Week of December 8, 2019

Sunday, December 8 31 events
  • All Day Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar 
    From 4pm-1am daily through New Year's Eve, a Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar can be visited at Swim Club, 1147 11th St. At the international event that started and continues in New York City, patrons can enjoy festive "Sippin' Santa" concoctions such as the Snowball Old Fashioned, Christmas Carol Barrel, Kris Kringle Colada, and much more.
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 40th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at the former Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Market :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 7:30pm Working, A Musical 
    Hear songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor, Susan Birkenhead and more when Working: A Musical shows this week at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday and Sunday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Tickets are $13-$18 to see the adaptation of the book by Studs Terkel based on interviews with American workers who are often taken for granted--including schoolteachers, phone operators, waitresses, millworkers, mason, housewives and more.
    Performing Arts Center Mainstage :: http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:30pm Wintersong with Vox Pacifica 
    The all-women choir known as Vox Pacifica presents its "Wintersong" concert at 7:30pm Saturday, and 4pm Sunday at the First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Audience will hear choral themes of home, peace, and connection through the music of Ola Gjeilo, Joan Szymko, Gwyneth Walker, and Stephen Paulus (among others). Tickets are $15.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.voxpacifica.org
  • 12:00pm Holiday Harbor Lights Art Show 
    Browse the works of Blaine fine artists and hand crafters in a festive setting at the Holiday Harbor Lights Art Show happening from 12pm-6pm Saturday and Sunday at the Blaine Pavilion, 635 8th St. Paintings, glass, cards and prints, jewelry, ornaments, on site demonstrations and a special attraction at the Blaine History Museum will be part of the event.
    Blaine Pavilion :: http://www.blainechamber.com
  • 12:00pm Winter wonderland 
    The Children's Museum of Skagit County will host its annual "Winter Wonderland" event from 12-6pm Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, and 11am-6pm Sunday at the Outlet Shoppes at Burlington, 448 Fashion Way. Indoor and outdoor activities, meet and greets, bouncy houses, a climbing wall, snow, visits with reindeer, face painting and more will be part of the free, family-friendly fun.
    Outlet Shoppes at Burlington :: http://www.skagitchildrensmuseum.net
  • 7:30pm Carols by Candlelight 
    The Cantabile Chamber Choir presents "Carols by Candlelight" at 7:30pm Friday at the Depot Arts Center in Anacortes, and 4pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The choir will perform inspirational, traditional and contemporary choral works of the season. Tickets will be $18-$20 at the door.
  • 9:00am Giving Tree 
    Take part in the annual "Giving Tree" at Village Books locales in Bellingham (1200 11th St.) and Lynden (430 Front St.) Choose an angel ornament from the tree in the store and purchase a book for a recipient. You will be offered a 20 percent discount for your Angel book purchase, which will be distributed to kids, through community organizations, before Christmas.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 10:00am Pacific Arts Market 
    Several dozen local artists and crafters will show and sell a variety of work—including jewelry, fine art, photography, textiles, clothing, bath and body, specialty foods, home decor, paper crafts and much more—at the 23rd annual Pacific Arts Market taking place from 10am-6pm Friday through Sunday at Sunset Square, 1125 E. Sunset Dr., suite 115 (between Joanne Fabrics and El Gitano). The seasonal market takes place again Dec. 13-15 and and 20-22, and includes live music and artist demos.
  • 7:30pm World Tour with the North Cascades Concert Band 
    The North Cascades Concert Band presents "World Tour" performances at 7:30pm Friday at Whatcom Community College's Syre Students Center, 3pm Saturday at Anacortes High School's PAC, and 3pm Sunday at Arlington High School's Byrens PAC. In addition to featuring plenty of world music, each concert ill also feature community bands from Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish counties. Entry is by donation.
  • 12:00pm Deck the Old City Hall 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" continues this week from 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is by donation to view the decorated trees and seasonal splendor that will be on display through Dec. 29.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 5:00pm Olde Fashioned Christmas 
    Members of the Ferndale Heritage Society will help visitors step back in time at the 27th annual "Olde Fashioned Christmas" taking place from 5pm-9pm Friday, 1pm-9pm Saturday, and 1pm-5pm Sunday at the town's Pioneer Park, 2007 Cherry St. Costumed hosts, decorated log cabins, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, refreshments and more will be part of the seasonal fun. Entry is $3-$5.
  • 12:00pm Holiday Port Festival 
    Music by local bands, orchestras, choirs and performance groups, visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, art activities for kids, horse-and-wagon rides, gingerbread house viewings and much more will be part of the Port of Bellingham's annual "Holiday Port Festival" from 12pm-8pm Friday, and 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry and parking is free.
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal :: http://www.portofbellingham.com/holidayport
  • 12:00pm Gilded Winter Art Market 
    Attend a Gilded Winter Art Market from 12pm-5pm Thursday, 10am-8pm Friday and Saturday, and 12pm-5pm Sunday in La Conner at the Lux Art Center, 603 Morris St. Paintings, mixed media, glassware, jewelry, home decor and more will be available for perusal and purchase.
    Lux Art Center :: http://www.luxlaconner.com
  • 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
  • 7:30pm Narnia the Musical 
    Experience a musical presentation of the first and most famous story of C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia when Narnia the Musical continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday in Lynden at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $10-$14 to enter a unique, enchanted world filled with creatures and spirits of myth and fable, both good and evil, demonic and transcendent. Additional showings of the musical adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe happen Dec. 12-15.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 7:30pm Number the Stars 
    Drama, adventure and humor can be expected when showings of the stage adaptation of the World War II-era bestseller Number the Stars continue this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $20. Additional performances take place through Dec. 21.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm Crazy for You 
    Judith Owens-Lancaster directs showings of the musical Crazy for You continuing this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. In the zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, hear memorable Gershwin tunes such as "I Got Rhythm," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Embraceable You," and more. Tickets are $8-$14; additional showings take place through Dec. 15.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:30pm Skagit Valley Academy of Dance presents The Nutcracker 
    Skagit Valley Academy of Dance brings its 30th annual rendition of The Nutcracker alive with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. This Skagit County tradition has become a holiday favorite and among the most festive ways to celebrate the season. Expect premier talent, beautiful costuming, brilliant choreography, and lively entertainment for all. Tickets are $20-$37.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:00pm Honk! The Musical 
    Students ages 9-12 will present showings of Honk! The Musical at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10 to see the heartwarming adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's The Ugly Duckling. Additional showings happen Dec. 13-15.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: http://www.baay.org
  • 11:00am Family Holiday Fair 
    "Celebrate the Season" will be the theme of a Family Holiday Fair taking place from 11am-3pm Saturday and Sunday at the Port of Anacortes Warehouse, 100 Commercial Ave. Photos with Santa, entertainment, crafts, a gingerbread house contest and much more will be part of the festivities. Entry is free.
