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Pumpkins, pickles and playing

The first days of fall have arrived, so now it's time to celebrate and get into the Halloween spirit. Visit Winnipeg Beach on Saturday, Oct. 5, to participate in the town's annual Harvest Fest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The town, 80 kilometres north of Winnipeg, will close its Main Street and transform it into an outdoor marketplace where the vendors will sell homemade baking, preserves, honey and handcrafted items such as soap, jewelry and crafts. But the main events at the festival are the contests for the largest pumpkin, the best pickles and the scarecrow-making contest for kids.

Tale gets a new twist

Take a trip into a land where beanstalks stretch into the sky and giants live in the clouds. On Thursday, Oct. 3, Presentation House Theatre will present a unique version of Jack and the Giant Beanstalk at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People.

The hour-long play will run until Oct. 12 and is recommended for children ages 4-8. For ticket information, visit

They sure know how to...


Pull up a chair and get ready to laugh because the Winnipeg IF... Improv Festival kicks off this Tuesday, Oct. 1. The free kickoff event takes place at the King's Head Pub and features Canadian and international performers along with several Winnipeggers who have risen to international fame by performing without a script.

The rest of the festival runs until Saturday, Oct. 5, at various venues around the city. Festival tickets can be purchased through the Gas Station Arts Centre website at

Hello dancing shoes

"Can I have this dance?"

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is hosting a free public open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 380 Graham Ave. and on the outdoor courtyard at the Manitoba Hydro Building.

Visitors can take in performances by the professional performers and students of the RWB, and if you want to put on your dancing shoes, the RWB is offering introductory ballet to anyone over the age of seven and a jazz fitness class for all ages. For kids interested in playing ballerina, there will be ballet costumes and shoes on display for children who want to try them on.

Peek behind the curtain

If you have ever wondered about what happens behind the curtains of a live theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange invites you to find out at a free, one-hour, behind-the-scenes guided tour of their 42,000-square-foot facility. This event is the only time the general public is invited to take a behind-the-scenes tour, so you won't want to miss it.

No need to register. Simply go to the lobby of the theatre, located on the third floor of Portage Place, today at 2 p.m. and prepare to be amazed.

View art at the U of W

The University of Winnipeg is sharing their artistic cultural treasures with the community during ArtsFest, which began Sept. 27 and runs until Oct. 5.

The university is home to an extensive art collection, rare books, ancient artifacts and historic letters, which are currently on display. The festival includes concerts, readings, film screenings and theatre performances as well as graffiti art workshops.

Most exhibits are offering free admission with some events and performances requiring ticket purchase. For info and to view the complete schedule, visit

After the hotdogs and hamburgers

The end of summer doesn't have to mean the end of barbecue season. If you are brave enough to cook in the outdoors as the temperature drops, Manitoba's local food producers want to help you keep the summer spirit alive with recipes for the barbecue.

Manitoba Beef Producers, the Manitoba Pork Council, the Manitoba Chicken Producers and Peak of the Market have all released some amazing and creative recipes.

I found more than 70 recipes for barbecued vegetables alone using the recipe search tool on the Peak of the Market site.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 29, 2013 ??65532

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