Week of February 24, 2019

Sunday, February 24 17 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 - 3:00pm Drag Brunch, Celebrity Impersonation 
    Attend the second "Drag Brunch: Celebrity Impersonation" starting at 11am at Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave. A catered brunch buffet will happen from 12-2pm, and performances will take place from 1-4pm. Rumors' DJ Spada and host Vivienne Duchanne, along with the Rumors queens in their favorite celebrity looks, will make this an event to remember. Entry is $25; VIP tickets are $35 and include seating in the front two rows, photos and a mimosa.
    Rumors Cabaret :: http://www.rumorscabaret.com
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm Langar in Lynden 
    All are welcome at a Langar event from 11am-2pm in Lynden at Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara, 176 E. Pole Rd. Langar is the sacred community free kitchen of the Sikh people and every temple serves delicious vegetarian food-which they invite the general public to come eat. The largest free kitchen in the world is Langar at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar India, where they serve 100,000 people a day every weekend, and 50,000 a day on weekdays.
    Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara :: (360) 398-1184
  • 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 - 4:00pm Seabirds of the Salish Sea 
    North Cascades Audubon Society and the Community Boating Center co-present a "Seabirds of the Salish Sea" class from 1-4pm at REI, 400 36th St. Species included in the talk will include loons, grebes, cormorants, scoters, alcids, some gulls, and others. The course fee of $45 will include Sibley’s laminated guide, Seabirds of the Pacific Coast. At the end of class, students may continue to learn on North Cascade field trips or participate in citizen science seabird counts lead by expert birders.
  • 1:30pm - 3:30pm Audubon at the Museum 
    Join experts from North Cascades Audubon Society for a monthly "Audubon at the Museum" gathering from 1:30-3:30pm at the new John M. Edson Hall of Birds at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. In addition to displays of more than 500 mounted birds, the exhibit provides opportunities to learn about migration, conservation, birds in peril, and the importance of studying bird specimens today. Entry is included with admission fees.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Interfaith Music Festival 
    Hear an eclectic and uplifting program of spiritual music from diverse congregations throughout Whatcom County, ending with an exuberant grand finale involving all singers, at an annual Interfaith Music Festival starting at 3pm at Bellingham's First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave.This free concert showcases diverse choral and instrumental music and usually attracts a full house.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.interfaith-coalition.org
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Heavy metal Hollywood 
  • 4:00pm - 6:30pm Art of Jazz 
    John Stowell and Kendra Shank will be the featured performers at the Jazz Project's monthly "Art of Jazz" concert from 4-6:30pm at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. Tickets are $10-$17 (free for members).
    The Majestic :: http://www.jazzproject.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Clover Group Reading 
    Local authors Jim Bertolino, Anita Boyle, Paul Hunter, and Shannon Laws will be among the 13 poets and authors sharing their work from Clover, A Literary Rag: Volume XVI at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Mary Gilliland and Norman Green will host.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
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Monday, February 25 12 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 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.
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm Women in High Places 
    Biophysical chemist, author and mountaineer Arlene Blum will give a talk titled “Women in High Places: To Annapurna and Beyond" at 4pm at Western Washington University's Wilson Library. Blum has led successful expeditions to some of the world’s most challenging mountains and is author of mountaineering classics, Annapurna: A Woman’s Place, and Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life, and is also engaged in efforts to protect human health and the global environment. Entry is free.
    Wilson Library :: (360) 650-3284
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm Women in High Places 
    Biophysical chemist, author and mountaineer Arlene Blum will give a talk titled “Women in High Places: To Annapurna and Beyond" at 4pm at Western Washington University's Wilson Library. Blum has led successful expeditions to some of the world’s most challenging mountains and is author of mountaineering classics, Annapurna: A Woman’s Place, and Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life, and is also engaged in efforts to protect human health and the global environment. Entry is free.
    Wilson Library :: (360) 650-3284
  • 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 - 8:00pm Monday Night Pizza 
    Live jazz music and pizza from a wood stone oven will be part of the monthly Monday Night Pizza starting at 6pm at the Ciao Thyme Commons, 207 Unity St. Entry is $30 and includes a seasonal salad, a personal pizza and dessert. The bar will be open, with wine, beer and cocktails available for purchase.
