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EVENTS: September 2015

Sep 2nd, 2015 | Category: Events

September Eat Local Month: Month-long celebration of local food and farms, sponsored by Sustainable Connections. See sustainableconnections.org for the full schedule.

 

Up Up! Farm Film Festival – the future of farming: Tuesdays, Sept. 1 through Oct. 13. A San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild Event at Brickworks. The San Juan Islands Ag Guild presents a film collection of independently produced documentaries exploring the future of farming, compiled by young farmer advocates the Greenhorns. Times are 6:30 p.m. at the Brickworks, 150 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. Tickets $7 at the door or $35 season ticket. For the full program, see fhbrickworks.com/events.

 

Artwood Gallery:  The feature for September will be jewelry and jewelry boxes and cases. The paintings and collages of Francy Blumhagen will accompany the displays.Artwood Gallery, 1000 Harris Avenue, Old Fairhaven. (360) 647-1628, www.artwoodgallery.com.

 

Green Drinks: Wednesday, Sept. 2. Hosted by WSU Whatcom Extension. Stop by and meet the WSU Whatcom Extension Staff and learn a bit about health and nutrition programs, forestry, community gardens, composting, sustainable practices, 4H and

much more. 5-7 p.m. Old Town Café, Bellingham. Local beer and wine served. See http://whatcom.wsu.edu/

 

Terrariums: Thursday, Sept. 3. Terrariums can be planted with many different types of greenery; this month’s class will focus on herbaceous and succulent plants. This class offers (almost all) of the material and all of the instruction you’ll need to create and finish your terrarium – the only thing you need to bring is a glass container to plant in. 7 pm. The Hive, Bellingham. $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Contact kendall@makedolearn.org.

 

Food and Snack Bags: Friday, Sept. 4. This class is ideal for the beginning stitcher, requires basic sewing machine skills. Noon to 2 p.m. $25. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest Street, Bellingham. Call (360) 738-6977 or see www.ragfinery.com.

 

Fall Containers: Saturday, Sept. 5. Learn how to revamp your containers with fall foliage. 10 a.m.  Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville. www.sunnysidenursery.net/classes.

 

Kulshan Community Land Trust 15th Annual Community Party: Saturday, Sept. 5. Live music, family-friendly activities, food, beer, wine, and spirits. Free for KulshanCLT members. Advance tickets $15 for non-members. 6-10 p.m. Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave., Bellingham.

 

2015 Lummi Island Artists’ Studio Tour: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5-6.  View the work of dozens of Island artists. Drive or bike to a great variety of Artists’ Studios where you can see paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, pottery, photography, jewelry, fine furniture, glass, metalwork, stonework, quilts, clothing, knitwear for adults and children, and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tour maps are available at the Islander Store or online at http://lummi-island.com.

 

The Artful Gardener: Saturday, Sept. 5. Kathy Hirdler of Floribunda Designs will help you see art as another layer to add in your garden. With simple design principles: placement, scale and color and using outdoor-appropriate materials, you can infuse your garden with inspiration. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Class fee is $8. Reservations required (360) 466-3821. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

1st Annual Corn Festival: Saturday, Sept. 5. Bob’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm in Snohomish. 11 a.m.

 

Worm Bins and Home Composting: Sunday, Sept. 6. Free workshop presented by Whatcom Master Gardeners. Make a worm bin, turn steaming compost piles, become a soil builder. Includes tips on pest management. 2 p.m. Hovander Park, Ferndale. See whatcom.wsu.edu/ch/hw.html.

 

3rd annual Farm Fund Hootenanny: Sunday, Sept. 6. Family-friendly. Square dance with long-time caller John Hatton, followed by music by the Penny Stinkers. Local Farmer Awards in partnership with Sustainable Connections to recognize some of the many amazing folks in our farming community. Barbecue available. $5 to $20 donation at the door. 6 p.m. at the Boundary Bay Beer Garden, Bellingham.

 

Preserving Tomatoes and Salsa: Tuesday, Sept. 8. Vivian Smallwood, WSU Food Safety/Preservation Information Assistant, will demonstrate techniques and explain the basics of preserving tomatoes and how to jar tomatoes and make salsa. She’ll discuss the drying and freezing of vegetables, and how to preserve a number of seasonal vegetables and fruit. 6:30 p.m. Free. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Mount Vernon. This is the 3rd in a 4-part series of food preservation classes presented by the WSU Skagit Extension program. Call (360) 336-9777.

 

Felt Bead Earrings: Tuesday, Sept. 8. Learn the most ancient fiber art, felting. Work with wool and learn basic jewelry techniques. 6-8 p.m. $25. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest Street, Bellingham. Call (360) 738-6977 or see www.ragfinery.com.