    Port of Anacortes Warehouse :: http://www.anacortesschoolsfoundation.org
  • 5:00pm Holiday Ice Show 
    "Finding Christmas Spirit" will be the theme of a Bellingham Figure Skating Club holiday show at 5pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Sportsplex, 1225 Civic Field Way. In addition to the BFSC skaters, Bellingham Sportsplex Academy skaters will be featured. Admission is $10-$12 (free for kids 5 and under).
    Bellingham Sportsplex :: http://www.bellinghamfsc.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
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Silver Tea 
    Enjoy refreshments and musical entertainment at an annual Silver Tea taking place from 2pm-5pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Specialty teas will be served by Laurie and Charles Dawson, founders of the Whatcom Tea Enthusiasts Association, and there will be craft events for kids. Entry is free.
    Everson Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Community Meal 
    All are welcome to share in a warm meal served directly at your table in a warm, friendly atmosphere at a monthly Community Meal from 2pm-3:30pm at the First Christian Church, 495 E. Bakerview Rd. Entry is free.
    First Christian Church :: http://www.bellinghamdisciple.org
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Second Sunday Jazz 
    Acoustic guitar duo Jamie & Tim perform at a "Second Sunday Jazz" concert from 2pm-3:30pm at the community meeting room at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St. Tim Lerch is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most respected guitarists and Jamie Findlay is a master of contemporary acoustic guitar. Together, they are “two incredible guitarists in an exciting musical conversation." Entry is free.
    Anacortes Public Library :: http://www.anacorteswa.gov
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Candlelight Concert 
    Harpsichordist Jonathan Oddie and flutist Jeffrey Cohan will perform sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach at a Candlelight Concert at 2pm at Bellingham's First Presbyterian Church, 1031 N. Garden St. Suggested donation is $15-$25 to attend the Gala Bach Bash.
    First Presbyterian Church :: http://www.candlelightnw.org
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm One Family Indivisible 
    Steven Greenebaum shares ideas from One Family Indivisible: A Spiritual Memoir at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Committed to social and environmental justice, Greenebaum has dedicated his life to the oneness of humanity as a teacher, minister, and church and temple choir director.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting 
    A Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting begins at 5pm in downtown Mount Vernon. In addition to the 38 trees that will be illuminated throughout the downtown core, there will also be a tree lighting in Pine Square. The event will be preceded by a free holiday viewing of Jack Frost at 3pm at the Lincoln Theatre.
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm For the Love of Chamber Music 
    Join faculty artists Eric Kean, Jen Weeks, Judy Widrig, Pat Nelson, and Erika Block for a potpourri of viola, piano and wind music at a "For the Love of Chamber Music" concert at 7:30pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Tickets are free and open to all.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: http://www.cfpa.wwu.edu
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm The 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, December 9 7 events
  • All Day Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar 
    From 4pm-1am daily through New Year's Eve, a Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar can be visited at Swim Club, 1147 11th St. At the international event that started and continues in New York City, patrons can enjoy festive "Sippin' Santa" concoctions such as the Snowball Old Fashioned, Christmas Carol Barrel, Kris Kringle Colada, and much more.
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 40th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at the former Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Market :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Community Soup Kitchen 
    Volunteers and donations are welcome at a weekly Community Soup Kitchen, which happens from 6pm-7pm every Monday until March 30 at the Little Cheerful Cafe, 133 E. Holly St. The event provides meals to the homeless community in Whatcom County, and all are welcome.
    Little Cheerful Cafe :: (360) 738-8824
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Scepter Awards 
    Downtown Bellingham Partnership hosts its third annual Scepter Awards from 6pm-9pm at Makeworth Market, 1201 N. State St. The event is dedicated to those who help further the vibrancy and growth of downtown. Tasty appetizers prepared and provided by downtown eateries, a no-host bar with holiday drinks and a silent auction will be part of the happening. Tickets are $20.
    Makeworth Market :: http://www.downtownbellingham.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Books on Tap 
    South Whatcom Library manager Lizz Roberts leads a "Books on Tap" discussion focusing on Mark Sundeen's Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today's America from 6:30pm-8pm at El Agave 2, 24 Clubhouse Circle.
    El Agave 2 :: (360) 305-3632
  • 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, December 10 9 events
  • All Day Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar 
    From 4pm-1am daily through New Year's Eve, a Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar can be visited at Swim Club, 1147 11th St. At the international event that started and continues in New York City, patrons can enjoy festive "Sippin' Santa" concoctions such as the Snowball Old Fashioned, Christmas Carol Barrel, Kris Kringle Colada, and much more.
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 40th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at the former Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Market :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm Gingerbread House Making 
    Teens in grades 6-12 can bring your friends and your sweet tooth as you compete with fellow teens to make the tastiest, most extravagant gingerbread house in all the land at a Gingerbread House Making event from 4pm-5:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Candy eating, joy spreading and general merriment can be expected at the free event.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 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
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Backcountry Skiing 
    If you're looking to move away from the busy slopes, attend "Backcountry Skiing: Beyond the Groomed" at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. The inspirational and educational presentation is designed to make the transition smoother. Please register in advance for the free event.
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Human Rights Day Dinner 
    Join Whatcom Human Rights Task Force for its 25th annual International Human Rights Day celebration from 6pm-8:30pm at the Sehome High School Commons, 2700 Bill McDonald Pkwy. The Ballews Brothers Drummers from Lummi Nation, a beans and rice dinner prepared by WHRTF members, a keynote speech by Devin Burghart, a Write for Rights Campaign and more will be part of the lineup. Entry is by donation.
    Sehome High School Commons :: http://www.whrtf.org/events
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Foothills Book Club 
    Discuss The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin at a Foothills Book Club meeting at 6:30pm at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. No registration is required and this group is open to everyone.
    North Fork Library :: (360) 599-2020
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Nooksack Nordic Ski Club Meeting 
    New or prospective Nooksack Nordic Ski Club members can show up for an orientation at 6:30pm at Garden Street Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden St. At 7pm, the monthly meeting and a presentation on what to pack when you cross country ski and snowshoe will commence.
