Hospital Workers, Amazing PSGW Free Concerts & Other Concerts


Can you help? They need us right now more than ever. Morale is at historic lows. Please write cards & letters of thanks and support and send them to the workers at:

Saint Joseph’s Hospital – Peace Health, 2901 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225

Apparently the hospital is not permitted to pass on gift cards. Please hold off while we figure out an alternate way to distribute cards. I’ll let you know. You are able to send commercially prepared meals or goodies. I’ll let you know how to arrange this as soon as I can. We’re also working on a place to leave signs, prayer rocks, wishes, visible support.

We would like to have musicians play during shift changes at the employee entrance. But not singing, or wind instruments because of Covid. We’re setting up a sign-up system for musicians. I’ll know more soon and post a link as soon as we can get it ready. Hopefully tomorrow.

I heard this from someone on this list:  We paid for about 40 healthy meals for the St Joe’s Covid units this weekend over 2 days with a note that just said “from a group of guys in Bellingham who really appreciate you and care”.  We hand delivered some of them to share our appreciation in person. The rest were delivered by the folks at Guud Bowls…..they were awesome. You can share this story if you think it’ll encourage others to do the same, but no names please. We’re doing this anonymously and will probably do more.

Health care workers want and need to be their best selves. They’ve made personal commitments to care for their community and they are trying their best to keep those promises, so they can look in the mirror without flinching. Please don’t complain about anyone or anything to any of them right now. They don’t need to hear that. They need our care and appreciation. Thank you! Let’s flood them with cards, letters & postcards.


The Bellingham City Club will host on Aug. 24 a free, online election forum with Port of Bellingham candidates viewing for the District 1 position (Michael Shepard, incumbent, and John Huntley) and the District 2 position (Ken Bell, incumbent, and Kelly Krieger). Register by midnight Aug. 23.

From the Salish Current online news


Across from the Elizabeth Park tennis courts. Thank you Beth Sobel!


Bring a bag, take a bag!

When: Saturday, September 11th, 10am-2pm

Where: IBC, 2000 W North St, Bellingham WA

What: FREE clothing—all genders, sizes, ages, styles, seasons!!

How: bring a bag of gently used clothing items to swap—no matter how much you bring (even if you don’t bring anything), you can carry out as much as you need/want. (Please, no personal items—underwear/bras, socks, etc— unless they are new and unused)

Why: We are hoping to meet needs for our neighbors and community–it’s been a rough couple years and no one should worry about having a warm coat or clothing for their loved ones. We also hope to donate to local shelters once again!

Who: open to everyone! We want to help locals to be clothed and cared for, so invite your friends and neighbors. We can’t wait to see you all! ~Em Elaine


I broke some little bones in my foot and would like to borrow a scooter for about 6 weeks or buy it. ~ Bob Salas


For sale $500.  It was purchased at Griffith’s for $1200 and used only a handful of times. It is in like new condition. ~ Susan Mulligan


For rent: Located near Elizabeth Park, this small backyard studio apartment in the Columbia Neighborhood is available to show starting this weekend. This stand-alone, no-smoking unit can be lightly furnished if desired. Ideal for single, minimalist, professional without pets. The rent is $875, and includes all utilities, internet, 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 as a good fit for our common spaces. Text: (360) 389-1391 for an appointment to see the studio and ask further questions. 


We’re renting out our cute, centrally-located, stand alone backyard studio in Fountain/Columbia. The rent is $850, and includes utilities, internet, bike storage and off-street parking (no smoking or pets). We require the first month’s rent and $600 deposit to move in, as well as references from past 2 employers and housing managers. Our family lives in the main house, so a quiet, responsible tenant is a must. We are showing the unit now, and will be available for rent by September 6th. Please email for an appointment. ~ Jill Andryczak Kulshan Street

Our co-operative house is looking for a fourth housemate to move in September15 or October 1, 2021 for at least 12 months. The house is located north of Lake Whatcom, a 10-15 minute drive from downtown; a car is required to get to our place. We have a garden,  apple trees, lots of cozy shared indoor space with a piano, and a large patio with a hot tub. The partially furnished room is upstairs & you would share a spacious bathroom with one other housemate. Rent is $600 a month, including all utilities. Moving in will require a reference check, first and last month’s rent, a $200 damage deposit, and signing a 12-month lease ($1400.00 total). We are hoping to find a mature/genuine/active/spirited/artistic/outdoorsy/community-oriented fully vaccinated person who enjoys their professional life. LGBTQ+ friendly. No tobacco or pets. Please email with interest & answer the question: “What are my needs for the perfect shared home environment?” And please be sure and tell us about yourself, & include a phone #. ~ Aurora Fox


