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ear-round, Manitoba means adventure. From paddling our pristine rivers past abundant wildlife to trekking the trails, sailing the lakes, or just lazing around on a sunny day, summer means fun for Manitobans. We love to get out and swing the golf clubs, watch the birds, smell the flowers on garden tours, and try to catch the big one in our lakes and rivers. But don't forget the fun we have in winter, from downhill and cross-country skiing to snowmobiling, climbing ice towers, or even ski-joring behind dogs or horses. From spring through to summer, fall and winter, there's plenty of adventure for all in Manitoba.

MAY

May 10 - Manitoba Rocks! Gold panning, geologists' field camp, mineral/fossil collecting, lapidary demo.
The Forks, Winnipeg, 945-6569, www.gov.mb.ca.itm.mrd.

May 10 - Charity Ride for Hopes and Wishes.
Inwood, 278-3346, www.mts.net/~pmta.

May 10 - International Migratory Bird Day.
Oak Hammock Marsh, 467-3300, 1-800-665-3825, www.ducks.ca/ohmic.

May 10, 11 - Delta Marsh Birding Festival.
Delta Marsh, 857-8637, www.dmbo.org/festival.

May 15 to 19 - The Mantario Trail 5 Day Wilderness Experience. University of Manitoba Recreation Services guided adventure into the Manitoba Naturalists Society's cabin on Mantario Lake. Experience one of the longest backpacking trails complete with guides and equipment.
Mantario Trail, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

May 16 to 19 - Fish Derby and Pancake Breakfast.
T.J.'s Landing, Westbourne, 274-2750.

May 16 to 19 - Wandering Wheels Trailer Club camp at Neepawa Lions Riverbed Park.
Neepawa, 256-0901, 256-5467, bill@escape.ca, hssilv@shaw.ca.

May 16 to 19 - May Long Weekend Celebration. Try your hand at kite flying, join the interpreters on a guided walk, take in a guided bike ride or relax by the campfire and make delicious bannock.
Birds Hill Provincial Park.

May 17 - Central Manitoba Holstein Show.
Holland Ice Gardens, Holland, 745-2688.

May 17 to 19 - Marsh Biodiversity Weekend.
Oak Hammock Marsh, 467-3300, 1-800-665-3825, www.ducks.ca/ohmic.

MUST-DO ADVENTURES

June 6 to 8 - Manitoba High School Rodeo Association's regular season finals. Competing in 10 events, 65 plus cowboys and cowgirls of the Manitoba High School Rodeo will compete to go on to participate in the American National High School Rodeo Finals in Farmington, NM and the Canadian finals in Medicine Hat, AB in July and August respectively. Manitoba-based stock contractor, Top Line Rodeo, will gel with the Heart of the Old West Rodeo Committee in making the action of the three go-rounds on Friday evening, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Personalities of Grade 9 to 12 students will be brought out in 10 rodeo events including calf roping, barrel racing and bull riding.
Shoal Lake, www3.mb.sympatico.ca/~farrier/.

June 14, 15 - Flyball tournament, hosted by the Flyball Fanatics. Exciting canine relay racing.
Hazelridge arena, Hazelridge.

June 28 - Fourth annual Rehabilitated Bird Release, by the Manitoba Wildlife Rehabilitation Organization.
Barrier Bay Resort, Dorothy Lake, Whiteshell Provincial Park, 348-7755, www.whiteshell.mb.ca/barrierbay.

July 7 to 11 - Boreal Forest Birds with Ward Christianson, part of the Mantario Summer Program with the Manitoba Naturalists Society. Each trip begins with a day-long canoe trip from Big Whiteshell Lake, over six portages and seven lakes to the newly-rebuilt Mantario wilderness cabin on an island in Mantario Lake.
Whiteshell, 943-9029, www.manitobanature.ca/mantario.

July 12 - Birthday 2-ball golf tournament.
Pinawa Golf Club, Pinawa, 753-2294, www.pinawaclub.mb.ca.

Aug. 6, 7 - West Kildonan Horticultural Society's annual Flower Show.
Garden City Shopping Centre, Winnipeg, 586-4173, 339-7956.

Aug. 9 - Manitoba Naturalists Society's annual Natural Garden Tour. Visit nine gardens, including two community initiatives aimed at improving the public environment, plus native prairie, lush suburban yards and a European-style grotto.
Winnipeg, 943-9029.

