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Published on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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Habitat For Humanity auction October 17

Habitat For Humanity in Whatcom County plans to raise the roof at their annual dinner auction being held this Saturday, October 17 at Semiahmoo Resort. Last year’s event raised nearly $50,000 from 300 attendees and organizers are hoping for another successful event this year.

Tickets are $50 and include a sit-down dinner with either salmon or a vegetarian option. Guests will have an opportunity to view silent auction items before the dinner. A live auction will follow the dinner with auctioneer and
Blaine city manager Gary Tomsic.

Funds raised by the event will go toward Habitat For Humanity projects in Whatcom County. For more information, call 360/715-9170 or visit

Blaine’s K-9 Yoschi retirement party Friday

The Blaine police department will celebrate the career of Yoschi, Blaine’s K-9 officer, as part of his retirement party.

Yoschi worked at Blaine police department for eight years, responded to 1,076 calls, many arrests and detections including a year in which he found over a quarter ton of drugs. He is also the first police dog in the county whose work resulted in a search warrant being granted based on canine tracking of a suspect. The suspect, a man who fired several rounds from a rifle into an occupied car, nearly killing a six-year-old child, was arrested and convicted.
The event is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, October 16 at the Blaine Community Center. The public is invited to attend.

Last day for tree giveaway this Saturday

Van Wingerden Garden Center in Blaine has partnered with the Whatcom Farm Friends Growing Trees for Salmon (FGTFS) program to plant and nurture 10,000 trees in 2009. 

The trees will be offered during a final giveaway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday for any Whatcom County residents who commits to planting them along creeks, rivers, ponds, wetlands or ditches. Douglas fir, Western red cedar and Sitka spruce seedlings will be available in half-gallon pots.

Participants will be asked to share their contact information with the group along with the watershed they plan to plant the tree in. Planting and maintenance tips will be provided. Tree plugs for this round of the program were purchased with grant funds from the Whatcom County public works district with local farmers volunteering the land, water and labor for maintenance efforts.

Van Wingerden is located at 8210 Portal Way in Blaine.

Blaine artists featured in Lynden craft show

Four Blaine artists will be featured in the 20th Annual Fall Craft & Antique Show this weekend in Lynden.
Joan Carlin, of Cabin Antiques; Barbara McAllister, of Wood-n-Stitches; Janice Vigelius, of Village Folk Art; and Sabrina Koebel, of Sabrina Design, will are among more than 100 Whatcom County artists in the event, which features handcrafts, antiques and original art.

The event is Thursday, October 15 through Saturday, October 17 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. A “Fashion For Less” fashion show with live music is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday by Clothes Closet Consignment Shop. For more information, call 966-5573 or visit

Last gardener’s market is this Saturday

Organizers of Blaine gardener’s market have scheduled a special fall celebration in conjunction with the Blaine Chamber of Commerce’s annual scarecrow contest. Visitors to the market are invited to wear their Halloween costumes while they peruse the fall fruits and vegetables. The Circle of Trees Homestead and Studios will also feature Kinder goats Daisy May and Bunny Joe.
The market is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the H Street plaza. For more information, call 332-8082.

Celebrate International Artist Day Oct. 25

In observance of International Artists’ Day, Loomis Hall will be celebrating with an opening of the gallery to the public to enjoy artworks submitted by local, regional and international artists. The event will include light refreshments and a book signing and reading by local writer, Lyn Hansen-Blizzard.

International Artist Day was created by Chris MacClure of Canada, who is presently showing at Loomis Hall Gallery. The gallery is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 288 Martin Street. For more information, visit