Paddlers make Pemberton proud

The Laoyam Eagles have made it an even dozen. The high school dragon boat team took the junior title at last weekend's Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival in Vancouver for the 12th straight year. And who better to give me the news than Dr. Hugh Fisher himself, the team's dedicated coach who just happened to be driving past as I was out with my dog for her evening walk on Sunday (June 20). Many congratulations to Fisher and the amazing Eagles.

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From the "why I love living in a small town" department comes the tale of a lost letter. Last week one day, walking through downtown with many things on my mind - a common circumstance, it seems, among adults - I lost a letter I had set out to mail somewhere between the Pemberton Valley Supermarket, the Scotiabank, the post office and home. When I realized my loss, a search of the garbage bins at the post office and the bank turned up nothing. Even post office employee Nancy Goodale's kindness in actually looking through all of the mail in the red post box was for naught. But lo and behold, a few hours later, a call came in from the Scotiabank that someone had turned in the errant letter. Many thanks to all. This is not something I can even imagine happening in my past life as a city dweller.

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The annual Teddy Bear Picnic is coming to town this Saturday (June 26) from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cottonwood Community Centre. Events will include face painting, crafts, the Boo Boo Bear Hospital, story time at 10:15 a.m., entertainment by MagicShow2Go at 11 a.m. with snacks at 11:45 a.m. Oh, and remember to bring your own bear and blanket to this free event.

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Summertime in Pemberton just wouldn't be the same without the annual Strawberry Tea by the Pemberton Women's Institute. Started by the PWI in 1978, this year's edition takes place next Tuesday (June 29) from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pemberton Museum, as always. For $5 for a serving of unbeatable strawberry shortcake and tea or coffee, you can soak up the wonderful ambiance of the Pemberton Museum in the company of myriad locals with probably a few visitors thrown in for good measure. Stop by and enjoy this unique event, not to mention the strawberries.

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Pemberton's kick-off to Canada Day - the annual Spud Run - will take place on Thursday, July 1. Registration for the approximately seven-kilometre run/walk begins at the Cottonwood Community Centre at 8 a.m., with the run itself starting at 8:30. The entry fee is $10 per person, with funds raised going to the Pemberton Valley Trails Association. Stick around after the run to nosh with your running pals over free refreshments.

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Canada Day in Pemberton gets going with the annual Canada Day Parade at begins at 11 a.m., moving from Frontier Street left onto Portage to the Signal Hill Elementary School parking lot. This year's theme is Painting Pemberton Red - a celebration of games, victories and challenges. Parade entrants can register as late as Canada Day, 10 a.m. at the Frontier Pharmacy. The Canada Day flyer with complete information has been mailed out. Enquire at the Cottonwood Community Centre if you need more details.

After the parade is the Canada Day Festival at the Cottonwood Community Centre, with day activities from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out the farmers' market, children's zone crafts, St. David's pie sale and more.

Evening activities take place from 6 to 11 p.m. and include fire dancers, local band Still Smokin', a barbecue dinner, and Papa Josh.

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Tea and Tales at the Pemberton Museum starts on Tuesday, July 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. For $2, visitors can enjoy tea, coffee, or juice and home baked treats. Each week, visitors are invited to listen to a local tale presented by a Pemberton resident. The presentations are filmed for posterity. Alternatively, visitors can choose to enjoy the grounds and have tea in the shade of the cedars.

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Fall is a long way off, but nonetheless, it's time to register for the 2010-'11 soccer season with the Pemberton Youth Soccer Association. You can drop by the Cottonwood Community Centre to do so and/ or visit www.pembertonsoccer.com to download a registration form. Be sure to scroll down to find the correct form. You have until Wednesday, June 30 to register. The association requires early registration so that team numbers and coaching staff for the fall Squamish House League can be determined.

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In other soccer news, Pemberton Youth Soccer will be hosting another Premier Soccer Experience Camp to help soccer players improve their skills through a variety of drills, games and fun. The camp takes place July 5 to 9. Register at the Cottonwood Community Centre. For more details and a registration form, visit www.pembertonsoccer.com. Note that a minimum number of registrants is required for the camp to run.

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