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Events: December 2014

Dec 2nd, 2014 | Category: Events

Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts: Wednesdays through Sundays, through Christmas Eve. Five-week long festival featuring the work of over 100 local artisans and crafts people. Live local music, artist demos and workshops, and kids art projects. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. See


Independent Wreath Making: Through Dec. 24. Two wreath-making machines will be available for complimentary use every day. Wire rings and greenery are available for purchase, or you may bring your own. Invite your garden club, family and friends to enjoy a creative time together, spreading holiday cheer. Reservations required (360-466-3821). Daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. See


Lavender House Holiday Market: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21. Local, handmade gift ideas, holiday decor and more. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to  4 p.m. Sundays.  79 E Pole Road, Lynden. (360) 296-1854,


Bellewood Acres: Live music 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Holiday fun throughout the month. Saturday, Dec. 6: Lost Highway Band; Sunday, Dec. 7: Honeybees Quartet; Saturday, Dec. 13: NW Kid’s Quartet; Sunday, Dec. 14: Harmony Northwest; Saturday, Dec. 20: The Penny Stickers; Sunday, Dec. 21: Scandinavian Choir. Sunday, Dec. 14 and 21 you can visit with Santa, 1 to 5 p.m., and horsedrawn sleighbell trolley rides, 2 to 5 p.m. Kids Christmas cookie decorating, too! Bellewood Acres, Lynden.


Greenbank Farm Holiday Market: Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22. Enjoy holiday music and warm beverages and handmade gifts and products. Tractor Lighting and caroling with brothers Vern and Karl Olsen. Santa every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Greebank Farm, Whidbey Island. See


Wreath-making: Through Sunday, Dec. 14. The time for homegrown, homemade evergreen wreaths is here. 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,


Taste of Mexico: Mole and Salsa Verde Tamales: Dec. 2. 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. Register at For more information, call (360) 428-4270, ext. 0.


Mediterranean Holiday Classics: Tuesday, Dec. 2. Chef Nahla Gholam brings warmth to the winter holiday table in this class on Mediterranean holiday dishes. 6:30 p.m. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. See


All About Shellfish: Tuesday, Dec. 2. Enjoy Chef Fong’s shellfish dishes using peak of the season local oysters, mussels, clams, and Dungeness crab. Learn about local shellfish from special guest Nicole Hopper, Taylor Shellfish Farm’s Education and Outreach Coordinator. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. $45 per person. Register at (360) 383-3200.


Annual Tree Lighting and Arrival of Santa: Thursday, Dec. 4. Alpha Park /Visitor Information Center, 520 E Fairhaven Ave, Burlington. Starts at 6 p.m.


Washington Small Fruit Conference and Lynden Ag Show: Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4-5. Researchers, farmers and policy-makers will present topics of new research, emerging issues and ideas for your farm and business. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. See


Port of Bellingham Holiday Festival: Friday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 7. Gingerbread house contest, visit with Santa, music, crafts, food and more. Free cookies and hot cider. Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Food drive to benefit the Bellingham Food Bank. See


Felted Wool Wreaths and Trees during ART WALK: Friday, Dec. 5. Visit Ragfinery during December’s Art Walk for this festive workshop. $5. 6 to 9 p.m. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977,


Bellingham Farmers Market Pop-Up Gift Market and Tree Lighting: Friday, Dec. 5. A special, intimate market featuring handcrafted treasures and delicious treats perfect for gifting. Over 30 vendors on site. The Annual Tree Lighting will also take place in front of the pavilion. 5 to 8 p.m. See


Homespun Holiday Bazaar at the Fairgrounds: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7. Come by the Fairgrounds for the Sixth Annual Homespun Holiday Bazaar put on by the Evergreen Fair Foundation. There will be crafts, displays, food and gift vendors, pictures with Santa for you and your pets, music and much more. This event is free admission and free parking. Donations welcome for the food bank. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Commercial Building, 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe.


Deming Library Annual Holiday Tea:  Saturday, Dec. 6. Coffee, tea, punch and homemade cookies served. Crafts and candy for sale, as Library Dog Treats. Live entertainment. 1 to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Deming Library. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, (360) 305-3600.


Lighted Christmas Parade: Saturday, Dec. 6. Lynden’s 24th annual holiday celebration begins at 6 p.m. with the Lighted Christmas Parade. Lighted trucks, cars, floats, wagons, farm equipment, and more. The procession starts at Fairway Center and travels along Front Street throughout downtown Lynden. In addition, take a tour of unique light displays and decorated storefronts throughout the city during Lynden in Lights. See


Jansen Art Center Holiday Fair: Saturday, Dec. 6. Unique and handmade items. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jansen Art Center, Lynden., (360) 354-3600.


