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SADD traffic stop in Swift Current, Dec. 2, 2015

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Members of the Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) chapter at Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) held a traffic stop in association with the RCMP on Central Avenue North in Swift Current on Dec. 2 to ask motorists to drive safely during the festive season. In addition to a reminder not to drink and drive, students handed out candy and red SADD ribbons to motorists at the checkstop.

 

The Great Plains College SunDogs hosted around 200 athletes and coaches in Swift Current on Nov. 27 and 28 during the 2015 Western Canadian College Open Volleyball Championship. Men's and women's teams from seven colleges in three provinces (Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) participated in the championships. Games were played on the volleyball courts at O.M. Irwin School and Swift Current Comprehensive High School. Pictures is action from three games played on Nov. 27. The Great Plains College SunDogs men played in their opening game against the Université de Saint–Boniface Les Rouges from Winnipeg. The SunDogs lost the game in two sets (25-14 and 25-21). The Great Plains College SunDogs women also played their opening game against the Université de Saint–Boniface Les Rouges. The Manitoba team won in two sets (25-4 and 25-11). The Millar College of the Bible Edge men opened their tournament against the Université de Saint–Boniface Les Rouges. The two teams had a tight game but Millar had the edge and won in two sets (25-21 and 25-19). Assiniboine Community College Cougars won gold in the women's competition while Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Amaruks took home silver and Canadian Mennonite University Blazers were the bronze medalists. In the men's competition the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers won gold, Millar College of the Bible Edge took second place and Prairie Bible Institute Pilots placed third.

 

The 605 Tarry Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets hosted a dinner and dance in Swift Current to celebrate the squadron's 60th anniversary in the community. The gala took place at the Legion Hall on Nov. 28 with a former CF-18 fighter pilot, retired Lt. Col. Desmond Brophy, as guest speaker. The Toon Town Big Band, a 17-piece band from Saskatoon, provided musical entertainment during the evening.

 

Swift Current Broncos fans showed their generosity when hundreds of teddy bears rained onto the ice after Jake DeBrusk scored the home team's first goal late in the first period of the teddy bear toss game against the Prince Albert Raiders, Nov. 28. This year's event collected 757 teddy bears and 540 toques, mittens and scarves for the Swift Current Salvation Army's Christmas campaign. The Raiders won the game 2-1.

 

The Swift Current SPCA received some help from Santa and Mrs Claus at the annual Santa Paws fundraiser, Nov 28. Pet owners visited Cowtown in downtown Swift Current to have their pets photographed with the two North Pole visitors. This year's event raised just over $375 for the animal shelter. There are many ways for people to still show their support for the Swift Current SPCA this festive season. The 2016 pet calendars are on sale for $10 and the SPCA is also selling tickets for the “I'm dreaming of a warm Christmas” winter raffle. The raffle draw date is Dec. 23. There are four different prizes available for a $2 ticket and an opportunity to win a $1,000 travel voucher with a $5 ticket. The calendars and raffle tickets are on sale at the shelter, SPCA Bookstore, and several business locations in the city or by calling Teresa Cole at 306-773-1292. The SPCA will also appreciate donations of items for the shelter during the festive season. A full list of needed items are available on the shelter blog on the SPCA website at www.spcaswiftcurrent.com

 

The concert “A cozy evening with Prairie Spirit” took place in the intimate setting of the Family Community Church in Swift Current. Nov. 21. Prairie Spirit is an auditioned choral group from Swift Current under the direction of Marcia McLean and with accompanist Sheila Braun. The choir has recently received the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association (SMFA) Betty Tydeman Memorial Choral Award for 2015. McLean is also the director of the Swift Current Oratorio Choir, which will present its Christmas concert “Once upon a Winter’s Night” at the United Church in Shaunavon on Dec. 6 and at the Zion Mennonite Church in Swift Current on Dec. 7.

 

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts hosted the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) 5A Boys provincial volleyball championships on Nov. 20 and 21. Ten teams participated in the tournament. The Colts finished second in their pool with only one loss after four games, but their season came to an end in the quarter final game with a two set loss (25-15 and 25-20) against the Regina Campbell Tartans. The photographs are from the Colts' opening game against the Weyburn Eagles. The Colts won the game in two sets, 25-16 and 25-23.

 

Families crowded into Market Square in downtown Swift Current on Nov. 19 in anticipation of the annual Christmas tree lighting at 7 p.m. Santa Claus and Ms Claus arrived shortly after the tree lighting 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 Central School and Centennial School choirs sang Christmas carols to put everyone in a festive mood. Families enjoyed hot chocolate around a number of fire pits and the sleigh rides were also very popular.

 

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) Drama Department's fall production will be Romeo and Juliet, the classic William Shakespeare play of love and tragedy. This production of the feud between the Capulet and Montague families in the city of Verona has been inspired by the steampunk genre. The decor and costumes will therefore present audiences with an alternative vision of the city, but the tragic story of fate and chance will be the same. The production will be on stage at SCCHS for four evenings from Nov. 25 to 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m. There will also be a matinee performance on Nov. 28, when doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at Pharmasave or by calling Stefan Rumpel at 306-773-2801 Ext. 232.

 

The South Asian community in Swift Current hosted a Diwali celebration at the First United Church gymnasium, Nov. 15. Diwali or the Festival of Lights is an ancient Hindu festival to celebrate the victory of good over evil. People enjoyed a meal and watched dancing performances by Pearl Munim, Tintu Sebastian and Ankita Das. Eight-year-old Vaishnavi Gali performed some of her favourite songs on a keyboard piano and concluded by playing the national anthem of India. Audience members also participated in the celebrations by dancing the Garba, a traditional folk dance.

 

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