Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Six teams competed at the Swift Current Junior SunDogs 17U Women Open tournament at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School, March 12-13. Both the 16U and 17U Junior SunDogs teams participated in the tournament. The 16U SunDogs placed fifth and the 17U SunDogs finished in third place. The Lethbridge Volleyball Club 17U team won the tournament after a three-set victory over the Redcoat Rebels in the final game.

 

Members of the the Swift Current Group 2 Scouts enjoyed a morning of racing with their hand-made race cars at the club's annual Kub Kar Rally, which took place at the Swift Current Mall, March 12. There was stiff competition between the Cub Scouts (ages eight to 10) for top honours in the different racing categories (obstacle, straight line, stop-on-the spot, speed track) and for the prize of best workmanship. The younger Beaver Scouts (ages five to seven) were also able to practice their racing skills but did not compete for medals.

 

Swift Current musician Glenna Switzer held a CD release and dance party at the Lyric Theatre on March 11 to celebrate the recent release of her debut album  A Long Time Comin'. The event was sold out and people were treated to musical performances by a variety of musicians from southwest Saskatchewan who were there for the party. Switzer used the talents of 29 musicians during the recording of the album and many of them joined her on the stage during the evening as she performed songs from the album. Switzer has recently been nominated as all star band keyboard player of the year for the 2016 Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards while her album's producer Mark Penner has been nominated as record producer of the year.

 

The Swift Current Branch Library hosted an evening of poetry, music and community on March 9. The event was organized in association with Southwest Saskatchewan Pride and Moose Jaw Pride. Performance poet Shayna Stock, who founded and coordinates Regina's spoken word series Word Up!, shared her poetry about gender, relationships, rain and her bicycle with the audience. Swift Current folk roots and country music singer Paula McGuigan provided the musical entertainment. She was joined by Liza Holder and Michelle Voisin, who have previously performed with McGuigan in the folk-bluegrass band Barley Wik. They still enjoy to perform together whenever they have an opportunity.

 

The highlights of another successful year were celebrated at the  Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association (Ag & Ex) annual general meeting on March 2.

The Travelling Mabels, a folk/country female trio, concluded a series of 22 concerts across Saskatchewan with a performance at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, March 7. They entertained a large audience with melodic harmonies and some humorous storytelling. The women represent three generations with musical influences that range from Dolly Parton and Bob Dylan to the Eagles and Cheryl Crow. They received the Association of Country Music in Alberta 2011 Group of the Year Award and they have been an opening act for the legendary Ian Tyson. Their visit to Swift Current was part of the Swift Current Arts Council’s 2015-16 Stars for Saskatchewan series. The multi-faceted Canadian singer, songwriter and pianist Sarah Slean, who has been nominated for three Juno and two Gemini awards, will be the next performer in this series on March 24. Tickets for the concert are available online for $45 at www.ticketpro.ca or by calling 1-888-655-9090. For more information, visit the Swift Current Arts Council website at www.scartscouncil.ca.

 

The Swift Current Junior SunDogs 18U men's volleyball team had a great start to their season by winning gold in front of a home crowd at the 2016 18U Men Sask Cup #1, which took place on March 5 and 6 at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. The tournament was attended by eight teams from across the province. The SunDogs remained undefeated during the tournament and lost only one set during a round robin game on March 5 against the Regina RVC Stubble Jumpers. The SunDogs and Stubble Jumpers played each other again in the final game on March 6, which the SunDogs won in two sets with a score of 25-23 and 25-16.

 

Swift Current's Central School held a talent show on March 3 as the school's final fundraiser for Telemiracle 40. There were performances by students and staff and the Central School Choir performed their Telemiracle song. The evening's highlight happened when facility operator Ed Clarke stepped on the stage to have his head shave. He agreed to have his long hair cut if the Central School Choir reached their fundraising goal of $6,000 and to donate his hair to the Wigs for Kids charity. The choir passed their fundraising goal and presented a cheque of $12,000.28 to Telemiracle during their performance at the event on March 6. That amount included $7,800 from fundraising and cash donations while the rest was cheque donations.

The Swift Current and District Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP) is now providing services to families in southwest Saskatchewan from a much larger office space that will create new opportunities for interaction and program delivery.

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