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EVENTS 

Talk Time/English Conversation: Thursday, August 28, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn to speak English or improve your speaking skills in this weekly fun and informal class. Free. Info: 305-3600.

LEGO Mindstorms Club: Thursday, August 28, 6:30–8 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Build Mindstorms robots and program them to take on cool challenges. For ages 10 and up. Bimonthly. Info: 305-3600.

Scavenger Hunt: Friday, August 29, 6 p.m., Birch Bay State Park. Fun and educational scavenger hunt around Birch Bay State Park. Bring good walking shoes and a sense of adventure. All ages. Info: fobbsp.org.

Lummi Island Artists’ Studio Tour: Saturday and Sunday, August 30–31, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Lummi Island. Tour artists’ studios and see art for sale. A balloon marks each location. Info: lummi-island.com.

All About Eagles: Saturday, August 30, 7–8 p.m., Birch Bay State Park Wildlife Theatre. Join Roger “The Eagle Guy” Rickett on a journey into the life of our local eagles. Info: fobbsp.org.

Knights on the Rim, A Junior Chess Club: Tuesday, September 2, 6:30–8 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn chess strategies from others. Kids 6 to 18 years; beginners through grandmasters welcome. Weekly. Info: 305-3600.

Playful Learning: Wednesday, September 3, 11 a.m. – noon, Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn while you play with these new fun times designed for preschoolers and their adults. Weekly for ages 3–5. Info: 305-3600.

Blaine Chamber of Commerce Meeting: Wednesday, September 3, noon, Blaine Pizza Factory, 738 Peace Portal Drive. Speaker: Dr. Ron Spanjer, superintendent of Blaine School District. 

Fun with Snap Circuits: Wednesday, September 3, 3–4 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Explore the basics of electronics while you build exciting projects such as a flashing light, an alarm, a doorbell and more. For ages 6 and up, and limited to the first 12 children. Weekly. Info: 305-3600.

Data for Community Analysis: Wednesday, September 3, 5–8 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn the how-tos in accessing and analyzing census data. Presented by Linda Clark, data dissemination specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau. Bring your own laptop. Register online or at the library.

Semiahmoo Men’s Club: Thursday, September 4, 7:30 a.m., Semiahmoo Country Club. Speaker: Brett Eaton, Director of Golf for Semiahmoo. Breakfast $15, membership $10. Info: 778-2075.

20th Anniversary Open House and Wine Tasting: Thursday–Saturday, September 4–6, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Blaine Bouquets, 625 Peace Portal Drive. Cake, refreshments, prizes. Wine tasting on Friday, September 5, 5–7 p.m. featuring wines from Italy and France. Info: 332-6700.

Peace Arch Montessori Open House: Thursday, September 4, 6–9 p.m., 508 G Street, Blaine. Learn about programs and the Montessori learning environment. Info: 480/696-9528.

Beach Litter Clean Up: Saturday, September 6, 9 a.m.–noon, Birch Bay Visitor Information Center, 7900 Birch Bay Drive. Info: 371-5004.

Oysterfest Northwest: Saturday, September 6, 12–4 p.m., Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. Sample fresh oysters, clams, beer and spirits, $20 advance, $24 at the door. Free entry for Lummi Nation Swan Dancers, live music, kids activities and more. Info: bellewoodfarms.com.

Whatcom Water Weeks: Saturday, September 6 to Saturday, September 20, Whatcom County. Over 30 events occurring throughout Whatcom County. Info: whatcomwaterweeks.org.

Beach Naturalist Walk: Sunday, September 7, 9–11 a.m., Birch Bay State Park, BP Heron Center. A guided exploration for tideland treasures at Birch Bay. Free. Discover Pass required to park in Birch Bay State Park. Info: whatcomwaterweeks.org. 

Beginner Line Dance Class: Mondays, starting September 8, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. Tuesdays, starts September 9, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street. 4-week class offers introduction to line dancing. No experience necessary. Cost $10. Info: info@nwprd2.com or blainebirchbayparkandrec.org

How It’s Made: Artist Lorna Libert: Tuesday, September 9, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden. Lecture and demonstration by the artist.

Bay to Bay Family Bike Ride: Saturday, September 13, 9:30 a.m., Birch Bay Activity Center. Refreshments provided. Free, all ages welcome. Must preregister by September 10. Info: 656-6416, info@nwprd2.com or blainebirchbayparkandrec.org.

