Events

Whether it’s our popular annual events, monthly meet ups, networking series or educational workshops, we like to make it a better party. View our current events or scroll down to see our popular annual events for businesses and the community at large.

Sustainable Connections Events

Jun 2018

Imagine This! Home and Landscape Tour 2018 -
June 23, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Do it yourselfers and those looking for great contractors for an upcoming project will delight in a day of exploring beautiful, innovative and eco-friendly homes and Landscapes during the 16th annual Imagine This! Home & Landscape Tour. This year's tour includes 8 amazing locations featuring the best in eco-friendly homes and landscapes.
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Birchwood International Market -
June 29, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Jul 2018

Indie Month 2018 -
July 01 - July 31, All Day
Small businesses are the heartbeat of our neighborhoods, the spine of our local economy, and the spirit of our town. Help us celebrate. Discover new business. Attend summery events. Win prizes!
Chef Farm Tour - at Sustainable Connections, Bellingham WA
July 16, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Energy Club - at Primer Coffee, Bellingham WA
July 19, 8:00 am - 8:45 am
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Downtown Market Walk -
July 21, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Birchwood International Market -
July 27, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sep 2018

September Eat Local Month -
September 01 - September 30, 12:00 am
Whatcom Farm Tour Weekend -
September 08 - September 09, 12:00 am
Wine
Wine Cheese and Chocolate -
September 09, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Oct 2018

Whatcom Housing Week -
October 22 - October 26, All Day
Whatcom Housing Week

 

MEMBER EVENTS

 

Jun 2018

The Northwest Slow Yarn Crawl – June 01 - June 30 at All Day
Out of the Ashes – June 19 at 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Chuckanut Radio Hour featuring Jonathan White, Tides: The Science & Spirit of the Ocean – June 19 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Austrailia's Thunder Down Under Desert Dreams 2018 World Tour @ Mount Baker Theatre – June 19 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday Bellingham Farmers Market – June 20 at 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Incognito – June 21 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
2018 Chuckanut Writers Conference – June 22 - June 23 at All Day
Fryday Fish Fry – June 22 at 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Triple Wren Farms: Flower Farmer-Florist Workshop 4 – June 23 at 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Imagine This! Home and Landscape Tour 2018 – June 23 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Atwood Ales Farm Brewery - Monthly Tour – June 24 at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
KIDS: Felting a la Carte @ Ragfinery – June 25 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday Night Pizza – June 25 at 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Irish & Folk Mondays – June 25 at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
PFC’s 20th Anniversary: 180° South – June 25 at 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Lunch and Learn: Joy of Pilates – June 26 at 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Out of the Ashes – June 26 at 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Ethiopian Cuisine – June 26 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday Bellingham Farmers Market – June 27 at 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Summer Soup, Summer Salad – June 28 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
American Animals @ Pickford Film Center – June 29 at All Day
Fryday Fish Fry – June 29 at 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Birchwood International Market – June 29 at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bellingham Festival of Music – June 30 - July 20 at All Day

Jul 2018

Indie Month 2018 – July 01 - July 31 at All Day
The Northwest Slow Yarn Crawl – July 01 - July 31 at All Day
Five Days of Flags Upcycle Camp @ Ragfinery – July 09 - July 13 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
KIDS: Five Days of Flags @ Ragfinery – July 09 - July 13 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Whatcom Museum - History Sunset Cruise – July 10 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Regional Cookbook and Cooking Lit Book Group – July 11 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sashiko Style Mending @ Ragfinery – July 11 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chuckanut Radio Hour featuring Thor Hanson – July 12 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Yellow Submarine: 50TH Anniversary @ Pickford Film Center – July 13 at All Day
Atwood Ales Farm Brewery - Camber Beer Dinner – July 15 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chef Farm Tour – July 16 at 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Creature Features Upcycle Camp @ Ragfinery – July 16 - July 20 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
KIDS: Creature Features @ Ragfinery – July 16 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Whatcom Museum - History Sunset Cruise – July 17 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Most Unknown @ Pickford Film Center – July 17 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Village Books Engaged Citizens Group – July 18 at 12:00 am - 1:30 pm
Energy Club – July 19 at 8:00 am - 8:45 am
The King @ Pickford Film Center – July 20 at All Day
A Poetry Celebration with Egress Studio Press! @ Village Books – July 20 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tour de Whatcom – July 21 at All Day
Chef in the Market – July 21 at 11:00 am
Downtown Market Walk – July 21 at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Atwood Ales Farm Brewery Tour – July 22 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
KIDS: Totes Awesome Sewing Camp @ Ragfinery – July 23 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Whatcom Museum - History Sunset Cruise – July 24 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Birchwood International Market – July 27 at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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2018 Sustainable Connections ANNUAL EVENTS

Ongoing Series

Demo Days: The 2nd Saturday from April – November at the Bellingham Farmers Market, staff will showcase easy and delicious ways to use local produce items. Take home recipes and get inspired!

