Whatcom Events Calendar

This calendar is the place to find fun events happening throughout Whatcom County including Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden and beyond.

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Feb
22
Fri
Megan Griswold book event at Village Books – 7:00 pm @ Village Books
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm
Megan Griswold book event at Village Books - 7:00 pm @ Village Books

Megan Griswold, author of The Book of Help, will be at Village Books on 2/22 starting at 7:00pm for a Q&A, reading, and book signing.

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Feb
23
Sat
16th Annual Children’s Literature Conference @ Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center
Feb 23 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Western Washington University will host five award-winning children’s and young adult book authors and illustrators from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at Western’s Performing Arts Center as part of Western’s 16th Annual Children’s Literature Conference. The conference brings together teachers, librarians, readers and writers to celebrate children’s literature and reflect on how children’s books shape the experience of growing up. This year’s speakers include: Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann, Barbara O’Connor, Neal Shusterman and Jerry Pinkney.
Registration opens on Oct. 17 and is available through the conference website at wwuclc.com. The cost to attend is $175 with an early bird rate of $125 available through Jan. 16. Discounts are available for students, para-professionals, retired teachers and Western employees.

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Recreation Northwest Expo @ Bellingham Ferry Terminal
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Recreation Northwest Expo @ Bellingham Ferry Terminal | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Come discover your next outdoor adventure at the Recreation Northwest EXPO. Seventy exhibitors and 2,000 runners, bikers, sailors, paddlers and others who are looking for new ways to play outside. The EXPO is free and open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23 in Bellingham, Washington. Bring your friends and family to meet face to face with Apparel and Gear Manufacturers, Retailers, Outfitters, Outdoor Media, Activity Clubs, Stewardship Organizations and representatives from your favorite local recreation events and races.

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Whatcom READS: Wildfire and Resilience @ Deming Library
Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bellingham author and poet Leslie Wharton shares her experience of wildfire and recovery. Co-author of Phoenix Rising: Stories of Remarkable Women Walking Through Fire, she celebrates her journey from fire to the calming waters of the Salish Sea.

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Whatcom READS: Local Author Lit Live! Reading @ Village Books in Fairhaven
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Whatcom READS: Local Author Lit Live! Reading @ Village Books in Fairhaven

The Fellowship of Fire is Joseph King’s account of his 45-year career chasing wildfires across America. It shares the stories of the brave men and women who have devoted themselves to this dangerous and critical work. The event is part of Whatcom READS; this year’s title is The Big Burn by Timothy Egan.

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Feb
25
Mon
8-Week Performance Cycling Training Camp @ Bellingham Training & Tennis Club
Feb 25 – Apr 20 all-day

Winter weather can make it hard to train and keep you stuck on the couch, leaving you feeling weaker than last year. Whatever your sport, our 8-week Cycle Moles Performance Cycling training is the plan that will help you hit the summer trails hard. After 8 weeks, you will: go faster and harder; longer with less effort; increase comfort and efficiency; & be ready for longer rides! Call the Club to register today – just 2 spots remain for Cycle Moles 1, and 8 for Cycle Moles 2.

Call today to reserve your spot, (360) 733-5050.

Level 1: Mon/Weds 7-8 a.m. Build strength and power!
Level 2: Tues/Thurs 6:45 – 8:15 p.m. Level up with guaranteed strength & stamina gains!

And in the meantime, check out our FREE webinar to unlock the 4 Keys to Becoming a STRONGER & MORE CONFIDENT Cyclist, to help you feel ready to ride anywhere. https://bellinghamtrainingtennis.mykajabi.com/opt-in-03688484-cdda-4af3-bff4-e74004d761f0

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Lynden “Daddy/Mommy and Me” Therapeutic Dance/Movement Group @ The Barre Pointe
Feb 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Lynden "Daddy/Mommy and Me" Therapeutic Dance/Movement Group @ The Barre Pointe

Arise Well Counseling Services, L.L.C. will be at the Barre Pointe studio conducting dance and movement classes geared toward children who may have difficulty communicating or expressing their feelings. This is a therapeutic form of dance and movement for kids and their parent/caregiver.

