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Community Calendar: February 2017

Feb 1st, 2017 | Category: Events

Artwood Gallery in February: Each month Artwood showcases a particular artist or category of work. Featured for February are the collages of Francy Blumhagen: framed art featuring such themes as herons and owls, both colorful and subdued, delightfully rendered in mixed media. Also small tables made by Gary Leake of highly decorative and unusual woods creatively assembled. Artwood Gallery, 1000 Harris Avenue, Fairhaven. (360) 647-1628; www.artwoodgallery.com.

 

Birchwood Garden Club’s February Meeting: Fruit Selection and Care with Tom Thornton of Cloud Mountain Farm Center: Wednesday, Feb. 1. Tom Thornton, executive director of Cloud Mountain Farm Center will offer guidance on the best varieties of apples, cherries, pears, plums, peaches, quinces and grapes for our area. Discuss variety selection, growth techniques and care.  7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. Birchwood Garden Club membership is open to everyone in Whatcom and Skagit counties. See www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

 

Grow Your Own Vegetables with Kim: Saturday, Feb. 4. Learn about lighting, soil, temperature, containers, and seed germination times. Special discounts on all seed varieties.  Class is free. 9 a.m.  The Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham, (360) 676-5480.

 

Saving Your Favorite Fruit Tree by Grafting:  Saturday, Feb. 4. Know of a fruit tree that grows the BEST apples you ever tasted? Learn how to harvest scionwood from that tree and graft it onto rootstock. Find out about the process, demonstration and coordinating root stock purchase. Presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. 10 a.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.

 

Inspired by Design: Flags: Saturday, Feb. 4. Starting with the new Bellingham flag, instructor Libby Chenault will talk about what makes a good flag and how to incorporate any flag into craft projects.  Play with fabrics and more. 1-3 p.m. Cost: $22. Ragfinery, Bellingham. ragfinery.com/

 

Bellingham Repair Cafe: Sunday, Feb. 5. The Bellingham Repair Cafe is a monthly get together where we help you fix your broken stuff for free. We make no guarantees but will work with you and do our best. 3-6 p.m. The Foundry, 1000 F St, Bellingham. http://tiny.cc/repair-cafe.

 

“New Introductions for 2017” from the American Dahlia Society: Monday, Feb. 6. Whatcom County Dahlia Society hosts this meeting at Laurel Community Grange, 6172 Guide Meridian, Lynden. 7 to 9 p.m. Free admission. New members welcome and refreshments served. Contact wcdspublicity@gmail.com.

 

Three Day Basic Plus Cheese Making Class: Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 7-9. For beginning small business cheese makers and avid hobbyists. In Mount Vernon. Registration at creamery.wsu.edu/basicplus.

 

Pruning 101: Wednesday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 11. This is the perfect time to start pruning. Discover which tools to use, why prune, what decisions are needed depending on the growth habits of your trees/bushes. Learn how to get those overgrown trees back in shape, too. Wednesday 4-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. Presented by Blaine C.O.R.E.  Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.

 

Getting Your Products Into the Market: Tuesday, Feb. 7. Are you planning a new business or launching a new product? At this workshop you will learn some key sales concepts and methods, and hear from presenters and a panel discussion with industry buyers. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Registration fee is $95. 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Skagit Farmers Supply, 1833 Park Lane, Burlington. Register at http://www.agbizcenter.org/business-services/classes-and-workshops/event/146/Getting-Your-Products-Into-The-Market.

 

Coiled Fabric Baskets: Wednesday, Feb. 8. This class will teach you to make sturdy baskets from almost any kind of scrap fabric. Some prior Nuno felt experience is recommended. 6-8 p.m. Aurora Lindquist. Cost is $22. Ragfinery, Bellingham. See www.ragfinery.com.

