Let’s Do Something — May 4, 2023


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10:15 to 11 a.m. — Every Thursday throughout May and June will feature Storytimes with Michelle at the Brandon Public Library for preschoolers. Little ones can enjoy a story, song and craft. The presence of a caregiver or parent is required. No registration necessary.

Dan Fehr competes in a game of Axis and Allies Global during PrairieCon 2016. The table-top gaming convention returns to Brandon May 26-28 at the Keystone Centre. (File)


Friday is the National Day of Awareness and Action for MMIWG2S. The Brandon University Indigenous Peoples’ Centre is hosting an event to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people. Attendees are encouraged to wear red. See brandonu.ca for more details, including a time.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Brandon Farmers’ Market inside The Town Centre (800 Rosser Ave., Brandon). Local fresh produce, baking, jams and jellies, pickling, yarn, bison, beef, beeswax candles, crafts and more. This event runs year-round.

10:30 to 11 a.m. — Every Friday in May is toddler time at the Shoppers Mall branch of the Western Manitoba Regional Library. Join Robin for stories, songs and playtime. A parent or caregiver must attend. No registration is required.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Dance and socialize at Central Community Centre (529 Fourth St., Brandon) on Friday afternoons. Music by Prairie Fire. Admission is $10 and includes lunch. For more information, call 204-729-9301.

6:30 to 7:50 p.m. — Celtic, folk and original music with Bruce Dunlop at Chez Angela Bakery and Café (Unit C, 29 10th St., Brandon) as part of Free Music Friday. No charge for the show, but tips are welcome.

7 to 10 p.m. — The Rotary Westman Wine Festival is hosting a public tasting at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre. Tickets are $39.95, available at all Brandon Liquor Mart locations. For more information, contact Tracy Baker at 204-724-6576.


11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Chess with the Brandon Knights Chess Club at the Brandon Public Library. Join the club for a few hours of chess. Boards and pieces will be supplied. All skill levels are welcome. No registration is required for this program.

Noon to 3 p.m. — Meet Canadian icon Terry Fox’s brother, Fred Fox, at the Healthy Living Centre track at Brandon University. Entry is by donation. Proceeds go toward the Terry Fox Foundation.

2 to 3:30 p.m. — The Carberry Garden Club hosts a seed exchange at the Carberry North Cypress Library (115 Main St.).


1:15 to 4 p.m. — The East End Sunshine Card Club meets Mondays at the East End Community Centre at the corner of Victoria Avenue East and Park Street. Coffee and snacks. Members and guests welcome. For more information, call 204-727-3539.

6:30 p.m. — UCT Travo Bingo (205 College Ave., Brandon) takes place every Monday. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the early bird starts at 6:30 p.m. Regular games start at 7:10 p.m. Chase the Ace each week. Proceeds go to help those in need in Brandon and area.


10:30 to 11 a.m. — Baby Storytimes at the Shoppers Mall branch of the Western Manitoba Regional Library (1570 18th St., Brandon) every Wednesday throughout May and June. Rhymes, songs, lap bounces and stories. For babies less than a year old up to 18 months with their parents or caregivers. No registration required.

1 to 4 p.m. — Join the Brandon Scrabble Club on Wednesdays at the Brandon Public Library for Scrabble, coffee and laughs. Scrabble boards are provided by the club and all levels of skill are welcome. No registration is required for this program.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — The Brandon Embroiderers meet weekly to share their love of needlework, learn new skills and stitch together. All levels and abilities are welcome to attend. Call Dianne at 204-725-1445 or Darlene at 204-727-1624 for more information.

3:20 to 4:45 p.m. — LEGO Bricks and Bits Club at the Lakeland Regional Library (318 Williams Ave., Killarney). LEGO provided. No registration required. Build your own adventure, complete challenges and LEGO builds will be displayed weekly.

5 to 8 p.m. — Wednesday Knights at Chez Angela Bakery and Café (Unit C, 29 10th St., Brandon). The Brandon Knights Chess Club joins Chez Angela on Wednesday evenings. Players of all skill levels are welcome.


The 40 (210 18th St. North, Brandon) — The 40 is excited to welcome back Damn Straight, playing a mix of classic rock, country, pop and dance music on Friday. Music begins at 10:30 p.m. This is an 18-plus event and cover is $10. Photo ID required.

Lady of the Lake (135-B 17th St. North, Brandon) — Chris Froome is a multi-instrumentalist residing in Wawanesa. The singer-songwriter, who plays drums, rhythm and guitar, will perform Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. No cost. From 9 to 11 p.m., the Chris Ghidoni Band from Brandon will take the stage. This band plays R&B, blues, classic rock, original material and popular songs from the 1980s and ’90s. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the door.


Royal Canadian Artillery Museum (Building N-118 Patricia Rd., CFB Shilo) — The only museum in the world dedicated to telling the story of more than 200,000 gunners who served Canada. The museum’s collection consists of more than 65,000 artifacts and includes more than 170 artillery pieces and vehicles. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students (six to 18 years old), free for children under six. Phone 204-765-3000 (ext. 3570) or email RCAMuseum@forces.gc.ca. The “In Service of Peace” exhibit continues at the museum until the end of May. The exhibit highlights Canada’s experience in peacekeeping and peacemaking.

