IN-5 Waterstone’s D Lux merger Well okay it’s not as huge as the Blackcomb/Whistler Mountain merger, but Waterstone Communications has merged with D Lux Communications to form Waterstone Advertising & Design. The principles are Shauna Hardy and Nigel Protter. Hardy is the marketer and communicator half of the deal, while Protter is the graphic arts half. Protter came to Whistler in 1978 and now lives in Pemberton with his wife and two children. Hardy arrived in Whistler to be a ski instructor in 1990. Her company developed Where Magazine International’s Whistler edition. "We’re thrilled about the merger," Hardy says. "It promises to offer our clients a broader range of services and a combined depth of experience." Spiritual journey is yours Aron Nelson of the Squamish Nation will be giving a lecture on Native spirituality, Wed., March 26, at the Whistler Health Care Centre 2nd floor conference room, starting at 5 p.m.. The event will start with the ritual of the smudge pot to cleanse the body and mind. Guests will sit on the floor in a circle to listen to Nelson’s lecture, touching on the spiritual beliefs of First Nation’s peoples. Guests will also hear of Nelson’s participation in the great canoe journey to Bella Bella. A light, informal dinner will be catered by Wok On. Both vegetarian and meat dishes will be served. Cost for the lecture is $2.50. Dinner is an additional $5. The event is sponsored by the non-profit group Dinner with a Difference, an outreach program of the Whistler United Church. All are welcome, no reservations needed. Contact Diana for more information at 932-3313. Challenge your team A few team openings are still available for the 1997 Felix Belczyk RMCC Ski Challenge, Tues., April 8, on Blackcomb Mountain. Beneficiaries of this fun day of skiing are kids. Skiers on the four-member teams join World Cup and Olympic champions Felix Belczyk, Todd Brooker, Lucie LaRoche and Karen Percy Lowe to generate funds for local children’s charities and for Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities of Canada. The eighth annual Blackcomb event is expected to raise about $100,000 for RMCC, which provides support for community organizations that help improve the quality of life for children and families of children with life-threatening or chronic illness or special needs. This event is one of four RMCC Ski Challenges held annually. Since 1986, the ski challenges have raised more than $3 million. Teams compete in a giant slalom race as well as a GT race. The top team in five flights, as well as top male and female competitors, are recognized. For more information on the event please contact Donna McTavish at (604) 293-4837.