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Events: March 2014

Mar 1st, 2014 | Category: Events

Good Earth Pottery March Show: Featuring the graceful textured work of Levi Vincent for the month of March. Opening reception Saturday, March 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. 1000 Harris Avenue, Bellingham. www.goodearthpots.com.

 

Salish Bounty  Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound: Travelling  exhibit from the Burke Museum showing through April 13 at the Coupeville museum. See www.islandhistory.org.

 

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.

 

Washington Tractor Show: Through Sunday, March 2. GW Event Center #604, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe. See www.washingtontractor.com.

 

Snohomish Conservation District Tree & Plant Sale: Saturday, March 1. Purchase native trees, shrubs and ground cover plants. Rain barrel kits for sale, free art activities and games for children and a photo booth for taking pictures with nature-inspired props. Native plant essential oil demonstration, and herbal teas made from native plants available for tasting. Educational and interactive booths. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Commercial Bldg #400, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe.

 

Grow Berries and More: Saturday, March 1. Learn to grow strawberries, blueberries, apples, rhubarb and raspberries in your own backyard from Helen Solem of Sumas River Farm. 9 a.m. Free. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Bellingham. Call (360) 676-5480 to register.

 

Design and Plant an Edible Landscape: Free Workshop: Saturday, March 1. Selection, design and cultural practices will be covered. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. (360) 966-5859.

 

Mount Baker Orchid Society’s Sale and Show: Saturday, March 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Skagit Valley Gardens, 18923 Johnson Rd., Mount Vernon.

 

Winter Field Day: Saturday, March 1. Grafting, mason bees, fruit varieties, organic apple production, and best apple varieties for western Washington. Pruning demonstrations in the Fruit Garden, grafting demonstrations inside, and more. Scionwood and rootstocks available for purchase. Organized by the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation in cooperation with the WSU Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center. Admission is free for WWFRF Members and open to others at $15 each or $30 per family. 16650 State Rt. 536 in Mt. Vernon. See http://nwfruit.org or e-mail info@wwfrf.org.

 

Fruit Tree Seminar: Saturday, March 1. Hosted by Travis Dickson from RainDance Landscaping. Site selection, pruning, and more. 10 a.m. Kent’s Garden and Nursery, 5428 Northwest Dr, Bellingham, (360) 384-4433.

 

Learn to build a High Tunnel: Saturday, March 1. Learn the basics of how to prepare and build the structure. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Garden Treasures, 3328 State Route 530 NE, Arlington. Cost is $20 per person. Register at (425) 357-6039, email christensen4@wsu.edu

 

Whatcom County Home & Garden Show: Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2. Variety of home and garden vendors and businesses, educational seminar, beer and wine tasting, and more. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. $7 per adult, $6 per senior and free for kids 15 and under. For more information, visit www.biawc.com/homeshow.

 

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. 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.

 

Spring Soups with Nutritionist Dawn Lee: Sunday, March 2. Recipes and five easy spring soups. 2 p.m. $12 donation. The Center of Holistic Wellness, 609 Murdock St. Sedro Woolley. RSVP to (360) 420-2630.

 

Images of Mt. Baker:  Monday, March 3. Join local authors John D’Onofrio and Todd Warger as they share the history of the mountain.  7 to 9 p.m. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway. Call (360) 305-3600.

 

Mardi Gras Party: Tuesday, March 4. Gretchens Cooking School Coordinator Laura Hartner is fixing up a selection of Cajun classics and personal favorites. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $35. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st Street, Mt. Vernon. (360) 336-8747.

 

World Wide Dumplings: Asia with Mary Ellen Carter: Wednesday, March 5. Mary Ellen Carter guides students through the creation of two famous Asian dumplings in a hands-on class. 6 p.m. $7 wine option. $39 per person. Cordata Co, Bellingham. Register at WCC (383-3200). www.communityfood.coop.

 

Valley Farm Center’s Poultry 101: Wednesday, March 5. This class at Valley Farm Center in Mount Vernon features two special guests, information for all levels, 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. Free class. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, 3rd floor, Mount Vernon.  To pre-register, call (360)  336-5087,  ext. 136.

