Charity calendar: Monthly Vaudevillingham show raises money for the circus arts in Whatcom County

Feb. 15

Sleep Country’s Pajama Drive for Foster Kids

10 a.m., Sleep Country USA, 4229 Meridian St. Donations appreciated 360-756-1214 Sleep Country’s annual Pajama Drive aims to make nighttime cozier for local foster children ensuring they go to bed wearing their own pair of comfortable pajamas. Donations of new PJs in every size infant to adult can be dropped off at any Sleep Country store now through February 22, 2015. For more information or to find the nearest location please visit the store locator at www.sleepcountry.com.


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. 18

Boaters’ Checklist Bonanza

7 p.m. Bellingham Yacht Club, 2625 South Harbor Loop Bellingham Paulette Bergh, Joe Coons and Terry Tavelli checklists for everyday boat rides, long-distance cruising, maintenance, boat buying, selling and chartering, for safety operations and for racing, and all the other routine things you take (or forget) when you leave your home berth. Bring a USB memory card (“thumb drive”) to the seminar and you can take home a “Word” copy to load into your own computer to custom-make it your own, set up just for your boat. Hosted by Bellingham Yacht Club. You need not be a BYC member. $10 per person or $15 per couple in advance with all the receipts to the Bellingham Sailing Foundation to benefit Youth Sailing. At the door, the cost will rise to $15/$25. Reservations: BYC.ORG.

Feb. 20

“Answers to Everything”

7 p.m. Feb. 20-21 BAAY Theater 1059 N. State St. A dramatic one-act play, set at a workshop with a prominent psychologist who promises answers to all of life’s big questions, but as things begin to unravel, workshop attendees are taken on an emotional ride through hidden agendas, false promises and tested loyalties. Written by Ryan Strunk, directed by Erika Chambliss, starring David Post. Suitable for ages 13 and older. Suggested donation $10-20. All proceeds from this event go toward scholarships for BAAY students.

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. 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 hairdos 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, dinner, live and silent auctions, dessert dash, and a 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.

Corinthian Yacht Club Annual Benefit Dance

7 p.m., Elks Lodge, 710 Samish Way. $20 through Feb. 19; $25 at the door. 360-733-3333. If you like to dance and want to support a great organization at the same time, you won’t want to miss the Corinthian Yacht Club’s Annual Benefit Dance for the Community Boating Center. Dance to the music of local favorite The Walrus. Take home great silent auction items. All auction proceeds benefit the Community Boating Center. Details: cycbellingham.org, winterdance@cycbellingham.org.

Eighties Bash Auction/Dinner/Dance

5 p.m.-11 p.m., Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Rd. $40; $80 per couple 360-734-7832 This fundraiser for Whatcom Day Academy will feature an evening of dancing, dinner and fun featuring your favorite ‘80s music, fashion and atmosphere.

Bourbon Street Bingeaux

5:30 p.m., Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellingham, 1715 Kentucky St. $40-$50 360-527-9777 The Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County. Join in the fun at a Mardi Gras Themed Night to benefit the Boys & Girls Club.

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, 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. All proceeds from this evening will benefit PFC programming. Details: pickfordfilmcenter.org.

Feb. 23

2015 Miss Whatcom County Silent Auction

7 p.m., The Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. Donation suggested: $10. 360-733-3500. Meet the Miss Whatcom County class of 2015 as they each perform a teaser of their talent, and bid on items donated from across the county. You will also have the opportunity to meet 2014 Miss Whatcom County, Lizzi Jackson, and the 2014 Miss Washington, Kailee Dunn. All proceeds will go to towards the scholarships of young women in the county.

Feb. 27

Whatcom Chapter Backcountry Horsemen of WA Annual Fundraiser Auction

5:30 p.m., The Everson Auction Market, 7291 Everson Goshen Road, Everson. 360-966-3271. Whatcom BCH’s annual auction features 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 Whatcom Humane Society. The highlight of the evening will be a drawing in which three lucky attendees will win an Instant Wine Cellar.

March 5

NSEA Fish Trivia Night

6 p.m., Aslan Brewing Co., 1330 N. Forest St. Donation suggested: $5 360-778-2088 The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) will host a Fish Trivia Night at Aslan Brewing Co. A donation is requested to participate in the trivia, with proceeds benefiting NSEA’s Scientific Monitoring Program.