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Canada Day celebrations on July 1 get underway at 10:30 a.m.

Canada Day celebrations on July 1 get underway at 10:30 a.m. with a parade led by the Royal Canadian Legion Diamond Head Branch #277 and the Black Tusk Caledonia Pipe Band and they will march from the Howe Sound Inn on Cleveland Avenue to Stan Clarke Park for the official flag-raising ceremony. This will be followed by the official cutting and sharing of the specially decorated Canada Day birthday cake. Organizers are looking for volunteers for Canada Day to set-up, tear-down, clean up, pour beer, paint faces and supervise. Volunteers get a cool looking Downtown Squamish t-shirt, for more info please contact:

Tomorrow (June 27) the Sikh community invites residents to attend the parade and celebration of the Fifth Guru Arjuin Dev Ji and parade from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Squamish Pavilion Park. It also includes a Guru Ka Langar (free food for everyone).

Prior to the big Canada Day celebrations on Canada's 142nd birthday on July 1, youngsters of all ages and their families are invited to the Squamish Pavilion Park on Cleveland Avenue on Monday (June 29) at 9 p.m. for a free cinematic presentation of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." It begins the summer season of many activities brought to you by the Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association (DSBIA).

The dog agility demonstrations at Stan Clarke Park are always popular as owners get a chance to show off their poochies abilities. There is a Family Fun Carnival and for $5 per child of all ages they will be able to enjoy lots of fun and crazy games.

Visit VISUALS' Art at the Market Gallery tomorrow (June 27) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Wednesday (July 1) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Squamish Arts Council building at 37950 Cleveland Avenue. Take time to view and exciting array of paintings, photography, pottery, stained glass, jewelry and more. Artists include: Joanna Schwarz, Greg Wint, Sheila Alonzo, Maureen Brown, Margreet Dietz, Barbara Ellingson, Toby Jaxon, Michael Kanka, Jan Phelan, Sonia Richardson, Fran Solar, Michiko Splinter and Linda Wagner. Meet them and discover their unique works. Also, vote in the People's Choice Draw for a chance to win art donated by Greg Wint and Joanna Schwarz.

The Squamish Food Bank will open its doors at the Alano Club on Wednesday (July 1) for grocery distribution from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A registration/information session for the Summer Reading Club at the Squamish Public Library will be held on Thursday (July 2) from 3 to 7 p.m. During this session children will get their reading logs for the summer and find out more about the special weekly events that will be held throguout the summer. Please come and learn about this free program for all school-aged children, meet the summer reading club staff, and enjoy some refreshments. For more information, please call the library at 604-892-3110 or check the website at

The three young ladies who will be supervising the Summer Reading Club are all university students with Kayla Avey from Trinity Western in Langley, Celeta Cook from our Quest University and Amanda Morris who attends Simon Fraser University.

The WOW (Women on Wheels) gals will meet on Monday (June 29) at Canadian Tire at 10 a.m. to ride the golf course trails, the swan trails and the Nexen lands. For more info, call Shirley at 604-898-5715. Please note, the Easy Riders will not be meeting on Wednesday (July 1).

There are no special events planned at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park on Canada Day but an invitation is extended for families and visitors to tour the park. A visit to the Brightbill Heritage House and a ride on the mini-rail is a must! The Beanery has hot dogs, pop, coffee and other snacks for sale.

On Tuesday (June 30) the Over the Hill Hikers will meet at Government and Ross Roads for a Cheakamus Lake hike at 9 a.m. If interested in joining or wishing more information, please call Heather at 604-892-9003.

On Canada Day at the Pavilion Park check out the gymnastics demonstration and browse through the ever-popular Farmer's Market. The musical events at the park start at 4 p.m. with a special interactive musical experience performed by She who is one of Western Canada's top Children's performers. Other bands throughout the day and night include Streetlight, the power trio Tell Tales and Rumba Calzada.

The highlight of Canada Day celebrations will be the ever popular fireworks display with Kris Keyes as the events pyrotechnician. Food vendors will be on site throughout the day and the beer garden will open at 5 p.m.

If English is your second language, join the Squamish Public Library staff for the summer storytime for you and your preschooler (three to five year olds and caregivers) on Thursdays (in July only) from 1 to 2 p.m.

The Healthy Brain group is taking a break for the months of July and August. The next session will be held on Sept. 15 in the Squamish Library. Anyone wishing to get information on this program is asked to contact Sara Voyer, Occupational Therapist for Vancouver Coastal Health at 604-892-6400 ext 239.

The summer program guide is now available at the Brennan Park Recreation Centre or go to to browse and register for programs. If you wish further information, please call 604-898-3604.

Members of the Hearts in Motion Walking Club will meet at the Dog Pound on Government Road on Friday, July 3 at 10 a.m. for a trail walk towards the golf course. Or more info, call Darleen at 604-892-2092 or myself at 604-815-0152.

Raffle tickets for a chance to win a beautiful hanging basket will be on sale at the Farmers Market tomorrow (June 27). Proceeds will go towards future programs at the new Squamish Seniors' Centre. The draw will be held on June 29 at the Brennan park Recreation Centre.

Becoming a Squamish Days Booster is a simple and inexpensive way for local businesses to show their support and excitement for the annual Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival. Each year Squamish Days creates special souvenir T?shirts for local businesses that want to show their Squamish Days spirit at work in the days leading up to the Festival. If your business would like to become a Squamish Days Booster, please download the order form at and fax to 604 892-1534 before Monday, June 29 at 4 p.m. For more information about the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival as well as complete event listings, visit

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