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January

Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge

January 01, 2009

26th Annual Polar Bear Plunge - Whatcom County's Original and only Salt Water Plunge! Registration starts 9:30 AM, Judging 11:30 AM- Plunge 12 Noon Sharp. Free hot drinks & "I Took the Plunge" certificates for participants, event T-Shirts available for $15. Birch Bay Chamber Visitors Center, 7900 Birch Bay Drive, Birch Bay, Event Times: 12 PM, Event Cost: FREE, Phone: 360-371-5004, www.birchbaychamber.com

Padden Resolution Run & Polar Dip

January 01, 2009

Start the New Year off right with a brisk run or walk around Lake Padden starting at 11 AM sharp. At 12 noon we'll line up for a quick dip in chilly Lake Padden. Lifeguards will be on duty. Event followed by hot beverages, snacks & warm showers. Lake Padden Bath House, Lake Padden Park, Bellingham, Event Times: 11 AM run, noon dip, Event Cost: Free, Phone: 360-778-7000

Darius Kinsey Photographs

January 2009

Through his 50-year career in photography, Darius Kinsey (1869-1945) created images that captured the character of the early Northwest. More than a simple documentary record, the Kinsey aesthetic communicates the monumental interaction between men, machinery and mammoth trees. Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St, Bellingham, Event Times: noon- 5 PM, Tues. - Sun., Event Cost: Free, Phone: 360-778-8930, www.whatcommuseum.org

Lucia Douglas Gallery

January 1-25, 2009

Ceramic sculpture by ten regional ceramic artists. Behind Haggens in Fairhaven, 1415 13th St, Bellingham, Event Times: 5-7 PM, Event Cost: Free, Phone: 360-733-5361, www.luciadouglas.com

Snow Geese & Trumpeter Swans are Here!

January - March 30, 2009

Hundreds of thousands of shorebirds, Neotropical migrants, and other birds of the Pacific Flyway depend on Washington's wealth of natural habitats: some stop here to rest and eat before continuing north, while others stay to nest and raise the next generation. Northwest Washington is famous in winter for its large populations of seabirds, Bald Eagles, Snow Geese, and Trumpeter and Tundra Swans, and offers some of the country's best raptor viewing. Contact the La Conner Chamber for a free bird map. For more information visit: www.laconnerchamber.com

Guerilla Film Project

January 02, 2009

The Guerilla Film Project is the Pickford Film Center’s filmmaking contest for area teens. Guerilla director Terri Krantz will be on hand to talk about the competition and how teens can get involved. For more information about Guerilla 2009, contact the Pickford Film Center. Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St, Bellingham, Event Times: 3 PM, Event Cost: Free, Phone: 360-778-8930, www.whatcommuseum.org

The Circle of Trees Art Studio

January 02, 2009 - March 30, 2009

Sale & demonstrations of watercolors, felting, pottery, painted silk scarves, & unique brooms. Watercolor classes begin in early February. The public is welcome by appointment at the new, studio just four miles east of the I-5 #274 exit. Please call. 3432 Sweet Rd, Blaine, Event Times: by appointment, Event Cost: no cost, Phone: 360-332-8082, circleoftrees@mac.com

Wallpaper & 10 Killing Hands

January 02, 2009 - January 03, 2009

Friday, January 2 @ Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro 10:30pm, $4, 21+ *The Late Show* presents Wallpaper (http://www.myspace.com/publicstudents) & 10 Killing Hands (http://www.myspace.com/band4bellingham), Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave, Bellingham, Event Times: 10:30 PM, Event Cost: $4, Phone: 360-647-2366, www.bbaybrewery.com

Julianne Park Benefit Recital

January 02, 2009

Boston Conservatory grad Julianne sings for DiCapo Opera in NY, studying with coaches from the Metropolitan Opera. Her experience teaching music & English in Africa gave her new passions by which to perform. The perseverance & love displayed by her students inspired this benefit concert. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N Commercial St, Bellingham, Event Times: 7 PM, Event Cost: $25, Phone: 360-734-6080, www.mountbakertheatre.com

Community Theatre Auditions

January 05, 2009 - January 06, 2009

Auditions for Samuel Taylor’s romantic comedy “Sabrina Fair” will be held at the Clair vg Theatre in Lynden at 7 PM on January 5 & 6th. Seven roles for woman and seven roles for men. Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St, Lynden, Event Times: 7 PM, Event Cost: Free, Phone: 360-739-5078, www.clairevgtheatre.org

