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EVENTS: August 2014

Aug 1st, 2014 | Category: Events

Puget Sound Antique Tractor and Machinery Association Annual Gas and Steam Show: Through Saturday, Aug. 2. See many displays of cars, trucks, tractors, and engines. The static and operating displays demonstrate and teaches how equipment was used in farming and logging. Activities for kids of all ages. Berthusen Park, Lynden. Open 7 a.m. until dusk. For more information, see www.psatma.com or call Brian Dykstra at (360) 296-0655.

 

Stanwood-Camano Community Fair: Friday, Aug. 1. The “Best Lil Fair in the West” is one of the largest community fairs in Washington State which showcases the Stanwood-Camano Community’s past, present and future. Enjoy exhibits, entertainment and carnival. Adults $10, seniors and children $7, under 5 free. 6431 Pioneer Hwy., Stanwood. Call (360) 629-4121.

 

Friday Fish Fry, Old Fashioneds & Farm Tunes: Each Friday at Bellewood Acres in August. Music from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 1: Ryan Sandholm Band; Aug. 8: Sky Colony; Aug. 15: Gentri Watson; Aug. 22: Anissa; Aug. 29: Quickdraw String Band. Bellewood Acres, Lynden. BelleWoodFarms.com.

 

Celebrating Over 4 Decades of Good Earth Pottery: Saturday, Aug. 2. Join the party from 3-6 p.m. as Good Earth Pottery celebrates more than 44 years in the Fairhaven district. Live music, snacks, and door prizes, along with a reception for August’s featured artists, co-owners Deb Martin and Linda Stone.  Many of the gallery’s 50 local artists will be on site as part of the festivities. 1000 Harris Avenue, Bellingham. (360) 671-3998, www.goodearthpots.com.

 

Artwood Gallery: Laurie Potter’s striking paintings continue to be shown through most of August. Wide variety of furniture, woodwork, and accessories. New wood jewelry, games, entry tables, dining tables, rockers, and bookshelves, of original design and natural wood in its many colors, some featuring accents of stone and steel. Artwork includes “Voice of the Night,” a carved owl by Larry Roberts, and “Grass Fed Chair,” upholstered in cow hide complete with its hair. All this and more is to be seen at Artwood, 1000 Harris Avenue in Old Fairhaven. 360-647-1628, www.artwoodgallery.com.

 

Anacortes Arts Festival: Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1-3. 250 booth artisans, a fine art exhibit, ethnic and regional foods, music on multiple stages, youth activities and demonstrating artists. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 505 O Ave., Anacortes. For full schedule, see www.AnacortesArtsFestival.com.

 

Leaf Sculpture: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3. Garden art ‘Kayak Greens’ business owner Sandy Milam shows you how to make a leaf sculpture. Craft clothes and gloves suggested. Two classes available. $40 fee includes materials. Pre-registration required. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville. Call (425) 334-2002.

 

Insect Identification Class: Saturday, Aug. 2. An interactive class designed to teach basic insect classification and appreciation. Great fun for families of all ages. Free. 11 a.m. Located at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Center, 900 E. Fairhaven Avenue.

 

Kids’ Craft Fair: Saturday, Aug. 2. Buy or sell at this exciting event. Homemade crafts and treats made by children. Everything $4 or less. Registration is required, and space is limited. Call the library for more information. For grades K-5. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, (360) 305-3600.

 

Birdstock: Saturday, Aug. 2. A fundraiser for the Birdsview Fire Department. BBQ by the Birdsview Fire Department, 50/50 raffle, and more. $5 cover. Noon to 9 p.m. Birdsview Brewing Co., 38302 State Route 20, Concrete. No dogs and no overnight camping. For more details, see www.birdsviewbrewingcompany.com.

 

Whidbey Island Fair: Through Sunday, Aug. 3. Celebrate 90 years of family fun. Games, rides, music, food, exhibits, and much more. For full schedule and tickets, see whidbeyislandfair.com.

