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CALENDAR OF EVENTS: May 2014

May 2nd, 2014 | Category: Events

Spring Garden and Gift Faire: Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3. Outdoor garden art, plants and more. All vendors create their items by hand or are homegrown. Free admission, raffle drawing. Free workshops both days. Friday: Hiking and Photographing the Cascades w/Andy Porter at noon; Grow Your Own Rain Garden w/Kathy Thornburgh, Master Gardner at 1 p.m.; Introduction to Yoga Basics w/Sherry Thostensen, Burl Rec Hatha Yoga Instructor at 5 p.m. Saturday: Snail and Slug Management w/Diana Wisen, Master Gardner at 10 a.m.; Planting for Shade w/Diana Wisen, Master Gardener at 11 a.m.; Composting in Your Backyard w/Emma Davis, Master Gardener at noon; and All About Bugs! Insect Identification w/Holli Watne at 2 p.m. Burlington Parks and Recreation Center, 900 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington. Friday hours noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact (360) 755-9649.

 

Oso Landslide Fundraiser: Friday, May 2. Variety of local beers on draft, food, live music, raffle prizes and a silent auction. All proceeds from beer and food sales, raffle tickets and silent auction items will go to the Red Cross “Oso Mudslide Relief Fund.” 5 to 9 p.m. Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 601 W. Holly St., Bellingham.

 

Birchwood Garden Club’s 22nd Annual Plant Sale: Saturday May 3. Perennials, including bushes, vines, grasses and bulb sets. Annuals, including tomato plants and vegetable starts. Specialty plants too. Monies earned will help the BGC with the beautification of local public gardens. Bellingham Public Library, Lower Lecture Room across from the Children’s Library, 210 Central Avenue, Bellingham. 9 a.m. to noon. birchwoodgardenclub.org.

 

1st annual Monroe-Pasado’s Family Day: Saturday, May 3. Noon to 5 p.m. Hosted by Pasado’s Safe Haven. A time for kids to come out and visit rescued dogs, cats, and farm animals. Snacks, kid-friendly activities. Sultan, (360) 793-9393.

 

Windpoppy Farm and Nursery Spring Open House: Saturday May 3 and Sunday, May 4. Hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop hundreds of unique perennials, premium hanging baskets, grasses and clumping bamboo. 3171 Unick Road, Ferndale.

 

Everett-Gardening to Save Seeds: Saturday, May 3. Caitlin Moore teaches gardening practices that optimize seed production at the Everett Public Library Auditorium. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree focused on plant biology and genetics. Seed swap to follow. 2 to 3:30 p.m. 2702 Hoyt Avenue, Everett. (425) 257-8000.

 

Livestock Handling & Care workshops: Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4. Learn techniques to ensure the health and safety of your livestock. Presented by the WSU Snohomish County Extension Agriculture and 4-H programs. The event takes place at the Sheriff’s Posse Arena at 5421 S. Machias Rd. Snohomish. Hands-on workshops with live animals include topics such as hoof trimming, injections, dehorning, halter training, nutrition, fencing, and more. Sheep: Saturday, May 3, 9 to 11:30 a.m.; Goats: Saturday, May 3, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.;  Beef: Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Poultry: Sunday, May 4, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. Cost is $25 per person per session. To register online, see livestock.brownpapertickets.com, or contact registrar Karie Christensen at (425) 357-6039.

 

Hanging Baskets: Saturday, May 3. Hosted by Wendy Roberts of GreenFrog Nursery. Wendy will share her experience and show you how to pick the right plants, get them established and keep them looking great all year. 10 a.m. Kent’s Garden and Nursery, 5428 Northwest Dr, Bellingham. (360) 384-4433.

 

Snohomish County Master Gardener Sale: Saturday, May 3. Extensive selection of perennials, shrubs, trees, berries, and grasses. The sale is famous for an amazing selection of tomato varieties – old favorites, new varieties, heritage plants and more. 8,000 tomato, herb and vegetable starts on hand. Talk with master gardeners and visit with specialty nursery, gift and garden art vendors. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. WSU Snohomish County Extension, 600 128th St. SE, McCollum Park, Everett. (425) 357-6010. See www.snomgf.org.

