Best Bets: Whatcom Reads! Author events and signing with Cheryl Strayed


Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed


Join Whatcom READS! in welcoming award-winning author Cheryl Strayed to Whatcom County as she speaks about this year's community read selection, "Wild: From Lost to Found On the Pacific Crest Trail."

Strayed talks about her book at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., and she's interviewed by Bellingham author Susanne Paola Antonetta at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

On Monday, there's a quilt show that opens at 6:30 p.m. in the theater's Encore Room, with beautiful quilts made by regional quilters inspired by the theme of "journeys."

Village Books will have Cheryl Strayed's books available for purchase at the events, and Strayed will sign books after speaking.

Whatcom READS! is a community-wide reading and discussion program intended to encourage all Whatcom County residents to read the same book and create a county-wide book club experience. For more information visit

About "Wild" and the author: At 22, Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage ended. Four years later, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: with no experience or training, she would hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert in California through Oregon to Washington. And she would do it alone.

Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, "Wild" powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Strayed is also the author of the critically-acclaimed novel "Torch," which was a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award and was selected by The Oregonian as one of the top 10ooks of 2006 by Pacific Northwest authors, and "Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar."

She lives in Portland.


Time to dust off those fancy threads and watch the 86th annual Academy Awards on the big screen(s). The formal event is celebrating locally beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St., with a strut on the red carpet, professional photos, door prizes and food catered by Ciao Thyme, followed by the live broadcast of the 86th Academy Awards at 5:30 p.m.

General admission is $60 for members, $75 for nonmembers and include one free non-alcoholic beverage, cash bar and appetizers. VIP tickets to in-seat catered service in the smaller, 75-seat theater, are $125 member, $150 general, and include an open bar, swag bag and other perks.

Tickets available in person at the Pickford.



The Western Washington University cheer team is hosting a Little Viks cheer clinic for kids from kindergarten to 8th grade beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at WWU's Carver Gym.

The kids will learn a dance, cheers, chants, stunting and tumbling. No experience required. We will have kids of all ages and all skill levels. Bring a water bottle and a friend with you. All participants will be getting a clinic t-shirt, bow, an autographed photo of the 2013-2014 WWU Cheer team, and admission to the WWU Basketball game that day to perform at a time out with the WWU cheerleaders.

Cost is $30 pre-registration / $35 at the door.

Details: 360-350-4314.

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