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Community Calendar: February 2014

Feb 3rd, 2014 | Category: Events

Good Earth Pottery: Featuring the wood-fired work of Isaac Howard and friends for the month of February. Opening reception for the artists on Saturday, Feb. 1 from  to 8 p.m. 1000 Harris Avenue, Bellingham. See www.goodearthpots.com.

 

Port Gardner Bay Winery: Downtown Everett’s own boutique winery. Live music every Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. Open mic Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. No cover charge. 2802 Rockefeller Ave, Everett. (425) 339-0293, www.portgardnerbaywinery.com.

 

Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! KSVR 91.7 FM (streaming at www.ksvr.org). KSVU 90.1 FM, Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Repeats Sunday at 8 p.m. Topics and interviews change weekly. Archives at www.speakupspeakoutradio.org.

 

Skagit By Hand: Thursday radio shows on Skagit Talks at 5 p.m., after the news, on KSVR 91.7 FM. Interviews with artisans and conversations amongst ourselves. Visit the website for archived shows: www.skagitbyhand.com

 

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

 

Valentine’s Wreath ‘Make it and Take it’: Saturday, Feb. 1. Spread the love with a cheerful wreath that celebrates this sweet holiday. Kids and adults too will enjoy crafting a pretty grapevine wreath and decorating it with hearts and candies. Class fee is $39. 9 a.m. Call 360-676-5480 to register. Garden Spot Nursery. 900 Alabama St. Bellingham.

 

Artists Show featuring Allen Moe, Heidi Epstein, and Eddie Gordon: Opening Saturday Feb. 1 and showing through March 16. Featuring the artwork of Heidi Epstein,  Eddie Gordon, and Allen Moe. Gallery Cyngus, La Conner. 5 to 8 p.m. 109 Commercial St., La Conner. www.gallerycygnus.com, (360) 708-4787.

 

Fruit: It Grows on Trees: Saturday, Feb. 1. Taste the difference in your very own homegrown, tree-ripened fruit. CPH, Trevor Cameron, is here to guide you through proper selection, planting, pruning and care. Free. Sunnyside Nursery, Everett. www.sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, Feb. 2. Pancakes, toast, coffee, juice, and biscuits and gravy. The cost is $5 per adult, $2 per child (ages 6-10), and free for kids ages 5 and under. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fastest service between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, Bellingham.

 

Slow Food and Nourishing Traditions with Gigi Berardi, PhD: Monday, Feb. 3. Enjoy slides of Slow Food centers around the world, and narration by Gigi Berardi, Huxley professor and coordinator of the Resilient Farm Project.  Learn about opportunities for Slow Food work in Switzerland and Italy, and in Bellingham. Light refreshments provided. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at Co-op. $10 per person.

 

Gluten Free Baking 101: Monday, Feb. 3. In this class on the basics of gluten-free baking with Em Beal from 5B’s Bakery in Concrete, students will learn about the various kinds of flours used and go over the “who, what, where, when and how” of mixing and baking with them. The menu includes seasonal muffins, chocolate brownies, and cornbread. $40 per person. 6:30 p.m. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St, Mt Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Lummi Island Fish with Robert Fong: Wednesday, Feb. 5. Robert does the cooking, as guest fisherman Dave Hanson, co-owner of Lummi Island Wild, talks about reef net fishing and shows how to handle and easily fillet a whole salmon. Come eager to learn about sustainable fishing and eat pink and sockeye salmon – pan-seared, baked, and lightly fried. An $8 wine option is payable at class. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. $39 per person. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

 

Croatian Fish Stew: Wednesday Feb. 5. Maria Petrish from the Croatian Cultural will show the traditional Croatian dish Brudet, a seafood stew from the Dalmatian coast that blends tomatoes, wine, garlic and a parade of seafood. $40 per person. 6:30 p.m. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St., Mt Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Rhodies: Birchwood Garden Club’s February Meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 5. Alan Yoder from Komo Kulshan Chapter of the Rhododendron Society will be giving a complete run down on Rhodies, including care, best varieties, and bugs. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room,  121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. The Birchwood Garden Club an area-wide gardening club of over 80 members that meet monthly to visit over coffee and treats and hear illustrated talks on gardening topics. During the year, the club holds several events. Membership is open to everyone in Whatcom and Skagit counties. See www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

 

Winter Soups of France with Karina Davidson: Thursday, Feb. 6. Enjoy the iconic soups of France including a classic French onion, a savory potato-leek, a flavorful farmhouse vegetable and white bean, and an easy-to-make version of Provençal fish soup. 6 to 8:30 p.m. A $7 wine option is payable at class. $35 per person. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

 

NW Model Hobby Expo: Friday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 9. Three-day pass is $20. Friday hours 2 to 6 p.m. Admission $10 (ages 10+), Military w/ID $5 any day. Saturday hours 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission $12 (ages 10+). Sunday hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission $7 (ages 11+). GW Event Center #604 & Pavilion #600, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe. Call (425) 765-1546.

