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New board announced

New board announced

The Whistler Photographic Society elected a new board at last week’s AGM and Open Projector Night.

New members Rich Duncan and Greg Eymundson joined the board of Dean Cote, Nick Davies, John Hewson, Dave Buzzard and Leanna Rathkelly.

More than 40 guests attended the Open Projector Night showcasing seven digital slideshows.

The next show is planned for January. Visit next month for details.

Lighting the way for charities

Over the past 13 years, the Association of Whistler Realtors has raised more than $600,000 for Sea to Sky community groups.

Volunteers are once again hard at work hosting the 13 th annual Festival of Lights gala Saturday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Chateau.

"It’s a fun night," said Heather Clifford, festival vice-president. "You get a chance to mingle with everyone in the community. We do it to give back to the community and say thank you."

The gala, black-tie event includes dinner, silent and live auction, dancing and live music from Randy Bachman.

Groups to benefit from this year’s festival include Whistler Avalanche Dogs, Whistler Centre for Business and Arts, Whistler Adaptive Sports Program, WAG, Pemberton Youth Soccer, Pemberton Childcare Society, Zero Ceiling and the Whistler-Pemberton RCMP Dare program.

Tickets are $150 and are available at any Whistler real estate office.

Pan Pantomime

Arrgh, yee land lubbers, it’s full sails ahead with Short Skirt Community Theatre’s production of Captain Hook’s Revenge Thursday, Nov. 24 to Saturday, Nov. 26.

The annual pantomime contains all your favourite Peter Pan characters like Peter, Wendy, Hook and Tinkerbell – only there are a few more thrown into the mix like Olympian Ross Rebagliati, a Scottish pirate named Sharky and even a special appearance from Mayor Hugh O’Reilly.

This gong-show meets musical fairytale pokes plenty of fun at Whistler politics and social circles, so join in the hilarity young and old for the knockout production.

Evening shows start at 7:30 p.m. with a 12:30 matinee performance on Saturday. Partial proceeds from Thursday night’s show benefit Whistler Search and Rescue. Tickets are $18/$14. Weekend shows always sell out, so call for tickets in advance at 604-935-8410.

Novel idea

Whistler writer Dave Steers couldn’t find a traditional way to publish his book, a fictional account of the skullduggery surrounding a World Cup downhill and Whistler, so he took the backdoor web route by getting a portion of the book published on a ski fiction web site.

"Downhill is about a series of accidents (that) plague the World Cup downhill circuit as it enters the final few races of the year," he said of the story. "At the last race in Whistler, it becomes clear to our protagonist that these accidents are anything but."

By day, Steers is retail buyer for Whistler-Blackcomb and President of the Pemberton District Search and Rescue. By night, the Equipment Editor for Ski Canada Magazine is busy freelancing for various magazines.

The author is asking the public’s help to check out his tale at . The more hits he gets, the more of his book will be published on line.

Wild slide show

What does it really mean to live in the wilderness?

Author Chris Czajkowski will host a talk and slide show Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Myrtle Philip Community Centre, sharing her tales of living in the Coast Mountains in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park where she cleared land, hauled logs and built her first wilderness cabin.

The naturalist, artist, dog wrangler and photographer will share both insights and images about living in the high alpine.

The Whistler Public Library is hosting the Life in the Wild show with additional presentations Nov. 29 at the Squamish Public Library and Dec. 1 at the Pemberton Community Centre. Both show times are 7 p.m. All three events are free.


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