Week of June 3, 2018

Sunday, June 3 18 events
  • All Day Tall Ships Visit 
    History will come alive when the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain make their return to the area from Friday through Tuesday at Blaine Harbor Marina, 235 Marine Dr. Educational programs, deck tours and sailing excursions will be part of the events—which introduce people of all ages to the sights and sounds of 18th and 19th century maritime life. Suggested donation is $5 to tour the vessels. Battle sails and evening sails range from $35-$49.
    Blaine Harbor Marina :: http://www.historicalseaport.org
  • 10:00am Blast from the Past 
    Craft and food vendors, live music, a color run, old-time contests, art shows, motorcycle and car shows, a beer garden, a Saturday-night street dance and much more will be part of the annual "Blast from the Past" happening Friday through Sunday throughout downtown Sedro-Woolley. Entry is free.
    Sedro-Woolley :: http://www.sedro-woolley.com
  • 10:00am Anacortes Waterfront Festival 
    Boat rides, "Channel of Discovery" displays, "Quick and Dirty Boat Building," an open-air car show, food vendors, arts and crafts, live music and entertainment, a wine and beer garden, hands-on children's activities, giant slides, water balls, dinners, dances and more will be part of the annual Anacortes Waterfront Festival from 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday at Cap Sante Marina, 1019 Q Ave. Entry is free.
  • 10:00am San Juan Island Artists' Studio Tour 
    More than 60 artists will feature their creative wares at 22 art studios as part of the 27th annual San Juan Island Artists' Studio Tour taking place from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday throughout the island. Attendees taking part in the free, self-guided tour will see a bevy or art, including original paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, wood, mixed medium, sculpture and fiber.
  • 7:30pm Bayshore Symphony 
    Listen to "Spring Season Finale" concerts by the Bayshore Symphony at 7:30pm Saturday in Mount Vernon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (415 S. 18th St.), and 3pm Sunday in Bellingham at Central Lutheran Church (925 N. Forest St.). In addition to hearing works by Mozart, Wagner, Strauss, and Josef Suk, the concerts will also feature the Skagit Valley College Choir. Suggested donation at the door is $15.
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.bayshoremusicproject.com
  • 7:30pm Cinderella 
    Northwest Ballet Theater will present performances of the beloved ballet Cinderella at 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Prokovief’s enchanting score with exciting new choreography by Artistic Director John Bishop will take you on delightful journey where hope becomes magic (which sometimes misfires) and ends with young girl’s dream coming true. Tickets are $10-$35.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:30pm It Can't Happen Here 
    The Skagit Valley College drama department presents showings of Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the school's Philip Tarro Theatre. Tickets are $12 to see the dramatization of the fictional rise of the first fascist dictator in the United States. Pre-show lectures on the tenants of fascism happen an hour before curtain, and a discussion follows each show.
    Philip Tarro Theatre :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:00pm Oliver! 
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth performers ages 13-16 will bring the musical Oliver! to life at showings at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. With timeless tunes such as "Food, Glorious Food," "Be Back Soon," and "As Long as He Needs Me," this production shouldn't be missed. Tickets are $10. Additional showings happen June 8-10.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm Bellingham Swimrun 
    The Bellingham SwimRun takes place from 9am-12pm at and in Lake Padden and the forested trails surrounding the lake. Participants can choose from a 15km sprint or a 5k super-sprint. Entry fees are $70-$150.
    Lake Padden :: http://www.questraces.com
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Edison Farmers Market 
    Purchase fresh produce and art at the Edison Farmers Market from 10am-3pm at the Edison Granary, 14136 Gilmore Ave. The event continues Sundays through September.
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm Langar in Lynden 
    All are welcome at a Langar event from 11am-2pm in Lynden at Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara, 176 E. Pole Rd. Langar is the sacred community free kitchen of the Sikh people and every temple serves delicious vegetarian food—which they invite the general public to come eat. The largest free kitchen in the world is Langar at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar India, where they serve 100,000 people a day every weekend, and 50,000 a day on weekdays.
    Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara :: (360) 398-1184
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm La Conner Live 
    Mama Dirty Skirt will perform as part of a "La Conner Live!" series taking place from 1-4pm Sundays through Sept. 2 at the town's Gilkey Square. Entry is free and open to all; bring a chair and enjoy live music on the boardwalk.
