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The Registered Music Teachers of Swift Current hosted several events at the Swift Current Branch Library in celebration of Canada Music Week. Michael Lyngstad and Quinn Anderson Folk performed songs from the European Renaissance period over the lunch hour, Nov. 20. Music teacher Barb Levorson presented the interactive and fun program, musical steps for young children, on Nov. 21. Lyngstad played classical guitar and lute during another lunch hour concert, Nov. 24. He also presented introductory workshops for guitar and ukulele at the library, Nov. 25. Canada Music Week takes place annually during the third week of November to raise public awareness about the importance of Canadian music and to provide an opportunity to Canadian musicians to perform their work. Canada Music Week was initiated in 1960 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association.

 

Prairie Spirit, an auditioned choral group in Swift Current, presented their concert Music to Soothe the Soul at the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Nov. 19. The concert's theme was a reflection on love, loss, grief and healing. The program included readings of appropriate texts by author Peggy Worrell, who also wrote a special piece for this event. Prairie Spirit will make a guest appearance at the Swift Current Oratorio Choir's two upcoming Christmas concerts in southwest Saskatchewan. There will be a performance at the Centre Street United Church in Shaunavon on Dec. 9 and at the Zion Mennonite Church in Swift Current, Dec. 11. Both performances will start at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 each or $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Andersboda in Shaunavon or at Pharmasave in Swift Current.

 

The popular historical musical drama The Cypress Hills would never be the same returned to the stage at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current for a third time, Nov. 14-18. Previous performances in November 2014 and April 2015 were sold out and the tickets for all five performances were also sold out this time. The play depicts a tumultuous time in the history of the Cypress Hills, including the Cypress Hills Massacre and the march westward by the North West Mounted Police. Swift Current playwright and director Stew Tasche added a monologue and music for a new character to this latest production of the historical musical drama. The production included a cast of seven actors, a four-member band, and a production team of four people. The role of the new character of Crow Mary was performed by Val Marie resident Madonna Hamel. Another Val Marie resident, Joseph Naytowhow, played the role of the Nakota storyteller. The other cast members are from Swift Current. Skip Neufeld, Gord Nodge and Doug Sawatzky were the American wolf hunters. Keegan Browne and Stefan Rumpel were members of the North West Mounted Police. The musicians were Dave Cyca, Ed Doyle, Mark Penner, and Jille Shotton. The production team was Cyndi Tasche (producer, set and costume design), Paula McGuigan (lighting technician), Michael Tetrault (music sound technician), and Marc Ruel (stage manager).

 

A variety of imaginative and delicious non-alcoholic drinks were created for the annual mocktail contest at at Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS), Nov. 16. The event was hosted by the school's Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) chapter. The contest judges were Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault and councillors Chris Martens and Ron Toles, who tasted each mocktail before announcing the winning team. The school's Best Buddies chapter was declared as overall winners for creating the best mocktails and the SCCHS Gay Straight Alliance received the prize for best presentation. The City of Swift Current staff received honourable mention for the Canada 150 theme of their table.

 

The Remembrance Day events in Swift Current were well attended. The annual Remembrance Day commemoration in the city started with a parade from the Royal Canadian Legion Hall to the cenotaph in Memorial Park at 9 a.m. Later in the morning a Remembrance Day service and wreath laying ceremony took place at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. An afternoon luncheon took place at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, and the Remembrance Day events concluded that evening with musical entertainment at the Legion Hall. There was a performance by the Green Braes Pipes and Drums and the main act was the popular Saskatoon group Rosie & the Riveters, whose distinctive sound is influenced by 1940s-style music. A new feature of this year's commemoration was the static displays inside and outside the Legion Hall, including a number of Second World War era military vehicles that were displayed in the street in front of the Legion building. The displays were organized by Legion member Andy Keys, a British Armed Forces veteran who served in the first Gulf War.

