Business Kudos, 8/20/15

WTA Free Fare Week goes through the weekend

Whatcom Transportation Authority is offering free bus rides on all buses except Route 80X to Mt. Vernon until Sunday, Aug. 22, as part of its Free Fare Week, which started August 16.

For riders headed to the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden, WTA is also offering a special 10 p.m. bus from the fairgrounds back to Bellingham. The 10 p.m. bus will depart from a bus stop across the street from the fairgrounds, between Bank of the Pacific and Umpqua Bank and make two stops, one at Cordata Station, located near Whatcom Community College and another at the downtown Bellingham station.

In addition to the special 10 p.m. bus, WTA’s Route 26 provides regular bus service to the fairgrounds, departing from Cordata Station between 6:50 am and 6:50 pm on weekdays. On Saturdays, Route 26 departs Cordata station between the hours of 8:50 am and 5:50 pm.

For more information, passengers can call 360-767-RIDE (7433).


Cribbage tournament to benefit Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and Boundary Bay Brewery are hosting an all-ages cribbage tournament from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Boundary Bay Brewery.

The event includes round robin and single elimination tournaments, as well as a food truck, music and a raffle. Winners get their names displayed on a plaque at Boundary Bay Brewery.

Advance registration to the ninth annual “Compete for a Cause Cribbage Tournament” costs $25 and tickets at the door cost $30. Event proceeds benefit the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center in their mission to provide and promote constructive and collaborative approaches to conflict through mediation, training, facilitation and community education.

Register at Boundary Bay Brewery or online at


Local hypnotist earns leadership award

Erika Flint of Cascade Hypnosis Center in downtown Bellingham won a leadership award called the 5-PATH Hypnosis Leadership award. Flint is a board certified hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists and a Certified Professional Hypnotherapy Instructor.

Learn more at


Cafe Rumba owners to host free dance lessons

Antonio Diaz and Heather Haugland, owners of Cafe Rumba and Rumba Northwest, are hosting their third annual Salsa on the Green from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28 at the Fairhaven Village Green.

The free event starts with a Salsa lesson and demo, then continues with open dancing to Latin rhythms. The event is sponsored by Rumba Northwest, Cafe Rumba, and Groove Merchants Northwest.


Bellingham Tennis Club to hold free tennis clinic on 8/22

Coaches from Bellingham Tennis Club and Fairhaven Fitness are teaching tennis basics at two free clinics on Saturday, Aug. 22.

A clinic for elementary and middle schoolers starts at 2 p.m. and a clinic for high schoolers and adults starts at 3 p.m. Loaner rackets are available. Call the club to reserve a space: 360-733-5050.

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