 

Master Gardener class on Growing Garlic: Sunday, Aug 3. Master Gardener clinic discusses history, growing, harvest, and storage of garlic. Hard neck and soft neck varieties discussed. 2 to 3 p.m. Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale. Call (360) 676-6736 x12.

 

Native Bees: Sunday, August 3. Learn about how native bees play a major role in plant pollination. In the Northwest there are bumblebees, mason bees and many others which are hardier than the European honeybee and begin pollinating orchards and crops earlier. Ecologist Ida Gianopulos presents a 30-minute program at the South Whidbey Tilth Farmers’ Market at 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact market@southwhidbeytilth.org.

 

All American Selections: Monday, Aug. 4. Learn about plants that have been designated as All-American Selections winners from Master Gardener Karen Tift at the WSU-Snohomish County Extension Master Gardener Demonstration Garden in Marysville’s Jennings Park, 6915 Armar Road. This free event starts at noon.

 

Natural Pet Care & Green Cleaning with Michelle Mahler: Tuesday, Aug. 5. Free. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op. To register, call (360) 336-5087, ext. 139.

 

North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative BBQ: Wednesday, Aug. 6. North Cascades Meat Producers Coop and Del Fox Meats invite livestock producers to  a BBQ dinner and presentation of their plans to bring expanded USDA-inspected meat processing to Snohomish, Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. Plus hosted bar serving locally produced hard cider, beer, and wine. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Stanwood Camano Community Fairgrounds, 6431 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood. RSVP needed. For more information, contact Sandra Matheson, North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative, at (360) 220-5103 or info@northcascademeats.com.

 

Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes with Susy Hymas: Wednesday, Aug. 6. Join food preservation specialist Susy Hymas of Daylight Harvest Foods for demonstrations and discussion on preserving tomatoes. Get a jump on tomato season and learn how to safely can tomatoes, salsas and sauces for year-round enjoyment. 6:30 p.m. $19 per person. Register at Cordata Co-op, Bellingham.

 

Skagit County Fair: Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 6-9. Food, live music, animals, fun, rides, tractor show, car show, square dance, and more. Meet local and community organizations at booths. Skagit County Fairgrounds, 479 W. Taylor Street, Mount Vernon. Adults $7, youth and senior citizens $6, family $20. Kids 5 and under free. Wednesday all tickets $4 until 4 p.m. Call (360) 336 – 9414.

 

Subdued Stringband Jamboree: Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 7-10. Live music, vendors, kids’ parade, activities, vendors, Sunday Gospel, camping at the Deming Log Show Grounds. Admission applies. Youths 14 and under free. See stringbandjamboree.com for complete schedule and ticket information.

 

Marysville Homegrown Festival: Friday through Sunday, Aug. 8-10. Handmade and hand grown items for purchase. Over 100 vendors showcasing local produce, artisans, musicians, and artists. Entertainment for kids and adults. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday is Kids Day. 3rd Street, Marysville. Sponsored by the Downtown Marysville Merchants Association. For more details, e-mail mvillehomegrown@gmail.com.

 

Monroe-Sky Valley Stock & Antique Tractor Show: Friday through Sunday, Aug. 8-10. Competitions, threshing and baling. Pedal tractors for kids, hayrides and a variety of vendors. $6, under 12 free. John Deere is the Featured Tractor for 2014. Our goal is to maintain good public relations between their owners and the  general public, and to promote the preservation of agricultural equipment. 19524 Tualco Loop Road, Monroe. See www.skyvalleyantiquetractor.com.

 

History of Reefnet Fishing: Friday, Aug. 8. Roger Granger will present a show on the history of reefnetting on Lummi Island. He has wonderful tales and great old pictures. Donations for the library maintenance fund accepted.  All ages.  7:30 p.m. Island Library, 2144 South Nugent Road, (360) 305-3600.

