Celebrate Summer this July

Get ready for heart-racing, boot-stamping’ country fun this July, heading into the heart of summer with Canada Day celebrations and much more!

Canada Day

Vita, MB June 30-July 1, 2018

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Take two days to enjoy live music, rodeo and perogy dinners at the Vita Canada Day celebrations! Heartland

Rodeo, local artists performing at night and kids activities – there’s something for everyone! And you don’t want to miss the best fireworks in the south, July 1st at dusk! For more information and a detailed schedule, visit Vita Canada Day on Facebook!

South Junction July 1, 2018

Out for a laid back Canada Day with friends and family? Join the community of South Junction for live music, hot dogs and fireworks at 8:30 at the South Junction park.

St. Labre 200

St. Labre July 6-7, 2018

At St. Labre 200, country fun goes wild! Watch on Day 1 as contestants build their own go-carts. Day 2 is race day – don’t miss as contestants speed around the track to bragging rights and glory. Visit St. Labre 200 on Facebook for more information!go cart racing

Gardenton Ukrainian Festival

Gardenton July 14, 2018

This tiny village will be booming as the most exciting cultural festival in Sunrise Corner heats up. Sing or dance along with the Ukrainian performers; enjoy a delicious traditional Ukrainian meal; and learn about the lives of Manitoba’s Ukrainian settlers with guided tours of the museum. The festivities continue all night with an old-time Ukrainian dance, complete with a live band to polka and two-step your heart out to! It’s definitely a festival to add to your bucket list! For more info, email Kelvin: Kdc0925@gmail.com

34th Annual Slow Pitch Tournament

South Junction July 28, 2018

Come out to the South Junction ball diamonds and watch local teams, made up entirely of families, play for bragging rights! Canteen, rainbow auction and beer gardens open till 1 AM – you’re not going to want to miss it!

 

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Things to Do This June

As the weather heats up, there’s no better way to spend a day than outside with friends and family, or cool off with a community event. Here are some of the events you don’t want to miss this month! (Workshops and tours may require advance registration. Please visit their individual sites for more information!)

June-September

Gardenton Heritage Tour

Catch the tall grass prairie fever with botanist Laura Reeves, as she shares her passion for this endangered ecosystem with a walk around the Prairie Shore Trail (1 mile, easy terrain). Then step into the lives of early Ukrainian settlers by touring the Historic St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, while those dedicated to its preservation enlighten you with stories of years gone by. Feeling hungry? Local volunteers will be waiting for you at the Gardenton Museum with delicious home-made Ukrainian cuisine and an eagerness to share their memories and stories with you as you tour the Museum grounds and buildings. For more information about this amazing tour option, please visit the Gardenton Park & Museum on Facebook!

 

June 2, 2018 (Postponed to June 16!)

Star Gazing Party

Learn about the cosmos from the experts! Join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Nature Conservancy for a night of stargazing in the Tall Grass Prairie. Taking place at the Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre just outside of Stuartburn, MB at 9:00 PM.

Susydka Ukrainian Dance Recital

Come out at 2:00 to celebrate Ukrainian culture! Everyone is welcome to come watch the vibrant Susydka dancers as they light up the stage with traditional folk dances and colourful costumes from Ukraine. Takes place at the Shevchenko School in Vita, MB. Tickets at the door. susydka dancers

Spring Marketsoutheast farmer's market

Southeast Farmer’s Market presents the Spring Market in South Junction! Come visit the local vendors from 10-3 at the Pine Grove Seniors Club.

June 9, 2018

Highway 201 Garage Sale

Come one and all for the biggest community garage sale in Sunrise Corner! Takes place at the Vita Rec Centre in Vita, MB from 9-3.

June 10, 2018

Annual Museum Picnic

Come for community – come for history. Join the Sprague & District Historical Museum at 1:00 for the special opening of the trapper’s shed display. Local talent will be performing. Refreshments and lunch are provided. Free admission!

June 16, 2018

Supper and Dance

Come for an evening of socializing, music and Ukrainian food at the Vita Friendship Centre. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Tickets are $15. To get tickets, call: 204-425-3706

June 2 & 23, 2018

Ground Training Horsemanship Series

Join Eagle Ridge Ranch and Wellness Centre for two day-long workshops focusing on the horse/human relationship. These three-hour workshops are taught, hands-on, by a certified horsemanship instructor and will build successively on each other. See eagleridgewellness.ca for more details!

June 23, 2018

Family Foraging and Wilderness Skills Workshop

Join botanist Laura Reeves in this workshop tailored for families! Have fun foraging for wild edibles, learning to make ropes, build fires, and so much more. Interactive games will helps develop empathy and awareness for nature. Visit psbotanicals.com for more details! 

 

 

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Don’t Miss May’s Events!

Looking to fill up your weekends this month? Sunrise Corner has something for you – whether it be a community social with friends and family or a private workshop to work on a better you. (Workshops may have limited spaces. Contact the organizers for more information.)

May 12, 2018

Piney’s Annual Mother’s Day Tea

Photo: Jake Fehr

Spend some quality time with your mom at the Piney Community Centre for food and door prizes at the annual Mother’s Day tea. Starting at 12:30, there will be lunch, bingo, and draws. It’s the perfect way to spend your afternoon. There will also be a bedding plants, floral bouquet and bake table.

Free will offering at the door. All proceeds go to the Vassar and Area Baseball Program and the Piney 4-H Clovers.

Spring Fling

Feeling social? Spend your day at the Sprague Evergreen Senior’s Centre for food, a silent auction, 50/50 draw, bake sale and raffle.