    Garden Street Methodist Church :: http://www.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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Wednesday, December 11 11 events
  • 10:00am Holiday Pet Food Drive 
    Whatcom Pet Care Network is hosting a Holiday Pet Food Drive through December with barrels for donations in multiple locations in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, and Blaine. Donations will benefit Project Hope in Lynden, the Whatcom Humane Society’s Pet Food Bank, the Ferndale Food Bank, and the Blaine Food Bank. The Whatcom Pet Care Network is a group of local, independent pet care providers serving Whatcom County. A full listing of drop-off locales can be found online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.whatcompetcare.com
  • 12:00pm Deck the Old City Hall 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" continues this week from 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is by donation to view the decorated trees and seasonal splendor that will be on display through Dec. 29. From 12pm-4pm on Saturday, take part in a Handmade Holiday Snowmen craft.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 4:00pm Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar 
    From 4pm-1am daily through New Year's Eve, a Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar can be visited at Swim Club, 1147 11th St. At the international event that started and continues in New York City, patrons can enjoy festive "Sippin' Santa" concoctions such as the Snowball Old Fashioned, Christmas Carol Barrel, Kris Kringle Colada, and much more.
  • 10:00am Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 40th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at the former Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Public Market :: http://www.alliedarts.org
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Coffee Brewing Class 
    Learn more about three manual coffee brewing methods--Kalita, Aeropress, and French Press--at a Brewing Class starting at 2pm at Camber Coffee, 221 W. Holly St. Fees are $45 and include a 12 ounce bag of coffee. Please register in advance, as space is limited.
    Camber Coffee :: http://www.cambercoffee.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Splitboard 101 
    Weston Backcountry leads a "Splitboard 101" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Attendees at the free event can learn about the exciting and rewarding world of backcountry splitboarding as well as get gear recommendations and more. Please register in advance.
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Celtic Christmas Concert 
    Geoffrey Castle and his All Star Band will perform at an annual Celtic Christmas Concert from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Events Center, 100 Commercial St. General admission is free with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy or nonperishable food item. VIP tickets are $25.
    Anacortes Transit Shed Events Center :: http://www.portofanacortes.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Sparkling Wines 
    Laurent Martel leads an exploration of the world’s sparkling wines at a primer dubbed "Sparkling Wines: An International Tour" from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Learn the right wine to serve at the right occasion while enjoying expertly paired appetizers. You must be at least 21 years old to take this course. Fees are $45.
    Cordata Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Marina Albero Trio 
    Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center presents a concert with the Marina Albero Trio at 7pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Tickets will be $5-$10 at the door--first come, first seated.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm O Christmas Tea 
    Award-winning comedians James & Jamesy return to Bellingham with their outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive Christmas comedy, "O Christmas Tea," at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. When catastrophe strikes at James and Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world with tea, the friends leap into action, finding innovative and hilarious solutions to keep them afloat. Tickets are $30-$35.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
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Thursday, December 12 24 events
  • 4:00pm Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar 
    From 4pm-1am daily through New Year's Eve, a Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar can be visited at Swim Club, 1147 11th St. At the international event that started and continues in New York City, patrons can enjoy festive "Sippin' Santa" concoctions such as the Snowball Old Fashioned, Christmas Carol Barrel, Kris Kringle Colada, and much more.
  • 9:00am Giving Tree 
    Take part in the annual "Giving Tree" at Village Books locales in Bellingham (1200 11th St.) and Lynden (430 Front St.) Choose an angel ornament from the tree in the store and purchase a book for a recipient. You will be offered a 20 percent discount for your Angel book purchase, which will be distributed to kids, through community organizations, before Christmas.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 10:00am Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 40th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at the former Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun. Entry is free.
  • All Day Holiday Pet Food Drive 
    Whatcom Pet Care Network is hosting a Holiday Pet Food Drive through December with barrels for donations in multiple locations in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, and Blaine. Donations will benefit Project Hope in Lynden, the Whatcom Humane Society’s Pet Food Bank, the Ferndale Food Bank, and the Blaine Food Bank. The Whatcom Pet Care Network is a group of local, independent pet care providers serving Whatcom County. A full listing of drop-off locales can be found online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.whatcompetcare.com
  • All Day Deck the Old City Hall 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" continues this week from 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is by donation to view the decorated trees and seasonal splendor that will be on display through Dec. 29. From 12pm-4pm on Saturday, take part in a Handmade Holiday Snowmen craft.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 7:30pm Crazy for You 
    Judith Owens-Lancaster directs showings of the musical Crazy for You, which concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. In the zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, hear memorable Gershwin tunes such as "I Got Rhythm," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Embraceable You," and more. Tickets are $8-$14.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:30pm Number the Stars 
    Drama, adventure and humor can be expected when showings of the stage adaptation of the World War II-era bestseller Number the Stars continue this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $20. Additional performances take place Dec. 19-21.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm A Christmas Carol 
    iDiOM Theater revives one of its most popular shows ever with performances of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday in the Lucas Hicks Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The four-actor interpretation of the holiday classic will attempt to make peace with Christmas, Dickens, the British empire, ham and the world at large. Tickets are $10-$20. Additional performances happen Dec. 19-21.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:00pm Shrek the Musical 
    The Burlington-Edison High School drama department presents its fall show, Shrek the Musical at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at the school's Cafetorium. Guest-directed by B-EHS graduates McKenzie and Joshua Sharpe, this Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage. Tickets are $6-$9.
    Burlington-Edison High School :: (360) 757-4074
  • 7:00pm Treasure Island 
    Drama students will present showings of Treasure Island at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday at the Sehome High School Theater, 2700 Bill McDonald Pkwy. Ticket prices vary to see the adaptation of the classic tale of "murder, money and mutiny."
    Sehome High School Theater :: http://www.sehomedrama.com
  • 2:00pm The Naughty List Market and Cabaret 
    THE NAUGHTY LIST: Frisky Fandoms Burlesque will present "The Naughty List" Holiday Market and Cabaret Thursday and Friday at Broadway Hall, 1300 Broadway St. Support local artists and browse an array of vendors from 2pm-8pm to find that perfect last-minute gift for someone special on your list in the afternoon, then stick around for 6pm and 9pm burlesque shows. Admission is free to the market, $20 for the performances.
