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In light of the COVID-19 precautions...


Please call or e-mail the venue or organizers to confirm that the event you are interested in is still taking place and has not been cancelled or postponed.

Stay healthy and safe, everyone!

September 22, 2021

Train News l Writers’ Events l Orange Shirt Day Pow Wow l Auction & Sales l Havana l Halloween Happenings l Winnipeg Comedy Festival l Classes l Family Nature Events

Train News

September 25 and 26, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Red River Exhibition Place, 3977 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
Adult $8 / children aged 4 - 12 $6 / infants aged 3 and under Free
2 Adults and up to two children aged 4-12 $25
You must show proof of vaccination to enter.
Masks are mandatory, except for children three years of age and under.
Info: vectormb@mymts.net

Manitoba Mega Train Show
Social distancing will be practiced with larger aisles, fewer vendors and a controlled crowd flow. Admission includes FREE 7.5 in gauge megatrain rides!

Barbara Lange will be at the Manitoba Mega Train Show, signing Memories of the Moonlight Special and Grand Beach Train Era, also Through the Window of a Train: A Canadian Railway Anthology. http://www.borealispress.com/memoriesofthemoonlightspecial.html

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CN 2747 Enclosure Project Capital Campaign

Help support the development of a permanent structure over this important historical asset in the community of Transcona.

The main purpose of the enclosure is to have the engine protected from the elements, vandalism, and theft. CN 2747 has been on outdoor display since 1960 and this has caused damage to the overall condition and stability of the engine. An enclosure will help to extend the lifespan of the engine. The estimated construction costs are $492,942.

https://www.transconamuseum.mb.ca/get-on-board?fbclid=IwAR0utM8IvAFrZwFSMj8-jEnGsbkudZqIeyj8eus7ppwA8VfCXQLdgLg2eog

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Writers’ Events

September 29, 7 PM – 8 PM in Winnipeg
Registration for the Zoom webinar: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ENKP3P9VT5Wb7mBB3gCZ0A?fbclid=IwAR3zR7VsWMdr3zqjHlPVnAz1BK7-KdbCojsN4KCMHRHWd8DMvd1dx1nEG7E

Join photographer Chris Attrell and author Christine Hanlon for the virtual launch of the photograph collection Grain Elevators: Beacons of the Prairies.

On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhzzziVg49M

Rising above the landscape, the grain elevator heralds a time when wheat was king across the West. At their zenith, 5,758 of these prairie giants defined the economy and skyline of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Every year their numbers dwindle. Sometimes these towering signposts are all that is left of a town or hamlet once built around them. Award-winning photographer Chris Attrell captures the haunting presence of those that remain to stand guard over an ever-changing agrarian lifestyle.

Chris Attrell is the author of the bestselling book, Forgotten Saskatchewan. His work has been shown in galleries across the Prairies.
Christine Hanlon is the bestselling author of Old Winnipeg, Out of Old Manitoba Kitchens, co-author of The Manitoba Book of Everything, and curator/writer for Everything Manitoba: The Ultimate Book of Lists.

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Manitoba Writers' Guild, 218-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, Mb R3B 1H3

October 7, 7PM on Zoom
Email the Guild office manitobawritersguild3@gmail.com for instructions on how to join.

Virtual Writing Rants and Ramblings is free and held the first Thursday of each month. It is open to all writers and aspiring writers. Membership in the Guild is not required.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea, or other beverage of choice, a snack, kick your feet up, and join us for a casual discussion on writing and being a writer.

We welcome you to join the online meeting to discuss your writing experiences and listen to fellow writers talk about theirs. Upcoming Book Chats Schedule:
Oct - Duncan Mecredi / Lenard Monkman
Nov - Andrew Unger
Dec - Lara Rae
Jan - Relish Design

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October 21, at 8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Gala for Literacy 2021

This gala event is all about supporting the literacy of men in conflict with the law.
Studies show that when individuals work on their literacy, they are less likely to re-offend. Plus, they’re better equipped to find housing, land a job or secure social services.

The money raised from this celebrity-endorsed event goes directly to our Literacy Department, and aids in our work with men on the inside and outside.
CBC humourist, Rick Mercer, is the main host, with segments hosted by former CBC Radio host, Terry MacLeod.
Katherena Vermette, our Poet Laureate for this year, will join us and read a few of her poems.
We will also give special recognition to one outstanding student and a pair of teachers.
Twin Flames, Stephen Fearing and Ashley MacIsaac will each perform for us.
And we’ll hear award-winning author Louise Penny read from a best-selling book.

The Literacy Program at the John Howard Society of Manitoba provides one-to-one assistance with reading, problem solving and mathematics in Winnipeg's Remand Centre and at several correctional facilities in the province. In pre-Covid times, we trained incarcerated men to become peer tutors. During Covid we offer instruction via Zoom.

In our Get The Story Out program, we record fathers reading stories for their children and then deliver the book to the child's parent or caregiver.

Questions? https://jhsm.crowdchange.ca/1713 utm_source=WFP&utm_medium=DFP&utm_campaign=JohnHowardSociety_DesktopBillboard_September20-October20_2021&utm_content=DesktopBillboard

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September 30, 12 PM

Orange Shirt Day Pow Wow at St. John's Park
Event by Wayne Mason, info   204-774-6484

Wa-Say Healing Centre Inc. will be hosting a Pow Wow to recognize Orange Shirt Day and to Honour the 60's Scoop, Indian Residential School, Indian Day School Survivors & MMIW.
12 PM Pipe Ceremony and lighting the sacred fire
1 PM Grand Entry
MC Ray ‘Coco’ Stevenson

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Auction & Sales

September 30 at 12 AM – October 13 AT 6 PM

Manitoba Historical Society’s Online Auction

Kaye’s Auctions (kayesauctions.com) will facilitate an online auction when you will have the opportunity to bid on some spectacular items.
Visit the MHS Fundraising Auction here: https://kayesauctions.hibid.com/catalog/308779/manitoba-historical-society-charity-auction-oct--13--2021/?fbclid=IwAR29GYwiExRyIFP1XLZtaLgHJg9_GrzmLsedMCzyqUhxyYQVWRbzS_sWt6U

Preview and bid on this eclectic assortment of collectibles, historic garden art, antiques, books, art, jewellry, china, unique historixal experiences, and antique furniture!

We thank you in advance. Bidding begins shortly, so please plan to preview, and make a bid on some of these incredible items! All profits go to support the important work that the Manitoba Historical Society does, keeping history alive since 1879!
Payments will be processed with the winning bids via telephone, PayPal, and or cash/debit. Pickup of the items will be arranged for the weekend of October 16 & 17.

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Winnipeg Public Library Best of Friends Gift Shop

You can now find our products online with goodlocal.ca
Shop for fun items AND support your Winnipeg Public Library at the same time. It’s a great way to support local charities and businesses from the comfort of your own home!
Click on the shop below to check out our shop:
https://goodlocal.ca/vendors/best-of-friends-gift-shop/?fbclid=IwAR1eGeJ387tHU0ixIBSBmEOF8Xpb2ZjwcoBrsrth0iL4Qf1lsAAfJESQWz4

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October 2, noon and October 3, 12:30 pm
Free · Winnipeg Cinematheque
Tickets: https://www.winnipegfilmgroup.com/event/architecturefilm-havana-from-on-high/2021-09-24/?fbclid=IwAR3m4YT9Zkx6AOosdXlgoUZNL5LUQbLfoEWqMGQxuTD6PDKytfVLk-g0njc

Havana, from on high, Directed by Pedro Ruiz
2018, Canada, 80 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles

High above the streets of Central Havana, some of its poorest citizens are forced into rooftop homes by a chronic city-wide housing shortage. With the help of stunning cinematography and inspired soundscapes, Ruiz skillfully interweaves these stories to create a vibrant tapestry of a city and country once again in the grips of major upheaval.
Cinematheque is at 50% capacity and allowing folks who are fully vaccinated.

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Halloween Happenings

October 2, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Downtown Tour
October 16, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Seven Oaks Tour
Tickets · $16.93   www.eventbrite.ca/e/172471796787

Pedal Powered Ghost Tours - Spirits of Seven Oaks
Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery

by Seven Oaks House Museum & bikewinnipeg.ca/rides

The Pedal Powered Ghost Tours continue with strange and spooky tales from the distant past.
Learn about paranormal activity inside Seven Oaks House Museum and embark on a tour of the Seven Oaks neighbourhood led by Matthew Komus, author of Haunted Winnipeg, who will share eerie stories along the way.
Participants will hear of a historic battle that continues to be fought to this day, visit the oldest haunted house in Winnipeg and even learn of the community’s connection to the top secret Manhattan Project.
Based on the popular Winnipeg Ghost Walk Tours, Bike Winnipeg has paired up with author Matthew Komus (Haunted Winnipeg: Ghost Stories from the Heart of the Continent) for two-wheeled tours that promise to put more than just a little bit of fright into your night.

