(Compiled by Jeffrey Westcott)

Here are some upcoming events …

September is Eat Local Month
Pick up THE Farm Tour & Eat Local Month Guide starting August, at Co-op stores, area farmers markets, visitors centers, Village Books, Public Libraries and online (link above). Eat Local Month is chock full of opportunities for scrumptious explorations, including:
* Farm-to-Table Restaurant

* Plenty of edible events
* Pick up your Guide for the Whatcom County Farm Tour in August

Celebrate with these festive and delectable events, family farms, cooking classes, chef contests, farm-to-table restaurants – all part of the Eat Local First Campaign

* Wednesday, September 3rd, 6pm, Pickford Film Center

Real Food Media Film showing

* Wednesday, September 3rd,,6:30-8pm

Brewers Cruise w/ Boundary Bay Brewery – San Juan Cruises

* Sunday, September 7th, 10am-4pm

Bow Edison Food Trail Trek

* Wednesday, September 10th

Brewers Cruise w/ Boundary Bay San Juan Cruises

* September 12th - 21st

Bellingham Beer Week

* Saturday, September 13th, 10am-5pm

Whatcom County Farm Tour

Cat Fancy – September Art Walk
Friday, September 5th ,6-11pm, Make Shift Are Gallery, 306 Flora Street, B’ham
A fancy show about fancy cats! This September art walk will be centered around one of our favorite pets. We have a vast mix of local artists whose work will be displayed.

Whatcom County Farm Tour
Saturday, September 13th, 10am-5pm, Around Whatcom County
A tour of Whatcom County Farms, from veggies to cheeses, heritage meats, wine and more. Head out with family and friends for a chance to see, taste and explore Whatcom County’s diverse family-owned farms, on this free, self-guided tour. For more information: Becca Taber, becca@sconnect.org or 647 7093.

2014 Bite of Bellingham
Sunday, September 14th, 12 noon-4pm, Depot Market Square, Railroad Ave, B’ham
Come indulge your taste buds at the 9th annual Bite of Bellingham! Hosting a selection of more than 20 Bellingham area restaurants with cuisine ranging from Cajun and pub fare to modern American and Asian, the Bite is an all-ages, fun and affordable event. Admission is free, bites start at $1!

Sustainable [R]evolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms and Communities Worldwide
Thursday, September 18th, 7-8pm, Village Books, Fairhaven
This new book, written by Juliana Bimbaum, features the work of a worldwide network of visionaries, including journalists, activists, indigenous leaders and permaculturists. The research presented in the book frames the permaculture movement as significant ally to marginalized groups, such as the urban poor and indigenous groups resisting the pressures of globalization. Sustainable Revolution uplifts and inspires with its catalog of dynamic cultural pioneers stewarding vibrant communities.

West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gathering
Thursday, September 18th through Sunday, September 21st, Camp Hamilton, near Monroe, WA
This year’s Gathering will feature exciting presentations, skill-building opportunities and our first ever Saturday Market Place to support your right-livelihoods, followed by our first ever Dance Party around the fire near the lake! Tickets are available for the entire three days, Saturday only, children at a reduced rate, child care is free with ticket for whole weekend. This event is near Monroe,
Washington, only a few hours away.

Click here to submit an event to our calendar. Remember to add your website link.

Here are some other interesting tidbits of information…

GMO-free Foods: A List for Those Who Are GMO Free
GMO-free foods are tough to find or, rather, it is simply difficult to differentiate between genetically modified ingredients and natural ingredients when reading the nutrition facts. Consumers are confounded by the lack of reasonable and appropriate labeling laws for GMO foods in the United States even though the vast majority of US consumers want genetically modified foods appropriately labeled.

Bug Love
Pests all, you might assume of these six-legged creatures. And hundreds of them are just that — pests. Mosquitoes and lice suck our blood and spread diseases, armies of caterpillars eat our crops, flies divebomb us, termites eat our homes, roaches invade our kitchens. But of the millions of insects, only a tiny fraction of them, less than 1 percent, are pests. A vast majority are beneficial to humans: They are pollinators, seed dispersers, nutrient recyclers, soil producers and predators or parasites of plant-feeding insects.

