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North End residents prepare for annual Picnic in the Park

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EVERYONE loves a picnic and there's one happening in the North End this weekend.

The North End Community Renewal Corporation, Mount Carmel Clinic and the City of Winnipeg are throwing a party for the community for the fourth year in a row.

The Picnic in the Park takes place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in St. John's Park, located at the corner of Main Street and Mountain Avenue.

"Picnic in the Park is a truly North End event," says Janice Goodman, community liaison with NECRC, located at 509 Selkirk Ave. "Many North End community organizations and resident associations are involved in this day-long event, from setting up display tables, volunteering their help with children's activities and serving food."

Local talent will be featured on the main stage from noon to 4 p.m. Scheduled entertainers are the Friends Band, Percy Tuesday, Roger Courchene, the Portuguese Dancers, the West End Cloggers, the George Spence Drumming Group, and more.

There will be free hotdogs and drinks served from noon to 3 p.m. As well, there will be lots of children's entertainment and activities, including races, aboriginal games, clowns, mascots, carnival games, storytelling, bubble making and face painting.

And it's all free.

Every child is a winner at the picnic. Goodman says that every youngster gets a card and when they complete five activities, they get to pick out a prize.

"The purpose of the picnic is to recognize all the people in the community who volunteer their time to help to make the community what it is," says Goodman. "It's our way of saying thanks to these hard-working people."

Goodman says that the first year the picnic was held, 400 people attended. The second year, 800 showed up, and last year there were 1,500 attendees.

"Last year we served up 3,600 hotdogs, so attendance at this event is steadily increasing every year and if these other years are anything to go by, I estimate that we should have 1,600 to 2,000 people show up for this year's picnic."

The North End Community Renewal Corporation was founded in 1998 to promote the social, economic and cultural renewal of the community. It works to achieve this by creating jobs, assisting local residents to upgrade their employment skills and obtain employment, and by improving the quality and accessibility of housing, reducing crime, and improving the overall image of the community.

It serves the community within the geographic area north of the CP Rail tracks, south of Carruthers Avenue, east of McPhillips Street and west of the Red River.

Mount Carmel Clinic, located at 886 Main St., is a primary health care centre designed to meet the needs of both individuals and families.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 20, 2003 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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