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On the Road

It’s been a sweltering summer in the Pacific Northwest, but signs of fall are on the horizon in the form of cooler mornings, surreptitiously falling leaves and a plethora of back-to-school sales.

But it’s not time to head inside just yet.

Case in point: The Colorado-based 5Point Film Festival will return to Bellingham Sun., Aug. 30 to share a number of short documentary films culled for an “On the Road” series from their homegrown festival that are, per usual, focused on adventures of the

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This Week

The Gristle

No Fine for Nooksack Nine

NO FINE FOR NOOKSACK NINE: With August arrives the earliest and most vulnerable of the Cascadia salmonids. Chinook require abundant cold, clean water to spawn, and the challenged species is returning to find the Nooksack River historically low, warm and cloudy with glacial milk. Chinook are an indicator species that yield clues about the health of the environment. The milk is an indicator, too, not only of a vanished seasonal snowpack, but loss of the icy heart of the glaciers themselves that

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Saving the world

Of fun and fundraising

Along with being a population that loves coffee and microbrews in equal measure, prefers to commute via bike on the Interurban rather than by car on surface streets and fully embraced the concepts of “slow food” and “eating local” before that was a thing, Bellingham residents also tend to be committed and avowed do-gooders.

No matter how long a person has lived here—whether they’re longtime locals or newly arrived residents—it seems just about everyone is involved in some effort or

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American Journey

In a rut on the Oregon Trail


Although thinking of himself as a history buff, while visiting a small-town museum near the Oregon Trail route, Rinker Buck realized that he knew very little about this early- to mid-19th century exodus when about 400,000 settlers made their way west seeking brighter futures.

The presence of still-visible wheel ruts from the passing of the wagons captivated Buck’s imagination and kindled a passion to retrace the journey of these earlier emigrants—also traveling in a covered wagon pulled

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On the Road

5Point Film Festival heads out


It’s been a sweltering summer in the Pacific Northwest, but signs of fall are on the horizon in the form of cooler mornings, surreptitiously falling leaves and a plethora of back-to-school sales.

But it’s not time to head inside just yet.

Case in point: The Colorado-based 5Point Film Festival will return to Bellingham Sun., Aug. 30 to share a number of short documentary films culled for an “On the Road” series from their homegrown festival that are, per usual, focused on adventures of the

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Taste of Kulshan

Following the foothills


The meal I experienced at Deming’s Il Caffe Rifugio a few years back was one for the books.

The late-February night was dark, cold, wet and dreary as all get-out, but inside proprietor and chef Richard Balogh warmed us up from the inside out.

Throughout the course of the evening, our party dined on everything from ravioli with curry cream sauce to salads drizzled with marionberry vinaigrette, lambwiches with aioli on Breadfarm baguettes (pictured), Italian grilled cheesed sandwiches, and

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Destination Lynden

Happy anniversary, Jansen Art Center


On any given week, those visiting the Jansen Art Center can peruse quality artwork from around the region, listen to live music in the space’s piano lounge, try their hand at activities such as pottery, silk painting, ballet and more, and engage in a variety of other creative pursuits.

Come Sat., Aug. 29, those visiting the former Lynden City Hall can also gather for a Neighborhood Block Party celebrating the three-year anniversary of the creative collaborative.  The music will be flowing, as

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On Stage

Into the Woods

Back to the basics at BAAY


The kids who take part in Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth’s song-and-dance productions may grow up, but many of them don’t grow out of their enduring affection and admiration for the performing arts school.

This is evident in upcoming performances of Into the Woods, the Stephen Sondheim musical that intertwines characters culled from fairy tales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk to tell the story of a childless baker and his wife.

It’s not

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Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

A labor of love

Think of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet as a gift: a work of essential spiritual enlightenment, elegantly interpreted by nine of the world’s leading independent animators, all tied up and wrapped in a family-friendly bow by The Lion King director Roger Allers. A longtime passion project for producer Salma Hayek (credited here as Salma Hayek-Pinault), Lebanese philosopher-poet Gibran’s cherished guide to life, death, love, art and so forth doesn’t naturally lend itself to big-screen

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See it, don’t climb it


The documentary Meru charts the attempts of a trio of American climbers to be the first to scale Mount Meru, a 21,000-foot Himalayan mountain that begins near the headwaters of the Ganges River in India.

It’s the sort of movie that’s frequently called “inspiring” for its depiction of humans testing themselves physically, emotionally and perhaps even spiritually against the elements, and I get that. But I wasn’t inspired. I was nearly out of my mind with terror.

Although no one in the film

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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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Aug 27


Schoolhouse Rock Live!: As part of the Western Summer Theatre series, Deb Currier directs Schoolhouse Rock Live! showing at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, and 2pm Saturday and Sunday at Western Washington University's Old Main Theater. The musical is based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math and more through clever, tuneful songs such as "Just A Bill," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly," and "Conjunction Junction." Tickets are $11-$15. more »

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

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 »

Lynden Farmers Market: Procure goods from local growers at the Lynden Farmers Market from 12-5pm at 324 Front St. (across from the Jansen Art Center). The market continues Thursdays through Oct. 29. more »

Blues and Brews: The Margaret Wilder Band will perform at a "Blues, Brews & BBQ" summer concert series from 5-9pm on the waterfront terrace at Hotel Bellwether, One Bellwether Way. The free event features a variety of live music, local beer and a barbecue menu. A final summer concert will feature Jasmine Green on Thurs., Sept. 3. more »

Final History Cruise: Whatcom Museum's final "Sunset History Cruise" of the season starts at 6pm at Island Mariner Cruises, 2621 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Bellingham historian Brian Griffin leads the popular Bellingham Bay excursions, which, in addition to beautiful scenery, includes stories about the region's fascinating history. Tickets are $30-$35. more »

Riverwalk Concert Series: Hot Damn Scandal performs at the final Riverwalk Summer Concert Series of the summer from 6-8pm at Riverwalk Park in historic downtown Mount Vernon. Entry is free. more »

Elizabeth Park Concert Series: Dance along with the rock and soul sounds of the Atlantics from 6-8pm in Bellingham's Columbia Neighborhood at Elizabeth Park. This is the final free, family-friendly summer concert of the season. more »

Waterfront Tour: Enjoy an evening on the bay and discover how Bellingham's past has opened the door for its future at a "Bellingham's Future Waterfront Tour" departing at 6pm from San Juan Cruises, 355 Harris Ave. Representatives from the Port of Bellingham and the City of Bellingham will offer details of the planned redevelopment. Entry is $12.50-$25. more »

Fairhaven Park Work Party: Join Recreation Northwest for a Work Party from 6-8pm at the upper pavilion at Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Dr. Help the group relocate the trail in the park, and be prepared to get your hands dirty. Please sign up in advance. P.S. A ribbon-cutting and trail opening party will take place in September. more »

Jimi and Isaac: Author, soccer coach and inventor Phil Rink will be reading from his series of Jimi and Isaac books at 6:30pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. The tomes focus on middle school friends who "love discovering why things are the way they are." Entry is free and open to all. more »

Air Archives: Poet John Morgan reads from his new collection, Archives of the Air, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Many of the poems are focused on Alaska and explorations of history, art and family. more »

Folk Dance Party: Learn Balkan, Israeli, Romani and Greek dancing with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5 (first-time visitors and students are free). more »

Fourth Corner Folk Dancers: Learn Balkan folk dances with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7:15-10:15pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All ages are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors and students are free. more »

GOOD, BAD, UGLY: Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 8pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $7 for the early show, $4 for the late one. more »

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