 

Susan Cobey on Bees: Birchwood Garden Club’s March Meeting: Wednesday, March 5. U.S. honeybees have been experiencing a prolonged period of population decline and ill health (mites, pathogens, colony collapse disorder). Scientists have been exploring the causes of the bee population decline and ill health. Speaker Susan Cobey, an international bee expert (WSU & UCD) and a bee breeder and geneticist, has been working to establish the effects of bee inbreeding on poor bee health. Her research has focused on worldwide bee genetics and bee recovery techniques. The most amazing part of her research is how quickly a bee hive can be invigorated with new bee genes. Washington State is critical for her research since our cold and wet weather provide a critical test of bee vitality on over wintering bees. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. 7 p.m. www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

 

March Madness Book Sale: Thursday, March 6 through Saturday, March 8. Thursday and Friday hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($4 per bag sale). All proceeds benefit Bellingham Public Library. (360) 778-7250, friendslibrary3@gmail.com.

 

Ties to the Land Workshop: Succession Planning for Farm & Forest Landowners: Thursdays, March 6 and 13. Succession Planning–the human side of Estate Planning–focuses on ways to maintain family ties to the land from generation to generation. Receive information about legal and economic aspects of transferring farm and forest lands from one generation to the next.  5 to 9 p.m., WSU Cougar Auditorium, McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Cost is $50 per family/ownership and includes a workbook and dinner for two family members each evening. To register visit BrownPaperTickets.com or contact Holly Thompson, hollynthompson@wsu.edu, (425) 357-6022. Sponsored & Hosted by: WSU Snohomish County Extension, Cascade Harvest Coalition, and Moss Adams LLP.

 

March Member Lunch – Meet the Workplace CSA Farmers: Thursday, March 6. Hear success stories from businesses who offered a Workplace CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) this past year and some alternative funding ideas to make it more affordable for employees. Farmers offering Workplace CSAs will answer your questions. 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sustainable Connections Office, Bellingham. Contact Erin McCain-Anderson at (360) 647-7093 x108.

 

28th annual Penn Cove Musselfest: Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 9. Chowder tasting, mussel eating competitions, cooking demonstrations, and activities for all ages. Culinary delights and locally flavored fun. Varying hours each day. See thepenncovemusselsfestival.com for complete schedule.

 

Everett Home & Garden Show: Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 9. Friday hours noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The 12th Annual Everett Home & Garden Show is the largest and only Home and Garden Show in Snohomish County. Sunnyside Nursery’s Steve Smith is featured as the keynote speaker. Free parking in the Snohomish County Garage, sponsored by BECU, is available on Saturday and Sunday only. Tickets are $6.75 per adult, $6.25 per senior, $2 military/families with ID and free for youth 16 and under. Tickets are available at the door. Daylight Savings Time Special is available on Sunday. Everyone who arrives at the show between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. will get in free. Free wine tasting with admission. For more information visit http://www.everetthomegardenshow.com.

 

Eat your Yard: Vegetable Gardening 101: Saturday, March 8. Learn the basics of growing your own vegetables from siting, to soil preparation to plant selection and watering, along with a few tips on seasonal crop rotation. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St., Bellingham. Call 360-676-5480 to register.

 

Community Food Co-op Annual Meeting and Party: Saturday, March 8. 5 to 10 p.m. Bellingham Cruise Terminal. Buffet from 5:30 p.m. until it’s gone. Meeting schedule (6:20 to 8 p.m.) includes Board Candidate Forum, The State of the Co-op, new Co-op initiatives and Special Sneak Peek: The Real Food Show. Opening music 5 p.m. Kids Show with comedy juggling by Jules McEvoy, 7-8 p.m. Dessert and dancing with Br’er Rabbit, 8-10 p.m.

 

2014 Whidbey Gardening Workshop: Saturday, March 8. Presented by the Island County Master Gardener Foundation. For more information, see http://whidbeygardeningworkshop.org/2014/

 

Roses I: Starting Right: Saturday, March 8. Trevor Cameron shares over 15 years of rose-growing insight on rose grades, site selection, soil amendments, ‘magic potions’ and early spring pruning. 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.

