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Let's Do Something -- Dec. 12, 2013

Classic rock band Snake Oil Sinners performs at The 40 this weekend. Upcoming at The 40: Dec. 20-21, Mike Sacharko and Past the Perimeter.

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Classic rock band Snake Oil Sinners performs at The 40 this weekend. Upcoming at The 40: Dec. 20-21, Mike Sacharko and Past the Perimeter.

» If you have an event happening for New Year’s Eve that is open to the public and you would like us to list, please send information to carthur@brandonsun.com by Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Today

• 4 p.m. — Reg Helwer, MLA for Brandon West, invites you to join their annual Christmas open house at the constituency office at 20 18th St. from 4-6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13

• 9:30 a.m. — Brandon Farmers Market is now open inside The Town Centre until 4 p.m. every Friday. Local products include produce, baking, canning, jams and jellies, honey, perogies, noodles, crafts and much more.

• Noon — Prairie Oasis Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings starts at noon. Tickets are $11 each or two for $20. Call 204-727-6641 to reserve your tickets or drop in to pick them up. Everyone welcome.

• 1:30 p.m. — Come and enjoy afternoon dancing, music and fellowship at Central Community Centre until 3:30 p.m. with a live band. Lunch provided. Admission is $5. For more information, call Majorie 204-727-3680 or Alda 204-728-8790.

• 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. — Chamber Music Class Recital with Kerry DuWors and Leanne Zacharias, conductors, will take place at the Lorne Watson Recital Hall at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. No admission charge.

• 7 p.m. — Dance to Mark Morisseau at Belmont Hall until 11 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, 12 and under are free. Proceeds to Belmont Hall.

• 7 p.m. — Club 77 will host a Christmas party at 7 p.m. at the Brandon Shriners Hall. Club 77 will provide the turkey, buns and beverages. Please bring a potluck item and any games that you have. There will be games and music after the meal.

• 7:30 p.m. — Bethlehem’s Child Christmas Cantata with the Pierson and area choir will take place in the Pierson Community Hall. Freewill offering.

• 7:30 p.m. — Brandon Wheat Kings versus the Kelowna Rockets at the Keystone Centre. And don’t forget it is the Shoppers Mall Teddy Bear Toss. When Brandon scores its first goal, toss your teddy bears or toques on the ice to be collected and distributed to the local Christmas Cheer Board. For more info, or tickets, call 204-726-3555 or at tickets.keystonecentre.com.

• 9 p.m. — 18 Rabbit plays at Margo’s Grill at 9 p.m. Bar open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 725-0590.

Saturday, Dec. 14

• 9 a.m. — The City of Brandon invites you to join Santa at the Sportsplex for the annual Santa’s Swim n’ Skate! Includes free public skate from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.; appearances by Santa from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; holiday crafts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a free public swim from 1-6 p.m. Bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item and receive a Sportsplex "be our guest" pass for future swim, skate or racquetball game. For more information, visit thesportsplex.ca.

• 10 a.m. — The Brandon Wildlife Association’s Gun and Collectible Show will take place in the Manitoba Room in the Keystone Centre until 5 p.m. Buy, sell or trade. Admission is $6 per day for adults, and children 12 years and under are free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 204-725-4363.

• 11 a.m. — Westman Immigrant Services and the City of Brandon invite you to World Cooking Lessons at Knox United Church at 11 a.m. Today is Ethiopia. El Salvador, Dec. 21; Honduras, Jan. 11; Ukraine, Jan. 18 and 25. Register for one or as many as you like by calling 204-727-6031 ext. 2239.

• 2 p.m. — The Brandon Public Library will show a children’s, National Film Board film, "Noel Noel/The Dingles," at 2 p.m. in the Program Room. Free admission.

• 2 p.m. — Come explore the scenic Marshs Lake at Spruce Woods Provincial Park on snowshoes with the park interpreter and discover how life has adapted to the winter season in the snow-covered wetland and forest. Hot chocolate available after. Be sure to dress warmly. This is a 1.5 km hike. We provide the snowshoes for ages 10 and up or feel free to bring your own. For more information, call 204-827-8850 or email parkinterpretation@gov.mb.ca. or visit manitobaparks.com.

