The annual Mini Rail Day at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park is this Sunday (Aug. 21). Make a trip to the park to see a variety of guest mini rail engines as they chug along the tracks. Railway buffs who bring the mini rail engines to Squamish are always pleased to answer your questions and tell you a little history of the engines. Whatever train you ride on, the regular fare of $2 per ride applies. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rides on the newly restored former BC Rail "Budd" car #BC-33 are available each weekend plus Labour Day Monday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
All is in readiness for the annual Caribbean Summer Jam and it takes place in the parking lot of Vertical Reality Sports Store at 37835 Second Avenue this Sunday (Aug. 21) from 3 to 7 p.m. The live steel band music along with limbo and hula hoop competitions will make for a fun day. There are prizes to be won as well. Everyone is welcome and it is a good idea to take along a lawn chair for this event.
Calling all Squamish Public Library Summer Reading Club participants! Don't forget to take your reading records back to the library to show the staff how much summer reading you've done and to get stickers to put in your booklets. Enter the weekly draw for book prizes, including the new Harry Potter book!
We are still enjoying hot, summer weather but just thought you'd like to know that public skating at the Brennan Park Recreations Centre arena begins on Sept. 7. The schedule will be: everyone welcome skate from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and on Fridays, it's family skate from 7:25 to 8:25 p.m. and everyone welcome skate from 8:40 to 9:40 p.m. On Sundays, family skate is form 12 to 1 p.m. and everyone welcome skate from 1:25 to 2:25 p.m. Please note, there will be no public skating on Friday, Sept. 9.
Walkers with the Hearts in Motion Walking Club are asked to meet at the Tantalus Seniors' Centre at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26. For more information please call Stephanie at 604-898-1268.
The Squamish Titans Athletic Club will host the first ever Loop the Lakes 6 and 15 km Trail Run on Sunday, Sept. 11. The 15 km event will start at 9 a.m. while the 6 km event has a starting time of 9:20 a.m. Both events start and finish in Alice Lake Provincial Park and will cover some of Squamish's finest single track trails. For more information on the race, including registration check in a t www.llopthelakes.com. You can also contact Roger Shirt at 604-892-3872 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The weekly storytime and "Hooked on Books" programs at the Squamish Public Library wrap u the week of Aug. 22 - 26. Registration for fall storytime programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers will begin in September. For more information, please contact Hilary at the library or phone her at 604-892-3110 or email email@example.com.
It's not too early to be thinking about the annual Brackendale Fall Fair that is organized by the Brackendale Farmers Institute. The date has been set for Saturday, Sept 10 and I think it will be the same hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To volunteer or become a member of the BFI, contact Barbara Cummings at 604-898-8499.
The Squamish Public Library is having its annual fundraiser, Books and Beer on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Eye Theatre. Guest speakers are Gregg Potter, author of Backstage Vancouver and Red Robinson who is in the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets at $25 each will be available on Aug. 29 at the Library, Mostly Books, Billie's Bouquet and the Howe Sound Women's Centre.
Pearl's 2nds has moved to 38128 Cleveland Ave. The new premises are very spacious and the clothes and other items are nicely displayed. All proceeds from this store keep Pearl's Transition House open and your patronage is much appreciated. Store hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The next Estuary Walk is Sunday (Aug. 21) at p.m. Meet at the Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Company for an easy 2 - 3 hour walk to see what plants, birds and other creatures can be seen this month. All ages welcome. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.