 

Tried and True Perennials: Thursday, Feb. 9. Kathy Beck and Cynthia Jimenez from Kents Nursery will present a slide tour of favorite Perennials, hostas, hellebores and heucheras, and more. And for those “must have” penstemons, salvias and euphorbias, they will discuss soil amendments and other ways to successfully grow your favorites. 7 p.m. WSUExtension, 1000 N. Forest Street, Bellingham. All welcome.

 

Cupcake Wars: A Cupcake Competition:  Friday, Feb. 10. Create your best cupcake creation and compete with other bakers for the Cupcake Crown! Entries must be submitted between 2 and 5 p.m. Judging begins at 5:15. For adults and teens. 2-6 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.

 

Handmade Chocolate Truffle Workshop: Friday, Feb. 10. Learn three different flavors/techniques in this pre-Valentine hands-on class taught by Cindy McKinney. All ingredients provided. Free, register online or call the library. For adults and teens age 13 and up. 3:30 p.m. Lynden Library, 216 4th Street, (360) 354-4883.

 

5th annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit 2017: Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11. Farmers, community members, experts, advocates and more come together for workshops, sessions, keynote talks, good food, and more on Orcas Island. Participate in hands-on workshops including bread baking with local grains; orchard management, economics, and varieties for hard apple cider; Farmstead Meatsmith on curing and charcuterie for home producers, chefs and fine cooks; value added foods; writing your own farm plan; and more. Choose from over 24 Saturday sessions led by regional experts. To register, or for more detailed information, see http://sjcarc.org/summit/ or contact summit@sjcarc.org.

 

Farm Recordkeeping for Productivity and Profitability: Saturdays, Feb. 11 and Feb. 25. In this two-day workshop, participants will learn about farm-based financial records and bookkeeping from farmers and other experts at Northwest Farm Credit Services and Moss Adams. Discuss paper records, computer, and QuickBooks with a certified trainer. Each farm also receives one copy of “Fearless Farm Finances: Farm Financial Management Demystified.” Class size is limited and pre-paid registration is required. Cost is $120 per farm and includes lunch for both days. Course is held at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St SE Everett, WA inside McCollum Park. Feb. 11 hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Feb. 25 hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sponsored and hosted by WSU Snohomish County Extension, USDA Risk Management Agency, Snohomish Conservation District, Farm Services Agency, Northwest Farm Credit Services, and Moss Adams LLP. To register, visit FarmRecordkeeping.EventBrite.com. For more information, contact kate.ryan@wsu.edu or (425) 357-6024.

 

Snohomish Conservation District’s 32nd Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, Feb. 11. All are welcome to attend and purchase native plants and visit educational booths. Demonstrations include natural yard care, building your own rain barrel, creating a backyard habitat, and other topics. Conservation District staff and Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about weeds, natural pest control, plant selection and planning native landscapes. For the young, there will be a native plant explorer’s corner with plant printing and plant identification games, as well as a salmon fishing game with crafts. Specialty items also sold. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Commercial Building 400, Monroe. To learn more, visit www.theplantsale.org or contact laura@snohomishcd.org.

 

Learn to Grow Fruit Trees: Saturday, Feb. 11. Learn about the easiest varieties of fruit trees to grow, how to decide which rootstock to plant, where and how to plant, and what initial pruning and training are needed. Staff from Cloud Mountain Farm Center will ensure that you know how to establish your trees and give them the best care during the critical first three years. 3 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 966-5100.

 

Make it and Take it: Pussy Willow Heart Trellis Planter: Saturday, Feb. 11. Perfect timing for Valentines Day. Join Marcy to learn her creative tricks in your planter filled with dwarf sweet pea seeds, pansies, and primroses. Enjoy blooms from February to July. A class fee of $39 covers all supplies and plants. The Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham, (360) 676-5480.

 

Anacortes Monthly Winter Farmers Market: Saturday, Feb. 11. Held the second Saturday of each month. Produce, food, crafts and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Depot building. The next date is March 11. See anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

 

Upcycled Valentines: Saturday, Feb. 11. This drop-in session is by donation. Make a Valentine for a special someone. Vintage patterns, fabric scraps, paper, and other embellishments. 10 a.m. to noon. Ragfinery, Bellingham. ragfinery.com.

