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Start: 12:00 pm
End: 1:00 pm
    Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of mindfulness practices that promote awareness and well-being. We will discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience, reducing stress and enhancing well being. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out. Mindfulness teacher Tim Burnett has been practicing meditation for 25 years. He is knowledgeable about mindfulness from its traditional Buddhist origins into its contemporary applications in medicine and psychology. Having recently completed all of the teacher trainings offered by the Center for Mindfulness in Worcester, Massachusetts, Tim founded the local non-profit Mindfulness Northwest in 2011 and offers classes, workshops, and retreats in mindfulness in Bellingham, Skagit Country, and Seattle. Tim is also a fully authorized teacher of Soto Zen Buddhism.
Start: 6:15 pm
End: 8:15 pm
    Are you a writer in search of a writing group? Village Books is hosting a non-fiction writing group on the mezzanine level of Village Books, near the poetry section. Previously held on the second Tuesday of the month, this group is now meeting twice a month, on the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 6:15-8:15pm. Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals. This group is open to newcomers and drop-ins and will regularly meet the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Start: 6:30 pm
End: 9:00 pm
  Join us this month at our new location, the Heiner Theater at Whatcom Community College, for the Chuckanut Radio Hour, with special guest Ruth Ozeki for her new book, A Tale for the Time Being. The Chuckanut Radio Hour is a radio variety show that began in January 2007. Each Chuckanut Radio Hour features a guest author and includes guest musicians, performance poet Kevin Murphy, Cascadia Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes, an episode of "The Bellingham Bean" serial radio comedy, and some groaner jokes by hosts Chuck & Dee Robinson and announcer Rich Donnelly. The Chuckanut Radio Hour's first guest was Erik Larson and has since included Alexander McCall Smith, Elizabeth George, Cheryl Strayed, Sherman Alexie, Tom Robbins and Garrison Keillor, among many others. The Radio Hour airs every Saturday evening at 6pm and Sunday at 9pm on SPARK RADIO, KMRE 102.3FM. Tonight's musical guest is Laura Overstreet. This month's special guest is Ruth Ozeki, with a new beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home. In her new novel, A Tale for the Time Being, she writes about a teenage girl in Tokyo who is ready to end it all, but not before documenting the story of her Buddhist great grandmother. Across the Pacific Ocean, this girl's journal, stored in a Hello Kitty lunchbox, washes ashore and into the hands of a novelist. Full of Ozeki's signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home. Author of My Year of Meats and All Over Creation, Ruth is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Shambhala Sun, and More, among other publications. In June 2010 she was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest and is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in British Columbia and New York City. Tickets for the Chuckanut Radio Hour are $5 and are available at and at Village Books. Receive a free ticket to the show with purchase of one hard cover copy of the book at Village Books. Doors open at 6:30pm, and you must be seated by 6:45pm as the show begins promptly at 7pm. Co-sponsored by the Whatcom Community College Foundation, 12th Street Shoes, Fairhaven Pizza, and the Fairhaven Village Inn. 
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