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Events Calendar: March/April

Mar 1st, 2011 | Category: Events

MARCH

Backyard Chickens: Saturday, March 19. Have you thought about having some chickens in the backyard? Farmer Scott of Willows Edge Farm will instruct on both chickens for egg laying and for eating. Last day of registration is March 12.  11 a.m. $10 per person. Sno-Isle Food Co-op, 2804 Grand Ave. Everett. Contact (425) 259-3798 or  info@snoislefoods.coop.

Spring Faire 2011: Saturday, March 19. Sauk View Plaza in Concrete is hosting a free Spring Faire featuring local artisans  and informational presentations. Demonstrations will continue throughout the weekend, and include spinning, jewelry making, discussion on edible and medicinal plants, natural remedies and others. Sauk View Plaza is located at the corner of Hwy 20 & S. Dillard Avenue in Concrete. For information, call (360) 853-8209 or visit www.nwgardenbling.com or www.facebook.com/northwestgardenbling

Gardening with Northwest Native Plants: Saturday, March 19. Using our rich variety of plants native to the Northwest can enhance your enjoyment of your garden. Learn which plants to use to encourage wildlife, beautify problem areas, and take the work out of gardening. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road. Everson. Call 360 966-5859.

Anacortes Winter Farmers Market: Saturday, March 19. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., inside and out at the old Frontier Auto Building at Sharpe’s Corner (the Hwy 20 turnoff to Whidbey Island). For more information, call (360)293-7922.

Fruit and Berry Selection: Saturday, March 19. We’ll show you the best varieties of fruit tree and berry varieties for our climate as well as tips on successfully growing apples, cherries, plums, blueberries, grapes, raspberries, gooseberries, kiwi, and more! Free. 10 a.m. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Call (360) 676-0400.

Success with Roses: Saturday, March 19. Judy Walker, our resident rose expert will show you how to grow magnificent roses. Judy will share the best varieties, what’s new for this year and the essentials to planting, feeding, pruning, and maintaining hardy, prolific roses. Free. 2 p.m. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Call (360) 676-0400.

Plan Your Spring Vegetable Garden Now! Saturday, March 19. Now is the time to plan your prize vegetable garden! Tailored to the beginner, you will learn about soil preparation and conditioning, garden location and design, and selecting seeds and starts. Gardening expert Debra Olberg will also talk about fertilizers, watering, and pest control. Registration required. 9 a.m. to noon. Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. Call (360) 383-3000.

Whatcom Conservation District’s 18th Annual Native Plant Sale and Expo: Saturday, March 19. Celebrate spring by purchasing low cost native plants, seedlings, and shrubs at WCD’s Annual Plant Sale & Expo! 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. For more information, call (360) 354-3035, ext. 3 or e-mail WCD@whatcomcd.org.

Sno-Isle Food Co-op Owner Appreciation/ Membership Drive: Sunday, March 20. Ten percent off all day for all Co-op owners. Join today, and receive a free bag. Bring a friend, and if they join, you each get a bag. Sample products. Sno-Isle Food Co-op, 2804 Grand Ave. Everett. Contact (425) 259-3798 or  info@snoislefoods.coop.

Bite of Blaine Food Fest: Monday, March 21. Sample offerings from more than 20 Blaine and Birch Bay restaurants. No host bar, prizes and auction of goods and services from local merchants.Tickets at Blaine Cost Cutter, Pacific Building Center, Semiahmoo Gift Shop and Blaine Visitor Center. 6 to 9 p.m. at Semiahmoo Resort, Blaine.

Steven W. Siler, author of Signature Tastes of Bellingham: Monday, March 21. “Signature Tastes of Bellingham” is a collection of the restaurants, recipes and people that define Bellingham. 7 p.m. Village Books, Bellingham. Call (360) 671-2626.

Movie with a Purpose: Tuesday, March 22. In Transition 1.0. This is the first detailed film about the Transition movement filmed by the people making it happen on the ground. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Living Green, 630 2nd St., Langley. Sponsored by Transition Whidbey.

Eat Better on a Budget: In the Kitchen – Leftover Trains, With Jill: Tuesday, March 22.  6:30 p.m. Skagit Co-op Room 309. Free. Learn to save not only time but also money with practical uses for edible do-overs. Pregister by contacting cooproom@gmail.com.

Lunch Line: Thursday, March 24. Skagit Panel and Premiere Screening of Lunch Line. Lincoln Theatre, Mt Vernon. 7 p.m. One of the film makers, Ernie Park, will be present to share some of his experiences with the film’s creation. http://skagithrf.wordpress.com/local-food-systems

Do-It-Yourself Workshops: Saturday, March 26. Free workshops sponsored by Local Food Works! with funding provided by the Community Food at the Deming Library, 5044 Mount Baker Highway, Deming. 10 a.m. to noon: How to Save Your Own Seeds with the folks from Uprising Seeds. Noon to 1 p.m.: Starting Seeds from the Ground Up with Local Food Works! (we supply the materials, you take home your potted seeds). 1 to 2 p.m.: The ABC’s of Native Bees with Sonya Schaller from Whatcom Conservation District (take home your very own Mason Bee house–quantities limited). 2 tp 3 p.m.: Garden Planning and Problem Solving Session with Local Food Works! Space is available on a first come first served basis. Questions? E-mail localfoodworks@aol.com.

Success with Roses: Saturday, March March 26. 10 a.m. For more details, see March 19. Free. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Call (360) 676-0400.

Blueberry Magic! Saturday, March 26. Come discover how easy it is to grow your own yummy blueberries!  We’ll show you the many different varieties of blueberries best for our climate, soil amendments, and how to plant, prune and fertilize. Free. 2 p.m. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Call (360) 676-0400.

Using Dwarf Conifers in the Garden: Saturday, March 26. Dwarf conifers can add structure and color to your garden year round. They are easy to grow, often quite tolerant of drought, and somewhat addicting! Conifer addict/nursery manager Terry Maczuga will introduce you to these garden gems. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road. Everson. Call 360 966-5859.

Nooksack 9 Fruits & Veggies at Joy! Saturday, March 26. Joshua Craft and Michelle Zehr of Nooksack Nine Farms will present what a CSA is and how they benefit local farms. There will be time to ask questions and to sign up early for the 2011 CSA season. Joy of Pilates Studio & Massage, 209 Prospect Street, Bellingham. 11 a.m.

Making Cheese With Sarah Phillips: Monday, March 28. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Co-op Room 309. Free. Discover how easy and satisfying making your own fresh cheese can be. Sarah will demonstrate the step-by-step process to making whole milk Ricotta, Queso Blanco and Queso Fresco.  We will discuss the different characteristics of milk as well as fresh, cooking and melting cheeses. Please pregister by contacting cooproom@gmail.com.

Eat Better on a Budget: Grains With Jill: Tuesday, March 29. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Co-op Room 309. Free. This class will demystify those grains that you may already have in your cupboard, and not know what to do with, or introduce you to a new wonder to add to your pantry.  Sample some great grains. Pregister by contacting cooproom@gmail.com.

Western Washington Wine Growers Workshop: Wednesday, March 30 . Mt Vernon. http://maritimefruit.wsu.edu/calendar/details.asp?event=2280

“Kaffeedag in the Nordic tradition” with Arlene Sundquist Empie: Wednesday, March 30. 4 p.m. Skagit Co-op Room 309. Free. Co-op member and local author Arlene Sundquist Empie will discuss and sign her award-winning book The Legacy of Ida Lillbroanda; Finnish Emigrant to America 1893, telling the compelling story of her grandmother’s trek across North America to realize her “American Dream” on the farm established 1903 by Arlene’s grandparents in the fertile Skagit Valley. Pregister by contacting cooproom@gmail.com.

Honoring Cesar Chavez: Community Supported Justice Potluck : March 31. 6 to 8 p.m. St. Luke’s Community Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham. Community to Community Development (C2C) will host its 5th annual fundraiser and celebration of the life of the legendary U.S. farm worker leader Cesar Chavez. A free will cash donation of any size will be accepted in lieu of an admission fee. Community folks are invited to bring their favorite dish for 10 people. Space is limited so please reserve your space and give us the name of your potluck dish soon by calling Erin Thompson at (360)756-2478 or emailing c2cvolunteers@qwestoffice.net

APRIL

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: April 1-30. Every spring hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom. 2011 map available online. For information, call (360) 428-5959  or visit www.tulipfestival.org

Bellingham Farmers Market Opening Day: Saturday, April 2. Mayor Dan Pike will toss the cabbage at 10 a.m. to open the 2011 season. Produce, crafts, ready to eat foods, entertainment and more. Depot Market Square, Railroad & Chestnut Streets in downtown Bellingham. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.bellinghamfarmers.org

Whatcom County Dahlia Society Annual Tuber Sale: Saturday, April 2. Over 500+ varieties of Dahlias available – many with special garden, cut flower and exhibition qualities. Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave, Bellingham. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. For more information, contact Paul at (360) 354-4346.

