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December 2012 events

Dec 1st, 2012 | Category: Events

33rd Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts: Through Dec. 24. Six week long festival featuring the work of over 100 local artisans and craftspeople. Weekends feature live music, catch some of the artists in action, and fun art projects for kids. 1200 Meador Ave, Bellingham. Visit for more information.

Bellingham Farmers Market: Saturdays through Dec. 22. Produce, arts, crafts, food, and more. Corner of Railroad and Chestnut.

Port Susan Farmers Market Holiday Market: Open every Friday (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) through Dec. 22. Local vendors and crafters. Located in the Granary Building at 8715 271st Street NW, Stanwood. For more information, contact Market Manager Leslie Collings at (360) 202-3932 or

Wreath-making: Daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 24. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Two wreath-making machines are available every day. Wire rings and greenery are available for purchase, or you may bring your own. Reservations required. Contact (360) 466-3821,

The Annual Compass Wines Holiday Extravaganza and Release! Saturday Dec. 1. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday wine tasting, sale and reckoning release party. The food and wine starts being served/poured at 11 a.m. Sampling to 5 p.m. Alpenfire Cider from the Olympic Peninsula  and Coachhouse Cellars from Bellingham will be sampled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. And more! Compass Wines, Anacortes. Admission is free. Bring some non-perishable foods for the food bank.

5th Annual Holiday Handmade Bazaar: Open daily from Saturday, Dec. 1 through Dec. 24. The Paper Mill, 205 E. Chestnut St. Bellingham. Call (360) 746-8574. One-stop shop for quality, handmade, locally-produced gifts this holiday season. You’ll find letterpress cards and journals, hand-mixed teas and cacao, furniture made from salvaged wood, handmade bread and cookies, Washington State honey, luxurious soaps, salves and lotions, stuffed animals, buttons, magnets and so much more!

Honeycrisp Kringle: 2nd Annual Holiday Celebration at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. “Christmas on the Farm Market” – 10 percent of proceeds to benefit Lydia Place, Dec. 1-2. Several local artists and vendors to display their wares all weekend and an art show from Whatcom Art Guild. “Shop and Sip” cocktail party on Dec. 8, 4 to 9 p.m. Bellingham High School Choir Christmas concert and fundraiser, Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Visit from Santa and Mrs Clause on Dec. 14-16, noon to 4 daily, with proceeds to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. Christmas cookie decorating also available each day. Visit or call (360) 318-7720.

Whatcom Hills Waldorf Holiday Fair: Saturday, Dec. 1. Crafts, treats and so much more! 941 Austin Street, Bellingham. Call (360) 733-3164.

Lighted Christmas Parade: Dec. 1. Lynden’s 22nd annual holiday celebration begins at 6 p.m. with the Lighted Christmas Parade, where visitors are treated to holiday carolers and a display of lighted trucks, cars, floats, wagons, farm equipment and more. The procession starts at Fairway Center and travels along Front Street throughout downtown Lynden. Tour unique light displays and decorated storefronts throughout the city. Contact the Lynden Chamber of Commerce at (360) 354-5995 or visit

2nd Annual Handmade Holiday: Saturday, Dec. 1. Features local artisans offering handmade gifts, including organic soap, honey, handknits, toys, truffles, and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will benefit the Arlington Food Bank, and are $15 or free with a donation of 10 cans of food. 101 S Olympic Ave, in the heart of Arlington’s Hometown Holiday events, including carriage rides, Victorian carolers, and a tree lighting in the park at 4:30 p.m. Visit for more details.

Stillaguamish Grange Holiday Craft Bazaar: Saturday, Dec. 1. A wide variety of handmade/homemade items. Stillaguamish Grange Hall, 6521 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood.

Annual Holiday Bazaar: Saturday, Dec. 1. Celebrate the season at Merrill Garden’s Annual Holiday Bazaar & Open House. Enjoy refreshments while browsing through art, crafts and listening to live entertainment by vocalist Gary Hood. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (360) 629-3445 for more information.

