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What: TOONIE RIDE - BLACKCOMB Every week for 20 weeks, WORCA hosts Thursday night Toonie Rides. This week, Fanatyk Co. and Quinny's Café sponsor a ride through Blackcomb trails. $2/person. Must be a WORCA member to participate for insurance reasons.

When: Thursday July 16, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Quinny's Cafe

What: ARTWALK FUNCTON JUNCTION BLOCK PARTY Remember the good ol' days when all the neighbours got together on the front lawn? Mr. Johnsonville cooked hot dogs, there were free cookies, and that crazy lady danced in the street? Well, Whistler Arts Council is throwing their own Function Junction Block Party - with local artists, live music with Jon Burr and Ivan the Terrible, DJs, and more.

When: Friday July 17, 6 - 9 p.m.

Where: Function Junction

What: WAG's WHISTLER DOGGY WASH Whistler dogs get squeaky clean at this event hosted by WAG (Whistler Animals Galore.) Day includes bake sale, barbeque and live music by folk singer Susan Holden. Suggested donation is $15/wash. Contact 604-935-8364 for info.

Where: Saturday July 18, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
When: Whistler Village Fire Hall

What: OUTSTANDING IN THE FIELD DINNER Pemberton's mayor Jordan teams up with Araxi chef James Walt. Evening includes a tour of Sturdy's farm and a five-course, farm-style meal. $200 per person. Visit www.outstandinginthefield.com for more info.

When: Saturday July 18, 4 p.m.

Where: North Arm Farm, Pemberton

What: BC CUP MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE As part of the Cycling BC Series, this event features a citizen's start followed by a BC Cup race.  Bring the family to race and watch. Visit www.teamwhistler.ca/bc_cup_race.html for more info.
When: Sunday July 19

Where: Whistler Olympic Park

What: LUNAFLIKS: BATTLE IN SEATTLE This week's Lunafliks is a 2008 film based on the World Trade Organization's Ministerial Conference protests of 1999. Tickets are $7. Wear warm clothing, and bring a blanket. DJ JimiRay and short film Versus start off the evening.

When: Wednesday July 22, sundown (around 9:30 p.m.).

Where: Rebagliati Park if it is sunny; Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre if it is rainy

What: MICHELLE SIMS, BEAR AWARE PROGRAM DELIVERY SPECIALIST The Whistler Public Library presents talks by Michelle Sims of Bear Aware, who will speak about bears native to Whistler, what they eat, and how they behave.

When: Wednesday July 22, Wednesday August 5; all sessions begin at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Community Room, Whistler Public Library

What: NESTEA CHILL ON THE HILL Nestea presents Chill on the Hill, the ultimate party to bring a chill to a hot summer. Summer and winter activities all day followed by a free concert featuring the Stills. Go to whistlerblackcomb.com for more.

When: Saturday July 25

Where: Top of Whistler Mountain

What: SOCIAL MEDIA FORUM The CEO of Social Signal, Alexandra Samuel, will speak in Whistler on using social media for leadership dialogue in business, politics and community engagement.

When: Sunday July 26, 3 - 5 p.m.

Where: Legends Hotel in Creekside

What: ARTWALK OPENING RECEPTION ArtWalk is coming, invading venues from Marketplace to the Town Plaza. The opening reception will live music, art and dance.

When: Friday July 31, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: Various locations, visit whistlerartscouncil.com for more

What: TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER SESSION The Whistler Chamber of Commerce presents a session to educate people on how to allow a foreign national to work in Canada on a permanent or temporary basis. It will also show how employers can address skills shortages.

When: Tuesday August 4, 10 a.m. - noon

Where: Whistler Chamber Boardroom

What: PENNY MARTYN - NAKED CLAY The Whistler Arts Council is hosting Whistler Art Workshops on the Lake, each of them two to four day workshops that host beginners to intermediates and everything in between. Learn to paint in the heart of nature. Price $150, go to whistlerartscouncil.com for more.

When: Saturday August 8 to Sunday August 9

Where: Alta Lake Station House

What: IN-SHUCK-CH DAYS The In-SHUCK-ch Nation presents the annual In-SHUCK-ch Days, a celebration of the heritage and culture of the people. Come build relationships with people borne of the land and enjoy cedar bark weaving, drum-making and other activities. RSVP at days@inshuch.com. Go to inshuckch.com for more.

When: Saturday August 22 to Sunday August 23

Where: Head of the Lake School, Skatin

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