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Community Calendar: January 2014

Jan 4th, 2014 | Category: Events

Light up Lives and Fill Bowls; Benefit at Good Earth Pottery: Throughout the month of January, Good Earth and participating artists will donate a portion of the sales of select lamps and bowls to the Bellingham Food Bank. Come support your community threefold: local business, local artists, local hungry. Good Earth Pottery is located at 1000 Harris Ave. in Historic Fairhaven. Mon. & Wed.-Sat. 11-6, Sun 12-5 (closed Tuesdays).  For more information, call (360) 671-3998 or visit www.goodearthpots.com.


Skagit Eagle Festival: Month-long celebration during eagle-watching season in eastern Skagit County. Activities take place in Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount every Saturday and Sunday in January. Free tours, walks, and educational programs about eagles, wildlife and the areas along the Skagit River where they live or return each year. Visit SkagitEagleFestival.com.


Whatcom READS! Exhibit – Mother of the Pacific Crest Trail:  Working with Jeff Jewell of the Whatcom Museum, staff at Bellingham Public Library have created an attractive tabletop display of the history of the Pacific Crest Trail that focuses on the Founder, Catherine Montgomery, who was the supervisor of primary grades at Washington State Normal School (now WWU). Available for viewing at the Deming Library Jan. 2-15.  Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway. Call (360) 305-3600.


Birchwood Garden Club’s January Meeting: Winter Garden Shrubs with Debra Olberg: Wednesday, Jan. 8. To get us oriented into the best of the Winter Garden Shrubs, Debra Olberg of Secret Garden Designs will start off the Winter of 2014 with a splash of blooms, fragrance and color for our gardens. Come settle into a chair and let a stunning Winter garden come alive to you! Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room,121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. 7 p.m. www.birchwoodgardenclub.org. Membership is open to everyone in Whatcom and Skagit counties.
Dormant Season Fruit Care with Randy Lee: Thursday, Jan. 9. Hear Randy Lee discuss dormant fruit care at the Snohomish County Fruit Society meeting. 7 p.m. Randy Lee has a degree in Plant Physiology, specializing in deciduous fruit tree and postharvest physiology.  He spent a number of years as a private researcher and now spends his time enjoying the outdoors and volunteering for local groups. The meeting will be held at the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club at 402 2nd St, Snohomish. A brief meeting will precede the presentation.  The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited.  For further information, see our website at http://snohomishcfs.wordpress.com/ or call (425) 398-5544.


Anacortes Farmers Market Monthly Indoor Winter Market: Saturday, Jan. 11. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Depot, 611 R Ave., Anacortes. Visit anacortesfarmersmarket.org.


Sharpen up! A New Year’s Workshop: Saturday, Jan. 11. Get ready for a new year in the garden with Greg Clifton of Terrebonne Limited and Christy Nieto of Brave New Gardens. Bring your favorite pruners and learn the best sharpening practices from Greg. Christy will discuss best uses for various tools and will answer pruning questions as well. Class fee is $15 and a new sharpener is included with this. Call 360-676-5480 to register. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery. 900 Alabama St., Bellingham.


2nd Annual Cascadia Grains Conference: Saturday, Jan. 11. The event brings together farmers, processors and end-users, as well as investors, brokers and local government officials to support rebuilding a grain economy west of the Cascade Mountains through three value-added enterprises – brewing and distilling, animal feed, as well as baking and other food uses. STAR Center, Tacoma. See http://cascadiagrains.com for more information.


Willow Basket making class: Saturday, Jan. 11. $65 per person and includes all materials. You will learn how to weave beautiful willow into a lovely, useful basket that you will take home. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountainside Gardens (along Mount Baker Highway between Kendall and Maple Falls). Call (360) 599-2271.


Understanding the Labyrinth: Saturday, Jan. 11. Chuck Nafziger, will facilitate the first of two workshops on the fascinating world of the Labyrinth. Chuck helped to design and build the Fairhaven Labyrinth in Bellingham. Discuss the history, practices, uses of the Labyrinth, and more. If you would like to come early, you can assist Chuck in creating a labyrinth for the class. 2 to 5 p.m. The Center of Holistic Wellness, 609 Murdock St., Sedro Woolley. Call (360) 420-2630. Suggested donation $10.


Snohomish Garden Club: Next regular meeting Monday, Jan. 13 at the Snohomish Senior Center, 7 p.m. Business meeting and social followed by guest speaker. Meeting is free to the public.


The Grand Lady of Mt. Baker: Saturday, Jan. 18. Local historian Michael Impero presents his most recent topic, the product of four years of research: the complete history of the original Mt. Baker Lodge. Learn about the early expeditions up the North Fork of the Nooksack River and about the operation of the lodge from 1927 until it burned in 1931 and all its assets were sold in a 1943 bankruptcy. Program includes photos of the area, some are very old, some are current. Michael has also authored The Lone Jack, Dreams of Gold, and The Boys of Glacier.  3 to 5 p.m.  Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Call (360) 305-3600.


