Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:08

Ride for Dad in Swift Current, June 6, 2015

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Motorcycle riders roared through Swift Current on June 6 to support the fight against prostate cancer during the 3rd annual Swift Current Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad. More than 180 riders participated in this year's event and raised over $29,000. The day-long event included a poker rally that took riders to Shaunavon, Eastend, the Cypress Hills and Maple Creek. The day ended with a large wind-up event at Robertson Motorsports in Swift Current, when a cheque of $50,000 was presented to the University of Saskatchewan Department of Oncology for prostate cancer research.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:05

Pride night in Swift Current, June 5, 2015

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Southwest Saskatchewan Pride in association with the Lyric Theatre hosted Pride 2015 on June 5 to celebrate gender and sexual diversity in the community and to increase awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. Saskatoon gender advocate Fran Forsberg was the guest speaker at the event. She spoke about the difference between gender and sexual orientation and the importance of raising children to have healthy attitudes about gender. The event included a drag show with five performers from Regina, including Mr. and Ms. Gay Pride Regina.


Swift Current singer-songwriter Colter Wall launched his debut album, Imaginary Appalachia, to a sold out crowd at the Lyric Theatre, June 4. The CD release party was also the start of Wall's tour across Canada to promote his new album. He will be travelling with Regina artist Danny Olliver during the summer on their Prairie Gentlemen tour to play at festivals and other events from east to west across the country. Olliver was the opening act at Wall's CD release party. Regina musician and music producer Jason Plumb, who is Wall's producer and manager, also performed with Wall during the evening.


The Swift Current Redneck Betties remain undefeated at home after winning their second home bout of the season at the Credit Union iPlex, May 30. The Swift Current team faced solid blocking from the visiting Billings Derby Dames, but the Betties were able to build up a 92-59 lead at halftime and they won the game with a final score of 208-148. The Betties will play their third and final home game of the season on June 20.


The Swift Current Drag Racing Association hosted its first racing weekend for the season at the Swift Current airport on May 30 and 31. There was a good turnout of racers from across western Canada to compete in three racing classes. The event included a burnout contest sponsored by the Dark Guardian Motorcycle Riders Charity from Chaplin. Club members were selling raffle tickets for a variety of prize draws at the drag races to raise funds for the Swift Current SPCA and for the club's hamper fund, which is used to support families in need.


A bike safety event at Swift Current's new bike safety course was attended by 100 young cyclists, May 27. This course at the outdoor rink at Highland Park is the first of its kind in the province. The course is painted on the surface of the rink to provide a realistic experience for young cyclists learning about road safety. There is a mock street with crosswalks and stop signs as well as a figure eight and other obstacles. The event was hosted by the City of Swift Current in partnership with the Cypress Health Region, Bright Beginnings Family Centre and the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute.


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