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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Apr
29
Sun
BRD Season 13 Audition @ Firehouse Performing Arts Center
Apr 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Calling all dancers! Bellingham Repertory Dance is auditioning for its 2018-2019 season on Sunday, April 29 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center. Please arrive 15 minutes early for registration ($12 audition/class fee).

Established in 2005, Bellingham Repertory Dance has built a reputation for producing fresh, engaging and diverse work with a mission to provide high-quality, contemporary dance performances to the local community and support established and emerging choreographers. As a dancer-driven organization, all members of BRD are expected to fulfill two distinct roles in the company. BRD members are both professional dancers and volunteers sharing the administrative duties of the nonprofit collective.

For more information please visit www.bhamrep.org.
Photo: Juliette Machado

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Sunday Chess in Bellingham @ Bellingham Public Library, Central Branch
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm
Sunday Chess in Bellingham @ Bellingham Public Library, Central Branch | Bellingham | Washington | United States

The Bellingham Chess & Coffee Meetup invites the community to join its Sunday afternoon chess play gatherings.  All ages and skill levels welcome.   It is an opportunity to meet other chess players and play the world’s oldest and most strategic game.  See website for additional details.

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Together In Song @ St. James Presbyterian Church
Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm
Together In Song @ St. James Presbyterian Church | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Join the Bellingham Community Chorus and Allegra Women’s Ensemble as they bring to you music for every taste. Enjoy a performance which will herald in the warm temperatures and longer days of spring and summer.

The Community Chorus will be commemorating two anniversaries, celebrating the King Singers at their 50th and 100th year of Leonard Bernstein’s birth by singing pieces by the Beatles to “West Side Story” tunes. They will also be joined by a Brass and Percussion Ensemble to perform Gwyneth Walker’s “Together in Song,” a three-song set of contemporary adaptations of American spirituals. Allegra will delight with songs of celebration, flowers and Celtic traditions. They will be joined by a small ensemble of flute, violin and percussion.

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Apr
30
Mon
Teen Swing @ ABCDance
Apr 30 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Teen Swing @ ABCDance | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Swing class focuses on East Coast Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and the solo jazz roots of the early swing era. We’ll be learning vintage line dances and their solo jazz steps along with the fundamentals of partner dancing. Each class will teach an element of swing technique in the context of a new move. No partner necessary.

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Irish & Folk Mondays
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Irish & Folk Mondays @ Bellingham | Washington | United States

Every Monday Jan Peters hosts an open Irish music from session from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., followed by a concert that is always very fine, fun and often stunning. The concerts feature artists that range from local and regional purveyors of fine acoustic traditional and trad-based folk music to national and internationally renown luminaries.

The session is a part of an ancient culture of oral tradition of learning and sharing within a cross-generational community context.

The wintertime venue for Irish & Folk Mondays is currently The Honeymoon:
http://www.honeymoonmeads.com

Now in my third season there, the Honeymoon provides a warm and cozy environ for intimate concerts and shows.

In the summertime we move out into the open air and fun of Boundary Bay Brewery’s lovely beer garden: https://www.bbaybrewery.com

Jan’s documentary on Mondays is a great watch and really shows what it’s all about:

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May
1
Tue
Story Time with Claire @ Village Books
May 1 @ 10:30 am
Story Time with Claire @ Village Books | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Join Claire in the Kids section every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for a half an hour of stories, songs, and movement as we read and get silly about books!

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Tuesday Teen Book Club @ WCLS Ferndale Library
May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Tuesday Teen Book Club @ WCLS Ferndale Library | Ferndale | Washington | United States

Love to read? Come to Book Club! We read books together and talk about books you are reading on your own. This is a great way to connect with other teens who also love to read. Grades 6-12.

 

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All Levels Chess Club @ WCLS South Whatcom Library
May 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
All Levels Chess Club @ WCLS South Whatcom Library | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Chess has been proven to enhance creativity, problem solving, memory, concentration, intellectual maturity, self-esteem and many other abilities. Beginners welcome.

 

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May
2
Wed
Wednesday Lunchtime Music @ Jansen Art Center
May 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Wednesday Lunchtime Music  @ Jansen Art Center | Lynden | Washington | United States

Join us every Wednesday for Lunchtime Music in the Piano Lounge. Support local artists while enjoying a delicious lunch from the Firehall Cafe’s new menu.

