Get Out

Farms, telescopes, cardboard play, mountain hikes and pet memorial

Twin Brook Creamery in Lynden uses Jersey cows for its popular milk, chocolate milk and cream in glass bottles that’s sold in local stores. The farm northwest of Lynden is on this year’s farm tour.
Twin Brook Creamery in Lynden uses Jersey cows for its popular milk, chocolate milk and cream in glass bottles that’s sold in local stores. The farm northwest of Lynden is on this year’s farm tour. The Bellingham Herald

Annual Whatcom County Farm Tour offers a glimpse at local agriculture – plus Play Lab, telescopes, hiking and a pet memorial.

Farm- acology

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.

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A child looks at the sun during a “sidewalk astronomy” event with the Whatcom Association of Celestial Observers in May at the Bellingham Public Library. Robert Mittendorf rmittendorf@bhamherald.com
Look skyward

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.

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A child decorates cardboard in the Play Lab at Downtown Sounds in 2014. Staff THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
Cardboard play

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, allie@play-lab.org.

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Hikers are shown on a trail below Heather Meadows visitor center in 2012. Robert Mittendorf rmittendorf@bhamherald.com
Late-summer hiking

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.

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Floating lanterns will be part of a pet memorial at Bloedel-Donovan Park. Diane Padys Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald
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.

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

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