Best Bets: Rock and gem show returns


Mt. Baker Rock and Gem Club's annual family-friendly show, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 29, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Bloedel Donovan Community Building, 2214 Electric Ave., will include gold panning, fluorescent rock show, rocks, gems, jewelry, dealers, and club sales of rocks.

Among the some 30 exhibit cases of rocks will be a case of rocks found by club members on the club's rock hunting trips to Northwest collecting areas.

There will also be door prizes, a Western Washington University scholarship raffle, an ongoing silent auction of rocks, food service, kids' activities, club membership info, and more at the fun and educational show of nature's treasures. Admission is free. Details: 360-510-6483,


The annual Trivia Bee, Whatcom Literacy Council's biggest fundraiser, is back, with Ken Jennings of "Jeopardy!" fame co-hosting with Scotty VanDryver of KAFE Radio, starting at 6 p.m. with a silent auction Friday, March 28, at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. The bee begins at 7.

Come just to cheer on a team for a fun and friendly competition of wits. Teams represent businesses, organizations, schools, families and friends.

Admission is $10, with tickets available at Village Books. Details: 360-752-8678,


The Ninth Annual Birch Bay Road Race on Saturday, March 29, will offer runners and walkers of all abilities breathtaking views along the shores of Birch Bay at 5-, 15- and 30-kilometer distances.

The 15K and 30K races return to their original routes and include an out and back into Birch Bay State Park. The 30K adds rolling hills.

Eric Laporte and Tina Martinez are the defending 5K winners, Kevin Laverty and Hannah Ager won the 15K in 2013, while Mark Cook and Sierra Brisky won the 30K.

All three races start at 8:30 a.m., with the start and finish line at Birch Bay Water Slides.

Registration is $35 for the 5K, $60 for the 15K and $75 for the 30K. Details:

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