Whatcom County charity and fundraiser calendar

July 31

Golf for Veterans Fundraiser

11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sudden Valley Golf Club, 4 Clubhouse Cir. $95 360-734-6435 This is a four-team, best ball scramble to support local veterans of Whatcom and Skagit County.

Scott Cossu

7:30 p.m. Lummi Island Congregational Church, 3913 Legoe Bay Road; $12 suggested donation; 360-920-5243; Musician, composer and recording artist Scott Cossu’s background in jazz and rhythm and blues, combined with his years of classical training and his study of ethnic music from Sudan, Thailand, China, Rumania and Ecuador result in a unique music that has been performed in concerts worldwide and recorded since 1981. Proceeds benefit the Lummi Island Heritage Trust.

Aug. 1

14th Annual “Spirit of Hope” Treasure Sale

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Church of the Assumption, 2116 Cornwall Ave. 360-733-1380 The primary fundraiser for Hope House, a basic needs and outreach program in Whatcom County to benefit individuals and families in need.

Agape Home Fairy Trail 5K 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Lake Padden Park, 2244 Samish Way, Bellingham. $20; $5 children 12 and under 360-778-8000 It’s time to get ready for a fun-filled morning with this 5K walk/run to support Lighthouse Mission’s Agape Home. Dress up as a favorite fairy tale, storybook or literary character and join the fun. There will be a costume contest, prizes for top finishers, games, healthy snacks and more prizes. The route will travel around beautiful Lake Padden, through the less traveled wooded trails (with some calf-killing inclines), and then back around to the grassy park. Teams and families are welcome and encouraged. Help women and children struggling with homelessness find their happily-ever-after by supporting the Agape Home.

Foothills Arts and Craft Fair

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Maple Falls Town Hall, 7802 Silver Lake Rd., Maple Falls. Free Support amazing local artists and the future Maple Falls Park at the Foothills Arts and Craft Fair.

Make.Shift Block Party

Noon-8 p.m. 300 block of Flora St. $5 advance at Make.Shift, Community Food Co-op and Avalon Music; $7 day of event; 206-491-4278; Make.Shift’s fourth annual Block Party features wet and wild family fun from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. A dunk tank, chalk art and the “slip-n-slide of doom” plus music by Moongrass, Dogs, IJI, Shred.Off guitar competition, Heavy Petting, Scruffager, Gonzo, Thimble Vs Needle and Cuff Lynx, runs all day, and food vendors include 250 Flora and Sweet Petite as well as a beer garden. All proceeds raised will go toward helping Make.Shift maintain its yearly operations. Tickets are $5 advance at Make.Shift, Community Food Co-op and Avalon Music; $7 day of event Details: 206-491-4278, makeshiftproject.com.

Ferndale Uncorked!

4 p.m.-7 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 5904 Vista Dr. $25 for five wine tastings 360-384-1422 An enjoyable afternoon of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and live music benefiting Ferndale’s shelter for homeless families, Our House, through Interfaith Coalition. Details: clcferndale.org.

Aug. 2

Wind Horse Half Marathon and 5K

8:30 a.m., Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Dr., Bellingham. Half Marathon: $40, 5K: $20 360-676-6985 Low-key, no-frills, 13.1-mile and 5K race. The race begins and ends at Fairhaven Park and turns around near the Clayton Beach parking lot. There will be two aid stations each direction and one at the end for a total of five water stations. There will be no timing chips. This race raises funds for children in rural Mongolia to afford school costs for books and school supplies. Funds from this race assist children in Bellingham’s sister city, Tsetserleg.

Aug. 3

Scott Cossu

7:30 p.m. Lairmont Manor, $18 and $15 in advance; $25 and $20 at the door, Brownpapertickets.com. Musician, composer and recording artist Scott Cossu’s background in jazz and rhythm and blues, combined with his years of classical training and his study of ethnic music from Sudan, Thailand, China, Rumania and Ecuador result in a unique music that has been performed in concerts worldwide and recorded since 1981. Proceeds benefit Bellingham Food Bank.

Aug. 7

Golf Fore! Good

9 a.m., Shuksan Golf Course, 1500 E. Axton Road, $125; $500 per team of four 360-398-8888 The Opportunity Council hosts the annual Golf FORE!, a fund-raising tournament to raise support for local young children who have special needs, are homeless or otherwise disadvantaged.

Bingo Blitz

5:30-8:30 p.m., Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. $15 The annual Bingo Blitz is open to anyone in the community age 21 and older. Admission includes bingo sheets for all eight regular games, snacks, plus wine with a $2 suggested donation. In addition to eight regular games with a $30 payout, everyone will have an opportunity to purchase cards at $2 each for a “special bingo” where the winner will take home half the pot. Details: Eric Pierson at 360-733-4030 ext. 1035, epierson@wccoa.org.

Aug. 8

Alzheimer Society of Washington

8 a.m.-12 p.m., Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. $5-$85 360-778-7000 Enjoy this Family Memory Day Celebration with Community Partner exhibitor booths, food, music, and raffle prizes. The M4M Walk/Run offers a scenic course through Boulevard Park and is a great event for runners, enthusiastic walkers, families and dogs. Make a difference in the lives of those affected by this debilitating disease.

Annual Autism Music Benefit

2 p.m. Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave. 360-389-2151; The fourth annual Autism Awareness music benefit for FACES Northwest from 2-7 p.m., feature music by Joyride, The Fabulously Rich, and Scary Monster and the Super Creeps! $5 donation; free for kids. Details: facesnorthwest.com.

Aug. 9

Zipline to College Fundraiser

1-4 p.m., Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. $10 360-647-5993 Futures NW hosts its annual fundraiser to forward the college dreams of Whatcom and Skagit County youth. The afternoon will feature local musicians, and silent and live auctions.

Aug. 15

Pancake Breakfast

8 a.m.-11 a.m., VFW Post 9301, 7011 Hannegan Rd. $6; free for children 5 and under Support your local veterans at the VFW Post 9301’s pancake breakfast, held on the third Saturday of each month. It includes pancakes, ham, sausage, eggs, milk, coffee and juice.


7 and 9 p.m., Bellingham Circus Guild, 1401 6th St. Donation suggested: $5-$10 “Vaudevillingham” is the Bellingham Circus Guild’s monthly uncensored variety show fundraiser. All the money raised goes to help the Guild continue its mission to support the circus arts in Whatcom County.

Aug. 20

Whatcom Humane Society’s Putts Fore Pets Golf Tournament

12-5 p.m., Bellingham Golf and Country Club, 3729 Meridian St. $500 per four-person team 360-733-3450 “Putts Fore Pets” is a charity golf tournament featuring a hole-in-one contest, raffles and a post-game buffet dinner. Details: whatcomhumane.org.

Friends of the Bellingham Public Library Summer Book Sale

10 a.m.-6 p.m., Bellingham Public Library’s Central Library, 210 Central Ave. 360-778-7323 The Friends of the Bellingham Public Library host a summer book sale Thursday, Aug. 20 and Friday, Aug. 21: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (most items $1 both days); Saturday, Aug. 22: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: $4 per bag sale, withs a large selection of books and media for all ages. Most items are only $1. Tables are re-stocked continually. All proceeds benefit the library. For more information contact: friendslibrary3@gmail.com.

Aug. 22

Annual Summer Fun, Rod Run Car Show

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Deming Logging Show, 3295 Cedarville Road. $3 360-592-3051 Enjoy a collector car show to benefit The Whatcom County Sheriffs’ Project Santa Claus and student scholarships.

Aug. 29

Jansen Art Center Block Party

4-8 p.m. Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden The annual Friends Bash Fundraiser to celebrate the center’s third anniversary, thank friends who have helped reach the third year of operation and meet new neighborhood businesses coming to Lynden. Food, beer and wine inclusive with entry ticket. Live music will be provided by the Jansen Jazz Band Combo, Kuva Rhythm Project and Silver City. All inclusive tickets $25. Proceeds benefit the Jansen Art Center. Tickets for sale at the Jansen Art Center or Brown Paper Tickets. Ticket sales are limited.