As April draws to a close thoughts turn to the garden, summer hiking, and the outdoors.
So it is also a good time to reflect on how we can cherish the earth which sustains its many inhabitants.
This years Earth Day celebration in Whistler offers just such an opportunity with a cornucopia of events to enjoy day and night.
Why not start out with the free hemp banana bread breakfast and fundraiser at the Whistler Hemp Companys store in the village. All proceeds of the organic coffee sales at the breakfast will go to AWARE, along with 10 per cent of sales. You can also enter a raffle to win a piece of soy clothing. The fun will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
An Earth Day Festival will run in Creekside on Saturday. It will be hosted by AWARE and WORCA and a few not-for profit groups and eco-based companies. WORCA will be holding its annual bike swap at the event too.
The festival will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will have music and performances by local artists and presentations of sustainable projects for the environment.
"We aim to create a fantastic event to acknowledge the day celebrated throughout the world," said Sarah Valentine, AWAREs administration coordinator.
Saturday night, head to Maxx Fish nightclub, which is hosting the Move on Up Earth Day fundraising party to fight global warming. Hilltrip, a social enterprise specializing in social marketing with a focus on events & promotions, is organizing the party. Its goal is to improve the sustainability of mountain lifestyle and the environment through events, publications and actions, such as its Carbon-Offset Program.
Local artist Stan Matwychuk will be painting outside of Maxx Fish during the day and the art he creates will be auctioned off in the evening at the party.
Raffle tickets will also be sold with an Option Freeplus snowboard from Showcase up for grabs. ONeill clothing and products from Farfalla, Gauge Clothing, and the Whistler Hemp Company will also be raffled off.
DJ Matt the Alien will come off the main stage at the Telus Ski and Snowboard Festival and head to Maxx Fish to spin for the Earth Day party.
And no need to be concerned about partying then driving home as the Resort Municipality of Whistler will provide free transit all day April 22.