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Events: March 2018

Mar 2nd, 2018 | Category: Events

4th Annual La Conner Daffodil Festival: Celebrate the 4th annual La Conner Daffodil Festival with events and activities throughout La Conner and the Skagit Valley, including Grapes of Daff and Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride. See http://lovelaconner.com/la-conner-daffodil-festival-2018/

 

Old Tools & New Fangled Furniture: Ongoing. This exhibition will feature the new work of Skagit furniture maker Stuart Welch. Stuart’s furniture reflects a high level of craftsmanship and imagination. Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S Fourth Street, La Conner. Welch will present “Everything you want to know about wooden furniture…” on March 10 at 2 p.m.

 

WSU Whatcom County Extension Master Composter/Recycler Training: Thursdays through April 5. WSU Whatcom County Extension is hosting a volunteer training that will cover waste-related topics and offer home-based solutions such as backyard and worm bin composting, zero waste lifestyles, food waste prevention, and other home sustainability practices. The six-week class includes a hands-on hot compost pile workshop and guest lectures by waste system experts and soil scientists. Students will also tour local waste processing facilities such as Green Earth Technologies, Disposal of Toxics, and Northwest Recycling. Following the training, Master Composter/Recycler volunteers are invited to educate in classrooms, community gardens, and at special events to share their knowledge with the greater Whatcom community. 6-8 p.m., plus additional field trips as scheduled. Class fee is $90, and includes materials, field trips, and guest speakers. Applications available at whatcom.wsu.edu. Email mcr.whatcom@wsu.edu or call (360) 778-5814.

 

2018 Whatcom County Home and Garden Show: Friday through Sunday, March 2-4. Visit with over 200 vendors and get some great ideas for your next project, including home improvement to gardening to tiny homes. Prizes, Live Music in the Garden Saturday night, Cisco Morris on Sunday at noon, and more. Sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. For more information, see www.biawc.com and the Facebook event page.

 

Penn Cove MusselFest: Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4.  Mussels are 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. See www.thepenncovemusselsfestival.com.

 

So Many Roses, So Little Time: Saturday, March 3. Take notes from Christianson’s Rose Buyer, Nancy Stewart, on varieties that are fragrant, disease-resistant, easy care and are also suited well for the Pacific Northwest. 11 a.m. $8. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required: 360-466-3821, www.ChristiansonsNursery.com.

 

Growing Small Fruits: Saturday, March 3. Focus on techniques for growing small fruiting plants, like blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, strawberries, and kiwis. 1:30-3 p.m. $10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Ergonomic Gardening presented by Christianson’s Gift Buyer Eve Boe: Saturday, March 3. Learn the importance of warming up, proper lifting, ergonomic usage of tools and cooling down from former athletic trainer and massage therapist, Eve Boe, to produce a healthier you in the garden. $8. 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required: 360-466-3821. www.ChristiansonsNursery.com.

 

Tapestry Weaving: Saturdays, March 3,10, 17. Students will learn the basics of tapestry weaving and experiment with new techniques, with Aurora Lindquist. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $88. Ragfinery, Bellingham. www.Ragfinery.com.

 

Seed Starting For Vegetable Gardening: Saturday, March 3. Learn the basics of starting your vegetables from seed, indoors and out, to help you have the most successful summer harvest. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. See garden-spot.com.

 

Dahlia Cuttings: Monday, March 5. Whatcom County Dahlia Society hosts “Dahlia Cuttings” at Laurel Grange, 6172 Guide Meridian, 7 p.m. Free event.  Refreshments and coffee provided.

 

Worms and Composting: Wednesday, March 7. Learn about the basics of food waste recycling, and how easy it is to manage worms indoors and out. Presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education). 4 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.

 

Birchwood Garden Club’s March Meeting: Wednesday, March 7. Karen Chapman from Le jardinet will be the BGC’s March speaker. Her talk will position foliage into three categories: spotlight, highlight and limelight. This talk will revolutionize how you use foliage in your garden. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. Birchwood Garden Club membership is open to anyone in Whatcom or Skagit. See www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

 

Learn How to Divide and Propagate Perennials: Thursday, March 8. Karen Gilliam, a veteran and long time Master Gardener, will give a presentation on plant division and plant propagation from cuttings. Get tips on producing new plants to older ones. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Coop Healthy Connections Room, Bellingham 405 E Holly St, Bellingham. www.matergardener.wsu.edu, (360) 734-8158.