Holiday Cookie Sale at the North Fork Community Library: Stop by the North Fork Library and pick up some wonderful holiday cookies. All funds raised go toward maintaining the North Fork Community Library building. Saturday, Dec. 6 through Tuesday, Dec. 23 during library open hours. North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Road, Maple Falls, (360) 305-3600.


Lummi Island Grange Christmas Bazaar: Saturday, Dec. 6. Island artists, craftsmen, and vendors offer one-of-a-kind items and gifts. Coffee, hot apple cider, baked goods and soup available for purchase. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-Showing  will be Friday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. There will be a $5 entrance fee and hors d’oeuvres and beverages served. Lummi Island Grange.


4th annual Pioneer Meadows Holiday Craft Fair: Saturday, Dec. 6. Handcrafted items, holiday treasures and local gifts. Live music, face painting, and a professional photographer on site to take your family’s holiday photo. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pioneer Meadows, 2377 Douglas Road, Ferndale. See


Holiday Indoor Fairy Gardens: Saturday, Dec. 6. This popular springtime miniature garden class takes an indoor holiday spin, as we offer some fairy fun for this winter season. Class fee is $39, and includes starting supplies (container, soil and plants). 9 a.m. Garden Spot, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480,


Arlington-Handmade Holiday Indoor Gift Market and Arlington’s Hometown Holiday: Saturday, Dec. 6. This indoor winter market features pottery, art, woodworking, body care, gourmet food, and more. Baskets of local goods will be raffled to support the farmers’ market, music and carols will play all day, and goodies will be available from a local bakery. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See


Arlington’s Hometown Holiday: Saturday, Dec. 6. Pictures with Santa, carriage rides, and parade (noon) down Olympic Avenue, Arlington. See


Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees: Saturday, Dec. 6. Open House 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cascade Valley Hospital. Gala and auction starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $10 each. See


Holiday Bazaar & Silent Auction: Saturday, Dec. 6. Benefiting Gardenview Montessori  preschool and kindergarten. Free admission, crafts for kids, silent auction, food, local vendors, kids raffle. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Paul’s Academy, Little Epistles Preschool, 3230 Meridian St., Bellingham.


Make Your Own Bloomy Rind Cheese with Mark Solomon: Saturday, Dec. 6. Learn to make Brie, Camembert and other “bloomy rind” cheeses in your own kitchen with a minimum of equipment. Samples served. 1 to 4 p.m. $59 per person. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at WCC at 383-3200.


Christmas Open House: Through Saturday, Dec. 6. Each visitor is given a “goody bag” that has a small gift, candy, and special coupons. Craft table for kids, as well as free hot apple cider, hot chocolate, coffee/tea, and cookies. New this year is the Ugly Sweater Contest. Saturday only: Poffertjes made Lynden Dutch Bakery. Van Wingerden Home & Garden, Blaine.


Marysville-Merrysville for the Holidays Craft & Gift Show: Saturday, Dec. 6. Quality crafts and gifts for the holidays, garden, pets, children, hats, art prints, jewelry, purses, food and much more. Event includes a concert and parade. Free admission. 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. 514 Delta Ave (State and 5th), Marysville. Hosted by the Marysville Parks and Recreation.


Swans of the Skagit: Saturday, Dec. 6. Hear wildlife biologist Martha Jordan describe these birds – the largest waterfowl in the world – and Skagit Valley’s best places to view them. Jordan is the coordinator for Washington Swan Stewards, which is the local branch of The Trumpeter Swan Society. Two times: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. $8 per person. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required by calling (360) 466-3821.


Animated Surfaces by Deb McCunn at Good Earth Pottery: For Deb McCunn, it’s all about the finishing touches on the surface: horsehair raku, terra sigilata, texture and splashes of color are the crowning glory of her fine and fun pottery forms. Meet the artist. Opening reception Saturday, Dec. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. Representing more than 50 artists. Extended holiday shopping hours. See or (360) 671-3998.


Artisan’s Faire: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7. This annual artisan’s faire will feature 40 local vendors, including some new crafts people and artists from the San Juan Islands. Food provided at the Odd Fellows restaurant downstairs. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Odd Fellows Hall, 112 Haven Road, Orcas Island. For more information contact


Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, Dec. 7. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee.  Biscuits and gravy 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.


