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On February 27 in Squamish, Leadership Sea to Sky Forums present Gareth Higgins an expert on conflict resolution and peace building from Northern Ireland.

On February 27 in Squamish, Leadership Sea to Sky Forums present Gareth Higgins an expert on conflict resolution and peace building from Northern Ireland. Addressing Community Conflicts: Beyond Fight or Flight takes place at the Brackendale Art Gallery Friday Feb. 27, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Higgins is a graduate in sociology from Queen's University of Belfast (BA, PhD) and was a co-founder of the zero28 Project, a peace and justice initiative in Northern Ireland. He has written and spoken widely on religion and conflict, art and spirituality and film, with his work appearing in The Independent, The Irish Times, Sojourners, and Third Way Magazine, among others. A $10 donation is asked to cover the costs of each dialogue event. For further information contact William Roberts at william@whistlerforum.com or call 604 966-8082

Squamish Public Library is taking part in Freedom to Read Week from Feb. 22 to 28. It is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Check the display of challenged books this month. Learn more at www.freedomtoread.ca.

The Squamish Food Bank Society is pleased to announce Brown Bag It Day on Thursday (Feb. 26). Take your lunch to work that day and donate your lunch money to the Food Bank. From Monday (Feb. 23) to Saturday (Feb. 28) special boxes will be placed in banks and credit unions for you to deposit cash or cheques. Donations over $20 are eligible for income tax receipts. If you prefer to mail your donation, the address is SFB, P.O. box 207, Garibaldi Highlands, V0N 1T0. Anyone wishing more information is asked to call 604-848-4316.

Learn to Draw & Paint at a special full day workshop at the Brennan Park Recreation Centre tomorrow (Feb. 21) from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This full day workshop will show you how to create stunning images using ink in many different ways. For more information or to register, please call 604-898-3604.

A time to socialize, enjoy a delicious lunch at a great price for seniors is the monthly Soup and Sandwich Day and it will be held at the Tantalus Seniors' Centre on Thursday (Feb. 26) starting at 11:30 a.m.

The Squamish Women's Health Network presents Mind and Body Healing for Women at the Squamish Public Library on Thursday, March 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is free and you will learn about: meditation, mindfulness, breath work and somatic awareness.

The Over the Hill Hikers are asked to meet on the Squamish Valley Road and west of Highway 99 at 10 a.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 24) for a Wonderland to Ray's Trail and Cheekeye outing. For more information, please call Heather at 604-892-9003.

A free public lecture on mental Health System will be held in the Lions Gate Hospital auditorium on Wednesday (Feb. 25) at 7:30 p.m. It is offered without charge by the North Shore Schizophrenia Society. For more information, please call 604-926-0856.

St. John's Anglican Church will host the World Day of Prayer Service in our community on Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. This is an ecumenical service and everyone is invited.

In celebration of Mendelssohn's 200th Anniversary Year, a special chamber music concert will be held at the Brackendale Art Gallery on Thursday (Feb. 26) at 8 p.m. Tickets at $20 each are available at the BAG and at The Bookshelf.

Please join the premiere of the Squamish Historical Society's new film Squamish Nation: Stories from the Heart airing in the Totem Hall on Saturday (Feb. 28) at 7 p.m. this film traces the descendants of our Squamish Nation families from the early 20th centure to the present. The evening is for all family members and includes drumming, singing, children's activities and refreshments will be available. Admission is by donation with proceeds going to the Historical Society.

Plan on taking the family to the Pancake Supper at St. John's Anglican Church at 1930 Diamond Road, Garibaldi Estates on Tuesday (Feb. 24) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All proceeds go to St. John's ministry in the community.

The Hearts in Motion Walking Club will meet at McDonald's on Friday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. for a Dentville walk. For more info, call Darlene at 604-892-2092 or myself at 604-815-0152.

The Adult Evening Book Club will meet at the Squamish Public Library on Thursday (Feb. 26) at 7 p.m. to discuss the book The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff.

The monthly draw for the 2008-2009 series of the Rotary 200 Club was held on Feb. 5. The winners were: Alice Christie ($100), Carlotta Liechti ($120), Gail Lepp ($130) and Peter Martin ($150). The grand final monthly draw for this series will take place on March 12 at the Howe Sound Inn.

The Howe Sound Performing Arts Association and Wild at Art are pleased to be presenting The Three Sopranos in concert at St. John's Anglican Church on Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m. These lovely, talented singers Kelly Coubrough, Veronica McPhee and Melissa Braun are all Squamish residents and they are planning a program to suit all musical tastes. Tickets are on sale at Billie's Bouquet and The Adventure Centre at $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $5 for students 18 years and over and free to youth 19 years and under.

Local author Beatrice Koch has written the book Beyond the Veil and it is now on sale at The Bookshelf.