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Anyone who would like to share their thoughts on the proposed hour decreases at WPL should e-mail their feedback to budget@whistler.ca.


Crafty kids at Bratz Biz

Whistler's youngest creative masterminds will be showcasing their wares at Whistler Secondary School during the fifth annual Bratz Biz this coming Saturday (Dec. 4).

The event is designed to promote the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of our community's budding artisans, who spend months developing their products leading up to the holiday season. The quality of the products is always impressive (just visit www.bratzbiz.ca to check out photos from previous years' events) and the 2010 fair should be no exception, with almost 55 vendors signed up to sell their wares, which range from baked goods and candies to jewelry, ornaments, greeting cards, fabric arts and fashion and much more.

In addition to all of the goodies that will be for sale at the fair, organizers have also included family-friendly entertainment from Sand Northrup, Matthew Johnson, Norman Foote and Susan Holden, as well as complimentary photos with Santa, starting at 10:45 a.m. The event starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Admission is by donation, with half of the proceeds going to the food bank and the other half going back towards covering operating costs.


Reaching out to budding filmmakers

The Whistler Film Festival has teamed up with Reel Canada, "a national organization dedicated to introducing youth to the great work of Canada's best filmmakers," to host an exciting film event for Sea to Sky students.

Earlier this week, Reel Canada hosted film screenings at Pemberton Secondary School and Whistler Secondary School with directors Andrew Currie, Paul Saltzman and Charles Binamé in attendance.

"We are committed to helping to nurture a sense of cultural identification among young Canadians and hopefully the students will leave with an understanding of Canada's place in the world of film," Stacey Donen, WFF's Artistic Director said in a recent release. "The Reel Canada program provides an innovative and dynamic way to explore who we and our stories are through film."

And the film fun isn't over yet: they will also be hosting a Family Day Celebration for families with children aged five and up at the conference centre on Sunday, Dec. 5. The event, which costs $5.50 to attend, will feature the world premiere of Sophie, Leif Bristow's film about big friendship and a 17-year-old ballerina who joins a travelling circus to be reunited with her best friend, a five-tonne elephant named Sheba. Birthday cake and more fun activities will follow the film screening to help commemorate WFF's 10th anniversary. Doors open at noon for this family event and the film will play at 1 p.m. at the Whistler Conference Centre.