Give away free paperbacks for World Book Night


World Book Night isn't until April 23, but the window to sign up remains open only until Jan. 5.

As a registered "giver," you receive 20 free paperback copies of a book from the 2014 book list (you can choose your first, second and third choice when you apply), and then you give them away to "light or non-readers, especially people who don't regularly read, and/or people who don't normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or geography."

It's easy and it costs you nothing.

To sign up, complete an application (you must apply even if you've been a giver before). You can specify your local independent bookstore as your pickup point and host store, which, in Bellingham, is Village Books.

For details, see, or


Will Ellender let me know that Jan. 6 the deadline for applications is to compete in one of four Bellingham Music Club awards totaling $4,000 for high school students in Whatcom County.

All competitions will be held 5 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St. Club members and guests are invited to attend.

The Enid Carrick High School Piano competition is Jan. 17.

The Jack and Ginny Frymire High School Vocal competition is Jan. 23.

The Nicholas Bussard High School Instrumental competition is Jan. 31.

A separate new competition for Ethel Crook High School String awards is Feb. 7.

The Virginia Glover Western Washington University awards recipients will be selected by audition from Western Washington University music department nominations; auditions will take place 4 to 7 p.m. March 3 in WWU's Performing Arts Center, room 16 (choir room).

An annual benefit concert, "Young Musicians of Whatcom County," will be held to help fund the student awards. That will be in March, with the date to be announced. The performances this spring will feature winners of the scholarships.

Guidelines and application material are available at under the tab "Student Awards."

If you would like the club to email you the files, send an email to or to Details: 676-1344.


The board of directors of Lynden Performing Arts Guild is accepting proposals from prospective directors for the 2014-2015 season at Claire vg Thomas Theatre, in Lynden. The deadline is Feb. 1.

The guild produces four shows a year and would like to feature a comedy/farce, musical, drama and a youth show.

There are three time slots available: The holiday show, which opens after Thanksgiving; the winter show, opening in February; and the spring show, opening in early May. All shows feature 12 performances, running over a period of three weeks, with a four- to six-week rehearsal schedule.

To see a wish list of shows, go to. and click the "Support the Arts: Volunteer/Direct" tab.

If you would like to direct a show at Claire vg Thomas Theatre, contact board president Susan Duncan at or 360-380-5932.


Whatcom County author JoAnn Roe tells me that her most recent book, "The Columbia River: An Historical Travel Guide," was included by the Seattle Times in a short list of recommended Northwest books on the first page of the paper's books section on Dec. 3.

JoAnn has written numerous books about Northwest history and travel, including "Ghost Camps & Boom Towns," and "Seattle Uncovered," as well as several children's books. More on her, see


Boosie Vox, who hosts the "New Americana" show with Jonathan Winter on KMRE 102.3, the radio station of Spark Museum of Electrical Invention on Bay Street, is excited that reviews are in from 2013 and listeners want more "New Americana" music.

At times a local musician, artist or music lover will sit in with Jon and Boosie to share the songs that have influenced their life - an hour of good music, history, testimonies, confessions and all-around good feelings.

The show airs 6 p.m. Sundays, playing folk, country, blues, classic and contemporary tunes.

Jon and Boosie are now planning for the 2014 season. If you want to be on the show, or have a suggestion, message the team on Facebook or go to

(Boosie also produces Boosie's Playhouse Classic Blues, which airs 10 p.m. Saturdays on KMRE. Outside the world of KRME, she goes by the name of Shannon Laws.)


Are you are a dancer, actor or musician who wants to get on stage in an intimate setting?

The second annual "12 Minutes Max Bellingham" at Firehouse Performing Arts Center is accepting applications for the upcoming community showcase of performing arts. Applications are due Jan. 6 for auditions from 5 to 10 p.m. Jan. 9 at Firehouse.

Performing artists of any discipline (dance, film, theater or music) are invited to apply with quality work. There is only one rule: pieces must be 12 minutes or shorter in duration.

Five to seven artists will be chosen to perform at the Firehouse at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and 25. Curating this year's performance are two respected performers and arts community members, Mark Kuntz and Dream Frohe. For details and applications, go to

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or

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