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Calendar: October 2015

Oct 2nd, 2015 | Category: Events

Savor the San Juans: Month-long celebration 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, meet-the-producer farm tours, wine tastings in a vineyard, 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 (preserved foods or storage produce). Free pumpkins for kids, vendors, music and more. 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.

 

Highwater Farm Seed Symposium: Saturday, Oct. 3. Highwater Farm hosts a seed symposium on bringing together seed industry colleagues, policy advocates, and farmers for a speakers’ roundtable, as well as an Open House with a mini workshop about seed identification, harvest and threshing techniques, and more. Door open at 11 a.m. The speakers’ roundtable will be held from noon to 2 p.m., followed by the Open House. The event is free, and participants should bring a sack lunch or potluck item to share. For more information, contact Danielle at (360) 424-3289. Highwater Farm is located at 21135 Francis Road in Mount Vernon.

 

Home Brewing: Saturday, Oct. 3. Transition Fidalgo and Friends hosts free skill-share workshops. Join Von Kuehn and friends to explore a brief history of brewing beer, a demonstration of processes, microbiology and chemistry; equipment used; and a discussion of the vast varieties of beers and the additives and techniques that produce them. All Transition Skill Share workshops are free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted. The Depot, 611 “R” Avenue, Anacortes, 10-11:30 a.m. For more info, visit transitionfidalgo.org.

 

Basics of Sewing: Saturday, Oct. 3. Learn the basics of sewing. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $50 per person. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Pumpkins in the Park & Scarecrow Row: Saturday, Oct. 3. Scavenger hunt, hayrides and pumpkin bowling, and more. Kids 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.

 

Water Conservation In A Permaculture Landscape: Saturday, Oct. 3. Kathy Anderson of Bountiful Landscapes is a Water Ecologist that will illustrate how to use Permaculture principles to catch and hold water in your landscape. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required (360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200); Class Fee: $8. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Fresh Cider Pressing: Saturday, Oct. 3. Enjoy complimentary apple cider freshly made on Christianson’s antique cider press. This is the weekend of the Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms (www.farmtour.com. 12:30 – 2 p.m., Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. At Christianson’s, see picturesque and functional buildings that are preserving the valley’s rich agricultural heritage: granaries, potting shed, a classic 1946 greenhouse and 1888 schoolhouse, plus the llamas, sheep, chickens, rabbits and birds at the nursery. Complimentary. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

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.

 

Hedging Makes for Great Neighbors: Saturday, Oct. 3. Needing some peace and quiet? Hedges offer a simple, low-maintenance way of bringing a little more solace into your life and garden. Ginger enlightens us with some common (and not so common) alternatives for creating your own private sanctuaries.  9 a.m. Class is free. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. (360)676-5480

 

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.

 

How to Solder Workshop: Saturday, Oct. 3. Want to learn how to solder non ferrous metals? Or maybe you are a bit rusty and need some tips and guidance in soldering. This is a great way to get right in there and spend some hours with the torch. We will be doing various soldering exercises to help you feel really confident in soldering techniques which are essential in making great jewelry. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Price is $55. Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St, Lynden. Call (360) 354-3600 or visit jansenartcenter.org.

 

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.

 

Creature Containers (for kids): Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 6–22. In this class we will focus on using coil-building techniques to create lidded containers. Students will start small with a “bug box” appropriate for small treasures, and work their way up to a larger cookie jar. No ceramics experience is necessary. For ages 10-13. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Price is $65 plus $10 materials fee. Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St, Lynden. Call (360) 354-3600 or visit jansenartcenter.org.

 

Wool Traveling Wallet for Sewers/Knitters (2 sessions): Wednesdays, Oct. 7 and 14. Have fun learning how to embroider on wool. 10 a.m. to noon. $40. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Tapestry Explorations: Wednesdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 4. Using nature as your inspiration, students will be guided to design and weave a small tapestry.  This is a class for the beginning weaver and the returning weaver. Bring objects, photographs, magazine pictures, sketches, colored pencils, a journal or sketch book which represent your interest. 1-3:30 p.m. Price is $105 plus $15 materials fee. Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St, Lynden. Call (360) 354-3600 or visit jansenartcenter.org.

 

Nourishing Herbs with Kelly Atterberry: Thursday, Oct. 8. Learn herbs through plant identification, tasting and smelling tinctures or salves made with the plants, cooking demonstration, medicine making demonstrations, and more. Each month we focus on a different herb(s) from this region that correlates with the season. 6 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, Mount Vernon.

 

“Hard Cider for Good Times” with Dr. Carol Miles: Thursday, Oct. 8. Join the Snohomish County Fruit Society for this presentation with Dr. Carol Miles of WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (WSU Mt. Vernon NWREC). Dr. Miles will introduce the qualities that make cider apples desirable and discuss popular varieties for making cider, and give an overview of the WSU research program. 7 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Snohomish, 402 2nd St, Snohomish. The meeting is free and open to the public. Dr. Carol Miles is a Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Washington State University, and is the Horticulture Specialist located at the WSU NWREC. She is the program leader for cider apple research since 2009 and her work focuses on cider apple juice analysis and mechanical harvest. For additional information see www.snohomishcfs.wordpress.com.

