Learn about summer fun for the family, cheer the teams in a trivia contest and savor the businesses at the new Waples Mercantile Building.
Activities for summer fun
Whatcom Family YMCA hosts a free Healthy Kids Day with the theme “Keeping Kids Safe through the Summer Months,” from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at 1256 N. State St. Activities include a bike-safety course, futsal and dodge ball, basketball, swimming and water safety courses, a gymnastics obstacle course, healthy cooking demonstrations, reading and storytelling, rock wall climbing and parent-child Zumba. Info: 360-733-8630, whatcomymca.org.
Fast with the facts
Whatcom Literacy Council’s 20th Annual Trivia Bee & Silent Auction is 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. Teams — including The Bellingham Herald’s own Fighting Deadlines — compete in a format like the game show “Jeopardy!” Ken Jennings of “Jeopardy!” fame returns as co-host. Tickets are $15 individual and $30 family from Village Books, the Whatcom Literacy Council office, or at the door. Info: 360-752-8678, firstname.lastname@example.org or whatcomliteracy.org/20th-annual-trivia-bee.
Sail into history
Adventuress, a historic 1913 twin-masted schooner that’s operated by the nonprofit environmental education organization Sound Experience, sails from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, from Squalicum Harbor marina, 722 Coho Way. Cost is $65 for adults and $45 for children. Sound Experience members sail free: Annual memberships are $70 individual and $120 for a family. Members’ guests receive discounted tickets. Info: email@example.com, soundexp.org, 360-379-0438 ext. 1.
Waples Mercantile open house
Celebrate the grand opening of the Waples Mercantile Building with free festivities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at 444 Front St., Lynden. Several business are located in the new building at Fifth and Front streets that replaces the historic Delft Square, which was destroyed by fire. Village Books will have activities for children and there will be chowder, a beer garden, and other samplings at businesses such as Avenue Bread, Drizzle, Overflow Taps, Bellingham Baby Co. and The Inn at Lynden.
Poet laureate at WCC
This month’s “Chuckanut Radio Hour” radio variety show features Washington state’s Poet Laureate Tod Marshall to mark National Poetry Month at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Heiner Theater on the Whatcom Community College campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; live show recording starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door and from Village Books and BrownPaperTickets.com.