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Events: October 2013

Oct 2nd, 2013 | Category: Events

Birchwood Garden Club’s October meeting: Tree Risk Awareness: Wednesday, Oct. 2. James Luce, Chief Arborist of Bellingham Parks and Rec will discuss how to identify trees and limbs that might cause issues during a storm and how to address them before any damage is done. Birchwood Garden Club membership is open to anyone in Whatcom and Skagit County. sDues are $10 for a single membership, $15 for family.  7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham.

Wine and Food Pairing: Taylor Shellfish: Thursday, Oct. 3. Chef Knut Christiansen from Paellaworks will show you five different ways to make steamers. Mount Baker Winery will be on hand to pair the perfect glass with each dish. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $45 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

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.

2013 Quilt & Fiber Art Festival: Friday, Oct. 4. Exhibition of Juried & Judged quilts, wearable art, and fiber art in Maple Hall and the La Conner Civic Garden Club, both locations within a half-block of the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. Four days of workshops: beading, hand applique, free-style quilts by machine, and color & design. At Maple Hall see the Quilt Show, browse specialty vendors, and place bids at the silent auction. The Garden Club hosts the Wearables and Fiber Arts show while the Museum features three floors of exhibits. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, La Conner. Price $10, includes all three venues. (360) 466-4288.

Grub n’ Groove Potluck and Open Mic, Friday, Oct. 4. Genetic Roulette film shown at 5 p.m. Potluck at 6:30 p.m. Open mic performances start at 7:30 p.m. (sign-up starts at 7 p.m.) Howard Miller Steelhead Park Clubhouse, Rockport.

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

Northwest Horse Expo & Draft Horse Spectactular: Friday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 6. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds & Equine Events Center, Lynden. Draft horse exhibition, clinics, and more. For more information, visit

Lummi Island Grange Salmon BBQ: Saturday. Oct. 5. This is an annual fundraiser to support the grange. All welcome. Starts at 5 p.m. 2215 North Nugent Road, Lummi Island.

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

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

Concrete Ghost Walk: Saturdays, Oct. 5, 12, 9 and 26. Part historical, part story telling walking tour of downtown Concrete. 6 to 8 p.m. Be dressed for the weather and prepared to walk. Participants must be at least 13 years old and minors need to be accompanied by an adult. $10 per person. For more information, call (360) 853-8767 or visit

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.

Master Gardener’s Clinic: Saturday, Oct. 5. Master Gardeners will be on hand to give you advice on a range of garden questions from putting the fall garden to bed, to plant pathology and general planting advice. Event is free. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St, Bellingham. To register call, (360) 676-5480.

Bow Little Harvest Market: Saturday, Oct. 5. Includes cider pressing (bring your own or buy some on site), music, harvest produce, food, and a preserved food swap from 2 to 4 p.m. Great vendors with great local products. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green. Held in conjunction with Belfast Feed Store’s store-wide sale. For more information, contact Patty Sweaney at (360) 724-3333 or, or visit Music Workshop with Steve, Galen and Forrest Hoffman from 1 to 2 p.m. Steve and the boys (The HoHas) are offering a workshop to share the music-making techniques they learned with. Ages 4 and up (kids of all ages 4 to adult). Parental supervision necessary  for children under 10. Instruments to learn on: Ukulele, guitar and homemade percussion instruments. Bring what you have. What we will learn: Use percussion with “strumming patterns” on ukulele and guitar so everyone can strum real songs. Big kids (of all ages) can learn how to play a song on ukulele or guitar with easy chords. Suggested donation: $3 – 5 per child. Info:

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:

Fall is for Planting: All About Color! Saturday, Oct. 5. 9 to 11 a.m. Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. Autumn is an excellent time to plant, bringing vibrant colors into your fall and winter landscape. We’ll talk about plant selection, design ideas, fall/winter plant care, and much more. Registration required. $25 per person. (360) 383-3200.

Friday Harbor Artstock: Saturday, Oct. 5.  Art Market and Gallery Tour at Brickworks on Sunshine Alley and various art galleries around town. 3:30 to 7 p.m. Contact pigmansartworks@rockislandcom.