    Ciao Thyme :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Books on Tap 
    South Whatcom Library staff will lead a "Books on Tap 2" discussion focusing on Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad: A Novel from 6:30-8pm at El Agave 2, 4 Clubhouse Circle.
    El Agave 2 :: (360) 305-3632
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Winter Preservation and Culinary Delights 
    Jennie Goforth leads a "Winter Preservation and Culinary Delights" course from 6:30-8pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Participants will learn about making jams and jellies with fruit juice and frozen products, savory sauces, delightful cordials and liqueurs, and marmalades. Goforth will also cover the basics of water-bath canning and other storage options. Entry is $29 and includes a marmalade demo and tasting.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Poetrynight 
    Those looking to share their creative verse as part of the weekly Poetrynight can sign up starting at 6:30pm at the Alternative Library, 519 E. Maple St. Readings begin at 7pm. Entry to the all-ages event is by donation.
    Alternative Library :: http://www.blog.poetrynight.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Open Mic Night 
    Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience as they share their stories, poems and essays at a monthly Open Mic Night starting at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Sign up at the main counter on the first floor, or by calling the number listed here.
    Village Books :: (360) 671-2626
  • 9:00pm - 10:30pm Guffawingham 
    A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9pm every Monday at the Firefly Lounge, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. The event features approximately 20 standup comedians who each do a four-minute set.
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Tuesday, February 26 10 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
  • 11:00am Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-4pm Friday through Sundays through Feb. 24 at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart from the Discovery Center at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm; Park staff and volunteers will lead half-mile, 45-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers will discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Dig Into Spring 
    "Garden Tool Basics" will be the focus of a "Dig Into Spring" presentation at 6pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. At the free event, Master Gardeners Diana Wisen and Don Glover will talk about how to select the right tools for your tasks, and how to sharpen and maintain them.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: http://www.mountvernonwa.gov
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Ayurvedic Kitchen 
    Bharti Nagal shows how food can be medicine as she prepares a simple, nourishing meal for winter during an "Ayurvedic Kitchen" class from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Students will learn how the use of Ayurvedic herbs and spices can promote healing, balance and great taste, as well as how to vary ingredients and spices according to each individual’s constitution. Entry is $45.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Skagit Folk Dancers 
    Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterward.
    Bayview Civic Hall :: http://www.skagitfolkdancers.org
  • 7:00pm - 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
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Wildlife Rehabilitation 
    Makenna Johansen and Alysha Evans of the Whatcom Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center host a North Cascades Audubon Society talk on "Wildlife Rehabilitation" at 7pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The duo will walk attendees through the rehabilitation process from intake to release and will dive into the details of some of the cases they receive. Suggested donation is $5.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra 
    Hear Mozart’s final masterpiece, "Requiem in D minor, K. 626," when Western Washington University's acclaimed Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra join together for a 7:30pm at the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Entry is free and open to all.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: http://www.cfpa.wwu.edu
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Masters of Hawaiian Music 
    Slack key guitarists George Kahumoku Jr, Nathan Aweau, and Kawika Kahiapo Peterson perform at a "Masters of Hawaiian Music" concert at 7:30pm in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St.The trio will share Hawaii's unique folk styles, which has origins in the early 19th century paniolo (cowboy) culture. Tickets are $24-$39.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm An Evening of Flamenco 
    Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show, "Luz: An Evening of Flamenco," to Bellingham for a 7:30pm performance at the Outlet, 1209 Cornwall Ave. Savannah will be joined by guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer/percussionist/dancer Jose Moreno. Tickets to the all-ages show are $7-$35.
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Wednesday, February 27 7 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
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm Nonprofit Brown Bag 
    "Social Media Tips and Tricks" will be focus of a Nonprofit Brown Bag happening from 11:30am-1pm at St. Luke's Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy. Learn how to share more engaging stories, connect with more people, and use Facebook ads with speaker Shawn Kepm the CEO of ActionSprout—a tool built for nonprofits on Facebook. Bring your questions, big or small. Entry is free, and no RSVP is necessary.
