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A renowned nature photographer, author and outdoor expert will be coming to town to share some of his favourite stories from backcountry excursions in the Coast Mountains.

On Thursday, Feb. 26, John Baldwin will present a photographic exhibition of 35 years of his explorations throughout the Coast Mountain range as part of the annual Out of Bounds: Tales from the Backcountry photographic exhibition.

Baldwin has completed a number of first ascents and pioneered many long ski traverses to remote areas, capturing his backcountry skiing and mountaineering journeys on film and in writing in "Mountains of the Coast," "Backcountry Whistler Map," and "Exploring the Coast Mountain on Skis." After his presentation, audience members will also have a chance to take part in a question and answer session with Baldwin.

Ski Wild with John Baldwin starts at 8 p.m. at MY Millennium Place. Tickets are $15 at MY Place box office.


Straight to the reception

Love the after-party, but don't dig the ceremony that precedes wedding celebrations? Then check out Pemberton Charity Wedding Ball, which takes place on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m.

Simply don a favourite suit, tux, bridesmaids dress, or even the coveted wedding gown, and get ready to get down with none other than local faves, The Hairfarmers, as they play host to a mass just-for-fun evening of wedded bliss at the new Pemberton Community Centre's Great Hall. Drinks, dancing and, of course, wedding cake. What more could you ask for? Tickets are $20 in advance at the community centre, or $25 at the door.


Reaching out to the world
Party for a good cause next week, during the seventh annual Whistler Worldwide Friends fundraiser.

The event, which is a fundraiser for Asia Child Support, is organized by CERO, a group in Whistler that aims to connect people and create friendships to promote peace. Asia Child Support group collects donations to help build schools and hospitals, and provide medicine, water and food in developing countries throughout Asia.

The evening will feature a healthy assortment of local musical talent throughout the evening: Mat the Alien, DJs Rosco and Praiz and Animal Nation, plus MCs Emotionz, Pas Oneder and MOTM. As well, Gavin Livingston, Dave "Pepe" Petko, TiFdyL and Alexei will be painting live.

The event is being held at Maxx Fish on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. The party starts at 9 p.m.


Stories from the Squamish Nation

For almost one year, two Sea to Sky residents have been busy collecting stories from the region's First Nations families for a film for the Squamish Historical Society. Designed to build "cultural bridges," the feature-length film, "Squamish Nation: Stories from the Heart" is now ready to make its public debut. Chock full of tales from generations of First Nations families, the film will premiere on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Squamish Adventure Centre's Totem Hall.

The event will also include a number of traditional ceremonial events, including the carrying of a Squamish Nation canoe from the shores of Howe Sound through the doors of the centre.


Top honours for WFF founder
Whistler Film Festival's cofounder and executive director, Shauna Hardy Mishaw, is being recognized at the fourth annual Women in Film Festival 2009 as a Spotlight Award winner.

Established in 1989, the awards have brought together filmmakers, film industry, government and media in celebration of the achievements of the province's men and women in the screen-based media. Over the past 20 years, more than 100 people have received a Spotlight Award.

This year's winners, including Hardy Mishaw, will receive their awards at a gala ceremony at the VanCity Theatre at 6:30 p.m. on March 7.


Support for Squamish Arts
A Squamish non-profit group has been given $10,000 to help run a new community project.

The Siyamin Artist Cooperative was one of 17 Vancouver and North Shore organizations selected by Canada's largest credit union, VanCity, to receive financial support for their projects. Owned by First Nations artists, Siyamin aims to promote and sell their members authentic Squamish Nation artwork at fair market value. The grant money will be used to start a series of workshops - Workshops for Aboriginal Artists Reaching Potential (WAARP) Artist Literacy and Social Enterprise Development - which are designed to enhance their members' computer, writing, marketing and interpersonal skills.

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