Promising Futures Exhibit: Thursday, March 6, 6–8 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden. Whatcom County high school student art exhibit reception. Meet the artists and view their work. Info: jansenartcenter.org.
Swil Kanim Performs at First Friday: Friday, March 7, 7 p.m., Lummi Gateway Center, 4920 Rural Avenue, Ferndale. Violinist, storyteller and entertainer. Enjoy a fresh, local salmon dinner at 5:30 p.m., only $5. While supplies last! Info: 933-4211.
Birch Bay Community Clean Up Day: Saturday, March 8, 9 a.m., Birch Bay Visitor Information Center, 7900 Birch Bay Drive. Gloves, garbage bags and refreshments available. Bring brooms, rakes, etc. Info: email@example.com.
Improving Your Job Skills: A Free Presentation by Charter College: Saturday, March 8, 11 a.m.–noon, Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn how Charter College can help with hands-on skill training, professional development and job placement assistance to the unemployed or underemployed. Repeated on Friday, March 14, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Info: 305-3600.
Fast Fiction: Outlining and Writing a Novel in Thirty Days: Saturday, March 8, 1–3 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Denise Jaden, local author of young adult fiction titles and non-fiction for writers, will discuss highlights from her latest book, Fast Fiction: A Guide to Outlining and Writing a Novel in Thirty Days. Info: 305-3600.
Ferndale High School’s Seussical the Musical: Thursday through Saturday, March 6–8 and 13–15, 7 p.m., Ferndale High School auditorium. Tickets at the door, adults $10, students/seniors $7 and under 6 free. Info: 383-9261.
Western Washington Girl Scout Daisys’ Cookie Sale: Saturday, March 8, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Bay Café 7608 Birch Bay Drive. Buy a box of cookies and they’ll send one to active military.
Haynie Opry Kick-off Show: Saturday, March 8, 6 p.m., 3144 Haynie Road, Blaine. Matt Audette and the Circle of Friends Band give tribute to the late George Jones. Tickets $15, under 12 free. Info: thehaynieopry.com.
Backstage @ the Border presents Quickdraw String Band: Saturday, March 8, 7–9 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 382 Boblett Street, Blaine. $7 donation at the door. Quickdraw plays old-time, early bluegrass, country blues, and ragtime. Info: backstageattheborder.com.
2014 Organized Bride Spring Bridal Show: Sunday, March 9, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Road, Ferndale. Wedding vendors, door prizes, lunch buffet and man cave. Info: thesimplyorganizedbride.com.
Birch Bay Activity Center Gym Closed: Monday, March 10 to Thursday, March 13, Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street. All activities for these days are cancelled. Info: blainebirchbayparkandrec.org.
Whatcom Progressive Forum: Monday, March 10, 7 p.m., Bay Horizon Park’s conference building, 7506 Gemini Street, Birch Bay. Former “Tipple & Talk” discusses the Get Big Money Out of Politics campaign. Beverages and light snacks served. Info: 371-5312.
12 Steps: A Spiritual Journey: Tuesday, March 11, 6:30–8 p.m., North Bay Christ the King Church, Birch Bay. Tuesdays, for 15 weeks. For anyone with habits, hurts or hang-ups, this journey will take you to the root of your issues and help you deal with them using biblical truth, hard work and mutual support. Cost: $20. Info: 739-1307.
Winter Gardening: Wednesday, March 12, 4–6 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Grow fresh greens or your own sprouts. Other topics will include what can be "wintered over" in your garden, the use of hoop houses and how to get a jump on the growing season with passive protection. Presented by George Kaas and Blaine C.O.R.E. Info: 305-3600.
St. Patrick’s Celebration Dinner: Wednesday, March 12, 5–7 p.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. Dinner and raffle. Irish music provided by Up in the Air. Admission by donation. Proceeds benefit Whatcom/San Juan Meals on Wheels. Info: 332-8040.
Save Birch Bay/Power Past Coal: Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 p.m., Birch Bay Fire Hall. Everyone welcome. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blaine Primary School Kindergarten Registration Day: Thursday, March 13, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Blaine Primary School room 541. Your child is eligible to enter kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year if he/she is turning five years old on or before August 31, 2014. Bring your child’s birth certificate and updated immunization records. Info: 332-1300.
Spring Craft & Antique Show: March 13 and 14, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and March 15, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. Admission: $5. Info: lyndencraftantiqueshow.com.
Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival: Friday through Sunday, March 14–16. Events at Semiahmoo Resort, Blaine Middle School and Birch Bay. Enjoy activities for the whole family including kids’ activities, expert wildlife speakers, live raptor presentations, food, art and craft vendors, wildlife exhibits and displays. For the full schedule, visit wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com.
