The Speedy Creek Racing Association (SCRA) season opener took place with two race days at the Living Sky Casino Speedway at Swift Current's Kinetic Exhibition Park, May 12 and 13. Dirt racers competed in three racing classes (hobbies, streets and modifieds) and there was plenty of action on the track to entertain racing fans. The next two races will take place on June 9 and 10, with racing starting at 7 p.m. on both days. This year's racing schedule will have a special event on July 15, when a demolition derby takes place at the speedway.

 

A delegation from the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) and the Swift Current 57's baseball club attended a regular City of Swift Current council meeting, May 8. WMBL President Kevin Kvame made a presentation about the league, which currently has 12 teams. He noted that the facilities used by the WMBL teams in all 12 communities are on a good standard. He encouraged the City to have a master plan for the ongoing modernization of Mitchell Field and he said the only matter currently out of compliance at the Swift Current field is the lack of dressing room facilities. The Swift Current 57's won the championship in 2016 and the team will be defending their WMBL title under their new name and team colours when they open the 2017 season at home against Moose Jaw, June 1.

 

Members of the 2017-18 Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce board of directors attended a regular City of Swift Current council meeting on May 8 to take their oath of office in front of Mayor Denis Perrault. The new board was announced at the chamber's recent annual general meeting at the end of March. Brock Friesen of Rittinger’s Men's Wear is the 2017-18 board chair and Doug Evjen of SaskTel is the 1st vice chair. The other board members who took their oath at the meeting are Lawrence Carr, Michel Deguire, Karen Richmond, Sharleen Thoreson, and Stacey Wiens.

 

Cadets commemorated the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest single battle of the Second World War, during a parade at the Memorial Park cenotaph in Swift Current, May 7. Similar events took place on this day across Canada and in the United Kingdom. The event in Swift Current was hosted by the #259 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Drylander with participation by members of the #128 Navy League Cadet Corps Prairie Schooner and #605 Tarry Royal Canadian Air Cadets. This battle lasted for five year, eight months and five days. It resulted in the loss of 24 Canadian warships and over 60 Canadian registered merchant ships. Almost 2,000 Royal Canadian Navy sailors, 1,600 Canadian merchant seamen and 752 Canadian airmen lost their lives.

 

Swift Current singer-songwriter Colter Wall returned to his hometown to start the North American tour for his debut full-length album, titled Colter Wall, at the Lyric Theatre, May 5. The concert was sold out and he received a warm welcome from the audience. Upcoming tour dates include performances in Toronto, New York and Nashville, while he will also be undertaking a tour to the United Kingdom and Europe with stops in London, Berlin and Amsterdam.

 

The final performance in the Swift Current Allied Arts Council's Stars for Saskatchewan concert series for 2016-17 took place at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, May 5. The evening started with a performance by the Swift Current Jazz Orchestra, a community-based non-profit jazz ensemble that took the audience on a nostalgic musical journey to the big band sounds of the 1930s and 1940s. Therafter the multi-award winning Canadian play Jake's Gift was performed by playwright and performer Julia Mackey. She skillfully transitioned between different characters as she told the story of a Canadian Second World War veteran who returns reluctantly to Normandy, France, for the 60th anniversary of D-Day, where he encounters Isabelle, a precocious 10-year-old inhabitant of the local village. This is the 50th anniversary season of the Swift Current Allied Arts Council and this milestone will be celebrated during a golden gala at the Sky Centre, May 27. The focus of the evening will be on celebration and not fundraising. There will be a served plated dinner, the group Memory Lane will play music from the 1940s to 1960s for patrons to enjoy and dance to. Gala tickets are $100 per person and available at the Living Sky Casino box office.

 

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