Week of November 25, 2018

Sunday, November 25 14 events
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 39th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at the former Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun. Aside from vendors selling their wares, the festival boasts live music and art workshops for children on the weekends. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Market :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 11:00am Women's Work International Market 
    Fair trade arts and crafts from around the world can be explored at a Women's Work International Market taking place from 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland St. Find everything from Oaxacan rugs to Nepali fashions, Guatemalan weavings and clothing, Peruvian jewelry, organic health and beauty products, and more. The event supports women's cooperatives, artists and groups that help women and children locally and abroad.
    Mount Vernon Senior Center :: (360) 424-5854
  • 12:00pm Deck the Old City Hall 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" begins this week from 12-5pm Friday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. In addition to viewing the decorated trees and seasonal splendor that will be on display Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 30, this weekend's events will also feature visits with Santa from 12:30-2:30pm Saturday and Sunday (photo opportunities are self-serve). Entry is by donation.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 7:30pm It's a Wonderful Life, the Musical 
    Watch a man on the verge of ending his life find hope thanks to the ministrations of a second-class angel when It's a Wonderful Life, the Musical opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Lynden at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $10-$14; additional showings of the holiday classic take place through Dec. 9.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 7:30pm Shipwrecked 
    Hear an amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left 19th century England spellbound when Shipwrecked: The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont" opens this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$16 to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. Additional performances happen through Dec. 9.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:00pm Harper&I Dance presents The Nutcracker 
    Harper&I Dance Center is pleased to present a holiday weekend filled with magic and wonder as The Nutcracker comes to life onstage at 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre. 104 N. Commercial St. In addition to students of varying ages, the ballet will feature professional guest artists Julia Erickson and Cooper Verona from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancing the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Rachel Stonedahl and Coreyonté Caudle from Oregon Ballet Theatre will dance the roles of Mouse Queen, Nutcracker Prince, and Merliton duet. Tickets are $12-$24.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:30pm 9 to 5, the Musical 
    Come see three strong and dedicated women of character turn their lives—and everybody elses’s—around for the better when Squalicum High School Drama presents performances of 9 to 5, the Musical at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the SQHS Auditorium, 3773 E. McLeod Rd. Tickets are $5-$10.
    Squalicum High School :: http://www.sqhsdrama.weebly.com
  • 12:30pm Skagit Festival of Trees 
    Members of the community can view the selections at the 30th annual Skagit Festival of Trees from 12:30-4:30pm Saturday, and 10am-2pm Sunday at Burlington's Skagit Center at Christ the King, 1000 Fountain St. Entry to the Family Festival Days will be $5 at the door. A Gala and Auction begins at 5:30pm Friday, and tickets are $90. Funds raised benefit the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation.
    Skagit Center at Christ the King :: http://www.skagitfestivaloftrees.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
  • 1:30pm - 3:30pm Audubon at the Museum 
    Join experts from North Cascades Audubon Society for a monthly "Audubon at the Museum" gathering from 1:30-3:30pm at the new John M. Edson Hall of Birds at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. In addition to displays of more than 500 mounted birds, the exhibit provides opportunities to learn about migration, conservation, birds in peril, and the importance of studying bird specimens today. Entry is included with admission fees.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm Messiah Chorus Sing-Along 
    An annual "Messiah" Chorus Sing-Along takes place from 3-4:30pm at Garden Street United Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden St. Music is provided, or you can bring your own score. The singing will be accompanied by orchestra and organ. Entry is free; donations for the Bellingham Food Bank are welcome.
    Garden Street United Methodist Church :: http://www.gardenstreeumc.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:30pm Art of Jazz 
    Vocalist and guitarist Chava Mirel will be joined by Duende Libre for the Jazz Project's final "Art of Jazz" concert of the year from 4-6:30pm at the BAAY Theater, 1059 N. State St. Entry is $10-$17.
    BAAY Theater :: http://www.jazzproject.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Musical Meditation 
    Kate Moody leads a guided visualization, "Connect & Glow Musical Meditation: Inner Light," at 6pm at Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Rd. This meditation is offered with composed and improvised keyboard music and some toning; it is deeply relaxing and healing. Entry is by donation.
    Unity Spiritual Center :: http://www.connectandglow.net
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm An Evening of Flamenco 
    Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes returns to Bellingham to present "Pasajera: An Evening of Flamenco" at 7:30pm at the Firefly Lounge, 1015 N. State St. Fuentes will be joined by acclaimed Spanish-Romani guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer/percussionist/dancer Jose Moreno. Tickets are $22-$30.
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Monday, November 26 8 events
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 39th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at the former Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun. Aside from vendors selling their wares, the festival boasts live music and art workshops for children on the weekends. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Market :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Community Connections 
    Meet friends and neighbors to discuss community and put together welcome baskets for those new to town at a Community Connections event happening from 2-3pm at the Sumas Library, 461 2nd St. Share your thoughts and ideas with your neighbors and Mayor Christensen—who will personally deliver the welcome baskets to new residents.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 988-2501
  • 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
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Books on Tap 
    South Whatcom Library manager Brian Hulsey will helm a "Books on Tap 2" discussion of Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers from 6:30-8pm at El Agave 2, 4 Clubhouse Circle, Sudden Valley.
    El Agave 2 :: (360) 305-3632
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Poetrynight 
    Those looking to share their creative verse as part of the weekly Poetrynight can sign up starting at 6:30pm at the Alternative Library, 519 E. Maple St. Readings begin at 7pm. Entry to the all-ages event is by donation.
    Alternative Library :: http://www.blog.poetrynight.org
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Poetrynight 
    Those looking to share their creative verse as part of the weekly Poetrynight can sign up starting at 6:30pm at the Alternative Library, 519 E. Maple St. Readings begin at 7pm. Entry to the all-ages event is by donation.
