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Black Friday options for locally owned retailers

It’s not just the national retailers that are organizing events for Black Friday and through the weekend.

Fairhaven will kick off its holiday festival on Friday, Nov. 28, with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus from 3 to 4:50 p.m., according to Fairhaven.com. The annual lighting of the trees is at 5 p.m., while the holiday art walk is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The art walk will have several local artists scheduled to attend, including Ben Mann, who will be painting a canvas at A Lot of Flowers. Musicians also will be at several of the Fairhaven stores.

Many businesses throughout Whatcom County also will be participating in Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29, offering discounts.

Sustainable Connections is organizing events geared toward shopping locally, including an online auction that’s currently underway and ends Monday, Dec. 1. The auction is at biddingforgood.com/sconnect.

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