Dirt Fest, Night Beat, Beer Week, and Racing to Alaska!

Come celebrate school gardens at Common Threads’ fourth annual (and free) community-wied Dirt Fest and garden party from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at  Parkview Elementary School,  3033 Coolidge Drive. All families from all schools are welcome. Details: https://commonthreadsfarm.org/dirt-fest/.

Bellingham Music Club’s evening series, Night Beat, returns for three concerts, starting with “Western Treasures Showcase” in collaboration with the Western Washington University Music Department, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at WWU’s Performing Art Center Concert Hall. The concert presents winners from BMC’s Competition for WWU students and additional top music students, in a full-length program.
Montreal pianist Michael Refvem performs works by Bach, Debussy, Chopin, Beethoven, and Scriabin at 7:30 p.m. May 3 at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Then, New York soprano Theresa Bickham and pianist Rachel Roulet celebrate all things regal with “Keep Calm and Carry On: Try Me, Good King!” at 7:30 p.m, June 7, also at First Congregational Church. More at https://bellinghammusicclub.wordpress.com/.

Like beer? Celebrate Bellingham Beer Week, April 20-28, at nearly all microbreweries, pubs, and taverns in Bellingham, with events like Beer Olympics,  a dinner pairing, beer hiking, hop planting, and a benefit for Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, ending with the popular April Brews Day on April 28.  A complete schedule is at https://bellinghambeerweek.com, where you’ll see an event at the Firefly Lounge, 1015 N. State St., formerly the home of the Green Frog. I’ll write more about that venue later this week.

If you don’t know about the Race to Alaska, it is the first race of its kind—human powered to Alaska — 750 miles from Port Townsend to Ketchikan — no motors, no supply stops, no support vessels, entirely self-sufficient and human —  and/or wind-powered. However, if you followed the 2017 Race to Alaska then you know the name Karl Kruger, who traveled from from Port Townsend to Ketchikan on a standup paddleboard, an unsupported feat of endurance and skill that took him through some of the most spectacular scenery of the Inside Passage, and its most challenging passages, including the open Pacific around Cape Caution and Dixon Entrance. The Community Boating Center presents “Race to Alaska” by Karl Kruger at 6:30 p.m. Friday. April  20, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Tickets $15 at the door with all proceeds benefiting The Community Boating Center.