• 3 p.m. — Come enjoy the 33rd annual Christmas with the Conservatory Chorale at First Presbyterian Church. Guest musicians and accompanists including a hand bell choir and recorder trio. Admission is $5. Children under five are free.

• 7:30 p.m. — Brandon Wheat Kings versus Moose Jaw Warriors at the Keystone Centre. For more info or tickets, call 204-726-3555 or at tickets.keystonecentre.com.

• 8:30 p.m. — Margo’s Grill features a supper and show with Rave On: Buddy Holly Tribute Band. Tickets for supper and show are $35 or for just the show tickets are $10. For more information, call 725-0590.

Sunday, Dec. 15

• 10 a.m. — The Brandon Wildlife Association’s Gun and Collectible Show will take place in the Manitoba Room in the Keystone Centre until 4 p.m. Buy, sell or trade. Admission is $6 per day for adults and children 12 years and under are free when accompanied by an adult. For more information call 204-725-4363.

• All day — Brandon’s 33rd annual Christmas Bird Count takes place. Spend a day or part of a day counting birds within a 24 km diameter circle which is centred in Brandon. Or count the birds coming to your feeder that day from the comfort of your home. Close the day with a potluck supper where the day’s results will be tallied. Everyone is welcome. Beginner or novice birders will be paired with more experienced birders. For more info or to register, call Cal at 204-727-2239 (h) or 204-729-3504 (w).

• 2 p.m. — Killarney Music Jams are held at the New Horizons Drop In Centre at 520 Mountain Ave. until 5 p.m. Bring your instruments and come play and sing, dance or just listen. Small admission at the door. Coffee available. Hosted by Tumbleweed Express, Ed and Susana Penner 204-523-1797.

• 3 p.m. — The Brookdale School Parent Council presents, Country Blend’s "Christmas and Classic Country," at the Brookdale Community Hall. Tickets are $20 and available by calling Becky at 204-212-2083.

• 7:30 p.m. — The Souris District Arts Council presents The Brandon Community Orchestra with conductor Chris McConnell at the Souris Glenwood Community Hall. Tickets are available by calling Sharon at 204-483-2001.

At the Galleries & Museums

• The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba — Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday until 9 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The ninth annual Members Show and Sale is in the Main Gallery until Dec. 19 including works by Chris Reid, Fay Jelly, Elaine Rounds, Curt Shoultz, Colin Corneau and many, many more.

• The Royal Canadian Artillery Museum at CFB Shilo — The museum is closed for the season and will reopen in the new year on Jan. 13.

• The Daly House Museum — Original home of Brandon’s first mayor, Thomas Mayne Daly, which was built in 1882. Our exhibit, "Harry Potter’s World, Renaissance, Science, Magic and Medicine," runs until Dec. 28. The exhibit features information about the scientific culture that J.K. Rowling used as the basis for her series of novels. Guests will have a chance to have their photo taken on a "Wanted Wizard" poster. Hogwarts costuming is optional, but encouraged. Special Christmas tours of the museum on Saturday features Victorian Christmas traditions and refreshments. Tours at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Cost is $15 and pre-registration is required. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 204-727-1722.

• 26th Field Regiment RCA/XII Manitoba Dragoons Museum — Come visit and see a vast collection of historical military items. Open Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For other times, please call 204-717-4579. Check us out online at 12mbdragoonsmuseum.com and Facebook. Free admission.

• The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum — Hours are 1 p.m.-4 p.m, seven days a week. The museum is Canada’s only air museum solely dedicated to the preservation of the history of those who trained and fought for the British Commonwealth during the Second World War. Check out our RCAF Memorial Wall display in the museum’s hangar. The first granite panel of 54 is on display, along with a scale model of the completed memorial, which will feature more than 19,000 fatalities with a larger-than-life bronze statue representing the fallen.

