Swift Current’s Lyric Theatre presented an evening of live music by local talent at the monthly Open Stage, June 14. Each event is a musical journey of discovery for audience members, who might see a musician’s first-time appearance on stage or hear an impromptu jam session by experienced performers. This popular event takes place the second Thursday of every month. There will be a special Open Stage on July 12 that takes place on the opening day of the Chautauqua performing arts festival. Open Stage will therefore start later than usual at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door and performers get in for free.


The Treaty 4 flag was raised during a ceremony on Market Square in Swift Current, June 11. The event was hosted by the Southwest Multicultural Association and partner organizations to highlight the City of Swift Current’s proclamation of June 10-16 as Truth and Reconciliation Week in the city. Bula Ghosh of the Southwest Multicultural Association emceed the event. The speakers were Swift Current Deputy Mayor Ron Toles, who also raised the flag, and Métis elder Cecile Blanke. Participants read out call to action item on families from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.


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Pride Week in Swift Current, June 4-9, 2018

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A variety of activities took place during Swift Current’s 2nd annual Pride Week from June 4-10. The event was organized by Southwest Saskatchewan Pride to celebrate the community’s diversity. On June 9 a family barbecue and Pride march took place at Market Square. Participants enjoyed live music by singer-songwriter Megan Nash and visited different vendor stalls, while there were free activities and games. There were a number of speeches by dignitaries before the start of the Pride march, which took participants through the downtown area and across Saskatchewan's first permanent rainbow crosswalk. The Lyric Theathre hosted a drag show and dance as part of the 2018 Pride Week activities in Swift Current, June 9. The drag performers from Regina and Winnipeg dazzled the audience with their glamorous outfits and dance moves.

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Ride for Dad in Swift Current, June 9, 2018

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Motorcyclists supported the fight against prostate cancer at the 2018 Swift Current Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad, June 9. This was the fifth anniversary of the event in Swift Current. It was attended by 165 registered riders and total donations were $30,045. The day-long event started at the Living Sky Casino with a breakfast and a parade through the city streets. Riders then participated in a poker rally on a route through southwest Saskatchewan that took them to Gull Lake, Shaunavon, Eastend, Maple Creek and back to Swift Current. The Motorcycle Ride for Dad Swift Current Chapter donated $40,000 to the University of Saskatchewan at the breakfast, which will be used for prostate cancer research. Sixty per cent of funds raised are donated towards research and 40 per cent are used to raise awareness about the most common cancer in men. Swift Current is one of only two communities in Saskatchewan that hosts an annual Ride for Dad. The other ride is held in Saskatoon.


The 4th annual Southwest Run for Shelter took place in Swift Current, June 9. The 31 participants had a choice of running a full or half marathon, or otherwise shorter distances of five and 10 kilometres. The event is organized by the Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) and raised about $4,000. All proceeds will make a difference to achieve the goal to re-open Dorie's House, an emergency shelter for homeless youth. Dorie’s House was open for eight months during 2017 as a pilot project to highlight the need for such a service in southwest Saskatchewan. The doors of the eight-bed facility had to be closed due to lack of funding and so far the efforts to secure provincial funding have been unsuccessful. The 2nd annual Dorie’s House charity golf tournament will take place at Elmwood golf course, Sept. 7. It will have a Texas scramble format with a shotgun start. To register, contact the Elmwood pro shop at (306) 778-4653 or Charmaine Westbury at (306) 773-8400 or (306) 750-8996.


Dirt racers were back on the track at the Living Sky Casino Speedway in Swift Current on June 8 and 9 for the Swift Current Stock Car Association’s (SCSCA) second race weekend of the season. Drivers competed in three racing classes and there was plenty of action on the track to entertain racing fans. Below are the feature winners in each class for the two nights:

Mini Stocks – June 8: 1st Norm Larson, 2nd Terry Fehr, 3rd Mike Koethler, 4th Keith Dixon; June 9: 1st Keith Dixon, 2nd Terry Fehr, 3rd Mike Koethler, 4th Mike Larson.

Street Stocks – June 8: 1st Trevor Monk, 2nd Ryan Atkins, 3rd Daryl Kehler, 4th Murray Koethler; June 9: 1st Ryan Atkins, 2nd Trevor Monk, 3rd Murray Koethler, 4th Brad Leverson.

IMCA Modifieds – June 8: 1st Jason Duclos, 2nd Garth Dushanek, 3rd Jim Cocks, 4th Carson Crowe; June 9: 1st Garth Dushanek, 2nd Brody Crowe, 3rd Quin Fahrenschon, 4th Jason Duclos.

The next event hosted by the SCSCA at the speedway will be a demolition derby on July 21, starting at 1 p.m.


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