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16th Annual Children’s Literature Conference
The conference, hosted by Western Washington University, brings together teachers, librarians, readers, and writers to celebrate children’s literature and reflect on how children’s books shape the experience of growing up. This year’s speakers include: Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann, Barbara O’Connor, Neal Shusterman and Jerry Pinkney.
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Art Show
2019 Whatcom READS! Art Challenge & Exhibit
Artists wanted! Whatcom READS and Allied Arts of Whatcom County present the 2019 Whatcom READS Art Challenge. We challenge artists to create works inspired by the novel “The Big Burn” by Timothy Egan. The exhibit is open to artists of all genres, mediums, and skill levels. After reading the book, artists create a piece in a medium of their choice that is inspired by the story. For more information go to: www.alliedarts.org or www.whatcomreads.org. It’s easy to participate. 1. Read the book "The Big Burn" by Timothy Egan available at your local library or purchase at Village Books. 2. Create an art piece and explain how the book inspired your art. 3. Submit your work to be exhibited at Allied Arts in March 2019. Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019, 6pm - 9pm. Allied Arts Gallery Exhibit Dates: March 1 - 30, 2019.
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Children, For the Family
28th Annual Note of Thanks
Come join us for our annual tradition of giving thanks and make your own fun and creative thank you notes. All materials will be provided.
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Ceramics/Pottery, Food/Tasting, Jewelry/Gems, Children's Arts/Crafts, Prints, Painting, Holiday
39th Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts
Kick off this holiday season with the 39th Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts. Featuring over 100 local artisans and craftspeople showcasing their holiday goods, including one-of-a-kind gifts, specialty foods, jewelry, and paintings. It’s a perfect way to get ready for the holidays and great fun for everyone. Shop for holiday gifts from dozens of local vendors. From handcrafted soaps to homemade fudge, there will be something for everyone on Santa’s list. Fill your weekend with live local music, artist demos, and workshopping. Bring the kids in for free fun family art projects. Something for everybody in the family to enjoy. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get all your holiday shopping done in one go. When you buy products at the festival, this supports our local artists. We are also excited to announce that we have moved to an amazing new location, the Public Market – 1530 Cornwall Ave. Downtown Bellingham. Come check out the amazing things the local artists and craftspeople have to offer.
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Stand Up Comedy
7UP
7 comedians. 7 minute sets. $7 dollars. Hosted by Nathan Romano.
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Live Music in Bar/Club
A Holiday Concert with Wonderhouse
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Classical Dance, Modern, Urban/Hip Hop
A Holiday Wish for Paco
Day-to-Day Dance presents “A Holiday Wish for Paco," a one evening only event of dance and cheer with over 50 community students ages 3-17. We hope you will join us for this holiday delight for all ages. Paco the Elf is the last elf to be adopted from the toy orphanage. He’s totally awesome, smart, talented and caring. He picks his toy friends up when their down and takes away their frown. When Santa comes this Holiday time of year Paco and his friends wish is to be adopted in the end. Tickets sold at the door and more info online at www.daytodaydance.com or email daytodaydance@gmail.com. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
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Live Music in Bar/Club
A Night with Cheryl Hodge and Friends
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Acoustic, Open Mic/Music
Acoustic Open Mic
Acoustic Open Mic - Hosted by Trace Rezideux.
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Art Show, Holiday
Allied Arts Holiday Festival Showcase
December 7 - 20, 2018. Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 6 - 9 pm. Gallery Hours: Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday noon to 5 p.m. Our annual Holiday Festival of the Arts has been a Whatcom County tradition for 39 years and we are going to make it even bigger. In addition to the festival taking place at 1530 Cornwall Avenue, there will also be a showcase of fine art and craft by select Holiday Festival vendors at our gallery downtown. This is a great opportunity to see larger original and showpiece works by some of our wonderful vendors. This exhibit will take place December 7 - 20, 2018 at the Allied Arts gallery located at 1418 Cornwall Ave, Downtown Bellingham. The Allied Arts Gallery’s goal is to provide a professional space for local established and emerging artists to show and sell their work and sustain the arts in our community. For more information visit www.alliedarts.org or contact: Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 676-8548 x2 or katy@alliedarts.org.
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