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Events: April 2015

Apr 3rd, 2015 | Category: Events

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: Month-long festival celebrating tulips and the Skagit Valley. For tulip locations and special events, see tulipfestival.org.

 

Turned Wood Bowls: Each month, Artwood, the cooperative woodworking gallery in Fairhaven, highlights a particular artist or category of woodwork. Turned wooden bowls are featured this month including patterned woods and practical bowls. 1000 Harris Avenue, Fairhaven. (360) 647-1628, www.artwoodgallery.com.

 

Impressions in Fiber with Denise Miller & Nancy Ryan: April 1 through June 28. The beautiful landscape of the western United States is the inspiration for this exhibit. La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 703 South 2nd St, La Conner. Wednesday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See www.laconnerquilts.org.

 

Summer Bulbs and Perennials with Diane Gaine Van Noort: Wednesday, April 1. Presented by Birchwood Garden Club. Diane is a pro at arranging summer spectacular, and has worked at nurseries whose specialties are bulbs and perennials. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street,  Bellingham. BGC membership is open to anyone in Whatcom or Skagit County. See www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

 

Essential Remedies: Green Cleaners, Home & Petcare – with Michelle Mahler:  Wednesday, April 1. Make your own fizzing, cleansing powders, and antibacterial cleaning sprays with pure essential oils. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, Mount Vernon.

 

Bow Little Market Egg Decorating and Coloring: Thursday, April 2. The Bow Little Market will provide everything you need for decorating your eggs and enjoying a coloring contest. Three age groups: 0-4, 5-8, and 9 and up. 4 to 7 p.m. at the Alger Community Hall. Winners will be announced at the Easter Egg Hunt on April 4.

 

Salt of the Earth: The Story of Seasonings: Special exhibit opens April 2 and runs through June 7. Items from the Skagit County Historical Museum’s  permanent collection includes hundreds of salt cellars. See how ancestors added spice to their life. 501 S 4th Street, La Conner, (360) 466-3365.

 

Sustainable Connections Farm Fresh Workplace Member Lunch: Thursday, April 2. Meet local employers interested in learning more about CSAs and Workplace CSAs (or becoming a “Farm Fresh Workplace”). 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sustainable Connections office, Bellingham. RSVP to sara@sconnect.org.

 

Art In A Pickle Barn: April 3-30. This show and sale is a major event of the year to raise scholarship funds for Skagit County art students. Artists will be on hand and give demonstrations in fine art techniques and related topics. Free. Azusa Farm and Garden, 14904 Washington 20,  Mount Vernon. (360) 424-1580, www.azusafarm.com.

 

Art at the Schoolhouse: April 3-26. Show of local artists from the Stanwood Camano Arts Guild located in the historic 1888 Schoolhouse. Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Free to the public. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Opening Day of the 2015 Bellingham Farmers Market Regular Season: Saturday, April 4. Cabbage toss to open market for the season kicks off at 10 a.m. Fresh produce, crafts, food items and more from 100+ vendors. See bellinghamfarmers.org.

 

Stillaguamish Grange Open House: Saturday, April 4. All welcome in celebrating 80 years of our charter and service to the Stanwood Camano Community. 1 to 3 p.m. Stillaguamish Grange, 6521 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood Camano Fairgrounds.

 

Whatcom County Dahlia Society Tuber Sale: Saturday, April 4. Over 600 varieties of dahlias available. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bloedel Donovan Park, Bellingham. Visit whatcomdahliasociety.org for more information.

 

Mini-Gardens: Good Things Come In Small Packages: Saturday, April 4. Dwarf conifers, small maples, perennials, sedums and so much more. Learn how to plant these beauties into containers for years of enjoyment. Free class starts at 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. (425) 334-2002, sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Peonies 101: Saturday, April 4. Peonies are one of the most carefree perennials in the garden. Join Ginger as she teaches you how to plant and grow herbaceous, intersectional and tree peonies. Free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, www.garden-spot.com.

 

Opening Reception for “Hens, Hops and Blossoms” exhibit: Saturday, April 4. April’s featured artist, Madie Klusmire, will bring sunny cheer with her delightfully decorated wares including chickens, beer, flowers, fish and more. 3 to 6 p.m. at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Avenue, Bellingham. www.goodearthpots.com, (360) 671-3998.

 

Creating Sacred Space: Saturday, April 4. Find your sense of center, peace, mindfulness, inspiration and more with Antoni. Open to all backgrounds. Class is free. 5 p.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, www.garden-spot.com.

 

Kids Giant Garage Sale: Saturday, April 4. Over 20 booths loaded with toys, bikes, puzzles, games, books, clothes, etc. Everything is kid-related and the kids are the sellers! 9 a.m. to noon at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Center, 900 E Fairhaven Ave., kitty corner to the BE Kiwanis Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Contact Burlington Parks and Recreation Department at 755-9649.

