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Events: January-February 2016

Jan 2nd, 2016 | Category: Events

Cooking before Instant Coffee and TV Dinners:  The Nooksack Valley Heritage Center display cabinet features cooking implements and cookbooks from the Wallace and Germain collections used to prepare amazing feasts. On exhibit Jan. 1 through March 31. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 305-3600.

 

Essential Remedies for Stress & Pain Relief with Michelle Mahler: Tuesday, Jan. 5. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op, 202 South First Street, Mount Vernon.

 

Coiled Fabric Baskets: Wednesday, Jan. 6. This class with Instructor Aurora Lindquist will teach you to make sturdy baskets from almost any kind of scrap fabric. Thick strips of fabric are twisted and bound together with yarn, strong cotton string, or thin strips of more fabric. Cost: $15. 6:30 p.m. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977, www.ragfinery.com.

 

Peonies: Birchwood Garden Club’s January Meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 6. Geraldine Kildow of North Field Farm will discuss the complete growing cycle, diseases, pest and weed control of peonies, as well as other crops grown on her farm. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. The Birchwood Garden Club is a gardening club of over 80 members that meet monthly. See www.birchwoodgardenclub.org. Membership is open to everyone in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

 

Jessica Gigot readers from Flood Patterns: Thursday, Jan. 7. Skagit Valley poet, farmer and teacher, Jessica Gigot, will read from her first book of poetry, “Flood Patterns,” at 7 p.m. in the Readings Gallery at Village Books, Fairhaven. Gigot runs Harmony Fields, a small, organic farm in Bow.

 

Anacortes Monthly Winter Farmers Market: Saturday, Jan. 9. Held the second Saturday of each month: Jan. 9, Feb. 13, and March 12. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the the Depot building. For more details, see www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

 

Four Legged Friends: Saturday, Jan. 9. Join artist Phoebe Wahl for a day of sewing and snipping to create one of a kind fabric sculptures. 10 a.m. Cost is $50. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977, www.ragfinery.com.

 

Nookchat: Community Storytelling: Sunday, Jan. 10. Born on the Leibrant road, Vernon Leibrant shares stories of the family homestead and of his life in the woods. A gatherer of firewood at a young age, Vernon continued to manage a portable sawmill in the area for 30 years, and is an accomplished woodturner. Join Jim Berg and Vernon as we “Explore the Past; Enrich the Present” in this informal, interactive gathering sponsored by the Nooksack Valley Heritage Center committee. All ages. 3 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 305-3600.

 

Kombucha and Fermentation: Wednesday, Jan. 13. Sample kombucha, the popular bubbly fermented beverage and make some to take home with you in this informative workshop. Presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education). 4 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637. For more information, call Kelle Sunter, (360) 332-7435.

 

Nourishing Herbs with Kelly Atterberry and Anna Derrer: Thursday, Jan. 14. The ‘Nourishing Herbs’ class helps incorporate medicinal herbs into you and your family’s health care plan. 6 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op, 202 South First Street, Mount Vernon.

 

Bellingham Winter Saturday Farmers Market: Saturday, Jan. 16. Held the third Saturday of each month. Other upcoming dates are Feb. 20, and March 19. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Square, with over 100 vendors. See bellinghamfarmers.org.

 

Indoor Gardening with Unusual Houseplants: Saturday, Jan. 16. Christianson Nursery’s houseplant buyer Eric Andrews loves the strange, uncommon and unusual house plant and wants to share these amazing species with you. 11 a.m. to noon, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. $8 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Introduction to Weaving: Saturdays Jan. 16, 23, 30, and Feb. 6. Learn to weave using a floor loom with Aurora Lindquist.  In a series of four Saturday morning sessions, learn to plan a weaving project and what materials to use, warp a loom, and create your own 2-foot by 4-inch rug. Cost: $88. 10 am. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977, www.ragfinery.com.

 

Teen Cooking Club – Stone Soup:  Tuesday, Jan. 19. Let’s make some stone soup and share stories with friends. Please bring a clean stone if you can. Everything else provided. This monthly cooking club is for grades 6-12. 3:30 p.m. Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, (360) 305-3600.

 

Books on Tap: Tuesday, Jan. 19. Join us for an evening of lively discussion on some of today’s most intriguing books at this inaugural meeting of a new book club where the first title will be announced and copies handed out. Led by Deming Library staff Erin Suda and Katrina Carabba at the local North Fork Brewery, the book club will meet on the third Tuesday of every month. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Deming Library at the North Fork Brewery, 6186 Mt. Baker Hwy, Deming. For more information call the Deming Library, (360) 305-3600.

