Week of December 9, 2018

Sunday, December 9 25 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 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.
  • 10:00am Pacific Arts Market 
    Several dozen local artists and crafters will show and sell a variety of work—including jewelry, fine art, photography, textiles, clothing, bath and body, specialty foods, home decor, paper crafts and much more—at the 22nd annual Pacific Arts Market taking place from 10am-6pm Friday through Sunday at Sunset Square, 1125 E. Sunset Dr., suite 115 (between Joanne Fabrics and El Gitano). The seasonal market takes place again Dec. 14-16 and and 21-23, and includes live music and artist demos.
  • 12:00pm Holiday Port Festival 
    Music by local bands, orchestras, choirs and performance groups, visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, art activities for kids, horse-and-wagon rides, gingerbread house viewings, tours of the Alaska ferry and much more will be part of the Port of Bellingham's annual "Holiday Port Festival" from 12-8pm Friday, and 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry and parking is free.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.portofbellingham.com
  • 12:00pm Winter Wonderland 
    The Children's Museum of Skagit County will host its annual "Winter Wonderland" event from 12-8pm Friday, 10am-8pm Saturday, and 11am-5pm Sunday at the Outlet Shoppes at Burlington, 448 Fashion Way. Indoor and outdoor activities, meet and greets, bouncy houses, a climbing wall, snow from Mt. Baker Ski Area, visits with reindeer, face painting and more will be part of the free, family-friendly fun.
    Outlet Shoppes at Burlington :: http://www.skagitchildrensmuseum.net
  • 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 concludes 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.
    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" concludes 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.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:00pm A Charlie Brown Christmas 
    Spend time with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and the rest of the Peanuts crew on their journey to learn the true meaning of the season when performers ages 9-12 present performances of A Charlie Brown Christmas at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10; additional shows happen Dec. 14-16.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: http://www.baay.org
  • 7:30pm Heralding Christmas with Skagit Valley Chorale 
    Skagit Valley Chorale presents its annual "Heralding Christmas: Deep Peace" concert at 7:30pm Friday, and 2pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Meditative texts, beautiful harmonies and a generous serving of Christmas favorites and seasonal songs will be part of the night's musical treasures. Tickets are $14-$25.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:00pm Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella 
    A lush production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella can be experienced at 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The musical will feature an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love—including the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and some surprising new twists. Tickets are $32.50-$79.50.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:30pm Annie 
    The Theater Arts Guild continues its production of the perennially popular musical Annie this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, 2pm and 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 Dec. 13-15.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:30pm Noel Noir 
    A classic Christmas story meets film noir when the world premiere of the fast-paced comedy Noel Noir continues this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday 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
  • 12:00pm Celebrate the Season 
    The Anacortes Schools Foundation will host its sixth annual "Celebrate the Season" event from 12-4pm Saturday and Sunday at the Port of Anacortes Event Shed, 100 Commercial Ave. Saturday will feature live entertainment, photos with Santa, games, crafts, cookies and hot cocoa. On Sunday, the focus will be on gingerbread house competitions. Entries will be judged by a panel of community leaders. Entry is free.
    Port of Anacortes Event Shed :: http://www.asfkids.org
  • 7:00pm A Charlie Brown Christmas 
  • 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
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm Eagle-Watching Trips 
    Chris Brewer, an NCAS Audubon Board member and volunteer interpreter for the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, will lead Eagle-Watching Trips at 9am today and agin Dec. 29 along the Nooksack River. Entry is limited to 15 participants, so sign up in advance.
    Nooksack River :: chrisboy353@gmail.com
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm The Snowy Nap 
    Bestselling children's author and artist Jan Brett returns to town to share her new book, The Snowy Nap, at 10am at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. The tome stars Hedgie, Brett’s trademark character. Inspired by his friends’ tales of their marvelous past winter adventures, he is determined not to sleep through all the fun again. Tickets are $5 (kids 6 and under are free). Each ticket includes a $5 voucher toward purchasing the book.
