The Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., hosts free live noon-hour entertainment on Wednesdays in the Piano Lounge. It’s Lorraine Robinson Nov. 28 and Linda Roorda on Dec. 5.
From Nov. 29 through Dec. 22, a holiday bazaar is from 10 a.m. Thursdays to 4 p.m. Saturdays in the former Presbyterian Church on Karen Street, Deming. A variety of vendors offer handmade decorations and holiday gifts. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jansen Art Center brings regional musicians to the first-floor Piano Lounge each Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., with the Firehall Cafe open. Coming up are local band Soul Shadows on Nov. 29 and piano-singer duo Erik and Anissa on Dec. 6.
“It’s a Wonderful Life, the Musical” is the holiday production of the Lynden Performing Arts Guild 2018-19 season at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre. This musical is based on the 1946 film classic, tracing George Bailey’s life from childhood dreams to midlife disappointments and beyond, on a journey to discover whether his life has mattered at all. Twelve performances go through Dec. 9, split between 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. matinee stage times. Tickets $10, $12, $14. Ticket link at www.theclaire.org. Box office is open 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at 655 Front St., or call 360-354-4425.
The Bellingham Theatre Guild presents “Shipwrecked: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself)” to Dec. 9 at the 1600 H St. playhouse. Explore the line between fact and fiction as we try to make our mark in the world. Show times 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, $8 for pre-teen, online at www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com or call 360-733-1811 from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
The Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St., serves a hot breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. each Wednesday for $5.
“Reflections on the Election,” with Republican Randy Pepple and Democrat Cathy Allen, is the topic of the Wednesday, Nov. 28 Bellingham City Club meeting in Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. Program at 12:20 p.m. open to all. Details: www.bellinghamcityclub.org.
“Surviving the Holidays,” a grief share support seminar offering practical help, will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in North County Christ the King church, 1808 18th St., Lynden. Details: Sandra, 360-318-9446, email@example.com.
Local Jeffrey Elsner plays the Elvis role at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the Lynden Community Center. The noon hot meal of meat loaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables and salad is $6. Details: Cathi, 360-354-4501.
The Lynden Choral Society presents its performances of Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in Third Christian Reformed Church, 514 Liberty St. Soprano Katie Van Kooten-Weeda is the featured soloist, and The Starry Night Orchestra accompanies. The suggested donation is $20 per adult, $15 for students and seniors. 2018 is being celebrated as the 100th year of this cherished choral tradition in Lynden. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-354-2672.
The Lynden Community Center’s holiday pancake breakfast is from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 401 Grover St. Afterward, take part in all the special downtown events and sales. Adults $6, children $3. Proceeds benefit the center. Details: 360-354-4501.
The annual Ebenezer Wreath & Bake Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Fairway Center space at 1816 18th St. (next to WFC), Lynden. Get a jump on your holiday decorating and baking. Details: shilo, 360-420-7616, email@example.com.
Deming Holiday Tea
Friends of the Deming Library do their Holiday Tea at 5044 Mt. Baker Highway from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Enjoy delicious home-baked treats and tea as local talent performs. Details: 360-592-2422.
Library bazaar of kids’ creations
A holiday craft bazaar of crafts and treats made by kids and teens, all priced $5 or less, is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Lynden Library, 216 Fourth St. Kids ages 5-13 may sell; everyone can shop. Space is limited; registration required. Call to Melody at 360-354-4883.
Clan Heather Dancers perform, and there will be a Celtic-themed Christmas tree and Scottish and Irish treats at a holiday open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2013 Main St., Ferndale. Learn about volunteer and sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 Scottish Gathering. Details: 360-715-8682.
Everson Silver Tea
Friends of the Everson Library do their annual Silver Tea at 104 Kirsch Dr. from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Enjoy refreshments and local musical entertainment; Santa also visits! Details: 360-966-5100.
The Keepers of the Faith perform a gospel Christmas concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in Nooksack Valley Reformed Church, 602 Second St., Nooksack. Freewill offering, refreshments after. Details: Donna, 360-966-5165.
Alt Reads teen club
An Alt Reads teen book club will meet weekly at 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays (skipping Christmas) at the Lynden Library, 216 Fourth St., from Dec. 4 through Feb. 26, 2019.
Meet local authors of the South Fork Valley at noon Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Valley Highway (Highway 9). Details: Matthew, 360-305-6939.
North Fork holiday event
It’s Holiday Tea & Crafts for all ages from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the North Fork Community Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. in the east county. Expect cookies, hot beverages and seasonal music, and there will be all supplies to make your own holiday cards. Details: 360-599-2020.
Gingerbread Storytime for kids (up to second grade) is from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Lynden Library, 216 Fourth St. Enjoy story and song, then decorate your own gingerbread cookie. Details: 360-354-4883.