The 7th annual Cramer Livestock and Crop Production Expo took place in the Stockade building at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current, Feb. 16. There were 106 commercial exhibits at the event and 70 companies displayed a variety of agriculture products. As in previous years the event was well attended. A highlight of the expo is the Cramer Cup Series with awards for entrants in the baking, egg grading, canola, forage and hog carcass competitions. The top five hog carcasses were auctioned for charity and the beneficiaries of this year's donation of fresh pork from Hutterite colonies were the Ranch Ehrlo Society, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Salvation Army branches in Regina and Swift Current.
Several local authors were featured at the Write Out Loud Local Writers Night at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Feb. 15. Swift Current's Anthea Loran read from her latest publication Recollections and Reflections and some of her paintings were also on display at the event. Author and editor Ted Dyck introduced three authors who are participants in the Writing for Your Life group in Eastend. William R. Coombes read from a story that reflects on aging, Reesa Brotherton of Ponteix read from her recently completed book Melba's Wash and German-born writer Mareike Neuhaus, who now lives in Shaunavon, shared some of her poems with the audience. The final presenter was Swift Current's Christine Ciona, a personal growth and wellness coach who has published a meditation guide book and she is also a freelance writer for the Prairie Post. The next Write Out Loud event on March 15 will feature award-winning interdisciplinary artist Joseph Naytowhow and Val Marie writer, storyteller and performer Madonna Hamel.
Students from the Eastend School WE Day group spoke about their very successful Raising Hope gala during a presentation at a regular meeting of the Chinook School Division board, Feb. 13. The students were inspired to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House in Saskatoon after a visit to the facility in March 2016. Their goal was to raise $30,000 for the Ronald McDonald House adopt-a-room program and the students organized the Raising Hope gala in Eastend, Jan. 27. The event was well supported by the community of Eastend as well as residents from across southwest Saskatchewan. The gala was attended by over 350 people and raised a total of $65,431.73.
The KIVA Studio in Swift Current raised $2,685 for the Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) during a two-hour Dance for Dorie Zumbathon at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Feb. 11. The event was attended by over 150 people of all ages who came together to share the joy of dancing for a good cause. Southwest YES is a non-profit organization that provides safe, secure shelter for homeless youth at Dorie’s House, a youth emergency shelter in the city.
Local musicians showcased their talent at the Lyric Theatre's Open Stage, Feb. 9. The event, which takes place the second Thursday of every month, provides music lovers with an opportunity to listen to a mix of new and experienced performers representing a variety of music styles. At each event there is an open jam of musicians from 7-8 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.