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ABOUT TOWN: Thomas author steams into town

It is a special day at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park Saturday (May 22) as Christopher Awdry will be sharing and discussing many of his Thomas the Tank Engine treasures from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It is a special day at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park Saturday (May 22) as Christopher Awdry will be sharing and discussing many of his Thomas the Tank Engine treasures from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

When Christopher was two years old, his father, the Rev. Wilbert Awdry, told him the first of what would evolve into the Thomas the Tank Engine railway stories. We all know how famous Thomas became and this little engine chugs into the Heritage Park in June. Saturday is the perfect day to learn more about the magic surrounding this special engine and stories of his adventures.

On June 11-13 and June 18-20 Thomas the Tank Engine comes to Squamish. This fun-filled family event offers preschoolers and their grownups the opportunity to take a 25-minute train ride with Thomas. The train will depart every 45 minutes rain or shine, between 9 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. each day. Tickets are going fast but must be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.ca or phone (604) 280-4444. Tickets are $18 for ages one and up.



The next title for the Teen Book Club will be I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith Any teens ages 13 and up are welcome to come to the Squamish Public Library and sign out a copy of the book now. The next meeting to discuss the book will take place on Tuesday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m. and at that time, pizza and pop will be provided. For more information, please contact Alison at the library at 604-892-3110 or email teenbookclub@shaw.ca or visit the library in person. New members are always welcome.



The Canadian Red Cross Medical Equipment Loan Service is in need of volunteers to help dispense equipment in Squamish. A small investment of your time brings great rewards both from you and those requiring assistance. If you have a desire to help, please phone Harold at 604-898-4810.



The summer brochure from Brennan Park Recreation Centre is coming out soon and the booklet is filled with information on summer camps, play activities for children, day camps, gymnastic and outdoor camps. A new program this summer is the French Extreme Camp and it should be interesting as French will be the spoken language. For adults there will be a boat operator's course and ocean kayaking plus many other outdoor adventures.



It is just over two weeks away but please be aware the open house for the North Vancouver Outdoor School in Brackendale will be held on Sunday, June 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.



The Squamish Valley Art Walk studio and gallery tour will be held on the weekend of Sept. 18-19. It is sponsored by the Squamish Valley Artisan Guild and those wishing to participate are asked to submit application forms to the Squamish Public Library by May 31. Information and application forms are available at Pause Café, Eagle Run Coffee Co. and the library.



The Weekend to End Breast Cancer Walk to be held in August has each participant pledging to walk 60 km and raise $2,000 for the B.C. Cancer Foundation. Local resident Lail Weeks is participating and your support would be much appreciated. Donations of $10 or over are eligible for income tax receipts. Cheques should be made out to The Weekend to End Breast Cancer and mailed to Box 381, Garibaldi Highlands, B.C. V0N 1T0. If you wish more information, please phone Lail at 604-898-5595.



Bad Weeds Gone Good is the topic by renowned local naturalist Al Grass and you can get all the information from Al at the Howe Sound Inn on Thursday (May 27) at 7:30 p.m. He will demonstrate how "weeds" are beneficial for wildlife. This evening is part of the Songbird Festival and an invitation is extended to all.