Seniors & Aging

Ukelele concert, movie posters, Dracula ballet among fun things for Whatcom seniors to do.

‘Dracula’ – Ballet with Bite!

Northwest Ballet Theatre presents Bram Stoker’s compelling story of Count Dracula at 7:30 Oct. 18 and 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

Stoker didn’t invent the vampire, but he defined its modern form, and his 1876 gothic horror novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film and TV interpretations.

Award-winning choreographer John Bishop created the two-act ballet to bring Stoker’s novel to life with riveting dramatic performances, combined with ballet elegance and grace. Bishop’s “Dracula” is visually lavish, with gothic sets and steam punk -style costumes made in Romania.

Tickets: 360-734-6080 and For accessibility details, go to, click on “about” and then click on “FAQs,” or call 360-734-6080.

Mount Baker Theatre: Accessibility: go to, click on “about” and then click on “FAQs,” or call 360-734-6080.

Alzheimer’s Café meet at The Table

The Alzheimer’s Café meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at The Table, 100 N. Commercial St., to provide a welcoming place where people living with dementia, along with their caregivers and family members, can come together for a casual social gathering. The next meeting is Sept. 25.

Everyone is welcome to spend an afternoon of interesting conversation with new and old friends who are experiencing similar circumstances.

The Alzheimer’s Café, familiarly called ALZ Café, is free and is sponsored by the Alzheimer Society of Washington and by Right at Home Northwest. Details: 360-392-3934. The Table is wheelchair-accessible.

Hollywood movie posters on display at Whatcom Museum

Westerns. Film-noir. Science fiction. Some of the best-loved genres from Hollywood’s studio era produced the greatest poster art, with mostly anonymous artists and designers promoting films they had never seen.

Original-issue artwork is on display in “The Art of Genre: Posters from Hollywood's Golden Age” through Oct. 12 at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher, 250 Flora St., and the musem’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St.

The exhibit is guest-curated by Michael Falter, program director at Pickford Film Center. Details: 360-778-8930,,

The Lightcatcher and Old City Hall are both wheelchair-accessible, and there is handicapped parking.

United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra

Whoever thinks a certain plucked string instrument from Hawaii is boring should to think again. From the first glimpse of Hawaiian garlands and elegant bowties, it’s clear the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra dispels all notions of the ubiquitous “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

The quirky British orchestra, which performs at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., at 3 p.m. Nov. 2, wows audiences with a repertoire that contrasts pieces from classical to rock, from oldies to current hits, put together with British humor by performers who know how to shift German yodels to the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.”

Just a note: this is not the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, which is perhaps more well-known.

Tickets range from $30 to $39. Event details: 360-734-6080,

For more on the ensemble, go to

Lynden Music Festival

The purpose of the "Claire de Lune" Lynden Music Festival, which runs Oct. 8-12 at the Jansen Art Center, the Lynden Pioneer Museum, the Dutch Village Mall, the Claire vg Thomas Theater, coffee shops and local businesses in Lynden, is to celebrate the town’s musical heritage, paying tribute to musicians who have contributed to enriching the Lynden community with music, including honoring the late Claire vg Thomas.

The festival, now in its sixth year, includes a variety of musical genres to the community, with the specific mission to encourage all ages to enhance their lives with music, to bring joy to the audience, and to bring quality artists from the Pacific Northwest region and around the world to our corner of the state.

Performers this year include Mike Allen, Double Deuce, Cayley Schmid, Jill Whitman, Duo Lido, the John Bowman Trio, the Sonja Lee Band, Polecat, Swil Kanim and the Adrian Clarke Band.

Details: and Lynden Music Festival on Facebook.

Some venues for the Lynden Music Festival may not be wheelchair-accessible. Go to the website for details.