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Events Calendar: March 2013

Mar 1st, 2013 | Category: Events

Seasons Changing at Good Earth Pottery—Bellingham High School art teacher AnnMarie DeCollibus is the featured artist for March. DeCollibus creates colorful majolica functional-ware. Her work this month will reflect the four seasons. Representing over 50 local artists. 1000 Harris Ave., Fairhaven. (360) 671-3998,

Skagit By Hand Radio Shows: A radio show about the artisan spirit of Skagit airing weekly on KSVR’s Skagit Talks on Thursday afternoons at 5 p.m. 3/7: Homegrown Heirloom Beans; 3/14: Winter Wish Update; 3/21: Instrument Making;  3/28: Garden Planning.

Everett Craft Brewery Tour: Saturday, March 2. Tour three breweries in the Everett area with the Sno-Isle Co-op and Experience Everett. The tour will start at the Inn at Port Gardner at 11:30 a.m. for sign-in and pre-tour pastries. Participants will then be transported by bus to the brewing facilities of Diamond Knot, Lazy Boy and Scuttlebutt breweries. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Snohomish Conservation District’s 2013 Conservation Plant Sale: Saturday, March 2. 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Variety of native plants at a reasonable price. Trees, shrubs, ferns, ground cover, flowering perennials and plants for hummingbird gardens, rain gardens and backyard habitat will be available. If you have questions, or would like to purchase large quantities for a special project, please contact Ryan Williams at or 425-335-5634 x 116.

Designing and Planting an Edible Landscape: Saturday,. March 2. Come explore what’s possible in the realm of edibles. Selection, design and cultural practices will be covered. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Visit

Penn Cove Mussel Festival: March 2-3. 27th annual event celebrates world famous mussels. Chowder tasting, mussel eating competitions, cooking demonstrations, guided tour of the Penn Cove Shellfish mussel farm, and activities for all ages. Local restaurants compete for the  Mussel Chowder prize in the Mussel Chowder Tasting Competition. Coupeville’s waterfront, Whidbey Island. Visit

Pruning & Maintaining Home Orchard Fruit Trees: Saturday, March 2. From planting to pruning, our fruit tree expert will show you how to maintain productive and healthy fruit trees. We’ll show you proper timing and pruning techniques to maximize your harvest. 10 a.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400;

Fruit and Berry Selection: Saturday, March 2. Come learn the best varieties of hardy fruit trees and berries for home gardens. 2 p.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400;

Hot Hellebores and Other Cool Plants for Early Color: Saturday, March 2. Marianne Binetti describes how to garden with the crown jewel of winter flowers, hellebores. Binetti is author of “Best Garden Plants for Washington and Oregon.” Her talk is part of Christianson’s Winter Festival. Free, reservations required. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.  Call (360) 466-3821.

‘Make and Take’ A Magazine: Inspired Living Wall Garden: Saturday, March 2. Garden Designer Ed Keller will show you how to make your own living wall. Create a “work of art” planted in a wood frame using a tapestry of indoor foliages. Class fee is $49. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.  (360) 676-5480,

Winter Gardens Photography Contest: All entries will be exhibited in Christianson’s Schoolhouse during its Winter Festival, March 2-3. Entries will be professionally judged and the winners announced on March 2. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.

Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation’s Winter Field Day & Open House: Saturday, March 2. This year’s theme is “Local and Organic.” Learn to prune and graft in workshops, see demonstrations. Rootstock and scionwood available for sale to graft your own tree! Entry is free to all members or $15 per person, or $30 per family. Bring lunch. Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. See

Rome Grange Monthly Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, March 3. Meet and greet local politicians as they serve you coffee and breakfast. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee.  Biscuits and gravy too. Cost is $5 per adult, $2 per kid (6-10) and free for 5 and under. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, eastern Bellingham.

