Week of February 18, 2018

Sunday, February 18 14 events
  • All Day Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival 
    The 18th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival will feature films and facilitated discussions designed to foster dialogue, promote action and encourage the community to explore and engage with critical issues from Feb. 15-24 at a variety of venues—including the Pickford Film Center, Fairhaven College Auditorium, Bellingham High School, Bellingham Public Library, Whatcom Community College, Whatcom Museum, Sehome High School, Northwest Indian College, First Congregational Church, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, and Squalicum High School. Entry to the films is free. See the full schedule online.
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bhrff.webs.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 A Murder is Announced 
    Agatha Christie's classic English murder mystery, A Murder is Announced, continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through 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 Mock and Maher 
    Join folk icon Dan Maher and local a cappella trio Mockingbird for the third annual "Mock and Maher: A Concert of Friends" at 7:30pm Saturday at the Fairhaven Library (1117 12th St.) and 3-5pm Sunday at the Deming Library (5044 Mt. Baker Hwy). Entry to hear "good music to nourish the soul" is $10 at the door for the first show, free for the second. All ages are welcome.
    Fairhaven Library, Deming Library :: http://www.mockingbirdmusic.weebly.com or http://www.wcls.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
  • 9:00am Orchid Society Show & Sale 
    The Mt. Baker Orchid Society hosts its annual Show and Sale from 9am-5pm Saturday and 9am-4pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's Skagit Valley Gardens, 18923 Peter Johnson Rd. In addition to orchid displays and judging, there'll be member and commercial orchid sales, and orchid repotting services will be available by donation. Entry is free.
    Skagit Valley Gardens :: (360) 647-1752 or http://www.orchid-society.net/mt-baker
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Sedro-Woolley Breakfast 
    Eggs to order, omelets, hash browns, pancakes and more can be had at a Community Breakfast taking place from 8-11am at Sedro-Woolley's American Legion Post #43, 701 Murdock St. Entry is $5 for kids, $7 for adults.
    American Legion Post #43 :: http://www.sedro-woolley.com
  • 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
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Jim Malcom 
    Guitarist, harmonica player and storyteller Jim Malcom shares the traditional songs of his native Scotland at a 2pm concert at Nancy's Farm, 2030 E. Smith Rd. Malcolm is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as "one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style." Suggested donation is $20. Call the number below to get an invite to the show.
    Nancy's Farm :: (360) 739-5651
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Banged-Up Heart 
    Shirley Melis reads from Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love & Loss at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The memoir is described as being "an intimate and clear-eyed account of finding love late and losing it early—and of the strength it takes to fall madly in love a second time, be forced to relinquish that love too soon, and yet choose to love again."
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Songs of Action and Compassion 
    As part of Whatcom READS, singer and songwriter Tracy Spring presents "Songs of Action and Compassion" at 4pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Listen and sing along to old and new favorites, and learn what has inspired Tracy and other performers whose work carries messages of commitment and hope.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: http://www.whatcomreads.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Jo Koy's Break the Mold Tour 
    Standup comedian Jo Koy makes a "Break the Mold" Tour stop at 6pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Koy—who was raised in Tacoma and credits his mother for his comedic and acting talents—sells out theaters and comedy clubs across the nation, has had two successful specials on Comedy Central, and is one of a select few comics to receive a standing ovation on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Tickets are $36.50-$46.50.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Jo Koy breaks the mold 
  • 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 19 4 events
  • All Day Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival 
    The 18th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival will feature films and facilitated discussions designed to foster dialogue, promote action and encourage the community to explore and engage with critical issues from Feb. 15-24 at a variety of venues—including the Pickford Film Center, Fairhaven College Auditorium, Bellingham High School, Bellingham Public Library, Whatcom Community College, Whatcom Museum, Sehome High School, Northwest Indian College, First Congregational Church, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, and Squalicum High School. Entry to the films is free. See the full schedule online.
