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Whatcom County announcements and events

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — The following announcements were received by Whatcom News for publication. Send your business’ and organization’s announcements to

American Family Insurance office opened in Lynden

November 1st was the grand opening of the new American Family Insurance location at 101 Grover Street in Lynden. Owner Nancy Leavitt has owned her own agency in Bellingham for 11 years and has been in the insurance business in Whatcom County for more than 14 years.

“It’s been a goal of mine for the last several years to have an agency in Lynden. It’s where I live, where my kids go to school and where we play sports,” Leavitt said. “Being one of a handful of female owned insurance agencies in the county, I wanted to be able  to bring this perspective to my community.”

Leavitt told Whatcom News the Lynden location will be her primary location but that she also has virtual agencies in Bellingham and Bainbridge Island.

Whatcom Genealogical Society offers free presentation

On Monday, November 8th the Whatcom Genealogical Society will present professional genealogist and author Diana Elder as a guest speaker. This is the second part of “Researching Like a Pro”: A Genealogist’s Guide.”

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Elder will be speaking at 2pm (doors open at 1:30pm) at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry Street. The presentation is free to members and the public.

Veterans Day ceremony at American Legion Post in Ferndale

All are welcome to attend the Ferndale American Legion Kulshan Post 154’s ceremony to honor living veterans. It is scheduled for Thursday, November 11th, at 11am and will be held at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry Street. The keynote speaker will be Reverend Thelma Darling. All 5 service songs will be played to honor veterans from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy branches of the military.  Chaplain Donna Trecker will give the invocation and closing prayer.

Hilltop Restaurant offers dine-in, take-out options for Thanksgiving

Tom Kilpatrick, owner of the Hilltop Restaurant & Catering, located at 5645 Guide Meridian, said in a recent company announcement, “Wherever people feel comfortable during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ll provide scrumptious and affordable food so they can enjoy their time with each other.”

In addition to the regular menu, featured menu items on Thanksgiving will include:

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  • Roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing
  • Glazed ham steak with mashed potatoes, gravy
  • Slow-roasted prime rib with mashed or baked potato, gravy; 6-ounce and 12-ounce options

Each featured menu item will include green bean casserole, salad or squash bisque soup and seasoned soft bread sticks.

The Hilltop Restaurant will be open Thanksgiving Day from 8am to noon for breakfast and noon to 6:30pm for Thanksgiving dinner. People are encouraged to place take-out orders in advance to ensure availability of their favorites by calling (360) 398-2462.

Decorated Trees and Holiday Art Activities Return to the Whatcom Museum

Whatcom Museum announced they will be offering their annual Deck the Old City Hall. This holiday celebration features more than a dozen decorated trees in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall along with as weekly art activities to bring creativity to the holiday fun. The trees will be on display Thursdays through Sundays from November 26th to January 2nd from noon-5p.

The themed holiday trees will be decorated by community volunteers and Old City Hall will be decorated in garlands and wreaths. Visitors on Saturdays in December will be invited to participate in a drop-in holiday activity. Led by a museum educator, supplies will be provided, and participation is by donation. Visitors can take a family portrait with props at a photo booth on December 4th, create origami trees on December 11th, or make a paper wreath on December 18th. All activities are drop-in from noon-4pm and suitable for all ages.

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Admission to Deck the Old City Hall is by donation, including holiday craft activities. Proceeds help support the Museum’s exhibitions and programs throughout the year.

Olde Fashioned Christmas at Pioneer Park in Ferndale scheduled

Officials with the Ferndale Heritage Society have announced the annual Olde Fashioned Christmas event will be held this year on December 3rd and 4th, from 4pm to 9pm. Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for children at the gate.

Children can visit the one-room schoolhouse to write a personalized letter to Santa and take them to the post office in another cabin for mailing to the North Pole. Shoppers will find inexpensive trinkets for their loved ones at the general store. The Shields House will offer baking scents and the Foster house will showcase a working model train display. Draft horses will greet visitors in the Barr Barn.

Changes required due to COVID-19 mandates include holding children’s crafts, refreshments, musical entertainment and visits with Santa in the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center.

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