    St. Luke's Health Education Center :: (360) 734-5400
  • 11:30am - 1:30pm Bellingham City Club Meeting 
    "Confronting Global Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest" will be the subject of Bellingham City Club's monthly luncheon and discussion from 11:30am-1:30pm at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. Dr. Richard Gammon, the featured speaker, is Professor (Emeritus) of Chemistry and Oceanography, and Adjunct Professor (Emeritus) of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. Entry is $5-$18.
  • 5:00pm - 6:30pm Feta Cheese Class 
    Sign up for an all-ages "Cheese 102: Let's Make Feta!" class happening from 5-6:30pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. Using local Twin Brook Creamery milk, participants will learn how to make feta and enjoy it with a few dishes. Entry is $25-$45.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.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 Fighting a Wildfire 
    In conjunction with Whatcom READS, Will Morgan will share riveting pictures and stories of his time-fighting wildfires in Washington and California at a free presentation, "Fighting a Wildfire: A Personal Experience," at 6:45pm at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St.
    Sumas Library :: http://www.whatcomreads.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst 
    The Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst Quartet performs at a Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center concert from 7-9pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The Vancouver-based musicians and educators will be joined by fellow musicians. Entry at the door is $5-$10.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
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Thursday, February 28 17 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
  • 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
  • 7:00pm Fiddler on the Roof 
    The students of Burlington-Edison High School proudly present showings of Fiddler on the Roof at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at the school's headquarters at 301 N. Burlington Blvd. Tickets are $6-$10. Saturday's matinee will be pay-what-you-can. Additional showings happen March 7-9. A canned food drive for Skagit County Food Bank takes place throughout the run.
    Burlington-Edison High School :: http://www.be.wednet.edu
  • 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.
    Ferndale High School :: (360) 383-9240
  • 12:00pm 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.
  • 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
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Skookum Creek Celebration 
    Join Whatcom Land Trust to celebrate successful completion and acquisition of the Skookum Creek Conservation Corridor from 5-7pm at the Mountain Room at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. The free event will focus on the amazing new property, its conservation value, and how it will contribute to an environmentally resilient future for Whatcom County. Entry is free and open to the public.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: http://www.whatcomlandtrust.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Incognito 
    Reserve a seat in advance for the unconventional "Incognito" dinner series starting at 6pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Entry is $82 to the six-course (or more) feast featuring seasonal fare. The details of the menu are concealed until mealtime, so prepare to be pleasantly surprised.
    Ciao Thyme :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Traditional Italian Dinner Class 
    Cindy McKinney demonstrates a dinner spread of her favorite dishes at a "Traditional Italian Dinner" class from 6:30-9m at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Enjoy blistered cherry tomato bruschetta served with burrata cheese on grilled toasts, arancini (breaded, fried risotto balls) with pancetta, gnocchi with Italian sausage, and tiramisu. Entry is $45.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Kinky Boots 
    Songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper will be part of a one-night-only showing of the Broadway hit Kinky Boots at 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Tickets are $45.50-$99.50.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Balkan Folk Dancers 
    The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. There is teaching early in the evening, and no experience or partner is necessary as most dances are line or circle dances. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors can attend for free.
    Fairhaven Library :: (360) 380-0456
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm A fetish for footwear 
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Jazz Night 
    Students from Mount Vernon High School's acclaimed jazz program will perform works by Nestico, Ellington, Miles Davis, Marvin Fisher, Count Basie, and more at a 7pm concert at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. MVHS Mariachi will also perform. Entry is by donation.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Sher Vadinska and Margaret Wilder 
    Folk and pop-Americana meets funky blues and soulful pop-R&B when Sher Vadinska and Margaret Wilder team up for a 7pm concert at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. With acoustic rhythms, blazing keys, vocal harmonies and lyrical ingenuity, these artists will bring their years of compositional talent and original music to the stage. Tickets are $10.