    Alternative Library :: http://www.blog.poetrynight.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Open Mic Night 
    Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience as they share their stories, poems and essays at a monthly Open Mic Night starting at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Sign up at the main counter on the first floor, or by calling the number listed here.
    Village Books :: (360) 671-2626
  • 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, November 27 9 events
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 39th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at the former Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun. Aside from vendors selling their wares, the festival boasts live music and art workshops for children on the weekends. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Market :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm All-Paces Run 
    Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes-by the water or through the woods. Entry is free.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bellingham Reads 
    Discuss Deep Undercover by Jack Barsky at a Bellingham Reads book discussion group happening from 6:30-7:30pm at the Dodson Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. This group meets on the fourth Tuesday of most months, and is open to all adults.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Chuckanut Radio Hour with Todd Warger 
    Local author and historian Todd Warger will be the featured author at a live Chuckanut Radio Hour taping at 6:30pm at Whatcom Community College's Heiner Theater. Warger will share tales from his latest book, Murder & Mayhem in the Fourth Corner: True Stories of Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan Counties' Earliest Homicides. The Penny Stinkers will provide live music at the monthly radio variety show. Tickets are $5.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.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 Threatened and Endangered Wildlife in Washington 
    Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife joins the North Cascades Audubon Society to discuss "Threatened and Endangered Wildlife in Washington" at 7pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Waddell will give an overview of the State Wildlife Action Plan, which lays out the primary threats and priorities for conservation of species and habitats throughout Washington. Suggested donation is $5.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Intro to Improv 
    Attend a free workshop focusing on play, creativity, storytelling and fun at a "Learn to Think on Your Feet" introductory improv class from 7-9pm at Improv Playworks, 1011 Girard St. All levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Please register in advance.
    Improv Playworks :: 756-0756 or http://www.improvplayworks.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Deck the Halls and All That Jazz 
    The Skagit Community Band and the Skagit Valley College Choirs present "Deck the Halls & All That Jazz" at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Entry is $5-$12 to the holiday concert of varied music.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Comedy Open Mic 
    The weekly Shakedown Punch Up Comedy Open Mic begins at 7:30pm at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. Entry is free. If you'd like to take your turn onstage, show up at 7pm to sign up for a five-minute set.
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Wednesday, November 28 10 events
  • 10:00am The Giving Tree 
    Through December, take part in the annual "Giving Tree" at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Choose an angel ornament from the tree in the store and purchase a book for a recipient. You will be offered a 20 percent discount for your Angel book purchase, which will be distributed to kids, through community organizations, in the weeks before Christmas.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 12:00pm Deck the Old City Hall 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" continues this week from 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The decorated trees and seasonal splendor will be on display Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 30. Entry is by donation.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 10:00am Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 39th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at the former Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun. Aside from vendors selling their wares, the festival boasts live music and art workshops for children on the weekends. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Market :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 11:30am - 1:30pm City Club Meeting 
    "Reflections on the Election" will be the topic of a monthly Bellingham City Club meeting and luncheon happening from 11:30am-1:30pm at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. Panelists Cathy Allen (Democrat) and Randy Pepple (Republican) will share their insights regarding the results of the recent election. Entry is $5-$18.
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Cross-Country Skiing Basics 
    Register in advance for a free "Cross-Country Skiing Basics" class at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:30pm - 10:00pm Theatre Night Fundraiser 
    Bellingham Harborview Lions Club hosts a Theatre Night fundraiser starting with a silent auction at 6:30pm at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Entry is $25 and includes hors d'oeuvres, champagne, sparkling cider and a viewing of Shipwrecked: the Adventures of Louis de Rougemont.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: (360) 671-5788
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Histories & Mysteries Book Club 
    Share your thoughts on Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and enjoy games, book recommendations, treats and more at a Histories & Mysteries Book Club gathering from 6:30-8pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr.
    Everson Library :: (360) 966-5100
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Eat Your Words Cookbook Club 
    Make a dish to share and come ready to talk about the cookbook you used at an "Eat Your Words Cookbook Club" gathering from 6:30-8pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Courts. This month's theme is My Favorite Dish.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Thomas Marriott Quintet 
    Acclaimed trumpet player Thomas Marriott will be joined by Rick Mandyck (sax), Jeff Harper (bass), Tim Kennedy (piano), and Dominic Lecouturier (drums) for a Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center concert at 7pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Entry will be $5-$15 at the door.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Biodiversity and Human Impacts on Ecosystems 
    The local chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society will host a presentation by Dr. Dave Hooper on "Biodiversity and Human Impacts on Ecosystems" at 7pm at the Sustainable Living Center above the RE Store, 2309 Meridian St. Entry is free and open to all ages.
    Sustainable Living Center :: http://www.wnpskoma.org/meetings
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Thursday, November 29 20 events
  • All Day The Giving Tree 
    Through December, take part in the annual "Giving Tree" at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Choose an angel ornament from the tree in the store and purchase a book for a recipient. You will be offered a 20 percent discount for your Angel book purchase, which will be distributed to kids, through community organizations, in the weeks before Christmas.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 12:00pm Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar 
    Through Christmas Eve, a Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar can be visited at Swim Club, 1147 11th St. As one of only two locations in the state to be chosen to participate in the international event that started and continues in New York City, patrons can enjoy festive "Sippin' Santa" concoctions such as the Snowball Old Fashioned, Christmas Carol Barrel, Kris Kringle Colada, and much more.