 

Wild Mushroom Acclimation with Kurt Hoenack: Wednesday, Sept. 9. Listen to Kurt Hoenack discuss “Wild Mushroom Acclimation” at the September meeting of the Snohomish County Mycological Society (SCMS). Discussion includes techniques and habitat requirements for growing several species of wild mushrooms in backyard gardens, forests, and other areas.  7:30 p.m. at the Baker Community Center, 1401 Poplar, Everett. All welcome. For more information, see www.scmsfungi.org.

 

From Seed to Market: Profitable Small-Scale Vegetable Farming: Wednesday, Sept. 9. Farmer/owner Andy Ross will discuss operating a successful small-scale vegetable farm, from planting seed through selling to markets. Andy’s primary crops on his 20-acre farm are lettuce, squash, bush beans, broccoli, cabbage and cucumbers. Lunch included. Skagit Flats Farm, Mount Vernon. Cost is $40 Tilth Producers members/students/interns, and $50 non-members. To register, see http://bit.ly/SeedtoMarket or call (206) 632-7506.

 

Fabulous Fiber ‘15: Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 9-12. Workshops in weaving, dyeing, felting, spinning, basketry, embellishment, and more.  All levels of experience welcome. Conference fee $170. Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. For more info visit whatcomweaversguild.org/fabulous-fiber-15.html or contact Sheri Ward, sheri.ward@icloud.com, (360) 961-4956.

 

Birchwood Garden Club: Attracting Birds to Your Garden: Wednesday, Sept. 9. Ken Salzman speaking about attracting birds to your garden. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. The Birchwood Garden Club is a gardening club of over 80 members that meet monthly to visit over coffee and treats and hear talks on gardening topics. Membership is open to everyone in Whatcom and Skagit counties. See  www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

 

Beginning Quilting: Thursdays, Sept. 10, Sept. 17 and Sept. 24. Create a quilted table runner. 6-9 p.m. $60. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest Street, Bellingham. Call (360) 738-6977 or see www.ragfinery.com.

 

Nourishing Herbs with Kelly Atterberry: Thursday, Sept. 10. Learn to incorporate medicinal herbs into your health care plan. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Mount Vernon. Call (360) 336-9777.

 

3rd annual Bellingham Beer Week: Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 20. This 10-day celebration of local craft beer includes tap takeovers, brewer nights, beer-and-food pairings, beer-themed movies, special beer releases, beer trivia, visits from beer authors and respected brewers, and many other events. For more information, visit BellinghamBeerWeek.com.

 

9th annual SICBA Home Tour: Friday through Sunday, Sept. 11-13. Eleven homes are on the tour in Skagit Valley, Anacortes and on Whidbey Island. Check out the locations on our map. Tickets are $10 each. Hours are Friday noon to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call (360) 757-6916 or visit sicbahometour.org.

 

Whatcom County Dahlia Society Annual Flower Show: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13. Hundreds of dahlias and many arrangements of all different types, sizes, and colors from all over Washington and Canada. Noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. All ages. Bloedel Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave., Bellingham. Call (360) 354-4346.

 

Bow Little Market Community Market: Saturday, Sept. 12. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alger Community Hall. See bowlittlemarket.com.

 

Washington Organic Week: Saturday, Sept. 12 through Saturday, Sept. 19. Annual campaign that connects consumers to Washington organic growers and products. For more details, see tilthproducers.org/programs/wow/.

 

Whatcom Farm Tour: Saturday, Sept. 12. A free, family-friendly, and self-guided tour of Whatcom County Farms, from veggies to alpacas, wine and more at a total of 12 stops. Locations include: Bellingham Country Gardens, Bellewood Acres, Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Apple Farms & The Cheese Shop, Inspiration Farm, Cascadia Mushrooms, Twin Brook Creamery, Vartanyan Estates Winery, and Ten Fold Farm. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. See sconnect.org or call (360) 647-7093.

 

Sauerkraut Making from Fall Cabbage: Saturday, Sept. 12. Susy Hymas demonstrates the classic practice of fermenting cabbage as she shares flavorful secrets to making homemade sauerkraut. Class fee is $5. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. Call (360) 676-5480.

 

Upcycled Brewery Malt Bag Grocery Tote: Saturday, Sept. 12. Use breweries’ malt bags to make into your own tote bag. 1-3:30 p.m. $20. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest Street, Bellingham. Call (360) 738-6977 or see www.ragfinery.com.

