Week of November 10, 2019

Sunday, November 10 16 events
  • All Day Art's Alive! 
    The kickoff for the 35th annual "Art's Alive!" celebration takes place with a reception for the Invitational Exhibition and Open Show from 5pm-8pm Friday at the town's Maple Hall, 104 Commercial St. From 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday, and 10am-4pm Monday, the exhibits will be open and there will be demonstrations at Maple Hall and at various venues throughout La Conner, live music, merchant art exhibits and much more. Entry is free.
  • 7:30pm The Norman Conquests 
    Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests continues with showings of Living Together and Table Manners at 7:30pm Thursday through Sunday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect. Made up of three interlocking full-length plays following six characters from Saturday night through Monday morning--including Round the Garden--they are ingeniously written to be enjoyed individually or as a trilogy, and can be seen in any order. Directed by WWU's Evan Mueller, the plays will be performed on a rotating schedule through November, and can also be seen all together on two marathon performance days (Nov. 23 and 30). Tickets are $10-$25 for individual shows, $24-$60 for the trilogy.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:30pm Pacific Northwest Opera's Mefistofele 
    The Pacific Northwest Opera present performances of Mefistofele at 7:30pm Friday and 3pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. The opera is Arrigo Boito’s take on Goethe’s tale of Faust, the aging scholar who bargains his soul to the Devil to regain youth and passion, and will be sun in Italian with English subtitles. Tickets are $25-$75.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 10:00am Lummi Island Artists' Studio Tour 
    Approximately 15 artists and craftspeople will show their work at 11 locations during the Lummi Island Artists' Holiday Studio Tour from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday throughout the lovely land mass. Paintings, drawings, prints, notecard, jewelry, photography, sculpture, glass, woodwork, stonework and more can be perused and purchased. Entry to the self-guided tour is free; ferry prices are round-trip. Pick up a flyer at the Islander Store or at any of the participating locales.
  • 7:30pm Bayshore Symphony 
    Works by Brahms, George Butterworth, Francesco Geminiani, Aaron Copland, and Mussorgsky will be on the lineup at Bayshore Symphony concerts at 7:30pm Saturday in Mount Vernon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (415 S. 18th St.), and 3pm Sunday in Bellingham at Central Lutheran Church (925 N. Forest St. Suggested donation at the door is $15 (free for kids 12 and under).
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.bayshoresymphony.com
  • 7:00pm Anne of Green Gables 
    The talented thespians of Lynden High School's performing arts program present showings of Anne of Green Gables at 7pm Thursday, 3pm and 7pm Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at the school's Judson Auditorium, 516 Main St. The play faithfully recreates the memorable events and characters from the brilliant novel about an orphan girl, Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy. Tickets are $5-$10.
    Judson Auditorium :: (360) 354-4401
  • 7:30pm Pray the Gay Away 
    The world premiere of Conrad Askland's new play, Pray the Gay Away, opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The "serious musical comedy" takes place in 1980s Minnetonka, Minnesota, and shows the collision course of two boys being subjected to the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod that says "homosexual behavior is intrinsically sinful," a Youth Pride LGBTQ support group fighting for human rights, and the local community caught in the middle. Tickets are $13-$24; additional performances happen through Nov. 24.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 10:00am Wishes and Dreams Call for Art 
    Students in grades 6-13 and college freshmen can submit a two-dimensional artwork inspired by the theme "Wishes and Dreams" through Nov. 20 to Gallery Syre, 465 W. Stuart Rd. This theme is meant to inspire students to envision a future, to express their inner thoughts, and to represent a world they would like to live in. An exhibition of the chosen works will open Dec. 7 at Gallery Syre, and run through February 27.
    Gallery Syre :: allerysyre@gmail.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
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm Pickett House Tour 
    Check out the oldest wooden structure in Washington state still at its original location at a monthly Open House from 1pm-4pm at the Pickett House, 910 Bancroft St. The Second Sunday tours are offered by Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington. Entry is by donation.
    Pickett House :: (360) 293-1082
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Nookchat 
    Shirley Fuller Nielsen shares her story as part of an “Explore the Past; Enrich the Present” series from 2pm-3:30pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. The "NookChat" will focus on her early years in the Kansas Dustbowl and the family’s 10-day caravan to the Northwest to settling on the South Pass and living in Whatcom County for most of her life.
