The BBJ Planner | January 2013

Featured networking and business education events for January 2013.

Mayor’s “State of the City” address—Jan. 15 

Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville will give a “State of the City” address on Tuesday, Jan. 15, as part of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s ongoing speaker series. The address will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Best Western Lakeway Inn.

The chamber hosts guest speakers each month. Speaker series events cost $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

[Editorial note: The start time of this event changed after the January edition of the Bellingham Business Journal went to press, so incorrect information made it into print. Our apologies for any inconvenience.] 

“Tangled Webs” WWU conference—Jan. 17-18

The Center for Law, Diversity and Justice at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies will host a regional conference, “Tangled Webs:  Race, Immigration, Poverty, and Prisons; Mass Incarceration and Alternative Futures,” on Jan. 17 and 18 on WWU’s campus.

“Tangled Webs” will bring together students, teachers, researchers, activists, lawyers and other concerned community members to examine the historical origins and social impacts of mass incarceration in this country, and start a dialogue about existing and possible alternatives to this system.

The keynote speaker for the conference is Michelle Alexander, civil rights activist, law professor and best-selling author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color-Blindness.”

Alexander will deliver the keynote at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, in the WWU Performing Arts Center.

The keynote address is free, but no-cost tickets must be reserved through the PAC Box Office at A limited number of tickets are also available at Village Books in Fairhaven.

For more information on the “Tangled Webs” conference, contact Julie Helling, director of WWU’s Center for Law, Diversity and Justice, at 360-650-4907 or view the conference website at

Winter at the Farmers Market—Jan. 19

The Bellingham Farmers Market is expanding its nine-month season in 2013 by introducing three new winter markets, the first of which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Like the main-season markets, the winter events will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Depot Market Square on Railroad Avenue in downtown Bellingham.

Additional winter markets will be held on Feb. 16 and March 16.

Farmers Market Director Caprice Teske said there has been considerable demand for the market to remain open in the winter, particularly from shoppers wanting locally grown food.

Teske said she expects each new monthly market to feature 40-70 vendors and draw close to 1,000 shoppers.

“Our late-season weekly markets in November and December, begun in 2006, have become very successful as our local growers explored ways to extend the growing season,” Teske said. “Using new techniques such as hoop houses and greenhouses, they’re now able to produce more winter-hardy crops during those months.”

The Bellingham Farmers Market in online at

Downtown Neighbor Meeting—Jan. 30

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership invites local residents to attend its monthly Downtown Neighborhood Association meetings, which are usually held on the last Wednesday of each month.

The next meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at The Leopold Retirement Residence, 1224 Cornwall Ave.

The Neighborhood Association meetings aim to connect neighbors, foster community involvement and responsively address issues to maintain a healthy downtown neighborhood, according to the Downtown Bellingham Partnership’s website.

For more information, visit the partnership’s Facebook event page at

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