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The Howe Sound Secondary School 2006 Dry Grad Committee have worked hard in its fundraising efforts these past few weeks.

The Howe Sound Secondary School 2006 Dry Grad Committee have worked hard in its fundraising efforts these past few weeks. They are organizing a clothing drive and will accept good, clean, usable clothing, footwear, linens (blankets, sheets, towels, curtains) and more. Tomorrow (Jan. 21) the students ask that you put your bag of contents at your front door and call 604-898-4971 for pickup. Please label the bags with HSSS 2006 Dry Grad. The students plan to take the donations to the Salvation Army for their Thrift Stores across the Lower Mainland.

For those who missed the auditions for the Squamish Youthfest another opportunity is yours on Sunday (Jan. 22) from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Sea to Sky Hotel. For more information, please call Adriane Polo at 604-898-5930.

The Squamish Women's Health Network is sponsoring a Coping with the Winter Blahs event tonight (Jan. 20) at 7 p.m. at Gelato Carina on Cleveland Avenue. Enjoy the evening with "laughing coach" Lucinda Flavelle and Jully Buckley from the Vancouver Coast Mental Health. There is free public transit for women and children as long as you tell the driver you are going to this event. Another plus, is the free child care at the Sea to Sky Community Services Parent and Tot Drop-In Centre at 38116 Loggers Lane, behind Gelato Carina.

There will be a Covenanting Service for the new Squamish United Church minister, Rev. Dr. Daniel Bogert-O'Brien, at the church on Fourth Avenue on Sunday (Jan. 22) at 2:30 p.m. An invitation is extended to the community to attend and following the service, refreshments will be served.

Those who enjoyed the Great Book series facilitated by Harry Greenwood many years ago at Eldercollege at the Capilano College Squamish campus are urged to register for a new series starting on Monday (Jan. 23) and each Monday until March 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. Professor Richard Grooms is looking forward to leading this group and he urges you to register now and be notified of the current book selection. The registration fee is $65.

The Friday Night dinners at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #277 are back starting tonight (Jan. 20) at 5:30 p.m. On the menu tonight is roast pork! Mark you calendars for Sunday, Jan. 29 for the first Family Pancake Breakfast of the New Year starting at 8:30 a.m.

The Women's Auxiliary to Squamish General has recently purchased two sleeping chairs for palliative care patients for our hospital at a cost of $1,500 each. The WA thanks the community for their continued support. The Gift Shop at SGH has a selection of gifts with Valentine's Day in mind as well as a fine assortment of baby gifts ranging from high to low end prices.

Keith Thirkell, an award winning B.C. photojournalist whose work has been featured in many publications and books, will be at the Brackendale Art Gallery tomorrow evening (Jan. 21) at 8 p.m. to share his abstract designs in nature.

There are several ways to celebrate Literacy Week. On Wednesday (Jan. 25) parents and children ages two to six are invited to Family Bedtime Stories from A to Zzzz at the Literacy Café-Chef Big D's Restaurant on Cleveland Avenue from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. the Su Do Ku event will be held on Thursday (Jan. 26) from 7 - 9 p.m. at Carina Gelato on Cleveland Avenue. Su Do Ku is a Japanese number puzzle game. The event is semi-competitive: you can challenge yourself or just turn up and learn to play.

The sixth annual Breakfast of Champions during National Family Literacy Week will be held on Friday, Jan. 27 at the Squamish Public Library (in the meeting room) with doors open at 8 a.m., breakfast served at 8:15 a.m. and presentations and questions from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Those taking part in the presentations include: Gurjt Johal who will discuss the ESL story times programs for preschoolers, Hilary Bloom, children's librarian, Judy Rose program manager in adult basic educations for communities along the eastern border of Lillooet Lake and Leslie Drinovz, School District 48 elementary school literacy co-ordinator.

Recently, two residents of our Eagle Grove Seniors complex celebrated their 90th birthdays. Congratulations to Ralph Worrall who celebrated with family and friends on Jan. 8 and to Norman Saugstad whose birthday celebration also with friends and family was held on Jan. 15.

Next Friday, Jan 27, at 9:30 a.m. the Hearts in Motion Walking Club will meet on the grounds of Squamish Elementary School for a walk to Tim Horton's and back. For more information, please call me at 604-815-0152.

I'll have more information next week, but if Scrabble is your game get set to join the Scrabble for Literacy at the Squamish Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $20 individual or $30 teams and please take your own Scrabble game. For more information drop by the library this week or phone 604-892-3110.

The Vancouver Coastal Health is pleased to announce the Seniors One-Stop Information Line is now available locally. The friendly staff at the Squamish Community Health Centre at 1140 Hunter Place (behind IGA) are ready to help you with concerns you may have regarding seniors benefits, subsidized housing list, transportation in our area etc. The health unit is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the phone number is 604-892-2293. For residents in Whistler and Pemberton are the toll free number is 1-877-892-2231.

Children's programs, Book and Babies and Family Drop-In at the Squamish Public Library will be cancelled on Wednesday, Jan. 25, but will resume on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

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