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Calendar: OCTOBER 2014

Oct 2nd, 2014 | Category: Events

Savor the San Juans: Month-long celebration of agriculture, food and community in the San Juan islands. Farmers, winemakers, distillers, brewers and chefs from around the San Juan Islands will come together for a range of offerings including a harvest dinner held in a garden, meet-the-producer farm tours, wine tastings in a vineyard, a harvest happy hour, a chili cook-off and more. For schedule, see


Greenhouses, Cold Frames and Garden Gear: Birchwood Garden Club’s October Meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 1. Charley Yaw, owner of Charley’s Greenhouse in Mount Vernon, is the featured speaker. Charley’s Greenhouse has been building greenhouses for 32 years, specializing in greenhouses, greenhouse materials, cold frames, greenhouse gear and gardening tools. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. 7 p.m.


Gourmet Old-Fashioned Pickles with Bruce Horowitz: Thursday, Oct. 2. Learn how to pickle vegetables using the old-fashioned lacto-fermentation technique. Students will pickle the vegetables of their choice in a customized herb and spice brine.  Everyone will leave with a quart jar of pickled veggies to ferment and enjoy at home 6:30 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. $35 per person. Register at (360) 383-3200.


Anacortes Oktoberfest –  Bier on the Pier:  Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4. Located on the pier, with 30 breweries over two days. Early Brew tickets are $15/one day pass and $30/two day pass. Includes commemorative glass and your first six taste tokens. Festival seating with food vendors, live music. Prize give-away both Friday and Saturday for best “German Costume.” 1st & Commercial, Historic Port of Anacortes Warehouse. Ages 21+ only. Designated drivers get in free. For more information call (360) 293-7911.


Super Horse Showdown: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 3-5. Competitions include: ranch sorting, barrel racing, cowboy race, pole bending, and super horse challenge (combination of ranch sorting, barrel racing and cowboy race). Also includes clinics with Craig Cameron and Brent Rollins, as well as vendors, Friday Night Draft Horse Pull, Saturday Night Community Event and Fundraiser. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds & Equine Events Center, Lynden. For more information, see


Everett Sausage Festival: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 3-5. Traditional bavarian dinner featuring a variety of food booths, as well as children’s games, the family entertainment stage, bingo, carnival, and Bavarian beer garden and stage. Noon to midnight and Sunday noon to 7 p.m. Perpetual Help Church Grounds, Everett and Cedar, Everett. Visit


2014 Quilt & Fiber Art Festival: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 3-5. Exhibition of traditional quilts, art quilts, wearable art, and fiber art. A large number of workshops available. At Maple Hall see the Quilt Show, browse specialty vendors, and place bids at the silent auction. The Garden Club hosts the Wearables and Fiber Arts show while the Museum features three floors of exhibits. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, La Conner. Admission is $10, includes all three venues. (360) 466-4288.


Downtown Snohomish Window Display Contest: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 3-5. Stroll through downtown to see the festively adorned merchant windows and vote for your favorite. See


Deming Poetry Evening: “Food for the Soul”: Friday, Oct. 3. Poets and appreciators of poetry will share their original and favorite works dedicated to food. Deming area cooks and bakers will share samples using ingredients from Foothills farms and forests. 7 to 9 p.m. Deming Public Library. Free.


Ginger Bug Class: Friday, Oct. 3. A ginger bug is a fermented homemade soda starter. In this workshop taught by Deanna of Unwound Botanicals you will learn how to make a ginger bug using basic ingredients sold at the Co-op. You will also sample homemade sodas, take home recipes for natural sodas and a ginger bug recipe, take home your very own ginger bug. $10 materials fee. 6 p.m. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett, (425) 259-3798.


Pretty in Pink: Friday, Oct. 3. Anacortes Arts Commission presents ‘Pretty In Pink’ at the Depot, 611 R. Ave, Anacortes.  6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds from sales will go to the art therapy program for cancer patients at Island Hospital in Anacortes.


Downtown Art Walk & Wine Tasting: Friday, Oct. 3. 6 to 9 p.m. Seifert and Jones, Bellingham., (360) 393-3271.


Cloud Mountain’s Fall Fruit Festival: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5. Over 200 varieties of fruit and fruit products available to taste and enjoy. Julia’s Pumpkin Patch is open for u-pick or we-pick pumpkins and gourds. Live music on site. $3.50/person or $9 carload. Admission supports educational programs at Cloud Mountain Farm Center. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. See


16th Annual Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5. See what it takes to run a farm, from growing crops to feeding animals. Fun-filled festival activities for everyone including: educational exhibits, farm tours, harvest markets, gardening demonstrations, free samples, kids activities, corn and hay mazes, animal exhibits, pumpkin patches and more. For a complete list of participating farms and more, see


Starting Your Vegetable Garden From Scratch: Saturday, Oct. 4. Ani Gurnee of Aulos Design will demonstrate the easiest and most fertile ways of getting rid of the weeds and invasive grasses to get your soil ready for spring planting. Class fee $8.

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


Fresh Cider Pressing: Saturday, Oct. 4.  Enjoy complimentary apple cider freshly made on Christianson’s antique cider press. This is the weekend of the Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms (, so make a day of it with tours at the numerous working farms in this beautiful region, including next-door La Conner Flats. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Complimentary. 360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200.


Bow Little Market’s 5th annual Harvest Market and Food Swap: Saturday, Oct. 4. Celebrate the season and bring something to trade or share. Surplus fresh, dried, frozen or canned homegrown, wild harvested food, seeds and handmade items all welcome to exchange with other folks. Local produce, products and hot food. Cider pressing all day. Bring clean apples and containers. $5 per press.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Next to the Belfast Feed Store, just south of Bow Hill Rd. on Old 99 (6200 N. Green Rd.)  For more information go to


Rags to Rugs Workshop: Saturday, Oct. 4. Transform your old bed sheets into unique, washable throw rugs. Learn how to prepare the “yarn” from sheets and crochet it into a round, oval, or square rug. If you don’t know how to crochet instructor Janice Shepherd will show you how. Bring an old flat cotton or percale bed sheet, a size Q crochet hook, and a small pair of scissors. $39 per person. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. (360) 383-3200.


MS Benefit Brunch: Sunday, Oct. 5. The Local and StrEAT Food are teaming up to offer a special brunch to raise money for the Washington State Multiple Sclerosis Society. The event starts at 9 a.m. at The Local, 1427 Railroad Ave., Bellingham. A special anti-inflammatory menu that focuses on vegan, gluten free and Omega 3 options will be served. This type of diet may help ease the symptons of MS, said StrEAT Food owner James Pitzer.


Fermenting with Julianne Ash: Saturday, Oct. 4. Skill-share workshop co-sponsored by Transition Fidalgo & Friends in partnership with the Potluck Kitchen Studio at Potluck Kitchen Studio in Anacortes. Workshop is free, but RSVP to Julianne Ash, a registered nurse with experience in clinical and complementary medicine, will teach the process of making fermented vegetables, chutney and kombucha. She farms a small piece of land in Bow and has been operating a CSA for five years.


Fall is for Planting: All About Color! Saturday, Oct. 4. Course covers everything about adding color, from what to plant to give your landscape stunning fall colors, including unusual bark and berries, to fabulous blooms adding color during the dull winter days. $35 per person. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. (360) 383-3200.


Basics of Safe Canning: Saturday, Oct. 4. In this free class you can learn the basics of food safety and canning skills, including how to prevent bacteria and food spoilage, necessary tools and equipment you’ll need, and how to can both high and low acid foods. 6 p.m. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett, (425) 259-3798.


Laurel Farm and Western Supply Fall Festival: Saturday, Oct. 4. Bring in your pumpkins for the annual pumpkin weigh-in from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 325 W. Laurel Road, Bellingham.


Van Wingerden Home & Garden Fall Festival: Saturday, Oct. 4. Kids’ activities, craft table, pumpkin bowling, candy hunt, beanbag toss and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free treats from Mom VW’s Kitchen, and hot cider and coffee. 8210 Portal Way, Blaine, (360) 366-3906.


Pumpkins in the Park & Scarecrow Row: Saturday, Oct. 4. Scavenger hunt, hayrides and pumpkin bowling, and more. Build-Your-Own Scarecrow available for kids (limited to first 100 who register). 1 to 4 p.m. Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish.


The Very Basics: Getting To Know Your Sewing Machine Workshop: Saturday, Oct. 4. Do you have a sewing machine but you don’t know what to do with it? Bring it to this class. You’ll learn to wind a bobbin, thread the machine, what needles are best for what kinds of fabrics, what all the knobs on your machine do, and how to troubleshoot simple problems like installing the bobbin, adjusting tension, the “clutch”, etc. Cost is $30. Instructor Renee Sherrer. 10 a.m. Ragfinery, 1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham,


Whatcom Studio Artist Tour: Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 4-5 and 11-12. Visit the studios of various artists around Whatcom County. Self-guided tour. Maps available at


Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, Oct. 5. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee, and biscuits and gravy. Meet and greet local politicians, as they serve you coffee and breakfast.  Tickets are $5 per adult, $2 per kids (ages 6-10) and free for 5 and under. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, about 1/2 mile east of the “Y” Road, Bellingham. (360) 739-9605.


Annual Build-A-Scarecrow Day: Sunday, Oct. 5. All materials provided, $10 per scarecrow and at least two cans of food for Good Cheer. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. BBQ too. Fiddle Faddle Farm, Whidbey Fairgrounds, 819 Camano Ave.


Beginning Bonsai Workshop: Sunday, Oct. 5. Learn hands-on basics of creating a beautiful bonsai from expert  Tori Lenze. Students will learn how to design and transplant a tree and how to use different tools for shaping. Class fee includes all materials including bonsai pot, plant, soil and screening. Students bring small pruners, scissors and gloves. Additional tools and supplies available for purchase. 1 to 3 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required. (360) 466-3821. Class fee $49, materials fee $35.


Woolley Market Harvest Festival: Monday Oct. 6t through Friday, Oct. 10. Oct 6: Kids coloring contest begins and Woolley Market Deli Farm to Table dinner special served 5-7 p.m. Oct. 7: Kids Story Corner–A reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Woolley Market founder Will Honea; kids will also get a tour of the store and harvest snacks (11 a.m.). Oct. 8: Woolley Market cooking class at the Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market at 3 p.m. Oct. 9: Live music from local artist Matney Cook and special harvest libations (mead and pumpkin beer). Oct. 10: End of kids coloring contest (everyone takes home a prize), and Deli ice cream sale. Woolley Market, Ferry Street & Metcalf St, Sedro Woolley, (360) 202-7311. See


Seed Cleaning Techniques and Equipment Training Workshop at Greenbank Farm: Monday, Oct. 6. Join Organic Seed Alliance’s Micaela Colley and Laurie McKenzie for a workshop on bringing in your seed harvest from threshing to final cleaning, including the use of an Almaco small belt thresher and Clipper air-screen seed cleaner (now available for rent to regional growers through Greenbank Farm). The workshop will cover a wide range of vegetable crops and discussion on how regional growers can most effectively harvest and clean their seed crops at a range of scales. Participants will see demonstrations of both small equipment and hand scale threshing and cleaning. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Greenbank Farm, Greenbank, Whidey Island. Cost is $5 per person. Register at or email trainingcenter@greenbankfarm.comwith questions.


Wild Berries of Washington and Oregon:  Join local Bellingham forager and author T. Abe Lloyd as he shares mouthwatering recipes, neighborhood harvest locations, and anecdotes about his favorite berries. Lloyd is co-author of Wild Berries of Washington and Oregon, which was published by Lone Pine this Summer. He holds a master’s degree in ethnobotany and works closely with Native Americans in the region to promote indigenous foods.  For: All Ages/Family.  Monday, October 6, 7 PM to 8 PM.  Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, (360) 305-3600.


End of Summer Soups: Monday, Oct. 6. In this class with Cooking School Coordinator Laura Hartner, students will learn to make roasted corn soup, Italian kale and bean soup, and smoky tomato soup, and also enjoy garlic and parmesan bread from Laura’s Sweet & Savory Pop-Up Bakery. $35 per person. 6:30 p.m. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. See


Ahoy, Lummi Island! with Robert Fong: Tuesday, Oct. 7. Robert and guest chef Seth Caswell use Pacific albacore tuna, fall mushrooms, local mussels, and an array of spices to make inventive, tasty dishes. See Fong and Caswell collaborate on a surprise dish. 6 p.m. $49 per person. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.


Pears: Thursday, Oct. 9. Jacky King of the Washington State University Washington Northwest University Research and Extension Center (WSU-NWREC) in Mount Vernon will discuss how to grow pears at the next Snohomish County Fruit Society meeting, 7 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Snohomish, 402 2nd St., Snohomish. King has worked in the WSU Fruit Horticulture department since 1979. A brief business meeting will precede the presentation. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited. Call (425) 398-5544 or see


Mexican Harvest Banquet with Ana Jackson: Thursday, Oct. 9. Ana shares a Mexican-style harvest dinner including appetizers of stuffed mushrooms with chipotle aioli, squash blossom soup, pasta tossed with eggplant, artichokes and chorizo basted in tequila sauce, and a main course of plum and apples pork. Calabaza a la tacha – pumpkin roasted and glazed with piloncillo and cream included. A $5 beer option is payable at class. $39 per person. 6 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.

Chocolate Truffles Class: Friday, Oct. 10. Learn to make healthful chocolate truffles infused with herbs as taught by Deanna of Unwound Botanicals. $10 materials fee. Pay at the register before you go to the class. 6 to 8 p.m. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett, (425) 259-3798.


2nd annual Pie Festival at Anacortes Farmers Market: Saturday, Oct. 11. Cash prizes for best professional and best amateur pies, as well as awards for other creative categories. All welcome to enter. $5 per entry. Contest starts at 10 a.m. Shelf pies only (no refrigerated pies). Enjoy pie-related purchases from vendors. To participate in the contest, RSVP by Oct. 9. See or call  (360) 293-7922.


Mama’s Garden Harvest Festival: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12. Lots of family fun including pumpkins, produce, activities, photos and more. Mama’s Garden, Highway 9, Acme.


Lummi Island Grange Salmon BBQ: Saturday, Oct. 11. This is an annual fundraiser to support the grange. All welcome. Starts at 5 p.m. 2215 North Nugent Road, Lummi Island. See


Sample the Apple and Pear Harvest: Saturday, Oct. 11. The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation (WWFRF) presents “Sample the Apple and Pear Harvest” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington State University Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center (WSU-NWREC), 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. Hosted in cooperation with WSU-NWREC, the event includes sampling of sweet cider and a demonstration of the open center or vase type pruning technique which is well adapted to stone fruits.  Participants will be able to sample and take home many of the late apple and pear varieties in the WWFRF Fruit Garden. The event is free for members of WWFRF.  Participation for non-members is $15 (single) or $30 (family). Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.  For more information, go to


Digging, Dividing and Storing Dahlias Made Easy: Saturday, Oct. 11. Learn quick and reliable ways to expand your dahlia collection from year to year from John and Kathy Willson of Swede Hill Dahlia and Sunflower Farm. They will teach you how to dig, divide and overwinter your dahlias with special emphasis given to methods for retaining seasonal plant vigor and potency. Class fee $8. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Register at (360) 466-3821.


