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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Mar
25
Mon
Intermediate English Conversation Class @ Bellingham Public Library
Mar 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Intermediate English Conversation Class at the Bellingham Public Library is offered by the Whatcom Literacy Council for people who want to practice speaking English. It is facilitated by a trained volunteer who will lead the class. The class will focus on reading, writing and speaking about everyday activities, American Culture, and current events. The class takes place in an open setting. The program is for intermediate levels. Contact Gloria Garcia at sgc@whatcomliteracy.org or 360-752-8679 for more information.

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Mar
26
Tue
Preschool Story time at Launching Success @ Launching Success
Mar 26 @ 10:30 am

Join us each week at Launching Success for our Preschool story time. We meet at 10:30 a.m. for some playtime and then we read a few stories together and do a fun craft. Story time last about 45 minutes. Your preschooler will love it!

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Mar
27
Wed
Non-profit brown bag: Equity/Diversity open roundtable @ St. Luke's Health Education Center
Mar 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Non-profit brown bag: Equity/Diversity open roundtable @ St. Luke's Health Education Center

Addie Candid from the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center will lead an open discussion about what diversity and equity mean for our non-profits.

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Hidden In Plain Sight: A Mount Baker Community All Ages Event @ Mount Baker High School
Mar 27 @ 4:00 pm
Hidden In Plain Sight: A Mount Baker Community All Ages Event @ Mount Baker High School

Join us to learn about current trends, how to recognize common warning signs and how to talk to youth about these important issues.

Adolescence is the age of opportunity. Plenty of healthy and unhealthy risk taking options present themselves. Indicators of teen drug use, mental health concerns, unhealthy relationships, human trafficking and other risk factors can be hidden in plain sight, but easy for parents and other adults to miss.

Walk Through: 4 – 5:45pm
Participants will walk through a mock teen bedroom to attempt to identify 70+ items.
18+ Presentation: 6-8pm
Explanation of items related to risky behavior, local youth trends in substance use and mental health, and tools for adults to help youth navigate the teen years.
Youth Listening Sessions: 6-8pm
Participants in grades 7-12 will discuss Healthy Youth Survey results from fall 2018.
Sibling Activities: 6-8pm
Participants in grades 6 and under will engage in healthy youth development activities.

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Mar
28
Thu
Exploring Equity and Cultural Humility @ Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center
Mar 28 @ 2:00 pm

As human beings, regardless of race, class, gender, or myriad other differences among us, we each need safety, connection, respect, and to be heard. It’s hard to stay open and welcoming of perspectives that differ from our own.

This workshop inspires and empowers participants to grow and engage in activities that:

• Honor human diversity.
• Promote cultural self-awareness and understanding.
• Engage in cross-cultural learning activities to gain in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of ethnic and cultural groups.
• Examine historical and institutional power of racism, sexism, classism, etc.

Course Fee: $75
To register, contact (360) 676-0122 or training@whatcomdrc.org. Or, register online at https://www.whatcomdrc.org/reach-workshop/

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Mar
30
Sat
Digging up the Past @ Olympic College
Mar 30 @ 10:00 am

Have you ever wondered what archaeologists really do? This is a hands-on introduction to the basics of archaeology theories and practices regarding ceramics, coinage, architecture and papyrology. During each session, students participate in a classroom activity on the processing, preservation and analysis of ancient artifacts.

Instructor Bio: Patrick Lowinger is a historian and freelance writer. Patrick possesses an M.A. in ancient history from AMU and a B.S. in microbiology from CSULB. In addition to teaching, Patrick is currently pursuing an additional postgraduate degree in archaeology from the University of Leicester. Pat’s interest and area of focus are on the people and societies of the ancient Mediterranean—from the Late Bronze Age through Early Medieval periods. As an active member of the Association of Ancient Historians, Pat remains academically engaged, having just spent the summer in Romania doing archaeological field work.

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Apr
2
Tue
Preschool Story time at Launching Success @ Launching Success
Apr 2 @ 10:30 am

Join us each week at Launching Success for our Preschool story time. We meet at 10:30 a.m. for some playtime and then we read a few stories together and do a fun craft. Story time last about 45 minutes. Your preschooler will love it!

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Apr
6
Sat
Digging up the Past @ Olympic College
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am

Have you ever wondered what archaeologists really do? This is a hands-on introduction to the basics of archaeology theories and practices regarding ceramics, coinage, architecture and papyrology. During each session, students participate in a classroom activity on the processing, preservation and analysis of ancient artifacts.

Instructor Bio: Patrick Lowinger is a historian and freelance writer. Patrick possesses an M.A. in ancient history from AMU and a B.S. in microbiology from CSULB. In addition to teaching, Patrick is currently pursuing an additional postgraduate degree in archaeology from the University of Leicester. Pat’s interest and area of focus are on the people and societies of the ancient Mediterranean—from the Late Bronze Age through Early Medieval periods. As an active member of the Association of Ancient Historians, Pat remains academically engaged, having just spent the summer in Romania doing archaeological field work.

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Apr
9
Tue
Preschool Story time at Launching Success @ Launching Success
Apr 9 @ 10:30 am

Join us each week at Launching Success for our Preschool story time. We meet at 10:30 a.m. for some playtime and then we read a few stories together and do a fun craft. Story time last about 45 minutes. Your preschooler will love it!

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Apr
11
Thu
INVENT! @ SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention
Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm – Apr 18 @ 3:00 pm
INVENT! @ SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention

Looking for something to do with your kids on early release days?

Drop your fourth grader off at SPARK on April 11th and 18th for a Mad Science Workshop on Electrical Inventions!

This two-day workshop is only $20 for both sessions!

To Register call Abby at 360-738-3886 or e-mail her at abby@sparkmuseum.org.

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Apr
13
Sat
Computer Science Club @ Western Washington University Communication Building
Apr 13 – May 18 all-day

$135 per student ($20 discount for Western staff, alumni, etc.)
Saturdays, April 13, 20 & 27 and May 4, 11 &18
10 a.m. to noon Communication Building
Western’s Computer Science Club is for sixth to ninth-graders to hone their technological skills and get familiar with college computer labs. The focus of the club is building extensions and creating new tools (modding) in Minecraft.

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Girls Go Tech @ Whatcom Community College
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Girls Go Tech @ Whatcom Community College

Open to middle school girls, Whatcom Community College’s Girls Go Tech workshop is for students to enjoy hands-on labs in which they:

– Experiment with information security vulnerabilities and safeguards
– Apply knowledge learned about circuits to wire a scaled down model of a room
– New for 2019 – design a pin, key chain, or other nifty object and make it using a laser cutter

Registration fee includes a commemorative t-shirt for the student and lunch for the student and her parent/guardian. Scholarships are available.

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Illustrated Field Journaling @ North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am
Illustrated Field Journaling @ North Cascades Environmental Learning Center

We’re excited to welcome you to the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center to developing your illustrated field journaling skills!

We will start off with a diversity of craft sessions: one-line drawing, creative writing, observation skills, all practiced with short forays into the natural surroundings of the Diablo Lake neighborhood. Our emphasis will be on gaining excellent recording skills to the pages of your journal, practiced both in the classroom and the field. You are welcome to bring your own ongoing journals or start a new one, and also your favorite books of other natural history illustrators to share with others.

We will write, draw and observe intensely throughout our time together, utilize books from the Environmental Learning Center’s Wild Ginger Library to explore guide books, natural history volumes and art books to find inspiration for designing a lovely and useful journal page.

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Apr
16
Tue
Preschool Story time at Launching Success @ Launching Success
Apr 16 @ 10:30 am

Join us each week at Launching Success for our Preschool story time. We meet at 10:30 a.m. for some playtime and then we read a few stories together and do a fun craft. Story time last about 45 minutes. Your preschooler will love it!

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Apr
23
Tue
Preschool Story time at Launching Success @ Launching Success
Apr 23 @ 10:30 am

Join us each week at Launching Success for our Preschool story time. We meet at 10:30 a.m. for some playtime and then we read a few stories together and do a fun craft. Story time last about 45 minutes. Your preschooler will love it!

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Apr
24
Wed
Non-profit Brown Bags: Board and ED Relations for Small Nonprofits @ St. Luke's Health Education Center
Apr 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Non-profit Brown Bags: Board and ED Relations for Small Nonprofits @ St. Luke's Health Education Center

In small nonprofits, the lines between working Boards and minimal staff are often blurred. How can we navigate the tension between governance and operations when resources are sparse and duties often overlap? As with any relationship, the keys are respect, communication, and care. Let’s talk about ways to build healthy relationships so we can focus on the mission, not the conflict.

Kirk Roberts is co-owner of Free Range Nonprofit Solutions in Bellingham, where he serves as Executive Director for three nonprofits and helps various organizations build capacity. Kirk has served as an ED for nearly 20 years and has worked in the nonprofit community longer than he would care to remember.

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Apr
26
Fri
Kids Night Out at Western: What’s in Bellingham Bay? @ Western Washington University Science Resource Center
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Academics—7-8:30 p.m. Science Resource Center
Swim Session—8:30-10 p.m. Wade King Recreation Center
$30 to register
Kindergarten to fifth-grade students will experience hands-on science experiments and activities. Participants will be learning about marine life in our very own Bellingham Bay before finishing the night with a swim.

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Apr
30
Tue
Preschool Story time at Launching Success @ Launching Success
Apr 30 @ 10:30 am

Join us each week at Launching Success for our Preschool story time. We meet at 10:30 a.m. for some playtime and then we read a few stories together and do a fun craft. Story time last about 45 minutes. Your preschooler will love it!

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May
4
Sat
Girls in Engineering, Math & Science—GEMS Academy @ Western Washington University Science Resource Center
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Western’s GEMS Academy is an opportunity for fifth to eighth-grade girls to immerse in STEM. Participants will have access to lab spaces across campus with Western’s professors, students and other professionals involved in STEM.

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May
6
Mon
Summer Session Info Table in Red Square @ Western Washington University
May 6 @ 1:00 pm
Summer Session Info Table in Red Square @ Western Washington University

Join Western Washington University staff for free cookies on Monday, May 6 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Red Square to celebrate Summer Session. Summer Session at Western offers accelerated on-campus courses, online courses, field study opportunities and travel programs without needing to be formally admitted to the university. That means anyone in the community can experience the wonderful programs Western has to offer.

Find out more at wwu.edu/summer or visit us on May 6 to get more information.