    Bellingham High School :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm Langar in Lynden 
    All are welcome at a Langar event from 11am-2pm in Lynden at Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara, 176 E. Pole Rd. Langar is the sacred community free kitchen of the Sikh people and every temple serves delicious vegetarian food-which they invite the general public to come eat. The largest free kitchen in the world is Langar at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar India, where they serve 100,000 people a day every weekend, and 50,000 a day on weekdays.
    Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara :: (360) 398-1184
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm Holiday Open House 
    Refreshments and music by the Blaine Ukulele Group will be part of a Holiday Open House taking place from 1-4pm at the historic Pickett House, 910 Bancroft St. The oldest wooden structure in its original location in the state will be filled with festive decorations. Tickets are $10; funds raised will go toward upkeep of the structure.
    Pickett House :: (360) 758-5873 or daughtersofpioneers@hotmail.com
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Whatcom Chorale's Light in the Darkness 
    "Light in the Darkness" will be the theme of a Whatcom Chorale performance at 3pm at the Church of the Assumption, 2116 Cornwall Ave. The concert will include the premiere of local composer Henry From’s “Winter Solstice” with harpist Jill Whitman, Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols," Jason Robert Brown’s “Chanukah Suite," and more. Tickets are $5-$15.
    Church of the Assumption :: http://www.whatcomchorale.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Cathedrals in Parking Lots 
    Clemens Starck reads from his new collection of poems, Cathedrals in Parking Lots, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book represents the work of a lifetime—poems of clarity and substance based on actual experiences from his life of travel.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Giving Gala 
    Attend Lummi Island Library's "Greeting, Goodwill, and Giving Gala Party and Silent Auction" from 4-6pm at the island's Grange Hall, 2215 N. Nugent Rd. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate the season and pick up some wonderful gifts. All items will donated by island friends, crafters and artists.
    Grange Hall :: (360) 758-7145
  • 5:00pm - 6:30pm Bells of the Sound Holiday Concert 
    "Home for the Holidays" will be the theme of the Bells of the Sound's annual concert from 5-6:30pm at St. John's Lutheran Church, 2530 Cornwall Ave. Admission is $10-$12 (kids ages 8 and younger are free).
    St. John's Lutheran Church :: http://www.bellsofthesound.org
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Monday, December 10 14 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 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.
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Lynden Book Club 
    Discuss the book My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past, by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair, at an Award-Winning Book Club discussion happening from 10:30am-12pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. All are welcome, even if you didn't finish the book.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 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
  • 4:00pm - 9:00pm MVHS Winter Concert 
    Under the direction of Jesus Gomez, the Mount Vernon High School choirs present a festive program culminating in the traditional singing of “Peace, Peace” by the combined choirs and alumni at a Winter Concert happening at 4pm and 7pm at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Admission is pay what you wish, but tickets are still needed.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm International Human Rights Day Celebration 
    The Ballews Brothers Drummers will open an International Human Rights Day Celebration hosted by the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force taking place from 6-8:30pm at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. Dinner will precede the program, "Shine a Light on Human Rights Around the World, Close to Home," and Amnesty International will introduce its "Write for Rights" campaign. The closing circle will led by Shirley Osterhaus, accompanied on flute by Peter Ali. Entry is free.
    YWCA Ballroom :: http://www.whrtf.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Backcountry Skiing 
    If you're an alpine skier looking to change things up, attend "Backcountry Skiing: Beyond the Groomed" from 6-7:30pm at REI, 400 36th St. Backcountry- specific skills, necessary equipment, and safety considerations to efficiently enjoy backcountry travel on skis will be on the roster. Entry is free; register in advance.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Slavic Youth Choir 
    As part of a December music series, the Slavic Youth Choir will perform at 6:30pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. The free concerts conclude with a performance by Campbell Road on Mon., Dec. 17.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: (360) 336-6209
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Books on Tap 
    South Whatcom Library manager Brian Hulsey leads a "Books on Tap" discussion focusing on Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air from 6:30-8pm at El Agave 2, 4 Clubhouse Circle, Sudden Valley Gate 2.
    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
  • 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, December 11 11 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
  • 8:00am 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.
