Ethical eating author visits region's libraries 

Arts news: Freeplay documentary screened, WAC and PAC receive $5,000 gifts

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Ethical eating author Dr. Michelle Catherine Nelson will read from The Urban Homesteading Cookbook, her book about earthwise consumption, at libraries in Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton.

In the book, Nelson shares what she learned from her family history of backyard food production, her Ph.D. in conservation biology and sustainable agriculture, and a whole lot of trial and error.

There are more than 80 recipes and photos offering an alternative to industrialized agriculture. Nelson aims to inspire people to consume in a way that is better for individual health, and for the animals and ecosystems that provide our food.

The Urban Homesteading Cookbook also contains information on preserving food, foraging in urban areas, keeping micro livestock (including rabbits, quail, honeybees and crickets) and growing both plants and freshwater seafood in small spaces. Nelson makes the back-to-the-land movement possible, regardless of where you live.

Her tour begins at the Squamish Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, continues at the Whistler Public Library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, and finishes at the Pemberton Public Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Instagram relay for World Tourism Day

Whistler is one of just two Canadian locations taking part in the world's first Instagram Relay on World Tourism Day, Sunday, Sept. 27.

Australian Instagram superstar Matt Glastonbury (@mattglastonbury) will be in Whistler sharing his images of the resort.

Seventy-five locations in 60 countries will be represented — Montreal is the other Canadian venue. An Instameet will also be held to coincide atop Whistler Mountain at the Roundhouse Lodge/P2P gondola at 11:25 a.m.

Instagram users can be involved by attending, sharing images and tagging images with #helloworldrelay.

Freeplay doc to screen

Time to Play, a documentary about the importance of freeplay in early childhood, will be screened at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.

It is designed for those spending time with young children, whether parents, grandparents, early years educators or teachers.

Kim Hunter, the film's producer and an early childhood educator, hopes the film can be used to explore how we can better meet the needs of children and stimulate conversations on the way we understand early childhood: the significance of family and home, of rhythm and routine, invoking wonderful relationships with each other and the earth, the importance of time and space for deep, meaningful play.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from the Whistler Waldorf School reception or at the door of the SLCC.

For more information visit www.timetoplay.com.

WAC, PAC receive $5,000 from golf tournament

The Whistler and Pemberton Arts Councils have each received $5,000 raised during the Sea to Sky Charity Golf Tournament.

The Texas Scramble-style tournament on Aug. 18 raised $10,000.

"We are absolutely honoured to be chosen as one of the two beneficiaries this year," said Jocelyn Chen, business development manager at the Whistler Arts Council in a release.

"The funds raised through this golf tournament will assist immensely with our year-round arts and culture initiatives, including events, festivals and programs that benefit Whistler's residents and visitors."

Pemberton library features art show

Art by painter Cheryl Hooson is being featured in a new exhibition at Pemberton and District Public Library, starting Oct. 1.

Delicious Colours features acrylics in expressionist and abstract styles by the emerging artist.

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