Briefs 3-26-2009

Published on Thu, Mar 26, 2009
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NWPRD2 offers five new classes

The Northwest Park and Recreation District 2 has scheduled five new classes starting in March.

They include a Nuno felted scarf workshop on Saturday March 10 ($45); a series of belly dance classes beginning Tuesday, March 7 ($50); a garden mosaic stepping stone workshop on Saturday, March 21 ($35); a water color painting class beginning Thursday, March 26; and an indoor mosaic flower pot workshop March 28.

For more information or to register, call 656-6416 or visit their web site:

Sheriff’s office offers boating safety class

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s office marine services unit will offer a free boating education course to provide the basics of safe boating that are required for anyone age 12 to 25 to operate a boat in Washington state.

The eight-hour course is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, February 28 and also on Saturday, March 7 at the Marietta Fire Station training room at 752 Marine Drive in Bellingham.

Class size is limited and participants are encouraged to pre-register by February 26 by calling or emailing deputy Stuart Smith at 676-6650 or

The Adventures In Boating Washington, A Course On Responsible Boating manual and exam will be provided for $10.

Semiahmoo Resort earns AAA Four Diamond award

Blaine’s Semiahmoo Resort has earned the AAA Four Diamond award for the 13th consecutive year. The designation is one of the travel authority’s highest rating for hotels and restaurants and was given to just 28 establishments in Washington and North Idaho.

WWU’s SBDC changes name to Center for Economic Vitality
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Western Washington University has changed its name to the Center for Economic Vitality (CEV), and will no longer be affiliated with the SBDC statewide network housed at Washington State University.

The CEV will still offer the same confidential business counseling combined with business intelligence research that it has provided for more than 24 years in Whatcom County; it will also continue to be connected to the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University and be located in the Bellingham Towers.

“The traditional SBDC offers just counseling, and we have grown far beyond that,” said Tom Dorr, director for CEV. “We have increased our research and economic gardening and special-projects services, and those services are utilized by other economic development providers throughout the state of Washington.”

The CEV provides three core services: business counseling, Research Center Economic Gardening, and special projects. The business counselors will continue to provide in-depth, confidential business advice to small-to-medium businesses free-of-charge for businesses in Whatcom County.

Blaine grads make honor roll at Western Washington University
Six Blaine area graduates earned the honor roll for the fall quarter at Western Washington University. They are Chelsea Gumley, Katelynn McKee, Andrew Spanjer, Amanda Burke, AndreaMae Lawson and Amanda Statham.

Also, Sheila Johnson of Blaine graduated with her bachelor of arts in English and creative writing and Christina Schuyleman of Blaine graduated with her bachelor of arts degree in sociology.

Boys & Girls Club closed Friday and Monday

The Blaine Boys and Girls Club will be closed on Friday, February 27 for training and again on Monday, March 2 for fire alarm testing.
The Blaine Senior Center will close at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 2 for fire alarm testing.