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Events: May 2013

May 1st, 2013 | Category: Events

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.

Birchwood Garden Club’s May Meeting: Wednesday, May 1. Dr. Carol Miles, associate professor at WSU, will be speaking on vegetable grafting. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

How to Make Your Own Photo Book: Friday, May 3. Learn how to use free online tools to self-publish a photo book. 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 others. 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, and bake sale. Proceeds support the Alumni Association’s scholarship program. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit http://swhsalumni.blogspot.com/.

Kid’s Mother’s Day Gift Workshop: Saturday, May 4. Hello Kids! You will be creating a “one of a kind” gift by decorating a small pot and planting it with a flower to give to your Mom. Cost is $5 plus tax. Supplies and plants provided. Pre-registration requested. 10 a.m. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Rd, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400, bakerviewnursery.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 Food Co-op, Mount Vernon. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Classes suitable for all levels.  Bring mat if you have one, some supplies provided. www.skagitfoodcoop.com.

Wild Camano: Saturday, May 4. The public is invited for a “Walkabout and Exploration” day at the future site of Mustard Seed Village, at its 40-acre parcel on Camano. 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 suggested. http://msainfo.us/mustard-seed-village-2/.

Birchwood Garden Club’s 21st Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, May 4. Variety of plants available. Bellingham Public Library, downstairs lecture room. 9 a.m. to noon. Visit www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

2013 Llama & Alpaca Information Day: Saturday, May 4. Numerous classes on care and other subjects are offered during the 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.

Spring Rain Garden Tour in Everett: Saturday, May 4. Rain gardens attract pollinators, add interest to your yard, and help control rain water to prevent flooding. See seven rain gardens in this neighborhood’s effort to reduce flooding. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Meet up at Washington Oakes Retirement Community, 1717 Rockefeller Ave, Everett. Register at  http://raingardentour.eventbrite.com.

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 starts at 4 p.m.

Sewing Sock Kittens with Jayma Nichol: Saturday, May 4. Learn to sew a sock kitten with Jayma Nichol. Materials provided. Participants should bring a thimble and sewing scissors. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For adults. Space is limited, register online at WCLS.org. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway. Call (360)  592-2422.

World Culture Day: Saturday, May 4. Learn about other cultures and sample authentic foods. See traditional clothing, art and listen music. Kids, fill out your passport and win a prize. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ferndale Library, 2007 Cherry St. (360) 384-3647.

Lynn Dee reception: Saturday, May 4. Artist’s reception for featured artist, Lynn Dee, 2 to 5 p.m. Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave., Fairhaven. www.goodearthpots.com.

Beginning Hand Quilting: Saturday, May 4.  10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fourth Corner Quilts, Bellingham. Learn to use stencils, marking tools, needles, thread, batting selection and thimble. Includes demonstration and practice session. Pre-registration required. Call 714-0070. $20 per person.

Quilts of Valor: Sunday, May 5. The Quilts of Valor Show opens with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. More than 25 quilts have been made by local quilters. The quilts will be on display through May and then given to wounded veterans. For more information, contact musmel@aol.com  Ferndale Library, 2007 Cherry St. Call (360) 384-3647.

Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, May 5. All welcome. Meet and greet local politicians, as they serve you coffee and breakfast. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee. $5 per adult, $2 per child 6-10 and free for kids 5 and under. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, east Bellingham.  (360) 739-9605.

Quilts and Books: Sunday, May 5. Silent auction for lap quilts and the books that inspired them. $5 per person requested donation enters you in a door prize drawing. Kids free, refreshments served. Sponsored by Friends of Island Library. Proceeds benefit library expansion project. 2 to 4 p.m. Island Library, 2144 South Nugent Road, Lummi Island. (360) 758-7145.

Farm Worker March for Dignity: Sunday. May 5. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Begins at the parking lot of La Gloria Mexican Grocery Store, on the Guide Meridian and Laurel Rd. Ends at Maritime Heritage Park at 12:30 p.m. Rally and program 1 to 2 p.m. BBQ and potluck 2 to 3 p.m. Music, poetry, speakers. For more information, contact (360) 738-0893 or c2coutreach@qwestoffice.net.

Seed Bombs with Ian: Sunday, May 5. Visit our tent in the parking lot from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Skagit Co-op Parking Lot, Mt. Vernon. Ian will have mixed clay and compost medium and an assortment of seeds. He’ll show you the process and send you home with “seed bombs” that you can scatter as you see fit. Bring a container. All ages.

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.

Right Brain Aerobics for Regaining Your Health: Tuesday, May 7. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op Room 309, Free. Pre-register by calling (360) 336-5087 x139.

Your Best Heating System: Wednesday, May 8. With a bias toward Hydronic. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op Room 310. Free. Pre-register at (360) 336-5087 x139.