Ballroom Dancing

January 07, 2009

Dance to the music of Sentimental Journey in the elegant and historic Leopold Crystal Ballroom. Admission is free and open to the public. First Wednesday of every month. The Leopold, 1224 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, Event Times: 6-8 PM, Event Cost: Free, Phone: 360-733-3500, www.leopoldretirement.com

Historical Society Program

January 08, 2009

Wooden Ships and Fiberglass Boats: A.W. Talbot and the Bellingham Shipyard 1941-1963. Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St, Bellingham, Event Times: 7:30 PM, Event Cost: Free Phone: 360-778-8930, www.whatcommuseum.org

Ian McFeron and Hoss

January 09, 2009 - January 10, 2009

Friday, January 9 @ Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro 10:30pm, $4, 21+ *The Late Show* presents Ian McFeron Band (http://www.myspace.com/ianmcferonband) & HOSS(http://www.myspace.com/hosscountry), Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave, Bellingham, Event Times: 10:30 PM, Event Cost: $4, Phone: 360-647-5593, www.bbaybrewery.com<./p>

Roman Holidays - Borealis Brass

January 14, 2009

The Borealis Brass performs a concert of sacred brass music by women composers that was composed for them to perform in the basilicas and churches of Rome and its surrounding provinces. Church of the Assumption, Bellingham, Event Times: 7 PM, Phone: 360-733-6133, www.borealisbrass.com

Open House for BBBSNW

January 14, 2009

Learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington! Want to be a Big? Eager to start your own Bowl for Kids Sake team? Talk to staff from our organization. Refreshments will be provided as well as the opportunity for great door prizes a Get Outdoors package from REI worth $70! 1609 Broadway, Suite 203, Bellingham, Event Times: 5-7 PM, Event Cost: Free, Phone: 360-671-6400, www.bbbs-nw.org

Fountains of Wayne

January 14, 2009

Music Fans of the early 60s jangle, late 60s psychedelia, 70s classic rock, 80s New Wave, 90s alt-rock and contemporary pop, will love the way Fountains of Wayne combines these in their own style, this time against an even richer sonic backdrop. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N Commercial St, Bellingham, Event Times: 8 PM, Event Cost: $22 in advance, $25 day of show, Phone: 360-734-6080, www.mountbakertheatre.com

Team in Training Info Meeting

 January 14, 2009

Come learn about Team in Training. We train to run or walk half or full marathons and triathlons, all to raise money for a cure for blood cancers. Whether you are a couch potato, or want to qualify for Boston; come on out and learn about our Team! St Luke’s Community Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, Event Times: 7-8:15, Event Cost: Free, Phone: 206-957-4572, www.teamintraining.org/wa

Cafe Culinaire at BTC

January 16, 2009

French Buffet: BTC Culinary Students: cook for community to raise money for Chefs Club (funds field trips and competitions). Come and enjoy themed buffets (Beverage, Soup, Salad, Main Dish, and Dessert) with European style seating! Reservations recommended. G Building/Cafeteria, Bellingham Technical College: 2028 Lindbergh Avenue, Bellingham WA, Event Times: 11:30 AM, 12 PM, 12:30 PM, Event Cost: $13.00 Full Course Meal, Phone: 360-752-8347, www.btc.ctc.edu

Sugar High Mustangs and March of Black Queen

January 16, 2009

Friday, January 16 @ Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro 10:30pm, $4, 21+ *The Late Show* presents Sugar High Mustangs & March of the Black Queen, Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave, Bellingham, Event Times: 10:30 PM, Event Cost: $4, Phone: 360-647-5593, www.bbaybrewery.com

All Things Not Quilted

January 16 - March 29, 2009

The La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum presents “All Things Not Quilted: A Look at the World of Textiles," including works by local, national, & international fiber and textile artists. Textiles are defined as a product made of fibers. This exhibit explores various techniques used to form textiles: knitting, lace making, weaving, silk fusion, crocheting, felting, etc. We will also see pieces which include readymade textiles and how artists use these textiles as both a source for inspiration and as an avenue for interpretation. La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum 703 S. 2nd Street PO Box 1270 La Conner, WA 98257 360.466.4288, info@laconnerquilts.com Hours of Operation:* Our NEW hours of operation are: Wednesday--Sunday: 11am--5pm Mon & Tues: closed Jan 1-16: Closed major holidays Extended hours during month of April for Tulip Festival: 10am--5pm, 7 days/week. Admission: $5.00 — members and children under 12 are free

