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Old Set tlers Picnic Whatcom County's 125th Annual Celebration
at Pioneer Park in Ferndale Gates open at noon both days
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Senior Citizen’s Day
Saturday, July 24th
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Play Whatcom Table of Contents 2: Point Whitehorn 4: Pizza places 6: Day trips 10: Vintage Farming Days 12: Tour de Whatcom 14: Whatcom’s waterfalls 16: Woodstock Farm
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A different way to Point Whitehorn beach
The final descent to Point Whitehorn beach is a built stairway that storms no doubt take out from time to time. The non-motorized access to the bluff above is from Grandview or Aldergrove roads. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)
Walking, biking access a mile off Grandview is worth checking out By Calvin Bratt email@example.com
WHATCOM — People have become familiar with the main park-like access to Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve: a three-quarter-mile walk through coastal forest to bluff stairway down to the rocky beach below. The views and saltwater air never fail to refresh the spirit. In addition to the natural treasure of the immediate environment, the day hiker can
view the shipping pier of the BP Refinery at Cherry Point and also out to the San Juans Islands in the Georgia Strait and beyond. The vehicular way in, from Interstate 5, is Grandview Road all the way west to its turn onto Koehn Road and then another left turn into marked parking lot. You are on Point Whitehorn. Another way to beach But there is another public-access route to bluff views and the beach. It is granted courtesy of property owner BP Refinery for biker and walker day use only — no motorized vehicles allowed in. The start is at a signed gate, a three-way stop, where Holeman joins Grandview, a half mile short of the Koehn Road turn. Parking is limited;
please do not block either the gate or the intersection. Ahead of you, southward, lies a gentle rise of road. Striking out, enjoy the flowered fields around you and views eastward toward Mount Baker. Topping a gentle crest, you can see your water destination ahead. The whole distance is about a mile. On a weekend at least, you will likely encounter other walkers and bikers and their dogs on the same pastoral quest. Where roadway reaches bluff and turns into Aldergrove, on a rise of trail you have your safe but rewarding view seaward. The nearest smaller islands are the triplets Patos, Sucia and Matia while beyond is larger Orcas. A sign warns that the cliffs beyond this point may
be unstable and should not be attempted unless you accept the risk involved. To read the particulars of liability, check out state law RCW 4.24.210. Size up your capabilities. But the steep trail down is definitely doable. When footing gets to where you should use all fours, in fact a rope is secured trailside for controling your descent. Beware of rope burn, and also steer clear of the crowding brambles. In no time at all, you’re at the final 17-step crude stairway to beach. What to expect, enjoy Right here is not technically the 54-acre Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve, but the stretches of beach all join up, making this Washington Continued on next page
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Trails description of the setting still apropos: “Bluff areas and the coastal forests above provide excellent habitat for bald eagle and Cooper’s, sharp-shinned and red-tailed hawks. Native mammals are also regularly spotted there. “The more than two miles of rocky beach are a great place to see tidepools and small marine life. You might see harlequin duck, bufflehead, snow goose and brant near and along the extensive shoreline. “Just offshore you’ll likely see a range of birds exploring the kelp forests alongside harbor porpoises and harbor seals. From fall through spring you could see redthroated, common and Pacific loons, Brandt’s, pelagic and double-breasted cormorants, Bonaparte’s, California and glaucous-winged gulls, and western, red-necked and horned grebes. “Because the area is a sanctuary for seals, birds and other creatures, please give
The Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve is pristine saltwater beach with public access. wildlife a wide berth.” With a binoculars you may be able to determine the name or origin of a ship unloading oil at the BP pier. With the luck of a low tide, find extra interesting intertidal life between the rocks,
or under them. If you’ve packed a snack, this is the time to find a comfortable spot amongst the driftwood and recall why you live in an area of the world where this delight is just an easy hour’s jaunt from home.
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“We do allow people in the county to use it,” said BP’s Pamela Brady of the privately owned property. It was acquired some years ago to protect against any development, and the fields are leased for farm hay to be made there.