    Everson Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm The Debutones 
    Compelling stories and beautiful melodies--some country, some folk, and some bluegrass--will be part of a concert with the Debutones at 2pm at Nancy's Farm, 2030 E. Smith Rd. Suggested donation is $18.
    Nancy's Farm :: http://www.nancysfarm.com
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm Moon Walk 
    Migration and hibernation will be the themes of a "Ladies Night: Moon of the Frost's Return" excursion with Wild Whatcom from 3:30pm-5:30pm along a Whatcom County stream (locale will be revealed upon registration). Suggested donation is $12.
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm School Stories 
    Author and former music teacher Robert Storms reads from his updated memoir, School Stories: The Funny Thing About Music, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The tome is a collection of unusual experiences that covers the entire length of Storms’ 40 years as a band and choir teacher in Ferndale, teaching two schools that were rivals in every sport.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:30pm - 10:00pm The Lonely Celebrating the Music of Roy Orbison 
    Experience a sensitive and dynamic tribute to a great musician at "The Lonely Celebrating the Music of Roy Orbison" at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The ensemble delivers a sensitive and dynamic tribute to Orbison, plus the hits of the Traveling Wilburys and the Everly Brothers. Veteran Mike Demers leads this group of musical journeymen in their mutual and deep appreciation of the timeless music of an era. Tickets are $47.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm Gateway Show 
    Attend a monthly "Gateway Show" at 8pm at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The night's entertainment will feature five comics who will do a sober set, get extremely high at an undisclosed location, and then return for a second (stoned) set. Tickets to the 21-and-older show are $15 (general) to $25 (VIP).
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.eventbrite.com
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Monday, November 11 9 events
  • 5:00pm Art's Alive! 
    The kickoff for the 35th annual "Art's Alive!" celebration takes place with a reception for the Invitational Exhibition and Open Show from 5pm-8pm Friday at the town's Maple Hall, 104 Commercial St. From 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday, and 10am-4pm Monday, the exhibits will be open and there will be demonstrations at Maple Hall and at various venues throughout La Conner, live music, merchant art exhibits and much more. Entry is free.
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm Veterans Day Celebration 
    Attend a Veterans Day Celebration to honor those who have served from 11am-1pm at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center, 100 Commercial Ave. All are welcome at the free event. Don Worra will emcee, and there will be music by Skagit Swing.
    Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center :: ww.portofanacortes.com
  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm Veterans Day Lunch 
    Enjoy chicken Alfredo, caesar salad, garlic bread and dessert at a Veterans Day Lunch taking place from 12pm-3pm at Sedro-Woolley's American Legion Hall, 701 Murdock St. Entry is free for veterans, $7 general.
    American Legion Hall :: http://www.sedro-woolley.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Snowshoe Avalanche Awareness 
    Patrick Kennedy leads a free "Snowshoe Avalanche Awareness" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. This class introduces and explains where and why avalanches occur and provide a basic approach to managing risk. Learn to access local avalanche bulletins and weather reports, recognize basics signs of avalanche danger, and learn simple ways to help avoid avalanche danger. Please register in advance.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Books on Tap 
    South Whatcom Library manager Lizz Roberts leads a "Books on Tap" discussion focusing on Bettyville by George Hodgman from 6:30pm-8pm at Sudden Valley's El Agave 2, 4 Clubhouse Circle.
    El Agave 2 :: ww.wcls.org
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Small Plates of the World 
    Jesse Otero helms "Small Plates of the World: Venetian Bar Plates" from 6:30pm-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. The class will explore the unique cuisine of this floating city with small plates of mushroom and rosemary rice fritters, grilled Italian sausages, gorgonzola, cured pork and walnut bruschetta, and other seasonal Italian-inspired snacks. Fees are $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
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Desserts and Cider Pairing 
    Antler Bakery and Thousand Acre Cider House will team up for a Desserts and Cider Pairing at 7pm at the cider house's headquarters at 109 Grand Ave. Entry is $35 for solo students and $65 for doubles and includes three paired ciders and desserts. Discounted bottles will also be available to take home.
