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Concert and a cause

The WestEnd Commons, a project for affordable housing, is holding Rise Up Singing -- a fundraising concert on May 4 at the West End Cultural Centre. The concert will feature performances by William Prince, Anne-Marie Williot, The Bahatizz, and Gordon Bell's Peaceful Village Drummers. At the event, you'll get a taste of great good local food and art, and have the opportunity to meet and greet with the musicians. Tickets are $20 and are available at the West End Cultural Centre and McNally Robinson Booksellers. Visit thewestendcommons.ca for more information.

Go figure

Investors Group Stars on Ice tour glides into Winnipeg May 1 at the MTS Centre. In a figure-skating first, Patrick Chan joins the superstar cast of skaters, including Kurt Browning, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Joannie Rochette. Ticket prices range from $33.25 to $132 on Ticketmaster. If you visit starsonice.ca, you can submit a photo of your Stars on Ice experience, or a skating photo of your child as one of skating's future stars, and see it posted on the online gallery.

Grape love

Today is the first day of the week-long Winnipeg Wine Festival. Now in its 12th year, this annual fundraising event for Special Olympics Manitoba allows you to sample hundreds of wines from around the world. The festival includes public tastings and a gala dinner. To get the complete festival itinerary, visit winnipegwinefestival.com. Before you attend any event, remember to make plans in advance to arrive home safely.

Hike and Seek

If you like to explore the outdoors, Birds Hill Provincial Park is hosting GPS Hike and Seek today from 2-3:30 p.m. This interpretive workshop will teach you how use a GPS for geocaching and how to practice Leave No Trace principles to make your summer activities more sustainable. Afterward there is a campfire and bannock bake. Families of all ages are welcome and interpretive events are free for everyone to attend. Remember to dress for the weather.

Pet people

Today is national Pet Parents Day. If you have a dog, celebrate this occasion by taking it to an off-leash park such as Westview Park, Mazenod Park or Little Mountain Park. Some parks are only off-leash in designated areas, so be sure to follow park signs. If you're more of a cat person, celebrate your special day with a gourmet meal -- perhaps an ahi tuna steak for yourself and a can of flaked tuna for your friend? If you're more of a goldfish person, feed your fish a little extra today.

Mill around Mulvey

When was the last time you perused a flea market? Mulvey Flea Market, Manitoba's largest year-round indoor market, is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday at 421 Mulvey Avenue (off of Osborne Street). You can find anything from incense to pop-culture collectables and video games. Attached is the Double M Café, where you can enjoy soups, sandwiches and beverages between browsing. Visa, Interac and MasterCard are accepted by all vendors.

Clean sweep

Finally, Winnipeg is starting to enjoy some sunny spring weather. What better time to do a little spring cleaning? Sure, it's not the most exciting way to spend your weekend, but there are things around your home that should be cleaned at least once a year. Get them out of the way now so you're free the rest of the summer. Some items you might add to your list: scrub down your barbeque or grill, pressure wash your wooden decks, take down and wash your curtains or drapery, and steam clean your carpets.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 28, 2013 ??65534

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