 

Reefnet Festival: Respecting the Fish – Past and Present: Saturday, Aug. 9. Reefnet salmon, kids activities, live music, beer and wine garden, arts and crafts, educational reefnetting displays, and boat rides to the reefnet gears. $5 admission. Join us at the Village Point Marina on Lummi Island. Walk on the ferry at Gooseberry Point and shuttle vans will be waiting on the other side at the Lummi Island ferry landing to take you to the west shore. Proceeds benefit Lummi Island for Education Foundation (L.I.F.E.), Beach Elementary School PTO, and the Lummi Island Boys & Girls Club. See www.lummiislandreefnetfestival.com.

 

25th Annual Stillaguamish Festival of the River and Pow Wow: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10. River Meadows Park, Arlington. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Event is free this year, no parking or entrance fees. Pow Wow, Fun Run, Circus troupe The New Old Time Chautauqua, childrens activities, and more. Music by The Wallflowers, Joe Nichols and others. See www.stillaguamish.nsn.us.

 

Porterhouse Brewfest 2014: Saturday, Aug. 9. Dozens of microbreweries will be sampling their beer, and food from local eateries will be available. 2 to 7 p.m. Funds raised support the Lincoln Theatre. Ages 21 and over. Gates Street between 1st & the Skagit River will be closed for the “Blues & Brews Block Party.” Live music by Margaret Wilder Band at 2 p.m., Mary McPage and the Assassins at 3:50 p.m., and Chris Eger Band at 5:40 p.m. Advanced tickets are $20 and include 5 tastes. Admission will be $25 day of event. Additional scrip for tastes will be available for $2 each at the fest. A special $15 ticket is available for designated drivers. See www.lincolntheatre.org.

 

Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10. Celebrating 50 years on the waterfront in downtown Coupeville. Nearly 200 diverse booths representing arts and crafts in 16 separate categories. Live entertainment, food court, waterside wine and beer garden hosted by the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce, interactive children’s activities and more. All non-operational proceeds are invested in the form of community project grants and scholarships. See coupevillefestival.com.

 

Lavender’s Secrets Revealed: Saturday, Aug. 9. Lavender is beloved for its fragrance, color and utility as an herb. “Lavender Man” Tony B. shares his top tips for lavender growers. Learn to grow healthy plants and revive old ones too. Free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. Call (360) 676-5480.

 

Dahlia Growing, Tending & Harvesting Made Easy: Saturday, Aug. 9. The instructors are John Willson, founder of Swede Hill Dahlia Sunflower Farm and Larry Childs, grower at Baby Island Dahlias. Reservations please. 10:30 a.m. Class fee is $10. Meerkerk Gardens, 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank, off Resort Road. Call (360) 678-1912 or (360) 222-0121, or email meerkerk@whidbey.net.

 

Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden with Lee Reich: Saturday, Aug. 9. Lee will introduce some fruits, such as pawpaw, medlar, Nanking Cherry, and persimmon that are not well known, but have delectable flavors and are easy to grow, followed by espalier tour. Sponsored by the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Washington State University Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, Washington. Free for WWFRF members, $10 for others. See www.nwfruit.org.

 

Estate Sale at the La Conner Civic Garden Club: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10. The Skagit County Historical Museum and the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum host their biennial Estate Sale at the La Conner Civic Garden Club. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

August Veggie Demo at the Bellingham Farmers Market: Saturday, Aug. 9. Join Sustainable Connections and learn new tips and tricks for those tasty summer squash. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bellingham Farmers Market.

 

Summer Harvest Day: Sunday, Aug. 10. Late summer is the pinnacle of fruit and veggies in the garden. Come tour Cloud Mountain Farm Center’s growing fields and taste what is grown here.  Admission fee, registration not required. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. See more at www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Northwest Washington Fair: Monday through Saturday, Aug. 11-16. Live music, grandstand entertainment, contests, rides, ag area and more. For complete schedule, see nwwafair.com/events/northwest-washington-fair.

 

Pickles and Sauerkraut: Monday, Aug. 11. Learn how to can with Vivian Smallwood. The cost is $20 per class. Unitarian Church, 500 West Section St, Mount Vernon. There is an additional $25 cost for the required online course. To pre-register for classes, call (360) 428-4270, ext 0.

