Charity calendar: Food Truck Roundup benefits Whatcom food banks

Kurlys owner River Mitchelle ladles chili onto fresh-cooked french fries at the Food Truck Round Up at Civic Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Bellingham, Wash. Kurlys was one of 13 vendors to attend the event.
Kurlys owner River Mitchelle ladles chili onto fresh-cooked french fries at the Food Truck Round Up at Civic Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Bellingham, Wash. Kurlys was one of 13 vendors to attend the event. The Bellingham Herald

Sept. 22

Spuds and Bingo at Blaine Senior Center

5-8 p.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G St. $15 bingo, $6 meal. 360-332-8040. Win cash and fun prizes! Join in fun bingo games with friends and bring the whole family. Early bird games start at 5:30 p.m., and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for eight games and three cards each game. Come early and also enjoy a baked potato bar dinner at 5 p.m. for $6.

Sept. 25

Puget Sound Toy Show

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Northwest Washington Fair & Events Center; $4 adults, $2 ages 6-12; free for 5 and younger. Discover all types of toys with participants selling, trading and showing all types of toys including construction, cars, trucks, NASCAR and other vehicles, plus exhibits of farm scenes and more, at the Haggen Expo Building. Proceeds benefit Ebenezer Christian School. Details: Gene or Lillian Van Beek at 360-354-2292.

Lynden Corn Maze

6-10 p.m. Fridays; 2-10 p.m. Saturdays, (flashlight maze after dark); 2-6 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 27; just South of Lynden on Hannegan Road. $6 adults; $4 age 5-12; free for ages 4 and younger: $18 family rate; children must be accompanied by an adult. Details: Lynden High School, 354-4401, http://www.lyndenffa.com/corn-maze.

Sept. 26

Feed the Need: Food Truck Roundup

11 a.m., Civic Stadium parking lot, 1355 Civic Field Way, Bellingham; Industrial CU’s third annual Food Truck Round Up is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Round Up will kick off this year’s Feed the Need Community Food Drive coming in October and benefit Whatcom County food banks. There will be 22 local food trucks with a variety of tasty food offerings; the beer garden will feature Kulshan Brewing Co. beer; and live music will be performed by SpaceBand. Tickets are available at all Industrial CU branches for $10. Pre-sale tickets include entry and $5 in Truck Bucks – used to purchase food, drinks and merchandise at the event. Additional Truck Bucks can also be pre-purchased to save time at the event. Truck Bucks will be the only currency accepted by food and beer vendors. Kids 12 and under get free admission but will still need Truck Bucks. If you do not pre-purchase your ticket, a $5 donation to the Food Bank will be collected at the entrance the day of the event and Truck Bucks will be available at the ticket booths. Details: CommunityFoodDrive.com or follow on Facebook.

Oct. 9

Bridging Communities: Maher & Lydia Place, a Fundraising Dinner

7 p.m., Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. $85, 360-733-1267. Enjoy a five-course Indian-inspired meal prepared by Ciao Thyme and inspirational stories told by Sister Lucy, visionary founder of Maher. Be touched by this model of unique ecological, inter-spiritual, cross caste, age and abilities model of healing in the Maher community. Maher has also assisted more than 500 rural villages in establishing self-help groups, addressing the root causes of poverty and gender-related violence. Details: elizabethkerwin.wordpress.com.

Oct. 10

NAMI Whatcom Stigma Stomp- Mental Health Fair and 5k

10 a.m., Bloedel Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave. Adults: $26 (includes T-shirt), Youth (15 and younger): $21 (includes T-shirt), free for ages 10 and younger; 360-671-2950. The Stigma Stomp challenges Whatcom County to come together and reject the stigma of mental illness. Connecting the community to health and wellness resources and encouraging physical activity is the first step to ignite the conversation about mental health. All funds go to NAMI Whatcom, which provides free support and education to individuals and families impacted by mental illness. Details: namiwhatcom.org.

Oct. 17

Pancake Breakfast

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