Week of March 3, 2019

Sunday, March 3 16 events
  • 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 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
  • 10:00am Wild Womxn Week 
    In the week leading up to International Women's Day, Shifting Gears—a women-led, women-directed nonprofit—will team up with local partners such as REI, Recreation Northwest, YMCA, and the Joyriders to offer activities to those who identify as women as part of "Wild Womxn Week" (see a full listing of events online). After a week of getting dirty, muddy and sweaty, transform into your inner diva for the inaugural "Wild Women: From Dirt to Indulgence" event Fri., March 8 at Boundary Bay. Tickets are $30.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 8:30am - 11:30am Rabbit Ride 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8:30am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
    Fairhaven Bicycle :: http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Padden Mudfest 
    Join the Greater Bellingham Running Club (GBRC) for the 17th annual Padden Mudfest starting at 10am at Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way. The six-mile trail race takes place on wooded single-track trails, offering some of the muddy conditions and challenging hill climbs typically found only in ultra runs. Entry is $15-$20; free for members.
    Lake Padden Park :: http://www.gbrc.net
  • 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 Bellingham TheatreWorks Auditions 
    Bellingham TheatreWorks will host auditions for its Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre from 1-4pm in north Bellingham. Auditions will be held for 10 parts in Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House, Margaret Edson's Wit, and Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The plays will perform in repertory July 2-28. Rehearsals begin June 22. Please set up an audition time in advance.
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Whatcom Symphony Orchestra 
    Experience an afternoon of humor and harmony when world-renowned cellist Colin Carr joins the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra for a 3pm concert at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Carr will begin the concert with one of Bach's "Cello Suites." Tickets are $15-$49.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Daymark 
    Lively Irish music can be heard when the international trio Daymark performs from 7-9pm at Mount Vernon's Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave. Fusing the talents of Will Woodson (flute, uilleann pipes), Dan Foster (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar, vocals) the group presents a classic blend of wind and string as driving flute meets virtuosic fiddle, underpinned by well-considered and expertly delivered guitar. Tickets are $20-$25.
    Littlefield Celtic Center :: http://www.celticarts.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Depot Comedy Club 
    Up-and-coming comedians Travis Nelson, Caitlin Weierhauser, Erin Ingle, and Chase Mayers will bring standup sets to the inaugural Depot Comedy Club performance at 7pm at Aslan Depot, 1322 N. State St. Tickets are $10 to the 21-and-older show featuring world-class talent.
    Aslan Depot :: http://www.aslandepot.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Depot Comedy Club 
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Monday, March 4 10 events
  • 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 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 Wild Womxn Week 
    In the week leading up to International Women's Day, Shifting Gears—a women-led, women-directed nonprofit—will team up with local partners such as REI, Recreation Northwest, YMCA, and the Joyriders to offer activities to those who identify as women as part of "Wild Womxn Week" (see a full listing of events online). After a week of getting dirty, muddy and sweaty, transform into your inner diva for the inaugural "Wild Women: From Dirt to Indulgence" event Fri., March 8 at Boundary Bay. Tickets are $30.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Homeschool Huddle 
    Adults can share resources and personal experiences while kids and teens will have an opportunity to socialize at a "Homeschool Huddle" event taking place from 2-3pm at the Sumas Library, 461 2nd St. Books and other materials will be on display, with optional activities available for kids and teens. The free event is open to both current homeschoolers as well as those exploring possibilities. Refreshments will be provided.
    Sumas Library :: 360) 988-2501
  • 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 - 9:00pm Mardi Gras Class 
    Chef Jesse Otero will improvise with the flavors of New Orleans cuisine to prepare a menu worthy of the most famous New Orleans celebration at a "Mardi Gras!" class happening from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Shrimp remoulade, red beans and dirty rice, and smoked collard greens will be on the sampling menu. Entry is $45.
    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, March 5 10 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 Wild Womxn Week 
    In the week leading up to International Women's Day, Shifting Gears—a women-led, women-directed nonprofit—will team up with local partners such as REI, Recreation Northwest, YMCA, and the Joyriders to offer activities to those who identify as women as part of "Wild Womxn Week" (see a full listing of events online). After a week of getting dirty, muddy and sweaty, transform into your inner diva for the inaugural "Wild Women: From Dirt to Indulgence" event Fri., March 8 at Boundary Bay. Tickets are $30.
