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Events: November 2014

Nov 6th, 2014 | Category: Events

Bellingham Farmers Market: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Center, Railroad & Chestnut, through mid-December. See bellinghamfarmers.org.

 

Good Earth Pottery “Circling Home” featuring new prayer wheels by Chris Moench for the month of November.  Enjoy the festivities and find locally handmade gifts for the holidays during the Fairhaven Art Walk on Nov. 28-29 from 5-8 p.m. 1000 Harris Avenue, Fairhaven. www.goodearthpots.com, (360) 671-3998

 

Holiday Stockings for Kids Workshop: Help create stockings that will be given to underprivileged children in our community through the Interfaith Coalition and Opportunity Council. Instructor Renee Sherrer at the Ragfinery will lead this workshop over four Saturdays on Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22 (all the stockings must be finished by Dec. 1). A reception and display will follow at the Firehouse Coffee House in Fairhaven. This class is for those with experience sewing with a machine. Participants must come prepared with: fabric (3/4 yard outer fabric + 3/4 yard lining)*, your sewing machine thread, and stocking decorations. 1 p.m. Ragfinery, 1421 North Forest Street, Bellingham. Call (360) 738-6977 or visit ragfinery.com.

 

Plant your Amaryllis With A European Flair: Saturday, Nov. 1. Liven up your winter by planting an Amaryllis bulb for you or a friend. Join Marcy as she teaches you the basics of forcing these bulb beauties in a new way. Workshop fee is $39, and includes all supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, garden-spot.com.

 

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 www.artsalivelaconner.com.

 

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 www.christiansonsnursery.com 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. Sign up online at www.cascadiamushrooms.com; click on workshops.

 

Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, Nov. 2. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee.  Biscuits and gravy now available, too! Adults $5, Kids 6-10 $2, and kids 5 and under free. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, Bellingham. Contact (360) 739-9605.

 

Taste of Mexico: Salsa Roja, Salsa Verde, Guacamole and Corn Tortillas: Tuesday, Nov. 4. Presented by WSU Extension. Enjoy learning the history and preparation of traditional Latin family recipes. Classes taught by Lizette Flores, WSU Extension Hispanic Outreach Coordinator at WSU Skagit County Extension, 11768 Westar Lane, Suite A, Burlington. 7 p.m. $25 per person or pre-register for all 3 classes for $60 (also Nov. 18 and Dec. 2). Register at tasteofmexico.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, call (360) 428-4270, ext. 0.

 

Birchwood Garden Club’s November Meeting: Daffodils: Wednesday, Nov. 5. Bill Carter, local daffodil breeder will be giving a three-part talk about daffodils. Learn the difference between the “backyard/homeowner” daffodils and the show class ones. Mr. Carter will cover the basics on how new daffodil varieties are created, the breeding process, the difficulties involved and the 6 year delay between breeding and flower creation. Mr. Carter has offered to come back in March for a return visit with flowers in hand. BGC membership is open to anyone in Whatcom and Skagit County. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. See www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

 

Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs State Holiday Show: Wednesday, Nov. 5 and Thursday, Nov. 6. The show features eight local garden clubs. Wednesday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. and Thursday is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everett Holiday Inn, 3105 Pine St., Everett. Tickets are $8 in advance from Everett’s Stadium Floral Shop.

 

Ladies’ Night Out: Thursday, Nov. 6. Special events include cooking demos, fashion show, photo shoot, trunk shows, free drawings, and coupon discounts at 27 participating businesses in Mount Vernon. A photography exhibit “Voices of the Children” will be featured at the Front Gallery, 420 Myrtle. Swag bags are $5 and limited edition Premium bags are $15. Sponsored by the Mount Vernon Downtown Association. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Cathy Stevens at (360) 336-3801 or dep.mvda@gmail.com.

 

Whidbey Weavers Guild – Uncommon Threads – Fiber Arts Sale: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8. Start your holiday shopping early by browsing through our amazing selection of fiber arts; offering weaving, spinning, dyeing, basketry, felting, knitting, and jewelry. In the Main Barn. Learn more at the Whidbey Weavers Guild website.

 

Holiday Hoopla 2014: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8. Friday 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 3440 Hopewell Road, Everson. Vendors, kids crafts, snacks, prizes, and more.