 

Rhododendrons & Azaleas: Saturday, May 3. From the classics to the latest hybrids, come and rediscover Rhododendrons. Fabulous colors, fantastic foliage, and even ‘cooler’ species. Free. 1 p.m. Advanced registration required. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville. Call (425) 334-2002 or email info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Bellingham Procession of the Species: Saturday, May 3. Have fun dressing up and celebrating life. Lineup begins at 3:30 p.m. by City Hall, 210 Lottie St. The parade begins at 4 and ends at Maritime Heritage Park, with music by Big Bad Monkeys. Participation is free. Parade route and other details available at bpots.org.

 

NW Rabbit Breeders Show: Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4. Evergeen State Fairgrounds, Monroe. (360) 568-8902.

 

Everett-Rock & Gem Club’s 61st Annual Gem Show: Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4.  Hourly door prizes, Kid’s activities, special exhibits, local dealers, demonstrations, refreshments, free admission. Open at 10 a.m. Everett Community College Student Fitness Center, 2206 Tower St., Everett.

 

Stanwood-Warm Beach Greenwood Garden Club Plant Sale: Saturday, May 3. The sale traditionally offers annuals, perennials, ground covers, shrubs. A varied selection of yard art items will also be offered. Greenwood Garden Club is a non-profit, social club dedicated to supporting members’ gardening interests and enhancing their horticulture knowledge via programs on timely topics and tours of specialty gardens and nurseries in the area. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  at the Warm Beach Community Park, 19016 – 94th Drive N.W.  Stanwood. (360) 652-4138.

 

May Faire: Sunday, May 4. Celebrate the beauty and abundance of spring with family fun activities. Dancing around a May Pole with colorful ribbons, jingling bells, face painting and Mallard ice cream. Make fresh flower crowns and step into the garden. 1 to 4 p.m. Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, 941 Austin St, Bellingham.

 

Basics of Growing Potatoes: Sunday, May 4. Varieties available for planting, when to plant, harvest, and how to store your potatoes. Presented by WSU Master Gardeners.  2 p.m. Tennant Lake Interpretive Center, Ferndale. See whatcom.wsu.edu.

 

South Whidbey Tilth Farmers’ Market Opening Day: Sunday, May 4. Produce, plants, crafts, goodies and more. Vendors are welcome to apply. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. See www.southwhidbeytilth.org/market.

 

Ethiopian Vegetarian Cuisine with Mulu Belay: Monday, May 5. Mulu Belay, owner and chef of the Ambo Ethiopian Cuisine  at the Bellingham Farmers Market, prepares a mouthwatering spread of vegetarian favorites. 6 to 9 p.m. $35 per person. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

 

Happy Healthy Gut with Jennifer Browne: Monday, May 5. Meet author Jennifer Browne whose new book, “Happy Healthy Gut,” describes her experience of overcoming years of intestinal distress by adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Free. (360) 734-8158.

 

Caribbean Vegetarian Cuisine with Sarah Chan: May 6. 6 p.m. Bellingham Community Food Co-op. (360) 734-8158.

 

La Dolce Vita with Robert Fong: Wednesday, May 7. Chef Fong presents a multi-course Italian feast. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Must be 21+ to attend. $69 per person. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

 

Birchwood Garden Club’s May Meeting: Beekeeping: Wednesday, May 7. Jo Miller from Mt. Baker Beekeepers will provide an introduction to beekeeping. Jo will share her knowledge and observations of the joys, challenges and pitfalls of beekeeping, including starting, maintaining and harvesting a hive, overwintering bees, placement and local resources. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. BGC membership is open to anyone in Whatcom and Skagit County. www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

 

Take Control of Your Immune System Health with Jim Ehmke, CN: Wednesday, May 7. Learn all about the immune system. 6:30 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. $5 per person.

 

TFW Breakfast Meeting: Locavore Maple Syrup Production: Thursday, May 8. Presented by Al Craney, Forester, Skagit Conservation District. 7 a.m. Farmhouse Restaurant, 13724 LaConner Whitney Road, Mount Vernon. Buffet breakfast $14 (includes tax and tip).

 

Hidden Forest Foray: Thursday, May 8. Explore the plants of the Sehome Hill Arboretum, a “secret” natural area in the heart of Bellingham with guidebook author and Arboretum board member Mark Turner. Learn what’s native and what’s not. 6 p.m. to dusk. Free. No registration required, just show up at the meeting spot (top of Arboretum Drive, off Bill McDonald Parkway). Sponsored by the Koma Kulshan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society.