    Firehouse Arts and Events Center :: http://www.firehouseperformingartscenter.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm House Concert with Mike Marker 
    Attend a House Concert with Mike Marker from 7:30-9pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. Marker plays old time banjo, six- and 12-string guitars, arranges songs from country blues, southern mountain traditions, and has written songs on contemporary social and environmental themes. Suggested donation at the door is $5-$10.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Antingone ’19 
    View a contemporary adaptation of Sophocles' Greek tragedy at performances of Antigone ’19 at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Whatcom Community College's Heiner Theatre. In the adaptation by director Sean Walbeck, the play takes place at a press event coronation the day after a brutal civil war devolves rapidly in costly and horrifying ways. Tickets will be $3 at the door.
    Heiner Theatre :: (360) 647-9242
  • 7:30pm - 8:30pm Pub Run 
    Join BBay Running for a Pub Run starting at 6pm at the store's headquarters at 1431 N. State St. At the weekly event, BBay Ambassadors safely guide each pace group during the 3- to 5-mile runs, which are open to athletes of all levels and abilities. Tonight's excursion follows the Bellingham waterfront, ending at Structures Brewing Entry is free.
    BBay Running :: http://www.bbayrunning.com
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Friday, March 1 24 events
  • 10:00am La Conner Daffodil Festival 
    The fifth annual La Conner Daffodil Festival takes place March 1-31 at more than 450 acres in and around La Conner and the Skagit Valley. Check online, or drop by the La Conner Visitor Information Center for a daffodil bloom map. Daffodil-related events and a photo contest will take place through the month.
    La Conner and the Skagit Valley :: http://www.lovelaconner.org
  • 8:00am Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest 
    Single-poem submissions for the 14th annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest will be accepted through March 31. Residents from throughout Whatcom County can submit their works; 25 winners will be invited to read their poems at a free awards ceremony in mid-May. Ten Walk Award-winners will be displayed in front of Bellingham Public Library, and on WTA buses— along with 15 Merit Award winners.
  • 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
  • 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 Whatcom County Home and Garden Show 
    Attend the 40th annual Whatcom County Home and Garden Show from 11am-8pm Friday, 10am-8pm Saturday, and 11am-5pm Sunday at Lynden's NW Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. If you're thinking of remodeling or want to stay up on the latest trends, seek inspiration from a carefully curated roster of approximately 200 of the county's best contractors, businesses, landscapers, designers and more. Entry is $7-$8 (free for seniors and youth under 16).
    NW Washington Fairgrounds :: http://www.biawc.com
  • 7:30pm Tarnation, LOL 
    The improvised Western known as "Tarnation" returns to the stage at 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays through March at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, stick around for showings of the short-form games show, "LOL-apalooza." Tickets are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: 733-8855 or http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:00pm The Little Mermaid 
    Songs and swimming can be expected at showings of Disney's The Little Mermaid at 7pm Friday, and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Tickets will be $8 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults at the door. Additional showings happen March 8-9.
    Bellingham High School :: (360) 676-6575
  • 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 8-9.
    Phillip Tarro Theater :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 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 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.
    Ferndale High School :: (360) 383-9240
  • All Day Fiddler on the Roof 
    The students of Burlington-Edison High School proudly present showings of Fiddler on the Roof at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at the school's headquarters at 301 N. Burlington Blvd. Tickets are $6-$10. Saturday's matinee will be pay-what-you-can. Additional showings happen March 7-9. A canned food drive for Skagit County Food Bank takes place throughout the run.
    Burlington-Edison High School :: http://www.be.wednet.edu
  • 6:00pm Mobile Food Pack Event 
    Community volunteers are invited to join a Feed My Starving Children Mobile Food Pack event from 6-8pm Friday, and 9am-4pm Saturday at Birchwood Presbyterian Church, 400 Meadowbrook Court. Support the endeavor by making a donation to cover meal costs or by volunteering to fight world hunger by packaging food at the event. Attendees will be packing 130,000 meals in just two days.
    Birchwood Presbyterian Church :: http://www.bpchurch.org/fmsc
  • 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.