“Ralli Quilts: Treasures from Pakistan and India”

January 16 - March 29, 2009

The La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum presents “Ralli Quilts: Treasures from Pakistan and India” with guest curator, Patricia Stoddard. The Ralli Quilts come from the Sindh region in Pakistan and India and are made for domestic and religious uses. The rallis textiles may be made by piecing, appliqué, or embroidery techniques. The textiles mix bold designs and bright colors in traditional patterns of florals and geometrics. These designs can be found in carvings on desert tombs in Sindh and Baluchistan and on ancient pottery of that region, such as the motifs in Mehrgarh pottery (6000-3000 BC.) One can also find legends, folk songs and sayings about rallis. Owning many ralli quilts is a sign of wealth in the rural areas, yet rallis are often made from used and worn out clothing. These scraps are hand dyed with the most common colors used being white, black, red, yellow, orange, green, dark blue, and purple. The piecing is usually done by one woman, she then enlists female friends and family members to help hand stitch the top and bottom layers together. Ralli textiles are most often made for use within the family unit. La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum 703 S. 2nd Street PO Box 1270 La Conner, WA 98257 360.466.4288 info@laconnerquilts.com Hours of Operation:* Our NEW hours of operation are: Wednesday--Sunday: 11am--5pm Mon & Tues: closed Jan 1-16: Closed major holidays Extended hours during month of April for Tulip Festival: 10am--5pm, 7 days/week. Admission: $5.00 — members and children under 12 are free

Rumble at the Reef XIII

January 17, 2009

“Rumble at the Reef XIII,” “NO RESOLUTION” Live Professional Championship Boxing. Card TBD. 7 PM Show, tickets Start at $39.50. Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale, Event Times: 7 PM, Event Cost: $39.50, Phone: 360-384-7079, www.silverreefcasino.com

Whatcom Creek Work Party

January 19, 2009

Join NSEA and the City of Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program to plant native trees and shrubs along Whatcom Creek at Red Tail Reach. Parking is available in the softball field parking lot at the corner of Fraser St and Puget St. Look for signs and check in at the NSEA tent. Red Tail Reach, Racine St, Bellingham, Event Times: 10 AM-12 PM, Event Cost: Free, Phone: 360-715-0283, www.n-sea.org

Calyx Vocal Trio

January 20, 2009

With a little sass and an ear for life's complexities, vocal trio Calyx harmonies sooths and rouses. Jazz, folk and classical influences are apparent, as members Karen FitzGerald, Beth Fuller and Laura Shelton sing and play their mix of musical genres. Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St, Bellingham, Event Times: 12:30 PM, Event Cost: Free, Phone: 360-778-8930, www.whatcommuseum.org

Boundary Bay Jazz Jam

January 20, 2009

Join the Jazz Project at Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro every Tuesday at 8:30 for the weekly jazz jam session. A rotating house trio provides the backbone for those who want to listen or sit in with the band. Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave, Bellingham, Event Times: 8:30 PM, Event Cost: $1, Phone: 360-650-1066, www.jazzproject.org

Backcountry Skiing in the Northwest

January 21, 2009

Join the American Alpine Institute for a free slideshow on Backcountry Skiing in the Pacific Northwest! This free show will feature photos and a discussion lead by AAI mountain and ski guides. This is a great introduction to backcountry skiing in the North Cascades! American Alpine Institute, 1513 12th St, Bellingham, Event Times: 7 PM, Event Cost: Free, Phone: 360-671-1505, www.aai.cc/winter_clinic.asp

Death Plays the Market

January 21, 2009

Dinner Theatre “Death Plays the Market.” When Alouicious Snee had to tell his investors they are flat broke, the market is not the only thing that crashes in “Death Plays the Market.” This fun-filled, interactive, murder mystery includes dinner as well as the performance. Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale, WA, Event Times: 7 PM, Event Cost: $29.95, Phone: 360-384-7079, www.silverreefcasino.com

