MODEST FORMS OF BIOCULTURAL HOPE: Four art installations explore the complex relationships between biology and culture at Western Gallery, 516 High St., Bellingham. The exhibit runs through Dec. 8.
VOYAGER: The work of artist Steve Jensen is on display through Nov. 3 at Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. schackartcenter.com.
SELF-CENTRIC: Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery, 311 W Holly St., Bellingham, presents a new show through Nov. 10.
LEO OSBORNE: The gold-leaf acrylic paintings and sculptures by Leo Osborne are featured at Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, along with other new works.
MOUNTAINEERING EXHIBIT: Western Washington University’s Libraries Heritage Resources is hosting an exhibition exploring the relationship between humans’ love of high altitudes and issues of gender, race and class through March 22 in the Special Collections floor of the Wilson Library, 516 High St., Bellingham. Free.
FALL JURIED EXHIBIT: The Jansen Art Center’s Fall juried exhibit is at the center, 321 Front St., Lynden. jansenartcenter.org.
STUDIO TOUR SHOWCASE: See the work from many of the artists participating in the 2018 Whatcom Artists Studio Tour at the Jansen Art Center through Friday, Nov. 30.
FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK: Various businesses in downtown Anacortes will be participating in the First Friday Artwalk from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.
TEN MILE MOON: The oil paintings of Lisa McShane and the wood and broze sculptures of Andrew Vallee are featured at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave., Edison. An artists’ talk will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, followed by a reception at 5 p.m. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
THE ART OF MILLINERY: Social Fabric, 1302 Commercial St., Bellingham, is hosting a hat exhibit during November. The exhibit opens at the art walk from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and continues until Dec. 2. socialfabricart.com.
SURGE: The Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St., La Conner, is hosting an exhibition designed to draw attention to climate change featuring 21 artists. It is open until Jan. 6.
KAITLYN BUSKIRK: The photography of Kaitlyn Buskirk will be displayed at Woods Coffee, 1135 Railroad Ave., Bellingham, until December.
LORNA LIBERT: Work from oil artist Loina Libert is featured at the Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, until Dec. 4. A reception for the artist will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.
SUZANNE POWERS: Oil artist Suzanne Powers will be featured at The Good Stuff Arts Gallery, 620 Comercial Ave., Anacortes, in November. Powers will demonstrate her technique from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.
NORTHERN EXPOSURE: The oil paintings of Mark Bistranin are on display through Nov. 30 at the La Conner Seaside Gallery, 101 N. First St.
SKAGIT ARTISTS’ ARTS ALIVE: Artists from around the region are featured in this juried art show at the La Conner Garden Club, 622 Second St., La Conner. The show opens Friday, Nov. 9, with a reception and awards ceremony and continues until 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. skagitartists.com.
INSPIRED BY DESIGN: Art from local artists representing the area’s beauty will be on display at WaterWorks Gallery, 315 Argyle Ave., Friday Harbor, from Nov.16-Jan.5. A reception will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.
LIBRARY ARTISTS NEEDED: The Friends of the Anacortes Library’s Art Committee calls for artists for the next art exhibit in the community room of the Anacortes Public Library. Artists residing in the 98221 zip code are eligible to submit digital photos of their 2-D art for consideration. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org requesting information on how to apply. Submission deadline is Nov. 9.
RISING: Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery, 311 W. Holly St., Bellingham, presents a new exhibition of work ranging from traditional to avant-garde. The exhibition opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and runs to Dec. 31.
EXHILARATING TEXTURES: Acrylic and mixed media artist Terry MacDonald’s work is featured at the Good Stuff Arts Gallery, 604 Commercial Ave., Anacortes.
BALLENGER STUDIO: See the work of Melissa Ballenger, Ron King, Ellen Dale and Annette Tamm at the Ballenger Studio Show Room, 15502 Highway 9, Mount Vernon. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
DICK WARWICK: Poet and songster Dick Warwick will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Guemes Island Community Center, 7549 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes. $15.
