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Events: November 2015

Nov 2nd, 2015 | Category: Events

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


Antique Tool Display: The Plane Truth:  Stop by the Nooksack Valley Heritage Center’s display cabinet for a fascinating look at hand wood planes and measuring devices from the late 19th and early 20th century. Roger Germain shares early, single and multi-purpose planes made with wood frames and adjustable cutting blades from his grandfather’s collection. All ages. Throughout November. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 305-3600.


21 Days of Kindness: Nov. 1-21. Is kindness truly contagious? here’s only one way to find out. Join the fun as the Everson Library practices 21 Days of Kindness! Pick up some Smile Cards and leave one behind after doing an anonymous act of kindness to encourage the recipient to pay-it-forward. Check for daily inspiration at Join the grand finale of our 21 Days of Kindness at our International Games Day and Kindness Celebration on Nov. 21. All ages. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 305-3600.


Artwood Gallery: November featured artists are Karen Healy and Steve Satushek.  “Copper, Silver, Stone, and Steel: A Woodworker Branches Out” by long-time Artwood member Karen Healy, features small tables and benches combining stone and forged steel with wood, jewelry with silver, copper, and polished stones, and more. Steve Satushek, a photographer and mixed-media artist will be showing his colorful artworks which are composed of layers of pigments, resins, photographs, and other elements to create a “modern/antique” look. Meet the artists on Friday, Nov. 27 from 3-5 p.m. during the Fairhaven Holiday Festival. Artwood, 1000 Harris Ave, Bellingham, (360) 647-1628.


Natural Skin Care with Michelle Mahler: Tuesdays, Nov. 3 and 18. Learn to make luxurious and healing skin and hair care products with essential oils, jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, borageseed oil, and more. Free class, optional supply fee $10-20. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Mount Vernon. RSVP to (360) 336-9777 or visit


American Regional Cooking:  Tuesday, Nov. 3. In this workshop we will review the major regional cuisines of the United States, looking at each region’s cultural and historical influences. The presenter will be Brian McDonald, a Culinary Educator from the BTC Culinary Arts program. 6:30 p.m. Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, (360) 305-3600.


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,


Beginning Quilting: Three Wednesday series Nov. 4, 11 and 18. Explore cutting cutting and sewing techniques to produce quality quilts. You will make a 14 x 47 inch rectangular table runner. Pick up a supplies list at sign-up. 6-9p.m. $60. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977,


Hellebores: Birchwood Garden Club’s November Meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 4. Danielle Young from Skagit Gardens will guide us through the wonders of Hellebores. A natural winter star, it offers evergreen foliage and flowers in a multitude of colors with added spots and stripes, and it is winter hardy and deer resistant. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. 7 p.m. See The Birchwood Garden Club is an area-wide gardening club of over 80 members that meet monthly to visit over coffee and treats and hear illustrated talks on gardening topics. During the year, the club holds a seed exchange and summer garden tours. A public plant sale is held in April or May and a member potluck in June. Membership is open to everyone in Whatcom and Skagit counties.


Creating a Better Relationship with Food: Thursday, Nov. 5. Explore your personal relationship with food–including inherited patterns, cultural traditions, current fads, and your own eating habits. Instructors are Carolyn Koehnline, MA, a licensed mental health counselor and Sheena Grannis, MA, a health coach with expertise in nutrition. 7 p.m. Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, (360) 305-3600.


Skagit Valley Gardens’ 18th Annual Holiday Open House: Friday, Nov. 6. Join this fmaily tradition and enjoy decorated theme trees, gifts, stocking stuffers, live music, refreshments and more. 5-8 p.m. Skagit Valley Gardens, 18923 Peter Johnson Road, Mount Vernon. (360) 424-6760,


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


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


Apparel Reconstruction Consultations: Fridays, Nov. 6 and 13. Instructor Brigitte Parra is a genius-seamstress and can help with everything from the visioning process to specific techniques and skills. Call (360) 738-6977 to schedule. ½ Hour – $15 / Full Hour – $25. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977,


Basics of Sewing: Saturday, Nov. 7. This class will introduce you to your sewing machine while you make a “fringed” fleece pillow cover. You will learn how to wind a bobbin, thread the machine, and cut and sew fabric. If time allows, this class will include a second small project. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $50. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977,


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


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,


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 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,


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,


Arts Alive! Demonstration: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8. Skagit County Historical Museum is honored to have Mary Snowden, Traditional Northwest Weaver/Contemporary Sculptor, demonstrating her amazing work from noon to 4 p.m. For more information about Arts Alive! The Museum is located at 501 S. 4th Street, La Conner. Admission applies. For more information call (360) 466-3365 or visit Also visit


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


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,


Knitted Bracelets with Buttons: Tuesday, Nov. 10. Learn to knit a one of a kind bracelet with buttons. Size can be customized to fit anyone. Choose buttons with a theme or go random. The same techniques can be used with beads. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $30. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977,


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,


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,


Fingerless Gloves from Sweaters: Thursday, Nov. 12. In this class, learn how to quickly turn old sweaters into fingerless gloves. Make as many as you want with a pattern you can take home with you. 2-4:30 p.m.  $30. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977,


Bugs! Thursday, Nov. 12. See some cool bugs and get answers to all your bug questions, with entomologist Stephen Young from the USDA-APHIS-PPQ. For grades K-5. 3:45 PM to 4:45 p.m. North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Road, Maple Falls, (360) 305-3600.


