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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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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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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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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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Project Homeless Connect


People who are homeless in Whatcom County can receive free and confidential services—including dental care, medical exams, vision screening, women’s health care, info on veteran benefits,…

Wild Things


Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a “Wild Things” Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in July at Boulevard Park. Please bring a simple, healthy…

Community Quilt Project


All levels of experience are welcome at a Deming Community Quilt Project gathering from 10am-12pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Quilt squares have been created by community…

Plover Ferry Rides


The Plover ferry runs weekends through Labor Day from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor.…

Plover Rides


The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested…

Mission Folk Music Festival


The 30th annual Mission Folk Music Festival takes place from Friday through Sunday at Mission, BC’s Fraser River Heritage Park. The festival is renowned for its mix of accessibility and…

North Cascades Vintage Fly-In


Attend the 35th annual North Cascades Vintage Fly-In from Friday through Sunday in Concrete. Aircraft competitions, arrivals and departures, a classic car show, food vendors, a beer garden,…

Books and Bites


Bring along your lunch to a “Books and Bites” discussion focusing on Christina Kline’s Orphan Train from 1-2:30pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St.

Ferndale Farmers Market


Vendors will sell a selection of locally grown produce and handmade crafts at the Ferndale Farmers Market from 3-7pm Fridays through mid-October at the city’s Centennial Riverwalk Park, 1931…

Pop-Up Beer Garden


Recreation Northwest, Stones Throw Brewery, and Outbound will host a Pop-up Beer Garden to support the Fairhaven Park Trail and Wetland Boardwalk Project from 3-9pm in the recently renovated…

Sin & Gin Tours


Guides will regale audiences with tales of fascinating characters at the margins of history at Good Time Girls’ “Sin & Gin” tours every Friday and Saturday through August starting at 4pm at…

Food Not Bombs


All are welcome to partake of nutritious and delicious vegan meals when Food Not Bombs offers a community meal from 4-6pm every Friday on the corner of Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue…

Commercial Street Night Market


Numerous artisans, six food vendors, a VITAL climbing wall, pinball, a poem store, salsa dancing performances, yoga and more will be part of the monthly Night Market taking place from 6-10pm…

Family Story Night


Pros from the Bellingham Storyteller’s Guild will offer up an hour of coaching and an intro to the craft at 6pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. At 7pm, Family Story Night will…

Port of Anacortes Summer Concert Series


As part of the Port of Anacortes’ free Summer Concert Series, Rivertalk performs from 6-8pm Friday at Seafarers Park, 601 Seafarers Way.

The Drowsy Chaperone


Celebrated Bellingham High School director Teri Grimes teams up with choreographer Tabetha Clark, musical director Steve Barnes, and BAAY Pro students ages 14-17 for performances of The…

Burlington Summer Nights


Ranger and the Re-Arrangers perform as part of “Burlington Summer Nights” from 7-9pm at the Burlington Visitors Center Amphitheater, 520 E. Fairhaven Ave. Opening activities take place from…

Dancing on the Green


Learn new dances and enjoy music while the sun sets at “Dancing on the Green” from 7-9:30pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. Rumba Northwest will provide salsa music, and local…

Skagit River Shakespeare Festival


Shakespeare Northwest continues its 15th annual Skagit River Shakespeare Festival this weekend with performances of The Comedy of Errors at 7pm Friday and 4pm Sunday at the Rexville Grange…



Bellingham TheatreWorks presents world premiere performances of Bellingham-based playwright Teague Parker’s Sandcastle for the final weekend at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse…

Festival of Music Finale


“All Bernstein Evening: An Early Celebration of Bernstein’s 100th Anniversary” will be the focus of the final Bellingham Festival of Music concert starting at 7:30pm at Western Washington…

An Improvised Musical


Watch epic improvised productions worthy of Broadway when “An Improvised Musical” returns to the stage at 9pm shows Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Each night, the…

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