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The First United Church in Swift Current hosted an evening of music for the festive season, Dec. 17. The Melodies of Christmas is a popular annual tradition that involves a large number of local musicians and attracts a big crowd. The church was filled to capacity for this year’s performance. A goodwill offering was collected during the event and an amount of $2,753.45 was donated to his year’s beneficiary, the Swift Current branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:04

CP Holiday Train in Swift Current, Dec. 17, 2017

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A large crowd welcomed the CP Holiday Train to Swift Current, Dec. 17. Snow started to fall during the train’s stop in the city, which helped to create a Christmas atmosphere. The entertainers at this year’s stop in Swift Current were country music artists Terri Clark, Kelly Prescott, and Dallas Smith. A cheque of $5,500 from Canadian Pacific was presented to the Swift Current Salvation Army's Major Don Grad during the event. This is the 19th year that the CP Holiday Train visited communities across Canada and the United States to raise awareness and support for local food banks.

 
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:02

Lyric Theatre Christmas Matinee, Dec. 16-17, 2017

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Families enjoyed a fun time at the Lyric Theatre’s annual Christmas Matinee, Dec. 16 and 17. Each afternoon’s program included a puppet show, storytelling, Christmas carols, craft making and an opportunity to meet Santa. The event continues a tradition that started many decades ago at Swift Current’s historic theatre, when a Christmas movie was shown to children.

 

The Swift Current Broncos finished the first half of the season on a high note with a 3-1 win over the visiting Kamloops Blazers at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex, Dec. 16. The Blazers outshot the Broncos in each period and made a total of 41 shots to goal during the game against 28 by the Broncos. The home team was ahead 2-1 at the end of the first period, but defended that narrow lead for two periods with the help of some big saves by goalkeeper Logan Flodell. Matteo Gennaro scored on the Blazer's empty net in the final minutes of the game with a shot across the length of the ice. This was the fifth consecutive victory for the Broncos before their Christmas break and the team is second in the East Division standings with a 25-7-2-0 record. The Broncos will play their next home game on Dec. 27 against the Moose Jaw Warriors, the team currently in the top spot of the East Division. Also pictured, the École Centennial School students entertained the crowd with Christmas carols after the second period.

 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 17:58

Lyric Theatre hosts Open Stage, Dec. 14, 2017

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Swift Current's Lyric Theatre provides an opportunity to musicians to perform on stage at a live event during the monthly Open Stage. Each event is a musical discovery for audience members and it was also the case at the most recent one on Dec. 14, with musical genres varying from hip-hop to rock and traditional blues. This event takes place on the second Thursday of every month with an open jam session from 7-8 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. The next Open Stage takes place Jan. 11.

 

The Swift Current Oratorio Choir's annual festive season performance took place at the Zion Mennonite Church in Swift Current, Dec. 11. The same program of traditional Canadian folk songs and music by popular contemporary composers was also performed at the Centre Street United Church in Shaunavon, Dec. 9. The concert was titled A Canadian Christmas in recognition of the country's 150th birthday celebrations and the program included both Canadian compositions or arrangements of Christmas themed works by Canadian musicians. The choir was directed by Marcia McLean and the accompanists were Sheila Braun and Amy Wiens. The program included appearances by Prairie Spirit, a smaller auditioned choir, and a brass ensemble. The Swift Current Oratorio Choir has accepted a return invitation to participate in a mass choir performance at Carnegie Hall in New York on Jan. 21, 2019. The choir previously participated in this event in 2014. They will perform a new choral work by the Welsh composer, Sir Karl Jenkins. The Oratorio Choir will perform this same work in Swift Current in April 2019.

 

The Swift Current Pee Wee SWT Broncos hosted a 12-team hockey tournament at the Fairview Arena, Dec. 8-10. The Broncos had a great start when they defeated the Melfort Mustangs 7-4 on Friday afternoon, but the home team lost their second game that evening 4-1 against the Saskatoon Titans. On Saturday the Broncos secured a 4-3 win in overtime against the West Central Wheatkings in the B-side semi-final. On the last day of the tournament the Broncos suffered a big 8-3 loss against the Saskatoon Mission in the B-side final. The Saskatoon Titans scored an 8-5 victory against the Weyburn Y.F. Wings to win the A-side final.

 

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Senior Ardens hosted basketball teams from across the province at their annual invitational tournament, Dec. 8-9. The Ardens lost a tough bronze medal game with three points against the Notre Dame Hounds to finish in fourth place. The home team started the eight-team tournament with a 64-46 victory against the Moose Jaw Vanier Spirits on Friday afternoon, but lost a crucial game the next morning, when they were defeated 59-44 by Prince Albert's St. Mary Marauders. The Ardens were in a tight fight against the Notre Dame Hounds in the bronze medal game. The Swift Current team was ahead 29-26 at halftime, and maintained a narrow lead until the fourth quarter, when the Hounds pushed past them to win 55-52. The St. Mary Marauders claimed the tournament title with a 52-43 win against the North Battleford Comprehensive High School Vikings in the gold medal game.

 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 15:46

SADD traffic stop in Swift Current, Dec. 7, 2017

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Members of the Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) chapter at Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) held a traffic stop in association with the RCMP on Central Avenue North in Swift Current, Dec. 7. They handed out red ribbons, a symbol of opposition to drinking and driving, at the checkstop and asked motorists to drive safely during the festive season.

 

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