Art in the Park: Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday, September 14, noon–5 p.m., Pioneer Park, 2007 Cherry Street, Ferndale. Visual and performing artists, kids art activities, artist demos, food and music. Free. Info: Ellen McAnany, ellenmcanany@hotmail.com.

Backstage @ the Border Presents Kate Wallace, Singer-songwriter: Saturday, September 13, 7–9 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 382 Boblett Street, Blaine. $7 donation at the door.

WEB Gardening Green: Sustainable Landscaping Class: Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 16–October 2, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Bellingham. Info and registration: sl-taylor@comcast.net, 671-3891.

Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce Meeting: Tuesday, September 16, 11:30-noon, Sandcastle Resort, 7854 Birch Bay Drive. Info: 371-5004.

Arroyo Park Hike: Wednesday, September 17, 9 a.m., Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street. Meet to carpool. Free, bring a sack lunch. Preregistration required. Info: 656-6416, info@nwprd2.com or blainebirchbayparkandrec.org.

Floor Hockey Basics: Saturdays, September 20 – October 11, 11 a.m.–noon, Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street. Learn how to stick handle, compete in skills challenges and play as part of a team to win the cup. Preregister today, $10 for four classes. Info: 656-6416, info@nwprd2.com or blainebirchbayparkandrec.org.

Ongoing

Birch Bay Music Festival Vendor Application: Festival Friday through Sunday, August 1–3. Visit birchbaymusicfestival.com for details and application.

Blaine Community Garden Plots Available: Plots $12 per year. Info: Charles, 220-1870.

Free Garden Spots: Community garden on Bay Automotive property, 4144 Bay Road, Birch Bay. Sizes available 10'x10' or 10'x20'. Contact Stan 366-1043 or email calhoonstan@live.com.

Boys & Girls Club Fall Sports Sign-ups: Now through August. Tackle football, flag football and volleyball. Info: 332-3008.

Peace Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibition: Through September 1, Peace Arch Park, Blaine. Free parking Saturday and Sunday, June 7–8.

Zumba Classes: Mondays–Saturdays, Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street. Zumba, Zumba Toning and new Zumba Step. Info: 656-6416, blainebirchbayparkandrec.org

AA Meetings: Monday through Friday, noon; Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m., United Church of Christ, 885 4th Street, Blaine. Sunday, 6:30 p.m., North Bay Christ the King, 4895 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Birch Bay.

Overeaters Anonymous: Monday, 7 p.m., North Bay Christ the King, 4895 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Blaine.

Al-Anon Meetings: Tuesdays, 1–2 p.m., Good Samaritan Society-Stafholt, 456 C Street, Blaine. Wednesdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Unitarian Church, 517 Cedar Street, Blaine. Open to all. Info: 332-8248.

Alzheimer/Dementia/Memory Loss Caregiver and Care Partners Support Group: First Tuesday of the month, 1:30–3 p.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street, Blaine. Info: 671-3316.

Yoga for Body, Mind & Spirit: Tuesdays, 10–11 a.m., Thursdays, 8–9 a.m. Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street. Class instructor, Maureen Kelly, CYT. $5 per session. Info: 656-6416.

Blaine Teen Summer Gaming: Tuesdays, 3–4:30 p.m., Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street. Play all types of games from board games, Wii, cards, chess or even Perplexus. For kids in middle and high school. Info: 305-3600.

Reading Help: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3–5 p.m. at the Blaine Senior Center. Trained volunteers tutor adults and children at Whatcom Learning Lab. Info: Linda Gorsuch, 371-3978, whatcomlearninglab.org.

Birch Bay Shotokan Karate: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m., Birch Bay Activity Center. Beginners are always welcome. Info: birchbayshotokan.org.

Knights on the Rim, a Junior Chess Club: Tuesdays, 6:30–8 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn chess strategies from others. Kids 6–18 years and beginners through grandmasters welcome. Info: 305-3600.

Movie and Trivia Night: Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Via Birch Bay Café and Bistro, 7829 Birch Bay Drive. Info: 778-2570.

Summer Jazz: Tuesdays, 7–10 p.m., Boundary Bay Brewing Company beer garden, 1107 Railroad Avenue, Bellingham. All ages. Free. Info: bbaybrewery.com.

