Let’s Do Something — May 18, 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.
• 6:30 p.m. — Fusion Credit Union Westman Lip Sync Battle in support of United Way takes place at Houstons Country Roadhouse. Watch teams compete head-to-head in this ultimate challenge and vote for the best team! Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the battle starts at 7:45 p.m. Tickets available at Eventbrite.ca.
• 7:30 p.m. — Mecca Productions presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. “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.
• 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.
• 7 p.m. — Join us at the Sportsplex for a series of roller discos from 7 to 10 p.m. Tonight is Y2K! Skate rentals available for free, courtesy of the Wheat City Roller Derby League. Pre-booking of skates open at noon on the day of the event. Limited quantities and sizes available. Admissions paid at the front desk.
• 7:30 p.m. — Mecca Productions presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. 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.
• 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. — Mecca Productions presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. 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.
• 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.
AT THE CLUBS
• The 40 (210 18th St. North, Brandon) — On Friday, Badlands Promotions presents PHARM, Simple Jack and Run Its Course. Doors open 9 p.m.; bands start at 10 p.m. This is an 18-plus event and cover is $10. Photo ID is required. Saturday, The 40 welcomes back Stonewalled for a night of timeless rock hits! Music at 10 p.m. Cover $10. This is an 18-plus event and photo ID is required.
• Houstons — On Sunday, R-Evolution Media and Where It’s At Ent. Presents Madchild live on tour with special guest Robbie G. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25 in advance; VIP meet and greet: $50. For tickets, visit MadchildBrandon.eventbrite.ca.
• Lady of the Lake (135-B 17th St. North, Brandon) — Friday features Chris Froome from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Then at 8 p.m. join us for the launch party for Brandon’s own Salamander Summer Festival coming to Rideau Park from July 21-23. This launch party includes music from Julianna Moore, Bruce Dunlop, Michelle Boudreau, Matt Cory, DJ Red and DJ Dirt. Tickets are $5.
• Chez Angela Bakery and Café (Unit C, 29 10th St., Brandon) — Brownman Akoustic 4-Tet, two-time National Jazz award winner, will entertain on Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, call 204-721-0719.
• Sand Hills Casino — Hatfield McCoy perform Friday and Saturday at the Oasis Bar and Grill. Live and always free.
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
• Royal Canadian Artillery Museum (Building N-118 Patricia Rd., CFB Shilo) — The only museum in the world dedicated to telling the story of the 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. 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 26 — Steppin’ Out dance will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion No. 3 from 7 to 11 p.m. with live music by Northern Reflections. Admission $15. Refreshments included. For more information, call 204-728-5636.
• May 26-27 — Brandon hosts a citywide yard sale. Sales east of 18th Street take place 5 to 8 p.m. on May 26 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 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 Brandon Garden Club is holding its annual fundraising plant sale in the Dome Building at the Keystone Centre from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• May 27 — Prairie 21 is hosting a dance at the Seniors for Seniors (311 Park Ave. East) from 7:30 to 11 p.m. with music by Prairie Fire. Cost is $15 at the door. Dry bar. For more information, call 204-725-2389.
• May 27 — Westman Gardeners plant and yard sale will take place at Central Community Centre (529 Fourth St.) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special Daly House Heritage perennials.
• May 27 — The Brandon General Museum presents a Show and Tell speaker series, “A Brief History of Art in Brandon: A Two Point Perspective” with Douglas Brolund and Linda Tame at 2 p.m. This is a free event, but donations are welcome. Space is limited. To RSVP, email email@example.com or call 204-717-1514.
• May 27 — The Apple + Pine Spring Market returns. The event takes place at the Manitoba Room in the 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’s Elite Cup Series, presented by Wrangler, 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.
• May 29 — Women’s Lawn Bowling kicks off another year at Rideau Park (345 Park St.) with coffee and muffins at 10 a.m. followed by a demonstration for new bowlers. Game play at 10:30 a.m. First game is free for new bowlers, and the cost is $5 per game. Season memberships available. All past players are encouraged to bring two friends. For more information, call Kathy at 204-761-1104.
• June 3 — Knox Green Team with help from Sustainable Brandon, Manitoba Sustainable Energy Association and Manitoba Electrical Vehicle Association is hosting Come to EV Fest West, Brandon and Area’s Electric Vehicle Information Session at the Commonwealth Air Training Museum from noon to 4 p.m. Lunch for sale at noon; presentations from 1 to 3 p.m. EVs on display. No admission charge. For more information, call Quentin 204-871-0349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• June 15 — Daly House Museum presents An Old Time Radio Show and Dinner at the Ukrainian Reading Association Hall (1005 Assiniboine Ave.) at 6 p.m. The Assiniboine Theatre Company recreates the old time radio shows as they would have been performed in the ’40s and ’50s. Tickets are $55 for members; $60 non-members. To order your tickets, contact the museum office at 204-727-1722 or email email@example.com.
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