Sunday, December 8, 2019

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Holiday happenings: Enjoy these festive events


Holiday happenings: Enjoy these festive events

We all have our favorites of the season – places to see, cookies to eat, people to visit. The following events have all the things we love and more, and we hope you enjoy them. Port of Bellingham Holiday Festival and Gingerbread House Display: Held Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8, this annual festival offers the
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Country Living Expo returns Jan. 25; 175 classes available to choose from

STANWOOD – The Country Living Expo & Cattlemen’s Winterschool returns Saturday, Jan. 25 at Stanwood High School. Registration is now open, with 175 classes available, including 30 brand new classes. Participants can choose five sessions, visit with local and regional vendors during the large trade show, enjoy a prime rib or vegetarian lunch, and more.
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The Local Dirt: December 2019

Thanks to the King Arthur Flour “Bake for Good” team for all their work with local elementary school students and teachers! This team has visited several local schools in Whatcom County over the last month, including showing 4th and 5th graders how to bake. The students went home with their own baking kits and excited
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San Juan Islands Ag Summit coming up

ORCAS ISLAND – The San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit, hosted by WSU San Juan County Extension Office, will be Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-8. This year Orcas Island will host the annual summit at Camp Orkila, including more than 150 local farmers, food producers, businesses, and advocates gathered for a weekend of education, inspiration and
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Thanks and giving: Bake For Good and Turkey Trot

This month is a special time for giving in the community. Check out these three ways to help while having fun! Thanksgiving Bake for Good: Join the Bread Lab and King Arthur Flour to bake for a cause, as they offer two free classes this month. First, the Bake For Good: Kids! edition is for
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Small Fruit Conference set Dec. 4-6

LYNDEN – The Washington Small Fruit Conference and Lynden Ag Show will be held Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 4-6 at the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. This three-day conference  will share the latest relevant research and information for small fruit growers in WA, OR, and B.C. Lunch is provided each day. This conference is presented
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Berardi releases FoodWISE book Berardi releases FoodWISE book

BELLINGHAM – Gigi Berardi, a long-time resident and professor at Western Washington University, is releasing a new book, titled FoodWISE: A Whole Systems Guide to Sustainable and Delicious Food Choices. Published by North Atlantic Books, Berardi’s book outlines approaches to informed food choices, agriculture, and more. She teaches food and geography classes domestically and internationally,
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WSU Snohomish Extension offers Beginning Beekeeper course

EVERETT – The WSU Snohomish County Extension is sponsoring a session of the Beginning Hobbyist Beekeeper course in the Washington State Beekeepers Association’s Master Beekeeper Program starting Monday, November 18, 2019, 6:30pm to 9:30pm at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St SE, Everett. The five-week course is perfect
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Christmas morning cookies, casserole, and coffee Christmas morning cookies, casserole, and coffee

by Chelsy Mesman There is nothing quite like that feeling waking up on Christmas morning when you were a kid. Running out of your room and seeing the presents stacked under the tree and Santa’s cookies all eaten. If you were a farm kid it also meant you had to wait to open presents until
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Mushrooms species on display at local shows Mushrooms species on display at local shows

Experts available for identification help; samples welcome The annual mushroom shows presented by local mycological organizations are coming up this month, offering visitors the chance to have their questions answered, mushrooms indentified, and learn about the hundreds of species that grow in the Northwest. The 30th Annual Wild Mushroom Show, presented by the Northwest Mushroomers
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Hummingbirds: How to attract them with nectar, plants Hummingbirds: How to attract them with nectar, plants

by Grow Northwest Hummingbirds are a beautiful little sight to behold. They can fly 25 to 30 miles per hour, dive up to 60 miles per hour, and flap their wings approximately 70 times per second. When diving, they can reach 200 times per second! Hummingbirds eat nectar, as well as small insects, larvae, insect
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Ornaments: Make memories with these decorative ideas Ornaments: Make memories with these decorative ideas

Ornaments are one of the most fun crafts to make this time of year. Whether hanging on your tree, being gifted to a friend, or placed in a fun spot around your home, ornaments spark creativity and memories. Check out some of these local classes and sources for festive fun. Enjoy! Holiday Ornaments in Mosaic:
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