Birchwood Garden Club: Backyard Poultry: Wednesday, April 6. Mandy Wittmier has been with the 4 H Poultry Division for over 9 years and will discuss backyard poultry. Learn about the basics of housing, fencing, feeding, predator protection, poultry care, egg production, sanitation, and health issues. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. www.birchwoodgardenclub.org

GO WILD: Coastal Foraging and Cuisine: Friday, April 8.  Slideshow, lecture, book signing, and wild food samples. 7 p.m. Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave, Bellingham. Free.  (360) 376-3910

Inviting Birds and Butterflies into your garden: Saturday, April 9. Attracting birds and butterflies to your garden is a fun way to see these beauties up close. Discuss native and ornamental plant choices, bird and butterfly needs, habitats, shelter, and water. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road. Everson. Call 360 966-5859.

GO WILD: Coastal Foraging and Cuisine — slideshow, book signing: Wednesday, April 13. Padilla Bay Interpretive Center, Mount Vernon,10381 Bayview Edison Rd. 7 p.m. Free. (360) 652-5429

Grafting: Saturday, April 16. Sponsored by WSU Snohomish County Extension. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about the different types of grafting, how to choose and take scion wood, choosing a receptor site, how to make the graft and seal it properly. Dress for weather. $75. Register at www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/136756. Call (425) 338-2400 or visit www.snohomish.wsu.edu/

Sustainable Gardening: Saturday, April 16. Using our rich variety of plants native to the Northwest can enhance your enjoyment of your garden. Learn which plants to use to encourage wildlife, beautify problem areas, and take the work out of gardening.10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road. Everson. Call 360 966-5859.

Anacortes Winter Farmers Market: Saturday, Arpil 16. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., inside and out at the old Frontier Auto Building at Sharpe’s Corner (the Hwy 20 turnoff to Whidbey Island). For more information, call (360)293-7922.

Drumming Circle: Hosted by Bellingham’s Circle of Rhythm at the YOGA Workshop, 1420 King Street, Bellingham. 7-8:30 p.m. Offered by donation. Any questions call 739-0015.

Earth Day Fundraising Event for Anacortes Farmers Market: Friday, April 22. Celebrate Earth Day and support the Anacortes Farmers Market at the 1st ever Fundraising Event from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Port Warehouse in downtown Anacortes. Music by Spoonshine, great food and door prizes. Tickets are $50 and available at the Winter Farmers Markets (March 19 and April 16) and at the Adrift Restaurant. Call Keri at (360)293-7922.

Hard Cider Making & Orcharding: Saturday, April 23. Sponsored by WSU Snohomish County Extension. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get an overview of apple to glass including varietal selection, growing and harvest information, and a look at the production steps from raw fruit to bottle. $65. Register at www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/136739. Call (425) 338-2400 or visit www.snohomish.wsu.edu/

GO WILD: Pacific Coast Foraging and Cuisine” slideshow and “Seventh Generation SOUP SUPPER”: Tuesday, April 26. Anacortes Senior Activity Center, 1701 22nd St, Anacortes. 6 to 8 p.m. Chef Laurie Gere, owner of “Gere A Deli” will serve soups. Bring bowl, cup, and tableware. Suggested donation: $3 kids, $5 adults. Organized by Transition Fidalgo & Friends. www.transitionfidalgo.org/

9th Annual Dirty Dan Days Seafood Festival: Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. Seafood sampling, chowder cook-off, cooking demonstrations, music, family entertainment, rowing race and the world’s only uphill piano race. Free admission, chowder sample tickets $10. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fairhaven District, Bellingham. Call (360) 733-2682.

8th Annual Tour De Lopez 2011: Saturday, April 30. Non-competitive rural road tour on public county roads through the scenic landscape of Lopez. Registration required. www.lopezisland.com

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