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Events calendar: August 2016

Aug 2nd, 2016 | Category: Events

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Farm Tunes Summer Music Series: Friday nights this month at Bellewood Acres, Lynden, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 12 (Lindsay Street), Aug. 19 (Gentri Watson) and Aug. 26 (Hot Damn Scandal). For more information visit


Gardening Through a Lens:  Macro-level photographs of flowering plants by Emily Schiller. On display in the meeting room at the Deming Library during open hours. Sponsored by the Friends of the Deming Library. On exhibit through Sept. 2 during library open hours.  Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, (360) 592-2422.


Puget Sound Antique Tractor and Machinery Association Annual Gas and Steam Show: Aug. 3-6. See many displays of cars, trucks, tractors, and engines. The static and operating displays demonstrate and teaches how equipment was used in farming and logging. Activities for kids of all ages. Berthusen Park, Lynden. Open 7 a.m. until dusk. For more information, see


112th Annual Skagit County Pioneer Association Picnic and Meeting: Thursday, Aug. 4. There will be live music on the grounds, plenty of “old-timers,” historic pictures displayed for the Honored Families, an old car show, and historic information available. The event is open to all people interested in Skagit County history and heritage.  For a cost of $12, registered “pioneers” will receive a colorful ribbon, program, Historian’s memorial pamphlet and ticket for the complete barbecue salmon dinner and will be served by members of the La Conner Civic Garden Club. Lunch begins promptly at 11:15 a.m. Coffee, tea, and other beverages will be available through the efforts of the 4-H Craft and Critter Club of Anacortes, to raise funds for special projects. Pioneer Park, near the Rainbow Bridge in La Conner.


Stanwood-Camano Community Fair: Aug. 5-7. The “Best Lil Fair in the West” is one of the largest community fairs in Washington State which showcases the Stanwood-Camano Community’s past, present and future. Enjoy exhibits, entertainment and carnival. Adults $10, seniors and children $7, under 5 free. 6431 Pioneer Hwy., Stanwood. Call (360) 629-4121. See


Anacortes Arts Festival: Friday through Sunday, Aug. 5-7. Browse 250 booth artisans, a fine art exhibit, ethnic and regional foods, music on multiple stages, youth activities and demonstrating artists. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 505 O Ave., Anacortes. For full schedule, see


Whidbey Island Fair: Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 4-7. Celebrate 90 years of family fun. Games, rides, music, food, exhibits, and much more. For full schedule and tickets, see


Lost Communities of Whatcom County:  Saturday, Aug. 6. Goshen, Forest Grove, Dam Town—over 2 dozen of these Whatcom County Communities have been lost to time. Join Troy Luginbill, Director of the Lynden Pioneer Museum, as he shares photos, slides, and artifacts gleaned from 20 years of exploring this County’s history. Hear unique stories about the whistle-stops and company towns that have contributed to the rich tapestry of Whatcom County life. 7:30 p.m. Island Library, 2144 South Nugent Road, Lummi Island, (360) 758-7145.


Sewing Bootcamp: Saturdays, Aug. 6 and 13.  In the first class get familiar with the use of a sewing machine, sew a knit cap, and get started on your own upcycling project. Continue work on your project in this second class, which will also cover adding embellishments and finishing touches, i.e. pockets, zippers, buttons/buttonholes, hems, etc. and touch on any skills you hoped to gain that still need to be addressed. Take away a short guide and reference list to assist you in applying your new skills at home. Instructor: Brigitte Parra. Cost: $75. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ragfinery, Bellingham. See


Pots with a Personal Touch: Hypertufa: Saturday, Aug. 6. Hypertufa is a cement-based mixture that has the appearance of stone when dry. We’ll use this material to pack around or into molds to create pots, decorations, and other pieces for your gardens or decks. Registration is required. 1 p.m. South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Ct., Sudden Valley, Gate 2, Bellingham, (360) 305-3632.


