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Royal Ball in Swift Current, March 28, 2015

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The inaugural Royal Ball in Swift Current was organized by a group of local women to raise funds for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. The sold out event consisted of two Royal Ball functions at the Daycare Inn on March 28 and 29 where children were able to meet their favourite fairytale characters while enjoying supper and entertainment. Flynn Rider (played by Chris Martens) announced the arrival of the royal court of fairytale characters and Queen Elsa of Arendelle (played by Emilee Mirau) welcomed everyone to the event.

 

The opening night of Swift Current Little Theatre's spring production of the comedy Beer for Breakfast by U.S. playwright Sean Grennan took place on March 19. There were also performances on March 20 and 21, and the final two performances are on March 27 and 28 at the Beatty Playhouse at Great Plains College. The comedy, which is directed by Shayla Kulferst and Ron Toles, provides many light-hearted moments and a few surprises as three friends gather for a guys weekend that turns into a battle of the sexes when another friend's wife turns up. The actors are Kurtis Bakanec, Teresa Cole, Ken Johnson and Bruce Rayner.

 

Saskatchewan author Cassie Stocks, who lives in Eston, was the guest speaker at the Lyric Theatre's Write Out Loud event in Swift Current, March 18. She read from her debut novel Dance, Gladys, Dance and talked about her journey from being a single parent who worked full-time while writing to receiving the 2013 Leacock Canadian Humour Award for her first book. She became the first woman in 17 years to receive this prestigious literary prize. The Highfield Schoolhouse Band provided the music at the event, with band members Sandra Hill on piano, her husband Larry Hill on banjo, Sandra's brother Stewart Wells on fiddle and Don Hussey on saxophone and banjo. They performed a selection of prairie pop tunes from 100 years ago that used to be played at community gatherings held at schoolhouses across Saskatchewan. The next Write Out Loud event on April 15 will feature award-winning Regina author and prairie naturalist Trevor Herriot, who will be reading from his latest book The Road is How: A Prairie Pilgrimage through Nature, Desire and Soul.

 

Hit songs from different decades helped the Swift Current Skating Club to celebrate a successful season during the club's Through the Decades show at the Credit Union iPlex, March 15. The club's ice show is an annual event to showcase the talent of their skaters in front of family and friends, who attended in large numbers to watch the colourful event. Moose Jaw Skating Club member Raine Eberl, a Saskatchewan high performance team member, was the guest skater at the show. A number of awards were also presented at the event. Club President Deb Steinley received the SaskEnergy Champion Volunteer award. Skaters Minjae Kim and Naimy Regier were presented with the SaskEnergy Rising Star award. Jodi Switzer and Braden Carleton received the CanSkate Champion award and Jade Philippon was the recipient of the CanSkater of the Year award.

 

The City of Swift Current's flood planning team and residents living near the creek kept a close eye on water levels last week when the Water Security Agency increased water volumes released from Duncairn Dam on March 9, when the inflow reached 23 cubic metres per second (800 cubic foot per second). In reaction the agency started to release six cubic metres per second (200 cubic foot per second) from the dam. Sections of the Chinook Parkway in Swift Current were covered by higher water levels and the Lee Lam bridge on the city's south side was closed for traffic. By March 13 the water levels have dropped significantly and City workers removed temporary dykes that were installed at a few locations to protect residential properties.

 

The Swift Current Group 2 Scouts Kub Kar Rally took place at the Swift Current Mall, March 7. 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.

 

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