(Compiled by Jeffrey Westcott)

This should have gone out a few days ago, but better later than never.

A sure sign that spring s here…as the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, the Roving Garden Parties return to Bellingham. Below is information on the first RGP, which will be convenient located in the York Neighborhood…TONIGHT!

 Please meet at Mary’s house at 1471 Grant Street, York Neighborhood, at 5:30PM. You may park on the street in front of the house or in the parking space behind 1471 in the alley. We will move from this location, across the alley to a neighbor’s, and finally, to City Gate on Holly Street across from the WECU. We will provide directions to City Gate from 1471 Grant Street at the party. All locations are within walking distance, so if you want to ride your bike or walk to 1471 Grant, please do so!

 Bring shovels, gloves and water.  We will be weeding, laying compost, double-digging one 5’ x 20’ veggie bed and building a compost bin system. We will have a veggie dog and burger BBQ with salads to accompany at City Gate, our final destination. Questions? Call 360-756-6643. 

And some other upcoming events…

NSEA Community Celebration
Thursday, March 19th, 6-8pm, The Leopold Retirement Center, 1224 Cornwall Ave, B’ham
The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association will host their Annual Community Celebration , which is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees will learn about NSEA’s accomplishments of the 2014 year and our ongoing work to restore sustainable wild salmon runs in Whatcom County. The Annual Community Celebration is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the partnerships and community support that make NSEA’s salmon recovery work possible and discover new ways to get involved with NSEA!

NSEA Work Party-Squaw Creek
Saturday, March 21st, 9am-12noon, Directions below
Help NSEA plant, mulch and remove invasive blackberry at Squaw Creek located at Calvary Creekside Church. From Bellingham go north on Hwy 539 for about 15 miles. Turn right onto E. Badger Rd/Hwy 546 E and drive for about 5.5 miles. Look for the NSEA signs. We’ll bring the tools and gloves-all you have to do is wear sturdy shoes, long pants and weather appropriate clothing. No need to sign up in advance-just sign in at the blue NSEA tent.

Farm Fresh CSA Fair
Saturday, March 21st, 2- 5pm, Boundary Bay Brewery Beer Garden, Railroad Ave, B’ham
Meet local farms and learn more about getting a box of fresh local food for you and/or your family throughout the season. CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares are an affordable, delicious, and easy way to Eat Local First all year long! Meet your farmer, savor a local pint and enjoy music at this FREE lively community event.

PechaKucha Presents KAPOW Finalists
Wednesday, March 25th, 6-9pm, Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N Commercial St, B’ham
Join us at the 6th annual PechaKucha event where 10 finalists from the KAPOW placemaking competition will present their ideas for building a stronger, healthier and more vibrant downtown. Three ideas will be chosen for implementation (one mayor’s award, one jury selected award, and one people’s choice award). Participate in live voting, enjoy local beer & music, dress up like a superhero and be the first to find out what projects will be implemented in Downtown Bellingham. All proceeds from the event go to the winners for implementation!

 22nd Annual Native Plant Sale and Expo
Saturday, March 28th, 9am-2pm, Whatcom Community College, Roe Studio, 237 W. Kellogg Rd, B’ham
Come and join us in our celebration of spring by purchasing low cost native plants at Whatcom Conservation District’s Annual Plant Sale and Expo! This year there will be 40 different species of native, bareroot trees and shrubs along with a variety of potted perennials. Some of this year’s species include yellow and western red cedars, Puget Sound juniper, western larch, garry oak, red elderberry, red flowering currant, beaked hazelnut, and more! Once again, several local nursery vendors and environmental organizations will be there to provide even more plant purchasing options. The festivities include a variety of fun, earth-friendly educational opportunities, entertainment, and food.

NSEA Work Party-Upper Landingstrip Creek
Saturday, March 28th, 9am-12noon, Directions below
Join Whatcom Land Trust and NSEA in planting native trees and shrubs and removing invasive plants around this new site. From Bellingham, head east on WA-542 E/Mt Baker Hwy for about 15 miles, then turn right onto Hwy 9 just outside of Deming. Drive along this road for about 7 miles then turn right on Turkington Rd. Parking is available at Acme Elementary School. Look for the NSEA signs and shuttle. We’ll bring the tools and gloves-all you have to do is wear sturdy shoes, long pants and weather appropriate clothing. No need to sign up in advance-just sign in at the blue NSEA tent.

And here are some other interesting tidbits of information…

Portland Now Generates Electricity From Turbines Installed In City Water Pipes
You’d be forgiven if the phrase “Portland goes green with innovative water pipes” doesn’t immediately call to mind thoughts of civil engineering and hydro-electric power. And yet, that’s exactly what Oregon’s largest city has done by partnering with a company called Lucid Energy to generate clean electricity from the water already flowing under its streets and through its pipes.

 Deer Fencing – A Neat Idea
I have been intrigued by reports of people using monofilament fishing line for fencing to repel deer. It is inexpensive and easy to install and maintain. I’ve also heard goo things from the locals using it in Bellingham. Here is anther link too in case the one above didn’t give you enough information.

22 Habits of Happy People
It doesn’t require much to explain the benefits of being happy over the alternatives. This article may give some simple, yet inspiring, suggestions.