November 15, 2019

Operation Red Nose l Knit for Australia's Koalas l Ongoing Events l Musical & Comedy Nights l Enjoy Wine & Pasta & Chocolate l Forum Art Fair & Classes l The Hours That Remain l Children’s Events l Fundraisers l Take a Break

Operation Red Nose Manitoba - call 204-947-6673

2019 Nights of Operation (9 pm to 3 am)
November 29, 30, December 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, 31

The best way to get home this Holiday Season!!
One call to Operation Red Nose 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

Want to volunteer for Operation Red Nose, but don't have a full team of three? No problem. We will match you up with others to make a Drive Team. Go to

Knit for Australia's Koalas

Knitters of the World - Australia needs your help. 
Over 1 million hectares of land have been burning in 300 fires across NSW and Queensland. Much of this is critical Koala Habitat - a species that is now considered “functionally extinct”. Populations have been decimated and those who have survived are badly injured. 
There has also been a call out for knitted, crocheted or sewn Koala mittens and Joey pouches for our beloved kangaroos, possums and wombats, to help in the treatment of burns. 
Please email for the patterns at to receive a PDF for patterns. I am happy to be the point of collection.
Please show our global leaders what can be achieved when we act as a collective consciousness and show compassion and love for those in need. Many thanks and much love ~ Jac
PO Box 126, Balgowlah, New South Wales, Australia 2093

Ongoing Events  

to December 23, 9 AM – 5 PM
St. Mary's Nursery and Garden Centre Ltd., 2901 St. Mary's Road, Wpg, MB R2N 4A6

Christmas Uncrated 2019
Over 30 theme trees and Christmas holiday displays!  
Theme ornaments and home decor - 25,000 square feet of wonderland! 

to December 31, 9:30 AM – 6 PM
Just For You Massage Therapy, 96 Browning Blvd, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3K 0L7

If you buy a two hour massage gift certificate with a value of $155, I will give you a half hour free certificate as well! Please get your appointments scheduled ahead of time. 

to January 30, 9 am to 4 pm
The Community Gallery, 2nd floor, 
The Pavilion, Assiniboine Park

The Winnipeg Sketch Club's 
102nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition

Tuesdays, 2 PM – 3:30 PM   
Wolseley Family Place, 202-222 Furby, R3C 2A7
All skill levels are welcome!

Art inK - During our drop in art program, we use a wide variety of materials and experiences: water colours, acrylics, chalk pastels, print making, sculpture, drawing, self portraits, collage, and masks.  

Tuesdays, 4:30 PM – 10 PM
Brazen Hall Kitchen & Brewery, 800 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 2M7

BBQ Beer and Bourbon Tuesdays
Enjoy our St Louis Style Ribs at only $15 for a Half rack or $25 for our massive full rack. 
Our flagship beers - $5.95 / Bourbon cocktails on at special prices.

Tuesdays, 7 PM – 10 PM
Portage Legion - Branch #65275, Duke Ave., Portage la Prairie, Manitoba R1N 0S5

We will be hosting a Board Game Night. Everyone is welcome!
Our games are available anytime. Game Night will be an opportunity to meet new people! 

Tuesdays, 8 PM – 9:45 PM
Comedy at Wee Johnny’s, 177 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0S1

Trivia Night, hosted by Quizmaster Jeff Sinclair who ran trivia nights in Asia for 5 years. His trivia night was listed in Groove Magazine as the best trivia night in South Korea. Now back in Winnipeg, he is thirsty to make you laugh, think, and drink all at the same time!
A team can consist of a maximum of 6 members. Don't have a team? Come and we will help you join one, or be a One Person Army!
Each member pays $3. Frst and second place teams receive a discounted bar tab. 
Drink specials: $3 draft and high balls / Burger Special: $6 for a burger and fries.

Musical & Comedy Nights

November 23, 2019 at 3 PM – 4:30 PM
Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St, Winnipeg, Manitoba

World Village Gospel Choir presents Through The Storm, a concert of uplifting a cappella music featuring gospel, spirituals and world music.

