Week of December 30, 2018

Sunday, December 30 8 events
  • All Day Coat Drive 
    Donate warm coats, hoodies and new socks as part of a Coat Drive taking place through Tues., Jan. 1 at both Community Food Co-op locales—1120 N. Forest St., and 315 Westerly Dr. Collection boxes will be in both stores.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.communityfood.coop
  • All Day Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar 
    Through New Year's 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.
  • 12:00pm Deck the Old City Hall Finale 
    Keep the holiday spirit alive when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" concludes this week from 12-5pm Wednesay through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is by donation to view the decorated trees and seasonal splendor.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 11:00am - 4:00pm Drag Brunch, Celebrity Impersonation 
    Doors for an inaugural "Drag Brunch: Celebrity Impersonation" event open at 11am at Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave. A catered brunch buffet will happen from 12-2pm, and performances will take place from 1-4pm. Rumors' DJ Spada and host Vivienne Duchanne, along with the Rumors queens in their favorite celebrity looks, will make this an event to remember. Entry is $25; VIP tickets are $35 and include seating in the front two rows and a mimosa.
    Rumors Cabaret :: http://www.rumorscabaret.com
  • 12:00pm - 2:30pm The Madness of George III 
    Attend a National Theatre Live broadcast of The Madness of George III at 12pm in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The multi-award-winning play dramatizes the final years of King George III’s reign of the United Kingdom, his battle with mental illness and the inability of the court to handle his condition. Tickets are $14-$18.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Family Concert with Pam Sinnett 
    All ages are welcome at a Family Concert with Pam Sinnett from 1-3pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. Attendees will join Sinnett to sing familiar folk tunes, new songs, funny pieces, lullabies and more. Sinnett is retired from Samish School and has led family concerts and sing-alongs in classrooms around town for more than 30 years. Suggested donation is $10-$15 per family; no registration is required.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.org
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Monday, December 31 18 events
  • All Day Coat Drive 
    Donate warm coats, hoodies and new socks as part of a Coat Drive taking place through Tues., Jan. 1 at both Community Food Co-op locales—1120 N. Forest St., and 315 Westerly Dr. Collection boxes will be in both stores.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.communityfood.coop
  • 4:00pm Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar 
    Through New Year's 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.
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Last Chance Half-Marathon and Marathon 
    Sign up for Northwest Endurance Events' "Last Chance Half-Marathon and Marathon" starting at 9am at Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Drive North. The course will take runners from the park along the Interurban Trail to Clayton Beach and back (twice if you're doing the full marathon). Note: The event has been known to have snow this time or year, so dress accordingly. You should plan on being self-sufficient and carrying your own water and aid. The race is capped at 250 participants, so register ASAP. Entry is $45.
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm Polar Bear Plunge 
    Come join hundreds of people from all over the Pacific Northwest to be part of the 36th annual "Polar Bear Plunge" starting at noon at the waterfront by Birch Bay Beach Park, 7830 Birch Bay Dr. The event has been happening since 1982, and features costume contests and prizes. Entry is free, but those who register in advance will receive an official "I Took the Plunge" certificate and hot beverages. T-shirts will be available to purchase.
    Birch Bay Beach Park :: http://www.birchbaywa.org
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm New Year's at Noon 
    Family-friendly crafts, refreshments, music, a dance party and a balloon drop at high noon will be part of an all-ages "New Year's at Noon" event taking place from 11:30am-12:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Entry to the fourth annual event is free.
    Lynden Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 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
  • 6:00pm - 11:30pm New Year's Eve Dinner Party 
    A meal by Ovn Wood Fired Pizza, party favors, a photo booth, music with DJ Troy Justice, and a champagne cocktail will be included in your ticket price at a New Year's Eve Party happening from 6pm-1am at Overflow Taps, 2930 Newmarket St., suite #117. Entry is $18.
    Overflow Taps :: http://www.overflowtaps.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Community Soup Kitchen 
    Volunteers and donations are welcome at a weekly Community Soup Kitchen, which happens from 6-7pm every Monday until April 1 at the Little Cheerful Cafe, 133 E. Holly St. The event provides meals to the homeless community in Whatcom County, and all are welcome.