Fall Garden Fest: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6. Garden art and plants are featured in this end of season sale offering unique adornments for your garden. Meerkerk’s nursery is joined by specialty nurseries selling exotic plants, as well as useful and decorative wire, metal, glass, and wood creations made by local artists. Free entry. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, Greenbank. (360) 678-1912.

Customer Appreciation Day: Sunday, Oct. 5. Year 65 is here for us, and that’s mostly because of you. Come in for our annual day to say ‘Thank you’! Join us for a free barbecue hotdog lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free hourly raffles from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free face painting and other activities for the kids, and great deals for everyone. Sunnyside Nursery 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. (425) 334-2002,

Whatcom Studio Artist Tour: Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 5-6 and 12-13. Visit the studios of various artists arounf the county. Self-guided tour. Maps available at

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.

Compost and Soils Workshop and Field Day: Monday, Oct. 7. Learn about current WSU compost research and trials on local farms. Compare and contrast commercial composting and on-farm composting. Take a tour of the Lenz Enterprises commercial compost operation and visit an on-farm compost trial. Learn from local compost producers and farmers involved in the on-farm compost trials. Speakers include: Soil scientists Doug Collins, PhD and Andy Bary of WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center; Andrew Corbin, PhD and Hallie Harness of WSU Snohomish County Extension; and Peter Moon, President and Principal Engineer of PME / O2Compost.  9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. Lunch provided. Registration required for lunch. Preregister online at Contact Hallie Harness at (425) 357-6026, for more information.

Halloween Trip and Treat Day: Monday, Oct. 7. Explore the Frazier Farms Pumpkin Patch to find some perfect pumpkins to make ghostly crafts and frighteningly delightful treats for Halloween. They will be “boo-tiful!” 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For ages 6-12. $32 per person. Register by Oct. 3. Pack a lunch and water bottle. Contact Burlington Parks and Recreation Department at (360) 755-9649,

GMOs: A Scientific Perspective with Tom Malterre, CN: Monday, Oct. 7. Get the latest scientific findings on genetically modified organisms (GMOS). Certified Nutritionist Tom Malterre has participated in many conferences on GMOS, and has learned about this subject directly from the experts. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at Co-op. Free, all welcome. 0

Knife Skills: Tuesday, Oct. 8. Bring your knives to this hands-on class with Chef Erik Morris and learn the proper way to sharpen, care, and use these essential tools of the kitchen. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

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 Register at

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 to register.

GMO OMG: Wednesday, Oct. 9. The Community Food Co-op in Bellingham will host a screening of this film at 6  p.m. at the Pickford Film Center, followed by a panel discussion with various industry experts. Director Jeremy Seifert investigates how loss of seed diversity and corresponding laboratory assisted genetic alteration of food affects his young children, the health of our planet, and freedom of choice everywhere.

Splendish Squash: Thursday, Oct. 10. Explore squash with the dieticians from Skagit Valley Hospital. Students will learn how to incorporate winter squash into a variety of dishes. 6 to 8 p.m. $19 per person. Call (360) 814-2424 to register or visit Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives: Thursday, Oct. 10. Screening at the Concrete Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Q&A discussion about GMOs to follow.

“Growing the Aristocrats of the Summer Fruits, Heirloom Melons” with Carol Bello: Thursday, Oct. 10. 7 p.m. You can successfully grow melons in the Puget Sound area. Learn to grow heirloom melons in your own backyard at the October meeting of the Snohomish County Fruit Society. Speaker Carol Bello has been a Master Gardener for 15 years and has grown her own heirloom melons. All welcome to the meeting. Snohomish Boys and Girls Club at 402 2nd St, Snohomish. A brief meeting will precede the presentation. For further information, see or call (425) 398-5544.

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

Anacortes Farmers Market 1st Annual Pie Festival: Saturday, Oct. 12. Celebrate all things “PIE” at the Anacortes FM on October 12. Enjoy Pie-related purchases from vendors. Pie contests starting at 11am.  Cash prizes given for Best Sweet Pie, Best Savory Pie and Most Creative. Other Pie Categories also awarded. $5 entry fee – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Must RSVP for contest by Thursday, Oct. 10. For more information see or call (360) 293-7922.

