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Get an edible education

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

For years, I was a (mostly) strict vegetarian who lived in Idaho.

I say “mostly” because I’d suspend my dietary dictates on my annual sojourn to our family’s cabin on Lummi Island—where we purchased sockeye salmon directly from the reefnetters who caught them, scooped up Dungeness crabs on the beach and in pots dropped in the waters in front of our property, and coaxed clams and the occasional geoduck from the low-tide muck.

I’m not willing to declare that easy access to fresh…

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Working It

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Before opening up the door of her coveted corner space in Fairhaven’s Morgan Block Studios to the public during the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour (WAST), Nancy Canyon admits to getting a little nervous, wondering if her studio looks presentable and if the selection of paintings she’s put aside to sell will tempt patrons of the arts.

Soon enough, though, Canyon gets into the groove of the annual event, which for the past 22 years has put a spotlight on Whatcom County artists for two…

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Handling the truth

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

By now, everyone knows that when I’m not executing my Cascadia Weekly duties, I’m moonlighting as a projectionist at the Pickford Film Center.

While the Pickford is currently offering its customary selection of top-notch indie movies, behind the scenes, all conversation revolves around a single topic: Doctober. Posters have been hung, documentaries are being delivered to the theater on the daily and stores of popcorn seeds and nutritional yeast are being accumulated. The staff is…

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On Stage

Election Selections

Broadway Takes on Politics

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What do the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, Groucho Marx, gangsters, suffragettes, Mamie Eisenhower, an elephant and a donkey have in common?

You’ll find the definitive answer by procuring tickets to Bellingham Music Club’s new cabaret-style musical, Broadway Takes on Politics, which runs Oct. 6-8 at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center—just in time to provide some much-needed levity to the shit-show of an election season. 

“We started with 100 Broadway shows with political…

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Peak Experience

Autumn on Winchester Mountain

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The view from the Winchester lookout is sublime.

From this northern vantage point, the great fangs of the North Cascades are revealed in all of their wild grandeur, with the dramatic summit of Goat Mountain rising in the foreground to the east.

To the north, the great Border Peaks are up close and personal—this is perhaps the most dramatic viewpoint of these stupendous mountains. And the hike up from Twin Lakes is short and immensely scenic, with virtually the entire way above the…

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Hilary Franz

Surveying the landscape of Washington state

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This week, if she’s lucky, Hilary Franz may get to summit the Oyster Dome and view the forested trust lands of Blanchard Mountain in autumn. In November, she may become responsible for that expanse and many others as the 14th Commissioner of Public Lands.

As the head of the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the commissioner is responsible for healthy public aquatic reserves, forests, parks and more. The department leases out land to provide money to schools and…

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Cat's Pajamas

A pint-sized protagonist

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

There’s something extremely charming about a miserable, sassy almost-10-year-old bent on living her dream to become a jazz chanteuse. 

In Marie-Helene Bertino’s debut novel, 2 a.m. at the Cat’s Pajamas, Madeleine Altimari is no average kid. She’s a potty-mouthed chain smoker, dodging cockroaches in her Philadelphia apartment while her father holes up in his bedroom, nearly catatonic after his wife’s death from cancer. Though Madeleine deeply misses her mom, she has purpose: to…

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Lynden Music Festival

Everybody cut footloose

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Shortly after I moved to Bellingham all those millions of years ago, I learned it was widely believed that the movie Footloose was based, in part, on Lynden. If the finer plot point of the ’80s classic aren’t as alive for you as they are for me, allow me to refresh your memory.

In the movie, handsome outsider Ren (Kevin Bacon, at the height of his powers) moves from the big city to a small farm town full of bullies and rubes where dancing is illegal because it causes teenagers to…

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The Gristle
A Stitch In Time

A STITCH IN TIME: The purpose underlying Whatcom County Council’s emergency moratorium came startlingly into focus this week as scores showed up to share with policymakers the pros and cons of permitting new unrefined crude oil and natural gas export projects through Cherry Point.…

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Ignorance is strength

I am considered a Millennial by most accounts. I have not voted. I have not been much interested in or…

Connecting the dots

Have you ever wondered whether there’s a connection between a 15-year-long war, the corporate quest to control our planet’s resources,…

Hillary must not be ‘Gored’

Berniecrats of today recall the Naderites of 2000. Nader called Al Gore an “environmental impostor” and Republicans described him as…

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Today's Events
Whatcom Water Week


Tours of local water and waste water treatment plants, a “Run with the Chums,” a Streams of Thought Film Festival, a social media photo contest, a rainwater irrigation workshop, watershed…

The Music Man


Meet fast-talking salesman Harold Hill when The Music Man continues this weekend with shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave.…

Little Women


A Broadway version of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday in Oak Harbor at the Whidbey Playhouse, 730…

The Miracle Worker


Watch the story of Annie Sullivan and her blind and mute student, Helen Keller, when The Miracle Worker continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm Saturday…

Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival


The La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum presents its annual “Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival” from 10am-5pm Friday through Sunday at its headquarters and also at Maple Hall and the Civic Garden…

Love, Loss and What I Wore


The Bellingham Theatre Guild concludes Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss & What I Wore this week with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Whatcom Community…



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…

Run Like a Girl


Sign up for the annual “Run Like a Girl” half-marathon and 10K starting at 8am at Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Dr. The noncompetitive event is for those (male or female) who want to get out…

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…

Benefit Garage Sale


The Whatcom County Historical Society hosts its annual Benefit Garage Sale from 9am-4pm Saturday and 10am-3pm Sunday at the historic T.G. Richards Building, 1308 E St. Proceeds benefit…

Cabbage Class


Sign up in advance for a “Make Sauerkraut with Fall Cabbage” class with master food preserver Susy Hymas at 9am at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Entry is $5.