  • 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
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Jagged Ridge Aerial Photography 
    Photographer John Scurlock helms a "Jagged Ridge Aerial Photography" photo show and talk at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Since 2002, Scurlock has been documenting remote mountains, glaciers and landforms most of us will never see in person—certainly not from the perspective of a homemade Van's Aircraft RV-6. Register in advance for the free event.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Whatcom Flute Ensemble 
    Listen to holiday and winter-themed music when the Whatcom Flute Ensemble performs at a "Music in the Library" event from 6-7pm at the Lecture Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Urban Hiking with Craig Romano 
    Local author and hiking authority Craig Romano will share some of his favorite hikes from his new book, Urban Trails: Everett, including trails on Camano and Whidbey islands, at 6pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. Signed books will be available for sale, just in time for holiday gift giving (cash or check only, please). Entry is free and open to all.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: http://www.hikeoftheweek.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
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Mountaineers Winter Speaker Series 
    As part of a Bellingham Mountaineers Winter Speaker Series, Bellingham Mountain Rescue will give a presentation about what they do at 7:30pm at Backcountry Essentials, 214 W. Holly St. Entry is free.
    Backcountry Essentials :: http://www.bellinghammountaineers.com
  • 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, December 12 13 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 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
  • 11:00am Winter Wear Drive 
    Through December, donate new, unused cold weather wear as part of a "Winter Wear Drive" taking place in Concrete at the Upper Skagit Library, 45770 B Main St. Volunteers will make sure the items get to local people who need them.
    Upper Skagit Library :: http://www.upperskagit.lib.wa.us
  • 7:00pm MVHS Holiday Concert 
    Under the direction of Jake Scherr, Omar Ordonez, and Jesus Gomez, the Mount Vernon High School Choral Music and Instrumental Music Departments join forces for special a Holiday Concert at 7pm Wednesday and Thursday at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Admission is pay what you wish, but tickets are still needed.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 4:00pm 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
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Bellingham at Home Holiday Party 
    Learn how to help build a vital community with older friends and neighbors who want to live independently in their homes as they age at an informal holiday party hosted by Bellingham at Home from 1-3pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Bring a friend or a relative and learn more about Bellingham's own "virtual village.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: http://www.bellinghamathome.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Forest Health 
    earn what makes forests healthy or unhealthy and how to recognize when there's a problem on your property at a "Forest Health" presentation by Washington State University (WSU) Extension Forestry from 6-8pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. Entry is free.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: (425) 357-6023
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Avalanche Awareness with NWAC 
    Northwest Avalanche Center will focus on "Avalanche Awareness" at a free presentation starting at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. This session introduces and explains where and why avalanches occur and provides a basic approach to managing risk in the backcountry. Learn to access bulletins and weather reports, recognize basics signs of avalanche danger, and simple ways to help avoid avalanche danger. Please register in advance.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Whatcom Writers and Publishers' Holiday Mixer 
    Whatcom Writers and Publishers invites all writers to its annual All Clubs Holiday Mixer from 6-8:30pm at Nicki's Bella Marina, 2615 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Share your 2018 successes with all of the writing groups in Whatcom County, play games and win door prizes. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Nicki’s menu. Please RSVP on the website to guarantee a seat.
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Celtic Christmas with Geoffrey Castle 
    The Port of Anacortes hosts an annual Celtic Christmas Celebration featuring Geoffrey Castle and his All Star Band from 6:30-8:30pm at the Transit Shed Events Center, 100 Commercial Ave. Admission is free with a donation of a new unwrapped toy or nonperishable food item. VIP tickets are $25.
    Transit Shed Events Center :: http://www.portofanacortes.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Kareem Kandi Trio 
    Jazz, be-bop, blues, funk and more can be heard when the lauded Kareem Kandi Trio performs at a Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center concert at 7pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Entry will be $5-$10 at the door.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm O Christmas Tea 
    Award-winning comedians James & Jamesy return to Bellingham with their outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive Christmas comedy, "O Christmas Tea," at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. When catastrophe strikes at James and Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world with tea, the friends leap into action, finding innovative and hilarious solutions to keep them afloat. Tickets are $30-$40.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
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Thursday, December 13 22 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
  • 4:00pm 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. 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 Noel Noir 
    A classic Christmas story meets film noir when the world premiere of the fast-paced comedy Noel Noir continues this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday 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 Dec. 20-22.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 9:00am Birding Adventures 
    Skagit Guided Adventures hosts "Birding for Kids" and "Birding for Seniors" excursions from 9am-12pm and 1-4pm on a daily basis through March. Prices vary; binoculars will be provided.
