Meeting Tomorrow, Masks In Public, Concert Line-Up, Walnut Share Hut, Bagelry, More

CONTENTS 5/18/2020
Masks In Public Requested Starting Friday
Coronavirus Levels Within Whatcom County
Neighborhood Meeting Tomorrow!
Elizabeth Park Summer Concerts
Elizabeth Park Summer 2020 Lineup
Walnut Street Share Hut
The Bagelry Re-Opens
Found People
Hug Guard For Grandma?
Song: The Water Is Wide
Shop For Fl!p?


“This is a should rather than a shall. We will not be issuing tickets. We will not be citing people who aren’t wearing a mask,” Lautenbach explained. “We also ask that the public not call 911 or call the health department with complaints about people not wearing masks.” Read more here, by Kie Relyea:


Online – Zoom Call
Tuesday, May 19 7-8pm

Our Neighborhood Quarterly Meeting will be focused on neighbors helping neighbors and beginning a discussion on moving forward towards a zero waste future.


1) Welcome

2) Guest Speaker – Sandi Heinrich, Founder –

Sandi will share about the program and help people to understand that they don’t need to go to the store or pick up prescriptions if they are elderly or otherwise at high risk… There are healthy less vulnerable people who can do that for them. We are also able to offer assistance with food and other supplies for low income families who need help paying for these items, Especially if they’ve lost their job due to Covid.

3) CNA Treasurer’s Report

4) MNAC (Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission) Update

5) Food Bank Updates – Jennifer Moon

6) Columbia Share Shack Updates/Discussion(if there is time)- Future use of the Share Shack

7) Guest Speaker – Mark Peterson, Sustainable Business and Food Recovery Program Manager, Sustainable Connections

He will be giving a presentation on: Food Waste A Global Issue Ripe for Individual Action: sharing some of the issues surrounding the global issues of food waste and how we as individuals can reduce our own food waste and make a positive impact.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 974 1245 2295
Password: 531288
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Thanks to an incredibly committed community, the Summer of 2020 will include Elizabeth Park Summer virtual concert series, thanks to the continued partnership of The Eldridge Society for History and Preservation and Bellingham Parks and Recreation.  We won’t meet face-to-face in the park, not while grabbing dinner or waiting in line for Mallard’s ice cream while listening to music as we have in the past. But we will all be able to safely and distantly socialize from our own homes. 

These concerts will be a mix of Live and pre-recorded shows, all live- streamed on the Elizabeth Park Concert Facebook page, as well as the Elizabeth Park YouTube Channel. Viewers will NOT need to have either a Facebook or YouTube account to watch either concert feed. But make sure you can turn up your speakers!! If you do have Facebook account; think about hosting your own “watch party.” We will get through this together, while continuing to enjoy what Bellingham has to offer and staying safe.


BAND        GENRE            DATE

Free Harmony          Classic folk-rock harmonies                06/18/20

CraigO’s Planet Groove        Grateful Dead meets New Orleans Funk       06/25/20

The Sweet Goodbyes Folk/Pop                        07/02/20

High Mountain String Band Bellingham Based Progressive Bluegrass Band     07/09/20

Free Harmony        Classic folk-rock harmonies         7/16/20

4TENS Band        Fun Classic Rock Party Music         7/23/20

Di Young/Fruit Cocktail        Sultry Jazz and Pop Ensemble/Eclectic         07/30/20

The Soul Shakers        Horn Heavy Funk and Soul         08/06/20

bandZandt        The County’s Best Dance Band         08/13/20

CraigO’s Planet Groove        Grateful Dead meets New Orleans Funk 08/20/20


In front of my home at 2721 Walnut Street sits a chicken coop sized structure that is the neighborhood share hut.  It was built through a neighborhood grant many years back. I wish I could remember exactly how many years it has stood there but close to ten. Over that time the share hut’s latch has been opened by many; young, old, well off and those without a home. Often it is filled with treasures just waiting to be discovered. Kids enjoy the hand painted rocks and books they find there by parents cleaning their children’s closets. While adults may find shoes, books, cloth, fresh vegetables, canned food and many household items. The highlight of my day is watching the delight on someone’s face as they find that perfect something in the share hut.

The share hut has no rules. In the beginning we had a sign that said, “consider this a place to leave a gift for a neighbor”. What I learned through the years is that people think of “gifts” differently depending on their circumstances. So, when the plastic organizational bins were taken, I assumed they were taken by folks who truly could not afford organizational bins on their own. I replaced them with cardboard boxes. This worked until someone needed the boxes and they were taken. Luckily, this was not a problem as I could get more. Some items folks leave are better off at the goodwill or in the trash but for the most part people leave great things. I try to clean it out once a month but often to my delight, a neighbor has gotten there before me. The share hut provides a place for so many to be involved. It really has helped us develop a larger sense of community.

My favorite stories involve folks who feel that they want to give back to the community through the share hut. One young woman left camping gear that was in terrific condition exclaiming that she had taken so much it was her turn to re-stoke it. Another neighbor leaves beautiful bouquets for anyone to take. A few years back I ran into a street minister who regularly filled it with clean dry socks and warm hats in the winter.

Recently the share hut has been showing its age. A moving van drove into it and now it is off kilter.  As a birthday gift, my partner is putting it on pavers to straighten it and a neighbor is rebuilding the door. This little hut has brought immeasurable joy to my life and the neighborhood as well. I hope you will consider a visit there sometime soon!  Love/Jackie Brown
[This is different from the Share Shack, at Utter & West North Street. ~Fl!p]


Has anyone else been missing Bagelry bagels? Online orders, or weekly or every-other-week subscriptions are now available. You can even get Challah as part of the Friday big box subscription called “The Works.” If fresh bagels are put straight in the freezer, they’ll still taste fresh for a couple weeks. Orders will be available for curbside pick up or free delivery (within Bellingham city limits ) Mondays, Fridays, or Saturdays. Deliveries will start at 8:30 and be done sometime around 11. If you do curbside pick-up, you could combine your pick-up with Mallard ice cream! Support local businesses!


We found the lost dog’s people! Thank you all! ~ Megan Noet



Karla Bonoff & Nina Gerber. Nina has been a frequent teacher at PSGW for half a lifetime. I remember in the early years of Guitar Camp we realized we had to wait for a young woman to grow up to find our lead teacher. So we did, and she did. (Nina is holding a little doohickey in her right hand called an eBow. That’s why her guitar sounds like that.)


Is anyone going to the Food Coop or Haggens today or tomorrow? There are a couple items we’d love to replenish.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511 cell/text

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