Rain Delay: Bike Safety Rodeo; Election Forum; Gleaning; Crossing Flags; COVID Study; Song: O The Wind And Rain

CONTENTS 9/23/2020
Rain Delay: Bike Safety Rodeo
Election Forum Video
Crossing Flags On Northwest
COVID Symptom Study Needs You
Vehicle Documents?
Free Trees
Free Vacuum Bags
Labradoodle Is Safe Home
Fl!ps Birthday Concert
Radio Free Fl!p: Oh The Wind And Rain


The date for the free Bike Safety Rodeo at Immanuel Bible Church has been pushed out to October 3 due to the current rainy weather. The Bike Safety Rodeo is designed to help young riders (age 4 to 7) improve skills and awareness. The course is expected to take about an hour. Helmets are required for riders and masks are mandatory.  A parent or guardian should plan to accompany their child. There is space available on the October 3 schedule! Please call or text Sean Jeffrey at 360-961-2483 for more information or to sign up. The 4 Fun Course is open now in the small parking lot off Henry Street. 


I just watched the first of two candidates forums posted on the Bellingham City Club website. The city club is non-partisan. The one I watched is for superior court judges. I’ll watch the PUD candidates next. I’m grateful to have these! www.bellinghamcityclub.org


The Bellingham Food Bank is organizing a gleaning event this Friday, September 25th from 9 a.m. – noon. They will be visiting Kibbe Acres in Ferndale to harvest pears and apples! Volunteers are welcome. (Because of COVID-19 safety considerations, volunteers must be between the ages of 18 and 60.) To volunteer, sign up at the Small Potatoes Gleaning Project site:


Neighbor Mike on Walnut Street put up crossing flags at Northwest and Victor. The family had them made by others with kite making materials and a serger. There are four flags total and two canisters (made of large pvc pipe) zip-tied to the poles.  Hopefully they can help y’all crossing.  And hopefully they last a while! Thanks Mike and Liz for hooking that up!!! ~Kamarie Astrid


The Covid Symptom Study has been mentioned here in the past. It is created by  Massachusetts General Hospital, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, King’s College London, and Stanford University School of Medicine. They need just 128 more participants from Whatcom County to be able to provide accurate daily Covid estimates for us. Once you load the app on your phone and get it set up, it takes about 20 seconds to submit your individual report each day. You can find more information about the study and links to the study’s apps (so you can participate) here:


~ David Vergin

[Fl!p agrees. Zeke and I have been reporting since April. I’d love to see more friends neighbors sign up.]


Someone went through my Acura MDX (on Park St near Jefferson) and took the owner’s manual, vehicle registration and insurance documents (along with a few other things). If any neighbors should find the owner’s manual or other documents discarded somewhere, I would very much appreciate getting them back. my email is taralynn111@gmail.com  thanks so much for your help, ~ Tara Caldwell, Park Street


We have 3 healthy young conifers, each approx 6’ tall, in our yard…available for transplanting…up for grabs (you dig)… 1 fir, 1 cedar, 1 spruce. E Oregon St near Britton,  360-353-4192 ~ Jenny Maida-Young

Vacuum hypoallergenic bags for Oreck canister
Fits :
DTX 1100
DTX 1200
DTX 1300
DTX 1400
Yasmin Liepa, 360-647-8654


Her owner phoned and picked her up within 6 minutes of when my post went out! Just so you know, I have two ways to post. One is my old email list, which travels really fast, but only reaches about half my list. I use it for urgent messages. The other is through my Updates blog. It gets to everyone but often takes 3 hours from the time I push Publish until the time it lands in your inbox. I wish I knew how to fix that! If you didn’t get the mid-afternoon Found Dog report and you’d like to be on the Alerts list, email me to let me know and I can add you.


I wound up doing two versions of my birthday concert this year. One was on facebook in late August, live and very chaotic as we tried to figure out the technology on the fly. The other was professionally recorded at the FireHouse and has now been edited and posted on their website. It’s about 45 minutes long. I wrote the first two songs in the concert about neighbors on Cherry Street in my beloved Columbia neighborhood. There is no charge to view. You are welcome to go look. I am deeply touched, because all the recording and editing was done as a gift to me from the Firehouse folks. Humbling and very moving. This link will take you to the FireHouse Studio web page where you can click on my video and also see other video’s the FireHouse Studio gallery has to offer. They are set up to record live  performances and post them online for artists.



An ancient Child ballad of fatal sibling rivalry and dark musical magic, first written down in the mid-1600s. I wore this recording by Jody Stecher out back in my youth. My mind references everything through song and has for all my life. It’s one of those ballads that floats a painful tale on a light and lovely melody. There are lots of such ballads. It may be one reason the songs survived.


Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street flip@columbianeighborhood.org

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