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Assessing the 

Flood damage response continues in Whatcom County

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

State flood inspectors are in Whatcom County this week to formally assess the level of damage and dollar impact from severe flooding after days of rain released by an atmospheric river that crossed the region, a plume of moisture that stretched across the Pacific. Floodwaters rushed through Northwest towns, particularly those along major river systems like the Nooksack and Skagit, which crested their banks.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office said the teams are from the Emergency…

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Meta Dish

The sides of December

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Making a side dish for a holiday get-together is a rite of the season, and one for which we should be grateful. Because if you aren’t making the sides you might be roasting some poor bird, or a soy-based approximation.

A side dish is less work then a main event, and nonetheless offers a back door to glory. The beast-roaster has more at stake, and more to lose. The right side dish can sweep in and steal the show.

Here are not one but two side dishes, to double your options—or your…

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Holiday Watch List

A season for streaming

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Back in the days when watching your favorite holiday movie required a VCR and a copy of the flick, The Sound of Music was a family favorite.

At some point on Christmas day—after the presents had been opened, but before sitting around the table for dinner—the tape would go in, and even if one or more of us fell asleep during the 1965 musical about a wannabe nun who falls in love with a widowed naval captain and his seven singing offspring, it didn’t matter. We knew how the story ended.…

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Shine Bright

A host of holiday happenings

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

On a recent late-afternoon sojourn through downtown Bellingham, rain was falling and darkness was swallowing the remaining light. I’d spent the previous two days dealing with a flooded basement, so even though the weather wasn’t ideal, it felt good to be out of the house and breathing fresh air as I navigated my way from the York neighborhood to Holly Street to meet a friend for happy hour.

I was running early, so I popped into the Greenhouse to peruse Christmas decorations and suss…

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On Stage

O Christmas Tea

A Very British Comedy

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Do self-described “British comedy duo” James & Jamesy really hail from across the pond, or have the Vancouver, B.C.-based actors Aaron Malkin (James) and Alistair Knowles (Jamesy) spent decades fooling their audiences with spot-on accents and a unique take on traditional British comedy?

Judging by a “20 Questions” feature with the award-winning duo with Vancouver Presents a few years back—in which the interviewer asked them what they’d tell their 20-year-old selves if they could go…

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Preview Party

Seven Days at the Buff

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

During a late-August performance by the Seattle-based band Thunderpussy at the Wild Buffalo, I had to pinch myself a couple of times to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Yes, I was actually in a music venue, people were really dancing, and the joy of experiencing live music by a group of kick-ass female musicians in an indoor setting was intoxicating.

Flashing my vaccination card at the front door was a breeze, and although I wore a mask except when sipping on an adult beverage, I’m pretty…

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Art Abounds

Creativity for Christmas

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

It’s clear the artists and crafters of the Pacific Northwest have been busier than Santa’s overworked elves of late. Judging by the amount of pop-up shops, holiday markets, and related events taking place in the next couple of weeks, the problem won’t be finding ways to shop local. Instead, the conundrum will be winnowing your choices to ensure everybody you love gets something they love without getting overwhelmed by the choices in front of you.

It’s a good problem to have, and I…

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Reflective Horizons

Finding light in the darkest season

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

I was in our backyard scrounging up some random pieces of flashing for my long-planned chicken coop renovation when it hit me. Padding softly over the spongy rain-soaked lawn between the tool shed and the scrap pile behind my firewood racks, I glanced westward through a break in the evergreens and caught sight of a spectacle that stopped me in my tracks.

A low-drifting band of quilted clouds was glowing purple in a molten-pink sky and somewhere just below the darkened rooftops the…

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The Gristle
Pandemic Pandemonium

PANDEMIC PANDEMONIUM: Rep. Sharon Shewmake has announced she is running to represent Whatcom County’s 42nd Legislative District in the Washington State Senate. A professor at Western Washington University focused on environmental, housing and transportation economics and known for her…

Give Hope for the Holidays

In 2021, people in Washington state and across the country faced great emergency needs as the ongoing pandemic exacerbated the challenges related to severe disasters, blood shortages and global conflict.