May 18 - Sports Day.
St. Martin, 659-4554.

May 18 - May-Long Slo-Pitch Tournament, plus dance at arena.
Sports Grounds, Treherne, 723-2807.

May 22 - Climbing Fundamentals. University of Manitoba Rec Services course teaches belaying, bouldering, anchoring and safety while climbing.
Winnipeg, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

May 22 - West Kildonan Horticultural Society annual plant auction.
Garden City Community Centre, Winnipeg, 586-4173, 339-7956.

May 22 to 25 - Red River Pony Club Horse Show.
Winnipeg, 989-3456, www.redriverex.com.

May 24 - Astro Night - Telescopes.
Oak Hammock Marsh, 467-3300, www.ducks.ca/ohmic.

May 24 to 30 - Covered Wagon Trail Ride. On the Prime Meridian Trail to Grosse Isle and West St. Paul.
Fisher Branch, 633-1579, www.mts.net/~pmta.

May 25 - Official Opening of the Blue Water Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail located along the Winnipeg River in eastern Manitoba. Trail features the transition between the Canadian shield and the Prairies, plus the Winnipeg River, boreal forest and the mammals, birds, and fish that thrive there. Near Pinawa, the trail features the Seven Sisters Falls Generation Station, the Pinawa Chanel and Dam. Other interesting features include White Mud Falls, the Pine Falls power dam and Manitou Rapids, and a nature trail that spans the falls at Coca Cola Creek. Opening ceremonies at Great Falls Community Hall, plus a Trivia Challenge. Hosted by the St. Georges Community Development Corporation.
Great Falls, 367-9970, 367-6172, cdc@winnipegriver.org, www.winnipegriver.org/tctrail.

May 25, 26 - Sounds of Wildlife Weekend.
Oak Hammock Marsh, 467-3300, www.ducks.ca/ohmic.

May 27 - Frank Warsaba Memorial Tournament.
Melita Golf Club, Melita.

May 29 - Introduction to Canoeing Evening. Course offered by University of Manitoba Recreation Services.
LaBarriere Park, Winnipeg, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

May 29 - Bouldering Basics. University of Manitoba Recreation Services course which improves climbing skills.
Climbing Wall, Frank Kennedy Centre, University of Manitoba, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

May 30 - May 2-ball golf tournament.
Pinawa Golf Club, Pinawa, 753-2294.

May 30, 31 - Provincial High School Rural Track and Field Championships.
Brandon, 925-5642.

May 30, 31 - Provincial High School Urban Soccer Championships.
Winnipeg, 925-5642.

May 30 to June 1 - Wandering Wheels Trailer Club camp at Willow Springs Campground.
Selkirk, 256-0901, 256-5467, bill@escape.ca.

May 31 - Kids' Fishing Seminar and Boat Parade.
Russell, 773-3983.

May 31 - Golf 2-Person Texas Scramble.
Town & Country Golf Club, MacGregor, 685-2369.

May 31 to June 1 - Canoeing Fundamentals. U of M Rec Services teaches fundamental paddling and safety.
LaBarriere Park, Winnipeg, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

May 31 to June 1 - Mike's Bait & Tackle Walleye Classic. * Russell, 773-3983.

May 31 to June 1 - NBA Hoop-It-Up Streetball.
Red River Ex, Winnipeg, 989-3456, www.redriverex.com.

May - Apple Blossom Week, approximately the third week in May. Morden is cloaked with the colour of the thousands of fruit trees in full blossom. The research station is open daily for visitors to tour the arboretum and grounds. Note the many Almey Rosybloom Crabapples which were introduced and released by the Morden Experimental Station in 1945 and named after Mr. J. Robert (Bob) Almey, Manitoba Department of Agriculture Provincial Horticulturalist (1921-1960) and Canadian Pacific Railway General Agricultural Agent (1928-1960).
Morden, www.mordenmb.com.

May to Aug. - Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball.
Winnipeg, 780-3333, www.goldeyes.com.

May to Sept. - Splash Dash Water Tours. Docks on Red and Assiniboine rivers.
Winnipeg, 783-6633.

May to Sept. - Paddlewheel River Rouge Tours.
Winnipeg, 942-4500.

The Assiniboine Park Conservatory is a significant cultural amenity in Winnipeg that, since 1914, has been dedicated to increasing knowledge and appreciation of the plant kingdom and to enriching communities through involvement with the art and science of horticulture.

