Week of January 3, 2021

Sunday, January 3 4 events
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 can submit their original writing for consideration in Whatcom County Library System's annual poetry competition, "A Forest of Words," through March 15. All styles of poetry are encouraged; a panel selects poems based on originality, creativity and craft, and accepted poets receive a copy of the collaborative book--and bragging rights. Submissions will be accepted online, via mail, or at one of the WCLS libraries.
  • 6:00pm Estella Scrooge 
    View a modern take on Charles Dickens' 1843 novella at virtual screenings of Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol With a Twist through Sun., Jan. 3. The tale has been updated not only to bring the tale into the present day, but also to make allowances for what it takes to produce a play in the middle of a global pandemic--including utilizing digital environments merged with footage of actors (who were filmed individually to allow for social distancing). Fees are $30 for a 72-hour viewing per household or $45 for a VIP Premium Theatre Experience which includes unlimited viewings, a download of the CD and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Bellingham Theatre Guild.
  • 12:00pm From Where They Are 
    Help raise funds for Fairhaven's Firehouse Performing Arts Center by watching Kuntz and Company's virtual performance of from where they are online as part of the Firehouse Studio. The focus of the 20-minute piece explores how area youth ages 7-16 have adapted to life under the continued threat of COVID-19. Fees are $5 to view the collaboration between Kuntz and Co., Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, and the Firehouse. Additional donations to help keep the venue alive are welcome.
  • 12:00pm BAAY Online Winter Classes 
    Registration is now open for Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's online winter classes for kids and teens, which start in January and continue weekly on Zoom. Students from ages 5 to 17 can explore theater, dance, singing, songwriting, improv, costuming, makeup and more. Fees are $90-$180 per class. Also offered are special multiple classes, bring-a-friend discounts, scholarships and more. "Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, school closures and stay at home orders, the need for creative expression and community engagement is more important than ever," BAAY staffers say. "We believe that the arts are a basic and essential component of all children's education."
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Monday, January 4 2 events
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 can submit their original writing for consideration in Whatcom County Library System's annual poetry competition, "A Forest of Words," through March 15. All styles of poetry are encouraged; a panel selects poems based on originality, creativity and craft, and accepted poets receive a copy of the collaborative book--and bragging rights. Submissions will be accepted online, via mail, or at one of the WCLS libraries.
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm General Lit Book Group 
    At 7pm, join Village Books co-owners Kelly Evert and Paul Hanson for a monthly General Lit Book Group meeting to discuss Marilynne Robinson's book Gilead. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Award, the tome is the long-hoped-for second novel by Robinson. Please register in advance for the virtual event.
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Tuesday, January 5 1 event
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 can submit their original writing for consideration in Whatcom County Library System's annual poetry competition, "A Forest of Words," through March 15. All styles of poetry are encouraged; a panel selects poems based on originality, creativity and craft, and accepted poets receive a copy of the collaborative book--and bragging rights. Submissions will be accepted online, via mail, or at one of the WCLS libraries.
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Wednesday, January 6 3 events
  • 10:00am Grow Your Groceries 
    Registration is currently open for an online "Grow Your Groceries Winter 2021" series starting Feb. 2 with WSU Skagit. The 12-week series will cover all aspects of home gardening for food production as well as seed saving, perennial food forests and fruit production, eco-cooking/waste reduction, and four classes devoted to preserving the food after harvest. Fees for all 12 workshops are $140, which includes a binder with all print materials as well as free seeds. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please register in advance, as the popular course typically sells out quickly.
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 can submit their original writing for consideration in Whatcom County Library System's annual poetry competition, "A Forest of Words," through March 15. All styles of poetry are encouraged; a panel selects poems based on originality, creativity and craft, and accepted poets receive a copy of the collaborative book--and bragging rights. Submissions will be accepted online, via mail, or at one of the WCLS libraries.
