Week of February 3, 2019

Sunday, February 3 18 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 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm Langar in Lynden 
    All are welcome at a Langar event from 11am-2pm in Lynden at Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara, 176 E. Pole Rd. Langar is the sacred community free kitchen of the Sikh people and every temple serves delicious vegetarian food-which they invite the general public to come eat. The largest free kitchen in the world is Langar at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar India, where they serve 100,000 people a day every weekend, and 50,000 a day on weekdays.
    Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara :: (360) 398-1184
  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm Old City Hall History Tour 
    Attend a History Tour from 12:30-1:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The museum's trained guides will take participants down to the basement to see the historic jail rooms, including a padded cell from the days of prohibition. They share insights into the early use of the basement as the city jail, as well as tell unique stories. Tours include an overview about the architecture of the venerable building and the history of the early days of Bellingham. Entry is included with museum admission; additional tours happen Sundays through Feb. 24.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Bryan Bowers 
    Instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression and professionalism can be expected when autoharp master Bryan Bowers performs at 2pm at Nancy's Farm, 2030 E. Smith Rd. Suggested donation is $18.
    Nancy's Farm :: http://www.nancysfarm.com
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Hawkwatching in Nepal 
    Sergio Seipke presents "Hawkwatching in Nepal: A Driving Force for Raptor Conservation" at 2pm at REI, 400 36th St. He will describe the fascinating raptor migration that takes place in Central Nepal over the Himalayas, and Peggy Parker will also present "Highs and Lows in Nepal." Having just returned from the Nepal Raptor Tour in November, she will share her first impressions of the country, its people, and the amazing natural world. Entry is free; please register in advance.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Whatcom Writes Reading 
    As part of the Whatcom READS lineups, scribes will read from their entries in the annual Whatcom Writes contest from 2-3:30pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The subject this year was "hindsight." Top submissions will be selected for publication in a commemorative anthology.
    Village Books :: http://www.whatcomreads.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Big Heart Circus 
    Enjoy a celebratory night of talented comedic performances by the Big Heart Circus before they journey south to bring circus to migrants at the United States and Mexico border at a 7:30pm performance at the Lookout Arts Quarry, 246 Old Highway 99 N. Suggested donation is $10.
    Lookout Arts Quarry :: http://www.facebook.com/lookoutarts
  • 8:30pm - 10:00pm Sinful Sunday 
    Expect sultry fun when the burlesque troupe known as the Provocateurs bring back their fabulous variety show, "Sinful Sunday," for an 8:30pm performance at the Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
    Wild Buffalo :: http://www.wildbuffalo.net
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Monday, February 4 15 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,
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Homeschool Huddle 
    Adults can share resources and personal experiences while kids and teens will have an opportunity to socialize at a "Homeschool Huddle" event taking place from 2-3pm at the Sumas Library, 461 2nd St. Books and other materials will be on display, with optional activities available for kids and teens. The free event is open to both current homeschoolers as well as those exploring possibilities. Refreshments will be provided.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 988-2501
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm Big Burn Escape Room 
    As part of Whatcom READS, reserve a space for "Escape the Flames: The Big Burn Escape Room" at 5pm, 6pm or 7pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Like the residents of Wallace, Idaho, during the 1910 fires, your aim is to get a ticket to ride on the last train out of town. This escape room will provide participants with the chance to solve multiple Big Burn-themed puzzles in order to locate a train ticket to “escape” the room. People will be allotted up to 30 minutes to find the ticket. The event happens again Mon., Feb. 11.
    Bellingham Public Library :: (360) 778-7323 or http://www.whatcomreads.org
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Winemaker's Dinner 
    A Michael David Winery Winemaker's Dinner begins at 5:30pm in Anacortes at 13moons at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge, 12885 Casino Dr. The delicious five-course meal will be served with wine pairings. Entry is $95.
    Swinomish Casino & Lodge :: http://www.swintickets.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
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Avalanche Awareness 
    Northwest Avalanche Center will focus on "Avalanche Awareness" at a free presentation from 6-7:30pm at REI, 400 36th St. This session introduces and explains where and why avalanches occur and provides a basic approach to managing risk in the backcountry. Learn to access bulletins and weather reports, recognize basics signs of avalanche danger, and simple ways to help avoid avalanche danger. Please register in advance.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Parisian Bistro 
    Karina Davidson helms a "Parisian Bistro" class from 6:30-9pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. The recipes on display have been garnered from Davidson's personal exploration of the bistros of Paris. Course fees are $55 and include a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage.
