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With the first real rain of the season now upon us, it occurs to me that I’ve never been to a rainy Bumbershoot. Typically, when my Labor Day weekend has been spent at the Seattle Center and its trademark music festival, the experience is associated with heat—and lots of it. My memories are marked, not just by music, but also by the combination of high temperatures and many bodies in constant motion and close proximity.

It’s not nearly as sexy as it sounds.

And though we’ve gone from

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This Week

The Gristle

‘That Day Is No More’

‘THAT DAY IS NO MORE’: Lummi Nation last week sent their final response to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with 240 pages of documentation in support of their claim that the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal coal pier would materially harm their fishing rights, protected by federal treaty, at Cherry Point. Tribal leaders believe the submittal provides USACE with all of the information the federal agency needs to make a determination on whether the transit and loading (and ballast

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Waterfront cleanup plan could approach $20 million


Bellingham City Council this week learned more about the master plan to clean and develop former industrial property south of the old Georgia Pacific mill site for use as a new city park. On Aug. 27, the state Department of Ecology released its review and recommendations for the cleanup of environmental hazards related to wood-treatment and wood waste at the foot of Cornwall Avenue. The agency seeks public comment on the plan.

Various companies operated a lumber mill and treated wood on the

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Darling, we’re late


Some of the best love songs are those whose lyrics perch precariously between “I adore you, let’s be happy forever” and “I’m miserable without you, where have you gone?” Together, the melody and words of Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash’s 1943 ballad “Speak Low” take the shape of a vaporous question: “We’re late, darling we’re late/The curtain descends, everything ends too soon, too soon.” Too late for what, exactly? Something has just happened, and something else is about to

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A Full Life

Of peanuts and politics


Nanu-Nanu and Pet Rocks. Mood rings, platform shoes, CBs, and “May the Force be with you.” Saturday Night Fever, Pac-Man, disco suits, and Olivia Newton John on roller skates.

If you’re of a Certain Age, these things may bring back memories, but in the new book A Full Life, by Jimmy Carter, this 90-year-old remembers much more.

Former President Jimmy Carter was born in October 1924 in Georgia, and raised mostly in a small town called Archery, where his family was one of two that was

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Urban Stream Series

What’s up with Whatcom Creek


Whatcom Creek runs approximately four miles through the heart of Bellingham. One can walk along much of its reaches on the Whatcom Creek trail from Lake Whatcom, where our city gets its drinking water, all the way to the mouth as it enters into inner Bellingham Bay.

“Whatcom,” meaning “noisy waters”, got its name from the loud set of cascades near its mouth where Lummi fishing camps were once set up to harvest the annual runs of healthy salmon.

While this urban creek may appear to have a

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First Thursday

Make your way through Mount Vernon


Just so you don’t confuse it with other art walks, Mount Vernon has decided to have theirs on the first Thursday of the month instead of Friday—Thurs., Sept. 3, to be specific.

Difficult as it was to preview the show on the weekend beforehand, during a vicious windstorm, I found quite a few nice surprises.

The first surprise was delicious. At Forte Chocolates (700 S. First St.), headquarters of the chocolatier Karen Neugebauer, I discovered one of America’s outstanding small chocolate

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Cosmos Bistro

The epitome of awesome


When Jamison Rogayan describes the fare to diners at Cosmos Bistro, there’s a good chance he may use the word “awesome” more than a few times when referring to that day’s menu.

He is not a liar. I’ve been to Cosmos for breakfast (once), lunch (once) and dinner (twice) and have yet to put a bite of food in my mouth that could not be described as “awesome.”

While it’s true Jamison has a vested interest in promoting the eatery—he co-owns it with Cinnamon Berg, the masterful chef responsible

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On Stage

Finding the Grail

Bellingham Theatre Guild’s Capital Campaign


While King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table stampeded back and forth across the Bellingham Theatre Guild (BTG) stage during a rehearsal of Monty Python’s Spamalot last Friday night, the basement of the venerable performance space was seeing an equal amount of action.

