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Music

Blues, Brews & BBQ

Sounds by the bay

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Recently, I sat down with a calendar and a fairly comprehensive list of the very many outdoor music series that are taking place over the course of the summer in Whatcom and Skagit counties. It did not require much hard figuring to discern that a person could, if they were so moved, spend just about every afternoon, evening or night from now until sometime in August at one outdoor venue or another, taking in the variety of music for which this region is known.

One could see a whole…

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Visual

Stars and Sea

Seeking the elements in Edison

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

In Edison this month art patrons can enjoy two excellent exhibits: Smith & Vallee Gallery features the work of Steve Jensen, and graphic works and paintings by Thomas Wood can be viewed at i.e. gallery.

The contrast is profound. Wood is a man who knows many things, while Jensen knows one thing well.

Jensen knows crescent-shaped boats, which are colorful in several media: paintings on wood and plaster, translucent resin boxes and recycled marine aluminum.

The boat images recall the…

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Outdoors

Urban Trails

A summer of discovery

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

When athlete and author Craig Romano was doing research for his new guidebook, Urban Trails: Bellingham, he learned a few things about the area he didn’t know before.

“There are no pine trees at Pine Lake!” Romano says. “There probably were at one time, but so many of our western white pines have succumbed to disease. I also learned the Stimpson Nature Reserve contains some really big trees, and that there are old-growth trees still growing in Lynden, of all places.”

The second in a…

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Food

Crab Grab

Getting down to bisque-ness

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Since late May, I’ve spent an inexplicable amount of time fantasizing about the crab bisque I inhaled with glee at the Old Edison Inn during a birthday lunch date with my significant other at the longtime Skagit Valley eatery.

And although everything we consumed on that sunny spring day was divine—the oyster shooters popped with briny overtones, the fish tacos were fresh and fabulous, and my fella’s patty melt was one of the best he says he’s ever had—I haven’t been able to get…

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Words

Beyond No

When small steps are not enough

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rarely have man and the moment collided so ferociously than in the presidency of Donald J. Trump. And few writers have the framework to understand the collision and the shockwaves to follow more than Naomi Klein. The acclaimed journalist, activist and bestselling author has spent two decades studying political shocks and well-branded bullies.

Watching Donald Trump’s rise, she admits in her latest book, she’s had a strange feeling she’s covered this topic before. Klein laid out…

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On Stage

Acting Out

The benefits of summer school

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My sister has four kids, and has said many times that the last thing she wants to hear from them when school is out for the summer and they don’t face the daily rigors of institutionalized education is “I’m bored.” She doesn’t live in Bellingham, but if she did, I’d direct her to the following ways to distract her offspring from the ho-hum existence of reality.

At Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY), youth as young as 5 and as old as 17 who are interested in being either onstage…

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Community

Save the Whales

Local efforts step up to protect Salish Sea orcas

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

San Juan County officials and others are coming up with ways to protect Southern Resident killer whales. Suggestions at a June 6 council meeting ranged from more enforcement of current state boating regulations to a 10-year moratorium on catching Chinook salmon in the county, the Journal of the San Juan Islands reported.

“If we keep doing things the same way, we’ll get the same result,” said Kendra Smith, manager of the San Juan County Environmental Resources Department, about…

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Film

Eat or be eaten

Beatriz at Dinner

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Beatriz at Dinner is a darkly comic fantasy about an empathetic, nature-loving Latina healer who comes face to face with a racist, vulgar, thoroughly despicable member of the 1 percent. I say “fantasy” not because it couldn’t happen, but because the movie is predicated on the rare thrill of seeing an all-too-human monster being made to answer for his crimes, if only for the duration of one surreal and savagely funny evening.

The director, Miguel Arteta, and the screenwriter, Mike…

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The Gristle
Standoff

STANDOFF: On the immediate questions concerning the construction and operation of a big, flat, remote new jail, Whatcom County and Bellingham City policymakers appear paralyzed by one another’s indecision.

Whatcom County Council last week listened to a wide array of comments—most of…

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White House for Sale

“Emolument” is a word few people used, or even knew, until Donald Trump assumed the presidency. Now it’s being bandied about the Beltway on a daily basis, and is at the heart of several lawsuits accusing President Trump of corruption. At issue is a rarely referenced item in the U.S.…

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Letters
A widening ministry

Russell Sapeinza’s letter in last week’s Cascadia Weekly strikes a chord. Helping others as a means of carrying on Jesus’ work sounds more meaningful and fulfilling to humans than…

Stop the name-calling

Whatcom County Council does represent my values.
These include respect for Native American treaty rights, the state legislature’s Growth Management Act, and the Hirst decision of our…

Grandfathered an inch, takes a mile

Wildwood Resort on Lake Whatcom is planning further recreational development. Shoreline permits and a SEPA DNS are pending.
The SEPA project checklist is for a change of use for one building,…

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Today's Events
Boating Center Open

12:00pm

The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am sunset on Saturdays and Sundays at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals…

Bard on the Beach

5:00pm

Shakespeare’s comedic Much Ado About Nothing and dramatic The Winter’s Tale are currently showing as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC’s Vanier Park. The plays…

Fatal Attraction

7:30pm

Expect plenty of plot twists and turns when Fatal Attraction concludes this week at 7:30pm shows Thursday through Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to the…

Noises Off

7:30pm

A cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On brings the funny farce known as Noises Off to life for the final week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday,…

The Emperor of the Moon

7:30pm

Attend showings of iDiOM Theater’s The Emperor of the Moon for the final week at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W.  Holly St. Entry to the adaptation of the…

Chuckanut Writers Conference

10:00am

Boys in the Boat author Daniel James Brown, 2017 Whatcom Reads author Jonathan Evison, Kathleen Dean Moore, Elizabeth Austen, and Tod Marshall will be among the faculty sharing their skills…

Plover Ferry Rides

12:00pm

The Plover ferry runs weekends through Labor Day from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor.…

Plover Rides

12:00pm

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 Harbor. Suggested…

Sin & Gin Tours

5:30pm

Join the Good Time Girls for their sixth “Sin & Gin” tour season every Friday and Saturday through August starting at 4pm at Bellingham/Whatcom County Tourism’s Downtown Info Center, 1306…

Keys for Kids

5:30pm

The Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County will host their summer fundraiser, “Keys for Kids,” starting with social hour at 5:30pm Friday and Saturday in Mount Vernon at the La Conner Flats,…

Off the Charts!

