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Trumpeter brings music to a distant audience

COVID-19 has canceled many things, and for the music industry, which relies heavily on in-person gatherings, some have found creative ways to engage their audiences and use music as a way to connect.

For local musicians like trumpeter Pace Rubadeau, music has not been canceled – it’s just found a new venue.

For 53 days, Rubadeau stood in the mostly empty parking lot at the corner of C and Girard streets, serenading the neighborhood with tunes from his trumpet.

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Art and dance courses adjust to a 2-D reality

Whatcom Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts courses have been functioning online this quarter for the first time due to the state’s stay-at-home order, according to Whatcom’s visual art discipline lead Rob Beishline.

Beishline has been working at Whatcom since 2001 running the 3D art classes. In his time at Whatcom, he said has never taught online.

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Miles for meals: Friends walk for food bank

2020 has been a very different year than normal for all of us. COVID-19 has affected everyone in ways we never thought would happen, and for the most vulnerable of our communities, it has made life even harder.

For many in our community, the shutdown means no job, no opportunity to earn money, and no guarantee of food on the table. Nearly 20% of Bellingham visits the food bank on a regular basis, according to data released by the Bellingham Food Bank, and COVID has only made it more difficult for already struggling families to get the food they need.

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How has the pandemic affected local film festivals?

Normally, this time of year would have Bellingham’s Pickford Film Center busy with people lining up, ordering popcorn, and enjoying films entered in the CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival. But the COVID-19 lockdown changed all that.

This year, the festival was forced to screen its official selections online. What makes CASCADIA unique, is that it’s one of only five film festivals in the U.S. to showcase films directed and co-directed by women.

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Passing the time in a pandemic is all fun and games

As the pandemic continues, people have been forced to be creative and develop new ways to get together apart.

 In an effort to stay connected and ditch the gloomy COVID cloud hanging over everyone’s head, Kulshan Brewing Co. has moved its regular trivia night online.

While veterans of this weekly tradition have the in-person application down, the transition to online has proved to be somewhat difficult.

“There have been some kinks to work out,” said Whatcom Community College student and Kulshan trivia host Dylan Albrecht.

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