 

Inkle Weaving: Saturday, Feb. 11. Inkle weaving is done using a tabletop Inkle loom (provided) to make narrow bands of weaving: bookmarks, belts, decorative ties, and more. 1-4 p.m. With Instructor Aurora Lindquist. Cost is $33. Ragfinery, Bellingham, ragfinery.com.

 

Mushroom Science & Cultivation with Ben Anthony: Sunday, Feb. 12. Get a better understanding of the fungi kingdom, its role in the environment and how to grow them for eating. Ben Anthony is a homebrewer and mushroom grower, and started a business that sells fresh vegetables and mushrooms at farmers markets, along with mushroom kits and grain spawn for the home cultivator. Free. 6 p.m. Skagit Valley Coop, Room 309, Mount Vernon.

 

From Italy with Love: Monday, Feb. 13. Chef Peter treats us to his favorite Italian recipes. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $45. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Book and Bake Sale: Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 14-15. Hosted by the Friends of the Arlington Library. Tuesday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Proceeds go to Arlington Library. Please drop off donated items at the front desk.

 

Needle Felted Sweater Skirts: Wednesdays, Feb. 15 and Feb. 22. Come learn how to transform a sweater into a warm and beautiful skirt. Materials available for purchase at Ragfinery. With instructor Natalia Robinson. Cost: $49. 6-8 p.m. Ragfinery, Bellingham. ragfinery.com.

 

Introduction to Home Mushroom Growing with Qi Lou: Thursday, Feb. 16. Join us for a fun and informative discussion about how to grow and harvest mushrooms at home. Qi Lou works with American Cultural Bridge, who have been selling mushrooms to the Co-op.  6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, Room 309, Mount Vernon. Free.

 

Forage Management for Dairy Producers: Thursday, Feb. 16. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Ten Mile Grange, 6985 Hannegan Road, Lynden. Speaker: Shabtai Bittman, Research Scientist, Agriculture Canada. Co-hosted by the Drayton Watershed Improvement District. See http://whatcomcd.org/farm-speaker-series.

 

Pasture Management for non-dairy livestock:  How to Grow Great Grass: Thursday, Feb. 16. 6-7:30 p.m. Speakers: Tipton Hudson, Associate professor, rangeland and livestock management, Washington State University Extension and Karen Pickering, Publisher of NW Horse Source. Co-hosted by the Drayton Watershed Improvement District. See http://whatcomcd.org/farm-speaker-series.

 

Deep Fried Sushi with Sushi by Chin: Friday, Feb. 17. If you’ve ever dreamed of rolling your own sushi this is the class for you. Come learn the tricks of creating delicious, fresh sushi rolls in your own kitchen from sushi expert Damian Chin. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $50. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Sewing Bootcamp: Saturdays, Feb. 18 an 25. Solve basic sewing problems, take accurate body measurements and learn to fit items to your own aesthetic and body type. Take away a short guide and reference list to assist you in applying your new skills at home. 10am- 1pm. Instructor: Brigitte Parra. Cost: $75. Ragfinery, Bellingham. ragfinery.com/

 

Bellingham Winter Farmers Market: Saturday, Feb. 18. Produce, foods, crafts and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Square. Held the third Saturday of each month. Next date is March 18. See bellinghamfarmers.org.

 

Valentine’s Day Dance! Saturday, Feb. 18. Chuckanut Transition presents this community event. 7-10 p.m., Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane.

 

2017 Farm-To-Table Trade Meeting: Monday, Feb. 21. Join 150+ farmers, fishers, chefs, grocery buyers, food artisans, processors, and distributors for a day of connections and education around new opportunities and best practices for farm-to-table. Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact sara@sustainableconnections.org or (360) 647-7093 x114. See registration at sustainableconnections.org, under Events.

