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Make.Shift Block Party

Although virtue is its own reward, nothing worth having ever comes without hard work, etc., the truth of the matter is, running a nonprofit can be tough going.

No matter how strong the mission, how intact the passion or true the focus, surmounting the formidable obstacles of continued existence requires a special sort of perseverance. And no matter how staunch the community support, the reality of day-to-day existence for those who operate nonprofits is that the to-do list never seems to grow

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This Week

The Gristle

When Fringe Goes Mainstream

WHEN FRINGE GOES MAINSTREAM: Ballots continue to flow in the August Top Two primary, a queer beast with an unusual pedigree that need not necessarily produce a candidate each from the two standard political parties, D versus R, but—due to extremes of polarization, and the continued influence of money and organization in modern politics—probably will.

Case in point, the odd runoff among conservatives for Position 1 in the 42nd Legislative District, a reliably conservative rural district

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Music

Make.Shift Block Party

Putting the “fun” in fundraising

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Although virtue is its own reward, nothing worth having ever comes without hard work, etc., the truth of the matter is, running a nonprofit can be tough going.

No matter how strong the mission, how intact the passion or true the focus, surmounting the formidable obstacles of continued existence requires a special sort of perseverance. And no matter how staunch the community support, the reality of day-to-day existence for those who operate nonprofits is that the to-do list never seems to grow

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Outdoors

Cloud Dance

Learning to love the mystery

You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.
—Henry David Thoreau

The North Cascades are capricious. These mountains hide themselves in veils of cloud for days at a time and then coquettishly reveal their sensuous lines to us dusty pilgrims. A little bit here. A little bit there.

After decades of observing this numinous cloud dance, one learns to go with it, to appreciate the rituals of sun, rain and cloud, and eventually—if one hangs around these hallowed mountains long enough—to

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Food

A Midsummer Sowing

Thinking ahead to the flavors of fall

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If you’ve been a diligent gardener this year, chances are the rewards are starting to add up.

With a big, juicy garden finally in cruise mode, now might not be the time you want to ponder starting over, but this is exactly what you must do in order to stay ahead of the seasonal curve. Your strong, beautiful plants will start to fade at the end of summer, and when they do you’ll want to have reinforcements in place—plants that can tough it out through the fall, and perhaps into winter.

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Visual

Arts at the Port

Elemental beauty in Anacortes

“Air, Earth, Water” is the title of the 2014 “Arts at the Port” show. It opened last Saturday and is the serious part of the wild and crazy Anacortes Arts Festival the city has thrown every summer for more than 50 years.

In a quiet warehouse at the north end of Commercial Avenue you’ll discover two conjoined exhibits: the first is a stunning collection of works by 36 regional artists selected by juror Patricia Watkinson for their “skill, innovation, imagination and poetry.“ The

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Words

Little Free Libraries

Take a book, leave a book

What looks like a miniature house, is bursting to the rafters with free books, and encourages reading for everyone from kids to seniors?

The answer, if you hadn’t already sussed it out from the title of this story, is Little Free Libraries (LFLs).

The worldwide phenomenon started in 2009 after Wisconsin resident Tod Bol built a model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother—a former schoolteacher with a serious reading habit—and then installed it in his front yard, filled

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On Stage

Hot Salsa

Rumba Northwest takes it outside

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I first saw Rumba Northwest owners Antonio Diaz and Heather Haugland dance when the couple was invited onstage during a concert by the Afro-Cuban All Stars a few years ago at the Mount Baker Theatre.

To say they heated things up is putting it mildly. As the legendary Cuban band continued sharing their righteous island rhythms with the audience, the duo spun, dipped and moved their bodies with both grace and passion.

“We made dinner for the band before the show and they learned we taught

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Film

Supermensch

The Legend of Shep Gordon

How many people can claim to have made Alice Cooper a star by releasing his record albums wrapped in women’s panties? Who else can take credit for the entire concept of the celebrity chef? Did anyone else share joint custody of a cat with Cary Grant? Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon goes out of its way to insist that its subject — a long-lived rock manager and Hollywood talent agent — is a one-of-a-kind character, and the stories told by Gordon and his many famous friends seem to

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Film

Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel’s motley crew

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If the wayward denizens of Star Wars’ Mos Eisley Cantina rose up and demanded their own starring vehicle, it would probably look something like Guardians of the Galaxy, an alt-Avengers in which a ragtag band of misfits and mercenaries make the world a safer place almost by accident. An unusually prankish and playful Marvel Studios vehicle, director James Gunn’s presumptive franchise-starter is overlong, overstuffed and sometimes too eager to please, but the cheeky comic tone keeps things

