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A few upcoming events ...

Homebuyer education class at Blaine Library

An upcoming homebuyer education class will teach north Whatcom County residents what they need to know in order to purchase their first home. 

The free education class will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street. 

Doug Cornelsen, residential loan officer at Banner Bank, will advise people what they need to do in preparation of purchasing their first home, understanding credit, budgeting for a down payment and tips during the loan process. There will also be a Q&A to answer home loan and real estate questions. 

Refreshments are expected to be provided. 

Attendees need to register for the class by calling Cornelsen at 360/752-8253 or emailing

School to work transition fair

Whatcom County Health and Community Services (WCHCS), formerly the health department, is hosting a school to work transition fair for students with developmental and other disabilities. The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, March 27 in Settlemyer Hall at Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Avenue. 

Middle school and high school students are encouraged to attend, as well as their families, educators and other community members, according to a WCHCS press release. The fair will have information on housing, guardianship, Social Security, community and technical colleges, employment, Developmental Disabilities Administration and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. 

LWV comprehensive planning presentation

The League of Women Voters (LWV) is hosting a virtual presentation on comprehensive planning 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30. 

The meeting will focus on comprehensive planning basics and discuss the needs of seniors and people with disabilities accessing housing and transportation, according to a LWV press release. Presenters will also discuss the housing needed for all income levels to meet population growth. 

The presenters will include Stacie Pratschner, director of Blaine’s Community Development Services; Blake Lyon, director of Bellingham’s planning and community development; Steve Roberge, assistant director of Whatcom County Planning and Development Services; and Pete Nelson, executive director of Blaine Senior Center. 

Registration is required to receive the link to the Zoom meeting. To register, email


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