Recycled Art and Resource Expo the first weekend in April offers plenty for kids and families


Springtime events in Whatcom County start to pick up the weekend in April, and the schedule will continue to gain momentum as the calendar moves toward summer.

One of this weekend's events will be the second annual Recycled Art and Resource Expo, known as RARE, which will take place Friday, April 4, through Sunday, April 6, throughout downtown Bellingham.

Activities range from green and recycled art workshops to science and design lectures. Many events are family-friendly and free, or available for a small fee.

For a full list of RARE activities, visit the Allied Arts of Whatcom County website at People interested in attending can also pick up brochures with event details by visiting the Allied Arts office at 1418 Cornwall Ave.


As part of RARE, families with young children may want to check out various recycled art activities throughout April at the Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher building at 250 Flora St.

Some of the activities will be offered in the museum's Family Interactive Gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission to the interactive gallery, which includes museum admission, is $4.50 for kids age 2 to 5, and $10 for adults. Whatcom Museum members and children under 2 get in free.

For details call the museum, 360-778-8930.


As part of RARE, kids and adults are welcome to put together costumes for the Procession of the Species on Saturday, April 5, at Ragfinery, a new center that focuses on reusing old fabrics and textiles. At the free workshop, people can use recycled materials to make masks, costumes, percussion instruments and other things to wear or carry in the annual species parade.

Each year, people dressed as all sorts of creatures gather to march in the procession from Bellingham Public Library to Maritime Heritage Park while following three simple rules: no written or spoken words, no live animals, and no motorized vehicles.

Costume workshops will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Ragfinery, which opened its doors for the first time April 3 at 1421 N. Forest St.

The Procession of the Species parade will take place May 3.


Guests are invited to walk through the Allied Arts Gallery on Saturday to see artists and their works that are mostly made of recycled materials. The free walk-through will feature nearly two dozen local artists and is scheduled to run from noon to 1 p.m. For details, go to


At an all-ages workshop, people can learn how to make paper by hand, adding texture from items like yarn, thread, plants and paper.

The workshop will take place from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday at Dakota Art Store, 1415 Cornwall Ave. The materials fee is $5.

The workshop taught by Rachel Simpson will include a focus on the elements of design, such as line, color, shape, form, space and texture. To register, contact Allied Arts at 360-676-8548 or

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