Week of February 17, 2019

Sunday, February 17 19 events
  • 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.
  • 6:00pm My Circus Valentine 
    Attend "My Circus Valentine" shows at 6pm and 9pm Thursday and Saturday, and 4pm and 7pm Sunday at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. (The early shows are kid-friendly, the later shows are 21-plus.) Featuring many of your favorite Bellingham Circus Guild artists and dazzling special guests, gravity-defying artistry, and the kind of fun only circus can provide, this annual event is more than just a show. There will also be tasty treats, love potions and a dress-up photo booth. Come laugh, cry, hug your neighbor, and celebrate the many shapes love takes in our lives. Entry is $10 for children, $20-$25 for adults.
  • 7:30pm Almost, Maine 
    Showings of Almost, Maine conclude 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.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 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 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
  • 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 Valley :: (360) 474-7479
  • 7:30pm West Side Story 
    META Performing Arts presents West Side Story continuing this week at 7:30pm Thursday through 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 Feb. 21-13.
    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.
  • 7:00pm One-Act Plays at BAAY 
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students ages 13-16 will present "One-Act Plays" written by celebrated local playwright Michael Wallace at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. The four one-act plays on the roster will explore many topics faced by youth today—including peer pressure, bullying, sadness and the desire to be understood and accepted. Tickets are $10.
    BAAY Theatre :: http://www.baay.org
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Sedro-Woolley Breakfast 
    Eggs to order, omelets, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, French toast and more can be had at a monthly Community Breakfast happening from 8-11am in Sedro-Woolley at American Legion Post #43, 701 Murdock St. Entry is $5 for kids, $7 for adults.
    American Legion Post #43 :: http://www.sedro-woolley.com
  • 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
  • 12:00pm - 2:30pm Do It Yourself Publishing 
    Four local artists, publishers and community organizers will share their methods and practices of independent publishing at a "Do It Yourself" event happening from 12-2:30pm at BRUNA Press, 221 Prospect St. Rosie Lockie, Andrew Molitor, Cullen Buckhorn, and Bailey Cheny will each speak for 30 minutes, sharing their work and perspectives with attendees.
    BRUNA Press :: http://www.brunapress.org
  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm 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.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Bellingham's Got Talent 
    See comedians, musicians and general talent acts strut their stuff—or share your own skills—at a "Bellingham's Got Talent" fundraising show for the Lighthouse Mission at 1pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Judges will be local talent, and cash prizes will be given for first and second place in each category. Entry to the family-friendly event is $5-$10; proceeds will benefit the mission's Street Connect program—providing support to Bellingham's homeless population for essential needs.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Girsky Quartet 
    Seattle's Girsky Quartet will perform at a Bellingham Chamber Music Society fundraising concert at 3pm at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. The foursome will perform Shostakovich's "String Quartet No. 10 in Ab, Op. 118. Tickets are $20 in advance or at the door.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.bellinghamchambermusic.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Blue Water women 
    Sailor, life coach and facilitator Gina de Vere shares stories from Blue Water Women: Making the Leap From Landlubber to Life at Sea at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Based on interviews with 40 Blue Water sailing women, this book is for those who yearn for adventure and are dreaming of crossing oceans, cruising the world or making a career at sea but are aware they need to learn more before they can confidently set sail.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Sprite Night 
    Seven comedians will present seven-minute sets at a "Sprite Night" Standup Comedy show starting at 7pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Hosted by Sean Flikke and featuring video by Glen Nelson Bristow and photography by Matt Benoit, the event also includes live music, raffle prizes and free Sprite for ticket-holders. Entry is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.facebook.com/events
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Monday, February 18 7 events
  • 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.
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Bite of Blaine 
    Local restaurants and area food confectioners from Blaine and Birch Bay will serve up tasty samples of their edible wares at the annual "Bite of Blaine" Food Fest happening from 6-9pm at Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance.