  • 10:00am Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 39th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at the former Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun. Aside from vendors selling their wares, the festival boasts live music and art workshops for children on the weekends. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Market :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • All Day Deck the Old City Hall 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" continues this week from 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The decorated trees and seasonal splendor will be on display Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 30. Entry is by donation.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 7:30pm It's a Wonderful Life, the Musical 
    Watch a man on the verge of ending his life find hope thanks to the ministrations of a second-class angel when It's a Wonderful Life, the Musical continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Lynden at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $10-$14; additional showings of the holiday classic take place through Dec. 9.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 7:30pm Shipwrecked 
    Hear an amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left 19th century England spellbound when Shipwrecked: The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont" continues this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$16 to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. Additional performances happen through Dec. 9.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 10:00am Valley Crafters Holiday Bazaar 
    A variety of vendors will show and sell handmade decorations and gifts at a Valley Crafters Holiday Bazaar happening from 10am-4pm Thursday through Saturday at the Deming Presbyterian Church, 5075 Karen St. The event continues Dec. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22.
    Deming Presbyterian Church :: (360) 961-2942 or (360) 319-3233
  • 10:00am Literacy Council Seeks Volunteers 
    The Whatcom Literacy Council is currently recruiting volunteers to work two to four hours a week with adults who have asked for help to improve their English, reading, writing, math and computer skills. Training and ongoing support from professional staff will be provided.
  • 7:00pm Pawn's Journey 
    Elliott Neff reads and shares ideas from his book Pawn's Journey: Transforming Lives One Move at a Time at 7pm Thursday at Village Books in Fairhaven, and 6:30pm Friday at Lynden's Village Books. The novel is inspired by true-life stories of students' journeys through life, influenced by the game of chess, focusing on a girl named April—a disheartened teen who is introduced to the game of chess and mentored by a school counselor. Her mindset changes as she learns invaluable life lessons through the game.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 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
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Exploring Equity and Cultural Humility 
    Learn more about honoring human diversity, promoting cultural self-awareness and understanding, and examining the historical and institutional power of racism, sexism and classism at an "Exploring Equity and Cultural Humility" workshop from 2-5pm at the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, 13 Prospect St. Fees are $50.
    Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center :: http://www.whatcomdrc.org
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm Holiday Makers Market 
    A Holiday Makers Market starts at 4pm at the Ciao Thyme Commons, 207 Unity St. "Christmas at the Commons" will feature a group of gifted local makers and artisans to help usher in the season with a celebratory night of shopping. There will be drinks and appetizers available as you peruse the creative goods.
    Ciao Thyme Commons :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Jazz Jam 
    The Jazz Project's Jud Sherwood hosts a rotating house trio featuring top-flight local and regional musicians at a Jazz Jam happening from 5:30-8:30pm Thursdays at Illuminati Brewing, 3950 Hammer Dr., Suite 101. Entry is free.
    Illuminati Brewing :: http://www.jazzproject.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Bachelor of Applied Science Info Session 
    Learn more about Bellingham Technical College's two Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees—a fully online Operations Management program and a new Engineering Technology program—at an information session from 6-7pm at the school's Campus Center, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. This event is open to students and community members who want to take the first step toward getting ready for the programs. Entry is free; sign up in advance.
    Bellingham Technical College :: http://www.btc.edu/infosessio
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Eating for Wellness 
    Nola Bradley focuses on "Eating for Wellness" at a free presentation taking place from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, 202 S. First St. Whether you want to know how to remain well throughout your life, or you want to regain wellness, Bradley will help you learn what you should eat. Attendees will receive lists of foods to include in your diet, along with foods to avoid, tips on proper preparation of food to optimize its nutrition, and healthy eating habits. Please register in advance.
    Skagit Valley Food Co-op :: http://www.skagitfoodcoop.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm John Reischman and the Jaybirds 
    Hear a polished, subtle and thoughtful approach to bluegrass music when John Reischman, one of the country's premier mandolin players, will perform in concert with his band, the Jaybirds, at 7pm at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. Entry is $20.
    YWCA Ballroom :: (360) 733-5960
  • 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
  • 7:30pm - 11:00pm The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 
    Watch "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" at 7:30pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, stick around for "The Project." Entry is $8 for the early show, $5 for the late one.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm House Concert with Ron Rondello 
    Hear music from Spain and Latin American at a House Concert with Ron Rondello taking place from 7:30-9pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. Rondello has been an active classical guitarist in Whatcom County since arriving in 1976 and has performed and taught guitar extensively throughout the years. Suggested donation at the door is $5-$10.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Postmodern Jukebox 
    Discover a new way to enjoy your favorite tunes with international stars and viral internet sensations Postmodern Jukebox at a 7:30pm performance at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The multi-talented collective reimagines contemporary hits into the musical styles of yesteryears, from swing to doo-wop, ragtime to Motown—or, as creator Scott Bradlee himself puts it, “pop music in a time machine.” Tickets are $25-$56.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
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Friday, November 30 36 events
  • All Day The Giving Tree 
    Through December, take part in the annual "Giving Tree" at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Choose an angel ornament from the tree in the store and purchase a book for a recipient. You will be offered a 20 percent discount for your Angel book purchase, which will be distributed to kids, through community organizations, in the weeks before Christmas.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • All Day Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar 
    Through Christmas Eve, a Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar can be visited at Swim Club, 1147 11th St. As one of only two locations in the state to be chosen to participate in the international event that started and continues in New York City, patrons can enjoy festive "Sippin' Santa" concoctions such as the Snowball Old Fashioned, Christmas Carol Barrel, Kris Kringle Colada, and much more.
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 39th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at the former Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun. Aside from vendors selling their wares, the festival boasts live music and art workshops for children on the weekends. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Market :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 7:30pm Skagit Valley Academy of Dance presents The Nutcracker 
    Head to Mount Vernon when the Skagit Valley Academy of Dance tells the tale of a girl, a dream, a prince, a king and a battle at showings of The Nutcracker at 7:30pm Friday through Sunday at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $20-$37.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 5:00pm Olde Fashioned Christmas 
    Members of the Ferndale Heritage Society will help visitors step back in time at the 26th annual "Olde Fashioned Christmas" taking place from 5-9pm Friday, 1-9pm Saturday, and 1-5pm Sunday at the town's Pioneer Park, 2007 Cherry St. Costumed hosts, decorated log cabins, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, refreshments and more will be part of the seasonal fun. Entry is $3-$4.
