This Saturday (Dec. 14) plan on taking yourself or family and friends to the Community Day at the Britannia Mine Museum as on that day, admission is by donation. Santa will be roaming the grounds from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. Enjoy the seasonal carols of the Sea to Sky Singers and be sure to take a trip on the underground train. Last year a friend and I visited the museum during Community Day and Lara gave us extra special care during the underground tour.
Another event to attend on Saturday is the Refresh Market in the CN Roundhouse and Convention Centre at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you still have gifts to buy for Christmas, this is the place to be as there will be more than 50 vendors on site with wares to please all tastes. Admission is by donation with a suggested amount of $2. Squamish Helping Hands Society will benefit from this event and it will also raise awareness about homelessness in our community. If you wish more information, please go to www.refreshmarket.ca or Facebook at www.facebook.com/refreshmarket.
Dr. David Helfand from Quest University will be the guest speaker at the Squamish Public Library tonight (Thursday, Dec. 12) at 6:30 p.m., speaking on the topic, The Universal Timekeepers: Reconstructing History Atom by Atom. Seating is limited.
Squamish Public Library will welcome Susan Oakey-Baker on Thursday, Dec. 19, as she launches her new book Finding Jim, which describes the realities of life following the death of her husband, renowned mountain guide Jim Haberl.
Pleasure boaters and holiday parade lovers, take note: The Squamish Yacht Club is organizing a Christmas Carol Cruise this Saturday (Dec. 14). Starting at 6 p.m., a parade that includes boats with thousands of colourful lights will be depart from the Mamquam Blind Channel and do a few circuits in our beautiful sound for the enjoyment of both boaters and land lubbers alike, organizers said. Some of the best viewing will be from Nexen Beach. For more information, phone Chelsey at (604) 815-3520.
Have your pets portrait taken at the Winter Farmers Market on Sunday (Dec. 15) from 11 to 3 p.m. at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Photos cost $20, with all proceeds to the local branch of the SPCA.
Hilltop House is all decked out for Christmas and the monthly birthday gathering will be held on Wednesday (Dec. 18) at 2 p.m. when Fern Green and Gordon Hanson are honoured.
St. Josephs Catholic Church held a successful Christmas bazaar on Nov. 23 and raffle winners include: Michael Suter (holiday basket), S. McQuillan ($100 certificate from Nesters Market), Karen LaRiviere ($100 certificate from Save-On Foods) and Kristin Drygas ($100 certificate from Walmart).
A Holiday Wrap Up event is planned for the Squamish Seniors Centre on Friday (Dec. 20) at 1 p.m. It will include refreshments and perhaps a sing-along of Christmas favourites. On Wednesday (Dec. 18) a Christmas movie will be shown at 1 p.m.
Christmas crafts are on sale at the Hotspot at 38027 Cleveland Ave. from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Hotpsot also has a great selection of books and refurbished computer equipment for sale as well.
A Christmas Bingo night will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, branch #277 on Monday (Dec. 16) with doors open at 5:30 p.m.
On Sunday (Dec. 22) at 7 p.m. a Christmas Cantata and silent auction will be held at Squamish United Church on Fourth Avenue. The church choir, along with many singers from our community, are presenting The Heart of Christmas Cantata and it is directed by Kayla Matzen. Admission is by donation with proceeds going to the churchs new sanctuary and offices at Centrepoint. On Tuesday (Dec. 17), a Quiet Christmas service will be held at 7 p.m.
The grocery bags will be a little smaller, but the Squamish Food Bank will open its doors at the Alano Club on Wednesday (Dec. 18) from 1130 a.m. to 1 p.m.
St. Johns Anglican Church has a Special Lessons and Carols for Advent service on Sunday (Dec. 15) at 4:30 p.m. The event is in support of Community Christmas Care with a donation of $10 per person. In the evening, a final Centennial Gala Dinner with an Olde English Theme will be held at 6 p.m. The church will celebrate highlights from their 100th year. The cost is $40 per person.
The Over the Hill Hikers will meet at the Alice Lake turnoff on Tuesday (Dec. 17) at 9 a.m. for a Wonderland/Ray Peters loop hike. For more information, call Heather at (604) 892-9003.
The Tantalus Walking Club will met at the Mormon Church on Ross Road on Thursday (Dec. 19) at 10 a.m. for a power line loop walk. For more information, call Joyce at (604) 898-5594.
The Hearts in Motion Walking Club will meet at the Eagle Grove complex on Pemberton Avenue tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 13) at 10 a.m. for a trail walk. Later, our club celebrates its 10th anniversary with a luncheon at Eagle Grove. For more information, call Yvonne at (604) 898-5268 or myself at (604) 815-0152.