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Events: October 2019

Oct 2nd, 2019 | Category: Events

Doctober: Month long celebration of the art of the documentary featuring 60 films in the lineup. For full schedule, see


Savor the San Juans: Celebration of agriculture, food and community in the San Juan islands. Runs through Nov. 9. Farmers, winemakers, distillers, brewers and chefs from around the San Juan Islands will come together for a range of offerings. For schedule, see


Birchwood Garden Club’s October Meeting: Everett Chu, founder of Azusa Farm and Garden: Wednesday, Oct. 2. Everett Chu, founder of Azusa Farm and Gardens in Skagit County will be our October guest speaker.  Everett is an experienced landscape designer and will discuss engaging all of our senses in our gardens with sight, texture and fragrance – in all seasons! 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. Birchwood Garden Club provides financial support and/or gardening expertise to community organizations. Membership is open to everyone. See


Vibrant Veggies with Alissa Segersten: Thursday, Oct. 3. Alissa Segersten presents recipes designed to get more vegetables in your life. Community Food Co-op, Bellingham. 6:30 p.m. $45. See


10th annual Anacortes Oktoberfest – Bier on the Pier:  Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5. Enjoy more than 40 breweries, cideries, and food trucks, live music, and beautiful views of the Guemes Channel. Tickets are Friday $25, Saturday $35, Two Day $50, Designated Driver $7. 1st & Commercial, Historic Port of Anacortes Warehouse. Ages 21+ only. For more information call (360) 293-7911.


Sippin’ on Cider: A Bellingham Cider Tasting Festival: Friday, Oct. 4. ‘Sip’ the night away at Lost Giants Cider Co. with cideries from around the Pacific Northwest and tasty bites from local vendors. Hosted by Shifting Gears and Lost Giants Cider Company. Cider, food trucks, music, games, cornstalks, photobooths, raffles, and more. 5-10 p.m. Lost Giants Cider Company, 1200 Meador Ave., Bellingham.  Admission is 21+ with valid ID and ticket. See the Facebook event page for details.


Easy as Pie: Friday, Oct. 4. This class will banish even the worst case of crust anxiety. Come make and roll out pastry for a two crust pie, and take home your masterpiece. 5-8 p.m. $75 per adult (ages 14+). King Arthur Flour, Bread Lab, Burlington. See


Learn How to Winterize Your Garden: Saturday, Oct. 5. Learn the basics for putting your garden to rest for the upcoming fall and winter months. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. Tickets at


Mama’s Garden Harvest Festival: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6. Lots of family fun including pumpkins, produce, activities, crafts, food vendors, and more. Mama’s Garden, Highway 9, Acme. See the Facebook page for more information.


45th annual Rocktoberfest: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6. The Marysville Rock and Gem Club presents rocks and fossils from all over the world. See dealers, demonstrators, jewelry artists, club displays, and youth games. Also door prizes, silent auctions, raffle prizes and food service. Free admission, free parking. Marysville’s Totem Middle School Cafeteria, 7th Street and State Ave., Marysville.


21st annual Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6. See what it takes to run a farm, from growing crops to feeding animals. Fun-filled festival activities for everyone including: educational exhibits, farm tours, harvest markets, gardening demonstrations, free samples, kids activities, corn and hay mazes, animal exhibits, pumpkin patches and more. Farms include Taylor Shellfish (Bow), Sauk Farm LLC (Concrete(, Double O Ranch/Ovenell’s Heritage Inn & Log Cabins (Concrete), Gordon Skagit Farms (Mount Vernon), Schuh Farms (Mount Vernon), RoozenGaarde (Mount Vernon), South Fork Farms (Mount Vernon), Cascadian Farm (Rockport), and Eagle Haven Winery/Perkins Apple Orchard  (Sedro-Woolley). For more information,  see


9th annual Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade & Fall Harvest Celebration: Saturday, Oct. 5. San Juan Island Grange is proud to present the 9th annual parade of farm trucks, tractors, horses, marchers, and goats-on-leash. Parade staging will start at the San Juan County Fairgrounds at 1:30 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. the parade will leave the Fairgrounds and end at the Grange Hall. A Fall Harvest Celebration at the Grange Hall will be held following the parade. Friday Harbor, San Juan Island.


