Special events 

What: CANADIAN CHEESE ROLLING FESTIVAL Organizers throw a big block of cheese down a hill and people chase after it, tumbly-bumbly all the way. The first down the hill wins the race and the cheese. Simple as that. 50 extra spots available on the day of the event. Go to canadiancheeserolling.ca for more information.

When: Saturday August 15, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Blackcomb Mountain Base

What: KOKANEE CRANKWORX 2009 The seminal mountain bike festival is here to the end of the weekend! Witness the world's best as they cut through air and dirt in the world-famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Go to www.crankworx.com for more information.

When: Saturday August 8 to Sunday August 16

Where: Whistler Mountain Bike Park, various locations in Whistler Village

What: WETLANDKEEPERS COURSE The B.C. Wildlife Federation presents a course on how to steward wetlands, an important part of our ecosystem. This session will focus on wetland remediation and how to formulate a plan for future restoration at the Lost Lake wetland. Call Carolyn Anne Budgell at (604) 970-9707 for more.

When: Friday August 14, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday August 15, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Sunday August 16, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Lost Lake Wetland and MY Millennium Place

What: KRISTA JANE EMPOWERING YOU International reiki master Krista Hoffs presents a reiki level one workshop to help you embrace your healing potential and understand the connection between mind and body. For more information contact Krista at (604) 698-5404 or at kristajanehoffs@hotmail.com.

When: Friday August 14 and Saturday August 15

Where: To be announced

What: FUNCTION BLOCK PARTY The Whistler Arts Council presents its last summer bash, with free food, art, live music, artisans and entertainment way down in the comfort of the Industrial Park! Limited tastings available from Barefoot Wine and Bubbly and Whistler Brewing. Go to www.whistlerartscouncil.com for more.

When: Friday August 21, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Where: Function Junction, various locations

What: MOUNTAIN WEST MUSIC FEST The summer's big musical event in the Sea to Sky Corridor is here! Xavier Rudd, K'Naan and Z-Trip perform for audiences hungry for some great music this summer. Tickets $60 for adults on Saturday, $50 for adults on Sunday, full weekend pass is $85. Go to www.mountainwestmusicfest.com for more.

When: Friday August 21 to Sunday August 23

Where: Whistler Golf Course Driving Range

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

What: ONE DAY BIKE RIDE BICYCLES FOR HUMANITY Bicycles for Humanity presents a scenic ride from Whistler to Anderson Lake. You can ride 80 km directly or do a detour up the Pemberton Meadows and back for approximately 120 km. BBQ at 3 p.m. Cost $60 at registration. Go to brenda@improving-relationships.com for more.

When: Sunday August 29, be at back of Lot 4 between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Where: Whistler to Anderson Lake

What: WHISTLER READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL More than 20 invited Canadian authors and editors will descend on Whistler for a weekend of word-wielding and poetry-slinging. Writers include Wayne Grady, Merilyn Simonds, Shane Koyczan and Paul Grant. For more info visit www.theviciouscircle.ca.

When: Friday September 11 to Sunday September 13

Where: For tickets go to Evolution, Players Chophouse and Alta Lake House


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