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BAG Jam marks a year


The GrassRoots Jam is held the first Sunday of each month at the Brackendale Art Gallery and this Sunday (Sept. 4) will mark the first anniversary of the Jam. You are invited to join the regulars, Carolyn Grass, Paul Coulter-Brown and Jocelyn Petit and her family in sharing a special cake on this occasion. The music and singing will be fun too and it all happens between 7:30 and 10 p.m.

Youngsters, parents, grandparents, neighbours and friends are invited to participate in the Soap Box Derby tomorrow (Sept. 3) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Ross Road (in front of Don Ross Secondary School). Make your own cart or rent one for a minimum $5 donation. There will be prizes for the fastest cart, most creative cart, for the best costume and for the most participation from one family. The entry fee is $20 and proceeds from this event will be donated to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

It was with great sadness that I learned of the sudden passing of former resident Paddy Atkinson in Kamloops on Aug. 26. Paddy and his wife Jackie lived in Squamish for many years with their children Shannon and Trent. They moved to the Interior about 10 years ago. Many friends from Squamish are in Kamloops today to attend a memorial service for Paddy. Our sympathy is extended to Jackie and her family.

The last of the Summer Jam series at the Squamish Pavilion will be held tomorrow (Sept. 3) It will run from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and for the last hour or two it is hoped many will get the urge to get up and dance! To date, 17 performers are ready to display their talents and a few of those include Juan DeMarias, Jocelyn Petit, Paul Coulter-Brown, Carolyn Grass, Jeffrey James and the Bootleggers and also, a belly dancer.

Also at the Summer Jam, Art Harry will demonstrate Native carving. For the children, Par-T-Perfect will set up an inflatable play area and they will also be offering face painting for the kids. A concession stand will be selling hot dogs and drinks.

The Professional Artist Series is being presented by the Howe Sound Performing Arts Association and the first performer in this series is a young and talented pianist, Avan Yu. He will perform at the Eagle Eye Theatre on Friday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets at $10 each are available at Mostly Books, Billie's Bouquet, Highland Video and at the door.

The Teen Book Club at Squamish Public Li8brary will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6:15 p.m. and at that time, the book Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher will be discussed. Copies of the book are available at the library and new members are welcome! For more information, visit the library or call 604-892-3110.

Community Registration Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a time when sports, recreation, skating club, guides and other organizations provide a one-stop registration opportunity for all members of the family.

The first ever Loop the Lakes 6 and 15 km Trail Run sponsored by the Squamish Titans Athletic Club will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9:20 a.m. Both events start and finish in Alice Lake Provincial Park.

An invitation is extended to all visual artists to attend the Art & Soul 2005 - Costume Ball at the Totem Hall on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fifteen visual artists will be showcased and the event is also a community fundraiser. Artists are invited to actively demonstrate and all mediums are encouraged. Art pieces will be auctioned off with profit to the artists and charity, Please contact Jan Durocher before Sept. 10 at 604-898-5643 or at

The winners in the Aug. monthly draw for the Rotary 200 Club were: Peg Tinney $100; Bent Mortenson $120; Squamish Nation $130; and Group - Ron/Jen/ Denise/Carl/Ueli $150.

Everyone with a job to do in readiness for the 11th annual Brackendale Fall Fair is doing their share and will be ready when the gates open at the fair grounds just south of Brackendale Elementary School on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The exhibits are a large part of the fair and showcase the talents and gardening abilities of our community. The Zoomin' Zuchinni Races are set as are mini golf, hay rides, horse shoeing, lots of animals and farm equipment to view and over 50 vendors will have their wares for sale. There will also be entertainment throughout the day.

A walk in Valleycliffe is planned for the Hearts In Motion Walking Club on Friday, Sept. 9 at 9:30 a.m. Please meet at the dyke end of Cherry Drive in the Raven's Nest subdivision. For more information please call Stephanie at 604-898-1268 or myself at 604-815-0152.

The Squamish Squash Club is holding a "Boast 'n Groove" dance on Saturday, Oct. 1 in the Brennan Park Recreation Centre auditorium. It will feature the 10-piece Soulstream Band who are Juno and Grammy award winners. Tickets at $20 (advance) are available at Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club, Dream Fitness, Sunflower Bakery, Eagle Run Coffee, Mostly Books, All Keys and Locks and Jim McKean. For more information please call 604-898-5748.

The second annual Gospel Riders BC Campout is set for Labour Day weekend, Sept. 3 - 5 at the Sea to Sky Stables. The cost is $30 per person. For more information please call Dan at 604-461-2327.

Wild at Art is seeking an enthusiastic, motivated individual with excellent leadership, event planning, and organization skills to co-ordinate the Wild at Art Festival from September 2005 through to February 2006.

Wild at Art is a festival of our community's cultural and artistic diversity through music, dance, theatre and visual art. The contract and compensation for the position are to be negotiated. Submit resumes by Sept. 14 to Sonja Lebans c/o Municipal Hall, 37955 Second Avenue, Box 310, Squamish, B.C. V0N 3G0, Fax: 604-892-2216, e-mail: For more information call 604-815-5030.

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