Ski to Sea, Whatcom County's biggest festival, gets underway this weekend, May 17-19, and continues through May 27 at Mt. Baker Ski Area, in downtown Bellingham and in Fairhaven, among other locations. Early highlights:
Art By The Airport: Whatcom Art Guild's annual show and sale of fine art and crafts runs 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17-18, at Fox Hall at the Hampton Inn, 3985 Bennett Drive, a new location for the show.
Junior Ski to Sea Parade: Individuals, schools, organizations and others can gather for judging from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Cornwall Avenue and Alabama Street. The parade begins at 6 p.m.
Ski to Sea Junior Race: The Junior Ski to Sea race is open to youths in third grade or older. The five-leg contest consists of running, three-legged racing, biking, soccer and an obstacle course, all taking place Saturday, May 18, at Lake Padden Park. A free shuttle runs from the west park entrance to the race course at the east entrance. The race begins 8 a.m.
Ski to Sea Book Sale: The Friends of the Bellingham Public Library's sale of used books and other media runs 10 a.m. to 6 pm. Wednesday through Friday, May 22-24, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 25, at the downtown library, 210 Central Ave. May 24 is half-price day; May 25 is $4-a-bag day.
"The Mountain Runners": The locally made film about America's first mountain endurance foot race, held 1911 through 1913 on Mount Baker, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. The showing will be introduced by directors Todd Warger and Brian Young.