  • 3:00pm Teen Events with WCLS 
    Students in grades 6 to 12 can sign up for a variety of virtual events through Whatcom County Library System, including "Teen Reads" from 3pm-4pm Wednesdays, "Whatcom Teen Writers" from 3pm-4pm Thursdays, and a "Book It!" Tween Book Club from 4pm-5pm Thursdays.
    Virtual :: http://www.wcls.org
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Thursday, January 7 12 events
  • 10:00am Lost in Space 
    Through Jan. 14, support Bellingham-based actor and playwright DK Reinemer and get entertained by tuning into the Orlando Winter Mini-Fringe Festival to watch the intergalactic comedy, "DK: Lost in Space." In the one-man virtual show, "a heroic Space Force astronaut wakes from cryogenic sleep on a return flight to Earth, then everything goes to shit." The PG-13 show includes adult language, mature themes and violence. Tickets are $10 to stream the pre-recorded performance on demand. Purchase an all-access pass and see all 26 shows for $75 (a $260 value).
  • 10:00am From Where They Are 
    Help raise funds for Fairhaven's Firehouse Performing Arts Center by watching Kuntz and Company's virtual performance of from where they are online as part of the Firehouse Studio. The focus of the 20-minute piece explores how area youth ages 7-16 have adapted to life under the continued threat of COVID-19. Fees are $5 to view the collaboration between Kuntz and Co., Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, and the Firehouse. Additional donations to help keep the venue alive are welcome.
  • 10:00am A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 can submit their original writing for consideration in Whatcom County Library System's annual poetry competition, "A Forest of Words," through March 15. All styles of poetry are encouraged; a panel selects poems based on originality, creativity and craft, and accepted poets receive a copy of the collaborative book--and bragging rights. Submissions will be accepted online, via mail, or at one of the WCLS libraries.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • All Day Grow Your Groceries 
    Registration is currently open for an online "Grow Your Groceries Winter 2021" series starting Feb. 2 with WSU Skagit. The 12-week series will cover all aspects of home gardening for food production as well as seed saving, perennial food forests and fruit production, eco-cooking/waste reduction, and four classes devoted to preserving the food after harvest. Fees for all 12 workshops are $140, which includes a binder with all print materials as well as free seeds. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please register in advance, as the popular course typically sells out quickly.
  • 8:00am A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 can submit their original writing for consideration in Whatcom County Library System's annual poetry competition, "A Forest of Words," through March 15. All styles of poetry are encouraged; a panel selects poems based on originality, creativity and craft, and accepted poets receive a copy of the collaborative book--and bragging rights. Submissions will be accepted online, via mail, or at one of the WCLS libraries.
  • 3:00pm Teen Events with WCLS 
    Students in grades 6 to 12 can sign up for a variety of virtual events through Whatcom County Library System, including "Teen Reads" from 3pm-4pm Wednesdays, "Whatcom Teen Writers" from 3pm-4pm Thursdays, and a "Book It!" Tween Book Club from 4pm-5pm Thursdays.
    Virtual :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Continuing Education Info Session 
    Register for a WWU Professional and Continuing Education Virtual Information Session taking place from 12pm-1pm online. Join advisors for a "lunch-and-learn" Zoom session covering upcoming Professional and Continuing Education offerings. This is an excellent time to ask questions and learn about how Western can help you up-skill. Additional sessions take place Feb. 2 and March 10.
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm Food Bank Distribution 
    Bellingham Food Bank will be distributing pre-packed food boxes from 1pm-4pm at 1175 Jersey St. People can join a car queue and, when it’s their turn, volunteers will offer food boxes without requiring person-to-person contact. There will also be bike and walk-up options. Each household represented in a vehicle may pick up for up to two families. Menstrual products, baby formula and diapers will be added to distributed items as availability allows. Folks may visit twice per week and may choose among all locations which they visit. Cold-weather options are 1pm-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Jersey Street locale, and from 3pm-6pm Wednesdays at the parking lot at Christ the King Church, 4173 Meridian St.
