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EVENTS

LEGO Mindstorms Club: Thursday, April 24, 6:30–8 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Build Mindstorms robots and program them to take on challenges. For adults and teens. Bimonthly. Info: 305-3600.


St. Anne’s Altar Society Rummage Sale: Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., 604 H Street, Blaine. Info: 775/846-5017.


Van Wingerden Grand Reopening: Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Van Wingerden Garden Center, 8210 Portal Way, Blaine. Food, fun and flowers. Info: 366-3906.


Pioneer Dash: Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m., Hovander Park, Ferndale. 5k/1k fun run/walk for all ages. Kids 1k Smolt Sprint at 9:30 a.m., 5k at 10 a.m. Registration $10. Proceeds benefit Pioneer Meadows Montessori School. Info: 758-4098.


Rain Gardens: Saturday, April 26, 1–3 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn how to create a place that will absorb and manage runoff and standing water. Last in the series of Blaine C.O.R.E. presentations at the library. Info: Kelle Sunter, 332-7435.


Whatcom Humane Society Benefit Ball: Saturday, April 26, 8 p.m.–2 a.m., Via Birch Bay Café and Bistro, 7829 Birch Bay Drive. Prize raffle, 50/50 cash draw, dancing and music by DJ Birdman. Over 21 only. Info: 778-2570.


Taste of Home Cooking School: Thursday, May 1, 4 p.m., Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, Haxton Way at Slater Road, Ferndale. Learn spring recipes, meal ideas and creative cooking tips. Free gift bag with coupons and Taste of Home magazines. Tickets $5. Info: silverreefcasino.com.


First Thursday Artist Reception: Thursday, May 1, 6–8 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden. New exhibits: “In Balance: ceramic vessels by Brian O’Neill and paintings by Vikki Jackson,” paintings by Laurie Potter, works by Jansen Art Center Ceramics Students, “Seeing Things: photography by John D’Onofrio,” and summer community exhibit. Info: jansenartcenter.org.


Bridge of Aloha Festival: Saturday, May 3, Ferndale Events Center. Polynesian music and dance, Hawaiian food and craft booths, lei making and ukulele workshops, hot hula workout and kids activities. Info: bridgeofaloha.webs.com.


Peach Arch State Park Dahlia Tuber Sale: Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Peace Arch State Park, Blaine. Tubers and surplus plants for sale. Info: June Auld, 332-8221.


Art Open House Featuring Stained Glass by Leslie Mason: Saturday, May 3, 3–5 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 4th and Boblett streets, Blaine. Info: christchurchblaine.org.


Springtime High Tea: Sunday, May 4, 1–3 p.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. Tea sandwiches, scones, etc. will be served. Entertainment by Mt. Baker Toppers Chorus, silent auction and prizes. Tickets are limited, and cost $18. Info: 332-8040.


Blessing of the Fleet: Sunday, May 4, 1:30 p.m., Blaine Harbor Boating Center. Support the local fishing fleet by wishing them a safe and successful season and honor local fishermen lost at sea. Info: 319-5924.


Vappu (May Day) Celebration: Sunday, May 4, 7–9 p.m., Whatcom Museum rotunda, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. Marja Kaisla and the Bellingham Children’s Orchestra will perform. Tickets: Adults, $20; students and children, $10, under 12 free. Info: ffsuomi.com.


The Replayzmentz at Paso del Norte: Monday, May 5, 8 p.m.–midnight, Miguel’s Place, Paso del Norte, 758 Peace Portal Way, Blaine. Info: 332-4045.


Septic System Workshop: Thursday, May 8, 6:30 p.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. Drayton harbor watershed landowners learn about how septic systems work, how to inspect them and how to save money. Free. Info: 676-6876 or edouglas@co.whatcom.wa.us.


The Food Run: Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m., Whatcom Fitness, 250 G Street. 5 and 10k run/walk. Cost: Free, but food or cash donations encouraged. Benefits Blaine Food Bank. Info: 961-2890.


Art Tour of Blaine: Saturday and Sunday, May 10–11, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Semiahmoo Resort and Dakota Creek Winery. Info: blaineharborartgallery.com.


How It's Made Artist Lecture with John D'Onofrio: Tuesday, May 13, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden. Seeing Things: A Subjective Approach to Photography with professional photographer John D’Onofrio. Tickets: Adults $5, students and seniors $3. Info: jansenartcenter.org.


ONGOING

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 Beginner's Month:  March is beginner's month!  No experience necessary.  $5 drop in every Tuesday and Thursday 4:15-6:00PM at the Birch Bay Activity Center. Info: bellinghamshotokan.org.

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 communitymealsblaine@gmail.com.

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

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.


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.