13th Annual Old Fashioned Christmas: Saturday, Dec. 1. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Floyd Norgaard Center 102nd Ave. Free pictures with Santa, gift bags, crafts, treats, entertainment, and family fun! Sponsored by the Stanwood Chamber of Commerce and the Stanwood Area Historical Society. For more information contact the Stanwood Chamber of Commerce at  (360) 629-0562.

Snohomish Holiday Market: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Snohomish High School. Featuring local artists and crafters. Sponsored by Grow Washington. Visit

Greenbank Farm Holiday Market: Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 1-2, 8-9, and 15-16. Enjoy handmade items created by local and regional artists. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Santa will be visiting each Saturday from 11-2 with live music each day from 2:30 to 4:30 and mulled wine in the wine shop from 4-5. Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank. Visit

Holiday on the Bay: Saturday, Dec. 1. Pancake breakfast at 9 a.m., Children’s Art Show from 11 a.m. to  2 p.m. Gingerbread cookie decorating from 2 to 4 p.m. Tree lighting at 4 p.m., choir music, Santa Claus, lighted boat parade. Waterfront Center, Everett and Fisherman’s Tribute Plaza, Everett.

Snohomish NWESC Holiday Bazaar: Saturday, Dec. 1. At NWESC we are all about helping horses – even if it is in a ‘bazaar’ sort of way. Northwest Equine Stewardship Center, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Brooke Freeburg at (206) 940-8589 or

Shop the Noel Family Treasures: Saturday, Dec. 1 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items donated by the Noel family. All profits will go to these three local charities:  C.A.S.A.  – Camano Animal Shelter Association, The Stanwood Camano Food Bank, and Christmas House. Free coffee samples and treats both days.  360.629.2362,  RamonaLisa’s, 9808 SR 532 * Stanwood.

Make Your Own Fresh Green Wreath Workshop: Saturday, Dec. 1. Pre-registration required; class limited to 20 people; $35 class fee (plus tax) includes all materials. 10  a.m. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Rd, Bellingham. Contact (360) 676-0400;

Create a lovely European style wreath: Saturday, Dec. 1. Starts with a grapevine base, includes evergreens, berries, cones, moss, twigs, hollys and nish with a ourish of French ribbon. Class fee is $35 and includes all materials. We clean up the mess. Call to register. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.

Scent Your Own Lotion: Saturday, Dec. 1. This class will show you the ins and outs of making lotion, in addition to providing you with a list of suppliers.  Pre-registration is required – please call or come by the store to register. This is a two hour class.  Class fee is $30. 10 a.m. to noon. Lavender Wind,15 Coveland St., Coupeville. 360-544-4132.

Holiday Houseplants: Saturday, Dec. 1. Learn how to keep your Poinsettias, Amaryllis, Paperwhites, Cyclamen, and other indoor holiday plants fresh, vibrant and colorful. 2 p.m.  Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Rd, Bellingham. Contact (360) 676-0400;

Now, Forager: Saturday, Dec. 1. Pickford Film Center, Bellingham. We’ll have the filmmaker on hand for a post-show discussion. Live music before the film, provided by the creator of the soundtrack. Cascadia Mushrooms and other wild food fans tabling in the Allied Arts gallery. We’re pairing with Ciao Thyme’s new lunch cafe to offer free dessert w/ticket stub; they’ll have mushroom specials all week while the film is running. The movie plays for a week at the Limelight.

Aromatherapy Gifts From Nature with Michelle Mahler: Tuesday, Dec. 4. Give the gift of health and happiness this year with Aromatherapy blends. All welcome. Class is free –optional supply fee $10 per item. 6:30 p.m., Room 309, Skagit Valley Coop. Free.

Birchwood Garden Club’s December Meeting:  Wednesday, Dec. 5. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. 7 p.m. Chuck McClung will lecture on, “Houseplant Success Tips” about making houseplants flourish, and includes the plants, (easy, moderate, challenging), growing conditions, (light, heat, water, humidity, soil) and pest management. Visit

Authors Tom Malterre and Ali Segersten, of Whole Life Nutrition: Wednesday, Dec. 5. Local nutritionists and cookbook authors Tom Malterre and Ali Segersten will be at at Village Books in promotion of their new book, Nourishing Meals. 7 p.m. Village Books, Bellingham. Visit Tom and Ali’s blog and cookbook at

All About Neck and Back Pain: Wednesday, Dec. 5. Noon. Free. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Ave, Everett. (425) 259-3798.