Chef Farm Tour: Tuesday, Aug. 9. Sustainable Connections is hosting this tour at 3-4 local farms. Any farmers or chefs seeking more information should contact Alex at (360)647-7093 x111 or


Library Garden Work Party: Tuesday, Aug. 9. Join us in the Deming Library Learning to plan, plant and harvest. All levels of gardening expertise welcome. Bring your gardening gloves and the desire to dig in the dirt, learn and have fun. All ages. 5 p.m. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, (360) 592-2422.


Dig Into Fall Series – Fall and Winter Gardening: Tuesday, Aug. 9. Join us for a series of free workshops, presented by WSU Skagit County Master Gardeners and the Mount Vernon City Library. Plant vegetables now and harvest them in the fall and winter! Learn which varieties of lettuce, kale, carrots, cauliflower and more can be planted or sown in August for harvest during the dark rainy season. Join Skagit County Master Gardener Valerie Rose and Jay Williams, Garden Center Coordinator at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, from 6-7:30 p.m. as part of our Dig into Fall series of gardening workshops. For more information about our Dig into Fall series presented by Skagit County Master Gardeners, contact the library at 360-336-6209, or check out the library’s website at All workshops are free and open to the public.


Pest Management for Small Organic Production Systems: Wednesday, Aug. 10. Interested in learning more about pest management on your small farm? This workshop by WSU Skagit Extension will focus on management techniques with field demonstrations and activities, with Rob Smith of Viva Farms and Virgene Link of WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardeners. The workshop will be bilingual, offered in English and Spanish. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Viva Farms, 15366 Ovenell Road, Mount Vernon. Call (360) 428-4270 for more information.


Skagit County Fair: Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 10-13. Food, live music, animals, fun, rides, tractor show, car show, square dance, and more. Meet local and community organizations at booths. Skagit County Fairgrounds, 479 W. Taylor Street, Mount Vernon. Tickets apply. Kids 5 and under free. Call (360) 336 – 9414 or visit


15th annual Subdued Stringband Jamboree: Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 11-13. Musical acts, family-friendly activities, food vendors and more. Deming Log Show Grounds, Bellingham. Day/weekend tickets available; camping on site. Children 14 and under free with paying adult. See


Ninety Farms Northwest Classic Sheepdog Trial: Friday through Sunday, Aug. 12-14. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come out to a working sheep farm for the day and watch handlers communicate to their stockdogs at distances over 400 yards to navigate a group of sheep through an international sheepdog course. Ninety Farms, 22912 67th Ave NE, Arlington.


Marysville Homegrown Festival: Friday through Sunday, Aug. 12-14. Handmade and handgrown items for purchase. Over 100 vendors showcasing local produce, art, music and more. Entertainment for kids and adults. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more details, e-mail or see


A Taste of Edmonds: Friday through Sunday, Aug. 12-14. Foods, fine arts and crafts, childrens activities, musical entertainment, beer and wine garden, and lots more. Entrance fee is $4 daily (children 12 and under free). Fore more details, see


Seed Saving for the Skagit County Gardener: Saturday, Aug. 13. Dixie Mitchell will share the benefits of saving your own seeds, how to harvest your best seeds, and how to store them. She’ll also address the many climate zones of Skagit County and how they affect your seeds. From February through October, Transition Fidalgo sponsors a series of free Skill Share workshops, held at the Anacortes Public Library from 10:30-noon on second and fourth Saturdays. Visit to see our full schedule.


Annual Bike to Farms Tour: Saturday, Aug. 13. Join us on a tour of four local farms. 9am-noon. Free Co-op ice cream after the tour! Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Mount Vernon. For more information, see


Stillaguamish Festival of the River and Pow Wow: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14. Event is free this year, no parking or entrance fees. Gates open at 10 a.m. Pow Wow, Fun Run, childrens activities, and more. Music by Los Lobos and Thompson Square and others. River Meadows Park, Arlington. See


Worm Composting Class with Alicia Wills: Sunday, Aug. 14. Come learn about the care and feeding of red wiggler worms and how to build your own worm bin. One bin will be made during the class, which someone can buy for cost ($40). If you’d like to make your own bin during the class, contact Alicia by Aug. 10 so she can bring your materials and worms. 1-3 p.m. Chuckanut Center, 107 N. Chuckanut Dr./north end of Fairhaven Park. See www.chuckanutcenter. Register at (470) 236-8374 or email Only $10 for a 2-hour class!


