A record number of teddy bears landed on the ice at the Swift Current Broncos Teddy Bear Toss Night, Dec. 2. The large crowd at the game against the Moose Jaw Warriors showed their generosity by covering the ice with teddy bears, toques and mittens after Tyler Steenbergen scored the home team's first goal on a power play in the second period. The Warriors have already scored three times during the first period, and their lead narrowed when Broncos captain Glenn Gawdin scored another power play goal in the second period. The Broncos outshot the visitors 10-6 in the third period, but were unable to score again and lost 3-2 to the Warriors. All the items from the teddy bear toss were donated to the Salvation Army's Christmas campaign in Swift Current. This year's event collected 1,012 teddy bears and other soft toys, as well as 396 hat and mitt/glove sets. The Salvation Army also received 275 pounds of food at the game, which will be used to fill Christmas Sunshine bags for distribution to long-term care centres in Swift Current and Herbert, as well as for Christmas hampers and the Salvation Army's Christmas Day meal gift table.

 

The first half of the Blenders 2017-18 concert series ended on a high note with a performance by Calgary singer-songwriter Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and Manitoba band The Middle Coast at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Dec. 1. The Middle Coast set the mood with their easy-going 1970s-style yacht rock before returning to the stage as the backing band for Fitzgerald, who is currently on a western Canadian road trip. His music is a combination of soul, folk and pop influences that are delivered with the full sound of the entire band or quieter acoustic songs. After a brief hiatus the popular Blenders concert series will continue on Jan. 27 with a performance by the award-winning Kirby Sewell Band. For more information about upcoming Blenders concerts, visit the website www.blendersmusic.ca

 

The Swift Current Broncos hosted the first ever multicultural night at the Nov. 25 game against the Brandon Wheat Kings. This theme night, which was held in association with the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre and the Prairie Post, coincided with the celebration of Saskatchewan Multicultural Week from Nov. 18-26. Swift Current residents who came to Canada from across the world were on the ice for a brief ceremony and puck drop. The Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre had a table at the Broncos multicultural theme night, where people could enter a draw for a gift basket. People were able to show the place of origin of their ancestor by putting a pin on a world map. The Broncos suffered a 3-2 loss in overtime against the Wheat Kings. The Broncos lost only three of their last 10 games, and two of those losses were against the Brandon team. The previous night the Broncos won their game against the Raiders in Prince Albert. After the two weekend games the Swift Current team was second in the East Division with a 17-5-2-0 record. 

 

Two visitors from the North Pole gave a helping hand to the Swift Current SPCA at the annual Santa Paws fundraiser, Nov. 25. Santa and Mrs Claus spend the afternoon at Cowtown to have their photos taken with a variety of pets. The fundraiser was an opportunity for pet owners to show their support for the animal shelter and to receive a unique souvenir print of their pets. The shelter's resources get stretched during the winter and there are different ways to support the Swift Current SPCA during the festive season. The 2018 SPCA pet calendars are on sale for $10 each at the animal shelter, the SPCA bookstore and selected businesses in the city. It will be Feed the Pets SPCA Night at the Dec. 16 Broncos game against the Kamloops Blazers. Hockey fans can make a monetary donation at the game or bring along pet food or cleaning supplies. The Swift Current SPCA 2017 holiday giving guide can now also be viewed on the shelter's website at http://spcaswiftcurrent.com. The guide gives an option to select a donation amount for a specific purpose, for example a $25 donation will feed a shelter pet for one month.

 

Record breaking mild weather attracted a very large crowd to downtown Swift Current for the annual Christmas tree lighting, Nov. 23. Families crowded into Market Square to watch the countdown for switching on the lights on the large Christmas tree at 7 p.m. Santa Claus and Mrs Claus arrived shortly afterwards in a fire truck. There was a long line-up of children who wanted to see Santa and each child received a treat bag after meeting him. The École Centennial School choir entertained the crowd with festive songs after the Christmas tree lighting. Horse wagon rides were a popular attraction at the event. The horses were provided by Lost Valley Horse Ranch, Pebble Ridge Percherons, and Prairie Percherons. A new temperature record of 13.2 degrees Celsius was set for Swift Current on this day. The old record of 11.7 degrees for Swift Current on Nov. 23 was set in 1890. The temperature was still almost three degrees above freezing when the Christmas tree lighting took place.

 

 

The Registered Music Teachers of Swift Current hosted several events at the Swift Current Branch Library in celebration of Canada Music Week. Michael Lyngstad and Quinn Anderson Folk performed songs from the European Renaissance period over the lunch hour, Nov. 20. Music teacher Barb Levorson presented the interactive and fun program, musical steps for young children, on Nov. 21. Lyngstad played classical guitar and lute during another lunch hour concert, Nov. 24. He also presented introductory workshops for guitar and ukulele at the library, Nov. 25. Canada Music Week takes place annually during the third week of November to raise public awareness about the importance of Canadian music and to provide an opportunity to Canadian musicians to perform their work. Canada Music Week was initiated in 1960 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association.

 

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