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Events: June 2012

Jun 6th, 2012 | Category: Events

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Alaskan Halibut with Robert Fong: Tuesday, June 5. Learn to cook Alaska’s famous fish three innovative ways. Have fun watching Chef Fong play with the big fish, aromatic spices, special oils, salts and peppers. Optional $8 wine fee payable at class. $45 members and non-members. Downtown Bellingham Co-op. (360) 383-3200.

Lisa Taylor: Saturday, June 9. Book reading of Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller’s Guide To Growing Food and Raising Animals, 2 p.m. at Village Books, Bellingham.

June Bloom Walk: Saturday, June 9, 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. John Christianson leads a tour of flowering trees, late-season rhododendrons and early roses at the 11-acre English Garden of La Conner Flats, adjacent to the nursery. Complimentary. Reservations requested, call (360) 466-3821.

Raw Wraps and Rolls with Carol Roberge: Tuesday, June 12. Carol Roberge shares recipes for delicious nut and seed pates to stuff the wraps and rolls, as well as sauces and dips such as cashew cream, almond chili sauce, and lemon ginger dipping sauce, to serve with them. $39 members and non-members/Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. 6 p.m. Register at (360) 383-3200.

Go Solar Skagit Workshop: Wednesday, June 13.  With Jo Deets and Josh Miller from Western Solar, 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op Room 309. Freer workshops to learn about solar resources and opportunities.

Canning 101 with Susy Hymas: Thursday, June 14. Learn how to stretch your food dollars and enjoy seasonal flavors all year long in this three-session demonstration class. Course covers the techniques and equipment you will need to safely can fruit, quick pickles, salsa, jams, pressure canning vegetables, seafood, and meats. Instructor Susy Hymas has been a Certified Master Food Preserver for 14 years. $59 members and non-members/Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. 6 p.m. Call (360) 383-3200.

Skincare from Nature with Michelle Mahler: Thursday, June 14. Hands-on class with guided steps in making natural skin cleansers and skin treatments. Learn how to make toners, skincare scrubs with dead seasalts, clay masks.  6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op Room 310. Free. Optional $20 supply fee for 1 skin serum or scrub/mask.

Samish Cruise and Shellfish Soiree: Friday, June 15.  Skagit Conservation Education Alliance (SCEA) and Taylor Shellfish Farms present an evening of shellfish and wine at the Taylor Farm on Samish Bay. Farm dinner featuring oysters, clams, mussels and geoduck paired with wines and local music by the Swing Nuts. 5:30 p.m. at Taylor Shellfish Farms, Bow. $70 – $100. Call (360) 701-7637.

The Real Dirt on Composting: Sunday, June 17. WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener Joyce Jimerson will show you how to create compost for your home garden; what to leave in and what to leave out, moisture, temperature and maintenance of your compost pile. Presented by the WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener program 2 p.m. at Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale. Free. Call (360) 676-6736.

Guemes Island Garden tour: Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the Community Center, 7549 Guemes Island Road.  A shuttle service will be available from the ferry to all gardens, at a cost of $5 per person. Reservations can be made by calling (360) 293-4438.

Co-op Day of Action: Saturday, June 16, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteer and demonstrate the power of co-operation. Volunteer sites are Arne Hanna Aquatic Center (Bellingham), Bellingham Food Bank Farm, and North Cascades National Park Native Plant Nursery in Marblemount (10 a.m. to 3p.m.) For more information, contact or

Northwest Picnic Basket with Lisa Dixon: Monday, June 18. Liven up your picnic basket with tips and recipes from Lisa Dixon. 6:30 p.m. $35 members and non-members/Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

Make Your Own Cultured Foods with Carol Roberge: Tuesday, June 19. You’ll learn the basics of making sauerkraut and kimchi, and Carol will also show how to make a fermented almond cheese. All recipes are vegan and gluten-free. 6 p.m. $35 members and non-members/Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at WCC, (360) 383-3200.

