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Stories through architecture

Walking around downtown Winnipeg, you can see how many architectural treasures we have in our city. But it's not just downtown, we have hidden gems everywhere from St. Boniface to Charleswood to Transcona, and Doors Open Winnipeg is your opportunity to learn about them. For the 11th year, Heritage Winnipeg is presenting tours of these storied buildings, including churches, libraries, museums, and restaurants. There are many tours happening today, and to pick one, visit

Away to the races

Thursdays are race days at Red River Co-op Speedway. Admission is $15 for adults, and $5 for kids age seven to 12, plus pit access is free to all spectators at the end of each race. This Thursday features races with street stock, super truck, modified, late model, and pure stock cars, but each week has different races. Other weeks you could see lightning sprints, Midwest modifieds or four-cylinder classes. Racing is dependent on the weather, so to keep up with cancellations, scheduling, and everything else, go to


Starting June 5, the kids take over The Forks for the weekend, with music, clowns, magic tricks, demonstrations, and everything to keep them entertained. The fun starts each day at around 10 a.m., including swinging trapeze workshops; performances by Fred Penner on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday; and appearances by Pedro the Clown. Take the young'uns out for a day, or all of them. You can find the full schedule at

Show your pride

The past week has been one of celebrating Winnipeg's LGBTTQ* community with the Pride Winnipeg Festival, and it wraps up celebrations today with a flare of floats and rainbow colours. The Pride Parade begins at noon with a parade starting at the Manitoba Legislative Building. The route goes up Memorial Boulevard, then heads right onto York Avenue, up to Garry Street, then hangs another right and marches toward Broadway, where it loops to finish back at the Legislative Building. There will be awards for parade floats and groups, so after you've watched the parade, swing by The Forks as they award the trophies at 2 p.m.

Yogi Park

Get out and enjoy the sunshine and refreshing summer air with Yoga in the Park. Every Monday at noon, you can participate in 45 minutes worth of free yoga at Memorial Park. If you can't make Mondays work, then head down to the Millennium Library Park on Thursdays, also at noon. The classes run all the way until the end of August, and donations will be accepted for a monthly charity of choice. Bring your own mat and water!

Sound of music, sip of coffee

Saturday evening is a night of live music, fair trade coffee, and delicious desserts at Happy Mike's Coffee House at St. James Anglican Church on Collegiate Street. It's the last coffee house until September, so you won't want to miss Winnipeg singer/songwriter, Emma Cloney, as she takes the stage at 8 p.m. After that, you can show your musical talent with the open mic that follows.

The walk of West End life

Winnipeg's West End is vibrant with culture and history, not to mention beautiful murals. You can be a part of this vibrancy and learn more about the streets of the West End with the $5 walking tours held Monday to Saturday. There are two different lengths of tours, with flexible times, and refreshments are included along the way. Call 954-7900 to book a tour.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 1, 2014 ??65535

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