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See tall ships, sample raspberries and learn about local Latinos

Tall ships, raspberry festival, Latino culture and a chamber music concert.

See the tall ships

Tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain return to Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham from Tuesday, July 19, to Wednesday, Aug. 3. They’ll offer several excursions into Bellingham Bay, including “battle sails” that mimic a 19th-century naval engagement. Several dockside tours are offered too, with a $3 per person suggested donation. Info: Schedule and pricing,, 360-532-8611.

Barb Kraght, left, and Kiya Levin of Barbies Berries are shown at their booth during the Northwest Raspberry Festival in 2014. Staff THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
Raspberries gone wild

Northwest Raspberry Festival on Front Street in Lynden features local musicians on two stages, crafts, food, kids activities, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, classic automobiles, a 5K fun run for Nepal water, pancake breakfast, raspberry treats, beer garden, and raspberry wine tasting from 1-9 p.m. Friday, July 15, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Info:, 360-354-5995.

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Mountain School students rest atop a knoll overlooking Diablo Lake at the North Cascades Learning Center in 2009.
Party in the mountains

North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, a place many local schoolchildren cherish as “Mountain School,” is marking its 30th anniversary with a free picnic and open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at its location off Highway 20 east of Newhalem. Barbecue, music, hiking, canoeing and boat tours of Diablo Lake. Info:, 360-854-2599 or 206-526-2599.

Ian Aegerter,, left, is shown with violinist Stefan Jackiw during a class that was part of the Bellingham Festival of Music in 201. PHILIP A. DWYER THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
Strings attached

4 Bellingham Festival of Music offers a free chamber music concert at noon Friday, July 15, in the Rotunda Room of the Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall galleries, 121 Prospect St. Info:, 360-201-6621.

Area’s Latino history

The Skagit County Historical Museum is featuring this exhibit on the region’s Latino culture. Jo E. Wolfe Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. Fourth St. in La Conner, features “Voces del Valle” (“Voices of the Valley”), stories of the Latino community in Skagit County from 1940 to the recent history through Sept. 25; and “Cast and Count,” the history of voting from beans to hanging chads, on loan from the Secretary of State’s Office of Elections through Nov. 13. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission: free for members and children 5 and younger, $5 adults, $4 seniors and kids 6-12, and $10 family. Info: , 360-466-3365.

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.