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Want a new year-round venue for pickleball in the greater Bellingham area?

Take this 10-minute MULTI-PURPOSE SPORTS & EVENT CENTER SURVEY @ www.surveymonkey.com/r/KMPZ5C6
Please complete it this weekend. Deadline November 11th.
Share it freely!

It could even have enough temporary courts for a tournament!
Thank you.
More info below for reference.

Bellingham-Whatcom County Tourism is seeking input to determine the need for a Multi-purpose Event and Sports Facility. They invite the community to take an online survey by 11/11/19. For questions, please contact Eric Rainaud-Hinds at eric@bellingham.org or 360-671-3990 x 211.

The Bellingham Pickleball Club has 325 people on it’s mailing list, and 250 current members (which includes some memberships from last year about to expire), We estimate that there are over 1000 folks who play pickleball in our county. The growth potential is unlimited including more potential out-of-town visitors & tourists, which this center wants to attract!

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FAIRHAVEN Middle School Gym sessions have begun from 6 - 9pm,
Tuesday for 3.75-4.5 Contact Carsten
Thursday for 2.0 - 3.0 Contact Darcy
Thursday 3.25 - 3.5 Contact Kim
See website calendar for more information at bellinghampickleball.org

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Thank you Carsten!

What: Info for Evening Sessions at Fairhaven Middle School Gym

When: Tuesday & Thursday Evenings starting October 1st
(ALERT: 2.0-3.0 session is on Thursday, not Tuesday as previously indicated!)

Who: Those of skill levels that fit the sessions

How: Respond TO THE HOST with your interest to get invited

Why: Skill Development, Play Time, and Community Building!

Cost: $3 - $8 (your choice to help BPC cover expenses)

Starting October 1st, BPC will be renting Fairhaven Middle School gym from 6 – 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. This gives members, novice (2.0) and above, an opportunity to play more indoors this winter! (Beginners can look for opportunities at the YMCAs and at BBAC.)

See recent emails for additional important details.

All groups will begin with drills, and then play games. Specifics will be determined by the host and the group that attends. Some groups might choose to break the 3-hour time slot into two shorter sessions. For liability reasons, participants must be or become BPC members. (You can do that online, or there will be forms available at the gym.)

These sessions are possible because volunteers have stepped forward to host at levels of their choice. If you want to attend, you will need to get set up in the “Spond” app to receive the weekly invitation either by email or text, and then RSVP each week you want to attend. There will be a waiting list when spots fill up.

Contact the host for the session of your level. If you are not sure of level, select the lower level. The hosts will help you determine if you should be at the next level up.

IMPORTANT: Once you RSVP, if your plans change, please contact the host or update your Spond response.

As with many things that BPC does for the first time, this will be a learning and growing process. Please support the hosts as they work to build something beneficial for our community. As time goes on, we will evaluate what changes we might want to make.

If demand is overwhelming, another session might be able to be set up if a volunteer host steps forward.


2.0 – 3.0 Thursday @ 6pm; East gym with Darcy and Margen
Contact: Darcy @ riggins_schmidt@me.com or 360-224-4049
Join us for some fun as we continue to learn to control shots and develop game strategy. We’ll learn skill-sharpening drills and exercises prior to lots of time for playing games. At some sessions we’ll also incorporate 4D drill-skill assessments as time & helpers permit. (Deep Serve, Deep Return, Dropshots, & Dinks).

3.25 – 3.5 @ Thursday @ 6pm; West gym with Kim Hei
Contact: Kim @ klphei101@hotmail.com or 651-900-4543
Our objective is to have fun with particular focus on ball control and improving skills .After starting with skills then games, we may break half way through for a few skill-reinforcing rounds such as dink-only or 3rd shot drop games.

3.75 – 4.5 Tuesday @ 6pm; West gym with Carsten Kroon
Contact Carsten @ ckroon@gmail.com or 360-746-1298
The sessions will start with drills, and progress to a Shoot-out Ladder format, followed by open play.

If you have general questions, you can contact Barbara @ bagoebel@gmail.com .
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