How is Nutrition Different in Aging? Tuesday, June 19. With Alethea Fleming ND. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op Room 309. Free. Come and get a solid grounding in how nutritional needs change (or don’t) with age. Find out more about Fleming’s Anacortes practice at

5th Annual Gardens of Note Garden Tour: Sunday, June 24. Presented by the Skagit Symphony, this self-guided tour features five private country gardens located south of Mount Vernon. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live music is performed at every site. Tickets at $25 may be purchased online at or by downloading a form from the Garden Tour link on the Symphony’s website at For more information, call (360) 848-9336.

Art at the Barn: June 23-24. Presented by Arlington Arts Council and hosted by Ted and Monica Yantis at the Yantis Farm, 12 miles east of Arlington. Showing garden art, basket weavings, and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 20412  SR.530, Arlington. For more information, call (360 631- 9242 or email

Ninth Annual Rose Festival: A Rosy Day Out: Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Join Ciscoe Morris and Marianne Binetti as they compete with “My Plant is Better than Your Plant,” at 2:30 p.m. Other events include: Tri-Valley Rose Society Rose Display (10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Tri-Valley Rose Society Plant Clinic (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.), “Tips and Tricks of the Rosarians (1p.m.), and a Rose Ice Cream Social after the speakers.

Foraging Foods with Doug Benoliel: Saturday, June 23. Join Doug Benoliel, author of the newly revised classic Northwest Foraging, for a presentation of five of his most favorite wild edible plants.  The book, originally published nearly 40 years ago, is fully updated and expanded, with descriptions of more than 50 common edible plants. 11 a.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, Room 309. Free.

DIY Furniture From Reclaimed Materials with The RE Store’s REvision Division: Saturday, June 23 at Bellingham Farmers Market, Depot Market Square, Bellingham. Watch Eberhard show you how make hollow core doors into blanket chests and armoires at 10 a.m. Cabinet doors and flooring into seats and bookcases at 1 p.m. Free. Call (360) 647-5921.

Cottage Food Workshop: Saturday, June 23. Learn everything you need to know to start and run a successful home-based food business. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arlington Depot . See for more information and registration forms.

Campfire Grilling: Wednesday, June 27. Tradition comes alive as wilderness educator Tim Flores presents a multi-dimensional grilling class featuring plank-grilled salmon, fire-roasted root vegetables and herbed veggie skewers—all cooked on a fire he’ll start from scratch using primitive friction firecrafting techniques. This class is co-sponsored by Bellingham Parks and Recreation. $35 members and non-members/Whatcom Falls Park. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

Efficient Rainwater Irrigation Systems: Saturday, June 23. The Sustainable Living Center, Bellingham. 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. $40 – $50. Call (360) 733-8307.

10th annual Home and Landscape tour: June 23-24, featuring homes and landscapes using alternative energy and eco-friendly materials throughout Whatcom County. The tour, hosted by Sustainable Connections, includes examples of affordable energy efficiency retrofits, solar panel installations, compact downtown living, organic and native landscapes, green roofs, innovative use of building materials, and more. Tickets are $12 and available starting in early June at, and for sale at Village Books, the Community Food Co-op and other locations throughout Bellingham. For more information, visit or call (360) 647-7093.

Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens Annual Plant Sale and Raffle: Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Trees, shrubs, perennials, groundcovers, grasses, roses,and herbs. All sales benefit arboretum projects.  For more information, visit or phone (425) 257-8597. Sale is at 145 Alverson Blvd, Everett.

The Homestead Tour: June 23-24. Tour of Five Scenic Orcas Island Homesteads  with an emphasis on Beauty, History, and Sustainable Horticulture:. The Orcas Island Garden Club presents “The Homestead Tour” of five farms and gardens on the east side of Orcas Island, with emphasis on beauty, history and the sustainable horticulture of fruits, vegetables, herbs and livestock 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 (tour only) or $30 (tour plus box lunch). Order tickets online at, “The Homestead Tour,” or through the link at

The Camano Island Habitat Garden Tour: Saturday, June 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Six gardens will be featured. Tickets can be purchased at the Camano Multi-Purpose Building, 141 East Camano Drive.

Farmers Markets

Bellingham/Fairhaven: The Bellingham Farmers Market is held each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Center, Railroad & Chestnut, and Wednesdays (on a smaller scale) in June through September from noon to 5 p.m. at the Village Green. Visit

Blaine Gardener’s Market: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at H Street Plaza overlooking Drayton Harbor. For more information, call Carroll at (360) 332-4544.

