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Events: February 2016

Feb 2nd, 2016 | Category: Events

Jewelry and Boxes for February: Each month, Artwood Gallery features a particular category of woodworking. For February, check out hand-made jewelry and jewelry boxes, and the paintings of Nancy Grigsby. Meet Nancy on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 1-4 p.m. Artwood’s hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Artwood Gallery, 1000 Harris Avenue, (360) 647-1628, www.artwoodgallery.com.

 

Movie Night at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op: Wednesdays in February. Every year, the Co-op hosts a series of free movie nights.  Coming up are Farmland on Feb. 10, A Year in Burgundy on Feb. 17, and Kindness is Contagious on Feb. 24. Popcorn and juice provided. Films will begin at 7 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, room 309, Mount Vernon.

 

Relay For Life of Lynden Volunteer Meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 2. Learn about how you can help volunteer and more for the June 17-18 event. 6:30 p.m. NW Washington Fairgrounds, Peoples Place room, Lynden. Call Community Manager Karen Chernotsky at (425) 404-2231 or visit www.relayforlife.org.

 

Soups for Supper: Tuesday, Feb. 2. Watch Chef Jim recreate Rhododendron Cafe classic soups, each served with bread from The Breadfarm. 6:30 p.m. $45 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. See www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

KIDS: Get Fancy! Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 2-4. In this three day workshop with Instructor Libby Chenault, learn three ways to customize clothes without needing a sewing machine. 4:30 p.m. Cost is $65. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

My Garden Nursery: Birchwood Garden Club’s February Meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 3. Jenny and Christopher of My Garden Nursery will be the guests. Jenny will discuss events planned for 2016 and share some of their new plants and products. Christopher will do a demo on planting a terrarium and also talk about air plants (tillandsia). Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. 7 p.m. See www.birchwoodgardenclub.org. The Birchwood Garden Club is an area-wide gardening club that meets monthly to visit over coffee and treats and hear talks on gardening topics. Membership is open to everyone in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

 

Berries in the Backyard: Learn the Tips and Tricks: Wednesday, Feb. 3. Fourth in the Growing Groceries Education series, the speaker is Dr. Tom Walters from the WSU NW Research Center in Mt. Vernon. A researcher and consultant for the small fruit industry in western Washington, Dr. Walters helps berry growers raise berries more profitably and sustainably. 7 p.m. WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St SE Everett. $25 per class. Register at growinggroceries.brownpapertickets.com, or visit snohomish.wsu.edu/growing-groceries. Washington leads the nation in the production of raspberries, fifth in strawberries, and sixth in blueberries, concentrated mostly in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties.

 

“Secrets of the Mount Vernon Culture” Uncovered, Documented and Prepared by Jack Gunter: Feb. 5-May 15. Opening reception Feb. 4 from 6-8 p.m. Jack Gunter has assembled many Paleolithic discoveries from thousands of years ago and interpreted his discovery through paintings and film. Skagit Valley Museum, 501 S. 4th Street, La Conner. Adults $5, seniors $4, families $10. For more information, call (360) 466-3365 or visit www.skagitcounty.net/museum.

 

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: Saturday, 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. $8 class fee. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821, 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, $8 class fee. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, Feb. 7. Meet and greet local politicians, as they serve you coffee and breakfast. Made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Biscuits and gravy 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 Highway, Bellingham.

 

From Italy with Love: Monday, Feb. 8. Chef Peter Belknap will share a selection of his favorite Italian classics. 6:30 p.m. $45 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. See www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Worm Your Way Into Composting with Callie Martin: Tuesday, Feb. 9. Learn how easy it is to compost your food scraps by harnessing the work of worms in our upcoming vermicomposting class. 6 p.m. Class participants will learn the basics of worm bin design, care and feeding, and more. 6 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Room 309, Mount Vernon.

