Let’s Do Something — May 25, 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.

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Competitors race toward the finish line during the 2019 Kiwanis Kar Derby on Rideau Street. This year's Kiwanis Kar Derby is scheduled for June 3. (File)

5 to 8 p.m. — Road Rebels present the ninth annual Blessing of the Wheels. Blessing of all vehicles present by Father Jonathan Hoskin. Barbecue starts at 5 p.m. with blessings to follow at 6:30 p.m. at St. George’s Anglican Church (corner of Fifth Street and Southern Avenue). Parking in the Brandon School Division parking lot for the car show. After the blessing, attendees will take a leisurely cruise to Twisters Ice Cream.


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.

Noon — Annual table-top gaming convention PrairieCon takes place at the Keystone Centre. Game registration closed 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.” Visit prairiecon.com for more information.

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

7:30 p.m. — Steppin’ Out dance will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion No. 3 with live music by Northern Reflections. Admission $15. Refreshments included. For more information, call 204-728-5636.


8 a.m. — Annual table-top gaming convention PrairieCon continues at the Keystone Centre. Games start at 9 a.m. 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.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Westman Gardeners plant and yard sale takes place at Central Community Centre (529 Fourth St.). Special Daly House Heritage perennials.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — The Brandon Garden Club is holding its annual fundraising plant sale in the Dome Building on the Keystone Centre grounds.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Brandon’s citywide yard sales continue today east of 18th Street. 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.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Enns Brothers (1660 18th St. North) is hosting a John Deere Day of Play event featuring children’s activities, giveaways. Twenty per cent off John Deere toys and much more.

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

2 p.m. — 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 bgmainfo@wcgwave.ca or call 204-717-1514.

7 p.m. — Join us at the Sportsplex for a series of roller discos until 10 p.m. Tonight is All Out ’80s! 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. — Prairie 21 is hosting a dance at the Seniors for Seniors (311 Park Ave. East) with music by Prairie Fire. Cost is $15 at the door. Dry bar. For more information, call 204-725-2389.

7 p.m. — The Keystone Centre welcomes back the Professional Bull Riders Canada’s Elite Cup Series, presented by Wrangler, at Westoba Place. Canada’s best riders face off against their 2,000-pound opponents that have been bred to buck! Tickets available at the Keystone Centre box office and online at ticketmaster.ca.


8 a.m. — Annual table-top gaming convention PrairieCon continues at the Keystone Centre. Gaming starts at 9 a.m. Visit prairiecon.com for more information.

8 a.m. — 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.) at 8 a.m. and ends back at the centre. One-kilometre Family Fun Run starts at 10:30 a.m. 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.

11 a.m. — Road Rebels invites you to the second annual Poker Derby Fundraiser Family Barbecue Show and Shine in support of the Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre and Crocus Plains Secondary School scholarship program. Registration at 11 a.m. with a 1 p.m. start. Return by 4 p.m. to pick up your last card. Then enjoy barbecue, rainbow draws, music and show and shine. Free viewing to the general public from 4 to 8 p.m. at Dinsdale Park (just north of the river on First Street). Everyone welcome, cars, trucks, motorcycles and special interest vehicles. The cost is $20 for the first poker hand (includes barbecue) and each additional hand is $10 (does not include barbecue).

1 p.m. — Brandon Salutes presents a “Salute to Veterans” concert at the Riverbank Discovery Centre’s outdoor stage. This free concert features the music of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band from Edmonton; the 26th Field Regiment Pipes and Drums and the 2PPCLI Drum Line. Everyone is welcome!

1:30 p.m. — The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum hosts the presentation ceremony for the memorial of the Sept. 15, 1946, RCAF crash near Estevan, Sask. Twenty-one airmen died that morning on their return to Estevan from Minot, N.D. It was one of the worst accidents involving the peacetime RCAF. The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum will be presented with a framed photo of the memorial plaque on Sunday.

2 p.m. — The Brandon School of Dance and Dance Images presents Invitation at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. This is an invitation to the year-end recitals for the classes and groups who have worked so hard throughout the year. Also featured are the competition and festival award winning dancers and groups. Also takes place Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m. Tickets available at wmca.ca or call the box office at 204-728-9510.


10 a.m. — 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 after that. Season memberships available. All past players are encouraged to bring two friends. For more information, call Kathy at 204-761-1104.

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 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) — Crush takes the stage Friday and Saturday. $10 cover. This is an 18-plus event and photo ID is required.

Lady of the Lake (135-B 17th St. North, Brandon) — Open Mic Night on Friday for musicians, comedians, spoken word and youngsters! Fourteen and under from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; regular open mic from 8 to 11 p.m. with $5 cover.

Chez Angela Bakery and Café (Unit C, 29 10th St., Brandon) — On Friday, we are hosting our next After Hours Culinary Concert in our Downtown Mix Tape series, featuring the ’90s indie rock/folk sounds of Shotgun Jimmie. Tickets are $95 and includes a multi-course meal. For tickets, call 204-721-0719 ext. 3.

Sand Hills Casino — Mark Kogan and Rocket 88 entertain with some country/rock! Friday and Saturday at the Oasis Bar and Grill. 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 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: info@agsm.ca. Until June 3 — “The Long and the Short of It, Brandon Embroiderers.” 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.


June 1 — BACE Cruise Night in Downtown Brandon takes place on Rosser Avenue between Sixth and 13th streets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. People wishing to show their vehicles are encouraged to enter the event at the intersection of Rosser Avenue and 13th Street. Free to participants and spectators.

June 1 — The Westman Gardeners Club will meet at Central Community Centre (529 Fourth St.) at 7 p.m. Betty Braaksma will speak on Medieval Gardens. Become inspired by the beauty of the medieval garden to create your own “backyard Camelot.” Visitors welcome.

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

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 run from 1 to 3 p.m. EVs on display. No admission charge. For more information, call Quentin 204-871-0349 or email bdnclimateaction@gmail.com.

June 3 — The Kiwanis Club of Brandon hosts its Kar Derby No. 34. The Kar Derby is Kiwanis major family event and fundraiser. Please register your car or purchase a new kit. Registration is $100; new kit is $200. This event is for children ages eight to 14. For more info, visit kiwanisclubofbrandon.ca/kar-derby.

June 11 — Memory Lane Car Club presents Chrome in the Trees at the Manitoba Summer Fairgrounds from noon to 4 p.m. Special interest vehicles and motorcycles. Two people free/vehicle. Breakfast in the Dome Building from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. for a cost of $8. Enter and leave by south (Richmond Avenue) gates. For more information, call Jerry 204-728-7991 or 204-724-4171; Grant 204-726-4382 or 204-761-1753.

June 14 — Tourism Westman presents the 2023 annual Tribute to Tourism Awards Gala at the Souris Glenwood Memorial Complex in Souris at 6 p.m. This evening will recognize and celebrate 26 exceptional individuals, businesses, organizations and communities within Westman. The evening will feature a meal from Woodfire Deli, entertainment by Bethel Road Music. To purchase tickets ($50 plus GST), contact the Tourism Westman office at 204-726-1513 or email info@tourismwestman.ca.

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 dalymuseum@wcgwave.ca.

Aug. 13 — Ladies Western Scramble takes place at the Wheat City golf course with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Deadline for registration is Aug. 7. This is a two-lady team event. Entry fee: $75, or $30 for juniors. For more information or e-transfer contact Brenda at 204-721-1488. Mail cheques to Ladies Western Scramble, 5 Moose Place, Brandon, MB, R7B 3W3.

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