Week of September 30, 2018

Sunday, September 30 14 events
  • 10:00am Eat Local Month 
    Sustainable Connections' helms the annual Eat Local Month taking place throughout September in Whatcom County. Events include specials at approximately 20 restaurants, a Farm Fund Hootenanny (Sept. 2), the Whatcom Farm Tour Weekend (Sept. 8-9), social media contests, SeaFeast (Sept. 21-22), a Unity Care NW dinner at Ciao Thyme, and much more. See the full lineup of events and participants online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.eatlocalfirst.org
  • 7:00pm 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-$20.
    Downtown Bellingham, historic Fairhaven :: http://www.goodtimegirlstours.com
  • 11:00am Bellingham Bay Expo and Marathon 
    As many as 40 vendors in the health, wellness and running fields will be on hand to talk to racers and members of the public about their opportunities and products at a Bellingham Bay Marathon Expo happening from 11am-6pm Saturday at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. There will also be free talks throughout the day from experts in the running field. The Bellingham Bay Marathon begins at 7:30am Sunday at the entrance driveway to Lummi Nation School (2334 Lummi View Dr.), and ends at Boundary Bay Brewery (1107 Railroad Ave.). Expect live music, food and a beer garden at the finish line. Entry is $30-$100 (choose from a 5K, 10K, half-marathon or full marathon).
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.bellinghambaymarathon.org
  • 8:00am Benefit Garage Sale 
    Whatcom County Historical Society hosts its annual Benefit Garage Sale from 8am-4pm Friday and Saturday at the Territorial Whatcom County Courthouse, 1308 E St. More than 1,00 items will be for sale; funds benefit the ongoing preservation of the historical building.
    Territorial Whatcom County Courthouse :: (360) 319-0065
  • 7:30pm The Wind in the Willows 
    Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows comes to life when the play about Toad and his friends Mole, Badger, and Water Rat continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday at Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $10-$14. Additional performances happen through Oct. 7.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Rabbit Ride 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
    Fairhaven Bicycle :: http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 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
  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm Historic Cemetery Tour 
    Actors will share the stories of some of the unique people in their final resting place at the fifth annual Historic Cemetery Tour taking place from 12-4pm at the Mount Vernon Cemetery, 1200 E. Fir St.
    Mount Vernon Cemetery :: http://www.skagitcounty.net/museum
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Family Promise Bed Race 
    Help childhood homelessness by taking part in the second annual "Family Promise Bed Race" from 2-4pm at Civic Field Stadium, 1355 Civic Field Way. After the opening ceremony and Parade of Beds, the audience will vote for the best themed bed. Entry is free for spectators, $100 for teams of racers (four pushers and one rider).
    Civic Field Stadium :: http://www.familypromisebedrace.com
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Moon Festival 
    Performances, arts and crafts for kids, a silent auction, a raffle, bake sale and more will be part of a Chinese Moon Festival taking place from 3-5pm at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave. Funds raised support Mei Hua Chinese School. Admission is free. (FYI: The event times in the print version of this listing is incorrect.)
    Bloedel Donovan Community Building :: http://www.meihuaschool.org
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Whatcom Symphony Orchestra's "Rhythm & Beauty" 
    "Rhythm & Beauty" will be the theme of Whatcom Symphony Orchestra's first concert of the season at 3pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The concert will begin with the premiere of a new work by local composer Scott Henderson. Inspired by our natural landscape, the piece, titled "Cascadiana," commemorates the 50th anniversary of the North Cascades National Park and celebrates the majesty of our natural landscape. Tickets are $15-$54.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm Trivia Time 
    Bring your thinking cap when host Jeff Zwiers presents brain-busters about history, sports, science, pop culture, music and more at a weekly Trivia! event starting at 3:30pm Sundays through September at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Entry is $1.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: http://www.bbaybrewery.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm The River 
    Listeners and readers will be transported to the banks of the Rappahannock and the central Virginia countryside when poet Sandra Noel reads from her collection, The River, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:30pm Art of Jazz 
    The Jud Sherwood Trio will kick off the Jazz Project's monthly "Art of Jazz" season from 4-6:30pm at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Entry is $10 for students, and $17 general (free for Jazz Project members).
