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Flash Photography Festival Closing with Reception

Flash Photography FestivalThe closing reception of Winnipeg’s first Flash Photography Festival is on October 27.

The festival featured 50 photographers at over 30 venues across the city during the month of October. Shutterbugs honed their craft and further promoted art and design. The majority of artworks were displayed in restaurants, coffee shops and stores throughout downtown Winnipeg.

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Hockey Winnipeg Offers Players, Coaches Online Resources

By Brian Schultz

Hockey WinnipegHockey Winnipeg has partnered with an Alberta organization to bring new resources to players and coaches.

A free coaching and playing development platform offered through TheDrillBook.com will deliver cutting edge on-ice programming, coaching assistance, and practice planning tools.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for our volunteer coaches throughout Winnipeg. We want to provide our coaches high quality resources and information to assist them in the growth and development of our great game,” said Monte Miller, executive director of Hockey Winnipeg.

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British Firm to Design Winnipeg’s Pop-Up River Restaurant

Raw: Almond
The winning design of Raw: Almond for 2015 by British design firm OS31. (HANDOUT)
Raw: Almond
Raw: Almond will be back in January at the point where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet at The Forks. (HANDOUT)

The Raw: Almond pop-up restaurant on the frozen Red River is returning for 2015 with an entirely new design.

British design firm OS31 has won a competition to create the new X-shaped tent on the surface of the Red this January at The Forks.

The unique pop-up was the creation of deer + almond’s Mandel Hitzer in 2013, who brought Joe Kalturnyk of RAW Gallery on board to design it the past two years.

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Gordon Bell High School Fundraising to Light Up Greenspace

By Sarah Klein

Sports Field
(Soccer field image via Shutterstock)

Gordon Bell High School has launched an ambitious fundraising drive to complete phase two of its greenspace for active living.

The school is aiming to raise $250,000 to light up the newly-dedicated “Panther Greenspace.”

“We have here a beautifully developed area for the use of students and community members,” said principal Arlene Skull. “We want to see it lit up to help lengthen the time in the day when we can safely be active in the space.”

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Statue Honours Bombers Coaching Legend Bud Grant

Bud Grant
A statue honouring former Blue Bombers coach Bud Grant is located outside the Bomber Store. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — A statue honouring Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ legend Bud Grant has been unveiled at Investors Group Field.

The football club on Thursday pulled back the curtain on the 7’6″ bronze statue representing Grant, the team’s most winningest head coach of all time. Grant was at the helm of the Bombers from 1957 to 1966.

“This is not me,” a humble Grant said of the statue, crafted by MST Bronze Limited. “It may be a likeness of me, but it doesn’t represent me. It represents everybody that played for the Bombers, not only in my time, but all time. It’s a great tribute.”

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Officers Assaulted in Fight on Boyd Avenue

Winnipeg Police CrestTwo Winnipeg police officers, who tried to break up a fight between two men, were assaulted themselves on Tuesday night.

Police responded to the call in the 500 block of Boyd Avenue at around 10:15 p.m., where they say two intoxicated men were having a consensual fight.

One of the men became belligerent with officers and assaulted one of them. The second officer tried to intervene, but was grabbed by the second man.

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Winnipeg Folk Festival Shortens to Four-Day Event

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A woman takes in a musical performance on the opening night of the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 2014. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg Folk Festival LogoMusic fans will get one less day to enjoy the Winnipeg Folk Festival next year.

Organizers are making the 2015 event a four-day affair instead of the usual five, but promise to deliver the same calibre of entertainment and festival experience as always.

“We know that time and money are tight for people because we’ve heard it directly from many members of our community including our audience and our volunteers,” said executive director Lynne Skromeda.

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Hockey Canada Marking 100 Years with ‘Century Tour’

Hockey CanadaTo mark Hockey Canada’s 100th anniversary, the organization is bringing a giant interactive hockey experience to Winnipeg this weekend.

Royal Sports will host the 200,000-square-foot timeline with milestone artifacts, programs and activities for kids, families and newcomers to the game.

The Century Tour will be setup at 750 Pembina Highway from noon to 8 p.m. on October 26-28.

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Assiniboine Park Zoo Throwing Halloween Festivities

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Winston , the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s mascot, is ready for Halloween. (HANDOUT)

A weekend full of “spooktacular” festivities will get visitors to Assiniboine Park Zoo ready for Halloween.

On Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26, the zoo will present a Halloween Weekend Spooktacular, filled with special Halloween-themed events and activities.

Zoo visitors arriving in costume save 25% off regular zoo admission for all three days.

What’s happening:

Creepy Creatures Zoo Keeper Talks
10 a.m. — The Bat Cave (Kinsmen Discovery Centre)
12 p.m. — Wild Wolves (Journey to Churchill)
2 p.m. — Slithering Snakes (Toucan Ridge)

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Gord Steeves Humble in the Face of Defeat

Winnipeg Votes 2014
By Tammy Karatchuk (@TammyKaratchuk)

Gord Steeves
Gord Steeves, with wife Lorrie, addresses a crowd of supporters at his Scurfield Boulevard campaign office on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Gord Steeves
Gord Steeves (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — He’s not mayor, but he’s humble. Though Gord Steeves lost his bid to be Winnipeg’s next mayor on Wednesday night, in his concession speech, he came across a winner.

In front of approximately 40 people at his headquarters on Scurfield Boulevard, Steeves congratulated mayor-elect, Brian Bowman, who won the race with a convincing 111,504 votes.

“This is a gentleman who has a great passion for the City of Winnipeg,” Steeves said of Bowman. “I encourage you to work with him.”

Steeves admitted it was a “tough night” and his speech would be “one of the hardest short speeches of my career,” from a podium set up in a warehouse.

Steeves fell to fourth in the mayoral race with 21,080 votes.

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