Special events 

What: CULTURAL FOREST WALK Meet the Squamish and Lil'wat Nation's ambassadors and learn more about the spirit behind the Squamish and Lil'wat Centre. Event includes traditional food sampling stations, gift shop specials, and the Whistler 2020 Partnership Signing Ceremony.

When: Thursday July 9, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

What: OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE AND GARDEN TOUR A benefit for St. David's United Church and the Mission and Outreach of First United Church, this is a tour of gardens and outdoor living in the Pemberton Valley. Tickets $10 each, available at Pemberton Valley Nursery. Call Fran at (604) 932-8846 for more details.

When: Saturday July 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Pemberton Valley

What: INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC DAY Get hyped up on the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games coming to Whistler next year at this afternoon event. Meet the athletes; check out the 2010 Paralympic Torch; shake hands with Sumi, the 2010 Paralympic mascot; and more.  

When: Saturday July 11, 1 - 4 p.m.

Where: Whistler Village Square

What: WHISTLER CHILDREN'S ART FESTIVAL Time for the little ones to get into art during this all-day event packed with activities. Kids (and eager parents) can try their hand at chocolate dipping, drumming, making print t-shirts, origami, beading with glass, and much more. Cost is $5 per kid; parents play free.  

When: Saturday July 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Creekside

What: BLACKCOMB MOUNTAIN TRAILS GRAND OPENING It's the grand opening of the Blackcomb Alpine Hiking Trails. Know all those beautiful hills you ski or snowboard in the winter? You can walk them in the summer! Go to www.whistlerblackcomb.com for more info.

When: Sunday July 12

Where: Blackcomb Mountain

What: MICHELLE SIMS, BEAR AWARE PROGRAM DELIVERY SPECIALIST The Whistler Public Library presents three separate talks by Michelle Sims of Bear Aware, who will speak about bears native to Whistler, what they eat and how they behave.

When: Wednesday July 15, Wednesday July 22, Wednesday August 5, all sessions begin at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Community Room, Whistler Public Library

What: ARTWALK FUNCTON JUNCTION BLOCK PARTY Remember the good ol' days when all the neighbours got together on the front lawn? Mr. Johnsonville cooked hot dogs, there were free cookies, and that crazy lady danced in the street? Well, multiply that by a hundred, and you have the ArtWalk Function Junction Block Party - including local artists, live music with Jon Burr and Ivan the Terrible, DJs, and the Artisans' Market.

When: Friday July 17, 6 - 9 p.m.

Where: Function Junction

What: NESTEA CHILL ON THE HILL Nestea presents Chill on the Hill, the ultimate part to bring a chill to a hot summer. Summer and winter activities all day followed by a free concert featuring the Stills. Go to whistlerblackcomb.com for more.

When: Saturday July 25

Where: Top of Whistler Mountain

What: ARTWALK OPENING RECEPTION ArtWalk is coming, invading venues from Marketplace to the Town Plaza. The opening reception will live music, art and dance.

When: Friday July 31, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: Various locations, visit whistlerartscouncil.com for more

What: TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER SESSION The Whistler Chamber of Commerce presents a session to educate people on how to allow a foreign national to work in Canada on a permanent or temporary basis. It will also show how employers can address skills shortages.

When: Tuesday August 4, 10 a.m. - noon

Where: Whistler Chamber Boardroom

What: PENNY MARTYN - NAKED CLAY The Whistler Arts Council is hosting Whistler Art Workshops on the Lake, each of them two to four day workshops that host beginners to intermediates and everything in between. Learn to paint in the heart of nature. Price $150, go to whistlerartscouncil.com for more.

When: Saturday August 8 to Sunday August 9

Where: Alta Lake Station House

What: IN-SHUCK-CH DAYS The In-SHUCK-ch Nation presents the annual In-SHUCK-ch Days, a celebration of the heritage and culture of the people. Come build relationships with people borne of the land and enjoy cedar bark weaving, drum-making and other activities. RSVP at days@inshuch.com. Go to inshuckch.com for more.

When: Saturday August 22 to Sunday August 23

Where: Head of the Lake School, Skatin

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