The Really Big One: Earthquake Hazards of Skagit and Whatcom Counties: Thursday, Nov, 12. Get the latest findings about the earthquake potential of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and local crustal faults. Learn about these earthquake impacts and what you, your family, and community can do to prepare. 6:30-8 p.m. Lincoln Theater, Mount Vernon. Free.


The Stocking Project: Fridays, Nov. 13, 20, 27 and Dec. 12. Come make a stocking to brighten someone’s day! Patterns and assistance will be provided, though familiarity with a sewing machine is necessary. Stockings will be displayed at Ragfinery, then filled and donated to those in need. Please pre-register. 1-4:30 p.m. Free. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977,


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


3rd annual Holiday Hoopla: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14. Lots of handcrafted gift ideas. Friday hours 4-8 p.m. and Saturday hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Hopewell Grange, 3440 Hopewell Road, Everson.


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 See


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,


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,


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.


Nuno Felted Purses: Saturday, Nov. 14. Nuno is wet felting onto fabric using wool fibers. Students can choose their own purse style, color and size with a flap or open top. Cost includes wool for a small to medium purse. Fabric can be purchased from Ragfinery (usually under $1). Minimal handstitching may be involved before felting. Noon to 4 p.m.  $35. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977,


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,


Terrarium Workshop: Saturday, Nov. 14. Materials provided, including plants, soil, glass container, rocks and sand. 11 a.m. My Garden Nursery, 929 East Bakerview Road, Bellingham. See


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 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 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


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,


Of Bees and Beekeeping:  Saturday, Nov. 14, The joys, challenges, and a bit of biology about caring for naturally treated hives. Karen Bean of Brookfield Farms shares stories and suggestions from her 15 years as a beekeeper. Local honey based products will be available to purchase. 3 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 305-3600.


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,


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,


Cooking Club – Thanksgiving Sandwiches: Tuesday, Nov. 17. This month we will be making sandwiches using Thanksgiving leftovers. Everything is provided. This cooking club is for grades 6-12. 3:30 p.m. Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, (360) 305-3600.


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,


Emergency Preparedness Expo: Wednesday, Nov. 18. Free information for your family. 6-8:30 p.m. at Anacortes City Hall.


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


No Sew Braided Rugs: Thursday, Nov. 19. Come learn how to craft a beautiful no sew braided rug. This four strand technique eliminates the need for sewing braids together and results in a sturdy rug able to withstand the modern washer and drier. 3-4:30 p.m.  $10. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977,


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


Handmade Holidays! Presented by Port Susan Farmers Market: Open Thursday through Sunday (except Thanksgiving) Nov. 19 through Dec. 20, plus Dec. 21-24. Over 40 vendors, including gourmet foods, textiles, handmade gifts, apothecary and more. 8616 271st Street NW, Stanwood (formerly Snow Goose Bookstore). Hours are Thursday through Saturday and Dec. 21-23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (360) 202-3932 or email


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,


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


35th Annual Wiser Lake Friends and Neighbors Christmas Bazaar: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21. Everything is homemade, from traditional baked goods (lots of dutch treats) to stocking stuffers and more. Free admission, free coffee. Overall proceeds benefit local charities. Friday hours are 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ten Mile Grange, Lynden.


Felt Bead Earrings: Friday, Nov. 20. Come work with wool and learn the basic techniques of felting and jewelry making with artist Natalia Robinson. All supplies provided. Ages 7 and up. 6-8 p.m.  $25. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977,


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


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


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


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.


Rome Grange and The Foothill Crafters Holiday Bazaar: Saturday, Nov. 21. Lots of local crafters and local items from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crafter Tables can be rented for $10, call 820-9708 for table info. Lunch available, with soup, sandwich, and pie served until 2 p.m. Bake sale. Fresh baked pies can be pre-ordered fresh baked, unbaked, or frozen, including: apple, french apple, blueberry, strawberry, rhubarb, pumpkin and blackberry. Call 820-9708 to place your order. Rome Grange, Bellingham.


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


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,


The Arlington Garden Club’s Holiday Garden Arts & Crafts: Saturday, Nov. 21. High quality handmade items 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


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


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


Holiday Pie Contest: Tuesday, Nov. 24. Make a pie of the sweet variety (no savory pies this time) using a recipe found from any library resource – cookbook, magazine, or electronic database. Pies must be delivered to the library by 4:45 p.m. and judging will commence at 5. Prize ribbons and bragging rights go to winners in both age categories – Grade 6-12 and adult. 5 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.


