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SPECIAL EVENTS

TELUS WORLD SKI AND SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL . Annual festival of ski and snowboard competitions, photographer showdowns, mountain adventure films, concerts, parties and anything else that’s legal on snow. April 13-22.

EARTH DAY . April 22.

WHISTLER MUSEUM & ARCHIVES SPRING BRUNCH . The first edition of what will become an annual fund-raiser for the museum will be held at Joel’s at Nicklaus North April 22 at 11 a.m. In addition to brunch, the fun includes live entertainment, a Chinese auction and guest speaker Florence Petersen who will talk about Whistler B.S. (Before Skiing). Tickets are $50, available from the museum.

FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE . The eighth annual Father-Daughter Dance takes place Sunday, April 22 at the Chateau Whistler, 5-8:30 p.m. Proceeds from the evening, which is attended by 500 fathers and daughters, go towards the Whistler Children’s Centra and the computer program at Myrtle Philip school.

BLACK BEAR SLIDE PRESENTATION . Local bear researcher Michael Allen presents the first of a monthly series of slide shows on Whistler’s black bears. April 24, 7 p.m. at the Chateau Whistler.

WHISTLER SINGERS CONCERT . April 25, 7:30 p.m. at Myrtle Philip school. Tickets are $5.

NHL ALUMNI HOCKEY GAME . April 28, 7 p.m. at Meadow Park Arena.

WHISTLER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL. The annual festival, now in its 11 th year, is a fund-raising event for the Whistler Public Library. Wines presented by International Cellars Inc., with the support of the Consulates of Spain, the United States, Chile and France. Tuesday, May 8, 7-9 p.m. at the Chateau Whistler. Tickets are $25, available at the library, the conference centre and at the door.

GIANT GARAGE SALE. Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Myrtle Philip school. A fund-raiser for the Parent Advisory Council. Tables are $30. Contact Sana March at 932-2016 or Karen Williamson at 932-1181.

MEETINGS/WORKSHOPS

THE FUTURE OF WHISTLER. This symposium, organized by the board of directors of Tourism Whistler, focuses on the theme of Whistler’s competitiveness and economic sustainability. In particular, two key components of perceived value for guests – price and service – will be discussed. Open to all those who own or manage property or businesses in Whistler. April 21, 3-6 p.m. in the Whistler Conference Centre.

WHISTLER SECONDARY PAC MEEETING. Monday, April 23, 7 p.m. at Whistler Secondary.

SCREENING MAMOGRAPHY. Coming to Whistler May 30, 31 and June 1; to Squamish May 7-11 and May 14-18; and to Pemberton May 28, 29.

ARE YOU TIRED OF SITTING ON YOUR DREAMS? Are you ready for more success in your life? Brenda Montani, who has spent years successfully counselling and coaching people, is offering a personal coaching clinic for you. If you’ve decided it’s time to improve the quality and performance in your life this clinic will give you the kick start you need. We will interactively set goals, explore personal barriers to achieving those goals and learn techniques that will allow you to realize your dreams. Enrolment is limited. Call Brenda for pre-registration and details, 932-0949.

HELPING HANDS

WHISTLER CHILDREN’S ART FESTIVAL. Interested in enhancing the artistic and creative talents of young children? The Whistler Community Arts Council is looking for volunteers for the upcoming Whistler Children’s Art Festival taking place on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday May 27. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: organizing committee, art workshop leaders, art workshop helpers, festival setup/takedown. Help make this community event a success. Contact the Arts Council at 938-0498.

WRITERS’ GROUP. How would you like to get together with other writers of fiction to share our work, provide each other with support and feedback and brainstorm ways to get out work published. Interested? If so, please call Stella at 932-4518 for more information.

INTRODUCTION TO NORTHWEST COAST NATIVE ART. An informative lecture enhancing understanding of the art and culture of the Northwest Coast First People. Approximately 30 minutes long, Mondays at 2 p.m. and Thursdays at 8 p.m., Black Tusk Gallery on Main Street, 905-5540. All are welcome.

AT THE MOVIES

BLOW. Johnny Depp plays America’s biggest cocaine dealer in this rags to riches story. At the Rainbow Theatre April 20-26, at 7 and 9:15 p.m.

CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON. Spectacular martial-arts adventure set in ancient China, but there’s a compelling story, too. At the Rainbow Theatre April 20-26, at 4:30 p.m. Rated 14A

WARREN MILLER THEATRE . The Leopard Lounge in the AlpenRock House shows Ride , one of filmmaker Warren Miller’s classic flicks on Thursdays, at 6 p.m. Extreme sports including snowboarding and skiing guaranteed to make your hair stand on end. The first 10 minutes were shot in Whistler so check out big action on your own home turf.

ON THE MOUNTAINS

BLACKCOMB. World Ski and Snowboard Festival, April 13-22. Last day of winter operation is April 22.

WHISTLER. World Ski and Snowboard Festival, April 13-22. Nike Snowboard Series halfpipe May 5, slopestyle May 6.

FREE AVALANCHE AWARENESS TOURS. Open to all intermediate to advanced boarders and skiers. Tours depart daily at 9 a.m. from the Guest Relations counter in the Blackcomb daylodge. Tours last all day and allow participants to develop a sense of what they need to accomplish before they go out of bounds and into the backcountry.

WHISTLER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TRAINING SOLUTIONS.

April 26-27, Negotiations — $195

May 3, WHMIS Train the Trainer — $350+GST

May 4, WHMIS Standards — $60+GST

Learn Excel, Word and Access at your own pace. CD ROMs available for rental.

Further information is located on our Web site at www.whistlerchamberof commerce.com or contact Stephanie Wells at 932-5922.

PEMBERTON EMPLOYMENT CENTRE

Job Search Workshops

How do you prepare when you have been called for the interview? The resume is only the first step; the interview is where the job is gained or lost. Learn the newest interview skills. Be prepared for that all-important face-to-face challenge. Today’s job market is highly competitive, which means that your job search skills are an important factor in giving you the edge. Come and join us at the Pemberton Employment Centre to find out how to prepare for the interview and other job-related topics. For more information or to sign up please call 894-6281. Limited spaces available. Workshops are free and are offered on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon. The next workshop, The Interview, is being offered April 24.