Charity calendar: Community Seed Swap benefits Sustainable Bellingham

Jan. 25

Community Seed Swap & Fundraiser

1 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.

Salish Sea Science Festival

2 p.m., Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. 360-676-6575 Come explore and learn at this community event to inspire tomorrow’s environmental stewards and support the Salish Sea Experience, a fourth-grade field trip to San Juan Island and the Whale Museum offered to Bellingham Public Schools.

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. 29

Relay for Life of Whatcom County Kickoff Celebration

6 p.m., Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave., Bellingham. The Relay For Life of Whatcom County, a fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society, will begin its 2015 fund-raising season at The Bellingham Ferry Terminal with a kickoff celebration to launch their fund-raising efforts and celebrate another year of Relay For Life in Bellingham. The meeting will feature speakers from the community who have survived cancer as well as information on the work that the American Cancer Society does. This also will be an opportunity to learn more about the Relay and for survivors and teams to register to participate. There will also be a silent auction.

Jan. 31

Community Pancake Breakfast

8-10:30 a.m., Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St., Lynden. $5; $3 children 360-354-4501 This is a pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Lynden Community Center.

Olio Artshow

7 p.m., Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. $5 360-778-8930 Olio Media Group invites the public to a night of wonder at the Whatcom Museum of History and Arts. Hosted by Sean Sullivan, this elegant event will fine and live art displays from Jaya Laugharn, Jacenta Twofeathers, Asha Bastis, Thanye Yazzie, Maia Anne, Crystal Hawk, Charlie Griffith, Andy Siebert, Hannah Rivers, Hannah Hayes, Nathan Waterstreet, Bonnie Smerdon and Kay Bentz, plus live music and vendors. Other highlights include a “best dressed” competition, a free photobooth, an Olio merchandise table and a silent auction. Formal black and white or silver and gold attire is requested, with masquerade masks encouraged and available for purchase at the event.

BHS Annual Used Book Sale PTSA Fundraiser

9 a.m.-3 p.m., Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. $1-$3 per book (books half price at 2 pm) 360-676-6575 There will be books for sale for all ages on January 31st at the BHS Annual Used Book Sale PTSA fundraiser.

Feb. 6

“Recycled Cinema” by Jess Flegel and Kaveh Askari

6 p.m. Make.Shift, 306 Flora St. Films connect people to places not only through the landscapes they show but also through the ways they are collected, circulated around the world, and creatively reused. The project dismantles a film made of old media about a place, on the opposite corner of the continent, which will eventually return to the sea. The artist’s proceeds will benefit a scholarship for Film Studies students at Western Washington University established via the WWU Foundation. Gifts can be made directly to the scholarship at www.wwu.edu/give (please indicate that your gift is designated for the Recycled Cinema Scholarship). Music will be DJ’d by Zach Zinn. Details: http://makeshiftproject.com.

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.

Sunrise Rotary Annual Oysterfest

6 p.m. Silver Reef Casino, 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale. The annual Oysterfest dinner and auction raises money for Bellingham Sunrise Rotary Club’s charitable donations. Come enjoy fresh-shucked oysters and drinks followed by dinner, with silent and live auctions. Proceeds this year benefit the Boys and Girls Club and an orphanage in Africa. Tickets are $100; call Charly Myers at 360-305-1095.

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 and 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.