Big-band time in Lynden
The 20-member Jansen Jazz Band, directed by Steve Herrick, director of instrumental music at Lynden High School, performs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Feb. 16, and April 20 at Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. Community members in the band perform music from the big-band swing era.
Tickets: $11.50 at jansenartcenter.org, and at the center’s gallery shop two weeks before each concert.
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Home for the Holidays Gift Show
Joyce Hill of Bellingham celebrates her 35th year organizing Home for the Holidays, a gift show with Northwest vendors selling home, garden and holiday decor; gourmet food; fiber art; pottery; jewelry; and more. A drawing for holiday gift bags features gift certificates from local merchants for dining, merchandise, and spa treatments.
Hours: 5 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 18, and 9:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave.
The Jive Aces: Jump, Jive & Wail
Jump and jive the night away in that irresistible place where swing meets rock ’n’ roll with the Jive Aces from the United Kingdom, 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The renowned band plays songs made famous by such greats as Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin and Ella Fitzgerald, plus a selection of originals.
Tickets: $17.50 to $39.50.
Details: 360-734-6080, mountbakertheatre.com.
Holiday Port Festival & Gingerbread House Contest
The annual festival at Bellingham Cruise Terminal features local choirs, orchestras, bands and dance groups; and free free family activities, including horse-drawn wagon rides, children’s art activities, complimentary gingerbread cookies and cider, and visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Participants in the gingerbread contest range from youths to professional bakers. Previous entries have included miniature Space Needles, Santa’s stable, and the Washington State Capitol. Deadline for entry forms is Nov. 29.
Hours: noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3-4.
‘National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Photographs’
The exhibit runs through Jan. 15 at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher, 250 Flora St., and showcases celebrated National Geographic photographs, including Steve McCurry’s picture of an Afghan girl, Nick Nichols’ image of Jane Goodall with a chimpanzee, and Thomas Abercrombie’s view of Mecca.
Whatcom Museum is the exhibit’s only West Coast stop. Visitors will learn about the photographs through text panels and video interviews with the photographers.
Admission: $10 general; $8 for youths 6 to 17, students, seniors 62 and older, and military; $5 for kids 2-5; free for museum members and kids younger than 2.
Details: 360-778-8930, whatcommuseum.org.