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SPECIAL EVENTS CANKIWISKAYAK: PADDLING TO ALASKA AND BACK>> Join New Zealand brothers, Garth and Kevin Irwin, on a slideshow kayak adventure over seven months around the B.C. coasts and Southeast Alaska.

SPECIAL EVENTS

CANKIWISKAYAK: PADDLING TO ALASKA AND BACK>>

Join New Zealand brothers, Garth and Kevin Irwin, on a slideshow kayak adventure over seven months around the B.C. coasts and Southeast Alaska. The event is at Myrtle Philip Community Centre on Fri. March 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets at the door at $8 for adults, $5 students.

NATURALISTS SPEAKER>>

Dr. John Ford is coming to MY Place to talk about killer whales on Thurs. March 27 at 7 p.m. Ford is one of the pre-eminent scientists studying killer whale behaviour and biology. Come for a glimpse into the lives of Orcas.

HUUN-HUUR-TU THROAT SINGING>>

The best throat singers around are coming to MY Place on Sat. March 29 at 8 p.m. The group comes from the Soviet Autonomous Republic of Tuva, complete with unique singing and instruments. Call the Whistler Arts Council at 604-935-8419 for info.

HOWE SOUND MUSIC FESTIVAL>>

Whistler and Pemberton students perform piano, vocal, choral, and band music at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church on Sunday, March 30.

VACCINATIONS: THE MYTHS>>

Listen to the non-profit lecture by Sue Kelly on researched, published and informed opinions of vaccines on Thurs. April 3 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Spruce Grove Field House. Tickets are $10 in advance at Nesters or $15 at the door.

MEETINGS

FRIENDS OF WHISTLER PUBLIC LIBRARY AGM>>

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Whistler Public Library will be on Wed. April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Library, 4329 Main St. Reviewing the year’s events and electing a new executive are on the agenda. For more info call Marianna Orr at 604-938-1146.

RESTITUTION SEMINARS>>

Myrtle Philip PAC is organizing a series of weekly parenting seminars on restitution for six weeks. The first meeting is on Thurs. March 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Horstmann Room in Myrtle Philip School. Registration is required. Call 604-932-5321 by Tues. March 25.

 

 

ON THE MOUNTAINS

BLACKCOMB>>

Blackcomb Mountain is open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. For $2 ride the rails and be crowned King at the base of the mountain. Sessions go off at 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Sat. night.

WHISTLER>>

Whistler Mountain is open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. National Alpine Championships from March 17 to 27. Check out the downhill, Super G, slalom and giant slalom as racers compete for national titles.

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

WHISTLER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TRAINING SOLUTIONS>>

The WCC offers professional development courses by BC independent and corporate professional trainers and coaches. These "essential-skill" courses provide a strong foundation for Whistler career-minded employees.

March 21 - St. John’s Ambulance First Aid Emergency Level 1 (full day)

March 24 - Service Excellence: nationally sponsored program in customer service (full day)

March 24 - Conflict Resolution 3, pre-requisites ConRes 1 and 2

March 25 - Coaching for Outstanding Performance: great techniques to inspire your employees (full day)

March 26 - Upselling / Cross Selling: learn and practice techniques to increase sales (half day)

March 26 - Mastering Change: Understand the processes of change & key success factors of implementing (full day)

March 27 - Managing Multiple Priorities: learn how to evaluate your priorities and organize them in a way to live them powerfully (half day)

March 28 - Conducting Effective Meetings: Learn & practice 4 phases of conducting an effective meeting (half day)

April 2 - Train the Trainer: learn the training skills and styles needed to effectively train employees (full day)

April 3 - Planning Tools: Having difficulty making a big decision? Want to learn several different processes to come to an effective resolution? (full day)

April 7 - Conflict Resolution I, first of 3 in series to help identify behaviours that lead to upsets, how to deal with challenges, people or otherwise! (halfday) NOTE: must take I in order to move forward in the series.

April 7 - FoodSafe Level 1: Mandatory Certification for all food handlers from bussers to waitstaff (full day).

Complete information is on the Chamber’s Web site at www.whistlerchamberofcommerce.com or contact Hailey at 604-932-5922.

 

OTHER VALLEY STUFF

AWARE>>

The Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment is a non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to preserving the environment and moving toward community sustainability. AWARE meets the first Thursday of every month at 7pm in the Delta Whistler Resort. AWARE is a registered charitable organization and can provide tax receipts for donations. Get in touch for more info: 604-932-4457 or

aware@direct.ca .

BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS>>

Big Brothers and Big Sisters provide friendship and mentoring to children who need a positive same-sex adult role model in their lives. If you’d like to make a difference in the life of a "little brother" or "little sister" – or know of a child who could benefit from such a relationship – contact Kim at 604-938-9299. A minimum one-year commitment is requested.

DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB>>

The Whistler Residents Duplicate Bridge Club meets every Thursday from 12:15 to 4 p.m. at Millennium Place in the Reception Lounge. Play starts at 12:30 p.m. Visitors and new members are warmly welcomed. For information please call Shirley at 604-932-5368, Astrid at 604-938-9274 or Gloria at 604-932-5346.

ELIZABETH MANSO VISITING VOLUNTEERS>>

A volunteer support group for the incapacitated who do not have the support, help and comfort needed. In case of confinement to home, either terminal or temporary, the group can be called upon for assistance. Call the Whistler Community Services Society at 604-932-0113 for more information.

EMPLOYMENT CENTRE>>

The Whistler Chamber of Commerce Employment Centre, located at the corner of Highway 99 and Lake Placid Road, is open Monday through Friday (except statutory holidays) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office is closed from noon to 1 p.m. Visit the office and see what employment opportunities are posted. For more information call Sara at 604-932-6281.

J.J. WHISTLER BEAR SOCIETY >>

People and Bears Living in Harmony. Learn more about coexisting with bears in your backyard. Call us at 604-905-4209 or visit us online at www.bearsmart.com <

http://www.bearsmart.com > (email: info@bearsmart.com )

PEMBERTON VALLEY TRAILS ASSOCIATION>>

Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the regional district meeting room above the fire hall. For information call 604-894-6402.

PEMBERTON/WHISTLER KARATE CLUB>>

Teaching traditional Shito Ryu Karate since 1985. Non-profit, sanctioned and insured by Karate B.C., affiliated with the NKA and the WKF. Kids and Adult classes in Pemberton, Whistler and Mt. Currie, we meet Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Contact Doug Bush (Whistler) 604-932-3022; Richard Hartl (Pemberton) 604-894-5357; or Wim Tewinkle (Poole Creek) 604-452-2364.

RE-USE-IT CENTRE>>

Open daily, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the recycling depot in Function Junction. New or used items that are clean, in good shape and working order will be accepted.

TOASTMASTERS CLUB>>

Interested in mastering communication skills, conducting meetings and delivering speeches in a friendly group and supportive environment? Drop in for free to the Whistler Toastmasters Club every Wed. from 5:30-7 p.m. in council chambers at Muni hall. For more info call Emma at 604-935-8197.

WHISTLER ANIMALS GALORE>>

WAG is a no-kill animal shelter dedicated to protecting and enhancing the lives of lost, unwanted and homeless animals. We are open to the public and for volunteer dog walking every day of the year from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Please call 604-905-7750 or stop by the shelter located between day skier parking lots 3 & 4.

WHISTLER BOTTLE DEPOT>>

Open Friday-Monday, noon-4 p.m. at the recycling depot on Nesters Road, next to municipal works yard . Most drinkable containers are now on the deposit-refund system, except for milk products and meal replacements. Commercial loads accepted by appointment. Call 932-3733.

WHISTLER COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL>>

The arts council was formed in 1982 and is recognized as Whistler’s longest serving "presenter of the arts." Our mission is to be the umbrella organization for artists, locals, guests and stakeholders, enriching the Whistler experience through the arts. We have a variety of opportunities for volunteers. Call us at 604-935-8419.

WHISTLER DANCE ACADEMY>>

Learn classical, contemporary, jazz, tap and more. All ages, all levels. Contact Jacqui at 604-902-0990 or Trina at 604-935-0200. The Whistler Dance Society is a non-profit group.

WHISTLER FISHERIES STEWARDSHIP GROUP>>

WFSG is a non-profit charitable organization whose purpose is to restore the health of Whistler’s watersheds to their utmost potential for people and fish through community partnerships, advocacy, education and projects. WFSG hosts volunteer activities for stream restoration, streamside planting, fish monitoring and other stewardship activities. For information call 604-935-8322 or email fish@whistler.ca.