 

Fall Soil Care For A Healthier Landscape and Mulch Matters: Saturday, Sept. 12. Join Certified Arborist Christina Pfeiffer for two workshops. In the first, she’ll discuss the best things to do – and not do – at this time of year in order to get ready for winter. She’ll also cover the best kinds of mulch, making leaf-mold mulch and tips for improving overall soil condi­tions. explains different mulch materials and how they perform in the garden for weed suppression, aesthetics, and maintaining soil condition. She will also explain how to use leaves and the different compost products to their best advantage and why weed barriers are a dead end. 11 a.m. to noon. At 1 p.m. Pfeiffer presents “Mulch Mattters” and  Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.  Class fees are $8, reservations required. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

10th annual Whidbey Farm Tour: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13. Free self guided event of local farms. Locations include: Hummingbird Farm, Strawfield House & Farm, Willowood Farm, Greenbank Farm & Organic Farm School, South Whidbey Tilth, Whidbey Island Distillery, Abundant Earth Fiber, Whidbey Island Vineyard & Winery, Shipki Farm Organics, Glendale Shepherd Dairy, and Fern Ridge Alpacas. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See www.whidbeyfarmtour.com.

 

8th Annual Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl & Medieval Faire: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 -13. Flying pumpkins. Learn to fight like a Viking. Marvel at the Seattle Knights on horseback. Meet royalty, fairies and The Gnome. Spirits and wine tasting. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alexander Farm, Corner 42nd St SE & 52nd St SE, Everett (Ebey Island). See www.festivalofpumpkins.org.

 

My Garden Open House: Saturday, Sept. 12. Taste samples of Aldrich Farms mustards and dips, and gourmet pickled veggies and popcorn. Shopping, prizes and games all day. My Garden Nursery, Bellingham. See www.mygardennursery.com.

 

Lawn and Turf: Saturday, Sept. 12. What to do now for a healthy lawn next year. 11 a.m. Free. My Garden Nursery, Bellingham. See www.mygardennursery.com.

 

Skagit River Salmon Festival: Saturday, Sept. 12. Free, family-friendly fun. Bands and live music, food and brews, Puget Sound DockDogs canine aquatics competition, Hunters of the Sky Raptor Shows, Native storytellers and cultural activities, and arts, crafts, and games for the whole family. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Swinomish Casino & Lodge in Anacortes.

 

Uncorked, Woolley Wine & Music Festival 2015: Saturday, Sept. 12. Featuring Knut Bell and Blue Collars. Dinner available $10 from Lorenzo’s. Local artist and craft vendors, paddle board and wine ring toss. 3-8 p.m. Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley. For ticket information, go to angelofthewinds.com or call (360) 474-9740.

 

An Evening with Toby Hemenway: Monday, Sept. 14. This is a free event, sponsored by Transition Whatcom and Inspiration Farm. Award-winning author Toby Hemenway introduces his new book, The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience, and shows examples of ecological design in cities and towns across the continent. Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, the best-selling permaculture book in the world. Visit him at tobyhemenway.com Donations accepted to cover local organizer’s expenses. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (BUF), 1207 Ellsworth St.

 

Raising Livestock: Starts Monday, Sept. 14. The WSU Livestock Advisor program is offering a 10-week series of classes about raising livestock. From choosing smaller low line beef to larger framed cows, pastured poultry to milking goats, sheep or the family cow, meat rabbits or swine, these classes will give you a broad overview of livestock selection, nutrition, reproduction, production costs and returns, fencing, and more in a sound and humane manner. Pasture management and renovation is covered at length helping folks become grass farmers to support their livestock. The series runs Monday evenings from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Skagit County Extension office in Burlington. Registration fee is $125 and includes a second person from the same family or farm entity. At the completion of training you are certified as a WSU Livestock Advisor volunteer and asked to return 50 hours of volunteer time over a two-year period. To download an application see http://skagit.wsu.edu to or for more information call Joan DeVries at (360) 428-4270.

 

WSU Know & Grow Workshop: A Fruit Day: Tuesday, Sept. 15. What varieties are right for you? Jackie King will talk about apples, pears and plums for the Pacific Northwest. 1  – 2:30 p.m. at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardeners in partnership with WSU – Mount Vernon NWREC present this  workshop.

 

Vermicomposting with Callie Martin: Tuesday, Sept. 15. Learn how easy it is to compost your food scraps by harnessing the work of worms in this vermicomposting class. Learn the basics of worm bin design, care and feeding. Callie Martin is the Waste Reduction Community Education/Outreach Specialist for Skagit County.  6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Mount Vernon. Call (360) 336-9777.