 

“Off the Table and Into the House” at Good Earth Pottery: Friday, May 9. May’s featured artist, Jeremy Noet, creates vibrant functional ware for every room in the house. He’s showcasing how pottery can come into play beyond the kitchen: bathroom sinks, lighting, reusable bottles for the brewer or distiller in your life, planters and more. Come meet the artist during a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. 1000 Harris Avenue, Bellingham. (360) 671-3998,  www.goodearthpots.com.

 

Stanwood/Camano 16th Annual Camano Island Studio Tour: Friday, Saturday,  and Sunday, May 9-11, and Encore Weekend Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18. This free self-guided tour features the art of 41 juried artists, three galleries, and Alfred Currier, of Anacortes, is the 2014 Studio Tour Featured artist. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See www.camanostudiotour.com for a map and directions to the studio tour.

 

Whatcom Master Gardeners Plant Sale & Garden Fair: Saturday, May 10. Lots of plants, Master Gardener booth for questions and answers, and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale. All proceeds help support Whatcom County Master Gardener programs.

 

Skagit County Master Gardener Foundation Annual Plant Fair: Saturday, May 10. Over 2,500 varieties of tomatoes, veggie and flower starts, native plants, perennials, herbs, trees, and shrubs, Mother’s Day gifts. Educational booths, art, food, plant and other vendors, as well as Master Gardener help with gardening questions. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Skagit County Fairgrounds, Mount Vernon, Building F. Free admission and parking. Vendors invited for $25 booth fee. All proceeds help support Skagit County Master Gardener volunteer programs. For more information, contact Deborah Smeltzer at PlantFair@landingroad.org. Also, early day gas engines, classic tractors and antique farm machinery on site.

 

Island County Master Gardener Foundation Plant Sale: Saturday, May 10. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Perennials, native plants, shrubs, and veggies. Master Gardener Plant Clinic to help you solve any plant problems or identification you are having. Greenbank Farm 765 Wonn Rd. Greenbank, Whidbey Island. Proceeds support the Island County Master Gardener program.

 

Using Tunnels and Hoop Houses for Productive Gardening: Saturday, May 10. Use of high tunnels and hoop houses can bring you success in crops that often fail out in the open. Discuss hoop house construction, planting, pruning and training, and management issues. Free. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Mother’s Day at Ferndale Public Market: Saturday, May 10. Choose from a wide selection of plants and flowers, and crafts and artwork, to find that unique gift for mom. Many of these items will be priced for the child who wants to get their mom something from the heart without breaking their piggybank. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ferndale Public Market.

 

Snohomish Cider Festival: Saturday, May 10. Featuring ciders from around the northwest. All proceeds from the Festival support the Snohomish Kiwanis. Craven Farm, 13817 Short School Road, Snohomish. 6 to 9 p.m. See www.SnohomishCiderFest.com.

 

Japanese Tea Tasting and Ceremony: Saturday, May 10. Tatsuo Tomeoka from Charaku Fine Japanese Tea Company will teach you all about Japanese tea and the tea ceremony. Enjoy a tasting of 7-8 different Japanese green teas, and learn about the history, culture and preparation surrounding the tea ceremony. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $10 per person. Gretchens, 509 S 1st St, Mt Vernon, (360) 336-8747.

 

4th Annual Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival: Saturday, May 10. A total of 18 Northwest hard cider and mead producers will gather under the tasting tent on the Eastsound Village Green on Orcas Island from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets starting at just $5. Age 21+ only in tent. Proceeds benefit the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program. Live music and farmers market also happening.

 

Monthly Artist Saturday at Artwood: Saturday, May 10. Jim Hume will be on hand from 1 until 4 p.m. to talk about his diverse work in many media. Artwood, the co-op woodworkers’ gallery, will show new designs by members all month. Artwood Gallery, 1000 Harris Avenue in Old Fairhaven. (360) 647-1628.

 

The Friends of the Arlington Library Book Sale and Membership Drive: Monday, May 12, through Saturday, May 17, in the lobby of the Library at 135 N. Washington Avenue, in Arlington.  The sale, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. each day, will feature good used books, with most prices at one dollar or less. A special addition to this sale is a collection of Civil War books, with book sets added each day. Each new member signing up during the May Membership Drive will receive a special gift to promote the theme, “Help Us Grow”, and will be entered into a drawing for an exclusive garden basket of items valued at $60.  Membership is only $10. Friends of the Arlington Library is a non-profit group of volunteers, with monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, at 3:30 p.m., at the Arlington Library.  All proceeds and donations are used by the group to provide funding for the Arlington Library’s special programs, which are free to the public.

