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Hear the dog whisperer

Cesar Millan, the famous dog trainer, is at the MTS Centre today. If you're a dog lover or just a major fan of the Dog Whisperer, you can't miss this. Millan teaches dog owners how to recognize their body language and instincts. After you attend, you might not be a fully trained whisperer, but you'll look at your dog in a different way. Go to www.ticketmaster.ca for tickets, which run from $35-$138.75.

Do the Mambo

If you're feeling a little dull from the snow and need to be pepped up, a little Latin music can go a long way. Check out Michael Philip Mossman, renowned trumpeter, as he presents his Latin jazz arrangement of Mambo Nights. There are two performances today at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Local high school bands will open each show, with the Fort Richmond Collegiate Senior Jazz Band in the afternoon and the Collège Pierre Elliott Trudeau Senior Jazz Band at the evening performance. Tickets at www.winnipegjazzorchestra.com.

Hike it

If you're looking for a way to stay fit and meet new people, join the Prairie Pathfinders Walking Club. It's a local group that meets twice weekly for urban walks that are about 5-7 kilometres long and take about 90 minutes. This week's walk starts at the St. Norbert Community Centre on Monday at 10 a.m. To join the group, there is a $25 yearly membership fee, but first-timers can join for a few walks free of charge. Send an email to prairiepathfinders@shaw.ca to join the hike on the Monday.

Add some art to your bag lunch

If you want to do something during your lunch hour other than check your email obsessively, go to the Winnipeg Art Gallery for its Art for Lunch program. Coffee and tea are served. You can also bring your lunch into the screening room, where an hour-long video presentation of the Modern Masters Series: Salvador Dali will explore how modern art has influenced the world. Free at the WAG, Thursday at noon.

Indulge for a good cause

LITE, or Local Investment Toward Employment, is having its 16th annual Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Friday. The breakfast is a fundraiser for LITE's Alternative Christmas Hamper Initiative, which creates hampers by purchasing food from inner-city businesses. There will be heaps of delicious pancakes made from local ingredients, and live entertainment, including Fred Penner. At the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre, Friday 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Call LITE at 204-942-8578 or email litepr@mymts.net to get your tickets.

Support aboriginal film

If you're tired of the blockbusters and want to broaden your film horizons, the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival is a good place to discover some new talent. The third-largest indigenous film showcase in North America, the WAFF runs from Nov. 21-25 at the Garrick Centre. Choose a few films that catch your eye at www.waff.ca. Individual screenings are $5, and festival passes for all screenings are $40. All access passes are $50. Call 204-774-1375 for tickets, which will also be available at the door.

Christmas with The King

If you're an Elvis fan, get into the Christmas spirit early with impersonator Stephen Kabakos. A full band, horn section and gospel singers will join Kabakos as Elvis to serenade the crowds with all of the King's holiday classics. It's at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre on Saturday. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ca, and range from $42.75-$52.75. If you plan to go, you can also post your Elvis song requests for the event at www.stephenkabakos.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 18, 2012 ??65534

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