Week of January 27, 2019

Sunday, January 27 20 events
  • All Day Cascadia Weekly's Fiction 101 Contest 
    The Cascadia Weekly is currently accepting submissions from community members for our revived "Fiction 101" contest. Creative submissions in two age ranges—youth (18 and under) and adults (19 and older)—can be sent to the following email through Mon., Feb. 18. Winners will receive prizes and be printed in our March 6 edition, and online. Submissions must be 101 words or less; please include your name, the title of your story, contact information, and indicate if you're 18 or under.
  • 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 Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 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, 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 :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 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 Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 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.
  • 4:30pm Bellingham Folk Festival 
    Workshops, performances, dances and jams for all ages and abilities will be part of the Bellingham Folk Festival, which takes place from 4:30-9:30pm Friday, 9am-9:30pm Saturday, and 1-9:30pm Sunday at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Admission is $10-$105.
    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship :: http://www.thebellinghamfolkfestival.com
  • 7:30pm Winter Dances 
    Watch original student choreography when members of Western Washington University's dance program perform at "Winter Dances" shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the school's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. In addition to the choreography, the students will also fill the roles of dancers, lighting designers and master electricians. Tickets are $8-$16.
    Performing Arts Center Mainstage :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.ed
  • 12:00pm Call to Artists for Spring Juried Exhibit 
    Lynden's Jansen Art Center will be accepting submissions for its 2019 Spring Juried Exhibit through Mon., Feb. 11. The exhibits are open to the public as a way to showcase the artistic talent in Whatcom County and the surrounding region. Submit up to five pieces to be judged by a qualified jury made up of artists, curators and other figures in the arts community. The selected pieces will be displayed in the Jansen Art Center for the community to enjoy. There is a $30 submission fee.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 10:00am Skagit Eagle Festival 
    Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, watching stations, photography tours, multimedia presentations and more will be part of the 21st annual Skagit Eagle Festival concluding Saturday and Sunday at Rockport's Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, and in Concrete, Marblemount, and beyond. Entry is by donation.
    Rockport, Concrete, Marblemount :: http://www.concrete-wa/com/skagit-eagle-festival
  • 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 Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 5:12am Open your eyes 
  • 8:30am - 11:30am Rabbit Ride 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8:30am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
    Fairhaven Bicycle :: http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm Skagit Eagle Festival 
    Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, watching stations, photography tours, multimedia presentations, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 21st annual Skagit Eagle Festival taking place Saturdays and Sundays through January (and on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) at Rockport's Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, and in Concrete, Marblemount, and beyond. Entry is by donation.
    Rockport, Concrete, Marblemount :: http://www.concrete-wa/com/skagit-eagle-festival
  • 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 - 3:30pm Paella Party 
    Paellaworks hosts its first "Paella Party" of the season from 11am-3:30pm in Edison at Slough Food, 5766 Cains Court. For $17, you'll get a plateful of the famous Spanish seafood dish. No reservations are necessary.
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm Skagit Symphony Family Concert 
    Guest Conductor Jake Scherr will offer a program all about sound effects at the Skagit Symphony's annual Family Concert starting at 1pm in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Before the short program, children will have an opportunity to get an up close and personal experience with the musicians and their instruments, and even a chance to play some of them. Tickets are $1 for kids, $10 for adults.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 1:00pm - 3:30pm The Tragedy of King Richard the Second 
    Simon Russell Beale (The Lehman Trilogy, King Lear) plays the title role in a NT Live broadcast of The Tragedy of King Richard the Second at 1pm in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $14-$18.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 1:30pm - 3:30pm Audubon at the Museum 
    Join experts from North Cascades Audubon Society for a monthly "Audubon at the Museum" gathering from 1:30-3:30pm at the new John M. Edson Hall of Birds at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. In addition to displays of more than 500 mounted birds, the exhibit provides opportunities to learn about migration, conservation, birds in peril, and the importance of studying bird specimens today. Entry is included with admission fees.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Whatcom Symphony Orchestra 
    Two-time Grammy-nominated bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann joins the Whatcom Symphony for a "Happy Birthday, Amadeus!" performance at 3pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The joyful tribute to the prolific composer will include Mozart’s "Bassoon Concerto" plus Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ "Symphony No. 2" and Mozart’s noble and powerful “Jupiter” Symphony. Tickets are $15-$49.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Swing Connection 
    Singer Cheryl Hodge and saxophonist Thomas Harris will join the Swing Connection Big Band for a performance from 7-9m at Lovitt Restaurant, 1114 Harris Ave. The free, family-friendly event will commemorate the final night of local music at the restaurant, which is closing at the end of the evening. Food and drink will be available from the menu.
