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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.

TERRY FOX RUN . The annual 10K/5K run/walk to support cancer research is Sept. 16. Registration is at 9 a.m. at Nesters Market and the run/walk starts at 10 a.m.

LIVING WITH BEARS IN YOUR BACKYARD . The J.J. Whistler Bear Society holds bi-monthly Bear Smart presentations at Millennium Place every other Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Sept. 19 presentation is on learning to co-exist with bears in urban areas.

BOB PARSONS MEMORIAL SKIERS GOLF TOURNAMENT . Texas Scramble format at Big Sky Golf and Country Club on Sept. 22. Tee time is 1:15 p.m., followed by dinner at Big Sky Clubhouse. Proceeds go to support junior ski racing in B.C. Call Chris at 604-932-3784 or Jim at 604-298-1420 to register.

PEMBERTON FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE . No age restrictions; all fathers and their daughters are welcome. Dance is Sept. 22, 6 p.m. at Signal Hill elementary school. Presented by Signal Hill Parents Advisory Council, tickets are $20 per father-daughter couple, available from Paper Works and Mystery Closet.

SEA TO SKY FILM FESTIVAL . The sixth annual festival rolls Sept. 22 at the Eagle Eye Theatre at Howe Sound secondary in Squamish. Tickets available from Mostly Books, Highlands Video and Howe Sound Inn.

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.

WHISTLER FISHTIVAL. The municipality, B.C. Forest Service, Whistler Fisheries Stewardship Group, Rotary Club and Angling Club of Whistler are combining B.C. Rivers Day with Arbor Day on Sept. 29 and 30. From 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 29 volunteers are invited to gather at River of Golden Dreams and Lorimer Road to help the trees and fish. On Sept. 30 at the Whistler Outdoor Experience Company at Edgewater there will be a canoe scavenger hunt, barbecue and open house introducing the river of Golden Dreams Watershed Management Plan, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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