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Engaging Places Tours

The Engaging Places tours will highlight various ways we can explore, acknowledge, and honor the stories of place and community. Sign up to receive notifications as new tours are added.

RE Sources: A Changing Waterfront- the past, present, and future of the Bellingham Waterfront 

Biking Tour: Thursday, November 4th, from 3:00pm-4:30pm

Join RE Sources and Community Engagement Fellows for a 2.5 mile, flat, biking tour of the Bellingham Bay Waterfront.  We will meet at Zuanich Point Park Boathouse and roll from there.  We will discuss the pre-colonial and industrial history of Bellingham Bay and the cleanup process for restoring the 12 legacy contaminated sites on our waterfront.  We will also discuss what our City might shape up to look like in the future as we reimagine a new waterfront for our community and how you can influence this transformation.  Tour ends at I & J Waterway.

 

When:  Tours are limited to 12 people per tour, and will occur on: 

Thursday, November 4th, from 3:00pm-4:30pm


What to bring: Please be sure to bring your bike, helmet, and bike light as we will end just before dark. A reminder to dress for the weather and bringing a face mask is never a bad idea. 

 

For questions please contact Kirsten McDade, kirstenm@re-sources.org or (360) 220-0556

Walking Tour: Tuesday, November 2nd 3:30PM - 4:45 PM

Join RE Sources and Community Engagement Fellows for a half-mile walking tour, meeting at Waypoint Park.  We will discuss the pre-colonial and industrial history of Bellingham Bay and the cleanup process for restoring the 12 legacy contaminated sites on our waterfront.  We will also discuss what our City might shape up to look like in the future as we reimagine a new waterfront for our community and how you can influence this transformation.  Tour ends at I & J Waterway

When:  Tours are limited to 18 people per tour, and will occur on: 

Tuesday, November 2nd 3:30-4:45PM

What to bring: Please remember to dress for the weather and bringing a face mask is never a bad idea!

 

For questions please contact Kirsten McDade, kirstenm@re-sources.org or (360) 220-0556

Foothills Food Bank Annual Thanksgiving Box Preparation and Distribution

Foothills Food Bank Annual Thanksgiving Box Preparation and Distribution

Location Maple Falls, WA

What is the organization about? :

The Foothills Food Bank has been serving the Unincorporated East Whatcom Community since 1986. In 2020, the Food Bank relocated to its permanent home in building 2 of the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center campus. Our mission is to distribute quality, nutritious food to community members in need, and deliver services with respect and dignity. We offer an in-person, grocery style shopping experience where individuals and families have access to fresh and frozen produce, dairy products, meat, proteins, canned and dry goods, and bread.

 

What will the participants be doing?

There are two opportunities to participate. 

1) Thanksgiving Box preparation and Foothills Food Bank tour- Monday, November 22nd, Time 9am-12pm.

Engaging Places Tour – Foothills Food Bank preparation help

Participants will be helping us prepare for our annual Thanksgiving distribution! Two to three volunteers are needed, and they should arrive at 8255 Kendall Rd, Maple Falls WA by 8:50. The week of Thanksgiving tends to be our busiest of the year; we’re expecting to serve around 300 families. We need help packing Thanksgiving boxes and stocking to prepare for our distribution the following day. After we prepare the Thanksgiving boxes, participants will be taken on a tour of our new state-of-the-art facility within the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center.

When: Monday, November 22nd, Time 9am-12pm.

 

Where: 8255 Kendall Rd, Maple Falls WA


What to bring: Masks required and we recommend dressing for the weather, as temperatures can be a bit lower here in East County.

Covid Requirements: Masks are required. Volunteers/participants will also need to sign in and verify they haven't been experiencing any symptoms or if they/a household member had a positive test in the last 14 days. 

2) Thanksgiving Box distribution and Foothills Food Bank tour-Tuesday, November 23rd, Half day event starting at 7:30 am and the tour starts at 12:30am

Participants will be helping us with our annual Thanksgiving distribution! The week of Thanksgiving tends to be our busiest of the year; we’re expecting to serve around 300 families. Our clients will have the opportunity to shop as usual, but they will also be receiving a pre-packed box full of Thanksgiving essentials. We will need help with replenishing shelves, distributing Thanksgiving boxes, and assisting clients as needed (reaching for items from shelves, helping load their items into their vehicles, returning carts to the distribution area). After the distribution is complete, participants will be taken for a tour of our new state-of-the-art facility within the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center.

When: Tuesday, November 23rd, Half day event starting at 7:30 am and the tour starts at 12:30am

Where: 8255 Kendall Rd, Maple Falls WA


What to bring: Masks required and we recommend dressing for the weather, as temperatures can be a bit lower here in East County.

Covid Requirements: Masks are required. Volunteers/participants will also need to sign in and verify they haven't been experiencing any symptoms or if they/a household member had a positive test in the last 14 days. 

 Allied Arts of Whatcom County: Tour of the 42nd Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts

Allied Arts of Whatcom County: Tour of the 42nd Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts: Tuesday, December 7th, from 5:00pm-6:00pm

Tour of the 42nd Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts including learning about the history of the event and see the director's choice  - items for the year as well as meet vendors and learn about their work. 

The Holiday Festival of the Arts is an indoor and online, 5 week-long festival featuring over 100 artisans from our region. Aside from vendors selling their wares, the festival boasts live music, workshops for children and artists demonstrating their craft. The twofold purpose of our festivals is to encourage and support the creation and sale of locally produced fine art and craft while providing an opportunity to connect artists and craftspeople with the general public.

We are open 10am-7pm, 7days a week November 19th until December 24th 2021. We can’t wait to see you there!

 

When:  Tuesday, December 7th from 5:00pm -6:00pm

Where: 1418 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225


What to bring: Masks required

PAST ENGAGING PLACES TOURS

October 2021

"Bellingham History from Below" 

Co-hosted by historian and WWU associate professor, Dr. Josh Cerretti. Focusing on the evolution of Bellingham’s waterfront and industries from the 1850s to the present, and on the ways that racism and white supremacy have shaped the community and region. 

"An especially valuable part of the experience was)...learning about the true history of Whatcom County and learning about the multiple events that were orchestrated to push people of color out of the area and harm them. Also, Josh was a fun host and really passionate about his work making it all the more engaging!"

-Sarah Simpson- Whatcom Community College

September 2021

FLUID FORMATIONS EXHIBIT

Co-hosted by the Whatcom Museum and led by Curator of Art and CE Fellow Amy Chaloupka.  

Celebrating a rich legacy unique to our region, Fluid Formations features the art of fifty-seven contemporary artists working in glass. The tour will be centered around the importance of place for this particular exhibition.

"An especially valuable part of the experience was the amazing expertise of Amy and the community experience”

-Emily Flarry - Western Washington University