Excitement Downtown Today; Elizabeth Park Concerts 6 PM; Virus Spike; Chalk Talk! Lots More; Song: How Can I Keep From Singing

CONTENTS 6/15/2020
Excitement Downtown Today
Elizabeth Park Virtual Summer Concerts
Marla Bronstein On Air Interview
Spike In Covid Cases
Chalk Talk: Miriam Barnett
Chalk Availability
Alternative Swim Lessons
Dinosaurs Needed?
Fl!p’s Pix For Music
    JP Falcon Grady
    Dana Lyons
    Stanley & Kip Greenthal
Radio Free Fl!p: How Can I Keep From Singing?

My email was down all day. It may take me a while to catch up. Sorry!


Bellingham mayor speaks with March to Defund Police protesters in downtown Bellingham. This seems like pretty balanced coverage.



6:00 – 8:00 PM starting this Thursday evening, rain or shine, every Thursday, live streamed on KRME Radio 102.3 FM. Listen in your own home this year! Thanks to the Eldridge Society and Marla Bronstein!


There is an interview with Marla by Margaret Bikman, airing on KRME this week. Here’s what Margaret had to say: “This past week, I interviewed the hard-working introvert Marla Joy Simon Bronstein, who’ll share all she’s been up to the past few weeks, particularly the Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series-Bellingham,WA. the Columbia Neighborhood, Bellingham, WA‘s Fourth of July Chalk Art Event, and Bellingham Theatre Guild, as well as Whatcom Arts Project. Our interview will be broadcast on KMRE 102.3 FM sometimes during the 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. hours on Tuesday, June 16; and in the 4 p.m. hour on Wednesday, June, 17. Be sure to tune in!”


I think it’s important information to share that Whatcom County just reported the highest number of confirmed COVID cases since April 19th.  (Probably the increase from Memorial Day that was predicted.) Might be worth noting since we’ve had an increase in protests and neighborhood activity… maybe just play it safe and remember the extra hand washing/mask/isolation precautions.    It’s no fun… especially for families, but dang.  I don’t want to get back to phase one.


Kamarie Chapman, Walnut Street

[Newest information suggests mask worn properly by enough people and 6 feet of distance make a huge difference. Please wear your masks and keep your distance. We can protect each other.]


Marla Bronstein interviews Miriam Barnett for 2 or 3 minutes.  Miriam created and ran the old Allied Arts Chalk Festival downtown, many years ago. She now lives in Tacoma and runs the YWCA there. Way longer ago even than that, in the early 1960s, I was her babysitter in Seattle. We still adore each other, and I watch her leadership with awe and delight. And she still loves Bellingham, deep in her heart.



I just found out that the Sehome Village Dollar Store has $1 chalk sets in! Here’s their phone:  (360) 392-2771. Launching Success on Prince St in Cordata 360-527-2641, and the Toy Garden (360)-714-8552 in Fairhaven also have chalk. Dakota Art 360-676-8918 on Cornwall downtown has the really good art chalk, and some less expensive smaller sets of bright chalk as well. If he sells out soon, he still has time to get more, and his supplier has it in stock. So pounce on it folks!

Today I spoke with Immanuel Bible Church on Lynn Street, and they found chalk to share. They have volunteers who will be at the church helping neighbors get settled, socially distanced, and they are making chalk available as well.

I have 150 or so sets of the pastel kid-style chalk here at the house. You can call me and come by for it. Just let me know you’re coming: 360-671-4511. These sets are free, donated by the Eldridge Society. (Yay!!!)  and some anonymous donors as well. The bright chalk I ordered won’t be in for another week or so. The bright stuff is somewhat smaller, so plan for a smaller “sidewalk canvas” if you’re going bright. All I ask is that you wait to use it till the Fourth Of July.

I will let everyone know as soon as our chalk website goes live. At that point, I would love it if everyone would sign up right away so I can make a guess as to how much more chalk we’re going to need if we can still get it.


Are you looking for an alternative swim lesson option for your child (or you) this July & August?  Look no further.  We know from first-hand experience that Jason is a fabulous swim instructor!  He’s experienced, talented, trustworthy, reliable, joyful, and just plain fun!  Here’s a little more from Jason himself…

“Hi there, my name is Jason, I am a 3rd year university student in Bellingham offering Private Swimming Lessons this summer between July and August. I have years of experience teaching kids and adults from every age group. All the lessons are done in my backyard in Whatcom Lake and we have various wet suit sizes in case anyone gets cold. Classes are taught either ‘1 on 1’ or ‘1 on 2’, 1 on 1 classes cost $25 and 1 on 2 classes cost $35. Each class is appx. 45 minutes. If interested please contact me at: Jason_aginsky@hotmail.com.” 

Anna Brim on Walnut Street


Hi- My dad is turning 70 on July 2nd, but I’m on the east coast, and wont be able to see him for a while. I’m wondering if anyone would be willing to walk by his house (near Whatcom Community College) on his birthday dressed up like a dinosaur (open to other costumes)? I can pay $20 – all I ask is that you confirm what time you will walk by so I can ensure he is looking out the door for you.



1. JP Falcon Grady is on daily except Sunday at 4:30 and 8:30 https://www.facebook.com/jpfalcongrady

2. Dana Lyons will give a live performance next Sunday, June 28 – Orca Month Online Concerts and the Struggle for America’s Soul 

 June 28, 4:00 pn  You can watch June14th show also on his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DanaLyons/

As the greater American family faces our history and tries to figure out how to do better, I am scheduled to sing a couple online concerts in to help save the endangered orcas as part of Orca Month.

3. Stanley Greenthal and wife Kip performing next Thursday Jun 18 at 7:45 Kip and I will be doing another “virtual” concert on Thursday, June 18th, from 7 PM to 7:45 PM, Pacific daylight time. The Balkan and Celtic music along with some original tunes concert is sponsored by the Lopez Island Library, and you can hear the concert on their Facebook page (Lopez Island Library home page)  Heartfelt extraordinary music:  http://www.stanleygreenthal.com/?fbclid=IwAR3jIkz7jbH2Jzni1iAIECVYoQ_C9GN66N-5wziO1f_clZhpBQIFbKzEi58


Bok Trickett Muir. Group singing is not a spectator sport. It’s a birthright that has been stolen from us. No one ever had to audition to sing along with We Shall Overcome.


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

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