Published on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 by Tara Nelson

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By Tara Nelson

Vegetarian cooking class this Saturday

The Birch Bay Meditation Center has scheduled a free vegetarian cooking class from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday November 22, featuring recipes and foods to construct a vegetarian Thanksgiving meal. Those include seasonal vegetables and vegetarian gravy.

“This will be a very traditional Thanksgiving dinner we will be cooking,” she said. “People can’t fathom what that would look like but we want to show them it absolutely can be done.”

The center is located at 5560 Bayvue Road in Birch Bay. They will also host a baking class on December 2.

For more information or to register, call 371-5560.

Cost Cutter starts anti-hunger campaign

Shoppers at Blaine Cost Cutter are invited to help low-income and hungry Whatcom County residents this holiday season. From now until January 3, customers will be able to donate $1, $3, or $5 at checkstands during their visit to any Whatcom County Cost Cutter store.

Money raised will be donated to local charities such as the Blaine Food Bank, Blue Skies for Children, the Lighthouse Mission and various other county food banks, in a partnership with Food For All, a nonprofit organization that raises money to fight hunger.

The stores have collectively raised more than $150,000 over the past nine years.

Another option for generous customers is to make a donation of a Helping Paws bag for cats or dogs, with prepacked bags available at each store for $10. These bags, with food items and treats, are donated to the Whatcom Humane Society. Helpful Harvest bags, also prepacked with nonperishable foods, are available for $10, and are given to the food charities listed above, as well as Project Hope in Lynden.

ConocoPhillips donates $10,000 to YWCA

ConocoPhillips has donated $10,000 to the YWCA of Bellingham, in support of the organization’s capital campaign to create transitional housing for women in crisis.

ConocoPhillips’ donation will help fund the YWCA’s ongoing efforts to refurbish its 1915 home on N. Forest Street and provide additional program space for residents and community events.