    Lovitt Restaurant :: http://www.swingconnection.org
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Monday, January 28 14 events
  • All Day Cascadia Weekly's Fiction 101 Contest 
    The Cascadia Weekly is currently accepting submissions from community members for our revived "Fiction 101" contest. Creative submissions in two age ranges—youth (18 and under) and adults (19 and older)—can be sent to the following email through Mon., Feb. 18. Winners will receive prizes and be printed in our March 6 edition, and online. Submissions must be 101 words or less; please include your name, the title of your story, contact information, and indicate if you're 18 or under.
  • 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 Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 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, 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 :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 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 Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 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.
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Community Connections 
    Meet friends and neighbors to discuss your community and put together welcome baskets for those new to town at a Community Connections event happening from 2-3pm at the Sumas Library, 461 2nd St. Share your thoughts and ideas with your neighbors and Mayor Christensen—who will personally deliver the welcome baskets to new residents.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 988-2501
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm Wheelchair Gangball 
    Attend Indoor Wheelchair Gangball from 3:30-5:30pm every Monday through May at Bloedel Donovan, 2200 Electric Ave. Sport wheelchairs will be provided, and able-bodied participants are welcome. Please call or text to RSVP.
    Bloedel Donovan :: (360) 303-2130
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm Monday Night Pizza 
    Live music and pizza from a wood stone oven will be part of the monthly Monday Night Pizza starting at 5:30pm at the Ciao Thyme Commons, 207 Unity St. Entry is $30 and includes a seasonal salad, a personal pizza and dessert. The bar will be open, with wine, beer and cocktails available for purchase.
    Ciao Thyme Commons :: http://www.ciaothyme.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 - 8:00pm Books on Tap 
    South Whatcom Library staff will lead a "Books on Tap 2" discussion focusing on Laurie Frankel's novel, This Is How It Always Is, from 6:30-8pm at El Agave 2, 4 Clubhouse Circle.
    El Agave 2 :: (360) 305-3632
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Cook Once, Eat Twice 
    Holistic Health Coach Sara Southerland leads a "Cook Once, Eat Twice" class from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Southerland will show how, with just a little planning, you can prepare delicious, healthy meals for yourself and your family every night of the week. In addition to focusing on certain recipes, she'll also provide valuable tips on meal planning and prepping, and attendees will leave with a one-week meal plan including recipes and a shopping list. Entry is $35.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.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 - 8:30pm Open Mic Night 
    Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience as they share their stories, poems and essays at a monthly Open Mic Night starting at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Sign up at the main counter on the first floor, or by calling the number listed here.
    Village Books :: (360) 671-2626
  • 9:00pm - 10:30pm Guffawingham 
    A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9pm every Monday at the Firefly Lounge, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. The event features approximately 20 standup comedians who each do a four-minute set.
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Tuesday, January 29 10 events
  • All Day Cascadia Weekly's Fiction 101 Contest 
    The Cascadia Weekly is currently accepting submissions from community members for our revived "Fiction 101" contest. Creative submissions in two age ranges—youth (18 and under) and adults (19 and older)—can be sent to the following email through Mon., Feb. 18. Winners will receive prizes and be printed in our March 6 edition, and online. Submissions must be 101 words or less; please include your name, the title of your story, contact information, and indicate if you're 18 or under.
  • 6:30pm Rockin' Robin Hood 
    Skagit Academy will present free performances of Rockin' Robin Hood at 6:30pm Tuesday and Wednesday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S> First St. The fresh-yet-traditional take on the legend of Robin Hood begins in a happier time—when Nottingham is wealthy and prosperous. It blends medieval ditties into upbeat rhythms and tempos, perfectly capturing the timeless spirit of the outlaw hero.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 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 Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 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 - 8:30pm Whatcom Chef Showcase Dinner 
    Local chefs, restaurant owners and restaurant managers are invited to a Whatcom Chef Showcase Dinner happening from 6-8:30pm at Evolve Chocolate + Cafe, 1200 11th St. (in Village Books). Entry is $60 and includes three locally procured courses, a beverage, tips and a talk by Joshua Hale, ClickMonster's Social Media Marketing Director. Hale will walk attendees though how to use Instagram to build your business and create customers.
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Artist Workshop 
    Watch artist Neal Cronic paint with acrylics and oil at a low-key Artist Workshop from 6-7:30pm at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. If you're interested in following along with Cronic, bring painting materials of your own and join in. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen 
    Join local food blogger Samantha Ferraro as she shares aromatic and easy-to-make recipes from her new cookbook, The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen, at a "Mediterranean Weeknight Menu" class from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. The class menu will include chicken shawarma, fennel and arugula fattoush salad, a creamy herb tahini sauce and, for dessert, date tahini balls. Entry is $45.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Wildfire and Resilience 
    As part of Whatcom READS, local author and poet Leslie Wharton will present "Wildfire and Resilience" at 6:30pm at the Lecture Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Wharton, co-author of Phoenix Rising: Stories of Remarkable Women Walking Through Fire, will share her personal experience of wildfire and recovery. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.whatcomreads.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Skagit Folk Dancers 
    Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterward.