  • 7:30pm A Christmas Carol 
    iDiOM Theater revives one of its most popular shows ever with performances of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday in the Lucas Hicks Theater at Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The three-actor interpretation of the holiday classic will attempt to make peace with Christmas, Dickens, the British empire, ham and the world at large. Tickets are $15-$20. Additional performances happen Dec. 20-22.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:30pm Annie 
    The Theater Arts Guild concludes its production of the perennially popular musical Annie this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday 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.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • All Day Winter Wear Drive 
    Through December, donate new, unused cold weather wear as part of a "Winter Wear Drive" taking place in Concrete at the Upper Skagit Library, 45770 B Main St. Volunteers will make sure the items get to local people who need them.
    Upper Skagit Library :: http://www.upperskagit.lib.wa.us
  • 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 Deming Presbyterian Church, 5075 Karen St. The event concludes Dec. 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 MVHS Holiday Concert 
    Under the direction of Jake Scherr, Omar Ordonez, and Jesus Gomez, the Mount Vernon High School Choral Music and Instrumental Music Departments join forces for special a Holiday Concert at 7pm Wednesday and Thursday at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Admission is pay what you wish, but tickets are still needed.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm  BHS Showstoppers 
    Get in the spirit of the season when the Bellingham High School Showstoppers perform seasonal favorites and an annual choreographed medley at a concert at 12pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is free to hear the small mixed-vocal ensemble.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm Gifts from Our Gardens 
    A panel of Whatcom County Master Gardeners will share how they use their personal gardens to make unique and attractive gifts for family, friends and the holidays at a "Gifts from Our Gardens" presentation from 12-1:30pm at the Co-op's Healthy Connections Room, 4015 E. Holly St. Entry is free; bring lunch if you want to.
    Healthy Connections Room :: (360) 739-9566 

  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm English Country Dancing 
    Enjoy gentle English Country Dancing to beautiful music from 1:30-3pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 15 Halleck St. Newcomers age 50 and up are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Entry is by donation; if you decide you want to continue the activity, then BSAC membership is required.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: http://www.becd2.wordpress.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
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Spanish Brass Christmas Concert 
    Anticipate a sparkling and pitch-perfect evening when Spanish Brass presents a "Christmas Concert" at 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Founded just shy of 30 years ago, Spanish Brass is one of the most dynamic and admired brass groups on the international music scene. Tickets are $21.50-$42.50.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Astronomy Meeting 
    The Whatcom Association of Celestial Observers will meet from 7-9pm at Ferndale's Whatcom Educational Credit Union, 5696 Barrett Rd. (use I-5 exit 262). Local astronomy events will be discussed in addition to the Cassini mission to Saturn. Entry is free and open to the public.
    Whatcom Educational Credit Union :: http://www.whatcomastronomy.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Best Bad Things 
    Katrina Carrasco reads from The Best Bad Things, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. A propulsive, sensual tour de force, the book introduces a bold new voice in crime fiction.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.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
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm History Holiday Open Mic 
    Join Whatcom County Historical Society for its annual History Holiday Open Mic from 7:30-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Presentations can be about local history research, interesting artifacts, and more. Members and friends are welcome to join the event, which will include a brief annual business meeting. Holiday refreshments will be served. Suggested donation is $5.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 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
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Friday, December 14 25 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. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Market :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 10:00am Pacific Arts Market 
    Several dozen local artists and crafters will show and sell a variety of work—including jewelry, fine art, photography, textiles, clothing, bath and body, specialty foods, home decor, paper crafts and much more—at the 22nd annual Pacific Arts Market taking place from 10am-6pm Friday through Sunday at Sunset Square, 1125 E. Sunset Dr., suite 115 (between Joanne Fabrics and El Gitano). The seasonal market takes place again Dec. 21-23, and includes live music and artist demos.