Come, Sit, Stay & Learn – A Dog Training Seminar and Workshop: Saturday, March 15, 10:30 a.m.–noon, Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Local dog enthusiast Lawrence Pang will teach the fundamentals of dog behavior, how to identify the source of problem behaviors and the key to eliminating them. Registration is required and limited to five families. No dogs please! Donations to the Friends of the Blaine Library requested. Info: 305-3600.
Garden Trellises & More: Fun Projects with Pruned Cuttings: Saturday, March 15, 1–3 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Using fruit or pine tree cuttings, learn how to design and create plant cages and hoops to hold up stray pea plants and more. Slideshow will highlight historical trellises, arbors, espalier designs and Victorian aviaries. Presented by Bryn Homsey and Blaine C.O.R.E. Info: 305-3600.
LID Day Games: Monday, March 17, 1–3 p.m., Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street. Ages 5–11. Fun and games. Free. Info: blainebirchbayparkandrec.org.
Irish Stew Dinner: Saturday, March 15, 4:30–7 p.m., Custer United Methodist Church, 2996 Main Street, Custer. Cost: Adults $8, kids 6-12 $5, under 6 free. Info: 305-4402.
How to Start Your Own Business: Monday, March 17, 4–5 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Western Washington University Small Business Development Center will provide info on marketing your business, managing for growth, developing a business plan, obtaining financing, managing cash flow, handling human resource concerns and buying, selling or closing a business. Info: Jennifer Shelton, 778-1762.
Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce Meeting: Tuesday, March 18, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Beachwood Resort Clubhouse, 5001 Bay Road. RSVP required for lunch choices by 3 p.m. on March 17 to Bay Cafe, 371-5409.
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association Work Party: Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m.–noon, Heron Center for Environmental Education, Birch Bay State Park. Plant trees around the Heron Center. Info: n-sea.org/work-parties.
Tree Sale: Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m.–noon, Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Henry Jansen Ag Center, Lynden. Fifteen species, 90 cents each. Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association. Info: 671-6988.
BINGO Fundraiser: Saturday, March 22, 1–3 p.m., Blaine Senior Center. Win cash and prizes! $20 admission to play eight games; three cards each game with refreshments included. The event is open to the public; bring your friends and family. Ages 18 and up. Info: 332-8040.
Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce Business After Business: Tuesday, March 25, 4:30 – 7 p.m., Birch Bay Visitor Information Center, 7900 Birch Bay Drive. Appetizers and networking. Info: 371-5004.
Winnie the Pooh Musical: Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m., Blaine Performing Arts Center. Blaine elementary and primary students perform.
United for National Healthcare Volunteer Party: Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m., St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham. You are invited to a party with food and music celebrating United for National Healthcare’s volunteers. Free. Info: 398-2295.
Zumba: Monday, Wednesday, Fridays, Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 6:15–7:15 p.m., Birch Bay Activity Center. $3 drop-in fee.
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., Good Samaritan Society-Stafholt, 456 C Street, Blaine. Info: 671-3316.
Yoga for Body, Mind & Spirit: Tuesdays, 10–11 a.m., Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street. Class instructor, Maureen Kelly, CYT. $5 per session. Info: 656-6416.
Toddler Time: Tuesdays through June 3, 10:30–11 a.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Stories, songs and other amusements for very young children. Preschoolers are welcome, but content is aimed at 1- to 3-year-olds. 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.
Shotokan Karate Club: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30–6 p.m., Northwest Park and Recreation District 2, 7511 Gemini Street, Blaine. Beginners are always welcome. Info: 752-2348
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.
Community Meals of Blaine: Wednesdays, 5–7 p.m., Blaine Community Center, 763 G Street. Free; donations accepted. Everyone is welcome! Info: 332-6922 or email@example.com.
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 $12, membership $10. Info: 778-2075.
Advanced Line Dancing: Thursdays, 9:30–10:30 a.m.; prerequisite Beginner’s Line Dancing. Ongoing. $3 drop-in fee. Info: 656-6416.
Beginners’ Genealogy Class: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Senior Center. Class is free but Senior Center membership required. Info: 332-7562.
Happy Happy Fun Time: Thursdays, 10:45–11:30 a.m., Birch Bay Activity Center. Join teacher Janann for singing, hopping, reading and games. Parents must remain on premises. Info: 656-6416.
English Conversation: Thursdays, 11 a.m.–noon, Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn to speak English or improve your speaking skills. Free. Info: 332-8146.
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.
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.
Karaoke: Friday and Saturday nights at 9 p.m. Paso del Norte, 758 Peace Portal Drive. Info: 332-4045.
Northwest Park and Recreation Activities: Zumba, pickleball, ballroom dancing, karate, Wednesday walking group, line dancing and belly dancing. Birch Bay Activity Center. Info: 656-6416, nwparkandrec.org.