• Chef in the Market: The 3rd Saturday from May-September, two local chefs will host cooking demos at the Bellingham Farmers Market! Sample, learn, and connect with our incredibly talented local food entrepreneurs.

February

Fill out a Community Valentine
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Help us spread the local love throughout February and write a Valentine to our community. Tell your favorite business why they’re so great, write a poem for Mount Baker or the best Whatcom county place, let a friend know why they make you happy. . . a valentine can be to whoever or whatever you want. Valentines creators will be entered to win the Local Lover prize pack valued at $275!

Farm to Table Trade Meeting, Feb 20
Bellingham Technical College
An annual one-day conference and connections event bringing together around 200 food and farming businesses of all kinds for a day of networking and education. Find local products, new markets, and grow your business.

March

Let’s Do Lunch, March 7
Sustainable Connections Office
Our new lively and fun format for our business members to network, learn, and make connections: ½ speed networking, ½ local experts speaking on pertinent topics. In March, learn about the benefits of signing up for Community Supported Agriculture – both for your employees and our community. We’ll be providing lots of valuable resources and showing businesses exactly how to get a workplace CSA started. Join us the 1st Wednesdays in March, April, and May.

Meet Your Farmer & CSA Fair, March 17
Bellingham Farmers Market
How to get local food boxes from local farmers. Meet our farmers, learn about Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), sign up for summer local food deliveries, and find out why local food is all about value, quality, and community. There will also be prize giveaways!

How to Donate Food for Businesses, Toward Zero Waste Workshop, March 22
Kombucha Town’s Culture Café
The first in a series of waste reduction workshops for businesses and the public, this session will focus on strategies for businesses to safely donate and reduce food waste. Free!

April

Whatcom Food & Farm Finder Release, April 7
Bellingham Farmers Market
Join us, opening day of the Bellingham Farmers Market to get your 2018 Whatcom Food & Farm Finder – the guide for all things local food: farmers, markets, restaurants, locally-made products, and more.

Let’s Do Lunch, April 4
Sustainable Connections Office
Our new lively and fun format for our business members to network, learn, and make connections: ½ speed networking, ½ local experts speaking on pertinent topics. The April topic will be accounting for sustainability.

YIMBY: Yes in My Backyard! April 14
Sustainable Connections and the Happy Valley Neighborhood Association will be hosting an event that invites residents from Happy Valley and surrounding neighborhoods to determine how to build more affordable and accessible housing in their neighborhood and to re-invent the way the neighborhood can develop (and continue to be) one of the best places in Bellingham to live and play.

Chef Market Mob, April 21
Bellingham Farmers Market
A gaggle of chefs touring the Bellingham Farmers Markets, sampling, meeting the makers, and making new connections. Free for all chefs and food buyers.

May

Let’s Do Lunch, May 2
Sustainable Connections Office
Our new lively and fun format for our business members to network, learn, and make connections: ½ speed networking, ½ local experts speaking on pertinent topics. The May topic will be all about creating engaging, lively, and attractive booths and displays for businesses and nonprofits that table or vend in public places.

Farmer Chef Mixer, May 9
Facilitated networking, aimed at making more food grower and buyer relationships. Open to anyone! Free for Chef’s Collective members, $10 for all other. Always good food and valuable connections.

Cascade Cuts Fundraiser, May 19
Cascade Cuts Nursery
Cascade Cuts, the extensive wholesale perennial, annual, veggie, and herb nursery is open to the public just one day a year as a fundraiser for Sustainable Connections Food & Farming Program. Everyone is invited to pick up veggie starts, hanging baskets, flowers, and exotic oddities for the summer season at incredible prices, all proceeds go to support our local farmers and food system.

June

Imagine This Home and Landscape Tour, June 23
We will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Imagine This Home and Landscape Tour this year! With guided and self-guided options, tour participants will learn how to create eco-friendly homes and landscapes and connect with the businesses that can make it happen.

Food Waste Donation and Reduction for Caterers, Toward Zero Waste Workshop, June 19
The second in a series of waste reduction workshops for businesses and the public, this session will focus on strategies for caterers to safely donate and reduce food waste. Free!

Birchwood International Market, June 29
This new, family-friendly open-air market in the commercial heart of Birchwood will celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Birchwood Neighborhood. The market will showcase local vendors selling culturally rich merchandise, art, and food and feature small-scale performances and entertainment. Help celebrate our local and minority-owned businesses and the diversity of the Birchwood Neighborhood!