Campbell River System in the Midst of Stunning Rebound
Years of hard work repairing the city’s river soul has let salmon return in record quantities. Having just spent some time near Capbell River, this is truly beautiful area, and this is some good news to hear.

Some Efficient Footwork at the Market
A really neat video from Thailand called the Talat Rom Hup or the Maeklong Railway Market. It is close to the Maeklong Railway Station, people near the market still sell food and wares the same way for decades. They are not very poor but the old market is very small and close to the railway crowed.

Biking or Walking to Work Will Make You Happier and Healthier
You might imagine that the length of your commute is the main thing that affects how pleasant or nightmarish it is. But a pair of recent studies show that the mode of transportation you take is also really important — both in terms of how happy (or unhappy) you are with your commute, and your overall chance of obesity.

The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit
I try not to make it a habit to post from GQ, but this article fascinated me.
For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest

Recipe: Blueberry-Raspberry Shrub
A cool drink straight from your berry bushes. When you replace the water in the simple syrup with vinegar, preferably organic apple-cider vinegar, you’ve created a shrub, a bracing and very refreshing early-American treat.
* ½ cup blueberries

* ½ cup raspberries

* ½-1 cup sugar, depending on the sweetness of the berries

* 1 cup organic cider vinegar

1. Ad d the fruit, ½ cup sugar, and vinegar to a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and simmer until the fruit is soft and the sugar is dissolved. Taste for sweetness and add more sugar as needed, stirring to dissolve. Remove from heat.

2. When the liquid is cool, mash or puree the fruit in the syrup and strain into a jar. Discard the solids.

3. To make one glass of shrub, stir 3 tablespoons of syrup into 8 ounces of cold carbonated water. The syrup will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge.
*Makes enough syrup for 6 to 8 glasses of soda

(Compiled by Jeffrey Westcott)

Yoga-In-The-Parks – Cancelled
Yoga was not in the cards this summer for us. Due to scheduling issues we’ll be cancelling the remainder of yoga this summer at Boulevard Park. In the words of Neil Young. “we tried to do our best, but we could not…”

Here are some other upcoming events …

Only a Few Weeks Away – Whatcom Skillshare Faire!
August 23rd and August 24th, Hovander Park, Ferndale
Two days with camping! “Share your skills – Trade your wares” The Whatcom SkillShare Faire – a fun festival about teaching and learning. Organized by Transition Whatcom, Skillshare Faire Planning Team & a bunch of other co-sponsors.

Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Sunday August 17th -29th. Inspiration Farm 619 E Laurel Rd, B’ham
Extensive 72 hour Curriculum Includes: Design Methodologies ~ Site Mapping ~ Ethics ~ Design Principles and Goals ~ Pattern Recognition ~ Natural Cycles and Processes ~ Plant Identification ~ Wild crafting ~ Micro climate ~ Tropical and Dry land Farming ~ Indigenous Land Management ~ Natural Building ~ Forest Gardening ~ Mushroom Growing ~ Myco-Remediation ~ Renewable Energy ~ Passive and Active Solar Design ~ Soil Ecology ~ Compost Systems ~ Aquaculture ~ Animals in the Landscape ~ Plant Propagation ~ Slow Food ~ Urban Permaculture Strategies ~ Graywater Harvesting ~ Emergency Preparation ~ Appropriate Technology ~ Seed Saving ~ Nursery Set-up ~ Food Preservation ~ Local Economics ~ Currency and Community Structures ~ Non-Violent Communication ~ Pattern Dynamics. Lots of well known speakers, including Brian Kerkvliet, Sarah Sullivan, David MacLeod, Doug Bullock, Larry Dobson and Alex Winstead,

Community Food Co-op 17th Annual Free Community Party
Sunday, August 17th, 12-4:30pm, Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St, B’ham
Everybody welcome! Schedule: noon Kuungana marima band, 1:15 community parade, 1:30 Emergency Circus all-ages circus show, 3 pm Clumsy Lovers musical mayhem and dancing. All day: face painting, Play Lab, $3 Co-op deli burritos, crafts, nonprofit info fair, Henna Moon tattoo booth, Mallard Ice Cream stand.

Summer Robotics @ the SPARK Museum
Tuesday, August 19 through Friday, 22nd, 11am-12:30 pm, SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention, 1312 Bay Street, B’ham
Summer Robotics at Spark meets 4 days in a row and children work in pairs to construct & program one robot. Natural curiosity and wonder guide learning about robot building and computer programming using LEGO Mindstorms®. No experience is necessary and this is appropriate for ages 8-14. Preregistration is required: Session 3 – August 19-22. Call or email anne@sparkmuseum.org or 360-738-3886 to register.

Pedal Party!
August 22nd, 9pm-1am, Make Shift Art Gallery, 306 Flora St., B’ham

Make.Shift will be hosting a second bicycle oriented art display this month! The artists, who’s work we will be showing, are:
Tom Eibling
Chris Hedstrom
Riley Hoonan
Tim Hubner
Jessyca Murphy
Glenn Newcomer
Beth Rumin
Instead of a typical art walk reception we will also be having a roller sprints event plus a Block Party Volunteer in appreciation of everyone’s service. Come one, come all, and bring your friends!

Permaculture Living and Learning Seminars
Monday August 25th. Tuesday August 26th,, Inspiration Farm 619 E Laurel Rd, B’ham

Announcing an opportunity not to be missed at Inspiration Farm: In conjunction with the Whatcom Sill Share Faire and the NorthWest Permaculture Convergence, Inspiration Farm would like to announce a two day bonus event, Monday and Tuesday. Plan to stay a little longer and take it all in! Treat yourself to an extended Inspiration Farm tour tailored to Permaculture veterans and newcomers alike. Witness the advanced earthworks that allow nutrient and water to be passively harvested supporting the whole farm. Walk amongst the food forest and experience the sucessional evolution. Check out the animal rotational systems in place and see the progress that working animals within the landscape can achieve. Share in the evening pot luck, social event. Bring a dish, your instruments, and Tel-A-Vision around the fire. All day is available for a suggested $10 donation (no one will be excluded for lack of funds) Camping is available for those wanting to attend Tuesdays workshops.

West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gathering
Thursday, September 18th through Sunday, September 21st, Camp Hamilton, near Monroe, WA
This year’s Gathering will feature exciting presentations, skill-building opportunities and our first ever Saturday Market Place to support your right-livelihoods, followed by our first ever Dance Party around the fire near the lake! Tickets are available for the entire three days, Saturday only, children at a reduced rate, child care is free with ticket for whole weekend. This event is near Monroe,
Washington, only a few hours away.

Click here to submit an event to our calendar.

(Compiled by Jeffrey Westcott)

Yoga-In-The-Parks – Boulevard Park, Tuesday, 6pm
This week we will be back at Boulevard Park for another session of Yoga-in-the-Parks. Meet at the park at 6pm for an hour of yoga, followed by a meal together. Bring a friend and some food to share.

And here are some other upcoming events …

Only a Few Weeks Away – Whatcom Skillshare Faire!
August 23rd and August 24th, Hovander Park, Ferndale
Two days with camping! “Share your skills – Trade your wares” The Whatcom SkillShare Faire – a fun festival about teaching and learning. Organized by Transition Whatcom, Skillshare Faire Planning Team & a bunch of other co-sponsors.

Summer Harvest Day
Sunday, August 10
th, 11am to 4pm, Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson
Come enjoy the summer bounty and the open house experience at Cloud Mountain Farm Center. Walk through the orchards and fields, taste a variety of fruits and vegetables, learn about the many programs going on at the Center– including the new farmer intern program, the vegetable processing plant, and the propagation for the plant nursery. Learn how to make your own rain garden, be a judge of fresh salsa and fruit preserves, and watch a threshing demo. Taste honey made from local bees, and get ideas for how to shop and cook local fresh food. Come experience and learn about your dynamic local food system!

The SPARK Lab Electronics Workshop
Thursday, August 14th, 1—3pm, SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention, 1312 Bay Street, B’ham
Hey kids, come down to the Spark Museum and dive into electronics by taking them apart. We supply the materials, tools and expertise to explore electronics and technology by dismantling them. Learn safety, tool usage and how things work, then try creating something new. Appropriate for ages 8-14. Register for 3 or more at $15 each. Space is reserved with paid registration; call or email anne@sparkmuseum.org or 360-738-3886 to register.

