Learning with LUNA 

Looking for a productive activity for the hot summer months? Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives (LUNA) is again hosting their free Community Event Coordination program, though this year, it starts four months earlier than usual.

The group will select up to 12 young adults who can offer up "energy, creativity, reliability, hard work and a genuine interest in making our community a better place to live and visit," explained LUNA coordinator, Kiran Pal-Pross, in a recent press release. The 10-month program, which begins in late June and runs until April, includes in-class training sessions on topics like event management and marketing, risk management, green events, community engagement, leadership, sponsorship and fundraising, media communications and Whistler Spirit, taught by industry professionals like Maureen Douglas and Sue Eckersley.

"The program usually begins at the start of the ski season and ends with Lunafliks," explained Pal-Pross. "It's now been flipped, so graduation will take place at the natural end of the ski season. This makes it easier for our crew members who are from outside of Canada."

Trainees will also assist with LUNA events, gradually taking on more responsibility until they are capable of coordinating an event on their own.

Application forms can be found at www.lunawhistler.com . They must be submitted by Friday, June 19.

Birkenstock: the first annual comedy music fest

Birkenstocks aren't just your favourite hippy sandals anymore. No, this coming weekend, the owners and operators of Birken Lakeside Resort have decided to host a special comedy and music charity event in support of motorcycle accident victims and Pemberton Community Services.

On Saturday, June 6, from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m., the bandstand at Birken Lakeside Resort, just 35 minutes north of Whistler at Gates Lake, will feature comedians James Moore, Clark Robertson and Daryl Makk. Then on Sunday, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m., Karen Fowlie hosts a special open mic night.

Tickets are $15 in advance through www.BLRproperties.net , or $20 at the door.

Summer of funny

Pique Newsmagazine is hosting the Summer of Funny, a humour-writing competition, with $400 in cash up for grabs for the top entries.

Send your stories, poems, scripts, long-format jokes or other humourous pieces to Pique Newsmagazine at andrew@piquenewsmagazine.com by Thursday, July 23. People can enter as many times as they like, with a maximum length of 2,000 words per entry. Pique editorial staff will judge the entries and award prizes subjectively, with the maximum of $250 going to a single outstanding submission. The winning stories will be printed in the July 30th issue of Pique.

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