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CALENDAR: November 2012

Nov 2nd, 2012 | Category: Events

Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale: Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1-2, 9 a.m. Lynden Community/Senior Center, 401 Grover St.; 360-354-4501. Lunch available at noon for $5. Vendor tables still available; call 354-4501. Proceeds benefit senior programs and services at the center.

Skagit Valley Gardens’ 15th Annual Holiday Open House: Friday, Nov. 2. The biggest, best holiday display in the state awaits your visit this evening. Enjoy hot cider, desserts and live music by The Free Agents Quartet. 5 to 8 p.m. Skagit Valley Gardens, Mount Vernon. Reservations for dinner at the Garden Cafe available by calling 360-848-9189.

Harvest Arts and Crafts Fair: Friday, Nov. 2. Enjoy music, food and fun as you browse tables filled with unique hand-crafted gifts for the holidays. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Bellingham Senior Activity Center, Bellingham.

Art’s Alive 2012: Friday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 4 in LaConner. Includes Art Walk, concert, exhibits, demonstrations, poetry series and more. Free admission to the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday night. For a complete listing, visit

Holiday Open House and Art’s Alive! Friday Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 4. Featured artists: Jack Dorsey (painter), Tom Newell (bird decoy carver), Carl Jaegel (photographer), Richard Nash (fine art), Tim Chomiak (custom chicken coops) and Susan Rothschild (tile and marble artist). Live music and food tastings on Saturday. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. (360) 466-3821,

Harvest Arts & Crafts Festival: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 2-3, 10 a.m. Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Includes musical performances throughout the day, and children’s crafts table.

Holiday Wreathing: Beyond the Round: Friday, Nov 2. Learn a new twist in wreath-making – square, rectangle, oval or diamond  – in this hands-on workshop guided by Laura Campbell of Christianson’s Nursery and MoonRose Antiques in La Conner. Bring wreath form, pruners, gloves and a frame, or buy one at the workshop. Vining materials will be provided; bring your own special snippets. Class fee is $35. 1 to 2 p.m. For reservations, call (360) 466-3821.

Sumas Advent Christian Church Holiday Bazaar: Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. Sumas Advent Christian Church, 125 Front St., Sumas; 360-988-2503.

What On Earth is Going On? Saturday, Nov. 3. Learn specific energy, breathing, and meditation tips to help you stay out of fear and drama and keep your  energy up during trying and transitional times. Led by Roy Holman. 3 to 4 p.m. Free.

Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day: Experienced homebrewers will come together to brew side-by-side and answer questions on their techniques and results. You’ll observe the brewing process, start to finish, and see lots of variations in preference leading to different beers. Come prepared to learn, have fun, and taste the difference. On Saturday, Nov. 3: Down Home Brew Supply in Arlington, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; North Sound Brewing in Mount Vernon from noon to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 10: Bellingham, contact North Corner Brewing, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Anacortes at North West Brewer’s Supply from 10 am to 4 pm.

Top 10 indoor houseplant choices: Saturday, Nov 3. Debra Olberg from Secret Garden Design. Debra can help you match your environment to the right plant. Class is free: call to register, (360) 676-5480. The Garden Spot, Bellingham.

2nd Annual CiderFest: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4.  Live music, cider tastings, a hard cider and apple canning workshop, see the new facility, and more.  BelleWood Acres, Guide Meridian, Lynden.

Shift Change: Saturday, Nov. 3. Sustainable Connections and the Community Food Co-op co-sponsor “Shift Change,” a film showing at the Pickford Film Center about employee owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy. 4 p.m.

The Artful Garden: Saturday, Nov. 3. Kathy Hirdler of Floribunda Designs will help you see art as another layer to add in your garden. With simple design principles  ­– placement, scale and color ­– and using outdoor-appropriate materials, you can infuse your garden with inspiration. Class fee is $5. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For reservations, call (360) 466-3821.

Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, Nov. 4. All welcome. Local candidates will serve coffee and breakfast. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee.  Biscuits and gravy available, too. Adults $5, kids 6-10 $2; kids 5 and under free. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Hwy, Bellingham. Call (360) 739-9605.

Wellness with Aromatherapy with Michelle Mahler: Tuesday, Nov. 6. Learn how to make simple healing remedies with essential oils. Smell, mix and test several recipes in this interactive class and take one home. Class is free – optional supply fee $10 per item. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op Room 309. Pre-register by calling (360) 336-5087 x139.

Gluten free Pumpkin Pie & Cranberry Relish: Wednesday, Nov 7. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. We’ll make and taste gluten free pumpkin pie and cranberry relish. Led by Sandy Nelson. Pre-register. Sno-Isle Food Coop, Everett.

Birchwood Garden Club’s November Meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 7. Mark Turner will be lecturing on, “Landscaping with Native Plants.” 7 p.m.  Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham.

2012 Sustainable Design & Development Conference: Creating Leaders for a Living Future: Nov. 8. The NW American Institute of Architects has partnered with Sustainable Connections to co-host a regional green building and smart growth conference. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Bellingham Cruise Terminal. Contact Rose Lathrop at 360-647-7093 x1070

Eat More Kale: The Kale Effect: Thursday, Nov. 8. Trying to get your family to eat more greens?Looking for inspiration and new ideas for your backyard kale patch? Join the author of The Kale Effect for tips on creating an extra “wow” factor to your green dishes.Led by Christine Bandaragoda. 6-7:30 p.m.  Free. Sno-Isle Coop, Everett.

Jingle Bell Bazaar: Friday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. Cedar Grove Park Clubhouse, 4915 Samish Way, Bellingham; 360-733-1317. Proceeds from fudge sale benefit Bellingham Food Bank.

Stress Reduction & Rebalance Your Life: Saturday, Nov. 10. Reduce stress and increase the quality of your life by learning how to bring your life and body back into balance naturally. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Sno-Isle Coop, Everett.

Assistance League’s annual Yule Boutique: Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. Sponsor: Assistance League. Proceeds support five community programs, with emphasis on providing new school clothing to children in need. Grace Center on the Trinity Lutheran Church campus, 2408 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham; 360-738-2803.

Bellingham Emblem Club 489 Holiday Bazaar: Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. 710 Samish Way, Bellingham; 360-733-6432. Proceeds benefit such local charities as Marianne’s House, Laurendeau Foundation, Bellingham Food Bank, Lighthouse Mission, Agape House, Womencare Shelter and an academic or vocational scholarship.

Whatcom Art Guild’s ‘Art By The Lake’ Fall Festival of Arts and Crafts: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11, 9 a.m. Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave., Bellingham. Watch art demonstrations, browse a flea market, taste barbecue on Sunday. Raffle benefits children at St. Joseph Hospital.

Problem Trees in Your Garden? Saturday, Nov. 10. Come hear what a certified consulting arborist has to say about evaluating hazardous trees and what to do to keep them safe and healthy. Jim Barborinas of Urban Forestry Services in Mount Vernon will begin his talk in Christianson’s Schoolhouse, then guide a walk to look at some mature trees on the nursery grounds and La Conner Flats next door. Dress for outdoor weather. Class fee $5. Reservations required. 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. 360-466-3821.

Holiday Bazaar: Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. Deming Logging Show grounds, 3295 Cedarville Road, Deming; 360-595-0138. To reserve a space, call Wendy, 595-0138.

Crafts & Christmas Sale – Crafts and Books: Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. Lynden Public Library, 216 Fourth St.; 360-410-9810.

Herbal Skin Nourishment Salve & Body Oils with Linda Quintana: Saturday, Nov. 10. Transform your garden and local wild herbs into useful household products. This informative class will increase your herbal knowledge and confidence in using local herbs topically for family and friends. 1 to 3 p.m. Deming Public Library, Deming. Free. All ages.

Cascadia Stoneware Seconds Sale! Saturday, Nov. 10. One-day only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mountainside Gardens, 6900 Mt Baker Highway, milepost 24 in between Kendall and Maple Falls.

Bow Little Market Holiday Festival: Saturday, Nov. 10, 10am – 4pm, Beau Lodge, 17581 Wood Rd., Bow. Thirty vendors selling unique local products, music all day, free hot cider, and great food served! Don’t miss it! For more info visit

What is Hot in Holiday Hellebores: Saturday, Nov. 10. Annie Reiss, a perennial specialist, will talk about the new double Hellebores from Germany. She is also bringing her favorite companion plant choices to buddy up along side your Hellebores. Great collection of Hellebores. 10 a.m. Special discounts will apply. Call and register. The Garden Spot, Bellingham. Call (360) 676-5480. Also, Start the Winter Festival Season with a visit to The Garden Spot as decorated for the season. The Cookie Fairies will be visiting with yummy treats to nibble. Sip Chocolate Necessities Hot Chocolate as you browse.

Lantern Walk with Greenwood Tree: Sunday, Nov. 11. A Waldorf-inspired cooperative school in Mount Vernon. 4 to 7 p.m. Make a lantern and join us for singing, celebration and hot cider; $5. Register by e-mailing

Napping with Strangers: Community Acupuncture with Hadea Tift: Monday, Nov. 12.  6:30 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op Room 309. Free. Pre-register by calling (360) 336-5087 x139.

Vitamin D: What’s the Fuss? Tuesday, Nov. 13. Learn the answers to these and other burning questions about everyone’s favorite nutrient in an informative, humorous discussion with Dr. Alethea Fleming, ND. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op, Room 309. Free. Pre-register by calling (360) 336-5087 x139.

Know and Grow Workshop: Tuesday, Nov. 13. Visiting Public Gardens and Garden Show in Europe with Ginny Sharp, the consummate garden traveler. 1 to 2:30 p.m. WSU Mount Vernon NWREC. Whet your appetite for seeing beautiful European gardens, plus see slides from the Chelsea Flower Show in London and Keukenhof, a spring garden in the Netherlands. Free, open to the public. Space is limited.

Reflexology with Sandy Vess: Wednesday, Nov. 14. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op Room 309. Free. Pre-register by calling (360) 336-5087 x139.

31st Annual Home for the Holidays: Thursday, Nov. 15. Large selection of seasonal decor, gift items, a few vintage pieces and gourmet foods. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Bellingham. Free admission and free parking. (360) 676-1891. Visit

Shop Local for the Holidays: Thursday, Nov. 15. Join the Mount Vernon downtown merchants and get great holiday deals. Support your local economy while enjoying a wine walk, restaurant specials, and prizes. Pre-purchase “Goodie Bags” filled with discounts and gifts at participating merchants for $5. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 360-336-3801,

Focus on Farming Conference: Feeding Our Future: Thursday, Nov. 15. A one-day event for all types of farming, including conventional, organic, livestock or row crops, large or small. A total of 28 workshops in seven industry tracks, a 17,000 square-foot trade show, with lunch prepared using locally grown foods from top chefs, and a wine & cheese tasting featuring state wineries and cheese makers. Comcast Arena, Everett. For more information, visit

Stress Reduction with Aromatherapy: Tuesday, Nov 15. 6-8 p.m. Free. Learn about and experience therapeutic essential oils that address stress, depression, anxiety, as  well as the physical symptoms of too much stress. Sno-Isle Coop, Everett.

