The Washington Health Security Trust: How to Get to State-based Universal Healthcare: Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m., St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham. Info: 398-2295.
City Manager Selection Process Stakeholder Reception: Thursday, May 23, 4 p.m., Blaine City Hall council chambers. Meet our top two candidates. Info: email@example.com.
The Boob Tour: Thursday and Friday, May 23–24, 7:30 p.m., Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. Support Relay for Life with a smile. A stand up comedy show fighting cancer with comedy. Presale tickets $20, $25 at the door. Info: relayforlifenorthwhatcom.org.
Alaska Packers Museum Season Opens: Friday, May 24, 1–5 p.m., 3261 Semiahmoo Parkway. The museum is open Friday to Sunday, 1–5 p.m. through September. Info: 371-3558.
Blueberry Magic: Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m., Bakerview Nursery and Garden Center, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Discover how truly easy it is to grow blueberries! We’ll show you many varieties of blueberries that grow in our region. Learn about pruning, soil amendments, planting and fertilizing for an abundant blueberry harvest. Grow your own for fresh eating or filling your freezer! Info: 676-0400, bakerviewnursery.com.
Distress Flare Demonstration: Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m., Blaine Marine Park, Picnic Shelter 4, behind water reclamation facility. Annual distress flare demonstration – bring an expired flare for practice. Info: 332-1918.
Lummi Island Studio Tour: Saturday and Sunday, May 25–26, 10 a.m.– 6 p.m., 18 locations on Lummi island. Thirty artists and craftspeople offering their work around the island. Info: 758-7121 or 758-2815.
Saturday Memorial Day Service: Saturday, May 25, 10:30 a.m., Blaine Cemetery, H Street Road. Placing of American flags on veterans’ graves. Held by American Legion Post 247. Info: Bill Irwin, 332-1307.
Sunday VFW Memorial Day Service: Sunday, May 26, 9 a.m., Haynie Cemetery, Valley View Road, Birch Bay. Held by VFW Post 9474. Info: 201-2782.
Sunday American Legion Memorial Day Service: Sunday, May 26, 7:45 p.m., Blaine Cemetery, H Street Road. Candlelight vigil. Info: Bill Irwin, 332-1307.
Memorial Day Services: Monday, May 27, 11 a.m., Veterans’ Memorial, 3rd and H streets. Memorial service, followed by short service at Good Samaritan Society – Stafholt, Blaine Cemetary, Hillsdale Cemetery and Post 86 of the American Legion on Legion Drive. Held by American Legion Post 247. Info: Bill Irwin, 332-1307.
Blaine School Board Work Session: Tuesday, May 28, 5–6:30 p.m., meeting room, 765 H Street. A review of the school improvement plans update with building administrators. Info: 332-5881.
Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility Project Community Public Meeting: Wednesday, May 29, 7 p.m., Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 4460 Bay Road. Become informed, ask your questions and discuss your ideas about the project.
Washington State Rail Plan Regional Workshop: Thursday, May 30, 9 a.m.– noon, Blaine City Hall, 435 Martin Street. Discuss passenger rail transport and help develop the next statewide rail plan. Info: 332-8820.
Beach Blanket Bingo Party: Friday, May 31, 6:30-9 p.m., activity center at Bay Horizon Park, 7511 Gemini Road, Birch Bay. Fundraiser for Relay for Life. Kids games, music, bake sale, lots of bingo prizes. Admission $5 (includes bingo card), families $25, 4-under free. Hosted by Water’s Edge Church. Info: 389-3529, watersedgewa.com.
53rd Annual Scottish Highland Games: Saturday and Sunday, June 1–2, 8 a.m.– 6 p.m., Hovander Park, Ferndale. A country fair with Scottish flair. Adults $15, children/seniors $10. Info: 647-8500, bhga.org.
The Human Race: Saturday, June 1, 8:45 a.m., Squalicum Boathouse at Zuanich Point Park, Bellingham. Race for your cause. 5K, $25; 10K, $35 by May 29. Info: humanracewvc.org.
Dakota Creek Center Garage Sale: Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m., Dakota Creek Center, 8732 Blaine Road. A variety of items for sale as well as hot dogs, chips and espresso. Fun for the whole family. Info: 303-3096 or 656-6781.
24th Annual Big Bird Fly-In: Saturday and Sunday, June 1–2, 9 a.m.– 5 p.m., 3004 South River Road, Ferndale. See big radio-controlled model airplanes. Free to the public. Food and cash donations to the food bank accepted. Hot dogs, hamburgers, pop and chips for sale. Info: bellairrcflyers.com.
Growing Roses Easily: Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m., Bakerview Nursery and Garden Center, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Discover the differences between rose varieties, and the basics of successful rose growing. You’ll find it’s not that hard to grow roses. Info: 676-0400, bakerviewnursery.com.
MR- Blaine Conservatory Spring Concert: Saturday, June 1, 2 p.m. at Blaine School District's Performing Art Center. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children, under two free. Info: 360/201-6164.