    Thousand Acre Cider House :: http://www.thousandacreciderhouse.com
  • 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, November 12 7 events
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm PEO Boutique 
    Attend a P.E.O. (Previously Enjoyed Objects) Boutique from 1pm-3pm at Bellingham's First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Included will be china and collectibles, jewelry, linens and home décor items. Also featured are handcrafted items and delicious baked goods. Complimentary coffee and cookies will be served.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.peointernational.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Snowshoeing Basics 
    If you're looking for a fun winter sport, register in advance for a free "Snowshoeing Basics" class at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. On the roster is the appropriate selection of gear as well as the basics on what you need and where to go to get started.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm All-Paces Run 
    Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes-by the water or through the woods. Entry is free.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Foothills Book Club 
    Janet Beard's The Atomic City Girls will be the subject of a Foothills Book Club discussion from 6:30pm-8pm at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. No registration is required, and the group is open to everyone. Light refreshments will be provided.
    North Fork Library :: (360) 599-2020
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Dinner and Wine Pairing 
    Enjoy a fine meal with complementary wines presented by Chef Fong and veteran wine educator Laurent Martel at a "Dinner and Wine Pairing" event from 6:30pm-9pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Fees are $85.
    Cordata Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Nooksack Nordic Ski Club Meeting 
    Join the Nooksack Nordic Ski Club for its seasonal general membership meeting at 7pm at Garden Street Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden St. Members and prospective members can find out about upcoming winter events, improved trails, increased funding and more.
    Garden Street Methodist Church :: ww.nooksacknordicskiclub.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Skagit Folk Dancers 
    Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterward.
    Bayview Civic Hall :: safdancers@hotmail.com
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TODAY 6 events
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Kombucha Class 
    Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education) will focus on "Kombucha" at a class from 4pm-6pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. At the free event, you can sample different flavors, learn how to make your own, and leave with a starter culture. If you can't make it today, the class repeats from 10am-12pm Sat., Nov. 16.
    Blaine Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm Pinot and Prose Info Session 
    Find out all you need to know about an upcoming "Pinot & Prose" adventure where wine and books will take center stage on a trip devoted to Willamette Valley wines with a perfectly paired (optional) reading list at an info session at 5:30pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Attendees will travel to Yamhill County, Oregon to taste award-winning wines with Kelly Evert and Paul Hanson, Village Books co-owners, with special guest author Erica Bauermeister. Your guides will lead you in casual discussions of the three selected books as you visit wineries.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Syrinx Effect 
    Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center hosts a concert by the Syrinx Effect at 7pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Naomi Moon Siegel and Kate Olson have delighted audiences with their own bands, but tonight they'll bring their acoustic-electric duo of endless possibilities―playing their own blend of folk punk jazz. Entry is $5-$10 at the door.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Wine, Women, and Song 
    The Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers will perform at the annual "Wine, Women and Song" fundraiser at 7pm at the Lairmont Manor, 405 Fieldston Rd. Seattle's all-female Gypsy jazz band, Lulu Swing, will also perform. Tickets are $22 and include savory eats. Wine and Evolve Chocolates will be available for purchase.
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Now Hear This! 
    NowHearThis!, Western Washington University's contemporary music collective, presents chamber works by George Crumb, Morton Feldman, Julia Seeholzer, and Fredrick Rzewski at 7:30pm at the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Entry is free and open to the public.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: http://www.cfpa.wwu.edu
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Thursday, November 14 15 events
  • 7:30pm The Norman Conquests 
    Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests continues with showings of Living Together, Table Manners, and Round and Round the Garden at 7:30pm Thursday through Sunday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect. Made up of three interlocking full-length plays following six characters from Saturday night through Monday morning, they are ingeniously written to be enjoyed individually or as a trilogy, and can be seen in any order. Directed by WWU's Evan Mueller, the plays will be performed on a rotating schedule through November, and can also be seen all together on two marathon performance days (Nov. 23 and 30). Tickets are $10-$25 for individual shows, $24-$60 for the trilogy.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:30pm Pray the Gay Away 
    The world premiere of Conrad Askland's new play, Pray the Gay Away, continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The "serious musical comedy" takes place in 1980s Minnetonka, Minnesota, and shows the collision course of two boys being subjected to the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod that says "homosexual behavior is intrinsically sinful," a Youth Pride LGBTQ support group fighting for human rights, and the local community caught in the middle. Tickets are $13-$24; additional performances happen through Nov. 22-24.
