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The fruits of fall

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

On a recent visit to my father’s house on Lummi Island, I helped myself to a hefty bag of pears and apples sourced from a giant mound of fruit he had spread out on one of his living room recliners (don’t ask).

“I got those from my friend Henry’s garden on the sunny side of the island,” my pops said a few days later when I admitted I’d absconded with the fruits of fall. “I’ve been making pear ‘butter’ to spoon on my morning oatmeal. It’s a delicious addition to what can be a boring…

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Spooky Sojourns

Of gore, lore, ghosts and more

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

What do a graphic murder mystery, Depression-era tales of darkness and despair, and spooky voice recordings have in common? They’re all part of what can be experienced by getting in on the Good Time Girls’ seasonal “Gore & Lore” tours taking place in downtown Bellingham every Saturday through October.

On Fridays through the month, the historical tour guides will also lead citizens on excursions through Fairhaven, focusing on stories of Spiritualism, hauntings and the “dark and dingy”…

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The Holocaust on trial

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Denial is a movie about a real-life libel case. The filmmaking isn’t fancy or ambitious. Its aim is to tell the story of the case, from its origins to its finish, and it does so clearly, with no embellishment. Fortunately, the issues surrounding the case are so fascinating and so packed with moral importance that a straightforward telling is quite enough to make Denial a worthwhile drama.

In 1996, American historian Deborah Lipstadt was sued by the British historian David Irving over…

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On Stage

Alien Alert

Top of the food chain

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

When Woody Ciskowski was growing up on Orcas Island, his television choices were limited, so the fact that he discovered the alien invasion spoof known as Top of the Food Chain was completely by chance.

“About 15 years ago, my father was late-night channel surfing our six channels and he called me down to check out this ‘crazy movie’ he found,” Ciskowski says. “We only saw the second half, but the main character (played by Campbell Scott) and a line about ‘genetically engineered…

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David Dondero

Just another hardcore troubadour

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In this era of all the music in existence being available for the streaming on the Internet, it can be surprisingly difficult to find something to listen to. More truly lovely music than I could ever hope to hear in my lifetime is out there, waiting for me to discover it, but it’s sometimes challenging to filter through all the noise and find the good stuff.

Real rough problem to have, I know.

This time of plenty is, of course, much harder on musicians than it is on me. When they…

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Indelible Images

Worlds of wonder at Whatcom Museum

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Thanks to a recent viewing of the exhibit “Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates,”  I’m now convinced that an underwater denizen dubbed the “stubby squid” (Rossia pacifica) is my new spirit animal.

Like the dozens of other up-close-and-personal photographs taken by marine biologist Susan Middleton of the sea creatures that make up more than 98 percent of the known animal species in the world’s oceans, the image of the diminutive cuttlefish at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher…

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Community Paramedic

Saving lives, saving money

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

911. It’s an easy number to remember—deliberately so!—and, like a light switch, it always works.

Emergency dispatch is always there, but a lot of times—a lot of times—people will call it for non-emergencies. That gets expensive.

In 2014, the City of Bellingham began an experiment to help connect frequent utilizers of 911 services for non-emergent medical needs to more appropriate services. The benefit of the program was conceived as twofold—citizens are connected…

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The Gristle
Twice Zero

TWICE ZERO: The first law of holes is, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”

Whatcom County found itself at the bottom of an enormous deep hole earlier this month when the Washington Supreme Court agreed with the findings of a state growth board that determined the county had…

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Motive matters

The public service of former presidential nominees includes leading the forces of D-Day, fighting in World War II, governing…

Misogyny writ large

In this presidential election sexism plays a significant role. Most people say they are not sexist, but social research shows…

Proud of young voters

I just want to say that this last year and a half has give me great deal of hope for…

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Today's Events
The Music Man


Meet fast-talking salesman Harold Hill when The Music Man concludes this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to the…

Family Game Night


Expect deception, confusion and family skeletons when Family Game Night: A New A Capella Musical opens this week at 7:30pm performances Thursday through Saturday at Western Washington…

Lynden Book Sale


Books for all ages, movies, audio books and music CDs can be found at a Lynden Friends Book Sale taking place from 10am-5pm Friday, 10am-4:30pm Saturday, and 1-4:30pm Sunday at the Lynden…

Komo Kulshan Ski and Snowboard Swap


The Komo Kulshan Ski Club hosts the annual Komo Kulshan Ski and Snowboard Swap from 4-9:30pm Friday and 9am-2pm Saturday at the Bloedel Donovan Gymnasium, 2214 Electric Ave. Sell or buy new…

Gore and Lore Tours


The Good Time Girls combine history with a bit of horror at “Gore and Lore” tours at 6pm Fridays in Fairhaven (in front of Skylark’s) and 6pm Saturdays in downtown Bellingham (at the Bureau…

Arsenic and Old Lace


The Northwest Washington Theatre Group presents showings of Arsenic and Old Lace at 7pm Friday and Saturday at Ferndale High School, 5830 Golden Eagle Dr. Tickets are $10-$12. Additional…