    Broadway Hall :: http://www.eventbrite.com
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Holiday Favorites 
    The Museum Advocates present a "Holiday Favorites" concert with the award-winning small mixed vocal ensemble, the Bellingham High School Showstoppers, at 12pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is free and open to all.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm Bellwether Premiere Wine Social 
    Sample Northwest-produced, limited-production wines and the finest bites from the restaurant at a Bellwether Premiere Wine Social taking place from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Hotel Bellwether's Lighthouse Grill, One Bellwether Way. Fees are $30.
    Lighthouse Grill :: http://www.brownpapertickets.com
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm Songs of Peace with Kulshan Youth Choir 
    "Songs of Peace" will be the focus of the Kulshan Youth Choir inaugural holiday concert at 5:30pm at Bellingham's First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Students in grades 3-6 comprise the new choir. Suggested donation is $10.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.kulshanyouthchoir.org
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Winter Pop-Up with Taylor Shellfish 
    Taylor Shellfish will host a Winter Pop-Up from 6pm-9pm Thursdays through the winter at Aslan Depot, 1322 N. State St. Enjoy Dungeness crab, oysters, deals on beer pairings, 20 percent off the bottle list, and more.
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Holiday Party 
    A latte art throw-down, an ugly Christmas sweater contest, a holiday popup shop, music by the Pickle Company, drink specials and more will be part of a Holiday Party starting at 6pm at Camber Coffee, 221 W. Holly St. If you want to take part in the contest, entry is a $10 buy-in or 10 cans of food for the Bellingham Food Bank.
    Camber Coffee :: http://www.cambercoffee.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm DSA Movie Night 
    Join Whatcom Democratic Socialists of America for a free screening of The Young Karl Marx (2018) from 6pm-8pm Western Washington University's Academic West auditorium, room 210. The film is in German, French, and English with English subtitles, and will be screened with closed captions. This free event is open to the public.
    Academic West :: whatcomdsa@gmail.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Peaceful Poetry Reading 
    Talented young writers from the Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest will read their award-winning poems at 6:30pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Light refreshments will be provided, as will family-friendly activities for all ages. Entry is free.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Storm Music Extravaganza 
    Hear performing ensembles from the Squalicum High School Music Department for its annual Storm Music Extravaganza at 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The concert will feature solo pieces by ensembles in the band, orchestra and choir programs, culminating with a performance of all the forces of the music department. Entry is free and no tickets are required.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Peace, Love, and Ukuleles 
    The Bellingham Ukulele Orchestra will present "Peace, Love, and Ukuleles" at a 7pm concert at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. The program will include a special guest appearance by the local band Evergreen. Entry is by donation.
    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship :: http://www.bellinghamukuleleorchestra.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 - 8:30pm Avalanche Awareness 
    Learn more about where and why avalanches occur at an "Avalanche Awareness" clinic taking place from 7pm-8:30pm at Backcountry Essentials, 214 W. Holly St. Among other things, you can find out who gets caught and why, learn the basics about staying safe in the backcountry, and discover how to recognize avalanche dancer and reduce risk. Entry is free. Please RSVP.
    Backcountry Essentials :: http://www.backcountryessentials.net
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm History Holiday 
    Local authors will sign and sell books as part of Whatcom County Historical Society's annual History Holiday Open Mic happening from 7:30pm-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Listen to or sign up for a five-minute open-mic session to share a personal story, research, an artifact, or anything else related to local or regional history. 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 feature "Three French Hens"--a one-hour holiday singalong spectacular where all the songs are made up on the spot. Entry is $8 for the early show, $5 for the late one.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
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Friday, December 13 28 events
  • All Day Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar 
    From 4pm-1am daily through New Year's Eve, a Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar can be visited at Swim Club, 1147 11th St. At the international event that started and continues in New York City, patrons can enjoy festive "Sippin' Santa" concoctions such as the Snowball Old Fashioned, Christmas Carol Barrel, Kris Kringle Colada, and much more.
  • All Day Giving Tree 
    Take part in the annual "Giving Tree" at Village Books locales in Bellingham (1200 11th St.) and Lynden (430 Front St.) Choose an angel ornament from the tree in the store and purchase a book for a recipient. You will be offered a 20 percent discount for your Angel book purchase, which will be distributed to kids, through community organizations, before Christmas.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 40th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at the former Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun. Entry is free.
  • All Day Holiday Pet Food Drive 
    Whatcom Pet Care Network is hosting a Holiday Pet Food Drive through December with barrels for donations in multiple locations in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, and Blaine. Donations will benefit Project Hope in Lynden, the Whatcom Humane Society’s Pet Food Bank, the Ferndale Food Bank, and the Blaine Food Bank. The Whatcom Pet Care Network is a group of local, independent pet care providers serving Whatcom County. A full listing of drop-off locales can be found online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.whatcompetcare.com
  • 5:00pm Christmas on the Docks 
    Bring your own decorated power boat, dinghy, rowboat, sailboat or paddle board for a "Christmas on the Docks" decorated boat parade starting at 6pm Saturday in Anacortes at Cap Sante Marina. Decorated boats will be on display from Friday through Sunday; come walk the docks decked in lights, enjoy hot beverages and vote for your favorite boat. Bring unwrapped gifts for for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots box or canned goods for the local food bank.
    Cap Sante Marina :: http://www.anacortes.org
  • 10:00am Pacific Arts Market 
    Several dozen local artists and crafters will show and sell a variety of work―including jewelry, fine art, photography, textiles, clothing, bath and body, specialty foods, home decor, paper crafts and much more―at the 23rd annual Pacific Arts Market taking place from 10am-6pm Friday through Sunday at Sunset Square, 1125 E. Sunset Dr., suite 115 (between Joanne Fabrics and El Gitano). The seasonal market takes place again Dec. 20-22, and includes live music and artist demos.
  • All Day Deck the Old City Hall 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" continues this week from 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is by donation to view the decorated trees and seasonal splendor that will be on display through Dec. 29. From 12pm-4pm on Saturday, take part in a Handmade Holiday Snowmen craft.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • All Day Number the Stars 
    Drama, adventure and humor can be expected when showings of the stage adaptation of the World War II-era bestseller Number the Stars continue this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $20. Additional performances take place Dec. 19-21.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day Crazy for You 
    Judith Owens-Lancaster directs showings of the musical Crazy for You, which concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. In the zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, hear memorable Gershwin tunes such as "I Got Rhythm," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Embraceable You," and more. Tickets are $8-$14.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:30pm Narnia the Musical 
    Experience a musical presentation of the first and most famous story of C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia when Narnia the Musical concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday in Lynden at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $10-$14 to enter a unique, enchanted world filled with creatures and spirits of myth and fable, both good and evil, demonic and transcendent.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • 5:00pm Valley Made Holiday Market 
    elSage Designs hosts a Valley Made Holiday Market beginning with a ticketed "Sip and Shop" gathering from 5pm-8pm Friday in Mount Vernon at Maplehurst Farm, 18495 Dike Rd. No entry fee is required when the event continues from 10am-6pm Saturday, and 11am-4pm Sunday. More than 40 creative vendors will be showing and selling their wares in the heated barn, and Taqueria Los Cachanillas will be on hand with food offerings.