 

No Sew Braided Rugs: Wednesday, Feb. 10. Learn how this four strand technique eliminates the need for sewing braids together and results in a sturdy rug, with Instructor Kirsten Wert. 6:30 p.m. Cost is $22. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

4th annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit 2016: Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 11-13. Farmers, community members, experts, advocates and more come together for workshops, sessions, keynote talks, good food, and more in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. Participate in hands-on workshops including bread baking with local grains; orchard management, economics, and varieties for hard apple cider; Farmstead Meatsmith on curing and charcuterie for home producers, chefs and fine cooks; value added foods; writing your own farm plan; and more. Choose from over 24 Saturday sessions led by regional experts. To register, or for more detailed information, see http://sjcarc.org/summit/ or contact summit@sjcarc.org.

 

Nourishing Herbs with Kelly Atterberry and Anna Derrer: Thursday, Feb. 11. Learn how to incorporate medicinal herbs into you and your family’s health care plan. 6 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, Mount Vernon.

 

Natural Skin and Hair Care with Michelle Mahler: Friday, Feb. 12. Learn to make luxurious and healing skin and haircare products with essential oils, herbal infused oils, hydrosols (such as Rosewater) and many other types of carrier oils. 6:30 p.m. Free class, optional supply fee $10-20. Please RSVP. Skagit Valley Co-op, Mount Vernon.

 

Anacortes Monthly Winter Farmers Market: Saturday, Feb. 13. Held the second Saturday of each month. Produce, food, crafts and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Depot building. The next date is March 12. See anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

 

Sewing Bootcamp: Saturdays, Feb. 13, 20, 27. Get familiar with the care and use of your sewing machine and solving basic sewing problems, take accurate body measurements and learn to fit items to your own aesthetic and body type, and more, with Instructor Brigitte Parra. Take home a short guide and reference list. 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $65. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.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. 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.  The seed and materials needed to start seedlings included. Registration required. $100 for the five part series. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. 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, $8 class fee. (360) 466-3821, 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, $8 class fee. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Seeds or Starts? Free Skill Share Workshop: Saturday, Feb. 13. Becky Stinson will discuss the pros and cons of each, and give tips on how to give your garden a great start using either method or both. 10:30 a.m. Anacortes Public Library. Sponsored by Transition Fidalgo and Friends. See the full skill schedule at transitionfidalgo.org.

 

Beginning at Ground Level: Soil, Compost and Mulch: Skyline Garden Club: Monday, Feb. 15. Master Gardener Bruce Lindsay will be our presenter. He has several science degrees, loves vegetables gardening, and spent 28 years with the USDA. The mini program will be about “Different Ways to Build a Worm Bin.” Refreshments at 1 p.m., programs  start at 1:30 p.m. Skyline Beach Club, 6041 Sands Way, Anacortes. The cost is $5 for non-members. All welcome. For more info call SGC President Mary Lou Childs at (360) 299-8280.

 

2016 Annual Grange sponsored County-wide Baking Contest: Tuesday, Feb. 16. Cakes, cookies, breads, brownies bar cookies, fruit pies, cupcakes, decorated cakes, and gluten-free options! The contest is open to all in Whatcom County (Grange members and non-members), as well as all ages. Each entry must be accompanied by one copy of the recipe, typed or clearly printed on recipe cards or other paper, using one side only, that will fit into a legal size envelope. All entries are to be made from scratch, no mixes (except as noted for select options). Entries are due at Ten Mile Grange between 10 a.m. and noon on Tuesday, Feb. 16.  That evening, everyone is welcome to attend a 6 p.m. potluck, followed by the  auction of baking entries at 6:45. Full entry details are in the 2016 Program Handbook, available online at the State website at www.wa-grange.org. Non-computer folks can get a copy of the Baking Contest Rules by sending a SASE to Dorothy Hanson, our County Chairman of Family Living (CFL), at 2608 N. Nugent Road, Lummi Island, WA 98262. Questions can also be directed to Dorothy at (360) 303-3766.

 

Greek Night! Tuesday, Feb. 16. Nahla Gholam, native of Lebanon and the owner of Mediterranean Specialties, is the guide tonight for this culinary tour through Greece. 6:30 p.m. $45 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. See www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Northwest Flower and Garden Show: Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 17-21. See 23 full scale themed gardens covering over 1 acre of the show floor, and visit over 300 exhibitors. Washington State Convention Center, Seattle. For tickets and hours, see www.gardenshow.com.