Visited annually by approximately 400,000 people, the Conservatory offers 10 different displays a year in the Floral Display Gallery, including Orchid and Bonsai shows and a special Holiday Lights Display over the Christmas season. Dating from 1914, the Palm House exhibits a tropical jungle; visitors walk under a canopy of mature tropical trees and admire orchids selected from the Conservatory's extensive collection.

There are several additions to the gardens within the park. The Herb Garden, located just south of the Conservatory, was created in 1997 in cooperation with the Herb Society of Manitoba and features a wide variety of culinary and medicinal herbs in a traditional circular layout. The Canadian Prairie Hemerocallis Society has been working to create two new garden attractions in Assiniboine Park: the Flats Daylily Garden, and the Patrick Healey Daylily Walk.

- Linda Glowacki

JUNE

June 1 - Pinawa Pool opens. Summer is here! Grab your towel and head to Pinawa's outdoor pool.
Pinawa, 753-5100.

June 1 - Mixed Texas Scramble Golf Tournament.
Golf & Country Club, Gladstone, 385-2253.

June 3 - More than just your average geranium talk by Joan Porteous, hosted by the West Kildonan Horticultural Society.
Winnipeg, 586-4173, 339-7956.

June 5 - Senior Women's Open Golf Tournament.
Pinawa Golf Club, Pinawa, 753-2294.

June 5 - Winnipeg Fish Festival.
The Forks, Winnipeg, 945-6640.

June 5 to 8 - Canadian Senior Summer National Swimming Championships.
Pan Am Pool, Winnipeg, 925-5600, www.sport.mb.ca.

June 7 - Swing for Health, Ladies' Charity.
Melita Golf Club, Melita.

June 7 - Flatwater Kayaking. U of M Rec Services teaches basic kayaking.
St. Malo Provincial Park, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

June 7 - Compass Use and Field Outing. U of M Rec Services teaches how to interpret topographical maps.
University of Manitoba and King's Park, Winnipeg, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

June 7 - Introduction to Rock Climbing. U of M Rec Services course introduces rock climbing.
Lily Pond, Whiteshell Provincial Park, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

June 7 - Premier Mixed Golf Tournament kicks off Caripeg Carnival Festivities,
Windsor Park Golf Course, Winnipeg, 694-8101, 257-8628, 254-6411, www.caripeg.com.

June 7, 14, 21 - Outdoor Recreation "Combo Platter". U of M Rec Services teaches the basics of kayaking, wall climbing and wilderness skills.
U of M, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

June 8 - Cruisin Down the Crescent. Fund-raiser for the Rehabilitation Centre for Children Foundation to raise funds for Manitoba's children living with disabilities.
Winnipeg, 475-5073.

June 9 - Monday Senior Ladies.
Golf & Country Club, Gladstone, 385-2253.

It is 6.45 a.m. in the middle of March 2003 and the winter season is drawing to a close. I have been visiting Woodland Hills near Rossburn and I sense a touch of spring in the air, the smell of the earth just seeping through the covering of snow. I crest a hill and the sun comes up over my left shoulder casting a long shadow ahead and turning the surrounding countryside into a subtle orange and pink field of of crystal. I ease back on the throttle of my snowmobile to savour the countryside and the true essence of freedom. Above me, the water fowl circle, looking for the first breaking of the ice water on which to land. It is time for me to leave but the geese remind me that the spring and summer seasons will soon be here with an abundance of fishing at the local Arrow and Rossman Lakes. For now, the snow is still good as we head down from Rossman Lake and into the town of Rossburn. My mind turns to the cross-country trails I have skied at Woodland Hills and to the downhill slopes of nearby Asessippi. The words of that old song come to me, "Should I stay or Should I go?" I anticipate the glory of the cycling, the fishing and the rambling; the visits to the nearby Riding Mountain National Park, the boating on Clear Lake and the gentle drift of the lazy hazy days of summer. As decisions have to be made, I have made mine. They will say that I came to Woodland Hills for the winter ... but I know that I am staying for the summer.
- Suzanne Wilson

June 10 - Introduction to Canoeing Evening, taught by U of M Rec Services.
LaBarriere Park, Winnipeg, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

June 10 - Inline Skating Fundamentals.
U of MB, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

June 10 to Sept. 14 - Red River Interpretive Boat Tours.
The Forks, Winnipeg, 986-5663, 986-3112.