 

Anti-Inflammatory Essentials with Sonja Max, RD: Monday, May 12. Discover which foods fight inflammation, which foods feed it, and how to maintain an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. $15 per person.

 

Clearing Toxic Emotions for Sound Sleep with Santosha Nobel: Monday, May 12. 6:30 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. $10 per person.

 

Lifetime Detox with Demetree Robinson: Tuesday, May 13. Detoxification, the process of ridding one’s body of toxins and waste, promotes both physical health and mental well being. 1 p.m. Recipes and samples provided. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. $10 per person.

 

Middle Eastern Feast with Karina Davidson: Tuesday, May 13. Elements of the diverse cuisines of the Middle East come together in one feast. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. $39 per person. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

 

Skagit Valley Hospital – Veggie Delights: Tuesday, May 13. Learn to make dishes that highlight comfort foods with a vegetarian twist. $25 per person. 6 p.m. Gretchens, 509 S 1st St, Mt Vernon. Call (360) 814-2424 to register or visit  skagitvalleyhospital.org/events.

 

For the Halibut with Robert Fong: Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15. (Two times available.) It’s halibut season and Chef Fong introduces fun, new dishes. An $8 wine option is payable at class. $49 per person. 6:30 to 9 p.m.  Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

 

Whatcom Horticultural Society Presents Riz Reyes “Small Space, Big Impact: Standout Plants for Small Spaces”: Thursday, May 15. Learn various approaches to designing, planting and maintaining a small garden space. Riz uses a diverse plant palette and will show us ways to utilize plants with unique, but tried and true, combinations with an emphasis on year round interest. An early curiosity about fruits and flowers turned a young boy from the Philippines into an award-winning garden designer and avid plantsman in the Pacific Northwest. Whatcom Museum Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St, Bellingham. Doors open at 7 p.m. Lecture at 7:30 p.m. $10 for members (membership available at lecture), $15 general.

 

The Art of Poaching with Mary Ellen Carter: Thursday, May 15. Join Mary Ellen Carter to master the art of poaching – a gentle and delicious way to cook delicate foods. 6 to 8 p.m. A $7 wine option is payable at class. $35 per person. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham.   Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

 

Sew Thoughtful: Friday, May 16. If you love to sew, please join the Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA)  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for their Sew Thoughtful project. Pre-cut quilt kits will be pieced together for babies at Providence Hospital NICU. Mary Hickey, a leader in the quilting world for more than 25 years, will head the project at McCollum Park, 600 128th ST. S.E., Everett in the Cougar Room behind the WSU Extension Office. Bring your sewing machine, sewing tools and lunch. Any questions contact Carla at (206) 595-9717 or carla.peery@wsu.edu

 

Growing Veterans Farm Tour at Viva Farms: Saturday, May 17. Enjoy farm walks/tours, hourly hay rides, and some yummy popcorn as you learn about a new program to engage local veterans in meaningful volunteer & internship experiences at this sustainable farm. Located at Viva Farms in Mount Vernon, 2 to 5 p.m., just off Hwy 20 at the intersection of Higgins Airport Way and Ovenell Road, Port of Skagit. Event hosted by Leadership Skagit Class of 2014 Team Magic Skagit Superheroes. See www.growingveterans.org.

 

International Plowing Match: Saturday, May 17. The International Plowing Association puts on this historic event and is an active group of volunteers consisting of multi-generational plowing families and people interested in preserving the tradition of the Plowing Match. Berthusen Park, Lynden. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Bountiful Berries: Saturday, May 17. 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. Free. 1 p.m. Advanced registration required. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville. Call (425) 334-2002 or email info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Cascade Cuts Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, May 17. The wholesale nursery Cascade Cuts is open to the public just one day a year as a fundraiser for Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming Program. Lining walkways and packing greenhouses are colorful ornamental, dozens of varieties of herbs, flowers and more. Tucked in the 12 greenhouses and many outside growing areas are intriguing oddities including coffee trees, hops, compost tea machines, and unusual herbs. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 632 Montgomery Road, Bellingham.

 

Community Shopping Day to benefit Pails-n-Trails 4-H Club: Saturday, May 17. Representatives in both stores from 1 to 4 p.m. Two percent of today’s total sales will be donated to the organization. Community Food Co-op, Bellingham.

