Intrawest alliance with European ski co. complete Intrawest’s stock swap with Compagnie des Alps has been completed. Intrawest acquired 15.7 per cent of CDA on July 16, completing it's alliance with the giant European ski co. In connection with the transaction Caisse des Dépôts-Dévelopment (C3D), the controlling shareholder of CDA, purchased one million shares of Intrawest from treasury. CDA has ownership interests in 11 resorts in France and one in Italy and is a publicly traded company based in Paris, France. In total the resorts controlled by Intrawest and CDA attracted more than 15 million skier visits last year. Big used book sale Get your summer reading sorted next Saturday. There will be a huge used book sale in the trailer next to the museum and library on Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's only for one day so head in early to get the best bargains. Prices range from as little as 25 cents all the way up to two bucks for the big spenders. Bloomin' deadline looms Get out there and water your perennials because entries for the municipal gardening contest are due in by Friday, July 31. The contest (open to all Whistler residents so no dragging lawns down from Pemberton) is part of the Communities in Bloom project. This is a nation-wide competition to determine which municipality has the best landscape on both public and private land. The RMOW is organizing the gardening contest as a way of involving the community in the action. You can enter in one or more of the categories: commercial or residential container gardens (bloomin' balconies), commercial or residential herb/vegetable gardens, commercial or residential flower gardens, the garden that best exemplifies the Whistler character or a miscellaneous category for anything else. The grand prize for the garden judged bloomin' best over all entries will win a weekend in Victoria at the CP Empress Hotel, courtesy of the Chateau Whistler, and a tour of the Butchart Gardens with the Empress' horticulturist. You'll fly there courtesy of Whistler and Harbour Air. Entry forms are available at the municipal hall, the chamber of commerce information booth or the sports centre. You can also call muni hall at 932-5535 for a faxed copy and to volunteer for the second Clean Up Day, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15, just in time for the Communities in Bloom judges to visit Whistler on Monday, Aug. 17.