Waldorf school hosts harvest soup contest

Celebrate Thanksgiving and the fall season this Sunday (Oct. 10) with a Harvest Soup Contest Fundraiser hosted by the Whistler Waldorf School.

So far, at least seven Whistler restaurants are entered in the contest to see who can create the most delicious harvest-themed soup.

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You can head to the Whistler Farmers' Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for just $5 sample the soups and cast your ballot for the best creation. Proceeds from the event go to support the Whistler Waldorf School's education programs.

There's still room for more entries too! So if you are a Whistler or Pemberton restaurant and think you can make a better bowl of soup, contact the Waldorf School by email at info@whistlerwaldorf.com by Friday (Oct. 8).

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USED BOOK SALE: I have to stay far, far away from the IGA in Whistler Marketplace this Saturday (Oct. 9) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

That's when the semi-annual Giant Used Book Sale happens, and I'm such a sucker for used books that I usually spend way too much at the fundraising event and get a hernia lugging my reading booty back to my car.

The sale is a much-needed fundraiser for the three Whistler school libraries, and you can find all kinds of books for your reading pleasure. All books are sold by donation.

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BOND-THEMED BUILDERS' BALL: Tickets are still on sale for the fifth annual Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) Sea to Sky Builder's Ball on Oct. 15.

This year's event, which raises funds for the CHBA Scholarship Fund, education and training courses and for costs associated with making positive changes to bylaws and regulations for the building industry, takes place at the Lost Lake PassivHaus, built for the 2010 Olympics.

It promises to be a fun evening of food and memorable moments with a James Bond theme, and everyone is encouraged to dress as 007 or their favourite Bond character from the films (or books). Tickets are $125 plus HST. Go to www.chbaseatosky.com for more info.

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WHISTLER WRITERS' FEST: Make sure you've already cleared some time on your schedule to attend the annual Whistler Readers and Writers Festival Oct. 14 to 16.

The event features an all-star and award-winning lineup, and including Brian Brett (winner of the Writers Trust of Canada Non-Fiction prize and other awards for Trauma Farm), Kate Pullinger (2009 Governor General's Award for Fiction winner for The Mistress of Nothing), Russell Wangersky, Wayne Grady, Merilyn Simonds, Jenn Farrell, Kathy Page, Terence Young, Patricia Young, Caroline Adderson and Leslie Anthony.

With seminars, workshops, parties, readings and meet and greets, this is the definitive festival for fans of the written word in Whistler. Go to theviciouscircle.ca for more info.

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