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Calendar: July 2015 events

Jul 1st, 2015 | Category: Events

Back to Our Roots: The History of Farm to Table in Skagit County: Through October 11th. Skagit County Historical Museum, La Conner.


Artwood Gallery: In July, Artwood is highlighting fish: carved wood fish by Phil Skochilich, forged steel fish by Karen Healy, glass fish by Art Hohl. Large selection of furniture, gifts, boxes, kitchen wares, carvings, and also lathe-turned bowls for your summer salads. Paintings by Brenda Lowery brighten the walls. Artwood is open Monday through Saturday, 11 until 6, and Sunday from 11 until 5. 1000 Harris Avenue in Old Fairhaven. (360) 647-1628,


NVHC Display Cabinet: Historic Nooksack Valley Buildings:  On display July through September. Intricate models of buildings from yesteryear carefully handcrafted by Burton Germain.  Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 305-3600.


Bow Little Market Yard Sale Day: Thursday, July 2. 1 to 6 p.m. at the weekly Bow Little Market at Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green, along Old Hwy 99 just south of Bow Hill Rd. For more details, see


Loggerrodeo: The weekend of July 4th. Sedro-Woolley hosts the oldest 4th of July celebration in Washington State. Grand parade, kiddie parade and family night at the carnival, street dance, logging show, blues jamboree, famous chainsaw carving competition, fireworks, beard contest, classic car show, eagles BBQ and more. For a full list of activities, see


Yes We, CAN! Canned Craft Beer Festival: Saturday, July 4. More than 40 craft breweries, cideries and meaderies – mostly from the Northwest, with music from local bands Polecat and Rabbit Wilde and live performances from the Bellingham Circus Guild. All-ages. 6 to 10 p.m. One of the best spots in town to view the fireworks. Next to Elizabeth Station, 1400 W. Holly Street, on Astor and J Streets in Bellingham.


Nuno Felted Purses w/ Donna Hunter: Tuesday, July 7. Felt wool fibers onto fabric to make a purse with your choice of style, color and size. 1-5 p.m. $35. Ragfinery, Bellingham. See


Field Day:  Thursday, July 9. A field tour, research updates and barbecue will highlight the free, public field day beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center at 16650 State Route 536. Walking tour of nearly 150 acres of active research plots; tractor-driven wagon ride also available. Brief presentations will highlight the center’s eight research programs. Faculty members and graduate students will talk about their research and extension projects and how their work impacts the region’s growers, consumers, agricultural businesses and local economies. Chicken barbecue at 6 p.m. For more information, contact (360) 848-6153.


No-Sew Braided Rugs w/ Kirsten Wert: Thursday, July 9. Keep fabrics out of the landfill and get started on a beautiful braided rug- no sewing needed. 3-4:30 p.m.  $10. Ragfinery, Bellingham. See


Breeding Variety: Seed Production for the Small Farmer: Thursday, July 9.  Presentations by Tom Wagner (seed breeding expert) and Jessica Babcock (Greenbank Farm). Learn about seed breeding, growing your own seed, and processing/cleaning techniques. Part of the Speaker Series. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson.


Homeopathic Survival Skills: Thursday, July 9. Presenter Monique Arsenault will share simple homeopathic solutions for self-care and practical tools for the whole family. 11 a.m. SkillShare Space at the Central Library, Bellingham. For more information, contact Jenni at or at 360-778-7217.


Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland Summer Farm Tour: Friday, July 10. Participants get a firsthand look at the important role farming plays in Skagit County and a behind-the-scenes look at agriculture. Stops include Mesman Dairy (learn about the first robotic milking operation north of Seattle), Hedlin Family Farm, La Conner Flats and Ralph’s Greenhouse. Tickets are $20/$30. For more information, see


Lavender Secrets Revealed: Saturday, July 11. Lavender is beloved for its fragrance, colorful blooms and utility as an herb. “Lavender Man” Tony B. will share his top tips for lavender growers from English to French to Spanish varieties. Learn to care for healthy lavender plants and revitalize old ones too in this culinary and medicinal extravaganza. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.


Pruning Small Shrubs and Trees: The Summer Advantage: Saturday, July 11. Join Certified Arborist, Christina Pfeiffer to learn how to save work and produce better results by doing the right amount of the right pruning on the right plants during this time of year. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.  Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); Class Fee: $8.


