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House Lessons

Read, Share, Renovate

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Erica Bauermeister didn’t plan on falling head over heels for a 92-year-old house crammed with decades of debris, but when she and her husband happened upon the Victorian wreck in Port Townsend during a Sunday sojourn to the Olympic Peninsula in the late 1990s, she knew she had to have it—even though it wasn’t actually for sale at the time.

In House Lessons: Renovating a Life—this year’s Whatcom County Library System pick for its third annual Read & Share program—readers soon find out…

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WACK Studio Tour

Creative cross-pollination

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Deb McCunn is well aware of the power of clay. As the president of the Whatcom Artists of Clay and Kiln (WACK) she’s in contact with approximately 60 other members who share her passion for the malleable medium. While her own work focuses on playful garden sculptures known to sneak in social commentary, she says her artistic horizons have greatly expanded by interacting with ceramic artists from different generations and backgrounds. At the inaugural WACK Studio Tour taking place Sept.…

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District Brewing

Bringing something new to the table

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

When District Brewing took over the old Lyric Theater building on Riverwalk Plaza in downtown Mount Vernon, the remodel was a massive undertaking. When they finally opened their doors in March of 2020, it was unfortunately exactly one day before the pandemic lockdown.

Fortunately, beer and pizza work well as takeout, and District has successfully made it through the last year and a half offering curbside pickup, experimenting with their menu, and getting their brewing program fully…

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Speak for the Trees

Baker Lake Trail recognized as 
old-growth forest

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The rains have arrived and the thirsty forests are brimming with autumn. Among them, stunning yet accessible, is the Baker Lake Trail, a gentle walk through an old Douglas Fir forest around the long eastern shore of its eponymous lake in the North Cascades. What it lacks in elevation gain and loss, the trail makes up for with scenic peeks and rushing creeks that occasionally break the mossy stillness of the ancient forest.

This trail area at the edge of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie…

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Man on a mission

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

In the opening shots of the documentary Fauci, one of the most famous scientists in the world does some serious time traveling.

As he makes his way up the stairs and into the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland in the modern day, a split screen shows a bespectacled Dr. Anthony S. Fauci entering the same building decades earlier. And although the scenes featuring the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases are strangely…

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Love the Land

A farm-fresh benefit concert

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

If you were offered front-row seats to see the Grammy-nominated indie rock band the Decemberists for a mere $10, would you act as quickly as possible to score a ticket? It might sweeten the deal to know that in addition to hearing from the Portland-based ensemble—as well as from a number of other regional acts who’ll be joining the lineup—you’d simultaneously be raising funds for Washington Farmland Trust and Viva Farms.

At the second annual “Love the Land,” a virtual benefit concert…

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The Gristle
An Expanding Agenda

AN EXPANDING AGENDA: One of the more satisfying evolutions since the dawn of this new century has been to watch Whatcom County step more fully into her role as a supporter and partner in the policy initiatives of her cities. Where Whatcom County Council once viewed their work as distinct…

Alan Rhodes
September Song

What can I say about the summer of 2021? Well, not surprisingly, I do have a few observations.

Cranky’s Inferno. We’ve had a lot of very hot weather this summer, thanks in part to the climate change we humans have been so adept at accelerating. I hate hot weather. I mean, I really hate…

Rumor Has It
Back to the Future

Truth be known, I spent so much time during that long 15-month period that our music venues were shuttered due to COVID-19 simply hoping that they’d make it through to the other side that I spent very little time thinking about what that other side might look—and sound—like.

And when I…

Unprepared for office

Watching the port commission forum at City Club, as well as some of the other races this fall, I have been astounded at the lack of preparedness of some of the candidates.
One of rhe most…

Paid parking in Fairhaven

The Fairhaven parking Task force is meeting on Sept, 15, apparently to give their final approval to a paid parking plan which has been in the works since 2015 or earlier.
Fairhaven has been…

Marine parking lot

We’ve all seen the shipping monstrosities mooring in Bellingham Bay of late.
The physical/biological realities of having some the largest man-made ships sitting right out there may not be…

Today's Events
Whatcom Water Week


Celebrate our local water resources when Whatcom Water Week kicks off with a “Run With the Chums” event Saturday at the BP Highlands in Birch Bay. Events continue through Sept. 19 and include…

Fall Classes at BAAY


Starting Sept. 12, Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth will begin offering a variety of classes and shows for students ages 4-17. All classes are currently scheduled to take place in person at…

Paintings of My Life at Gallery Syre


View Beth Anna Margolis’ “Paintings of My Life” from 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Saturdays through Oct. 23 at Gallery Syre, 465 W. Stuart Rd. The show features a selection of more than 60 works…

Eat Local Month


Join Sustainable Connections for Eat Local Month through September as they support and share the work of local farmers, fishers, ranchers, chefs, restaurateurs and grocers in Whatcom, Skagit,…

U-pick at Bellewood Farms


Choose from 22 varieties of apples located on 62 acres at U-pick events taking place from 10am-5pm Wednesdays through Sundays at Bellewood Farms, 6140 Guide Meridian. Free apple bin train…

