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Downtown Sounds

When Downtown Sounds began 11 summers ago, Bellingham’s downtown core was a different place. No, it was not some burned-out, rundown hellscape, but it did have more than its fair share of empty storefronts and was in need of both an image change and some revitalization.

Let’s face it: There comes a point in everyone’s life when a makeover is probably not the worst idea.

Enter the Downtown Bellingham Partnership.

Founded in 2000, the Downtown Bellingham Partnership has one singular,

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This Week

The Gristle

Four Promoting Five

FOUR PROMOTING FIVE: Despite the long and pretentious, preening moment of silence and quiet reflection the conservative caucus of the Whatcom Charter Review Commission invokes at the start of their meetings, caucus members nevertheless failed to gain divine insight on several key realities:

First, Whatcom County Council is the recognized authority able to affirmatively place charter amendment proposals on the ballot for voters in November. County Council also holds the legal authority to

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Terminator: Genysis

Enough, already


Arnold Schwarzenegger once again declares, “I’ll be back,” in this fifth installment of the Terminator franchise, but enough already. Spending half its time showing unkillable cyborg characters getting shot up only to quickly heal themselves, and the other half trying to explain a plot that rewrites the entire series, Terminator: Genisys will serve as a good litmus test of how keen the public is to see basically the same old thing in a new (but very similar) bottle.

At one point,

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When Marnie Was There

Studio Ghibli’s swan song?


“I hate myself.”

That’s an unusual statement coming from the hero of an animated film, let alone in the first two minutes. But 12-year-old orphan Anna (Sara Takatsuki), the protagonist of Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s lovely animated feature When Marnie Was There, has no illusions about her place in the world. There’s an invisible magic circle containing everyone else (i.e., all the seemingly normal, non-anhedonic people), and she’s forever on the outside. And as far as she’s concerned, she

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The Drive for Five

Fair representation with five equal districts


Whatcom County has breathtaking landscapes—from the islands in the Salish Sea, to the foothills of the North Cascades, and between them, the rich farms and waters that provide berries, milk, salmon and shellfish to the world. The breadth of our landscapes are matched by the diversity of our people—from software engineers in Bellingham, to fishermen and women in our coastal communities, to the farmers of Lynden. Unfortunately, the diversity of our people, and what matters to them most, is

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Urban Stream Series

Little Squalicum Creek needs you


We are blessed to have so many streams running through our community: Whatcom, Squalicum, Padden, Chuckanut, and Little Squalicum, to name a few. These special places are urban sanctuaries where we enjoy flowing water, wildlife and fresh air.

As our city grows, an increased amount of rainwater is routed away from roadways, parking lots and buildings into a system of underground pipes, and less water is filtered through vegetation and soil. This runoff is called stormwater, and as it flushes

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Grateful Bookshelf

A long, strange trip


When the remaining members of the Grateful Dead announced they would be playing a trio of farewell shows in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend to mark their 50th anniversary, it was unclear how the news would be received.

Was there still an appetite to hear music played by a bunch of semi-retired grandfathers sporting more than a little touch of gray? Had the legions of Deadheads hung up their tie-dyes and moved on? Would a final run of reunion shows have appeal without Jerry Garcia, the

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Finding the Freeze

No ice cream maker, no problem


Thanks to what I’m presuming is climate change, the blackberries lining my backyard fence are ripening much earlier than usual. I figure I have less than two weeks before I can start plucking. I am not prepared.

The problem, you see, is that I’ve still got two gallon-sized bags of blackberries and an equal amount of Italian plums from last summer taking up space in my freezer. I’d like to get rid of all of it before I start jamming the Frigidaire’s frosty chambers with more fruit.

It’s been

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On Stage

Curtains Up!

Seasonal surprises at the Mount Baker Theatre


You know that feeling of relief that can be found when you transition from being uncomfortably ensconced in the sweaty clutches of a hot summer day into that of a cool, air-conditioned oasis?

That sigh of climate-controlled assuagement could be heard by many last week at “Curtains Up!,” the preview for the Mount Baker Theatre’s 2015/2016 season, which begins July 21 with the sonic stylings of Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and ends May 14, 2016, with “’50s Dance Party,” an authentic

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Take Your Time

National Art Exhibition thinks big


Here’s a suggestion for those viewing the “Bellingham National Art Exhibition and Awards” exhibit currently on display at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building: Walk through the collection once without reading the attached biographies and explanations accompanying each work of art, and then do so again while paying closer attention to what the artists had to say about their creations.

