Week of January 26, 2020

Sunday, January 26 20 events
  • All Day They come in peace 
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 7:30pm 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
  • 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
  • 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 - 11:30am Low Sensory Sunday 
    Children ages 12 and younger with autism spectrum and other sensory processing disorders are welcome to attend a free "Low Sensory Sunday" event from 10am-11:30am at the Family Interactive Gallery at Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. The building will be closed to the public during this time, offering a quieter, personalized experience for children. There will be different activities to choose from, including painting, dancing and more. The program is free to attend.
    Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm Langar in Lynden 
    All are welcome at a Langar event from 11am-2pm in Lynden at Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara, 176 E. Pole Rd. Langar is the sacred community free kitchen of the Sikh people and every temple serves delicious vegetarian food-which they invite the general public to come eat. The largest free kitchen in the world is Langar at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar India, where they serve 100,000 people a day every weekend, and 50,000 a day on weekdays.
    Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara :: (360) 398-1184
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Creative and Literary Liberation book club 
    Join a new Creative and Literary Liberation book club from 1pm-3pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Hosted by the Racial Justice Coalition, this event is for people who identify as a Person of Color and anti-racist advocates.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm Birds on the Shelf 
    In conjunction with Whatcom READS, North Cascades Audubon Society presents "Birds on the Shelf: Taxidermy and Our Complex Relationship with Birds" at 1:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Audubon Society volunteer Paul Woodcock will give a short talk and discussion on the history of collecting bird specimens and how it relates to the John M. Edson Hall of Birds. All ages are welcome. Entry is included with admission.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcomreads.org
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Skagit Symphony Family Concert 
    "Music Takes Flight" will be the theme of Skagit Symphony's annual Family Concert starting at 2pm in Mount Vernon at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Kids can show up at 1pm to meet orchestra members and see the instruments up close--and even play some of them. The following concert will feature a variety of engaging pieces for the young and young at heart. Tickets are $1 for students and children, $10 general.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Bill Evans, Dan Crary, and Wally Barnick 
    Banjo master Bill Evans, guitarist Dan Crary, and bassist and vocalist Wally Barnick will make beautiful music at a 2pm concert at Nancy's Farm, 2030 E. Smith Rd. Expect new songs and old stories, blazing instrumental artistry, and deep-down, powerfully-felt musical moments. Suggested donation is $25.
    Nancy's Farm :: http://www.nancysfarm.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:30pm Art of Jazz 
    The Jennifer Scott Quartet performs at the Jazz Project's monthly "Art of Jazz" concert from 4pm-6:30pm at the BAAY Theater, 1059 N. State St. Scott will be joined by Rene Worst, Bill Coon, and Jud Sherwood. Tickets are $17.
    BAAY Theater :: http://www.jazzproject.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Andrew Rivers 
    Standup comedian Andrew Rivers brings personal and hilarious storytelling to the stage for a 7pm show at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay. Aside from his television appearances on NBC and FOX, Rivers has been featured in the popular Truth or Drink web series from Buzzfeed and his DryBar Comedy Special has more than 15 million views on Facebook. Tickets are $18-$30.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.eventbrite.com
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Monday, January 27 10 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.
  • 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 - 9:00pm Baking with Bruno 
    Bruno Feldeisen, a judge on The Great Canadian Baking Show who was twice-named one of the top 10 pastry chefs in America by Chocolatier magazine, leads a "Baking with Bruno" course from 6:30pm-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Fores St. He'll demonstrate three recipes from his new baking book--flourless almond chocolate cake, Japanese cheesecake, and maple sugar loaf cake. Fees are $45.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Poetrynight 
    Those looking to share their creative verse as part of the weekly Poetrynight can sign up starting at 6:30pm at the Alternative Library, 519 E. Maple St. Readings begin at 7pm. Entry to the all-ages event is by donation.
    Alternative Library :: http://www.blog.poetrynight.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Open Mic Night 
    Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience as they share their stories, poems and essays at a monthly Open Mic Night starting at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Sign up at the main counter on the first floor, or by calling the number listed here.
    Village Books :: (360) 671-2626
  • 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 28 11 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.
  • 6:00am - 10:00pm Ski Bus to Stevens Pass 
    If you're interested in joining a 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 three Tuesdays--and possibly beyond. Fees vary.
  • 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
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Baker Backcountry Basics 
    Necessary gear, common mistakes, best practices and places to ride will be part of a free "Baker Backcountry Basics" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. The Mt. Baker area of the North Cascades offers endless backcountry ski and snowboard lines for those with the right tools, experience and time. Please register in advance.
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm All-Paces Run 
    Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes-by the water or through the woods. Entry is free.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Thai and Lao 
    Chef Robert Fong collaborates with guest chef Usanee Klimo of Fairhaven’s Maikham Restaurant for a "Thai and Lao" class from 6:30pm-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Fores St. The Southeast Asian dishes will be guaranteed to dazzle your taste buds. Fees are $55.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bellingham Reads 
    Discuss Kevin Wilson's A Perfect Little World at a Bellingham reads book discussion from 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Dodson Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. New members are always welcome.
    Bellingham Public Library :: (360) 778-7236
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Kilroy Was Here 
    Skagit Academy presents Kilroy Was Here at 6:30pm Tuesday and Wednesday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The "patriotic comedy" will delve into how the American symbol that became popular during World War II got started. The score includes 1940s hits with classic Andrews Sisters style harmony, as well as patriotic songs, with an opportunity to honor our servicemen and all they have done for us and our country. Entry is free.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Survival by Degrees 
    Dr. Trina Bayard of North Cascades Audubon Society presents "Survival by Degrees: 389 Species on the Brink" at 7pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. A new climate report by National Audubon shows that two thirds of North American bird species are at risk of extinction from climate change. The good news is that our science also shows that if we take action now, we can help improve the chances for 76 percent of species at risk. Suggested donation is $5.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Books & Brews 
    Village Books staff will host a "Books & Brews" discussion focused on Amor Towles' A Gentleman in Moscow at 7pm in Lynden at Overflow Taps, 106 5th St. The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Overflow Taps :: http://www.villagebooks.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
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Wednesday, January 29 7 events
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Bellingham at Home Open House 
    Learn more about Bellingham at Home at an Open House taking place from 1pm-2pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck. Find out about membership, services and volunteer opportunities offered by Bellingham's virtual village--which empowers seniors to stay active and engaged while living in their own homes and neighborhoods.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: http://www.bellinghamathome.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm 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 Homespun French 
    Karina Davidson focuses on "Homespun French" dishes at a course happening from 6:30pm-9pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. The dishes on the lineup were inspired by the hearty nourishing cuisine of the bistros of Paris and the bouchons of Lyons. Entry is $55.
    Cordata Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Journaling Workshop 
    An interactive "You Can Journal!" workshop will cover journal types, styles, supplies, ways to organize a journal, and fun, creative tips you can use from 6:30pm-8pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Entry is free.
    Blaine Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Marine Mammals of the Salish Sea 
    Dr. Cindy Elliser of Pacific Mammal Research leads a "Marine Mammals of the Salish Sea" presentation at 6:30pm at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. Elliser will educate and entertain attendees about the common and uncommon animals you can see--including orcas, humpbacks, porpoises, sea lions and more. Entry is free.
    Burlington Public Library :: http://www.burlingtonwa.gov/library
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Bodies in the Library 
    Seattle native Marty Wingate reads from her new mystery, The Bodies in the Library, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. This modern mystery set in Bath, England pays loving homage to the classic Agatha Christie novel.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Matt Jorgensen Quartet 
    Seattle-based drummer Matt Jorgensen brings an all-star lineup to a Whatcom Jazz Music Art Center concert at 7pm 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
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Thursday, January 30 9 events
  • 7:30pm The Cocoanuts 
    Skagit Valley College presents performances of The Cocoanuts continuing this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday 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 Feb. 6-9.
    Phil Tarro Theatre :: http://www.skagit.edu/drama
  • 7:30pm The Good Doctor 
    Watch a Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov collaboration when The Good Doctor continues this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through 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 Feb. 6-9.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 8:00pm Davis 
    Find out what happens after the tragic death of a cat unleashes a bizarre series of events in the life of his owner Nate at showings of local playwright Dinah Lankerovich's Davis at 8pm Thursday and Friday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Tickets are $8-$15; additional performances happen Feb. 6-8.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm GEMS Night Out 
    Girls in grades 3-8 can explore hands-on science activities at GEMS Night Out (Girls in Engineering, Math & Science) from 6pm-9pm on the Western Washington University campus. Entry to the empowering evening of events is $50.