  • 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
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Bellingham at Home 
    Find out about membership, services, and volunteer opportunities offered by Bellingham at Home at an informational meeting from 11am-12pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. The "virtual village" empowers seniors to stay active and engaged while living in their own homes and neighborhoods.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: http://www.bellinghamathome.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Avalanche Awareness 
    Northwest Avalanche Center will focus on "Avalanche Awareness" at a free presentation from 6-7:30pm at REI, 400 36th St. This session introduces and explains where and why avalanches occur and provides a basic approach to managing risk in the backcountry. Learn to access bulletins and weather reports, recognize basics signs of avalanche danger, and simple ways to help avoid avalanche danger. Please register in advance.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Gear Swap 
    Bellingham Mountaineers will host a Gear Swap from 6-9pm in the mezzanine at the YMCA, 1256 N. State St. The event is free and is open to anybody want to by or sell affordable outdoor gear.
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Food and Wine Pairing 
    Chef Robert Fong joins forces with special guest Christos Adams, co-owner and natural wine specialist at Old World Deli, for a "Food and Wine Pairing" course from 6:30-9pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. You must be 21 or older to register for this class. Entry is $79.
    Cordata 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 The Hidden Truth 
    Enjoy performances and reflections as migrant youth take to the stage to educate and inspire when the Mount Vernon Migrant Leaders Club hosts "The Hidden Truth: Breaking the Wall" at 7pm at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Entry is by donation.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
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Wednesday, March 6 13 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 Wild Womxn Week 
    In the week leading up to International Women's Day, Shifting Gears—a women-led, women-directed nonprofit—will team up with local partners such as REI, Recreation Northwest, YMCA, and the Joyriders to offer activities to those who identify as women as part of "Wild Womxn Week" (see a full listing of events online). After a week of getting dirty, muddy and sweaty, transform into your inner diva for the inaugural "Wild Women: From Dirt to Indulgence" event Fri., March 8 at Boundary Bay. Tickets are $30.
  • 12:30pm - 2:00pm Art of War 
    In honor of the exhibit "Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom," Troy Luginbill will discuss the "Art of War" at 12:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Luginbill, director and curator of the Lynden Pioneer Museum, will share how art was an integral part of soldiers' experiences that found its way into their daily lives. Entry is included with admission.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Living with Meaning Book Group 
    Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind will be the focus of a Living With Meaning Book Group discussion at 2pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. This monthly discussion aims to learn and share perspectives on what makes a meaningful life.
    Village Books :: ww.villagebooks.com
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm Cooking Lit Book Group 
    Bellingham Farmers Market Director Caprice Teske and Village Books Marketing Director Mary Vermillion lead a monthly "Regional Cookbook & Cooking Lit" Book Group meeting at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Today's topic of discussion will be Vietnamese Food Any Day: Simple Recipes for True, Fresh Flavors by Andrea Nguyen. Members are welcome to purchase food and beverages from Evolve Chocolate + Cafe.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm A Place for Peace Opening 
    Attend an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center's new home, A Permanent Place for Peace, starting at 4:30pm at 206 Prospect St. All are welcome to celebrate the outpouring of generosity and community support that made this dream a reality.
    Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center :: http://www.whatcomdrc.org
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Green Drinks 
    Network with likeminded environmentally aware citizens at the monthly Green Drinks from 5-7pm at Menace Brewing, 2529 Meridian St. Attendees can hear about upcoming sustainability-oriented events and opportunities, and try out delicious local brews. Please RSVP.
    Menace Brewing :: http://www.re-sources.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Sumas History 
    Dr. Don Easterbrook will briefly discuss the geologic formation of Sumas Prairie and then share stores of his family's early involvement in Sumas history, including his great-uncle Russ Lambert and other early inhabitants, at a "Sumas History" presentation at 6:45pm at the Sumas Library, 461 2nd St. Easterbrook is the author of The Early History of Sumas, WA: 1850-1950.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 988-2501
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm Contra Dance 
    Live music from Faux Paws and calling by North Carolina's Lauren Kreil will b part of a Bellingham Country Dance Society Contra Dance happening from 7-10pm at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. Suggested donation is $7 for students, $10-$15 general.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Birchwood Garden Club Meeting 
    Enjoy a virtual travelogue through the gardens of England, Ireland, and Scotland when author and speaker Marty Wingate joins the Birchwood Garden Club's monthly meeting to present "The Education of a Garden Traveler" at 7pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is free.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.birchwoodgardenclub.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Dmitri Matheny Group 
    Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny will be joined by Bill Anschell (piano), Phil Sparks (bass), and Mark Ivester (drums) for a Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center concert at 7pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Tickets will be $5-$10 at the door.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
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Thursday, March 7 21 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 7:00pm Fiddler on the Roof 
    For the final weekend, students from Burlington-Edison High School 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. A canned food drive for Skagit County Food Bank takes place throughout the run.
