Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The Swift Current SPCA hosted a Pets in the Park community dog walk at Riverside Park, Aug. 27. The support of pet lovers and various sponsors made it possible for the SPCA to raise just over $6,000 for the animal shelter with this event. Individuals qualified to participate in the dog walk along a section of the Chinook Parkway by collecting at least $50 in pledges for the shelter. The activities at the event included various dog-related demonstrations and vendors. One of the vendors was Dana Dyck, a certified groomer and owner of Lil’ Wiggles Small Dog Grooming. She is pictured while providing a grooming demonstration with her one-year-old Norwich Terrier, Sadie.

 

The penultimate Southwest CultureFest, a series of free bi-weekly events in southwest Saskatchewan to celebrate Canada 150 and cultural diversity in the province, took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Aug. 26. This event featured a Bengali song and dance show with singer Jebunnessa Chapola and three dancers, as well as a performance by Iraqi-Canadian spoken word and hip-hop artist Ahmad Majid. Chapola was born in Bangladesh and has been living in Saskatoon for the past six years, where she is a doctoral student in women’s and gender issues while she is also an activist, radio host and singer. Her performance in Swift Current highlighted Bengali musical traditions and the poetic songs of Rabindranath Tagore. Ahmad Majid of Saskatoon is a second-generation Iraqi-Canadian. He uses his poetry and music to address important social and human rights issues. The final event in this festival series takes place at the Lyric Theatre on Sept. 9. It will include a Filipino cultural showcase as well as other performances. Admission is free and the show starts at 7 p.m.

 

The Swift Current Drag Racing Association hosted the third and final drag racing weekend of the 2017 season at the Swift Current Airport, Aug. 26 and 27. The event was well attended and over 114 cars from across Saskatchewan as well as from Alberta, Manitoba and Montana  competed on the airfield dragstrip. Below are the race results.

Aug. 26 winners: Super Pro class – 1st Ron Schultz, Swift Current, 2nd Rick Starkey, Malta MT; Pro class – 1st Harvey Turner, Medicine Hat AB, 2nd Garry Burr, Bagot MB; Sportsman class – 1st Jarrod Bauer, Moose Jaw SK, 2nd Richard Vogel, McTaggart SK; Junior Dragster class – 1st Rayce Schultz, Swift Current, 2nd Erica Knelsen, Medicine Hat AB.

Aug. 27 winners: Super Pro class – 1st  Zach Lowe, Moose Jaw SK, 2nd Cory Schultz, Swift Current; Pro class – 1st James Frayn, Trossachs SK, 2nd Mike Acker, Swift Current; Sportsman class – 1st Remington Walker, Assiniboia SK, 2nd Jake Knelsen, Swift Current; Junior Dragster class – 1st Hayley Vipond, Swift Current, 2nd Rayce Schultz, Swift Current.

 

The differences in learning between boys and girls will be discussed at an upcoming workshop in Swift Current. The workshop Cracking the Boy Code takes places from 1-4 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Swift Current, Sept. 16.

Swift Current resident Dixie Green is giving a former church building a new lease on life while also showing her commitment to renewable energy.

The City of Swift Current’s net metering program gives an opportunity to residents to benefit from the installation of solar panels at their homes if they use less power than the amount generated by their renewable technology.

The upcoming rehabilitation of a street bridge across the Swift Current Creek will result in some road detours in Swift Current.

The Harvest for Hope fundraising initiative near Swift Current gathered another crop for Rock Solid Refuge, despite the very dry conditions in the area during the 2017 growing season.

A Swift Current resident celebrated his 50th birthday by competing in a gruelling triathlon race through the mountainous terrain around Whistler, B.C.

Job seekers in the Swift Current area who need information on career and job opportunities or on training and education can use the community-hosted job search resource centre at Great Plains College.

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