 

Learn to Garden Sustainably: Saturday, March 8. In this workshop, we will discuss ways to have a beautiful and productive food and/or ornamental garden while being sensitive to the environment. Topics will include plant selection, reducing water usage, reducing chemical usage and integrated pest management, weed control, and pest control. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Organic Fruit Growing for Homeowners: Saturday, March 8. 1:30 to 3 p.m. You can grow tree fruits and berries using organic practices, even in our challenging climate.  Learn how to keep your trees and berry plants healthy and productive.  We’ll discuss the common pest and disease issues of our area, and how to deal with them effectively. Other topics will include soil and weed management and use of compost and mulches in fruit growing. Be prepared to be outside. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Practicalities of Organic No-Till for Vegetable Production: Saturday, March 8. Part of the San Juan Island Ag Summit on Orcas Island. Organic No- till for Vegetable Production Workshop  with Good Earth Farm and Doug Collins (WSU). A practical Workshop exploring how to: Transition to No-Till, Bed Preparation, Direct Seed & Transplant, Incorporate fertilizer / compost, manage weeds / cover crops. 2 to 4.30 p.m. Orcas Island High School. See goodearthcentre.org or email goodearthcentre@gmail.com for more information. (360) 298-5699.

 

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

 

San Juan Island Ag Summit on Orcas Island: Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8.  Hands-On Friday includes three workshops, 1:30 to 5 p.m., covering biochar production, farm-to-school programs, and farmstead butchering. Summit Saturday features over 20 break-out sessions led by experts from Organic Seed Alliance, WSU Small Farms Team, NW Agriculture Business Center, NW Agriculture Research Station, and local leaders on subjects such as soil fertility, use of biochar, seed production, emerging markets, and more. Includes a local lunch cooked by chef Christina Orchid, a panel discussion with local San Juan County elected officials, a seed swap and more. Tickets are $60 all day Saturday;  $35 interns, students; $15 off registration for volunteers; free under 18 years old; discounts for members of Island Grown in the San Juans and Orcas Island Coop; For complete description, see sjcarc.org/summit. Call (360) 370-7664 or email summit@sjcarc.org.

 

Mycorrhizae: Saturday, March 8. Myco-what? Mycorrhizae are one of the hallmarks of healthy soils. They feed your plants, build soil, and even remove toxins. Discuss what they are, how they work, and why they are important to healthy soils. Hosted by Jack Fischer. 10 a.m. Kent’s Garden and Nursery, 5428 Northwest Dr, Bellingham, (360) 384-4433.

 

Peeps for Keeps: Chicken Care Seminar: Saturday, March 8. Have chickens? Thinking about getting chickens? Chicken enthusiasts from Scratch and Peck Feeds “you are what your animals eat” will offer a free class on chicken care, including breed basics, raising chicks, coops, proper nutrition, health issues, senior chicken care and more. Free, reservations required. 2 to 4 p.m. Whatcom Humane Society, Multi Purpose Room, Bellingham. Door prize is a chicken starter kit. Contact WHS outreach/education coordinator Cari S. at outreach@whatcomhumane.org or (360) 733-2080, ext # 3116.

 

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.

 

Great Grafting Gathering: Sunday, March 9.

Share and graft on root stock to start new trees. Demonstrations of grafting techniques. Select scion wood and rootstock to graft a tree to take home. Rootstock will be available for a nominal fee. We need to get an idea of the number of participants so that we have enough root stock so please RSVP. Inspiration Farm, Bellingham. $20 donation. 1 to 4 p.m. For more information and to register visit our website  http://www.inspirationfarm.com or call 398-7061.

 

Skagit Hospital – Spice Up Your Life: Tuesday, March 11. In this class presented by the dieticians from Skagit Valley Hospital students will explore how spices can enhance both the flavors of our food and our health.Call 360-814-2424 to register or visit skagitvalleyhospital.org/events. This class is $25 and starts at 6 p.m. at Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st Street, Mt. Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Grow Mouthwatering Tomatoes This Summer: Tuesday, March 11, at 1 p.m., and Friday, March 21, at 6 p.m. Master Gardener and Tomato expert Jeff Thompson has distilled his years of experience in growing mouthwatering tomatoes in our cool maritime climate down to a two-hour class of tips, tricks, and questions from you. Extension Education Center in South Everett in McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St. SE. $20 per person. To register call Karie Christensen at 425-357-6039 or download the registration form at http://snohomish.wsu.edu/documents/GTPNW_hort_2014.03.pdf.