    Burlington-Edison High School :: http://www.be.wednet.edu
  • 11:00am Ed Kamuda Preview and Reception 
    Attend a special preview for oil painter Ed Kamuda's "Backwards and Forwards" exhibit from 11am-5pm in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. A reception for the artist happens at 4pm Sat., March 9. See Kamuda's works from the 1970s to the present through the month.
    i.e. gallery :: http://www.ieedison.com
  • All Day Wild Womxn Week 
    In the week leading up to International Women's Day, Shifting Gears—a women-led, women-directed nonprofit—will team up with local partners such as REI, Recreation Northwest, YMCA, and the Joyriders to offer activities to those who identify as women as part of "Wild Womxn Week" (see a full listing of events online). After a week of getting dirty, muddy and sweaty, transform into your inner diva for the inaugural "Wild Women: From Dirt to Indulgence" event Fri., March 8 at Boundary Bay. Tickets are $30.
  • 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
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm Happy Hour Thursdays 
    Find amazing happy hour specials throughout downtown Bellingham when "Happy Hour Thursdays" returns from 4-7pm every Thursday through March. RSVP to keep updated on the deliciously discounted beverages and snacks at participating locales including Bellingham Bar & Grill, Black Sheep, Brandywine, Cosmos Bistro, Culture Cafe, El Capitan's, the Firefly Lounge, Goat Mountain Pizza, Herb's Cider, Horseshoe Cafe, Jack's, Miller's Back Door, MIX, Old World Deli, the Orion, the Racket, Rook & Rogue, Rumors Cabaret, the Shakedown, and Uisce.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Justice, Gender, and Operational Practice 
    In honor of International Women's Day, Dr. Anne Cubiliéo will give a presentation focused titled "Impossibility of Witness: Justice, Gender, and Operational Practice" at 4pm at Western Washington University's Miller Hall. In her work for the United Nations—ranging from the collection of survivor testimony in Afghanistan to policy guidance for emergency response—Cubilié maintained an insistence on remembering the individual within the broadest international discourses. Entry is free and open to the public.
    Miller Hall :: (360) 650-7737
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Spring Exhibit Openings 
    An opening reception for new exhibits will take place from 5-7pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Shows include "Intersections/Depth Connections: Photographs by Neil Berkowitz," "Lanny Little: Still Painting the Town," a "J Studio Showcase," and a "Spring Juried Exhibit." The works will be on display through April 26.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Clay Play with Fire! 
    Sign up for a a "Clay Play With Fire! Raku Pottery Experience" with artist Jesse Rasmussen from 6-8:30pm at the new Burnish Clay Studio, 2006 N. State St. Participants will apply glaze material to a ceramic form and participate in the firing of those pieces. The class fee of $50 includes $15 toward the selection of one piece.
    Burnish Clay Studio :: http://www.burnishclaystudio.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pub Run 
    Join BBay Running for a Pub Run starting at 6pm at the store's headquarters at 1431 N. State St. At the weekly event, BBay Ambassadors safely guide each pace group during the 3- to 5-mile runs, which are open to athletes of all levels and abilities. Tonight's excursion follows the South Bay Trail, ending at BBay Running. (A post-run BYOG event is by invite only; contact the store for details.)
Entry is free.
    BBay Running :: http://www.bbayrunning.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Lit Lab 
    "March Madness: Humor in Writing" will be the focus of a Back Room Lit Lab meeting starting at 6:30pm in the back room at the Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St. Suggested donation is $5.
