9:00 am09:00

PROGRAM - Jail Diversions: The World of the Possible

  • Whatcom Community College - Heiner Theater

This special League program will focus on positive criminal justice solutions. Our speakers will include Judge Cedric Kearns of Las Vegas, and a case manager and addiction specialist who work with him in that city’s therapeutic courts.  

The program will be moderated by Superior Court Judge Charles Snyder, who leads the drug court program in Whatcom County.  

Join us to learn more about ideas and programs that are working to reduce and prevent incarceration. For more information about this League event, please contact Jill Bernstein at jbernstein020@gmail.com.


Sponsors for this event include:
RiverStyx Foundation
The Law Offices of Brett, McCandlis, Brown
Fairhaven Village Inn

10:00 am10:00

Voter Registration at the Bellingham Farmers' Market!

For League members:

We’ll be registering voters and sharing information about the League at a non-profit community group fair on the opening day of the Bellingham Farmer’s Market on April 1st.

This will be an excellent and fun opportunity to talk about the League’s work, pass out copies of our brochure “They Represent You,” and to register voters. In addition, you can visit the farmers and craftspeople at the market and possibly see the Mayor do the traditional toss of the cabbage. If you’ve not registered voters before, I will partner you with an experienced volunteer registrar.

How can you help?
9:00 - 10:30 AM - One person to help our Voter Services Chair set up the table & kick things off  

10:30 AM - 12 PM Two volunteers to register voters   
12 PM - 1:30 PM Two volunteers to register voters
1:30 PM - 3 PM Two volunteers to register voters

Please contact Annette Holcomb if you are interested in volunteering for this fun activity! She is also looking for a canopy (10 x 10 max size) that we could borrow to protect us from rain (this is, after all, springtime in western Washington!)

10:00 am10:00

PROGRAM - Solar Sidewalks, Electric Cars, and Green Buildings: Changing Our Energy Landscape & Creating Jobs

  • Bellingham Public Library

Solar wind, hydro—can new power technology fuel a sustainable future?

Experts from WWU, BTC, Sustainable Connections, and local businesses will share exciting prospects for clean energy jobs in our community as well as exciting experimental technology. 

Door Prize:  Win a ride in a Tesla!

Co-sponsored by the Bellingham Public Library
Media Partner: KMRE-LP 102.3

Doors open at 9:30am

1:00 pm13:00

Women's Economic Security Committee

  • Whatcom Center for Philanthropy

Committee members will discuss reports about what other cities are doing to build inclusive and just communities.  The goal is to learn what might be transferrable to Whatcom County.

10:30 am10:30

Ferndale Outreach/Information Meeting

  • Ferndale Library

Join us for a meet and greet at the Ferndale Public Library to learn more about what the League does and how we might support civic involvement in your community. Light refreshments will be served.

5:30 pm17:30

Positions Study Group Meeting

The new Positions Study Group will hold its first meeting. Participants will plan a schedule to review national, state, and local League positions on which League advocacy is based. Watch for a schedule of when each position topic will be studied. All League members who would like to participate are welcome to attend any of the subsequent topic meetings. Contact Rebecca Johnson or Judy Hopkinson for more information. 

5:30 pm17:30

Climate Change Advocacy Group Meeting

The new Climate Change Advocacy group will hold its first meeting. The group will begin with a review of the League's history of advocacy regarding Cherry Point, and will continue with an examination of League positions on climate change and fossil fuels. Please contact Judy Hopkinson if you would like to attend.

5:00 pm17:00

Conversations with Elected Officials

This is an opportunity to come and chat with your Whatcom County elected officials about the things that are important to you.  It is an informal and relaxed wine & appetizer party to get to know your elected officials.  

Reservations are required for this event.

YWCA Ballroom, 1026 Forest Street, Bellingham, WA

More information? email us at info@lwvbellinghamwhatcom.org

9:30 am09:30

In League: Shaping Our Future

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a morning with their local League of Women Voters. Learn more about our organization, current League projects, and our future programs by joining us in the Bellingham Public Library’s lecture room at 210 Central Ave. (please enter via the Lottie Street basement entrance). Social hour will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Members and non-members are welcome to bring their questions and ideas for programs, studies, and advocacy in 2017. Let's work together to build an involved and informed community in Whatcom County!

For more information, email us at info@lwvbellinghamwhatcom.org.

10:00 am10:00

Higher Education at a Crossroads: Challenges & Opportunities

  • Bellingham Public Library, Lecture Room

Join the League of Women Voters® of Bellingham/Whatcom County and Bellingham Public Library for a free educational program and community discussion of Higher Education at a Crossroads: Challenges & Opportunities. Doors open at 9:30am.

This program will examine current challenges faced by colleges and students, and how colleges are addressing these challenges:

  • Who is going to college and who is not?  
  • Why are college dropout rates so high? Can they be reduced?
  • Is a college degree worth the cost? Who benefits most?
  • Is it possible to preserve access, improve student outcomes, and keep college affordable?

Featured Speakers:
Ms. Crystal Bagby, Director of Financial Aid, Bellingham Technical College
Dr. Luca Lewis—Vice President for Student Services, Whatcom Community College
Mr. Ted Pratt—Dean of Students, Western Washington University

For questions or more information, please contact Caroline Correa at (360) 647-1232.


6:30 pm18:30

Primary Candidate Forum: Commissioner of Public Lands

  • Bellingham City Council Chambers

The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County is pleased to host a candidate forum for Commissioner of Public Lands. This forum should be of particular interest to anyone living near public lands, utilizing public lands for recreation, or with other ties to resource lands or industries.

6:30 pm18:30

Voters' Forum: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • Bellingham High School

Education is the paramount duty of the state of Washington, and there have been a multitude of issues surrounding funding, testing, and how Washington's kids are prepared to enter the work force. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency tasked with overseeing K-12 public education in Washington state. The open seat at the state level is attracting a range of candidates, and northwest Washington residents have an opportunity to meet them at this upcoming event. 

This voters' forum for the upcoming primary is co-hosted by Western Washington University's Woodring College of Education, League of Women Voters of Washington (Education Fund), and Bellingham Public School District, with support from the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County. 


10:00 am10:00

LWVBWC Healthcare Committee

  • Bellingham Food Co-Op Bakery Cafe

League members interested in healthcare insurance are welcome to come to our healthcare committee meeting on Monday, May 16. Ms Lonnie Johns-Brown, Legislative Director for the Washington State Insurance Office, will be coming from Olympia to talk with us and answer questions regarding health insurance. Are we getting better care? Are patients being dropped from insurance? Why have premiums increased so much for some people? Why are private for-profit insurance companies making record profits? Are they getting too big to fail? Bring your questions to the Bellingham Food Co-op Bakery Cafe on Holly on Monday, May 16th, for this informative discussion.