Chalk!; Justice Forum New Date; Coyote Alert; Fiddle Tunes; Firehouse; Lots More; Song: Don’t Get Trouble In Your Mind

CONTENTS 6/26/2020
   Free Chalk Sets
   Signing Up
   Not An Artist?
   Chalk Music: Lawn-Certs
Racial Justice Online Forum Rescheduled
Rabbit Fields Farm In Columbia
Found Wool Vest
Coyote Alert – Cat Warning
Garage Attic Studio For Rent
Fiddle Tunes!
Firehouse Studio
Midsummer Night’s Dream
Radio Free Fl!p:  Don’t Get Trouble In Your Mind


Give me one more week, (a week from tomorrow!) and I’ll shut about about chalk… except for the virtual tour which should be available after everyone uploads their chalk photos!


I over-prepared and have about 200 sets of chalk languishing in my front entry. Please come pick it up and use it on the Fourth Of July! I’ve got cool ice-cream-cone shaped chalk sets for kids. I’ve got brilliantly colored chalk sets for teens and adults. I’ve got mountains of sidewalk chalk! Free! Tell your neighbors too.


We have 70 neighbors signed up. But we have 1700 households! Columbia Elementary School, Immanuel Bible Church, and Franklin Academy have all volunteered their sidewalks as well. Pretty please, come get chalk! (I’m always home.) Sign up so your Chalk shows on the map. No info will be exploited in any way. If you’re coming to the school or church sidewalks, we can register you at that address. If you need any help signing up, just call me and I’ll get you set up.

If you’re already signed up, please talk your neighbors into signing up too. I bet folks out walking in the afternoon will be looking at the map to see where there’s a bunch of chalk. That could be your block!


Just make a hop-scotch grid! We could use lots of those. My beloved neighbor Bea just made me a stencil of vines and flowers on her Kricut machine. If you’ve got a friend with one of those machines, I bet they could do the same for you. Run a vine clear down your own sidewalk, and have your neighbors join up with their own. See if you can get the vine to run clear down your block. Or draw a music staff and put notes on it for people to figure out what the tune is. Wouldn’t it be cool to have lots of stencils of feet around the ‘hood, to lead passers-by in dance steps. Or Simon Says: Giant Steps, Baby Steps, Walk Backwards, Etc. Or add a sign that says “Ministry Of Silly Walks.”  Zeke says, “A Chalk-Tac-Toe Tournament?” Write out a favorite poem. If you don’t think you’d be any good at “art,” just pretend you’re a kid and go see what happens! Invite your grandkids, nieces & nephews, artist buddies… Invite all the alumni from our neighborhood schools and churches. Don’t you want to come out and play with us?

Fl!p Breskin
2518 Cherry Street (red house with green trim)


Click here, then scroll to the bottom of the page to see all the cool stuff happening a week from tomorrow! If you’re playing music, send me a blurb about it and I’ll post a run-down of all the music, here, soon.


July 1st, 7-9 p.m.

After an overwhelming turnout and a glitch in the Zoom process for expanding our meeting capacity, the Forum on Racial Justice has been rescheduled. So many people were trying to get in at once that it was impossible for some of the panelists to get into the meeting. We are encouraging people to join the call around 6:45 p.m.

Panelists will include:
     County Executive Satpal Sidhu
     Rosalinda Guillén of Community to Community, advocates for food security and immigrant rights
     Bellingham Deputy Police Chief Flo Simon
     Shirley Williams of White Swan Environmental and the Lummi Nation;
     Black entrepreneur Jonathan Randolph of Bellingham.

Hosted by the Bellingham Friends Meeting. This will be recorded live and posted at as soon as possible following the forum.

Saturdays 9-1 at 2526 Kulshan Street. Skagit Valley organic produce, already bagged. Prices range from $5.00-30.00 Or pre-order online:


Someone rode by our house on bike and dropped their very nice Filson Wool Vest in our yard on accident.
Julea Ivancovich
(360) 820-3581
West Connecticut Street


A coyote is clearly ranging far from the ravine these days. Keep your kitties in at night. A cat who lost to a coyote was discovered at Walnut and Jefferson on Wednesday morning. Animal control picked up the remains and identified it as coyote event. Thank you to neighbor Jani Adderley for dealing with this sad situation! Jani reached out to the cat’s Park Street family, and we offer them our deepest condolences.


Birchwood neighborhood (close to Columbia!) Available August 1st, $900/mo 

Includes all utilities, including wifi. Ideal for single, minimalist, professional without pets. Wood floor, real kitchen with granite countertops, on 1/2 acre with garden and fruit trees. Peaceful quiet setting, no laundry on site. Please email if you are interested, and share a bit about yourself and your situation. First, last, and damage required.
Thank you!
Megan Sherman


Friday June 26 to Friday July 3

This years virtual Festival Of American Fiddle Tunes: a week of free fiddling! and on Saturday and Sunday special lectures about the contributions of black musicians. All events will be free to attend, with a festival-wide tip jar to benefit organizations working for social justice on behalf of people of color. ht/t Kate Nichols


The iconic Fairhaven landmark has come up with a new mission. In keeping with Washington State’s Stay Safe – Stay Healthy order in Phase 2 and beyond, the FireHouse Performing Arts & Events Center has created a new and innovative use of the famous FireHouse Theatre space – live performance video recording and editing. 

While the magic and excitement of gathering together in a theater can never be equaled, the FireHouse is exploring new ways to present video-recorded performances. Artists will have the opportunity to perform in a live theatre setting, and have their videos accessible online to fans both old and new. Audiences will have a sense of being right there with the performers.

Musicians, storytellers, and dancers can perform on stage in the Theatre/Studio while being recorded by a professional staff using state-of-the art video, lighting, and sound equipment – all at safe distances.


Also did you know the National Theatre of London it’s streaming it’s plays for free? Shakespeare midsummers night dream is this week! What could be more timely? ~ Kate Nichols


Carolina Chocolate Drops. In honor of Fiddle Tunes Festival beginning today.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511

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