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A guide to your West End staycation

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A staycation is when you unwind and relax at home or nearby. The West End is an eclectic and community oriented neighbourhood with an abundance of activities right outside your front door.

Boasting over 100 restaurants representing cuisines from all over the world, the West End is a destination for food lovers. During the month of August, you can join the West End BIZ for Around the World in a Few Blocks, a walking tour and dining experience like none other in Winnipeg. The tour dates are Aug. 6, 13, 20, and 28. Each tour costs $45 per person and covers meals with a soft drink or coffee at each restaurant. Please call the West End BIZ at 204-954-7900 for further details.

The sixth annual Summerfest put on by the Daniel McIntyre St. Matthew’s Community Association (DMSMCA) take place Aug. 9 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Valour Community Centre — Orioles site at 448 Burnell St. will be transformed for this annual tradition. There will be carnival games, a large bouncer, face painting, crafts, live music, and food available for purchase.

A poetry slam is a literary competition with energized artists presenting themselves and their spoken word poetry in front of a live audience. The second all-ages summer poetry slam will take place Mon., Aug. 11 at the West End Cultural Centre. Doors open at 7:15 p.m and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 and available at the door. Please call the WECC at 204-783-6918 for additional details.

Community farmers’ markets are one of the best ways to support local entrepreneurs. Vendors sell crafts, produce, and baked goods at the West End Community Market, located in the parking lot of Winnipeg Central Mosque at 715 Ellice Ave., every second Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Upcoming markets will be held Aug. 13, 27, and Sept. 10.

A fun and relaxed staycation is quite possible when you live in an area like ours. Without needing to venture too far there is a lot to do.

Some additional ideas for the summer months include going to the West End Library and immersing yourself in books on a topic you have always wanted to learn more about, declaring an all-day water game day at home, or walking to a nearby park and wading pool for a family picnic.

Christina Hiebert is a community correspondent for the West End. You can contact her at christina.hiebert@gmail.com

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