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COMMUTER CHALLENGE>>

The Challenge has begun! Don’t be the only one not participating. Join in the two-week challenge to walk, bike, skate, bus or carpool to work in Whistler’s Commuter Challenge. Call 604-935-8204. The Commuter Challenge runs from Sept. 17-30. There’s a chance of winning a W-B season’s pass...

WHISTLER COMEDY FESTIVAL>>

The Comedy Festival comes to Whistler from Sept. 18 to 21 at several locations. Call Tourism Whistler at 604-938-2769 for more info and tickets.

WHISTLER WRITERS FESTIVAL>>

Writing workshops, short stories by Whistler writers, and readings are all part of the festival from Sept. 19-21. E-mail stella25@telus.net for details.

WHCF TENNIS TOURNAMENT>>

Help raise money for teleradiology equipment at the Whistler Health Care Foundation tennis tournament on Sat. Sept. 20 at 8:30 a.m. Reception to follow. Call the Whistler Racquet Club to register. $91 for tennis tournament, $55 for reception only.

BAREFOOT WETLAND MAPPING>>

Celebrate BC Rivers Day at Rainbow Park on Sun. Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Help map the wetland habitat by Rainbow Creek.

2 nd ANNUAL KELTY PATRICK DENNEHY DRIVE FOR LIFE>>

Join the charity golf tournament, gala dinner and auction and support research awareness about depression related suicide. Call Kerry or Ginny Dennehy at 604-938-0588 to register for the events on Sept. 20 and 21 at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

AU NATUAL!>>

It’s a Nature Exposed Photo Showdown at MY Place on Fri. Sept. 26. Local photographers will show off their talents showcasing regional natural beauty. Call Kathryn Shepherd at 604-935-8472 for info.

PEMBERTON COUNTRY FAIR>>

The fall fair will have farm displays, a petting zoo, fish and wildlife exhibits among many other things on Sat. Sept 27 at the Pemberton Museum Grounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.

MEETINGS

STRONG GIRL, WISE WOMAN>>

A seminar for young women in Grades 5, 6, and 7 (as well as mothers or guardians) for fostering positive body images and preventing disordered eating. Call 604-935-8410 for tickets. Register by Fri. Sept. 19. Seminar takes place on Sun. Sept. 21 from 3-5 p.m.

LANDLORD-TENANT FORUM>>

An assembled panel will look at the future of the landlord tenant relationship in Whistler and how we might all prosper to 2010 and beyond. The forum runs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tues. Sept. 23 at the Delta Whistler Village Suites.

PEMBERTON CHILD CARE SOCIETY AGM>>

This meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. on Wed. Sept. 24 at Room 112 in the Pemberton Community Centre. For more info call Toni Morris at 604-894-5520.

ON THE MOUNTAINS

BLACKCOMB>>

The countdown begins. November seems a long way off until the mountain open again for the 2003/04 season.

WHISTLER>>

The Mountain Bike Park is open weekends only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last day for operation is Oct. 13.

OTHER VALLEY STUFF

AWARE>>

The Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment is a non-profit, member-driven organisation dedicated to preserving the environment and moving toward community sustainability. AWARE meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Delta Whistler Resort. For more info: 604-932-4457 or aware@direct.ca .

BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS>>

Big Brothers and Big Sisters provide friendship and mentoring to children who need a positive same-sex adult role model in their lives. If you’d like to make a difference in the life of a "little brother" or "little sister" – or know of a child who could benefit from such a relationship – contact Kim at 604-938-9299. A minimum one-year commitment is requested.

DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB>>

The Whistler Residents Duplicate Bridge Club meets every Tuesday from 12:15 to 4 p.m. at MY Place. Play starts at 12:30 p.m. Visitors and new members are warmly welcomed. For info call Shirley at 604-932-5368, Astrid at 604-938-9274 or Gloria at 604-932-5346.

