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Honoring and remembering missing tribal children

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

For nearly a century across the Pacific Northwest, tribal children were torn from their homes and sent to Christian residential schools—a recognized form of cultural genocide. Now the genocide has an even more direct and tragic form.

With a heavy heart, Rosanne Casimir, chief of Canada’s Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc nation, confirmed “an unthinkable loss that was spoken about but never documented by the Kamloops Indian Residential School.”

With the help of a government grant and…

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Food

Summer Sips

Brews with a view

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

In Bellingham, if one wanted to visit a different brewery, beer garden or cider house each day, it would take approximately a year to get through them all. I kid, but it can hard to keep up with the ever-lengthening list of places to go to slake our collective thirst.

With summer in mind, I’ve temporarily narrowed the criteria to include venues with killer views of Bellingham Bay. In Fairhaven, Paws for a Beer fits the bill. It’s near the water and on the bus line, serves locally…

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Film

Sunnyland Cinema

Parking lot pictures

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

For those who’ve driven by Greene’s Corner and wondered what the giant white rectangle located smack-dab in the middle of the flower-focused mural on the side of the building was there for, the mystery has now been solved.

Just in time for summer, the restaurant with an outdoor beer garden on James Street recently announced it was introducing “Sunnyland Cinema” with a viewing of the animated film Ratatouille on Sat., June 12 (PLEASE NOTE the event date was changed to Fri., June 18).…

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Visual

Fill the Vessel

Art to hold on to

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

According to Jen Allen, the pieces in “Pitcher Perfect 2” are much more than vessels meant to contain drinks, sauces, syrups and flowers. They’re also contemporary works of art.

As the juror for the exhibit being featured through June at Fairhaven’s Good Earth Pottery, Allen was responsible for sifting through the numerous applications she received from across the United States and Canada and choosing the approximately 40 works that are now on display—including one of her own pieces,…

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Music

Summer of Fun

A multi-layered approach

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Weather-wise, late spring and early summer in the Pacific Northwest can be unpredictable. One day you’re wearing shorts, a tank top and flip-flops, but then the next afternoon will find you digging through your closet to retrieve long wool socks, jeans and your warmest fleece hoodie, wondering if it’s going to be necessary to turn the furnace back on.

What does this mean for Summer 2021? Venues who are presenting live music after more than a year of pandemic-related restrictions are…

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On Stage

Dance Dates

A world of talent at the Firehouse

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Against the backdrop of a hot-pink Pacific Northwest sunset, a woman in profile can be seen dancing on the beach. As the breeze rustles her dress and small waves lap at the shore, she appears to be drawing inspiration from the natural world around her—and from passionate music playing softly in the background. Her intricate arm and body movements, hand-clapping and percussive footwork seems improvised, but their execution is way too controlled to be a mistake.

Even if you weren’t…

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The Gristle
Crisis In Court

CRISIS IN COURT: Whatever details may emerge from the City of Bellingham’s independent investigation, Bellingham Municipal Court Judge Debra Lev appears to have lost control of the administration of her court. Municipal court employees walked off the job in late May—charging violations…

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The threat of adjudication

My name is Hans Wolfisberg and I own and operate an organic dairy farm outside Lynden along the Nooksack River. The river is the lifeblood of my farm’s sustainable grazing practices, providing the necessary irrigation water during the hot summer months in order to maintain the certified…

Rumor Has It
Shots fired

I’ve been wondering how events such as the Subdued Stringband Jamboree were going to host events predicated on having large numbers of people gather in our COVID reality—and now we have an answer.

Before we get into Stringband’s 2021 policies and procedures, I feel it important to make it…

Letters
And the child shall lead

Upon the recent discovery of the mass grave at the former Kamloops, B.C., Indian Residential School site, containing the remains of 215 indigenous children, some people may still need to…

Being the bigger person

My mom always used to say, “Worrying is like paying a debt that you may never owe.” But I have to admit, as a mother myself, it’s been hard not to be concerned about the future of my…

Calling the IOU due

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) raises our rates every year. They’re asking for the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approval again.
The UTC turns a blind eye to the following blaring…

Today's Events
Whatcom Art Market

11:00am

Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Sundays at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St.