WHISTLER HOUSING AUTHORITY>>

Provides long-term housing for Whistler employees for purchase or rental. If you are employed in Whistler and would like a secure, long-term rental you can be placed on our rental waitlist by completing a tenancy application form. Eligible Whistler employees can register to purchase an employee-restricted property. It usually takes a minimum of 12 months on the waitlist before being offered rental or purchase housing. For details drop by the office at 4335 Main Street, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, or visit the Web site: www.whistlerhousing.ca. The WHA also provides a rental listing service for landlords, and some landlord-tenant information.

WHISTLER MUSEUM and ARCHIVES>>

Permanent exhibits on Natural and Pioneer histories, currently featuring Whistler Pioneer Photographs from the Myrtle Philip Collection and Whistler, Then and Now (1975-2000) exhibits. Research services by appointment, Video Viewing Room, and Gift Shop. Fall hours, now in effect, are Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info:

http://whistlermuseum.org , or phone: 604-932-2019. 4329 Main Street, next to the Library. The library is open from Dec. 27-31 and Jan. 2-5. Closed Dec. 23-26 and Jan. 1.

WHISTLER MEDITATION GROUP>>

A meditation group meets in Whistler every Tuesday or Thursday evenings. Sessions are free. Beginners to advanced are welcome to attend. Call Miralda for info at 604-902-0224 or e-mail miralda@whooshnet.com.

WHISTLER PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY>>

The Whistler Photographic Society is a non-profit society established with the mission of increasing the recognition of photography as a form of artistic expression while building a strong community for Whistler-area photographers. It is a volunteer association that organizes photography exhibitions and workshops in Whistler. The society is currently looking for a Treasurer. It is a volunteer position of about 2 hours per month to help with meetings, bookkeeping and year end financial reporting. Contact Leanna Rathkelly for more info at 604-938-9808.

WHISTLER PUBLIC LIBRARY>>

The library’s hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Closed Wednesdays. Located at 4329 Main Street, Village North.

WHISTLER SINGERS>>

This non-auditioned community choir meets every Wednesday at Millennium Place from 7 to 9 p.m. For information call 604-932-3022 or e-mail candice@whooshnet.com

WRITERS’ GROUP>>

How would you like to get together with other writers of fiction to share our work, provide each other with support and feedback and brainstorm ways to get out work published. Interested? If so, please call Stella at 604-932-4518 for more information.

ZERO CEILING SOCIETY>>

Local charitable organization dedicated to inspiring and educating at-risk youth and street youth through sport and healthy living. Zero Ceiling trains and supports these youth to make a fresh start in Whistler working as snowboard instructors and living in staff housing. For more info call Joanna at 604-932-6869 or Chris at 604-894-0220 or www.ZeroCeiling.org.

SERVICES

COATS FOR KIDS>>

Winter coats for children of all ages can be dropped off at Dual Mountain Drycleaners, both locations, at Market Pavilion and Function Junction. Coats are accessed by anyone in need through the Re-use It Centre. For more information contact Whistler Community Services at 604-932-0113 or Jane Pratt at 604-935-7500.

COMMUNITY INTERNET CAFÉ>>

At Whistler Secondary Community School, regular hours Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday 1-3 p.m. Low prices for public access: $3 per 30 minutes.

COMMUNITY KITCHENS>>

Join community kitchens CHEAP EATS workshops where you can learn to eat on a budget without sacrificing nutrition. The next workshop on Mon. March 31 is Family Favourites. All workshops take place at Myrtle Philip Community Centre from 7 to 9 p.m. and cost $8 in advance, $10 on the day, dinner included. Cheap Eats is led by Registered Nutritionist Tracy Higgs and sponsored by Whistler Community Services. For more info call 604-935-0805.

FOOD BANK>>

The Whistler Community Services Society’s food bank is open the first and third Monday of each month. Food bank distribution hours are between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The food bank is located behind Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, at the bottom of Lorimer Road. Donations are always welcome. For more urgent food bank requirements call 604-932-0113.

KIDSPORT WHISTLER>>

Financial assistance is provided to local financially restricted families so "All kids can play." For information call Sheila Mozes at 905-9393 or 938-3133, ext. 350 or Janet McDonald at 932-0113. For Pemberton call Stephanie at 604-894-5979.

MY YOUTH CENTRE>>

Now open at Maurice Young Millennium Place. Activities include ping pong, pool table, Playstation, Nintendo, Internet access, big screen projection TV, day and overnight trips and tons of other activities. Needed are donations of videos, games, Playstation and Nintendo games and any other "cool" stuff. For hours of operation call 935-8410.

PARENT-TOT DROP-IN>>

In the Millar Room, Myrtle Philip school, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon. Phone 604-932-3312.

PEMBERTON PARENT INFANT DROP-IN>>

Facilitated by Caprii Mohammed, Public Health Nurse. Every Monday 11-12:30 at Coast Garibaldi Pemberton Health Centre, 1403 Portage Road. Call 604-894-6367 for information.

PEMBERTON PARENT-TOT DROP IN>>

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 1357 Aster Street. Phone 604-894-6101

PEMBERTON VALLEY OUTDOOR OUTINGS>>

Meets every Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Information Centre to walk, hike, snowshoe, X-country ski, have fun and keep fit. For more info call Judy Bonn at 604-893-0188 or e-mail judybonn@telus.net

RIDES TO AND FROM WHISTLER>>

Seats are available in the Jack Bell Foundation carpool/vanpool service between Squamish and Whistler. For further information please call 1-888-593-7433 or www.ride-share.com. The JBF is a registered non-profit organization.

SIGN LANGUAGE IN WHISTLER>>

Please call 604-894-3369 for more information.

STORY TIME>>

At the Whistler Public Library Friday’s at 10:30 a.m. until the fall. No pre-registration required. For information call 604-932-5564.

WHISTLER ADULT LEARNING CENTRE>>

Designed for students who are returning to school. Students are able to acquire their high school diploma, improve previous marks or take specific courses to meet post-secondary requirements. Call 604-905-4654.

EDUCATION

THE ALTA LAKE SCHOOL>>

A non-profit independent school which follows a Waldorf-inspired curriculum. We are committed to providing purposeful education for children which fosters inner strength through intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual growth. The Alta Lake School is currently accepting enrolment for pre-school, Kindergarten and Grade 1 (3-6 years) for the 2002/03 school year For more information please call Peggy at 604-932-4968 or Vicky at 604-932-4127.

GLEN EDEN SCHOOL>>

An alternative educational opportunity for children and adolescents with learning disabilities who struggle to learn effectively in the regular school system. Glen Eden is committed to maximizing the potential of youth with complex needs by providing an educationally rich and emotionally supportive environment. It is a non-profit government accredited school. For more info contact Tama-Lynn Mitchell at 605-905-8241 info@resortwhistler.com.

L’ECOLE LA PASSERELLE >>

French education is offered all day from Kindergarten to Grade 7 to eligible children in the elementary level. The school is currently accepting registration for the year 2003-04. The head office is in portable #2, behind Myrtle Philip School. Open Mon. to Fri. Call 604-932-9602 for more info.

PEMBERTON VALLEY WALDORF SCHOOL>>

Looking for an alternative, creative learning environment for your child? For more information on the opening of a Waldorf-inspired school in Pemberton call Sarinda at 604-894-5300.

 

HEALTH

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT>>

Have you recently suffered the loss of a loved one? If you are interested in a bereavement support group contact Whistler Community Services at 604-932-0113.

CANCER SUPPORT & FRIENDS>>

The Canadian Cancer Society has volunteer peer counsellors available for one-on-one chats with cancer patients and their friends and families. In addition, a group of cancer survivors and friends get together for events such as skiing, hiking and barbecues on a regular basis. For information call Joanne Petak at 604-938-1902.

DISORDERED EATING SUPPORT GROUP>>

Whistler Community Services will be conducting an eight-week support group aimed at providing a safe and secure environment for women to discuss issues surrounding food and body image. The group will be held each Tues. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the teen centre at MY Place, starting March 11. There are still spaces. Call Sheila Sherkat (Professional Counsellor) 604-938-4519 or Tessa McLoughlin (Community Outreach Worker) 604-905-1728 for more info and to register.

DRUG/ALCOHOL INFORMATION & COUNSELLING>>

Do you experience difficulties related to your drug/alcohol use? Call for information and counselling; youth and adults welcome. Marlise Witschi, A&D counsellor, 604-932-3312, no charge.

HEALTHY PREGNANCY OUTREACH PROGRAM>>

Nutritional and lifestyle support for pregnant women. Call 932-3312.

PEARL’S PLACE TRANSITION HOUSE>>

(Squamish)

Call toll-free 1-877-890-5711, or 892-5711 in Squamish, direct to support workers available to listen to and support women experiencing abuse. The shelter can house seven women and children

PEMBERTON SAFE CLINIC>>

Safe Healthy Sexuality Clinic, open Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Pemberton Health Centre, 1403 Portage Road. Call 604-894-6367.