    Cordata Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Big Burn Book Discussion 
    As part of Whatcom READS, tonight's General Literature Book Group will focus on the 2019 selection,Timothy Egan's The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. All are welcome.
    Village Books :: http://www.whatcomreads.org
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Dahlia Presentation 
    Join the Whatcom County Dahlia Society for a "Prepping for Cuttings 101" presentation at 7pm at Laurel Grange, 6172 Guide Meridian. Entry is free; coffee and refreshments will be provided.
  • 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 Nooksack Nordic Ski Club Meeting 
    Jim Mediatore from American Alpine Institute will lead a presentation on Avalanche Awareness at a Nooksack Nordic Ski Club meeting starting at 7:30pm at Garden Street Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden St. Show up at 7pm for a new member orientation.
    Garden Street Methodist Church :: http://www.nooksacknordicskiclub.org
  • 9:00pm - 10:30pm Guffawingham 
    A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9pm every Monday at the Firefly Lounge, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. The event features approximately 20 standup comedians who each do a four-minute set.
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Tuesday, February 5 6 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.
  • 12:30pm - 2:00pm Eve Deisher Talk with Lanny Bergner 
    Artist Lanny Bergner will give a special talk related to the exhibit “Eve Deisher: SVC Years 1995-2015” at 12:30pm at Skagit Valley College's Hodson Hall, room 211. Deisher, Bergner's wife, was a beloved instructor who taught studio art, design and art history at SVC. She passed away in January 2017 after a two-year cancer battle. The exhibit of her works will show through March 15 at the SVC Art Gallery.
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Off the Shelf Book Club 
    Discuss Bianca Marais' Hum If You Don't Know the Words at an Off the Shelf Book Club discussion from 1-2pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Ct., Gate 2.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 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
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Wednesday, February 6 15 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.
  • 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
  • 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,
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Winter Gardening and Soil Basics 
    Discover what can be “wintered over” in your garden, the effects winter has on your soil, and how to best prepare for a healthy summer season at a "Winter Gardening and Soil Basics" workshop with Blaine C.O.R.E. from 4-6pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Learn how to get a jump on the growing season with a focus on hoop houses—including simple hoop house construction and what can be grown in it with passive protection. Planting tables will be available to help guide your seed buying. Entry is free; the class repeats from 10am-12pm Sat., Feb. 9.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm Cooking Lit Book Group 
    Ashley Rodriguez's Let's Stay In: More Than 120 Recipes to Nourish the People You Love will be the focus of a Regional Cookbook & Cooking Lit Book Group meeting at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Members are welcome to purchase food and beverages from Evolve Chocolate + Cafe.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Economic Forecast Night 
    Get an economic status of Skagit County at the 2019 Economic Forecast Night starting at with a networking event at 5pm in Anacortes at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge. Enjoy dinner with a no-host bar and listen to speakers Dr. Anneliese Vance-Sherman, Regional Labor Economist, Employment Security Department and Dr. Laurie Trautman, Director of the Border Policy Research Institute at WWU. Tickets are $125.
    Swinomish Casino & Lodge :: http://www.skagit.org
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Green Drinks 
    Network with likeminded environmentally aware citizens at the monthly Green Drinks happening from 5-7pm at Culture Cafe at Kombucha Town, 210 E. Chestnut St. Attendees can hear about upcoming sustainability-oriented events and opportunities, try out delicious local brews and learn more about the venue—a hub for artists, musician and other community members to collaborate and foster meaningful intentions that operates with a low environmental impact and high community involvement.
