Week of January 5, 2020

Sunday, January 5 15 events
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome--which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools--all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 11:00am Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-2pm Fridays through Sundays through February at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart hourly from the Discovery Center hourly. Park staff and volunteers lead 30- to 60-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 10:00am Skagit Eagle Festival 
    Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, watching stations, photography tours, multimedia presentations, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 22nd annual Skagit Eagle Festival taking place Saturdays and Sundays through January at Rockport's Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, and in Concrete, Marblemount, and beyond. Entry is by donation.
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome--which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools--all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 2:30pm 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 Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-2pm Fridays through Sundays through February at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart hourly from the Discovery Center hourly. Park staff and volunteers lead 30- to 60-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 7:30pm Space Trek 
    The men and women of the USS Upfront will return to the stage when the popular improvised sci-fi show, "Space Trek," returns to the stage for 7:30pm and 9:30pm performances Fridays and Saturdays through January at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Audience members can get in on the action too--they'll provide the suggestions that inspire the improvised "missions." Tickets are $12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 10:00am Skagit Eagle Festival 
    Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, watching stations, photography tours, multimedia presentations, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 22nd annual Skagit Eagle Festival taking place Saturdays and Sundays through January at Rockport's Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, and in Concrete, Marblemount, and beyond. Entry is by donation.
  • 7:00pm The Curious Savage 
    Alger Lookout Thespian Association (ALTA) presents its first show of 2020, John Patrick's The Curious Savage, at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. The comedy about a wealthy widow who is committed to a home for the mentally challenged because her stepchildren don't like what she's doing with "their" money is "guaranteed to start your year off with tons of laughter and loads of heart." Tickets are $12-$16; evening shows include dessert. Additional showings happen Jan. 9-11 and 17-19.
    Alger Community Church :: http://www.altatheatre.com
  • 11:00am Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-2pm Fridays through Sundays through February at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart hourly from the Discovery Center hourly. Park staff and volunteers lead 30- to 60-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm Country Breakfast 
    Attend an all-you-can-eat monthly Country Breakfast from 8am-12pm at the Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Hwy. Pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausages and beverages will be on the menu. Entry is $3 for kids, $7 for adults (free for children under 6 years old).
    Rome Grange :: (360) 961-3491
  • 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
  • 11:00am - 3:00pm Resolutions for Writers 
    If you need a boost to your writing for the New Year, register for "Resolutions for Writers 2020" from 11am-3pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Come out of your writing cave and connect with other writers and experts in the writing community for series of workshops, presentations and conversations about writing, from generation to publication and beyond. Fees include a boxed lunch from Evolve Chocolate + Cafe. Reservations are required.
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm Ed Bereal Exhibition Closing 
    If you haven't yet seen "Wanted: Ed Bereal for Disturbing the Peace," today from 12pm-5pm is your last chance to do so at Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. The sprawling multimedia exhibit covers decades of the Bellingham-based artist's work, and shouldn't be missed. Admission is $5-$10 (free for members).
    Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Depot Comedy Club 
    The monthly Depot Comedy Club returns at 8pm at Aslan Depot, 1322 N. State St. The show will feature accomplished comedians Harry J. Riley and Natalie Holt. Travis Nelson will host. Tickets are $15.
    Aslan Depot :: http://www.eventbrite.com
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Monday, January 6 10 events
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome--which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools--all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • All Day Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-2pm Fridays through Sundays through February at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart hourly from the Discovery Center hourly. Park staff and volunteers lead 30- to 60-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 10:00am Skagit Eagle Festival 
    Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, watching stations, photography tours, multimedia presentations, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 22nd annual Skagit Eagle Festival taking place Saturdays and Sundays through January at Rockport's Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, and in Concrete, Marblemount, and beyond. Entry is by donation.
