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Published on Wed, Nov 4, 2009
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Stafholt schedules Giving Tree fundraiser

The Good Samaritan Society Stafholt Center has scheduled their annual Christmas giving tree fundraiser from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, November 21 at the Pastime Bar with a performance of the Blaine group Crystal Tricycle. Admission is $10 per person and proceeds will benefit their Giving Tree project that matches donated gifts with low-income children and families. For more information, call 332-8733.

Clothing bank seeks part-time volunteers

St. Martin’s Clothing Bank is looking for volunteers willing to help at the clothing bank once a month for about three hours. St. Martin’s is located at Fifth and C streets in Blaine and is open twice a week from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Fridays. It provides low-income individuals with clothing and bedding. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer call Ann at 425/681-3736.

Meetings to discuss roundabout impacts

A series of meetings this Friday will discuss potential impacts to local businesses as a result of construction of a new roundabout on Peace Portal Drive and D Street beginning in April of 2010.

Crews with the Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT) say because of the proximity of many businesses to this project, a number may experience impacts from the delays and congestion associated with this construction effort. City and state transportation officials will be present to inform residents how operations will be planned and coordinated. The meetings are planned for an hour each on Friday, November 6, in the city council chambers at 8:30 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, call 332-8311.

No-cost Boys & Girls Club on Veteran’s Day

The Blaine Boys & Girls Club will be open Veteran’s Day noon to 5 p.m. at no cost to club members. Extended hours are offered from 8 a.m. to noon for $10 or a single early bird punch. Club members will need to bring their own lunch.  All branches of Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County will be closed Friday, November 13 for county wide staff training.  Visit our website at www.whatcomclubs.org to view the Blaine Club’s 2009-10 Club calendar with a complete listing of special hours, closings and extended hour policies.
 
Chamber hosts free business workshop

Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics’ Center for Economic Vitality and the Blaine Chamber of Commerce are partnering to provide a workshop designed to help businesses evaluate the opportunities and challenges involved in using social media.

The event will include a presentation by Eric Grimstead, a business strategist at the Center for Economic Vitality, titled “The Social Media Playbook.” The presentation will provide a framework for establishing a
set of objectives in using social media activities to drive business.

The workshop is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, November 12 at the Blaine school district at 765 H Street in the board room. There is no charge for the workshop but pre-registration is recommended. A light dessert will be provided by the Blaine Chamber of Commerce. Participants should register with Carroll Solomon by noon on Monday, November 9 at 360/332-4544 or VIC@cityofblaine.com.

Birch Bay boy to perform The SuperHero

A Birch Bay boy will perform as part of The Symphony The SuperHero at Benaroyal Hall in Seattle on Friday, November 6 to raise funds for uncompensated care at Children’s Hospital.

Rishi Nair, 9, worked with Los Angeles composer Mateo Messina to create a song called “I Am,” which he will sing and play the digereedoo, the Hu Lu Shi and the Indian Classical Tablas.

Rishi will also be part of a short film, which will be viewed during the symphony and will focus on healing and life. The film focuses on a child who became a superhero called Peaceful Warrior and fights off pain, fear and sadness with different instruments.  For more information, or to see a clip of the film visit www.thesymphonyguild.org.

School district to host fourth meeting

The Blaine school district has scheduled a fourth meeting for the Birch Bay area to discuss the district’s long range planning.

Students, staff, parents and other members of the community are welcome to attend and give their input during a series of four meetings throughout the school district. The meetings are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
November 4 at the district board room; November 17 at the Point Roberts Community Center; December 1 at Birch Bay Village; and December 3 at Birch Bay Bible Community Church on Jackson Road. The goal of the process is to formulate a three to five year program focus and subsequent plan, which will serve to inform the future academic, extracurricular and facility decisions for the district.