Pizza places, endless options First criteria are crust and taste, but it goes way beyond that too By Elisa Claassen for the Lynden Tribune
I practically lived on pizza during my college years at Western Washington University. It was easy, fast and affordable for the poor collegiate running between classes. But you don’t have to be a student to savor various pizza, and the whole business has gone more upscale. Bellingham is home to the Wood Stone Corporation, producer of special wood-fired pizza ovens used by the likes of elite Canlis Restaurant of Seattle among 18,000 oven installations worldwide. It’s hard to narrow down Whatcom County’s options to a mere few. Contributors to this listing said picking a favorite pizza establishment should be broken down by crust type, use of certain ovens and any association with a brewery or delivery option. Anyway, here we go with who made the cut, in alphabetical order: Cascade Pizza, 2431 Meridian St., Bellingham: Since 1978, this place has been special with fresh tomatoes, Panstyle pizza, East Coast-style grinders and savory baked Italian pasta dishes. It has been a consistent family choice. Coconut Kenny’s has six locations in a local chain including Bellingham, Lynden and Ferndale. Former Bellingham fire captain Ken Krumdiak came home on holiday with an idea for a restaurant. He left those laughing in the dust when the concept caught on and grew. “All their pizzas are amazing, so I don’t have favorite. I love the Hawaiian-themed variety. They have amazing
Fat Pie Pizza in Fairhaven offers rooftop dining with a view. (Elisa Claassen/Lynden Tribune) crust and their cheese bread is delicious and unique as well,” said Amy Malone. “It’s the only place you can eat Mac and Cheese on a pizza with drizzled BBQ sauce and bacon bits, if I may add,” said Cecily Welch. Fat Pie Pizza, 1015 Harris St., Bellingham: It opened in Fairhaven in 2014 with one
very simple goal — to bring the unique pizza styles of Chicago, Detroit and Brooklyn home to Bellingham. Jeff Slotemaker said, “The pizza is top-notch. Much is locally sourced. The views from the rooftop dining are world-class.” LaFiamma Wood Fire Pizza, 200 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham: This is a kid-friendly
pizzeria with heated deck and sprawling dining room adjacent to the Saturday Farmers Market. Its “to go” window is named Pye Hole, good for a huge slice of pizza for $5, and open late. One complimented it as “best for a thin crust.” Drew Daly said, “Wow! As a Continued on next page
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New York transplant, pizza is close to my heart. LaFiamma measures up, for sure. It’s a different style, but the real deal.” MOD Pizza, Barkley Village, Bellingham: Walk through an assembly line and point at what you want at this chain location. Brady Gustafson said, “Convenient and tasty and affordable.” Jasmine Nichole Villa added, “Best gluten-free option and you can create your own pizza with as many amazing toppings. It tastes fantastic. Being GF I won’t go anywhere else.” North Fork Brewery, 6186 Mt. Baker Highway, Deming: This requires a drive into the countryside along Mt. Baker Highway to a casual setting to enjoy a pint and pizza, often in the company of friends coming or going from skiing or hiking. Leslie Carson said, “Best sausage and pepperoni pizza New York style.” OVN Wood Fired Pizza, 1148 10th St., Bellingham: Expect Neapolitan-inspired pizza at 800 degrees. “Located in
Fairhaven with amazing crust and unique toppings,” said Dempsie Morrison. The Rustic Fork, 442 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine: It opened during COVID with water views toward Canada, a heated patio, rustic décor. Pasta is made from scratch; also Italian-inspired appetizers and desserts go with live music. Wednesdays are Screaming Pizza nights. Storia Cucina, 109 Grand Ave. #102, Bellingham: San Francisco restauranteur Jonathan Cicotti brings classic Italian food and drinks. This is near the courthouse and museum and across from Henderson’s Books. “The service is amazing, food is so good and drinks are flipping yum,” said Autumn Mattson. Syros Greek & Italian Restaurant, 311 Front St., Lynden: This family-run restaurant is time-tested for more than 24 years in downtown Lynden. Lisa Oostema said, “The cheese! I’ve never had such an amazing cheese piz-
