…and Sometimes, Five. (January 2012)

“Sometimes Five” is a bulletin of five awesome activities to do in Winnipeg each month.

Don’t let the lack of snow and the dropping temperatures get you down. There’s always next year for snowshoeing (and we hear Bluestem Trail at Bird’s Hill is pretty decent for Cross-country Skiing). Here’s our inaugural Sometimes Five list for January 2012!

PHOTO: Pam Cameron for Canadian Living

1. Duck Pond Open for Skating
Although this season has so been mild, you can finally get out for some winter fun. The Duck Pond is now open for skating at Assiniboine Park. Bring your skipants for the toboggan run too! From the Winnipeg Free Press; “To mark the re-opening of the Duck Pond, the park will host a Community Skate Celebration on January 29 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. with free hot dogs, hot chocolate and activities for the entire family.” But we’ll probably end up going tonight!

2. DMSMCA’s Raise the Roof 2 Fundraising Social
A fundraiser for the Daniel MacIntyre St, Matthews Community Association’s new digs in the old West End branch of the Public Library. “When completed Phase 2 will transform the building into a community resource centre with open meeting rooms, community computers, housing, safety and greening resources as well as a community cafe. The building will also be home to many other community organizations increasing services and programming offered to West End residents. ” Saturday, January 14 at 8pm in the Lebanese Cultural Centre (834 St. Matthews Ave).

3. Chad Vangaalen after Green Drinks
We saw Chad Vangaalen back in October when we were in Ottawa for the Co-operative Development Initiative conference and it was awesome! They don’t just nominate anyone for the Polaris Prize you know.  If you’re already going to Green Drinks at the Lo Pub on Friday the 13th, why don’t you head over to the West End Cultural Centre for a rock show around 8pm?

4. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Chauvet caves of Southern France house the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind. Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Grizzly Man) made a documentary about them and it looks both stunning and awe-inspiring.  It plays Wed & Thurs at 7pm at Cinematheque and is rated G.

5. Big Fun
Five young Winnipeggers started a music festival over breakfast and it’s held in the deadest of winter months. From the story in Stylus magazine; “Since Winnipeg is famous for its frigid winter temperatures, location is key for getting around to each venue without succumbing to the elements. “They’re all in a really tight radius,” Swan, 25, says. “This is what we wanted because there is going to be a festival pass, which will get you access to all of the shows. We wanted to make sure the venues were within walking distance, so that people are actually willing to hop between shows.” Bike, walk or bus to the exchange on Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, January 29. For the full lineup and venue details, check out the Big Fun Festival‘s website!

Anything else we should know about? Leave a comment below!

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