 

Ancestry Workshop: Tuesdays, March 11, and Tuesday, March 18. Join Sheryl Fullner, an experienced researcher and certified librarian, in a class that will be exploring the library edition of Ancestry.com.  The class will meet two Tuesdays in March, then monthly until October. Afternoon or evening session. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, Everson. Call (360) 305-3600.

 

Winter Gardening: A Blaine C.O.R.E. Gardening Program: Wednesday, March 12. Learn from George Kaas how to grow your own sprouts economically. Discover what can be “wintered over” in your garden, as well as hoop houses and how to get a jump on the growing season with passive protection. Fifth in the series of gardening programs presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education.) 4 to 6 p.m. Blaine Library.

 

Isakaya – Japanese Tapas: Wednesday, March 12. Discover Isakaya, the friendly Japanese pub food made up of small bites with big flavors! On the menu in this class with Chef Mary Ellen Carter  – Garlic Sparerib Nuggets with Hoisin Lime Sauce and pickled cabbage, Spinach with Black Sesame Sauce, Soba Noodles with shrimp and green onion, pickled cucumbers and warm edamame. This class is $40 and starts at 6:30 p.m. at Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st Street, Mt. Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

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. Admission is $5. See lyndencraftantiqueshow.com.

 

Snohomish Fruit Society meeting: Fruit Trees: The First Five Years – Managing a Fruit Tree from Rootstock to Fruiting with Greg Giuliani: Thursday, March 13. There are many aspects to raising a fruit tree through the first five years of life successfully, including rootstock selection, soils and soil hydration, planting, site relationship, sun/light, root competition, pollination, planting depth, support, and best time to plant. 7 p.m. Boys and Girls Club of Snohomish, 402 2nd St, Snohomish. Greg Giuliani has been a home orchardist for 15 years, is a member of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society, and has learned to graft to enable him to produce fruit varieties that are not available in nurseries. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited. For further information, call (425) 398-5544 or visit http://www.wcfs.org.

 

Efficiency in Drip Irrigation: Principles and Practices:  Friday, March 14. A 4.5 hour workshop is planned that will focus on drip irrigation principles and practices. Four regional and national experts will cover: system design, system components, irrigation efficiency and technologies in small fruit production and irrigation system operation and maintenance. Lunch included. $25 per person. Held in Lynden. Register at http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/edu/irrigation/tickets.html.

 

Quilters Anonymous 33rd Annual Quilt Show: “Our Wild Quilt Garden”: Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 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. For more information, see www.quiltersanonymous.com.

 

Garden Trellises & More: Fun Projects with Pruned Cuttings: Saturday, March 15. Join Bryn Homsey and discover how to make use of all those fruit or pine tree cuttings. Learn about designs, fastening, creating plant cages and hoops to hold up those stray pea plants – and how our ancestors handled these issues. Short slide show of historical trellises, arbors, espalier designs, and fanciful Victorian aviaries. Sixth in the series of gardening programs presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education.) 1 to 3 p.m. Blaine Library.

 

3rd Annual Women in Agriculture Conference: Saturday, March 15. Held in multiple locations across Washington, including Coupeville, Lynden, Mount Vernon, and Snohomish. This multiple site conference format brings a national and local speakers, provides an opportunity for learning and networking with other women involved in agriculture. See www.WomenInAg.wsu.edu or contact your local WSU Extension.

 

Bellingham Monthly Winter Farmers Market: Saturday, March 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. (2014 regular season opens Saturday, April 5.)

 

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. Ani Gurnee of Aulos Design will explain the benefits of renovating old fruit trees and the best approach and techniques to achieve added production in your trees. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, $8 class fee. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Starting, Planting & Staking Dahlias Made Easy: Saturday, March 15. The instructors are John Willson, founder of Swede Hill Dahlia Sunflower Farm and Larry Childs, grower extraordinaire at Baby Island Dahlias. Meerkerk Gardens. 10:30 a.m. at Meerkerk Gardens, 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank, off Resort Road. $10 class fee. Reservations please. (360) 678-1912, meerkerk@whidbey.net.

