blood drive


Tuesday, December 23rd 2014 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
at Skagit Valley Hospital
1415 East Kincaid

Skagit Valley Hospital is hosting a two-day Puget Sound Blood Center Blood Drive. Please give “the gift of life” this holiday season!


Eagle Watching In Skagit County!

Wednesday, December 24th 2014 - All Day

Mt. Baker Ranger District volunteers are stationed at three stops along Highway 20 to provide information and to facilitate eagle viewing!

–Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center at Howard Miller Steelhead Park (52809 Rockport Park Road) in Rockport. (Weekdays through January 2nd: 10am-4pm; Saturdays and Sundays through January 31st: 10am-4pm)

Rockport State Park (51095 Highway 20) in Rockport. (Fridays-through-Sundays through February 15th: 10am-2pm)

Marblemount Fish Hatchery (8319 Fish Hatchery Road) in Marblemount. (Daily: 8am-4:30pm)

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Free Christmas Taxi Rides

Wednesday, December 24th 2014 - All Day

Every year Bellingham’s Blue Cab LLC provides cab rides free of charge (or for a voluntary donation*): Christmas Eve night-through-Christmas night. 

*Donations will benefit Whatcom County Museum.

(Rides outside the city limits require a minimum donation)

For reservations call 734-3787.

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Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival Of The Arts

Wednesday, December 24th 2014 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
at Holiday Festival Temporary Location
4145 Meridian St

You can fill your weekends with live local music; artist demos and workshops and bring the kids in for fun art projects–during the 35th annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival Of The Arts–a five week-long festival, featuring the work of over 100 local artisans and craftspeople! The affordable, locally handmade products range from jewelry, paintings, wearable art, specialty foods, and art from found materials.

The festival runs (Wednesday-through-Sunday) November 14th-December 24th. Click here for the official schedule and a list of participating merchants.

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Bicentennial Celebration At Peace Arch Park

Wednesday, December 24th 2014 - 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
at Peace Arch State Park
19 A Street

You’re invited to a celebration of the bicentennial of the signing of Treaty Of Ghent. The treaty was signed on Christmas Eve in 1814, ending War Of 1812. The treaty established a firm and lasting peace between United States, Britain and Canada. The international Peace Memorial (Peace Arch) was dedicated September 6, 1921 to mark the centennial of the signing of the treaty.

This historic evening includes an Open House, as well as live music, period costumes, interpretive displays, refreshments and more (3pm-7pm). There’s a Commemoration (featuring historic vignettes) and Candle Lighting Ceremony at the Peace Arch (6pm).

The event is free, but donations to United States Canada Peace Anniversary Association are encouraged. For more information click here. (Winter hats, coats, gloves, and boots are encouraged!)

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Lighthouse Mission Annual Christmas Meal

Thursday, December 25th 2014 - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
at Church Of The Assumption
2116 Cornwall Avenue

With the help of more than 130 volunteers, Bellingham’s Lighthouse Mission is hosting their 91st annual Christmas Meal For The Homeless–at Church Of The Assumption Gym. Needy members of the community are invited to enjoy a “restaurant style” meal–featuring ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, salad and dessert. Guests will also receive clothing, toiletries and a blanket. Anyone without a family with whom to celebrate the holidays is warmly invited!

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Free Downtown Parking

Thursday, December 25th 2014 - 1:00 pm

Bellingham’s Holiday Parking Program is in effect through December 25th! Starting at 1pm each day, parking is free in metered spaces downtown. 

(If you’re planning to park for more than two hours, you’re encouraged to use the ground floor of the public parking garage at 1300 Commercial Street)


“Nicotine Anonymous”

Friday, December 26th 2014 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
at St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway

There’s a weekly Support Group for people who would like to quit smoking–Nicotine Anonymous. The group meets Friday nights. 

“Nicotine Anonymous is especially good for people who have a tough time quitting. You do not need to be smoke-free to come to a meeting; you just need to have the desire to be smoke-free.”

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Monthly Pet Adoption Event

Saturday, December 27th 2014 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
at Pet Palace Consignment
5373 Guide Meridian

Whatcom County’s Alternative Humane Society holds a Pet Adoption Event the last Saturday of every month at Pet Palace Consignment.  It’s your chance to meet furry friends who are looking for their forever home!

(Please note: They do not do same-day adoptions.  If there’s a dog you’re interested in, you’re invited to complete a Statement Of Interest, which can be downloaded at

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“Memories Of Blaine” Calendars!

Wednesday, December 31st 2014 - All Day
at Blaine Senior Center
763 G Street

Blaine Senior Center is selling Memories Of Blaine 2015 calendars–featuring humorous quotes from Blaine Journal (1895-1912) and pictures from the Whatcom Museum photo archives . Calendars are $10, with proceeds benefiting the Center’s many programs.

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