Apple and Pear Harvest Field Day: Saturday, Oct. 12. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Features talks on cider, apple diseases and pests followed by harvesting of apples and pears. Presented by the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation at WSU Washington Research and Extension Center, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. The WWFRF Fruit Display Garden contains one of the largest and most varied collections of antique apple trees in western Washington. Free to members of WWFRF; non-members $15 single or $30 family. See for more information.

Spiritual Gardening: Saturday, Oct. 12. Join Garden Spot’s own Antoni Stevens for a class that explores the intrinsic relationship between gardeners and plants. Having studied the natural world at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, Antoni has a fresh perspective on what it means to “grow” a garden. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St, Bellingham. To register call  (360) 676-5480.

Terrariums: Saturday, Oct. 12. Learn this ‘old time’ way of planting a ‘garden in a bottle’ for the indoors. Instructed by Beverly Anderson. $40 class/supply fee. Limited class space available. 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. (425) 334-2002,

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.

Fungi Walk through the Woods: Saturday, Oct. 12. 10 a.m. to noon. Whidbey Camano Land Trust is sponsoring a walk through the woods at Whidbey Institute, looking for this season’s fungi. To reserve a spot contact Janelle at 222-3310 or

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

Film & Food Series – Mostly Martha: Saturday, Oct. 12. 1 p.m. screening of Mostly Martha, a charming film about a German chef whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of her young niece, at Lincoln Theatre. After the film movie-goers head to Gretchens to create recipes from the film such as gnocchi, poached salmon, butternut squash latkes and a few sweets. 3:30 p.m. at Gretchens. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

Pumpkins for Literacy: Saturday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 27. Marysville Rotary presents Pumpkins for Literacy this event features free hay rides, bouncy houses, train rides, and petting zoo. While the money raised from the pumpkins sale goes to promoting literacy in the community. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Plant Farm at Smokey Point, Marysville.

Port Gardner Bay Winery Wine Making Classes: Saturday, Oct. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. Port Gardner Bay Winery, 2802 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. (425) 339-0293,

Farm to Table Event to Benefit Pioneer Meadows Montessori: Saturday, Oct. 12. Gala in the Greenhouseis from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Wind Poppy Farm in Ferndale. This five-course meal is $65 per plate. Bluegrass music. All proceeds benefit Pioneer Meadows Montessori School in Ferndale. For tickets, please call (360) 778-3681.

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 10 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 advance, $35 at door. Advance tickets are available at Freeland Hall, 3 p.m.

Snohomish County Mycological Society Mushroom Show: Sunday, Oct. 13. Sponsored by the Snohomish County Mycological Society in cooperation with Everett Parks & Recreation. Each year mushrooms are collected in season and placed on display at the Fall Mushroom Show held in Floral Hall at Forest Park. The public is welcome to bring their own discoveries for possible identification by an expert. You will learn to identify more than 100 different types of mushrooms. Visit with vendors, attend lectures and watch demonstrations involving this popular fungus. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Floral Hall at Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett. For more information, visit

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.

World Wide Dumplings: Eastern Europe with Mary Ellen Carter: Tuesday, Oct. 15. Kreplach, pierogi, knopfle, and knedlik—they’re all Eastern European variations on the dumpling. In this hands-on class we’ll make dumplings with three different fillings—meat, cheese and mushroom, and sauerkraut. A $7 wine option is payable at class. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200. $35 per person.

Pie Crust:Traditional, Gluten Free and Beyond! Tuesday, Oct. 15. In this hands-on class with Chef Tracey Olson from Two Girls Baking Company, students will learn how to make a variety of crusts from traditional, to crumb, lattice, cookie and gluten-free. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30 per person.  Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

Salal Chapter Native Plant Sale: Tuesday, Oct. 15. Wide selection of trees, shrubs and perennials. 2 to 4 p.m. 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. For more information and a list of plants,

Mediterranean Fall Recipes: Wednesday, Oct. 16. Highlighting the flavors of the season, Chef Nahla Gholam will teach students how to incorporate fall vegetables into a healthy and delicious Mediterranean meal.  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

Community Harvesting Potluck: Wednesday, Oct. 16. 5 to 8 p.m. Celebrate volunteers, donors, CSA subscribers, and others, and learn about new projects at the Farm.All are welcome. Organic Farm School garden tours start at 5 p.m. Potluck follows at 6 p.m. and short program begins at 6:30 p.m. Greenbank Farm, Whidbey Island. To RSVP, contact or (360) 678-7710.

