Plenty of community activity to keep us warm – Canstar Herald Article by Andrew Micklefield on February 24, 2021

There is plenty to get excited about this February thanks to the creative enterprise of area community groups. Winnipeg’s annual Real to Reel Film Festival, usually hosted live at North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church at 1315 Gateway Road, this year runs online from February 14 to 28, spotlighting an impressive 50 films curated over the past year from submissions by independent film-makers from around the world. Featuring a mix of full length, short, family, and documentary movies, the festival aims to provide “cool, clean, compelling, uplifting films” says Paul Boge, the Festival’s Coordinator. For example, “Breathtaking’, follows the adventure of mountain guides attempting to summit K-2 while “Against the Tide” discusses the intersection between science and Christian faith. This year’s Real to Reel Festival also includes pre-recorded conversations with the film-makers regarding the inspiration and production of each film. Passes for the online festival are $10 at Winnipegfilmfestival.com.

If movies aren’t your thing, Gateway Recreation Center is not letting cold nor Covid compromise their commitment to community programs. Outdoor rinks are open and anyone can choose from a selection of free online exercise classes through their “Fit at Home” initiative, funded by the Province of Manitoba. On Mondays with Genny at 6pm, Zumba; on Wednesdays at 6pm, Boxing with Overtime Fitness; and on Thursdays at 6pm, also with Overtime Fitness, High Intensity Interval Training. Rec-centre regulars will also be gearing up for the Great North Kildonan Scavenger Hunt with gift certificate prizes for winners from local restaurants and businesses, making this a fun and family-friendly event. Tammy Harper from the Rec centre explains, “our hope for both programs is to get people up and moving in order to alleviate some of the mental health issues surrounding staying at home so much.” See www.gatewayrec.com for program details, duration and other information.

There is lots to be thankful for in Rossmere this month, thanks to the bighearted efforts of those willing to make our neighbourhood a community. Let my office know if your organization has something to offer the wider area! Thanks to these groups for helping us get through these months together!

Andrew Micklefield is the MLA for Rossmere and can be reached at andrew@andrewmicklefield.com or by calling 204.289.4545. His office is located at unit 3-935 McLeod Ave, at McLeod and London.

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