    Culture Cafe at Kombucha Town :: http://www.re-sources.org/events
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm A year of Kingsolver 
    A limited-run book group, A Year of Kingsolver, will meet to discuss Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life at 5:30pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month through November—when the subject of discussion will focus on the author's newest novel, Unsheltered.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 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 - 7:30pm Splitboard 101 
    Experts from Weston Backcountry will share their knowledge at a "Splitboard 101" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. The course itinerary will cover choosing a splitboard setup, gear recommendations and packing list, a NWAC website demo, an in depth trip-planning workshop and Hillmap/Caltopo website demo, splitboard tips and tricks from the Weston Team and some awesome local rider ideas as well. Register in advance for the free event.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Chinese New Year 
    Chef Robert Fong will focus on "Chinese New Year" dishes at a class taking place from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N Forest St. On the roster are mustard greens; goji berry chicken noodle soup; spot shrimp fried and tossed with sweet and sour five-vegetable sauce; spare ribs steamed in lotus leaf; whole duck braised with mushrooms, bamboo shoots, pearl barley, and tangerine peel; and coconut pudding with kumquat for dessert. Fees are $69.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Birchwood Garden Club Meeting 
    Dick Bosch of the Glen Echo Botanical Garden will be the featured speaker at a Birchwood Garden Club meeting happening from 7-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Bosch will share details of his seven-acre garden treasure, which is divided into nine sections and is open to the public March 1-Oct. 31.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm 200 Trio 
    Cole Schuster (guitar), Greg Feingold (bass), Max Holmberg (drums) bring their 200 Trio to town for a Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center concert at 7pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Entry is $5-$10.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Find Momo Across Europe 
    Designer and photographer Andrew Knapp and his brown-eyed border collie and internet sensation, Momo, will return to Bellingham to share their new book, Find Momo Across Europe, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In the book, Knapp plays hide-and-seek with Momo, a bandana-wearing, head-tilting border collie who travels across the pond with him to explore the  historic cities, beautiful landscapes, and diverse cultures of 19 European countries.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm A man and his muse 
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Thursday, February 7 19 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 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 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,
  • 7:30pm Shakespeare in Love 
    Mistaken identity, scheming and backstage theatrics, love stories and more will be part of Shakespeare in Love performances continuing this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday 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 Almost, Maine 
    Showings of Almost, Maine continue this week with performances at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Thursday through 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
  • 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.
    Skagit County :: (360) 474-7479
  • 7:30pm Our Town 
    Head to Grover's Corners to experience life in small-town America when Thornton Wilder's classic story Our Town comes to life at performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and has been performed countless times in theaters across America for more than 80 years. Tickets are $$10-$14; shows continue through Feb. 24.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 7:30pm The Imaginary Invalid 
    See an adaptation of Molier's last comedy, The Imaginary Invalid, at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theater in the Performing Arts Center. In the outrageously hilarious masterpiece, the hypochondriac Argan wants his daughter to marry a doctor so he can save on his medical bills. But she’s in love with someone else. Soon the whole household joins in her madcap scheme to save true love and give Argan’s doctors a dose of their own medicine. Tickets are $7-$12. Additional performances happen Feb. 13-16.
    DUG Theater :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm English Country Dancing 
    Enjoy gentle English Country Dancing to beautiful music from 1:30-3pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 15 Halleck St. Newcomers age 50 and up are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Entry is by donation; if you decide you want to continue the activity, then BSAC membership is required.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: http://www.becd2.wordpress.com
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm Wine Tasting Series 
    Dry Creek Vineyards, J Vineyards and Winery, Patz and Hall, and Ferrari Carano will be offering wines for both tasting and purchase by the bottle at the fifth installment of a Wine Tasting Series happening from 5:30-7:30pm at Hotel Bellwether's Lighthouse Grill, One Bellwether Way. Entry is $30 and includes appetizers from the restaurant.
    Lighthouse Grill :: http://www.hotelbellwether.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Return from Mexico Dinner Party 
    Mataio and Jessica Gillis will share some of their flavors from a recent trip at a "Return from Mexico Dinner Party" starting at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Come see a slide show, eat amazing food and share the fun. Entry is $68.
    Ciao Thyme :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm Mexican Kitchen 
    Learn how to cook a feast for your sweetheart when Ana Jackson presents "Mexican Kitchen: El Dia de Amor" from 6:30-9:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $49.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Trumpeter Swans and PSE's Avian Protection Program 
    Join biologist Mel Walters for a presentation on "Trumpeter Swans and Puget Sound Energy's Avian Protection Program" from 6:30-8pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. The focus will be on Trumpeter and Tundra swan injuries and death caused by contact with high voltage power line— and what can and is being done to minimize these occurrences. Additionally, Walters will talk about local swan population trends and distribution as well as other bird species protected by the program. Entry is free.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Sacred Space Travelogue 
    Emily Russamenti leads a Travelogue focused on "Sacred Space: An Art Historical Tour of Sacred Architecture Throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East" from 7-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $5.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.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
  • 7:30pm - 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 the monthly Upfront Standup Show, featuring four-minute sets by Upfront performers and comedians from throughout the community. Entry is $8 for the early show, $5 for the late one.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Brian Regan 
    If you like laughing, book tickets for a performance by lauded comedian Brian Regan when the perennially funny fella returns to Bellingham for a 7:30pm performance at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $43-$50 to see the performer Vanity Fair dubbed the "funniest standup alive."
