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May 2nd, 2012 | Category: Events


Slow Food and Nourishing Traditions with Gigi Berardi: Tuesday, May 1. Enjoy a workshop featuring slides of Slow Food centers in northern and central Italy, narration by Gigi Berardi, Huxley professor and coordinator of the Resilient Farm Project. Learn about opportunities for Slow Food study in Europe and in Bellingham. Light refreshments to be provided by Charles Claassen of the Book Fare Café. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $6 students, $8 members, $10 non-members/ Downtown Co-op /register at Co-op. 360-734-8158

Gardening with a Purpose: Tuesday, May 1. Great ideas to help beautify your yard and put the rain to work: rain barrels, terraces, soil amendments, buffers and more! Stillaguamish room, City of Arlington Utilities Building, 154 W Cox Avenue. Free, register at

Moon and Astrological Gardening with Diane Johnson: Tuesday, May 1. 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op, Mount Vernon. Call (360) 336-9777.

Birchwood Garden Club’s May Meeting:  Wednesday, May 2. Cleo Pirtle, manager of Bakerview Nursery, will lecture on “The Art of Buying at a Nursery.”  7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. Visit

Garden Art Fair: Friday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Depot, 611 R Ave, Anacortes. Free admission. For more information, contact

Planning a Four-Season Veggie Garden: Friday, May 4. Master Gardener Peter Heffelfinger will help you get a fresh-picked harvest year-round from your garden. 6 to 7:30 p.m., Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Class fee $5. Reservations required: (360) 466-3821.

Snohomish Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale: Saturday, May 5. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McCollum Park, 600 128th St E, Everett. 5,000 tomatoes available, as well as 4,000 herb and vegetable starts. Trees, berries, and more. Specialty vendors.

Growing Tomatoes: Saturday, May 5. Growing tomatoes with Kess Blaswich. Skagit Farmers Supply, Stanwood store, 12:30 p.m. Call (360) 629-7033.

Gluten Free Baking: Saturday, May 5. Learn and taste gluten free flours and ingredients. Find out how to use them to help your goods turn out the way you’d like them to turn out. Led by Sandy Nelson, of Specialty Cooking.  9:30 to 11 a.m. $10 per person. Registration required. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Call (425) 259-3798.

Hay 101: Saturday, May 5. Discussion on hay selection, testing and the importance of having hay tested, how the tests are done and the results. Live hay judging and vendors discussing how to balance hay rations with feed for equine and livestock. Skagit Farmers Supply, Mount Vernon location. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Call (360) 424-4207.

Procession of the Species: Saturday, May 5. Participants should line up in front of Bellingham City Hall at 3:30 p.m. For more info, visit

Birchwood Garden Club’s 20th Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, May 5. Perennials, annuals, vegetable starts, shrubs, vines, trees, herbs, ornamental grasses and more. 9 a.m. to noon at Bellingham Public Library, downstairs lecture room, 210 Central Avenue. Visit

Solar Energy Workshop: Saturday, May 5. Solarize Stanwood/Camano sponsors a free public workshop about clean green solar energy for your home or small business. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stanwood High School Auditorium, 7400 272nd St NW. Includes on-site tour of the pole-mounted solar panels that power the environmental sciences department. Learn about federal, state and Snohomish PUD incentives, and ask questions of the project’s expert solar installers, Fire Mountain Solar of Mt. Vernon and Whidbey Sun and Wind of Coupeville. Register online at Solarize Stanwood/Camano is a collaboration of Snohomish County PUD, NW SEED and local community volunteers. For more information, contact Joan Schrammeck at (360) 387-9589 or

Meet Artist Richard Nash: Saturday, May 5. Meet Oak Harbor artist Richard Nash from noon to 4 p.m. Nash will discuss his techniques for botanical drawing and painting and have prints for sale. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.   Free.  Call (360) 466-3821 or visit

