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THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 4, 2014 

Stuart Little, Mount Baker Theatre

The Mount Baker Theatre Education Program presents "Stuart Little," based on E.B. White's book, at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the theater, 104 N. Commercial St.

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The Mount Baker Theatre Education Program presents "Stuart Little," based on E.B. White's book, at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the theater, 104 N. Commercial St.

It's the story of a most unusual mouse who happens to be born into an ordinary New York City family. In no time at all, his life becomes a series of adventures and misadventures as he learns to survive in his super-sized world of humans.

First, the well-dressed Stuart is trapped in a window-blind while doing his exercises, and Snowbell, the malevolent family cat, places his little hat and cane outside a mouse hole, panicking the whole family.

Stuart then sails to victory in an exciting boat race in Central Park. Very soon, the Little family adopts a beautiful bird named Margalo who becomes Stuart's best friend. Unfortunately, Margalo is forced to flee the city when she is warned that one of Snowbell's friends intends to eat her.

Leaving his home and family behind, Stuart sets out in a gasoline-powered model car on his most thrilling adventure of all - to see the country and bring Margalo home.

Hopeful and determined in his quest to find Margalo, Stuart discovers the true meaning of life, loyalty, and friendship.

Admission is $5.

Details: 360-734-6080, mountbakertheatre.com.

CRUISING FRANCE

Join Bruce Taylor and Yerda Yearsley for a slide presentation at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, or at 7 p.m. March 12 at Village Books, 1200 11th St. They'll highlight their travels along the canals of France in their historic 1925 Dutch canal barge.

After what seemed a lifetime of operating, maintaining and supervising the construction of yachts for others, Bruce and Yerda 'retired part-time' to France to fulfill a bucket-list priority of cruising the canals of Europe on their own vessel.

They found Rival in a shipyard in Burgundy late in 2008, and began their adventures on the Canal de Bourgogne the following year.

Since then, Rival has carried Bruce and Yerda, along with a wonderful collection of guests, throughout Burgundy, Alsace-Lorraine, the valleys of the Marne (Champagne Region) and the Loire (Sancerre) rivers as well as the historic Canal du Nivernais.

Along the way they have cultivated many friendships in the boating community as well as ashore. They have heightened the awareness of rural France in the many who have joined them on their adventures.

Details on their Facebook page, Summers on the Canals of France, and enjoy their website, rivalsfrance.com.

"THE CIVIL WAR: DEFINING OUR NATION"

The free performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave., in Burlington, by Civil War David Imburgia and Matt Clemans, members of the Washington Civil War Association, (WCWA), will portray the events that lead up to the outbreak of the War Between the States.

In the play, two friends heatedly debate the issues and political climate of the times. These men, once close friends, part ways as bitter enemies. One takes up arms to fight for the Confederate cause and the other joins the Union Army.

Dressed in authentic period costumes they bring to life the bitter struggles between the states.

Several women and children, who are also WCWA re-enactors, will join in the performance and contribute historic background as to war's impact the on families both North and South.

This program is one in a series of educational living history programs made possible by a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, part of the community education component of the Burlington Library and the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society's "Making Connections through ROOTS Project."

Details: 360-755-0670.

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