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bhrff.webs.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
  • 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 - 8:30pm Controlling Cravings 
    Bring home practical tips both for immediate relief and sustainable success when Karl Mincin, CN, leads a "Controlling Cravings" presentation from 6:30-8:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. From sweet and fatty to salty and crunchy, he'll consider specific food cravings and their nutritional, herbal and behavioral support measures. Entry is $5.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.communityfood.coop
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Tuesday, February 20 10 events
  • All Day Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival 
    The 18th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival will feature films and facilitated discussions designed to foster dialogue, promote action and encourage the community to explore and engage with critical issues from Feb. 15-24 at a variety of venues—including the Pickford Film Center, Fairhaven College Auditorium, Bellingham High School, Bellingham Public Library, Whatcom Community College, Whatcom Museum, Sehome High School, Northwest Indian College, First Congregational Church, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, and Squalicum High School. Entry to the films is free. See the full schedule online.
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bhrff.webs.com
  • 8:30am - 5:00pm Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting 
    Sustainable Connections will host its annual Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting from 8:30am-5pm at Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. The meeting brings together scores of farmers, fisherfolk, food artisans, restaurants, grocers and other people interested in sourcing local ingredients or selling local food. Facilitated networking, one-on-one consultations, a vibrant expo, educational workshops, a panel discussion and a keynote address will be part of the day's activities. Entry is $60-$70, and includes a seven-course lunch.
    Bellingham Technical College :: http://www.sustainableconnections.org
  • 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
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Cocktail Party Class 
    To celebrate the venue's new full liquor license, attend a Cocktail Party Class starting at 6:30pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. At the event, Mataio Gillis and Kraig Halterman will teach attendees to make two special drinks simple syrups, and several appetizers that pair well with these drinks. Entry is $68.
    Ciao Thyme :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Afghan Cuisine 
    Vizha Ahmad demonstrates how to make kechere qurot, a traditional dish of rice and mung beans topped with a tomato and mini-chicken meatball sauce and a yogurt sauce, when she helms an "Afghan Cuisine" class from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Vizha is a native of Kabul, Afghanistan who lived in India for almost 10 years and moved to the United States three years ago. Entry is $39.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm WAKE Meeting 
    Join the Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts (WAKE) for a monthly meeting from 6:30-8pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. At the free event, sea kayakers Lou and David McKee will give a presentation on their book, Klee Wyck Journal. Their personally illustrated book tells their tales of homesteading, paddling and wildlife in this remote area. Attendees can also learn about upcoming kayak events and meet fellow kayakers.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.wakekayak.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, light refreshments will be available.
    Pegasus Gallery :: http://www.gallerypegasus.com
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Books on Tap 
    Deming Library staff Erin Suda and Katrina Carabba lead a lively "Books on Tap" discussion focusing on Steve Hamilton's The Lock Artist from 7-8:30pm at the North Fork Brewery, 6186 Mt. Baker Hwy. The club meeting on the third Tuesday of each month.
    North Fork Brewery :: (360) 592-2422
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Skagit Folk Dancers 
    Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterwards.
    Bayview Civic Hall :: http://www.skagitfolkdancers.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm 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 21 11 events
  • All Day Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival 
    The 18th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival will feature films and facilitated discussions designed to foster dialogue, promote action and encourage the community to explore and engage with critical issues from Feb. 15-24 at a variety of venues—including the Pickford Film Center, Fairhaven College Auditorium, Bellingham High School, Bellingham Public Library, Whatcom Community College, Whatcom Museum, Sehome High School, Northwest Indian College, First Congregational Church, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, and Squalicum High School. Entry to the films is free. See the full schedule online.