 

Garden Design: Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 25. Learn how to look at your yard as a landscape designer would. Class covers hardscape assessments, project scope, materials use, home and view integration, sunlight, air flow and other landscaping decisions. Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. Presented by Blaine C.O.R.E.  Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.

 

Northwest Flower and Garden Show: Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 22-26. See 23 full scale themed gardens covering over 1 acre of the show floor, and visit over 300 exhibitors. Washington State Convention Center, Seattle. For tickets and hours, see www.gardenshow.com.

 

Vegetable Grafting Workshop: Wednesday, Feb. 22. WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, Mount Vernon. Nurseries, farmers, Master Gardeners and others interested in vegetable grafting. Learn how to use the splice-grafted technique to graft tomato and eggplant. Participants will each graft 10 plants which they can take home. Instructors: Fairuz Buajaila, Patti Kreider and Carol Miles. Morning session 10 a.m. to noon. Afternoon session 1-3 p.m. Register at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2845256. WSU participants register by contacting Jeanne Burritt at jburritt@wsu.edu

 

Own Your Power… Go Solar! with Banner Power Solutions: Thursday, Feb. 23. Learn how solar power, generators, and retrofit lighting works for residential homeowners and business, with Instructors Guy Knoblich and Eric Hull. This presentation will include information about the state, federal, and county incentives offered to help pay for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Free. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, Room 309, Mount Vernon.

 

Gardening for Wildlife and Childlife with Kristi Carpenter: Thursday, Feb. 23.

Please join us as the Mount Vernon City Library presents a series of winter programs called “Science in our Back Yard.” This installment is presented by Kristi Carpenter, Public Information & Education Coordinator, Skagit Conservation District.  Discover how you can transform your backyard into a dazzling garden ablaze and alive with butterflies and hummingbirds. Discover methods on how you can garden for both wildlife and childlife, put native plants to work in your garden, select plants to attract pollinators, reduce yard maintenance, and how you can have your own yard certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat or Sanctuary. 6:30 p.m. in the Resources Room and is free and open to the public. For more information about the library’s “Science in Our Back Yard” series, contact Sara Holahan at (360) 336-6209, or check out the library’s website at www.mountvernonwa.gov.

 

What’s New in Organic Gardening: Saturday, Feb. 25. Travis Dickson, of Raindance Landscaping, will show you how to apply old and new biological practices to keep a healthy population of the good bugs thriving in your landscape. Talk about the good bugs, bad bugs, above and underground. Free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham, (360) 676-5480.

 

Skagit Ag Summit: Saturday, Feb. 25. The issues of Water, Labor, Land Preservation and Economics will be discussed. Lunch included. Jim McFerson guest speaker. Followed by Local Food & Farm Mixer from 5-6 p.m. WSU NWREC, 16650 S.R. 536, Mount Vernon.

 

Raising Poultry for Meat and Eggs: Saturday, Feb. 25. See how to raise chickens and turkeys for meat, from brooding chicks to the processing of birds for the table and the freezer. Learn about raising chickens for egg production. $10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended. Sponsored by Scratch & Peck. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Raising Pigs: Saturday, Feb. 25. Have you been wondering what it takes to raise pigs? Learn about housing and fencing, pasture management, feed and nutrition, health concerns and care, and processing and butchering options. Discuss various pig breeds and where to source weaners. A co-presenter from the Whatcom Conservation District will cover the free and confidential services available for rural landowners, and conservation farm planning 101. 1:30-3 p.m. $10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended. Sponsored by Scratch & Peck.  Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Skill Share: Medicinal Herb Gardens: Saturday, Feb. 25. Chuckanut Transition is offering this free skill-share workshop with Celt Schira, who will lead the basics on how to grow and make medicine. 10 a.m. Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane.

