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Digging In

I like to talk about plants, but I’m not an expert. That’s why when people ask my advice about gardening issues—whether it’s how to keep “those darn aphids” off roses or what kind of veggie starts they should purchase—I simply direct them to the following events.

Last May, when I showed up early for the annual WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener Plant Sale at Ferndale’s Hovander Homestead Park, I was a little too eager to peruse the premises, and made the mistake of entering the sale a few

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This Week

The Gristle

Double-Jointed, Still Clumsy

DOUBLE-JOINTED, STILL CLUMSY: Bellingham City Council sat through two joint meetings with other governmental entities last week. The first convened the annual meeting of the Joint Councils responsible for the Lake Whatcom Cooperative Management Program to update the work plan for the reservoir and watershed through the end of this decade. The second convened a smaller subset of City Council, its planning committee, who met with appointed members of the Bellingham Planning Commission to

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Music

Harry and the Potters

Bring on the wizard rock

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I write all kinds of stories for all kinds of reasons, and it is safe to say that a fair amount of consideration goes into choosing what to highlight during any given week. Most of that thought process is not very interesting, but the method to my madness is generally not as arbitrary as it may appear.

And then some mornings I wake up and just want to write about a wizard rock band.

So I do just that thing, not least because I’ve never let my desire to be taken seriously as a journalist

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Visual

Feast of Stones

Celebrating spring on Camano Island

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The Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden on Camano Island is always a rewarding place to visit. It’s definitely a landmark on the road for high achievers in stonework.

In springtime, with hours of warmth and daylight, you can enjoy the variety of great works by contemporary Northwest sculptors that are scattered among the trees and lawns of this 10-acre garden. During my visit, a tent encampment was sheltering an ongoing stone-carving workshop led by Whidbey Island master, Sue

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Words

Speaking of Dying

Raising awareness about end-of-life issues

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Next week, I’ll join interfaith chaplain Trudy James to talk about end-of-life issues relating to her film, Speaking of Dying. The short documentary delves into discussions that raise awareness about death and dying, and, in it, I talk about how my husband was able to die a peaceful death before reaching the later stages of Alzheimer’s. 

Phyllis Shacter: What is your involvement in end-of-life issues, and how did you get involved?

Trudy James: Death has shaped my adult life in many ways.

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Outdoors

Digging In

Stock up for the season

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I like to talk about plants, but I’m not an expert. That’s why when people ask my advice about gardening issues—whether it’s how to keep “those darn aphids” off roses or what kind of veggie starts they should purchase—I simply direct them to the following events.

Last May, when I showed up early for the annual WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener Plant Sale at Ferndale’s Hovander Homestead Park, I was a little too eager to peruse the premises, and made the mistake of entering the sale a few

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Food

Wine Walk

Time for a grape escape

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In Bellingham, beer is typically the adult beverage of choice that gets all the buzz—what with new breweries or expansions of existing breweries seemingly popping up with the passing of each season. If residents aren’t consuming the byproduct of hops, they’re talking about when they’re going to drink it, and where.

That’s about to change—at least for a brief period of time. Come Fri., May 8, the mighty grape will take center stage when the Downtown Bellingham Partnership hosts its

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On Stage

Lonely Hearts Club

Looking for (not-creepy) love

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At the last “Vaudevillingham” at the Bellingham Circus Guild’s Cirque Lab, actress, dancer and choreographer Jenna Bean Veatch debuted an in-progress excerpt of a show she’ll be debuting in San Francisco next year called You Are Not Alone.

Being that the work is about the desire for human connection, Veatch says it was important for her to include the audience in the performance. After gifting those in attendance with three giant love notes—starting with acknowledging their beauty, and

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Film

Welcome to Me

Airing it out on air

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Borderline personality disorder turns out to be more of a laughing matter than it probably should be in Welcome to Me, a strange and often startlingly inspired media/mental-illness comedy directed by actress-filmmaker Shira Piven. After drifting into a semi-dramatic mode in her earlier indies, Girl Most Likely and The Skeleton Twins, Kristen Wiig tears into a role that plays to her deadpan gifts as a woman who wins the lottery and starts her own talk show, where she proceeds to work through her

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Film

In Country

The war at home

In Rambo: First Blood Part II, Sylvester Stallone’s embittered Special Forces operative is sent back to Vietnam on a top-secret mission. Upon learning of his assignment, he asks his commanding officer, “Sir, do we get to win this time?” It’s a question that resonates throughout the new documentary In Country, which profiles a group of men who painstakingly reenact an overseas skirmish from the late 1960s in the wilds of Oregon. Creeping through the greenery kitted out with

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Film

Every Secret Thing

Child’s play no more

Pitched somewhere between a David Fincher crime procedural, a Denis Lehane suspense novel and a Mommie Dearest melodrama, documentarian Amy Berg’s move into the feature-length world of dramatic narrative is by nature of the material, an uneven one. It’s not for want of trying, however. Making her narrative debut here, Berg directs the hell out of every crime segment in the film, and there’s a strong level of craft in sequences that would make Fincher proud.

But there’s something lost

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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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Today

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Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. more »

Heritage Resources Speaker Series: As part of a Heritage Resources Speaker Series, Seattle Times reporter and Western Washington University journalism instructor Ron Judd will explore the history and context surrounding a mid-1930s "Red Scare" in Bellingham and how it potentially impacted the campaign to remove Western Washington College of Education (now WWU) President Charles H. Fisher from office at 4pm at WWU's Wilson Library. Entry is free and open to the public. more »

Cinco de Mayo Run: Attend an all-paces "Cinco de Mayo" Run & Fiesta at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The Brooks-partnered event includes shoe demos, a pinata full of prizes and beverages and refreshments following the 40-minute run. Entry is free. P.S. The wearing of sombreros is encouraged. more »

Mother’s Day Recipes: Sharon Eldridge, owner of the Old Towne Grainery Tea Room & Galleria, will focus on "Mother's Day Tea Recipes" from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen's Kitchen, 509 S. First St. Each dish will be paired with the perfect cup of tea and ideas for hosting your own high tea. Entry is $40. more »

Northern Thai: Chef Robert Fong focuses on "Northern Thai" courses from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $45. more »

MVHS Jazz: Come to a final performance in a special series of one of Washington's premier jazz programs when Mount Vernon High School jazz ensembles perform at 7pm at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $6 for students and $10 for adults. All proceeds benefit the MVHS Jazz Program. more »

The Mariachi Divas: The Grammy Award-winning multicultural ensemble known as the Mariachi Divas will make your Cinco de Mayo celebrations complete at a 7:30pm performance at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $20-$45; in case you're wondering, you'll also be able to purchase margaritas at the festive event. more »

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