People in St. Vital are getting geared up for the Greendell Winter Carnival and Jam-Can Curling Bonspiel.
The weekend will be filled with events for the community including jam-can curling, hockey, activities for the kids, and a pancake breakfast.
"Lots of people, young and old look forward to getting out and reconnecting with neighbours and friends," said carnival organizer Jen Trach.
The festivities will run Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1 at Greendell Community Centre, 75 Woodlawn Ave.
This year’s theme is "Now and Then." It reflects the long standing history of Greendell and the recent renovations happening at the St. Vital community hub. People are encouraged to celebrate the club’s legacy by wearing vintage Greendell merchandise, such as jerseys.
Teams of four will battle it out in a jam-can curling bonspiel over the weekend. It costs $40 to enter a team and the registration fee is due Jan. 25. It can be paid in cash at the club or by contacting Jen Trach at firstname.lastname@example.org. Games will run from 6 p.m to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.
"I’ve been going for the last 15 years or so and continue to look forward to it every year. It is the community sporting event of the year," St. Vital resident Megan Willemsen said.
Trophies will be awarded to A, B, C, and D champions and finalists. There will also be a youth curling tournament for kids. The children’s games will run from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday for young people aged 8 to 14. Registration is $20 per team.
If you don’t win at curling, you can still walk away with prizes. A silent auction will run throughout the weekend and there will be children’s games in the gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
"It’s also a chance to appreciate minor sports and a great way for new people to the community to find out the services offered by our community centre," Trach said. The hockey tournament will run from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2.
The club will also hold a preteen dance on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6 to 10 p.m. $5 will get you popcorn, a drink and entry for door prizes. The whole family can come out on Friday evening for pizza and music from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
To wet your whistle and curb the cold there will be indoor and outdoor beer gardens and bonfires Friday and Saturday nights.
For more information check out greendell.ca or the Facebook page for the 2014 winter carnival.
Krystalle Ramlahkhan is a community correspondent for St. Vital. She can be reached at email@example.com