“Our most vulnerable neighbors are facing unique and pressing struggles when crisis…

Rumor Has It
Deck the Halls

Despite the fact that I find myself, at this juncture of my life, surrounded by Scrooges, my love of all things Christmas cannot be quelled. While I want to give Thanksgiving its due—and will by eating my weight in stuffing and bread pudding—I am so ready to haul out the holly.

Last year,…

The time is now

As I read Dr. William Lombard’s letter in lat week’s publication asking that all Whatcom County school superintendents, our health department, the county council, and other community…

A silent killer

Medicine is a changing discipline, and it always will be. Medical education doesn’t end once a degree is obtained. An example is an ongoing debate asking if prediabetes is a useful…

Praise farmworkers

We should give thanks to farmworkers every time we eat a meal. If it wasn’t for their labor and skills, our plates would be empty. They deserve our support to ensure that their needs and…

Today's Events
Paintings of My Life, In Dialogue


View Beth Anna Margolis’ “Paintings of My Life” from 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Saturdays through Feb. 23 (closed on Thanksgiving) at Gallery Syre, 465 W. Stuart Rd. The show features a…

Holiday Bazaar


Peruse glassworks, woodworks, metalworks, jewelry, paintings, knit-wear and more at a Holiday Bazaar featuring one-of-a-kind gifts from Whatcom County artists from 8am-5pm daily through…

Holiday Festival of the Arts


Allied Arts’ annual Holiday Festival of the Arts takes place from 10am-7pm daily through Dec. 24 (except on Thanksgiving) at 1411 Railroad Ave. The five-week-long festival will feature works…

Salmon Sighting with NSEA


Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for the final Salmon Sighting events of the season taking place from 10am-1pm Friday, and 12pm-3pm Saturday at Bellingham’s Arroyo Park. Join…

Future Artifacts


“Future Artifacts” shows from 10am-5pm daily through Nov. 27 in La Conner at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S. First St. The exhibit features work by Lummi Nation glass artist Dan Friday,…

Whidbey Art Market


After a year’s hiatus, Whidbey Art Market returns from 10am-4pm Friday and Saturday in Freeland at Freeland Hall, 1515 Shoreview Dr. There will be something for everyone—oil, acrylic,…

Amy Popelka at Good Earth


Works by featured artist Amy Popelka can be seen for the final week from 11am-5pm daily through Saturday, and 11am-4pm Sunday at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave.

Small Arts Works Juried Show


Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild’s “Small Art Works” regional juried art show can be viewed from 11am-5pm Wednesdays through Saturdays through Jan. 13 at A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St.…

Studio Conversations


Anita Lehmann’s “Studio Conversations: Short Stories” can be viewed from 11am-6pm daily (except Tuesdays) through November in Mount Vernon at Perry and Carlson Gallery, 504 S. First St. Masks…

Quilt Exhibits in La Conner


From 11am-5pm Wednesday through Sunday, visit La Conner’s Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 703 S. Second St. Currently on display are “Dia de los Muertos: A Day of Remembrance,”…

Lorna Libert at Scott Milo


New Pacific Northwest oils by Bellingham-based artist Lorna Libert will be featured from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Saturdays through Nov. 27 at the Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave.…

Dendritic Signals


View “Dendritic Signals” for the final week from 11am-4pm Wednesday through Saturday at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The show features abstract artwork in a variety of mediums and colors,…

Morris and Obbink


View works by sculptor Ann Morris and landscape-inspired watercolors and colored pencil works by Kim Obbink for the final weekend from 11am-5pm Friday through Sunday in Edison at Smith &…

Mindport Exhibits


One-hour reservation slots are now open for household groups or pods of up to 10 people from 11am-6pm Tuesdays through Saturdays at Mindport Exhibits, 210 W. Holly St. In the months they were…

Among the Trees


Check out the invitational exhibit “Among the Trees” for the final week from 11am-5pm Friday through Sunday in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. The show features works by numerous…

Up Close and Personal at Whatcom Museum


View “Up Close & Personal: The Body in Contemporary Art,” “Artists x Artists,” “The Fairhaven Hotel,” “People of the Sea and Cedar: A Journey Through the Tribal Cultures and History of the…

