Aroundthe Bay

Published on Thu, Feb 15, 2007
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Juvenile probation volunteers wanted
The city of Blaine’s juvenile diversion program is looking for adult volunteers to serve on their community accountability board (CAB) to meet one night a month as well as with youth offenders and their parents. Experience is not necessary and training will be provided beginning in March. Individuals should contact Cathy at Northwest Youth Services at 360/734-9862, extension 130 by February 28.

Rick Larsen to speak in Bellingham Wednesday

U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA) will offer his perspective on the 110th Congress when he speaks to the Bellingham City Club at noon on Wednesday, February 21 at Northwood Hall, 3840 Northwest Avenue.

The monthly luncheon program is scheduled one week earlier than normal to accommodate Larsen’s schedule
Larsen continues to serve on the House Armed Services and Transportation Committees, and last month also was appointed to the Small Business Committee. He is a co-chair of the Congressional “Meth” Caucus, and a member of the U.S.-China Working Group.
Larsen is expected to also outline his views on Iraq to the City Club audience. Larsen recently called for a partial withdrawal of American forces.

Lunch is $10 for members; $15 for non-members. Members of the general public are welcome.

Workshop to discuss voting

The Whatcom Fair Voting non-partisan organization will be sponsoring a free educational forum on state and local voter registration rolls, issues and policies from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 24 at the Bellingham city library in the downstairs lecture room.

Speakers will include Whatcom County auditor Shirley Forslof, who will discuss the management of Whatcom County voter rolls and Paul Miller, the Washington State Elections Information Manager, who will discuss the policies, progress and problems of creating an integrated Washington voter registration database.

The Bellingham City Library is located at 210 Central Avenue in Bellingham. For more information, call 360/733-6542.

Award-winning filmmaker featured at WWU

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki will discuss his recent film Why We Fight, an exploration of the American military-industrial complex, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, in Western Washington University’s performing arts center (PAC).
The Jarecki film “Why We Fight” won the 2005 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

In 1992, after training at Princeton University as a stage director, Jarecki turned to film. His previous film, “The Trials of Henry Kissinger,” was released theatrically to critical acclaim in 130 cities around the United States. Winner of the 2002 Amnesty International Award, the film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and has been broadcast in more than 30 countries.

Free screenings of “Why We Fight” will also be shown at 4 p.m. in WWU’s Fairhaven Auditorium and at 4:30 p.m. in the PAC on Wednesday, February 21.

Admission is free and tickets are not required for the film showings, the World Issues Forum or the public lecture at 7 p.m. 
For more information, contact Harriet Wender at 360/650-7766 or Ann Carlson, at 360/650-2345.

Semiahmoo earns 4-star rating

American Automobile Association (AAA) recently awarded Semiahmoo Resort-Golf-Spa with its prestigious Four-Diamond Award for the 11th consecutive year.

The award was given based on established standards, including its upscale accommodations and amenities, coupled with a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.

AAA tourism editors determine a property’s “diamond rating” based on established criteria with input from trained professionals, AAA members and various lodging industry professionals.

Since it opened in 1987, Semiahmoo Resort has gained a national reputation for its dramatic oceanfront setting, two top-rated public golf courses, including #1-rated Loomis Trail Golf Club and #3-rated Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club (Golf Digest, 2005), luxurious 198-room hotel, a full-service European spa, health club and heated pool, five restaurants and more than 35,000 square feet of conference and meeting space.