 

Berries and Small Fruits for Skagit County: Tuesday, Aug. 12. WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardeners in partnership with WSU – Mount Vernon NWREC present a WSU Know & Grow workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Lisa DeVetter, the new extension scientist at NWREC will talk about growing different varieties of berries and small fruits. Learn what does well here and how you can have fresh fruit in your own backyard. WSU Mount Vernon NWREC Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536 (Memorial Highway).

 

Tomatoes, Salsa, & Relish: Wednesday, Aug. 13. Learn how to turn the local abundance of tomatoes and fresh vegetables into jars of color and flavor for the dreary days of winter. Demonstration, hands-on. Take home a jar of finished product. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $20 per workshop. Contact WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Evergreen Room in McCollum Park, 600 128th St SE, Everett. Foodsafety.snoco@wsu.edu, (425) 357-6004.

 

Pickle It! with Susy Hymas: Wednesday, Aug. 13. Food preservation specialist Susy Hymas of Daylight Harvest Foods demonstrates how to make crisp and tasty pickles from fresh veggies. Learn everything you need to know to make both quick and fermented pickles. Students will go home with a jar of sauerkraut to ferment at home. 6:30 p.m. $19 per person. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham.

 

Farm School at  Highwater Farm: Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15-16. All ages. Hands on workshop. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. open house. Learn about plants, roots, seeds, harvesting, weeding and more. $35-60. Discounts with annual family memberships. Highwater Farm, 21135 Francis Road, Mount Vernon. Call (360) 424-3289.

 

1st Annual Foothills Arts and Crafts Fair: Saturday, Aug. 16. The community is fundraising for a future park in Maple Falls. The Park committee is made up of volunteer community members. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Maple Falls. See maplefallspark.com.

 

Farm to Table Dinner at Willowood Farm: Saturday, Aug. 16. Fundraiser for Ebey’s National Historical Reserve. 5 p.m. For tickets, see https://willowoodfarm.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/dinner-on-the-farm-with-chef-renee-erickson.

 

Food as Medicine: Saturday, Aug. 16. Learn new approaches to understanding and appreciating food through herbs, meditation, spirituality and writing. Together we will discuss food rituals and healing plants for improving overall well-being in this three hour workshop. Free. 1 to 4 p.m. Harmony Fields, Bow. Register at http://www.hfproduce.com/art-in-the-barn/.

 

6th Annual Lummi Island Edible Garden Tour & Workshops: Saturday, Aug. 16. Two morning workshops, followed by a tour of edible gardens of Lummi Island from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 individual, $15 family, and includes the workshops with Kelle A. Rankin-Sunter, Mason Bees & Alternative Pollinators, Blaine CORE Community Orchards for Resources & Education, and Mary VonKrusensteirn giving a guided tour of Loganita Farm. Food, produce and performance of “South Pacific” at Beach School Auditorium, presented by the PTO Lummi Island Summer Theatre Camp at 7 p.m. (additional fee). All proceeds benefit Beach Elementary School through the non-profit Lummi Island Foundation for Education. See www.beachschoolfoundation.org.

 

Mason Bee Workshop with Kelle Sunter:  Saturday, Aug. 16. Learn how to enjoy and care for mason bees as part of the 6th Annual Edible Garden Tour. 10 a.m. Sponsored by Lummi Island Foundation for Education. Island Library, 2144 South Nugent Road, (360) 305-3600.

 

3rd Annual Bike to Farms Tour: Saturday, Aug. 16. Join Co-op staff on a free cycling tour of some of our favorite local farms: Skagit Flats Farm, J-4 Ranch, Ralph’s Greenhouse and Living Rain Farm. This 8-mile-roundtrip ride is family friendly. “Fat-tire” bikes are recommended (we’ll be riding along gravel and dirt roads). Helmets are required. Bring a sack lunch or snacks with you. Free Co-op ice cream after the tour. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To sign-up, email coopbiketofarm@gmail.com or call (360) 542-5007.