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bhrff.webs.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
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm How to Build a French Pastry 
    Attend "How to Build a French Pastry" from 2-5pm at Blaine's Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Executive Chef Bruno Feldeisen―who's also a celebrity judge on The Great Canadian Baking Show―will lead the hands-on course. Entry is $45 and includes take-home samples.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: http://www.semiahmoo.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Garden Design 
    Attend a "Garden Design" workshop from 4-6pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Find out how to determine the best placement of fruit trees, bushes, and vines. Learn about site selection, including hardscape assessment, scope of project, materials use, integration with your home and/or views, sunlight observations, air flow and more. The free class repeats from 10am-12pm Sat., Feb. 24.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Fondue Party 
    Cindy McKinney leads a "Fondue Party" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Cindy will be dipping a variety of veggies, fruits and even some meat, not just bread. Entry to the festive class held around a fondue pot is $45.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Creekside Open Mic 
    Sign up to read your poetry and prose or play music—or simply listen in—at a Creekside Open Mic starting at 6:30pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Gate 2. Entry to the monthly event is free.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Plant Plumbing 
    Biology professor Anu Singh-Cundy will awe attendees with her knowledge about how trees can lift water 400 feet into the canopy without spending a dime of their own energy at Washington Native Plant Society talk, "Plant Plumbing: How Plants Move Fluids," at 7pm at the RE Store Sustainable Living Center, 2309 Meridian St. Entry is free and open to all.
    Sustainable Living Center :: http://www.wnpskoma.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Daimh Concert 
    Gaelic supergroup and Highland music champions Daimh perform from 7-9pm at Mount Vernon's Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave. Taking the name from the Gaelic word for “kinship” Daimh (pronounced Dive) have taken their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to more than 20 countries, setting audiences alight from Moscow to San Francisco. Tickets are $20-$25.
    Littlefield Celtic Center :: http://www.celticarts.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Intro to Improv 
    Attend a free workshop focusing on play, creativity, storytelling and fun at a "Learn to Think on Your Feet" introductory improv class from 7-9pm at Improv Playworks, 1011 Girard St. All levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Please register in advance.
    Improv Playworks :: 756-0756 or http://www.improvplayworks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Michael van Bebber Quartet 
    Lauded trumpeter Micheal Van Bebber will be joined by bassist Michael Glynn, pianist John Hanse, 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
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Scottish Country 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, February 22 10 events
  • 7:30pm A Murder is Announced 
    Agatha Christie's classic English murder mystery, A Murder is Announced, concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through 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.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • All Day Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival 
    The 18th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival will feature films and facilitated discussions designed to foster dialogue, promote action and encourage the community to explore and engage with critical issues from Feb. 15-24 at a variety of venues—including the Pickford Film Center, Fairhaven College Auditorium, Bellingham High School, Bellingham Public Library, Whatcom Community College, Whatcom Museum, Sehome High School, Northwest Indian College, First Congregational Church, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, and Squalicum High School. Entry to the films is free. See the full schedule online.
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bhrff.webs.com
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm English Country Dancing 
    Attend English Country Dancing classes from 1:30-3pm Thursdays at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. No experience or partner is necessary.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: (360) 384-2674
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm Love is in the Air Story Share 
    Do you have an infatuation with romance fiction? If so, join a "Love is in the Air Story Share" from 5-6pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Gate 2. For the fun-filled discussion, bring books you love, relish and adulate from the most amorous genre.
    South Whatcom Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 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 - 7:00pm 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 east Whatcom Creek trail, ending at Aslan Brewing. Entry is free.
    BBay Running :: http://www.bbayrunning.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Good and Cheap 
    Karina Davidson demonstrates recipes from Leanne Brown's New York Times bestseller, Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Enjoy cauliflower cheese, spicy green beans, winter squash purée, and dark and spicy chili vegetable jambalaya. Entry is $10 and includes a copy of the book.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Skagit Valley Writers League Meeting 
    Award-winning short story writer and novelist Joy Burke will lead "The Busy Person's Guide to Self-Publishing" at a Skagit Valley Writers League meeting from 6:30-8:30pm at the Burlington Library, 820 E. Washington St. Please register in advance for the free workshop, as space is limited.
