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Charity calendar: Greta Matassa headlines fundraiser for Bellingham sings

April 13

Group Art Purchase

10 a.m. Whatcom Land Trust office, 412 N. Commercial St. Group Art Purchase raises money to purchase art for enrichment of various spaces. The artist will receive 100 percent of the money raised, and the chosen site will own a piece of artwork to enhance their space. Laurie Potter’s painting, which depicts the “Ladies of the Lake” property acquired by Whatcom Land Trust, will be placed in the Land Trust office will remain there permanently. The fundraiser ends April 30. All money pledged will go to the purchase of this professionally framed painting, which is priced at $750. The mission of the Whatcom Land Trust is to preserve and protect wildlife habitat, scenic, agricultural, and open space lands in Whatcom County for future generations by securing interests in land and promoting land stewardship. In the exhibit, Potter will showing a handful of new paintings based on Whatcom-protected lands. Details: indiegogo.com/projects/group-art-purchase-for-whatcom-land-trust.

April 16

F.A.M.E. Female Artists for Music Education Benefit

7:30 p.m., Lairmont Manor, 405 Fieldston Road, Bellingham. $20 at door, 360-647-1444. Annual spring fundraiser for Bellingham Sings. Greta Matassa, Andrea Rackl, Misty Flowers, and the Honeybees will share the stage with Allegra Women’s Ensemble and Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers, for an evening of wine, women and song —and chocolates. 360-676-1024, www.bellinghamsings.org.

Bellingham Kiwanis Theater Night and Silent Auction

6:45 p.m.-10 p.m., Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St., Bellingham. $20; $36 for two. Live performance of “The Foreigner” and silent auction will help fund many youth and community projects supported by the Kiwanis Club of Bellingham. 360-714-8156.

April 17

The Gatsby Party

6 p.m. Bellingham High School commons, 2020 Cornwall Ave. $10, 360-734-3933, free for those in fifth-grade or younger; Bellingham High School hosts an evening of jazz and dancing from 6 to 9 p.m. The Gatsby Party is the annual Swing Dance featuring the Bellingham High School Jazz Band, the Bellingham High School Showstoppers and the Bellingham Youth Jazz Band. This is an all-ages event. Tickets are available at the Bellingham High School ASB office or at the door. Appetizers and dessert will be available. Dancers are welcome and swing dance lessons will be provided by the Western Washington University Swing Kids. Festivities include a silent auction and raffle. Proceeds support the Bellingham High School Band Boosters and our work to promote music education in Bellingham. Proceeds fund band equipment, uniforms, travel expenses, student scholarships and more. In 2014, we partnered with the Bellingham School District, Bellingham Public Schools Foundation, Bellingham Festival of Music, Bellingham Music Coalition, and many others to rebuild the popular fifth-grade strings program.

Dare to Dream Gala

6 p.m., Best Western Lakeway Inn, 714 Lakeway Drive. $75;, 360-671-1011. This will be an evening of inspiration and support for Engedi Refuge, a restoration program in the Pacific Northwest for survivors of sex trafficking.

April 18

Fun With The Fuzz 5k

9 a.m.-12 p.m., Bellingham Police Department, 505 Grand Ave., Bellingham. $20; 360-778-8800. The annual Fun With The Fuzz 5k is a road race that supports families of police officers who are killed in the line of duty. All of the proceeds are donated directly to the Behind the Badge Foundation.

13th Annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Bellingham Sportsplex, 1225 Civic Field Way, Bellingham. Free entry for spectators, $10 for Salmon BBQ 360-676-1919 The 13th Annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Community members are encouraged to attend this free, family-friendly event that includes Boundary Bay beer garden’s salmon barbecue lunch, local food trucks in the afternoon, entertainment by the WWU Hip Hop Team, raffle drawings for over $2,000 in local prizes and gift certificates, a kids’ area including: bounce houses, face painting, and kids’ games. This event benefits the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center.

Kids Lego Build Competition

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 2.-4:30 p.m., The Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham. $10. Ages 9-12, 2-4 p.m.: Children have two hours to build the biggest, coolest, whatever thing their minds can create in the category of “Bellingham in Bricks.” Ages 5-8,11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Open build - kids create whatever they want. All participants receive a certificate of participation. Registration required: innerchildstudio.org. Proceeds benefit Inner Child Studio, a Bellingham nonprofit that brings educational toys and games to people of all ages. 360-920-2591.

