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Spring is just around the corner and the Squamish Gardeners' guest speaker on Monday (Feb. 20) at 7 p.m. is Cloanne Morasse at the Squamish Public Library.

Spring is just around the corner and the Squamish Gardeners' guest speaker on Monday (Feb. 20) at 7 p.m. is Cloanne Morasse at the Squamish Public Library. Cloanne's spectacular rooftop garden was featured in last year's Squamish Garden Tour and her clever use of hypertufa was very much admired. Her topic on Monday will be Rooftop Gardening and Hypertufa. A $5 admission for non-members gives you a chance to win the door prize.

On Saturday (Feb. 18) Maria Coffey will be giving a writing seminar on The Path of the Journal: from first entry to published piece from 10 a.m. to noon in the meeting room at the Squamish Public Library. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Also on Saturday, Dag Goering is holding a photography workshop at Capilano College's Squamish campus. The price is the same as above and registrations are being taken at the Squamish Library at 604-892-3110.

In celebration of Heritage Week, the West Coast Railway Heritage Park is again hosting a lovely Heritage Tea in the Brightbill Heritage House on Saturday, Feb. 25. Step back in time as the heritage house was built in 1937. In the unique setting, ladies dressed in period costume will serve you dainty sandwiches, an assortment of goodies and of course, tea. It is recommended you reserve a time as seating is limited. The tea will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the cost is $7 per person. To reserve a time, please call 604-898-9336.

The 27th annual Big Brothers/Sisters of Squamish annual Bowling Fundraiser will be held at the Garibaldi Lanes on the weekend of March 3 and 4 and also on Friday, March 10. There are still spaces available for teams and for individuals who would like to get on a team. To register, please call Karen at 604-892-3125. She would also appreciate hearing from anyone or businesses able to donate items to the silent auction or to donate a door prize. Those making pledges to the bowlers will receive income tax deductible receipts.

The Women's Auxiliary to Squamish General Hospital manage the Gift Shop at the hospital but the hours have changed to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day Monday to Friday. A larger shop enables the WA to stock a good selection of gift-giving items.

On Friday, March 3, the World Day of Prayer Service will be hosted by St. John's Anglican Church. The Women of South Africa wrote the service. I will have the time of the service in next week's column.

This month is designated as Heart Month by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and the Yukon. A collector's silver heart pin is available in banks and other businesses for $5 each. The District of Squamish has declared February Heart and Stroke Foundation Month. Karen Vanzella long associated with this yearly fundraiser also has pins available and you can give her a call at 604-898-5682. Anyone wishing to give a donation can send their cheques to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Box 433, Squamish, V0N 3G0.

Registrations are now being accepted for the Sea to Sky Family and Child Care Conference being held in the Brennan Park Recreation Centre on Saturday, March 4. This day-long training event for parents and professionals includes workshops on Making Music with Children, Introduction to American Sign Language, The High/Scope Approach to Problem Solving, and Laughter for Wellness. The co-sponsoring agencies, Squamish Public Library (604-892-3110), Brennan Park Recreation Centre (604-898-3604) or Child Care Resources and Referral, will provide you with more information.

The Hearts in Motion Walking Club will meet at the dyke end of Cherry Drive in the Raven's Plateau subdivision in Valleycliffe on Friday, Feb. 24 at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call me at 604-815-0152.

Pianist Janina Fialkowska is looking forward to performing in Squamish on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Eagle Eye Theatre at 8 p.m. Howe Sound Performing Arts Association is a member of the Wild at Art Festival and this talented artist is the first performer for this special weekend, Feb. 24, 25 and 26. Tickets for next Friday's performance are on sale at Billie's Bouquet, Mostly Books and the Sea to Sky Hotel at $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and college and university students.

On Saturday, Feb. 25 and Sunday, Feb. 26 many events are planned at the Adventure Centre as part of the Wild at Art 2006 sponsored by the Squamish Arts and Cultural Festival.

There will be a leisurely estuary walk (about two hours) on Sunday (Feb. 19). Meet at 1 p.m. in front of the Brew Pub. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Monthly interpretive walks are hosted by the Squamish Environmental Conservation Society.

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