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Events Calendar: September 2013

Sep 3rd, 2013 | Category: Events

September is Eat Local Month: Month-long programs in Whatcom and Skagit counties will highlight local agriculture and foods. Twenty-five of Mount Vernon’s restaurants will have special menu items, including beverages, which feature Skagit Valley products and showcase local farms. Eat Local, Mount Vernon is a cornerstone event of the 2013 Mount Vernon Mayor’s Wellness Challenge, which is a month-long series of free activities to inspire the community to healthier lifestyles. Eat Local, Mount Vernon is sponsored by the Mount Vernon Community Marketing Campaign, which includes the City of Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce, Mount Vernon School District, Port of Skagit, Skagit Regional Health, Skagit Valley College. For complete information, see www.eatlocalmountvernon.com. In Whatcom, the Eat Local Month is organized by Sustainable Connections, and includes the 6th annual Whatcom Farm Tour featuring 11 stops. Restaurants participate in eat local programs, feature various foods from Whatcom County and regional farms and producers. See sconnect.org for more information.

Skagit By Hand: DIY radio on Skagit Talks, KSVR 91.7 FM, KSVU 90.1 FM. Thursdays at 5 p.m.

”Flock Back to School” with Lonnie Schang: Sehome High School art teacher Lonnie Schang is the featured artist for September at Good Earth Pottery. Lonnie utilizes various techniques in the creation, decoration and firing of his fanciful pottery. His work is often colorful, comical, dramatic or a combination of the three. Come visit with Lonnie during an artist’s reception on Sept. 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. 1000 Harris Avenue, Bellingham. www.goodearthpots.com

Birchwood Garden Club’s September Meeting: Lawn Alternative: Wednesday, Sept. 4. Ryan Carpenter from Sunbreak Nursery will introduce the “Lawn Alternative.” Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room,121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. 7 p.m. Free. For more info, see www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

Summer Concert Series Farm Tunes: Friday, Sept. 6. 1 Year Anniversary Show with music by Polecat ($5 cover). BelleWood Acres and Distilling, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. 6 to 9 p.m. All ages welcome. For more info, visit www.bellewoodfarms.com or call (360) 318-7720.

Downtown Gallery Walk featuring David Ridgway: Friday, Sept. 6. 6 to 10 p.m. Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants,  19 Prospect Street, Bellingham. (360) 393-3271, sjwinemerchants.com.

Intro to Home Canning: Saturday, Sept. 7. Make your garden harvest last all year long. Master Food Preserver Susy Hymas will demonstrate the basic techniques of home canning for beginners. Class fee is $5. 9 a.m. To register call, (360) 676-5480. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St., Bellingham.

Whatcom County Dahlia Society 2013 Dahlia Show: Saturday, Sept. 7. Over 1,500 dahlia blooms will be on exhibit by the best growers in Whatcom County, upper Puget Sound, and lower British Colombia. Come and see incredible color and a wide variety of dahlia types. Noon to 5 p.m.  Bloedel Donovan Park, Bellingham. Free, all ages.

The Next Generation Gardener: Saturday, Sept. 7. Meet Rizaniño “Riz” Reyes, profiled by Organic Gardening magazine in April as “one of six young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America gardens.” He blogs “The Next Generation Gardener” and earlier this year, in his first-time garden at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, he won the Founder’s Cup (Best in Show). 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); $5 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

CEN’s Fall Rare Ornamental Plant Benefit Sale: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8.  Saturday hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ferndale-based international development non-profit Community Empowerment Network is hosting their first fall plant sale to benefit their work in the Brazilian Amazon. Perennials, trees and shrubs, including great fall varieties and over 40 varieties of dahlias. Tour the half-acre garden. 1685 Grandview Place, Ferndale. Visit endruralpoverty.org/plantsale.

WOW! Blast-Off Party: Saturday, Sept. 7 Kick-off of Washington Organic Week, Sept. 7-14. Tilth Producers invites the public to a party at Hedlin Family Farm in Mount Vernon from 7 to 11 p.m. Featuring Michael McLaskey’s Happy Feet Dance Band with Midnight Son. Snacks, beer, wine, and lemonade will be available. General admission $25. Visit tilthproducers.org.

Skagit River Salmon Festival: Saturday, Sept. 7. Cultural activities, educational and recreational booths, live music, food and commercial vendors at Mount Vernon’s Edgewater Park, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.

Landfest 2013: Saturday, Sept. 7. Whatcom Land Trust will host LANDFest at their 101-acre Ladies of the Lake Preserve at the south end of Lake Whatcom. Free, all ages. Music, games, nature tours, birding, native plant identification and lakeshore exploration. Free ice cream and apple cider, food vendors selling items. Noon to 4 p.m. Visit whatcomlandtrust.org or call (360) 650-9470.