November 25, 7:00 pm    
Eckhardt Grammatte Hall, U of W, 515 Portage Ave, Wpg, MB R3B 2E9
Free Admission /  Refreshments and books for sale

Glitter & Fall: A Gala Poetry and Music Recital
Di Brandt's final event as Winnipeg's inaugural Poet Laureate (2018-2019).
Performances of Di Brandt's poetry and translations in new musical works by Canadian composers David Lidov, Kenneth Nichols and Jana Skarecky. Featuring renowned singers Tracy Dahl, Rosemarie Van Der Hooft and Lizzy Hoyt, with Richard Turner (harp), Micah Heilbrunn (clarinet), Laura Loewen (piano), Megan Dufrat (piano), and the Desaultels Chorale conducted by Mel Braun.

The launch of Prairie Fire Magazine's Fall issue includes new poetry by Di Brandt, and an essay on Winnipeg's Brilliant Poetic Heritage, as well as a memorial tribute to long-time editor, Andris Taskans.

The Good Will - Social Club, 625 Portage, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2G4

December 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
CKUW 95.9 FM and Stylus Magazine are proud to celebrate 30 years of Stylus Magazine with a super fun party. We are also celebrating the end of the 2010's by singing our favourite hits from the decade karaoke style and we've got some wicked DJ's!
Have a great time in our photo booth, participate in the Stylus Collage Party, Eat some FREE CAKE, dance and have an awesome time!
December 5, Doors at 8:00 PM / Show at 9:00 – 11:30 PM
18+ ~ $10 Tickets at

Real Love Thursday: our bi-weekly Thursday series 
Rayannah (electro-soul from Wpg)
À La Mode (psychy twee pop from Wpg)
Little Brown Jug Brewing Company on special all night!

December 13, 7 PM – 11 PM
The Garrick, 330 Garry St, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2G7
All Ages / Tickets online and Into the Music    

MRG Concerts Presents Hockey Dad, with DZ Deathrays

December 16, Doors open at 7pm / Show at 7:30pm
Scandinavian Cultural Centre, 764 Erin Street
Tickets are $15 per person - purchase from choir members or at the door 

The Heart of Christmas - The Scandinavian Canadian Choir Christmas Concert
A Nordic Jul, Joulu, Jol
Join the Scandinavian Canadian Choir in a celebration of the season with everyone’s old favourites in Icelandic, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian and, of course, English.
After the concert a light luncheon will be served and silent auction tickets will be sold.

The Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1C9

December 14, 9 AM – 2 AM

The Invisible tour with the "Librarian" KASM - KOI ROI and guests
Symptom Tech anniversary bash to boot.
December 21, 7 PM – 2 AM

Good times and fun as we celebrate the holidays while coming together for a night of great music, featuring: Vikings, Invisible Friends (Formerly Bright Righteous) and Deep Dark Cave

December 20 and 21, 8:30 PM
Anavets - Rockwood #303341 Wilton Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 3B8

It's Christmas time and it's going to get Ugly! LOL! 
It's our annual Ugly Sweater Dance Party! Dance the night away to some awesome live music by Dance in UR Pantz band and wear your ugly sweater for a chance to win a prize!  

Enjoy Wine & Pasta & Chocolate

November 28, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
De Luca Fine Wines, 942 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 0R1

Wine & Pasta Night featuring Chef Alex from Casa Bianca 
A 4 course pasta dinner served with expertly paired wines.
Group of 10 or more? Book a private chef's dinner - 204-783-9463 ext 3

Friday, 6, 7 - 9 pm
McNally Robinson Booksellers on Grant Avenue
Call (204) 453-0424 (ext 250) to reserve your spot or for more information on this class. 
Register online via the Community Classroom’s online page at this link.

Celebrate the Joy of Chocolate
Come join Doreen Pendgracs, author of the award-winning Chocolatour book and blog, as she celebrates the joy of chocolate from around the world. Doreen will have a sampling of world chocolate for participants to try as they practice the art of mindful chocolate tasting. 

