“Downtown Sounds” Outdoor Summer Concert Series

Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 5:30 pm

Downtown Bellingham Partnership presents the 11th annual Downtown Sounds Outdoor Summer Concert Series! Along with a Free Concert (in the 1300 block of Bay Street), there’s a beer garden (age 21 and older); a Kids’ corner and food vendors.

Performing at the next Downtown Sounds: Third World with Yogoman!

Concert: “Teamsters And Turtles – Together At Last!”

Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
at Roeder Home
2600 East Sunset Drive

Environmental singer Dana Lyons teams up with Labor hellraiser Anne Feeney to launch Teamsters And Turtles – Together At Last!  The duo plans to dispel the notion that unions are at odds with environmentalists–through song and story!

Pittsburgh-based agitator Anne Feeney performs music she says is designed to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Dana Lyons is the Bellingham singer/songwriter best known for his comedy songs Cows With Guns, RV and Ride The Lawn.

Admission is by suggested donation of $15-25. There’s limited seating. Advance tickets ($20) are recommended!

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Wild Whatcom Ladies Night: “Moon Of Ripe Berries”!

Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

“Whether cultivated or wild, berries are a true messenger of hope and life. Berries are vehicles for the potential they carry: seeds. Berries must be eaten to be enjoyed, and for new life to grow. What do they say to you? Explore the ripeness of Summer and the full moon during this evening walk along the lake shore, tasting several of our native berries along the way.”

For information about this and other Wild Whatcom Ladies Night “Moon Walks” click here or email


Bellingham Voluntary Outdoor Watering Schedule

Thursday, July 2nd 2015 - All Day

Bellingham is on the following Voluntary Outdoor Watering Schedule through September 15th:

Residents at even-numbered addresses are requested to water only Tuesdays, Thursdays and/or Saturdays.

Residents at odd-numbered addresses are requested to water only Wednesdays, Fridays and/or Sundays.

All residents are asked to refrain from outdoor watering Mondays–to allow the city’s reservoirs to recharge.

(The voluntary watering schedule does not apply to drip irrigation systems; handheld watering methods; flower and vegetable gardens; outdoor potted plants and hanging baskets; newly planted lawns)

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Northwest Tandem Rally

Thursday, July 2nd 2015 - All Day

Registration in this year’s Northwest Tandem Rally includes four days of supported cycling in beautiful Whatcom County; meals/snacks en route; a vendor expo; discounts for selected activities and more! Click here for information.

Mount Vernon Downtown “First Thursday Art Walk”

Thursday, July 2nd 2015 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
at The Front Gallery
420 Myrtle Street

Mount Vernon Downtown Association presents First Thursday Art Walk! The featured artist for the July Art Walk is Cheryl Telford, exhibiting at The Front GalleryMount Vernon Downtown Association Art Walks include more than 15 downtown venues, each hosting work by one or more local and regional artists. The remaining First Thursday Art Walks for the 2015 season are August sixth, September third and October first.

Also, the first weekend of each month (April-October) Mount Vernon Downtown Association participates in Skagit Valley Art Escape–inviting out-of-area visitors to spend the weekend experiencing art activities in the Skagit Valley communities of Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Edison and La Conner.

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Bellingham Festival Of Music

Friday, July 3rd 2015 - All Day

Bellingham Festival Of Music presents another season of world class performances!  Click here for the complete schedule.

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Free Summer Childrens’ Breakfast And Lunch Program

Friday, July 3rd 2015 - 8:15 am - 12:30 pm

Bellingham Public Schools is sponsoring the Free Summer Childrens’ Breakfast And Lunch Program again this year. Meals are available at no charge to kids (age 18 and younger) at the following times and locations:

Carl Cozier Elementary (1330 Lincoln Street): Monday-through-Friday (June 24th-August 21st) Breakfast: 8:30am-9am/Lunch: noon-12:30pm

Shuksan Middle School (2717 Alderwood Avenue): Monday-through-Friday (June 29th-July 31st; closed July 3rd) Breakfast: 8:15am-9:15am/Lunch: noon-1pm

Regency Park Apartment Complex (2050 Fraser Street): Monday-through-Friday (June 24th-August 21st) Lunch: noon-12:30pm

Sterling Meadows Apartment Complex (512 Sterling Drive): Monday-through-Friday (June 29th-August 21st) Lunch: noon-12:30pm

The Summer Food Service program is made possible by Food And Nutrition Service, an agency of United States Department Of Agriculture.

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WCFM: Celebrate Safely During The 4th Of July Holiday

Friday, July 3rd 2015 - 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Whatcom County Council has enacted new fireworks regulations.  In unincorporated Whatcom County, fireworks may only be discharged during the following times:

• July 3rd 6pm until 11pm

• July 4th 6pm until 12 midnight

• July 5th 6pm until 11pm

Remember, check with your local fire jurisdiction on fireworks regulations if you live within a city limits because many cities have enacted restrictions. (Bellingham has completely banned the use of personal fireworks within the city limits)


From the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office:

If you’re planning on using your own fireworks, use only legal consumer fireworks and only during permitted times.

So which fireworks are legal? Fireworks purchased at stands in unincorporated Whatcom County are inspected and approved by the Fire Marshal’s Office and are State licensed. If you purchased them from a reservation stand keep in mind the following items are prohibited off of the reservation:

• Fire Crackers

• Bottle Rockets

• Missile type rockets with fins

• Fireworks with sticks or fins

• Mortar shells larger than 1 ¾” in diameter

Additionally, explosive devices such as M-80’s, M-100’s, Tennis ball bombs, and pipe bombs are illegal everywhere.

How about sky lanterns? Sky lanterns are NOT a firework, but they are illegal to light and release. They are a violation of the State and County adopted Fire Code because they include an open flame that is uncontrollable. Lighting a sky lantern can lead to criminal charges through the Fire Code.

The Fire Marshal’s Office and Sheriff’s Office will be working cooperatively to provide additional patrols looking for illegal fireworks and people using any fireworks in a reckless or dangerous manor.

If you get caught with illegal fireworks, they will be confiscated and you can be charged criminally for possession and/or discharge of illegal fireworks. Modifying any firework or other device with explosives is considered manufacturing an improvised explosive device, which is a crime. Also, you will be held responsible for any fire started from any type of fireworks.


Public Fireworks Displays!

Saturday, July 4th 2015 - All Day

Looking for a fireworks show this Fourth Of July? Whether it’s in Bellingham, Blaine or Everson…or somewhere else in the state, look here for information!

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