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.jazzproject.org
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Monday, October 1 4 events
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm Wheelchair Gangball 
    Attend Indoor Wheelchair Gangball from 3:30-5:30pm every Monday through May at Bloedel Donovan, 2200 Electric Ave. Sport wheelchairs will be provided, and able-bodied participants are welcome. Please call or text to RSVP.
    Bloedel Donovan :: (360) 303-2130
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Nooksack Nordic Ski Club Meeting 
    The Nooksack Nordic Ski Club will host a new member orientation at 7pm at Garden Street Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden St. Learn about cross-country skiing in Western Washington, and how the club maintains the local cross country ski trails at Salmon Ridge, organizes cross country ski trips and promotes cross country skiing. At 7:30pm, there will be a presentation on upcoming group trips.
    Garden Street Methodist Church :: http://www.nooksacknordicskiclub.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Digging and Dividing Dahlias 
    Members of the Whatcom County Dahlia Society will focus on "Digging and Dividing Dahlias 101" at 7pm at Laurel Grange, 6172 Guide Meridian (next to BelleWood Acres). The panel of experienced dahlia growers will also answer questions. 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, October 2 10 events
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Off the Shelf Book Club 
    Discuss George Hodgman's Bettyville at an Off the Shelf Book Club meeting from 1-2pm in Sudden Valley at the South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. All are welcome.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Rainbow Reads 
    Students in 8th grade and up can attend Rainbow Reads, an LGBTQ-plus-centered book group that explores Stonewall Book Award Winners and Honor books, from 3-4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Teen readers are welcome to attend and engage in fun, respectful dialogue facilitated by WCLS staff. Refreshments will be provided.
    Ferndale Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm Vargas Fundraiser with the Sister District Project 
    The local chapter of the Sister District Project will host a fundraiser for Washington State Senate Democratic candidate Pinky Vargas from 5:30-7pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Come meet Pinky and help change the political climate in this legislative district and in Washington state. Contributions both big and small are encouraged.
    BelleWood Acres :: http://www.sisterdistrict.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm All-Paces Run 
    Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes-by the water or through the woods. Entry is free.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Plastic Addiction 
    Carol Sullivan of Skagit BAG BANd Wagon will lead a presentation focused on "Breaking Free of Plastic Addiction" at 6:30pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. Sullivan will discuss specifics about a community plastic bag ban ordinance, ways to think outside the bag (or bottle, container and straw) and current recycling guidelines. Entry is free.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: (360) 336-6209
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Peruvian Traditional 
    Antonio Diaz of Café Rumba will serve some of his favorite dishes at a "Peruvian Traditional" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $45.
    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 - 8:00pm Fitness Forum 
    Megan Douglas, DPT, MTC, OCS, and Nicholas Chamley, DPT, lead a "Tape It, Fix It" Fitness Forum at 7:15pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. Learn some great tips and easy to replicate techniques for taping to help keep you running with minor injuries, or to help you to return to running after more significant setbacks. Entry is free.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Square Dance Lessons 
    Rainbow Squares will host Beginning Square Dance Lessons from 7-9pm at Lynden's Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. Tonight's lesson is free, and then it will be $5 per person, per lesson after that. Singles, couples and families are all welcome.
    Ten Mile Grange :: (360) 733-4487
  • 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, October 3 8 events
  • 9:00am - 4:00pm What's Next Health and Wellness Fair 
    A health and wellness fair dubbed "What's Next: A Healthier You. Take Charge of Your Health!" takes place from 9am-4pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Entry is free and open to all.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: http://www.wccoa.org
  • 3:00pm - 7:00pm Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market 
    Produce, crafts and more can be procured at the Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market from 3-7pm Wednesdays through Oct. 17 at Hammer Heritage Square, 118 Ferry St.
    Hammer Heritage Square :: http://www.sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Green Drinks 
    Network with likeminded environmentally aware citizens at the monthly Green Drinks gathering taking place from 5-7pm at Bellingham Cohousing, 2614 Donovan Ave. Check out the unique venue, hear about upcoming sustainability-oriented events and opportunities, and try out delicious local brews. Please RSVP.
    Bellingham Cohousing :: http://www.re-sources.org/greendrinks
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Five-Ingredient Meals 
    White chicken chili, sweet potato spinach quinoa salad, Thai pumpkin soup, and roasted salmon with apple cider glaze will be the focus of a "Fabulous Five-Ingredient Meals" class with wellness chef Kate MacKenzie from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. The gluten-free dishes all use five or fewer ingredients. Entry is $39.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Sumas Community Memory Talk 
    Lifelong resident Spud Bronkema shares stories of local interest at a Sumas Community Memory Talk at 6:45pm at the Sumas Library, 461 2nd St. The Bronkema family has lived in the Sumas area for generations. Entry is free.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 988-2501
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Jared Hall Quartet 
    Award-winning Seattle-based trumpeter, composer and educator Jared Hall will be joined by pianist John Hansen, bassist Greg Feingold, and drummer Matt Jorgensen for a Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center concert at 7pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Tickets are $5-$10 (free for students and WJMAC members).
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Birchwood Garden Club Meeting 
    Nationally recognized gardening expert Steve Lorton will bring his unique storytelling and experience at Sunset Magazine to life at a Birchwood Garden Club meeting at 7pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. All are welcome at the free event; membership is open to gardeners in Whatcom and Skagit counties.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.birchwoodgardenclub.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Street Freaks 
    Bestselling author Terry Brooks reads from his new sci-fi novel, Street Freaks, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Brooks has long been the grandmaster of fantasy; now he turns his hand to science fiction in a book filled with what his readers love best: complex characters, extraordinary settings, exciting action, and a page-turning story.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
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Thursday, October 4 10 events
  • 7:30pm How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 
    The musical comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying continues this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Based on the 1962 Tony Award-winning play, the big-business satire follows the unlikely rise of J. Pierpont Finch. Tickets are $20; additional performances happen weekends through Oct. 27.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm The Wind in the Willows 
    Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows comes to life when the play about Toad and his friends Mole, Badger, and Water Rat concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday at Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $10-$14.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 7:30pm Hark! The Herald Headlines Sing 
    As part of its "Night Beat" series, Bellingham Music Club presents Hark! The Herald Headlines Sing at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 3pm and 7:30pm Saturday at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The zany new cabaret musical takes song cues from the stories, ads, sports, comics, coupons and obits of the local newspaper—not to mention lining birdcages and housebreaking puppies. Tickets are $20.
    Firehouse Arts and Events Center :: http://www.bellinghammusicclub.org
  • 7:30pm Rules for Drowning 
    Firefly Productions presents Rules for Drowning at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival "Recommended Show" is described as being a "dark and quirky view into the global financial crisis, and those who pick its bones." Tickets are $15.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 10:00am - 11:00am Parkinson's Dance Class 
    Pam Kuntz leads a dance class for people with Parkinson's disease and other movement or neurological disorders at 10am at Ballet Bellingham, 1405 Fraser St., suite #103. Entry is free. No registration is necessary; just show up ready to dance. The class continues Thursdays through Dec. 6.
    Ballet Bellingham :: (360) 510-4711 or http://www.kuntzandco.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
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Autumn Soups 
    Karina Davidson leads an "Autumn Soups for the Body and Soul" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Salmon and prawn chowder, curried cauliflower soup with silky coconut milk, lemony lentil with greens soup, and Spanish chicken and wild rice will be on the menu. Entry is $39.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Balkan Folk Dancers 
    The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. There is teaching early in the evening, and no experience or partner is necessary as most dances are line or circle dances. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors can attend for free.
    Fairhaven Library :: (360) 380-0456
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Arctic Solitaire 
    Author and photographer Paul Souders shares images and stories from Arctic Solitaire: A Boat, A Bay, and the Quest for the Perfect Bear at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In the "hilarious and evocative" misadventure, Souders exploits across four summers, 600 miles of a vast inland sea, and the unpredictable Arctic wilderness—and also offers an insightful look at what compels a person to embark on adventure.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Citizen Science Travelogue 
    A Parks & Rec Travelogue begins at 7pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. North Sound Baykeeper Eleanor Hines will focus on "Using Citizen Science to Protect Biodiversity in the Salish Sea," and environmental scientist John Mclaughlin will discuss "Tracking Butterfly and Plant Responses to Climate Change." Suggested donation is $5.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
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Friday, October 5 17 events
  • 6:00pm Bellingham Irish Festival 
    Multiple restaurants, concert halls, stores, bars and community spaces will host Bellingham Irish Festival concerts and workshops Friday through Sunday within a central six-block area in the downtown core. (Check out the details accompanying each happening for specific addresses.) Each event has a separate charge (or no charge), so you can pick and choose which you want to spend your money on. Workshops and concerts will be $15 or less.
