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Ski to Sea Book Sale

Lots of books and media for all ages. Wed. and Thurs., May 24-25: 10:00am - 6:00pm Fri., May 26: 10:00am - 6:00pm Half Price Sale! Sat., May 27: 10:00am - 1:00pm $4/bag sale! Tables are re-stocked continuously throughout the sale. All proceeds benefit the Bellingham Public Library. 360-778-7250 friendslibrary3@gmail.com

Event Details
  • Date: Wednesday, May 24 2017
  • End Date: May 27 2017
  • Time: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Location: 210 Central Avenue, Bellingham, WA
  • Cost: none

Past, Present & Future of Dairy in Whatcom County

All are invited to attend the Whatcom Food Networks Spring Forum on May 25th for a chance to learn from a panel of dairy farmers about the different sizes and types of dairies working in Whatcom County, their current challenges and opportunities, and where the Whatcom dairy industry may be headed. The panel will include Appel Farms, Twin Brook Creamery, and MyShan Dairy, among others. The Whatcom Food Network is composed of the various agencies, organizations, and stakeholders working to strengthen our local food system. The Network hosts two forums every year in order to increase communication and collaboration and to raise awareness of work being done to create a sustainable, just, and healthy food system. On May 25th, we will take a deep dive into one of our most important local agricultural sectors: dairy. Whatcom Countys dairy farms have played an important role in our countys history, and continue to be a major part of local food production. Whatcom County currently boasts over 90 dairy producers more than any county in the Pacific Northwest region with a unique mix of small, mid, and large-size farms. Come to the Spring Forum to learn more about the changing face of this important sector, network with other professionals working in our local food system, and hear about the work the Whatcom Food Network has been doing to shepherd a Whatcom Food System Plan and update the Whatcom Community Food Assessment. The Whatcom Food Network Spring Forum is free, but attendees must RSVP as space is limited. This event was made possible by generous support from the Whatcom Community Foundation.

Event Details
  • Date: Thursday, May 25 2017
  • Time: 1-4pm
  • Location: Squalicum Boathouse: 2600 North Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham
  • Cost: Free

BAAY Presents: School of Rock

School of Rock is a brand new musical based on the famous Paramount film written by Mike White and starring Jack Black. The musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. BAAY junior performers take on this hilarious production this May and will be singing, dancing, and playing instruments themselves! Tickets and more information at baay.org.

Event Details
  • Date: Friday, May 26 2017
  • End Date: May 28 2017
  • Recurrence: Daily
  • Time: 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Location: 1059 N State St.
  • Cost: $10

Project Connection: Curiosity, Culture, & Conversa

Masa DeLara, and skilled WDRC facilitators will empower and encourage residents to build personal awareness of issues relating to race, ethnicity, and cultural heritage. Workshops will also create space for dialogue to contribute to further learning, and inspire compassion and kindness to honor the diversity of neighbors throughout Whatcom County. This will take place in a Free 2 hour workshop, followed by a 1 hour facilitated community conversation. No need to RSVP This event will engage and empower participants to grow and engage in activities that: -Honor human diversity -Promote cultural self-awareness and understanding -Engage in cross-cultural learning activities to gain in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of ethnic and cultural groups -Examine historical and institutional power of the isms - racism, sexism, classism, etc. Event is most suitable for people over the age of 13 though all are welcome. Contact Iris Maute-Gibson at outreach@whatcomdrc.org, 360-676-0122 This event is made possible thanks to funding from Whatcom Community Foundations Project Neighborly

Event Details
  • Date: Saturday, May 27 2017
  • Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Location: East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (8251 Kendall Rd, Maple Falls, 98226 )
  • Cost: Free

Go Multichannel to Raise More Money

Tammy and Trent created a multichannel fundraising campaign that raised $70k and earned them Fundraising Success Magazine's Multichannel Campaign of the Year Award. These nationally renowned fundraising experts are bringing their expertise, strategies, and tools for a workshop on the critical steps to achieving multichannel campaign success. They will share data-driven generational engagement strategies including how to connect with the elusive millennials. Simultaneously, this session demonstrates the critical partnership between brand and fundraising strategies. Suitable for all nonprofit professionals of any size shop and level of experience Participant Outcomes, gain tangible strategies for: How to set critical multichannel campaign goals Choose channels aligned with specific campaign goals Develop powerful campaign messaging that inspires giving Inventory and leverage existing content assets (video, messaging, social media, etc.) Develop a campaign schedule/calendar to keep you on track Identify and empower social-media savvy volunteers and staff to take your campaign viral Innovative, hands-on strategies for engaging millennials in your campaign Presenters: R. Trent Thompson is President of Thompson & Company (aka Rebrand & Retool or Perish), a nonprofit brand and strategic communications firm. Hes passionate about helping nonprofits build brand relevance, but only stronger. Helping develop brand positioning thats not only better, but laser focused. Helping retool their multichannel marketing and communications system and support infrastructure to support and enable their engagement and fundraising initiatives for the long haul. When Trents not rebranding clients, building multichannel fundraising or awareness campaigns, and speaking at conferences, hes sharing snackable brand and marketing insights on his podcast called #BADASSforGOOD. Tammy Zonker is an envelope-pushing fundraising practitioner, an inspiring international speaker, and powerful trainer in the discipline of transformational fundraising. In the past decade she has coached, trained and led nonprofit teams to raise more than $400M including a single gift of $27.1M. She moved to Detroit in 2008 motivated to fund raise in the most challenging economy in the U.S. and has turned those experiences into fundraising strategies, tools and processes for creating breakthrough fundraising results in any economy. When she's not speaking at conferences or fundraising, youll find Tammy in Detroit leading online webinars and e-courses, hosting an online episode of ZTV or facilitating private workshops and retreats across North America and beyond. Named one of Americas Top 25 Fundraising Experts by Philanthropy Media. Subscribe to ZTV: https://vimeo.com/channels/tammyzonkerztv

Event Details
  • Date: Thursday, June 01 2017
  • Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm
  • Location: Bellingham Golf & Country Club, 3729 Meridian Street Bellingham, WA 98225
  • Cost: Member: $40, Non-member: $50, On-site: $60

BAAY Presents: Cats

Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, Cats tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. Lisa Markowitz directs BAAY seniors in realizing this true musical theatre phenomenon! Tickets and more information at baay.org.

Event Details
  • Date: Friday, June 02 2017
  • End Date: June 11 2017
  • Recurrence: Saturdays & Sundays
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: 1059 N State St.
  • Cost: $10

MAKE.SHIFT JUNE ART WALK: CRINGE

For the First Friday Art Walk in June, Make.Shift Gallery presents Cringe, a juried exhibition of gross art. Make.Shift has invited artists from across the community to submit works exploring the depths of creepiness and abjection. Artworks will span a variety of mediums created by both emerging and professional artists. The show will be on display until Saturday June 24th. Cringe is a celebration of all things uncomfortable, be ready to get grossed out! Were so excited to showcase how Bellingham artists have taken up the challenge to push the boundaries of taste. For more information about the Art Walk or Make.Shift please visit our website at makeshiftproject.com or contact Jessyca Murphy at gallery@makeshiftproject.com.

Event Details
  • Date: Friday, June 02 2017
  • Time: 6PM-10PM
  • Location: 306 Flora St, Bellingham WA 98225
  • Cost: Free

KAPOW Pop Up Plaza

Join Us as Pop-Up Plaza Takes Over State St & The Herald Parking Lot! KAPOW Plaza's temporary takeover will showcase the economic potential and community benefits of activating unproductive spaces while creating a more vibrant downtown. The 2016 KAPOW Placemaking Competition projects will be brought to life along State Streets sidewalks, where everyone can experience, explore, and interact with the placemaking tactics. With music, art and fun, we invite all Belling-hamsters to come together to learn, explore and engage in the transformation of place. Friday night features live art: 6-10pm FREE Live performance artists, shadow artists, mural painting, and live music - an art party not to miss! Saturday will be a day of interactive arts and entertainment: 10am-5pm FREE 10AM Morning Yoga- Bring your own mat 12pm- Kids talent show- sign up day of All Day- Community mural painting And wouldn't be complete without music, art, and fun for the whole family! Experience KAPOW winners BellingHops Debut, State of the Solar System, Uuntzbrella, and the bioluminescent State Street bike rack! As always, amazing local food and drink will be available too. Friday night at the Plaza and just around the corner at the Farmers Market all Saturday.

Event Details
  • Date: Friday, June 02 2017
  • End Date: June 03 2017
  • Time: 10AM-10PM
  • Location: 1100 N State St, Bellingham, WA 98225
  • Cost: FREE

Handbags for Housing

Thursday June 8th, from 5PM-9PM Downtown Bellinghams Depot Market Square, will become New York fashion week with a mission. Lydia Place, along with event partners Whatcom County Association of Realtors, The Beauty Institute-Schwarzkopf Professional, Labels Consignment and Wise Buys Thrift Store present Handbags for Housing, Downtown Bellinghams largest ladies (gentlemen welcome) night, fashion extravaganza and handbag exchange. Hundreds of handbags, a beauty bar, cocktail and wine vendors, along with local boutiques and retailers all come together under one roof (and a 3,2000 square foot tent), to showcase the sheer power of local fashion and philanthropy. Tickets go on sale April 3rd via the event website handbagsforhousing.com, with all proceeds benefitting Lydia Place services and housing for local homeless families. Tickets: $25: General* and a handbag from your closet $75: VIP*and a handbag from your closet $500: VIP Table of 4 (Includes 4 Admission)

Event Details
  • Date: Thursday, June 08 2017
  • Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Location: Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225
  • Cost: $25: General* and a handbag from your closet, $75: VIP*and a handbag from your closet,$500 VIP Table

Bridging Divides

Please join us for a lunch celebrating 25 years of conflict resolution service to Whatcom County. When: on Thursday, the 15th of June, from 11:30-1:00 Where: Northwood Hall Keynote Speaker: Magistrate Judge-Select Paula McCandlis Register: www.whatcomdrc.org, seats are limited. Register today!

Event Details
  • Date: Thursday, June 15 2017
  • End Date: June 15 2017
  • Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
  • Location: Northwood Hall 3240 Northwest Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225
  • Cost: FREE to attend. Suggested minimum donation of $50. Contributions of all amounts welcomed

Bellingham Pride All-Ages Dance

Bellingham Pride and Make.Shift Art Space present a night for anyone and everyone to celebrate their pride featuring music, dancing, activities and more.

Event Details
  • Date: Friday, July 07 2017
  • Time: 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 pm
  • Location: Make.Shift Art Space
  • Cost: Free

Bellingham Pride Festival

Bellingham Pride hosts a day to celebrate love, acceptance, and pride in downtown Bellingham. Music, vendors, food, drag queens, family and friends are only part of what makes Pride so special. Check it out for yourself and celebrate your pride.

Event Details
  • Date: Sunday, July 09 2017
  • Time: Noon
  • Location: Depot Market Square
  • Cost: Free