Lynden Ag Show/Washington Small Fruit Conference: Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6-7 at the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. This 2-day conference is presented in association with the Lynden Ag Show, a trade show featuring vendors serving the small fruit community. Topics include berry markets, using your harvester for cider apples, on-farm safety, labor issues, bird and weed management, among others. Lunches provided. For more information, contact or call (360) 354-1337.

Farm Management Workshop: Thursday, Dec. 6. A farm management workshop for women farmers and farm-based food artisans will be held Thursday, Dec. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bow Hill Blueberries. Jodi Slavik, an employment attorney, will discuss hiring practices, job descriptions, and what to look for in candidates. Information about farm internships will be presented by Susan Soltes, Skagit FIELD Program Coordinator (also of Bow Hill Blueberries), and Sarita Schaffer, WSU Small Farms and (and of Viva Farms), who will discuss how to legally host farm interns and the current Small Farm Internship Bill. Registration is free. This workshop is offered in conjunction with Women in Agriculture, and is open to men as well. Contact or (360)707-3223. Bow Hill Blueberries is located at 15628 Bow Hill Road.

Holiday Port Festival: Friday, Dec. 7 through Sunday, Dec. 9. Most activities are free. Gingerbread house contest display, music, dancing, kids art activities, Santa, fire truck rides and more. Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Fairhaven.

Nature’s Beauty for the Holidays: Friday, Dec. 7. Floral designer Stacie Sutliff of Blush Custom Floral near La Conner will inspire ways to bring the outdoors from your garden and woods to the indoors for elegant and creative holiday décor. 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required; $10 class fee. Call (360) 466-3821.

Three River’s Community Holiday Fun Night: Friday, Dec. 7. Silent auction, bingo, and kids show. Great holiday shopping. Our silent auction is full of lovely items from local businesses and farms. 6 to 9 p.m. Van Zandt Hall. All welcome.

Sweet Dreams…Sleep Better: Saturday, Dec.  8. 1 p.m. Free. Find out how you have a more restorative sleep and start the year off on a positive note. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Ave, Everett. (425) 259-3798.

Make And Take’ an Indoor Fairy Garden: Saturday, Dec. 8. You will make a small indoor living Christmas gift that garden fairies would love to call home. $45.00 class fee. Call and register. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.

Grow Your Own Mushrooms & Create Your Own Shiitake Mushroom Log – Workshop: Saturday, Dec. 8. Meet Alex Winstead, owner of Cascadia Mushrooms, who will show you all the supplies and growing tips needed to grow your own mushrooms in a workshop at 10 a.m. At noon, he’ll help you construct your very own Shiitake mushroom log that you take home. Pre-registration required; $25 class fee. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Rd, Bellingham. Contact (360) 676-0400;

Let’s Make Presents! Saturday, Dec. 8. Make great gifts for family and friends. For Grades K-5. 11:30 a.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive. Call (360) 966-5100 or  Tammy LaPlante at (360) 384-3150 x219.

Sippin’ & Shoppin’: Saturday, Dec. 8. Fun wine tasting and shopping event featuring nine local wineries. Each winery is pouring in a different shop in historic Downtown Snohomish. This is a BYOG event (bring your own glass). 4 to 7 p.m. Wine tasting entries available in advance for $10 at one of our merchant locations. $13 at the door, cash only. Check In at Beebops & Lollipops 1112 1st Street.

Make Your Own Soy Candles: Saturday, Dec. 8. You will learn about coloring and scenting as well as how to work with the wax for best results. Lavender Wind, 15 Coveland St; Coupeville. Pre-registration is required – please call or come by the store to register. Class fee is $40.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (360) 544-4132.

Holiday Food & Gift Show: Saturday, Dec. 8, Monroe River Valley Farm, Monroe. 1 p.m.

