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Calendar: April 2019

Apr 2nd, 2019 | Category: Events

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: Month-long festival celebrating tulips and the Skagit Valley. Visitors can stop by Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde to see fields in bloom. Admission is $7 per person, with children 5 and under free. Parking is free at both facilities. For tulip locations and special events throughout the month, see


Artwood Gallery in April: Karen Healy, who creates in wood, stone, and metals, is Artwood Gallery’s featured artist for April. She says that since childhood she has been curious about how things are made, and has spent her life practicing and learning to make a number of them. In Artwood this month are many of her oval boxes in wood; small tables and benches in wood and forged steel; a new table in stone and steel, along with small forged hooks and camp cookware; and jewelry featuring stones set in silver. Karen will be present in the gallery on Friday, April 26 from 5-8 p.m., also the day of Fairhaven’s Fourth Friday Art Walk. 1000 Harris Avenue in Historic Fairhaven. 360-647-1628;


Ahoy, Lummi Island: Wednesday, April 3. Chef Robert Fong hosts Casey Palermino, chef de cuisine at Willows Inn, who will present delicious dishes. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op Connections Building, Bellingham. $69. See


Retire into your Garden with Ease: Birchwood Garden Club: Wednesday, April 3. Garden Mentors founder Robin Haglund, a garden coach and award-winning Seattle garden designer, will share her presentation. Discuss tools, techniques, plant choices, tasks, focus, and more. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. See Birchwood Garden Club membership is open to anyone in Whatcom or Skagit County.


Kate McDermott Cooking Double-Header: Wednesday, April 3. 4-5 p.m. Village Books, 1200 11th St, Bellingham. Pleased to bring back the author of The Art of Pie for two appearances. First, she will be our honored guest at our Regional Cookbook and Cooking Lit book group that meets at 4pm. Then, she’ll be back at 7pm for a special ticketed event on the mezzanine level of the store in Evolve Chocolate + Cafe where we’ll sample delicious dishes from her cookbook, Home Cooking with Kate McDermott.  Home Cooking with Kate McDermott focuses on staple recipes for people who aren’t looking for a part-time job in the kitchen. Using ingredients that can be found in any supermarket and techniques that every home cook needs, McDermott shares tasty and repeatable meals for friends and family.  James Beard Nominee, Kate McDermott has been named “Food Rock Star” and “Pie Whisperer”, and has received high praise for her work from Dorie Greenspan, Ruth Reichl, Ken Haedrich, David Leite, and many others.  For details about tickets, please visit


Whatcom County Youth Fair: Friday and Saturday, April 5-6. This 2-day learning fair is open to all ages 6-18. Registration to participate has ended; spectators welcome. Categories include animals, country crafts, horticulture, dairy, photography and more. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit the Whatcom County Youth Fair Facebook page.


Spring Rexville Grange Art Show: Friday through Sunday, April 5-14. An event of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Paintings, pottery, glass, photography, jewelry, felted hats, fine crafts, weaving, and wood all featured by local artists. Opening night is Friday, April 5 from 6-8 p.m. with music by Campbell Road and refreshments. Come out and meet local artists. Rexville Grange Hall, 19299 Rexville Grange Road, Mt Vernon. For more details, call (360) 466-0477 or see


Bellingham Farmers Market Opening Day: Saturday, April 6. Visit with 95+ farmers, food producers, makers, and more this first day of the season. The opening cabbage toss starts at 9:45 a.m. Non-profit fair on Railroad Avenue. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Depot Market Square, Bellingham. See


Kokedama Ball Class: Saturday, April 6. Learn kokedama, the ancient Japanese art of the hanging string garden with Ginger Smith. $39 covers all supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot, Bellingham. 360-676-5480,


Whatcom County Dahlia Society Tuber Sale: Saturday, April 6. Explore and buy over 600 varieties of dahlias. Visit with local, knowledgable growers. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free entry. Bloedel Donovan Park, Bellingham. See


Learn to Grow a Vegetable Garden: Saturday, April 6. Learn how to successfully grow a wide variety of produce throughout the year, including how to get started, planning your plantings, managing your soil and fertility inputs, and timing for succession harvests. $15 per person. Registration recommended. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson.


