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Events calendar: November 2013

Nov 1st, 2013 | Category: Events

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 laconnerchamber.com.

Harvest Arts & Crafts Fair: Friday, Nov. 1. Shop for gifts and support local crafters. Live music, soup and sandwiches, and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bellingham Senior Activity Center. Proceeds support the Bellingham Senior Activity Center.

3rd Annual CiderFest: Friday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 3. CiderFest is an event to celebrate the end of harvest season and all things apples. Orchard tours, cider making and tastings, micro-workshop, hard cider drinks, old fashioned apple presses, live music and more. Admission is free. BelleWood Acres, Lynden. Visit www.bellewoodfarms.com.

 

Whidbey Fiber Quest: Friday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 3. Visit fiber farms and stores plus some specialty stores on Whidbey. Chance  to win  prizes. See www.whidbeyfiberquest.com.

 

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, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Film & Food Series – Babette’s Feast: Saturday, Nov. 2. See the film at the Lincoln Theatre (1 p.m.) and then head to Gretchens (3:30 p.m.) to cook highlighted recipes from the film. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 South First St, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

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. Live music, tastings by Samish Bay Cheese and more. Christianson’s Nursery, Mount Vernon. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakast: Sunday, Nov. 3. Meet and greet local politicians, as they serve you coffee and breakfast. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Biscuits and gravy 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.

 

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, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Birchwood Garden Club’s November Meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 6. Birchwood Garden Club’s own Ira Penn will present a program titled “Bloomin’ Nuts!”  He doesn’t just think outside the box, it’s sometimes questionable if he knows there is a box. Calling on his 62 years of gardening experience, Ira has put together a program featuring anecdotes, jokes, and completely off-the-wall observations. As Ira puts it, “If you laugh a little I’ll have done my job. Just don’t expect to learn anything!”  7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

 

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, sustainableconnections.org.

 

Lynden Library Craft & Christmas Book Sale: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9. In addition to books, holiday movies, and music, handmade craft items and baked goods will also be sold at the sale. Sponsored by Friends of the Lynden Library to support library programs and services.  Lynden Library, 216 4th Street. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (360) 305-3600.

 

Bellingham Covenant Holiday Bazaar: Saturday, Nov. 9. Locally made gift ideas and home decorations. Bellingham Covenant Church, 1530 E Bakerview Road, Bellingham. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Whatcom Art Guild “Art By The Airport” Fall Festival of Arts and Crafts: Friday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 10. 2 to 8 p.m. Fox Hall at Hampton Inn, Bellingham. The show will highlight work of over 45 local artists. There will be a raffle benefiting art scholarships and a silent auction Friday. Free admission and snacks.

 

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, christiansonsnursery.com. At 2 p.m. 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, www.burlingtonwa.gov.

 

Anacortes Brewery Tour: Saturday, Nov. 9. Anacortes Parks and Rec is offering a two-hour brewery tour followed by a tasting and food pairing from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Anacortes Brewery. Brewmaster Kevin Pierce will discuss beer styles and flavor profiles while participants enjoy samples and two dishes prepared by Rockfish Grill/H2O Chef David Tisinger. Cost is $33 per person. Register at cityofanacortes.org or call (360) 293-1918.

 

Snohomish Garden Club Silent Auction: Saturday, Nov. 9. Food and drinks, including hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, sparkling cider, and coffee, and end the evening with a “Dessert Dash”. Donations accepted. Proceeds benefit the Snohomish Garden Club and community. 7 p.m. at the Snohomish Senior Center. For more information, contact Crystal Meadows at (206) 910-4499.

 

Holiday Used Book Sale: Saturdays, Nov. 9 and 16. Find stocking stuffers while stocking up on outstanding bargains. Large inventory of newly received items. $3-a-bag sale on Saturday the 16th between 4 and 5 pm. Something for everyone in the sales room behind Peoples Bank across from the library. Sponsored by Friends of the Everson Library to support programs and services at the Everson McBeath Community Library. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr, (360) 305-3600.

 

What’s Hot in Holiday Hellebores: Saturday, Nov. 9. Katie Miller, of Skagit Gardens, will be here to talk about all the newest and most beautiful Hellebore cultivars. She is also bringing her favorite companion plant choices to pair with your Hellebores. Come check out the Garden Spot’s amazing collection of Hellebores. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. To register,call 360-676-5480.

 

Holiday Hoopla Vendor Fair: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9. Lots of local vendors gatherin in Everson at the Hopewell Grange. Friday hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Nordic Fest: Saturday, Nov. 9. Enjoy nordic seasonal baked goods and more. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. South Whidbey High School.

