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Fishing derby, Quidditch Fest and Safe Kids fair

A child enjoys the opening day of fishing season at Lake Padden in 2013.
A child enjoys the opening day of fishing season at Lake Padden in 2013. The Bellingham Herald

Take your kids fishing, see inside a fire engine, learn the secrets of Bayview Cemetery or play a game of Quidditch.

Casting about

Lynden Fishing Derby is free from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 11, at Lynden City Park, 8460 Depot Road. It’s for ages 5-6, 8-10 and 11-13; children younger than 5 may fish after the derby times, but those older than 13 cannot drop their lines in this section of Fishtrap Creek. Participants must supply their own poles, tackle and bait. Info: Jeff Price, 360-661-6137 or 360-354-2169;

Staying safe

See inside fire engines, a medevac helicopter, escape a simulated burning house and get other tips and information about safety at the free Whatcom County Safe Kids Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, in a parking lot at the Barkley Village 16 theaters. Info: Safe Kids Whatcom County page on Facebook.

They’ll snitch on you

Participants in a quidditch tournament are shown in an undated photo at Whatcom Community College. Evan Abell

Play the “Harry Potter”-inspired game astride broomsticks during the Quidditch Fest that’s free for all ages from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Skagit River Playfields, 1100 S. Skagit St., Burlington. Costumes are encouraged. Info: 360-755-0760 or look for Quidditch Fest on

The dead tell tales

A visitor to Bayview Cemetery examines the weathered gravestone of Civil War veteran Emmet Ryns, 7th Kanas Calvary. Philip A. Dwyer

Bureau of Historical Investigation leads a free public tour of Bayview Cemetery, 1420 Woburn St., from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, June 10, featuring the historic graveyard’s history, memorials and sculptures. Registration required at 360-778-7150. Meet at Veterans Memorial through Lakeway Drive entrance. Advance registration required. Info: 360-778-7150,

Beginning birding

Brant fly along the shoreline in an undated photo at Birch Bay State Park. Staff The Bellingham Herald

Join a naturalist from the North Cascades Audubon Society on a free “Joy of Birding: Beginning Birding” walk along the shore at Birch Bay from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, June 11. Meet on the beach near parking. It’s also a free day at Washington state parks, so no day-use fee or Discover Pass is required in Birch Bay State Park. Info:, 360-319-9004.

What are you going to get out and do next weekend? Share with Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty, Tell us about your event at least three weeks in advance to be considered for this column.