Forum Art Centre, 120 Eugenie St., Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 0X7
Call 204-235-1069 or visit

November 29, 5 – 9; November 30, 10 – 4; December 1,  12 – 4
Free admission, door prizes, ample free parking, wheelchair access. 

Forum Art Fair - Everything Art & More - a casual atmosphere to find your first art piece. 
Art Demos all weekend - Caricatures drawn by Jon Ljungberg on Sunday from 1 - 3. 
New Original Art, previously loved, Crafted Arts, Art Cards, Books and more!  
Give the Gift of Art Classes
Registration starts Nov. 29, 1 – 4 pm for classes starting January 7, 2020.
December 8, 10am – 3pm &/or December 10, 10am – 3 pm
One Day – $45, plus $15 supply fee = $60
Both Days – $75, plus $25 supply fee = $100
All skill levels. Ages 15 and up – this is a blended youth/adult workshop!

Out of the Cupboard Printmaking Workshop will inspire you to turn your pantry into art! 
Join experienced instructor Glenna Evans as she constructs printmaking tools from a variety of supplies and applying acrylics on a variety of papers. Create seasonal card fronts to abstract masterpieces, enjoying the freedom of experimenting in a warm studio environment. Supplies needed:
Sketchbook (8″x11″ or larger, can be found at Dollarama for $2-$4)
Old candles (pillar style works best, not in any containers)
A few firm veggies and a variety of papers
Don’t forget a lunch!
Other supplies are covered by the “Supply fee” when you register.

Prairie Theatre Exchange, 3rd Floor, Portage Place, Portage Ave., Wpg  MB  R3B 3H6
physically accessible space. Gender neutral washrooms are available.
The Hours That Remain By Keith Barker
Featuring: Melanie Dean, Kelsey Kanatan Wavey and Darcy Fehr
Directed by Tracey Nepinak
Hosted by Theatre by the River / premiering December 6, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Michelle disappears. Denise dedicates her life to finding her. Daniel struggles to keep Denise from a similar fate. When a woman goes missing, the life of her family is thrown upside down and out of time. 
How far will they go for answers?
Set and Costume Design   Jaime Black
Lighting Design                  Sean E. McMullen
Sound Design                    Kelsey Braun
Stage Manager                  Erica Wilson

Children’s Events

December 6 through the month of December
Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, 266 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0S8
(204) 960-8097

Building Toys exhibit
Join us for a  display of building toys, old and new. All ages are welcome. 

Sweet Impressions Bakery 100% nut free, 669 Stafford Square, Wpg MB   R3M 2X7
Join us in our retro kitchen studio to discover your inner decorator.

December 6, 6 PM – 8 PM
Everything included $69.
Cookie Decorating Class ‘Pretty Christmas’ - beautiful patterns inspired by mehndi designs.
December 15, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
This class is for an adult and child (ages 5+) together $49 (for 2 people)
My Little Cookie - Christmas Class, a magical afternoon with your favourite kiddo!
December 17, 6 PM – 8 PM
Everything included $69.
Cookie Decorating Class ‘Gingerbread’ Pretty pastels and holiday details!
December 22, 12 PM – 4:30 PM
Holiday fun for $5.
Cookies, icings, candy decorations, sprinkles and one mini cupcake per person!
Bring the whole family as this event is perfect for all ages and abilities!

December 19, 10 AM – 10:30 AM
Scout : Coffee + Tea, 859 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 0N8
No reservations.
Join us for story time with Mrs. Claus, by Heather's Pretty Parties.
Enjoy Christmas stories and a chance to snap a photo with Mrs. Claus!

December 23, 2 pm - 4 pm
Sagehill Stables, 4180 Waverly Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3V 1W8
$3 Tickets
Call 1 800-217-4184

Bring your family down to watch the movie, Spirit, along-side a horse in our sanded, insulated arena! This is a picnic style event where you can set up chairs or a blanket, bring snacks and enjoy a great movie while interacting with a horse.
Popcorn, beverages and other snacks will be available at an additional cost.


