Charity calendar: 17-year-old to swim across Bellingham Bay

Aug. 27

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; The Atlantics play rock, soul, rhythm and blues. Food vendors on site, picnics welcome. Donations benefit the neighborhood community events. Details: 360-739-3660

Aug. 28

August: Moon of the Cougar

7 p.m. suggested donation: $12. There are many names for the largest cat in North America, including catamount, cougar, puma, panther and mountain lion. A solitary, silent and wary creature of the night, there is much we can learn from the patience and instinctive wily ways of this powerful animal. Discover what it means to be a cougar during this exploration of your night senses. Email Holly Roger at​ ​holly@wildwhatcom.org. (Note: Location revealed after we receive your reservation).​ See wildwhatcom.org for program details.

Aug. 29

Community Pancake Breakfast with Blueberries

8-10:30 a.m., Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. $5 Adults, $3 Children 360-354-4501 This is a fundraiser breakfast serving pancakes or French toast with blueberry topping, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee.

Sarah’s Skookum Swim

10 a.m.-6 p.m., Boulevard Park, 470 Bayview Drive. Pledge per mile; 360-778-7100. Seventeen-year-old Sarah Dealy embarks on a swim across Bellingham Bay to benefit Skookum Kids, a transitional home for foster kids that is opening soon. Details: skookumkids.org, and Facebook.

Jansen Art Center Block Party

4-8 p.m. Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden The annual Friends Bash Fundraiser celebrates the center’s third anniversary, thanks people who have helped the center, and welcomes new neighborhood businesses coming to Lynden. Food, beer and wine inclusive with $25 entry ticket. Music by Jansen Jazz Band Combo, Kuva Rhythm Project, and Silver City. Proceeds benefit the center. Tickets on sale at the center and Brown Paper Tickets.

Lummi Youth Academy Benefit Dinner and Variety Show 6 p.m., Lummi Gateway Cafe, 4920 Rural Ave., Ferndale. $35 360-933-4304. The Lummi Youth Academy is a residential shelter housing Native American youth ages 13-18. Come support the essential services we provide and the important work we do at LYA. The event includes live entertainment, a silent auction, food, Mallard Ice Cream and an opportunity to meet some amazing youth.

Musical Barbershop Harmony

7 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mount Baker Highway, Bellingham. The Rome Grange hosts a fundraiser while trying to bring some culture to the county. There will be 50 voices in harmony: Valley Voices A Cappella Chorus, Bellingham Blend Gospel and the Elation Quartet. Tickets at the door or call Judy 360-820-9708 to prepay. There will be a blueberry scone social prior to the event starting at 5:30 p.m. People can follow the detour signs off Mount Baker Highway to the grange. Proceeds benefit the grange.

Aug. 30

Field to Flame Fundraiser Brunch

11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Boxx Weddings, 6299 Northwest Road, $75; 360-647-7093. Inaugural event boasts seven guest chefs and seven gourmet courses featuring the fresh and delicious local food. Guests will enjoy a rich menu, bucolic setting, live music, delicious libations and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Sustainable Connections collaboration with the NW Washington Chefs Collaboration, including chef mentorship, education in schools, and growing new farmers.

BAAY Summer Season Gala

1 p.m. BAAY, 1059 N. State St. Celebrate a successful and accomplished summer season with a gala, preceding the final performance of the summer, “Hercules.” Gala tickets are $20 and include your admission to the show. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided. Any questions? Contact Sara Alkhedairy at sara@baay.org. Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.

Sept. 6

Co-op Farm Fund Hootenanny Benefit

6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. $5-$20, 360-647-5993. The Hootenanny is back by popular request. Join the fun and support local farms. The Community Food Co-op is happy to co-sponsor this lively, fun community event with Sustainable Connections as part of Eat Local Month. Eat and drink local goods throughout the night (available by purchase) delicious local Boundary Bay BBQ.

Sept. 11

Opening Ceremonies of Bellingham Beer Week!

5 p.m.-9 p.m., Elizabeth Station, 1400 W Holly St. $25 for 10 tastes, 360-733-8982. Fundraiser to benefit Our TreeHouse for young and old community members. Come taste 10 special brews that have never been in Bellingham before. Local food trucks will be pairing special dinners for each brew. Vote for your favorite pairing! We also have a bouncy house for kids.

Sept. 12

Compete for a Cause Cribbage Tournament

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. 360-647-5993. Reserve your spot on the bracket today! Join us for the ninth annual Cribbage Tournament benefiting the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and its mission to provide and promote constructive and Collaborative Approaches to Conflict. The tournament will take place at Boundary Bay’s new brew facility, the Annex Garden, located next door at 1103 Railroad Ave. Early registration is encouraged and spectators are welcome. Registration is $25 in advance, $30 at the door; students and seniors $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets are available at cribbage.bpt.me/. Registration forms are also at the Boundary Bay by cash or check. Details: Jenny at events@bbaybrewery.com.

Sept. 13

Somero Project First Annual 5K

12 p.m., Lake Padden Park, 2244 Samish Way. $20-$30, 360-778-8000. A nonprofit organization, The Somero Project, run by Bellingham residents, hosts its first 5K race at Lake Padden. Funds raised from the race will go towards buying malaria nets for the villagers in Uganda where their school, funded by the project, is located.

Sept. 19

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.

Girls Night Out

10 a.m.-10 p.m., Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. $15-$30. Girls Night Out is a fundraiser benefiting Lydia Place, a Bellingham nonprofit agency that serves homeless families. Spend your day “Passport Shopping” in the historic Fairhaven District.

Whatcom Museum Advocates 11th Annual Tag Sale

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Whatcom Museum - Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. Free. Help the Whatcom Museum Advocates raise funds for exhibitions and programming by shopping at the 11th Annual Tag Sale. There’s something for everyone with a wide selection of fine art, linens, china, jewelry, toys, and household items for sale. Admission to the Syre building is free that day.

Sept. 20

Chuckanut Century Bike Event

7 a.m.-4 p.m., Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. $55-$60, 360-647-5993. Join this supported bike ride with five ride options from 25-124 miles, with well-marked routes and many food stops. Proceeds benefit Our Treehouse, a Bellingham organization that provides a safe environment where children and their families grieving a death can share their experiences and help them heal.