  • 10:00am A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome--which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools--all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 2:30pm 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
  • 11:00am Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-2pm Fridays through Sundays through February at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart hourly from the Discovery Center hourly. Park staff and volunteers lead 30- to 60-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm 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
  • 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 - 8:00pm General Literature Book Group 
    As part of a General Literature Book Group meeting, discuss Matthew Desmond's Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In the tome, the sociologist follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.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, January 7 9 events
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome--which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools--all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 11:00am Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-2pm Fridays through Sundays through February at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart hourly from the Discovery Center hourly. Park staff and volunteers lead 30- to 60-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 6:00am - 10:00pm Ski Bus to Stevens Pass 
    If you're interested in joining a great group of adult skiers and snowboarders, join Merry Mountain Ski Club for a Ski Bus to Stevens Pass today with pickup starting at 6am in Bellingham before heading to Burlington, Stanwood, and Monroe. The nonprofit club will have the luxury coach available for the next six Tuesdays--and possibly beyond. Fees vary.
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm Book Sale Promotion 
    Find out more about an upcoming Winter Book Sale when Friends of the Library host book sale promotion events from 11am-1pm Tuesday through Saturday at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Tea for Beginners 
    Adults are welcome to attend a free "Tea for Beginners" presentation from 2pm-3pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. During each session, tea will be shared with participants, and there may be opportunities for hands-on participation. Topics covered will be tea basics, history of tea, the basics of brewing tea, the basics of tasting tea, and more. The event repeats Tuesdays through January.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 5:00pm - 8:00pm Whatcom Chorale Auditions 
    If you're interested in singing with the Whatcom Chorale, auditions for the ensemble's 2020 season will begin at 5pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St. The chorale will perform Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” with guest pianist Henry From and works by Felix Mendelssohn on March 22, and “Canzone per voi,” a celebration of Italian songs, opera choruses and arias, on May 30. Please call to schedule an audition.
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: (360) 595-8345
  • 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
  • 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
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm Beer and Bunco 
    A "Beer and Bunco" series kicks off tonight from 7pm-10pm at Stemma Brewing Co., 2039 Moore St. Register now to reserve a spot (limited seats available) and bring $5 cash for buy-in. Cash will be divided among the winners! In addition, all players will receive $1 off beers during the event.
    Stemma Brewing Co. :: http://www.stemmabrewing.com
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Wednesday, January 8 12 events
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome--which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools--all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Living with Meaning Book Group 
    Mary Oliver's Upstream: Selected Essays will be the focus of a Living with Meaning Book Group at 2pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. This group aims to learn and share perspectives on what makes a meaningful life. Through readings and discussions on faith, spirituality, and wellness it hopes to inspire within us a courageous curiosity and an intimate understanding of the diverse spiritual approaches and practices towards wellbeing and balance.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Books and Tea 
    Join in for a discussion, a warm cup of tea, and a sweet treat at a monthly Afternoon Books and Tea gathering from 2pm-3:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Contact the library for guest speaker details.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Writers' Club 
    Students in grades 6-12 are invited to attend a Writers' Club from 3pm-4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. The weekly club explores narrative structure, offers creativity exercises, and is intended to hone your craft as a writer. No signup is required.
    Ferndale Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Cooking Lit Book Group 
    Discuss Alison Roman's Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over at the monthly Cookbooks & Cooking Lit Book Group taking place from 4pm-5pm on the mezzanine level of Village Books, 1200 11th St. Members are welcome to purchase food and beverages from Evolve Chocolate + Cafe.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Alternative Pollinators 
    laine C.O.R.E. (Community Organization for Resources and Education) presents "Mason Bees: Alternative Pollinators" at a free class happening from 4pm-6pm at the Blaine Library, 610 Third St. The workshop will provide an overview of the crisis in our bee population and introduce participants to native pollinators. Learn how to establish and maintain a healthy colony in your yard and neighboring areas. Local beekeeper Capp Connors will have live honeybees on hand during demonstration, as well as a list of available locally sourced bees. The class repeats from 10am-12pm Sat., Jan. 11.