Tomatoes & Peppers: Saturday, July 11. Answers to all your tomato and pepper questions. 10-10:45 a.m. Free. My Garden Nursery, Bellingham., (360) 366-8406.


Compost Tea Party: Saturday, July 11. Join us for mid-morning tea and snacks, as Randy Ritchie of Malibu Compost demonstrates the uses, benefits and composition of creating your own compost tea. Satisfy your soil’s stomach for your most effective, nourished garden yet. Class is free. 11 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. See


The Drought Resistant Garden: Saturday, July 11. Ideas that will keep your garden looking great with  minimal water and care. 11-11:45 a.m. Free. My Garden Nursery, Bellingham., (360) 366-8406.


Kids-R-Best Fest: Saturday, July 11. Come celebrate kids at this annual event offering games, activities, live entertainment, food, prizes and lots more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Storvik Park in Anacortes. For more information, see


Is It Too late For Container Gardening? NOPE! Saturday, July 11 Small space flower, herb & veggie gardening from now through frost. 12-12:45 p.m. Free. My Garden Nursery, Bellingham., (360) 366-8406.


Shade Gardening: Saturday, July 11. Join staff member Trevor Cameron C.P.H. as he teaches the best plants for our NW yards and gardens. Free. 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Boulevard, Marysville. See


Lined Zippered Bags w/ Renee Sherrer: Saturday, July 11. Learn install a zipper. Make 3 lined bags and walk away understanding how to make many more. 1-4 p.m.  $35. Ragfinery, Bellingham. See


Whatcom Horticultural Society 29th Annual Tour of Private Gardens: Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12. Visit various gardens around Whatcom County. This is a ticketed event. For more information, call (360) 738-6833 or see


Coupeville Farm to School’s Cook For A Cause: Thursday, July 16. Funds raised at this event will support the Coupeville School Garden Coordinator position, and continued renovation and expansion of the school gardens.  This is a fun-filled cooking competition for amateur chefs that highlights local food with four categories: appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts. Four or five cooks will compete in each category. Each cook should prepare enough to provide 20 small portions. Prizes will be awarded. Each cook should prepare their dish prior to arriving at the venue. 5:30-8 p.m. at the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge, 63 Jacobs Road, Coupeville. For more information contact or (360) 678-7939.


Northwest Raspberry Festival: Friday and Saturday, July 17-18. Berry street fair market, Curt Mayberry Memorial Classic, Razz & Shine, and more. For more information, see


Growing, Tending and Harvesting Dahlias: Saturday, July 18. John and Kathy Willson of Swede Hill Dahlia and Sunflower Farm, can show you how to grow, tend and harvest dahlias successfully.  Special emphasis will be given to watering and fertilizing. Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); Class fee is $8. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.


Rain Gardens: Beauty With Benefits: Saturday, July 18. Discover how to work with our Northwest climate and soils in this practical and inspirational class with Wonder-Flora Landscape designer Janaki Kilgore. 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); Class Fee: $8.


Kids Club with Miss Cynthia: Succulent Dinosaurs: Saturday, July 18. $2 each class or $10 for year. 9:30-10 a.m. My Garden Nursery, Bellingham., (360) 366-8406.


Rain Barrel Construction: Saturday, July 18. 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 – 4:30 p.m. SkillShare Space at the Central Library, Bellingham. For more information, contact Jenni at or at 360-778-7217.


Easy Edible Natives: Saturday, July 18. 11-11:45 a.m. Free. My Garden Nursery, Bellingham., (360) 366-8406.


Keep It Growing! Fall Crops for Summer Planting: Saturday, July 18. Kim has been growing her own food her whole life. Learn from the expert how to seed tasty vegetable crops now, for a delicious harvest in the fall. She discusses kale, broccoli, peas and more along with her tips and tricks to get your late season vegetables off to a great start. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.