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Young Artists Club @ WCLS Ferndale Library
May 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Young Artists Club @ WCLS Ferndale Library | Ferndale | Washington | United States

Work on your art skills, engage in fun theatre/improv games and meet new friends. This is a social club for teens who love art, theatre and playing games with friends. Snacks and beverages are provided. For grades 6-12.

 

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May
3
Thu
Promising Futures: Whatcom County High School Art @ Jansen Art Center
May 3 @ 5:30 pm

Established in 1997 at the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Promising Futures: Whatcom County High School Student Art showcases the artwork of students from across the county. The Jansen Art Center has been proudly hosting the exhibit since 2014.

The show provides dedicated, aspiring high school artists a chance to display their work in a fine arts gallery. The exhibit includes drawings, paintings, ceramics and digital art. This year’s participating high schools are Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale, Lynden, Lynden Christian, Meridian, Mt. Baker, Options, Sehome and Squalicum.

Join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, May 3 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to engage with the student artists and enjoy live music in the Piano Lounge with guitarist, Adrian Clarke. The exhibit will be on display through Thursday, May 31.

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Hello! My Baby @ Claire vg Thomas Theater
May 3 @ 7:30 pm
Hello! My Baby @ Claire vg Thomas Theater | Lynden | Washington | United States

“Hello! My Baby” reboots the greatest hits of Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Eubie Blake and more, weaving their updated classics and fresh new tunes into a comic valentine set on the gritty sidewalks of New York at the turn of the last century. This is a hysterical romantic farce that is fun for all ages. This hilarious and timely “new-fashioned” musical follows the origins of the first all-American art form: popular music.

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May
4
Fri
2018 Trivia Bee & Silent Auction! @ Bellingham Technical College's Settlemyer Hall
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm
2018 Trivia Bee & Silent Auction! @ Bellingham Technical College's Settlemyer Hall | Bellingham | Washington | United States

The Whatcom Literacy Council’s annual Trivia Bee & Silent Auction will take place on Friday, May 4, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at BTC’s Settlemyer Hall. Join co-hosts Scotty VanDryver of KAFE Radio and Jeopardy! star Ken Jennings and match wits with other members of the community. Pizza, cookies and coffee will be available, as well as a cash bar with beer and wine. Our silent auction will feature an eclectic array of cool items under $200. Come join the fun! Bring your friends! For more information please email us at events@whatcomliteracy.org.

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Downtown Art Walk @ Downtown Bellingham
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Downtown Art Walk @ Downtown Bellingham

Art Walk exhibits the high quality of artists and remarkable variety of venues present in downtown Bellingham on the First Friday of every month.

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From the Hand of Dorothy Deets @ Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
From the Hand of Dorothy Deets @ Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery

Dorothy (1911 – 2009), a lifelong artist, attended Cornish College of the Arts. She began her career illustrating children’s books in the late 1930s. Her love of nature was evident in her art as she experimented in a variety of mediums, including wood carving, abstract oils and Sumi-e. Show runs May 4 – 26, 2018. Join us for an Art Walk reception May 4, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery is located at 311 W Holly St, in the heart of Old Town Bellingham. Our business hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. For more information visit our website: www.fourthcornerframes.com or give us a call 60-734-1340.

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Imaginary Friends: Kid’s Art Walk @ Make.Shift Art Space
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Imaginary Friends: Kid’s Art Walk @ Make.Shift Art Space | Stockton | California | United States

Every year, Make.Shift Gallery celebrates Kid’s Art Walk in May. This year, we’ve partnered with Cedar Tree Montessori and asked 4th to 6th grade students to create artistic renderings of their imaginary friends. Twenty young students were prompted to think about their imaginary friends and then bring them to life through drawing and painting. Over the last two months, Make.Shift Gallery promoted an open call to artists in the community encouraging them to create original responses inspired by the kid’s artwork. Every year these collaborations provide an exciting and inspirational experience for youth, artists and the viewing public. The First Friday opening will also feature creative activities for children hosted by Play Lab, a local after-school enrichment program.

To learn more about Play Lab please visit their website at play-lab.org. 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.

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Whatcom Literacy Council’s Annual Trivia Bee & Silent Auction @ Bellingham Technical College’s Settlemyer Hall in Campus Center
May 4 @ 6:00 pm
Whatcom Literacy Council’s Annual Trivia Bee & Silent Auction @ Bellingham Technical College’s Settlemyer Hall in Campus Center

Join co-hosts Scotty VanDryver of KAFE Radio and Jeopardy! star Ken Jennings and match wits with other members of the community. Thirty two teams, sponsored by local businesses, will compete against each other in four qualifying rounds leading up to the final round with eight teams. The winner will go home with the traveling “Totten Trophy.”  There is also an award for the best “cheer” section of the audience.

