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Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival

Party in the park

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Several years ago, after undergoing a series of personal setbacks, I decided it was time to take my show on the road. Generally speaking, I’m a firm believer that wherever you go, there you are. But in this case, a change in geography seemed in order.

So, I moved to Ferndale.

While not exactly an exotic locale, it had the benefit of being not-Bellingham but still nearby. I found myself a small house on five acres of former farmland just outside the city limits, packed up my cat, my…

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The art of transition

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

“Thus did Odin establish that all dead men should be burned, and their belongings laid with them upon the pile, and the ashes be cast into the sea…“ recounts the saga of the Norse Vikings.

So perhaps it was no surprise when Steve Jensen’s best friend, dying of AIDS, asked him to carve a miniature longboat as a repository for his ashes.

The son and grandson of Norwegian fishermen and boat-builders, himself a Cornish-trained artist, Jensen knew that, for many cultures, a boat…

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Bike & Build

Pedaling for a purpose

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A few days before summer became official, recent Western Washington University graduate Sean Petersmark dipped his bike’s rear tire in the Atlantic Ocean in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

By the time he dips “Simba’s” front tire in the Pacific Ocean at Bellingham’s Marine Park on Thurs., Sept. 1, Petersmark and 29 other young adults from around the country will have ridden more than 4,000 miles as part of Bike & Build, a nonprofit that, since 2003, has sent approximately 3,000 riders…

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Eat Local Month

A gold medal standard

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

If eating local were an Olympic sport, Whatcom County would likely be in the running for a gold medal.

In fact, every September we enter an intense training period known as Eat Local Month. Competitors join Sustainable Connections to celebrate the bounty that comes from the area’s farmers, fishers, dairies, meat producers and more in a variety of ways, and, ultimately, we all come out winners.

Among two big events—a Farm Fund Hootenanny on Sun. Sept. 4 at Boundary Bay Brewery’s…

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Library Love

Crossing the digital divide

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

For me, frugality is a way of life.

Even when my coffers are full, I look for the best ways to save money—whether it’s by buying items at thrift stores or garage sales, growing my own food, utilizing coupons for nights out on the town or scouring Craigslist’s free section.

When I got a press release from Whatcom County Library System’s (WCLS) community relations coordinator Lizz Roberts recently, I realized my library usage also saves me money in a big way.

Roberts’ missive noted…

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On Stage

Circus Al Fresco

Summer’s last Sh’Bang

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

By the time you read these words, it might be too late to sign up for the Circus Campout taking place Aug. 25-28 at the Lookout Arts Quarry.

Luckily, visitors to the 50-acre property near Alger can still reap the rewards of what happens when creative humans gather together for three days of skill-sharing.

“Circus on the Water,” an outdoor show featuring performers from across the country and abroad, will be the Saturday-night feature. From terraced seats on the shore of the former…

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The 2016 Lummi Totem Journey begins

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Q’al. The word means “belief” in the Lummi language.

It is a fitting title for this year’s totem pole journey. The journey, the fourth in four years, will unite tribes and communities all along the 4,865-mile, 18-day sojourn with the totem pole.

It is belief that helped defeat the various coal port proposals over the past three years, tribal leaders say. And it is belief that is needed now as tribes and their supporters continue to oppose projects that would deliver toxic tar…

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Southside With You

Barack gets the girl

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A 20-something woman living at home prepares for a day out. Her parents tease her as she fixes her hair. Is it a date? No, just a work associate, a Harvard law student with the firm for the summer, taking her to a community meeting to discuss “broken faucets and underfunded schools.” Across town, a man in an undershirt chats with his grandmother by telephone between cigarettes and says, “Yes, her skin is of the darker persuasion.” This is how Barack met Michelle, and Southside…

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The Gristle
A Matter of Equity

A Matter of Equity: In the fierce cyclonic thunderstorm of a heated petroleum industry, there is perhaps an eye of calm and equilibrium.

Whatcom County was scheduled to appear in Olympia this week to defend against what might’ve been the largest property tax reassessment in county…

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Today's Events
Skagit Tours


As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours…

5Point Adventure Film Festival


Rock climbing and bicycling clinics, yoga, free community parties, a Van Life Rally, a food truck rally, live music, athlete and filmmaker panel discussions with Pacific Northwest locals, and…

Bard on the Beach


William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th “Bard on the Beach” season at Vancouver, BC’s…

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,…

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead


After leaving their home of 14 years and before moving permanently into the Sylvia Center for the Arts, iDiOM Theater will present Sir Tom Stoppard’s “sparkling and absurdist” tragicomedy,…

What's Next?


Learn more about making choices for your legacy and healthcare at a “What’s Next: Planning Ahead” event from 9am-3pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. In addition to…

Wild Things


Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a “Wild Things” Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in August at Lake Padden. Suggested donation is $5.

Plover Rides


The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested…

Ferndale Farmers Market


Local vendors and farmers will sell their wares at the Ferndale Farmers Market from 1-6pm every Friday through Oct. 28 at 2007 Cherry St.

Barbecues and Beach Parties


Live music and “ridiculously good food” straight off the grill can be had at “Barbecues and Beach Parties” gatherings from 5:30-9:30pm Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 10 at Blaine’s…

Ferndale Street Festival


Live music, a “Festival of Fenders” car show, vendors of all trades, a wine and beer tent, activities for families and kids, various food outlets and much, much more will be part of the 13th…

Summer Concert Series Finale


The Naughty Blokes perform at the final Port of Anacortes Summer Concert Series from 6-8pm at Seafarers Park, 601 Seafarers Way. Entry is free.

Art Party


Bring your own painting or drawing and art supplies to a monthly Friday Night Art Party taking place from 6-8:30pm at Tillie Lace Gallery, 1415 13th St. Entry to the night of creative…

Farm Tunes


Hot Damn Scandal performs on the patio as part of the summer’s “Farm Tunes” series from 6-9pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. At the free event, you can enjoy “food, spirits and…

Final Dancing on the Green


Bellingham Parks and Rec’s final “Dancing on the Green” event takes place from 7-9:30pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. Tonight’s dance party—including instruction—is a wild…

Wine and Music


Show up for a wine tasting, purchase food and enjoy live music at a “Concert in the Courtyard” from 7-9pm at the courtyard at Artifacts Cafe and Wine Bar, located inside Whatcom Museum’s…

Final Sin & Gin Tours


Learn more about the history of vice and sin that helped make the foundation of our urban locales what they are today at the Good Time Girls’ final “Sin & Gin Tours” of the season at 7pm…

A Little Night Music


A concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music will close out Western Summer Theatre’s season with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western…



Two-person improv teams will “take on the weight of multiple performers” at “Doubles” shows at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. With only each other to rely on,…

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