July

Independents Month, entire month of July
Independents Month is an annual celebration to engage local independent businesses and citizens in celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit and freedom our local businesses embody. Independents Month is also an occasion to recognize small businesses’ contributions to the community–and to affirm citizens’ role in shaping their community’s future.

Downtown Market Walk, July 21
The Market Walk is free and is a celebration and exploration of Bellingham’s local food scene, giving Bellinghamsters a chance to partake in a specially curated self-guided tour that showcases the best of downtown’s local grocers, markets and specialty food shops. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste samples at each location and play “market walk” bingo for the chance to win bug in local food prizes! Each shop will also be hosting specials throughout the day.

Birchwood International Market, July 27
This new, family-friendly open-air market in the commercial heart of Birchwood will celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Birchwood Neighborhood. The market will showcase local vendors selling culturally rich merchandise, art, and food and feature small-scale performances and entertainment. Help celebrate our local and minority-owned businesses and the diversity of the Birchwood Neighborhood!

August

Preserving the Harvest, Toward Zero Waste Workshop, August 16
The third in a series of waste reduction workshops for businesses and the public, this session will focus on how each of us can preserve the bounty of the harvest months, reduce wasted food, and safely donate extras. Free!

Birchwood International Market, August 24
This new, family-friendly open-air market in the commercial heart of Birchwood will celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Birchwood Neighborhood. The market will showcase local vendors selling culturally rich merchandise, art, and food and feature small-scale performances and entertainment. Help celebrate our local and minority-owned businesses and the diversity of the Birchwood Neighborhood!

September

Eat Local Month
Sustainable Connections Food & Farming Program annual month-long celebration that highlights local foods, farms, and fishers. Eat Local Month is a reminder to celebrate the bounty in Whatcom’s backyard, and support the folks who grow, raise and prepare our food by buying locally. It makes eating local easy with a variety of tools, resources, and events that are shared or happen throughout the month (below)

Farm Fund Hootenanny, Sept 3
The Farm Fund Hootenanny kicks off Eat Local Month on and is a fundraiser for the Co-op’s Farm Fund, which works to strengthen local, sustainable agriculture and local food access. The “Hoot” embodies the tradition of gathering together to celebrate a successful harvest season with live music, dance, camaraderie, local farmer awards, delicious food, and a whole lot of fun!

Whatcom Farm Tour, Sept 8 & 9
This annual, free, self-guided tour gives our community the opportunity to experience and learn more about where their food comes from. Eight to twelve farms will open their doors to the public and host tours, entertainment, and other fun family friendly activities.

Shop With the Chef, Sept 15
Bellingham Farmers Market
Peruse the Bellingham Farmers Market with one of our top local chefs. Learn about how to choose the best ingredients, fun ideas for local food, and how to shop like a chef!

Business over Breakfast, Sept 5
Sustainable Connections Office
Our new lively and fun format for our business members to network, learn, and make connections: ½ speed networking, ½ local experts speaking on pertinent topics. Join us the 1st Wednesdays in Sept, Oct, and Nov.

Birchwood International Market, September 28
This new, family-friendly open-air market in the commercial heart of Birchwood will celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Birchwood Neighborhood. The market will showcase local vendors selling culturally rich merchandise, art, and food and feature small-scale performances and entertainment. Help celebrate our local and minority-owned businesses and the diversity of the Birchwood Neighborhood!

October

Business over Breakfast, Oct 3
Sustainable Connections Office
Our new lively and fun format for our business members to network, learn, and make connections: ½ speed networking, ½ local experts speaking on pertinent topics. Join us the 1st Wednesdays in Sept, Oct, and Nov.

Sustainable Design & Development Conference, Oct 25
Bellingham Technical College
The premier green building conferences in the Northwest, the conference embodies principals of the Living Building Challenge, which defines the most advanced measures of sustainability and gives conference attendees the opportunity to learn from leading industry experts.

Whatcom Housing Week, Oct 22 – 26
Housing Week is a series of events that will build awareness and support for innovative housing solutions that create diverse, vibrant, healthy homes for everyone. A number of community partners with a shared goal to increase opportunities for people of all income levels to have live in walkable neighborhoods that foster healthy lifestyles will host events.

November
Business over Breakfast, Nov 7
Sustainable Connections Office
Our new lively and fun format for our business members to network, learn, and make connections: ½ speed networking, ½ local experts speaking on pertinent topics. Join us the 1st Wednesdays in Sept, Oct, and Nov.

Farmer Chef Mixer, Nov 7
Facilitated networking, aimed at making more food grower and buyer relationships. Open to anyone! Free for Chef’s Collective members, $10 for all other. Always good food and valuable connections.

Food Waste Free Holidays!, Toward Zero Waste Workshop, Nov 15
The last in our series of waste reduction workshops for businesses and the public, this session will show us all how to have a food waste free holiday season.

December

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