Special events 

What: BELLY DANCE CLASSES Learn to dance while you tone and shape your body, all levels of experience welcome. Contact Christine Battiston at christinebattiston@yahoo.com for more information.

When: Mondays 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 7 – 8 p.m.

Where: MY Millennium Place

What: DR. BROKENLEG PRESENTATION The Howe Sound Parent Advisory Committee presents a talk by First Nations speaker Dr. Martin Brokenleg, who will talk about signs of alienation between children and adults and how schools can help. RSVP to cjewett@shaw.ca.

When: Friday September 12, 5 p.m.

Where: Xit’olacw Community School, Mount Currie

What: WHISTLER READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL 15 different seminars, sessions, workshops and readings are available to help writers and readers learn about fiction, non-fiction and magazine writing, as well as memoir and writing from life. Guest writers include Wayne Grady, Mel Hurtig and Candas Jane Dorsey.

When: Friday September 13 to Saturday September 14

Where: Whistler Public Library and MY Millennium Place

What: PEMBERTON PIONEER HERITAGE FESTIVAL Three major themes to be celebated on this, the Pemberton Museum’s 25th anniversary – the International Year of the Potato (Pemberton is the seed potato capital of North America) and the memory of 150 years as a province and the village’s early pioneers.

When: Saturday September 13

Where: Pemberton Museum

What: DIRT SERIES A women’s only bike camp put on by Rocky Mountain Bicycles. It has left a community of mountain bikers in its wake. The camp involves intensive skill sessions, instructional rides, and bike fit and maintenance seminars. Go to www.dirtseries.com for more information.

When: Saturday September 13 to Sunday September 14

Where: Various locations throughout Whistler.

What: COMMUNITY CELEBRATION TO MARK CLOSING OF PARALYMPIC GAMES The Resort Municipality of Whistler, along with several partners, is hosting a community celebration to celebrate the closign of the Beijing 2008 Parlaympic Games and the beginning of the home stretch to the 2010 Winter Games.

When: Tuesday September 16, 4 – 6 p.m.

Where: Whistler Village Square

What: SPARKS, BROWNIES AND GUIDES Whistler Girl Guides have moved to a new night of teh week. Sparks (age 5 and 6), Brownies (age 7 and 8) and Guides (ages 9-12 are asked to meet Wednesdays at Spring Creek Community School, while Trex (ages 12-17 will meet on a biweekly basis, but date has yet to be determined.

When: Wednesday evenings starting September 17

Where: Spring Creek Community School

What: INAUGURAL MR. GAY CANADA COMPETITION Whistler is playing host to the first Canada-wide search for Mr. Gay Canada. The purpose is to identify people who take the responsibility to speak out for equal rights on a global stage.

When: Thursday September 18 – Sunday September 21

Where: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

What: RCMP SEA TO SKY REGIMENTAL BALL RCMP officers from all over Canada gather at this annual event to raise funds for Cops for Cancer. Event will include silent auction, live music, piping, a traditional grand march, and, of course, dancing with officers in red serge.

When: Saturday September 20, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Westin Resort and Spa

What: ARTWALK WEEKEND VISUALS, The Squamish Valley Artists Society, hosts a weekend where you get to meet over 30 artists on a self-guided tour. Learn the inspiration behind their works, see demonstrations and you get an opportunity to purchase the art directly from artists.

When: Saturday September 20 to Sunday September 21, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Squamish, B.C., see the ArtWalk Guide at the Squamish Adventure Centre

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