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Community Events: July/August 2011

Jul 12th, 2011 | Category: Events

JULY

Free Rain Garden Workshop: Tuesday, July 12. 6-8 p.m. at Bloedel Donovan Park, Multi Purpose Room, Bellingham. Learn how to build your own rain garden. Free. RSVP to Alex at (206) 292-9875 or ak@stewardshippartners.org.

Preserving the Harvest: Tuesday, July 12. 6-8 p.m. at the Sustainable Living Center, Bellingham. Suggested donation $20, registration is not required. Join expert Celt Schira for a course in traditional preservation techniques, including drying, root cellaring, lactofermentation, preserving in vinegar, alcohol, sugar and salt, and smoking. Email hannahc@re-sources.org or call (360) 733-8307.

Sustainable Outdoor Cooking: An Evening with the Phoenix: Wednesday, July 13. Join wilderness educator Tim Flores in a class combining delicious food, fire-crafting, and storytelling. $25 members, $29 non-members. 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the downtown Co-op, Bellingham.

Snohomish County Food Security Meeting: Thursday, July 14. All welcome for a conversation about food in Snohomish County, including availability, cultural relevancy, and affordability. 9 a.m. to noon at Legion Hall, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. For more information, contact Christopher Schwarzen at Christopher.schwarzen@snoco.org or visit http://tinyurl.com/3ulmklc.

Northwest Raspberry Festival: Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, Lynden. Curt Maberry Memorial Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, berry growers, food, fun, raspberry dessert contest, music and more. For more information, visit lynden.org.

NW Draft Horse Spectacular: Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16. Begins at noon at Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front Street, Lynden. Call (360) 354-4111 for more information.

Crow Valley Pottery’s Annual Potters Fest: Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16. The Fest includes well over 40 potters, Raku firing demonstrations and more. The show’s opening reception will have live music and treats. Free admission. Call (360) 376-4260.

Summer Arts Fair & Lavender Festival: Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17. A variety of cultivating, cooking and essential oil distillation demos, craft workshops, tours, music and picnics in the blooming fields and more! Free admission. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (360) 378-5240. The Summer Arts Fair features local and regional artists, music, Kid’s Creative Center, “Chalk it Up” Sidewalk Art Contest, demonstrations, and food court. Pelindaba Lavender Farm, 33 Hawthorne Lane and downtown on Court Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island.

Skagit Artists Together 2011 Tour: Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit various artists and their spaces/workshops. For more information, visitskagitartiststogether.com/.

Olga Daze Celebrations: Saturday, July 16. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food, strawberry shortcake, yard sale, pie, silent auction, live music, parade and more. Olga Road, Orcas Island. Call (360) 376-5974.

Basketry Workshop: Saturday, July 16. Lopez School, Art Room, Lopez Island. 9 a.m. to noon. $50 plus $20 materials fee. Learn the basics of rib-construction basketry and make a completed project in this full-day workshop. Call (360) 468-4117.

Red Rooster Route Days Road Rally: Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at local farms including Garden Treasures Nursery & Organic Farm, Foster’s Produce & Corn Maze, Biringer Farm, Bryant Blueberry Farm & Nursery and the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum. For activities on each farm, u-pick availability, and farm fees during the festival visit www.redroosterroute.com.

9th Annual  Samish Bay Bivalve Bash and Low Tide Mud Run: Saturday, July 16. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Benefiting Community Clean Water Awareness programs. $5 entrance fee (kids 6 and under free), activities for all ages. Oyster shell sculptures and contest, Mud Run, Kid’s Beach, food, beer garden, local bands, dancing, contests and games. Taylor Shellfish Farm, Bow. For more information, visit www.bivalvebash.com.

Deer Proof Gardening: Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m. at Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Come discover which plants deer avoid and also which plants deer love to eat. Deer repellents, landscape ideas and more. Free. Call (360) 676-0400.

Drought Tolerant Plants: Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m. at Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham. Discover trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals that beat the heat and require very little water once established.  Free. Call (360) 676-0400.

Farm Tour: Saturday, July 16. Sno-Isle Food Co-op presents this tour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop to Millingwood Organics in Lake Stevens and Gil Schieber of Skipley’s Farm in Snohomish. Bring a picnic lunch. Pre-register by July 12. Email Vanessa at vanessa@snoislefoods.coop to sign up.

