WWU film festival and raffle promote value of low-tech recreation


Chehala Andriananjason called me a few weeks ago about a project she's coordinating. She's a student at Western Washington University majoring in recreation. For a project for her management class, the entire class is presenting a film festival and raffle at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at WWU's Arntzen Hall 100.

She says their hope is to get community members, as well as students, to attend. She provided me with an overview of what's going on.

The event, called "Why We Recreate," is about bringing awareness to how technology effects one's relationship with the world, with others, with oneself and nature; and to educate the public about the negative impacts of excessive technology use and to encourage an achievement of balance through the use of recreation.

Andriananjason says as students pursuing a career in the field of recreation and leisure, they consider it important to get at why recreation should matter when reliance on technology is quickly becoming the norm in all areas of people's lives, and to remind people to unplug every once in a while.

At event, guests will be treated to a multi-chapter film created by Phase II students (students in the management class), and a raffle.

The film includes interviews with experts and individuals working in the field of recreation, footage of their peers recreating and doing the things they love, and much more.

They've created a blog, whywerecreate.blogspot.com, to provide outside resources relating to recreation as well as inspirational blogs, videos, news stories and comics relating to recreation; and they've begun using the hashtags #unplug and #whywerecreate to find a balance with social media and get the message of recreation to others.

Details: andriac@students.wwu.edu, 425-208-2061.


Bellingham Music Club's "Night Beat" series returns with a concert at 7:30 p.m. March 6 at Firehouse Performing Arts Center, featuring sopranos Julia Bonnett and Tracy Satterfield, accompanied by pianist Wade Dingman, with sassy, serious, sultry and sweet songs in "A Cabaret-Inspired Evening of Song." Also on the program is Lynden accordionist Terhi Mikki-Broersma.

Admission is free, with tickets available in advance at Village Books and Piper Music (limit of two per person). Any remaining tickets will be at the door before the concert.

This is the last concert that's free. For the April 17 and May 15 concerts, tickets will be $10 each; they, too, will be available in advance at Village Books and Piper Music.

The club is also sponsoring a benefit concert at 3 p.m. March 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church that features young and emerging musicians of Whatcom County.

Details: 360-671-0252, bellinghammusicclub.org.


Washington will participate in the 2014 Teen Video Challenge, a national video competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program.

As part of the Collaborative Summer Library Program, teens across the country are invited to create a 30- to 90-second video with their interpretation of the 2014 teen slogan, "Spark a Reaction," in combination with reading and libraries.

The idea is to involve teens in summer reading, before and during the summer months, by being part of the process. It's an opportunity for teens to showcase their creativity and have their ideas heard before a national audience.

The program will award $275 to one winner or winning team from Washington. The library listed on the entry form will receive prizes worth $125.

All of the states' winning videos will be posted on the CSLP website and will be available for libraries nationwide. Submissions are due by March 7. Details: sos.wa.gov/q/teenvideo.

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