 

Sustainable Small Farming & Ranching: Tuesdays, starting Jan. 19. Course gives participants a broad overview of production and marketing options for today’s small farm. Learn what it takes to create, sustain, and grow a viable small farm enterprise. 6-9 p.m. WSU Snohomish County Extension Cougar Auditorium, Everett. $275 per farm. Class size is limited; pre-paid registration is required. See snohomish.wsu.edu/sustainable-small-farming-and-ranching. For more information,  contact Kate Halstead, khalstead@wsu.edu, (425) 357-6024.

 

Reverse Applique Tea Towels: Wednesday Jan. 20. Let’s transform humble t-shirts into a tea towel with Instructor Libby Chenault. Reverse Applique is the process of stitching fabric layers and then cutting away the top layer to reveal the colors below. Comfort with hand sewing and fine scissor work recommended. Cost: $22. 6:30 p.m. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977, www.ragfinery.com.

 

Winter Gardening: Wednesday, Jan. 20. Discover what can be “wintered over” in your garden and how to get a jump on the growing season with passive protection in this  Blaine Community Orchards for Resources and Education (C.O.R.E) workshop presented by Kelle Sunter. 4 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637. For additional information call Kelle at (360) 332-7435.

 

Advancing Your Farm Plan: Managing Risk: Starting Thursday evening, Jan. 21. Eight-week course designed to help participants refine an existing farm or business plan, clarify goals and direction, improve budget and record keeping skills, and develop marketing plans for a new or existing enterprise. 6-9 p.m. Everett Community College’s Gray Wolf Building, 2000 Tower St. Everett. Course instructor is Stanwood Angus beef rancher Holly Small  who has been leading, developing, and expanding the Cultivating Success courses since 2009. Cost is $150 per farm/family (up to three people) and pre-paid registration is required. To register, visit AdvancedCS.Brownpapertickets.com or contact Holly Small, hollynthompson@wsu.edu or Kate Halstead, khalstead@wsu.edu, (425) 357-6024. Course sponsors include Snohomish Conservation District, Moss Adams LLC, Western Extension Risk Management Education, USDA RMA, and Northwest Farm Credit Services.

 

Sharpening Your Tools For Spring: Saturday, Jan. 23. Greg Clifton of Terrebonne Tools will show you easy tool care. Bring your dull pruners and garden tools for hands-on learning. Class fee is $15 and includes a personal sharpening. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, www.garden-spot.com.

 

Windowsill Gardening: Saturday, Jan. 23.  Learn how to grow fresh greens and sprouts on your windowsill in this Blaine C.O.R.E. (Blaine Community Orchards for Resources and Education) workshop presented by Kelle Sunter. 10 a.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637. For additional information, call Kelle at (360) 332-7435.

 

Water Conservation In A Permaculture Landscape: Saturday, Jan. 23. Kathy Anderson of Bountiful Landscapes is a Water Ecologist who will show how to use Permaculture principles to catch and hold water in your landscape. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. $8 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Moss In Japanese-Inspired Gardens: Saturday, Jan. 23. Hans Wressnigg of NIWA Japanese Inspired Landscapes will show you how moss is used in Japanese gardens, and how you can make it an integral part of your garden plant palette. 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. $8 class fee. See www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Nuno Felted Fingerless Gloves: Saturday,  Jan. 23. Create a pair of fingerless gloves using the wet felted method with wool fibers and incorporating fabrics as part of the color and design, with Instructor Donna Hunter. Cost: $50. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977, www.ragfinery.com.

 

The 2016 Gardening Season: New Plants, New Trends with the Co-op’s Garden Jay: Monday Jan. 25. Join the Co-op’s Garden Jay for his tips and picks for the coming year. 6:30-8 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op, 202 South First Street, Mount Vernon. Free.

 

Family Make and Take: Wednesday, Jan. 27. Create with paper, crafts, and more at this monthly open creation space. Supplies provided. Open to all ages; children under 10 must have an adult present. 4 p.m. Sumas Library, 451 2nd St., (360) 305-3600.

 

Essential Remedies: Green Cleaning & Natures Bacteria Busters! with Michelle Mahler: Wednesday, Jan. 27. Come to this fun workshop and make your own fizzing, cleansing powders and antibacterial cleaning sprays with pure essential oils. 6:30-8 p.m. Skagit Food Co-op, 202 South First Street, Mount Vernon. Free.

 

Livestock Round Pen: Wednesday, Jan. 27. This is a new quarterly event encouraging livestock producers to network with each other and local experts, in addition to providing the latest resources to help expand healthy livestock production throughout Western Washington. Species covered include beef, goat, sheep, swine, poultry. 7-9 p.m. Evergreen State Fairgrounds Longhouse, Monroe. Free. For more details, see snohomish.wsu.edu/RoundPen.

 

Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool: Saturday, Jan. 30. More than 170 classes to choose from focused on skills and practical living. Registration costs $75 for adults and $40 for youth (discounted rate of $10 for youth ages 12-18 needing scholarship help). Registration includes five workshops per person, large trade show to meet with agricultural and business vendors, prime rib or vegetarian lunch, and snacks.  To register and view classes, visit http://skagit.wsu.edu/CountryLivingExpo. For more information, call Skagit County Extension at (360) 428-4270 ext 0.

 

Make It and Take It Macreme Plant Hanger: Saturday, Jan. 30. Learn to craft your own plant hanger with Dorothy. The knot crafting of the 60s is back. $39 includes instructions and all supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, www.garden-spot.com.

 

Clear Your Clutter to Achieve Your Dreams: Saturday, Jan. 30. Feeling a bit stuck by the weight of your  things? Learn a step-by-step method that will help you clear a path toward a more productive, fulfilling, stress-free life. 10:30 a.m. Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, (360) 305-3600.

 

Impressionist Flower & Garden Photography: Saturday, Jan. 30. Photographers John and Kathy Willson will show you how to “paint with your camera” using shutter speed to reveal flows of motion and form not otherwise noticed or recordable with automatic settings. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. $8 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

What Is All The Buzz About? Saturday, Jan. 30. Missy Anderson, King County Master Gardener speaker and owner of Rent Mason Bees, will discuss these pollinators, including hosting, proper care in all seasons, and healthy propagating. 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. $8 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Farm Tours – Country Living Expo: Sunday, Jan. 31. In conjunction with the Country Living Expo, five farms tours will be available, including: Anderson Farm, Stanwood; Miller Farms, Clear Lake; Jo’s Fleece Fields, Carnation; Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park, Redmond; and S&S Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Homestead Farm, Lopez Island. All tours are $10 adult/students free (except the Lopez Island tour is $15/adults and students, and includes lunch. For more details about the each tour location, and to register, visit skagit.wsu.edu/countrylivingexpo, or contact the WSU Skagit County Extension Office at (360) 428-4270, ext 0.

 

8th Annual Community Seed Exchange: Honoring Biodiversity of Seeds for Food & Medicine: Sunday, Jan. 31. Heirloom Seed Swap at The Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St., Bellingham. Doors open at 3 p.m. and runs until 6 p.m. Amateur and professional seed-savers welcomed. Your donations of seeds and cash/check supports this event. Seed potatoes and edible tubers available. Volunteers and seed savers please contact Naomi for arrival times and task sign-up, at NLSiegel@hotmail.com. Sponsored by Sustainable Bellingham, Chuckanut Center (Center for Local Self-Reliance), Salish Seed Guild, Transition Whatcom and others.

 

 

FEBRUARY

Make It and Take It: Valentine Terrarium Workshop: Saturday, Feb. 6. Plant a beautiful indoor garden in a glass globe filled with love. 9 a.m. $39 covers all supplies. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, www.garden-spot.com.

 

Renovating Old Fruit Trees: Sunday, Feb. 6. Learn how to rejuvenate old fruit trees for renewed fruit production, with Ani Gurnee of Aulos Designs. Discuss methods, tools and timing for the most effective pruning for renovating fruit shrubs and trees. 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. $8 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Foodscaping: Saturday, Feb. 6. Kathy Anderson of Bountiful Landscapes discusses the different ways to create a beautiful landscape with edible plants for your family and wildlife. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. $8 class fee. See www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Grow Your Own Produce With Kim: Saturday, Feb. 13. Learn about lighting, soil, temperature, containers, and seed germination times. This class is free with special discounts on all Territorial, Renee’s and Botanical Interest seeds. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, www.garden-spot.com.

