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Japanese culture, concert for kids, and a 5K with the cops

Tree Tour Of Western Washington University

See more than 70 species of trees across the Western Washington University campus with maps and a self-guided online tour at
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See more than 70 species of trees across the Western Washington University campus with maps and a self-guided online tour at

Celebrate Japanese culture, see more than 70 species of trees, and have Fun With the Fuzz.

Japanese culture, music, art

Celebrate Japanese culture at the second annual Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival, free from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at locations near Pioneer Park. Events start with a ceremony and bamboo flute performance at Hanadori Trail near the Phillips 66 sports complex at the south end of Second Street, and continue with dancing, music, vendors, and arts at Pioneer Pavilion. Events include taiko drummers at 10:30 a.m.; traditional tea ceremony at 11 a.m.; bonsai demonstration at 11 a.m.; a performance of Kamishibai Man (paper puppet theater, a precursor to animé) at noon, featuring the experiences of a woman from the Minidoka internment camp; a children’s tea ceremony at 1 p.m.; origami and kirigami at 2 p.m. and haiku readings at 3 p.m. Info:, 360 384-0050.

Run alongside the cops

Fun with the Fuzz, a family-friendly 5k run/walk aiding families of police officers killed in the line of duty, is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 16, with a flat and easy course starting and ending at the Bellingham Police Department, 505 Grand Ave. Entry fee is $20, $25 at the event. Info and registration:

Outer-space visitor

Rocket Donuts sponsors the classic 1951 sci-fi film “Man from Planet X,” about an alien visitor to Earth, at noon Saturday, April 16, at the Pickford Film Center, 1416 Cornwall Ave. Admission is $2. Info:

Walk among the trees

Trees are budding with the warmer weather, and what better time to visit the Western Washington University campus — not for its celebrated outdoor sculptures, but for its free self-guided Tree Tour of more than 70 species near the central part of campus. Info:, where you’ll find maps to print and for mobile/interactive use.

Sunlight shines through a grove of trees known as the Bird Sanctuary near Old Main on the north end of the Western Washington University campus on Wednesday, March 30. Robert Mittendorf

Orchestra performs for kids

Whatcom Symphony Orchestra’s annual Family Concert is 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the auditorium at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Children’s activities include an “instrument petting zoo” in the school commons at 2 p.m., with the concert at 3 p.m. Free for all; suggested donation for adults, $10. Info: 360-756-675,

Whatcom Symphony Orchestra musicians rehearsal at the Mount Baker Theater in 2011. Staff The Bellingham Herald

What are you going to get out and do next weekend? Share with Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty,