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Published on Wed, Oct 7, 2009
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Curves celebrates women’s health and fitness

Curves in Birch Bay Square is hosting a series of free 30-day diet plan classes to promote a healthy lifestyle in recognition of National Women’s Health and Fitness Day.

The classes are open to all women in the Blaine, Birch Bay and Custer area with no fee or membership required.
The classes will be held on October 17, 31 and November 14. The classes feature hands-on activities by weight management coaches and DVDs and cover topics such as weight management, smart grocery shopping, eating out and emotional eating.

For more information about Curves and the diet classes, contact Leah Discher at 366-0272. Curves is located at 8115 Birch Bay Square Street, suite 133.

Retailing to Canadian visitors

The owners of Birch Bay Square Shopping Center are hosting a timely symposium on October 19, from 10 a.m. – noon in Birch Bay Square’s International Trade Room.

The event is designed for retailers from Whatcom and Skagit counties seeking advice on capturing a greater share of the cross-border retail dollar and would like to hear from colleagues who are actually thriving and expanding in the midst of a recession.

Presenters include Woods Coffee CEO Wes Herman as well as an international line-up of speakers from government, Western Washington University,  accountants, banking, retail sectors and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics committee.

Topics will include business funding, merchandising, Olympic Games opportunities, retail siting and other discussions.

Lunch will be hosted following the presentation and the event is free to professional retailers. Seating is limited and storeowners or managers can register up to two attendees from their business by emailing or calling event emcee Mike Kent’s office at 360/527-8901 or emailing The International Trade Room is located at Birch Bay Square off of I-5 exit 270.

Birch Bay Farmer Market’s Last Day

The last day for the popular Birch Bay farm & craft market will be October 8 and will feature a pumpkin carving contest. The market was held every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. and featured fresh local produce from various venders.
It is located at the corner of Birch Bay Drive and Alderson Road.

Business fair coming up

The Northwest Business Expo and Conference will be held Thursday, October 15 at the Best Western Lakeway Inn in Bellingham from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. The event is open to the public. Over 50 exhibitors will be in attendance. A series of training seminars designed to grow your business will be offered. After 5 p.m. the Bellingham/Whatcom chamber of commerce is holding a Business after Business networking event. Be sure to drop by The Northern Light’s booth. For more info call 360-746-0418.

Need a job?

Job seekers looking for ways to connect directly with employers are invited to attend WWU’s Fall Business Career Fair from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, November 5 in the Mac Gym.

The fair is open to all students and members of the general public who are interested in meeting hiring managers for both internship and career opportunities. Admission to the fair is free.

The Fall Business Career Fair also provides job seekers with an invaluable opportunity to network with employers. A free workshop, which teaches skills in approaching employers, will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 29 in the Viking Union, room 462 and at noon on Monday, November 2 in the Viking Union, room 567.

Employers interested in attending the fair may do so by accessing a registration form at: employers.shtml

For a complete listing of participating employers, go to, or call the Center at 360/650-3240.