The Eggplant Epicure: Sunday, Sept. 8. Chef Suzanne Butler is serving up a fun cooking-and-tasting class “for people who think they hate eggplant (and for those who love it and need new recipes).” She was “Galloping Gourmet” Graham Kerr’s television cooking assistant for many years and now teaches Culinary Arts at Skagit Valley College. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required. $10 class fee. Call (360) 466-3821 or visit www.christiansonsnursery.com.

All Acoustic Sunday Farmstead Supper at Vine Maple Acres: Sunday, Sept. 8. All American Sunday Supper served family style from cooking presentations popular in America in the 20s, 30s and 40s. Tickets are $55. 4 to 9 p.m. Vine Maple Acres, 2701 E. Smith Road Bellingham. www.vinemapleacres.com.

Raising Meat Rabbits with Robert Fiut: Monday, Sept. 9. Learn about rabbit care and what is involved in developing and maintaining a humane, family-scale rabbitry. Robert will show and discuss some rabbit housing innovations he has developed. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, Room 309. Free. Pre-register at (360) 336-5087 x139. For more information, see NZWRabbits.webs.com.

How to Prevent Recurrent Colds and Flus with Homeopathy With Dr. Maria Eckert: Wednesday, Sept. 11. Learn about homeopathy and discuss the most commonly used remedies for flus and colds. Free. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, Room 309.

Chicken Tractor info at Bow Little Market: Thursday, Sept. 12. Joan DeVries, small livestock expert for WSU Extension will be at the Bow Little Market from 1 to 6 p.m. Ask questions about construction and maintaining your very own chicken tractor. Belfast Feed Store (6200 N. Green, Burlington), along Old Highway 99 at the east end of Bow Hill Rd.

Whole Grains Cooking: Thursday, Sept. 12. Dieticians from Skagit Valley Hospital will show you what foods are considered whole grains and how to include them daily. The menu includes hearty cinnamon amaranth hot cereal, Quinoa salad with sundried tomato, kale and beans, and polenta pizza. 6 to 8 p.m. $19. Call 360-814-2424 to register or visit skagitvalleyhospital.org/events. Gretchens, Mount Vernon.

Kneading Conference West: Thursday, Sept. 12 to Saturday, Sept. 14. Three days of inspiration and education for bakers, grain growers, millers, scientists, wood-fired oven enthusiasts, food entrepreneurs, and anyone who loves breads. Includes field trip to local farm and bakery. Registration required. $300 per person. WSU Mount Vernon NWREC. Visit kneadingconferencewest.com.

PSATMA Fall Tractor Pull: Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14. Puget Sound Antique Tractor & Machinery Association. Garden tractors starts at 10:30 a.m. Tractors starts at 1 p.m. Trucks pull right after tractors. Berthusen Park, 8837 Berthusen Road, Lynden. Visit www.psatma.com.

6th Annual Whatcom County Farm Tour: Saturday, Sept. 14. Enjoy 11 stops in Whatcom County in this self-guided family-friendly tour of farms, wineries and the Bellingham Farmers Market. Stops include Back In Thyme, BelleWood Acres, Bellingham Country Gardens, Camelot Alpaca Ranch, Cascadia Mushrooms, Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Dakota Creek Winery, Farmer Ben’s, Loganita Farm, Pure Peonies, and Vartanyan Estate Winery. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, see sconnect.org.

Windpoppy Farm & Nursery Annual Sale: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15. Specializing in ornamental grasses and unusual perennials. 3171 Unick Road, Ferndale. Visit windpoppy.com.

Fall in the Orchard: Saturday, Sept. 14. Discuss ways to determine if fruit is ready to be picked, proper picking, and best storage methods, as well as fall and winter orchard chores to help keep your trees at their healthiest. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. Visit cloudmountainfarm.com.

Canning & Cocktails – Waterbath Canning: Saturday, Sept. 14. In this first of a series of classes on canning and preserving food, students will learn the basics of waterbath canning and work together to make a jam that captures the flavors of summer in the Skagit. Presented by Master Food Preservers Katharine Isserlis and Ann Darlin Leason are. 3 to 6 p.m. $30. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. www.gretchenskitchen.com.

‘Make It and Take It’ Hypertufa Class: Saturday, Sept. 14. Make your own English style Hypertufa trough; they’ve been used to grow plants for centuries. Bring gloves and a trowel. Workshop fee is $39, and includes all supplies. 9 a.m. To register call (360) 676-5480. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St., Bellingham.