    Lincoln Theatre :: ww.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:00pm Tartuffe 
    Witness a wild re-telling of Moliere's legendary comedy, Tartuffe, when Constance Congdon's translation shows at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. In the play a con man, Tartuffe, tricks the family patriarch, Orgon, into giving him his fortune and free reign to reside over his family. Tickets will be $8 at the door; additional performances happen Nov. 21-23.
    Bellingham High School :: (360) 676-6575
  • 9:00am - 12:30pm Whatcom Food Network's Fall Forum 
    "Food Processing in Our Region: History, Trends, and Upcoming Innovations" will be the focus os Whatcom Food Network's Fall Forum taking place from 9am-12:30pm at the Ferndale Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St. The event will include presentations by Mauri Ingram of the Whatcom Community Foundation on the proposed waterfront food campus, as well as Dave Green from Skagit Valley Malting on the history of processing in our region, and a panel of representatives from a diverse array of local industries and perspectives who will share current and future practices in local processing. Entry is free; registration is required.
    Pioneer Pavilion Community Center :: http://www.whatcomfoodnetwork.org
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Back to the Books 
    "Back to the Books: Western's Campus School" will be the subject of discussion at a Museum Advocates presentation at 12pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Tamara Belts and Elizabeth Joffrion of WWU's Western Library will discuss the Campus School, which was a laboratory for innovate teaching practices at the university from 1899-1967. Entry is free.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Bellingham at Home Informational Meeting 
    Find out about membership, services,and volunteer opportunities offered by Bellingham at Home at an informational meeting from 3pm-4pm 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
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm My Parents and Me Painting Classes 
    Laura Parker will teach "My Parents and Me" painting classes from 3pm-5pm Thursday, and 10:30am-12:30pm Saturday at La Conner's Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. Parents and children ages 3-9 will work side by side and often together to explore the beginning foundations of painting. Fees are $25 per class, per pair.
    Museum of Northwest Art :: http://www.monamuseum.org
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Classic Italian Dinner 
    Karina Davidson helms a "Classic Italian Dinner" course from 6:30pm-9pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Participants will learn how to make eggplant and crispy chicken parmesan dishes, an appetizer of breadsticks and artichoke dip, Caesar salad, and tiramisu for dessert. Fees are $59 and include a choice of wine or a non-alcoholic beverage.
    Cordata Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Boldly Went Live Outdoor Adventure Storytelling Show 
    Share your adventure stories with outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds at a "Boldly Went: Live Outdoor Adventure Storytelling Show" taking place from 6:30pm-9pm at the Mountain Room at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. The event format is casual and starts with a brief review of how to tell a good outdoor adventure story. Anyone interested in telling a story will be encouraged to sign up. Of those signed up, names are drawn at random. Selected individuals are given 10 minutes to tell their adventure story. Stories are recorded and may be shared later in the weekly podcast. Entry is $5-$15.
    Boundary Bay Brewery :: http://www.boldlywentadventures.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Hot Vengeance 
    Rick E. George, an educator, sportswriter and wildlife firefighter, will read from his new book of fiction, Vengeance Burns Hot, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.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 - 9:00pm An Evening with Conrad Anker 
    Attend "An Evening with Conrad Anker" at 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The famed rock climber, mountaineer and author is known as a climber's climber--at home on a faraway alpine wall or the sparkling ice of his home canyon, Hyalite, located in the Gallatin Range or southwestern Montana. Entry is $10 to hear Anker sharing stories about his alpine adventures and his observations about the changing alpine environment. Funds raised will be donated to Protect Our Winters and the Whatcom County YMCA.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Interwoven Lives 
    Local award-winning author Candace Wellman reads from Interwoven Lives: Indigenous Mothers of Salish Coast Communities at 7:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The book depicts the lives of four intermarried indigenous women who influenced mid-1800s settlement in the Bellingham Bay area. Suggested donation is $5.