  • 7:00pm Seed Soirees 
    A "Friday Night Flicks" viewing of Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds begins at 7pm Friday at the Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Valley Hwy. The event will include a discussion with a representative from LocalFoodWorks. Entry is $5 per person, $10 per family. From 10am-2pm Saturday, head back to the hall for a Seed Swap and Giveaway, where seeds can be shared, questions answered and insights exchanged. Entry is free.
    Van Zandt Community Hall :: southforkvalley@aol.com
  • 9:30am - 11:00am Wild Things 
    Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in March at Whatcom Falls Park. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Whatcom Falls Park :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Pine Ridge HIke 
    Adults and seniors can join Friends of the Forest for a Pine Ridge Loop Hike starting at 10am at the base of the Mt. Erie parking lot on Ray Auld Dr. The free hike will be about 1.25-miles long.
  • 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
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Backcountry Horsemen Auction 
    Join Whatcom Backcountry Horsemen of Washington for its annual fundraiser and auction starting at 5:30pm at the Everson Auction Barn, 7291 Everson Goshen Rd. Funds raised will help buy equipment and supplies to help maintain trails for all users.
    Everson Auction Barn :: http://www.whatcom-bch.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Anacortes Art Walk 
    The Good Stuff Arts, Red Salon Aveda, Burton Jewelers, Pelican Bay Bookstore, Scott Milo Gallery, and the Majestic Inn and Spa will be among the venues taking part in the First Frida Art Walk from 6-9pm in downtown Anacortes. Per usual, entry is free and open to all.
    Downtown Anacortes :: http://www.anacortesart.com
  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm Downtown Bellingham Art Walk 
    Aslan Brewing Co., 3 OMS Yoga, Cafe Velo, Dakota Art Store, Allied Arts, Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery, Honey Salon, Waterfront Artist Studios, Make.Shift Art Space, Honey Moon, Imagine Studio/Gallery, Max Higbee Center, Redlight, the Reverie, the Racket, Social Fabric, Third Planet, Wandering Oaks Gallery, Western City Center, Uisce Irish Pub, and Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building will be among those taking part in the monthly Art Walk from 6-10pm throughout downtown Bellingham. Pick up a map at participating locales, or check the website for a full listing.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Shantala 
    Call-and-response chanting, dance and meditation will be part of a concert with the husband-and-wife duo Shantala at 7pm at the Center for Spiritual Living, 2224 Yew Street Rd. Benjy and Heather Wertheimer have been leading kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide since 2001. Tickets are $20-$22.
    Center for Spiritual Living :: http://www.ayurvedichealthcenter.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Reid Jamieson and Carolyn Victoria Mill 
    Vocal powerhouse Reid Jamieson will be joined by his longtime songwriting partner (and wife) Carolyn Victoria Mill to share songs from their new album, Me Daza, at 7:30pm at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The original songs were recorded in Ireland with producer Kieran Kenney. Tickets are $20.
    Firehouse Arts and Events Center :: http://www.firehouseperformingartscenter.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Lunasa 
    Witness a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland when Lunasa performs at 7:30pm in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $20-$35 to see the ensemble Folk Roots magazine dubbed an "Irish music dream team.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:30pm - 11:30pm Serial Killers Finale 
    iDiOM Theater's annual "Serial Killers" concludes 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 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. (Recap teams will catch you up if you missed previous episodes.)
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
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Saturday, March 2 42 events
  • All Day La Conner Daffodil Festival 
    The fifth annual La Conner Daffodil Festival takes place March 1-31 at more than 450 acres in and around La Conner and the Skagit Valley. Check online, or drop by the La Conner Visitor Information Center for a daffodil bloom map. Daffodil-related events and a photo contest will take place through the month.
    La Conner and the Skagit Valley :: http://www.lovelaconner.org
  • All Day Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest 
    Single-poem submissions for the 14th annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest will be accepted through March 31. Residents from throughout Whatcom County can submit their works; 25 winners will be invited to read their poems at a free awards ceremony in mid-May. Ten Walk Award-winners will be displayed in front of Bellingham Public Library, and on WTA buses— along with 15 Merit Award winners.
