Allied Arts annual holiday festival open on Meridian Street

Mixed media artist Clarissa Callesen of Ferndale sets up her booth for the annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts in 2012. This year’s festival at 4145 Meridian St. is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Christmas Eve.
Mixed media artist Clarissa Callesen of Ferndale sets up her booth for the annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts in 2012. This year’s festival at 4145 Meridian St. is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Christmas Eve. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

Nov. 23

Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Allied Arts of Whatcom County Arts Holiday Festival, 4145 Meridian St., open daily through Dec. 24. Benefits programs of Allied Arts.

Nov. 27

Holiday Tree Lighting to Support Growing Veterans

3:30-7 p.m., Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine. Free, 360-318-2000 This year, Semiahmoo Resort invites you to watch its giant holiday tree illuminate for the first time, while also giving an opportunity to give support to our veterans. Arrive as early as 3:30 p.m. and enjoy complimentary cider and treats (with heaters to keep you warm), as well as a bar with drinks for purchase. Spread the holiday cheer with donations benefiting Growing Veterans.

Stocking Project

1-4:30 p.m. Ragfinery, 1421 N. Forest St. Ragfinery, The Firehouse Cafe, Northwest Youth Services and Interfaith Coalition are teaming up to create and fill stockings for families in transition. Learn how to make a stocking from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 27 or Dec. 12. Gifts to fill the stockings will be accepted until Dec. 24 at the Firehouse Cafe, 1314 Harris Ave. Stockings will be displayed at Ragfinery and the Firehouse Cafe, then filled and donated to those in need by Northwest Youth Services and Interfaith Coalition. Details: ragfinery.com.

Nov. 28

Bazaar & Holiday Craft Market

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Pioneer Meadows Montessori, 2377 Douglas Rd., Ferndale. Free, 360-778-3681. Pioneer Meadows Montessori school invites you to join us for our annual Holiday Craft Market with more than 25 local artists selling top quality handmade crafts for all ages including clothing, jewelry, knitting, face painting, woodworking, baked goods, plus raffles and live music. Fifteen percent of proceeds will be donated to Pioneer Meadows Montessori School tuition assistance program.

Nov. 29

Breakfast@ Rome Grange

8 a.m.-1 p.m., The Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Hwy. $5, $2 ages 10 and younger.

Dec. 2

Friends of the Bellingham Public Library Winter Book Sale

10 a.m.-6 p.m., Bellingham Public Library — Central Library, 210 Central Ave. Free, 360-778-7323 Buyers can choose from a large selection of books and media for all ages, with the sale tables restocked throughout the sale. The hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, and Thursday, Dec. 3 (most items $1); 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 (half-price sale day) and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 ($4 per bag sale).

Jeremy Berry on viola

10:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St., Bellingham. Free. Jeremy Berry on viola and Michael Refvem on piano will perform music by Bach, Bruch, Bloch and Clarke for the Bellingham Music Club. Donations support BMC awards to students. Details: 360-306-8580, www.bellinghammusicclub.org.

Dec. 3

Children’s & Young Adult Literature Book Sale

11 a.m.-7 p.m., Western Washington University, 516 High St., Bellingham. Hardbacks: $5 Paperbacks: $2. Hundreds of new children’s and young adult books will be on sale.

Dec. 4

Wine and Dessert Reception

7 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 360-354-3600. Taste-Mingle- Indulge. Benefit event for Lynden Business Associations holiday promotions. Winners of the holiday baking contest will be announced and their desserts available for tasting. Price includes a dessert and one glass of wine or coffee.

Blaine Homemade Arts & Crafts Bazaar

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G St. 360-332-8040. Visit with Santa Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Blaine Senior Center, which provides activities and programs for seniors, including a daily lunch program, exercise programs, socializing, entertainment, and hobby and learning opportunities.

Lummi Island Christmas Bazaar 6-8 p.m. Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 5, Lummi Island Grange, North Nugent, Lummi Island. Free.

American Legion Craft Sale and Toy Drive

4-9 p.m., American Legion Post 86, 4580 Legion Dr. Donations accepted. 360-371-7311. Holiday Craft Sale and New Unwrapped Toy Drive. Friday, Dec. 4, 4-9 p.m. with steak dinner 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Please bring new and unwrapped toys to the Legion anytime during the event.

Dec. 5

Kendall Winter Carnival Arts & Crafts Fair

1-7 p.m., East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Rd. No cover, 360-599-3944. Pictures with Santa, craft activities for kids, artisan vendors selling their wares, a raffle, an auction, live music, food and beer garden. A fundraiser for Kendall Elementary PTA.

Ebenezer Christian School’s Annual Wreath & Bake Sale

10 a.m.-3 p.m., North County Christ the King, 1816 18th St. 360-318-9446.

Christmas Bazaar at St. Sophia

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 6, St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 510 E. Sunset Dr., Bellingham. Free. 360-734-8745. You know us for the Greek Fest; now join us for our new holiday event. Features artisans and crafters with a variety of items sure to delight. Funds raised from vendor space rental fund Project Mexico Home-building Team.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Holiday Faire

9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St., Bellingham. 360-733-2890. This year the Faire will feature the popular food table, a new collection of silver and china named for a certain English Abbey, treasures, unique crafts, handmade knitted and sewn items, Christmas ornaments, a raffle featuring baskets of wine, goodies, and surprises, Coates’ Chocolates and more.

Pancake Breakfast with Sinterklaas

8-11 a.m., Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. $5 adults, $3 children. 360-354-4501 Come for a hearty breakfast of pancakes or French toast, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee and then welcome the arrival of Sinterklaas at 9:30 a.m. Learn about this Dutch tradition and visit and take pictures with Sinterklaas throughout the morning.

The Coats Holiday Concert

7 p.m., Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham. $15 through Nov. 24, $20 after. National touring artists and the Northwest vocal band The Coats return to Bellingham High School with their holiday concert. Known for tightly arranged interactive performances, The Coats blend music and comedy for all-age audiences. This fifth annual show is a major fundraiser for local high school choir programs. Bellingham High School Showstoppers, Sehome High School Chamber Choir and Squalicum High School Storm Singers open the show and join The Coats for a special finale. Tickets available at the Bellingham High School ASB office, Village Books and the downtown Community Food Co-op. They will also be available at the door, though advance purchase is recommended.

Santa Run

9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Whatcom County Fire District No. 4, 4142 Britton Loop, Bellingham. 360-318-9933. Whatcom County Fire Protection District No. 4 and North Whatcom Fire and Rescue firefighters and fire trucks will be escorting Santa around the district from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Firefighters will be accepting donations to help Project Santa. Visit www.wcfd4.com to check arrival times in your area.

Dec. 6

NWHO Winter Gathering Luau 4-8:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 1688 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham. 360-734-3110. Join the Northwest Hawaii Ohana at their 2015 Winter Gathering Luau! Dinner and show. Fun for all ages. Entertainment will feature Carlton Aranda, born and raised on the Island of Oahu who has been playing contemporary Hawaiian, acoustical jazz and slack key guitar for more than 40 years. The evening will include hula performances under the direction of Manuiki Lono, also known as “Aunty Manu.” Dinner catered by Ohana BBQ. Doors open at 4 p.m., dinner served at 4:30.and performance to start at 5:30. Raffle items and karaoke time. Bring nonperishable food for a food drive to help our veterans and their families.


Breakfast with Santa

8-11:30 a.m., Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. $6 Adults, $4 ages 12 and younger. Enjoy breakfast and bring the kids for great photo ops with Santa and Taz the mini horse. Following the breakfast, join ABC Dance in a “Holiday Revue.” Students of all ages showcase their tapping talents to rockin’ holiday favorites.

Bazaar: Whatcom Hills Waldorf School Holiday Faire

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, 941 Austin St. Each activity costs from $1 - $3. 360-733-3164. Live music, delicious food, local artisans and the perfect place to make gifts with low-cost, hands-on crafting workshops that feature natural materials. Visit the Snow Queen in her castle, dig for crystals in Gnome Village, watch an enchanting puppet play or warm up with delicious homemade soup and live music in the Wooden Spoon Cafe. Parking. Free parking is available at The Firs at 4605 Cable St. A free shuttle brings people to and from the school.