 

17th annual Community Food Co-op Party: Sunday, Aug. 17. Music, food, parade, play lab, face painting, crafts and more. Local ice cream from Mallard Ice Cream. Circus Show with the Emergency Circus and performers from the Bellingham circus community. Live music by the Clumsy Lovers. Lots of family-friendly fun. Noon to 4:30 p.m. Maritime Heritage Park, Bellingham.

 

Teen Girls Camp: Monday through Friday, Aug. 18-22. For ages 11 and older. Highwater Farm, Mount Vernon. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Empowerment, yoga, organic farming and more with Robyn Pipkin and Danielle Chevalier. $150 includes lunch made from farm food grown onsite. Call (360) 424-3289 or e-mail wholewhirldance@yahoo.com. Highwater Farm, 21135 Francis Road, Mount Vernon.

 

Bow Little Market Fiber Day: Thursday, Aug. 21. Come join us for a day of teaching, demos, and selling. 1 to 6 p.m. Ask questions and learn about: raising fiber animals, processing fiber, spinning, weaving, knitting and felting, crocheting, weaving on rigid heddle and inkle looms, and more. Fleece, roving, yarn, crochet hooks and knitting needles, drop spindles and more available for purchase. Fiber projects for kids to work on as well. Bow Little Market, at Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green, along Old Hwy 99 just south of Bow Hill Rd. Contact  Patty at (360) 724-3333 or bowlittlemarket@yahoo.com. See bowlittlemarket.wordpress.com.

 

Summer Book Sale: Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 21-23. Lots of books for sale. Starts at 10 a.m. each day. Most items $1! Saturday  $4/bag sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Bellingham Public Library. All proceeds benefit Bellingham Public Library. (360) 778-7250,  friendslibrary3@gmail.com.

 

Culinary: Basic Skills Development Boot Camp: Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22-23. Explore the fundamentals of culinary arts studying hands on knife skills, bread making, dry heat cooking methods, moist heat cooking methods and terminology with Skagit Valley Community Education. Materials fee included. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register call Skagit Valley Community Education at (360)416-7638.

 

Whatcom Skillshare Faire: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24. Two days of teaching and learning all kinds of useful, handy, and practical skills. Fiber arts, fermentation, brewing, building, raising animals, survival skills, crafts, gardening, and much more. Admission applies ($10-$25). Kids under 9 and ‘Big Kids’ over 70 get in for free. Kids between 9 and 15 coming with their parents only pay $5 each. Camping available. Volunteers wanted. For more information, see whatcomskillsharefaire.org.

 

Workboat Races & Pirate Faire: Saturday, Aug. 23. Come join in the annual Workboat Races and watch as the working vessels race down the Guemes Channel to show the biggest, fastest and often… slowest. Boat parade begins at 1 p.m.  Dress in your best Pirate garb, and enter the ‘swagger and stagger’ contest or enjoy lunch on the pier from one of the local food vendors. ‘Lands End Bar’ offers drinks for 21+. Annual collectors car show will line Commercial Ave.10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  100 Commercial Ave., Anacortes.

 

Hypertufa ‘Make It and Take It’: Saturday, Aug. 23. Make your own, old English style Hypertufa trough in this ‘Make It and Take It’ class with Kim. Create your own planter in the style of old stone sinks that have been used to grow plants for centuries. Hypertufa is lighter than concrete and undamaged by freezing. Class fee is $39. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480.

 

A Summer Garden Party: Saturday, Aug. 23. Fundraising event supporting the Skagit Symphony and its education program. Dinner and live music in the garden and historic barn of Wakefield Farm overlooking Skagit Bay. 4 p.m. Hosted by David and Dawn Chaplin. Music performed by members of the Skagit Symphony. For tickets, call (360) 848-9336.

 

Everett-Animal Farm at Forest Park: Meet the animals who help make agriculture one of Snohomish County’s leading industries. Laugh at the young goats’ antics and visit all their barnyard friends: woolly sheep, chatty ducks and hens, soft rabbits and muddy pigs. Free admission. Donations are greatly appreciated to offset the cost of feed and barnyard maintenance. The Animal Farm is located at Forest Park. 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd, Everett, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Through Aug. 24.

 

Fruit Pie Filling: Tuesday, Aug. 26. Learn how to can with Vivian Smallwood. The cost is $20 per class. Unitarian Church, 500 West Section St, Mount Vernon. There is an additional $25 cost for the required online course. To pre-register for classes, call (360) 428-4270, ext 0.

 

Pickling & Fermenting: Wednesday, Aug. 27. Crisp, tasty pickles are the ultimate test of a canner’s skill. Learn how to make a great product every time along with the traditional art of fermentation. Demonstration and hands-on. Take home a jar of finished product. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $20 per workshop. Contact WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Evergreen Room in McCollum Park, 600 128th St SE, Everett. Foodsafety.snoco@wsu.edu, (425) 357-6004.

 

Pressure Canning with Susy Hymas: Wednesday, Aug. 27. Food preservation specialist Susy Hymas shows you all you need to know about preserving vegetables and meats safely with a pressure canner. Students will gain an understanding of how pressure canners work and what foods are preserved with this method. 6:30 p.m. $19 per person. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham.

 

Crops to Cuisine: Thursday, Aug. 28. Food by Crave Catering. 6:30 p.m. Bellewood Acres, Lynden. Four-course orchard dinner and pairing. Advance tickets at BelleWoodFarms.com.

 

Picnic Concert at the New Deming Library Gardens: Friday, Aug. 29. Please bring the family and a full picnic basket to enjoy an outdoor concert with local guitarist Jimmy Brite and the lovely voices of Chris Boernke and Norah McLaughlin. The Deming Library’s new community garden and blueberry patch will be the backdrop for this summertime gathering. 6 p.m. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, (360) 305-3600.

 

Evergreen State Fair: Friday through Sunday, Aug. 29 – Sept. 1. Concerts, carnival, pig races, animal exhibits, contests, lumberjack shows, auto races, rodeo, aztec dancers, muscle cars and more. 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe, (360) 805-6704.

 

Rockin Around Whatcom: Saturday, Aug. 30. Enjoy this Wonders of Whatcom slide-illustrated program featuring The Rock Stars of our county. These Rock Stars originated in volcanoes, swamps, Canada and floodplains and have become works of art, benches, memorials, fossils and fuel. This talk includes an introduction on the major types of rocks with some famous examples from elsewhere in the world.  All ages welcome. 3 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Call (360) 305-3600.

 

Fall Book & Bake Sale in Maple Falls:  Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31. The Friends of the North Fork Community Library are having an enormous sale of used books and baked treats at the Town Hall in Maple Falls. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 7509 Mt. Baker Highway. Donations of books in good condition accepted. Funds raised at the book sale go toward maintenance of the North Fork Community Library Building. Call (360) 305-3600.

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER

Mount Vernon Eat Local: Local businesses and the community celebrate the bounty of the Skagit Valley throughout the month with special menu items, activities and much more. See www.eatlocalmountvernon.com.

 

September Eat Local Month: Month-long celebration of local food and farms, sponsored by Sustainable Connections. See sconnect.org for the full schedule.

 

Whatcom County Dahlia Society Annual Flower Show: Saturday, Sept. 6. Hundreds of dahlias and many arrangements of all different types, sizes, and colors from all over Washington and Canada. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. All ages. Bloedel Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave., Bellingham. Call (360) 354-4346.

 

Mulch Matters! Saturday, Sept. 6. Join Certified Arborist and Consultant Christina Pfeiffer as she explains different mulch materials and how they perform in the garden for weed suppression, aesthetics, and maintaining soil condition. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required. Call (360) 466-3821. Class fee is $8. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Fall Veggie Gardening: Saturday, Sept. 6. Get digging for ‘Round 3’ in the harvest season. Transplants are in and you still have time to start some varieties of seeds. Join us to discuss appropriate choices for the season, crop rotation, extending the season, overwintering crops and other tidbits of interest for cool-season gardeners, taught by MaryAnn and Andy Sudkamp. Free. 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. Call (425) 334-2002 or email info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Farm Fit Challenge: Saturday, Sept. 6. One day of obstacles, races and teamwork. Farmers and gardeners versus bodybuilders and athletes. $15. Registration opens at 9 a.m. Lunch and dinner potluck. Highwater Farm, 21135 Francis Road, Mount Vernon.

