Best Bets: Bellingham High students present classical music concert


Hannie McGarity, Bellingham

Bellingham High School senior Hannie McGarity, who plays violin, will join some musical friends at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Broadway Hall, 1300 Broadway, in a classical concert to benefit the Bellingham High School Orchestra program.


Bellingham High School senior Hannie McGarity, who plays violin, is joined by her musical friends Maya Enstad, cello; Ian Aegerter, violin; Tyler Stratman, viola; Ian Slater, cello; Emily Allaway, piano; and her sister Glenna McGarity, flute at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Broadway Hall, 1300 Broadway, in a classical concert to benefit the Bellingham High School Orchestra program.

Come enjoy an evening of classical music featuring local, award-winning student musicians, most of who will be heading to compete at the state level this April.

The program: "Meditation from Thais," the third movement of Mozart's 16th String Quartet, "Passacaglia" by Handel-Halvorsen, the first movement of the Barber Violin Concerto, the fourth movement of Brahms' First Piano Quartet and Doppler's "Andante and Rondo."

Hannie has been studying with Walter Schewede, professor of music at Western Washington University, for the past four years.

This is Hannie's culminating project for BHS and will help support Nick Strobel's school orchestra program.

She says a big accomplishment for her was her concerto performance last June with the North Sound Youth Symphony.

Her quartet took first place in the 2013 Washington State High School ensemble competition.

Suggested donation is $15 adults, $5 students.

Details: 360-756-5066.


This class, hosted by North Cascades Institute, begins on Friday, March 28, at North Cascades Environmental Learning Center and ends on Sunday, March 30, at the Ross Lake Trailhead.

This new field excursion will explore the geologic history of the Ross Lake area during the annual drawdown, a period when the lake is lowered by Seattle City Light and vast new terrain becomes exposed.

Class will begin Friday night after a meal served at the Environmental Learning Center with a presentation on the geologic history of the upper Skagit Valley and North Cascades. The next morning, students will head off to canoe and camp on Ross Lake. Participants will provide their own camping gear and food for the Ross Lake portion of the trip (the Institute has some gear to loan.) No previous experience necessary. For more information, go to or call (360) 854-2599.


Come join us in our celebration of spring by purchasing low cost native plants at Whatcom Conservation District's annual Plant Sale & Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Whatcom Community College. There's no admission fee.

Vendors include Sunbreak Nursery, Tree Frog Farm, Plantas nativa, Forest Floor Farm, Namaste Gardens, Tuxedo Garden, Cascadia Mushrooms and Wind Poppy Farm

Exhibitors include Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA), Washington Native Plant Society, WSU's Puget Sound Forest Stewardship Program, Green Power Program (PSE), Grow Northwest, and Whatcom County Library System.

The purpose of the WCD's annual plant sale is to promote the stewardship and conservation of our natural resources. The plants sold at this sale are "conservation grade," which means they are graded on their ability to survive, not on their ornamental value. Seedling plants are not large (generally between 10" and 24" tall), so your order will fit in the trunk or back seat of your car. Bags and packing materials will be available at the sale.

Planting native trees and shrubs can provide improved water quality, enhanced fish and wildlife habitat, reduction of wind and soil erosion, cleaner air, and reduction of energy costs. Additionally, all proceeds from the plant sale support the WCD's conservation education program. Experienced conservationists will be available to answer your native plant questions.

To get to WCC campus from I-5, take exit 256, head north on Guide Meridian, turn left (west) onto Kellogg Road and go straight through the roundabout. Then turn right just before the tennis courts and soccer fields at Kelly Hall main parking lot. The plant sale is at the Roe Pottery Studio on campus. Lots of parking is available adjacent to the sale in Kelly Hall main parking lot. An alternate entrance to the parking lot is found by following West Kellogg as it bends around to the north and becomes Stuart Road.

Details:, 360-305-0004.

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