Limited Engagements

Here today, gone tomorrow

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Don’t blink, because you might miss a few noteworthy events. They’re limited engagements, so be prepared to show up and represent by perusing creative works, entering into meaningful dialogue with those you’re sharing space with and perhaps offering financial support by purchasing a piece of art.

If you’ve never wandered through Bellingham’s Alley District, “Art on Tap: End of an Era” will be your chance to get in on the associated action on “Block 52” one last time. Located in the courtyard of Altility Art Studio at 929 N. State St., the main event taking place June 15-16 will celebrate the community of talented artisans who have long made the alley space at the beginning of the South Bay Trail a creative destination in downtown Bellingham. The cultural collective—which also includes the HUB Community Bike Shop, Positive Negative Photography Center, and Plantas Nativa—is scheduled for demolition this summer to make way for a new housing development, and organizers of the event are choosing to head out with a bang.

To that end, starting at 6pm Friday, listen to live music by Doni Doni African drums, followed by a Trash Fashion/Upcycled Runway Show, bluegrass tunes by the Red Sky Riders, art and food vendors, additional performances and more. From 12-10pm Saturday, indoor and outdoor activities continue, with music by Celestial Navigation from 3-5pm, and by Coldwater Collective from 7-9pm. While you’re there, find out more about the relocation efforts of the HUB—who will host a benefit next month to help raise funds for the big move. More info:

While the Commercial Street Night Market taking place from 6-10pm Fri. June 15 on the 1300 block of the downtown thoroughfare isn’t the last of its kind, it too belongs in the the “here today, gone tomorrow” category, as each of the seasonal monthly soirees hosted by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership is its own different animal. Among the unique vendors attendees will encounter on this go-round are I WOOD For You (featuring handcrafted gifts made locally from recycled wood), Glitt3r Lyfe, Evolve Chocolate, Hello & Goodbye (specializing in custom-painted shoes, shirts and more), We-Bee Kind (a CBD herbal apothecary), WinkWink (a woman-owned adult boutique offering expertly curated sex and body products), Ananda Woodworks, Megan H. Carroll Illustrations, Wild Child Herbs, Creed Mixed Media Designs, and more. Food vendors, interactive play (hula hoops are involved), and performances by the Bellingham School of Music, the Subdued City Rollers, Barucada Brazilian Drummers, and Silent Disco will round out the evening of free fun. If you miss your chance to dance in the streets, you’ll never forgive yourself (or you’ll do it at the next market in July).  More info:

Finally, the “Spring Has Sprung” exhibit on display at Camano Island’s Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park on Blanche Way has an obvious end—as this is the last weekend of the current season. From 11am-5pm Fri., June 15 to Sun., June 17, the doors will open one last time for the group show featuring colorful works by Liana Bennett, Deb McCunn, Mark Eaton, Dan Freeman, Ruth Hesse, Sharon Kingston, Janie Olsen, Donna Watson, Leon White, and Hiroshi Yamano. New sculptures by Josh Henrie, Kentaro Kojima, Dale Reiger, and Leon White can be explored in the park.

While you’re enjoying what is forecasted to be a warmer than usual weekend in the area, plan time to check out the more than 75 permanent and temporary works of world-class significance situated throughout the forested 10-acre grounds. It seems as if it might be an apt place to bid farewell to spring, and say hello to summer. More info:

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Bard on the Beach

12:00pm|Vanier Park

Bellingham Dance Company's Hunchback


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7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Open Air Summer Rep

7:30pm|Maritime Heritage Park

Chuckanut Writers Conference

9:00am|Whatcom Community College

Lummi Stommish Water Festival

10:00am|Lummi Nation

Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival

5:00pm|Historic Fairhaven

Keys for Kids

5:30pm|Stepping Stones Garden

Off Broadway

7:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Sin & Gin Tours

7:00pm|Downtown Bellingham, historic Fairhaven

Musicals and Brawls

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

Plant Hike

8:00am|Hannegan Pass Trail

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Hall

Padden Triathlon

8:30am|Lake Padden Park

March Point Run

9:00am|Andeavor Refinery

Mount Vernon Farmers Market

9:00am|Riverwalk Park

Twin Sisters Market

9:00am|Nugent's Corner, North Fork Library

Anacortes Farmers Market

9:00am|Depot Arts Center

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am| Depot Market Square

Welcome to Chickenlandia

10:00am|Blaine Library

Lynden Farmers Market

10:00am|Centennial Park

Lummi Island Saturday Market

10:00am|Islander Grocery Store

How to Renovate an Older Urban Garden

10:00am|Roeder Home

Imagine This! Home & Landscape Tour

10:00am|Whatcom County

Blaine Gardeners Market

10:00am|H Street Plaza

Sumas Writers Group

10:00am|Sumas Library

Inside the green building scene


Apps & Snaps for iPhone Gardeners

11:00am|Christianson's Nursery

A Novel Affair with Nancy Pearl

11:30am|Maple Hall

Ice Cream Class for Adults

12:00pm|Lynden Library

Concrete Saturday Market

1:00pm|Concrete Community Center

Lynden Cemetery Tour

1:00pm|Lynden Cemetery

Tuesdays with Morrie

2:00pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Nooksack River Walk

3:00pm|Horseshoe Bend Trailhead

Seafood Boil

5:30pm|Semiahmoo Resort

Seafood Boil

5:30pm|Semiahmoo Resort

Saturday Seafood Boil

5:30pm|Semiahmoo Resort

Sin & Gin Tours

7:00pm|Downtown Bellingham, historic Fairhaven

Chuckanut Writers Conference Open Mics

7:00pm|Village Books Reading Gallery, Evolve Chocolate and Cafe, Lovitt Restaurant, and Magdalena's Creperie

Musical Reunion

7:00pm|YWCA Ballroom


7:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

An Evening with Ira Glass

7:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

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12:00pm|Vanier Park

Bellingham Dance Company's Hunchback


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Lummi Stommish Water Festival

10:00am|Lummi Nation

Off Broadway

7:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Sin & Gin Tours

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Brunch on the Bay

10:00am|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Skagit Symphony Garden Tour

10:00am|Mount Vernon

Junk in Your Trunk

10:00am|North Fork Library

Edison Farmers Market

10:00am|Edison Granary

La Conner Live

1:00pm|Gilkey Square

Women on the Water

1:00pm|Community Boating Center

Audubon at the Museum

1:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Trivia Time

3:30pm|Boundary Bay Brewery

Way North Comedy Triple Header

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

Take Me to Church

8:00pm|Rumors Cabaret

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Bard on the Beach

12:00pm|Vanier Park

Rainbow Reads

12:00pm|Lynden Library, Ferndale Library

Plant Diagnostic Clinics

5:00pm|Bellingham Public Library

Hammocking Basics


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Monday Night Pizza

6:00pm|Ciao Thyme Commons

Cuban Salsa

6:00pm|Bell Tower Studios

Orca Month Kayak Tour

6:00pm|Zuanich Park

Books on Tap Two

6:30pm|Tino's Pizza & Pasta Co.

Open Mic Night

7:00pm|Village Books


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