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Elmwood set to enjoy community bash

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Families enjoyed the Take Pride Elmwood/Canada Day celebration at Ernie O'Dowda Park in 2012.

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The Elmwood Community Resource Centre and Area Association (ECRCAA) is set to welcome the neighbourhood for a major celebration.

The ECRCAA will host the Take Pride Elmwood – Canada Day Celebration at Ernie O’Dowda Park (at the northwest corner of the Louise Bridge) on June 28 from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

"It’s not only a Canada Day celebration, it’s a celebration of the community’s multiculturalism and general solidarity between stakeholders," ECRC community outreach facilitator Matt Austman said.

The evening will feature live music from Anishinaabe singer/rapper Lorenzo of St. Martin, the Riel Gentleman’s Choir, and country/folk singer Adam Young.

In addition to Lorenzo’s performance, Austman said other ways multiculturalism will be celebrated include a friendship dance, a teepee setup, as well as information booths set up by a variety of community organizations like Together in Elmwood, Sam’s Place, Block Parents, and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

For kids, there will be face-painting, clowns, a bouncer, a free hotdog barbecue and a dog show featuring the Diamond Disc Dogs, who will perform tricks for the crowd.

As well, the recent blockbuster Life of Pi will be screened on a portable movie screen at 10 p.m. provided by realtors Regan and Geoff Archambault. Avatar was originally supposed to be shown, but the centre could not secure the rights.

"Any families that come will want to bring blankets to keep their kids warm," said ECRC community outreach worker Chloe McCorrister, adding viewers should bring lawn chairs if they choose.

She added approximately 500 families tend to come to the event.

The celebration will also be a chance for the ECRC to launch its community safety surveys for East Elmwood, as well as continue the project for residents of Elmwood.

"We want to try to understand their needs and priorities," he said, adding community conversations are slated for later this summer to continue the discussion.

Austman is hoping for great weather the day of the event, as there is no rain date or rain location planned.

"We’re banking on this date. We’re crossing our fingers," Austman said.

For more information, contact McCorrister at community@elmwoodcrc.com or 204-982-1720.

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