Chalk Tomorrow! More…


Chalk! Live Music! Crafts! Plants! Costumes!

Please join us tomorrow,  July 4th, to play with chalk on the sidewalk in front of your own home. This is for all ages, from pre-schoolers to adults, beginners to professionals. No skill is required.

Chalk in the morning. Last year we had everything from hopscotch squares to vivid peacocks & dragons. There were vines clear down the street, house to house.

At noon, a group from the Bellingham Community Band will play at Elizabeth Park. Socially distance, please.

And then we can all dress up and tour the neighborhood for the afternoon and early evening to see our fun creations! Musicians are encouraged to sign up to play from their front porches. Crafters, artists, gardeners etc can sign up to display & sell their wares. Bicycles are a great way to get around.

How to get on the map: Click on the link to Scroll down and click the button to fill in the sign-up form. This will collect your contact information (which we will only use to coordinate with you and will never share or exploit in any way), and the location where you plan to chalk/play music, etc. We will add your location onto the map, and a description if you’d like to add one.

Last year we found that the more houses on a block signed up, the more folks came to see what was happening there. Invite your neighbors and sign up together!

We have about 50 households signed up so far. There’s still plenty of room for you! And we still have lots of chalk.  There will be live music from front porches, driveways, and Elizabeth Park at noon (take a picnic?) Crafts. Plants. Food! Go to the map and look for the little dots. Blue is chalk. Pink is music, art, crafts, plants, all sorts of stuff! Click on the dots to read what’s happening at that location, even from your smartphone. Bicycles are a great way to get around to see it all. Decorate your bike!

It’s not too late to sign up and join in!

Chalk: There’s a place on the sign-up page to request chalk if you need it. There will be volunteers from the neighborhood association distributing chalk on today at the Share Shack, 2000 W Connecticut, between 1:00 & 3:00 PM. You can also get chalk from Flip. Phone or text 360-671-4511 to set up a time.


We have had two employees call in and not able to work. We unfortunately don’t have anyone that can make it there now. We are very sad we can’t. If we can find anyone else that can do it we will call call you ASAP.  Thank you and hopefully we can get there. ~ West Coast Pops

HOWEVER! If you look at the map there are neighbors with ice cream, lemonade, raspberries… all sorts of goodies!


Need furniture, goods, and temporary meals

Bridget Congo is  an amazing Community Helper Admin and she works at Opportunity Council. Her department is working on getting 14 currently homeless community members into the new Samish Way Commons Building. Many of these chronically homeless folks have no household goods at all. One person signed their lease last week!This is life-changing for these community members, many of whom have been literally homeless 10+ years! All of them are trying to get settled at once, instead of coming into a situation with neighbors ready to welcome them. Some are individuals and some are families. Homelessness is very stressful, and so is moving and getting set up. We’d like to help folks get settled ,over the next two weeks by providing meals up to 3x a week (but we’ll take even one meal, once, if that’s what you can offer!). That’s 6 meals total meals over that 2 week period per person or family. We’re looking for cooks. We can help provide ingredients and even pick-up the meals. It’s a short-term but immediate project. Can you help?

Contact Lorelei Bowers for cooks:

Contact Bridget Congo for furniture and goods:  (Whoops! This part is coming soon. Please wait for it.)…/amp/


Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia was drifting over Western Washington on Friday, July 2, and was expected to linger until Saturday, July 3, but it remained in the upper atmosphere and wasn’t affecting air quality near the ground, according to the Northwest Clean Air Agency’s website, which showed “good” readings across Whatcom County.



Friday, July 9, 6 -8 pm. Firehouse Arts Center

1314 Harris Ave

Songs of Home, Heart & Hope

No cover, Limited Seating

First come. 


I have been invited to join one of Robert Blake’s Kitchen Table concerts, on Sunday July 11, both online & for a small live audience, outdoors. Right here in the neighborhood. Check with me if you’re interested in attending in person. Songs, stories, tunes, and my beloved Columbia Neighborhood Guitar!



Malvina Reynolds


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