 

Raising Meat Rabbits: Thursday, Sept. 17. Robert Fiut of Marblemount will discuss developing and maintaining a home rabbitry for food security, along with rabbit care and housing innovations. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, third floor, 202 S. First St., Mount Vernon. RSVP: 360-336-5087, ext. 139. For more info, please see nzwrabbits.webs.com.

 

No Sew Braided Rugs: Thursday, Sept. 17. Keep fabrics out of the landfill and get started on a beautiful braided rug, no sewing needed. 3-4:30 p.m. $10. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest Street, Bellingham. Call (360) 738-6977 or see www.ragfinery.com.

 

Rain Gardens: Beauty with Benefits: Thursday, Sept. 17. Discover how to work with our Northwest climate and soils in this practical and inspirational class with Wonder-Flora Landscape designer Janaki Kilgore. Whether you are dealing with drainage issues or simply love low-maintenance, wildlife-friendly gardens, you will appreciate what rain gardens have to offer. 7 p.m. at RE Sources Mtg. Room 2309 Meridian St., Bellingham (above REStore). $5 at the door.  See www.wonder-flora.com for more info.

 

Pioneer Days at Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum: Saturday, Sept. 19. Children of all ages welcome for hands on activities – milk a cow, wash clothes, sewing machine, old toys, shake shingles, churn butter, and more. 1 – 4 p.m. 20722 67th Ave. N.E., Arlington. (360) 435-7289, http://www.stillymuseum.org.

 

Gardening With Native Plants: Saturday, Sept. 19. Native plants can be attractive and provide habi­tat to your garden, helping to attract beneficial species and support their ecosystems. Join Ani Gurnee of Aulos Designs to learn how to incorpo­rate native plants in your garden for an attractive look while creating an eco-friendly habitat. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Class fee $8, reservations required. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Mossy Wall Pockets Workshop: Saturday, Sept. 19. Join Laura Campbell as she walks you through the step by step pro­cess of making an adorable moss wall pocket (basket) with a bit of chicken wire, moss and vines. Finish it off with a variety of annuals for a unique look. Students should bring plyers, wire cutters and garden gloves. Plants sold separately.  1 to 2:30 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Class fee $45, reservations required. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

The Anna’s Hummingbird: Jewels of the Bird Kingdom: Saturday, Sept. 19. A year-round resident, Anna’s will stay through the winter in many areas where no other hummingbirds are present. Ginger shares gardening tips and favorite plants for attracting this little gem as well as the feisty Rufous hummer in spring. 9 a.m. Class is free. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480.

 

Basics of Sewing: Saturday, Sept. 19. Learn the basics of sewing. 10-3:30 p.m.  $50. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest Street, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, www.ragfinery.com.

 

Shaw Island Tharald Historic Homestead Viewing and Historical Talk: Saturday, Sept. 19. Join Boyd Pratt, architectural historian, on a guided tour of the Tharald Homestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is protected by a Historic Preservation Easement held by the San Juan County Land Bank. 1 p.m. The privately owned Tharald Homestead is a pioneer farm on the west side of Shaw Island. It serves as a significant example of early Scandinavian settlement and “Nordic” style architecture within Washington State. It’s one of the best and oldest examples of its kind to survive in San Juan County. For more information and to register, email mulnocove@gmail.com or call Boyd Pratt at 360.378.7172.

 

Harvesting and Preserving Fall Fruit: Saturday, Sept. 19. At this workshop, we will discuss ways to determine if fruit is ready to be picked, proper picking, and best storage methods, and exploring canning, pickling and drying methods. We will also discuss fall and winter orchard chores to help keep your trees at their healthiest. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. For more details, contact (360) 966-5859 or see www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org. Donations are welcome.

 

Harvest/Fall Vineyard Management: Saturday, Sept. 19. Learn how to determine proper harvest timing, taking brix measurements, soil testing, variety selection, along with next year’s list of chores. Bring hand pruners, gloves, and a brown bag lunch. Dress for the weather. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hands-on learning will continue at a nearby vineyard guided by expert viticulturist Gary Moulton. Allen Fire Station, 9061 Avon Allen Rd., in Bow, with a lecture and discussion. Sponsored by WSU Snohomish County Extension, cost per workshop is $40 per person. To register online, visit http://VineyardCare.BrownPaperTickets.com, or download the form from http://snohomish.wsu.edu/VineyardCare and mail with your check. For more information, contact Kate Halstead (425) 357-6024, khalstead@wsu.edu.

 

Kids Club with Miss Cynthia Hug-a-Bug: Saturday, Sept. 19. 9:30 a.m. Miss Cynthia. $2 each class or $10 for year. My Garden Nursery, Bellingham. See www.mygardennursery.com.

