Press Releases


Friday, December 14th, 2018
U.S. Department of Education awards Whatcom Community College more than $2 million in grants

The United States Department of Education (DOE) has awarded Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA two grants that total more than $2 million. The grants support many of WCC’s long-term goals to strengthen teaching and learning, student success, career preparation, and equitable student outcomes. “Strengthening Institutions” is a five-year Title III grant worth $2.25 million. […]

Thursday, December 6th, 2018
Spark Museum Wins Bellingham 2018 Tourism Business of the Year

Spark Museum of Electrical Invention has won the 2018 Tourism Business of the Year presented by Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. Spark Museum presents one of the largest exhibits of early electrical apparatus in the world, on display in Bellingham, WA, including many one of a kind pieces such as Thomas Edison’s first successful light bulb, […]

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
BAAY Presents: Urinetown

Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth children’s theater presents the bold musical comedy, Urinetown, performed by senior students ages 13-16 Performances run January 11-13 and 18-20 at the BAAY Theatre in Bellingham, WA . Premiering in 2001 at the New York International Fringe Festival, Urinetown played on Broadway and went on to win three Tony Awards. […]

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
NW Washington Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting Feb. 19, 2019

Sustainable Connections invites all food businesses, farmers and fishermen to the NW Washington Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting on February 19, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham, WA. The Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting brings together 180+ farmers, fishermen, food artisans, restaurants, grocers, and others interested in sourcing local ingredients or selling […]

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
Skylark’ s Hidden Cafe acquired by Bellingham’s Brad Haggen

A longtime Fairhaven District restaurant will continue to have local ownership after its acquisition today by Brad Haggen of Bellingham. Skylark’s Hidden CafĂ©, a favorite of Bellingham residents and tourists since 1995, was purchased by Haggen from Don White. Terms were not disclosed. Haggen said there was much to like about the family restaurant. “First […]

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
Join the Shellebration: Second Year of Open Shellfish Harvesting in Drayton Harbor

Join Blaine, WA and celebrate the two-year anniversary of lifted shellfish harvesting restrictions in Drayton Harbor. The public is invited to attend the Drayton Harbor Shellebration on Friday, December 14 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the G Street Plaza located in downtown Blaine. This free event will include refreshments, oyster samples courtesy of the […]

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
Bellingham Farmers Market Continues Saturdays Through Dec. 22 – Fresh, Local, Festive!

The days are getting colder and darker, but there is still plenty of light and warmth at the Bellingham Farmers Market each Saturday! There are four more Markets before the end of 2018. And there is plenty to choose from, too, with over 60 farmers, crafters, and food vendors at the Market from 10 a.m. […]

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
Honey Salon and Gallery in Bellingham presents “Papercuts ” Artwork by Aaron Brick

Honey Salon and Gallery is proud to present “Papercuts,” a new collection by Aaron Brick. This new collection is made up of cut paper pieces that are based off of portraits of women. He will also showcase several paintings, in juxtaposition, of male creatives particularly of underground culture. Refreshments, artist meet and greet, and more […]

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
Vision and Voices Series: Forgotten Films from Cinema’s Women Directors

  VISIONS & VOICES: Forgotten Films from Cinema’s Women Directors is a silent film series presented by CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival in Bellingham, WA. We are currently one of only two film festivals in the United States that exclusively feature women-directed films. The series takes place monthly beginning Dec. 2, 2018 through Mar. 8, 2019. VISIONS […]

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
WWU Volleyball Head Coach Named Coach of the Year

Western Washington University head volleyball coach Diane Flick-Williams has been named the 2018 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II West Region Coach of the Year. This marks the third time Flick-Williams has been named the AVCA West Region Coach of the Year in her 19 seasons leading the Vikings, also earning the prestigious award […]

Monday, November 19th, 2018
Hotel Bellwether’s Premier Wine Tasting Social Announces December Wineries