You can get gluten-free at MOD Pizza in Barkley. za!” Lynden’s Craig Engels seconded her choice for the Greek special. Tino’s Pizza & Pasta Co., Valley Village Shopping Mall, Sudden Valley: Marie Matteson of Sudden Valley said, “Local is a relative term. Tino’s in Sudden Valley is an excellent place. They offer pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soups and have gluten-free crust options. Local beer and wine. It’s family owned.” Westside Pizza with sites
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in Bellingham, Lynden, Everson and Ferndale: The chain operates by “Eat it. Love it. We guarantee it.” Fresh ingredients are prepared daily. “Best for a thicker crust and delivery” was one comment. Zeeks Pizza, 2416 Meridian St., Bellingham: Dotti Johnson Goldsmith said, “I like Zeeks Pizza. Great options. It just opened in the old Fountain Drug building. My daughter rented an apartment above the Zeeks on Queen Anne when she went to Seattle Pacific University. I’m happy we have one here now.” “Go eat at Zeeks Pizza Bellingham and you will know the answer to your quest,” said Cathy Thompson. Also mentioned by folks in our social-media survey were Chair 9, Cicchittis, Elizabeth Station, Fairhaven Pizza, Green’s, Mambo Italiano, Papa Murphy’s, Pizza-zza, Roundtable Pizza, and Whole Foods. Many locals miss Goat Mountain, Shakey’s Pizza, Stanello’s and Godfathers.
Five day-trip destinations
With its stunning mix of water and natural prairie upland, it’s no wonder that Ebey’s Landing on west Whidbey Island was a choice of first white settlers as well as a valued spot to native Americans. (Brent Lindquist/Lynden Tribune)
From farmers markets to always-stunning Deception Falls By Bill Helm firstname.lastname@example.org
WHATCOM — With Bellingham as point zero, these are some day trips that a new arrival to the area is eager to check out or has had recommended to him: Ebey’s Landing, Whidbey Island In a tiny park on a bluff on Whidbey Island, Ebey’s Landing is essentially at the gateway of Puget Sound. There’s plenty of things
to do for everyone, from the history buff to the trail runner, such as observing working farms or strolling through the seaport town of Coupeville for a scoop of ice cream at Kapaws Iskreme on Front Street where the portions are generous. Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve preserves the historical, agricultural and cultural traditions of both Native and European American, and offers recreational opportunities for the like-minded. Consistent with CDC recommendations, anyone not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. More help: https://www. nps.gov/ebla/planyourvisit/ index.htm.
Everett AquaSox If you’re a fan of Major League Baseball, you’ll love minor league baseball. It’s the perfect opportunity to see young professional ballplayers as they prepare to make the show. Just an hour from Lynden, the Everett AquaSox are a minor league baseball team in the High-A West League. Everett first fielded a team in 1984 as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Eleven years later, the Mariners began their affiliation with Everett and renamed the team the AquaSox. In 2010, Everett won its first Northwest League championship as the AquaSox. In 2021, the AquaSox were advanced to be the Mariners’ High-A Affiliate instead of the
Short-Season Single-A Affiliate, marking their first year as a full-season club. The AquaSox play home games at Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium; opened 34 years ago in 1984, it has a seating capacity of 3,682. League games are from early May through the third week of September. Home games are played at Funk Field, 3900 Broadway St., Everett. More help: email info@ aquasox.com or call 425258-3673. To buy tickets, visit www.milb.com/everett. Farmers Markets There are enough farmers markets in Whatcom County that visiting just one may not do justice. Why not make day See Day Trips on page 8
