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Third Street Cafe

Turning Skagit into a food mecca

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

It’s been a year since the grand opening of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op’s new venture, C•Square, in downtown Mount Vernon. The addition to an already excellent grocery of a charcuterie department, bakery, coffee bar and full-service restaurant was fabulous, but unfortunately I’ve found the food at the Third Street Café to be pleasant, but not memorable. That promises to change now that the Co-op has brought on Executive Chef Maryna Frederiksen.

Originally from South Africa,…

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Conquering all obstacles

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

When it comes to the event known as “WonderMud,” the catch phrase “conquering all obstacles” is an apt one.

Literally, it refers to the nearly two dozen physical obstacles participants ages 8 and older must make it through when Whatcom Events hosts the annual outdoor challenge Sat., Aug. 26 at Bellingham BMX. This includes—but is most definitely not limited to—stacked hay bales, tires of a variety of sizes, webs, high and low hurdles, logs, a plot of skunk cabbage, arches made of…

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On Stage

An Iliad

When war is not the answer

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Thanks to the machinations of a president who believes Nazis have a place in modern-day America and throws out threats of nuclear war as if he’s emceeing a take-no-prisoners boxing match, my emotional state was already precarious when I took my seat for a viewing of iDiOM Theater’s An Iliad last Thursday night at the Sylvia Center for the Arts.

“The world feels so fragile right now,” I wrote in my notebook as I waited for my date to arrive. “I hope this play doesn’t make me cry.”…

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Poems of separation and the sea

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I wrote of John James Reid in the spring—of the love kindled that brought him, the love shared that sustained him, the love lost that may drive him from our shores and the love rekindled that may coax him to return: He met a woman in Ireland who called Bellingham home. He fell in love with her, and with her home. And in that place of happiness and dream, the architect drew a vision for the waterfront, generous of park and open space, and sought to create for that vision passion and…

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Farm Tunes

Take a bite out of fall

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Every day when I wake up, I open the blinds and there before me is another perfect Bellingham summer day. Then I heave a sigh of relief and go about the rest of my morning.

However, as I was walking home after dark last weekend, I was forced to acknowledge the beginnings of a bite in the air, which then forced me to consider that summer could be waning.

Everything in me recoiled from that notion. Worse, I was consumed with resentment by the passage of time and season.

But then I…

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Salish Spotlight

People of the sea and cedar

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

If the title of the exhibit “People of the Sea and Cedar: A Journey through the Tribal Cultures and History of the Northwest Coast” sounds familiar, it might be because Whatcom Museum has been offering a similarly named program to Bellingham and Whatcom County students for more than 20 years.

Since mid-July, however, the exhibit that opened on the second floor of the museum’s Lightcatcher Building has made it evident that educating people both young and old about the region’s oldest…

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The Gristle
A Bridge Too Far?

A BRIDGE TOO FAR?: Sometimes a bridge is just a bridge.

Somewhat preemptively, in the turbulent wake of a violent clash in Charlottesville, Virginia, between a group identified as white supremacist and counter-protesters, the City of Bellingham removed signs identifying Pickett Bridge…

Ted Van Dyk
The legacy of George Pickett

The City of Bellingham’s decision to remove identifying signs from Pickett Bridge, as well as directional signs leading to the nearby Pickett House, was no doubt well intended but it fed intolerance at a time when tolerance is badly needed locally and everywhere. It also reflected an…

Amy Goodman
Statues of Limitations

Life is fleeting; monuments last. Heather Heyer was killed last Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a car allegedly driven by a neo-Nazi plowed into a crowd protesting a white supremacist rally. Close to 20 others were injured. The white supremacist charged with Heyer’s murder,…

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Necessary enemies

Observing via the news the seemingly intensifying religious and racial unrest around the world, I’m increasingly convinced that humankind is overdue for an Independence Day-type alien…

Reining in Trump’s behavior

The American people and the world deserve a more stable leader than President Trump.
We have elected a clearly incompetent person as leader of the free world. How much longer will the Trump…

Mixed feelings on Pickett

When I heard about the city’s decision regarding George Pickett, I admit I was ambivalent.
I’m interested in local history and have always known it as Pickett’s Bridge. On the other…

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Today's Events
Boating Center Open


The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am sunset on Saturdays and Sundays at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals…

Bard on the Beach


Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC’s…

America's Opioid Epidemic


“America’s Opioid Epidemic in Our Own Backyard” will be the focus of a Bellingham City Club presentation helmed by Cindy Hollinsworth, RN, and Dr. Adam Kartman from 11:30am-1:30pm at…

Wednesday Farmers Market


The Wednesday Farmers Market takes place from 12-5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. More than 25 vendors will offer fresh local produce, crafts, tasty treats and more weekly…

Stories in the Park


Professional tale-tellers will tell delightful, enchanting or just plain hilarious stories at a “Storytellers in the Park” gathering at 1pm at Ferndale’s Pioneer Park. Young children are…

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market


Produce, crafts and more can be procured at the Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market from 3-7pm at Hammer Heritage Square, 118 Ferry St. The market continues Wednesdays through September.

The Book of Greens with Chef Jenn Louis


Chef Jenn Louis of Portland’s acclaimed Lincoln restaurant shares recipe tips and samples from her new tome, The Book of Greens, at 4pm at the Fairhaven Village Green. At 7pm, she’ll be on…

Group Run


All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for…

Music at Maritime Finale


As part of a free summertime lineup presented by the City of Bellingham, OSO will perform its “funky improvisational space rock” at a “Music at Maritime” concert taking place from 6-8pm at…

Family Fun BBQ and S'mores Challenge


Attend a Family Fun BBQ and S’mores Challenge at 6pm at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St. Hot dogs, buns and fixings will be provided; if possible, bring something to share—like salad, chips,…

Brewers Cruise


Tonight’s “Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise” starts at 6:30pm at San Juan Cruises’ dock at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry is $39; additional cruises happen Wednesdays…

Walking with Penguins


Laurie and Vic Kritz lead a “Walking with the Penguins” presentation from 6:30-8pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The virtual tour focuses on a cruise the duo took beginning in Punta…

Conservation Cafe


Join the Pacific Biodiversity Institute for its “Conservation Cafe”—a monthly event featuring provocative environmental films and paradigm-shifting discussions—at 7pm in Anacortes at ACME…

Angel Food Cake


As part of Western Summer Theatre, attend showings of the West Coast premiere of Kelli Lynn Woodend’s Angel Food Cake at 7:30pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western…

The Male Intellect


Robert Dubac transforms into five hysterical boneheads who offer sidesplitting advice on how to best straddle the gender gap—all while drinking a beer—at performances of The Male…

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