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With the first real rain of the season now upon us, it occurs to me that I’ve never been to a rainy Bumbershoot. Typically, when my Labor Day weekend has been spent at the Seattle Center and its trademark music festival, the experience is associated with heat—and lots of it. My memories are marked, not just by music, but also by the combination of high temperatures and many bodies in constant motion and close proximity.

It’s not nearly as sexy as it sounds.

And though we’ve gone from

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This Week

The Gristle

‘That Day Is No More’

‘THAT DAY IS NO MORE’: Lummi Nation last week sent their final response to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with 240 pages of documentation in support of their claim that the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal coal pier would materially harm their fishing rights, protected by federal treaty, at Cherry Point. Tribal leaders believe the submittal provides USACE with all of the information the federal agency needs to make a determination on whether the transit and loading (and ballast

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Waterfront cleanup plan could approach $20 million


Bellingham City Council this week learned more about the master plan to clean and develop former industrial property south of the old Georgia Pacific mill site for use as a new city park. On Aug. 27, the state Department of Ecology released its review and recommendations for the cleanup of environmental hazards related to wood-treatment and wood waste at the foot of Cornwall Avenue. The agency seeks public comment on the plan.

Various companies operated a lumber mill and treated wood on the

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Darling, we’re late


Some of the best love songs are those whose lyrics perch precariously between “I adore you, let’s be happy forever” and “I’m miserable without you, where have you gone?” Together, the melody and words of Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash’s 1943 ballad “Speak Low” take the shape of a vaporous question: “We’re late, darling we’re late/The curtain descends, everything ends too soon, too soon.” Too late for what, exactly? Something has just happened, and something else is about to

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A Full Life

Of peanuts and politics


Nanu-Nanu and Pet Rocks. Mood rings, platform shoes, CBs, and “May the Force be with you.” Saturday Night Fever, Pac-Man, disco suits, and Olivia Newton John on roller skates.

If you’re of a Certain Age, these things may bring back memories, but in the new book A Full Life, by Jimmy Carter, this 90-year-old remembers much more.

Former President Jimmy Carter was born in October 1924 in Georgia, and raised mostly in a small town called Archery, where his family was one of two that was

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Urban Stream Series

What’s up with Whatcom Creek


Whatcom Creek runs approximately four miles through the heart of Bellingham. One can walk along much of its reaches on the Whatcom Creek trail from Lake Whatcom, where our city gets its drinking water, all the way to the mouth as it enters into inner Bellingham Bay.

“Whatcom,” meaning “noisy waters”, got its name from the loud set of cascades near its mouth where Lummi fishing camps were once set up to harvest the annual runs of healthy salmon.

While this urban creek may appear to have a

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First Thursday

Make your way through Mount Vernon


Just so you don’t confuse it with other art walks, Mount Vernon has decided to have theirs on the first Thursday of the month instead of Friday—Thurs., Sept. 3, to be specific.

Difficult as it was to preview the show on the weekend beforehand, during a vicious windstorm, I found quite a few nice surprises.

The first surprise was delicious. At Forte Chocolates (700 S. First St.), headquarters of the chocolatier Karen Neugebauer, I discovered one of America’s outstanding small chocolate

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Cosmos Bistro

The epitome of awesome


When Jamison Rogayan describes the fare to diners at Cosmos Bistro, there’s a good chance he may use the word “awesome” more than a few times when referring to that day’s menu.

He is not a liar. I’ve been to Cosmos for breakfast (once), lunch (once) and dinner (twice) and have yet to put a bite of food in my mouth that could not be described as “awesome.”

While it’s true Jamison has a vested interest in promoting the eatery—he co-owns it with Cinnamon Berg, the masterful chef responsible

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On Stage

Finding the Grail

Bellingham Theatre Guild’s Capital Campaign


While King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table stampeded back and forth across the Bellingham Theatre Guild (BTG) stage during a rehearsal of Monty Python’s Spamalot last Friday night, the basement of the venerable performance space was seeing an equal amount of action.

