Week of January 19, 2020

Sunday, January 19 14 events
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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) concludes its 2020 show, 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.
    Alger Community Church :: http://www.altatheatre.com
  • 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.
    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.
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Sedro-Woolley Community Breakfast 
    Eggs to order, omelets, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, French toast and more can be had at a monthly Community Breakfast happening from 8am-11am in Sedro-Woolley at American Legion Post #43, 701 Murdock St. Entry is $5 for kids, $7 for adults.
    American Legion Post #43 :: http://www.sedro-woolley.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
  • 7:30pm - 10:00pm An American in Paris 
    Romance, adventure and Gershwin will be part of An American in Paris performance at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Winner of four Tony Awards and inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, this exquisite production set in post-war Paris features your favorite Gershwin songs including “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “'S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” and “Stairway to Paradise." Tickets are $40-$90.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:30pm - 11:00pm An American in Paris 
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Monday, January 20 14 events
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm MLK Day Work Party 
    Join Skagit Land Trust for a MLK Day of Service trail work party happening from 9am-12m at Barr Creek (about three miles east of Rockport). Your work for this event will ensure continued enjoyment of this well-loved trail that serves as a way for people to connect with and enjoy the beautiful natural areas of Skagit County. Please RSVP.
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm MLK Day of Service Work Party 
    Join NSEA, City of Bellingham, and Whatcom Trails Association to help improve salmon habitat at a MLK Jr. Day of Service Work Party happening from 10am-1pm along Whatcom Creek. Volunteers will be removing invasive vegetation and planting native trees and shrubs to promote a healthy riparian forest and create viable habitat for Pacific salmon. Parking will be located at 1401 Electric Ave.
    Whatcom Creek :: http://www.n-sea.org
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Read-In 
    Local children can gather to hear stories in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. about the civil rights movement, tolerance and diversity at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Read-In taking place from 10am-1pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Volunteers will be on hand for the duration of the free event to read with the kids and lead them in a craft.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration 
    "With Liberty and Justice for All" will be the focus of a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day community celebration starting at 12pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. This year’s keynote speaker is author Clyde Ford, with music performed by the Kulshan Chorus. Entry is free; please bring non-perishable items for the Bellingham Food Bank.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Teen Art Club 
    Bring friends and your creativity to inspire new pieces of art at a weekly Teen Art Club meeting taking place from 3pm-4pm at the Blaine Library, 610 Third St. If you love to draw, sketch, paint or create original characters, this club's for you. Snacks, drinks and basic art supplies will be provided.
    Blaine Library :: http://www.wcls.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
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Cider U 
    Chris Rylands of Renaissance Orchards in Ferndale will be the guest lecturer at a "Cider U" event taking place from 6:30pm-8pm at Thousand Acre Cider House, 109 Grand Ave. Fees are $25 and include the lecture and discussion, a tasting of Rylands' award-winning Keeved Ciders, and a coupon for 15 percent off bottles to take home after the class. Please register in advance.
    Thousand Acre Cider House :: http://www.thousandacreciderhouse.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event 
    The Community Food Co-op will host its 22nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event, "Keeping the Dream Alive," from 7pm-9pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Attendees can celebrate Dr. King's notion of a "beloved community" with ceremony, song, presentations and community sharing. Special musical guest Checo Tohomaso will perform throughout the evening. Entry is free.
    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship :: http://www.communityfood.coop
  • 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, January 21 8 events
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm Cook It and Book It 
    Students in grades 4-7 can meet up for cooking- and book-related fun at a monthly "Cook It and Book It" gathering from 3:30pm-5pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. If whipping up something tasty to eat and talking about books interests your kids, have them check it out.
    Lynden Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Community Conversations Book group 
    Discuss Breakfast at Sally's: One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey by Richard LeMieux at a "Community Conversations" meeting from 4pm-5pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The limited-run book group was inspired by Unity Village, the HomesNOW! project in Fairhaven.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm All-Paces Run 
    Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes-by the water or through the woods. Entry is free.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Intro to Improv 
    Attend a free workshop focusing on play, creativity, storytelling and fun at a "Learn to Think on Your Feet" introductory improv class from 7pm-9pm at Improv Playworks, 1011 Girard St. All levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Please register in advance.
    Improv Playworks :: http://www.improvplayworks.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 - 8:30pm Books on Tap 
    Deming Library staff lead a "Books on Tap" discussion focused on Eowyn Ivey's To the Bright Edge of the World from 7pm-8:30pm at the North Fork Brewery, 6186 Mt. Baker Hwy. The event is part of Whatcom READS.