    Burlington Library :: http://www.skagitwriters.org
  • 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 Jansen Jazz Band 
    The popular Jansen Jazz Band perform at 7:30pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Under the direction of Steve Herrick, this local group of instrumentalists performs a new collection of songs in a big band jazz style for each of their concerts. The program has a great selection of tunes from pop, swing, rock and jazz standards. Bonnie VanderYacht will be featured vocalist on a Michael Buble tune. Tickets are $10.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
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Friday, February 23 12 events
  • All Day A Murder is Announced 
    Agatha Christie's classic English murder mystery, A Murder is Announced, concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through 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.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 7:30pm Beauty and the Beast 
    The Theater Arts Guild and Skagit Valley College will team up to present Disney’s much loved musical version of Beauty and the Beast at showings at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. In this Broadway hit, Belle, a young French girl finds herself in an enchanted castle in the search for her father. She meets a talking candlestick, a stammering clock, and many other characters-including an angry beast that reigns over the castle. Tickets to the all-ages show are $20-$40. Additional showings happen through March 10.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 8:00pm Cupid's Arrow, Backyard Brawl 
    An improvised dating game dubbed "Cupid's Arrow" concludes 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
  • 7:30pm The Queen of Rock 
    Renowned tribute artist Luisa Marshall channels Tina Turner at "The Queen of Rock N Roll" at 7:30pm Friday at the Mount Baker Theatre (104 N. Commercial St.) and 8pm Saturday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre (712 S. First St.). In addition to hearing chart-topping hits like "What's Love Got to Do With It?" "Private Dancer," "Better Be Good to Me," and more, Luisa also pays tribute as Tina to some of her favorite divas such as Shania Twain, Lady Gaga, Donna Summer, and others. Tickets are $30-$70 for the first show, $29-$49 for the second.
    Mount Baker Theatre, Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com or http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • All Day Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival 
    The 18th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival will feature films and facilitated discussions designed to foster dialogue, promote action and encourage the community to explore and engage with critical issues from Feb. 15-24 at a variety of venues—including the Pickford Film Center, Fairhaven College Auditorium, Bellingham High School, Bellingham Public Library, Whatcom Community College, Whatcom Museum, Sehome High School, Northwest Indian College, First Congregational Church, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, and Squalicum High School. Entry to the films is free. See the full schedule online.
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bhrff.webs.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
  • 10:00am - 12:30pm Painting at the Library 
    Join fellow creative types and facilitator Maria Monks for a "Painting at the Library" session from 10am-12:30pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Bring your own work, equipment and supplies—including a table cover. All mediums are welcome, but no solvents are allowed. Entry is free. Another meeting happens Mon., Feb. 26.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Valley Writers 
    Bring pen and paper or a digital device to the bimonthly "Valley Writers" meeting from 1-3pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. Participants write from prompts, and the event is facilitated by CJ Prince. All adults are welcome.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 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 - 7:30pm Backcountry Horsemen's Fundraiser Auction 
    Attend Whatcom Chapter Backcountry Horsemen's 21st annual Fundraiser Auction starting at 5:30pm at the Everson Auction Barn, 7291 Everson-Gosen Rd. They will have new items, gently used items, baked goods and much more—not just horse items. Funds raised help purchase equipment and supplies to help preserve the group's right to ride and access public lands for future generations.
    Everson Auction Barn :: http://www.whatcom-bch.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Bellingham Youth Jazz Band 
    Michael Spinale will provide dance instruction at a Bellingham Youth Jazz Band concert starting at 7:30pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Expect to hear a mix of instrumental and vocal jazz by the big band and combos at the all-ages event. Admission is by donation; proceeds benefit the band and Whatcom County Parks, who provide rehearsal space for the BYJB.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: http://www.jazzproject.org
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Saturday, February 24 27 events
  • All Day A Murder is Announced 
    Agatha Christie's classic English murder mystery, A Murder is Announced, concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through 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.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 7:30pm Bayshore Symphony 
    As part of Bayshore Symphony's 14th season, works by Offenbach, Copland, Brahms, and Bach can be heard at concert at 7:30pm Saturday at Mount Vernon's St. Paul's Episcopal Church (415 S. 18th St.), and 3pm Sunday at Bellingham's Central Lutheran Church (925 N. Forest St.). Suggested donation is $15 (children 12 and under are free).
