The Seeing Bellingham Group
6-10 p.m. Casa Que Pasa, 1415 Railroad Ave. An ambitious exhibit from The Seeing Bellingham Group opens Feb. 5. With more 1,500 members, this Facebook community exists to share photos of their beloved town. They have selected more than 50 pieces, all shared within the last year, to hang throughout all three rooms of the restaurant. All work is for sale, with 20 percent of proceeds going directly to Lydia Place, a local housing nonprofit. The exhibit runs through March.
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Innovation For Quality Living Hearts For Housing Gala, Dinner and Auction
6 p.m., Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center, 714 Lakeway Drive; $75, 360-671-1011. Enjoy a cocktail hour reception featuring The Hearts For Housing red carpet photo experience, silent auction, music from GMB Entertainment, games, and a Valentine chocolate bar. Reception is followed by a plated dinner, a program about Lydia Place’s programs and a romantically curated live auction. Cupids, sweet-themed delights and more await at this annual Valentine event joining hearts to house the homeless, hosted by Lydia Place. Details: heartsforhousing.com.
Sunrise Rotary Oysterfest
6 p.m., Bellingham Golf and Country Club, 3729 Meridian St. $100, 360-733-3450. This annual event helps raise funds for Bellingham Sunrise Rotary Club’s charitable donations. Guests will enjoy fresh-shucked oysters, refreshments and dinner, along with silent and live auctions. Proceeds this year benefit pediatric cancer research through the Strong Against Cancer project, as well as other local organizations.
Strumming for Tami
5-11:45 p.m., The Underground, 211 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham. $10 suggested donation at door. 360-738-3701. A fundraiser and silent auction will be held for Tami Davis, with music from Jasmine Green, Tom Sandblum, Sam Chue, Brian Hillman and Stinky Pete. During the evening, bid on a huge list of items from Seahawks tickets to an overnight stay and spa package at the Chrysalis Inn and Spa. All proceeds go to support the medical care of Tami Davis, who suffered a brain aneurysm in January.
Hearts, Wine & Chocolate
6:30-9:30 p.m., BelleWood Acres Distilling & Event Center, 6140 Guide Meridian, $30, 360-318-7720. This fourth annual benefit for Kiwanis-sponsored area youth programs includes tasting of wines, craft brew, chocolates and cheeses. The event features live music, chocolate fountain, artist exhibits and door prizes. Music is by swing and jazz group the Mark Kelly Quartet, with optional dancing. Youth projects supported include YMCA Learn to Swim, Boys and Girls Club, Bicycle Safety, Youth Police Academy, Jansen Art Center youth programs, and student scholarships.
Harborview Lions benefit
7 p.m., VFW Post 1585, 625 N. State St., $5; 360-510-7716. Harborview Lions host The Honeybees, Bobby Lee, Johnny Barnes, the Bellingham Blend quartet, Valley Voices, Robyn Kagan and Annette Richardson. The money raised will go toward a children’s sight program in Whatcom County to help fund new technology to detect eye disease early to prevent the loss of vision.
Whatcom Humane Society Wine Social
6:30 p.m., Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave., $100 plus a bottle of fine wine. An evening of fine wine, beer tasting, buffet dinner and musical entertainment by The Swing Gang. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Ticket price includes wine and beer tasting, buffet dinner and one entry into the “Win an Instant Wine Cellar” raffle (with three winners). Along with the $100 donation, all guests are asked to bring a bottle of fine wine ($25 value). Each bottle will be contributed to the Instant Wine Cellar prizes. Tickets purchased will be held at will-call. All proceeds benefit the Whatcom Humane Society. For more information, email Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-733-2080, ext.3014.
A Red Carpet Affair
4 p.m., Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. Advance tickets are $75 members/ $100 non members ($80/$105 at the door). Sip, schmooze and mingle with the Who’s Who of Bellingham at Pickford Film Center’s seventh annual Academy Awards viewing party. This swanky benefit event sponsors PFC’s Education Fund, which provides innovative media literacy courses and Doc-ED documentary screenings, free to local middle school students. The evening begins with your walk on the red carpet captured by professional photographers, passed trays of delectable appetizers and a gourmet dinner crafted by twofifty|flora, specialty drinks, and a fantasy dessert bar and coffee service. The live broadcast of the 88th Academy Awards from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles will begin at 5 p.m., and intermezzo fun will be interspersed throughout the evening. Doors open at 4 p.m. and you are welcomed into the Pickford Film Center lobby that will transform into a vintage Hollywood atmosphere and most glamorous soiree. Seating is limited. Tickets in person and online at pickfordfilmcenter.org/event/the-red-carpet-affair.