 

The Island Chicks Holiday Vintage Market: Saturday, Nov. 8. Join us in our sixth year for antiques, vintage, re-purposed, refreshed and handmade treasures for home and gifts. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 100 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes. Over 45 vendors in the Port warehouse and enclosed, heated tent.

 

What’s Hot in Holiday Hellebores: Saturday, Nov. 8. Katie Miller, of Skagit Gardens, will be here to talk about all the newest and most beautiful Hellebore cultivars. She is also bringing her favorite companion plant choices to pair with your Hellebores. Come check out our amazing collection. Class is free. Special discounts will apply to this class. 9 a.m. Garden Spot, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, garden-spot.com.

 

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, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

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.

 

Freezer Paper Stencils Workshop with Laura Boynton: Saturday, Nov. 8. Make your own stencil and print a t-shirt. 10 a.m. to noon. $20 per person. Ragfinery, 1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, ragfinery.com.

 

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. GretchenskItchen.com.

 

Rattle Making with Frank Goes Behind:  Saturday, Nov. 8. Make a clam shell rattle with Nooksack Artist Frank Goes Behind. Materials provided. Class size limited, register at WCLS.org.  For adults. 11 a.m.  Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, (360) 305-3600.

 

Holiday Bazaar: Saturday, Nov. 8. Various crafters, vendors and holiday gift ideas. Get an early start on the holiday shopping, have some lunch, and enjoy some pie and coffee. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Deming Logging Show, 3295 Cedarville Road, Bellingham. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Wendy at 595-0138.

 

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.

 

Winter Pruning: Saturday, Nov. 8. Winter is a prime time to pay attention to your trees and shrubs. The leaves are long gone and most woody plants are dormant, making it an ideal time to give them a trim. Join our ‘Whistling Gardener’ Steve Smith for this fun and informative class. Free. 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville. (425) 334-2002, info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Lummi Island Artists’ Holiday Studio Tour 2014: Saturday and Sunday Nov. 8-9. More than 23 artists and craftspeople offering their work at 14 plus locations around the island. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour maps will be available at The Island Store (just south of the ferry dock). For additional information call (360)758-7121 or (360)758-2815.

 

Farm Recordkeeping for Productivity and Profitability: Saturday, Nov. 8. Learn from the experts how to set up a farm record keeping system to help keep your farm in the black. In this one-day workshop participants will learn about farm-based financial records and bookkeeping from the experts at Northwest Farm Credit Services and Moss Adams. We’ll take a look at three different systems for farms: paper only, basic computer and paper, and a thorough walk through a farm-based set of QuickBooks with a certified trainer. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St SE, Everett. Cost is $50 per farm and includes lunch for two along with one copy of the book “Fearless Farm Finances.” Meals for additional farm members (two included) are available for $15 each. To register, visit FarmRecordkeeping.brownpapertickets.com or download the form at snohomish.wsu.edu/farm-recordkeeping and mail with your check. For more information on the course, contact Holly Thompson, hollynthompson@wsu.edu or Kate Halstead, khalstead@wsu.edu, (425) 357-6024. Sponsored and hosted by WSU Snohomish County Extension, USDA Risk Management Agency, Snohomish Conservation District, and Moss Adams LLP.

 

WSU Know & Grow Workshop: Travels with Dan Hinkley: Monday, Nov. 10. WSU

Skagit County Extension Master Gardeners in partnership with WSU – Mount Vernon NWREC present a WSU Know & Grow workshop, Travels with Dan Hinkley, at 1 p.m. at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536 (Memorial Highway). Mary Palmer will present a program about her travels to plant-hunt in Chile with a group led by Dan Hinkley, a well-known lecturer, gardener, and writer. Skagit County Extension. Call (360) 428-4270.

 

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.

 

Introduction to Wild Mushroom Identification with Greg Hovander: Wednesday, Nov. 12. Have you always wondered what wild mushrooms are safe to eat?  Come to the November meeting of the Snohomish County Mycological Society, an organization that has been around for over 40 years, and learn from local expert, Greg Hovander, how to identify some common wild mushrooms.  This introductory class is free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m. Baker Community Center, 1401 Poplar, Everett. For additional information see www.scmsfungi.org.