  • 7:00pm Honk! The Musical 
    Students ages 9-12 will present showings of Honk! The Musical at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10 to see the heartwarming adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's The Ugly Duckling.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: http://www.baay.org
  • 7:30pm Tarnation and Holiday Games 
    As part of a monthlong "Improv Show Favorites," attend holiday-enhanced showings of the improvised Western "Tarnation" at 7:30pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm throughout December, showings of "Holiday Improv Games" can be seen. Tickets are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • All Day A Christmas Carol 
    iDiOM Theater revives one of its most popular shows ever with performances of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday in the Lucas Hicks Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The four-actor interpretation of the holiday classic will attempt to make peace with Christmas, Dickens, the British empire, ham and the world at large. Tickets are $10-$20. Additional performances happen Dec. 19-21.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • All Day Shrek the Musical 
    The Burlington-Edison High School drama department presents its fall show, Shrek the Musical at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at the school's Cafetorium. Guest-directed by B-EHS graduates McKenzie and Joshua Sharpe, this Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage. Tickets are $6-$9.
    Burlington-Edison High School :: (360) 757-4074
  • 5:00pm Wonderland Walk 
    Take a seasonal stroll in the woods and enjoy lights, decorations, music, hot chocolate and generous servings of holiday cheer at the annual "Wonderland Walk" taking place from 5pm-8pm Friday and Saturday in Anacortes at Washington Park, 6300 Sunset Ave. Entry is free and open to all. Parking will be available at the Skyline Beach Club if space at the park is full. Carpooling is encouraged.
    Washington Park :: http://www.anacorteswa.gov
  • 10:00am Toys for Tots 
    If you're looking to brighten the holiday of a local child in need, distribution centers for Toys for Tots, Whatcom County's toy drive, will be open from 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday at all Bellingham and Ferndale Haggen stores, Starbucks, Yeager's, Hardware Sales, Lil' Caesars, and Woods Coffee locales. See a complete listing online. The event repeats Dec. 20-21.
  • 11:00am Holiday Tea 
    Tea sandwiches, soup, sweet cream scones and home-baked sweets will accompany a pot of your favorite tea at "Holiday Tea" events taking place from 11am-5pm Friday and Saturday in Sedro-Woolley at Willowbrook Manor, 27420 Minkler Rd. Additionally, attendees can celebrate the lights of Christmas with a stroll through the gardens. Entry is $45.
    Willowbrook Manor :: http://www.teaandtour.com
  • All Day Treasure Island 
    Drama students will present showings of Treasure Island at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday at the Sehome High School Theater, 2700 Bill McDonald Pkwy. Ticket prices vary to see the adaptation of the classic tale of "murder, money and mutiny."
    Sehome High School Theater :: http://www.sehomedrama.com
  • 7:30pm Darkness and Light 
    Bellingham Community Chorus presents "Darkness and Light"--seasonal songs that provide the opportunity to reminisce and time to hope and dream--at 7:30pm Friday, and 2pm Saturday at St. James Presbyterian Church, 910 14th St. The lineup will include traditional and seasonal pieces from many cultures. Admission is $15.
    St. James Presbyterian Church :: http://www.bellinghamcommunitychorus.org
  • 2:00pm The Naughty List Market and Cabaret 
    THE NAUGHTY LIST: Frisky Fandoms Burlesque will present "The Naughty List" Holiday Market and Cabaret Thursday and Friday at Broadway Hall, 1300 Broadway St. Support local artists and browse an array of vendors from 2pm-8pm to find that perfect last-minute gift for someone special on your list in the afternoon, then stick around for 6pm and 9pm burlesque shows. Admission is free to the market, $20 for the performances.
    Broadway Hall :: http://www.eventbrite.com
  • 9:30am - 11:00am Wild Things 
    Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30am-11am every Friday through December at the Connelly Creek Nature Area (Joe's Garden entrance). Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Connelly Creek Nature Area :: : http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm Holiday Craft Bazaar 
    Buy homemade crafts and treats made by kids and teens at a Holiday Craft Bazaar taking place from 3:30pm-5:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Everything will be priced $5 or less.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Drayton Harbor Shellebration 
    Celebrate healthy waters and fresh harvests at the third annual "Drayton Harbor Shellebration" from 4pm-6pm at the G Street Plaza located in downtown Blaine. The free event will include refreshments, oyster samples courtesy of the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company, kid’s activities, and the presentation of community awards. The event will take place outdoors, so dress to stay warm and dry.
    G Street Plaza :: http://www.facebook.com/events
  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm Gingerbread House Making 
    Teens in grades 6-12 can bring your friends and your sweet tooth as you compete with fellow teens to make the tastiest, most extravagant gingerbread house in all the land at a Gingerbread House Making event from 4:30pm-6pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Candy eating, joy spreading and general merriment can be expected at the free event.
    Ferndale Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Kids Night Out @ Western 
    Students in grades K-5 can explore a variety of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering, Arts and Math) at Kids Night Out @ Western from 6pm-9pm on the Western Washington University campus. Hands-on activities, engaging lessons and group activity time will be part of the learning experience. Fees are $50.
    Western Washington University :: youth@wwu.edu
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Lost Feast 
    Lenore Newman reads and shares ideas from Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. With chapters covering everything from lab-made meat to the loss of 464 varieties of lettuce, the tome is a rollicking exploration of the history and future of our favorite foods. Through research into topics such as the rise and fall of the passenger pigeon, adventures chasing down the luscious butter of local Icelandic cattle, and hosting a series of elaborate “extinction dinners” designed to recreate meals of the past or explore how we might be eating in the future, Newman examines the history of the foods we have loved to death, and what that means for our culinary future.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Christmastime is Here with Skagit Symphony 
    "Christmastime is Here" will be the theme of a Skagit Symphony concert at 7:30pm in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. "Travel through time with us as we treat you to a millennium of music," they say. Tickets are $10-$45.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
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Saturday, December 14 56 events
  • All Day Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar 
    From 4pm-1am daily through New Year's Eve, a Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar can be visited at Swim Club, 1147 11th St. At the international event that started and continues in New York City, patrons can enjoy festive "Sippin' Santa" concoctions such as the Snowball Old Fashioned, Christmas Carol Barrel, Kris Kringle Colada, and much more.
