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May 4th, 2011 | Category: Events


A Tale of Two Futures: Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m. at Anacortes Library. Sponsored by Transition Fidalgo and Friends. Visit

Ana Maria Spagna’s Potluck book tour: Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7. North Cascades Institute writing instructor Ana Maria Spagna has just published a new book of interconnected essays entitled Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness. She asks the universal question, “What connects us?” and discovers the gift of community. Free reading on Friday at 5 p.m. at Libation Station, 110B N. First Street, Mount Vernon. The evening will feature storytelling, book signing, wine tasting and special hor d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Shelby Slater. View photographs by local photographer and food writer Jessamyn Tuttle. Sunday reading takes place at 7 p.m. at the Upper Skagit Library, 45770 Main Street, Concrete.

Spring Book & Plant Sale:
May 6-7 and 13-14. Lots of used books and a variety of plants for sale. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Deming Library. Deming Public Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway. Call 592-2422.

First Fridays at the Farm: Friday, May 6, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Greenbank Farm, Whidbey Island. Try wine, cheese, pies and more at the Greenbank Farm Wine Shop and Tasting Room, Greenbank Cheese Shop and Whidbey Pies Shop. $10 per person donation to the Farm. Call (360) 678-7710.

Flower Festival on the Red Rooster Route:
Experience spring in full bloom as Garden Treasures Nursery & Organic Farm and Foster’s Produce & Corn Maze in Arlington open their farm gates and barnyard doors for this year’s Flower Festival. Stroll through the farms and meet the farmers who grow the food and flowers.  For more information about the Red Rooster Route, visit

Whatcom County Master Gardener Plant Sale:
Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Neilsen Road, Ferndale. Perennials, herbs and trees for purchase along with a selection of tomato starts suitable for local growing. Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer cultivation tips and answer your gardening questions. The Information Booth will be a place where you can bring your diseased plants or a captured insect or pest for diagnosis and suggestions for help. The Family Activity Table will welcome children to learn about plants and discover the whimsical Children’s Story Garden. Food sales, vendors, and displays. No pot recycling this year. The event is sponsored by the WSU Whatcom Master Gardener Foundation and Whatcom County Parks and Recreation. For more information, call (360) 392-8104.

Skagit County WSU Extension Master Gardener Plant Fair:
Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Skagit County Fairgrounds Building F, Mount Vernon. Sponsored by the Skagit County Master Gardener Foundation. Sale includes tomatoes, vegetable starts, peppers, herbs, annuals, and perennials. A WSU Master Gardener Clinic will also be available for questions and answers to home gardening problems, as well as educational booths, vendors and garden art.

San Juan Island Master Gardener’s Spring Plant Sale:
Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to noon at Mullis Community Senior Center, San Juan Island. Large selection of perennials, vegetable starts, herbs, hanging baskets and more.

Mt. Baker Garden Club Plant Sale: Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to noon at the Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, Bellingham. Annuals, perennials, crafts, and baked goods. Profits benefit local high schools, gardens and various horticultural projects.

Wildflower Festival: Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Camp Parade Grounds, 4666 Cattle Point Road, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. Free admission. Join Park staff to celebrate the beauty of spring. Wander the prairie and see the multitudes of Camas, Chocolate Lilies, and a plethora of other wildflowers. Enjoy self-guided or naturalist-guided walks, interactive displays, games and activities, live music, and art displays. Call (360) 378-2240 ex 2222.

Snohomish County Master Gardeners Foundation Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McCollum Park, South Everett. Perennials, shrubs, trees, berries, and grasses, as well as 150 varieties of tomato plants and 4,000 herb and vegetable starts.

Procession of the Species Parade: Saturday, May 7, 3:30 to 5:30 pm. in downtown Bellingham. Celebrate our connection with nature and each other through fun, imaginative, and noncommercial activities. All ages. There are three rules in the parade: no words, no symbols, and no motorized vehicles. Line up in front of City Hall. Ending celebration at Maritime Heritage park. Music by Bellingham’s Circus Guild Favorite Band.

