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

 

Outsmart Wildfires

Fires have been burning dangerously close to farm lands and residents in the RMs of Stuartburn and Piney for the past three

days.

Wildfires take an enormous amount of resources to monitor and control, not to mention the strain they put on communities.

There is a complete burn ban in effect in both the RMs of Piney and Stuartburn, and travel restrictions in the RM of Piney. This means that there should be absolutely no open fires, and vehicles should stay off the backroads.

It’s important to do your part in protecting lands and residents from the threat of
fire. Manitoba Wildfire Information suggests these tips for preventing wildfires:

  1. Avoid setting fires on days of low humidity, gusting winds and high temperatures.
  2. Pay attention to burn bans and fire ratings, and know the laws related to burn permits!
  3. Keep fire pits and burn barrels away from homes, trees and dry bushes. ONLY burn in designated areas! (Note: as of April 30, 2018 there is a COMPLETE BURN BAN)
  4. Keep constant supervision over your fire and make sure it is fully extinguished.
  5. Don’t throw cigarettes out of your car windows!
  6. Be a smart ATV or dirt bike rider – their exhaust systems can ignite fires.
  7. Check all farm and lawn equipment to ensure spark arrestors are working properly.
  8. Make sure chimneys and fireplaces meet regulations and building codes.
  9. NEVER set off fireworks without a permit.
  10. Report wildfires immediately!

Emergency Measures Organization says that residents in areas of high risk should be ready for an evacuation of at least 72 hours. If you are a resident, here’s how you can prepare to evacuate:

  • Know your all of your family members’ unique needs (medical or otherwise).
  • Be ready to evacuate any pets.
  • Make plans and have necessities ready to take with you.

For more information you can visit the RM offices in Vita or Vassar

You can also visit visit: www.manitoba.ca/wildfire/

For updates, watch @rmofstuartburn and @rmofpiney on Facebook.

 

Sources:

RM of Piney Newsletter, May 2018

“Fire Prevention Tips”, www.manitoba.ca/wildfire/;

“72 Hours of Preparedness”, Emergency Measures Organization

www.winnipeg.ctvnews.ca 

 

Ready to Promote?

Sunrise Corner now has two, portable, roadside signs for local advertising.

Local organizations in the RMs of Stuartburn and Piney will be able to utilize the new signs to promote themselves and advertise events. This is part of an effort to gain more community involvement and outside interest in local events.

Advertising on the sign will promote awareness from drivers passing through the area, and will lead to publicity and interest of local events and fundraisers.

More information on how to get space on a sign is coming soon. Keep an eye out!

2017/18 Winter Photo Contest

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s winter photo contest!

First place was taken by Sandra Drewniak with her gorgeous winter shot of the Roseau River in Stuartburn.

Second place was taken by Amy Jaarsma and her “Woodland Wanderer” taken in the Sandilands.

Third place goes out to Jake Fehr’s shot of breakfast over the open fire in Vita.

More memorable entries from the contest can be found in our gallery. Check it out find many more winter photos featuring Sunrise Corner in the winter.

Thank you to all those who participated and shared your lovely photos with us!

Warm Up with Winter Contests!

The Winter Photo and Snow Sculpture Contests are taking off today!

Pack your camera, or get some friends together, and get your creative hat on.

You could win cash prizes, or a gift package including a Canadian Tire gift certificate and tickets to the Vita & Area Winter Festival dinner and dance.

Photo Contest:

Sunrise Corner wants your winter photos!

Photo: Lucie Maynard

We will be accepting photos of winter recreation, scenery, wildlife and every day life to use in our promotional and tourism materials. All photos MUST be taken within Sunrise Corner (the RMs of Piney or Stuartburn).

Entrants should submit NO MORE than 10 photos before February

1, 2018 at 4:30 pm. You can submit photos by sending them to info@sunrisecornermbc.ca

Prizes: First place winner receives $300 cash, second place winner receives $200 cash and third place winner receives $100 cash.

Important things to remember:

Photo: Jennifer Greaves
  • Each entrant should submit no more than 10 photos
  • Caption must include the location the photo was taken
  • Names must be provided for every person featured in a photo (consent must be given)
  • All photos must be in the original digital format taken by the photographer, no larger than 4MB

Please see the Winter photo contest rules before submitting your photos!

Photo: Julie Yatsko

Snow Sculpture Contest:

Get a team together (or be your own master builder!) and enter the Sunrise Corner Snow Sculpture Contest!

Anyone can enter, young or old, to win tickets to the Vita & Area Winter Festival dinner and dance and a $50 Canadian Tire gift card. One prize will be awarded in each the youth and adult categories.

How to enter:

  • Build your sculpture
  • Take a selfie of you and/or your team with the sculpture and submit it to info@sunrisecornermb.ca with the subject line “Sunrise Snow Art”.
  • Post it to social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) using the hashtag: #sunrisesnowart

The deadline is January 5, 2018 at 12 MIDNIGHT!

See the poster below for more details:

 

Hunting Season in Sunrise Corner 2017

It’s hunting season, and Sunrise Corner is ready for you!

Our Seasons:

White Tailed Deer
Archery: Ends Nov. 12
Youth Muzzleloader: Ends Nov. 12
Muzzleloader: Ends Nov. 12
General (Rifle): November 13-26

Bear hunting ended November 1!