  • 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 Valley :: (360) 474-7479
  • 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 A Fascination for Hellebores 
    Beautiful displays, sales and a workshop and live floral arrangement with keynote speaker and noted horticulturist Riz Reyes will be part of "A Fascination for Hellebores," the 13th annual Winter Festival happening from 9am-6pm Saturday and Sunday in Mount Vernon at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. Enjoy a lovely weekend discovering varieties to keep your garden blooming through winter. Entry is free (workshop is $8).
    Christianson's Nursery :: http://www.christiansonsnursery.com
  • All Day Whatcom County Home and Garden Show 
    Attend the 40th annual Whatcom County Home and Garden Show from 11am-8pm Friday, 10am-8pm Saturday, and 11am-5pm Sunday at Lynden's NW Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. If you're thinking of remodeling or want to stay up on the latest trends, seek inspiration from a carefully curated roster of approximately 200 of the county's best contractors, businesses, landscapers, designers and more. Entry is $7-$8 (free for seniors and youth under 16).
    NW Washington Fairgrounds :: http://www.biawc.com
  • 7:30pm Tarnation, LOL 
    The improvised Western known as "Tarnation" returns to the stage at 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays through March at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, stick around for showings of the short-form games show, "LOL-apalooza." 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 8-9.
    Phillip Tarro Theater :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:00pm The Little Mermaid 
    Songs and swimming can be expected at showings of Disney's The Little Mermaid at 7pm Friday, and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Tickets will be $8 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults at the door. Additional showings happen March 8-9.
    Bellingham High School :: (360) 676-6575
  • 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
  • 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.
    Ferndale High School :: (360) 383-9240
  • 7:00pm Fiddler on the Roof 
    The students of Burlington-Edison High School proudly present showings of Fiddler on the Roof at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at the school's headquarters at 301 N. Burlington Blvd. Tickets are $6-$10. Saturday's matinee will be pay-what-you-can. Additional showings happen March 7-9. A canned food drive for Skagit County Food Bank takes place throughout the run.
    Burlington-Edison High School :: http://www.be.wednet.edu
  • 6:00pm Mobile Food Pack Event 
    Community volunteers are invited to join a Feed My Starving Children Mobile Food Pack event from 6-8pm Friday, and 9am-4pm Saturday at Birchwood Presbyterian Church, 400 Meadowbrook Court. Support the endeavor by making a donation to cover meal costs or by volunteering to fight world hunger by packaging food at the event. Attendees will be packing 130,000 meals in just two days.
    Birchwood Presbyterian Church :: http://www.bpchurch.org/fmsc
  • 12:00pm 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 Seed Soirees 
    A "Friday Night Flicks" viewing of Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds begins at 7pm Friday at the Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Valley Hwy. The event will include a discussion with a representative from LocalFoodWorks. Entry is $5 per person, $10 per family. From 10am-2pm Saturday, head back to the hall for a Seed Swap and Giveaway, where seeds can be shared, questions answered and insights exchanged. Entry is free.
    Van Zandt Community Hall :: southforkvalley@aol.com
  • 7:00am - 8:00pm Bellingham Bike Swap 
    Donate, sell, purchase, volunteer and enjoy yourself when Shifting Gears hosts its annual Bellingham Bike Swap from 7am-8pm at the Mountain Room, alley and beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Money raised at the event will be used to support Shifting Gears' programs, and to help individuals break down barriers that prevent them from getting outside and experiencing what our local recreation has to offer. Entry is free.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: http://www.letsshiftgears.com
  • 8:30am - 3:30pm Winter Field Day 
    Learn about growing fruit in Western Washington at a Winter Field Day event happening from 8:30am-3:30pm at the WSU Mount Vernon Research and Extension Unit, 16650 Washington 536. Pruning demos, tours of the six-acre fruit garden, seminars on healthy soil management and scion-wood and root stocks sales will be part of the day's events. Entry is $15 per person, $30 per family.