Tastes and Tales of a Chocolate Adventure with Theo Chocolate: Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. Theo Chocolate founder and CEO Joe Whinney takes you on a chocolate-covered journey through the origins of the cacao bean, how chocolate is made and the adventures that Joe experienced since he used the first organic cacao beans in the U.S. in 1994. For more details, visit

Rag Tags Workshop: Monday, May 7. Caroline Sumpter, of Rag Tags, will show you how to weave and create beautiful and useful items for gifts, keepsakes, or utility, using items from your recycle bin, unwanted clothing, string or twine. This workshop will demonstrate easy methods of weaving on cardboard sheets or boxes, as well as yogurt containers and oatmeal tubes. Please bring a cardboard sheet at least 8”x8”, a piece of salvaged clothe or clothing equivalent to a small t-shirts, 44” sturdy string, twine, or yarn. 6:30 p.m. Free. This class is suitable for ages 6 and up, 6-10 with adult help. Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op, Mount Vernon. Call (360) 336-9777.

Living It Up! 40 Plus – Growing Your Independence: Wednesday, May 9. Join Ron Snyder and Cathy Taggett as they share their experiences of what it means to live on a modern homestead, The Circle of Trees.  6:30 p.m. at Bellingham Public Library Dodson Room, Bellingham.

Friends of the Forest Hike: Friday, May 11. This guided hike from 10 a.m. to noon will take participants to Northwest Whistle Lake. Open to seniors and adults.  Lush Spring growth will be at peak as we hike in to Whistle Lake surrounded by blooming native berry bushes. Do you know thimbleberry, huckleberry, salmonberry, elderberry, Oregon grape, salal? For more information, visit

Big 2-Day Cascadia Stoneware ‘Seconds’ Sale: Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13. Mountainside Gardens features this Mother’s Day weekend sale of locally made pottery. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 6900 Mt. Baker Highway, between Kendall and Maple Falls.

Staying Well & What to do if it Fails: Saturday, May 12. This class covers many common maladies. Learn about natural remedies, from Cecelia Ragsdale, Certified Nutritional Therapist & Licensed Massage Therapist. 10 a.m. to noon. $50 per person. Registration required. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Call (425) 259-3798.

Lopez Lamb, Wool and Goat Festival: Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12. Located at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, Lopez Village. Event starts with Friday evening sheep drive into Lopez Village. Saturday’s lineup include sheep shearing and sheep dog demonstrations, various breeds of sheep and milk and fiber goats on display, sheep-to-shawl and cheese-making demonstrations, and vendors of local fleece, yarn, textiles, meat and other sheep and goat related art. Evening dinner features Lopez lamb and organic produce by Orcas Island chef Christina Orchid, $40 per person. All proceeds from the dinner go to the Lopez Farm-to-School Program. For more information and dinner tickets, contact

Whatcom Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, May 12. Tomatoes, perennials, herbs and trees for sale. Master Gardeners will be on hand with advice and cultivation tips. Bring questions about plant diseases or pests (in plastic bags) to the Plant Clinic Booth. The Family Activity Table welcomes children to learn about plants and discover the whimsical Children’s Story Garden. Free admission.  Sale proceeds go to support the WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener program. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale. Call (360) 676-6736.

Skagit County Master Gardener Foundation’s Annual Plant Fair: Saturday, May 12. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Skagit County Fairgrounds Building F, Mount Vernon. Free admission and parking! Many varieties of tomatoes, vegetable starts, peppers, herbs, annuals, and perennials. Visit the WSU Master Gardener clinic for questions and answers to home gardening issues, as well as educational booths, vendors and garden art.

San Juan County WSU Master Gardeners’ Spring Plant Sale: Saturday, May 12. 9 a.m. to noon at the Mullis Community Senior Center, 589 Nash Street, Friday Harbor. Lots of plant srarts, flowers and more. The animal shelter also on site with their orchid/bake sale fundraiser.

Cascade Cuts Plant Sale: Saturday, May 12. Cascade Cuts opens to the public for a one-day fundraiser for Sustainable Connections. Common and unusual plants, hanging baskets, herbs and more. Parking is limited. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cascade Cuts Nursery, 632 Montgomery Road, Bellingham.

