Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer Shakedown 2011

Here is an event we are holding this weekend. Should be fun!


Special Event: Summer Shakedown 2011 When: July, 5pm-midnight
Where: Boundary Bay Brewery

Sustainable Bellingham and the Center for Local Self Reliance, two local non-profits focused on environmental education, will be hosting the Summer Shakedown Fundraising event on July 16 at 5 p.m. at Boundary Bay Brewery on Railroad Avenue. There is a cover charge of $8 for a full evening of entertainment. Food and drinks will be sold by Boundary Bay; burgers (including veggie and salmon) will be served in the beer garden until sundown. Boundary Bay beverages will be available for purchase all night in the bar.

Confirmed musical acts include Misty Flowers, Kit Nelson, Keaton Collective and The Endorfins. A fifth act will be added, but is not yet confirmed. The concert will be an all-ages show until 10 p.m., and 21+ thereafter. A Kona WorldBike will be raffled off around 10pm. You need not be present to win, just buy a ticket for a buck. Or five for five bucks. Or twenty for twenty bucks.

5:00pm - Kit Nelson
6:30pm - Misty Flowers
7:45pm - Announcements
8:15pm - Keaton Collective
10:00pm - Raffle
10:15pm - The Endorfins

A portion of the proceeds will go towards the ongoing restoration of the Caretaker’s House in Fairhaven - a project led by the CLSR – into a community permaculture site. The CLSR has overcome many hurdles in transforming this once abandoned building into a facility that focuses on teaching sustainable agriculture and living practices and half the proceeds from the fundraiser will support this CLSR project. The other half of the proceeds will go towards funding various projects sponsored by Sustainable Bellingham, which concentrates on community building, living ecologically-sensitive lifestyles, urban gardening, permaculture, and alternative transportation.

About Sustainable Bellingham: Sustainable Bellingham is a 501(c)3 organization with a history of over six years in Bellingham. Its loose organizational hierarchy concentrates every effort into maximizing participation in action-oriented events in the community. It is 100% volunteer. Projects center around community building and low-impact lifestyles, including re-localization, urban gardening, permaculture, alternative transportation, social justice, etc.

About the Center for Local Self Reliance: The CLSR has undertaken the project of saving and restoring the Caretaker’s House in Fairhaven for transformation into an educational facility. So far, it has shown steady improvement, although many projects lie ahead. The Boundary Bay benefit will assist funding of its many capital improvements required for both aesthetics and to bring the building up to code. These include: building a retaining wall; an ADA accessible garden for harvesting of herbs, healing and scented plants; irrigation; a front gate for the main entrance; painting the house; remodeling the kitchen; and an ADA ramp for kitchen entry.

Sustainable Bellingham and CLSR thank our SPONSORS:

Whole Energy Fuels Corp. - Whole Energy has developed one of only economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable approaches to biofuel production and distribution. Whole Energy provides BIODIESEL and alternative fuels to a growing list of satisfied customers and partners on the Pacific Coast. Declining oil reserves, global warming, national security and the health of our local industry are issues of serious concern. Our company addresses these issues and contributes toward the goal of a more secure future. We are currently partnering to work towards an Alternative Fueling Station on Cornwall St. in Bellingham.

Kona USA - Headquartered in Ferndale, Kona is all about the freedom and empowerment of the bicycle. We're dedicated to sustainable practices and are avid recyclers. We're populated by a staff of keen, active, impassioned cyclists. We're not big, nor are we that small. Just a dedicated group of cyclists making bicycles for people who love bikes-no matter if that love is new or long established. We happily help promote bicycle ridership, infrastructure and policies.

The Markets LLC - The Markets, including The Market at Lakeway, Fairhaven, Birch Bay and Anacortes, are committed to great food for everyone! We feature Really Local foods that come from no more than 35 miles away, and also support our state's artisans and growers in our Taste Washington program. We have hundreds of fresh choices for your meals, including a big variety of vegetarian, wheat- and gluten-free and vegan choices every day. Our new store at Lakeway (open now!) is a store like no other! Come see for yourself!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Another Weekend...

We were lucky to have some nice June weekends. Another trip I took on my touring bike. I was lucky to scor a pair of lightly-used Schawlbe tire for a song. These proved to invaluable on my trips near and far. And I have access to a bike stand, so I regularly clean and tune this bike.

Here is a video of my next weekend trip up Mt. Baker Highway. It was wonderful trip and probably the lightest traffic and generally the most pleasant riding I've done all summer. Climbing and climbing and climbing up a forest road just past Glacier after forty or fifty miles of biking turned into a n effort in futility as I climbed three thousand feet and probably descended back down fifteen hundred to find a sloped campsite for the night.

Waking up freezing the next morning allowed a descent into Glacier (before the Wake-n-Bakery even opened) and then on to the Harvest Moon in Maple Falls. A great trip.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


I miss writing, but someone suggested that I post events up here. Go here for that information. I write more later.

But first, I want to tell you about the wonderful adventures over the past months. I took a straight job, and bought some toys. I splurged and picked up a vintage (c.1990) Schwinn Sierra along with a B.O.B. Trailer for four hundred bucks. So this rig took me far and wide across Whatcom and Skagit Counties.

My shakedown trip was to Birch Bay State Park. Camp for the night return the following day. It's funny when you don't need to spend money on fuel, you can eat a pretty nice meal in lieu of buying gas.