WSU Know & Grow Workshop: Bio-Char and Other Soil Amendments: Tuesday, Aug 16. WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardeners in partnership with WSU – Mount Vernon NWREC present a WSU Know & Grow workshop, Bio-Char and Other Soil Amendments from 1 – 2:30 p.m. at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536 (Memorial Highway). Learn what the homeowner or gardener should know about using soil amendments.  Do they help? Hear about other considerations. Presented by Chad Kruger, WSU Mount Vernon NWREC Director.


Cooking Club – Back to School Snacks:  Tuesday, Aug. 16. Learn to make quick, easy and healthy back to school snacks with just a few ingredients, including veggie quesadillas and a fruit and yogurt parfait. All food provided by the Friends of the Ferndale Library. For grades 6-12.  4 p.m. Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, (360) 384-3647.


Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14. Celebrating 50+ years on the waterfront in downtown Coupeville. Nearly 200 diverse booths representing arts and crafts in 16 separate categories. Live entertainment, food court, waterside wine and beer garden hosted by the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce, interactive children’s activities and more. All non-operational proceeds are invested in the form of community project grants and scholarships. See


Hypertufa ‘Make It and Take It’: Saturday, Aug. 13. 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 in this ‘Make It and Take It’ workshop.  Bring rubber gloves and you can dirty up!  9 a.m. Class fee is $39. Garden Spot NNursery, Bellingham.


Northwest Washington Fair: Monday through Saturday, Aug. 15-20. Live music, grandstand entertainment, contests, rides, ag area and more. For complete schedule, see


Bow Little Market Fiber Day: Thursday, Aug. 18. Fiber folks are welcome to vend for free if you demo your fiber craft. Kids are welcome to learn about the range of skills that will be showcased this year. The focus this year will be on weaving demos, but spinning, dyeing, fiber processing, knitting, crocheting and much more will be on display. Pick up some great fleece, yarn or products from local vendors as well! 1 – 6 p.m., Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green (south of Bow Hill Rd. along Old Hwy 99). See


Summer Propagation: Fruit Tree Grafting by Chip Budding: Saturday, Aug. 20. Discuss the basic principles of chip bud grafting in this two hour course.  In addition to practicing the actual technique of budding, we will also discuss knife use, rootstock/scion selection, and aftercare of new grafts. Be prepared to be outside. Registration required, space is limited. $30 workshop fee. Sign up for both the Winter Propagation Class and this class, and pay $50 for both classes. 10:30-12:30 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson.


Everett-Dahlia Show: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21. See more than 2,500 dahlias as single blooms, triple blooms, and five blooms, in baskets and in artistic arrangements. Prizes are awarded to winning entries. This annual show is presented by Snohomish County Dahlia Society. Saturday hours 1-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Free admission. Floral Hall at Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett. See


FARM FOOD FEUD: Saturday, Aug. 20: The Mount Vernon Farmers Market will be bringing back this competition for local chefs to use a “mystery basket” full of market produce to prepare a delicious recipe in a timed competition. The dishes will be tasted and judged by 3 qualified judges and the winner will be awarded a $100 prize. See


Summer Garden Party: Saturday, Aug. 20. Join us in the Garden Center for samples and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Mount Vernon.


Annual Everett Craft Beer Festival: Saturday, Aug. 20. Featuring 30 Washington breweries pouring over 100 different beers in downtown Everett (entrance at Hoyt Ave. and Hewitt Ave.) from noon to 7 p.m. 21+ only. Live music. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. $15 for Military with valid ID. For more details, see


Evergreen State Fair: Aug. 25-Sept. 5. Concerts, carnival, pig races, animal exhibits, contests, lumberjack shows, auto races, rodeo, aztec dancers, muscle cars and more. 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe, (360) 805-6704. See


Teas for a Healthy Autumn: Saturday, Aug. 27. Tea (Camellia sinensis) and herbal infusions are full of health benefits for body and mind. Ora Mae Peterson will help us explore these benefits, look into the history of tea, share some seasonal tea blend recipes, and enjoy a sampling of teas. From February through October, Transition Fidalgo sponsors a series of free Skill Share workshops, held at the Anacortes Public Library from 10:30-noon on second and fourth Saturdays. Visit to see our full schedule.