Hi neighbors! My husband Dane and I just had our first child Theo, and Dane’s wonderful mom who lives out in the San Juans is hoping to rent a place in Bellingham to be closer to us and to help with childcare for the next year or so. She’s looking for a mother-in-law apartment/ADU/studio somewhere in the neighborhood, move-in date flexible but she’s ready starting September 1! Reach out to her directly if you know of something: She’s looking for a quiet studio or one-bedroom apartment with a separate entrance, bathroom (bathtub is a must) and modest kitchen to call home. Please reach out if you know of anything you think might be a fit for a quiet but vibrant lady who loves this area and can’t wait to spend more time with her grandson! 🙂 Thanks all! ~ Springmeyers 2621 Victor St 


5:30 PM today & tomorrow. Link below.

I co-founded the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop (PSGW) back in 1974 and have been involved ever since. The music and musicians have brought me great joy over the decades. It’s been a very private place, with no visitors, in order to create safety for students and teachers to take musical risks and really show their hearts. There was no camp last year, but this year, for the first time ever, everyone is welcome to join us for two online Teacher Concerts. YOU are invited! Links are below. If you’ve never heard of these musicians, don’t worry. They’re fabulous. I promise. Here are the details:

Today is day one of the concert. We hope to see you there. If you have questions or problems please call Janet’s cell phone 360-224-8007 or email Janet Peterson, Feel free to share this information about the concert. The concert is free and we are asking you to consider donating to Puget Sound Guitar Workshop General Fund which we will distribute to the teachers. You are welcome to join at the beginning of the concert or pop in at any time. To donate online please follow this link and make a note that it is for the teachers’ concert 2021. Or send in a check to PSGW, PO Box 896, Bellingham, WA 98227-0896.

TONIGHT Aug 18, 2021 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Cayley Schmid and Aaron Guest

Suzy Thompson

Cosy Sheridan

Geof Morgan

Marie Eaton

John Knowles

(Becky Knowles interlude)

Olivia Brownlee

Amy Friedricks

Patrice Haan

Tony Marcus

Tom Moran

Nova Devonie and David Keenan

TOMORROW: Aug 19, 2021 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Orville Johnson

Kathy Kallick

Tristan Scroggins

Hubby Jenkins

Sylvia Herold

Jen Hodge

(Becky Knowles interlude)

Kristina Olsen

Marco de Carvalho

Sean Williams

Gina Davis

Kenny Feinstein



Thursday, August 19 at 12:00noon PDT

No reservation necessary.

A special free concert from the Kleinstein Scholar Sessions in Portland OR.

Stories, thoughts, memories, and maybe some singin’!  From Woodstock to Alice’s Restaurant to City of New Orleans to (over 40) concerts in Portland to Beit Haverim. Look for links to Arlo’s music on our website here.

“And I want to be around / When all over this world / You can’t hear a sound ‘cept everyone / Singing songs of glory in the sun


Friday, August 27th @ 6pm, Firehouse  1314 Harris Avenue

Are You Ready To Rattle & Roll Don’t Be Late!…

Everson’s Keith Carpenter and Lynne Givler on guitar, mandolin and bass, and Seattle’s  Brian Butler and Julian Smedley on guitar and violin

Original songs of love, laughter, current events and anthropomorphism. The band includes  Keith Carpenter and Lynne Givler from Everson (thus the first part of the band name) and Brian Butler and Julian Smedley from Seattle (thus the second part of the band name.) We’ll be doing mainly original songs covering a wide range of styles. It’s first come-first seated. There is no cover, but donations via a tip jar are greatly appreciated! Masks are not currently required for fully vaccinated folks, but that could change by show time. So as always, bring one along.


A pretty amazing series of interviews with local elders, with lovely & revealing portraits. I find them uplifting.



I got to officiate at my big brother Joe’s wedding last Sunday. Joe married the glorious Maria! It was an honor and a pleasure, and a very big deal. It was a small, outdoor roof-top gathering of 17 nearest-and-dearest in Seattle, all vaccinated & masked. There was no singing because of Covid, which was hard for me. So I’m going to share some of the songs I wish I could have sung to them, starting with this one by Kate Wolf. If you don’t already know Kate’s music, go find more to listen to. If you already know her music, I’ll brag: I got to throw Kate’s 30th birthday party here in Bellingham. We took her by surprise when we had a large audience up at WWU sing happy birthday to her at her concert. Some of you were probably there.


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