    WSU Mount Vernon Research and Extension Unit :: http://www.nwfruit.org/winter-field-day
  • 8:30am - 9:30am Cryptogram Ramble 
    Join members of the Washington Native Plant Society for a "Cryptogram Ramble" leaving at 8:30am from the Fairhaven Parkway Park & Ride (off 32nd Street). Participants will hike Goose Rock leaving from the parking area of the south side of the Deception Pass Bridge. Entry is free and open to all skill levels and ages.
    Goose Rock :: http://www.wnpskoma.org
  • 9:00am - 10:30am Grow Your Own Vegetables 
    Learn about lighting, soil, temperature, containers and seed germination times at a free "Grow Your Own Vegetables" presentation at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. There will also be discounts on all Territorial, Renee's, and Botanical Interest seeds. Please register in advance.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: http://www.garden-spot.com
  • 9:00am - 10:30am Mulch ado about nothing 
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm Clay Extravaganza 
    Whatcom Artists of Clay and Kiln (WACK) will host a "Clay Extravaganza" from 10am-4pm at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. More than 30 vendors will show and sell their wares, and there will also be demos, clay games, a hands-on area, and a clay area for kids.
  • 10:00am - 11:30am The Origins of Coffee 
    Sample coffees from Ethiopia, Mexico, Colombia, and Sumatra, complemented by treats from the Co-op Bakery, when Hayley Forney focuses on "The Origins of Coffee" from 10-11:30am at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Attendees will learn about varietal and regional flavors and follow the historical path of coffee out of Africa, where it originated, to Central and South America and beyond. Entry is $20.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.communityfood.coop
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Burlington Goes Back to School 
    Attend an opening reception for the history exhibit "Burlington Goes Back to School" from 10am-12pm at the Burlington Visitors Information Center, 420 E. Fairhaven Ave. In addition to the exhibit, listen to entertaining stories by former classmates and teachers about school days at Burlington'’s and surrounding area schools—such as Bay View, Edison, Allen, and others. The exhibit can be viewed through October.
    Burlington Visitors Information Center :: http://www.burlington-chamber.com
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm A passion for pottery 
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Persistence of Light 
    John Hoyte reads from his memoir Persistence of Light at 10:30am at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The book recounts Hoyte's uncommon life adventures—from his childhood in China to a Japanese prison camp in World War ll, to leading a British expedition over the Alps with an elephant, to being an entrepreneur and inventor in Silicon Valley.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 11:00am - 3:30pm The Triple Nickle 
    As part of Whatcom READS, attend presentations focused on "The Triple Nickle: Black Paratroopers in Washington State During World War II" from 11am-12:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library (210 Central Ave.) and 2-3:30pm at the Ferndale Library (2125 Main St.). In a surprising and insightful presentation, Robert L. “Bob” Bartlett tells the tale of the “555,” paratroopers who, despite being prevented from serving in Europe or realizing some of the same privileges and rights granted white soldiers at home, served with distinction when cross-trained to become “Smokejumpers.” Trained by U.S. Forest Service Rangers, members of the 555 jumped on some 36 forest fires as first responders, including the 1945 Mt. Baker fire.
    Bellingham Public Library, Ferndale Library :: http://www.whatcomreads.org
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm From Mexican to Mexican American 
    "From Mexican to Mexican American" will be the topic of discussion at an 11am presentation at La Conner's Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. Author Carlos Gil will focus on the human story of immigration to America, with all its complexity, heartache and hope. Gil sought to understand immigration by tracing his family’s history from the 1920s to the 1970s. In the process, he discovered the excitement, culture shock, inter-family conflict, and questions of identity that many immigrants face when seeking a better life in another country. Entry is free; please RSVP.
    Museum of Northwest Art :: http://www.monamuseum.org
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm Washington Beer Open House 
    Attend Washington Beer Open House events from 12-5pm throughout the state. In Whatcom and Skagit counties, events will take place at Anacortes Brewery, Bastion Brewing Company, Chuckanut Brewery, Farmstrong Brewing, Kulshan Brewing Co., and Wander Brewing (check the website for additions). Tours, rare barrel tastings, seasonal beer samples, discussions with brewers, growler sales, live music and more will take place throughout the day. Entry is free.
