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Celebration 2010 begins



It’s not just athletes with their sights firmly set on the Olympics. Celebration 2010 is now underway with a large selection of events aimed at showcasing what Whistler has to offer in terms of arts, culture, and entertainment.

During the three week festival, many of Whistler’s successful societies and community groups will display their world-class talents.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s coming up in the next week or so:

Friday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m. at MY Place

Alta Lake School presents Tango Paradiso, a combination of classical and new music with authentic tango dancers to create an original tango language. Ph: 604-935-8418

Feb. 14 and 16, 10:30 a.m.

Whistler Public Library presents Storytime, for pre-school children. Ph: 604-932-5564

Sunday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. at MY Place

Whistler Arts Council presents the Whistler Art Tour, a free guided tour of Whistler's Art Galleries & Public Art. Ph: 604-935-8419

Sunday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. at base of Whistler Mountain

Fire & Ice: Whistler Welcome Night. An eclectic mix of music, dance and spinning fire with athletes flipping and twisting through a burning ring of fire.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 and 9 p.m. at MY Place

Whistler Film Festival presents a showcase of adventure films by local favourites featuring the NFB production of Ski Bums, Treetop Film's Fourplay and the snowboarding film Clockwork. Tickets only $10. Ph: 604-935-8418.

Friday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m. at MY Place

Whistler Arts Council presents The bluehouse, an Australian all-female acoustic folk group mixing drop-dead gorgeous harmonies with wickedly mouthy humour. The Whistler Singers open. Ph: 604-935-8418.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 12 — 5 p.m. in the Village Square

Tourism Whistler will highlight components of Cornucopia – Whistler's Food & Wine Celebration – as a prelude to the seventh annual festival running Nov. 5-9, 2003. The weekend begins with an outdoor ice wine tasting, Grapes at Minus 8 Degrees, featuring the nouveau flamenco sounds of Vancouver's Alma Libre, complemented by an ice sculptor showcase. Tickets are $5 on-site.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. at MY Place

Whistler Museum & Archives Society presents The Heritage of Our Town: Olympic Experiences, an evening with past Olympians from the Whistler area to talk about their Olympic experience. Admission is free.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. for tots and 11 a.m. for 4/5 year olds at MY Place

Whistler Public Library presents "Dance a story, dance a song, skip, twirl, dance along." A workshop for children with Mary Elizabeth Manley, associate professor of dance at York University. Ph: 604-932-5564.

Sunday, Feb. 23, 1 — 3 p.m. in the Westin Resort & Spa

Day 2 of the Cornucopia preview with Guilty Pleasures of the Canadian Palate. Enthusiasts will indulge in a two-hour taste-a-thon, exploring the latest culinary inventions from Whistler's hottest restaurants, while savouring sips from Canada's finest wineries and leading breweries. Tickets are $24.95 Ph: 604.938.2769

Ongoing throughout the month:

Daily at MY Place

Face to Face, a clay exhibit by Glen McMillan and paintings by Toya Harris.

Daily at MY Place

Whistler Museum & Archives Society presents an exhibition of Hats & Helmets from past Olympic Games.

Nightly in the village

Whistler Photographic Society presents an outdoor digital slide show

capturing Whistler and mountain sports by our top professional

photographers. Admission is free.