Visibility and Christmas shopping. It may seem an unlikely pairing, but one recent evening as I was driving home from Whistler after running some Christmas errands, I noticed a pedestrian dressed in dark clothing, walking in the same direction as traffic. I really hoped she was either leaving the highway or donning a reflective vest immediately.
Itís a hazardous time of year for pedestrians who arenít visible to drivers ó at worst, lethally so. Here in Pemberton, where folks are sometimes known to meander across the middle of the road on a dark and rainy night, or step in front of cars without paying attention, the same rules of visibility apply ó if itís dark outside and youíre wearing dark clothing, then assume that drivers canít see you. Seems like a no-brainer, I know. So I ask that pedestrians wear something bright or reflective at night. At the very least, donít meander across the road, and stay well out of harmís way. Staying safe will mean a Merry Christmas for everyone.
As for Christmas shopping, I hope that as the yuletide season approaches, we will do our shopping locally for all of the usual reasons. By supporting our local businesses, we are helping to maintain and improve the economic viability of our town to the benefit of everyone. Here in Pemberton, local stores are full of gifts. If youíve never had a close look, you might be surprised at the variety available. Even if you canít find absolutely everything on your list, you can surely make a good dent in it. And if you donít see what you need in Pemberton, Whistler continues to be a great shopping venue. Here at home, the annual Christmas bazaar is a great way to get your Christmas gift giving off to a good start with a selection of local products. See you there. Read on for details.
You wonít want to miss this Friday eveningís dinner ó thatís Nov. 29 ó at the Pemberton Legion at 6 p.m. Itís the fourth annual Raise to Race, a fundraiser for local ski racer Charley Field. Charleyís dad, Murray, will be cooking up his famous prime rib dinner, complete with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings, including potatoes and carrots donated by Shaw Creek Farms. The event will also include a silent auction and live entertainment. Cost is $20 per plate. Tickets at the door. Be there early if you donít want to miss out.
MADE is back at the Pemberton Community Centre this Saturday, (Nov. 30) from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. This ďMusic Art Dance ExpressionĒ will be the Pemberton Arts Councilís sixth annual showcase of local talent. For this one evening, the community centre will be transformed into a gallery showcasing visual arts of all sorts by many local artists.
MADE is a licensed event for adults 19 and older. Beer and wine will be available, as well as artisan spirits from the Pemberton Distillery.
The evening will also feature live musical performances by Trailbreaker, Bandwagon, The Dawn Walsh Duo, Mike and Steve, and others.
For the first time a prize will be awarded to the creator of the piece voted fan favourite by guests the night of the event. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Pemberton restaurant of their choice.
Admission to MADE is by donation.
This Sunday (Dec. 1) you can relax over Breakfast With Santa at Pemberton Secondary School from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feast on pancakes, sausages and orange slices, with coffee, tea and juice to accompany. This annual grad fundraiser brings breakfast at $5 per child and $7 per adult, plus pictures with Santa ó but youíll need to bring your own camera for those. Come on out and support the grads of 2014. Sponsored by the Pemberton Valley Supermarket.
Pembertonís annual St. Davidís United Church Christmas Bazaar takes place on Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This annual Christmassy fun fest will unfold this year at a new location ó Pemberton Secondary School. Stop by to find crafty and unique Christmas gifts, catch up with old friends, and bask in the spirit of Christmas in Pemberton.
Crafts available for sale include wooden bowls, glass beads and jewelry, knit wear, crocheted and knitted goods, handmade chocolates and more. And of course, St. Davidís United Church Cookie Table will be there to provide the usual impressive array of home-baked Christmas cookies.
The Gingerbread Project is back. For the third year, local businesses have the opportunity to participate in this Christmastime event that benefits the Pemberton Food Bank. Businesses can display their gingerbread creations for all to admire, judge and bid on. An ongoing silent auction will be held Dec. 10-20 when the creations will be on display at the Pemberton Valley Lodge. The winner of the best display will receive one nightís accommodation and two tickets to see the Canucks play in Vancouver. All proceeds from the auction go to the food bank and will be matched by Scotiabank.
†To further boost donations for the Pemberton Food Bank, folks viewing the displays are encouraged to bring along non-perishable food items.
Entry forms can be picked up at Scotiabank Pemberton. The entry fee is $5 per display. Completed forms and fees can be dropped off there as well.
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