 

Camels!  Meet Victoria, a Bactrian camel from Camel Safari, and learn all about these amazing animals. Camel crafts, too!  For: Ages 4-11 years.  Saturday, September 19, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 305-3600.

 

Harvest Moon Festival Cider, Brews, & Blues: Saturday, Sept. 19. The Mount Vernon Downtown Association launches the first-ever Harvest Moon Festival: Cider, Brews, & Blues from 4:30-9 pm. Envisioned as a community celebration of the fall harvest season, our new signature fall event will be staged on the Skagit Riverwalk Plaza, following the Farmers Market in downtown Mount Vernon. 4:30-9 p.m. This year’s theme will feature the bounty of our orchards and grain fields with local cideries and breweries sharing their wares, accompanied by award-winning blues bands. Participating breweries and ciders include: Skagit River Brewery, Farmstrong Brewing Company, Flyers Brewing, Anacortes Brewery, North Sound Brewing​, Burro Loco Cider, Schilling Cider, One Tree Hard Cider, and Tulip Valley Winery. Live music performances by Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method, Bobby Holland and the Breadline, and the Badd Dog Blues Society. Advance tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com. Same-day tickets will be $25 at the gate. Must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, visit www.mountvernondowntown.org, email dep.mvda@gmail.com, or call (360) 336-3801.

 

Small Space Shade Gardening: Sunday, Sept. 20. Lynn will show you easy ways to take a small space and turn it into something fabulous. 11 a.m. Free. My Garden Nursery, Bellingham. See www.mygardennursery.com.

 

Landscape Plants For Fall and Winter Accent Color: Sunday, Sept. 20. Noon. Free. My Garden Nursery, Bellingham. See www.mygardennursery.com.

 

Eat Local First! with Sara Southerland and Becca Taber: Monday, Sept. 21. Eat Local First! with Sara Southerland and Becca Taber, the Food & Farming team at Sustainable Connections—for an interactive class on local meal preparation and planning. Locally inspired pestos, salad dressings, sauces, soup, and more. Tips for stocking your pantry and quick and easy recipes that use local produce items. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. $15 per person.

 

On-Farm Variety Trials: Tuesday, Sept. 22. Organic Seed Alliance, Washington State University (WSU), and the Orcas Food Co-op will host this course on conducting on-farm variety trials. Learn to identify the best performing organic varieties available for local growing conditions, basic on-farm experimental design, tools and more. The workshop runs 1:15 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., followed by a variety tasting social from 5 to 7 p.m. Meet at the Orcas Food Co-op located at 138 North Beach Road in Eastsound, Washington, at 1:15 p.m. and carpool to the field portion of the event. Register for this event at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NXLH5F8.

 

Schak-Tober Fest! Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 24-27. This fall weekend at the Schack Art Center features a glass pumpkin patch filled with harvest themed 2D and 3D artwork, glassblowing demonstrations, kids’ activities, beer tasting events for 21+, and “Make It Now” pumpkin events in the hot shop. Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Avenue, Everett. For full schedule, see www.schack.org.

 

Appliance Depot 10 Year Anniversary Party: Thursday, Sept. 24. Celebrate 10 years! Bluegrass music from the High Mountain Stringband, Wander beer and other refreshments, games, lots of pictures, videos, and memorabilia from the last decade. 6-9 p.m. Appliance Depot, 802 Marine Drive, Bellingham.

 

Skagit County Fairgrounds 22nd Annual Fall Garage Sale, Antiques & More: Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25-26. Over 140 vendors, great food and live music. Car Show on Saturday. $2 admission, $2 parking. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 479 W Taylor St., Mount Vernon. See www.skagitcounty.net/fairgrounds or call (360) 336-9414.

 

Container Design for Autumn Interest: Saturday, Sept. 26. Exploring a range of cool weather colors, textures and patterns to cozy up your garden and home, Jeanne Hager, of Bear Creek Nursery, shares seasonally tailored designs and ideas for container gardening just in time for fall. Come and be inspired! Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. Call (360)676-5480.

 

5th Annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival: Saturday, Sept. 26. Huge pumpkins, pony rides, face painting, toad races, carnival games, harvest food, music and a talk about bats. We also welcome you to bring and show off your giant vegetables, big sunflowers and pumpkins grown by children. Free admission. Some activities have a small fee. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. For more information, see www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Bat’s Incredible! Saturday, Sept. 26. Got bats? If you want a healthy ecosystem, then the answer is “yes!” Back by popular demand, Kathleen Bander, founder of Bats Northwest, joins the fun of our Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival to talk about the 15 species of bats native to Washington. Learn about night-blooming plants attractive to the insects that Northwest bats eat. Get plans to build a bat house to put out next spring. Kids can get up close and personal with real mounted specimens. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations requested, (360) 466-3821. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Trial Vineyards Open House: Saturday, Sept. 26. Come and tour our trial vineyards.  Tom Thornton will be on hand to answer questions about the 15-plus years of variety trials and growing methods in our vineyards. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. For more details, contact (360) 966-5859 or see www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org. Donations are welcome.