    Conway Muse :: http://www.conwaymuse.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Mediterranean Vegetarian 
    Samantha Ferraro will share vegetarian recipes from her new cookbook, The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen, from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Sample and learn to make deconstructed baba ghanoush with chickpeas and lemon, turmeric lemon couscous with currants, baked pita chips with zaatar, and yogurt feta dip with fresh herbs. Fees are $45.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm An Ancient Pilgrimage 
    "Finishing the Camino De Santiago" will be the focus of a presentation with Leaf Schumann and Louise Granger from 6:30-8pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. After three trips, the duo will share their adventures on this ancient pilgrimage.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Whatcom Reads with Timothy Egan 
    As the culmination of the annual countywide book group, Whatcom READS, attend "An Evening with Timothy Egan" at 7pm Thursday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Egan will also be discussing The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America and associated themes at 8:30am Friday at Mount Baker High School, 4936 Deming Rd. Both events are free and open to the public.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.whatcomreads.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Balkan Folk Dancers 
    The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. There is teaching early in the evening, and no experience or partner is necessary as most dances are line or circle dances. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors can attend for free.
    Fairhaven Library :: (360) 380-0456
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Travelogue Talk 
    Bellingham Parks and Rec will host a Travelogue focusing on "Rapa Nui’s Enigmatic Megaliths and Day Hiking in Parques Nacional Patagonia y Los Glaciares" from 7-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $5.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 7:30pm - 11:00pm Good, Bad, Ugly 
    Watch "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" at 7:30pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, stick around for "The Project"—which tonight will be a monthly standup spotlight featuring new and experienced comedians. Entry is $8 for the early show, $5 for the late one.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 9:00pm - 11:00pm Sidekicks Burlesque with Frisky Fandoms 
    Frisky Fandoms presents a "Sidekicks Burlesque" performance at 9pm at the Firefly Lounge, 1015 N. State St. Redshirts, Minions, and Batman's Robin will be part of the nerdy fun, and the variety show will also include routines from four of your favorite fandoms. Raffle prizes and a cosplay contest will also make appearances. Tickets are $10-$15.
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Friday, March 8 23 events
  • 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 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 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
  • 7:00pm Newsies, the Musical 
    Attend an ebullient, joyful and entertaining musical capturing the strength that young people have when they join together and stand up against injustice at performances of Newsies, the Musical at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at Lynden High School's Judson Hall, 516 Main St. Tickets will be $5-10 at the door; additional performances happen March 15-17.
  • 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
  • 7:30pm 48 Hour Theater Festival 
    Attend showings of the 52nd iteration of iDiOM Theater's 48 Hour Theater Festival at 7:30pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday in the Lucas Hicks Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. As part of the monthlong Dyo Festival, this weekend's performances will feature two-person plays. Audiences will see six brand-new short works brought to life each night; catch both nights for the full experience. Tickets are $9-$12.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.idiomtheater.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 for the final weekend at 7:30pm Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm 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.
    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.
    Bellingham High School :: (360) 676-6575
  • All Day Fiddler on the Roof 
    For the final weekend, students from Burlington-Edison High School 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. A canned food drive for Skagit County Food Bank takes place throughout the run.
    Burlington-Edison High School :: http://www.be.wednet.edu
  • All Day Ed Kamuda Preview and Reception 
    Attend a special preview for oil painter Ed Kamuda's "Backwards and Forwards" exhibit from 11am-5pm in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. A reception for the artist happens at 4pm Sat., March 9. See Kamuda's works from the 1970s to the present through the month.
    i.e. gallery :: http://www.ieedison.com
  • 10:00am Wild Womxn Week 
    In the week leading up to International Women's Day, Shifting Gears—a women-led, women-directed nonprofit—will team up with local partners such as REI, Recreation Northwest, YMCA, and the Joyriders to offer activities to those who identify as women as part of "Wild Womxn Week" (see a full listing of events online). After a week of getting dirty, muddy and sweaty, transform into your inner diva for the inaugural "Wild Women: From Dirt to Indulgence" event Fri., March 8 at Boundary Bay. Tickets are $30.