    Bayview Civic Hall :: http://www.skagitfolkdancers.org
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Chuckanut Radio Hour 12th Anniversary 
    Celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Chuckanut Radio Hour at a special show starting at 7pm at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Local authors John Hoyte and Luci Shaw will be the featured writers, and there will also be live music by Threefer, serial radio comedy, performance poetry with Kevin Murphy, and more. Tickets are $5; each ticket includes a $5 voucher good toward the purchase of the authors' featured titles.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
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Wednesday, January 30 9 events
  • All Day Cascadia Weekly's Fiction 101 Contest 
    The Cascadia Weekly is currently accepting submissions from community members for our revived "Fiction 101" contest. Creative submissions in two age ranges—youth (18 and under) and adults (19 and older)—can be sent to the following email through Mon., Feb. 18. Winners will receive prizes and be printed in our March 6 edition, and online. Submissions must be 101 words or less; please include your name, the title of your story, contact information, and indicate if you're 18 or under.
  • 12:00pm A Forest of Words 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, 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 :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 6:30pm Rockin' Robin Hood 
    Skagit Academy will present free performances of Rockin' Robin Hood at 6:30pm Tuesday and Wednesday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S> First St. The fresh-yet-traditional take on the legend of Robin Hood begins in a happier time—when Nottingham is wealthy and prosperous. It blends medieval ditties into upbeat rhythms and tempos, perfectly capturing the timeless spirit of the outlaw hero.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Bellingham at Home Informational Meeting 
    Learn more about Bellingham at Home at an informational meeting taking place from 1-2pm at the Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St., room 16. The organization empowers seniors to stay active and engaged while living in their own homes and neighborhoods. Find out about membership, services and volunteer opportunities offered by Bellingham's "virtual village."
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: http://www.bellinghamathome.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
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Forest Health 
    Learn 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 at 6pm in Mount Vernon at Hillcrest Lodge, 1717 S. 13th St. Entry is free. The seminar will be taught by Kevin Zobrist, associate professor of forestry at WSU and author of Native Trees of Western Washington.
    Hillcrest Lodge :: http://www.mountvernonwa.gov
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Standup Comedy Show 
    Doug Homeyer will be the featured performer at a Standup Comedy Show happening from 7-9pm in Sedro-Woolley at the Local 20 Taproom, 102 Woodsworth St. Show up early to secure a table. Entry is free.
    Local 20 Taproom :: http://www.local20taproom.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm MIke Allen Quartet 
    Vancouver jazz masters Mike Allen (saxophone) and Miles Black (piano) will be joined by fellow musicians for a memorable Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center concert at 7pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Tickets will be $5-$10 at the door.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 7:30pm - 8:30pm Winter is here 
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Thursday, January 31 16 events
  • All Day Cascadia Weekly's Fiction 101 Contest 
    The Cascadia Weekly is currently accepting submissions from community members for our revived "Fiction 101" contest. Creative submissions in two age ranges—youth (18 and under) and adults (19 and older)—can be sent to the following email through Mon., Feb. 18. Winners will receive prizes and be printed in our March 6 edition, and online. Submissions must be 101 words or less; please include your name, the title of your story, contact information, and indicate if you're 18 or under.
  • 9:00am 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.
  • 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.
  • All Day A Forest of Words 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, 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 :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 7:00pm Hello, Dolly! 
    Students from Lynden Christian High School present performances of the blockbuster Broadway hit, Hello, Dolly!, at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 1pm and 7pm Saturday at the school's Performing Arts Center, 515 Drayton St. Tickets are $6-$10 to experience the musical about the romantic and comic exploits of Dolly-Gallagher-Levi.
    Performing Arts Center :: (360) 318-9525
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm Incognito at Lunch 
    Sign up for an "Incognito at Lunch" event at 12pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Details of the three-course, locally sourced menu will be concealed until mealtime, so prepare to be happily surprised. Entry is $42.
    Ciao Thyme :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 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 - 7:30pm KNKX Connects to Skagit Valley 
    The fifth installment of the year-long regional reporting project known as "KNKX Connects" will feature live radio broadcasts that will be open to the public from 3-6pm at Mount Vernon City Library (315 Snoqualmie St.) and 6-7:30pm at Skagit River Brewery, 404 S. 3rd St. Much like the station's previous explorations, "KNKX Connects to Skagit Valley" will highlight local issues and life, and present a wide range of stories that reflect what makes the community unique. Entry is free. KNKX can be heard in Skagit Valley at 88.9 FM.
