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Teen Minecraft @ Blaine Library
Mar 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join in on this fun game and play with other Minecraft enthusiasts. You can use our library laptops and accounts or use your own. For grades 6-12.  Thursdays, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. No Minecraft December 1. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, 360-305-3637.

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Live Music in the Piano Lounge @ Jansen Art Center
Mar 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Live Music in the Piano Lounge  @ Jansen Art Center  | Lynden | Washington | United States

Join us every Thursday night for Live Music in the Piano Lounge from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Support local artists while enjoying something delicious from the Firehall Cafe’s new menu. Kulshan Brewing on tap along with a variety of wines and appetizers.

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Adult Absolute Beginners Tap Dance @ ABCDance
Mar 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Adult Absolute Beginners Tap Dance @ ABCDance | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Absolute Beginner Tap Class is designed for adult students with zero experience looking to jump in to the world of tap dance and rhythm. We will work on concepts such as weight placement and change, even rhythm versus swing time and core tap sounds and steps such as but not limited to step, stamp and stomp, flaps and shuffles. Thursday nights at 5:30p.
Class is $12 to drop in and there is no need to sign up. Class Cards are also available and can be used for any of our Adult classes, $50 for 5 classes or $100 for 11 classes. For more information visit ABCDanceBellingham.com

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Chuckanut Radio Hour at the Claire VG Thomas Theatre in Lynden @ Claire VG Thomas Theatre in Lynden
Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm

The Chuckanut Radio Hour is coming to Lynden for the very first time! We are thrilled to welcome Janie Chang back to discuss her newest novel, “Dragon Springs Road.”

Shanghai, 1908. Seven-year old Jialing is abandoned in the courtyard of an ancient estate. As a Eurasian child, she is rejected by Chinese and Europeans alike and finds only two allies: a Fox spirit and Anjuin, daughter of the family that moves into the estate. Jialing grows up during the tumultuous early years of Republican China, always hopeful of finding her mother. But she is drawn into a murder at the periphery of political intrigue, a relationship that ruins her friendship with Anjuin, and a forbidden affair that brings danger to the man she loves.

Janie Chang draws upon family history for her novels. Her first novel, “Three Souls,” was a finalist for the 2014 BC Book Prizes fiction award nominated for the 2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. “Dragon Springs Road” is her second book.

Tickets for the Chuckanut Radio Hour are $5 and will soon be available at Village Books and BrownPaperTickets.com. Receive a free ticket with pre-purchase of “Dragon Springs Road” (OR if you’ve already bought the book, with each paid ticket you’ll receive a $5 voucher to spend on Village Books merchandise at the show).

The Chuckanut Radio Hour, a recipient of Bellingham’s prestigious Mayor’s Arts Award, is a radio variety show that began in January 2007. Each Chuckanut Radio Hour includes guest authors, musicians, performance poet Kevin Murphy, Cascadia Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes, and episodes of “As the Ham Turns” serial radio comedy, not to mention groaner jokes by hosts Chuck & Dee Robinson and announcer Rich Donnelly. The Chuckanut Radio Hour’s first guest was Erik Larson and has since included Alexander McCall Smith, Elizabeth George, Cheryl Strayed, Sherman Alexie, Tom Robbins and Garrison Keillor, among many others.

The Radio Hour airs every Friday at 7 a.m., Saturday evening at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 9 p.m. on SPARK RADIO, KMRE 102.3FM.  Co-sponsored by the Claire VG Thomas Theatre,  12th Street Shoes and Westside Pizza.

 

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Fun with LEGO™ Robotics @ Blaine Library
Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Build awesome LEGO™ Mindstorms robots and learn to program them to take on cool challenges. For all enthusiasts ages 12 to adult. Call (306) 305-3637 for information. Thursdays, December 8, Jan. 12, & Feb. 9, 6:30 PM to 8 PM.  Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, 360-305-3637.

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Teen Club Thursday @ WCLS North Fork Library
Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Teen Club Thursday @ WCLS North Fork Library | Maple Falls | Washington | United States

Come hang out with other local teens as we play games, talk about books, and make crafts. Join us for a different activity each week. Snacks and materials provided. For grades 6 – 12.

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The Freedom to Marry @ Pickford Film Center
Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm
The Freedom to Marry @ Pickford Film Center | Bellingham | Washington | United States

One of the most surprising things about the same sex marriage movement is that, actually, it was carefully planned and orchestrated over decades. The Freedom to Marry is an intimate and epic documentary which goes behind-the-scenes to reveal the inner workings and key players of this historic civil rights battle. This is a riveting ride alongside Evan Wolfson, the man known as architect of the movement, civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto, and their key colleagues as they wage their climactic battle before the United States Supreme Court, providing fresh perspective on the movement’s history along the way. This is a primer for social change, and an inspirational tale of how people can actually make a difference.

