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Watermelon soap seems to be popular at one of the stalls at the Downtown Winnipeg Farmers Market, open Thursdays at the Manitoba Hydro Place Plaza until October.   Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press

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Watermelon soap seems to be popular at one of the stalls at the Downtown Winnipeg Farmers Market, open Thursdays at the Manitoba Hydro Place Plaza until October. Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press Photo Store

Show and Shine

The hotrods, jacked-up trucks and motorcycles will be polished and lined up outside the East St. Paul Recreation Complex today for the East St. Paul Lions Club's 15th annual Show and Shine. They'll also have a silent auction and children's activities, and if you get hungry or thirsty, they'll have a barbecue and beer gardens. The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free. Proceeds go to charities supported by the club.

Carnival for a cause

You can take the kids to St. Vital Park today for some family fun at Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue's fundraising carnival. They'll have face painting, carnival games and inflatable bouncers, plus snacks and a barbecue. You can join in the fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., but leave your furry friends at home.

Take your pick

Take a break from fast food and fast-paced city life. Drive about 10 minutes south of the Perimeter Highway to La Salle and take a strawberry break at Cormier's Berry Patch, about 1.6 kilometres east of the town. For $11 you can pick a four-litre container of strawberries, but you'll need to bring cash. Enjoy the sunshine while picking berries in the country. You'll have the perfect snack to take home, whether you eat them plain or turn them into jam. Visit http://wfp.to/O5G for more info, and make sure to call ahead.

Party in the park

Come by Assiniboine Park on Saturday for an afternoon of fun with hula hoops. Cockroach Zine, a local feminist and environmentalist zine, is hosting a hula-hooping tea party. You can bring a hula hoop and spend time decorating it, drink tea and enjoy some snacks. In the evening, there will be a game of hide-and-seek. It all starts at 4 p.m. Go to http://wfp.to/O5p for more information.

Banana break

You've just finished cutting the grass, it's 30 C outside, and the sun is beating down on you. You're nowhere near a beach, but you need to cool off. Problem solved! Having delicious, homemade ice cream to beat the heat is as easy as having bananas. Peel one, cut it up into slices, and freeze the slices on a plate for a couple of hours. Then, pop those babies in a blender or food processor and keep it going until the bananas are creamy, like ice cream. Voila! A dairy-free, gluten-free, yummy homemade treat! Add Nutella or peanut butter for some extra flavour.

Marsh madness

Saturday marks the start of Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre's Hazy Days of Summer. You can start off by just dipping your toes into the fun -- literally! At 2 p.m., there's a contest to see who can keep their toes in the artesian spring's 5 C water the longest. Before that, you can start working on your milk-carton boat. You have from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to turn a carton into a boat, and then at 2:30 p.m., it's time to race them. There will also be water games throughout the day.

Homegrown and handmade

Farmer's markets are about more than veggies. Sure, you can get fresh, local produce, but you can also get baked goods, jewelry, soaps, sauces and more. There are two days a week when you can find such goodies in downtown Winnipeg. On Mondays this summer there's a market at the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba at 333 Broadway, and on Thursdays there's one at Manitoba Hydro Place Plaza. Both are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 27, 2014 ??65534

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