KARL BLAU: Local musician Karl Blau will perform with The Easy Leaves at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. $18. marysvillewa.gov.
SUNDAY AT THREE: The Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden, will present a youth concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.
JANSEN JAZZ BAND: The Jansen Jazz Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. The band is a 20- to 30-member community band. $10. jansenartcenter.com.
WESTWIND: Traditional country music will be performed at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley. $10.
HERMAN CONTI CELLO CONCERTO: Cellist Clive Greensmith joins the Whatcom Symphony for a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $15. mountbakertheatre.com.
MIKE ALLEN QUARTET: Saxophonist Mike Allen will be joined by friends for a jazz concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 207 Prospect St., Bellingham. $5-$10. wjmac.org.
POSTMODERN JUKEBOX: Watch as pop music travels back in time at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $24-56. mountbakertheatre.com.
LIVE AT THE PIANO LOUNGE: The Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden, hosts free live music at 6 p.m. Thursdays in the piano lounge.
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME MUSIC: The Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden, hosts free live music at noon on Wednesdays in the piano lounge.
LECTURES & TALKS
VISIONARY INDUSTRIALIST: James Delmage Ross believed that access to electricity was a right of all people. Jesse Kennedy will share the story of J.D. Ross and the development of the Skagit Hydroelectric Project during its earliest years at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave., Burlington.
AUTHOR PRESENTATIONS: Renee Sarojini Saklikar, co-author of “Listening to the Bees,” and Kristiana Kahakauwila, author of “This is Paradise,” will read from their books at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Village Books, 1200 11th St., Bellingham.
LAUREN DANNER: Author Lauren Danner will read from her book “Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating North Cascades National Park” at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Upper Skagit Library, 45770 B Main St., Concrete.
THE BATTLE AT LITTLE BIGHORN: Learn about the characters and events that shaped this historic American battle at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center, 9612 271st NW Stanwood St., Stanwood.
TESOL CERTIFICATE INFO SESSION: Learn more about earning a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Landuages (TESOL) at this info session from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Miller Hall Room 115, Western Washington University, 516 High St., Bellingham. Free.
FOCUS ON FARMING CONFERENCE: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe. $60-$65. focusonfarming.org.
TITANS OF TENOR SAX: Attend a free, illustrated talk on the swing-era greats at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes.
AMBERLEY SNYDER: Hear the story of Amberley Snyder, who did not let a car accident that paralyzed her from the waist down stop her from competing in rodeos, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. Tickets $1, available only at Mount Vernon Country Store, 900 Riverside Drive, Mount Vernon.
EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR: Mystery writer Rosemary Reeve will read from and sign her new Bellingham-based legal thriller “Only the Good” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Village Books, 1200 11th Ave., Bellingham.
PILCHUCK AUDUBON SOCIETY: Rick Taylor and a well-known active birder will present a talk on the society’s annual Christmas Bird Count and on penguins and pelagic birds from South America, at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, at Everett Firefighters Hall, 2411 Hewitt Ave., Everett.
YOUNG ADULT AUTHOR: New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer will read from her new book “Archenemies” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Village Books, 1200 11th St., Bellingham. Dress up as a character from her books to be entered to win a prize.
HOW CHILDREN’S LITERATURE INSPIRES BOLD CONVERSATIONS: Anu Taranath will showcase a variety of children’s books at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave., Burlington.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING: The Hope Unlimited Anti-Trafficking Initiative invites parents and children to attend a presentation on the dangers of human trafficking and methods used to trap children at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Camano Island Library, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island.
WORLD ISSUES FORUM SLATE: Western Washington University will host a lecture series on a variety of world issues at noon every Wednesday in the Fairhaven College Auditorium, 516 High St., Bellingham. Free.
n Nov. 7: How to Stop a Dam with Indigenous Resistance.
n Nov. 14: Human Rights Norms, Institutions and Enforcement in Reality: with a Focus on Enforced Disappearances.
n Civil Society Development in the EU Eastern Partnership Countries.
