Bellingham's annual Christmas tree lighting and Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher galleries are featured during an evening of free downtown events that are part of the monthly Art Walk on Friday, Dec. 6.
The tree will be lighted at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Depot Market Square, site of the Bellingham Farmers Market at Railroad Avenue and Maple Street, with activities that include carolers, refreshments and a visit from Santa.
Afterward, many downtown businesses and galleries will be open with exhibits for the monthly Art Walk, sponsored by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. A list of participating businesses and a map of their locations was incomplete early this week, but were scheduled to be listed at http://downtownbham.wordpress.com.
A highlight of the evening is free admission to the Lightcatcher at 250 Flora St., where the featured exhibit is the highly regarded "Vanishing Ice," a collection of alpine and polar landscapes from 1175 to 2012. The exhibit aims to show how the world's glacial legacy is threatened by global climate change. For more information, see whatcommuseum.org.
NEW BOOK SALE
Western Washington University's annual children's and young adult book sale features new books from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, on the sixth floor of Wilson Library, near Special Collections.
New and recent titles - all unused - in a range of genres and reading levels will be on sale for $5 for hardcover and $2 for paperbacks. Sales benefit WWU's annual Children's Literature Conference.
Bring a box or bag for your selections. Details: library.wwu.edu/news/14781.
USED BOOK SALE
Friends of the Bellingham Public Library is holding its winter book sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Saturday, Dec. 7, downstairs at the library, 210 Central Ave. Thousands of used hardcover and paperback books - including many children's and young adult titles in good condition - are featured for $1, unless otherwise marked. On Dec. 6 all titles are half price and on Dec. 7 the remaining books go for $4 a bag.
Bellingham Figure Skating Club presents its annual winter show, featuring "The Night Before Christmas," with performances at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Sportsplex, 1225 Civic Field Way.
Tickets are $7 advance and $9 at the door. Details: 360-676-1919 or bfsc.org.info.