    North Fork Brewery :: http://www.whatcomreads.org
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Wednesday, January 22 7 events
  • 10:00am Winter Book Sale 
    Find books and media for all ages at a Winter Book Sale taking place from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Friday, and 10am-1pm Saturday at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Tables will be restocked continuously; on Saturday, fill a big for $4.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 7:00pm Salish Sea Early Music Festival 
    The Salish Sea Early Music Festival series begins with a "Louis XIV" concert at 7pm Wednesday at the Fir-Conway Lutheran Church, (18101 Fir Island Rd.) and 7pm Friday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (2117 Walnut St.) At the events, baroque music by flutist Jeffrey Cohan, violinist Courtney Kuroda, viola player Victoria Gunn, and bassoonist Anna Marsh can be heard. Suggested donation is $15-$25 (free for those 18 and under).
    Fir-Conway Lutheran Church, St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.salishseafestival.org/skagit
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm Bellingham City Club Meeting 
    "Are You Ready to Take Action Against Climate Change?" will be the focus of a Bellingham City Club luncheon and forum from 11am-1pm at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. A panel for the City of Bellingham Climate Action Task Force will explain their recommendations, with time for questions. Entry is $5-$18.
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Pruning 101 
    Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Organization for Resources and Education) leas a "Pruning 101" workshop from 4pm-6pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Discover what tools are required, the why behind pruning, growth habits of trees/bushes, and how to make the best decision in your pruning. If you can't make tonight's free event, the class repeats from 10am-12pm Sat., Jan. 25.
    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 - 9:00pm Gluten-free Mediterranean Dinner 
    Cookbook author Samantha Ferraro will share an array of dishes at a "Gluten-free Mediterranean Dinner" course from 6:30pm-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Dishes will include Turkish lentil soup with mint and lemon, chicken shawarma with herb green tahini sauce, Israeli chopped salad, and jeweled cauliflower rice. Fees are $45.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Slacks 
    Local improv trio the Slacks will be joined by special guests for a free performance at 7pm at Thousand Acre Cider House, 109 Grand Ave. Entry is open to those 21 and older.
    Thousand Acre Cider House :: http://www.thousandacreciderhouse.com
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Thursday, January 23 12 events
  • 7:30pm Winter Dances 
    Original student choreography will be part of the annual "Winter Dances" performances happening at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. As part of their major, students will also dance, tackle lighting design and fill roles behind the scenes as stage managers, costume and lighting designers and master electricians. Tickets are $8-$16.
    Performing Arts Center :: http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:00pm Cinderella 
    Witness a clever retelling of a beloved fairytale at showings of Cinderella at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at Lynden Christian Worship and Fine Arts Center, 515 Drayton St. Tickets are $7-$12. Additional performances happen at 7pm Jan. 28 and Feb. 1. A special family matinee can be attended at 1pm Sat., Feb. 1.
    Lynden Christian Worship and Fine Arts Center :: http://www.showtix4u.com
  • All Day Winter Book Sale 
    Find books and media for all ages at a Winter Book Sale taking place from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Friday, and 10am-1pm Saturday at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Tables will be restocked continuously; on Saturday, fill a big for $4.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • All Day Salish Sea Early Music Festival 
    The Salish Sea Early Music Festival series begins with a "Louis XIV" concert at 7pm Wednesday at the Fir-Conway Lutheran Church, (18101 Fir Island Rd.) and 7pm Friday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (2117 Walnut St.) At the events, baroque music by flutist Jeffrey Cohan, violinist Courtney Kuroda, viola player Victoria Gunn, and bassoonist Anna Marsh can be heard. Suggested donation is $15-$25 (free for those 18 and under).
    Fir-Conway Lutheran Church, St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.salishseafestival.org/skagit
  • 5:00pm - 7:30pm Snowshoeing and Avalanche Risk 
    The Northwest Avalanche Center will lead a "Snowshoeing and Avalanche Risk" workshop from 5pm-7:30pm at REI, 400 36th St. If you've ever sat in an avalanche class and thought to yourself, that's not me" as a skier tackles a 40-degree slope whilst triggering a slide, this class is for you. Fees are $10-30.
  • 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 Compass Wine Room at the Lighthouse Grill, One Bellwether Way. Fees are $30. For this month's wine social, enjoy Reininger & Helix Wines, Disruption Wine Company, Matthews Winery, and fare from Winebow's Italian, South American and Spanish portfolio. Additional events take place Feb. 20, March 19, and April 23.
