h5. Utilize our handy-dandy summer events guide and you’ll be having enough fun to put even the Wilson brothers to shame

With summer comes beaches, sunshine and an occasional onset of pure apathy. Before you find yourself in the middle of September, wondering where the summer went, consider exploring some of the events that Bellingham has to offer; that way, when your friends ask you what you did during the summer, you have more to say then, “I dunno. Nothing.”

h6. Sports and Outdoors

*All-Comers Track Meets*
Remember in high school when you were an athlete and actually in shape? If you’re getting a wee bit nostalgic for the good ol’ days of running in the sun, come and participate in track events including the 800 meter, 100 meter, jogger’s mile, 200 meter, 1500 meter, 400 meter, 4x100 meter relay and field events including the long jump, high jump, triple jump, shot put and pole vault. All ability levels are welcome. Every Monday from June 19 to August 14 you have a chance to compete and remind yourself of how you’ve let yourself go during college. All-ages events start at 7 p.m. and the cost is $3 per meet or $20 for a seasons pass. For more information, contact Bellingham Parks and Recreation at (360) 676-6985.

*Lake Padden Triathlon*
Whether you’re trying your first triathlon, or you’re a seasoned pro, there is a spot for you in this popular Bellingham tradition. In fact, there is both a competitive and recreational division, so you don’t have to worry about being completely embarrassed. The competitive race is a half mile swim, a 21 mile road bike and 5.2 mile run. The recreational race is a sprint length triathlon—the shortest distance, and also the best for beginners— with a quarter mile swim, 10 mile bike and a 2.6 mile run. The race is on Saturday, June 24 at the Lake Padden bath house, with the competitive race starting at 8:30 a.m. and the recreational race starting at 1:00 p.m. The cost is $40 if you register before June 14, and $50 after. For more information, call (360) 647-7665, or check out the web site at www.cob.org/races.

*Skyhoundz Frisbee Dog Show*
For those of you who’d rather have your canine companion do all the running, the Skyhoundz Frisbee Dog Show competition is a lovely option for you. This event is free, and open to all dogs and their owners. Points are given for distance and overall number of catches. You have all summer to prepare, as the competition will be on Sunday, September 3, 2006 at the Lake Padden ball fields. For more information, contact the Bellingham Parks and Recreation office at (360) 676-6985.

h6. Literature and the Arts

*Whatcom Poetry Series: The Poet as Art*
A dozen of the most talented poets in the county will be featured at this special event at Fairhaven’s famous Village Books. The poets will read their own work as well as poetry by featured poets of the Whatcom Poetry Series. This event will take place on Friday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Village Books Readings Gallery. For more information, contact Village Books at (360) 671-2626.

*Robin Meyers: Why the Christian Right is Wrong*
Pastor Robin Meyers, whose church in Oklahoma City is a self-proclaimed “unapologetically liberal church,” challenges the “moral values” held by the Christian Right and makes the assertion that they “are anything but moral and distinctly un-Christian.” Meyers has appeared on “ABC World News Tonight,” “Dateline NBC,” and “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” and he is a nationally renowned peace activist. Village Books will have him on Saturday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m. for more information, contact Village Books at (360) 671-2626.

*Figure Drawing Intensive!*
Since the art classes at Western are difficult to get into, this class offered by the Whatcom Museum of History and Art is a perfect opportunity to work on your figure drawing skills. Artist and illustrator D.W. Miller will teach the class, and will focus on short gesture drawings, longer poses and strategies for depicting proportion. You should have some drawing experience if you chose to attend, but all are welcome! The cost is $95 and $80 for members, and you need to register before Tuesday, June 20. The classes will be Tuesday through Thursday, June 27-29, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Contact the Whatcom Museum at (360) 676-6985.

*Multicultural Textile Art Camp with Jacqueline James*
Not only will you be immersed in the colorful world of textiles from other countries, but you will have the opportunity to make some to decorate your room! Activities include Japanese Shibori tie-dye, African batik, Australian Aboriginal pattern painting and the printed patterns of India. This is aimed at younger kids, but adults are welcomed too. Registration closes on July 3, 2006, and the classes will be Monday through Friday, July 10 through 14, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Contact the Whatcom Museum at (360) 676-6985 for more information.

*La Bella Strada Arts Festival and Chalk Artfest*
This is the fourteenth year that the sidewalks of downtown Bellingham will be covered during the Chalk Artfest. There will also be 85 local and regional artist vendors, children’s activities, food and live entertainment. The event will occur on August 12 and 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and is free to attend, though artists will be charged a registration fee. For more information, call (360) 676-8548.

h6. Music and Movies

*Boulevard Park Concert Series*
Boulevard Park is one of the most popular and beautiful waterfront areas in Bellingham, and you can not only enjoy a gorgeous sunset over the brilliant waters, but free music as well. All concerts will be on Saturdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
June 17: Electric Shades of Blue
July 1: Spoonshine
July 15: Monday Night Project
July 29: The Walrus
August 12: The Kooks.

*Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema*
A local tradition for years, Fairhaven’s Village Green is host to a wide array of movies during the summer. Suggested donation is $4 per person, or $10 for a family.

*Cult Movie Night*
For those of you who are less interested in pop flicks, the Traveling Pickford Show Thursday Cult Movie Night at Boundary Bay provides more adult entertainment. You must be 21 to attend the movies, but when you do, bring blankets and lawn chairs to get comfy and enjoy the films. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and the suggested donation is $5 per person.