his work at an Artist Chat from 2-4pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. His exhibit, "Trees Dreaming in Dharma," is on exhibit through March 3 at the venue.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Cupid's Folly Family Valentine Party 
    Carnival booth activities, crafts, face painting, card-making supplies, treats and more will be part of a "Cupid's Folly" Family Valentine Party from 3-5pm at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave. The event is geared toward families with kids in grades 3 and younger. Entry is free for kids; suggested donation for adults is $3.
    Bloedel Donovan Community Building :: http://www.cob.org
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm Cut-Out Poetry 
    Young adults and adults will have the opportunity to explore what is on their mind and learn how to achieve catharsis through the cutting out of words and pictures to create a collage at a "Magazine Cut-Out Poetry" event at 3:30pm at Concrete's Upper Skagit Library, 45770 Main St. Entry and supplies are free.
    Upper Skagit Library :: http://www.upperskagit.lib.wa.us
  • 4:00pm - 8:00pm Sweetheart Bingo 
    Help raise funds for the Bellingham St. Patrick's Day Parade by attending a "Sweetheart Bingo and Karaoke" event from 4-8pm at the Mountain Room at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1103 Railroad Ave. The cost to attend the 21-and-over event is $25 per person and $40 per couple and gets you eight games of Bingo, complimentary karaoke, access to a costume contest and more.
  • 5:00pm - 9:00pm 12 Minutes Max Auditions 
    Actors, dancers, musicians, filmmakers and other performance artists can audition for the next "12 Minute Max" showcase from 5-9pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1315 Harris Ave. The curated festival will take place March 2-3, and will feature acts and films of 12 minutes or less. Please turn in audition applications by midnight on Thurs., Feb. 8.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: http://www.12minutesmaxbellingham.org
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm You Love Me, You Love Me Not 
    Bring your sweetie along to enjoy romantic poetry, have your love tarot read, and support a local venue when Shannon P. Laws hosts "You Love Me, You Love Me Not" from 5-6:30pm at the Alternative Library, 519 E. Maple St. Books by Laws and fellow reader and poet James Bertolino will be available for purchase. Suggested donation is $5. (Tarot readings take place from 4-6:30pm.)
    Alternative Library :: http://www.altlib.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Hell on Hooves Rough Stock Rodeo 
    Bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing and more will be part of tonight's "Hell on Hooves" Rough Stock Rodeo starting at 7pm at Lynden's NW Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. Tickets are $18 in advance and $23 at the door (free for kids 5 and under).
    NW Washington Fairgrounds :: http://www.nwwafair.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Howard Rains and Trisha Spencer 
    The husband and wife duo of Howard Rains and Trisha Spencer present a concert of old-time and traditional fiddle music at 7pm at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. The couple will also share their vocal and guitar talents. Tickets will be $18 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the YWCA, the only nonprofit in Bellingham that provides housing for single homeless women.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Think and Drink 
    As part of Whatcom READS, attend "Think and Drink: I Was There" from 7-9pm at Deming's Van Zandt Community Hall, 5465 Potter Rd. The night is focused on remembering the 1999 Seattle WTO protests. If it affected you and you want to share your story or show photos from the protests, contact the Deming Library to sign up. Or just come and listen in. Entry is free. Fare from Atwood Ales and Vartanyan Estate Wines will be available for purchase.
    Van Zandt Community Hall :: (360) 592-2422 or http://www.whatcomreads.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Self-Made Woman 
    Denise Chanterelle DuBois reads from Self-Made Woman: A Memoir at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. . Born as a boy into a working-class Polish American Milwaukee family, DuBois faced daunting hurdles—a domineering father, a gritty 1960s neighborhood with no understanding of gender nonconformity, trouble in school, and a childhood haunted by deprivation.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm Contra Dance 
    Brian Lindsay and Anita Anderson will provide live tunes and Sonya Kaufman will do the calling at the Bellingham Country Dance Society's Contra Dance taking place from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $8-$10 ($6 for students).
  • 7:30pm - 11:00pm Serial Killers 
    Four remaining teams will present short episodic plays as part of iDiOM Theater's annual "Serial Killers" competition at 7:30pm and 9:30pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Per usual, the audience will vote to kill off one of the plays, with the remaining teams fighting to stay alive—and win $1,000—at weekly shows through March 3 (no show Sat., Feb. 17) . Entry is $10-$12.50. (P.S. If you miss a week, a recap team will get you up to date.)
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.idiomtheater.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm African Strings Project 
    Prepare to be impressed and enlightened by three masters on guitars, lutes, lyres, bows and more when the African Strings Project performs at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. At the show, Derek Gripper from South Africa, Jaja Bashengezi from the Congo, and Kinobe from Uganda will perform original, contemporary and traditional material from the mother continent. Tickets are $25-$35.
    McIntyre Hal :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners 
    As part of the Manouche NW Concert Series hosted by Nuages, Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners will play in a concert at 7:30pm at the Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Rd. Ruby and company bring their catchy swinging sound, musical talent and incredible energy to each show. Craft beer and wine will be available for purchase at the concert with proceeds supporting the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center. Admission is $15.
    Unity Spiritual Center :: http://www.manouchenw.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm We Banjo 3 
    Experience "Celtgrass" when Irish music meets Americana at a concert by We Banjo 3 at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Multiple award-winning musicians, these two sets of born-and-bred-in Ireland brothers bring musical magic on banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin. Tickets are $17.50-$39.50.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Curtis Salgado 
    Award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist/harmonicist/songwriter Curtis Salgado brings his big sounds to Mount Vernon for a 7:30pm show at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. From co-fronting the Robert Cray Band to leading his own band (and recording nine solo albums) to helping transform John Belushi into “Joliet” Jake Blues to touring the country with Steve Miller and Santana, Salgado is a true musical giant. Tickets are $20-$30.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Firefly Concert Series with Pearl Django 
    The Firefly Concert Series continues with concert by Gypsy jazz purveyors Pearl Django at 7:30pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Tickets to the all-ages concert are $25.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Laura Love 
    Powerhouse vocalist Laura Love will be joined by master guitarist Terry Hunt when she performs in Bellingham after a two-decade absence for an 8pm concert at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Love’s music is not only keen and kind, it energizes and empowers audiences in a way that is nothing short of unique. Tickets are $12-$22 in advance, $15-$25 at the door.
    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship :: http://www.brownpapertickets.com
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