We are in full holiday mode with so many different events going on around our Winter Wonderland! Here are Decembers Spotlight events…
DEC 2, 5, 9, 16, 20 – Get out and cheer on YOUR Dauphin Kings! Nothing says winter in Canada like a good old hockey game. Lots of fun things are happening at the games this month such as the draw for the Tractor Lotto at the December 9th game, the tickets can be purchased at the games prior too. There will be a Teddy Bear Toss at the December 5th game, so bring a teddy bear to throw on the ice when the Kings score their first goal! Also bring your skates along because after the game you can Skate with the Kings!
DEC 5-31 – The Dauphin RIDE Program will begin on Friday, Dec. 5, and will continue each Friday and Saturday night throughout the month of December, as well as on Wed Dec 31 for New Year’s Eve. Remember if you have your vehicle with you and you are out drinking alcohol call the RIDE Program for a safe RIDE home for both you and your vehicle. Call 638-5707.
DEC 6 – Join us for Christmas at the Fort from 1:00 – 4:00pm for sleigh rides, games, hot chocolate and stories with Mrs Claus! Admission is FREE, however it is asked that you bring a non-perishable food item to donate to our local food bank.
DEC 10 – Bring your bright ideas to the City Council at our “Bright Ideas for Dauphin” event. What should our community look like moving forward? Come to the Lion’s Den in the Parkland Rec Complex at 6:15pm for an evening of collaborative discussions about economic development, recreation, arts & culture and more! RSVP required by December 5th, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEC 12 – The Dauphin Friendship Centre is holding their Annual Christmas Dinner & Dry Dance. This is an adult only event so call the babysitter for the kiddies. Dinner is at 6:00pm with a dance to follow. There will be a silent auction and mocktail bar. Tickets available at the Dauphin Friendship Centre but only 200 tickets will be sold so get ‘em will they last!
DEC 20 – The Christmas classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be presented by the Youth Arts Committee on December 20th at the Dauphin Public Library. There will be Christmas carols, poems, dance and just maybe a sweet treat! This event is FREE and all ages are welcome. Be there at 3:00pm, the Grinch hates when people are late.
That’s not all… Check out more events happening in our community HERE.
It is with a single tear that we say goodbye to a gal who has been a staunch supporter, advocate and storyteller for our region and province. Angela Gray, of the fabulous blog, Little Gray Bird, moved to Winnipegosis nearly 8 years ago and has been documenting her time here with exciting stories and pictures, drawing wonderful parallels between the prairies and her own home on the east coast. I want to take a moment to thank Angela, not only for eagerly working directly with the volunteers, coordinators and organizations in the community of Dauphin and surrounding area, but for something much more profound than that. Angela, thank you for taking the time to explore a region of our country that is sometimes overlooked. You saw the beauty that we see here, from the astounding nature and access to wildlife, to the people and stories that make us who we are. You said it well, you said it honestly, and we thank you for that.
To the little gray bird that swooped in and made a nest here for a little while – we wish you farewell. May the winds bring you safely back towards your home.
If you live in the Parkland area and you have a blog or are interested in blogging, we encourage you to contact us about being a guest blogger!
Photo credit: The Little Gray Bird
OCT 1 – Come down to Bruce’s Firehouse to take in some dirt road rock and roll from Kingston, Ontario. Tom Savage will take the stage at 8:00pm. His country music tour will take him throughout Canada and we can’t wait to have him rock the stage in Dauphin! Doors will open at 7:30pm. Call in advance for tickets 204-638-4834 or pick them up at the door prior to show time.
OCT 4 – Bring on the laughs! The Dauphin & District Community Foundation presents Big Daddy Tazz. Tazz is equal parts comedian and motivational speaker, who likes to enlighten, educate and inspire. As a result, his one-man shows have drawn rave reviews and standing ovations from coast-to-coast. Enjoy appetizers and cocktails as well as Philanthropist of the year award. Doors open at 7:00pm at the Dauphin & District Allied Arts Centre. Tickets are $40 and are available at the Community Foundation office at City Hall.
OCT 8 – While the weather outside is cooling off, you’ll need to warm up. Best chilly weather food? Chili! The Annual Chili Cook Off hosted by the Parkland Mental Health promotion committee is on from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Dauphin Friendship Center back hall. Admission is only $2! You’ll get to sample and vote for your favorite Chili. There will also be a wellness raffle, and live entertainment! To enter your chill into the event call Pam at 204-622-4189.
OCT 19 – Mark your calendars! Fred Eaglesmith hits the stage for a concert to remember at the Watson Art Centre. Eaglesmith is a veteran of the music industry and at the same time is about as far away from actually participating in today’s music industry as one could be. Never operating within anyone’s boundaries, he continues to set the standard for independent artists everywhere. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at 8:00pm.
OCT 24 – TGIF! Spend your Friday enjoying good wine, good food and good company at the Rotary Wine Tasting. This evening will feature instructed wine tasting, fine finger foods and mingling with friends at the Lion’s Den, Parkland Rec Complex. Tickets are $25 and available from any Rotary member as well as at the Dauphin MLCC.
OCT 31 – Witches, warlocks, goblins, oh my! Get dressed up and come to the Watson Art Centre for a live performance by Krazy Madness, a metal/rock who play tribute to many classic metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Quiet Riot, Jimi Hendrix and many more. Get ready for some spoOoky fun and cash prizes!
Saturday, September 13th marked the 3rd annual Cachefest! We had over 60 Geocachers from all over the prairies, such as Winnipeg, Altona, Flin Flon, Lake Francis, Regina, Kennedy and of course some of our locals from Dauphin. This was a full day event that started with registration in the morning, followed by an introduction into Geocaching presentation from a member of our Cachefest Committee and off they went! After a day filled with travel, puzzles, and hidden treasure the participants gathered back at City Hall to share their findings. Games were played, fun was had and prizes were given.
For those of you that aren’t in the loop about Geocaching, let us fill you in… Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunt using GPS enabled devices to track down coordinates, while doing this you must be mindful of the Muggles (This is a Geocachers term for a non-Geocacher). Geocaches are containers that are hidden and logged on Geocaching.com, where participants can search for geocaches all over the world! For more information about how to become a Geochacher, visit Geocaching.com.
If this intrigues you, we encourage you to get involved! We have a national MEGA event that is happening on July 18th that will bring Geocachers from coast to coast called Country Legends. To be classified as a MEGA event on Geocaching.com the event must have a minimum of 500+ participants. Country Legends has already reached MEGA status! So you have until July to practice or you’ll be left in the dust!
Mark your calendars for Country Legends on July 18th, 2015 and stay tuned for more information and how you can connect with us via social media!