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Ninth annual Walk/Run for Literacy to be held June 21

The ninth annual Walk/Run for Literacy will be held June 21 at 9 a.m., presented by Fairhaven Runners & Walkers and Village Books. Pre-registration is $10 per individual and $20 for a family. Day-of-race registration is $15 per individual and $25 for a family. Forms are available at Fairhaven Runners and Village Books and online at and

The course starts on Mill Avenue and follows through Harris Avenue to the Larrabee Trail, feeding into the Interurban Trail with the trail turnaround connecting to 10th Street before ending back on Mill Avenue.

The race will feature age-group awards and prizes. All proceeds go to the Whatcom Literacy Council.


Awards honor those who go “Above & Beyond For Kids”

Northwest Youth Services (NYS) is seeking nominations from communities across Whatcom County for individuals, professionals, groups, service clubs, businesses and any others who have exhibited noteworthy dedication to children and youth in their work, vocation or volunteerism. Finalists and the winner of the 2008 “Above & Beyond for Kids” award will be recognized at the “Bright Futures Breakfast,” scheduled for Thursday, May 29 at Northwood Hall in Bellingham.

The annual winner of the award will be commemorated on a permanent public display. Nomination forms may be obtained on the NYS Web site, at NYS headquarters located at 1020 N. State Street or by calling 360-734-9862 extension 104.


Ski to Sea parade accepting registrations

The Ski to Sea Festival is now accepting registrations for the 2008 Grand Parade, scheduled for Saturday, May 24, at noon in downtown Bellingham.

This year’s parade theme is “Transportation — Past, Present, & Future.” Transportation has played an important role in Whatcom County, from its history in logging and fishing to its future as a waterfront community. Groups should design their float/entry along the lines of a past, present or future model of transportation, and show how it connects with their service/activity/product.

There is no fee for nonprofits, schools and community groups to enter the parade. Dance teams and drill teams from the local schools are encouraged to submit their entry into the parade. Groups can request a Grand Parade brochure from the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce or they can complete the parade entry form online at

The parade is viewed by an estimated 30,000 people each year. Grand Marshal this year is Bob Diehl, owner of Diehl Ford in Bellingham.


United Way sets new record with recent campaign

United Way of Whatcom County has announced a record-breaking fundraising year, raising more than $2 million during its recent campaign. The announcement was made on April 17 at the agency’s annual awards banquet, where local companies and individuals were also recognized for their philanthropy, community support and leadership.

A Patron of the Year Award was presented to BP Cherry Point Refinery for their sponsoring of United Way events and temporary campaign employees. The refinery is the single largest contributor in the county.

United Way of Whatcom County has worked for 50 years to increase financial resources for local health and human service needs, and to seek and invest in community-building opportunities to improve the health and welfare of Whatcom County residents.


Red Cross to hold golf ball drop at annual tournament

On June 20 at the 14th Annual Red Cross Golf Tournament, the Red Cross will hold a golf ball drop. More than 1,000 golf balls will be dropped from 150 feet in the air. Three holes will be pre-positioned and marked with corresponding prizes. The balls will be numbered and sold prior to the day of the event. Winners will be chosen by which of the numbered balls land in which holes.

Prizes include a round trip for two to Las Vegas and a weekend with a 2008 Porsche Cayman. All proceeds of this annual tournament go directly toward our local Red Cross relief efforts.


Bellingham Central Lions awards $1,000 grant to
aid families

Bellingham Central Lions awarded a $1,000 grant to Support Officer Community Care. The grant will provide funding to purchase resource materials for their ongoing work assisting families in crisis in Whatcom County. Support Officer Community Care has been serving families in crisis for over 20 years.

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