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ABOUT TOWN: Scouts want your Christmas trees

By now, most of us have undecorated our homes following the holiday season. Many may be wondering what to do with the Christmas tree (those who have real ones!). Scouts Canada's Squamish Group is offering Christmas tree chipping on Sunday (Jan.

By now, most of us have undecorated our homes following the holiday season. Many may be wondering what to do with the Christmas tree (those who have real ones!).

Scouts Canada's Squamish Group is offering Christmas tree chipping on Sunday (Jan. 8) at the Garden Center on Mamquam Road starting at 10 a.m. It is also their annual bottle and food drive this weekend. If you will not be home, please take your empty bottles and cans to the Bottle Depot at #15, 38927 Queens Way and indicate to the staff that you are making a donation to the Scouts.

The annual Brackendale Eagle Count takes place this Sunday (Jan. 8) and many visitors and volunteers will gather at the Brackendale Art Gallery starting at 9 a.m. when the BAG opens. The count will be co-ordinated by Thor Froslev and Patricia Heintzman. During the day, eagle walking tours with members of the Brackendale Eagle Reserve Society will be offered.

The Brackendale Art Gallery will welcome David Hancock on Saturday (Jan. 7) at 8 p.m. Mr. Hancock is an international authority on bald eagles and other birds of prey and he will give a presentation and slide show.

Last year's New Year's Baby, Daniel McLennan, arrived promptly on Jan. 1 and now the little guy has celebrated a first birthday. Congratulations to Carmen Deschenes of Whistler, the first baby born at Squamish General Hospital this year on Jan. 2 (see below).

The Squamish Food Bank is preparing for the distribution of groceries on Wednesday (Jan. 11) at Trinity Hall, Squamish United Church on Fourth Avenue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations to the Food Bank can be sent to Box 207, Garibaldi Highlands, V0N 1T0.

There are many programs for children offered at the Squamish Public Library and registration starts Monday (Jan. 9) at 1 p.m. for the Children's Storytime programs. Storytime programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers start Monday, Jan. 16). Family Drop-In Storytime will continue on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 2 p.m. starting Jan. 18. No registration is required for Family Drop-In Storytime.

The Teen Book Club at the Squamish Public Library will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. when the group will discuss Theories of Relativity by Barbara Haworth-Attard. New members are welcome and copies of the book are available now. Pizza is provided! For more information please visit the library of call 604-892-3110.

A Seniors Keep Well program is being offered at Brennan Park Recreation Centre starting next week. On Wednesday (Jan. 11) and/or Thursday (Jan. 12) the exercises will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day. The program helps seniors to become more active, improve bone density and overall well-being.

Guest speakers will cover a variety of subjects relating to our health as well as requested topics of interest to participants. The program will run until March 30 and the registration fee is $12. Sylvie Gertsch is the instructor. To make arrangements for bus transportation please call 604-892-5559 as soon as possible.

Start the year by attending a Clear Your Clutter - Find Your Life workshops at the Squamish Public Library on Sunday (Jan. 8) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. It is presented by Marlyna, a professional organizer and senior Feng Shui practitioner and teacher. To register or for more information please call Jennifer Lorimer at 604-898-9685. The registration fee is $20.

The Howe Sound Secondary School Dry Grade committee members have raffle tickets available on a draw to be held Jan. 14, the night of a Grad burger and beer night at the Grizzly Bar and Grrrill.

A group of about 20 seniors gathered for a New Year's Eve party at the Tantalus Seniors' Centre. They had a great time with a sing-along, dancing and great food. The members thank the following for their generous donations: MarketPlace IGA, M&M Meats, Boston Pizza, Tim Hortons, Wendy's, Dream Fitness and the Brackendale Bistro.

The Hearts in Motion Walking Club will meet at the Tantalus Seniors' Centre next Friday (Jan. 13) at 9:30 a.m. for a walk to Rose Park and the Adventure Centre area. New members are always welcome and for more information please call me at 604-815-0152.

Please remember if you have a collection of cancelled stamps from Christmas cards etc. you are asked to call Vi Nichols at 604-892-5275. They will be forwarded to the Order of the Eastern Star Lodge in Gibsons.

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