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What’s Up! Awards

A pretty good idea

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I’ve known Brent Cole, editor and publisher of What’s Up! magazine, for many years now, long enough to know that he hatches most of his plans by saying, “This might be a bad idea, but…”

I like to imagine that’s how the What’s Up! Awards began some 16 or so years ago.

I have to imagine it because although I was part of the What’s Up! staff around the time the awards ceremony was founded, those early years are a little hazy in my memory.

I do remember the awards show…

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Winter Winnings

Growth Patterns

Observing nature through oil and stone

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

On the bitter-cold day I visited Smith & Vallee Gallery in Edison to see Patty Haller’s oil paintings of flowers and forest scenes, it was like entering a verdant greenhouse. No wonder so many of her beautiful paintings have been chosen by hospitals—they offer healing, visual therapy.

And the stoneware sculptures by Brian O’Neill in the exhibit, “Growth Patterns,” are a perfect complement to Haller’s sinuous designs and exuberant color. His work has been seen at the…

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Nest Moves

The Trojan horse of breakfast

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Egg-in-a-nest, a perennial children’s favorite, never seems to get old. To prepare it is to create a tractor beam between a child’s mouth and breakfast. As we grow up, it maintains a residence in many an adult heart. The novelty of using edible materials as a form of cookware with which to encase other edible materials doesn’t easily wear off.

With young and old alike, eggs-in-a-nest are especially appropriate this time of year because the winter season is also nesting season. Get…

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Whatcom READS!

Road tripping with Jonathan Evison

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sometimes a book’s title really draws in readers, but the 2017 Whatcom READS! selection, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, sounds more like a textbook for a Bellingham Technical College nursing course than the tragicomic road trip novel that it is. 

Don’t let the title stop you from picking up this worthy tale by Jonathan Evison and joining your friends and neighbors across Whatcom County in discussing the nature of redemption and what it means to truly care for…

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March On

Women of the world, unite!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

When Saturday morning dawns, the nation’s 45th president will have already been inaugurated and, consequently, the world will be a much scarier place for many—including women, minorities, immigrants, rational humans who believe in addressing the catastrophic effects of global warming, defenders and admirers of the natural world, people who depend on health insurance to help keep themselves and their loved ones alive and well, and so on (let’s face it, the list is practically…

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On Stage

Turned Off

An inauguration day primer

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

When he who really should not be named becomes President of the United States on the morning of Fri., Jan. 20, a growing number of congressional delegates from across the nation won’t be in attendance to see the reality television star pledge his questionable allegiance to our country.

If you’re among those citizens who are also intent on sitting out the inauguration, we’d like to offer up a few ways for Bellinghamsters to avoid the spectacle.

Start your day by attending a Don’t…

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20th Century Women

A piece of the past

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

20th Century Women isn’t a great film, but it does something great. It replicates a quality of memory in a way that I’ve never quite seen before. It captures the way we think about people we knew and the lives they lived when we remember them from the distance of decades.

Written and directed by Mike Mills, and loosely based on his own childhood, it tells the story of a teenage boy being raised by a single mother in a big house in Santa Barbara. To make extra money, Mom has two…

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Winter Winnings

A Light in Dark Times

Sikhs invite interfaith service at temple near Lynden

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The religious faithful from all sects teemed into the Sikh temple in Lynden last week for a prayer service. The interfaith service at Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara Sahib temple marked the 350th birthday of the last guru, Guru Gobind Singh, and marked a reawakening, ten years after the 100th anniversary of the expulsion of Sokhs from Bellingham.
The service began with a keynote address from Noémi Ban, a Holocaust survivor and Bellingham resident. Ban, 94, spoke of the need for love and…

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Winter Winnings
Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood


What makes a great neighborhood? In the years we’ve been polling readers for their favorite places, this category has moved steadily north—as has the emphasis on great parks, trails, schools, places to hang out, and homes that are stylish, established yet affordable have come into focus. The Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series is just one example of a neighborhood laying out all of its finest for the enjoyment of others. Roll on, Columbia!

Best of Bellingham write-ups by Tim Johnson, Carey Ross, Amy Kepferle, Scott Pelton, and Trail Rat
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The Gristle
Stormin’ ORMA

STORMIN’ ORMA: The Washington Supreme Court substantially raised the bar for the siting of additional crude export projects on the Pacific coast, even as Sen. Doug Ericksen introduced legislation that could make that siting easier. Like a bar fight that moves titanically from room to…

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A dereliction of duty

What we saw in this last election was a lot of misdirected anger from people feeling they are being left…

The Republican coup

“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls…

Inside out

In 1981, the Republican Party gave us “The Great Communicator.” Now, they have produced “The Great Fabricator.” I hope the…

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Today's Events
Maple Alley Inn


Hot, home-cooked meals are served as part of the Opportunity Council’s Maple Alley Inn from 9:30-10:30am Tuesdays at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (2117 Walnut St.) and 11:30am-1:30pm…

Teen Poetry Contest


Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in a teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Feb. 14. Along with having their poems published in the…

Community Coffee and Tea


All are are invited to a free “Community Coffee & Tea” event from 9-10:30am in Maple Falls at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Rd. The free weekly event features snacks…

Handmade Pasta Class


Join Executive Chef Bruno Feldeisen for a “Handmade Pasta & Tortellini” class from 5:30-7:30pm at Pierside Kitchen at Blaine’s Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Entry is $79 and…

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…

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…

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…

Creekside Open Mic


Sign up to read your poetry and prose or play music—or simply listen in—at a Creekside Open Mic starting at 6:30pm at Sudden Valley’s South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court. Entry to…

More Soups


Chicken and sausage gumbo and sweet potato and lentil soup will be on the menu at a “More Soups!” class led by Erin Gable from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen’s Kitchen, 509 S. First…

Fame the Musical


Follow the hopes and fanatical ambitions of the final class of New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts at a one-night-only showing of the musical Fame at 7pm at the Mount Baker…

Mike Allen Quartet


Jazz will be the name of the game when the Mike Allen Quartet reunites to perform at 7pm on the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center (WJMAC) stage at Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Rd.…

The Cigarette Diaries


Rebecca Pratt will read from The Cigarette Diaries at 7pm at the Anacortes Library, 1220 10th St. The book focuses on her father Frank Pratt’s time as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft near…

Wild Writing


Deb Norton shares tips from Part Wild: A Writer’s Guide to Harnessing the Creative Power of Resistance at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In the tome, she shares dozens of illuminating…

Panty Hoes


Aruba Sterling and Mahogony Night host a weekly drag queen production, “Panty Hoes,” at 9pm at Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave. The duo—who are joined by other talented performers every…

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