The Hotel Bellwether and Lighthouse Grill in Bellingham, WA are bringing four incredible wineries to the hotel’s Compass Wine Room for  a Premier Wine Tasting Social on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This month features Three Rivers Winery, Chalk Hill, The Four Graces Winery, and Treveri Cellars. Ticket prices are $30 plus […]

Monday, November 19th, 2018
Boundary Bay Brewery’s Winter Seasonal Beer, Cabin Fever, Highlights Local Artist

Boundary Bay Brewery’s newly released winter seasonal beer six-packs, Cabin Fever, features artwork from Bellingham artist Evan Whitehead. Whitehead, a Bellingham native, who been an artist for 20 years (self taught), now owns a freelance business, Evergreen Artwork. His work features familiar expressive landscapes inspired by the beauty of nature, particularly local mountains, using acrylic on […]

Monday, November 19th, 2018
Two Nonprofits Join Forces to Strengthen Local Food Systems in Whatcom County

Sustainable Connections and Cloud Mountain Farm Center near Bellingham, WA have announced they will be merging together into one nonprofit. Completion of the merger is expected to take place on December 31, 2018, when Cloud Mountain Farm Center will be part of the Food & Farming Program at Sustainable Connections. Cloud Mountain Farm Center and […]

Friday, November 16th, 2018
Cheesemakers Host Creamery Crawl in Ferndale Dec. 8

There’s a good reason to get cheesy this festive season, with a Creamery Crawl open house at 3 locations in Ferndale, WA Dec. 8. Whatcom County’s top cheesemakers will each be offering tasters, tours, gift basket giveaways and discounts on gift basket orders that day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the second […]

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Bellinghamopoly has Arrived!

The Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce announced that Bellinghamopoly, the Bellingham-themed monopoly game which features local businesses, events and parks is in stores now. The game can be purchased at Bellingham Haggen’s locations, Woods Coffee shops, Village Books and Paper Dreams, the Whatcom Museum, Launching Success, Greenhouse, The Chrysalis Inn & Spa, Home2 Suites by […]

Monday, November 12th, 2018
Gratitude IPA, Brewed in Appreciation of Veterans, Raises Funds for Nonprofit Veteran Organization

Boundary Bay Brewery’s newest limited-release Gratitude IPA is brewed in appreciation of our country’s veterans and will help raise funds for a nonprofit veteran-support organization. Yakima Chief Hops (YCH) created a unique Veteran hop blend to benefit the Semper Fi Fun, a dedicated nonprofit organization that provides urgently needed resources and support for post 9/11 combat […]

Monday, November 12th, 2018
Inspiration and Innovation at Bellingham’s Green Building Slam, 10x10x10

Sustainable Connections announces the first Bellingham Green Building Slam on Friday, December 7 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Sylvia Center For the Arts, 205 Prospect Street, Bellingham. A simple idea started years ago by the Northwest Eco Building Guild in Seattle, this will be Bellingham’s most fun and inspirational green building event of the year. Ten presenters will […]

Monday, November 12th, 2018
Holiday Trees Benefiting Skookum Kids at Hotel Bellwether in December

Hotel Bellwether will be hosting its 7th annual Holiday Trees Benefiting Skookum Kids. Hotel Bellwether transforms into a Holiday Wonderland with festive trees decorated by local businesses on display during all of December. The public is encouraged to visit the hotel during the month of December to vote on their favorite tree. The kick-ff Holiday […]

Monday, November 12th, 2018
Lynden PRCA Rodeo Donates $50,000 to Cancer Patient Care

Tough Enough to Wear Pink, a committee of the Lynden PRCA Rodeo, recently donated $50,000 towards patient care to Bellingham’s PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center. The contribution is the highest total ever raised through 11 years of the rodeo’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign. Contestants, volunteers and spectators in the Lynden PRCA Rodeo, conducted […]

Monday, November 12th, 2018
Best of the West Travel to Bellingham for NCAA II Volleyball Regional Championships Nov. 15 -18