THE CAPITOL STEPS: A troupe of bipartisan ex-staffer comedians take the stage to “Make America Grin Again” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. $30-$50. mountbakertheatre.com.
“A CHORUS LINE”: The Skagit Valley College Drama Department will present the Tony Award-winning musical “A Chorus Line” from Nov. 9-18 at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $18-$28, $5 with student ID. mcintyrehall.org.
THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES: See what happens when an ordinary man’s life becomes a musical in this satire/rom-com at Village Theatre, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. It runs Wednesdays through Sundays until Nov. 18. $54-$69. villagetheatre.org.
TOOLS FOR TOUGH CONVERSATIONS: Join a training series for past participants of conflict training programs at the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, 13 Prospect St. Suite 201, Bellingham. Each session is from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. whatcomdrc.org.
n Nov. 1: Find Common Ground in Times of Difference.
n Nov. 6: Respond with Poise in Moments of Crisis.
PLAY AND LEARN WITH LISA: An all-age storytime that focuses on the five early literacy skills — singing, talking, reading, playing and writing — takes place at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave., Burlington.
AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE: Burlington Chamber of Commerce will host an awards ceremony for those who have made a positive impact in the community from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at The Skagit Casino Resort. burlington-chamber.com.
GREAT FUTURES GALA: Support the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Corporate Air Center, 15452 Airport Drive, Burlington. $200. skagitclubs.org.
SCIENCE OF GREAT FOOD: Wine educator Steven Gomez will lead The Science of Great Food and Wine, a four-course pairing dinner, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Magnolia Grill’s banquet room, 208 Ferry St., Sedro-Woolley. $60. email@example.com or 360-856-6248.
WARM BEACH SENIOR HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Shop through a huge assortment of Christmas decorations and gifts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, at the Beachwood Room at Warm Beach Senior Community, 20420 Marine Drive, Stanwood.
MUSEUM ANNIVERSARY PARTY: The Skagit County Historical Museum will host a 1968-themed 50th anniversary party from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Maple Hall in La Conner. $50 per person, $350 for a table of eight. Prices include two drink tickets per person. Tickets at the museum or my360tix.com. 360-466-3365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MATTRESS SALE: Support the Anacortes High School and Middle School choirs at their fourth annual mattress sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Anacortes Middle School, 2202 M Avenue, Anacortes.
CAMANOCON COSPLAY: Cosplayers and LARPers of all genres and fandoms are invited to attend the second annual CamanoCon from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. The event is for all ages, free and features panels and prizes.
FREE MICROCHIP CLINIC: The Camano Animal Shelter Association (CASA) will host a free microchip clinic for cats and dogs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at CASA, 198 Canku Road, Camano Island.
PASSPORT FAIR: Bring your documents and apply for a passport, no appointment necessary, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes.
KIDS GIANT GARAGE SALE: Kids 17 and under can sell and purchase “kid-related” things from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Center, 900 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington. $15 for a booth, free entry. 360-755-9649 or burlingtonwa.gov/parksandrec.
FRIENDS OF THE FOREST BENEFIT: Enjoy drinks, music and auctions while supporting the Friends of the Forest from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Port of Anacortes Event Center, 100 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. $65 per person, $500 for a table of eight. friendsoftheacfl.org.
E-CYCLE: Donate old computers, TVs and monitors to the Stanwood Camano Kiwanis Aktion Club to be e-cycled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at 27001 94th Drive NW, Stanwood. Free.
SKAGIT VETERANS DAY PARADE: Honor veterans at this parade, featuring activities before and after, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Burlington Visitor Center, 520 E. Fairhaven Ave.
FACE OF WINTER: Great athletes come together to pay tribute to winter sport filmmaker Warren Miller in the film “Face of Winter” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $22.