 

Sewing Upcycled Vinyl Totes from Commercial Banners w/ Molly Chambers: Saturday, April 4. Students will learn multiple techniques for successful sewing with discarded vinyl banners. 10:30 a.m. $35 per person. Ragfinery, Bellingham. Ragfinery.com

 

Fun with Necktie Embellishments w/ Eliza Andrews: Saturday, April 4. Adorn a shirt, a skirt or whatever you want with neckties. 2:30 p.m. $5 per person. Ragfinery, Bellingham. Ragfinery.com.

 

Rome Grange Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Piñata Party: Saturday, April 4. Refreshments will be served for a small donation. Fellow Grangers and the general public invited. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If the rain comes, the event will be held indoors. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, Bellingham.

 

Aeroponics Demonstration: Saturday, April 4. Allyson McCormick will show you how to grow food from seed to harvest in your back yard, deck, patio, or indoors. 1-2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations requested, (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Easter on the Farm: Saturday and Sunday, April 4-5. Egg hunt, petting zoo, scavenger trail hunt, face painting, family photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Country Brunch Buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $18/$10. BelleWood Acres, Lynden. See the full schedule at www.bellewoodfarms.com.

 

Arlington Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 4. For children 12 and under. Bring your camera and Easter Basket. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arlington Airport, corner of 172nd St. and 51st Ave., behind the Stillaguamish Club, Arlington.

 

Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, April 5. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Biscuits and gravy available, too. Meet and greet local politicians, as they serve you coffee and breakfast.  Adults $5, kids 6-10 $2, kids 5 and under free. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, Bellingham. For more information call (360) 739-9605.

 

Spring Paella Mixta: Monday, April 6. In this class with Knut Christiansen, chef and owner of PaellaWorks, students will learn the secrets behind assembling a spring Paella Mixta. Knut will bring his giant paella pan and a northwest twist on the traditional paella with seasonal vegetables and smoked sockeye salmon. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St, Mount Vernon, (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Vibrant Veggies with Lisa Samuel: Tuesday, April 7. Exlore various dishes in this cooking class with Lisa Samuel. $35 per person, $7 wine option. 6 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.

 

Put A Flower On It! w/ Molly Chambers: Three times: Wednesday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and Thursday, April 12 at 12:30 p.m. Learn to make easy, fun blossoms from various beads, buttons and a rainbow of petals. $5 per person. Ragfinery, Bellingham. www.ragfinery.com.

 

Welcome Spring! Garland w/ Molly Chambers: Thursday, April 9. Participants will learn a variety of simple techniques to create garlands composed of flowers and leaves, festive fabric flags, bangles and frills.Two times: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 4 p.m. $7.50 per person. Ragfinery, Bellingham. www.ragfinery.com.

 

How to Improve Drainage & Fish Passage by Replacing Culverts: Thursday April 9. Learn about programs available to assess your culverts and to replace problem culverts with larger pipes or bridges in this free workshop. 7-9 p.m. at the North Bellingham Grange,  5255 Northwest Ave, Bellingham. Refreshments provided. For more information, contact (360) 526-2381 x131 or fcorey@whatcomcd.org.

 

Whatcom County Youth Fair: Friday and Saturday, April 10-11. A 2-day learning fair open to all ages 6-18. Categories include animals, country crafts, horticulture, dairy, photography and more. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. See www.whatcomcountyyouthfair.webs.com.

 

23rd Annual Garage Sale, Antiques & More: Friday and Saturday, April 10-11. Over 140 vendors and 6,000 in attendance. Food vendors, live music and more. $2 admission. Skagit County Fairgrounds, Mount Vernon. More information is available at www.skagitcounty.net/garagesale or call (360) 336-9414.

 

Have Fun With Hypertufa: Saturday, April 11. Learn about Hypertufa, popular for making garden ornaments, pots and land forms. Hypertufa is very porous, favorable for plant growth, and relatively light compared with terra-cotta or traditional concrete and can withstand harsh winters. Free class starts at 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. (425) 334-2002, sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Annual Wonderful Woolies Fiber Sale: Saturday, April 11. Come shop for fleeces and fiber from farms located in Skagit and Whatcom counties. Bring the family and meet the sheep. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spinners Eden Farm, 5740 Mertz Road, Bellingham. See spinnersedenfarm.com.

 

Anacortes Monthly Farmers Market: Saturday, April 11.  Vendors selling produce, baked goods, crafts, plants and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Depot in Anacortes, 7th Street and R Avenue. See http://www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org. (The weekly market starts in May 2015.)

 

Antique Collections Evaluation Show: Saturday, April 11. Come to the Bellingham Senior Center for the Annual Antiques & Collectibles. Professional evaluators will value your treasures and coins/stamp collection. Free food is available. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bellingham Senior Center.