 

Learning to Grow Fruit Trees: Saturday, Feb. 13. If you’re thinking about planting fruit trees, but don’t know where to start, this is the workshop for you. Discuss easiest varieties to grow, which rootstock to plant, where and how to plant, and initial pruning and training. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. See www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Vegetable Growing Series, Part 1: Saturday, Feb. 13. 1:30-3:30 p.m. This five-part class is designed for intermediate to advanced vegetable gardeners. Topics include crop planning, crop rotation, soil fertility, composting, seed starting, season extension, direct seeding, transplanting, weed management, pest and disease issues, water and irrigation, high tunnels, and winter gardening.  Included in the registration fee are the seed and materials needed to start your own vegetable seedlings each class to take home for your garden. Registration required. $100 for the five part series. See www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Orchids: But Can You Get It To Bloom Again? Saturday, Feb. 13. Join orchid expert Robert Marshall of the Mount Baker Orchid Society as he covers potting and repotting, blooming and re-blooming, watering, light, and more. 9:30 a.m., Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. $8 class fee. See www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Basic Rose Pruning: Saturday, Feb. 13. Master Rosarian John Harmeling, will teach the three steps of pruning for health, shape and best bloom quality. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. $8 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Basic Fruit Tree Pruning: Saturday, Feb. 13. Ani Gurnee of Aulos Design will show you techniques to maximize fruit production and eliminate problems down the road. 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821.  $8 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Hypertufa ‘Make It and Take It’: Saturday, Feb. 20. Known as “lighter-than-concrete” sinks, hypertufa containers have been used in Old-English gardens for centuries. Create your own with Kim, as she shows you how to mix and mold your own planter. Bring rubber gloves you can dirty up!  Class fee is $39. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, www.garden-spot.com.

 

Growing Apples and Pears: Saturday, Feb. 20. We will discuss growing techniques and pruning of apples and pears. Techniques covered range from pruning established dwarfs to renovating older trees you’ve inherited. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. See www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Advanced Apple and Pear Growing, Part 1: Saturday, Feb. 20. In this first class, you’ll be working in the orchards pruning established trees, with hands-on instruction. Practice applying pruning theory to trees grown on different training systems, and on trees of different ages. Because this hands-on training requires a small class, two sections are scheduled, Feb. 22 and March 1. Be prepared to be outside. Registration required, space is limited. $40 for both Part 1 and Part 2. Sign up for both Advanced Classes, Apples & Pears and Stone Fruits, and all 4 classes are $70. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. See www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

2016 Farm-To-Table Trade Meeting: Monday, Feb. 22. Join 150+ farmers, fishers, chefs, grocery buyers, food artisans, processors, and distributors for a day of connections and education around new opportunities and best practices for farm-to-table. Registration is $40 ($35 early bird). Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact sara@sustainableconnections.org or (360) 647-7093 x114. See registration at sustainableconnections.org, under Events.

 

Worm Composting 101: Saturday, Feb. 27. Make use of your food scraps in this introductory course. As a graduate of Western with a Bachelor of Science and owner of Wild Worms, Paige takes interest in the wiggling organisms within our soil. She’ll teach you the basics of starting your own “worm farm” and the benefits of creating compost. 9 a.m. Class is free. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480, www.garden-spot.com.

 

Advanced Apple and Pear Growing, Part 1: Saturday, Feb. 27. This two-part class will take you beyond theory.  In this first class, you’ll be working in the orchards pruning established trees, with hands-on instruction. You’ll practice applying pruning theory to trees grown on different training systems, and on trees of different ages. Because this hands-on training requires a small class, two sections are scheduled, Feb 22 and March 1. Be prepared to be outside. Registration required, space is limited. $40 for both Part 1 & Part 2.  Sign up for both Advanced Classes, Apples & Pears and Stone Fruits, and all 4 classes are $70. 10:30-12:30. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. See www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Growing Small Fruits: Saturday, Feb. 27. Northwest gardeners can grow an incredible variety of fruits. This workshop will focus on the smaller fruiting plants: blueberries, raspberry and blackberries, strawberries, and kiwis. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. 1:30-3 p.m. See www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Tenth Annual Winter Festival – A Fascination for Hellebores: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27-28. Featuring Guest Speaker and noted Horticulturist Riz Reyes will present the basic types, culture, breeding of Hellebores. He will also discuss using them in the garden and containers. After his presentation, Riz will demonstrate how to incorporate Hellebores as cut flowers into floral designs.  11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations requested, (360) 466-3821. Complimentary. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

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