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Get steamed up this weekend

The West Coast Railway Heritage Park is pleased to present the second annual Steam Festival this weekend (July 11-12).

The West Coast Railway Heritage Park is pleased to present the second annual Steam Festival this weekend (July 11-12). The two-day event will feature live steam displays including thee famous Royal Hudson along with the Stanley Steamer, steam tractors, and of course, mini-rail and mini-rail steam engines. Also on display will be the Sopwith Camel bi-plane courtesy of the Langley Museum of Flight. Thanks to the B.C. Museum of Mining, children will be able to pan for gold in the kids entertainment area.

Tickets for this event at the Heritage Park are available by calling 604-898-9336 or going online to www.ticketweb.ca. Tickets are $20 for adults and for children 12 years and under the price is $10 each. These prices include all rides.

The Squamish Environmental Conservation Society will meet on Sunday (July 12) at 7 a.m. at the Howe Sound Inn and Brew Pub for the monthly bird count. The group will be looking for any little fledglings learning to fly. If you wish more information, please call Judith at 604-892-3340.

Folks at Hilltop House having birthdays this month are: Dennis Everett, Ernie Weiss, Erika Rogall, Stephen Rizun and Vera Moule. The birthday gathering will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday (Julh 15).

The WOW riders will meet at Canadian Tire before 9 a.m. on Monday (July 13) in order to carpool to Whistler for a ride along the Valley Trail. Everyone will eat lunch in Whistler. For more information, please call Shirley at 604-898-5715.

The Easy Riders are asked to meet at the Hydro substation at 9 a.m. for a ride into the Squamish Valley. Call Shirley at 604-898-5715 if you need help to transport your bike.

On Wednesday (July 15) the Squamish Food Bank will distribute grocery hampers from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Alano Club on Third Avenue.

The Squamish Trails Society is changing their meeting place as of July 16. The Society will meet at the Squamish Arts Council building at 37950 Cleveland Ave. at 7 p.m. on July 16. The Society will not meet in August. For anyone wishing more information, please call Penny at 604-898-5385.

The Over the Hill Hikers will meet at the Adventure Centre on Tuesday (July 14) at 9 a.m. for carpooling to the Eagleridge Bluffs in North Vancouver. Carpool passengers are asked to donate $8 to the drive. For information regarding the walks, please call Heather at 604-892-9003.

The July and August schedule for the Tantalus Walking group can be found at http://www.members.shaw.ca/royjshep/walks.htm.

The Howe Sound Women's Centre is creating its first annual raffle calendar showcasing women in the community doing what they are passionate about and/or showing their strength and vision. The raffle calendar will give the purchased the opportunity to win 24 different prizes throughout the year. There will be 19 $100 prizes, four $250 prizes and one $1,000 prize. The Women's Centre would like to offer Squamish businesses the opportunity to sponsor a month in the calendar. The cost of the sponsorship is $500 and it will be great advertising for your company as well as helping the Women's Centre continue to operate all of its programs and services. If you are interested, please contact Lanette Steves at 604-848-5302 or email info@lanettesteves.com.

Children are invited to "Follow the Reader" this summer at the Squamish Public Library. There is still time for children to participate in this free program by signing up for the 2009 Summer Reading Club. Children of all ages can join this summer-long program and receive a free reading log and bookmark to start them on their celebration. Each child can also receive stickers and great prizes. The Summer Reading Club reaches more than 85,000 children in British Columbia every summer and is sponsored by the B.C Library Association with funding assistance from the Public Library Association and the Public Library Services Branch of the Ministry of Education. For more information on the Reading Club, call 604-892-3110 or check out the website at www.kidssrc.ca.

Squamish Branch No. 70 Senior Citizens Association of British Columbian is sponsorin a bus trip to the Edgewater Casino False Creek in Vancouver on Thursday, July 30. Please call Elaine at 60-4898-5463 by July 24 if you are interested in going.

The Canadian Cancer Society is looking for health promotion volunteers in Squamish to promote cancer prevention messages and engage the community in health promotion activities such as advocating for a cosmetic pesticide bylaw and assistance with forming a pesticide-free coalition. Leadership volunteers are also needed to join the team to represent the Cancer Society in Squamish. For more information, please contact Kim Aubert at 1-888-229-8288 or email kaubert@cancer.ca.

The Hearts in Motion Walking Club will meet at the Extra Foods parking lot for carpooling to Alice Lake on Friday, July 17 at 10 a.m., weather permitting. Please take along a snack and something to drink. For more info, call Darleen at 604-892-2092 or myself at 604-815-0152.

Thanks to all who bought tickets for a chance to win a beautiful hanging basket with proceeds going towards future programs at the new Squamish Seniors' Centre. The lucky winner of the basket was Michelle Pontini. Thanks to Mary June Wyndham, AMrgaret Taylor and Darleen Arnold for selling tickets at the Farmers Market on Jun 27. It is good to know that memberships for the new Centre now stand at 109.