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Not really a falling star, but here’s how to ‘catch’ it

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.

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Storytimes are not just for listening anymore

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.

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Fun four ways at The Dance Studio

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.

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Here’s what your child’s pediatrician should do for you

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.

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Great parks for kids in northern Whatcom County

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.

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One number helps all children lead fulfilling lives

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.

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Parents @ Play: The last gasp of summer

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.

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Watch students return to the newly built Happy Valley Elementary School in Bellingham

Third graders dance in Katie Tully's music class and other scenes from the first day of school at Happy Valley Elementary on Wednesday, Aug. 24, in Bellingham.
Evan Abell The Bellingham Herald
Watch students return to the newly built Happy Valley Elementary School in Bellingham 1:39

Watch students return to the newly built Happy Valley Elementary School in Bellingham

Bellingham kids show their stuff at Children's Craft Fair 1:29

Bellingham kids show their stuff at Children's Craft Fair

North Carolina quintuplets turning 18 despite doctors warning parents they may not survive 1:51

North Carolina quintuplets turning 18 despite doctors warning parents they may not survive

Explore historical Semiahmoo Spit 1:19

Explore historical Semiahmoo Spit