By Kelly Sullivan
Valentines made in the school library, Spanish club baking contests and dating games in the cafeteria? Not the usual list of suspects that come to mind when planning your Valentines Day activities. However, this year on the Whatcom campus we found a few thoughtful and creative alternatives besides the usual trips to crowded restaurants, for couples and singles alike.
The annual Dating Game will take place Wednesday, Feb. 10, sponsored by the Activities Committee students. It will be held in the Syre Auditorium from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded and students may still sign up in the Student Programs Office on the second floor of Syre.
A “Bellingham chic” option could be the art trading cards made by student members of Whatcom’s Art Awareness Club, WAAC. They are small paper prints that student members will have uniquely created. The club will be selling them on campus for about $1 to $2 apiece, in the Syre Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 10.
For an event to attend with friends or your significant other, the Spanish club is having a celebration on Feb. 16, called “El dia de los enamorados.” There will be arts and crafts, making valentines for friends, family or your partner. There will be a baking contest with prizes for best smelling, best tasting and best presentation. Prizes will be awarded. There will also be games: Love Hangman and Love Pictionary in Spanish. Any and all are welcome, and encouraged to join in the festivities. Show up in Laidlaw 208 at 4 p.m.
More valentine-making will take place in the Library. There will be a table set up with every possible decorative craft imaginable. There will be glitter pens, doilies, markers, construction paper, you name it. The event is sponsored by the Library Marketing Committee. The table will be up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, and on Friday, Feb. 12.
“We like to see smiles on students’ faces and making valentines generates some pretty good grins,” said Library director Linda Lambert. “I still remember this one guy, easily 6-foot, 4 inches, sitting on knees, backpack on his back, gluing on pieces of lace and cut-out hearts on a metallic sheet.”
Sally Sheedy will be running the Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt in the library. It is an opportunity for students to learn about the content of Whatcom’s library, where to find the content, as well as learn some interesting facts about Valentine’s Day. “It should be a no brainer,” promised Sheedy.