 

Wine Trials Evaluation: Saturday, Sept. 26. This is a chance for new and experienced wine grape growers to have a look at many of the new varieties that are of interest in our climate.  Fruit will be available for sampling. Numerous wines will be opened for discussion. Some made at Cloud Mountain and some by NW Wine Institute. All made from grapes grown at Cloud Mountain Farm Center. If you have fruit or wines you want to share, you are welcome to bring samples. Please let us know what you are bringing! Registration required, must be 21 or over to participate.  $10 workshop fee. 1:30-3 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. For more details, contact (360) 966-5859 or see www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org. Donations are welcome.

 

Burlington Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch: Saturday, Sept. 26. This free family festival is currently signing up trebuchet teams to hurl pumpkins, obtaining festival sponsorships, food vendors and kids activity booths. Skagit River Park, 1100 S. Skagit Street, Burlington. Contact the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department at (360) 755-9649 or recreation@burlingtonwa.gov.

 

Sample the Apple and Pear Harvest: Saturday, Sept. 26. Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation hosts this event in cooperation with WSU Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center. Participants will be able to harvest and take home samples of the apple and pear varieties in the WWFRF Fruit Garden, many of which are antique varieties, and sample sweet cider and see a pruning demonstration. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. WSU-NWREC, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. The event is free for members of WWFRF. Non-members is $15 (single) or $30 (family). Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.  For more information, go to www.nwfruit.org. The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation (WWFRF) was created in 1991 to help fund the Tree Fruit Varietal Research conducted at the Washington Northwest University Research and Extension Center (WSU-NWREC).

 

Pie Baking Contest! Saturday, Sept. 26. Bring in your favorite pie to share and win the title of best pie in Sumas. Stop by to taste the pie and help choose the winner. All ages welcome to participate in baking and eating. Pie bakers, please bring your recipe to share…if you are willing to give it up!  2-3 p.m. Sumas Library, 451 2nd St., (360) 305-3600.

 

Adventures in Entomophagy – Waiter, There’s NO Fly in My Soup! Saturday, Sept. 26. Join David Gordon, the author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, for an adventure in entomophagy [eating bugs], and prepare yourself for the next big revolution in food production – using crickets, mealworms, and other eco-friendly alternatives to meat. The program concludes with free samples of edible insect snacks for everyone who attends. Program sponsored by Whatcom County Library System and Humanities Washington. 2 to 4 p.m.  Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, (360) 305-3600.

 

Felt Prayer Flags: Saturday, Sept. 26. Learn needle felting and paint images with wool. Bring an image to replicate. 10 a.m. to noon. $25. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest Street, Bellingham. Call (360) 738-6977 or see www.ragfinery.com.

 

Terrarium Workshop: Saturday, Sept. 26. We provide 3 plants, soil, glass container, rocks and sand. 11 a.m. $20 per person. My Garden Nursery, Bellingham. See www.mygardennursery.com or call (360) 366-8406.

 

Lined Zippered Bags: Saturday, Sept. 26. Learn install a zipper! Make 3 lined bags and walk away understanding how to make many more. 1:30-4:30 p.m. $35. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest Street, Bellingham. Call (360) 738-6977 or see www.ragfinery.com.

 

Tool Sharpening: Saturday, Sept. 26. This free Transition Skill-share workshop with Andy Gladish will teach the basic principles of sharpening knives and tools, using common tools for sharpening, and using tools safely. 10-11:30 a.m. at the Depot, 611 “R” Avenue, Anacortes. Donations accepted.

 

T-Shirt Skirts: Tuesday, Sept. 29. Design fun and comfortable skirts using recycled t-shirts. 2-4 p.m. $50. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest Street, Bellingham. Call (360) 738-6977 or see www.ragfinery.com.

 

 

 

OCTOBER

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

 

The Mexican Kitchen: Fall Fiesta with Ana Jackson: Thursday, Oct. 1. 6–9 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. $39 per person. Call (360) 383-3200.