 

Yogurt Making: Saturday, April 11. Part of the 2015 Transition Skill Share Series. 10 a.m. Potluck Kitchen Studio, 910 11th St., Anacortes. See www.fidalgotransition.org.

 

Beginning Vegetable Gardening: Saturday, April 11. Learn how to successfully grow a wide variety of produce throughout the year, including how to get started, planning your plantings, managing your soil and fertility inputs, and timing for succession harvests. Free. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Seed Starting Class: Saturday, April 11. Discuss seed starting mediums, containers, sanitation, and fertility. This is a hands-on experience; you will go home with a flat of seeds ready to grow. Registration required, $30 course fee. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

2015 Container Design: Saturday, April 11. Nurture and cultivate your small garden spaces with Nancy, by discovering the many new and gorgeous combinations of sun and shade containers. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, www.garden-spot.com.

 

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival: Saturday, April 11. A total of 30 Wineries and 6 Restaurants attending from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Historic Port Warehouse. Tickets are $40, or $20 for designated drivers. See http://www.anacortes.org/spring-wine-fest/.

 

Woodfest: Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12. Woodfest is an annual celebration of woodworking and student achievements.  Vendors and display booths include chainsaw carvers, wood turners, traditional carvers, wood crafters, artisans, high school woodworking exhibits, and educational exhibits. Raffle for a beautiful shed built by the SWHS Construction Class. Food and drinks available for purchase. This is a sanctioned event of the Skagit Valley Tulip. Cascade Middle School, 915 McGarigle Road, Sedro-Woolley.  Saturday hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See www.facebook.com/Woodfest.SedroWoolley.

 

GreenwoodTree Open House: Saturday, April 11. Learn about Skagit Valley’s Waldorf-inspired alternative cooperative school. Tour the new school building and playground, meet the teachers, enjoy kids’ crafts, activities, and a snack. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 208 Snoqualmie Street, Mount Vernon. (360) 488-3410, www.greenwoodtreecoop.org.

 

Soils that Grow Your Food Workshop: Sunday, April 12. Learn about the basics of soil types, soil tests and the best soil amendments in this free class presented by Master Gardeners. All welcome. 2 to 3 p.m. Tennant Lake Park Interpretive Center, 5236 Nielsen Ave, Ferndale.

 

WSU Know & Grow Workshop: Blackberries and Less Common Small Fruits: Tuesday, April 14. Lisa DeVetter, WSU Extension scientist at NWREC, will talk about growing well-mannered blackberries and some of the less common small fruits for the home owner. 1-2:30 p.m. at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536. Presented by WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardeners in partnership with WSU – Mount Vernon NWREC.

 

Party of One: Tuesday, April 14. In this cooking class with Chef Mary Ellen Carter, students will learn to make parmesan flat bread with mushrooms, charred asparagus with hollandaise sauce, chicken scaloppini with lemon piccata sauce, and a delightful fruit crisp with a dollop of cream. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St, Mount Vernon, (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

All American Favorites with Robert Fong: Tuesday, April 14. Chef Fong tweaks iconic American comfort food to spectacular effect, including southern fried chicken, Boston baked beans, and Caesar salad. $39 per person, $8 wine option. 6:30 p.m. Community Co-op, Bellingham. Call (360) 383-3200.

 

Quelle Surprise! with Karina Davidson: Wednesday, April 15. Karina has returned from a month in Paris and has new exciting recipes for this class. $45 per person, $7 wine option. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.

 

Tulip Town’s Locals Night: Wednesday, April 15. Skagit County residents are “locals” and welcome to attend and celebrate the tulips. 5:30 to 7 p.m. 15002 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon.

 

Bridging the Gap between Dairy Producers and Their Communities with Dr. Amber Adams-Progar, WSU Dairy Specialist: Thursday, April 16. The Monthly Whatcom Dairy Speaker Series Talk is from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Ten Mile Grange, 6985 Hannegan Rd, Lynden. Includes free lunch. See www.whatcomcd.org.

 

Make Your Own Prayer Flags w/ Molly Chambers: Thursday, April 16. Create a 6-foot string of  fabric flags printed with your favorite, lyrics, poetry, scripture, or whatever is meaningful to you. 12:30 p.m. $7 per person. Ragfinery, Bellingham. Ragfinery.com.

 

Bench Grafting and Top Working: Friday, April 17. Gary Moulton, Pomologist and Orchardist, instructs this hands-on workshop presented by Northwest Agriculture Business Center. Learn how to make bench grafts and how to top work a larger tree in an orchard. Registration fee includes a new pruning knife. Bring your own hand clippers. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Allen Fire Station, 9061 Avon Allen Road, Bow. Registration is $110, includes lunch and beverages. Register at http://www.agbizcenter.org/business-services/classes-and-workshops.