  • 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
  • 7:00pm A Charlie Brown Christmas 
    Spend time with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and the rest of the Peanuts crew on their journey to learn the true meaning of the season when performers ages 9-12 present performances of A Charlie Brown Christmas at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: http://www.baay.org
  • 7:30pm Northwest Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker 
    Secure tickets to the Northwest Ballet Theater's 20th annual production of The Nutcracker at 7:30pm Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Come marvel at this perennial classic and family favorite as artistic director John Bishop works his magic again for this special anniversary production. Lavish costumes, amazing backdrops, and a very talented cast are sure to transport viewers to magical lands.Tickets are $15-$40.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • All Day Noel Noir 
    A classic Christmas story meets film noir when the world premiere of the fast-paced comedy Noel Noir continues this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday 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 Dec. 20-22.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day Birding Adventures 
    Skagit Guided Adventures hosts "Birding for Kids" and "Birding for Seniors" excursions from 9am-12pm and 1-4pm on a daily basis through March. Prices vary; binoculars will be provided.
  • 7:30pm My Three Ghosts, LOL-apalooza 
    Audiences can imagine the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future and help move the story forward when "My 3 Ghosts" continues this weekend with 7:30pm shows Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, stick around for showings of "LOL-apalooza"—a short-form games show. Tickets are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • All Day Annie 
    The Theater Arts Guild concludes its production of the perennially popular musical Annie this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday 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.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • All Day A Christmas Carol 
    iDiOM Theater revives one of its most popular shows ever with performances of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday in the Lucas Hicks Theater at Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The three-actor interpretation of the holiday classic will attempt to make peace with Christmas, Dickens, the British empire, ham and the world at large. Tickets are $15-$20. Additional performances happen Dec. 20-22.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:00pm Saving Christmas Town 
    Put on your elf caps, brush off your jingle bells and join comical and quirky elves as they defend their city from the naughty and ominous characters of Oogie Boogie Land when the Dance Studio presents Saving Christmas Town at 7pm Friday, and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets to the family-friendly show are $16.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.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
  • All Day Winter Wear Drive 
    Through December, donate new, unused cold weather wear as part of a "Winter Wear Drive" taking place in Concrete at the Upper Skagit Library, 45770 B Main St. Volunteers will make sure the items get to local people who need them.
    Upper Skagit Library :: http://www.upperskagit.lib.wa.us
  • 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
  • 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 Deming Presbyterian Church, 5075 Karen St. The event concludes Dec. 20-22.
    Deming Presbyterian Church :: (360) 961-2942 or (360) 319-3233
  • 4:00pm Story Time with the Grinch 
    Kids can see the Green One himself at "Story Time with the Grinch" events at 4pm Friday, and 2pm Saturday at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In addition to reading Dr. Seuss' holiday classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, he'll stick around for fun photo opportunities—just in time for your Christmas cards. Entry is free.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 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.
  • 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 December at the Connelly Creek Nature Area. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Connelly Creek Nature Area :: 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
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Drayton Harbor Shell-abration 
    Celebrate the two-year anniversary of lifted shellfish harvesting restrictions at the second annual "Drayton Harbor Shell-ebration" from 4-6pm at the G Street Plaza located in downtown Blaine. The free event will include refreshments, oyster samples courtesy of the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company, kid’s activities, and the presentation of community awards. The event will take place outdoors, so dress to stay warm and dry.
    G Street Plaza :: http://www.facebook.com/events
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Dances of Universal Peace 
    Celebrate the poetry and spirituality of the Persian poet Rumi through chant, dance, music and meditation at a "Dances of Universal Peace" from 7-9pm at the Center for Spiritual Living, 2224 Yew Street Rd.
    Center for Spiritual Living :: (360) 733-5745
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Reeb Willms and Caleb Klauder 
    Reeb Willms and Caleb Klauder of the internationally acclaimed Foghorn String Band will deliver a pure and classic traditional sound with great harmony singing and strong mandolin and guitar playing at a 7pm concert at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. Tickets will be $20 at the door.
