Charity calendar: Bellingham Music Club concert will raise money for scholarships

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 includes works by Martinu, Brahms and Ibert. Admission is free, 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 men’s) 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 5

Social Awareness Gala for Village Education

6 p.m., YWCA of Bellingham, 1026 N. Forest St., Bellingham. $12-$16. 360-734-4820. The primary focus of this event is to provide sponsors for disadvantaged girls and women in India so they can pursue an education and have access to health-care services. This evening intends to raise awareness on issues concerning privilege, race, education and women’s empowerment.

Parks and Partners Auction

6:30 p.m., Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave., Bellingham. $38. 360-778-7000. The Parks and Partners Auction will bring together park agencies, citizen groups and supporters to benefit the Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation. Park agencies and citizen groups will share information about upcoming park projects and recreation programs.

June 6

African Bike Drive

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Unity of Bellingham, 1095 Telegraph Road. 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.

Farmer's Day Pancake Breakfast

8-10:30 a.m. Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. Have breakfast before the parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m. Pancakes (all-you-can-eat) or French toast, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, oange juice and coffee. Prepared and served by volunteers to benefit senior programs and services at the center. Details: www.lyndencommunitycenter.org.

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 11

Homeless in Bellingham Season 2 Producer's Party

5:30 p.m. Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. $75 suggested donation; 360-255-2091. The Homeless in Bellingham Film Project introduces the issue of homelessness in Bellingham through the eyes of people experiencing it. Sponsored by Whatcom Homeless Service Center, which coordinates many of the housing resources in Whatcom County and has created a centralized and accessible way to link people to appropriate services. Details: whatcomhsc.org/homeless-in-bellingham-film-project.

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. All wines tasted will be available for sale at discounted pricing. More than 10 different samplings from local vendors this year to help clean your palette between tastings. There also will be a couple of tables for beer enthusiasts. Advanced tickets available 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.

Trish, Hans, & Phil: Sudden Valley Jazz Concert Series

3 p.m. Sudden Valley Dance Barn, 8 Barn View Court, Sudden Valley, Gate 2. Three voices, tight harmonies and great jazz interpretations of pop songs. Trish, Hans, and Phil are one of the most innovative and entertaining groups in the Northwest today. In addition to their unique and superb musicianship, they bring with them a joyous and exhilarating sense of showmanship to the stage with their novel approach to the classics, from Cole Porter and the Gershwins to Lennon and McCartney. Tickets are $20 each and are available for advance purchase at the SVCA office, Village Books, by calling 360-671-1709 and online at suddenvalleylibrary.org. Sponsored by the Friends of the South Whatcom Library.

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 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.