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Music at Maritime

With its amphitheater, salmon hatchery, native plant trail, lush grassy area, burbling creek running through it, and more, Maritime Heritage Park is a place of many charms. Add to that a location across the street from Bellingham Bay and nestled up against downtown Bellingham, and it can be hard to remember this glittering jewel in a parks system that boasts many jewels was built on the site of a former landfill. Of late, Maritime Heritage has also been getting a city-funded makeover, aimed

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This Week

The Gristle

Charter Barter

CHARTER BARTER: Whatcom County Council continues to tug on the fuse in the moldy stick of dynamite left over from the construction site of the county’s home rule charter in the 1970s, while supporters of the Charter Review Commission wail that their pyrotechnics are being ruined, ruined!

Turns out that not only does the Council have the authority to listen and respond to the requests of citizens to improve the workings of county government (wail!), but they also (wail!) have the power to

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Three candidates seek the third 
seat on the commission

Three candidates have stepped up to replace Jim Jorgensen, retiring from the Port of Bellingham’s board of commissioners at the end of this year. Voters in the northwestern portion of Whatcom County—north Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine and Birch Bay—must narrow the field to just two, who will move on to the countywide general election in November.

The Port of Bellingham’s mission is to fulfill the essential transportation and economic development needs that in turn support Whatcom County’s overall economic vitality. The Port operates Squalicum Harbor facilities, the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Blaine Harbor, the airport, and on-shore real estate.

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Music at Maritime

Pretty on paper


With its amphitheater, salmon hatchery, native plant trail, lush grassy area, burbling creek running through it, and more, Maritime Heritage Park is a place of many charms. Add to that a location across the street from Bellingham Bay and nestled up against downtown Bellingham, and it can be hard to remember this glittering jewel in a parks system that boasts many jewels was built on the site of a former landfill. Of late, Maritime Heritage has also been getting a city-funded makeover, aimed

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Days on the Streets

Riding with the Street Outreach Team


At 6:30am in the Opportunity Council parking lot, Kate Robertson and Theresa Meurs of the Street Outreach program climb into their van to spend another day with the homeless. I’m riding along in the back seat next to a large container of coffee.

“This is a good time to find people,” Kate explains, “when they’re just waking up. We also want to get them off the sidewalks and out of doorways to avoid citations or arrests, which can hurt their chances of getting housing.”

We drive

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Holistic Help

Mind, Body, Spirit Fair celebrates self


Bellingham is home to a variety of local markets, gatherings and fairs that serve to highlight local artisans, healers and small-business owners.

While the Saturday Farmers Market at the Depot Market Square is one of the best-known of these venues, there are also a growing number of holistic fairs, including an upcoming “Mind, Body, Spirit” Fair taking place Sat., July 25 at the Center for Spiritual Living.

The event will focus on supporting local nonprofits, healing professionals and

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Little Bavaria

What to love about Leavenworth


If you love your stomach, drive it to Leavenworth and don’t stop until you reach the Kingfisher Restaurant at Sleeping Lady Resort.

We’d come for a taste of Little Bavaria, fascinated by the story of the Little Town That Could. Back in the late 1950s, after its logging industry slowed down considerably, Leavenworth was facing near extinction. Its future as one of America’s many ghost towns looked inevitable until the 1960s, when community leaders initiated a plan of action: Leavenworth

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Mr. Holmes

The game’s afoot


It is the story of the great Sherlock Holmes, in retirement, nearing the end of his days, puttering about with his bees, puzzling over one last case. Clear-cut enough, perhaps.

But elementary? Not at all.

Instead Mr. Holmes is a marvelously layered tale about knowledge vs. wisdom, celebrity vs. reality, fiction vs. fact and the tiny yet ever-mounting indignities of age.

It’s also a terrifically acted, warmly emotional treat.

This should not be a surprise coming from Bill Condon. A talented

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Paper Towns

No fault in these stars

The title of Paper Towns refers to a trick that cartographers use to keep their maps from being copied by competitors. But it also describes, in a less literal sense, that brand of suburban disillusionment where everything and everyone in life seems phony, stifling and two-dimensional—a condition to which some sensitive teenagers can be especially susceptible. If it’s authenticity these young adults seek, they could do far worse than this second film drawn from a John Green bestseller (after

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Climb into the ring


A taut boxing yarn about a champ who loses it all and has to fight his way back to keep custody of his daughter, Southpaw sticks to tried-and-tested genre rules, yet an edgy cast—led by formidable leading man Jake Gyllenhaal—keeps the story in sharp focus. Director Antoine Fuqua has shown his talent for bringing out the shadowy side of nice guys like Denzel Washington in The Equalizer and Training Day. Here Gyllenhaal gets the makeover as a bloodied, battered but magnetic prizefighter.


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Summer Moments

A seasonal pilgrimage to Matzke Gallery


The lucky pilgrims from Whatcom and Skagit counties who discover the Matzke Fine Art Gallery on Camano Island this summer will enjoy an especially fine selection of sculptures and paintings.

It’s no surprise the gallery, with its 10-acre sculpture garden, has recently been designated by King 5 as one of the five best in Washington state.

For Bellingham artist Sharon Kingston, it’s her second recent success at a prominent gallery. Finding inspiration in the works of the Russian painter

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On Stage

Other Desert Cities

Putting the ‘fun’ in dysfunctional


I’m no mathematician, but there are a few facts and figures even I can wrap my tiny brain around.

For instance, when you add a long-held family secret to a Christmastime reunion that also includes the revelation of a tell-all memoir written by an estranged daughter, an alcoholic aunt fresh off a stint in rehab, a long-suffering son, and a cacophonous clash of political viewpoints, the resulting equation is one that points to a large sign proclaiming “trouble ahead.”

In Jon Robin Baitz’s

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Brewing for a Cause

Bellingham Beer Lab, take two

The legion of Bellingham beer lovers has yet another reason to be excited. The Local Public House on Railroad Avenue recently announced it will be expanding into an adjacent building, where it will be constructing a second taproom and a brand-new, community-oriented brewery.

The Local’s new space will be called the Annex, and it will serve two purposes. First, the space will allow for 20 additional taps, more seating and a variety of games, including darts, pool, shuffleboard and arcade

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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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Jul 28


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 »

MBT Summer Rep: Joe Dipietro's The Last Romance, Neil Simon's Jakes's Women, and Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, continue this week at showings at 7:30pm Wednesday through Saturday, 3pm Sunday, and 7:30pm Tuesday as part of the MBT Summer Rep at the Mount Baker Theatre's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $25. The plays show in repertory through Aug. 9. 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 September 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 »

Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. more »

All-Paces Run: Staffers and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. Entry is free. This week's event includes giveaways of Gu hydration and nutrition products before and after the run. more »

Bellingham Reads: Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will be the focus of a "Bellingham Reads" book discussion group meeting at 6:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. New members are always welcome. more »

Smoke and Fire: Robert Fong will provide grilling and smoking tips for spicy Korean kalbi, charred Cantonese spare ribs, and boned chicken wings satay at a "Smoke and Fire" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $45. more »

Dr. Seuss Spectacular: A "Dr. Seuss Spectacular" begins at 7pm at Barnes & Noble, 4099 Meridian St. The free event will include a reading of What Pet Should I Get?. more »

Skagit Folk Dancers: Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at the Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterwards. more »

Cast Party: A festive, rousing original variety show can be viewed on the big screen at a showing of "Cast Party: Podcast Festival Live" at 8pm in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Improv comedy, radio drama, dance and music performances and more will be part of the show. Tickets are $14-$18. more »

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