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Music is Everywhere

With July 4 on the horizon, I’ve been assessing my feelings with regard to this most American of occasions and have reached the conclusion that I’m into it. I’d say Independence Day is a pretty good holiday, as these things go. Aside from that one time that I took a bottle rocket to my right temple, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed July 4 and all it has to offer.

As much as I like the Fourth of July, it’s just a precursor to the (as yet unofficial) holiday that I really care about: the annual kickoff

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This Week

The Gristle

Closing a door, opening another

CLOSING A DOOR, OPENING ANOTHER: It’s a given, there has always been an industrial presence and a fourth pier envisioned for Cherry Point. The state Commissioner of Public Lands confessed as much in a 1995 letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as she prepared to protect the remainder of tidelands as part of an aquatic reserve management plan. The assumptions of a Cherry Point industrial park extend many decades further back than that, with a proposal in the 1970s from Chicago Bridge and Iron to construct and ship offshore drilling rigs from that location.

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A Renewed Vision

Port and city consider new plans for waterfront


A little more time, a little more thought, a little more detail—that’s what Port of Bellingham Commissioners said they want at a public meeting last week on revised plans for the city’s central waterfront.

A private developer wants to invest more than $30 million in a waterfront hotel, but two commissioners don’t want to too quickly accept the offer without more planning. Commissioners expressed excitement that an early action planned for the former Georgia-Pacific mill site, a remodel of the historic Granary Building, is at last apparently underway, but want to base their decision

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Music is Everywhere

From the streets to the sea


With July 4 on the horizon, I’ve been assessing my feelings with regard to this most American of occasions and have reached the conclusion that I’m into it. I’d say Independence Day is a pretty good holiday, as these things go. Aside from that one time that I took a bottle rocket to my right temple, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed July 4 and all it has to offer.

As much as I like the Fourth of July, it’s just a precursor to the

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Inside the world’s largest ocean


If there’s a prize for nonfiction works with interesting subtitles, Simon Winchester’s latest would be a top contender. In Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers, the juxtaposition of subjects mentioned immediately draws readers in and lets them know that this book is comprehensive in scope but also detailed and specific.

The author delivers each topic as promised, and gives a far-ranging and fascinating look

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Dungeness Dreams

The crab cakes of summer


I was at work on the first day of summer, and I was finding it hard to concentrate.

The line item my mind kept returning to again and again was the pile of fresh dungeness crab waiting for me in the fridge at home.

We’d acquired the crustaceans for a Father’s Day feast, and even after my dad, my fella and I had sated ourselves silly by cracking the crab and dipping the sea meat into vats of melted butter and

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On Stage

Summer Stages

It’s all about the dance


Last week, after compiling a list of ways for parents to offload their kids for portions of the summer via sending them to a variety of drama camps happening throughout Bellingham in the next couple of months, I realized I hadn’t said word one about what to do with youth who were more interested in movement than theater. To remedy my transgression, I’m happy to point out a few ways for dance students to stay on their toes as the temperature rises.


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Skagit Tours

A power-packed day trip


I’m a sucker for the term “media getaway,” so I recently accepted an invite for a behind-the-scenes excursion that promised to take its guests on a whirlwind day trip comprised of samplings of the four “Skagit Tours” offered each summer by the trifecta of Seattle City Lights, the North Cascades Institute (NCI), and the National Park Service.

After a scenically stimulating drive through both sun and rain from Bellingham to the Skagit Information Center in Newhalem, my canny coworker and I joined up with

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Big, bold and gasp-worthy


When guest curator Amy Chaloupka recently brought a couple dozen kindergarteners to view the “Colorfast: Vivid Installations Make Their Mark” exhibit at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building, she said many of the youngsters’ first response upon walking through the doors to the gallery consisted of audible gasps.

“There’s been lots of that, and that’s what I was going for,” Chaloupka says. “I want people to have a physical response to the work.”

While those visiting the museum will get a glimpse

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Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema

Stars under the stars


Late last Thursday night, I started to get worried.

A few hours after dark, I opened the door to take out items for the recycling and happened upon falling rain. It wasn’t just a drizzle, either—it had all the appearance of a proper rainstorm.

Normally, I welcome a little summertime rain. Given my status as a lifelong Northwesterner, few weather events are more pleasing to me than a warm-weather downpour. Somehow, when you lengthen the days by several hours and raise

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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,... »

Bard on the Beach:William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing as part of the 27th "Bard on the Beach" season at Vancouver, BC's Vanier... »

Loggerodeo:A chainsaw carving competition, a carnival, a classic car show, a rodeo, parades, a foot race, a logging show, a street dance, food-related events, fireworks, a beard contest and much,... »

Wild Things:Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in July at North Lake Whatcom Park. Suggested... »

Find Waldo:Kids, parents and Waldo-lovers of all ages can take part in the annual "Find Waldo" event happening through July in historic Fairhaven, and in Lynden.. Pick up a "Find Waldo"... »

Juggling Stories:Acting, storytelling, comedy and juggling will be utilized when nationally known family entertainer Chris Fascione presents "Juggling Funny Stories" at 10:30am at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Fascione brings... »

Plover Rides: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... »

All-Out-Learning Weekend:"Soap Queen" Anne-Marie Faiola will kick off an "All-Out-Learning Weekend" with a soap-making tutorial, Q&A, and private book signing for Pure Soapmaking from 12-3pm at Otion: The Soap... »

Ferndale Farmers Market:Local vendors and farmers will sell their wares at the Ferndale Farmers Market from 1-6pm every Friday through Oct. 28 at 2007 Cherry St.  »

Red Cross Golfing Fundraiser:The Northwest Washington chapter of the American Red Cross will host its 21st annual Golf Tournament and Golf Ball Drop at 1pm at Shuksan Golf Course, 1500 E. Axton Rd. Entry... »

Art Walk About:Bellingham Parks and Rec hosts an "Art Walk About" at 2pm starting at the pavilion at Maritime Heritage Park, 514 W. Holly St. Attendees at the free event can learn about... »

Salmon Dinner Sail:Combine your tastes for adventure and delicious food when the three-hour "Bellingham Bay Salmon Dinner Sail" returns this week aboard the Schooner Zodiac leaving at 6pm from the Bellingham Cruise... »

Art Walk:Allied Arts, Whatcom Land Trust, Aslan Brewing Co., Bayou on Bay, Culture Cafe, the Community Food Co-op, Make.Shift Art Space, the Bureau, Dakota Gallery,, Garcia Jewelers, Novato, the Downtown... »

Farm Tunes:Prairie Sky performs at the weekly "Farm Tunes" series from 6-9pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. The "food, spirits and fun!" events continue Fridays through Sept. 30. Entry is free.  »

First Friday Art Walk:A.C.M.E. Creative Space, Anacortes Oil & Vinegar Bar, the Good Stuff Arts, THink Tiny Gallery, Scott Milo Gallery, the Majestic Inn and Spa, and PDA Marketing Group will... »

Concert in the Courtyard:Wine tastings, glass pours, plenty of food options and live music will be available at the weekly "Concert in the Courtyard" from 7-9pm at Artifacts Wine Bar, located inside... »

Commedia in the Park:Western Washington University's Department of Theatre and Dance presents its fourth annual “Commedia in the Park” performances at 7pm Friday through Sunday at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. “Commedia”... »

ACT Fringe:View The Last Five Years at "ACT Fringe" shows at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The two-person musical explores a five-year relationship between Jamie ... »

An improvised Musical:Mainstage players will take on the magical world of musicals at performances of "An Improvised Musical" at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. Plot, lyrics, music,... »

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