 

Advanced No Sew Braided Rugs: Thursday, Oct. 8. Get any questions you have encountered as you make your braided rug answered. 3-4:30 p.m. $10 per person. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Reusable Produce Bags: Friday, Oct. 9. Learn how to make reusable produce bags for the grocery store, farmers market or garden.  6-8 p.m. $25 per person. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Fall Bazaar and Craft Show: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10. A mix of vendors includes wood signs, crocheted items, garden decor and pavers, baby items, rustic decor, jewelry, Jamberry, decor, and more. Lynden VFW Hall, 7011 Hannegan Road, Lynden. Friday hours are 4-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

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 a 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.

 

Mama’s Garden Harvest Festival: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11. Lots of family fun including pumpkins, produce, activities, photos, rides and more. Mama’s Garden, Highway 9, Acme.

 

Adapting Japanese Design Traditions for Your Garden: Saturday, Oct. 10. Hans Wressnigg of NIWA Japanese-Inspired Landscapes will discuss the heart of Japan’s design traditions and practices and how to adapt them to your garden. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, class fee $8. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Garden Composting and Cover Crop Workshop: Saturday, Oct. 10. WSU Whatcom County Extension presents this free workshop. Learn how to make pallet composting bins, recycle yard waste into rich organic compost, cover cropping for soil health, and let the worms do the work. Free, no registration required. All are welcome. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. East County Resource Center Community Garden, 251 Kendall Road, Kendall.

 

Putting Your Garden to Bed: Saturday, Oct. 10. Travis Dickson, of RainDance Landscapes, shares expert advice on transplanting, pruning, and cleaning up your garden in preparation for the cool season ahead. 9 a.m. Class is free. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham.  (360) 676-5480.

 

Ripe for the Telling: Surprising Stories of Washington Fruit: Saturday, Oct. 10. What is the messy and juicy history of Washington’s produce industry? Who was Cashmere’s Cider King? From apples to oranges, huckleberries to durian, anthropologist Julia Harrison will cover how these perishable products preserve historic events and reflect our changing relationship to the natural world. Full of suspense, tragedy, triumph, heroism, and romance, this presentation will reveal some of our state’s juiciest stories. Beyond providing nutrition and injecting billions of dollars into Washington State’s economy, fruit connects us to the past, to the environment, and to people we may never meet. Program sponsored by WCLS and Humanities Washington. 3 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 305-3600.

 

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.

 

44th Annual Wild Mushroom Show: Sunday, Oct. 11. The Snohomish County Mycological Society (SCMS) hosts the annual show, in cooperation with Everett Parks and Recreation, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Floral Hall in Forest Park, 802 East Mukilteo Boulevard, Everett. The show features a display of wild mushrooms collected by SCMS members, vendor sales, training on basic mushroom identification, and demonstrations. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. The mushroom identification class will begin at 1 p.m. in Lions Hall. Visit with vendors, attend lectures and watch demonstrations. The public is welcome to bring their own discoveries for possible identification by an expert. For additional information see www.scmsfungi.org.

 

WSU Know & Grow Workshop: Plants for Weaving: Tuesday, Oct. 13. Artist and plantswoman Judy Zugish talks about using plant materials for works of art. She will bring some of her museum quality baskets and artifacts. Donations to cover the speaker’s fee will be appreciated. WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardeners in partnership with WSU – Mount Vernon NWREC present this WSU Know & Grow workshop from 1-2:30 p.m. at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536.

 

Fresh Cheese Made Safely: Tuesday, Oct. 13. Queso fresco is a delicious soft cheese that has been made for generations. Learn the safe way to make this cheese, see it made, and taste samples at this free “Fresh Cheese Made Safely” class presented by WSU Cooperative Extension/Skagit County in cooperation with the Skagit Health Department. This class will be taught in English and Spanish. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, Mount Vernon.

 

Birchwood Garden Club’s October Meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 14. Shirley Rock of Shirley’s Fuchsias will be sharing her knowledge of the wonderful world of Fuchsias. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. All welcome. See www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

 

Truffle Hunting in the Pacific Northwest – With Your Dog! with Alana McGee:  Wednesday, Oct. 14. Discuss truffle hunting with your dog at the next meeting of the Snohomish County Mycological Society (SCMS). 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Baker Community Center, 1401 Poplar, Everett. Alana is the co-owner of Truffle Dog Company which teaches you and your dog how to find and identify truffles. For more information, see the SCMS website www.scmsfungi.org.

 

Solar Electricity For Your Home: Thursday, Oct. 15. Learn how you can save on solar, improve your home’s salability, address climate change and support your local economy, with Tim Nelson of Fire Mountain Solar in Mount Vernon. 6:30 p.m. Please preregister by calling the Skagit Valley Co-op at (360) 336-5087, ext. 139. You can also email us at community@skagitfoodcoop.com.

 

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.