    Blaine Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Introduction to Self-Hypnosis 
    Award-winning hypnotist and author Erika Flint leads an "Introduction to Self-Hypnosis" from 6:30pm-8pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Find out what hypnosis really is and how you can use self-hypnosis to achieve the changes you want to make in your life. This powerful tool can provide significant results in just 17 minutes a day. Fees are $10.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.communityfood.coop
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Birchwood Garden Club Meeting 
    "Pruning and Care in the Landscape" will be the focus a presentation by Debra Olberg at a Birchwood Garden Club Meeting taking place from 7pm-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. All are welcome.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.birchwoodgardenclub.org
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Traction Workshop 
    Pete Johnson, a trained facilitator with Excellence Northwest, leads a "Traction" workshop at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th ST. Johnson has an extensive background in personal growth seminars and is strongly rooted in a lifetime of meditation modalities. He has a passion for personal connection and practices that honesty and acceptance of the self and others is the key to emotional growth. Entry is free.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Bill Anschell Trio 
    Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center hosts a concert with the Bill Anschell Trio from 7pm-9pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Entry will be $5-$10 at the door.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm Menace on the Mic 
    Attend a monthly "Menace on the Mic" Standup Comedy Night night starting at 8pm at Menace Brewing, 2529 Meridian St. The 21-and-older event will feature comedians Nikki Kilpatrick, Jack Slattery, and Trevor Gjendem, and featured act Mikey Pullman. Joel O'Connor will be hosting the show. Entry is free.
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Thursday, January 9 13 events
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome--which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools--all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 10:00am A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome--which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools--all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 7:00pm The Curious Savage 
    Alger Lookout Thespian Association (ALTA) presents its 2020 show, John Patrick's The Curious Savage, at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. The comedy about a wealthy widow who is committed to a home for the mentally challenged because her stepchildren don't like what she's doing with "their" money is "guaranteed to start your year off with tons of laughter and loads of heart." Tickets are $12-$16; evening shows include dessert. Additional showings happen Jan. 17-19.
    Alger Community Church :: http://www.altatheatre.com
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Tattoo Talk 
    The Museum Advocates will host a presentation by Old School Tattoo artist Paul Foertsch at 12pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Foertsch will talk about the artistry and current trends behind modern tattoos and piercings, and he will share images of some of his work. Entry is free.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Whatcomics Reception 
    Celebrate this year's talented Whatcomics artists and view their original artwork, framed and on display, at a reception taking place from 2pm-3:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Accepted 2019 artists can pick up their complimentary copy of the annual anthology at the event. The exhibit will show through Jan. 31.
    Lynden Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm Paella Night 
    Reservations are recommended for a monthly "Paella Night" dinner taking place from 5:30-7pm at Old World Deli, 1228 N. State St. Entry is $5 for kids 12 and under, $25 general (includes one serving of paella and a side salad). Tonight's paella will be seafood focused.
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Fiction Writing Group 
    Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback and assist you with your writing goals at a Fiction Writing Group meeting from 6pm-8pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. This group is open to newcomers and drop-ins and meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Avalanche Awareness with NWAC 
    Reps from Northwest Avalanche Center focus on "Avalanche Awareness" for the winter backcountry traveler at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. This session introduces and explains where and why avalanches occur and provide a basic approach to managing risk in the back country. Learn to access the Northwest Avalanche Center bulletins and weather reports, recognize basics signs of avalanche danger, and learn simple was to help avoid avalanche danger. Register in advance for the free event.
  • 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 Hawk Watching Class with Sue Cottrell 
    Taking over from Raptor Research NW's Bud Anderson, Sue Cottrell will lead a Hawk Watching Class beginning tonight from 7pm-9pm at Bellingham Unitarian Church, 1207 Ellsworth St. The class continues Thursdays through Feb. 6, and will include an all-day field trip. Fees are $175; registration and payment must be received in advance.
    Bellingham Unitarian Church :: http://www.falconresearch.org/2020-raptor-classes
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Eric Johnson 
    Grammy Award-winning guitarist Eric Johnson makes his way to Mount Vernon for a 7:30pm performance at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $24-$39 to see the instrumentalist Musician called one of the "100 greatest guitarists of the 20th century."
