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Alumni, family events for WWU’s Back2Bellingham 2016 reunion

Western Washington University’s Back2Bellingham’s barbecue is Saturday, May 14, at Boundary Bay Brewery’s beer garden, with music by SpaceBand. Cover is free for Back2Bellingham registrants; $5 all others. It’s all-ages until 10 p.m., then it’s for ages 21 and older.
Western Washington University’s Back2Bellingham’s barbecue is Saturday, May 14, at Boundary Bay Brewery’s beer garden, with music by SpaceBand. Cover is free for Back2Bellingham registrants; $5 all others. It’s all-ages until 10 p.m., then it’s for ages 21 and older. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Western Washington University hosts its seventh annual Back2Bellingham 2016 reunion weekend for alumni, families, students, faculty, staff and the community Thursday-Sunday, May 12-15.

Events kick off at 5:30 p.m.Thursday, May 12, at Western’s Viking Union Multipurpose Room with the 2016 Alumni Awards and Recognition Celebration, open to the public. Details: WWU alumni website.

The $15 registration for the weekend includes a barbecue lunch on Old Main Lawn with music from Baby Cakes; the Red Square Carnival with a 250-foot zipline; party in the library; classes without quizzes; junior viking blast pass; college of fine and performing arts music and performance extravaganza, Bellingham Tap Trail tour, downtown Bellingham bash at Boundary Bay Brewery and campus tours. Some theatrical events and reunions require additional tickets, which can be purchased at back2bellingham.com and at the WWU Box Office, 360-650-6146, tickets.wwu.edu.

Other details: Details: 360-650- 6832, Chris.Roselli@wwu.edu.

Here are some of the highlights. Events are free unless noted.

Friday, May 13

Wade King Student Recreation Center , 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Free tour, $4.50 day pass. Also open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

Western Gallery Exhibit “How Space Turns” (”Wie Raum Wird”), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Also noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Planetarium Show “Stars of the Pharaohs” ($10), 7 p.m. Also at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday

Stories Deployed: The Veterans’ Chronicles, 7 p.m.

Guitars of Western, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening of Improv with the Dead Parrots Society (by donation), 8 p.m.

Planetarium Show - “Dynamic Earth” ($10), 8:30 p.m. Also at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, May 14

Sea Kayaking Tour on Bellingham Bay ($35), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Also 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday.

Automobile Showcase of the Vehicle Research Institute, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Red Square Carnival (registration required), 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Zip Line On Campus! (registration required), 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Sarah Clark-Langager Art Galleries, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Motor Boat Tour on Lake Whatcom ($25), noon-5 p.m. Also on Sunday.

Sailboat Tour on Lake Whatcom ($25), noon-5 p.m. Also on Sunday.

Canoeing, Paddle boats, Sailing, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boards (registration required), noon-7 p.m. Also on Sunday.

Planetarium Show “Dynamic Earth” ($10), 12:30 p.m.

“Ella Rhoads Higginson: Forgotten Pacific Northwest Writer” with Laura Laffrado, 1 p.m.

Tours of the Vehicle Research Institute, 1-2 p.m.

A Tour of the WWU Outdoor Sculpture Collection, 1-2:30 p.m.

Bellingham By Bike ($5 Bike Rental), 1-2:30 p.m., 3-4:30 p.m. (two sessions)

Dead Parrots Society present “Flock 2 Bellingham” (by donation), 2 p.m.

Art. Music. Dance. An interdisciplinary art performance within “How Space Turns,” 2:30 p.m.

Downtown Bellingham Bash with SpaceBand ($5 without registration), 6 p.m.

Andrea Gibson ($18 general, $12 WWU Students), 7 p.m.

Sin & Gin Tour ($15/$19) 7-8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 15

Whale Watching Adventure Cruise ($79 with discount) , 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

WOOT Presents: Clayton Beach Hike with Dutch Oven Cinnamon Rolls ($5) , 9:45 a.m.-noon

Experience AS Outdoor Center Challenge Program High Ropes ($10), 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Boundary Bay Brewery Tour, 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m.

Holly Street History Tour ($10) , 11 a.m.-noon

WWU Concert Choir B2B Weekend Concert, 3 p.m.

15th Annual Ridin’ Low in the 3-6-0 Lowrider Show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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