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Jennifer Howard, MLA for Fort Rouge, with Ernest John Cruse celebrating his 99th birthday at the Seniors’ Tea held at Earl Grey Community Centre on Oct. 16.

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Jennifer Howard, MLA for Fort Rouge, with Ernest John Cruse celebrating his 99th birthday at the Seniors’ Tea held at Earl Grey Community Centre on Oct. 16. Photo Store

Fort Rouge is such a wonderful neighbourhood in the fall, especially with the leaves turning yellow and orange.

We are all out raking our yards and enjoying the last bit of warm weather before winter arrives.
Part of preparing for winter this year included the River Osborne Community Garden, which celebrated its fifth successful year with its annual Garden Harvest Party and Clean Up. Garden volunteers were busy clearing plots, sifting and adding compost, and of course enjoying a barbecue with great company!

The River Osborne Community Garden has been a very positive addition to our neighbourhood, contributing to food security, environmental education, native plant restoration, youth involvement, healthy living and intergenerational community building. If you would like more information or if you are interested in a plot for next season, email villagegarden@live.ca.

Fall is also the kick-off for many film festivals and events, which you can enjoy right here in our neighbourhood. The Gas Station Arts Centre (GSAC), a landmark in our community, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The GSAC co-produced the Reel Pride Film Festival (Oct. 15 to 20) for the second year in a row. To learn more about this film festival, visit www.reelpride.org  

Another event hosted by the GSAC is the Girls! Girls! Girls! Gala Fundraiser, which is back for its 9th consecutive year Sun., Oct. 27. This year’s theme is Tools of the Trade, and we can’t wait to see what all the talented performers and artists come up with this time. Get your tickets in advance, as this event sells out every year. Funds raised go directly to the improvement of the GSAC.

The GSAC 30th anniversary celebrations will take place Dec. 5 and feature a revival of two plays written by Winnipeg playwrights and comedians, Bruce Clark and Al Rae. For more information on upcoming events at the GSAC or to buy tickets, visit their website at www.gsac.ca

Finally, October has been proclaimed Seniors’ and Elders’ Month. This is a time to celebrate seniors and elders that are making a difference in our community. We marked this occasion at the Earl Grey Community Centre on Wed., Oct. 16 with a Seniors’ Tea. For more information on other local activities, feel free to look up the Seniors Resource Network online.

To learn more about these or other events happening in our area, please contact my office at 204-946-0272 or by email at Jennifer.Howard@yourmanitoba.ca. See you around the neighbourhood!

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