• The Brandon General Museum and Archives — On the ground floor of the old Manitoba Telephone building at 19 Ninth St. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. See the B.J. Hales collection of Manitoba wildlife, which he collected more than 75 years ago featuring over 320 migratory birds. Come by for Family Days on Saturday from 1-2 p.m. Families with children (Grades K-5) are welcome to explore and learn about history of Brandon together. Each week, there will be a new topic and new activities to explore. To contact curator Mark Veneziano, call 204-717-1514 or bgmainfo@wcgwave.ca.

• The Arts West Travelling Gallery — The 2012-13 travelling gallery will be at Newdale until Saturday and then moves on to Strathclair Community Centre.

At the Clubs

• Lady of the Lake — Tom Dowden entertains on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the cafe and pub are closed for a private event at 5 p.m.

• Houstons Country Roadhouse — Friday night is the first annual Latino Christmas party! Latin Fusion Band hits the stage, free Salsa classes at 9:30 p.m., door prizes worth over $1,000, specialty Latino food and drink items, 50/50 plus your chance at a trip for two to Los Cabos Mexico! Don’t forget Friday’s best appetizer deal also — three for one appetizers from 4 p.m. to midnight. Saturday features the Houstons Hoedown — a meal and beer or shot for only $6! Upcoming: Dec. 23, Santa’s Helper Christmas Eve Social with 100 per cent of the cover charge donated to Pawsitive Communities Mobile Pet Care Program. Door prizes include Hedley tickets, Jets tickets and more! Last chance to party before Christmas! Dec. 26, Boxing Day Blackout Social; Dec. 31, New Years Eve Party!

• The 40 — Snake Oil Sinners this weekend — the ultimate interactive classic rock experience! Upcoming: Dec. 20-21, Mike Sacharko and Past the Perimeter; Dec. 26, It’s our Boxing Day social with free admission!

• Double Decker — Two chances to take in Reigh Kilbride at the Decker for both Friday and Saturday nights. Upcoming: Dec. 26, Boxing Day Bash featuring Finn upstairs and DJ Red downstairs.

• The Great Western Roadhouse — Flirt Fridays features DJ Red. Saloon Saturdays, where ladies get in free before 11 p.m.

• Crystal Hotel — Karaoke on Thursdays at 9 p.m. Over Hear take the stage on both Friday and Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. Jam session on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free poker on Sundays at 2 p.m.

• North Hill Inn — A Period of Darkness presents White Trash Heavy Metal with special guests Five Hundred Pound Furnace, Operation: Switchback, Hunting Horizons on Saturday at 9 p.m.

Upcoming Events

• Dec. 17 — Electroacoustic Music Final Concert with Gerhard Ginader, director, will take place at the Lorne Watson Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. No admission charge.

• Dec. 20 — The Neepawa and Area Community choir, under the direction of Sangmyoung Kim and pianist Sunhwa Her, present "Let There Be Peace, Let There Be Christmas" at the Knox Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

• Dec. 20 — Christmas Bird Count at Riding Mountain National Park. Spend the day walking, talking, skiing and snowshoeing our way through the park counting all of our winter feathered friends. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Friends Learning Centre for an Intro to Birding clinic. Pre-registration is encouraged. For more info, call 204-848-4037.

• Dec. 21 — Club 77 will hold its Christmas Dance in the North End Community Centre from 8 p.m. to midnight with music by Kawliga. Lunch is provided. Married couples are welcome. Admission: Members and associate members $12; non-members and guests $15.

• Dec. 25 — The Westman and Area Traditional Christmas Dinner at the Keystone Centre in the Convention Hall from noon to 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend for a lovely Christmas meal, live entertainment, presents for the kids and a visit with Santa. For info, visit christmasdinner.ca.

• Dec. 27 — Brandon Wheat Kings versus Regina Pats at the Keystone Centre at 7:30 p.m. For more info, or tickets, call 204-726-3555 or at tickets.keystonecentre.com. This is Chuck-a-Puck for our Furry Friends. Purchase a numbered foam puck to throw on the ice during the second intermission. Proceeds to Funds for Furry Friends and the puck closest to centre ice wins a prize.