Gingerbread House and Cookie Decorating Party: Sunday, Dec. 7. Join Gretchens’ cookie party stocked with sprinkles, candy and icing to create the perfect gingerbread house to take home and enjoy. Three times available. $10 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. See


Christmas is for Kids: Sunday, Dec. 7. All ages welcome for hands-on crafts and cookie decorating from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Come to the top of the hill and celebrate a Skagit Christmas! Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S 4th St, La Conner. See


Everson Library Silver Tea:  Sunday, Dec. 7. Our Christmas Heritage is the theme this year. Mingle with your friends while you enjoy cookies, tea, and musical entertainment. Craft making for kids. Free pictures with Santa. Sponsored by the Friends of the Everson Library.  2 to 5 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 305-3600.


Mount Vernon Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade: Sunday, Dec. 7. Fun for the whole family. Parade starts at 5 p.m. The Tree Lighting Ceremony in Pine Square will follow shortly after the parade ends, around 6 p.m. Downtown Mount Vernon.


Creative Holiday Gifts: Preserved and Fermented Foods: Tuesday, Dec. 10. This class will show ways to turn preserved and fermented foods into holiday gifts. There will also be a demonstration on the basics of food preservation and fermentation skills. Classes taught by Vivian Smallwood, WSU Extension Food Preservation Specialist. 6 p.m. Pre-register at (360) 428-4270 ext. 0. Cost is $10. WSU Extension Office, 11768 Westar Lane, Ste. A, Burlington.


Wreath Making with the Birchwood Garden Club: Wednesday, Dec. 10. Celebrate the season by making a festive wreath with the Birchwood Garden Club, guided by Tina Swanson. Bring your own wreath plant material, ribbon and decorations. Some greenery and ribbon supplies will be available but if you have access to greenery or ribbons, please bring some to share. See the recommended list of supplies at 7 to 9 p.m. Lecture Room at the Bellingham Central Library, 210 Central Ave.


“Tools and Tool Care” with Bill Davis: Thursday, Dec. 11. An often overlooked task in growing good fruit is the care and maintenance of your tools. The Snohomish County Fruit Society (SCFS) presents Bill Davis at 7 p.m. at the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, 402 2nd Street, Snohomish. All welcome. Bill will provide a hands on demonstration of proper care of pruning/grafting equipment. See or call (425) 398-5544.


The Schack Art Center’s Fa-La-La Holiday Sale of Fine Arts & Crafts: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13. Admission is free. 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. See


Let’s Make Presents! Saturday, Dec. 13. Make great gifts for family and friends.  Grades K-5.  10:30 a.m.  Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 305-3600.


‘Make it and Take it’ Grapevine Wreaths: Saturday, Dec. 13. Join Marcy as she guides you in how to create an alluring European-style grapevine wreath. Tables filled with evergreens, berries, cones, moss and more are available for you to create your own unique wreath tied with French ribbon. Workshop fee is $39, and includes all supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480,


Rome Grange Holiday Craft Sale: Saturday, Dec. 13. Lots of beautiful handmade items by local crafters. Soup and sandwiches will be served, along with a bake sale. Fresh apple pie and coffee will be served as well. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rome Grange, Mt. Baker Highway, Bellingham.


Kids and Teens Holiday Gift Bazaar:  Saturday, Dec. 13. Handmade crafts and treats made by kids and teens. Vendor space for kids grades K-12 is limited and registration is required. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call (360) 305-3600. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway.


Northwest Garden Bling Holiday Open House: Saturday, Dec. 13. Gift ideas, refreshments and general good cheer. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by and say hello. 44574 Highway 20, Grassmere Village, Concrete. (360) 708 3279,


Rain Barrel Construction: Saturdays, Dec. 13 and 27. Brad Walters will demonstrate how to prep, assemble, and maintain a rain barrel and will be available to answer questions on the process. SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Central Library. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jenni at or at (360) 778-7217.


Making Spirits Bright – Wine, Beer, & Spirits Tasting Celebration:Saturday, Dec. 13. Celebrate the locally made spirits, wine and beer industry. Guests will receive tasting tokens and may purchase more. Food by BB Ranch Butcher. Must show valid ID and be 21+ to participate.  Proceeds benefit the Kla Ha Ya Days Festival held each July in Snohomish. 6:30 p.m. 13428 Shorts School Road, Snohomish. See


Pets at the Farm with Santa: Saturday, Dec. 13. This is an annual pet photography fundraising event. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All welcome. To reserve a space for your business, contact or (360) 941-7470.


