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ABOUT TOWN: Take a Journey for Sight Sunday

The eighth annual Journey For Sight Walk gets under way at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park on Sunday (May 16). This annual event is sponsored by the Squamish Lions Club and members are hoping for a good turnout. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

The eighth annual Journey For Sight Walk gets under way at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park on Sunday (May 16). This annual event is sponsored by the Squamish Lions Club and members are hoping for a good turnout. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk/jog/run gets off at 10 a.m. by the Brightbill House with acting mayor Sonja Lebans as the official starter. Participants will head through the gates to the dike and onto the Spit and back. All proceeds from the walk benefit the Canadian National Institute for the Blind through the white canes, library services and camperships programs. You are encouraged to take along any used eyeglasses. This can be a great family outing and T-shirts, prize draws and refreshments will be available to those taking part.

Those not participating in the Journey For Sight Walk but wishing to make a donation are asked to take cash or cheques to Mike Jensen at the Squamish Credit Union. Cheques should be made out to the Squamish Lions Club c/o Journey For Sight.

The grand opening of the new Squamish RCMP detachment at 1000 Finch Dr. takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday (May 15) and the public is cordially invited to attend and to check out the new premises.

A reminder that the Hilltop House Appreciation Tea is Saturday (May 15) at 2 p.m. Cindy or Judy would appreciate your call if you plan to attend and the number at Hilltop is 604-892-6003.

There will be lots of bargains at the annual Knights of Columbus garage sale to be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on The Boulevard from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (May 15). Refreshments will be available during the sale. Proceeds of the sale go towards local Knights of Columbus charities.

An introductory tennis tournament is planning for Saturday (May 15) at the Brennan Park tennis court from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please phone Brennan Park at 604-898-3604 for more information or register online at

The Waldorf-inspired Cedar Valley School open house is this Saturday (May 15) at two locations. The Rainbow Preschool open house is at 2544 Orkney Way in the Garibaldi Highlands from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Cedar Valley School kindergarten and grade school program open house is at St. John's Anglican Church from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information please contact Christine Martin at 604-898-1825.

"Birding for Beginners" invites all participants to meet at Tim Hortons at 8 a.m. on Sunday (May 16) a walk along the estuary spying on our feathered friends. From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. it's "Families Go Wild!" with a walk in the estuary at the Vancouver Street entrance. This is all part of the annual Songbird Festival.

Canadian children's illustrator Bill Slavin will be at the Squamish Public Library on Monday (May 17) at 1:30 p.m. to give a talk and illustrate from the Adventures With the Vikings, one of the nominees for the Red Cedar Award. Schools in the Howe Sound School District have been invited to participate. Children who are home schooled might also enjoy this session.

The Squamish Gardeners will welcome Anne Morrison to a gather at the Squamish Public Library on Monday (May 17) at 7 p.m. Anne writes for Gardens West and on Monday her topic will be unusual bulbs. The cost is $5 for non-members and $2 for members. On June 9, the guest speaker will be Des Kennedy.

Following the Scrabble tournament a few weeks ago, weekly drop-ins to play Scrabble are now being held each Wednesday at the Squamish Public Library from 7 to 8 p.m. Please take along your own game. The sessions are open to all ages.

Birthdays this month at Hilltop House will be celebrated on Wednesday (May 19) at 2 p.m. The birthday celebrants are Margherita Iacovone, Mary Donald, Bud Zorn, Henry Lacroix, Irene Tischer, Yole Lenarduzzi and Norma MacPherson.

This year, the Squamish Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those wishing to have their gardens as part of the tour, the deadline for submissions is Wednesday (May 19). Eleanor Bowcock at 604-898-5416 or Nancy Sotham at 604-898-5376 would like to hear from you.

The Screening Mammography Unit will be at the Squamish General Hospital until Thursday (May 20). There are still a few appointments available and you are asked to call 1-800-663-9203 as soon as possible.

The Hearts in Motion Walking Club will meet at the Chamber of Commerce building at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 21. For more information please call Julie Miles at 604-898-4316 or Elaine Kotyk at 604-898-9498.

Creative ideas on how best to help seniors in our community is the theme for a four-hour session sponsored by Vancouver Coastal Health on Thursday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sea to Sky Hotel. You will be asked to choose two discussion groups of interest to you including transportation, safety, seniors' centre, nutrition etc. Lunch will be provided and you are asked to register by Friday, May 28 by calling Dana at 604-892-2293.

With Thomas the Tank Engine coming to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in June, the excitement mounts. On Saturday, May 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the WCRHP will host Chris Awdry, the son of the Rev. W. Awdry who first wrote the books about Thomas. Chris will make the Heritage Park one of three British Columbia stops on his Western Canadian book-signing tour in May.

On Saturday (May 8) a fundraiser for the Howe Sound Curling Club was held and the proceeds will go towards renovations. The event took the form of a golf tournament and Curling Club members thank the Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club for donating green fees and also thank other sponsors for donating prizes.

The Women's Auxiliary to Squamish General Hospital wishes to thank the community for the great support given to them at the Mothers' Day raffle and garage sale on May 8. The winners were Ruth Legler (Garden Centre certificate), Scott Nitsch (jewelry box) and Alice Reed (Sunrise Restaurant gift certificate). Proceeds support SGH in purchasing new equipment.

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