• Dec. 28 — Dance to the music of the Badland Bandits at a Holiday Dance, sponsored by Prairie Social Singles, at the North Hill Inn at 8:30 p.m. Cost $12. Snacks provided. Come and bring a friend! No need to be a member. For more information, call Lorraine 204-725-2389.

• Dec. 31 — Seniors for Seniors New Year’s Eve Gala features a roast beef supper with music by Musical Expressions. Happy hour 5 p.m.; dinner 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available at 311 Park Ave. E. or call 204-571-2050.

• Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve Fundraiser Social at the Victoria Inn in the Imperial Ballroom at 8 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the Ibonde Children’s Home in Fort Portal, Uganda, to assist in the costs for a new orphanage that will house 200 girls and boys. To find out more visit eternalchurchofgod.org/church.html. Regular tickets are $15 ($6 goes towards a late night meal); In support tickets $10 (all individuals who purchase one of these tickets will have their name entered into a draw). For tickets, call Samantha 204-721-2605; Kyle 204-721-4675 or Sheryl-Lee Watters 204-573-6747.

• Jan. 4 — It’s Trivia Night at Elkhorn Resort at 7 p.m. This is a fundraiser for Friends and Biosphere Reserve organizations. Cost is $50 per team of two to six people. All participants must be 18 years of age. If you don’t have a team, come out and join one. For more info, call 204-848-4037 or email friends.rmnp@pc.gc.ca.

• Jan. 4 — Brandon Wheat Kings versus Regina Pats at the Keystone Centre at 7:30 p.m. Home Depot Family Skate night. For more info, or tickets, call 204-726-3555 or at tickets.keystonecentre.com.

• Jan. 7 — Brandon Wheat Kings versus Red Deer Rebels at the Keystone Centre at 7 p.m. For more info, or tickets, call 204-726-3555 or at tickets.keystonecentre.com.

• Jan. 10 — Brandon Wheat Kings versus Prince Albert Raiders at the Keystone Centre at 7 p.m.

• Jan. 11 — Malanka — Ukrainian New Year’s Supper and Dance will take place at the Ukrainian National Home. Music by Parkland Country. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m. After dinner entertainment. For tickets, call 204-728-8015 or 204-727-6295.

• Jan. 11 — PrairieCon presents Games Day at St. Matthew’s Community Hall from 12:30 p.m. to midnight as we lead up to June’s PrairieCon! Members from the local community bring their favourite games to share and play. Admission is free. Canteen available.

• Jan. 11 — Brandon Wheat Kings versus Prince Albert Raiders at the Keystone Centre at 7:30 p.m. Victoria Inn 80s Retro Night. Home Depot Family Skate night.

• Jan. 14-15 — The Vincent Massey Musical Theatre Class proudly presents, "The Big Bad Musical," a howling comedy at Vincent Massey’s D.C. Wilson Theatre. Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. For tickets or more information, call Nancy at 204-729-3170.

• Jan. 19 — Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra — Four Horns and Beethoven at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium at 3 p.m. with José Luis Gomez, conductor and featuring Patricia Evans, Kenneth MacDonald, Caroline Oberheu and Michiko Singh, horns. Tickets at the WMCA office 204-728-9510 or online at wmca.ca.

• Jan. 23-26 — 7 Ages Productions and Mecca Productions present "Les Misérables," at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. Jan. 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at 2 pm. and 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. Tickets at the WMCA office 204-728-9510 or online at wmca.ca.

• Jan. 27 — The Virden Community Arts Council presents Canadian vocal ensemble "musical intima," at the Virden Auditorium Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets $25 at the Virden Community Arts Council or call 204-748-3014.

• Jan. 31 — Schell Shock Entertainment in collaboration with TCB Rock and Roll Legends presents Elvis tribute artist Adam Fitzpatrick and his band, the Cadillac Kings, at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at the WMCA office 204-728-9510 or online at wmca.ca.

• March 12 — The Keystone Centre presents blues rock band ZZ Top with their La Futura tour at Westman Place. Tickets available at tickets.keystonecentre.com or charge by phone 204-726-3555 or at the box office.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 12, 2013

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