Friday, March 27, 2015

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Events set for Meals on Wheels awareness campaign this month

WHATCOM/SAN JUAN – The 3rd annual March for Meals campaign will be held throughout March, raising awareness about senior hunger and funds for senior community meals. A variety of St. Patrick’s Day themed festivities across Whatcom and San Juan counties have been scheduled. To learn more about the events call  733-4030 ext. 1028 or visit
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Daffodil Festival officially kicks off

The La Conner Daffodil Festival will be held throughout the month of March, kicking off the spring season with fields of blooming daffodils before the April fields of tulips (expected to begin flowering by the end of March). The mild weather has fields blooming approximately three weeks earlier than usual, and as of the start
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Skagit Fest of Ale March 9-17

SKAGIT – The event formerly known as Mount Vernon Beer Week has grown to include all of Skagit County. Kicking off March 9, the Skagit Fest of Ale will include breweries and places to go across the county as a way celebrate and get to know each establishment. Events are being finalized and will be
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Entries available for Whatcom County Youth Fair; deadline March 18

LYNDEN – The 26th annual Whatcom County Youth Fair, a 2-day learning fair open to all ages 6-18, will be held April 10-11 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. The deadline for entries is March 18. Categories include animals, country crafts, horticulture, dairy, photography and more. Entries are available online and at many locations
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Garden grants available for groups

WHATCOM – Now in its eighth year, the WSUE Community First Garden Project is offering small grants to community gardens in Whatcom County and currently accepting applications. The grants include support in education, planning, mentoring, workshops and more. For details on the program and applications visit


Vermiculture: Skagit County Worm Wrangler talks worm work Vermiculture: Skagit County Worm Wrangler talks worm work

by Jessamyn Tuttle A lifelong gardener, Kim Johnson had a large property that had been used for weddings and photo shoots, but needed to find something quieter. “I saw an article in the Herald about compost worms,” Johnson said. She had sold night crawlers on the side when she was younger, loves animals of all kinds
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Community Skills Fair March 21

EVERETT – The Community Skills Fair, a full day of hands-on practice to learn or improve skills, will be held Saturday, March 21. There will be workshops, as well as panel discussions and kids activities. Topics will include gardening, fermenting, cooking, crafty skills, bike repair, car repair and more. Additionally, there will be fun art
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Kids in the Kitchen: Making muffins for a healthy breakfast on the go Kids in the Kitchen: Making muffins for a healthy breakfast on the go

by Samantha Brown On weekends my family comes running when the muffins are done. Like fresh baked bread, these little goodies are delicious served warm with a cut of butter or drizzle of syrup and once out of the oven, and the little and big hands of the household go for the grab. These little
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Native plant, tree sales coming up Native plant, tree sales coming up

Bunchberry, Pacific Ninebark, Red Flowering Currant, Oregon Grape, Red Osier Dogwood, Indian Plum, Blue Elderberry, Nootka Rose, Hardhack, Salal, Kinnikinnick, Serviceberry, Vine Maple, Snowberry, the list of native plants and trees goes on. They are hardy and drought tolerant and can help with your yard and property’s landscaping from erosion control to attracting wildlife and
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Leaf & Ladle: Sandwiches, soups and salads for the soul Leaf & Ladle: Sandwiches, soups and salads for the soul

by Scot Casey Right off the bat, I will tell you that I love Leaf & Ladle. Owner Linda Melim’s soups, salads and sandwiches taste like home on a winter afternoon or a beautiful picnic by the lake in the summer. The soups are always hearty and full of rich flavor. The sandwiches are balanced
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Over 100 vendors featured at Spring Craft and Antique Show Over 100 vendors featured at Spring Craft and Antique Show

Handcrafted wares from home décor to garden art, repurposed and vintage treasures, gourmet treats, and much more will be featured March 19-21, during the 29th annual Spring Craft & Antique Show in Lynden, one of the largest show of its kind in northwest Washington. More than 100 vendors from the region will be at the
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