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Generational Bonds

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

It’s not surprising that Deesha Philyaw’s story collection The Secret Lives of Church Ladies was a National Book Award finalist. Her writing is confident, moving, insightful and real. Each of the nine stories is deliberately and finely crafted.

Philyaw (pictured) begins with an epigraph by southern poet Ansel Elkins titled “Autobiography of Eve:” “Let it be known: I did not fall from grace. I leapt to freedom.” The characters in Philyaw’s stories belong to one of four…

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Garden Parties

Extend your summer in Bellingham’s Backyard

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

At a rainy wedding I attended in Maple Falls last Sunday, the bride and groom didn’t seem fazed by the downpour. Even though they were getting married outside, the vows took place under a tent in front of a roaring fire, and went off without a hitch. Soon thereafter, the precipitation stopped, pictures were taken near a scenic field of blooming dahlias, and someone arrived to squeegee the concrete dance floor—which got plenty of use later in the night, when the vaccinated guests paid…

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On Stage

The Walk of Shame

Of hiking and humor

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Most people who set out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail probably wouldn’t consider a Bigfoot mask, a teeny-tiny hand and a blow-up ultralight microphone to be among the supplies needed to successfully navigate a 2,700-mile journey from the border of Mexico to the far reaches of Washington state.

But Sean Powers isn’t your average thru-hiker. When he set out from Southern California in April, his goals were more ambitious that simply putting one foot in front of the other and making it…

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Plant Power

Bellingham Vegan Restaurant Week

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

It’s not a coincidence that Bellingham Vegan Restaurant Week coincides with the City of Bellingham’s ALL IN for Climate Action Week—both of which are taking place through Sun., Sept. 26

As more people wise up to the fact that plant-based alternatives to food items such as meat, dairy and eggs are more humane and use far less of the Earth’s resources on the way from the farm to their dinner plates, they’re also making the connection that embracing a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle is not…

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The Gristle
An Expanding Agenda

AN EXPANDING AGENDA: One of the more satisfying evolutions since the dawn of this new century has been to watch Whatcom County step more fully into her role as a supporter and partner in the policy initiatives of her cities. Where Whatcom County Council once viewed their work as distinct…

Alan Rhodes
September Song

What can I say about the summer of 2021? Well, not surprisingly, I do have a few observations.

Cranky’s Inferno. We’ve had a lot of very hot weather this summer, thanks in part to the climate change we humans have been so adept at accelerating. I hate hot weather. I mean, I really hate…

Rumor Has It
Back to the Future

Truth be known, I spent so much time during that long 15-month period that our music venues were shuttered due to COVID-19 simply hoping that they’d make it through to the other side that I spent very little time thinking about what that other side might look—and sound—like.

And when I…

Unprepared for office

Watching the port commission forum at City Club, as well as some of the other races this fall, I have been astounded at the lack of preparedness of some of the candidates.
One of rhe most…

Paid parking in Fairhaven

The Fairhaven parking Task force is meeting on Sept, 15, apparently to give their final approval to a paid parking plan which has been in the works since 2015 or earlier.
Fairhaven has been…

Marine parking lot

We’ve all seen the shipping monstrosities mooring in Bellingham Bay of late.
The physical/biological realities of having some the largest man-made ships sitting right out there may not be…

Today's Events
Eat Local Month


Join Sustainable Connections for Eat Local Month through September as they support and share the work of local farmers, fishers, ranchers, chefs, restaurateurs and grocers in Whatcom, Skagit,…

Take Out for Peace


As part of the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center’s International Day of Peace events, local restaurants will be donating 15 percent of their day’s sales to WPJC. Guud Bowls will participate…

Climate Action Week


Join community organizations, businesses and local government Sept. 20-26 for the City of Bellingham’s third annual ALL IN for Climate Action Week. Fun and informative events, activities and…

Bellingham Vegan Restaurant Week


Eat your way through town as part of Bellingham Vegan Restaurant Week taking place Monday through Sunday at participating eateries that will be offering at least one plant-based option for…

Incubator Farm Stand


Peruse and purchase farm-fresh produce and meet the folks who grew it at Cloud Mountain Farm Center’s Incubator Farm Stand from 3pm-6pm every Tuesday through Oct. 12 in Everson at 5979…

Piano Nights with Paul Klein and Aaron Guest


Pianist Paul Klein plays from 6pm-8pm every Tuesday in the Tap Room at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. From 6pm-8pm Wednesdays, Aaron Guest takes a turn at the piano.

Tuesday Truck Show with Lefty & the Right Hand Band


Attend a Tuesday Truck Show featuring country and classic rock tunes by Lefty & the Right Hand band from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the upcycled truck stage at Mount Vernon’s Farmstrong Brewing, 110…

Lindy at the Leo


B’ham Hop and Pace Trumpet host a weekly “Lindy at the Leo” swing dance from 6:30pm-8pm at the Crystal Ballroom at Hotel Leo, 1224 Cornwall Ave. Show up at 6pm for a drop-in beginner lesson…