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Associtation’s 12th Annual Salmon at the Bay
Saturday, August 16th, 5-8:30pm, Boundary Bay Beer Garden, Railroad Ave, B’ham
Salmon at the Bay is NSEA’s annual fundraiser wherein we celebrate our recent accomplishments and raise money to continue our work in Whatcom County. There is a live and silent auction, live music a tremendous wild salmon dinner all within the context of Boundary Bay Brewery’s Beer Garden!

Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Sunday August 17th -29th. Inspiration Farm 619 E Laurel Rd, B’ham
Extensive 72 hour Curriculum Includes: Design Methodologies ~ Site Mapping ~ Ethics ~ Design Principles and Goals ~ Pattern Recognition ~ Natural Cycles and Processes ~ Plant Identification ~ Wild crafting ~ Micro climate ~ Tropical and Dry land Farming ~ Indigenous Land Management ~ Natural Building ~ Forest Gardening ~ Mushroom Growing ~ Myco-Remediation ~ Renewable Energy ~ Passive and Active Solar Design ~ Soil Ecology ~ Compost Systems ~ Aquaculture ~ Animals in the Landscape ~ Plant Propagation ~ Slow Food ~ Urban Permaculture Strategies ~ Graywater Harvesting ~ Emergency Preparation ~ Appropriate Technology ~ Seed Saving ~ Nursery Set-up ~ Food Preservation ~ Local Economics ~ Currency and Community Structures ~ Non-Violent Communication ~ Pattern Dynamics. Lots of well known speakers, including Brian Kerkvliet, Sarah Sullivan, David MacLeod, Doug Bullock, Larry Dobson and Alex Winstead,

Community Food Co-op 17th Annual Free Community Party
Sunday, August 17th, 12-4:30pm, Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St, B’ham
Everybody welcome! Schedule: noon Kuungana marima band, 1:15 community parade, 1:30 Emergency Circus all-ages circus show, 3 pm Clumsy Lovers musical mayhem and dancing. All day: face painting, Play Lab, $3 Co-op deli burritos, crafts, nonprofit info fair, Henna Moon tattoo booth, Mallard Ice Cream stand.

Summer Robotics @ the SPARK Museum
Tuesday, August 19 through Friday, 22nd, 11am-12:30 pm, SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention, 1312 Bay Street, B’ham
Summer Robotics at Spark meets 4 days in a row and children work in pairs to construct & program one robot. Natural curiosity and wonder guide learning about robot building and computer programming using LEGO Mindstorms®. No experience is necessary and this is appropriate for ages 8-14. Preregistration is required: Session 3 – August 19-22. Call or email anne@sparkmuseum.org or 360-738-3886 to register.

West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gathering
Thursday, September 18th through Sunday, September 21st, Camp Hamilton, near Monroe, WA
This year’s Gathering will feature exciting presentations, skill-building opportunities and our first ever Saturday Market Place to support your right-livelihoods, followed by our first ever Dance Party around the fire near the lake! Tickets are available for the entire three days, Saturday only, children at a reduced rate, child care is free with ticket for whole weekend. This event is near Monroe,
Washington, only a few hours away.

Click here to submit an event to our calendar.

Here are some other interesting tidbits of information…

New Life After Dam Removal: Surf Smelt Spawning In Mouth Of Elwha
Tiny forage fish don’t have the iconic status of Northwest species such as salmon or orcas, but the marine creatures at the bottom of the food chain play a critical role. So scientists are excited to see signs they’re spawning in new habitat created by the Elwha dam removals.

Two articles I came across on water.
7 Reasons To Never Drink Bottled Water AgainI wish I though of the idea of of bottling something and selling at a ridiculously huge mark-up.

7 Reasons To Drink More Water
Dehydration causes many ailments and much discomfort. Drink more. I let my tap water stand uncapped for a few hours before I drink it to let the fluoride dissipate.

Portland Is First U.S. City to Divest Funds from Walmart
Do your 401(k) or IRA funds own Walmart (WMT) or Monsanto (MTC) or myriad other companies the you view with contempt? Probably. There are funds out there that invest in socially responsible companies. If you invest in an index fund, for example, then there’s a good chance that you’re a Walmart shareholder. There are alternatives. .