    Gilkey Square :: http://www.lovelaconner.com
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Repair Cafe 
    Bring your broken "toys, toasters, trinkets and trousers" to get them fixed at the monthly Bellingham Repair Cafe from 3-5pm the Foundry Makerspace, 1000 F St. Entry and repair is free.
    Foundry Makerspace :: http://www.bellinghamrepaircafe.org
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Whatcom Chorale 
    "Bach and Forward" will be the theme of a Whatcom Chorale concert at 3pm at the First Congregational Church of Bellingham, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Refresh your spirit with the reverent beauty of J. S. Bach’s “Jesu, meine Freude," and then laugh at P.D.Q. Bach’s “Liebeslieder Polkas,” a satirical homage to the romantic Brahms by the elder Bach’s “only forgotten son.” Tickets are $5-$20.
    First Congregational Church of Bellingham :: http://www.whatcomchorale.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Creatures and Bones 
    Attend a fiction double-header when Jen Neale (Land Mammals & Sea Creatures) and Christine Higdon (The Very Marrow of Our Bones) read from their respective works at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Entry is free.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Food Sobriety 
    Registered Dietician and public health advocate Dan Fenyvesi gives a "Food Sobriety" talk based on his book of the same name at 7:30pm at the Community Food Co-op's Healthy Connections Building. The tome takes a whole foods approach to weight loss inspired by traditional Central American diets.
    Healthy Connections Building :: http://www.foodsobriety.net
  • 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
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm The Gateway Show 
    Attend "The Gateway Show" at 8pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The night's entertainment will feature five comics who will do a sober set, get extremely high at an undisclosed location, and then return for a second (stoned) set. Tickets are $12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
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Monday, June 4 7 events
  • All Day Tall Ships Visit 
    History will come alive when the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain make their return to the area from Friday through Tuesday at Blaine Harbor Marina, 235 Marine Dr. Educational programs, deck tours and sailing excursions will be part of the events—which introduce people of all ages to the sights and sounds of 18th and 19th century maritime life. Suggested donation is $5 to tour the vessels. Battle sails and evening sails range from $35-$49.
    Blaine Harbor Marina :: http://www.historicalseaport.org
  • 4:00pm - 9:00pm MVHS Finale Concerts 
    Mount Vernon High School students will perform in a variety of ensembles including Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, and Synergy at Finale Concerts at 4pm and 7pm at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Under the direction of Jesus Gomez, this year-end concert highlights the accomplishments of the year in a concert of varied choral works. Entry is by donation; please procure your tickets in advance.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 5:00pm - 7:30pm Plant Diagnostic Clinics 
    Local Master Gardeners will be on hand for Plant Diagnostic Clinics from 5-7:30pm Mondays through June at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Bring your spring gardening questions, samples or photos of unknown or problem plants, and other gardening questions.
    Bellingham Public Library :: (360) 778-7210
  • 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
  • 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 the month 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 also have the opportunity to offer support for each other’s work, and the Cafe will host the library program with a menu of drinks and desserts.
    Beach Store Cafe :: (360) 758-7145
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Growing Dahlias 
    Whatcom County Dahlia Society will host a Q & A panel on "Growing Dahlias 101" at 7pm at Laurel Grange, 6172 Guide Meridian. Entry is free; coffee and refreshments will be provided.
  • 9:00pm - 10:30pm Guffawingham 
    A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9pm every Monday at the Firefly Lounge, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. The event features approximately 20 standup comedians who each do a four-minute set.
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Tuesday, June 5 8 events
  • 12:00pm Tall Ships Visit 
    History will come alive when the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain make their return to the area from Friday through Tuesday at Blaine Harbor Marina, 235 Marine Dr. Educational programs, deck tours and sailing excursions will be part of the events—which introduce people of all ages to the sights and sounds of 18th and 19th century maritime life. Suggested donation is $5 to tour the vessels. Battle sails and evening sails range from $35-$49.
    Blaine Harbor Marina :: http://www.historicalseaport.org
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Off the Shelf Book Club 
    Discuss Imbolo Mbue's Behold the Dreamers at an Off the Shelf Book Club gathering from 1-2pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. All are welcome.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Nature's Gym Run 
    Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. Entry is free. Tonight's "Runnin' in Nature's Gym" run will feature Merrell demos, a local trails game, raffle prizes, giveaways and light drinks and eats post-run.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Wild King Salmon 
    Chef Robert Fong leads a "Wild King Salmon" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Menu items include seared king salmon belly with tomato and cilantro salsa; fillet of Hawaiian-style king salmon gravlax; and salmon, spot shrimp, and scallop poke. Entry is $55.
