That's it folks! This is the last official long weekend of summer. Make the most of it while it lasts. And for goodness sake, travel safe on those busy highways! Tuesday morning life will be at a much busier pace as kids will start back to school and fall activities will either be happening or registering to happen, ensuring parent's lives will be just a little busier in a few short days.
We will welcome back our school news starting next column. Welcome to new St. Peter's principal, Tyson Volk.
It is time to get back to routine with organizations reconvening from summer break and activities back in full swing. Here is a brief list of some of the upcoming registrations:
Revolution Dance Club - Aug. 27 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the community centre. First day of dance Sept. 2. Contact 306-228-3988
Unity/Wilkie Karate Club - Aug. 27 at St. Peter's Gym starting at 7 p.m. (Wilkie separate registration). Contact 306-843-8141
Unity Minor Football registration was Aug. 26 with registration deadline Sept. 4. Flag football for Grades 2-6 will start Sept. 1 with registration and first session, deadline being Sept. 7 for registration. Contact 306-228-9003
Unity Minor Hockey registration Sept. 4 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at rink lobby. Buy and swap used equipment sale set up, too. Owners responsible for their own sales.
UMH "3 on 3" hockey registration from novice to atom will also be on Sept. 4. Registration forms available at www.unityminorhockey.com. Sessions start Sept. 29. Contact 306-228-8123
The curling club is in the final stages of washroom renovations and is in planning stages of their upcoming season.
The Unity and District museum will soon see the end of their summer season, although this doesn't mean activity at the museum is closed down for the fall and winter. Watch for details on upcoming events that help them raise funds for the upkeep and year round maintenance of this fine venue.
Upcoming fall events you will want to make note of are:
Applications for annual trade show, taking place Oct. 3 and 4 are being accepted. Contact Irene at 306-228-3702. Fall fair booklets are now available to pick up for these entries.
Show and shine car show at the Delta Co-op parking lot Saturday, Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Lions will host a barbecue. Contact Marvin at 306-228-3031 to register your vehicle.
Candace Heitt Memorial Marathon, Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Unity Golf Course. Registration forms available at Heitt's Plumbing, Cross Fit and Hair Accents. Contact 306-228-7826.
Annual general meeting of the Special Olympics in Unity and District on Monday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unity Health Care Centre.
Fun Day Golf Tournament, to benefit the new hall committee fundraising initiative. Saturday, Sept. 6 starting at 10 a.m, with registration at 9 a.m. Contact 306-228-3688. Over $150,000 in prizes including nine hole in one prizes worth over $135,000.
Watch for details on an upcoming "movie in the park" fundraiser put on by beneficiaries of the Make a Wish Foundation, children who received wishes from this fundraising after serious heart surgery.
Welcome to our new dentist to town, Dr. Vik Boparai, who along with his wife, Simran, have taken over the Unity Dental Clinic from Dr. Azeulos. Dr. Azeulos will be working alongside Dr. Boparai until year end when he officially retires. It was nice to hear from Dr. Boparai that he chose Unity over another location because of the friendliness of the people who made him and his wife feel most welcome here.
If you weren't able to grow a garden this year, or enjoy some home baked goodness, make sure to stop by the weekly Unity Farmers' Market each Thursday starting at 2 p.m. located at the Unity Friendship Centre, directly across from the Unity Credit Union.
The Fun Family Circus is coming to town on Aug. 28 for a 7 p.m. show. Advance tickets are available from the town office.
Delta Coop and Unity Credit Union partnered together to ride the "Big Bike" to benefit the Heart and Stroke foundation this past Wednesday. Team CUCO consisted of staff from both businesses in town and all participants came out to have some fun, dressing up and taking on the fundraising challenge to see which business could come out with the most dollars. Delta Co-op staff won that challenge bringing in over $5,800 thanks to staff member Karen Brien who raised $1,220 herself. The combined total from these two businesses was over $10,000.
Cinema Satellite electronics store is now open on Main Street. It's great to see this location active again. The former Cinema Satellite will be opening soon as "Guy's Furniture".
The ALS ice bucket challenge continues to make waves as many locals have now been challenged and have taken the challenge participating in this fundraising and awareness campaign. Congratulations everyone who has accepted the challenge as well as those who have donated. Keep paying it forward!
Coffee row have Rider season on the table regularly now as the season progresses. Predictions for the remainder of the season are an ongoing topic. Can the winning streak continue? Will Dressler come back to Riderville? Stay tuned folks…. As I've said before, our fine folks on coffee row are the best in weather experts as we know that wisdom can predict what modern science always cannot. Experience can tell us what the weather channels don't and, hearty laughter helps us all realize no matter what Mother Nature hands out, there is always a place for a good laugh. Upcoming harvest, whether in the fields or in the gardens, provides some table talk, too. As differences around the world lead to violence, we can take pride and pleasure knowing no matter which side of the story you take, there is always a smile to share, a laugh to be heard and reassurance of reconvening the conversation the next day. So you see we keep busy in Unity with activities and wisdom from our friends on coffee row. Until next week.