While the directive is merely a suggestion, it helped me stay focused when I toured the exhibition last

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Downtown Sounds

Calling out around the world


When Downtown Sounds began 11 summers ago, Bellingham’s downtown core was a different place. No, it was not some burned-out, rundown hellscape, but it did have more than its fair share of empty storefronts and was in need of both an image change and some revitalization.

Let’s face it: There comes a point in everyone’s life when a makeover is probably not the worst idea.

Enter the Downtown Bellingham Partnership.

Founded in 2000, the Downtown Bellingham Partnership has one singular,

Continue Reading »

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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Jul 01


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 »

Where’s Waldo?: Kids, parents and Waldo-lovers of all ages can take part in Village Books' annual "Find Waldo in Fairhaven!" scavenger hunt, which kicks off today and continues throughout July. Pick up a "passport" at one of the 25 participating locales in the historic district, get stamped (once you've found Waldo, that is). Passports with at least 20 store stamps are eligible to be entered in a drawing for various Waldo books and products. more »

Wednesday Farmers Market: The Wednesday Farmers Market takes place from 12-5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. (behind Village Books). Farmers feature everything from fresh produce to plants, meat, flowers and more, and there are also craft vendors, ready-to-eat food options and live music. The market continues weekly through Sept. 30. more »

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market: Suss out summer offerings at the weekly Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market from 3-7pm every Wednesday through September at Hammer Heritage Park (on the corner of Ferry and Metcalf streets). more »

Green Drinks: Network with likeminded environmentally aware community members at the monthly Green Drinks gathering taking place from 5-7pm at Kulshan Community Land Trust's new Birchwood homes, 2939 Lafayette St. At the event, you can also tour the new homes, which demonstrate that new construction can be energy-efficient, environmentally compatible and affordable to low-income home buyers. more »

GROUP RIDE: The Mt. Baker Bike Club hosts a Group Ride starting every Wednesday at 6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Be prepared to ride for 30 miles at a race/training pace, and regroup at the brewery following the excursion. more »

Evening Epic Run: A weekly “Evening Epic Run” begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The strenuous runs are 1.5-2 hours in length on hilly terrain with experienced trail runners. Entry is free. more »

Downtown Sounds: Yogoman and Third World will perform at the first "Downtown Sounds" concert of the season from 6-9:30pm in downtown Bellingham on the 1300 block of Bay Street. The 11th annual music series continues with concerts through July, including Acorn Project and McTuff (July 8), the New Triumph with Polecat (July 15), the Scott Pemberton Trio with Ayron Jones (July 22), and Baby Cakes with Five Alarm Funk (July 29). Entry is free. more »

Brewers Cruise: Sample liquid goods from Boundary Bay Brewery, Anacortes Brewery, and North Sound Brewery at San Juan Cruises' "Bellingham Bay Brewers Cruise" starting at 6:30pm at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry is $35 and includes various snacks and beer-brined wings. The cruises take place weekly through Sept. 26. more »

Dana Lyons, Anne Feeney: Iconic environmental singer Dana Lyons teams up with notorious labor hell-raiser Anne Feeney to launch a "Teamsters and Turtles: Together at Last!" tour at 7pm at the Roeder Home, 2600 E. Sunset Dr. Through songs and stories, the dynamic duo aims to dispel the myth that unions are at odds with environmentalists. Tickets are $20. more »

Scottish Country Dance Social: Join the Scottish Country Dance Club from 7-9:30pm every Wednesday for a public dance at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome, and no partner or experience is needed. Drop-in fees are $8, but those who are showing up for the first time will gain free entry. more »

Moon Walk: Local ladies can join Wild Whatcom Walks for a "Moon of Ripe Berries" excursion taking place from 7:30-10pm in Whatcom County (the locale will be revealed when you reserve a spot). Explore the ripeness of summer and the full moon during this evening walk along the lakeshore, tasting native berries along the way. Suggested donation is $12. more »

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