    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 afterward.
    Bayview Civic Hall :: http://www.skagitfolkdancers.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Jazz Night 
    Come relax and enjoy the wonderful music of Nestico, Ellington, Miles Davis, Marvin Fisher, Count Basie and much more at Mount Vernon High School Jazz Night at 7pm at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The evening will also feature music from Mount Vernon High School's growing Mariachi program. Admission is by donation.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Comedy Open Mic 
    The weekly Shakedown Punch Up Comedy Open Mic begins at 7:30pm at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. Entry is free. If you'd like to take your turn onstage, show up at 7pm to sign up for a five-minute set.
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm An Evening of Flamenco 
    Experience an intimate evening of music and dance at a "Feria: An Evening of Flamenco" performance at 8pm at the Firefly Lounge, 1015 N. State St. The show will feature the artistry of master guitarist Pedro Cortes, singer/percussionist Jose Moreno, and Seattle-based dancer Savannah Fuentes. Tickets are $12-$33.
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Wednesday, June 6 13 events
  • 7:30pm Lysistrata 
    Attend local playwright Drue Robinson's adaptation of the bawdy anti-war comedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes when Lysistrata shows this week with performances at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Directed by Deb Currier, the tale is a comic account of one woman's mission to end the Peloponnesian War by convincing the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace. Tickets are $10-$15.
    Performing Arts Center Mainstage :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:00am - 9:00am Our Valley, Our Future 
    Join Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland for its fourth annual "Our Valley, Our Future" Breakfast from 7:15-8:45am at Mount Vernon's Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1515 College Way. This year's keynote speaker will be Ciscoe Morris of King 5 TV. Entry is free to celebrate past, present, and future Skagit Valley agricultural leaders over a hearty breakfast. Please RSVP.
    Emmanuel Baptist Church :: http://www.skagitonians.org
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Bellingham Music Club Concert 
    Soprano Theresa Bickham and pianist Rachel Roulet will bring queens and princesses to life with arias and songs by Purcell, Handel, Gounod, Richard Rogers and more at a Bellingham Music Club concert at 10:30am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St. A spring tea will follow the program. Entry is free.
    Trinity Lutheran Church :: http://www.bellinghammusicclub.org
  • 1:00pm - 3:30pm Books and Tea 
    Enjoy a lively book discussion and listen to Chris Furman, a Therapeutic Courts Coordinator, talk about Drug Court at an Afternoon Books and Tea meeting from 1-3:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm Everson Book Club 
    Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus will be the focus on an Everson Book Club discussion from 3-4:30pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Join the meeting for friendly discussions and Cynthia Rogers’ captivating book talks, even if you have not finished the book.
    Everson Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 3:00pm - 7:00pm Wednesday Farmers Market Kickoff 
    Bellingham Farmers Market opens its Wednesday Market today from 3-7pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1017 Harris St. In addition to new hours designed to offer those returning to the area after their workday a chance to procure fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, honey and plants, there will also be live music, ready-to-eat offerings, and goods from local crafters. The weekly market continues through Aug. 29 (excluding Wed., July 4).
    Fairhaven Village Green :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 3:30pm - 8:30pm By the Shore 
    Nancy Blakey, author of By the Shore: Explore the PNW Coast Like a Local, will be on hand at 3:30pm to demo a recipe from the book during the opening of the Wednesday Market at the Fairhaven Village Green. At 4pm, she'll kick help kick off the inaugural meeting of the new Regional Cookbook and Cooking Lit book group at Village Books, 1200 11th. At 7pm, she'll share more from the tome. All events are free and open to the public.
    Fairhaven Village Green :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Brewers Cruise 
    Tonight's "Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise" of the season will feature liquid fare from Boundary Bay Brewery, Fremont Brewing Company, and Gruff Brewing starting at 6:30pm at San Juan Cruises' dock at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry is $39 and includes snacks; additional cruises happen Wednesdays through Sept. 19.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.whales.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Whale Talk 
    Wildlife naturalist David Drummond guides an investigation of both the myticeti (baleen) whales (including gray whales, right whales, and humpbacks) and odontoceti (toothed) whales (such as sperm whales) at a "Great Northern Whales" presentation from 6:30-8:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $10.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.communityfood.coop
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Prejudice and Inclusion 
    "Opening Doors: Prejudice and Inclusion" will be the focus of a multi-disciplinary interactive presentation for adults at 7pm at the Lecture Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Entry is free to the panel discussion bringing together history, arts, and psychology to offer a path of mindful avoidance for these most human of tendencies—prejudice and exclusion.
