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On the Road

It’s been a sweltering summer in the Pacific Northwest, but signs of fall are on the horizon in the form of cooler mornings, surreptitiously falling leaves and a plethora of back-to-school sales.

But it’s not time to head inside just yet.

Case in point: The Colorado-based 5Point Film Festival will return to Bellingham Sun., Aug. 30 to share a number of short documentary films culled for an “On the Road” series from their homegrown festival that are, per usual, focused on adventures of the

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This Week

The Gristle

No Fine for Nooksack Nine

NO FINE FOR NOOKSACK NINE: With August arrives the earliest and most vulnerable of the Cascadia salmonids. Chinook require abundant cold, clean water to spawn, and the challenged species is returning to find the Nooksack River historically low, warm and cloudy with glacial milk. Chinook are an indicator species that yield clues about the health of the environment. The milk is an indicator, too, not only of a vanished seasonal snowpack, but loss of the icy heart of the glaciers themselves that

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Saving the world

Of fun and fundraising

Along with being a population that loves coffee and microbrews in equal measure, prefers to commute via bike on the Interurban rather than by car on surface streets and fully embraced the concepts of “slow food” and “eating local” before that was a thing, Bellingham residents also tend to be committed and avowed do-gooders.

No matter how long a person has lived here—whether they’re longtime locals or newly arrived residents—it seems just about everyone is involved in some effort or

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American Journey

In a rut on the Oregon Trail


Although thinking of himself as a history buff, while visiting a small-town museum near the Oregon Trail route, Rinker Buck realized that he knew very little about this early- to mid-19th century exodus when about 400,000 settlers made their way west seeking brighter futures.

The presence of still-visible wheel ruts from the passing of the wagons captivated Buck’s imagination and kindled a passion to retrace the journey of these earlier emigrants—also traveling in a covered wagon pulled

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On the Road

5Point Film Festival heads out


It’s been a sweltering summer in the Pacific Northwest, but signs of fall are on the horizon in the form of cooler mornings, surreptitiously falling leaves and a plethora of back-to-school sales.

But it’s not time to head inside just yet.

Case in point: The Colorado-based 5Point Film Festival will return to Bellingham Sun., Aug. 30 to share a number of short documentary films culled for an “On the Road” series from their homegrown festival that are, per usual, focused on adventures of the

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Taste of Kulshan

Following the foothills


The meal I experienced at Deming’s Il Caffe Rifugio a few years back was one for the books.

The late-February night was dark, cold, wet and dreary as all get-out, but inside proprietor and chef Richard Balogh warmed us up from the inside out.

Throughout the course of the evening, our party dined on everything from ravioli with curry cream sauce to salads drizzled with marionberry vinaigrette, lambwiches with aioli on Breadfarm baguettes (pictured), Italian grilled cheesed sandwiches, and

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Destination Lynden

Happy anniversary, Jansen Art Center


On any given week, those visiting the Jansen Art Center can peruse quality artwork from around the region, listen to live music in the space’s piano lounge, try their hand at activities such as pottery, silk painting, ballet and more, and engage in a variety of other creative pursuits.

Come Sat., Aug. 29, those visiting the former Lynden City Hall can also gather for a Neighborhood Block Party celebrating the three-year anniversary of the creative collaborative.  The music will be flowing, as

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On Stage

Into the Woods

Back to the basics at BAAY


The kids who take part in Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth’s song-and-dance productions may grow up, but many of them don’t grow out of their enduring affection and admiration for the performing arts school.

This is evident in upcoming performances of Into the Woods, the Stephen Sondheim musical that intertwines characters culled from fairy tales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk to tell the story of a childless baker and his wife.

It’s not

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Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

A labor of love

Think of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet as a gift: a work of essential spiritual enlightenment, elegantly interpreted by nine of the world’s leading independent animators, all tied up and wrapped in a family-friendly bow by The Lion King director Roger Allers. A longtime passion project for producer Salma Hayek (credited here as Salma Hayek-Pinault), Lebanese philosopher-poet Gibran’s cherished guide to life, death, love, art and so forth doesn’t naturally lend itself to big-screen

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See it, don’t climb it


The documentary Meru charts the attempts of a trio of American climbers to be the first to scale Mount Meru, a 21,000-foot Himalayan mountain that begins near the headwaters of the Ganges River in India.

It’s the sort of movie that’s frequently called “inspiring” for its depiction of humans testing themselves physically, emotionally and perhaps even spiritually against the elements, and I get that. But I wasn’t inspired. I was nearly out of my mind with terror.