 

May Farm Tour in Victoria Heights: Saturday, May 17. Snohomish Conservation District will lead a tour at a Stanwood area farm with horses and donkeys from 10 a.m. to noon. The tour is free and will cover best management practices that will keep your horse’s hooves healthy, your manure pile manageable and your pastures green. Register online at farmtour-stanwood.eventbrite.com.

 

Canning and Cocktails – Kim Chi: Saturday, May 17. Katharine Isserlis and Ann Darlin Leason, both Certified Food Preservers, will cover the basic fermentation process by demonstrating a simple kimchi recipe and discuss the health benefits of fermented foods. Students will leave class with their own jar of kimchi to ferment at home. Gretchens, 509 S 1st St, Mt Vernon. $30 per person. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

 

Late Spring/Summer Orcharding Workshop: Saturday, May 17. Dynamic 1-day workshop featuring a team of experienced professionals led by Dr. Andrea Bixby-Brosi and Alix Whitener of WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center/Wenatchee, WSU NW Research Center/Mt. Vernon, and joined by local orchardist Gary Moulton. Covering various topics of orchard management and care. $95, includes all class materials, beverages and lunch. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Skagit Valley Gardens, 18923 Johnson Rd, Mt. Vernon. For more information please visit www.agbizcenter.org or call (425) 466-8722.

 

Snohomish-SnohoBrewHaHa: Sunday, May 18. Over 50 unique and specialty brews are featured for you to taste and explore. Comedy, food and more. 1 to 5 p.m. Snohomish Event Center. Proceeds benefit the programs of the Snohomish Senior Center. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com.

 

Celebration of Food Festival: Sunday, May 18. The third annual Celebration of Food Festival will be held at the Lynnwood Convention Center featuring more than 50 booths with information and activities. Organized by Food Revolution Snohomish County, the festival is a free, family event where participants can learn how to grow, purchase and prepare wholesome, local food. Highlights this year include a new growing demonstration area hosted by Farmer Frog and Edmonds CC Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAgE) Program, a Presentation and Q&A period by Ciscoe Morris and Cynthia Lair. Cooking demonstrations for adults, food vendors,  Hands-On Kids’ Food & and Kitchen Skills Station, Children’s Reading Tent and book give away. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. For more information, see www.edcc.edu/foodfest/.

 

Whatcom Water Fest: Sunday, May 18. Day of community education, outreach, and engagement for local residents to celebrate our sense of place and become stewards of Puget Sound. Information about local organizations, businesses and opportunities to take ideas to action. Area residents attending this free, easily accessible, family-friendly event will enjoy music, food, games and giveaways. Maritime Heritage Park, Bellingham. Noon to 4 p.m. 360-647-7093 x107.

 

Natural Fermentation with Sonja Max, RD: Monday, May 19. Learn how to make enzyme-rich sauerkraut, kimchee, and tempeh from dried beans in this demonstration class. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. $25 per person. Register at Co-op.

 

Traditional Coast Salish Cooking with Vanessa Cooper: Tuesday, May 20. Learn the traditional Coast Salish way of preparing salmon using skunk cabbage, along with other traditional food recipes using local seasonal greens and their modern equivalents. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. $29 per person. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

 

Know and Grow Workshop: Tips and Tools for Growing the Best Vegetables in Our Climate: Tuesday, May 20. Skagit County Master Gardener Ruth Sutton will share her knowledge, including techniques for pre-warming soils, using hoop tunnels, encouraging pollinators and everything you need to know to increase your success in your own vegetable patch. This workshop is free and open to the public. 1 to 2:30 p.m. WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, 16650 Washington 536, Mount Vernon.

 

Sensational Sauces from South of the Border with Ana Jackson: Thursday, May 22. The right sauce (“salsa” in Spanish) can turn an ordinary dish into a true culinary delight. Ana Jackson demonstrates three great sauce-accompanied dishes. 6 to 9 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. $39 per person. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

 

Container Gardening With Edibles: Saturday, May 24. Join Mary Stole, Sunnyside’s Greenhouse Manager, to learn how to create beautiful edible container gardens to fit on any patio or balcony. Free. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville.

 

Ski to Sea weekend: Friday, May 23 through Sunday, May 25. Annual multi-leg race from Mt. Baker to Bellingham Bay and weekend celebration including parade and more. See skitosea.com for complete line-up.