Annual Silver Tea: Sunday, Dec. 9. Join us for a “Homemade Christmas,” an afternoon of cookies and tea, decorated tables, music for mingling, and crafts for the kids. Raffle tickets will be sold for two beautifully unique Christmas wreaths donated by Growing Washington. The Tea is the Friends of the Everson Library’s holiday gift to the community. All ages, 2 to 6 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Call (360) 966-5100.

Snohomish Holiday Parlor Tour: Sunday, Dec. 9. Presented by Snohomish Historical Society. Various locations in Snohomish. Noon to 4 p.m. Visit

Whatcom Food Network Forum: Monday, Dec. 10. 1 to 4:30 p.m. County Civic Building Garden Room, 322 N. Commercial St. Bellingham. For more information, visit

Introduction to the Rossiter System of Pain Relief: Tuesday, Dec. 11. For Low back and Sciatica Pain, with Lori Siebe, Rossiter Instructor & Coach. 6:30 p.m. Co-op Room 309, Skagit Valley Coop. Free, pre-register. Call (360) 336-5087×139.

Tea Tasting: Sample Amazing Ayurvedic Teas: Tuesday, Dec. 11. Juliet Jivanti, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, will discuss the ancient health benefits of each of the herbal teas that will be sampled. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Ayurvedic Health Center & Wellness Shop, 203 W. Holly St, Suites 201 & 204, Bellingham. Contact (360) 734-2396.

Mill Creek – Family Night: Felted Ornament Making: Thursday, Dec. 13. Main Street Yarn in Mill Creek Town Center. 6 to 8 p.m. Children must be accompanied by adult. Contact Kristen Snyder at (425) 745-1891.

Wintertide: Thursday, Dec. 13. Free family event. Craft projects, face painting, photo booth, Santa arrives on a city fire truck, cocoa, hot cider and cookies, holiday tree lighting, caroling, bonfire, free showing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 6:30 p.m. Plaza next to EPAC, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett.

Teen Gift Making: Thursday, Dec. 13. Teens in middle school and high school are invited to come make cards and gifts for friends and family. All supplies provided. Grades 6-12.  12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  Lynden Public Library, 216 4th Street. Call (360) 354-4883.

Pike Brewing and Pints for Prostate: Friday, Dec. 14. All month long we will be selling Pike Brewing glassware and all of the profits from the glasses will be donated to Pints for Prostate which helps raise awareness and the importance of getting screened for prostate cancer. Tasting event all day, free. Must be 21 years and older with valid ID. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Ave, Everett. (425) 259-3798.

Orchids for the Holidays: Saturday, Dec. 15.  Chuck McClung will show you easy steps to grow and re-bloom your orchids. 10 a.m. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Rd, Bellingham. Contact (360) 676-0400;

Bonsai Workshop: Saturday, Dec. 15. Local bonsai expert George Berkompas will show you how to create your own bonsai treasure. $35 class fee. Pre-registration required. 2 p.m. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Rd, Bellingham. Contact (360) 676-0400;

Yo Ho Ho! HOLIDAYFEST!: Saturday, Dec. 15. Food, crafts, free photos and more. Snoqualmie Ice cream, 21106 86th Ave SE, Maltby. Call (909) 659 3095 or e-mail

David Lanz Holiday Concert: Saturday, Dec. 15. Benefits Sustainable Connections and the Pickford Film Center. Tickets are $15-$20 advanced; $20-$25 at the door and available for advanced purchase at The Amadeus Project, 1209 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham. 3 to 7:30 p.m.

Making Soap the Easy Way: Saturday, Dec. 15. Whidbey Island. You will learn how to use essential oils, how to form soaps, scent, and color them, and then wrap and decorate them. This is a four-hour class with a BYO lunch period in the middle. Pre-registration is required. Class fee is $40. Class hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lavender Wind, 15 Coveland St., Coupeville. Call (360) 544-4132.

Get In The Spirit With The Fragrance Of A Forested Greenhouse: Saturday, Dec. 15. Decorate a cute cut Mini Noble Fir Christmas tree for your self or gift it to a friend. Ed will help you set up a 2 1/2 ft. lighted, cut noble r in a water tight pot. Have the fun of decorating it. A class fee of $45.00 includes all supplies for the workshop. Just call and register. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.

