Elizabeth Park March, Chalk, Donation Locations, Elders, Workers & Masks, Studio For Rent, Song: Rock Me To Sleep

CONTENTS 5/31/2020
Yesterday’s Elizabeth Park March
Waterproof Outdoor Chalk?
Donation Locations Opening Soon
Wanted: Bird Feeder
Elders, Workers & Masks
What Is Society?: Video
Thank You From D’Anna’s
Cute Backyard Studio For Rent
Radio Free Fl!p: Rock Me To Sleep


The Saturday afternoon march stayed calm from Elizabeth Park to the library, and then to Trader Joe’s. Here is footage from the Bellingham Herald. I had heard this video existed but I couldn’t find it on the Herald’s website. A friend finally sent me the link. Thanks Lee Che!



“You might not be a chalk artist, but even if you are, surely you don’t want your work to be immediately washed away by an unforeseen rainstorm. In order to extend the life of your chalk creations, whether they be works of art or simply temporary delineations that need to remain for an event, spraying them down with WD-40 will keep them on the sidewalk or pavement, no matter what may happen with the weather after the fact.” ~ Elisabeth Starnes, Vallette Street

[Thanks! Can anyone comment on whether this could cause a sidewalk slip hazard. I searched online but couldn’t find an answer. ~Fl!p]


I have been receiving a lot of questions about where people can donate the belongings they’ve been sorting out. Here’s what I found so far. More suggestions are welcome.

Whatcom Bellingham Habitat for Humanity on Cornwall opens June 1 for shopping and donations.

We Care of Whatcom Country accepts mainly clothing and distributes them for very minimal charge to the needy.  A lot of our agricultural worker families go there for needed clothing. 3550 Meridian, suite 2.

The YWCA on Forest street will open on June 1st and will accept donations then. Please call ahead.

Assistance League (across from Haggens) (I’m not sure when they are opening.)

Wise Buys (near downtown YMCA on State Street) (I’m not sure when they are opening either.)

There’s a drop box at the Mall near Red Robin which is maintained regularly.  Please do not use the closed drop box near Big Lots in the Birchwood/Northwest parking lot, or leave anything outside of any drop box or gate.


Looking for a large bird feeder that needs a new home. 0726pat@gmail.com
~ Pat Macdonald, Birdhouse Studio on Lynn Street


A neighbor had an experience with an appliance repair person coming into her senior household without a mask. The elder was uncomfortable confronting. It’s a good time to remember that we can all specify that masks and gloves will be required in our homes, at the time we make an appointment. We can of course refuse to let anyone into our homes if we don’t feel safe. We can phone to inquire whether a business has their employees masked before we visit there, or before they are dispatched to our homes. We can even ask if their customers are mostly masked. We do get to keep in mind that people with asthma or other medical conditions can’t wear masks, and be respectful and kind while we keep ourselves safe.


I had multiple requests for the video that I transcribed from last night so I am posting the link here, in case more of you want to watch it.



Whoa—you folks are amazing!! What a great turnout at D’Anna’s first night open and on through the weekend—much greater than anticipated. Thank you for your enthusiasm and kindness last night as we navigated our first night back!!!!  It felt really good to be back at it, even if we were a little rusty! We are so thankful for your support and patience as we all learn a new way of doing things! We feel loved!”


Located near Elizabeth Park, this small backyard studio apartment is available now. This stand-alone, no-smoking unit can be lightly furnished if desired. Rent is $855, and includes all utilities, internet, and a washer/dryer. Shared outside spaces include patio, hot tub, and gardens for tenant to enjoy.  We require the first and last month’s rent and $400 refundable deposit. Please be prepared to provide references from present work and last housing. We (an active retired couple) live in the main house, so a quiet, responsible single occupant is a must. We are looking for a good fit for our common spaces. Please text (360) 389-1391 or  email fullermitchell2@gmail.com with a bit about yourself and any questions you may have.  We’re happy to make a (socially distanced and masked) appointment for you to see the space. 

Some additional details to help you decide whether to inquire further:

–No Pets-firm about this.
–Apartment is 100% smoke free! Premises are 100% tobacco free
–There is a good shower, but no bathtub
–If you love to bake and cook, this may not be the kitchen for you-There is a 2-coil cooktop, toaster oven and microwave.
–Parking is on street
— We practice Covid 19 safety procedures and prefer tenant who does also. When using common spaces; masks, outside visitors only, minimum 6 ft. distance maintained 

~ Beth Fuller-Mitchell, Williams Street


From our old Victor Street neighbor, Tom Hunter. He’s singing here with his friends Bev Bos & Michael Leeman. Willie Nelson also recorded this song with his daughter. If you poke around on YouTube, you can find them as well. But this one is my friend Tom, who wrote it, singing with Bev Bos & Michael Leeman. Tom was a jewel in this world.


Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511 cell/text  flip@columbianeighborhood.org

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