    Semiahmoo Resort :: http://www.blainechamber.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 Seasonal Fermentation 
    Discover the basics of fermentation and quick pickling, tips and considerations for winter fermentation, and the options for preserving your pickled products when Jennie Goforth leads a "Fermentation: Winter and Beyond" class from 6:30-8pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Goforth will also discuss how to select varieties best suited to fermentation and pickling, in preparation for the gardening and farmers market season. Course includes a sauerkraut demonstration. Fees are $29.
    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
  • 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 19 11 events
  • 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.
  • 8:30am - 4:00pm Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting 
    Sustainable Connections will host its annual Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting from 8:30am-4pm at Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. The meeting brings together farmers, fishermen, food artisans, restaurants, grocers and others interested in sourcing local ingredients or selling local food. Facilitated networking, one-on-one consultations for food buyers and sellers, a vibrant expo, educational workshops and top speakers from around the region will be part of the lineup. Entry is $55-$70 and includes a seasonally inspired seven-course lunch.
    Bellingham Technical College :: http://www.sustainableconnections.org
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm Cook it and Book It 
    Students in grades 4-7 can meet up for cooking and book-related fun at a monthly "Cook It and Book It" gathering from 3:30-5pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. If whipping up something tasty to eat and talking about books interests your kids, have them check it out.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 5:00pm - 8:30pm Festival of Music Dinner and Concert 
    Bellingham Festival of Music and Ciao Thyme are teaming up once again for a Benefit Dinner and Concert starting at 5pm at the Ciao Thyme Commons, 207 Unity St. Tickets are $200 and include a musically inspired menu  of appetizers, wine, a three-course dinner and a solo concert by brilliant young cellist Joshua Roman.
    Ciao Thyme Commons :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 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 water-based painting materials of your own and join in. Entry is free. The events repeats Tues., Feb. 26.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Snowshoeing Basics 
    Learn more about appropriate gear as well as what you need and where to go to get started at a "Snowshoeing Basics" presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Register in advance for the free clinic.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Tastes of Thailand 
    Conjure the tastes and textures of Thai cuisine in your own kitchen when Chef Robert Fong focuses on "Tastes of Thailand" from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Bangkok pad thai, roasted duck and spicy seafood soup will be on the lineup. Fees are $55.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Books on Tap 
    Deming Library staff will lead a "Books on Tap" discussion from 7-8:30pm at the North Fork Brewery, 6186 Mt. Baker Hwy. The book to read for February is a title of your choice by Whatcom READS author Timothy Egan. 
    North Fork Brewery :: http://www.whatcomreads.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Chuckanut Radio Hour 
    Featured author Sharma Shields will read from her long-awaited new novel, The Cassandra, at a live taping of the Chuckanut Radio Hour at 7pm at Whatcom Community College's Heiner Theatre, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Music, performance poet Kevin Murphy, and episodes of "As the Ham Turns" serial radio comedy will be part of the night's lineup. Tickets are $5.
    Heiner Theatre :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm WAKE Meeting 
    The Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts will host its monthly speaker meeting at 7pm at the NSEA offices at 3057 E. Bakerview Rd. George Gronseth, owner of Kayak Adventures, will present a video and stories from a 2018 journey in Sitka, Alaska's Exposed Coast. Entry is open to all members and the general public.
  • 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 20 10 events
  • 10:00am A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, 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
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Housing Options as We Age 
    More than 20 housing resource representatives will be on hand to talk about what they do and answer questions at a "Housing Options as We Age" event taking place from 10am-3pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Entry is free, and all are welcome.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: http://www.wccoa.org
  • 12:00pm - 8:00pm Big Burn Book Group Discussions 
    As part of Whatcom READS, discuss Timothy Egan's The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America at an Engaged Citizens meeting from 12-1:30pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The tome will also be the topic of discussion at a Ferndale Book Group meeting from 2:30-4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Join a "Ferndale Books on Tap" discussion of the story of the nation's biggest wildfire from 6:30-8pm at Downtime Taps, 1740 LaBounty Dr.
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm Racial Equity Workshop 
    Explore systemic racism in the United States through the lens of the United States’ policies and practices regarding incarceration, security and voter policies at a "Racial Equity" workshop happening from 5:30-7pm at the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center, 1220 Bay St. Entry is $15-$20.
