Charity calendar: Buddy Walk in Fairhaven will celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Oct. 3

Lynden Lions Club Model Train Show

9 a.m. Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center, 1775 Front St., Lynden. 360-354-4111 The 2015 event, sponsored by Lynden Lions Club, is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4. The show features more than 50,000 square feet of running model train layouts, exhibits and vendors. It is a fun, family oriented event for train buffs of all ages. Admission is $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger; $22 family (up to six people). All profits from the show benefit Lynden Lions Club projects. Details: 360-354-4111, lyndentrainshow.com.

12th Annual Buddy Walk

11 a.m.-2 p.m., Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St., Bellingham. $10 for adults, $5 for children, Free for Individuals with Down syndrome, 360-778-7000. The Buddy Walk is an opportunity to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The 2015 Buddy Walk will feature a one-mile walk around Fairhaven, and all ages and abilities are invited to participate. After the walk, there will be food, music, dancing, a silent auction, and other fun activities. There will be shirts and special prizes for participants. The money raised will support local programs for individuals with Down syndrome.

King’s Kaleidoscope

7 p.m. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $15; 360-733-5793 King’s Kaleidoscope is a faith-based chamber pop band from Seattle. Sporting a variety of influences from math rock and hip-hop to the dense sound of Canadian indie outfit Broken Social Scene, their debut LP is “Becoming Who We Are.” Proceeds from this event benefit Skookum Kids.

Oct. 4

Mutt Strut

1 p.m., United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St., Ferndale. Suggested Donation $15 360-384-3302 Mutt Strut and Animal Blessing on Sunday, October 4th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington Street in Ferndale. This event is in memory of Shane Ormiston. Suggested donation is $15 which benefits the Whatcom Humane Society, The Ferndale Library and the United Church Youth Fund. Animal blessing is at 1 p.m. and the easy 1.25 mile walk-strut begins at 1:30 p.m.

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. 12

Annual Support Officer Community Care Fundraising Dinner

5 p.m. Five Columns Restaurant, 1301 E. Maple St. $35 360-676-9900 Dinner will be served by members of the Whatcom County fire and law enforcement community. All proceeds are donated to Support Officer Community Care.

Oct. 15

Art Show and Dinner for Disabilities Awareness Month

5 p.m., Lighthouse Bar & Grill, 1 Bellwether Way. $60 360-671-8766; Attend this art show and dinner featuring artwork by artists with disabilities. Artwork is for sale with part of the proceeds returned to the artists, who are both from Whatcom County and Tateyama, Japan; and Nahoudka, Russia. Sponsored by Sisu Children’s Fund and Bellingham Sister Cities, among others.

Oct. 16

The Down East Boys

7 p.m. Faith Community Church, 586 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Lynden; 360-354-4815. The Down East Boys are a name synonymous with gospel music and have been singing together in the U.S., Canada and Mexico for the past 30 years. They have recorded 22 projects with more than 40 songs reaching the top of gospel music charts. They have performed with the Billy Graham Evangelistic organization singing at Southern Baptist State Conventions and Evangelism Conferences all over the country. There is no admission charge and a freewill offering will be taken with proceeds going to the group and their ongoing ministry. They will appear in concert with Evergreen 3, a dynamic gospel trio from the Seattle area. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The person bringing the most first-time guests will receive a CD compliments of the Down East Boys.

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.

Oct. 21

Blues Benefit for the Arts

7 p.m., Chuckanut Square, 12th St. free, $1 for raffle ticket Benefit concert featuring local blues and jazz-fusion artists such as Brian Simpson, Andy Koch and Fat James. Enjoy refreshments while listening to great jazz and browse great silent auction and raffle items. This is a free event, however donations are greatly appreciated and all proceeds support the Allied Arts Education project bringing art classes to elementary school children in Whatcom County.

Terry Bronkema’s “Road Show”

6 p.m., Sumas Community Center, 461 W. 2nd St. suggested $5 donation 360-988-2714 Get appraisals for up to three of your treasures for a suggested $5 donation. Proceeds support Sumas Center Programs. Local auctioneer and real estate agent Terry Bronkema will offer his services and expertise at the center on Wednesday, Oct. 21, following the 6 p.m. potluck and Friday, Oct. 23, following the noon lunch. These items will not be appraised: jewelry, clothing, fine art, firearms or edged weapons.

Oct. 23

Whatcom Love INC Dessert Auction

6 p.m.., Bellingham Covenant Church, 1530 E. Bakerview Rd. $25 360-733-5920 Love INC’s Annual Fall Fundraiser includes appetizers, live and silent auction, entertainment and dessert dash. This event supports Love INCs programs to help those in financial need with furniture and household goods, budget coaching, medical transportation and home repair.

Oct. 24

Open Mic Night

6:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 495 E. Bakerview Rd. suggested donation $5 360-734-6821 Pull out those dusty old ukuleles and French horns. Tune your windpipes. Practice your knee slapping jokes and your heart-melting poems. This is an open mic for anyone with talent and a night for fun and family and a night to raise money for families in need. This project helps provide basic necessities in areas where clean water is lacking, medical care is next to nil, education is a luxury, and housing is minimal. Learn more at crophungerwalk.org. Suggested donation: $5.