BELLINGHAM - Book lovers and bargain hunters will be out in force Wednesday, May 22, for the opening day of the annual Ski to Sea Book Sale.
More than 10,000 books will fill the downstairs lecture room of the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Children's books will be in the lower hallway near the elevators.
Some books come from the library's shelves and many are donations from Village Books, but the majority are from the area's avid reading community, said Doraine Jensen, a member of Friends of the Bellingham Public Library that puts on the sale each year.
"We are very lucky," she said of having such a generous community.
The sale runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Most adult books are priced at $1, with children's paperbacks at 50 cents and children's hardcovers at $1. Books go for half price on Friday and $4 per bag on Saturday.
The Friends will have brown paper bags on hand for Saturday, but people are encouraged to bring their own bags.
Opening day tends to be the busiest, Jensen said, and additional books are put out Wednesday as the sale progresses. The days the prices changes also are very busy, she said.
Money raised from the sale goes back into the library in book donations, programs and improvements.
UPCOMING SKI TO SEA-RELATED EVENTS
"The Mountain Runners"
The award-winning film about the history of Ski to Sea is screened at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the Pickford Film Center.
Whatcom Art Guild Art Market
Dozens of members of Whatcom Art Guild show and sell their original fine art, jewelry, glassworks, ceramics, textiles, photography and carvings, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 23-26 in Finnegan's Alley, off Harris Avenue between 11th and 12th streets. Special entertainment on Sunday, May 26.
Details: 360-738-8564, whatcomartguild.org.
Community Block Party: "Back to Basics"
Friday, May 24, 5-9 p.m., Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave.
All ages welcome; beer garden for ages 21 and older. Includes a Cupcake Challenge (with defending champs Katie's Cupcakes against Barb's Pies & Pastries and Cupcakes Like It Sweet). Signing of DVDs of "The Mountain Runners" award-winning film about the history of Ski to Sea. Live music by The Atlantics at 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 25, 2 p.m., $6 cover in the beer garden. Music by the Bellingham Firefighters Pipes and Drums at 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 26, 8 p.m., music by Luke Warm and the Moderates, all ages, no cover.
Ski to Sea Blossom Time Grand Parade
Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Judging at 10:30 a.m., parade starts at noon at Cornwall Avenue at Alabama Street, south on Cornwall Avenue, east on Champion Street, north on State Street, and ends at York and State streets.
Details: 360-734-1330, bellingham.com.
Ski to Sea Race
Sunday, May 26, 7:45 a.m. to late afternoon, Mt. Baker Ski Area to Marine Park.
Finish Line Party and Awards Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Beer garden, food booths, music, kids' activities, open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Marine Park.
Antique Car Show
Sunday, May 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Boulevard Park.
Brass-era cars, Mustangs, Corvettes, hot rod, imports, station wagons, convertibles.
Details: 360-647-1832, aarcbellingham.com.
Sunday, May 26, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Historic Fairhaven District and the Village Green.
All-day street fair for all ages and tastes, music by DJ BamBam (starting at 2 p.m.), children's activities, a beer garden, arts and craft vendors, nonprofit booths, ethnic foods and more. From downtown Fairhaven, you can walk down to Fairhaven's Marine Park to watch the kayakers come in off Bellingham Bay for the last leg of the race and the ringing of the bell. At the park you'll find race information and race photos, and a number of exhibitors.
Reach Debbie Townsend at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-2280.