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Events Calendar: April 2013

Apr 1st, 2013 | Category: Events

Tulip Festival: Throughout the month of April. The annual festival celebrates tulips, agriculture and shows off the beauty of the Skagit Valley. View tulip fields  (and daffodils, too!), check out events, and visit farms, eateries, galleries and more. For a complete listing of tulip sites and events, visit www.tulipfestival.org.

Art in a Pickle Barn: Throughout the month of April. More than 30 local artists showcasing their art. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Azusa Farm and Gardens, 14904 State Route 20, Mount Vernon.

Vermicomposting with Callie Martin: Tuesday, April 2. Worm your way into composting. Learn how easy it is to compost your food scraps by harnessing the work of worms. Learn the basics of worm bin design, care and feeding. Presented by Callie Martin, Waste Reduction Community Education/Outreach Specialist for Skagit County. 6:30 p.m. Free. Skagit Valley Co-op, Room 309, Mount Vernon. Pre-register by calling (360) 336-5087 x139.

Barrel Racing: Wednesday, April 3. Washington Tractor Arena, Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. $20 per rider.  Arena opens at 5:30 p.m., first go at 6:30. Call (360) 354-4111 or e-mail at maryjo@nwwafair.com.

Birchwood Garden Club’s April Meeting: Wednesday, April 3. Krista Rome of the “Backyard Beans and Grains Project” will cover growing beans and grains in Whatcom County. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

25th annual Whatcom County Youth Fair: Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6. This year’s theme is “An Experience That Lasts A Lifetime.” The Whatcom County Youth Fair is an educational fair for youth ages 6 to 18. Youth do not need to belong to a 4H club or FFA chapter to participate. A number of divisions in which to participate include beef, chess, country crafts and horticulture, dairy, goats, livestock judging, photography and many more. Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. Also, the Youth Fair is hosting the PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp on April 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register, visit www.prorodeo.com/youthrodeo.aspx.

Art at the Schoolhouse: April 5-28. Show of local artists from the Stanwood Camano Arts Guild. Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, Mount Vernon. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

Whatcom County Dahlia Society 2013 Annual Tuber Sale: Saturday, April 6. Over 600 varieties of dahlias available – many with special garden, cut flower and exhibition qualities. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bloedel-Donovan Park, Bellingham. Visit www.WhatcomCountyDahliaSociety.org/.

Bellingham Farmers Market Opening Day: Saturday, April 6. Celebrate the opening of the 2013 regular season. Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville will toss the traditional cabbage to open the Market at 10 a.m. Produce, crafts, food and more. For more information, visit bellinghamfarmers.org.

Grow Your Own: The Locavore’s Garden: Saturday, April 6. Learn how to successfully grow a wide variety of produce throughout the year. Free. Donations accepted. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. (360) 966-5859, cloudmountainfarm.com.

Plant a Chair! Saturday, April 6. Make a living chair for your porch, fairy garden or indoors. Bring pruners, gloves and your own chair, wood or metal, preferably with an open back and seat. Reservations required. $40. 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, Mount Vernon. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

Vegetable Patch Design Class: Saturday, April 6. Learn about direct planting and seed sowing, trellis growing and beauty to create a hint of whimsey in those old vegetable patches. Free, call to register. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, www.garden-spot.com.

Azusa Container/Garden Design Workshop: Saturdays, April 6 & 20. 1 to 2:30 p.m.  Bring your own container or purchase one at Azusa and make something special and beautiful. Azusa florist Jean Crookes will focus on container and plant selections to help you create your own masterpiece. Potting soil provided.  Free workshop, please pre-register at (360) 424-1580. Azusa Farm and Gardens, 14904 State Route 20, Mount Vernon.

Stress Reduction & Re-focusing: Saturday, April 6. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. Sno-Isle Foods Co-op, Everett. (425) 259-3798, www.snoislefoods.coop.

19th Annual Garden Affair: Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7. Come visit local growers and crafters. Festival food, face painting for the kids, and more. Live music by Jim Toivonen on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Raffle proceeds benefit the Stanwood Camano Food Bank. Saturday hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stanwood Camano Fairgrounds, 6431 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood.  Visit www.gardenaffair.net.

WoodFest: Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7. Join Sedro-Woolley for the annual celebration of woodworking and student achievements. Variety of vendors and display booths from chainsaw carvers, wood turners, traditional carvers, wood crafters, artisans, high school woodworking exhibits, and educational exhibits. Tour local carvings and murals. Silent auction, concessions, and more. Part of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Visit www.sedro-woolley.com or call (360) 855-1841.

Seed Starting: Saturday, April 6. Look at seed-starting mediums, containers, sanitation, and fertility. This will be a hands-on experience, and you’ll go home with a flat of seeds ready to grow. $30. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Register online at www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org or call (360) 966-5859. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson.

Stashfest 2013: Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7. Fundraiser for the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum features unique fabrics. Preview sale, book sale, door prizes, and more. Saturday hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Various fabric presenters on site. Entry is free, preview sale tickets $20 each. La Conner Civic Garden Club (across the street from the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum), 622 South Second Street, La Conner.

Exotic Fruits for Whatcom County: Saturday, April 6. Come learn about all the lesser known, exotic edible fruits and berries you can grow. Discuss Figs, Kiwis, Goji berries, Japanese Cherry, Shipova, Medlar, Red Azarole, Persimmons, and more. 10 a.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400, www.bakerviewnursery.com.

Seed Starting Basics: Saturday, April 6. Get a jump-start on the growing season by learning how to properly start your own vegetables and flowers from seed. 2 p.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400, www.bakerviewnursery.com.

Rome Grange Monthly Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, April 7.                                     Meet and greet local politicians as they serve 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 ages 5 and under. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, eastern Bellingham.

Shambala Farm Camano Herbal Workshops #1 of 6: Sunday, April 7. Herb Spiral lecture and demo, walk a large herb spiral and learn to group herbs for medicinal reasons, and how to combine guilding for a healthy garden. Instructor is Natasha Clarke of Wildcrafts. $35. 1 to 4 p.m. Shambala Farm, Camano Island. RSVP. www.shambalafarm.com.

How to be Healthy on a Raw Food or Vegan Diet: Monday, April 8. Successful long-term tips for being on a high percentage raw food vegan diet. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op Room 309. Free. Please pre-register by calling (360) 336-5087 x139.

Food, Farming and Culture in the Himalayas: Tuesday, April 9. Cary Peterson will share photos and stories from the Himalayas. 7 p.m. Deer Lagoon #846,
5142 Bayview Road, Langley. Call (360)222-3110.

Preventing and Treating Disease with Essential Oils with Michelle Mahler: Tuesday, April 9. Learn about safety and application methods of therapeutic essential oils for topical use. Each student will receive notes, recipes and make a therapy blend to take home. Free class, optional supply fee of $10 per item. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op,  Room 309, Mount Vernon. Register at (360) 336-5087 x139.

20th Annual Skagit County Fairgrounds Garage Sale, Antiques and More: Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13. Over 120 vendors, food, pony rides and more. $2 admission. Early buyer special 8 to 9 a.m. for $5 admission. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1410 Virginia Street, Mount Vernon. Fairgrounds parking  in South Parking Lot, $2. For more information, visit www.skagitcounty.net/fairgrounds or call (360) 336-9414.

Falcon Gun and Knife Show: Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13. Expo Building, Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. See www.falcongunshows.com/.

Ugly Chicken Contest 2013: Saturday, April 13. Enter your bird to compete for Arlington’s Ugliest Chicken. Winner gets a brand new chicken coop! Petting zoo, including NOAH adoptable animals and kangaroos from the Outback Kangaroo Farm. Local art at an artist’s garage sale. Support the food bank by donating 10 cans of food or $15 for farm photos by artist Debora Nelson. The best shot will be featured on the Arlington Farmers’ Market’s 2013 poster. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Downtown at the Arlington Farm Co-op, 101 S. Olympic Ave. www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.blogspot.com/

The Art of Bonsai: Saturday, April 13. Our local bonsai expert, George Berkompas, will show you all the tricks to growing healthy bonsai. 10 a.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400, www.bakerviewnursery.com.

Gardening with Northwest Native Plants: Saturday, April 13. Learn which plants to use to encourage wildlife, beautify problem areas, and take the work out of gardening. Free; no registration required. Donations accepted. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. (360) 966-5859, cloudmountainfarm.com.

10 Herbs for Health with Linda Quintana: Saturday, April 13. Learn how to grow, harvest and use 10 herbs for your home medicine chest. Register at WCLS.org. 2 to 4 p.m. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway. (360) 592-2422.

Make that big Moss Victorian Hanging Basket: Saturday, April 13. The Garden Spot designers will teach you step by step how to moss a large wire hanging basket. Free class. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, www.garden-spot.com.

Chainsaw Art Carving Day: Saturday, April 13. Come see Steve Backus, a well known professional chain saw carver work his magic. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Azusa Farm and Gardens, 14904 State Route 20, Mount Vernon.

The Fascinating World of Terrariums and Miniature Gardens: Saturday, April 13. Wes Ladner, our terrarium and miniature gardens expert, will show you all you need to create your very own, easy to care for miniature fantasy land. 2 p.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400, www.bakerviewnursery.com.

4th Annual Anacortes Spring Wine Festival: Saturday, April 13. Thirty wineries and six restaurants participating. Noon to 4:30 p.m.  Historic Port Warehouse $40 per ticket, $20 for designated drivers. Must be 21.  www.anacortes.org/.

Organic Fruit Growing: Saturday, April 13. Learn how to keep your trees and berry plants healthy and productive. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. (360) 966-5859, cloudmountainfarm.com.

Azusa Garden Walk: Saturdays, April 13 & 27. Enjoy a free guided tour of Azusa’s beautiful display gardens. Led by nurseryman and garden designer Everett Chu. 1 to 2:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is recommended. Call (360) 424-1580. Azusa Farm and Gardens, 14904 State Route 20, Mount Vernon.

2013 Whatcom County Arts & Crafts Contest: Tuesday, April 16. Enter something creative – knit, crochet, sew, paint, carve, paste, cut, stain, sculpt, photograph. This event is open to everyone in Whatcom County. Grange membership not required.  Winning entries are eligible for cash prizes at the State competition in June.  There are categories for both adults and children.  Full details can be found in the Program Handbook, available on the State Grange website at www.wa-grange.org. Entries must be brought to Rome Grange on Sunday, April 14 from noon to 3 p.m or on Monday April 15 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Judging is Monday afternoon. The public viewing is Tuesday at 6 p.m. To volunteer, or more information, contact Penny at (360) 647-9672.

Uncommon Edible Plants for the Northwest with Casey Schoenberger: Tuesday, April 16. Casey, a certified horticulturist and permaculturist and owner of Happy Little Farm in Conway, will focus on unusual food plants (tree fruits, nuts and berries) that work well in our area. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op, Room 309, Mount Vernon. Free. Pre-register by calling (360) 336-5087 x139.

Ready, Set, GROW! Wednesday, April 17. Get ready for the growing season with Matthew Aamot of Hannegan Farm & Home. This is the second program in our three-part series on sustainable living. Learn about heirloom seeds, growing vegetables, herbs and all things edible. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Sumas Library, 451 2nd St. (360) 988-2501.

Eating Your Feelings – What’s Preventing You from Having a Healthy Relationship with Food: Wednesday, April 17. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op, Room 309, Mount Vernon. Free. Pre-register by calling (360) 336-5087 x139.

29th Annual Downtown Mount Vernon Street Fair: April 19-21. More than 100 juried arts and crafts vendors, plus kid’s activities, entertainment and food.

Vegetables: The New, The Best, The Organic: Friday, April 19. Nicolette Thornton of Skagit Gardens will discuss an assortment of veggie starts. Reservations required. $5 class fee. 6 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, Mount Vernon. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

Bull Riders Touring Pro Division Event: Friday, April 19. For the first time in Lynden. Thirty-six top professionals will be matched with some of the toughest bulls in the country. Competition starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Washington Tractor Arena. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets $23 – $78. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. Visit nwwafair.com.

Sew Thoughtful: Friday, April 19. SEW for sweet little babies! You’re invited to come have fun sewing with the Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will sew simple 4-patch block quilts for premature infants at Providence hospital. The pattern and fabric will be provided and many kits are cut and ready to sew. Bring your sewing machine and basic sewing tools to McCollum Park, 600 128th ST. S.E., Everett 98208 in the Evergreen classroom behind the WSU Extension Office.   Quilt book author Mary Hickey will lead the project. Contact Carla Peery at (206) 595-9717 or Cpeerysew@aol.com. 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.

Tools for Transformation: Saturday, April 20. 10 a.m. to noon. $10. Sno-Isle Foods Co-op, Everett. (425) 259-3798, www.snoislefoods.coop.

3rd Annual Lopez Island Procession of the Species: Saturday, April 20. Celebrate Earth day by wearing your creative costume of any species real or mythical in a one-mile procession through Lopez Village, or come and enjoy the show. This is a free, all-ages event rain or shine. Procession begins at 4:30 p.m. followed by dancing, music and potluck. Visit lopezconservationcorps.org.

Dairy Goat 101: Saturday, April 20. The Pails and Trails 4-H club will holding a workshop about what you need to get started with your own dairy goats. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hannegan Farm and Home, Lynden. For more details, call (360) 389-5268.

Whatcom Conservation District One Millionth CREP Tree Planting: Saturday, April 20. The Whatcom Conservation District (WCD) will celebrate its one millionth Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) native tree planting at the Whatcom Land Trust Catalyst Reserve in Acme from 9 a.m. to noon with a special Earth Day volunteer work party sponsored by the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association. Volunteers will plant hundreds of trees along Landingstrip Creek adjacent to the South Fork Nooksack River. At 11:30 the tree ceremony will be held, with a Western red cedar planted. Participants should park in designated areas in Acme (watch for signs); shuttle vans will be available for the short trip. For more information, contact (360) 354-2035 x 3 or e-mail  ehirsch@whatcomcd.org.

Planting day at The Garden Spot Time: Saturday, April 20. Bring containers from home or select on site. Our expert staff will help you gather the right combination of plants and flowers. Gardner & Bloome Soil and plant horticulturist, Naomi Murray, will be on hand to do the planting. There will be complementary soil and labor for this event, and special discounts on all plants used in your containers. This year if you prefer, bring your pots, leave your phone number, and we will call you when your containers are ready. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, www.garden-spot.com.

Supporting Mental Fatigue in Adults with High Cognitive Demand Life-styles: Saturday, April 20. 6 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op, Room 309, Mount Vernon. Free. Pre-register  by calling (360) 336-5087 x139.

Community Wide Craft/Flea Market: Saturday, April 20. Stillaguamish Grange, 6521 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood. Call (360) 629-4602.

Azusa Container/Garden Design Workshop: Saturday, April 20. Azusa florist Jean Crookes will focus on container and plant selections to help you create your own masterpiece. Potting soil provided. Bring your own container or purchase one. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended. Azusa Farm and Gardens, 14904 State Route 20, Mount Vernon. Call (360) 424-1580.

Basic Vegetable Gardening in Whatcom County: Saturday, April 20. Vegetable expert will share their experiences growing veggies in Whatcom County. 10 a.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400, www.bakerviewnursery.com.

Grow Your Own Herbs: Saturday, April 20. Get the basic tips and tools. 2 p.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400, www.bakerviewnursery.com.

Shambala Farm Camano Raw Preservation/Fermentation class: Sunday, April 21. Make the foods you already eat even better, and enhance immunity, increase digestion. 1 to 4 p.m. We will provide cabbage and salt, and you bring other veggies for flavor and pint jar. $35/RSVP. Instructors are Allie Dercoli and Nancy Chase. Shambala Farm, Camano Island. (360) 387-4110, www.shambalafarm.com.

Earth’s Abundance-Justly Shared: Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21. As part of a year-long study of Environmental Justice, St. James Presbyterian Church, 910 14th St., Bellingham will celebrate Earth Day 2013 with two events. See Dirt, the movie, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, discussion following. On Sunday, starting at noon, there will be a light lunch and presentation on Food Sovereignty with a Collaborative Learning Project on food justice, food sovereignty, and just plain food. Featured speakers will be Rosalinda Guillen, Executive Director of Community to Community Development, Erin Thompson, Director of CCD Food Sovereignty Programs and representatives of local community supported agriculture projects. For more information, visit www.saintjamespres.org or call (360) 733-1325.

Building Tunnels and Cold Frames: Saturday, April 21. Participants will work together to build one hoop house on site. A materials list will be provided, and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase harder-to-find materials for building your own home-scale hoop house. $30. Noon to 3 p.m. Register online at www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org or call (360) 966-5859. Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson.

Earth Day at the Skagit Food Co-op: Monday, April 22. We’re celebrating Earth Day by giving away free trees and seeds! Salmonberry Community Land Trust will join us from 2 to 6 p.m. to share open-pollinated heirloom seeds with our customers as part of their seed distribution project, and we’ll have four varieties of tree saplings to give away from Brooks Tree Farm in Oregon. This year we’re sending you home with Giant Sequoia, Red Osier Dogwood, Vine Maple, or Noble Fir starts. We will also be packing some of your groceries in Earth Day bags decorated for us special by the kids at West View Elementary School. From 9 a.m. to noon, talk with local beekeeper Bruce Vilders, owner of B.V.’s Bees, a local back yard pollination service. He is a WSU certified beekeeper and will be available to discuss and answer questions dealing with honey bees and pollination.

Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils: Saturday, April 23. Come learn what essential oils you can use around the house to assist in your spring cleaning. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $10. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Call (425) 259-3798.

