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Snowboard Saturday

Local snowboarders will gather at The Forks Feb. 15 to show off their skills on a snowboard.

Snow Jam at The Forks, presented by Scotiabank, is the city's only urban snowboard competition.

Whether you're a super snowboarder or the stand-and-stare type, Snow Jam is a great excuse to get outside. Open practice and registration for the day's competition run from 9 a.m. to noon. The competition begins at 1 p.m.

Food matters

Menno Simons College Students' Association is hosting a kick-off event Feb. 10 for its second annual fundraising concert. At Menno Simons College, you can watch Harvesting Hope and join a question and answer session with Food Matters Manitoba from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The concert is Feb. 13 at the King's Head Pub, featuring Luke Jacob, Towodo and Red Moon Road. Funds raised support Food Matters Manitoba's Northern Healthy Foods Initiative. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $13 at the door or $10 in advance from the Menno Simons College and University of Winnipeg students' associations.

Hear/Say: more than hearsay

Hear/Say live story nights are held once a month at The Park Theatre, 698 Osborne St. Join host Ismaila Alfa Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. to share stories about February's theme: Love and Lack Thereof.

The night will feature stories arranged ahead of time, as well a selection of stories from the audience, who submit their names to a draw at the beginning of the night.

Admission is free.

City cycling despite the snow

Ever wish you could bike all year without the hassle of too-big snowbanks and slippery roads?

Join the International Winter Cycling Congress being held at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People at The Forks Feb. 12 to 14.

Delegates from other snowy countries, including Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands and more, are gathering in Winnipeg to share their knowledge and discuss new projects.

Visit wintercyclingcongresswinnipeg.org for more information.

Big Games are big fun

No, you're not any smaller -- these games are just bigger.

Big Games Winnipeg will be setting up their giant board games at the St. Norbert Hotel Feb. 13.

All of the big games are made by local duo Sean Strachan and Jody Hopper, whose gigantic toys have been a staple of the Winnipeg Folk Festival since 2012.

The featured games include Big Block, a re-imagining of Hasbro's Jenga that can reach up to two metres high. Setup is at 9 p.m., live music starts at 10 p.m.

Dinner and a Movie

This Valentine's Day, head to the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre (MET) for some upscale food -- and upscale romance.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., enjoy a buffet dinner at the MET (281 Donald St.), then watch a young Ryan Gosling swoon over beautiful heiress Rachel McAdams in The Notebook.

Call 204-594-9494 to reserve your table.

Snow-tubing season

Sadly, summer is still so far away. Fortunately, you don't have to wait for the lake to thaw and a boat to tow you around before you can go tubing.

Adrenaline Adventures downhill snow tubing is open all winter for people of all ages.

The hill features several lanes ranging in difficulty from casual to extreme, as well as a towrope to whisk you back to the top. Visit adrenalinemb.com for prices.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 9, 2014 ??65534

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