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On the Road

It’s been a sweltering summer in the Pacific Northwest, but signs of fall are on the horizon in the form of cooler mornings, surreptitiously falling leaves and a plethora of back-to-school sales.

But it’s not time to head inside just yet.

Case in point: The Colorado-based 5Point Film Festival will return to Bellingham Sun., Aug. 30 to share a number of short documentary films culled for an “On the Road” series from their homegrown festival that are, per usual, focused on adventures of the

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This Week

The Gristle

No Fine for Nooksack Nine

NO FINE FOR NOOKSACK NINE: With August arrives the earliest and most vulnerable of the Cascadia salmonids. Chinook require abundant cold, clean water to spawn, and the challenged species is returning to find the Nooksack River historically low, warm and cloudy with glacial milk. Chinook are an indicator species that yield clues about the health of the environment. The milk is an indicator, too, not only of a vanished seasonal snowpack, but loss of the icy heart of the glaciers themselves that

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Music

Saving the world

Of fun and fundraising

Along with being a population that loves coffee and microbrews in equal measure, prefers to commute via bike on the Interurban rather than by car on surface streets and fully embraced the concepts of “slow food” and “eating local” before that was a thing, Bellingham residents also tend to be committed and avowed do-gooders.

No matter how long a person has lived here—whether they’re longtime locals or newly arrived residents—it seems just about everyone is involved in some effort or

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Words

American Journey

In a rut on the Oregon Trail

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Although thinking of himself as a history buff, while visiting a small-town museum near the Oregon Trail route, Rinker Buck realized that he knew very little about this early- to mid-19th century exodus when about 400,000 settlers made their way west seeking brighter futures.

The presence of still-visible wheel ruts from the passing of the wagons captivated Buck’s imagination and kindled a passion to retrace the journey of these earlier emigrants—also traveling in a covered wagon pulled

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Outdoors

On the Road

5Point Film Festival heads out

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It’s been a sweltering summer in the Pacific Northwest, but signs of fall are on the horizon in the form of cooler mornings, surreptitiously falling leaves and a plethora of back-to-school sales.

But it’s not time to head inside just yet.

Case in point: The Colorado-based 5Point Film Festival will return to Bellingham Sun., Aug. 30 to share a number of short documentary films culled for an “On the Road” series from their homegrown festival that are, per usual, focused on adventures of the

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Food

Taste of Kulshan

Following the foothills

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The meal I experienced at Deming’s Il Caffe Rifugio a few years back was one for the books.

The late-February night was dark, cold, wet and dreary as all get-out, but inside proprietor and chef Richard Balogh warmed us up from the inside out.

Throughout the course of the evening, our party dined on everything from ravioli with curry cream sauce to salads drizzled with marionberry vinaigrette, lambwiches with aioli on Breadfarm baguettes (pictured), Italian grilled cheesed sandwiches, and

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Visual

Destination Lynden

Happy anniversary, Jansen Art Center

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On any given week, those visiting the Jansen Art Center can peruse quality artwork from around the region, listen to live music in the space’s piano lounge, try their hand at activities such as pottery, silk painting, ballet and more, and engage in a variety of other creative pursuits.

Come Sat., Aug. 29, those visiting the former Lynden City Hall can also gather for a Neighborhood Block Party celebrating the three-year anniversary of the creative collaborative.  The music will be flowing, as

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On Stage

Into the Woods

Back to the basics at BAAY

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The kids who take part in Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth’s song-and-dance productions may grow up, but many of them don’t grow out of their enduring affection and admiration for the performing arts school.

This is evident in upcoming performances of Into the Woods, the Stephen Sondheim musical that intertwines characters culled from fairy tales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk to tell the story of a childless baker and his wife.

It’s not

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Film

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

A labor of love

Think of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet as a gift: a work of essential spiritual enlightenment, elegantly interpreted by nine of the world’s leading independent animators, all tied up and wrapped in a family-friendly bow by The Lion King director Roger Allers. A longtime passion project for producer Salma Hayek (credited here as Salma Hayek-Pinault), Lebanese philosopher-poet Gibran’s cherished guide to life, death, love, art and so forth doesn’t naturally lend itself to big-screen

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Film

Meru

See it, don’t climb it

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The documentary Meru charts the attempts of a trio of American climbers to be the first to scale Mount Meru, a 21,000-foot Himalayan mountain that begins near the headwaters of the Ganges River in India.

It’s the sort of movie that’s frequently called “inspiring” for its depiction of humans testing themselves physically, emotionally and perhaps even spiritually against the elements, and I get that. But I wasn’t inspired. I was nearly out of my mind with terror.

Although no one in the film

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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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Today

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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. more »

The Gilded Hour: Local author Sara Donati delves into the lives of two descendants of her famous characters Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner from the Wilderness series when she reads from The Gilded Hour at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The year is 1883 and New York City is aflutter with extraordinary change. more »

Skagit Folk Dancers: Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at 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 »

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