 

Reverse Applique Headband: Wednesday, Feb. 17. Turn colorful cotton t-shirts into accessories, with Instructor Libby Chenault. 6:30 p.m. Cost is $22. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977 Ragfinery.com.

 

Small Space & Vertical Gardening: Wednesday, Feb. 17. WSU Snohomish County Extension Growing Groceries Education Series. 7 p.m. Cost is $25 per person per class. WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St SE Everett, inside McCollum Park. Register online at growinggroceries.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, visit snohomish.wsu.edu/growing-groceries.

 

Bellingham Winter Farmers Market: Saturday, Feb. 20. Produce, foods, crafts and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Square. Held the third Saturday of each month. Next date is March 19. See bellinghamfarmers.org.

 

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, $8 class fee. (360) 466-3821, 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. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. See www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Free Creative Gathering: Crafternoon! Saturday, Feb. 20. Bring your friends, projects and supplies, and create with us every third Saturday of the month. 1-4:30 p.m. Open to all ages (adult accompaniment required for those under 13). Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977 Ragfinery.com.

 

Advanced Apple and Pear Growing, Part 1: Begins Saturday, Feb. 20. In this first class, you’ll be working in the orchards pruning established trees, with hands-on instruction. 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 the full schedule at 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.

 

Seeds 101 with the Co-Op’s Garden Jay: Monday, Feb. 22. This class is a must for the beginning seed gardener. Jay will give an overview on seed planning. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Co-op, Mount Vernon.

 

Northwest Favorites with Anelia’s: Tuesday, Feb. 23. The chefs and mixologists from Anelia’s Kitchen will share their favorite Northwest dishes. 6:30 p.m. $45 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. See www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Upcycle 101: Wednesday, Feb. 24. Do you have two (or more!) items of clothing that would be just perfect if they were combined? Gain skills and a beautiful garment in this class with Brigitte Parra. Cost is $22. 6:30 p.m. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham, (360) 738-6977 Ragfinery.com.

 

Snohomish Conservation District’s 31st Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, Feb. 27. All are welcome to attend and purchase native plants and visit educational booths. Demonstrations include natural yard care, building your own rain barrel, creating a backyard habitat, and other topics. Conservation District staff and Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about weeds, natural pest control, plant selection and planning native landscapes. For the young, there will be a native plant explorer’s corner with plant printing and plant identification games, as well as a salmon fishing game with crafts. Specialty items also sold. Pre-order your plants by Feb. 17 by 5 p.m., or come shop the day of the sale for select varieties.  8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Commercial Building 400, Monroe. To learn more, visit www.theplantsale.org or contact laura@snohomishcd.org.

 

Worm Composting 101: Saturday, Feb. 27. Make use of your food scraps in this introductory course. With a Bachelor of Science and owner of Wild Worms, Paige will 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. In this first part of the two-part 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. 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 a.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. See www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

5 B’s Bakery Open House: Saturday, Feb. 27. Join Em Beal from 5Bs gluten free bakery in Concrete for an open house in our kitchen. 1-3 p.m. Free. Gretchens Kitchen, Mount Vernon. See www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

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.

 

Whatcom County Cattlemen Annual Auction Fundraiser: Saturday, Feb. 27. $20 per person. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Live auction begins at 6 p.m. Funds go towards education and scholarships, as well as on-farm water quality testing. Deming Log Show Grounds, 3295 Cedarville Road, Deming. For any questions, call Gary Knaus at (360) 391-7290.

 

Tool and Knife Sharpening: Free Skill Share Workshop: Saturday, Feb. 27. Andy Gladish will teach the basic principles of sharpening knives and tools, using common tools for sharpening, and using sharp tools safely. 10 a.m. to noon, Anacortes Public Library. Sponsored by Transition Fidalgo and Friends. Visit transitionfidalgo.org to see the event schedule.

 

10th Annual Winter Festival – A Fascination for Hellebores: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27-28. Guest speaker and noted Horticulturist Riz Reyes will present the basic types, culture, and 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, complimentary. (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

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