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Salmon ‘run,’ free state parks, origami, Bellingham history tour and science for kids

The arches of the secondary clarifier are reflected in wastewater being treated at the Post Point Wastewater Treatment plant in 2010.
The arches of the secondary clarifier are reflected in wastewater being treated at the Post Point Wastewater Treatment plant in 2010.

“Run” like a salmon, see state parks free, learn about downtown Bellingham, make origami and hear about science for kids.

Water Week starts

The annual Run with the Chums 5K run/walk has start times of 10 a.m. (1K Smolt Sprint) and 10:30 a.m. (5K) Saturday, Sept. 24, at BP Highlands, 4900 Brown Road, Birch Bay. Free T-shirts to the first 300 participants. The fun-spirited race kicks off Whatcom Water Week, which features events through Oct. 1, including a free tour of the Bellingham wastewater treatment plant from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 200 McKenzie Ave. Info and to register for the run:

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A statue depicting a Native American legend adorns the shore near Rosario Head, a popular tide-pooling site at Deception Pass State Park. Robert Mittendorf

Free state parks

All state parks across Washington state are free on Saturday, Sept. 24, marking National Public Lands Day. No Discover Pass or day-use fee required. There’s a low tide of 0.4 feet at 5:44 a.m., followed by a 7.9-foot high tide at 1:48 p.m. Info:

The Good Time Girls are Marris McGrath, left, and Sara Holodnick. Staff THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
Downtown history

The last free guided historical tour of the season, focusing on Holly Street in Bellingham, is 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, starting at 311 E. Holly St. (between Forest and State streets). Reservations are required for the tour, which is led by the Good Time Girls (all ages welcome, but the tour is best for ages 12 and older):

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Lynn Brunelle discusses her book “Big Science for Little People” at 2 p.m. Saturday at Village Books. Village Books Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Science for kids

Hear writer Lynn Brunelle discuss how to nurture interest in the sciences as the author of “Big Science for Little People: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Child Discover the Wonders of Science” speaks at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the downstairs Readings Gallery at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Info: 360-671-2626, or

Origami cranes are strung together as part of a charity project in 2008. Staff THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
Origami projects

The Foundry Makerspace hosts a free Creative Meet-up: Origami! for everyone to share their skills and learn from others from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Foundry, 1515 N. Forest St. Children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult. Info:, 360-296-9825.

What are you going to get out and do next weekend? Share with Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty, Tell us about your event at least three weeks in advance to be considered for this column.