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

GMOs—Your Right to Know: Thursday, Oct. 17. Sponsored by the Community Food Co-op Board of Directors. Special guests are Megan Westgate, Executive Director, Non-GMO Project and Delana Jones, Campaign Director, Yes on I-522. 7 to 9 p.m. Settlemeyer Hall, Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. in Bellingham. Free. For more information, go to or contact Jean at (360) 734-8158 ext. 217 or

Komo Kulshan Chapter of American Rhododendron Society October meeting: Thursday, Oct. 17. Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Burlington Community Center, 1011 Greenleaf St., Burlington. Call (360) 856-2410.

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.

Goblin Splash: Friday, Oct. 18. Dip into Halloween fun. Calling all princesses, pirates and other costumed friends to join us at Goblin Splash. Celebrate Halloween pool side at Forest Park Swim Center’s spook-tacular event. Toss pumpkins, win prizes, enjoy Halloween fun while you treat our local food bank to fuller shelves. Bring a generous canned food or monetary donation, and you can swim for FREE! Prizes and refreshments will be available. Proceeds will benefit the Volunteers of America Everett Food Bank. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Forest Park Swim Center, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett.

Haunted Farm: Friday through Sundays, Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Forest Park, Everett. Ghouls and goblins, get ready for chills and thrills. Costumes are encouraged. Food vendors and face painting. Recommended for ages 8+. $8 cash per person payable at the entrance.

Saxon Stories: Homesteading with the Arntson and Nesset Families: Friday, Oct. 18. Come for an evening of stories and pictures of the Arntson and Nesset families, presented by Helen Arntson and Russ Pfeiffer-Hoyt. Refreshments served. All ages. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway. For more information contact Katrina Carabba at (360) 305-3600.

Annual Friends Cookie Sale: Saturday, Oct. 19. Fill a bag with a variety of homemade cookies made by great local bakers. Just $5 per bag! All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Sumas Library. Pre-bagged cookies will be available after noon at the library until all are sold.  10 a.m. until sold out.  Sumas Library, 451 2nd St. Call (360) 305-3600.

‘Make It and Take It’ Lasagna Bulb Pot: Saturday, Oct. 19. Join a potting party with the Garden Spot staff. We show you how to layer spring bulbs for a full 60 days of blooming color. From early snowdrops to daffodils to late tulips, put on a show! Fee is $39 and includes all supplies (pot, soil and bulbs). 9 a.m. To register call (360) 676-5480. Garden Spot Nursery,  900 Alabama St, Bellingham.

Growing Organic Seed in Washington On-Farm Training: Saturday, Oct. 19. Join Organic Seed Alliance and Viva Farms for a day-long farmer training on organic seed production at the WSU Mount Vernon Research Center. Learn fundamental skills for developing and adapting varieties to your organic farm. Topics of instruction include: the biology of seed production, seed harvesting and cleaning, choosing appropriate seed crops for your system and climate, maintaining the genetic integrity of varieties with appropriate population sizes and isolation distances, conducting variety trials, and basic on-farm breeding techniques. Prior experience in basic seed growing is recommended. Pre-registration is required. Event cost includes day-long training and lunch. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WSU Mount Vernon Research Center, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. Contact Laurie McKenzie at (360) 385-7192.