 

Upcycled Baby Slippers from Sweaters or Fleece w/ Renee Sherrer: Friday, April 17. Turn old sweaters into a cute and useful slippers for tiny feet! These make great gifts at baby showers. 2 p.m. $25 per person. Ragfinery, Bellingham. Ragfinery.com.

 

Mount Vernon Tulip Street Festival: Friday through Sunday, April 17-19. Vendors, artists, crafts people, music and visitors in downtown Mount Vernon. For more details, see www.mountvernondowntown.org or email mvstreetfaircoordinator@gmail.com.

 

SEW THOUGHTFUL: Friday, April 17. Join the Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for our Sew Thoughtful project.  This month’s project-pajamas for children 12 years and younger who are cared for at Safe Place, a temporary foster care facility in Everett.  Meet at McCollum Park, 600 128th ST. S.E., Everett in the Cougar Room behind the WSU Extension Office. Please bring your sewing machine, sewing tools and lunch. For more information, contact Arlene at (425) 743-0118 or afharris@juno.com.

Lined Zippered Bags w/ Renee Sherrer: Saturday, April 18. Learn how to install a zipper and a lining in each bag made from fabric scraps. 1 p.m. $25 per person. Ragfinery, Bellingham. Ragfinery.com.

 

Japanese Maples: Saturday, April 18. Certified Professional Horticulturist Trevor Cameron will show you the way with Japanese maples. Free class starts at 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. (425) 334-2002, sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Scrapbooking and More Swap Meet: Saturday, April 18. Paper, stickers, tools, equipment, embellishments, stamps, storage, albums, sewing, knitting, and more. Vendors wanted to sell your extra hobby stuff. 9 a.m. to noon. 8×8 booths for rent $25. Pre-register by April 3 with the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department at 755-9649.

 

The Pollination Puppet Show: Saturday, April 18. Free to the public, a puppet show for elementary-age children. Follow Polly, the honeybee, as she visits her flower friends and talks about how and why bees pollinate and what you can do to help them (45 minute run time). 3 p.m. Mount Vernon City Library. Sponsored by the APIS Project, Skagit Food Co-op and the Library.

 

Manure – Containing and Composting It! Saturday, April 18. Snohomish Conservation District farm planner Carrie Brausieck will discuss simple bin designs and manure management methods. Carrie will answer other farm and horse-related questions too. Free. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Skagit Farmers Supply, 8815 272nd St NW, Stanwood.

 

Scythes the Cutting Edge: Saturday, April 18: Learn the sharper points of using a scythe, what makes a good tool, how to select a scythe for your needs and how to properly maintain it for years of efficient use. $40 per person. Inspiration Farm, Bellingham. www.inspirationfarm.com.

 

Vertical Gardening: Vines and Climbing Plants: Saturday, April 18. Horticulturalist Rachel Zeutenhorst of Tissues and Liners Nursery will be discussing new dimensions to vertical gardening in this exclusive seminar on vines and climbing plants. 9 a.m. Class is free. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, www.garden-spot.com.

 

Wild Food Foraging: Spring Greens with Abe Lloyd: Saturday, April 18. Head out to do some fieldwork, exploring what is edible and learning the local ethnobotany. The class then returns to the kitchen to transform raw ingredients into cuisine. Bring gloves, plastic bags, rubber boots, notebook, sack lunch, and water. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $39 per person. Abe Lloyd is the director of Salal, the Cascadian Food Institute in Bellingham (www.cascadianfood.net). Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.

 

Valley Voices Women’s Barbershop Chorus and the Bellingham Blend Men’s Chorus: Saturday, April 18. The proceeds will benefit the Ten Mile Grange Building and Improvement Fund. Suggested donation is $10. 7 to 9 p.m. Ten Mile Grange, Lynden.

 

Stanwood-Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction: Saturday, April 18. Warm Beach Senior Community presents the All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Warm Beach Senior Community in Stanwood. The proceeds will be used to update Cedar Court and give the residents’ home a much needed makeover with new paint and carpet. Auction viewing is at 3 p.m. and dinner is from 4-6:30 pm. Donations welcome. Contact Sheila Bartlett at (360) 652-2645.

 

Cascadia Mushrooms Workshop: Sunday, April 19. This on-farm workshop will show you practical techniques for growing mushrooms in your home and garden, focusing on a few select edible species that thrive in the Northwest climate. Tour the Cascadia Mushrooms’ growing facility, meet the farmers and get a hands-on education in growing at home. Cost applies. For details, visit cascadiamushrooms.com.

 

Nature’s Pain Relievers: Sunday, April 19. In this workshop by Cedar Mountain Herb School, students will harvest wild plants in several habitats and create formulas for a variety of pain types. $85 per person. Noon to 5 p.m. See cedarmountainherbs.com/painrelievers.htm.

 

Spring Rexville Grange Art Show: April 10-19. Opening opening reception on Friday, April 10. See www.rexvillegrangeartshow.com for participating artists and more.