Introduction to Fermenting Food: Tuesday, April 23. Learn the basics and tricks to safely ferment and preserve in your own kitchen with Sue Ellen White, long time food preservation teacher and Grange member. 7 p.m. Deer Lagoon #846,
5142 Bayview Road, Langley.

Bugs & Blights of April: Sunday, April 24. The workshop is held in and around the Extension Education Center in South Everett at the back of McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St. SE. $20 each. 10 a.m. to noon.  Visit http://snohomish.wsu.edu/garden/workshops/BugsandBlights.htm or call (425) 357-6039.

Backyard Chickens with Linda Zielinski: Tuesday, April 23. Linda will cover topics including: your city’s regulations for backyard poultry, coop and run size and design, food and water needs, raising baby chicks, health issues and diseases, healthful handling of chickens and eggs, safe aging and use of chicken manure, and keeping your chickens content and happy. Linda keeps chickens in her small Anacortes backyard, and has organized chicken workshops sponsored by the Anacortes Farmers Market and by Transition Fidalgo and Friends’ popular Eat Your Yard series at the Anacortes Library. In early summer Linda will put together the second annual “Tour de Coops and Crops,” a self-guided tour of Anacortes vegetable gardens and backyard chicken coops. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op Room 309, Mount Vernon. Free. Pre-register by calling (360) 336-5087 x139.

Return to Rhythm: Wednesday, April 24. 6 to 8 p.m. Sno-Isle Foods Co-op, Everett. (425) 259-3798, www.snoislefoods.coop.

Mount Baker High School Horticulture Plant Sale: Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27. Hanging baskets and lots more. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Mt. Baker High School, Deming.

2013 Future of Business Conference: Inspiration and Innovation: Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26. Thursday Kickoff Keynote and Localicious Reception/Expo, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Depot Market Square, Bellingham. Friday conference 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Leopold. Opening keynotes and business tracks, break out sessions and more. Tickets $129 or $159 for two days. For more information, contact (360) 647-7093 x105 or visit sconnect.org. Sponsored by Sustainable Connections.

Whatcom Farm-to-School Celebration: Friday, April 26. Meet the finalists for the Ideal Real Meal Contest, who will prepare their exciting meals for you to taste and help choose the winner. The evening’s festivities also will include a premiere showing of the winning entries from the Veggies Go Viral Video Contest, and Jason the One-Armed Juggler’s amazing feats with food. 7 to 9 p.m. Squalicum High School, 3773 E McLeod Rd, Bellingham. For more details, visit whatcomfarmtoschool.org.

Uncommon Edible Plants for the Northwest: Friday, April 26. Casey Schoenberger will focus on some unusual food plants (tree fruits, nuts and berries) that work well in our area, and more. Reservations required. $5.  Christianson’s Nursery, Mount Vernon. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

Jim Adkins’ Poultry Workshops: Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27. Free presentations about Heritage Poultry for Pleasure and Profit, and Setting Up Your Own Breeding Flock. Includes information on picking the best breeds, and birds for show, fitting and showing demonstrations. Free, all welcome. Hannegan Farm and Home, 6931 Hannegan Road, Lynden. (360) 389-5268.

Good Grass, Bad Grass: Friday, April 26. WA Native Plant Society, Komo Kulshan Chapter, features Glen “Alex” Alexander, Education Coordinator of the Padilla Bay National Estuary Reserve. Learn about native and non-native seagrasses and Spartina found in Whatcom County. A slideshow will feature these two types of nearshore grasses that are the subject of research at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Skagit County. 7 p.m. Upstairs meeting space at the ReStore building, 2309 Meridian St., Bellingham.

American Rhododendron Society Flower Show: Saturday, April 27. The Komo Kulshan Chapter of the ARS will hold its show of rhododendron trusses in Christianson’s vintage 1946 Propagation House, Mount Vernon. . 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

Growing Tomatoes in Whatcom County: Saturday, April 27. Discuss which varieties perform best in our area, grafted tomatoes, and more. 10 a.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400, www.bakerviewnursery.com.

What’s New This Year? Saturday, April 27. Learn about the new varieties and cultivars of annual and perennials, fruits and vegetables, trees and shrubs for 2013. 2 p.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400, www.bakerviewnursery.com.

Bow Little Market Seed/Plant/Start Swap/Sale and Give Away: Saturday, April 27. Perennial plants, seed and starts for swap and sale. For Arbor Day, Friday Creek Habitat Stewards and Skagit Conservation District will give away native plants. Classes: 12-1 p.m. Improving Your Soil, Harley Soltes, Bow Hill Blueberries; 1-2 p.m. Seed-Saving, Perennial Plants and Food Forest Culture, Nancy Chase, Shambala Farm and Nursery, Camano Island. Bow Hill Blueberries, 15628 Bow Hill Rd., Bow. Contact Patty to vend or for more information, at (360) 724-3333.

