Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

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.

 

Local artists showed their support for an initiative to establish an emergency shelter for youth in southwest Saskatchewan with a fundraising concert at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, Nov. 14. The “Concert in the Sky” was a benefit event for Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (SwYES), a non-profit group that aims to develop an emergency shelter in Swift Current for youth between the ages 14 to 18 who are homeless or living in unsafe conditions. The participating artists in the concert were singer-songwriter Becky Neustaeter, the folk/roots/country group Creek City, country/blues singer-songwriter Jacqueline Hudec and the ambient alternative rock group Bears in Hazenmore.

 

 

The first performance of Swift Current Little Theatre's fall production of the comedy The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild (F.A.H.E.T.G.) Dramatic Society Murder Mystery took place at the Beatty Playhouse in the Great Plains College gym, Nov. 12. The five cast members play a variety of characters in this comedy about the disastrous efforts of a dramatic society to carry on with the performance when everything goes wrong with the production. Stage scenery collapses, actors forget their lines, cues are missed, and a variety of technical mishaps take place. There were three performances of this production last week and the final two performances are pub nights on Nov. 20 and 21. The members of the cast are: Nancy Bridal, Tara Garcia, Carisma Toles, Ron Toles and Lindsay Woods. The director is Ken Johnson, Kurtis Bakanec is the stage manager and the producers are Wendy Lockman and Bruce Rayner.

 

The annual Remembrance Day commemoration in Swift Current started with a parade from the Royal Canadian Legion Hall to the cenotaph in Memorial Park. Cadets from the 605 Tarry Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets stood on guard at the cenotaph from the previous night, starting at 10 p.m. on Nov. 10, until  shortly before the parade at 9 a.m. on Nov. 11. The parade was attended by around 100 people and 14 wreaths were placed at the cenotaph. The Remembrance Day service at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School started at 10:50 a.m. A large crowd of around 300 people filled up the cafeteria at the school for the service and 33 wreaths were laid during the ceremony.

 

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