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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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Music

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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Words

American Journey

In a rut on the Oregon Trail

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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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Outdoors

On the Road

5Point Film Festival heads out

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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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Food

Taste of Kulshan

Following the foothills

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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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Visual

Destination Lynden

Happy anniversary, Jansen Art Center

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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

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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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Film

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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Film

Meru

See it, don’t climb it

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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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Today

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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 »

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 »

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 »

The Hybrid Show: Both classic and new games and long-form improv will be highlighted at "The Hybrid Show" at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The performances are part of the theater's 11th anniversary celebrations taking place through August. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. more »

Summer Studio Tour: Whidbey Working Artists presents its Summer Open Studio Tour at more than 30 creative locales from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday throughout Whidbey Island. Entry to the self-guided tour is free; expect to see the work of painters, sculptors, woodworkers, jewelers, photographers, mixed-media artists and more. more »

Ferndale Street Festival: Live music and stage acts, a car show, various food outlets, vendors of all trades, events for kids, a wine and beer tent, sales from local businesses and much more will be part of the 12th annual Ferndale Street Festival from 6-11:30pm Friday and 10am-11:30pm Saturday on the town's Main Street. Entry is free and open to all ages. more »

Plover Ferry: The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Friday and Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor's Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested donation for the excursions is $1 for kids and $5 for adults. more »

Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom Walks for "Wild Things" excursion from 9:30-11am every Friday in August at Lake Padden. Entry is by donation. more »

Music at Maritime: Celtic, flamenco and bluegrass music by Lobo del Mar can be heard at a "Music at Maritime" gathering taking place from 11:30am-1:30pm at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. From 5:30-7pm, the park will also play host to a concert by the Commanders Jazz Ensemble, part of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West. Both events are free. more »

Artistic Remembrances: Attend an "Artistic Remembrances" talk and walk featuring sites that evoke a work of art and a quotation at 1pm at Bayview Cemetery, 1420 Woburn St. Entry is free, but reservations are required. more »

End of Summer Reading Party: Board games, ice cream floats and prize drawings will be part of an End of Summer Reading Party for students in grades 6 to 12 at 3pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Entry is free. more »

VIGIL FOR PEACE: Join the longest-running Peace Vigil in the country—48 years and counting—from 4-5pm every Friday afternoon at the corners of Cornwall Avenue and Magnolia Street. more »

Friday Ferry Flotilla: Discounted rental fees for sailing dinghies and human-powered watercraft (kayaks, rowboats, paddle boards) will be part of the final Friday Ferry Flotilla of the summer starting at 5pm at the Community Boating Center, 555 Harris Ave. Boats of all kinds are encouraged to join the gatherings, which bid adieu to Alaska ferry that departs Bellingham every Friday. more »

Burlington Summer Nights: Visit the final "Burlington Summer Nights" of the summer from 5-9pm at the Burlington Visitors Center, 520 E. Fairhaven Ave. The event kicks off with an open-air market featuring local vendors and artisans and continues with music by the Naughty Blokes. Entry is free. more »

Farm Tunes: Shadies performs at a "Friday Fish Fry, Farm Tunes, & Old Fashioneds" event from 6-8pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. The free series takes place Fridays through Oct. 2. more »

Salmon Sail: Combine your tastes for adventure and delicious food at a weekly three-hour "Bellingham Bay Salmon Dinner Sail" aboard the Schooner Zodiac leaving at 6pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Tickets are $59 for kids and $79 for adults. more »

Salmon Dinner Sail: Combine your tastes for adventure and delicious food at a weekly three-hour "Bellingham Bay Salmon Dinner Sail" aboard the Schooner Zodiac leaving at 6pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Tickets are $59 for kids and $79 for adults. more »

Summer Concert Series: The Port of Anacortes' Summer Concert Series concludes with a performance by Tuba Luba from 6:30-8pm at the city's Seafarers' Memorial Park, 601 Seafarers' Way. more »

Beer & Brats: Hemplers bratwurst, Kulshan Brewery beer and locally made buns can be had at the weekly "Beers & Brats" evening cruise leaving at 6:30pm from the Island Mariner's slip at Squalicum Harbor, 2621 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Entry is $35. more »

Western Line Dancing: No partner or experience is necessary to take part in Western Line Dancing classes Friday nights at Lynden's Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. Beginners instruction happens from 6:30-7:30pm, and intermediates from 7:30-8:30pm. Entry is $5 per class. more »

Straight Into Darkness: Sci-fi and fantasy writer Robert L. Slater reads from Straight Into Darkness at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The local author's book takes place in a world where 95 percent of the people are dead and a woman who's just found out she's pregnant decides to go on a dangerous mission. more »

Moon Walk: Area women can join Wild Whatcom Walks for a "Moon of the Cougar" outing from 7-9pm in Whatcom County (the location will be revealed when you register). Discover what it means to be a cougar during this exploration of your night senses, and please RSVP in advance. Suggested donation is $12. more »

Final 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 final "Sin & Gin Tours" of the season at 7pm Friday in Fairhaven next to Skylark's Hidden Cafe (1308 11th St.) and 7pm Saturday at the Bureau of Historical Investigation (217 W. Holly St.). Tickets to take part in the historical tours are $15 general and $19 with a drink. more »

Reischman and Miller: Mandolin master John Reischman and guitar guru John Miller will play classic and original choros, sambas, bossa novas, Latin jazz, jazz standards and unclassifiable world music at a 7pm concert at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St. Entry will be $15 at the door. more »

Salsa on the Green: Join Rumba Northwest for its third annual "Salsa on the Green" from 7:30-10pm at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. The free, all-ages event will features a Salsa lesson and demo and open dancing accompanied by the best mix of Latin rhythms—including Salsa, merengue, bachata and more. more »

Friday Night Dance Party: A mix of swing, Latin and ballroom will be highlighted and danced to with an introductory lesson at the weekly Friday Night Dance Party from 7:30-10pm at the Bellingham Dance Company, 1705 N. State St. Admission is $5-$7. more »

Hero’s Errand: The Seattle-based Improv Conspiracy makes the ordinary epic, taking an everyday task and making into an epic struggle of good and evil when they present Hero's Errand at 9pm at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Will the hero manage to pick up his dry cleaning (or get his groceries, or some coffee) or will the world sink into darkness? The only way to find out is to come see this one-night-only show. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door. more »

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