Bellingham Farmers Market Monthly Winter Market: Saturday, Jan. 18. A number of vendors with produce, baked goods, arts and crafts and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Depot Market Square, Bellingham.


Which Path to Take? Saturday, Jan. 18. Walkways play an important role in allowing access through the garden and to the planting beds during all seasons of the year. Garden Designer Dawn Chaplin will focus on surface or Ground Plane of the garden and will examine a variety of styles and materials commonly used to build attractive and functional walkways, paths and patios. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360-466-3821); $8 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.


Lit Fountain ‘Make It and Take It’: Saturday, Jan. 18. Todd Rosendahl of GeoGlobal Partners will guide you through the process of building  a lit water feature for your home or patio using a lit container fountain kit. Create your own beautiful fountain to grace your home for years to come. Class fee is $39. Call 360-676-5480 to register. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery. 900 Alabama St., Bellingham.


Increasing your Health & Well Being using the Five Elements of Chinese Medicine: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-19. Join Luna Way for a 2-day workshop to learn about one of the most basic structures of Chinese Medicine. Saturday will be the introductory class from 2 to 5 p.m. and Sunday will be a full day workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch break. The Center of Holistic Wellness, 609 Murdock Street, Sedro Woolley.  Suggested donations  Saturday $5  and Sunday $50. (360) 420-2630.

Wellness Outreach: Jan. 22. This is part of the on-going Affordable Wellness Project by Skagit Community Acupuncture and The Center of Holistic Wellness, 609 Murdock St., Sedro Woolley. Come in for an Acupuncture, Reflexology, or Reiki treatment from 2 to 5 p.m. All treatments are $5 each.


Beef 200: Friday, Jan. 24. The Country Living Expo is proud to partner with Beef 200, a WSU Extension all-day course about teaching participants how to raise and evaluate high quality farm-to-table beef. Located in Stanwood. Participants can take the Friday Beef 200 course on its own or combine it with the Country Living Expo for a 2-day learning experience. Participants can register for Beef 200 at http://skagit.wsu.edu/CountryLivingExpo/.


Whatcom READS! Event – Heather Anderson – PCT Record Setter: Friday, Jan. 24. Join Heather Anderson as she recounts her record-setting Pacific Crest Trail hike. Heather hiked the 2,663-mile trail in 60 days, 17 hours, and 12 minutes, setting a new record for a traditional unsupported thru-hike (meaning she carried all of her gear, resupplied her own food, and received no planned assistance). Encounters with mountain lions and gargantuan blisters are just two of the hurdles this self-described bookworm faced on her way to the Canadian border. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway. Call (360) 305-3600.


Soup’s On! Friday, Jan. 24. 6 to 8:30 p.m. $35 per person. The weather is chilly and the bellies are hungry. Come on in and warm up as we create and slurp our kettles of soup. On the stove will be Mung Bean & Kale Soup; Coconut, Ginger & Butternut Squash Soup; Chicken Meatball Soup with crispy corn tortilla strips; and Creamy Broccoli Soup with parmesan croutons. Flour Pot Kitchen, Arlington.


Whatcom READS! Event – Walking Wild in the Pacific Northwest: Saturday, Jan. 25. Take an armchair walk on the wild side with local filmmaker Karen Bean as she shares stories and pictures from her many “Walking Wild” trips into the backcountry making Wilderness Adventure DVDs. She has filmed in three continents, and has covered a range of wildlife from Grizzly Bears to Salamanders. She has won numerous awards for her natural history and wilderness walking productions. She began camping in the backcountry as a child and has now backpacked through five continents. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. (360) 305-3600.

Impressionist Flower and Garden Photography: Saturday, Jan. 25. 11 a.m. to noon, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Inspired by the nineteenth Century French Impressionist painters, more and more garden photographers are discovering with long exposures, they can use their cameras as a “digital paintbrush.” This class will teach photographers of all levels how to “paint with their camera” using shutter speed to reveal flows of motion and form not otherwise noticed or recordable with automatic camera settings. Reservations required (360-466-3821); $8 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.


Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winter School: Saturday, Jan. 25. Presented by WSU Livestock Master Foundation, WSU Extension and the Cattlemen’s Association. Attend classes on a multitude of topics, network with other small farmers, enjoy a prime rib lunch and visit with local agricultural businesses offering you service. Located at Stanwood High School. Hosted by Stanwood FFA.  Various sessions available, over 175 classes with local instructors. Registration is $70 per adult and $40 per youth. For more information, see http://skagit.wsu.edu/countrylivingexpo/.


Terrariums: Saturday, Jan. 25. Lift your wintertime blues with a miniature garden enclosed in glass. We’ll help you plant. Class fee is $39 and includes all supplies (Container, soil, rocks, plants and twigs) Call 360-676-5480 to register.  9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery. 900 Alabama St., Bellingham.


Free Interactive Talk on Holistic Wellness & Alternative Treatments: Saturday, Jan. 25. First of free lecture/talks with regard to the Alternative Path to Healing. Bring your questions, concerns and thoughts. The Center of Holistic Wellness, 609 Murdock St., Sedro Woolley. 3 to 5 p.m. Call (360) 420-2630.