 Good Grapes in Paradise

January 21, 2009

Wine Tasting! A tribute to the travel adventures & warm spirit of Jimmy Buffet. Chef Craig’s Happy Island cuisine entitled “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean,” wines and live acoustic Buffet covers by Thomas Sandblom. Big Fat Fish Company, Fairhaven, 1304 12th St, Bellingham, Event Times: 6:30 PM, Event Cost: $34.00, Phone: 360 733-2284, www.bigfatfishco.com

Tyva Kyzy, Tuvan Throat Singers

January 21, 2009

Tyva Kyzy (Daughters of Tuva) are the one and only all-female Tuvan throat-singing and folk music ensemble. Their unique music and performance bring together female harmonic vocal techniques with the rarely heard sounds of female throat-singing. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N Commercial St, Bellingham, Event Times: 7 PM, Event Cost: $28, $25, $20, $18, Phone: 360-734-6080, www.mountbakertheatre.com

Cafe Culinaire at BTC

January 23, 2009

Mediterranean themed buffet, with European seating. BTC Culinary Students cook for community to raise funds for field trips and competitions. Includes: Main Dish, Soup, Salad, Beverage and Dessert! Three seating times available. Reservations recommended. G-Cafeteria, Bellingham Technical College-3028 Lindbergh Avenue, Bellingham, Event Times: 11:30 AM,12 PM,12:30 PM, Event Cost: $13.00, Phone: 360-752-8347, www.btc.ctc.edu

Anomie Belle and Jenni Potts

January 23, 2009 - January 24, 2009

Friday, January 23 @ Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro 10:30pm, $4, 21+ *The Late Show* presents (http://www.myspace.com/anomiebelle) Anomie Belle (http://www.myspace.com/jennipotts) Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave, Bellingham, Event Times: 10:30 PM, Event Cost: $4, Phone: 360-647-5593, www.bbaybrewery.com

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company - PAC Series

January 23, 2009

To celebrate their 40th Anniversary, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company tours the U.S. for the first time since 1995. Founded by one of America’s most versatile, popular and highly acclaimed choreographers, the company has performed in nearly all 50 states and in more than 30 foreign countries. Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the ten best choreographers in the world,” Lubovitch’s work is renowned for its musicality, rhapsodic style, technicality and sophisticated formal structures. WWU - PAC Mainstage Theatre, 481 High St, Bellingham, Event Times: 7:30 PM, Event Cost: $14-$30, Phone: 360-650-6146, www.pacseries.wwu.edu

Nooksack Snowshoe Excursion

January 24, 2009

Join North Cascades Institute and Dave Moskowitz, a longtime tracker and teacher at the Wilderness Awareness School. This field excursion will feature low-impact travel with two naturalists experienced in backcountry winter travel. Snowshoe rental is included as part of the class. Upper Nooksack Area, Event Times: 9am - 4pm, Event Cost: $95, Phone: 360 856-5700 x 209, www.ncascades.org/programs/seminars/course.html?workshop_id=920

A Day to Cure Diabetes

January 24, 2009

As a fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Acupuncture Health Center is opening Sat Jan 24 so anyone can get a full acupuncture treatment for only $20. All money raised goes directly to diabetes research. Appointments must be made in advance. Call 360-715-1824 to schedule. School of Industries Building, 1303 Astor St #101, Bellingham, Event Times: 9 AM-6 PM, Event Cost: $20, Phone: 360-715-1824, www.acupuncturehealthcenter.net

Whatcom Symphony: Winter Romance

January 25, 2009

Don't miss this special concert featuring renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. program: Bruch - Concerto for Violin in G Minor with Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg Greig - Peer Gynt Suite No. 2 Faure - Pavane Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 2, Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N Commercial St, Bellingham, Event Times: 3 PM, Event Cost: $35-$39, Phone: 360-756-6752, www.whatcomsymphony.com/concerts.php

Art of Jazz: Wayne Horvitz

January 25, 2009

The Season Opener for The Jazz Project features pianist and composer, Wayne Horvitz and his group Sweeter that the Day at WWU Concert Hall. For more information visit www.jazzproject.org, WWU Concert Hall, WWU Concert Hall, Bellingham, Event Times: 4 PM, Event Cost: $15, Phone: 360-650-1066, www.jazzproject.org

Whatcom Symphony Orchestra

January 25, 2009

International violin virtuoso Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg in her only Washington appearance. Performing the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra. Also Tchaikovsky Symphony #2. Tickets at whatcomsymphony.com or call 360-734-6080.