 

Grow a Prize-Winning Vegetable Garden! Saturday, March 15. 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. 9 a.m. to noon. Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. (360) 383-3200.

 

Mason Bees: Saturday, March 15. Ever see a Bee Hive made out of bricks? Us neither! Find out all about Mason Bees, what they are, how to care for them and how helpful they can be in your garden. Hosted by Lynn Pearson. 10 a.m. Kent’s Garden and Nursery, 5428 Northwest Dr, Bellingham, (360) 384-4433.

 

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.

 

Make your Own Hypertufa Trough: Saturday, March 15. Make your own, old English style Hypertufa trough in this ‘Make It and Take It’ class. Create your own planter I the style of old stone sinks that have been used to grow planst for centuries. Hypertufa is lighter than concrete and undamaged by freezing. Class fee is $39. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery. 900 Alabama St. Bellingham. Call 360-676-5480 to register.

 

March 15, 10:30-Noon Repeat of Learn to Grow Fruit Trees 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. You leave knowing how to establish your trees and give them the best start for the critical first 3 years. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

March 15,1:30-3:00      Repeat of Growing Apples and Pears 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, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

 

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.

 

Brunch Club – Corn Beef Hash and Irish soda bread: Saturday, March 15. Join Cooking School Coordinator Laura Hartner for our monthly Brunch Club as we make corned beef hash, eggs with Dubliner cheese, and sweet Irish soda bread. Coffee, tea and mimosa included! $25 per person. Starts at 9:30 a.m. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st Street, Mt. Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

SoulCollage Workshop with Deborah Moskowitz: Saturday, March 15. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $45. All material included. The Center of Holistic Wellness, 609 Murdock St., Sedro Woolley. RSVP to (360) 420-2630.

 

Beginning Bonsai Workshop: Sunday, March 16. Learn hands-on basics of creating a beautiful bonsai from expert Tori Lenze. Includes 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. Class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

St Patrick’s Day Celebration: Monday, March 17. Irish eyes will be smiling at this class on Irish recipes and beer with Cooking School Coordinator Laura Hartner. Irish soda bread with Rarebit, homemade Corned Beef, Colcannon, and Whiskey Cake. $35 per person. 6:30 p.m. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st Street, Mt. Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

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

 

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.

 

Pruning Japanese Maples with Travis Dickson: Wednesday, March 19. Learn the correct techniques for pruning your Japanese Maples. Travis will address plant physiology, as well as how to select and plant the right variety for you. Get tips on pruning, and how to care for these beautiful and unique trees. Class is free. 5:30 p.m. Call (360) 676-5480 to register. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Bellingham.

 

Sew Thoughtful: Totes for Safe Place: Friday, March 21. Experienced sewers who want to make a difference in the community can join the Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA) for this month’s project making totes for Safe Place, a temporary foster care facility for children in Everett. The children use these colorful totes to carry their personal items. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. McCollum Park, 600 128th ST. S.E., Everett in the Cougar Room behind the WSU Extension Office. Bring your sewing machine, sewing tools, a variety of thread colors and your lunch. Tote kits provided. Contact Carla Peery at (206) 595-9717 or carla.peery@wsu.edu.

 

58th Annual Whatcom County Dairy Ambassador Coronation & Banquet: Friday, March 21. Candidate Reception will begin at 6 p.m. with the Banquet and Coronation beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $24 before March 18, $30 after that date. Fox Hall at the Hampton Inn, Bellingham. Email stormhaaven@juno.com or contact (360) 920-5452 for tickets.

 

Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association Home & Garden Show: Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 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 Association Tree Sale: Saturday, March 22. 10 a.m. to noon. Henry Jansen Ag Center, Lynden. Fifteen species, 90 cents each.  For more information, call (360) 671-6988.

 

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, $40 class fee. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Master Gardener Fruit Tree Grafting Class:  Saturday, March 22. Learn the skill of fruit tree grafting with Master Gardener experts. This class is hands-on. Each participant or family will receive two rootstock for grafting and planting in their home orchard. Rootstock for dwarf apple, mini-dwarf apple, and semi-dwarf pear donated by Friends of the Deming Library. Varieties of scion wood donated by Master Gardeners. Free class. Register online at WCLS.org.  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, Deming. (360) 305-3600.

