Summer events around the corner

Summer's approach brings thoughts of hiking trails, road trips, lakes, camping, gardening, strawberries and thick novels - maybe some Tolstoy or Dickens or the latest and greatest work of fiction by a promising new author. But that's just my take. For farmers, it's long days; for families with children, it can become a question of what to do with their little darlings when community programs close for the summer, or when school or preschool finishes for the year; for those who work in the tourist industry it will mean busy times.

Lucky for us, we live in a place that offers a wealth of opportunities. So get out there and enjoy!

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The annual general meeting of the Friends of the Pemberton Library takes place tonight, (Thursday, June 17) at 7 p.m., at the library. It's a chance to find out what the Friends were up to in 2009, what's in store for the coming year, and how you can become involved.

The Friends are a group of volunteers with a variety of skills and varying amounts of free time who support the library through organizing fundraising events to much smaller but still necessary tasks like removing the recyclables once a week.

Following the Friends' AGM, Library Director Shannon Ellis will speak about her recent experiences in Africa.

For more information, call Christine at (604) 894-1524.

To find out more about the Pemberton library, visit pemberton.bclibrary.ca.

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The annual Teddy Bear Picnic is coming to town on Saturday, June 26, from 10 a.m. until 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 the 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 on 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 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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The annual Spud Run will take place on Thursday, July 1, the kick-off to Pemberton's Canada Day celebrations. Registration for this approximately seven-kilometre run/walk begins at the Cottonwood Community Centre at 8 a.m., with the run starting at 8:30. The entry fee is $10 per person, with money 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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