Wild Bird ID: Saturday, May 12. 11 a.m. Wild bird identification and care with John Edison. John will present a bird identification slide show and give tips on housing, feeding and caring for wild birds. Skagit Farmers Supply, Stanwood store. Call (360) 629-7033.

Second Annual Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival: Saturday, May 12. Northwest hard cider and mead producers including Finnriver, Wescott Bay, Sky River, Alpenfire, Edgemount and Tieton Cider Works will gathering under the tasting tent at the Eastsound Village Green on Orcas Island at Farmers Market Opening Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Orcas Island homebrewers will compete for  “Orcas Best of the Fest.” Anyone over 21 will be able to taste the ciders and meads for an admission fee, proceeds of which benefit the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program. Co-organizers of the event are Ray’s General Store and Pharmacy and the Northwest Cider Association. For more information, visit

Free Herbal Spiral Workshop: Begins Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.  Shambala Permaculture Farm and Edible Nursery, Camano Island. Join Natasha Clarke for an in-depth study and collaboration, regarding design and implementation of an herb spiral in your own back yard!  Bring your questions and evolve ideas of what herbs might suit your needs and interests. Taste test herbal delights, teas and honey tinctures. RSVP to or (360)387-4110.

Anacortes Farmers Market Opening Day: Saturday, May 12.  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the new plaza next to the Depot Community & Arts Center – 7th Street & R Avenue Community W. Community workshops and live music each week. Visit

Good Food the Movie Screening: Tuesday, May 15. Free screening of Good Food at the North Fork Public Library, followed by a discussion. 7 p.m. North Fork Community Library, 7506 Kendall Road, Kendall. Call (360) 599-2020.

Bicycle Commuting 101: Tuesday, May 15. With Bicycle Alliance instructor Liz McNett Crowl. Get ready for National Bike to Work Day on May 18! This short course on bicycle commuting shares tips and techniques on how to incorporate cycling into your daily routine with confidence. Free. Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op, Mount Vernon. Call (360) 336-9777.

Know and Grow Workshop: How to Get the Most from Your Vegetable Garden: Tuesday, May 15. Master Gardeners will present a program about successfully growing vegetables for optimal harvest in Skagit County.  This workshop is free of charge and open to the public. Space is limited. 1 to 2:30 p.m. WSU Mount Vernon NWREC.

All About Herbs: Tuesday, May 15. Learn about local edible plants as well as the culinary, nutritional and medicinal uses of herbs from around the world. 6 tp 7 p.m. $5 Co-op Owners/$10 general. Led by Karl Mincin, herapist. Pre-registration and payment required by May 8. Limited space before and after class for free tests. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Call (425) 259-3798.

Chinese-Style Home Cooking with Robert Fong: Wednesday,  May 16. Robert demonstrates stir-fry oyster sauce beef and broccoli, local fish and scallions, dark leafy Chinese gai lan and garlic, and mung bean sprouts and ginger. 6:30 p.m. $39 members and non-members/Downtown Co-op. Optional $8 wine fee is payable at class. Register at WCC. Call (360) 383-3200.

Best of Bacon with Mary Ellen Carter: Thursday, May 17. See the preparation of three distinctive recipes. 6 p.m. $39 members and non-members/Cordata Co-op. Optional $7 wine fee is payable at
class. Register at WCC. Call (360) 383-3200.

National Bike to Work Day: Friday May 18. The Skagit Valley Food Co-op in downtown Mount Vernon will be greeting bicycle commuters with a “Celebration Station” in their parking lot, between 7:30-9am for complimentary organic bananas, water, and coffee.  Stop by again on the way home between 4:30-6pm for a free ice cream scoop coupon! Skagit Valley Co-op, Mount Vernon. Call (360) 336-9777.

