As the days grow shorter, and you aren’t as distracted by all the activities outside your front door, think about learning something new that doesn’t require a paddle board or a bike helmet. And since I know you’re strapped for time, you can partake of the knowledge below in bite-sized chunks.
Okay, class, let’s begin:
- Attend a City Council Meeting. Want to learn about your city government in action? Sure, you can watch Bellingham’s on Channel 10, or you can go in person at 7:00, September 14th to 210 Lottie Street. www.cob.org/meetings. During one of our open houses, a gentleman fell in love with the house, but once he learned it was outside the city limits, took a pass. He felt passionately about attending council meetings. Now that’s dedication!
- Learn Improv. Years ago I took an improv class, which I expected to be great fun, and it was. What I didn’t expect was to meet Ryan Stiles, who moseyed into a hot tub scene I was playing and gave me direction. If you don’t know, Ryan Stiles is a regular on Whose Line Is It Anyway? He also owns the Upfront Theater, which he started so he’d have a place to play. Take a class or catch the show at theupfront.com
- Get a Library Card from WWU. We moved to Bellingham just as I was finishing my graduate degree. What stood between me and that piece of paper was one book that I needed to write my thesis. I had been on Stanford’s waiting list for that book for literally months. After finding out that any citizen can get a WWU library card, just for the asking, I asked. And I was rewarded by finding that elusive book on Western’s shelves. I believe that day I heard the angels sing.
- Sign Up for a Class through Western’s Academy of Lifelong Learning. This is such a great place for a curious mind to go. A.L.L. offers a range of short-term classes for the public, from “Japanese Garden Principles for Western Gardeners” to “Radio Comedy in the Last Century.” Yes, I know that WWU is now on this Bliss List twice. Hey, I taught there for 7 years, so I’m allowed. wwu.edu/ee/all/programs.shtml
- Enjoy the Lynden Pioneer Museum. Like to learn about history up close and personal? The Lynden Museum is a quaint jaunt through time. Lynden Pioneer Museum: 217 Front Street, lyndenpioneermuseum.com
Then, after your tour, stroll down a few blocks for a piece of caramel apple pie at the Lynden Dutch Bakery. If you do so, does that make you a Pieoneer?
Play the the revolving pie video below and I’ll bet you’ll find the courage to venture forth…