    Whatcom Peace and Justice Center :: http://www.whatcompjc.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
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Creekside Open Mic 
    Sign up to read your poetry and prose or play music―or simply listen in―at a Creekside Open Mic starting at 6:30pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Gate 2. Entry to the monthly event is free.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Genes and Ecosystems 
    Join the Washington Native Plant Society for a "Genes to Ecosystems" talk with Dr. Matthew Zinkgraf from 7-9pm at the Sustainable Connections room above the RE Store, 2309 Meridian St. Zinkgraf will be describing the role of forest tree genetics in shaping variation in ecologically important traits, and how genetics can have far-reaching effects on community biodiversity and ecosystem processes. Entry is free.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Champian Fulton and Cory Weeds 
    Renowned vocalist and pianist Champian Fulton and saxophonist Cory Weeds perform at a Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center concert at 7pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Tickets will be $5-$20 at the door.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Intro to Improv 
    Adults and youth 14-plus can attend a free workshop focusing on play, creativity, storytelling and fun at a "Learn to Think on Your Feet" introductory improv class from 7-9pm at Improv Playworks, 1011 Girard St. All levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Please register in advance.
    Improv Playworks :: (360) 756-0756 or http://www.improvplayworks.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Liederabend Concert 
    Art songs and arias synthesizing poetry, music and tradition can be heard at a "Liederabend: Western Singers in Concert" performance at 7:30pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Entry is free and open to the public.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: http://www.cfpa.wwu.edu
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Thursday, February 21 16 events
  • 7:00pm Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival 
    The films Water Warriors and Keepers of the Future will kick off the 19th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival at 7pm Thurs., Feb. 21 at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. (Show up at 6pm to attend a reception and silent auction.) The annual festival supports independent filmmakers, fosters dialogue and promotes action. See 23 films held at 12 venues through March 2 throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County. Films are followed by facilitated discussion, some led by the filmmakers themselves. See a full listing online. All screenings are free; donations to the festival and/or a new clean pair of socks for local homeless citizens can be made at each showing.
    Bellingham and Whatcom County :: http://www.bhrff.webs.com
  • 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
  • 9:00am Skagit 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 Valley :: (360) 474-7479
  • 7:30pm Shakespeare in Love 
    Mistaken identity, scheming and backstage theatrics, love stories and more will be part of Shakespeare in Love performances concluding this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through 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.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm West Side Story 
    META Performing Arts presents West Side Story for the final week at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday 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.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:00pm The Addams Family 
    Students from Ferndale High School will present showings of The Addams Family (School Edition) at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at the school's theater at 5830 Golden Eagle Dr. Tickets to the family-friendly performance are $7-$10. Additional showings happen Feb. 28-March 2.
    Ferndale High School :: (360) 383-9240
  • 10:00am Literacy Council Seeks Volunteers 
    The Whatcom Literacy Council is currently recruiting volunteers to work two to four hours a week with adults who have asked for help to improve their English, reading, writing, math and computer skills. Training and ongoing support from professional staff will be provided.
  • 5:00pm Makerspace Classes 
    Sign up for "Learn to Solder" from 5-6:30pm Thursday at Bellingham Makerspace, 1000 F St. On Friday, attend "Make Art: Handbuilding" from 4-5pm, and "Vector Graphics 101" from 5-6:30pm. Entry is $10-$35.
  • 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
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Squalicum Creek Trail Bus Trip 
    Learn how to ride WTA buses with a fun group of people when Whatcom Smart Trips hosts a Squalicum Creek Trail Bus Trip starting at 2:05pm at Whatcom Council of Governments, 314 E. Champion St. Participants will be taking WTA Route 4—which goes by the hospital, a great way to see how to get there by bus. Get off at the start of Squalicum Creek Trail and walk the trail to the other end and catch Route 331 to come back downtown by 4pm. Wear walking shoes and clothing appropriate for the
weather. Entry is free; bus passes will be provided. Please RSVP.
