Cherry Blossoms in Ferndale, Circus Guild celebrates 10 years, Ragfinery’s “Runway Challenge, and the Mayor’s Arts Award

Village Books is hosting a couple of cool events this week. On Wednesday, April 11, at Whatcom Community College’s Heiner Center Theater, 237 W. Kellogg Road,  authors Willy Vlautin and Jonathan Evison talk about their new novels in a free-flowing “in conversation” style interview for the Chuckanut Radio Hour. Tickets are $5. Music will be provided by Vlautin, and taping for the program begins promptly at 7 p.m.. As a very special “opener,” at 6:30 p.m. Gov. Jay Inslee will greet the audience and share a few words.

Olympia fisher-poet Patrick Dixon,  who drift-gillnetted for salmon in Cook Inlet, Alaska for 20 years, and has written about it for 20 more, shares his poetry about the commercial fishing industry at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Bellingham bookstore, 1200 11th St.  Details on both events: 360-671-2626,

The Whatcom Museum Advocates host. a free presentation by local artists and poets Anita Boyle, Judy Kleinberg, Sheila Sondik, and Nancy Canyon for National Poetry Month on Thursday, April 12, at the Old City Hall’s Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect St.. They will share their work, processes, and inspiration. Coffee at 11:30 a.m.; presentation at noon. Details:, 360-778-8930.

The CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival 2018  will be held Thursday through Sunday, April 12-15, mostly at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. For a schedule, go to

Bellingham Circus Guild celebrates its 10th anniversary with gravity-defying juggling, aerials and acrobatics in all-ages shows at  6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, and at 9 p.m. for those 21 and older More at

Ferndale’s Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Japanese culture and the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms on Saturday, April 14. At 9 a.m. on Hanadori Trail, Cascadia third-grade music students will sing cherry blossom songs accompanied by traditional Japanese instruments. Festivities continue at 10 a.m. in Pioneer Pavilion Community Center with OKK Taiko Drummers and Dancers, bonsai, ikebana, furoshiki and sashiki demonstrations and workshops. Special events are planned for children. Japanese finger foods will be served. Details:

Ragfinery, Bellingham’s community hub for creative textile reuse, hosts its fourth annual runway “challenge,” this year titled “Flora and Fauna,” with local participants showing their designs and construct costumes, garments, and accessories on the runway at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. Details:

​Mayor Kelli Linville announced the recipients of the 39th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. A reception and awards ceremony honoring the awardees is at 5:30 p.m. May 2 at Mount Baker Theatre’s Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.
Award winners were chosen based on nominations submitted by community members.
Recipients are:
Alma Alexander
Dr. Mitchell Kahn and Sherrie Kahn
Yaniv Attar
Amanda Grove, Marla Bronstein, and Peter Roberts
Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival
Julian MacDonough
Mary Jo Maute
Mike and Elaine McRory