Business kudos: free downtown history tours

Bureau of Historical Investigation offering free downtown tours

All summer long, free guided history tours will explore one of Bellingham’s first arterial streets.

The Holly Street History Tour, offered by the Bureau of Historical Investigation (also known as the Good Time Girls), will tell stories of downtown’s challenges and accomplishments and will touch on what hasn’t changed since Bellingham’s earliest days, according to a press release from the city. Tour topics include growth, social reform, the arts, women’s history, racial tensions, cooperation and environmental recovery.

“It’s history, it’s information, it’s education,” said Sara Holodnick, one of the founders of the Bureau of Historical Investigation, in the press release. “But it’s also entertainment and comedy and a little bit of performance.”

Tours start at 1 p.m. on Saturdays from July 11 to Sept. 26. They meet on the sidewalk in front of the Chuckanut sandstone building at 311 W. Holly St. and las about an hour.

The Bureau of Historical Investigation also offers “Sin and Gin,” and “Gore and Lore” tours of downtown and Fairhaven. The bureau has a storefront at 217 W. Holly St.

For more information, contact the Bureau of Historical Information at or 360-305-3172.

Upfront Theatre celebrates 11 years in business

The Upfront Theatre, an improv comedy theatre at 1208 Bay St., is celebrating its 11th anniversary in August with a month of special shows and a weekend of performances featuring Ryan Stiles, Upfront owner and internationally-known comedian.

For the month of August, “The Hybrid Show” will run at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The show consists of half short-form improv games and half long-form improv with in-depth story lines and themes, according to a press release from the theater.

Stiles will perform at 9 p.m. on August 14 and 15,the weekend of the actual anniversary.

Advance tickets to the shows are available online or the night of the show at the theatre.

For more information visit or call 360-733-8855.

Vital Choice seafood signs on as title sponsor of Bellingham Traverse

For the second year in a row, Vital Choice Wild Seafood will sponsor the Bellingham Traverse, a multi sport relay race that includes mountain and road biking, trail running, and paddling.

The event, which is put on by Recreation Northwest, is on Sept. 19. The race celebrates salmon and is a symbolic tribute to the challenges of the wild salmon’s lifecycle, according to a press release from Recreation Northwest.

As part of Vital Choice’s support for stewardship efforts led by the Bellingham Traverse, the company plans to make a $2,500 donation to the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, according to a Recreation Northwest press release.

For more information about the Bellingham Traverse or Recreation Northwest, go to or call 360-739-8458.

Phillips 66 donated $166,000 toward local projects

Phillips 66, a multinational energy company with a refinery in Ferndale, donated $166,000 toward local public safety and health initiatives.

The contributions include $25,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County, $41,000 to United Way of Whatcom County, and $50,000 each to the Northwest Straits Foundation and the Whatcom Community Foundation, according to a press release from Phillips 66.

The Boys & Girls Club is using the grant to install and enhance security systems at its clubhouses in Whatcom County.

The Whatcom Community Foundation will partner with the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Division of Emergency Management to install an all-hazards broadcast warning system in Birch Bay.

The donation to the Northwest Straits Foundation will fund its Derelict Fishing Gear Program, which strives to make local waters safer by removing derelict fishing gear.

United Way of Whatcom County will use the money to fund programs to reduce and prevent child and spousal abuse, improve access to medical care and decrease homelessness.

Whatcom Educational Credit Union donated $36,439 in Q2

Whatcom Educational Credit Union donated $36,439 in July to 31 local nonprofits.

Requests for donations the credit union’s next round of donations must be made through an application process, according to a press release from the credit union. The next application deadline is August 7. Applications and more information are available online at or by contacting Maya Hartford at

Here’s the full list of donations:

Alzheimer Society of WA -Miles for Memories, $500
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention- Lake Padden Out of the Darkness Walk, $500
ARC of Whatcom County -Buddy Walk Sponsor, $500
Bellingham Alumni Band -Grants to music teachers, $500
Bellingham Family Fair -Event sponsor, $355
Bellingham Public Library -Reach Out and Read program, $1,000
Bellingham Public School Foundation -Heartrate monitors/skeleton puzzles for elementary phys ed students at Cordata and Happy Valley, $1,000
Bellingham Senior Activity Center -Sponsor fundraiser, $1,000
Bellingham Technical College (BTC) -Children & Family Studies Department Annual Fall Concert, $2,500
Bellingham Theatre Guild -Event sponsor, $500
Blaine Family Service Center -Supplies for low-income and homeless families and students, $1,000
Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema -Event sponsor, $200
Ferndale Chamber of Commerce -Ferndale Street Festival sponsor, $500
Ferndale Community Service Cooperative -Family Meals Project, $500
iDiOM Theater -Event sponsor, $500
Josh Fueston Memorial Foundation -2015 Swim for Life, $1,000
Lake Samish Association -History book, $250
LAW Advocates -Tenant Clinic, $2,000
Lighthouse Mission -Agape Home Childcare Center, $2,000
Lions Camp Horizon -Furnace replacement, $2,000
Lynden Raspberry Festival -Event sponsor, $3,334
Maple Falls Park Committee -Mower for new Maple Falls Park, $1,000
Matt Herzog Memorial Golf Tournament -Whatcom County Law Enforcement, $300
Mercy Housing Northwest, Sterling Meadows Apts. -Support resident services programs, $1,000
NW Washington Fair -Farm for Life sponsor, $250
Recycled Percussion -Event sponsor , $2,500
Scholarships -6 WECU scholarships awarded by WCC and WWU, $8,000
Skookum Kids -First aid supplies for new 72-hour foster home, $500
Soldiers Angels -Apartment items / assisting homeless veterans, $500
Whatcom NAMI -Event sponsor, $500
WWU Money $ense (Beta Alpha Psi) -Program support, $250

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