Junior Ski to Sea kicks off two weekends of festivities

After a few unavoidable and unexpected changes to the 2015 Ski to Sea Race itself, most of the other Ski-to-Sea-related events are still in place.

Here’s a look at the lineup this year.

May 15

The 2015 Junior Ski to Sea Parade begins at 6 p.m.,starting at Cornwall Avenue and Kearney Street, continuing down Cornwall and ending at Railroad Avenue and Champion Street.

Details: 360-734-1330, bellingham.com

May 16

The Junior Ski to Sea Race is a beloved community event held at Lake Padden Park since 1991. In the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry event, six-member teams register to participate in a five-leg race consisting of running, three-legged race, biking, soccer ball kicking, and an obstacle course.

Details: 360-734-1330, bellingham.com

Children in third, fourth and fifth grades must be in one and only one of the following divisions:

• male-only division

• female-only division

• mixed division (three males, three females)

All teams must be all male or all female, except in the mixed division.

Morning race for grades 3-5

• 8 a.m. check-in

• 8:45 a.m. course walk-through

• 9 a.m. race begins

• 9:30 a.m. awards

Those in sixth through eighth grade or in the open division for community members must be in one and only one of the following divisions, and can compete on only one team and in only one leg of one race:

• male-only division

• female-only division

• mixed division (three males, three females)

• community open division is open to everyone in third grade or older

Grades 6-8 and open division for community members:

• 11 a.m. check-in

• 11:45 a.m. course walk-through

• Noon race begins

• 12:30 p.m. awards

Afternoon race for grades 3-5:

• 1:30 p.m. check-in

• 2:15 p.m. course walk-through

• 2:30 p.m. race begins

• 3 p.m. awards

May 17

Volunteer appreciation barbecue

5 p.m. Bloedel Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave. All volunteers are invited to celebrate Ski to Sea 2015 with food, prizes, and meet-ups with fellow volunteers. Volunteers also can meet race leg coordinators and learn more about race day logistics.

Details: volunteer@skitosea.com.

May 20-23

Friends of the Bellingham Public Library Used Book Sale

Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.

May 20-21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.(most items $1)

May 22: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (half-price day)

May 23: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ($4 a bag)

Details: 360-778-7250, friendslibrary3@gmail.com.

May 22-24

Art by the Airport

Hampton Inn’s Fox Hall, 3985 Bennett Drive

Whatcom Art Guild’s annual show of art and crafts runs 2 to 8 p.m. May 22 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23 and 24.

Details: 360-778-2930, whatcomartguild.org

May 22

Community Block Party

4-9 p.m. at Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave.

All ages welcome; beer garden for people 21 and older. Music by The Atlantics starting at 5:30 p.m.

$5 cover in the beer garden after 5 p.m. There will be a raffle with prizes, and Ski to Sea logo pint glasses will be given away to the first 200 racers with their race bibs in hand.

Details: 360-647-5593, bbaybrewery.com, and Facebook.

May 22-24

Inflammable Circus

Bellingham Circus Guild Cirque Lab, 1401 Sixth St.

The third annual fire-show fundraiser features live music by Bar Tabac, March Forth Marching Band and Strangley and Friends. Beer garden opens at 7 p.m. Shows begin at 8:30. Features a gyroscope ride, photo booth, food and craft vendors

$20 adults, $12 ages 10 and younger; tickets at inflammable.brownpapertickets.com

On May 24, a daytime barbecue includes a beer garden, open at noon, and a circus show. Admission is by donation.

Details: facebook.com/InflammableCircus, http://bellinghamcircusguild.com

May 23

Blossom Time Breakfast

8 a.m.-noon, Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children, and $18 for family. The parade begins at noon by the center.

Details: wccoa.org, Blossom Time Breakfast on Facebook (search Blossom Time as two words).

May 23

Ski to Sea Blossomtime Parade

10 a.m.-4 p.m., downtown Bellingham.

Judging is at 10:30 a.m. Parade starts at noon at Cornwall Avenue and Alabama Street, and proceeds south on Cornwall, east on Champion Street and north on State Street, ending at York and State streets.

Details: 360-746-8861, skitosea.com

May 23

Bellingham Pipes & Drums Band Fundraiser

Noon to 9 p.m. at Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave.

$5 cover after 5 p.m.; all ages welcome.

Details: 360-647-5593, bbaybrewery.com and Facebook.

May 24

Ski to Sea Race

7:45 a.m. to end (around 6 p.m.), from Mount Baker to Marine Park in Fairhaven.

Details: 360-746-8861, skitosea.com

May 24

Fairhaven Festival

10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fairhaven District.

All-day street fair includes children’s activities, beer garden, about 100 arts, crafts and food vendors, nonprofit booths, and more. From Fairhaven, walk to Marine Park to watch Ski to Sea kayakers come in from Bellingham Bay for the next-to-the last leg of the race, and see the ringing of the bell by mountain bikers in the final leg. Race information, race photos and more exhibitors will be at the park.

Main stage at 11th Street and McKenzie Avenue

No cover for beer garden, open noon to 7 p.m.

• 11:30 a.m. Flag-raising and national anthem

• Noon: Nashville Northwest

• 2:15 p.m.: SpaceBand

• 4:30 p.m.: Sunset Superman

Green Stage at the Village Green

10th Street and Mill Avenue. Free.

• Noon: Silk Road dancers

• 1:30 p.m.: Upfront Theatre improv

• 3 p.m.: Out of the Ashes

• 4:30 p.m.: D’vas and Dudes

Details: Fairhaven.com, Historic Fairhaven Festivals on Facebook.

May 24

Ski to Sea Barbecue

Noon-9 p.m., in beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave. No cover; all ages welcome

Details: 360-647-5593, bbaybrewery.com

Park and Ride on May 24

Avoid parking hassles in Fairhaven. Instead, ride a Ski-to-Sea bus with Whatcom Transportation Authority.

Two routes:

• Route 14: Western Washington University (C lot by Wade King Student Recreation Center) to Fairhaven; buses run every 15 to 30 minutes, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Last bus leaves at 6:44 p.m.

• Route 401: Leaves downtown station and follows State Street, to Fairhaven (at 12th Street and McKenzie Avenue); buses run every 15 to 30 minutes; 7:40 a.m.-9:15 p.m.; last bus leaves Fairhaven at 7:55 p.m.

Cost: $1; WTA passes accepted.

Details: ridewta.com, 360-676-RIDE (7433).