    Mount Vernon :: http://www.knkx.org
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm The Art of Caring Reception 
    As part of a "Healing Through Art" series, attend an opening reception and presentation for "The Art of Caring" starting at 5pm in the Grounds and Grain Cafe at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, 2901 Squalicum Pkwy. The 33 regional artists in the exhibit understand the importance of art in the hospital setting and have participated in rotating shows over the last eight years of the program. Many have work that is a part of the PHSJMC’s permanent collection, which has been assembled over the past three years. The works will be on display and for sale through March 30 at the main entrance to the medical center and on the first floor halls, Cardiac Rehabilitation waiting room, Grounds and Grains Cafe and the East Tower entry. Please RSVP if you plan on attending the opening.
    Grounds and Grain Cafe :: (360) 383-7166 or mtan@peacehealth.org
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm Monthly Wine Tasting 
    Taste and learn, try wines you wouldn't normally drink and maybe discover something new at an "8 for $10" monthly wine tasting happening from 5:30-7pm at Old World Deli, 1228 N. State St. Featured wines will be offering at a case discount, and tickets for tastes will be entered into a raffle—earning you a chance to win a bonus gift.
    Old World Deli :: http://www.oldworlddeli1.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Sheet Pan Dinners 
    Cindy McKinney focuses on "Sheet Pan Dinners" at a class taking place from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. McKinney will demonstrate five sumptuous sheet pan suppers—think one-pot meals cooked in the oven. Entry is $45.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Mutter Courage Poetry Reading 
    Sara Uribe, the acclaimed Mexican author of the book Antonia González, and her American translator John Pluecker will read from their own poetry and works in translation as part of a "Mutter Courage" occasional reading series taking place from 6:30-8pm at BRUNA Press + Archive, 221 Prospect St. The free event will be held in Spanish and English.
    BRUNA Press + Archive :: http://www.brunapress.org
  • 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 In pursuit of the radical 
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt 
    Two titans of Americana will take the stage at "An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt" at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Expect to hear everything from rootsy rock to country and blues when the legends unite. Tickets are $59-$89.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 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." Entry is $8 for the early show, $5 for the late one.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
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Friday, February 1 29 events
  • All Day Cascadia Weekly's Fiction 101 Contest 
    The Cascadia Weekly is currently accepting submissions from community members for our revived "Fiction 101" contest. Creative submissions in two age ranges—youth (18 and under) and adults (19 and older)—can be sent to the following email through Mon., Feb. 18. Winners will receive prizes and be printed in our March 6 edition, and online. Submissions must be 101 words or less; please include your name, the title of your story, contact information, and indicate if you're 18 or under.
  • 12:00pm Bellingham Cocktail Week 
    Local restaurants, bars and distilleries will take part in the third annual Bellingham Cocktail Week happening from Feb. 1-10 at more than 30 participating locales throughout the city. More than 25 events will take place, including a kickoff event at Swim Club, Boozy History tours, a cribbage tournament and themed cocktails at Rook & Rogue, WEIRD Science, a Harry Potter Party, a Cocktail Challenge, and much more. See a full listing of events online. Prices vary. Many of this year’s events benefit nonprofits such as Lydia Place, Northwest Youth Services, LAMBDA Legal Defense, and more,
  • 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.
  • 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 Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 7:30pm Almost, Maine 
    Showings of Almost, Maine begin this week with performances at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. In the romantic comedy, the residents of Almost, Maine find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend. Tickets are $14-$16; additional performances happen through Feb. 17.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.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.
  • 7:00pm The Firebird 
    Students ages 9-12 will present a theatrical adaptation of the Slavic folktale The Firebird at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Things won't always be what they seem in the new telling of the classic tale—which will feature rivers of fire, evil witches and wizards, and epic battle scenes. Tickets are $10; additional performances happen Feb. 8-10.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: http://www.baay.org
  • All Day A Forest of Words 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, 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 :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 7:30pm Cupid's Arrow 
    The improvised dating game dubbed "Cupid's Arrow" returns to the stage for 7:30pm and 9:30pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The show is inspired by the classic 1960s and ’70s show The Dating Game, and has the "contestant "choosing from three outlandish characters inspired by audience suggestions (and then going on a date with them). Tickets are $8-$12. Additional showings happen through February.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm Shakespeare in Love 
    Mistaken identity, scheming and backstage theatrics, love stories and more will be part of Shakespeare in Love performances starting this weekend at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $20 to see the play produced in partnership with Shakespeare Northwest and directed by Beth Greatorex. Additional showings happen through Feb. 21.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm Serial Killers, Episode One 
    iDIOM Theater's annual "Serial Killers" kicks off this weekend at 7:30pm and 9:30pm showings Friday and Saturday at the Studio Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The five-week tournament of serial plays featuring multiple teams competing for the audience's mercy—and a sizable cash prize. Teams will perform a new episode each weekend, and the audience "votes off" a team until the winners are crowned. Tickets are $10-$12.50; additional episodes happen weekends through March 1.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:00pm Always...Patsy Cline 
    Witness a musical tribute to a beloved country western star when Always...Patsy Cline returns this weekend with 7pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Conway Muse, 1844 Spruce St. Ria Peth Vanderpool plays the title role and co-star Kelly Visten plays Cline's longtime fan and friend, Louis Seger. A country band will play along during the musical, which weaves 27 songs into the storyline. Tickets are $28. Additional performances happen through Feb. 23.