 

Solar for Your Farm, Home or Rural Business: Thursday, Oct. 15. Fire Mountain Solar teaches the basics of generating electricity from sunshine falling on solar panels. You may be able to earn back your entire upfront cost using federal, state and utility incentives when you have a Made-in WA solar system installed on a sunny south-facing roof or field. Farms and rural businesses can benefit from a USDA Rural Energy for America (REAP) grant opportunity and Fire Mountain Solar can help you apply. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, 202 South First Street, Rm 309, Mount Vernon. Contact Joan at (360) 422-5610 or Joan@FMSolar.com. This is a free workshop open to the public.

 

Ecological Gardening: Abundance Nature’s Way: Thursday, Oct. 15. Learn about healthy soils, sculpting the landscape to store rainwater, attracting beneficial life and growing bountiful produce with Wonder-Flora Landscape Designer Janaki Kilgore. $5 at the door. 7 p.m. at RE Sources Mtg. Room 2309 Meridian St., Bellingham  (above REStore). See www.wonder-flora.com for more details.

 

Nuno Felted Ruffle Scarf: Thursday, Oct. 15. Create a scarf with pleats or ruffles by felting wool fibers to fabric. Many style options. 12:30-3 p.m. $35. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Sewing knits without a serger: Friday, Oct. 16. Learn how to sew knit fabrics with a sewing machine. 1-4:30 p.m. $45. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.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 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 TreeTop Bakery and Whidbey Distillery. Pacific Rim Institute, Coupeville. See more information and register at http://ext100.wsu.edu/island/whidbeybread. The cost is $150 per person.

 

Make it and Take it: Lasagna Bulb Pot: Saturday, Oct. 17. Back (again!) by popular demand, our Marcy and Deb teach you how to layer spring bulbs, from early snowdrops to daffodils to late tulips. Sixty days of color await you with the first signs of spring! 9 a.m. Workshop fee includes all supplies (pot, soil, and bulbs). Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham.  (360) 676-5480.

 

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. Look at equipment needs, and discuss apple varieties and blends, yeasts and sanitation. Taste some hard cider samples. Registration required, limited space, must be 21 or over to participate. $30 workshop fee. 1 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org. Donations are welcome.

 

Health and Wellness: Herbs for the Winter Season: Saturday, Oct. 17. Be prepared for the coming change of seasons, learn how to stay healthy when the damp cool windy weather and new schedules stress your immune system. We will make two cough syrups and tea blends that are immunity enhancing. Know which herbs to reach for when the flu, coughs, and colds are going around. You will each take home samples to help keep you healthy as we transition into winter. Class will be taught by Linda Quintana, owner of Wonderland Tea & Spice in Bellingham and Alpine Herb Farm in Deming. Please register by calling the North Fork Library at (360) 305-3600. 10:30 a.m. North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Road, Maple Falls.

 

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.

 

Woolly Halloween Hangings: Saturday, Oct. 17. Felted wool and simple embroidery are combined to create primitive Halloween hangings. 10 a.m. to noon. $25. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Halloween Costume Consultations: Saturday, Oct. 17. Make an appointment to get help with your Halloween costume. 12:30 to 5 p.m.  $15/half hour or $25/hour. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Tooled Metal Ornaments: Saturday, Oct. 17. Come and learn the basics of this Mexican folk art. The instructor, who apprenticed in a Baja artist’s studio, will guide you through the steps of designing, cutting, hand embossing, texturizing, and refining 36-gauge metal foil into brilliant ornaments. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Price: $25. Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St, Lynden. Call (360) 354-3600 or visit jansenartcenter.org.

 

Hedgerows and Habitats: Saturday, Oct. 17. Join Ani Gurnee of Aulos Designs as she covers the different hedging plants commonly used and others that are uncommon in the garden. 11 a.m. to noon, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, class fee $8. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Fermenting Food: Saturday, Oct. 17. Julianne Ash, R.N., teaches how to ferment vegetables and fruits for colorful winter food storage, improved digestion, and a healthier immune system. All Transition Skill Share workshops are free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted. The Potluck Kitchen Studio, 910 11th St., Anacortes. 10-11:30 a.m. For more info, visit transitionfidalgo.org.

 

La Conner Beer Festival – Brew on the Slough: Saturday, Oct. 17. 4-8 p.m. Presented by Port of Skagit/La Conner Marina. Sponsored by La Conner Brewing Co. Participating breweries: Backwoods Brewery, Chuckanut Brewery, Dogfish Brewery, Every Body’s Brewery, Hales Brewery, La Conner Brewery, Scuttlebutt Brewery, Terminal Gravity, Pike Brewery and Anacortes Brewery. Food and more. Tickets cost $25 per person, include 10 tastings. See www.lovelaconner.com.

 

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.

 

Introduction to Fermented Foods: Monday, Oct. 19. Join Andy Walton as he introduces fermented foods and how they influence health. Make sauerkraut together and you will take home your own jar to ferment and eat. Taste a sample of water kefir, a fizzy beverage that is fast and simple to make at home. 7 p.m. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, (360) 305-3600.