Backyard Chickens: Saturday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 10. Dalia Monterroso, ambassador for Scratch and Peck Feeds and creator of the popular YouTube Channel “Welcome to Chickenlandia” returns to teach you everything you need to know about having your own backyard flock. Saturday 10:30 a.m. Wednesday 4 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.


Toy Making: Little Scrap Rabbits: Saturday April 6. Join in the time-honored tradition of sewing toys from the scrap basket. Inspired by children’s books, little rabbit finger puppets are made from boiled wool and scraps. From basic shapes, learn the fabric preparation and traditional toymaking techniques to finish, personalize and costume your bunny. 1-4 p.m. $22. Ragfinery, Bellingham. Register at


Fine Foliage: Saturday, April 6. Christina Salwitz, author of fine Foliage and Foliage First, will share and inspire. Learn how to combine dazzling combinations that pair the beauty of leaves and flowers, bark, berries and more. There will be a book signing afterwards. Book will be available for purchase. Free. 11 a.m. My Garden Nursery, 929 East Bakerview Road, Bellingham. See


Photo-voltaic and Other Solar Power: Saturday, April 6. Dr. Sandy Lawrence, a retired medical doctor, researcher, and current presenter of ReSources Community Talks on Energy, will share his expertise and why the future is indeed bright. Learn about bioluminescence [mushrooms that glow in the dark] and electroluminescence [LED light bulbs] and other fascinating phenomena. 1 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.


3rd annual Skagit Chili & Chowder Cook-off: Saturday, April 6. Hosted by Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce, Craft Stove, and Farmstrong Brewing. Enter your favorite recipe or come and enjoy others. 1-4 p.m. at Farmstrong Brewing Co., 110 Stewart Road, Mount Vernon. $15 gets you six samples and a vote (a large portion of your favorite). $25 to compete – professionals and amateurs are welcome. To register, or for more details, Contact Jeremy Kindlund at jeremy@mountvernonchamber or see the Facebook event page.


48th Annual Whidbey Weavers Guild Spin-In: Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7. Featured Spinner is Amelia Garipoli. Saturday is Color Wheel Magic, and Sunday is Spin Braids into Gold. The People’s Choice entry categories will 1) Best Overall Handspun Skein, and 2) Best Item Created with Handspun. Bring your best handspun items and share them in this fun competition. Visit with vendors offering fiber, fleeces, yarns, roving, books, equipment, tea, soap, and more. Bring lunch, refreshments provided. Daily raffle and door prizes. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oak Harbor High School, #1 Wildcat Way, Oak Harbor. Two day admission $15 with optional fiber packet available for $15. Also this year is “open to the public” shopping with great selection of vendors on Saturday only from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on the event see:


Japanese Maple Pruning: Sunday, April 7. Join Landscape Designer Michelle in learning all the tips, tricks and to dos with taking on this annual chore. Discuss types of Japanese maples and how to select the right variety for your landscape. 2 p.m. Free. My Garden Nursery, 929 East Bakerview Road, Bellingham. See


Legumes for Your Garden: Tuesday, April 9. Dr. Carol Miles, WSU Vegetable Specialist, will talk about growing legumes in your garden. Her talk will cover the many varieties of all kinds of legumes and how to successfully grow them. From bush and pole beans to dry shelling beans, favas, and edamame, you will be inspired to grow more of these delicious and nutritious legumes. Free. No registration required. 1-2:30 p.m. WSU Mount Vernon NWREC Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. Contact Alex duPont, Master Gardener Program Coordinator, at or (360) 428-4270 ext. 227.


Sashiko Style Mending: Wednesday April 10 and Wednesday, April 17. Sashiko mending is a Japanese style of visible mending that uses embroidery stitching to create beautiful surface designs. 6-8 p.m. Ragfinery, Bellingham. Register at


Insects in Decline: Thursday, April 11. Sponsored by Whatcom Master Gardener Foundation. Why That’s a Bad Thing and What Gardeners Can Do About It. Free lecture by Dr. Merrill Peterson. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Bellingham Food Coop Community Room,  405 E Holly Street, Bellingham.


Pollinators with Dave Pehling: Thursday, April 11. Dave will discuss the best pollinators specific to each type of fruit tree grown in our area. He is a retired WSU Snohomish County Extension zoologist that has been studying and teaching about insects since 1978. He is a Journeyman Beekeeper through the Washington State Beekeepers Association, and taught vertebrate pest management for the WSU Extension Master Gardener and Livestock Adviser programs. Refreshments provided. 7-9 p.m. at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club, 402  2nd Street, Snohomish. Free, all welcome. SCFS is a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society. See for more information.


Pretty as a Pansy with Natasha Clarke: Thursday, April 11. In this class, you will try some real candied violets and talk about their soothing, cooling anti-inflammatory medicine, the different varieties that grow locally, and how to best utilize them so they can be enjoyed all year round. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Mount Vernon. 6:30 p.m. Free. Register at


27th Annual Garage Sale, Antiques & More: Friday and Saturday, April 12-13. Over 150 vendors, handcrafted items, live music and more. $3 admission. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3 on-site parking. Skagit County Fairgrounds, Mount Vernon. More information is available at or call (360) 336-9414.


Skagit Conservation District Plant Sale: Saturday, April 13. Large selection of native plants. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. WACD Lynn Brown Materials Center, 16564 Bradley Road, Bow. Pre-order pick up Friday, April 12. For more details, see


European Herb Pot Class: Saturday, April 13. Plant your favorite combination of herbs in a pot, in this “make and take” class with Angelia Clark. $29 covers all supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. 360-676-5480,


Escaped Ornamentals: Saturday, April 13. Learn from expert Laurel Baldwin, Whatcom County’s Weed Control Coordinator, about plants that can become problems. Laurel will bring her many years of experience to talk about some of the most common garden plants that escape and cause damage when not controlled. Azusa Farm and Garden, Mount Vernon. Register at


Coiled Fabric Baskets: Saturday April 13. This class 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. 2 p.m. Ragfinery, Bellingham. Register at


Blossom Walk: Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14. The apple blossoms are in bloom and it’s a sight to see! Stroll out to the orchard, take some cool family photos. While you’re walking, check out the lovely conservation trail along Ten Mile Creek. Free bin train rides. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bellewood Acres, Lynden.


Learn the Artful Tradition of Espalier: Saturday, April 13. Espalier is a unique training system for fruit trees that allows growers to maximize limited space while adding aesthetics to the garden. The class will cover construction considerations, training, and which plants will succeed. $15 per person. Registration recommended. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson.


Growing Stone Fruits: Cherries, Peaches, Apricots & Plums: Saturday, April 13. This workshop covers planting, growing techniques, and pruning of stone fruits. Be prepared to be outside. $15 per person. Registration recommended. Be prepared to be outside. 1:30 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson.


Port Susan Home and Garden Show: Saturday, April 13. Hosted by Camano Island Chamber of Commerce. Speakers and demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Rd, Camano Island. See the Facebook page for more information.


Anacortes Spring Wine Festival: Saturday, April 13. Enjoy 30 wineries at Fidalgo Island for wine tasting, food pairings, and an in-house wine shop. 21+ only. Port Warehouse Event Center, 100 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes. See


Small Plates of the World: Basque Tapas: Monday, April 15. Enjoy special dishes of the regional tapas culture, of the Basque people of northern Spain, with chef Jesse Otero. $45. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op Connections Building, Bellingham. See


Peruvian Cuisine: Tuesday, April 16. Antonio Diaz, a native of Lima, Peru, and owner of Bellingham’s Café Rumba, shares recipes from one of the world’s most dynamic cuisines. $45. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op Connections Building, Bellingham. See


Dig Into Spring: Growing Strawberries and Cane Berries in Your Backyard: Tuesday, April 16. Lisa de Vetter, Assistant  Professor WSU Skagit, will tell you how you can grow strawberries in your backyard. 6 p.m. Mount Vernon Library, resource room. Free. For more information about this program series, call Mount Vernon City Library at (360) 336-6209.


Whatcom County Arts/Crafts/Needlework/Photo & Food Preservation Contest: Tuesday, April 16. Hosted by the Rome Grange. Entries are due at the Grange on Sunday, April 14 between 1:30-4 p.m. and Monday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to all. For complete rules and divisions, see the Program Handbook at For any questions, e-mail


Grow a Homestead-Style Food Garden: Wednesday, April 17. Interested in planting a sustainable food garden for greater self-reliance? Join Susan Colleen Browne, Whatcom County “modern homesteader” and author of the new memoir Little Farm Homegrown for a fun and practical class focusing on backyard farming essentials. Explore crops and native plantings, create a calendar, and receive guidance about harvesting and storing your crops, too. $45. 6-9 p.m. Whatcom Community College, (360) 383-3200. See


Sourdough Bread and Pizza: Wednesday, April 17. This class includes a demonstration of each step of the 24-hour sourdough process, including baking and making sauces, with Andy Walton. $39. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op Connections Building, Bellingham. See


Composting on Your Farm: Nutrient Cycling for Fun & Profit: Thursday, April 18. Join the Whatcom Conservation District and a panel of experts and local landowners to discuss a number of strategies to help farmers reach the goal of better nutrient cycling: Reduce unintended losses; Enhance nutrient uptake efficiency; Tap local nutrient sources; Promote consumption of locally produced foods; Reduce exports of nutrients in farm products; Bring animal densities in line with the land base of the farm; and Develop local partnerships to balance flows among different types of farms. 6 p.m. See


Tulip Festival Street Fair: Friday through Sunday, April 19-21. Stroll among hundreds of new and returning arts and crafts vendors. Live music, face painting, street entertainers and demonstrations. Located on South 1st Street, Downtown Mount Vernon. Hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and  Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit or call (425) 321-7433.


Garden N’ Bloom Planting Party: Saturday, April 20. Bring patio-size containers from home or choose from our own fabulous selection. Our expert designers will help you gather the right combination of plants for your pots. no charge for soil, fertilizer of design! 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. 360-676-5480,


Getting Your Hands Dirty: Saturday, April 20. Learn how to get your veggie garden started from Whatcom County Master Gardeners in this free session. Discuss temperatures that will encourage your seeds and starts to grow, planting tips and tricks, important garden care including mulching, pests and diseases, and what you should know about compost, fertilizers, and mulches. Sponsored by an Ellen A’Key King County Master Gardener Foundation Grant. 11 a.m. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, (360) 592-2422.


Growing Veterans Plant Sale: Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21. This year’s starts were grown with seed donations from Uprising Seeds and Osborne Quality Seeds.  Starts include tomatoes (many heirloom and cherry varieties), hot peppers, broccoli, purple cauliflower, onions, basil, lettuce and more. All proceeds from the plant sale help fund Growing Veterans. The sale will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden.


Earth Day Work Party: Tenmile Creek: Saturday, April 20. Celebrate Earth Day with NSEA, Whatcom Conservation District, and the Tenmile Clean Water Project, and plant trees for salmon along Tenmile Creek, 954 E Hemmi Rd, Everson. 9 a.m. to noon. The first 200 people will receive a free, limited edition t-shirt. Tools and gloves provided. Wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Light refreshments courtesy of The Bagelry and the Community Food Co-Op. Coffee provided by Tony’s Coffee. Parking is available at Irene Reither Elementary School, 954 E Hemmi Rd, Everson, look for the blue NSEA tent to sign-in. *Minors under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present or have a signed NSEA Youth Liability Form to participate.


Molded Paper Making from Garden Waste Workshop: Saturday, April 20. Make beautiful molded plant and paper medallions to use in cards and scrapbooks or mount as wall art. Bring what you have from your yard and garden (dried trimmings, clippings, flowers, etc.) or use what the instructor has harvested and prepared. Participants can take home the paper they make in the workshop. 2-hour workshop. 12 p.m. Lynden Library, 216 4th Street, (360) 354-4883.


Worms and Composting: Saturday, April 20. Learn the basics of food waste “recycling”, and how easy it is to manage worms inside and out. Presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education). 10 a.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.


Easter Celebration at BelleWood Acres: Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21. Live entertainment, photo-ops with the Easter Bunny, live farm animals in the petting zoo, pony rides, perpetual egg hunt and other games and prizes. Enjoy a yummy breakfast or lunch in our cafe and free tastings of our farm-made spirits in the tasting room. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. BelleWood Acres, 6140  Guide Meridian, Lynden.


Earth Day: Free trees at the Skagit Valley Co-op: Monday, April 22. The Co-op will be giving away free trees to the first 300 customers (one tree per customer). Skagit Valley Co-op, Mount Vernon.


Healthy Desserts: Monday, April 22. Learn how to make tasty desserts with Bruno Feldeisen. $49. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op Connections Building, Bellingham. See


Container Gardening: Wednesday, April 24.  Learn how to choose the right plants, containers, and watering techniques. Presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education). 4 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.