    YWCA Ballroom :: http://www.calebklauder.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Eager Beaver 
    Award-winning environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb shares ideas from Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers. Today, a growing coalition of “Beaver Believers”—including scientists, ranchers and passionate citizens—recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
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Saturday, December 15 42 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. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Market :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • All Day Pacific Arts Market 
    Several dozen local artists and crafters will show and sell a variety of work—including jewelry, fine art, photography, textiles, clothing, bath and body, specialty foods, home decor, paper crafts and much more—at the 22nd annual Pacific Arts Market taking place from 10am-6pm Friday through Sunday at Sunset Square, 1125 E. Sunset Dr., suite 115 (between Joanne Fabrics and El Gitano). The seasonal market takes place again Dec. 21-23, and includes live music and artist demos.
  • 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
  • 12:00pm Sleighbells RIng 
    Attend "Sleighbells Ring" from 12-5pm Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23 at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian . Fresh-cut trees and wreaths, ornament and cookie crafting, bonfires, distillery and cafe tastings, live music, caroling, horse-drawn trolley rides, visits with Santa and more will be part of the festive fun.
    BelleWood Acres :: http://www.bellewoodfarms.com
  • All Day Noel Noir 
    A classic Christmas story meets film noir when the world premiere of the fast-paced comedy Noel Noir continues this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday 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 Dec. 20-22.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day Northwest Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker 
    Secure tickets to the Northwest Ballet Theater's 20th annual production of The Nutcracker at 7:30pm Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Come marvel at this perennial classic and family favorite as artistic director John Bishop works his magic again for this special anniversary production. Lavish costumes, amazing backdrops, and a very talented cast are sure to transport viewers to magical lands.Tickets are $15-$40.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • All Day Birding Adventures 
    Skagit Guided Adventures hosts "Birding for Kids" and "Birding for Seniors" excursions from 9am-12pm and 1-4pm on a daily basis through March. Prices vary; binoculars will be provided.
  • All Day A Charlie Brown Christmas 
    Spend time with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and the rest of the Peanuts crew on their journey to learn the true meaning of the season when performers ages 9-12 present performances of A Charlie Brown Christmas at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: http://www.baay.org
  • 7:30pm My Three Ghosts, LOL-apalooza 
    Audiences can imagine the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future and help move the story forward when "My 3 Ghosts" continues this weekend with 7:30pm shows Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, stick around for showings of "LOL-apalooza"—a short-form games show. Tickets are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm A Christmas Carol 
    iDiOM Theater revives one of its most popular shows ever with performances of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday in the Lucas Hicks Theater at Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The three-actor interpretation of the holiday classic will attempt to make peace with Christmas, Dickens, the British empire, ham and the world at large. Tickets are $15-$20. Additional performances happen Dec. 20-22.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:30pm Annie 
    The Theater Arts Guild concludes its production of the perennially popular musical Annie this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday 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.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:00pm Saving Christmas Town 
    Put on your elf caps, brush off your jingle bells and join comical and quirky elves as they defend their city from the naughty and ominous characters of Oogie Boogie Land when the Dance Studio presents Saving Christmas Town at 7pm Friday, and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets to the family-friendly show are $16.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.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
  • 11:00am Winter Wear Drive 
    Through December, donate new, unused cold weather wear as part of a "Winter Wear Drive" taking place in Concrete at the Upper Skagit Library, 45770 B Main St. Volunteers will make sure the items get to local people who need them.
    Upper Skagit Library :: http://www.upperskagit.lib.wa.us
  • 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 Deming Presbyterian Church, 5075 Karen St. The event concludes Dec. 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
  • 4:00pm Story Time with the Grinch 
    Kids can see the Green One himself at "Story Time with the Grinch" events at 4pm Friday, and 2pm Saturday at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In addition to reading Dr. Seuss' holiday classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, he'll stick around for fun photo opportunities—just in time for your Christmas cards. Entry is free.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 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 Pancake Breakfast 
    Choose from pancakes, French toast or biscuits and gravy at a fundraising Pancake Breakfast happening from 8-11am at the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. Entry is $2.50 for kids, $6 for adults; includes scrambled eggs, ham or sausage, and beverages.
