Annual Ski to Sea used book sale begins Wednesday in Bellingham


BELLINGHAM - Choose from thousands of used books this week - including titles for children, teens and adults - at the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library's annual Ski to Sea sale.

Most books will be priced at $1 or less during the sale, which is from Wednesday, May 21, through Saturday, May 24, downstairs at the library, 210 Central Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

All books are half price on Friday, lowering to $4 a bag on Saturday.

The book sale is just one of many Ski to Sea-related events as the big race approaches Sunday. Here are some of the others:


Screening of locally produced, award-winning film about the history of Ski to Sea

Thursday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.

The Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St.

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Friday, May 23, 5-9 p.m.

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave.

All ages welcome; beer garden for ages 21 and older. Stroll down "Salsa Alley" to taste and judge which Mexican restaurants make the best salsa in town! Live music by the Jasmine Greene Band.


Saturday, May 24, 2 p.m. Music by the Bellingham Firefighters Pipes and Drums. All-ages until 10 p.m.

$5 cover in the beer garden after 5 p.m. with music by The Atlantics.

Sunday, May 25, 4 to 11 p.m.

Music by The Legendary Chucklenuts at 8 p.m.; no cover.


Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Judging at 10:30 a.m., parade starts at noon at Cornwall Avenue at Alabama Street, south on Cornwall Avenue, east on Champion Street, north on State Street, and ends at York and State streets.

Downtown Bellingham



Sunday, May 25, 7:45 a.m. to end (around 6 p.m.)

Mount Baker to Marine Park

Food booths, music, kids' activities, open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Marine Park, beer garden open 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Parking in the gravel lots at Harris Avenue and Sixth Street.


Sunday, May 25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Historic Fairhaven District

All-day street fair for all ages and tastes, children's activities, a beer garden, arts and craft vendors, nonprofit booths, ethnic foods and more. From downtown Fairhaven, you can walk down to Fairhaven's Marine Park to watch the kayakers come in off Bellingham Bay for the last leg of the race and the ringing of the bell. At the park you'll find race information and race photos, and a number of exhibitors.

Stage at 11th Street and McKenzie Avenue

No cover for beer garden, open noon to 7 p.m.

Music on the street schedule

Noon: The Walrus

2:30 p.m.: SpaceBand

5 p.m.: Sunset Superman

Green Stage at the Village Green

10th Street and Mill Avenue.

Entertainment 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Silk Road dancers opening; Seamus O'Carey leading all-ages karaoke from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Details:, Historic Fairhaven Festivals on Facebook.

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