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July

Historic Plover Passenger Ferry Rides

July 2009 through September 7th, 2009.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day. The oldest passenger foot ferry in Washington State, the MV Plover was used to shuttle cannery workers to the Alaskan Salmon Cannery on Semiahmoo Spit, now home to Semiahmoo Resort & Spa. MV Plover now provides passenger foot-ferry services during the summer season, shuttling up to 17 passengers along with bicycles & strollers to summer activities happening on both sides of Drayton Harbor. The Plover is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. Complete details on the Historic Plover with sailing times, routes, history and fares can be found at: www.draytonharbormaritime.org

Ferndale Farmers Market

July 2009 Saturdays

Make sure to stop in and visit our 2nd season of the Ferndale Farmers' Market and check out our many area vendors serving the community with fresh produce, local arts and crafts and medley of gifts and goods at the city’s Centennial Riverwalk Park, Ferndale. Hours of operation are 9:00am-3:00pm, every Saturday from April 18th thru October 17th.

Peace Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibit

July 2009 thru May 1, 2010

The international fine arts program features outdoor sculptures in Peace Arch State Park's magnificent gardens with some sculptures placed in downtown Blaine. The exhibit features sculptors from the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe and is held annually. For more information on the Peace Arch Park and Sculpture Exhibit, please visit: www.peacearchpark.org.

First Friday Gallery Art Walk

July 03, 2009

First Friday Gallery Art Walk. Come downtown and enjoy the art galleries!! Downtown Anacortes, 6-9PM.

July 4th Celebration - Anacortes

July 04, 2009

Town photo at 10:00 am, 5th & Commercial. Parade at 11:00 am starting at 3rd & Commercial. Patriotic program at Causland Park. For information contact Jennifer @ 588.1108. Fireworks over Fidalgo Bay at dusk 10-11PM, Anacortes

4th of July Ferndale Style

July 04, 2009

In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July (or the Fourth), is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, and declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Events held throughout  the day and evening. For more information visit: www.ferndale-chamber.com

Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration - Blaine

July 04, 2009

Come spend the day celebrating the 4th of July in Blaine. Thousands of people come to celebrate the 4th with day-long activities that include a pancake breakfast, a parade at noon, an arts & crafts fair with over 80 vendors, a beer garden, a show & shine, live entertainment, dunk tank and plenty of good food. Get your spot in Blaine Marine Park for a community picnic and jazz concerts. Ride the historic Plover Ferry from Blaine to Semiahmoo Resort where you can make an afternoon and evening of it with a salmon BBQ and a perfect spot to watch the fireworks over Semiahmoo Bay!

Bursting In Air, Fireworks Over The Swinomish

July 04, 2009

"....Bursting In Air...." Fireworks Over the Swinomish" Celebrate the Independence of our country with the whole family! Sponsored by WAVE Broadband. 10PM. La Conner.

Historical Day Fair, Orcas Island

July 04, 2009

Saturday July 4th, 10 AM to 3 PM, Eastsound Village Green and Stage: Annual Historical Day Fair, sponsored by Orcas Island Historical Museum. Contact the museum at 376-4849 to rent booth space or provide entertainment. Event times: 10AM – 3PM. Eastsound Village Green, North Beach Road, Eastsound. For more information please call 360-376-4849

Community Band & Eastsound Fireworks Display – Eastsound

July 04, 2009

The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce invites you to enjoy the Orcas Island Community Band and an amazing fireworks show in Eastsound on Orcas Island. The band begins playing at dusk (approximately 9:15 pm), with the fireworks extravaganza following at approximately 10:00 pm. Eastsound Waterfront Park, Main Street, Eastsound. For more information please call: 360-376-2273.