    Ferndale Senior Center :: (360) 384-6244
  • 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. 22.
    Lummi Gateway Center :: http://www.lummigatewaycenter.com
  • 9:00am - 11:00am Breakfast with Santa 
    Celebrate the holiday season and meet the Jolly Old Elf himself at a "Breakfast with Santa" fundraiser from 9-11am at Bellingham Childcare and Learning Center, 2600 Squalicum Pkwy. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make time for post-pancake visits, and photos will be available for purchase. Entry is $4 for kids ages 10 and younger, $6 for adults. Proceeds will benefit subsidized childcare at the center.
    Bellingham Childcare and Learning Center :: http://www.bellinghamchildcare.com
  • 9:00am - 1:00pm Breakfast with Santa 
    Enjoy a delicious meal and then have your photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus at a "Breakfast with Santa" event happening from 9am-1pm in Mount Vernon at Eaglemont Golf Course's Fireweed Terrace Restaurant, 4800 Eaglemont Dr. Other activities will include cookie decorating, letters to Santa, and ornament-making. Entry is $10 for youth 12 and under, $12 for adults. Tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event.
    Eaglemont Golf Course :: http://www.fireweedterrace.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 - 12:00pm Gingerbread Houses 
    Graham crackers, frosting and candy will be provided at a "Gingerbread Houses" event from 10am-12pm at Blaine's Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Attendees can show off their artistic sides and get creative when building and decorating their own mini-gingerbread house. Entry is $30; another session happens from 1-3pm Sat., Dec. 22.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: http://www.semiahmoo.com
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm Holiday Craft Bazaar 
    Buy or sell homemade crafts and treats made by kids and teens at a Deming Holiday Craft Bazaar happening from 11am-1pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Everything will be priced $5 or less.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 11:00am - 9:00pm Mostly Magic with John Walton 
    Experience a unique blend of magic and humor when celebrated local magician John Walton presents his annual "Mostly Magic" show at all-ages performances at 11am and 2:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $7. At 7:30pm, Walton will be joined by fellow magician Kerry Pollick for a "Mostly Magic Comedy Cabaret. Tickets for the later show are $29.50.
    MBT's Walton Theater :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 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 - 3:30pm Seasonal Side Dishes 
    Learn practical skills that will empower you to showcase the Pacific Northwest on your table when Kamea Black leads a "Seasonal Side Dishes: Winter Edition" workshop from 1-3:30pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. Participants will start the afternoon off with a sugar-free holiday mocktail and mixing demonstration. Afterward, the class will be guided through an interactive cooking session that will result in three delicious local side dishes that the group will devour together. Suggested donation is $25; please register in advance.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Altai Kai workshop and concert 
    The traditional Russian folk group Altai Kai will host a throat-singing workshop from 2-4pm at the Alternative Library, 519 E. Maple St. The virtuosos will return to the stage at 8pm to perform. Throat-singing and the ringing melodies of the khomus, topshur and accordion will come together to form the unique sounds of the "folk heroes" who have a goal of preserving and cultivating the traditional culture of the Republic of Altai. Tickets are $36 for the workshop, $23 for the concert, or $50 for both.
    Alternative Library :: http://www.altlib.org
  • 2:00pm - 10:00pm Bellingham Community Chorus Holiday Concerts 
    The Bellingham Community Chorus will kick off its 28th season with Holiday Concerts at 2pm and 7pm at St. James Presbyterian Church, 910 14th St. Led by new artistic director Rob Viens, the shows will include traditional favorites with interesting new rhythms and perspectives, such as Calypso Noel and African Noel, as well as audience sing-along numbers. A brass quartet will join in, as will other instrumentalists and soloists. Entry will be $10 at the door (youth ages 12 and under can attend for free).
