Donation drive for Veterans Assistance Dogs
9 a.m., Mattress Discounters, 1315 Bakerview Road; by donation. Veterans dogs help active and retired military members who have sustained injuries, such as head wounds, hearing loss and amputations. The dogs are trained to perform tasks that can help veterans regain independence, such as opening doors, turning on lights and alerting them to alarms. Details: mattressdiscountersdogs.com.
Donations for Homeless School Kids
Bellingham Tennis, 800 McKenzie Ave.; donations suggested; 360-733-5050. Nearly 300 children in Bellingham School District are homeless. To help them, people through December can donate backpacks, sleeping bags, coats, hats, gloves, toiletries, socks, underwear, or gift cards to Target, Fred Meyer or Walmart.
Fifth Annual Lamps & Bowls Benefit for Bellingham Food Bank
11 a.m. Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave. The artists of Good Earth Pottery know the importance of community support, so this January they're donating 10 percent of the purchase price of select lamps and bowls to the Bellingham Food Bank. Winter hours: Sunday Noon-5 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Closed Tuesday. www.goodearthpots.com.
“Welcome Home” concert
7 p.m. Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Drive. Saxophonist Jeff Siegfried will be the featured performer at the Bellingham Festival of Music’s Welcome Home Concert. Now in its fifth year, the Welcome Home Concert is an annual event that highlights local young musicians whose Bellingham music education has led them to a conservatory or other higher education music program. It focuses on musicians who are attempting to follow their passion and make a career in the difficult field of music. Siegfried, a Bellingham native, began studying saxophone at age 10 and received crucial guidance from area teachers Mark Kelly and Ray Downey. He also studied clarinet with Western Washington University’s Ryan Dudenbostel. Jeff attended Sehome High School, where he participated in band, orchestra, choir and jazz band. He was also an active member of the Mount Baker Youth Symphony, where as a winner of the concerto competition, he performed Pierre Max Dubois’s “Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra.” During this period, Siegfried also participated in the Seattle Conservatory of Music and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. He completed his high school degree at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and received his bachelor of music degree at Arizona State University and his master of music degree at Northwestern University, with both degrees awarded for saxophone performance. He is currently pursuing a master of music in musicology at Northwestern where he is also a graduate assistant in music theory.
Suggested donation for adults is $15; proceeds benefit the Bellingham Festival of Music’s Music in the Schools programs.
All students are admitted free.
European Chocolate Christmas Show
6 p.m., Fox Hall at Hampton Inn, 1661 W. Bakerview Road. $5; 360-676-7700. Bring the family to enjoy an evening of musical performances by the Squalicum High School Storm Singers and a surprise guest. Proceeds help Squalicum’s performing choirs for their 2015 tour in California. They plan to be perform at Disneyland and the prestigious Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa. Tickets are on sale at Avalon Music, Community Food Co-op, Village Books, and online at holdmyticket.com. Details on European Chocolate Christmas Show on Facebook.