Charity calendar: Whatcom Art Guild’s Spring Show raises money for scholarships

May 18

Sleep Country’s Shoe Drive for Foster Kids

11 a.m., Sleep Country USA, 4229 Meridian St. Free 360-756-1214 Sleep Country is hosting a shoe drive to ensure foster kids have properly fitting, comfortable shoes and to support foster parents. Foster kids often arrive in new homes with just the clothes on their backs, and while foster families receive funding, it may not be enough to replace the many essential items a growing child needs. New shoes in every size, infant to adult, can be dropped off at any Sleep Country store.

May 21


7 p.m., Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. $8 Bellingham High School’s annual talent and variety show returns to the BHS stage. This event is sure to delight with an impressive showcase of local student talent. It benefits performing arts programs at the high school.

Friends of the Bellingham Public Library Ski to Sea Book Sale

10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 21-22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 23, Bellingham Public Library’s Central Library, 210 Central Ave., Bellingham. Free 360-778-7323 Lots of books and media for all ages will be on sale at the Bellingham Public Library. Sales support library programs.

May 22

Whatcom Art Guild’s Art by the Airport

2 p.m.-8 p.m. May 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 23-24, Hampton Inn Bellingham-Airport, 3985 Bennett Dr., Bellingham. 360-676-7700 Whatcom Art Guild’s Spring Show offers fine arts and crafts from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 22 and continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24. The judged show will feature the work of more than 45 well-known community artists. Offerings for sale include fine art originals, affordable prints, photography, handcrafted fabrics, pottery, jewelry and more one-of-a-kind items handmade by community artists. There will be artist demonstrations and a daily raffle in support of WAG’s Art Scholarship Fund. Free admission, parking, and refreshments.

May 25

Memorial Day Barbecue

10 a.m.-5 p.m., BelleWood Acres Distilling & Event Center, 6140 Guide Meridian Dr. 360-318-7720 Celebrate Memorial Day at Bellewood Acres with a barbeeue benefiting Growing Veterans.

May 29

YWCA Leadership Power Breakfast and Fundraiser

7 a.m., Best Western Plus The Lakeway Inn, 714 Lakeway Dr. $50 360-734-4820 Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the YWCA’s historic landmark home and share a story of triumph after personal crisis at the YWCA 21st annual Leadership Breakfast. This event raises funds to support the YWCA transitional and emergency housing program for women made homeless by a life crisis such as domestic violence, job loss or physical or mental illness. Bellingham author and motivational speaker Colleen Haggerty will keynote the breakfast. Reserve by emailing mary@ywcabellingham.org.

May 30

Green Eileen Pop-Up Sale

11 a.m.-2 p.m., Ragfinery, 1421 N. Forest St. Free 360-738-6977 Ragfinery and Eileen Fisher are teaming up again to bring Bellingham Green Eileen’s only west coast “Pop-Up” Sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Their first collaboration in October was highly attended with lines out the door for much of the event. All are welcome to attend this event, where around 500 gently used designer garments will be on sale at a fraction of their original prices. Attendees can shop for sustainable clothing and explore Ragfinery’s warehouse of textile resources and upcycled goods.

June 4

Handbags For Housing

5 p.m., Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. $25-$50 360-671-7663, Bring your friends, family and colleagues to the Lydia Place ladies’ (and mens’) night out, “Handbags For Housing.” This event includes the celebrated “handbag bazaar,” an eclectic fashion show featuring more than 10 local stores and boutiques, a live handbag auction and a fun-filled raffle. Wine and cocktail samplings, paired with mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres round out this exciting and unique event, which raises essential support for housing and services benefiting homeless families in the community. handbagsforhousing.com.

June 6

African Bike Drive

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Unity of Bellingham, 1095 Telegraph Rd. Donations suggested 360-733-2270 Bikes and bike parts are being sought to send to Ghana and Sierra Leone Africa where most walk and lucky ones ride a bike to work, school or the fields. Unity Center will be hosting a bike drive to support the Village Bicycle Project. Bikes do not have to be in perfect condition. Volunteers are welcome to help prep the bikes for shipment by lowering handlebars and seats.

Music Moves Me

11 a.m.-4 p.m., Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. $5 Suggested Donation 360-647-5993 The Bellingham Public Schools Foundation, music educators, parents, alumni, and friends in the music community will be holding a musical instrument drive and fundraiser for the Ray Downey Band Fund at Boundary Bay Brewery’s all ages outdoor venue. “Music Moves Me” includes entertainment from local bands Black Beast Revival, The Naughty Blokes, and Sweet Invicta and the community is invited to donate musical instruments that are no longer being used, so that they may be played by eager, young music students in Bellingham Public Schools. All funds collected will provide additional instructors for sixth-grade band classes at the beginning of the school year and will foster student progress on their new instruments. This fund will honor longtime Bellingham-based musician Ray Downey.

June 13

Broken Hearts (and other Medical Emergencies)

7:30 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. $15 360-733-5793 Sensational singer and actor Caitlin Hill returns to Bellingham from her opera studies at the University of British Columbia to help Whatcom County Medical Society raise funds for their pre-med scholarship endowment at Western Washington University. John Evens French accompanies on the piano and Whatcom County Medical Society executive director Christopher Key will emcee.

June 15


7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Bellingham Circus Guild, 1401 Sixth St. Donation suggested: $5-$10 “Vaudevillingham” is the Bellingham 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. All the money raised goes to help the Guild continue its mission to support the circus arts in Whatcom County and to radically proliferate delight at every opportunity.