Lopez Island Farm Tour: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6. Visit local farms and learn about island agriculture. Tours are scheduled both days from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m. See the schedule and map for a complete list of farms and times. Lopez Island. Free admission. See


Lopez Island Grange Fall Festival and Quilt Show, Pig Roast, Potluck & Square Dance: Saturday, Oct. 5. This is a fundraiser for the Lopez Island Grange, and coincides with the Lopez Island Farm Tour Oct. 5-6. Two room display of quilts by the Enchanted Quilters of Lopez Island, barn quilt raffle and food served by El Taco Bout It food truck from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Following is a Farm Tour Dinner and Dance with a pig roast, potluck and square dance  from 5:30-10 p.m.  Jones Family Farm will be roasting the pig and requests donations, potluck BYO everything (potluck dish, table setting, and libations) from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Square Dance with The Grey Whales starts at 7:30 p.m. Admisison is $10, kids free. Raffle winners to be drawn at set break. Lopez Island Grange #1060 452 Richardson Road, Lopez Island. More information see, or


Whatcom Studio Artist Tour: Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 5-6 and 12-13. Visit the studios of various artists around Whatcom County. Self-guided tour. Maps available at


30th annual Cloud Mountain Fall Fruit Festival: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6. Over 200 varieties of fruit and products available to taste and enjoy. Plus, live music, children’s activities, cider-pressing, pumpkin patch, farm stand, and self-guided farm tour. Talk to local fruit-tree and gardening experts, and enjoy food from Pizza’zza and Mallard Ice Cream. To celebrate the 30th year of the festival, Cloud Mountain Farm Center is offering a $30 Super Supporter Pass that includes admission for one vehicle, as well as a free Cloud Mountain Farm Center hat and caramel apple. No dogs allowed. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. See


The Farm of Lydia’s Flock Beginning Shepherd Course: Saturday, Oct. 5. Full-day, hands-on educational class focused on the basics of raising a variety of sheep breeds in the Pacific Northwest. Designed for new and aspiring shepherds wanting to raise their flock using regenerative, managed grazing methods. Topics include housing, fencing, nutrition, health and healthcare basics, developing a management program, and more. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lydia’s Flock, Bellingham. Visit for more information and course registration.


Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, Oct. 6. 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 $5.50 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.


Geothermal Energy: The Fire Within with Sandy Lawrence, MD: Monday, Oct. 7. Join environmental educator Sandy Lawrence for a multi-media presentation on geothermal energy— thermal energy generated and stored in the earth. Community Food Co-op, Cordata location, Bellingham. Free. 6:30 p.m.


Chinese Gastronome: Tuesday, Oct. 8. Chef Fong shares hearty samples and recipes of some of his longtime favorite Chinese dishes. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op Connections Building, Bellingham. $55. See


Autumn Soups for the Body and Soul: Thursday, Oct. 10. Nourish your body and lift your spirits with four of Karina’s most delectable, hearty soups. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op Connections Building, Bellingham. $45. See


2019 Quilt & Fiber Art Festival: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13. Edward D. Hansen Conference Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett. Includes exhibits, vendors, classes, and “The Future of Quilting”  lecture by Frank Bennett, CEO, National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY. For more information, see


Apple and Pear Harvest Field Day: Saturday, Oct. 12. Features talks on cider, apple diseases and pests followed by harvesting of apples and pears and lots of samples. Presented by the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation at WSU Washington Research and Extension Center, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. The WWFRF Fruit Display Garden contains one of the largest and most varied collections of antique apple trees in western Washington. Free to members of WWFRF; non-members $15 single or $30 family. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. See for more information.


Halloween Pumpkin Planter: Saturday, Oct. 12. Plant a pumpkin with fall color. Come get your hands dirty and core your own pumpkin to use as a pot. Make festive centerpiece for Halloween or your porch. Pumpkins, soil, plants and decorative accents are included in class fee of $39.99. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. Tickets at


Family Fun Day: Saturday, Oct. 12. Bring the family for fun activities. Corn stalk dolls, pumpkin painting, carnival type games, tattoos, apple tasting, popcorn, drawings, and more. Celebrate Mr. Dilly Pickles’ 3rd birthday with cookies and pickles. The annual pie baking contest is at 2 p.m. (pies to arrive by 1 p.m.). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. My Garden Nursery, 929 East Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Please RSVP to 360-366-8406.


Herbal Teas & Essential Oils to Enhance Dream Work, Intuitive Work & Meditation: Saturday, Oct. 12. With Michele Sanger, Herbalist. 6:30 p.m. Living Earth Herbs, Bellingham.


How to Make Herbal-Infused Honeys,Vinegars, & Oils: Sunday, Oct. 13 or Tuesday, Oct. 15. Cover the historical and nutritional benefits and learn when they are for topical use or internal use. Sunday 10 a.m. and Tuesday 6:30 p.m. With Dr. David Zamechek, ND. Living Earth Herbs, Bellingham.


Warm Fall Desserts: Monday, Oct. 14. Bruno Feldeisen shares unique recipes and techniques for sweetening your autumn. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op Connections Building, Bellingham. $49. See


Farm Speaker Series: Farm Funding Opportunities: Tuesday, Oct. 15. Whatcom Conservation District organized this networking event as part of the Whatcom Farm Speaker Series to help farmers and growers be more aware of the resources available for financial support. Make direct connections with funding agencies and hear a panel of successful grant recipients from the local farm community.  Get your questions answered in face-to-face interactions with representatives from local, state and federal programs, agricultural initiatives, and commercial or private foundations. 6-8 p.m. WECU, Ferndale.


Growing Groceries: Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants Part I: Wednesday, Oct. 16. Learn how to increase the health and fertility of your garden soil for the best harvests ever. $20. 6:30 p.m. WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 – 128th Street SE (McCollum Park), Everett.


Meatballs of the World: Thursday, Oct. 17. Cindy McKinney presents an international array of meatballs. 6:30 p.m. Cordata Co-op Local Roots Room, Bellingham. $45. See


30th annual Fall Craft & Antique Show: Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17-19. More than 100 crafters and vendors on site, including handcrafted gifts, home decor, vintage treasures, and gourmet delights. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Expo Building, 1775 Front Street, Lynden. Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission $6, Senior 60+ $5, 12 & under free. Admission to the show gets you full admission privileges for all three days of the show. For more information, visit


Fiber Fusion: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20. Two days of fiber, education and fun. Free admission. Fleece shows (alpaca, wool, mohair, llama and angora) and sales, free demonstrations throughout the weekend, and lots of classes. Plus, over 60 fiber-related vendors, a fiber exhibit, fiber arts contest, people’s choice photo contest, and more. Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Commercial Building and Display Hall, 14405 179th Avenue SE, Monroe. Classes will be located in the 4-H Building. See


Learn To Tie And Knot Your Own Macrame Pumpkin or Plant Hanger: Saturday, Oct. 19. Get a hands on macrame lesson, and learn how to knot your own macrame pumpkin or plant hanger, with Dorthy Torgerson. Class fee of $29 includes all supplies and fun. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. Tickets at


San Juan County Master Gardener Annual Gardening Workshop: Saturday, Oct. 19. Keynote speaker Debra Prinzing will address the renaissance of domestic flower farming and the emerging eco-floral design movement in “American Beauty: “Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers, from the Field to your Vase.” Workshops include: Planning, Planting and Protecting a Winter Kitchen Garden” with Debby Hatch; Yes You Can! Basic Gardening Skills You Can Use to Successfully Take Care of Your Landscape with Diana Wisen; Be a Garden Insect Sleuth: The Good, Bad, Beautiful and Ugly Insects in Your Garden with Kate Yturri; Caneberries: Annual Care & Pruning with Monica Maggio; Color in the Winter Garden with Marsha Goller; Managing Deer & Other Mammals in the Garden with Dave Pehling; Grapes & Kiwi Vines: Annual Care & Pruning with Monica Maggio; Explorations in New and Old British Gardens with Jenny Harris; and ​Forest and Tree Health in the San Juan Islands, with Kevin Zobrist. Tickets are $40 and available on Brown Paper Tickets. Friday Harbor Middle School, 85 Blair Ave., Friday Harbor. For more information, see


Bellingham’s Wild Mushroom Show: Sunday, Oct. 20. Sponsored by Northwest Mushroomers Association. Pacific Northwest forests and fields are filled with thousands of different kinds of mushrooms and you can experience hundreds of them at this fun, family event. Displays of locally collected mushrooms, identification information, talks and presentations and more. Noon to 5 p.m. Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave, Bellingham. $10 for adults, $7 for students/seniors, free for children under 12. For show information or to volunteer at the event, contact Maggie at (360) 724-3158.


Snohomish County Mycological Society Mushroom Show: Sunday, Oct. 20. Sponsored by the Snohomish County Mycological Society in cooperation with Everett Parks & Recreation. Mushrooms are collected in season and placed on display. The public is welcome to bring their own discoveries for possible identification by an expert. Learn to identify more than 100 different types of mushrooms. Visit with vendors, attend lectures and watch demonstrations. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Floral Hall at Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett. For more information, visit


Herbal Remedies for Boosting the Immune System: Sunday, Oct. 20. Learn the benefits of echinacea, elderberry, tulsi, eleuthero, oregon grape, goldenseal, and usnea. With Michele Sanger, 10 a.m. Living Earth Herbs, Bellingham.


Northwest Paella: Monday, Oct. 21. Discuss the ancestral beginnings and development of paella as Chef Jesse Otero creates two versions. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op Connections Building, Bellingham. $45. See


Five Ingredient Meals: Autumn with Kate MacKenzie: Tuesday, Oct. 22. Join Wellness Chef Kate MacKenzie as she demonstrates four healthy and delicious dinners using five or fewer ingredients. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op Connections Building, Bellingham. $45. See


The Mexican Kitchen: Stews and Moles:

Thursday, Oct. 24. Enjoy the rich spicy flavors of classic, slow-cooked Mexican favorites with Ana Dominguez Jackson. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op Connections Building, Bellingham. $45. See


Cheese Feast: Friday, Oct. 25. Taste local and global cheeses of all kinds. For tickets, see 6:30-8:30 p.m. Old World Deli 1228 N State St., Bellingham.


Lasagna Bulb Planter Class: Saturday, Oct. 25. Back by popular demand, Marcy will teach you how to layer spring bulbs, from early snowdrops to daffodils to late tulips. Sixty days of color await you with the first signs of spring! Workshop fee is $39 and includes all supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. Tickets at


Pumpkin Patch in the Pool: Saturday, Oct. 26. Swim around and pick the pumpkin you want at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center. Treats, games and a visit from the US Coast Guard. Come early to be sure to get your pumpkin. $6, includes pumpkin. 4:30–6:30 p.m. 1114 Potter St., Bellingham. Hosted by Bellingham Parks and Recreation.


Let’s Make Mozzarella and Burrata: Saturday, Oct. 26. Learn how to make delicious mozzarella and burrata from Marisa Papetti of Marie’s Bees. Milk for this class supplied by Twin Brook Creamery of Lynden. Kid friendly. 1 p.m. $35. Downtown Community Co-op, Bellingham. See


Ethiopian Cuisine: Saturday, Oct. 26. Assefa Kebede, former owner and chef at Vancouver’s award-winning Nyala African Cuisine, demonstrates favorite recipes from his native Ethiopia. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op Connections Building, Bellingham. $39. See


How to Make Herbal Tinctures: Sunday, Oct. 27 or Tuesday, Oct. 29.  With Dr. David Zamechek, ND. Class fee includes instruction and some of Dr. David’s favorite recipes for common ailments. Sunday 10 a.m. and Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Living Earth Herbs, Bellingham.


Concrete Ghost Walk: Every Saturday night in October. Tickets required, Part historical, part story telling walking tour of downtown Concrete. 6 to 8 p.m. Be dressed for the weather and prepared to walk. Participants must be at least 13 years old and minors need to be accompanied by an adult. Call (360) 853-8767 or visit




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

Bellingham/Barkley Village Farmers Market: Open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through mid-December at Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave., Bellingham. Seasonal events include Demo Days (presenting ways to prepare seasonal products), Kids Vending Day (the last Saturday of each month; free to kids), music and entertainment, and more.

Ferndale Farmers Market: Fridays 2-6 p.m. through Oct. 11. Market vendors will be located around the fountain at Centennial Riverwalk Park. Senior and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks and EBT cards with Fresh Bucks match will be accepted again this year. All vendors selling locally sourced produce, foods and crafts are encouraged to apply. See the Facebook page or

Twin Sisters Market: Saturdays through October, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nugents Corner and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Fork Library. The market is a mobile market stand supported by 10-plus farms from the Nugents Corner/South Fork area. For more information, see, email, or visit the Facebook page for updates.




Anacortes Farmers Market: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October at the Depot, 611 R Avenue. Each week vendors bring an assortment of farm produce, crafts, baked goods, and more. Special events include a pie festival and holiday market. For more information, see

Mount Vernon Farmers Market: Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 12 at the Waterfront Plaza in downtown Mount Vernon. The Wednesday market runs through Aug. 28 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hospital on Kinkaid St. Kids activities, cooking demos, and special activities will be held throughout the season. For more information, contact, visit, or see their Facebook page.




Arlington Farmers Market: Saturdays through August,  downtown Arlington at Legion Park, 200 N Olympic Ave. Contact, visit or see the Facebook page.

Everett Farmers Market: Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 6 at the Port of Everett, Boxcar Park 615 13th St. Everett. Contact,, or see the Facebook page.

Marysville Farmers Market: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Aug. 31 at the Grocery Outlet parking lot, 9620-B State Avenue, Marysville. This is a new location for the 2019 season. See or the Facebook page.

Stanwood Farmers Market (formerly Port Susan): Fridays 2-6 p.m. through Oct. 11 in old town Stanwood at 8727 271st NW, Stanwood. Events include a “Sprouting Healthy Kids” children’s area and Chef at the Market cooking demo. For more information, follow the Facebook page or visit, or call (360) 218-4908.




Bayview Farmers Market: Saturdays through October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bayview Corner (Highway 525 and Bayview Road) in Langley. For more information, see the Facebook page or

Coupeville Farmers Market: Open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October on the Community Green next to the Coupeville Library and municipal parking lot (off Alexander Street). For more information, see their Facebook page or contact

South Whidbey Tilth Farmers Market: Sundays through mid-October from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2812 Thompson Road, off SR 525, between Freeland and Bayview  Corner. Events include weekly kids’ activities and classes. The Community Produce and Craft booth returns, so if you have any excess produce from your garden (pesticide free) you can sell it here if wanted. Deliver goods on Saturday or Sunday before the market, email For more information see or the Facebook page.




Orcas Island Farmers Market: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through September on the Village Green in the heart of Eastsound. During October and through most of November, the Market meets at Oddfellows Hall. For more information, visit

San Juan Farmers Market: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor, at Nichols Street and Sunshine Alley. Hours are reduced to twice monthly in November and December. For more details, see




The Great Junk Hunt: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2. Hosted by The Great Junk Hunt. Shop over 45,000 square feet of the best curators, gatherers and makers in the Pacific Northwest. Discover farmhouse, industrial, vintage, re-purposed, handmade and more. Early Bird shopping is Friday 6-9 p.m. and admission is $20. Early admission Saturday is $15, 9-10 a.m. General admission is $8 on Saturday. Kids 12 and under are free. Get tickets and information at Evergreen State Fair, 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe.


