Shellfish-tival aims to teach children about water pollution

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 17, 2013 

Several local organizations will be participating in a family-oriented Shellfish-tival focusing on water pollution the middle of next week.

Taylor Shellfish Farms is sponsoring the free event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at 2182 Chuckanut Drive in the Skagit County community of Bow. Some 15 area organizations are participating in the event at Taylor Shellfish Co., which is a producer of clams and oysters at several locations along the Washington and British Columbia coastline.

Nicole Hopper, Taylor Shellfish's education and outreach coordinator, said the idea is to help children learn about the effects of water pollution and how inland waste makes its way into local waterways.

She said there will be educational displays and activities to illustrate the effect of water pollution, including a game sponsored by the city of Bellingham that focuses on the common problem of pet feces in the watershed.

"The city has a Toss the Turd game to teach you how to pick up after your pet," Hopper said. "Kids will practice picking up the (fake) poop with a bag - and if they can get it in the garbage can, they get a prize."

Other activities include low-tide beach walks, a live touch tank, shell art, a watershed model, button and card making, cork boat making and fairy houses.

Food will be available for purchase during the event, including hot dogs, and barbecue oysters and clams.

For more information, contact Hopper at 360-701-7637 or nicoleh@taylorshellfish.com.

SUMMER SING-ALONGS

A summer-long series of sing-along programs sponsored by the Bellingham Public Library continues 9-9:45 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at the library's Barkley Branch, 3111 Newmarket St., northeast of the Barkley Boulevard-Woburn Street intersection.

Programs are for families with children ages 8 and younger.

It's sponsored by the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library, part of a series of summer Saturday programs aimed at drawing people to the library branches in Barkley and Fairhaven, said Bernice Chang, children's library specialist.

Saturday's program features Pam Sinnett, co-founder of Samish School, who will tell stories through songs. See the complete schedule for July and August online at bellinghampubliclibrary.org.

Featured performers include Laura Smith, who teaches banjo and guitar lessons and taught in public schools for 23 years and performs locally; Elian Carbone, a young singer-songwriter and a recent Western Washington graduate who's recorded a CD of songs he wrote based on conversations with children; and Lucas Hicks, a popular local musician who plays several instruments with bands such as the Gallus Brothers, The Shadies, and Rattletrack Ruckus.

TRY OUT THE TOYS

Every Wednesday from 1-6 p.m. through the summer is Demo Days at the Fairhaven Toy Garden, 1147 11th St. at Mill Avenue. It's timed to coincide with the weekly Farmers Market at the Village Green, one block west of the store.

A different toy maker will be featured and all products from the highlighted vendor will be 20 percent off.

For more information, go online to fairhaventoygarden.com/events or call the Fairhaven Toy Garden at 360-714-8552.

Suggest your ideas for family-friendly events or day trips to Robert Mittendorf at 360-756-2805 or robert.mittendorf@bellinghamherald.com.

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