ELIZABETH MANSO VISITING VOLUNTEERS>>

A volunteer support group for the incapacitated who do not have the support, help and comfort needed. In case of confinement to home, either terminal or temporary, the group can be called upon for assistance. Call the Whistler Community Services Society at 604-932-0113.

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 online at www.bearsmart.com (e-mail: info@bearsmart.com )

LIFE DRAWING>>

Life drawing sessions ongoing on Mon. nights between 6 and 9 p.m. at MY Place, $15 drop-in. Draw models in your choice of dry medium. Call 604-938-0055, or 604-905-5540 for more info. Models needed.

MATURE ACTION COMMITTEE>>

MAC’s goal is to create resident housing projects for seniors that respond to their special needs and desire to remain in Whistler, such that long term residents can mature in place. Call 604-932-6167 or 604-905-3955 for more info.

PEMBERTON VALLEY TRAILS ASSOCIATION>>

Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the regional district meeting room above the fire hall. For info call 604-894-6402.

PEMBERTON Market>>

Open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by the Pony Espresso. Vendors welcome, $10 cover fee.

PEMBERTON/WHISTLER KARATE CLUB>>

Teaching traditional Shito Ryu Karate since 1985. Non-profit, sanctioned and insured by Karate B.C., affiliated with the NKA and the WKF. Kids and Adult classes in Pemberton, Whistler and Mt. Currie, we meet Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Contact Doug 604-932-3022; Richard 604-894-5357; or Wim 604-452-2364.

RE-USE-IT CENTRE>>

Open daily, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the recycling depot in Function Junction. New or used items that are clean, in good shape and working order will be accepted.

TOASTMASTERS CLUB>>

Interested in mastering communication skills, conducting meetings and delivering speeches in a friendly group and supportive environment? Drop in for free to the Whistler Toastmasters Club from noon to 1 p.m. on the first and third Wed. of the month and 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wed. of the month in council chambers at Muni Hall. For more info call Emma at 604-935-8197.

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.

WHISTLER ARTS COUNCIL>>

Whistler's central resource for the arts. Full arts and culture listings for events at www.whistlerartscouncil.com. The arts council has a comprehensive artist directory and produces numerous programs, events and performances year-round. For info or to volunteer, call 604-935-8419 or info@whistlerartscouncil.com

WHISTLER BOTTLE DEPOT>>

Open Friday-Monday, noon-4 p.m. at the recycling depot on Nesters Road, next to municipal works yard . Most drinkable containers are now on the deposit-refund system, except for milk products and meal replacements. Commercial loads accepted by appointment. Call 604-932-3733.

WHISTLER DANCE ACADEMY>>

Learn hip hop, jazz, tap, classical, contemporary and more. All ages, all levels. Contact Krista at 604-902-0990.

WHISTLER EMPLOYMENT RESOURCE CENTRE>>

Computer and Internet access, job postings and employment resources. Open Tues.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 604-932-6281 ext. 11. Located in the Chamber office above the Visitor Information Centre.

WHISTLER FARMER’S MARKET>>

Get locally produced farm products, fruit and veggies, baking, artwork, photography, woodwork and crafts at the Farmer’s Market open Sunday’s from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 15 to Oct. 12 in the Upper Village alongside the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

WHISTLER FISHERIES STEWARDSHIP GROUP>>

The WFSG exists to restore Whistler's waterways through education, projects, advocacy, and community partnerships. There are volunteer opportunities throughout the summer for water quality sampling, fish monitoring, educational programs and habitat restoration. Call 604-935-8323 or e-mail fish@whistler.ca for more info.

WHISTLER HOUSING AUTHORITY>>

Provides long-term housing for Whistler employees for purchase or rental. Eligible Whistler employees can register to purchase an employee-restricted property. For details drop by the office at 4335 Main Street, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, or visit the Web site: www.whistlerhousing.ca. The WHA also provides a rental listing service for landlords, and some landlord-tenant info.