 

Anacortes Farmers Market Monthly Winter Market: Saturday, Feb. 8. Fresh local produce, baked goods, products, crafts and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Depot, Anacortes. Visit anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

 

Livestock Workshop: Saturday, Feb. 8. A workshop for all livestock producers, aspiring and experienced. Learn about the care of sheep, goats, cows, pigs, chickens, and rabbits on small acreage, as well as housing, nutrition, feed, health, parasites, butchering, and more.  Meet one-on-one with WSU livestock specialist Dr. Susan Kerr and local experts on each species. We’ll also cover cooking with grass-fed meats and sausage making.  8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday Harbor Brickworks, 150 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor. Cost is $35 per adult or $15 per student with breakfast drinks, snacks and lunch. Registration or questions, call (360) 370-7664 or email candace_jagel@wsu.edu.

 

Bountiful Berries: Saturday, Feb. 8. From how to sort through the various varieties, to which soil amendments will improve what and when, and even how to prune, learn the tricks to growing blueberries, raspberries, grapes, kiwis, currants and more. 10 a.m. Free. Sunnyside Nursery, Everett. Call (425) 334-2002 or email info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Seed Starting for Vegetable Gardeners: Saturday, Feb. 8. Join Kim Swanson for an informative class on how to plant starts for your vegetable garden, and learn the basics of starting vegetables from seed indoors and outdoors. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St., Bellingham. Call (360) 676-5480 to register.

 

From Hiking Clubs to the CCC: Shaping the Future of the Mount Baker Forest Lands: Saturday, Feb. 8. Local author and historian Janet Oakley will talk about how the first hiking groups in the area and the Civilian Conservation Corps shaped the future of the Mount Baker Forest Lands. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street. Call (360) 305-3600.

 

Paleo! with Chef Kat: Saturday, Feb. 8. 5 to 7:30 p.m. $45 plus tax, per person. Flour Pot Kitchen, Arlington. Contact (206) 714-6062 or flourpotkitchen@gmail.com.

 

Family Activity Day: E(ART)H Fair: Saturday, Feb. 8. Learn “What you can do” from area environmental organizations, plus arts and science projects for all ages, and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building, Bellingham. $3 special admission, free for Museum members. (360) 778-8930.

 

Edison Bird Festival: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-9. Running in conjunction with the Annual Skagit Flats Hawk Census, the Edison Bird Festival focuses on the art, conservation, and fascination of birds. Chicken parade, art, birding events and more. The fun includes Scott from the Breadfarm and Lisa from the Edison Cafe in a rollerskating race while dressed in a chicken suit. For more details, see www.edisonbirdfestival.com.

 

Beginners Herbal Class: Saturday, Feb. 8. Herbalist Erin Groh presents this workshop, cluding how to grow, use and prepare. $25, 1 to 3:30 p.m. RSVP to The Center of Holistic Wellness, 609 Murdock St., Sedro Woolley. (360) 420-2630.

 

Nourishing Herbs with Kelly Ann Atterberry: Saturday, Feb. 8. Learn all about herbs. 6 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, 3rd floor, Mount Vernon.  To pre-register, call (360)  336-5087,  ext. 136.

 

Implenting Herbs: Sunday Feb. 9. With Erin Groh. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $65 per person. RSVP to The Center of Holistic Wellness, 609 Murdock St., Sedro Woolley. (360) 420-2630.

 

Valentine Cookie Baking and Decorating: Sunday, Feb. 9. In this all-ages class Johanne Schmidt from Jalillah’s Cookies will teach students the secrets behind the perfect chewy and crunchy sugar cookie. Students will decorate and leave with a dozen sugar cookie hearts. $25 per person. 2 p.m. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st Street, Mt. Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Skagit County Successful Gardening, Session 2: Maintenance Techniques for a Healthy Yard: Tuesdays, Feb. 11 through Feb. 25. Skagit County Master Gardeners are collaborating with Skagit Valley College to bring this basic gardening course to the Skagit community. 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon. This session covers weed, pest, and disease management, lawn care and pruning, and growing edibles in small spaces. $59 per person with a certificate of completion. To register, call (360) 416-7638 or www.skagit.edu/communityeducation.