 

Super Quilt Sunday: Sunday, Nov. 10. Fourth Corner Quilts hosts this community service sewing session quarterly.  The name was drafted from the first time we met on Super Bowl Sunday about 10 years ago. We close the quilt shop on Sunday and take it over to make quilts for the community. Starts at 9 a.m. We donate quilts and other sewn items to organizations in the community: Brigid Collins Family Support Center, Hospice House, Peace Health Chemotherapy Infusion. Various others such as The Red Cross, Amy’s Place, Adult Day Health, Department of Children & Family Services. All welcome.

 

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, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

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 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 winterhorse.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Jessica Paige at Jessica@snohomishcd.org or 425-335-5634, ext 106.

 

Cascadia Mushrooms Tour: Sunday, Nov. 10. Come tour Cascadia Mushrooms’ growing facility, meet the farmers, and get a hands-on education in growing Shiitake mushrooms at home. Our crew of growers will guide workshop “students” through the mushroom houses and give a behind-the-scenes look at how specialty mushrooms get from our farm to your fork. 1 to 5 p.m. $40 per person. For more information, visit cascadiamushrooms.com or call (360) 714-8859.

 

Know and Grow Workshop: Mushrooms: Fun with Fungi: Tuesday, Nov. 12. WSU specialist, Scott Chase will provide a Powerpoint presentation showing you some of the more common mushroom 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. 1 to 2:30 p.m. WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon.

 

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, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

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 skagitvalleyhospital.org/events.

 

Fresh Fruit Storage: A Reason To Do What You Do with Randy Lee: Thursday, Nov. 14. The fruit is harvested, so now what do you do? Come learn about fresh fruit storage at the next meeting of the Snohomish County Fruit Society. Discuss harvest and fruit maturity, managing the ripening process, storage, freezing, and dehydrating.  The meeting starts at 7 p.m.  at the Boys and Girls Club of Snohomish, 402 2nd St, Snohomish.  A brief business meeting will precede the presentation. For further information, see our website   http://snohomishcfs.wordpress.com/ or call (425) 398-5544.

 

Master Gardener presentation: Thursday, Nov. 14. The November meeting of the Whatcom Master Gardener Foundation will feature three guest speakers – Brook Brower, Colin Curiven-McAdams, and Louisa Winkler – all Ph.D. students of Dr. Stephen Jones in WWU’s plant breeding program at the Mount Vernon research center. The program helps local farmers by developing crop varieties suited to the local climate and markets. Their research helps to develop new crops, not previously grown in the area, to promote sustainability and resilience. Examples of such crops are winter oats for food and feed, and barley for food, feed, and malting. The presentation is free and open to the public and takes place at 7:30 p.m. at 1000 North Forest St., Bellingham. A gathering and brief business meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

 

Snohomish Country Store Grand Opening: Nov. 15-17. The Snohomish Country Store invites the public to their grand opening. Items from local artists and processors from Washington can be found in the store, located at Second Street Cabin at 1010 2nd Street in Snohomish. Hours for the grand opening are 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit www.thesecondstreetcabin.com/ snohomish-country-store.

 

Old Fashioned Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 15.

Fun for the whole family, including a parade and tree lighting.  Downtown Mount Vernon.

 

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, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

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 bowlittlemarket@yahoo.com. Visit bowlittlemarket.wordpress.com.

 

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 mountvernonchamber.com.

 

Holiday Book & Bake Sale at the North Fork Community Library: Saturday, November 16 through Tuesday, November 26 during library open hours. Pick up holiday cookies and cakes and some very special gift books. All funds raised go toward maintaining the North Fork Library Building. North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Road, Maple Falls. Call (360) 305-3600 for more information.

 

Gardening with Wet Soils: Saturday, Nov. 16. Ani Gurnee of Aulos Design will share inspiration for plants, site preparation and maintenance. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $5 class fee. Reservations required. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

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.

 

Local Food & Restaurants: Workshop & Networking Event: Monday, Nov. 18. Are you a restaurant owner or chef that wants to bring in more local ingredients? Are you a farmer or food artisan that wants to work more with restaurants? Want to have an opportunity to meet and network with farmers and restaurateurs? 5 to 6:30 p.m., Sustainable Connections Office, 1701 Ellis St, Bellingham. RSVP to Sara@sconnect.org by Nov. 8.

 

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, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

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 http://www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/County_Services/Focus_on_Farming/Information/Conferences/.

 

Home for the Holidays: Thursday, Nov. 21 through Saturday, Nov. 23. Lots of local vendors and creative gift ideas and decor. Free admission and free parking. Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Drawings and more. Ferry Terminal, Bellingham. See homefortheholidaysbellingham.com.

 

Holiday Vendor Market: Friday, Nov. 22. Shop for jewelry, home décor, scrapbooking supplies, food, health and beauty and more. Purchase products on site, book a party, or order from your favorite home party consultant and enter raffle drawings. Registration open now for vendors. 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Booths 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, www.burlingtonwa.gov.