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Wine & Wax 
    SheJumps will host a "Wine & Wax" event for area women from 7:30-9:30pm at Backcountry Essentials, 214 W. Holly St. At the "winter stoke night," attendees can sip wine from Samson Estates Winery and learn more about SheJumps—whose mission is to increase the participation of women and girls in outdoor activities by offering outdoor education programs, creating “Get the Girls Out!” events, Youth Initiatives (Wild Skills) and grassroots recreational gatherings. Entry is $10.
    ackcountry Essentials :: http://www.backcountryessentials.net
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Stand Up and Away! 
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Friday, February 8 23 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 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 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,
  • 7:30pm Skagit Community Band 
    "Almost Like Being in Love" will be the theme of Skagit Community Band performances at 7:30pm Friday in La Conner at Maple Hall (104 Commercial St.), and 3pm Sunday at Anacortes-Westminster Presbyterian Church (1300 9th St.). The concerts will celebrate love with works by Darius Milhaud, Frank Ticheli, Robert Jager, and Sammy Nestico. Entry is by donation.
  • All Day Almost, Maine 
    Showings of Almost, Maine continue this week with performances at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Thursday through 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 Shakespeare in Love 
    Mistaken identity, scheming and backstage theatrics, love stories and more will be part of Shakespeare in Love performances continuing this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday 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 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.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: http://www.baay.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.
  • 7:30pm West Side Story 
    META Performing Arts presents West Side Story starting this week at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The electrifying musical adaptation of Shakespeare's ageless tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, takes place in 1950s Hell's Kitchen. Tickets are $12-$25; additional performances take place through Feb. 23.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • All Day Our Town 
    Head to Grover's Corners to experience life in small-town America when Thornton Wilder's classic story Our Town comes to life at performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and has been performed countless times in theaters across America for more than 80 years. Tickets are $$10-$14; shows continue through Feb. 24.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.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.
    Skagit County :: (360) 474-7479
  • 7:30pm Serial Killers, Episode Two 
    iDIOM Theater's annual "Serial Killers" continues this weekend at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Studio Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The five-week tournament of serial plays features 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. (Recap teams will catch you up if you the previous week's episodes.)
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.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 weekends through February, and on Valentine's Day.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • All Day The Imaginary Invalid 
    See an adaptation of Molier's last comedy, The Imaginary Invalid, at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theater in the Performing Arts Center. In the outrageously hilarious masterpiece, the hypochondriac Argan wants his daughter to marry a doctor so he can save on his medical bills. But she’s in love with someone else. Soon the whole household joins in her madcap scheme to save true love and give Argan’s doctors a dose of their own medicine. Tickets are $7-$12. Additional performances happen Feb. 13-16.
    DUG Theater :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:00pm Always...Patsy Cline 
    Witness a musical tribute to a beloved country western star when Always...Patsy Cline continues 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Dreamer and the Doctor 
    Essayist and biographer Jack Nisbet reads from The Dreamer & the Doctor: A Forest Lover & a Physician on the Edge of the Frontier at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book focuses on American pioneers Dr. Carrie and John Leiberg, whose lives and passions helped shape our region in the turn of the 20th century. Their adventures spilled out of the Northwest to touch issues of public health, government control and personal freedom.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Friday Night Flicks 
    As part of a "Friday Night Flicks" series, show up for a big-screen viewing of The Maltese Falcon at 7pm in Deming at the Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Valley Hwy. Entry is $5 per person, or $10 per family.
