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Lee Ann Womack

For a time, the song was impossible to escape.

It seemed that every time I turned on Top 40 radio, I would hear the song that began with, “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,” and then continued in that vein—“May you never take one single breath for granted,” “I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,” etc.—before it reached its soaring chorus, “And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance… I hope you dance… I hope you dance.”

It wasn’t exactly a

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This Week

The Gristle

Polar Wastes

POLAR WASTES: Last week, without fanfare or protest, Whatcom County Council gaveled in the five new county voting districts approved by voters last November. As the Gristle predicted, they did not tamper in any way with the district and precinct language or map outlines unanimously approved in April by the appointed Redistricting Committee; and despite stentorian oaths and enraged threats of legal action from the political Right, no one challenged the outcome. Our next prediction is: Voters will like these new districts.

The new districts preserve and empower distinct communities of interest. Every city can

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'A Public Trust'

Washington lands commissioner race draws crowd of Democrats


This fall’s race for Washington’s commissioner of public lands—an office that oversees the state’s largest firefighting force and 5.6 million acres of land—is hotly contested since no incumbent is on the ballot.

Commissioner Peter Goldmark will not seek reelection to the quietly influential office. As the head of the state’s Department of Natural Resources, the commissioner is responsible for healthy public aquatic lands, forests, parks and more. The department leases land to provide critical school construction money, and its firefighting efforts are a key line of defense against destructive summertime wildfires, too.<

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Lee Ann Womack

My kind of woman


For a time, the song was impossible to escape.

It seemed that every time I turned on Top 40 radio, I would hear the song that began with, “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,” and then continued in that vein—“May you never take one single breath for granted,” “I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,” etc.—before it reached its soaring chorus, “And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance… I hope you

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Pure Bliss

A sugary trip to heaven


Sink your teeth into a slice of carrot cake and you’ll know instantly what Pure Bliss is all about.

The six-year-old destination dessert and cake shop at 1424 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham is about sugary, buttery moments of blissful delight. If there’s any disappointment when you walk out, it’s only at not being able to stay longer, or accommodate a greater number of cakes, cookies and dessert wedges in your stomach before you head home.

Andi Vann, the 35-year-old entrepreneur behind

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Good Earth

Clay collective changes hands


It’s been nearly half a century since Good Earth Pottery opened its doors in historic Fairhaven. By the end of July, the clay collective will have undergone a slight change in its decades of existence—Linda Stone is retiring, and Ann Marie Cooper will be joining Deb Martin as a co-owner of the space. Apparently, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Cascadia Weekly: Has Good Earth always been owned by artists?

Ann Marie Cooper:

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A Four-Minute Life

A songwriter’s story


Near the end of Jesse McRae’s book My Four-Minute Life: The Journey of a Very Human Songwriter, the author and musician notes that he changed his address more than 100 times in 40 years without ever once gaining the ability to escape himself.

By the time readers have gotten to this point of the memoir, this epiphany is an understandable one. In the span of years covered by the 73-year-old songwriter, he recounts a troubled childhood, decades of drug and alcohol abuse, the dissolution

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On Stage

Launch Date

Great escapes at the MBT


The envelope containing the passport I recently received in the mail was peppered with a variety of stamps proclaiming that “bright lights,” “celebrity sights” and “renowned sounds” awaited me on my journey.

When I opened the dark-blue travel companion that had been sent by the powers that be at the Mount Baker Theatre, I was relieved to discover that the attractions mentioned above were of the entertainment variety, and wouldn’t require me to actually get on an airplane and leave town.


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Absolutely Fabulous

Welcome back, Eddy and Patsy


Blasting in with a flood of Bolly (Bollinger, their champagne of choice) nearly powerful and silly enough to blow away the post-Brexit blues, Jennifer Saunders (Edina) and Joanna Lumley (Patsy) give their all to Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and drag it bitching and boozing over the fine line between ropey TV transfer and riotous night out.

I do wonder: If anyone unfamiliar with the long-running BBC TV comedy (which premiered in 1992) walked into the movie theater, would they have a clue about what

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Summer Rides

Pedal-powered fun, for everyone


In Washington, there are nearly as many types of bicyclists as there are coffee shops. And whether you’re a hard-core rider who owns so much spandex you might as well have stock in the company or a laid-back pedaler who prefers to amble along on an antique cruiser bike, there’s a ride for you. Read on for the evidence I’ve collected on three upcoming excursions that just might fit your biking bill.

At the 11th annual Tour de Whatcom taking

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Rooftop Cinema

We will build it


Many things have changed during my never-ending tenure as a projectionist at the Pickford Film Center, but one thing that has remained the same despite shifts in size, staff and location is our weird and undeniable love of taking our show on the road and setting up a movie theater wherever we can get away with it.

The places and settings we’ve transformed into temporary movie-going locales have included but are not limited to long-empty buildings, music venues, various fields and grassy knolls, classrooms

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Anacortes Summer Series:The Port of Anacortes Summer Concerts series features the big band sounds of Jazz Underground from 6-8pm Wednesday at Seafarers Memorial Park, 601 Seafarers Way. From 6-8pm Friday, hear... »

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... »

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,... »

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,... »

Beauty & the Beast Jr.:Showings of Beauty and the Beast Jr. begin this weekend with shows at 7pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Oak Harbor's Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Tickets are $... »

Shakespeare NW:Familial strife, an impending war with Rome, a villainous Italian, rugged mountaineers and hilarious hijinks will make appearances when William Shakespeare's Cymbeline continues Shakespeare Northwest's annual Skagit River Shakespeare Festival... »

The Shoe Play:Bellingham TheatreWorks presents showings of Quality: The Shoe Play at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Fairhaven's 12th Street Shoes, 1204 Harris Ave. The black comedy by Vancouver playwright Elaine Avila focuses... »

Lynden Book Sale:Find deals on everything from fiction to nonfiction, religion, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, crafts, cookings, health, romance, biographies, books for kids and teens, movies and CDs at a Lynden Friends Book... »

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... »

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' annual "Sin & Gin... »

WAVE Concerts:Washington Allegro Vivace Ensemble (WAVE) presents its second Summer Fest Concert at shows at 7pm Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The program will include... »

That's Not My Department:Local playwright Willow McLaughlin's That's Not My Department debuts this week with 7:30pm performances at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The comedy focuses on a woman who starts a... »

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An Improvised Musical:Mainstage players will take on the magical world of musicals at performances of "An Improvised Musical" at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Plot, lyrics, music,... »

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Nonviolence Workshop:Longtime diplomat Nicholas Mele will facilitate a nonviolence workshop from 9am-1:30pm today and again July 30 at the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, 1220 Bay St. The workshop will cover nonviolence as... »

Mount Vernon Farmers Market:As many as 60 vendors will share their wares through the season at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market, which takes place 9am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 15 at the city's Riverfront Plaza.... »

Twin Sisters Farmers Market:Purchase farm-fresh goods at the Twin Sisters Market taking place from 9am-3pm in Deming at Nugent's Corner, and 3-6pm in Maple Falls at Kendall Elementary School every Saturday... »

Anacortes Farmers Market:Vegetables, fruit, baked goods, fresh meat and dairy, cut flowers, wine, eggs, art and much more can be found at the Anacortes Farmers Market from 9am-2pm every Saturday through... »

Sandcastle Contest:Teams, schools, families and more can sign up in advance for the annual Birch Bay Sandcastle Contest taking place from 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at the waterfront at Birch... »

Sumas Writers Group:Aspiring writers can join the Sumas Writers Group to improve writing techniques, get feedback and gain information on how to get work published from 10-11am at the Sumas Library, 451 ... »

Point Roberts Book Sale:Books of all kinds, movies, CDS and more can be found at a Used Book Sale from 10am-3pm Saturday and 11am-3pm Sunday at the Point Roberts Library, 1437 Gulf... »

Bellingham Farmers Market:Attend the Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 17 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to perusing and purchasing locally grown produce, crafts and... »

Fairhaven Steampunk Festival:A motley collection of sky pirates, airship captains, daring adventurers and well-heeled society ladies (most of whom, we'll warn you, fight crime by night and are not to be challenged... »

Blaine Gardeners Market: Procure produce, crafts, food from vendors and more at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through Oct. 29 at 685 Peace Portal Dr.  »

Summer Seersucker Social:Those interested in both vintage style and bike riding are invited to attend the inaugural "Summer Seersucker Social: Parasols, Picnics and Pedaling" starting at 10:30am at the La Conner Channel... »

Bellingham Youth Jazz Band:The public is invited to attend a free concert by the Bellingham Youth Jazz Band at 12pm in the garden area of the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Bring... »

Holly Street History Tour:The Bureau of Historical Investigation teams up with the City of Bellingham to offer "Holly Street History Tours" at 1pm starting in front of the Chuckanut sandstone building at 311 E.... »

This Old House:Listen to or tell stories about old homes in Point Roberts at a "This Old House" gathering at 2pm at the Point Roberts Community Center, 1487 Gulf Rd. Attendees can see... »

Peter and Wendy:Attend viewings of Missoula Children's Theatre's Peter and Wendy—which also features scores of local youth—at 3pm and 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The summer... »

Fossil Talk:Learn about the recent Holocene of Washington State at Mt. Baker and journey back layer by layer to the Ancient Devonian Shoreline of what is now England at an interactive ... »

Ferry Flotilla:Bid adieu to the departing Alaska ferry at a "Ferry Farewell Flotilla" beginning at 5pm at Bellingham's Community Boating Center, 555 Harris Ave. Boats of all kinds are encouraged to join... »

Salmon Story Time:Join the Nooksack River Stewards around the campfire and listen in as they read children's stories about salmon at a free "Salmon Story Time" from 6-7pm at Glacier's Chair 9... »

The Naughty Blokes:Bellingham-based rock band the Naughty Blokes perform from 6-8pm at the Heart of Anacortes, 1014 4th St. The band formed in early 2014, but all members are veterans of the regional... »

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