Best Bets: Bellingham running club hosts Padden Mudfest on Sunday


Marti Riemer-Reiss runs the course of the annual Mudfest run at Lake Padden in 2008.


The Greater Bellingham Running Club will host the 12th Padden Mudfest at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 2 at Lake Padden Park. The six-mile trail race takes place along the wooded single track trails in the park and usually offers some uniquely muddy conditions and challenging hill climbs often found in ultra runs.

The race begins and ends at the playground near the basketball courts and is run almost entirely on the horse trails above the park.

Online registration is available until about two days before the race at, and race-day registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. The cost is $10 for non GBRC members and free for all members.

Free gloves with the GBRC logo on one hand and the Padden Mudfest duck logo on the other will be given out to the first 250 racers on Sunday.

Organizers ask participants to carpool or use public transportation, and don't park in either the gravel or paved parking lots adjacent to the dog park. Parking is available above the registration area, along the access road, at the boat ramp and at the swim area.


Western Washington University's English Department, Western Libraries and Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University will host four award-winning children's authors/illustrators from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Western's 11th annual Children's Literature Conference.

The conference will include presentations from the authors and illustrators, lunch, book sales and autograph sessions.

This year, the authors visiting Western are: Nic Bishop, Jennifer Holm, Steve Sheinkin and Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

To register or for more information, call Nancy Johnson at 360-650-3227 or go to Full-time students and retired teachers receive a discount.


Montana singer-songwriter Judy Fjell performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Roeder Home, 2600 Sunset Drive.

Not only are her musical gifts considerable, but they are easily matched by her generosity and energy as a performer and social activist. In addition, there's no shortage of humor in her concerts or her workshops.

Audiences may find themselves laughing about things they never knew were funny, or thinking about things in a new light, thanks to her stories and songs recorded on her own label, Honey Pie Music. Some of her lyrics and guitar solos quietly carry listeners to the wide open spaces of Montana.

Others convey a strong message for compassion and justice - for the planet and for the human race.

Suggested donation is $8 to $15.

More on her at

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