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Long weekend family activities on tap at Birds Hill Park

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THE May long weekend is upon us and Birds Hill Provincial Park has some special events planned from May 16 to 19.

Family activities will be the order of the day as park staff welcome back visitors for another season of camping and summer fun.

On Friday, you can learn everything you wanted to know about the park as interpreters will present a slide show devoted to the popular destination just a short drive north of Winnipeg, says senior interpreter Adam Cheadle.

Saturday will see the return of the popular Kite Flight, from 1 to 3 p.m., as well as an interpreter-led campfire discussion all about bears.

Visitors can join the interpreters on Sunday evening for a guided walk around the park's White-tailed Deer Trail. Finally, you can end your long weekend with a Cycling Scavenger Hunt on Monday morning.

All events are free of charge, but are weather-dependent.

A vehicle permit is required for entry into the park. Permits can be obtained at the park gates, and are $20 for an annual permit and $5 for a three-day permit.

For more information, call the park interpreter office at 222-9151.

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Clive Holden, author of Trains of Winnipeg, will present a workshop for aspiring poets on May 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. at West Kildonan Library, 365 Jefferson Ave. His film poems (combining visual and literary art) have been screened at the London International Film Festival, the Poetry & Film Video Festival in San Francisco, and Vancouver's Video Poem Festival. This event is co-sponsored by the Manitoba Writers' Guild. No registration is required.

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The Transcona Gardeners Club will hold a Plant & Bake Sale this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Scout Hall, corner of Melrose and Winona. On sale will be annuals, perennials, roses, herbs, bulbs, potted plants, wildflowers and other miscellaneous gardening items plus a variety of home baking. Also available will be a choice of home-baked pie or toasted cinnamon bun with your favourite beverage. For more information, call the club at 224-2535.

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Folklorama comes early at Andrew Mynarski Junior High School, 1111 Machray Ave., as the school presents a Multicultural Dinner & Show on May 15 from 4 to 9 p.m. The event will include ethnic foods from around the world, cultural entertainment, craft, bake and plant sales plus a silent auction. Admission is $1 for adults and 50 cents for children. Food tickets are 50 cents each.

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Next month marks the 25th anniversary of the 1978 graduating class of St. John's High School. The reunion is set for June 6 & 7.

"The reunion committee has been busy planning this event and hopes that everyone is excited to attend," says Ileana Bylyna, who is on the planning committee.

Anyone who wishes to attend is reminded that registration forms are due. For more information, call Bylyna at 654-0941.

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Bleak House Centre is hosting a 25th Anniversary Tea on June 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The seniors' drop-in centre is located in the historic former home of 19th century businessman Colin Inkster. The house was built in 1874

"The name Bleak was given to the house by Inkster's daughter Sybil as she thought in terms of no trees, which she felt made the house seem barren and bleak," says Marion Reed, president of the the centre, located at 1637 Main St. "But there are lots of trees surrounding the house now."

The house was willed to what was then the City of West Kildonan by Sybil, who was the youngest daughter of Inkster and his wife Annie, after her 94th birthday in 1973. Renovations were begun on the house and it was opened to the public in 1978 as an adult drop-in centre.

Bleak House Centre is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

For more information, call 338-4723.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 14, 2003 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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