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Northwest Adoption Exchange

04/09/2014 - 12/31/2014 - All Day

Washington State is facing a critical shortage of licensed foster and adoptive parents.
Nearly 10,000 children are in the state’s foster care system, with nearly 1,400 of these children immediately available for adoption. On average, children adopted from foster care spend two years in the system before finding permanent homes. A child, 12 years or older, at time of entry into the foster care system has a 2 percent chance of being adopted.

If you are interested in learning more about the adoption process and speaking with a trained adoption specialist, please visit www.adoptwashingtonkids.org for more information.

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Bellingham Public Library

04/11/2014 - 04/10/2015 - 12:00 am at Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Avenue

The Bellingham Public Library is so much more than a place to check out books! We have other events all the time for all ages… even adults!

Click here for a schedule and more information, visit www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org

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Heritage Flight Museum

05/17/2014 - 05/17/2015 - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Heritage Flight Museum
15053 Crosswind Dr

Want to see our aircraft in action?! Smell the smells, hear the sounds?! Then be sure to visit us on the 3rd Saturday of every month between noon and 4pm!

We do this every month, year round and the only thing that stops us from flying is the weather! Sure Mother Nature can make it challenging, but we usually are lucky and our pilots do their utmost to get some flights out. It’s not unusual either to see other warbirds from around the region at one of our fly-days – some come from other collections, and others are privately owned and operated by warbird enthusiasts. We thank them for their support and hope that you enjoy the variety of aircraft on display!

We try to put out an array of flights, one demo every hour. From a single-ship fighter to a formation of T-6′s, there’s always something to see. We work with the air traffic controllers to make sure that we don’t disrupt the other air traffic at Bellingham and that we’re conducting our flights safely. Our pilots are careful to observe all the rules of the FAA and airport, and do their best to comply with the airport’s voluntary Good Neighbor Policy.

Our aircraft may be ‘vintage’ but given their rare and precious status, rest assured that they are meticulously maintained and carefully flown. Our pilots have thousands of flight hours between them and more experience in these aircraft than most. We love our aircraft, the history that they represent, and we relish the opportunity to share our passion with our visitors.

So come on out and pay us a visit!

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2014/15 Royal Ballet Cinema Season

10/16/2014 - 05/05/2015 - All Day at Regal Barkley Village 16
3050 Cinema Drive

Fathom Events and the Royal Opera House partner again to present the 2014/2015 Royal Ballet Cinema Season offering five specially curated titles from October through May, four of which will be captured live from London shown at Barkley Village Regal Cinemas. 

Show dates & times:

“Manon” –  October 16 at 12:55 p.m.

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” – December 16 at 7:00 p.m.

“The Winter’s Tale” – February 17 at TBD

“Swan Lake” – March 19 at TBD

“La Fille Mal Gardee” – May 5 at TBD

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35th Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts

11/14/2014 - 12/24/2014 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm at Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts
4145 Meridian St

The 35th Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts is a five week long festival featuring the work of over 100 local artisans and craftspeople. The affordable, locally handmade products range from jewelry, paintings, wearable art, specialty foods, and art from found materials. Fill your weekends with live local music, artist demos and workshops, and bring the kids in for fun art projects. The festival will be open weekly, Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get all your holiday shopping done under one roof and support local artists at the same time!

The 35th Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts runs November 14th – December 24th in Bellingham at 4145 Meridian Street next to the new Burlington Coat Factory.

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Lynden in Lights

11/28/2014 - 01/01/2015 - All Day

Take a tour of the city’s unique light displays & decorated storefronts during Lynden in Lights from November 28th-January 1st! Larger-than-life Nativity sets, Dutch children, poinsettias, windmills, and more illuminate the city throughout the season for all to see!

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Deck The (Old City) Hall!

12/04/2014 - 12/28/2014 - 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Whatcom Museum
121 Prospect Ave

Shop, sing, see Santa, enjoy dozens of decorated trees and enter to win a special “decked out’ tree for your home at part of “Deck the [Old City] Hall” from 12-5pm every Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 28 at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Entry is free with museum admission.

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Pacific Arts Holiday Market

12/05/2014 - 12/21/2014 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm at Sunset Square
1125 E Sunset Dr

Shop local and handmade this holiday season at the 18th Annual Pacific Arts Market in Bellingham. The Market features several dozen well-known local artists and crafters, with a variety of work including jewelry, fine art, photography, textiles, clothing, bath & body, specialty foods, home decor, paper crafts, and much more. This fun family event also presents live music and artist demonstrations.

