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Welcoming new faces to Whistler

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Members of the Whistler Community Services Society want to ensure Whistler’s newest recruits feel welcome and therefore, a variety of events carry on until Saturday, Nov. 17 in Whistler, providing meet and greets in the most entertaining of situations.

The Nov. 15 Scavenger Hunt will send more than 500 newcomers on the hunt for various Whistler facts and tidbits around town, starting at noon at the Whistler Blackcomb Staff Housing. A barbecue will follow. Tickets are $3.

L.U.N.A. (Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives) splashes into fun with the return of the famous Moist: The Pool Party on Friday, Nov. 16 from 9 p.m. to midnight at Meadow Park Sports Centre. Arrgh! Mateys, Pirate Booty is the theme for this year’s party so bring your parrot, eye patch and swimsuit for this alcohol-free event of swimming, floaty toys, hot tubbing, massage, fire spinning and fluffy-bathrobe lounging.

Also, new this year Whistler Slow Food chefs serve up a potato chip challenge where pool party guests are the judges.

DJ Phroh will spin dancehall tracks for the walk-the-plank party.

L.U.N.A. hosts weekly alcohol-free evening events for the price of a cup of java, sometimes even less. In addition to Moist, L.U.N.A. also hosts drop-in sports including dodgeball, soccer tennis and floor hockey.

Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit, towel, housemates and photo ID to use bathrobes. Moist tickets are $5 for non-members and $3 for L.U.N.A. members (free membership to anyone between 18 and 29 years old).

For more information, visit lunawhistler.com.

Discover everything from fitness classes and squash courts to weights and skating at the Community Life Open House from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Meadow Park Sports Centre. Admission is free all day, to encourage newcomers to discover how much the sports centre has to offer. For more information, visit whistler.ca.

The Zero Ceiling Society aims to clean up at its annual rummage sale fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Telus Conference Centre. Clothing, bedding, sporting gear and household items will be some of the treasures found at this bargain bin for a cause. What is one person’s throwaway could be another person’s treasure.

All proceeds from the event benefit Zero Ceiling, a local non-profit organization that hosts innovative snowboarding programs for at-risk and street youth from all over Canada. From the slopes of Mont Tremblant, Quebec to founder Chris Winter’s home stomping ground of Whistler, the charity offers under-privileged youth adventure-based learning and personal development.

For more information, visit zeroceiling.org.

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