An Artist's Universe at Hotel Bellwether

9:00am

View painter and mixed-media master David Syre’s latest installation, “An Artist’s Universe,” hanging throughout the corridors, lobby and dining room of Hotel Bellwether and the Lighthouse…

Whatcom Art Market

11:00am

Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Sundays at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St.

Unmasked WACK Exhibit

11:00am

“Unmasked: Imagining New Beginnings” will show from 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Saturdays June 4-26 at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The exhibit features two-dimensional ceramic art from…

An Artist's Universe at Hotel Bellwether

9:00am

View painter and mixed-media master David Syre’s latest installation, “An Artist’s Universe,” hanging throughout the corridors, lobby and dining room of Hotel Bellwether and the Lighthouse…

Whatcom Art Market

11:00am

Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Sundays at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St.

Unmasked WACK Exhibit

11:00am

“Unmasked: Imagining New Beginnings” will show from 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Saturdays June 4-26 at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The exhibit features two-dimensional ceramic art from…

An Artist's Universe at Hotel Bellwether

9:00am

View painter and mixed-media master David Syre’s latest installation, “An Artist’s Universe,” hanging throughout the corridors, lobby and dining room of Hotel Bellwether and the Lighthouse…

Vast Exhibit

10:00am

View the rotating landscape show “Vast” from 10am-5pm Fridays through Sundays through June 27 in Edison at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. As pieces from the multi-artist show sell,…

Spring Has Sprung Exhibit

11:00am

See works by 16 regional artists at a “Spring Has Sprung” exhibit from 11am-5pm Fridays through Sundays (and by appointment) through June 27 on Camano Island at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and…

Whatcom Art Market

11:00am

Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Sundays at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St.

Julie Paschkis at i.e.

11:00am

View new works by Seattle artist Julie Paschkis from 11am-5pm Fridays through Sundays through June 27 in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. The pieces combine gouache, ink, cut paper,…

Twin Sisters Farmers Markets

9:00am

From 9am-3pm, stop by the Twin Sisters Farmers Market’s Nugents Corner Market in the parking lot of the Bluebird Building, 3833 Mt. Baker Hwy. From 10am-3pm, the Kendall Market will take…

Lummi Island Saturday Market

10:00am

Stop by the Lummi Island Saturday Market from 10am-1pm in the field next to the Islander Grocery, 2106 S. Nugent Rd. The market will feature produce, art and good works from island nonprofits…

Concrete Saturday Market

10:00am

The Concrete Saturday Market takes place from 10am-1pm at the Concrete Community Center, 45821 Railroad Ave. The longtime event continues Saturdays through Sept. 4. COVID-19 protocols will be…

Origins and Evolutions Exhibit

11:00am

“Origins and Evolutions: Five Generations” can be seen from 11am-4pm Tues.-Thurs., and by appointment, through June 26 at Gallery Syre, 465 Stuart Rd. The show gathers together artworks by…

Whatcom Art Market featuring Kenneth Kearney

11:00am

Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Sundays at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St. Through June 13, Kathy Harvey’s oil paintings will…

Princess of Lies

2:00pm

Fans of Young Adult and Adult Fantasy genres can tune in a 2pm for a virtual reading by local writer, actor and playwright Ky Weeks focused on his debut novel, Princess of Lies. The book…

Rainbow Reads

3:00pm

Students in grades 6-12 can join Whatcom County Library System for virtual “Rainbow Reads” discussions from 3pm-4pm every Wednesday on Zoom. Do you love reading and stories with LGBTQIA+…

In the Heights Book Launch

5:00pm

At 5pm, join Village Books and other bookstores around the country for a virtual launch with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter for the new book In the Heights:…

Foothills Book Club

7:00pm

Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know will be the topic of a virtual Foothills Book Club meeting taking place from 7pm-8pm on Zoom. All…