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Creekside draws a crowd

Barb Cummings says the first Creekside Festival, held on Saturday, Sept. 7 was a success, thanks to community sponsorship and donations, and plans are in the works for another next year.

"We’re really pleased," said Cummings, event manager.

The busking musicians, who decided not to play as a competition but rather as a show, entertained people milling along Lake Placid Road from the former Husky site to Alpha Lake Park.

"It was sweet of them, they were just there for the spirit of the day. In return each of them were offered a free ski day," said Cummings.

Children’s activities were in full swing at Alpha Lake Park, the "art zone," where Food Plus, the Whistler Community Arts Council, and Whistler Kids of Whistler-Blackcomb sponsored the painting event. An impromptu open-air hip hop lesson near the lake was also appealing to the pre-teen crowd. Meanwhile there was chatter of children and parents as youngsters painted designs on wood squares, which will be installed as a collage around a construction zone.

Between 1,500 and 2,000 people stopped buy the festival, which raised more than $5,000 for the Whistler Library/Museum Capital Campaign.

Changes to next year’s festival will include mics for the buskers and more music.

Chalky benefit raises $9,000

In the spirit of community, Whistler locals raised $9,000 in a silent auction, in addition to ticket proceeds, at the Sept. 9 benefit for John "Chalky" Chalk.

The fundraiser assists with Chalk’s medical expenses following an emergency liver transplant on Aug. 4.

The silent auction, which began at Tapley’s Pub (where Chalk tends bar), ended at buffalo Bill’s where an additional live draw was held. Server Tara Hughes, of the Brew House, won the seven-day trip with a friend to any RCI Resort world wide.

"I thought they were just pulling my leg when they told me," said Hughes.

Additional prizes included the ever-effective $1,000 cash, and a car.

Plaque dedicated to Neil Falkner Sunday

Friends and family of Neil Falkner will remember his life in a plaque dedication ceremony at House Rock on the Cheakamus River, northeast of Function Junction. The ceremony will take place at noon on Sunday, Sept. 15.

The popular Whistler ski patroller died on April 12 in a skiing accident on the Wapta Icefield Ski Traverse in Banff National Park.

Friends are encouraged to join the family in an informal lunch following the ceremony

Terry Fox Run Sunday

Another sign that fall is here is the Terry Fox Run.

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