    Bellingham Public Library :: (360) 778-7230
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm SVC Finale Concert 
    Join Skagit Valley College students in their Finale Concert featuring the Showcase Singers, Concert Choirs, and special performances by the graduating class at 7:30pm at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Alan Pedersen 
    Award-winning songwriter and speaker Alan Pedersen will perform at 7:30pm at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Dr. Open to everyone, the concert is sponsored by the Bellingham chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for the parents, grandparents and siblings of child who have died. Entry is by donation.
    Christ the Servant Lutheran Church :: http://www.compassionatefriends.org
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Thursday, June 7 19 events
  • 7:30pm The Wolves 
    Bellingham TheatreWorks concludes its showings of Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves at 7:30pm Thursday through Sunday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The play directed by Mark Kuntz tells the story of nine young women who turn into warriors on the soccer field. "Over conversations of tampons to genocide to the pressures of entering the adult world, this soccer team is prepared to defend the Wolves' undefeated record." Tickets are $15.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreworks.org
  • All Day Lysistrata 
    Attend local playwright Drue Robinson's adaptation of the bawdy anti-war comedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes when Lysistrata shows this week with performances at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Directed by Deb Currier, the tale is a comic account of one woman's mission to end the Peloponnesian War by convincing the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace. Tickets are $10-$15.
    Performing Arts Center Mainstage :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:30pm Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike 
    Watch what happens when two middle-aged siblings' mundane lives are shaken up by a visit from their movie star sister and her latest boy-toy when Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike continues this weekend at 7:30pm showings Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to the Tony Award-winning play are $20, and additional showings happen weekends through June 23.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm The Aliens 
    Showings of Obie Award-winning playwright Annie Baker's The Aliens happen for the final weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Lucas Hicks Theater at the Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect St. Tickets are $15-$20 to see the play about music, poetry, silence and a band called the Aliens.
  • 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 - 9:00pm Handbags for Housing 
    Hundreds of handbags, a beauty bar, cocktail and wine vendors, local boutiques and retailers will come together under one roof to showcase the sheer power of local fashion and philanthropy at Lydia Place's sixth annual "Handbags for Housing" fundraiser from 5-9pm at the Barkley Village Green, 2215 Rimland Dr. Tickets are $30-$100. All proceeds benefit Lydia Place services and housing for local homeless families.
    Barkley Village Green :: http://www.lydiaplace.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 - 7:30pm Pub Run 
    Join a weekly BBay Pub Run starting at 6pm every Thursday. Open to runners of all levels, excursions are 3-5 miles and BBay Ambassadors safely guide each pace group. Runs start either at BBay Running, 1431 N. State St., or at area breweries. Entry is free.
    BBay Running :: http://www.bbayrunning.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Wild Thyme Dinner 
    Enjoy a multi-course dinner celebrating the season while helping raise funds for Wild Whatcom—a local nonprofit dedicated to inspiring a sense of wonder and discovery in youth through outdoor education—at a "Wild Thyme" event starting at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Entry is $125.
    Ciao Thyme :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Jansen Exhibit Openings 
    Attend an opening reception for a "Summer Juried Exhibit," the sixth annual "Cup Show," and exhibits featuring artwork by Ria Harboe, Nancy Canyon, Norman E. Riley, and Peggy Woods from 6-8pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Concurrently, a reception for an exhibit featuring works by painter and printmaker Gene Jaress will take place at the Inn at Lynden, 100 5th St.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.janseartcenter.org
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm A French Feast 
    Come to the table for a French feast when Karina Davidson leads "A Table" from 6:30-9pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Entry is $49; the course fee includes a choice of wine or non-alcoholic beverage.
    Cordata Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Bellingham Bells versus Corvallis 
    Wood bat baseball can be seen when the Bellingham Bells take on Corvallis at 6:30pm at Joe Martin Field, 1220 Civic Field Way. Through August, the Bells will compete in a 57-game season, playing at home and traveling to compete with other WCL teams in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. Entry is $7-$13.50.