  • 12:00pm Skagit Valley College Powwow 
    Celebrate Native American tradition, culture and community at the annual Skagit Valley College Powwow happening Friday through Sunday in Mount Vernon at the Dave Duvall Pavilion, 2405 E. College Way. Event include dance performances and competitions, live music, vendors selling traditional crafts and original artwork, activities for kids, food vendors and more.
    Dave Duvall Pavilion :: http://www.skagit.edu/community/powwow
  • All Day The Wind in the Willows 
    Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows comes to life when the play about Toad and his friends Mole, Badger, and Water Rat concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday at Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $10-$14.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • All Day How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 
    The musical comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying continues this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Based on the 1962 Tony Award-winning play, the big-business satire follows the unlikely rise of J. Pierpont Finch. Tickets are $20; additional performances happen weekends through Oct. 27.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm Hellingham 
    Help figure out whodunnit when the perennially popular improvised murder mystery known as "Hellingham" returns to the stage for 7:30pm and 9:30pm shows every Friday and Saturday through October (and Wed., Oct. 31) at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. ). Tickets to view the comedic carnage are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm Side Show 
    Watch a moving portrait of two women conjoined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love when the musical Side Show opens this week at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie Freaks. Tickets are $12-$26. Additional performances happen Oct. 11-14 and Oct. 18-20.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • All Day Hark! The Herald Headlines Sing 
    As part of its "Night Beat" series, Bellingham Music Club presents Hark! The Herald Headlines Sing at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 3pm and 7:30pm Saturday at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The zany new cabaret musical takes song cues from the stories, ads, sports, comics, coupons and obits of the local newspaper—not to mention lining birdcages and housebreaking puppies. Tickets are $20.
    Firehouse Arts and Events Center :: http://www.bellinghammusicclub.org
  • 6:00pm 98221 Studio Tour Preview 
    Many of the 40-plus Anacortes artists that will be on the 98221 Studio Tour happening Oct. 20-21 will be part of a Studio Tour Preview Show from 6-9pm Friday, and 9am-2pm Saturday at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R. Ave. The Depot will be filled with paintings, photographs, jewelry, fiber, metal and glass art, sculpture and assemblage and much more. All art will be available for sale.
  • 7:30pm Rules for Drowning 
    Firefly Productions presents Rules for Drowning at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival "Recommended Show" is described as being a "dark and quirky view into the global financial crisis, and those who pick its bones." Tickets are $15.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 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 October at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person
    Stimpson Family Nature Reserve :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm Pre-Game Chili Feed 
    Grab an easy, satisfying hot meal before the LHS vs. Burlington football game—or other Friday night plans—at a Pre-Game Chili Feed happening from 4-7pm at the Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. Attendees will have a choice of three kinds of chili (beef, white chili with chicken, and vegetarian) in a bowl or on a hot dog. Entry is $5-$10 and includes corn bread, coleslaw, cider and dessert. Proceeds benefit the Hot & Healthy Senior Meal program at the center.
    Lynden Community Center :: http://www.lyndencommunitycenter.org
  • 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
  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm Downtown Bellingham Art Walk 
    Allied Arts, the Community Food Co-op, Bank of the Pacific, 3 OMS Yoga, Film is Truth, Dakota Gallery, Goat Mountain Pizza, Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery, Imagine Studio/Gallery, Make.Shift Art Space, Gallery Pegasus, Ruckus Art Gallery, Sharon Kingston Studio, Western City Center, Max Higbee Center, and more will open their doors for the monthly Art Walk happening from 6-9pm throughout downtown Bellingham. Pick up maps at participating locales for a full listing of participants.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm First Friday Art Walk 
    The Good Stuff Arts, Burton Jewelers, Red Salon Aveda, Pelican Bay Bookstore & Coffee Shop, Scott Milo Gallery, the Majestic Inn and Spa, and the Depot Arts Center will be among those opening their doors for the First Friday Art Walk taking place from 6-9pm in downtown Anacortes. Per usual, entry is free and open to all.
