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The Vicious Circle writers group is once again offering its writers-in-residence program to 12 students who wish to taste the succulent marrow of the writer's life. Ah, what a pile of pillows it truly is. Just you wait and see, prospective students, just you wait and see...

This year's writer-in-residence is Sarah Selecky, whose collection of short stories, This Cake is for the Party , was nominated for the Commonwealth Book Prize and the Giller Prize. These are impressive prizes to be nominated for. Her fiction can be found in The Walrus, Elle Canada, Geist and The Journey Prize Anthology. Let's just say she's good at stringing sentences together and now she's willing to coach you, prospective student, by working with you on the manuscripts of your choice. She'll whip you and your words into a lean bundle, low in fat and heavy on taste. Believe it.

Prospective students must enroll by Aug. 12 by contacting Stella Harvey at stella25@telus.net. Spaces are given on a first-come-first-serve basis and they're filling up quick.

Two Acre Shaker to move locations

The Best Party of All Time for 2011 is moving locations. Organizers had planned to host the party on a plot of land owned by the Mount Currie band, who did not permit organizers to use it. The bash will still be held on Saturday, Aug. 13 but ticket sales have been halted for the time being. Stay tuned to the party's website or Facebook page on updates for the new location.

For the full story, please check our news section.

National Geographic will be LIVE! In Whistler

Ever wonder what it's like to have a grizzly bear for a best friend? Well, now's your chance to find out. Well, not right now but on Saturday evening. Casey Anderson, host of Expedition Grizzly on the Nat Geo Wild network, is coming to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler as part of the two-day "Into the Wild" event.

Anderson, who grew up in Montana surrounded by wilderness and animals, educates the public on grizzly conservation through television programs, feature-length documentaries and educational videos. His best friend Brutus, a nine-year-old grizzly, often makes an appearance though there's no word on whether he'll be accompanying Anderson on the plane ride over.

Tickets are $20. The presentation begins at 3:30 p.m.

LIVE at Squamish makes line up changes...

LIVE at Squamish festival organizers have announced some minor changes to its line-up. Metric will move from their Saturday headlining slot to Sunday night on the main Stawamus Stage, performing before Weezer closes the night.

On Saturday night, Metric's Emily Haines and James Shaw will play an intimate acoustic set on the second Garibaldi Stage. Girl Talk will headline the main stage Saturday night.

Tickets are still available at www.liveatsquamish.com.

...and Jazz on the Mountain makes some too

Good news for aspiring guitar students hoping to join in on the workshops offered at the inaugural Jazz on the Mountain at Whistler, which runs Friday, Sept. 2 to Sunday, Sept. 4. Organizers have eliminated the tuition fees for the Master Class Series, a series of six 90-minute workshops where students will learn from some of the finest guitar players in jazz, including musician-in-residence Kevin Eubanks, Stanley Jordan, Russ Freeman, Lorne Lofsky, Greg Lowe and Stan Samole. The deadline has also been extended to Friday, Aug. 19. Successful applicants will be advised by Monday, Aug. 22.

"By removing the tuition fees, we anticipate that the Master Class Series will be available to a much wider group of students, and that the calibre of those selected will be exceptional," says Arnold Schwisberg, founder and producer of Jazz On The Mountain At Whistler.

As previously reported, the most improved student will be selected by instructors to perform with them in an all-star jam on the final day of the festival at Village Square.

Full details are available online at www.whistlerjazzfest.com/masterclasses.


Children's Art Festival needs volunteers

Do you care about children? Do you want art to be accessible to them? Do you have some time to spare on Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14? The Whistler Art's Council is looking for volunteers to help with the Children's Arts Festival. If interested, contact info@artswhistler.com or 604-935-8410.