Charity calendar: ‘Bridge of Aloha’ celebrates Hawaiian culture at Ferndale event

May 25

Memorial Day Barbeque

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 barbeque 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. Details: 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. 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.

Bridge of Aloha Festival

10 a.m.-9 p.m., Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Rd., Ferndale. General $12, 65+ & Student $10, Under 8 FREE, 360-734-7832. The “Bridge of Aloha” festival is focused on honoring the Hawaiian culture from afar and is all about connecting the bridge with other cultural groups in the Pacific Northwest. To share traditions, educate, and build friendship between communities. Northwest Hawai’i ’Ohana is a 501 c4-non-profit organization who is about sharing the Aloha Spirit in the Northern Region of Washington State, in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Each year the organization offers a post-secondary educational scholarship for the children of people from Hawai’i, in addition to two cultural scholarships to the membership. Our goals are to share the many cultures of Hawai’i with our community through educational programs in local schools and civic events such as the “Bridge of Aloha Festival.” Tickets available at the door and through Brown Paper Tickets.

June 3

Erika Block

10:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St., Bellingham. Erika Block will play the clarinet for the Bellingham Music Club. Originally from Maryland, Block moved to Bellingham in 2012 and has performed with the Bellingham Music Festival Orchestra, Skagit Opera and Bellingham Chamber Music Society. She coaches the Fidalgo Youth Orchestra. Block will be accompanied by Jennifer Weeks on oboe, Pat Nelson on bassoon and Judith Widrig on piano. The program will include works by Martinu, Brahms and Ibert. Admission will be free to the public, with donations accepted to support awards to local students. Details: bellinghammusicclub.org, 360-306-8580.

June 4

Handbags For Housing

5 p.m. Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. $25-$50; 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 hors d’oeuvres round out this event, which raises essential support for housing and services benefiting homeless families in the community. Details: 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 musician Ray Downey.

June 12

Fifth Annual Wine Sale and Tasting - Team Yorky’s Market Relay For Life

5 p.m., Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. $30 per ticket presale, $35 at the door We have just over 20 wineries that will be represented this year, each with their finest selections for the tasting. All wines tasted will be available for sale at discounted pricing thanks to the wineries and distributors, and no sales tax. Over 10 different samplings from local vendors this year to help clean your palette between tastings. There will also be a couple of tables for beer enthusiasts. Advanced tickets can be purchased at any Yorky’s Market or at teamyorkysmarket.org, where you will also find the list of all participating wineries, samplers and team sponsors. Ticket price includes your wine glass for the evening tastings, and your souvenir to take home with you. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Whatcom County Relay for Life.

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.

Bellingham High School Alumni Band Spring Concert

7 p.m., Shuksan Middle School, 2717 Alderwood Ave. $10; free for children 12 and under (360) 676-6454 Join conductor Frank Kuhl and the BHS Alumni Band for their annual spring fund-raising concert at Shuksan Middle School. The program will include classical, big band music, movie themes and more, with proceeds benefiting the Bellingham school system’s music programs as well as a scholarship fund. Tickets are available at Piper Music, Windworks or from any band member.

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.