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Published on Thu, May 14, 2009
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Blaine city clean-up day this Saturday

The City of Blaine has scheduled its annual clean-up day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16 on C Street between Third and Fourth streets. The city has partnered with Sanitary Services, RDS, Whatcom County Disposal of Toxics, Northwest Recycling, Appliance Depot, and Safe and Easy Recycling, and will provide Blaine residents the opportunity to dispose of garbage and recyclables including toxic household items, appliances and electronics at little or no cost. For a complete list of accepted items, visit or call 332-8311.

‘Blue Thumb’ gardening event Saturday

The Washington State University Beach Watchers and Shore Stewards have scheduled a “blue thumb” gardening workshop from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 at the Blaine boating center at 235 Marine Drive. Participants can learn about eco-friendly gardening as well as beautiful choices for coastal gardens, how to invite wildlife into a backyard habitat, controlling common pests with non-toxic methods and how to construct a rain barrel. Cost is $10 a person, $7 for shore stewards and includes lunch. To register call Cheryl Lovato Niles at 676-6736.

Meeting to discuss Birch Bay UGA

The Birch Bay Steering Committee has scheduled a meeting to discuss the future of the Birch Bay Urban Growth Area (UGA) from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 18 at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church.  Whatcom County planners will present information about a recent land capacity analysis as well as discuss the community feedback from the Whatcom 2013 project.

Topics include current availability of urban services such as sewer and water, absence of critical areas, proximity to town centers and transportation system capacity. For more information, contact Kate Koch, via email at or phone at 360/676-6907. For more information about the Birch Bay Steering Committee and its various subcommittees, visit More information on the Whatcom 2013 project can be found online at

Candidate filing week June 1 through 5

A candidate filing for several Whatcom County offices including Port of Bellingham, the Whatcom County Council and the Blaine City Council begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 1 and closes at 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 5.
Whatcom County school districts, fire, water and cemetery districts as well as parks and hospital districts are also included in that filing period. Filings received in the Auditor’s Office after the close of filing at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5, are invalid and will be returned to the applicant, irrespective of postmark.

Declarations of Candidacy forms are available at the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office.  For information about filing for office, you may call the elections division at 360/676-6742.  A list of offices up for election is available on the auditor’s web page at

Run To The Border benefit scheduled

The annual Run To The Border race to benefit Girls On The Run of northwest Washington takes place Saturday, June 6 at 9 a.m., according to race organizer and Blaine school teacher Dan Persse.

The 5K event is a scholarship fundraiser for Girls On The Run, an organization that encourages young girls to celebrate their “girl power” and to celebrate health and inspiration.

The organization “uses the power of running to help prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.”

There is a 1.5 mile Kid’s Fun Run that involves six laps of the Blaine school track while the 5K run winds through residential neighborhoods to Peace Arch State Park and back. The course is flat and fast and stroller and jogger friendly.

The 5K race is open to all ages and both sexes. If registration is received before May 23, the entry fees range from $11 – $18 and includes a race t-shirt.

Registrations received after that date costs from $5 - $14 and do not include t-shirts. Past GOTR participants can run free but they must be registered. To register, go online to

Birch Bay events to help Mexican orphanage

Two Birch Bay events will benefit Casa de Hogar, a Mexican orphanage in Morellia, Michocan, Mexico, as funded through the El Buen Pastor Fund (The Good Shepherd), a Washington State nonprofit corporation.

The first event, a home garden tour and silent auction, is scheduled for Sunday, May 17 and is hosted by a group of Birch Bay Village residents. The event is open to Village residents and their guests. For more information, call Char Jordon at 371-2929.

Also, on May 20, Dakota Creek Golf and Country Club has scheduled their annual golf tournament to benefit the orphanage.

Call 366-3131 for more information and to sign up for the event. To make a donation to the El Buen Pastor Fund, call Mary Libby at 392-8453 or Hazel Sibillia at 371-4713 or visit at