    Downtown Anacortes :: http://www.anacortesart.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm A Harvest of Tales 
    Members of the Bellingham Storytelling Guild will be part of "A Harvest of Tales" event from 6:30-8:30pm at the old Saint Paul's Parish Hall, 2116 Walnut St. Donations at the door will go toward scholarships for the St.
Paul’s Women’s Retreat and to benefit the Bellingham Storytelling Guild.
    Saint Paul's Parish Hall :: http://www.bellinghamstorytellersguild.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Thriller Dance Class 
    Get your zombie on by signing up to learn the moves to Michael Jackson's "Thriller"—with a goal to perform it in public at "Thrillingham" on Halloween night—tonight from 7-9pm at the Bloedel Donovan Multipurpose Room, 2214 Electric Ave. The free classes will continue through Oct. 26. Entry is open to all ages.
  • 7:30pm - 11:30pm Motown Dance 
    Listen and dance to classic Motown and R&B tunes when the Motown Cruisers perform from 7:30-11:30pm at the American Legion Hall, 1688 W. Bakerview Rd. Entry is free.
    American Legion Hall :: (360) 734-3110
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Saturday, October 6 47 events
  • 10:00am Boating Center Fall Hours 
    The Community Boating Center will be open from 10am until sunset Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 14 at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards.
    Community Boating Center :: http://www.boatingcenter.org
  • 10:00am Driftwood Art 
    View a yard full of hand-built elephants, kangaroos, cougars, dinosaurs, owls, monkeys and more when driftwood artist Joe Treat exhibits his works to the public from 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday in Bow at 6751 Worline Rd. Entry is free.
  • All Day Bellingham Irish Festival 
    Multiple restaurants, concert halls, stores, bars and community spaces will host Bellingham Irish Festival concerts and workshops Friday through Sunday within a central six-block area in the downtown core. (Check out the details accompanying each happening for specific addresses.) Each event has a separate charge (or no charge), so you can pick and choose which you want to spend your money on. Workshops and concerts will be $15 or less.
  • 10:00am Whatcom Artist Studio Tour 
    More than 40 artists working in a variety of mediums will open their creative spaces to the public for the 24th annual Whatcom Artist Studio Tour happening from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday throughout Whatcom County. Entry to the self-guided tour is free. Plan your route online, or pick up a map at businesses throughout the county. The event happens happens again Oct. 13-14.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.studiotour.net
  • All Day Skagit Valley College Powwow 
    Celebrate Native American tradition, culture and community at the annual Skagit Valley College Powwow happening Friday through Sunday in Mount Vernon at the Dave Duvall Pavilion, 2405 E. College Way. Event include dance performances and competitions, live music, vendors selling traditional crafts and original artwork, activities for kids, food vendors and more.
    Dave Duvall Pavilion :: http://www.skagit.edu/community/powwow
  • 10:00am Fall Fruit Festival 
    Tastings of more than 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables will be part of the 29th annual Fall Fruit Festival taking place from 10am-5pm Saturday, and 11am-4pm Sunday at Everson's Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd. Live music, cooking demos and samples, Goat Mountain Pizza and Mallard Ice Cream fare, sales of pumpkins, squash, cider and more, and nursery specials will be part of the two-day festival. Entry is $5 per person or $10 per carload. Funds raised during the festival will go to support the center's farmer internship program and community education workshops.
    Cloud Mountain Farm Center :: http://www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org
  • 11:00am Whatcom County Showcase of Homes 
    The BIAWC presents its annual Whatcom County Showcase of Homes from 11am-4pm Saturday and Sunday at Blaine's Semiahmoo Shores, 9454 Turnstone Lane. Attendees can take a self-guided tour through homes that builders have completed to get ideas for future projects and see what members are capable of. Entry is free.
