A party for Saskatchewan’s libraries took place on Market Square in downtown Swift Current, April 29. The event was organized by the Friends of the Swift Current Branch Library to celebrate the recent decision by the provincial government to restore library funding to 2016 levels. The government’s decision came after thousands of people took part in rallies to raise their concerns over a dramatic cut in funding to libraries in the 2017-18 provincial budget. The celebration in Swift Current included musical entertainment by local musicians and a number of speakers talked about the importance of public libraries. The event concluded with a parade from Market Square to the Swift Current Branch Library, where people enjoyed refreshments.

 

The 2nd annual Prpick Boss Mother Earth run/walk took place along the scenic Chinook Parkway in Swift Current, April 29. The event started and finished at Elmwood Park and participants could run or walk over distances of 10, 5, two or one kilometre. There were over 80 participants in this year’s event. A portion of the race registration funds will be donated towards the Southwest Homes residential and small business recycling pick-up program.

 

The Prairie Quills Writers Group hosted an evening of reading at the Swift Current Branch Library, April 25. Members read from their contributions to the group’s sixth anthology, Change is Not a Four-Letter Word, which will be published this fall. Each piece in this anthology will explore the theme of change from a different perspective, varying from the impact of a sudden accidental death to the secrets hidden in the lives of ordinary people.

 

Annie Lotochinski, a Grade 12 student at Swift Current Comprehensive High School, and local author Anthea Loran attended a regular City of Swift Current council meeting on April 24 for the 2017 Poetry City Challenge. Lotochinski read a poem titled Censorship to the meeting. Her poems have already been published in two poetry magazines and she won a first prize in the Polar Expressions Publishing 2015/16 student poetry contest. The 2017 Poetry City Challenge is an annual celebration of poetry facilitated by the League of Canadian Poets in association with participating mayors and city councils across the country. The challenge is a way to recognize UNESCO World Poetry Day on March 21 and celebrate National Poetry Month in April. Mayors are therefore encouraged to invite a local poet to read at a city council meeting during the month of March or April. Swift Current is one of six participating communities in Saskatchewan. The other communities are Creighton, Melfort, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and Saskatoon.

 

People were having fund and helping to raise funds for the Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council during the 30th annual Ability Bowl at the Frontier Bowling Lanes, April 22. The theme of this year's fundraising event was Rock ‘n Bowl and a number of teams dressed as their favourite rock stars. The 42 teams and 230 fundraisers raised a total of $70,696.87. The top fundraising teams were Signs 'n Such ($5,700), SARCAN Superstars ($2,758.30) and Bowling Stones ($2,600). The top individual fundraisers were Dorothy Quebec ($5,342), Jarrod Schellenberg ($2,600) and Dwight Larter ($1,770). Carley Martinson, who raised $1,150.85, received the Bob Hayes Memorial plaque for the Saskatchewan Abilities Council client who raised the largest amount. The grand prize winner at this year's event was Dwight Larter, who received two floor tickets to a Guns N’ Roses concert in Regina as well as a one night stay at Hotel Saskatchewan and a $100 gas voucher. All the proceeds from Ability Bowl will be used by the Saskatchewan Abilities Council to fund the programs and services provided to over 2,000 people in the Swift Current area.

 

A rally against Bill 40 and the privatization of Crown corporations took place at the office of Swift Current MLA and Premier Brad Wall, April 21. A town hall meeting to create public awareness about the bill, which is currently under consideration by the provincial legislature, took place in Swift Current the previous evening. These events were organized by the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE) Local 397 and representatives from SEIU-West and Unifor Local 3 also participated in the activities. Similar events have taken place in other cities and towns across Saskatchewan.

 

 

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