Special events 

What: FIRST NIGHT 2010 Whistler presents its annual First Night event, a New Year's Eve Celebration that takes over the Village Square and Conference Centre to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new. Performers include Scatterheart and Matt Levy. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for kids 12 and under. Evening fee is $20 for adults.

When: Thursday December 31, starts at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Village Square and the TELUS Whistler Conference Centre


What: WHISTLER NATURALISTS MONTHLY BIRD WALK The Whistler Naturalists host their monthly bird walk, in an attempt to document the varying species we have in Whistler. See warblers, robins, finches and snipes as local naturalists whip out the binoculars to try and document them.

When: Saturday January 2, 8:30 a.m.

Where: Meet at Valley Trail, foot of Lorimer Road, to walk to Rainbow Park


What: SALMON FARMING EXPOSED: WILD SALMON AND THE IMPACTS OF AQUACULTURE IN B.C. The Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment presents an evening with Graham Girard, who will speak on the state of wild salmon in B.C with a focus on open net fish farming.

When: Wednesday January 6, 6 p.m.

Where: Westin Resort and Spa


What: DEEP WINTER PHOTO CHALLENGE Whistler's epic storm season inspires a celebration of winter and all the photographers who love to capture it. See slideshows of powder days, pretty skies, scenery and storms. Tickets for this event are $15 and can be purchased at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations.

When: Thursday January 7, 7 p.m.

Where: Fairmont Chateau Whistler


What: AVALANCHE AWARENESS DAYS FILM NIGHT Avalanche Awareness Days presents a film night with guest speakers in Squamish on Friday night. The film presented that night will be the award-winning avalanche safety film "The Fine Line" and guest speakers from BC Parks and the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association.

When: Friday January 8, 7 p.m.

Where: Eagle Eye Theatre, Squamish


What: AVALANCHE AWARENESS ACTIVITIES Avalanche Awareness Days presents actvities in Garibaldi Park. Join BC Park Rangers at the Diamondhead Red Heather Warming Shelter for a series of activities. Local Conservation Officers will also be on hand at two popular snowmobile staging areas.

When: Saturday January 9 and Sunday January 10, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Diamondhead Red Heather Warming Shelter, Garibaldi Park


What: PURINA INCREDIBLE DOG CHALLENGE Purina presents the Incredible Dog Challenge, a chance to see a premier canine sport event with some of the world's best dogs competing in events such as agility, pole racing, freestyle flying disc and skijoring. There will also be avalanche rescue at the Whistler Village Gondola.

When: Friday January 8 to Saturday January 9, 2010

Where: Details can be found at www.petcentric.com



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