Deming library opens up space for artists; food bank has logo contest


The Friends of the Deming Library has provided the Deming community meeting room for artists to show their work for several years now. The group is now scheduling for 2014. If you are an artist and have an interest in exhibiting your art work, please contact Sharon Digby at 360-592-2286.

Also, coming up for artists of all ages is the Foothills Food Bank's logo contest.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, Dec. 10. Logos will be voted on by the community online and at the food bank. Voting will determine the finalists; the Foothills Food Bank Board of Directors will select the winning design from the finalists. The winner will be announced on Jan. 28.



The 2014 Bellingham One-Act Theatre Festival, hosted by Bellingham Theatre Guild, is seeking short works to Whatcom County's own fringe festival. Past productions brought to the BOAT fest have ranged from straight theater to musicals to improvised dance and movement shows. Both original works and previously published works are acceptable.

Proposals must be presented at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at the guild playhouse, 1600 H St. There is no early submission; presenting in person is mandatory.

The festival runs Feb. 17-March 1 at the guild playhouse.

Forms and guidelines are available at


Claire McNally of the Bellingham Railway Museum let me know that the museum has just finished a long project called "The Rail Trail Walking Guide: Fairhaven to Bellingham" that they've have been working on with the support of a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation.

"The Rail Trail Walking Guide" is a handbook that describes the numerous historical rail sites in Bellingham: There are accompanying signs along the trail from the Fairhaven Station and down to the end of Railroad Avenue. The book was written by Karl Kleeman and the majority of the photos were provided by Jeff Jewell of Whatcom Museum.

The museum is kick-starting the sales of the guide by having a book signing at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Village Books, where books will be available for purchase. There'll be an open house at the Bellingham Railway Museum, 1320 Commercial St., from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 14, and once again, the book will be available for sale.

Details: 360-393-7540,


Congratulations to Susan Tive and Cami Ostman on pulling together a great collection of essays in "Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions,"

The book was recently named to The Washington Post's list of top nonfiction of 2013.

For details, search the web for Washington Post Best Nonfiction and Susan Tive or Cami Ostman.

The book is also on the Amazon Best Sellers in Religious Essays.

To read an interview I conducted with Susan in April, click here.


TEDxBellingham has recently uploaded all 18 talks from the Nov. 12 TEDxBellingham held at the Pickford Film Center and webcast in many locations in Bellingham.

The talks are both representative and distinctive of many people in our community. Fittingly, the theme of the event was "Here By Choice."

See them at TEDxBellingham on Facebook or at

Behind the Scenes focuses on the people who make the arts and entertainment world of Whatcom County happen. It appears in Take Five, The Bellingham Herald's entertainment section, each Thursday. Margaret Bikman is the Entertainment News Coordinator at The Bellingham Herald. Contact her at or 360-715-2273.

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