    Hotel Bellwether :: http://www.brownpapertickets.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Life Between the Pages Dinner Book Club 
    The monthly "Life Between the Pages" event begins at 6pm at Evolve Chocolate + Cafe, 1200 11th St. (above Village Books). The dinner book club includes food and cocktail pairings related to a book--this month's choice is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Tickets are $60; copies of the book can be purchased at the bookstore for a 15 percent discount. Seating is limited, and reservations are required.
    Evolve Chocolate + Cafe :: (360) 220-1898 or http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Plant-Based Meal Planning 
    Join registered dietitian Michelle Smith for a "Plant-based Meal Planning" course taking place from 6:30pm-8pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Fores St. During the class, Smith will touch on the nutrients to be mindful of, pantry must-haves, and tips and tricks for planning nutritious meals, even if you don’t have much free time. Light snacks will be provided. Fees are $10.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.communityfood.coop
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Fiction and Poetry 
    Marco Rafala reads from his debut novel, How Fires End, and Rena Priest shares her new poetry collection, Sublime Subliminal, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Balkan Folk Dancers 
    The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. There is teaching early in the evening, and no experience or partner is necessary as most dances are line or circle dances. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors can attend for free.
    Fairhaven Library :: (360) 380-0456
  • 7:30pm - 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 "Open Clinic with Dr. Cavedog." Entry is $8 for the early show, $5 for the late one.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm House Concert with the Dovetails Duo 
    The Dovetails Duo performs at a House Concert at 7:30pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. The band is comprised of spouses Jessica Gigot and Dean Luce, along with bassist Peter Bridgman. Suggested donation is $5-$10 at the door.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.org
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Friday, January 24 13 events
  • 4:30pm Bellingham Folk Festival 
    Workshops, performances, dances and jams for all ages and abilities will be part of the Bellingham Folk Festival, which takes place from 4:30pm-9:30pm Friday, 9am-9:30pm Saturday, and 1pm-9:30pm Sunday at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Admission is $10-$105.
    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship :: http://www.thebellinghamfolkfestival.com
  • 7:30pm The Good Doctor 
    Watch a Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov collaboration when The Good Doctor opens this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Jim Lortz directs the "comedy with music," which centers around a writer who speaks to the audience and presents them with a plethora of scenes--some from his childhood, others about his family and friends, and more from his own life experiences. Tickets are $8-$16; additional performances take place through Feb. 9.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • All Day Winter Dances 
    Original student choreography will be part of the annual "Winter Dances" performances happening at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. As part of their major, students will also dance, tackle lighting design and fill roles behind the scenes as stage managers, costume and lighting designers and master electricians. Tickets are $8-$16.
    Performing Arts Center :: http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 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
  • All Day Cinderella 
    Witness a clever retelling of a beloved fairytale at showings of Cinderella at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at Lynden Christian Worship and Fine Arts Center, 515 Drayton St. Tickets are $7-$12. Additional performances happen at 7pm Jan. 28 and Feb. 1. A special family matinee can be attended at 1pm Sat., Feb. 1.
    Lynden Christian Worship and Fine Arts Center :: http://www.showtix4u.com
  • All Day Winter Book Sale 
    Find books and media for all ages at a Winter Book Sale taking place from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Friday, and 10am-1pm Saturday at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Tables will be restocked continuously; on Saturday, fill a big for $4.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 7:00pm Salish Sea Early Music Festival 
    The Salish Sea Early Music Festival series begins with a "Louis XIV" concert at 7pm Wednesday at the Fir-Conway Lutheran Church, (18101 Fir Island Rd.) and 7pm Friday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (2117 Walnut St.) At the events, baroque music by flutist Jeffrey Cohan, violinist Courtney Kuroda, viola player Victoria Gunn, and bassoonist Anna Marsh can be heard. Suggested donation is $15-$25 (free for those 18 and under).
    Fir-Conway Lutheran Church, St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.salishseafestival.org/skagit
  • 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 - 8:00pm Opera Scenes 
    Western Washington University's Voice Area and Opera Club presents performances of "Opera Scenes" from 6pm-8pm Friday and Saturday at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Excerpts from works of Mozart, Verdi, Massenet, Menotti, Sondheim and many more will be performed, directed and designed by students. Entry to the all-ages events is free.
