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A delicious day

One of my favourite things to do on Canada Day is stroll through Osborne Village and sample what the restaurants have to offer. Thanks to the Osborne Village Biz, I don't have to wait until next summer to do it again. The second annual Taste the Village event is Saturday, Oct. 12, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The day includes horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin decorating and face painting, along with sidewalk sales and a cook-off between a firefighter chef and a professional chef. For more information and to purchase tasting tickets, visit osbornevillage.com.

It's spook-tacular

Take a thrilling tour through Lower Fort Garry, one of Canada's national historic sites. The fort provides the perfect creepy backdrop to this year's Halloween program, Fright at the Fort. The ghostly tours run Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 11 to Oct. 26. Tours are hosted by frightfully costumed interpreters and are offered from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. They run approximately 90 minutes and you're welcome to stay after your tour for bannock and hot chocolate. Call 204-785-6050 for reservations and tickets.

Dipping for critters?

Have you tried critter-dipping? Want to find out how to search for water leaks in your home and fixtures? How about learning all the ways that wetlands work to clean our water? You'll have your chance to do all that and more at the Water for Life Festival today at Centre Court of The Forks Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival is the kickoff event for Water Week, celebrating October as Sustainability Month.

Read or watch first?

Some people say it's better to read a book first and then watch the movie, while others argue the opposite is best. The Winnipeg Public Library encourages you to do a little bit of both and is hosting a book-to-movie day featuring the 1961 Audrey Hepburn classic film Breakfast at Tiffany's, which is based on the novella of the same name by Truman Capote. The free screening is at the Carol Shields Auditorium in the Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street on Saturday, Oct 12, at 2 p.m.

What's big, round and orange?

Want to see pumpkins so big it takes a pallet and forklift to move them? You'll get your chance Saturday, Oct. 12, when the St. Norbert Farmers Market hosts Pumpkin Fest 2013. The pumpkins will arrive starting at 8 p.m., and remain on display until 3 p.m. There is both an adult and child giant-pumpkin contest category and prizes will also be awarded to the growers of the weirdest, best-carved and painted pumpkins.

Hike a glacial lakebed

Ten thousand years ago, a stream flowing beneath glacial Lake Agassiz left sand and gravel that would later become the hills of Birds Hill Provincial Park. Active older adults can take a free, guided 90-minute walking tour of the Cedar Bog Trail as part of the park's Boomers & Zoomers program on Wednesday, Oct. 9, starting at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Bog Trailhead. The 3.5-kilometre walk passes through an aspen forest. Sturdy walking shoes, walking sticks and water bottles are recommended. Registration not required.

Strikes and Spares

Get ready to knock down a few pins? Oct. 7 to 13 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and you and your friends can bowl for a few hours to help the cause and maybe win a few prizes. Artbeat Studio is holding a bowl-a-thon on Saturday, Oct. 12, called Strike Out Stigma. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Academy Lanes on Academy Road. Organizers say there is room for 16 teams, with five people per team. Cost is $10 per person and includes shoe rental. Call 204-943-8290 for more info.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 6, 2013 ??65534

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