The Economics of Happiness: Saturday, May 7. The May Transition Whatcom Spring Event kicks off with a special showing of the film, “The Economics of Happiness”, at 3 p.m. at the new Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St, Bellingham, The film tells of localization and the growing efforts to create a more resilient and self reliant future. Sponsored by Transition Whatcom.

Picnic on the Prarie: Saturday, May 7, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 180 Parker Road, Coupeville. Join a catered picnic and learn about the life of the prairie. Cost is $15 per adult, student is $5 (with ID), and kids 10 and under are free. For tickets, call (360) 678-5586.

Ferndale Heritage Society Annual Plant Sale:
Saturday, May 7. Trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, berries, vegetables, and more. Starts at 9 a.m. Samuel’s Furniture Parking Lot, 1904 Main Street, Ferndale.

Sausage Making 101: Saturday, May 7, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Bellingham Community Co-op downtown location. Learn the basics of sausage making with Chris and Anna Adams of Old World Deli. Make an Italian sausage with fennel, red wine, oregano, garlic, and chili flakes; and a classic Bratwurst. Taste both varieties and take home a few samples of your work. $35 members and non-members/. Register at WCC, (360) 383-3200.

Canning 101: Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m. at the Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Louise Kennedy of Copper Sage Academy will show you the basics of water bath canning. Call (425) 259-3798.

Rare Plants Benefit Sale: Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bob and Larry’s House, 1685 Grandview Place, Ferndale. Wide variety of rare garden perennials and shrubs from private collection and other local growers. Come tour the private garden. The sale will benefit Community Empowerment Network! Registration is required. Call (206) 329-6244.

Cooking Class: A few of her favorite things….With Jill: Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. at Skagit Valley Co-op Room 309. Please pre-register. $10 Co-op members, $20 general public. This class will feature some of her very favorite dishes, including Thai chicken with basil, celery, and cabbage, a Moroccan cous cous salad and sweet potato mac and cheese.Call (360)336-9777.

Alaskan Halibut with Robert Fong: Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Bellingham Community Co-op downtown location. Learn three ways of cooking halibut: pan-seared with Dungeness crab, lightly fried with Thai basil coconut curry, and a halibut corn and clam chowder. Optional $8 wine fee is payable at class. $45 members and non-members. Register at WCC, (360) 383-3200.

Whatcom County Food Network Forum:
Wednesday, May 11. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (lunch is included) at St. Luke’s Educational Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham. Many organizations are working toward improving the food system in Whatcom County, from farm to fork to food disposal. Representatives of these groups are invited to work toward improving the food system in Whatcom County at a forum to build partnerships toward a more just and coordinated food system. Whatcom Food Network Forum. Register online at

Perennial Border Gardens: Easy to Grow:
Thursday, May 12, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. In this workshop, gardening expert Debra Olberg will focus on the best perennial plant picks and how to grow them for a continuous display of eye-catching color from summer to fall. Cost is $29. Call (360) 383-3200.

Sno-Isle Free Movie & Popcorn: Fuel:
Thursday, May 12, 5:30 p.m. at Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Free screening. Fuel is a fast paced road trip into America’s dependence on foreign oil. Combining a history lesson of the U.S. auto and petroleum industries, interviews with a wide range of policy makers, educators, and activists. Fuel looks into our future, offering hope via a wide-range of renewable energy and bio-fuels. Call (425) 259-3798.

Growing Great Vegetables: Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Blaine Public Library, Blaine. Master Gardener David Simonson will sharing tips on when and what to plant, vegetable favorites, and container gardening. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blaine Library. Call (360) 332-8146.

Open House at United General Hospital: Thursday, May 12, 4 to 7 p.m. Free refreshments, tours, health screenings and more. Greet the new physicians and hear about the new clinic opening at United in May. Meet Graham Kerr, better known as the Galloping Gourmet, who will be on hand to sign his book, The Gathering Place. Co-sponsored by the Concrete Chamber of Commerce, as well as chambers from Burlington, Sedro-Woolley and Mount Vernon. Call (360) 865-7323.

Gluten-Free Cooking 101: Friday, May 13, 6 p.m. at Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Free class with Louise Kennedy of Copper Sage Academy. Get some tips, ideas, foundational information, ready resources, and adventures with gluten-free baking. Call (425) 259-3798.

