Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Members of Swift Current Little Theatre were rehearsing for their upcoming fall production, Nov. 3. They will be performing the comedy The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery. It will provide audiences with plenty of laughs as they watch a drama group's disastrous opening night when everything goes wrong. Stage scenery collapses, actors forget their lines, and the sound and lighting effects provide some surprises. There will be five performances, starting with the regular performance on Nov. 12, dinner theatre on Nov. 13 and pub nights on Nov. 14, 20 and 21. All performances take place at the Beatty Playhouse in the Great Plains College gym and tickets are available at Pharmasave.

 

The Swift Current Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 56 held a flag raising ceremony for Veteran's Week on Market Square in downtown Swift Current, Nov. 2. Participants in the ceremony were Swift Current Legion President Vel Burns, Poppy Chairperson Jeff Giesbrecht, Swift Current Legion Past President Harvey Wiebe and Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer. Afterward Burns and Giesbrecht attached handmade poppies to the Memorial Drive road signs at the north and south entrances to Swift Current along Highway No. 4 to highlight Veteran's Week and the upcoming Remembrance Day. The large handmade poppies were crocheted by Val Salter, a member of the St. Stephens Anglican Church in Swift Current, as a gift to the local Legion in recognition of the annual D-Day service that is hosted every year at the church. The portion of Highway 4 within city boundaries was renamed to Memorial Drive in 2011. Poppy sales in Swift Current started on Oct. 30. Poppies are available at many businesses in the city and there will also be manned poppy trays at the Swift Current Mall, WalMart and SLGA liquor store on Nov. 6, 7 and 10.

 

The Cypress Health Region's 4th annual Safety Expo to inform staff members and the public about the importance of safety took place at the Cypress Regional Hospital, Oct. 26-30. The health region expanded this year's expo to a five-day event as a result of positive feedback from people who attended the previous two-day event. The Safety Expo happened during Canadian Patient Safety Week and different safety issues were highlighted on each day. Monday's theme was patient and family centered care, Tuesday's focus was on emergency room visits and Wednesday was staff safety day. There was a patient safety day and health fair on Thursday and Friday's mock room of horrors provided education on safety and infection controls.

 

Participants in the Swift Current Youth Ministries city-wide food drive on Halloween collected 11,080 pounds of food within three hours for the local food bank. Trailview Alliance Church youth and young adults pastor Duane Reimer said between 80 and 100 volunteers from six or seven church youth groups participated in the Oct. 31 food drive. City residents were able to donate on their doorsteps to volunteers or drop off non-perishable food items at three locations around Swift Current. Afterwards three trailers were taken to the local food bank at the Salvation Army premises to be off-loaded. Reimer thanked residents for their generosity to make the food drive a success.

 

The Swift Current Ardens concluded a succesful soccer season with bronze medals at the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) 3A Girls provincial soccer championships. The eight-team championships was hosted by the Swift Current Comprehensive High School on Oct. 30 and 31. The Ardens won 3-2 against Saskatoon St. Joseph Guardians on Oct. 30, but lost 3-1 against Prince Albert Carlton Crusaders in that afternoon's semi-final game. The Ardens took bronze on Oct. 31 with a 5-3 victory against the Prince Albert St. Mary Marauders.

 

People enjoyed an evening of laughter and fun at the NIGHTmare Before Halloween Bash, which was hosted by Swift Current Improvisational Theatre (SCiT) at the Lyric Theatre, Oct. 30. The excitement during the evening included an improvisation show, live music and games. The event was a fundraiser for local resident Julien Levesque, who lives with spinal muscular atrophy, to acquire a wheelchair accessible van. A total of $1,045 was raised and there is also a Go Fund Me page in support of Levesque at https://www.gofundme.com/vanforindependance

 

Vancouver resident Andy Sward ran through Swift Current for the second time in three years on Oct. 29. He left the west coast in July 2013 to run across the country to raise awareness about recycling and environmental issues. After spending a winter in Ontario, he reached Cape Spear in Newfoundland in 2014. During that initial cross-country trip he collected around 31,000 bottles and cans along the roadside. His return journey from Cape Spear started on April 12, 2015, and he will complete this run on Vancouver Island just before Christmas. So far during his return journey he has already collected around 25,000 bottles and cans along the roadside.

 

People were enjoying an evening of good food and entertainment for a good cause at the 17th annual Night out in Greece dinner and dance at the Swift Current Legion Hall. Oct. 24. The event is hosted by the Greek Orthodox community in Swift Current to raise funds in support of health care. It has raised around $800,000 for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation since 1998. The entertainment at this year's event included grape stomping by audience members and a mix of traditional Greek music and contemporary top 40 hits to get people dancing. Funds raised at this year's Night out in Greece will be used to fully equip a resident's room in the new Swift Current long-term care facility.

 

People were walking and skating to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at the 6th annual Swift Current Walk to Cure Diabetes, which took place at the Credit Union iPlex. Oct. 24. Hayden Hornung, the youth ambassador for the walk, cut the ribbon at the start of the event. The annual walk is organized by the Southwest Type 1 Sharps, a volunteer group of families with children who have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. This year's walk raised $11,000 and along with the funds from a team roping event held in August the group will be donating a total of $18,210 to JDRF. Since inception six years ago the Southwest Type 1 Sharps has raised $242,000 to help find a cure for diabetes.

 

 

The Great Plains College SunDogs Athletics program hosted a birthday party in association with the Swift Current SPCA on Oct. 24 to celebrate the 10th birthday of the program's mascot. The family-friendly event included a variety of games and an opportunity to meet the SunDogs mascot as well as other mascots that attended the event. The SPCA brought along animals available for adoption at the shelter. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Sundogs Athletics program and the Swift Current SPCA. The SunDogs Athletics program has established a successful record during the past decade with three provincial championships, four league and provincial awards, five coach of the year awards, five Battle of the Southwest titles and 16 provincial all-star athlete awards.

 

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