Senior activities: 5 places to explore

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 16, 2013 

J.J. DONOVAN HISTORY EXHIBIT

"Treasures From the Trunk: The Story of J.J. Donovan" is an ongoing exhibit at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The exhibit highlights the life of one of Bellingham's most remarkable citizens, who arrived in town in the late 1880s and was involved in many civic goings-on until his death in 1937. Numerous events take place during the exhibit's run.

Details: 360-778-8930, whatcommuseum.org.

Accessibility: Old City Hall is wheelchair-accessible and there is handicapped parking.

LEARN A SKILL, SHARE A SKILL

Do you know how to braid a rug, repair or sharpen tools, make soap or make a simple toy? Do you want to learn how?

The second SkillShare Faire, hosted by Transition Whatcom, gives community members an opportunity to share all kinds of useful information through demonstrations and participatory sessions from 10 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale.

Nearly 600 people attended last year. Camping is available, there will be a beer garden (with brewing demonstrations), and swap-and-barter exchanges for such items as recipes, clothes, household items, produce and preserves.

Details: 360-319-4266, whatcomskillsharefaire.org.

Accessibility: Some areas of the park are on uneven ground. There is handicapped parking.

HARVEST DINNER CELEBRATES WHATCOM FOODS

The Whatcom Harvest Dinner is a community event that supports and celebrates local farmers, fishers and the bounty our region has to offer. This year's event begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at BelleWood Acres & Distilling, 6140 Guide Meridian, between Bellingham and Lynden.

Admission is on a sliding scale, ranging from $7 to $75. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets, or call Explorations Academy at 360-671-8085.

Details:whatcomharvestdinner.com.

Accessibility: BelleWood Acres is wheelchair-accessible and there is handicapped parking.

CHOIR OF FORMER VETERANS PERFORM OCT. 30

The award-winning New Directions Veterans Choir, mostly men and women who became homeless following their military service, performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

A nonprofit veteran services organization, New Directions gave them hope and direction, and a chance to inspire others. The a cappella ensemble sings renditions of doo-wop, soul, gospel and pop music.

Tickets, $20 to $39, can be reserved 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.

MATASSA SINGS FOR SUDDEN VALLEY LIBRARY

Vocalist Greta Matassa returns to perform in "Here's to the Ladies," the second year of the jazz series that raises money for the Sudden Valley Library, in a concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Sudden Valley Dance Barn.

She's joined by high-energy tap dancer Jovon Miller in solo and duet numbers.

Tickets are $20. Details: 360-671-1709.

Accessibility: The Dance Barn is wheelchair-accessible and there is handicapped parking.

Event details are subject to change. To be sure, call ahead or check online to confirm.

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