 

Raw Chocolate for Lovers with Bruce Horowitz: Tuesday, Feb. 11. Explore the alchemy of raw chocolate with Bruce Horowitz in this hands-on class. Take home samples of your handiwork. $39 per person. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

 

Don’t Worry Be Happy: Essential Oil Remedies for your Mind with Michelle Mahler: Tuesday, Feb. 11. Discuss commonly used oils and how to use them at home. 6:30 p.m. Free, optional supply fee $5-10. Skagit Valley Co-op, 3rd floor, Mount Vernon. To pre-register, call (360)  336-5087,  ext. 136.

 

Small Scale  Grains and Beans Workshop: Tuesday, Feb. 11. No charge, donations welcome for building repair fund. All welcome. 7 p.m. Deer Lagoon Grange, Whidbey Island.

 

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. RSVP to (360) 848-6120.

 

Skagit Hospital – Foods That Love Your Heart: Wednesday, Feb. 12. In this class with Skagit Valley Hospital dietitian Megan Gill, students will learn to make dishes including chipotle salmon spread and vegetable crudite, zesty wheat-berry black bean chili, mini spiced chocolate lava cakes and refreshing citrus-infused iced tea. $25 per person. 6 p.m. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St, Mt Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Gluten Free Valentine Feast with Jean Layton, ND: Wednesday, Feb. 12. Dr. Jean Layton presents a naturally gluten-free Valentine’s Day feast. A $7 wine option is payable at class. 6 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

 

Pruning: A Blaine C.O.R.E. Gardening Program: Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 4 to 6 p.m. or Saturday, Feb. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. Discuss tools, why prune, decisions necessary (creating an understanding of tree/bush growth habits). Also, creative uses for clippings. We will also discuss overgrown older trees and how to begin getting them back in shape. Wednesday workshop will be indoors. Saturday will be outside, weather permitting. Third in the series of gardening programs presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education). Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3600. For more information contact Kelle Sunter, (360) 332-7435.

 

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.

 

Just Oysters with Robert Fong: Thursday, Feb. 13. Chef Fong’s classic oyster dishes done with flair. Enjoy Oysters Rockefeller Cartagena, Hangtown fry, Pacific and Kumamoto oysters on the half shell, and oysters lightly fried. $39 per person. An $8 wine option is payable at class. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

 

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.

 

Sweet Pea Planters ‘Make It and Take It’: Saturday, Feb. 15. Get some fragrant sweet peas started for the spring. We’ll plant them up in a pretty pot, topped with daffodils and pansies. Finally we’ll add a miniature rustic arbor for them to grow on. Class fee is $39. 9 a.m. Call 360-676-5480 to register. Garden Spot Nursery. 900 Alabama St. Bellingham.

 

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.

 

Pruning: A Blaine C.O.R.E. Gardening Program:  Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. or Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. Two workshop times available to discuss tools, tree/bush growth habits, creative uses for clippings and more. Discuss overgrown older trees and how to begin getting them back in shape. Wednesday workshop will be indoors. Saturday will be outside, weather permitting. Third in the series of gardening programs presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education). Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3600. For more information contact Kelle Sunter, (360) 332-7435.

 

Alpaca Amore Affaire: Friday, Feb, 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. This two day event with the purpose of marketing alpacas, alpaca products, herdsire breedings, and educate the public about the industry.  Seminars will be held to educate the public and four Alpaca 101 seminars will be held during the weekend. A seminar and question and answer period will be presented by leading breeding experts in the industry. Veterinary care, herd nutrition and fiber processing seminars will be offered throughout the weekend. Friday hours 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturday hours 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.alpacaamoreaffaire.com. Free. Indoor Arena #100,  Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe.

 

Brandy and Burlesque: Friday, Feb. 14. BelleWood Acres, Lynden. Owner John and Dorie Belisle will unleash their virgin barrel brandy for tastings. Performance by local burlesque group “The Provocateurs” take center stage accentuated by The Julian Mac Donough Trio Flying Prohibition Jazz Band. Learn about the Drayton Harbor Oyster Farm CSA. Special menu. 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Advance Tickets $45 per guest, $35 designated driver tickets must be 21. Tickets at BellewoodFarms.com and at BelleWood Acres/Distilling 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. (360) 318-7720.

 

Lynnwood Fly Fishing Show: Feb. 15. World’s largest producers of consumer fly fishing expos! 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Lynnwood Convention Center. Adult admission $15 for one day, $25 for two-day pass, children under 5 free, under 12: $2, Scouts under 16 in uniform: free, Active Military: $10. 3711 196th St. S.W. , Lynnwood. http://www.flyfishingshow.com

 

Learn to Grow Fruit Trees: Feb. 15. If you’re thinking about planting fruit trees, but don’t know where to start, this is the workshop for you. We’ll discuss the easiest varieties to grow, how to decide which rootstock to plant, where and how to plant, and what initial pruning and training are needed. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson.

