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Charity calendar: Bellingham senior center has annual plant sale

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.

“Creature Feature”

7:30 p.m. Judson Auditorium, 516 Main St., Lynden, $10. Lynden High School’s instrumental music department presents its third annual animal-themed benefit concert, with proceeds going to Whatcom Humane Society. The concert features the LHS Symphonic and Concert Bands and the Main Event choral group. Donations of pet food appreciated.

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

Community Pancake Breakfast

8-10:30 a.m. Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. This is a fundraiser breakfast serving pancakes (all you can eat) or French toast with blueberry topping; eggs; sausage; orange juice and coffee. Details: lyndencommunitycenter.org.

April Fools Cruz -in

10 a.m. Jeckyl & Hyde Deli and Ale House, 709 W. Orchard Drive. Car show with more than 21 categories and prizes. Come see some great classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles, old cars and newer hot rods. Money raised goes to children’s hospital. Live music, great food and beer, and more. Details: 360-715-9100.

April Brews Day

5:30-10 p.m., Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. $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.

Apple Blossom and Honey Bee Festival Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. 360-318-7720. Benefits honey bee research. Pearl Django in concert at 7 p.m. (21 and older; cocktails and dining available.) Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Events on April 26 include 5K Trail (register online at www.bellewoodfarms.com before April 23); beekeeping; bee demonstrations; orchard tours ($3) and local honey goods. See www.bellewoodfarms.com for details.

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.

Brews 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 its 3rd annual Brew’s Day Brunch in the Boundary Bay Beer Garden. The day following April Brews Day, $10 will get you breakfast, coffee and juice and live music by Moongrass and Rivers+Roads. In addition 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.

Family Concert: “Pictures at an Exhibition”

1 p.m. Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave.; free for kids; $10 suggested donation for adults. Whatcom Symphony Orchestra’s annual Family Concert features pre-concert activities for the kids, including an instrument petting zoo to give them an opportunity for an up-close look at various orchestra instruments, an art display of works painted by fourth-graders around Bellingham that were inspired by the music for this concert: “Pictures at an Exhibition,” by Modest Mussorgsky, under the leadership of Bellingham artist Ben Mann. Pre-concert activities from 1:15 to 2 p.m.; concert from 2 to 3 p.m., under conductor Yaniv Attar. Proceeds help support educational music programs like these.

April 27

Eat Wings. Save Lives!

11 a.m. Buffalo Wild Wings, 6 Bellis Fair Parkway, Bellingham. Miss Rainier 2015 Lizzi Jackson and Buffalo Wild Wings are partnering to help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This fundraiser is for Seattle Children’s hospital. Come in anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., order your favorite meal, present the flier on the website to your server (in print or on your phone), and 10 percent of the proceeds will go towards saving children in our state. Details: http://justlizzi.wordpress.com/eat-wings-save-lives.

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.

May 2

FACES Northwest Annual Autism Auction & Dinner

5:30 p.m., Bellingham Golf and Country Club, 3729 Meridian St., Bellingham. $75. 360-389-2151. Join FACES Northwest for their annual fund-raising gala at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club. The night kicks off with champagne, beer and appetizers, followed by dinner, an exciting live auction and dancing. Proceeds benefit the organization’s various programs for autistic youth.

New Generation Ministries Fundraiser Dinner and Auction

5:30-9 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. $35 per person. 360-354-3600. This is the annual fundraiser and auction for New Generation Ministries. We are a 501 c3 nonprofit organization that works in Haiti.

Andy Koch’s Peregrine Puppets

4:30 p.m. Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Valley Highway, Van Zandt, Deming. Puppet Show at 4:30 p.m., potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. Blues music by Andy “Badd Dog” Koch at 7 p.m. Admission free; all ages welcome. Donations to South Fork Valley Community Association appreciated.

Annual Cinco De Mayo Auction

6 p.m., BelleWood Acres Distilling & Event Center, 6140 Guide Meridian Drive. $60. 360-318-7720. Cinco de Mayo is an annual benefit auction that started in 2008. This year event features live and silent auctions and a Mexican-themed fiesta, raffles, live music and a Mexican buffet. Proceeds benefit Sean Humphrey House.

“The Mountain Runners”

7:30 p.m. Island Library, 2144 South Nugent Road, Lummi Island, 360-305-3600 . “The Mountain Runners” is the story of America’s first mountain endurance/adventure foot race, which took place in Bellingham. First run in 1911, the grueling 28- to 32-mile race to the glacial summit of Mount Baker and back lasted only three years due to its intrepid dangers. Told in a docudrama style, the film incorporates vintage images, historic film, visual graphics and 3D effects, and recreated dramatizations staring William B. Davis (”X-Files,” “Smoking Man”). Presented by Todd Warger, director and producer of this riveting story. Donations to Friends of Island Library are always appreciated.

May 9

Home Port Learning Center Annual Fundraiser

6:30 p.m., VFW Post 1585, 625 N. State St., Bellingham. $25-$30. 360-734-5520. Home Port is throwing a bash and kicking off a silent auction to benefit the school and all of its students. Food, fun, music, a cash bar and a silent auction full of something for everyone.

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