 

April in Paris: Monday April 20. Join Chef Peter for an evening of treats from a true Parisian menu. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St, Mount Vernon, (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Cooking with Spices with Jesse Otero: Monday April 20. Give your dishes a distinctive vibrancy through spices. 6 p.m. $39 per person, $7 wine option. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.

 

2015 Whatcom County Arts & Crafts Contest: Tuesday, April 21.  Enter something creative into this annual contest open to all residents and all ages. Knit, crochet, sew, paint, carve, paste, cut, stain, sculpt, photograph, etc. Winning entries will go on to compete at the State competition in June. Categories for both adults and children. Full details can be found in the Program Handbook, available on the State Grange website at www.wa-grange.org. Entries must be brought to the Rome Grange on Monday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The judging is Monday afternoon. The public viewing is Tuesday at 6 p.m. Pomona Lecturer Penny Mumford needs volunteers to help with the entries and judging. If you can assist, call (360) 647-9672. The contest includes expanded Food Preservation categories this year such as fruits, vegetables, soft spreads, meat/poultry, pickled, pickles/ relishes, vinegars, dried foods, fruit leathers and jerky. Strict rules apply to any food preservation process; items must be prepared using USDA / Extension Service information (see Program Handbook for details).

 

Quilting Masterclass: Mini Landscape Workshop by Helene Knott: Wednesday, April 22. Taught by Helene Knott, the focus of this class is on using fabrics creatively to get marvelous special effects, and there are a variety of patterns to choose from. The landscapes are small, simple and fused, allowing more time to play with the creative use of fabrics while making a small scenic measuring approximately 10”x 12” or a larger wall-hanging about 15” x 20”. $35 per person. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St, Lynden. See jansenartcenter.org/product/quilting-masterclass-mini-landscape-workshop/ or call (360) 354-3600.

 

Camano-Conservation Celebration: Wednesday, April 22. A variety of activities are planned, including recycle/reuse, food waste and worm bins, native small shrubs, edible plants, solar power, compost/mulch, septic system and more. 3 to 7 p.m. 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island, (360) 387-0222.

 

Tastes of Cambodia with Robert Fong: Wednesday, April 22. Enjoy eating and learning how to make Cambodian dishes. 6:30 p.m. $45 per person, $8 wine option. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.

 

Spring Carnival & Homespun Bazaar: Friday through Sunday, April 24-26. Kids activities/farmer for a day, root beer garden, craft and plant vendors, children’s fishing pond sponsored by Les Schwab, Busy Bee Quilt Show, 25th Annual Youth Dairy Cattle Show (Saturday only). Sponsored by The Evergreen Fair Foundation and Daffodil Arabian Spring Horse Show. Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe, (360) 805-6700.

 

The Island Chicks Spring Vintage/Antiques Market: Saturday, April 25. Antiques, vintage, re-purposed/refreshed and handmade treasures for your home and garden. Over 40 vendors with fabulous stuff! $5 per person, $3 per person with a donated food item to the Anacortes Food Bank. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 100 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. (360) 420-8225.

 

3rd annual Art of Gardening: Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26. Celebrate “All Things Gardening” at this hands-on event featuring regional vendors, display gardens and exhibitors with a focus on backyard farming, gardening and art specifically designed for the garden. Enjoy tasty food, live entertainment all day and more at the Depot in Anacortes. Vendor applications being accepted. Presented by the City of Anacortes and the Anacortes Farmers Market. See http://www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

 

Everson Garden Club Plant Sale: Saturday, April 25. Flowers from our gardens to yours. Lots of colorful perennials (unusual as well as the old stand-bys), natives, shrubs and small trees at well-below retail prices. Vendors will offer veggie starts, specialty plants and crafts.  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everson Elementary School lawn, 216 Everson Goshen Road, Everson.

 

Edible and Sustainable Landscaping: Saturday, April 25. Discuss ways to integrate edibles into a showy landscape, and how to grow and maintain that landscape. Free. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Garden Spot’s International Planting Day: Saturday, April 25. Bring containers from home or choose from the selection on-site. Our expert staff will help you gather the right combination of plants and flowers. Complimentary labor and Gardner & Bloome soil will be provided as well as special discounts on all plants used in your containers. If you can carry your container, you can bring as many as you like. Have more shopping to do? Leave your name and phone number and we will call you when your container’s ready. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, www.garden-spot.com.

 

Organic Gardening: Saturday, April 25. Join E.B. Stone’s Brenda Sage as she instructs on ways to plant using organic fertilizers and soil amendments. Free class starts at 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. (425) 334-2002, sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Building a Home Hoop House: Saturday, April 25. Come to Cloud Mountain and learn to build a home scale hoop house for growing tomatoes and peppers. Materials will be pre-cut and participants will learn how to put them together. Materials also available for purchase. 1 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org

 

Basics of Sewing w/ Renee Sherrer: Saturday, April 25. Learn how to wind a bobbin, thread the machine, and cut and sew fabric. This class will introduce you to your sewing machine while you make a “fringed” fleece pillow cover. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $50 per person. Ragfinery, Bellingham. Ragfinery.com.

