Several events around Bellingham honor St. Patrick’s Day, Chuckanut Radio Hour records in a new location, and there’s a major birding festival in Blaine.
Festival for waterfowl
Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival in Blaine offers a variety of activities for all ages and interests — many of them free or low-priced — from Friday, March 11, to Sunday, March 13, at various times and locations. Details: wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com or contact the Blaine Visitor Center at 360-332-4544 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pride of the Irish
St. Patrick’s Day Parade honors local police, firefighters and other public-safety personnel at noon Saturday, March 12. Participation is free and open to all family-friendly and non-political groups: Arrive 11-11:30 a.m. at the staging area in the southwest corner of the Cornwall Avenue and Ohio St. intersection. The parade heads south on Cornwall from the staging area, then east on Chestnut Street and south on Railroad Avenue to the Depot Market Square. Info: stpatsbham.com.
Pluck of the Irish
Runnin’ O’ the Green offers the choice of a 5k (3 mile) run/walk, or an 8k (5-mile) run for all ages and abilities. The events start together at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, from the 1000 block of Cornwall Avenue. Entry fee $35; day of race registration available. Info: cob.org/services/recreation/races or contact Lance Romo at 360-778-7000 or email Lromo@cob.org.
Crafts and art
Family Activity Day highlights the “Luck of the Leprechauns,” featuring Irish-themed arts and crafts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher galleries, 250 Flora St. Celtic dances by the Clan Heather Dancers from 2-3 p.m. Museum admission is $3; free for museum members. Info: whatcommuseum.org/events or 360-778-8930.
Chuckanut Radio Hour
Chuckanut Radio Hour, a locally-produced monthly radio variety show, is recorded live at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Featured guest is Brian Griffin, author of “Fairhaven: a History,” with musical guest Stephen Ray Leslie. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. (be seated by 1:45 p.m.). Admission is $5; tickets available at BrownPaperTickets.com. Info: 360-671-2626 or villagebooks.com.