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Today

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Boating Center Open: All are welcome to check out the Community Boating Center, which has opened back up for the summer season at its headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. (near the Amtrak Station). Upcoming classes and excursions include bioluminescence paddles, introductions to sea kayaking, sunset paddles, dinghy sailing 101, full moon paddles, paddleboarding 101, and more. Boat rentals and storage and moorage are also available. Check the website for times and prices. more »

Bard on the Beach: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will play in repertory with the Bard's The Tempest and Cymbeline, and Bill Cain's Equivocation, during the 25th annual "Bard on the Beach" season through Sept. 20 at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). more »

MBT’s Summer Repertory Theatre: The Mount Baker Theatre's Summer Repertory Theatre continues this week with showings of Lanford Wilson's comedy/drama Talley's Folly, Neil Simon's comedic Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and Becky's New Car, by Steven Dietz, at the MBT's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The three plays show in repertory at 7:30pm on weekdays and 3pm Sundays through Aug. 10. Tickets are $12.50-$25. more »

Tractor and Machinery Show: The Puget Sound Antique Tractor and Machinery Association hosts its 43rd annual Tractor and Machinery Show from 8am-8pm Wednesday through Saturday at Lynden's Berthusen Park, 9937 Berthusen Rd. A swap meet, lawnmower pulling, tractor races, a threshing bee, wood planer demos, an equipment parade, demos and more will be part of the fun. Entry is $5-$7. more »

Boating Center Open: All are welcome to check out the Community Boating Center, which is open for the summer season at its headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. (near the Amtrak Station). Upcoming classes and excursions include bioluminescence paddles, introductions to sea kayaking, sunset paddles, dinghy sailing 101, full moon paddles, paddleboarding 101, and more. Boat rentals and storage and moorage are also available. Check the website for times and prices. more »

Noontime Concert Series: City Hall will perform at a free noontime concert at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Plaza. more »

Wednesday Market: Peruse local fruits and vegetables, diverse handcrafted works and ready-to-eat items when the Bellingham Farmers Market continues its Wednesday Market from 12-5pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. (behind Village Books). The market continues weekly through Sept. 24. more »

Wednesday Walking Group: Adults 45 and older are invited to join a Bellingham Evening Walking Group starting at 5:30pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. more »

GROUP RIDE: The Mt. Baker Bike Club hosts a Group Ride starting every Wednesday at 6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Be prepared to ride for 30 miles at a race/training pace, and regroup at the brewery following the excursion. more »

Evening Epic Run: A weekly “Evening Epic Run” begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The strenuous runs are 1.5-2 hours in length on hilly terrain with experienced trail runners. Entry is free. more »

Downtown Sounds: Publish the Quest and 3 on the Tree will perform as part of the 10th annual "Downtown Sounds" series from 6-9pm on Bay Street between Woods Coffee and the Pickford Cinema. The free performances conclude August 6 with Voyager and the Trees. more »

Brews Cruise: Join San Juan Cruises for the weekly "Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise" leaving at 6:30pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. The cruises—which continue every Wednesday through Sept. 24—includes liquid samples from Boundary Bay Brewery and two other Northwest breweries. Entry is $35. Register in advance, as the cruises sell out quickly. more »

Berries Times Three: Sorbets, tarts, tiramisu and other treats utilizing local berries will be the focus of a "Berries, Berries, Berries" course with Cindy McKinney from 6:30-8:30pm at the Community Enrichment Center at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St. Cost is $32. more »

Farm Fresh: Chef Robert Fong helms a "Fresh from the Farmers Market" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Italian caponata, zucchini stuffed with leeks and mushrooms and spot shrimp salad with berries and greens will be on the menu. Entry is $39. more »

Waking Up Dying: Robert Duke reads and shares stories from his memoir, Waking Up Dying: Caregiving When There Is No Tomorrow, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book focuses on the day-to-day successes and failures of navigating American healthcare. more »

Scottish Country Dance Social: Join the Scottish Country Dance Club from 7-9:30pm every Wednesday for a public dance at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome, and no partner or experience is needed. Drop-in fees are $8, but those who are showing up for the first time will gain free entry. more »

Brass Monkey Theater Club: iew six short one-act plays about "something unexpected" at the inaugural Brass Monkey Theater Club series at 8pm at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The first edition will feature plays directed by Bryce Hamilton, Erin Moore, Madeleine Easton, Shu-Ling Hergenhahn Zhao, Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao, and Ben Eisner. Tonight's show is free, and an additional performance takes place Sat., Aug. 2. The series will continue throughout the upcoming season, with the themes of revenge, prophecy, magic, more »

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