  • 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 - 5:00pm Sample, Sip, and Pair 
    A "Sample, Sip & Pair" event takes place from 1-5pm in Bow at Samish Bay Cheese, 15115 Bow Hill Rd. The casual cheese tasting will include samples by Finnriver Cider. Entry is free to attend.
    Samish Bay Cheese :: http://www.samishbay.com
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm Growing Small Fruits 
    Learn techniques for growing blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and kiwis at a "Growing Small Fruits" workshop at 1:30pm at Everson's Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd. Entry is $15.
    Cloud Mountain Farm Center :: http://www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Remembering Hohl Feed and Seed 
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm La Chanterelle Wines Tasting 
    Donatas Pocus, the mastermind behind the locally produced La Chanterelle Wines, will pour samples at a wine tasting 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 - 3:00pm Backyard Fairies 
    Kids in grades K-5 can step into the enchanted world of fairies when local author-illustrator Phoebe Wahl reads from her new book, Backyard Fairies, at 2pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. The beautifully illustrated book leads the reader on a delightful exploration of the magic to be found in our own backyard.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 3:30pm - 7:00pm Ann Morris and Kathleen Faulkner Opening 
    View sculptor Ann Morris' continuing "Crossings" series consisting of handcrafted vessels built from natural materials, and oil pastels by Kathleen Faulkner at an opening reception from 5-7pm at Edison's Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. An Artists Talk about how the tides of the Salish Sea influenced both artists happens from 3:30-4:30pm. The works will show through March. 31.
    Smith & Vallee Gallery :: http://www.smithandvalleegallery.com
  • 4:30pm - 9:00pm Matzke Sculpture Exhibit Opening 
    In collaboration with Sculpture Northwest, view new works by 15 sculptors as well as six Northwest painters at an opening reception from 4:30-9pm on Camano Island at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, 2345 Blanche Way. The exhibit can be seen—along with more than 100 sculptures in the 10-acre park—from 11am-5pm Fridays through Sundays through April 14.
    Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park :: http://www.matzkefineart.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Ben Franklin Live 
    Experience an intimate visit with the Father of Electricity when internationally acclaimed actor and scholar Christopher Lowell presents "Ben Franklin LIVE" at 6:30pm at the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention, 1312 Bay St. The event will include a lively interactive presentation highlighted with a electrical demonstration featuring Franklin squaring off against the Mighty MegaZapper—one of the largest lightning machines in the country. Tickets are $9-$12.
    SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention :: http://www.sparkmuseum.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Speakeasy 23 
    "What Is it, Then, Between Us?: Poetry& Democracy" will be the theme of "SpeakEasy 23" readings at 6:30pm at the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Inspired by the Poetry Coalition programming for March 23, the free event will feature original poetry by selected regional poets—including a guest appearance by Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Gail Pettis and Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers 
    Jazz vocalist Gail Pettis will be joined by the Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers for a "FAME!" (Female Artists Music Extravaganza) concert from 7-9:30pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Tickets will be available at the door or purchased in advance.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Kitchen Garden Companion 
    Head farmer Mary von Krusenstiern shares her favorite tips for getting the most out of your own containers, raised beds, or backyard plot via her new book Loganita Farms Kitchen Garden Companion at 7:30pm at the Lummi Island Library 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Entry is free.
    Lummi Island Library :: (360) 758-7145
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm The McHughs 
    Hear personal folk-rock classics and originals with a flourish of harmony and strings when the McHughs family band performs at an album release concert for A Day Will Come at 8pm at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The McHughs features Casey McHugh on violin, vocals and guitar; Morgan McHugh on piano, vocals, guitar and saxophone; Avery McHugh on violin and vocals; and Tim McHugh on guitar and vocals. Tickets are $9.
    Firehouse Arts and Events Center :: http://www.firehouseperformingartscenter.com
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm International Guitar Night 
    Italian showman Luca Stricagnoli will be joined by swing guitarist Antoine Boyer (France), flamenco guitarist Samuelito (France), and fretless guitarist Cenk Erdogan (Turkey) for an annual International Guitar Night performance at 8pm in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $24-$39.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
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