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Generational Bonds

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

It’s not surprising that Deesha Philyaw’s story collection The Secret Lives of Church Ladies was a National Book Award finalist. Her writing is confident, moving, insightful and real. Each of the nine stories is deliberately and finely crafted.

Philyaw (pictured) begins with an epigraph by southern poet Ansel Elkins titled “Autobiography of Eve:” “Let it be known: I did not fall from grace. I leapt to freedom.” The characters in Philyaw’s stories belong to one of four…

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Garden Parties

Extend your summer in Bellingham’s Backyard

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

At a rainy wedding I attended in Maple Falls last Sunday, the bride and groom didn’t seem fazed by the downpour. Even though they were getting married outside, the vows took place under a tent in front of a roaring fire, and went off without a hitch. Soon thereafter, the precipitation stopped, pictures were taken near a scenic field of blooming dahlias, and someone arrived to squeegee the concrete dance floor—which got plenty of use later in the night, when the vaccinated guests paid…

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On Stage

The Walk of Shame

Of hiking and humor

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Most people who set out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail probably wouldn’t consider a Bigfoot mask, a teeny-tiny hand and a blow-up ultralight microphone to be among the supplies needed to successfully navigate a 2,700-mile journey from the border of Mexico to the far reaches of Washington state.

But Sean Powers isn’t your average thru-hiker. When he set out from Southern California in April, his goals were more ambitious that simply putting one foot in front of the other and making it…

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Plant Power

Bellingham Vegan Restaurant Week

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

It’s not a coincidence that Bellingham Vegan Restaurant Week coincides with the City of Bellingham’s ALL IN for Climate Action Week—both of which are taking place through Sun., Sept. 26

As more people wise up to the fact that plant-based alternatives to food items such as meat, dairy and eggs are more humane and use far less of the Earth’s resources on the way from the farm to their dinner plates, they’re also making the connection that embracing a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle is not…

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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
Climate Action Week


Join community organizations, businesses and local government Sept. 20-26 for the City of Bellingham’s third annual ALL IN for Climate Action Week. Fun and informative events, activities and…

Bellingham Vegan Restaurant Week


Eat your way through town as part of Bellingham Vegan Restaurant Week taking place Monday through Sunday at participating eateries that will be offering at least one plant-based option for…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…



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…

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 “Color is my Second Language: Paper Quilts by…

Whatcom Art Market featuring Judy Bishop


Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm daily at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St. Photography and jewelry by Judy Bishop will be featured through Sept. 26.

Fluid Formations and More at Whatcom Museum


View “Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest,” “El Zodíaco Familiar,” “All Dressed Up,” a “Whatcom Artist Studio Tour 2021 Showcase” and “People of the Sea and Cedar”…

Smell of the Kill Closing Weekend


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



David Auburn’s Proof continues 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…

Fall Show at River Gallery


View the annual multi-artist, multi-medium “Fall Show” from 10am-5pm Fridays through Sundays until Oct. 17 in Mount Vernon at River Gallery, 19313 Landing Rd. (off Dodge Valley Road).

WACK Studio Tour


Twenty-one members of the Whatcom Artists of Clay and Kiln will show and sell their work as part of the inaugural WACK Studio Tour taking place from 10am-5pm Friday through Sunday at 11…

Leaves and Wings


View Anacortes-based sculptor Lanny Bergner’s new exhibit, “Leaves and Wings,” from 11am-5pm Friday through Sunday in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. Bergner uses butane torches to…

VanZanden and Broersma


Peruse multimedia pieces by Pieter VanZanden and paintings by Melissa Broersma from 11am-5pm Fridays through Sunday in Edison at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave.

Harvest Time at Tulip Town


Celebrate the season at “The Harvest at Tulip Town” starting this weekend from 2pm-7pm Friday, 10am-7pm Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at Tulip Town, 15002 Bradshaw Rd. Hay…

Community Boating Center Fall hours


Book rentals for a dinghy, kayak, keelboat, paddle board or rowboat from 1:30pm-6:30pm Wednesdays and 10am-6:30pm Saturday and Sunday at the Community Boating Center, 555 Harris Ave. Please…

Diablo Lake Boat Tours


Seattle City Light and the North Cascades Institute team up to offer the final Diablo Lake Boat Tours of the season with outings aboard the Alice Ross IV at 11:30am and 2:30pm Saturday and…

Soaring Notes concerts with Bellingham Symphony Orchestra


Bellingham Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 46th season with “Soaring Notes” concerts at 7:30pm Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The performances…

Birchwood Farmers Market


Find fresh produce and more from as many as 10 growers and producers from 9am-2pm at the Birchwood Farmers Market in the neighborhood’s former Albertsons parking lot, 1538 Birchwood Ave. The…

Final Skagit Valley Farmers Market


Attend the final Skagit Valley Farmers Market of the season from 10am-2pm just north of Christianson’s Nursery in and around the Vinery, 15612 Best Rd. The market features a full range of…

E-Bikes Intro


Attend a free “E-Bikes: Intro & Test Rides” event at 1pm at the Cordata Park Picnic Shelter, 4510 Cordata Pkwy. Hear a quick intro about E-Bikes, then test ride a bunch of 4242 Custom’s local…

Audubon at the Museum


As part of “Fourth Sundays: Audubon at the Museum,” a volunteer from the North Cascades Audubon Society will be on hand from 1pm-3pm in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds to answer questions…

Family Promise Bed Race


Sign up in advance for the Interfaith Coalition’s fourth annual Family Promise Bed Race taking place from 2pm-4pm at the parking lot at Civic Field, 1255 Civic Field Way. If you just want to…

Gelato and Poetry Night


Attend “Gelato and Poetry Night” from 6pm-7:30pm in the outdoor seating area at All That Jazz Boutique Gallery, 1015 Railroad Ave., #105. The first half-hour will be devoted to the poetry of…