 

Worm Bin Composting: Saturday, March 22. Join master composter Elsie Konzelman to learn the fine art of worm bin composting. Turn your food scraps and other organic material into a valuable soil amendment called vermicompost, or worm compost. On site demonstration. Free class. In partnership with Local Food Works. 1 to 2 p.m. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway. Call (360) 305-3600.

 

Planting a Home Blueberry Patch: Saturday, March 22.  Plant blueberries at the library with Stephanie Soicher from Mount Baker Berry Farm. Stephanie will cover the basics of starting your home blueberry patch from soil testing to irrigation. Hands-on; bring boots and gloves. Free class. In partnership with Local Food Works.  2 to 4 p.m.  Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, Deming. Call (360) 305-3600.

 

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.

 

Deer Resistant Plants: Saturday, March 22. Ginger will share her best bet list for gardeners, discuss what works and what doesn’t work and help you outsmart the deer. Free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery. 900 Alabama St. Bellingham.  Call (360) 676-5480 to register.

 

Growing Small Fruits Northwest: Saturday, March 22. This workshop will focus on the smaller fruiting plants: blueberries, raspberry and blackberries, strawberries, and kiwis. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Be prepared to be outside. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Call (360) 966-5859.

 

Grow Grapes for Wine and Eating: Saturday, March 22. Discuss growing grapes in cool climates for wine and eating. Cultural practices including soil requirements, pruning techniques, pest management and harvesting will be covered.  Noon to 1:30 p.m. Be prepared to be outside. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Call (360) 966-5859.

 

Winter Propagation: Grafting and Hardwood Cuttings: Saturday, March 22. Propagation of woody plants is more challenging than starting seeds, but fun and simple once you know what to do. In this two-hour workshop, we’ll demonstrate how to propagation during the dormant season, through hardwood cuttings and grafting, including fruit trees. 2 p.m.  Registration is required, $30 workshop fee. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Call (360) 966-5859.

 

The War of the Roses! Saturday, March 22. Hosted by Chris Prewitt from Weeks Roses. Roses can be one of the most stunning and scent-sational plants to have in a garden, but they can often be tricky. Discuss how to get them started properly, fertilizing, pruning and disease management. 10 a.m. Kent’s Garden and Nursery, 5428 Northwest Dr, Bellingham. Call (360) 384-4433.

 

Spring Nursery Opening Day Sale at Meerkerk: Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23. A wide variety of hybrid, species & heritage rhodies. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meerkerk Gardens, 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank. (360) 678-1912, meerkerk@whidbey.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.

 

Wine Dinner: Monday, March 24. Since Chef Andy Nguyen is cooking you know it is going to be a delicious taste adventure. This class is $50 and starts at 6:30 p.m. at Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st Street, Mt. Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Cheesemaking and Pairing: Tuesday, March 25. Self-proclaimed “curd nerd” Lisa Hervieux will demonstrate how easy it is to make fresh, soft cheeses at home (cow and goat milk cheeses). Advanced techniques for pressing and aging hard cheeses, delicious appetizer and dessert in class, and sample cheeses. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st Street, Mt. Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Valley Farm Center’s Poultry 101: Wednesday, March 26. This class at Valley Farm Center in Mount Vernon features two special guests, information for all levels, 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.

 

Pest Management: A Blaine C.O.R.E. Gardening Program:  Wednesday, March 26. Is there really a need for pesticides in the home garden? Learn why you would need to use them, how to prevent needing them, and what environmental effect they have (used properly or not). Explore the mechanical or passive controls in addition to active controls for garden “pests”. Discussion on the subject “right plant, right place”. This workshop is an introduction to Integrated Pest Management. Seventh in the series of gardening programs presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education.)  4 to 6 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, Blaine, (360) 305-3600.

 

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 English style gardens of La Conner Flats next to the nursery. Meet in front of the schoolhouse then go to La Conner Flats to see what plants are showing an early spring display. 1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations requested, (360)466-3821. Complimentary.

 

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.

