Charity calendar: Scott Cossu in concert to benefit Bellingham Food Bank

Scott Cossu plays July 31 at Conway Muse, Aug. 1 at Lummi Island Congregational Church, and Aug. 2 at Lairmont Manor.
Scott Cossu plays July 31 at Conway Muse, Aug. 1 at Lummi Island Congregational Church, and Aug. 2 at Lairmont Manor. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

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 music that has been performed in concerts worldwide and recorded since 1981. Proceeds benefit Bellingham Food Bank.

Aug. 5

Community Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social

7 p.m., First Christian Reformed Church, 1010 Front St., Lynden. Free 360-354-4560 Bring the whole family to sing hymns and have ice cream. Special music will be provided by the Moore Family Fiddlers. Donations raise funds for the Lynden Choral Society.

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. Donations benefit the senior center. 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. For details on how to register, visit our website, call Alzheimer Society of Washington at 360-671-3316 or email kathy@alzsociety.org.

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.

South Fork Valley SummerFEST in the Park

1 p.m., Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 State Rt. 9, Valley Hwy., Deming. Free. Donations to South Fork Valley Community Association appreciated for Annual Membership Drive. SFVCA appreciates support from Whatcom Community Foundation for this event. South Fork Valley Community Annual SummerFest. A “carnival” theme calls all jugglers, unicyclists and circus folks and local vendors! There will be a calliope and free pony rides from 1-3, which will be followed by a Reading of the Names Memorial Ceremony for deceased youth. Next comes a Potluck and free Acme Ice Cream. Dance music begins at 5 p.m. until dusk with bandZandt.

Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series 6-8 p.m., Elizabeth Park and Walnut Street, Bellingham. Free; Hosted by the Eldridge Society for History and Preservation and Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department; Schedule: Aug. 6: Nuages (gypsy jazz and swing dance); Aug. 13: Bellingham Dixieland All Stars; Aug. 20: Happy Valley Sluggers (Cajun and zydeco); Aug. 27: The Atlantics (rock, soul, rhythm and blues). Food vendors on site, picnics welcome. Donations benefit the neighborhood community events. Details: 360-739-3660; map available at columbianeighbors.com.

Backstage @ the Border presents: What The Chelm!

7 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 382 Boblett St., Blaine. $7 donation at the door 360-332-4113 What The Chelm! plays music that is kinetic, high energy, infectious, and eminently danceable! In the klezmer spirit of creative borrowing, What the Chelm also performs music of Israel, favorites of the Yiddish theater and of the general Yiddish repertoire. Suggested donation is $7 at the door, but no one is turned away for lack of money. Proceeds benefit Blaine-Birch Bay residents with assistance for food, utilities, lodging, gas, and other needs through the Community Assistance Program and other programs. Details: backstageattheborder.com, whatthechelm.com, 360-927-9085.

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

8-11 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.

Aug. 16

Southside Summer BBQ Picnic

3-7 p.m., Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1720 Harris Ave. Donations accepted 360-733-6749 Join this community picnic and help raise funds for monthly Southside Community Meal. Enjoy food, live music, desserts and more.

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.

Aug. 30

Field to Flame Fundraiser Brunch

11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Boxx Weddings, 6299 Northwest Rd. $75 This inaugural event boasts 7 guest chefs and 7 gourmet courses featuring the freshest, most delicious local food. Guests will enjoy a rich menu, bucolic setting, live music, delicious libations and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the work of Sustainable Connections collaboration with the NW Washington Chefs Collaboration including chef mentorship and education in schools and growing new farmers.