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Next week, one of Canada's oldest and best carnival companies, West Coast Amusements comes to our community. Sponsors of this fun event for all members of the family is the Squamish Elks Lodge #119.

Next week, one of Canada's oldest and best carnival companies, West Coast Amusements comes to our community. Sponsors of this fun event for all members of the family is the Squamish Elks Lodge #119. The Elks Spring Fair 2006 will be held at the former Interfor property, at 1500 Highway 99, (beside the Shell Gas Station). Exalted Ruler Barbara Nicholson said the fair will run from Wednesday, April 12 to Sunday, April 16. On April 12, 13 and 14 the hours of operation are from 3 to 10:30 p.m The Saturday hours are from noon to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Children up to the age of 12 are invited to enter the West Coast Amusements colouring contest with a chance to win a free day of unlimited rides. Please drop off your entry at The Chief office at 38117 Second Avenue by 5 p.m. Monday (April 10).

The Squamish Environmental Conservation Society will hold its monthly bird count on Sunday (April 9). With daylight saving time now in effect, birders are asked to meet at 7 a.m. at the Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Company. For more information, please call Judith at 604-892-3340.

Tomorrow afternoon (April 8) the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #277 is holding a Pie Auction during the weekly meat draw starting at 3:30 p.m. Executive members will be on hand to sign in new guests (adults only) and to let them know what the Legion is all about. It might be a time to consider joining the Legion. Woody Woodridge will be the auctioneer and it should be a liverly afternoon.

A little boy who has endured many operations in his young life, Emilio Razzano is facing three surgeries in Edmonton this month. A bottle drive to raise funds for the family will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. An account has been opened at the bottle depot in Emilio's name if you wish to drop off your bottles and cans before that date.

This weekend (April 7, 8 and 9) the Women's Auxiliary to Squamish General Hospital will be at the IGA Marketplace selling tickets on their spring raffle. The WA raises funds throughout the year for the SGH and check out the chart showing the equipment (and costs) that have been donated to the hospital. Your continued support is appreciated.

Pre-registration for the Feng Shui workshop at the Squamish Public Library on Sunday (April 9) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. is just a phone call away to Jennifer Lorimer at 604-898-9685.

A wonderful evening of music and song will take place at St. John's Anglican Church on Good Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. The ecumenical offering of The Seven Last Words from the Passion of Christ by composer Arthur Somervell will be performed by members of many churches in our community. Music Director Tracy Stuchbery said the 30 members have been rehearsing for several weeks and they look forward to presenting this choral work. Guest soprano and Squamish resident Kelly Coubrough will compliment the singers. The St. John's Children's Choir will also participate during the evening. A free will offering will be taken and it will support the churches involved. Following the performance, a reception will be held.

The Teen Book Club at the Squamish Public Library will have a Murder Mystery Night on Tuesday (April 11) at 7:30 p.m. when the Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie will be discussed. Pizza is provided by Panago! For more information, call Hilary at the library at 604-892-3110 or t.

On Wednesday (April 12) the Squamish Food Bank will distribute groceries from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity Hall, Squamish United Church on Fourth Avenue.

The Hearts in Motion Walking Club will not meet on Good Friday, April 14, but will meet on Friday, April 21. I'll have more information next week on the location. New members are always welcome and if interested give me a call at 604-815-0152.

Next month, the Screening Mammography Mobile Unit will be at the Squamish General Hospital from May 17 to June 1. It will also be in Pemberton on May 8 - 10 and in Whistler May 10 - 16 at their health centres. B.C. residents ages 40 - 79 years are eligible. This is a free service and to arrange an appointment, please call 1-800-663-9203.