Summer busy with Repertory Theatre, pet festivals, Drayton Harbor Days

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 15, 2013 

FILE Mount Baker Theatre’s Summer Repertory Theatre runs through Aug. 11, including performances of Robert Harling’s "Steel Magnolias."

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THEATER IN THE ROUND
Mount Baker Theatre's Summer Repertory Theatre runs July 16 through Aug. 11, with performances of Robert Harling's "Steel Magnolias," John Cariani's "Almost, Maine" and Yamina Reza's "Art," presented in-the-round at the intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., on a rotating schedule.
Tickets are $12.50 for students, $25 general, and $20 for groups of 20 or more. Reserve tickets at 360-734-6080 or mountbakertheatre.com.
Accessibility: For details, go to mountbakertheatre.com, click on "about" and then click on "FAQs," or call 360-734-6080.

CEMETERY TOURS MONTHLY
People can learn the history of Bayview Cemetery in tours the last Friday of each month through September. The July 26 tour focuses on "Immigrants: Our Foreign Roots."
Tours, which are led by community volunteers who are historians and naturalists, begin at 12:30 p.m. at the veterans' memorial in the eastern part of the cemetery.
The tours are free, but reservations are required; call 360-778-7150 or sign up at the cemetery office, 1420 Woburn St. Details: 360-778-7150, or go to cob.org and search for Bayview Cemetery.
Accessibility: Walk is about one mile over uneven ground.

DRAYTON HARBOR DAYS
The annual celebration of Blaine's maritime heritage takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4 at Blaine Marina and Semiahmoo Spit. A special attraction this year are the tall ships Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain.
Other activities include the always-fun George Raft Race, exhibits, vintage steamboats, rides on the Plover Ferry and a pet contest. Details: 360-332-6484, draytonharbormaritime.org.
Accessibility: Some locations at the marina and spit might not be wheelchair-accessible.

PET FESTIVALS
--The Alternative Humane Society's fifth annual Paws and Claws Expo is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28 at Bloedel Donovan Park, with vendors, demonstrations, a community garage sale and more. Details: 360-671-7445, alternativehumanesociety.com.
--The third annual Birch Bay Music Festival-Paw's Across the Border, hosted by the Alternative Humane Society, Creature Comforts Cat Rescue and the British Columbia SPCA, begins at 3 p.m. Aug. 9 and continues from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11 at Bay Cafe at Birch Bay, 7608 Birch Bay Drive, in Blaine.
There will be children's activities, vendor booths, silent and live auctions, a beer-and-wine garden and live music. Details: 360-371-5409, birchbaymusicfestival.com.
--The Dog Days of Summer Run/Walk & Festival, sponsored by Whatcom Humane Society, is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at Lake Padden Park, with a fun run/walk and a 10k run around the lake, games, contests, exhibitions and food for dogs and people. Details: 360-733-2080, whatcomhumane.org.
Accessibility: Bay Café is wheelchair-accessible. Lake Padden Park is uneven ground.

CLASSIC SHOW TUNES
The first show of Lynden Performing Arts Guild's 2013-2014 season is "Some Enchanted Evening," a collection of Rodgers and Hammerstein compositions with five performers staged first "backstage," where the songs are sung as personal interplay; then "onstage" in a "performance."
The show, which opens Sept. 26, is dedicated to the late Claire vg Thomas, the theater's namesake. Celeste Larson directs.
If you want to be involved in the production, auditions are 7 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6 at the theater, 655 Front St., Dutch Village Mall. Details: 360-354-4425, clairevgtheatre.com.
Accessibility: The theater is wheelchair-accessible.

Event details are subject to change. Call ahead or check online to confirm.

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