Native Plants for Small Gardens: Saturday, Sept. 14. If you think native plants are too large or aggressive for your garden, explore some smaller choices with Ani Gurnee of Aulos Design. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required at (360) 466-3821). $5 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

Skill Share at the Alger Community Hall “Fun”raiser: Saturday, Sept. 14. Chuckanut Transition will be hosting a skill-share tent where you can learn about chainsaw and bike maintenance, and knife/chisel sharpening.  Bring your chainsaw, bike and/or knives/chisels for a FREE hands-on learning experience! Chainsaw Maintenance: 11am -12 pm, Knife/Chisel Sharpening:1-2 pm, and Bike Maintenance: 2:30-4 pm. “Fun”raiser from 10-4pm. Members of the Alger Improvement Club have put together a real special event this year. Kulshan Brewery has donated kegs for the Beer Garden (organized by the Alger Bar & Grill). Music and performers from the Bellingham Circus Guild and Lookout Arts Center will provide free entertainment all day.  Hot dogs, corn dogs, nachos, popcorn, cotton candy, and bake sale.  Free bouncy house, treasure hunt, and other kid’s activities and prizes!  Vendors!  Raffle winners will be announced at end of day.   Besides maintenance projects, money raised goes towards an outside, covered barbeque area.
Farming the Arts: Poetry and Letterpress: Saturday, Sept. 14. This workshop will lead participants on a discussion concerning a new kind of farming art more conscious of its real relationships with nature. Explore this topic through conversation, on-farm writing exercises and an introduction to the art of letterpress. Instructor is Paul Hunter. Price $95. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Harmony Fields, Bow. (360) 941-8196.

Whidbey Island Fabulous Fall Fiber Sale: Saturday, Sept. 14. Free admission and free classes available. Drop Spinning class is 10:30 a.m. to 11:15, with Barbara Seeler of BJS Fiber Creations. Students will learn to spin wool and will leave with a small bag of fiber to practice with. Preparing your fiber for processing: Getting the most from your fiber will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m., with Chuck Armstrong of Evergreen Fleece Processing, LCC. Needle Felting is from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., with Carrie Mc Lachlan of Rancho Amara. Carrie will demonstrate dry and wet needle felting. Donations and early sign-up appreciated. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Paradise Found Fiber Farm, 4081 Springwater Lane, Clinton, (360) 579-1906. For more information, see http://paradisefoundfiber.com/events/. For more information, contact Mary at lamalou@whidbey.com or (360) 579-1906.

Community Garden Tour with WSU Community First Garden Project & Everybody Bike: Saturday, Sept. 14. This self-guided tour will take you to a diverse mix of gardens in Bellingham and Whatcom County. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a tour map, contact beth.chisholm@wsu.edu.

Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl & Medieval Faire: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15. This outrageous annual competition, sponsored by the Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins, pits teams from all over the Pacific Northwest against each other for the title of Champion of the Northwest Regional Pumpkin Hurl. Teams build their own hurling machines. Food and craft vendors, as well as re-enactments of life in the Middle Ages. $7.50 per person, kids under 4 free. Parking $3. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Corner 43rd Ave SE and Ebey Island Road, Everett. For more information, visit FestivalofPumpkins.org.

Permaculture on a Mountain: Saturday, Sept. 14. If you have wanted to learn more about permaculture and sustainable farming/living, hear how David Capocci and his partners have carved out a thriving farm and guest ranch outside of Granite Falls. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Paca Pride Guest Ranch, 28311 Mountain Loop Hwy, Granite Falls. Free. Pre-register at permaculturegranitefalls.eventbrite.com. Bring a lunch, snacks provided.

Threshing Party & Non-GMO Corn Project Harvest: Sunday, Sept. 15. Bring some sturdy stompin’ boots and gloves, because we’ll be diving into great piles of dried beans and grains to thresh them the old-fashioned way. Learn efficient, low-tech methods for growing, harvesting, threshing, and cleaning. 1 to 3 p.m. 741 River Road, Lynden. Contact Krista Rome at (360) 224-4757.

Island County Master Gardener Seminar Series: Apple Identification, Best Scab Resistant Varieties for the Island, and Apple Pressing: Sunday, Sept. 15. This is your chance to bring your mystery apple to our expert for identification and learn about varieties most suited to our island climate. If you bring a bucket of apples and a container to take the juice home, we can press them for you. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Greenbank Farm, Whidbey Island.

Damilano Barolo Wine Tasting: Sunday, Sept. 15. 2 to 4 p.m. Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect Street, Bellingham. (360) 393-3271, sjwinemerchants.com.

Salmon Canning Made Easy: Tuesday, Sept. 17. Susy Hymas returns to Rome Grange to offer a salmon canning class from 6 to 8 p.m. $5 per person. Information on freezing salmon will also be presented. A Nutrition Educator, WSU Master Food Preserver and Safety Advisor, Susy brings 30 plus years of canning experience. RSVP directly to Susy at (360) 714-9460.