Birchwood Garden Club’s March Meeting: Wednesday, March 6. Krista Rome of the “Backyard Beans and Grains Project” will be covering growing beans and grains in Whatcom County ( 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. Visit

Skagit Human Rights Festival 10th Anniversary: All events are free, donations accepted. March 7: GMOs film “Genetic Roulette” and panel discussion, 7 p.m., Skagit Valley College’s Phillip Tarro Theatre. Panel to include Chris McManus from LabelitWA, Steve Jones from WSU, George Vojkovich from Skagit River Ranch. March 9: Transgender/Transformation, 2 p.m. Skagit Valley College’s Multipurpose Room. March 14: Food: The Skagit Food System, 7 p.m. Skagit Valley College’s MultiPurpose Room. Hear from this panel of local food system advocates about the state of the food system here at home, what’s going on to improve Food Security, Food Sovereignty and Food Justice here in the Skagit, and what you can do to help.  March 21: Dana Lyons, singer/songwriter in concert, 7 p.m. Skagit Valley College’s Phillip Tarro Theatre. March 23: Women in Leadership panel, 2-4:30 p.m. SVC’s Phillip Tarro Theatre. Miss Representation film with a panel of women in leadership to follow. March 28: Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, 7 p.m. Lincoln Theatre. Visit

Whatcom Home and Garden Show: Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10. With over 200 vendors displaying products and services for your home and garden in northwest Washington. Tickets are $7 per adult (16 and over), $6 per seniors (over 55), and free for kids under 16. Produced by the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. Hours are Friday 10-8, Saturday 10-8 and Sunday 10-5. See the complete schedule at

Everett Home and Garden Show: Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10. Home and garden displays and information. Hours are Friday 12-8, Saturday 10-7, and Sunday 10-5. Everett Events Center at Comcast Arena, Broadway & Hewitt, Everett. For full listings, see

International Women’s Day Fundraiser: Friday, March 8. Tickets are $25 each, includes food (vegetarian/gluten free available), drinks, fashion show, auction. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Studio Z  7009 265th ST NW  Stanwood. Call (360) 629-5001 or email

Discover the “MAGIC” in Conifers with Fran Sharp: Saturday, March 9. Fran works for one of the premier conifer growers of Oregon, Bizion Conifer Nursery. Free. Call to register. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.  (360) 676-5480,

Anacortes Monthly Winter Farmers Market: Saturday, March 9. Every second Saturday of the month through April, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Produce, fresh breads, treats and more. Depot Market Square, Anacortes. Visit

Cass Turnbull: The Overgrown Garden: Saturday, March 9. 11 a.m. The founder of Plant Amnesty, Cass Turnbull, brings her hugely popular talk to help those of us with gardens of tangled shrubs and bulging borders. Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); $10 class fee.  Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.

Willow Basketry with Shannon Robertson: Saturday, March 9 and repeats Saturday, March 23. Learn to make willow baskets using locally sourced materials. Shannon will take the class through the complete process of making a basket. Space is limited, registration required. 1 to 4 p.m.  Register online at Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway. Call (360) 592-2422.

Growing Fruit: Espalier: Saturday, March 9. 10:30 a.m. to noon. This workshop is for those considering creating a Belgian fence or training cherries to a fan. Cloud Mountain, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Visit

Growing Grapes: Saturday, March 9. Learn about growing grapes in cool climates for wine and eating. Workshop takes place in the vineyard. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cloud Mountain, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Visit

Rose Pruning with John Christianson: Sunday, March 10. 1 p.m., Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.  Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); complimentary.

Organic Skin & Hair Care with Essential Oils With Michelle Mahler: Tuesday, March 12. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op Room 309 Free. Supply fee. For more information, visit

27th Annual Spring Craft and Antique Show: Thursday, March 14 through Saturday, March 16. Shop for handcrafted gifts, home decor, vintage treasures, and gourmet delights. Admission $5 per person. Thursday and Friday hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front Street, Lynden. For more details, visit

Snohomish County Fruit Society: Fruit, Function, and Beauty – Building a Belgian Fence: Thursday, March 14. Looking for a way to combine fruit, efficient production, and beauty in your yard? Lori Brakken, past president of Seattle Tree Fruit Society, will discuss the building of her beautiful Belgian Fence. 7 p.m. Snohomish Library Multipurpose Room, 311 Maple Ave, Snohomish. All welcome. Call (425) 398-5544.

