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Environmental Heroes

As we debate jobs versus the environment—a tiresome, simpleton binary of winners versus losers—we gloss a fundamental truth: Focus on the environment creates jobs. Lots of jobs.

This truth became astoundingly clear in last year’s county elections, where candidates who championed a more careful, circumspect analysis of the expansion of heavy industry at Cherry Point had themselves created hundreds of jobs in comparison to their opponents, who promised focus on jobs at any cost.

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This Week

The Gristle

New Directions

NEW DIRECTIONS: Bellingham City Council President Cathy Lehman will resign her elected office at the end of this year, perhaps triggering upheaval in one of the city’s most engaged and active wards.

“I’ve made the very difficult decision to resign my position on Bellingham City Council at the end of this year, one year early, to concentrate on a new opportunity with Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters,” Lehman announced last week. “My job will be as

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Music

Bellwether Jazz Festival

Summer’s swinging swan song

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As the days grow shorter and summer begins to wane, so too do opportunities to take in free, family-friendly, al fresco musical entertainment. Where you could once see a variety of local music at least a couple of times a week in some of Bellingham’s most scenic locales, you’ll now find mostly falling leaves and silence.

It’s a hard reality, but the Port of Bellingham is here to save the day with one last summer swan song.

I’m well aware that, to many, the idea of the Port saving

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Food

Bellingham Beer Week

Tapping into a good time

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Heads up: The third annual Bellingham Beer Week (BBW) is approaching fast, and it will run for a glorious 10 days—from Fri., Sept. 12 through Sun., Sept. 21.

Last year’s BBW saw more than 50 unique events at 20 different venues featuring two dozen breweries, and organizers expect this year’s BBW to be even better, with many more participants and lots more beer.

Events will include tap takeovers, brewer nights, beer-and-food pairings, a beer documentary at the Pickford Film Center, many

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Visual

Textile Talk

Quilts and tradition in La Conner

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There’s a new exhibit of Japanese textile art—the ninth—currently on view at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum

In fact, there are two simultaneous shows: “Wishes Through Our Hands” is a collaboration of three teachers and 15 of their students, and “Works of Junko Maeda,” a one-woman effort. 

The artwork on display has been created out of salvaged, traditional clothing and household materials: kimonos, futons, comforters (kaimaki), work clothes, flour sacks, aprons,

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News

Environmental Heroes

Annual awards recognize stewards and 
job creators

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As we debate jobs versus the environment—a tiresome, simpleton binary of winners versus losers—we gloss a fundamental truth: Focus on the environment creates jobs. Lots of jobs.

This truth became astoundingly clear in last year’s county elections, where candidates who championed a more careful, circumspect analysis of the expansion of heavy industry at Cherry Point had themselves created hundreds of jobs in comparison to their opponents, who promised focus on jobs at any cost.

It’s

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Outdoors

Whatcom Water Weeks

A resourceful guide to conservation

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In late July, storms drenched Whatcom County and broke two rainfall records previously set in 1949 and 1987.

While the unexpected downpour caused some residents to grumble about the interruption to what had been a mostly idyllic summer, others—like me—gave thanks to the rain gods.

In fact, after just two days of heavy precipitation, the dried-out grass in my lawn had recovered much of its lustrous spring green, and the garden’s edible and ornamental plants were noticeably happier and

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Words

Here She Is!

Behind the scenes with Miss America

Elbow, elbow, wrist-wrist-wrist.

It’s like icing a cake with your hand, they say, and you practiced that wave aplenty when you were young. You never knew when you might find yourself walking down a long stage with roses in your arms and a crown on your head.

Millions of young women try. Only one per year becomes Miss America—most of the time.

In Being Miss America by Kate Shindle, you’ll peek behind the brocade curtains to learn more.

Growing up in New Jersey, in a family that often

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On Stage

Sh'Bang!

A very bright idea

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Some people calmly accept the inevitable end of summer with a shrug and go on with their lives. Others, not so much.

Those who take part in the annual “Sh’Bang!” gathering at the Lookout Arts Quarry every September most definitely fall into the latter camp.

Not only do the organizers and attendees of the “Festival of Ideas” embrace the remaining days of summer, they do just about everything in their power to hang on to the waning days of the season of sun.

In fact, the event crams so many

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Film

Frank

It’s all in his head

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Genius is hell, both for the blessed and those stuck in the shadows, cursed to spend a lifetime smashing their heads against the glass. In its presence we find ourselves dwarfed and dumb, like moths. We know we’re before brilliance we can’t comprehend—and we know we’ll never have it, no matter how hard we try.

In England in the ’80s, there was a pop musician named Frank Sidebottom, who became less famous for his fuzzy covers of hits than for the giant mask he wore while he sang, an 18-inch

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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 »

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 »

Eat Local Month: Local foods, farmers and fishers will be celebrated during Sustainable Connections' "Eat Local Month" at a variety of events happening through September throughout Whatcom County (and beyond). Nineteen participating restaurants will have locally sourced specials, and there'll be a Sept. 13 Farm Tour, an Incognito Dinner by Ciao Thyme, the Bite of Bellingham, an "Eat Local Dinner Theater" with the Community Food Co-op, a food trail trek, a brewers cruise, Bellingham Oktoberfest, and more. See more »

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 »

TED Talk Tuesday: "The Growing Edge" will be the focus of a TED Talk Tuesday gathering at 7pm at Explorations Academy, 1701 Ellis St.This month's free event will explore the idea of the "growing edge"—that uncomfortable area between self-doubt and triumph. The series presents screens of a TED Talk followed by a facilitated discussion. more »

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