    St. James Presbyterian Church :: http://www.facebook.com/bellingham-community-chorus
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Comet Sense Signing and Talk 
    Artist and author Trish Harding will be presenting and reading from her new illustrated picture book, Comet Sense, from 2-4pm at Studio UFO, 301 W. Holly St. She'll also be answering questions about the book, which is about the "people who always look down and the people who always look up...until an event causes them to see from the other's perspective." The original drawings will be on display and the book will be available for sale and signing.
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Port Tasting 
    Chad Slansky from C & G imports will provide visitors with a winter warmup at an "Exploring Port" tasting from 2-4pm at Siefert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St. Chad will be focusing on the Kopke and Rocha port houses. Entry is free and open to all adults 21 and older.
    Siefert & Jones Wine Merchants :: http://www.sjwinemerchants.com
  • 2:00pm - 8:00pm Arts and Ales Holiday Market 
    Enjoy a beer while you do some holiday shopping at an "Arts and Ales" Holiday Market taking place from 2-8pm at the Aslan Depot, 1322 N. State St. Local vendors including jewelers, potters, artists and other crafty holiday gift-makers will be showing and selling their wares, and the event will also feature live music, Ovn Wood-Fired Pizza, and a wreath-making workshop.
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Noel Ensemble 
    The Yuletide season will come alive with the classical and Celtic harps, flute, strings and percussion sounds of the acclaimed NOEL Ensemble at a 3pm concert at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Performed by gifted musicians in medieval costumes, these well-loved carols, holiday favorites and poetry readings are sure to enchant. Musicians include harpists Jill Whitman, Ava Strissel, Arieanna Martin, and Anna-Marie Quist. Flutist Kimberley Breilein, bassist Katrina Whitman, and poet Rosemary Scott Vohs will also be part of the festivities. Tickets are $25.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.com
  • 4:00pm - 8:00pm Bowman Bay Holiday 
    All are welcome at the fourth annual "Bowman Bay Holiday" taking place from 4-8pm at Deception Pass State Park's Bowman Bay. See park cabins lit up, take pictures with Santa, listen to carolers, write letters to service men and women, drop off gifts for Toys for Tots and feel warmed by the fire at the family-friendly event, and remember to wear warm clothes and rain boots and bring a flashlight. There will be a $5 suggested donation per car; funds raised during the event will support and promote the Deception Pass Park Foundation’s mission of resource protection through education.
  • 5:00pm - 9:30pm Firehouse Holiday Party 
    Attend a Firehouse Holiday Party from 5-9:30pm at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Attendees will be warmed by a Yule log, enjoy a potluck dinner (bring something to share) and end the evening by viewing a holiday movie on the big screen.
    Firehouse Arts and Events Center :: http://www.firehouseperformingartscenter.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Tamale Dinner Fundraiser 
    Attend a Tamale Dinner Fundraiser from 6-9pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. The delicious tamales will be handmade by Maria Luisa from Tadeo's Restaurant. Tickets are $12.50 for kids 10 and under, $25 for adults. (Please note that our print version of this event lists the incorrect venue. The fundraiser takes place at BUF.)
    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship :: http://www.foodjustice.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Vaudevillingham 
    Attend the Bellingham Circus Guild's monthly uncensored variety show, “Vaudevillingham,” at 7pm (family-friendly) and 9pm (anything goes) performances at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St., suite #102. Expect to see everything from aerial performances to dance, comedy, magic, juggling, burlesque and more. Both novice and veteran performers are welcome to share their talents. Suggested donation is $5-$10.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm A Holiday Wish for Paco 
    Day-to-Day Dance presents "A Holiday Wish for Paco" at 7pm at the Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H St. More than 50 community students ages 3-17 will tell the tale of the last elf to be adopted from the toy orphanage. Tickets are $10 (free for children under 5).
    Blaine Performing Arts Center :: http://www.daytodaydance.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Blue Adobe Comedy 
    Local standup comedians will do their best to make you laugh at a Comedy Showcase starting at 7pm at Blue Adobe Bar, 2925 Newmarket St., #104. Entry to the 21-and-older event is free.
    Blue Adobe Bar :: http://www.theblueadobebar.com
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