Creative Holiday Card and Papercrafting Class: Wednesday, Dec. 17. Create three Christmas cards and a Happy Winter card, plus a bonus 2×2 Paper Santa Gift Box. Techniques used: basic stamping, 2 step stamping, dry and heat embossing, and die cutting. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Held at Burlington Parks and Recreation Center 900 E. Fairhaven Ave. Class fee: adults $20 (additional $15 supply fee paid to instructor), youth 12-15 years old w/participating adult $10 (addtl $15 supply fee paid to instructor). Pre-register with Burlington Parks and Recreation 360-755-9649.


PaperCraft Party: Friday, Dec. 19. This program explores a variety of paper crafting examples and techniques. Bring completed work, or works in progress to share with the group, or enjoy learning a new skill together. Some materials provided. 4 p.m. SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Central Library. For more information, contact Jenni at or at 360-778-7217.


Kid’s Holiday Family Centerpiece Party: Saturday, Dec. 20. Bring mom, grandma, and the kids for this all ages event, as Marcy shows you how to make a holiday centerpiece. Choose from our collection of French ribbons, greens, cones and containers. Workshop fee is $30, and includes all supplies. Milk and treats provided. 9 a.m. Garden Spot, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480,


Kid’s Holiday Family Centerpiece Party: Saturday, Dec. 20. Bring mom, grandma, and the kids for this all ages event, as Marcy shows you how to make a holiday centerpiece. Choose from our collection of French ribbons, greens, cones and containers. Your centerpiece will top off your holiday table with a WOW. Workshop fee is $30, and includes all supplies. We will provide the milk and treats. 9 a.m. Garden Spot, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480,


3rd Annual Freestyle Christmas Lights Cruise: Saturday, Dec. 20. Bring decorated (lights please!) car, truck, or 2-wheeler to Snohomish. The route is a lap around 1st and 2nd Street. Traffic flows clockwise. Show up any time between 6 and 7 p.m. Enter anywhere along the route. It’s “Freestyle”! Do a few laps, or the whole hour. Must be street-legal.


Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl & Poker Walk: Saturday, Dec. 20. From 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Prizes available. Get tickets at:


Winter Solstice Candlelight Walk: Sunday, Dec. 21. Dusk to 7 p.m. Stroll with friends, come a-caroling, or simply contemplate the beauty of the evening along the Riverfront Trail in Snohomish.


Drop-in Winter Crafts: Monday, Dec. 22. Drop by the library and create an array of fun winter crafts and enjoy a cup of warm apple cider. All craft supplies provided. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 4-12. Lecture Room at the Bellingham Central Library.


24th Annual Note of Thanks: Wednesday, Dec. 31. Come join us for our annual tradition of giving thanks and make your own fun and creative thank you notes. Materials provided. 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome. Lecture Room at the Bellingham Central Library.





Cascadia Grains Conference: Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. Join farmers, processors and end-users, as well as investors, brokers and government agencies to support rebuilding a grain economy west of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia through three value-added enterprises – brewing and distilling, baking and other food uses and animal feed. South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. See


Learn to Grow Your Own Groceries Classes: What to Grow in Western WA: Thursday, Jan. 21. Variety and technique are key to successful harvests. $25 per person per class. Register online at GrowingGroceries/ Location is WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium and Evergreen Room, 600 128th St SE Everett, WA inside McCollum Park.


Wool Felting: Saturday, Jan. 24. Come out to the farm and make your own mittens, slippers or booties with one of our new teachers Elizabeth Moncrief. We are using wool from our very own sheep and it will be a fun and productive day. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Harmony Fields, Bow. Registration is available online at…/felting-wearables-mittens-boots/.


7th Annual Community Seed Swap and Fundraiser: Sunday, Jan. 25. “Putting Seeds Into the Hands of the People.” Light refreshments will be served from local food sponsors. Seed-savers and people donating heirloom seeds, or edible tubers or seed-potatoes (label your containers with plant type and date).  This is a GMO free event. Sponsored by Sustainable Bellingham, Center for Local Self Reliance and Transition Whatcom.



“The Way I See It” with Temple Grandin: Friday, Jan. 30. Everett Civic Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online for $25 at


Country Living Expo and and Cattlemen’s Winterschool: Saturday, Jan. 31. More than 185 workshops to choose from focused on skills and practical living, with large trade show and lunch and snacks. Registration costs $70 for adults (early bird special of $65 before Jan. 1, 2015) and $40 for youth with a discounted rate of $10 for the first 200 youth ages 12-18 needing scholarship help. Five workshops per person. To register and view classes, visit For more information, call Skagit County Extension at (360) 428-4270 ext 0.





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