Rocktoberfest: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12. The Marysville Rock and Gem Club is having their 40th annual show featuring rocks and fossils from all over the world. See dealers, demonstrators, jewelry artists, club displays, and youth games. Also door prizes, silent auctions, raffle prizes and food service. Free admission, free parking. Marysville’s Totem Middle School Cafeteria, 7th Street and State Ave., Marysville.


Winterize Your Yard: Saturday, Oct. 11. In this workshop packed with winterizing tips, you’ll learn how to clean up, cut back, mulch, wrap up, and winterize perennials, shrubs, and trees. $29 per person. Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. Register by calling (360) 383-3200.


Ragfinery and Eileen Fisher Present Green Eileen’s First West Coast Pop-Up Shop: Saturday, Oct. 11. There will be close to 500 gently worn, designer garments for display and sale at reduced prices. Open noon to p.m. All welcome. For more information see and


Beauty of Berthusen: A Mushroom Sanctuary:  Saturday, Oct. 11. Sommers and Stewart return with a DVD presentation of the amazing variety of mushrooms and other treasures growing at the park. Enjoy beautiful photography and plant identification set to relaxing music. All ages. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 305-3600.


Conifer Bonsai Workshop: Sunday, Oct. 12. Bonsai expert Tori Lenze will teach a beginning level workshop encompassing the creation of a bonsai conifer. During the class, students learn the basics of transplanting and shaping for that species. Class fee $49, materials fee $35. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821.


Seed Saving Workshop Part 2: Dry Processing: Sunday, Oct. 12. This workshop will focus on dry processing seeds, led by Katie Wilkins, the market grower for Coffelt Farm. Learn how to stomp, thrash, shuck, beat, and winnow your way to a nice clean bunch of seed for crops like beans, corn, small grains, root vegetables, brassicas, and lots more. We’ll also tailor discussion about basic growing and pollination needs to crops that interest you. The workshop will take place at Coffelt Farm from 10 a.m. to noon and a $5 donation is suggested to cover material costs. Please RSVP at 376-3410, or


Choosing The Right Fabric For Your Project: Monday, Oct. 13. Success with a sewing project depends on a lot of factors, but none is more important than choosing the right fabric. You will receive a swatch kit with different kinds of fabrics. Discuss knits, wovens, felted fabrics and more, and learn about which kinds of fabrics can be dyed and what kinds of dyes to use, and put together a small fabric testing kit for you to take home. Cost is $30, Instructor Renee Sherrer. 6 p.m. Ragfinery, 1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham,


Know and Grow Workshop: The World of Begonias – So Many Kinds to Choose From! Tuesday, Oct. 14. Dixie Mitchell, local Master Gardener and begonia expert, will talk about growing begonias and how you can enjoy these lovely plants. This workshop is free and open to the public. 1 p.m. WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, 16650 Washington 536, Mount Vernon. Presented by Skagit WSU Master Gardeners.


Heal with Aboriginal Secrets with Robbie Holz: Tuesday, Oct. 14. 6:30 p.m. 3rd floor of the Skagit Food Co-op Building, room 309. Pre-register at (360) 336-5087, ext. 139.


Caribbean Kitchen: East Indian, West Indian with Sarah Chan: Tuesday, Oct. 14. Sarah Chan draws on her Trinidadian roots to create East Indian dishes as they’ve been adapted in the Caribbean. Enjoy eggplant fritters (baiganee), lamb curry, coconut curry green beans, tamarind chutney, and paratha (Indian bread). 6 p.m. $39 per person. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.


Small Dishes of the World: Basque Tapas with Jesse Otero: Wednesday, Oct. 15. Explore the unique Basque tapas culture known as pinxtos. Chef Jesse will demonstrate garlicky sautéed shrimp, baked mushrooms in herbs and butter, olive oil grilled bread with roasted olives and cauliflower, and more. A $7 wine option is payable at class. $39 per person. 6 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.


Common Threads 5th Annual School Garden Harvest Dinner: Thursday, Oct. 16. Celebrate healthy kids and healthy food. The meal will be kid-grown and kid-prepared, with produce coming from Common Threads’ 13 partner school gardens. All members of the community are welcome. Cooking begins at 4 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. A tour of the thriving Whatcom Middle School garden, live music and fun food-related activities also included. $5 suggested minimum donation. 6 p.m. Whatcom Middle School, Bellingham. RSVP at (360) 927-1590 or at


25th annual Fall Craft & Antique Show: Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 16-18. More than 100 crafters and vendors on site, including handcrafted gifts, home decor, vintage treasures, and gourmet delights. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Expo Building, 1775 Front Street, Lynden. Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission $6 (with return privileges). For more information, visit


Orchard Mason Bee Care with Valeri Wade: Thursday, Oct. 16. Native orchard mason bees are superb pollinators, visiting up to 1900 flowers a day. Discuss life cycle, housing and predators. Then we’ll clean some live, hibernating bees so you know how to best care for them. Valeri Wade has worked with mason bees for nearly 20 years. 6:30 p.m. $7 per person. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham.