    Little Cheerful Cafe :: (360) 738-8824
  • 6:30pm - 11:30pm Jubilee New Year's Eve Party 
    he Ken McCoy Band will play a mix of country, south and classic rock at a New Year's Eve Party taking place in Abbotsford at Jubilee Hall, 7989 Bradner Rd. Doors open at 6:30pm, with a buffet style dinner served at 7pm. Your $40 ticket also includes party favors and champagne at midnight.
  • 6:30pm - 11:30pm New Year's Eve Improv Shows 
    Ring in 2019 with laughter at New Year's Eve shows taking place at 6:30pm, 8:30pm, and 10:30pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. On this special night, mainstage players will bring back some of the theater's most popular formats from the past 14 years. Each show will have compressed versions of a handful of formats, meaning audiences could see an improvised musical, dating game, superhero adventure, and even murder mystery all in one show! Tickets are $15 for the early show, $20 for the 8:30pm performance, and $25 for 21-and-older 10:30pm show (includes a champagne toast).
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 6:30pm - 11:30pm Bellingham Firefighters Community Ball 
    The 120th annual Bellingham Firefighters Community Ball takes place from 6:30pm-12am at the Holiday Inn and Suites, 4260 Mitchell Way. The Gatsby-themed event will feature music by Baby Cakes, a ball drop, a champagne toast, and the Bellingham Fire Pipes and Drums Band coming out to lead a sing-along of Auld Lang Syne. Entry to the 21-and-older event is $50 in advance and $60 at the door; funds raised will go the local 106 Benevolence Foundation, a 501c3 which keeps its charitable donations within the Bellingham community.
    Holiday Inn and Suites :: http://www.bfdball.firecat53.com
  • 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 Ring of Fire and Hope 
    The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual "Ring of Fire and Hope" at 7pm on the shoreline from Birch Point to Point Whitehorn. This annual event focuses on ringing in hope for the coming new year and draws hundreds of participants who gather along the shores with lighted flares. A limited amount of flares will be available by donation on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:30pm at the Birch Bay Visitor's Center, 7900 Birch Bay Dr. (Flares are also usually available at marine and auto parts stores.)
    Birch Point to Point Whitehorn :: http://www.birchbaychamber.com
  • 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
  • 8:00pm - 11:30pm New Year's Eve Soiree at Sylvia Center 
    Party like it's 1959 at the second annual New Year's Eve Soiree taking place from 8pm-12:30am at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Tickets to the festive fundraiser are $75-$100 and include two glasses of champagne (one to kick off the party and one to ring in the New Year), dessert, hijinks, hearty appetizers from Bellingham Cider Company, and a late-night snack menu. Immersive theater, auctions, casino games, live music, martinis, raffles, awards, mysteries and more. Come dressed in your retro best.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 8:30pm - 11:30pm Ciao Thyme New Year's Eve Party 
    An appetizer pizza buffet from the WoodStone oven, plenty of water and a glass of yummy bubbles can be had at a New Year's Eve Party starting at 8:30pm at the Ciao Thyme Commons, 207 Unity St. Entry is $65 and includes the aforementioned goodies, plus live music and dancing. The bar will be open with cocktails wine, local draft beers on tap and an array of sparkling wine and champagne.
    Ciao Thyme Commons :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 9:00pm - 11:30pm New Year's Eve with Gin Gypsy 
    Celebrate the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 at a New Year's Eve Party taking place from 9pm-1am in Mount Vernon at the Eaglemont Golf Course Clubhouse, 4800 Eaglemont Dr. Gin Gypsy will be performing upstairs, and DJ Jimmy Mai will be mixing beats in the lower level. Tickets to the 21-plus event are $25-$30 and include dancing, a photo booth, tasty bites, raffles, swag and a complimentary champagne toast. A no-host bar will also offer cocktails and beer.
    Eaglemont Golf Course Clubhouse :: http://www.eaglemontnye.com
  • 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, January 1 9 events
  • 10:00am A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, starting today and continuing through Fri., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome—which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools—all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County libraries :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 9:00am Coat Drive 
    Donate warm coats, hoodies and new socks as part of a Coat Drive taking place through Tues., Jan. 1 at both Community Food Co-op locales—1120 N. Forest St., and 315 Westerly Dr. Collection boxes will be in both stores.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.communityfood.coop
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Sudden Valley Polar Bear Plunge 
    All are welcome at a Polar Bear Plunge happening at 10am at the Sudden Valley Marina, 1-20 Marina Dr. Fire pits, a warming tent, free hot cocoa and cider, adult hot beverages for purchase and a costume contest will be part of the frigid fun.