SANTA PICTURES FOR PETS: Bring your pet to the Skagit Farmers Country Store, 8815 272nd ST. NW, Stanwood, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, to get a picture of your pet with Santa. For $20 you receive a CD with four pictures. Proceeds support local animal shelter CASA.
FLAG DAY: The Mount Vernon Lions Club will display military flags to honor and thank veterans and taps will be played at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Lions Park, 501 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon.
VETERANS DAY FLAG RETIREMENT: The Boy Scouts of Troop 46 on Camano Island will honor and retiring a large number of American flags from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Freedom Park, Camano Island.
VETERANS DAY DINNER: The Camano Chapel HIS Veterans Day Dinner will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at 867 SW Camano Drive. Camano Island. The dinner is free for veterans and their families and those who support veterans’ services in the community. RSVP with Lynda Buehring: Goldracket@aol.com or 206-550-4409.
VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION: 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Hillcrest Park Lodge, 1717 South 13th St., Mount Vernon.
TEEN SUSHI: Kids ages 12 to 18 can create sushi from candy at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. No need to register, but supplies are first-come, first-served.
HISTORIC PICKETT HOUSE MUSEUM: Tour the historic home of Captain Pickett, built in 1856, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at 910 Bancroft St., Bellingham. Free admission, donations accepted.
CRAFT BAZAAR: The American Legion Post 43’s annual Craft Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, at the Sedro-Woolley American Legion Post 43, 701 Murdock St., Sedro-Woolley. Proceeds benefit the Christmas basket program.
SHOP AND WINE: Enjoy a glass of wine while shopping for Christmas gifts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18, at Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, Stanwood Fairgrounds Bonnie Cole Building, 6431 Pioneer Highway.
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING: Join the Alger community for a Thanksgiving potluck from 1 to 4 p.m. the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, at Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane, Burlington. Bring a side dish, dessert or drink to share. Cash donations will be collected for the Alger Food Bank.
FESTIVAL OF TREES OPENING NIGHT: Join the opening night of the weeklong Festival of the Trees at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Tulalip Resort, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd. $65. A free community open house will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28.
CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR: Attend a recording of local variety show the Chuckanut Radio Hour at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Whatcom Community College’s Heiner Theater, 237 W. Kellogg Road, Bellingham. $5. brownpapertickets.com.
FESTIVAL OF TREES GALA: Attend an elegant gala event with champagne, a three-course dinner, live auction, tree viewing and more at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Tulalip Resort, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip. $250.
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL ... MORE OR LESS”: This twist on a Christmas classic written by Stefano LoVerso and Mary Irey will be presented during the Lights of Christmas Festival at Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood. $38-$59. Schedule at thelightsofchristmas.com.
“THE NUTCRACKER”: The Northwest Ballet Theater presents the 20th anniversary of “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Mount Baker Theater, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. Also at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $12-$35.
SWANS OF SKAGIT: Martha Jordan, wildlife biologist and executive director of the Northwest Swan Conservation Association, will present a lecture on swans from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 1, at Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. She will also present lecture on snow geese from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 8 $8, reservations required: 360-466-3821.
CHILDREN’S SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA: Kids are invited to go shopping on a budget from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Hillcrest Park recreation building, 1717 S. 13th St., Mount Vernon. All items are priced $5 or under.
THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS: Enjoy the holiday season at this festival boasting over one million lights at Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood. The festival is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday from Nov. 29-Dec. 16 and 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday from Dec. 19-29. $16. thelightsofchristmas.com.
E-CYCLE: Donate old computers, TVs and monitors to the Stanwood Camano Kiwanis Aktion Club to be e-cycled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 27001 94th Drive NW, Stanwood. Free.
SURVIVAL SKILLS CAMP: This camp will teach kids basic outdoor survival skills from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Burlington Parks and Recreation Center, 900 E. Fairhaven, Burlington. $42.