    Joe Martin Field :: http://www.bellinghambells.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm A Night at the Theatre 
    Help raise funds for the Bellingham Senior Activity Center and view a preview showing of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starting with a 6:30pm "Night at the Theatre" reception at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $25 and include wine, appetizers, dessert and raffle items. All proceeds will benefit the programs of the center, a nonprofit program of the Whatcom Council on Aging.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.wccoa.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Hampden Road 
    Harvey Schwartz reads from his new book of poetry, Hampden Road, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Schwartz learned Americana growing up on the east coast. He unlearned it at Woodstock, a hippie commune, and via hitchhiking. Live music will be provided by Paul and Allison Anders, a father-daughter duo.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 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 - 9:30pm House Concert with Steve Greenwood 
    Hear a unique blend of country, rock, gospel and blues that will bring a smile to your face and have you singing along when Portland-based singer and songwriter Steve Greenwood performs at a House Concert at 7:30pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. Suggested donation is $10 at the door.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Summer Ceilidh 
    The Celtic Arts Foundation will host a benefit concert by and for the North Stars Chamber Orchestra to fundraise for young musicians performing in Ireland this summer at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave. The orchestra will perform a highly varied repertoire including Celtic folk music, tangos, and music by Vivaldi, Grieg, Puccini, Gershwin, Lalo, and Bach. Entry is free; donations are tax-deductible.
    Littlefield Celtic Center :: http://www.celticarts.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Voices for the Salish Sea 
    Tiller’s Folly, the Wilds, British Columbia Boys Choir, and special guest Ta’Kaiya Blaney team up to present a live music and multimedia presentation dubbed "Voices for the Salish Sea" at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The event is meant to promote awareness, advocacy and stewardship for the unique ecosystem and exceptional biodiversity of our Salish Sea, and will include several short keynotes from leading orca, whale and wild salmon experts. Tickets are $10-$20.
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Night Beat 
    Soprano Theresa Bickham and pianist Rachel Roulet perform arias and songs by Purcell, Handel, Gounod, Richard Rogers and more at Bellingham Music Club's "Night Beat" concert at 7:30pm at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Also on the program is "Try Me, Good King! Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII" by American composer Libby Larsen. Tickets are $15-$20.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.bellinghammusicclub.org
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Friday, June 8 18 events
  • All Day The Wolves 
    Bellingham TheatreWorks concludes its showings of Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves at 7:30pm Thursday through Sunday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The play directed by Mark Kuntz tells the story of nine young women who turn into warriors on the soccer field. "Over conversations of tampons to genocide to the pressures of entering the adult world, this soccer team is prepared to defend the Wolves' undefeated record." Tickets are $15.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreworks.org
  • 7:30pm A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 
    Broadway's greatest farce can be seen when A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opens with shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$14 to see the musical comedy that combines situations from the Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. Additional showings happen through June 24.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • All Day Lysistrata 
    Attend local playwright Drue Robinson's adaptation of the bawdy anti-war comedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes when Lysistrata shows this week with performances at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Directed by Deb Currier, the tale is a comic account of one woman's mission to end the Peloponnesian War by convincing the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace. Tickets are $10-$15.
    Performing Arts Center Mainstage :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • All Day Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike 
    Watch what happens when two middle-aged siblings' mundane lives are shaken up by a visit from their movie star sister and her latest boy-toy when Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike continues this weekend at 7:30pm showings Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to the Tony Award-winning play are $20, and additional showings happen weekends through June 23.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:00pm Oliver! 
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth performers ages 13-16 will bring the musical Oliver! to life for the final weekend at showings at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. With timeless tunes such as "Food, Glorious Food," "Be Back Soon," and "As Long as He Needs Me," this production shouldn't be missed. Tickets are $10.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • 8:00pm Musicals and Brawls 
    "An Improvised Musical" returns to the stage with brand-new plots, lyrics, music, choreography and comedy at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for "Backyard Brawl," which pits two teams of improvisers against one another in a "short form improv slugfest." Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • All Day The Aliens 
    Showings of Obie Award-winning playwright Annie Baker's The Aliens happen for the final weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Lucas Hicks Theater at the Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect St. Tickets are $15-$20 to see the play about music, poetry, silence and a band called the Aliens.
  • 7:00pm Haynie Opry 
    Matt Audette and the Circle of Friends Band will be joined by guest artists Curtis Hall and Paul Holtzheimer for Haynie Opry performances featuring gospel and patriotic music at 7pm Friday and Saturday at Blaine's Haynie Grange, 3344 Haynie Rd. Tickets will be $10 at the door. Entry will be $5 to an Old-Time Gospel Music matinee at 3pm Saturday.
