The BBJ Planner: Upcoming events for February 2013

Featured networking and business education events for February 2013.

Fitness open house—Friday, Feb. 8

Wanna Get Fit, a fitness studio that opened in downtown Bellingham last month, will host an open house from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.

The women-only studio is located at 1201 Cornwall Ave., Suite 107. It is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 4-7 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

Owner Lisa Press is a certified personal trainer and Silver Sneakers instructor. She has teaching credentials for TRX and Rip Trainer equipment, as well with training classes in yoga and Pilates.

State of Our Small Cities—Saturday, Feb. 16

The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County will present, “The State of Our Small Cities,” a roundtable discussion featuring Mayors Gary Jensen of Ferndale, Scott Korthuis of Lynden, Harry Robinson of Blaine,  Bob Bromley of Sumas, Jim Ackerman of Nooksack, and John Perry of Everson.

The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Council chambers of Ferndale City Hall, 5694 Second Ave.

Mayors will share successes and challenges facing their communities, including topics such as: growth and the challenges that come with it, how the Growth Management Act is affecting their cities, demographic changes in the last few years, how exchange rates for the Canadian dollar affect their cities, economic development and business opportunities, water supply versus demand, crime rates and law enforcement, and sustainability issues.

Farm to Table—Friday, Feb. 22

Sustainable Connections hosts the Northwest Washington Farm to Table Trade Meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22.

Covering Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island counties, and beyond, the trade meeting fosters direct connections for local farmers, fishers, food producers, regional buyers and others interested in sourcing local ingredients and selling their food products.

The event will be held at St. Luke’s Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway in Bellingham. Registration costs $20 per person at Brown Paper Tickets and includes a light lunch and snacks; $45 for a trade table (includes registration).

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WWU Masked Ball and Auction—Saturday, Feb. 23

Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts will host its fourth annual Masked Ball and Auction, sponsored by the Dreier Family, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham.

The Masked Ball and Auction is an opportunity for art and education advocates to support CFPA scholarships in the areas of art, design, music, dance and theatre.

Guests will enjoy a sit-down dinner, short live auction, live music, performances and dancing.  This year’s event will showcase special CFPA alumni guests, including Heidi Grant Murphy, John Olbrantz, Steve Arnold, and Jovon Miller.

Tickets are available through the WWU Box Office and cost $75 for the evening.

All ticket proceeds directly benefit scholarships for CFPA students. WWU Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For individual tickets or disability accommodations, contact the WWU Box office at 360-650-6146 or visit

30-Year Milestone—Thursday, Feb. 28

Local naturopathic physician Dr. Mark Steinber commemorates 30 years in practice with an open house from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 1313 E. Maple St., Suite 102 in Bellingham. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

Steinberg will also be introducing new members John Donald and Teresa Bujacich to the practice.

Resident expert in intravenous therapies, Dr. Maria Putney, will be available for instructions and questions, as well.

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