Published on Thu, Feb 7, 2008
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Opry tickets to sell at Custer breakfast

Tickets for a July performance of the Jolly Green Giant will be on sale beginning Sunday, February 10 at the biweekly Custer community breakfast at the Haynie Grange.

Jack Greene aka “Jolly Green Giant,” a 40-year veteran of the Grand Ole Opry was well known by country and bluegrass music fans for his 1966 hit “There Goes My Everything,” as well as “Statue of a Fool.” He is scheduled to perform July 19 at the Haynie Grange in Custer.
Tickets are $15 and are available only in advance at the grange or by calling 360/366-3321.

The all-ages breakfast is $5 and includes pancakes, eggs and ham or biscuits and gravy, as well as juice and coffee.

For more information about Jack Greene, visit his official web site at

Citizen’s academy open for enrollment

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s office is accepting applications for its upcoming spring citizen’s academy.

The free program, designed to provide better understanding between citizens and the sheriff’s office, will discuss policing in their neighborhoods.

Classes are scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays March 19 through May 28.

Applications can be obtained by visiting the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department at 311 Grand Avenue in Bellingham or by visiting Applications are due by March 3. For more information, call 676-6650.

Annual Projections film festival begins this weekend

The three-day film festival of the Whatcom Film Association is scheduled February 8 through 10 and kicks off at the Pickford Cinema with the award winning On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly, directed by local filmmaker Max Kaiser.

The documentary follows a Pakistani-American through his efforts to get his pilot’s license in the tense aftermath of 9/11.

Tickets are $3 for most screenings, $7.50 for the opening night film, and are available at venues prior to the screening.

For more information, visit or call 360/647-1300.

Free workshop to discuss low-impact development

The Skagit Conservation District, a non-profit coalition of farmers and community members, has scheduled a low-impact development workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Friday, February 22 at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve at 10441 Bayview Edison Road, in Mount Vernon.

Christopher Webb, a LEED-certified civil engineer, will cover such topics as raingardens and other designs that encourage the retention of rainwater, green roof technologies and permeable pavements.

Admission is free but pre-registration is required by February 19. A complimentary lunch is included.

For more information contact Kristi Carpenter at the Skagit Conservation District at 360/428-4313 or by emailing

Surrey shines bright with talent

The BC Live Music Preservation Society has scheduled a Valentine’s dance for 8 p.m. February 9 at the Pacific Pride’s Rhumba Room at 1160 King George Highway in Surrey.

The event will include door prizes, an auction and performances from various jazz and R&B musicians such as Count Basie, Woody Woodhouse, Jay McShann and Dizzy Gillespie, as well as burlesque beauty Bettie Bathie.

Couples as well as singles are welcome. Tickets are $40 per person and are available by calling 604/722-2914 or by visiting

By Tara Nelson