Goblin Splash: Friday, Oct 17. Celebrate Halloween pool side at Forest Park Swim Center’s spook-tacular event. Toss pumpkins, win prizes, enjoy Halloween fun while you treat our local food bank to fuller shelves. Bring a generous canned food or monetary donation, and you can swim for free. Prizes and refreshments available. Proceeds benefit the Volunteers of America Everett Food Bank. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Forest Park Swim Center, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd.


Fiber Fusion: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19. Two days of fiber, education and fun. Free admission. Fleece (alpaca, wool, mohair, llama and angora) shows and sales, as well as free demonstrations throughout the weekend, a wide variety of classes, over 60 fiber-related vendors, a live fiber animal exhibit, fiber arts contest, people’s choice photo contest, spin-in and more. See


Making Hard Cider: Saturday, Oct. 18. In this 3-hour workshop, see the basic procedures for fermenting fresh cider into hard cider. Discuss equipment needs, apple varieties and blends, yeasts and sanitation. Tasting too. Registration required. Must be 21 or over to participate. $30 workshop fee. 1 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. Call (360) 966-5859 or see


Sno-Isle Food Co-op’s Annual Meeting: Saturday, Oct. 18. Enjoy light fare, beverages, and voting. 2 to 5 p.m. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett,(425) 259-3798.


Fabulous Fermented Foods: Saturday, Oct. 18. Learn how to introduce healthy bacteria with delicious fermented foods. Katharine Gauthier and Ann Darlin Leason, both Certified Food Preservers, will cover the basic fermentation process by demonstrating a simple sauerkraut recipe and will discuss the health benefits of fermented foods. Students will leave class with their own jar of sauerkraut to ferment at home. The class will begin with appetizers and a cocktail. $30 per person. 3 p.m.  Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. See


Mark Ryan Winery tasting: Saturday, Oct. 18. Tasting starts at 2 p.m. Mark Ryan Winery (Woodinville, WA). Seifert and Jones, Bellingham., (360) 393-3271.


Hedgerows and Habitats: Saturday, Oct. 18. Join Ani Gurnee of Aulos Design to learn how different hedging plants create distinct ecosystems that can support a variety of wildlife in your garden. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. Class fee $8. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.


Sew A Lined Zipper Bag: Saturday, Oct. 18. These bags are so easy to make and great for getting organized. Learn how to put a zipper in a lined bag (or two or three). Lots of styles to choose from.  Cost is $30, Instructor Renee Sherrer. 10 a.m. Ragfinery, 1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham,


Bellingham’s Wild Mushroom Show: Sunday, Oct. 19. Sponsored by Northwest Mushroomers Association. Pacific Northwest forests and fields are filled with thousands of different kinds of mushrooms and you can experience hundreds of them at this fun, family event. Displays of locally collected mushrooms, identification information, talks and presentations and much more. Noon to 5 p.m. at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave, Bellingham. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students/seniors, free for children under 12. For show information or to volunteer at the event, contact Maggie at (360) 724-3158.


Laminate Doughs: Monday, Oct. 20. Learn the process behind making buttery, flaky croissants and danish with the chefs from the Sweet and Savory Pop-Up Bakery. $35 per person. 6:30 p.m. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. See


Food for Change documentary film: Tuesday, Oct. 21. The film focuses on food co-ops as a force for social and economic change in American culture. Special screening as part of Doctober at the Pickford. 5:30 p.m. Filmmaker Steve Alves in attendance. Film starts at 6:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at


On Cabbage with Robert Fong: Tuesday, Oct. 21. There is nothing like great home cooking, and guest Pat Doering‘s time-honored Hungarian cabbage rolls simmered with spare ribs and sausages illustrate that. Her complementary side dishes and Chef Fong’s new-school charred and braised cabbage with crème fraiche, will make for an evening of good eating and storytelling. An $8 wine option is payable at class. $39 per person. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.


Putting Your End of Life Affairs in Order, Naturally — with Jodie Buller: Tuesday, Oct. 21. Discuss pre-planning ideas and natural burial practices. 3rd floor of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op Building, room 309. 6:30 p.m. Register at (360) 336-5087, ext. 139.


Fall Favorites from the Treehouse Bistro: Wednesday, Oct. 22. Chef David Burdette from the Treehouse Bistro in La Conner will cook a savory cheesecake topped with a tomato Chardonnay preserve, buttery crostinis, and honey spiced walnuts.  Students will learn the secret to his award winning mushroom soup – a signature dish at his restaurant. 6:30 p.m. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. See


Empowerment with Essential Oils with Michelle Mahler: Wednesday, Oct. 22. 6:30 p.m. 3rd floor of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op Building, room 309. Register at (360) 336-5087, ext. 139.


Raw Tricks and Treats with Bruce Horowitz: Thursday, Oct. 23.  Includes mesquite fudge fondue, chocolate hemp truffles, outrageous peppermint patties, maca blondies and lucuma cherry drops.  Everybody leaves with a goodie bag. $39 per person. 6:30 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.


