Whatcom County's green-thumbed residents will kick off the gardening season at the 26th Annual Fairhaven Plant and Tree Sale, which will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29.
The event will be hosted at a new location this year: the Hillcrest Chapel outdoor parking lot, located at the corner of Old Fairhaven Parkway and 14th Street in Bellingham.
The free, one-day community-sponsored plant sale offers novice and experienced gardeners the opportunity to buy plants, seeds and other gardening items from more than two dozen local and regional plant nurseries. Along with expert advice form participating vendors, gardeners will find perennials, ornamentals, trees, native plants, herbs, vegetable starts, blueberries, bamboo, garden décor, and more.
The sale, first hosted in 1988, is sponsored by Fairhaven Neighbors.
For more information, including a full list of participating vendors, visit facebook.com/FairhavenPlantAndTreeSale or call Thom Prichard at 360-671-5517.
VAN ZANDT GETS A BABY GRAND
The South Fork Valley Community Association is hosting a "Baby Grand Piano Shower" at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, to celebrate its newest member - a Weber piano - at the Van Zandt Hall, located near the intersection of Highway 9 and Potter Road.
A coterie of pianists of all ages will tickle the ivories. A potluck follows, and participants can take their turn to play the piano, which was donated to the hall and is now part of the Van Zandt Community Hall Legacy.
Organizers gave a grand thank you to all the "fathers" who got the baby safely and securely home: Jeff Margolis, Jim Abernathy, Jim Feigle, Chris DeKriek, Jonnie Walker, Zach Plotkin and Sam Champion.
The Weber piano was manufactured in Chicago, most likely in the 1940s, according to organizers. It was sold to a Hollywood family in the early '50s and has even been played by Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. The South Fork Valley Community Association has invested a sizable sum in moving, securing and tuning this instrument.
The event is free to the public.
Details: 360-592-2297 or 360-594-1812.
MISS LYNDEN RODEO CONTESTANT MEETING
An informational meeting for potential contestants in the Miss Lynden Rodeo Pageant will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Peoples Place at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center in Lynden.
Contestants must be between 18 and 23 years old and a resident of Whatcom or Skagit counties.
Parents of contestants also are invited to attend.
Prizes, compensation and responsibilities for Miss Lynden Rodeo will be detailed.
The Miss Lynden Rodeo Pageant will start at 6:30 p.m. April 26 at the Mt. Baker Rotary Building at the fairgrounds in Lynden.