Fundraisers: Benefit March 31 assists Chuckanut Center projects

Steve Wilson is on the board of the Chuckanut Center, formerly called the Center for Local Self-Reliance. A benefit for the center is March 31 at Aslan Brewing Co.
Steve Wilson is on the board of the Chuckanut Center, formerly called the Center for Local Self-Reliance. A benefit for the center is March 31 at Aslan Brewing Co. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

March 31

Chuckanut Center Fundraiser at Aslan Brewery

6 p.m., Aslan Brewing Co., 1330 N. Forest St. 360-778-2088. Join us at Aslan Brewery for our Chuckanut Center fundraiser. This group, formerly known as the Center for Local Self Reliance, grows food, skills and a resilient community. Funds go toward greenhouse construction and garden projects. There’ll be music from the Barred Owls and Woolley Breaches.

April 1

WeSNiP April garage sale

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 3, The Carnation Building, 1920 Main St., Suite 1, Ferndale (just east of Samuels Furniture). Gimme 5 for the cats by coming at 8:30 a.m. on Friday with either five cans of Friskies-style pate cat food or a $5 donation. WeSNiP makes spay and neuter services for dogs and cats accessible and affordable in Whatcom County for our under-served community.

No Joke Rock ’N’ Roll Festival

5-9 p.m., Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave., Bellingham. $5, 360-647-5993. The garden will be open for an evening of rock ’n roll with Reanu Keeves & The Funky Falcons, Black Plastic Clouds and Sweet Invicta. Enjoy a brew in the sun and support Western Washington University students studying abroad in South Africa. There will be a $5 cover along with a raffle, great food and other festivities.

Bellingham Music Film Festival

7 p.m. Make.Shift, 306 Flora St. Live music and film programming of music-inspired films runs April 1-3 at MakeShift and the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. The inagural BMFF is a celebration of music through the medium of film, with selected film screenings to include music videos, shorts and feature-length documentaries and narratives. The opening ceremony is from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Make.Shift during the Downtown Art Walk, featuring music video film screenings and music by Scarlet Locomotive and Momo Grace. This opening evening is free, with admission donations encouraged and the evening’s bar proceeds will benefit local video store non-profit Film is Truth. All proceeds from the festival benefit Film is Truth, Make.Shift and the Pickford. Learn more about the nonprofits behind the festival at makeshiftproject.com, pickfordfilmcenter.org and filmistruth.com.

“Love’s Fool”

7 p.m. Mount Baker Theater Encore Room, 104 N. Commercial St. $5-$15 suggested donation; 360-510-3205. A feast for the heart where adults ages 18 and older share stories of their foibles in early romantic love. Appropriate for ages 12 and older. Audience pick will determine ‘Fool of the Night,’ to be crowned with jester’s hat, flowers and prizes! Music, silent auction and games. A benefit for Rooted Emerging. Details: rootedemerging.org.

Dance Gallery 25th Anniversary Concert

7:30 p.m. Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. $12 general, $20 superstar; tickets at Brown Paper Tickets. Join Bellingham’s beloved community dance collective to celebrate 25 years of engaging, inspiring, and entertaining contemporary dance. Performances at 7:30 p.m. April 1-2, 5 p.m. April 3. Enjoy works choreographed by Nancy Cranbourne, Wade Madsen, Maureen Llewlllyn-Jones, Mandy Pidgeon, and Dan Dalley, and Mary Jean Van Almen. Guest performers include Sarah Schermer, Kristin Torok, Wade Madsen, and Nancy Cranbourne. Silent auction under the stairs every night to support community dance in Bellingham and a reception following the Sunday show. Ticket sales online close six hours before each show. You may also purchase tickets at the Downtown Community Co-op or Village Books. Interested in advertising or donating an auction item? Email info@dancegallery.org

“Tree Connection”

7:30 p.m. Whatcom Land Trust, 412 N Commercial St., Bellingham. 360-650-9470. “Tree Connection,” an exhibition by Ken Speer, will feature paintings Speer describes as visual meditations. Fusing disparate influences including Buddhist teachings and Piet Mondrian’s neoplastic art movement, Tree Connection is a collection of work that reflects Ken’s devotion to trees and the beings that wander among them. Speer is donating percent of sales to Whatcom Land Trust.

April 2

South Fork Showcase

1 p.m., Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Highway 9, Deming. 360-305-6939. Free. Meet local authors who will be signing and reading from their books. Sponsored by South Fork Valley Community Association. Donations will help provide for the upkeep and promotion of the beloved Van Zandt Community Hall. Hosted by Matthew Thuney, author of “Bucolia: Hijinks in the Hinterlands.” Partial list of participants and speakers: Pam Beason, Susan Colleen Brown, Lois Harris, Rae Ellen Lee, Dick Little, Jennifer Mueller, Gail Noble-Sanderson, Janet Oakley and JoAnn Roe.

