Best Bets: PetStop sponsors 32nd annual Kids Dog Show


Children fifth grade and younger are welcome to enter their friendly dog into the 32nd annual Kids' Dog Show on Saturday, March 1.

Local pet supply store PetStop is sponsoring this year's event, which will let children enter their pet pooch into at least eight categories of competition, where everyone is a winner, according to Bellingham Parks and Recreation.

The show will happen at the Bloedel Donovan Community Building on 2214 Electric Ave. Check in is at 10 a.m., and judging begins at 10:30 a.m.

The event is free with a donation of one can of dog food to a local animal shelter, and categories include best costume, most laid back, happiest face, tallest, shortest, longest ears, loosest skin, most colorful/eye-catching, and more. There will also be prizes, a demonstration by a police dog, a photo booth and helpful pet care information, according to Parks and Recreation.

Pre-registration is recommended by calling 360-778-7000.


The streets of Lynden will be empty on Saturday, March 1, as the basketball-crazed city heads south to Mount Vernon High School to watch three teams play in the regional round of the state high school girls' and boys' basketball tournaments.

The Lynden Christian girls, who won the Class 1A District 1-2-3 title, get things started at noon when they face Freeman High, located southeast of Spokane. The two teams met in the state semifinals last year, with the Lyncs falling by a single point.

Lynden High School takes center stage in the evening, when the Lions girls' and boys' teams, who each won their respective Class 2A District 1-2 titles, play back-to-back at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The girls face Olympic, while the boys get Sumner.

With wins, each team is looking to move on to its respective state quarterfinals, which will be held Thursday, March 6, at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

In between the Lynden schools, Mount Vernon will host a 2 p.m. 2A girls' regional between Burlington-Edison and Port Angeles and a 4 p.m. Class 1B girls' regional between Mount Vernon Christian and Waterville.

All-day tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students with ASB card, seniors (62 and older) and children 5-11).


Join Skagit poet and naturalist Andrea L. Weiser as she reads from her two new collections of poetry books, "Thunder Blossom" and "River Bed" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Weiser is a naturalist, archaeologist and author who derives inspiration from hiking, skiing, scrambling and kayaking the mountains, canyons, and rivers of the American west. She lives with her husband and daughter near the edge of wilderness and North Cascades National Park.

Weiser's poems and essays have been published in Prism, Kinesis, Images, Wambliota News, The Durango Valley Herald, Roofbeam, Surviving the Western State of Mind: A Montana Writer’s Daybook, The Eureka Journal, The Tracker, and American Whitewater. Her passionate style is both captivating and revealing as she explores a relationship with the natural world and discovers insights about human nature. She holds a BA in writing and an MA in archaeology.

Details: 360-671-2626,

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