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Municipal planner Caroline Hicks and cycling promoter Grant Lamont became parents last weekend. Mahon Gordon Thomas Lamont was born at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in Lions Gate Hospital. According to Grant, Mahon was the name of an Irish prince who died in battle alongside his father. Whistler Mountain’s Moonlight Dine and Ski returns March 2, weather permitting. Load the gondola between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m., buffet dinner from 7 to 8 p.m., guided ski out via Franz’s to Dusty’s at 8 p.m. Call Guest Relations for tickets, 932-3434. $44.95, advanced skiers only. Jade’s Coffeehouse and Artisan Gallery in Squamish is hosting its second open mic for readers and performance artists on Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. Featured will be corridor residents "Josh," Celine Johnson and J. Michael Yates, as well as numerous artists from Vancouver, including regulars from the series at the Malcolm Lowry Room, the Vancouver Press Club, the Grind and Gallery and the Whip Gallery such as Justin McGrail, Diane Laloge, David Campbell, Kimberley Class and Jen Lam. Jade’s Coffeehouse is in the first alley behind Timber Foods in Squamish. Cartoonist and author Ben Wicks has teamed up with the Canadian Association of Optometrists to promote Vision Awareness Week, March 3-9. This year’s message is "It’s never too early for your child’s first eye exam." "As with all our public education efforts, we are advocating prevention during Vision Awareness Week 1996," says Dr. Karen Smith of Whistler. Regular eye examinations are essential to maintaining good eye and vision health, and the earlier regular exams start, the better, says Smith. During Vision Awareness Week optometrists across Canada will step up their efforts to teach parents, other health professionals, educators and the media that there are many vision conditions that are not easy to detect without a proper eye examination. According to Smith, regular eye exams, starting in the earliest years, are important because so much of what we learn — up to 80 per cent, according to some estimates — is done through vision.

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