Grants up for grabs 

Money may be tight for many community groups this year, but the Whistler Arts Council may be able to help with a select few projects by offering a bit of funding through their 2010 Member Group grants.

This year, WAC is offering up a total of $3,000 in funding through their B.C. Arts Council's Member Groups Assistance program. Average grants range from $400 to $2,000 to help with projects like professional development workshops of amateur or professional writers, artists or performers, assistance with programming or productions in the performing or literary arts, art exhibitions or to purchase sheet music. The grant money cannot be used for general operating expenses, deficits, capital or equipment purchases, and eligible projects must take place between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2010.

Past grant recipients include Alta Lake School Society, Whistler Writers Group, Whistler Children's Chorus, Whistler Pottery Club, Whistler Secondary School Drama Club and the Howe Sound Music Festival.

Deadline for application for the 2010 grants is Sept. 15. For more information, or to receive an application form, contact director@whistlerartscouncil.com .

Lions Bay looking for artistic touch

With the Olympics less than six months away, Sea to Sky communities are gearing up and sprucing up for the visitors that are coming this way. More specifically, the community of Lions Bay is on the lookout for an artist to improve the Sea to Sky Highway underpass, which runs through the village.

Since the Olympic torch relay will pass through the community on Feb. 4, they are looking to complete the first phase of a visual improvement project prior to that date. They are asking interested artists and designers to suggest concepts and designs, with the winning artist moving forward to work with the Public Art and Design Task Force to coordinate the project.

For more information on the Underpass Project, contact pbrider@talisiorder.ca .

Fall fair free-for-all

This fall, the farmyard comes to Brackendale as part of the 15 th annual Brackendale Fall Fair.

On top of all of the yummy, fresh-from-the-farm goodies produced by more than 50 vendors, this annual event also features farm animals, hayrides, live music, an exhibit tent, and games for all ages. The event takes place at the Brackendale Farmers Institute Park on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Adults and children can enter their produce, preserves and crafts into the competitions to earn potential ribbons and cash prizes. Pick up additional information and an entry sheet at the Brackendale General Store and Squamish Savings. Organizers are also on the hunt for volunteers to assist in set-up and teardown. Call 604-898-3390 if you can help out.

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