Open House and Homeschooling Fair at Greenwood Tree: Saturday, April 27. Kids’ activities, demonstrations, crafts, music, storytelling, and more. 1 to 4 p.m. Greenwood Tree Cooperative School, 500 W. Section St., Mt. Vernon (by the Post Office). Visit greenwoodtreecoop.org.

Go Solar Bellingham Workshop: Saturday, April 27. Interested to know how well solar works in western Washington and what financial incentives are available? Free workshop. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fairhaven Branch Library, Bellingham. Register online at www.GoSolarBellingham.com.

Island Chicks Spring Vintage Market: Saturday, April 27. Over 30 vendors for home and garden. The Port of Anacortes, 100 Commercial Ave. $5 admission, $3 with food item, donated to the Anacortes Food Bank.

MV Trail Builders Co-op Day: Saturday, April 27. Meet at Little Mountain for a work party to help MVTB continue their work on the trail they call “Bonnie & Clyde.” Pre-register by calling (360) 336-5087 x139. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snacks and lunch provided.  Wear clothes you can get dirty and bring gloves if you’ve got them. Families welcome and no experience necessary. For more information, visit www.MountVernonTrailBuilders.com.

‘Make It and Take It’ Hypertufa class: Saturday, April 27. Create your own planter in the style of old stone sinks and animal troughs that have been used to grow plants for centuries, but have now become both scarce and expensive. Hypertufa is lighter than concrete and undamaged by freezing. Bring gloves and a trowel. $35, includes all supplies. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, www.garden-spot.com.

Art of Gardening: Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. The Anacortes Farmers Market and the City of Anacortes are holding this hands-on event featuring regional vendors, display gardens and exhibitors with a focus on backyard farming, gardening and art specifically designed for the garden. Food, beer and wine garden, and live entertainment all day. Free admission. The Depot, Anacortes Farmers Market, 7th Street & “R” Ave., Anacortes. For more information, call Keri at (360) 293-7922 or visit anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

Willow Basketry with Shannon Robertson: Saturday, April 27. Learn to make willow baskets using locally sourced materials. Register at wcls.org or at the Ferndale Library. This program is funded through a grant from the Washington State Library funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 1 to 5 p.m. Ferndale Library, 2007 Cherry St. Call (360) 384-3647.

National Scrapbooking Day: Saturday, April 27. Admission is $40 and includes six-foot table to spread out and work. Catered lunch, prizes, gifts, market place to shop from and more. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Peoples Place (enter the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds at Gate 2 on Front Street, just west of the Dairy Barn). To reserve a spot, contact Cindy Roy, Creative Memories Consultant, at (360) 815-5016.

Day of Service – Trail Clean Up: Sunday, April 28. Spend a couple hours cleaning “house” in Mount Vernon, as we beautify public space. Bring gloves, water, and sturdy shoes, meet outside the Skagit Valley Food Co-op in the Garden Center. 2 p.m. Please pre-register at (360) 336-5087 x139.

Washington Native Plant Society: Salal Chapter Spring Plant Sale: Saturday, April 27. The sale will be held at the south end of the Native Plant Garden, located south of the Master Gardener Discovery Garden at the WSU NW Research and Extension Center on State Route 536, west of Mount Vernon. 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Brenda Cunningham at nativegarden@fidalgo.net.

Everson Garden Club Plant Sale: Saturday, April 27. All kinds of plants available. Everson Elementary School. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

City Goats Author Jennie Grant: Saturday, April 27. Jennie Grant will appear at Village Books in Fairhaven at 7 p.m., sharing information about backyard goat keeping.

Apple Blossom Festival: Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. The orchard will be in bloom with pink and white blossoms. Train rides, walk and talks in the orchard. Bistro food and drink specials, distillery tastings/tours and live music on site. BelleWood Acres and Distilling, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden.

Botanical Drawing & Painting: Sunday, April 28. Design a seed packet and/or row indicator, or just draw/paint a botanical picture. Tour of farm/gardens included. 1:30 to 4 p.m. Shambala Farm, Camano Island. (360) 387-4110, www.shambalafarm.com.

Dirty Dan Day: Sunday, April 28. The Dirty Dan Festival is Fairhaven’s annual celebration of seafood and of the community founder, Dirty Dan Harris. Rowing race, the world’s only uphill piano race showdown at “high noon,” live music, family games, vendors, beer and wine garden and more. Chuckanut Chowder Cook-off from 2 to 3:45 p.m. $10 per ticket. Local restaurant chefs will cook their preferred chowder recipes. Harris Street and Villlage Green, Fairhaven.

