Published on Thu, Dec 18, 2008
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NOEL refunds available
The medieval Celtic and classical harp and wind ensemble group Noel that was to have performed last Sunday but canceled due to weather has been unable to find a replacement date. Patrons who purchased tickets may use them at the group’s evening concert, scheduled for Sunday, December 21, at 7 p.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Bellingham. Refunds are available at the point of purchase, which in Blaine includes the Blaine Visitor Center, Blackberry House, Pacific Building Center, Smuggler’s Inn and Semiahmoo Resort. For more information call 676-5740.

Free caroling event Sunday
The Semiahmoo Resort has scheduled a community caroling event for Sunday, December 21 at their Seaview Lobby. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. with warm apple cider, and a toast by the resort’s fireplace. Guest artists feature Andrea Rackl-Rose, a pianist with Whatcom Symphony; vocalist Shanna Manning; and children’s reader Antje Wortman. The event is free and open to the public. Call 371-0614 for more information.

Council schedules skate park hearing
Blaine City Council has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the possible closure of the city’s skate park for 7 p.m. January 15 at the Blaine Senior Center. For more information, call 332-8311.

GED classes begin January
Bellingham Technical College will begin a series of GED classes at the Blaine high school library from 5 to 8 p.m. beginning January 8 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Classes are open to any adult over age 16 who is not currently enrolled in high school and who meets the requirements for Adult Basic Education (ABE). Orientation for these classes will be held on January 8, at the Blaine high school library. To sign up for orientation, call 360/752-8341.

Church celebrates last Christmas service in sanctuary
The Birch Bay Bible Church is transitioning to their future location at the corner of Bay and Blaine roads. In 2006 they sold their facility to BP Cherry Point Refinery who in turn leased the facility back to them until their new facility can be completed. The process of building was estimated to be about two to three years, but with permitting issues (wetland mitigation) on their new property, that projection has been extended. BP has extended the lease period, but the church will need to occupy the main sanctuary level beginning in July. They will move their services to the gymnasium beginning June 7.

The public is invited to this historic farewell at 7 p.m. December, 24, which will include traditional Christmas hymns, a children’s play, special music, and bags of Christmas candy.

Local realtors win awards
Century 21 realtor Gerry Allen, of Birch Bay, was named associate of the year for 2008 during a Christmas awards banquet December 6.
The award is presented to the agent who exhibits a strong work ethic and who goes above and beyond for their fellow employees.

Century 21 also awarded Terry Conway with its 2008 Eagle Award, which recognizes outstanding professionalism and a positive attitude.