  • All Day Giving Tree 
    Take part in the annual "Giving Tree" at Village Books locales in Bellingham (1200 11th St.) and Lynden (430 Front St.) Choose an angel ornament from the tree in the store and purchase a book for a recipient. You will be offered a 20 percent discount for your Angel book purchase, which will be distributed to kids, through community organizations, before Christmas.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • All Day Holiday Festival of the Arts 
    More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts' 40th annual "Holiday Festival of the Arts" from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas Eve at the former Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. Live music, artist demos and workshops and family art projects will also be part of the festive fun. Entry is free.
  • All Day Holiday Pet Food Drive 
    Whatcom Pet Care Network is hosting a Holiday Pet Food Drive through December with barrels for donations in multiple locations in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, and Blaine. Donations will benefit Project Hope in Lynden, the Whatcom Humane Society’s Pet Food Bank, the Ferndale Food Bank, and the Blaine Food Bank. The Whatcom Pet Care Network is a group of local, independent pet care providers serving Whatcom County. A full listing of drop-off locales can be found online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.whatcompetcare.com
  • 6:30pm The Nativity 
    Dancing for Joy presents showings of its annual seasonal production, The Nativity, at 6:30pm Saturday and Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $15-$18 to see the story of the nativity told through the language of dance--including lyrical, modern and ballet.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • All Day Christmas on the Docks 
    Bring your own decorated power boat, dinghy, rowboat, sailboat or paddle board for a "Christmas on the Docks" decorated boat parade starting at 6pm Saturday in Anacortes at Cap Sante Marina. Decorated boats will be on display from Friday through Sunday; come walk the docks decked in lights, enjoy hot beverages and vote for your favorite boat. Bring unwrapped gifts for for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots box or canned goods for the local food bank.
    Cap Sante Marina :: http://www.anacortes.org
  • All Day Pacific Arts Market 
    Several dozen local artists and crafters will show and sell a variety of work―including jewelry, fine art, photography, textiles, clothing, bath and body, specialty foods, home decor, paper crafts and much more―at the 23rd annual Pacific Arts Market taking place from 10am-6pm Friday through Sunday at Sunset Square, 1125 E. Sunset Dr., suite 115 (between Joanne Fabrics and El Gitano). The seasonal market takes place again Dec. 20-22, and includes live music and artist demos.
  • All Day Deck the Old City Hall 
    Get in the holiday spirit when the annual "Deck the Old City Hall" continues this week from 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is by donation to view the decorated trees and seasonal splendor that will be on display through Dec. 29. From 12pm-4pm on Saturday, take part in a Handmade Holiday Snowmen craft.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • All Day Narnia the Musical 
    Experience a musical presentation of the first and most famous story of C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia when Narnia the Musical concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday in Lynden at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $10-$14 to enter a unique, enchanted world filled with creatures and spirits of myth and fable, both good and evil, demonic and transcendent.
    Claire vg Thomas Theatre :: http://www.theclaire.org
  • All Day Number the Stars 
    Drama, adventure and humor can be expected when showings of the stage adaptation of the World War II-era bestseller Number the Stars continue this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $20. Additional performances take place Dec. 19-21.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day Crazy for You 
    Judith Owens-Lancaster directs showings of the musical Crazy for You, which concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. In the zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, hear memorable Gershwin tunes such as "I Got Rhythm," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Embraceable You," and more. Tickets are $8-$14.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • All Day Honk! The Musical 
    Students ages 9-12 will present showings of Honk! The Musical at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10 to see the heartwarming adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's The Ugly Duckling.
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth :: http://www.baay.org
  • All Day Valley Made Holiday Market 
    elSage Designs hosts a Valley Made Holiday Market beginning with a ticketed "Sip and Shop" gathering from 5pm-8pm Friday in Mount Vernon at Maplehurst Farm, 18495 Dike Rd. No entry fee is required when the event continues from 10am-6pm Saturday, and 11am-4pm Sunday. More than 40 creative vendors will be showing and selling their wares in the heated barn, and Taqueria Los Cachanillas will be on hand with food offerings.
  • 7:30pm Heralding Christmas with Skagit Valley Chorale 
    "Heralding Christmas: A Very Brassy Christmas" will be the focus of Skagit Valley Chorale concerts at 7:30pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Trumpet, French horn, and trombone players will be adding their distinctive colors to the show, and Christmas tunes will be making appearances. Tickets are $18-$27.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 11:00am Winter Wonderland Gift Gala 
    As many as 75 artisans, crafters and local businesses will be selling their wares at a Winter Wonderland Gift Gala from 11am-6pm on Saturday, and 11am-4pm on Sunday in Ferndale at the Carnation Building, 1920 Main St., suite 19. Holiday music, a hot cocoa bar, $10 mini-salt cave sessions and beautiful holiday decor and scenery will be part of the festivities.
    Carnation Building :: http://www.moveinflowmotion.com
  • 7:30pm Tarnation and Holiday Games 
    As part of a monthlong "Improv Show Favorites," attend holiday-enhanced showings of the improvised Western "Tarnation" at 7:30pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm throughout December, showings of "Holiday Improv Games" can be seen. Tickets are $10-$12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm A Christmas Carol 
    iDiOM Theater revives one of its most popular shows ever with performances of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday in the Lucas Hicks Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The four-actor interpretation of the holiday classic will attempt to make peace with Christmas, Dickens, the British empire, ham and the world at large. Tickets are $10-$20. Additional performances happen Dec. 19-21.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:00pm Shrek the Musical 
    The Burlington-Edison High School drama department presents its fall show, Shrek the Musical at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at the school's Cafetorium. Guest-directed by B-EHS graduates McKenzie and Joshua Sharpe, this Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage. Tickets are $6-$9.