Both those above and those below were seeking their own grails. In the play, the actors were galloping across the countryside on invisible horses hoping to discover the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper, while those

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Songs of Seattle


With the first real rain of the season now upon us, it occurs to me that I’ve never been to a rainy Bumbershoot. Typically, when my Labor Day weekend has been spent at the Seattle Center and its trademark music festival, the experience is associated with heat—and lots of it. My memories are marked, not just by music, but also by the combination of high temperatures and many bodies in constant motion and close proximity.

It’s not nearly as sexy as it sounds.

And though we’ve gone from

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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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Sep 05


Eat Local Month: Sustainable Connections' Eat Local Month kicks off with a Launch Party and showing of the film Real Food at 5:30pm Wed., Sept. 2 at the Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. Events happening through the month include a Master Gardening composting workshop (Sept. 6), the Co-op's Farm Fund Hootenanny (Sept. 6), an Eat Local Incognito Dinner (Sept. 12), Bellingham Beer Week (Sept. 11-20), the Whatcom County Farm Tour (Sept. 12), a Field Dinner (Sept. 12), Taylor Shellfish Farms Tour (Sept. 16), Bite 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 Sept. 26 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 »

Improv Evolution: View never-before-seen improv formats at showings of "Improv Evolution" at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Two teams will be formed and each will offer a unique element, obstacle or layer that will be used throughout the show. If they're any good, they'll be seen again. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. more »

Quilt Guild Show: The Anacortes Arts Commission hosts an exhibit of fiber wall art by members of the FIQ Art Quilt Guild from 6-9pm Friday and 9am-2pm Saturday at the city's Depot Gallery, 611 R Ave. Entry is free. 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 »

Fall Book Sale: Fiction, non-fiction, children's books, cookbooks, craft books and VHS, DVDs and more can be found at "Fall Book Sale" happening from 10am-3pm Saturday and 11am-3pm Sunday at the Point Roberts Library, 1437 Gulf Rd. more »

Lopez Island Artists’ Studio Tour: The 19th annual Lopez Island Artists' Studio Tour takes place from 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday throughout Lopez Island (a 40-minute ferry ride from Anacortes). The free, self-guided tour will feature 28 studios with 42 artists. In addition to the art on display, there'll be demos and discussions about techniques and visions. more »

Book and Bake Sale: Stop by to peruse a large selection of used books and baked goods at great prices at the North Fork Library's "Book and Bake Sale" taking place from 10am-4:30pm Saturday and Sunday at Maple Falls Town Hall, 7509 Mt. Baker Hwy. Proceeds benefit the maintenance of the North Fork Community Library building. more »

Lummi Island Artists’ Studio Tour: More than 30 artists and craftspeople will be showing and selling their work at 20-plus locales as from of the Lummi Island Artists' Studio Tour taking place from 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday throughout the lovely land mass. Entry to the self-guided tour is free; maps will be available at the Islander grocery store (directly to your left when you depart the ferry) and at each studio. more »

Bumbershoot: The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Cake, Faith No More, Hozier, Ellie Goulding, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Ellie Goulding, Neko Case, Lee Scratch Perry, the Cave Singers, Hey Marseilles, the Grizzled Mighty, Devotchka, Babes in Toyland, and many more will head onstage as part of the annual Bumbershoot festival taking place Saturday through Monday at the Seattle Center. The annual entertainment-packed festival also features art, comedy, film, dance, words and ideas, and theater. Day passes more »

Woodpalooza: The Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild presents its 12th annual "Art + Wood = Woodpalooza" exhibition and sale from 12-5pm Saturday through Monday at Langley's Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave. Entry is free. more »

North County Road Run: Three different courses will provide an opportunity for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to participate in today's North County Road Run starting at 7am in Lynden at 110 3rd St. Entry is $25-plus for the 5K, 10K, and 25K. 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 »

Pancake Breakfast: Help raise funds for the Ferndale Food Bank at a monthly Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8-11am at the United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St. more »

