Best Bets: Stories from HonorWorks project

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 6, 2014 

Lummi violinist Swil Kanim is president of HonorWorks, which reveals its HonorCoin Project at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Lummi Gateway Center, 4920 Rural Ave., Ferndale.

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HonorWorks reveals its HonorCoin Project at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Lummi Gateway Center, 4920 Rural Ave., in Ferndale.

The project is designed to provide participants with a tangible way of acknowledging others when they behave honorably while helping HonorWorks to spread the message of honor to a wider audience.

"Sometimes words are not enough to express our appreciation when a person in our life is the best they can be. We wanted to find a strategy to generate revenue that enables us to us continue our work while, at the same time, giving our supporters a tangible tool of acknowledging when someone shares their skills, gifts and talents," says Lummi violinist Swil Kanim, president of HonorWorks, which uses storytelling, music and poetry to heal a variety of victims of trauma.

Several pre-launch HonorCoin participants will share their stories on the impact the HonorCoin has made on their lives and the lives of others at the event. During the event, Swil Kanim will explain how the elements of honor can work in everyday life.

At the end of the presentation, attendees will be invited to register for one of several upcoming free "Elements of Honor" workshops.

More at honorworks.net, honorcoin.org and facebook.com/honorcoin.

WWU SHOWCASE

"Australian Aboriginal Art: The Kaplan and Levi Collection," shows Monday, April 7, through May 17 at Western Washington University's Western Gallery.

The collection was developed over many years of travel and research to seek out the best work by aboriginal artists. Ranked as the pre-eminent collection of Australian aboriginal art in the U.S., the collection reveals the diversity and aesthetic power of one of the most exciting areas in the field of art today.

All of the works reflect deep knowledge of and commitment to a rich spiritual heritage. Even in what appear to be abstract works, the paintings and sculptures tell stories suffused with "the Dreaming."

Selected by Monique Kerman, lecturer in the departments of liberal studies and art at WWU, the exhibition will highlight established and newer artists as well as a wide range of media. Details: westerngallery.wwu.edu.

SPRING DINNER ON THE FARM

"Celebrate Skagit: Dinner on the Farm" offers guests an elegant dining experience in a unique agricultural setting on April 19 at La Conner Flats, 15978 Best Road, in Mount Vernon,

The dinner showcases and celebrates the bounty of food and produce grown in and around the Skagit Valley. Chef Robert Atterberry will prepare fresh local ingredients for this one-of-a-kind, field-to-plate, elegant dining experience for 50 guests in a rustic setting. Robert began his early days in the food industry as the chef on Alaskan King Crab boats. Today, he and his wife Barbara own and operate Bob's Chowder Bar in Anacortes and Avenue Catering in Burlington, and a staple at the Anacortes Farmers Market, which they refer to as "their roots."

The evening begins at 4:30 p.m. with appetizers and a tour of the host farm, followed by a four-course dinner paired with Washington wines.

La Conner Flats is a 230-acre, fourth and fifth generation family farm. Each summer, La Conner Flats partners with the Seattle Culinary Academy to give students an opportunity for hands-on learning. Chef instructors and students travel weekly to the farm, where farmland is provided to their program. For seven weeks, the students plant, tend and harvest their produce, as well as hear presentations from local Skagit farmers. In turn, they learn first-hand the critical importance of local food sourcing and sustainable farming, as well as gain a deep respect for the Skagit Valley.

Dinners take place rain or shine. Plan to dress for all weather conditions and terrain. Comfortable shoes, jeans and jackets are recommended. Some areas of the farm are not handicap accessible due to rugged terrain.

Due to the seasonal nature of the menu, special dietary needs cannot be accommodated. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

For more information call 360-336-3974. Dinners are created, provided, prepared, and served by SPF Volunteers dedicated to the mission of farmland preservation. All proceeds benefit Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland.

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