December 6, 8 AM – 8 PM

Hockey Helps the Homeless Community Fundraiser tournament allows hockey fans to skate with their heroes while raising money for homelessness in Winnipeg. 
There are many ways to get involved  - volunteer, donate, or sponsor!  

Willow Place is one of 34 family violence prevention agencies in Manitoba.  
If  you are in crisis, call 204-615-0313 or  1-877-977-0007 (toll-free in Manitoba). 
For non-emergency information call 204-615-0313.  
Our accessibility policy is available at no-cost by request:  

December 6, 5pm - 10pm - Live retro Vinyl DJ's Jay and Kay 
December 7, 12 noon - 5pm - Live Guitar
The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre, 611 Main Street, Wpg  MB R3B 1E1
FREE admission, very affordable activities / fun and family friendly event

Our annual chili bowl and cup FUN raiser
Come get delicious chili (meat and vegan options) hot cocoa or cider, mulled beverages.
You can purchase a ceramic piece handmade in our very own studios. We have ornament painting, card making, props and photos, china painting.
Grab bags - $20 for one and $15 if purchasing 2

Dec 7 at 12 PM – Dec 8 at 12 PM
Orioles Valour Community Centre, 444 Burnell Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 2B4
email  / call   204-296-3389

The Cycle Of Giving 24 hour kids bike building marathon bringing volunteer mechanics together to build over 350 bicycles for kids in need. The Centre will become a magic workshop where used bicycles are turned into holiday dreams come true.
Help us reach our goal of $30,000 to support free bike programming by donating here:

Donate money, kids bikes (20 inch wheels and under) and parts, or food 
Volunteer: a Mechanic shift on a repair stand. Split a shift or sign-up as a team! 
Bike Cleaner, Card and Craft Making, Kitchen, Site, Setup (before), Tear-Down (after)

Take a Break

December 8, 12 PM – 4 PM
Haven Beauty & Wellness, 191 Paul Blvd, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2N4C9

We look forward to hosting Haven’s Holiday Open House every year!  
yummy food ~ drinks ~ great shopping ~ meet some local businesses 
giveaways and draws ~ support a heartfelt charity ~ fun atmosphere 

Divine Clarity, 2071 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 0K9
Register or at desk or call 204-223-8778 
Professional Psychic Medium & Spiritual Minister, Kristel Kernaghan, with ten years experience as a successful healer, teacher and Psychic Medium will host both. 

December 13, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
December 14 and 15, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Successful Lightworker & Mentorship 
We are all on this planet to be of service in one form or another as lightworkers. 
Kernaghan is going to share her personal ingredients of a successful lightworker and how she has created and maintains a thriving spiritual practice.
Prerequisite: Spiritual Development Program (Modules 1-4), and Awaken Lightworker®
December 21, 9 AM – 4 PM

Bridging Spirits Workshop 
Kernaghan unfolds the Spirit World to understand how we truly never die. Learn about the soul’s journey and where we go when we cross over, and what the spirit world is like. Learn how you can communicate with your spirits and signs and symbols they are always around.

December 15, 1 PM – 3 PM
Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association, 823 Ellice Ave, Wpg, MB  R3G 0C3
Free to Attend / Please email us at

Healing circle sessions for women, in a safe, non judgmental space. The idea is to bring women who have been isolated/shamed together to provide them with a sense of community and share experiences. Coffee and refreshments available.

November 9, 2019

Safety Hints by Margaret Ullrich

There have been 40 homicides so far this year.
Eleven occurred in the last 30 days.
The Winnipeg record is 41, which was set in 2011.
People are not optimistic about the next two months.

A friend reminded me of a piece on Senior Safety I had written in 2005 for the radio show "2000 & Counting".
I'm posting it here and hope it helps keep everyone safer... 