WHISTLER MUSEUM and ARCHIVES>>

Permanent exhibits on Natural and Pioneer History currently featuring The History of Olympic Bids in Whistler and Whistler Pioneer Photographs from the Myrtle Philip Collection . Video Viewing Room, Gift Shop, and Research Services by appointment. Current Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thurs-Sun from Sept. 1 to June 30. Info: 604.932-2019 or info@whistlermuseum.org Located at 4329 Main St., next to the Library.

WHISTLER PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY>>

The Whistler Photographic Society is a non-profit society established with the mission of increasing the recognition of photography as a form of artistic expression while building a strong community for Whistler-area photographers. Contact Leanna Rathkelly for more info at 604-938-9808.

WHISTLER PUBLIC LIBRARY>>

The library’s hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Closed Wednesdays. Located at 4329 Main Street, Village North.

WHISTLER SINGERS>>

The Whistler Singers is an adult community choir, practising for the

2003-2004 season every Wed evening 7 — 9 p.m. at MY Place. For info call Candice at 604-932-3022.

WRITERS’ GROUP>>

How would you like to get together with other writers of fiction to share our work, provide each other with support and feedback and brainstorm ways to get out work published. Call Stella at 604-932-4518 for more info.

ZERO CEILING SOCIETY>>

Zero Ceiling trains and supports at-risk youth and street youth to make a fresh start in Whistler working as snowboard instructors and living in staff housing. For info call Joanna at 604-932-6869 or Chris at 604-894-0220 or www.ZeroCeiling.org.

SERVICES

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 info contact Whistler Community Services at 604-932-0113 or Jane Pratt at 604-935-7500.

COMMUNITY INTERNET CAFÉ>>

At Whistler Secondary Community School, regular hours Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday 1-3 p.m. Low prices for public access: $3 per 30 minutes.

FOOD BANK>>

Whistler Community Services Society’s Food Bank is open the first and third Mon. of each month. Food bank distribution hours are between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., located behind Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church at the bottom of Lorimer Road. Donations are always welcome. For more urgent food bank requirements call 604-932-0113.

KIDSPORT WHISTLER>>

Financial assistance is provided to local financially restricted families so "All kids can play." For info call Sheila Mozes at 905-9393 or 938-3133, ext. 350 or Janet McDonald at 932-0113. For Pemberton call Stephanie at 604-894-5979.

PARENT-TOT DROP-IN>>

In the Millar Room, Myrtle Philip school, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon. Phone 604-932-3312.

PEMBERTON PARENT INFANT DROP-IN>>

Facilitated by Caprii Mohammed, Public Health Nurse. Every Monday 11-12:30 at Coast Garibaldi Pemberton Health Centre, 1403 Portage Road. Call 604-894-6367 for info.

PEMBERTON PARENT-TOT DROP IN>>

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 1357 Aster Street. Phone 604-894-6101.

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.

SIGN LANGUAGE IN WHISTLER>>

Please call 604-894-3369 for more info.

WHISTLER YOUTH CENTRE>>

Now open at MY Place. Activities include ping pong, pool table, Playstation, Nintendo, Internet access, big screen projection TV, day and overnight trips and tons of other activities. For hours of operation call 604-935-8410.

EDUCATION

THE ALTA LAKE SCHOOL>>

A non-profit independent school which follows a Waldorf curriculum from Pre-school to Grade 5. We are committed to providing purposeful education for children which fosters inner-strength through spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical growth. For info e-mail alta@look.ca or call 604-932-1885.

GLEN EDEN SCHOOL>>

Glen Eden is a non-profit independent school committed to maximizing the potential of youth with complex educational needs, from those who "learn differently" to athletes requiring flexibility. For info call Tama-Lynn at 604-905-8241 or e-mail tlynn@resortwhistler.com.

L’ECOLE LA PASSERELLE >>

French education is offered all day from Kindergarten to Grade 7 to eligible children in the elementary level. The head office is in portable #2, behind Myrtle Philip School. Open Mon. to Fri. Call 604-932-9602 for more info.