 

Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Chef:  Saturday, Feb. 25. Blaine, head chef of The Willows Inn, will share ideas and experiences. Growing up in Washington, he began working in kitchens at age 14, and he’s never stopped. The author of Sea and Smoke: Flavors from the Untamed Pacific Northwest, Chef Blaine was listed by Food & Wine magazine as the Best New Chef of 2012. In 2014 the James Beard Foundation named him Rising Star Chef of the Year and in 2015, he was awarded Best Chef Northwest. Sponsored by Friends of the Island Library. Free (donations accepted). All are welcome. 7:30 p.m. Island Library, 2144 South Nugent Road, Lummi Island, (360) 758-7145.

 

Weird Washington – Your Travel Guide to Washington’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets:  Washington: Saturday, Feb. 25. With cameras and notepads, and apples (of course) in hand, Jefferson Davis and Al Eufrasio boldly ventured the highways and byways, back roads and forests, shorelines and mountaintops to investigate all the state has to offer. Join them in Lynden as authors Jefferson and Al share their stories of Weird Washington. 1 p.m. Lynden Library, 216 4th Street, (360) 354-4883.

 

Edison Bird Festival: Sunday, Feb. 26. The Chicken Parade starts at noon. Join the fun and community in Edison. For more information, see their Facebook page.

 

Winter Classics: Tuesday, Feb. 28. Chef Nahla Gholam will show us how to make stuffed mushrooms with spinach and goat cheese, Butter Rum pork chops with sautéed carrots and snow peas, and Apple cake with caramel glaze. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $50. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Seventh Generation Supper: Preparing Your Home and Yourself for Emergencies: Tuesday, Feb. 28. Join Transition Fidalgo & Friends for a community supper at 5:45 p.m. at the Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.  “Preparing Your Home and Yourself for Emergencies,” by Rick Wallace, a retired firefighter and the instructor for the Certified Emergency Response Training classes (CERT). Come learn how to survive and thrive during emergencies.  Open to all and welcome; no reservations necessary. Suggested supper donation $5/adult; $3/10 and under.  Please bring your own place settings, or simply join us for the presentation around 7 p.m. For more information, visit transitionfidalgo.org.

 

 

 

MARCH

Skagit County 4-H Public Presentations: Wednesday, March 1. 3-6:30 p.m. 4-H youth will set up at Country Store locations in Skagit and Island and conduct their public presentations. It’s an informative and fun way to support our youth and give them a chance to grow their communication, leadership, citizenship and life skills discussing a variety of topics that excite them. For more information, visit extension.wsu.edu/skagit/4-HSC.

 

Spring Book Sale: Friends of the Bellingham Public Library: Thursday through Saturday, March 2-4. Large selection of books and media for all ages. Most items are only $1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Located downstairs in the Central Library, 210 Central Avenue, Bellingham. All proceeds benefit the library. For more information, contact friendslibrary3@gmail.com.

 

Roast Vegetable Feast: Thursday, March 2. Wellness Chef Kate MacKenzie demonstrates the joy of roasting vegetables in three dishes (accompanied by delicious proteins). A glass of wine or a non-alcoholic beverage is included in course fee. Cost is $39. 6:30-9 p.m. Cordata Co-op Local Roots Room, Bellingham. www.communityfood.coop.

 

2017 Home and Garden Show: Friday through Sunday, March 3-5. Check out vendors from all over and get some great ideas for your next project. Sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St, Lynden. Presented by the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. For more information, see www.biawc.com.

 

WACK Clay Extravaganza: Saturday, March 4. The Whatcom Artists of Clay & Kiln (WACK) presents their annual festival of clay featuring over 35 local vending artists, artist demonstrations, clay competitions and public hands-on area., as well as information on local ceramics classes. With food trucks on site, you can make it a day of clay, so bring the whole family down to the Depot Market Square at 1100 Railroad Avenue in Bellingham from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See www.whatcomartistsofclayandkiln.org.

 

Chick 101 Class: Saturday, March 4. Stop in for a presentation that will get you started in raising your own chickens. You’ll learn what the right chick is for you and get answers to your questions during this informative and fun class. 1-2 p.m. Free. Country Store, 900 Riverside Drive, Mount Vernon.

