Published on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 by Tara Nelson

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By Tara Nelson

Holiday Harbor Lights festival

The city of Blaine, the Blaine Chamber of Commerce and community groups are encouraging local businesses and residents to light up the town during the city’s annual Holiday Harbor Lights festival and display contest.

Displays can be lit or unlit but must be weatherproof if placed outdoors. Businesses along Peace Portal Drive are encouraged to wrap the trunks of the trees outside their businesses with white lights up to six-feet high and are asked to remove lights by January 15 in order to avoid damage to trees.

Displays should be in place by Saturday, December 6 in time for the community Christmas tree lighting from 4 to 6 p.m. on H Street plaza. Judging will also begin on Saturday and a prize will be given to the best decorated business.

Also, community groups will have the option of decorating one of the empty store fronts.

For more information, call Carroll Solomon at 332-4544 or Christy Lonquist at 220-5092.

Christmas bazaar to sell hand-made arts and crafts

The Blaine Senior Center has scheduled its annual home-made arts and crafts Christmas Bazaar at 763 G Street in Blaine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, December 5 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, December 6.

The event will include a holiday cookie sale, hourly door prizes, raffle and photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A deli-style lunch will also be available for purchase.

All proceeds from rental of the space will benefit the Blaine Senior Center, which provides activities and programs for seniors including a daily lunch and exercise programs.

Lighted boat parade scheduled for December 6

Semiahmoo Yacht Club members will celebrate the season with a lighted boat parade beginning at 5 p.m., December 6.

Vessels will leave Blaine and Semiahmoo Marinas with lights going on in Semiahmoo Bay, weather permitting and will return to marinas by 6:30 p.m.

A reception for spectators and boaters will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Semiahmoo Resort. Members and guests are welcome. To RSVP or for more information, contact

Bay Café seeks donations for Angel Tree

Bay Café owners Tammy Pearce and Dave Bucknell have organized their second annual “Angel Tree” event to help connect donated gifts with low-income children in Birch Bay.

Customers can select a tag from the tree that indicates a boy or a girl for whom to contribute a gift. The gifts will be distributed at an event at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 14 at the café at 7608 Birch Bay Drive.
For more information, call 371-5409 or visit