  • 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
  • 10:30am - 11:30am Bold and Brave 
    In honor of National Women's Day, youth ages 6-10 can attend a Purple Friday Story Time reading of Bold & Brave: 10 Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote at 10:30am at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The inspiring book from by U.S. Senator Gillibrand and Maria Kalman profiles 10 suffragists who strove to win the right to vote for American women--a journey that took more than 70 years of passionate commitment. Entry is free.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 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 - 9:00pm Women Build Pint Night 
    Attend a Women Build Pint Night fundraiser from 5-9pm at Kulshan Brewery, 2238 James St. For every beer sold during that time frame, $1 will be donated to support Habitat for Humanity's Whatcom County Women Build Program.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Ethical Meat 
    Rebecca Thistlethwaite shares ideas from The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book provides pasture-based production essentials for a wide range of animals, from common farm animals (cattle, poultry, pigs, sheep, and goats) to more niche species (bison, rabbits, elk, and deer), and is a definitive resource for anyone who is serious about raising meat animals ethically—outside of the current consolidated, industrial syst
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Be Natural 
    Join Cascadia International Women's Film Festival and the American Association of University Women for an International Women's Day showing of Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché at 7pm at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Blaché, the first female film director,  made her first film in 1896 at age 23 and then went on to write, direct or produce more than 1,000 films. Part tribute, part detective story, the film traces the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation. Tickets are $5-$10 and include a post-show reception.
    Firehouse Arts and Events Center :: http://www.cascadiafilmfest.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Fail Better 
    UMO, a physical theatre company from Seattle, presents "Fail Better: Beckett Moves UMO" at 7:30pm in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Five archetypal Beckett characters will tackle love, life, death, and going-on in typical Beckett fashion—with humor, metaphor, stillness and gross indecency—while creating a living, visceral experience. Tickets are $25-$35.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Women of Jazz 
    Listen to music composed and arranged by women at a "Women of Jazz" performance by Western Washington University's Jazz Ensembles at 7:30pm at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Entry is free and open to all.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: http://www.cfpa.wwu.edu
  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm Relationship goals 
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Mandolin Orange 
    Singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz—also known as Mandolin Orange—perform at 8pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The duo's music is said to "radiate a mysterious warmth—their songs feel like whispered secrets, one hand cupped to your ear." Tickets are $22.50.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm The Quebe Sisters 
    Texas-based trio the Quebe Sisters perform at 8pm in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The triple-threat fiddle champions play and sing in multi-part harmony, transfixing audiences lucky enough to witness their talent. Tickets are $20-$35.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
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Saturday, March 9 38 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 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 Newsies, the Musical 
    Attend an ebullient, joyful and entertaining musical capturing the strength that young people have when they join together and stand up against injustice at performances of Newsies, the Musical at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at Lynden High School's Judson Hall, 516 Main St. Tickets will be $5-10 at the door; additional performances happen March 15-17.
  • 9:00am Orchid Show and Sale 
    The Mount Baker Orchid Society will host its annual Orchid Show and Sale from 9am-5pm Saturday, and 9am-4pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at Skagit Valley Gardens, 18923 Peter Johnson Rd. There will be exhibits by orchid societies, sales, a judged competition, orchid repotting and more. Entry is free.
    Skagit Valley Gardens :: http://www.orchid-society.net/mt-baker
  • 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
  • 7:30pm 48 Hour Theater Festival 
    Attend showings of the 52nd iteration of iDiOM Theater's 48 Hour Theater Festival at 7:30pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday in the Lucas Hicks Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. As part of the monthlong Dyo Festival, this weekend's performances will feature two-person plays. Audiences will see six brand-new short works brought to life each night; catch both nights for the full experience. Tickets are $9-$12.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.idiomtheater.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 for the final weekend at 7:30pm Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm 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.
    Phillip Tarro Theater :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:00pm Fiddler on the Roof 
    For the final weekend, students from Burlington-Edison High School 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. 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 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.
    Bellingham High School :: (360) 676-6575
  • 11:00am Ed Kamuda Preview and Reception 
    Attend a special preview for oil painter Ed Kamuda's "Backwards and Forwards" exhibit from 11am-5pm in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. A reception for the artist happens at 4pm Sat., March 9. See Kamuda's works from the 1970s to the present through the month.
    i.e. gallery :: http://www.ieedison.com
  • 9:00am - 3:30pm Whatcom County Science and Engineering Fair 
    Students ages K-12 can attend the seventh annual Whatcom County Science and Engineering Fair from 9am-3:30pm at Markell Hall at St. Paul's Academy, 3000 Northwest Ave. The regional fair provides an opportunity for Whatcom County students to participate in a juried science fair event. Students can submit a project for fun or they can follow the Intel International Science Fair (ISEF) standards. Fees vary.