June 11 - Senior Men's Open Golf Tournament.
Pinawa Golf Club, Pinawa, 753-2294, www.pinawaclub.mb.ca.

June 11 to Oct. 25 - Winnipeg Blue Bombers season.
Winnipeg, 784-2583, www.bluebombers.com.

June 13 to 15 - Take Control: White Water Canoeing Weekend. U of M Rec Services teaches white water paddling .
Cook's Rapids, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

June 13 to 15 - Match Play Tournament, Men's.
Melita Golf Club, Melita.

June 13 to 15 - Wandering Wheels Trailer Club camp at Lakeside Trailer Park.
Winnipeg Beach, 256-0901, 256-5467, bill@escape.ca.

June 13 to 15 - International Classic Fast Pitch Softball Tournament, hosted by the Manitoba Ladies Super Softball League.
John Blumberg Softball Complex, Winnipeg, 452-3587, www.eteamz.com\manitobasuperleague.

June 14 - Hunt Lake Trail Day Hike. U of M Rec Services guided hike of the 16 km Hunt Lake Trail.
Whiteshell Provincial Park, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

June 15 - Father's Day Kayak. U of M Rec Services lets you spend quality time with Dad.
Joyce Fromson Pool, Winnipeg, 474-7268,
www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

June 15 - Manitoba Marathon.
Winnipeg, 925-5751.

June 20 to 22 - 2003 Liquid Skills Freestyle Kayak Championships, at Nutimik Lake's Sturgeon Falls in Whiteshell Provincial Park. Top international paddlers perform amazing stunts and tricks, competing in Freestyle playboating, Big Air and Survival Surf competitions.
Whiteshell Provincial Park, 487-0004, 1-877-432-6868, www.paddlingmanitoba.com.

June 21 - Budball Mixed Slo-Pitch Tournament at Haywood and St. Claude Recreation Park.
Haywood and St. Claude, 379-2357.

June 21 - 24 Hour Relay for Kids.
The Forks, Thunderbird House, Winnipeg, 945-3078.

June 21, 22 - Canoeing Fundamentals. U of M Rec Services teaches paddling strokes, safety and canoe choice.
LaBarriere Park, Winnipeg, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

June 22 - Tournament of Hearts Golf Tournament.
Pinawa Golf Club, Pinawa, 753-2294.

June 22 - Ladies' Spring Open Golf Tournament.
Golf & Country Club, Gladstone, 385-2253.

June 24 - Climbing Fundamentals. U of M Rec Services teaches belaying, bouldering, anchoring and safety.
U of MB, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

June 26 - Bouldering Basics. U of M Rec Services helps you improve climbing skills.
Climbing Wall, Frank Kennedy Centre, University of Manitoba, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

June 27 - June 2-ball golf tournament.
Pinawa Golf Club, Pinawa, 753-2294.

June 27 to 29 - Wandering Wheels Trailer Club camp at Steinbach Campground.
Steinbach, 256-0901, 256-5467, bill@escape.ca.

June 27 to July 1 - Flin Flon Trout Festival. Month-long catch-and-release fishing lake trout derby. Pancake breakfast, parade, ceremonies, amusements, sporting events. Canadian Open Gold Rush Canoe Derby.
Flin Flon, 687-3469.

June 28 - Men's open golf tournament.
Pinawa Golf Club, Pinawa, 753-2294.

June 28, 29 - Manitoba Great Western Circuit Inc. Harness Racing, sponsored by Holland Ag Society.
Race Grounds, Holland, 526-2005.

June 28, 29 - Introduction to White Water Kayaking Weekend. U of M Rec Services teaches white water paddling skills over class two and three rapids.
Cook's Rapids, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

June 29 - Bison Days on the Prairie. Celebrate Canada's 136th birthday with 'Old Tyme' fun. Make bannock and try your luck at the atlatl toss.
Birds Hill Provincial Park.

June 29 - Rossman Lake slo-pitch tourney.
Rossburn, 859-2627, www.town.rossburn.mb.ca.

June - Fort Dauphin Museum Canoe-a-Thon. "Paddle to Preserve." Paddle twice around Moon Lake.
Fort Dauphin Museum, 638-6630.

JULY

July 1 - Annual Sports Day and Fireworks, sponsored by Community Sports Centre.
Austin Sports Grounds, Austin, 466-2899.

