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River's Edge Tree Farm

The Bellingham Herald has just published an excellent printable calendar (PDF file) of Whatcom County Holiday Bazaars which may be accessed here. I’m also placing a link in the “Local Links” section on the sidebar.

Before you know it, it will be time to start thinking about Christmas Trees! My updated list of Whatcom and Skagit County Christmas Tree Farms is located here, and is linked from the “Pages” section of the sidebar, as well.


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Project Santa, operated each holiday season for the last 29 years under the auspices of the Whatcom Co. Sheriff’s Dept. and other local agencies, urgently needs volunteer Elves to help with:

  • Donation collection and pickup
  • Picking/Boxing donations/gifts
  • Wrapping gifts
  • Delivery of gifts

More than 300 families and 1200 children are helped during the holiday season by Project Santa, and much remains to be done between now and delivery day, December 21st! Drop-in volunteers are needed, as well. All the information you need to volunteer may be found right here.

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  • What: Live Christmas Music, Gingerbread House Contest, horse drawn wagon rides, children’s art activities, free hot cider and cookies, visits w/Santa (photographer available), Lighted Boat Parade (4:30pm-6:00pm, Saturday). Bring a non-perishable food item for the Bellingham Food Bank and receive a FREE photo keychain from Artiem Photography.
  • Where: Bellingham Cruise Terminal (Alaska Ferry), 355 Harris Avenue, Bellingham [map]
  • When: Fri, December 5, 2008, 12:00pm-8.00pm | Sat, December 6, 11:00am-6:00pm | Sun, December 7, 11:00am-5:00pm
  • Admission: FREE


From Interstate 5, southbound–

1.) Take exit 250 for WA-11 S/Old Fairhaven Parkway toward Chuckanut Drive
2.) Turn right at Old Fairhaven Pkwy/WA-11
3.) Continue on Donovan Ave
4.) Continue on 10th St
5.) Turn left at Harris Ave

From Interstate 5, northbound–

1.) Take exit 250 for WA-11 S/Old Fairhaven Pkwy toward Chuckanut Drive
2.) Turn left at Old Fairhaven Pkwy/WA-11
3.) Continue on Donovan Ave
4.) Continue on 10th St
5.) Turn left at Harris Ave

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What: Traditional Thanksgiving dinner for Seniors.
Where: Five Columns Restaurant, 1301 E. Maple St, Bellingham, WA [map]
When: 12:00pm-2:00pm, Thanksgiving Day.
Please call 676-9900 for reservations.

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Traditional Thanksgiving meals for all.
Where: Good Burger, 5962 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA (Laurel District) [map]
When: 1:00pm-5:00pm Thanksgiving Day.

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Day-after-Thanksgiving potluck with live entertainment. Admission is free to those who bring a leftover Thanksgiving dish (or something made from leftovers, presumably). All others, $5.00 cover.
Where: Green Frog Cafe & Acoustic Tavern, 902 N. State St., Bellingham, WA [map]
8:00pm, Fri. November 28

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Day after Thanksgiving Dinner
Where: Church of the Assumption Gymnasium, 2116 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA [map]
When: 12:00pm-2:00pm, Friday, Nov. 28th

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Holiday Dinner
Where: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1708 I St. [map]
When: 11:30am-1:30pm, Wed., November 26

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Thanksgiving Dinner w/live music.
Where: Old Town Cafe, 316 W. Holly St., Bellingham, WA [map]
When: 10:00am-3:00pm, Thanksgiving Day

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: “Salt on the Street”
Where: Louis Auto Glass parking lot, 1512 N. State St., Bellingham, WA [map]
When: 7:00pm- 10:00pm, Saturday, November 29

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Thanksgiving Dinner
Where: United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington Ave., Ferndale, WA [map]
When: 12:00pm, Thanksgiving Day.

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Toys for Tots Toy Drive for Children in Need, Whatcom County, Nov. 22-Dec. 18, 2008

What: Toys for Tots drive for new, unwrapped toys and cash donations to buy toys for children of families in need.

Where: Whatcom County Haggen locations; NW Hot Spring Spas; all Whatcom County Little Caesar’s Pizza locations; Whidbey Island Bank locations, and Quizno’s locations.

When: Now until Dec. 18  Haggen & NW Hot Spring Spa locations accepting toys and cash donations until Dec. 20 [via KGMI radio morning show, 11-21].

A concurrent Toys for Tots drive is taking place at Haggen locations in Stanwood, Arlington, Marysville and Lake Stevens until Dec. 20th. (read more)

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In addition to a plethora of local holiday bazaars, the following annual arts & crafts markets open this week–

Roeder Home, Bellingham, WA [map]
Thu, Nov 20, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Fri, Nov 21, 9am – 5pm
Sat, Nov 22, 9am – 5pm
Sun, Nov 23, 9am – 5pm
Fri, Nov 28, 9am – 5pm
Sat, Nov 29, 9am – 5pm
Sun, Nov 30, 9am – 5pm

Alaska Ferry Terminal, Bellingham, WA [map]
Thu, Nov 20, 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Fri, Nov 21, 9:30am – 9:30pm
Sat, Nov 22, 9:30am – 5:30pm

1308 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA [map]
Nov 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 10:00am – 7:00pm
Dec 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 10:00am – 7:00pm
Christmas Eve:  10:00am – 3:00pm

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If you look to the “Pages” category in the sidebar, you will note a link entitled, “Whatcom County Holiday Bazaars and Gift Shows, 2008.” Even if these normally aren’t your thing, you might consider checking some of them out this holiday season, for three good reasons. First, they tend to be homey, intimate affairs, fostering a sense of community – and that can do a lot towards kindling the holiday spirit. Second – as we all know the nation is in big financial trouble, and I just saw on the news last night that one of the best things that average citizens can do to help shore up their local economies is the simple act of putting money into those economies. During the holiday season, this translates into doing less shopping at those big box stores, and more shopping in local venues, where the money passes directly into the hands of your friends and neighbors. And there’s no better place to start than at the upcoming local church bazaars and community gift shows.

Third, but no less significant than the first two: considering that virtually all of these bazaars and gift shows take place in November and early December, it’s a way to take care of at least part – if not all – of your Christmas shopping early – and then you can spend more time enjoying the holidays later in the season, and less time braving the crush at the mall.

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