    Semiahmoo Shores :: http://www.biawc.com
  • All Day The Wind in the Willows 
    Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows comes to life when the play about Toad and his friends Mole, Badger, and Water Rat concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday at Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $10-$14.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 9:00am Lynden Lions Club Model Train Show 
    Attend the 34th annual Lynden Lions Club Model Train Show from 9am-5pm Saturday, and 10am-4pm Sunday at the NW Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. The show will feature more than 50,000 square feet of running model train layouts, exhibits and vendors. Admission is $5-$7 (free for kids under age 6).
    NW Washington Fairgrounds :: http://www.lyndentrainshow.com
  • 10:00am Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms 
    Farm tours, educational exhibits, harvest markets, activities for kids, corn and hay mazes, animal exhibits, scenic tours, garden demos, pumpkin patches, scenic tours, free samples and more will be part of the 20th annual Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms taking place from 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday at a variety of locales in Bow, Concrete, La Conner, Mount Vernon, Rockport, and Sedro-Woolley. Attendees at the free, self-guided tour can also get hands-on experiences learning what it takes to run a farm—from growing crops to feeding animals.
  • All Day How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 
    The musical comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying continues this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Based on the 1962 Tony Award-winning play, the big-business satire follows the unlikely rise of J. Pierpont Finch. Tickets are $20; additional performances happen weekends through Oct. 27.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm Hellingham 
    Help figure out whodunnit when the perennially popular improvised murder mystery known as "Hellingham" returns to the stage for 7:30pm and 9:30pm shows every Friday and Saturday through October (and Wed., Oct. 31) at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. ). Tickets to view the comedic carnage are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm Hark! The Herald Headlines Sing 
    As part of its "Night Beat" series, Bellingham Music Club presents Hark! The Herald Headlines Sing at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 3pm and 7:30pm Saturday at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The zany new cabaret musical takes song cues from the stories, ads, sports, comics, coupons and obits of the local newspaper—not to mention lining birdcages and housebreaking puppies. Tickets are $20.
    Firehouse Arts and Events Center :: http://www.bellinghammusicclub.org
  • 7:30pm Side Show 
    Watch a moving portrait of two women conjoined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love when the musical Side Show opens this week at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie Freaks. Tickets are $12-$26. Additional performances happen Oct. 11-14 and Oct. 18-20.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 6:00pm 98221 Studio Tour Preview 
    Many of the 40-plus Anacortes artists that will be on the 98221 Studio Tour happening Oct. 20-21 will be part of a Studio Tour Preview Show from 6-9pm Friday, and 9am-2pm Saturday at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R. Ave. The Depot will be filled with paintings, photographs, jewelry, fiber, metal and glass art, sculpture and assemblage and much more. All art will be available for sale.
  • 6:00am - 12:00pm Pancake Feed 
    Burlington Firefighters Association hosts its annual Pancake Feed from 6am-12pm at the Burlington Fire Station, 350 Sharon Ave. All proceeds will benefit local charities.
    Burlington Fire Station :: 360) 755-0261
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm Run Like a Girl 
    Sign up for the annual "Run Like a Girl" half-marathon and 10K starting at 9am at Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Dr. The noncompetitive event is for those (male or female) who want to get out and have some fun; go as far as you feel comfortable and go as slow as fast as you'd like. Entry is $60-$80. All proceeds will donated to Girls on the Run, a program designed to increase physical activity and emotional health by providing girls with the tools to make healthy decisions and form healthy self-images.
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm Grow a Homestead-Style Food Garden 
    Susan Colleen Browne, author of Whatcom County-set Little Farm Homegrown, leads a "Grow a Homestead-style Food Garden" class from 9am-12pm at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. The workshop will cover sustainable food gardening and backyard farming essentials, emphasizing fall activities. Entry is $45.
    Whatcom Community College :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm Stigma Stomp 
    Join NAMI Whatcom for its annual "Stigma Stomp" 5K starting with a Health Fair at 9am at Bloedel Donovan Park, 2114 Electric Ave. The run/walk at 10am encourages physical activity to support mental wellness. Door prizes, therapy animals, raffles, a memory board, refreshments and information on local mental health resources will be part of the activities happening through 12pm. Entry fees are $25-$35 (free for youth under 12).
