Downtown Squamish is the place to be to take in the annual Santa Parade tomorrow evening (Friday, Dec. 6) starting at 7 p.m. It starts from the Squamish Yacht Club and then onto Cleveland Avenue to Pemberton and along Second Avenue to the Municipal Hall. It is there that Mr. and Mrs. Claus will depart the float and onto San Clarke Park to turn on the Christmas lights. Plan to arrive downtown early and take in the European Outdoor Christmas Market, live music and other great attractions at the Squamish Junction Park and OSiyam Pavilion from 3 to 9 p.m.
Your last chance to take in Between Shifts Theatres offering of A Christmas Carol is tonight (Dec. 5) and Friday and Saturday (Dec. 6 and 7) at 7:30 p.m. in the Eagle Eye Theatre, as well as a matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m. If tickets are available they are $20 and $15 for students and seniors at Billies Flower House and Republic Bicycles.
The Sea to Sky Singers always present a wonderful Christmas concert each year and the theme is Light for performances on Saturday (Dec. 7) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday (Dec. 8) at 2 p.m. at St. Johns Anglican Church. Tickets are available at Newport Market, Concrete Blonde or at the door at $15 each and, children under 12 years admitted free of charge.
The talents of many music students will be on display during the Winter Gala 2013 at Howe Sound Secondary School on Wednesday (Dec. 11). The evening gets underway with a social and silent auction followed by a delicious dinner. Later, during the concert, performing groups and individuals from the school will display their musical talents for all to enjoy. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and available at the school.
Before or after children and adults enjoy their ride aboard The Polar Express this weekend (Dec. 7 and 8) at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park, they will also have a chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, listen to Christmas stories and enjoy treats. To find out if tickets are still available, please call Jeanene Nelson at (604) 898-9336 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cedar Valley Waldorf School has its annual Waldorf Christmas Fair on Saturday (Dec. 7) beginning at 11 a.m. at the school on Westway Avenue in Valleycliffe. Children will have many activities to participate in and there is wreath making for adults along with a market, music and tasty treats.
The Squamish Environmental Society has its monthly bird count on Sunday (Dec. 8) with members meeting at the Howe Sound Inn and Brew Pub at 8 a.m. The birders will be looking for the return of trumpeter swans. To join or for more information, please call Judith at (604) 892-3340.
A food and toy drive will be held at Squamish McDonalds next Thursday (Dec. 12) from 6 to 10 a.m. This event is for Community Christmas Care and you are invited to donate non-perishable food items and unwrapped new toys.
A Health Seminar entitled Dealing with Stress is planned at the seniors centre on Tuesday (Dec. 10) and although this seminar is free of charge, you are asked to pre-register at the centre or call (604) 848-6898. The Christmas-themed luncheon at the centre is being held early this month on Thursday (Dec. 12) at noon will have ham and scalloped potatoes and dessert on the menu. Please purchase tickets ($9 members, $10 non-members) by Wednesday (Dec. 11). At this luncheon, the talented musical students from Howe Sound Secondary School will perform.
The Christmas Bazaar and Raffle on Nov. 30, sponsored by the Womens Auxiliary to Squamish General Hospital, was a great success and the raffle winners were Anne Williams ($300), Liz Lange ($200) and Jen Dewar ($100). When purchasing gifts for Christmas, please remember to check the great selection of items including baby and toddler wear available at the gift shop at the hospital.
The Hilltop House Support Society will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday (Dec. 12) at 9:30 a.m. and a warm welcome awaits interested members.
Community Day at the Britannia Mine Museum is Saturday (Dec. 14) and on that day, admission is by donation. The Sea to Sky Singers will sing carols and Santa will visit from 11 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 2 p.m. This is the museums way of saying thanks to everyone in the area.
Quest University president Dr. David Helfand will be the guest speaker at the Squamish Public Library on Thursday (Dec. 12) at 6:30 p.m. His subject will be: The Universal Time Keepers: Reconstructing Pre-History Atom-by-Atom. Seating will be limited. For more information, please go to www.squamish.bclibrary.ca.
A Family Winter Celebration is planned at the Squamish Library on Saturday (Dec. 7) from 10 to 11 a.m. It includes special stories, puppet shows, crafts and refreshments. This event is free and no registration is required.
Please remember Community Christmas Care (CCC) when grocery shopping as supermarkets and The Chief are accepting non-perishable food items and toys in specially marked containers in each location. Your cheques can be mailed to CCC c/o Box 516, Squamish B.C., V8B 0A4 and, receipts for income tax purposes will be mailed out.
The next Coffee Concert series at the Squamish Academy of Music (SAM) on Second Avenue is planned on Saturday (Dec. 7) at 3:30 p.m. The series was launched to support the Access Music Education fund and all performers have generously donated their tine to this cause. The performers include Melissa Braun, Kayla Matzen and the Tantalus Chamber Players. Admission is by donation.
The Squamish Public Library in partnership with Squamish Welcoming Communities is hosting the National Film Boards Turning 30 on Wednesday (Dec. 11) at 6 p.m. It is the cinematic journey of the teenage dreams of five individuals, the event that shapes them and what aspiration they now hold. This is a free event.
The Over the Hill Hikers will meet on Tuesday (Dec. 10) at 9 a.m. at the yellow gate for a Brohm Lake hike. For more information, call Heather at (604) 892-9003.
The Tantalus Walking Club will meet on Thursday (Dec. 12) at Canadian Tire at 10 a.m. for a walk through the gardens towards the golf course. For more information, call Joyce at (604) 898-5594.
The Hearts in Motion Walking Club will meet tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 6) at 10 a.m. at the Squamish Adventure Centre for a trail walk. For more information, call Yvonne at (604) 898-5268 or myself at (604) 815-0152.