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June 20, 2018

Council passes plastic bag ban
In a unanimous vote, Town Council passed an ordinance banning plastic bags at retail stores at its June 12 meeting. Beginning August 1, “No retail establishment in the Town, or any of its employees, managers or owners, shall provide a disposable plastic carryout bag to any customer” the ordinance reads. There are exceptions; named are a variety of bags used for holding small items, nuts and bolts, flowers and plants, frozen foods, meat, fish, unwrapped prepared foods or packaged multiples of bags for a variety of wastes.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Seattle band prepares for Summer Music Games
THIS SUMMER I HEAR THE DRUMMING – The Seattle Cascades have been practicing on the La Conner school grounds since June 15. They will play in the Seattle Summer Music Games in Renton on July 7. From their press release: “Music students and the community are invited to rehearsals ... To thank the La Conner School District and the community for their support we invite you to a preview performance on July 2 at 7:30 p.m. All the rehearsals will be put to life in one big send-off performance!”   – photo by Don Coyote
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Looking through the long lens of time
“Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, Will Wilson,” is at the Seattle Art Museum till September 9. On the 150th anniversary of American photographer Edward Curtis’s birth, the exhibition explores the legacy of his historic portraits of Native Americans from 21st-century perspectives, focusing attention on Native and First Nations voices and works by indigenous artists Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, and Will Wilson. Above: “A Family Group – Noatak”, 1928, Edward S. Curtis, American, 1868-1952, photogravure, 12 11/16 x 16 3/16 in., All Rights Reserved. Below: “Jarrod Da Family, Artist, San Ildefonso Pueblo, 2018,” from the series “Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange: dᶻidᶻəlalič,” Will Wilson, Diné, b. 1969, exhibition print, 50 x 40 in., Seattle Art Museum, 2018 Commission, Courtesy of the artist.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

MoNA Auction came home to La Conner
The big white tents next to the Museum of Northwest Art closed Second Street between Morris and Washington for five days last week so MoNA’s 26h annual auction could take place Saturday. That detour for cars was about the only obstacle slowing anyone down while over 200 people celebrated the museum’s “homecoming,” – the auction’s theme. The last two years the auction was at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth of July in La Conner
You won’t have to go far for fireworks in La Conner this July 4th. Plan your viewing spot on the Swinomish Channel. Plan for a full day of events starting with the annual parade down First Street starting at noon.
Pack your picnic first and bring it with you. A community picnic and children’s events follow at Pioneer Park, including hot dogs, three-legged races and a watermelon contest. After your nap go to the Port of Skagit marina for live music at 5 p.m. while stretching out on the lawn. The free concert features the Pacific Northwest’s legendary Jr. Cadillac and local classic rock favorites The Walrus.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

McCauley's 'American Fiction' offered hard truths
Some artists realize their roles as canaries in our coal mines. Others pass. Robert McCauley told how he volunteers for the job, sharing his prophecies with an attentive audience of 25 Saturday, as his exhibit, “American Fiction” was about to close after 10 weeks at the Museum of Northwest Art.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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