Lake Stevens Fall Series: Natural Yard Care: Tuesday, Sept. 17. Ideas for beautifying your yard naturally. Learn tips from top local designers. Refreshments will be provided, as well as a chance to win native plants and more. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Lake Stevens City Hall Community Center, 1812 Main St, Lake Stevens. Register at bit.ly/lakeclasses.

Know and Grow Workshop: Sedums, Stonecrops and Succulents for the PNW: Tuesday, Sept. 17. Kathy Robinson, owner of Phocas Farms in Port Angeles will lead you into her world of fascinating and beautiful plants that can provide a unique touch of seasonal color to your perennial landscape. Free and open to the public. Presented by Skagit County Master Gardeners. WSU Mount Vernon NWREC 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Blanchard Community Club BBQ Salmon Harvest Dinner: Thursday, Sept. 19. Serving dinner 6 to 7 p.m. Featuring BBQ Salmon, herb roasted potatoes, corn, salads, Breadfarm breads, punch, wine and homemade desserts. Suggested donation, $12.50 adults, $5 children from 6 through 12, children under 6 free. Visit http://blanchardcommunityclub.org.

Balboa Wine Tasting: Thursday, Sept. 19. 4 to 6 p.m. Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants, 19 Prospect Street, Bellingham. (360) 393-3271, sjwinemerchants.com.

2nd Annual Bellingham Beer Week: Sept. 20-29. Celebrate, promote, advocate and elevate craft beer in this community. All of Bellingham’s craft breweries – Chuckanut Brewery, Boundary Bay Brewery and Kulshan Brewery – plus many regional breweries, numerous pubs, beer stores, restaurants, and other businesses will be hosting beer-related events throughout the Bellingham area. Complete calendar listings at bellinghambeerweek.com/calendar.php.

8th Annual Whidbey Island Farm Tour: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22. Participating farms include Case Farm, Huntersmoon Blueberries, Wildwood Farm, Lavender Wind Shop & Manufacturing Kitchen, Rosehip Farm & Garden, Willowood Farm, Greenbank Farm & Training Center, Pronkin’ Pastures Alpacas, Strawfield House & Farm, Sonshine Farm, Whidbey Island Vineyard & Winery, Paradise Found Fiber Farm, Whidbey Island Distillery, and Glendale Shepherd Dairy. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit whidbeyfarmtour.com/

Chef in the Market Series at Bellingham Farmers Market: Saturday, Sept. 21. Come watch local chefs from StrEAT food and the Bookfare Cafe cook at the Farmers Market at  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Depot Market Square, On Railroad Ave between Chestnut & Maple St. Visit bellinghamfarmers.org/.

Medicine for You and Me: Saturday, Sept. 21. Come learn about medicinal herbs that grow in your area. With Kelly Ann Atterberry. 6 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, Room 309. Free.

Composting with Worms by Nature’s Footprint: Saturday, Sept. 21. Jump-start your gardening by starting your worm bin now and have lots of compost for spring planting. Elsie Konzelman, of Nature’s Footprint has years of experience in vermicomposting. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St., Bellingham. To register call (360) 676-5480.

Small Conifers for Small Gardens: Saturday, Sept. 21. An expert in dwarf conifers, Robert Fincham of Coenosium Gardens in Eatonville, will talk about the many choices for small gardens and give tips for successful gardening with small conifers. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); $5 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

Wine & Table Grape Harvesting: Saturday, Sept. 21. Talk about pre-harvest issues: verasion, leaf stripping, bird control, and how rain affects your crop. Learn about sugar levels, pH, and acids of the fruit before harvesting, and the first steps involved in your grape crush. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. to noon.  Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. www.cloudmountainfarm.com.

Wine Grape Trials Evaluation: Saturday, Sept. 21. 1:30 to 3 p.m. This is a chance for new and experienced wine grape growers to have a look at many of the new varieties that are of interest in our climate. Fruit will be available for sampling. Numerous wines will be opened for discussion. Some made at Cloud Mountain and some by NW Wine Institute. If you have fruit or wines you want to share, you are welcome to bring samples. Please let us know what you are bringing. Registration required, must be 21 or over to participate. $10 workshop fee.  Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. www.cloudmountainfarm.com.

Downtown Community Food Co-op Eat Local Celebration: Saturday, Sept. 21. Come enjoy a delicious all-local dinner and salad special, information from the Drayton Harbor Community Oyster Farm, and live local music by Josh Spiegel (accordion) and Maritza Soto (violin) and entertainment by the Bellingham Circus Guild. 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Downtown Co-op, 1220 N Forest St., Bellingham. Contact info@communityfood.coop or (360) 734-8158.

Port Susan Open House at South Camano Grange: Saturday, Sept. 21. Speakers are Karen Prasse, local historian, librarian, and author of ‘Images of America: Camano Island’’ and Tamara Neuffer, Outreach Coordinator for the Stillaguamish Tribe Natural Resource Department. Free to the public. 9 a.m. to noon. South Camano Grange, 2227 S. Camano Drive, Camano Island.

Vintage Fest: Saturday, Sept 21. Classic cars, antiques dealers, repurposed arts and crafts, food and entertainment take over downtown Mount Vernon a day before the Oyster Run in Anacortes.

Iberian Peninsula Festival & Paella by Knut: Saturday, Sept. 21. Noon to 2 p.m. Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants,  19 Prospect Street, Bellingham. (360) 393-3271, sjwinemerchants.com.

Help Plant a Sustainable Garden for Camano Island: Saturday, Sept. 21. Join your friends and neighbors for a Community Planting Day at the Camano Multi-Purpose Center (the blue building next to CASA), 141 N East Camano Dr. Learn about native plants and sustainable, low-maintenance techniques for your garden. Refreshments provided. 10 a.m. to noon. RSVP at http:\\camanoplantingday.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Kate at (425) 335-5634 ext. 119. This free workshop is provided by Snohomish Conservation District, Washington Department of Ecology and Island County.

2nd Annual Whatcom Skillshare Fair: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22. A weekend of teaching and learning all kinds of useful, handy, and practical skills and provide a place where everyone can come learn from people experienced in these crafts and trades. The goal is to help revive skills such as how to repair and sharpen tools, make a braided rug, raise chickens, make soap, build a fence, make simple toys, and much more. Hovander Park, Ferndale. For more information, visit whatcomskillsharefaire.org.

Tour de Whidbey: Saturday, Sept. 21. Annual fundraising event of the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation. 2013 goal is $40,000 towards the purchase of a Breast MRI Scan System. Visit www.tourdewhidbey.com.

8th Annual Bite of Bellingham: Sunday, Sept. 22. Sample foods from Bellingham’s favorite restaurants. All ages. Admission to the event is free, with food and beverage tickets for sale at $1 per ticket at entry. Noon to 4 p.m. Live music. Don’t forget to vote for the “Best Bite,” “Dreamiest Drink,” “Sweetest Sweet,” and “Best Local Bite” categories. Depot Market Square on the 1100 block of Railroad Avenue.

Preserving the Fall Harvest with Susy Hymas: Monday, Sept. 23. Join Susy Hymas, Food Preservation Specialist and owner of Daylight Harvest Foods for an evening of demonstrations and discussion on putting up and preserving the fall harvest. Preserving and storage tips for fall fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood.  Discussion will include canning, freezing, sauerkraut making and dry storage. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at Co-op. $10 per person.

Taste Washington Day and Harvest of the Month Lunch: Wednesday, Sept. 25 and Thursday, Sept. 26. Taste Washington Day is an annual statewide celebration of Washington grown foods in school meals on Sept. 25. In Whatcom County ,Taste Washington Day is celebrated on Sept. 26 to coincide with the Harvest of the Month Lunch (last Thursday of every month). The featured harvest item will be local salad greens. Check your school menu for details. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Whatcom County Schools.

John Holl, The American Craft Beer Cookbook: Wednesday, Sept. 25. John Holl will be available at Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen in Bellingham to discuss his book “The American Craft Beer Cookbook. 7 p.m.

Lake Stevens Oktoberfest: Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29. Three day Bavarian Style festival with events and activities for all ages. Live music, bavarian performers, food, beer and wine garden, 5 & 10K race. Free admission, downtown Lake Stevens. Visit www.lakestevenschamber.com.

21st Semi-Annual Garage Sale, Antiques, Car Show and More: Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28. This event will have 140 vendors, food, pony rides, kids activities, live music, a car show and much more. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. $2 admission. Skagit County Fairgrounds, Mount Vernon.  Call (360) 336-9414.

Trees and Shrubs for Autumn Interest: Saturday, Sept. 28. Get inspired with Jim Lock, of Van Klaveren’s Nursery, who will discuss must-have’s for winter trees and shrubs. Add color and excitement to your autumn garden that will last into early spring. Class is free. 9 a.m. To register call (360) 676-5480.  Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St., Bellingham.

Puget Sound Farm Toy Show: Saturday, Sept. 28. Show, sell, trade. Farm, construction, cars, trucks, and more. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds (Expo Building), 1775 Front Street, Lynden. Admission is adults $3, kids 6-12 $1, and under 5 free.

Port Susan Harvest Jubilee: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29. Visit farms in Stanwood, Camano, and Silvana. Saturday hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by Skagit Farmers Supply in Stanwood for a tour map. Meet farmers, tour farms and learn about local agriculture. Demonstrations, workshops, kids’ activities, take home local products, and more. For more information, visit www.portsusan.org.