104 N Commercial Street, Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, Event Times: 3 PM, Event Cost: $10 - $39, Phone: 360-734-6080, www.whatcomsymphony.com

Walking Hidden Greece

January 27, 2009

Walker Nancy Nesewich presents a program on a part of Greece that is less well-known and often overlooked by tourists: the culturally rich mountainous interior of Northwest Greece. Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St, Bellingham, Event Times: 12:30 PM, Event Cost: Free Phone: 360-778-8930, www.whatcommuseum.org

Paul Mesner Puppets

January 27, 2009

"The Georgette Show,” a hilarious puppet variety show hosted by the beautiful Princess Georgette, the first lady of Paul Mesner Puppet Theatre. Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St, Bellingham, Event Times: 7 PM, Event Cost: $5/$4 Museum members, Phone: 360-778-8930, www.whatcommuseum.org

Wonderland Tea Party

January 27, 2009

This preschool concert hosted by Bellingham Parks and Recreation is sure to be a hit with your young ones! The Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts have a lot on their plate as they put on an outrageously entertaining and interactive show full of puppets, magic, bubbles, and musical mayhem! Bloedel Donovan Gym, 2214 Electric Ave, Bellingham, Event Times: 10:30 AM, Event Cost: $2, Phone: 360-778-7000

Team in Training Info Meeting

January 27, 2009

Come learn about Team in Training! We train to run or walk half or full marathons and triathlons, all to raise money for a cure for blood cancers. Whether you are a couch potato, or want to qualify for Boston, there is a place on our Team for you! It's about so much more than just being Fit. REI meeting room, 400 36th Street, Bellingham, Event Times: 6:30-8:30 PM, Event Cost: Free, Phone: 206-957-4572, www.teamintraining.org/wa

Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet

January 28, 2009

An improvising chamber ensemble redrawing the landscape of contemporary music. WWU Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center, 516 High Street, Bellingham, Event Times: 8-10 PM, Event Cost: $10 General, $7 Students, Phone: 360-650-3130

Contemporary Sovreignty

January 29, 2009

"Contemporary Sovereignty: War, Spirituality & Identity." Fairhaven College hosts a special program featuring a selection of contemporary artworks focused on current social and political issues. Fairhaven Presentation Hall at Fairhaven College, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Event Times: 5:30 PM, Event Cost: Free, Phone: 360-778-8930, www.whatcommuseum.org

Cafe Culinaire at BTC

January 30, 2009

Italian Buffet with Europen Seating. Bellingham Technical College Culinary students cook for community to raise funds for field trips and competitions. Includes: Main Dish, Soup, Salad, Beverage and Dessert. Reservations recommended G-Cafeteria, Bellingham Technical College-3028 Lindbergh Avenue, Bellingham, Event Times: 11:30 AM,12 PM,12:30PM, Event Cost: $13, Phone: 360-752-8347, www.btc.ctc.edu

The Penultimate Problem of Sherlock Holmes

January 30, 2009 - February 15, 2009

The master sleuth makes his premier appearance on the Guild stage, and the stakes are at an all-time high as Holmes prepares to meet his Maker! Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St, Bellingham, Event Times: 8 PM Thurs-Sat, 2 PM Sun, Event Cost: $7-$11, Phone: 360-733-1811, www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com

Allied Arts Gallery Show

December 05, 2008 - January 31, 2009

Allied Arts of Whatcom County presents "Trespassing", a collaborative exhibition with Whatcom Museum. The Gallery will hold an instillation piece presented by Tanis Maria S’eiltin with the remaining exhibition in the museum’s 1892 Old City Hall building. Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, Event Times: Tues-Sat 12-5 PM, Event Cost: Free, Phone: 360-676-8548 x2, www.alliedarts.org/gallery

"Trespassing"

December 05, 2008 - March 22, 2009

Contemporary works by 6 Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian artists. Included are provocative works that address preconceptions of Native American art and pushes to the forefront refreshing and too-often unseen perspectives on a variety of timely political and social issues. Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St, Bellingham, Event Times: noon-5 PM, Tues-Sun, Event Cost: Free, Phone: 360-778-8930, www.whatcommuseum.org

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