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm What We're Reading Book Club 
    If you love to talk about what's between the pages, attend an online What We're Reading Book Club meeting at 4pm with Whatcom County Library System. Deming Library staff member Erin Suda leads the events, which take place the first and third Thursdays of the month. Please register in advance to share what you've been reading and become inspired by others.
    Virtual :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Great Gray Owl Virtual Presentation 
    From 7pm-8:15pm, North Cascades Institute and Skagit Audubon Society team up to present a virtual "Great Gray Owl: A Visual Natural History" presentation with award-winning author and photographer Paul Bannick. The second part of the series, "Snowy Owl: A Visual Natural History," takes place at 7pm Tues., Jan. 19. For both presentations, Bannick will combine his breathtaking images, firsthand accounts, video, sound and science to help inspire conservation and education efforts as well as to help spread awareness about the threats facing these owls and what we can do to protect them. Fees are $5 for each presentation.
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Zoom and Eat 
    At 7pm, Whatcom Community Foundation and South Fork Valley Community Association will host a virtual presentation, "Zoom and Eat: Canning, Preserving and Sharing Our Resources." The topic of the "Project Neighborly" event will focus on people sharing their harvest. New South Fork Valley resident Aubrey Redmon will discuss preserving and freezing, longtime canning expert Judy Torfin will share tips, and Foothills Food Bank Executive Director Cheryl Thompson will talk. Questions will be encouraged. Please register in advance.
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Quarantrivia with Aireekah 
    Sign up a socially distant team to take part in virtual Quarantrivia with Aireekah from 7:30pm-9:30pm Thursdays. Teams can be one to six players, and whoever signs up will be the team captain. Entry is free, but tips are appreciated and welcome. Socially distant teams playing with different computers are welcome, and prizes can be won.
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Friday, January 8 4 events
  • All Day Lost in Space 
    Through Jan. 14, support Bellingham-based actor and playwright DK Reinemer and get entertained by tuning into the Orlando Winter Mini-Fringe Festival to watch the intergalactic comedy, "DK: Lost in Space." In the one-man virtual show, "a heroic Space Force astronaut wakes from cryogenic sleep on a return flight to Earth, then everything goes to shit." The PG-13 show includes adult language, mature themes and violence. Tickets are $10 to stream the pre-recorded performance on demand. Purchase an all-access pass and see all 26 shows for $75 (a $260 value).
  • All Day From Where They Are 
    Help raise funds for Fairhaven's Firehouse Performing Arts Center by watching Kuntz and Company's virtual performance of from where they are online as part of the Firehouse Studio. The focus of the 20-minute piece explores how area youth ages 7-16 have adapted to life under the continued threat of COVID-19. Fees are $5 to view the collaboration between Kuntz and Co., Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, and the Firehouse. Additional donations to help keep the venue alive are welcome.
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 can submit their original writing for consideration in Whatcom County Library System's annual poetry competition, "A Forest of Words," through March 15. All styles of poetry are encouraged; a panel selects poems based on originality, creativity and craft, and accepted poets receive a copy of the collaborative book--and bragging rights. Submissions will be accepted online, via mail, or at one of the WCLS libraries.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • All Day Grow Your Groceries 
    Registration is currently open for an online "Grow Your Groceries Winter 2021" series starting Feb. 2 with WSU Skagit. The 12-week series will cover all aspects of home gardening for food production as well as seed saving, perennial food forests and fruit production, eco-cooking/waste reduction, and four classes devoted to preserving the food after harvest. Fees for all 12 workshops are $140, which includes a binder with all print materials as well as free seeds. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please register in advance, as the popular course typically sells out quickly.
