Get ready for heart-racing, boot-stamping’ country fun this July, heading into the heart of summer with Canada Day celebrations and much more!
Vita, MB June 30-July 1, 2018
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!
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!
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!)
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.
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!
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
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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
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.
Fires have been burning dangerously close to farm lands and residents in the RMs of Stuartburn and Piney for the past three
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:
Avoid setting fires on days of low humidity, gusting winds and high temperatures.
Pay attention to burn bans and fire ratings, and know the laws related to burn permits!
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)
Keep constant supervision over your fire and make sure it is fully extinguished.
Don’t throw cigarettes out of your car windows!
Be a smart ATV or dirt bike rider – their exhaust systems can ignite fires.
Check all farm and lawn equipment to ensure spark arrestors are working properly.
Make sure chimneys and fireplaces meet regulations and building codes.
NEVER set off fireworks without a permit.
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.
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!
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.
Sunrise Corner wants your winter photos!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Prizes: First place winner receives $300 cash, second place winner receives $200 cash and third place winner receives $100 cash.
Important things to remember:
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
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
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.
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:
Friesen & Ceron Sheep Farm- Zhoda, MB
Moonshadow Holsteins Inc. – St. Labre, MB
Nature’s Conservancy of Canada Weston Family Interpretive Centre – Gardenton, MB
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.