    Performing Arts Center Concert Hall :: http://www.cfpa.wwu.edu
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Greyson Chance 
    As part of his Portraits World Tour, singer and songwriter Greyson Chance will make a stop in Bellingham for a 7pm concert at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. His second studio album, Portraits, blends synth-pop with Chance's characteristic solo piano style. Skela will open the show. Tickets are $38-$88; proceeds will benefit the Ground Floor, Interfaith Coalition, the Lighthouse Mission, Opportunity Council, and Lydia Place.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm Levity 
    Get relief from seriousness at a conscious dance party, "Levity: An Evening of Music, Movement and Mirth," from 7pm-10pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. Silly improv sound yoga, ecstatic dancing with DJ Sprucey Loosey, tea service, a Chillout Art Zone and more will be part of the evening's festivities. Entry to the all-ages event is $10.
    Presence Studio :: http://www.presence-studio.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm The Cocoanuts 
    Skagit Valley College presents performances of The Cocoanuts starting this weekend at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the school's Phil Tarro Theatre. This vaudeville spectacular starring Groucho, Zeppo, Harpo, and Chico was adapted and restored to the stage by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and is sure to please. This is a show for all ages, but there are some adult jokes. Tickets are $7-$17. Additional performances happen weekends through Feb. 9.
    Phil Tarro Theatre :: http://www.skagit.edu/drama
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Saturday, January 25 15 events
  • 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
  • All Day Bellingham Folk Festival 
    Workshops, performances, dances and jams for all ages and abilities will be part of the Bellingham Folk Festival, which takes place from 4:30pm-9:30pm Friday, 9am-9:30pm Saturday, and 1pm-9:30pm Sunday at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Admission is $10-$105.
    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship :: http://www.thebellinghamfolkfestival.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 Winter Dances 
    Original student choreography will be part of the annual "Winter Dances" performances happening at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Mainstage. As part of their major, students will also dance, tackle lighting design and fill roles behind the scenes as stage managers, costume and lighting designers and master electricians. Tickets are $8-$16.
    Performing Arts Center :: http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • All Day The Good Doctor 
    Watch a Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov collaboration when The Good Doctor opens this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Jim Lortz directs the "comedy with music," which centers around a writer who speaks to the audience and presents them with a plethora of scenes--some from his childhood, others about his family and friends, and more from his own life experiences. Tickets are $8-$16; additional performances take place through Feb. 9.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 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
  • 7:00pm Cinderella 
    Witness a clever retelling of a beloved fairytale at showings of Cinderella at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at Lynden Christian Worship and Fine Arts Center, 515 Drayton St. Tickets are $7-$12. Additional performances happen at 7pm Jan. 28 and Feb. 1. A special family matinee can be attended at 1pm Sat., Feb. 1.
    Lynden Christian Worship and Fine Arts Center :: http://www.showtix4u.com
  • 10:00am Winter Book Sale 
    Find books and media for all ages at a Winter Book Sale taking place from 10am-6pm Wednesday through Friday, and 10am-1pm Saturday at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Tables will be restocked continuously; on Saturday, fill a big for $4.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Off the Hill Concert Series 
    Celebrate the power and diversity of women's voices through music at an "Off the Hill: Powerful Women Composers" concert at 7:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Performers include Western Washington University's Fifth Inversion ensemble, faculty and guests. Works by Chrétien Hedwige, Ileana Perez Velazquez, Elizabeth Raum, Gabriela Ortiz, and Valerie Colman will be on the roster. Suggested donation is $5 for students and $25 general at the door to experience the virtuoso chamber music series. All proceeds support WWU music department scholarships.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.cfpa.wwu.edu
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Jennifer Scott Trio 
    As part of the J's Concert Series, the Jennifer Scott Trio will perform at 7:30pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. The in-demand vocalist will be joined by Canadian guitarist Bill Coon, and pro bassist Rene Worst. Tickets are $25.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 7:30pm - 10:00pm Sound of Music Sing-Along 
    Get your voice warmed up and cut up your curtains to be part of a "Sing-Along-A Sound of Music" event at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In addition to enjoying a glorious technicolor screening of the Julie Andrews musical with subtitles, there will be an emcee to encourage full audience participation. Come dressed for the costume contest. Tickets are $22.50 and include a prop bag.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm Contra Dance 
    As part of the Bellingham Folk Festival, Golden Gems will provide live music and Marlin Prowell will do the calling at the Bellingham Country Dance Society's Contra Dance starting with a beginner's workshop at 8pm at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Bring your re-useable water bottle for hydration, and please refrain from wearing fragrances and scented products. Entry is $5.
    Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship :: http://www.bellinghamcountrydance.org
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Paula Poundstone 
    Comedian, humorist, author and radio personality Paula Poundstone returns to Mount Vernon for an 8pm performance at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Known for her clever, observational humor and spontaneous wit, Poundstone is known for selling out shows--so advance reservations are recommended. Tickets are $39-$69.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
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