Support officer dinner heads list of Whatcom charity events

Barbara Skudlarick serves dinner during the annual Support Officer Community Care Fundraiser Dinner at the Five Columns Restaurant in Bellingham in 2008. This year police and firefighters will serve dinner for the fundraiser on Monday, Oct. 12.
Barbara Skudlarick serves dinner during the annual Support Officer Community Care Fundraiser Dinner at the Five Columns Restaurant in Bellingham in 2008. This year police and firefighters will serve dinner for the fundraiser on Monday, Oct. 12. The Bellingham Herald

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.

Common Threads Farm Friend Raiser

6 p.m., Aslan Brewing Co., 1330 N. Forest St., Bellingham. $5 suggested donation, 360-778-2088. Common Threads Farm hosts an evening of food, music, drinks and inspiration in a fundraiser. Bellingham’s Amber Darland will set the mood with her folk-pop music. Common Threads is helping thousands of kids each year fall in love with good food through our partnership with 16 Whatcom County schools. Read more about the projects: https://commonthreadsfarm.org.

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. There is no admission charge; donations go to the musicians and their ongoing ministry. They will appear in concert with Evergreen 3, a dynamic gospel trio from Seattle. Doors 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.

Friends of the Everson Library Fall Used Book Sale:

1-5 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, 360-305-3600. Stock up for the holidays; something for everyone. Behind Peoples Bank, across from the Everson Library. Proceeds from the sale benefit programs and services at the Everson Library

Blue Skies for Children 15th Annual Dinner and Charity Auction

5:30 p.m., Best Western Plus The Lakeway Inn, 714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham. $75, 360-671-1011. Event will include plated dinner, dessert dash, silent and live auction, raffles and games, and optional wine tasting. Tickets are $75. To sponsor the event or to purchase an event ticket call 360-756-6710 or purchase online at www.blueskiesforchildren.org.

Aimée Ringle, Searra Jade and Eric James

7 p.m. Old Parish Hall at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St. Multi-instrumentalists and producers perform a concert to benefit Maple Alley Café. They weave together the sounds of guitars, bass, cajun, banjo, mandolin, flutes, and loop pedals to enrich the songs that they've written across a wide range of subjects, styles, and geographic inspirations. Suggested donation is $10-15, but no one will be turned away. Food truck will be on site. The concert space, the Old Parish Hall at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, is one of Maple Alley's serving locations.

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 Wednesday, Oct. 21, following the 6 p.m. potluck and also on Friday, Oct. 23, following a noon lunch. These items will not be appraised: jewelry, clothing, fine art, firearms or edged weapons.

”Back to the Future Part II”

6 p.m. Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. In “Back to the Future Part II,” Marty sets his dial to the year 2015 - Oct. 21, 2015 - to be exact. Celebrate the official Back to the Future day in a BIG way; Boundary Bay Brewery is cooking up some special brews, there will be live music, food trucks, trivia, costume contests, prizes and giveaways - yes, there’s a block party and bringing Bellingham BACK up to 88! Get your tickets now before they're gone for this righteous flashback screening inside PFC - put on your best ‘80s clothing and come early, and stay and party with us afterwards. The Block Party, 6-10 p.m.. is free to attend. The beer garden will be 21+, but otherwise the block party is family-friendly. Don't miss the Delorean on site, and be sure check out the stage for a rotating lineup of entertainment featuring comedians, live music and even a “Back to the Future Musical.” The movie, rated PG, will be screening inside Pickford Film Center on the big screen at two times: 6:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale at http://bit.ly/1dXvEZy. Half of the proceeds from the evening's beer and ticket sales will be donated to Kuntz & Company's Class: Dance for People with PD and Other Neurological Disorders' a local charity offering free and pay-what-you-can dance classes to people of all ages with Parkinson’s and other disorders.

Oct. 22

Healing Hearts Benefit Breakfast

7:15 a.m., Windows on the Bay, 2625 S. Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham. Free, 360-220-0731. The annual Healing Hearts Benefit Breakfast offers community members, volunteers, donors and friends a special time to come together to be educated and inspired by the healing stories and experiences that take place between humans and their animals partners.

Oct. 23

Whatcom Love INC Dessert Auction

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

Oct. 24

Cornhole Tournament and Chili Cook off

2 p.m. Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County, Pioneer Park, 2015 Cherry St., Ferndale; This fundraiser directly benefits the Ferndale Clubhouse by deepening the impact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County has on the lives of children, helping them reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. The day will feature a beer garden and will culminate in an evening Championship Celebration. Local restaurateurs will showcase their best chili. Tournament $100 per two-person team, and includes two T-shirts, other swag, dinner and two drink tickets each. General admission $20 per person and includes dinner and one drink ticket. Guests and players must be at least 21. Details: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/BoysGirlsClubofWhatcomCounty/cornhole.html.

Open Mic Night

6:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 495 E. Bakerview Road. 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 to help 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.

“Fishin' for Trouble! Murder Mystery”

2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 24, 2 p.m. Oct. 25; Glen Echo Community Club, 7694 Goodwin Road, Everson. Hors d'oeuvres, wine, and good conversation will be available when the doors open half-an-hour before the curtains rise on this interactive “Whale of a Fatal Tale.” Guess “whodunit” as you gather clues from the cast, including: Sally Crouthers, head of the International Feed the Whales Foundation; her husband Peter St. Croix, CEO of Pirate Pete's Frozen Fish Sticks; and Dr. Myrna Fluke, famous whaleologist. The Friends of the Everson Library invite you to enjoy their fourth Annual Murder Mystery, complete with light appetizers and a wine by donation bar. Tickets are $10 at the door, also available online at http://friendsofeverson.brownpapertickets.com/. Proceeds will benefit local library programs. For: Adults. For more information contact Samantha DeSoer at 360-966-0525.

Oct. 29

School Garden Harvest Dinner

5 p.m. Whatcom Middle School, 810 Halleck St. Common Threads at Whatcom Middle School (in the cafeteria) hosts it sixth annual Harvest Dinner, kid-grown and kid-prepared, with produce coming from Common Threads’ partner school gardens. This event is open to all community members, and particularly celebrates the students, teachers, and families who are growing delicious food in school gardens. It is a chance to break bread together, to celebrate and learn about healthy food. This is a vegetarian meal, we do our best to accommodate food allergies. 3:45 p.m.: Cooking begins; 5 p.m.: Music and games, touring Whatcom Middle School; 5:30 p.m.: Dinner served; 6:30 p.m.: The Real Food Show by the Community Food Co-op. $5 suggested minimum donation - no one will be turned away for lack of funds! RSVP: 360-927-1590.

Oct. 30

Boo!zy Bingo

5:30 p.m., Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. $15 This event is open to anyone in the community age 21 and older. There will be Bingo, karaoke, and a Halloween costume contest, with beverages provided by Wander Brewing. 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. All proceeds for the event support the programs and activities of the Bellingham Senior Activity Center. Details: Eric Pierson at 360-733-4030 ext. 1035 or epierson@wccoa.org.