 

Rainwater Cisterns for Farm and Home: Saturday, April 25. Snohomish Conservation District farm planner Brett de Vries and engineer Derek Hann will highlight various cistern options for farm and residential properties. Bring your questions and ideas. Brett and Derek will answer other farm and rainwater catchment questions too. Free. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Skagit Farmers Supply, 8815 272nd St NW, Stanwood.

 

Apple Blossom & Honey Bee Festival: Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26. Live music by Pearl Django ($15) on Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday’s activities include 5K Trail Run($20), beekeeping, bee demonstrations, orchard tours ($3), and honey goods (local). The event Benefits Honey Bee Research. Bellewood Acres, Lynden. See bellewoodfarms.com.

 

35 Years Of BEE-utiful Quilts: Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26. Celebrating 35 years in quilting. Featuring over 250 quilts and quilted items, Quilt Challenge, Viewers Choice Awards, featured artist, demonstrations, vendor mall, boutique, raffle quilt drawing, fish bowl raffle, mommunity service activities, classes, treasure hunt for kids, bed turning, and more. Saturday hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evergeen State Fair, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe.

 

Snohomish Garden Club Plant Sale: Saturday, April 25. Many varieties of perennials, annuals, blooming flora, water-garden plants and small trees and shrubs. Proceeds support community projects and scholarships to graduating high school students from Snohomish who choose the field of horticulture. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Farm at Swan’s Trail, 7301 Rivershore Road. For more information about the plant sale, contact smiley_gardener@yahoo.com.

 

April Brews Day: Saturday, April 25. Various local and regional breweries participating in this benefit for the Max Higbee Center, a local non-profit providing recreational activities to teens and adults with disabilities. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door. $40 VIP advance purchase only. General admission is 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave., Bellingham. 21+ only. Tickets available at the Community Food Coop, Village Books, Chuckanut Brewery, Boundary Bay Brewery, Kulshan Brewery and Maggie’s Pub. Depot Market Square, Bellingham. For more information, call (360)733-1828 or see maxhigbee.org.

 

Good Earth Pottery 45th Anniversary Celebration: Sunday, April 26. Pottery demonstrations and 45th anniversary Celebration! 1 to 4 p.m. at 1000 Harris Avenue, Bellingham. www.goodearthpots.com, (360) 671-3998.

 

Wildcrafting Intensive: Willow: Sunday April 26. In this workshop by Cedar Mountain Herb School, students will visit the Skagit Cascade foothills for a day of wild plant ID, harvesting, and medicine making. $85 per person. Noon to 5 p.m. See cedarmountainherbs.com/willowintensive.htm.

 

Recipes from the Cookbook Jerusalem: Tuesday, April 28. Join Chef Nahla Gholam as she explores and adapts recipes that return to the meals of ancient Jerusalem. 6:30-8:30pm $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St, Mount Vernon, (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com

 

The Caribbean Kitchen: Trinidad Creole with Sarah Chan: Tuesday, April 28. Trinidad Creole cuisine boasts African, French and Spanish influences while using many of the spices typical of the Caribbean. 6 p.m. $39 per class, $7 wine option. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at WCC (360) 383-3200.

 

Mt. Baker Plant Sale: Variety of hanging baskets and more. Thursday, April 30. Mount Baker High School, Deming. 3 to 6 p.m.

 

Empty Bowls Benefit: Thursday, April 30.  Whatcom Artists of Clay and Kiln (WACK) invite you to an artful event to benefit the Bellingham Food Bank and Maple Alley Inn. $15 entry fee includes a handmade bowl, a portion of soup and bread. There will also be a silent auction of platters handmade by local ceramic artists. Hosted by Old World Deli, 1228 N. State Street, Bellingham, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

 

 

 

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Mt. Baker Plant Sale: Friday and Saturday, May 1-2. Friday hours 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Baker High School, Deming.

 

Arlington FFA Mother’s Day Plant Sale: Friday through Sunday, May 1-3. Fuchsia baskets, hardy fuchsias, geraniums, vegetables, over 10 varieties of tomatoes and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Arlington High School, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd, Arlington. For more information, contact jnemnich@asd.wednet.edu.

 

Birchwood Garden Club Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, May 2. Wide variety of annuals, perennials and specialty plants, shrubs, vines, vegetable starts and much more. Proceeds support the beautification of many local public gardens. 9  a.m. until noon at the Bellingham Public Library, lower level lecture room, 210 Central Avenue, Bellingham. See www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

 

NW Rabbit Breeders Spring Show: Saturday, May 2. Two open shows, two youth shows. Beef Barn at the Evergeen State Fairgrounds, Monroe. For details and entry forms, see http://wsrba.net/NWRB_Cat0515.pdf.