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trips out of visiting several? For some, there’s no better way to spend a day than supporting the area’s local growers. With the COVID-19 pandemic hopefully ending, Whatcom County boasts several farmers markets for folks to buy the freshest of locally grown and locally sourced produce, as well as a myriad of other treats both edible and otherwise. The Bellingham Farmers Market is open Wednesdays (4-7 p.m. June through August) and Saturdays (10 a.m. until 2 p.m. through December) at The Depot, 1100 Railroad Ave. More help: www.bellinghamfarmers.org. The Blaine Farmers Market is open 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturdays through October at the G Street Plaza downtown. Visit facebook.com/blainemarket for more information. In the Grocery Outlet parking lot Fridays now through early October is the Ferndale Farmers Market, a place for local vendors and farmers to celebrate good, hard, honest work. More help: www.ferndalepublicmarket. org. June through September, the Lynden Farmers Market is open Saturdays 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Centennial Park, corner of Fourth and Grover streets. For folks still not comfort-
The Lynden Farmers Market runs from June through September on Saturdays in Centennial Park at the Fourth and Grover streets. (File photo) able mingling in public, online shopping is available from the Lynden market to allow customers to place a single order for products from multiple vendors. Visit https://lyndenfm.eatfromfarms.com. In Maple Falls, the Twin Sisters Market has two locations, both open Saturdays through October. Hours at the Nugent’s Corner roundabout (Hwy. 542) are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while at North Fork Library (7506 Kendall Road) it’s 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Visit www.twinsistersmarket.com
for more information. Whatcom Falls Park Nobody said that a day trip had to be two hours from home. Whatcom Falls Park is a 241-acre park pretty much in the middle of Bellingham. The park has four sets of waterfalls and more than three miles of walking trails. Whatcom Falls Park also has a fishing pond for children age 14 and younger, two tennis courts, athletic fields, and picnic tables and shelters that can be rented from the parks department of-
fice. Whirlpool Falls is located along the Whirlpool Loop Trail and is a very popular swimming hole within the park. The falls themselves are only about 10 feet high, but the cliffs adjacent to the falls are about 30 feet high. Visit https://www.wta. org/go-hiking/hikes/whatcom-falls-park. Deception Pass area Technically DecepContinued on next page
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tion Pass Bridge and Canoe Pass Bridge are two separate bridges. But collectively to most people, they’re known as Deception Pass. No matter, what you call it — or them — sits about 18 stories above the water, depending on the tide, in the tight gap of surging sea between Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island. At 4,134 acres, Deception Pass State Park has about 15 miles of saltwater shoreline, as well as three lakes and 35 miles of trails. Even though Deception Pass is arguably the state’s most popular park, there are more than a fair share of isolated spots there to explore. The state park’s hiking trails range from easy to challenging. Campsites offer ocean, mountain, forest or lake views. With salt and freshwater fishing, kayaking, swimming, picnicking and camping, there’s something for everyone. More help: https://whidbeycamanoislands.com/de- The 85-year-old Deception Pass bridge span is undergoing some inspection and ception-pass-state-park/. maintenance this summer, so beware of delays at that point on State Route 20.
