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.
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.
Meet new people, play new games! Families and individuals are invited to come play board games at the library. Games like Sushi Go!, Carcassonne, Lyndenopoly and Codenames will be available to play or bring your own to share. No experience necessary! Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to facilitate and teach games on the second Monday of every month. For ages 8+.
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:
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:
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.
Join us for an LGBTQ+ centered book group that explores Stonewall Book Award Winners and Honor books. The Stonewall Book Award recognizes excellence in LGBTQ+ themed young adult books. All teen readers, 8th grade and up, are welcome to attend and engage in fun, respectful dialogue facilitated by WCLS staff. Refreshments provided.
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 email@example.com. 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.
New Program and New Space!
War through the Eyes of Women: A Book Club starting Fall 2018
Open House on October 16, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Whether you were raised on an army post or served on one, you know that the lives of military families are nothing like the rest of Americans’. Join us as we discuss powerful literature by writers who have a deep understanding of military service and life on the home front. The discussions will be guided by skilled leaders to help participants connect the literature and the author’s meaning to their own lives.
We recognize that the experience of female military members is different than that of female family members, but our goal here is support and try to understand each other as women in our different experiences via military life, and to gain strength from our collective resilience.
The Vet Center has expanded! Come see the new conference room and help us choose the first book!
Are you curious about the mystery and mechanism of gravity; the nature, meaning and problems of time; or the possibilities of many worlds and multiverses? Get together to discuss topics like these with Lee Moseley and your curious friends and neighbors, and explore the most vexing questions in theoretical physics.
Every Tuesday night The Green Frog transforms into the best area for dancing and DJing in town. Imagine: a retro throwback to the SOUL TRAIN era! So grab your friends and bring them down to the longest standing DJ night in Bellingham. From Al Green to Kool & The Gang. Aretha Franklin to Earth, Wind & Fire; James Brown to David Bowie. Put on your best suede clothes, your most comfortable dancing shoes and most stylish attire and experience why this is the most fun and long-lasting DJ/Dance night in Whatcom County. From millennial college students to groovy baby boomers, this night suits all. Requests welcome! Come enjoy the finest beer on tap and mixed drink specials that will rock your socks. Did we mention it has home made margaritas on tap, food BBQ specials and the best custom Grilled Cheese sandwiches in town? This is THE place to be Tuesday nights. A truly righteous night of dancing is in your future. Tuesday’s at The Green Frog is out of sight!