Ferndale: Located on the Riverwalk Park along the Nooksack River, open every Saturday through mid-October. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (360) 384-3042 for more information.

Point Roberts: Starts June 2, alternating every other Saturday throughout the summer. Community Center, 1487 Gulf Road. Contact Naomi at

Lummi Island: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. 2106 South Nugent Road, next to the Islanders store.

Lynden: Hosted by Five Loaves Farm, and held Thursday afternoons from 2 to 6 p.m. from June 21 through Sept. 20 at the Centennial Park lot in downtown Lynden, corner of 4th and Front. For more information, contact Dave Timmer at (360) 961-4061 or

Saturdays through October from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new Depot Plaza next to the Depot Arts Center, 7th & R Avenue. Wednesday market from June 20 through Sept. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Keri Knapp at (360) 293-7922 or visit

Bow Little Market: Thursdays, starting June 28 through Oct. 4,  from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green (south of Bow Hill Rd. along Old Hwy 99). For more information, contact Patty Sweaney at (360) 724-3333 or, or visit

Concrete: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Concrete Senior Center, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The Concrete Senior Center is located just off Highway 20 at milepost 89. Contact

Mount Vernon: Saturdays in downtown Mount Vernon at Gates and Main Street by the Skagit River. The Wednesday Market is held at the Skagit Valley Hospital, 1415 Kincaid Street. Visit

Port Susan: Opens on Friday, Aug. 10 in downtown Stanwood, a project of the Port Susan Food & Farming Center. 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday evenings on the grassy area behind Viking Village on 88th (across from the Legion Hall)  and will culminate with a market on Sept. 21-22. Visit www.portsusanfoodand

Sedro-Woolley: Wednesdays through mid-October from 3-7 p.m. at Hammer Heritage Square, corner of Ferry and Metcalf Streets. For more information, visit

Lopez Island:
Saturdays through Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lopez Village.

Orcas Island: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through September on the Village Green in Eastsound. During October and through most of November, the Market meets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oddfellows Hall, on Haven. Visit

San Juan: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to  1 p.m. at the Brickworks building, Sunshine Alley and Nichols Street in Friday Harbor. Visit

Opens for the season on Saturday, July 1 and will be held each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Legion Park, 114 N Olympic Ave. Visit

Bothell Farmers Market: Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. at Country Village Shops, 23718 Bothell Everett Highway.

Darrington: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June through September at Seeman Street, Darrington. For more information, call (360) 436-2167.

Edmonds Museum: Garden Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through June 23. The Full Market is open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 30 through Oct. 6.

Everett: Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 7. Located in the parking lot at the Marina, Port Gardner Landing, 1600 Marine View Drive, Everett. Visit

Granite Falls: Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., June through September, at 8416 SR 92, corner of Hwy 92 and Getchell (84th St NE). Contact

Mountlake Terrace: Fridays 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. through Sept. 28. Located at 23208 56th Ave W. For more information, visit

Mukilteo: Open Wednesdays 3 to 7 p.m. from June 6 to Sept. 26. Located in Old Town Mukilteo near the Ferry at Lighthouse Park. For more information, contact Cherri Paul at (425) 418-6064 or visit

Snohomish: Thursdays from 3 p.m. to dusk through Oct. 11. Located at 1st Street and Cedar Avenue. Visit

South County: Wednesdays 4 to 8 p.m. from June through September. Located one mile east of Thrasher’s Corner at the intersection of Maltby Road and 39th Ave. S.E., Snohomish. For more information, call (425) 770-8507.

Willis Tucker: Fridays 3 to 7 p.m. through Sept. 14 on the front lawn of Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish. For more information, visit

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 27 at SR 525 and Bayview Road, Whidbey Island. Visit or call (360) 321-4302.

Coupeville: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October at Alexander & 8th Street (behind the library). Contact Pat Tennant at (360) 678-4288.

Oak Harbor Public Market: Thursdays 4 to 7 p.m. through Sept. 24. Located in the Tree Park next to the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on Highway 20. Contact

South Whidbey Tilth: Open Sundays 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through October, 2812 Thompson Road and State Route 525. Visit or call (360) 730-1180.

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