    Bloedel Donovan Park :: http://www.stigmastomp.redpodium.com
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm Color Me 5K Community Run 
    Walk or run through beautiful Lynden at the "Color Me 5K" Community Fun Run starting at 9am at Lynden High School, 1201 Bradley Rd. Entry is $15-$30; registration includes a fun run T-shirt, sunglasses and a color packet to throw into the air during the Color Explosion at the end of the run.
    Lynden High School :: http://www.lyndentennis.org
  • 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 - 2:00pm 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 - 3:00pm Twin Sisters Market 
    Affordable, Whatcom County-grown produce can be procured at the Twin Sisters Farmers Market from 9am-3pm at the IGA parking lot on Nugent's Corner, and 10am-2pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. The markets continue Saturdays through October.
    Nugent's Corner, North Fork Library :: http://www.twinsistersmarket.com
  • 9:30am - 2:00pm Salmon Fest Ride 
    Join the Whatcom chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington for a Salmon Fest Ride starting at 9:30am at Bryce Creek Camp. Trails will be marked, and lunch will be served from 12:30-2pm. Entry is $10 for the ride and a hot dog lunch, and $15 for a lunch of grilled king salmon ($10 for children 12 and under).
    Bryce Creek Camp :: http://www.whatcom-bch.com
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm Community Cider Press 
    Process your homegrown apples at a Community Cider Press taking place from 10am-4pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. Entry is free, but pre-registration is required to help keep the juice flowing in a timely manner.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.org
  • 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 - 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
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm Story Corner 
    Bruna Press teams up Connecting Community for "Story Corner: Reading Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos" from 11am-12:30pm at BRUNA Press + Archive, 221 Prospect St. For the first event in the quarterly story-time series for kids (and kids at heart) the story will be read in both Spanish and English. Entry is free.
    BRUNA Press + Archive :: http://www.brunapress.org
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Making Hot Compost 
    WSU Master Composter Jim Fonte will do a hands-on demonstration on hot composting, and discuss differences between hot and cold compost, at a "Making Hot Compost" workshop at 11am at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. Come learn how to make your own great compost for your gardens that will reach up to 140 degrees to kill weed seeds and pathogens.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.org
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Skein 
    Author Christen Mattix recounts how she stumbled upon an unusual way of meeting her Fairhaven neighbors when she reads from Skein: The Heartbreaks & Triumphs of a Long-Distance Knitter at 11am at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. During three-plus years of knitting at the bench, Mattix meets her neighbors, visits a Trappist Monastery, falls in love, and transforms from introverted artist to a catalyst for community connections.
    Blaine Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm Return to the Forest 
    View Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims' and Michael Clark's Return to the Forest film about the plight of the endangered Asian elephant in China at 1pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The 30-minute documentary will be followed by a discussion and Q & A with Sims. Entry is included with admission.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eagle Talk 
    "The Bald Eagle: A Local Treasure" will be the focus of a North Cascades Audubon Society presentation from 1-2pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Gate 2. The event will focus on the lives of eagles, how to observe these majestic birds without disturbing them, and offer information on eagle-watching field trips this winter. Entry is free.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 2:00pm - 9:00pm The New Chinese Acrobats 
    Get ready for artistry combined with awe-inspiring feats when the New Chinese Acrobats perform at 2pm and again at 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The ensemble represents the evolution of Eastern acrobatics, mixing new techniques with ancient traditions and folk art to stunning effect. The acrobats are selected from all over China for their high-level acrobatic skills, charisma, and showmanship. Tickets are $15-$30.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Histories Reception 
    Attend an opening reception for Natalie Niblack's "Histories" from 2-5pm in Mount Vernon at Perry and Carlson Gallery, 508 S. First St. The exhibit featuring two decades of graphite on paper works and sculptures can be viewed through October.
    Perry and Carlson Gallery :: http://www.perryandcarlson.com
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Traditional Jazz 
    Ray Skjelbred's Yeti Chasers + One will perform swinging music at the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society’s monthly concert and dance from 2-5pm at the VFW Hall, 625 N State St. Entry is $6 students, $10 members, $12 general.