 

The 3rd annual Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) Concert in the Sky took place at the Living Sky Casino event centre on Nov. 10 to raise funds for Dorie's House. The performers at the event were Swift Current singer-songwriter Vanessa Gauvin and Saskatoon-based alternative rock band League of Wolves. The concert raised about $3,000 for Dorie’s House, an eight-bed emergency shelter for youth between the ages of 14 and 17 who are homeless or at risk of being homeless in southwest Saskatchewan. It opened in January, but due to a lack of secure funding the shelter doors closed temporarily in early October. The Southwest YES board of directors is continuing discussions with stakeholders in an effort to re-open the shelter. In the meantime fundraising activities in support of Dorie's House will continue. Southwest YES board members are selling 50/50 tickets for a draw that will take place on Dec. 19. The 14th annual Canadian Country Christmas concert, which will take place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current on Dec. 5, will also be a fundraiser for Dorie's House. The concert will feature performances by notable country musicians Sean Hogan, Jay Semko and Thomas Wade. Tickets are available at Pharmasave in Swift Current and Houston Pizza.

 

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) Colts volleyball team won gold at the 5A south regional volleyball championships in Swift Current, which they hosted Nov. 10-11. The Colts won both pool games in a convincing manner, starting with a 25-9 and 25-13 victory against Moose Jaw Central. Their game against the Estevan Elecs was another two-set win (25-11 and 25-13). The Colts played their only three-set game at the tournament in the semi-final against the Balgonie Greenall Griffins. The Colts won the first set 25-15, but Balgonie responded by taking the second set 25-21. The Colts kept their focus and won the third set 15-8. The Swift Current team finished the tournament with a two-set win (25-12 and 25-19) against the Weyburn Eagles to become regional champions.

 

Writer and retired Saskatoon City police officer Ernie Louttit was the featured author at Write Out Loud, Nov. 8.  He is the author of two books – Indian Ernie: Perspectives on policing and leadership as well as More Indian Ernie: Insights from the streets. He spoke about his career and his approach to policing. He considers empathy and a willingness to listen to people to be important aspects of a successful approach to policing. The event started with musical entertainment by three well-known southwest Saskatchewan musicians – Glenna Switzer (guitar and keyboard), Mark Penner (guitar), and Paula McGuigan (upright bass). The Write Out Loud series, which takes place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, presents readings by Canadian authors to local literary fans. The next event on Feb. 21 will be a local writer's night, when a number of local authors will share their writings with the audience.

 

A delegation of staff and students from Hazlet School made a presentation about project based learning (PBL) at a regular meeting of the Chinook School Division's board of education, Nov. 6. Principal Kristy Sletten and teacher Kerri Keenleyside provided an overview of the PBL initiative, which was introduced to increase student engagement and to help them to become self-directed and resilient learners as well as problem-solvers. The PBL initiative has helped students to become more engaged in their other classroom activities and it has provided students with a voice and a choice in their learning. Students spoke about the different PBL activities they have engaged in. The students who made presentations to the board meeting are Annika Reichenbach and Sennaray Garven (cooking/baking), Ana Julia Becerra Lara (scrapbooking), Mariana Mojica and Amani Sletten (cosmetology), Davin Garven and Tavis Brown (robotics), Sonja Gall (furniture refurbishing), as well as Sarah McNary and Noah Hughes (construction).

 

Swift Current was one of six Canadian host cities for the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia series between regional league teams of Canadian national junior team candidates and the Russian national junior team. The second of two games featuring players from the Western Hockey League (WHL) took place at the Innovation Credit Union i-plex in Swift Current, Nov. 7. The WHL team had a convincing 7-0 win in the first game in Moose Jaw, Nov. 6. They looked set to repeat that performance in Swift Current with a 3-0 lead in the second period, but the Russians scored four unanswered goals to win the game. The next two games will take place in Ontario and the series will conclude with games in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Three members of the Swift Current Broncos team played in the series. Colby Sissons and Tyler Steenbergen skated for the WHL team and Artyom Minulin is a member of the Russian team. Shaunavon's Kole Lind of the Kelowna Rockets also played for the WHL team.

 

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