Published on Thu, Oct 16, 2008
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Fashion show this Saturday to fund scholarships

The Peace Arch Chapter of American Business Women’s Association presents Fabulous Fall Fashion Show, Saturday October 18, from 1 – 3:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Community Church, 1254 West Smith Road, Bellingham.

Featured items include clothes by JC Penney, pet clothes by Bow Wow & Woofs, shoes by 12th Street Shoes and jewelry by Candi’s Jewelry & Gift Gallery.

Cost is $10. Proceeds will benefit women’s scholarships (available to women of all ages and different schooling). Information and tickets are available at Candi’s Jewelry & Gift Gallery in Birch Bay Square, 366-0121.

Blaine artist featured in Stanwood exhibit

The works of artist Donna-Lee Elke, of Blaine, will be featured in the second annual ‘Brushes With the Land’ show at The Gallery by the Bay in Stanwood this month. The show is scheduled from October 10 to November 15.

Donna-Lee continues to work out of her studio in Blaine and is available by appointment by calling 371-5537. Her web site is

Event to discuss health care

The United for National Healthcare group has scheduled a free showing of short films which documents the issue of healthcare.
The group will encourage audience discussion of how to solve the health care crisis through a national, non-profit single payer health care system. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. November 1 at the Blaine Public Library at 610 E. Third Street. For more information, call 360/714-8999.

Whatcom County Conservation District to host small farm expo
The Whatcom Conservation District has scheduled their first Small Farm Expo aimed at smaller landowners who keep livestock and are looking for tools to improve their land and farming practices.

The event will provide farmers a chance visit with local feed, seed, fencing, mud and manure management, and environmental specialists, and is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 22 at the Whatcom Educational Credit Union Educational Center at 5659 Barrett Road in Ferndale. Refreshments from local farm businesses will be served.

Cost Cutter to sell food donation bags

The Blaine Cost Cutter store will be among several Whatcom County stores to sell pre-packed food bags for families in need. Bags include non-perishable items such as spaghetti, peanut butter and macaroni and cheese.

The stores give the bags to the Bellingham Food Bank, Lighthouse Mission, Nooksack Valley Food Bank, Ferndale Food Bank, Blaine Food Bank, Southside Food Bank and Project Hope.

Cost is $10 and can be purchased at checkout. Dog and cat food packages are also available.

Noted pianist performs free concert Saturday at Semiahmoo

Semiahmoo Resort pianist Jon Mutchler will be performing in a concert of solo piano music from his sixth and seventh CDs at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 19 at the hotel’s Seaview lobby.

Mutchler’s performance style is a “fusion of classical, jazz, sacred and popular music.” He will perform pieces from his recently-released La Place Sur La Mer (The Place by the Sea) and Still Prone to Wander: An Interpretation of Hymns. CDs will be available for autographs after the concert as well as on his website and For more information, call 318-2000.

Lighthouse Mission schedules dessert social in Birch Bay

The Lighthouse Mission in Bellingham has scheduled two dessert socials in Blaine and Birch Bay to discuss what the organization does for Whatcom County homeless.

The events are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., October 20 at Grace Lutheran Church at 702 G Street in Blaine and also October 23 at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church at 7039 Jackson Road in Birch Bay.

The agency is also expanding its drop-in center operations to five days a week, beginning Monday, October 20. For more information, call 671-1562 or visit

Gospel rock band plays at Dakota Creek Center

The Pacific Northwest gospel rock and blues band Firstborn Live! (FBL) has scheduled a performance for 8 p.m. Saturday, October 18 at the Dakota Creek Center at 8732 Blaine Road in Blaine. The performance will help the center raise funds to improve its current sound system. Cost is $10.

For more information, call 360/933-1342 or email the center at

Neighborhood group petitions for portable toilet

The Salishan neighborhood group gathered over 45 signatures in a petition drive for an accessible outhouse for Salishan Park. In responses, the Northwest Park and Recreation District 2 and the city of Blaine have entered into an inter-local agreement that enables the park district to have a restroom placed at the park. The district is paying the remaining cost.

At an August 12 meeting, the district decided to assist the Bellingham Power Squadron with registration for their boating safety classes this year. The participants will enroll at the district office for the class.
For further information on any of these activities or if interested in volunteering to assist the district, stop by the office at 380 H Street in Blaine.

Everyday Fitness offers new group training programs

Everyday Fitness gym in Blaine will begin offering a series of group personal training programs beginning Monday, October 20.
The training programs are offered as an optional supplement to their regular membership and include a women’s weight training, cardio and strength training classes as well as abdominal workouts and lunch-time sessions.

For more information, call 380-4405 or visit their website at Their Blaine location is at 1733 H Street, Ste 850, Blaine Intenational Center.

By Tara Nelson