Top 10 Ways to Prepare Kale
Overall, kale is a delicious and hearty green. Treat it like spinach and you can substitute it in just about any recipe. Experiment and enjoy!

Country Blueberry Crumble Recipe
We love making this all-American dessert, especially when it’s blueberry picking season!

Ingredients for the Crumble Topping:
* 1 1/2 cup(s) old-fashioned rolled oats
* 3/4 cup(s) pecans, or almonds, chopped
* 1/2 cup(s) brown sugar
* 1/3 cup(s) whole-wheat flour, or all-purpose flour
* 3/4 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
* 5 tablespoon(s) canola oil

Crumble Directions:
Combine oats, nuts, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a medium bowl and stir until well blended. Drizzle oil over the dry ingredients and stir until evenly moistened.

Blueberry Crumble Ingredients:
* 2 1/2 cup(s) fresh or frozen blueberries , or other fruit
* 1 tablespoon(s) sugar
* 1 tablespoon(s) whole-wheat flour, or all-purpose flour
* 1 tablespoon(s) orange juice
* 1 cup(s) crumble topping

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 deg F. Toss berries (or other fruit) with sugar, flour and juice. Divide the mixture among four 6-ounce glass ramekins or other ovenproof dishes. Top each with 1/4 cup Crumble Topping. Place the dishes on a baking sheet. Bake the crumbles until the tops are browned and the filling is bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.

(Compiled by Jeffrey Westcott)

Change of Venue – Yoga-In-The-Parks!!

Okay, so I said all the Yoga in the Parks would be at Boulevard Park this year, but this Tuesday we switched over to Zuanich Park (map) for this one session. There is a picnic there (held by Peter and iMa) and this will be a good opportunity to visit a park where we’ve never done yoga before, as well as hang out with some wonderful people. Bring some food and plan on staying for a bit to fly a kite, play some music, or anything else that you desire. Summer is short, so let’s enjoy every day and every sunset. I do apologize about the confusion, but that’s how we roll. Donations for the instructor gladly accepted. We will gather at the picnic tables that are on the right side of the big field.

This is another short newsletter, as the waters of the Puget Sound beckoned this weekend, and I was lucky enough to spend all of it aboard a sailboat full of fun memories to carry me through the rainy season and beyond.

And here are some other upcoming events …

Mark Your Calendar – Whatcom Skillshare Faire!
August 23rd and August 24th, Hovander Park, Ferndale
Two days with camping! “Share your skills – Trade your wares” The Whatcom SkillShare Faire – a fun festival about teaching and learning. Organized by Transition Whatcom, Skillshare Faire Planning Team & a bunch of other co-sponsors.

Downtown Sounds – Voyager with The Trees: A Rush Tribute
Wednesday, August 6th, show starts at 6pm, 1300 Block of Bay St.

Downtown Sounds is a series of free, live concerts for the entire family featuring performances by popular bands, local food vendors and a beverage garden provided by Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro and Spark Museum of Electrical Invention.\h Tribute

DIG Raingarden Walking Tour
Thursday, August 7th, 11:45am-1pm, Sustainable Connections, 1701 Ellis Street, B’ham
Have you noticed all the road construction in downtown Bellingham? What’s going on? Business owners are actively participating in the protection of Whatcom Creek by becoming stewards of these new DIG garden sites. These gardens help treat and infiltrate stormwater that in the past ran directly into the creek. What is a business owner’s role in watershed stewardship? What policy issues should you be aware of? We’ll walk and talk – and eat – our way past several DIG sites.

The SPARK Lab Electronics Workshop
Thursday, August 7th and August 14th, 1-3pm, SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention, 1312 Bay Street, B’ham
Hey kids, come down to the Spark Museum and dive into electronics by taking them apart. We supply the materials, tools and expertise to explore electronics and technology by dismantling them. Learn safety, tool usage and how things work, then try creating something new. Appropriate for ages 8-14. Register for 3 or more at $15 each. Space is reserved with paid registration; call or email anne@sparkmuseum.org or 360-738-3886 to register.