 

Advanced Vegetable Gardening – 5 Part Series: Begins Feb. 15, 1:30-3:30. New this year is a five part workshop series that takes you beyond beginning vegetable gardening. You will learn to plan and manage your garden for year round eating. In this hands-on series we will cover advanced topics relating to soil fertility and crop rotation to ensure a productive garden. In most sessions, you will start seeds for your own garden. We provide participants with seeds, flats and soil. You are also welcome to bring seeds from home if you have varieties you want to try. Registration required, space is limited. $100 for the five part series. In this first session, we’ll begin by planning the season and learning to map your beds for crop rotation. We’ll discuss soil fertility and varieties of vegetables we’ve found productive and successful. We’ll also start seeds of alliums and early greens so you can plant as soon as the weather allows. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. http://www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org

 

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. For more information, contact Sara Southerland at Sara@sconnect.org or 360-647-7093 x 114.

 

Italian Dishes from the Florentine Region: Tuesday, Feb. 18. Jose Santana from La Traviata in La Conner is back to take students on another journey through Italy.  This time students are headed to Florence to learn traditional Italian recipes and techniques perfect for winter cooking. $40 per person. 6:30 p.m. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St, Mt Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Natural Fermentation with Sonja Max, RD: Tuesday, Feb. 18. Learn how to make enzyme-rich sauerkraut, kimchee, and tempeh from dried beans in this demonstration class. You’ll also learn to prepare, feed, and use a sourdough starter for easy waffles and more. 6:30 p.m. $29 per person.  Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

 

Monthly Know and Grow Workshop: Moss, Lichens and Mildew  – Our Evergreen Northwest: Tuesday, Feb. 18. Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center auditorium, 16650 State Route 536 , Mount Vernon. 1 to 2:30 p.m. With Deborah Smeltzer. Free, open to the publc.

 

Annual Grange Baking Contest and Auction: Tuesday, Feb. 18. All welcome to submit an entry that morning or bid on a treat during the evening auction. Included in the contest this year are new categories for pies, gluten free items, and decorated items. All the old favorite categories of breads, cakes, cookies and brownies are available. Entry in the contest is open to everyone in Whatcom County, men and women, young and old. Grange membership not required.  Recipes need not be original (i.e., recipes from cookbooks are welcome). Entries are due between 10 a.m. and noon on the 18th.    That same evening at the Grange, a potluck dinner will be held at 6:00 p.m.  Following dinner, an auction of the day’s entries will begin!  You need not attend the dinner in order to attend the auction.  The auction will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m.    This year’s county-wide event will be held at Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Road, just north of the Pole Road.  As the requirements vary for each category, it is important to obtain a copy of the Entry Rules, which are available by logging on to www.wa-grange.org and click on “2014 – 15 Program Handbook.”  For a printed copy, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Edith Ward, 1440 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, 98226.  Winners at the local level are invited to re-submit their entries at the State Grange Convention in June, where cash prizes are awarded.  For more information, contact Edith Ward at 360-398-1296.

 

Soup’s On: Cooking Class with Jill: Tuesday, Feb. 18. Jill is back to her old soup ways and bringing the pot back to a boil. This is a participation class so bring your cutting boards and knife skills so we can create a cauldron of yum together. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, 3rd floor, Mount Vernon. To pre-register, call (360)  336-5087,  ext. 136.

 

City Chickens with Linda Zielinski: Wednesday, Feb. 19. Linda will cover regulations for keeping poultry, coop and run size and design, food and water needs, raising baby chicks, health issues and diseases, healthful handling of chickens and eggs, safe use of chicken manure, keeping your chickens content and more. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, 3rd floor, Mount Vernon. To pre-register, call (360)  336-5087,  ext. 136.

 

Gorgeous Gloves and Pretty Primroses: Wednesday, Feb. 19. Start your 2014 planting season wearing the best in garden gloves. Join us for a fun ‘make it and take it’ class with Paulette Bergh of Bellingham Gloves. Learn about all the new styles, the right glove for the right job can make all the difference. Then plant up a primrose pot to grace your table as a gift for a friend. Class fee is $15 and includes a pair of gloves, pot, soil and a primrose. 5:30 p.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. To register call 360-676-5480.

