Let’s Do Something — May 11, 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.

Jared Parsonage falls during his ride at a Professional Bull Riders Canada event at Westoba Place. The PBR Canada Cup Series: Mazergroup Chute Out returns to Brandon on May 27. (File)

7 p.m. — Steppin’ Time Dance Studio presents “The Power of Music” at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium tonight and Friday. More than 80 Steppin’ Time Company dancers will perform in silhoutte in front of a 20-foot screen. Tickets available at the WMCA box office.


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.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — 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.” This event is presented by the Manitoba Métis Federation and organized by Métis inclusion co-ordinator Nicole Braun.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — The last dance of the season takes place at Central Community Centre (529 Fourth St., Brandon) with music by Prairie Fire. Admission is $10 and includes lunch. First dance of the fall season with be held Oct. 13. For more information, call Ken at 204-726-4822.

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


Saturday — The Minnedosa Horticultural Society is holding a garden workshop. There will be a morning and an afternoon sessions. Space is limited; pre-registration required by calling 204-867-5244. After a demonstration, choose to plant one of: a fairy garden, succulent planter or an annual growing arrangement. Cost is $25. Containers, soil, plants and accessories all provided.

9 a.m. — Westman Mental Wellness and Suicide Prevention Association invites you to join in a rural walk to raise awareness and money for suicide prevention. You can show your support by walking or rolling your way through a two or five-kilometre course or a five- or 10-kilometre fun run. Register your team by visiting westmanwellness.ca or email westmanwellness@gmail.com. Registration at 9:30 a.m. Start time 10:30 a.m. at the Souris Curling Club (32 Third Ave. West).

11 a.m. — Hike for Hospice 2023 to support Westman Hospice Association will take place in the parking lot of the Keystone Centre (off 18th Street and Brandon Avenue). This is a family-friendly event and four-legged friends are welcome.

7:30 p.m. — Club 77 invites everyone to dance to the music of Nite Life at the Shriners Hall (1110 McTavish Ave. East). Admission $15, includes lunch. Everyone welcome. For more info, call 204-729-9301.


4:30 p.m. — Bring Mom out for HaHa’s For Your Mama’s dinner and comedy show featuring Tim Nutt and Big Daddy Tazz at The Eagles Nest Bar and Grill (3500 McDonald Ave.). Dinner served until 7 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Dinner and show $52 (includes GST, complimentary drink and $20 meal voucher); show only $32. Tickets available at The Eagles Nest Bar and Grill or email eventsbrandon@gmail.com.


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.

5:30 p.m. — The Minnedosa Horticultural Society is holding its annual spring plant sale in the United Church Hall. Bedding plants, perennials, potted plants, hanging baskets and more. Everyone welcome. For more info, call 204-867-5244.


The 40 (210 18th St. North, Brandon) — On Friday, The 40 welcomes back Roulette, playing country and classic rock hits for one night only! Music begins at 10 p.m. This is an 18-plus event and cover is $10. Photo identification required. On Sunday, Maiden Manitoba hits the stage for all the hardcore classic metal fans! Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, plus GST/fees, in advance or $15 at the door and are rush seating/standing room only. This is an 18-plus event. Photo ID required.

Lady of the Lake (135-B 17th St. North, Brandon) — Joe Wilson, country and western singer/songwriter from Winkler will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Then be prepared to get up on the dance floor for some jazzy blues with Jakeleg Blues Band from 9 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Sand Hills Casino — Enjoy some classic rock with Route 66 on Friday and Saturday at the Sand Hills Casino. Live and always free.


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.


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 27 — The Keystone Centre welcomes back the Professional Bull Riders Canada Cup Series: Mazergroup Chute Out at Westoba Place at 7 p.m. Tickets available at the Keystone Centre box office and online at ticketmaster.ca.

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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