 

Anacortes Farmers Market Winter Market: Saturday, March 10. Local crafts, foods, products and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Historic Depot, 7th Street and R Avenue, Anacortes. See anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

 

Worm And Compost Class: Saturday, March 10. Learn how to feed your soil throughout the year using materials from your own garden and kitchen. Paige will guide you through the basics of composting for small and large spaces. This class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. See garden-spot.com.

 

Learn to Grow Organic Fruit at Home: Saturday, March 10. Learn how to keep your trees and berry plants healthy and productive. This workshop covers common pest and disease issues, soil and weed management, compost and mulches in fruit growing, and more. $10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended. 10:30 a.m. to noon.  Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Repeat of Growing Apples and Pears: Saturday. March 10. This class covers growing techniques and pruning methods for apple and pear trees, and how to keep your trees healthy and productive year after year. 1:30-3 p.m. $10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Pruning 101:  Saturday, March 10. Learn why and how to prune depending on the growth habits of trees and bushes, as well as how to get overgrown trees back into shape. Presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education).  10 a.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.

 

Design a Garden Chair Planter presented by Christianson’s Basket Designer, Laura Campbell: Saturday, March 10. Learn to transform an old chair into garden art with basket designer and wreath weaver, Laura Campbell. 10 a.m. Potting Shed, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Bring your own seat less, open back chair (wood or metal), pruners and gloves. Vines, planting infrastructure and expert guidance provided. $85.  www.ChristiansonsNursery.com. Pre-payment required: 360-466-3821.

 

Orchids Demystified: Saturday, March 10. Orchids are the one of the largest and most diverse plant families. Learn how you can grow these beautiful, exotic plants in your own home. 10 a.m. My Garden Nursery, 929 east Bakerview Road, Bellingham.

 

Winter Propagation: Grafting and Hardwood Cuttings: Saturday, March 10. Learn how to propagate fruit trees and other woody plants during the dormant season using grafting and hardwood cuttings. 1-4 p.m. Registration is required, $30 workshop fee. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Landscaping Basics: Right Plant, Right Place: Saturday, March 10. Horticulturist and Owner of Every bit Handcrafted, Molly Calvin, will select three “problems” submitted by class participants and share possible solutions in an interactive class designed to help you solve your landscaping problems. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.   $8. Reservations required, 360-466-3821. www.ChristiansonsNursery.com.

 

Discover the World of Weaving:  Saturday, March 10. Whatcom Weavers Guild invites you to an afternoon of weaving demonstrations, hands-on experiences, and inspiration. 1-4 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 966-5100. Woven works by the Guild will be exhibited through March 24. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

 

3rd Annual Irish Dinner and Silent Auction: Saturday, March 10. All proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels and More, a program of the Whatcom Council on Aging, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Enjoy a traditional Irish Dinner of corned beef and cabbage provided by Haggen Market Street Catering, Celtic music by Drowsy Maggie, a variety of local brews from Boundary Bay Brewery, a silent auction, photo booth and more. Vegetarian option available.  5:30 p.m. Bellingham Ferry Terminal. Tickets $50 each. See the Facebook event page for ticket link, or through Brown Paper Tickets.

 

An Evening With Blaine Wetzel- Willows Chef: Saturday, March 10. Wetzel’s food brings you into an intimate relationship with the landscape he loves, allowing you to touch, taste, see, and smell the ocean, the coastal lands, and the soft gray light on the water. He is committed to island and locally-sourced ingredients and the traditions of farm-to-table preparation. Sponsored by Friends of the Island Library. All are welcome. 7:30 p.m. Island Library, 2144 South Nugent Road, Lummi Island, (360) 758-7145.

 

Skagit Valley Weavers Guild Meeting: Monday, March 12. March’s program is Jean Long, presenting “Doubleweave: Basics and Beyond.” Meet for dinner at Bob’s at 4:30, then go to the Allen Methodist Church, 16775 Allen West, Bow. The social starts at 6 p.m. followed by the general meeting at 6:30 p.m. For information, contact skagitvalleyweaversguild@skagitvalleyweaversguild.org.

 

Successful Beekeeping in Whatcom County: Tuesdays, starting March 13. Hosted by Chuckanut Center. Instructor Michael Jaross shares basic beekeeping essentials plus keeping your bees alive, healthy and productive. For ages 15 and up. 6:30 p.m. 103 Chuckanut Dr. N, Bellingham. See Jaross’ website at http://whatcombeehelp.com/.

 

Pi Day Pie Celebration: Wednesday, March 14. Join us for our 1st Annual Pi Day Pie Celebration with a pie-eating contest, pie trivia game, pie history, and Best Home Baked Pie Contest at the Lynden Library. 3 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required for the contest. Sweet or savory pies must be homemade and include an ingredients list. Open to all ages. For more information, contact Di Marrs-Smith (360) 354-4883.

 

No-Sew Braided Rugs: Wednesday, March 14. Come learn how to craft a beautiful no sew braided rug with Kirsten Wert. This four strand technique eliminates the need for sewing braids together and results in a sturdy rug. 6-8 p.m. $25. Ragfinery, Bellingham. www.Ragfinery.com.

 

32nd annual Lynden Spring Craft and Antique Show: Thursday through Saturday, March 15-17. Unique handcrafted wares, home and garden décor, gourmet treats, one of a kind gifts, repurposed and vintage treasures. Hours are Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 adult, $5 senior, free for 12 years and under. Northwest Washington Fair Expo Building, 1775 Front St., Lynden. See www.lyndencraftantiqueshow.com, http://www.facebook.com/LyndenCraftandAntiqueShow.

 

Proven Westside Pasture Calendar: Thursday, March 15. Sponsored by the Whatcom Conservation District. Noon to 2 p.m. Ten Mile Grange, Lynden. See www.whatcomcd.org/node/215.

 

Local History Presentation with Tim Wahl: Public Spaces: Thursday, March 15. Tim Wahl, recently retired from the City of Bellingham’s Parks and Recreation Department, will share a historical perspective on Fairhaven Park, Woodstock Farm and Larrabee State Park among others. Doors open/refreshments at 7 p.m.  Program will be 7:30-9 p.m. Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive, Bellingham. www.chuckanutcenter. org, 360-383-7502.

 

6th annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit: Friday and Saturday, March 16-17. Gathering of over 150 local farmers, food producers, businesses, and food advocates for two days of events, education and camaraderie in our local food community. Hands-on workshops, Taste of the San Juans, and learn from 16 sessions in four different tracks including Production, Marketing and Finance, Perspective, and Agricultural Programs and Policy. All on Lopez Island. For updates and more information visit: http://extension.wsu.edu/sanjuan/agriculture/ag-summit-2018/

 

High Impact Plants For Small Urban Gardens  That Are Deer Resistant: Saturday, March 17. Tadd Storrer of Monrovia Nursery will share this year’s collection including design tips and a list of deer resistant plants. Free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. See garden-spot.com.

 

Whatcom Farm Forestry Tree Sale: Saturday, March 17. 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.

 

Colorful Plants for the Shade Garden: Saturday, March 17. John Christianson presents examples of plants with tolerance from light to deep shade that provides foliage or flower interest. $8.  Reservations required: 360-466-3821. www.ChristiansonsNursery.com.

 

Edible Ornamentals: Saturday, March 17. Certified Professional Horticulturist, Lily Hirdler, will share a huge selection of unusual and beautiful ornamental plants which provide nutritive and culinary value. 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.  Reservations required: 360-466-3821. $8.  www.ChristiansonsNursery.com.

 

Make A Bird Feeder:  Saturday, March 17. Come celebrate the Wings Over Water Festival at the Blaine Library by making your very own bird feeder to take home. All materials provided. For grades K-5. 11 a.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.

 

Growing Wine Grapes: Saturday, March 17. The Cloud Mountain Farm Center has been conducting wine grape variety trials for almost 20 years, and developing different training systems to improve grape production. Learn how to grow wine grapes in our climate, soil requirements, pruning techniques, pest management and harvesting. 10:30 a.m. to noon. The workshop will take place in the vineyard. $10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Goat University 2018: Saturday, March 17. A one-day clinic on all things goats, will be held at the Island County Fair Grounds on Whidbey Island, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is $25 for ages 18 and over, $15 for ages 6-17, and free for kids ages 5 and under. Classes include: Goat Keeping 101, Learn to Milk Goats, Grooming and Hoof Care, The Home Dairy, Soap Making, and more! All ages are welcome. Goat University is presented by Four Seasons Farm 4-H Club. For more information, contact www.facebook.com/4HfunonWhidbey/ or whidbey.goatuniversity@gmail.com. Online tickets are available at goatuniversity.brownpapertickets.com.

 

Bellingham Farmers Market Monthly Winter Market: Saturday, March 17. Local crafts, foods, products and more. Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Avenue, Bellingham. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See Bellinghamfarmers.org.

