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Family Fun: ‘Shrek,’ ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ outdoor movies add to summer fun for Whatcom families

Outdoor movies, Fairhaven-style

Comedy, adventure and animated hits are part of this summer’s Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema schedule of Saturday-night movies shown on the 30-foot screen at Fairhaven Village Green.

The series starts June 20 with the classic musical “Grease,” followed by the 2014 animated hit “How to Train Your Dragon 2” on June 27. Next comes the cult comedy “Mean Girls” on July 11, “Jurassic Park” on July 18, and the animated feature “Big Hero 6” on July 25.

The series continues with “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” on Aug. 1, Patrick Swayze in “Dirty Dancing” on Aug. 8, the touching animated film “UP” on Aug. 15, the Marvel hit “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Aug. 22, and “The Princess Bride” on Aug. 29.

There’s also pre-movie entertainment and food. Movies are shown rain or shine, with seating on the grass and limited chair seating on the surrounding brick areas. Admission is $5, free for kids 5 and younger. Start times depend on the sunset; entertainment usually begins about an hour before showtime.

Details: FairhavenOutdoorCinema.com.

Waiting for the kiss

A curse, a kiss, and magic! John Bishop’s production of “Sleeping Beauty,” set to the magnificent Tchaikovsky score and true to the choreography of Marius Petipa, sets the stage magnificently for Northwest Ballet Theatre’s 16th season finale, at 7:30 p.m. June 6 and 2 p.m. June 7 at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

Tickets are $20, $30 and $34 at 360-734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com.

Details: northwestballet.org.

Beloved monster

Lynden Performing Arts Guild presents “Shrek: The Musical,” based on the 2001 film and originally from William Steig’s book for children about a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Then, a gang of homeless fairy tale characters raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by the landlord, Lord Farquaad.

The musical is onstage at 7:30 p.m. June 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26; and at 2 p.m. June 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at Claire vg Thomas Theatre in Dutch Village Mall, 655 Front St., in Lynden. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 students and seniors, $8 children.

Details: 360-354-4425 and clairevgtheatre.com.

Go fish!

Lynden’s Loyal Order of Camels hosts its annual fishing derby for youths from 8 a.m. to noon June 13 in Fishtrap Creek at Lynden City Park, 8460 Depot Road.

Children younger than 5 can fish after the older kids, but children older than 13 are not allowed in that section of the creek, by state law. Participants should bring fishing poles, tackle and other necessary equipment, if they have some.

Registration is 8 to 9 a.m. The first division, for kids 5 to 7, is from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m.; the second division, for kids 8 to 10, is from 10 to 10:30 a.m.; and the third division, for kids 11 to 13, is from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Loyal Order of Camels is a fraternal organization founded in Lynden in the late 1920s to raise money for fishing equipment for the event, with the aim of getting kids interested in fishing. Donations are appreciated.

Details: 360-354-2169, lynden.org.


gather on the green

The Bellingham Steampunk Society and Village Books host a day of live entertainment and an outdoor market from noon to 5 p.m. July 25 at Fairhaven Village Green.

Steampunkers add sci-fi flourishes to the Victorian era’s steam-powered machinery, fashions and weapons. Steampunk fans relish the costumes, writings and imaginative role-playing the genre offers. Among the authors who will be talking about their books are Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of “Girl Genius,” an ongoing comic book series turned webcomic.

The free event began in 2011 to honor one of the youngest performers in Bellingham Circus Guild, Caleb “Flip” Kors, who died in 2012. Donations are appreciated.

Details: fairhaven.com.