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The 30th annual Southwest Crisis Services Duck Derby took place at Riverside Park in Swift Current on June 3 in conjunction with Innovation Credit Union's annual Picnic in the Park. The community showed their support for the duck derby and 1,355 numbered plastic ducks were dropped into the creek to float down to the finish line at Lee Lam bridge. The fastest duck belonged to Joanne Meyer. The second to sixth place winners were Jeremy Widdup, Patsy Williams, Lisa Willows, Lori Gaunt, and Tina Bonk. This is the main fundraiser of the year for Southwest Crisis Services and the event raised $12,595. The funds will be used to support Southwest Crisis Services programs and services, including an emergency safe shelter and housing support for women and children at risk of or experiencing abuse, a 24/7 crisis helpline, individual and couple supportive counselling, group empowerment programs, and prevention education workshops and events.

 

There was a large turnout on a beautiful sunny day for Innovation Credit Union's 37th annual Picnic in the Park at Riverside Park in Swift Current, June 3. Families enjoyed a relaxing afternoon in the park while taking in the many activities available to young and old, including stage entertainment, children's games, different displays and booths with food and refreshments.

 

The Dance Studio in Swift Current reached a milestone when the 10th annual A Touch of Class recital took place at the Living Sky Casino event centre, June 2. Students showcased their talents and new skills after a season of hard work during a matinee and evening performance. The dancers presented a full program of 27 choreographed dances in different styles, including some revamped dances from the past nine years, to celebrate the art of dance and the technical competence of students. Perfect attendance and student awards were announced at the end of the recital. Studio owner and artistic director Melissa Wallace presented the student awards to Aleah Burton (most improved confidence), Alex Carleton (passion for dance), Kennedi Johnston (fabulous attitude), and Anna Oman (enthusiasm award).

 

The arts team at École Centennial School used a combination of drama, music, dance and art to showcase the artistic talents of students through the production of the play Collage of the Arts. There was an afternoon and evening performance of the play on May 31 in combination with the school's 2nd annual art show, which displayed art pieces created by kindergarten to Grade 8 students. The play consisted of a series of skits. After each dramatic sketch there was either a dance performance or a musical interlude.

 

The opening day for the Western Major Baseball League's 2018 season was on May 31. The Swift Current 57's started the defence of their 2017 championship title with a home game against the Weyburn Beavers. The home team took to the field in new bright orange outfits and with only one returning player from last year, pitcher Mitch Guiberson. Weyburn won the game 4-3 after Keaton Greenwalt singled in the eight innings on a hit by Eric Morales. Dauson Tate made two hits and scored a run for Swift Current. The other singles were scored by Anthony Stewart and Alex Orenczuk. The Swift Current 57's used four pitchers during the game and Tommy Steier took the loss. 

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All That Jazz concert, May 26, 2018

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The Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) Music Department hosted an evening of musical entertainment to raise funds for the band program. The 2018 All That Jazz performance took place in the SCCHS cafetorium, May 26. There were free swing dance lessons before the formal program. The school’s junior and senior jazz bands as well as the vocal jazz choral group delivered a variety of jazz favourites. As an added bonus the program included a performance by the Swift Current Jazz Orchestra, a community-based non-profit jazz ensemble.

 

Noteworthy, a new community choir in Swift Current, performed at a fundraising supper and concert hosted by St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, May 26. The choir was started last fall by Mark Brooks and they have performed at a number of events since then. The choir currently has a dozen members and any new members are welcome. The choir has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/NoteworthySwiftCurrent. For more information, send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Saskatchewan Senior Fitness Association (SSFA) district games for the southwest region took place in Swift Current, May 26. The event was open to anyone who will be 55 years or older in 2018. There was a total of 105 participants who competed in a variety of events, including track and field, pickleball, golf, bowling, eight-ball, shuffleboard, scrabble, bridge, cribbage, whist, as well as poetry and short story writing. Participants had an opportunity to qualify and advance to the 2018 SSFA 55+ Provincial Games in Moose Jaw from July 10-12. The main focus of the activities at the district and provincial games is on participation and not so much on competition. The SSFA's mission is to improve the well-being of seniors in Saskatchewan through physical, cultural, social and intellectual activities. There was a group of 20 enthusiastic participants in the track and field events, which took place at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School track. They competed in age categories from 55 to over 85. The oldest competitor was 91-year-old Doreen Erskine of Moose Jaw, who competed in the javelin, shot put and discuss events. Her 84-year-old sister Gwen Boiven of Moose Jaw was also participating in the track and field in the 50 metre and 100 metre sprint as well as the long jump and triple jump.

 

Swift Current Minor Girls Softball hosted a warm-up tournament for teams from various communities, May 26. Multiple Swift Current teams played in each age group and they were joined by teams from Kincaid, Kindersley, Lafleche, Leader, Maple Cree, and Shaunavon. A total of 30 games were played during the day.

 

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