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November 30, 2018

Operation Red Nose l Supporting Winnipeggers l Oak Hammock Marsh l Gord Bamford l PLATFORM 8X10 Fundraiser l Babes Who Brunch l Children’s Events l National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation l Die Hard l 108 SUN Salutations l Jokes of Christmas Past l Blue Meanies l Romi Mayes

Operation Red Nose Manitoba

2018 Nights of Operation (9 pm to 3 am)
November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 31

The best way to get home this Holiday Season
One call to Operation Red Nose at 204-947-6673 gets you and your vehicle home safely this holiday season. Download the Red Nose app, where a safe ride is a tap away!

For ORN schedules, contact information and more, visit

We are still looking for help. Want to volunteer for Operation Red Nose, but don't have a full team of three? That is no problem. We will match you up with others to make a Drive Team. Safe roads is such a great gift to give to the community. Go to

Supporting Winnipeggers

A & O Support Services for Older Adults 

According to Manitoba Provincial Department of Health, Seniors and Active Living in Manitoba falls are the number one cause of hospitalization and death. Almost 66 per cent or 42,377 falls required hospitalization for those 65 years of age and older. The number of those injured from a fall increases with age and doubles after 75 years of age.

Our SafetyAid Falls Prevention team will come to your home and conduct safety and falls prevention audit and provide some safety tips to make your home safer. If you are concerned that an older adult you know may need assistance from this program, visit our website at…/safety-securi…/safetyaid/ 
or call A & O at 204-956-6440. 
It takes a community to prevent a fall. We all have a role to play.

A & O works with Home Instead Senior Care and various community groups to identify socially isolated or in-need older adults who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. 

Gift requests are typically items like robes, sweaters, warm socks or puzzle books. Oftentimes participants ask for needs, such as toiletries, toilet paper or pet food. 
A & O then works with community donors and volunteers to help facilitate the purchase and distribution of requested gifts. 
Each gift request (maximum $25) is written on a Be a Santa to a Senior tree ornament.
To find a location nearest you visit
If you can assist with picking gifts please contact Home Instead at 

If you would like to enquire about other volunteer opportunities please call 
A&O Support Services to Seniors at 204-956-6440.

Home Instead Senior Care is also working with the ALS society to raise nutritional drinks (Boost/Ensure) through our “Give a Boost” campaign.


Main Street Project has officially launched its $2.5 million dollar capital campaign. ‘It’s Time, Winnipeg’ is a major fundraising effort to help redevelop the agency’s newly acquired space at 637 Main Street, in what was formerly Mitchell Fabrics. 

Main Street Project will renovate the building into a state of the art, low-barrier shelter that will meet the needs of Winnipeg’s most vulnerable citizens, including those experiencing homelessness, mental health issues and addictions-related struggles.

When completed, MSP’s shelter capacity will jump from 85 people sleeping on floor mats in 2100 square feet, to 150 people sleeping on beds in 36 thousand square feet of space. The shelter will feature wrap around supports and will be accessible 24-hours a day.

Main Street Project needs to raise $2.5 million dollars so that we can make all of this a reality by December, 2019. Please visit to donate and learn more about how you can help.
The holiday season is quickly approaching and we are thrilled to announce our second annual holiday gift drive here at Main Street Project. Last year’s gift drive went so well, and we think this year will be even bigger and better, but we need your help.
Join us this holiday season as we aim to gather enough donated items to put together 250 gifts packages. Our hope is for each of our community members to have their own gift to open on the morning of December 25th.
Please visit our website to learn more about how you can help with this initiative:

At Women’s Health Clinic (WHC) freedom of expression and the right to protest are important to us. In fact, much of our advocacy work is founded on those very principles. It’s been said that a recent call for buffer zone legislation may violate people’s right to free speech and protest.

But the proposed legislation doesn’t do that.

We believe every Manitoban has the right to be able to access the health care services they need - including the right to do so safely and confidentially - and without judgment or intimidation. Buffer zones protect THAT right. Those who wish to protest abortion can still exercise their right to do so in many different ways, and in many different places. (See our infographic for some alternatives.)

Let’s be clear. We’re not against free speech and the right to protest. But we do want protesters to understand that when they occupy sidewalks leading to health care facilities, they are intimidating and compromising confidentiality for folks trying to access any number of health services. In our case, people come to our clinic for reproductive care, eating disorder workshops, support programs for parents, and mental health counselling. Quite simply, we support buffer zone legislation because we support the right of every Manitoban to receive safe and confidential health care.

So by all means, feel free to voice your opinion.
Just do so down the street.

December 16, 2018 at 2 PM – 5 PM
West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1Z8
Tickets $20

Winnipeg Free Press writers Jen Zoratti and Erin Lebar are hosting a live holiday-themed recording of their podcast, Bury the Lede! 

Join them and a bunch of special guests, including Sandy Taronno (Quinzy), Rusty Matyas (Imaginary Cities, Weakerthans), H.U.N.K.S., Bunny, Mise en Scene and more!
All proceeds from the show will go to Miracle on Mountain in support of the Christmas Cheer Board. Donations of non-perishable food items and toys will also be accepted at the event.

Games will be played! Festive songs will be sung! Merriment will be had!
Help us start a new holiday tradition!

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre on highway 67 between highways #7 and #8. 
For more information call (204) 467-3300 or email:
Check website for more events

December 9 - 1 p.m. 
Holiday Decoration and Mulled Wine Kit
Create a scented Holiday decoration and a mulled wine spice kit. 
1 to 2 p.m. - Scented Decoration 
2 to 3 p.m. - Mulled Wine Spice Kit (wine not included) 
Pre-registration required.
December 15 - 7:45 a.m. 
Christmas Bird Count
Pre-registration required by December 13. 
The fee is $5 plus admission to the Centre (light lunch included)
December 16 - 1 p.m. 
Birding Hour - Birds of the Caribbean   Join our Resident Naturalist, Paula Grieef, to learn about the many birds that call the Caribbean home. 
Workshop fee: $6 for members / $14 for non-members
December 20 - 7 p.m. 
Astronomy Night - Winter Constellations
Admission: $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
December 22 - 1 p.m. 
Shuffle Duck Tournament, a blend of curling and shuffleboard on the ice.
December 26 - 1 p.m. W
Inter Scavenger Hunt
Strap on some snowshoes and explore the marsh. 
December 27, 28 and January 3 and 4 
Winter Camp for Kids - Activities may include snowshoeing, bannock baking, winter games, with both indoor and outdoor components. For ages 6 to 9. From 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. 
Pre-registration required
December 30 - 1 p.m. 
Experience the marsh on snowshoes and enjoy hot chocolate by the fire afterwards. 
Pre-registration is required. Workshop fee: $6 for members, $14 for non-members

December 14, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
The Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1C9

Gord Bamford brings his Honky Tonk and Dive Bars tour to the Pyramid, 
with special guest, JoJo Mason

Australian Gord Bamford is one of the most decorated artists in Canadian country music with an impressive 24 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards, and multi JUNO nominations. He is the only two-time winner out of Nashville's Country Music Association (CMA) receiving the 2013 & 2015 CMA Global Country Artist award. But it is his distinctive sound and songwriting ability that defines Gord as one of country music's best neotraditional artists.

Bamford's eighth studio album ‘Neon Smoke’ follows his ‘Tin Roof’ album, winner of the 2016 CCMA 'Album of The Year'. ‘Tin Roof’, nominated for the 2016 JUNO Country Album of The Year follows the Juno Nominated Country Junkie album and it's #1 Billboard hit song 'When Your Lips are so Close'. 

The Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation has generated over $3 million since its inception in 2008 for children's charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, numerous children's hospitals across Canada and MUSICOUNTS. 

PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts, 121-100 Arthur St, Wpg, MB R3B 1H3

Preview 13 & 14 December, 12-7PM / 15 December from 12-5PM
Draw and Party 15 December, 7-12 PM, draw beginning at 8PM
Tickets  $50 
NO admission fee to the event, only if you wish to participate in the draw.

PLATFORM is excited to announce this year’s annual 8X10 fundraiser. Always a popular event, always a fun night, and all proceeds go towards supporting PLATFORM’s programming and outreach initiatives.

Every ticket guarantees an artwork, generously donated by an impressive roster of over 50 artists: Erin Josephson-Laidlaw, Rachael Thorleifson, Ashley Gillanders, Doug Melnyk, John Patterson, Aston Coles, Kristina Banera, Ian August, Hannah Doucet, Emma Myer, Mark Neufeld, Sarah Crawley, Brian Hunter, Reza Rezai. Connie Chapel, Mariana Muñoz Gomez, Megan Elizabeth Diamond and many more.

When your ticket is drawn, your name is called and you select a work of art from the wall. 
PLATFORM accepts cash, cheques and all major credit cards.

Doors for the event open Saturday night at 7PM and the draw starts at 8PM sharp. There will be music and refreshments available before, during and after the draw. 
December 15, 9:30 PM
Tickets sell for $20 each. 

PLATFORM announces a special raffle in conjunction with this year’s upcoming 8X10 fundraiser. Bridget Moser’s "Artifacts from If You Have a Similar Story Keep it to Yourself” will be raffled. The winner of this raffle walks away with two mounted c-prints each 24"x20" in size. Moser’s work will be on display from now until the December draw date. 

Bridget has presented work in venues across Canada and throughout the US and Europe. Moser has been a resident artist at The Banff Centre and at Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy. The recipient of a 2016 Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Finalist Prize, her work has been featured in Canadian Art, C Magazine, Visual Arts News, Artribune Italy, The Dance Current, NOWNESS, and Mousse Magazine. 

PLATFORM wishes to acknowledge and thank Bridget Moser for her generous donation. 

