Special events 

What: LIL'WAT NATION SUMMER ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR The Lil'wat Nation hosts an arts and crafts fair with authentic art sold by First Nation artisans. There will also be door prizes including CD's, t-shirts and books. Call (604) 894-5826 for more details.

When: Saturday August 8, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: Mount Currie Old Hall

What: HI WHISTLER OPEN HOUSE Hostelling International is opening the doors of its location at Alta Lake for visitors from Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton and Greater Vancouver in its final year. There'll be a Swiss Auction, open mic music competition, canoes, kayaks and food from local vendors. Call (604) 932-5492 for more information.

When: Saturday August 8, 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Where: HI Whistler, 5678 Alta Lake Road

What: BIOBLITZ The Whistler Naturalists present the third annual BioBlitz, a race against time to count as many species as possible. Join the Naturalists in Alpha Lake Park to see what over 30 scientists find in Whistler's wetland, forest and alpine habitats.

When: Saturday August 8, 12 p.m. to Sunday August 9, 12 p.m.

Where: Alpha Lake Park

What: PEMBERTON BARN DANCE The Barn Dance returns after a year rolled into the Pemberton Festival. This year's event features musicians Appaloosa, Sam Field, and Gordo. No minors. tickets $35, available at Pemberton Esso, Pemberton Valley Supermarket and the Pemberton Legion. Call (604) 894-5571.

When: Saturday August 8, doors 8 p.m.

Where: Old Community Centre Sport Fields, Pemberton Meadows Road

What: WETLANDKEEPERS COURSE The B.C. Wildlife Federation presents a course on how to steward wetlands, an important part of our ecosystem. This session will focus on wetland remediation and how to formulate a plan for future restoration at the Lost Lake wetland. Call Carolyn Anne Budgell at (604) 970-9707 for more.

When: Friday August 14, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday August 15, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Sunday August 16, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Lost Lake Wetland and MY Millennium Place

What: KRISTA JANE EMPOWERING YOU International reiki master Krista Hoffs presents a reiki level one workshop to help you embrace your healing potential and understand the connection between mind and body. For more information contact Krista at (604) 698-5404 or at kristajanehoffs@hotmail.com.

When: Friday August 14 and Saturday August 15

Where: To be announced

What: ONE DAY BIKE RIDE BICYCLES FOR HUMANITY Bicycles for Humanity presents a scenic ride from Whistler to Anderson Lake. You can ride 80 km directly or do a detour up the Pemberton Meadows and back for approximately 120 km. BBQ at 3 p.m. Cost $60 at registration. Go to brenda@improving-relationships.com for more.

When: Sunday August 29, be at back of Lot 4 between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Where: Whistler to Anderson Lake

What: IN-SHUCK-CH DAYS The In-SHUCK-ch Nation presents the annual In-SHUCK-ch Days, a celebration of the heritage and culture of the people. Come build relationships with people borne of the land and enjoy cedar bark weaving, drum-making and other activities. RSVP at days@inshuch.com. Go to inshuckch.com for more.

When: Saturday August 22 to Sunday August 23

Where: Head of the Lake School, Skatin

What: WHISTLER READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL More than 20 invited Canadian authors and editors will descend on Whistler for a weekend of word-wielding and poetry-slinging. Writers include Wayne Grady, Merilyn Simonds, Shane Koyczan and Paul Grant. For more info visit www.theviciouscircle.ca.

When: Friday September 11 to Sunday September 13

Where: For tickets go to Evolution, Players Chophouse and Alta Lake House


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