2nd Annual Lummi Island Run or Walk

Saturday, August 9th,8:30am-12pm, Lummi Island
Here is your chance to Run the Rock for a great cause.  All proceeds benefit the island children’s organizations.  1/2 marathon, 1/4 marathon, 3.5 mile.
  ednesday, August 6th, show starts at 6pm, 1300

Lummi Island Reefnet Festival
Saturday, August 9
th,11am-8:30pm, Lummi Island

Celebrate the ancient method of Reefnet Fishing, past and present on Lummi Island. The festival features live music all day, education centers about reefnet fishing, photo and video displays of reefnet fishing, boat rides, kid’s activities and games, artisan vendors, grilled fresh Sockeye salmon, other good food, a beer and wine garden. All proceeds benefit the Island children’s organizations. Admission – $5 per person.  Children 12 and under free.   Bring the whole family! Shuttle service available, so walk-ons on the ferry encouraged.

Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden and Espalier Tour – Lee Reich
Saturday, August 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon
Hosted in cooperation with Washington State University Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, author Lee Reich will introduce some fruits, such as pawpaw, medlar, Nanking Cherry, and persimmon that are not well known, but have delectable flavors and are easy to grow. These uncommon fruits are cold hardy, laugh off pests, and require little, in some cases, no, pruning. And if that’s not enough: some of these fruits—hardy kiwi, juneberry, and cornelian cherry, for example—are borne on ornamental plants, perfect for “luscious landscaping.” Lee’s presentation will be followed by a book signing and then he will then discuss espalier during a tour of one of the foremost espalier gardens in the area, the WWFRF Fruit Garden.


Summer Harvest Day
Sunday, August 10th, 11am to 4pm, Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson
Come enjoy the summer bounty and the open house experience at Cloud Mountain Farm Center. Walk through the orchards and fields, taste a variety of fruits and vegetables, learn about the many programs going on at the Center– including the new farmer intern program, the vegetable processing plant, and the propagation for the plant nursery. Learn how to make your own rain garden, be a judge of fresh salsa and fruit preserves, and watch a threshing demo. Taste honey made from local bees, and get ideas for how to shop and cook local fresh food. Come experience and learn about your dynamic local food system!

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Associtation’s 12th Annual Salmon at the Bay

Saturday, August 16th, 5-8:30pm, Boundary Bay Beer Garden, Railroad Ave, B’ham
Salmon at the Bay is NSEA’s annual fundraiser wherein we celebrate our recent accomplishments and raise money to continue our work in Whatcom County. There is a live and silent auction, live music a tremendous wild salmon dinner all within the context of Boundary Bay Brewery’s Beer Garden!

Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Sunday August 17th -29th. Inspiration Farm 619 E Laurel Rd, B’ham

Extensive 72 hour Curriculum Includes: Design Methodologies ~ Site Mapping ~ Ethics ~ Design Principles and Goals ~ Pattern Recognition ~ Natural Cycles and Processes ~ Plant Identification ~ Wild crafting ~ Micro climate ~ Tropical and Dry land Farming ~ Indigenous Land Management ~ Natural Building ~ Forest Gardening ~ Mushroom Growing ~ Myco-Remediation ~ Renewable Energy ~ Passive and Active Solar Design ~ Soil Ecology ~ Compost Systems ~ Aquaculture ~ Animals in the Landscape ~ Plant Propagation ~ Slow Food ~ Urban Permaculture Strategies ~ Graywater Harvesting ~ Emergency Preparation ~ Appropriate Technology ~ Seed Saving ~ Nursery Set-up ~ Food Preservation ~ Local Economics ~ Currency and Community Structures ~ Non-Violent Communication ~ Pattern Dynamics. Lots of well known speakers, including Brian Kerkvliet, Sarah Sullivan, David MacLeod, Doug Bullock, Larry Dobson and Alex Winstead,

Community Food Co-op 17th annual free Community Party
Sunday, August 17th, 12-4:30pm, Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St, B’ham
Everybody welcome! Schedule: noon Kuungana marima band, 1:15 community parade, 1:30 Emergency Circus all-ages circus show, 3 pm Clumsy Lovers musical mayhem and dancing. All day: face painting, Play Lab, $3 Co-op deli burritos, crafts, nonprofit info fair, Henna Moon tattoo booth, Mallard Ice Cream stand.

Click here to submit an event to our calendar. Remember to add a link to your event.