New Hellebores for Hellebore Lovers: Saturday, Nov. 2. Discover a Hellebore collection of gorgeous cold weather plants, evergreen and winter bloomers. Discounts on our collection for this free event. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. Tickets at


Focus on Farming and Focus on Forestry Conference: Thursday, Nov. 7. Local and national farmers, researchers and experts share ideas. Includes 24 workshop classes in six industry tracks, lunch and more. Topics include: Agritourism, Business of Farming, Flower Farming, Industrial Hemp Production, Livestock, and Youth and Beginning Farmers. The lunchtime keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael Rosmann, a farmer and psychologist at Harlan, Iowa whose professional work has contributed to the understanding of why people farm, their unique behavioral health issues, and why suicide is unusually common among farmers. Morning keynote speaker Erin Pirro has been helping farmers large and small make their businesses run better since 2001. As a Certified Agricultural Consultant for Farm Credit East with a background in agricultural economics, Erin’s focus is on benchmarking and profitability improvement. Everegreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe. For registration and conference details, see


Holiday Brunch with Cindy McKinney: Thursday, Nov. 7. Liven up your holiday brunch spread. 6:30 p.m. $45. Downtown Community Co-op, Bellingham. See


Amaryllis Planting Workshop: Saturday, Nov. 9. Learn how to plant and care for your winter blooming amaryllis bulb, a forced indoor bulb that is spectacular for holiday decorations and gifts. Free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. Tickets at


Ciderfest: Saturday, Nov. 9. Hard cider tastings from cideries across the state, a home brewing competition, community carboy refill, and delicious food. Noon to 5 p.m. BelleWood Acres, Lynden. See


Wool 101: Saturday, Nov. 9. This course is for those who have no prior experience working with wool on a small scale or who want to expand their knowledge of value added, climate beneficial wool production in the Pacific Northwest. Topics to be covered include the science, history, structure and unique properties of wool, breed variation of wool, and determining the health of a fleece. For wool producers, how to breed for and improve healthy fleece production; preparing for your flock’s first shearing including how to find a shearer, skirting basics and how to handle fleeces post shearing; niche marketing of raw and value added wool products, locating a fiber processor for value added wool products. Participants are encouraged to bring a fleece or fleece samples from their own flock for evaluation/discussion. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lydia’s Flock, Bellingham. Visit for more information and course registration.


Red Barn Holiday Market: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16. 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. Friday 6–9p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See the Facebook event for more information.


Holiday Doorway Inspiration: Saturday, Nov. 16. Bring a photo of your entry and let us inspire you with new ideas for the Holidays. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. Tickets at


Beginning Hobbyist Beekeeper: Mondays, Nov. 18 through Dec. 16. This five-week course offered through the WSU Snohomish County Extension is perfect for anyone wanting more information about beekeeping before making the decision to acquire a hive. Each session is taught by local Journeyman Beekeeper and  WSU Snohomish County Extension entomologist Dave Pehling. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at McCollum Park at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th ST SE, Everett. $120 per person. Register online at For questions, contact Kate Ryan at or (425) 357-6024.


Home for the Holidays: Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 21-23. Selection of holiday gifts, crafts, food and more. Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Road, Ferndale. Thursday hours 5-8 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission and free parking. See


Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts: Starting Friday, Nov. 22 and running through Dec. 24. Five-week long festival featuring the work of over 100 local artisans and craftspeople. 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


Anacortes Farmers Market Holiday Market: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24. 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 admission. Port in Anacortes, 100 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. See


Mount Vernon Harvest Market: Saturday, Nov. 23. Come pick up fresh, local ingredients to prepare your Thanksgiving meal and do some early gift shopping for the holidays. See


Christmas In The Woods Open House: Saturday, Nov. 23. Garden Spot is decked out for the season. Join us for this special all day event. Step into our beautiful winter garden for ‘Treats in The Trees’. Family friendly event. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. Tickets at


Gardenview   Montessori   presents   the   13th   Annual Holiday   Bazaar: Saturday, Nov. 23. Featuring   local   artist   and   crafts vendors,  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. 23. 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


European Grapevine Wreath Class: Friday, Nov. 29. Join Marcy as she guides you in designing a European-style grapevine wreath. Tables filled with evergreens, berries, moss, and more for you to create your own unique wreath with French ribbon. Workshop fee is $39 and includes all supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. Tickets at


Fairhaven Winterfest: Friday, Nov. 29 through Dec. 21. 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 Wreath Workshop: Saturday, Nov. 30. Ready to spruce up your holiday home? 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, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. Tickets at


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