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Vintage Farming Days back for 2021
Vintage Farming Days features a wide variety of antique tractors and farm implements, most of which still run and are demonstrated at the Berthusen Park event. Dates this year are Aug. 4-7. (Brent Lindquist/Ferndale Record)
Rumely Oil Pull tractors are featured this year; kids’ scramble is for $1,000 in coins By Brent Lindquist email@example.com
LYNDEN — The Puget Sound Antique Tractor and Machinery Association’s annual Vintage Farming Days show returns in August after missing 2020 due to COVID-19, and it brings with it some new features for visitors to enjoy. For the first time since the show began about 50 years ago, Rumely Oil Pull tractors
will be the featured machines, running on a unique system that hearkens back to the early 20th century. “They burned kerosene, but they put a lightweight motor oil in the radiator because kerosene’s not very flammable,” tractor club member Larry McPhail said. “If you put oil in the radiator, you can run the tractor a lot hotter and you don’t have to have antifreeze in the wintertime. If you have the motor hotter, then the kerosene burns better and more economical.” There will likely be more than 20 of these 7-ton machines at the tractor show, set to take place Aug. 4-7 on the club’s grounds at Berthusen Park. Each year, the show features a straw pile with prizes
or candy for kids to find. This year, an anonymous donor has donated $1,000 worth of coins to be placed in the hay. For the first time ever, the club plans to run two miniature trains for kids to ride instead of just one, and these train rides are free of charge. McPhail said visitors to Berthusen Park can see the black walnut tree that was relocated from the Lynden Chamber of Commerce growing on the grounds now. Also, the club has relocated a building from Northwood Road to be used as a church. “Originally it maybe came from the fairgrounds,” McPhail said. “We’re not really sure of the history of it. It’s gonna look pretty new by the time we get some paint on it.” McPhail said the church
will be located on a concrete foundation between the bookstore and the log cabin on the show grounds. In addition to these new features, the tractor show brings back mainstays such as grain threshing, steam and gas sawmill demonstrations, gas engines, tractor pulls, antique trucks, tractors and machinery, antique car clubs, a blacksmith, the bookstore, a daily parade, special theme displays and vintage farm toys. Entry for adults is $10 and kids ages 8 to 12 are $3. Children 7 and under are free, and seniors ages 65 and older get in for $7. Veterans with proper ID enter for free on Thursday, Aug. 5. Visit www.vintagefarmingdays.net for more information.
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Tour de Whatcom bike ride back on track
The options of different distance of Tour de Whatcom ride this year are 22, 44, 62 and 100 miles. (Courtesy photo)
Skipping some extras, it will be the basic thrill of road and great scenery By Hailey Palmer firstname.lastname@example.org
WHATCOM — Cyclists from Whatcom County and beyond can welcome back the Tour de Whatcom bike ride this summer, scheduled for Saturday, July 17. Tour de Whatcom did not happen last year due to COVID. The event, put on by Whatcom Events, will look a little different than in other
years to allow for social distancing and other safety precautions. But even though scaled back, coordinator Anna Rankin said, there’s still plenty to be excited about. “We are doing a subdued version of it,” Rankin said. “We’re not going to be having the big after-party and mass start we’ve normally had. We’re going to do staggered starts, but we’re still going to provide road service and road markings and rest stops along the way.” Even before it was announced that the state would be reopening in full by July 1, the Tour de Whatcom staff was planning to hold the race this summer. The race will go without any big gatherings after the
finish line this year. Other than that and some other small changes, Rankin said most of it will look and feel the same. “Boundary Bay is still going to open for riders to gather and talk to one another in the beer garden and get drinks,” she said. “It’s just that we’re not going to be there doing raffles and the things we normally do. We’re essentially giving people maps, routes, support and water along the way.” With one-third of the riders coming from Canada typically, Rankin said the overall number of Tour de Whatcom participants is expected to be down a bit this year — since the border remains closed to non-essential travel.
Participants can choose among the distance options of 22, 44, 62 and 100 miles. Rankin said the 100-mile ride in particular is what they hear the most positive feedback on, time after time. “We live in such a beautiful place and for the most part these roads all have really good shoulders and scenery and that’s something you don’t find in every town,” she said. “We get so many people that come from Seattle and B.C. and so many other places because you can’t really get that in those areas.” Registration for the race is now open at ccnbikes. com/#!/events/tour-de-whatcom-2021. Walk-up registration the day of the race will be limited.
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Visit the waterfalls of Whatcom County Explore a cataract, or cool down in one on a hot day By Elisa Claassen for the Lynden Tribune
“There is a waterfall in every dream. Cool and crystal clear, it falls gently on the sleeper, cleansing the mind and soothing the soul.” — Virginia Alison WHATCOM — The Northwest fourth corner can inspire anyone to grab hiking boots, water bottles and head out the door. And in search of what this time? How about local waterfalls! “Freeway Falls,” Lake Samish area near Interstate 5 northbound milepost 245 There is space to stop to look more closely, but maybe just slow down and look out the window. Across the freeway along North Lake Samish Drive between the freeway on and off ramps and the north end of the lake are a series of small waterfalls that can be viewed more easily with pull-out parking. There is no signage. Lake Whatcom Park – Hertz Trail, at the end of North Shore Drive outside of Bellingham To reach the trailhead, watch for signs on the last portion of road. This 6.2-mile (round-trip) trail is fairly flat and a favorite of families with children and pets, following former Bellingham Bay & Eastern Railway right-of-way between mountain and Lake Whatcom. The trail is named for former Bellingham Mayor Ken Hertz. Water views of Sudden Valley, Camp Firwood (and its island, three-acre Reveille Island) are punctuated with the sounds of motor boats. The main waterfall is adja-
cent to the first bridge and requires a little hiking for closer views. Lookout Mountain Waterfall Trail, near Sudden Valley’s Gate 9 along Lake Louise Road According to Alltrails.com, the Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve is a 4.6-mile heavily trafficked trail with a waterfall. While I have not gone to the top lookout, the waterfall is substantial. There is a good parking lot with new flush restrooms. No parking pass is required. The waterfall loop is only 1.1 mile round-trip with a 200-foot elevation gain. Nooksack Falls, 7.4 miles east of Glacier, almost to milepost 41 Leave the Mt. Baker Highway onto unpaved Wells Creek Road. The steep woodland creates abundant falls and rapids on the North Fork of the Nooksack River. This one is just a short walk from parking. The banks above the falls have sandy “beaches.” Additional fencing has been added in recent years to keep visitors from trying to get too close to the top of the 88-foot falls. More than 100 years ago, the site was used for hydropower for the mining industry. No parking pass required. Marine Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. in Old Town Bellingham A hidden Whatcom Creek waterfall is under the Dupont Street bridge. A short trail follows the creek upstream, attracting both homeless residents and local workers. In the area is the Whatcom County Courthouse. Racehorse Falls, access off the Mosquito Lake and then North Fork roads Finding Racehorse Falls requires a map and careful driving on forest road. From Mount Baker Highway, turn onto Mos-
Whatcom Falls Park in Bellingham shows off various rapids of Whatcom Creek. (Elisa Claassen/Lynden Tribune) quito Lake Road and go over the Nooksack River, turn left/ north onto the first road, North Fork. It is initially paved, but continues to unpaved. One parking lot before a small rustic bridge doesn’t require any parking passes (the other small parking strip further up the hillside does require a permit). The upper trail is easy for all ages, although be careful near a cliff edge that some try to rappel down. Another trail, partially destroyed in a landslide, takes visitors through woods and creek and requires more skill, climbing over fallen logs and fording the creek. Whatcom Falls Park, 1401 Electric Ave., Bellingham Access is easy off Lakeway Drive 1.5 miles from the free-
way, between historic Bayview Cemetery and Lake Whatcom. Many visitors even come on their lunch hours. Several miles of trails take visitors from the largest falls by the WPA-built stone bridge (repurposed from a building) to a series of other waterfalls along Whatcom Creek. The beauty has been deadly at times, as both children and adults cool off in hot weather or plain get too close to the mossy edges. The park has signage warning that no life guards are on duty. Notes: As on any hike, bring good shoes for traction, and enough water, and inform others of your plans. Some areas in Whatcom County’s foothills have poor cell phone service.
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Woodstock Farm, a south Bellingham park off Chuckanut Drive, is good for views to water or just enjoying the historical flavor. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)
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Farmers Day Parade* 10:30 a.m. ...................July 17 Vintage Farming Days & Antique Tractor Show....................... August 4-7 Northwest Washington Fair & Lynden PRCA Rodeo ................... August 12-21 Whatcom County Home & Garden Show® ............. September 24-26 Lynden Lions Club International Model Train & Circus Builders Show....October 2-3 Lighted Christmas Parade* 6:00 p.m. ...... December 4 *Produced by the Lynden Chamber of Commerce