News in Brief

Published on Wed, Jun 3, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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Expert to lead Semiahmoo bird walks

Whatcom County Parks and Recreation has scheduled a series of interpretive nature walks this month beginning with a guided birdwatching tour from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 6.  The tour will be led by experienced birder Paul Woodcock and will explore the mudflats and marine life of Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor as well as the multitude of resident and migratory birds. The event is free. Those interested should meet at Semiahmoo Park Museum. A second birdwatching event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 1. For more information, call 733-2900.

Birch Bay Sandcastle contest June 20

The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its annual Sandcastle contest for 9 a.m., Saturday, June 20.  Registration at the visitor information center starts at 9 a.m. and judging will take place from noon to 1 p.m.  Every child who participates will receive a free snow cone from C-Shop. The 30th Annual Discovery Days Family Fun and Arts & Crafts Festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19.  Parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday on Birch Bay Drive starting at Alderson Road and heading to Harborview Road. More information is available at Parade and vendor applications available online or at the chamber office at 7900 Birch Bay Drive.  

NWPRD2 forms new kickball league

Northwest Park and Recreation District 2 has created a new recreational kickball league and needs community input and volunteers to make it grow. The district has scheduled a meeting at 7 p.m. June 16 at the Blaine Community and Senior Center. Volunteers are needed to organize leagues, sponsor programs as well as form teams.
For more information, contact NW Park & Recreation at 656-6416 or email

Birch Bay blood drive Monday, June 15­

The Birch Bay Lions Club has scheduled a blood drive from noon to 2:30 and from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 15 in the Birch Bay fire station parking lot at 4581 Birch Bay-Lynden Road. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 371-0171.

The blood drive is held in partnership with Puget Sound Blood Center, the regional supplier of blood and blood components to over 70 hospitals and clinics throughout Western Washington; which include St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham.        

Volunteers needed for clam survey June 6

The Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee has scheduled a survey of clams along the shoreline of Point Whitehorn to Cherry Point from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6.  The committee is looking for volunteers ready to dig holes in the sand, identify and count clams, and tuck them back in their beds. In many Whatcom County shoreline areas, native clams may serve as indicator species, improving understanding of the health of shellfish, water quality impacts, and harvesting impacts.

For the past four summers, hundreds of volunteers have participated in the Marine Resources Committee clam surveys.  Volunteers have documented 10 different species of clams, identified areas in the mudflats where there are sparse or abundant populations of clams, and discovered the areas of the mudflats where particular types of clams like to live.  For more information or to register as a volunteer for any of the clam surveys, contact Sylvia Graham at 360/676-6876 or

State programs offer help for uninsured

Washington residents recently laid off from employment and without health insurance may qualify for assistance to help cover costs of necessary prescription medications. The Washington Prescription Drug Program is a free program available to all Washington residents, regardless of age or income, who don’t have insurance to cover their prescription drug needs. Members save an average of 60 percent on generic drugs and 20 percent on brand-name medicines. Information is online at The Office of the Insurance Commissioner also publishes a list of assistance programs along with useful tips in a brochure titled Paying for Prescription Drugs. The office also has a toll-free number, 800/562-6900, to answer questions about health insurance.

School math materials review June 11

The Blaine school district has scheduled a middle school math community materials review from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 11 at the Blaine school district office at 770 Mitchell Avenue. For more information, contact Deb Cummings, Blaine curriculum, instruction and assessment coordinator at 332-0720.