  • 7:30pm Cantabile Chamber Choir 
    "Winter Aglow: Celebrating Nature's Light!" will be the theme of Cantabile Chamber Choir performances at 7:30pm Friday at Anacortes Lutheran Church, and 3pm Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon. The shows will highlight the shimmering colors of the Northern lights, the mystery of moonlight, the glow of starlight, Winter solstice festivals, Chanukah, and Christmas. Tickets are $8-$16.
    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church :: http://www.cantabilechamberchoir.org
  • 7:30pm North Cascades Concert Band 
    "The Best from the Best" will be the theme of North Cascades Concert Band performances at 7:30pm Friday at Whatcom Community College's Syre Auditorium, 7:30pm Saturday at Blaine High School's PAC, and 3pm Sunday at Arlington High School's PAC. Each concert will feature marches, jazz and classical pieces by Beethoven and Wagner, and will host guest artists. Entry is by donation.
  • All Day Deck the Old City Hall 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" continues this week from 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The decorated trees and seasonal splendor will be on display Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 30. Entry is by donation.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • All Day Shipwrecked 
    Hear an amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left 19th century England spellbound when Shipwrecked: The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont" continues this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$16 to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. Additional performances happen through Dec. 9.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • All Day It's a Wonderful Life, the Musical 
    Watch a man on the verge of ending his life find hope thanks to the ministrations of a second-class angel when It's a Wonderful Life, the Musical continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Lynden at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $10-$14; additional showings of the holiday classic take place through Dec. 9.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 9:00pm Best of Brass Monkey 
    View seven 10-minute comedies by local playwrights at iDiOM Theater's "Best of Brass Monkey" performances at 9pm Friday and Saturday at Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The plays consist of audience favorites from past evenings of the cold reading series, the Brass Monkey Theater Club. Tickets are $5-$10.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 9:00pm Best of Brass Monkey 
    View seven 10-minute comedies by local playwrights at "Best of Brass Monkey" performances at 9pm Friday and Saturday at Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The plays audience favorites from past evenings of the cold reading series, the Brass Monkey Theater Club. Tickets are $5-$10.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:30pm Noel Noir 
    A classic Christmas story meets film noir when the world premiere of the fast-paced comedy Noel Noir opens this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The production will keep you guessing and laughing as new relationships are born, estranged relationships are mended, and the lessons of sharing and caring are passed on by the Spirit of Christmas. Tickets are $20; additional showings happen weekends through Dec. 22.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 11:00am Bellingham Festival of Trees 
    The public can view professionally decorated trees for free as part of the Bellingham Festival of Trees from 11am-7pm Friday, and 10am-12pm Saturday at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. At 5:30pm Saturday, a gala and auction will include a catered dinner and dessert dash. Tickets are $50; proceeds will go to Bellingham Senior Activity Center programs.
    Leopold Crystal Ballroom :: http://www.brownpapertickets.com
  • 5:00pm Tasting and Tour of Lights 
    Enjoy a country Christmas experience at the inaugural "Tasting and Tour of Lights" from 5-7pm Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22 at Sedro-Woolley's Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Rd. The fun begins with a cider and wine tasting, followed by a hayride to the decorated gardens of Willowbrook Manor. Entry is $8-$10.
    Eagle Haven Winery :: http://www.eaglehavenwinery.com
  • 3:00pm Holiday Art Fair and Museum 
    Local artisans will show and sell glass art, fabric crafts, fine art, jewelry, photography and more at a Holiday Art Fair & Museum from 3-7pm Friday, and 10am-7pm Saturday in Blaine at the Goff Building, 674 Peach Portal Dr. There will also be kid’s craft activities, music, free refreshments and prize drawings along with a special attraction—a Mini Museum with vintage photos and stories of Blaine’s early years. The event happens again Dec. 7-8.
    Goff Building :: http://www.blainechamber.com
  • 10:00am Holiday Book Sale 
    As part of Blaine's Harbor Holiday Lights Festival, attend a Holiday Book Sale from 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Proceeds benefit library improvements.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3646
  • All Day Valley Crafters Holiday Bazaar 
    A variety of vendors will show and sell handmade decorations and gifts at a Valley Crafters Holiday Bazaar happening from 10am-4pm Thursday through Saturday at the Deming Presbyterian Church, 5075 Karen St. The event continues Dec. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22.
    Deming Presbyterian Church :: (360) 961-2942 or (360) 319-3233
  • 10:00am Hot Cider and Cool Art 
    Painter Ben Man will host "Hot Cider & Cool Art" from 10am-4pm every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 22 at his third-floor studio space at the Morgan Block Studios, 1000 Harris Ave. Calendars, prints, greeting cards, original paintings, children's books and more can be perused and purchased.
    Morgan Block Studios :: http://www.ben-mann.com
  • 10:00am Kale House Art Show and Sale 
    View the juried work of artists from Whatcom and Skagit counties at the 20th annual Kale House Art Show & Sale from 10am-4pm Friday and Saturday at Everson's Kale House, 201 Kale St. The show will include ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, calligraphy, paintings, mixed media, and decor for home and garden—all artistically displayed and sold throughout a 1920s-era home.
    Kale House :: http://www.kalehouse.net
  • 7:00pm Handel's Messiah 
    The Lynden Choral Society, the Starry Night Orchestra, and soprano Katie VanKooten perform G.F. Handel's "Messiah" at 7pm Friday, and 2pm Saturday in Lynden at Third Christian Reformed Church, 514 Liberty St. Suggested donation is $15-$20.