    Whatcom Council of Governments :: http://www.whatcomsmarttrips.org
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Pacific Northwest Insects 
    WWU Professor of Biology Merrill A. Peterson will speak about his new book, Pacific Northwest Insects, at 4pm in the Reading Room at the university's Wilson Library. During the talk, he will speak about why he devoted more than 10,000 hours over the last decade to write and produce this book. Entry is free and open to the public.
    Wilson Library :: (360) 650-3342
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pub Run 
    Join BBay Running for a Pub Run starting at 6pm at the the west entrance of Lake Padden. At the weekly event, BBay Ambassadors safely guide each pace group during the 3- to 5-mile runs, which are open to athletes of all levels and abilities. Tonight's excursion follows follows the Lake Padden Horse Trails, before heading over to Elizabeth Station. Entry is free.
    Lake Padden Horse Trails :: http://www.bbayrunning.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm Calypso Kitchen 
    Sarah Chan of Calypso Kitchen will combine traditional Trinidadian recipes with a dedication to fresh wholesome ingredients to create a warming feast at a "Caribbean Kitchen" course from 6:30-9:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Fees will be $45.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm 19th Annual Bellingham Human Rights Festival 
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Balkan Folk Dancers 
    The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. There is teaching early in the evening, and no experience or partner is necessary as most dances are line or circle dances. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors can attend for free.
    Fairhaven Library :: (360) 380-0456
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Jansen Jazz Band 
    As many as 30 area musicians will share their talents at a Jansen Jazz Band concert at 7:30pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. All of the musicians are volunteers, members of the community who enjoy learning and performing. Steve Herrick directs. Tickets are $10; proceeds fund the continuation of the music program.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
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Friday, February 22 21 events
  • All Day Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival 
    The films Water Warriors and Keepers of the Future will kick off the 19th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival at 7pm Thurs., Feb. 21 at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. (Show up at 6pm to attend a reception and silent auction.) The annual festival supports independent filmmakers, fosters dialogue and promotes action. See 23 films held at 12 venues through March 2 throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County. Films are followed by facilitated discussion, some led by the filmmakers themselves. See a full listing online. All screenings are free; donations to the festival and/or a new clean pair of socks for local homeless citizens can be made at each showing.
    Bellingham and Whatcom County :: http://www.bhrff.webs.com
  • 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
  • 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 Skagit 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 Valley :: (360) 474-7479
  • 7:30pm Cupid's Arrow 
    The improvised dating game dubbed "Cupid's Arrow" returns to the stage at 7:30pm and 9:30pm 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 $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm Richard III 
    Journey to 14th century England when Skagit Valley College's drama department presents showings of Shakespeare's Richard III at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the school's Phillip Tarro Theater, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $12 to see how power, war and plotting drive the narrative of this epic. Entry is free for SVC students. Additional showings happen March 1-2 and 8-9.
    Phillip Tarro Theater :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • All Day Shakespeare in Love 
    Mistaken identity, scheming and backstage theatrics, love stories and more will be part of Shakespeare in Love performances concluding this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through 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.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day West Side Story 
    META Performing Arts presents West Side Story for the final week at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday 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.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • All Day The Addams Family 
    Students from Ferndale High School will present showings of The Addams Family (School Edition) at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at the school's theater at 5830 Golden Eagle Dr. Tickets to the family-friendly performance are $7-$10. Additional showings happen Feb. 28-March 2.
    Ferndale High School :: (360) 383-9240
  • 7:00pm Always...Patsy Cline 
    Witness a musical tribute to a beloved country western star when Always...Patsy Cline concludes 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 story-line. Tickets are $28.
  • 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.
  • 5:00pm Makerspace Classes 
    Sign up for "Learn to Solder" from 5-6:30pm Thursday at Bellingham Makerspace, 1000 F St. On Friday, attend "Make Art: Handbuilding" from 4-5pm, and "Vector Graphics 101" from 5-6:30pm. Entry is $10-$35.