Here is one article that’s been open in my browser all week that I wanted to add to this newsletter…

13 Things to Remember When Life Gets Rough
We’ve all gone through hard times. And we all get through them. However, some get through them better than others. So what is their secret? Most of it has to do with attitude. Here are 13 things to remember when life gets rough

That’s it for this week. Go outside and play!

(Compiled by Jeffrey Westcott)

This Tuesday is the first Yoga-In-The-Parks. It begins on Tuesday, July 29th at 6pm for five weekly sessions, all on the water at Boulevard Park. Folks of all ages and abilities are invited to join us for an hour of yoga followed by a community meal. Bring some food to share. Donation $5-10.All sessions begin with gentle warm ups and will be devoted to the need s of the participants. Come prepared to enjoy restorative, partner and group yoga, walking meditation and yoga nidra. Connect body-mind-spirit, community and the natal world from which we flow. Kathleen Grimbly will be leading the class.

I hope to see you there. This is always a fun time in which we can take care of our minds and bodies.

This newsletter is short, as I just got back from cycling over in Eastern Washington and Oregon. See you Tomorrow!

And here are some other upcoming events …Mark Your Calendar – Whatcom Skillshare Faire!

August 23rd and August 24th, Hovander Park, Ferndale
Two days with camping! “Share your skills – Trade your wares” The Whatcom SkillShare Faire – a fun festival about teaching and learning. Organized by Transition Whatcom, Skillshare Faire Planning Team & a bunch of other co-sponsors. 
Starts Tuesday July 29th, ends August 1st, 12:30pm, SPARK Museum, 1312 Bay Street B’ham
Summer Robotics at Spark meets 4 days in a row and children work in pairs to construct & program one robot. Natural curiosity and wonder guide learning about robot building and computer programming using LEGO Mindstorms®. No experience is necessary and this is appropriate for ages 8-14. Preregistration is required: Session 2 – July 29-31 & August 1. Call or email anne@sparkmuseum.org or 360-738-3886 to register. Cost: $60 for all four days.

Downtown Sounds – Publish the Quest with 3 on the Tree

Wednesday, July 23rd, show starts at 6pm, 1300 Block of Bay St.
Downtown Sounds is a series of free, live concerts for the entire family featuring performances by popular bands, local food vendors and a beverage garden provided by Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro and Spark Museum of Electrical Invention.
* 7/30/2014 Publish the Quest with 3 on the Tree
* 8/6/2014 Voyager with The Trees: A Rush TributeBandit Run

Saturday, August 2nd, 9am, Larrabee State Park
This event features two fun and challenging racecourses, a kids’ run, live music, food, and other festivities for all ages! Be sure to check back as more information unfolds. There is a Kids’ Race, a 4.5 Mile Fun Run/Walk, and a 7.5 Mile Fun Run. Proceeds will help support the Northwest Straits Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation’s Larrabee Water Quality Stewards summer internship program.


2nd Annual Lummi Island Run or Walk

Saturday, August 9th,8:30am-12pm, Events
Here is your chance to Run the Rock for a great cause.  All proceeds benefit the island children’s organizations.  1/2 marathon, 1/4 marathon, 3.5 mile.

Lummi Island Reefnet Festival
Saturday, August 9th,11am-8:30pm, Lummi Island
Celebrate the ancient method of Reefnet Fishing, past and present on Lummi Island, Wa. The festival features live music all day, education centers about reefnet fishing, photo and video displays of reefnet fishing, boat rides, kid’s activities and games, artisan vendors, grilled fresh Sockeye salmon, other good food, a beer and wine garden. All proceeds benefit the Island children’s organizations. Admission – $5 per person.  Children 12 and under free.   Bring the whole family! Shuttle service available, so walk-ons on the ferry encouraged.

Summer Harvest Day
Sunday, August 10th, 11am to 4pm, Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson
Come enjoy the summer bounty and the open house experience at Cloud Mountain Farm Center. Walk through the orchards and fields, taste a variety of fruits and vegetables, learn about the many programs going on at the Center– including the new farmer intern program, the vegetable processing plant, and the propagation for the plant nursery. Learn how to make your own rain garden, be a judge of fresh salsa and fruit preserves, and watch a threshing demo. Taste honey made from local bees, and get ideas for how to shop and cook local fresh food. Come experience and learn about your dynamic local food system!

Click here to submit an event to our calendar.