 

Healthy is Hot! Monday, Oct. 19. Sara Southerland of Electric Beet Juice Company will have samples of some concoctions and share shopping and pantry tips. 6 to 8 p.m. Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, (360) 305-3600.

 

Cooking Club – Pumpkin Treats: Tuesday, Oct. 20. This cooking club is for grades 6-12. Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin soup, and mini pumpkin pies are on the menu, and everything is provided. 3:30 to 5 p.m.  Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, (360) 305-3600.

 

T-Shirt Skirts: Tuesday, Oct. 20. Design fun and comfortable skirts using recycled t-shirts. 2 p.m. $50. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Felted Messenger Bag: Wednesday, Oct. 21. Using the wet felting method, make a firmly felted bag that can be custom sized to fit a tablet or e-reader. The flap will feature your own design. Integrated side loops can be added to attach your handmade or leather strap. Experience with wet felting is recommended. $45 plus $8 materials fee. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St, Lynden. Call (360) 354-3600 or visit jansenartcenter.org.

 

Introduction to Fermented Foods:  Thursday, Oct. 22. Join Andy Walton as he discusses fermented foods. Make sauerkraut together, take home your own jar to ferment and eat, and taste samples of water kefir. 7 p.m. Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, (360) 305-3600.

 

Blended Sweaters: Thursday, Oct. 22. Learn how to combine fabrics or pieces of clothing to create new/fashionable items.  1-4:30 p.m. $40. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Gardening for the Apocalypse – Plants vs. Zombies: Saturday, Oct. 24. Tony B. discusses how gardening can prepare you for the inevitable zombie takeover of Whatcom County in this brand new (and extremely serious) class. Covering a variety of essential plants, tools and immortal combat moves, this event is a ‘no-brainer’ for anyone who wants to live. 9 a.m. Class is free. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham.  (360) 676-5480.

 

Fall Color Walk with John Christianson: Saturday, Oct. 24. Join John Christianson on a popular tour to enjoy and learn about the fabulous fall colors of leaves and berries in the nursery’s display gardens and at the adjoining La Conner Flats. Dress for the weather and wear good shoes that can take the mud. Meet in front of the Schoolhouse. 1–2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations requested. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Digging, Dividing and Storing Dahlias Made Easy: Saturday, Oct. 24. John and Kathy Willson of Swede Hill Dahlia and Sunflower Farm will show you quick and reliable ways to expand your dahlia collection from year to year, including how to dig, divide and overwinter your dahlias. 11 a.m. to noon, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, class fee $8. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Herbs to Strengthen Your Immune System: Saturday, Oct. 24. Learn about herbs that strengthen the immune system and contribute to winter wellness with Michele Sanger, Herbalist and owner of Living Earth Herbs. Make your own herbal tea blend to take home. 2 p.m. Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, (360) 305-3600.

 

Olive Oil: Saturday, Oct. 24. Learn about olive oil with Ross Driscoll, owner of Drizzle Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room (and a Certified Professional Olive Oil Taster). Discuss how it is made, what to look for when buying olive oil, chemistry, and proper tasting techniques. 2 p.m. Lynden Library, 216 4th Street, (360) 305-3600.

 

Fun & Simple Felt Masks: Saturdays, Oct. 24 and 31. Create your own bird, insect or fish felt mask using simple patterns provided. 1-3pm. $15. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

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.

 

Access to Capital for Beginning, Minority, and Veteran Farmers: Saturday, Oct. 28. Farm businesses need access to capital whether it’s a new business start-up, a business expansion, purchasing land or new equipment, or building inventories to support a market expansion. Beginning, Minority, and U.S. Veteran farmers and food-related business are invited to an all-day event to meet face-to-face with representatives of lending programs and financial institutions that provide loans from less than $5,000 to more than $300,000. Registration is $20, includes lunch, refreshments, and beverages. Online registration is available here. Held in Mount Vernon. If you are interested in a Scholarship to pay for registration fees please contact Kate Selting, Latino Farmer Outreach Educator WSU Skagit Extension, by phone at (360) 428-4270, ext 223 or by email at kate.selting@wsu.edu.

 

Nuno Felt a Wingy Scarf: Saturday, Oct. 28. Wingy scarves are fun to wear and even more fun to make. 6-9 p.m. $60. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Blooming Scraps for Kids! Thursday, Oct. 29. Learn to make flowers from reclaimed sweaters with local artist Libby Chenault of moth and squirrel. 2-4pm  –  $20. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Common Threads’ 6th annual School Garden Harvest Dinner: Thursday, Oct. 29. Celebrate healthy kids and healthy food. Hosted by Common Threads at Whatcom Middle School. 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. Cooking begins at 3:45 p.m. Music and games, and touring the Whatcom Middle School starts at 5 p.m. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m., followed by The Real Food Show by the Community Food Co-op at 6:30 p.m. $5 suggested minimum donation. Please RSVP via phone to (360) 927-1590) or at the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LK2D8F3.

