Join the LUNA crew 

Looking for a new way to get involved in the community? Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives (LUNA) is on the lookout for candidates for their annual Community Event Coordination (CEC) training program.

The free program gives selected trainees 10 months of hands-on event experience, plus in-class training with industry professionals offering a range of expertise on event management and marketing, risk management, green events and Whistler 2020, leadership, sponsorship, media communications and the Whistler Spirit program.

As part of the program, trainees will be assisting with LUNA event operations and promotions, gradually taking on more responsibility until they are capable of coordinating an event on their own.

Anyone interested in applying for this year's CEC program should visit The deadline for entry is Tuesday, June 22.


A celebration of Aboriginal culture

Head's up: Monday, June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. To mark the occasion, the people behind the scenes at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre are hosting a full day of cultural performances, artist demonstrations, tours and craft workshops accessible to the public by donation.

The activities start at 11 a.m. with a bannock baking session, followed by another at 2 p.m. Then, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Lil'wat traditional storyteller, Marie Abraham, will share a tale with the crowd.

Throughout the day each of the centre's ambassadors will be sharing their stories and explaining the cultural significance and meaning behind the traditional regalia, carvings, artwork, songs and ceremonies that fill the SLCC each and every day.

To find out more about the SLCC and what they have planned for National Aboriginal Day, visit

Clock some summer studio time

Artistic souls who are tired of toiling away in the confines of their own home have the opportunity to flex their creative muscles in a different space this summer.

The Resort Municipality of Whistler is opening Alta Lake Station House, a rustic heritage home located on the shore of Alta Lake, up to local artists for drop-in studio time on Monday afternoons all summer, starting at 5:30 p.m. and running until 9 p.m. (excluding Monday, June 21, June 28 and July 26). There, artists can utilize a beautiful, open studio space and paint or draw in the company of their creative counterparts. Drop-in costs just $5, or $10 if a live model is present.


The 2010 Summer of Funny

Sure, you can write, but can you also use the written word to make people laugh? Pick up a pen and paper and show Whistler what you've got by entering the second annual Summer of Funny humour-writing contest sponsored by Pique Newsmagazine.

The inaugural competition in '09 yielded so many quality submissions that Pique staffers simply couldn't agree on a clear winner. So, the powers that be decided to divide the $400 prize purse among the eight entries that stood out from the pack. And since none of the writers complained, Pique has decided to give the contest another whirl this year. The rules are the same - all written submissions will be accepted, from anywhere in Canada, and can be in the form of stories (up to 2,000 words), poems, plays/scripts, or long-format jokes. We'd even accept cartoons.

The prize money will be the same, as will the review by Pique writers and staff. If there is a clear winner this year they may receive a larger share of the purse at our discretion, otherwise we may decide to simply run a wide selection of pieces this year and divvy up the prize money equally. Humour is subjective after all and we'd like to give our readers a chance to decide.

Send all entries to before Monday, Aug. 23 for inclusion in our Labour Day long weekend issue. Please include a brief biography and mailing address with your submission.


Fundraising for fire

A Sea to Sky artist is anteing up to help the Howe Sound Fire Protection Association (HSFPA). Wanda Doyle has donated an archival canvas print of her "Sunset on the Wharf" painting to be raffled off, with proceeds going towards the HSFPA.

"I wanted to do something to support the many volunteers who are working on behalf of our community," Doyle said in a recent release, "I hope everyone will come out and support our volunteer firefighters and the important services the association provides."

Tickets for the draw are $5 apiece, three for $10 or a book of tickets for $50, and are available at UpStares Gallery, HSFPA firefighters and at the Earthly Crystals shop in Britannia Beach. The draw will be held during the Canada Day festivities at Britannia, where the new fire hall will be open for viewing to the public between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.




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