The ins and outs of love
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
If you’re not in the right frame of mind to commemorate Valentine’s Day by gazing at your paramour across a candle-lit table, we’ve compiled a few alternate ways to spend time with your sweeties of choice in the coming days. They all involve going outside for an extended period of time, so your dinner date will have to wait.
The free Swan Watch taking place from 7-10am Sat., Feb. 11 at Ferndale’s Tennant Lake isn’t billed as a V-Day event, but romance can be found at the annual outing nonetheless. It’ll still be dark when you arrive at the outskirts of the body of water to join the Friends of Tennant Lake and Hovander Park to wait for the approximately 300 trumpeter and tundra swans who hang around this time of year and are known to form into small groups, bob their heads simultaneously and lift off the water for the day’s forage. On a clear day, this typically happens promptly at sunrise, so settle in with your date to see and listen to the world come alive. While you’re waiting, you can talk about how swans typically mate for life, broach the topic of swan divorce (which can happen following nesting failure or if one of the swans perishes) and draw close for extra warmth. After the big event, head to the heated Interpretive Center for refreshments, hot drinks and a guest talk about the feathered fowl. Additionally, you may have the chance to watch rehabilitated swans who are healthy enough to be returned to the wild released. Sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? More info: http://www.fotlhp.org
If showing your love to the community at large is more your style, the Mag Higbee Center’s Hearty Party! 5K Run, Walk & Roll starts at 10am that same day at the center’s headquarters at 1210 Bay St. Whether your valentines include your spouse, your kids, Fido, Aunt Martha, BFFs or potential life mates, bring them all along for the fun. In addition to being treated to stellar views of Bellingham Bay and Zuanich Park, your $15-$30 entry fee will include entry to an after party at Boundary Bay Brewery and the knowledge that your money is helping provide recreational service to teens and adults living with developmental disabilities. If you’re game, you can also dress as your favorite TV or movie couple or wear your fanciest date night outfit—just as long as you run your heart out for a great cause. More info: http://www.maxhigbee.org
On Valentine’s Day proper—Tues., Feb. 14—potential sole-mates can be found at a Running…You Make My Heart Race outing leaving at 6pm from Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. Whether your crush is a pair of Brooks shoes you take out for a try on the trail or the tall guy running next to you during the weekly all-paces run, a swell time is guaranteed. Attendees can also wear red to guarantee they’ll get a specially marked Valentine and a chance at prizes, take part in a “Get to Know Your Run” lovin’ compatriots contest, snap pics with the Brooks Yeti in a decked-out photo booth, and stick around after the free run for sweet treats and giveaways. More info: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
An all-season outdoor expo
As I write these words from my perch on the sixth floor of the Herald Building, it’s early February and our corner of the world is blanketed in approximately six inches of still-accumulating snow.
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