PEMBERTON VALLEY WALDORF SCHOOL>>

Looking for an alternative, creative learning environment for your child? For more information on the opening of a Waldorf-inspired school in Pemberton call Sarinda at 604-894-5300.

WHISTLER ADULT LEARNING CENTRE>>

Designed for students who are returning to school. Students are able to acquire their high school diploma, improve previous marks or take specific courses to meet post-secondary requirements. Call 604-905-4654.

WHISTLER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LEARNING COMMUNITIES>>

Blackcomb opens Fri Nov. 21 and Whistler opens Thurs. Nov. 27 for the American Thanksgiving long-weekend this year. You can make sure your staff are prepared by enrolling them in one of our skills development workshops listed below, before you get too busy.

Sept. 25 - Awesome Client Service: How to turn Clients into Raving Fans of You and Your Products and Services $99 + GST

  Oct. 06-17 - Occupational First Aid, Level 3 , Oct 6 to Oct 17 (2 weeks), $785, call 905-1084 to register.

  Oct. 24 - St. John Ambulance First Aid Level 1 , $85, call 905-1084 to register, held at the Chamber.

Oct. 29 - Foodsafe Level 1  Wednesday, Oct 29, $99 + GST, 8:30am - 4:30 p.m. mandatory training for all food handlers.

Visit the Chamber Web site for detailed course descriptions and to enrol online, or call Don Dewar at 604-932-5922 ext. 36.

The Chamber boardroom is available for business functions and meetings. Visit www.whistlerchamber.com .

HEALTH

BABY/CHILD HEALTH CLINICS>>

Free routine Immunizations and newly licensed vaccines for purchase, growth and development assessments and plenty of age appropriate resources available. Time: Mon. 1 to 3 p.m. and Thurs. 9 to 11 a.m. Call the Whistler Health Unit for appt. at 604-932-3202.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT>>

Have you recently suffered the loss of a loved one? If you are interested in a bereavement support group contact Whistler Community Services at 604-932-0113.

CANCER SUPPORT & FRIENDS>>

The group is a relaxed, fun and energetic mix of people of all ages, backgrounds and health status. Newcomers are welcome from those who have experienced cancer to those who have supported a friend and family member through cancer. For more info contact Joanne at 604-938-1902 or 604-209-1967.

CRISIS STABILIZATION TEAM>>

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis don’t go through it alone. Call the Sea to Sky Stabilization Team at 1-866-892-6365.

DISORDERED EATING SUPPORT GROUP>>

Whistler Community Services will be conducting an 8-week support group aimed at providing a safe and secure environment for women to discuss issues surrounding food and body image. To join the group and for more info please contact Sheila Sherkat (Councillor) at 604 938 4519 or Tessa McLoughlin (Outreach Worker) at 604 902 0670.

DRUG/ALCOHOL INFORMATION & COUNSELLING>>

Do you experience difficulties related to your drug/alcohol use? Call for information and counselling; youth and adults welcome. Marlise Witschi, A&D counsellor, 604-932-3312, no charge.

HEALTHY PREGNANCY OUTREACH PROGRAM>>

Nutritional and lifestyle support for pregnant women. Call 604-932-3312.

MEDITATION>>

Free meditation at the Nibbana Healing Spa, Friday’s 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. All levels welcome. Call 604-935-5772. Located in the Glacier Lodge.

PEARL’S PLACE TRANSITION HOUSE>>

Call toll-free 1-877-890-5711, or 604-892-5711 in Squamish, direct to support workers available to listen to and support women experiencing abuse. The shelter can house seven women and children.

PEMBERTON SAFE CLINIC>>

Safe Healthy Sexuality Clinic, open Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Pemberton Health Centre, 1403 Portage Road. Call 604-894-6367.

