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SPECIAL EVENTS

LIBRARY BIRTHDAY

The Whistler Public Library celebrates 16 years of operations on Saturday, Aug. 31. At 2 p.m. trustees will be serving birthday cake at the library, at 4329 Main Street in Village North.

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 parts over the summer/fall, it is now scheduled to shoot in one continuous flow from Sept. 3 to Sept. 15. For more info contact Adriane Polo at 604-898-5930.

CREEKSIDE STREET FESTIVAL>>

The first annual festival celebrating life in the Creekside with children’s activities and performances, live street entertainment, a beer garden and lots more. The festival takes place on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. STRUT YOUR STUFF>>

The annual registration and information fair for community recreation programs takes place Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Whistler Secondary school. Organized by KidSport Whistler, the fair is a chance to meet coaches, parks and recreation centre staff, trade-in small equipment and clothing, watch displays and pick up application forms for KidSport grants.

COMMUNITY FUNFEST>>

Whistler Parks and Recreation presents Community FunFest. A fun, annual event for our community at Rainbow Park Sunday, Sept. 8, 3-6 p.m. Activities include: a puppet show, free canoe and kayak rentals, crafts, a bouncy castle, tarot card reader, live music, barbecue and lots more. There is a $5 cost per person for the barbecue.

DRIVE FORE LIFE >>

The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation Weekend to Remember Sept. 14-15 includes a gala dinner Saturday night and a golf tournament at Nicklaus North Sunday. The Drive Fore Life is to raise funds and awareness about depression-related teenage suicide. For information call 604-938-0588 or visit www.thekeltyfoundation.org

2002 TERRY FOX RUN>>

The 5 and 10 km run/walk takes place on Sunday Sept. 15 at a new Whistler location, Riverside Campground. Registration is at 9 a.m. and start is at 10 a.m. A family even for all with a BBQ, live music and face painting. All proceeds go to cancer research. Many volunteers required. For more information, please call Joanne Turner at 604-938-1902.

MEETINGS/WORKSHOPS

WHISTLER COUNCIL MEETING>>

After the summer doldrums council gets back to work Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. in municipal hall council chambers.

AWARE MEETING>>

The Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment welcomes all to their monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Delta Whistler Resort (downstairs boardrooms). Guest speakers - managers of the Nita Lake Lodge development to discuss the project and potential protection of Millar Creek Wetlands. Call 604-932-4457 or e-mail aware@direct.ca for more info.

WOMEN OF WHISTLER>>

Meeting Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. at Bavaria Restaurant.

ALPINE CANADA AGM>>

Meeting Sept. 21 at Coast Whistler Hotel.

FEDERATION OF B.C. NATURALISTS>>

The federation holds its annual general meeting in Whistler Sept. 20-22.

WHISTLER. IT’S OUR FUTURE>>

The final workshop in phase 1 of the Comprehensive Sustainability Plan will be a two-day workshop the weekend of Sept. 21-22. Participants are asked to help choose criteria for Whistler’s future. Phase 2, later in the fall, will look at scenarios for Whistler’s future. Register at www.whistlerfuture.com

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

BLUE CRUSH>>

The ultimate summer movie? Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriquez and Matthew Davis star in this story of female surfers in Hawaii. At the Rainbow Theatre Aug. 30-Sept. 5, at 7 and 9 p.m.

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 a no-kill animal shelter dedicated to protecting and enhancing the lives of lost, unwanted and homeless animals. We are open to the public and for volunteer dog walking every day of the year from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Please call 604-905-7750 or stop by the shelter located between day skier parking lots 3 & 4.

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

Sept. 10, Up selling/Cross selling - $99 + GST, 1-5 p.m.

Sept. 11, Basic Supervision - $139 + GST, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sept. 11, Re-certification CP3 - $42.95, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sept. 11, Renewal CP4 - $52.95, 1-5:30 p.m.

Sept. 12, Train the Trainer - $229 + GST, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Sept. 12, CP6 - $57.95, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sept. 12, Conflict Resolution - $139 + GST, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sept. 14, Emergency Child Care - $79.95 + GST, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sept. 17, Foodsafe Level 1 - $99 + GST, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sept. 18, Goal Setting, $249 + GST, 5:30-7 p.m.

Sept. 19-20, Managing Service Excellence, $695 + GST, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Complete information available at www.whistlerchamberofcommerce.com or contact Kristyna at 604-932-5922.

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.