  • All Day Hello, Dolly! 
    Students from Lynden Christian High School present performances of the blockbuster Broadway hit, Hello, Dolly!, at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 1pm and 7pm Saturday at the school's Performing Arts Center, 515 Drayton St. Tickets are $6-$10 to experience the musical about the romantic and comic exploits of Dolly-Gallagher-Levi.
    Performing Arts Center :: (360) 318-9525
  • 7:00pm Salish Sea Early Music Festival 
    Attend Salish Sea Early Music Festival performances at 7pm Friday in Bellingham at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (2117 Walnut St.), and 7pm Saturday in Conway/Mount Vernon at Fir Conway Lutheran Church (18101 Fir Island Rd.). The "Baroque Flute & Lute" concerts will feature a tour of 18-century Germany, France, and Italy with John Lenti (theorbo and baroque guitar), and Jeffrey Cohan (baroque flute). Suggested donation is $15-$25 (free for those 18 and under).
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.salishseafestival.org
  • 5:00pm Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibition Opening 
    Whatcom Museum members can attend a Preview Reception for "Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibition and Awards" from 5-7pm Friday at the Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. The exhibit explores the theme of “Water’s Edge: Landscapes for Today” in two-dimensional landscape art. Enjoy wine, light appetizers, and the chance to meet juror Bruce Guenther and a few of the chosen artists. Guenther will announce the first-, second-, and third-place winners. At 1pm Saturday, all are welcome to attend a gallery tour with Education and Engagement Manager, Sarah Hart. Entry is included with admission fees.
    Lightcatcher Building :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 6:00pm Artists Northwest Exhibit 
    Anacortes Arts Commission presents Artists Northwest, a group of local artists showcasing a variety of mediums, from 6-9pm Friday and 10am-2pm at the Anacortes Arts Depot, 611 R Ave. The exhibit will also feature Bird Nests by Lisa Rhoades and a special showing of "Birds of a Feather" photography by local bird photographers Vince Streano, Gwen Berthiez, Craig Weakley, and Chris Terrell.
    Anacortes Arts Depot :: http://www.anacortesartscommission.com
  • 9:30am - 11:00am Wild Things 
    Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in March at Whatcom Falls Park. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Whatcom Falls Park :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 9:30am - 11:00am Wild Things 
    Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in February on the Interurban Trail. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Interurban Trail :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Heart Lake Hike 
    Adults and seniors are invited to join Friends of the Forest for a Heart Lake Hills Hike starting at 10am at the Heart Lake parking lot (two miles south of Anacortes). The hike is approximately 1.5 miles, and is free.
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Bryan Bowers 
    World-renowned autoharpist and storyteller Bryan Bowers performs at 3pm at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center, 1701 22nd St. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door.
    Anacortes Senior Activity Center :: (360) 616-1999
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Peace Vigil 
    All people of goodwill are invited to join the weekly Peace Vigil from 4-5pm every Friday on the corner of Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue (in front of the Federal Building). Started by Howard and Rosemary Harris more than 50 years ago, the vigil has seen more than four generations.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.whatcompjc.org
  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm Downtown Bellingham Art Walk 
    Aslan Brewing Co., Allied Arts, Fourth Corner Frames and Gallery, Make.Shift Art Space, Sylvia Center for the Arts, the Reverie, Bellingham Music, Cafe Velo, Herb's Cider Tasting Room, Honey Moon, Max Higbee Center, the Redlight, Ruckus Art Gallery, Uisce Irish Pub, and Western City Center will be among those opening their doors for the monthly Art Walk happening from 6-10pm throughout downtown Bellingham. Pick up maps at participating locales for the full lineup of events.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm First Friday Art Walk 
    The Good Stuff Arts Gallery, Burton Jewelers, Red Salon Aveda, the Mark Gardner Studio, Pelican Bay Bookstore and Coffee Shop, Scott Milo Gallery, the Majestic Inn and Spa, and the Depot will be among those taking part in the monthly First Friday Art Walk from 6-9pm in downtown Anacortes. Entry is free and open to all.
    Downtown Anacortes :: http://www.anacortesart.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Winter Poetry Reading 
    Wordsmiths Don Kruse, Jessica Gigot, and Georgia Johnson will share their verse at a Winter Poetry Reading starting at 6:30pm at Edison's i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. Entry is free; come early to grab a seat.
    i.e. gallery :: http://www.ieedison.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Standing Up for Racial Justice Panel Discussion 
    Washington authors Mary Cronk Farrell and Claire Rudolf Murphy will share challenges of writing about race and a panel of local activists will discuss how white people can show up for racial justice at a discussion focused on "Standing Up for Racial Justice without Falling on Your Face" at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Farrell (On Standing Up Against Hate: How Black Women in the Army Helped Change the Course of WWII) and Murphy (Martin & Bobby: A Journey Toward Justice) are popular middle grade authors, and the panel will include Judith Entwife, President of the Bellingham American Association of University women (AAUW) who will offer practical suggestions for supporting intersectionality.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Frankie Gavin 
    Legendary Irish fiddler Frankie Gavin—who the Guinness Book of World Records lists as the world's fastest fiddle player—makes his way to Bellingham for a 7pm performance at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Tickets are $20-$25.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Drag Show 
    Western Washington University's Queer Resource Center hosts its 27th annual Drag Show at 7pm at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $10-$12 to see both drag queens and drag kinds strut their stuff; funds raised benefit Lifelong and the Sean Humphrey House. Please bring additional cash to tip the performers.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Socks in the Frying Pan 
    Brothers Shane and Fiachra Hayes will be joined by Aodan Coyne when Socks in the Frying Pan performs at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The young traditional trio from Country Clare blend Irish traditional melodies with an innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish. tickets are $25-$35.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Winterstock 
    The Sky Colony, Joshua Clauson, and Lizzie Weber will share their considerable talents at an annual "Winterstock" show at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $20-$25 to see the Pacific Northwest favorites.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
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Saturday, February 2 34 events
  • All Day Cascadia Weekly's Fiction 101 Contest 
    The Cascadia Weekly is currently accepting submissions from community members for our revived "Fiction 101" contest. Creative submissions in two age ranges—youth (18 and under) and adults (19 and older)—can be sent to the following email through Mon., Feb. 18. Winners will receive prizes and be printed in our March 6 edition, and online. Submissions must be 101 words or less; please include your name, the title of your story, contact information, and indicate if you're 18 or under.
  • All Day Bellingham Cocktail Week 
    Local restaurants, bars and distilleries will take part in the third annual Bellingham Cocktail Week happening from Feb. 1-10 at more than 30 participating locales throughout the city. More than 25 events will take place, including a kickoff event at Swim Club, Boozy History tours, a cribbage tournament and themed cocktails at Rook & Rogue, WEIRD Science, a Harry Potter Party, a Cocktail Challenge, and much more. See a full listing of events online. Prices vary. Many of this year’s events benefit nonprofits such as Lydia Place, Northwest Youth Services, LAMBDA Legal Defense, and more,
  • 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 Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • All Day Almost, Maine 
    Showings of Almost, Maine begin this week with performances at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. In the romantic comedy, the residents of Almost, Maine find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend. Tickets are $14-$16; additional performances happen through Feb. 17.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 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 Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 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 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 The Firebird 
    Students ages 9-12 will present a theatrical adaptation of the Slavic folktale The Firebird at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Things won't always be what they seem in the new telling of the classic tale—which will feature rivers of fire, evil witches and wizards, and epic battle scenes. Tickets are $10; additional performances happen Feb. 8-10.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: http://www.baay.org
  • All Day A Forest of Words 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, 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 :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 7:30pm Cupid's Arrow 
    The improvised dating game dubbed "Cupid's Arrow" returns to the stage for 7:30pm and 9:30pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The show is inspired by the classic 1960s and ’70s show The Dating Game, and has the "contestant "choosing from three outlandish characters inspired by audience suggestions (and then going on a date with them). Tickets are $8-$12. Additional showings happen through February.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm Serial Killers, Episode One 
    iDIOM Theater's annual "Serial Killers" kicks off this weekend at 7:30pm and 9:30pm showings Friday and Saturday at the Studio Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The five-week tournament of serial plays featuring multiple teams competing for the audience's mercy—and a sizable cash prize. Teams will perform a new episode each weekend, and the audience "votes off" a team until the winners are crowned. Tickets are $10-$12.50; additional episodes happen weekends through March 1.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:30pm Shakespeare in Love 
    Mistaken identity, scheming and backstage theatrics, love stories and more will be part of Shakespeare in Love performances starting this weekend at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $20 to see the play produced in partnership with Shakespeare Northwest and directed by Beth Greatorex. Additional showings happen through Feb. 21.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:00pm Hello, Dolly! 
    Students from Lynden Christian High School present performances of the blockbuster Broadway hit, Hello, Dolly!, at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 1pm and 7pm Saturday at the school's Performing Arts Center, 515 Drayton St. Tickets are $6-$10 to experience the musical about the romantic and comic exploits of Dolly-Gallagher-Levi.
    Performing Arts Center :: (360) 318-9525
  • 7:00pm Always...Patsy Cline 
    Witness a musical tribute to a beloved country western star when Always...Patsy Cline returns this weekend with 7pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Conway Muse, 1844 Spruce St. Ria Peth Vanderpool plays the title role and co-star Kelly Visten plays Cline's longtime fan and friend, Louis Seger. A country band will play along during the musical, which weaves 27 songs into the storyline. Tickets are $28. Additional performances happen through Feb. 23.
  • 7:00pm Salish Sea Early Music Festival 
    Attend Salish Sea Early Music Festival performances at 7pm Friday in Bellingham at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (2117 Walnut St.), and 7pm Saturday in Conway/Mount Vernon at Fir Conway Lutheran Church (18101 Fir Island Rd.). The "Baroque Flute & Lute" concerts will feature a tour of 18-century Germany, France, and Italy with John Lenti (theorbo and baroque guitar), and Jeffrey Cohan (baroque flute). Suggested donation is $15-$25 (free for those 18 and under).
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.salishseafestival.org
  • 5:00pm Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibition Opening 
    Whatcom Museum members can attend a Preview Reception for "Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibition and Awards" from 5-7pm Friday at the Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. The exhibit explores the theme of “Water’s Edge: Landscapes for Today” in two-dimensional landscape art. Enjoy wine, light appetizers, and the chance to meet juror Bruce Guenther and a few of the chosen artists. Guenther will announce the first-, second-, and third-place winners. At 1pm Saturday, all are welcome to attend a gallery tour with Education and Engagement Manager, Sarah Hart. Entry is included with admission fees.
    Lightcatcher Building :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 6:00pm Artists Northwest Exhibit 
    Anacortes Arts Commission presents Artists Northwest, a group of local artists showcasing a variety of mediums, from 6-9pm Friday and 10am-2pm at the Anacortes Arts Depot, 611 R Ave. The exhibit will also feature Bird Nests by Lisa Rhoades and a special showing of "Birds of a Feather" photography by local bird photographers Vince Streano, Gwen Berthiez, Craig Weakley, and Chris Terrell.
    Anacortes Arts Depot :: http://www.anacortesartscommission.com
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm Fidalgo Bay Stewardship 
    Join Skagit Land Trust to lend a hand in the conservation and preservation of the Fidalgo Bay shoreline from 10am-1pm at the trust's Carstens Stewardship property. This small parcel contains a mixed ecosystem of upland trees and shrubs as well as marine foraging and nesting habitats. Volunteers will be pulling ivy from the sloping area down to the water, and then spreading seed and planting native shrubs to try and reclaim those areas from the ivy. Please RSVP if you plan on joining the crew.
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm Sharpen and Prune 
    Bring in your dull pruners and learn how easy life can be when you have a sharp edge at a "Stay SHARP in 2019" workshop at 10am at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Entry is $15 and includes a sharpening tool. At 1pm, Travis Dickson of Raindance Landscaping will focus on "Pruning and Natural Gardening," a workshop focusing on how to apply old and new biological practices to your garden with a particular focus on pruning. Attendees at the free event will also learn a chemical-free approach to caring for their plants.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: http://www.garden-spot.com
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Kokedama workshop 
    Instructor Megan Brauner will demonstrate how to create your own living sculpture to use as a beautiful accent for any room in your home at a Kokedama Workshop beginning at 10:30am in Mount Vernon at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. Kokedama, simply translated, means “root ball," and  is a style of Japanese Bonsai in which a plant's root system is wrapped in moss and bound with string, transforming it into a living sculpture. Entry is $8; reservations are recommended.
    Christianson's Nursery :: http://www.christiansonsnursery.com
  • 11:00am - 1:30pm Plants of the Forest Understory 
    Gabe Garms of the Raven's Roots Naturalist School will be a special guest as part of the Deep Forest Experience from 11am-1:30pm at Rockport State Park, 51905 Highway 20, milepost 96. At "Plants of the Forest Understory," he'll lead a walk focusing on the magic of the old-growth forest. Entry is free; a Discover Pass is required.
  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm Teapot Show Reception 
    An opening reception for the Washington Clay Arts Association's annual "Teapot Show" takes place from 12-3pm at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave. The functional pieces of art will be featured through February.
    Good Earth Pottery :: http://www.goodearthpots.com
  • 12:30pm - 4:00pm Tax Help Available 
    The AARP Tax-Aide program will provide free tax preparation services from 12:30-4pm Saturdays at Bellingham's First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Through mid-April, the service will also take place from 3:30-6:30pm Mondays through Thursdays, and by appointment at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center. See guidelines on the Bellingham Public Library's website.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Super Bowl Wine Tasting 
    What wine goes with potato chips and dip, nachos, chili, pizza, barbecued meats and more? Find out at a Super Bowl Wine Prep Tasting from 2-4pm at Siefert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St. Entry is free and open to all adults 21 and older.
    Siefert & Jones Wine Merchants :: http://www.sjwinemerchants.com
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Birds of Winter Art Walk 
    The Mount Vernon Downtown Association will host its annual "Birds of Winter Art Walk" from 2-5pm at more than a dozen downtown locales, including Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Embellish, Strauss Jewelers, Perry and Carlson, Front Gallery, Forte Chocolates, the Lincoln Theatre, Skagit Running Company, and more.
    Downtown Mount Vernon :: http://www.mountvernondowntown.org
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Traditional Jazz 
    Jen Hodge All Stars will perform swinging music at the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society’s monthly concert and dance from 2-5pm at the VFW Hall, 625 N State St. Entry is $6 students, $10 members, $12 general.
    VFW Hall :: (360) 371-7030 or http://www.bellinghamjazz.com
  • 4:00pm - 8:00pm Walk on the Wild Side Reception 
    An opening reception for "Walk on the Wild Side" takes place from 4-8pm at Hadrian Stone Design Studio and Gallery, 5717 Gilkey Ave., Bow-Edison. The exhibit will showcase the work of 11 talented local artists filled with fantastical landscapes, captivating photography, abstract driftwood carvings, blown glass ornaments, and a large variety of bird and wildlife paintings. See it through Feb. 26.
    Hadrian Stone Design Studio and Gallery :: http://www.facebook.com/EdisonWA5717
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Margy Lavelle Reception 
    An opening reception for Margy Lavelle's "The Flight of Gabriel" exhibit takes place from 4-6pm in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. The new paintings will be on display through the month, and Lavelle will host an Artist Talk at 4pm Sat., Feb. 16.
    i.e. gallery :: http://www.ieedison.com
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm Strange Birds Reception 
    A reception for the seventh annual "Strange Birds" exhibit takes place from 5-8pm in Edison at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. The group show features nearly 50 of the gallery's favorite artists in a variety of mediums and celebrates the migration of winter birds and birders to the Skagit Valley. The finale of the exhibit will coincide with the World Famous Edison Chicken Parade on Sun., Feb. 24.
    Smith & Vallee Gallery :: http://www.smithandvalleegallery.com
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm The Makedonians 
    Hear the music of Greece, Macedonia, and the Balkans when the 15-piece ensemble known as the Makedonians perform from 5:30-8:30pm at Cafe Akroteri, 1219 Cornwall Ave. Entry is free, but you should be prepared to order Greek food and drink from the menu. Reservations are recommended.
    Cafe Akroteri :: (360) 676-5554
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm An Evening with the Circus 
    Members of the Bellingham Circus Guild will perform at "An Evening with the Circus" from 6-8pm in Sedro-Woolley at the Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Rd. The show will be in three acts in a cabaret-style setting, and is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $12-$15.
    Eagle Haven Winery :: http://www.eaglehavenwinery.com
  • 7:30pm - 10:00pm Not-Creepy Gathering for People Who Want to Fall in Love 
    Adults of all ages can attend a "Not-Creepy Gathering for People Who Want to Fall in Love" led by multi-disciplinary performing artist Jenna Bean Veatch from 7:30-10pm at the Alternative Library, 519 E. Maple St. The gathering provides an opportunity for people to meet each other in an environment that is not smarmy and that includes the face-to-face interaction that is missing from online dating. These carefully crafted, structured events are quirky and moving, playful and powerful. Attendees are asked to bring a notebook. Entry is $5-$20; please register in advance.
    Alternative Library :: http://www.thenotcreepygathering.com
  • 7:30pm - 10:30pm Balkan Folk Dance Party 
    Orkestar RTW will provide live music at a Saturday Balkan Folk Dance Party happening from 7:30-10:30pm at the Squalicum Yacht Club, 2633 S. Harbor Loop Dr. All ages and all skill levels are welcome, and no partner is necessary as most dances are circle or line dances. A donation of $15 is requested, and a finger-food snack is welcome.
    Squalicum Yacht Club :: (360) 380-0456
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm The Posies 
    Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, the duo behind the American power pop group the Posies, return to their city of origin for an 8pm performance at the Mount Baker Theatre's intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $25.
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