 

Beginning Knitting Workshop with Margie Katz: Thursday, Nov. 13. Learn basic knitting stitches and how to choose the right tools for your project. 6:30 p.m. $15 per person. Ragfinery, 1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, ragfinery.com.

 

Edible Landscaping with Zsofia Pasztor: Thursday, Nov. 13. The Snohomish County Fruit Society presents, “Edible Landscaping” with Zsofia Pasztor, owner of Innovative Landscape Technologies and founder of the non-profit, Farmer Frog. She also teaches horticulture and low impact development at Edmonds Community College.  7 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Snohomish, 402 2nd St, Snohomish. Public welcome. See http://snohomishcfs.wordpress.com.

 

Rexville Grange Art Show: Fridays through Sunday, Nov. 14-16 and 22-23. Previously known as the Pleasant Ridge Gallery at Rexville, this arts and crafts show features paintings, pottery, glass, photography, jewelry, felted hats, fine crafts, weaving, and wood, all from local artists. Rexville Grange, Mount Vernon. Opening party Friday, Nov. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information call (360) 466-0477 or visit rexvillegrangeartshow.com.

 

Holiday Used Book Sale: Find stocking stuffers while stocking up on outstanding bargains! Browse the Unique Book Gift table! Behind Peoples Bank. Sponsored by Friends of the Everson Library to support programs and services at the Everson McBeath Community Library.  For: All Ages/Family.  Friday, November 14, 3 PM to 5 PM and Saturday, November 15, 10 AM to 5 PM.  Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 305-3600.

 

35th Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts: Nov. 14 – Dec. 24. Five-week long festival featuring the work of over 100 local artisans and craftspeople. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local music, artist demos and workshops, and bring the kids in for fun art projects. 4145 Meridian Street, Bellingham. Open two bonus days on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 22-23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

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 bowlittlemarket.wordpress.com.

 

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.

 

Cider Mule Rendevous – BelleWood Cider Fest 2014: Friday through Sunday, Nov. 14-16. Live music and lots of activities for all ages all weekend. Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. (360) 318-7720, www.bellewoodfarms.com.

 

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.

 

Making Hard Cider: Saturday, Nov. 15. Watch the basic procedures for fermenting fresh cider into hard cider. Look at equipment needs and discuss apple varieties and blends, yeasts and sanitation. Hard cider tasting too. Registration required must be 21 or over. $30 workshop fee. 1 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Call (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

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.

 

Marcy’s ‘Make it and Take it’ Seasonal Door Swag Workshop: Saturday, Nov. 15. You will have an original door piece with a touch of Thanksgiving harvest, filled with seasonal twigs, berries and evergreens. After Thanksgiving, with a couple of changes, your swag will be ready for the Christmas season ahead. A workshop fee of $39 covers all the supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, garden-spot.com.

 

Make an Infinite Number of Infinity Scarves Workshop with Renee Sherrer: Saturday, Nov. 15. 10 a.m. to noon.  $25 per person. Ragfinery, 1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, ragfinery.com.

 

The Beauty Of Hellebores: Saturday, Nov. 15. Join Skagit Garden’s Sally Isaiai for an in depth discussion of the new and exciting Hellebore varieties that are easy to grow, long lived perennials for shade to partial sun locations. Free. 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville. (425) 334-2002, info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Craft Fair at La Conner Retirement Inn: Saturday,  Nov. 15. Local crafters and artists will be displaying their goods. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. La Conner Retirement Inn 204 N 1st St La Conner. Anyone interested in renting a table should contact gostrofe@laconnerretirementinn.com.

 

Nourishing Herb Series with Kelly Ann Atterberry: Sunday, Nov. 16. Learn practical uses for plants in our region, the science to support uses, and traditional uses. Kelly Ann has her B.S. in Herbal Science, Bastyr University and is an M.S. Candidate, Horticulture, Washington State U. 6-7 p.m. in Room 309, Skagit Valley Food Coop, Mount Vernon.

 

7th Annual Alternative Holiday Market: Sunday, Nov. 16. Supporting local and international non-profits, guests are able to spend their holiday dollars in life-changing ways, whether they are saving the whales, providing clean water for families across the world, helping people learn to read, sending medicine to those in need, or enabling a family to raise a herd of goats. A silent auction will be held to raise funds for the non-profits participating in this year’s market. 1 to 4 p.m. Assumption Catholic Church, Bellingham.

