Get Out

Fun and games at the Y, Waples open house and trivia

Children stretch during the YMCA’s spring break camp at Roosevelt Elementary School in 2013.
Children stretch during the YMCA’s spring break camp at Roosevelt Elementary School in 2013. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

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,

Fast with the facts

The team from Whatcom Community College discusses answer to a question at the Trivia Bee in 2011. Staff THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

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, or

Sail into history

Adventuress is shown at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival in September 2013. ELIZABETH T. BECKER COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

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:,, 360-379-0438 ext. 1.

Waples Mercantile open house

A rendering oif the new Waples Mercantile Building in Lynden. RMC Architects Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

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

Gonzaga University professor Tod Marshall is the state’s poet laureate. Amy Sinisterra Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

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

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