December 15, 2018 at 10 AM – 12 PM
The Smith Restaurant, 5 Forks Market Rd, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0A2
Ticket  includes coffee, a two-course brunch, and a gift bag 
By RSVPing you are opting in for emails, with option to opt out.

Our December edition of Winnipeg Babes Who Brunch will feature Alex Varricchio and Kiirsten May, co-owners of UpHouse, a marketing agency that supports in-house marketers while also maintaining the distance needed for innovation. 

“There’s nothing more powerful than a woman determined to rise,” and at our monthly event this saying could not ring more true. Each event offers a safe space for strong and powerful women to gather together and embrace their vulnerabilities.

Each Brunch begins with the intention to grow, connect with one another and become comfortable. It is led by one fierce female keynote speaker who shares her insights, experiences and life story. Whether you come for the bubbles, the brunch or to hear an incredible lady boss, it doesn’t matter. All are celebrated, all are welcome, and all will leave feeling empowered. Don't be shy - attending solo is encouraged.

Children’s Events

Every Saturday and Sunday until December 23, from 10am – 12:30pm and 1pm – 3pm
Fairmont Winnipeg, 2 Lombard Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0Y3
Tickets  $10 for one professional digital photo; $25 for 3 pictures 
All of the proceeds will go to support our friends over at The Dream Factory.

Santa Claus is coming to town, and where better to celebrate the holidays than Santa's home-away-from home? Santa himself will take a break from his hectic holiday schedule to pose for photos with visitors in his Fairmont Winnipeg Santa Suite. 
First come first served and no need to reserve the appointment in advance.

The Santa Suite is also available for unique private events and holiday receptions for groups up to 20 people. For information, or to book an event, call 204-985-6212, or email 

Guests who post or tweet a photo of their Santa Suite experience on social media using the hashtag #WPGSantaSuite will have a chance to win a one-night stay at Fairmont Winnipeg.

December 15, 9 AM – 11 AM
Deer Lodge Community Club, 323 Bruce Avenue East, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 2C3
Small portion (1 pancake & 2 sausages) - $3
Large portion (2 pancake & 3 sausages) - $5

Breakfast with Santa is back! Celebrate the season and the true sense of community! 
Cookie decorating (while supplies last)
Crafts & colouring
Santa will arrive at 10 am (you are welcome to take your own photos with Santa)

December 16
Dakota Community Centre, 1188 Dakota Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2N 3H4
For registration email to 
with number of kids, age and gender, what show you want to attend

New Year Kids Party
Show, games and a present for each child.
Two parties: 
11am - will be in English and Russian languages 
2pm - in English language only

December 16, Doors open at 5:00pm / movie starts at 7:00pm
The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, 281 Donald street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 5S4
Tickets online or The MET Box Office at 204.594.9494
Adult $38 / Senior (55+) $28.99 / Children (4-10) $14.99 plus taxes per person

The Met Dinner & Movie - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Time to celebrate the Holidays with the family with the classic movie and 
our Signature Met Buffet which opens at 5:00pm and will be available until 7:00pm. 
Just before you settle in for the movie, we will bring you complimetary hot buttered popcorn and refresh your beverages. At intermission we serve coffee and dessert to your table to enjoy for the second half of the movie. 

December 18, Doors 7 / Show at 8   
The Park Theatre, 698 Osborne Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 2B9
Tickets $5 advance The Park, Into the Music (Osborne), online 

Join us for our ever-popular pre-Christmas Die Hard screening! 
John McClane, an officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others who were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Welcome to the party, Pal.

December 19, 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM
Yoga Public, 280 Fort Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1E5
All donations to Villa Rosa Inc. / $10 minimum donation 
Free to members but any donation you can share is gratefully accepted.
Reserve your spot in person or online

108 SUN Salutations: Winter Solstice Karma Class
At noon on the Winter Solstice, the sun reaches its highest position in the sky. It is the shortest day and longest night of the year. The Solstice is a good time for reflection, the heavy darkness an invitation to be still and look inward before the slow build toward longer days and the promise of spring.

You are invited to ignite the change in seasons with a 108 Sun Salutations practice led by Shivaun Berg. This practice is suitable for all levels and, though challenging, can be calming and restorative. It's not about perfect form or maximum effort, but about moving efficiently and smoothly with the breath. Child's pose (balasana) is always an option.

December 20, Doors: 7:15 PM / Show: 8 PM – 11 PM
The Park Theatre, 698 Osborne Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 2B9
Tickets  $20 Advance  18 and over

Jokes of Christmas Past with your host Aisha Alfa 
Starring: Andy Noble, Ben Walker, Jordan Welwood, Mike Green, 
Paul Rabliauskas, & Mystery Guests

December 21, 2018 at 8 PM
The Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1C9

The guitar fuelled Blue Meanies will be up to a lot of good!

December 22, 9:30 PM
Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club, 234 Main St, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1A8

The Romi Mayes’ Lonely Jew At Christmas Show!
Every year! Let’s rock Times all together! IT’S TRADITION!

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