  • 9:00am - 10:30am Clematis Class 
    Unravel the mystery of clematis vines at a free "Clematis 101" workshop starting at 9am at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Varieties, pruning and care of these wild plants will be discussed, and plants will be discounted for the special event. Register in advance.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: http://www.garden-spot.com
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm NSEA Work Party 
    Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and the City of Bellingham for a Community Work Party from 9am-12pm along Squalicum Creek near Sunset Pond. Parking will be available at 3415 James St. Look for the blue NSEA tents. Volunteers will be planting native vegetation, so dress for the weather.
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Anacortes Winter Farmers Market 
    Peruse and purchase locally sourced food and crafts from area vendors at the Anacortes Farmers Market's third Winter Market of the season from 9am-2pm at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. An additional market happens April 13 (before the season opens on weekly basis in early May).
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Small Farm Expo 
    Whatcom Conservation District hosts its fourth annual "Small Farm Expo" from 9am-2pm in Lynden at the NW Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. More than 35 different organizations will be represented—featuring everyone from tractor suppliers to agronomists, veterinarians, butchers, master composters, solar providers and much more. Additionally, there will be networking opportunities and presentations every 30 minutes with a special keynote address from author and farmer Rebecca Thistlethwaite. Entry is free.
    NW Washington Fairgrounds :: http://www.whatcomcd.org/small-farm-expo
  • 10:00am - 11:00am Sumas Writers Group 
    Aspiring writers can join the Sumas Writers Group to improve writing techniques, get feedback and gain information on how to get work published from 10-11am at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St. All writing styles are welcome. Can't make it every month? No problem—come when you are able.
    Sumas Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Award-Winning Book Club 
    Discuss The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay at an Award-Winning Book Club meeting from 10:30am-12pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. The group meets on the second Saturday of most months for friendly and live book discussions. Refreshments will be provided.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 10:30am - 4:30pm Seed Swap 
    Learn skills and swap seeds and homemade goods to enhance our local resiliency at a rescheduled "Seed Swap, Barter Fair, and Skillshare: from 10:30am-4:30pm at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. From 5-8pm, there will be a chili dinner, music and dancing. Entry is $10 (children under 12 are free).
    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship :: http://www.cascadiaskillshare.org
  • 11:00am - 2:30pm Pruning Aesthetics and Growing Roses 
    Ornamental horticulturist Hans Wressnigg will focus on the art and science behind "Pruning for Aesthetics" at an 11am workshop in Mount Vernon at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. At 1pm, Nancy Stewart will share insight on "Growing Great Roses." Fees for each class are $8; please register in advance.
    Christianson's Nursery :: http://www.christiansonsnursery.com
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm Plan Your Garden 
    Whatcom County Master Gardeners will lead a "Plan Your Garden" event from 11am-12:30pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. The free session will focus on what vegetables and layout make sense for your space and needs, enriching your soil, and timing for planning, whether you choose seeds or starts.
    North Fork Library :: (360) 599-2020
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm Cheese Class 
    Attend "Let's Make Mozzarella + Burrata" from 11-12:30pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. Fees are $25-$35.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.org
  • 12:30pm - 4:00pm Tax Help Available 
    The AARP Tax-Aide program will provide free tax preparation services from 12:30-4pm Saturdays at Bellingham's First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Through mid-April, the service will also take place from 3:30-6:30pm Mondays through Thursdays, and by appointment at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center. See guidelines on the Bellingham Public Library's website.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Genealogy Talk 
    "I Remember Mama...I Just Don't Know Her Maiden Name" will be the focus of a Skagit Valley Genealogical Society talk by Mary Kircher Roddy from 1-3pm at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. Roddy will discuss how to find those elusive female ancestors in your family tree when they didn't leave any documents or clues with their maiden names.
    Burlington Public Library :: genealogy0715@gmail.com
  • 1:00pm - 5:30pm Poetry and Politics Workshops 
    "Mixing Poetry and Politics" will be the topic of two poetry workshops happening today from 1-3pm (with Raul Sanchez), and 3:30-5:30pm (with Jed Myers) at Egress Studio, 5581 Noon Rd. Entry is $25 for one workshop, $40 for both. Please register by March 6.