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Virtual History Sunset Cruise 
    As a teaser for next summer's sailings, local historical Brian Griffin leads a Virtual History Sunset Cruise presentation at 7:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Griffin has narrated the cruises for the past 11 years. He is also a member of the museum’s first docent class and is a frequent guide for the popular Sunday afternoon Old City Hall history tours. 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 "Slopes & Dreams: An Improvised Soap Opera." Entry is $8 for the early show, $5 for the late one.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
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Friday, January 10 14 events
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome--which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools--all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome--which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools--all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 7:00pm Beauty and the Beast 
    Students from Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth present showings of the musical Beauty and the Beast starting this weekend at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the BAAY Theater, 1059 N. State St. Previously performed in 2009, BAAY is reviving this classic tale with a new cast and a new vision. Tickets are $12; additional showings happen Jan. 17-19.
    BAAY Theater :: http://www.baay.org
  • 11:00am Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-2pm Fridays through Sundays through February at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart hourly from the Discovery Center hourly. Park staff and volunteers lead 30- to 60-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 7:30pm 48 Hour Theater Festival 
    Attend showings of the 54th iteration of iDiOM Theater's 48 Hour Theater Festival at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Friday and Saturday in the Lucas Hicks Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Audiences will see six brand-new short works brought to life each evening; watch both nights for the full experience. Thanks to a generous donation, all tickets are free. Reservations are recommended.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:30pm Space Trek 
    The men and women of the USS Upfront will return to the stage when the popular improvised sci-fi show, "Space Trek," returns to the stage for 7:30pm and 9:30pm performances Fridays and Saturdays through January at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Audience members can get in on the action too--they'll provide the suggestions that inspire the improvised "missions." Tickets are $12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • All Day The Curious Savage 
    Alger Lookout Thespian Association (ALTA) presents its 2020 show, John Patrick's The Curious Savage, at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. The comedy about a wealthy widow who is committed to a home for the mentally challenged because her stepchildren don't like what she's doing with "their" money is "guaranteed to start your year off with tons of laughter and loads of heart." Tickets are $12-$16; evening shows include dessert. Additional showings happen Jan. 17-19.
    Alger Community Church :: http://www.altatheatre.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 in January at Lake Padden Park (East). Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Lake Padden Park :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Winter Artists Series Opening Reception 
    Meet photographer Jeremiah Doehne and the Baker Mountain Guides crew at an opening reception for a Winter Artist Series from 6pm-9pm at Kulshan K2, 1538 Kentucky St. The 21-and-over event will also feature brewery games, fare from the Hot Mess Food Truck, and more.
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Adventures in imagery 
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Julian MacDonough Quintet 
    The Julian MacDonough Quintet will play the music of legendary jazz trombonist J.J. Johnson at a tribute concert starting at 7:15pm at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. MacDonough will pay homage to this group by playing arrangements and compositions associated with the J.J. Johnson Quintet. Tickets will be $10-$15 at the door.
    Firehouse Arts and Events Center :: http://www.firehouseperformingarts.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Cory Vincent 
    Amazing music and great vibes can be found when Cory Vincent performs at a free, all-ages show at 7pm in Mount Vernon at Farmstrong Brewing Co., 100 Stewart Rd. Vincent's fans have dubbed his soulful, southern-themed voicings of the blues "grunge blues."
    Farmstrong Brewing Co. :: http://www.farmstrongbrewing.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Schubert's Song Cycle 
    Voice and opera director Eric Reiger sings tenor alongside guest pianist J.J. Penna to perform Franz Schubert's monumental song cycle, "Die schöne Müllerin," at 7:30pm at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Entry is free and open to the public.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: http://www.cfpa.wwu.edu
  • 9:30pm - 11:00pm Late-Night Low Tide Adventure 
    Join Wild Whatcom for a Full Moon Late-Night Low Tide Adventure from 9:30pm-11pm at Marine Park, 100 Harris Ave. Participants will be joined by Holly Roger, Casey Cook, and staff from the Marine Life Center to explore the intertidal action under the full moon. Suggested donation is $8 for kids, $12 for adults. Please register in advance.