The Western Washington University volleyball team has been selected as the No. 1 seed in the West Region and will host the eight-team West Regional in the 2018 NCAA Division II Volleyball Championships in Bellingham this weekend, Nov. 15 – 17. Carver Gymnasium and WECU Court will serve as the host of the eight-team regional, […]

Monday, November 5th, 2018
Make.Shift Partners with Neighbors for 8th Annual Make.Sale Dec. 7 and 8

Make.Shift, Runaway Press, Cafe Velo and Icing on the Cake will partner to host Make.Shift’s Eighth Annual Holiday Make.Sale in the heart of Bellingham’s Arts District on Friday, Dec. 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. The event will feature locally designed and handmade goods from […]

Monday, November 5th, 2018
Mount Baker Theatre Presents Seattle International Comedy Competition’s Big Night

Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham announces the semifinals of the Seattle International Comedy Competition on the Main Stage, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.  This event is a pivotal night in America’s largest touring stand-up comedy festival, featuring the top ten contestants each showcasing ten minutes of material to try to win one of […]

Monday, November 5th, 2018
Mount Baker Theatre Invites Community to a Free Open House

Mount Baker Theatre invites the community to attend an Open House Tour on Friday, November 9 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.  The 91-year-old historic venue is located in downtown Bellingham’s Arts District on Commercial St. All ages are welcome. Activities include self-paced exploring with information from volunteer docents, hearing and seeing the vintage pipe […]

Friday, November 2nd, 2018
Nokkelost Cheese Available at Everybody’s Store for 2018 Holidays

Everybody’s Store in Deming, WA is pleased to provide and ship special Nokkelost cheese for your holiday table setting. Since 2001, Everybody’s store has been the American source for this thousand-year-old holiday cheese. Nokkelost first appeared in Holland during the Eleventh Century and then as time went on, it was embraced by Scandinavian people especially in Norway. […]

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
November is Feast Month at Chuckanut Brewery’s Kitchen

Looking to experience a different kind of food every time you visit the same restaurant? Look no further than Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen in November to feed your inner glutton! Every day a new Feast Month special will be on the menu at the Kitchen (601 W Holly St, Bellingham) to pair with amazing award […]

Friday, October 26th, 2018
Squalicum Harbor Fishing Fleet Recognized in New Interpretive Signs, Unveiling Ceremony Nov. 1

Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham is well-known as a prime location for recreational boaters to access the San Juan Islands and some of the best cruising grounds in the world.  But the harbor is also recognized as homeport to an active commercial fishing fleet of approximately 100 vessels which travel up and down the west coast […]

Thursday, October 25th, 2018
The Capitol Steps at Mount Baker Theatre Nov. 4, 2018

Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA announces a 3:00 p.m. matinee performance of political satire and musical comedy from Washington DC touring troupe The Capitol Steps on Sunday, November 4, 2018. This company has been producing timely, bipartisan humor on world politics and culture for 37 years.  Troupe members have 62 collective years of House […]

Thursday, October 18th, 2018
Chrysalis Spa Donates to Whatcom Center for Early Learning

The Chrysalis Inn & Spa presented their August spa donation in the amount of $2,100 to Whatcom Center for Early Learning in Bellingham, which provides comprehensive, family-centered early intervention services to children ages birth to three with developmental disabilities and delays. Some of the children have Down Syndrome, others are somewhere on the autism spectrum, […]

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
Downtown Bellingham Partnership Second Annual Holiday Wine Walk Nov. 9, 2018

After a successful event last fall, the Downtown Bellingham Partnership has announced the return of the Holiday Wine Walk, scheduled for Nov. 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will guide attendees on a tasting tour throughout 21 downtown venues. “We were thrilled to have such a successful first Holiday Wine Walk and […]

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
Port of Bellingham Switching to 100% Wind and Solar Energy

The Port of Bellingham is teaming up with Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to reduce its carbon footprint by purchasing 100 percent of its power from wind and solar energy sources.  The Port has signed on to the Green Direct program which allows eligible customers to buy electricity generated by renewable resources rather than the conventional […]

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
Western Washington University to Host 16th Annual Children’s Literature Conference Feb. 23

Western Washington University  in Bellingham, WA will host five award-winning children’s and young adult book authors and illustrators from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at Western’s Performing Arts Center as part of Western’s 16th Annual Children’s Literature Conference. The conference brings together teachers, librarians, readers, and writers to celebrate children’s […]

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
Sip Northwest 2018 Best of the Northwest Awards 9 Medals to Bellingham Craft Breweries

Sip Northwest magazine released its seventh annual Best of the Northwest awards issue in October 2018, including the winners of its grand tasting competition. In the beer category, nine medals were earned by craft breweries based in Bellingham, WA: Kulshan, Wander and Aslan. Kulshan Brewing won six medals including: Double Gold, Lager Kulshan Premium Lager […]

Monday, October 15th, 2018
WWU Volleyball Rises to No. 4 in AVCA Division II Coaches Poll

Riding a current 17-match winning streak, the Western Washington University volleyball team climbed two spots to No. 4 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Coaches Poll. WWU received 1,006 total poll points and tallied one first-place vote. The national top five includes Northern State (21-1), Nebraska-Kearney (24-1), Concordia-St. Paul (19-4), WWU (17-3) […]

Monday, October 15th, 2018
The Nutcracker Dec. 5 – 6, 2018 at Mount Baker Theatre

OPUS Performing Arts is proud to present The Nutcracker in collaboration with Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY) on December 5-6, 2018, 7 p.m. at Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA. Audiences will enjoy this classic winter ballet with a unique theatrical twist. The Nutcracker will feature OPUS’ younger ballet students as cupcakes, peppermints, gingersnaps […]

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
MIX Restaurants Opens First Location on West Holly in Bellingham

Today, MIX Restaurants opens its first location at 215 West Holly Street in Bellingham. MIX adds a new fast casual dining option to the popular downtown Bellingham area. The restaurant features local ingredients in its freshly tossed salads, toasty flatbread wraps, and broths topped with fresh ingredients for hungry lunch and dinner crowds. MIX is […]

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center: October is Community Conflict Resolution Month

The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC) invites the Bellingham community to join in recognition of October 2018 as Community Conflict Resolution Month. City of Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville and Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws have signed a Joint Proclamation recognizing October 2018 as Community Conflict Resolution Month. Governor Jay Inslee has also signed a similar […]

Monday, October 8th, 2018
The RE Store and Partners to Host First Trick or Treat in the Fountain District

The RE Store, SaviBank, and Heliotrope Hotel are heading up the first Trick or Treat at the Fountain, a family-friendly Halloween celebration at the Fountain District in Bellingham. “The Fountain District is such a welcoming and creative area of town. We’re excited to provide this opportunity for families to rediscover the many wonderful community resources […]

Monday, October 8th, 2018
Fairhaven Fa-La-La Caroling Competition is Winterfest Holiday Finale in Bellingham Dec. 22

Come experience the true spirit of the holiday season with the gift of giving through song at the first annual Fairhaven Fa-La-La Caroling Competition and Fundraiser on Saturday, December 22, 2018, from 3:00 to 5:30. Fairhaven Fa-La-La is the finale of Fairhaven Winterfest, a month-long celebration of the holidays in one of Bellingham’s most storied […]

Friday, October 5th, 2018
Cherry Point Science Forum Focuses on Research and Citizen Science at Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Oct. 13

The Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee is hosting its annual Cherry Point Science Forum to talk about research being done at Cherry Point and the Salish Sea at large. The forum is 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, at Bellingham Technical College, Building G, Room 102J, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. This […]

Thursday, October 4th, 2018
Lummi Nation Announces Purchase of Loomis Trail Golf Course in Blaine

The Lummi Nation announces the acquisition of the crown jewel of the Washington golfing community, Loomis Trail Golf Course. The Lummi Nation is excited to acquire this land and will take the formerly private course and open it to the entire golfing public as a public course. “This is much more than a golf course. […]

