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Events: November 2018

Nov 1st, 2018 | Category: Events

Bellingham Farmers Market: Saturdays through mid-December. Vendors offering produce, crafts, foods, products, and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Depot Market Square, Bellingham. See


Tangled Tinsel Vintage Christmas: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3. Hosted by The Lavender House. Vintage, antique, repurposed and creative handmade vendors. Ornament, soap, clothing, and more. Early shopping party Friday night, $12 admission, 5-8 p.m. Free return on Saturday. Saturday admission $7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a food drive for  Ferndale Food Bank – bring at least two cans of food. $2 discount at door. Senior or Military receive $2 discount. 5715 Barrett Rd, Ferndale. Tickets on Brown Paper Tickets. See Facebook event for more details.


Sarah’s What Knots Fall/Winter Bazaar: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3. Handmade decor, unique gifts, and more! New, used, and repurposed, truly something for everyone. Hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 585 W. Hemmi Road, Bellingham. See the Facebook event for more information.


Amaryllis Bulb Planting Party: Saturday, Nov. 3. Plant this season’s Amaryllis with a European flair. A representative from Netherlander Bulb Company will be at the Garden Spot for this special event.  Planting  tables will be set up in the greenhouse all day. Reserve your time and number of guests. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. 360-676-5480,


Birchwood Garden Club’s November Meeting: Dave Hunter of Crown Bees: Wednesday, Nov. 7. Dave Hunter is the owner of Crown Bees. He’s teaching people how to raise Mason Bees, and showing that you, the backyard gardener has a vital role to play in protecting our pollination services. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. For more details about Crown Bees, contact BGC membership is open to anyone in Whatcom or Skagit County.


Bellingham Farmers Market: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Square, through mid-December. See


Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, Nov. 2. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee, and biscuits and gravy. Meet and greet local politicians, as they serve you coffee and breakfast.  Tickets are $6 per adult, $2 per kids (ages 6-10) and free for 5 and under. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, about 1/2 mile east of the “Y” Road, Bellingham. (360) 739-9605.


Learn to Grow Your Own Groceries: Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants #2: Wednesday, Nov. 7. As part of the Growing Groceries Education Series, these classes are designed to help you learn how to grow your own food. Discuss  how to interpret soil tests, and making and using compost. 7-9:30 p.m. WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St SE Everett, inside McCollum Park. Series runs through April. 10. $20 per class. Register online at  Contact Kate Ryan (425) 357-6024,


Focus on Farming and Focus on Forestry Conference: Thursday, Nov. 8. Local and national farmers, researchers and experts share ideas. 24 workshop classes in six industry tracks, keynote speakers, lunch and more. For registration and conference details, see


Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show: Friday through Saturday, Nov. 9-11.  Meet local artists and craftspeople at the opening reception on Nov. 9 (open until 8 p.m.), and get your holiday shopping done early during our open hours the two weekends before Thanksgiving. Hosted by Rexville Grange Art Show, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd, Mount Vernon. Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See the Facebook event for more info.


2nd annual Downtown Bellingham Holiday Wine Walk: Friday, Nov. 9. Hosted by Downtown Bellingham. 5:30-9 p.m. Meander around Downtown Bellingham popping into shops and venues while tasting wines from across the region… sip, sip, hooray! General admission $30, VIP $45. See the Facebook page for ticket link.


Hellebore Event: Saturday, Nov. 10. Gorgeous cold weather plants, evergreen and winter blooming for Hellebore collectors and newbies alike. Katie from Skagit Gardens brings her years of experience and will introduce what is special. Discounts on our collection for this free event. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. 360-676-5480,


Lynden High School’s 13th Annual Christmas Craft Fair: Saturday, Nov. 10. With over 100 amazing vendors supporting the Lynden High School Art Department. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lynden High School, 1201 Bradley Rd, Lynden. Hosted by LHS Christmas Craft Fair. See the Facebook event page for more details.


Coldstream Farms Tour: New Regenis System: Saturday, Nov. 10. Acme-based Coldstream Farms, a family-owned dairy operating since 1978, is currently installing a clean water membrane technology system that will transform cow manure into chemical-free fertilizer and clean water. The innovative system was designed by Regenis, an agricultural waste solutions company based in Ferndale, and completed with a $930,305 grant from the Washington State Conservation Commission. This project will act as a pilot for prospective use on other Whatcom County farms. A free tour the new system will be open 10 a.m. to noon. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by contacting the Whatcom Land Trust at 360-650-9470 or


Ciderfest: Saturday, Nov. 10. Home cider brewing competition, cider workshop, community carboy fill, great music, pumpkin smash. 1-5 p.m. BelleWood Acres, Lynden.  See


Spiral Topiary Workshop: Saturday, Nov. 10. Bring the splendor of the holiday season home by creating a living spiral tabletop topiary with author and NWFGS speaker, Sue Goetz. Class begins with a brief talk about topiary basics including classical garden uses, traditional shapes (and maybe not so traditional!) and the best plant material for shaping. You will then try your hand at spiraling a small evergreen topiary to take home. Please bring gloves and a pair of scissors or pruning shears. 10:30 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, call 360-466-3821 or 800-585-8200; Class Fee: $25.


Lynden High School Christmas Arts and Craft Fair: Saturday, Nov. 10. Many local crafters and artists offering their talents and creations. A great holiday shopping event. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. In the gym and cafeteria at the Lynden High School. Proceeds help support the art department.


Cedarhomes Elementary Holiday Bazaar: Saturday, Nov. 10. Fresh homemade wreaths, Thanksgiving/Christmas centerpieces, basket arrangements, cute mug arrangements, cedar garland, swags and more. Hosted by Getchell Garden & Floral. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cedarhome Elementary School, 27911 68th Ave NW, Stanwood. See the Facebook event for more information.


Holiday Bazaar: Sunday, Nov. 11. Many different items, crafts, and more for sale.

Enter the raffle for great prizes donated by our vendors! $1 per ticket -or- $5 for 6 tickets. 100% of proceeds go to Whatcom Humane Society.11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Bloedel Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave, Bellingham. See the Facebook event page for more information.


Community Free Day at Children’s Museum of Skagit County: Tuesday, Nov. 13. Free admission for everybody all day.  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Children’s Museum is located inside the Cascade Mall at the south end, Burlington.


Whatcom Food Network Fall Forum: The People That Make the Food System Work: Wednesday, Nov. 14. The Fall Forum will include a presentation by Michelle Stelovich from the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council. She will share current employment and labor data from the region, and facilitate a panel of workers from different food system sectors including processing, distribution, farming, and consumption (grocery). Employees will have time to share stories and experiences from their day-to-day work. Laura McWilliams from Industry Health will shine a light on the unique challenges faced by chefs, cooks, dishwashers and others working in the “back of house.” In addition, Sara Southerland from Sustainable Connections will share perspectives. The Fall Forum is free, but attendees must RSVP as space is limited. Special thanks to the Whatcom Community Foundation, which makes these Forums possible. 2-5 p.m. BelleWood Acres, Distillery Room, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. To RSVP:


Whatcom County Goat Farmers Workshop: Thursday, Nov. 15. Organized by the Whatcom Conservation District, this workshop will have veterinary experts as well as a panel of local farm managing peers to talk about commercial goat dairying in Whatcom County, as well as commercial meat goat production. This workshop will provide fundamental information relevant to all goats in the Pacific Northwest, especially about feeding, reproduction, health, and resource best management practices. Our Brand Ambassador and owner of Pollen Folly Farm, Kelly Uusitalo, will be at the event to answer questions too. Hosted by Scratch and Peck Feeds and Whatcom Conservation District. 6-8 p.m. Rome Community Bible Church, 2720 Mt Baker Hwy, Bellingham. See the Facebook event for more details, or call the WDC at (360) 526-2381 with questions.


Home for the Holidays: Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 15-17. Selection of holiday gifts, crafts, food and more. Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Road, Ferndale. Thursday hours 5-9 p.m. Friday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission and free parking. See


USDA Value Added Producer Grant Boot Camp: Thursday, Nov. 15. Learn about the USDA Value Added Producer Grant program, which has benefited many producers throughout the Puget Sound region with grant amounts ranging from less than $50,000 up to $250,000. Brandon Hoffman, Business and Loan Specialist for the USDA will make an in-depth presentation of the entire program, how it works, and how to prepare an application. Jeff Voltz, Project Manager for NABC will present how to prepare a feasibility study based on USDA guidelines, and a business plan model that will support your preparation of a grant application. This workshop will also provide a panel discussion with local producers who have prepared and won grant awards, and implemented a USDA VAPG project: Melissa Moeller, Owner, Misty Meadows Farm; Susan Soltes, Owner, Bow Hill Blueberries; and and Dorcas Young, Owner, Lesedi Farm. $25. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Skagit Farmers Supply, 1833 Park Lane, Burlington. Register at:


Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts: Starting Friday, Nov. 16 and running through Dec. 24. Five-week long festival featuring the work of over 100 local artisans and crafts people. Open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and closing at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24. Location announced in early November. For complete information see


A Taste of Skagit: Schuh Farms: Friday, Nov. 16. Pumpkins from Schuh Farms serve as inspiration for a pie baking demonstration, with plenty of samples, and recipes to take home. 5-7 p.m. The Bread Lab, Burlington, 11768 Westar Lane, Burlington. $45 per adult, $22.50 per child. See


Red Barn Holiday Market: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17. Hosted by Red Barn Market Events at The Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center, 1775 Front St, Lynden. Craft, boutique, vintage, and a mix of other amazing booths. Admission is $4 general $3 senior and gives you access to the market both days. Kids 13 and younger are free. Friday 12-9p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See the Facebook event for more information.


The Lavender House Handmade Holidays: Nov. 16-18. Hosted by The Lavender House, 779 E Pole Rd, Lynden. All products are handmade my local artists and crafters. Enjoy a cookie and hot cider while you shop. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (360) 296-1854,


Red Barn Holiday Market: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17. Hosted by Red Barn Market Events. Local vendors including  craft, boutique, vintage, and more. Friday noon to 9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $4 general, $3 senior and gives you access to the market both days.  Kids 13 and younger are free. The Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center, 1775 Front St, Lynden. See the Facebook event page for more details.


Open House  ‘Christmas In The Woods’ All Day: Saturday, Nov. 17. Garden Spot is decked out for the season. Step into the beautiful winter garden for ‘Treats in The Trees’. Expect surprises and fun throughout the day. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. 360-676-5480,


Mount Vernon Harvest Market: Saturday, Nov. 17. Come pick up fresh, local ingredients to prepare your Thanksgiving meal and do some early gift shopping for the holidays. See


Anacortes Farmers Market Holiday Market: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18. Get your holiday produce, stock up on your favorite vendors’ goods and find that perfect handmade holiday gift during this special two-day indoor event. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admittance. At the Port Warehouse, end of Commercial Ave., Anacortes (not the Depot). See


Gnocchi: A Delicious Winter Meal: Saturday, Nov. 17. Suzanne Butler will demonstrate making two kinds of savory gnocchi that will inspire a delicious winter meal. Learn the secrets of making pumpkin gnocchi with brown butter sage sauce and potato gnocchi with a lovely tomato ragu 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $15, reservations required. 360-466-3821,


Gardenview   Montessori   Presents   the   12th   Annual Holiday   Bazaar: Saturday, Nov. 17. Featuring   local   artist   and   crafts vendors,  a  silent  auction,  bake  sale  and  activities  for  children. Food from Pizzazza between   11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free   admission. Free   ticket   at   the   door   for   each   child   to   use   for   a   kid’s   craft,   kid’s game   or   kid’s   raffle   entry.  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hillcrest Chapel, 1400   Larrabee   Avenue,   Bellingham. Visit   for   more   information.


Skagit Wine & Beer Festival: Saturday, Nov. 17. Wineries, breweries, ciders, distilleries, and gourmet food from across Washington. VIP Hour 3 p.m. General admission 4-8 p.m. Eaglemont, 4800 Eaglemont Drive, Mount Vernon. For tickets, see


South Fork Winterfest: Saturday, Nov. 17. Hosted by South Fork Valley Community Association. Arts and crafts from local artisans, unique holiday gifts for everyone, refreshments, and holiday fun for the entire family! Admission is free. Donations appreciated. Proceeds will help provide for the maintenance and renovation the historic Van Zandt Community Hall. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Valley Highway, Deming.  Contacts Matthew Thuney,, 360-305-6939 (voice/text), or Tina Bixby,, 360-595-0973.


Pie for the Holiday Table: Saturday, Nov. 17. We’ll guide you through making flaky crust and a seasonal filling, and teach you presentation tricks of the trade. 9 a.m. to noon. $75. The Bread Lab, Burlington, 11768 Westar Lane, Burlington. $45 per adult, $22.50 per child. See


Stanwood Middle School Holiday Gift And Craft Fair: Saturday, Nov. 17. Hosted by Shoe Crafts. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stanwood Middle School, 9405 271st St NW, Stanwood.


Holiday Pie & Rolls: Saturday, Nov. 17. Ready to dive into holiday baking, but not sure where to start? In this class you’ll make a pie and yeasted rolls from scratch, and gain the confidence to recreate them at home. 1-5 p.m. $100. The Bread Lab, Burlington, 11768 Westar Lane, Burlington. $45 per adult, $22.50 per child. See


Skagit County Historical Museum: Happy Christmas, Happy New Year! Exhibit opens: Saturday, Nov. 23. As the Beatles sang in 1968 “we’d like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and Happy New Year!”. Enjoy this specal exhibit of toys and gifts from the 60s. Running through March 1, 2019. See


20th annual Kale House Art and Craft Sale: Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 23-24 and Nov. 30-Dec. 1. The show will include ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, paintings, mixed media, and décor for home and garden, all artistically displayed and sold throughout the 1920s era home. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 201 Kale Street, Everson. See or visit the Facebook page.


Fairhaven Winterfest: Starts Friday, Nov. 23. Hosted by Historic Fairhaven Association. Celebrating winter, community, festivities, holidays, sharing and gatherings of friends. Join us in feeling the magic of this time of year. Stroll among glimmering tree lights under winter sky, enjoy holiday decorations, listen to the music, hear the clip-clop of horse hooves on cobble stone, the echo of train whistles, smell the boughs of fir and wood smoke in chilly air. Take a break, step back, let time and the season catch-up with you in our village. Events are free and open to all. To donate, or to see the full activities, see


Evergreen Wreaths: Saturday, Nov. 24. Come have a ball decorating 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, Bellingham. 360-676-5480,


Washington Small Fruit Conference: Wednesday through Friday, No. 28-30. A three-day conference with latest relevant research information delivered by the scientists performing the research. Lunches each day are provided. This conference is presented in association with the Lynden Ag Show, a trade show featuring vendors serving the small fruit community. NW Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden.  For more information, see


26th annual Olde Fashioned Christmas at Pioneer Park: Friday through Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Holiday fun for the whole family in Ferndale. Take cabin tours, horse drawn wagon rides, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus (bring your own cameras), arts and crafts and refreshments. Volunteers are donned in authentic pioneer attire, Christmas 1880s style. Children’s activities are offered in most cabins. Cookies and beverages offered at the end of the tour at the Tillicum House. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children. Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 1-9 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.





Bow Farmers Market Holiday Festival: Saturday, Dec. 1. Browse and buy the goods of local crafters, artists and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Edison Elementary School, Edison. See


Meridian Class of 2020 Winter Wonderland: Saturday, Dec. 1. Booster Club presents the Winter Wonderland Craft Show. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meridian High School Gym. See the Facebook event for more information.


Lighted Christmas Parade: Saturday, Dec. 1. Lynden’s  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


Swans of Skagit: Saturday, Dec. 1. At this highly informational presentation from wildlife biologist and Executive Director of the Northwest Swan Conservation Association, Martha Jordan, you will learn about these amazing birds – the largest waterfowl in the world – and discover the best places to view them in Skagit Valley. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $8, reservations required. 360-466-3821,


Light Up Your Holidays: Saturday, Dec. 1. Kick off the holiday season. Hosted by Discover Stanwood Camano. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old Fashioned Christmas at the Floyd.  Enjoy free photos with Santa, kids crafts, treats, and gift bag of toys for each child. 3-5 p.m. Downtown Tree Lighting. Festivities include horse drawn carriage rides, live music, Santa sightings and more. 5-8 p.m. Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl, 21+. See the Facebook event for more information.