Playful Learning: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–noon, Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn while you play with these new fun times designed for preschoolers and their adults. Activities include Play-Doh, LEGO, blocks, a stuffed animal doctor station, dry erase storytelling boards, tangrams, beanbags, and more. For ages 3–5. Info: 305-3600.

Basketball Open Gym: Wednesdays, 7–9 p.m., Saturdays 2–4 p.m., Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street. Ages 13 and older. $2 drop-in fee. Info: nwparkandrec.org.

Via’s Karaoke: Wednesday though Sunday, 9 p.m.–close, Via Birch Bay Café and Bistro, 7829 Birch Bay Drive. Info: 778-2570.

Semiahmoo Men’s Club: First and third Thursdays, 7:30 a.m., Semiahmoo Golf Club. Breakfast at 8 a.m., speaker at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast $15, membership $10. Info: 778-2075.

Advanced Line Dancing: Thursdays, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Birch Bay Activity Center. Ongoing. $3 drop-in fee. Info: 656-6416.

Vendors Market: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., 8870 Blaine Road at Country Kat Treasures. Info: nancy4cell@msn.com.

Beginners’ Genealogy Class: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Senior Center. Class is free but Senior Center membership required. Info: 332-7562.

Talk Time: Thursdays, 11 a.m.–noon, Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn to speak English or improve your speaking skills. Free. Info: 305-3600.

Basic Computer Tutoring: Thursdays, 2–3:30 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. One-on-one 30-minute session. Registration is required. Info: 305-3600.

Minecraft at the Library: Thursdays, 3:30–5:30 p.m. Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Play on our laptops, or bring your own. For middle and high school students. Space is limited. Info: 305-3600.

Pub Trivia Night: Thursdays, 7 p.m., Will’O Pub & Café. Info: thewillopub.com.

Connections Café Karaoke: First and third Fridays of the month, 7–11 p.m., Dakota Creek Christian Center, 8732 Blaine Road. Fun for the whole family. Info: 656-6781, dakotacreekcenter.com.

Burger Night: Second and fourth Fridays, 5–7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 86, 4580 Legion Drive, Blaine. Info: David, 739-1671.

Parkinson’s Support Group: Second Friday of the month, 5–6:30 p.m., Blaine UCC, 885 4th Street.

Alaska Packers Cannery Museum and Sailing for Salmon Exhibit: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1–5 p.m., Semiahmoo Park, 9261 Semiamoo Parkway. Info: 371-3558 or 332-4544.

Karaoke: Friday and Saturday nights at 9 p.m. Paso del Norte, 758 Peace Portal Drive. Info: 332-4045.

Free Davidic Worship Dance Classes: Saturdays, Dakota Creek Christian Center, 8732 Blaine Road. Youth 11 and older 5–6 p.m., adults 6:30–8 p.m.

Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation Activities: Zumba, yoga, pickleball, ballroom dancing, karate, volleyball, basketball, and line dancing. Birch Bay Activity Center. Info: 656-6416, nwparkandrec.org.

 

Civic Meetings

Birch Bay Water & Sewer District: Second and fourth Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., district offices, 7096 Point Whitehorn Road, Birch Bay. Info: bbwsd.com.

Blaine City Council: Second and fourth Mondays, 6 p.m., Blaine City Council chambers, 435 Martin Street. Info: ci.blaine.wa.us.

Blaine Planning Commission: Second and fourth Thursdays, 7 p.m., Blaine City Council chambers, 435 Martin Street. Info: blainepc@cityofblaine.com.

Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation: Second Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Blaine Senior Center or Birch Bay Activity Center, 763 G Street. Info: nwparkandrec.org.

Birch Bay Watershed & Aquatic Resources District:
Third Wednesday, 6 p.m., Station 62, 9001 Semiahmoo Parkway. Info: bbwarm.whatcomcounty.org.

Blaine Parks Board: Third Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Blaine City Council chambers, 435 Martin Street. Info: 360/332-8311, ext. 3330.

Blaine School Board: Fourth Monday, 7 p.m., Blaine school district offices. Info:blaine.wednet.edu.

North Whatcom Fire & Rescue: Third Thursday, 7 p.m. Blaine Fire Station. Info:nwfrs.net.