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Kids’ Film Fest comes to the Pickford

Roosevelt Road performs March 19 at the Bellingham VFW Hall in benefit for the Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival.
Roosevelt Road performs March 19 at the Bellingham VFW Hall in benefit for the Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

To paraphrase Susie Purves, executive director at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St., the days before spring arrives in the Northwest can mean a lot of pillow forts and sock-puppet shows before boredom sets in with the younger set. But the Pickford aims to remedy that with two weekends chock-full of gorgeous films from around the world.

The Bellingham Children’s Film Festival begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, with interactive art projects in the lobby and a screening of animated shorts with the theme “See the World, Feed Your Mind,” followed by “The Okee Dokee Brothers Through the Woods,” which includes a performance and sing-along of campfire songs and kids’ favorites with Bellingham’s Spencer Willows.

March 17 Chlidren's Film Fest how shammies built a house
The Shammies are featured in the Bellingham Children’s Film Festival, March 19 and 20 and 24-25 at the Pickford Film Center. PICKFORD FILM CENTER Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

An ice-cream social ends the day’s festivities at 4:30 p.m. Opening day tickets are $7 for kids, $10 for PFC members, and $12 general admission, with proceeds to benefit Lydia Place. Events continue March 26 and 27. Among the films: “Moomins on the Riviera” and “How Shammies Built a House.”

Dancers celebrate Charlie Chaplin

John Bishop, executive director of Northwest Ballet Dance, says that since this is the 100th anniversary of Chaplin’s role as “The Tramp,” he thought presenting a ballet about Chaplin’s his life might prove fun. James Innes, who is a freshman at WWU, will dance the role of Chaplin in the company’s Northwest Dance Festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

“Remembering Chaplin,” choreographed by Bishop, takes audiences on a walk down memory lane with scenes depicting some of Chaplin’s greatest movies. Ian Aegerter, Evyn Bartlett and Bishop will be filling other male roles as Keystone cops and gangsters, and Bellingham actor and musician Angus McLane plays Chaplin’s film director.

Bishop promises lots of slapstick humor, flapper girls and what was behind the scenes during the silent movie era. He says the music by Louis M. Gottschalk, Scott Joplin and Joseph Lamb is also very fun and entertaining.

The program also includes a one-act ballet, “Paquita,” that features some of ballet’s most celebrated and difficult examples of 19th-century classicism. Tickets are $26 to $34 general admission, and $23 and $26 seniors and students. Details: 360-734-6080,

Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation Fundraiser Concert

Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation hosts its first fundraiser for the inaugural Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival coming to Ferndale’s Hovander Homestead Park Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-5, in a concert Saturday, March 19, at VFW Post No. 1585, 625 N. State St. Doors open for this all-ages concert at 4 p.m. for a bluegrass jam hosted by 5 Starr Jams.

Guests are encouraged to bring their instruments and voices and jam with other bluegrass musicians from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Roosevelt Road, a band from Snohomish County, takes the stage at 7 p.m. Snacks will be available for purchase, and there will opportunities to contribute to the festival fund. Tickets are $10.

For those who can’t make it to the show on the 19th but want to help the festival, there’s a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The Festival planning team has set a goal to raise $2,500 through individual donations by April 15 to help fund the festival, pay deposits for festival services, and most importantly, book the artists who will play at the festival in September.

Early-bird ticket pricing for the festival is available through April 30 through the festival’s Facebook page, Details: 360-474–7715,


Andra (Andy) Millage, of Let Them Eat Cake, let me know that applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Whatcom Artist Studio Tour, which will be held Oct. 1 and 2 and Oct. 8-9. The juried tour, now in its 22nd year, showcases artists of many different media throughout Whatcom County. It is not necessary to have a studio to participate; artists may exhibit at another tour artist’s studio. Application deadline is April 1. Details: ... Whatcom County poets are encouraged to submit original, unpublished poems for the annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. Judges this year are Luther Allen and Luci Shaw. Deadline is March 31.