    Village Books :: ww.villagebooks.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Jansen Jazz Band 
    More than 20 local performers will share their talents when the Jansen Jazz Band performs at 7:30pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. All of the musicians are volunteers--members of the community who enjoy learning and performing. Tickets are $10.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.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 feature "Upfront Unplugged Presents: Behind the Music Improvised." Entry is $8 for the early show, $5 for the late one.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
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Friday, November 15 19 events
  • All Day The Norman Conquests 
    Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests continues with showings of Living Together, Table Manners, and Round and Round the Garden at 7:30pm Thursday through Sunday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect. Made up of three interlocking full-length plays following six characters from Saturday night through Monday morning, they are ingeniously written to be enjoyed individually or as a trilogy, and can be seen in any order. Directed by WWU's Evan Mueller, the plays will be performed on a rotating schedule through November, and can also be seen all together on two marathon performance days (Nov. 23 and 30). Tickets are $10-$25 for individual shows, $24-$60 for the trilogy.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 10:00am Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show 
    Paintings, pottery, glass art, photography, jewelry, fine crafts, weaving, woodwork and much more will be available for perusal and purchase at the annual Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show from 10am-8pm Friday, and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. Entry is free. The event continues from 10am-5pm Nov. 23-24.
  • All Day Pray the Gay Away 
    The world premiere of Conrad Askland's new play, Pray the Gay Away, continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The "serious musical comedy" takes place in 1980s Minnetonka, Minnesota, and shows the collision course of two boys being subjected to the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod that says "homosexual behavior is intrinsically sinful," a Youth Pride LGBTQ support group fighting for human rights, and the local community caught in the middle. Tickets are $13-$24; additional performances happen through Nov. 22-24.
    Lincoln Theatre :: ww.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:30pm Butterflies and Trios 
    Check out the improvised long form known at "The Butterfly Effect" at 7:30pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, showings of "Tip Top Trios" can be seen. Both formats show weekends through November. Tickets are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 8:00pm Blush Punch with Bellingham Repertory Dance 
    Bellingham Repertory Dance presents its fall performance, "Blush Punch," at 8pm Friday, and 5pm and 8pm Saturday at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The professional dance company will feature contemporary works by six recognized choreographers from across the country. Tickets are $15-$28.
    Firehouse Arts and Events Center :: http://www.bhamrep.org
  • All Day Tartuffe 
    Witness a wild re-telling of Moliere's legendary comedy, Tartuffe, when Constance Congdon's translation shows at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. In the play a con man, Tartuffe, tricks the family patriarch, Orgon, into giving him his fortune and free reign to reside over his family. Tickets will be $8 at the door; additional performances happen Nov. 21-23.
    Bellingham High School :: (360) 676-6575
  • 7:30pm I Knew Her As Arachne 
    Haus of Hazard presents showings of Gay Cheller's I Knew Her as Arachne at 7:30pm Friday, and 1pm Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theater. The play focuses on two citizens forced to put up with Arachne day after day. But when Arachne challenges the gods, all three of them are dragged into the conflict, in which they must work to learn how incompatible people can relate to each other. Entry is by donation; funds raised will go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
    DUG Theater :: ww.facebook.com/hausofhazard
  • 8:30am - 10:00am Emergency winter housing for the homeless 
  • 9:30am - 11:00am Wild Things 
    Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30am-11am every Friday in November at Cornwall Park. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Cornwall Park :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm Books and Bites 
    Bring your lunch if you'd like and join a lively conversation about Curtis Sittenfeld's You Think It, I'll Say It at a "Books and Bites" meeting from 1pm-2:30pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St.
    Blaine Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm Curator's Tour 
    Join Amy Chaloupka, Curator of Art, for an inside look at "Wanted: Ed Bereal for Disturbing the Peace" from 1:30pm-2:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 205 Prospect St. Chaloupka will share insight into artist Ed Bereal’s work, techniques and themes. Entry is included with museum admission.
    Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 4:00pm - 8:00pm Holiday Makers Market 
    The second annual Holiday Makers Market takes place from 4pm-8pm at the Ciao Thyme Commons, 207 Unity St. "Christmas at the Commons" will feature a group of gifted local makers and artisans to help usher in the season with a celebratory night of shopping. There will be drinks and appetizers available as you peruse the creative goods.