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Central Lutheran Church :: http://www.bayshoremusicproject.com
  • 9:00am Winter Celebration of Hellebores 
    Find out why there's no longe a need to wait for spring to enjoy flowers at a "Winter Celebration of Hellebores" from 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday in Mount Vernon at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. In addition to plant sales and specials, you can also register for a complimentary keynote speech by Skagit Gardens' Katie Miller and a workshop making crepe paper hellebore blossoms (pre-payment is advised).
    Christianson's Nursery :: http://www.christiansonsnursery.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
  • All Day Beauty and the Beast 
    The Theater Arts Guild and Skagit Valley College will team up to present Disney’s much loved musical version of Beauty and the Beast at showings at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. In this Broadway hit, Belle, a young French girl finds herself in an enchanted castle in the search for her father. She meets a talking candlestick, a stammering clock, and many other characters-including an angry beast that reigns over the castle. Tickets to the all-ages show are $20-$40. Additional showings happen through March 10.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 8:00pm Cupid's Arrow, Backyard Brawl 
    An improvised dating game dubbed "Cupid's Arrow" concludes 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
  • 7:30pm The Queen of Rock 
    Renowned tribute artist Luisa Marshall channels Tina Turner at "The Queen of Rock N Roll" at 7:30pm Friday at the Mount Baker Theatre (104 N. Commercial St.) and 8pm Saturday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre (712 S. First St.). In addition to hearing chart-topping hits like "What's Love Got to Do With It?" "Private Dancer," "Better Be Good to Me," and more, Luisa also pays tribute as Tina to some of her favorite divas such as Shania Twain, Lady Gaga, Donna Summer, and others. Tickets are $30-$70 for the first show, $29-$49 for the second.
    Mount Baker Theatre, Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com or http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 12:00pm Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival 
    The 18th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival will feature films and facilitated discussions designed to foster dialogue, promote action and encourage the community to explore and engage with critical issues from Feb. 15-24 at a variety of venues—including the Pickford Film Center, Fairhaven College Auditorium, Bellingham High School, Bellingham Public Library, Whatcom Community College, Whatcom Museum, Sehome High School, Northwest Indian College, First Congregational Church, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, and Squalicum High School. Entry to the films is free. See the full schedule online.
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bhrff.webs.com
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Ferndale Pancake Breakfast 
    Attend a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am at Ferndale's American Legion Hall, 5537 2nd Ave. The event is held the fourth Saturday of most months.
    American Legion Hall :: (360) 384-7474
  • 8:00am - 3:30pm Children's Literature Conference 
    Attend Western Washington University's 15th annual Children’s Literature Conference from 8am-3:30pm at the school's Performing Arts Center. This event has become an annual tradition for many, where teachers and librarians, readers and writers gather to celebrate and learn about children’s literature. This year's conference features Sophie Blackall, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Pam Munoz Ryan, and Kevin Henkes. Entry is $35-$175.
    Western Washington University :: http://www.wwuclc.com
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Small Farm Expo 
    Indoor and outdoor exhibits demonstrating the latest in agricultural technology, products and services will be part of a Small Farm Expo from 9am-2pm at Lynden's Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. The free event will also include seminars, field demos, networking opportunities, and resources to help improve and expand healthy crops, animals, pastures and more. Entry is free and open to the public.
    Northwest Washington Fairgrounds :: http://www.whatcomcd.org
  • 9:00am - 10:30am Bonsai for Beginners 
    Japanese gardening pro Chris Glatz leads a "Bonsai for Beginners" workshop at 9am at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Glatz was the head gardener at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden in Delray Beach, Florida, for 10 years. Entry is free; register in advance.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: http://www.garden-spot.com
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm Fiberfest 
    Peruse an extravaganza of artisan textiles, embellishments, unique fibers, and wearable art at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum annual "FiberFest" happening from 10am-4pm at La Conner Middle/High School, 305 N. 6th St. All items are artisan made or uniquely ethnic or imported. Hands-on activities and demonstrations and parking will be part of the event. Entry is free. Food will be available to purchase.