 

WSU Basic Plus Cheesemaking Shortcourse: Wednesday, Feb. 19 through Friday, Feb. 21, in Lynden. This 3-day offering from WSU is intended for the beginning cheesemaker who is serious about pursuing Cheesemaking as a business activity at the farmstead or artisan level. Avid hobbyist and enthusiasts are welcome too. Registration for the class is available at http://public.wsu.edu/~creamery/upcoming.htm.

 

Dairy Speaker Series: Thursday, Feb. 20. Dr. Shabtai Bittman, Crop Specialist, Agriculture and Agri Food Canada, will discuss forage production and management. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Ten Mile Grange, Hannegan Road, Lynden.

 

Banh Mi’ Sandwiches and Pho: Thursday, Feb. 20. Vietnamese, Banh Mi’ sandwiches made with marinated pork tenderloin and pickled Daikon radish, shredded carrots, along with fresh Spring Rolls and Vietnamese Noodle Soup. 6 to 8:30 p.m. $40 plus tax. Flour Pot Kitchen, Arlington. 206.714.6062, flourpotkitchen@gmail.com.

 

Raising Meat Rabbits with Robert Fiut: Thursday, Feb. 20. Learn about New Zealand white rabbit care and what is involved in developing and maintaining a humane, family-scale rabbitry. Robert will also show and discuss some rabbit housing innovations he has developed. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, 3rd floor, Mount Vernon. To pre-register, call (360)  336-5087,  ext. 136.

 

Sew Thoughtful: Friday, Feb. 21. SEW to make a difference! If you are an experienced sewer, please join the Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 10-2:00 pm for their Sew Thoughtful project. This month’s project is pajamas for Safe House, a temporary foster care facility for children in Everett.  Meet at McCollum Park, 600 128th ST. S.E., Everett in the Cougar Room behind the WSU Extension Office. Please bring your sewing machine, sewing tools and lunch. Pajama kits will be provided. Contact Carla Peery at (206) 595-9717 or carla.peery@wsu.edu.

 

17th Annual Everett Film Festival: Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22. Opens with a gala event at the Everett Performing Arts Center featuring appetizers and desserts. Beverages, including wine will be offered. At least two independent films will be shown. The festival continues Saturday, with several films presented throughout the day. The films typically include documentaries, features and film shorts. Some may be locally produced. Most films will be directed by women filmmakers. Opportunties to win high quality raffle items are offered both days. The Everett Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the community quality independent films made by women and enjoyed by all.

 

Buzz Inn Bullrageous Bull Riding: Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22. (541) 729-5336. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Event starts 7:30 p.m. Admission $15 (6+) at the door. #100 Indoor Arena, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe.

 

Eighth Annual Winter Festival – A Fascination for Hellebores, featuring Guest Speaker Riz Reyes, Hellebores: Saturday, Feb. 22. 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, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Brunch Club – Fresh Ricotta Blintzes with Berry Sauce and Candied Bacon: Saturday, Feb. 22. Join Cooking School Coordinator Laura Hartner at Gretchens for the monthly Brunch Club, this month featuring sweet ricotta and berry filled blintzes served with candied bacon. See a demonstration of the dishes, eat up and leave with the recipes. Coffee, tea and mimosa included. $25 per person. 9:30 a.m. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St, Mt Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Saxon Stories: Homesteading with the Nessett Families: Saturday, Feb. 22. Come enjoy stories and pictures of the history of the treasured Nessett Farm in the Saxon area of the South Fork Valley, currently in the process of becoming a new Whatcom County Historical Park. Free. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Everson McBeath Library.

 

Growing Apples and Pears Apples and Pears: Saturday, Feb. 22. Apples and Pears are some of the favorite crops to grow and eat in the NW. In this general overview workshop we will discuss growing techniques and demonstrate tree pruning. Techniques covered range from pruning established dwarfs to renovating older trees you’ve inherited. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. – Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. 10:30 a.m. to noon. cloudmountainfarmcenter.org

 

Chicken 101: Saturday, Feb. 22. Review of raising chickens. Free. 11 a.m. Bayview Farm and Garden.

 

Pruning 101: A Homeowner’s Guide: Saturday, Feb. 22. 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. Registration required. $35 per person. 9 a.m. to noon at Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. (360) 383-3200.

 

Bonsai 101: Saturday, Feb. 22. Have you always wanted to create a bonsai tree, but weren’t sure how? Come to this class with George Berkompas of the Whatcom/Skagit Bonsai Society. He will show you the basic techniques, as well as advanced tips to keep your bonsai happy and healthy. Class is free.  9 a.m. Call 360-676-5480 to register. Garden Spot Nursery. 900 Alabama St. Bellingham.

