Best Bets: Whatcom Museum hosts celebration of women in jazz


Jazz Celebration VI, Whatcom Museum

Becky Billock is one of the featured performers at Jazz Celebration VI at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St., as part of the celebration of International Women's' Day.


Women will be featured this year in Jazz Celebration VI at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St., as part of the celebration of International Women's' Day.

The annual concert features local jazz artists in concert playing the music of local saxophonist and composer Bob Storms, who has been celebrating the accomplishment of reaching his goal of entering 500 songs into copyright protection since 2008.

Each concert serves up 20 or more songs for the listeners in various jazz styles.

Headlining this show is the Cheryl Hodge Trio, featuring Cheryl singing and playing her own new award-winning jazz song, "Tree People."

Also featured are the "Honeybees", vocalist Kim Bowman, saxophonist Cheryl Clark, and a special guest concert pianist, Becky Billock, who is fresh off a performance tour of Africa.

Jazz styles from ragtime, Dixieland, jazz, waltz, ballads, Latin and swing are on the playlist for the evening.

Admission is $10.


Get advice from more than 40 of the area's most talented wedding experts at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 9 at the Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Rd.

Brides and grooms may enter to win one of more than $5,000 in fabulous door prizes, including overnight stays at Springhill Suites by Marriott and Hampton Inn, DJ services for your reception and more.

Admission is $10, and free for those 12 and under.

The fee includes a delicious luncheon buffet, belly dance demonstration and lessons, entry into the Man Cave and a bridal fashion show. A free PDF copy of "The Simply Organized Bride" wedding planning guide will be emailed with every online pre-registration.

More at or 360-527-8542.


Talented faculty and staff at Western Washington University will feature their diverse works of art starting Monday, March 10, in Western's Viking Union building, 516 High St., Room 565.

The free gallery will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 to 14 and 17 to 21. Each day from noon to 1 p.m., an artist will be on site to demonstrate their work.

The artwork includes: jewelry, paintings, photographs, ceramics, sculpture and fiber, and metal and wood crafts.

The opening reception will be held Monday, March 10 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Opening reception parking is free from 2 to 5 p.m., March 10, in Lot 6V on High Street, directly below the Viking Union. See: for location.

More information at 360-650-3407.

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