Wolf: Ends March 31

Coyote: Ends Feb. 28

Grouse: Ends Jan. 1
Gray Partridge: Ends Jan. 1

Ducks, Coots, Snipe: Ends Nov. 30
Woodcock: Ends Nov. 30
Dark & White Geese: Ends Nov. 30
Sandhill Crane: Ends Nov. 30

Places to Stay:

The Vintage Lodge– Woodridge

Vita Hotel– Vita

Pine View Campground (year round)- Woodridge

KC’s Outfitting– Sundown

Sprague River Inn– Sprague

South Junction Co-op– South Junction

Get your licences HERE:

Co-op- South Junction

St. Anne’s Co-op- Vita

Vintage Corner Store- Woodridge

Vassar Corner Store

More Information:

Please reference the 2017 Hunting Guide for this year’s regulations, licensing and zone information: 2017 Hunting Guide

Special hunting land leases are available within Sunrise Corner. Please contact the RM of Piney of for more information: http://rmofpiney.mb.ca/rm-land-available/

The Manitoba Wildlife Federation has a local club that operates out of the Vita area. Click for more information about the Vita & District Wildlife Club

To be eligible for a Manitoba hunting licence you must be 12 years of age or older, and possess a valid Manitoba Hunter Education Certificate.  For general hunting information, regulations and licensing go to www.manitoba.ca/conservation

Some tips:

  • Please respect private property and ‘No Hunting’ signage
  • Sunrise Corner is home to farms and others who enjoy nature. Watch for horseback riders, stray livestock, and hikers.
  • Stay safe by wearing orange

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.

How To Geocache 101

Are you excited for the geocache contest, but don’t know how to start? Read on and get the run-down on this exciting activity.

In a nutshell: Geocaching is a treasure hunting game for people of all ages and skill levels. Participants look for hidden ‘caches’, or containers, using GPS coordinates. Geocaching is a worldwide game so caches could be hidden literally anywhere.

How to play: Geocaching is a large community, so you are best off going straight to geocaching.com and perusing their website. You’ll have access to a map, informational videos, and the official app that you can use to geocache.

The app is really user friendly, kind of like GoogleMaps. It’s free to use on the easy level, and you can search for geocaches according to your location. Once you click ‘start’ on a geocache, the compass will take you right there. There are also notes on what to expect, amenities and potential hazards. But you don’t have to use the app. GPS coordinates are available on the website for every cache listed. You can simply type them into your GPS or smartphone maps app.

Caches come in all shapes and sizes. The first cache I found was the size of my pinkie finger, magnetized to the back of a road sign! So this is a game for the observant eye.

When you’ve found a cache, there will be a paper log inside it for you to sign. You can sign this log and/or sign it electronically via the app! It is literally just a click of a button away. The goal for many geocachers is to get as many logged finds as possible – making it competitive.

Sometimes there are trinkets inside the caches or trackables (a trinket with a GPS trackable code linked to it). A general rule of thumb for geocachers is to leave behind something of equal value to what you took. If you take a trackable, you are responsible to pass it on to another cache. This is a fun way for geocachers to see how far their community spreads!

What makes Sunrise Corner’s geocache challenge different? There are 13 caches in the contest, but only 12 are listed on geocaching.com See our  downloadable poster for coordinates. Each cache is attached to a larger monument that is themed to its location, making them easy to find. It’s perfect for family. There are also trinkets in the cache, but these are for you to take – they don’t need replacing. The contest starts September 1, 2017 – but you can start geocache any time you want!

Troubleshooters:

The cache is damaged, wet or missing.

A. Contact the owner of the cache! There will always be contact information online or in the log.

B. Check your coordinates if it appears to be missing. The coordinates will sometimes only take you within a couple feet of the cache. If you don’t look around, you may never find a small cache.

C. If you’re a serious geocacher, you’ll probably have extra logs, pens and paper along with you to replenish an empty cache. It’s very appreciated when you do.

What if I’m not connected to the internet when I’m geocaching?

A. Geocaching.com’s app is quite functional out of service if you start geocaching in service. Of course, you’ll need to make sure you have data on your smartphone.

B. Invest in a GPS unit and enter the coordinates in manually.

How do I win the contest?

A. Sunrise Corner will give away a backpack to the first 100 people to find all 13 caches. All you have to do is take a picture of yourself and the monument and send all 13 to info@sunrisecornermb.ca (preferably all at once).

B. To enter the draw for the grand prize, post a picture of you and a monument on social media with our hashtag #sunrisegeocache. The draw will make place November 1, 2017

For more information about geocaching, watch this helpful video!

 

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.

The 2017 Geocache Challenge & Contest

Friday, September 1 marks the start of Sunrise Corner’s Geocache Challenge & Contest!

Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where participants use GPS coordinates to search for a hidden cache (sealed container containing a logbook and sometimes trinkets!)

Sunrise Corner has installed 13 permanent themed monuments around the RMs of Piney and Stuartburn for geocachers to find. Each monument has unique significance to the attraction or site that it’s located. Geocaching for these monuments is a great way for anybody to get out and explore the area!

The contest is simple:

Find all 13 monuments and receive a prize! Take a picture with the monument and post it on social media using our hashtag: #sunrisegeocache and be entered to win a grand prize!  

download the contest poster for the geocache coordinates and more details on how to win.

You can use a regular Maps app to enter the coordinates and find the caches, or you can use the official Geocaching app available through the official webpage: geocaching.com 12 of the monuments will be listed through this website. Find them under SunriseCornerTourism!