Tuesday's announcement that the Bellevue Arts Museum had reached its $3 million fund-raising goal came on an appropriate day. The life celebration of...

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Tuesday’s announcement that the Bellevue Arts Museum had reached its $3 million fund-raising goal came on an appropriate day. The life celebration of LaMar Harrington, who died in Port Townsend last month, was held that afternoon.

She had been a faithful supporter of the Eastside visual-arts scene ever since she began volunteering with the Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Fair, which eventually developed the museum, in the 1950s.

Harrington so loved the museum that when she became director in 1985, she insisted upon being paid a mere $500-a-month stipend because the institution was $70,000 in debt. After her first year, Harrington was paid a normal salary. She retired in 1990.

Until her death, Harrington continually expressed hope that funding would be found so the museum, which closed in 2003, could reopen soon. It’s scheduled to reopen June 18.

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It was a cakewalk

The production meeting at Village Theatre in Issaquah was intense. The show designers and set, light, sound and costume folks were taking notes about the upcoming production of “The Music Man.”

Melanie Burgess, costume designer, asked what the “cakewalk” step in a scene was like. She wanted to be certain to dress the heroine in an outfit that would work.

Director Steve Tomkins and associate choreographer Kathryn Van Meter simultaneously stood up and demonstrated the step. The group burst into applause. “The Music Man” opens May 11.

Stupid home tricks

After the first crayon-in-the-dryer incident, I learned to check my children’s shirt and pant pockets as I loaded the washing machine. Removing rocks, coins, worms, bugs, gum and candy became routine.

Alas, since the children have become adults, I let my guard down.

A black pen in my husband’s shirt pocket went from the washer to the dryer this week. The entire load, including one of my more expensive work outfits, and the inside of the dryer look like a Jackson Pollock abstract painting — streaks of ink everywhere.

My reaction was normal. I called my mother.

She’s as stumped as I am on how to get the streaks out of the dryer.

Any bright ideas?

Scoop du jour

Hard to tell if it was the free Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream or the beautiful weather that slowed traffic to a crawl along Kirkland’s Lake Washington Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon.

The balmy weather is expected to last through the weekend. The free Ben & Jerry’s was a one-day event. The annual customer-appreciation day happens every April 19. It started in 1979, when founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield celebrated their company surviving its first winter in Vermont.

Jen Greene, co-manager of the Kirkland store, said Tuesday was the best free day they’ve had. From noon to 9 p.m., they gave away 4,580 scoops.

Weather, she said, makes a big difference.

“Last year there was a downpour,” she said. “The year before that, it was 42 degrees.”

Last year, stores around the country gave away more than 1.1 million servings of ice cream, said Joe Buser, who has been scooping ice cream in Kirkland for four years.

“We use the free day to trot out the new flavors,” said Buser, who rattled off a few names including Chocolate Therapy Pudding and Apple-y Ever After. His favorite? An old standby, Vanilla Health Bar Crunch.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633

Grindeland’s favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is Triple Caramel Chunk.