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Saturday, January 9 10 events
  • All Day Lost in Space 
    Through Jan. 14, support Bellingham-based actor and playwright DK Reinemer and get entertained by tuning into the Orlando Winter Mini-Fringe Festival to watch the intergalactic comedy, "DK: Lost in Space." In the one-man virtual show, "a heroic Space Force astronaut wakes from cryogenic sleep on a return flight to Earth, then everything goes to shit." The PG-13 show includes adult language, mature themes and violence. Tickets are $10 to stream the pre-recorded performance on demand. Purchase an all-access pass and see all 26 shows for $75 (a $260 value).
  • All Day From Where They Are 
    Help raise funds for Fairhaven's Firehouse Performing Arts Center by watching Kuntz and Company's virtual performance of from where they are online as part of the Firehouse Studio. The focus of the 20-minute piece explores how area youth ages 7-16 have adapted to life under the continued threat of COVID-19. Fees are $5 to view the collaboration between Kuntz and Co., Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, and the Firehouse. Additional donations to help keep the venue alive are welcome.
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 can submit their original writing for consideration in Whatcom County Library System's annual poetry competition, "A Forest of Words," through March 15. All styles of poetry are encouraged; a panel selects poems based on originality, creativity and craft, and accepted poets receive a copy of the collaborative book--and bragging rights. Submissions will be accepted online, via mail, or at one of the WCLS libraries.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 10:00am Grow Your Groceries 
    Registration is currently open for an online "Grow Your Groceries Winter 2021" series starting Feb. 2 with WSU Skagit. The 12-week series will cover all aspects of home gardening for food production as well as seed saving, perennial food forests and fruit production, eco-cooking/waste reduction, and four classes devoted to preserving the food after harvest. Fees for all 12 workshops are $140, which includes a binder with all print materials as well as free seeds. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please register in advance, as the popular course typically sells out quickly.
  • 9:00am - 2:00pm Anacortes Winter Farmers Market 
    Peruse and purchase locally sourced food and crafts from area vendors at the Anacortes Farmers Market's first Winter Market of the season from 9am-2pm at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. Additional markets happen on the second Saturdays of the month--Feb. 13, March 13, and April 10--before the season opens on weekly basis in early May. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place.
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Christmas Tree Pickup 
    Boy Scouts of Whatcom County will be collecting Christmas trees for recycling throughout the community today. Sign up to have your tree picked up at the website listed below. Donations to the program will help fund local scouting programs. Suggested donation is $10-$20.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.bsatreepickup.com
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm Bellingham Dockside Market 
    Bellingham SeaFeast, the Port of Bellingham, and the Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County have joined forces for a Bellingham Dockside Market happening from 10am-2pm today at Gate 5 or 7 at Squalicum Harbor. Product availability and sale dates through winter will vary; the operation of the market reflects the dynamic circumstances local fisher-folks navigate. Check the market's Facebook page prior to sale days to see what sort of fresh seafood will be on the menu. The next market takes place Sat., Jan. 23.
    Squalicum Harbor :: http://www.bellinghamdockside.org
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Award-Winning Book Club 
    From 10:30am-12pm, Whatcom Count Library System hosts a virtual Award-Winning Book Club meeting. Today's topic will focus on Gabrielle Zevin's book, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. The group meets on the second Saturday of the month. Please register in advance for the Zoom event.
    Virtual :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm Share Spot 
    Birchwood Food Desert Fighters hosts a Share Spot from 12pm-2pm Saturdays in the parking lot of the Industrial Credit Union, 3233 Northwest Ave. Thanks to a collaboration with the Miracle Food Network, the weekly event featuring the sharing of free food will likely continue through the winter. Volunteers are often needed on Saturdays, and during the week. COVID safety protocols are in place.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Virtual Comedy Open Mic 
    Bellingham Entertainment will be hosting virtual Comedy Open Mics from 7pm-9pm every Saturday until live events are allowed again. Each open mic will have eight performance spots and room for 100 audience members to watch for free. If you're interested in watching or performing, contact Nathan Romano. A link to the event will be sent 30 minutes before showtime.
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