     One thing I've heard a few seniors say is that they're lonely.  They can't remember the last time the kids called and said, "Let's meet for lunch" or "Let's window shop".  
     The lonely folks wonder.  Is it something I said?  Could it be my deodorant, my denture cleanser, my Jean Nate?

     Most likely you haven't said anything out of line or at least nothing the kids haven't heard before.  And they're used to how you smell.  
     So why the neglect?
     In one word, FEAR.  No, you're not a spectre of what we'll become.  You look just fine and we can only hope we'll be as healthy.  It's just that we're scared of what might happen when you're out in public with us.

     There've been a lot of articles about how seniors are often the victims of scams and muggings.  We hear how trusting the elderly are.  How they grew up in a time when they didn't lock their doors.  How helpful everyone was, how you could trust perfect strangers.

     Guess what?  Crooks have parents, too, and they've heard all about how wonderful it was before the invention of the light bulb.  They know that the greatest generation trusts everybody.  They know you're easy marks.  And that's why we're afraid to go out with you.  We feel the same way we did when we took our kids out, back when they were toddlers.  We feel responsible and we can't yell at you.

     Now, before you get all snippity, think back.  Even Erma Bombeck had a column about driving her Mom to the doctor's office, braking suddenly and reaching out to keep her Mom from crashing into the windshield.  It was just instinct, something she would've done with a child.  It's normal.  You did it with Granny.  Now we're doing it with you.  Parents and kids change places.  

     Annoyed at being compared to your grandchildren?  Think I'm talking out of my hat?  Ok, I'll give you an example.  
     On Friday I went to our local Green Machine to pay a couple of utility bills.  No big whoop.  Ahead of me was a mother and daughter.  The daughter was about my age.  She was showing her Mom how to pay her bills on the machine.  No problem.  There was enough cash and the bills went through without a hitch.  The daughter sighed with relief, mentally crossed another item off her 'To Do' list and started to walk away. 
     Not Mom.  There's a small shelf on the machine.  Mom had plunked down her purse and was rummaging through it, probably sorting used from clean tissues.  She wasn't aware of anyone behind her.  I could've been a mugger for all she knew.  Her daughter looked horrified when she saw her Mom alone and so defenceless.
     Moments like that haunt my generation.
     Want us to hang with you?  Get with the program.  Learn how to survive in 2005.

     If you're walking down a street try to have 'an attitude'.  Walk with purpose.  Be alert and aware.  Don't appear distracted or hesitant.  Don't look like you'd be an easy victim.  If you were a mugger which would you rather attack: sweet old Aunt Bea or Murphy Brown?

     Cross at corners and with the light.  Give the drivers a break.  Hey, some of them are seniors, too.  Mix their reduced peripheral vision with your arthritis and you're asking for an accident.  And even if you have the right of way, be careful.  Right doesn't always win out over might, especially if might has four wheels. 

     Use all your senses.  Leave the walkman at home.  Don't cut off your hearing with earphones.  Don't wear anything that blocks your peripheral vision.

     Use reflective surfaces to see behind you.  Glance at car and shop windows as you walk.  If you think you're being followed enter a store or cross the street.  Even just stopping and staring as the person passes you by is good.  It shows you're aware of him.  At ATM machines check the plastic strip.  If someone starts crowding you, turn around and give him that hard stare you're famous for.  

     Be careful at pay phones.  Always face out so you can see if anyone is approaching you.

     By wary of strangers.  Rude can be good.  Anyone asking for the time, directions or a light might be distracting you so you won't notice his buddy reaching for your purse.

     Fall's a great time to take classes.  How about a martial arts course?  It's good exercise and you can learn how to break a mugger's kneecap.  A kick to the knee is hard to block.  Don't have time for a course?   Rent Sandra Bullock's Miss Congeniality.  Pay attention when she shows that S-I-N-G is a reminder to aim for the Solar plexus, Instep, Nose and Groin.  If you're too much of a lady to do such things then remember that a clenched fist to the Adam's apple is a good thing.