 

Meet Your Farmer & CSA Fair: Saturday, March 17. Sustainable Connections sponsors this information area at the Bellingham Farmers Market, Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Avenue, Bellingham. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn how to get local food boxes from farmers and how Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) work. Prize giveaways. See sconnect.org.

 

Biodynamics Demystified by Brian Kerkvliet: Saturday, March 17. Hosted by Chuckanut Center. Participants will learn an overview of applied basic biodynamics, including planting by the calendar, sprays, peppers and teas, compost, and more. $10-25 sliding scale fee. Ages 13 and up. 1-4 p.m. Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Dr N, Bellingham. See the Facebook event page for registration link.

 

Vintage Slipdress: Saturday, March 17. Learn how to artfully create a one-of-a-kind, chic gown for all occasions from a vintage slip and a yard or two of lace, with Janet Kingsley. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $69. Ragfinery, Bellingham. www.Ragfinery.com.

 

Organic Gardening: Saturday, March 17. Founder and owner of Malibu Compost talks about the importance of biodynamic gardening and how it can be a better way to garden. Noon. My Garden Nursery, 929 east Bakerview Road, Bellingham.

 

11th Annual ‘Rite of Spring’ Seed Exchange:  Sunday, March 18. 2 to 4 p.m., Van Zandt Hall, 4106 State Route 9 near Potter Road in Van Zandt. Hosted by South Fork Valley Community Association and Local Food Works!  Come share seeds, plants, bulbs and gardening tips at this free, family-friendly event.  No seeds to share, no problem.

 

Know & Grow Workshop: Rats: It’s Not Rudolph in Your Attic: Tuesday, March 20. Speaker Karl Bishop will discuss rats, and how to learn their habits and behaviors in order to get rid of them. Learn to bait, trap and exterminate them. No registration required. Free. 1-2:30 p.m. WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. http://extension.wsu.edu/skagit/mg/.

 

Starting Your Vegetable Garden: Wednesday, March 21. Learn about choosing the right plant for the right place, fertilizers, microclimates, soil tests and amendments, seed starting, companion planting, mulching, composting, and pest controls. 4 p.m. Presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education). Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637. Program repeats at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24.

 

SICBA Home & Garden Show: Friday through Sunday, March 23-25. Presented by the Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association (SICBA) with Major Sponsor DeWaard and Bode: The Appliance & Mattress Giants. More than 120 vendors on site, garden center, seminars, tastings, lego build contests, birdhouse building, playhouses for charity, live music, food and more. Admission is adults $7, military $5, seniors $5, kids 15 and under are free to enter. Stop in the Pavilion to view 6 playhouses custom built for 6 local non-profits. Purchase a $5 ticket at each non-profit booth. For a complete schedule of the seminars and more information, see www.SICBAHomeShow.com.

 

Fruit Tree Pruning and Grafting Workshop: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24. This workshop will provide classroom discussion combined with hands-on practice, focusing primarily on apple and pear trees. Hours are Friday 5-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, 16650 State Rte 536, Mount Vernon.  Registration fee of $95. Includes handouts, lunch on the 24th, and grafted trees to take home. See https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3347907.

 

 

Whatcom Conservation District Annual Native Plant Sale: Saturday, March 24. 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.

 

Ferns: The Princess of the Woods: Saturday, March 24. Houseplant and Grasses Buyer, Eric Andrews, brings awareness to their versatility and the many varieties of these highly adaptable fronds and teaches about their easy care-especially in a winter garden. $8. 11 a.m. to noon, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, 360-466-3821.  www.ChristiansonsNursery.com

 

Growing Table Grapes: Saturday, March 24. For the past few years, the Cloud Mountain Farm Center has been trialing different training systems for table grapes. Learn how to grow table grapes successfully, including trellis design, pruning and training, fertility and pest management methods, varieties and more. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Be prepared to be outside. $10 per person or $8 each for 2 or more people, registration recommended. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Skagit Valley Food Co-op Wellness Fair: Saturday, March 24. The fair is a free day of fun and learning with hands-on classes, free samples, and opportunities to visit with local wellness experts. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Mount Vernon. See the Facebook page for details.

Gardening with Japanese Maples: Saturday, March 24. Japanese Maple aficionado and Christianson’s Staff Member, Katheryn Shiohira, will share the perfect varieties for landscape conditions. Learn through demonstration the fundamentals of pruning. 1-2 p.m. $8. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required: 360-466-3821. www.ChristiansonsNursery.com.

