“In February The Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival returns for its 20th year of presenting films, hosting speakers and dialogue promoting human rights and advocacy on issues that affect us globally, nationally and locally. This award-winning community event is free and features 28 films held at venues throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County. The opening night films are “Salmon People” and “Damned to Extinction” on February 20 shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Pickford Film Center. A reception and silent auction to raise funds for the festival will start at 5:45 p.m. and is open to all. Fo”
Every year, Whatcom County’s public and academic libraries, and Village Books, join forces to organize Whatcom Reads, a community reading experience centered on one book. This year’s pick is “To the Bright Edge of the World,” by Alaska native and Western Washington University graduate Eowyn Ivey. Events around the county will zoom in on various aspects of the book, from maps to taxidermy, leading up to Ivey’s visit to Bellingham in March. See the full schedule on the Whatcom Reads website.
To learn more about Ivey, check out John Thompson’s 2017 article in Window on Western.