 

Anacortes Oktoberfest – Bier on the Pier:  Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3. Located on the pier overlooking Guemes channel in Anacortes, with 30 breweries over two days. Tickets ($25 to $45) includes commemorative glass and your first six taste tokens. Festival seating with food vendors, live music. Prize give-away both Friday and Saturday for best “German Costume.” 1st & Commercial, Historic Port of Anacortes Warehouse. Ages 21+ only. Designated drivers get in free. For more information call (360) 293-7911 or see www.anacortes.org/bier-on-the-pier/.

 

Cloud Mountain’s Fall Fruit Festival: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-4. An annual event for over 25 years, over 200 varieties of fruit and fruit products available to taste and enjoy. Ciders, nuts, plus rare fruit jellies and sauces. Julia’s Pumpkin Patch is open for u-pick or we-pick pumpkins and gourds. Live music on site. Admission fee supports educational programs at Cloud Mountain Farm Center. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. See www.cloudmountainfarm.com.

 

Everett Sausage Festival: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2-4. Traditional bavarian dinner featuring a variety of food booths, as well as children’s games, the family entertainment stage, bingo, carnival, and Bavarian beer garden and stage. Noon to midnight and Sunday noon to 7 p.m. Perpetual Help Church Grounds, Everett and Cedar, Everett. Visit www.everettsausagefest.com.

 

2015 Quilt & Fiber Art Festival: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2-4. Exhibition of traditional quilts, art quilts, wearable art, and fiber art. A large number of workshops available. At Maple Hall see the Quilt Show, browse specialty vendors, and place bids at the silent auction. The Garden Club hosts the Wearables and Fiber Arts show while the Museum features three floors of exhibits. Hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, La Conner. Admission is $10, includes all three venues. Tickets available at the Museum, Maple Hall or Civic Garden Club day of event. Call (360) 466-4288 or see www.laconnerquilts.org/2015-quilt–fiber-art-festival.html.

 

Bow Little Harvest Market and Food Swap: Saturday, Oct. 3. Celebrate the season and bring something to trade or share. Belfast Feed Store, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See bowlittlemarket.wordpress.com.

 

16th Annual Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-4. See what it takes to run a farm, from growing crops to feeding animals. Fun-filled festival activities for everyone including: educational exhibits, farm tours, harvest markets, gardening demonstrations, free samples, kids activities, corn and hay mazes, animal exhibits, pumpkin patches and more. For a complete list of participating farms and more, see www.festivaloffamilyfarms.com.

 

Pumpkins in the Park & Scarecrow Row: Saturday, Oct. 3. Scavenger hunt, hayrides and pumpkin bowling, and more. Kid can do Build-Your-Own Scarecrow! (limited availability). 1 to 4 p.m.  Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish. See http://www.festivalofpumpkins.org.

 

21st annual Whatcom Studio Artist Tour: Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 3-4 and 10-11. Visit the studios of various artists around the county. Self-guided tour. Maps available at studiotour.net.

 

Putting The Garden To Bed: Saturday, Oct. 3. Steps to take now for gardening next spring. 11 a.m. Free. My Garden Nursery, Bellingham. See www.mygardennursery.com or call (360) 366-8406.

 

Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, Oct. 4. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee, and biscuits and gravy. Meet and greet local politicians as they serve you coffee and breakfast. $5 per adult, $2 per kids (ages 6-10) and free for 5 and under. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, Bellingham. (360) 739-9605.

Bee-ginner’s Introduction to Beekeeping with Michael Jaross: Saturday, Oct. 10. A candid view of what it really takes to keep bees in your own back yard from an urban beekeeper who’s succeeded at it for 10 years.  Find local sources for equipment, bees and advice. Learn how to raise healthy bees for excellent garden pollination and your own honey. Michael Jaross, current board member and past-president of Mt. Baker Beekeepers Association, keeps bees in his backyard and at WWU’s Outback Apiary. Registration required, limited space. $30 workshop fee. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. For more details, contact (360) 966-5859 or see www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org. Donations are welcome.

 

San Juan Island Fall Gardening Workshop: Oct. 10. WSU San Juan County Master Gardeners present their inaugural Fall Gardening Workshop, “The Healthy Garden”.  This all-day workshop features horticultural experts on topics from healthy soil to growing baby salad greens year-round. Keynote speaker Marianne Binetti, northwest gardening expert, popular radio show host and author, will be presenting “The Renovated Garden and Rejuvenated Gardener.” Tickets, workshop and presenter descriptions now available on-line at Brown Paper Tickets: http://brownpapertickets.com/event/1691720

 

Rocktoberfest: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11. The Marysville Rock and Gem Club is having their 41st annual show featuring rocks and fossils from all over the world. See dealers, demonstrators, jewelry artists, club displays, and youth games. Also door prizes, silent auctions, raffle prizes and food service. Free admission, free parking. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marysville’s Totem Middle School Cafeteria, 7th Street and State Ave., Marysville. For more information see the Marysville Rock and Gem Club facebook page.

