This calendar is the place to find fun events happening throughout Whatcom County including Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden and beyond.
A FREE training opportunity for community members in the east Whatcom County area, Mental Health First Aid participants earn a certificate that demonstrates they’ve learned a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors and others cope with mental health or substance use problems. The certificate is good for three years and is modeled on the standard principles of first aid so that people without formal healthcare training can provide support until appropriate help is received. The class is offered by the Area Health Education Center for Western Washington as part of its mission to strengthen healthcare in rural communities. AHECWW is located at Whatcom Community College. Registration is limited to 30 attendees and more information is available at AHECWW.org/Training.
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.
Receive free, unbiased, confidential help with finding free or low-cost health care options from the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA). A certified staff member and a volunteer will walk through your options. Language interpreter services available. Please call WAHA for an appointment slot (360-788-6594) and bring all health insurance cards, a current list of medications and proof of household income if you are applying for any medical or prescription assistance programs.
A training series for past participants of conflict training programs, Tools for Tough Conversations provides practical tips on applying conflict de-escalation and communication skills at home, work or in the community. Each supportive learning session is designed to refresh you on key conflict awareness and assertiveness skills and provides ample practice time using scenarios, worksheets and group learning activities, all with the help of trained mediators & facilitators.
In order to register for a Tools for Tough Conversations workshop, you must first have taken one or more of the following prerequisites offered by the WDRC and its partners:
Understanding Conflict, Professional Mediation Training, Civility in Our Democracy or Leadership Whatcom.
Prepare for and Respond to Stress and Conflict: Conflict awareness tools for working with physiological impacts and habitual reactions and stress patterns. Review the cycle of reaction, practice stress reduction tips and work with your physiology be mindful of steps to get onto the balcony for a better perspective of the situation or confusion.
$20 per session or $80 for all six sessions (non-refundable). Come to one session, or all six. To register, call the Program Coordinator at 360-676-0122 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can register online at https://www.whatcomdrc.org/tools-for-tough-conversations/. Space is limited so pre-registration is encouraged. Presented by Dumas & Associates.
Local businesses looking to generate sales using digital ads this holiday season are invited to a free educational workshop at the historical Bellingham National Bank Building, 103 E. Holly Street, Suite 211.
Hosted by Bellingham companies Ethoseo Marketing and Veritas Media Productions, the workshop will empower local businesses to use tools like Google My Business and Google Ads to reach customers this holiday season.
In addition to providing workshop attendees with coffee and snacks for fuel, organizers will hand out insightful materials to take back to the office.
The webinar is presented by Google’s Get Your Business Online, in collaboration with Small Thanks.
Make your own rock candy! Learn how crystals are formed and have fun making a delicious treat. Stop by the library throughout the week to watch your rock candy form and take yours home on September 26! Join us the third Wednesday of each month for some fun and exciting S.T.E.A.M.-related programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). All materials provided. For grades 4-7.
Western Libraries Reading Series: Derek Moscato – “Pipelines and Prairie Protest: How Great Plains Environmentalists Win Hearts and Minds and Change the Media Narrative.”
Derek Moscato is an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Public Relations at WWU. His research focuses on the confluence of strategic communication with environmentalism and globalization. He will discuss the use of strategic communication and media/publicity strategies within contemporary environmental activism, drawing from the ongoing case of Bold Nebraska, a grassroots advocacy group that has opposed the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL petroleum pipeline.
Are you a writer in search of a writing group? Village Books is hosting a poetry writing group on the mezzanine level of the store near the poetry section and Book Fare Café. Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals. This group is open to newcomers and drop-ins and meets the first and third Thursday of each month from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Be confident! Be empowered! Be a leader! Be a Toastmaster! Mark your calendars for the Barkley Toasters Open House on Friday, October 19 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the Dorothy Haggen Building (2211 Rimland Dr. Suite 106) in Bellingham. Whether you’re new to public speaking or an expert, join us for an inside look at Toastmasters International and how you can hone your leadership skills and give award-worthy presentations. Enjoy free refreshments and find out why Barkley Toastmasters is a perfect club for you! More information at https://barkleyn.toastmastersclubs.org/. We meet the first, third and fifth Fridays of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Most of the garden has been harvested, and it’s looking pretty sad out there. If you didn’t put in a winter garden (yes, we can grow veggies year round in our climate!), there are some things that you can do now to prepare your garden for next year that will help build good soil and prevent weeds. This workshop will provide guidelines for creating a healthier garden next year, as well as the benefits of starting a winter garden. Learn about how to plant fruit trees/bushes, divide perennials and provide winter protection. Presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. (Community Orchards for Resources and Education).
Two poetry workshops will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, at Mindport Exhibits, 210 W. Holly St., to benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. Registration is required; cost is $30 for one workshop or $50 for both, paid by check or cash at the workshop.
To register, send an email to email@example.com. Indicate the workshop(s) you wish to attend, and include your name and phone number. Please bring writing materials.
10:00 a.m.-noon: Jory Mickelson will use Yellowstone National Park as metaphor and structure to examine and reinvigorate your writing. Be prepared to compose new work based on prompts. Also, bring one or two short poetic pieces/fragments that don’t want to come together, and a photograph of an outdoor place you love.
Mickelson, who grew up in the wilds of Montana, has received an Academy of American Poet’s Prize and a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry. He is the author of three chapbooks. Follow him at jorymickelson.com.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Maya Jewel Zeller and Laura Read will present “The American Character & The Personal Pronoun” to help participants generate writing that explores their lives as artifacts of our current national landscape.
Zeller teaches at Central Washington University. She contributed to an interdisciplinary collaboration, “Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts;” and wrote the chapbook “Yesterday, the Bees” and the poetry collection “Rust Fish.”
Read’s first collection of poems, “Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral,” was published in 2012. Her second, “Dresses from the Old Country,” will be published in October 2018. She teaches at Spokane Falls Community College.
Press contact: Dean Kahn, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-393-8222.
The 5th Northwest Cancer Patient Summit will be held at the Health Education Center at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital on October 20, 2018. Admission is free! Topics include managing side effects of immunotherapy, the sexual aftermath of cancer, marijuana for the the management of side effects from cancer therapy and complementary therapy in cancer management.