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Wine Festival Brings Tastes of Chile to Winnipeg

Wine Festival Brings Tastes of Chile to Winnipeg

Winnipeg Wine Festival
The 2015 Winnipeg Wine Festival is May 26 to June 2. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg Wine FestivalTaking a trip to Chile simply for the wine is out of reach for most people (unless you’re a wine columnist), so this year’s Winnipeg Wine Festival is the closest experience you’re going to get.

The Wines of Chile is this year’s theme for the festival, which begins today and runs until May 2.

More than 500 wines from 135 wineries are featured at the public tastings this year — many of which are available for the first time in Manitoba.

“Wines of Chile is thrilled to be the theme country for this year’s Winnipeg Wine Festival,” said Alana Dickson, western Canada manager of Wines of Chile.

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Manitobans Take Polar Plunge for Charity on Saturday

Manitobans Take Polar Plunge for Charity on Saturday

Special Olympics ManitobaLaw enforcement personnel and community members will take the chilly plunge on Saturday in the name of charity.

The 2015 Polar Plunge “Freezin For A Reason” is being put on by Special Olympics Manitoba to raise funds and awareness for the organization.

The third annual Winnipeg Polar Plunge will take place at the Indian Me?tis Friendship Centre, 45 Robinson Street, starting at 1:30 p.m.

Just over $39,000 was raised during last year’s plunge, with 121 brave Manitobans taking part. There is no admission to watch the event.

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Sports Stars, Celebs Tee Off for Special Olympics

Special Olympics ManitobaSports stars and local celebrities are taking to the links on Wednesday in support of Special Olympics Manitoba.

The second annual Stars FORE Special O Charity Golf Tournament is being played at Glendale Golf & Country Club, featuring Winnipeg Jets players Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler and others.”

“The financial support garnered will without a doubt help our athletes achieve their goals,” said Marc Pellerin of the Winnipeg Police Association, the presenting sponsor of the tournament.

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Special Olympics Sending 124 Manitobans to Summer Games

Special Olympics Sending 124 Manitobans to Summer Games

Special Olympics ManitobaSpecial Olympics Manitoba is sending its provincial team to Vancouver this week to compete at the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games.

Team Manitoba will have 124 athletes in action July 8-12.

Competitors were selected through their performances at the 2013 Spring and 2013 Summer Provincial Games. The 11 sports that Team Manitoba will be participating in are power lifting, soccer, softball, rhythmic gymnastics, bocce, athletics, swimming, basketball, golf, five pin bowling and 10 pin bowling.

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Manitobans Taking the Polar Plunge on Saturday

By Tyler Sutherland

Special Olympics ManitobaA brave bunch of Manitobans will jump into a freezing pool of water on Saturday to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics.

Last year (above video), 121 people came out to the Polar Plunge “Freezin For A Reason. The event is organized by the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) across North America.

Law enforcement and community members will jump at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Indian Me?tis Friendship Centre, 45 Robinson Street.

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World’s Largest Truck Convoy Set for Saturday

World's Largest Truck Convoy
Semis will make a loop around the Perimeter Highway on Saturday in the sixth annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy. (SPECIAL OLYMPICS MANITOBA / HANDOUT)

A cavalcade of semi trucks are fuelling up for the sixth annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy on Saturday.

An international project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the trucks will make a loop around the Perimeter Highway beginning at the Oak Bluff Recreation Centre at 11 a.m.

Last year, the Manitoba convoy raised $65,000 for Special Olympics Manitoba with the help of 141 trucks.

Once the convoy has completed its run, the participants will be welcomed at the Oak Bluff Recreation Centre by Special Olympics Manitoba athletes, family, friends and law enforcement personnel for lunch and a presentation.

— Staff

Athletes Competing in Special Olympics Summer Games

Athletes Competing in Special Olympics Summer Games

By Sarah Klein

Special Olympics ManitobaThe Special Olympics Manitoba Provincial Summer Games will get underway today, as 500 athletes compete in six different sports around Winnipeg this weekend.

The opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. will be held at the Metropolitan Theatre, as the Games prepare athletes to compete on the provincial team during the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver.

Athletes will be competing in track and field (University of Manitoba stadium), rhythmic gymnastics (Lavallee School), golf (Meadows Golf Course), bocce (Bowls Manitoba), and softball and soccer (Norwood Community Centre).

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Flame to Be Lit for Special Olympics Summer Games

Special Olympics ManitobaAs the 2013 Special Olympics Manitoba Provincial Summer Games approach later this month, the Flame of Hope will be lit on Monday on the steps of the Manitoba legislature.

The Manitoba Law Enforcement Torch Run will be igniting the flame, in advance of more than 500 Special Olympics Manitoba athletes who will be competing in seven different sports at venues throughout Winnipeg June 21-23. The games will be used to select athletes to be part of the provincial team competing at the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver, BC.

The lighting ceremony will run from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

— Staff

Wine Festival Uncorks with Annual Grape Stomp

Wine Festival Uncorks with Annual Grape Stomp

Winnipeg Wine Festival
Attendees mingle during the Winnipeg Wine Festival’s Media Grape Stomp event on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (CHRISD.CA)
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Terri Apostle of ‘CTV Morning Live’ stomps grapes at McPhillips Station Casino in support of Special Olympics Manitoba on Wednesday night. (CHRISD.CA)

Members of Winnipeg’s media got down and dirty Wednesday night in support of Special Olympics Manitoba.

The popular Media Grape Stomp event — part of the 12th annual Winnipeg Fine Festival — was held at McPhillips Station Casino. The upcoming festival (April 28-May 4) is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organization.

Two teams battled it out on stage to see who could produce the most grape juice by stomping in a round bucket full of the fruit. After pairs of purple-covered bare feet were cleaned off, it was time to mingle and sample some of the many wines on display.

Wednesday night saw the wines of Chile in the spotlight as part of the public event. More tastings are planned throughout the next week at a handful of venues across the city — many of which are already sold out. However, tickets are still available for the always popular public tastings at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

Winnipeg Wine Festival
The Winnipeg Wine Festival runs April 28 to May 4. (CHRISD.CA)
Special Olympians to Compete in Winter Games

Special Olympians to Compete in Winter Games

Special Olympics ManitobaSt. Johns Ravenscourt will be transformed into an Olympic-inspired venue on Sunday for the 2013 Winnipeg Winter Games.

Special Olympics Manitoba has 183 athletes competing in five different categories throughout the day, including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, floor hockey, curling and skating.

Twenty-three clubs have registered, which will see competitors also coming from Ontario to play.

Competition will begin at 10:30 a.m. with an awards ceremony to close out the day at 4 p.m.

Spectators are welcome.

— Staff

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