SAFE HEALTHY SEXUALITY CLINIC>>

Free HIV testing. Birth control counselling and supplies, STD testing and treatment, pregnancy counselling and other professional services at a reduced cost. Confidentiality assured. SAFE — Coast Garibaldi Health unit, second floor, Whistler Health Care Centre, 4380 Lorimer Road, 932 3202. Clinic open Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 5-7 p.m. HIV testing on Tuesday nights only.

SUPPORT COUNSELLING>>

For women regarding abuse and relationship issues. Call Nancy Routley at 604-932-3312, no charge.

VICTIM SERVICES>>

Victim Services assists victims, witnesses, family members or friends who are directly affected by any criminal act or traumatic event. The staff and volunteers provide information on the rights of the victim, information on the court process and, where appropriate, police case file updates. In addition, they offer emotional support and provide appropriate referrals to professionals in the community to aid the recovery process. For info and assistance call the Whistler Victim Services number at 604-905-1969.

WHISTLER COMMUNITY SERVICES>>

This local non-profit organization provides health and wellness programs and support services to Whistler residents. Call 932-0113 for information. Office hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Myrtle Philip school.

WHISTLER YOUTH OUTREACH WORKER>>

Whistler Community Services Society. Private or group confidential support for young adults, ages 17-27, facing challenges with alcohol and drugs, anger management, employment, suicide, homesickness, mental and physical health, conflict or poverty. Call Greg (cell) at 604-938-3902 or at Millennium Place, 604-935-8187 or Tessa at 604-905-1728.

DR. AMY REIN, REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST>>

Psychotherapy for adults, youth and children. Integrative approach including EMDR to treat anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, eating disorders, parent-child conflict, chronic pain and low self-esteem. Whistler 604-905-8824. Vancouver 604-805-7277.

JUDITH HOILETT M.ED.>>

Registered Clinical Counsellor with 15 years experience working with individuals, couples and teens experiencing relationship or emotional difficulties. Income geared subsidy available. 604-932-1392 or 604-894-1667.

MICHELLE HUGHES, DOCTOR OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE>>

Registered Acupuncturist. A holistic treatment combining herbal medicine, acupuncture and food cures. Effective for the treatment of sports injuries, chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, depression, dermatological and digestive disorders. Phone 604-932-4001 or 604-938-9001.

NANCY ROUTLEY, M.ED. (COUNSELLING)>>

Couple, family and individual therapy. Financial assistance available. 604-938-4484.

STEPHEN L.

MILSTEIN, Ph.D.>>

Registered Psychologist. Assessment, individual and family therapy, by appointment. 604-938-3511.

RELIGION

OUR LADY OF THE MOUNTAINS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH>>

Join us at our celebration of Mass at 6299 Lorimer Road (the west end of Lorimer). For times and information please call 604-938-1355 or 604-905-4781.

WHISTLER VILLAGE CHURCH>>

You are invited to be part of a multi-denominational worship experience that will challenge, invigorate and refresh you. Sunday 10 a.m. Millennium Place, 4335 Blackcomb Way (between Lorimer Rd and Village Gate). Programming for children is provided. 604-935-8450 or

wvchurch@whooshnet.com

WHISTLER COMMUNITY CHURCH>>

You are welcome to attend our Sunday morning services at 10 a.m. in the Myrtle Philip Community Centre, 6195 Lorimer Rd. We provide nursery care during our morning service, and Sunday classes for kids up to Grade 8. Our high school group meets on Fri. Nights, and our weekly young adult meeting, theChapel, is held on Tuesdays’ after 8 p.m. in the community centre. For more info call Tim Unruh or Jack Crompton at 604-932-3139.

CHURCH ON THE MOUNTAIN>>

Are you looking for a place where you can find love, acceptance, guidance and encouragement? Join a group of fun loving people who enjoy the Christian lifestyle on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. at the Delta Whistler Resort in the Diamond Head room and Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the conference room at Lost Lake Lodge. For more information call Pastor Kirk Boes at 604-902-4111. www.churchonthemountain.org

VICTORY CHRISTIAN CENTRE>>

This contemporary church group meets on Sun. at 6 p.m. at MY Place. For more info e-mail vcc@familyvictory.com or call 1-800-450-9996.




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