Whatcom Events Calendar

This calendar is the place to find fun events happening throughout Whatcom County including Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden and beyond.

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Apr
21
Sat
Planting Day @ The Garden Spot Nursery
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Bring patio-sized containers from home or choose from our own fabulous collection. Our expert designers will help you gather the right combination of plants. Organic “Gardner & Bloome Blue Ribbon” soil will be provided free of charge for this special day.

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Ponds and Water Features @ WCLS Blaine Library
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ponds and Water Features @ WCLS Blaine Library | Blaine | Washington | United States

Learn about the do’s and don’ts of ponds, including correct location, equipment, utilities, maintenance and about the right plants and fish to put in your pond. Presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education).

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Street Law/Access ID @ Bellingham Public Library
Apr 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Street Law is a free, drop-in, legal advice clinic where people can ask questions and get legal advice in one-on-one consultations with volunteer lawyers. Demand for this clinic is high, so we recommend that attendees arrive on time to ensure being seen by an attorney. Law Advocates works with low income individuals to gain the proper documents needed to get a state ID card. For more information, visit www.lawadvocates.org or call LAW Advocates at 360-671-6079.

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Veggie Gardening 101: Seeds vs. Starts @ WCLS South Whatcom Library
Apr 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Veggie Gardening 101: Seeds vs. Starts @ WCLS South Whatcom Library | Bellingham | Washington | United States

WSU Whatcom Master Gardeners can help you navigate the best options for direct seed vs. using transplants or starts in your garden. Information includes planning, planting and timing for best results.

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Bellingham Roller Betties Doubleheader @ Whatcom Community College Pavillion
Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm
Bellingham Roller Betties Doubleheader @ Whatcom Community College Pavillion | Bellingham | Washington | United States

The Bellingham Roller Betties continue Season 11 with the last regular bout on Saturday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m. at the Pavilion on the campus of Whatcom Community College.

The evening features a doubleheader with home team The Cog Blockers battling it out with a visiting team followed by a bout between the Season 10 Champions Tough Love facing off against the Team F.L.A.S.H.

Team F.L.A.S.H can secure their spot in the Championships if they come out on top against Tough Love, but that isn’t going to be an easy feat. Coached by Mincemeat Outtaya, Tough Love has some power players – Bertha Beatdown and Jenacide have been owning the jammer line this season, and blockers Izzy X and Red Rum have been landing some great hits.

Team F.L.A.S.H. is coming in after a hard loss to the Canadian team the Smokin’ Laces, but captain Tornado Ally says that she knows her team is ready to play their game and bring in the win. The team has a great core strength with blockers Shreddy Bruiseavelt and Nona Nonesense, and their jammers Crumpet Crusher and Rampaige have been delivering the points.

The Cog Blockers are coming into this game after a nice win against Tough Love in the last bout. They will be playing against the Queer Squad Washington. The Queer Squad is a pick-up team that offers a safe, encouraging and inclusive environment to skaters that identify as LGBTQA+.

If Team F.L.A.S.H. wins this bout, they guarantee their spot in the Championship game this season. After coming in last place in Season 10, the skaters are certainly hungry for the win.

The Bellingham Roller Betties have a Merchandise Booth, Snack Bar and Beer and Wine Garden at all of their bouts at Whatcom Community College. Most extras are cash only, so come prepared. There is 21+ and Family Seating options in the stands. There will also be a food truck outside for those looking for dinner options.

Tickets for this event are $14 for adults, $6 for kids ages 8-12 and free for kids seven and under. Tickets are available at your local Community Food Co-Op, online through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. Season tickets are also available online: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3382677.

Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and the first bout starts at 5:00 p.m.

Photo credit: David Willoughby

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Apr
22
Sun
Master Writing Craft Classes with Jessica Page Morrell @ Hotel Bellwether
Apr 22 @ 9:30 am
Master Writing Craft Classes with Jessica Page Morrell @ Hotel Bellwether | Bellingham | Washington | United States

