Published on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 by The Northern Light staff

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By The Northern Light staff

Blaine painter offers free home makeover

A Blaine couple is looking to donate a painting makeover for a local homeowner.

Randy Jones and his wife, owners of Emerald City Painting, are inviting individuals to write and tell them why someone might be a good candidate. Two applicants will be selected: one for an interior job and one for an exterior job.

Requests should be mailed to 710 E Street, Blaine, 98230. For more information, call 922-0238.

Movie night commemorates Justin Wydur

Blaine Community Theater has scheduled a viewing of E.T., as part of their Extra-Terrestrial Outdoor Cinema for 7 p.m. Saturday, August 30 at the G Street Plaza in Blaine.

The event is sponsored by Whatcom Educational Credit Union and will commemorate Justin Wydur, a Blaine youth who was killed earlier this year in an accident.

City of Blaine schedules public information meetings

The city of Blaine has scheduled a series of informal meetings for the council and staff to listen to what citizens have to say about their city and the services it provides. The meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 3 at Semiahmoo Fire Station and Wednesday, September 10 at the Blaine Senior Center. For more information, call 332-8311.

Birch Bay business hosts doggie fashion show Sunday

Birch Bay Square retailer Bow Wow and Woofs is holding a doggie fashion show as part of the Whatcom Humane Society’s annual Dog Days of Summer fun run and walk starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, August 31 at Lake Padden Park in Bellingham.

The event includes a fun run and walk for dogs and people, followed by a canine festival with more than 40 pet vendors, interactive canine games and contests, food, kids activities, a fashion show and a K-9 dance team demonstration.

Admission to the event is free but individuals who want to enter one of various canine contests will be charged a fee.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Whatcom Humane Society, which provided care for more than 3,800 homeless, unwanted and abused animals last year.

The shelter has a number of ongoing community outreach and humane education programs throughout Whatcom County including a low-cost spay/neuter program, pet food bank and reading program with local libraries.

For more information, call 360/733-2080 ext. #3002 or visit

Foundation seeks proposals for grant award

The Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation (WPRF) is calling for project proposals to be considered for a grant award. Each year, the WPRF awards grants to organizations working to improve parks, recreation, trails, and natural areas in Whatcom County. This year the foundation will award one or more grants for a total of up to $2,000.

The organization encourages grant proposal activities such as: improving or repairing parks facilities; restoring vegetation or habitat in or around parks; conducting educational events related to parks facilities; expanding recreation programs and events to increase appreciation for our parks and natural areas; building and maintaining trails to provide access alternatives; enhancing natural ecosystems related to parks, especially with volunteer labor; constituency-building around specific projects, including volunteer recruitment and support
Applications are due no later than October 3. The WPRF board will review applications and announce the winners by the end of October. Projects awarded must be scheduled for completion no later than December 31, 2009.

For more information, or to request an application, call 360/392-6028 or write to

Border Patrol donates cell phones to Womencare Shelter

The U.S. Border Patrol’s Blaine sector office has donated more than 90 new and used cellular telephones to the Whatcom County Womencare Shelter to be used as safety lines in case of emergency.

Border Patrol spokesperson Michael Bermudez said as the stockpile of government-issued cell phones increases, the agency donates them in an effort to help women and children who are fleeing domestic violence by providing them with options and a way to seek assistance and support in times of need.