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Sketches and Sculptures

Artifacts of time and place

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The first thing you’ll notice about Whiting Tennis is his sincerity.

He talks about prehistoric art and science fiction and how nobody knows what ancient artifacts meant to the people who made them.  The audience at a recent talk at La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art loved it. 

The tall, gangly guy looks like a displaced cowboy and works full-time at his unique approach to art.

Every week, Tennis attends a life-drawing class. His sketches, he admits, have little to do with the…

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West Coast Wellness

Dinner Plans

Catching up with ACME Farms + Kitchen

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Even though I was expecting to find it there, the brown ACME Farms + Kitchen box sitting on my front doorstep when I returned home from work on a recent Thursday gave me a thrill.

I’d ordered a small “Locavore” box ($59), but wasn’t sure what would be inside. However, knowing in advance that the contents of the cardboard container were nothing but locally and regionally sourced foodstuffs was a hint that plenty of goodness was to be found within.

I wasn’t disappointed. As…

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West Coast Wellness

Summer Reading

The art of the memoir

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer is heralded as a time for the sort of escape provided by light, guilty pleasure beach-reading, but memoirs are the type of books I enjoy this time of year, when the longer days and more relaxed pace invite slipping into another’s skin for several afternoons. The following memoirs all share an intensity that lends a page-turner quality to the reading, and the stories are compelling in that the authors are, in many ways, outsiders to their native culture. 

In The Long Haul: A…

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SVCR Brunch
On Stage

Field Guide

Of entertainment and expeditions

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

n a new “field guide” sent out by the Mount Baker Theatre, executive director Brad Burdick claims to have spent two-thirds of his adult life collecting experiences from around the globe for the historic hub—making him the perfect person to act as a liaison for those searching for entertainment-based expeditions.

“Consider this book a personal tour guide in your pocket as you map out new adventures for this year,” Burdick writes of the upcoming season’s offerings.


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Marrowstone Music Festival

Hello mother, hello father

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

As a kid, I spent some time at summer camp. I’m proud to say I learned some things while I was there. One summer, I learned to sail a tiny, two-person sailboat. So, if you ever find yourself with a smooth lake, a small boat and a stiff breeze, but sans captain, I’m your girl. Another summer, I learned to make colorful friendship bracelets from skeins of embroidery floss. From that experiment, I reached the conclusion that it was preferable to never form friendships that reached the…

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Girls Trip

It’s ladies night

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It’s barely been a month since the joyless Rough Night came and went in a blur of indifference, and this new comedy on paper could almost be the same movie—only with black sorority sisters and no corpse to dampen the weekend getaway. The difference is that Girls Trip actually delivers on its promise of a liberating good time, thanks in large part to the spirited characterizations and believable chemistry of its four immensely appealing leads. The progression from raunchy, raucous…

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Forest Facts

The wonder of the woods

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pacific Northwesters may grumble about the lack of sunshine for nine months of the year, but when summer does bring its nonstop infusions of vitamin D, many residents choose to hide from the sun and seek cover in shady moss- and fern-filled forests—whether they’re in their backyards or a day trip away. A trio of events this weekend will provide even more relief from the heat.

For those whose acreage includes property with plenty of trees, a Forest Owners Field Day will take place…

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The Gristle
Fire and Water

FIRE AND WATER: Whatcom County Fire District 8 and City of Bellingham officials met briefly this week. The Lake Whatcom Policy Group, the governing agencies for that municipal reservoir formed chiefly of Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham, also met this week. And though one topic was…

Alan Rhodes
Mr. Cranky’s Summer Academy

When I was a kid in school I thought tests were annoying. There was always just one right answer. How boring. How stifling to creativity. How damaging to one’s self-esteem. So I’m opening my own school this summer and I’ve tried my hand at making a test with no wrong answers. Just…

Village Books
Feed the hungry

What does it mean when 53 percent of children and youth in the county are eligible for free lunch programs? With one in five children in America living in homes in poverty, this is not just a…

Follow the money

Five major health insurance companies in the United States are led by CEOs, each of whom are paid between $130 million and $138 million a year. That is about $670 million a year to the five…

Go ahead, repeal and replace

As an activist Democrat, I completely support the Republican goal of repealing Obamacare. Obamacare is a gift to health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and investment companies…

Today's Events
Skagit Tours


As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours…

Bard on the Beach


Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC’s…

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 Harbor. Suggested…

Plover Ferry Rides


The Plover ferry runs weekends through Labor Day from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor.…

Plover Ferry Rides


The Plover ferry runs weekends through Labor Day from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor.…

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 Harbor. Suggested…

Mousetrap Auditions


Can you master a British accent? If so, consider auditioning for upcoming performances of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap from 7-9 Sunday and Monday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H…

Marrowstone Music Festival


Orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes and professional performances for the public will be part of the 74th annual Marrowstone Music Festival taking place July 23-Aug. 6 at…

Emerging Artists Teen Camp


Students ages 11-18 can gain a broad knowledge of the principles of art and design while engaging with the Whatcom Museum’s ongoing exhibitions at an Emerging Artists Teen Camp from 9am-12pm…

Lion King Camp


Kids ages 7-14 can sign up for META Performing Arts’ “The Lion King Experience” summer camp from July 24-28 and July 31-Aug. 4 at Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. The two-week…

Kids Can Cook


Youth ages 7-13 can take part in “Kids Can Cook: Global Fusion Finger Food” classes from 12-2pm Monday and Thursday (July 27) at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Annalee Dunn will…

Nature in Your Neighborhood


“Awakening Your Senses in the Garden” will be the focus of a Nature in Your Neighborhood Family Adventure from 12:30-3:30pm at the Oasis, 901 22nd St. The event is geared toward kids ages…

Dig Into Fall


Skagit County Master Gardeners will lead a “Dig Into Fall: Fall and Winter Gardens Start in Summer” presentation at 6pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. Learn why a fall…

Eat Your Weeds


Organic farmworker, forager and wild foods educator Terri Wilde helms an “Eat Your Weeds” course from 6:30-8pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Attendees can learn to identify…

Addams Family Auditions


Auditions for upcoming performances of The Addams Family will take place at 7pm Monday and Tuesday in Lynden at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. The musical comedy will be onstage…



Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation.



A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. Each week, the event features approximately 20…

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