    Van Zandt Community Hall :: southforkvalley@aol.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Tony Furtado and Luke Price 
    Hear Americana roots music at its finest when singer and multi-instrumentalist Tony Furtado will be joined by three-time National Fiddle Champion Luke Price for a 7:30pm concert in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets to see the venue's season kickoff are $25-$35.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm The Choir of Man 
    Live music, dance and percussion will be combined when the Choir of Man performs at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The pint-filled, interactive party of a concert is set in a working pub with the incredible talent of nine "ordinary" guys who perform everything from sing-along classics to classic rock. Tickets are $27.50-$55.50.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 8:00pm - 11:00pm Love is Love Valentine's Dance 
    Bring your sweetie or come find your sweetheart when PFLAG Bellingham hosts its annual "Love is Love" Valentine's Dance celebrating diversity from 8-11pm at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. Entry to the 21-and-older event is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Snacks, raffles and DJ Char will be part of the inclusive fun. A no-host bar (beer and wine) will be available.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.whatcompflag.org
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Saturday, February 9 43 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 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 Skagit Community Band 
    "Almost Like Being in Love" will be the theme of Skagit Community Band performances at 7:30pm Friday in La Conner at Maple Hall (104 Commercial St.), and 3pm Sunday at Anacortes-Westminster Presbyterian Church (1300 9th St.). The concerts will celebrate love with works by Darius Milhaud, Frank Ticheli, Robert Jager, and Sammy Nestico. Entry is by donation.
  • All Day Shakespeare in Love 
    Mistaken identity, scheming and backstage theatrics, love stories and more will be part of Shakespeare in Love performances continuing this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday 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
  • All Day Almost, Maine 
    Showings of Almost, Maine continue this week with performances at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Thursday through 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 West Side Story 
    META Performing Arts presents West Side Story starting this week at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The electrifying musical adaptation of Shakespeare's ageless tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, takes place in 1950s Hell's Kitchen. Tickets are $12-$25; additional performances take place through Feb. 23.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 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.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: http://www.baay.org
  • All Day Our Town 
    Head to Grover's Corners to experience life in small-town America when Thornton Wilder's classic story Our Town comes to life at performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and has been performed countless times in theaters across America for more than 80 years. Tickets are $$10-$14; shows continue through Feb. 24.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.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.
    Skagit County :: (360) 474-7479
  • 6:30pm Ground Floor Grand Opening and Open House 
    Attend a Grand Opening Celebration for Northwest Youth Services' new day center for homeless youth, the Ground Floor, at 6:30pm Saturday at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Ryan Berg, author of No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions will speak about his experiences working with youth experiencing homelessness. After Mr. Berg speaks, there be a time for Q&A, followed by refreshments. From 1-3pm Sunday, attend an Open House with music, refreshments and NYS staff on hand to answer questions. Both events are free and open to the public.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.fccb.net
  • 9:00am Heart Planters and Mason Bees 
    Enjoy blooms from February to July at "Make It and Take It: Pussy Willow Heart Planters" workshops at 9am and 1pm Saturday at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Fees are $39. At 1pm Sunday, Jim Ullrich—the new owner of Knox Cellars Bees—focuses on "Supporting Your Mason Bees." Entry is free. Both classes require registration.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: http://www.garden-spot.com
  • 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 weekends through February, and on Valentine's Day.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm Serial Killers, Episode Two 
    iDIOM Theater's annual "Serial Killers" continues this weekend at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Studio Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The five-week tournament of serial plays features 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. (Recap teams will catch you up if you the previous week's episodes.)
    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 continues 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.
  • 7:30pm The Imaginary Invalid 
    See an adaptation of Molier's last comedy, The Imaginary Invalid, at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theater in the Performing Arts Center. In the outrageously hilarious masterpiece, the hypochondriac Argan wants his daughter to marry a doctor so he can save on his medical bills. But she’s in love with someone else. Soon the whole household joins in her madcap scheme to save true love and give Argan’s doctors a dose of their own medicine. Tickets are $7-$12. Additional performances happen Feb. 13-16.
    DUG Theater :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:00am - 10:00am Swan Watch 
    The Friends of Tennant Lake and Hovander Park invite the public to their annual Swan Watch taking place from 7-10am in Ferndale at Tennant Lake, 5236 Nielsen Ave. Show up at dawn to see as many as 300 Trumpeter and Tundra swans lift off for the day's forage, then stick around to warm up and listen to a guest speaker at the Interpretive Center. Refreshments and hot drinks will be served, and rehabilitated swans healthy enough to be returned to the wild might be released. Dress for the weather. Entry is free, and all ages are welcome.
    Tennant Lake :: http://www.fotlhp.org
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Anacortes Winter Farmers Market 
    Peruse and purchase locally sourced food and crafts from area vendors at the Anacortes Farmers Market's second Winter Market of the season from 9am-2pm at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. Additional markets happen on the second Saturdays of the month—March 9, and April 13—before the season opens on weekly basis in early May.
