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Digging In

I like to talk about plants, but I’m not an expert. That’s why when people ask my advice about gardening issues—whether it’s how to keep “those darn aphids” off roses or what kind of veggie starts they should purchase—I simply direct them to the following events.

Last May, when I showed up early for the annual WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener Plant Sale at Ferndale’s Hovander Homestead Park, I was a little too eager to peruse the premises, and made the mistake of entering the sale a few

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This Week

The Gristle

Double-Jointed, Part Deux

DOUBLE-JOINTED, PART DEUX: Bellingham City Council recently sat through two joint meetings with other governmental entities. The first, as we noted last week, was the stakeholders that form the Joint Policy Group to adopt the work plan for Lake Whatcom for the next five years. The second joined Council’s planning committee with the Bellingham Planning Commission to coordinate the recommendations the city must provide the county regarding the city’s urban growth areas (UGAs), future areas

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Music

Harry and the Potters

Bring on the wizard rock

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I write all kinds of stories for all kinds of reasons, and it is safe to say that a fair amount of consideration goes into choosing what to highlight during any given week. Most of that thought process is not very interesting, but the method to my madness is generally not as arbitrary as it may appear.

And then some mornings I wake up and just want to write about a wizard rock band.

So I do just that thing, not least because I’ve never let my desire to be taken seriously as a journalist

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Visual

Feast of Stones

Celebrating spring on Camano Island

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The Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden on Camano Island is always a rewarding place to visit. It’s definitely a landmark on the road for high achievers in stonework.

In springtime, with hours of warmth and daylight, you can enjoy the variety of great works by contemporary Northwest sculptors that are scattered among the trees and lawns of this 10-acre garden. During my visit, a tent encampment was sheltering an ongoing stone-carving workshop led by Whidbey Island master, Sue

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Words

Speaking of Dying

Raising awareness about end-of-life issues

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Next week, I’ll join interfaith chaplain Trudy James to talk about end-of-life issues relating to her film, Speaking of Dying. The short documentary delves into discussions that raise awareness about death and dying, and, in it, I talk about how my husband was able to die a peaceful death before reaching the later stages of Alzheimer’s. 

Phyllis Shacter: What is your involvement in end-of-life issues, and how did you get involved?

Trudy James: Death has shaped my adult life in many ways.

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Outdoors

Digging In

Stock up for the season

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I like to talk about plants, but I’m not an expert. That’s why when people ask my advice about gardening issues—whether it’s how to keep “those darn aphids” off roses or what kind of veggie starts they should purchase—I simply direct them to the following events.

Last May, when I showed up early for the annual WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener Plant Sale at Ferndale’s Hovander Homestead Park, I was a little too eager to peruse the premises, and made the mistake of entering the sale a few

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Food

Wine Walk

Time for a grape escape

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In Bellingham, beer is typically the adult beverage of choice that gets all the buzz—what with new breweries or expansions of existing breweries seemingly popping up with the passing of each season. If residents aren’t consuming the byproduct of hops, they’re talking about when they’re going to drink it, and where.

That’s about to change—at least for a brief period of time. Come Fri., May 8, the mighty grape will take center stage when the Downtown Bellingham Partnership hosts its

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On Stage

Lonely Hearts Club

Looking for (not-creepy) love

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At the last “Vaudevillingham” at the Bellingham Circus Guild’s Cirque Lab, actress, dancer and choreographer Jenna Bean Veatch debuted an in-progress excerpt of a show she’ll be debuting in San Francisco next year called You Are Not Alone.

Being that the work is about the desire for human connection, Veatch says it was important for her to include the audience in the performance. After gifting those in attendance with three giant love notes—starting with acknowledging their beauty, and

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Film

Welcome to Me

Airing it out on air

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Borderline personality disorder turns out to be more of a laughing matter than it probably should be in Welcome to Me, a strange and often startlingly inspired media/mental-illness comedy directed by actress-filmmaker Shira Piven. After drifting into a semi-dramatic mode in her earlier indies, Girl Most Likely and The Skeleton Twins, Kristen Wiig tears into a role that plays to her deadpan gifts as a woman who wins the lottery and starts her own talk show, where she proceeds to work through her

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Film

In Country

The war at home

In Rambo: First Blood Part II, Sylvester Stallone’s embittered Special Forces operative is sent back to Vietnam on a top-secret mission. Upon learning of his assignment, he asks his commanding officer, “Sir, do we get to win this time?” It’s a question that resonates throughout the new documentary In Country, which profiles a group of men who painstakingly reenact an overseas skirmish from the late 1960s in the wilds of Oregon. Creeping through the greenery kitted out with

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Film

Every Secret Thing

Child’s play no more

Pitched somewhere between a David Fincher crime procedural, a Denis Lehane suspense novel and a Mommie Dearest melodrama, documentarian Amy Berg’s move into the feature-length world of dramatic narrative is by nature of the material, an uneven one. It’s not for want of trying, however. Making her narrative debut here, Berg directs the hell out of every crime segment in the film, and there’s a strong level of craft in sequences that would make Fincher proud.

But there’s something lost

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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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Music Club Concert: Pianist Jensina Oliver will perform works by Mozart, Joplin, and Gershwin for the Bellingham Music Club at 10:30am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St. Entry is by donation. more »

Green Drinks: Network with likeminded environmentally aware community members at the monthly Green Drinks gathering from 5-7pm at Index Sensors & Controls, 300 Harris Ave. Additionally, there'll be tours of the LEAD-certified building. more »

GROUP RIDE: The Mt. Baker Bike Club hosts a Group Ride starting every Wednesday at 6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Be prepared to ride for 30 miles at a race/training pace, and regroup at the brewery following the excursion. more »

Evening Epic Run: A weekly “Evening Epic Run” begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The strenuous runs are 1.5-2 hours in length on hilly terrain with experienced trail runners. Entry is free. more »

Crevasse Rescue Clinic: John Minier from Mt. Baker Guilds will lead a "Crevasse Rescue Clinic" from 6-7:30pm at REI, 400 36th St. Concepts will include relevant knots and hitches, transferring loads, mechanical advantage and hauling systems. Register in advance for the free event. more »

Planetarium Show: Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings at a "Stars of the Pharoahs" show at 6pm at Western Washington University's Spanel Planetarium. Additional public shows happen May 20 and June 3 and 17. Tickets are $10. more »

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 others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free and no registration is required. more »

Garden Club Meeting: "Rain Gardens" will be the focus of a talk by Wonder-Flora's Janaki Kilgore at tonight's Birchwood Garden Club meeting at 7pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. All are welcome. more »

Pataky Poetry: Alaskan poet Jeremy Pataky reads from his Overwinter debut collection at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Pataky’s migration between Anchorage and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park inspires the poems that connect urban to rural. more »

Scottish Country Dance Social: Join the Scottish Country Dance Club from 7-9:30pm every Wednesday for a public dance at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome, and no partner or experience is needed. Drop-in fees are $8, but those who are showing up for the first time will gain free entry. more »

Faculty Jazz Series: A monthly WWU Faculty Jazz Series concert begins at 8pm at the BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Entry is $10 at the door; students get in free. more »

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