5th Annual Northwest Garden Bling Lighting Event: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 24-26. Northwest Garden Bling, 44574 Hwy 20, Concrete. Call (360) 708-3279.


4th Annual Snohomish Brewfest: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25. Friends, food, brews and tunes. All proceeds benefit the Snohomish Senior Center.  Snohomish Event Center, 1011 Second Street, Snohomish. See


Permaculture Series: Front Yard Farming – Turning Lawn Into Perennial Food: Saturday, Oct. 25. Enjoy part one of three workshops (fall/winter/spring) intended to transform your lawn area to a sustainable purpose by establishing edible tree guilds and food alternatives on a small or large scaled design. Learn strategies from Certified Permaculture Designer Nancy Chase of Shambala Farm and Edible Nursery on Camano Island. Class fee $8. 11 a.m. to noon, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821.


Fall Color Walk with John Christianson: Saturday, Oct. 25. Join John Christianson on a tour to enjoy and learn about the fabulous fall colors of leaves and berries in the nursery’s display gardens and at the adjoining La Conner Flats. Make sure to dress for the weather and wear good shoes that can take the mud. Meet in front of the Schoolhouse. 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations requested, (360) 466-3821.


Run Wild Whatcom: Saturday, Oct. 25. This  is a family friendly adventure run in Whatcom Falls Park. Participants will choose their own route to travel to three different points in the park, cow ring tokens at each point. Along the way, and on some of the more hidden routes, magical encounters with gnomes will happen! Total running distance is likely to be 5-6 miles, with relay options available. There is a kids dash (also with gnomes) beginning at 9 a.m. with the main event beginning at 10 a.m. All proceeds will benefit Wild Whatcom, quality outdoor education for youth. See


Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen with Cindy McKinney: Saturday, Oct. 25. Cindy will demonstrate the creation of a wide array of gifts from the kitchen including ginger pear jam, apple pie moonshine, foggies (a cross between fudge and a brownie), quick bread in a bottle, build-your-own bark candies, spice blends, and more. 11 a.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. $39 per person. Register at (360) 383-3200.


Essential Oils as Gifts for Family and Friends: Saturday, Oct. 25. Learn how to use oils to make gifts for friends and family. 1 p.m. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Avenue, Everett, (425) 259-3798.


Harvest Your Hobby Swap Meet: Saturday, Oct. 25. Formally the Scrapbooking Swap Meet, but open now to more hobbies, crafts, etc. Vendors wanted that have supplies for knitting, quilting, beadwork, sewing, scrapbooking, card making, etc.  Rent an indoor booth for $25 (electricity/table included). 9 a.m. to noon. Register by Oct. 15 with Burlington Parks and Recreation. Call 755-9649 or see


Herbal Skin Nourishment Salve and Body Oil Class: Saturday, Oct. 25. Linda Quintana, owner of Wonderland Tea and Spice, will introduce you to healing herbs and teach you how to make a salve and oil. Participants will take home samples. Space is limited, register online at 1 p.m. South Whatcom Library event held in the Sudden Valley YMCA Multipurpose Room, 8 Barn View Ct., Sudden Valley, Gate 2, (360) 305-3600.


Food Hub Conference:  Pioneering New Direct Relationships Between Farmers and Buyers: Saturday, Oct. 25. Personnel in regional food systems development share their experiences, thoughts, and strategies for creating greater community access to locally produced food.  Presenters will represent food hubs, supermarkets, institutional food service, farm to school initiatives, and communities-in-need programs. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Maple Hall Conference Center, 104 Commercial, La Conner. $20 for a day-long conference, this covers the cost of lunch and refreshments. This workshop is sponsored by USDA, Community Food CO OP, Sno Isle Food Co-op and  Northwest Farm Credit Services.


Snohomish County Mycological Society Mushroom Show: Sunday, Oct. 26. Sponsored by the Snohomish County Mycological Society in cooperation with Everett Parks & Recreation. Mushrooms are collected in season and placed on display. The public is welcome to bring their own discoveries for possible identification by an expert. Learn to identify more than 100 different types of mushrooms. Visit with vendors, attend lectures and watch demonstrations. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Floral Hall at Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett. For more information, visit


26 – Peonies! – Master Gardener Education Series (1 – 2:30 pm)

Learn all about peony culture: planting, fertilizing, watering, best location, etc. . and because we always want MORE… how to divide these divine, long lived plants! Presenter for this seminar are Bill Cromley. Bill is a Master Gardener from Bend, Oregon and a peony aficionado! He is expert at using these practices and techniques for rewarding peony gardening. This seminar free and qualifies for continuing education for Master Gardeners. Click here for the complete 2014 WSU Island County Master Gardener Education Series.