    VFW Hall :: (360) 371-7030 or http://www.bellinghamjazz.com
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Sudden Valley Jazz Series 
    The Jeff Busch Magic Circle kicks off a new Sudden Valley Jazz Series season from 3-5pm at Sudden Valley Dance Barn, 8 Barn View Court, Gate 2. Busch is an exuberant drummer/percussionist, vocalist and composer whose passion for soulful music has led him to perform with jazz, blues and gospel groups. Tickets are $20.
    Sudden Valley Dance Barn :: http://www.fswl.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Companions Opening 
    An opening reception for "Jay and Ree: Companions" takes place from 4-6pm in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. The exhibit features works from the estates of Jay Steensma and his life partner and fellow painter Ree Brown. On Oct. 20, attend a panel discussion about the artists.
    i.e. gallery :: http://www.ieedison.com
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm Matzke Art Auction 
    Ninety-five pieces of fine art (all mediums) will be up for sale at an annual Art Auction starting at 5pm on Camano Island at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, 2345 Blanche Way. Show up at 4pm for appetizers, sandwiches, desserts and wine. Entry to the auction will be $25 at the door.
    Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park :: http://www.matzkefineart.com
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm O'Gormley and Valandani reception 
    View original wood carvings and bronze casts by Peregrine O'Gormley and Jasmine Valandani's abstract works on paper at an opening reception for the artists from 5-7pm in Edison at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. Show up from 3:30-4:30pm for an Artist Talk. The works will be on display through Oct. 28.
    Smith & Vallee Gallery :: http://www.smithandvallee.com
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Fireball Opening 
    Attend an opening reception for painter Bill "Fireball" Ball's new exhibit from 5-7pm at the Art Bar at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. His current work is an abstract study of outer space with a colorful and energetic twist. See it through Oct. 31.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Concrete Ghost Walk 
    Purchase tickets in advance for the "Concrete Ghost Walk," which kicks off tonight at 6pm at the historic (and haunted) Concrete Theatre, 45920 Main St. Learn about the characters and events that have shaped the spirited community, hear from local residents (living and otherwise) and enjoy a tour along the haunts of Main Street. The event takes place every Saturday in October. Entry is $12.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Fred Morrison 
    Procure tickets for a night of incredible piping with the world-famous Fred Morrison when the living legend performs at 7pm at Mount Vernon's Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave. Morrison’s music is firmly rooted in the tradition of the Hebridean islands of Scotland while also boldly exploring the technical and creative boundaries of Celtic music. Tickets are $25-$30.
    Littlefield Celtic Center :: http://www.celticarts.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Hank Green at WWU 
    Sarah Hutton, co-owner of Village Books, will interview bestselling author Hank Green when he makes a tour stop in Bellingham at 7pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center. In his much anticipated new novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Green—co-creator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow—spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined. Tickets are $28 and include a signed copy of the book.
    Performing Arts Center :: 50-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:30pm - 10:30pm First Saturday Folk Dance Party 
    Balkan folk dance band Osem i Devet performs at a First Saturday Balkan Folk Dance Party from 7:30-10:30pm at the Squalicum Yacht Club, 2633 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Suggested donation is $15.
    Squalicum Yacht Club :: (360) 380-0456
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Princess Nokia and Cherry Glazerr 
    An immersive concert featuring rapper and feminist Princess Nokia and rock band Cherry Glazerr begins at 7:30pm at Western Washington University's Carver Gym. Ticket are $20-$30.
    Carver Gym :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm The Brothers Four 
    Attend a 60th anniversary concert at "An Evening with the Brother Four" at 7:30pm in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The Brothers Four were pioneers in  the musical movement that came to be known as the "folk revival." Today their all-acoustic presentation continues with guitars, banjo, upright bass, and of course the trademark rich blend of their four voices. Tickets are $30-$40.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 8:00pm - 11:00pm Make.Shift Auction 
    From 8-11pm, Make.Shift Art Space will host a Silent Auction at Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. Tickets to the 21-and-older fundraising event are $35; advance purchase is required.
    Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building :: http://www.makeshiftproject.com or http://www.eventbrite.com
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