Vacation at the village
Take a mini-vacation by travelling back in time to learn about some of Manitoba's roots. Pioneer Days continue today and Monday at the Mennonite Heritage Village, just north of Steinbach on Highway 12. You'll get to see pioneer demonstrations, including milling and threshing, and there's live entertainment and kids activities. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, and admission is $25 per person or $60 for the whole family.
Movies on Memorial
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and some snacks, and settle in for a movie in the park. Movies on Memorial is back. On Tuesday, The Goonies will be taking over the park for an evening of adventure and laughter, and it's free to join in. The show starts at sundown.
Take the poetry plunge
Are you a poet, and you want everyone to know it? Speaking Crow is Winnipeg's longest-running open mic poetry night, where you can listen to poets and share your own writing. The next event is Tuesday at the Millennium Library from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Andrea von Wichert is the featured reader. It's free to join in, and you can bring your own coffee or snack.
Friday night fun
Friday nights this summer, Transcona Centennial Square is the site for good times with live, local music. The Transcona BIZ Summer Concert Series features outdoor entertainment from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Friday. This week, Panicland will be taking the stage. Panicland is a pop band made up of four young guys from East Kildonan who have been playing together since 2007.
Fiddling around in Selkirk
They're four guys, based out of Oakbank, playing guitars, fiddles and mandolins. They've got almost 30 years of experience, and they've released five CDs. They're the Foster Martin Band, and they're heading to Switzerland in September. Before they go, you have a couple of opportunities to see them this summer. One of them is Saturday, when they'll be playing in Selkirk. Head down to the Selkirk Waterfront from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to see some great country music.
An afternoon for animals
For the love of animals, check out the Arrowwood Animal Hospital. Pets and humans are invited to the veterinary hospital's open house Saturday. The whole family can enjoy a fun and educational afternoon, including a guided tour, refreshments and door prizes. Swing by 1-925 Headmaster Row between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Here's a fun way to keep the kids off the couch. Take a roll of crepe paper streamers, and tape one end to a hallway wall. Then pull it to the other side of the hallway and tape it to that wall, about half a metre higher. Keep pulling the streamer back and forth, taping it to higher or lower spots on the wall, until it looks like a laser-maze security system from a spy movie. The kids have to walk down the hallway without touching the paper. The tougher you make the maze, the more crawling, contorting and creativity will be required.