Harry Allen and Cory Weeds: Battle of the Tenor Saxes

3 p.m., Sudden Valley Dance Barn, 8 Barn View Drive, Bellingham. $20. New York based tenor sax sensation Harry Allen joins with Vancouver, B.C.’s Cory Weeds in a battle of the tenor saxes to open Sudden Valley’s Sixth Annual Jazz Series. The concert series benefits the South Whatcom Library. Series tickets may be purchased for $70 at the Sudden Valley Community Association Office, the Sudden Valley Community Center, Village Books or online at fswl.org. For further information, call K.C. Sulkin at 360-671-1709.

Mission: Delicious

5 p.m., Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center, 1775 Front St., Lynden. $25 in advance or $30 at the door; wine by the glass is $5; 360-733-5120. Local celebrities have been challenged to put their culinary expertise (or lack thereof) to the test at the Mount Baker Rotary building in a competition for the highly acclaimed alias of “Top Chef” while helping the street homeless in Bellingham who use Lighthouse Mission’s Drop-In Center. Guests can taste and vote for the best dishes in all four categories: appetizers, entree, soup/chowder and dessert. A panel of judges will cast their vote for best overall dish in the competition. There will be live music, beverages, and wine to purchase by the glass.

Living The Dream

9 p.m., Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St. In memory of the life of Bellingham’s Aaron Bornemann, his friends and family host a benefit that not only honors his legacy but also raises money for nonprofit music education program Bellingham Girls Rock Camp. The mission of Bellingham Girls Rock Camp is to educate and inspire girls and women to be self-empowered collaborative leaders through music education, performance, media literacy and social justice. More info at their website: http://www.bhamgirlsrock.com/. Admission is by donation with a suggested donation of $5 but if you can’t afford to donate, just come in and dance. Sensebellum will be providing a spectacular visual production for the stage; performers include XL, Shadow Variable, SWRV, HAAKEYE, 49th Parallel, Acid Bass and Honesty.

April 3

African Children’s Choir

6 p.m., Hillcrest Chapel, 1400 Larrabee Ave. Admission by donation; 360-733-2149. The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. Donations will be accepted at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.

April 8

Petronel Malan

7:30 p.m. Western Washington University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. $32 adults, $26 students; 360-650-6146. The Sanford-Hill Piano Series hosts three-time Grammy nominee and multi-gold medal winner South African-born pianist. Program includes works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. She received the “Rapport/City Press Prestige Award” as one of the “10 Most Inspirational Women in South Africa,” is a frequent speaker and promoter for classical music in schools, and music scholarships in her name are awarded annually to promising young musicians. All revenue generated from the series goes to scholarships for talented WWU piano students.

African Children’s Choir

7 p.m. The Leopold, 1224 Cornwall Ave. Admission by donation. Similar to April 3 event at Hillcrest Chapel.

Every Frame Tells A Story Film is Truth Fundraiser

8:30 p.m. Honey Moon Mead, 1053 N. State St. This all-ages event will feature poets Mighty Mike McGee, (“In Search of Midnight”), Bruce Beasley (“Theophobia”), Troy Osaki (the 2015 Rain City Slam Poetry Champion), Elizabeth Vignali (”Object Permanence”) and Dee Dee Chapman (”Colluvium”). Admission is free, but donations to Film is Truth are greatly appreciated. Film is Truth is a nonprofit organization committed to maintaining and expanding a large collection of films in Bellingham, and to supporting and organizing film education programs. ADetails: filmistruthinfo@gmail.com.

Annual Tl'aneq' Cultural Art Auction & Benefit Dinner

5 p.m. Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale. The Northwest Indian College Foundation will be hosting the 8th Annual Tl'aneq' Cultural Art Auction & Benefit Dinner with a reception and silent auction beginning at 5 p.m. Dinner at 6, and live auction into the evening. This is NWIC’s premier fundraising gala event and will feature cultural art in a live and silent auction, entertainment and fine dining. Tickets are $250 and can be purchased on the foundation website: http://foundation.nwic.edu/

Little Big Band performs for Northwest Indian College Benefit Concert

9:45 p.m. Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale $25; 866-383-0777. This band was formed by Preston Singletary, Terry Maloney and Keith Montgomery. The concept behind the group was to interpret Native music, stories and spoken word through funk and jazz music. Elements of performance and Native dance are also a component of the group, which includes Denny Stern, Carly Kienow, Angel Flores, Gene Tagaban, Nahaan, and Bernie Worrell.

April 9

2016 Walk MS: Bellingham

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way. Rally to end multiple sclerosis at Walk MS 2016 as one of hundreds of fundraising walks across the nation that draw hundreds of thousands of people to the MS movement. Proceeds from Walk MS support research and local programs and services for people living with or affected by multiple sclerosis. For more information and to participate, volunteer or donate, call the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter at 800-344-4867 and press 2, or visit www.walkMS.org.

Antiques and Collectibles Evaluation Event

11 a.m.-4 p.m., Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St., Bellingham. 360-733-4030. Free admission; $6 per item, $15 for three to evaluate. Bring trading cards, books, antiques, sports collectibles and antiques and get the scoop on their worth and turn them into cash. No furniture please, items must be small enough to carry. This event is part of a fund-raising effort at the Bellingham Senior Center.

Annual Autism Awareness Auction

5:30 p.m. Bellingham Golf & Country Club, 3729 Meridian St. $75. 360-389-2151. FACES Northwest is a nonprofit organization founded by parents of individuals with autism. Since 1997, FACES has operated a summer program that provides education, recreation and one-on-one support for children and young adults with autism. Tickets include a Cuban dinner and complimentary beer and wine. Details: facesnorthwest.com. Reservations necessary.

Backstage@the Border

7 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 382 Boblett St., Blaine, Doors open at 6 p.m. 360-927-9085. Kelley Porter and Susan Thomson sing some of their favorite songs. April Eaton will be joining them on a few songs, and Cathy Mason will open the first part of the show singing and playing some of her favorite songs. $7 donation at the door. All proceeds go to the Community Assistance Program benefiting the Blaine-Birch Bay community with assistance for food, utilities, lodging, gas and other needs. Details: info@backstageattheborder.com.

April 10

Enchanting Events

1:30 p.m., YWCA of Bellingham, 1026 N. Forest St., Bellingham. $30 per person. 360-734-4820. Join Cinderella and Beauty for a special day of tea parties and stories. Enchanting Events has partnered with Alice’s Tea Parties and local Author’s Sheryl Hershey and Barbara Jean Hicks, to bring you Once Upon A Tea! Each guest will also receive a fine china tea cup and saucer to take home. Children 1 and younger do not need a ticket, but must sit on a lap and will not be served food or given the tea cup and saucer. A percentage of this event is being donated to the YWCA Bellingham.

April 14

Race to Alaska

7 p.m. Backcountry Essentials, 214 W. Holly St. Race to Alaska creator Jake Beattie will be talking about the R2AK along with inaugural winner Al Hughes. $10 donation to support the Community Boating Center; craft brews from Stone’s Throw Brewing, doors open at 7 p,m.

April 16

Fun With The Fuzz 5k

9 a.m.-12 p.m., Bellingham Police Department, 505 Grand Ave., Bellingham. $20. 360-778-8800. The seventh annual Fun With The Fuzz 5k is a road race in Bellingham that supports families of police officers who are killed in the line of duty. All proceeds are donated directly to the Behind the Badge Foundation. Entry fee includes chip timing, T-shirt, and a chance to win some of our great prizes. Cash prize for top finishers.

Mushroom Compost Sale

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sehome High School, 2700 Bill McDonald Parkway, Bellingham. $5 per bag; 360-676-6481. Get all your mushroom compost now for your gardening needs. The Kiwanis Club of Bellingham and Sehome High School will be teaming up for a one-day compost sale to benefit many local nonprofit organizations. Forty-pound bags will be sold for $5 in the school’s parking lot.

Bellingham Firefighters Ball

7 p.m. Bellingham Golf and Country Club, 3729 Meridian St. $25; 360-325-5705. Come dance with a firefighter! This is a fun social event and charity fundraiser with music, dancing, silent auction and no-host bar. All proceeds and donations go to help support the Burned Children Recovery Foundation, Royal Family Kids Camp, and the Jason Karwhite scholarship fund. Music will be provided by the Bellingham Firefighters Pipes and Drums and DJ Boy meets Girl. The Bellingham Golf And Country Club will be providing butler-passed hors oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages and several no-host bars that will take cash and card. Boundary Bay Brewery will be providing a no-host bar with beer and wine that will be cash only. Event tickets can be purchased online for $25 or at the door for $30 cash or credit. Online ticket sales will end 24 hours prior to the event. Tickets available in-person at Station One, 1800 Broadway. Details: http://firecat53.com.