Whatcom Events Calendar

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Jan
24
Wed
Pruning 101 @ WCLS Blaine Library
Jan 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Pruning 101 @ WCLS Blaine Library | Blaine | Washington | United States

Winter is the traditional time to prune, but the concepts can be applied year round. Learn about the growth habits of trees and bushes, the whys of pruning and the right tools to use. Discover ways to get overgrown trees back into shape, how to harvest scionwood and graft custom fruit trees. Presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education).

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Rebuilding an Old Boat: Restoring the M/V David B @ WCLS Blaine Library
Jan 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Rebuilding an Old Boat: Restoring the M/V David B @ WCLS Blaine Library | Blaine | Washington | United States

Award-winning author Christine Smith and her husband Jeffrey share their eight-year saga of rebuilding a decrepit wooden cannery tender and its first northbound trip from Bellingham up the Canadian Inside Passage to Alaska. Witness their tug-of-war between time and money as they race to finish rebuilding the David B before it’s too late. Christine Smith is the author of More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B.

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Learn to Think on Your Feet @ Improv Playworks
Jan 24 @ 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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Learn To Think On Your Feet! @ Improv Playworks Studio
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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! Adults & Teens 14+

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Jan
25
Thu
Women’s Professional Network Networking Meeting and Workshop with Debrena Gandy @ Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
Jan 25 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Women's Professional Network Networking Meeting and Workshop with Debrena Gandy @ Four Points by Sheraton Hotel | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Kick off the New Year with purpose and join Women’s Professional Network for two very powerful events!

Event #1: WPN Networking Breakfast with Speaker Debrena Gandy
Jan. 25
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at Four Points by Sheraton
$17 with RSVP $20 w/o RSVP

Awakening Your Mindset for Manifestation: Bring the Desires of Your Heart to Life in 2018!

You are a powerful creator and manifestor. You are already manifesting all over the place! But many of us are either manifesting what we don’t want or we’re only mildly aware of what principles are at play.

“Manifestress” Debrena Jackson Gandy will share how to more fully awaken your “Manifestation Powers.” She will be sharing Seven Truths of Manifestation for bringing the desires of your heart into reality in 2018.

Event #2: Workshop with Debrena Gandy following the WPN Mtg
Jan. 25, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton
$79 Regular Rate/$69 WPN Member Rate
(Space Limited to 25 attendees. RSVP Today!)

Debrena will be offering a powerful workshop following the WPN meeting you won’t want to miss!

Ever wonder why some things “come to pass” in your life and others don’t – even though you were passionate about them and took what you thought was the right actions? In this two hour “Manifestation Intensive,” Manifestress Debrena Jackson Gandy will share five reasons why most of our heart’s desires get thwarted and how to put the Manifestation Process to work in your life, at work, in your business or in your love relationships. In addition, Debrena will share Three Manifestation Tools that will support you in converting your heart’s desires from concept or vision, into physical reality. Debrena draws on approaches to manifesting that honor the feminine spirit, energy and essence, and enable you to manifest with more joy, ease, peace and gracefulness.

RSVP for the WPN Meeting AND the Workshop today at www.wpnbellingham.org. RSVP Deadline: Monday, January 22.

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Smart Business Summit – Measuring & Marketing Sustainability @ The Leopold Crystal Ballroom
Jan 25 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Smart Business Summit – Measuring & Marketing Sustainability @ The Leopold Crystal Ballroom  | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Businesses will come together for actionable, take-home knowledge on sustainability reporting and better business performance. The half-day summit will host inspiring speakers and powerful panelists including Kevin Wilhelm, who has more than 20 years of experience helping companies set and execute sustainability goals and has authored three acclaimed books in this field, Stephanie Ryan from B-Lab, one of the most celebrated sustainable business organizations, and Melissa Elkins the sustainability powerhouse from our local Community Food Co-op.

All business leaders, sustainability professionals and community-minded entrepreneurs looking to make the most of their efforts for people, planet and profit are invited to attend.

Following the Summit, all are invited to attend the reception and the Sustainability Champion Awards from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., an annual recognition of businesses that are pioneers in our local economy.

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Change the Way You Think About Aging @ WCLS Ferndale Library
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Change the Way You Think About Aging @ WCLS Ferndale Library | Ferndale | Washington | United States

Longevity expert and outdoor adventure guide, Gene Kelly, shares lifestyle habits that will help you change the way you think about aging. Take a fun test to learn your “real age” and get recommendations to help reduce your biological age. In this two-day series of highly motivational 40 minute talks—with 20 minutes for questions—Gene will inspire you to renew your mindset on aging and add quality years to your life.

 

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Jan
27
Sat
Pruning 101 @ WCLS Blaine Library
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am
Pruning 101 @ WCLS Blaine Library | Blaine | Washington | United States

Winter is the traditional time to prune, but the concepts can be applied year round. Learn about the growth habits of trees and bushes, the whys of pruning and the right tools to use. Discover ways to get overgrown trees back into shape, how to harvest scionwood and graft custom fruit trees. Presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education).

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Ragfinery – Sewing Bootcamp @ Ragfinery
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am

Learn to upcycle or alter your own clothes in this beginning sewing “bootcamp” series! Get familiar with the care and use of your sewing machine and solving basic sewing problems, take accurate body measurements and learn to fit items to your own aesthetic and body type! Sew a knit cap in the first class, and move on to constructing a garment or other project of your choice, such as a knit or woven dress, top, skirt or pant. We will focus on embellishments and finishing touches specific to your project, i.e. pockets, zippers, buttons/buttonholes, hems, etc. Take away a short guide and reference list to assist you in applying your new skills at home. Please note that you will be working on the Ragfinery Baby Loc machines and we will not be working with patterns.