Hanging Planter Potting Practicum: Saturday, July 16 at the Skagit Valley Co-op, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free potting soil and advice; bring your own or buy planter and starts here. Come plant a Summer-focused container garden with us.

Farm to Fork Dinner: Saturday, July 16. Whispering Winds Farm in Stanwood, owned and operated by Doug and Char Byde, is hosting its first dinner event from 3 – 8 p.m.  Tickets are $45 per person. The menu includes produce grown on the farm, prepared by local Chef Devra Gartenstein, and recipes from The Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook by Debra Daniels-Zeller. Live music, local wines, tour the grounds and more. Contact (425) 220-3903 or bydenmythyme@hotmail.com, or visit www.freshlydougvegetables.blogspot.com.

Berry Growers Field Day: Wednesday, July 20. 3–5 p.m. with Dr. Tom Walters, WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, Mount Vernon. Presentations of research on cane burning, weed management, cultivar evaluations and high tunnel strawberry production. Meet at the Olson House raspberry field.

Farm Tour: Wednesday, July 20. Sno-Isle Food Co-op presents this tour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stops to Garden Treasures in Arlington and Pasek Cellars Wine in Mount Vernon. Pre-register by July 18. Email Vanessa at vanessa@snoislefoods.coop.

To Market! Selling Local Food in Today’s Competitive Marketplace: Friday, July 22. Workshop in Mount Vernon. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/184894

Lavender Festival Weekend: Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24 at Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Workshops, musical performances and more. Free. Call (360) 676-0400.

Diggin’ the Beats Summer Fundraiser: Saturday, July 23 at Boundary Bay in Bellingham from 5-11 p.m. Benefit for Common Threads Farm, a non-profit promoting connections between people, food and community through seed-to-table educational experiences. The family-friendly will feature fresh greens, local loaves, soup, a smoothie bike, raffle prizes, and live music. The cost is $5 per person or $10 with dinner. Call (360) 927-1590.

Backyard Habitat: Sunday, July 24, 2 p.m. Free. Learn how to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife to your yard through the use of flowers, shrubs and trees, with Master Gardener Karen Gilliam. Hovander Park vegetable garden, Ferndale. Visit www.whatcom.wsu.edu/mastergardener.

Loganberry Festival: Sunday, July 24. Vendors with farm related theme, hand produced local arts and crafts, food, kids activities, pie eating contests, live entertainment, and demonstrations and activities that relate to farming. Greenbank Farm, Whidbey Island. For more information, contact Virginia Bloom at (360) 678-7710.

Canning and Pickling: Putting Up With Summer: Tuesday, July 26. Learn how to preserve food through both fermentation and hot-pack canning techniques from Charles Claassen, chef and owner of the Book Fare Cafe. 6–8:30 p.m. at Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. $29 members and non-members/. Call (360) 383-3200.

The Art of Live Desserts with Julia Corbett: Thursday, July 28, 6–8:30 p.m. Julia Corbett demonstrates how to make delectable sweets with raw ingredients supplemented with nutritious superfoods. Julia is the author of Sweet & Raw Pie Mandalas. $35 members and non-members. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Call (360) 383-3200.

Blueberry Festival Weekend: Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31 at Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Workshops, musical performances and more. Free. Call (360) 676-0400

Bite of Skagit: Saturday, July 30. Noon to 4 p.m. at Gates St., downtown Mount Vernon. This year’s event will be held in conjunction with the Mount Vernon Downtown Merchant Association’s Annual Sidewalk Sale and the Farmers Market. Lots of food, beer & wine garden, live music, presentation by Graham Kerr and more. Admission is free. Tickets for food and beverage sales are $1 per ticket, and the average “bite” is between 2-5 tickets each.  Donations of non-perishable food at the event are appreciated. Proceeds benefit Skagit Food Share Alliance.

Snohomish County Swappers & Potluck: Saturday, July 30 at 3 p.m. Sno-Isle Food Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Can you sew, bake, anything? Come swap what your talented hands have made with us. Bring a dish to share. Call (425) 259-3798.