    Ciao Thyme Commons :: http://www.ciaothyme.com
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm Peace Builder Awards Gala 
    The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC) invites the community to join in honoring eight remarkable individuals, projects, and organizations who have helped build peace in Whatcom County at the 17th annual Peace Builder Awards at 5pm at Bellingham Technical College's Settlemyer Hall, 3058 Lindbergh Ave. Tickets are $70 and include dinner, a silent auction and dessert dash, live music and poetry readings by the winners of the Youth Peace Poetry Contest.
    Settlemyer Hall :: http://www.whatcomdrc.org
  • 5:30pm - 10:30pm Hamster Ball 
    Enjoy a dinner provided by Haggen Market Street Catering and drinks from a variety of local businesses at the fifth annual "Hamster Ball" taking place from 5:30pm-10:30pm at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Live music by the Penny Stinkers and an exciting auction will be part of the festivities. Tickets are $55; proceeds benefit Cascade Connections, a local nonprofit whose mission is to empower individuals with disabilities to enhance their quality of life.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.cascadeconnections.org
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Gratitude Stew 
    Attend a "Gratitude Stew" benefit for Blue Skies for Children from 6pm-9pm at Peter James Studio, 1211 Mill Ave., #202. Attendees can sample four unique, chef-inspired stews by Crave Catering (and have a bowl of their favorite), nosh on appetizers, hear gratitude stories, and listen to music by Havilah Rand. Entry is $18.
    Peter James Studio :: http://www.eventbrite.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Family Story Night 
    Bellingham Storyteller's Guild members will lead an hour of coaching and an introduction to the craft at 6pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. At 7pm, Family Story Night will commence. The free events are appropriate for ages 6 to adult.
    Fairhaven Library :: (360) 714-9631
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Book Launch and Poetry Reading 
    Join Bellingham authors Jory Mickelson, Dayna Patterson, and Megan Spiegel for a reading from their new books from 7pm-8:30pm at the Old Parish Hall, 2117 Walnut St. Poems will also be read, and cake will be served. Entry is free; books will be available to purchase.
    Old Parish Hall :: http://www.jorymickelson.com
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm Vaudevillingham 
    Attend the Bellingham Circus Guild's monthly uncensored variety show, “Vaudevillingham,” at 7pm (family-friendly) and 9pm (almost anything goes) performances at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St., suite #102. Expect to see everything from aerial performances to dance, comedy, magic, juggling, burlesque and more. Both novice and veteran performers are welcome to share their talents. Suggested donation is $5-$10.
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Lone Piñon 
    Noah Martinez and Jordan Wax of Lone Piñon will use the fiddle, bajo quinto, accordion, quinta huapanguera, mandolin, guitars, and vocals in Spanish, English, Nahuatl, and P’urepecha to play a wide spectrum traditional music from their home state of New Mexico at 7:30pm in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Show up at 6:30pm for a pre-concert talk with the musicians. Tickets are $25-$35.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
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Saturday, November 16 27 events
  • All Day The Norman Conquests 
    Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests continues with showings of Living Together, Table Manners, and Round and Round the Garden at 7:30pm Thursday through Sunday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect. Made up of three interlocking full-length plays following six characters from Saturday night through Monday morning, they are ingeniously written to be enjoyed individually or as a trilogy, and can be seen in any order. Directed by WWU's Evan Mueller, the plays will be performed on a rotating schedule through November, and can also be seen all together on two marathon performance days (Nov. 23 and 30). Tickets are $10-$25 for individual shows, $24-$60 for the trilogy.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • All Day Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show 
    Paintings, pottery, glass art, photography, jewelry, fine crafts, weaving, woodwork and much more will be available for perusal and purchase at the annual Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show from 10am-8pm Friday, and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. Entry is free. The event continues from 10am-5pm Nov. 23-24.
  • 2:30pm Birding for Kids 
    Skagit Guided Adventures hosts "Birding for Kids" excursions from 2:30pm-4:30pm Saturdays and Sundays through March. Prices vary; transportation and binoculars will be provided. Reservations are required.