    Sudden Valley Marina :: http://www.suddenvalley.com
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm First Friday Hike 
    Kick off the New Year with a "First Day Hike" led by Valerie Stafford starting at 10am at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Both a short, ADA-accessible half-mile loop and more strenuous three-mile option will be available. Entry is free; wear weather-appropriate clothing and meet at the picnic shelter. This hike will kick off a 2019 “Healthy Hikes” program at the park to encourage people to be fit, and spend time in a rare and beautiful old-growth forest.
    Rockport State Park :: (360) 853-8461 or (360) 770-7677
  • 10:30am - 12:30pm New Year's Day Bike Ride 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a New Year's Day Ride starting at 10:30am at Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Drive N. Riders will continue down Chuckanut for 14 miles, stopping at the Old Edison Inn for lunch.
    Fairhaven Park :: http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm Resolution Run and Padden Polar Dip 
    The City of Bellingham's annual "Resolution Run/Walk" begins at 11am at Lake Padden, 4882 Samish Way. At the finish, there'll be snacks, patio heaters and camaraderie before the "Padden Polar Dip" commences at high noon. Heated showers and goodies will be available for those exiting the frigid waters. Both events are free, and no registration is required. It's recommended that parents with children under 10 consult a physician before entering the water.
    Lake Padden :: http://www.cob.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
  • 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 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, January 2 8 events
  • 10:00am Bham SOUP 
    Bham SOUP, an event that supports local projects through community-supported micro-funding, is accepting applications from individuals and creative groups for its inaugural event through Thurs., Jan. 10. During each Bham SOUP funding cycle, individuals from the Bellingham community may submit a project proposal that demonstrates a positive impact for Downtown Bellingham. The inaugural event is scheduled for Mon., Jan. 21 at Goat Mountain Pizza. The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite proposal. A $10 cash donation at the door will entitle each attendee to a locally prepared soup dinner and the opportunity to review all submitted proposals and vote for their favorite.
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, starting today and continuing through Fri., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome—which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools—all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County libraries :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 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.
  • 1:00pm - 3:30pm Books and Tea 
    An Afternoon Books and Tea gathering takes place from 1-3:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. This month's theme is Tea, and guest Jinny Huang will share varieties of tea, health benefits and how to properly brew it.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Cooking Lit Book Group 
    armers Market Director Caprice Teske and Village Books Marketing Director Mary Vermillion host a monthly Regional Cookbooks and Cooking Lit Book Group from 4-5pm at Village Books, 1200 111th St. The group meets on the mezzanine level to discuss a featured cookbook or cooking literature. Special guests such as local farmers, chefs and authors often attend. Members are welcome to purchase food and beverages from Evolve Chocolate + Cafe.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Green Drinks 
    Network with likeminded environmentally aware citizens at the monthly Green Drinks taking place from 5-7pm at Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen, 601 W. Holly St. Hear about upcoming sustainably-oriented events and opportunities, and try out delicious brews. Attendees can also discover more about the brewery's water conservation efforts.
    Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen :: http://www.re-sources.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Tenor Trifecta 
    Mike Allen (tenor), Josh Cook (tenor), Thomas Harris (tenor), Miles Black (piano), Roger Yamashita (bass), and Christian Casolary (drums) will perform at a Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center "Tenor Trifecta" concert at 7pm at the Studio Theater at the Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect St. Tickets will be $5-$15 at the door.
    Sylvia Center :: http://www.wjmac.org
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Thursday, January 3 15 events
  • All Day Bham SOUP 
    Bham SOUP, an event that supports local projects through community-supported micro-funding, is accepting applications from individuals and creative groups for its inaugural event through Thurs., Jan. 10. During each Bham SOUP funding cycle, individuals from the Bellingham community may submit a project proposal that demonstrates a positive impact for Downtown Bellingham. The inaugural event is scheduled for Mon., Jan. 21 at Goat Mountain Pizza. The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite proposal. A $10 cash donation at the door will entitle each attendee to a locally prepared soup dinner and the opportunity to review all submitted proposals and vote for their favorite.
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, starting today and continuing through Fri., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome—which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools—all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County libraries :: http://www.wcls.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.
  • 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
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Teen Library Councils 
    Teens who love their libraries and want to volunteer can find out how to join Teen Library Councils from 3-5pm at the Ferndale Library (2125 Main St.), and 3:30-5pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Join groups of dedicated teens as they create and organize teen programs and assist with library events. This is a great way to build your resume, meet new people and have fun. Download an application, or ask at the front desk.
    Ferndale Library :: http://www.wcls.org/teens
  • 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
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm Poetry Writing Group 
    Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback and assist you with your writing goals at a Poetry Writing Group meeting from 5:30-7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The group is open to newcomers and drop-ins and meets the first and third Thursday of each month.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pub Run 
    Join BBay Running for a Pub Run starting at 6pm at the store's headquarters at 1431 N. State St. At the weekly event, BBay Ambassadors safely guide each pace group during the 3- to 5-mile runs, which are open to athletes of all levels and abilities. Tonight's excursion follows the South Bay Trail, ending at the Local. Entry is free.
    BBay Running :: http://www.bbayrunning.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Balkan Folk Dancers 
    The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. There is teaching early in the evening, and no experience or partner is necessary as most dances are line or circle dances. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors can attend for free.
    Fairhaven Library :: (360) 380-0456
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Balkan Folk Dancers 
    The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. There is teaching early in the evening, and no experience or partner is necessary as most dances are line or circle dances. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors can attend for free.
    Fairhaven Library :: (360) 380-0456
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Raptor Classes with Bud Anderson 
    Raptor expert Bud Anderson leads his popular "Raptor Identification and Behavior" series of classes starting tonight at 7pm at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Classes continue Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31; additional all-day field trips are included (choose from multiple dates). Fees are $175. Another series of classes begins Tues., Jan. 8 at the Padilla Bay Breazeale Interpretive Center and continues Jan. 15, 22, 29 and Feb. 5.
    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship :: http://www.falconresearch.org
  • 7:30pm - 11:00pm Good, Bad, 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"—which tonight will be a monthly Standup Comedy Show featuring performers from throughout Bellingham. Entry is $8 for the early show, $5 for the late one.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 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
  • 8:30pm - 10:30pm Time Travel Burlesque with Frisky Fandoms 
    Join the Frisky Fandoms for "Time Travel Burlesque" at 8:30pm at the Firefly Lounge, 1015 N. State St. The variety show will include burlesque routines from four fandoms, so expect something for everyone. There will also be beloved tunes, birthday burlesque, raffle prizes and a cosplay contest. Tickets will be $15 at the door.
  • 9:30pm - 11:00pm Standup Comedy Show 
    Brett Emerson, Jack Stewart, Doug Homeyer, Stefan Jozef Lee Matusak, Cameron Baldwin, Matt Benoit, Benjamin Crabill, Kennedy McLaurin, Edward M. Chatterton III, Jordan Jones Randall Ragsdale, Nikki Kilpatrick, Clay Christofferson will share their comedic skills during four-minute sets at a monthly Standup Comedy Show at 9:30pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Sean Flikke hosts. Tickets are $5.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
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Friday, January 4 11 events
  • All Day Bham SOUP 
    Bham SOUP, an event that supports local projects through community-supported micro-funding, is accepting applications from individuals and creative groups for its inaugural event through Thurs., Jan. 10. During each Bham SOUP funding cycle, individuals from the Bellingham community may submit a project proposal that demonstrates a positive impact for Downtown Bellingham. The inaugural event is scheduled for Mon., Jan. 21 at Goat Mountain Pizza. The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite proposal. A $10 cash donation at the door will entitle each attendee to a locally prepared soup dinner and the opportunity to review all submitted proposals and vote for their favorite.
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, starting today and continuing through Fri., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome—which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools—all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County libraries :: http://www.wcls.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.
  • 11:00am Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-4pm Friday through Sundays through Feb. 24 at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart from the Discovery Center at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm; Park staff and volunteers will lead half-mile, 45-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers will discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discover Pass is required to park.
  • 7:30pm Space Trek 
    The men and women of the USS Upfront will return to the stage when the popular improvised sci-fi show, "Space Trek," returns to the stage for 7:30pm and 9:30pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Audience members can get in on the action, too—they'll provide the suggestions that inspire the improvised "missions." Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Additional showings happen through January.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm How Sweet the Sound 
    Bellingham TheatreWorks introduces a new play by Bellingham-based playwright Eryn Elyse McVay, How Sweet the Sound, with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. In the production, three girls depend on a charismatic leader for their well-being. But do ulterior motives hide behind his benevolence? Will his past entwine with their future? As the road from a cursed bargain to a woman's price reveals itself, metaphor and mystery combine. Tickets are $15 at the door and online. Additional showings happen Jan. 11-12.
  • 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.
  • 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 January at Lake Padden Park (east entrance). Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Lake Padden 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
  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm Downtown Bellingham Art Walk 
    Allied Arts, 3 OMS Yoga, Boundary Bay Brewery, Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery, Gallery Pegasus, Heady Virtual Reality, Make.Shift Gallery, the Mighty, Tiny Art Studio, Ruckus Art Gallery, Western City Center, and Pickford Film Center will be among those opening their doors for the monthly Art Walk taking place from 6-10pm throughout downtown Bellingham. Pick up maps at participating locales for a full lineup and directions.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Anacortes Art Walk 
    The Good Stuff Arts, Red Salon Aveda, Burton Jewelers, Pelican Bay Bookstore & Coffee Shop, Scott Milo Gallery, and the Majestic Inn and Spa will be among the spaces opening their doors for the monthly First Friday Art Walk from 6-9pm throughout downtown Anacortes. Entry is free and open to all.
    Downtown Anacortes :: http://www.anacortesart.com
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Saturday, January 5 19 events
  • All Day Bham SOUP 
    Bham SOUP, an event that supports local projects through community-supported micro-funding, is accepting applications from individuals and creative groups for its inaugural event through Thurs., Jan. 10. During each Bham SOUP funding cycle, individuals from the Bellingham community may submit a project proposal that demonstrates a positive impact for Downtown Bellingham. The inaugural event is scheduled for Mon., Jan. 21 at Goat Mountain Pizza. The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite proposal. A $10 cash donation at the door will entitle each attendee to a locally prepared soup dinner and the opportunity to review all submitted proposals and vote for their favorite.
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, starting today and continuing through Fri., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome—which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools—all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County libraries :: http://www.wcls.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.
  • All Day Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-4pm Friday through Sundays through Feb. 24 at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart from the Discovery Center at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm; Park staff and volunteers will lead half-mile, 45-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers will discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discover Pass is required to park.
  • 7:30pm Space Trek 
    The men and women of the USS Upfront will return to the stage when the popular improvised sci-fi show, "Space Trek," returns to the stage for 7:30pm and 9:30pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Audience members can get in on the action, too—they'll provide the suggestions that inspire the improvised "missions." Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Additional showings happen through January.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm How Sweet the Sound 
    Bellingham TheatreWorks introduces a new play by Bellingham-based playwright Eryn Elyse McVay, How Sweet the Sound, with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. In the production, three girls depend on a charismatic leader for their well-being. But do ulterior motives hide behind his benevolence? Will his past entwine with their future? As the road from a cursed bargain to a woman's price reveals itself, metaphor and mystery combine. Tickets are $15 at the door and online. Additional showings happen Jan. 11-12.
  • 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.
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm Boy Scouts of Whatcom County Tree Recycling 
    As part of the Boy Scouts of Whatcom County's annual Tree Recycling Service Project, take off all decorations and place your symbol of Christmas on the curb by 8am in Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine, and Lynden. Scouts will knock on doors or leave envelopes for welcome donations. The trees will be turned into mulch and compost for local re-use. From 8am-12pm, Sudden Valley residents can bring their trees to the drop-off spot at 2275 Lake Whatcom Blvd. Residents living north of Bellingham or in the Birch Bay area can call the number below by 9am to request a pickup.
    Whatcom County :: (360) 255-9194
  • 10:00am - 2:30pm Indoor Plant Classes 
    Learn how to brighten your winter home with plants at a "Growing the Best Indoor Plants" class at 10am at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Attendees will also learn more about the care and varieties of house plants, including which are best for air purification. Entry is free. At 1pm, sign up for a "Make It and Take It: Indoor Counter Garden" workshop. Entry is $39 and covers all supplies.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: http://www.garden-spot.com
  • 11:00am - 4:00pm Resolutions Mini-Workshops 
    If you need a boost to 2019, attend the annual "Resolutions: Mini-Workshops to Jumpstart Your New Year" from 11am-4pm at the Readings Gallery at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The hourly workshops kick off with psychotherapist and author Carolyn Koehnline focusing on "Clearing Clutter for the New Year with Little Gestures and Simple Practices." Following will be Robin Robertson discussing "5 Essential Secrets to Great Health at Every Age" (12pm); Tiela Combs of Sustainable Connections on how to "Squatch Food Waste" (1pm); "New Year, New You: Advance Care Planning for 2019 with Tessa Whitlcok of the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement" (2pm); and "Meeting the New Year with Mindfulness" by Mindfulness NW's Michael Kelberer" (3pm). Come to one workshop or several, and bring your questions, ideas and a snack. No tickets or registration are needed. (Participants will receive 10 percent off recommended Resolutions-related books, that day only.)
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony 
    Bellingham High School will induct its second class of the newly established Athletic Hall of Fame at 1pm at the school's Performing Arts Center, 2020 Cornwall Ave. The ceremony is free and open to the public; please attend and help celebrate these fine athletes, coaches and contributors.
    Bellingham High School :: (360) 305-2781
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Traditional Jazz 
    Listen and dance to the New Orleans/Dixieland music of Bonnie Northgraves & Friends from 2-5pm at Bellingham’s VFW Hall, 625 State St. Presented by the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society, enjoy fine acoustics, a large wooden dance floor, snacks and beverages. Admission is $10 for members, $6 for students, and $12 general.
    VFW Hall :: (360) 371-7030 or http://www.bellinghamjazz.com
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Blind Tasting Experiment 
    You won't be graded at a "Blind Tasting Experiment" tasting from 2-4pm at Siefert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St. Four wine that have something in common will be poured—it's your job to try to figure out what the connection is. If you have never tasted wine "blind" ( Yep. In a brown paper bag), it gives you great perspective on what you are tasting. Entry is free and open to all adults 21 and older.
    Siefert & Jones Wine Merchants :: http://www.sjwinemerchants.com
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Whatcomics Reception 
    View the works of talented teen artists at a "Whatcomics 2018" art reception happening from 2-3:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Whatcomics is an annual publication of the Whatcom County Library System, and accepted artists receive a complimentary copy of the tome. The original artwork will be on display throughout January in a special exhibit.
    Lynden Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm The Skagit Queen 
    "The Thunder Creek Mines: The Skagit Queen" will be the focus of a Burlington Historic Preservation presentation with historian Jesse Kennedy from 2:30-4pm at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. Entry is free.
    Burlington Public Library :: (360) 755-0760
  • 3:30pm - 7:00pm Ruthie V. and Ken Barnes Talk and Reception 
    Attend an opening reception for an exhibit featuring flower-focused paintings and etchings by Ruthie V. and stone sculptures by Ken Barnes from 5-7pm in Edison at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. From 3:30-4:30pm, the artists will talk about their work, which can be viewed through Jan. 27.
    Smith & Vallee Gallery :: http://www.smithandvalleegallery.com
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm Surge Panel Discussion 
    Attend a "Surge" Panel Discussion from 3:30-5pm in La Conner at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. The exhibition that is closing this weekend is designed to draw attention to climate change and its impact on the Northwest's coastal communities. Today's moderated panel will feature scientist and artist teams who contributed to the show. Entry is free; please RSVP.
    Museum of Northwest Art :: http://www.monamuseum.org/event
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Bellingham Festival of Music's annual Welcome Home Concert 
    Bellingham Festival of Music presents its ninth annual Welcome Home Concert, featuring original works by young composer Adam Billings performed by WWU faculty and student musicians, at 7:30pm at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Billings, a native of Whatcom County, is now in his third year of undergraduate education at the Juilliard School, where he pursues his studies with composer and teacher Dr. Robert Beaser. Suggested donation is $15; admission is free for students. No tickets will be required.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.bellinghamfestival.org
  • 9:00pm - 11:30pm Salsa Night 
    Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest's bimonthly "Saturday Salsa Night" taking place from 9pm-12am at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State St. The night will begin with an intro lesson, followed by an evening of dancing. Entry to the all-ages event is $5.
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