All day workshop with two sessions: “The Anchor Scenes of Fiction” and “Learning from the Greats.” Jessica Morrell is known for explaining the hows and whys of what makes for excellent writing and for sharing very clear examples that examine the technical aspects of writing that emphasizes layering and subtext. Her work appears in multiple anthologies and The Writer and Writer’s Digest magazines. Her books on writing craft are considered “a must have” for any serious writer’s toolkit. Lunch, coffee, tea and snacks are included with the registration fee.
The “Learn from the Greats” workshop teaches writers how to deconstruct and analyze elements of craft. It will demonstrate how to study the balance of narrative and dialogue; how POV shifts in an ensemble cast; how figurative and descriptive language are used in varying kinds of scenes; how pace and action are entwined; the benefits of first and third-person viewpoint, and the subtle variations of each. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the techniques used by a variety of authors including Alice Munro, Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, Elmore Leonard, Marilyn Robinson, Ray Bradbury, Anne Patchett and others. We’ll also cover work habits, language and sentence potency, and we’ll synthesize the best commandments on writing from the best and brightest.
“Anchor Scenes of Fiction and Film” will present how to develop a compelling structure that underlies the whole—the essential scenes that every story needs to create drive, tension, conflict, climax and resolution. Students will come to understand the anchor scenes needed in fiction and film: Inciting Incident, First Plot Point and Mid-point Reversal, Point of No Return, Darknight of the Soul, Climax and Resolution. We’ll discuss how the protagonist stars in these scenes, how they’re emotionally-charged, build the plot and illustrate character growth.

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Cedar Dust Alley @ Boundary Bay Brewery
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cedar Dust Alley @ Boundary Bay Brewery | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Get ready to have a radical time as we turn our alley into a Mountain Bike playground and festival! During Bellingham Beer Week, this event will raise funds for WMBC Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, and we’re shutting down the alley behind Boundary Bay for…BIKES…BIKES and BIKES.

Here’s what you’ll experience:

-Live music by Hot Damn Scandal at 2:30 p.m. (Free and All Ages!)
-Exclusive Galbraith Mountain Series Beers on tap (Taplist coming soon)
-Mountain Bike Skills Course by Chris Mellick (RRAD)
-Bike Demos by Jack’s Bicycle Center
-Competitions
-Jump demos by local mountain bike pros
-Raffles and Giveaways, including a BRAND NEW KIDS GIANT MOUNTAIN BIKE!!!!
-Info Fair and More!

Special thanks to Jack’s Bicycle Center for their support!

This event is free and family friendly.

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A Rambling Unicorn Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail @ WCLS Everson Library
Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
A Rambling Unicorn Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail @ WCLS Everson Library | Everson | Washington | United States

Katy Shaw, also known as Unicorn, shares stories from hiking over 1,800 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). From record-setting snow in the High Sierras to rampant forest fires in the Cascade Mountains, discover why 2017 is known to PCT hikers as the year of ice and fire.

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Apr
23
Mon
Teen Swing @ ABCDance
Apr 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Teen Swing @ ABCDance | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Swing class focuses on East Coast Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and the solo jazz roots of the early swing era. We’ll be learning vintage line dances and their solo jazz steps along with the fundamentals of partner dancing. Each class will teach an element of swing technique in the context of a new move. No partner necessary.

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Apr
24
Tue
Artist Demo @ Bellingham Public Library
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

In this low key painting workshop, watch artist Neal Cronic paint an acrylic painting. Talk with the artist while an acrylic painting is being constructed. Learn about creating a background using a wash technique, making clouds and then move on to the foreground. When constructing the foreground Neal will cover depth of field, color choices, subject matter and placement. Interested in following along with Neal as he paints? Feel free to bring painting materials of your own and join in!

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Apr
25
Wed
Kombucha @ WCLS Blaine Library
Apr 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Kombucha @ WCLS Blaine Library | Blaine | Washington | United States

The origins of Kombucha are shrouded in mystery, but the evidence indicates that this interesting elixir has been around and helping people feel better for thousands of years. Learn how to make your own, sample different flavors and take home your own culture to start brewing. Presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education).

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Info Session: TESOL Certificate @ Western Washington University
Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Info Session: TESOL Certificate @ Western Washington University | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Teach, travel, TESOL! Learn more about earning a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages. The session will be hosted at Miller Hall, Room 154. Learn more now at http://www.wwu.edu/TESOL.

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Learn to Think on Your Feet @ Improv Playworks
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Learn to Think on Your Feet @ Improv Playworks | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Come join us for a FREE workshop. An evening of play, creativity, storytelling and fun! We will do a selection of games and exercises from improvisational theater. All levels welcome, absolutely no experience necessary!

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Apr
26
Thu
Chair Tai Chi @ Bellingham Public Library
Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Chair Tai Chi uses all of the concepts and flowing choreographed movements of standing Tai Chi except it is performed in a seated position. Chair Tai Chi is a good mind body exercise for people of all ages. It is often called “Meditation in Motion” because it connects the mind and the body to achieve health and well-being. Chair Chi, as it is often called, is an excellent exercise for people who may have concerns about balance and want to improve their stability. For some, these concerns arise after a fall and worry that it might happen again. For others, arthritis or other physical issues prevent standing and moving for lengths of time. Chair Chi is perfect for people who live in small places but want to do a daily exercise. In this session, the presenter will teach the participants a set of movements that can be done at home. Take-home materials will be provided. For more information, contact Jenni at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217.

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Apr
28
Sat
Hydrangeas 101 @ The Garden Spot Nursery
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Hydrangeas 101 @ The Garden Spot Nursery | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Hydrangeas are a timeless classic. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about these colorful shrubs. Jill Porter of Baileys Nursery will share her years of experience, introducing new and old favorite varieties, along with information on their care and pruning. Class is free.

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Apr
30
Mon
Teen Swing @ ABCDance
Apr 30 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Teen Swing @ ABCDance | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Swing class focuses on East Coast Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and the solo jazz roots of the early swing era. We’ll be learning vintage line dances and their solo jazz steps along with the fundamentals of partner dancing. Each class will teach an element of swing technique in the context of a new move. No partner necessary.

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May
1
Tue
Home Item Repair Workshop @ Bellingham Public Library
May 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Bring your broken household items to SkillShare at the Central Library and work with skilled volunteers from NW Free Repairs to learn how to repair them. Volunteers have experience repairing common household items such as toys, small kitchen appliances, electric tools and many other items that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Please note: broken items may not be dropped off to be repaired. Owners must be willing to participate in making the repairs with the assistance of the volunteers. For more information about NW Free Repairs, please visit https://nwfreerepairs.wordpress.com/

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May
2
Wed
Sauerkraut and Fermented Vegetables @ WCLS Blaine Library
May 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sauerkraut and Fermented Vegetables @ WCLS Blaine Library | Blaine | Washington | United States

It’s easy and fun to make your own sauerkraut. In the past, we fermented produce to make it last, not knowing it was good for us! Recent research suggests that fermented foods can help gut biomes and improve health. No fancy equipment needed. Samples will be available. Presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education).

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Learn to Think on Your Feet @ Improv Playworks
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Learn to Think on Your Feet @ Improv Playworks | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Come join us for a FREE workshop. An evening of play, creativity, storytelling and fun! We will do a selection of games and exercises from improvisational theater. All levels welcome, absolutely no experience necessary!

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May
3
Thu
Village Books Writes: Poetry Writing Group @ Village Books
May 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Are you a writer in search of a writing group? Village Books is hosting a poetry writing group on the mezzanine level of the store near the poetry section and Book Fare Café. Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals. This group is open to newcomers and drop-ins and meets the first and third Thursday of each month from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

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Your Voice – Your Choice: PeaceHealth Advance Directive Workshop @ St. Luke's Health Education Center
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Your Voice - Your Choice: PeaceHealth Advance Directive Workshop @ St. Luke's Health Education Center | Bellingham | Washington | United States

PeaceHealth is offering “Your Voice—Your Choice” interactive workshops to the community. Participants will be guided through the process of completing an Advance Directive for future healthcare choices. These workshops are for all adults age 18 and older. The workshops are free. Space is limited, so please reserve your space early.

Registration is required. Contact HWalker@peacehealth.org or 360-752-5267

Spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors. We look forward to serving you!

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May
5
Sat
Invasive Forest Weed Control Field Practicum @ Alexander Ross Tree Farm
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Invasive Forest Weed Control Field Practicum @ Alexander Ross Tree Farm | Bellingham | Washington | United States

At this field practicum, you will learn to identify and control some of the most common invasive weeds that cause economic and environmental damage in forests, such as blackberries, knotweed, Scotch broom, tansy ragwort, herb Robert and more. The practicum will cover both chemical and non-chemical control options.

This practicum is completely field based and centered around hands-on learning. After safety briefings, you will don protective gear (provided) to watch demonstrations and then do hands-on practicing of multiple control techniques, such as hand-pulling, root digging, wrenching, foliar sprays, cut stump treatments and stem injection. You will learn about how to use herbicides safely and effectively, including what products to use for specific weeds and where to get those products, how to read a label, proper safety equipment, avoiding environmental damage, pesticide laws, tank mixing, calibrating a sprayer for the proper application rate and clean-up.

$15 per person, $25 per couple before April 21.

$25 per person and $35 per couple thereafter.

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