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Wanderlust Whistler

If downward dog, “activating the heart chakra” and Surya Namaskar are common phrases in your lexicon, you’re not alone.

According to a recent study by the Yoga Journal, 20.4 million Americans practice some form of yoga, a surge of interest that has given rise to a $27 billion industry, including an 87 percent increase in spending on classes, clothing, videos and retreats over the past five years.

Here in the Fourth Corner, the yoga scene is likewise thriving, with more than a dozen

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This Week

The Gristle

Dickering Docks

DICKERING DOCKS: As Cherry Point races to become the energy export mecca of the Pacific Northwest, efforts are simultaneously underway that could cripple Whatcom’s ability to economically benefit from that activity.

Scores endured a warm day in the Shuksan Middle School gymnasium last week to shine light through the holes in a plan to complete a second dock at BP’s Cherry Point Marine Terminal. Completion of a North Wing addition to the refinery’s existing dock would expand capacity at

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News

A Smaller Box

Coal terminal scope narrows, Bellingham wants it to widen

A revised design may provide better natural buffers and drainage to a proposed coal pier at Cherry Point, but other impacts remain.

SSA Marine announced last week that they had submitted an alternative approach and site configuration designed to provide greater environmental safeguards, including a reduction in wetlands acreage disturbed by the project. The new footprint is 14 percent smaller and would require removal of only half of the wetlands that would have been disturbed in the original

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Outdoors

Wanderlust Whistler

Local yogis head north for adventure

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If downward dog, “activating the heart chakra” and Surya Namaskar are common phrases in your lexicon, you’re not alone.

According to a recent study by the Yoga Journal, 20.4 million Americans practice some form of yoga, a surge of interest that has given rise to a $27 billion industry, including an 87 percent increase in spending on classes, clothing, videos and retreats over the past five years.

Here in the Fourth Corner, the yoga scene is likewise thriving, with more than a dozen

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Visual

Summer Moments

Seasonal sights at Matzke Gallery

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Once again, it’s time to take the drive to the magical Matzke Gallery on Camano Island for a cornucopia of wonderful art. 

Traveling is the hallmark of Hiroshi Yamano, a Japan-born glass artist who trained in Tokyo, in California, and at the Pilchuck School. He says, “I am a fish who is always looking for something…maybe I will swim forever, like the universe.” It’s been suggested that his ever-present symbol of the fish represents Japanese ambivalence between being open to novelty

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Food

Aslan Brewing Co.

Making a splash in Bellingham’s beer scene

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Aslan Brewing Company began making a splash in the local beer drinking community even before their Forest Street brewpub opened to the public.

I had tried several of their beers at the Local, including the extremely fragrant Ginger Rye, and when their IPA appeared on tap at my neighborhood pub it was highly popular. They were obviously off to a good start. They finally opened their doors in May, and seem to be settling into the downtown Bellingham food-and-drink scene very comfortably.

The

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On Stage

Becky's New Car

Forks in the road, with laughs

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The first thing I noticed as I settled into my seat at the Mount Baker Theatre’s intimate Walton Theatre to view Becky’s New Car—one of the three Summer Repertory Theatre plays showing through Aug. 10—was an oversized yellow traffic sign depicting a vehicle that was in danger of being crushed by a cascade of falling rocks.

Among the other highway ornamentations that captured my attention were shout-outs for Interstate 5, a “Speed Limit 65” reminder and a sizable fork-in-the-road sign.

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Words

Summer Reads

Books for the beach

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A few years ago, the big thinkers at National Public Radio (NPR) asked their book-loving listeners to take part in a “Best Beach Books Ever” poll. More than 16,000 people responded, casting approximately 136,000 votes for the 100 titles that were chosen. The following trio of tomes were included on the lengthy list, and deserve a second—or first, or third—read. Do you have to devour the words on a hot day while reclining on a towel near a refreshing body of water? Of course not, but it’s

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Music

Mission Folk Music Festival

A good time, squared

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Odds are, if you are a music fan, you can find a festival out there to suit your fancy. Whether your tastes are specific—you’re a bluegrass or EDM lover, say—or you’re into an experience that embraces a wide swath of styles and genres—in which case events like Sasquatch and Coachella probably flip your entertainment pancakes—there’s a music festival out there for you. Big or small, grassroots or corporate, rural or urban, family-friendly or adults-only—the options are many and growing

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Film

Life Itself

Two thumbs way up

There are scholars who blame Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel for dumbing down film criticism with their thumbs-up, thumbs-down approach, the same way they blame Steven Spielberg and George Lucas for ruining movies with the success of Jaws and Star Wars. But Siskel and Ebert accomplished just the opposite: They popularized criticism and introduced it to the masses via their PBS show in which they spent a lot of time debating (and fighting) over movies before delivering their final, yes-or-no