Skagit Christmas 2018: Through Dec. 31. See the annual decorations of the North and South wings of the Museum and festive treasures from the collection. Skagit Museum,


Sleigh Bells Ring at Bellewood Acres: Weekends, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s family fun at Bellewood. Bonfire s’mores bar, fresh cut Christmas trees and wreaths, kids ornament making/cookie decorating, hot cider and pumpkin spice liquer sippers. Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian Road, Lynden,


Marketing & Market Research for Farmers: Tuesday, Dec. 4. Learn how to identify potential customers and connect with them during this workshop. We’ll look at some of the market research tools available to the modern farm business along with a discussion on how to capture the interest – and purchasing dollars – of potential customers. Emily Felt, from Sno-Isle Libraries Business Services, will demo some of the new resources they have available for conducting market research and identifying potential new customers. In addition, writer, photographer, and farm-to-table documentarian Audra Mulkern will share what she’s learned about capturing and retaining customers through the gentle art of storytelling. Founder of The Female Farmer Project, Audra’s work highlights the rise of women in agriculture as well as helping change the way we look at food and farming. 7-9 p.m. WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St SE Everett, WA inside McCollum Park. Sponsored by WSU Snohomish County Extension and the Snohomish Conservation District. $15 per person per workshop. Visit to register. For more information, contact Kate Ryan at or (425) 357-6024.


Port of Bellingham Holiday Festival and Gingerbread House Display: Friday, through Sunday, Dec. 7-9.  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. Gingerbread auction benefits Toys for Tots. See


Snow Geese of Skagit: Saturday, Dec. 8. Vast numbers of snow geese migrate to Skagit Valley farmlands from Alaska and Wrangell Island, Russia. Learn more about their fascinating migratory history and current challenges from wildlife biologist and Executive Director of the Northwest Swan Conservation Association, Martha Jordan. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $8, reservations required. 360-466-3821,


The Joy of Farming with Spreadsheets: Wednesday, Dec. 12. Join us for an evening with Becky Zaneski as she brings The Joy of Farming with Spreadsheets to life. From season planning and field mapping to tracking labor costs and sales data, Becky’s common-sense approach helps you make sense of the data. 6 p.m. WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St SE Everett, WA inside McCollum Park. Sponsored by WSU Snohomish County Extension and the Snohomish Conservation District. $15 per person per workshop. Visit to register. For more information, contact Kate Ryan at or (425) 357-6024.


Gifts from Our Gardens: Thursday, Dec. 13. A panel of Whatcom County Master Gardeners will share how they use their personal gardens to make unique and attractive gifts for family, friends, and the the holidays. Noon – 1:30 p.m. Healthy Connections Room, 4015 E. Holly, Bellingham (across the street from the downtown Food Coop). Brown bags welcome. Parking on the street or south of the main Coop.


Lease Literacy for Farmers & Landowners: Wednesday, Dec. 19. This informal workshop is designed to help address some of the challenges landowners and tenants have related to developing and maintain good land lease arrangements.  We’ll have a lawyer familiar with land leases on hand to explain the legal details and answer questions. In addition, much of the evening will be devoted to a panel of experts on the topic: farmers, landowners, and farm incubator managers willing to share their experiences regarding what works, what doesn’t, and how to create good lease relationships. 7 p.m. WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St SE Everett, WA inside McCollum Park. Sponsored by WSU Snohomish County Extension and the Snohomish Conservation District. $15 per person per workshop. Visit to register. For more information, contact Kate Ryan at or (425) 357-6024.





2019 Cattlemen’s Winterschool and Country Living Expo: Saturday, Jan. 26. Check out 180 classes to choose from focused on skills and practical living, including 60 new classes this year. Featured keynote speaker is Temple Grandin, who will also be speaking on Friday evening, Jan. 25 on autism. Check out the Chicken and Duck Egg Weigh Off sponsored by Conway Feed, and the Fiber Palooza, with awards given in all fiber categories. Registration costs $75 (early bird special $70) for adults and $40 for youth (discounted rate of $10 for youth ages 12-18 needing scholarship help). Registration includes six workshops per person, large trade show to meet with local and regional agricultural and business vendors, prime rib or vegetarian lunch, and snacks. The Expo is hosted by Stanwood FFA, and presented by WSU Livestock Master Foundation, WSU Extension and the Cattlemen’s Association. To register and view classes, visit For more information, call Skagit County Extension at (360) 428-4270 ext 0

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