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More than meets the eye

More than 30 vendors and artists will be taking over the convention space of Clarion Hotel and Suites starting this Saturday for Ener-Con, Manitoba's first Transformers-themed fan convention. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can look at thousands of Transformers toys, collectibles and art. There will also be events, including a trivia contest and video-game tournament. Michael Chain, a voice actor from the 1980s Transformers animated TV series, is one of the special guests at the convention, which continues Sunday. Day passes are $7 at the door.

 

It's hip to be square

Have you ever tried square dancing? How about round dancing, clogging or line dancing? These aren't the typical moves you would see at a school dance or nightclub, but they are a lot of fun to do, and you can check them out today at The Forks. The Eastern Manitoba Square and Round Dance Association will be demonstrating all of the dances mentioned here under the canopy from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. After watching for a few minutes, you'll probably want to hop in and join the fun. Who knows, maybe you'll discover a new hobby.

 

Cruise Corydon on foot

Why not spend a Sunday afternoon getting to know your city better? Take a walking tour that requires no admission fee, registration or reservation. All you have to do is go to corydonbiz.com and click on the walking tour link to find the route and the landmarks along the way. The website has all sorts of information on buildings in the neighbourhood. Print the page and carry it with you so you can read about each building as you go.

 

Marble Run fun

It's time to get creative with your recycling with Marble Run Mania, taking place at the Westwood Library Thursday. Kids between the ages of nine and 12 can design and build a marble run using things found in a recycling bin. Participants will have to think about speed, gravity and angles while building the marble runs, then let their imagination take over. The fun goes from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call 204-986-4747 to register.

 

Powwow in the park

Please don't work through lunch Tuesday. Don't do that to yourself. Get outside and enjoy your lunch hour with Powwow in the Park. At noon, you can watch a powwow dance at the Millennium Library Park, and then learn it as four powwow dancers in full regalia demonstrate. It doesn't matter if you're a good dancer or if you've ever seen a powwow dance before, it's just a great time to fit in some activity during the workday and share in a neat cultural experience.

 

Back-to-school benefit

That back-to-school supply list can get pricey once it's all added up. Winnipeg Harvest's annual school-supply drive, Tools for School, works toward helping low-income families with the added cost of back-to-school supplies. You can help out by going to Clarion Hotel and Suites from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday for a fundraiser barbecue. You can make a difference with $6, and you'll get a hot dog, drink and chips or fruit.

 

Public picnic

Bring the kids to Tyndall Park Community Centre Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for some free family fun. North West Community Relations Initiative is hosting a community picnic, including free cotton candy, activities and a zumba demonstration. The kids can have fun with some mascots, face painting and balloon twisting. You can also purchase a hot dog, a drink and popcorn.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 17, 2014 ??65534

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