 

Dealing with Disease: Saturday, Feb. 22. Fruit and flowering trees, and even berries, may need a little help getting through our PNW weather. And waiting for the cold, wet spring to be over means you’ve often waited too long. From chemical-free and organic options to the more environmentally-friendly conventional ones, learn what to do now to prevent disease in your landscape later in the season with Trevor Cameron, CPH. 10 a.m. Free. Sunnyside Nursery, Everett. Call (425) 334-2002 or email info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

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.

 

4H Tack Sale: Sunday, Feb. 23. GW Event Center #604 & 4H Bldg #501, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (425) 308-2815.

 

Knife Skills with Seattle Sharpening Master Albert Edmonds and Chef Andy Nguyen: Monday, Feb. 24. Bring your knives to this hands-on class with Chef Andy Nguyen and professional knife sharpener Albert Edmonds. Students will learn the proper way to sharpen, care, and use these essential tools of the kitchen. They will also learn about different kinds of knives and styles manufactured. Students will practice on vegetables and meat that will be put to good use in a communal meal at the end of class, and leave with sharp knives. $40 per person. 6:30 p.m. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St, Mt Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Flavorful Southeast Asian Curry Pastes: Wednesday, Geb. 26. Wake up your taste-buds in this class with Chef Mary Ellen Carter. Students will learn how to make the brilliantly flavored curry pastes of Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore, and how to balance vibrant herbs and spices to to brighten the flavors of winter veggies, soups and stews. $40 per person.  6:30 p.m. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St, Mt Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Solar Electricity for Your Home with Tim Nelson: Wednesday, Feb. 26. Tim Nelson of Fire Mountain Solar in Mount Vernon will explain how you can save on solar, improve your home’s salability, address climate change and support your local economy.  6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, 3rd floor, Mount Vernon.  To pre-register, call (360)  336-5087,  ext. 136. Attendees will receive special discount pricing on a solar PV (system size 4 to 10 kW).

 

Western Washington Potato Workshop: Friday, Feb. 28. All-day informational workshop for potato producers and related industries. Learn about new research in the field. No reservation required. To request a brochure about the event, event vdekok@skagit.wa.us.

 

Meet Your Farmer: Friday, Feb. 28. A first annual winter gathering organized by and featuring local farmers to connect with residents for the season and beyond. CSA farms, as well as beef, cheese and other producers from Snohomish, Skagit, Island, and Whatcom counties are welcome to attend. Participating farms currently include Skipley Farm, Caruso Farms, Shambala Farm and Nursery, Chinook Farms, SongCroft Naturals, and the Sno-Isle Permaculture Network. The event is also a fundraiser for Farmer Frog, a school garden-to-market to low-income family program meant to get people active in local agriculture. 6 to 8 p.m. at Olivia Park Elementary School, located at 200 108th St. SE in Everett. For more information, contact Nancy Chase, of Shambala Farm, at Nancy@ShambalaFarm.com or (360) 387-4110. Free admission. Participants can RSVP at  www.meetup.com/SIPN-Sno-Isle-Permaculture-Network/.

 

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.

 

Washington Tractor Show: Feb. 28 through March 2. GW Event Center #604, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe. For more information, see www.washingtontractor.com.

 

 

 

 MARCH

Snohomish Conservation District Tree & Plant Sale: Saturday, March 1. 8:20 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (425) 335-5634 ext. 116. Commercial Bldg #400, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe.

 

Snohomish Wine Festival: Saturday, March 1. Featuring 20 Washington Wineries. The first 600 registered guests will receive a commemorative wine glass. Ticket includes five tastings and light appetizers. 1-4PM Tasting Session, 5-6PM VIP Tasting and 6-9PM Tasting Session. Snohomish Event Center, Snohomish. Tickets Available at the Door, See You There! hhahaFREE Parking.

 

The Shade Garden: Sunday, March 2. The spring and fall shade garden can be full of flowers. Join Kathy Hirdler of Floribunda Designs in discovering the joys of shade gardening in our great Northwest. 1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360( 466-3821. $8 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, March. 2. Pancakes, toast, coffee, juice, and biscuits and gravy. The cost is $5 per adult, $2 per child (ages 6-10), and free for kids ages 5 and-under. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fastest services between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, Bellingham.

 

Poultry 101: Wednesday, March 5. This class at Valley Farm Center in Mount Vernon features two special guests, information for all levels, lots of deals and prizes. Free, pre-register by phone or in store. 6:30 to 8 p.m. 305 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon. (360) 336-3123.

