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Music

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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Visual

Voyager

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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Outdoors

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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Food

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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Words

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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Community

Q’al

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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Film

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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Letters
Nukes know no sarcasm

A U.S. President is elected to a term of 1,461 days (including a leap year), or 2,922 days if…

Justice through the tax code

Issues from differences between the 99 percent and the one percent could be reduced within a generation by limiting inheritance…

A brew long in the making

Hillary can’t be trusted on the TPP because of her husband’s NAFTA? President Reagan spoke of an Americas Trading Pact…

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Today's Events
Skagit Tours

10:00am

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

10:00am

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…

Boating Center Open

12:00pm

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,…

Bard on the Beach

12:00pm

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…

Bow Little Market

1:00pm

Peruse produce and more when 30-plus vendors sell their wares at the Bow Little Market from 1-6pm every Thursday through Sept. 1 at the Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green (south of Bow Hill Rd.).

Garden Dedication

3:00pm

Attend a “Celebrating a Century of Service” garden dedication to honor 100 years of national parks from 3-6pm at the garden at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. The free event…

Blues, Brews & BBQ

5:00pm

Gin Creek will perform at tonight’s “Blues, Brews & BBQ” summer music series taking place from 5-9pm on the waterfront terrace at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. The concerts continue…

Vintner Dinner

5:30pm

The wines of Caymus Vineyard will be paired with a five-course dinner designed by Executive Chef Bruno at a Vintner Dinner taking place from 5:30-9pm at Blaine’s Semiahmoo Resort, 9565…

Riverwalk Summer Concert Series

6:00pm

The Stacy Jones Band performs as part of the Riverwalk Summer Concert Series from 6-8pm at the Skagit Riverwalk Park plaza in historic Mount Vernon. The free series continues Thursdays…

Move to Amend

6:00pm

Learn how Washingtonians can help abolish “corporate personhood” and establish a government of, by and for the people when David Cobb and Ruthi Engelke from Move to Amend present “Corporate…

Fiction Writing Group

6:00pm

Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback and assist you with your writing goals at a Fiction Writing Group meeting from 6-8pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. …

Elizabeth Park Concert Series

6:00pm

Listen and dance to the rock sounds of the Naughty Blokes from 6-8pm at the final summer concert series of the season at the Columbia neighborhood’s Elizabeth Park. Entry is free. Food is…

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

8:00pm

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,…

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