Aroundthe Bays

Published on Thu, Jun 21, 2007
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Around the Bays

Local artist featured at Blackberry House

Birch Bay multi-media artist Jim Agnello will be featured at the Blackberry House café in Blaine, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 22, featuring several new works of art.

Agnello said the show, titled “Color From Within, New Paintings of Abstraction and Fantasy” will feature his usual abstract and organic-themed oil paintings as well as new wood sculptures, driftwood tables with colorfully-painted table top.

“It’s going to be vibrant and bright,” he said.

Agnello, a former full-time graphics worker who is now a full-time artist, said he has drifted away from representational work and has been working primarily on abstractions, most of which are still inspired by nature.

The Blackberry House is located at 321 H Street in Blaine and can be reached by calling 360/332-5212. Agnello’s works will be on display. He is also available for custom work and can be reached by calling 371-2163 or by emailing

Haynie Grange opry starts second season this weekend

The Haynie Grange Opry is scheduled to start a new season beginning at 7 p.m., June 23 at the Haynie Grange in Custer.

Performers include female vocalists Kimmiejoe Smith, of Mount Vernon and Claudette Dykstra, of Everson, male vocalist Joshua Crow, of Bellingham, and the Clean and Friendly String Band, of Whatcom County. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost is $10.

For more information, contact Matt Audette at 366-3321.

Skywater tennis tournament this Saturday

The Skywater Tennis Tournament is scheduled June 22 through 24 at Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club and features singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Prizes will be awarded from local businesses.

For more information, or to donate prizes for the event, call Joyce Vanderpol of Vanderpol Realty at 360/332-1169.

Group trains volunteers for watershed improvement

Cascadia Consulting Group, a consultant working with Whatcom County and the Marine Resources Committee (MRC) has scheduled a training session for volunteer tour leaders as part of a larger shellfish enhancement project for Birch Bay.

Volunteers will lead mudflat tours in Birch Bay this summer in an effort to help watershed residents and visitors to the area gain a greater understanding of the local watershed and how water quality is linked to the health of shellfish beds.

The training seminar is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 at Birch Bay State Park. Volunteers will be asked to attend the training and lead one tour between July and September this year.

For more information, call Erika Stroebel or Atina Casas at 715-7450.