 

25th annual Fall Craft & Antique Show: Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 15-17. More than 100 crafters and vendors on site, including handcrafted gifts, home decor, vintage treasures, and gourmet delights. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Expo Building, 1775 Front Street, Lynden. Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission $6 and senior $5 (with return privileges), and youth 12 and under free. For more information, visit www.lyndencraftantiqueshow.com.

 

Whidbey Bread and Whole Grain Workshop: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17. The 2015 Whidbey Bread and Whole Grain workshop is dedicated to helping the home baker learn from professional bakers how to bake (truly!) delicious and nourishing whole grain artisan bread, pasta, croissants, and pastries in the home kitchen. The day and a half workshop will take you from field, to milling and into the kitchen on the use of whole grains. This year we will also highlight other aspects with some Whidbey centric whole grain users including our friends from TreeTop Bakery Whidbey Distillery. At Pacific Rim Institute, Coupeville. See more information and register at http://ext100.wsu.edu/island/whidbeybread. Registration is $150 per person.

 

Making Hard Cider: Saturday, Oct. 17. In this 2.5 hour workshop, we’ll demonstrate the basic procedures for fermenting fresh cider into hard cider.  We’ll look at equipment needs, we’ll discuss apple varieties and blends, yeasts and sanitation.  And yes, we will be tasting some hard cider, too. Registration required, limited space, must be 21 or over to participate. $30 workshop fee. 1 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. For more details, contact (360) 966-5859 or see www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org. Donations are welcome.

 

Fiber Fusion: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18. Two days of fiber, education and fun. Fleece (alpaca, wool, mohair, llama and angora) shows and sales, as well as free demonstrations throughout the weekend, a wide variety of classes, over 60 fiber-related vendors, a live fiber animal exhibit, fiber arts contest, people’s choice photo contest, spin-in and more. Free admission, free parking. Saturday hours 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See www.fiberfusion.net.

 

Bellingham’s Wild Mushroom Show: Sunday, Oct. 18. Sponsored by Northwest Mushroomers Association. Pacific Northwest forests and fields are filled with thousands of different kinds of mushrooms and you can experience hundreds of them at this fun, family event. Displays of locally collected mushrooms, identification information, talks and presentations and much more. Noon to 5 p.m. at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave, Bellingham. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students/seniors, free for children under 12. For show information or to volunteer at the event, contact Maggie at (360) 724-3158 or see www.northwestmushroomers.org.

 

44th annual Snohomish County Mycological Society Mushroom Show: Sunday, Oct. 11. Sponsored by the Snohomish County Mycological Society in cooperation with Everett Parks & Recreation. Mushrooms are collected in season and placed on display. Learn to identify more than 100 different types of mushrooms. Free wild mushroom ID class at 1 p.m. Visit with vendors, attend lectures and watch demonstrations. The public is welcome to bring their own discoveries for possible identification by an expert. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Floral Hall at Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett. For more information, visit www.scmsfungi.org.

 

5th Annual Snohomish Brewfest: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24. Friends, food, brews and tunes. All proceeds benefit the Snohomish Senior Center. Snohomish Event Center, 1011 Second Street, Snohomish. See www.snohobrewfest.com.

 

The Great Pumpkin Glow: Sunday, Oct. 25. Receive a free pumpkin to carve for the Craven Farm Pumpkin Glow. Carving tools will be provided. Gather ‘round the pumpkins just before they are ready to be lit for story time, told by Craven Farm’s famous friendly Harvest Witch. Admission applies. 4-7:30 p.m. Craven Farm, 13817 Shorts School Road, Snohomish. See http://www.cravenfarm.com.

 

Common Threads’ 6th Annual School Garden Harvest Dinner: Thursday, Oct. 29. Come and join us for a celebration of healthy kids and healthy food! The 6th annual School Garden Harvest Dinner will be hosted by Common Threads at Whatcom Middle School on Thursday, October 29th. The meal will be kid-grown and kid-prepared, with produce coming from Common Threads’ partner school gardens. All members of the community are welcome.  3:45pm Cooking begins;  5:00pm Music & games, touring the Whatcom Middle School; 5:30pm Dinner served; 6:30pm The Real Food Show by the Community Food Co-op. $5 suggested minimum donation. Please RSVP via phone (360-927-1590) or at the link below to make sure there is enough food for all! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LK2D8F3

Additional events and updates are posted online at www.grownorthwest.com. Send your event information to editor@grownorthwest.com. 

 

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