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Make.Shift Block Party

Although virtue is its own reward, nothing worth having ever comes without hard work, etc., the truth of the matter is, running a nonprofit can be tough going.

No matter how strong the mission, how intact the passion or true the focus, surmounting the formidable obstacles of continued existence requires a special sort of perseverance. And no matter how staunch the community support, the reality of day-to-day existence for those who operate nonprofits is that the to-do list never seems to grow

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This Week

The Gristle

When Fringe Goes Mainstream

WHEN FRINGE GOES MAINSTREAM: Ballots continue to flow in the August Top Two primary, a queer beast with an unusual pedigree that need not necessarily produce a candidate each from the two standard political parties, D versus R, but—due to extremes of polarization, and the continued influence of money and organization in modern politics—probably will.

Case in point, the odd runoff among conservatives for Position 1 in the 42nd Legislative District, a reliably conservative rural district

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Music

Make.Shift Block Party

Putting the “fun” in fundraising

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Although virtue is its own reward, nothing worth having ever comes without hard work, etc., the truth of the matter is, running a nonprofit can be tough going.

No matter how strong the mission, how intact the passion or true the focus, surmounting the formidable obstacles of continued existence requires a special sort of perseverance. And no matter how staunch the community support, the reality of day-to-day existence for those who operate nonprofits is that the to-do list never seems to grow

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Outdoors

Cloud Dance

Learning to love the mystery

You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.
—Henry David Thoreau

The North Cascades are capricious. These mountains hide themselves in veils of cloud for days at a time and then coquettishly reveal their sensuous lines to us dusty pilgrims. A little bit here. A little bit there.

After decades of observing this numinous cloud dance, one learns to go with it, to appreciate the rituals of sun, rain and cloud, and eventually—if one hangs around these hallowed mountains long enough—to

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Food

A Midsummer Sowing

Thinking ahead to the flavors of fall

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If you’ve been a diligent gardener this year, chances are the rewards are starting to add up.

With a big, juicy garden finally in cruise mode, now might not be the time you want to ponder starting over, but this is exactly what you must do in order to stay ahead of the seasonal curve. Your strong, beautiful plants will start to fade at the end of summer, and when they do you’ll want to have reinforcements in place—plants that can tough it out through the fall, and perhaps into winter.

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Visual

Arts at the Port

Elemental beauty in Anacortes

“Air, Earth, Water” is the title of the 2014 “Arts at the Port” show. It opened last Saturday and is the serious part of the wild and crazy Anacortes Arts Festival the city has thrown every summer for more than 50 years.

In a quiet warehouse at the north end of Commercial Avenue you’ll discover two conjoined exhibits: the first is a stunning collection of works by 36 regional artists selected by juror Patricia Watkinson for their “skill, innovation, imagination and poetry.“ The

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Words

Little Free Libraries

Take a book, leave a book

What looks like a miniature house, is bursting to the rafters with free books, and encourages reading for everyone from kids to seniors?

The answer, if you hadn’t already sussed it out from the title of this story, is Little Free Libraries (LFLs).

The worldwide phenomenon started in 2009 after Wisconsin resident Tod Bol built a model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother—a former schoolteacher with a serious reading habit—and then installed it in his front yard, filled

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On Stage

Hot Salsa

Rumba Northwest takes it outside

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I first saw Rumba Northwest owners Antonio Diaz and Heather Haugland dance when the couple was invited onstage during a concert by the Afro-Cuban All Stars a few years ago at the Mount Baker Theatre.

To say they heated things up is putting it mildly. As the legendary Cuban band continued sharing their righteous island rhythms with the audience, the duo spun, dipped and moved their bodies with both grace and passion.

“We made dinner for the band before the show and they learned we taught

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Film

Supermensch

The Legend of Shep Gordon

How many people can claim to have made Alice Cooper a star by releasing his record albums wrapped in women’s panties? Who else can take credit for the entire concept of the celebrity chef? Did anyone else share joint custody of a cat with Cary Grant? Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon goes out of its way to insist that its subject — a long-lived rock manager and Hollywood talent agent — is a one-of-a-kind character, and the stories told by Gordon and his many famous friends seem to

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Film

Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel’s motley crew

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If the wayward denizens of Star Wars’ Mos Eisley Cantina rose up and demanded their own starring vehicle, it would probably look something like Guardians of the Galaxy, an alt-Avengers in which a ragtag band of misfits and mercenaries make the world a safer place almost by accident. An unusually prankish and playful Marvel Studios vehicle, director James Gunn’s presumptive franchise-starter is overlong, overstuffed and sometimes too eager to please, but the cheeky comic tone keeps things

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Today

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Bard on the Beach: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will play in repertory with the Bard's The Tempest and Cymbeline, and Bill Cain's Equivocation, during the 25th annual "Bard on the Beach" season through Sept. 20 at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). more »

Boating Center Open: All are welcome to check out the Community Boating Center, which has opened back up for the summer season at its headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. (near the Amtrak Station). Upcoming classes and excursions include bioluminescence paddles, introductions to sea kayaking, sunset paddles, dinghy sailing 101, full moon paddles, paddleboarding 101, and more. Boat rentals and storage and moorage are also available. Check the website for times and prices. more »

MBT’s Summer Repertory Theatre: The Mount Baker Theatre's Summer Repertory Theatre continues this week with showings of Lanford Wilson's comedy/drama Talley's Folly, Neil Simon's comedic Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and Becky's New Car, by Steven Dietz, at the MBT's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The three plays show in repertory at 7:30pm on weekdays and 3pm Sundays through Aug. 10. Tickets are $12.50-$25. more »

Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. more »

Woodstock Work Party: Spread mulch, pull invasives and plant a few things at a work party from 6:30-8:30pm at Woodstock Farm on Chuckanut Drive. There's no onsite parking, so park at the North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead and walk or bike to the farm. more »

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