A date our country will never forget is the Montreal Massacre on Dec. 6, 1989, when many women lost their lives at the hands of gunman Marc Lepine. To commemorate this occasion, Quest University and the Howe Sound Womens Centre are holding a candlelight vigil at the Womens Centre on Third Avenue tonight (Dec. 6) at 6:30 p.m. Residents are invited to come and light a candle in remembrance of those who lost their lives on that fateful day. Later, poets, writers and singers will share their talents. Admission is free.
Another event taking place this evening at the Squamish Public Library will be the attendance of local author Graham Fuller at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Fullers latest book Three Truths and a Lie is the story of Luke, a Korean adoptee who comes to America at an early age and gradually loses his life at age 21 to crack cocaine. The book also explores the mysteries of adoption, identity, addiction and grace.
The Britannia Mine Museum is hosting a Community Day on Saturday (Dec. 8) and admission is by donation for this special day. The Christmas carollers on site will be members of the Sea to Sky Singers who will carol from noon to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 3 p.m. Kids enjoy a visit with Santa and underground tours will happen throughout the day as well as gold panning. Take time to check out the many gift-giving items at the gift shop and refreshments will be available. At 4 p.m., the lighting of the big yellow Super Truck will take place.
Get your pictures taken with Santa on Sunday (Dec. 9) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and help raise money for Team Lina. The pictures are being offered for a minimum donation of $5 at Mishmash, 40022 Government Rd. (next to Spice Root), with all proceeds to help little Lina Palethorpe and her family. Donations of non-perishable food items are also being collected for the Squamish Food Bank.
The Squamish Environment Society will hold its monthly bird count on Sunday (Dec. 9) with everyone meeting at the Howe Sound Inn and Brew Pub at 8 a.m. The members will be looking for trumpeter swans in the estuary. For more information, please call Judith at (604) 892-3340.
The students and teachers at Howe Sound Secondary School are preparing for their annual Winter Gala at the school and the Eagle Eye Theatre on Wednesday (Dec. 12) with the social and silent auction at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the concert by the schools performing groups at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the school office or at the door at $15 each. For more information, please call (604) 892-5261.
On Thursday (Dec. 13) Dr. David Helfand from Quest University will be at the Squamish Public Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to explore New Worlds. After 400 years of speculation, work over the past decade has established that our solar system is not unique.
In your planning for the holiday season please include a donation to Community Christmas Care. The need is great again this year and your donations of non-perishable food items and cash donations will be much appreciated. There is a box a The Chief office waiting to be filled with your items. Cash donations can be dropped off at Squamish Savings or mail to Community Christmas Care, Box 516, Squamish, V8B 0A4.
The Caregivers Support Group will next meet on Wednesday (Dec. 12) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Seniors Centre. For more information, please contact Nadine Goodgrove or Carla Fuhre at (604) 892-6400.
The Squamish Youth Ballet is presenting a wonderful version of the well-loved Sleeping Beauty at the Eagle Eye Theatre on Friday (Dec. 7) at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday (Dec. 8) at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for these performances at $20 each.
Scout Christmas trees are now on sale at On the Farm Garden Centre daily through December from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sunday until 4 p.m.) your support of our local scouts will be much appreciated.
There are only two nights left to visit Santas Workshop and ride the mini-rail at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Make a date for tonight (Dec. 6) or the last night, tomorrow (Dec. 7) and the times are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with the last train leaving at 8 p.m. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, have fun doing crafts and refreshments will be available. Admission fee is $5 and for members the cost is $3 each.
The Christmas luncheon at the Seniors Centre on Thursday (Dec. 13) will include performances by the talented students at Howe Sound Secondary School. The event starts with the luncheon at noon followed by the entertainment. Please purchase tickets ($9) in advance.
An event always popular is the annual Squamish Santa Parade. It takes place on Friday (Dec. 14) starting from the Yacht Club at 7 p.m. A Christmas Market at Pavilion Park will be ongoing from 3 to 9 p.m. and the Squamish Arts Council will have a Gingerbread Warming House at the Arts Council building from 3 to 6:45 p.m.
The Hilltop House Support Society will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday (Dec. 13) when new members are welcome to attend.
The Squamish Public Library is planning another Scrabble night on Tuesday (Dec. 11) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and this is a free event. Play individually or get together a team of two to four players. The Friends of the Library held a fundraiser raffle and the winners in the Nov. 29 draw were: Kathryn Neeley (adults sweater), Sharon Smith (ladys scarf) and S. Westall (placemat and napkin set) and, these prizes were made by the members.
The ninth annual Squamish Christmas Breakfast is planned on Thursday (Dec. 13) from 6:30 to 9 a.m. at McDonalds. New unwrapped toys, non-perishable food items and cash donations for Community Christmas Care are requested.
The Over the Hill Hikers will meet at the Adventure Centre at 9 a.m. on Tuesday (Dec. 11) for a trip to West Vancouver and a hike in Nelson Canyon. For more information, call Heather at (604) 892-9003.
The Tantalus Walking Club will meet at the dog pound at 10 a.m. on Thursday (Dec. 13) for a walk over to the Mamquam Trails. For more information, call Joyce at (604) 898-5594.
The Hearts in Motion Walking Club will meet at Tim Hortons on Friday (Dec. 7) at 10 a.m. for a trail walk. For more information, call Darleen at (604) 892-2092 or myself at (604) 815) 0152.