 

Knife Skills for Holiday Carving: Monday, Nov. 17. Bring your knives to this hands-on class with Chef Erik Morris and learn the proper way to sharpen, care, and use these essential tools of the kitchen. Learn about different kinds of knives and styles manufactured. Hands-on learning. 6:30 p.m. $30 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. See gretchenskItchen.com.

 

Taste of Mexico: Mole and Sweet Mole: Tuesday, Nov. 18. Presented by WSU Extension. Enjoy learning the history and preparation of traditional Latin family recipes. Classes taught by Lizette Flores, WSU Extension Hispanic Outreach Coordinator at WSU Skagit County Extension, 11768 Westar Lane, Suite A, Burlington. 6 p.m. $25 per person or pre-register for all 3 classes for $60 (also Nov. 18 and Dec. 2). Register at tasteofmexico.brownpapertickets.com. Call (360) 428-4270, ext. 0.

 

Learn to Grow Your Own Groceries Classes: Great Planning for Great Crops: Wednesday, Nov. 19. Use space wisely, plant intensively, harvest abundantly. $25 per person per class. Register online at GrowingGroceries/BrownPaperTickets.com. Location is WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium and Evergreen Room, 600 128th St SE Everett, WA inside McCollum Park.

 

Creative Holiday Card and Papercrafting Class: Wednesday, Nov. 19. Learn how to make a Thanksgiving and Thank You card, two Christmas cards, and a bonus 2×2 Paper Pumpkin Gift Box. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Held at Burlington Parks and Recreation Center 900 E. Fairhaven Ave. Fee per person. Register at (360) 755-9649.

 

Jade Carving at the Deming Library:  Wednesday, Nov. 19. Nathaniel Cook and Deborah Wilson of Acme Carvers will demonstrate jade carving, offering examples of their own work and telling stories of their adventures mining for jade in Western Washington. Experience the craft yourself as you try grinding or sanding this beautiful stone.  For: Adults.  Wednesday, November 19, 3 PM to 6 PM.  Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, (360) 305-3600.

 

Beginning Embroidery Workshop with Laura Boynton: Thursday, Nov. 20. Learn to use a hoop, choose thread, transfer patterns, and use eight different embroidery stitches. 6:30 p.m. $20 per person. Ragfinery, 1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, ragfinery.com.

 

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 http://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/1399/Focus-on-Farming.

 

Home for the Holidays: Thursday, Nov. 20 through Saturday, Nov. 22. Annual holiday food and gift show at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave., Fairhaven. Selection of holiday gifts, crafts, food and more. Thursday hours 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday hours 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday hours 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free admission and free parking. See homefortheholidaysbellingham.com.

 

Sew Thoughtful: Friday, Nov. 21. Pre-cut quilt kits will be pieced together for Providence Hospital NICU. If you love to sew, join the Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for their monthly Sew Thoughtful project.  Mary Hickey, a leader in the quilting world for more than 25 years, will lead 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 equipment and lunch. Contact Carla Peery at (206) 595-9717 or carla.peery@wsu.edu for more information.

 

34th Annual Wiser Lake Friends and Neighbors Christmas Bazaar: Friday and Saturday,  Nov. 21-22. Everything is homemade, from traditional baked goods to stocking stuffers and more. Food donations accepted for Project Hope; proceeds of live

poinsettia sales go to Womencare Shelter. Friday hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ten Mile Grange, Lynden.

 

Kale House Art Show & Sale: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22. Approximately 20 artists from Whatcom and Skagit Counties will be featured. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 201 Kale Street, Everson. See kalehouse.net.

 

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 anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

 

Burlington Holiday Vendor Market: Saturday, Nov. 22. Variety 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 (360) 755-9649. See www.burlingtonwa.gov/recreation.

 

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. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Northwest Bliss Holiday Open House: Saturday, Nov. 22. We’ve decked the halls for our annual Holiday Open House! As part of the seasonal fundraiser, we again partner with the Boys & Girls Club to sell Christmas trees. Our wreath bar is open. Join us for tasty treats, music and Italian sipping chocolate from Chocolate Necessities. Special discounts will apply; so don’t miss out on this family-filled fun! Garden Spot, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, garden-spot.com.

