Week of January 17, 2021

Sunday, January 17 1 event
  • 5:00pm Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Conference 
    Whatcom Human Rights Task Force presents its 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Conference from Fri., Jan. 15 to Sun., Jan. 17. "Recapturing the Revolutionary Spirit: Dangerous Unselfishness" will be the theme of this year's virtual event, which will feature a range of presentation formats including performance art, films and caucuses in addition to standard workshop fare. As always, the conference will be free and open to all. Clock hours will be available for educators and continuing education units will be available for social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists.
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Monday, January 18 3 events
  • 12:00pm Sip for a Cause 
    Quaff beer for a cause through Wednesday night at Kulshan's K2 Brewery, 1538 Kentucky St. One dollar from every pint or six-pack sold will go to the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center. The community hub is a resource center and movement incubator for activists and educators of all ages in Whatcom County. They are a small-but-fierce volunteer-powered nonprofit that connects the work for peace and social justice at home with a global perspective. The WPJC accomplishes its mission through partnerships, education and direct action.
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 
    Join the City of Bellingham in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by restoring habitat in the community. Habitat restoration attracts pollinators and other wildlife, beautifies our neighborhoods, and improves air and water quality, which benefits everyone in our community. The City is offering several options for people to give back to the community through habitat restoration in honor of Dr. King's legacy, while following guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Community members can attend "micro" community-led work parties of five to 10 people being held at 17 locations throughout Bellingham. Tools, gloves and direction provided. Masks and registration are required and safety guidelines must be followed. Other Day of Service options include completing habitat restoration in your own backyard using resources from City experts or signing up to become a Park Steward to volunteer at City parks independently. You can also submit a photo of yourself restoring habitat today to be entered to win one of three $25 Think Local First gift cards, a prize that benefits local businesses too.
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration 
    "Many Voices: One Vision" will be the theme of the 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration starting at 12pm. The virtual event will be hosted by author Clyde Ford and the Kulshan Chorus, and will feature Mayor Seth Fleetwood, Darrell Hillaire and the Children of the Setting Sun, and an image montage with Dr. King's voiceover. Entry is free, but registration is required.
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Tuesday, January 19 1 event
  • All Day Sip for a Cause 
    Quaff beer for a cause through Wednesday night at Kulshan's K2 Brewery, 1538 Kentucky St. One dollar from every pint or six-pack sold will go to the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center. The community hub is a resource center and movement incubator for activists and educators of all ages in Whatcom County. They are a small-but-fierce volunteer-powered nonprofit that connects the work for peace and social justice at home with a global perspective. The WPJC accomplishes its mission through partnerships, education and direct action.
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Wednesday, January 20 8 events
  • 9:30am As You Like It 
    Watch an abridged version of William Shakespeare's As You Like It--as told by finger puppets--as part of Shakespeare Northwest's "Plays by the Handful." It's free to view the short play online, and I dare you not to fall in love with the small finger puppet owl performing the Bard's famous "All the world's a stage" line. The video series is directed by Gracie Johnson and Bjorn A. Whitney. On Shakespeare NW's website, you can also view "The Shakespeareance: A Virtual Season"--featuring various sonnets directed by the duo and performed by members of the company during the pandemic.
  • 12:00pm BAAY Online Winter Classes 
    Registration is still open for Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's online winter classes for kids and teens, which continue weekly on Zoom through early April. Students from ages 5 to 17 can explore theater, dance, singing, songwriting, improv, costuming, makeup and more. Fees are $90-$180 per class. Also offered are special multiple classes, bring-a-friend discounts, scholarships and more. Remaining classes include Beginning Costuming (Feb. 23-March 2), Makeup and Special Effects (Feb. 26-April 2), A Light in the Attic (Feb. 23-March 30), Pirates and Princesses (Feb. 25-April 1), Junior Dance Company (Feb. 24-May 19), Approaching Musical Theatre (Feb. 22-March 31), and Senior Dance Company (Feb. 25-May 20).
  • 3:00pm Teen Events with WCLS 
    Students in grades 6 to 12 can sign up for a variety of virtual events through Whatcom County Library System, including "Teen Reads" from 3pm-4pm Wednesdays, "Whatcom Teen Writers" from 3pm-4pm Thursdays, and a "Book It!" Tween Book Club from 4pm-5pm Thursdays.
  • 12:00pm Sip for a Cause 
    Quaff beer for a cause through Wednesday night at Kulshan's K2 Brewery, 1538 Kentucky St. One dollar from every pint or six-pack sold will go to the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center. The community hub is a resource center and movement incubator for activists and educators of all ages in Whatcom County. They are a small-but-fierce volunteer-powered nonprofit that connects the work for peace and social justice at home with a global perspective. The WPJC accomplishes its mission through partnerships, education and direct action.
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm Ferndale Book Group 
    From 2:30pm-4pm, discuss Jessica Bruder's Nomadland: Surviving in America in the 21st Century at a virtual Ferndale Book Club meeting. Expanding an eye-opening Harper's cover story showing that many Americans can no longer afford to quit work during the so-called golden years, Bruder introduces readers to an intrepid bunch that take to their RVs to become migrant laborers, or "workampers." Register in advance.
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Portraits and Elegies with Jeremy Voigt 
    As part of Chuckanut Writers, Village Books and Whatcom Community College's Community and Continuing Education program present "Portraits and Elegies: Write a Chapbook with Jeremy Voigt starting today from 5pm-7pm and continuing Wednesdays through Feb. 17. With a series of prompts and exercises focused on generating a series of portraits and elegies, students will write a draft of an entire chapbook. Fees are $149.
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Exploring the Pasayten High Country 
    The Koma Kulshan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society will host "Exploring the Pasayten High Country" at 7pm on Zoom. The Pasayten Wilderness, just east of Ross Lake and nestled against the Canadian border, encompasses more than 500,000 acres of land. The guest speaker spent a week honeymooning there in mid-August, backpacking a 40-plus-mile “lollypop loop” to Remmel Lake, Upper Cathedral Lake, Cathedral Peak, and Amphitheater Mountain. All are welcome.Please register in advance.
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm Snowy Owls Virtual Presentation 
    From 7pm-8:15pm, North Cascades Institute and Skagit Audubon Society team up to present "Snowy Owl: A Visual Natural History" with award-winning author and photographer Paul Bannick. During the virtual event, he will combine his breathtaking images, firsthand accounts, video, sound and science to help inspire conservation and education efforts as well as to help spread awareness about the threats facing these owls and what we can do to protect them. The fee is $5, and registration is required.
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Thursday, January 21 12 events
  • 10:00am From Where They Are 
    Help raise funds for Fairhaven's Firehouse Performing Arts Center by watching Kuntz and Company's virtual performance of from where they are online as part of the Firehouse Studio. The focus of the 20-minute piece explores how area youth ages 7-16 have adapted to life under the continued threat of COVID-19. Fees are $5 to view the collaboration between Kuntz and Co., Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, and the Firehouse. Additional donations to help keep the venue alive are welcome.
  • All Day As You Like It 
    Watch an abridged version of William Shakespeare's As You Like It--as told by finger puppets--as part of Shakespeare Northwest's "Plays by the Handful." It's free to view the short play online, and I dare you not to fall in love with the small finger puppet owl performing the Bard's famous "All the world's a stage" line. The video series is directed by Gracie Johnson and Bjorn A. Whitney. On Shakespeare NW's website, you can also view "The Shakespeareance: A Virtual Season"--featuring various sonnets directed by the duo and performed by members of the company during the pandemic.
  • All Day BAAY Online Winter Classes 
    Registration is still open for Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's online winter classes for kids and teens, which continue weekly on Zoom through early April. Students from ages 5 to 17 can explore theater, dance, singing, songwriting, improv, costuming, makeup and more. Fees are $90-$180 per class. Also offered are special multiple classes, bring-a-friend discounts, scholarships and more. Remaining classes include Beginning Costuming (Feb. 23-March 2), Makeup and Special Effects (Feb. 26-April 2), A Light in the Attic (Feb. 23-March 30), Pirates and Princesses (Feb. 25-April 1), Junior Dance Company (Feb. 24-May 19), Approaching Musical Theatre (Feb. 22-March 31), and Senior Dance Company (Feb. 25-May 20).
  • 10:00am A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 can submit their original writing for consideration in Whatcom County Library System's annual poetry competition, "A Forest of Words," through March 15. All styles of poetry are encouraged; a panel selects poems based on originality, creativity and craft, and accepted poets receive a copy of the collaborative book--and bragging rights. Submissions will be accepted online, via mail, or at one of the WCLS libraries.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 3:00pm Teen Events with WCLS 
    Students in grades 6 to 12 can sign up for a variety of virtual events through Whatcom County Library System, including "Teen Reads" from 3pm-4pm Wednesdays, "Whatcom Teen Writers" from 3pm-4pm Thursdays, and a "Book It!" Tween Book Club from 4pm-5pm Thursdays.
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm Women of Color Speaker Series 
    The YWCA hosts a "Race and Gender in Whatcom County" virtual presentation from 12pm-1:30pm on Zoom. The event is the first of a four-part Women of Color Speaker Series taking place through October, and will feature Flo Simon, Interim Police Chief of the Bellingham Police Department. Participation is free; please register in advance.
  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm Meet Bellingham’s new chief of police 
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm Food Bank Distribution 
    Bellingham Food Bank will be distributing pre-packed food boxes from 1pm-4pm Thursdays at 1175 Jersey St. People can join a car queue and, when it’s their turn, volunteers will offer food boxes without requiring person-to-person contact. There will also be bike and walk-up options. Each household represented in a vehicle may pick up for up to two families. Menstrual products, baby formula and diapers will be added to distributed items as availability allows. Folks may visit twice per week and may choose among all locations which they visit. Cold-weather options are 1pm-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Jersey Street locale, and from 3pm-6pm Wednesdays at the parking lot at Christ the King Church, 4173 Meridian St.
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Pasta Primavera Cooking Class for Kids 
    From 4pm-5pm, food educators from Common Threads Farm will lead a virtual cooking class focusing on Pasta Primavera. Kids ages 5 and older are encouraged to follow along on Zoom, ask questions, eat something delicious and have a good time. Before class begins, have all ingredients and materials ready to go in advance (you'll find a list when you sign up). Breakfast Burritos will be the focus of a Tues., Jan. 26 class. Space is limited, so register in advance. Fees are on a sliding scale. Additional recipes and food-related resources can be found on the nonprofit's website.
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm What We're Reading Book Club 
    From 4pm-5pm, Deming Library staff member Erin Suda will host a virtual What We're Reading Book Club meeting on Zoom. The club is for folks who love to share books they've enjoyed and hear about great new titles from others. Participants share titles and listen to others' recommendations. Register in advance.
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Civil Conversation in an Angry Age 
    At 6pm, philosopher David Smith leads a virtual Humanities Washington presentation, "Civil Conversation in an Angry Age." Smith takes a deep look at those moments when civility breaks down and explores how we can have meaningful, respectful conversations on notoriously difficult topics like politics, religion and morality. Entry is free, but required. Participants will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom log-in details once they sign up.
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Quarantrivia with Aireekah 
    Sign up a socially distant team to take part in virtual Quarantrivia with Aireekah from 7:30pm-9:30pm Thursdays. Teams can be one to six players, and whoever signs up will be the team captain. Entry is free, but tips are appreciated and welcome. Socially distant teams playing with different computers are welcome, and prizes can be won.
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Friday, January 22 5 events
  • All Day From Where They Are 
    Help raise funds for Fairhaven's Firehouse Performing Arts Center by watching Kuntz and Company's virtual performance of from where they are online as part of the Firehouse Studio. The focus of the 20-minute piece explores how area youth ages 7-16 have adapted to life under the continued threat of COVID-19. Fees are $5 to view the collaboration between Kuntz and Co., Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, and the Firehouse. Additional donations to help keep the venue alive are welcome.
  • All Day As You Like It 
    Watch an abridged version of William Shakespeare's As You Like It--as told by finger puppets--as part of Shakespeare Northwest's "Plays by the Handful." It's free to view the short play online, and I dare you not to fall in love with the small finger puppet owl performing the Bard's famous "All the world's a stage" line. The video series is directed by Gracie Johnson and Bjorn A. Whitney. On Shakespeare NW's website, you can also view "The Shakespeareance: A Virtual Season"--featuring various sonnets directed by the duo and performed by members of the company during the pandemic.
  • All Day BAAY Online Winter Classes 
    Registration is still open for Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's online winter classes for kids and teens, which continue weekly on Zoom through early April. Students from ages 5 to 17 can explore theater, dance, singing, songwriting, improv, costuming, makeup and more. Fees are $90-$180 per class. Also offered are special multiple classes, bring-a-friend discounts, scholarships and more. Remaining classes include Beginning Costuming (Feb. 23-March 2), Makeup and Special Effects (Feb. 26-April 2), A Light in the Attic (Feb. 23-March 30), Pirates and Princesses (Feb. 25-April 1), Junior Dance Company (Feb. 24-May 19), Approaching Musical Theatre (Feb. 22-March 31), and Senior Dance Company (Feb. 25-May 20).
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 can submit their original writing for consideration in Whatcom County Library System's annual poetry competition, "A Forest of Words," through March 15. All styles of poetry are encouraged; a panel selects poems based on originality, creativity and craft, and accepted poets receive a copy of the collaborative book--and bragging rights. Submissions will be accepted online, via mail, or at one of the WCLS libraries.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Switched with Iris Baijing Hubbard 
    At 7pm, local author Iris Baijing Hubbard will discuss her debut novel, Switched, at a virtual event hosted by Village Books. The Young Adult book focuses on a Chinese-American adoptee, Leila (Ying Yue), who finds a name and birthday on her passport other than the ones she has known her whole life. The work was inspired by the author's own experiences as an adoptee and competitive swimmer. Entry is free; register in advance.
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Saturday, January 23 12 events
  • All Day From Where They Are 
    Help raise funds for Fairhaven's Firehouse Performing Arts Center by watching Kuntz and Company's virtual performance of from where they are online as part of the Firehouse Studio. The focus of the 20-minute piece explores how area youth ages 7-16 have adapted to life under the continued threat of COVID-19. Fees are $5 to view the collaboration between Kuntz and Co., Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, and the Firehouse. Additional donations to help keep the venue alive are welcome.
  • All Day As You Like It 
    Watch an abridged version of William Shakespeare's As You Like It--as told by finger puppets--as part of Shakespeare Northwest's "Plays by the Handful." It's free to view the short play online, and I dare you not to fall in love with the small finger puppet owl performing the Bard's famous "All the world's a stage" line. The video series is directed by Gracie Johnson and Bjorn A. Whitney. On Shakespeare NW's website, you can also view "The Shakespeareance: A Virtual Season"--featuring various sonnets directed by the duo and performed by members of the company during the pandemic.
  • All Day BAAY Online Winter Classes 
    Registration is still open for Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's online winter classes for kids and teens, which continue weekly on Zoom through early April. Students from ages 5 to 17 can explore theater, dance, singing, songwriting, improv, costuming, makeup and more. Fees are $90-$180 per class. Also offered are special multiple classes, bring-a-friend discounts, scholarships and more. Remaining classes include Beginning Costuming (Feb. 23-March 2), Makeup and Special Effects (Feb. 26-April 2), A Light in the Attic (Feb. 23-March 30), Pirates and Princesses (Feb. 25-April 1), Junior Dance Company (Feb. 24-May 19), Approaching Musical Theatre (Feb. 22-March 31), and Senior Dance Company (Feb. 25-May 20).
  • All Day A Forest of Words Poetry Competition 
    Teens in grades 6-12 can submit their original writing for consideration in Whatcom County Library System's annual poetry competition, "A Forest of Words," through March 15. All styles of poetry are encouraged; a panel selects poems based on originality, creativity and craft, and accepted poets receive a copy of the collaborative book--and bragging rights. Submissions will be accepted online, via mail, or at one of the WCLS libraries.
    Whatcom County :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 10:00am - 12:30pm Virtual Community Volunteer Training 
    Learn about trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), social justice when volunteering, local resources, common reasons for homelessness and more at a "Helping Our Homeless Neighbors" community volunteer training hosted by Road 2 Home from 10am-12:30pm on Zoom. "Our goal is to help you feel more confident and comfortable when you volunteer at any local organization serving people who have experienced trauma," organizers say of the virtual event. Please register in advance.
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm Bellingham Dockside Market 
    Bellingham SeaFeast, the Port of Bellingham, and the Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County have joined forces for a Bellingham Dockside Market happening from 10am-2pm today at Gate 5 or 7 at Squalicum Harbor. Product availability and sale dates throughout the winter will vary; the operation of the market reflects the dynamic circumstances local fisher-folks navigate. Check the market's Facebook page prior to sale days to see what sort of fresh seafood will be on the menu.
    Squalicum Harbor :: http://www.bellinghamdockside.org
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Terrariums Webinar 
    Christianson's Nursery will host a webinar on "Terrariums" from 11am-12pm today. A basic kit or components for making your own terrarium--pre-selected container, plants, decorative objects and soil--may be pre-ordered and picked up ahead of time from the Garden Store for $35. Wash containers and organize items, then log into the webinar using the provided link on the nursery's Classes & Workshops page five to 10 minutes early to follow step-by-step instructions alongside Christianson’s staff member, Lily Hirdler. The webinar is free.
  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm Share Spot 
    Birchwood Food Desert Fighters hosts a Share Spot from 12pm-2pm Saturdays in the parking lot of the Industrial Credit Union, 3233 Northwest Ave. Thanks to a collaboration with the Miracle Food Network, the weekly event featuring the sharing of free food will likely continue through the winter. Volunteers are often needed on Saturdays, and during the week. COVID safety protocols are in place.
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm Street Law at the Library 
    Sign up for virtual consultations with lawyers from 1pm-4pm as part of Street Law at the Library, which connects Whatcom County residents with free legal help for any civil law question. In-branch appointments are currently available at Deming, Ferndale, Lynden, and South Whatcom libraries on alternate Saturdays. Please sign up in advance.
  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm The Narrative Project Group Reading 
    At 4pm,Cami Ostman and Annaliese Kamola of True Stories: The Narrative Project will moderate a virtual group reading hosted by Village Books. Every piece in the volume, fiction or nonfiction, explores important questions relevant to what it means to be a human being in these crazy times. The stories are evidence that community and commitment work together to make writers' dreams come true. Register in advance for the free event.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Virtual Comedy Open Mic 
    Bellingham Entertainment will be hosting virtual Comedy Open Mics from 7pm-9pm every Saturday until live events are allowed again. Each open mic will have eight performance spots and room for 100 audience members to watch for free. If you're interested in watching or performing, contact Nathan Romano. A link to the event will be sent 30 minutes before showtime.
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm Angel in the Outhouse 
    As part of Bellingham and Whatcom County’s annual countywide book club, Whatcom READS--which this year focuses on Esi Edugyan's book Washington Black--Kathya Alexander will share her book Angel in the Outhouse: Stories of the Civil Rights Movement, at a 7pm virtual presentation. Through stories based on her own experience growing up in the segregated south, the award-winning Seattle storyteller makes this time in history come alive. Register in advance for the free event.
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