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. A…

Model Train Show


Attend the 32nd annual Lynden Lions Club Model Train Show from 9am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday at   the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. The event features more than…

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.

Healthcare Film


Join United for National Healthcare to view the film Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point at 9:30am at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Entry is free.

Fermentation Fun


Attend a “Sauerkraut and Fermented Veggies” presentation from 10am-12pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Come learn how easy and fun it is to make your own and taste samples. Entry is…

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…

Birding Walk


Get a glimpse of the many species of birds who spend time in Sudden Valley every year at a South Whatcom Fall Birding Walk starting at 10am at the South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Ct.,…

Fall Fruit Festival


Sample close to 200 varieties of common and uncommon fruits, ciders, nuts and rare fruit jellies and sauces at the annual “Fall Fruit Festival” taking place from 10am-5pm Saturday and…

Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms


Farm tours, harvest markets, activities for kids, corn and hay mazes, pumpkin patches, scenic tours, free samples and more will be part of the 18th annual Skagit Valley Festival of Family…

Film is Truth Anniversary Party


Help Film is Truth celebrate 19 years of serving Whatcom County at the nonprofit’s annual Anniversary Party taking place from 10am-10pm at its location in the Bellingham Public Market, 1530…

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,…

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour


As many as 40 artists working in a variety of different forms of media will open their creative spaces to the public for the 22nd annual Whatcom Artist Studio Tour happening from 10am-5pm…



Get out on the water, your deck, or your favorite spot to watch the waves and let the Pacific Biodiversity Institute know about the Salish Sea marine wildlife you see as part of today’s…

Buddy Walk


Promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome and celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month at the 13th annual “Whatcom County Buddy Walk” from 11am-2pm the Fairhaven Village…

National Geographic's 50 Greatest Photos Opening


View images featuring everything from Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols’ iconic image of Jane Goodall with a chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view…

Boating Center Open


The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset Saturdays and Sundays through mid-October at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and…

Banned Books Week Read-In


Teens are invited to take part in a Banned Books Week Read-In from 12:30-2:30pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Bring your own favorite to share, or just come listen and enjoy.

Intro to NaNoWriMo


Attend an “Introduction to NaNoWriMo from 1-2pm today and 6-7pm Tues., Oct. 4 at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. The primers will focus on “National…

Artist Lecture


As part of the new “Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates” exhibit, acclaimed photographer, author, professor and lecturer Susan Middleton will share photos and discuss her artwork and…

Matched Makers Opening


View art made by 28 sets of sweethearts who have shared creative lives at an opening reception for “Matched Makers: Northwest Artist Couples” from 2-5pm at La Conner’s Museum of Northwest…

Timber Rose


Historian and author Janet Oakley presents the fascinating history and inspiration behind her novel Timber Rose at 2pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. Set in 1907,…

Traditional Jazz


The popular Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band will perform New Orleans/Dixieland music at the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society’s monthly concert and dance from 2-5pm at the VFW Hall, 625 N State…

Blessing of the Animals


Attend a “Blessing of the Animals” at 3:30pm at the large shelter at Cornwall Park, 3424 Meridian St. Lutheran pastor Rev. Charis Weathers will give a short liturgy followed by a personal…

Poetry Palavers


Oregon-based poet Clemens Starck reads from his new collection, Old Dogs, New Tricks, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At 7pm, Erin Fristad reads poems from The Glass Jar, which spawned…

Matzke Art Auction


Ninety pieces of fine artworks will be sold at the seventh annual Art Auction starting at 5pm at Camano Island’s Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, 2345 Blanche Way. Entry is $25 and…

Edison Opening


View works by painter and printmaker Kris Ekstrand Molesworth and sculptor Jan Hoy at an opening reception for the artists from 5-8pm at Edison’s Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. The…

Celebrating Jack Prelutsky


“A Celebration of Jack Prelutsky” takes place at 5:30pm at Western Washington University’s Western Library.  Prelutsky—who was named the nation’s first Children’s Poet Laureate in…

USA Dance


Join USA Dance for a Rumba lesson starting at 7:15pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. From 8-10pm, the Sea Breeze Jazz Band will perform, and dancers are invited to move to the music.…

Fred Morrison


Hear one of the world’s most skilled and celebrated bagpipers when Fred Morrison performs at 7pm at Mount Vernon’s Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave. Tickets are $25; advance…

The Aimees


Aimée Ringle and Aimée Kelley, a singing duo from Port Townsend whose catalog of songs explore and honor the themes of home, healing, love, birth, death and spirit, perform at 7pm at the…

George Winston


Renowned pianist George Winston will utilize melodic folk piano, New Orleans R&B piano and stride piano when he performs songs from his seasonal favorites—as well as Peanuts pieces from his…

Tannahill Weavers


Fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs and original ballads and lullabies can be heard when Scotland’s celebrated Tannahill Weavers perform at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712…

Folk Dance Party


Orkestar RTW will play the traditional folk dance music of Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Serbia at the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers’ First Saturday Folk Dance of the season from 7:30-10:30pm at the…

Bellingham Chamber Music Society


“Dance Kaleidoscope” will be the theme of the Bellingham Chamber Music Society’s first concert of the 2016/2017 season at 7:30pm at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The…

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