Donation drive for Veterans Assistance Dogs
9 a.m., Mattress Discounters, 1315 Bakerview Road; by donation. Veterans dogs assist active and retired military members who have sustained injuries, such as head wounds, hearing loss and amputations. The highly skilled dogs are trained to perform everyday tasks that can help a veteran regain independence and put his or her life together, helping with such tasks as opening doors, turning on lights and alerting them to alarms. Details: mattressdiscountersdogs.com.
Toy drive for Foster Kids
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9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sleep Country USA, 4229 Meridian St. 360-756-1214. Sleep Country USA is hosting its Secret Santa Toy Drive to ensure each child wakes up with a gift on Christmas morning. You too can become a Secret Santa by donating new, unwrapped gifts to any Sleep Country store until December 14.
Women’s Professional Network - Raffle Dash and Gala
7 to 9 a.m., Best Western Plus The Lakeway Inn, 714 Lakeway Drive, $25; $1 raffle tickets, 360-671-1011 Women’s Professional Network of Bellingham hosts its annual Gala and Raffle Dash. Proceeds from the sale of breakfast tickets and raffle dash tickets will go to two charities; Agape Home and Lydia Place.
Wine, Women & Song
7 to 9 p.m., Lairmont Manor, 405 Fieldston Road, $25, 360-647-1444. Bellingham Sings’ annual fundraiser offers good music, good food and good wine. The program includes performances by Allegra Women’s Ensemble, Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers, Cheryl Hodge, Hadassah McGill and Ann MacDonald. Tickets include music, hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine. Details: bellinghamsings.org, 360-647-1444.
Ray Downey Benefit Concert
7 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Donation suggested: $25, 360-733-5793. Award-winning Bellingham composer and musician Ray Downey has been diagnosed with cancer. The community is coming together to help him in his time of need, with a goal of $5,000 to help with treatments and, it is hoped, save his life. The Saltwater Octet will provide entertainment and there will be food and beverages. The event is hosted by the Jazz Project, with Mark Ashworth as lead organizer. Also on the team are Jud Sherwood, Mark Kelly and Andy Koch.
Downey, a recipient of the Mayor's Arts Award, plays saxophone and clarinet, has performed with Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, the Saltwater Octet, Millie and the Mentshn and the Atlantics, among other groups. Downey also has been a clarinet, saxophone and flute instructor for children and adults in Bellingham.
People who cannot attend can donate directly to these bank accounts: Whatcom Education Credit Union: Ray Downey Donation Fund, and to Peoples Bank: Ray Downey Benefit Account. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-650-1066.
9 p.m., The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., 360-778-1067 The “best mustache” contest money for iDiOM Theater. Music with DJ Kitchen Sink and Wiildabeast. Entrance: $1 with real mustache, $3 with fake mustache, $5 with no mustache. Must be 21 or older.