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Show your stuff at Lynden’s Got Talent

The Lynden Music Festival and The Lynden Performing Arts Guild present the second Lynden’s Got Talent, a solo and group voice competition at this year’s Raspberry Festival in downtown Lynden on July 18.

Auditions by people 22 and younger will take place on the outdoor stage from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of a panel of local judges and festivalgoers.

Ten people will be chosen to perform in the finals that evening at Claire vg Thomas Theatre, where the audience will participate in selecting the winners. There will be a grand prize of $500, second place will receive $300, and third place will get $200.

In addition, the grand-prize winner can perform in the Lynden Music Festival in October.

Registration is limited to the first 50 people to enter. Early registration is $10, with a deadline of June 18. After June 18, registration is $15 and accepted until July 15.

Details:, and Lynden’s Got Talent on Facebook.

Poetry reading and spoken-word corner new to monthly art walk

A new event will be part of the June 5 Downtown Art Walk: A Poets’ Corner at Art Walk, a cool idea by 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award recipient Shannon P. Laws and sponsored by longtime residents and art supporters Bert Monroe and Charles R. Dyer.

The new, living-art exhibit for Art Walk participants will be available from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the corner of West Holly and Bay streets. Come by to listen to original poetry by stellar poets to support the debut of the literary event.

Laws encourages poets to sign up for 10-minute slots, but slots are rapidly filling.

“We are a city of passionate poets. Project your words to the universe! Engage with your neighbors the wonders of words!,” she writes on the Poets’ Corner Facebook page.

Music event at Downtown Art Walk

Across the street from the Poets’ Corner, Trish Harding, owner of Studio UFO in Bay Street Village, 301 W. Holly St., welcomes guitarist and singer Scrub Hubner as part of her opening of her new oil paintings.

Hubner was diagnosed with a brain tumor last summer and is now recovering nicely, says Harding. The event is a way to welcome Hubner back into the Bellingham music scene, Harding says.

Harding and Hubner have been friends since they were in first grade; almost 60 years. Guitarist and singer Tom Harding, Trish’s husband, will also be sitting in for a few sets.

Door opens at 6 p.m, music runs from 7 to 9, with refreshments and dancing. Details: 360-319-6115,, or find Scrub Hubner Live or Trish Harding on Facebook.

Jazz Project seeks funding for new event

Jud Sherwood, director of the Jazz Project and producer of Bellhaven Jazz Festival, invites the public to an evening of wine, beer, appetizers and music from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 7, at Village Inn Lobby, 1200 10th St., across from Fairhaven Village Green.

The reception is a fundraiser for the newly rebranded Bellhaven Jazz Festival (formerly known as the Bellwether Jazz Festival) that will take place Sept. 12 on the Village Green. Sherwood says his goal is to raise the $10,000 the Port of Bellingham withdrew from the event and keep the festival free for all to enjoy.

To do that, he needs people and businesses to help meet the event’s $20,000 budget. Many past donors have already contributed or committed money to the Bellhaven Festival, and he is almost halfway to his goal.

To RSVP, or if you can’t attend but would like to donate, reach Sherwood at or 360-650-1066 or 360-319-9514. Donations are tax deductible.