Melodies of Christmas, a popular annual tradition hosted by the Swift Current First United Church, took place on Dec. 18. A variety of performers, including six different choral groups, provided music for the Christmas season. A goodwill offering was collected during the event and a cheque presentation of $1,200 each was made to the Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter and the First United Church Refugee Sponsorship Program.


The 8th annual Lyric Theatre Children's Christmas Matinee took place on Dec. 17 and 18. The event continues a tradition that happened decades ago at Swift Current’s historic theatre, when a Christmas movie was shown to children. This year’s program started with the reading of a children's story by Taylor Harder and a musical performance by Maverick School students Desiree and Dakota Leonard. This was followed by a performance of Rachel Wormsbecher's short play “You can't teach an old elf new tricks.” It was directed by Nancy Bridal and the actors were Keith Adam, Cole Johnson and Zac Lee. Children then had an opportunity to make a Christmas gift during a craft session and the afternoon's highlight was a visit from Santa.



Audience members learned about Christmas traditions around the world during the Grade 1-3 Christmas concert at Swift Current's Central School, Dec. 14. The theme of the concert was “Christmas, Christmas Everywhere” and students depicted the various traditions around the world in song and dance. Local schools reflect the greater diversity in the community with families from different backgrounds and cultures. The concert was therefore an opportunity to teach students to value and respect different cultures.


Students from the Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) Business Club and business education teacher Cindy Lowe made a presentation about their activities at the Chinook School Division board meeting. Dec. 12. The club was started by Lowe as a means to increase the financial literacy of students. The club started informally three years ago with six students and became a formal club at the school in 2015 with around 13 members. There are currently around 25 members. The club's mission is to develop future leaders in the community by exposing students to business, finance, entrepreneurship and debate activities.


The 2016-17 Blenders concert series, which brings live performances by some of Canada's best musicians to Swift Current, is in full swing at the Lyric Theatre. The final concert for 2016 took place on Dec. 10 with an appearance by the Winnipeg art rock band Yes We Mystic. The Swift Current gig was the final performance of 2016 for the band, which had a big year with the release of their first full-length album Forgiver in April, and performances in the United Kingdom and Europe. The band members are Jodi Plenert (keyboards, cello), Eric Ross (violin, synthesizer), Adam Fuhr (guitar, lead vocals),  Jordon Ottenson (drums), and  Keegan Steele (synthesizer, mandolin).There are 11 regular season concerts and five special concerts in the 2016-17 Blenders concert season. The next concert on Jan. 28 will feature Canadian blues guitarist David Gogo.


Eight teams from around the province participated in the 2016 Swift Current Ardens Basketball Invitational at Swift Current Comprehensive High School, Dec. 9-10. The Swift Current Ardens placed third in the tournament after a 50-35 win against the Weyburn Eagles in the bronze medal game. The Ardens started their tournament with a convincing 56-28 victory against the Shaunavon Silhouettes, but the home team lost their second game 60-51 against the North Battleford Vikings. The Carlton Crusaders won the tournament after a 54-27 win against the Vikings in the gold medal game. Pictured, action from the opening game at the tournament between the Swift Current Ardens and the Shaunavon Silhouettes.


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