The Junior Ski to Sea parade and competition kick off the week leading to the big relay race — plus a plowing competition, low tides and a dog show.
Ski to Sea for kids
Get in the Ski to Sea spirit with the junior race and parade. At 6 p.m. Friday, May 20, is the Junior Ski to Sea Parade along Cornwall Avenue from Kearney Street to Champion Street and ending at Champion and Railroad Avenue. At 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21, is the Junior Ski to Sea Race at Lake Padden Park. Info: bellingham.com/event-directory/junior-race.
See how 19th-century farmers prepared their fields with horses and plowshares at the International Plowing Match free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Berthusen Park in Lynden. Info: nwwafair.com/p/event-calendar/335.
Dogs of distinction
Mount Baker Kennel Club’s 2016 Northwest Cluster dog show is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Friday, May 20, to Monday, May 23, at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St., Lynden. Free to attend; parking is $5 daily. Info: mtbakerkennelclub.org/events.html.
Explore low tides
Thursday, May 19, starts a week-long string of minus tides along the Salish Sea, with a 0.5-foot ebb tide at 10:49 a.m. in Bellingham Bay. Info: Go online to tides.net/washington and navigate to the location you wish to visit. Some good spots locally are Larrabee State Park, Teddy Bear Cove, Marine Park, Point Whitehorn, and Birch Bay State Park. In Skagit County, try Bay View State Park and Rosario Beach at Deception Pass State Park. There’s a $10 day-use or $30 annual fee for state parks.
Native plants, wildlife
Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department, Wild Whatcom, the Washington Native Plant Society and the North Cascades Audubon Society are hosting the annual Backyard Habitat and Native Flora Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Fairhaven Village Green, corner of 10th Street and Mill Avenue. It’s free to attend and there are activities for children and plenty of free information on topics such as how to attract birds to your yard. Free guided native plant walk at 1 p.m. Native plants and other items for sale. Info: 360-778-7105, cob.org, northcascadesaudubon.org.