Wind & Rain, Lots More

HEAVY RAIN, POSSIBLE HIGH WINDS LATE SUNDAY NIGHT

Looks like we may get a break Saturday afternoon. A great time to clean out the storm drains and put leaves safely into your wheelie bins so they don’t wash right back in. The basement you save from flooding could be your own, or your neighbors. Watch carefully for traffic as you work. Thank you!

THANKSGIVING COOKS?

They have no plans for Thanksgiving at Swifthaven Tiny Home Village. I would like to do a Thanksgiving dinner for them on Sunday before Thanksgiving but I can’t take on the whole thing myself. Do you know of any volunteers that might be willing to help? ~ Julia  juliahassler@comcast.net 360-201-6996. 

U-PICK GRAPES

We’ve got more grapes than we know what to do with and would like to share with someone who wants  them. They are dark purple with seeds and taste like grape juice. In fact, they make delicious juice. If you would like to come pick some, please email mardisolomon1@gmail.com or call/text (360)325-6002. ~ Mardi & Gene Solomon, Walnut Street

 KARLA BONOFF / NINA GERBER TICKETS

I have 2 tickets to this concert at MBT on Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm. Turns out I have Kulshan Chorus rehearsal that night, and will be missing rehearsal while traveling the following week, so would like to find 2 people interested in attending. I paid $49 each – good seats – would take less if interested. Please let me know — I’m sorry to miss this ~ Harriet Markell, harriet.markell@gmail.com

[Nina Gerber is absolutely stunning. If you’ve never heard her, she is SO worth hearing! ~ Fl!p] 

CHOIR OF THE SALISH SEA 

All concerts at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham

$20 general/$5 students – buy tickets at brownpapertickets

For further information & Covid Protocols , see choirofthesalishsea.com

COMBAT FLIP FLOPS: IN AND OUT OF BATTLE

3:00 and 7:30pm, Saturday, November 13, 2021

This high-energy program marking Veteran’s Day reframes the age-old imperative to “beat swords into plowshares” with a modern project of replacing combat boots with casual footwear. Venture with the choir into and out of battle with pieces honoring veterans (Hogan’s Battle of Jericho, a setting of Kipling’s Boots), pondering war and peace (Gabriel’s Oboe from “The Mission,” and Nichols’ electrifying Chalk Circle Songs), and exuding joy (Blue Suede Shoes, Paul Simon’s Diamonds on The Soles of Her Shoes).

BROTHERS, SING ON!

3:00 and 7:30pm, Saturday, February 26, 2022

Choir member Christopher Giffen brings his professional opera singing brother John from Montreal to lead us in choral classics including Quick’s Loch Lomond, Lauridsen’s Sure on this Shining Night and Copland’s Zion’s Walls. The program also features guests The Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Chalice Choir who will join us for Franz Biebl’s powerful Ave Maria.

THE BIG ROCK GARDEN CONCERT

3:00 and 7:30pm, Saturday, May 21, 2022

The mystery and magic of art in an idyllic forest setting is communicated through songs including the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun, Lauridsen’s Dirait-On and Bobby McFerrin’s The Garden. First presented virtually in May, 2020, this concert will now hitting the stage in-person, along with projections of the fantastic and diverse garden sculptures.

HANDYMAN SHOUTOUT

I worked with Bo Bumford (charges $50/hr). Really skilled and efficient. He worked for a friend building a deck and also took out a wall and installed windows and doors. He came very highly recommended. Bumford Construction  360.319.9020 ~ Penny Chambers <penny.chambers@gmail.com>

CONCRETE WORK?

I’m looking for someone to cast me a concrete plinth to mount my Little Free Library. I want to have it be all kid’s books. I got this very cool Victorian reproduction cast iron mailbox, enamel green. There’s one side that can be set up with a plexiglass cover to lift.  So I’m also looking for someone who can cut me that piece of plexiglass. Or several of pieces to tuck away in case the first one gets broken. I’ve got a great stash of kids books I would love to share. Is it too late in the year for concrete? ~ Fl!p Breskin flip@breskin.com 360-671-4511

BUDGET WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER NEEDED

My fiance and I are getting married next summer at Tolt Macdonald Park in Carnation, WA on June 26, 2022. It will be a DIY camping wedding with friends and family. For the videographer, the time commitment is flexible, but we’re hoping to end up with 5-10 minute video of wedding day highlights – our budget is $1,000. We are also open to hiring a student or young professional looking to build their portfolio. Please send recommendations my way, ~ Anya Gedrath: agedrath@gmail.com or 970.488.9195.

HOUSE FOR RENT

3 bedrooms/ 1.5 Bath / large second floor bonus room, 1200 ft. Available early November. $2500/month. Columbia Craftsman, bright, full of character in the heart of Bellingham’s historic Columbia neighborhood. Email for viewing and more details: marciafaye01@gmail.com ~ Marcia Levinson

FRIENDLY, COMMUNITY MINDED FAMILY LOOKING TO SETTLE IN COLUMBIA

Hello! My family of four moved to Bellingham from Woodinville this summer and we are loving it here. We have spent days wandering neighborhoods and just love Columbia. When we aren’t working or schooling (two college kiddos) we love to garden, hike, walk, and explore restaurants and coffee shops. We are looking to buy a 3 bed, 1.5+ bath 1500 sq ft or bigger home this winter or next spring. We owned our last home for 15 years and hope to be a long time part of the community. Would consider renting. Thanks! Kit Topaz, kittopaz2@gmail.com

CHANGE THROUGH LISTENING 

I’ve been thinking for years about listening as an alternative to arguing, bullying or avoiding conflict. If someone is holding rigidly to an idea that I find horrific, there is actually no way I will be able to argue them out of it. Their mind is not open. There is nothing I can say that will get through when someone is in the emotional grip of some irrationality.  However, if I listen caringly, intelligently, courteously, deliberately, and at length – and I mean actually caring about the human being in the grip of whatever idea I find upsetting – there is at least a chance that being cared about and really heard will give the person to whom I am listening a chance to re-think. And to connect with me.  It’s the hardest thing I know, to listen to someone say things I find deeply distateful. Because there’s a risk that I, the listener, might be changed by what I hear.  But if my own position is actually correct, it must be safe to listen.  And if my position leaves critical things out, I really want to get it right.  So no matter what direction you might be hoping to change the world, I believe it is done most effectively one heart at a time. Love/Fl!p 

RADIO FREE FL!P 

THE WATER IS WIDE

Karla Bonoff & Nina Gerber (coming soon to the Mt Baker Theatre!)

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