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Today

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One-Act Wonders: View two new one-act plays written by young artists from the collegiate community when Brian Toews' The ART (The Awful Real Thing) and Rene Vohze's The Velociraptor show at 8pm Thursday through Saturday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The "satirical fringe spectacle" contains nudity, violence and adult language, and is intended for mature audiences only. Tickets are $8. more »

Shakespeare Northwest: The summer season of Shakespeare Northwest continues this weekend with showings of Much Ado About Nothing at 7pm Thursday, and Macbeth at 7pm Friday at the Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheater at Mount Vernon's Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. On Saturday, attend the annual "Iron Man," which features Much Ado About Nothing at 1pm, To Be or Not TV2 at 4pm, and Macbeth at 7pm. Tickets are $10-$12 for the single shows, and $30 for Iron Man (includes a T-shirt). Additional showings happen more »

Whatcom Old Settlers Picnic: The 119th annual Whatcom Old Settlers' Picnic takes place from 12-9pm Thursday, 12pm-11pm Friday, 9am-10pm Saturday, and 12-4pm Sunday at Ferndale's Pioneer Park, 2004 Cherry St. Celebrating the rich history of the area and the people who call it home, the weekend-long event features live music, a fun run/walk, parades, a classic car show, local food and craft vendors, a barn dance, open tours of the historic park, a beer garden and more. more »

Bard on the Beach: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will play in repertory with the Bard's The Tempest and Cymbeline, and Bill Cain's Equivocation, during the 25th annual "Bard on the Beach" season through Sept. 20 at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). more »

Boating Center Open: All are welcome to check out the Community Boating Center, which has opened back up for the summer season at its headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. (near the Amtrak Station). Upcoming classes and excursions include bioluminescence paddles, introductions to sea kayaking, sunset paddles, dinghy sailing 101, full moon paddles, paddleboarding 101, and more. Boat rentals and storage and moorage are also available. Check the website for times and prices. more »

MBT’s Summer Repertory Theatre: The Mount Baker Theatre's Summer Repertory Theatre continues this week with showings of Lanford Wilson's comedy/drama Talley's Folly, Neil Simon's comedic Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and Becky's New Car, by Steven Dietz, at the MBT's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The three plays show in repertory at 7:30pm on weekdays and 3pm Sundays through Aug. 10. Tickets are $12.50-$25. more »

Sin & Gin Tours: The Good Time Girls host a "Sin & Gin Tour" tonight at 7pm starting at the Bureau of Historical Investigation, 217 W. Holly St. The walking tours—which continue Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 28 in downtown Bellingham and historic Fairhaven—feature stories about Bellingham's history and sometimes salacious past. Entry is $15-$19. more »

Sidewalk Sale: More than 20 businesses in Bellingham's downtown core will offer sales, samples and other benefits to shoppers at the annual Sidewalk Sale happening Friday and Saturday during regular business hours. Balloons and other signage to differentiate retailers and restaurants for attendees. more »

Lend Me a Tenor: The madcap, screwball comedy about a series of misadventures at an opera company, Lend Me A Tenor, opens this weekend with 7:30pm shows at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets are $20 and additional performances happen through Aug. 16. more »

Extraordinary Shows: Show up for "A League of Extraordinary Shows" at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Expect just about anything at the performances, including short form improv, long form, and more. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. more »

Big Book Sale: In advance of moving to a bigger location, attend a "BIG Book Sale" from 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday and 1-5pm Sunday at the Ferndale Public Library at the Pioneer Pavilion, 2007 Cherry St. Books for all ages and interests will be available. more »

Fairhaven Walking Club: Whether you’re looking to improve or compete, all are welcome at the weekly Fairhaven Walking Club led by Cindy Paffumi starting at 8am at various locations in Fairhaven. Walk routes and meeting places change from week to week. All paces are welcome. more »

Fall Crops for Summer Planting: Learn how to seed tasty veggie crops for a delicious harvest in the fall at a "Keep it Growing! Fall Crops for Summer Planting" workshop at 9am at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Please register in advance for the free event. more »

Anacortes Farmers Market: Attend the Anacortes Farmers Market from 9am-2pm at the town's Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. The market continues every Saturday through October. more »

Book Sale: Gently used books for kids and adults and audio books will be for sale at a "The Next Chapter Makes a Difference" Book Sale and Fundraiser from 9am-4pm at Ferndale's Christ Lutheran Church, 5904 Vista Dr. Proceeds will benefit "Amy's Wild Kingdom" fund and a public library being built in Amy Ogmudnson's honor to aid a public library being built in Anaka, Uganda. more »

Family Tennis: A "USTA Family Friendly Tennis" gathering happens from 9:30-11am every Saturday through Aug. 16 at Cornwall Park, 3424 Meridian St. No tennis experience is necessary. Please register in advance. more »

Deming Book Club: Charles Dickens' Great Expectation will be the focus of a Deming Book Club meeting from 10am-12pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. All adults are welcome. more »