Pottery demonstrations outside Good Earth Pottery: Sunday, April 28. As part of the Dirty Dan Day festivities, various artists will be getting dirty while wheel-throwing and hand-building from noon to 4 p.m. on the corner of 10th and Harris, Fairhaven. Visit goodearthpots.com.

The South Whidbey Tilth Farmers’ Market Opening Day: Sunday, April 28. Beginning its 42nd season on South Whidbey, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Island Strings students and teachers play music to a May Pole weaving. Vegetables, plants, baked goods, arts and crafts, food and more. More vendors are welcome and encouraged to signup for the season by April 14 for a $25 space. Market takes place Sundays at 2812 Thompson Road, off SR 525 between Freeland and Bayview Corner (look for the scarecrow). Visit www.southwhidbeytilth.org/market or contact the manager at market@southwhidbeytilth.org.

Raising Meat Rabbits with Robert Fiut: Monday, April 29. Learn about rabbit care and what is involved in developing and maintaining a humane, family-scale rabbitry. Robert has raised New Zealand whites for four years at his 5-acre farm in Marblemount.  He graduated from WWU/Huxley College with a degree in environmental planning, with an emphasis on sustainable communities. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op Room 309, Mount Vernon. Pre-register at (360) 336-5087 x139.

Well FED Greens Cooking Class with Jill: Tuesday, April 30. Welcome to the new “Well FED” program, FED meaning Food, Education and Demo. This class will focus on the greatness of using greens, how to prepare them and love them forever. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op Room 309, Mount Vernon. Pre-register at (360) 336-5087 x139.

IN MAY

Fairhaven Middle School Plant Sale: Wednesday, May 1. Plants will be very affordable. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the school garden. 12:30 to 3 p.m. Lower soccer field.

How to Make Your Own Photo Book: Friday, May 3. Learn how to use free online tools to self-publish a photo book. Speaker John Holtman is a La Conner photographer who has done several photo books (johnholtmanphotography.com). 6 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, Mount Vernon. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

Whidbey Island Fiber Quest: Friday through Sunday, May 3-5. Visit participating farms, yarn shops and specialty shops. Be entered to win gift certificates and more. For more details, visit www.whidbeyfiberquest.com.

Sedro-Woolley High School Alumni Association Plant Sale: Saturday, May 4. Geranium plants in several colors and tomato plants in numerous varieties. Proceeds support the Alumni Association’s scholarship program for SWHS and State Street High School graduates pursuing vocational studies. Bake sale, too! 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit http://swhsalumni.blogspot.com/

Skagit Yoga Day: Saturday, May 4. Yoga instructors from across the Valley offer an entire day of free classes in the upstairs of the Skagit Valley Co-op, Mount Vernon. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Classes are suitable for all levels (including beginners).  Bring your own mat if you have one, some supplies provided. www.skagitfoodcoop.com.

Wild Camano: Saturday, May 4. Hosted on Seattle non-profit Mustard Seed Associates’ 40-acre parcel on Camano, the group invites the public for a “Walkabout and Exploration” day at the future site of Mustard Seed Village. Mustard Seed Associates is partnering with Nancy Chase and Greg Estes of Shambala Farms, both certified Permaculture Designers, to lead the day’s activities observing both habitats and horticulture. Followed by design and initiation discussions for the edible kitchen forest garden. Post-workshop shared meal and farm tour following at Shambala Farm. $20 donation for the day’s activities suggested. http://msainfo.us/mustard-seed-village-2/

2013 Llama & Alpaca Information Day: Saturday, May 4. Numerous classes on care and other subjects are offered during 6th annual alpaca/llama day. Free, public welcome. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. JNK Llama Farm, Bellingham. Future and current owners are encouraged. Animals will not be sold during the event. To RSVP, call (360) 592-2603.

10th Annual Procession of the Species: Saturday, May 4. The theme title will center on the sounds of nature. All welcome. Line up begins behind the Bellingham Public Library at 3:30 p.m. The parade begins at 4 p.m.

Birchwood Garden Club’s 20th Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, May 5. Bellingham Public Library, downstairs lecture room. 9 a.m. to noon.

Shambala Farm Camano Herbal Workshop #2 of 6: Sunday, May 5. Herb Walk through Iverson Beach and learn how to identify and why to use some of our abundant medicinal “weeds,” such as yarrow, nettle, yellow dock and a host of other wild ones. $35. Visit www.shambalafarm.com or call (360) 387-4110.

