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SPECIAL EVENTS

SANTA SKATE>>

Strap on your skates and glide across the ice with Santa and one of his elves on Saturday Dec. 21 from noon to 3 p.m. and also from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants can visit Santa’s Village, join Santa for a photo or enjoy the many treats and crafts. Call 604-935-PLAY for more info.

WINTER CONCERT>>

The Whistler Singers and Moving Cords Youth Show Choir perform for an afternoon of music and fun, starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21 at Millennium Place. Call 604-935-8410 for details.

CHRISTMAS NATIVITY>>

The Christmas Story in drama, words and song. Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. at Millennium Place. Sing your favourite carols! Refreshments will be served. Admission by donations.

WHISTLER WELCOME NIGHT>>

Kick off another season with the free weekly Fire & Ice Show this Sunday Dec. 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A variety presentation of fashion, fire dancers, snowmoiles, fireworks and the enormously popular Big Air Team, known for hurling themselves through a burning ring of fire, weather permitting of course.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA CLAUS>>

The most popular guy in December will be at the Roundhouse for breakfast on Tuesday, Dec. 24. It’ll be the last day to let him know if you’ve been naughty or nice.

WHISTLER CHILDREN’S CHOIR>>

The Whistler Children’s Choir will be featured at MY Place to celebrate a special public Christmas Eve Carol Service at 6:30 p.m. Call 604-932-2979 got information.

FIRST NIGHT WHISLTER 2003>>

Tickets are on sale for Whistler’s non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve celebration which includes musicians, artists, psychics, street performers, facepainters and arts participation. Tickets are $15 each, $4 for kids 12 and under and are available at Municipal Hall, Myrtle Philip Community Centre and Meadow Park.

ONGOING EVENTS

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 Marc of Lotus Art Supplies, and Britt Germann. Call 604-938-0055, or 604-905-5540 for more information. Models needed!

PEMBERTON OUTDOOR CLUB>>

The Pemberton Valley Walking, Hiking and Outdoor Club meets every Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Pemberton Information Centre to walk, hike, X-country ski, have fun and keep fit. For more info contact Judy Bonn at 604-894-0188 or email judybonn@telus.net

 

ON THE MOUNTAINS

BLACKCOMB>>

Blackcomb is open from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. On Jan. 7 to 11 the best freeskiers in the world will battle it out at the Canadian Freeskiing Championships.

WHISTLER>>

Whistler Mountain opened on Thursday, Nov. 28. Gondola runs daily from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

 

MOVIES

RAINBOW THEATRE>>

MAID IN MANHATTAN

J-Lo is back in theatres this Christmas with this romantic comedy co-starring Ralph Fiennes. Playing nightly at the Rainbow Theatre at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Also playing at 4:30 p.m. on Sat. and Sun.

VILLAGE 8 CINEMA>>

Eight new movie screens to tempt you in Whistler at the former AlpenRock, next to Mongolie Grill. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the Wild Thornberry’s, and Gangs of New York among others. Check out the ad on page 78 for more details.

 

HELPING HANDS

WHISTLER FISHERIES STEWARDSHIP GROUP>>

WFSG 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. WFSG hosts volunteer activities for stream restoration, streamside planting, fish monitoring and other stewardship activities. For information call 604-935-8322 or email fish@whistler.ca.

RIDES TO AND FROM WHISTLER>>

Seats are available in the Jack Bell Foundation carpool/vanpool service between Squamish and Whistler. For further information please call 1-888-593-7433 or www.ride-share.com. The JBF is a registered non-profit organization.

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>>

Get yourself moving toward your 2003 goals today!

Essential skills for Whistler Resort Professionals

Jan. 6, Food Safe Level 1: mandatory Certification for ALL food handlers in B.C.

Jan. 6, Presentation Skills: learn to present and organize your ideas to impress our audience

Jan. 7, Motivating Staff: keep your people together by getting the enthusiasm up now.

Jan. 9, Continuous Process Improvement: find new ways to optimize your internal processes.

Jan. 9, Dealing with Difficult Customers: turn those moments into powerful opportunities.

Jan. 10, Conflict Resolution 1: standardized approaches to solving workplace challenges.

Jan. 10, Coaching for Outstanding Performance: be the leader everyone wants you to be.

Complete information is on our Web site at www.whistlerchamberofcommerce.com or contact Hailey 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.