Basics of Sewing w/ Renee Sherrer: Saturday, July 18. Learn the basics of sewing. 10am-3pm. $50. Ragfinery, Bellingham. See


The Birds & The Bees: Naturally Attract Your Favorite Wildlife: Saturday, July 18. Instructor Marti Civarra will give great tips on creating a backyard wildlife habitat where all the birds and butterflies will want to be. Free. 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Boulevard, Marysville. See


Lawns to Lettuce Workshop: Saturday, July 18. If you are interested in growing your own food and learning how to convert some of your lawn to vegetables and fruit production, join Jon Stevens and Snohomish Conservation District on a tour of The Open Gate Farm on Camano Island from 10 a.m. to noon. Register for this free class and tour online at


San Juan Island Lavender Festival: Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19. Lavender farm with demonstrations, talks, exhibits, do-it-yourself tables, open organic fields for strolling and more. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pelindaba Lavender Farm, Friday Harbor.


Edmonds in Bloom Garden Tour: Sunday, July 19. Self-guided tour exploring gardens at various locations in Edmonds. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See


Learn to Knit w/ Renee Sherrer: Friday, July 24. Learn the basics of knitting. All supplies are included. 2-4 p.m. $20. Ragfinery, Bellingham. See


Sewing Knits Without a Serger w/ Renee Sherrer: Saturday, July 25. Learn how to sew knit fabrics with a sewing machine. 1pm-4pm – $45. Ragfinery, Bellingham. See


Vermiculture Composting: Saturday, July 25. Learn how to set up, care for and harvest a vermiculture system from ex­pert Elsie Konzelman of Nature’s Footprint. Worm composting uses worms to do the work of breaking down waste. Its compact design makes it perfect for use in any household. Worm bin systems will be available for purchase. Reservations required, class fee is $8. 1-2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.


Friday Fish Fry, Farm Tunes and Old Fashions: Friday, July 24. Music by Lost At Last 6-9 p.m. Bellewood Acres, Lynden.


Bite of Skagit: Saturday, July 25. With all profits going to charity, this annual event brings together downtown restaurants and Skagit County. Tickets per bite. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Swinomish Casino and Lodge. Food, music, kids activities, beer and wine garden andmore.  Waterfront Park, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes WA.  Take Exit 230 from I 5 and head west. See


Miniature Garden Workshop: Saturday, July 25. Gerry will show you how to create a miniature garden in a container that you can take home. 11-12 p.m. $25. My Garden Nursery, Bellingham., (360) 366-8406.


Planning your Fall & Winter Garden: Saturday, July 25. How, what and when to plant. 12:30-1:15p.m. Free. My Garden Nursery, Bellingham., (360) 366-8406.


Rain Gardens 101: Saturday, July 25. Discover the benefits of rain gardens in this practical and inspirational class with Wonder-Flora Landscape designer Janaki Kilgore. You’ll learn to love our useful Northwest weather. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.


Lavender Wind Festival: Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26. Join us for our annual celebration of lavender and art at Lavender Wind Farm. Stroll the grounds and lavender labyrinth, browse the various booths showcasing local artisans, wander through the fragrant fields of lavender, and sit in the wine garden and enjoy live music. Wine Garden benefits the Pacific NW Art School.  There will be activities for children and demonstrations of lavender distilling and crafting. Free admission and on-site parking, as well as food available for purchase. 2530 Darst Road, Coupeville. For more details, see


Nesset Family Photo Collection Open House:  Saturday, July 25. Celebrate the poignant history of the South Fork Valley through the Nesset Family Photo Collection. Experience Tom Nesset’s personal and family photos of early logging practices, Saxon-area dairy farming, and recreation on the South Fork Nooksack River and wilds of Mt. Baker. Russ Pfeiffer-Hoyt, a relative of the Nesset family, will provide commentary. For all ages. 4 p.m. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, (360) 305-3600.


Your Groundwater & Camano Island Aquifers: Wednesday, July 29. Snohomish Conservation District will co-host an evening presentation on Camano Island’s aquifers by Doug Kelly, Island County Hydrogeologist from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Camano Center. Island County staff will also present their findings on the water quality of the Triangle Cove watershed. Local conservation groups such as WSU Shore Stewards will be available. The Camano Center is located at 606 Arrowhead Road.


Puget Sound Antique Tractor and Machinery Annual Gas and Steam Show: July 29-Aug. 1. This year’s show is featuring Gibson Tractors, Massey Harris and Massey Ferguson. See many displays of cars, trucks, tractors, and engines.  Demonstrate and teaches how equipment was used in farming and logging. Activities for kids of all ages. Gates open at 7 a.m. until dusk. Berthusen Park, Lynden. For more information, see


Friday Fish Fry, Farm Tunes and Old Fashions: Friday, July 31. Music by Gentri Watson. 6-9 p.m. Bellewood Acres, Lynden.