 

11th Annual Winter Festival: Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5. Keynote Speaker is Katie Miller on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Riz Reyes on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Winter Festival celebrates the range and depth of Hellebores and Christianson’s Nursery will have a wide variety in full bloom ready to be planted and enjoyed this season. When most perennials are in slumber, Hellebores are in full bloom from January through April.  Complimentary classes include: Skagit Garden’s horticulturist, Katie Miller, to discuss these darlings of the winter season and their hardy characteristics.  At 1:00 p.m., learn Hellebore basics from Keynote Speaker and noted horticulturist, Riz Reyes, as he discusses different types of Hellebores and how to use them in the garden, cut arrangements and containers.  Christianson’s Nursery, Mount Vernon. Complementary reservations suggested: (360) 466-3821.

 

Whidbey Gardening Workshop: Saturday March 4. Providing gardening advice and education in gardening practices to beginner to advanced gardeners in Island County and the Puget Sound region. This workshop is produced and presented by the Island County Master Gardener Foundation at Oak Harbor High School. Keynote address by Lucy Hardiman, nationally recognized garden designer, writer, educator and speaker. A total of 49 classes are available split into 3 sessions; 21 classes are new this year. Free coffee and optional lunch for $12. Visit the Vendor Marketplace and explore educational exhibits. Registration is $40 pre-registration, $45 at door. See whidbeygardeningworkshop.org.

 

Penn Cove MusselFest: Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5. Come join us for the Penn Cove MusselFest—Coupeville’s March tradition. “Bold, briny and blue,” the world famous mussels will be the centerpiece of two days of festivities, including chowder tasting and mussel eating competitions, farm tours and activities for all ages featuring locally-flavored fun. Chowder tasting and so much more! See www.thepenncovemusselsfestival.com.

 

The ABC’s of Dwarf Conifers: Saturday, March 4. You can count on conifers to provide 12 full months of color. Join Ginger as she introduces her favorites for 2017.  Free. 9 a.m. The Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham, (360) 676-5480.

 

Essential Remedies: Winter Skincare from Nature with Michelle Mahler: Monday, March 6. Learn to make luxurious and healing skin care products with Essential oils, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, Borage seed oil, coconut oil and more! 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, Room 309, Mount Vernon. Free. Optional $10-20 Supply Fee.

 

Edible Shoreline Foraging with Jennifer Hahn: Tuesday, March 7. Mount Vernon City Library presents a series of winter programs called “Science in our Back Yard.” Forager, writer, wilderness guide and researcher Jennifer Hahn will share a delectable and info-packed slideshow on wild foods. Signed books available afterward: PACIFIC FEAST: A Cook’s Guide to Wild Foraging and Cuisine (Skipstone, 2010) and SPIRITED WATERS: Soloing South Through the Inside Passage (Mountaineers, 2009). 20 percent of book sales will benefit the Mount Vernon City Library. 6:30 p.m. Free. Mount Vernon Library.

 

Genealogy – Constructing Your Family History Puzzle with Eric & Karen Stroschein: Wednesday, March 8. Come experience the simplicity and the complexity of building a family history puzzle. 6:30 p.m. Free. Skagit Valley Co-op, Room 309, Mount Vernon.

 

Anacortes Winter Farmers Market: Saturday, March 11. Held the second Saturday of each month. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Depot building. For more details, see anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

 

2nd annual Small Farm Expo: Saturday, March 11. This open house event will include indoor and outdoor exhibits demonstrating the latest in agricultural technology, products and services, as well as seminars and field demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Haggen Expo Building, NW WA Fairground, Lynden. See http://www.whatcomcd.org/small-farm-expo and the facebook event.

 

Make it and Take it: Hypertufa Containers: Saturday, March 11. Make your own old English style hypertufa trough in this hands-on class with Kim. Create your own planter, just like the old stone sinks that have been used to grow plants for centuries. Class fee is $39. 9 a.m. The Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham, (360) 676-5480.

 

Hearty Soups and Stews: March 15. Cindy McKinney makes white bean soup with sausage and greens; vegan red lentil coconut curry; Southwestern pork and hominy stew; classic beef Burgundy; and Italian wedding soup with turkey meatballs, orzo, and spinach. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op Connections Building, Bellingham. Instructor Cindy McKinney. Fee is $35. See http://communityfood.coop/events.

 

31st annual Lynden Spring Craft and Antique Show: Thursday through Saturday, March 16-18. Approximately 100 northwest artists, crafters and producers will be at the show, featuring handcrafted wares, home and garden décor, gourmet treats, vintage treasures, repurposed items and much more. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday  and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for Seniors (60+), and free for children 12 and under. For details see www.LyndenCraftAntiqueShow.com.

 

How Social is Your Farm? Thursday, March 16. Guest Speaker Erin Vincent, Community Relations Director with the Dairy Farmers of Washington will present a workshop style social media training. Up-to-date information regarding today’s digital consumer and input for how you might reach those consumers online. 6:30 – 8 p.m. Glen Echo Community Club, Everson. For more info, see www.whatcomcd.org/node/201.

 

Planning for Natural Green Burial with Jodie Buller: Thursday, March 16. This Natural Burial workshop offers pre-planning ideas and de-mystifies natural burial practices. Discuss professional and family-led options for end of life. Jodie Buller has worked with White Eagle Memorial Preserve, a Conservation Burial Ground certified by the Green Burial Council, since 2013. 6:30 p.m. Free. Skagit Valley Co-op Room 309, Mount Vernon.

 

36th Annual Quilters’s Anonymous Quilt Show: Friday through Sunday, March 17-19. The largest annual quilt show in the area with over 500 quilts expected in a dozen different categories, ranging from traditional styles to art quilts and other innovative designs. This year’s Featured Artist is Barbara Lambrecht. Quilts, fabrics, and other quilt-related goods will be available for purchase from the vendors in our merchant mall. Free demonstrations of various quilt-making techniques will be offered throughout each day. Admission $8. Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe.

 

The Best of Dan Hinkley Collection: Saturday, March 18. Tadd Storrer, horticulturist and representative of Monrovia Nursery, brings all the new Dan Hinkley introductions coming from around the world along with the stories behind them.  The partnership of Dan and Monrovia Nursery have made these great plants available at the Garden Spot. 9 a.m.  Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham, (360) 676-5480.

 

Bellingham Winter Farmers Market: Saturday, March 18. Produce, foods, crafts and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Square. See bellinghamfarmers.org.

 

Meet Your Farmer CSA Fair: Saturday, March 18. Meet farmers, learn about Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), sign up for summer local food deliveries, and more. There will also be prize giveaways! Bellingham Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See https://sustainableconnections.org/events/.

 

Whatcom Farm Forestry Tree Sale: Saturday, March 18. Varieties of trees available for sale, including: Sitka Spruce, Norway Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Shore Pine, Mugho Pine, Grand Fir, Noble Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Western Red Cedar, Concolor Fir, Deodar Cedar, Western Hemlock, Giant Sequoia, and Japanese Larch. 10 a.m. to noon Lynden Fairgrounds. For more information or to place a large order, contact  whatcom@wafarmforestry.com.

 

Master Gardeners Present: Propagation:  Saturday, March 18. The WSU Island County Master Gardeners will feature Dave Thomas and will cover Propagation. Free. 1-3 p.m. Country Store, Oak Harbor, 31686 SR 20.

 

Dealing with Winter Damage in Your Landscape: Monday, March 20. Did winter weather take its toll on your landscape? What should you do if you suspect winter damage to your plants? Learn workable solutions and tips to help you. Presented by Diana Wisen- Skagit County Master Gardener. Part of the Dig into Spring series hosted by the Mount Vernon City Library. 6-7:30pm in the Resources Room.