Get the Dirt on Dry Beans: Thursday, March 14. Bay View community members will host an educational event to help home gardeners learn more about dry beans – both heirloom and modern varieties – that grow best in local soils. 7-9 p.m. at the Breazeale Interpretive Center. The evening will feature Dr. Carol Miles, a horticulture specialist at Washington State University’s research center. Light refreshments will be served. Free, all welcome. Presented by Edna’s Neighbors with support from the Padilla Bay Foundation. The Padilla Bay Reserve is located at 10441 Bayview Edison Road.

Sew Thoughtful: Friday, March 15. The Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA’s) will sew Walker Bags for Group Health Hospital Rehab Centers.   The Walker Bag attaches to the walker and keeps your belongings handy.  Pattern and fabric provided. Many sets cut and ready to sew. Bring your sewing machine and basic sewing tools. 10-2 p.m. McCollum Park, 600 128th ST. S.E., Everett 98208 in the Evergreen Room behind the WSU Extension Office. Arlene Harrison will lead the project.  Contact Carla Peery 206-595-9717 or Bring a brown bag lunch. The Clothing and Textile Advisors is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote sewing and the textile arts through educational and charitable activities within the community and our membership.

Orchard Mason Bees: Saturday, March 16. Our bee growing expert will guide you through methods of attracting and sustaining populations of these wonderful native pollinators in your own backyard.10 a.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400;

Deer Proof Gardening: Saturday, March 16. Discover the many kinds of plants that deer avoid as well as those plants that deer love to eat.  We’ll show you scare tactics, deer repellants as well as landscape design ideas to create a deer proof garden. 2 p.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400;

The Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association Annual Tree Sale: Saturday, March 16. 10 a.m. to noon. Various tree varieties available. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden.

San Juan Island Ag Summit: Saturday, March 16. Friday Harbor Middle School from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Keynote address from internationally-known mycologist and author Paul Stamets, summits for agricultural organizations and farm-to-school programs, roundtable with county council candidates, seed swap, workshops and more. Lunch, with contra dance and social hour at end of day. Pre-tickets are $50 per person or $55 at the door. For more information, visit or call (360) 370-7664.

Growing Small Fruits: Saturday, March 16. Northwest gardeners can grow an incredible variety of fruits. This workshop focuses on smaller fruiting plants like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and kiwis. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. www.Visit

Build Your Own Rain Barrel Classes: Saturday, March 16. Stanwood and Camano locations. Learn how to build your own rain barrel – and then take it home with you. 10 a.m. Camano Island residents can attend the first class at the Camano Multi-Purpose Center, 141 NE Camano Dr. At 2 p.m., the same class will be held at the Stillaguamish Grange, 6521 Pioneer Highway (at the Stanwood-Camano fairgrounds). Cost is $20 for the barrel and fixtures. Some tools will be provided, or you can bring your own. Participants must register at for the Camano class and at for the Stanwood class. For more information, contact

“Grow Your Own” Farming Workshops: Saturday, March 16. Free. Beekeeping with Michael Jaross from the Mt. Baker Beekeeping Asdociation at 10 a.m. Backyard Chickens with Dalia Monterroso at noon and Growing Beans and Grains in the Home Garden with Krista Rome at 2 p.m. Made possible through a partnership with Local Food Works and through a grant from the Washington State Library funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway. (360) 592-2422.