A Night at the Oscars: Bellingham Festival of Music Annual Dinner Auction 5:30 p.m. Settlemyer Family Hall Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave., $100 per person; Bellingham Features auctioneer Manca Valum, emcee Dr. Michael Thorpe, show-stopping auction items, elegant Sit-down Dinner (red-carpet attire encouraged). The Bellingham Festival of Music is a not-for-profit organization administered by volunteers. Its goal is to bring truly exceptional symphonic music to Bellingham each summer. The annual dinner auction is the major fundraising event for the Festival. It is thanks to the success of the auction that unlike many music organizations, the Festival of Music is able to produce a successful concert series each summer and still operate in the black. Details: bellinghamfestival.org, reserve at 360-739-6189.

Brigid Collins Benefit Concert

7 p.m. Mount Baker Theatre’s Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. $15; 360-734-6080 Sharon Mayson and Shauna Rae Samograd host a benefit for Brigid Collins Family Center, with local musicians Diane Leigh, Ray Wolpow, Bill Muir, Les Browning, Cary Stevens, Rick Baunach, Carly Gilliland and Jen Mayer. Refreshments by donation and bar service available. Cabaret style seating with room to dance.

April 23

Bellingham Senior Activity Center Annual Plant Sale

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Come by the senior center for selections from local nurseries, house plants, vegetable starts and home-grown plants. All proceeds benefit the Bellingham Senior Activity Center.

Donor Reception

7 p.m., Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Free; an offering will be taken for Lighthouse Mission. The evening will start with hors d’oeuvres. Guest speaker is Jason Nightingale of Wordsower International, speaking about the letter of Paul to the Philippians. Executive Director Ron Buchinksi will share how the Lighthouse Mission continues to serve those in need.

April 24

One Spirit Medical Missions Fundraiser for Haitian Community Health Programs

7 p.m., Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. $25 Guests will enjoy live music, food, a dessert auction and a silent auction while helping One Spirit Medical Missions fund scholarships for medical students in Haiti and work towards the establishment of a clinic. Admission includes one complimentary glass of wine or beer. Details: 360-739-1345

Whatcom Literacy Council’s 19th Annual Trivia Bee & Silent Auction

7 p.m., Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham. $10; $25 per family 360-676-6575 The Trivia Bee is always a fun event where teams compete in a format like that of the game show Jeopardy, and it will once again be hosted by Ken Jennings and KAFE Radio’s Scotty VanDryver.

April 25

April Brews Day

5:30-10 p.m., Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave., Bellingham. $20-$40; 360-778-7000. Join local and regional brewers as they share their micro-brews in a fundraiser for The Max Higbee Center, a nonprofit agency that provides recreational opportunities for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.

April 26

Pooch Scoot 5K

9 a.m., Bellingham Tennis, 800 McKenzie Ave., Bellingham. $30 360-733-5050 A fun 5K run or walk with or without a dog. Begins and ends at the Bellingham Tennis Club. Register at www.poochscoot5k.com, or register day of race starting at 7:45 a.m. Benefit for Animals as Natural Therapy. 206-419-0879

Brew’s Day Brunch

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave., Bellingham. $10 per person 360-647-5993 Join Max Higbee Center for their 3rd annual Brew’s Day Brunch in the Boundary Bay Beer Garden. The day following April Brew’s Day, $10 will get you breakfast, coffee and juice and live music by Moongrass and Rivers+Roads. In addition to delicious food and good company there will be mimosas and beer available for purchase. This will be your last chance to purchase $1 raffle tickets to get the bucket full of beer seen on display at April Brews Day, as well as other prizes donated by businesses around the Bellingham community.All proceeds will benefit Max Higbee Center.

April 30

Empty Bowls Benefit for Bellingham Food Bank & Maple Alley Inn

5:30.-8 p.m., Old World Deli, 1228 N. State St., Bellingham. $15; 360-738-2090. Whatcom Artists of Clay and Kiln (WACK) event to benefit the Bellingham Food Bank and Maple Alley Inn. $15 entry fee includes a handmade bowl, a portion of soup and bread. There also will be a silent auction of platters handmade by local ceramic artists. Hosted by Old World Deli.

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