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Throw in your two bits on what Outside Magazine called “the biggest snow-sports party on the planet.” Organizers of the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival are hosting a community input session on Nov. 20 at the Telus Conference Centre.
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Throw in your two bits on what Outside Magazine called “the biggest snow-sports party on the planet.”

Organizers of the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival are hosting a community input session on Nov. 20 at the Telus Conference Centre.

“Even as we aspire for the festival to get better and better each year, we recognize that the only way to do that is to keep it real, to keep it truly connected to the community,” said festival managing director Sue Eckersley.

The focus of the session will be on the festival’s communications and marketing strategy at 10 a.m. and the 2008 events program at 2 p.m. in the Fitzsimmons room.

Organizers hope the input session will provide a feedback loop for community members and give organizers the chance to provide insight into ambitions for the festival in 2008.

If you are unable to attend, the public can submit their input on the festival by contacting .

Olympics in your change pocket

Alpine skiing was showcased with the release of the fifth of 17 circulation Royal Canadian Mint coins celebrating the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Up to 22 million 25-cent coins with an alpine skier on one side were released last week. The coins are available at Royal Bank and Petro-Canada outlets.

The coin honours the sport, which has been ripping up Olympic mountains since the 1936 Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The alpine competition consists of 10 events, including men’s and women’s super combined, downhill, giant slalom, slalom and super-G.

The alpine coin illustration, designed by Vancouver artist Glenn Green, will be the last Winter Games themed coin launched this year. Canadians can look in their spare change in 2008 for 25-cent coins featuring snowboarding, freestyle skiing, figure skating and bobsleigh.

Volunteers needed for Cornucopia

The Whistler Arts Council is looking for volunteers for the winter season.

The Whistler arts umbrella is the charity recipient of this year’s fundraising at Cornucopia.

Volunteers are needed for the council’s ARTrageous arts extravaganza on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Brewhouse. Volunteers are needed during the day to help set up the event as well as in the evening to help tear down after the party.

Volunteers are also needed at the Crush! Silent Auction on Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Telus Conference Centre. Volunteers are needed to host the auction, take payment for bids and handout auction items to buyers.

Volunteers are also needed for the Compadres show on Sunday Nov. 25 at MY Place and the Bizarre Bazaar on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Telus Conference Centre.

Volunteers working for four hours at any of the events receive free tickets to events.

To sign up, call the Whistler Arts Council at 604-938-9221.

Bratz Biz is looking for young talent

Student artisans are invited to submit their work for consideration of showcase at Bratz Biz on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Whistler Secondary School. The deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 2.

Bratz Biz is a young adult artist showcase of arts and crafts, family entertainment and photos with Santa.

The kids-only craft fair aims to promote the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of young artisans and inspire Whistler youth to get busy making their crafts.

Applications for jewelry and greeting cards will no longer be accepted.

To apply, contact .

Getting between the covers of adventure

The Whistler and Pemberton public libraries are hosting two storytelling presentations by award-winning author Matt Jackson on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Pemberton Community Centre and Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at Myrtle Philip Community School.

Jackson will present a slide show about an unforgettable four-year hitchhiking journey across Canada. Over 30,000 kilometres of highway, Jackson shot more than 25,000 photographs and logged many more stories as he met hundreds of Canadians from every corner of the country.

Jackson won the IPPY award for Best North American Travel Memoir in 2004 for his book, The Canada Chronicles: A Four-Year Hitching Odyssey. The photojournalist has also had his words and images featured in magazines such as Canadian Geographic, Explore, Equinox and Photo Life.

Prepare to laugh at his misadventures and feel inspired by his passion for life and storytelling.

Admission is free.

Calling Whistler’s worst handymen

Canada’s Worst Handyman is coming to Whistler in search of the nation’s worst handymen and women for the show’s most ambitious project to date, to flip a house in Ontario.

Working on the house, the unhandy men and women will have two weeks to update and upgrade every aspect of the home before the professionals come in to see what value they’ve added to the property, if any.

Show producers will be in Whistler this month to meet with the worst of the worst to fill the positions.

To nominate someone for Canada’s Worst Handyman, contact or call 1-866-598-2591.