 

Essential Oils Remedies: Healing Salves & Balms with Michelle Mahler: Wednesday, March 5. Learn how to create a healing salve step-by-step. In this workshop we will have a demonstration and interactive blending time. Beeswax, Olive oil, Vitamin E oil, Jojoba, Coconut oil and Borageseed oil. Free class. $5-10 optional supply fee for each salve to take home. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, 3rd floor, Mount Vernon.  To pre-register, call (360)  336-5087,  ext. 136.

 

3rd Annual Northwest Washington Sustainable Agriculture Conference: Friday, March 7. This conference will highlight issues important to produce and livestock farmers in Northwest Washington, with sessions on food safety/GAP/FSMA, fertility management, animal feeds, livestock economics, and plant disease management.  University and government experts will be presenting alongside farmers with time for discussion. New this year will be more farmer-to-farmer learning opportunities with facilitated discussions. Conference location is Bellingham Technical College. Information and registration be available at: http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/edu/susagconf/.

 

28th annual Penn Cove Musselfest: Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8. Chowder tasting, mussel eating competitions and activities for all ages. Culinary delights and locally flavored fun. See thepenncovemusselsfestival.com.

 

Roses I: Starting Right: Saturday, March 8. A little advice from a long-time grower goes a long way with roses! Join Trevor Cameron and over 15 years of rose-growing insight on rose grades, site selection, soil amendments, ‘magic potions’ and early spring pruning to help you grow great roses in the Pacific Northwest. This is Part I of III of our rose-growing series this year. 10 a.m. Free. Sunnyside Nursery, Everett. Call (425) 334-2002 or email info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Practicalities of Organic No-Till for Vegetable Production: Saturday, March 8. Part of the San Juan Island Ag Summit on Orcas Island. Good Earth Farm. See goodearthcentre.org.

 

Cascade Mountainmen Show: Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9. Admission $5 per person (13+). Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. GW Event Center #604, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe. For more information, see www.cascademountainmen.com.

 

Nourishing Herbs with Kelly Ann Atterberry: Saturday, March 8. 6 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, 3rd floor, Mount Vernon.  To pre-register, call (360)  336-5087,  ext. 136.

 

28th Annual Spring Craft and Antique Show: Thursday, March 13 through Saturday, March 15. Shop for handcrafted gifts, home decor, vintage treasures, and gourmet delights. Expo Building, Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See lyndencraftantiqueshow.com.

 

Quilters Anonymous 33rd Annual Quilt Show: “Our Wild Quilt Garden”: March 14-16. Over 500 quilts in a dozen different catgories on display during this large annual quilt show, ranging from traditional styles to art quilts and other innovative designs. Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe. Friday and Saturday hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 per person. Bus arrivals receive a discount. Parking is free. For more information, see www.quiltersanonymous.com.

 

3rd Annual Women in Agriculture Conference: Saturday, March 15.  Held in multiple locations across Washington. This multiple site conference format brings the best of national and local speakers to easily accessible locations.  learning and networking with other women involved in agriculture.  Visit the website for more information: www.WomenInAg.wsu.edu or contact your local WSU Extension. Locations include Coupeville, Lynden, Mount Vernon, and Snohomish.

 

2nd Annual Snohomish Chocolate Walk: Saturday, March 15. Calling all chocolate lovers! Find your sweet spot in Historic downtown Snohomish. Meet and greet with several of our featured treat creators to learn about the art of chocolate making. Chance to win unique gifts donated by participating businesses. 11 a.m. www.historicdowntownsnohomish.org.

 

Renovating Old Fruit Trees: Saturday, March 15. Over time, fruit trees can lose vigor or suffer the consequences of neglect. Ani Gurnee of Aulos Design will explain the benefits of renovating old fruit trees and the best approach and techniques to use in order to achieve added production in your trees. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); $8 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Grow a Prize-Winning Vegetable Garden! Saturday, March 15. 9 a.m. to noon. Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. Learn how to grow the best-tasting, easiest-to-grow vegetables ever. Tailored to the beginning gardener, class covers soil preparation, garden location and layout, and seed starting. Gardening expert Debra Olberg will also discuss fertilizers, watering, pest control, and organic options. Registration required. $35 per person. (360) 383-3200.

 

WA Feather Fanciers Poultry Show: March 15. Promoting chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and guinea fowl. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Pavilion #600, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe. For more information see www.washingtonfeatherfanciers.webs.com.

 

Learn the Art of Bonsai: Saturday, March 15. Learn the art of Bonsai from Debbie Wetmore-Pringle who has been practicing it for many years and has an incredible collection to prove it. Potting, pruning, feeding and general growing information will all be discussed. 10 a.m. Free. Sunnyside Nursery, Everett. Call (425) 334-2002 or email info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Museum of Northwest Art’s MoNA Style: March 15-26. This year we’re celebrating MoNA Style’s 30th Anniversary! Artist Booths are open March 15-16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.First ever evening fashion show and silent auction March 15 at 7 p.m. La Conner,   www.monamuseum.org.