Bellingham Urban Garden Syndicate Benefit: Saturday, July 30 at 6 p.m. in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Bellingham. A 4-course meal will be provided with various chefs, brewers and growers participating, as well as live music from The Lumpkins, a beer and wine garden, and a silent auction raffle and prizes. Tickets are available for $25 per person at the Bellingham Food Co-op or visit bellinghamurbangardens.org. For more information, call (360) 610-3700 or email bellinghamurbangardens@gmail.com.

Preserving the Harvest: Drying & Freezing: Saturday, July 23. Learn the basics of drying food for long-, medium-, and short-term storage. Includes basic preparation steps to ensure quality and nutrition are retained. Demonstration of both methods. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $30. Bring a brown bag lunch. WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Evergreen Room in McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St SE, Everett. For more information, contact Kate Halstead at khalstead@wsu.edu or (425) 357-6024.

Co-op Annual Community Celebration: Sunday, July 31 at Boulevard Park, Bellingham. Noon to 5 p.m. Meet Kevin Gillespie, finalist from Top Chef season 6 and Slow Food enthusiast. The Co-op and party will be included in a video series in production for 2012 International Year of Co-operatives. Entertainment, kids activities, live music, food and more. Burritos, Mallard Ice Cream, Little Shovels popsicles, and Juice Peddlers smoothies will be available for purchase.

Gardeners’ Exchange/Swap Meet: Sunday, July 31. Bring healthy plants, bulbs, cuttings, seeds, vegetables, and fruit, along with gently used or barely old garden tools, books, gloves, hats, aprons, garden art, windchimes, birdfeeders/houses, etc. to exchange with your neighbors. Potluck of light snacks. 1 p.m. Hummingbird Farm Nursery and Gardens, 2319 Zylstra Road, Oak Harbor.

AUGUST
Gathering for Gardening: Tuesday, August 2. Forum is followed by a “hands-on” workshop with a garden project demonstration. 10 a.m. $10 fee. Hummingbird Farm Nursery and Gardens, 2319 Zylstra Road, Oak Harbor.

Puget Sound Antique Tractor Show & Threshing Bee 2011: August 3-6. The Puget Sound Antique Tractor & Machinery Association (PSAT&MA), located in Lynden, has held an annual threshing bee and tractor show at Berthusen Park for 40 years. The 2011 show will be featuring Ford tractors and other farm equipment. Events include threshing, sawmill demonstrations, gas engines, tractor pulling, antique vehicles, bookstore, corn grinding, steam engines, blacksmithing and more. Kids events too. Admission is $3 -$7 per person. For more information, call 360) 380-2317.

Urban farming/Permaculture: August 5, 6 p.m. Sno-Isle Food Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Call (425) 259-3798.

50th annual Anacortes Arts Festival: Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7. Approximately 250 artists, food, music, beer garden, youth area and more. Visit www.anacortesartsfestival.com.

Island Eco-Fest and Solar Science Fair: Saturday, August 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Funhouse, Orcas Island. Information about renewable technologies, farming, living, energy awareness and more. Prizes for science fair presentations and displays, with separate categories for kids, adults and commercial entries. For more information, contact the Funhouse at (360) 376-7177 or ericyoungren@gmail.com.

Pressure Canning: Saturday, August 6. Learn how to safely pressure can low acid foods such as vegetables, seafood, and meats. Demonstration of canning vegetables. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $30. Bring a brown bag lunch. WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Evergreen Room in McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St SE, Everett. For more information, contact Kate Halstead at khalstead@wsu.edu or (425) 357-6024.

Gardening with Native Plants: Sunday, August 7. Learn why you use them, how to care for them, where to put them, where to buy them and other resources, with WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener, Kendra Bradford. 2 p.m. Free. Hovander Homestead Park, near vegetable garden, Ferndale.

Skagit County Fair: Wednesday, August 10 through Saturday, August 13. Entertainment, carnival, farm animals, local food, displays, kids events and more. Wednesday admission is only $3 until 3 p.m.! Entrance cost is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors & students. Skagit County Fairgrounds, 1410 Virginia Street, Mount Vernon. Parade through downtown Mount Vernon. For more information, call (360) 336-9414 or visit skagitcounty.net.

Legacy Herefords Summer Picnic: Saturday, Aug. 13 from 3-8 p.m. All are welcome to the picnic. Meet some Legacy cows and calves, and enjoy the Northwest bounty with local farmers. To attend, or for any local fruit/veggie growers, bakers, or cheese makers interested in participating, contact Allison at legacyherefords@gmail.com or (360) 510-7180.

48th Annual Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival: Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14. Crafts, children’s activities, live entertainment and food. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Coupeville.  Visit coupevilleartsandcraftsfestival.org/

Preserving the Harvest – Modern Techniques: Tuesday, August 16. Join expert Celt Schira for a crash course in modern preservation techniques. 6-8 p.m. at the Sustainable Living Center, Bellingham. Suggested donation $20, registration is not required. For more info, email hannahc@re-sources.org or call Hannah Coughlin at 733.8307.

Island County Fair: Thursday, August 18 through Sunday, August 21. Fun, food, agriculture and more. Ticket prices vary. Visit islandcountyfair.com

Northwest Herbal Fair: Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 21. Over 100 workshops, with 70 herbalists, healers, wildcrafters and health practitioners, as well as Herbal Marketplace with 50+ vendors, entertainment, musicians, camping and more. Fire Mountain Scout Camp, near Mount Vernon. Admission varies, children 12 and under free. Visit nwherbalfair.com/.

Klesick Family Farm Festival: Saturday, Aug. 20. Starting at 10 a.m. Klesick Family Farm, 24101 Miller Road, Stanwood. face painting, wagon rides, produce, old-fashioned games, tour the farm, and more.

6th Annual Bite of Bellingham: Saturday, August 20. Local food, wine and beer. Noon to 4 p.m. on the 1300 block of Cornwall Avenue (corner of Cornwall and Holly). All ages are welcome, admission is free. Musical entertainment, beer garden and more. For more information, visit www.downtownbellingham.com/bite/.

Using Tunnels and Hoop houses for Productive Gardening Workshop: Saturday, Aug. 20. Use of high tunnels and hoop houses can bring you success in crops that often fail out in the open. Discuss hoop house construction, planting, pruning and training, and management issues. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Call (360) 966-5859.

Preserving the Harvest: Saturday, August 20. Discuss canning, drying and freezing of different fruit and vegetable crops. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Call (360) 966-5859.

Reforesting Your Wetland: Sunday, August 21. Learn right tree, right planting and right maintenance, with WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener Bob Barker. 2 p.m. Hovander Homestead Park, near vegetable garden, Ferndale. Free.

Northwest Washington Fair: August 15-20, at the Fairgrounds at 1775 Front Street, Lynden. Live music performances, agriculture, displays, food, fun, carnival, demo derby, and more. Tickets available online at nwwafair.com/.

San Juan County Fair: Wednesday, August 17 through Saturday, August 20. Gates open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fun, food and community. San Juan County Fairgrounds. Admission varies. For more information, visit www.sanjuancountyfair.org/.

7th annual Lynden PRCA Rodeo: August 26-27. Advance general admission tickets are $12, the day of the event $14. The Rodeo is general grandstand seating (no reserved seats). Children under 3 do not require a ticket. For more information, visit www.lyndenrodeo.com or call (360) 354-7777.

Gardeners’ Exchange/Swap Meet: Saturday, August 28. Bring healthy plants, bulbs, cuttings, seeds, vegetables, and fruit, along with gently used or barely old garden tools, books, gloves, hats, aprons, garden art, windchimes, birdfeeders/houses, etc. to exchange with your neighbors. Potluck of light snacks. 1 p.m. Hummingbird Farm Nursery and Gardens, 2319 Zylstra Road, Oak Harbor.

WSU/Tilth Farm Walk at Twin Brooks Creamery: Monday, August 29. Twin Brook Creamery will be featured during the Tilth Producers and WSU Small Farms Program 2011 Late Season Farm Walks. Participants can view the Jersey cow dairy from 12:30-4 p.m. and explore the on-farm glass bottling system and low temperature vat pasteurization that preserves their Jersey milk. For information about other regional farm walks, visit tilthproducers.org.

