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Rock, paper, scissors

It's one of few sports that doesn't require any skills -- you only need spirit and firm hand gestures. So it's easy to imagine yourself as a rock, paper, scissors champ, and Handemonium is your opportunity to try your hand. Canada's largest RPS tournament happens May 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the University of Manitoba's University Centre. And it's all in support of CancerCare Manitoba. It costs $20 to register . All the details are at www.handemonium.ca.

Fountains of ice cream

Really, what could be better than an ice cream social? Well, what if you made it a full meal with hotdogs, chips and a drink, and threw in some face-painting on top of that? Non-profit childcare centre Stars of Promise Inc. is holding its annual ice cream social today from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Melrose Park Community Centre. For $10 you'll get admission and all the goodies previously mentioned.

The organic grass is greener

It looks great to have a plush, green lawn, but how do you feel about spraying your yard with chemicals? If you are looking to find an eco-friendly and effective way to maintain your grass, the Organic Lawn Care Workshop is where you should go. On May 28 at the University of Winnipeg during the noon hour, you can learn about weeding, watering, cutting, soil health and the sciences of growing a lawn. To register, contact sustainability@uwinnipeg.ca.

Roller-derby pride

It's all rainbows and unicorns at the Fort Garry Curling Club for the Winnipeg Roller Derby League's Pride Roller Derby Invitational on Friday, May 30. There will be two bouts and four different teams, with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m. and the first bout -- Unicorns vs. Rainbows -- getting underway at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10 at Luxalune Gastropub, and portion of the money raised will go to the Pride Winnipeg Festival and the Rainbow Resource Centre, Inc.

House of drama

Fefu and Her Friends is a play that takes place in 1930s New England and is also set and re-enacted in an old heritage house. Fefu's friends arrive at her house to prepare for a charity event while the audience moves with the cast from room to room to watch the action unfold into a murder scene. The University Women's Club of Winnipeg operates the heritage house. Showtimes are May 27-31 at 8 p.m., and then at 2 p.m. on May 25 and 28, and you can buy tickets at the Sarasvti Productions website.

Preserved and homecooked

Foodies unite for cookbook club at the Westwood Library. You can learn about harvesting, cooking and preserving fruit through the tips and recipes in Getty Stewart's Prairie Fruit Cookbook, plus you can meet her when she makes a guest-speaking appearance at the club meeting on Tuesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. Come hungry for knowledge of homegrown fruit and you will be satisfied. You can call 204-986-4742 to register.

Food for mind and body

What goes into the food you eat? Well, at The Forks Farmers' Market, that's easy: care and homegrown goodness. You can find fresh produce, locally raised meats and other homemade goodies in the Plaza Parking Lot on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. And while you're at The Forks today, stop by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival book sale until 9 p.m. There's a wide selection of genres, topics and authors, and the prices are great: $5 for a hardcover, $2 for a softcover, and certain sale books for $1.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 25, 2014 ??65534

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