Both those above and those below were seeking their own grails. In the play, the actors were galloping across the countryside on invisible horses hoping to discover the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper, while those

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Songs of Seattle


With the first real rain of the season now upon us, it occurs to me that I’ve never been to a rainy Bumbershoot. Typically, when my Labor Day weekend has been spent at the Seattle Center and its trademark music festival, the experience is associated with heat—and lots of it. My memories are marked, not just by music, but also by the combination of high temperatures and many bodies in constant motion and close proximity.

It’s not nearly as sexy as it sounds.

And though we’ve gone from

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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Sep 03


Salmon Dinner Sail: Combine your tastes for adventure and delicious food at the final "Bellingham Bay Salmon Dinner Sail" of the season aboard the Schooner Zodiac leaving at 6pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Tickets are $59 for kids and $79 for adults. more »

Eat Local Month: Sustainable Connections' Eat Local Month kicks off with a Launch Party and showing of the film Real Food at 5:30pm Wed., Sept. 2 at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. Events happening through the month include a Master Gardening composting workshop (Sept. 6), the Co-op's Farm Fund Hootenanny (Sept. 6), an Eat Local Incognito Dinner (Sept. 12), Bellingham Beer Week (Sept. 11-20), the Whatcom County Farm Tour (Sept. 12), a Field Dinner (Sept. 12), Taylor Shellfish Farms Tour (Sept. 16), Bite more »

Bard on the Beach: Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors plays in repertory with King Lear, Love's Labour's Lost, and Shakespeare's Rebel at the 26th annual "Bard on the Beach" through Sept. 26 at Vancouver BC's Vanier Park, 1695 Whyte Ave. Tickets are $26-$45. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection; many performances sell out in advance. more »

Boating Center Open: The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online. more »

Lynden Farmers Market: Procure goods from local growers at the Lynden Farmers Market from 12-5pm at 324 Front St. (across from the Jansen Art Center). The market continues Thursdays through Oct. 29. more »

First Thursday Art Walk: As part of the seasonal Skagit Valley Art Escape, attend a First Thursday Art Walk from 5-8pm throughout downtown Mount Vernon. Visitors and locals alike will be delighted with art, music performances and artist demonstrations encompassing a broad range of media. Entry is free. more »

Final Blues and Brews: Jasmine Green will perform at the final "Blues, Brews & BBQ" concert series of the summer from 5-9pm on the waterfront terrace at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. The free event features a variety of live music, local beer and a barbecue menu. more »

Memoir Workshops: As part of its inaugural Whatcom Memoir Writing Month, Whatcom Community College's Community and Continuing Education program will offer "WhaMemWriMo—Write Your Memoir in September" at four workshops taking place from 5:30-7pm each Thursday in September at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Workshops are $19 each or $65 for all four, and include instruction by Larua Kalpakian, Laurel Leigh, Nancy Canyon, and Cami Ostman. The workshop will help writers turn memories into memoir. more »

Urban Kickball League: Take part in Downtown Bellingham Partnership's "Throwback Thursdays" Urban Kickball League by showing up to support the teams from 5:30-7:30pm Thursdays through Sept. 24 at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. The summer league will conclude with a league tournament on Sun., Sept. 27. more »

Greenfellas: Local author and environmental sciences librarian Robert Lopresti reads from Greenfellas at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Described as a "comic crime novel, with issues," the book tells the story of a mobster who decides to save the environment—by any steps necessary. more »

Folk Dance Party: Learn Balkan, Israeli, Romani and Greek dancing with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5 (first-time visitors and students are free). more »

Fourth Corner Folk Dancers: Learn Balkan folk dances with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7:15-10:15pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All ages are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors and students are free. more »

GOOD, BAD, UGLY: Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 8pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $7 for the early show, $4 for the late one. more »

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