FarmerS Markets
Anacortes: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Depot Arts Center, 7th & R Avenue. For more information, contact Market Manager Keri Knapp at (360) 293-7922 or visit www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

Arlington: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Legion Park, 114 N Olympic Ave. For more information, contact Mark Lovejoy at (360) 435-9272 or arlingtonfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

Bellingham/Fairhaven: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Center, Railroad & Chestnut, through December, and Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. at the Village Green through September. For more information, visit bellinghamfarmers.org.

Birch Bay Farmers Market: Thursdays at 4-7 p.m. through September. Food, crafts, and more. Next to C-Shop at 4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay.

Blaine Gardener’s Market: 2nd and 4th Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at H Street Plaza. The market runs through October. For more information, call (360) 332-6484.

Bow Little Market: Thursdays starting July 7 through Oct. 6. 1 to 6 p.m. at Belfast Feed Store, Old Highway 99 at Bow Hill Road. Call (360) 724-3333 or email bowlittlemarket@yahoo.com.

Concrete: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Concrete Senior Center. Every Saturday through Sept. 10. The market is held at the Concrete Senior Center, just off Highway 20 at milepost 89. For more information, contact concretesaturdaymarket@gmail.com.

Coupeville: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Alexander & 8th St., Coupeville. Call (360) 678-4288.

Darrington: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through September, Seeman Street, Darrington. Call (360) 436-2167.

Everett: Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September, at the Marina, Port Gardner Landing, West Marine View Drive, Everett. Call (425) 258-3356.

Ferndale: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverwalk Park along the Nooksack River. Open every Saturday through early October. For more information, contact Tracey Bisconers at manager@ferndalepublicmarket.org.

Granite Falls: Market on Getchell, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September, 8416 SR 92, corner of Hwy 92 and Getchell (84th St NE). Contact hope@marketongetchell.com.

Lake Stevens: Thursdays from 5 p.m. to dusk at North Cove Park. Call (425) 425-334-1805.

Lopez Island: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Sept. 10, Lopez Village. For more information, visit lopezfarmersmarket.com or contact Lopez Island Farmers Market Association, P.O. Box 841, Lopez Island, WA 98261.

Lummi Island: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2106 South Nugent Road. Located next to the Islanders store and within walking distance of the ferry.

Lynden: Hosted by Five Loaves Farm, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October at Third Christian Reformed Church, in the north parking lot at 6th and Edson. For more information, contact Dave Timmer at (360) 961-4061 or  dave.timmer@arocha.org.

Mount Vernon: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through mid-October at 1415 E. Kincaid Street at the Skagit Valley Hospital. Featuring approximately 40 vendors. The market also runs in a smaller setting on Wednesdays at Skagit Valley Hospital at the South Entrance on Kincaid Street, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grass under the shade. For more information, visit www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org/.

Oak Harbor: Every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Fresh produce, handmade goods and food. 32630 State Route 20, Oak Harbor. Call (360) 675-0472.

Orcas Island: Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eastsound Village Green. Approximately 35 vendors bring their produce, foods, crafts and more. For more information, visit www.orcasislandfarmersmarket.org.

Point Roberts: Each Saturday from from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 3 at the Point Roberts Community Center, 1487 Gulf Road. For more information, contact Laura at SaturdayMorningMarket@gmail.com.

San Juan: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at San Juan County Courthouse parking lot. Approximately 40 vendors, music and activities for kids. For more information, visit www.sjifarmersmarket.com.

Sedro-Woolley: Wednesdays sfrom 3-7 p.m. at Hammer Heritage Square, corner of Ferry and Metcalf Streets through Oct. 12. Vendors and more. Visit www.sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com.

Skagit Wholesale Market: Thursdays from 8:30–10 a.m., starting July 21 through September 8 at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op (covered parking lot), 202 South 1st Street, Mount Vernon. This is a time for farmers, cooks, restaurant folks and wholesale buyers to connect. For more information, email info@psfn.org.

South Whidbey: Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through October, at  2812 Thompson Road, off State Route 525 (look for the scarecrow).

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