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Border Crossings

International travel can get real hairy, real quickly.

Case in point: A friend of mine was once awoken from a backseat slumber to find the car he was a passenger in at the United States/Canada border in Blaine surrounded by a bunch of border agents with guns. The license the driver of the vehicle had handed the authorities misidentified my buddy as a wanted criminal with the same name, and it was many hours before he could convince them he wasn’t the perp they were looking for.

While most border crossings go more

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This Week

The Gristle

Close the Schools!

CLOSE THE SCHOOLS!: Should public schools close until the Legislature gets its act together?

That was among the remedies recommended by the Superintendent of Public Instruction in a legal brief filed with the state Supreme Court earlier this month. Sanctions of $100,000 per day have done nothing to persuade lawmakers to close an estimated $3 billion hole in the state budget to fully and properly fund basic education, a paramount duty under the state Constitution and a requirement of the court’s determination in McCleary v. Washington. More stern penalties are required, argued Randy Dorn

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Mars Invasion

Top scientists gather in Bellingham to discuss Red Planet exploration


Life. Are we unique? Are we alone? These are time-honored questions, and the answers may be approaching.

Our best candidate for exploration is one of our nearest neighbors, Mars, a small, cold desert world that might have had a vibrant and watery past. The surface of Mars is currently being explored by robots, some long past their expected engineered lives. Each has advanced scientific understanding of the surface of Mars. Soon they’ll be joined by another, designed to advance the discoveries made by other devices and instruments and tuned to a specific mission: The search for

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Seasonal Sounds

Of Bellingham and beyond


To know me—or to have read me for any length of time—is to know that I do not exactly embrace the Great Outdoors. While I get great pleasure out of gazing upon the natural splendor that is our corner of the world, I have little to no desire to immerse myself in it. That is why you’ll never find me climbing up a mountain only to ski down the other side, or hiking and biking my way to happiness and well-being. I very much admire people whose lives revolve around such pursuits—alien to

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A condiment for the people


In summer, one could do worse than to eat like a vegetable farmer.

While veggies are often labor intensive, famers have ways of preparing them quickly, because they have less time on their hands than you do. After years of exposure to their produce, growers have found the most efficient ways of preparing it in the most flattering of ways. When that food is romaine lettuce, the accompanying research has shown that the yummiest way to eat it is with Creamy—the proper noun, that is, short for creamy salad dressing.

On a

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On Stage

Summer Scenes

Helping kids act out


Looking back, I can see the reasons my parents had for sending me to camp in the summer—first a church-sponsored youth camp in the Idaho wilderness when I was in eighth and ninth grades, and then an intensive two-week drama camp at Western Washington University a couple of years later—were probably different from what I thought they were. I assumed they were sending my siblings and me to various camps to expand our worldviews and hone our inherent talents, but now I suspect they just wanted the house to themselves for a little while.

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Imagine It

Turning eco-dreams into reality


We’re not playing favorites, but if you’re pressed for time during Sustainable Connections’ 14th annual “Imagine This! Home & Landscape Tour” taking place Sat., June 25 at eight locales throughout Whatcom County, it might behoove you to single out Millworks Cohousing for a glimpse of the best ways to achieve eco-friendly living.

According to organizers, the eight custom-designed abodes that are a part of the cohousing collective on Bellingham’s Mill Street were built with a focus on sustainability. This means many of the green design features found throughout the other seven stops—such

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Border Crossings

An international affair


International travel can get real hairy, real quickly.

Case in point: A friend of mine was once awoken from a backseat slumber to find the car he was a passenger in at the United States/Canada border in Blaine surrounded by a bunch of border agents with guns. The license the driver of the vehicle had handed the authorities misidentified my buddy as a wanted criminal with the same name, and it was many hours before he could convince them he wasn’t the perp they were looking for.

While most border crossings

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Man, myth, legend


The life and work of artist David Hockney is lovingly examined in Hockney, an officially sanctioned but pleasingly gush-free cinematic monograph. Directed by Randall Wright, who has form with older British artists having also made a documentary about Lucian Freud and an earlier one for TV about Hockney (2003’s David Hockney: Secret Knowledge), Hockney benefits from unfettered access to the artist’s personal archive as well as extensive interviews with the still-productive 77-year-old himself.

Either by accident or design, the film’s release will roughly coincide with the publication

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Bard on the Beach:William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Othello are currently showing as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier Park.... »

Clear Space Short Festival:Eight one-acts of varying genres performed by local actors of all ages can be seen at the inaugural Clear Space Shot Festival at 7pm Thursday through Saturday at Lynden's Claire... »

The Who's Tommy (CANCELLED):If you were hoping to attend Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's production of The Who's Tommy this weekend, please be advised that the show has been postponed to sometime in 2017.... »

Hamlet:An abridged version of William Shakespeare's Hamlet can be seen for the final weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The collaboration between the iDiOM... »

Anything Goes:Watch the age-old tale of boy-meets-girl—and the complications that ensue—when the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes concludes this weekend at 7:30pm shows Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday... »

Chuckanut Writers Conference:The sixth annual Chuckanut Writers Conference takes place starting at 10am Friday and Saturday at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg St. This intensive craft-focused, cross-genre symposium is designed to inspire... »

Plover Rides:The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor's Dock, Gate II at Blaine... »

WAVE Concerts:Washington Allegro Vivace Ensemble (WAVE) presents its Summer Fest Concert Series with performances at 7pm Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Guest artists, composers and... »