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Saturday, January 11 33 events
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome--which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools--all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 11:00am Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-2pm Fridays through Sundays through February at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart hourly from the Discovery Center hourly. Park staff and volunteers lead 30- to 60-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 7:30pm Space Trek 
    The men and women of the USS Upfront will return to the stage when the popular improvised sci-fi show, "Space Trek," returns to the stage for 7:30pm and 9:30pm performances Fridays and Saturdays through January at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Audience members can get in on the action too--they'll provide the suggestions that inspire the improvised "missions." Tickets are $12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 10:00am Skagit Eagle Festival 
    Guided nature walks, presentations by guest speakers, watching stations, photography tours, multimedia presentations, sales by artisans and much more will be part of the 22nd annual Skagit Eagle Festival taking place Saturdays and Sundays through January at Rockport's Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, and in Concrete, Marblemount, and beyond. Entry is by donation.
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Sun., March 15. Along with having their poems published in the tome--which is distributed to each Whatcom County library and area schools--all selected poets will receive their own copy of the book. Poems can be submitted online or at local libraries. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft. Entry forms are available and submissions are accepted at every WCLS library or online.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 1:00pm Bellingham's Got Talent Auditions 
    If you're interested in being part of an upcoming Bellingham's Got Talent show and fundraiser taking place in February, auditions will be taking place from 1pm-4pm Saturday at Veritas Media Productions, and 1pm-4pm Sunday at the YWCA, 1026 N. Forest St. Net proceeds from the second annual talent show will go to the Lighthouse Mission Ministries' "Street Connect" program for the homeless in Whatcom County. Please schedule an audition time in advance.
  • All Day Beauty and the Beast 
    Students from Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth present showings of the musical Beauty and the Beast starting this weekend at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the BAAY Theater, 1059 N. State St. Previously performed in 2009, BAAY is reviving this classic tale with a new cast and a new vision. Tickets are $12; additional showings happen Jan. 17-19.
    BAAY Theater :: http://www.baay.org
  • 5:30pm Judaica and More Book Sale 
    Western Libraries Heritage Resources will co-host a Winter Used Book Sale, "Judaica and More," from 5:30pm-7:30pm Saturday, and 10am-2pm Sunday at Congregation Beth Israel, 751 San Juan Blvd. A large selection of Judaic books and media will be available, including fiction and nonfiction, children's titles, Jewish life and religion, Torah commentary, reference and art books, Jewish history and the Holocaust, records and CDs, and more. Most books will be priced at $1.
    Congregation Beth Israel :: http://www.bethisraelbellingham.org
  • All Day Deep Forest Experience 
    Attend "Deep Forest Experience" events from 11am-2pm Fridays through Sundays through February at Rockport State Park, State Route 20, milepost 96. Guided hikes will depart hourly from the Discovery Center hourly. Park staff and volunteers lead 30- to 60-minute walks under a dense canopy of old growth fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Many of the Rockport trees are more than 400 years old and top out at 250 feet. During the walks, interpretive staff and guest speakers discuss the unseen ecosystems that keep forests healthy, including salmon-bearing streams, animal scat and mycorrhizal fungi. Entry is free; a Discovery Pass is required to park.
  • 7:30pm 48 Hour Theater Festival 
    Attend showings of the 54th iteration of iDiOM Theater's 48 Hour Theater Festival at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Friday and Saturday in the Lucas Hicks Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Audiences will see six brand-new short works brought to life each evening; watch both nights for the full experience. Thanks to a generous donation, all tickets are free. Reservations are recommended.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 7:30pm Space Trek 
    The men and women of the USS Upfront will return to the stage when the popular improvised sci-fi show, "Space Trek," returns to the stage for 7:30pm and 9:30pm performances Fridays and Saturdays through January at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Audience members can get in on the action too--they'll provide the suggestions that inspire the improvised "missions." Tickets are $12.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:00pm The Curious Savage 
    Alger Lookout Thespian Association (ALTA) presents its 2020 show, John Patrick's The Curious Savage, at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at Alger Community Church, 1475 Silver Run Lane. The comedy about a wealthy widow who is committed to a home for the mentally challenged because her stepchildren don't like what she's doing with "their" money is "guaranteed to start your year off with tons of laughter and loads of heart." Tickets are $12-$16; evening shows include dessert. Additional showings happen Jan. 17-19.
