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SPECIAL EVENTS

BIG MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE>>

See the mountains in a whole new light with telemark and backcountry clinics, demo days, avalanche awareness days all set against the backdrop of the Canadian Freeskiing Championships. Sign up to ride with the Freeride Team or compete in the Randonnee Rally, the first to be held in Canada. For more info call 604-932-3434 or check out the W-B Web site.

CAF FUNDRAISER DINNER/DANCE>>

The Canadian Avalanche Foundation is hosting a dinner/dance at Dusty’s on Friday Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. to raise money for the Canadian Avalanche Association bulletin. The bulletin keeps backcountry enthusiasts up-to-date on avalanche conditions. The evening will be co-hosted by Justin Trudeau. Tickets are $150 each (with a tax receipt for $75 issued with each ticket). Tickets are available at Whistler Mountain Ski Patrol Dispatch or Whistler Heli-Skiing in the village or e-mail info@avalanchefoundation.ca

CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINER RICK SCOTT>>

Kids get ready to have fun! Rick Scott turns restlessness into focused attention and then to giggles. At MY Place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10. Call 604-935-8410 for details and tickets.

SIXTH COUNCILLOR ELECTION POLLS>>

Election Day for the sixth council seat is on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Whistler Municipal Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. NOTE: the polls are NOT at Myrtle Philip School. Go to Muni Hall.

LOST LAKE SHUFFLE>>

A four-hour cross enduro country ski event around Lost Lake on Saturday, Jan. 18. Do it solo or in teams of three. Last year the winning skier shuffled 75 km in four hours. Proceeds go to the Whistler Jackrabbit program.

 

MEETINGS

COUNCIL>>

If all goes according to plan, six councillors and the Mayor should be getting down to business on Monday Jan. 13 2003 in council chambers, Municipal Hall. There will be a public hearing on a zoning amendment to incorporate liquor retail outlets at 7 p.m. before the council meeting begins.

ASTRONOMY CLUB>>

Learn more about the wide sky above at the next Whistler Astronomy Club meeting. Everyone is welcome to join in the discussions about telescopes and upcoming astronomical events. The meeting is on Monday, Jan. 13 at Myrtle Philip Elementary School from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more info contact Carol Legate at 604-938-8090.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON>>

Bob Mathus headed up the Olympic effort for Heber City, which was not a venue for the Salt Lake City games but created an Olympic Spirit of their own. Heber was very close to the Nordic event venue. Mathus will be speaking about ‘The Little Town That Could’ at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Bavaria on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 11:45 a.m. RSVP to the Chamber.

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP SESSION>>

There will be an information session about an ambitious scholarship program for St. George’s School in Vancouver, an independent school for boys. The school will be offering free tuition, boarding and all extras to talented boys in Grades 6-12, both nationally and internationally. The information session will be held at MY Place on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.

AWARE AGM>>

Come see AWARE’S first guest speaker of 2003 – Joe Foy of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee. Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM on Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Delta Whistler Resort. AWARE Open House from 6-7 p.m. Speakers and slideshow from 8-9:30 p.m. and Board of Directors elections from 8:30-9 p.m. Find out how to get involved in keeping Whistler healthy and beautiful.

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP MEETING>>

All brain injury survivors, their family, friends, supporters and caregivers are invited to attend this meeting on Monday, Jan. 20 from 2-3 p.m. at the Whistler Health Unit, 4380 Lorimer Road. Call Leanie Eksteen at 604-892-2293 for more information.

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>>

THE HOT CHICK

Rob Schneider of Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and The Animal fame is back again, this time as the most popular girl in high school stuck in a 30-year-old male body. Playing nightly at the Rainbow Theatre at 7 and 9:15 p.m.

VILLAGE 8 CINEMA>>

Eight new movie screens to tempt you in Whistler at the former AlpenRock, next to Mongolie Grill. 8 Mile is starting this week along with Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the Wild Thornberry’s, and Gangs of New York among others. Check out the ad on page 52 for more details.

ADRENALINE MOVIES>>

Take the journey of a lifetime on Thursday’s at Millennium Place with the K2FILM Adrenaline Adventure Movies. The three movies are 118 Days in the Captivity if Ice, Mysterious Mamberamo and Mustang. The night starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Millennium Place – $9.99 for adults, $5 for children and for all three films it’s $16. All the proceeds go to local charity Zero Ceiling.

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. 13: Become an Effective Leader: $149 (8:30-5 p.m.)

Jan. 14: Basic Supervison Skills: $149 (8:30-5 p.m.)

Jan. 14 & 15 th : Foodsafe Level 2 $149 (9-4 p.m.)

Jan. 15: Service Excellence: $99 (8:30-12:30 p.m.)

Jan. 15: Upselling / Cross Selling: $109 (1-5 p.m.)

Jan. 16: Progressive Discipline: $109 (8:30-12:30 p.m.)

Jan. 16: Managing Multiple Priorities: $109 (8:30-5:30 p.m.)

Jan. 17: Becoming a High Performance Sales Pro: $149 (8:30-5 p.m.)

Complete information is on our Web site at www.whistlerchamberofcommerce.com or contact Hailey at 604-932-5922.