There are about 25,000 Girl Scouts in the 17 counties of Western Washington from kindergarten through graduation age. Developing leadership, mentoring skills and all-round confidence in all-girl environments are among the primary goals of scouting.
Fall skies offer observers in the Northwest two chances to see meteor showers in mid-November and mid-December. Get away from bright city lights, sit in a lawn chair with feet oriented toward the direction that the meteors originate from, and give yourself 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness.
The Whatcom Learning Lab runs a school-year tutoring program for school-age children with dyslexia who struggle to read effectively, especially at an early age. Working one-on-one with volunteers, students develop relationships by the end of the school year.
Library storytimes are a great way to help children develop a love for reading and learning. The Whatcom County Library System is offering three new special storytimes in fall, 2016, including Spanish Storytime, Sensory Storytime and one that focuses on emotional awareness.
The Dance Studio in Bellingham has taught all varieties of dance to thousands of youngsters from 3 to 18 for 37 years. Students participate in the annual Mount Baker Theatre June show and the holiday show. The also get to participate in parades, and even perform at Disneyland.
Today’s parents can be overwhelmed with social media advice. Whatcom County pediatricians from PeaceHealth Medical Group and Unity Care NW in Bellingham stress conversations with doctors for help with health advice from vaccinations to growth patterns, social media use to adolescent mental health.
With fall colors settling over Whatcom County, it’s a great time to explore new parks, get kids off the couch and off their screens and into the fresh, crisp air. Pack a picnic lunch before you head out, or stock up on snacks, binoculars, a Frisbee and a sense of adventure.
For all people, including children 12 and under, The Arc of Whatcom offers a parent coalition, Down syndrome outreach, young adult self-advocacy for those 16-30 with developmental disabilities, a program of inclusion advocacy and disability awareness along with the services of Whatcom Taking Action.
But summer definitely isn't over yet, which means that if they hunker down and finish up their homework, there are still plenty of well-lit hours in the day to play outside before bedtime. Here are some of our late-summer outdoor favorites.
CHICAGO - With same-sex marriage widely accepted a year after it was legalized by the Supreme Court, some community groups are hoping less rigid attitudes will prompt more gay and lesbian couples to consider fostering or adopting a child.