To add an event, send an email to calendar@thenorthernlight.com with the event information.
 

9/11 Memorial Ride and Service: Thursday, September 11, service at 9 a.m. Peace Arch State Park. Emergency services, border officials and military personnel from the U.S. and Canada will ride from Anacortes to the Peace Arch for a memorial ceremony and barbecue. Info: 911memorialride.org.

Stewards of Drayton Harbor Educational Cruise: Thursday, September 11, 10 a.m.–noon, Blaine Harbor Boating Center, Gate 2. Board the Plover for a cruise on Drayton Harbor while the ferry pulls a plankton trawl capturing “critters.” Registration required. Info: Richard Sturgill, 332-5742.

Take the Salish Sea Challenge: Thursday, September 11, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Blaine Harbor Boating Center. Participate in laboratory activities with shellfish and learn about the actions that we can take to protect local shellfish harvests.

Talk Time/English Conversation: Thursday, September 11, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn to speak English or improve your speaking skills in this fun, informal class. Free. Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd. Street. Info: 360-305-3637.

LEGO Mindstorms Club:  Thursday, September 11, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street.  Build awesome Mindstorms robots and learn to program them to take on cool challenges.  For ages 10 and up.  Bimonthly.  Info: 305-3637.

Bonfire & Brat Fridays: Friday, September 12. Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Live music by The Shadies at 6 p.m. Info: 318-7720

Garage Sale Fundraiser: Saturday, September 13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Dakota Creek Christian Center, 8732 Blaine Road. Info: 303-3096.

Bay to Bay Family Bike Ride: Saturday, September 13, 9:30 a.m., Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street. Refreshments provided. Free, all ages welcome. Must preregister by September 10. Info: 656-6416, info@nwprd2.com or blainebirchbayparkandrec.org.

Whatcom Country Farm Tour: Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Exciting, educational and interactive activities at each of the 12 tour stops. Info: sustainzbleconnections.org/events.

Cascadia Mushrooms Farm Tour & Open House: September 13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., 4771 Aldrich Road Bellingham. Info: cascadiamushrooms.com.

Live Music at CJ's: Saturday, September 13, 6 p.m., CJ's Beach House Restaurant, 7878 Birch Bay Drive. Alternative rock and country music performed by Ryan Sandholm. Info: 746-8775.

Kulshan Land Trust Annual Community Party: Saturday, September 13, 6–9 p.m., Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Live music by Moongrass. Info: 318-7720.

Art in the Park: Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m.–5 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: 410-0918.

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.

Live Music by The Replayzmentz: Saturday, September 13, 8:30–11:30 p.m., Packers Oyster Bar, 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway. Info: 371-2000.

Big Band Music: Sunday, September 14, 1–4 p.m., Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Info: 318-7720.

Peace Education Program: Mondays, September 15, 22 and 29, 6–7:30 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Topics include hope, clarity, contentment, understanding and strength. Attend any or all classes in this 10-week series hosted by Carolyn Jackson. Info: 305-3637.

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.

Toddler Story Time - Water:  Tuesday, September 16, 10:30–11 a.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street.  Wayne Drop makes a special appearance!  Info: 305-3637.

Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce Meeting: Tuesday, September 16, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Sandcastle Resort, 7854 Birch Bay Drive. Info: 371-5004.

Family Story Time: Tuesday, September 16, 10:30 a.m., Blaine Public Library. Children, ages 2–7 and their parents are invited to attend a fun-filled water-themed story and activity time. A half-hour of fun songs and stories.

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.

Playful Learning:  Wednesday, September 17, 11 a.m. –noon. Blaine Public Library, 610 Third Street. Learn while you play with these new fun times designed for preschoolers and their adults. Activities vary from week to week and include Play-Doh, LEGO, wooden blocks, a stuffed animal doctor station, dry erase storytelling boards, tangrams, beanbags, and more.  For ages 3-5 years. Info: 305-3637.

Geronimo Stilton Party!  Wednesday, September 17, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street.  Crafts and activities based on the Geronimo Stilton book characters, and cheese tasting too!  For grades K to 5.  Info: 305-3637.

Friends of the Library Meeting:  Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street.  Join the Friends in the support of the Blaine Library.  Info: 305-3637.