 

Growing Stone Fruits: Cherries, Peaches, Apricots & Plums: Saturday, March 29. In this general overview we will discuss planting, growing techniques, and pruning of stone fruits. 10:30 a.m. to noon. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Call (360) 966-5859.

 

Learn the Artful Tradition of Espalier: Saturday, March 29. If you’re considering creating a Belgian fence or growing cherries trained to a fan, this is for you. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Be prepared to be outside. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Call (360) 966-5859.

 

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

 

Spring Lawn Care: Saturday, March 29. 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.

 

Plant Crush: Monrovia’s 2014 Spring Collection: Saturday, March 29. Tadd Storrer from Monrovia will be here to share all the latest and greatest from their extensive collection of plants. Fall under the spell of sparkling foliage and lush blooms. Get design tips. Free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery. 900 Alabama St. Bellingham.  Call (360) 676-5480 to register.

 

Vegetable Beds: Saturday, March 29. Hosted by Tammy from Kellogg Garden Supplies. Join us while we learn all about the best techniques for growing vegetables. Free. 10 a.m. Kent’s Garden and Nursery, 5428 Northwest Dr, Bellingham, (360) 384-4433.

 

Canning & Cocktails: Waterbath canning and Rhubarb Chutnery: March 29. Learn the basics of waterbath canning with Master Food Preservers Katharine Isserlis and Ann Darlin Leason and make a sweet and savory rhubarb chutney. Tapas and signature cocktail included. $35  per person. 3 p.m. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st Street, Mt. Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Design Your Vegetable Garden: A Blaine C.O.R.E. Gardening Program: Saturday, March 29. This workshop with Bryn Homsey will concentrate on how to incorporate vegetables and flowers in a pleasing style within your garden. Eighth in the series of gardening programs presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education.) 1 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street. (360) 305-3600.

 

Reefnetting on Lummi Island: Saturday, March 29. Reefnetting is an historical Pacific Northwest salmon fishing method practiced for centuries by Native American tribes. Roy Granger, commercial reefnet fisherman, will explain this way of catching fish off Lummi Island. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive. Call (360) 305-3600.

 

Fairhaven Plant and Tree Sale: Saturday, March 29. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hillcrest Chapel outdoor parking lot (corner of Old Fairhaven Parkway and 14th St.).  The event is sponsored by Fairhaven Neighbors. For more information, visit Facebook.com/FairhavenPlantAndTreeSale or contact Thom Prichard at (360) 671-5517.

 

 

 

APRIL

31st Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: April 1-30. Month-long celebration of tulips, showcasing Skagit Valley agriculture and community events. For a map of local tulip fields and complete event schedule, see www.tulipfestival.org.

 

Whatcom County Youth Fair: Friday and Saturday, April 4-5. Celebrating 26 years. An educational fair for youth ages 6 to 18. Participants do not need to be a 4H or FFA member. No admission to watch the event. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. Mailed entries due March 14. Online entries due March 16 (http://whatco.fairmanager.com). Contact youthfair_chris@netzero.com or see http://whatcomcountyyouthfair.webs.com.

 

Woodfest: Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6. Annual celebration of woodworking and student achievements, kicking off the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Vendors and display booths from chainsaw carvers, wood turners, traditional carvers, wood crafters, artisans, high school woodworking exhibits, educational exhibits, silent auction and more in Sedro-Woolley. See http://sedro-woolley.com.

 

Bonsai Class: Saturday, April 5. George Berkompas of the Whatcom/Skagit Bonsai Society will discuss which plants perform best as indoor bonsai, as well as soils, pots, pruning, and wiring. 10 a.m. Kent’s Garden and Nursery, 5428 Northwest Dr, Bellingham, (360) 384-4433.

 

20th Annual Garden Affair: Saturday, April 5. Nurseries, crafters, artists in action, and more! Handmade Only plus Garden. All raffle proceeds benefit the Stanwood Camano Foodbank! Free Admission. Still taking vendors. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stanwood Camano Fairgrounds Leslie 425.263.7226

 

Bellingham Farmers Market 2014 Season Opening: Saturday, April 5. Opening cabbage toss at 10 a.m. Vendors with produce, baked goods, arts and crafts, and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Depot Market Square, Bellingham. See www.bellinghamfarmers.org.