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A Journey to the Source of India’s Sacred River @ WCLS Lynden Library
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A Journey to the Source of India's Sacred River @ WCLS Lynden Library | Lynden | Washington | United States

Join author Debu Majumdar for a tour of north India, from the plains to the Himalayas. The presentation will be based on Debu’s novel “Sacred River: A Himalayan Journey.” This novel is set in India and has a message for peace and renewal in life, while sharing travels in India, hiking to the Himalayas, a gold heist from a temple, legends and folk stories. The book gives “a wonderfully vivid flavor of India with all its idiosyncrasies and contradictions.”

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Learn to think on your Feet @ Improv Playworks Studio
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come join us for a FREE workshop. An evening of play, creativity, storytelling and fun! We will do a selection of games and exercises from improvisational theater. All levels welcome, absolutely no experience necessary!

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Spanish Storytime/Cuentos en Español @ WCLS Lynden Library
Mar 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Spanish Storytime/Cuentos en Español @ WCLS Lynden Library | Lynden | Washington | United States

For ages 3-5, Spanish Storytime features the traditional elements of storytime, open to all families interested in hearing stories, songs, and rhymes in Spanish. No storytime on April 7. Incluye los elementos tradicionales de la hora de cuentos, abierto para todas las familias interesadas en escuchar historias, canciones y rimes en Español. Edades 3-5.

 

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Stories & Play @ WCLS Ferndale Library
Mar 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Stories & Play @ WCLS Ferndale Library | Ferndale | Washington | United States

For ages 3-5, Stories & Play begins with a Preschool Storytime, followed by open early learning play with a variety of activities and materials.

 

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Stories & Play @ WCLS Sourth Whatcom Library
Mar 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Stories & Play @ WCLS Sourth Whatcom Library | Bellingham | Washington | United States

For ages 3-5, Stories & Play begins with a Preschool Storytime, followed by open early learning play with a variety of activities and materials.

 

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Not Just for Kids: How Children’s Literature Inspires Bold Conversations @ Lecture Room at the Central Library
Mar 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Humanities Washington Speaker and University of Washington Senior Lecturer Anu Taranath will discuss how kids—and adults—can use children’s books from around the globe to navigate our complicated world. No registration required; feel free to bring your lunch! Call Suzanne at 360-778-7236 for more information.

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Whatcom Community College Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Special Exhibition at the Whatcom Museum @ Old City Hall
Mar 24 @ 12:00 pm
Whatcom Community College Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Special Exhibition at the Whatcom Museum @ Old City Hall | Bellingham | Washington | United States

From the beginning of its 50-year history, Whatcom Community College (WCC) has been recognized as an innovator. To celebrate 50 years of excellence and a future of new opportunities, WCC is partnering with the Whatcom Museum to present a college history exhibition at Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. The exhibition opens Saturday, March 18 and will remain at the museum through May. It moves to WCC’s campus on West Kellogg Road in June.

Talk to people who worked at the College in the early days – before there was a campus and classes were taught at leased buildings throughout the county – and you’ll hear some unbelievable stories. But WCC, and its graduates, thrived. Today, Whatcom is regarded as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges. This exhibition will engage visitors with “groovy” WCC memorabilia, recorded memories, and opportunities for guests to share their own Whatcom stories. General admission to the museum is $10.  Old City Hall is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

Learn more about WCC’s 50th anniversary events at whatcom.edu/50.

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The Toad Prince @ Mount Baker Theatre
Mar 24 @ 12:15 pm
The Toad Prince @ Mount Baker Theatre | Bellingham | Washington | United States

The son of a magical water sprite and a prince of toads, Indri must learn to place another’s needs before his own. Inspired by the compassion of a courageous friend, Indri discovers that true beauty is found within the kindness we show and accept from others. Tears of Joy Theatre uses beautiful puppet theatre to engage and delight audiences.

There are two performances each day from Tuesday March 21st to Friday, March 24th. Complete performance dates are:

Tue. Mar 21st, 2017 10:00 AM
Tue. Mar 21st, 2017 12:15 PM
Wed. Mar 22nd, 2017 10:00 AM
Wed. Mar 22nd, 2017 12:15 PM
Thu. Mar 23rd, 2017 10:00 AM
Thu. Mar 23rd, 2017 12:15 PM
Fri. Mar 24th, 2017 10:00 AM
Fri. Mar 24th, 2017 12:15 PM

It is $9.50 for those within Bellingham School District, and $8 for those outside of the district.

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Teen Anime Afternoon @ WCLS Ferndale Library
Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Teen Anime Afternoon @ WCLS Ferndale Library | Ferndale | Washington | United States

Each week we watch a different anime, have some popcorn, and discuss the show. It is a fun way to meet new people and sample new anime. For: Grades 6-12.

 

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Vintner’s Dinner at Great Blue Heron Grill with Dynasty Cellars @ Great Blue Heron
Mar 24 @ 5:30 pm

We invite you to join us in welcoming Dynasty Cellars to Great Blue Heron Grill at Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club. Meet Peter Osvaldik, winemaker and enjoy the chance to mingle with fellow wine lovers. Chef Bruno Feldeisen and Shawn Tolliver have prepared a three-course meal paired exquisitely with the Dynasty Cellars wines. Cheers!

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BAAY Presents: Godspell @ BAAY Theatre
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm
BAAY Presents: Godspell @ BAAY Theatre | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Godspell is back! The first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children Of Eden) took the world by storm. Dana Crediford makes her directorial debut at BAAY with this cast of talented theatre artists ages 13-17. Performances Mach 17-19 and 24-26 at the BAAY Theatre (1059 N State St). Tickets on sale now at baay.org!

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Against All Odds – improv comedy @ The Upfront Theatre
Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm
Against All Odds - improv comedy @ The Upfront Theatre | Bellingham | Washington | United States

There’s nothing more inspirational than the story of an underdog who triumphs with the odds stacked against them. Join us, for Against All Odds as we use the structure of this classic tale to create a fully improvised journey of the down and out working their way to victory! From the crazy coach, the nasty rival, to the inspirational training montage, you’ll find all of the great aspects of an underdog story live on our stage. There will be sweat, tears and laughs each night with a new story and hero created as they overcome impossible odds!

Against All Odds runs every Friday and Saturday this March at 8pm at The Upfront Theatre. Advance tickets are available online at theupfront.com or the night of show at the theatre (if available). Doors open forty-five minutes before show time for walk-up sales.

The Upfront Theatre is a 100-seat cabaret style venue that offers live improv comedy shows every Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8+10 p.m. Established by Ryan Stiles in 2004, the theatre is available for hire for entertainment, staff development training, and classes. For more information visit theupfront.com or call 360-733-8855.

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Face Off – improv comedy @ The Upfront Theatre
Mar 24 @ 10:00 pm
Face Off - improv comedy @ The Upfront Theatre | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Whoever said improv comedy couldn’t be competitive? We’re taking away the warm and fuzzy feelings of collaborating and are fighting for your laughs in Face Off. Our improvisers will enter the proverbial coliseum of comedy to battle against each other with the audience serving as the judge and jury of comedy quality. Your applause will determine the points our players receive in their quest for glory in this high stakes/high energy show! Complete with elimination rounds and competitive improv games, our teams are going to make you laugh until you cry and drink your tears* (okay, half that’s true).
*no slurping of tears will occur on our premises

Face Off runs every Friday and Saturday this March at 10 p.m. at The Upfront Theatre. Advance tickets are available online at theupfront.com or the night of show at the theatre (if available). Doors open forty-five minutes before show time for walk-up sales.

The Upfront Theatre is a 100-seat cabaret style venue that offers live improv comedy shows every Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8+10 p.m. Established by Ryan Stiles in 2004, the theatre is available for hire for entertainment, staff development training, and classes. For more information visit theupfront.com or call 360-733-8855.

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Whatcom Land Trust Work Party – Fenton Nature Reserve @ Fenton Nature Reserve
Mar 25 @ 9:00 am
Whatcom Land Trust Work Party - Fenton Nature Reserve @ Fenton Nature Reserve | Custer | Washington | United States

Join us for tree planting and invasive plant control at Fenton Nature Reserve near Custer. This incredible property is home to a gorgeous beaver pond and salmon-bearing stream, and is one of the largest natural areas in the northern part of the county. Your efforts to suppress blackberry and English holly will help keep this special place usable for creatures great and small.

Directions: I-5, exit at Birch Bay-Lynden Road and then immediate left on to Valley View and travel North approximately two miles. Property is east of Valley View Road and north of intersection with McGee Road.

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5K Trail Winter Run Series
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am

Brush off the winter blues with a good race!

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