The Great Pumpkin Glow: Sunday, Oct. 26. Receive a free pumpkin to carve at our glow (carving tools provided). Gather ‘round the pumpkins just before they are ready to be lit for story time, told by Craven Farm’s famous friendly Harvest Witch. Pumpkins will be lit at 6:30 p.m. and are ready to be taken home at 7 p.m. Craven Farm, Snohomish. See


Concrete Ghost Walk: Saturdays in October. Part historical, part story telling walking tour of downtown Concrete. 6 to 8 p.m. Be dressed for the weather and prepared to walk. Participants must be at least 13 years old and minors need to be accompanied by an adult. $10 per person. For more information, call (360) 853-8767 or visit


Seventh Generation Supper: Tuesday, Oct. 28. Join Transition Fidalgo & Friends for a community supper at 5:45 p.m. at the Anacortes Senior Center. Open to all and welcome; no reservations necessary. Suggested supper donation $5/adult; $3/10 and under. Please bring your own place settings. See


Rustic French with Karina Davidson: Tuesday, Oct. 28. Enjoy  rustic yet elegant dishes from France, including hors d’oeuvre of tapenade crostini, salad verte with a mustard vinaigrette and Julia Child’s potage parmentier, pork medallions with Calvados sauce served with lemon herbed rice and flourless chocolate cake  with red wine raspberry sauce. A $7 wine option is payable at class. $39 per person. 6:30 p.m.  Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.


Small Dishes of the World: Meze with Jesse Otero: Thursday, Oct. 29. Enjoy some traditional meze offerings such as grilled flat bread with lamb and tomatoes, Lebanese garlicky lentil salad, charred eggplant with sesame and yogurt and a few surprises.  A $7  wine option is payable at class. $39 per person. Cordata Co-op , Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.


Natural Approaches to Arthritis: Thursday, Oct. 30. 6:30 p.m. Class meets on the 3rd floor of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op Building, room 309. Register at (360) 336-5087, ext. 139.


20th Annual Master Gardener Advanced training: Friday, Oct. 31. This full day training is geared toward Master Gardeners of Whatcom & Skagit county and is open to the public.  Regional experts will cover advanced education topics such as; backyard bees, composting, rain gardens, watershed protection, healthy gardening practices for people & environment, plant pathology, natives, beans and youth education.




La Conner Art’s Alive!: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3. View the work of numerous Northwest Artists. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (360) 466-4778 or visit


Art’s Alive! and Holiday Open House: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2. Artists, live music, cheese tasting, fresh cider and cookies and a class on designing containers for winter interest fill the weekend at Christianson’s Nursery. (Some events are Saturday only.) Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. For a schedule, see or call (360) 466-3821.


Cascadia Mushrooms Hands-On Workshop: Sunday, Nov. 2. Learn how to grow delicious mushrooms at your home, school or business. Get practical growing techniques and behind-the-scenes view of the mushroom species we grow. Q&A time, and a lot of hands-on sctivities. All supplies provided and each student will take home several growing projects. Bring a lunch, we will provide some snacks and coffee/tea/water. $60 per person. Signs up online at; click on workshops.


Modern Twists on Polish Classics: Tuesday, Nov. 4.  In this class with the staff from the newly opened Anelia’s in La Conner, students will learn to make traditional Polish pierogi dough and fillings with Jennifer Ferry, owner and granddaughter of restaurant namesake Anelia. Head Chef Ben Guadagnoli will put a Northwest twist on these polish classics with fresh, local ingredients and teach students how to make kale chips, and a seasonal salmon dish that pairs with the pierogies.  Head mixologist Tyler Moore will finish the evening with one of Anelia’s signature artisan cocktails. 6:30-8:30 $40.


Whidbey Weavers Guild – Uncommon Threads – Fiber Arts Sale: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8.  2014 PosterPlease join us for the 11th annual sale Friday, November 7th from 10-7 and Saturday, November 8th from 10-4 in the Main Barn. Start your holiday shopping early by browsing through our amazing selection of fiber arts; offering weaving, spinning, dyeing, basketry, felting, knitting, and jewelry. Purchase unique, one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items for yourself, or someone special. Learn more at the Whidbey Weavers Guild website.


Winter Floral Arrangements: Saturday, Nov. 8. Join Cheryl Bonsen of Christianson’s Nursery  and Andrew Pickens as they combine their talents to create winter interest table tops for the upcoming holidays. Fresh greens and cuttings from the garden will be transformed into bouquets for any gathering. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Class fee $8. Reservations required. (360) 466-3821,


Kids Giant Garage Sale: Saturday, Nov. 8. Vendors wanted age 18 years and under. Clean out your room, earn some money, trade with other booths,  and have a great time selling your “already been loved” items. Toys, books, video games, bikes, sports equipment, clothing, etc. and more. 9 a.m. to noon. Booth space (8×8 ft w/6ft table) is $15. Pre-register by Oct. 30 with Burlington Parks and Recreation at 755-9649.


Canning for the holidays: Saturday, Nov. 8. Preserved foods make excellent hostess and holiday gifts.  In this class with Certified Food Preservers Katharine Gauthier and Ann Darlin Leason, students will learn a variety of canning recipes for the holidays and creative packaging ideas to help create the perfect gift. The class will begin with appetizers and a signature cocktail that will be a perfect for holiday season. 3 p.m. $30 per person.


