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ABOUT TOWN: Get down to 42nd Street this week

Are you ready for an evening of dancing, singing and comedy as only Howe Sound Secondary's musical theatre can offer? Then do make plans to see their version of the hit Broadway musical 42nd Street.

Are you ready for an evening of dancing, singing and comedy as only Howe Sound Secondary's musical theatre can offer? Then do make plans to see their version of the hit Broadway musical 42nd Street.

The show opened on Wednesday (April 28) but the special gala evening is set for tonight (April 30) with a reception following the show. Other dates include Saturday (May 1) and next week from (May 5) to 8. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the musical beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at HSSS and Stylezone at $7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. For the gala tonight, the price is $12, but I believe tonight's performance may be sold out.

You are invited to attend the Sea to Sky Singers spring concert on Sunday (May 2) at 2 p.m. in the Squamish Baptist Church at 2262 Read Cresc.; there will be some wonderful music and songs as the theme is A Tribute to Mothers. The choir director is Veronica McPhee and the accompanist was to be Tim Shoults, but following his accident, Tim is pleased that former choir director Colleen Koop has offered to take on his role. A young man with a great voice, Aaron Purdie will also perform as well as fiddler Jocelyn Pettit and pianist Siew Wan Khoo. Ticket outlets are Billie's Bouquet, Highland Video, Mostly Books and at the door at $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students and children under five admitted free with a ticket holder.

The Squamish Estuary Conservation Society will hold its annual bird count this Sunday (May 2). Participants are asked to meet at the Howe Sound Inn at 7 a.m. for a fun morning observing and enjoying nature. Please note that the count is one week earlier than usual because of Mother's Day the following weekend. When you take part in the bird count you are adding to the valuable data that helps the society understand trends and patterns of bird life in our estuary. For more information, please call Judith at 604-892-3340.

Have you chosen your favourite frame in the silent auction at the Squamish Public Library yet? The bidding closes at 2 p.m. this Sunday (May 2). All participants are invited to attend the reception on Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. An award will be presented at 1:50 p.m. to the artist of the frame voted People's Choice. Proceeds of the auction go towards enhancing and advertising the Foyer Gallery at the library.

Saturday and Sunday (May 1-2) the Squamish Valley Quilter's Guild invites you to the Squamish Public Library to view the quilts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Guild meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Royal Canadian Legion and new members (including beginners) are welcome. There are approximately 35 women in the Guild.

Have you seen the television ads for The Weekend to End Breast Cancer? Each participant is asked to walk 60 kilometers and raise $2,000. The dates are Aug. 20 to 22 when the mystery route in Vancouver will be made known. Participants will sleep in tents overnight. The money raised will go to the B.C. Cancer Foundation for genome therapy. One of the participants is Squamish resident Lail Weeks and if you would like to donate to this great cause please call Lail at 604-898-5595 or donate online at personal page Lail Weeks. Donations of $10 and over are eligible for income tax receipts. Cheques can be made out to: The Weekend to End Breast Cancer, c/o Box 381, Garibaldi Highlands, V0N1T0.

This is a good time to mention that the Screening Mammography Mobile van will be at the Squamish General Hospital from May 11 to 20 and for those wishing to make an appointment for a mammogram the phone number is 1-800-663-9203. This s a free service provided by the Ministry of Health and the B.C. Cancer Agency.

The Squamish Music and Art Exchange Society Smart Exchange presents "Ordinary Views with a Secret Side" featuring Eric Muller. There is an artist's reception Friday (April 30) at 7 p.m. at the Newport Gallery at 38055 Cleveland Avenue. The exhibition continues until May 27.

What do an aardvark and a zebra have to do with Crime Stoppers? Well, if one of these creatures is your pet, then you qualify for entry into the Squamish / Whistler Crime Stoppers Pet of the Month Fundraiser. Any type if pet qualifies. Applicant forms are available at local pet stores or from the local vets. Other outlets are Greyhound, Burneing Images, Glacier Interiors and Eagle Run Coffee Company. Fill in the form, attach five dollars and a photo of your pet. Monthly winners receive a great photo from Burneing Images of your pet (including yourself if you wish) plus some gifts from many supporters. All proceeds remain in our community to support Crime Stopppers' activities.

The second annual Squamish Songbird Festival is underway and anyone wishing to make a songbird banner can take part in a public windsock workshop at Brennan park on Saturday (May 1) from 1 to 4 p.m. If you wish more information on projects and events, or to volunteer for the festival, please call Nikki at 604-898-4860 or Meg at 604-898-5093 or visit the website at

On May 16 the Squamish Lions Club is holding a fundraising walk for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and will be held at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. For more information and pledge forms, please contact Dave Thethi at 604-898-1636.

Preparations are underway for the annual Spring Garage Sale, bake sale and raffle sponsored by the Women's Auxiliary to Squamish General Hospital. It will be held in St., John's Anglican Church on Saturday, May 8 at 9 a.m.

The Elks and Royal Purple Ladies will be canvassing the community on Saturday (May 1) for contributions to help purchase and fund travel expenses, eyeglasses and much needed equipment for challenged children. Your generous contributions enable to continue this valuable service.