Bears, Wolves and Cougars – Oh My!: Saturday, June 1, 6:30 p.m., Birch Bay State Park, Wildlife Theatre. Western Wildlife Outreach will provide a science-based, educational information program on bears, wolves and cougars. Info: 371-2800.
Bingo at the Jansen Art Center: Saturday, June 1, 6:30–8 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden. Serving Kulshan on tap, Washington wines and good pub fare. Info: jansenartcenter.org.
Business-Growth Seminar: Tuesday, June 4, 6 p.m., Blaine School District ballroom, 765 H Street. Free, registration recommended. Info: 332-4544 or VIC@cityofblaine.com.
Relay for Life Team Meetings: Tuesday June 4, 6:30 p.m., Isom Elementary, 8461 Benson Road, Lynden. Info: Tami Anderson, 739-9679.
Blaine Chamber Meeting: Wednesday, June 5, noon, Pizza Factory, 738 Peace Portal Drive. Speaker: John Michener, Port of Bellingham economic development. Info: 332-4544.
Cross-Border Expo: Thursday, June 6, 2–7 p.m., Event Center at Silver Reef, 4876 Haxton Way Trail, Ferndale. Exhibitors and educational sessions aimed at cross-border business cooperation. Info: crossborderinfo.com.
Andy Koch at the Jansen Art Center: Thursday, June 6, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden. Andy Koch of the “Badd Dog Blues” plays your jazz and soul favorites. Info: jansenartcenter.org.
Haynie Opry Performance: Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, 7 p.m., Haynie Grange, 3344 Haynie Road, Blaine. “The Day the Music Died” reenactment of Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper’s final concert. Admission $20 at the door. Saturday, June 8, 3 p.m., Southern gospel matinee. $10 at the door. Info: thehaynieopry.com.
Deer Proof Gardening: Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m., Bakerview Nursery and Garden Center, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Come discover the many kinds of plants that deer avoid as well as those plants they love to eat. We’ll show you scare tactics, deer repellants and landscape design ideas to create a deer-proof garden. Info: 676-0400, bakerviewnursery.com.
Scholarship Wine-Tasting Fund Raiser: Saturday, June 8, 3–6 p.m., Samson Estates Winery, 1861 Van Dyk Road, Everson. Food, winery tours, live music, and a gift basket raffle will be featured. Tickets are $30 per person; proceeds benefit scholarships for women at WWU, WCC, BTC and NIC. Info: Liz, 671-5518.
John Dennis at Firehall Café: Saturday, June 8, 6:30–8 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden. John Dennis on acoustic guitar. No cover. Info: jansenartcenter.org.
Haynie Opry Performance: Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13, 7 p.m., Haynie Grange, 3344 Haynie Road, Blaine. Ted Vigil tribute to John Denver. Admission $20 at the door, Mojo Music or Hugo Helmer Music. Saturday, July 13, 3 p.m. Southern gospel matinee. Cost: $10 at the door. Info: thehaynieopry.com.
Steve Rudy Trio at the Jansen Art Center: Thursday, June 13, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden. The best jazz in Whatcom County. Info: jansenartcenter.org.
42nd Annual Tractor and Machinery Show: July 31 through August 3, 8 a.m.– 8 p.m., 8837 Berthusen Road, Lynden. Info: PSATMA.com.
Blaine Gardeners Market: Saturdays, June 1 through October. Vender set-up from 8:30 a.m. (space fee is from $1 to $4). Market hours are 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Located at the H Street and Peace Portal Drive. Info: Ron at 360/332-8082.
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, Blaine.
Food Addicts Anonymous: Monday, 7 p.m., North Bay Christ the King, 4895 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Blaine.
Reading Help: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3–5 p.m. at the Blaine Senior Center. Trained volunteers tutor adults and children at the Whatcom Learning Lab. Info: Linda Gorsuch, 371-3978, whatcomlearninglab.org.
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 everyone. 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.
Drawing with Alyssa: Wednesdays, 3:15–4:15 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn to draw, enhance your skills, broaden your style and share your art with other teens. Free! Grades 6-12. Info: 332/8146.
Community Meals of Blaine: Wednesdays, 5–7 p.m., Blaine Senior Center. Dinners served on free/donation basis. All are welcome. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginners’ Genealogy Class: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Senior Center. Class is free but Senior Center membership required to participate. Info: 332-7562.
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.
DJ DGAS: Friday and Saturday nights at 9 p.m. Paso del Norte, 758 Peace Portal Drive. Info: 332-4045.
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.
Saturday Open Gym Activities: Saturdays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Birch Bay Activity Center. A variety of activities, games and sports. Free, all ages welcome. Info: 656-6416.
Northwest Park and Recreation Activities: Wednesday walking group, Zumba, badminton, pickleball, ballroom dancing, open gym. Birch Bay Activity Center. Info: 656-6416, nwparkandrec.org.