BELLINGHAM - Many fundraisers tout live music, beer and dunk tanks, but only Make.Shift can say they have the adult "Slip 'N Slide O' Doom."
The homemade slide is under construction, and though it is still in testing, Make.Shift employees believe the slippery contraption will be too dangerous for Bellingham's youngest citizens.
The inaugural Make.Shift Block Party fundraising event will shut down Flora Street between Grand Avenue and Prospect Street, from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 28. Admission to the event is by a suggested donation of $5 to $10.
Make.Shift director Cat Sieh said she wants to make the event as ridiculous as possible, and with a slew of community and corporate sponsors, the day is going to be full of events for both families and the 21-and-up crowd.
Most of the activities will raise funds for Make.Shift, a nonprofit organization that works with local musicians and artists. Part of their mission is to "provide a home for painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, musicians, and whoever else needs an affordable space to make a mess and show it off."
A list of some of the day's activities:
Live music, including performances by Sugar Sugar Sugar, Bright Weapons, Candysound, Pan Pan, Sunshine, Chris Nunn, Squints Palledorous and Specters.
Live performances by Bellingham Circus Guild, Dead Parrots Society and the Dirty Bird Cabaret.
Unknown Board Shop will host a street skate jam, and The Hub will help put on bicycle events.
Taco del Mexicano food truck and Kurly's food cart will sell food, and The Black Drop Coffee House will host a toddy coffee stand.
Spectators can enjoy a band vs. band basketball tournament throughout the afternoon in the parking lot of Accurate Lock and Security, Inc., on the corner of Prospect and Flora streets.
Children's activities will include bubbles, chalk, and a bouncy house hosted by Sabbath Tattoo.
Innate print shop will screen print and sell merchandise at the event. Cost depends on item.
Raffle, including packages from Pabst Brewing Co., local restaurants, salons, Unknown Board Shop, Sabbath Tattoo and businesses partnered with Make.Shift. Cost: $1.
Dunk tank featuring Bellingham celebrities. Some of those waiting to take their turn in the tank include Bellingham business owners Brent Cole, Carey Ross and Craig Jewell; Make.Shift employees Cat Sieh, Audra Robson and Zach Zinn; and Bellingham City Council member Cathy Lehman. Cost: $2 for two throws or $3 for five throws.
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