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February 2019

Forestry and Wildfire Panel – Ferndale

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street
Ferndale, WA 98248
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Join several of DNR’s local Foresters who explain what they do locally in Whatcom County and how their work fits into the bigger picture of Forest Management throughout the State of Washington. Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) protects our state’s heritage of natural resources by sustainably managing millions of acres of state lands in forests, under the sea and across agricultural plains. DNR also protects forestlands and communities against wildfire using wildland firefighting crews and aviation resources, collaborative…

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Wildfire and Resilience – Deming

February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Deming Library, 5044 Mount Baker Highway
Deming, WA 98244 United States
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Local Bellingham author and poet, Leslie Wharton, shares her experience of wildfire and recovery. What happens after the TV reporters interview fire survivors in the few days after a fire? What does it take to rebuild a life, feel safe and find home again? Join Leslie, co-author of Phoenix Rising: Stories of Remarkable Women Walking Through Fire, as she celebrates her journey from fire to the calming waters of the Salish Sea.

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Local Author Lit Live! Reading with Joseph King – Bellingham

February 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Village Books – Fairhaven, 1200 11th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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He wasn’t exactly playing with fire; he was conducting an experiment. With heart racing and nerves tingling, 6-year old Joe King stomped out his first “wildfire” in the spring of 1954. Hooked, Joe never looked back; he’s been fighting fires and teaching others how to manage fires ever since. The Fellowship of Fire is Joe’s account of his 45-year career chasing wildfires across America. Told from his experiences and perspective, it shares the stories of the brave men and women…

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Bellingham Reads Book Discussion

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Central Library, Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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Join the Bellingham Public Library sponsored book discussion group for adults. Our February 2019 selection is The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America. This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month. New members are always welcome!  Contact Bellingham Public Library for more information at 360-778-7323.

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Fighting A Wildfire: A Personal Experience – Sumas

February 27 @ 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Sumas Library, 461 2nd Street
Sumas, WA 98295 United States
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In conjunction with Whatcom READS, Will Morgan shares riveting pictures and stories of his time fighting wildfires in Washington and California. Sleepless nights, searing heat, and billowing smoke made attempts to control these blazes a dangerous challenge. This program is presented in partnership with the Sumas Library Community Center.

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March 2019

Art Challenge Exhibit Opening – Bellingham

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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See the work of local artists and their interpretation of themes found in The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America at the Allied Arts Gallery March 1-30, 2019. The March 1 opening reception is offered in coordination with that night's downtown Bellingham Art Walk. The Art Challenge offers artists of all ages and experience levels an opportunity to explore themes related to this year’s Whatcom READS title and present their work for public display. Presented in collaboration with Allied Arts…

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Triple Nickles – Bellingham

March 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Central Library, Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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This first all-black paratrooper unit’s mission and service involving Washington State made quiet history and is all but forgotten. In a surprising and insightful presentation, Robert L. “Bob” Bartlett tells the tale of the “555,” paratroopers who, despite being prevented from serving in Europe or realizing some of the same privileges and rights granted white soldiers at home, served with distinction when cross-trained to become “Smokejumpers.” Trained by U.S. Forest Service Rangers, members of the 555 jumped on some 36…

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Triple Nickles – Ferndale

March 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street
Ferndale, WA 98248
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This first all-black paratrooper unit’s mission and service involving Washington State made quiet history and is all but forgotten. In a surprising and insightful presentation, Robert L. “Bob” Bartlett tells the tale of the “555,” paratroopers who, despite being prevented from serving in Europe or realizing some of the same privileges and rights granted white soldiers at home, served with distinction when cross-trained to become “Smokejumpers.” Trained by U.S. Forest Service Rangers, members of the 555 jumped on some 36…

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An Evening with Timothy Egan – Bellingham

March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mount Baker Theatre, 104 North Commercial Street
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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Hear a free presentation by Timothy Egan, author of The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, at the Mount Baker Theatre on the grand Main Stage!

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A Morning with Timothy Egan – Deming

March 8 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Mount Baker High School, 4936 Deming Road
Deming, WA 98244 United States
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Hear a free presentation by Timothy Egan, author of The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, at Mount Baker High School in Deming.

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