    Western Washington University :: http://www.oce.wwu.edu/youth-programs
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Pesticides in Your Food 
    Nutritionist Tom Malterre discusses pesticides in our food, the dangers they pose, and what you can do to lower your exposure from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Malterre recently spent three days with the lead scientific witness at the recent class-action suit against Monsanto over the toxic effects of the herbicide Roundup, and has stories to share. Entry is $5.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.communityfood.coop
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Elizabeth Warren Book Club 
    Attend an Elizabeth Warren "Pints & Policy" Book Club from 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Colophon Cafe, 1208 11th St.
    Colophon Cafe :: inurick@elizabethwarren.com
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Chuckanut Radio Hour 13th Anniversary 
    The Chuckanut Radio Hour celebrates its 13th anniversary with highlights and clips from some of the best of 2019 and beyond at 7pm at Whatcom Community College's Heiner Theater, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Entry to the monthly radio variety show is $5.
    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 "The Future of Modern Improv." Entry is $8 for the early show, $5 for the late one.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
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Friday, January 31 15 events
  • All Day The Cocoanuts 
    Skagit Valley College presents performances of The Cocoanuts continuing this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday 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 Feb. 6-9.
    Phil Tarro Theatre :: http://www.skagit.edu/drama
  • All Day The Good Doctor 
    Watch a Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov collaboration when The Good Doctor continues this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through 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 Feb. 6-9.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.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.
  • 7:30pm Serial Killers, Episode One 
    iDiOM Theater's annual "Serial Killers" kicks off this weekend at 7:30pm and 9:30pm showings Friday and Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The five-week tournament of serial plays featuring multiple teams competing for the audience's mercy—and a sizable cash prize. Teams will perform a new episode each weekend, and the audience "votes off" a team until the winners are crowned. Tickets are $7-$12; additional episodes happen weekends through Feb. 29.
    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 for showings of the popular improvised sci-fi show, "Space Trek," at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Friday and Saturday 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
  • 7:30pm 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
  • 7:30pm Murder on the Orient Express 
    An adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express begins this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $20 to see Detective Hercule Poirot figure out whodunnit. Additional performances take place weekends through Feb. 22.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 8:00pm Davis 
    Find out what happens after the tragic death of a cat unleashes a bizarre series of events in the life of his owner Nate at showings of local playwright Dinah Lankerovich's Davis at 8pm Thursday and Friday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Tickets are $8-$15; additional performances happen Feb. 6-8.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 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
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Valley Writers 
    Bring pen and paper or a digital device--and an open mind--to the bimonthly "Valley Writers" meeting from 1pm-3pm at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. Participants write from prompts, and the event is facilitated by local poet and writer CJ Prince. Explore what you think you don't know but already do about writing during the monthly writing group.
    South Whatcom Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 3:30pm - 6:30pm Illuminight Winter Walk 
    Join the Mount Vernon Downtown Association, the City of Mount Vernon, and Tri-Dee Arts for the sixth annual "Illuminight Winter Walk" tonight. The fun kicks off by making paper lantern luminaries at 3:30pm at Tri-Dee Arts (215 S. First St.), continuing with live music at 5pm at Riverwalk Park Plaza, followed by a 5:30pm procession with lit luminaries (approximately one mile). This is a rain-or-shine event. Entry is free.
    Riverwalk Park Plaza :: http://www.mountvernonwa.gov
  • 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 :: (360) 650-3308 or youth@wwu.edu
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Vortex Closing Reception 
    Attend a closing reception for "Vortex: Grid Interpretation" from 6:30pm-9pm at Mindport Exhibits, 210 W. Holly St. Based on a photo by Kevin Jones, "Vortex," the chalk pastel piece features grids by WWW students; each completed one full-sized grid rectangle as well as a smaller piece. Evidence of observation, focus and well-developed mark making can be seen expressed can be seen expressed in personalized styles across the larger drawing.
    Mindport Exhibits :: http://www.mindport.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Salish Sea Early Music Festival 
    "Mozart Quartets" will be the focus of a Salish Sea Early Music Festival concert at 7pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St. Flutist Jeffrey Cohan, violinist Carrie Krause, violist Victoria Gunn, and cellist Caroline Nicola will play the complete "Mozart Quartets for Flute and Strings" performed on period instruments. Suggested donation is $15-$25 (free for those 18 and younger).
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church :: http://www.salishseafestival.org
  • 9:00pm - 10:00pm Afterglow Comedy Hour 
    Attend the monthly Afterglow Comedy Hour from 9pm-10pm at Stemma Brewing Company, 2039 Moore St. The recipe is simple: Add five comedians, give them one hour to fit in their funny business, and reap infinite laughs. Nikki Kilpatrick hosts. Entry is free.
    Stemma Brewing Company :: http://www.stemmabrewing.com
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Saturday, February 1 31 events
  • 3:00pm Bellingham Cocktail Week 
    Local restaurants, bars and distilleries will take part in the fourth annual Bellingham Cocktail Week happening from Feb. 1-9 at as many as 30 participating locales throughout the city. More than 25 events will take place, including a kickoff event at Temple Bar, Boozy History tours, a bartending competition, games, cider education, brunch events, mocktail hour, a Cocktail Odyssey Tasting Expo, and much more. See a full listing of events online. Prices vary.
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.bellinghamcocktailweek.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.
  • 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 Good Doctor 
    Watch a Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov collaboration when The Good Doctor continues this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through 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 Feb. 6-9.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • All Day The Cocoanuts 
    Skagit Valley College presents performances of The Cocoanuts continuing this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday 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 Feb. 6-9.
    Phil Tarro Theatre :: http://www.skagit.edu/drama
  • 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 Serial Killers, Episode One 
    iDiOM Theater's annual "Serial Killers" kicks off this weekend at 7:30pm and 9:30pm showings Friday and Saturday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. The five-week tournament of serial plays featuring multiple teams competing for the audience's mercy—and a sizable cash prize. Teams will perform a new episode each weekend, and the audience "votes off" a team until the winners are crowned. Tickets are $7-$12; additional episodes happen weekends through Feb. 29.
    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 for showings of the popular improvised sci-fi show, "Space Trek," at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Friday and Saturday 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
  • 7:30pm 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
  • 7:30pm Murder on the Orient Express 
    An adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express begins this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $20 to see Detective Hercule Poirot figure out whodunnit. Additional performances take place weekends through Feb. 22.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm Community Breakfast 
    Attend an all-you-can-eat monthly Community 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.
    Rome Grange :: (360) 961-3491
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm Snowshoe Walk 
    Learn snowshoe and winter safety basics while gaining knowledge about winter ecology, recreation opportunities, and the cultural history of the North Fork Nooksack drainage at a ranger-guided Snowshoe Walk starting at 10am at Glacier Public Service Center, 10091 Mt. Baker Hwy. Entry is $10 for youth 16 and under, $20 general. Snowshoes and poles are provided. Reservations are required. Programs continue Sundays through March 22.
    Glacier Public Service Center :: http://www.discovernw.org
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Rowers Race 
    Sound Rowers and Paddlers will host its first Rowers Race of the year starting at 10am on the Swinomish Channel in La Conner. Entry is $10-$20.
    Swinomish Channel :: http://www.soundrowers.org
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm You can Journal! 
    Journal types, styles, supplies, ways to organize a journal, and fun, creative tips you can use will be part of a "You Can Journal!" workshop from 10:30am-12pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Entry is free to the interactive event.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Pruning so you don't have to prune so often 
    "Pruning So You Don't Have to Prune So Often" will be the focus of a class with author and Northwest Flower & Garden Festival speaker Christina Pfeiffer from 11am-12pm in Mount Vernon at Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. Entry is $8.
    Christianson's Nursery :: http://www.christiansonsnursery.com
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm New Exhibits Opening 
    "The Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage, and Spirituality" and "Conversations Between Collections: The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Whatcom Museum" open today from 12pm-5pm at Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building. The former shows through April 26, the latter through Jan. 3, 2021. Entry is $5-$10.
    Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 12:00pm - 11:30pm Aslan Depot Anniversary Party 
    A second anniversary celebration will take place from 12pm-11:30pm as Aslan Depot, 1322 N. State St. As part of the festivities, the Depot will be releasing a new barrel project titled 2 Deep (Brett Pale Ale). They will also break out a case of every bottle projected they've released to date, and will feature live music starting at 7pm.
    Aslan Depot :: http://www.aslandepot.com
  • 1:00pm - 9:00pm Cinderella 
    Witness a clever retelling of a beloved fairytale at the final showings of Cinderella at 1pm and 7pm at Lynden Christian Worship and Fine Arts Center, 515 Drayton St. Tickets are $7-$12.
    Lynden Christian Worship and Fine Arts Center :: http://www.showtix4u.com
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Hot Jazz Party 
    Kick off Mardi Gras month by joining the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society for a Hot Jazz Party from 2pm-5pm at the VFW Hall, 625 N. State St. Josh Roberts and Friends will be playing Chicago-Swing hot jazz of the 1920s and ’30s, and all ages are welcome. Entry is $6-$10.
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Birds of Winter Art Walk 
    A "Birds of Winter" Art Walk takes place from 2pm-5pm throughout downtown Mount Vernon. As many as 15 participating businesses and galleries will feature local and regional artists exploring the natural world, including bird-themed art.
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Distillery Tour 
    Pull back the curtain to see how a real grain-to-glass distillery turns locally grown agricultural products into award-winning spirits such as bourbon, whiskey, gin, vodka and more at a Tour and Tasting taking place from 2pm-3pm at Chuckanut Bay Distillery, 1311 Cornwall Ave. Entry is $15 and includes a tasting flight of spirits, a guided tour, and a souvenir shot glass. Please register in advance.
    Chuckanut Bay Distillery :: http://www.chuckanutbaydistillery.com
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Demystifying Aperitif and Digestif Wines 
    Stop by for a "Demystifying Aperitif and Digestif Wines" tasting from 2pm-4pm at Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect St. Renee Stark from Prime Imports will be pouring and explaining. Entry to the 21-and-over event is free.
    Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants :: http://www.sjwinemerchants.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Interlacements 
    Watch the documentary Interlacements at 4pm at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. The movie made by fiber artist Marilyn Romatka and her husband highlights the connections made through the fiber arts--the Seattle Weavers Guild and the Seattle Children’s hospital, the deep emotional pull of a rug by Marji Fiddler, more about John Beard and the robes he has made in the tradition of coastal native people, the link between a guitar player and the woman who made his guitar strap, and a local group of weavers. Entry is by donation.
    Jansen Art Center :: http://www.jansenartcenter.org
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Folly Opening with Natalie Niblack 
    Attend an opening reception for Natalie Niblack's most recent body of work, "Folly," from 4pm-6pm in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. Fearlessly dealing with the hardest topics in today's political world, Niblack does so with boundless imagination and skill in painting, drawing, ceramics, silk screening and more.
    i.e. gallery :: http://www.ieedison.com
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Potluck Social 
    Join your neighbors and make new friends when the Sudden Valley Community Association hosts a Potluck Social from 5pm-7pm at the Sudden Valley Dance Barn, 4 Clubhouse Circle. Bring your favorite tried-and-true dish or create something new. Make an appetizer, a main dish or a dessert. Attendees are responsible for providing their own dishes, silverware and beverages (no alcohol allowed).
    Sudden Valley Dance Barn :: (360) 255-3080
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm Be Out Guest, a Fundraiser for BAAY 
    Attend "Be Our Guest: A Fundraiser for BAAY" from 6pm-9pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Attendees can enjoy drinks, light appetizers, fundraising activities, and a showcase of talent from Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's theatre program. Tickets are $25.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.sylviacenterforthearts.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm BE in the Show 
    Celebrate local movers and shakers when the Dance Studio presents "BE in the Show: Just Dance" at 6pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The performance will feature tap, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, lyrical, contemporary dance and more. Entry is $10 to the kid-friendly event.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm Arts & Jazz Fundraiser 
    Celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of students at Blaine Fine Arts Association's 23rd annual "Arts & Jazz" fundraiser taking place from 7pm-10pm at Blaine High School's Cafetorium, 975 H St. Live and silent auctions will be part of the community-based, family-friendly celebration of the fine arts programs in the Blaine School District. Entry is $5-$7; proceeds benefit scholarships and experiences beyond the curriculum.
    Blaine High School's Cafetorium :: http://www.blainesd.org/blaine-high-school
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pm Folk Dance Party 
    Dance to live Balkan music by Osem i Devit at a Folk Dance Party from 7pm-10pm at the Squalicum Yacht Club, 2633 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Suggested donation is $15.
    Squalicum Yacht Club :: (360) 920-5962
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Nuages in Concert 
    Hear the music of Django Reinhardt when Nuages performs from 7:30pm-9:30pm at the Lummi Island Congregational Church, 3913 Legoe Bay Rd. Suggested donation is $10-$20 to explore the wide world of jazz.
    Lummi Island Congregational Church :: (360) 961-1559
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Sounds of Siberia 
    Hear traditional folk music from Sakha and Tuva at a "Sounds of Siberia" concert at 8pm at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Yuliyana Krivoshapkina, the foremost master of the khomus (a kind of jaw harp) and throat singer Nachyn Choreve will be the featured performers. Tickets are $18.
    Firehouse Arts and Events Center :: http://www.firehouseperformingarts.com
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