The Celtic Arts Highland Dancing Championship comes to Bellingham as world-class dancers compete beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Whatcom Community College's Syre Center, 237 W. Kellogg Road.
Championships are the highest level of competition for the elite dance sport where intricate and athletic steps are performed to live bagpipe music. Competitions include traditional Highland and national dances of Scotland and contemporary choreography. Costumes feature tartan kilts in brilliant colors worn by male and female dancers.
The event is sponsored by the Celtic Arts Foundation and the Clan Heather Dancers, under the direction of Heather Richendrfer.
Admission is $7 adults, $4 students and children.
OFFICIAL PACIFIC NORTHWEST RAIN FESTIVAL
Chase away the winter blues with this annual free fun festival starting at 11:30 a.m. sharp Saturday, Feb. 15, on the Fairhaven Village Green, Mill Avenue and Tenth Street.
Participation welcome for all visitors and bystanders, as well as those involved with these special events: Best home-decorated umbrella, rain gear fashion contest and rain-themed poetry readings.
For the first time there'll be a new "Prognosticator" from Norway who has been living in Fairhaven for the last two years. Come meet the surprise guru of weather.
BI-DISTRICT SWIM MEETS
Top swimmers and divers from Bellingham, Lynden, Sehome and Squalicum high schools will try to punch their ticket to next week's Class 2A State Championships on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the 2A bi-district meet in Anacortes.
Preliminary swims were held on Friday, Feb. 16, and now the top four finishers in each event on Saturday, as well as any other swimmers that surpass the state-qualifying mark, will earn automatic berths into the state field in Federal Way.
Teams also will try to accumulate enough points to claim the bi-district championship - a title Sehome has won at the district or bi-district level the past nine years.
Diving preliminaries and semifinals are scheduled for 11:15 a.m. at the Fidalgo Pool, with the swim and dive finals expected to start at 2:45 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students with ASB card, seniors (62 and older) and children (5-12).