Bellingham Farmers Market: Attend the weekly Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 20 at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. more »

Samish Island Arts Festival: Paintings, photography, glass and woodworks, jewelry and more will be for sale at the Samish Island Arts Festival from 10am-4pm at the Samish Island Community Club, 11292 Blue Heron Rd. Live music and food offerings will also be available. Entry is free. more »

Dakota Art Store Grand Opening: Discounts and fun, creative activities will be part of an official Grand Opening at Dakota Art Store's new location at 1322 Cornwall Ave. With a mission "to continue as the leading source of art materials for Whatcom County," expect more retail space, a more modern classroom, a new gallery space and a larger selection of art supplies. more »

Children’s Craft Fair: Items for $4 and less can be found at a Children's Craft Fair from 10:30-11:30am at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library at Barn View Court, Gate 2. more »

National Dance Day Celebration: Sample dance classes for kids ages 3 to 12, performances by students, refreshments and more will be part of a National Dance Day celebration from 12-4pm at Ballet Bellingham, 504 Fraser St., suite #103. New and returning students can also register for upcoming classes. more »

Bite of Skagit: Food vendors from around the valley will be on hand to share their edible wares at the 6th annual Bite of Skagit happening from 12-4pm in Anacortes at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge Waterfront Park, 12885 Casino Dr. Funds raised at the family-friendly event will benefit Community Action of Skagit's Food Bank distribution center. more »

Rockin’ the Park: Join the Lake Association Recreation Club (LARC) for a family-friendly, clothing-optional "Rockin' the Park" concert and barbecue from 12-7pm at the group's Mount Vernon headquarters at 21700 Highway 9. Bands include Pretty Twisted, Motown Cruisers, and She's Not Dead. Tickets are $20. more »

Anacortes Brewery Celebration: Help the Anacortes Brewery celebrate its 20th anniversary today from 12-7pm at the Heart of Anacortes, 1014 4th St. (directly behind the Rockfish Grill). In addition to the award-winning brews that will be available at the party, the all-ages event will feature food, activities for kids, live music from a variety of bands, and more. Entry is free. more »

Screen Printing Workshop: As part of the "Skagit Women Print" exhibit, attend a "Screen Printing Textile" workshop with Kristin Loffer Theiss from 1-5pm in Anacortes at Anchor Art Space, 216 Commercial Ave. Entry is $50. more »

Fundraising Regatta: The inaugural "Bellingham Bay Leukemia Cup Regatta" begins at 5pm at the Squalicum Yacht Club, 2633 S. Harbor Loop Dr. The event—which will raise funds for blood-cancer research and patient services—includes a post-race awards party with a barbecue dinner and music by the Atlantics. Entry is $150 for boats, $25 for the party. more »

Summer Dinner on the Farm: Join Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland for a "Summer Dinner on the Farm" fundraising feast starting at 5pm in La Conner at the Hedlin Family Farm, 12052 Chilberg Rd. Chef Georgia Johnson will helm the four-course meal, which will be paired with Washington wines. Tickets are $125. more »

Line Dancing Classes: Western Line Dancing classes are offered at 6pm (beginners) and 7pm (intermediates) every Friday night at Lynden’s Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. No experience or partner is needed. Cost is $5 per class. more »

Bob Sanders: Local jazz musician Bob Sanders performs from 6:30-8pm at the piano lounge at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Entry is free. more »

The Dagwoods: Listen to the classic rock sounds of the Dagwoods at a 6pm concert at Bellingham's Vartanyan Estate Winery, 1628 Huntley Rd. Admission is $5-$7. more »

Bellingham Alumni Band: Big band classics will be highlighted when the Bellingham Alumni Band performs at 6:30pm at Blaine's Birch Bay State Park, 5105 Helwig Rd. Entry is free; please have a Discover pass clearly displayed when parking inside the park grounds. more »

Skamania: Bring the family along when the second of four all-ages concerts happens tonight from 7-9pm at Bellingham's Boulevard Park. Reggae, ska and Caribbean music by Skamania can be listened to—and danced to—at the free event. Additional concerts feature B'rer Rabbit (Aug. 2), and Cambalache (Aug. 9). more »

Family Field Trip: Join Wild Whatcom Walks for a "Family Field Trip: New Moon Night Prowl" from 8-9:30pm at Ferndale's Tennant Lake. Discover what you need to be a nocturnal animal in this sensory exploration. Entry is $10. more »

Governor’s Cup Polo Tournament: Attend the 9th annual NW Circuit "Governor's Cup" Polo Tournament from 8:30am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at George Dill's Farm, 1627 La Conner-Whitney Rd. Pretty hats, picnic baskets and comfortable chairs are encouraged. There'll also be a car show, formal cocktails and dinner in the hay mow, and more. Entry is $8-$25. more »

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