    Burlington-Edison High School :: (360) 757-4074
  • 5:00pm Wonderland Walk 
    Take a seasonal stroll in the woods and enjoy lights, decorations, music, hot chocolate and generous servings of holiday cheer at the annual "Wonderland Walk" taking place from 5pm-8pm Friday and Saturday in Anacortes at Washington Park, 6300 Sunset Ave. Entry is free and open to all. Parking will be available at the Skyline Beach Club if space at the park is full. Carpooling is encouraged.
    Washington Park :: http://www.anacorteswa.gov
  • 10:00am Toys for Tots 
    If you're looking to brighten the holiday of a local child in need, distribution centers for Toys for Tots, Whatcom County's toy drive, will be open from 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday at all Bellingham and Ferndale Haggen stores, Starbucks, Yeager's, Hardware Sales, Lil' Caesars, and Woods Coffee locales. See a complete listing online. The event repeats Dec. 20-21.
  • 11:00am Holiday Tea 
    Tea sandwiches, soup, sweet cream scones and home-baked sweets will accompany a pot of your favorite tea at "Holiday Tea" events taking place from 11am-5pm Friday and Saturday in Sedro-Woolley at Willowbrook Manor, 27420 Minkler Rd. Additionally, attendees can celebrate the lights of Christmas with a stroll through the gardens. Entry is $45.
    Willowbrook Manor :: http://www.teaandtour.com
  • 7:00pm Treasure Island 
    Drama students will present showings of Treasure Island at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday at the Sehome High School Theater, 2700 Bill McDonald Pkwy. Ticket prices vary to see the adaptation of the classic tale of "murder, money and mutiny."
    Sehome High School Theater :: http://www.sehomedrama.com
  • 7:30pm Darkness and Light 
    Bellingham Community Chorus presents "Darkness and Light"--seasonal songs that provide the opportunity to reminisce and time to hope and dream--at 7:30pm Friday, and 2pm Saturday at St. James Presbyterian Church, 910 14th St. The lineup will include traditional and seasonal pieces from many cultures. Admission is $15.
    St. James Presbyterian Church :: http://www.bellinghamcommunitychorus.org
  • 9:00am - 11:00am Breakfast with Santa 
    Beta Sigma Phi will host a "Breakfast with Santa" event from 9am-11am at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center, 703 Pacific st. Kids can enjoy a free breakfast of pancakes, sausage links, fruit, and milk or juice, and Santa will be on hand to talk with each child; please bring your own camera for pictures.
    Sedro-Woolley Community Center :: http://www.sedro-woolley.com
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm NSEA Work Party 
    Help weed, organize and winterize Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association's native plant nursery at a work party taking place from 9am-12pm at NSEA's campus at 3057 E. Bakerview Dr.
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm Fairhaven Winterfest 
    Stroll among glimmering lights, enjoy holiday window displays, listen to music, ride a horse-drawn carriage, visit Santa, hunt for treasures and peruse unique shops when Fairhaven Winterfest continues today from 10am-5pm throughout the historic district. Seasonal events will continue Saturdays and beyond through Dec. 21.
    Historic Fairhaven :: http://www.fairhavenwinterfest.com
  • 10:00am - 11:00am Sumas Book Club 
    Coffee and treats will be provided at a Sumas Book Club meeting happening from 10am-11am at the Sumas Library, 461 2nd St. This month's selection is News of the World by Paulette Jiles.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 988-2501
  • 10:00am - 6:00pm Winter Arts & Crafts Festival 
    An inaugural Ferndale Creative Winter Arts & Crafts Festival can be attended from 10am-6pm at the Pioneer Park Pavilion, 2007 Cherry St. Everything on display and for sale at the event sponsored by the Ferndale Arts Commission will be created by local artists and crafters.
    Pioneer Park Pavilion :: http://www.cityofferndale.org
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Winter Faire 
    Families can enjoy the spirit of the holidays at an annual Winter Faire from 10am-3pm at the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, 941 Austin St. Live music, magical lands, delicious food, local craft vendors and hands-on workshops will fill the day. Entry is free; prices for activities will vary from $1-$4.
    Whatcom Hills Waldorf School :: http://www.whws.org
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Old-Fashioned Christmas Market 
    A holiday crafts market, food vendors, local farm products, live music, local libations, and activities for kids and grownups alike will be part of an annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Market from 10am-3pm on San Juan Island at Friday Harbor Brickworks, 150 Nichols St. Artists will offer their handmade gifts and art. Carolers and musicians will play throughout the day, and Victorian Santa will rendezvous with market-goers.
    Friday Harbor Brickworks :: http://www.fhbrickworks.com
  • 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
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Award-Winning Book Club 
    Tara Westover's Educated: A Memoir will be the topic of an Award Winning Book Club meeting taking place from 10:30am-12pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Join the friendly and lively gathering, even if you didn't finish the book.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Your Life is a Story Writers Group 
    Write about what you know when poet and author Barbara Bloom leads a "Your Life is a Story" Writers Group from 10:30am-12pm in Sudden Valley at the South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. Bring a pen and questions to the meeting and get writing.
    South Whatcom Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Snow Geese of Skagit 
    Wildlife biologist and Northwest Swan Conservation Association executive director Martha Jordan focuses on "Snow Geese of Skagit" at a 10:30am presentation at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. Learn more about the largest waterfowl in the world, and the best places in the Skagit Valley to view them. Entry is $8; please register in advance.
    Christianson's Nursery :: http://www.christiansonsnursery.com
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Mastering Wisteria 
    Join Elisabeth Marshall for a "Master Your Wisteria" workshop from 10:30am-12pm on Lummi Island at Full Bloom Farm, 2330 Tuttle Ln. Learn to prune, propagate and select the best wisteria for your garden. Fees are $25; proceeds benefit the Lummi Island Foundation for Education.
    Full Bloom Farm :: http://www.fullbloomfarm.com
  • 11:00am - 5:00pm Saltadena Celebration 
    Attend an official Grand Opening event starting at 11am at Saltadena Bakery, 111 W. Holly St. Happy Hour pricing will be taking place throughout the day ($1 off cake slices, house-made cream sodas, Shirley Temple grandins and shakeratos), and there will be $1 hot chocolates with any purchase and a free "Lil' Scrappy" for the first 40 customers.
    Saltadena Bakery :: http://www.saltadena.com
  • 11:30am - 4:00pm Holiday Craft Bazaars 
    Peruse and purchase homemade crafts and treats made by kids and teens at Holiday Craft Bazaars happening from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Blaine Library (610 3rd St.) and 2pm-4pm at the Deming Library (5044 Mt. Baker Hwy) and the South Whatcom Library (10 Barn View Court). All items will be priced at $5 or less.