SAFE HEALTHY SEXUALITY CLINIC>>

Free HIV testing. Birth control counselling and supplies, STD testing and treatment, pregnancy counselling and other professional services at a reduced cost. Confidentiality assured. SAFE — Coast Garibaldi Health unit, second floor, Whistler Health Care Centre, 4380 Lorimer Road, 604-932-3202. Clinic open Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

SUPPORT COUNSELLING>>

For women regarding abuse and relationship issues. Call Sharon Smillie at 604-932-3312, no charge.

TRAVEL CLINICS>>

Free routine immunizations and travel counselling. Travel vaccines available. Times: Mon. 1 to 3 p.m. and Thurs. 9 to 11 a.m. Call the Whistler Health Unit for appt. at 604-932-3202.

VICTIM SERVICES>>

Victim Services assists victims, witnesses, family members or friends who are directly affected by any criminal act or traumatic event. The staff and volunteers provide information on the rights of the victim and offer emotional support. Call 604-905-1969.

WHISTLER COMMUNITY SERVICES>>

This local non-profit organisation provides health and wellness programs and support services to Whistler residents. Call 604-932-0113 for info. Office hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Myrtle Philip school.

WHISTLER HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION>>

The Foundation is a not for profit organization with a mandate to raise funds and awareness in support of capital equipment, facilities and services for the Whistler Health Care Centre. There is an ongoing need for volunteers in the Foundation. For info call Donna at 604-932-1987.

WHISTLER YOUTH OUTREACH WORKER>>

Whistler Community Services Society. Private or group confidential support for young adults, ages 17-27, facing challenges with alcohol and drugs, anger management, employment, suicide, homesickness, mental and physical health, conflict or poverty. Call Greg (cell) at 604-938-3902 or at MY Place, 604-935-8187 or Tessa at 604-902-0670.

DR. AMY REIN, REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST>>

Psychotherapy for adults, youth and children. Integrative approach including EMDR to treat anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, eating disorders, parent-child conflict, chronic pain and low self-esteem. Whistler 604-905-8824. Vancouver 604-805-7277.

JUDITH HOILETT M.ED.>>

Registered Clinical Counsellor with 15 years experience working with individuals, couples and teens experiencing relationship or emotional difficulties. Income geared subsidy available. 604-932-1392 or 604-894-1667.

MARLISE WITSCHI, M.PSYCH.>>

BC Registered Clinical Counsellor. Experience the power of Energy Psychology, which helps dissolve issues such as anxiety, asthma, depression, difficulties in relationships, low self-esteem, weight-problems and other compulsive behaviours. Whistler Holistic Growth , 604-938-3620.

NANCY ROUTLEY, M.ED. (COUNSELLING), C.C.C.>>

Individuals. Couples. Parents. Families. Compassionate, clear, common-sense assistance to help people overcome their challenges. Financial assistance available. 604-938-4484.

STEPHEN L. MILSTEIN, Ph.D. REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST >>

Assessment, individual and family therapy, by appointment. 604-938-3511.

RELIGION

OUR LADY OF THE MOUNTAINS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH>>

Mass times are Sat. at 4:30 p.m. and Sun. 8:30 a.m. at 6299 Lorimer Rd. For info call 604-938-1355.

WHISTLER VILLAGE CHURCH>>

This multi-denominational worship experience takes place on Sun. 10 a.m. at MY Place. Programming for children is provided. Call 604-935-8450 for info.

WHISTLER COMMUNITY CHURCH>>

Sunday morning services at 10 a.m. in the Myrtle Philip Community Centre. For info call 604-932-3139.

CHURCH ON THE MOUNTAIN>>

Join a group of people who enjoy the Christian lifestyle on Sat. at 7 p.m. at the Delta Hotel next to the gondola. Call Pastor Kirk at 604-902-4111.

VICTORY CHRISTIAN CENTRE>>

This contemporary church group meets on Sun. at 6 p.m. at MY Place. For info call 1-800-450-9996.

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