 

Winterizing Houseplants: Saturday, Oct. 31. Join Eric Andrews, our indoor houseplant expert on the best way to care for your houseplants through the winter months. Topics include humidity control, light conditions, watering and what not to do during these darker, colder days. 11 a.m. – noon, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required,  class fee $8. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Haunted Garden Spot Halloween: Saturday, Oct. 31. With spooky twists and turns around every corner, come creep through our first annual Haunted Garden Spot Halloween. Open to ghouls and goblins of all ages, there will be fun activities, a photo booth, and tricky treats all day. Costume contest begins at 1 p.m. with a first place prize… join us if you dare! Event is free. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham.  (360) 676-5480.

 

 

 

FARMERS MARKETS

Bellingham 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. For more information, see www.bellinghamfarmers.org.

 

Lynden Farmers Market: Open Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. through Oct. 29 at 324 Front Street. Contact Dave Timmer at dave.timmer@arocha.org or visit http://lyndenfarmersmarket.com.

 

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 osoelder@gmail.com.

 

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 www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

 

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 from 11-4 p.m. through Sept. 30. Visit www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org.

 

Arlington Farmers Market: Open every Saturday through Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Legion Park, 114 N Olympic Ave. Visit http://www.afmwa.com.

 

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

 

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

 

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 www.bayviewfarmersmarket.com.

 

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 www.southwhidbeytilth.org/market.html.

 

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 www.sjifarmersmarket.com.

 

NOVEMBER

Bellingham 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. For more information, see www.bellinghamfarmers.org.

 

Advanced Knife Skills: Wednesday, Nov. 4. Chef Erik Morris will teach about butchery and the subtle differences between different cutting styles. Hands-on class. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $40. Gretchens, 509 S 1st St., Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Whidbey Weavers Guild – Uncommon Threads – Fiber Arts Sale: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7. Start your holiday shopping early by browsing through our amazing selection of fiber arts; offering weaving, spinning, dyeing, basketry, felting, knitting, and jewelry. In the Main Barn at Greenbank Farm. Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See http://www.whidbeyweaversguild.org.

 

Business of Cider Making Workshop: Friday, Nov. 6. One-day business development workshop for new and existing cidermakers/cidery operators. Marcus Robert, Tieton Cider Works Production Manager/Cider Maker is keynote presenter. $95 per person includes lunch and beverages. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Skagit Farmers Supply-Main Offices, 1833 Park Lane, Burlington. Register at www.agbizcenter.org.

 

Kids Giant Garage Sale: Saturday, Nov. 7. Everything is kid related and the kids are the sellers! Toys, bikes, puzzles, games, books, clothes, and more. 9 a.m. to noon. Held at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Center, 900 E Fairhaven Ave, on the Skagit Valley Veteran’s Day Parade route. Sellers must pre-register with Burlington Parks and Recreation Department at 755-9649. See http://burlingtonwa.gov/recreation.

 

Ciderfest 2015: Saturday, Nov. 7. Enjoy hard cider tasting and brat bar. Noon to 5 p.m. The Home Cider Brewing Competition starts at 1 p.m. Bring a jar of your own cider creation to be judged; top three winners awarded. $10 entry fee. The Cider Brewing Basics Workshop runs from 2-4 p.m. Learn some cider brewing basics from Robert Arzoo of North Corner Brewing. $15 workshop fee. 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. (360) 318-7720, bellewoodfarms.com.

 

Art’s Alive! and Holiday Open House: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8. Artists, live music, cheese tasting, fresh cider and cookies fill the weekend at Christianson’s Nursery. (Some events are Saturday only.) Featured artists include Jewelry artist, Rochelle Anderson, Laura Campbell (wreaths) and Debra Lacy (textiles) and Sally Chang Pottery. Live music by Laurel Bliss and John Clark on Saturday. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. For a schedule, see www.christiansonsnursery.com or call (360) 466-3821.

 

Hellebores: Horticulture Couture: Saturday, Nov. 7. Katie Miller, of Skagit Gardens, discusses the newest and most beautiful Hellebore cultivars available. Offering unique options for year round interest in your garden. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St., Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, www.garden-spot.com.

 

Artisans Holiday Festival: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8. Lots of locally crafted items available. Sponsored by Artisans Mercantile at 117 Glen Ave. in Snohomish. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artisans Holiday Festival is located at the Barn at Thomas Family Farm, 9010 Marsh Rd, Snohomish. For more information, call (425) 210-2426.

 

Winter Pruning: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8. Join our ‘Whistling Gardener’ Steve Smith for this class. 10 a.m. Free. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Boulevard, Marysville. (425) 334-2002, www.sunnysidenursery.net

 

Cascadia Mushrooms Growing Workshop: Saturday, Nov. 8. Learn how to grow delicious mushrooms at your home, school or business. During this one-day experience you will learn practical gowing techniques and get a behind-the-scenes view of the mushroom species we grow. Plenty of time for questions and a lot of hands-on activities. All supplies provided and each student takes home several growing projects. Bring a lunch, we will provide some snacks and coffee/tea/water. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $75 per person. Cascadia Mushrooms, Bellingham. See cascadiamushrooms.com.

 

Autumn Harvest Dinner: Monday, Nov. 9. Celebrate the foods of autumn with Chef Peter Belknap. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $40. Gretchens, 509 S 1st St., Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Italian Classics: Tuesday, Nov. 10. Chef Jose Santana from La Traviata in La Conner takes over our kitchen with his favorite classic Italian dishes, including Pollo Zacano and Penne Auroraa, and mascarpone cheesecake.  6:30-8:30 p.m. $40. Gretchens, 509 S 1st St., Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

An Evening European Amaryllis Gala: Thursday, Nov. 12. Join us for a special evening event with Dutch native Edward van der Reep of Netherland Bulb Company. With European finesse and style, Edward discusses indoor forcing of the these blooming beauties. Wine and treats included. 5 p.m. Free. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St., Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, http://www.garden-spot.com.

 

12th annual Brewgrass: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14. A bluegrass and microbrew celebration in downtown Anacortes. A total of 3 clubs, 6 bands, 51 handles. For more details see http://www.anacortesrockfish.com/brewgrass.cfm.

 

Lake Stevens Holiday Bazaar: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14. Arts, crafts, food and more at the Lake Stevens Sr. Center, 2302 Soper Hill Road., Lake Stevens. At Eagle Ridge Park, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (425) 335-0345.

 

Bow Little Market Holiday Festival: Saturday, Nov. 14. Juried gift and food show. Enjoy free cider, have lunch, find wonderful locally made gifts for the season. Free entry. 10 a.m. to  4 p.m., Beau Lodge, 17581 Wood Rd., Bow. Contact Patty at (360) 724 3333 or bowlittlemarket@yahoo.com. See bowlittlemarket.wordpress.com.

 

The Island Chicks Holiday Vintage Market: Saturday, Nov. 14. Antiques, vintage, repurposed, refreshed and handmade treasures. Over 35 unique vendors. Cost is $7 per person, or $5 with a non-perishable food item, donated to the Anacortes 100 Food Bank. No charge for children under 12. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Port of Anacortes, 100 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes.

 

Make it and Take it: Seasonal Door Swag: Saturday, Nov. 14. Create your own seasonal swag to warm your holiday door with fresh twigs, berries and evergreens. Marcy shows you how to create and change your original door piece from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Class fee is $39 and includes all supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St., Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, http://www.garden-spot.com.

 

Celebrating HOPE Holiday Bazaar: Saturday, Nov. 14. Crafted items, holiday decor, and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Snohomish County PUD Building, 2320 California St, Everett. Call (503) 930-1638.

 

Rocks and Plants in Japanese Gardens: Saturday, Nov. 14. Hans Wressnigg of NIWA Japanese-inspired Landscapes will teach you the fundamental principles of making a powerful geological statement with rocks and the Japanese tradition of using plants to evoke the beauty and essence of  the natural world. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, class fee $8. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

20th Annual Chili and Chowder Cook Off: Saturday, Nov. 14. Music, raffles, chili and chowder. Vote for your favorite! Camano Island Community Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (360) 387-0222.

 

Arlington Harvest and Holiday Bazaar at the Stillaguamish Senior Center: Saturday, Nov. 14. Indoor shopping, huge variety of items made by local artisans, free coffee, lunch available (while it lasts!). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. Call (360) 653-4551.

 

Conifer Walk with John Christianson: Saturday, Nov. 14. Conifers add so much variety and interest to our year-round gardens; join John Christianson on a casual tour to enjoy and learn about many great conifers in the nursery’s display gardens and at adjoining La Conner Flats. Dress for the weather and wear good shoes for muddy spots. 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations requested, (360) 466-3821.

 

Annual Scandinavian Cookie Party: Saturday, Nov. 14. Students will arrive to platters of traditional holiday cookies to munch on while our instructors demonstrate how to make delicate and delicious krumkakes and traditional Lefse for the holidays. Students will get a chance to work hands on in the kitchen, rolling krumkake and flipping lefse and will leave with recipes and treats. 10 a.m. to noon. $30. Gretchens, 509 S 1st St., Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Lummi Island Artists’ Studio Tour: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14-15. View the work of dozens of Island artists. Drive or bike around to a variety of artists’ studios to 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 5 p.m. The Whatcom Chief ferry departs at 10 minutes past every hour from Gooseberry Pt. for the 8-minute ride to Lummi Island, and leaves the Island on the hour. Tour maps are available at the Islander Store or online at http://lummi-island.com and on Facebook at Lummi Island Studio Tour.

 

Trinkets and Treasures Holiday Craft Market: Saturday, Nov. 14. Craft and food vendors, a bake sale, espresso and businesses. Hosted by the Ferndale Band Boosters, this is a fundraiser for the Ferndale High School Band. Spaces available for craft vendors and businesses for $35 and $50. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ferndale High School  Gymnasium, 5830  Golden Eagle Dr., Ferndale. For more information, contact Deanna Kaech at (360) 384-2792 or  deannakaech@gmail.com. See www.facebook/fhs.trinketsandtreasures.