    Alger Community Church :: http://www.altatheatre.com
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm Skagit Land Trust Work Party 
    Join Skagit Land Trust for a Work Party happening from 9am-12pm at the Hurn Field Conservation Area (about three miles west of Concrete). Volunteers will be planting native species to enhance forest habitat for wildlife. The work in the forested area will provide better habitat connectivity for the many species that call this area home. Please RSVP.
    Hurn Field Conservation Area :: http://www.skagitlandtrust.org
  • 9:00am - 6:00pm Revolution Evolution 
    If you're looking for a fresh start for the new year, sign up for a Resolution Evolution taking place from 9am-6pm at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. The symposium will feature presentations on topics such as "Get Your Brain Back: Reversing Memory Problems," "Peak Performance Secrets that You Can Incorporate Into Your Life Today, "How to Help Your Child (and Yourself) With Big Emotions," "Find Your Energy With the Success Habit," "Easily Clearing Clutter in the New Year: The Gentle (and Powerful) Approach," and more. Fees are $75-$100; 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Bellingham Schools Foundation and student activities.
    Bellingham High School :: http://www.eventbrite.com
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Anacortes Winter Farmers Market 
    Peruse and purchase locally sourced food and crafts from area vendors at the Anacortes Farmers Market's first Winter Market of the season from 9am-2pm at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. Additional markets happen on the second Saturdays of the month--Feb. 8, March 14, and April 11--before the season opens on weekly basis in early May.
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Alternative Pollinators 
    Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Organization for Resources and Education) presents "Mason Bees: Alternative Pollinators" at a free class happening from 10am-12pm at the Blaine Library, 610 Third St. The workshop will provide an overview of the crisis in our bee population and introduce participants to native pollinators. Learn how to establish and maintain a healthy colony in your yard and neighboring areas. Local beekeeper Capp Connors will have live honeybees on hand during demonstration, as well as a list of available locally sourced bees.
    Blaine Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 10:00am - 11:00am Sumas Book Club 
    The Sumas Book Club will discuss My Old Man and the Mountain by Leif Whittaker at a Sumas Book Club meeting happening from 10am-11am at the Sumas Library, 461 2nd St. The group meets on the second Saturday of the month.
    Sumas Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Lynden Book Club 
    Discuss George Orwell's 1984 at an Award-Winning Book Club meeting taking place from 10:30am-12pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Join in for a friendly and lively discussion, even if you didn't finish the book.
    Lynden Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Orchid Class 
    Orchid enthusiast Harvey Brenneise leads an "Orchidaceae" presentation at 11am at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. He'll discuss how to keep the little beauties alive, happy and blooming again. The Orchidaceae family is the largest of flowering plants, including natives in Washington. Entry is $8.
    Christianson's Nursery :: http://www.christiansonsnursery.com
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Persistence of Light 
    John Hoyte reads from his memoir Persistence of Light at 3pm at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. The book recounts Hoyte's uncommon life adventures--from his childhood in China to a Japanese prison camp in World War ll, to leading a British expedition over the Alps with an elephant, to being an entrepreneur and inventor in Silicon Valley.
    North Fork Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Skagit Valley Genealogy Presentation 
    "Germanic Immigration to North America in the 1800s: Including Luxembourgers, Swiss, and Austrians" will be the focus of Skagit Valley Genealogy presentation with pro genealogist Evelyn M. Roehl from 1pm-3pm at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. Entry is free.
    Burlington Public Library :: http://www.skagitvalleygenealogy.org
  • 1:30pm - 4:00pm BUG Jam 
    Join a Bellingham Ukulele Group (BUG) Jam starting with beginning-level players from 1:30pm-2:30pm at St. James Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, 910 14th St. From 2:45pm-4pm, all levels will join in. Soloists and group are welcome to perform during an open mic time. Admission is by donation.