7th Annual Community Seed Swap: Sunday, Jan. 26. Sponsored by Sustainable Bellingham. Sponsored by Sustainable Bellingham, Transition Whatcom and the Center for Self Reliance. Other local groups and seed purveyors will be participating. 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $3/person or $5/family. The Majestic, 1027 North Forest Street, Bellingham (Intersection of Maple St, near the Co-op).


BLESSING THE HANDS THAT FEED US: Tuesday, Jan. 28. Hear Vicki Robin read from Blessing the Hands that Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community and Our Place on Earth on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at Village Books in Bellingham. The book tells her story of eating food produced within 10 miles of her home on Whidbey Island.


Washington State Farmers Market Association Annual Conference: Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

“Strengthening Farmers Markets: Where Do We Go From Here?” Heathman Lodge, Vancouver, WA. This three day conference is the only state wide opportunity for Market organizers, farmers, and partners to come together for continuing education, collaboration, networking, and celebration of the achievements of Washington’s outstanding farmers markets.




Basic Rose Pruning: Learn the tried and true techniques for pruning roses. Rosarian John Harmeling, will teach the three steps of pruning for health, shape and best bloom quality.

Saturday, Feb. 1. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360-466-3821); $8 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.


Anacortes Farmers Market Monthly Winter Market: Saturday, Feb. 8. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Depot, Anacortes. Visit anacortesfarmersmarket.org.


Skagit Innovation Lecture Series: Food, Wine, and Soil: Kindling a Sense of Terroir at the Table: Wednesday, Feb. 12. A lecture by Dr. Alan Busacca, Director of the Center for Enology and Viticulture, Walla Walla Community College. 6:30 p.m. WSU-NWREC in Mount Vernon. Please RSVP to (360) 848-6120.


Soil Quality Network 2014: Soil Health for Farmers: Thursday, Feb. 13. This workshop will include sessions on soil biology, the use of compost and cover crops on the farm, plant resistance to disease, and field assessment of soil quality. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at  WSU-NWREC in Mount Vernon. Registration and agenda information available at http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/soil-quality-network/workshops.


Snohomish Citywide Antique Sale: Feb. 14-16. Citywide antique sale in downtown Snohomish.


Basic Fruit Tree Pruning: Saturday, Feb. 15. In order to get the best fruit production, different varieties of fruit trees require different approaches to pruning. Ani Gurnee of Aulos Design will show you the tried and true techniques used in order to maximize fruit production and eliminate problems down the road. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360-466-3821); $8 class fee. christiansonsnursery.com.


Bellingham Farmers Market Monthly Winter Market: Saturday, Feb. 15. A number of vendors with produce, baked goods, arts and crafts and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Depot Market Square, Bellingham.


NW Washington Farm to Table Trade Meeting:  Monday, Feb. 17. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center, Bellingham. Day-long conference full of opportunities to learn and connect, with new speed networking, one-on-one consultations, panel discussions and a local lunch. Farms, food processors, grocery buyers, restaurant owners, chefs, distributors and more welcome. Registration open now. $25 early bird registration through Jan. 25, $50 for a Trade Table, includes 1 registration. For more information, contact Sara Southerland at Sara@sconnect.org or 360-647-7093 x 114.


Eighth Annual Winter Festival – A Fascination for Hellebores, featuring Guest Speaker Riz Reyes, Hellebores: Saturday, Feb. 22. A Primer for Gardeners and Floral Designers. As part of the Christianson’s Nursery Winter Festival, award winning garden designer Riz Reyes, will present the basic types, culture, breeding of Hellebores. He will also discuss using them in the garden and containers. After his presentation, Riz will demonstrate how to incorporate Hellebores as cut flowers into floral designs. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations requested (360-466-3821); complimentary. www.christiansonsnursery.com.


Pruning 101: A Homeowner’s Guide: Saturday, Feb. 22. 9 a.m. to noon at Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. Pruning is easy when you have the know-how! And late winter to early spring is the perfect time to put those shears to work. Join Debra Olberg to learn how, why, when, and what to prune, as well as all about the tools of the trade. Course will cover the basics for roses, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, fruits, berries, and more. Bring your questions for discussion. Dress accordingly. Registration required. $35 per person. (360) 383-3200.

How to Prune…So You Don’t Have to Prune So Often: Sunday, Feb. 23. 1 to 2 p.m. Great looking plants with less work and waste.  Come learn how in this talk by arborist and horticultural consultant Chris Pfeiffer, about ways to use the right methods, tools and timing for the most effective pruning of garden shrubs and trees. Reservations required (360-466-3821); $8 class fee. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

Whatcom County Home & Garden Show: Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 2. Variety of home and garden vendors and businesses, educational seminar, major prize giveaways, beer and wine tasting, and more. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. Event hours are Feb. 28 11a.m. to 9 p.m., March 1 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and March 2 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $7 per adult, $6 per senior and free for kids 15 and under. For more information, visit www.biawc.com/homeshow.


Have an event to share for our February issue? Send to editor@grownorthwest.com. Submission deadline is Jan. 20. 


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