Press Releases


Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
32nd Annual Spring Craft and Antique Show Returns to the NW Washington Fair and Event Center in Lynden March 15 – 17

Spring is already bringing the Northwest into bloom. It is also bringing back a time-honored tradition in north Whatcom County where the sound of live piano greets at the door and the smell of kettle corn brings a smile. The Lynden Craft and Antique Show returns to the Northwest Washington Fair & Event Center, Thursday, […]

Monday, February 19th, 2018
Cascadia International Film Festival Announces 2018 Official Film Selections

CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival is pleased to announce its 2018 Official Selection of 26 exceptional films directed by women from around the world. The second annual multi-day festival will be April 12-15, 2018 at Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, WA. The line up includes feature-length and short documentaries, narratives, animated films. Feature selections for […]

Friday, February 16th, 2018
Motion Picture Academy’s Immediate Past President To Appear at Cascadia International Women’s Festival

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, immediate Past President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS or the Academy – The Oscars) will be the Special Honored Guest Speaker at this year’s CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival to be April 12-15, 2018 in Bellingham, WA. Boone Isaacs will attend a special program on Friday, April […]

Friday, February 16th, 2018
WWU and Bellingham Selected to Host 2019 GNAC Basketball Championship

With a newly remodeled facility to show off to fans from across the conference, Western Washington University  has been selected to host the 2019 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Basketball Championships. The 2019 tournament will take place March 7-9, 2019 in Bellingham with all games being played on WECU Court at Carver Gymnasium. This will […]

Friday, February 16th, 2018
The Crysalis Inn and Spa Donates $2,100 to The Whatcom Dream in January

The Whatcom Dream was the recipient of The Chrysalis Inn & Spa’s January spa donation in the amount of $2,100. The Whatcom Dream is an organization that has been helping Whatcom County residents reach their dreams by providing financial education, support, encouragement and opportunities to marginalized individuals. Mike Keenan, the owner of the Chrysalis, began donating to […]

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
14.5 Acre Sculpture Woods on Lummi Island Gifted to WWU by Artist Ann Morris & Family

Noted artist Ann Morris, her son Brook Morris of California and daughter Clea Costa Van Voorhis of Illinois are providing Western Washington University and its students with an extraordinary gift – 14.5 acres of Lummi Island forest that surround her studio and provide the setting for her figurative bronze sculptures sited in the wild quiet called Sculpture Woods. Under the generous […]

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
Chuckanut Brewery Taps and Bottles Doppelbock this February

Doppelbock is a beer rarely brewed in America, but Chuckanut Brewery has brewed their rendition of this traditional German lager and aged it over 90 days at very cold temperatures last year and again this year as a treat for Sweethearts. Chuckanut’s new Doppelbock will be tapped at both Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen in Bellingham […]

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
Chuckanut Brewery Open House and Free Tours Feb. 24, 2018

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen in Bellingham will offer free tours on February 24 at noon and 1:30 p.m. as part of a statewide-organized open house for all Washington State breweries. Every year, the Washington Beer Commission aims to promote Washington beer by organizing this event giving the public an opportunity to explore their local breweries. […]

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
Kulshan Brewing Brings Four Medals Home from The Best of Craft Beer Awards

During the weekend of Jan. 26 – 28, 2018 professional brewers and judges went to the picturesque beer and ski town of Bend, Oregon to judge over 2,000 entries in the 2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards competition. Breweries of all sizes, from nearly every state in the union, as well as Columbia, Canada, and Belgium, […]

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Aslan Brewing’s Newest Addition The Aslan Depot Is Open For Business

Aslan Brewing Co. is excited to announce that the Aslan Depot: Barrels and Blending is now open. The Aslan Depot serves as a taproom, barrel-aging facility, and event space in the Union Depot Building in downtown Bellingham, located at 1322 N. State St., Bellingham. This location is open Thursday through Monday, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., featuring […]

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Western Washington University to offer summer youth programs for grades K-12

Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA is proud to offer a wide array of programs for kids in grades K-12 this summer. For the past 36 years, Western’s youth programs have encouraged kids to explore a favorite topic and consider opportunities in higher education. Participants experience hands-on learning and gain exposure to a college campus […]

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth Presents: Us and Them, Feb. 23-25

Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth is a nonprofit arts education organization that offers quality instruction in theater, choir, dance, music, and visual arts to youth, ages 5-17. This February, BAAY  presents a drama called Us and Them. The show will take place February 23, 24 and 25, with tickets available at the door or online for $10 (online […]

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Sweetheart Dinner at Chuckanut Brewery, Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your sweetheart how much you care and what better way to do that than a special dinner for two at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 601 W Holly St, Bellingham. The Kitchen is offering a romantic 3-course prix fixe dinner with beer pairing suggestions the evening of February […]

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
Whatcom Museum Explores Fragile Balance of Endangered Species and Biodiversity in New Exhibition Sept. 8, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019

The Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA takes on a thought-provoking topic in Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity, an interdisciplinary exhibition highlighting 80 works of art, from rare books to cutting edge video, that span the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. It opens September 8, 2018 in the Museum’s Lightcatcher building and closes […]

Friday, February 2nd, 2018
Four Whatcom County Businesses Awarded for their Commitment to Sustainable Positive Impact

Sustainable Connections in Bellingham, WA awarded four Whatcom County businesses, and two individuals, Sustainability Champion Awards last Thursday for their deep commitment to making a positive impact locally. The Awards are an annual recognition of Sustainable Connections members who are leaders in the following four categories: Strong Community, Healthy Environment, Meaningful Employment and Buying Local […]

Friday, February 2nd, 2018
Registration for 2018 Ski to Sea Race in Bellingham is Open

Whatcom Events in Bellingham, WA is pleased to announce that registration for the 46th Annual Ski to Sea Race is open.  The 8-leg relay race from Mt. Baker Ski Area to Bellingham Bay is Sunday, May 27th, 2018.  Teams that register and are paid in full prior to February 14th will be placed in a […]

Monday, January 29th, 2018
Evolve Chocolate Hosts Pop-Up Lounge for Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras Inspired Event with Atwood Ales

Evolve Chocolate in Bellingham, WA will host a  Chocolate Pop Up Lounge open in downtown Bellingham from February 8 to 14, 2018, noon to 9 p.m.  A special highlight will be a Mardi Gras inspired event with Atwood Ales Brewery on Tuesday, Feb 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The pop-up Alchemy Series: Bites & Beer will […]

Monday, January 29th, 2018
Atwood Ales Farm Brewery Receives Prestigious Good Food Award

Atwood Ales Farm Brewery in Blaine, WA attended the prestigious, 8th Annual Good Food Awards, in San Francisco, where the brewery was selected as a 2018 Good Food Awards Winner for their rhubarb sour ale, Rhuty. Atwood was the only Whatcom County nominee, and one of just 15 breweries from around the United States, including well-respected […]

Monday, January 29th, 2018
Four Points Bellingham promotes Erin Divine to Director of Sales

  Erin Divine has been promoted to Director of Sales at Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center. Divine has nine years of sales experience, including five years at Four Points Bellingham. She returned to the hotel last year when its multimillion-dollar renovation was completed, culminating with the launch of B-Town Kitchen & […]

Monday, January 29th, 2018
Lend Us Your Ears presents Acclaimed American tragedy at Bellingham Theatre Guild

Lend Us Your Ears, the new reading series at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, continues with the great American playwright Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, on February 3 at 2 p.m. at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St., Bellingham. The Pay-What-You-Will performance, directed by Shawn Fuller, follows the tragedy of an acclaimed […]

Friday, January 26th, 2018
Schedule Change for Alaska Marine Highway Ferry M/V Columbia in Bellingham

The Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System has cancelled the Bellingham departure of the M/V Columbia for Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 as the vessel’s bow thruster is  being repaired. Columbia service is now anticipated to resume with the vessel’s February 2, 2018 departure from Bellingham. AMHS has suspended reservation change and cancelation fees for Columbia fares. […]

Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Zazen Salon Spa New Owners Promise High Standards with Local Pricing

Zazen Salon Spa, a leader in hair styling and spa services in Bellingham since 2000, has been acquired by Marvin and Lannea Riggs. “We’ll maintain the luxurious standards of Zazen Salon Spa, ensuring that clients feel pampered without paying Seattle prices,” Marvin Riggs said. The Lynden couple acquired Zazen Salon Spa effective Jan. 1. Located […]

Friday, January 12th, 2018
Sustainable Connections Hosts New Smart Business Summit on Jan. 25

Sustainable Connections, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the local economy and helping businesses integrate sustainability practices, is excited to announce a new half-day conference, The Smart Business Summit, on Jan 25 in Bellingham. Businesses will come together for actionable, take-home knowledge on sustainability reporting and better business performance. The half-day summit will host inspiring speakers […]

Friday, January 12th, 2018
Whatcom Museum to Exhibit Stunning Gems and Jewelry from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

The Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA will host, “Jeweled Objects of Desire: From Ordinary to Extraordinary,” showing Feb. 3 – May 6, 2018 at the Lightcatcher building. This exhibition will dazzle visitors of all ages, as it features rarely seen items from the vaults of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Each piece in this […]

Friday, January 12th, 2018
Whatcom Symphony Orchestra Announces Mozart’s “Turkish” on Feb. 11 in Bellingham

With a beautiful sound and elegance reminiscent of great violinists of the past, Arnaud Sussmann solos on Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (Turkish), one of Mozart’s most popular works. Sussmann performs on a 1760 Landolfi violin. Landolfi is widely considered to be one of the top luthiers in history, along with Stradivarius and Guarneri. “The Turkish Concerto […]

Friday, January 5th, 2018
Port of Bellingham to Host Public Open House on Proposed Changes to Waterfront District Master Plan

The Port of Bellingham invites the public to attend an Open House to learn about proposed changes to the Waterfront District Master Plan. The Open House will be held Wednesday, January 17 from 3-7 p.m. at the Granary Building, located at 1208 Central Avenue in Bellingham. This event will provide an opportunity for the public […]

Friday, December 15th, 2017
Emergency bank stabilization work will reduce SR 542/Mount Baker Highway to a single lane starting Friday, Dec. 15

Fall weather has created instability in a slope along State Route 542/Mount Baker Highway near Glacier. With additional wet weather in the forecast, crews are starting emergency work to repair the area and prevent damage that could cause more costly repairs. Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews from Strider Construction will move equipment to the […]

Friday, December 15th, 2017
BRAIN CANDY LIVE! Cancels North American Tour Scheduled to be at Mount Baker Theatre in April, 2018

Because of a cancellation of the entire North American tour, Mount Baker Theatre’s presentation of BRAIN CANDY LIVE! on April 20, 2018 in Bellingham has been canceled.   All ticket-holders will be contacted and automatically issued a full refund, there is no need to return tickets.  Ticket-holders only need to contact Mount Baker Theatre if their contact […]

Friday, December 15th, 2017
Call for Applications for the Whatcom County Arts and Culture Festival

Allied Arts of Whatcom County is working with organizations throughout Whatcom County on a three-day Cultural Arts Festival to take place in Fairhaven, June 21-23, 2018. The Call for Proposals is available now at www.alliedarts.org and is due by February 15, 2018. The festival will kick off with the Historic Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk […]

Thursday, December 14th, 2017
Village Books’ Chuckanut Editions publishes book showcasing 30 years of Tore Ofteness’ regional aerial photography

For 30 years, local photographer Tore Ofteness has boarded small airplanes to document the Pacific Northwest from the air.  In his photography, Ofteness captures iconic images such as a vivid carpet of tulips in the Skagit Valley, shifting sunlight on the Salish Sea, the full moon over the Cascades, and commercial vessels threading the San […]

