Dean Kahn

What you can see and do for free Aug. 11 at Whatcom Museum

Activities and exhibits at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher will be free during an open house from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, to celebrate the museum’s 75th anniversary.
Activities and exhibits at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher will be free during an open house from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, to celebrate the museum’s 75th anniversary. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

Whatcom Museum is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a free open house from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. All three museum buildings — Lightcatcher, Old City Hall, and Syre Education Center — will be open.

The celebration, sponsored by Peoples Bank, will include art activities, live music, food trucks, and more.

General activities

Noon- 5 p.m: Coloring contest, with coloring sheets available at Lightcatcher

Noon-6 p.m: Sidewalk chalk art contest on south side of Flora Street, between Grand Avenue and Prospect Street

Noon-8 p.m.: Self-led scavenger hunts in all three buildings

Lightcatcher, 250 Flora St.

11a.m.-2 p.m.: Courtyard studio activities for kids

Noon-7:30 p.m.: Family Interactive Gallery art activities for all ages

1-3 p.m.: Clearbrook Dixie Band performs in courtyard

1:30-2:15 p.m: Docent tour of Colorfast: Vivid Installations Make Their Mark exhibit

3 p.m: Welcome by Mayor Kelli Linville, followed by free cake and popcorn

5-7 p.m.: Swing Connection Big Band performs in courtyard

5:30-6:30 p.m: Curator tour of Just Women exhibit

6:30-7:15 p.m.: Docent tour of Colorfast: Vivid Installations Make Their Mark

7 p.m.: Chalk art and coloring contest award ceremony in courtyard

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St.

Noon-7 p.m.: Cubano Cubano and Simmering Tava food trucks in front of Old City Hall

1:30-2 p.m.: Student music performance in Rotunda Room

2-3 p.m.: Bellingham Community Band Ensemble performs in front of Old City Hall

2:30-3 p.m.: Student music performance in Rotunda Room

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Curator tour of Nostalgic Saturation: Mid-Century Bellingham in Historic Color exhibit

7-7:30 p.m.: Student music performance in Rotunda Room

Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St.

Noon-7 p.m. Photo archives open

3-4 p.m.: Paul Woodcock, of North Cascades Audubon Society, discusses history of museum’s bird collection, and founding director John Edson

6-8 p.m: North Cascades Audubon Society member Sue Parrott available to answer questions

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