Winter and Emergency Preparedness: Saturday, Sept. 28. Get a jump on winter by learning how to prevent mud and manure problems, winterize your property, and prepare for emergencies. The Snohomish Conservation District will host a workshop and farm tour on a Lakewood-area farm west of Smokey Point. The class is free, and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Register at winteranddisasterprep.eventbrite.com.

Burlington Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch: Saturday, Sept. 28. Join us for the 10th Annual Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch down at the park. The trebuchets will be tossing pumpkins up to 1,000 feet, the Shire of Midhaven (Medieval folks) will have their tent for family-friendly entertainment. Pie eating contest, touch-a-truck area, free kids activity zone. Free parking and free entry. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Skagit River Park, Burlington.

Third Annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival: Saturday, Sept. 28. Giant pumpkins will tip the scales at Christianson’s Nursery in a weigh-off for big cash prizes. Last year’s winner was 1,281.5 pounds. Also pony rides, face painting, toad races, carnival games, harvest food, music, and more. You’re also welcome to show off your giant vegetables, big sunflowers and pumpkins grown by children. Free admission; some activities have a small fee. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. See www.christiansonsnursery.com.

Cash Mob at Hannegan Farm and Home: Saturday, Sept. 28. Bring your cash and shop at Hannegan Farm and Home in this special fundraising event for the store. Hinotes Corner, just south of Lynden. Open until 6 p.m.

Bats Incredible: Saturday, Sept. 28. Kathleen Bander, founder of Bats Northwest, will talk about the 15 species of bats native to Washington. Learn about night-blooming plants attractive to the insects that bats eat. Get plans to build a bat house. Kids can get up close and personal with real mounted specimens. Reservations requested (360-466-3821). 11 a.m. to noon, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

Beers at the Bottom hike: Saturday, Sept. 28. A special Bellingham Beer Week hike and brewery meetup. We’ll be hiking to Fragrance Lake around noon, followed by beers at the bottom, when we all meet back up at Kulshan Brewery for some pints at 4 p.m. Rain or shine.

The Whatcom Harvest Dinner: Sunday, Sept. 29. Family-friendly event that raises awareness about local food-based education opportunities, supports and celebrates local farmers and fishers, and more. Over a dozen local chefs will prepare a family-style dinner. Join local chefs, farmers, food supporters and five local non-profits organizations for this fundraising dinner to support programs that aid beginning farmers, and educate families and children about healthy locally produced foods. Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com. 4 to 9 p.m. at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. For more information, visit whatcomharvestdinner.com.

OCTOBER

The Great Island Grown Festival: Oct. 1-13. Celebrate, feast, harvest and learn about our island-based farm culture. Enjoy bountiful farms, stunning pastoral landscapes and superb local food. Includes farm tours, running of the sheep, preserving classes, chili cook-off and lots more. For complete listing of local events, visit /islandgrown.net/festival/.

Compost & Soils: Tuesday, Oct. 1. Come learn the best way to care for your garden by building healthy soil. This free class will cover the compost and how to create a vibrant landscape from the ground up. Refreshments provided, as well as a chance to win native plants and more. Lake Stevens City Hall Community Center, 1812 Main St, Lake Stevens. Register at bit.ly/lakeclasses.

Anacortes Oktoberfest – Bier on the Pier: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5. Located on the pier over-looking Guemes channel in Anacortes. 30 breweries, two days. Tickets $25/door and $20/advance. Two-day pass $35/advance $45/door. Tickets includes commemorative glass and your first six taste tokens. Festival seating with food vendors, live music. Prize give-away both Friday and Saturday for best “German Costume.” 1st & Commercial, Historic Port of Anacortes Warehouse. Ages 21+ only. Designated drivers get in free! For more information call (360) 293-7911.

Everett Sausage Festival: Friday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 6. Traditional Bavarian Dinner featuring a variety of food booths, as well as children’s games, the Family Entertainment Stage, bingo, carnival, and Bavarian Beer Garden and Stage. Noon to midnight and Sunday noon to 7 p.m. Visit www.everettsausagefest.com/

15th Annual Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6. Hands-on-experience learning what it takes to run a farm, from growing crops to feeding animals. Fun-filled festival activities for everyone including: educational exhibits, farm tours, harvest markets, gardening demonstrations, free samples, kids activities, corn and hay mazes, animal exhibits, pumpkin patches and more.                                                                                   New this year you can pickup your VIP bag prior to the event at Sedro-Woolley Skagit Famers Supply Store. For a complete list of participating farms and more, visit www.festivaloffamilyfarms.com.

