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Words

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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Music

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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Food

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…

Letters
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
Climate Action Week

10:00am

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

10:00am

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…

Piano Nights with Paul Klein and Aaron Guest

6:00pm

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.

Eat Local Month

10:00am

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,…

We Grow Open House

10:00am

Attend an Open house from 10am-12pm or 4pm-6pm at the WE GROW Community Farm, 1815 Ellis St. (across from the Bellingham Food Bank). Learn about the vocational urban farm and how to get…

Paintings of My Life at Gallery Syre

11:00am

View Beth Anna Margolis’ “Paintings of My Life” from 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Saturdays through Oct. 23 at Gallery Syre, 465 W. Stuart Rd. The show features a selection of more than 60 works…

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market

3:00pm

Attend the Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market from 3pm-7pm every Wednesday through Oct. 13 at the city’s Hammer Heritage Square located at Ferry and Metcalf streets.

Wednesday Market at Waypoint

4:00pm

Bellingham Farmers Market’s Wednesday Market takes place from 4pm-7pm weekly through Sept. 29 on the waterfront near the pump track at Waypoint Park, 300 W. Laurel St. Approximately 40…

Writing Workshop and Fundraiser

5:00pm

From 5pm-7pm, Village Books will host author Steve Almond for a writing workshop, “Creating An Irresistible Narrator,” on Zoom. The online event is a fundraiser for Laurel Leigh, a beloved…

Ruth Ozeki in Conversation with Karen Joy Fowler

6:00pm

At 6pm, Village Books will join forces with Third Place Books and Elliott Bay Book Company to present “Ruth Ozeki in Conversation with Karen Joy Fowler” on Zoom. The topic of the online…

Bellinghistory Tours with the Good Time Girls

6:00pm

The Good Time Girls will lead free “Bellinghistory” tours at 6pm Wednesday in Fairhaven, and 6pm Thursday in downtown Bellingham. The Wednesday tour will highlight the Fairhaven district’s…

Love the Land Benefit Concert

7:00pm

At 7pm, tune in for a virtual “Love the Land” benefit concert for local farms. The event hosted by Viva Farms and Washington Farmland Trust will be emceed by Audra Mulkern, local…

D'vonne Lewis' Limited Edition

7:00pm

The Jazz Center of Bellingham hosts a concert with D’vonne Lewis’ Limited Edition at 7pm at the Lucas Hicks Theater at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 207 Prospect St. Tickets are $10 for…