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
Hotel Bellwether Kicks Off Wine Tasting Series Oct. 11

The Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, WA will feature monthly Wine Tasting Socals on Oct. 11, Nov. 15, and Dec. 11, 2018. Each of these casual wine tasting events will take place in the hotel’s Compass Wine Room and will feature at least two wineries offering their best vintages for tasting and purchase. Guests are treated […]

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
October Beers from Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham

We’ve all been waiting for this cooler weather and Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham, WA is happy that there’s time to make some of their favorite one-off beers for autumn. New World Ale is the fall seasonal ale from Chuckanut and it’s out early in October. This moderate strength Pale Ale is made unique by the use […]

Monday, October 1st, 2018
Boundary Bay Brewery and D4 Productions Collaborate for Beer Release Dark Darkness: A Dark Porter

Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham, WA is partnering with local film producer, D4 Productions, to co-host The Darkness Convention. The event kicks off the release of Dark Darkness: A Dark Porter beer in cans as well as the campaign for the graphic novel adaptation of the screenplay for Dark Darkness’ feature film. Dark Darkness is […]

Monday, October 1st, 2018
Bellingham and Whatcom County Craft Breweries Win 55 Medals at 2018 National Beer Competitions

Bellingham and Whatcom County breweries continue to bring home awards. To date, the region’s 15 breweries have received at least 55 medals from seven 2018 beer competitions. Three additional honors bring the total awards to 58 for the year, making the region one of the top craft beer destinations in Washington State. The medal count […]

Friday, September 28th, 2018
Whatcom Community College Free Mental Health First Aid Classes, Oct. 15-18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sept. 28, 2018 Sign up for free mental health first aid classes Daylong classes offered Monday, Oct. 15 and Thursday, Oct. 18 Bellingham, Wash. – Whatcom Community College’s Area Health Education Center for Western Washington (AHECWW) is offering two free “Mental Health First Aid” classes in October. The Monday, Oct. 15 […]

Thursday, September 27th, 2018
Second Annual Whatcom Housing Week, Oct. 21-25

Bellingham, WA, September 27, 2018 – The Whatcom Housing Alliance, a new coalition created to help solve the housing crisis, announces the second annual Whatcom Housing Week, Sunday, October 21st – Thursday, October 25th. Housing Week aims to build awareness and support for innovative housing solutions that create diverse, vibrant, and healthy homes for all. Housing […]

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
Bellingham’s First Beer Run – Trails to Taps Relay Oct. 21

Whatcom Events is pleased to announce the first Trails to Taps Relay in Belllingham on Sunday, October 21, 2018.  Registration for the fun beer run is now open, and  75 of the 100 teams are already signed up.  To secure a team this year, only one runner needs to start a team to be guaranteed […]

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
Whatcom Community College awarded $5 million from the National Science Foundation

Whatcom Community College (WCC) in Bellingham, WA was recently awarded five grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that total nearly $5 million. The grants focus on improving STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and cybersecurity. This month, WCC was awarded a $3.6 million dollar grant titled “Collaborative Research: Community College Cyber Pilot (C3P) […]

Monday, September 24th, 2018
Chuckanut Brewery Wins Two Medals at 2018 GABF

Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham has done it again! Chuckanut beer was awarded two medals at the 2018 GABF (Great American Beer Festival): a gold for Chuckanut Dunkel Lager and a silver for Chuckanut Helles Lager were awarded in Denver, Colorado September 22, 2018. The GABF 2018 had 8,700 beers in various categories by 2,450 breweries […]

Monday, September 24th, 2018
Make.Shift Hosts 10-Year Anniversary Party and Silent Auction

Make.Shift will celebrate its 10th anniversary by throwing a free, all-ages party and silent auction. The free event on Sept. 29, 2018 will be held at Make.Shift located at 306 Flora Street in downtown Bellingham from 6 p.m. to midnight featuring karaoke, live performances, kid-friendly activities, and limited-edition anniversary merchandise. The silent auction will take […]