Annual Fall Fruit Festival: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6. Close to 200 varieties of common and uncommon fruits, ciders, nuts, plus rare fruit jellies and sauces for you to taste and enjoy. Live music. Julia’s Pumpkin Patch features pumpkins and gourds. All ages welcome. Admission fee, no registration required. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. Visit www.cloudmountainfarm.com.

Fresh Cider Pressing: Saturday, Oct. 5. Enjoy complimentary apple cider freshly made on Christianson’s antique cider press. This is the weekend of the Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

Bow Little Market Harvest Market: Saturday, Oct. 5. Includes cider pressing, music, harvest produce, food, and a food swap. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green. bowlittlemarket.wordpress.com.

Everett Rain Garden Tour: Saturday, Oct. 5. Snohomish Conservation District, the City of Everett, and WSU Extension are hosting a Rain Garden Tour at Washington Oakes Community, 1717 Rockefeller Ave, Everett. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free. Dress for the weather. Register at: https://everettfalltour.eventbrite.com.

Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, Oct. 6. 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 now available, too! Adults $5, kids 6-10 $2, kids 5 and under free. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, Bellingham.

Build Your Own Rain Barrel – Bothell: Tuesday, Oct. 8. Learn how to build your own rain barrel – and then take it home with you! This class is hands on, and will cost $25 for the barrel and fixtures (a $70 value). Refreshments provided. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Northshore Senior Center, Bothell. For questions, contact Kate Riley at Kate@snohomishcd.org. Register at bothellrainbarrels.eventbrite.com

Skagit County Successful Gardening, Session 1: Building Blocks for a Healthy Yard: Tuesdays, Oct. 8-22, 6 to 8 p.m. Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon. Create and maintain a beautiful, healthy yard that fits our climate and your lifestyle. Session 1 covers soils and fertilizers; design and plant choices; planting, watering, and mulching. Session 2 (winter) covers pest management, lawn care, pruning, and growing edibles in small spaces. Taught by WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardeners. Cost is $59, plus certificate of completion. Contact skagit.edu to register.

Oktoberfest: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12. Deming Log Show Grounds. Live entertainment, music and beer.

Mama’s Garden Harvest Festival: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13. Lots of family fun. Pumpkins, produce, activities and more. Mama’s Garden, Highway 9, Acme.

Know and Grow Workshop: Table Grapes and Wine Grapes for the Pacific Northwest: Tuesday, Oct. 15. Famed for his extensive knowledge of growing grapes here in Skagit County, Gary Moulton, retired WSU Fruit specialist, will talk about how to successfully grow the very best wine grapes and table grapes for your home garden. 1 to 2:30 p.m. WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. Free and open to the public.

Haunted Depot at Anacortes Farmers Market: Oct. 18 & 19, 25 & 26. “Weird things happen when you’re waiting for a train…” 7 to 10 p.m. 611 R Avenue, Anacortes. Special Family Haunt (PG), Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Shrubs & Trees for Fall & Winter: Saturday, Oct. 12. 11 a.m. to noon. A glorious palette of colors and sensuous array of textures can delight you in the garden during fall and winter, and Ani Gurnee of Aulos Design has inspired ideas to help you make the most of the cool seasons. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. $5 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

Taste of Whidbey: Sunday, Oct. 13. Guests will enjoy tastes of food from Whidbey Island’s top chefs cooking with locally-sourced ingredients, as well as local wines and beer. Ticket includes ten tastes for food, wine or beer. Additional tastes are available for purchase at the event at $2 per taste. Presented by Slow Food Whidbey Island. Tickets $30. Freeland Hall, 3 p.m.

Fall Craft & Antique Show: Thursday, Oct. 17 to Saturday, Oct. 19. More than 100 crafters and vendors on site. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds (Expo Building), 1775 Front Street, Lynden. Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission $5 (with return privileges). For more information, visit www.lyndencraftantiqueshow.com.

Making Hard Cider: Sunday, Oct. 20. Learn the basic procedures for fermenting fresh cider into hard cider. Look at equipment needs, discuss apple varieties and blends, yeasts and sanitation. Taste some hard cider too. Registration required, limited space, must be 21 or over to participate. $25 workshop fee. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Also on Nov. 10. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson.

Fall Color Walk with John Christianson, Sunday, Oct. 20. Join John Christianson to enjoy and learn about the fabulous fall colors of leaves and berries in the nursery’s display gardens and at the adjoining La Conner Flats. 1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations requested, (360) 466-3821. At 2 p.m. following the walk, have High Tea at the Granary at La Conner Flats. This tea features sandwiches, scones, fruit and dessert. Space is limited, call La Conner Flats at (360) 840-1163 for reservations. $24 per person.

Arlington Farmers Market 2nd Annual Harvest Dinner: Thursday, Oct. 24. For more information, visit arlingtonfarmersmarket.blogspot.com.