Native Berries with Monica Van der Vieren: Thursday, May 9. Snohomish County Fruit Society will discuss native berries, what you can incorporate into your landscape, and uses and gardening conditions. 7 p.m. Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave, Snohomish. For more details, see wcfs.org/.

AHA! Native Landscapes: Thursday, May 9. 6:30 p.m. Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building, Bellingham. Find out about how native plants can accent your home and garden, then explore an exhibit and see the rain and rooftop gardens. Free with $5 Thursday admission. (360) 778-8930.

Drip irrigation system workshop: Friday, May 10. Master Gardener and drip irrigation expert Jeff Thompson cuts through all the confusion about drip irrigation systems in a hands-on workshop sponsored by WSU-Snohomish County Extension. Extension Education Center, McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St. SE. $20 per person or $25 for a couple, includes extensive reference. To register, call (425) 357-6039 or visit http://snohomish.wsu.edu/garden/workshops/DripIrrigation2013.pdf.

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

Snohomish Farmers Market Opening Day: Thursday, May 9. The market kicks off and is open every Thursday from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Season is through Oct 3rd. Located on Cedar Avenue between First Street and Pearl. Visit www.snohomishfarmersmarket.com.

Friends of Deming Library Spring Book and Plant Sale: Fridays, May 10 & 17 and Saturdays, May 11 & 18. Variety of books and plants. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Book sale also open during the week for self-serve book shopping. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway. Call (360) 592-2422.

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

Lopez Lamb, Wool and Goat Festival: Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. See the sheep drive down Fisherman Bay Road to Lopez Village on Friday evening. On Saturday, the festival, also known as “Woolstock,” takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. Free admission. Visitors can try spinning, weaving and felting, and shop for local products.  Special felting project and scavenger hunt for kids, and sheep and goats, sheep-shearing, working sheep dogs, and a meat-cutting demonstration. Special food vendors include Donna’s wood-fired pizza and Grant’s quesadillas, with Nella’s lamb burgers at the Lopez Soda Fountain. Dinner tickets available for $40, include Lopez lamb, shellfish and produce by Orcas Island chef Christina Orchid. Auction to follow. All proceeds benefit Lopez Farm to School Program. For more information, contact Island Fibers at (360) 468-2467 or fibers@islandfibers.com.

Mt. Baker Garden Club Plant Sale: Saturday, May 11. Numerous plants available. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, east 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 can help with plant selection and tips on cultivation. The Information Booth is staffed by Master Gardeners who 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.

Nooksack Place Names and Food Plants: Saturday, May 11. Which places were named for food plants in the original Nooksack language? What plants were important foods of the Nooksack people, and where were they found? The story of Nooksack place names and food plants will be recounted in a slide presentation by anthropologist Allan Richardson. Accurate pronunciations and additional dialogue will be provided by George Adams, language specialist with the Nooksack Tribe and the only remaining fluent speaker of the Nooksack language. Free. 1 p.m. Lynden Pioneer Museum. (360) 354-3675.

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

Skagit County WSU 19th Annual Master Gardener Plant Fair: Saturday, May 11. Over 2,000 locally grown tomato plants and other veggie and flower starts. Also perennials, herbs, shrubs, trees, and native plants. Free gardening advice from experienced Master Gardeners. Garden art, handcrafted scarecrows, gardening and cook books plus numerous food, art, and plant vendors.  All ages. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Skagit County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by Skagit County Master Gardener Foundation to fund its community education programs.  For more information, visit http://skagit.wsu.edu/mg/plantfair.htm.


Spring Jubilee Farm Tour: Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12. A self-guided tour of nurseries and farms in Silvana, Stanwood and on Camano Island. Hosted by Port Susan Food & Farming Center. The public is invited to meet our community’s food producers, tour their family-owned farms, learn about growing practices, and more. Various plants, foods and products available all weekend. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour maps available at station located in the parking lot of Skagit Farmers Supply at 8815 272nd Street NW, Stanwood. Participating farms include: For more information , visit www.portsusan.org/.

3rd Annual Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival: Saturday, May 11. More than 20 hard cider and mead producers, including locals, gather under the tasting tent on the Eastsound Village Green, next to the Orcas Island Farmers Market. Competition pitting Orcas Island cider and mead brewers against each other will be held in the afternoon. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ages 21+ can sample ciders and meads for an admission fee starting at $5, proceeds benefit the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program. Orcas Island musicians perform throughout the day. Contact Madie Murray at (360) 376-3371 or gomadie@gmail.com. Visit www.orcasislandciderfest.org.

Make a Spring Hat!  Make a Garden Party or Explorer Hat at the Wickersham Bookmobile stop! Saturday, May 11. Free craft for all ages, just in time for Mother’s Day. Refreshments provided by members of Wickersham’s Little Brown Chapel. Everyone welcome. 9:45 am to 11 am.  Wickersham Bookmobile Stop at Wickersham and Royer Streets. (360) 384-3150 ext 264.

