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Suit up for the soirée of the season

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Dig up and dust off your finest cocktail attire; it's almost time for the Whistler Film Festival Society's annual gala and auction.

The themed evening, which includes a cocktail reception, three-course gourmet meal prepared by Four Seasons' executive chef Oliver Beckert paired with fine wines, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, a grand prize raffle and gift bags.

As one of the society's most important fundraising initiatives, Soirée attracts a crowd of 200 of the province's most influential business leaders who come out in support of WFFS's professional development and training programs for B.C.-based filmmakers and youth, and their new state-of-the-art digital theatre project in Whistler.

The 2009 Soirée takes place at the Four Seasons Vancouver on Thursday, June 25.

Tickets are $200 each or $2,000 for a table of 10. Contact program@whistlerfilmfestival.com or 1-877-838-3456 to get yours.

Bike Park opens with a bang

People have stored their ski and snowboard gear after a bit of a rocky winter season, and are ready with their mountain bikes, prepared to make the most of the spring and summer months in Whistler.

This coming weekend, Whistler Blackcomb officially opens the Bike Park, and at least one bar is ready to get the party going with their first mountain bike movie premiere on Friday night.

The GLC is screening Redbull Rampage: The Evolution , which features local rider, Brandon Semenuk, on Friday, May 15 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door.

And the following evening, the Metallica tribute band, Damage Inc., rocks the crowd out after the premiere of yet another mountain bike movie, On the Line , that features local riders Kevin Bartkowski and Ian Morrison. The party starts at 9 p.m., and tickets to this double-header evening are $10. Plus, there will be some killer prize giveaways from Garbanzo Bike and Bean and Dincus Apparel.

Get on the Happy Trail

To coincide with the opening of the Bike Park, the Whistler Arts Council has organized a special amateur photo competition with a 2009 Whistler Mountain Bike Park season pass up for grabs.

All amateur photographers from within the Sea to Sky corridor were invited to submit up to three unpublished B.C. mountain biking photographs to the Happy Trails Photo Competition by Wednesday, May 13. The results will be compiled into a juried slideshow to be projected onto a screen in Mountain Square on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16, so members of the public can check them out and go online later to cast their vote. Then, on Sunday, May 17, the winning photographer will be announced.

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