Strumming for Tami
5-11:45 p.m., The Underground, 211 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham. $10 suggested donation at door. A fundraiser and silent auction will be held for Tami Davis, with music from Jasmine Greene, Tom Sandblum, Sam Chue, Brian Hillman and “Stinky” Pete Irving. 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. Details: 360-734-9790.
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.
3 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel, 2200 Broadway, admission by donation; 360-733-8890. “Love Letters” is an imaginative theater piece comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down. Playwright A. R. Gurney received a Pulitzer nomination for “Love Letters.” Karen Edland and Christopher Key perform the work, with proceeds going toward the building fund for Congregation Beth Israel.
Bite of Blaine Food Fest
6–9 p.m., Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine; 360-332-6484. Tickets are $25 at Blaine Visitor Center and Pacific Building Center. Details: www.blainechamber.com/events. Enjoy a taste from the menus of restaurants of Blaine and Birch Bay followed by live and silent auctions and free prize drawings. Restaurants featured are: Seaside Bakery Café, Drayton Harbor Oyster Company, Paso del Norte Mexican Restaurant, Lizzie’s Café, The Burrito King, Subway, Semiahmoo Resort, Tony’s Just A Bite, Will ‘O Pub, The Beach At Birch Bay , Edaleen Dairy and Stafholt – Good Samaritan kitchen. This is a fundraiser for the Old Fashioned 4th Fireworks Show.
Jansen Jazz Band winter concert
7 p.m. Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. Sponsored by the Mount Baker Rotary Club and directed by Steve Herrick, the vision of the Jansen Jazz Band is to provide an opportunity for community members to engage in music making in the Big Band jazz idiom. The emphasis is on fun without performance anxiety or the burden of a longtime commitment. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Jansen Art Center Gallery Shop and online through Brown Paper Tickets.
Andy Statman concert
7 p.m. The Old Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2116 Walnut St. $15. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Maple Alley Inn, which provides meals for families in need. Bluegrass meets klezmer meets jazz. Andy Statman, one of his generation’s premier mandolinists and clarinetists, will be performing with his trio: Larry Eagle on percussion and Jim Whitney on bass. Statman has played with greats such as David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Bob Dylan, David Bromberg, Vassar Clements, Tony Trishchka, Dave Tarras and Itzhak Perlman. The Andy Statman Trio was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental.
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 email@example.com 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.