    St. James Presbyterian Fellowship Hall :: http://www.bellinghamukulelegroup.com
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Southern Italy Wine Tasting 
    Stop by for an Exploring Southern Italy tasting from 2pm-4pm at Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St. Hayley Black from Winebow Imports will be bringing selections from Campania, Sicily, and Sardinia. Entry to the 21-and-over event is free.
    Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants :: http://www.sjwinemerchants.com
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Travel to South India 
    Local resident and world traveler Lawrence Pang will take people on a virtual tour using video clips and photos at a "Travel to South India" presentation from 2pm-3:30pm at the Blaine Library, 610 Third St. Enjoy a sample of Pondicherry (aka Puducherry), Hampi, and Mysore (aka Mysuru), and discover the people, the food, and the architecture along the way. Entry is free.
    Blaine Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Eve Deisher: Indicator Closing 
    Improvisational dance and live electronic music by the performance ensemble Utususemi will be part of the closing of the exhibit "Eve Deisher: Indicator: A Retrospective" taking place from 3pm-5pm in La Conner at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. The event will be followed by a Q & A with the performers and signings of the exhibition catalogue by Guest Curator Lanny Bergner in the Museum Store. Entry is free; please RSVP.
    Museum of Northwest Art :: http://www.monamuseum.org
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Seattle Medic One 
    Richard Rapport shares ideas from his book, Seattle Medic One: How We Don't Die at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book delivers an inside look at one of the most influential medical programs in Washington state and the country. Medic One, which was implemented more than 50 years ago, has since trained hundreds of paramedics, added an emergency air transport service in four neighboring states, helped build a statewide emergency transfer system and saved countless lives.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm Contra Dance 
    Dance to a live band and caller at the Bellingham Country Dance Society's Contra Dance taking place from 7pm-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. The evening begins with a lesson. Suggested donation is $7 for students, $10-$15 general.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Ballroom Dance 
    All ages and levels of experience are welcome to attend a weekly Ballroom Dance from 7pm-9pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. The event features traditional ballroom and swing music for foxtrot, east and west coast swing, waltz, nightclub two-step, cha cha, rumba, salsa, samba, etc. Suggested donation is $5.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: http://www.wccoa.org
  • 7:30pm - 10:00pm Cidertails Pop-Up 
    Attend "Cidertails with Alexine Langdon: Manhattans" from 7:30pm-10pm at Thousand Acre Cider House, 109 Grand Ave., Ste 101. Langdon is well-known around Bellingham for her mixologist talents and botanist creations. This is a one-night only pop-up, so don't miss it.
    Thousand Acre Cider House :: http://www.thousandacreciderhouse.com
  • 7:30pm - 8:30pm Clean Air and Lummi Island 
    Mark Buford, Executive Director of the Northwest Clean Air Agency and a 16-year full-time resident on Lummi Island, presents "Clean Air and Lummi Island" from 7:30pm-8:30pm at the Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. Buford will present on the agency itself, air quality in our region, the impact of wildfires, using low-cost consumer air quality sensors, and more. There will be time for questions.
    Island Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Bellingham Dance Company Winter Showcase 
    See dance styles such as waltz, tango, rumba, hustle swing, salsa and more when Bellingham Dance Company hosts a Winter Showcase at 7:30pm at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Tickets will be $10-$12 at the door.
    Firehouse Arts and Events Center :: http://www.firehouseperformingarts.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Laura Berman 
    Portland-based singer and songwriter Laura Berman brings her talents to Bellingham for a 7:30pm concert at Congregation Beth Israel, 751 San Juan Blvd. Berman has gained acclaim for her soul-touching vocal and honest, lyrical poetry. Entry is $6 for children, $15 for adults (or $35 for a family discount).
    Congregation Beth Israel :: http://www.bethisraelbellingham.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm An Evening with Ross Matthews 
    A Mount Vernon native will return to his hometown for "An Evening with Ross Matthews" at 7:30pm at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The comic, author and television personality will debut his one-man show, "Name Drop," based on his new book of the same name. Tickets are $40-$80; the event is sold out, but a limited number of $75 VIP meet-and-greet add-ons may still be available. Proceeds benefit the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation's $2 million capital campaign to help equip the Women's Imaging Center.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
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