    Egress Studio :: (360) 398-7870 or akboyle@egressstudio.com
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Nine Hats Wines Tasting 
    Matthew Wollen, a brand ambassador for Nine Hats Wines, will be sharing 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 - 5:00pm Humane Society Open House 
    Celebrate the Humane Society of Skagit Valley's 45th year of providing shelter and medical care to abused, abandoned and neglected animals at an Open House taking place from 2-5pm at the Burlington-based headquarters at 18841 Kelleher Rd. In addition to highlighting the importance of spaying or neutering your pets, there will activities for kids, community partner tables, self-guided shelter tours and more. Entry is free.
    Humane Society of Skagit Valley :: http://www.skagithumane.org
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Winter Birds of Whatcom County 
    Join the North Cascades Audubon Society's Board Member Chris Brewer for a "Winter Birds of Whatcom County" presentation from 2-3pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. He'll look at the large seabird populations our waters draw, plus the bald eagle, hawks, owls and backyard passerines you can expect to see this season—as well as who's coming next. Photographs by Ken Salzman will provide amazing images. Entry is free.
    Blaine Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Traditional Jazz 
    The Clearbrook Dixie Band will perform New Orleans/Dixieland music at the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society’s monthly concert and dance from 2-5pm at the VFW Hall, 625 N State St. Entry is $6 students, $10 members, $12 general.
  • 4:00pm - 9:00pm Mary and Memoir 
    Author and illustrator Keith Negley will read from his new picture book, Mary Wears What She Wants, at 4pm at the Readings Gallery at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Perfect for Women's History Month, the illustrated book is based on the true story of Mary Edwards Walker, a trailblazing 19th century doctor who was arrested many times for wearing pants. At 7pm, Terese Mailhot will read from Heart Berries. The powerful, poetic memoir focuses on Mailhot's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. After being hospitalized, she was given a notebook and began to write her way out of trauma.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 5:00pm - 9:00pm Celebrate Our Stars 
    Animals as Natural Therapy will host its ninth annual gala, "Celebrate Our Stars," from 5-9pm at Holiday Inn and Suites, 4260 Mitchell Way. Tickets are $85 and include champagne, appetizers, dinner, party games, a dessert dash, silent and live auctions, visits with miniature horses, and more.
    Holiday Inn and Suites :: http://www.animalsasnaturaltherapy.org
  • 5:00pm - 10:00pm An Affair to Remember 
    Dementia Support Northwest (formerly known as the Alzheimer Society of Washington) hosts its annual masquerade gala, "An Affair to Remember," from 5-10pm at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club, 3729 Meridian St. Tickets are $85 per person and include dinner, dancing, party games and entry to live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit DSN's groups and programs.
    Bellingham Golf and Country Club :: http://www.alzsociety.org
  • 5:30pm - 8:00pm Roller Derby Doubleheader 
    The Bellingham Roller Betties will host a Roller Derby Doubleheader with the Subdued City Rollers junior derby league kicking off the action at 5:30pm at Lynden Skateway, 421 Judson St. The BRB All-Stars will then battle it out against the Gorge Roller Derby team from the Columbia Gorge area. Tickets are $6-$10.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Salish Sea Early Music Festival 
    Harpsichordist Hans-Jurgen Schnoor will present Johann Sebastian Bach's "Goldberg Variations" at a Salish Sea Early Music Festival performance at 7pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St. Suggested donation is $15-$25 (free for those 18 and younger).
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.salishseafestival.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm John Reischman and John Miller 
    Mandolinist John Reischman and guitarist John Miller will bring their celebrated sounds to Bellingham for a 7pm concert at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. The duo's repertoire of Latin classics and originals will abound in memorable melodies and lively rhythms. Admission will be $15 at the door.
    YWCA Ballroom :: http://www.thejaybirds.com
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm Contra Dance with the Goldengems 
    The Goldengems will provide live music at the Bellingham Country Dance Society's Contra Dance taking place from 7-10pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $7 for students, $10-$15 general.
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Seamus Egan Project 
    Book tickets to a Seamus Egan Project concert starting at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. From his groundbreaking solo work with Shanachie Records, to his founding of Irish-American powerhouse band Solas, to his current work as one of the leading composers and interpreters of the tradition, Egan has inspired multiple generations of musicians and helped define the sound of Irish music today. Tickets are $25-$35.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
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