 

Chef Breakfast: The State of Shellfish: Wednesday, March 22. A new quarterly series for all chefs, food buyers, and food businesses of all kinds. Includes a family style breakfast, networking, and a speaker; with a focus on hot issues, ingredients, sharing best practices, and good food. Cost is $25, free for Chefs Collective members. For details, see https://sustainableconnections.org/events/.

 

Thirty-Minute Meals: Thursday, March 23. Cindy McKinney shows off fabulous meals you can cook in practically no time! 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op Connections Building, Bellingham.  Instructor: Cindy McKinney. Fee is $39. http://communityfood.coop/events

 

Annual Native Plant Sale: Saturday, March 25. Whatcom Conservation District’s Annual Native Plant Sale provides low cost, native plants to the residents and visitors of Whatcom County. Roughly 40 species of native, bare-root, conservation grade trees and shrubs plus potted perennials are available at a great price. Local specialty nurseries participate and sell additional native and other unique species. Local vendors and community groups also on site. Come see the new mobile Watershed Explorer in action. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. For more details, see whatcomcd.org/plant-sale or the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/462434157260269/.

 

29th Annual Fairhaven Plant and Tree Sale: Saturday, March 25. This community event is free to attend and brings together local and regional plant nurseries in one spot for one day only. Vendors donate a portion of sales to Fairhaven Neighbors, which in turn uses proceeds for neighborhood projects and to help support other local non-profits. Previous beneficiaries have included Skookum Kids, Northwest Youth Services and the Community Boating Center. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hillcrest Chapel parking lot (corner of Old Fairhaven Parkway and 14th Street, Bellingham). Sponsored by Fairhaven Neighbors. For more information: Facebook.com/FairhavenPlantAndTreeSale or contact Thom Prichard at 360-671-5517.

 

Composting and the Soil Food Web: Saturday, March 25. Learn how to feed your soil throughout the year using materials from your own garden. Paige will take you through the basics of composting for small and large spaces and introduce you to the major microbial, fungi, and insect players. Understanding and working with the soil food web can prevent pest and disease problems and can reduce your workload as a gardener.  Free.  9 a.m. The Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham, (360) 676-5480.

 

Livestock Guardian Dogs: Saturday, March 25. Learn the answers to your questions about Livestock Guardian Dogs with Laura Faley of Hidden Meadow Ranch. 1-4 p.m. at the Qualco Energy Conference Room, 18117 203rd St. SE Monroe (just off SR 203). Faley is a Livestock Advisor for Skagit, Island, and Snohomish counties. Hidden Meadow Ranch is her working farm near Mount Vernon, where she raises chickens, turkeys, ducks, and sheep using LGDs for predator control. She began working with LGDs six years ago, and now has four dogs protecting her livestock. Space is limited and pre-paid registration is required. Cost is $25 per farm (up to two) or $15 per person. Register online at LGD.eventbrite.com or download the form at snohomish.wsu.edu/event/LGD  and mail with your check. For more information, contact Kate Ryan, kate.ryan@wsu.edu, (425) 357-6024.

 

Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces: Tuesday, March 27. Learn how you can be successful with square-foot gardening and container gardening, including vertical  planting as well.  It is rewarding to discovery how much food  you can grow in a very limited area. Presented by Harriet Custer-Skagit County Master Gardener. Part of the Dig into Spring series hosted by the Mount Vernon City Library. 6:00-7:30pm in the Resources Room.

 

Passive House Design with Russ Weiser: Thursday, March 30. Join Architect and Certified Passive House Consultant Russ Weiser for an introduction to Passive House design and Certification. Learn how residential and commercial buildings have been constructed to this standard, cutting heating bills by 90 percent, and see how your existing building stacks up in terms of energy use and learn about improvements that could help reduce consumption. Russ will demonstrate how to calculate and compare energy use of your building to national averages and suggest measures that could cut energy bills using computer simulations to test different options. Russ Weiser, Ph.D. is an Architect and Certified Passive House Consultant at HKP architects in Mount Vernon. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, Room 309, Mount Vernon. Free.

 

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