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Come In From The Cold

Hot nights at the Wild Buffalo

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Everyone has a friend like me. I wear long sleeves during the summer, long underwear during the winter and am never without auxiliary layers of clothing, just in case. In other words, I am always cold.

I long to be one of those hardy folks who don technical layers and then tromp into the mountains seeking cold temps and attendant snowpack. I wonder what it’s like to be eager for winter instead of dreading it, to enjoy it instead of suffering through it like I’m being personally…

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Forest School

An environmental education

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Do you have childhood memories of daydreaming about gliding from tree to tree in a forest? Do you remember imagining what it might be like to live not just on Earth but in the earth? Can you recall getting lost in tiny worlds where beds of moss became sprawling forests and fir cones became hiding places?

Forest School, a new collaborative education program between Bellingham Public Schools and North Cascades Institute (NCI), strives to not only get kids outside, but also to…

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Hops Stops

Skagit Beer Week, Take Two

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Farmstrong Brewing Company has only been a part of the regional beer scene for the past three years, but they’ve used their time wisely by making it a goal to integrate the land they love into their brewing process. As of March 1, all of their sipping selections—from Valley Gold to La Raza Ambar and beyond—are now made from locally sourced grain.

“We’ve spent the last year working hand-in-hand with local farmers and maltsters to transfer the entirety of our recipes to 100 percent…

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Full Deck

Books that suit you

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

It can be challenging to find your next great read, but the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) has stacked the deck in your favor. To celebrate our 75th anniversary and our love of sharing stories, we’ve created a full deck of reading recommendations, one for each week of 2019. 

These recommendations are selected from many genres, both adult and youth, and categorized by suit: clubs for belonging, diamonds for strength, hearts for love, and spades for growth. Staff made…

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On Stage

Legally Blonde

Powerful in pink

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

When I was in first grade, one of my teachers placed me with a group of remedial readers despite the fact that I was already powering through Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books and could make my way through most encyclopedia entries—something my mother pointed out when she made a complaint at the elementary school.

The teacher who’d made the mistake hadn’t tested my abilities in advance. I was short for my age, so apparently she’d taken it for granted my brain…

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Heavy Metal

From sparks to sculpture

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A passion for extended guitar solos and amplified distortion won’t be a requirement for those attending a couple of metal-focused exhibits on display in Bellingham through the month. Instead, all that’s needed is the capacity to appreciate what happens when heat and sparks help welders transform the malleable medium into works of art.

Custom-made for heavy metal fans, an Open House and Auction Kickoff that are part of “Welding Fab Week” takes place at Bellingham Technical College…

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March Silver Reef
Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood


What makes a great neighborhood? Well, one that is walkable, with tree-lined streets and ample parks, nearby services and entertainment. One that allows people to work from or near their homes. Many artists have moved to Sunnyland for exactly that reason, so they can run a studio out of their home—and that has produced a flourishing local arts community. Sunnyland is a nucleus for many of the favorite haunts and hangouts cited in this year’s reader survey.

That dynamism has a downside, too, and Sunnyland is experiencing some growing pains from its tangy mix of industrial and commercial uses in proximity to family homes. Friends, an outdoor beer garden is a heartbreaking thing to quarrel about! I predict they’ll soon solve those problems, and continue to claim their crown as Bellingham’s favorite neighborhood.

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The Gristle
Halfway Houses

HALFWAY HOUSES: Last week marked the halfway point of the Legislature’s 105-day regular session in Olympia, and the cutoff for new bills to be passed out of their original chambers. The deadline left just 681 bills out of some 2,150 bills introduced still under consideration for this…

Amy Goodman
Boeing’s Profit Motive

The crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, just after takeoff, killed all 157 people on board. The tragedy provoked global outrage as news circulated that the newly designed aircraft, the Boeing 737 Max 8, has software flaws that make the plane inherently dangerous. Country after country…

Long dark cloud

Shaken by tragedy in New Zealand, my family’s home, the gunman’s attack seems indicative of a spreading inclination to avoid and despise education. Calling Donald Trump “a symbol of…


When Donald Trump made “bad trade agreements” the cornerstone of his rust belt campaign, he had his finger on the pulse of workers whose neighborhoods were devastated by the…

Big Ag

Every bit as much on the political left (I’m a member) as on its right, careful analysis and hard data seem to count for nothing these days. As a result, the mindless dogma of the…

Today's Events
Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest


Single-poem submissions for the 14th annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest will be accepted through March 31. Residents from throughout Whatcom County can submit their works; 25 winners will…

La Conner Daffodil Festival


The fifth annual La Conner Daffodil Festival takes place March 1-31 at more than 450 acres in and around La Conner and the Skagit Valley. Check online, or drop by the La Conner Visitor…

Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition


Residents of Whatcom County can submit images to the City of Bellingham’s annual “Essence of Bellingham” photo competition starting today and continuing through May 1. See submission…

Skagit Beer Week


A Skagit Farm to Pint Beer Run on Sat., March 23 will kick off the second annual Skagit Beer Week. Beer dinners, tours, tap takeovers, educational events and more will take place through…

Artist Workshop


Watch artist Neal Cronic paint with acrylics and oil at a low-key Artist Workshop from 6-7:30pm at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. If you’re interested…

Dig Into Spring


As part of a free “Dig Into Spring” series, Master Gardener Valerie Rose and High Mowing Seed Co.‘s Ada Snyder will focus on “Seeds or Starts?” at 6pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315…

Bellingham Reads


Discuss Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers at a Bellingham Reads book discussion from 6:30-7:30pm at the Dodson Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. New members are always…

Avian Research


Dereck Matthew, chair of the Vancouver Avian Research Center, will join the North Cascades Audubon Society to discuss VARC’s objectives in providing data and research that help safeguard…

Poetry Trio


Keetje Kuipers (All Its Charms), Geffrey Davis (Night Angler, and Erika Meitner (Holy Moly Carry Me) will read from their respective collections at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Skagit Folk Dancers


Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to…

Books and Brews


A new “Books and Brews” club debuts tonight at 7pm in Lynden at Overflow Taps, 106 5th St. Each month, Village Books staff will pick a new book to read and talk about, and Overflow Taps will …

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