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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 Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council hosted the 2017 Ability Bowl Winter Kickoff at ACT Park, Feb.12. The event featured a variety of fun activities, including sled bowling, ice skating and horse wagon rides, and was attended by an estimated 300 to 400 people over a period of four hours. The event was held to raise awareness about the 30th annual Ability Bowl, which will take place in Swift Current, April 22. The theme of this year’s family-oriented bowling event is Rock ‘n Bowl and the grand prize is a four-person ticket package to a Guns N’ Roses concert in Regina. The goal of the 2017 Ability Bowl is to have 45 participating teams and to raise $75,000. All proceeds from the event will support programs and services provided by the Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council. To register for the Ability Bowl, call 306-773-2076, send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register online at www.abilitybowl.ca. Registration can also be done at the branch office, which is located at 1551 North Railway Street West.

 

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.

 

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Lyric Theatre hosts Open Stage, Feb. 9, 2017

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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.

 

Fencers from across Saskatchewan were clashing blades at the 2017 Chinook Open in Swift Current, Feb. 4-5. The Swift Current Fencing Club hosted the two-day event at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. Fencers in the Open Sabre events at the 2017 Chinook Open had an opportunity to experience the challenge of fencing in a wheelchair, which requires excellent eye-hand coordination and strong core muscles.  Eight clubs competed in the tournament and Swift Current fencers received three gold, one silver and five bronze medals.Below are the results for the Swift Current Fencing Club:

Under 13 Foil – 1st Ian Lacasse, 2nd Dylan Lacasse, 3rd Carianne Hunter and Lesley Levorson-Wong; Cadet (under 17) Foil – 3rd Colt Cornelson, 6th Ian Lacasse, 7th Lesley Levorson-Wong, 8th Rhett Oakman; Cadet (under 17) Épée – 3rd Rhett Oakman; Junior (under 20) Foil – 1st Cole Anderson, 5th Colt Cornelson, 8th Courtlyn Hope; Senior (Open) Foil – 1st Cole Anderson, 3rd Lisa Hagen; Senior Épée – 11th Lisa Hagen.

 

Award-winning flamenco guitarist Eric Harper shared his unique musical style with an appreciative audience during a performance presented by the Swift Current Arts Council at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Feb. 2. This was the fifth show in the 2016-17 Stars for Saskatchewan Series in Swift Current. Harper's performance was the first of two shows presented by the Swift Current Arts Council in February. The next show on Feb. 15 will feature the musical artistry of harpist Valérie Milot and violinist Antoine Bareil. For more information about upcoming shows, go to the website www.scartscouncil.ca. Tickets are now also on sale for the Swift Current Arts Council's 50th anniversary golden gala celebration that will take place at the Living Sky Casino, May 27. There will be a plated dinner and a show featuring Memory Lane. Tickets are $100 per person and available at the Living Sky Casino box office or online at  https://tickets.siga.sk.ca

 

Internationally renowned Toronto dancer and choreographer Bill Coleman provided a mesmerizing performance of a man descending into chaos during the presentation of Dollhouse, a contemporary dance and sound work, at the Art Gallery of Swift Current, Jan. 25. The performance in Swift Current was presented by the art gallery in partnership with New Dance Horizons as part of the Saskatchewan tour of Dollhouse. Other performances took place in Regina and Saskatoon. The work was created by Coleman in collaboration with avant-garde composer Gordon Monahan. Coleman depicts a man out of sync with his surroundings. He falls apart while he stumbles around, stepping on mouse traps or tripping over various objects, while objects fall down around him and he gets soaked with water falling from an overhead device. Through it all there is a variety of unfamiliar sounds, which are created by Monahan through the electronic manipulation of different objects, including muscle sensors attached to Coleman's body and a set of bowls with boiling water on hot plates.

 

 

A celebration of Scottish culture took place at the annual Robbie Burns Night in Swift Current, Jan, 21. The event at the Legion Hall was hosted by the Swift Current Green Braes Pipes & Drums. People were able to enjoy haggis, a traditional Scottish dish, with their meal. John Leyshon delivered a passionate address to the haggis before the start of the meal. There was a band performance by the Green Braes Pipes & Drums and highland dances by students from The Dance Studio. This year's Robbie Burns celebration was dedicated to the memory of Ian Young, a member of the Green Braes Pipes & Drums who passed away last fall.

 

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