 

Everett Rock and Gem Club 62nd Annual Gem Show: Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3. Hourly door prizes, special exhibits, demonstrations, raffle drawing, kids’ activities, local dealers, silent auction and a snack bar. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Everett Community College.

 

Washington Native Plant Society-Salal Chapter’s 16th annual Spring Sale: Saturday, May 2. Good selection of native trees, shrubs, bulbs, perennials, ground covers and ferns. 10 a. m. to noon, in the Native Plant Garden area of the Skagit Display Gardens, at WSU’s NW Research and Extension Center, 16650 State Highway 536,) in Mount Vernon. For more a list of plants available contact Brenda at nativegarden@fidalgo.net.

 

Livestock Fencing and Off-Stream Watering: Saturday, May 2. Join Snohomish Conservation District farm planner Brett de Vries as he describes options for fencing and off-stream watering that protect your animals as well as keep streams clean and healthy. Free. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Skagit Farmers Supply, 8815 272nd St NW, Stanwood.

 

11th annual Bellingham Procession of the Species: Saturday, May 2. All welcome to participate in costume. Line up begins at 3:30 p.m. behind the Bellingham Library. Three rules: No written or spoken words, no live animals, and no motorized vehicles. Gather at Maritime Heritage Park for closing activities. For Procession workshops or other details, see http://bpots.org.

 

Rhododendrons & Azaleas: Saturday, May 2. From the classics to the latest hybrids, come and rediscover rhododendrons and azaleas. Free class. 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville, www.sunnysidenursery.net.

 

2015 Annual Rhododendron Truss Show: Saturday, May 2. See a fabulous display of rhododendrons that are being grown locally. Free event at 10 a.m. presented by The American Rhododendron Society’s Pilchuck Chapter. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville. www.sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, May 3. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Biscuits and gravy available, too. Meet and greet local politicians, as they serve you coffee and breakfast.  Adults $5, kids 6-10 $2, kids 5 and under free. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, about 1/2 mile east of the “Y” Road. For more information call (360) 739-9605.

 

Mother’s Day Tea Recipes: Tuesday, May 5. Sharon Eldridge, owner of the Old Towne Grainery Tea Room & Galleria, will transform Gretchens Kitchen into a proper tearoom for this class on Mother’s Day recipes. 6:30 p.m. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St, Mount Vernon, (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Canning 101 with Susy Hymas: Tuesdays, May 5, 12 and 19. This three-session demonstration course covers the techniques and equipment you will need to safely can fruit, quick pickles, salsa, and jams, as well as pressure can vegetables, seafood, and meats. Instructor Susy Hymas has been a Certified Master Food Preserver for over 15 years. $59 per person. 6:30 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.

 

Discover Buffers: Hedgerow Field Day: Thursday, May 7. Walk around hedgerow field sites and see what they look like and how they work. 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Ten Mile Grange, 6985 Hannegan Road, Lynden, at 9:45 for registration and van load-up. Event hosted by the Whatcom Conservation District and Washington State University Extension. Free lunch provided. RSVP to (360) 526-2381. See http://www.whatcomcd.org/dairy-speaker-series.

 

Better with Bacon with Cindy McKinney: Thursday, May 7. Cindy McKinney demonstrates bacon in recipes for delicious results. $39 per person, $7 wine option. 6 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Call (360) 383-3200.

 

WSU Whatcom County Extension Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale: Saturday, May 9. Locally grown tomatoes, perennials, herbs, fruit trees and natives for sale. Master Gardeners available to answer questions at the Plant Clinic and Information Booth. Mini workshops, food sales, vendors and displays. Proceeds support the WSU Whatcom Master Gardener program. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale.

 

Skagit County Master Gardener Sale: Saturday, May 9. Over 2,500 tomatoes (39 varieties), veggie and flower starts, native plants, perennials, herbs, trees, shrubs, and Mother’s Day gifts. Educational booths, art, food, plant and other vendors. Master Gardener help with gardening questions. Recycle your used plant pots. Enjoy early day gas engines, classic tractors and antique farm machinery too. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Skagit County Fairgrounds, Mount Vernon, Building F. Free admission and parking. See a list of plant varieties at http://ext100.wsu.edu/skagit/mg/plant-fair/.

 

Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation Plant Sale: Saturday, May 9. Extensive selection of perennials, shrubs, trees, berries, and grasses. Amazing selection of tomato varieties – old favorites, new varieties, heritage plants and more. Assortment of specialty nursery, gift and garden art vendors on hand as part of this sale. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.at McCollum Park, Everett. See http://www.snomgf.org/plant-sale.html.