Participant and Materials Requirements: Materials for the first project will be provided and Brigitte will make every effort to choose the correct sewing tools suitable for your next project of choice. If you know what garment you will be working on, please bring it to the first session.

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Make a Hand Felted Flower with Donna Hunter @ WCLS Blaine Library
Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Make a Hand Felted Flower with Donna Hunter @ WCLS Blaine Library | Blaine | Washington | United States

Make a felted flower for a brooch or hat decoration using the traditional wet felting method. Wool fibers are layered, saturated with soap and water, then agitated to shrink and felt them together. Various colors of wool, brooch pins and equipment are supplied. Space is limited; registration required. For ages 12 and up.

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Ragfinery – Contemporary Shibori Dyeing @ Ragfinery
Jan 27 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Shibori is a Japanese tie–dyeing technique which involves folding, twisting or bunching cloth and binding it, then dyeing it. Using disperse dyes, polyester and a heat press machine, participants will create beautiful textiles for use as scarves, wall hangings, wearable art, etc. Explore various ways to create three dimensional shibori pieces using paper molds, as well as two-dimensional applications such as image transfer.

Participant Materials and Requirements: Fabric scissors, paper scissors, pencil, X-acto knife, cutting mat (8? x 11? or larger), paint brushes (various sizes for water color or acrylic painting).

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Coaches vs. Cancer: WWU and SPU @ Western Washington University- Carver Gymnasium
Jan 27 @ 3:00 pm
Coaches vs. Cancer: WWU and SPU @ Western Washington University- Carver Gymnasium | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Come out and support WWU Men’s Basketball and help make a difference for patients and families affected by cancer. This annual game raises money for the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center.

Riding a current eight-game winning streak and standing atop the #GNACMBB standings at 8-0, the Vikings have moved up from No. 4 to No. 2 in the D2SIDA West Region Rankings.

Can’t make it to the game to cheer on our Vikings? The event will be televised on Root Sports Northwest.

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Planning for Success: Meal Preparation for the Week Ahead @ WCLS South Whatcom Library
Jan 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Planning for Success: Meal Preparation for the Week Ahead @ WCLS South Whatcom Library

In this workshop, Andrew Walton will supply you with resources and recipes for quick and healthy meals prepared in advance. In this class, you will prepare a main and side dish, and talk about creating balanced meals with the seasons in mind.

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Starting Plants from Seed @ WCLS North Fork Library
Jan 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Starting Plants from Seed @ WCLS North Fork Library | Maple Falls | Washington | United States

From vegetable and flower starts to native and ornamental plants, expand the diversity of your garden using seeds. Learn about selecting the right growing media and fertilizers, using stratification for hard-to-germinate seeds and caring for transplants. Presented by Cloud Mountain Farm Center and made possible through a grant from the Tulalip Cares Fund. Supplies to begin your project at home provided by the Friends of the North Fork Community Library.

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Medical Care in Burma @ WCLS Island Library
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Medical Care in Burma @ WCLS Island Library | Lummi Island | Washington | United States

John Shaw, M.D., will talk about his work training village medics in Burma. Hear this compassionate and entertaining speaker share his amazing stories. Sponsored by Friends of Island Library.

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Jan
29
Mon
Teen Swing @ ABCDance
Jan 29 @ 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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Jan
31
Wed
Learn to Think on Your Feet @ Improv Playworks
Jan 31 @ 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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Feb
1
Thu
Village Books Writes: Poetry Writing Group @ Village Books
Feb 1 @ 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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Feb
3
Sat
Introduction to Weaving @ Ragfinery
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am

***This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please call the shop at 360-738-6977.

Learn to weave using a floor loom with Aurora Lindquist! In a series of three Saturday morning sessions, learn to plan a weaving project and what materials to use, warp a loom and create your own 2’ by 4′ rug.

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Coiled Fabric Baskets @ Ragfinery
Feb 3 @ 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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. Many possibilities await!

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Feb
5
Mon
Teen Swing @ ABCDance
Feb 5 @ 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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Feb
6
Tue
Managing Conflict as a Co-Parent @ Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center
Feb 6 @ 4:00 pm
Managing Conflict as a Co-Parent @ Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Designed to help divorced, separated and never married parents build skills to manage emotions, be heard, communicate effectively and reduce co-parenting conflicts.

Participants will learn how to:
• Identify stresses and triggers
• Appropriately manage anger
• Effectively use a variety of conflict strategies
• Express needs in an assertive, interest-based manner
• Promote healthy communication techniques

Parents may participate in this workshop alone, or with the other parent.

“Hearing the trainers say that a divorced family isn’t a broken family, it’s just a reorganized family, was music to my ears.” – Past Parenting Class Participant

Instructors: Angus McLane, M.A. Angus is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who earned a MA in Counseling Psychology in 1986 from Gonzaga University. He has worked in community mental health, private practice and state service and has extensive experience in child and adolescent therapy, adolescent sex offender treatment, family systems and juvenile corrections. He has trained in multiple evidence based practices such as Functional Family Therapy, Brief Solution Based Therapy, Incredible Years, Motivational Interviewing and Project Safecare. Angus is currently a licensed trainer for Triple P: Positive Parenting Program and he travels extensively to train agency staff in this model. He has taught the class, Helping Children Through Family Changes, for the WDRC since 1993.

Deborah Forgays, PhD. Deborah Kirby Forgays is a certified family mediator. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont and was a Professor in Psychology at Western Washington University. Her teaching and research focused on issues important to children, adolescents and families. She has been a mediator with the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center in Bellingham since she obtained her certification in 2012.

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