Charity calendar: ‘Back to the Future’ block party at Pickford to benefit dance company

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.

”65 degrees South - A Sailing Adventure to Antarctica & Patagonia”

7 p.m. Bellingham Yacht Club, 2625 Harbor Loop Drive; 360-527-2741; Donations to Bellingham Sailing Foundation Youth Sailing appreciated; Slide show presentation by professional photographer Mike Powell. In 2011 Powell joined a sailing crew for this unforgettable journey. His photography is spectacular, with lots of cool critters. A presentation not just for boaters.

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.

”Carried by the Current”

7:30 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre’s Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. Entry is free; donations requested to benefit Bellingham Whatcom-County Domestic Violence Commission 360-733-5793 Award-winning playwright Nicola Pearson presents a staged reading of The play is based on the true story of Martha McWhirter and the Sanctified Sisters of Texas, who led a group of women, all from wealthy white families, away from life with their abusive husbands in 1870 in Belton, TX. These women sold eggs, butter and cheese, chopped and sold firewood and did laundry to raise money for their common fund and went on to become very successful, independent business people. The play is a dramatization of their story and is being read in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Discussion follows.

Art Night fundraiser for Cordata Elementary

5:30-8:30 p.m., Marriott SpringHill Suites Bellingham, 4040 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham. By donation 360-714-9600 The second-annual Art Night, featuring local artists, jazz music and appetizers on Oct. 23 in Bellingham, will accept donations to purchase art kits for students at Cordata Elementary School. Bellingham has partnered with Allied Arts of Whatcom County to showcase the works of local artists.The event includes music from The Jud Sherwood Jazz Trio with Christopher Woitach on guitar and Patrick Neher on bass. Art Night is part of SaveArt!, a SpringHill Suites fundraising campaign to provide under-resourced schools with much needed classroom art supplies. Details: 360-714-9600.

Oct. 24

Peter & the Wolf with Welcome Marionettes

11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m.-3 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden. 360-354-3600 $10 adults; $5 children. Welcome Marionettes is a traditional puppeteer group dedicated to reintroducing classical marionettetheater. The group was founded by Laura Scott Carroll, her husband Mike Carroll and friend Betty Ann Abeid. Laura is a second generation puppeteer and has been building marionettes for more than 20 years. Children’s book author and illustrator Hannah Sioban Kelly will be on hand to autograph copies of her books with proceeds benefiting the Jansen Art Center. This will be a great event for families of all ages. Stop by the Gallery Shop or go online to get your tickets today.

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. 25

Bellingham Folk School Opening

3-6 p.m., Hatch Space, 1302 Commerical St., Bellingham. Free Come join us in celebrating the opening of the Bellingham Folk School and learn about upcoming class offerings. Multiple sets of music will be provided by some of the instructors and local musicians including Cayley Schmid, Brit Keeton, Sam Vogt, Zach Bauman, Clea Taylor, Aaron Guest, and more! This is also an opportunity to purchase discounted, advance tickets to the Bellingham Folk Festival. Beer, wine and snacks provided; all donations will benefit the Bellingham Folk Festival.

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.