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There will be fun, fun, fun in the summer sun

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School may be out for the summer, but not to worry parents: luckily there are plenty of things for kids and their families to do to keep busy in Windsor Park.


If you’re looking for some fun and free activities, why not head down to the Windsor Park Library (955 Cottonwood Rd.) on Fri., July 6 from 10 a.m. till noon for Family Literacy Fun Days. Children and parents are welcome to participate in games and activities that promote reading, writing, and language skills. Families receive a passport that gets stamped at each activity station. No registration is required, so feel free to drop by.


If your kids love reading, the Winnipeg Public Library is also hosting a TD Summer Reading Club for children up to 12 years of age. This year the theme is "imagine" with a focus on fantasy stories. There’s lots of fun and freebies so be sure to register soon! Visit Winnipeg.ca/library for more information on how to sign up and to check out the list of reading club performers.


If taking a dip on those hot summer days is more to your liking, the Windsor Park Outdoor Pool (333 Speers Rd.) has free swim times on Thursdays between 4 and 6 p.m. from June 29 to Aug. 31.


Have some bored teenagers at home who are looking for something fun to do this summer? Winakwa Community Club (980 Winakwa Rd.) offers its Youth Action Centre for kids ages 13 to 18 from July 3 to Aug. 10. YAC times are Monday to Thursday from 1 to 9 p.m. and Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. Make new friends and enjoy participating in basketball, floor hockey, video games, and more.


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On June 9, 50 members and friends of Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg participated in a walk to raise awareness of grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa who face the daunting and challenging task of raising their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren.


The walk, which began in Central Park, raised more than $2,600 for the Grandmothers to African Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Several members of the organizaton’s Winnipeg chapter hail from Windsor Park.


According to Jean Altemeyer, co-ordinator of the Winnipeg Walk event, "The hope is that this year’s walks will result in a total of $1 million for the African grandmothers from the past three years of National Stride to Turn the Tide events."  


For more information, or to make a donation, visit their website at www.grandsnmore.com.


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If you have a story you’d like to share about the people and places in Windsor Park, be sure to let me know...and keep the stories coming.


Heather Tiede is a community correspondent for Windsor Park. You can contact her at htiede@gmail.com.

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