  • 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
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm Fourth Friday Art Walk 
    More than a dozen venues will open their doors for the monthly Fourth Friday Arts Walk taking place from 5-8pm throughout historic Fairhaven. With the exception of December, each month a new group of artists is featured; each event celebrates the unique character of the district with local art, appetizers, beverages and live entertainment.
    Historic Fairhaven :: http://www.fairhavenartwalk.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Book of Help 
    Megan Griswold reads from The Book of Help: A Memoir in Remedies at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The tome traces Griswold's lifelong lifelong quest for love, connection and peace of mind, and spans four decades and six continents—from the glaciers of Patagonia and the psycho-tropics of Brazil, to academia, the Ivy League, and the study of Eastern medicine.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Bellingham Youth Jazz Band 
    Mark Kelly directs the Bellingham Youth Jazz Band at a concert at swing dance happening from 7-9pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. The 22-piece band composed of students from 13 area schools will play big band and combo jazz pieces by Ellington, Basie, Kern, and others. Entry to the all-ages event is by donation.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: http://www.jazzproject.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Heavy Metal 
    Works by Gabrieli, Verdi, Clinard, and student composers can be heard when Heavy Metal performs at a free concert at 7:30pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. The ensemble consists of low brass instruments and is conducted by Dr. Carla Rutschman.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. :: http://www.cfpa.wwu.edu
  • 7:30pm - 11:30pm Serial Killers, Episode Four 
    iDiOM Theater's annual "Serial Killers" continues this weekend at 7:30pm and 9:30pm showings Friday at the Lucas Hicks 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 perform a new episode each weekend, and the audience "votes off" a team until the winners are crowned. Tickets are $10-$12.50; the finale can be seen Fri., March 1. (Recap teams will catch you up if you missed previous episodes.)
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Salish Sea Early Music Festival 
    "Early 19th Century Trios" will be the theme of Salish Sea Early Music Festival's second concert of its season at 7pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St. Guitarist Oleg Timofeyev, flutist Jeffrey Cohan, and violist Stephen Creswell will perform trios by Leonardo de Call, Gaspard Kummer, and Joseph Küffner for a remarkable ensemble that existed only during the early decades of the 19th century on instruments from Beethoven’s time. Suggested donation is $15-$25 (free for those 18 and under).
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.salishseafestival.org
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  • All Day Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival 
    The films Water Warriors and Keepers of the Future will kick off the 19th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival at 7pm Thurs., Feb. 21 at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. (Show up at 6pm to attend a reception and silent auction.) The annual festival supports independent filmmakers, fosters dialogue and promotes action. See 23 films held at 12 venues through March 2 throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County. Films are followed by facilitated discussion, some led by the filmmakers themselves. See a full listing online. All screenings are free; donations to the festival and/or a new clean pair of socks for local homeless citizens can be made at each showing.
    Bellingham and Whatcom County :: http://www.bhrff.webs.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.
  • 7:30pm Bayshore Symphony 
    Attend a Winter Concert celebrating Bayshore Symphony's 15th season and the Chinese New Year at 7:30pm Saturday in Mount Vernon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (415 S. 18th St.), and 3pm Sunday at Bellingham's Central Lutheran Church (925 N. Forest St.). Suggested donation is $15 at the door (free for kids 12 and under).
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.bayshoresymphony.com
  • 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 Skagit 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 Valley :: (360) 474-7479
  • 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 Cupid's Arrow 
    The improvised dating game dubbed "Cupid's Arrow" returns to the stage at 7:30pm and 9:30pm 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 $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm Richard III 
    Journey to 14th century England when Skagit Valley College's drama department presents showings of Shakespeare's Richard III at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the school's Phillip Tarro Theater, 2501 E. College Way. Tickets are $12 to see how power, war and plotting drive the narrative of this epic. Entry is free for SVC students. Additional showings happen March 1-2 and 8-9.
    Phillip Tarro Theater :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:30pm Shakespeare in Love 
    Mistaken identity, scheming and backstage theatrics, love stories and more will be part of Shakespeare in Love performances concluding this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through 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.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm West Side Story 
    META Performing Arts presents West Side Story for the final week at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday 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.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:00pm Always...Patsy Cline 
    Witness a musical tribute to a beloved country western star when Always...Patsy Cline concludes 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 story-line. Tickets are $28.
