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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

I’m not going to lie, for most of my life I haven’t given that much thought to accessibility. Even when I broke my ankle several years ago and had to make my way in a world that suddenly had more obstacles, I mostly treated it as a temporary situation that I could overcome with pluckiness and can-do spirit (and a helluva lot of help from my friends).

What opened my eyes to our inaccessible world was something unexpected: children. Specifically my friends’ children who have mobility concerns.

Everyone who knows me well is reeling right now because I’m not exactly the biggest fan of kids. However, I do believe that once they’re brought into this world, children should get to have the fullest life experience possible, complete with being able to explore every nook and cranny as safety and sanity allows. Watching friends with kids who have accessibility needs attempt to give their children that fullness of experience in a world that ranges from thoughtless to openly hostile to anyone who isn’t able-bodied has been illuminating.

Which is why it’s a bummer that Bellingham’s only dedicated all-ages venue is not exactly the most accessible spot.

Yes, Make.Shift has a ramp to its front entrance, lovingly built by its hardy volunteers some years ago. However, even things built with great care can begin to show wear and tear, and the ramp reached that point several wears and tears ago. On warm, dry days, the ramp remains mostly fine. However, when it rains, things get slick. And when it snows, the ramp not only gets decidedly dicey, but it can also become downright dangerous.

If you’re thinking it’s time for a new ramp, I’m about to tell you how you can help bring that into being.

About a month ago, Make.Shift launched a Gofundme to raise the money needed to replace their ramp. As fundraisers go, the goal is pretty modest—$2,000, of which nearly $750 has been raised at press time—and certainly seems attainable.

Make.Shift has been with us for long enough that it is difficult to recall a time when they didn’t exist. But I certainly remember what our arts and music scenes were like before the nonprofit came into being. For so many of us, Make.Shift has served to make that which seemed out of reach finally accessible: a legit all-ages venue, a gallery space that thrives on inclusiveness, affordable rehearsal spaces and incubators for micro-businesses—the list goes on. But in order to get to all that magic, people need to be able to get through the front door. Let’s make it happen.

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February 19, 2020

Apologies in Advance

February 12, 2020

All-Ages Action

February 5, 2020

Music at the Movies

January 29, 2020

Hot in Herre

January 22, 2020

Chicken and egg:

January 15, 2020

Say It Ain’t So:

January 8, 2020

Passages:

January 1, 2020

A necessary update:

December 25, 2019

Questions and answers:

December 18, 2019

It’s Baaaack:

December 11, 2019

Of Art and Artists:

December 4, 2019

Fundraising and Family Time:

November 27, 2019

Of beginnings and endings:

November 20, 2019

Of love and loss:

November 13, 2019

Dream All Day:

November 6, 2019

News of the Muse:

October 30, 2019

But wait, there’s more:

October 23, 2019

Comings and goings:

October 16, 2019

Sing Loud:

October 9, 2019

Events
Today
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Bellingham City Club Meeting

11:30am|Northwood Hall

Mapping Mountains

4:00pm|Western Library

Beginners Welcome

4:00pm|Village Books

Group Run

6:00pm|Skagit Running Company

Wild Church

6:00pm|Marine Park

Food and Wine Pairing

6:30pm|Cordata Community Food Co-op

The Slacks

7:00pm|Thousand Acre Cider House

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

Tomorrow
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

Jazz Lecture Series

2:00pm|Anacortes Public Library

Exploring Equity

2:00pm|Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

Keenan's Dinner

4:00pm|Keenan's at the Pier

Trivia Night

6:00pm|Burlington Public Library

Life Between the Pages Dinner Book Club

6:00pm|Evolve Chocolate + Cafe

A date with democracy

6:30pm

Bottle Club

6:30pm|Thousand Acre Cider House

Pasta Party

6:30pm|Community Food Co-op

The Woman's Hour with Elaine Weiss

6:30pm|Performing Arts Center Mainstage

Godspell

7:00pm| Burlington-Edison High School

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

Balkan Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

An Iliad

7:00pm| Firehouse Arts and Events Center

The True Cost

7:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Jazz and Mariachi Night

7:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Good, Bad, Ugly

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

WWU Wind Symphony

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

House Concert with Meghan Yates and Louis Ledford

7:30pm|Chuckanut Center

Typhoon of Tenderness

8:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Friday
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

Godspell

7:00pm| Burlington-Edison High School

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Typhoon of Tenderness

8:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Wild Things

9:30am|Interurban Trail

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

Cultural Arts Festival

12:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Valley Writers

1:00pm|South Whatcom Library

Fourth Friday Art Walk

5:00pm|Historic Fairhaven

The Hobbit

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Sanford-Hill Piano Series

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

Cupid's Arrow, Fifty Shades of Velvet

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Comedy Night at Chair 9

9:00pm|Chair 9

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