The evening begins with a silent auction at 6:00 p.m., with items donated by local businesses, and the Trivia Bee competition starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. This year there will be a cash bar with beer and wine, as well as cookies, coffee and slices of Rudy’s pizza available for donation. Miss Whatcom County will be there selling raffle tickets.

All proceeds go to support the Whatcom Literacy Council’s free literacy programs for adults here in Whatcom County.

Teams of three may register by emailing events@whatcomliteracy.org ($750 for a Corporate Team, $375 for a Self-Sponsored team.) “Cheer” tickets cost $15 per person, $5 for children under 12 and will be available at Village Books or at the door.

Major sponsors of the 2018 Trivia Bee include BP Cherry Point RefineryKaiser PermanenteMt Baker Roofing and WECU. Media sponsors include The Bellingham Herald and KAFE radio.

For more information regarding the 22nd Annual Trivia Bee & Silent Auction or to learn more about other ways you can promote literacy call the Whatcom Literacy Council at  752-8678 or visit www.whatcomliteracy.org.

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Hello! My Baby @ Claire vg Thomas Theater
May 4 @ 7:30 pm
Hello! My Baby @ Claire vg Thomas Theater | Lynden | Washington | United States

“Hello! My Baby” reboots the greatest hits of Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Eubie Blake and more, weaving their updated classics and fresh new tunes into a comic valentine set on the gritty sidewalks of New York at the turn of the last century. This is a hysterical romantic farce that is fun for all ages. This hilarious and timely “new-fashioned” musical follows the origins of the first all-American art form: popular music.

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Las Cafeteras @ McIntyre Hall
May 4 @ 7:30 pm

Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances and have crossed-genre and musical borders, playing with bands such as Mexican icons Caifanes, Lila Downs, Colombian superstar Juanes, Los Angeles legends Ozomatli, folk/indie favorites Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and most recently with Talib Kweli.

Born and raised east of the Los Angeles river, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories. Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and positive message. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles.

Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish and Spanglish and add a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Las Cafeteras use music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities, and create ‘a world where many worlds fit’.

“Uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … live, they’re magnetic.” ~ LA Times

The Sounds of Resistance: From Storytelling to Movement Building

Friday, May 4 1:00 p.m. Tickets: FREE ~ No tickets required

This interactive workshop allows participants to engage in the Power of Storytelling. Without our voices, His-story, Her-story, Your-Story and Our-story become defined through power, privilege and silence. Participants will be given tools and poetry prompts to begin to extract their own personal narrative. The session will end with each participant writing and sharing their poetry to a live musical performance by Las Cafeteras.

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May
6
Sun
Sunday Chess in Bellingham @ Bellingham Public Library, Central Branch
May 6 @ 2:00 pm
Sunday Chess in Bellingham @ Bellingham Public Library, Central Branch | Bellingham | Washington | United States

The Bellingham Chess & Coffee Meetup invites the community to join its Sunday afternoon chess play gatherings.  All ages and skill levels welcome.   It is an opportunity to meet other chess players and play the world’s oldest and most strategic game.  See website for additional details.

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May
7
Mon
Teen Swing @ ABCDance
May 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Teen Swing @ ABCDance | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Swing class focuses on East Coast Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and the solo jazz roots of the early swing era. We’ll be learning vintage line dances and their solo jazz steps along with the fundamentals of partner dancing. Each class will teach an element of swing technique in the context of a new move. No partner necessary.

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Irish & Folk Mondays
May 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Irish & Folk Mondays @ Bellingham | Washington | United States

Every Monday Jan Peters hosts an open Irish music from session from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., followed by a concert that is always very fine, fun and often stunning. The concerts feature artists that range from local and regional purveyors of fine acoustic traditional and trad-based folk music to national and internationally renown luminaries.

The session is a part of an ancient culture of oral tradition of learning and sharing within a cross-generational community context.

The wintertime venue for Irish & Folk Mondays is currently The Honeymoon:
http://www.honeymoonmeads.com

Now in my third season there, the Honeymoon provides a warm and cozy environ for intimate concerts and shows.

In the summertime we move out into the open air and fun of Boundary Bay Brewery’s lovely beer garden: https://www.bbaybrewery.com

Jan’s documentary on Mondays is a great watch and really shows what it’s all about:

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