Annual Pottery ‘Seconds’ Sale: Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12. At Mountainside Gardens, 6900 Mt Baker Highway, milepost 24. (360) 599-2890.

Friends of the Ferndale Library Plant Sale: Saturday, May 11. Plant and Gardening Books Sale at Samuel’s Furniture parking lot in Ferndale conjunction with the Ferndale Heritage Society’s Annual Plant Sale. 9 a.m. to  1 p.m.

Garden Mosaic Workshop with Mom: Saturday, May 11. With Guemes Island ceramic artist Sue Roberts. 10 a.m. Harmony Fields, Skagit. Register online or email info@hfproduce.com. (360) 941-8196.

Farming with perennial and annual crops: Saturday, May 11. Join Gil Schieber and crew at Skipley Farm and experience hands-on tasks and increase your knowledge of perennial and annual crops. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 7228 Skipley Road, Snohomish. Potluck dinner, on-farm camping available. For more information, call (206) 679-6576.

Tilth Producers Farm Walk at Cascadia Mushrooms: Monday, May 13. Farm owner/operator Alex Winstead of Cascadia Mushrooms shows the public 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.

Acupuncture: It Works with Suneil Polly: Monday, May 13. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Room 309. Free. (360) 336-5087 x139.

Know and Grow: Gardening in Raised Beds and Containers: Tuesday, May 14. Master Gardeners Dave Buchan and Gloria Ellsworth will share their experiences. 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at NWREC’s Sakuma Auditorium, Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon.

How to Grow Heat Loving Plants in the Northwest: Tuesday, May 14. With Kai Ottesen from Hedlin Farms. Come hear the best practices for growing heat loving vegetables. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op Room 309, free. Pre-register at (360) 336-5087 x139.

Raising Meat Animals on the Small Homestead:  No Pasture? No Problem! Wednesday, May 15. This is the final program in our three part series on sustainable living. Matthew Aamot of Hannegan Farm & Home will share everything you need to know for raising meat birds, rabbits and other small animals in limited space. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Sumas Library, 451 2nd St. (360) 988-2501.

Brown Bag: Community to Community with Rosalinda Guillen: Thursday, May 16. Rosalinda Guillen, Executive Director of Community to Community Development (C2C), will discuss the effort to support under-represented people and create sustainable agricultural policies for farmworkers in Whatcom County. $3 donation. 12:30 p.m. Whatcom Museum Old City Hall, Bellingham

PJ Sewing Party: Friday, May 17. The Snohomish County CTAs (Clothing and Textile Advisors) are calling for volunteers to sew flannel pajamas for young children who are brought to Safe Place prior to being placed in Foster Care. 10 a.m. to noon at McCollum Park 600 128th ST. S.E., Everett 98208 in the Cougar classroom behind the WSU Extension Office. The pajamas are cut out and ready to sew, just bring your sewing machine and basic sewing tools. Volunteers should bring a brown bag lunch and beverage. Contact Carla at (206) 595-9717 or carla.peery@wsu.edu for more information.

Blow in with the Wind: Friday, May 17. Bike to Work Day and the Skagit Food Co-op are setting up a tent in the parking lot and giving away coffee and bananas to bicyclists from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and coupons for ice cream cones from 4:30 to 6 p.m. plus Pedal Power Buttons. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Mt. vernon.

Welding Rodeo & Skills Challenge: Friday, May 17. Eight invitation-only teams will create welded sculptures with the theme, “Small Works”. Competitive welders – from high schoolers to seasoned pros – will show off their skills while competing for prizes. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bellingham Technical College.Free. (360) 752-8346.

Invincible Vines: Friday, May 17. You can always find room in your garden to go vertical with vines! Create a “wall of Wow!” and discover a variety of flowering vines. Reservations required. $5 class fee. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Rd., Mount Vernon. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

13th annual Burlington Spring Garden ‘n Gift Show: Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. Free Gardening seminars. Shop for veggie starts, perennials, garden art, jewelry, handmade rugs, sauces, candles, and more. Sponsored by the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department. Located in  the Burlington Parks and Recreation Center, 900 E. Fairhaven Ave on Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more details, including vendor info, call (360) 755-9649 or email recreation@ci.burlington.wa.us.

WSU Beef, Lamb, Pork and Poultry 100 short-courses: Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. Sponsored by Washington State University Extension and Department of Animal Sciences. The beef and pork courses are on Friday, and lamb and poultry on Saturday. $75 per participant, includes lunch, materials, and notebook. Stanwood-Camano Fairgrounds. To register, call (509)335-2880  or visit http://animalag.wsu.edu.

Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland’s Spring Farm Tour: Friday, May 17. Tour the Skagit Valley in a chartered bus to look at the important role farming plays in Skagit County. The spring tour revolves around the role of livestock. Price is $15 SPF members, $25 general. Call (360) 336-3974 or purchase through brown paper tickets.

Growing Tomatoes in Whatcom County: Saturday, May 18. Discuss which varieties perform best in our area and the new concept of grafted tomatoes. Staking, pruning, fertilizing and more. 10 a.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Rd, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400, bakerviewnursery.com.

Natural Relief for Bites, Burns & Scratches: Saturday, May 18. Free class. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Ave., Everett. (425) 259-3798, www.snoislefoods.coop.

Cheesemaking: Saturday, May 18. Queso blanco and yogurt made in class, includes recipes. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Asking $45 donation for materials and food.  Stella Luna Farm, Mount Vernon. To sign up, contact farmer@stellalunafarm.com or call (360) 399-1779.

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.

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.

Used Book and Plant Sale at the North Fork Community Library: Saturday, May 18. The Friends of the North Fork Library in Kendall are having a wonderful sale of used books, dvds and plants for your garden. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Road. (360) 599-2020.

Using Tunnels and Hoop Houses for Productive Gardening: Saturday, May 18. Learn to successfully grow heat-loving crops such as tomatoes and peppers. Free. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Discussion will include constructing and managing a hoop house, as well as planting, pruning, and training hoop-house-grown crops. Participants should dress for being outside. cloudmountainfarm.com.

Cascade Cuts Plant Sale: Saturday, May 18. The wholesale nursery is open to the public just one day a year as a fundraiser for Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming Program. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 632 Montgomery Road, Bellingham.

Silvia’s Spinach: Saturday, May 18. Katherine Pryor reads her book Sylvia Spinach. Pryor is a food advocate based in Seattle and manages a statewide program to bring local and sustainable foods in Washington hospitals. Reading starts at 11 a.m. Village Books, Fairhaven.

Hanging Moss Basket Demonstration: Sunday, May 19. See container choices, plant selections for sun or shade, color design and basket care through the growing season. 11 a.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Rd, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400, bakerviewnursery.com.

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.

How to Market Your Farm: Sunday, May 19. Free workshop hosted at Shambala Farm, and provided by Port Susan Food & Farming Center. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Presenters are Heidi Siegelbaum of Calyx Sustainable Tourism, Toni Rush of Geek in the Country, and Nancy Chase of Shambala Permaculture Farm and Edible Perennial Nursery. www.portsusan.org . To register contact Nancy at 360 387 4110, nancy@ShambalaFarm.com

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.

Shambala Farm adult Watercolor Workshop #2: May 19 Sunday from 130P-4P, Celebrated art teacher Bobbi Samples helps you with edbile flower and vegetable drawing for fun or farm promotions/web site enhancements, with watercolor technique. Give as a Mothers Day present or come paint together, supplies provided!  $35 -Q’s/Registration 360 387-4110 or nancy@ShambalaFarm.com

Green Cleaning with Essential Oils: Monday, May 20. With Michelle Mahler. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op Room 309. Pre-register at (360) 336-5087 x139.

Well FED: You Pick Ingredients Cooking Class with Jill: Tuesday, May 21. Walk through the Produce Department as we choose fresh ingredients and then transform them into a meal with simple, adaptable ideas. Bring your cutting boards and knives.  6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op Room 309. Free. Pre-register at (360) 336-5087 x139.

Learning to Breathe: Wednesday, May 22. Free. 6 to 8 p.m. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Ave., Everett. (425) 259-3798, www.snoislefoods.coop.

Seven Secrets to Longevity with Kathleen McCalib: Wednesday, May 22. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op Room 309. Free.  Pre-register at (360) 336-5087 x139.

Growing Proven Winners: Friday, May 24. John Gaydos, head of product development for Proven Winners line of plants, based in Illinois, will take us on a trip around the world meeting the plant breeders and hearing stories of how plants come here, how long it takes and where they have been along the way. 6 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required. $5 class fee. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

Blueberry Magic! Saturday, May 25. See many varieties of blueberries that grow great in our region. You’ll learn about pruning, soil amendments, planting, and fertilizing. 10 a.m. Free. Bakerview Nursery, 945 E. Bakerview Rd, Bellingham. (360) 676-0400, bakerviewnursery.com.

Annual Seconds Sale at Good Earth Pottery: Sunday, May 26. During the Ski to Sea Festival. Not-quite-perfect pots at perfect prices. Registers open at 10 a.m. Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave. www.goodearthpots.com

Creative Crafting Series: Darning Socks with Erma Boothby: Wednesday, May 29. 5 p.m. Bellingham Public Library Conference Room. Have you ever wanted to recycle or extend the life of your favorite socks? Learn how. Ages 12+. Free. (360) 778-7205.

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