     Be armed and fabulous.  Carry an umbrella or a nice old hat pin or metal nail file in your hand, not your purse.  Be ready to use them.  If you have to take a long walk late at night, pick up a cup of steaming hot coffee.  It can be tossed into a mugger's face. 

     Back to that Mom at the ATM.  Once you have your card back, walk away, fast, especially if you've gotten cash.  If you just have to check that you've gotten the total amount, put the money in your purse and count it there.  Don't make like a Mississippi gambler and flash your wad.  It's no one else's business how much cash you have. 

     And about that purse, clean it out at home.  Some women carry every piece of identification they have, like they were leaving the country.  If you're not going to 20 different stores, then why carry 20 different store charge and identification cards?

     And please, please, don't leave your purse in the shopping cart while you check out the produce.  Crooks have to get groceries, too.  

     If you're driving, focus on the driving.  'Don't talk on the phone while driving' isn't as catchy as 'Don't drink and drive' but it's a good rule, too.  
     Don't run out of gas.  Buy it in the daytime.  And never leave your keys in the car, even for the short time it takes to pump the gas.

     Be careful in the parking lot.  Choose busy, well-lit parking spaces near stores or security booths.  Always use the club, roll up your windows and lock your car.  I've seen cars with keys in the ignition and the windows open.  Owners have said, "This way I know where my key is."  Yeah, but one day you won't know where your car is.  If the kids are asking what you'd like for Christmas, how about an immobilizer? 

     If you have to return to an empty parking lot or garage, ask the security guard to escort you.  Keep a flashlight in your purse for when you've parked on a side street.  Walk quickly to your car with your keys in your hand to avoid fumbling at the door.  Carry your key aimed out, like a stilleto, ready to use in either the car or a mugger's eye.  And check the back seat of your car before you enter it. 

     Sometimes an accident isn't an accident.  If you're bumped from behind, call for help on your cell phone or drive to a busy area to exchange information.  The driver of a locked car is safer than a pedestrian is.

     If you suspect you're being followed, drive to the nearest police station, firehouse, emergency room or open service station.  Misery may love company, but a car jacker doesn't. 

     Unless you live in a full house a la the Waltons, a few little tricks should make a burglar think twice about picking your home.
     Get a 'Beware of Dog' sign.  We're dealing with criminals here.  You can lie.
     Use timers to make lights, radios and TV sets go on at regular times.  They make a house appear occupied.
     Get motion detector light fixtures that can spotlight anyone walking nearby.
     Put good locks on exterior doors and the door between your garage and house.  Use them.  Don't forget to secure your windows, too.

     Want an excuse to invite someone on a shopping trip?  Tell her you're picking up a few items for your Emergency Kit.  We don't get hurricanes like Katrina, but our blizzards are just as good.  Now's the time to prepare.  If your Emergency Kit list is in a safe place, here's another: a flashlight and portable radio, fresh batteries for both, candles, matches, a manual can opener, bottled water, nonperishable food (including powdered instant sports drinks to prevent dehydration), a first aid kit with a manual, extra prescription medicine, cash, pet food and a list of emergency phone numbers. 

     The following are household basics: smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, a multipurpose fire extinguisher, emergency lighting wall units, a camp stove or hibachi, a coil of half inch rope, duct tape, work gloves, a crowbar, a shovel, a hammer and a handsaw.  Add a portable toilet or plastic bags, plastic sheeting for covering broken windows, a suitcase packed with warm clothing and sturdy shoes and you're set for an emergency.  If you live in a mobile home, know where the nearest safe structure is.

     If mobility is a problem, have a network of people to help you, and give someone a key to your home.  Wear your medical alert ID.  If you need dialysis or other treatments, know the location of more than one facility.  And know the size and weight of your wheel chair and if it's collapsible.

     We can't leave it all to government agencies.  Now's the time to plan your own evacuation route and emergency housing.

     Don't be scared, be prepared.