    (360) 474-7479
  • All Day Pray the Gay Away 
    The world premiere of Conrad Askland's new play, Pray the Gay Away, continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The "serious musical comedy" takes place in 1980s Minnetonka, Minnesota, and shows the collision course of two boys being subjected to the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod that says "homosexual behavior is intrinsically sinful," a Youth Pride LGBTQ support group fighting for human rights, and the local community caught in the middle. Tickets are $13-$24; additional performances happen through Nov. 22-24.
    Lincoln Theatre :: ww.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:30pm Butterflies and Trios 
    Check out the improvised long form known at "The Butterfly Effect" at 7:30pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, showings of "Tip Top Trios" can be seen. Both formats show weekends through November. Tickets are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 8:00pm Blush Punch with Bellingham Repertory Dance 
    Bellingham Repertory Dance presents its fall performance, "Blush Punch," at 8pm Friday, and 5pm and 8pm Saturday at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The professional dance company will feature contemporary works by six recognized choreographers from across the country. Tickets are $15-$28.
    Firehouse Arts and Events Center :: http://www.bhamrep.org
  • 7:00pm Tartuffe 
    Witness a wild re-telling of Moliere's legendary comedy, Tartuffe, when Constance Congdon's translation shows at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. In the play a con man, Tartuffe, tricks the family patriarch, Orgon, into giving him his fortune and free reign to reside over his family. Tickets will be $8 at the door; additional performances happen Nov. 21-23.
    Bellingham High School :: (360) 676-6575
  • 7:30pm I Knew Her As Arachne 
    Haus of Hazard presents showings of Gay Cheller's I Knew Her as Arachne at 7:30pm Friday, and 1pm Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theater. The play focuses on two citizens forced to put up with Arachne day after day. But when Arachne challenges the gods, all three of them are dragged into the conflict, in which they must work to learn how incompatible people can relate to each other. Entry is by donation; funds raised will go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
    DUG Theater :: ww.facebook.com/hausofhazard
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Ferndale Breakfast 
    A monthly Pancake Breakfast happens from 8am-11am at the Ferndale Senior Center, 1999 Cherry St. Entry is $2.50 for kids and $6 for adults and includes your choice of pancakes, French toast or biscuits and gravy--plus scrambled eggs, ham or sausage, and beverages.
    Ferndale Senior Center :: (360) 384-6244
  • 8:00am - 10:00am CapRun 
    A monthly "CapRun" begins at 8:02am in Anacortes at Thrive Community Fitness, 1609 R Ave. The free 5K will be timed as runners head to the top of Cap Sante and back. The purpose of the race is to rase money to send kids to camp, promote health and fitness and create community. On site registration start at 7:45am.
    Thrive Community Fitness :: http://www.thrivecf.com/anacortes
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Community Pancake Breakfast 
    Choose from pancakes, waffles, French toast or biscuits and gravy at a Community Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8am-11am at the Blaine Senior Center, 763 G St. Entry is $4-$6 and includes scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and orange juice.
    Blaine Senior Center :: http://www.blaineseniorcenter.com
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm Salmon Sites 
    Join NSEA, Whatcom Land Trust, and Whatcom Conservation District for a Work Party to improve salmon habitat from 9am-12pm at the California Creek Estuary along Drayton Harbor Road in Blaine. Parking and a shuttle will be at 1055 H St. From 12pm-3pm, celebrate the return of Pacific salmon by joining NSEA naturalists along local streams near Custer's Dakota Creek Golf Course, 3258 Haynie Rd.
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm Veteran Benefits 
    United States veterans can get free assistance at a "Veteran Benefits" event from 10am-1pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Volunteers for the Whatcom County Veteran Navigator Program are veterans who are experienced with helping other veterans. Entry is free. Bring a copy of your DD 214 if you have it. For more info:
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Holiday Craft Fair 
    Check out an array of goods made from local vendors--including artwork, jewelry, embroidered and knitted gifts, holiday cards and ornaments, pottery, doll and children's clothing, wreaths and potted plants, and more--at a Holiday Craft Fair taking place from 10am-3pm at the Sudden Valley Dance Barn, 8 Barnview Court. Ken’s Cozy Kitchen will be also serving a variety of soups, sandwiches, snacks and beverages.
