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Honouring artful business

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P> Every year businesses significantly contribute to the support of arts and culture in Whistler, whether through sponsorship, services, product donation or heading initiatives.

The Whistler Arts Council and Whistler Chamber of Commerce wish to recognize and honour these local businesses or individual business leaders in the third annual Whistler Business and the Arts Award.

The two organizations are currently accepting nominations for the award until Jan. 6. Nominations will be reviewed by a five-member jury. The award will be presented at a January 2006 chamber luncheon.

Eligible recipients include businesses that have sponsored local arts and/or heritage events in the last calendar year, volunteerism, donation of services or products and businesses demonstrating exceptional leadership in encouraging partnerships between business and the arts.

Previous year’s recipients include Whiski Jack Resorts and Rocky Mountain Production Services.

Nomination forms are available from the Whistler Arts Council office, 4334 Main Street (behind Canada Post in Marketplace) or by e-mail at info@whistlerartscouncil.com. For more information, call 604-938-9221.

Historic Christmas

Three new exhibits at the Whistler Museum and Archives celebrate Whistler’s 40 th and Blackcomb’s 25 th anniversaries while getting folks into the Christmas spirit. The exhibits run from Thursday, Dec. 22 to Saturday, Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum located off Main Street.

Check out the latest satellite exhibit at MY Millennium Place entitled Two Peaks are Better Than One – an illustration of Whistler’s history, the 2010 Winter Olympics and the proposed Peak-to-Peak Gondola.

At the museum, two new exhibits are showcased including A Whistler Pioneer Christmas, a re-creation of a festive room in the Rainbow Lodge, and Whistler: A Dream Realized, a collage of information, photographs and artifacts guiding visitors from Whistler as a small 1960s summer hamlet to the resort it is today.

The museum is closed Jan. 25-26 and Jan. 1. For more information, visit www.whistlermuseum.org or call 604-932-2019.

Youth can step into the spotlight in song and dance with Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of Jungle Book on the near horizon Saturday, Jan. 7 at MY Millennium Place.

Auditions for the kid-cast production will be held Monday, Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. Myrtle Phillip Community School.

Auditions will take two hours with select children asked to stay to begin rehearsals immediately.

The touring theatre company facilitates the production of musicals by combining local talent with a show-in-the-box professional production team.

Missoula provides the costumes, scenery, props, make up, directors and lead actors while communities provide the supporting actors, giving youth a chance to participate in a fully-produced musical.

All students grades Kindergarten to Grade 7 are encouraged to come out. Rehearsals run from Jan. 2-7.

For more information, call Christine at 604-938-9221.

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