Free Decorative Rock Painting Class from the Arts Commission

Want to paint beautiful rocks for your garden, landscaping or just to give as gifts?

Local artist Bryna Sweeney will be teaching a free Rock Painting class via Zoom on Jan. 9th at 2:30pm courtesy of the Ferndale Arts Commission.

Participants will need their own brushes, a flat rock and a few colors of acrylic paint to participate. A limited supply of brushes, paints and rocks are available for free upon request.

To register for this class and receive the Zoom link or for any questions, please email Susan Duncan at

Free Zoom Painting Class with the Ferndale Arts Commission

UPDATE 11/19/2020: The class has filled up but if you still want to participate using your brushes and canvas, you are welcome to register and follow along.

WHAT:  The Ferndale Arts  Commission is hosting a Zoom Painting Class

WHO:  The class will be led by local artist Sandy Peppar

WHEN:  Saturday, November 28, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: This is a virtual event that you can attend from the comfort of your own home

TO REGISTER: Email Susan Duncan at with your name, phone number and email address. Supplies will be available to pick up at the City Hall parking lot. You will be provided a time for pick-up once you’ve registered. Registration is limited to 55 participants, so don’t delay, sign up today!

HOW MUCH:  It’s free!!! All of the supplies needed to complete the painting pictured above will be provided

Get your 2021 City Budget Questions Answered

We are finishing up the 2021 City of Ferndale budget and we want to hear from you! City budgets can be dense documents and we want to get all your questions answered before the City Council has their final public hearing on the budget at the Dec. 7th council meeting.

Post your questions about the budget on the City facebook page or send them in email to Communication Officer Riley Sweeney at and next Monday, Finance Director Sirke Salminen and City Administrator Jori Burnett will answer them live the City’s facebook page.

Latest Downtown Mural Celebrates Local Flora and Fauna

The Ferndale Arts Commission has completed its latest downtown mural and the final one for 2020. The newest piece, titled “Tennant Lake” was painted by local artist Kelly Hoekema and is a celebration of local flora and fauna. It can be found on the side of FrinGe Brewing, facing Alder St.

“I love that I get to be part of a town that truly enjoys the arts.” said Hoekema. This is the fifth mural completed in 2020 and the twelfth mural completed as part of the Downtown Mural Project.

Artist Kelly Hoekema

City Seeks Old Ferndale Photos, News Clippings for Historical Preservation

Do you have historical pictures or news clippings of Ferndale? Pictures of Ferndale landmarks that are gone, everyday photos from life in Ferndale or just a headline from when a big business came to town? The City would like to see them.

The City will pick up your treasured keepsakes and scan them, creating a digital image copy that we could use to educate the next generation about the history of our community. The City would then return original documents to you, along with a digital copy as a thank you.

The city is especially interested in pictures that show parts of the city, community events or significant news stories. Anything earlier than 1994 is welcomed. The holidays are the perfect time to dig out that old scrapbook so if you have something to share, please email Riley Sweeney at to arrange a pick up and return of your documents.

Veterans Day Ceremony Planned at Griffintown Park

The public is invited to attend a Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by the American Legion Kulshan Post 154 and the City of Ferndale on Weds. Nov. 11th, at 11am at Griffintown Park (5786 Second Avenue), next to the flag poles.

The ceremony will include a brief speech by Lieutenant Colonel James (Jim) McKinney. McKinney served as a US Army Foreign Area Officer with over 30 years in the service, overseeing combat operations and counter-terrorism efforts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Mayor Greg Hansen will be on hand to lay a wreath at the memorial flag poles, Commander Robert Lyles and Adjutant Tom Darling will be in attendance to share the Story of the Poppies and a Reading of Flanders Field. Chaplain Donna Trecker will be providing the invocation.

Social distancing protocol and mask use required.

For more information, please contact Communication Officer Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353 or

Arts Commission Adds New Mural to Downtown Ferndale

New Mural on Alder St

Arts Commission Adds New Mural to Downtown Ferndale

The Ferndale Arts Commission has completed their latest mural in downtown. This new art piece is on the back of the Washington Federal bank building facing Alder Street and was installed by local artist and Ferndale resident Jennifer Dunn.

“I didn’t know it would be a goal of mine to bring joy on this level to a town, let alone the town I’ve had the pleasure of being a resident for two decades,” said Dunn. “I sincerely hope this lighthearted mural filled with fish, joy and a fun change in perspective brings as much joy to our community as I had in creating it.”

The Ferndale Arts Commission has added several new murals to the Downtown Core over the last two years and has a few more murals currently in progress. The murals have been funded with private donations, a Project Neighborly grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation and city funds.

For more information on local artist Jennifer Dunn, check out her Instagram page here or see more of her pieces available in FrinGe Brewing.

More pictures available here:

City of Ferndale Honors Indigenous Peoples Day

Today we honor our friends and neighbors, the Lummi Nation and the Nooksack Tribe as we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. We acknowledge the courage and resilience of those who have lived on this land since time immemorial and urge everyone to dig deep and explore history that has been ignored for far too long

Drug Take Back Day Scheduled with Ferndale Police Oct. 24th, 10am-2pm

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That’s dangerous and often tragic. That’s why the DEA and the Ferndale Police Department are asking residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in – safely and anonymously – their unused prescription drugs.

Stop by the Ferndale Police Department (2220 Main Street) on Saturday Oct. 24th from 10am-2pm to dispose of any leftover prescription or over-the-counter medication.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place so please observe social distancing and wear a mask. Medication is welcome however we will not be accepting IV solutions, injectibles, syringes, inhalers, vape devices (with batteries that cannot be removed), or medical waste.

Please remove any identifying information from the label or use a permanent marker to black out that information prior to disposal.

Participation helps prevent a tragedy – for more information, please call the Ferndale Police Station at 360-384-3390.

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