Annual Whatcom County Farm Tour offers a glimpse at local agriculture – plus Play Lab, telescopes, hiking and a pet memorial.
See various kinds of farms, animals, agricultural products and demonstrations during the free self-guided Whatcom County Farm Tour from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at locations around Whatcom County. A dozen participating locations are as varied as dairies, wineries and organic farms – including places not otherwise open to the public. Look for the online listing or find details at the Bellingham Farmers’ Market, 1100 Railroad Ave. Info: 360-647-7093; find a map at sustainableconnections.org.
Whatcom County Association of Celestial Observers offer the final Telescopes in the Park event of the season from 6:30 p.m. until near park closing at 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at at Boulevard Park, 470 Bayview Drive. This free “sidewalk astronomy” event features various kinds of telescopes for passers-by to enjoy. Cloudy skies cancel the event. Info: whatcomastronomy.org.
Play Lab, an organization that celebrates creative play with “open-ended” materials, hosts a free Cardboard Play Lab from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Cornwall Park, 3424 Meridian St. Info: play-lab.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the season wanes into fall, there’s still good hiking in the mountains before the snow flies. Try the family-friendly trails around the Heather Meadows visitor center area below Artist Point near the east end of the Mount Baker Highway. Some are easy, some are more strenuous, but all are breathtaking this time of year – including Chain Lakes, Bagley Lakes, and Wild Goose. Day-use fee $5. Info: 360-856-5700, 360-599-2714.
Honor lost pets
Life Cycle Pet Cremation sponsors its second Floating Lantern Pet Memorial from 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Bloedel-Donovan Park, 2114 Electric Ave. Design your own lantern and reserve a floating base for $27.37 at eventbrite.com. Info: life-cycle-pet-cremation.com, 360-778-9578.