Hanging Moss Basket Demonstration: Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. at Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Come watch an expert assemble and plant a hanging moss basket. Discuss container choices, plant selections for sun or shade, color design and basket care through the growing season. Call (360) 676-0400.

1st Annual Lopez Lamb & Wool Festival & Matt Dillon Dinner: Saturday, May 14 at the Lopez Community Center (LCCA). Events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Featuring sheep drive through Lopez Village (4 to 6 p.m.), sheep-shearing and fleece sale, sheepdog demonstrations, meat-cutting demos with Russell Flint of Rainshadow Meats, information about sheep breeds as well as spinning, weaving, carding, felting, knitting, and dyeing demonstrations. Hands-on activities, exhibits and sales of local sheep and wool products. Dinner of Lopez lamb and other Lopez foods prepared by acclaimed chef Matt Dillon of Seattle’s Sitka and Spruce. No-host bar of Lopez Island Vineyards wine. Dinner tickets are $35 per adult and $5 under 12 years old. Music by Matt, Carol and Eric. Proceeds benefit the Lopez School Farm-to-School Program. To purchase dinner tickets or for more information contact (360) 468-2467 or

Author Richard Louv presentation: Saturday, May 14, 7 p.m. at Sehome High School, Bellingham. Author of Last Child in the Woods shares his new book The Nature Principle, about humanity’s connection with nature in the 21st century. $5 suggested donation. Sponsored by North Cascades Institute.

1st Annual Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival:
Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Farmer’s Market grounds. Up to 10 Washington cider and mead producers vying for first place in this tasting and competition event to benefit the Farm to Cafeteria Program. Live music and cooking. Hosted by Ray’s Pharmacy. For more information, visit

Make Your Own Soft Cheese: Saturday, May 14, 1 to 4 p.m. Bellingham Community Co-op downtown location. Join Seattle cheese-maker Mark Solomon for a hands-on class. Make yogurt cheese, ricotta, mozzarella, and burrata in class. Discuss how to make at least three other cheeses: chevre, quark, and cream cheese. Learn the basics and be introduced to simple soft-cheese-making equipment and more. Samples of all varieties will be served. $49 members and non-members. Register at WCC, (360) 383-3200.

Spring Show: Saturday, May 14. Sponsored by WSU Island County Extension at Island County Fair Grounds.

Spring & Summer Vineyard Care:
Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by WSU Snohomish extension. Good spring and summer vineyard care is crucial to getting a good harvest of high quality wine grapes. Learn the principles in this mostly inside lecture, with some time spent in the vineyard. Dress for the weather. $65 per person. For registration information, contact Karie Christensen at (425)357-6039 or

Grow Ripe Tomatoes, Peppers, and Melons at Home:
Saturday, May 14, 1:30 to 4 p.m. WSU Snohomish County Extension Ed Center, Everett. This Growing Groceries workshop will show you how to grow tomatoes, pepper and melons from experienced Master Gardeners. $20 per person, $25 per couple or $15 for Master Gardeners & Growing Groceries Mentors. For registration information, contact Karie Christensen at (425) 357-6039 or

Stormwater Maintenance Workshop: Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to noon at  Horizon Middle School Library, 2671 Thornton Road, Ferndale. Stormwater systems collect water from your rooftop, roads, and sidewalks, channeling it into a system of ditches and pipes, and eventually into a stormwater pond. Discuss the major components of these systems, how they function, and how to inspect and maintain them. Sponsored by RESources. RSVP is requested. Contact Lee First at or Chip Anderson at

Transition Whatcom – 350 Home & Garden Challenge: Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. Transition Whatcom and its Operating Group (TWog) are partnering with the National Home and Garden Challenge, and City Repair to fund three projects that can be initiated and possibly completed over the weekend. There will be two awards of $350 each. An urban and rural project will be chosen.

