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As Ski to Sea kicks off, other things to do this weekend

While young racers converge on Lake Padden Park for the Junior Ski to Sea Race, it’s by the far the only event happening around whatcom County this weekend. Here are some of the highlights:

Back2Bellingham

Western Washington University’s annual alumni and family weekend runs through Sunday. The following are included with a $15 registration fee: Rockin’ BBQ Lunch on Old Main Theater lawn featuring Baby Cakes; Red Square carnival with bouncy houses, face painting, climbing wall, etc.; zipline and low ropes course on campus; “Classes without Quizzes” and guided educational tours; Junior Viking Blast Pass (kids age 8 and older spend the day exploring campus with a college student while parents catch up with the adults); Downtown Bellingham Bash at Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro featuring the Afrodesiacs. Other activities are available by purchasing tickets: Ryan Stiles and friends for “Whose Live Anyway?”; planetarium shows; kayaking on Bellingham Bay; whale-watching cruise on Bellingham Bay; sailboat and motor boat tours on Lake Whatcom. Details: www.Back2Bham.com.

BTC Welding Rodeo

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. Free admission. BTC’s 14th annual showcase for welding students is themed “Fire and Ice” this year; competitors have two days to create a piece that incorporates both elements. In addition to the rodeo, the weekend will also include a Washington State Chefs Association culinary competition, which will run Saturday and Sunday in BTC’s kitchens. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 15, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 16. Details: 360-752-8700; www.weldingrodeo.com.

Adaptive Cycle Expo

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Civic Field track. Free admission. The Outdoors for All Foundation will bring a small fleet of adaptive cycles that will allow people of all abilities, including hand-cycles for riders with limited or no leg movement; 3 and 4-wheel cycles for those who need more stability; and tandem cycles for those who want a guide while cycling. Details: 360-778-7000.

Bellingham Anime Convention

11 a.m. Saturday at Syre Student Center, Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Road. Free admission. BA~CON 2015 features cosplay creation, game-industry panels, tournaments, pageants, an artist alley and a dance party from 6 to 7 p.m. All ages are welcome; attendees under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes encouraged but not required, and should be appropriate for all ages. Details: bellinghamanimecon.com.

Mt. Baker Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trial

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center, 1775 Front St., Lynden. Parking costs $5. Over 150 different breeds and around 900 dogs entered. Details: 360-354-4111.

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