The annual Welding Rodeo and GEMS Fair highlight a weekend that also includes telescopes at Boulevard Park and a Global Big Day for birders.
Testing their mettle
1 Watch teams of metal workers create sculptures in the Welding Rodeo & Skills Competition from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 13; and from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. This year’s theme is Mythical Creatures. Info: weldingrodeo.com.
Science fair for girls
2 Learn about careers for women in science-related STEM fields at the GEMS Fair that’s free from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Academic West on the Western Washington University campus. Event features demonstrations and information that highlight local programs for girls in engineering, math and science. Parking is free on weekends. Info: 360-650-3308, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go birding, globally
3 Citizen scientists and birders of skills from amateur to expert are being enlisted for the second annual Global Big Day on May 14, in an effort to add species to the online database at the noted Cornell Lab of Ornithology. To participate, go online to ebird.org/globalbigday and create an account to submit your birds. For more information, go to birds.cornell.edu or eBird.org. If you have a smartphone, search for the Cornell Lab’s free Merlin Bird ID app to help identify birds.
4 Members of the Whatcom Association of Celestial Observers bring their telescopes to Boulevard Park for free public viewing from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 13, offering offer a chance to examine telescopes and see sun spots (through safe filters), craters on the moon and Saturn’s rings. It’s the first of several events offered during first-quarter moons in spring and summer. Telescope viewing events are canceled if it’s cloudy. Info: whatcomastronomy.org.
5 “Stories Deployed: The Veterans Chronicles,” features military veterans from all branches of the armed services telling their stories free from 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the Old Main Theatre at Western Washington University. Free parking on campus. Some content may be graphic in nature. Info: 360-650-6115, email@example.com.