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Words

From Waves to Peaks

Let My People Go Surfing

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Everywhere you look in Whatcom County, Patagonia clothing is ubiquitous. Maybe it’s because so many of us love to spend time being active in the outdoors. Maybe it’s because the clothes are high quality and last a long time. Maybe owning expensive gear is a status symbol. Or perhaps Patagonia’s long-held environmental values resonate with local consumers.

Whatever the case, the folks at Patagonia don’t care. In 2011, they even took out a full-page ad in the New York Times

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Music

Keep Music Live

The waiting game

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Craig Jewell would like nothing more than for the Wild Buffalo House of Music to once again open its doors to the public.

As part owner of the downtown Bellingham venue known for bringing a wide variety of acts both local and national to its stage, he’s been part of a crew that has spent more than a decade making creative connections and ensuring that when people show up to “the Buff,” they have a good time—whether it’s on the dance floor, cozied up next to friends at a table or…

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Outdoors

Micro Management

Do good, feel good

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

It’s been a tough winter. Pandemic-prescribed isolation, bouts of nasty weather and a seemingly unending cycle of negative news has done a number on our collective psyches. But although we’re not quite out of the woods when it comes to conquering the coronavirus and figuring out a new normal, that doesn’t mean we can’t still make meaningful connections with our community.

For those looking to both feel good and do good, a variety of upcoming outdoor work parties will bring together…

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Visual

Museum Meander

Behind the scenes at Old City Hall

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

On the Thursday before Valentine’s Day, my sweetheart surprised me by ordering a drive-thru fried chicken meal that we ate overlooking a scenic lake near Lynden. On Friday, I one-upped him by renting the entirety of Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall for a self-guided tour.

“You really went all out,” he commented as we climbed the stairs to the former government headquarters, where visitor services staffer Todd Warger welcomed us into the stately 129-year-old building, which was all ours…

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Robert Reich
Unrigging Minority Rule

The Republican Party is shrinking. It’s lost the popular vote in seven of the past eight Presidential elections. Since Trump’s attempted coup, more Americans are abandoning it every day.

Yet even as a shrinking minority party, the GOP intends to entrench themselves in power over the…

Amy Goodman
Alone Star State

Texas, the proud, independent Lone Star State, is suffering a humanitarian catastrophe caused by its shortsighted denial of the climate crisis and lack of federal regulation. Warming air over the Arctic is the likely reason that the polar vortex, a huge mass of cold air over the North Pole,…

Letters
Eyewitness eye-opener

A week ago I sent a letter to the editor of Cascadia Weekly, voicing my reaction to a local homeless camp that I viewed as an appalling eyesore and a defilement of the neighborhood. Although…

Once we were the United States

For the past few years oligarchs on the right and anarchists on the left have turned father against mother, brother against sister, child against parent, neighbor against neighbor, and…

Elder care starts at home

What I admire most about some non-Western cultures is their general belief in and practice of not placing their aged family members in long-term care homes.
As a result, there’s no chance…

Today's Events
Undercover

11:00am

“Undercover,” an exhibition of butter dishes juried by Nikki Mizak, will be featured for the final week from 11am-5pm daily through Saturday, and 12pm-4pm Sunday at Good Earth Pottery, 1000…

Members Show and Art Challenge

11:00am

View an annual “Members Show” for the final week from 11am-4pm Tuesday through Saturday at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The exhibit features work up to 100 Allied Arts members in a variety…

Alfred Currier and Anne Schreivogl

11:00am

Oil paintings by Alfred Currier, acrylics from Anne Schreivogl, and oils by Patrizio will be featured from 11am-5pm Wednesday through Saturday through March 29 in Anacortes at Scott Milo…

Riding the Wind

11:00am

Michael Dickter’s “Riding the Wind” exhibit can be seen from 11am-6pm daily through Feb. 28 in Mount Vernon at Perry and Carlson Gallery, 504 S. First St. Face masks are required, and a…

From Where They Are

10:00am

Help raise funds for Fairhaven’s Firehouse Performing Arts Center by watching Kuntz and Company’s virtual performance of from where they are online as part of the Firehouse Studio. The focus…

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:30am

Teens in grades 6-12 can submit their original writing for consideration in Whatcom County Library System’s annual poetry competition, “A Forest of Words,” through March 15. All styles of…

A World Well Traveled

12:00pm

“Max Benjamin: A World Well Traveled” can be seen from 12pm-4pm Thursdays through Sundays La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. The solo exhibit featuring the work of the…

Birdland

10:00am

Flock through Skagit Valley and view “Birdland” for the final weekend from 10am-5pm Friday through Sunday in Edison at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. The exhibit featuring feathered…

A Straw in the Wind

11:00am

Margy Lavelle’s “A Straw in the Wind” exhibit can be seen for the final week from 11am-4pm Friday through Sunday in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. The gallery is also open by…

Little Women, the Musical

12:00pm

Ferndale High School Theatre presents virtual viewings of Little Women, the Musical that can be streamed anytime Friday through Sunday. Over the course of four months, the cast rehearsed in…

Hurt Village

7:30pm

Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts concludes the second round of its New Works Play Reading Series at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday with live virtual readings of…

Bellingham Dockside Market

10:00am

Bellingham SeaFeast, the Port of Bellingham, and the Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County have joined forces for a Bellingham Dockside Market taking place from 10am-2pm today at…

Watercolor Workshop with Molly Hashimoto

10:00am

From 10am-12:30pm, North Cascades Institute hosts a virtual workshop with painter Molly Hashimoto, “Green to Gold: Trees of the Cascades in Watercolor.” Fees are $50 and include a virtual…

Children's Literature Conference

10:00am

From 10am-11am and 2pm-3pm, attend a Day of Conversations as part of Western Washington University’s annual Children’s Literature Conference. A Virtual Exhibit, “Art as Protest/Art in the…

Street Law

10:00am

Law Advocates and Whatcom County Library System team up for Street Law today to offer free legal help for any civil law questions. Residents are able to attend virtual consultations with…

Stuff the Bus Food Drive

12:00pm

Helping Hands Food Bank and Skagit Transit will team up for a “Stuff the Bus” Food Drive taking place from 12pm-2pm in Burlington at the parking lot at Cascade Mall, 201 Cascade Mall Dr.…

Share Spot

12:00pm

Birchwood Food Desert Fighters hosts a Share Spot from 12pm-2pm Saturdays in the parking lot of the Industrial Credit Union, 3233 Northwest Ave. Thanks to a collaboration with the Miracle…

Bellingham Community Meal

12:30pm

Hot lunches in to-go containers will be provided as part of a monthly Bellingham Community Meal from 12:30pm-2:30pm at Assumption Gym, 2116 Cornwall Ave. Bellingham Community Meal has been in…

Virtual Comedy Open Mic

7:00pm

Bellingham Entertainment will be hosting virtual Comedy Open Mics from 7pm-9pm every Saturday until live events are allowed again. Each open mic will have eight performance spots and room for…