Oak Harbor Old Fashioned 4th of July

July 04, 2009

Oak Harbor’s old-fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at Windjammer Park is true community effort. The day blends community spirit, a beach-side carnival and a grand parade in a fun-filled display of patriotism. The streets are lined with American Flags thanks to the efforts of the local Lions Club followed closely by a thunderous fly-over of Navy aircraft to kick-off the red, white and blue filled parade. Spend a fun family day at the beach for the following events: Family Carnival, July 3-6, Grand Parade on Pioneer Way, 11:00 am, Food and Arts & Crafts Vendors at Windjammer Park, 10 am-10 pm, Family Games at Windjammer Park Throughout the Afternoon, KT Development Community Fireworks Extravaganza at Windjammer Park, Dusk.

24th Annual Firecracker Rod Run

July 10-12, 2009

All Makes & Models Welcome. All registered entrants are eligible to win an Engine or a Transmission with every entry. "YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN ALL RAFFLES". Registration $35.00 U.S.D. in advance to be postmarked by June 30th 2009 or received by July 3rd" 2009 "Strictly Enforced"! $45.00 U.S.D. at the gate. No Camp trailers can be set up until Friday morning "NEW PARK REG'S". NO RV'S LONGER THEN 24 ft. Long & WITHEN 20' THE HISTORIC BUILDINGS ARE ALOUD !! LARGER RV'S CAN PARK IN THE FIELD  Registration starts at noon on Friday. Join in Friday night for Patterson's Buck-a-Bowl Chili feed OH SO GOOD!!!! Free weekend camping & T-shirt with each entry, Show-n-Shine, Poker Run, Dash Plaques, Saturday evening dinner !! Cruise to Birch Bay at 7:00 pm. Sunday morning continental breakfast included. Lots of Prizes to be given away. Be sure to enter your young ones in the Kids games. There will be Car Games as well. Awards at 11:00 Am Sunday. One of the Best Shows you will ever attend. For more information: www.ferndale-chamber.com

Annual Peace Portal "Art 2 Jazz Street Fair"

July 11, 2009

The Peace Portal Street Fair (Jazz Arts Fair) is being held in conjunction with the 6th Annual Blaine Jazz Festival and will feature the arts and crafts of local area artists and artisans. Vendor space is free. For more information, call the Blaine Visitor Center at (360) 332-4544.

Whidbey Island Race Week

July 12-16, 2009

Race Week 2009 takes place July 12-17 All Day at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club and Pen Cove. For information visit: www.whidbeyislandraceweek.com.

Blaine Jazz Festival

July 12th - 18th, 2009

Six exciting days of rehearsals, combos, improv, composition, and other great classes for teens with an internationally recognized faculty culminating in a jazz concert featuring student big bands, combos and vocal groups PLUS multiple performances by visiting jazz artists. Sponsored by the Pacific Arts Association, an all volunteer organization, that produces annual series of concerts by professional artists throughout the year in Blaine at the Blaine School Performing Arts Center. For more information on the Blaine Jazz Festival visit www.pacificartsassoc.org

Wine and the Tempest

July 15, 2009

You’ve heard of Shakespeare in the park; here we have the bard table-side and tipsy with his own personal grill chef to delight and educate. Call for menu and wine information. Big Fat Fish Company, Fairhaven, 1304 12th St, Bellingham, Event Times: 6:30 PM, Event Cost: $34, Phone: 360-733-2284, www.bigfatfishco.com

Raspberry Festival

July 17-18, 2009, Lynden. Please visit www.lynden.org for more information.

Shipwreck Days

July 18, 2009

28th Annual Shipwreck Day Flea Market. Downtown, 10th - 3rd Street. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, 360.293.7911. Downtown Anacortes.

Skagit Artists Together – 2009 Studio Tour

July 18, 2009

Waterfront La Conner, in the heart of the Skagit Valley, is the perfect place to begin & end the tour! Enjoy the museums, galleries, boutiques, fine restaurants & inns! This is the 4th Annual Skagit Artist Together Studio Tour. The Studio Tour gives a rare opportunity to view sculptors, painters, potters, doll makers and photographers in action. The artists have opened their own personal studio spaces, usually not accessible to the public. Many of these studios feature gardens and unique outdoor settings. For more information, please visit: http://www.skagitartiststogether.com/

Discovery Days – Birch Bay

July 18-19, 2009

Discovery Days in Birch Bay... come join us as we cheer on our parade... then come browse the many booths of local vendors' Arts & Crafts. For more information, please visit: http://www.birchbaychamber.com/events.html

2009 Intertribal Canoe Journey

July 22, 2009

At the end of July, as part of Tribal Journeys 2008, Cowichan will host over 100 canoes some of them coming from as far away as Northern Alaska, Washington and Oregon, as well as many BC Coastal Nations. Some of the canoes will have been on the water for 2 weeks prior to July 28th, which is Landing Day. People and spectators in Cowichan Bay will thrill to the sight of a vast flotilla of canoes coming in to land, a sight that has never been seen in living memory on this coast. The Canoe Journey is a time of healing, hope, happiness, honor and hospitality. The Journey began in 1989 with nine canoes as the Paddle to Seattle. In 2006, the Paddle to Muckleshoot hosted over 60 canoes and more than 40,000 participants. Canoes came from as far away as St. Paul Island, Alaska and the Grand Ronde Tribe in Oregon, traveling the routes of our ancestral highways. The Journey seeks to honor the centuries-old custom of transport, harvest and trade by the Coast Salish tribes, many who traveled the waters to meet and gather for festivities. Relationships are strengthened, family ties are renewed, and young and old gather together during this drug- and alcohol-free event. Elders believe that through canoe-pulling, they achieve perfect harmony and balance. All our traditions are based on respect for their elders, for others, for all relations as well as the environment. As such, the event has a code of conduct that must be adhered to by all participants in order for everyone to enjoy a safe, warm and welcoming event. Event Time: 9:00 am. For more information, please visit: http://www.tribaljourneys2008.com/

Old Settlers Pioneer Days Picnic

July 23-26, 2009

This four day event is centered at Pioneer Park. This grand event is a celebration that provides free live entertainment with dances, games, parades, vendors, a grandstand show, a carnival and exhibitions. This celebration started in 1897 and everyone is invited to attend and participate. More info to be posted as we receive it. Ferndale, Pioneer Park. For more information: www.ferndale-chamber.com

22nd Annual EDASC Golf Tournament & WineFest

July 24, 2009

Join EDASC at the Avalon Golf Course for their annual Golf Tournament and WineFest. The WineFest will be held on the Practice Green, following the tournament. Hundreds of business and community leaders will be joining the golfers for an evening of wine tasting, fabulous hors d'oeuvres and great music in Avalon's beautiful outdoor setting. Avalon Golf Course, Anacortes, Cost: $45 for tickets to the WineFest, For more info: info@skagit.org, www.skagit.org.

Padden Duathlon 1/3 Less Race, Lake Padden Run

July 25, 2009

Run 2.6, Bike 14.5, Run 2.6, Lake Padden East Entrance, 4882 Samish Way, Bellingham, Event Times: 9 AM, Event Cost: $15 pre-registration, Phone: 360-778-7665, www.trithecookie.com

Greenbank Farm Loganberry Festival

July 25-26, 2009

The Farm's annual wine tasting, music and art extravaganza! The field is filled with artists, artisans, and craftspeople while local musicians entertain. There are food booths by local folks and a play area for the children. Check each day's schedule for the loganberry pie-eating contest! This community party is the Greenbank Farm's gift back to the community for all their support. Join us 10:00am - 5:00pm both days. Admission is free. For information: 360 678-7700 or 360 222-3151. To be a vendor 360 678-7171.

Marrowstone Summer Music Festival

July 26, 2009 - August 09, 2009

Since 1943 the Seattle Youth Symphony has been the proud steward of this remarkable series of concerts and educational programs. Whether you are a visitor to Bellingham, a parent, a student or a lover of great music we welcome you. For concert and ticket info please visit our website. Performing Arts Center, 516 High St., Western Washington University, Bellingham, Event Times: Th-Sat. 7:30pm, Sun. 3pm, Event Cost: Adult $16/ Student & Senior $10, Phone: 206-362-2300, www.marrowstone.org

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