    Haynie Grange :: (360) 336-3321
  • 7:00pm Good Time Girls Sin & Gin Tours 
    Through September, seasoned guides will regale audiences with tales of fascinating characters at the margins of history at Good Time Girls' "Sin & Gin" tours at 7pm Fridays in downtown Bellingham, and 7pm Saturdays in historic Fairhaven. Tickets are $15.
    Downtown Bellingham, historic Fairhaven :: http://www.goodtimegirlstours.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 June at Marine Park. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Bayview Cemetery Tour 
    Learn more about the "History of Bayview Cemetery" starting at 2pm at the cemetery's Veterans Memorial, 1420 Woburn St. Attendees will visit the Veterans’ and Mothers’ Memorials, and some of the historical and artistic monuments that make Bayview a very special place. Entry is free.
    Bayview Cemetery :: http://www.cob.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 dishes when Food Not Bombs offers a community meal from 4-6pm every Friday on the corner of Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue (alongside the peace vigil). The event—which is dedicated to spreading food, love and nonviolence as an action against war and poverty—is free.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.facebook.com/BellinghamFNB
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Beachside Barbecue 
    Pork sliders, barbecued chicken, green-chili-cheddar cornbread, coleslaw and desserts will be served family style alongside unlimited roasted corn on the cob and bottomless lemonade at "Seaside Sizzle: A Beachside BBQ" events happening from 5:30-8:30pm Fridays through Aug. 31 at Blaine's Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Entry is $10 for kids, $26 for adults.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: http://www.semiahmoo.com
  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm Farm to Table Dinner 
    Enjoy a delicious multi-course meal showcasing the best of Northwest spring cuisine prepared by a local chef at a Farm to Table Dinner from 6-10pm at Broadway Hall, 1300 Broadway St. Entry is $100 and includes craft beers and wine. Proceeds will go to the Tuition Assistance Program for Pioneer Meadows Montessori School.
    Broadway Hall :: http://www.pmmontessori.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Three Sides Water 
    Award-winning author Peter Donahue reads from Three Sides Water at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Donahue distills the raw and vivid world of the Olympic Peninsula into a stunning work that challenges what it means—in three distinct eras—to live life with purpose and integrity.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm WWU Jazz Night 
    A free WWU Jazz Night concert takes place at 7:30pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. All are welcome.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: http://www.cfpa.wwu.edu
  • 7:30pm - 10:00pm Salsasere Salsa Night 
    Cubasere presents Salsasere Salsa Night at 7:30pm at the Barn Loft at the Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St. Entry is $10 and includes a dance lesson.
    Conway Muse :: http://www.conwaymuse.com
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Saturday, June 9 33 events
  • All Day The Wolves 
    Bellingham TheatreWorks concludes its showings of Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves at 7:30pm Thursday through Sunday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The play directed by Mark Kuntz tells the story of nine young women who turn into warriors on the soccer field. "Over conversations of tampons to genocide to the pressures of entering the adult world, this soccer team is prepared to defend the Wolves' undefeated record." Tickets are $15.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreworks.org
  • 11:00am Deming Logging Show 
    Events and exhibitions displaying the skills, tools and technology used in the logging industry will be part of the 55th annual Deming Logging Show starting at 11am Saturday and Sunday at the Deming Logging Show Grounds, 3295 Cedarville Rd. Entry is $4-$7 (free for kids under 6). Day parking is free.
    Deming Logging Show Grounds :: http://www.demingloggingshow.com
  • All Day A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 
    Broadway's greatest farce can be seen when A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opens with shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$14 to see the musical comedy that combines situations from the Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. Additional showings happen through June 24.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • All Day Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike 
    Watch what happens when two middle-aged siblings' mundane lives are shaken up by a visit from their movie star sister and her latest boy-toy when Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike continues this weekend at 7:30pm showings Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to the Tony Award-winning play are $20, and additional showings happen weekends through June 23.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day Lysistrata 
    Attend local playwright Drue Robinson's adaptation of the bawdy anti-war comedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes when Lysistrata shows this week with performances at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Directed by Deb Currier, the tale is a comic account of one woman's mission to end the Peloponnesian War by convincing the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace. Tickets are $10-$15.
    Performing Arts Center Mainstage :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • All Day Oliver! 