 

Bring On The Bugs! Workshop: Saturday, Nov. 14. Snohomish Conservation District presents this workshop about beneficial insects and native pollinators. This event will be led by the Xerces Society, who will show you how to identify native bees and other beneficial insects, as well as how to design your property to attract them. 15 per person. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Longhouse #404, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe. Contact (425) 335-5634 or see snohomishcd.org/.

 

The Beauty Of Hellebores: Saturday, Nov. 14. Join Skagit Gardens’ Sally Isaiou for an in depth discussion of the new and exciting Hellebore varieties that are easy to grow and how these long-lived perennials are best for shade to partial sun locations. 10 a.m. Free. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Boulevard, Marysville. (425) 334-2002, www.sunnysidenursery.net

 

Colorful Conifers: Saturday, Nov. 14. Come see our amazing selection of conifers, dwarf to large sized, while you learn how to choose and care for these beauties with Instructor Trevor Cameron C.P.H. 1 p.m. Free. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Boulevard, Marysville. (425) 334-2002, www.sunnysidenursery.net

 

Paint Your Own Platter with the Red Barn Art Studio: Sunday, Nov. 15. Katie Walton of Red Barn Art Studio will bring serving platters and paint, and help guests paint their own platters. She will kiln fire them and then return them to Gretchens five days later so you can pick up your masterpiece. Noon to 3 p.m. $60. Gretchens, 509 S 1st St., Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Fall Salmon with Robert Fong: Tuesday, Nov. 17. Salmon fisherman Jeremy Brown’s troll king salmon is prepared and served with finesse and flair. The evening will feature a meal of buttery, full-flavored ivory or marbled king. Learn all about salmon, and how to catch and fillet them with respect and care. 6:30 p.m. $49 class fee. An $8 wine option is payable at class. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Call (360) 734-8158.

 

Appetizers from Around the World: Wednesday, Nov. 18. Chef Nahla Gholam show you how to make an array of starters including Spanakopita, Manchego Cheese with Membrillo, Spanish Tapas, Chicken Wings Italian Style, and Beef Meatballs with Fava Bean and Lemons. 6:30 p.m. $40. Gretchens, 509 S 1st St., Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

12th annual Focus on Farming: Planting Our Future: Thursday, Nov. 19. The conference will feature keynote speakers, industry trade show, networking opportunities and 24 great workshop classes in six industry tracks. “Focus on Forestry” has also been added this year. Open to all types of farming and levels. Includes 17,000 square food trade show with businesses, organizations, and others. Morning keynote speaker is Ben Hewitt, author of four books, including “The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food.” Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. General admission $60, youth $20. To register, or for more information, see http://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/1399/Focus-on-Farming.

 

Home for the Holidays: Thursday, Nov. 19 through Saturday, Nov. 21. Annual holiday food and gift show at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave., Fairhaven. Selection of holiday gifts, crafts, food and more. Thursday hours 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free admission and free parking. See homefortheholidaysbellingham.com.

 

Everett-Schack Art Center’s Annual Holiday Exhibit: Opening Nov. 19 and running through Dec. 24. This annual holiday exhibit features two-dimensional works by members of the artist guild, Seattle Co-Arts, and a diverse selection of pottery and glass by regional artists. Opening night 5-9 p.m. in Main Gallery. Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, (425) 259-5050, www.schack.org.

 

17th annual Kale House Art and Craft Sale: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21 and 27-28. The juried work of approximately 20 artists from Whatcom and Skagit Counties will be featured. Includes ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, calligraphy, paintings, mixed media, and décor for home and garden, all artistically displayed and sold throughout the 1920s era character home. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 201 Kale Street, Everson. See kalehouse.net.

 

Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts: Starting Friday, Nov. 20 and running through Christmas Eve. Five-week long festival featuring the work of over 100 local artisans and crafts people. Live local music, artist demos and workshops, and kids art projects. Open 7 days a week,  10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For location and other details, see alliedarts.org.

 

Anacortes Farmers Market Holiday Market: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21-22. Local crafters and makers, holiday decor, food and more. At historic Port building on the water, Anacortes. See www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

 

Mount Vernon Farmers Market Harvest Market: Saturday, Nov. 21. Artisan crafts and gifts, live music, food, and more. See 25-30 vendors, in the Community meeting room and outside from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Skagit Station (the bus/train station on 3rd and Kincaid in downtown Mount Vernon). See www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org.

 

Scandinavian Norsk Festival and Christmas Bazaar: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21. Vendors, decorations, a Scandinavian boutique, linens, pastries and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Authentic Norsk Dinner Buffet from 4-6 p.m. at Normanna Hall, 2715 Oaks Ave., Everett.

 

Gardenview Montessori 9th Annual Family Friendly Holiday Bazaar: Saturday Nov. 21. Featuring local vendors, a silent auction, bake sale and activities for children. Hillcrest Chapel, 1400 Larrabee Ave., Bellingham. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gardenview Montessori is located in the Birchwood neighborhood and provides Montessori education for children ages 18 months to 6 years. We are a non­profit organization and this fundraiser supports our school. For more information, visit www.gardenviewbazaar.com.