Although no one in the film

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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Aug 30


Schoolhouse Rock Live!: As part of the Western Summer Theatre series, Deb Currier directs Schoolhouse Rock Live! showing at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday at Western Washington University's Old Main Theater. The musical is based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math and more through clever, tuneful songs such as "Just A Bill," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly," and "Conjunction Junction." Tickets are $11-$15. more »

Bard on the Beach: Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors plays in repertory with King Lear, Love's Labour's Lost, and Shakespeare's Rebel at the 26th annual "Bard on the Beach" through September at Vancouver BC's Vanier Park, 1695 Whyte Ave. Tickets are $26-$45. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection; many performances sell out in advance. more »

Boating Center Open: The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards. Registration for youth camps and adult classes are currently available online. more »

Plover Ferry: The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Friday and Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor's Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested donation for the excursions is $1 for kids and $5 for adults. more »

Salmon Dinner Sail: Combine your tastes for adventure and delicious food at the final "Bellingham Bay Salmon Dinner Sail" of the season aboard the Schooner Zodiac leaving at 6pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Tickets are $59 for kids and $79 for adults. more »

Birch Bay Discovery Days: A grand parade, an arts and crafts fair, live music, crab boils and a crab derby, a Ducky Derby Race, activities for kids, a variety of food vendors and more will be part of the 36th annual Birch Bay Discovery Days from 10am-8pm Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday on the 7800 block of Birch Bay Drive and beyond. Entry to most events is free. more »

Whatcom Skillshare Faire: Chicken and beekeeping, rain gardens, shoe-making, Coast Salish ethnobotany and wild food foraging, gardening with medicinal herbs, auto and bike mechanic basics, raccoon hat-making, outdoor worm bin building, bookbinding, wine making at home, water witching and many more topics and skills can be explored at the fourth annual Whatcom Skillshare Faire taking place from 10am-9pm Saturday and 8am-6pm Sunday at the Center for Self-Reliance and Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Drive North. The Faire more »

Taste of Kulshan: Celebrate the food, art, music, history and natural wonders of the northern foothills of Mount Baker at the inaugural "Taste of Kulshan" taking place Saturday and Sunday from the Nooksack River all the way to milepost 35. Events include—but are not limited to—samplers, small plates and specials for $5 or under at area restaurants; outdoor yoga, Pilates and energy workshops; Sunday breakfasts; wild and scenic river tours; bike rentals with shuttles to Artist Point and access to local trails more »

FAIRHAVEN RIDE: Meet up with folks from Fairhaven Bike & Ski for a weekly race-pace ride at 8am at the Fairhaven Village Green. more »

Veterans Breakfast: Veterans, their families and guests can come to a Veterans Breakfast from 8-10am at VFW Post 1585, 625 N. State St. All-you-can-eat scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and more will be on the menu. Entry is $7. more »

Rabbit Ride: Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bike, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. more »

Rabbit Ride: Join members of the Mt. Baker Bike Club for the weekly “Rabbit Ride” starting at 8:30am at Fairhaven Bike & Ski, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route sees riders heading down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. more »

Field to Flame Brunch: Sustainable Connections and the Northwest Washington Chefs Collaborative present the inaugural "Field to Flame Brunch" from 11am-2:30pm in Ferndale at Boxx Weddings, 6299 Northwest Rd. The seven-course fundraiser is a collaboration between seven local chefs and more than a dozen local farmers, and features a 100 percent local feast. Tickets are $75; funds raised will allow Sustainable Connections' Food to Bank On program to continue. more »

Swing Connection: Dance or just kick back and listen to a mix of contemporary swing arrangements and classics when the big-band ensemble known as the Swing Connection performs from 2-4pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. Entry to the all-ages event is by donation. more »

Hawkins Lane: Judith Kirscht reads from her new book of fiction, Hawkins Lane, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book takes place in the North Cascades and focuses on the son of a murderer who's working hard to try to create a life for himself. more »

Adventure Disco Block Party: Don your retro attire for tonight's "Adventure Disco Block Party" happening from 5-10pm on the 1300 block of Bellingham's Bay Street. The rain-or-shine event includes live music, food trucks, street yoga, Aslan beer, a tandem ski course, Merrell's Bellinghamster-ball races, short adventure films from "5Point Film on the Road," a photo booth, raffles, giveaways and more. Tickets are $10; kids 12 and under are free. FYI: The block party is a precursor to the 5Point Film Festival taking place in more »

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