Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Sketches and Sculptures

Artifacts of time and place

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The first thing you’ll notice about Whiting Tennis is his sincerity.

He talks about prehistoric art and science fiction and how nobody knows what ancient artifacts meant to the people who made them.  The audience at a recent talk at La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art loved it. 

The tall, gangly guy looks like a displaced cowboy and works full-time at his unique approach to art.

Every week, Tennis attends a life-drawing class. His sketches, he admits, have little to do with the…

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West Coast Wellness

Dinner Plans

Catching up with ACME Farms + Kitchen

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Even though I was expecting to find it there, the brown ACME Farms + Kitchen box sitting on my front doorstep when I returned home from work on a recent Thursday gave me a thrill.

I’d ordered a small “Locavore” box ($59), but wasn’t sure what would be inside. However, knowing in advance that the contents of the cardboard container were nothing but locally and regionally sourced foodstuffs was a hint that plenty of goodness was to be found within.

I wasn’t disappointed. As…

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3 Oms 8th Anniversary (Spotlight)

Summer Reading

The art of the memoir

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer is heralded as a time for the sort of escape provided by light, guilty pleasure beach-reading, but memoirs are the type of books I enjoy this time of year, when the longer days and more relaxed pace invite slipping into another’s skin for several afternoons. The following memoirs all share an intensity that lends a page-turner quality to the reading, and the stories are compelling in that the authors are, in many ways, outsiders to their native culture. 

In The Long Haul: A…

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On Stage

Field Guide

Of entertainment and expeditions

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

n a new “field guide” sent out by the Mount Baker Theatre, executive director Brad Burdick claims to have spent two-thirds of his adult life collecting experiences from around the globe for the historic hub—making him the perfect person to act as a liaison for those searching for entertainment-based expeditions.

“Consider this book a personal tour guide in your pocket as you map out new adventures for this year,” Burdick writes of the upcoming season’s offerings.


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West Coast Wellness

Marrowstone Music Festival

Hello mother, hello father

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

As a kid, I spent some time at summer camp. I’m proud to say I learned some things while I was there. One summer, I learned to sail a tiny, two-person sailboat. So, if you ever find yourself with a smooth lake, a small boat and a stiff breeze, but sans captain, I’m your girl. Another summer, I learned to make colorful friendship bracelets from skeins of embroidery floss. From that experiment, I reached the conclusion that it was preferable to never form friendships that reached the…

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Girls Trip

It’s ladies night

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It’s barely been a month since the joyless Rough Night came and went in a blur of indifference, and this new comedy on paper could almost be the same movie—only with black sorority sisters and no corpse to dampen the weekend getaway. The difference is that Girls Trip actually delivers on its promise of a liberating good time, thanks in large part to the spirited characterizations and believable chemistry of its four immensely appealing leads. The progression from raunchy, raucous…

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Forest Facts

The wonder of the woods

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pacific Northwesters may grumble about the lack of sunshine for nine months of the year, but when summer does bring its nonstop infusions of vitamin D, many residents choose to hide from the sun and seek cover in shady moss- and fern-filled forests—whether they’re in their backyards or a day trip away. A trio of events this weekend will provide even more relief from the heat.

For those whose acreage includes property with plenty of trees, a Forest Owners Field Day will take place…

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SVCR Beat the Heat
The Gristle
Fire and Water

FIRE AND WATER: Whatcom County Fire District 8 and City of Bellingham officials met briefly this week. The Lake Whatcom Policy Group, the governing agencies for that municipal reservoir formed chiefly of Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham, also met this week. And though one topic was…

Alan Rhodes
Mr. Cranky’s Summer Academy

When I was a kid in school I thought tests were annoying. There was always just one right answer. How boring. How stifling to creativity. How damaging to one’s self-esteem. So I’m opening my own school this summer and I’ve tried my hand at making a test with no wrong answers. Just…

Lester and Hyldahl
Feed the hungry

What does it mean when 53 percent of children and youth in the county are eligible for free lunch programs? With one in five children in America living in homes in poverty, this is not just a…

Follow the money

Five major health insurance companies in the United States are led by CEOs, each of whom are paid between $130 million and $138 million a year. That is about $670 million a year to the five…

Go ahead, repeal and replace

As an activist Democrat, I completely support the Republican goal of repealing Obamacare. Obamacare is a gift to health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and investment companies…

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Today's Events
Skagit Tours


As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours…

Lynden Farmers Market


Local farmers and artisans will sell their edible and creative wares at the Lynden Farmers Market from 12-6pm at 324 Front St. Visit the market Thursdays through October 12.

Boating Center Open


The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am sunset on Saturdays and Sundays at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals…

Bow Farmers Market


Attend the volunteer-run, open-air Bow Farmers Market from 1-6pm every Thursday through Aug. 31 at Samish Bay Cheese, 15115 Bow Hill Rd.

Bard on the Beach


Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC’s…

Summer Desserts


Register in advance for a free “No Bake Summer Desserts” course from 3-5pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. The demo class is suitable for ages 13 and up (children attending with a…

Blues and Brews


The Atlantics perform at a “Blues, Brews & BBQ” summer concert series taking place from 5-9pm on the waterfront terrace at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. Additional concerts happen…

Ferrari-Carano Wine Dinner


Enjoy superb wines and a seasonally inspired menu from Executive Chef Bruno Feldeisen at a Ferrari-Carano Wine Dinner taking place from 5:30-9pm at Blaine’s Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo…

Riverwalk Summer Concert Series


As part of the annual Riverwalk Summer Concert Series, Mojo Cannon and the 13th Street Horns perform from 6-8pm at Mount Vernon’s Riverwalk Plaza. The events offer a free, family-friendly,…

Elizabeth Park Concert Series


Heroes, a local cover band, will perform from 6-8pm at the Columbia neighborhood’s Elizabeth Park. The free summer concert series features live music every Thursday through Aug. 17.

Beer Tasting Class


Join Coco Ryan for a “Beer Tasting 101: IPAs” event from 6:30-9pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Attendees will taste a variety of IPA styles while discussing…

Balkan Folk Dancers


The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm most Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Dances are taught, and mentoring is available. Suggested donation is $5.

Chuckanut Radio Hour


Charmaine Craig will read from her autobiographical book Miss Burma as the featured author at tonight’s Chuckanut Radio Hour at 7pm at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd.  In…

I and You


Lauren Gunderson’s “astonishing” drama, I and You, opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The play…

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