 

Using Tunnels & Hoops Houses for Productive Gardening: Saturday, May 9. Use of high tunnels and hoop houses can bring you success in crops that often fail out in the open. Discuss hoop house construction, planting, pruning and training, and management issues. 10:30 a.m. Free. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Sweet and Savory India with Balabhadra: Monday, May 11. India is known for its treats both savory and sweet, and this class has both. 6:30 p.m. $35 per person. Community  Co-op, Bellingham. Call (360) 383-3200.

 

State FFA Convention: May 13-17. Local students attending the State FFA Convention at Washington State University.

 

Spring Chicken with Cindy McKinney: Thursday, May 14.Make the most of your chicken. $39 per person, $7 wine option.  6 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.

 

Spring Garden ‘n Gifts Faire: Friday and Saturday, May 15-16. Crafts, artists, home business consultants, garden/plant vendors. Vendor applications available. Friday hours noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Burlington Parks and Recreation at 755-9649.

 

International Plowing Match: Saturday, May 16. The International Plowing Association puts on this historic event and is an active group of volunteers consisting of multi-generational plowing families and people interested in preserving the tradition of the Plowing Match. Come out and watch these beautiful animals guided by plowmen and women plowing a field as in the past. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Berthusen Park, Lynden.

 

Junk in Your Trunk Event: Saturday, May 16. Enjoy a “garage sale” style event in the parking lot around the Burlington Parks and Recreation office on Saturday during the Spring Garden Gift Faire from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors will be assigned one slot to park, and one to set up sales. Rent a space for $20. Use your truck, trunk, tables, etc. to sell your stuff. Space is limited. Pre-register with Burlington Parks and Recreation at 755-9649.

 

Gouda Cheesemaking Class: Saturday, May 16. Learn to make hard goat gouda with guest instructor and artisan cheesemaker Corina Sahlin. Course fee applies. Cedar Mountain Herb School. http://cedarmountainherbs.com/school.htm

 

Rome Grange Community Garage Sale: Saturday, May 16. Lots for sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rome Grange in Bellingham. The Grange will be taking donations May 14-15 and arrangements can be made for those with donated items who need pick-up. Contact judyvanb25@gmail.com.

 

Cascade Cuts Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, May 16. This wholesale perennial, annual, veggie and herb nursery is open to the public one day a year as a fundraiser for Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming Program. Ornamentals, herbs, flowers and more available for purchase. Check out coffee trees, hops, compost tea machines, and more. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 632 Montgomery Road, Bellingham. For more information, contact Erin@sconnect.org.

 

33rd Annual Bay View Women’s Run & Walk: Saturday, May 16. All are invited to run or walk to help address domestic violence, sexual assault and women’s health issues. The 2-mile Run & Walk, 5K and 10K Runs will start from the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center in Bay View. See bayviewwomensrun.com for more information and to preregister.

 

Celebration of Food Festival: Sunday, May 17. A free, family event to taste, explore, and experience food. Free food samples, demos, displays, and items for purchase (see a list of vendors online). Gardening demos, displays, and activities by farm and garden professionals will show how to grow your own food and where to purchase locally grown food. Resources include experts, displays, books, and resources will be available for children and adults to learn everything about growing to cooking to preserving food. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Presented by Food Revolution Snohomish County. See http://www.edcc.edu/foodfest/.

 

Alaskan Halibut with Robert Fong: Tuesday, May 19. Enjoy Alaska’s first-of-the-season big white fish done three ways. 6:30 p.m. $49 per person. Downtown Co-op. Register at (360) 383-3200.

 

Grilling Recipes for Memorial Day: Wednesday, May 20. Get ready to grill with Danny Geer from La Conner Seafood and Prime Rib Restaurant. In this class students will learn unique recipes to spice things up on the grill. 6:30 p.m. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St, Mount Vernon, (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Recipes from Around the Mediterranean Sea: Wednesday, May 27. Chef Nahla Gholam will bring the flavors of Lebanon to Gretchens with recipes. 6:30 p.m. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St, Mount Vernon, (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Carnivorous Bog Gardening: Saturday, May 23. Join MaryAnn Sudkamp for this class to learn about the best plants to use and how to create a functional yet beautiful bog garden for your yard. 10 a.m. Free class. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville.

 

Summer Blooming Shrubs: Saturday, May 30. Learn about the best plants to choose for your yard, how to design your landscape using them and  proper care and feeding techniques. Free class. 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville.

 

Northwest All Breed Goat Club Show: Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31. The Northwest All Breed Goat Club is hosting its first ever ABGA sanctioned show. Entry forms available on the website soon (see www.northwestgoatclub.com). The group will also be hosting a full ADGA sanctioned dairy goat show and a dual MDGA/TMGR sanctioned mini dairy goat show on June 6-7. All shows will be held at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.

 

Send upcoming events details to editor@grownorthwest.com. Additional events will be posted online at www.grownorthwest.com. 

 

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