7:00pm

Dancers of all ages—from toddlers to adults—will share their talents when the Dance Studio presents “Off the Charts!” performances at 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Mount…

Fool Me Twice

8:00pm

Sketch comedy and magic tricks will take center stage at “Fool Me Twice” shows at 8pm and 10pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The performances will cover the gap…

Ferndale Breakfast

8:00am

Attend a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am at Ferndale’s American Legion Hall, 5537 2nd Ave. All ages are welcome.

Lynden Breakfast

8:00am

Pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage and beverages will be on the menu at a Community Pancake Breakfast taking place from 8-10:30am at the Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St. Admission…

Padden Triathlon

8:30am

The Padden Triathlon begins at 8:30am (long course) and 1pm (short course) at Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way. The annual event features swimming, biking and running, and celebrates…

Twin Sisters Farmers Market

9:00am

Affordable, Whatcom County-grown produce can be procured at the Twin Sisters Farmers Market from 9am-3pm at the parking lot at Nugents Corner, and 10am-2pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork…

Anacortes Farmers Market

9:00am

Garden goods by approximately 60 vendors and more will be part of the Anacortes Farmers Market from 9am-2pm every Saturday through October at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave.

Mount Vernon Farmers Market

9:00am

The 30th season of the Mount Vernon Farmers Market continues from 9am-2pm Saturdays through mid-October at the city’s Riverfront Plaza. A Wednesday Market takes place from 11am-4pm weekly…

Sumas Community Days

10:00am

A parade, games, a softball tournament, a car show and more will be part of the annual Sumas Community Days taking place from 10am-2pm at Sumas City Park and throughout downtown. Fireworks…

What's the Point?

10:00am

Join Whatcom Land Trust and the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee for an annual low-tide exploration dubbed “What’s the Point?” from 10am-2pm at Point Whitehorn…

Imagine This! Home and Landscape Tour

10:00am

Sustainable Connections will host its 15th annual “Imagine This! Home & Landscape Tour” from 10am-5pm throughout Whatcom County. The eight stops on the tour will feature environmentally…

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am

The 25th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm every Saturday through December at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. Every week, a plethora of produce,…

Blaine Gardeners Market

10:00am

Homegrown and handmade farm products, baked goods, arts and crafts and more can be found at the Blaine Gardeners Market from 10am-2pm Saturdays through October at the city’s H Street Plaza.

York Community Farm Celebration

11:00am

Attend a celebration from 11am-3pm at the York Community Farm, 1474 James St. The event will feature garden tours, live music, a barbecue, a beer garden, activities for kids and more.

Jelly and Sorbet Class

11:00am

Culinary expert and cooking instructor Suzanne Butler will lead a “Rose Petal Jelly & Sorbet” class at 11am in Mount Vernon at Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Rd. Entry is $15 and includes…

The Art of Bonsai

11:00am

Lyle Coffman leads an “Art of Bonsai: Care and Design” workshop from 11am-12pm in Mount Vernon at Azusa Farm & Gardens, 14904 SR 20. He will demonstrate the proper methods when re-potting and…

Farm to Glass

12:00pm

Attend a Farm to Glass Distillery Tour at 12pm or 2pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Attendees can learn about agricultural practices, cider-making and the distillation process.…

Plover Rides

12:00pm

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 Harbor. Suggested…

Plover Ferry Rides

12:00pm

The Plover ferry runs weekends through Labor Day from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor.…

A Japanese Touch

1:00pm

Hans Wressnigg , owner of NIWA Japanese-inspired Landscapes, leads “A Japanese Touch for Your Home and Garden” class at 1pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. The free…

Bellingham Beer & Live Music Festival

2:00pm

As many as 25 different breweries will share their liquid fare at the Bellingham Beer & Live Music Festival taking place from 2-6:30pm at the North Bellingham Golf Course, 205 W. Smith Rd. …

High Tea

3:00pm

China, silver, fresh flowers and a collection of Northwest-influenced savories, scones and sweets will be part of a High Tea gathering from 3-4:30pm in Anacortes at the Garden Room at the…

Nooksack River Walk

3:00pm

Learn about salmon, discover native plants and find bugs at the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association’s first Nooksack River Walk of the summer starting at 3pm in Glacier at the Horseshoe…

Summer Moments Party and Potluck

5:00pm

Check out bronze sculptures by Jan Hoy, a “North Cascades” series of paintings by Todd Horton, new paintings by Anne Martin McCool, and works by Sharon Kingston, Richard Hestekind, Sue Taves…

Run Like a Girl

5:30pm

A dress-up photo booth, treats, music and more will be part of today’s “Run Like a Girl” 5K Fun Run/Walk starting at   5:30pm at Mount Vernon’s Riverwalk Plaza. Entry is $10 (kids 12 and…

Tiny TED Talks

7:00pm

Enjoy 10-minute presentations by friends and neighbors on something they have done or feel passionately about at a “Tiny TED Talks” event from 7-9pm at the Point Roberts Library, 1437 Gulf…

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