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Charity Calendar: Bellingham Tennis Club is collecting coats for homeless

Oct. 26

Warm Coat Drive

Bellingham Tennis Club & Fairhaven Fitness, 800 McKenzie Ave.; are collecting coats for men, women and children to be donated to the homeless cared for by Lighthouse Mission and Agape Home. Donation boxes are near the front door. Through Oct. 31.

Interfaith Coalition Winter Coat Drive

Church of the Assumption gym, 2116 Cornwall Ave.; free; 360-734-3983. Interfaith is collecting 3,000 winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves for men, women and children in five locations across Whatcom County in October. Items will be distributed in Bellingham, Blaine, Everson, Ferndale and Deming.

Oct. 29

Blaine Sprouse and Janie Rothfield with W.B. Reid

7:30 p.m., Old Parish Hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St.; $15; 360-733-5960. Legendary bluegrass fiddler Blaine Sprouse and award-winning old-time fiddler and claw-hammer banjo player Janie Rothfield perform Bluegrass and old-time Celtic traditions. Part of the proceeds benefit Maple Alley Inn.

African Children’s Choir

7 p.m., Faith Community Church of Lynden, 586 Birch Bay-Lynden Road; free/donations accepted; 360-733-2149. The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African dances and songs, including well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. Performances support the choir’s programs, such as education, care and relief and development.

Oct. 30

Creepy Cabaret

6:30 p.m., Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave.; $10 adults, $5 students. Before the show enjoy a soup and dessert buffet. The school’s choir will entertain with solo and ensemble performances. A silent auction will benefit the choir program, including support for master workshops, competitions, tours and classroom needs.

Oct. 31

A Masquerade Eve

6 p.m., Fairhaven Middle School, 110 Parkridge Road; by donation. Once you’re done trick-or-treating, go to Fairhaven Middle School for an evening of live performance, music, storytelling, fortune-telling, mask-making, bobbing for apples and other costumed festivity. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7. All-ages. Proceeds benefit Rooted Emerging, a nonprofit offering Coming of Age programs to youth 11 to 15. Details: rootedemerging.org.

Orchestra Halloween Benefit

8 p.m., Western Washington University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, 516 High St.; $5; 360-650-6146. Enjoy selections with eerie themes and frightening pop-culture references, such as “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” popularized by Disney’s “Fantasia,” Camille Saint Saens’ “Danse Macabre,” and Dvorak’s tone poem “The Noon Witch,” based on the tale of a mother who threatens her child with the specter of a witch if the child doesn’t behave. Tickets available at tickets.wwu.edu and the door. Proceeds benefit Western’s Music Library.

Nov. 1

Bellingham Emblem Club 489 Holiday Bazaar

9 a.m., Bellingham Elks Lodge No. 194, 710 Samish Way; 360-733-6432. Bellingham Emblem Club’s holiday bazaar features handmade crafts, decorations, theme baskets and baked goods, and features local vendors with unique wares. Soldiers’ Angels will offer items and information that help men and women serving in the Armed Forces as well as such nonprofits as Ornaments for Orphans. Club profits benefit local charities and scholarships.

St. James Presbyterian Arts and Crafts Faire

9 a.m., St. James Presbyterian Church, 910 14th St.; 360-733-1325. Discover fine arts and crafts by local craftspersons, theme gift baskets, gift ideas and seasonal decorations for the home. A handmade quilt will be raffled, and homemade pies, cookies and cakes will be on sale. Proceeds benefit local charities serving women and children. Event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“An Afternoon in Bucolia: Just Forkin’ Around”

3 p.m., Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Highway Route 9; free; $5 donation (individual) or $10 donation (family) suggested. South Fork Valley Community Association hosts benefit show from 3 to 5 p.m. for radio station KAVZ-LP 102.5FM, with storytelling by Matthew Thuney and Jeffrey Margolis; an interview with Deming Library Manager Katrina Carabba; musical by singer and guitarist Marcia Guderian; and a youth art activity, plus door prizes, refreshments and chance to talk about your upcoming event or pet project.

Poetry Alive Part III

7 p.m., Mount Baker Theater Encore Room, 104 N. Commercial St.; $10 suggested donation. Matthew Brouwer, Shannon Laws, Kevin Murphy, Joe Nolting and CJ Prince present a night of poetry. Proceeds benefit the Whatcom Juvenile Justice Creative Writing Project, which leads writing workshops with kids in the juvenile justice system.

Sanford-Hill Piano Scholarship Recital: Michael Mizrahi

8 p.m., Western Washington University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, 516 High St.; 360-650-3130. The WWU Music Department presents pianist Michael Mizrahi, who has appeared as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and teaching artist across the United States and abroad. Proceeds benefit the William Sanford Piano scholarship, offered to outstanding new piano students.

Nov 4

Halloween Candy BuyBack Program

3 p.m., Faith Bult Dentistry, 405 32nd St. Suite 100; free; 360-715-3333. From 3 to 5 p.m., trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to the office of Bellingham dentist Dr. Faith Bult and receive $1 per pound, as well as other free goodies. The candy is then sent to troops overseas, along with other items donated by local companies.

Nov 7

Lynden Friends book and Bake Sale

10 a.m., Lynden Public Library, 216 Fourth St.; Free admission. Sale includes books for all ages and interests, movies, audiobooks, music CDs and baked goods. Sponsored by Friends of the Lynden Library to support library programs and services.

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