2012 Holiday Make.Sale: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16. Annual DIY local craft fair and celebration sponsored by Make.Shift Art Space. Noon to 5 p.m. Make.Shift Art Space, 306 Flora Street, Bellingham. Visit

Cascadia Mushrooms Open House: Sunday, Dec. 16. Get a glimpse inside the grow houses of Whatcom’s Organic mushroom farm. While you’re there you’ll have a chance to meet the farmers, sample some mushrooms, and purchase their D.I.Y. mushroom kits and fresh mushrooms. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4771 Aldrich Road, Bellingham.

Native Flute Workshop with Peter Ali: Sunday, Dec. 16. Peter Ali, a talented and self taught native flute player, will share stories of the flutes he plays and of his rich ethnic heritage. 11 a.m. Skagit Valley Co-op Room 309 Free, Pre-register: 360-336-5087×139.

Sultan Community Christmas Caroling: Monday, Dec. 17. Meet at Sky Valley Visitor Center at 6:30 p.m. Everybody is invited to spread cheer and holiday spirit in this fun, revived Sky Valley tradition. Contact Debbie at (360) 793-0983.

No Cook Appetizers with Jill: Tuesday, Dec. 18. Learn to make Apricot Canapes, Lox and Goat Cheese Roll, Dips and Spreads. This will be a hands on class, so bring your cutting board and knife and let’s make little yummy magic together. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op Room 309, Free. Pre-register by calling (360) 336-5087 x139.

Create Your Own Terrarium – Workshop & Miniature/Fairy Garden: Saturday, Dec. 22. Wes Ladner will help you create your very own terrarium at 10 a.m. (pre-registration required) $15 materials fee. At 2 p.m., he will show you the basics of a miniature garden (pre-registration required) $15 materials fee. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Rd, Bellingham. Contact (360) 676-0400;

Workshop for Moms, Grandmas, Kids & Grandkids: Saturday, Dec. 22. A Morning workshop for all Moms, Grandmas, Kids & Grandkids to make a family holiday table centerpiece with Marcy Plattner. A $30.00 class fee covers all supplies, ribbons, greens, cones, containers and fun. Spice cake and milk will be served. Just call and register. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.


All Members Meeting 2013: Thursday, Jan. 10. Sustainable Connections’ annual meeting at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visit

Anacortes Farmers Market Indoor Market: Saturday, Jan. 12. Every second saturday of the month through April, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find local farm goods, fresh baked breads and treats and all your favorite vendors in one place.

Growing Tea in the Valley: Saturday, Jan. 12. Richard Sakuma of Sakuma Brothers Farms will provide sampling tastes and an update about his venture growing tea with Camellia sinensis shrubs. While still facing challenges of growing the tea plants, Sakuma has been working on perfecting his processing techniques for green, oolong, white and black teas, as well as creating blends using Northwest botanicals. Reservations required; $5 class fee. 360-466-3821,

Cascadia Grains Conference: Saturday Jan. 12. Presented by Washington State University. Bringing together farmers, bakers, brewers, distillers, brokers, investors, policy-makers and others to help rebuild the regional grain economy of Western Washington and Oregon. STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St, Tacoma. For more information, visit or call  (360) 867-2151.

Bellingham Farmers Market Winter Market: Saturday, Jan. 19. Bellingham Farmers Market’s nine-month season (April through December) will expand in 2013 with the introduction of new monthly winter markets through March. Depot Market Square, corner of Chestnut and Railroad, Bellingham. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NW Sustainable Ag. Conference: Wednesday Jan. 23. This daylong event will feature seminars on topics relevant to sustainable and organic producers. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Lynden. For more information, contact Colleen Burrows, Special Agriculture Projects, at or (360) 676-6736, Ext. 22.

2013 Country Living Expo & Cattlemen’s Winterschool: Saturday, Jan. 26. Hosted by Stanwood FFA. Presented by WSU Livestock Master Foundation, WSU Extension and the Cattlemen’s Association. Attend classes on a multitude of topics, network with other small farmers, enjoy a prime rib lunch and visit with local agricultural businesses offering you service.  For more information, visit

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