  • 9:00am - 4:00pm Lookout Mountain Exploration 
    Join members of the Washington Native Plant Society for a "Lookout Mountain Exploration" starting at 9am at the Lookout Mountain Trailhead on Lake Louise Rd. Covering almost 4,500 forested acres on the south side of Lake Whatcom, the Lookout Mt. Preserve is one of Whatcom County's newest parks. On the walk, attendees will practice identifying plants in their more modest attire (by their twigs, buds, and bark) while pondering what the forest vegetation can show about past land use. Entry is free.
    Lookout Mountain :: http://www.wnpskoma.org
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Whatcom Falls 5K 
    The Greater Bellingham Running Club hosts its Whatcom Falls 5K (formerly Two for the Road) starting at 10am at Whatcom Falls Park. The run will start and finish near the fish hatchery. Entry is $5-$15 (free for members); on-site registration will be available.
    Whatcom Falls Park :: http://www.gbrc.net
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Winter Gardening and Soil Basics 
    Discover what can be “wintered over” in your garden, the effects winter has on your soil, and how to best prepare for a healthy summer season at a "Winter Gardening and Soil Basics" workshop with Blaine C.O.R.E. from 10am-12pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Learn how to get a jump on the growing season with a focus on hoop houses—including simple hoop house construction and what can be grown in it with passive protection. Planting tables will be available to help guide your seed buying. Entry is free.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 10:00am - 11:00am Sumas Book Club 
    Discuss Ruth Hogan's The Keeper of Lost Things at a Sumas Book Club discussion from 10-11am at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St. Entry is open to all; coffee and treats will be provided.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 960-2501
  • 10:00am - 6:00pm Great Love-A-Fair 
    An artisan craft event dubbed the "Great Love-A-Fair" takes place from 10am-6pm at the Blaine Pavilion, 635 8th St. In addition works by the juried vendors, there will be raffle prizes, food trucks, a vendor booth decorating contest and more. ou enjoy a bite to eat and some treats.
    Blaine Pavilion :: http://www.facebooks.com/events
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Award-Winning Book Club 
    A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles will be the focus of an Award-Winning Book Club discussion from 10:30am-12pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. All are welcome to join the friendly and lively talk—even if you didn't finish the book.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 10:30am - 8:00pm See Swap and Barter Faire 
    Sustainable Bellingham and Cascadia Skillshare will host the 11th annual Seed Swap and Barter Faire from 10:30am-8pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Classes on seed saving, food preservation, gardening, homesteading and more will kick off the event, and the Seed Swap will begin at 1:30pm. Swappers are encouraged to bring seeds and take home as many as 10 varieties of seeds. You can also sign up to swap homemade goods at the Barter Fair. Entry is a suggested $10. An opening chili dinner (with a vegan alternative) and live music takes place from 5-8pm. Suggested donation for dinner is $6.
    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship :: http://www.cascadiaskillshare.org
  • 11:00am - 2:30pm Pruning and Bonsai 
    A "Pruning Fruit Trees" primer with Skagit County Master Gardener Jacky King begins at 11am in Mount Vernon at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. At 1pm, Monte Gorman focuses on "Bonsai: Extraordinary Rituals," teaching methods to help maintain and gain tree vigor and health. Fees for each class are $8; please register in advance.
    Christianson's Nursery :: http://www.christiansonsnursery.com
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm Hearty Party 5K 
    Grab a pal, furry friend or someone special and take part in the Max Higbee Center's annual "Hearty Party 5K! Run, Walk & Roll" starting at 11am at the center's headquarters at 1210 Bay St. Entry to take part in the "race for inclusion" is $20-$35 and includes entrance to an after-party at Boundary Bay Brewery. For those not in the know, the nonprofit provides recreational services to teens and adults living with developmental disabilities.
    Max Higbee Center :: http://www.maxhigbee.org
  • 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
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm From Hiking Club to the CCC 
    Local author and historian Janet Oakley will talk about how the first hiking groups in the area and how the Civilian Conservation Corps shaped the future of the Mount Baker Forest Lands at a "From Hiking Club to the CCC" presentation at 1pm Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. The event is part of Whatcom READS.