Farmers Markets

Anacortes Farmers Market: Saturdays through Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Depot Plaza next to the Depot Arts Center, 7th & R Avenue. Vendors, community workshops and live music each week. For more information, contact Market Manager Keri Knapp at (360) 293-7922 or visit www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

Arlington: Saturdays through October, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Legion Park, 114 N Olympic Ave. Contact Audrey Houston at (425) 330-6105. For more information, visit arlingtonfarmersmarket.blogspot.com.

Bellingham/Fairhaven: The Bellingham Farmers Market is held Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Center, Railroad & Chestnut, and Wednesdays (on a smaller scale) through September from noon to 5 p.m. at the Village Green. Events include monthly Chef in the Market and Kids in the Market series, as well as weekly entertainment from local buskers. For more information, visit bellinghamfarmers.org.

Blaine Gardener’s Market: Second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at H Street Plaza overlooking Drayton Harbor, through October. For more information, call the Blaine Chamber of Commerce at (360) 332-4544.

Bow Little Market: Thursdays 1 to 6 p.m. through Sept. 26. Belfast Feed Store (6200 N. Green, Burlington), along Old Highway 99 at the east end of Bow Hill Rd. Vendors, kids activities, music and more. For more information, contact Patty Sweaney at (360) 724-3333 or bowlittlemarket@yahoo.com, or visit bowlittlemarket.wordpress.com.

Coupeville Farmers Market: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 12. In heart of downtown Coupeville. For more information, contact Peg Tennant at (360) 678-4288 or visit www.coupevillemarket.com.

Everett: Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Oct. 7. Located in the parking lot at the Marina, Port Gardner Landing, 1600 Marine View Drive, Everett. For more information, visit everettfarmersmarket.net or call (425) 258-3356.

Ferndale Public Market: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Riverwalk Park along the Nooksack River, through mid-October. Call (360) 223-9857 or e-mail manager@ferndalepublicmarket.org.

Langley Second Street Market: 2nd Street between Anthes St. and Cascade Ave., Langley. Fridays 2 to 6 p.m. through Sept. 27. Contact Lynae Slinden at (360)929-9333 or visit www.mainstreetlangley.org/second-street-market.

Lopez Island: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Sept. 14 in Lopez Village. For more information, visit lopezfarmersmarket.com.

Lynden Farmers Market: Hosted by Five Loaves Farm, the market is held Thursday afternoons from 2 to 6 p.m. through September (or possibly into October) at 324 Front St. in downtown Lynden, corner of 4th and Front. For more information, contact Dave Timmer at (360) 961-4061 or  dave.timmer@arocha.org.

Marblemount Farmers Market: Next monthly market Sunday, Sept. 22. Noon to 4 p.m. Marblemount Community Hall, State Route 20. Visit www.marblemountcommunityhall.org.

Mount Vernon Farmers Market: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 19 at 901 Cleveland Street (Skagit State Bank Parking Lot).  Wednesday Markets from 11 a.m. to 4 at the Skagit Valley Hospital, 1415 E. Kincaid St., through Sept. 25. For more information, visit www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org.

Oak Harbor Public Market: Thursdays, 4 to 7 p.m. through Sept. 26. Contact: Peg Tennant at (360) 678-4288 or oakharbormarket@yahoo.com.

Orcas Island: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Village Green in the heart of Eastsound, through September. During October and through most of November, the Market meets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oddfellows Hall, located on Haven Street just south of Main Street on the way to Madrona Point. For more information, visit orcasislandfarmersmarket.org.

Port Susan Farmers Market: Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 18 in downtown Stanwood in the Viking Village, a project of the Port Susan Food & Farming Center. For more information, contact Leslie Collings at (360) 202-3932 or visit www.portsusanfoodand farmingcenter.org.

San Juan: The San Juan Island Farmers Market is located  at Brickworks in Friday Harbor, currently open through the third week of October. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The winter market is held at the Friday Harbor High School Commons on select Saturdays, November through March. For more information, visit www.sjifarmersmarket.com.

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market: Wednesdays through mid-October from 3-7 p.m. at Hammer Heritage Square, corner of Ferry and Metcalf Streets. Visit sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com or contact manager Jeremy Kindlund at sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

Snohomish: Thursdays from 3 to 7:30 p.m. through Oct. 3. Located at 1st Street and Cedar Avenue. For more information, visit snohomishmarkets.com.

Snohomish Sunday Market: Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 29, at Third and Lincoln (the skate park) in Snohomish. Contact Neil Landaas of Flying Tomato Farm at (206) 412-4630.

South Whidbey Tilth Farmers’ Market: Sundays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 27. 2812 Thompson Rd, Langley (at Thompson Road and Highway 525). Contact Lynae Slinden at (360)544-2278 or visit www.southwhidbeytilth.org.

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