Fables and Fairy Tales:Storybook characters of the past will come to life via 20 tales sculpted through ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and musical theater when the Dance Studio presents its 37th annual year-end production, ... »

An Improvised Musical:Mainstage players will take on the magical world of musicals at performances of "An Improvised Musical" at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Plot, lyrics, music,... »

Pancake Breakfast:Attend a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am at Ferndale's American Legion, 5537 2nd Ave. The event takes place the fourth Saturday of every month, except for July and December.  »

Community Breakfast:Choose from pancakes or French toast at a Community Pancake Breakfast happening from 8-10:30am at the Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. Entry is $3 for kids and $5 for adults and... »

Padden Triathlon:Participate solo, with friends or with family at the annual Padden Triathlon starting at 8:30am and 1pm at Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way. Entry is $40-$70. »

March Point Run:The 22nd annual Tesoro March Point Run & Walk begins at 9:15am in Anacortes at the Tesoro Refinery. Entry is to take part in the 5K or $10K $20-$30 (a half-mile... »

Mount Vernon Farmers Market:As many as 60 vendors will share their wares through the season at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market, which takes place 9am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 15 at the city's Riverfront Plaza.... »

Rose Festival:A rose show, an ice cream social and presentations by Pacific Horticulture magazine's Lorene Edwards Forkner, John Christianson, and John Harmeling will be part of the 13th annual Rose Festival... »

Anacortes Farmers Market:Vegetables, fruit, baked goods, fresh meat and dairy, cut flowers, wine, eggs, art and much more can be found at the Anacortes Farmers Market from 9am-2pm every Saturday through... »

Twin Sisters Farmers Market:Purchase farm-fresh goods at the Twin Sisters Market taking place from 9am-3pm in Deming at Nugent's Corner, and 3-6pm in Maple Falls at Kendall Elementary School every Saturday... »

Sumas Writers Group:Aspiring writers can join the Sumas Writers Group at 10am at the Sumas Library, 451 2nd St. Show up at the gathering to improve your techniques, get feedback on your writing... »

Blaine Gardeners Market: Procure produce, crafts, food from vendors and more at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 29 at 685 Peace Portal Dr.  »

Bellingham Farmers Market:Attend the Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 17 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to perusing and purchasing locally grown produce, crafts and... »

Lummi Island Saturday Market:Peruse arts and crafts, partake of food and listen to music at the weekly Lummi Island Saturday Market from 10am-4pm in the field next to the Islander Grocery, 2106 S.... »

Community Meal:Hots dogs, mac salad, potato chips and cupcakes will be on the menu at the bimonthly Community Meal from 10am-12pm at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St. Entry... »

Summer Garden Party:Local farmers and producers will be on hand to share the delights of the season at the first Summer Garden Party of the season from 11am-3pm in Mount Vernon... »

International Fairy Day:Celebrate International Fairy Day and the summer solstice at the annual Fairy Day taking place from 11am-2pm at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Bring your costumes, wings, and... »

Sumas Community Days:A parade, games, a car show, fireworks and more will be part of the annual Sumas Community Days taking place from 11am-10pm at Sumas City Park and throughout downtown.... »

Salmon Talk:Join the Nooksack River Stewards for a Community Presentation starting at 12pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. The fun and informational event will cover topics... »

Centennial Celebration:The Burlington Public Library, Burlington Historical Preservation Advisory Board, and the fledgling Burlington Historical Society will co-host today's Historic Carnegie Library Centennial Celebration from 12-3pm starting with a tour... »

Red-Bell Run After-Party:Cascade Bikers will end their 102-mile bike ride—which starts in Redmond and ends in Bellingham—with a post-race party happening from 2-8pm at the finish line/beer garden... »

Shakespeare's Wonderland:Shakespeare Northwest presents a free viewing of Shakespeare's Wonderland: An Elizabethan View through the Looking Glass at 2pm Saturday at La Conner's Gilkey Square. The show can also be seen... »

Nooksack River Walk:Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for a free Nooksack River Walk at 3pm at the Horseshoe Bend Trailhead on the Mt. Baker Hwy. Attendees can learn about salmon, discover... »

Brigadoon Beer, Blues and Jazz Festival:The Heebie-Jeebies, Sonia Alexis, Seabreeze, and the Sam Ben-Meir Band will perform at the Brigadoon Beer, Blues and Jazz Festival taking place from 3-7pm at the North Bellingham Golf... »

Biketopia Music Festival:The bike collective Pleasant Revolution performs at the Biketopia Music Festival taking place from 3-9pm Saturday at the Lookout Arts Quarry (246 Old Hwy 99N) and from 12-3pm Sunday... »

An Affair to Remember:Drinks, dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions will be part of the Alzheimer Society of Washington 's fifth annual "Affair to Remember: 007 Style" starting at 5pm at Settlemyer Hall... »

Woolley Breeches:Listen to everything from Appalachian ballads to fiddle tunes, country classics and more when the Woolly Breeches perform at an all-ages concert happening from 7-9pm at Bellingham Folk School, 1208... »

Summer Comedy Jam:Comedy Nite presents its All Stars Summer Comedy Jam at 8:30pm at Four Points by Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Dr. In addition to headlining comedians Eric Blake, Willie Barcena, and Queen Aishah,... »

Salsa Night:Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest's bimonthly "Salsa Night" taking place from 9pm-12am on the first and... »

Salsa Night:Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest's bimonthly "Salsa Night" taking place from 9pm-12am on the first and... »

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