 

Master Gardener class on Putting the Garden to Bed: Sunday, Sept. 7. Master Gardener clinic discusses utilizing cover crops to protect the soil and enhance the soil the next spring. Free. 2 p.m. Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale. Call (360) 676-6736 x12.

 

3rd annual Bellingham Beer Week: Sept. 12-21. This 10-day celebration of local craft beer includes tap takeovers, brewer nights, beer-and-food pairings, beer-themed movies, special beer releases, beer trivia, visits from beer authors and respected brewers, the Barleywood Squares game show, a sour ale fest and many other events. This year’s main event will be the Bellingham Oktoberfest at Depot Market Square, which will benefit the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County. For more information, visit BellinghamBeerWeek.com

 

Perennials for Fall: Saturday, Sept. 13. Although the focus on fall gardening is often preparing for winter, there are still plenty of lovely perennial blooms around to be enjoyed. Join Ani Gurni of Aulos Designs as she talks about great perennials that keep performing until frost. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required. Call (360) 466-3821. Class fee is $8. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Harvesting and Storing Fall Fruit: Sept. 13. At this workshop, we will discuss ways to determine if fruit is ready to be picked, proper picking, and best storage methods. We will also discuss fall and winter orchard chores to help keep your trees at their healthiest. 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.

 

Whatcom Farm Tour: Saturday, Sept. 13. A free, family-friendly, and self-guided tour of Whatcom County Farms, from veggies to alpacas, wine and more at a total of 12 stops. Locations include: Appel Farms + The Cheese Shop, BelleWood Acres, Bellingham Country Gardens, Bellingham Farmers Market, Cascadia Mushrooms, Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everybody’s Store & Garden, Ferndale Public Market, Heritage Lane Farm, Inspiration Farm, Samson Estates Winery, and Triple Wren Farm. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. See sconnect.org or call (360) 647-7093.

 

Kulshan Community Land Trust’s 8th Annual Community Party: Saturday, Sept. 13. Live music, family-friendly games and activities. Beer, wine, and spirits. Picnic-style dinner included. Free for Kulshan CLT members. $15 advance tickets. 6 to 9 p.m. Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. See kulshanclt.org.

 

Ornamental Grasses: Saturday, Sept. 13. Inspiring, beautiful, easy-to-grow and even low maintenance, grasses really are easy garden magic. Join certified professional horticulturist, Trevor Cameron, to learn how you can best incorporate these great additions into your garden now! Free. 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. Call (425) 334-2002 or email info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Early Fall Paper Cut Workshop: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14. Celebrate the land in an early fall workshop at Harmony Fields creating a seasonal landscape paper cut with Instructor Ann Reid. Learn how to cut stencils, design compositions and transform them into a beautiful landscape artwork. Use your own imagery from drawings or photographs incorporating plants, birds and personalized imagery. Open to all levels.  Cost is $95. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Harmony Fields, Bow. More info and to register: http://www.hfproduce.com/art-in-the-barn.

 

Bite of Bellingham: Sunday, Sept. 14. Noon to 4 p.m. in The Depot Market Square, Bellingham. Presented by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership. More than 20 Bellingham area restaurants participating. All ages. Admission to the event is free, with food and beverage tickets for sale at entry. Tickets are $1 each. Beer garden and more. See http://downtownbham.wordpress.com.

 

9th annual Whidbey Farm Tour: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21. Free self guided event of local farms. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Locations include: Huntersmoon Blueberries, Pacific Winds Farm, Hummingbird Farm, Sherman’s Pioneer Farm, Willowood Farm, Prairie Bottom Farm, Greenbank Farm & Organic Farm School, Pronkin’ Pastures Alpacas, South Whidbey Tilth, Whidbey Island Distillery, Abundant Earth Fiber, Whidbey Island Vineyard & Winery, Shipki Farm Organics, and Fern Ridge Alpacas. See www.whidbeyfarmtour.com.

