n A virtual presentation about Mars by Dr. Melissa Rice, Associate Professor of Planetary Science at Western Washington University, is scheduled to be held virtually at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12. Rice is a collaborator on the active Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity missions, a participating scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory rover mission, and a co-investigator for the Mastcam-Z investigation in development for the Mars 2020 rover mission. She leads the Western Mars Lab, the planetary geology research group at WWU. Request the Zoom link at email@example.com.
n The 23rd annual Camano Studio Tour continues May 14-15, featuring five galleries, including the Matzke Gallery and sculpture park owned by CAA co-founder Karla Matzke. camanostudiotour.com.
n A model railroad open house will be held by the Whatcom-Skagit Model Railroad Club from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in Alger. Two operating layouts, HO and N scale. Take Exit 240 to Old Highway 99 and go left to the green building. Suggested donation: $5 for the whole family.
n The Sixth Annual Skagit Water Weeks will be held through May 31, with a variety of fun, educational and free family activities. Hosted by the Skagit Conservation Education Alliance and numerous community partners. For a schedule of activities: skagitcleanwater.org/skagitwaterweeks/ or contact Christine Longdon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
n Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival: After two years online, the festival returns to the theater with features, shorts, documentaries, animation, experimental and narrative films May 12-15 at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St., Bellingham. A special online version of the festival will be held May 19-30. Since the festival began in 2017, Cascadia has showcased the work of some 125 women directors from around the world. The program director for this year’s festival is Los Angeles-based film critic and programmer Claudia Puig, president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and longtime critic on NPR’s Film Week. Passes are on sale. A limited number of walk-up tickets will be available on the night of shows. cascadiafilmfest.org.
n Dance to the music of the Skippers or Sentimental Journey each Thursday from 1-3 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Senior Center. $5 cover charge requested.
n An artist opening for Terry Ogle will be held from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at La Conner Studio 623, 623 First St., La Conner. Ogle will demonstrate carving techniques and speak about his art. laconnerstudio623.com, 360-202-8446.
n Salish Sea Early Music Festival: Through May 27, online and at various regional venues, including Fir-Conway Lutheran Church and the Croation Cultural Center in Anacortes. salishseafestival.org.
n La Conner Guitar Festival: The La Conner Guitar Festival is scheduled for May 13-15. Highlights include concerts, vendors, luthier exhibitions and more. Concerts and events will be held at several venues, including Maple Hall, Civic Garden Club, Waterfront Cafe, La Conner Sips and Santo Coyote Mexican Kitchen. laconnerguitarfestival.com.
n The Washington Brant Foundation will host its annual fundraiser celebration with the Puget Sound Open Decoy Carving Competition on Saturday, May 14, at Maiben Park, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington. The event will be headlined by Marty Hanson of Hayward, Wisconsin, who is considered by many the most talented U.S. carver and is the subject of a documentary due out this summer. Competition classes include Youth/Novice, Open Working, special Mini and Brant. Judging from 10:30 a.m.-noon, with awards, live auction of decoys and related items, scholarship winners, and sponsor gun raffle starting at 12:30 p.m. Information: Kurt Benson (425-231-6497), Maynard Axelson (360-202-0415). Rules and directions at wabrant.org.
n Starting June 1, One Take Weekly Jam and Open Mic with Richard Williams and Chris Eger moves to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Mirkwood Public House, 117 E. Division St., Arlington. 360-403-9020, mirkwoodpub.com.
n The Concrete Chamber of Commerce will present the Mountain Film Festival on June 2-5 at the Concrete Theatre, 45920 Main St. Highlights include documentaries, multimedia presentations, photography and mountain sports workshops. Guest speakers include Jeff Kish of the Pacific Northwest Trail Association and Oak Rankin of Glacier Peak Institute. Andy Porter Photography and Seattle City Light are also participating.
The schedule of films and presentations can be found at mountainsonfilm.com, and tickets are available online. The film festival coincides with the Mount Baker Ultramarathon, a 56-mile footrace from Concrete to Mount Baker’s Sherman peak. Seventy or more runners will start in town center at midnight, June 4. mtbakerultra.com.
n The Growing Veterans Summer Kickoff is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Edison Granary, 14136 Gilmore Ave., Bow. The event will feature food, a beer garden, live music, silent auction and raffle, talent from the Bellingham Circus Guild, and more. Growing Veterans’ mission is to “empower military veterans to cultivate purpose and belonging by growing food, community and each other,” according to a news release. Tickets and information: growingveterans.org/summer-kick-off-event.
n Berry Dairy Days: The full Berry Dairy Days festival will return to downtown Burlington on June 17-19. Features include the Strawberry Shortcake Booth, Grand Parade, Kids Zone, Entertainment Stage, Vendor Fair, BBQ Battle, and Berry Cool Car Show, among others. This year marks the 85th anniversary of Berry Dairy Days. berrydairydays.com.
n The Sedro-Woolley High School Class of 1972 will hold its 50th reunion at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at 24663 Minkler Road, Sedro-Woolley. No cost, but donations welcome. Finger foods, and BYOB. For more information, visit Facebook page “Sedro-Woolley Class 1972.” Additional information, email Sue (Grip) Husk at email@example.com.
n Burlington Summer Nights will feature live music and family fun at the amphitheater at the Burlington Visitor Information Center/Chamber of Commerce. Bands are scheduled to perform on Fridays, July 8, 15, 22, 29, and Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26. firstname.lastname@example.org.
n The Burlington-Edison High School Class of 1972 will celebrate its 50-year reunion on July 15-16. There will be an informal gathering on Friday, July 15, at Sports Keg Grill (1660 South Burlington Blvd.), and on Saturday, July 16, a potluck is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Bay View Civic Center (12615 C St., Mount Vernon). Information: Alan Heynsten, 360-391-0938.
n The Mount Vernon High School Class of 1982 will celebrate its 40-year reunion at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Skagit Golf and Country Club, 16701 Country Club Drive, Burlington. $50 per person; must register before July 15. Information: https://myevent.com/1982mvhsreunion.
n The Anacortes Arts Festival is scheduled for Aug. 5-7. Dozens of booth artisans, working studios, live music, food and beverages, an Art Dash, a festival store and more. anacortesartsfestival.com.