Advent Midweek Services: Thursdays, December 5, 12 and 19, noon, Zion Lutheran Church, 7215 Valley View Road, Ferndale. Soup luncheon will be provided. Info: 366-5567.
Christmas Open House: Through Saturday, December 7, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Van Wingerden Garden Center, 8210 Portal Way. Goodie bags, daily specials, prize drawing, refreshments, kids craft table. Info: 366-3906 ext. 2.
The Blaine Community Senior Center’s 7th Annual Homemade Arts & Crafts Christmas Bazaar: Friday and Saturday, December 6–7, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., 763 G Street, Blaine. Homemade arts and crafts by 30+ local artisans with cookie walk, raffle, door prizes and Santa visits on Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Free deli lunch available. Info: 332-8040.
Holiday Book Sale: Friday, December 6, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Discover the perfect gift at this book sale. Info: 305-3600.
Holiday Harbor Lights and Community Tree Lighting: Saturday, December 7, Blaine. Holiday art market, winter book sale, arts and crafts bazaar, horse-drawn carriage rides, obstacle dash, caroling, Blaine School band and choir performance, tree lighting at 4:30 p.m., Santa at 5 p.m. and parade. Info: blainechamber.com, 332-4544.
Holiday Lights Dash: Saturday, December 7, 2:30 p.m. All ages 1.5-mile obstacle course. Holiday costumes encouraged. Register by November 28 for a T-shirt. Participants get free bowl of chili and cookie. Preregister: Adult, $20; 18 and under, $10; family up to 5, $40. Race day: Adult $15; 18 and under, $7; family up to 5, $35. Info: letsmoveblaine.org.
Bellingham Norwegian Male Chorus Christmas Concert: Saturday, December 7, 3 p.m., Sons of Norway Hall, 1419 North Forest, Bellingham. Performances by the Male Chorus and the Bellingham Damekor featuring traditional Scandinavian and Christmas favorites. Tickets $12 for adults, children 12 and under free. Includes refreshments and desserts.
'Make It and Take It’ Grapevine Wreaths: Saturday, December 7, 9 a.m., Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. Create a wreath with a grapevine base including evergreens, berries, cones, moss, twigs, hollies and French ribbon. Workshop fee is $35, and includes all supplies. Info: 676-5480.
Artisan Showcase Holiday Faire: Saturday, December 7, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden. Support local artists, buy unique gifts and enjoy music, food and drinks. Info: 354-3600.
Community Caroling: Sunday, December 8, 5–6:30 p.m., Semiahmoo Resort’s seaview lobby. Children’s program 5–5:30 p.m., community caroling 5:30–6:30 p.m. Blaine’s Martin Kuuskmann will play bassoon and Steve Windell, returning host, and John Sturdivant, guitarist, are also Blaine residents. Free to all.
Strategies for Organization: Tuesday, December 10, 6:30–8 p.m., Blaine Middle School library. You and your child are invited to a one-night workshop that will provide you with organizational tools and strategies. Free.
Ladies’ Craft Night: Thursday, December 12, 5 p.m., Van Wingerden Garden Center, 8210 Portal Way. Love to craft but don’t have the time or supplies? Several crafts to choose from and free refreshments. Cost: $30. Space is limited. Info: 366-3906 ext. 2, email@example.com.
Northwest Park and Recreation District 2 Board of Commissioners Meeting: Thursday, December 12, 5:30 p.m., Birch Bay Activity Center. Rescheduled from December 10. Info: 656-6416.
Art Exhibit and Family Night: Thursday, December 12, 6–8 p.m., Blaine Boys & Girls Club, 635 8th Street. Youth art exhibit, dinner from Paso Del Norte, holiday crafts and literacy games. Free. Info: 332-3008.
Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, December 14, 8 a.m.–noon, American Legion Post 86, 4580 Legion Drive. Eggs to order, hashbrowns, bacon and all you can eat pancakes. Kids’ crafts and games. Kids 10 and under free, all others $5. Info: 371-7311.
Holiday Wreath Making with Nancy: Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m., Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. Starting with a base of fragrant greens we will decorate with holly, cones, twigs and berries and a great big bow. Workshop fee is $39 and includes all supplies. Info: 676-5480.
Backstage @ the Border presents Christmas Carol Sing-Along: Saturday, December 14, 7–9 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 382 Boblett Street. Join us for a fun filled night singing beloved Christmas carols. $7 suggested donation at the door, no one turned away. Info: 332-4113.
Lord Knapp Performance: Saturday, December 14, 7 p.m., Will’O Pub, 7714 Birch Bay Drive. Info: 778-2852.
Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce Meeting: Tuesday, December 17, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Sandcastle Birch Bay conference room, 7854 Birch Bay Drive. Info: 371-5004.
Whisky Minstrels Performance: Wednesday, December 18, 6 p.m., Will’O Pub, 7714 Birch Bay Drive. Info: 778-2852.
Semiahmoo Men’s Breakfast Club: Thursday, December 19, 7:30 a.m., Semiahmoo Golf Club. Breakfast at 8 a.m., speaker at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast $12, membership $10. Blaine Choir will provide Christmas carols. Info: 778-2075.
Holiday Family Centerpieces: Saturday, December 21, 9 a.m., Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. Families can make holiday centerpieces at this morning workshop with Marcy Plattner. Have fun choosing from ribbons, greens cones and containers. Workshop fee is $30, and includes all supplies. Info: 676-5480.
The Giftmaker’s Workshop: Saturday, December 21, Blaine Performing Arts Center. Day-to-Day Dance and Whatcom Fitness present this holiday show. Tickets $8 adults, $3 children, under 2 free. Info: 332-8167.
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.
Food Addicts Anonymous: Monday, 7 p.m., North Bay Christ the King, 4895 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Blaine.
Happy Happy Fun Time: Tuesdays, 9–9:45 a.m., Birch Bay Activity Center. Join teacher Janann for singing, hopping, reading and games. Introductory price for October, four sessions for $5. Parents must remain on premises. 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.
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.
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
Knights on the Rim, A Jr. Chess Club: Tuesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn chess strategies from others. Ages 6–18, beginners to grandmasters. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Via’s Karaoke: Wednesday though Sunday, 9 p.m.–close, Via Birch Bay Café and Bistro, 7829 Birch Bay Drive. Info: 778-2570.
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.
Basic Computer Tutoring: Thursdays, 2–4 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Bring your laptop and take advantage of a personal one-on-one 30-minute session with library staff or available technology volunteer. Registration is required. Info: 305-3600.
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.
Karaoke: Friday and Saturday nights at 9 p.m. Paso del Norte, 758 Peace Portal Drive. Info: 332-4045.
Live Music with Dave Sterling: Sundays, 5–8 p.m., Via Birch Bay Café and Bistro, 7829 Birch Bay Drive. Info: 778-2570.
Northwest Park and Recreation Activities: Wednesday walking group, Zumba, badminton, pickleball, ballroom dancing, open gym. Birch Bay Activity Center. Info: 656-6416, nwparkandrec.org.