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The Lights of Christmas

12/18/2014 - 12/30/2014 - 12:00 am at Warm Beach Camp
20800 Marine Drive

The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood features over ONE MILLION lights, 5 entertainment stages, Polar Express Train, shopping, dining, and more! Open December 4-7, 11-14, 18-23, 26-30; 5-10pm

Julia Schwartz dances the role of Clara in Act I of Northwest Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker.

Northwest Ballet Theater Presents: The Nutcracker

12/20/2014 - 12/21/2014 - 12:00 am at McIntyre Hall
2501 East College Way

A holiday tradition! Northwest Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker December 20th & 21st at Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall.

Northwest Ballet Theater has performed The Nutcracker since 1999. With growing community support, the company has been able to create an even more elaborate production than ever before with beautiful scenic backdrops made in Russia, classical tutus made by professional seamstresses in New York, and exciting set pieces and technical effects that create an unforgettable theater experience.

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The Skateway Christmas Party

12/21/2014 - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at The Skateway
1645 S. Walnut Street

On Sunday, December 21st from 12pm-4pm, The Skateway / Skagit Event Center has a day of holiday fun:  Pictures with Santa, local craft vendors, and more!  Plus, get a KidSafe ID for $10 per child. The KidSafe Package Includes:
• 3 Plastic ID Cards (per child)
• Amber-Alert Ready Digital ID
• Fingerprint/DNA Kit
• Processing and Mailing

The Skateway/Skagit Event Center is a donation site for Heart to Heart Charity’s Angel Tree. Stop by to select a child or to make a donation to Angel Tree.

Admission for this event is free, but some activities or products may have a fee


Gabriel’s Art Kids Winter Program

12/29/2014 - 12/31/2014 - All Day at Gabriel’s Art Kids

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32nd Annual Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge

01/01/2015 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce
7900 Birch Bay Drive

Date: January 1st
Location: Waterfront by the Birch Bay Chamber Visitor Information Center (7900 Birch Bay Dr.; see map to upper right)
Registration: 9:00 AM or Online Here
Costume Judging: 11:30 AM
The Plunge: Noon

Started in 1982 by local residents on a dare, this annual ritual draws hundreds of participants and onlookers each year and has become a destination spot for the the holiday. Participants come from as far away as Germany, Tokyo, Chicago, and British Columbia to plunge in to the bay’s chilly water.

There is no cost to take the plunge, but registration is encouraged because people who do so receive an official “I Took The Plunge” certificate and hot beverages.

Be sure to look for the “I Took The Plunge” commemorative T-shirts available for purchase at $20/each.

Come join hundreds of people from all over the Pacific Northwest to be part of an annual tradition!

Participant’s range from children to senior adults. There are five costume judging categories with prizes for:

– Most Years Plunging
– Oldest Participant
– Best Individual Costume
– Best Group Costume
– Farthest Traveled Participant
(No awards are given for length of time in the water)

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Bridal Inspirations Wedding Expo

01/04/2015 - 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Best Western Lakeway Inn
714 Lakeway Dr

The annual Bridal Inspirations Wedding Expo will feature more than 100 of the trendiest bridal gowns, presented by local models. The fashion show will (4pm) will showcase dresses for bridesmaids and mothers; plus suits and tuxedos for men–all in a variety of sizes.
More than 45 businesses that offer services for weddings and other special events are expected to participate. Exhibitors will include photographers, venues, florists, caterers, hair stylists, spas, event coordinators, officiants, rental companies and more.

Tickets are $15 in advance/$18 at the door.


Raptor ID & Behavior Class

01/08/2015 - 02/05/2015 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
1207 Ellsworth St

This class will fill up quickly. Register now to guarantee your spot. Cost of class is $175. Class meets at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship. Field trip location will be announced at class, as will a choice of days.

Whatcom and Skagit counties are home to many loyal Bud Anderson followers. They will travel great distances to attend his classes, and with good reason. Blending wonderful, delightful and edge of your seat stories gleaned from years of up close and personal experience with unarguably the world’s fiercest birds, an approachable teaching style that draws in the beginner birder and satisfies the seasoned, topped with a poet’s sensibilities and your favorite uncle’s wry and witty delivery, Bud Anderson does not disappoint.

His Western Washington Raptor Identification and Behavior class is attended by people who return again and again, year after year. Whatcom Land Trust is proud to sponsor this class. And we would be remiss if we didn’t let you know that it fills up quickly.

If you are wondering about the photo of Bud standing on the tarmac with a raptor andan airplane, you may be happy and pleased to know that Bud launched a visionary program at Sea-Tac Airport. The program has saved the lives of hundreds of raptors and has gained international recognition.

For more information about the Sea-Tac Airport project and Bud Anderson’s work with raptors, visit Falcon Research Group online

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SAY “CHEESE!” Pet Photography Class

01/10/2015 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Whatcom Humane Society
2172 Division Street

Ever wonder how people get fantastic photos of their pets? How do they get animals to sit so still and look at the camera? Learn to take amazing photos of pets from Brooke Mallory Photography!

This class is perfect for all skill levels from the beginner looking for a place to start to the more advanced photographer wanting to perfect their animal handling skills in front of the camera!

*Please do not bring animals to class!


4th Annual ‘Affair to Remember’ Fundraiser

02/21/2015 - 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Bellwether Ballroom
1 Bellwether Way

Alzheimer Society of Washington presents Broadway Nights!–their 4th Annual Affair To Remember fundraiser–featuring a performance by Sheryl Lee Ralph, one of the original stars of Dreamgirls. The evening will also include hors d’oeuvres; dinner; a dessert dash and live and silent auctions.

Tickets are $100 in advance/$125 at the door. All proceeds help the Alzheimer Society of Washington reach more of the community and help those affected by offering support and resources.

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WHS Wine Social & Win an Instant Wine Cellar

02/27/2015 - 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at Bellingham Ferry and Cruise Terminal
1801 Roeder Ave.

You’re invited to an evening of fine wine & beer tasting, buffet dinner and musical entertainment by The Swing Gang to aid the Whatcom Humane Society. The highlight of the evening will be a drawing where three lucky attendees will Win an Instant Wine Cellar. Your admission ticket entitles you to one raffle entry. All guests are asked to bring a bottle of fine wine (suggested retail value $25). Your bottle will be contributed to the Instant Wine Cellar prizes.

For tickets call Dana Browne at (360) 733-2080 x3014 or email

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