 

Fruit Tree Grafting: Saturday, March 24. Grafting is a great way to introduce pollinizers to your fruit trees, and also a way to get a variety of fruit from one tree. Come learn how it’s done and try a hand at grafting. $50 includes a fruit tree, unlimited scion wood, and materials. 11 a.m. My Garden Nursery, 929 east Bakerview Road, Bellingham.

 

Sewing Bootcamp: Saturdays, March 24 & 31. Get familiar with the care and use of your machine and solve basic sewing problems and more, with  Brigitte Parra. Take away a short guide. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $76. Ragfinery, Bellingham. www.Ragfinery.com.

 

Local Bird and Plant Walk with Marlee Mountain: Sunday, March 25. Join local naturalist Marlee Mountain on a walk along Padden Creek to identify birds and wild edible and medicinal plants. Bring a snack to mix with foraged wild edibles. 2-4 p.m. $5-$10 (sliding scale). Ages 13 and up. Meet at Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive, Bellingham. www.chuckanutcenter. org, 360-383-7502.

 

Building Your Business Plan &  Access to Capital: Tuesday, March 27. NABC Project Manager Jeff Voltz will take you step-by-step through a business plan including marketing, sales forecasting, expense projections, capital budget and depreciation, debt financing, cash flow projections, and more. Review financing options including USDA Rural Development and USDA Farm Services Agency loan programs, SBA 7A and 504 programs, Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) lending programs, as well as unique alternative financing options. $50 workshop fee. Refreshments and lunch provided. 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Skagit Farmers Supply, 1833 Park Lane, Burlington.  Register via nabc.org.

 

Marvelous Mending: Wednesday, March 28. Are you itching for some stitching, but not sure where to start? In this class, we’ll cover the basics of mending by hand with Aurora Lindquist. 6-8 p.m. $22. Ragfinery, Bellingham. www.Ragfinery.com.

30th Annual Fairhaven Plant and Tree Sale: Saturday, March 31. 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.

 

Create Your Own Hanging Basket: Saturday, March 31. Christianson’s Staff Member and Basket Designer Becky Paulik coaches you through each step to transform a 12” wire and coir-lined hanging basket. $55. 10 a.m. to noon in the Potting Shed, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Pre-payment required: 360-466-3821. www.ChristiansonsNursery.com

 

Tiny House, Tiny Landscape: Saturday, March 31. Tiny House Builder and Christianson’s Staff Member, Kerstin Andersen, recounts her personal journey including the “Basis of the build” and glean creative ideas for tiny landscaping. 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $8. 360-466-3821, www.ChristiansonsNursery.com.

 

Easter on the Farm at Bellewood Acres: Saturday and Sunday, March 31-April 1. Family friendly activities between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Egg hunt, petting zoo, pony rides, Easter bunny, country brunch, scavenger trail hunt, apple bin train ride, and face painting. See tickets information at bellewoodfarms.com/bellewood-acres-events.htm.

 

Creating a Food Forest: Saturday March 31. Presentation and facilitated design process focused on the basics of food forestry, structure and guilds, perennial plant systems with Glen Herlihy of Beacon Food Forest, and assisted by Pliny Keep. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Includes lunch from 12-1 p.m. $25 per person. A Main dish will be provided, potluck items welcomed to share with group. Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N., Bellingham. Chuckanutcenter@gmail.com, 360-383-7502.

 

Skagit Beer Week: Saturday, March 31 through April 7. Skagit Farm to Pint FEST is the Opening Gala and kick-off party for Skagit Beer Week commencing a 7-day marathon of beer dinners, tastings, tap takeovers and educational events that occur all over Skagit Valley and ends with the Skagit Valley Malting Showcase at Farmstrong Brewing.  Breweries located in La Conner, Anacortes, Burlington, Mount Vernon and Concrete. For full details, see http://skagitbeerweek.com.

 

Bokashi: Indoor Food Waste Composting: Saturday, March 31. Bokashi is a fermentation process which pickles your food waste (including meat, cheese, dairy, and citrus) indoors, year-round, without turning, or requiring much space. The fermentation creates a nutrient rich pre-compost that is then added to soil. Learn how to set up your own Bokashi composting in this class led by Nicole Styles. 2 p.m. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, (360) 592-2422.

 

Kids Giant Garage Sale: Saturday, March 31. 9 a.m. to noon. Burlington Parks and Recreation Center, 900 E. Fairhaven Ave. $15 per booth, age 18 and under. Kids will be selling toys, sports equipment, games, puzzles, books, and more. Booths sell out fast. Pre-register online at burlingtonwa.gov/parksandrec or call Burlington Parks and Recreation  at 360-755-9649.

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