Stock up on summer reading 

Bookworms are emerging alongside the spring flowers, ready to snag their fair share of reading materials from the upcoming spring book sale. Fiction, non-fiction, you name it - it's for sale, and by donation!

Organized by the nonprofit group, Friends of the Library, the biannual book sale is held over the May long weekend to raise funds for the Whistler Public Library. The sale takes place in front of IGA on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Anyone interested in donating books can drop them off at Nesters, TD Canada Trust, or the library up until the day before the sale. People with larger donations should contact Jane Reid at 604-932-3665.

The drive-in experience

Grab a blanket and cozy up in your car, it's movie time, '50s style.

The Squamish Coast Guard Auxiliary (SCGA) is bringing back their drive-in theatre event this summer, with the first screening on Thursday, May 14 at the Squamish Oceanfront parking lot. White Rock-based outdoor movie company, FreshAir Cinema, will transform the site into a theatre by bringing in a giant screen, projector, FM transmitters and speakers to create an authentic drive-in experience, where they will show "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

"Last year we brought the Drive-In to Squamish for the first time and had a great turnout and it was a huge success. It is a fun event and we invite the whole community to come down to the oceanfront to have dinner and sit back and enjoy the show," SCGA unit l leader Ron Drewry said in a recent press release. "Bring your family, bring a date or a car full of friends and cruise on down to the Squamish Oceanfront Drive-In Theatre."

Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk. Admission is by donation, with proceeds going towards the SCGA, a volunteer organization that assists the Coast Guard's marine search and rescue operations and prevention.

TWSSF arts recap

The 2009 Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival was pretty jam-packed with arts, music and sporting events, so it's understandable that even the most enthusiastic of attendees may have missed something - after all, it's impossible to be in two places at one time.

There was a lot of competition to snag the top spot in the main arts events, like the 72-Hour Filmmaker and Olympus Pro Photographer showdowns.

Whistler's own Jordan Manley, a 24-year-old photographer, blew the audience and judges away with his nine-minute slideshow at the Pro Photo Showdown, walking away with first place, a big cheque and loads of prizes from Olympus.

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