Semiahmoo Men's Breakfast Club: Thursday, September 18, 7:30 a.m., Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club. Speaker: Dr. Debra Akre, CEO of Tembo Trading, a local organization working to improve public education in Kenya. Info: 778-2075.

  Delving into Pi - A Raspberry Pi User Group:  Thursday, September 18, 6:30–8:00 p.m.  Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn about and exchange ideas with others about cool ways to use this new credit card-sized computer. Explore Arduino, Scratch and more.  For adults and teens. Monthly. Info: 305-3637.

  Charity Wedding Warehouse Sale: Friday–Sunday, September 19–21. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Bellingham Event Rentals, 4151 Meridian Street, suite 116, Bellingham. Table cloths, linens, burlap, catering equipment, decor and more. Info: bellinghameventrentals.com

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.

A Walk in the Dark Fundraiser: Saturday, September 20, 4–9 p.m., Lizzie’s Café, 1700 Peace Portal Drive. Watch a double feature while enjoying great food in memory of Brian Sandell. Proceeds benefit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Info: 332-9400.

Semiahmoo Mixed-up/Women's Doubles Fundraiser Tennis Tournament: Saturday, September 27. Women's doubles start at 8:45 a.m., mixed doubles at 1 p.m., silent and live auctions following. Entry fee $35 per person. Info and registration call Joyce Vanderpol, 332-1169. Registration closes September 22. Benefits Blaine High School Tennis Club.

Run With The Chums: Saturday, September 27, 10 a.m., BP Highlands on Jackson Road, Birch Bay. 5k fun run/walk. Kids 1k Smolt Sprint at 9:30 a.m. Free. Pre-register at chumsofterrellcreek.org or call 354-2035 ext. 103 to guarantee your free t-shirt.

Benefit for the Brad “Brose” Ambrose Family: Saturday, September 27, 7–11 p.m., Pastime Tavern. Doors at 6 p.m. with a minimum $5 donation. Silent auction social 7–9 p.m. with DJ Rude-Doggy-Dogg, J.P. Falcon 9–11 p.m. All proceeds to Brad’s son Ryder and Susan L. Sanders.

Homecoming Chili Feed: Friday, October 3, 5 p.m., Blaine Middle School Cafeteria. Cost: $7 adults, $5 seniors and youth up to 5th grade. Proceeds support the fine arts the Blaine Fine Arts Association.

  WeSNiP Garage Sale Fundraiser: Friday–Sunday, October 3–5 and Friday and Saturday, October 11-12. WeSNiP is not your average garage sale!  Made possible by generous donations from our many individual and business supporters, it will include artwork, garden accessories, house wares, collectibles, furniture, kid’s stuff exercise and sports equipment, plants, seasonal goods, bake sale and a “man cave”. Friday through Sunday, October 3-5 and Saturday  through Sunday, October 11-12. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Blessing of the Animals: Saturday, October 4, 2 p.m., Blaine United Church of Christ, 885 Fourth Street. Pets welcome. Info: 332-6906.

Candidates Forum: Thursday, October 9, 7 p.m., Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 4460 Bay Road. Candidates from Whatcom Country races present and debate current issues. Sponsored by the Birch Bay Steering Committee and The Northern Light.

  Ongoing

Peace Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibition: Through October 1, Peace Arch Park, Blaine. Info: peacearchpark.org.

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.

Dance Classes at Dakota Creek Center: Dakota Creek Christian Center, 8732 Blaine Rd. Youth classes for age 3 and up on Monday afternoons - Ballet, Hip-hop, and Davidic.  Adult class in Davidic dance Saturdays at 6 p.m.  Free. For info call 820-4349.

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.

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.

Birch Bay Toastmasters Club: Tuesdays 6:30–7:45 p.m., Windermere building, second floor, Birch Bay Square, 8105 Birch Bay Square Street. Learn leadership and communication skills. Speaking not necessary. Public welcome. Info: toastmasters.org or Paul, 303-4444.

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.

  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: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1–5 p.m., Semiahmoo Park, 9261 Semiamoo Parkway. Info: 371-3558 or 332-4544.

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

  Birch Bay Public Market: Friday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Birch Bay Drive and Alderson Road. Info: 371-2070.

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

  Blaine Gardener’s Market: Saturdays to October, 10–2 H Street Plaza, Blaine. Free to vendors. Info: 332-6484.

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.