Canning & Cocktails – Fermentation: Saturday, Oct. 19. Katharine Isserlis and Ann Darlin Leason, both certified Master Food Preservers, will cover the basic fermentation process by demonstrating a simple sauerkraut recipe and discuss the health benefits of fermented foods.  Includes tapas and a signature cocktail made from local vodka from Valley Shine Distillery. 3 to 6 p.m. $30 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

Giant Owlerrific Garage Sale: Saturday, Oct. 19. Three Rivers Educational Cooperative is a non-profit dedicated to providing assistance to homeschooling families in Whatcom County. Help our wise little Owls fundraise for scholarships by visiting our OWLERRIFIC garage sale with tasty treats, raffle baskets, lots of kids items, treasures and more. Doors open at 9 a.m. Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Hwy 9. See

Plant a Pumpkin Workshop: Saturday, Oct. 19. Get creative with a fun, fresh way to incorporate pumpkins into your harvest season – plant them! Carve one up and keep going with some great fall picks for color that will keep you in the holiday spirit from Halloween through Thanksgiving. 10 a.m. $25 fee includes materials. Pre-registration required. All ages welcome. Sunnyside Nursery 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. (425) 334-2002,

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.

Bellingham’s Wild Mushroom Show: Sunday, Oct. 20. Noon to 5 p.m. at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave, Bellingham. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students/seniors, free for children under 12. Sponsored by Northwest Mushroomers Association. Pacific Northwest forests and fields are filled with thousands of different kinds of mushrooms and you can experience hundreds of them at this fun, family event. Displays of locally collected mushrooms, identification information, talks and presentations and much more. For show information or to volunteer at the event, contact Maggie at (360) 724-3158.

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.

Non-GMO Corn Preservation with Krista Rome and Courtney Pineau: Monday, Oct. 21. A free informational session on the Non-GMO Corn Preservation Project. Learn about good varieties of grain corn for the Pacific Northwest, and how to be a seed steward. You’ll also get cooking tips, and hear the results of hand pollination trials. Krista Rome is director of the Backyard Beans & Grains Project, and Courtney Pineau is assistant director of the Non-GMO Project. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Rregister at Co-op. Free, all welcome.

Chef Peters Autumn Harvest Dinner: Monday, Oct. 21. Chef Peter Belknap brings you a delightful autumn dinner. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

Orchard Mason Bee Care with Valeri Wade: Tuesday, Oct. 21. Native orchard mason bees are superb pollinators, visiting up to 1900 flowers a day. Want to know how to help them do this amazing job? We’ll discuss life cycle, housing and predators. Then we’ll clean some live, hibernating bees so you know how to best care for them. Valeri Wade has worked with mason bees for nearly 20 years. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at Co-op. $7 per person.

Homemade Yogurt: Wednesday, Oct. 23. Students will learn the basic methods and equipment used for making yogurt. Katharine Isserlis will discuss how to incorporate yogurt into a variety of dishes which students will get to sample. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

Arlington Farmers Market 2nd Annual Harvest Dinner: Thursday, Oct. 24. Afamily-friendly event that raises awareness about local food and  supports local farmers. 6:30 p.m. Wild Rose Bistro, Arlington. For tickets, see Cost is $25 per child and $35 per adult. For more information, visit

Tasting with Mount Eden Estates: Thursday, Oct. 24. From Santa Cruz Mountains.  4 to 6 p.m. Seifert and Jones Wine Merchants, Bellingham.

Learning Luncheon: Pork Wellington: Friday, Oct. 25. An elaborate looking dish that is actually pretty easy to make, Pork Wellington can be adapted for the weeknight meal or holiday get-together. We’ll also explore seasonal side dishes and treats. Noon to 1:30 p.m. $20 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

Putting your Garden to Bed: Saturday, Oct. 26. Prepare for the season ahead, with advice from Debra Olberg of Secret Garden Designs. Get tips on how to save and store your begonia and dahlia bulbs, and learn methods to protect your shrubs and containers. 9 a.m. Class is free. To register call (360) 676-5480. Garden Spot Nursery,  900 Alabama St, Bellingham.

Chicken and Waffles: Saturday, Oct. 26. This month at Gretchens Brunch Club Cooking School Coordinator Laura Hartner is making the Southern favorite, chicken and waffles, putting a twist on the classic. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. $20 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

Putting the Garden to Bed: Saturday, Oct. 26. How do I get my yard ready for another long winter? Let us help you with what to do in the fall to adequately protect your plants and get a head start on next spring. 10 a.m. Instructed by Trevor Cameron, C.P.H. Free. Sunnyside Nursery 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. (425) 334-2002,

Halloween Dance and Harvest Potluck: Saturday, Oct. 26. 6 to 10 p.m. Suggested admission is $5 per person or $12 per family. Potluck, costume contest, and silent auction. Auction proceeds benefit the hall. Volunteers needed. Marblemount Community Hall. Call (360) 770-1524.

