Best Bets: Zoo Patrol plays free concert at Bellingham's Swan Café

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 17, 2014 

Zoo Patrol, Bellingham

Zoo Patrol, a local trio that plays an amalgam of instrumental blues, jazz, funk, soul, New Orleans and other styles, performs from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2013 at the downtown Community Food Co-op's Swan Café, 1220 N. Forest St.

JOEL LITWIN — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

The Community Food Co-op will host local band Zoo Patrol for a free evening of music from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at the Downtown Bellingham location, 1220 N. Forest St.

Zoo Patrol, a "chamber groove trio," plays an infectious amalgam of instrumental blues, jazz, funk, soul, New Orleans and other styles. The groovin' three-part group deconstructs and reconstructs, interacts and reacts, and whispers and flourishes with the beat as its guiding principle. With Adrian Clarke playing guitars, Steve Jones on bass and Joel Litwin on drums, the three combine their varied influences and eclectic experience to create a slow-cooked, systemically moving potion of sound.

The free show is open to all ages.

The performance is part of the Third Thursday Local Music Series.

For more information, call 360-734-8158, or visit the band's website at redcandle.net/zoopatrol.

WILD WHATCOM PRESENTS WILD THINGS

Wild Whatcom presents: Wild Things! A nature exploration program for families with children from birth to six years old.

The event will start at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 21 at the Eagle nest entrance to Whatcom Falls Park, located at 2325 Electric Ave.

The cost is $5 per person.

Family members can discover nature through your child's eyes as we explore nature at their pace, searching for animal evidence and signs of the season. Nurture a sense of wonder as we discover every nook, song and cranny. Parents can explore natural history topics and enjoy conversation with other parents.

Come find some flowers and listen to the spring songs of birds and frogs!

For more information, call 360-393-7827.

BICYCLE TRAVEL: CRATER LAKE FAMILY TRIP AND SOLO CYCLE COLORADO

Those interested in bicycling adventures will want to hear this free presentation on biking with kids and solo biking at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 at the Federal Building, 104 W. Magnolia St. in Bellingham.

During this two-hour presentation, see how much fun it is to take a family vacation by bicycle. The Ecker family will share their stories and photos, and show how to bike and camp with kids.

Guests can then hear the adventures of a solo long-distance bike tour through the western United States by the inimitable Jim LeGalley.

The event is hosted by ReSources through its education and sustainable living program. Donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit the sustainable living education programs.

For further information, contact Riley Grant at ReSources: 360-733-8307.

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