Community Food Co-op Annual Meeting and Party: Saturday, March 16. Biggest party of the year. Volunteers welcome. Bellingham Cruise Terminal. Sign up at

Spring Fling Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show: Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. Northwest WA Fairgrounds Lynden. See details

Bellingham Monthly Winter Farmers Market: Saturday, March 16. Produce, specialty foods, crafts and more. Depot Market Square, corner of Chestnut and Railroad, Bellingham. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Regular season reopens in April.

Small Space Gardening: Saturday, March 16. Discuss the challenges of small patio gardens, condo deck gardens, and apartment balcony gardens. Vertical gardening tips, container choices and more. Free. Call to register. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.  (360) 676-5480,

Meerkerk Gardens’ Big Spring Rhodie Sale: Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17. Meerkerk kicks off the 2013 season with Nursery opening Spring Sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank.

Spring Walk with John Christianson: Sunday, March 17. 1 p.m., Sunday, March 17, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); the walk is complimentary.

Mood Food with nutritionist Karl Minci: Monday, March 18. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op Room 309. Free. For more information, visit (360) 336-2616.

Backyard Poultry Keeping: Wednesday, March 20. Join Mathew Aamott from Hannegan Farm and Home to learn all about keeping a flock of chickens in your backyard. This is the first in a three part series on sustainable living at the Sumas Library. 6:30 p.m. Sumas Library, 451 2nd St., Sumas. For more information contact Karin Schulhauser at (360) 988-2501.

Whatcom Conservation District’s 20th Annual Native Plant Sale and 6th Annual Expo: Saturday, March 23. Over 40 tree and shrub species available. Local organizations and information on site. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Campus of Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. Large orders must be received at the WCD office by Monday, March 11. Call (360) 354-2035.

Skagit Food Co-op 2013 Wellness Fair: Saturday, March 23. Featuring practitioner fair on the 3rd floor, demos, samples and raffles in store. Various presentations. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 3rd Floor Presentations in Room 309: 11 a.m. –Homeopathy with Mona Hall; 11:30 a.m. –Compassionate Communication & Empathic Listening with Nancy Soans; 12 pm –Nutrition Quick Testing with Karl Mincin; 12:30 p.m. – Chiropractic; Central to Your Health with Jay Goodwin,DC; 1 p.m. – Hypnotherapy with Kathleen Boehm; 1:30 p.m. –The Omega 3 Miracle with Dr Herb Joiner-Bey,ND; Reiki Share with Jelan. All free. For more information, visit

Roses: Pruning and Spring Preparation: Saturday, March 23. Judy Walker, our resident rose expert will show you how to grow magnificent roses. 10 a.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400;

Beginning Gardening in Whatcom County: Saturday, March 23. We’ll cover topics like soil types, soil amendments, and which plants are reliably hardy for all parts of the county. 2 p.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400;

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop: Saturday, March 23. Have you ever wondered how fruit tree growers make different tree varieties? Wished for some apple or pear trees that will actually fit in your back yard? The Master Gardener Foundation of Whatcom County will sponsor the workshop’ Fruit Tree Grafting’ from 9 a.m. to noon at Tennant Lake Interpretive Center, located at 5236 Nielsen Avenue in Ferndale. Dwarf and mini-dwarf apple & pear rootstock and a variety of scion wood will be available for a nominal fee. Instruction and fun are free! Plant a handmade fruit tree.

Growing Apples and Pears: Saturday, March 23. Class covers planting, growing techniques, and pruning of apples and pears. Techniques for pruning newly planted trees and renovating older trees will be demonstrated. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Visit

Vertical Gardening: Saturday, March 23. Clematis, Climbing Hydrangeas, Honeysuckles, Climbing Roses. Growing on a wall, on the fence, in a tree or on a colorful trellis. For the vegetable gardener, pole beans, cucumbers, and peas. Free. Call to register.  Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.  (360) 676-5480,

Grafting Tomatoes: Saturday, March 23. Come hear scientist Carol Miles discuss this trend and show how to graft vegetables yourself using simple materials. (This is a demonstration, not a hands-on workshop.) 11 a.m., Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); $5 class fee.

Mount Vernon Farmers Market  Potluck: Saturday, March 23. The market will be hosting a potluck to kick off the 2013 market season. 3 to 6 p.m. St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon. Meet Elizabeth Bird, the market’s new manager, talk about the new temporary location and pick up a vendor application. Bring a dish. Beverages, dishes and utensils will be provided.

Growing Stone Fruits: Cherries, Peaches and Plums: Saturday, March 23. Discussion will include planting, growing techniques, and pruning of stone fruits. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cloud Mountain, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Visit

Landscape Staging for Selling or Living: Sunday, March 24. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); $5 class fee.

‘Rite of Spring’ Seed Exchange and Potluck: Sunday March 24. Bring seeds, bulbs, starts and/or plants to trade, or just browse the selection. Potluck at 4 p.m. This event is a partnership between the South Fork Valley Community Association and Local Food Works! with help from the Whatcom Community Foundation. 3 p.m. at the Van Zandt Community Hall, Van Zandt.

Great Ingredients Series: At the Store, Wellness Style with Jill and NancyLee: Tuesday, March 26. 6:30 p.m. Room 309, Skagit Valley Co-op. Free. For more information, visit

Shambala Farm and Nursery Easter Seasonal Opening: Friday, March 29. “Bunnies and Gardens” with Bobbi Samples 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. with free demo and participation. Draw and paint event. Easter Egg hunt p.m. Music, and roving animal/garden tours, plus prizes. Shambala Farm, 395 N. Camano Drive, Camano Island. Visit

The Backwoods Bistro: Friday, March 29. The South Fork Valley Community Association is promoting this event benefit for KAVZ. 7:30 p.m. at the Van Zandt Communiity Hall. The Backwoods Bistro is a three act show with veteran balladeer, Mark McCafree’s band, “Cross Pollination Imagination,” Anna Esquibel with Bellingham guitarist and avant garde musician Jamie Starks, and “Slim Fat Lips & Momma Gumbo”.  $5  admission at the door.

Seed Starting Basics: Saturday, March 30. Get a jump-start on the growing season by learning how to properly start your own veggies and flowers from seed. 10 a.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400;

New twist on container designs for 2013, with Rachel Zeutenhorst: Saturday, March 30. A Horticulturist with Tissues and Liners Nursery in Woodinville, Rachel has won awards at The Northwest Flower and Garden Show for her Containers. She will be bringing a truckload of her favorites from their greenhouse to inspire us. Free, call to register. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.  (360) 676-5480,

Basic Veggie Gardening in Whatcom County: Saturday, March 30. Grow your own!  Our resident vegetable expert will share their experiences growing veggies in Whatcom County. 2 p.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400;

Veggie Gardens from Scratch, Part 2: Saturday, March 30. 11 a.m., Saturday, March 30, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); $5 class fee.

Along the Primrose Path: Saturday, March 30. 1 p.m., Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); $5 class fee.

Sustainable Gardening: Saturday, March 30. Discussion will include plant selection, water usage, integrated pest management, and weed and pest control. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Visit

Growing Grains and Beans in Your Backyard: Saturday, March 30. Learn the basics of growing storable staple crops, including variety selection, planting, maintenance, harvest, threshing, storage, and cooking methods. Krista Rome of the Back Yard Beans and Grains Project will be the guest presenter. 1:30 p.m. Cloud Mountain, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Visit

Antique Appraisal Clinic: Saturday, March 30. Learn the value of those treasures stored in your attic. Terry Bronkema, local auctioneer and appraiser, will conduct a free clinic to share general information and resources that can help you appraise your own items. Following the clinic he will offer individual uncertified personal property appraisals: $5 donation to the Friends of the Everson Library (three items per person, do bring portable items. Do NOT bring coins, gems, jewelry, art, firearms.) 3 to 7 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Call (360) 966-5100.

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