Daly House Museum (122 18th St., Brandon) — Built in 1882, the Daly House was the original home of Brandon’s first mayor, Thomas Mayne Daly. Artifacts include a collection of late 19th-century and early 20th-century furnishings, First World War memorabilia, toys, dolls and women’s wear. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. (September to June); Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. (July and August). Admission: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and youth (six to 18 years old), family (up to two adults and three children) $12, and children under five are free. Phone 204-727-1722 for more information.

Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Unit 2, 710 Rosser Ave., Brandon) — A “contemporary art gallery that celebrates artistic excellence and diversity within our region and beyond.” The AGSM is Manitoba’s oldest centre for visual art and one of Canada’s first. Hours: 4 to 9 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Phone 204-727-1036 or email: info@agsm.ca. Until June 3 — “The Long and the Short of It, Brandon Embroiderers.” Reception tonight at 7 p.m. In celebration of the group’s 25th anniversary, the exhibition showcases recent work by members of Brandon Embroiderers. Traditional and contemporary techniques will be featured, including blackwork, Hardanger, canvas work, cross stitch, crewel, goldwork, candlewicking, needle painting, ribbon and stumpwork. Until June 17 — “Stimulus/Response” by The Drawn Together Collective. In this exhibition, the 10 current members of the collective respond to works written by women of the Canadian Prairies, from the quintessential world of Margaret Lawrence’s “Manawaka” to a coming-of-midlife memoir written by a childhood friend.

Killarney’s Heritage Home for the Arts (44 Water Ave., Killarney) — The Killarney Turtle Mountain Arts Council’s gallery is in the Heritage Home for the Arts. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed all statutory holidays. Special tours can be arranged by calling the arts administrator at 431-280-0023. May 15 to June 3, ArtsWest Travelling Gallery — With more than 73 entries by 43 artists, 19 works were selected to form this year’s Travelling Gallery. The gallery will visit 17 communities in Southwestern Manitoba over the next year, and there is a Killarney artist in this year’s show.

Brandon General Museum and Archives (19 Ninth St.) — Exhibits include Manitoba telephone history, Brandon History Hall, the BJ Hales Gallery and the William G. Hobbs Heritage Collection of painting prints. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Booking in advance is strongly recommended. Phone 204-717-1514 or email bgmainfo@ wcgwave.ca.

26th Field Regiment RCA/XII Manitoba Dragoons Museum (within the Brandon Armoury, 1116 Victoria Ave.) — The museum is open Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed for lunch. Also open by appointment.

ArtsForward (293 Mountain Ave., Neepawa) — ArtsForward is the central arts venue in Neepawa, in visual, literary, performing and material arts. Hours are: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays to Thursdays; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays; closed on weekends.


Friday through Sunday — Brandon Troyanda School of Ukrainian Dance is hosting a dance competition at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium (205 20th St., Brandon). An event that showcases the artistic and cultural expressions of Ukrainian dance in competition style. One thousand dancers and instructors from 29 clubs across Manitoba and Saskatchewan will attend, with more than 330 dances performed during the weekend. Members of the public are welcome to attend and there will be various displays, vendors, food and music. Hours: Friday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: Day pass is $10, weekend pass $25, children 10 and under are free.

May 12 — A Night of Comedy with Kevin Farley at the Keystone Centre (1175 18th St., Brandon). Tickets are $42 each, plus fees and taxes. Showtime at 7 p.m.

May 12 — Roots/rock musician Mitchell Makoons performs and speaks at the Douglas Knowles Building at Brandon University. The Métis artist will be at the “mingling area” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. This event is presented by the Manitoba Métis Federation and organized by Métis inclusion co-ordinator Nicole Braun.

May 13 — The Great Benjamins Circus at the Keystone Centre (1175 18th St., Brandon). Tickets are $35 to $50, plus fees and taxes, and available through Ticketmaster.

May 18-20 — Mecca Productions presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. Showtimes include 7:30 p.m. May 18 and 19, and 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. May 20. “Widely considered the best Disney musical, our cast of dozens of young performers from across western Manitoba can’t wait to share this story of the transforming power of love with children of all ages.” Standard tickets are $20 and tickets for children 12 and under are $15. Tickets are available at the WMCA box office or by calling 204-728-9510.

May 26-27 — Brandon hosts a citywide yard sale. Sales east of 18th Street take place 5 to 8 p.m. May 26 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 27. Registration is closed. Yard sale locations and more details will be posted on the city’s website (brandon.ca) soon. Yard sales west of 18th Street will take place June 2-3.

May 26-28 — Annual table-top gaming convention PrairieCon takes place at the Keystone Centre. Game registration is open until May 19, but badges will be available at the door, too. The event will also host an auction where attendees can purchase used games and accessories “at a fraction of their original cost.” The auction runs 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Visit prairiecon.com for more information.

May 27 — The Apple + Pine Spring Market returns. The event takes place at the Manitoba Room, Keystone Centre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 100 Manitoba makers will be selling their wares.

May 28 — The YMCA hosts its annual Strong Kids Run in downtown Brandon. The event features four different timed events: five and 10 kilometres, 15 and 20 kilometres as well as one-kilometre family run and five and 10-kilometre walks. The race starts outside the YMCA (231 Eighth St.) and ends back at the centre. Registration required. The event is also looking for volunteers. Visit ymcabrandon.ca for more information. Proceeds benefit under-resourced children and families who use the YMCA facility in Brandon.

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