  • 7:00pm The Addams Family 
    Students from Ferndale High School will present showings of The Addams Family (School Edition) at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at the school's theater at 5830 Golden Eagle Dr. Tickets to the family-friendly performance are $7-$10. Additional showings happen Feb. 28-March 2.
    Ferndale High School :: (360) 383-9240
  • 10:00am Literacy Council Seeks Volunteers 
    The Whatcom Literacy Council is currently recruiting volunteers to work two to four hours a week with adults who have asked for help to improve their English, reading, writing, math and computer skills. Training and ongoing support from professional staff will be provided.
  • 6:00am - 4:00pm Fragrance Lake 50K 
    Choose from a 50K, half-marathon or 20K and enjoy beautiful views and single track running when Bellingham Trail Running Series hosts a "Fragrance Lake Half 50K" starting at 6am at Larrabee State Park, 245 Chuckanut Dr. Entry is $70-$100. Bring the kids for a free race and medal, and enjoy a post-race celebration, awards ceremony and meal with friends and family in the park.
    Larrabee State Park :: http://www.bellinghamtrail.com
  • 8:00am - 10:00am Pancake Breakfast 
    All ages are welcome at a Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8-10am at Ferndale's American Legion Post #154, 5537 2nd Ave. Entry is $3 for kids 12 and under, and $6 for adults.
    American Legion Post #154 :: (360) 201-1109
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm Community Work Party 
    Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for a Community Work Party from 9am-12pm along Squalicum Creek—on private property owned by the Roybal family. Park at NSEA's campus at 3057 Bakerview Road and take a shuttle to the site, where you'll be planting and mulching native trees and shrubs.
  • 9:00am - 3:30pm Children's Literature Conference 
    Authors Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann, Barbara O’Connor, Neal Shusterman, and Jerry Pinkney will be the featured speakers at the 16th annual Children's Literature Conference from 9am-3:30pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center. The conference brings together teachers, librarians, readers and writers to celebrate children’s literature and reflect on how children’s books shape the experience of growing up. The day will include author and illustrator presentations, book sales, autographs, and a question-and-answer panel. Entry is $175.
    Performing Arts Center :: http://www.wwuclc.com
  • 9:00am - 11:00am Smelt Run 
    Choose from certified 5K or 10K routes at the La Conner Smelt Run starting at 9am at La Conner High School, 307 N. Sixth St. Entry to the scenic run is $30 (a Kids Dash is free). The event is part of the town's annual Smelt Derby Festival.
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm Assistance League Anniversary Sale 
    Assistance League will celebrate its 37th anniversary with a Fundraising Sale from 10am-5pm at their store at 2817 Meridian St. For today only, everything will be 50 percent off; proceeds support the league's four community programs in Whatcom County.
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Whatcom Falls 5K 
    The Greater Bellingham Running Club hosts its rescheduled 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
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm Wildlife Photography with Andy Porter 
    Skagit Artists invites all interested artists, photographers and those passionate about wildlife to a free presentation of the ins and outs of "Wildlife Photography" with noted nature photographer and teacher Andy Porter from 11am-2pm at the Padilla Bay Estuarine Research Reserve, 10441 Bayview Rd. The free event will include a slide show and time for questions and answers. If you bring your camera, Porter will also assist you with recommendations.