Skagit Community Band


Listen to sea songs, sea chanteys and sea adventure when the Skagit Community Band presents “Songs from the Sea” at 7:30pm Friday at La Conner’s Maple Hall and 3pm Sunday in Anacortes at…

12 Minutes Max Fall Showcase


Theater, dance, performance art, music and film will be highlighted at “12 Minutes Max Fall Showcase” performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314…



Enjoy improv comedy when the Dead Parrots Society performs as part of monthlong “Squawk-Tober” shows at 8pm Friday and Saturday at Western Washington University’s Old Main Theater. Tickets…



Help figure out whodunnit when the perennially popular improvised murder mystery known as “Hellingham” returns to the stage for 8pm and 10pm shows every Friday and Saturday through October…

Phenomenal Woman Cabaret


Come ready to dance, laugh and sing when the Provocateurs present evenings of unbridled cabaret at performances of “Phenomenal Woman: A Peek at the Spectrum of Femininity” at 8pm Friday and…

Pancake Breakfast


Attend a monthly Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am at Ferndale’s American Legion Hall, 5537 2nd Ave. Entry is $3 for kids and $6 for adults.

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 Oct. 29 at…

Make It & Take It


Learn how to layer spring bulbs for 60 days of color at a “Make It and Take It: Lasagna Bulb Planter” workshop at 9am at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Entry is $39 and includes all…

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 through October.

Cherry Point Forum


Presentations on citizen science, ocean acidification, forage fish and warming climates will be part of today’s Cherry Point Forum taking place from 9am-2:30pm at Building G at Bellingham…

Work Party


As part of Make a Difference Day, join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for a Community Work Party from 9am-12pm along Squalicum Creek. Participants will be removing invasive…

Scottish Highland Reel Competition


The Clan Heather Dancers host their annual Scottish Highland “Reel Competition” from 9am-5pm at the Syre Center at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. Visitors can watch spirited…

Make a Difference Day


Bring friends and family along when you take part in the Whatcom Volunteer Center’s annual “Make a Difference Day” event starting at 9am and continuing throughout the day in Whatcom County.…

Fall Family Fun


Garden tours, hot dog and marshmallow roasting, hayrides, a petting zoo, games and photo opportunities will be part of “Family Fun Days”  from 10am-6pm Saturdays through Oct. 29 at Everson’s…

98221 Artists Studio Tour


Attend the Anacortes Arts Commission’s 98221 Artists Studio Tour from 10am-5pm at 16 studios located in Anacortes and Guemes Island. Entry to the self-guided juried tour of more than 30…

Correspondence Club


Anyone over 8 years old can show up for the monthly Correspondence Club gathering from 10:30am-12:30pm at Mindport Exhibits, 210 W. Holly St. Supplies, materials and instructional guidance…

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 Comicon


Randy Emberlin, Georgia Ball, David Hahn, Kat Richardson, Bob Smith, and Doug Wheatley will be among the special guests in attendance at the annual Bellingham ComiCon taking place from…

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,…

Harvest Happens


U-pick pumpkins and apples, a corn maze, apple bin train rides, live music, distillery tours, corn cannons and face painting will be part of “Harvest Happens” events this weekend and next at…

Community Meal


All are welcome at the bimonthly Community Meal from 10am-12pm at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St. Per usual, entry is free.

Celebrating Vicky Marshall


Celebrate National Friends of the Library Week and honor the life and legacy of longtime Friend and reading advocate Vicky Marshall from 10am-12pm at the Lecture Room at the Bellingham Public…

Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen


Ginger pear jam, apple pie moonshine, dried cherry and buttermilk scone mix, bacon nut brittle and more will be on the roster when Cindy McKinney helms a “Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen”…

Cornhole Tournament


Competitors will take turns throwing bags of corn at a raised platform at the second annual Cornhole Tournament from 2-7pm in Ferndale at the Boys & Girls Club of Whatcom County, 2015 Cherry…

Writing the Living Memoir


At a “Writing the Living Memoir” workshop, Cocoon of Cancer author Abbe Rolnick uses her latest writings to show how to shape memories, journal entries, research and factual information into…



ReBound of Whatcom County, Boys & Girls Club of Whatcom County, and Whatcom Sports & Recreation will host an inaugural “Bellingham Hoptoberfest” from 4-10pm at Bellingham Sportsplex, 1225…

Wild & Scenic Film Festival


The Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group will host the “Wild & Scenic Film Festival” starting with a short reception at 6:30pm at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The array of…

Warfel Award Ceremony


Join Poetrynight for a Ken Warfel Fellowship Award presentation ceremony from 7-9pm at the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. In addition to celebrating poet Judy…

Contra Dance


Heliotrope will provide live tunes at the Bellingham Country Dance Society’s Contra Dance taking place from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Admission is $6 for students,…

Skagit Symphony Gala Concert


An array of music with virtuoso sparkle, dramatic moods and playful spirit will be part of Skagit Symphony’s “Gala Concert” at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way.…

Whose Live Anyway?


Join Ryan Stiles and the rest of the cast from the Emmy-nominated television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? for a “Whose Live Anyway?” performance at 7:30pm at Western Washington University’s…

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