Deck the Old City Hall


The annual “Deck the Old City Hall” returns starting this weekend from 12pm-5pm Friday through Sunday at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. View a variety of themed, decorated…

The Lights of Christmas


Attend “A Drive-Thru Christmas” from 5pm-10pm Friday through Sunday in Stanwood at Warm Beach Park, 20800 Marine Dr. The illuminating experience features more than a million lights, festive…

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph will make appearances when Music Theatre International’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed…

Genre Legends


At 7:30pm and 9:30pm on Friday and Saturday, “Genre Legends” will take the stage at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 207 Prospect St. Watch the players pick multiple genres for each show and…

A Christmas Carol


One of the Skagit Valley’s favorite holiday traditions continues when A Christmas Carol opens this weekend with showings at 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 2:30pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at the…

Shakedown Shows


Fretts, JP Falcon Grady, and an “It’s Kizmet” drag show start at 9pm Fri., Nov. 26 at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. The COVID Relief Benefit Show for Make.Shift Art Space will be followed…

Pancake Breakfast


Attend a Pancake Breakfast from 8am-10am at Ferndale’s American Legion Post #154, 5537 2nd Ave. Entry is $3 for kids 12 and under, $6 for adults.

NSEA Work Party


Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for a Work Party from 9am-12pm at Squalicum Creek. Volunteers will be planting and mulching native trees and shrubs to increase stream health…

Bellingham Farmers Market


The Bellingham Farmers Market continues its 29th season from 10am-2pm Saturdays through December 18 at Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. Attendees can expect about 60-70 vendors per…

Open Day for Honey, I Shrunk the Art


Attend opening day for “Honey, I Shrunk the Art” from 11am-7pm on Camano Island at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, 2345 Blanche Way. The annual multi-artist small works show can…

Share Spot


Birchwood Food Desert Fighters host a Share Spot from 12pm-1:30pm every Saturday offering free food to take or share in the employee parking lot of the Industrial Credit Union, 3233 Northwest…

Holiday Market at Twin Sisters


Local arts and crafts vendors will be selling their wares at a Holiday Market taking place from 12pm-5pm Saturday and Sunday at Twin Sisters Brewing Company, 500 Carolina St. Visits by Santa…

Holiday Market at BBB


For Small Business Saturday (and beyond), shop local at a Holiday Market taking place from 12pm-4pm Saturday and Sunday at the Beer Garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad. From…

Twin Sisters Holiday Market


Local arts and crafts vendors will be selling their wares at a Holiday Market taking place from 12pm-5pm Saturday and Sunday at Twin Sisters Brewing Company, 500 Carolina St. Visits by Santa…

Boundary Bay Brewery Holiday Market


For Small Business Saturday (and beyond), shop local at a Holiday Market taking place from 12pm-4pm Saturday and Sunday at the Beer Garden at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad. From…

An Elvis Family Christmas


Kick off the holidays and award-winning impersonator Danny Vernon for “An Elvis Family Christmas” at 1pm and 6pm in Anacortes at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge’s Walton Event Center, 12885…

Semiahmoo Sips


From 2pm-4pm every Saturday, attend “Semiahmoo Sips” in Blaine at the wine cellar at Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. A sommelier will pour samples of four different wines from a…

Chuckanut Bay Distillery Tour


Learn more about the inner workings of a true grain-to-glass distillery when local historians the Good Time Girls lead 21-and-older tasting tours at 4pm Saturdays at Chuckanut Bay Distillery,…

Sustainability Showcase featuring Women + Queer Businesses


As part of Small Business Saturday, attend a Sustainability Showcase featuring Women + Queer Businesses from 4pm-9pm at the Granary, 1211 Granary Ave. All vendors will donate 10 percent of…

Steve Webb and the Great Mad Swirl


Steve Webb and his band the Great Mad Swirl will make music from 7pm-9pm at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The local trio are known for blending a powerfully rich…

Wild Buffalo Live Music Lineup


The Walrus performs at 7pm and Spaceband takes the stage at 9:30pm Sat., Nov. 27 at the Wild Buffalo House of Music, 208 W. Holly St. Other upcoming events include John Craigie with special…