Dinner in the Orchard: Monday, July 27. Featuring BelleWood and Semiahmoo. Bellewood Acres, Lynden.


Learn to Knit w/ Renee Sherrer: Friday, July 31. Learn the basics of knitting! All supplies are included. 5pm-7pm – $20. Ragfinery, Bellingham. See


Stanwood-Camano Community Fair: Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 2. The “Best Lil Fair in the West” showcases the Stanwood-Camano Community’s past, present and future. Enjoy exhibits, entertainment and carnival. Adults $10, seniors and children $7, under 5 free. 6431 Pioneer Hwy., Stanwood. Call (360) 629-4121 or see





Summer Harvest Day: Saturday, Aug. 1. Come enjoy our ‘open farm’ day and get a behind the scenes view at Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson. Taste freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, see how we propagate nursery plants, tour the orchards, learn about our education programs, and how food hubs help to get local food to your table. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Growing Fall Veggies: Saturday, Aug. 1. Join us to discuss appropriate choices for the season, crop rotation, extending the season, overwintering crops and other tidbits of interest for cool-season gardeners, taught by MaryAnn & Andy Sudkamp. Free. 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Boulevard, Marysville. See


Worm Composting 101: Saturday, Aug. 1. Make use of your food scraps in this introductory course. Learn the basics of starting your own “worm farm” and the benefits of creating compost. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. See


18th annual Community Co-op Summer Party: Sunday, August 2. Family-friendly entertainment, creative activities, and delicious local food. Entertainment by Lucas Hicks, The Co-operative Circus Show and Parade, and Yogoman Burning Band. Also Circus Arts Playshop, face painting, crafts,  non-profit info fair and food. Noon to 5 p.m. Maritime Heritage Park, Bellingham.


15th annual Subdued Stringband Jamboree: Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 6-8. Musical acts, family-friendly activities, food vendors and more. Deming Log Show Grounds, Bellingham. Day/weekend tickets available. Children 14 and under free with paying adult. See


Marysville Homegrown Festival: Friday through Sunday, Aug. 7-9. Handmade and hand grown items for purchase. Over 100 vendors showcasing local produce, artisans, musicians, and artists. Entertainment for kids and adults. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more details, e-mail or see


25th Annual Stillaguamish Festival of the River and Pow Wow: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8-9. River Meadows Park. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. See

Yoga for Gardeners: Saturday, Aug. 8. Come experience relaxing and tension-releasing yoga in sitting and standing positions. Class is free. 10 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.


Skagit County Fair: Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 12-15. Food, live music, animals, fun, rides, tractor show, car show, square dance, and more. Meet local and community organizations at booths. Skagit County Fairgrounds, 479 W. Taylor Street, Mount Vernon. Tickets apply. Kids 5 and under free. Call (360) 336 – 9414 or visit


Hypertufa ‘Make It and Take It’: Saturday, Aug. 15. Known as “lighter-than-concrete” sinks, hypertufa containers have been used in Old-English gardens for centuries. Create your own with Kim, as she shows you how to mix and mold your own planter in this ‘Make It and Take It’ workshop. Bring rubber gloves you can dirty up! Class fee is $39. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.


Customer Appreciation Day: Saturday, Aug. 15. Time to celebrate 67 years of being in business in the wonderful Marysville community. Free barbecue hotdog lunch from 11-2pm, free hourly raffles from 11-3pm, free face painting and other activities for the kids and more. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Boulevard, Marysville. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. See


Northwest Washington Fair: Monday through Saturday, Aug. 17-22. Live music and grandstand entertainment. For complete schedule, see


Planting by Numbers: Garden Design: Saturday, Aug. 22. Debra Olberg, of Secret Garden Designs, has been independently constructing landscapes of Northwest gardens for over 15 years. Learn the magic of numbers within your own planting designs, as she accounts her experiences in the garden. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.


Conifers for Fall & Winter Interest: Saturday, Aug. 29. Tired of looking at a drab and dreary garden through the colder months? Join our own “Conifer Queen” Ginger, as she introduces you to a cool and colorful array of conifers that will make your winter landscape a wonderland from inside the comfort of your home. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham.


