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‘12 Minutes Max’ returns to Firehouse in Fairhaven

Alona Christman and Alethea Alexander performed in “12 Minutes Max” in 2015 at Firehouse Performing Arts Center.
Alona Christman and Alethea Alexander performed in “12 Minutes Max” in 2015 at Firehouse Performing Arts Center. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Matt and Alona Christman and Mandy Pidgeon once again are looking for dance, short film, music, theater and performance art by artists in original and recycled works, complete works or excerpts, as long as it does not exceed 12 minutes.

“12 Minutes Max,” a performing arts festival, runs at 7:30 p.m. March 11 and 12 and at 2:30 p.m. March 13 at Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave.

Artists both established and up-and-coming are invited to audition works. Auditions are adjudicated by a rotating panel of two local artists, with final selections based on quality and variety. The one rule: each piece must be 12 minutes or shorter. Performers are not paid for their participation.

Applications are due by midnight Feb. 26, with auditions from 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 28.

Details:, Mandy Pidgeon, 360-296-3766,

Lynden museum to be home of green and gold again

To celebrate the centennial of North Washington Implement Co., which began 100 years ago in the building that is now Lynden Pioneer Museum, 217 Front St., the museum will present a history of John Deere exhibit, opening April 15.

To help with the exhibit, museum director and curator Troy Luginbill is asking community members to bring by what he calls “John Deere stuff.” He’s looking for old advertisements, signs, photos, boxes, John Deere posters, toys, pedal tractors, plows, harrows, tractors, lawn mowers — anything that might have come from the museum when it housed the John Deere dealership.

If you have memories from being a customer or staff member, bring those too.

“We would love to get written memories of your favorite times here,” Luginbill says.

Write them down or type them, he says; they don’t have to be professionally written, just include the dates they happened, who they happened to, and include contact information.

To donate or loan an item to the exhibit, or to bring in your memories, contact Luginbill at the museum, 360-354-3675. The best time to reach him is 10 a.m. to noon weekdays before April 1.