Best Bets: Bellingham author talks "Bad Dad" at Village books


Bad Dad, Derek Munson, Bellingham

Bellingham author Derek Munson shares his new picture book, "Bad Dad," at 6 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 at Village Books, Bellingham, 1200 11th St.


Bellingham author Derek Munson shares his new picture book, "Bad Dad," at 6 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Village Books, Bellingham, 1200 11th St.

Uh oh. Looks like Dad's in trouble again. The library books are overdue, the kids are late for school, and the last cookie is missing from the cookie jar. Again. And somehow, Dad always seems to be in the middle of it all. But is he really all that bad?

Find out as Derek shares his book.

Come dressed in your PJs if you want, and show up ready for fun games and a few treats as well.

Munson says he works as a writer, speaker and all-around daydreamer and his current hobbies include playing with his kids, avoiding his household responsibilities and crashing on his mountain bike.

He lives in Bellingham with his wife, Suzanne; their daughter, Abby; their son, Zack; and Roger, the family dog.

He is also the author of the children's book, "Enemy Pie."

More on him at

Details on the event at, 360-671-2626.


The Haynie Opry, which features the best in classic country music, and features the Circle of Friends band, will open its doors early this season, with a March kick-off show on Saturday, March 8, at the Haynie Grange, 3344 Haynie Road in Blaine.

The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

The special show for the upcoming season is a tribute to the late George Jones, which takes place in July and August.

More at or call Matt Audette at 360-366-3321.

Admission is $15, and is free for ages 12 and younger.


Seven contestants will compete for more than $5,000 in scholarships and the title of Miss Whatcom County 2014 Saturday, March 8. The contestants will compete in interviews, physical fitness in swimsuit, talent and evening wear at 7:30 p.m. at Syre Theater on the Whatcom Community College campus, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. in Bellingham.

In July, Miss Whatcom County 2014 will compete for Miss Washington 2014 in Renton.

Miss Whatcom County 2013, Erica Scevers, will help host and perform Saturday. Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen 2013 Haley Downy will be performing on the harp. A reception for the new titleholder will be held in the lobby right after the event.

More information at or 360-201-8981.

Admission is $15.

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