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Feast at fall suppers

Fall supper season is as Manitoban as weekend socials and tobogganing on the riverbank. Towns throughout Manitoba, and some community groups and churches within Winnipeg, begin offering fall suppers this week.

They're usually buffet style, with tables loaded with sweet-and-sour meatballs, turkey, ham, perogies, cabbage rolls, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. And there'll likely be a wide selection of homemade pies for dessert. My personal favourite is the one in St. Adolphe, just 15 minutes south of Winnipeg on Hwy 75. Last year, they had the biggest bowl of self-serve whip cream I have ever seen.

Writers unite at Opening Night

The Thin Air Winnipeg International Writers Festival kicks off with Opening Night on Sept. 20. It will feature an excerpt from the theatre piece The Moving Gallery: Beyond Survival followed by an on-stage discussion with the festival director and the cast and co-creators. Tickets are $5, available at the door at Centre culturel franco-manitobain.

Another performance this week is A Pint of Bitter Murder, a series of readings that will make your hair stand on end from mystery writers Gail Bowen and C.C. Benison. The reading will be at Park Theatre on Saturday, and tickets are $5.

Visit thinairwinnipeg.ca for more info.

Contribute to art

Let your inner artist come out and participate at this year's Winnipeg Design Festival. The festival celebrates architecture, planning, design, and art, and you can be part of the festival by adding your inspiration to Joinery, a sculpture created by people adding modules to make an original piece of art. Joinery takes place Friday, Sept. 20 from noon to 8 p.m, and Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Portage Place Centre Court. The event will provide modules, and everyone is welcome to help build the largest additive sculpture in Winnipeg.

Free football for kids

If you can't get enough live football this fall, our local Canadian Junior Football League team, the Winnipeg Rifles, take on the top-ranked Saskatoon Hilltops today. The game starts at noon at Investors Group Field.

Children 14 and under can go for free with an adult. Today, the Rifles team up with Resource Assistance for Youth, which helps homeless youth in Winnipeg. Fans are asked to bring lightly used clothes to donate.

Adult game day tickets are $15, available at Ticketmaster.

Sunset Goose Flights

here is an incredible mix of sights and sound when thousands of geese come in for a landing, and starting this Wednesday you can watch the annual geese migration at FortWhyte Alive.

Arrive around 45 minutes before sunset for an interpretive presentation about the goose migration and stay for the big show around a half hour after the sun sets. The festivities continue Wednesdays through Sundays until October 20. For more info, see info@fortwhyte.org.

Spend a day at the farm

Today is Manitoba's fourth annual Open Farm Day. More than 60 host farms scattered throughout the province are offering demonstrations and the opportunity for visitors to talk to farmers and learn more about farming operations. Every farm should have an activity available that is free of charge, and there will be some with a small cost, such as a corn maze or pumpkin picking.

Interested in picking up something for dinner? Some farms will be selling homemade products and home-grown produce.

You can plan your day by viewing information videos from this year's participating host farms on the event website at gov.mb.ca/agriculture/.

A change of scenery

Soon we'll be swapping our summer shoes for snow boots, so until then I'm taking advantage of hiking on bare ground. Here in Winnipeg, we have a forest right in the heart of our city. Located between Chalfont Avenue and Shaftesbury Boulevard, Assiniboine Forest is 700 acres of nature habitat and includes a 12-acre pond with an observation area. The forest is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. For a map and list of plants you may find on your walk, visit the City of Winnipeg website.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 15, 2013 ??65534

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