 

Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, April 6. 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.

 

22nd Annual Spring World’s Largest Garage Sale, Antiques & More: Friday and Saturday, April 11-12. Over 140 vendors and great food. $2 admission. Friday and Saturday hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 479 W. Taylor St., Mount Vernon. Fairgrounds parking in south parking lot $2.

 

Bow Little Market Plant and Seed Swap, Sale, and Giveaway: Saturday, April 12. Bring your divided perennials, extra plants, starts and/or seed. Mt. Baker Winery will have wine grape cuttings of their favorite Swiss varietal. Friday Creek Habitat Stewards in partnership with the Skagit Conservation District will give give out free native plants and show the beautiful native plant and butterfly garden they spearheaded last year at the Alger Community Hall. Held in conjunction with Bow Little Market’s first event of the season. Noon to 3 p.m. Alger Community Hall, 17835 Parkview Lane, Alger. www.bowlittlemarket.wordpress.com.

 

Berries Berries Berries! Saturday, April 12. Hosted by Guy Smith, who will share his love of berries and years of experience growing berries. Discuss proper selection of berries for your yard, site selection, pruning and care. 10 a.m. Kent’s Garden and Nursery, 5428 Northwest Dr, Bellingham. (360) 384-4433.

 

4th Annual WONDERFUL WOOLIES Fleece and Fiber Sale: Saturday, April 12. Meet the farmers from Whatcom and Skagit counties producing local fiber  featuring: CVM/Romeldale, Shetland, Alpaca, Llama, Angora goat (mohair), and other breeds from 12 local farms. Plus, the Spindle Smith’s hand-carved spindles and other tools. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spinner’s Eden Farm, 5740 Mertz Rd, Bellingham. Growers of award winning CVM/Romeldale sheep. Call (360) 770-6044.

 

Oh Deer! Saturday, April 19. Nancy Henshaw will discuss plants naturally resistant to deer, chemical deterrents, and ways to plant to keep deer away from your prized plants. 10 a.m. Kent’s Garden and Nursery, 5428 Northwest Drive, Bellingham. (360) 384-4433.

 

2nd annual Round Up Tack Sale & Swap: Saturday, April 19. Lots of new and used tack, show clothing, saddles and much more. Booths are available for $50. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Skagit County Fairgrounds, Building D. Contact Cherie or Gin at The Bony Pony, (360) 424-3500.

 

30th annual Tulip Festival Street Fair: Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27. Vendors, artists, crafts people, and visitors in downtown Mount Vernon. Vendor applications are available now.

 

Creative Potting: Saturday, April 26. Hosted by Ginny Crump. We have all seen amazing planting in magazines and online, but how do you really make them work? Ginny will show you all you need to know to turn funky objects into beautiful containers. 10 a.m. Kent’s Garden and Nursery, 5428 Northwest Dr, Bellingham. (360) 384-4433.

 

2nd annual Art of Gardening: Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27. The Anacortes Farmers Marker and City of Anacortes celebrate gardening at this hands-on event featuring regional vendors, display gardens and exhibitors with a focus on backyard farming, gardening and art specifically designed for the garden. Enjoy tasty food, a sunny beer and wine garden and live entertainment all day. Depot in Anacortes, Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendor applications due March 7. Contact (360) 293-7922 or info@anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

 

Snohomish Garden Club Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, April 26. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Farm at Swan’s Trail, 7301 Rivershore Rd., west of Snohomish.

 

Salal Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society’s Native Plant Sale: Saturday, April 26. Wide variety of perennials, bulbs, trees, shrubs and grasses. 10 a.m. to noon. The sale is held in the display garden next to WSU’s NW Research and Extension Center at 16650 State Route 536, west of Mount Vernon. If you would like a plant list for the sale please email Brenda at nativegarden@fidalgo.net.

 

Alderwood Garden Club Plant Sale: Saturday, April 26. Perennials, shrubs, and veggie starts. Great selection and low prices. Master Gardeners available to answer gardening questions. Proceeds support horticulture scholarships. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Crossroads Church, 18527 60th Ave. West in Lynnwood.For more information, contact (425) 647-5606, (425) 773-1430 or cliprhouse@aol.​com.

 

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