Autumn One Pot Meals with Lisa Dixon, RD: Tuesday, Oct. 29. Lisa Dixon showcases a menu of hearty stews, each one a meal unto itself. Enjoy tomato stew with poached eggs, Persian lamb stew, and vegetarian fava bean stew. With comfort food like this, you’ll almost be glad for the chill of autumn. $7 wine option is payable at class. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Rregister at WCC (360) 383-3200. $35 per person.

2013 Harvest Seminar: Slow Food in Digital Times: Seed Banks and Seed Networks: Wednesday, Oct. 30. WSU Mount Vernon Graduate Student Committee Presents Dr. Allison Carruth who will examine digital media in the context of seed banks and grassroots seed networks. WSU Mount Vernon, 16650 Washington St. Rt. 536, Mount Vernon. (360) 848-6120, Free and open to the public 6 p.m. Carruth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at UCLA, where she is also an affiliated faculty member in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Institute for Society and Genetics, and the Center for the Study of Women. Her first book is entitled Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Her current research includes a new book project “Food Culture in Digital Times.” In addition, she is co-authoring a book entitled “Literature and Food Studies” with Amy L. Tigner.

Annual Boo-Bash at the Winery: Wednesday, Oct. 30. Free live music from 7 to 9 p.m., tasting room open at 4:30 p.m. Kids welcome in the Banquet area. Port Gardner Bay Winery, 2802 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. (425) 339-0293,

Downtown Trick-or-Treat Night: Thursday, Oct. 31. Annual event for trick-or-treaters and their parents on First Street between Division Street and Kincaid Street. 3 to 5 p.m. Downtown Mount Vernon.


Foster’s Pumpkin & Corn Maze Festival: Oct. 1-31. Foster’s Produce & Corn Maze, open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pumpkin Patch and “PIRATE SHIP ADVENTURES CORN MAZE” – find all the Pirates hiding in the maze and solve the riddle. Tractor drawn hay rides, pumpkin slingshot, hay maze and farm animal barn. Harvest Market, local sweet corn, squashes, local honey, apple cider, apples, and gourds. Gourmet foods and Halloween gift shop. Night Maze and Giant Pumpkin Hunt last 2 Saturday nights in October (10-19 & 10-26) from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring your flashlight for this fun event. Bonfire will keep you warm! Harvest market open with espresso, hot cocoa and pies. 5818 Washington 530, Arlington. (360) 435-6516,

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 /

Port Gardner Bay Winery Wine Tasting: Every Thursday-Saturday from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Live music, no cover every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. Port Gardner Bay Winery, 2802 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. (425) 339-0293,

“Sinuosity” by Ann Marie Cooper at Good Earth Pottery: October’s featured artist crafts art pieces and functional ware from hand-rolled clay coils. Come visit Ann Marie at work in Studio #10 on the second floor above Good Earth Pottery during the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour, Oct. 5, 6, 12 & 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ann Marie’s coiled clay creations will fill the front windows for the entire month of October. 1000 Harris Avenue,


La Conner Art’s Alive!: Friday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 3. Celebrate Northwest Artists at an artist reception. The weekend features invititational, opening and emerging shows. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (360) 466-4778 or visit

Ebey’s Landing Annual Community Potluck: Nov. 1. Whidbey Island, WA.

Scrapbooking Super Swap Meet: Saturday, Nov. 2. Papers, albums, stickers, stamps, and embellishments all at great prices. 9 a.m. to noon. Booths for rent ate $25 each. Free admission for the public. Burlington Parks and Recreation Center, 900 E. Fairhaven Ave. Contact Burlington Parks and Recreation Department at (360) 755-9649,

Dramatic Designs for Winter Containers: Saturday, Nov. 2. Kathy Hirdler of Floribunda Designs will share her flair for artful plant combinations in a demonstration class on containers for winter display. Reservations required. $5 class fee. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. 360-466-3821,

Film & Food Series – Babette’s Feast: Saturday, Nov. 2. Get a few ideas for your upcoming Thanksgiving meal by watching the film at the Lincoln Theatre (1 p.m.) and then heading to Gretchens (3:30 p.m.) to cook highlighted recipes from the film including blinis, fowl in puff pastry and the rum sponge cake. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

Art’s Alive! and Holiday Open House: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3. Artists, live music, cheese tasting, fresh cider and cookies and a class on designing containers for winter interest fill the weekend at Christianson’s Nursery. Featured artists include woodworker Jim Warren, Steve and Carol Bryant (driftwood and iron yard art), Richard Nash (Northwest fine art) Sharyn Sowell (paintings and hand-cut silhouettes) and Laura Campbell (wreaths). Live music by Laurel Bliss and John Clark, and tastings by Samish Bay Cheese are on Saturday. For a schedule, see or call (360) 466-3821.

Canning & Cocktails-Gifts & Alcohol Preserves: Tuesday, Nov. 5. In this class with Master Food Preservers Katharine Isserlis and Ann Darlin Leason, students will learn a variety of canning recipes for the holidays and the basics of alcohol preserved fruits. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

2013 Sustainable Design and Development Conference: Thursday, Nov. 7. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Fairhaven. Registration required. (360) 647-7093,

Conifer Walk with John Christianson: Saturday, Nov. 9. Join John Christianson to enjoy and learn about great evergreens in the nursery’s display gardens and at adjoining La Conner Flats. Reservations requested. 1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. (360) 466-3821, At 2 p.m. following the walk, plan to have High Tea at the Granary at La Conner Flats, with sandwiches, scones, fruit and dessert. $24 per person. Call (360) 840-1163 for reservations.

Kids Giant Garage Sale: Saturday, Nov. 9. Toys, games, movies, oh my! Sporting equipment, furniture, children’s clothing, and so much more. Sellers are the KIDS, buyers are YOU. 9 a.m. to noon. Booths for rent are $15. Free admission for the public. Burlington Parks and Recreation Center, 900 E. Fairhaven Ave. Contact Burlington Parks and Recreation Department at (360) 755-9649,

Bonsai for Beginners: Sunday, Nov. 10. Find out how easy it is to get started with bonsai with the help of Tori Lenze, bonsai grower with the Mount Vernon Manor Bonsai Society. Reservations required, $5 class fee. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. (360) 466-3821,

Winter Horse Care in the Pacific Northwest: Sunday, Nov. 10. Alayne Blickle, Horses for Clean Water, is offering a free class on preparing horse and livestock property for the wet, cold months of winter. 1 to 4 p.m. Evergreen State Fairgrounds Longhouse, Monroe. Free. Topics include how to make chores more efficient, reduce mud, manage manure and lay the groundwork for greener spring pastures, and tips on how to care for older horses that have a harder time during the cold winter months. Register at For more information, contact Jessica Paige at or 425-335-5634, ext 106.

Know and Grow Workshop: Mushrooms: Fun with Fungi: Nov. 12. WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. 1 to 2:30 p.m. As the days shorten and the rains begin a whole new world appears in the forest. Mushrooms! WSU specialist, Scott Chase will provide a Powerpoint presentation showing you some of the more common varieties that you may discover on your walks through the woods. You’ll learn how they grow, as well as some of the tools and resources you need to identify them properly. This workshop is free and open to the public. Presented by Skagit County master Gardeners.