 

“Bringing It Home” Film Screening: Tuesday, May 27. A documentary about industrial hemp showing at Pickford Film Center. Community members are invited for a post-screening Q&A and there will be product samples like Dr. Bronner’s hemp castile soap. Sustainable Connections and Transition Whatcom are co-sponsors.

 

Paella Negra: Tuesday, May 27. PaellaWorks’ Knut Christiansen brings his colossal paella pans to teach students the fundamentals of paella and how to create an edible mosaic of colors and textures with a paella negra featuring bacalao, shellfish, Washington shrimp, serrano ham wrapped yearling oysters and Spring vegetables. $45 per person. 6:30 p.m. Gretchens, 509 S 1st St, Mt Vernon, (360) 336-8747.

 

Szechuan with Robert Fong: Wednesday, May 28. Classic fast-cooking Northern Chinese dishes done with flair. 6:30 to 9 p.m. An $8 wine option is payable at class. $45 per person. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

 

Downtown Plants: Thursday, May 29. Enjoy an evening walk investigating native plants in the urban environment. We will follow the Native Plant Teaching Trail in Maritime Heritage Park along Whatcom Creek and learn about the plants, their names, and uses in native Salish tradition. The walk will be led by anthropologist Allan Richardson, co-author of Nooksack Place Names. 6 p.m. to dusk. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center on West Holly Street at Maritime Heritage Park in downtown Bellingham. Sponsored by the Koma Kulshan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society.

 

Christianson’s Nursery: An Evening of Wine & Artisan Chocolate at the Schoolhouse: Friday, May 30. Special evening to benefit the new La Conner Regional Library building project. Hellam’s Vineyard in La Conner and Charmed Chocolates in Bellingham have teamed up to present pairings of wine and chocolates. Ten percent of all plant sales made during this event will be donated to the new library project. $25 per person. 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets on sale at Brown Paper Tickets (www.brownpapertickets.com), or Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Rd., Mt Vernon. (360) 466-3821.

 

Opening Day of the Mount Vernon Farmers Market: Saturday, May 31. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. See www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org.

 

Darrington Day: Saturday, May 31. A fun-filled day to celebrate Darrington and its heritage. Open Air Market, gift shops, and local vendors. Includes a special memorial room for the 530 slide. The Whitehorse Musicians Guild will host live music in Old School Park from noon to 6 p.m. Free admission.  Keep your eye out for Smokey the Bear. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Coordinated by the Darrington Area Business Association. See www.darringtonwatourism.com.

 

Summer Blooming Shrubs: Saturday, May 31. Learn about the best plants to choose for your yard, how to design your landscape using them and proper care and feeding techniques. These beautiful summer blooming shrubs will not only add a wonderful splash of color to your yard but will also attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Join our Certified Professional Horticulturist Trevor Cameron for this free class. 1 p.m. Advanced registration required. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville. Call (425) 334-2002 or email info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

 

 

JUNE 2014

Indoor Suitable Bonsai Workshop: Sunday, June 1. Bonsai expert Tori Lenze will teach a beginning level workshop encompassing the creation of an indoor bonsai. Learn the basics of transplanting and shaping for a lovey specimen suitable for indoors. $49 class fee. All materials are included. Students need to bring small pruners, and gloves. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821.

 

WEEDS: Whatcom Master Gardener Workshop: Sunday, June 1. The class includes identification and weed management suggestions. 2 p.m. at the Weed Identification Garden at Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale.

 

Skagit Valley Art Escape: Thursday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7, by community. Join the art experiences in Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Edison and La Conner. Original art, wine, chocolates, dinner and more at downtown locations. For a complete listing of participating businesses and dates, visit skagitvalleyartescape.com.

 

Anacortes Waterfront Festival: Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8. This is a fun family event with a little something for everyone – Pirates, classic cars, milk carton regatta, children’s activities and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Anacortes waterfront.

 

Sorticulture, Everett’s Garden Arts Festival: June 6, 7 and 8. Unites art and the garden in a celebration of creative outdoor living. Our featured artists create distinctive hand-crafted garden art and our nurseries produce a wide variety of plants to transform your backyard. Learn tips and tricks from top regional gardening experts including KING 5’s Ciscoe Morris. Display gardens, food fair, wine garden, live music and free activities for the kids. Friday hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 145 Alverson Blvd, Everett.

 

Farmers Day Parade 2014: Saturday, June 7. Watch along Front St. in Lynden starting at 10th St. and running to 3rd St. as cars, bands, tractors, trucks and horses salute the agriculture industry of Whatcom County. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free to spectators.