Tours are approximately 2 hours in duration, and will cover about 10km.
Please make sure that you bring your bike lights.
Winnipeg stands very high among the places we have visited for its psychic possibilities.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Assiniboine Park & Zoo       assiniboineparkzoo.ca
phone 204 927 8080
 
October 8 to 31 (No events on Mondays)
BOO AT THE ZOO IS BACK!
The Zoo will be transformed into a Mystical Fair by a traveling caravan of witches, wizards, and warlocks!

Tickets: https://tickets.assiniboinepark.ca/WebStore/shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=CME&C=APCBATZOO2021
Tickets for guests 3 years of age and older are $12.75 + GST.

All guests require a ticket for a specific date and time. Maximum 20 tickets per order.
Timed-entry tickets must be purchased in advance and are date specific.
Guests, regardless of age, require a ticket to be counted toward capacity.
Tickets for children 2 years of age and under are free.

Guests aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and show valid proof of vaccination. Adults must also present photo ID.
Children aged 11 and under may attend when accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult with valid proof of vaccination.
Masks are mandatory in all indoor spaces, including the Zoo entrance and washrooms.
Masks are encouraged outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

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October 5 to 10

2021 Winnipeg Comedy Festival  www.winnipegcomedyfestival.com

Highlights of this year’s festival include the return of CBC Radio’s hit show The Debaters with Steve Patterson, which will stage live tapings October 9 and 10 at the Gas Station Arts Centre. Gala tapings for CBC Television on October 7, 8, and 9 at the Burton Cummings Theatre.

Now in its 20th year, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival was the brainchild of Lara Rae and CBC Radio's Tom Anniko, who worked in partnership with the Gas Station Arts Centre to bring the first festival to life in 2002. Since then, nearly 100 hours of primetime WCF galas have aired on CBC TV. www.gsac.ca

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Classes

October 19, 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
FREE YouTube Live Drawing Class - "Trick Or Treat"

Event by Artist's Palette Durham Region. Learn to draw virtually with Karin on YouTube.
Join here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwZIC-EoHjY

Subscribe to our youtube channel to be notified when we go live!
https://www.youtube.com/c/ArtistsPaletteDurham

You can draw on the day of the event and there is always a replay!
You will need an HB pencil, eraser, smudger or q tip, 4B pencil (optional), coloured pencils, paper towel/kleenex.

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There's a lot of exciting programming happening at Centro Caboto Centre! http://www.cabotocentre.com/

Senior programming will take place on Tuesday mornings! It involves exercise and will be followed by coffee and good conversations in their Cafe 13!

Adriale Musical Theatre is a new program at the Centro for children/youth aged 3 - 17.

Centro Caboto Centre is also offering Italian Language Classes for adults!

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Dance with Zoloto Ukrainian Dance Ensemble!

If you've always wanted to learn how to Ukrainian dance, now's your chance!

Online registration is now open for their 30th dance season! Classes for age 3-17 of traditional Ukrainian dance with cultural workshops and their own Folklorama Pavilion!
Students of all abilities and backgrounds are invited to enroll!

https://mailchi.mp/e62e20f55801/august-at-the-centro?fbclid=IwAR3yfNKPs-GbxrTtPO8Ke8FaVTxuZQhIik89xxDsXIZ6xaj6_zvpNGJ95l4

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Family Nature Events



Assiniboine Park & Zoo P: 204 927 6000 | E: info@assiniboinepark.ca

https://www.assiniboinepark.ca/events

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100 TREES FOR 100 YEARS
The Assiniboine Park Conservancy is excited to launch our Trees for Tomorrow Fund, ensuring that the beauty of your Park is sustained for generations to come.

https://www.assiniboinepark.ca/support/donate/trees-for-tomorrow

We have set an ambitious fundraising goal of raising $10,000 to support the planting of 100 trees in the Park next spring. 
Email: donations@assiniboinepark.ca You may also give by phoning 204 927 8080.



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Harry J. Enns Wetland Discovery Centre

Snow Goose Bay, Oak Hammock Marsh, MB R0C 2Z0


j_bourgeois@ducks.ca

We appreciate your patience with the new guidelines and look forward to seeing you!



This month’s events: https://www.oakhammockmarsh.ca/experience/events/



Our Gift Shop is now online!

September 17, 2021

Happy Twelfth Anniversary to us!! - Margaret Ullrich

 

Happy Anniversary to Winnipeg is Better Than Chocolate and its readers!
Thank you for visiting, whether it's been on a weekly or occasional basis!
Also, a huge 'thank you' to those who've asked their friends to visit!

This has been a strange year, just like 2020.
Due to Covid-19 many of the events have been cancelled or postponed.
But slowly we’ve been getting back to normal.
Stay safe and well!


Over the years there have been about 512,600 visitors!
When I started this blog in 2009 and for a few years, Canada was always the number one country for visitors.
Well, a few years ago people from the United States became the top visitors.
During the past year over 25,000 Americans visited this blog.
I hope it’s meant that folks in the States are curious about what we have in Winnipeg.
Maybe when the border gates are re-opened they will come for a vacation, or at least come up to see a show or to take part in an event.
Folks in the states know that they can get a great bang for their vacation buck here.

Germany, Russia and the Ukraine are also among the top five countries.
Hope you'll soon be coming to Winnipeg to enjoy great events here, too.
The Philippines is still one of the top ten visiting countries.
I’m not surprised - Winnipeg has a large, vibrant Philippine community.
Maybe people have decided to see a few shows while visiting family and friends.

The top ten countries and their visitors are:
United States……….. 167   K
Canada……………………. 97.3 K
Germany……..…………. 63.4 K
Russia…………..………… 45.2 K
Ukraine.…………..…….. 19.9 K
France……………….……. 16   K
Unknown Region..….… 7.7  K
Philippines…………….…. 5.68 K
United Kingdom….……. 5.31 K
Netherlands.……….……. 3.27 K


Visitors from ‘Unknown Region’ are still dropping in to see what’s happening.
I don't know where these unknown visitors live.
Oh, well, I wish a hello to you, wherever you call home.


During the years there have also been visitors from Moldova, Turkey, Ireland, Australia, 
Singapore, Taiwan, Argentina, Denmark, Eritrea, Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain,
Macedonia (FYROM), Mexico, Afghanistan, Thailand, Slovakia, India, Bangladesh, Israel,
Malaysia, Kuwait, Greece, Kenya, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Portugal, Bulgaria, Romania,
United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Armenia, Belarus, Namibia, Honduras, Slovenia,
Lithuania, Indonesia, Turkmenistan, Cambodia, Switzerland, Czechia, Bermuda, Portugal,
Qatar, Brazil, Egypt, Chile, Poland, Nigeria, South Africa, Iraq, Sweden, Côte d’Ivoire,
Japan, Serbia, Libya, Dominican Republic, Togo, Saudi Arabia, Albania, Hong Kong, Malta,
Seychelles, Morocco, Peru, Belarus, Cyprus and Austria.

Sometimes there has been a surge of visits from a country.
I have no idea why such surges in visits happen.
Whatever the reason, I'm so glad each of you stopped by for a look.
Thank you for taking an interest in events happening here in Winnipeg!


Usually I only post once or twice a month, especially since Covid-19 hit over 18 months ago.
I don’t post on Facebook.
Please become a subscriber to the blog Winnipeg is Better Than Chocolate.
It’s easy and FREE - just click on the ‘FOLLOW’ link under the pictures of followers and post your email address.
You can also follow Winnipeg is Better Than Chocolate by email.
Free, easy, and, I promise, your address will never be shared with anyone.
You’ll get an email when there is a new post, so you'll never miss news about an event.

I do post a link on Twitter whenever there is a new post.
If you feel more comfortable using Twitter, just click on the Twitter link '@ImTurning60' on the side bar above the archive and we’ll be able to keep in touch that way.


I do notice which posts get the most visits.
Music posts - especially those with links to websites - interest most people.
I hope you’re enjoying hearing the music from our up-and-coming musicians!
I’ll continue posting more of those, and similar, events.

Please take a moment and comment when an event or personality interests you.
Local artists do check when they’re in the media and they love the feedback.


Once again, thank you so much for visiting!
As I said when Sophie and I signed off our weekly show...
Have a great weekend. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!