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Fundraising and Family Time:

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

This is not the first time I’ve talked about the Bellingham Alternative Library’s upcoming move from its home at the Karate Church at East Maple and High streets to a yet-to-be-determined location, and it probably won’t be the last.

The folks at the nonprofit, volunteer-run operation are trying to raise $20,000 to fund their relocation and their move-out date is just a few weeks away. At this point, they’re a little more than $16,000 away from that goal.

So fundraise they must, which is the purpose of a Nov. 30 event at the space. The emphasis of the benefit is to focus on community connection and looking toward the future, and all are welcome whether their pockets are deep or slightly shallower than that. Bring your bidding chops because there will be silent auction prizes aplenty, as well as merch from local artists and wine and beer for purchase.

The entertainment portion of the evening will be handled by Seattle cellist and composer Lori Goldston, who is known to many of us from her touring stints with Nirvana and time in drone pioneers Earth. She’ll be joined by dancers from Bellingham Repertory Dance, who will contribute their contemporary choreography to the affair.

A word: If you need a really on-the-nose, up-close-and-personal example of what makes the Alternative Library so valuable to our arts community, the pairing of Goldston with BRD is certainly it. Goldston has made the all-ages cooperative her venue of choice over several visits—a stamp of approval that bears some distinction—and while other performance spots would host this program of experimental music and modern dance, it’s hard to imagine one that would suit more perfectly than the Alternative Library. If you can’t make it to the fundraiser, you can contribute via the venue’s Gofundme.

Lastly, for those of you who might need it, here’s a not-at-all comprehensive list of downtown Bellingham watering holes that will be open and ready to pour you libations to chase your turkey dinner with should you need to escape your family on Thanksgiving: Boundary Bay Brewery (Thanksgiving in the taproom begins at 11am), Firefly Lounge (where Robert Blake and Meg Yates will perform), Rumors Cabaret (open at 2pm), Uisce Irish Pub (6pm), Cap Hansen’s (8pm), Redlight (4pm), Culture Cafe (12pm)—I’m sure there are others, but that should get you started. If you’re reading this after Thanksgiving and are bummed the info is no longer useful, take heed that many of these same places will also be open on Christmas.

Past Columns
Of Art and Artists:

December 4, 2019

Of beginnings and endings:

November 20, 2019

Of love and loss:

November 13, 2019

Dream All Day:

November 6, 2019

News of the Muse:

October 30, 2019

But wait, there’s more:

October 23, 2019

Comings and goings:

October 16, 2019

Sing Loud:

October 9, 2019

Road to somewhere:

October 2, 2019

Sound of Soundings:

September 25, 2019

News of brews

September 18, 2019

Sex In The City:

September 11, 2019

While I was sleeping:

September 4, 2019

Little in the middle

August 28, 2019

Into the woods

August 21, 2019

Bands at Barkley

August 14, 2019

Ready, Fight!

August 7, 2019

Rock and Vote

July 31, 2019

The longest night

July 24, 2019

Remembering Peter Gunn

July 17, 2019

Events
Today
Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|Bellingham Public Market

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Giving Tree

9:00am|Village Books

Gilded Winter Art Market

12:00pm|Lux Art Center

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Treasure Island

7:00pm|Sehome High School Theater

Shrek the Musical

7:00pm|Burlington-Edison High School

Number the Stars

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Crazy for You

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Narnia the Musical

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Working, A Musical

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Mainstage

A Christmas Carol

7:30pm| Sylvia Center for the Arts

Blaine Holiday Book Sale

10:00am|Blaine Library

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am|Sunset Square

Holiday Bake and Gift Sale

10:00am|Lynden Community Center

Toys for Tots

10:00am

Holiday Used Book Sale

10:00am|Everson Library

Holiday Tea

11:00am|Willowbrook Manor

Holiday Port Festival

12:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Winter wonderland

12:00pm|Outlet Shoppes at Burlington

Olde Fashioned Christmas

5:00pm|Pioneer Park

Holiday Art Walk

6:00pm|Downtown Anacortes

Holiday Make.Sale

6:00pm|Make.Shift Art Space

Honk! The Musical

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Space Trek, Holiday Games

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Carols by Candlelight

7:30pm

Skagit Valley Academy of Dance presents The Nutcracker

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

World Tour with the North Cascades Concert Band

7:30pm

Santa Breakfast

8:30am|Maple Hall

Festival of Trees

9:00am|Bellingham Senior Activity Center

NSEA Work Party

9:00am|Connelly Creek Nature Area

Holiday Book and Gift Sale

10:00am|Ferndale Library

Holiday Open House

10:00am|Morrison Glass Art

Holiday Harbor Lights Festival

10:00am|Blaine

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am|Depot Market Square

Holiday Tea

10:00am|South Whatcom Library

Fairhaven Frosty

10:00am|Fairhaven Park

Bow Holiday Festival

10:00am| Edison Elementary School

Poetry Workshops

10:00am|Mindport Exhibits

Worry Monsters, Trouble in Mind, and Hollow Kingdom

10:30am|Village Books

Family Holiday Fair

11:00am|Port of Anacortes Warehouse

Art Jingle

11:00am|Jansen Art Center

Deck the Halls

11:00am|Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum

Art Day at MONA

12:00pm|Museum of Northwest Art

Studio Open House

12:00pm

Fairhaven Winterfest

12:00pm|Historic Fairhaven

Holiday Harbor Lights Art Show

12:00pm|Blaine Pavilion

Holiday tea and music

1:00pm|Deming Library

Magic of Christmas

1:00pm|Sedro-Woolley

Fishboy Holiday Show

2:00pm|FishBoy Gallery

Constellations

2:00pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Bellingham Jazz

2:00pm|VFW Hall

Holiday Harmony

2:00pm|Mount Vernon Community Center

Champagne Tasting

2:00pm|Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants

Birding for Kids

2:30pm

Youth Artist Exhibition Reception

3:00pm|Gallery Syre

Holiday Magic with the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra

3:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Margaret Davidson Reception

4:00pm|i.e. gallery

Holiday Ice Show

5:00pm|Bellingham Sportsplex

Year in Review Reception

5:00pm|Smith & Vallee Gallery

Big Band Bash

5:00pm|Majestic

Lighted Boat Parade

5:30pm|Bellingham Bay

Lighted Christmas Parade

6:00pm|Lynden

Downtown Holiday Festival

6:00pm|Depot Market Square

La Conner Lighted Boat Parade

6:00pm|Swinomish Channel

Handel's Messiah

7:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

A Winter Gift Holiday Celtic Concert

7:00pm|Littlefield Celtic Center

Holiday History Hi-Jinks

7:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

The Coats Holiday Concert

7:00pm|Bellingham High School

Christmas with the King

7:00pm|Firehouse Arts and Events Center

Swing Connection Big Band Holiday Concert

7:00pm|First Baptist Church

Folk Dance Party

7:30pm|Squalicum Yacht Club

Wintersong with Vox Pacifica

7:30pm|First Congregational Church

Walter Trout Band

8:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Circus Boost Dance Party

8:00pm|Cirque Lab

Salsa Night

9:00pm|Cafe Rumba

Becoming Magic Mike

10:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Tomorrow
Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|Bellingham Public Market

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Giving Tree

9:00am|Village Books

Gilded Winter Art Market

12:00pm|Lux Art Center

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Crazy for You

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Narnia the Musical

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Number the Stars

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Working, A Musical

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Mainstage

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am|Sunset Square

Holiday Port Festival

12:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Winter wonderland

12:00pm|Outlet Shoppes at Burlington

Olde Fashioned Christmas

5:00pm|Pioneer Park

Honk! The Musical

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Carols by Candlelight

7:30pm

Skagit Valley Academy of Dance presents The Nutcracker

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

World Tour with the North Cascades Concert Band

7:30pm

Family Holiday Fair

11:00am|Port of Anacortes Warehouse

Holiday Harbor Lights Art Show

12:00pm|Blaine Pavilion

Birding for Kids

2:30pm

Holiday Ice Show

5:00pm|Bellingham Sportsplex

Wintersong with Vox Pacifica

7:30pm|First Congregational Church

Langar in Lynden

11:00am| Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara

Silver Tea

2:00pm|Everson Library

Candlelight Concert

2:00pm|First Presbyterian Church

Second Sunday Jazz

2:00pm|Anacortes Public Library

Community Meal

2:00pm|First Christian Church

One Family Indivisible

4:00pm|Village Books

Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

5:00pm|Mount Vernon

For the Love of Chamber Music

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

The Gateway Show

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

Monday
Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|Bellingham Public Market

Miracle Pop-Up Holiday Cocktail Bar

4:00pm|Swim Club

Community Soup Kitchen

6:00pm|Little Cheerful Cafe

Scepter Awards

6:00pm|Makeworth Market

Books on Tap

6:30pm|El Agave 2

Poetrynight

7:00pm|Alternative Library

Guffawingham

9:00pm|Firefly Lounge

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