Whatcom Magazine

Trick dogs, autumn farm tours, await kids of all ages in Whatcom County

Stunt Dog Experience offers family fun at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Mount Baker Theatre.
Stunt Dog Experience offers family fun at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Mount Baker Theatre. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Wow! Bow wow!

A cast of performers and dogs will delight audiences with high-energy excitement at the Stunt Dog Experience at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The show includes tricks, stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, athletic feats, and audience participation.

The canine stars have been featured on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Animal Planet’s Pet Star!” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” They’ve also starred in commercials and have been featured on the news and in magazines across the country.

Tickets are $7.50 to $15 at 360-734-6080. Details on the show are at stuntdogshow.com.

Down on the farm

Discover Whatcom County farms through the annual free, self-guided Whatcom County Farm Tour, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12. Families can meet local farmers, explore the farms, and taste the bounty our region has to offer.

For a map with suggested bicycle and driving routes, go to sustainableconnections.org and search for farm tour, or pick up a copy of the Eat Local Month & Whatcom County Farm Tour guide, available at the Community Food Co-op, Whatcom Farmers Co-op, Haggen stores, local libraries, and Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. Details: 360-647-7093.

Cloud Mountain’s bountiful fruit

Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, near Everson, opens its farm for samplings of more than 200 varieties of fruit and fruit products to taste and enjoy at the annual Fall Fruit Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4.

There’s also live music, and Julia’s Pumpkin Patch is open for u-pick. Admission is $3.50 per person, $9 per carload. Details: 360-966-5859 and cloudmountainfarmcenter.org

‘Schoolhouse Rock’ at WWU

“Schoolhouse Rock,” a high-energy, family-friendly show with interactive staging of favorite Schoolhouse Rock cartoons from the 1970s, will run 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26-28 and 2 p.m. Aug. 29-30 at Western Washington University’s Old Main Theatre. The often hilarious show directed by Deb Currier also features about 20 entertaining and educational songs.

The story centers on Tom, a teacher facing his first day of class. He’s nervously getting ready for school when he sits down to watch TV to calm his nerves. Magically, five characters leap from the TV into his living room to remind him that he has what it takes to be a good teacher.

The characters and Tom embark on a wild romp through musical numbers from the “Grammar Rock,” “Math Rock,” “Science Rock” and “America Rock” Saturday morning cartoon specials. Audience members are encouraged to sing along.

Tickets can be reserved at tickets.wwu.edu and 360-650-6246. Details: cfpa.wwu.edu/theatredance/schoolhouse-rock-live or 360-650-3876.

Share your skills

The fourth Whatcom SkillShare Faire takes place Aug. 29-30 at Fairhaven Park and the nearby Center for Local Self Reliance (the park’s former rose gardens and caretaker’s house).

The event features short classes, workshops, and hands-on demonstrations of a variety of skills, with a focus on old-time as well as newfangled skills that increase self-reliance and community resilience. Popular topics from previous fairs include how to raise rabbits and poultry, scything, tool sharpening, and beekeeping.

Admission is $5 general, free for people over 70 and kids 8 and younger. For a schedule, advance tickets, and registration to share a skill, go to whatcomskillsharefaire.org. More details: whatcomskillsharefaire@gmail.com.