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SPECIAL EVENTS

STRUT YOUR STUFF. The annual registration and information fair for community sports and activities is Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Whistler secondary. A swap for small equipment and clothing is part of the fair.

GRAND TOUR DE FRANCE. Some of the most prestigious names in French wine are paired with food from some of Whistler’s best restaurants at a reception in the Roundhouse Lodge Sept. 8, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Tickets are $65, available from Whistler Mountain Guest Relations.

FAMILY FUNFEST . Whistler Parks and Recreation is hosting this family picnic Sunday, Sept. 9, 4-7 p.m. at Rainbow Park. Food is provided by local businesses ($5 per meal) and Whistler Outdoor Experience is providing canoes, kayaks and paddle boats. A tarot card reader, face painting, black bear researcher Michael Allen and a tug-o-war are also part of the afternoon events.

WHISTLER JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL . Juno Award-winning Metalwood is the headline act for the 12 th annual Jazz and Blues Festival, Sept. 14-16. Metalwood, along with Bullfrog and Kid Koala, play at the Underground in the Whistler Conference Centre Sept. 15. Six bands play outdoors in a variety of locations over the weekend.

RAY ANDERSON, THE NATURAL STEP . Ray Anderson is founder, CEO and chair of Interface Inc., the world’s largest commercial carpet and flooring manufacturer, and one of the most dynamic speakers anywhere. Interface adopted the Natural Step framework, a system for understanding environmental sustainability, in 1996. This is the first in a monthly series of speakers being presented as Whistler adopts The Natural Step. Saturday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. No charge.

CHEAKAMUS CHALLENGE 2001: A BIKE ODYSSEY . The 19 th annual Brackendale-Whistler mountain bike race goes Sept. 22. Free kids cycling clinics with some of the best riders in the world are Sept. 23 at the Mountain Bike Zone on Whistler Mountain.

MEETINGS/WORKSHOPS

WHISTLER BREAST CANCER FORUM. Monday, Sept. 10, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Millennium Place. Admission is free. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring lots of questions. For more information call Linda Seifred at 932-2854.

WHISTLER COUNCIL MEETING. It’s back to business for municipal politicians and staff. Next meeting is Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in council chambers, municipal hall.

PEMBERTON MEADOWS CHILD CARE CENTRE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. Monday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. at the Pemberton Community Centre. Old and new society members welcome. For information call 894-5520.

POLITICAL DISCUSSION. Whistler’s only municipal political party meets at Gone Bakery every three weeks. Next meeting is Sept. 26, 7 p.m. For information call 604-938-631, ext. 222.

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