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth performers ages 13-16 will bring the musical Oliver! to life for the final weekend at showings at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. With timeless tunes such as "Food, Glorious Food," "Be Back Soon," and "As Long as He Needs Me," this production shouldn't be missed. Tickets are $10.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • 8:00pm Musicals and Brawls 
    "An Improvised Musical" returns to the stage with brand-new plots, lyrics, music, choreography and comedy at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for "Backyard Brawl," which pits two teams of improvisers against one another in a "short form improv slugfest." Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm The Aliens 
    Showings of Obie Award-winning playwright Annie Baker's The Aliens happen for the final weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Lucas Hicks Theater at the Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect St. Tickets are $15-$20 to see the play about music, poetry, silence and a band called the Aliens.
  • 7:00pm Haynie Opry 
    Matt Audette and the Circle of Friends Band will be joined by guest artists Curtis Hall and Paul Holtzheimer for Haynie Opry performances featuring gospel and patriotic music at 7pm Friday and Saturday at Blaine's Haynie Grange, 3344 Haynie Rd. Tickets will be $10 at the door. Entry will be $5 to an Old-Time Gospel Music matinee at 3pm Saturday.
    Haynie Grange :: (360) 336-3321
  • 7:00pm Good Time Girls Sin & Gin Tours 
    Through September, seasoned guides will regale audiences with tales of fascinating characters at the margins of history at Good Time Girls' "Sin & Gin" tours at 7pm Fridays in downtown Bellingham, and 7pm Saturdays in historic Fairhaven. Tickets are $15.
    Downtown Bellingham, historic Fairhaven :: http://www.goodtimegirlstours.com
  • 8:00am - 7:00pm Native Plant Hike 
    Join the Koma Kulshan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society for a field trip BC's Chilliwack Lake today, meeting to carpool at 8am at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot. Ethnobotanist and chapter president Abe Lloyd will guide attendees along this beautiful forested location. Bring passports, lunches and money to stop for dinner. Entry is free.
    Chilliwack Lake :: http://www.wnpskoma.org
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm Pancake Feed 
    All are welcome at an all-you-can-eat Pancake Feed from 8am-12pm at VFW Post 1585, 625 N. State St. Entry is $5 and includes eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Funds raised benefit Boy Scout Troop 4019.
    VFW Post 1585 :: http://www.troop4019.org
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Anacortes Farmers Market 
    Find fresh produce and much more when the Anacortes Farmers Market continues its 29th season from 9am-2pm at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. The event continues Saturdays through Oct. 27.
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Mount Vernon Farmers Market 
    The Mount Vernon Farmers Market will feature more than 55 vendors from throughout the Skagit Valley from 9am-2pm every Saturday through Oct. 13 at the city's Riverwalk Park. Through Sept. 26, attend a Wednesday Market from 11am-4pm at Skagit Valley Hospital (on Kincaid Street).
  • 9:00am - 2:30pm Horseplay Benefit Ride 
    Join the Whatcom chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington for a "Horseplay!" Benefit Ride from 9am-2:30pm starting at Burlington's Butler Hill Equestrian Center, 7478 Butler Hill Rd. An arena obstacles challenge, a trail ride and a smoked brisket cookout will be part of the day's activities. Entry is $40 ($25 donation for spectators).
    Butler Hill Equestrian Center :: http://www.whatcom-bch.com
  • 10:00am - 8:00pm Heart of the Island Festival 
    Northwest Hawaii Ohana presents its "Heart of the Islands" Festival from 10am-6pm at Ferndale's Pioneer Park Community Center, 2007 Cherry St. Island-style vendors, Hawaiian food, cultural demonstrations, music and keiki activities (activities for kids) will be part of the daylong event. From 6-8, join the group for a Luau and Polynesian entertainment. Entry is $5. Luau fees will be $35.
    Pioneer Park Community Center :: http://www.heartoftheislands.webs.com
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm Veteran Benefits 
    United States veterans can get free assistance at a "Veteran Benefits" event from 10am-1pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Volunteers for the Whatcom County Veteran Navigator Program are veterans who are experienced with helping other veterans. Entry is free. Bring a copy of your DD 214 if you have it.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Race Beneath the Sun 
    Join the Greater Bellingham Running Club for its 20th annual "Race Beneath the Sun" at 10am at Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Dr. Entry to the five-mile race is $5-$10; there will also be a free half-mile kids' race. Awards, random drawings and hearty treats will follow the race.