Fun Run: Sign up for today's "Running Trails with the M.I.G" 5K Fun Run & Walk starting at 9am at Whatcom Falls Park, 1401 Electric Ave. Entry is $18-$25. more »

Mount Vernon Farmers Market: The Mount Vernon Farmers Market takes place from 9am-2pm at the city's Waterfront Plaza. In addition to the fresh, local food, expect activities for kids, cooking demos and special events through the season, which continues through Oct. 17. more »

Anacortes Farmers Market: Vegetables, fruit, baked goods, fresh meat and dairy, cut flowers, wine, eggs, art and much more can be found at the Anacortes Farmers Market, which takes place from 9am-2pm every Saturday through Oct. 24 at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. more »

Lake Padden Relay: Join the Greater Bellingham Running Club for the annual "Lake Padden Relay" starting at 10am at East Lake Padden Park, 4883 Samish Way. Run the race 10-mile race individually, or as a group of four. Individual runners are $10; teams are $20 (entry is free for GBRC members). more »

Bellingham Farmers Market: Peruse and purchase a plethora of locally grown produce, ready-to-eat foods, crafts and more at the Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-3pm at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. The market runs every Saturday through Dec. 19. more »

Labor Day Car Show: Attend the sixth annual Mt. Baker Labor Day Car Show & Road Run from 10am-4pm in Maple Falls at Mount Baker Lodging, 7463 Mt. Baker Hwy. Spectators can check out the cars for free; those wanting to showing their classics, sports cars, trucks, muscle cars, customs and more will be charged $10-$12; all proceeds benefit Mt. Baker Lions Club. more »

The Artful Gardener: What does art in the garden mean? Find out when Floribunda Designs' Kathy Hirdler leads a photo presentation dubbed "The Artful Gardener" at 11am at Mount Vernon's Christianson's Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. Hirdler will focus on how simple design principles—placement, scale and color and using outdoor-appropriate materials—can infuse your garden with inspiration. Entry is $8. more »

Fairhaven Sidewalk Sale: Browse and find great deals as part of the annual Fairhaven Sidewalk Sale taking place from 11am-5pm throughout the historic district. more »

Benefit Pub Ride: Help raise funds for Twisp Wildland firefighter Daniel Lyon—who is recovering from injuries at Harborview Burn Unit—at a "Bellingham Pub Ride" starting at 12pm at Boundary Bay Brewery and continuing at the Local (1:30-2:30pm), Wander Brewery (3-4pm), Kulshan Brewery (4:30-5:30pm), Aslan Brewery (6-7pm), and finishing back at Boundary (7:30pm). more »

Traditional Jazz: The Clamdigger Jazz Band will perform New Orleans/Dixieland music at the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society’s monthly concert and dance from 2-5pm at the VFW Hall, 625 N State St. Entry is $6 students, $10 members, $12 general. more »

Whatcom Symphony Orchestra: A small ensemble from the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra will perform at a free chamber music concert at 3pm in Lynden at the Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. The show is part of a series of free concerts the WSO is offering to the community to celebrate its 40th anniversary. more »

Smith & Vallee Opening: View works by painter Tyree Callahan and pottery by Isaac Howard at an opening reception from 5-8pm at Edison's Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. The exhibit can be viewed through Sept. 30. 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 »

Kulshan CLT Community Party: All are welcome at the Kulshan Community Land Trust's 15th annual Community Party from 6-10pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Entry is free for members and $15 general and includes live music by Purple Mage, family-friendly games and activities, a barbecue meal and one beer or beverage. more »

USA Dance: Join USA Dance and the Thomas Harris Septet for a dance from 7:15-10pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. All are welcome including beginners, singles, couples, seniors and students. Show up early for a beginning Foxtrot lesson, and enjoy an evening of dance with others. Entry is $7-$10. more »

Salsa Night: Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest's bimonthly "Salsa Night" taking place from 9:30pm-12am on the first and third Saturdays of the month at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State st. Entry to the all-ages event is $4. more »

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