Best Bets: Fairhaven's annual Train Fest is giant play date for families


Wooden train lovers are in luck: Fairhaven Toy Garden's Seventh Annual Train Fest will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, located at 1314 Harris Ave. in Bellingham.

This event is like a gigantic play-date for families and kids who love their trains.

Gather your wooden trains and track and join us Saturday afternoon. Each group will be given an area in which to build and then everyone will join their sections together to form a really long track.

There will also be a treasure hunt with prizes! Food is available at the attached cafe for a lunch break.

Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.

The cost is $10 per family. Call the Fairhaven Toy Garden to register at 360-714-8552.


Check out classic cars and more at the 30th annual Leprechaun Daze Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 23 at Hardware Sales, 2034 James St. in Bellingham.

Collector cars of all types and years are invited to enter the show.

Same-day registration opens at 9 a.m. The cost to enter is $10 per car.

The St. Patrick's Day themed car show is sponsored by the Fourth Corner Elites Car Club. The Elites Car Club events support Project Santa Claus, a Whatcom County Sheriff's Office project that provides gifts and grocery money to families in need each holiday season. Last year the club gave $9,000 to the project with funds raised at different car shows. The club also provides a scholarship to Bellingham Technical College for students in the automotive field; last year's scholarship totaled $2,000.

Prizes include trophies and dash plaques.

The event is free for spectators.

Lucky Green is the color of the day - decorate your car or just let it shine.

If you can't make it to the event on Sunday, come by Boomers Drive-In at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22 - you might see us there.

For more information, call Babs at 360-380-2733.


The members of the Whatcom Wind Ensemble will present their annual Welcome Spring Concert from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at Western Washington University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, 516 High St. in Bellingham.

The performance will include the following selections: Kirkpatrick Fanfare by Andrew Boysen Jr.; Variations on a Shaker Melody by Aaron Copland; Theme and Variations by Arnold Schoenberg, Op. 43a; Mvt. 1 "Gandalf" from Symphony 1 by Johan de Meij ; English Dances set two by Malcolm Arnold arranged by Nigel Herbert; Honey in the Rock by Donald Grantham; The Irish Washerwoman by Leroy Anderson.

The concert is free and open to all ages.

More about the Whatcom Wind Ensemble at

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