 

Beginning Bonsai Workshop: Sunday, March 16. Learn hands-on basics of creating a beautiful bonsai from expert Tori Lenze. Students will learn how to design and transplant a tree and how to use different tools for shaping. Class fee includes all materials including bonsai pot, plant, soil and screening. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); $86 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Monthly Know and Grow Workshop: Growing for the Future:  Starting seeds and propagation techniques with Kevin Jones: Tuesday, March 18. Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center auditorium, 16650 State Route 536 , Mount Vernon. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free, open to the publc.

 

City Chickens: Wednesday, March 19. Linda Zielinski will discuss regulations for keeping poultry, coop and run size and design, food and water needs, raising baby chicks, health issues and diseases, healthful handling of chickens and eggs, safe use of chicken manure, keeping your chickens content. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, 3rd floor, Mount Vernon.  To pre-register, call (360)  336-5087,  ext. 136.

 

Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association Home & Garden Show: March 21-23. Presented by Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association. Friday, 11am-6pm, Saturday, 10am – 6pm, Sunday, 11am – 4pm. Tickets: $5/Person or $8/Family. Skagit County Fairgrounds. For more information, contact Brenda Harter in the SICBA office at 360-488-4079 or brenda@sicba.org.

 

Whatcom County Farm Forestry Tree Sale: Saturday, March 22. 10 a.m. to noon. Henry Jansen Ag Center, Lynden.

 

What To Do with Spring Prunings? Here’s a New Twist! Saturday, March 22.  Join Laura Campbell, renowned wreath weaver, as she guides you through the making of a living chair for your home or garden. Bring your own chair (wood or metal), preferably with an open back or seat and don’t forget pruners and gloves. We’ll provide the vines and planting infrastructure and with expert guidance you’ll weave around the chair creating the “bones” to support your plantings. A little chicken wire and moss provide the “pot.” 1 to 2:30 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); $40 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Vegetables: Cool before Cucumbers: Saturday, March 22. Kick into culinary gear and take advantage of our long cool-crop seasons. MaryAnn and Andy Sudkamp will guide you through seeding, transplanting, choosing crops and varieties, timing, rotating, pest solutions, and more so you can grow your own produce now. 10 a.m. Free. Sunnyside Nursery, Everett. Call (425) 334-2002 or email info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Landscaping with a Purpose: Sunday, March 23. Come and learn why and how from Certified Low Impact Development specialist Zsofia Pasztor, to transform your garden to a modern environment. 1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360) 466-3821. $8 per person. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

7th annual Spring Business Showcase: Thursday, March 27. Whatcom County’s Business To Consumer Tradeshow. Business to consumer exhibits, product demonstrations, prize drawings, free parking, free admission tickets, and wine and beer tasting. 4 to 9 p.m. Silver Reef Hotel and Casino, Ferndale. See bellingham.com for more information.

 

Spring Garden Walk with John Christianson: Saturday, March 29. Join John Christianson for his first tour of the year through the lovely English style gardens of La Conner Flats located next to the nursery. Meet John in front of the schoolhouse then stride over to La Conner Flats to see what plants are showing an inspiring early spring display. 1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations requested (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); Complimentary. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Whatcom Conservation District’s 21st Annual Native Plant Sale and 7th Annual Expo: Saturday, March 29. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whatcom Community College. See www.whatcomcd.org/plant-sale.

 

Species Rhododendrons: These Are Not Your Father’s Rhodies! Saturday, March 29. Bob Zimmermann of Chimacum Woods will explore the distinctly different world of species rhododendrons. Bob, has been raising species rhodies from seed for 40 years and has just returned from his fifth rhody exploration in China. He will describe and show pictures of some of the most interesting species, including many available at the nursery. 11 a.m to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); $8. www.christiansonsnursery.com

 

Spring Lawn Care: Saturday, March 29. Get your lawn off to a good start! Come to class with Trevor Cameron, CPH, and whether starting new or fixing up the old, go home with the knowledge of how to get your lawn going right. Free. Sunnyside Nursery, Everett. www.sunnysidenursery.net

 

APRIL

Whatcom County Youth Fair: April 4-5. Celebrating 26 years! An educational fair for youth 6 to 18. Youth do not need to be a 4H or FFA member to participate in one of the many divisions. No admission to watch the event. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden.

 

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