No-Sew Braided Rugs: Wednesday April 24. Learn how to craft a beautiful no-sew braided rug from old sheets. 6 p.m. Ragfinery, Bellingham. Register at


Learn to Grow Fruit Trees: Saturday, April 27. Learn about the easiest varieties to grow, how to decide which rootstock to plant, where and how to plant, and what initial pruning and training are needed. You’ll leave knowing how to give your trees the best start in the first 3 years. Be prepared to be outside. $15 per person. 1:30 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson.


21st annual Woodfest Timber to Tech: Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28. High school students from across Northwest Washington will show their woodworking and technology skills at the Sedro-Woolley High School gym. Admission is free. Guests can see and vote for their favorite wood projects. Also, the Northwest Corner Woodworkers Association and the Northwest Washington Wood Turners will demonstrate their tools and techniques. The Boy Scouts will hold the Pinewood Derby. Vendors will sell handcrafted woodwork and other products. Visitors can win prizes from the many drawings or bid in a silent auction. Sedro-Woolley High School, 1235 3rd St., Sedro-Woolley. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, see


Tropical Planting Workshop: Saturday, April 27. Planting amazing blooming Mandevilla plants in a large fancy mossed wire basket that can sit or hang on your deck or patio. $69 covers all plants and supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. 360-676-5480,


Getting Your Hands Dirty: Saturday, April 27. Learn how to get your veggie garden started from Whatcom County Master Gardeners in this free session. Discuss temperatures that will encourage your seeds and starts to grow, planting tips and tricks, important garden care including mulching, pests and diseases, and what you should know about compost, fertilizers, and mulches. Sponsored by an Ellen A’Key King County Master Gardener Foundation Grant. 11 a.m. North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd, (360) 599-2020.


Spring Chickens: Saturday, April 27. Hosted by Chuckanut Center and Scratch and Peck Feeds. Come with your kiddos and get excited and ready to learn all the things you need to know about raising baby chicks. A great introductory course for those who have never raised chickens or would like a fun refresher, with Dalia Monterroso. 10 a.m. Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Dr N, Bellingham. For tickets, see


Integrated Pest Management: Saturday, April 27. Learn about the process and planning it takes to implement an Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM) in your yard. Presented by Master Gardener Diana Wisen. Azusa Farm and Garden, Mount Vernon. Register at


Shrubs and Trees for Beginners: Saturday, April 27. Learn how to choose the best Shrubs and Trees for your garden. Chris will go over top picks and how to make sure they get off to the right start. Beuatiful maples from 1 gallon pots to 10 feet tall, evergreen shrubs, cool conifers and the prettiest magnolias will be discussed. 11 a.m. Free. My Garden Nursery, 929 East Bakerview Road, Bellingham. See


Little Farm Homegrown with Susan Colleen Browne: Saturday, April 27. In this sequel to her award-winning book Little Farm in the Foothills, Susan shares the further adventures of a self-reliant lifestyle in the foothills. Susan and her husband John cope with the demands of their middle years while raising their farm. 2 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 966-5100.


18th annual April Brews Day: Saturday, April 27. This day brings together 65 PNW craft breweries, 12 food trucks, 3 local bands, and thousands of people to celebrate beer and raise funds for Max Higbee Center, a local non-profit providing recreational activities to teens and adults with disabilities. 21+ only. 6:30-10 p.m. Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave., Bellingham. For more information or to purchase tickets, see, the Facebook event page or call (360)733-1828.


Spring Clean with Raw & Healing Foods: Monday, April 29. Sara Southerland shares raw foods and recipes for kick-starting healthy habits. $39. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op Connections Building, Bellingham. See


Dig Into Spring: Gardening Native Plants: Tuesday, April 30. Master Gardener Brenda Cunningham tells you about which native plant species work well in gardens around your home. Learn how you can help birds, bees and other wildlife become more resilient to climate change, as well as the impacts of habitat loss. 6 p.m. Mount Vernon Library, resource room. Free. For more information about this program series, call Mount Vernon City Library at (360) 336-6209.


Calypso Kitchen: Street and Breakfast Foods: Tuesday, April 30. Sarah Chan of Calypso Kitchen will share delicious street and breakfast foods. $45. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op Connections Building, Bellingham. See


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