Charity calendar: Aslan Brewing Co. hosts a LEGO Build party

Jan. 18

Fifth Annual Lamps & Bowls Benefit for Bellingham Food Bank

11 a.m., Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave. Good Earth Pottery artists are donating 10 percent of the purchase price of select lamps and bowls to Bellingham Food Bank. Winter hours: Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Tuesday. goodearthpots.com.

Sleep Country’s Pajama Drive for Foster Kids

10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sleep Country USA, 4229 Meridian St. Donations appreciated. 360-756-1214. Sleep Country’s annual Pajama Drive collects comfortable pajamas for local foster children. Donations of new PJs in every size, infant to adult, can be dropped off at any Sleep Country store through Feb. 22. Details and store locations are at sleepcountry.com. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

Jan. 19

LEGO Build Party

6 p.m.-11 p.m., Aslan Brewing Co., 1330 N. Forest St. Donations accepted 360-778-2088. Aslan Brewing Company hosts a day of playing with its HUGE Lego Brick collection. "Play Masters" will be on hand to help and encourage all patrons to build and play. Donations benefit the Inner Child Studio, an organization that brings educational games and toys to people living with emotional, cognitive, social or physical challenges.

Jan. 23

Sehome Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Games & Silent Auction

6 p.m., Sehome High School, 2700 Bill McDonald Pkwy. 360-676-6481 Evening highlights include double header Sehome vs. Blaine basketball games, along with a silent auction, head shaving and halftime activities. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph’s Cancer Center.

Season of Service Celebration: Spaghetti Dinner & Jazz Performance

5:30 p.m. Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St., Bellingham. $12; 360-733-4030 The Bellingham Senior Activity Center is hosting a celebratory dinner with live music to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. who never stopped asking the question, “What are you doing for others?” The event celebrates community and offers a time of reflection of King’s vision for a better America. Attendees will enjoy a spaghetti dinner including dessert and beverages. The Bellingham Youth Jazz Band, directed by Mark Kelly, is comprised of talented young musicians from middle schools throughout the county. They are donating their time and talent to benefit programs of the Bellingham Senior Activity Center.

Jan. 25

Community Seed Swap & Fundraiser

2:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Majestic on North Forest, 1027 N. Forest St. Donations accepted 360-676-0292 Themed around "Growing Seeds of Nourishment & Medicine," this annual event is geared towards seed-savers and people donating heirloom seeds, or edible tubers or seed-potatoes (please label envelopes with the plant strain and date), as well as seedless visitors who commit to plant seeds, share their garden’s abundance and learn about the seed-saving process. Guidelines: choose just a few seeds, ones you’re sure to plant, and share the harvest with others once they grow. Guests are invited to become guardians of organic heirloom and open-pollinated seeds by saving seeds and purchasing fresh garden seeds from local seed-saver businesses. This is a pure "Safe Seed" (and GMO-free) event. This year’s seed donors include: Baker Creek Heirloom rare seeds, Irish Eyes Seeds, Uprising Organic Seeds, Salish Seed Savers Coop and the Center for Local Self-Reliance, with more donations and sponsors expected. Light refreshments will be served.

Feb. 7

Brewers Ball

6 p.m., Majestic on North Forest, 1027 N. Forest St., Bellingham. $15 360-676-0292 Join in the celebration with your local brewers as we dance the night away in the best way possible: awkward ‘80s prom! All proceeds will benefit the Bellingham High School scholarship fund, which aims to support local students in their college endeavors. Tickets at brewersball.brownpapertickets.com.

Annual Hearts For Housing Gala and Auction

5:30 p.m., Best Western Plus The Lakeway Inn, 714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham. $65 360-671-1011, 360-671-7663 Enjoy a fabulous silent auction and champagne social hour featuring harpist Alishia Joubert and Jazz Ensemble ubiquitous trio with Amy Kraus. A reception will be followed by a delicious plated dinner, heart-felt program and romantically curated live auction. Seasonal cocktails, sweet themed delights and more await at this annual Valentine event, joining hearts to house the homeless. Details: lydiaplace.org.

Feb. 15


7 and 9 p.m., Bellingham Circus Guild, 1401 Sixth St. 360-421-7827. Suggested donation $5 to $10. Vaudevillingham is the Circus Guild’s monthly uncensored variety show fundraiser. The show is designed to promote new art, give performers a venue to try out new material, inspire creativity, encourage new performers, and enhance growth in artists and performers. Features range from dance and aerial performance to comedy, magic, improv and music. There is no pre-screening of acts and no run-through, but acts that are hurtful or discriminatory in nature are discouraged. Many people bring their kids, especially to the early show. Vaudevillingham is an all-volunteer show; proceeds support the circus arts in Whatcom County. Details: http://bellinghamcircusguild.com.

Feb. 21

Bellingham’s Annual Lumber & Lace Ball

7 p.m., Majestic on North Forest, 1027 N. Forest St., Bellingham. $25-$40 360-676-0292 Bellingham’s Lumber and Lace Ball is an annual charity ball benefiting the Whatcom Hospice Foundation. The organizers behind the event are a group of young community members who believe the assistance provided by Hospice is invaluable and poorly understood by Whatcom County’s younger generation. This is a semi-formal Victorian logging-era themed event. Entertainment will include live music by The Tallboys Country Band, Rattletrap Ruckus and DJ Knuckles, as well as dance instruction, appetizers, old-fashioned photos, old-time hair-dos by Toni and Guy Academy and a silent auction full of goodies. Tickets at lumberandlace.brownpapertickets.com.

Annual Affair to Remember: Broadway Nights

5 p.m., Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham. $100-$125 360-392-3100 The Alzheimer Society of Washington presents their Annual Affair to Remember: Broadway Nights, their biggest fundraiser of the year. This event will include passed hors d’oeuvres, a plated dinner, live and silent auctions, dessert dash, and a very special performance by Broadway Star Sheryl Lee Ralph, one of the original stars of “Dreamgirls.” Details: www.alzsociety.org/events/4th-annual-affair-to-remember-broadway-nights.

Feb. 22

Red Carpet Affair

4 p.m., Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St., Bellingham. $75 general; $65 members 360-738-0735 This swanky benefit event begins with your walk on the red carpet captured by professional photographers, butlered appetizers and a gourmet dinner crafted by 250 flora, drinks a fantasy dessert bar, and Onyx coffee service and live screening of the Academy Awards at 5 p.m. Intemezzo fun will be interspersed throughout the evening. Details: pickfordfilmcenter.org.

Feb. 27

Whatcom Chapter Backcountry Horsemen of WA Annual Fundraiser Auction

5:30 p.m., The Everson Auction Market, 7291 Everson Goshen Rd., Everson. 360-966-3271 Whatcom BCH is having their annual auction. There will be new items, gently used items, baked goods and much more. The auction helps to keep trails open for all users.

WHS Wine Social

6:30 p.m., Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. $100 and a bottle of wine Enjoy an evening of fine wine & beer tasting, buffet dinner and musical entertainment by The Swing Gang to aid the Whatcom Humane Society. The highlight of the evening will be a drawing where three lucky attendees will Win an Instant Wine Cellar.