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‘Dirty Dan,’ poetry and pancakes on the menu this weekend

Participants dress as the Fairhaven historicaol icon “Dirty Dan” Harris near the namesake statue statue on the Village Green during the 13th annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival in in 2015.
Participants dress as the Fairhaven historicaol icon “Dirty Dan” Harris near the namesake statue statue on the Village Green during the 13th annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival in in 2015. For The Bellingham Herald

The annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival offers loads of fun in Fairhaven; hear the state’s poet laureate and eat pancakes with firefighters.

Get down and ‘dirty’

Dirty Dan Harris Festival affectionately celebrates Fairhaven’s notorious bootlegger, adventurer and “entrepreneur” with food, vendors, and competition such as the fish toss, doughnut-eating, 1800s dress, and Dirty Dan look-alike contests — plus a chili cookoff, and the rowing and uphill piano races from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at the Fairhaven Village Green. Info: fairhaven.com.

See poet laureate

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Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall appears at the Mount Baker Theatre. Mike Hipple Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

“*poetrynight,” featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall of Spokane, a Gonzaga University professor and award-winning poet, is free from 8-10 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial Doors open and sign-up at 7:45 p.m. Bring poetry and read it. Info: 360-778-7323, poetrynight.org.

Theatre, show for kids

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Seattle Shakespeare presents ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Mount Baker Theatre Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Two reduced-price shows are offered this week at in the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., as part of the Wade Bennett King Education Series. Seattle Shakespeare presents “Romeo & Juliet” at 10 a.m. Friday, April 22; “The Box Brothers,” performed by members of the energetic percussion ensemble Percossa, is at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. Tickets to each show from $6. Info: 360-734-6080 or 360-733-5793, mountbakertheatre.org.

See state parks free

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A child explores the sand formations at Larrabee State Park during a low tide in summer 2009. Robert Mittendorf rmittendorf@bhamherald.com

In celebration of Earth Day, the day-use parking fee is waived and no Discover Pass is required at state parks across Washington on Friday, April 22. In Whatcom County, the free day applies at Birch Bay, Larrabee and Peace Arch state parks. Free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is required on state Fish & Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources lands. Info: http://discoverpass.wa.gov.

Firefighter pancake breakfast

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Adalynn Bodin tours the Fire Safety House during a recent South Whatcom Fire pancake breakfast. Robert Mittendorf rmittendorf@bhamherald.com

Eat breakfast with firefighters in a fire station, climb inside fire engines and ambulances, and escape a simulated fire in the Fire Safety House during a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 23, at South Whatcom Fire Authority Station 22, 2050 Lake Whatcom Blvd., Sudden Valley. Breakfast of pancakes, eggs, ham and more is $5 per person or $15 for a family. Info: 360-676-8080, swrfa.org.

What are you going to get out and do next weekend? Share with Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty, facebook.com/bellinghamherald.

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