Anacortes Holiday Farmer’s Market: Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18. Find harvest produce, cheese, honey, bread, pies, sweet treats, fudge, jams, syrups, mustards, granola, local meats, jewelry, clothing, fabric art, wood carvings, home decor, pottery, handcrafted soap, candles, brooms, knitted hats, scarves, socks and more. Door prizes and live music all day. At the Anacortes Port Warehouse (north end of Commercial Ave). Free admission. Visit

Marcy’s ‘Make It And Take It’ Seasonal Door Swag workshop: Saturday, Nov. 17.  A workshop fee of $35.00 covers all supplies, just call and register. The Garden Spot, Bellingham. Call (360) 676-5480.

Symphony of the Soil screening: Saturday, Nov. 17. Free public premier of a new documentary by Deborah Koons Garcia, the producer of Future of Food. Filmed on four continents using a mix of art and science, soil scientists, farmers and activists explore the mystery of this complex living organism that is a foundation of life – our soil. In conjunction with Hopewell Grange’s Centennial celebration. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Hopewell Grange, Everson. Call (360) 410-6014.

Holiday Bazaar at Greenwood Tree: Saturday, Nov. 17. A Waldorf-inspired cooperative school, 500 Section St., Mount Vernon. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Craft workshops, local vendors, music, wreath sales. Email

Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine: Saturday, Nov. 17. 8 p.m. at Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham. Tickets $20-$59 per person.

Nutrition to Nourish the Skin You’re In with Karl Mincin: Wednesday, Nov. 21. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op Room 309. Free. Pre-register by calling (360) 336-5087 x139.

Conifer Walk with John Christianson: Saturday, Nov. 17. Join John Christianson as he points out the colors and textures you can bring to your garden with pines, spruces, cedars and more. Complimentary; reservations required. 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Call 360-466-3821. Following the Conifer Walk, plan to have High Tea at the Granary at La Conner Flats. Early reservations suggested.

Annual Holiday Cheese Fest: Saturday, Nov. 17. Various cheese, gift ideas and more. Everybody’s Store, Van Zandt.

Skagit Wine Festival: Saturday, Nov 17.  3 p.m. at Best Western CottonTree Inn, Mt Vernon. Wines from regions throughout Washington, including local Skagit County wineries as well as appetizers, chocolate and cheese samplings made right in Skagit County. $35 per person, $60 per couple. $40 per person at the door. Sponsored by

Seventeenth Annual Holiday Tea & Arrival of Father Christmas: Saturday, Nov. 24. Come enjoy tea, cider and assorted delicacies in our 1888 Schoolhouse, decorated with a forest theme, candlelight and the live music of autoharpist Bob Harper and violinist Dennis Burkhardt. Reservations. Noon to 5 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Father Christmas will be in his red sleigh nestled among the trees in our South Greenhouse most of the day.

Holiday Wreath Making With Nancy: Saturday, Nov. 24. Class fee of $35 includes all materials. Just call and register. The Garden Spot, Bellingham. Call (360) 676-5480.

Independent Wreath Making: Nov. 25 – Dec. 24. Two wreath-making machines will be available every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Complimentary; reservations required: 360-466-3821,

4th Annual Washington Mead & Cider Cup: Online registration opens Friday, Nov. 9 and closes Friday, Dec. 7. Entries are accepted Monday, Nov. 26 through Friday, Dec. 7. $7 for each entry. Entries can be dropped off at Down Home Brew Supply in Arlington, Homebrew Heaven in Everett, or Whidbey Island Homebrew Supply in Oak Harbor. Judging takes place on Saturday, Dec 15 at Rockin’ M BBQ in Everett. For more info visit

Holiday Faire: Saturday, Dec. 1. The Whatcom Hills Waldorf School’s annual holiday festival includes live music, food, local artisans from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make gifts for loved ones during low cost hands-on crafting workshops. Free parking and shuttle service available. 10 a.m. Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, Bellingham. Free entrance, most activities cost $3 each. Call (360) 733-3164.

Blaine Senior Center Sixth Annual Christmas Bazaar: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 9 a.m. 763 G St., Blaine; 360-332-8040. Proceeds benefit Blaine Senior Center.

Published in the November 2012 issue of Grow Northwest

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