    Third Christian Reformed Church :: (360) 354-2672
  • All Day Literacy Council Seeks Volunteers 
    The Whatcom Literacy Council is currently recruiting volunteers to work two to four hours a week with adults who have asked for help to improve their English, reading, writing, math and computer skills. Training and ongoing support from professional staff will be provided.
  • 7:00pm Pawn's Journey 
    Elliott Neff reads and shares ideas from his book Pawn's Journey: Transforming Lives One Move at a Time at 7pm Thursday at Village Books in Fairhaven, and 6:30pm Friday at Lynden's Village Books. The novel is inspired by true-life stories of students' journeys through life, influenced by the game of chess, focusing on a girl named April—a disheartened teen who is introduced to the game of chess and mentored by a school counselor. Her mindset changes as she learns invaluable life lessons through the game.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.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 November at Cornwall Park. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Cornwall Park :: http://www.wildwhatcom.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
  • 4:30pm - 8:30pm Forty years and counting 
  • 4:30pm - 7:30pm Tennant Lake Interpretive Center Anniversary 
    The Friends of Tennant Lake and Hovander Park will celebrate the Tennant Lake Interpretive Center's 40th anniversary starting at 4:30pm at the center's Ferndale locale at 5236 Nielsen Ave. Join parks staff, WDFW representatives, local educators and the Friends group for the free event. Refreshments will be served.
    Tennant Lake Interpretive Center :: http://www.fotlhp.org
  • 5:00pm - 6:30pm Holiday Tree Lighting in Ferndale 
    A Holiday Tree Lighting event begins at 5pm at Ferndale's Centennial Riverwalk Park, 5667 Front Ave. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive via fire truck and, at 5:30pm, Santa and the mayor will be flipping the switch together. Free cookies and hot cocoa will be provided, as will music of the season by the Toppers.
    Centennial Riverwalk Park :: http://www.ferndale-chamber.com
  • 5:30pm - 8:00pm Holiday Cocktail Party 
    Appetizers, tasty drinks, music and dancing will be part of the annual Deck the Old City Hall Holiday Cocktail Party taking place from 5:30-8pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. While you're there, peruse the decorated Christmas trees and festive finery. Tickets are $50.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Culinary Treasures 
    Learn the process of making infused culinary salts, spiced honey, delicious cooking oils and simple alcohol infusions when Kamea Black leads "Homemade for the Holidays: Culinary Treasures" from 6-8pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. The course will conclude with inexpensive ideas for gift presentation. All participants will enjoy samples and leave with recipes, as well as one of the gifts made in class. Suggested donation is $30.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.org
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Orcas Project Wine Dinner 
    Stephanie and Cole Sisson, founders of the Orcas Project winery, will share their special micro-production fare at a Wine Dinner starting at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Stephanie and Cole, a native of Orcas Island, collaborate with acclaimed winemakers and vineyards around Washington and Oregon to produce small private projects of 50-150 cases. A five-course meal will be paired with their unique wines. Entry is $118.
    Ciao Thyme :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm A Festival of Tiny Trees 
    A "Festival of Tiny Trees" will feature a silent auction of beautifully decorated trees and a live auction of 4" x 4" original art from 6:30-8:30pm in La Conner at the Lux Art Center, 603 Morris St. Entry is $35 and includes savory and sweet bites and sparkling wine or cider.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Bookstore of Other Languages 
    Victoria Josslin reads from her new book of fiction, The Bookstore of Other Languages, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The eponymous bookstore leads a guy named Bryce, his family, his girlfriend, his true love (oops), a couple of fraudulent co-conspirators, and a deus ex machina of questionable ethics from Seattle to Tirana to Paris, with a slight detour to Manaos.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm A Winter Gift Holiday Celtic Concert 
    Harpists and multi-instrumentalists Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne, and Aryeh Frankfurter bring their new show, "A Winter Gift" Holiday Celtic Concert, to Mount Vernon for a 7pm performance at the Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave. The talented trio will present a heartwarming collection of tales and music from Celtic legend and traditional folk stories. Tickets are $20-$25.
    Littlefield Celtic Center :: http://www.celticarts.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Dark of December Concert 
    The Bellingham High School Jazz Band, the Show Stoppers, and the Bellingham Youth Jazz Band will play at the 14th annual "Dark of December" concert at 7pm at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Entry is $5-$10 and includes decadent desserts and entry to a raffle; funds raised benefit band programs at BHS.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.facebook.com/bhsredraiders
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Tingstad and Rumbel 
    Grammy Award-winning artists Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel will illuminate the spirit of the season with the gift of song at a 7:30pm performance in Anacortes at the Hall at Kennelly Keys, 1901 Commercial Ave. Tickets to attend Tingstad and Rumbel's 33rd annual holiday concert are $20; funds raised benefit the Rick Epting Foundation.
    Kennelly Keys :: (360) 708-7770 or http://www.rickeptingfoundation.org
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Saturday, December 1 57 events
  • All Day The Giving Tree 
    Through December, take part in the annual "Giving Tree" at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Choose an angel ornament from the tree in the store and purchase a book for a recipient. You will be offered a 20 percent discount for your Angel book purchase, which will be distributed to kids, through community organizations, in the weeks before Christmas.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • All Day Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar 
    Through Christmas Eve, a Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar can be visited at Swim Club, 1147 11th St. As one of only two locations in the state to be chosen to participate in the international event that started and continues in New York City, patrons can enjoy festive "Sippin' Santa" concoctions such as the Snowball Old Fashioned, Christmas Carol Barrel, Kris Kringle Colada, and much more.