Cheesemaking 101 – Hard Cheeses: Tuesday, Nov. 12. Students will observe the process for making cheddar cheese, then sample homemade aged cheese from the instructor’s collection. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

Healthy Holiday Cooking: Thursday, Nov. 14. 6 to 8 p.m. $19 per person. The dieticians from Skagit Valley Hospital will put a twist on side dishes to create a menu that won’t bust your waist line or spike your glucose. Call (360) 814-2424 to register or visit

Eggs Benedict & Seasonal pumpkin loaf: Saturday, Nov. 16. 9:30 a.m. $20 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

Bow Little Holiday Festival: Saturday, Nov. 16. Unusual local gifts that you won’t find anywhere else. Get into the holiday mood with music, free hot spiced cider, food products for sale, lunch available — all in a beautiful rustic facility. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beau Lodge, 17581 Wood Rd., Bow. Contact Patty at (360) 724-3333 or Visit

Skagit Beer and Wine Festival: Saturday, Nov. 16. Pair Washington wines and microbrews with Skagit appetizers, chocolate and cheese, including local vendors and producers. Mount Vernon Cottontree Inn, 4 to 8 p.m. $40 per person, $70 per couple. Call (360) 428-8547 or visit

Gardening with Wet Soils: Saturday, Nov. 16. Ani Gurnee of Aulos Design will share inspiration for plants, site preparation and maintenance, whether you want to create a wandering water course, meadow or woodsy nook. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $5 class fee. Reservations required. (360) 466-3821,

Island Chicks Holiday Vintage Market!: Saturday, Nov. 16. Over 40 vendors, including antiques, handmade, refurbished and much more. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 entry per person, $3 with food item (donations to the Anacortes Food Bank). The Port of Anacortes, 100 Commercial Ave., Anacortes.

Gluten-free Holiday Cookies: Tuesday, Nov. 19. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $35 per person. Em Beal, the gluten-free guru and owner of 5B’s Bakery in Concrete, will show you the basics of converting favorite recipes into gluten-free treats. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

10th annual Focus On Farming Conference: Thursday, Nov. 21. Spend the day of learning, networking and enjoying. Learn about innovative ideas from local and national farmers, and see how new and upcoming farmers are shaping the future of the agricultural world. Participants can choose from 24 workshop classes with six industry tracks presented by some of the top experts in the country. Lunch included, farm fresh local products prepared by regional gourmet chefs. Trade show includes 17,000 square feet of products and information from local businesses, producers and others. Comcast Arena, Everett. For more information, see

Holiday Vendor Market: Friday, Nov. 22. Purchase products on site, book a party, or order from your favorite home party consultant and enter raffle drawings. Shop for jewelry, home décor, scrapbooking supplies, food, health and beauty and more. Registration open now for vendors. 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Booths for rent are $30. Free admission for the public. Burlington Parks and Recreation Center, 900 E. Fairhaven Ave. Contact Burlington Parks and Recreation Department at (360) 755-9649,

Scandinavian Cookie Party: Saturday, Nov. 23. 10 a.m. to noon. $25 per person. It’s time again for Gretchens annual Scandinavian Cookie Party. Students will leave with recipes and cookies to enjoy at home. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,

Eighteenth Annual Holiday Tea at Christianson’s Nursery: Saturday, Nov. 30. Share in a holiday tradition in Christianson’s 1888 Schoolhouse with tea, cider and assorted delicacies, a forest-theme décor, candlelight and the live music of autoharpist Bob Harper and violinist Dennis Burkhardt. Complimentary, reservations required. Donations will benefit Friendship House in Mount Vernon. Noon to 5 p.m. Arrival of Father Christmas too! Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. (360) 466-3821,

Holiday Wreath-making Classes with Karen Harper: Saturday, Nov. 30. Deck the halls with ease by using wreath-making machines and getting the practical and inspiring help of designer Karen Harper. One-hour classes starting at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required. $5 class fee. (360) 466-3821,


WA Small Fruit Conference & Lynden Ag Show: Dec. 5-6. NW Washington Fairgrounds –  Washington Tractor Arena. See

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

Bellingham: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Center, Railroad & Chestnut. Events include Kids in the Market series, as well as weekly entertainment from local buskers. For more information, visit

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.

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

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 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

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

Marblemount Farmers Market: Visit

Mount Vernon Farmers Market: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 19 at 901 Cleveland Street (Skagit State Bank Parking Lot). or more information, visit

Orcas Island: 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

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

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

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market: Wednesdays through mid-October from 3-6 p.m. at Hammer Heritage Square, corner of Ferry and Metcalf Streets. Visit or contact manager Jeremy Kindlund at

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

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

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