 

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

 

7th Annual Anacortes Holiday Market: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24.Lots of local vendors. Door Prizes and live music all day. Dine in our Market Cafe and get all of your Holiday Shopping done in one place. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Port Warehouse, 100 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes. Visit www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

 

Annual Cheese and Gift Bazaar: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24. Unique gifts and over 30 varieties of cheeses. Everybody’s Store, Van Zandt. www.everybodys.com.

 

Make an Ornament for the Ferndale Holiday Tree: Saturday, Nov. 23. Join volunteers from the Ferndale Kiwanis and the Holiday Spirit Project to make decorations for the City’s annual winter holiday tree. All materials will be provided – just bring your imagination and a little patience. 2 pm to 3 pm. Ferndale Library, 2007 Cherry St, (360) 305-3600. Children can place their completed decorations on the tree, located in the fountain area of the Riverwalk, on Sunday, Nov. 24 (time TBD).

 

Marblemount Community Hall: Wednesday, Nov. 27. Come join us and say thanks  to the community. 3 to 7 p.m. Turkey, ham, potatoes, stuffing and all the fixings. Free to the community. Volunteers needed. Call Amanda at (360) 941-5485.

 

Hog slaughter/butcher class: Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 25-26. Contact www.farmsteadmeatsmith.com  to sign up for the classes. At Strawfield House Farm, Greenbank.

 

Holiday Market at Greenbank Farm: Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22. 10 a,n, to 5 p.m. All local and regional artists. Photos with Santa Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free family crafts. Mulled wine in the wine shop. Warm drinks. Free entry. Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank. Contact (360) 678-7700 or visit greenbankfarm.org

 

Home for the Holidays and Santa Arrival & Tree Lighting: Nov. 29. Downtown Snohomish. For more details, see www.historicdowntownsnohomish.org.

 

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, christiansonsnursery.com.

 

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, christiansonsnursery.com.

 

 

DECEMBER

Independent Wreath Making: Dec. 1-24. Beginning the Sunday after Thanksgiving, two wreath-making machines will be available for complimentary use every day. Wire rings and greenery are available for purchase, or you may bring your own. Invite your garden club, family and friends to enjoy a creative time together, spreading holiday cheer. Reservations required (360-466-3821). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

WA Small Fruit Conference & Lynden Ag Show: Thusday and Friday, Dec. 5-6. NW Washington Fairgrounds, Washington Tractor Arena, Lynden. For more information, contact  Whatcom Farm Friends at (360) 354-1337 or Colleen Burrows, WSU Whatcom County Extension, at (360) 676-6736, ext. 22.

 

Food & Wine Pairing with Challenger Ridge Winery: Thursday, Dec. 5. Chef Andy Nguyen from Chuckanut Manor and A Place 4 Food will ring in the holidays with his original and inventive recipes in this wine and food pairing class with the winemakers from Challenger Ridge in Concrete 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. www.gretchenskitchen.com. $45 per person.

 

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Friday, Dec. 6. Celebrate the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree at Come down the Chamber, 819 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. See the town crier, Santa Claus, students from Anacortes High School. Free pictures with Santa after the lighting. Hot cocoa and cookies from the American Red Cross. 5 to 7 p.m.

 

Magic of Christmas: Saturday, Dec. 7. This year the theme is Sedro-Whoolleyville presents. Dr. Seuss inspired costumes, gingerbread house competition and  parade.The lighting of the christmas tree kicks off the parade at 5 p.m.sharp. After the parade you can take your children to see Santa at the Sedro-Woolley Eagles located at 1000 Metcalf St. Breakfast and more. All in downtown Sedro-Woolley. Contact the Chamber for more information.

 

Swans of the Skagit: Sunday, Dec. 8. 1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Come hear wildlife biologist Martha Jordan describe these amazing birds – the largest waterfowl in the world – and Skagit Valley’s best places to view them. Jordan is the coordinator for Washington Swan Stewards, which is the local branch of The Trumpeter Swan Society. Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); $5 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Gingerbread House & Cookie Decorating Party: Sunday, Dec. 8. 1 to 5 p.m. Join Gretchens and the Downtown Association as we ring in the holidays with a cookie party back in the kitchen. We’ll be stocked with

sprinkles and icing to create the perfect cookie creation or gingerbread house to take home and enjoy. Try your hand at decorating the house of your dreams or help a little one with their masterpiece. $5 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. www.gretchenskitchen.com

 

 

Farmers MarketS

Bellingham: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Center, Railroad & Chestnut. For more information, visit bellinghamfarmers.org.

 

Orcas Island: 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.

 

San Juan: The winter market is held at the Friday Harbor High School Commons on select Saturdays, November through March. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.sjifarmersmarket.com.

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