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 39th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at the former Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun. Aside from vendors selling their wares, the festival boasts live music and art workshops for children on the weekends. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Market :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • All Day Skagit Valley Academy of Dance presents The Nutcracker 
    Head to Mount Vernon when the Skagit Valley Academy of Dance tells the tale of a girl, a dream, a prince, a king and a battle at showings of The Nutcracker at 7:30pm Friday through Sunday at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $20-$37.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • All Day North Cascades Concert Band 
    "The Best from the Best" will be the theme of North Cascades Concert Band performances at 7:30pm Friday at Whatcom Community College's Syre Auditorium, 7:30pm Saturday at Blaine High School's PAC, and 3pm Sunday at Arlington High School's PAC. Each concert will feature marches, jazz and classical pieces by Beethoven and Wagner, and will host guest artists. Entry is by donation.
  • All Day Olde Fashioned Christmas 
    Members of the Ferndale Heritage Society will help visitors step back in time at the 26th annual "Olde Fashioned Christmas" taking place from 5-9pm Friday, 1-9pm Saturday, and 1-5pm Sunday at the town's Pioneer Park, 2007 Cherry St. Costumed hosts, decorated log cabins, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, refreshments and more will be part of the seasonal fun. Entry is $3-$4.
  • All Day Deck the Old City Hall 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" continues this week from 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The decorated trees and seasonal splendor will be on display Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 30. Entry is by donation.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 10:00am Holiday Book and Gift Sale 
    Shop a huge selection of high-quality fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages at a Holiday Book Sale happening from 10am-5pm Saturday, and 1-5pm Sunday at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Homemade and/or locally donated gift items will also be available for purchase.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • All Day Cantabile Chamber Choir 
    "Winter Aglow: Celebrating Nature's Light!" will be the theme of Cantabile Chamber Choir performances at 7:30pm Friday at Anacortes Lutheran Church, and 3pm Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon. The shows will highlight the shimmering colors of the Northern lights, the mystery of moonlight, the glow of starlight, Winter solstice festivals, Chanukah, and Christmas. Tickets are $8-$16.
    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church :: http://www.cantabilechamberchoir.org
  • 7:30pm Northwest Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker 
    Attend Northwest Ballet Theater's 20th annual production of The Nutcracker starting this weekend at 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theater, 104 N. Commercial St. Artistic director John Bishop will be adding new scenery, sets, projection and choreography to tell the timeless tale. Tickets are $10-$35. Additional performances of the holiday favorite happen Dec. 14-16 in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: ww.mountbakertheatre.com or http://www.northwestballet.org
  • 7:30pm Annie 
    The Theater Arts Guild opens its production of the perennially popular musical Annie this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $20-$25 to see a lovable orphan find a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Additional showings happen through Dec. 15.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • All Day It's a Wonderful Life, the Musical 
    Watch a man on the verge of ending his life find hope thanks to the ministrations of a second-class angel when It's a Wonderful Life, the Musical continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Lynden at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $10-$14; additional showings of the holiday classic take place through Dec. 9.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • All Day Shipwrecked 
    Hear an amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left 19th century England spellbound when Shipwrecked: The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont" continues this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$16 to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. Additional performances happen through Dec. 9.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 9:00pm Best of Brass Monkey 
    View seven 10-minute comedies by local playwrights at iDiOM Theater's "Best of Brass Monkey" performances at 9pm Friday and Saturday at Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The plays consist of audience favorites from past evenings of the cold reading series, the Brass Monkey Theater Club. Tickets are $5-$10.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 9:00pm Best of Brass Monkey 
    View seven 10-minute comedies by local playwrights at "Best of Brass Monkey" performances at 9pm Friday and Saturday at Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The plays audience favorites from past evenings of the cold reading series, the Brass Monkey Theater Club. Tickets are $5-$10.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:30pm Noel Noir 
    A classic Christmas story meets film noir when the world premiere of the fast-paced comedy Noel Noir opens this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The production will keep you guessing and laughing as new relationships are born, estranged relationships are mended, and the lessons of sharing and caring are passed on by the Spirit of Christmas. Tickets are $20; additional showings happen weekends through Dec. 22.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 11:00am Bellingham Festival of Trees 
    The public can view professionally decorated trees for free as part of the Bellingham Festival of Trees from 11am-7pm Friday, and 10am-12pm Saturday at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. At 5:30pm Saturday, a gala and auction will include a catered dinner and dessert dash. Tickets are $50; proceeds will go to Bellingham Senior Activity Center programs.
    Leopold Crystal Ballroom :: http://www.brownpapertickets.com
  • 3:00pm Holiday Art Fair and Museum 
    Local artisans will show and sell glass art, fabric crafts, fine art, jewelry, photography and more at a Holiday Art Fair & Museum from 3-7pm Friday, and 10am-7pm Saturday in Blaine at the Goff Building, 674 Peach Portal Dr. There will also be kid’s craft activities, music, free refreshments and prize drawings along with a special attraction—a Mini Museum with vintage photos and stories of Blaine’s early years. The event happens again Dec. 7-8.
    Goff Building :: http://www.blainechamber.com
  • 5:00pm Tasting and Tour of Lights 
    Enjoy a country Christmas experience at the inaugural "Tasting and Tour of Lights" from 5-7pm Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22 at Sedro-Woolley's Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Rd. The fun begins with a cider and wine tasting, followed by a hayride to the decorated gardens of Willowbrook Manor. Entry is $8-$10.
    Eagle Haven Winery :: http://www.eaglehavenwinery.com
  • 10:00am Holiday Book Sale 
    As part of Blaine's Harbor Holiday Lights Festival, attend a Holiday Book Sale from 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Proceeds benefit library improvements.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3646
  • 7:00pm Handel's Messiah 
    The Lynden Choral Society, the Starry Night Orchestra, and soprano Katie VanKooten perform G.F. Handel's "Messiah" at 7pm Friday, and 2pm Saturday in Lynden at Third Christian Reformed Church, 514 Liberty St. Suggested donation is $15-$20.
