Youth Basketball Registration: Now through October 17, Blaine Boys & Girls Club, Monday–Friday 1–6 p.m. Cost: $70 plus membership fee. Practices start week of November 3, games December 4–February 8, grades K–8. Info: 332-3008.
Birch Bay Chamber Public Meeting: Thursday, October 2, 6 p.m., CJ’s Beach House, 7878 Birch Bay Drive. Learn about exciting new plans the chamber is unveiling. Info: 371-5004.
First Thursday Artist Reception: Thursday, October 2, 6 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden. Opening reception of the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour. Live music. Free. Info: 354-3600.
Homecoming Chili Feed: Friday, October 3, 5 p.m., Blaine Middle School Cafeteria. Cost: $7 adults, $5 seniors and youth up to 5th grade. Proceeds support the Blaine Fine Arts Association.
WeSNiP Autumn Garage Sale Fundraiser: October 3–5 and October 11–12, Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. Artwork, garden accessories, housewares, collectibles, furniture, kid’s stuff, exercise and sports equipment, plants, seasonal goods, bake sale and a “man cave.” Info: 398-8262.
Whatcom Artist Studio Tour: Saturday and Sunday, October 4–5 and 11–12, Whatcom County. Info: studiotour.net.
30th Annual Model Train Show: Saturday, October 4, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, October 5, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. Model train layouts, exhibits and vendors. Adults $7, seniors $6, kids 6–12 $5, under 6 free, family $22. Info: lyndentrainshow.com.
Blessing of the Animals: Saturday, October 4, 2 p.m., Blaine United Church of Christ, 885 Fourth Street. Pets welcome on leash. Info: 332-6906.
Press Here – The Powerful Benefits of Acupressure: Saturday, October 4, 2 p.m., Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay. Free. Info: 920-1125 or sagebutterfly.com.
That’s Amore Bridal Extravaganza: Sunday, October 5, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Swinomish Casino and Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes. Wedding vendors, fashion show, great giveaways and champagne and appetizers. Tickets $10 online and $15 at the door. Info: swinomishcasinoandlodge.com.
Blaine High School Class of ’64 Reunion Potluck: Sunday, October 5, 1–4 p.m., Blaine Harbor Boating Center, 235 Marine Drive. The Blaine High School class of 1964 invites all ’60s-era alums and friends to an appetizer potluck. BYOB. Info: Wes Thompson, 332-9372.
LEGO Club: Monday, October 6, 3–4:30 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Meet new people and build new things each week. It’s fun, and LEGOs are provided. For ages 4 to 11. Weekly. Info: 305-3637.
Peace Education Program: Monday, October 6, 6–7:30 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Topics include hope, clarity, contentment, understanding and strength. The last class in this 10-week series hosted by Carolyn Jackson. Everyone welcome! Info: 305-3637.
Lynden Music Festival: Wednesday–Sunday, October 8–12, Lynden. Music by local, national and international artists performing from a variety of genres in several different venues. Info: lyndenmusicfestival.com.
Mask Making: Wednesday, October 8, 3:15 p.m., Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street. Hear a story and make a mask. For grades K-5. Info: 305-3600.
Save Birch Bay/Power Past Coal: Wednesday, October 8, 6:30 p.m., Birch Bay firehall, Birch Bay-Lynden Road. All are welcome. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whatcom County Planning Commission Town Hall Meeting: Thursday, October 9, 6:30 p.m., Whatcom County Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham. The commission will discuss issues related to the comprehensive plan update and UGA review. The public is invited to submit written comments and/or attend this meeting to provide oral comments. Info: Matt Aamot, email@example.com or 676-6907.
Candidates Forum: Thursday, October 9, 7 p.m., Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 4460 Bay Road. Candidates from Whatcom Country races present and debate current issues. Sponsored by the Birch Bay Steering Committee and The Northern Light.
Lynden Music Festival Performances: Thursday–Saturday, October 9–11, Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden. Free. Info: 354-3600.
How it’s Made with Scott Jensen: Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden. Carver Scott Jensen will share his knowledge of the history and art of the native people from the northwest coast. Info: jansenartcenter.org.
Sunday @ 3 Youth Concert: Sunday, October 19, 3–4:30 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden. A showcase of talented young musicians and performers. Adults $5, children under 12 free. Info: 354-3600.
Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce Meeting: Tuesday, October 21, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Sandcastle Resort, 7854 Birch Bay Drive. Info: 371-5004.
Five Steps to Better Pictures Workshop: Saturday, October 25, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 4682 Wynn Road, Bellingham. Take control of your camera and develop confidence to make better photos with local photographer Mark Turner. Cost $69. Info: 671-6851 or turnerphotographics.com.
Zumba Classes: Mondays–Saturdays, Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street. Zumba, Zumba Toning and new Zumba Step. Info: 656-6416, blainebirchbayparkandrec.org.
AA Meetings: Monday through Friday, noon; Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m., United Church of Christ, 885 4th Street, Blaine. Sunday, 6:30 p.m., North Bay Christ the King, 4895 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Birch Bay.
Dance Classes at Dakota Creek Center: Dakota Creek Christian Center, 8732 Blaine Rd. Youth classes for age 3 and up on Monday afternoons – Ballet, Hip-hop, and Davidic. Adult class in Davidic dance Saturdays at 6 p.m. Free. For info call 820-4349.
Overeaters Anonymous: Monday, 7 p.m., North Bay Christ the King, 4895 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Blaine.
Al-Anon Meetings: Tuesdays, 1–2 p.m., Good Samaritan Society-Stafholt, 456 C Street, Blaine. Wednesdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Unitarian Church, 517 Cedar Street, Blaine. Open to all. Info: 332-8248.
Alzheimer/Dementia/Memory Loss Caregiver and Care Partners Support Group: First Tuesday of the month, 1:30–3 p.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street, Blaine. Info: 671-3316.
Yoga for Body, Mind & Spirit: Tuesdays, 10–11 a.m., Thursdays, 8–9 a.m. Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street. Class instructor, Maureen Kelly, CYT. $5 per session. Info: 656-6416.
Reading Help: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3–5 p.m. at the Blaine Senior Center. Trained volunteers tutor adults and children at Whatcom Learning Lab. Info: Linda Gorsuch, 371-3978, whatcomlearninglab.org.
Birch Bay Shotokan Karate: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m., Birch Bay Activity Center. Beginners are always welcome. Info: birchbayshotokan.org.
Knights on the Rim, a Junior Chess Club: Tuesdays, 6:30–8 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn chess strategies from others. Kids 6–18 years and beginners through grandmasters welcome. Info: 305-3600.
Birch Bay Toastmasters Club: Tuesdays 6:30–7:45 p.m., Windermere building, second floor, Birch Bay Square, 8105 Birch Bay Square Street. Learn leadership and communication skills. Speaking not necessary. Public welcome. Info: toastmasters.org or Paul, 303-4444.
Playful Learning: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–noon, Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn while you play with these new fun times designed for preschoolers and their adults. Activities include Play-Doh, LEGO, blocks, a stuffed animal doctor station, dry erase storytelling boards, tangrams, beanbags, and more. For ages 3–5. Info: 305-3600.
Basketball Open Gym: Wednesdays, 7–9 p.m., Saturdays 2–4 p.m., Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street. Ages 13 and older. $2 drop-in fee. Info: nwparkandrec.org.
Via’s Karaoke: Wednesday though Sunday, 9 p.m.–close, Via Birch Bay Café and Bistro, 7829 Birch Bay Drive. Info: 778-2570.
Semiahmoo Men’s Club: First and third Thursdays, 7:30 a.m., Semiahmoo Golf Club. Breakfast at 8 a.m., speaker at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast $15, membership $10. Info: 778-2075.
Advanced Line Dancing: Thursdays, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Birch Bay Activity Center. Ongoing. $3 drop-in fee. Info: 656-6416.
Beginners’ Genealogy Class: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Senior Center. Class is free but Senior Center membership required. Info: 332-7562.
Talk Time: Thursdays, 11 a.m.–noon, Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn to speak English or improve your speaking skills. Free. Info: 305-3600.
Basic Computer Tutoring: Thursdays, 2–3:30 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. One-on-one 30-minute session. Registration is required. Info: 305-3600.
Minecraft at the Library: Thursdays, 3:30–5:30 p.m. Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Play on our laptops, or bring your own. For middle and high school students. Space is limited. Info: 305-3600.
Pub Trivia Night: Thursdays, 7 p.m., Will’O Pub & Café. Info: thewillopub.com.
Connections Café Karaoke: First and third Fridays of the month, 7–11 p.m., Dakota Creek Christian Center, 8732 Blaine Road. Fun for the whole family. Info: 656-6781, dakotacreekcenter.com.
Burger Night: Second and fourth Fridays, 5–7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 86, 4580 Legion Drive, Blaine. Info: David, 739-1671.
Parkinson’s Support Group: Second Friday of the month, 5–6:30 p.m., Blaine UCC, 885 4th Street.
Karaoke: Friday and Saturday nights at 9 p.m. Paso del Norte, 758 Peace Portal Drive. Info: 332-4045.
Birch Bay Public Market: Friday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Birch Bay Drive and Alderson Road. Info: 371-2070.
Vendors Market: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., 8870 Blaine Road at Country Kat Treasures. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blaine Gardener’s Market: Saturdays through October, 10–2 H Street Plaza, Blaine. Free to vendors. Info: 332-6484.
Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation Activities: Zumba, yoga, pickleball, ballroom dancing, karate, volleyball, basketball, and line dancing. Birch Bay Activity Center. Info: 656-6416, nwparkandrec.org.