    Padilla Bay Estuarine Research Reserve :: http://www.skagitartists.com
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm Kids Cooking Class 
    Kids ages 7 and up can attend a "Kids Cooking Class: Pizza + Ice Cream Sandwiches" from 11am-12:30pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. Participants at the hands-on class will be making pizza dough from scratch and adding their favorite toppings, then making ice cream sandwiches for dessert. Entry is $20 per kid, or $35 for a kid and parent.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.org
  • 11:00am - 5:00pm Recreation Northwest EXPO 
    More than 70 exhibitors representing Washington's recreation community will be on hand to share their expertise at the annual Recreation Northwest EXPO taking place from 11am-5pm at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Categories will include gear and equipment, outdoor retailers, guides, outfitters and coaches, health and wellness, stewardship and outdoor activities, races and events, public land managers, and recreation media. Entry is free and open to all. Fare from StreEAT Food and Boundary Bay Beer will be available for purchase.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.recreationnorthwest.org
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm Hearty Party 5K 
    Grab a pal, furry friend or someone special and take part in the Max Higbee Center's rescheduled "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
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm "Beatlemania/Beatlemedia 
    Explore the Fab Four's drive, strong management and ingenious production, and the arrival of new media that was opening opportunities to reach enormous audiences when cultural cultural and media historian Lance Rhoades presents "Beatlemania/Beatlemedia: How Talent, Timing, and Technology Created the World's Biggest Musical Sensation" at 2pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Waterway Tour 
    RE Sources for Sustainable Communities will lead a public tour of the I & J Waterway site from 2-4pm at 29 Bellwether Way. This is your chance to learn about—and give input on the future of—a cleanup site along Bellingham Bay, after its 100-plus-year legacy of heavy industry left contaminants like mercury, petroleum byproducts and more in the sediments. Ecology will be accepting comments on its cleanup plan for the site until March 20.
    I & J Waterway :: http://www.re-sources.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Wine Tasting with Duckhorn Vineyards 
    Andrew Chaplin from Duckhorn Vineyards will be pouring tastings from the iconic California-based winery from 2-4pm at Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St. Entry is free; please be 21 or older.
    Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants :: http://www.sjwinemerchants.com
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Forestry and Wildlife Panel 
    As part of the Whatcom READS lineup, join several of DNR’s local Foresters to learn what they do locally in Whatcom County and how their work fits into the bigger picture of Forest Management throughout the State of Washington at a "Forestry and Wildlife Panel" happening from 2-4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Entry is free.
    Ferndale Library :: http://www.whatcomreads.org
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm Wildfire and Resilience 
    As part of Whatcom READS events focused on Timothy Egan's The Big Burn, attend a "Wildfire and Resilience" presentation with Leslie Wharton at 3pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Wharton, a local poet and co-author of Phoenix Rising: Stories of Remarkable Women Walking Through Fire, will celebrate her journey from fire to the calming waters of the Salish Sea.
    Deming Library :: http://www.whatcomreads.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm The Fellowship of Fire 
    As part of Whatcom READS, Joseph King will read from The Fellowship of Fire at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book is King's account of his 45-year career chasing wildfires across America. Told from his experiences and perspective, it shares the stories of the brave men and women who have devoted careers and lives to this dangerous and critical work. Regional firefighters will attend as special guests for this engaging reading.
    Village Books :: http://www.whatcomreads.org
  • 5:00pm - 6:30pm Dancer Panel 
    Professional dancers and local dance experts including Alethea Alexander, Derek Loerzel and Victoria Watts will talk about the influence of George Balanchine on the dance world, his Western Symphony, and a live commentary of part of Western Symphony at a Dancer Panel happening from 5-6:30pm at La Conner's Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. Entry is free; please RSVP.
    Museum of Northwest Art :: http://www.monamuseum.org
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm Contra Dance 
    An open mic with live music and callers will be part of the Bellingham Country Dance Society's Contra Dance happening from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $7 for students, $10-$15 general.
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm An Evening with Steve Mayo 
    Attend "An Evening with Steve Mayo, Maritime Watercolor Painter" from 7:30-8:45pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Mayo has had a lifetime interest in maritime art and history. As a youth, he learned to sail on the Columbia River where he became fascinated with fishing boats, tugs, and ocean-going shipping. Entry is free.
    Lummi Island Library :: (360) 758-7145
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond 
    Spouses Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy present "Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond" at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Natalie and Donnell will share the musical traditions of their hometowns of Lakefield, Ontario and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, as well as the talents of some of their six children! Come prepared for dancing, singing and world-class music-making. Tickets are $22.50-$42.50.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
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