 

Fall Lawn Care: Saturday, Sept. 20. The perfect time for rejuvenating the lawn is the fall. Come and learn how to get your lawn healthy and tidy going into winter. Taught by Trevor Cameron C.P.H. Free. 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. Call (425) 334-2002 or email info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Beyond Pumpkin Pie! Saturday, Sept. 20. Join Suzanne Butler as she demonstrates creative ideas for putting pumpkin on the plate. Suzanne was “Galloping Gourmet” Graham Kerr’s cooking assistant for many years and is a Culinary Arts instructor at Skagit Valley College. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required. Call (360) 466-3821. Class fee is $10. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Anacortes Home and Boat Tour: Sunday, Sept. 21. Tour unique homes and boats of Anacortes as the Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild for Seattle Children’s Hospital celebrates 75 years of service in Anacortes. All proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital Uncompensated Care Program, serving families within Anacortes and all of Skagit County. Meet at Tea Room (Christ Episcopal Church,1216 7th Street, Anacortes) for complimentary tea and cookies, tickets, displays, restrooms. 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 each. Tickets available through brownpapertickets.com, Anacortes Visitors Center (819 Commercial Avenue), and Tea Room on day of tour. See www.drsamuelgbrooksguild.org.

 

Falling Into the Winter Garden: Saturday, Sept. 21. Join Certified Low Impact Development Specialist, Zsofia Pazstor to learn about garden care and practices for fall and winter. A garden can keep producing all winter if the right steps are taken at the right time. And more than anything, gardens will be able to feed wildlife as well as people during winter if we allow it remain a habitat. 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.

Reservations required. Call (360) 466-3821. Class fee is $8. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

4th Annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival: Saturday, Sept. 27. Huge pumpkins, pony rides, face painting, toad races, carnival games, harvest food, music and a talk about bats (reservations requested for the talk with Kathleen Bander, founder of Bats Northwest, at 11 a.m.). We also welcome you to bring and show off your giant vegetables, big sunflowers and pumpkins grown by children. Free admission. Some activities have a small fee. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. For more information, see www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Terrariums: Saturday, Sept. 27. Learn this ‘old time’ way of planting a ‘garden in a bottle’ for the indoors. Sure to be a fun and informative class instructed by Beverly Anderson. Free. 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. Call (425) 334-2002 or email info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Trial Vineyards Open House & Wine Trials Evaluation: Saturday, Sept. 20. Come and tour our trial vineyards from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tom will be on hand to answer questions about the 15-plus years of variety trials and growing methods in our vineyards. No registration required. Then check out the wine trials evaluation from 1:30 to 3 p.m. This is a chance for new and experienced wine grape growers to have a look at many of the new varieties that are of interest in our climate. Fruit will be available for sampling. If you have fruit or wines you want to share, you are welcome to bring samples. Please let us know what you are bringing. Registration required, must be 21 or over to participate.  $10 workshop fee. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Skagit County Fairgrounds 22nd Annual Fall Garage Sale, Antiques & More: Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27. Over 140 vendors, great food and live music. Car Show on Saturday. $2 admission, $2 parking. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 479 W Taylor St., Mount Vernon. See www.skagitcounty.net/fairgrounds or call (360) 336-9414.

 

Burlington Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch: Saturday, Sept. 27. This free family festival is currently signing up trebuchet teams to hurl pumpkins, obtaining festival sponsorships, food vendors and kids activity booths. Skagit River Park, 1100 S. Skagit Street, Burlington. Contact the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department at (360) 755-9649 or recreation@burlingtonwa.gov.

 

2nd annual Hootennany: Saturday, Sept. 27. Celebrate Eat Local Month and support local farms. Event features local food, local musicians, square dance, and raffle. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Firehouse Performing Arts Center, Fairhaven.

 

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