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Yes, We CAN!

This Fourth of July, the Yes We, CAN! Canned Craft Beer Festival returns, and it’s expected to be much bigger and even better than last year.

This celebration of community, country and delicious craft beer—all for a great cause—will feature beer from 50 craft breweries, music from bluegrass/Americana-stomp bands Polecat and Wild Rabbit, live performances from the Bellingham Circus Guild, games for the kids, local food trucks, and one of the best views in town of the fireworks show.

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This Week

The Gristle

Winning the War, Losing the Battle

WINNING THE WAR, LOSING THE BATTLE: Whatcom County needs a new jail and at some point will have a new jail. On that, there is little doubt and—among opinion leaders—no debate. The question is, under what conditions shall we have it?

Pin pulled, the jail grenade was lobbed back into County Council’s foxhole this week. Battle-scarred, shell-shocked Council members gazed at it, dreadfully unsure whether to leap bodily upon it in self-sacrifice or kick it back across no man’s land to the

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Visual

Out of the Margins

Women Painters of Washington

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Women Painters of Washington was founded 85 years ago to foster appreciation of women artists. This was back in the day when a leading woman painter, Lee Krasner—a more advanced artist than the man she married—was thought of only as “Mrs. Jackson Pollock.”

The lively works on view at the Scott Milo Gallery have been selected for the show by Anne Schreivogl of Anacortes, a prominent artist herself. In response to my question, “How equal are women artists treated now?” Schreivogl was

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Words

Whatcom Reads

Time, teens and tsunamis

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The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck islands off the southern coast of Japan last month may not have touched off any tsunamis, but it did serve as a reminder of the deadly events of 2011, when the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to have hit Japan triggered devastating tsunami waves. 

Years later, debris from the wreckage continues to spread around the oceans, winding up in places like Alaska and British Columbia. Author Ruth Ozeki makes this the hook in her novel A Tale for the

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News

Yes, We CAN!

Canned craft beer festival is 100 percent recyclable fun

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This Fourth of July, the Yes We, CAN! Canned Craft Beer Festival returns, and it’s expected to be much bigger and even better than last year.

This celebration of community, country and delicious craft beer—all for a great cause—will feature beer from 50 craft breweries, music from bluegrass/Americana-stomp bands Polecat and Wild Rabbit, live performances from the Bellingham Circus Guild, games for the kids, local food trucks, and one of the best views in town of the fireworks show.

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On Stage

Shrek

Following the fairytale

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If Kaleb Van Rijswijck were to liken the arc of his life’s story to those of the fairytale characters in Shrek: The Musical, he’d be well on his way to a happy ending.

“The entire show they feel out of place until they appreciate their strengths and accept themselves for who they are,” Van Rijswijck, 20, says of the main characters of the play that’s showing through Sun., June 28 at Lynden’s Claire vg Thomas Theatre. “The majority of my life was spent being that ‘weird kid who does musicals.’

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Film

Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema

Movies by moonlight

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As I wandered my way to the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema via the stunning South Bay Trail near dusk on Saturday night, I had a pretty good idea of what I’d find when I got there. After all, the Outdoor Cinema is a summer staple that continues to lure in people from all of Bellingham’s many walks of life, year after year. I knew the Village Green would be crowded with people on blankets, calling out greetings to one another, chattering and snacking, watching the preshow entertainment while they

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Food

Howdy, Horseshoe

Back on the ranch

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He Said: As a person who is fully capable of snarfing breakfast 24/7, I possess a proven propensity to patronize establishments that are willing to conjure forth the Most Important Meal of the Day whenever the craving hits me.

Although Bellingham abounds with a tantalizing array of venerable, locally owned breakfast joints, only one of them—the Horseshoe Café—manages to keep its doors open long enough for an old pancake-hound like me to wander in for a fix from sunup to sundown and/or

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Music

Elizabeth Park Concert Series

Your summer soundtrack

Recently, I relocated from my lovely longtime South Hill abode to an apartment on Boulevard Park.

In selecting the spot, I was, of course, seduced by the expansive view of Bellingham Bay, and it certainly did not disappoint.

I was more ambivalent when it came to having Boulevard Park be what is effectively my front yard. While many among my friends and peers extolled the park’s many virtues and I agreed in the moment, privately, I felt the park to be more of a noisy nuisance to be gotten

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Outdoors

Terra Nova Adventures

Destination: Richmond, BC

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You can’t visit a playground without spotting bored parents on their iPhones.

While kids cavort on the play equipment and release their energy in a park, it can be one of the most boring spots for their supervisors. Invariably, all the adults whip out their cell phones and start long, rambling conversations with friends, write Facebook posts or respond to emails.

But there’s one park, an hour from Bellingham, where that’s rarely the case. At this park, parents are engaged, having as

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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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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 »

Bard on the Beach: Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors kicks off the award-winning 26th annual "Bard on the Beach" this month at Vancouver BC's Vanier Park, 1695 Whyte Ave. The classic plays in repertory with King Lear, Love's Labour's Lost, and Shakespeare's Rebel. Tickets are $26-$45. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection; many performances sell out in advance. more »

Hiking Basics: Learn about trip planning, essential items, equipment, safety precautions, local resources and places to go at a "Hiking Basics" presentation at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Register in advance for the free clinic. more »

Caribbean Barbecue: Sarah Chan focuses on "Caribbean Barbecue" dishes at a cooking class taking place from 6:30-9pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Entry is $39. more »

Open Mic: Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience at the monthly Open Mic at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Bring your written words about nature—or any creative work in progress. Local writer and teacher Laurel Leigh helms the event. Sign up at the main counter or call the number listed here to take part. more »

The B-52s: If you want to see the "world's greatest party band," secure tickets to a show by the B-52s starting at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Expect to hear classics like "Rock Lobster," "Love Shack," and "Private Idaho" as well as newer material from the 2008 album Funplex, and more. Tickets are $49-$89. more »

Poetrynight: Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation. P.S. Please use the back fountain entry. more »

Guffawingham: A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. more »

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