    Fairhaven Park :: http://www.gbrc.net
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Bellingham Farmers Market 
    The 26th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm Saturdays through Dec. 22 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to offering locally grown produce, crafts and ready-to-eat foods, ongoing events include Demo Days and Chefs in the Market.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Boots on the Ground Motorcyle Ride 
    Motorcycle aficionados can help raise funds for Growing Veterans by taking part in a "Boots on the Ground" ride starting at 10am at Sound Harley Davidson in Marysville, and ending at BelleWood Acres, 6410 Meridian St. Post-ride food, refreshments, music and prizes will be part of the fun.
    Sound Harley Davidson :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • 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 - 1:00pm Lummi Island Saturday Market 
    Vendors will offer fresh produce, local honey, gorgeous flowers, landscape paintings and more at the Lummi Island Saturday Market happening from 10am-1pm Saturdays through the summer in the field next to the Islander Grocery, 2106 S. Nugent Rd. Musicians are always welcome.
    Islander Grocery Store :: (360) 758-2815
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm Blaine Gardeners Market 
    Homegrown and handmade farm products, baked goods, arts and crafts and more can be found at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through October at the city's H Street Plaza.
    H Street Plaza :: (360) 332-6484
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Lynden Book Club 
    Discuss Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge at an Award Winning Book Club meeting from 10:30am-12pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Come join the friendly and live discussion, even if you didn't finish the book.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm Lynden Cemetery Tour 
    A costumed guide will explore the many historic personages of the city when the Lynden Pioneer Museum helms a tour at 1pm every Saturday through September at the Lynden Cemetery, 1975 Front St. Attendees at the free event can also learn about the meaning of grave decorations and how burial practices have changed since the 1800s.
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Whispers of the Dead 
    Local author Spencer Kope will discuss his new book Whispers of the Dead—the sequel to Collecting the Dead—and sign copies from 2-5pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. In addition to being a writer, Kope is a crime analyst currently assigned to the detectives division at the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office. 

    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 2:00pm - 9:00pm The Olate Dogs 
    Procure tickets for a high-energy, fast-paced canine theatrical act filled with amazing dog tricks, human acrobatics and humor when the Olate Dogs perform at 2pm and 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The Olate Dogs are named for Richard Olate, who has been adopting and training dogs since childhood. Tickets to see the America's Got Talent winner are $8.50-$22.50.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm William Cumming, Small Works Reception 
    An opening reception for "William Cumming, Small Works, 1943-2009" takes place from 4-7pm at La Conner's Forum Arts, 721 S. First St. The unique exhibition of the late Northwest Master's sketch works will feature hundreds of original pieces priced affordably. See and purchase them through July 8.
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm Trayvax Open House and Father's Day Celebration 
    Get dad something local, unique and built to last a lifetime at a Trayvax Open House and Father's Day Celebration happening from 4-7pm at the Trayvax Facility, 4001 Iron Gate Rd. Get him a Trayvax wallet, or better yet build your own and get it engraved for free. Hot dogs, giveaways, an activity table for kids, discounted gifts, games and more will be part of the event.
    Trayvax Facility :: http://www.trayvax.com
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Saturday Seafood Boil 
    Sockeye salmon, Caesar salad, and a traditional seafood boil with shrimp, fish, andouille sausage, corn and clams can be had at a Saturday Seafood Boil from 5:30-8:30pm by the shore at Blaine's Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Entry is $10 for kids under 12, $28 otherwise. The event happens weekly through Sept. 1.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: http://www.semiahmoo.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Portraits and Travel 
    Explore this year’s sesquicentennial celebration honoring Edward S. Curtis and the art of portraiture with photographer Sharon Eva Grainger at 7:30pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. At the free event, Grainger will talk about her life’s work as a portrait photographer around the world, her experiences photographing collaboratively in indigenous communities, and delve into the difference between looking and seeing.
    Lummi Island Library :: (360) 758-7145
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Cinderella 
    Northwest Ballet Theater presents its final performance of Cinderella at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Prokovief’s enchanting score with exciting new choreography will take you on a delightful journey where hope becomes magic and ends with  young girl’s dream coming true. Tickets are $15-$40.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Eric Heatherly and the Chris Eger Band 
    Nashville-based recording artist Eric Heatherly returns to Mount Vernon with the Chris Eger Band for a 7:30pm performance at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets to see the renowned guitarists present "Burnin' in Mount Vernon" are $25-$80.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
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