Bellinghistory Tours with the Good Time Girls


Through Sept. 23, the Good Time Girls will lead free “Bellinghistory” tours at 6pm Wednesday in Fairhaven, and 6pm Thursday in downtown Bellingham. The Wednesday tour will highlight the…

Red Elvises and Beyond at Shakedown


Red Elvises will perform at 8:30pm Wed., Sept. 15 at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. The show will be followed by a number of other gigs this month—including Fossil Fire, Island Gigantism,…

Future Artifacts at MoNA


“Future Artifacts” shows from 10am-5pm daily through Oct. 10 in La Conner at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S. First St. The exhibit features work by Lummi Nation glass artist Dan Friday,…

Art Aloft Member Art Show


Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild’s “Art Aloft” Member Art Show can be viewed from 11am-5pm Wednesdays through Saturdays through Oct. 15 at A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW.

Bowls to Fill at Good Earth


“Bowls to Fill,” featuring members of Whatcom Artist of Clay & Kiln (WACK), will be featured from 11am-5pm daily through Saturdays, and 11am-4pm Sundays through September at Good Earth…

Whatcom Art Market


Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm daily at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St. Reka Zoltan’s wood cuts and etchings will be featured through Sept. 19.

Mindport Exhibits


One-hour reservation slots are now open for household groups or pods of up to 10 people from 11am-6pm Tuesdays through Saturdays at Mindport Exhibits, 210 W. Holly St. In the months they were…

Fall Exhibits at Jansen Art Center


View a “Fall Juried Show” in Lynden from 11am-7pm Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 11am-5pm Fridays and Saturdays at the Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Also on display are “From Then ‘Til…

Quilt Exhibits in La Conner


From 11am-5pm Wednesday through Sunday, visit La Conner’s Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 703 S. Second St. Currently on display are “Yoshiko’s Folly: Shirbori Hats by Fine…



Catch longtime glass artist Steve Klein’s new exhibit “Discovery” from 11am-6pm daily (except Tuesdays) through September 26 in Mount Vernon at Perry and Carlson Gallery, 504 S. First…

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour Gallery Showcase


View a Whatcom Artist Studio Tour Gallery Showcase from 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Saturdays through Sept. 25 at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Presenting a wide range of media, the exhibit…

Anne Martin McCool at Scott Milo


Acrylics by Anne Martin McCool will be featured from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Saturdays through Sept. 28 in Anacortes at the Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave. Mixed-media works by…

An Artist's Universe at Hotel Bellwether


View painter and mixed-media master David Syre’s latest installation, “An Artist’s Universe,” hanging throughout the corridors, lobby and dining room of Hotel Bellwether and the Lighthouse…



Attend the second annual celebration of Fest beers, “Sunnylandfest,” from Thursday through Sunday in Bellingham’s Sunnyland neighborhood at Twin Sisters Brewing Company, Wander Brewing,…

Semiahmoo Sips


From 3pm-5pm, attend “Semiahmoo Sips” in Blaine at the wine cellar at Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. A sommelier will pour samples of four different wines from a rotating menu while…

Whatcom Teen Writers


Students in grades 6-12 can join Whatcom County Library System for “Whatcom Teen Writers” discussions taking place from 3pm-4pm on Zoom. Hone your craft, practice creative exercises, share…

What We're Reading Book Club


From 4pm-5pm, Deming Library staff member Erin Suda will host a virtual What We’re Reading Book Club meeting on Zoom. The club is for folks who love to share books they’ve enjoyed and hear…

Tween Reads


Youth in grades 4-6 can sign up for weekly “Tween Reads” discussions with Whatcom County Library System taking place from 4pm-5pm on Zoom. Whether you like graphic novels, fantasy, realistic…

Virtual Handbags for Housing


At 6:30pm, Lydia Place will host its annual auction and fundraiser, “Handbags for Housing.” General admission to the virtual event is free. VIP tickets are $125 and include early online…

Boundary Bay Music


Listen in on Robert Sarazin Blake & Friends at a Happy Hour Concert Series taking place from 5:30pm-7pm Thursday at the beer garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. From 8pm-11pm,…

Trackside Tunes


Felix the Hammer will perform from 7pm-8pm at Kulshan Trackside at Waypoint Park, 1145 Granary Ave. From 8:15pm-9:45pm, the Whags will take the stage. The group continues to gain notoriety…

The Wingmaker


Another world premier by iDiOM Theater’s Playwright in Residence, Rosalind Reynolds, takes place this weekend when The Wingmaker shows at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at the Sylvia…

Upfront Back in Front


Catch the Upfront Theatre’s long-running show “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” at 7:30pm Thursday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 207 Prospect St. At 7:30pm and 9:30pm Friday and…



David Auburn’s Proof opens this week with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Lynden at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The drama tells the story of a…

The Smell of the Kill


Michele Lowe’s The Smell of the Kill will continue this weekend with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The dark…

Wild Buffalo Live Music Lineup


Episcool, Heirz, & Winzlo wukk will join BUKI for a 9pm show Thurs., Sept. 16 at the Wild Buffalo House of Music, 208 W. Holly St. Other upcoming highlights include the Red Not Chili Peppers…