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You'd think that learning how to change an inner tube on a bike wouldn't be difficult. And truthfully, it wasn't, thanks to a picture-by-picture set of instructions gleaned from the Internet. But shying away from hands-on stuff --unless it's in the kitchen or involves a paintbrush - comes naturally to me.

However, the more I ride my road bike, the more flats I have. Those skinny tires are puncture prone. And the more I ride my road bike, the further I am inclined to venture. One day, I could be stranded miles from home with only one option: change my own inner tube or languish in the summer sun.

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Lucky for me, most of my flats have occurred close to home, so I've been able to get the good folks at the Bike Co. to do the job. But now, with help from the Internet, I can at least fix a flat tire.

Slowly, mind you, but still just in time, too, as our Slow Food Cycle Sunday is less than a month away. Granted, participate in this event and there are so many people around that you probably won't be stranded for long no matter what sort of bicycle emergency may arise.

Registration will take place right downtown. Visitors may also want to stop in at the nearby Pemberton Museum to explore our area's history, browse through the museum gift shop or relax in the museum's inviting shade - a haven during the hot days of summer.

Organizer Anna Helmer said she's happy to see this year's event going ahead after last summer's devastating forest fires made it necessary to cancel. Not only will cyclists have their day in the beautiful Pemberton Valley, but local businesses will have a chance to see the rise in business that this event brings to our town. At the last event in 2008, 2,300 cyclists participated.

Slow Food Cycle Sunday takes place on Sunday, Aug. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the day and events surrounding it, visit www.slowfoodcyclesunday.com. You'll also find information about what to bring. Oh, and don't forget that spare inner tube and patch kit. Help may be nearby, but tubes and patches might not be.

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For local live music lovers, Still Smokin' plays this Friday night (July 23) at the Pemberton Hotel. The band plays a diverse set list and classic rock 'n' roll.

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Tea and Tales at the Pemberton Museum takes place on Tuesdays over the summer 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. On July 27, Veronica Woodruff will be speaking about Pemberton wetlands.

Alternatively, visitors can choose to enjoy the grounds and have tea in the shade of the cedars.

The Pemberton Museum is open seven days a week until September, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Pemberton Farmers' Market takes place every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. until Thanksgiving in the parking lot of the Pemberton Valley Supermarket. It's the place to go for bags of fresh basil, kettle corn, live music and lots more.

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The Pemberton Flying Club presents its fourth annual fly-in on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pemberton Airport. This event is open to everyone, flying or not. As one of the organizers told me, it's like a car show and shine, but with aircraft. While you're there, you can buy a burger from the Pemberton Lions Club, who will be running a barbecue. For more information you can call Christine at (604) 894-1524, or email www.pembertonflyingclub.ca.

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