Conifer Walk with John Christianson: Saturday, Nov. 8. Conifers add so much variety and interest to our year-round gardens; join John Christianson on a casual tour to enjoy and learn about many great conifers in the nursery’s display gardens and at adjoining La Conner Flats. Dress for the weather and wear good shoes for muddy spots. 1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.Reservations requested. Call (360) 466-3821.


Homemade Gnocchi and Other Italian Treats: Tuesday, Nov. 11. In this class with Jose Santana, chef from La Traviata in La Conner, students will learn to make the traditional Italian potato dumplings, known for their light, airy texture and versatility.  Chef Santana will pair the gnocchi with the classic chicken piccata in a light white wine, lemon and caper sauce and seasonal salad. 6:30-8:30 $40. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon.


Bow Little Holiday Festival: Saturday, Nov. 15 Local gifts that you won’t find anywhere else. 35 local produce, craft and art vendors, delicious hot food, free spiced cider and music all day.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beau Lodge, 17581 Wood Rd., Bow. Visit


Following the Flowers from Paris to Pompeii: Saturday, Nov. 15. Take a springtime tour through gardens of France and Italy with Kathy Hirdler of Floribunda Designs. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Class fee $8. Reservations required, call (360) 466-3821.


Scandinavian Cookie Party: Saturday, Nov. 15.  It’s time again for Gretchens’ annual Scandinavian Cookie Party! Students will arrive to platters of traditional holiday cookies to munch on while our instructors demonstrate how to make delicate and delicious krumkakes and traditional Lefse for the holidays.  Students will get a chance to work hands on in the kitchen, rolling krumkake and flipping lefse and will leave with recipes and treats to enjoy at home. 10 a.m. to noon.


Holiday Rosehip Wreath-making Workshop: Saturday, Nov. 15. Join Laura Campbell in this hands-on workshop to learn how to create a beautiful rose hip wreath for your holiday decorations. All materials are included in the class fee. Students need to bring pruners, gloves and enthusiasm. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. Class fee $49. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.


Focus on Farming Annual Conference: Back to the Farm: Thursday, Nov. 20. The conference will feature keynote speakers, industry trade show, networking opportunities and 24 great workshop classes in six industry tracks. Open to all types of farming and levels. Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Includes 17,000 square food trade show with businesses, organizations, and others. For more information, see


8th annual Holiday Farmers Market: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23. Local produce, foods, gift ideas, crafts, and much more. Door prizes, live music, free admission. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brought to you by the Anacortes Farmers Market at the Anacortes Port Warehouse (north end of Commercial Ave.) See


Everybody’s Store annual Cheesefest: Saturday, Nov. 22. A great selection of cheese and holiday gifts. Everybodys Store, Van Zandt.


Burlington Holiday Vendor Market: Saturday, Nov. 22. Vaiety of goods and gift ideas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors wanted. Pre-register by Nov. 12 with Burlington Parks and Recreation at 755-9649. See


Japanese Design Principles for Western Gardens: Saturday, Nov. 22. Join Hans Wressnigg of NIWA Japanese-inspired Landscapes to gain an understanding of these principles and how to make them relevant in your garden environment. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. Class fee $8.


Skagit Wine & Beer Festival: Saturday, Nov. 22. Wines and microbrews from regions throughout Washington, including local Skagit County wineries as well as appetizers, chocolate and cheese samplings made right in Skagit County. 4 to 8 p.m. VIP from 3 to 4 p.m. Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn & Convention Center, 2300 Market St. Mount Vernon. Tickets are $40/60 per person or $70/110 per couple. Sponsored by Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce. See


2014 Country Christmas at the Fair: Friday through Sunday, Nov. 28-30 and Saturday to Sunday, Dec. 6-7. Annual holiday boutique at the Whidbey Island fairgrounds. Friday 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors wanted. See


Small Business Saturday: Saturday, Nov. 29.


Nineteenth Annual Holiday Tea at Christianson’s Nursery: Saturday, Nov. 29. Share in a holiday tradition in Christianson’s 1888 Schoolhouse with tea, cider and assorted delicacies, a forest-theme décor, candlelight and the live music of autoharpist Bob Harper and violinist Dennis Burkhardt. Complimentary, but reservations required; call for one of the four seatings. Donations will benefit Friendship House in Mount Vernon. Noon to 5 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. 360-466-3821, Arrival of Father Christmas 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the nursery.


Greenbank Farm Holiday Market: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29-30 and Saturday and Sundays, Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22. Enjoy holiday music and warm beverages while perusing quality handmade products produced locally. Tractor Lighting and caroling with brothers Vern and Karl Olsen. Santa every Saturday from 11 – 1. If you have any questions, or would like to be involved, contact us at Greebank Farm.


Holiday Wreath-making Classes with Karen Harper: Saturday, Nov. 29. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Use wreath-making machines and get practical and inspiring help from designer Karen Harper. These are one-hour classes (starting at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.). Greens are sold by the pound or feel free to bring your own. The cost of one wreath form is included in the class fee ($8). Wear warm clothing and bring your own pruners and gardening gloves. Reservations required. Call (360) 466-3821.


2015 Master Gardener Training: Course begins in February, deadline to apply is Nov. 30.  For more information and applications visit


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