Event starts at 10:00 AM.

For more information, or to purchase raffle tickets, call Georgina: 204-437-4606 or Darlene: 204-437-3238

“You can eat that?!” Wild Edible Adventure

Get ready for a fun adventure in wild edible plant identification, harvesting and preparation! These one-day workshops will give you the confidence you need to

incorporate a variety of common wild edibles into everyday meals. With Laura’s guidance, you will prepare a full-course meal with a variety of wild edibles that

you gathered yourself! Class size is limited to 12.

Register by calling or emailing: (204) 425-3520, info@psbotanicals.com

Find us on Facebook: @PrairieShoreBotanicals

Located in Gardenton, MB

Equine Facilitated Wellness & Horsemanship Retreat

Get introduced to the role horses can play in healing. Participants will learn new skills to support healthier and respectful relationships. This full day workshop/retreat is offered in a relaxing rural setting of Stuartburn, MB. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Please contact us at eagleridgewellness@outlook.com if you have any questions or would like to receive a registration form.

 

Woodridge Community Auction

Feel like shopping? Or spring cleaning? The Woodridge Community Club is hosting a public auction between 11 am and 2 pm for any treasures you may have tucked away in your garage, shed or home. For more information, or to register, please contact Stan: 204-429-2253.

May 19, 2018

Woodridge Firefighters’ Breakfast Fundraiser

Now is the time to support the firefighters who keep our community’s safe. Breakfast will be served from 9:30-11:30.

Breakfast by donation. Proceeds go to the Woodridge Fire Hall.

50 Years of Basketball Celebration

Join the community of Sprague for a day of celebration – 50 years of basketball by the R.L.G. School Raiders. The school and the Sprague & District Historical Museum will be open from 1:00-5:00pm. Come and see Sprague’s amazing history. There will be a basketball scrimmage at the school from 2:00-4:00pm. A dinner and dance will follow at the Sprague Hall featuring F&R Music.

Tickets for the dinner and dance are available at Karl & Kays in Sprague, the Vassar Corner Store, and South Junction Co-op.

Call Doris: 204-437-2210 sprague museum

May 20, 2018

Vita Friendship Center Pancake Breakfast

Start your Sunday off right! Join the community of Vita for a pancake breakfast from 10am to 2pm.

Tickets at the door: $7

May 24, 2018

Shevchenko School’s Songs and Sweets

Let your ears be delighted by the sound of music. Join Shevchenko School’s senior choir of Vita, MB in their annual concert – Songs and Sweets. Music and dessert starts at 7 pm in the school music room.

Adults: $5 Students: $3

 

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Open Farm Day 2017

From sheep, to cows, to horses, to butterflies, Open Farm Day in Sunrise Corner was definitely worth the trip!

There were four Open Farms this September, located in Sunrise Corner, for curious individuals and families to explore:

  1. Friesen & Ceron Sheep Farm- Zhoda, MB
  2. Moonshadow Holsteins Inc. – St. Labre, MB
  3. Nature’s Conservancy of Canada Weston Family Interpretive Centre – Gardenton, MB
  4. Green Pastures Farm – Gardenton, MB

Open Farm Day is a great way to get out and see the traditional practice of farming that is still active all around us. The farms listed in http://openfarmday.ca welcome visitors with open arms and are ready to share the pride of agriculture with the world!

Photos are of Moonshadow Holsteins Inc. and Green Pastures Farm.

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The Sundown Gymkhana

The Sundown Gymkhana is a small, friendly environment for riders of all ages to have fun with their horses! A gymkhana is a horse show where riders compete in timed events such as barrels, keyhole and the sack race.

With great food (deep fried perogies …yum!) and a constant line up of fun planned, the Sundown Gymkhana was the perfect place to be Sunday afternoon! Proceeds from the food and rider’s entrance fees were donated to charity.

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6th Annual Show n’ Shine

The Show n’ Shine is an annual fundraiser in Sprague that raised money this year for the school.

Cars came from far and wide to show off their shine.

There was also live music, a raffle, and a BBQ! It was definitely a day worth taking part of.

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Carrick Days 2017

Carrick Days: This small-town festival is big-time fun!

August 12 was the kick off to Carrick Days – with a horse shoe tournament, toe-tapping bands, a watermelon eating contest, mechanical bull riding and more!

Friends and family from near and far gathered in the clearing of the historic Spurgrave Schoolhouse and celebrated summer.

There was something for everybody! Youngsters escaped the heat by getting into the dunk tank. Teens tested their skill on the mechanical bull. And if you were feeling charitable, you could always have a friend or family member arrested and bailed out of the Carrick Jail – hey, it’s for charity!

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The Perfect Day for Prairie Day

Saturday August 12 was the perfect day to learn more about the natural heritage that surrounds us!

Prairie Day is an annual event held on the Prairie Shore Interpretive Trail near Tolstoi, MB. It’s a day for the whole family to learn about local plant life, insects, amphibians and much more!

Participants learnt about local medicinal plants, rare salamanders, and got a guided tour of the Prairie Shore Trail.

The day couldn’t have been better!

 

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Gardenton Hosts Angel’s Cabin!

Saturday was a big day for Gardenton as they hosted local bands for their annual Angel’s Cabin concert.

Angel’s Cabin is a local music company that works to bring local artists to the stage.

The bands were all unique – featuring country, rock, singer-songwriter and more. Some singing original music, and some playing well-known covers. Some came all the way from Winnipeg to perform for the small crowd that gathered.

Don’t miss next year’s Angel’s Cabin concert!

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