July 1 - Canada Day Beach Blast. Live music, games and beach volleyball. Magician, face painting and balloon creations. Giant fireworks display. Walk the newly-built Buhler Boardwalk, or the newly-opened Minnewasta Trail.
Morden, 822-4991, www.mordenmb.com.

July 3 - Senior Mens' Golf Tournament.
Golf & Country Club, Gladstone, 385-2253.

July 4 to 6 - Reptiles and Amphibians Weekend at Birds Hill Provincial Park.
Birds Hill Provincial Park.

July 4 to 6 - Portage Kennel Club Championship Show.
Centennial Arena, Portage la Prairie, 857-3305.

July 4 to 6 - MSA Provincials.
John Blumberg Softball Complex, Headingley, 831-0263.

July 5 - Kids of Steel Triathlon. Triathlon involving swimming, biking and running.
Pinawa, 753-2577, www.triathlon.mb.ca.

July 6 - Free Spirit Triathlon and Duathlon.
Pinawa, 753-2577, www.triathlon.mb.ca, dlewing@granite.mb.ca.

July 6 - Men's Open Golf Tournament.
Delahunt Golf and Country Club, Treherne, 723-2777.

July 6 to 20 - Home Grounds Competition, hosted by the West Kildonan Horticultural Society.
Winnipeg, 586-4173, 339-7956.

July 7 to 8 - Agility in Manitoba's North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC) Trial at Birds Hill Provincial Park's Grand Prix Equestrian Ring.
Birds Hill Provincial Park, www.geocities.com/agilitymb.

July 10 to 13 - MTS Classic Golf Tournament
Pine Ridge Golf Course.

July 11 to 13 - MSA Provincials.
John Blumberg Softball Complex, Headingley, 831-0263.

You won't believe the wonderful doll museum we found in Manitoba. It's just outside of Winnipeg, near a town named Warren, and is called the V. Gross Doll Museum. We were treated to a tour of over 900 antique and modern dolls. Some were over 100 years old! They have a great display of Eaton's Beauty dolls, too. I found a great present in the collectibles and gift shop. Best of all, they are expanding, so when I visit next time, they will have thousands of dolls in the new museum area.
- V. Sulyma

July 11 to 13 - CRCA Level 1 Sea Kayak Weekend. U of M Rec Services teaches kayak paddling strokes, rescue techniques, wet exits and re-entry.
University of Manitoba field station at Star Lake, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

July 11 to 13 - Wandering Wheels Trailer Club camp at Stonewall Quarry Park.
Stonewall, 256-0901, 256-5467, bill@escape.ca.

July 11 to 14 - The Definitive Canadian Canoeing Experience: Manigotagan River Run. U of M Rec Services canoeing trip with qualified guides.
Manigotagan River, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

July 12 - Introduction to Rock Climbing. U of M Rec Services introduces rock climbing in a natural setting.
Lily Pond, Whiteshell Provincial Park, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

July 12 to 18 - Manitoba Pony Club Camp.
Sports Grounds, Treherne, 824-2323.

July 14 - Senior Ladies.
Melita Golf Club, Melita.

July 14 to 18 - Wilderness Education with Dale Brown, part of the Mantario Summer Program with the Manitoba Naturalists Society.
Whiteshell, 943-9029, www.manitobanature.ca/mantario.

July 14 to 19 - Theoren Fleury Hockey School.
Russell, www.pdc-hockey.com.

July 15 - Inline Skating Fundamentals.
U of MB, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

July 16 - Parks Day and Take a Hike Day.
Churchill, www.churchillmb.net.

July 17 - Ladies Senior Open Golf Tournament.
Town and Country Golf Club, MacGregor, 685-2884.

July 17 to 21 - Good Sam RV Club Rally.
Neepawa, www.town.neepawa.mb.ca.

July 18 - National Street Hockey Tournament.
Winnipeg, 905-502-7483.

July 18 to 20 - MSA Provincials.
John Blumberg Softball Complex, Headingley, 831-0263.

July 19 - Mixed 2 Ball Foursome Golf Tournament.
Golf & Country Club, Gladstone, 385-2253.

July 19 - Golden Prairie Arts Council's sixth annual Power of Flower Garden Tour.
Carman, 745-6568, gpac@mts.net.

July 19 - Parks Day at Riding Mountain National Park. Join Friends of the Park to celebrate. Explore the park or talk to researchers about their projects. Register at the Nature Shop in the Park Visitor Centre. Hosted by the Friends of Riding Mountain National Park.
Wasagaming, 848-7284.

July 19, 20 - Medal Match Play.
Town and Country Golf Club, MacGregor, 685-3096.

July 19, 20 - Manitoba Provincial Horseshoe Championships, hosted by the Manitoba Horseshoe Players Association.
Portage la Prairie Horseshoe Courts, Manitoba Republic Park, Portage la Prairie, 546-3226, 546-2343.

July 19 to 21 - Bantam B Baseball Provincial Tournament.
Neepawa, www.town.neepawa.mb.ca.

July 20 - Ladies Open Golf Tournament.
Delahunt Golf and Country Club, Treherne, 723-2777.

July 21 to 25 - Astronomy with Ian Cameron, part of the Mantario Summer Program with the Manitoba Naturalists Society.
Whiteshell, 943-9029, www.manitobanature.ca/mantario.

July 22 - Visiting Winnipeg Home Grounds, hosted by the West Kildonan Horticultural Society.
Winnipeg, 586-4173, 339-7956.

July 24 - Climbing Fundamentals. U of M Rec Services teaches belaying, bouldering, anchoring and safety.
U of MB, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

July 25 to 27 - Tall Grass Prairie Weekend. Manitoba's tall grass prairie is one of the most amazing habitats on earth. It is also one of the most endangered with less than one per cent remaining. Interpreters take you on a tour through Birds Hill's prairie habitat.
Birds Hill Provincial Park.

July 25 to 27 - Wandering Wheels Trailer Club camp at Winkler Tourist Park.
Winkler, 256-0901, 256-5467, bill@escape.ca.

July 26 - Intermediate Rock and Rappel. University of Manitoba Rec Services teaches climbing skills and basic anchor systems, rapelling.
Gooseneck, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

July 26 - Super Spike Volleyball 2003.
The Forks, Winnipeg, 943-7752.

July 26 to 31 - Beluga Whale watching tour, with IWA/Tundra Buggy Tours.
Churchill, 949 2050, 1 800 663 9832, www.wildlifeadventures.com.

July 27 - Lions Sports Day, sponsored by Plumas Lions Club.
Plumas Fair Grounds, Plumas, 386-2604.

July 27 - Family Fun Run.
Winnipeg Beach, 389-5126, www.winnipegbeach.com.

July 28 to Aug. 1 - The Beauty of Mantario with Lorne Klassen, part of the Mantario Summer Program with the Manitoba Naturalists Society.
Whiteshell, 943-9029, www.manitobanature.ca/mantario.

July - Junior Naturalist Program at Riding Mountain National Park. Half-day education programs for children ages 5 to 12 years. Ecological and cultural themes explored. Workshops, nature hikes, experiments and films. Hosted by the Friends of Riding Mountain National Park.
Wasagaming, 848-7284.

This is the story of my first grandchild, whose name is Rianna Mikayla, when we visit Assiniboine Park. The photo was taken at the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden. Every year since I was a little girl, my parents brought my brother and myself to this park, and more specifically, to this particular sculpture of the two bears. I have photos of my brother and myself as the years passed, as we sat or stood near the two bears. I watched us grow alongside these two cubs. Some of my fondest memories are of our days at Assiniboine Park, the zoo, our family football games, our leaf fights and picnics. We continued to take our three children there and to show them the beauty of this park. Now we have the special privilege of sharing this park with our beautiful granddaughter. We are so fortunate in Winnipeg to have some of the most wonderful parks to enjoy.
- Donene Sawatzky

July - Communities in Bloom Competition. Dauphin shines in full bloom as a new competitor in this annual competition.
Dauphin, 622-3200.

July - Morden Annual Garden Tour. Third Sunday in July. The Pembina Hills Art Gallery hosts a self-guided tour.
Morden, 822-6026.

Mid-July - Morden International Triathlon. Grueling swim, cycle, run competition, plus Kids of Steel Triathlon.
Morden, 822-3167, 822-3964.

AUGUST

Aug. 1 to 4 - Insect Weekend. Insects are remarkable living things that can be found almost everywhere on earth. Join us as we explore the world through the eyes of a bug with night-time walks, the insect dating service and the famous mosquito trial.
Birds Hill Provincial Park.

Aug. 1 to 4 - PeeWee Western Canadian Championship.
John Blumberg Softball Complex, Headingley, 253-7973.

Aug. 1 to 4 - MHJA Derby Horse Show.
Red River Ex, Winnipeg, 989-3456, www.redriverex.com.

Aug. 1 to 4 - Weekend Sports Days in Whitemouth. Junior baseball, Bingo, fireworks, pancake breakfast, slow pitch tournament, beer gardens, outside dance on Saturday night, parade, children's activities, great food all weekend. Hosted by the Whitemouth Recreation Association.
Whitemouth, 348-2923.

Aug. 2, 3 - Horse Show.
Fisherton.

Aug. 3 to 8 - Beluga Whale watching tour, with IWA/Tundra Buggy Tours.
Churchill, 949 2050, 1 800 663 9832, www.wildlifeadventures.com.

Aug. 4 to 8 - Astronomy with Jennifer West. Mantario Summer Program with the Manitoba Naturalists Society.
Whiteshell, 943-9029, www.manitobanature.ca/mantario.

Aug. 4 to 10 - Junior Women's Canadian FP Championship.
John Blumberg Softball Complex, Headingley, 253-7973.

Aug. 5 to 10 - Heart of the Continent Horse Show.
Red River Ex, Winnipeg, 989-3456, www.redriverex.com.

Aug. 6 - Men's Senior Open Golf Tourney.
Town and Country Golf Club, MacGregor, 637-2488.

Aug. 8 to 10 - Bizarre Bat Weekend. Learn about a misunderstood creature. Build a bat house.
Birds Hill Provincial Park.

Aug. 8 to 10 - Anola Community Club 36th Anniversary Weekend. Orthodox baseball tournament, cribbage tournament, beer gardens, dunk tanks, kids' activities.
Anola, 866-2393.

Aug. 9 - The 2nd annual Falcon Lake Walleye Derby. All proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Falcon Lake, bigfish12345@hotmail.com, www.falconlakewalleyederby.com.

Aug. 9, 10 - Miami Harness Races.
Miami Fairgrounds, Miami, 435-2029.

Aug. 10 - Ladies' open golf tournament.
Pinawa Golf Club, Pinawa, 753-2294.

Aug. 10 - 2 Ball Challenge, Mixed.
Melita Golf Club, Melita.

Aug. 11 to 15 - Botanical Excursions with Charles Burchill. Mantario Summer Program with the Manitoba Naturalists Society.
*Whiteshell, 943-9029, www.manitobanature.ca/mantario.

Aug. 15 - "Meet Your Fellow Business" Golf Tournament, hosted by Portage Chamber of Commerce.
Portage Golf Club, Portage la Prairie, 857-7778.

Aug. 15 to 17 - Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival, The Forks.
Winnipeg, 982-1830, www.facilitymarketing.com.

Aug. 16 - Club Championship golf tournament.
Pinawa Golf Club, Pinawa, 753-2294.

Aug. 16 - Mixed Senior Open Tourney (Chapman).
Town and Country Golf Club, MacGregor, 637-2884.

Aug. 18 to 22 - Outdoor Photography with Al Ross. Mantario Summer Program with the Manitoba Naturalists Society.
Whiteshell, 943-9029, www.manitobanature.ca/mantario.

Aug. 19 - Climbing Fundamentals. University of Manitoba Rec Services teaches belaying, bouldering, anchoring and safety while climbing.
U of MB, 474-7268, www.umanitoba.ca/rec_services.

Aug. 21 to 23 - Championship Regatta. Crews from Canada and the U.S.A. compete in this rowing event.
The Forks, Winnipeg, 954-9151.

Aug. 22 to 24 - Geology Rocks. Learn about the physical processes that molded Birds Hill Provincial Park into what it is today. Examine common minerals found in the park. Games will rock your attitudes about geology.
Birds Hill Provincial Park.

The Winnipeg Wandering Wheels Trailer Club, a non-profit group who like to "trailer" together, enjoy the friendliness and hospitality of Manitoba communties for 11 weekend outings this year. Each destination features panoramic scenes, such as the sandy beaches with white pelicans soaring in the clear summer skies over Winnipeg Beach, or the colourful explosion of lily blooms in Neepawa, the dancing sunflower fields of Altona, or the waves of golden wheat surrounding Treherne. At each destination, we get together for a group meal and an activity.
- Lesley Aremu

August 23, 24 - Agility in Manitoba's United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) Trial.
Narol Gonor Community Club, Winnipeg, www.geocities.com/agilitymb.

