Aroundthe City

Published on Thu, Oct 11, 2007
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Land trust takes heron reserve tour

The Whatcom Land Trust has scheduled an interpretive tour of the organization’s heron reserve near Birch Bayfor 10 a.m. Saturday, October 13.

The tour will be preceded by a slideshow presentation and talk on great blue herons with biologist Ann Eissinger. For more information or to register, call Whatcom Land Trust at 650-9470. Free to WLT members. Suggested donation is $5 to $10 for non-members.

NSEA work parties this month

The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) has scheduled ongoing weekly work parties to help restore streamside habitat for salmon from 9 a.m. to noon in various Whatcom County locations.

The next scheduled work party is October 27 at Terrell Creek in Birch Bay. Crews along with the Chums of Terrell Creek will plant native plants and remove non-native vegetation along the creek.

Tools and gloves will be supplied along with refreshments provided by The Bagelry, Starbucks Coffee, Tony’s Coffee, Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods, and the Community Food Co-Op. Sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing is recommended.

Directions: From I-5 north, heading toward Blaine, take the Grandview Road exit and head west. At the stop sign turn right onto Jackson Road. The Chums of Terrell Creek will sponsor a BBQ lunch after the work party.

Wrestling club information meeting Monday

The Blaine Barracuda wrestling club will host an information and registration meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, October 15, at the Blaine high school wrestling room.

Children of all grade levels (K-12) are encouraged to come hear about the upcoming season. Individuals interesting in coaching assistance should also attend. For more information, call 332-9835 or 255-3084.

Giving Tree fundraiser Nov. 3

Stafholt Good Samaritan Center has scheduled a fundraiser and dance with Crystal Tricycle from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, November 3 at the Pasttime bar on Peace Portal Drive.

Funds raised will benefit the center’s annual Giving Tree and toy drive recently helped by the Bellingham Harley Owners Group (HOGS). Applications for the giving tree will be available at the food bank and the Family Service Center. Tickets are $10 at the door.

For more information about the program, call 332-8733.

Free financial seminar for women only

Merrill Lynch is hosting a free women’s only seminar at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 11 at Northern Meadows Specialty Gifts and Wine in Blaine to address strategies for investing for retirement.

The seminar will cover portfolio management strategies; maximizing the return potential for a given risk; exploring tax-advantaged strategies to preserve wealth; determining the right asset allocation mix for a specific situation; and maintaining a comfortable lifestyle through retirement while still passing on assets to heirs.

Refreshments will be served.

To make reservations or for more information, contact Monisha Brandt at 360/676-2484.

Free health screenings this Sunday

The Sea Mar Community Health Center in Bellingham has scheduled their third annual health fair from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 14 at the Bellingham Technical College. Health and dental services including free screenings and flu immunizations will be provided and representatives from DSHS, Basic Health, Planned Parenthood, Community to Community and other local agencies will be present. Call 360/788-7145.

Green building conference scheduled for October 17, 18

The Building Industry Association of Whatcom County has scheduled its fourth annual Fall Green Building Conference for Wednesday and Thursday October 17 and 18 at the Port of Bellingham’s cruise terminal.

Workshops include topics on green remodeling, building a Built Green home, solar power, rainwater solutions, landscaping methods and Energy Star programs. Local builders, remodelers and industry experts will be available to answer questions on lowering one’s carbon footprint, and sustainable lifestyle choices.

Admission is free for all workshops on October 17, and include family friendly activities such as composting for kids, and drawings for seven rain barrels.

The tradeshow ($80) is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. the following day. For more information, visit or call 360.671.4247.

By Tara Nelson