Annie Lotochinski, a Grade 12 student at Swift Current Comprehensive High School, and local author Anthea Loran attended a regular City of Swift Current council meeting on April 24 for the 2017 Poetry City Challenge. Lotochinski read a poem titled Censorship to the meeting. Her poems have already been published in two poetry magazines and she won a first prize in the Polar Expressions Publishing 2015/16 student poetry contest. The 2017 Poetry City Challenge is an annual celebration of poetry facilitated by the League of Canadian Poets in association with participating mayors and city councils across the country. The challenge is a way to recognize UNESCO World Poetry Day on March 21 and celebrate National Poetry Month in April. Mayors are therefore encouraged to invite a local poet to read at a city council meeting during the month of March or April. Swift Current is one of six participating communities in Saskatchewan. The other communities are Creighton, Melfort, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and Saskatoon.

 

People were having fund and helping to raise funds for the Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council during the 30th annual Ability Bowl at the Frontier Bowling Lanes, April 22. The theme of this year's fundraising event was Rock ‘n Bowl and a number of teams dressed as their favourite rock stars. The 42 teams and 230 fundraisers raised a total of $70,696.87. The top fundraising teams were Signs 'n Such ($5,700), SARCAN Superstars ($2,758.30) and Bowling Stones ($2,600). The top individual fundraisers were Dorothy Quebec ($5,342), Jarrod Schellenberg ($2,600) and Dwight Larter ($1,770). Carley Martinson, who raised $1,150.85, received the Bob Hayes Memorial plaque for the Saskatchewan Abilities Council client who raised the largest amount. The grand prize winner at this year's event was Dwight Larter, who received two floor tickets to a Guns N’ Roses concert in Regina as well as a one night stay at Hotel Saskatchewan and a $100 gas voucher. All the proceeds from Ability Bowl will be used by the Saskatchewan Abilities Council to fund the programs and services provided to over 2,000 people in the Swift Current area.

 

A rally against Bill 40 and the privatization of Crown corporations took place at the office of Swift Current MLA and Premier Brad Wall, April 21. A town hall meeting to create public awareness about the bill, which is currently under consideration by the provincial legislature, took place in Swift Current the previous evening. These events were organized by the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE) Local 397 and representatives from SEIU-West and Unifor Local 3 also participated in the activities. Similar events have taken place in other cities and towns across Saskatchewan.

 

 

Prince Albert poet and writing instructor Lynda Monahan was the featured author at the penultimate event in the 2016-17 Write Out Loud series at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, April 19. Current Voices, a women's a cappella group in Swift Current, provided the musical entertainment at the event. The group is directed by Mark Brooks. Monahan was introduced by Swift Current writer Peggy Worrell. Their friendship started many years ago when Worrell attended a creative writing class presented by Monahan in Prince Albert. Monahan has published three books of poetry and she frequently teaches creative writing in workshops across the province. She has worked with the hearing impaired, at-risk youth, inmates in correctional facilities, immigrants, seniors, palliative care patients and foster children to help them find their writing voice. She is the editor of two collections of stories by people with acquired brain injuries and their families, she facilitates a Writing for your Life group for persons with mental illnesses, and she is the current writer-in-residence at Prince Albert's John M. Cuelenaere Public Library. Rod MacIntyre will be the featured writer at the final event in the 2016-17 Write Out Loud series, May 17. He was a fiction award finalist for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards and he was the writer-in-residence in Swift Current during 1997-98.

 

Open Stage, an evening of live music by talented local musicians, took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, April 13. The musical performances during the evening varied from hip hop to blues and the instruments on stage changed from banjos and guitars to a cello and an upright bass. Open Stage is a popular feature at the Lyric Theatre, both for musicians who want to share their music and for music fans who want to discover something new. The next Open Stage will be on May 11. There is an open jam from 7-8 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

 

A thrilling second round playoff series between the Swift Current Broncos and the Regina Pats was decided in the seventh game in Regina on April 17, when the Broncos lost 5-1 to conclude the team’s first season under new head coach Manny Viveiros. The Broncos took a 3-1 series lead in Swift Current on April 11 by winning 5-4 in triple overtime, but the Pats won the next three games. The Pats won 3-2 in Regina on April 14 and the Broncos had another opportunity to wrap up the series in Swift Current on April 15, but the home team gave up a 3-1 lead in the second period and the Pats won 5-3 to force game seven in Regina. This was the first time since the 2007-08 season that the Broncos played in the Eastern Conference semi-final. Pictured are images from the triple overtime game at the Innovation Credit Union i-plex on April 11, when the Broncos defeated the Pats 5-4.

 

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