This is not put on by The Barre Pointe but will be held at their studio. If you have any questions please contact Lydia Peckover, MS, MA, LMHC at Arise Well Counseling Services, L.L.C.

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Experience Brain Fitness @ Bellingham Public Library
Feb 25 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Keeping your brain fit by learning new skills, exercising your memories and challenging your brain to adapt and change can help delay or prevent the onset of memory challenges. No matter what your age, you can change and strengthen your brain! Come and get your brain loose and limber with fun brain training games and exercises led by Certified Brain Fitness Trainer Dawn Anderson. Adults of all ages welcome!

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Indoor Wheelchair GangBall @ Indoor Wheelchair GangBall
Feb 25 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Indoor Wheelchair GangBall @ Indoor Wheelchair GangBall | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Indoor Wheelchair GangBall at Bloedel Donovan Park
September – May, Mondays, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Sport Wheelchairs are provided.

Non-handicapped are welcome to play too.

Please call or text if planning to be there or have any questions.
Jeff: 360-303-2130 RSVP

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Monday Meditation @ Center for Mindful Use
Feb 25 @ 5:55 pm
Monday Meditation @ Center for Mindful Use | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Whether you are new to meditation or a veteran “sitter,” please join us every Monday evening in Bellingham’s Forum de Freedom as the CMU community gathers to practice stillness. Meditation unites mind, body and spirt, helping one tap into the deep state of relaxation, peace — and sometimes inspiration! — that exists within all of us.

Some have found mindful cannabis use an aid to meditation, helping calm the “monkey mind” and ground oneself in the present moment.

Our Monday Night Meditation could not be more simple. We meet. We greet. We take a seat. On most evenings, our practice includes our beautiful Tibetan crystal singing bowl, which invokes a state of deep relaxation that can naturally assist one in entering a meditative state.

And we always finish before 7:00 p.m.

This is not a meditation class, but during the “greet” we can share meditation practices that may assist those new to meditation.

Please arrive by 5:55 p.m. so we can begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Doors will be locked shortly after our meditation begins to minimize disturbance to other sitters.

Drop-ins welcome. Please bring your own meditation pillow (we do have a few first-come/first-serve loaners) or plan to use a chair. It all works. And it’s all free. (Inspired love donations always gratefully accepted.)

Please check www.mindfuluse.org for last-minute schedule changes.

Unless otherwise noted, events sponsored by the Center for Mindful Use are “Canna-friendly,” that is that our instructors neither encourage nor discourage cannabis use, but encourage guests to show up as they are. Please note that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted.

The Forum is located in the Center for Mindful Use behind Satori Cannabis Boutique, about a block NW of the Bham Farmer’s Market. Please use CMU’s separate side entrance located on Cornwall Avenue. Just over The Rainbow Bridge.

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Feb
26
Tue
Shibashi Tai Chi @ Bellingham Public Library
Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Shibashi is one of the most popular qigong sets in the world and can be performed seated or standing. This session will lead the participants through 18 movements that are gentle and peaceful. With a focus on breathing, the movements may reduce stress; improve concentration, calm emotions, increase energy and overall flexibility leading to better health and wellbeing. No registration required. For more information, contact Jenni at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217.

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Chair Tai Chi @ Bellingham Public Library
Feb 26 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Chair Tai Chi uses all of the concepts and flowing choreographed movements of standing Tai Chi except it is performed in a seated position. It is often called “Meditation in Motion” because it connects the mind and the body to achieve health and well-being. Chair Chi, as it is often called, is an excellent exercise for people who may have concerns about balance and want to improve their stability. In this session, the presenter will teach the participants a set of movements that can be done at home. Take-home materials will be provided. For more information, contact Jenni at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217.

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WWU Women’s Basketball vs. Simon Fraser @ WECU Court at Carver Gym
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come support WWU Women’s Basketball as they take on Simon Fraser at Carver Gym!