Mosaic Nuno Felt Tunic: Saturday, Aug. 27. The lightweight, yet rich textures of this tunic make it so fun to wear! If you enjoy puzzles, you will love this technique. Students will learn how to build a seamless Nuno felt tunic using a resist pattern, a variety of silk scraps, a little wool and soapy water. Instructor Patti Barker. Cost $115. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ragfinery, Bellingham. See


Farmers Markets


Blaine Gardeners Market: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June through October. Located on H Street Plaza in downtown Blaine. Call (360) 332-6484.


Bellingham/Fairhaven Farmers Market: Bellingham Farmers Market is open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Square through mid-December. See for events including Demo Days, Kids Vending Day and more. The Fairhaven Farmers Market is Wednesdays noon to 5 p.m. on the Village Green, June through September.


Ferndale Farmers Market: Fridays 1-6 p.m. at 2007 Cherry Street in Ferndale. See


Lynden Farmers Market: Thursdays noon to 5 p.m., through Oct. 13, at 324 Front Street (across from the Jansen Art Center). More vendors welcome. See


Twin Sisters Market: Mobile market stand open Saturdays through October. Two locations: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Nugents Corner, 3700 block of Mount Baker Highway; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, Kendall. See



Anacortes Farmers Market: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Depot, 611 R Avenue, through Oct. 29. For special events and other info, see


Bow Little Market: Thursdays 1-6 p.m. at the Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green, (just south of Bow Hill Road along Old Hwy 99), through Sept. 1. For special events and more info, visit


Burlington Summer Nights: Fridays, July 8 through Aug. 26. The market open at 5 p.m., followed by music at 7 p.m. Burlington Visitor Center, 520 E Fairhaven Ave. See


Mount Vernon Farmers Market:  Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Waterfront Plaza, downtown Mount Vernon, through mid-October. Also held Wednesdays (starting June 1)  from 11 a.m. – 4  p.m. through Sept. 28 at the Hospital on Kinkaid St. For special events, see


Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market: Wednesdays 3-7 p.m. at Hammer Heritage Square, corner of Ferry and Metcalf streets, through September. See



Arlington Farmers Market: Saturdays at Legion Park, 114 N Olympic Ave. Contact


Everett Farmers Market: Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Port of Everett, through mid-October. The Friday market meets from 3-7 p.m. at Everett Mall, through Sept. 23. See


Marysville Farmers Market: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1035 State Ave. (next to City Hall), through September. See


Port Susan Farmers Market: Fridays at 8727 271st Street NW (parking lot behind Police Department), Stanwood, through Oct. 14. Hours are 2-7 p.m. June-Aug. and 2-6 p.m. Sept-Oct. For special events and more see


Snohomish Farmers Market: Thursdays 3-7 p.m. at Pearl Street and Cedar Avenue, downtown Snohomish. See


Whitehorse Market: Open air market open daily at 1080 Seeman Street, Darrington. (360) 436-9757.




Bayview Farmers Market: Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5603 Bayview Road in Langley, through October. See


Coupeville Farmers Market: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Community Green, next to the Coupeville Library, through October. Contact


South Whidbey Tilth Farmers market: Sundays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2812 Thompson Road, between Freeland and Bayview Corner. See


Oak Harbor Farmers Market: For details, see the facebook page or call (360) 678-4288.



Lopez Island Farmers Market: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lopez Village, through September. See


Orcas Island Farmers Market: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Village Green in Eastsound, through September. See


San Juan Farmers Market: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  at the Brickworks, Nichols Street and Sunshine Alley, in Friday Harbor. See


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