  • 12:00pm - 6:00pm Holiday Maker's Market 
    Enjoy live music and cocktails while shopping for unique creations from Skagit and Whatcom artists and makers at a Holiday Maker's Market from 12pm-6pm in Edison at Terramar Brewing and Distilling, 5712 Gilkey Ave. Musical guests Saloon and special guest Amelia O'Connell will be bringing holiday cheer.
    Terramar Brewing and Distilling :: http://www.terramarcraft.com
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm Festive Feasting Reception 
    Attend an Artists' Reception for Meredith Chernik and Sarah Bak's "Festive Feasting" from 1pm-4pm at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave. The exhibit will be featured through December.
    Good Earth Pottery :: http://www.goodearthpots.com
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm Holiday Tea and Crafts 
    Visit with friends and neighbors over hot drinks and light refreshments at the annual Friends of the North Fork Community Library Holiday Tea from 1pm-4pm at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. Paint a wood slice ornament to take home or just enjoy a festive afternoon. Entry is free.
    North Fork Library :: (360) 599-2020
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm Holiday Joy with Fidalgo Youth Symphony 
    The Fidalgo Youth Symphony presents a "Holiday Joy" concert 1pm in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Treasured melodies from many cultures and traditions will be showcased, plus a few modern modern creations. Tickets are $5-$15.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Big Holiday reds tasting 
    Stop by to try some big, bold red wines right before the holiday at a Big Holiday Reds tasting from 2pm-4pm at Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St. Wear your best (or worst) Christmas sweater for the chance to receive a nice surprise. Entry to the 21-and-over event is free.
    eifert & Jones Wine Merchants :: http://www.sjwinemerchants.com
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Teen Art Fair 
    Youth in grades 6-12 will be displaying and selling original works at a Teen Art Fair happening from 2pm-5pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Kids, teens and adults are welcome to view and buy.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Shrinking the Worry Monster 
    Retired child psychologist Sally Baird reads from Shrinking the Worry Monster at 2pm in Lynden at Village Books, 430 Front St. The delightful story Baird wrote with award-winning children's author Kathryn Baird contains research-based strategies that kids and their parents can use to overcome worry and fear.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 2:30pm - 4:30pm 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
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Noel Ensemble 
    Experience a magical afternoon of music from around the world on harps, strings, percussion and flute interlaced with enchanting readings celebrating winter and yuletide when the Noel Ensemble presents its 14th annual seasonal concert at 3pm in Lynden at the Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Tickets are $25.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 3:00pm - 7:00pm Bowman Bay Holiday 
    Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and delicious baked goods, experience cabins lit up with holiday lights, have your picture taken with Santa, and be serenaded by local choirs and more at the annual Bowman Bay Holiday happening from 3pm-7pm at the Bowman Bay picnic area at Deception Pass State Park. Suggested donation is $5 per car. Dress for the weather.
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm A Deep Dive Into Eve Deisher's Psyche 
    Attend "A Deep Dive Into Eve Deisher's Psyche" from 3pm-5pm in La Conner at the Museum of Northwest Art," 121 First St. Eve’s husband and exhibition curator, Lanny Bergner, artist Ann Chadwick Reid, and poet Jane Alynn will have a panel discussion focusing on four of Deisher’s pivotal works and Eve's poetry and writings pertaining to them. Jane Alynn will also read her poem "Tree/Figure," which she wrote for the "Eve Deisher: Indicator" exhibit. Entry is free; please RSVP.
    Museum of Northwest Art :: http://www.monamuseum.org
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm One Meditation 
    Join intuitive energy coach Charles Crooks for a "One Meditation" event at 4pm starting at the stage at Boulevard Park, 470 Bayview Dr. Meeting twice a month outside for half an hour, the free outdoor meditation will meet rain or shine to spend time in attendees' heart centers, and as a collective, radiate high vibration emotions such as love, compassion, and gratitude in the world.
    Boulevard Park :: http://www.charlescrooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm Contra Dance 
    The Brad n' Steve Band will perform and Valeria Cohen will do the calling when the Bellingham Country Dance Society hosts a Contra Dance from 7pm-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. A beginners workshop will kick off the fun. Please refrain from wearing fragrances and scented products. Suggested donations is $7 for students, $10-$15 general.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Early Railroads of Whatcom County 
    Historians William Rink and Karl Kleeman share their book Early Railroads of Whatcom County at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Enjoy the story, the people, and the high-stakes game that heralded the coming of the railroads to the Pacific Northwest.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm Center Into Solstice 
    Melodious harmonies, warm beverages and good vibes will be part of a "Center into Solstice" concert by 4-Way Street at 7pm at Cafe Blue, 1319 11th St. The Bellingham-based band weaves together the familiar sounds of folk-rock music with the lush harmonies of four voices.
    Cafe Blue :: (360) 323-6669
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Holiday History Hi-Jinks 
    Join the Good Time Girls for a "Holiday History Hi-Jinks" tour from 7pm-9pm in downtown Bellingham (meeting locale to be determined). The guided walking tour will feature holiday-themed history, trivia, caroling and boozy beverages at Thousand Acres Cider House and Uisce Irish Pub. Tickets are $20-$40; an additional tour happens Dec. 21.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.goodtimegirlstours.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm The Kelley World Tour 
    Hear stories and see images from "The Kelley World Tour" at 7:30pm at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Find out how Willie Kelley and his wife designed and built a house in a foreign country, watched the Seahawks win the Super Bowl from an island south of the equator, spoke Spanish in a French-speaking country to deal with a broken leg, took a 14,000-mile drive across North America, became royalty, and bought plenty of power tools along the way. Entry is free.
    Lummi Island Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Cidertails with Alexine Langdon 
    Attend "Cidertails with Alexine Langdon" from 7:30pm-9:30pm at Thousand Acre Cider House, 109 Grand Ave., Ste 101. Langdon is well-known around Bellingham for her mixologist talents and botanist creations.
    housand Acre Cider House :: http://www.thousandacreciderhouse.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Winter Solstice Concert with SeaMuse 
    SeaMuse with Stanley Greenthal will perform at a Winter Solstice Concert at 7:30pm at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The lineup may include music from a variety of regions of Greece, Turkey, and the Balkans, as well as songs and instrumental music from Brittany and England. Tickets are $8-$20.
    Firehouse Arts and Events Center :: http://www.firehouseperformingartscenter.com
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