 

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 www.mountvernonchamber.com.

 

Holiday Craft Bazaar: Saturday, Nov 22. Do some early Christmas shopping with local artisans and crafters. Potholders, aprons, candles, ornaments, Scentsy products, jewelry, cards, quilts and much more. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Zuanich Point Park: Squalicum Boathouse Bellingham.

 

Hats and Fingerless Gloves from Upcycled Sweaters Workshop with Renee Sherrer: Saturday, Nov. 22. Turn an old sweater into a new hat and pair of gloves. 10 a.m. to noon. $30 per person. Ragfinery, 1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, ragfinery.com.

 

Wreath-making: Saturday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Dec. 14. The time for homegrown, homemade evergreen wreaths is here. This is not a class but rather an experience that will give you memories to last a lifetime. Call ahead or stop by for individuals or small groups and be sure to schedule a private party of 10 or more in advance. Prices may vary. 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville. (425) 334-2002, info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Holiday Vendor Market: Saturday, Nov. 22. Over 15 home party consultants under one roof. Enter to win raffle prizes, free admission, and beverage station. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Inside the Burlington Parks and Recreation Center, 900 E. Fairhaven Ave, Burlington. Call (360) 755-9649.

 

Rain Barrel Construction: Saturday, Nov. 22. Presenter Brad Walters will demonstrate how to prep, assemble, and maintain a rain barrel and will be available to answer questions on the process. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Central Library. For more information, contact Jenni at jjohnson@cob.org or at (360) 778-7217.

 

6th annual Snohomish Holiday Market: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23. Hosted by Grow Washington. Over 60 vendors with arts, crafts and more. Free parking. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thomas Family Farm, 9010 Marsh Road, Snohomish. For more information, contact snohomishholidaymarket2014@gmail.com or call Linda at (425) 210-2426. See www.growwashington.biz/snohomish-holiday-market/.

 

Christmas Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale: Saturday, Nov. 22. Items include needlework, wood crafts, ornaments, candy, jams, baked goods and much more. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 205 12th St., Lynden. Contact (360) 354-2334 or see www.stjoseph-stpeter.org.

 

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   www.whidbeyislandfair.com.

 

Artisans Holiday Marketplace 2014: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29. San Juan Island Artisans are sponsoring their 36th annual event featuring the ‘best of the best’ creations by San Juan County artists. Fifty-five artists will sell their unique, hand-made arts and crafts this year. There will be delicious snacks available by local caterer Cynthia’s of Course to keep shoppers satisfied. This is a fundraiser for the Island Artisans Scholarship Fund. Located at the elementary school. Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. For more information contact Rhonda Scott at 298-0300 or email: retrorose@rockisland.com

 

Holiday Wreath Making: Saturday, Nov. 29. Beginning with a base of fragrant greens, we will show you how to design an elegant wreath composed of aromatic holly, cones, twigs and berries. And don’t forget the big old bow! Workshop fee is $39, and includes all supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, garden-spot.com.

 

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, www.christiansonsnursery.com. Arrival of Father Christmas 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the nursery.

 

Gift Making Party at Ragfinery: Saturday, Nov. 29. Drop by when you can. Ragfinery, 1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, ragfinery.com.

 

Greenbank Farm Holiday Market: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29-30 and Saturdays 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 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you have any questions, or would like to be involved, contact artskully@gmail.com. Greebank Farm.  http://greenbankfarm.biz/calendar/holiday-market/

 

Stillaguamish Grange Holiday Fair: Saturday, Nov. 29. Various items and vendors on site. Crafters and small business owners wanted ($25 for an 8-foot table space).  Stillaguamish Grange property at the Fairgrounds. Contact Char at  bydenmythyme@hotmail.com or (425) 220-3903.

 

Holiday Wreath-Making Classes with Karen Harper: Saturday, Nov. 29. 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. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Call (360) 466-3821.

 

2015 Master Gardener Training: Course begins in February, deadline to apply is Nov. 30. For more information and applications see www.whatcom.wsu.edu/ch/mgbecome.html.

 

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