Sun or Shade Basket Design: Friday, May 18.  Speakers Kathy Hirdler of Floribunda Designs and Lily Hirdler from Christianson’s Nursery will help you create a memorable hanging basket for sun or shade. Bring gardening gloves. 6 to 7:30 p.m., Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required: Call (360) 466-3821,

Great Pairings – Food And Wine Benefit for Lopez Children’s Center: Friday, May 18. Lopez Island Vineyards presents five of its 2012 released wines paired with five dishes created by five local chefs. $70 per person. 6 p.m., Woodmen Hall. Call (360) 468-3896.

Baby Chick Day: Saturday, May 19. Tons of baby chicks available plus classes and specials for beginners. Time to make your backyard chicken dream a reality. Hannegan Farm and Home, 6931 Hannegan Road, south of Lynden. (360) 389-5268.

Keep Your Septic System Healthy and Save Money: Saturday, May 19. Learn how to avoid problems with your on-site septic system and save money at the Stanwood PUD. 10 a.m. to noon. This class also qualifies for the Septic 101 requirement for Island County residents. Free. Register at

Efficient Rainwater Irrigation Systems: Saturday, May 19. Learn how to minimize your time and water bill by eliminating runoff, evaporation, and creating a watering schedule that is appropriate for your plants and soil. The water sources we will be using in this hands-on in-the-garden demonstration workshop are 275 gallon rainwater cisterns, both gravity and pump fed. 9 a.m. at The Sustainable Living Center, Bellingham. $55 – $65. Call (360) 733-8307.

Real Meals Outdoors: Saturday, May 19. This class covers diet and how to ascertain what we, as individuals, need to eat in order to promote health and vitality. Class notes include lots of healthful food ideas and recipes. Led by Nancy Sosnove, Author and Co-op Owner. 10 a.m. Free. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Call (425) 259-3798.

Poisonous Weeds: Sunday, May 20. Free workshop by the WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener program. Come learn which weeds are harmful, how to identify them, and how to manage them. You may bring samples of weeds for identification. Our presenter is WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener, Janis Walworth. Free. 2 p.m. at Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale. Call (360) 676-6736.

Wild Seaweed Cuisine with Jennifer Hahn: Monday, May 21. Join a culinary exploration of our local wild sea vegetables. 6 to 8:30 p.m. $39 members and non-members/Cordata Co-op/register at WCC, Bellingham. Call (360) 383-3200.

Vermicomposting with Callie Martin: Tuesday, May 22. Learn how easy it is to compost your food scraps by harnessing the work of worms in our upcoming vermicomposting class. Callie Martin is the Waste Reduction Community Education/Outreach Specialist for Skagit County, and lifelong practitioner of healthy soils and organic gardening. Free. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, Mount Vernon. Call (360) 336-9777.

Creating Kitchen Garden Containers: Friday, May 25. Speakers Kathy Hirdler of Floribunda Designs and Lily Hirdler from Christianson’s Nursery will help you create a “kitchen garden” in a container with edible flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs. Bring gardening gloves. Reservations required. 6 to 7:30 p.m., Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. (360) 466-3821,

Memorial Day Weekend Peony Show and Sale:  Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy walking through peony fields and choose a peony in a pot or for digging in the fall. Hundreds of varieties of herbaceous peonies and Itoh hybrids, too. Cut flowers available. Full Bloom Farm, 2330 Tuttle Lane, Lummi Island. Call (360) 758-7173 for more information or visit

Arlington Farmers Market fundraiser: Saturday, May 26. Screening of the film FRESH at Olympic Theater in downtown Arlington, 11 a.m. Suggested admission is $10, kids $5, funds go directly toward the operating costs for the market. See

Bite of Orcas: Saturday, May 26. Sponsored by Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce. Kaleidoscope is at it again, preparing for the island’s furry friends parade, starting location is School Road at 10 a.m. for judging. The parade will start at 11 a.m. and end at the Eastsound Village Grounds. There will be kid friendly food (donated by the Lower Tavern) and customized Kaleidoscope t-shirts at the end location. Sample local food, proceeds benefit Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

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