Are you ready? This is a very busy weekend in Unity.
Before I get into what’s happening, please forgive me for incorrectly stating in last week’s column that the Volunteer Appreciation night was happening April 4, when in fact it takes place tonight at St. Peter’s hall hosted by the Health Region and the Town of Unity. I am hoping this didn’t cause too much chaos.
Music Festival is in the tail end of their performance week. You can still catch voice and musical theatre at Unity United Church today and tomorrow. The Festival Showcase takes place on Sunday at UCHS senior gym at 2 p.m. and will feature some of the top performances in all categories from this week as well as handing out their annual awards.
Starting Friday at noon at the Unity Community Centre arena side, and taking place through the weekend, April 12 to 14, is the JDS RV and Power Sport Indoor RV and ATV Show. This RV show starts Friday at noon and runs to 9 p.m., starts Saturday at 9 a.m. and runs to 6 p.m. and opens Sunday at 10 a.m. and runs to 4 p.m. giving plenty of opportunity to come check out these units in the comfort of an indoor environment.
On Saturday, April 13, on the curling rink side of the Unity Community Centre, is the Spring Trade Show with plenty of unique shopping opportunities. Event opens at 9 a.m. and runs to 5 p.m. with a food booth on site and a $2 admission with proceeds to the Grade 6 year-end trip for UPS.
At UCHS, senior student led conferences and career fair are upcoming in April 17. Leadership class travels to Saskatoon for team building April 15. UCHS drama traveled to Swift Current for Regional Drama Festival last weekend after a very successful showing at public performances. Staff and students will keep their time full with academics and activities before the anticipated Easter break starting April 18.
UPS enjoyed their rescheduled ski trip that took place April 2 and were thankful Table Mountain extended their season to squeeze in all those schools that had been cancelled due to that very cold February. UPS participated in Music Festival this week. Staff and students are winding up some activity and learning sections before Easter break starts April 19. Following the break, they will wind up once again into track and field season, field trip season as well as the last session of learning sections for the remainder of their school year. Grade 6 students are absorbing it all as they know they will migrate over to the high school in just a couple of months.
St. Peter’s School was pleased with their performances with the band, choirs and choral speaking at this year’s Music Festival. They are also very proud of their students who participated individually in this year’s festival through piano, voice and musical theatre. Staff and students are finalizing some lesson learning before the Easter break as they know once they return on April 29. Time will fly by very quickly for the last part of their school year. Grade 6 students are also taking it all in, knowing in just a couple of short months they will migrate to the high school for the remainder of their school years.
Wilkie sends a big thank you to Unity residents for helping with their Hockeyville bid. Results were not what they had hoped but they were proud of their Top 4 finish, the second in three years. Not only did they capture a $25,000 prize from Kraft Hockeyville in addition to $10,000 for Wilkie minor hockey equipment, they were pleasantly surprised with Brett Wilson offering another $25,000 for the cause.
Soccer and ball registrations have taken place. Now both clubs are waiting for conditions to dry out so they can hit the fields for another fun sports season for youth in our community. We are fortunate to have the multiple programs and rec venues available for youth in our community.
Good Friday, Way of the Cross Walk will take place in its 17th year on April 19 starting and ending at Unity United Church. A great interactive service for all ages put on by the Ministerial Association finishes with hot cross buns and hot drinks and fellowship after the service. Of course, all churches will also hold celebratory Easter Sunday services as well. Please check with your denomination of your choice for exact service times.
Revolution Dance has been part of several competitions as well as held one showcase March 24 of solos, duets and musical theatre numbers. The Flat Out dance challenge is being hosted in Unity April 29 and 30 and soon thereafter will be the year end showcase of stars at the annual recital. Stay tuned to their Facebook page, your local paper and ads around town for all the details
May 4, Unity Sports Wall of Fame inductions will take place and tickets for family and friends of inductees are now on sale at the Town of Unity. Quantities are limited as the venue has changed from the arena to the upper hall in the community centre. Multiple team inductions, in addition to two individuals being recognized are all part of the night’s program.
Coffee row folks are excited about this weekend with so many things to participate in, right in our own community. As well, they are having fun making predictions on spring seeding, spring weather as well as local and national sports teams. In fact, walk by any of these tables during coffee time and it is easy to see the fun being shared as you can hear the laughter and see the smiles. So you can see life is full of fun and activity in Unity and our friends at coffee row sharing this traditional part of our community culture. Until next time...