    Sudden Valley Dance Barn :: http://www.suddenvalley.com
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm Stuff the Trunk for Meals on Wheels 
    Help provide emergency meals for more than 250 homebound seniors across Whatcom County during the annual "Stuff the Trunk for Meals on Wheels" event from 10am-2pm at the Barkley, Ferndale, Fairhaven, Meridian, and Sehome Haggen stores. All donations will be used to assemble emergency meal bags that will be distributed to Meals on Wheels participants in early December. Suggested items for donation include canned tuna, chicken, turkey or roast beef; canned chili or stew; peanut butter; canned fruit; oatmeal; canned or boxed soup; granola/breakfast bars; and hot cocoa packets. Donations can also be dropped off seven days a week at Dewey Griffin Subaru, or M-F at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center.
    Haggen stores :: http://www.whatcomcoa.org
  • 10:00am - 4:30pm Pull over for Meals on Wheels 
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Bellingham Farmers Market 
    The 27th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm Saturdays through Dec. 21 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to perusing and purchasing locally grown produce, regular events for the market include Demo Days and a Wednesday Market starting in June.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm A Home on the South Fork 
    Margaret Hellyer talks about her recent book, A Home on the South Fork, from 3pm-4:30pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. This beautiful and well-researched book chronicles the history of the first European Americans to settle down in what is now the small community of Acme along the South Fork of the Nooksack River. Hellyer shares a collection of images and stories from this fascinating time in Whatcom County history.
    Deming Library :: 360) 592-2422
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm Read and Share with Leif Whittaker 
    As part of Whatcom County Library System's countywide book group, "Read & Share," Leif Whittaker--author of My Old Man and the Mountain--will present a 45-minute multimedia presentation with more than 80 stunning photographs and several film clips from modern and historic expeditions to Mt. Everest from 3pm-4:30pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. The presentation will be followed by a short Q&A.
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm Artist Talk with Marc Wenet 
    Attend an artist talk with Marc Wenet at 4pm in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. His exhibit, "Points of Light," is comprised of small wall pieces from remnants he has gathered in his life wanderings. Reclaimed wood, old cardboard, and cast off hardware are just some of his materials. The show can be seen Fridays through Sundays through November.
    i.e. gallery :: http://www.ieedison.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Think Black 
    Award-winning author Clyde Ford reads from his new book, Think Black, at 4pm in Lynden at Village Books, 430 Front St. In this thought-provoking and heartbreaking memoir, Ford tells the story of his father, John Stanley Ford, the first black software engineer in America. The tome reveals how racism at IBM insidiously affected his father’s view of himself and their relationship.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Elvis Meets Whitney 
    Jeffrey Elvis and Gina Williams will pay tribute to musical icons Elvis Presley and Whitney Houston at an "Elvis Meets Whitney" concert at 7pm at the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $29.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Pearl Django 
    Gypsy jazz will be on the lineup when Pearl Django performs as part of the Manouche NW Concert Series at 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The focus of Pearl Django is to incorporate the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with American swing music. Tickets are $25.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Blue Abode Comedy Showcase 
    Jim Stewart Allen, Claire Jones, Ryan Cuddihy and host Randall Ragsdale will bring on the laughs at a monthly Comedy Showcase at 7pm at the Blue Abode Bar, 2925 Newmarket St. Entry is $5 to the 21 and over show.
    Blue Abode Bar :: http://www.theblueabodebar.com
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Is, Is not 
    As part of the Nature of Writing series, author Tess Gallagher returns to Bellingham to read from her new poetry collection, Is, Is Not, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Guided by humor, grace and a deep inquiry into the natural world, every poem nudges readers toward moments of awe.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:30pm - 8:30pm Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion 
    "Let It Not Happen Again: Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion" will be the focus of a Humanities Washington discussion with Clarence Moriwaki from 7:30pm-8:30pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Moriwaki shares the story of Bainbridge Island--the origin point of the Japanese American exclusion--to provide a human, historical account of this national tragedy, and to ask the question: Are there parallels to what’s happening in America now? Entry is free.
    Lummi Island Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 9:00pm - 11:30pm Salsa Night 
    Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a combination of Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest's bimonthly "Saturday Salsa Night" taking place from 9pm-12am at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State St. The night will begin with an intro lesson, followed by an evening of dancing. Entry to the all-ages event is $5.
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