Thursday, December 14th, 2017
‘Back to the Sandbox: Art as Radical Pedagogy’ Western Gallery Exhibition Opens Tuesday, Jan. 9 in Bellingham

The Western Gallery at Western Washington University in Bellingham, presents the Back to the Sandbox: Art as Radical Pedagogy exhibition, which will bring together an international group of artists who ask radical questions about the nature and significance of education in contemporary society. The exhibition, Jan. 9 to March 18, 2018, is based on collaborations of […]

Thursday, December 14th, 2017
Boundary Bay Brewery Releases Bootlegger Barrel Series and Hosts Speakeasy Event Dec. 21

  To mark the release of its 2017 Bootlegger Barrel Series, Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham is hosting a 1920’s themed release party on December 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Mountain Room. The Bootlegger Speakeasy will feature historical trivia by The Good Time Girls, and Boundary Bay Catering will provide complimentary snacks. […]

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
Four-course family-style dinner offered Christmas Day at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Bellingham

A four-course, family-style dinner will be presented Christmas Day at the Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center, 714 Lakeway Drive in Bellingham, WA. The dinner will be offered from 3-8 p.m., Dec. 25 in the hotel’s B-Town Kitchen & Raw Bar and Chinuk restaurants. After a first course of potato leek soup […]

Friday, December 8th, 2017
Chuckanut Brewery Releases Baltic Porter

In honor of the 2017 holiday season, Chuckanut Brewery will be releasing a small batch bottling of its Baltic Porter at its Bellingham and Skagit breweries and on tap at selected Puget Sound accounts on December 15, 2017. The release is part of the Big Beer Series Chuckanut has created for a group of four […]

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
BAAY Presents Xanadu the Roller Disco Jan 12 through Jan 21

The Tony Award-nominated musical Xanadu comes to the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth stage in Bellingham this January. Don’t miss this spectacular story about a struggling artist and his quest to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time
 roller disco. Shows will occur from January 12 thru January 21, at various times. Along the […]

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
A Winter Solstice Concert with SeaMuse

Celtic and Balkan tunes, seasonal songs and poems, strings plucked and bowed, clarinet and drums will fire up the longest night of the year. Come celebrate a winter solstice concert with SeaMuse at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center at 1314 Harris Ave. in Bellingham on Thursday, December 21 at 7:30 pm. Tickets will cost $18 for adults, $6 […]

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
Bellingham High School Family Holiday Movie Night Dec. 15

Bellingham High School’s Technical Entertainment Crew welcomes the public to its second Movie Night fundraiser. TEC Club members will be showing 2004’s The Polar Express and will serve a range of holiday-themed sugary delights for concessions before the movie and during intermission. Join the fun at 6 p.m. on December 15 at the Bellingham High […]

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
Grow Your Food Business at the 2018 Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting in Bellingham

Sustainable Connections invites all food businesses and growers to the NW Washington Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting at 8:30 a.m. on February 20th, 2018 at Bellingham Technical College. The event is open to all food and farming businesses, organizations, and individuals. Registration is needed. $45 for Sustainable Connections members and $55 for non-members. The Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting is […]

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
Whatcom Museum Basketry Exhibitions Will Showcase Diversity of Artform Feb 3 – May 6, 2018

The Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA is pleased to host a traveling exhibition, Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America, February 3 – May 6, 2018 at the Lightcatcher building in collaboration with the National Basketry Organization and The Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri. This is the only West Coast venue of […]

Monday, December 4th, 2017
The Downtown Bellingham Partnership Rolls Out 2018 Main Street Tax Incentive for Bellingham Businesses

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership (DBP) has begun rolling out the 2018 Main Street Tax Incentive Program, which allows businesses who donate to the organization the opportunity to receive 75% of their donation back as a tax credit on their state Business and Operations taxes.  The tax incentive, which works by allowing businesses to essentially redirect […]