Terra Madre Presentation by Ellen Grey: Sunday, May 15, 1 p.m. at the WSU Research Station, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. Ellen Grey, food activist and delegate to Terra Madre last year, will share her experiences at the conference in Italy. A selection of local cheeses, bread, and wine will be provided for snacking. Admission is free. Please pre-register by contacting

Mexican Raw: Monday, May 16, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Community Co-op downtown location. Culinary artist Bruce Horowitz demonstrates how to create the living enchilada: a spicy nutand- seed-pate stuffed soft dehydrated “tortilla,” bathed in rich enchilada sauce, and topped with macadamia nut “sour cream,” and creamy guacamole on the side. Plus Mango Bliss for dessert. Bruce Horowitz is the author of The Sun Kitchen Un-Cookbook and has taught raw food cuisine around the world. $34 members, $38 non-members. Register at Co-op.

Spotted Wing Drosophila & Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Workshops:
Tuesday, May 17, WSU Mount Vernon NWREC. This workshop is for commercial growers and home gardeners. A brief overview will be provided on the identification and biology of BMSB and what should be done if you suspect you have found this pest in our region. The biology, identification and control of SWD, including a hands-on demonstration will be covered. No cost to attend. RSVP Required. Contact Don McMoran at or (360) 428-4270.

Pacific Feast Cooking Class with Local Author Jennifer Hahn:
Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. in Skagit Valley Co-op Room 309. Free, pre-register. Wilderness guide and WWU professor Jennifer Hahn will treat you to a five-course dinner with an inspiring side dish of natural history. Call (360)336-9777.

Mexican Cooking in Blanchard With Jill:
Thursday May, 19, 6:30p.m. at the Blanchard Community Club.  $10 Co-op members, $20 general public. Canceled due to snow in February, this class will explore making a traditional Mole sauce to put on your Carnitas tacos, wrapped in a homemade corn tortilla. Dessert is fried bananas with a Mexican chocolate sauce. Call (360) 336-9777.

Fiber Quest: Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various locations, Whidbey Island. With the success of the first “Fiber Quest for Yarn & More” in November 2010, the quest continues this month with five participating Whidbey Island Fiber Farms over four days. Farms include: Paradise Found Fiber Farm (, Fern Ridge Alpaca (, Pronkin’ Pastures Alpaca Ranch (, Island Bliss Alpacas ( and Olympic Mist Farm Alpacas ( For more information, visit

Cascade Cuts Plant Sale: Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 632 Montgomery Road, Bellingham. Cascade Cuts is open to the public just one day a year as a fundraiser for Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming Program. Many variety of plants and flowers, including colorful ornamentals, lavender, basil, other culinary herbs, and more. Parking is limited. Call (360) 647-7093.

Growing Tomatoes in Whatcom County:
Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. at Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Share secrets for successful tomato growing in the Whatcom County climate. Discuss the best varieties for the area, planting, staking, as well as care and maintenance for a bountiful tomato harvest. Call (360) 676-0400.

Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation Garden Garage Sale: Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. WSU Snohomish Co. Extension Office, McCollum Park, Everett. New and gently used items including garden tools, books, gloves, art, pots, seeds and more.

Community Shopping Day to benefit Appliance Depot:
Saturday, May 21, 1 to 4 p.m. Both Community Food Co-op locations in Bellingham are participating. Two percent of sales from both stores will be donated to the Appliance Depot. Representatives will have an informational table in both stores.

Aromatherapy for Everyday Uses:
Saturday, May 21, 1 p.m., Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Free. Learn the benefits of essential oils, and how to use it in everyday life. A special coupon for products will be given at the end of class. Call (425) 259-3798.

4th Annual Gluten Free Food Fair:
Saturday, May 21, noon to 4 p.m. at the Bellingham Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham. Hosted by Bellingham Public Market, Terra Organica: Health Food and Grocery, and Bellingham Gluten Intolerance Group (BGIG). Admission is free to the public. Contact Jillian Trinkaus at or (360)510-6555.

21st Annual Anacortes Waterfront Festival: Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cap Sante Boat Haven, Anacortes. Food, boat rides, boat building contest. Complimentary boat building and floating for kids. Entertainment, beer garden, and Farmers Market. No admission fee.