 

Floral Design 101: Secrets of a Holiday Centerpiece: Saturday, Nov. 21. Belle Flora’s own Tatum Brown graces us with her extensive knowledge and expertise in the world of centerpiece and floral design. 9 a.m. Class is free. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St., Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, http://www.garden-spot.com.

 

The Arlington Garden Club’s Holiday Garden Arts & Crafts: Saturday, Nov. 21. Array of high quality handmade articles from around the local area. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gleneagle Golf Course Clubhouse and Tent Area, 7619 E. Country Club Drive, Arlington.

 

Camano Island-Holiday Craft and Gift Bazaar: Saturday, Nov. 21. For your “gift giving pleasure” visit the 2015 Holiday Craft and Gift Bazaar at the Camano Center. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island, (360) 387-0222.

 

Holiday Rosehip Wreath-making Workshop: Saturday, Nov. 21. Join wreath-making extraordinaire Laura Campbell in this hands-on workshop to learn how to create a beautiful rose hip wreath for your holiday decorations. $49. All materials included in the class fee. 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required. Call (360) 466-3821.

 

Community Thanksgiving Dinner, hosted by the Whidbey Evangelical Free Church: Saturday, Nov. 21. For details, see http://greenbankfarm.biz/calendar-2015/

 

Skagit Wine & Beer Festival: Saturday, Nov. 21. Wines and microbrews from regions throughout Washington, including local Skagit County wineries as well as appetizers, chocolate and cheese samplings made in Skagit County. VIP 3-4 p.m. General admission 4-8 p.m. Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn & Convention Center, 2300 Market St. Mount Vernon. Sponsored by Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce. For tickets see www.mountvernonchamber.com.

 

7th annual Snohomish Holiday Market: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21-22. Hosted by Grow Washington. Over 60 vendors with arts, crafts and Santa! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thomas Family Farm, 9010 Marsh Road, Snohomish. For more information, see www.growwashington.biz/snohomish-holiday-market/.

 

2015 Country Christmas at the Fair: Friday through Sunday, Nov. 27-29 and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6. Annual holiday boutique at the Whidbey Island fairgrounds. Homemade soup and pie available for purchase. Friday 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors wanted. See  www.whidbeyislandfair.com.

 

Holiday Wreath Making: Saturday, Nov. 28. Come have a ball making Northwest evergreen wreaths adorned with holly, twigs, and berries, topped off with a gorgeous bow. Workshop fee is $39 and includes all supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St., Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, http://www.garden-spot.com.

 

20th Annual Holiday Tea at Christianson’s Nursery: Saturday, Nov. 28. Sign up early to share in a holiday tradition in Christianson’s 1888 Schoolhouse with tea, cider and assorted delicacies, a forest-theme décor, candlelight and the live music of autoharpist Bob Harper and violinist Dennis Burkhardt. Complimentary, but reservations required; call for one of the four seatings. Donations will benefit Friendship House in Mount Vernon. Noon to 5 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821.

 

Greenbank Farm Holiday Market: Saturday through Monday, Nov. 28-30 and Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21. Enjoy holiday music and warm beverages while perusing local handmade products. Tractor Lighting and Caroling with brothers Vern and Karl Olsen on Nov. 28; starts at 4:30 p.m. Photos with Santa every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or to be a vendor see, http://greenbankfarm.biz/calendar/holiday-market/ or call Caroline at (360) 331-3704.

 

Arrival of Father Christmas: Saturday, Nov. 28. Father Christmas will be in his red sleigh nestled among the trees in the South Greenhouse at Christianson’s Nursery. Come in your holiday finest and bring your cameras to take your own keepsake photos. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Complimentary. (360) 466-3821.

 

Holiday Wreath-making Classes with Karen Harper: Saturday, Nov. 28. Deck the halls with ease by using wreath-making machines and getting the practical and inspiring help of designer Karen Harper. These are one-hour classes (starting at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.). Greens are sold by the pound or bring your own. The cost of one wreath form is included in the class fee ($8). Wear warm clothing and bring your own pruners and gardening gloves. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821.

 

Pioneer Meadows Montessori annual Holiday Craft Market: Saturday, Nov. 28. Over 25 creative local artists selling top quality handmade crafts for all ages including clothing, jewelry, knitting, face painting, woodworking, baked goods, raffles, live music performances and more. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pioneer Meadows Montessori school, 2377  Douglas Road, Ferndale. This market also serves as a fundraising benefit, 15% of proceeds will be donated to Pioneer Meadows Montessori School tuition assistance program. For more information, see the event page at www.facebook.com/group/montessoricraftmarket.

 

Independent Wreath Making: Starting Sunday, Nov. 29 through Dec. 24. Two wreath-making machines will be available for complimentary use during this time. Wire rings and greenery are available for purchase, or you may bring your own. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821.

 

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