    La Conner Middle/High School :: http://www.qfamuseum.org
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Nooksack River Writing Group 
    The Nooksack River Writing Group meets at 10am at Lynden's Village Books, 430 Front St. The multi-genre workshop is open to anyone looking for a supportive space to share their work, receive and provide feedback, and connect with other local writers. All varieties of experience and expertise are welcome
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Garden Design 
    Attend a free "Garden Design" workshop from 10am-12pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Find out how to determine the best placement of fruit trees, bushes, and vines. Learn about site selection, including hardscape assessment, scope of project, materials use, integration with your home and/or views, sunlight observations, air flow and more.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Smelt Run 
    La Conner Rotary hosts a fundraising "Smelt Run" starting at 10am at La Conner Middle School, 305 N. Sixth St. Choose from a 2-mile walk or 5K and 10K runs. Entry is $15-$30, and a free kids dash will also take place.
    La Conner Middle School :: http://www.skagitvalleyrunning.com
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm An expo for everyone 
  • 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
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm Raising Pigs 
    Learn about housing and fencing, pasture management, feed and nutrition, health concerns and care, and processing and butchering options at a "Raising Pigs" class taking place from 1:30-3pm at Everson's Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd. Entry is $10 per person, or $8 each for two or more people registering together.
    Cloud Mountain Farm Center :: http://www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Naturally Speaking Panel Discussion 
    A panel of Northwest artists will discuss fine art basketry in the 21st century at a "Naturally Speaking" event starting at 2pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Panelists will respond to questions about their use of techniques, materials and influences from moderator Layne Goldsmith, Fiber Arts Professor Emeritus at the U of W. Panelists include Polly Adams Sutton, Jan Hopkins, Jill Nordfors Clark, Katherine Lewis, Lanny Bergner, Charissa Brock, Dorothy McGuinness, Nancy Loorem Adams, Danielle Bodine, Leon Russell, Judy Zugish, and Bill Roeder. A reception will follow the event. Entry is included with museum admission.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hal :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm The art of weaving 
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Songs of Protest & Social Justice 
    Join local musician Jimmy Brite for a spirited performance in conjunction with this year’s Whatcom READS at "Songs of Protest & Social Justice" from 3-4pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. Attendees at the free event can both listen in and sing along.
    North Fork Library :: (360) 599-2020
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm Song of Fire Book Launch 
    Local author Yolanda Allard will showcase he newest tome, Song of Fire, at a Book Launch party from 3:30-4:30pm at Concrete's Upper Skagit Library, 45770 Main St. She will answer questions, talk about her other books, and tell attendees what inspires her writing. The event is free for all ages.
    Upper Skagit Library :: (360) 853-7939
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Bourbon Street Bingeaux 
    The Bellingham branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Whatcom County will host its annual "Bourbon Street Bingeaux" fundraiser starting at 5:30pm at their headquarters at 1715 Kentucky St. Entry is $40 in advance, $50 at the door and includes bingo, prizes and delicious treats. All proceeds benefit the Bellingham clubhouse.
    Boys & Girls Club :: http://www.whatcomclubs.org
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm Contra Dance with Northern Contraband 
    Northern Contraband will provide live music and Abigail Hobart will do the calling at the Bellingham Country Dance Society's Contra Dance taking place from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $6 for students, $8-$10 general. Please refrain from wearing fragrances.
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Oceans of Hope with Celtic Nights 
    Witness a sweeping production using Irish music and dance to capture the resilience of the human spirit when "Celtic Nights: Oceans of Hope" shows at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Told through Irish eyes by some of the Emerald Isle’s finest performers, this sweeping production explores the journeys of those who left their lives behind and traveled across the seas to the New World. Tickets are $22-$46.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:30pm - 11:00pm Serial Killers 
    Three 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—through Sat., March 3. 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
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