Published on Thu, Dec 11, 2008
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Cards offer charity in lieu of gifts

The Blaine Boys and Girls Club will sell holiday season gift certificates to present to individuals in lieu of a gift this year.
Certificates are available for any amount and will tell the honoree that in lieu of a gift to them the buyer has made a donation to the Blaine Boys and Girls Club.

Gift certificates are available in any denomination at Horizon Bank, Century 21 Bay Properties and the Boys and Girls Club. Certificates will also be mailed by request. Money raised from the sale will go to help fund an annual membership of $25 per child for low-income youth in the Blaine and Birch Bay communities.
For more information, call 332-3008.

Humane Society offers vouchers for free pet, farm animal food

The Whatcom Humane Society (WHS) has created a program to aid horses and other large animals during the harsh winter months.
The organization will offer free hay and grain to residents of Whatcom County who need assistance providing food for livestock.
Coupons for large bales of hay and bags of livestock grain are available at both WHS facilities and can be redeemed for free hay and grain at Del’s Farm Supply in Bellingham.

Both shelters also have free dog and cat food available to residents needing assistance caring for their animals.
WHS receives a dramatic increase in calls from concerned citizens in the winter worried about animals left outside in chilly conditions. In 2008, the shelter has received and cared for over 25 horses, many surrendered to the shelter because their owners could no longer afford to care for them.

Coupons for livestock hay and grain will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Whatcom Humane Society shelters at 3710 Williamson Way and at 1161 Baker Creek Place in Bellingham. For more information, call 733-2080 ext. 3002, or email

NSEA schedules free talk about local salmon populations

Blaine and Birch Bay residents are invited to learn more about chum and other salmon during a free talk by Nooksack Salmon

Enhancement Association at 7 p.m. Friday, December 12 at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church at 7039 Jackson Road in Birch Bay.
With the assistance of the NSEA, the Birch Bay and Terrell Creek communities have been involved in the restoration of the creek riparian area to support the return of a viable salmon run from egg box hatched chum salmon in a remote site incubator (RSI).

More than 200,000 eggs have been hatched out from the original and subsequent RSIs during the past four years and tended by community volunteers.

Winterfest continues at Wildwood Farm

As a continuation of Blaine’s holiday events, the Wildwood Dream Alpaca farm on Sweet Road has scheduled their annual Winterfest arts and crafts festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14.

Visitors can meet more than 100 alpacas and babies while shopping for unique gifts. Wares include whimsical brooms by Ron Snyder as well as handcrafted jewelry, decorated gourds, paintings, cards and a variety of handmade items made with alpaca fiber.

The farm is located at 3750 Sweet Road in Blaine. Take H Street east to Odell Road, and turn right on Sweet Road. For more information, call 332-4733.