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Ninth Whistler Readers and Writers Festival starts tonight


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The screening takes place on Monday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the community room. Admission is free.


Slednecks, unite!

Backcountry enthusiasts are anxiously counting down the days until they can load their snowmobiles into the beds of their trucks and head out into the great, big backyard to play in some fresh powder. To help get slednecks well and truly stoked for another epic season, The Pony and Route 99 Motorsports are teaming up to host the first ever Sled Kickoff Party at The Pony on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

There, they'll be premiering Slednecks 13 to the crowd to help kick off the 2010-2011 snowmobile season. Admission is free, and they'll be offering up food and drink specials all night long.


On a quest with Missoula Children's Theatre

Students at Ecolé la Passerelle, Spring Creek and Myrtle Philip community schools are honing their acting chops this week, getting ready to take to the stage as part of the Missoula Children's Theatre's upcoming annual performance.

Missoula Children's Theatre is a non-profit organization that "uses theatre to foster enrichment and education in children of all ages." Based out of the United States, they coordinate a tour project that sees members of their company working with over 65,000 children during 1,200 weeklong residencies each year. Every week, up to 45 teams of touring actors/directors travel to a new town, audition and cast 50 to 60 local children in an original musical production, run rehearsals, teach workshops and by the end of the week, stage a full-scale musical.

This year, more than 50 Whistler students will be performing in King Arthur's Quest, which features King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and a host of other medieval characters in an original musical adaptation. The students will perform for the public, family and friends at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Myrtle Philip Community School. Tickets are $3 for children, $5 for adults and $10 for a family. For more information, contact Alli van Gruen at 604-967-1207.

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