The Market is open the three weekends before Christmas; December 5-7, 12-14, and 19-21 10:00am-6:00pm, Fridays-Sundays

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Toys for Tots

12/09/2014 - 12/24/2014 - All Day at Toys for Tots
1022 Lakeway Drive

Toys for Tots is at a NEW location this year: 1022 Lakeway Drive (the old liquor store location at Lakeway Center across from the Lakeway Fred Meyer).

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Kids Holiday Workshop

12/20/2014 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Whatcom Humane Society
2172 Division Street

Kids ages 9-12 are welcome to join the Whatcom Humane Society for a Kids Holiday Workshop on Saturday, December 20th. The cost is $20 and includes craft materials and a yummy snack!

-Interactive and fun humane education programs presented by WHS staff
-Tour of the shelter
-Meet the animals
-Cool animal-themed crafts and games!

Space is limited and registration is required. To reserve your child’s spot, call 360-733-2080 ext. 3116 or email outreach@whatcomhumane.org.

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The Skateway Christmas Party

12/21/2014 - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at The Skateway
1645 S. Walnut Street

On Sunday, December 21st from 12pm-4pm, The Skateway / Skagit Event Center has a day of holiday fun:  Pictures with Santa, local craft vendors, and more!  Plus, get a KidSafe ID for $10 per child. The KidSafe Package Includes:
• 3 Plastic ID Cards (per child)
• Amber-Alert Ready Digital ID
• Fingerprint/DNA Kit
• Processing and Mailing

The Skateway/Skagit Event Center is a donation site for Heart to Heart Charity’s Angel Tree. Stop by to select a child or to make a donation to Angel Tree.

Admission for this event is free, but some activities or products may have a fee

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Gabriel’s Art Kids Winter Program

12/29/2014 - 12/31/2014 - All Day at Gabriel’s Art Kids

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32nd Annual Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge

01/01/2015 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce
7900 Birch Bay Drive

Date: January 1st
Location: Waterfront by the Birch Bay Chamber Visitor Information Center (7900 Birch Bay Dr.; see map to upper right)
Registration: 9:00 AM or Online Here
Costume Judging: 11:30 AM
The Plunge: Noon

Started in 1982 by local residents on a dare, this annual ritual draws hundreds of participants and onlookers each year and has become a destination spot for the the holiday. Participants come from as far away as Germany, Tokyo, Chicago, and British Columbia to plunge in to the bay’s chilly water.

There is no cost to take the plunge, but registration is encouraged because people who do so receive an official “I Took The Plunge” certificate and hot beverages.

Be sure to look for the “I Took The Plunge” commemorative T-shirts available for purchase at $20/each.

Come join hundreds of people from all over the Pacific Northwest to be part of an annual tradition!

Participant’s range from children to senior adults. There are five costume judging categories with prizes for:

– Most Years Plunging
– Oldest Participant
– Best Individual Costume
– Best Group Costume
– Farthest Traveled Participant
(No awards are given for length of time in the water)

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Raptor ID & Behavior Class

01/08/2015 - 02/05/2015 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
1207 Ellsworth St

This class will fill up quickly. Register now to guarantee your spot. Cost of class is $175. Class meets at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship. Field trip location will be announced at class, as will a choice of days.

Whatcom and Skagit counties are home to many loyal Bud Anderson followers. They will travel great distances to attend his classes, and with good reason. Blending wonderful, delightful and edge of your seat stories gleaned from years of up close and personal experience with unarguably the world’s fiercest birds, an approachable teaching style that draws in the beginner birder and satisfies the seasoned, topped with a poet’s sensibilities and your favorite uncle’s wry and witty delivery, Bud Anderson does not disappoint.

His Western Washington Raptor Identification and Behavior class is attended by people who return again and again, year after year. Whatcom Land Trust is proud to sponsor this class. And we would be remiss if we didn’t let you know that it fills up quickly.

If you are wondering about the photo of Bud standing on the tarmac with a raptor andan airplane, you may be happy and pleased to know that Bud launched a visionary program at Sea-Tac Airport. The program has saved the lives of hundreds of raptors and has gained international recognition.

For more information about the Sea-Tac Airport project and Bud Anderson’s work with raptors, visit Falcon Research Group online atwww.frg.org

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