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Behind the Scenes: Elizabeth Park Concert Series set

It’s on Facebook already, but organizer Marla Bronstein has let the community know that the annual summer concert series at Elizabeth Park’s gazebo has been set.

The Columbia neighborhood park will be filled with music from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday from June 25 through Aug. 27. The casual outdoor concerts ae sponsored by The Eldridge Society in partnership with Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department. Food will be available for purchase, and picnickers are encouraged to recycle and compost.

Donations to enable The Eldridge Society to continue to pay the performers will be gratefully accepted at the concerts.

Bronstein says invitations were sent to more than 80 bands and musicians to submit availability for next summer. Emails and Facebook posts were received from more than 40 performers for 10 available spots. The schedule:

• June 25: The Offshoots (rock and dance tunes)

• July 2: D’vas & Dudes (country, rock, folk and bluegrass)

• July 9: Joy Ride (rock and dance)

• July 16: Kuungana (African dance)

• July 23: Rattletrap Ruckus (crooked waltzes and ragtime stomps)

• July 30: bandZandt (East Whatcom County dance band)

• Aug. 6: Nuages (gypsy jazz and swing)

• Aug. 13: Bellingham Dixieland All Stars (Dixieland)

• Aug. 20: Happy Valley Sluggers (Cajun)

• Aug. 27: The Atlantics (rock, soul, rhythm and blues)

2015 Whatcom Artist Studio Tour’s Call to Artists

Andra Millage of the extraordinary custom cake-baker Let Them Eat Cake, wrote to tell me about the call to artists for the 21st annual Whatcom Artist Studio Tour. Applications are being accepted for the 2015 tour, which takes place Oct. 3 and 4 and Oct. 10-11. The juried tour showcases artists of various media throughout the county.

It is not necessary to have a studio to participate (you can exhibit at another tour artist’s studio). Application deadline is April 1. Details:

‘Redefining Life: Art Show 2015’

Applications for the annual “Redefining Life” art show, an exhibit that features the work of local artists with disabilities, should be submitted by Saturday, March 21. The show runs April 3 through June 5 at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center for Physical Rehabilitation Medicine.

Send your biography and artwork description to, and include a digital (jpg) photo of your artwork. Artwork can be dropped off through March 27 at the Center for Physical Rehabilitation Medicine, 809 E. Chestnut St. Details: Heather Ludwig, 360-788-6494

Submissions sought for Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest

Whatcom County residents are encouraged to submit previously unpublished original poems for the annual Sue C. Boynton poetry contest by Tuesday, March 31. Details: