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SPECIAL EVENTS

BARBECUE BY THE LAKE

Hostelling International and the Whistler Hostel host their annual barbecue and open house on Saturday, Aug. 10. Afternoon includes BBQ games and water sports for families and friends. Drop by between 1 and 5 p.m. at 5678 Alta Lake Road. Call 604-932-5492 for information.

WEETAMA

Join in the celebrations of the rich traditions and culture of the region’s Aboriginal community over seven days from Aug. 12 to 18. There will be free outdoor programs, artisan workshops and special ceremonies. Tickets are available for a traditional feast on Aug. 16 for $79.95 as well as a blues concert with George Leach on Aug. 17 for $15. For information call 604-932-2394.

BEAR SMART PRESENTATIONS

Tony Boschmann, bear/human conflict specialist unravels the mysteries of bear behaviour: beyond the fear. Are your fears based on myth or reality? Millennium Place on Aug. 14, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Presentations focussing on various aspects of bear biology & ecology, bear behaviour, living with bears in your backyard, and safety in bear country are held every Wednesday night 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Millennium Place. Admission by donation. For more info, contact J.J. Whistler Bear Society at 604-905-4209.

BONEYARD WARS II

Teams from Whistler and Blackcomb face off in a test of engineering and resourcefulness. Technicians, tradesmen and engineers use scrap material and machinery to build machines. See the results Aug. 15 at the village base of Whistler Mountain. Post demonstration party at the GLC.

RCMP GARAGE SALE

Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the RCMP detachment. Great bargains and delicious baked goods. Items in good condition are also needed for sale. Donations of household items, toys, sporting goods and clothing are welcome and can be dropped off at the detachment until the date of the sale. All proceeds will go to the Dandelion Daycare Society.

CANCER FRIENDS BARBECUE

A pot-luck evening for anyone touched by cancer. A supportive, fun and positive group that welcomes newcomers. Thursday, Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. For information call Joanne Turner at 604-938-1902.

ROTARY RIVERSIDE PUTTING CLASSIC

Second annual putting tournament takes place Saturday, Aug. 24. All proceeds to benefit the Adaptive Ski Program, WAG and the Library/Museum Capital Campaign. Registration forms available from Barry Maskell at 604-938-4787 or e-mail: info@peaktogreen.com

GRIZZLY & BLACK BEAR PRESENTATION

Stephen Herrero, renowned grizzly and black bear biologist from the University of Alberta, will speak at Millennium Place on Wednesday, Aug. 28. This is a joint presentation with the Whistler Naturalists and the JJ Whistler Bear Society. Herrero is the first speaker in a monthly series for the Whistler Naturalists during the 2002-2003 season.

THE BIG BANK THEORY

Sea to Sky entertainment has postponed the shooting of the Big Bank Theory, a locally produced feature film. Instead of shooting it in three to four pasts over the summer/fall, it is now scheduled to shoot in one continuous flow from Sept. 3 to Sept. 15. For more info please contact Adriane Polo at 604-898-5930.

MEETINGS/WORKSHOPS

WHISTLER WRITER’S WEEKEND WORKSHOP

The weekend workshop from Aug 16-18 still has room. Keynote speaker Andreas Schroeder (co-chair of UBC’s Creative Writing program), leads the Whistler Writer’s weekend workshop. Interested applicants should submit a manuscript no longer than 4,000 words. Writers receive both individual feedback from Schroeder as well as group feedback. The fee for the workshop is $140 for the weekend, or for individual lectures which take place Saturday, the fee is $15 for one, $25 for two. Contact Stella Harvey at 604-932-4518.

POTTERY WORKSHOP

Artist Laura Wee Lay Laq, known for her hand-building techniques, leads a workshop at Millennium Place Aug. 17-18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Call Eileen Tomalty at 604-932-2004 for information or to register.

SUMMER READING CLUB

The Whistler Public Library is launching its summer reading program for children ages 3 to 9 called Booked for the Summer. Special programs for children will be held on Wednesdays in August. Sessions for 5 to 9 year olds will be held from 4-5 p.m. or 7-8 p.m. There will also be a session from 11 a.m. to noon for preschoolers aged 3 to 4. Pre-registration is important. Fill out a form at the Whistler Public Library.

LIFE DRAWING

Life drawing sessions ongoing on Monday nights, between 6 to 9 p.m. at Millennium Place, $15 drop-in. Draw models in your choice of dry medium. Facilitated by Mark of Lotus Art Supplies, and Britt Germann. Call 604-938-0055, or 604-905-5540 for more information. Models needed!

WHISTLER’S ONLY POLITICAL PARTY

Meets every three weeks at ...Gone Bakery. Call Chris Childs at 604-938-6318 ext. 222 or e-mail WSG@yahoogroups.com for next meeting date.

ON THE MOUNTAINS

BLACKCOMB

Glacier skiing is over for the summer season. Blackcomb will re-open for winter on Nov. 28.

WHISTLER

Mountain bike park is open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lifts open daily for sightseeing.

MOVIES

AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER

He’s back, baby. Mike Myers, Michael Caine and Beyonce Knowles star. At the Rainbow Theatre at 5 and 7 p.m. nightly Aug. 9-15.

K-19 THE WIDOWMAKER

A U.S. Navy captain takes command of an ill-prepared submarine at the height of the Cold War. Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson star. At Rainbow Theatre at 9 p.m. nightly

SPIRIT, STALLION OF THE CIMARRON

An animated film that follows the adventures of a wild and rambunctious mustang stallion. At Rainbow Theatre at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

HELPING HANDS

WHISTLER NATURALISTS

Volunteers needed for the Federation of B.C. Naturalists’ Fall General Meeting Sept. 20-22. There will be a wide range of speakers and field trips. Confirmed speakers include: Tom Hurd (Banff Wildlife Specialist); Jack Souther (volcanoes); Kathy Martin (alpine bird migration); Morgan Wells (traditional plant use); Karl Ricker (glaciology); and Michael Allen (black bear and cougar researcher). There are volunteer opportunities to help with organizing venues, transportation, signage, registration, etc. Contact Cathy Conroy at 604-894-1124 or email cconroy@sfu.ca

WHISTLER FISHERIES STEWARDSHIP GROUP

WSFG is a non-profit charitable organization whose purpose is to restore the health of Whistler’s watersheds to their utmost potential for people and fish through community partnerships, advocacy, education and projects. WSFG will be hosting volunteer activity sessions throughout the summer where people can help out and learn about stream restoration, streamside planting, fish monitoring and other stewardship activities. For information call 604-935-8323 or email fish@whistler.ca.

RIDES TO AND FROM WHISTLER

Seats are available (regular and casual) in the Jack Bell Foundation vanpool service between Squamish and Whistler. For further information please call Alan at 604-932-2222 (work) or 604-898-4531 (home). The Jack Bell Foundation is a registered non-profit organization, www.ride-share.com.

WHISTLER ANIMALS GALORE

WAG is now a registered charitable organization and can issue tax receipts for gifts and donations made.

MY YOUTH CENTRE

Now open at Maurice Young Millennium Place. Activities include ping pong, pool table, Playstation, Nintendo, Internet access, big screen projection TV, day and overnight trips and tons of other activities. Needed are donations of videos, games, Playstation and Nintendo games and any other "cool" stuff. For hours of operation call 935-8410.

J.J. WHISTLER BEAR SOCIETY >>

People and Bears Living in Harmony. Learn more about coexisting with bears in your backyard. Call us at 604-905-4209 or visit us online at www.bearsmart.com < http://www.bearsmart.com > (email: info@bearsmart.com )

UPWARD BOUND

This free program is to assist persons with a disability to prepare for, obtain, and keep employment or self-employment. Financial assistance may be available for skills development, wage subsidies or special work-site adaptations. Sponsored by HRDC, this service is available to qualified residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Call 604-905-8486 to book an appointment.

COATS FOR KIDS

Winter coats for children of all ages can be dropped off at Dual Mountain Drycleaners, both locations, at Market Pavilion and Function Junction. Coats are accessed by anyone in need through the Re-use It Centre. For more information contact Whistler Community Services at 604-932-0113 or Jane Pratt at 604-935-7500.

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

WHISTLER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TRAINING SOLUTIONS

Training Sessions

Aug. 20. Planning Tools - $139 + GST, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Aug. 20. Building Excellence - $89 + GST, 1-5 p.m.

Aug. 23. First Aid Level I - $72 + GST, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Aug. 27. Effective Delegation - $95 + GST, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

WHISTLER EMPLOYMENT CENTRE

Free workshops on resume and interview skills. Make sure you have the latest information on job search skills so that you can optimize your chances for employment. Call Marta or Sara @ 604-932-6281 to reserve a seat and to confirm time and location.

PEMBERTON EMPLOYMENT CENTRE

Job Search Workshops

Come and join us at the Pemberton employment Centre to find out how to prepare a winning resume, cover letter, or the latest interview technique and other job-related topics. For more information or to sign up call 604-894-1727. Limited spaces available. Workshops are free and are offered on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon.