You know you’re in the throes of a Winnipeg winter when it’s time for two of Norberry-Glenlee’s landmark seasonal events.
The St. Vital-based centre will hold its annual Carnival Fun Day 2014 at its Norberry site, located at 26 Molgat Ave., on Sat., Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The event will be held in conjunction with NGCC’s Winter Chill Classic outdoor hockey tournament. The first puck will be dropped on Mon., Jan. 20 and the tournament will run until Sun., Jan. 26.
Organizers say the event will showcase a full slate of teams in three divisions — six teams in the 5/6 house league and six teams in the 7/8 house league, as well as nine teams registered in the 9A3 division.
The carnival on Jan. 25 will kick off by fuelling attendees with a tasty pancake breakfast served with sausages between 9 a.m. and noon.
To follow, from noon until 8 p.m., there should be something for every family member, as individuals will be able to enjoy children’s activities and games, along with a bouncy castle, auction, raffle and an adult beverage garden for the carnival’s more thirsty visitors.
"It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet and socialize with fellow residents of the Norberry-Glenlee community in a fun, family setting," said Sean Fedorowich, the centre’s president, noting the tournament will also be a great way to see future Jets and NHL players up close.
"Bundle up and come and enjoy our Winter Chill Classic games and Carnival Fun Day."
One of the event’s main organizers, Edna Sears, told The Lance last year that one of the benefits of the tournament is that it gives the community’s players the opportunity to compete against teams from other catchment areas.
"We like to have a wider reach. It’s nice to play new teams with a different set of players to keep things varied," Sears said, noting the tournament also helps foster friendships and build community spirit.
"We like to hold outdoor tournaments and the kids seem to enjoy them. The key to community-building is having neighbours and teammates playing together and spending time together. At our community centre, everybody seems to be friendly and outgoing. You get to know your neighbours, as lots of the kids go to the same school and play hockey together."
For updated information about the events, visit the centre’s website at norberry-glenlee.ca or call 204-256-6654.