 

Monroe-Touch-A-Truck: Saturday, June 7. Kids of all ages will enjoy exploring fire trucks, police cars, SWAT vehicles, construction equipment, race cars, a hydroplane and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located at Monroe Christian School, 1009 West Main Street, Monroe. Purchase tickets at www.mcstouchatruck.com. Cost is $5 for individuals and $25 for a family pass (up to 8 people). Children under 1 year are free.

 

Summer Care in the Vineyard: Saturday, June 7. We will look at shoot positioning, summer pruning, bunch thinning, water management, and disease management. All of these issues are critical to the production of quality grapes for eating and wine. 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

 

Conifer Bonsai Workshop: Sunday, June 8. Bonsai expert Tori Lenze will teach a beginning level workshop encompassing the creation of a bonsai conifer. 1 to 3:30 p.m. $49 class fee. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821.

 

Solar 101 Workshop: Thursday, June 12. Western Solar Inc will give you an overview of photovoltaic technology, how it works in the Pacific Northwest, the financial benefits, and available incentives. A Whatcom County PSE representative will also be available to discuss “net metering.”  Space is limited, registration required. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Re Sources, Bellingham. Free. (360) 746-0859.

 

Deming Logging Show: Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15. Various logging events, adults and kids, logging exhibits and equipment, BBQ, shortcake, concessions and more. Admission per person. Deming Log Show Grounds, Cedarville Road, east of Bellingham. Proceeds go to busted up loggers. See www.demingloggingshow.com.

 

Ornamental Grasses for Every Garden: Saturday, June 14. Our grass expert and buyer, Eric Andrews will explain many different grass varieties, their cultural requirements and show you how to best use them in the garden to create a great visual effect. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. $8 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

June Bloom Walk with John Christianson: Saturday, June 14. Join John Christianson on a stroll among the flowering trees, late season rhododendrons and early roses at the 11 acre English Garden of La Conner Flats, adjacent to our Nursery. 1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations requested, complimentary. (360) 466-3821.

 

Berry Dairy Days: Thursday, June 19 through Sunday, June 22. Various family-friendly events including shortcake, carnival, parade, salmon BBQ, road run, car show, and more. Downtown Burlington, times vary. For complete listing, see www.burlington-chamber.com.

 

Marysville 83rd Annual Strawberry Festival: Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22. Kids’ party in the park, berry run, kid parade, strawberry shortcake eating contest, beer garden, parade, fireworks and more. See www.maryfest.org.

 

First Annual Antique Fair at the Schoolhouse: Saturday, June 21. Quality antiques and collectibles from local antique dealers. Located under the ‘Big Tent’ and in the 1888 Meadow Schoolhouse. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.

 

Darrington-Timberbowl Rodeo and Concert: Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22. The Darrington Timberbowl Rodeo is a Professional Western Rodeo Association sanctioned rodeo with contestants from all around the Northwest and Canada. Also stick pony racing and mutton busting for kids. Concert following the Rodeo is Dancing in the Dirt for $10 per person. Darrington Rodeo Grounds, 42109 Sr 530 NE, Darrington. www.darringtonwatourism.com.

 

Plan Your Winter Vegetable Garden Now!: Saturday, June 21. At the peak of summer is the best time to plan and plant a winter garden. Here in the Northwest, it’s possible to grow and harvest vegetables almost year round. Discuss the types of plants you can grow, special fertility and soil requirements for winter gardening, and the use of cloches and frost blankets to extend the harvest. 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.

Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens Annual Plant Sale & Raffle: Saturday, June 21. Trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials. Unique raffle items. Fun, knowledgeable volunteers. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Everett’s Legion Park, 145 Alverson Blvd, Upper Lot. For more information, see www.evergreenarboretum.com.

Christianson’s Nursery 11th Annual Rose Festival: Saturday, June 28. Keynote speakers Ciscoe Morris and John Christianson will talk roses again this year. Rosarian Jeff Wyckoff will give a class on Sustainable Rose Growing at 11 a.m. located in the Big Tent. Other events of the day include a Rose Show and lecture hosted by the Tri-Valley Rose Society. An ice cream social caps off the day. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

Skagit’s AMAZING RACE to Raise Great Kids: Saturday, June 28. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See www.skagitraisesgreatkids.org/amazing-race.

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