Mt. Baker Garden Club Plant Sale: Saturday, May 11. Numerous plants available. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, past the Y Road, Bellingham. 9 a.m. to noon.

Whatcom County Master Gardener Plant Sale: Saturday, May 11. Sale items will include select vegetable and tomato starts for your garden, as well as perennial plants, shrubs and small trees and herbs. Master Gardeners on hand to help with plant selection and tips on cultivation. An Information Booth will also be available where Master Gardeners will answer questions about plant diseases and pests. (Please bring your specimens in a sealable plastic bag.) The Family Activity Table welcomes children to learn about plants and discover the activities of the Children’s Story Garden. Food sales, vendors and displays, and an opportunity to purchase gently used gardening tools. Sponsored by the Whatcom County Master Gardener Foundation and the Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Department. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Nielsen Rd., Ferndale. Contact Janet Bieber at (360) 354-1351.

Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship’s Plant Sale: Saturday, May 11. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1207 Ellsworth St., Bellingham. (360) 733-3837.

Mindul Eating 101 Series: Thursdays, May 9, 16, 23 & 30. This series will provide you the tools to incorporate healthy habits. 6 to 8 p.m. $80. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett. Call (425) 259-3798.

Mother’s Day Festive Cooking: Friday, May 10. Cooking demonstration by Jackie Davison, cooking instructor and owner of Potluck Kitchen Studio, the new cooking school and center for food events in Anacortes. 6 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, $10 class fee. Call (360) 466-3821.

3rd Annual Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival: Saturday, May 11. 11 a.m. to  4 p.m. More than 20 hard cider and mead producers gather under the tasting tent on the Eastsound Village Green offering more than 100 varieties of ciders and meads produce in and around the West Coast and Canada. The Cider and Mead Festival is located alongside the Orcas Island Farmers Market on the Village Green. Orcas Island musicians will perform throughout the day. Spirited competition pitting Orcas Island cider and mead brewers against each other will be held in the afternoon. Those over 21 will be able to enter the tasting tent to sample a huge variety of ciders and meads for an admission fee starting at just $5, proceeds of which benefit the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program. Contact Madie Murray at (360) 376-3371 or gomadie@gmail.com. Visit www.orcasislandciderfest.org.

Tilth Producers Farm Walk at Cascadia Mushrooms: Monday, May 13. Farm owner/operator Alex Winstead of Cascadia Mushrooms welcomes you to his farm where he’ll demonstrate the operation he designed and built from scratch in 2009. Located just north of Bellingham, it operates entirely on green power, and 90 percent of its byproducts are recycled. Come learn how Alex grows a wide variety of culinary and medicinal fungi: from substrate prep, spore inoculation, growing, then harvesting the fruiting bodies. Alex markets fresh mushrooms, plugs and growing kits. 12:30 to 4 p.m. Informal bag lunch starts at 11:45 a.m. Pre-registration encouraged. Visit tilthproducers.org.

Celebration of Food Festival 2013: Sunday. May 19. A free, family event where you can taste, explore, and experience real food. Free samples, demos, displays, and items for purchase. Gardening demos, displays, and activities by farm and garden professionals will show how to grow your own food and where to purchase locally grown food. Resources include experts, displays, books, and items available for children and adults. This event showcases how to grow, where to purchase or how to prepare/preserve real food. We are looking for 50 + vendors representing: farming, edible plant production, food preparation, and farmers markets. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lynnwood Convention Center. For a vendor application, email Festival Coordinator Chris Hudyma at chudyma@edcc.edu.

International Plowing Match: Saturday, May 18. The International Plowing Association puts on the event and is an active group of volunteers consisting of multi-generational plowing families and people interested in preserving the tradition of the Plowing Match. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Berthusen Park, Lynden. Visit nwwafair.com for more information. Spectators free.

Mt. Baker Kennel Club Show: Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Henry Jansen AG Center, Northwest Washington Fairgrounds. Visit nwwafair.com for more information.

Backyard Habitat & Native Flora Fair / Native Plant Sale: Sunday, May 19. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fairhaven Village Green. Info booths, exhibits, activities plant walks. Hosted by the Koma Kulshan Chapter of Washington Native Plant Society.

Cascade Cuts Plant Sale Fundraiser: Sunday, May 19. Annual sale benefits Sustainable Connections’ Food and Farming Program. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cascade Cuts Nursery, 632 Montgomery Rd, Bellingham.

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