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What’s happening in Whatcom County for Sept. 3

Force Friday: Geeks will descend on the Target store at Bellis Fair mall as a new line of new Star Wars merchandise goes on sale at 12:01 a.m: Friday. Target announced the store will stay open all Thursday, closing at 2 a.m. Friday.

Coal decision: No word yet from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on its pending decision over whether to reject a proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point. Lummi Nation asked the Corps to stop Gateway Pacific Terminal to protect the tribe’s right to fish at Cherry Point and in the port’s shipping lanes. The tribe gave what it said was its final response to requests for information on Thursday, Aug. 27. “We are still reviewing what the Lummi Nation provided us last week,” a Corps spokeswoman said on Thursday, Sept. 3.

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See birds of prey such as this kestrel up close during the free Hunters of the Sky presentation 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, in the Wildlife Theatre in the upper day use area of Birch Bay State Park. Rand Jack Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Taking flight: See birds of prey up close during the free Hunters of the Sky presentation 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, in the Wildlife Theatre in the upper day use area of Birch Bay State Park, 5105 Helweg Road. Volunteer trainers from Sardis Raptor Center will show as many as four different raptors and talk about identification, anatomy of flight and their role in the environment. A Discover Pass is required for parking.

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Ted O’Connell and Arielle Luckmann, known as the duo Scarlet Locomotive, play original tunes Sept. 3 at the Conway Muse. Arielle Luckmann Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Hop aboard: The Scarlet Locomotive, powered by fiddle, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and the shared vocals of Arielle Luckmann and Ted O’Connell, performs original Americana tunes at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St., in Conway. Admission for the all-ages event is $7.

Cyber Challenge: A team from Western Washington University will compete in a National Cyber Analyst Challenge for the opportunity to win $25,000. Western is one of a dozen schools to participate in the nation. Learn more about the challenge here.

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