January 5, 2010

Lectures and Concerts and The WMRC... Oh, My!!

Just because the holidays gave your budget a beating doesn't mean you can't take in a concert.

The Downtown Library is more than just a building full of books. On Wednesdays, from September to March, their Reader Services Department is hosting a lecture series featuring teachers and researchers from the University of Winnipeg. On Thursdays the library is providing a showcase for Manitoba's musicians.

Their next lecture and concert features:

Jan. 6 - Prof. Jason Yaremko, UWinnipeg History, talking about The Aboriginal Presence in Cuba: From History to Myth and Back Again

Jan. 7 - FROM PURCELL TO POULENC, with the Praetorius Mandolin Ensemble

Jan. 13 - Prof. Michelle Owen, UWinnipeg Sociology: "A Crisis, an Outrage and a Disgrace": Violence in the Lives of Girls and Women with Disabilities

Jan. 14 - BACH TO BEATLES, by the Rembrandt String Quartet

It's all free, but seating is limited. The events are from 12:10 - 12:50 PM, so bring your lunch and come early to the Carol Shields Auditorium.

The schedule is subject to change without notice. To confirm, or learn about future events call the Reader Services at 986-8386 or

Check out the Children's and Teen Programs at the Winnipeg Public Library. There's lots happening there, too.

At 7:30 pm from September to April, on the second Friday, The Winnipeg Model Railroad Club (WMRC) holds meetings at the Westworth United Church, 1750 Grosvenor. They're always happy to welcome new members.

On January 8 they'll be holding their Klinic Karnaval, with groups of modellers presenting different model railroading skills.

Afraid you'll be overwhelmed by lots of techy jargon? Not to worry. There are members of all ages and skill levels. There are ongoing table clinics where you can learn how to make your models look just like the real thing. There's also a lending library (books & videos).

Travel and photos are more your speed? Each meeting features a slide presentation or two, the subject matter ranging from professional model railroad displays to scenes from a rail-fan's ride.

Did I mention it's all free?

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

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