    Third Christian Reformed Church :: (360) 354-2672
  • 10:00am Hot Cider and Cool Art 
    Painter Ben Man will host "Hot Cider & Cool Art" from 10am-4pm every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 22 at his third-floor studio space at the Morgan Block Studios, 1000 Harris Ave. Calendars, prints, greeting cards, original paintings, children's books and more can be perused and purchased.
    Morgan Block Studios :: http://www.ben-mann.com
  • 10:00am Valley Crafters Holiday Bazaar 
    A variety of vendors will show and sell handmade decorations and gifts at a Valley Crafters Holiday Bazaar happening from 10am-4pm Thursday through Saturday at the Deming Presbyterian Church, 5075 Karen St. The event continues Dec. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22.
    Deming Presbyterian Church :: (360) 961-2942 or (360) 319-3233
  • 10:00am Kale House Art Show and Sale 
    View the juried work of artists from Whatcom and Skagit counties at the 20th annual Kale House Art Show & Sale from 10am-4pm Friday and Saturday at Everson's Kale House, 201 Kale St. The show will include ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, calligraphy, paintings, mixed media, and decor for home and garden—all artistically displayed and sold throughout a 1920s-era home.
    Kale House :: http://www.kalehouse.net
  • 10:00am Literacy Council Seeks Volunteers 
    The Whatcom Literacy Council is currently recruiting volunteers to work two to four hours a week with adults who have asked for help to improve their English, reading, writing, math and computer skills. Training and ongoing support from professional staff will be provided.
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Breakfast with Santa 
    The big guy in red will be on site for visits and photos at a "Breakfast with Santa" event from 8-11am at the Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St. Entry is $6 to enjoy a hot pancake and sausage breakfast, cookie decorating station and festive holiday entertainment.
    Anacortes Senior Center :: http://www.anacortes.org/coastalchristmas
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Holiday Pancake Breakfast 
    Choose from pancakes, French toast, or waffle with raspberry topping (or syrup) at a Holiday Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8-11am at the Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. Entry is $3 for kids ages 8 and under, and $6 for adults.
    Lynden Community Center :: http://www.lyndencommunitycenter.org
  • 8:30am - 11:00am Santa Breakfast 
    The La Conner Rotary Club will host a Santa Breakfast from 8:30-11am at the town's Maple Hall, 100 Commercial St. Entry is $3 for kids 10 and under, and $7 for adults. There is no additional charge for photos, but donations are happily accepted to help support the La Conner Rotary Club’s literacy initiatives.
  • 9:00am - 5:00pm Coast Salish Winter Festival 
    Find unique handcrafted gifts created and sold by Lummi Nation community members at the eighth annual Coast Salish Winter Festival happening from 9am-5pm at Ferndale's Lummi Gateway Center, 4920 Rural Ave. The seasonal art show takes place again Dec. 8, 15 and 22.
    Lummi Gateway Center :: http://www.lummigatewaycenter.com
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm NSEA Work Party 
    Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and Whatcom Land Trust will host a Community Work Party from 9am-12pm along the south fork of the Nooksack River. Catch shuttles to the work site at Acme Elementary School, 5200 Turkington Rd.
    Nooksack River :: http://www.n-sea.org
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm Glass Art Open House 
    Live glassblowing demonstrations, refreshments and great finds created by Christopher Morrison and others will be part of a Holiday Open House from 10am-4pm at Morrison Glass Art, 2111 Lincoln St.
    Morrison Glass Art :: http://www.morrisonglassart.com
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Fairhaven Frosty 
    The Greater Bellingham Running Club hosts its annual "Fairhaven Frosty" 5K and 10K at 10am at Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Dr. Entry to the seasonal sojourn is $5-$15 (free for GBRC members). Register in advance online, as there will be no day-of registration.
    Fairhaven Park :: http://www.gbrc.net
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm Holiday Celebration 
    Find carefully selected, one-of-a-kind gifts from artists, artisans and crafters at a Holiday Celebration happening from 10am-5pm at the La Conner Civic Garden Club, 622 S. Second St. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the town's new library.
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm Samish Island Work Party 
    Join Skagit Land Trust for a Work Party from 10am-1pm at the Samish Island Squires. Volunteers will be pulling ivy and removing holly from the conservation easement to create space for native plants. Materials will also be provided to make holiday wreaths from the harvested holly.
    Samish Island Squires :: http://www.skagitlandtrust.org
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm Bow Farmers Market Holiday Festival 
    Bow Farmers Market will host a Holiday Festival from 10am-4pm at Edison Elementary School, 5801 Main Ave. Nearly 60 vendors will be on hand to sell organic produce, meat, cheese, honey, pasta, coffee, crafts and more. Live music, wood-fired pizza, and hot spiced cider will be part of the festivities.
    Edison Elementary School :: http://www.bowlittlemarket.com
  • 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 - 7:00pm Holiday Harbor Lights Festival 
    An arts and crafts bazaar, a book sale, a Holiday Art and Gift Market, an "Obstacle Dash," a tree lighting ceremony, visits with Santa, horse-drawn trolley rides, a lighted boat display and more will be part of the annual Holiday Harbor Lights Festival taking place from 10am-7pm throughout downtown Blaine. Many events are free.
    Througout Blaine :: http://www.blainechamber.com
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Swans of Skagit 
    Martha Jordan, a wildlife biologist and executive director of the Northwest Swan Conservation Association, helms a "Swans of Skagit" presentation from 11am-12m in Mount Vernon at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. Attendees will learn more about these amazing birds—the largest waterfowl in the world—and discover the best place to view them in Skagit Valley. Entry is $8; please register in advance.
    Christianson's Nursery :: http://www.christiansonsnursery.com
  • 11:00am - 5:00pm Quilt Museum Holiday Open House 
    Attend a Holiday Open House from 11am-5pm at La Conner's Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 703 S. Second St. The mansion will be decorated for the holidays, and visitors can peruse the exhibits currently on display. Entry is free; there will be a $5 materials fee for an all-ages "Make & Take" ornament-making craft activity.
    Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum :: http://www.qfamuseum.org
  • 11:00am - 5:00pm A marriage of art and nature 
  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm Fairhaven Winterfest 
    Take part in the annual Fairhaven Winterfest from 12-3pm Saturdays through Dec. 22 in the historic district. Horse-drawn carriage rides, photo opportunities with Father Christmas at the Fairhaven Village Inn, a "Signs of the Season" treasure hunt and more will be part of the festivities.
    Historic Fairhaven :: http://www.fairhavenwinterfest.com
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm Holiday Glass Painting Party 
    Enjoy a glass of wine when you join local artist Carly Howard as she guides you through your vision of a Christmas masterpiece in the form of a wine glass at a Holiday Glass Painting Party happening from 1-4pm in Sedro-Woolley at Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Rd. Entry is $24-$30.
    Eagle Haven Winery :: http://www.eaglehavenwinery.com
  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm Holiday Tea 
    Enjoy delicious home-baked treats and tea while being entertained by local performers at an annual Holiday Tea happening from 1-5pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Entry is free.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Holiday Craft Bazaars 
    Buy or sell homemade crafts and treats made by kids and teens at today's Holiday Craft Bazaars happening from 2-4pm at the South Whatcom Library (10 Barn View Court) and 2-4pm at the Lynden Library (216 4th St.) Kids ages 5-13 may sell; everyone can shop. Space is limited; registration required.
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Champagne Tasting 
    Seattle importer William Woodruff will be on hand for a Marie Copinet Champagne Tasting event from 2-4pm at Siefert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St. Entry is free and open to all adults 21 and older.
    Siefert & Jones Wine Merchants :: http://www.sjwinemerchants.com
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Traditional Jazz 
    The Crescent City Shakers will perform New Orleans/Dixieland 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 for students, $10 for members, and $12 general.
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Holiday Light Obstacle Dash 
    Bring the family to downtown Blaine for a Holiday Lights Obstacle Dash starting at 3pm at the H Street Plaza. Run or walk the 1.5-mile obstacle course, which traverses local streets before returning to the plaza. Holiday attire is encouraged. Entry is $5-$10 ($30 for a family of five).
    H Street Plaza :: http://www.facebook.com/events
  • 3:30pm - 6:30pm Pasta Feed 
    Get fed before attending the Lighted Christmas Parade at the Lynden Firefighters annual Pasta Feed taking place from 3:30-6:30pm at the Lynden Fire Station, 215 4th St. Entry is by donation.
    Lynden Fire Station :: (360) 354-4400
  • 4:00pm - 8:00pm Art Fest Reception 
    More than 20 artists will showcase a variety of media including ceramics, photography, paintings and jewelry at a December Art Fest reception occurring from 4-8pm at Hadrian Art Gallery, 5717 Gilkey Ave., Bow. The works will be on display and for sale Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 31.
    Hadrian Art Gallery :: (360) 722-9438
  • 5:00pm - 6:30pm La Conner Tree Lighting 
    Show up for a La Conner Community Tree Lighting at 5:15pm at Gilkey Square. Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck at 5:30pm, and will proceed to light the tree. Fresh cookies, entertainment by DJ Heidi, candy canes and more will fill the night with joy.
    Gilkey Square :: http://www.lovelaconner.com
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm Lynden Lighted Parade 
    View a dazzling display of lighted trucks, cars, floats, wagons, farm equipment and more at the 28th annual Lighted Parade starting at 6pm at Lynden's Fairway Center and continuing along Front Street through the downtown corridor. Holiday carolers will be part of the festive fun. At 5pm, there will also be a Community Christmas Tree Lighting at 4th and Front street
    Downtown Lynden :: http://www.lynden.org
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Year(s) in Review Reception 
    An opening reception for "Year(s) in Review" happens from 5-7pm at Edison's Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. The exhibit showing through Dec. 23 features discounted works from the archives of the gallery artists, and will be hung salon style, meaning artwork my be taken at the time of purchase.
    Smith & Vallee Gallery :: http://www.smithandvalleegallery.com
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm Christmas Lighted Boat Parade 
    From 5:30-7pm, set up camp at spots from Squalicum Harbor to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal to watch the Bellingham Yacht Club's annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade make its way along Bellingham Bay. Each year boaters from all the area clubs decorate their boat to participate in the festive event.
    Bellingham Bay :: http://www.byc.org
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm Downtown Bellingham Tree Lighting Ceremony 
    Join Downtown Bellingham Partnership for a Tree Lighting Ceremony from 5:30-7pm at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. Festivities will include photo opportunities with Santa, hot cocoa and cookies, ornament makings, and carolers. The ceremony will also host a special guest, Mayor Kelli Linville. Entry is free.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Swingin' the Christmas Carols 
    The Swing Connection Big Band presents its 13th annual "Swingin' the Christmas Carols" concert at 7pm at Bellingham's First Baptist Church, 110 Flora St. Guest vocalist Cheryl Hodge will join the band for the show. Entry is free; donations will gladly be accepted at the door.
    First Baptist Church :: http://www.swingconnection.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Red Wheelbarrow Writers' Group Reading 
    Join the Red Wheelbarrow Writers as the read from their seventh annual collective novel at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. To celebrate NaNoWriMo, 30 different authors took a chapter a day to complete a novel full of plot twists, plot pratfalls, character perplexities and genuine narrative energy.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:30pm - 10:30pm Folk Dance Party 
    Orkestar RTW plays Balkan music for the Fourth Corner Folk Dance Party taking place from 7:30-10:30pm at the Squalicum Yacht Club, 2633 S. Harbor Loop Dr. No partner or experience is necessary. A $15 donation is requested, and finger food items to share are welcome.
    Squalicum Yacht Club :: (360) 380-0456
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