    South Whatcom Library :: http://www.whatcomreads.org
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy 
    Join Skagit Valley Genealogical Society at their monthly meeting and hear Mary Kathryn Kozy discuss resources to help you discover your Jewish ancestors at "An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy" presentation from 1-3pm at Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave.
    Burlington Public Library :: (360) 755-0760
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Boedgas Noemia Wine Tasting 
    Eduardo Antonioni of Boedgas Noemia will be in the shop to pour selections from 2-4pm at Siefert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St. Boedgas Noemia is known for having a great respect for both the environment and the historical heritage of the wine industry. Their wines are traditionally made with an intense attention to detail, selecting only the best grapes from a harvest to go into the press. Entry is free and open to all adults 21 and older.
    Siefert & Jones Wine Merchants, :: http://www.sjwinemerchants.com
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm 4,000 Miles Matinee Reading 
    As part of a Lend Us Your Ears series, Suzy Willhoft directs a matinee reading of Amy Herzog's 4,000 Miles at 2pm at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The pay-what-you-will show follows the journey of loss of a young man who completes a traumatic cross-country bike trip with an indefinite stay with his grandmother. Local actors Eliott Glasser, Terry Sacks, Desiree Roy, and Shannon Jung will tell the tale.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Cupid's Folly Family Valentine Party 
    Families with kids ages 8 or younger are invited to play and be silly together at "Cupid's Folly: A Family Valentine Party" from 3-5pm at Bloedel Donovan, 2214 Electric Ave. Enjoy games, crafts, card-making, face painting, treats and more fun that folly. Suggested donation is $3.
    Bloedel Donovan :: (360) 778-7000 or http://www.facebook.com/events
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Sunkist Cafe 
    Engage with your community in a thoughtful way through meaningful dialogue at a Sunkist Cafe gathering from 3-5pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. The conversation cafe debut will use the library's "Before I Die Wall" experiment as inspiration to reflect on life and mortality. The program will begin with a discussion panel of community members familiar with this topic. Hosts will then facilitate small group conversations designed to value a diversity of opinions, respectful listening, and whole-hearted connection.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Dawnland Viewing 
    In response to the "Spell of the West" exhibit, come view a screening of the documentary Dawnland—about cultural survival and stolen children, and the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans—from 3-5pm at La Conner's Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. Entry is free; please RSVP.
    Museum of Northwest Art :: http://www.monamuseum.org
  • 5:00pm - 9:30pm Hearts for Housing 
    Music, an auction, Valentine-themed food and entertainment and more will be part of Lydia Place's annual "Hearts for Housing" event taking place from 5-9:30pm at Four Points by Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Dr. Tickets are $125 and include a gourmet meal, access to the auction, and a presentation on the impact Lydia Place has had on our community over the past 30 years.
    Four Points by Sheraton :: http://www.lydiaplace.org
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm Contra Dance 
    Live music from Dave Bartley, Kate Powers, and Marni Rachmiel will be part of Bellingham Country Dance Society's Contra Dance happening from 7-10:30pm at Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All are welcome. Suggested donation is $7 for students, $10-$15 general.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Sweet Goodbyes 
    Bellingham-based folk duo the Sweet Goodbyes will perform at a "Backstage @ the Border" concert at 7pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 382 Boblett St. Admission is $7 (nobody will be turned away for lack of funds).
    Christ Episcopal Church :: http://www.backstageatheborder.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Vox Pacifica Musical Cabaret 
    Show tunes, ensemble pieces, soloists, duets and more can be heard when Vox Pacifica will be joined by several local singers for a night of musical cabaret at 7:30pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Tickets to the "Vox & Friends: Uncorked!" benefit show are $30 and include a complimentary beverage.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.voxpacifica.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Pearl Django 
    Gypsy jazz can be heard when Pearl Django returns to Lynden for a 7:30pm performance at the Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Although the popular ensemble's roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Vocalist Gail Pettis will join the band. Tickets are $25.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 8:00pm - 11:30pm Survival Magic 
    Love, Cascadia presents "Survival Magic" from 8pm-12:30am at the Family House, 2201 E St. Attendees can enjoy a lineup of local DJ sets featuring Global Bass, Deep House, Hip Hop, Latin EDM and more. Additionally, explore Somatic Tarot, crystal work, reflexology and more along with locally crafted jewelry, birth art, artisan desserts and wild-crafted herbs. Entry is $15-$20. Magical and classy attire is encouraged.
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