November Harvest Faire and Share: Tuesday, Nov. 24. Seventh Generation Supper sponsored by Transition Fidalgo and Friends. 5:45 p.m. at the Anacortes Senior Center. Tables will be set up to showcase our community’s bounty. Open to all and welcome; no reservations necessary. bring what you’d like to share. Suggested supper donation $5/adult; $3/10 and under.  Please bring your own place settings. For more information, visit


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


Small Business Saturday: Saturday, Nov. 28.


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,


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, 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


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.


Celebrate Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting: Saturday, Nov. 28. Celebrate Santa’s arrival and tree lighting in Downtown Snohomish at “Sno-Gnome-ish Home for the Holidays”! First Street and Ave. B, Snohomish. See


Lined Zippered Bags: Saturday, Nov. 28. In this class, learn how to install a zipper and a lining in each bag. Each one can be made from just scraps of fabric. There are 3 bag styles. 10 a.m. to noon.  $35. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977,


Make a Magic Mega Bag: Saturday, Nov. 28. Learn how to make a huge bag that folds itself into a small pocket. Sewing experience is necessary. Noon to 4:30 p.m. $45. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977,





Washington Small Fruit Conference and Lynden Ag Show: Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 2-4. In this 3-day conference, researchers, farmers and policy-makers will present topics of new research, emerging issues and ideas for your farm and business. This conference is presented in association with the Lynden Ag Show, a trade show featuring vendors serving the small fruit community. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. Call Whatcom Farm Friends at (360) 354-1337  or visit


Christmas in the Woods: VIP Holiday Social: Saturday, Dec. 3. Join us as a VIP guest for a special evening of yuletide merriment! Preview the finest in holiday gifts and décor—then, mingle (and Jingle!) among a festive Christmas tree forest. Enjoy our custom wreath bar, mulled wine, tasty hors d’ oeuvres, and live music with evergreen designers ready to deck your halls.  Sign up in store or online. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St., Bellingham. (360) 676-5480,


Port of Bellingham Holiday Festival: Friday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 6. Gingerbread house contest, visit with Santa, music, crafts, food, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Free cookies, hot cider. Performances by local choirs, bands, and dancers. Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food drive benefits Bellingham Food Bank. See


Make it and Take it: Winter Wonderland Terrariums: Saturday, Dec. 5. Join the festive fun as Rose guides you in creating your very own wonderland forest. All ages are welcome. Class fee is $39, includes all supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St., Bellingham. (360) 676-5480,


Arlington Handmade Market: Saturday, Dec. 5. Hosted by Arlington Farmers Market. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pioneer Hall, Arlington. If you are interested in being a vendor please contact Sara Lisicki at (206) 355-2893 or


Lighted Christmas Parade: Saturday, Dec. 5. Lynden’s 25th annual holiday celebration begins at 6 p.m. with the Lighted Christmas Parade. Lighted trucks, cars, floats, wagons, farm equipment, and more. The procession starts at Fairway Center and travels along Front Street throughout downtown Lynden. In addition, take a tour of unique light displays and decorated storefronts throughout the city during Lynden in Lights. See


Great NW Rabbit Show: Saturday, Dec. 5. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pavilion #600, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe. Contact (360) 568-8902. Free to watch.


7th annual Homespun Holiday Bazaar at the Fairgrounds: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6.  Crafts, displays, food and gift vendors, pictures with Santa for you and your pets, music and more. Free admission and free parking. Donations welcome for the food bank. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Commercial Building, 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe. Put on by the Evergreen Fair Foundation.


Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, Dec. 6. Meet and greet local politicians, as they serve you coffee and breakfast. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Biscuits and gravy now available, too. Adults $5; Kids 6-10 $2; Kids 5 and under free.  8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Hwy, Bellingham. Call  961-9584.


Gingerbread Houses: Sunday, Dec. 6. Join Gretchens as we ring in the holidays with a cookie party back in the kitchen. Stocked with sprinkles, candy and icing to create the perfect fragrant gingerbread house to take home and enjoy. Stay downtown for the annual parade and tree lighting. Pre-registration is required. 10 a.m. $10. Gretchens, 509 S 1st St., Mount Vernon. (360) 336-8747,


Make It and Take It: Grapevine Wreath: Saturday, Dec. 12. Join Marcy as she guides you in designing a European-style grapevine wreath. Tables filled with evergreens, berries, moss, and more for you to create your own unique wreath with french ribbon. Workshop fee is $39 and includes all supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St., Bellingham. (360) 676-5480,


Holiday Faire: Saturday, Dec. 12. The Whatcom Hills Waldorf School’s annual Holiday Faire offers live music, food, local artisans and hands-on crafting workshops. Visit the Snow Queen in her castle, dig for crystals in Gnome Village, and more. All welcome. Prices of activities vary from $1-$3. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, 941 Austin St, Bellingham. (360) 733-3164,


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