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Late summer a good time to get busy

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My sister and I started a tradition many years ago when we used to spend our summers off together. I’ll call it a summer bucket list. To be fair, our list was created well before the movie was.


My sister, being older than me by almost five years, would hound me at the breakfast table on July 1, pen and paper in hand, eager to make a list of all the things we wanted to do that summer. I’d throw out the usual things: waterslides, trip to the zoo. She would add shopping and baking. Once we completed our list, my sister would present it to our parents and the two of us would cross our fingers and hope that we’d get to do everything on the list.


As an adult now, I won’t admit to making a bucket list, but I will say that the minute the weather turns warm enough for T-shirts, I still make a mental list of all the things I hope to experience each summer. Sure the list has changed a bit, but the experience is the same.

Something about summer forces me out of the house. Maybe it’s the heat or the long hours of daylight, but I get more accomplished in the warm summer months than I do the rest of the year.


As I was sitting on the patio last night, reminiscing with friends about what a busy summer it’s been, I came to one conclusion. This year, even though summer is drawing to a close, I’m going to try and stay "summer busy." It’s hard not to be a hermit as soon as the cold weather arrives, so here are a few community events to help you stay busy well into the fall.


Varsity View Community Centre will host its annual equipment sale on Sept. 7 and 8. For those of you who haven’t been to an equipment sale before, pre-registration and drop off takes place on Sept. 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. while the sale will happen Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. until noon.


After that, I recommend Charleswood United Church’s version of Willy Wonka The Musical. The show is set to run Sept. 12 to 15 with shows every night beginning at 7:30. The production is full of local talent and promises to be a great night out. For more information or to participate in the next production check out the website at http://cucmusicals.webs.com.


Finally, I encourage you to visit FortWhyte Alive from Sept. 19 to Oct. 21 to witness the annual goose migration. If you’ve never visited the centre before, it’s a breathtaking way to watch thousands of geese land on the water for the night as they make their way south for the winter. More information is available on the centre’s website http://www.fortwhyte.org/ as the migration progresses.


Travis Mitchell is a community correspondent for Charleswood. Comments and story ideas can be sent to him at news@travismitchell.ca.

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