Ornamental Grasses: Saturday, Aug. 22. Grasses really are easy garden magic. Join certified professional horticulturist, Trevor Cameron, to learn how you can best incorporate these great additions into your garden. Free. 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Boulevard, Marysville. See


Farmers Markets


Blaine Gardeners Market:  Open Saturdays through October 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at H Street Plaza. (360) 332-6484.


Bellingham/Fairhaven Farmers Market: Open each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Square through Dec. 19. Demo Days, co-sponsored by Sustainable Connections. Kids vending day the last Saturday of each month. The Fairhaven Farmers Market, held on Wednesdays, runs through Sept. 30 from noon to 5 p.m. on the Village Green. For more information, see


Ferndale Public Market: Sundays from 2 to 7 p.m. on the lawn between The Boys and Girls Club and The Old Settler’s Village. The market runs through Oct. 11. See


Lynden Farmers Market: Open Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. through Oct. 29 at 324 Front Street. Contact Dave Timmer at or visit


Twin Sisters Market: Mobile market stand sets up Saturdays through Oct. 31 in Nugents Corner (3700 block of Mount Baker Highway) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and in Kendall from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Chris Elder at



Anacortes Farmers Market: Each Saturday through Oct. 24 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. at the Depot, 611 R Avenue. For more information, see


Bow Little Market: Opens June 11, from 1-6 p.m. each Thursday through Sept. 3 at the Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green, (just south of Bow Hill Road along Old Hwy 99). Kids  activities are offered weekly in July and August. Contact (360) 724-3333 or visit


Burlington Summer Nights: Fridays starting July 10 through Aug. 28, from 5-9 p.m. Any farmers and producers interested in vending should contact Margaret Fleek at


Marblemount Community Market: Second Sunday of the month June through September at the Marblemount Community Hall. Contact (360) 853-8388.


Mount Vernon Farmers Market:  Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new Waterfront Plaza  through Oct. 17. The Wednesday Market will continue at the Skagit Valley Hospital Kincaid Entrance lawn, starting June 1 and running weekly from 11-4 p.m. through Sept. 30. Visit


Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market: Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. through September, at Hammer Heritage Square, corner of Ferry and Metcalf streets. See



Arlington Farmers Market: Open every Saturday July 11 through Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Legion Park, 114 N Olympic Ave. Visit


Edmonds Museum Summer Market: Saturdays through Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except July 4 and Aug. 15) on 5th Street. See


Everett Farmers Market: Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 18 at 1600 W Marine View Drive in Everett. Visit


Friday Farmers Market Everett Mall (South Everett Farmers Market): Fridays through Sept. 25, from 3 to 7 p.m. See


Marysville Farmers Market: Saturdays at 1035 State Avenue (next to City Hall) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the summer. See


Mukilteo Farmers Market: Wednesdays through September from 3 to 7 p.m. at Lighthouse Park, 609 Front Street. See


Port Susan Farmers Market: Fridays through Oct. 16 at State Route 532 and 88th Street in the Viking Village. Hours are 2 to 7 p.m. through August and 2 to 6 p.m. in September and October. See


Snohomish Farmers Market: Thursdays July 2 through Aug. 20 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at Pearl Street and Cedar Avenue in Downtown Snohomish. The Fall Market runs Thursdays, Aug. 27 through Sept. 24 from 3 to 6:45 p.m. See


Whitehorse Farmers Market: This new farmers market in Darrington is taking shape at 1080 Seeman Street, next to the Hometown Bakery Cafe. For more information, call (360) 488-3230.


Bayview Farmers Market: Saturdays through Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bayview Corner, at Highway 525 and Bayview Road. See


Clinton Thursday Market: July 2 through Aug. 27. For more details, see


Coupeville Farmers Market: Saturdays through October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Community Green. Call (360) 678-4288.


South Whidbey Tilth Farmers market: Sundays through October from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2812 Thompson Road. See


Oak Harbor Farmers Market: Call (360) 678-4288.




Lopez Island Farmers Market: Saturdays through Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lopez Village. See


Orcas Island Farmers Market: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through September on the Village Green in Eastsound. See


San Juan Farmers Market: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  through the end of October at the remodeled Brickworks in Friday Harbor, at Nichols Street and Sunshine Alley. See





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