Whidbey Island Vintners Savor Spring:
Sunday, May 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Whidbey Island’s seven boutique wineries pair up with local farmers to showcase their finest during this annual event. Tickets are $20 per person and include a tasting glass. Participating wineries are Greenbank Cellars, Holmes Harbor Cellars, and Whidbey Island Winery. Blooms Winery, Ott and Murphy Wines and Spoiled Dog Winery will be pouring their wines at Taste 4 Wines Tasting Room. Buy tickets at or at wineries the day of the event for $25. For more information, contact (360) 221-2040 or visit

How to Use Essential Oils with Michelle Mahler: Monday, May 23, 6:30 p.m. in Skagit Valley Co-op Room 309. Please pre-register. Learn how to use essential oils for mental focus, getting a good nights sleep, pain relief and preventing illness and imbalance. Call (360)336-9777.

Gluten-free BBQ: Monday, May 23, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Bellingham Community Co-op, Cordata location. Jean Layton, ND will show you how to make gluten-free hamburger and hot dog buns, cornbread, and chili-spiced rice and black bean salad, and share recipes for gluten-free barbecue sauce and teriyaki sauce. $35 members and non-members. Call (360) 383-3200.

Empanadas, Pot Pies, and English Pasties—Bellingham Style: Tuesday, May 24, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bellingham Community Co-op, Cordata location. Robert Fong teams up with guest chef Bryce Sharp, owner of Man Pies. Learn to make three different savory pot pie fillings. Press and initial your own lamb, chicken, and seafood (spot prawns and fish with spices) mini pies. Eat them out of the oven with fresh mushroom gravy. Optional $8 wine fee is payable at class. $39 members and non-members. Register at WCC, call (360) 383-3200.

Spring Vegetables: Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Bellingham Community Co-op, downtown location. Learn some cooking techniques to quickly add some local flavor and nutrition to any meal. With Charles Claassen, owner and chef at Book Fare Café. Prepare green beans with garlic and chanterelles, snow peas with salmonberry blossoms, new potatoes with butter and mint, and roasted thinning beets and spring onions. $19 members, $22 non-members. Register at Co-op.

Fermented Salads With Louise Kennedy: Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 p.m. in Skagit Valley Co-op Room 309. Free, please pre-register. Talk about fermentation basics and more. Featuring: Cajun coleslaw, Japanese and Mexican style coleslaws, bean and corn salad, Skagit beet salad and fermented fruit salads. Call (360)336-9777.

Bugs and Blights: Wednesday, May 25. WSU Snohomish County Extension Education Center, Everett. Monthly gardening series, $20 each. For registration information, contact Karie Christensen at (425)357-6039 or

Healthy Eating Habits from Birth to School Age: A Guide for Parents: Thursday, May 26, 6:30 p.m. in Skagit Valley Co-op Room 309. Free, please pre-register. Dr. Bradley R. Berg will discuss baby and youth nutrition. The evening will be driven primarily by answering parents’ questions regarding their children’s eating habits. Call (360) 336-9777.

Yarnology: Thursday, May 26, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Learn how to crochet or knit. Bring your own materials.

Blueberry Magic:
Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m. at Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Discover how easy it is to grow your own blueberries. Discuss different varieties of blueberries best for Whatcom County, soil amendments, and how to plant, prune and fertilize. Call (360) 676-0400.

Summer Ride: Flower Power Ride: Sunday, May 29 at 1 p.m. Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham. Pedal to a few neighborhood gardens before a demo at a local nursery. Call (360) 647-8006.

Nutritional Balance on Special Diets:
Tuesday, May 31, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bellingham Community Co-op downtown location. If you’re following a special diet—gluten-free, vegetarian, low-fat, detox, etc.—you still need to tend to your overall nutritional balance. Be aware of the overall body chemistry effect of any special diet. With Karl Mincin. $10 members, $12 non-members. Register at Co-op.

7th Generation Supper Program: “The Economics of Happiness”: Tuesday, May 31, 6 p.m. Senior Activity Center, Anacortes. Watch the film “Economics of Happiness”, about moving away from economic globalization to more localized, ecological economies. Suggested donation: $5 per adult, $3 per child 10 and under. Soup, rolls, juice and coffee. Sponsored by Transition Fidalgo and Friends. Visit

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