Ski to Sea and the numerous events surrounding the county’s signature relay event highlight the activities for the week of Thursday, May 26.
Ski to Sea parade, race
Ski to Sea festivities kick off with Bellingham’s beloved annual Blossom Time Grand Parade at noon Saturday, May 28, featuring marching bands, politicians, classic cars, horses, camels, fire engines, bagpipers and floats that highlight local businesses, service clubs and activities. Watch on Cornwall Avenue from Alabama Street south to Champion Street. The annual Ski to Sea relay race offers plenty of spectator opportunities starting at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, May 29, and a festival at the finish line in downtown Fairhaven from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Outdoors writer Ken Wilcox will be in Bellingham to discuss the newest edition of his popular field guide “Hiking Whatcom County.” He speaks from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in the Fireplace Room of the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St., and at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Village Books, 1210 11th St.
Former Northwest writer Elana Azose, author of “Never Insult a Killer Zucchini,” returns to read and sign copies of her picture book about an outrageous science fair at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Info: 360-676-2626, villagebooks.com.
For the birds
Bird-watching walk with birding expert Paul Woodcock free at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 29, at the BP Heron Center in Birch Bay State Park. A $10 day-use fee or $30 annual Discover Pass required to park. Info: fobbsp.org.