Aug. 25 to 29 - Wilderness Writing with Karen Dudley. Mantario Summer Program with the Manitoba Naturalists Society.
Whiteshell, 943-9029, www.manitobanature.ca/mantario.

Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 - September Long Weekend Celebration. Send off summer with a number of activities. Relax by the campfire and enjoy some bannock, take in a guided walk, or compete in the Birds Hill Provincial Park Scavenger Hunt. Those who rise to the challenge will be rewarded with prizes.
Birds Hill Provincial Park.

Aug. 29 to Sept. 4 - Senior Slo-Pitch World Championship.
John Blumberg Softball Complex,

Headingley, 253-5710.

Aug. - The Manitoba Great Western Harness Racing Circuit. Witness the speed and excitement of harness racing at the Dauphin Downs!
Dauphin, 638-3814.

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 2 - Members' Choice Perennial Plant Exchange, hosted by the West Kildonan Horticultural Society.
Winnipeg, 586-4173, 339-7956.

Sept. 3 to 5 - Canadian Amputee Golf Association Open. A level playing field gives amputees an opportunity to compete with others with the same disabilities.
Southwood Golf and Country Club, Winnipeg, 269-7315, www.caga.ca/tournaments/southwood.htm.

Sept. 6 - Roll in the Exchange.
Exchange District, Winnipeg, 943-3979.

Sept. 6 to 11 - Canadian National Fly Fishing Championship. Week-long catch-and-release event. Six teams to be chosen for the Canadian team going to the 2004 World Fly Fishing Championship. Hosted by the Fishing and Lake Improvement Program for the Parkland Region (FLIPPR).
Russell area, 564-2447, flyfisher@escape.ca.

Sept. 13 - RCMP Juniors.
Melita Golf Club, Melita.

Sept. 14 - Annual Terry Fox Run.
The Forks, Winnipeg, 231-5282.

Sept. 30 - Terry Fox Run. Fifth annual run in support of cancer research. Fun for the whole family.
Lac du Bonnet and Pinawa, 753-2639.

Sept - MS Bike Tour. Raises funds for multiple sclerosis research.
Dauphin, 622-2941.

Sept. - Annual Dauphin Kings Golf Tournament.
Dauphin, 622-3159.

Ten reasons why Whiteshell Provincial Park is romantic: 1) The number of resorts offering first class accommodation ... the perfect setting to rekindle romance! 2) Proximity - it's a 1 1/2 hour drive from Winnipeg to lakefront luxury in front of a cosy fire. 3) Scenic splendour that will take your breath away. Loons crying on lakes, fragrant forests. 4) Hiking trails winding their way into the forest or down to a river offer the opportunity to experience nature's beauty. 5) Unspoiled, uncrowded. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound. Be sure to have your camera when you see a whitetail deer or a stately blue heron. 6) At night, the skies free of light pollution are a beauty unto themselves. And the sunsets - they will colour their way into your soul! 7) Pack a special picnic for two and indulge in a quiet lakeside lunch. 8) Tennis, golf, horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, boating - activities for everyone! 9) What could be more romantic than a quiet paddle across a glassy lake? 10) Uncrowded beaches. Even in high season, beaches in the Whiteshell are usually quiet.
- Gail Nally

Sept. to March - University of Winnipeg Wesmen. Basketball and volleyball games.
Duckworth Centre, Winnipeg, 786-9349, www.uwinnipeg.ca/athletics.

OCTOBER

Oct. 7 - Creative cooking with herbs, featuring David Hansen of Sage Garden Herbs, hosted by the West Kildonan Horticultural Society.
Winnipeg, 586-4173, 339-7956.

NOVEMBER

Nov. 18 - Awards Night and annual meeting, hosted by the West Kildonan Horticultural Society.
Winnipeg, 586-4173, 339-7956.

DECEMBER

Dec. - Christmas Bird Count. Pinawa's 40th year in the event which takes place during the last week of December. Novice birders paired with experienced groups. The standard area for the count, as specified by the National Audubon Society, is a 24 km diameter circle.
Pinawa area, taylorp@granite.mb.ca.

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