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Feb
27
Wed
To Catch a Map Thief @ Western Libraries Map Collection, WWU
Feb 27 @ 4:00 pm
To Catch a Map Thief @ Western Libraries Map Collection, WWU

Retired librarian Robert Lopresti will present “To Catch a Map Thief” on Wednesday, February 27 at 4:00 p.m. at WWU in the Map Collection, located in Wilson Library Room 290. In 2006, there was a major map theft at Western Washington University. Rob Lopresti will talk about a two-year investigation by Western Libraries personnel that resulted in the conviction of a man who had stolen publications from more than 100 libraries around the country.

Lopresti retired in 2018 after 31 years as a librarian at Western, including eight years as map librarian. He recently won the Lane/Saunders Research Award for his recent nonfiction book, “When Women Didn’t Count: The Chronic Mismeasure and Marginalization of American Women in Federal Statistics,” and is also a prize-winning mystery author.

This talk is offered as part of the Western Libraries Speaking of Maps lectures, designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life. For more information about this event, please contact Dennis Matthews, Dennis.Matthews@wwu.edu, 360-650-3272.

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Everyday Yoga @ Center for Mindful Use
Feb 27 @ 5:55 pm

All-levels yoga postures and teachings for the everyday person. Join us every Wednesday at 5:55 p.m. in the Forum de Freedom to learn the practice of yoga in simple language.

Yoga is a practice that helps us access a state of integration and wholeness inside ourselves. It is not just for the flexible, although it will build flexibility. It is not just for the meditator, although it will teach you to meditate. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga.

Come join The Heart School, a depth yoga school for everyday people, as we learn and practice the whole-person experience of yoga together. Yoga asana (postures), breathwork (pranayama), meditation and philosophy.

*Must bring your own mat*

Please arrive on time. Doors will be locked soon after our practice begins to minimize disturbance.

Drop-ins welcome. The class is free with inspired love donations gratefully accepted.

Please check www.mindfuluse.org for last-minute schedule changes.
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Unless otherwise noted, events sponsored by the Center for Mindful Use are “Canna-friendly,” that is that our instructors neither encourage nor discourage cannabis use, but encourage guests to show up as they are. Please note that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted.

The Forum is located in the Center for Mindful Use behind Satori Cannabis Boutique, about a block NW of the Bham Farmer’s Market. Please use CMU’s separate side entrance located on Cornwall Avenue. Just over The Rainbow Bridge.

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Feb
28
Thu
Dance for People with PD and other Neurological Disorders @ Ballet Bellingham
Feb 28 @ 11:00 am
Dance for People with PD and other Neurological Disorders @ Ballet Bellingham

Taught by Pam Kuntz, artistic director of Kuntz and Company and faculty at WWU with accompanist Mike Bajuk.

This class is specially designed for people living with Parkinson’s disease. Caregivers and supporting family or friends are also welcome, as are individuals living with other movement or neurological disorders.

Call Pam at 360-510-4711 or e-mail her at kuntzpam@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Free – no registration necessary.

 

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WWU Men’s Basketball vs. Western Oregon University @ WECU Court at Carver Gym
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come support WWU Men’s Basketball as they take on WOU at Carver Gym!

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Mar
2
Sat
The Bellingham Bike Swap @ The Mountain Room at Boundary Bay
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am
The Bellingham Bike Swap @ The Mountain Room at Boundary Bay

It’s that time of year again to shop around for your new spring and summer wheels. Donate, sell, purchase, volunteer, and enjoy your way through this all-day event taking place at Boundary Bay Brewery on Saturday, March 2nd. Money raised by The Bellingham Bike Swap will be used to support Shifting Gears’ programs, and to help individuals break down barriers that prevent them from getting outside and experiencing what our local recreation has to offer. All ages and free entry to the public. Visit www.letsshiftgears.com/bellingham-bike-swap for a schedule of the event day and more info on how to participate, volunteer, and sponsor.

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