Suit up for Winter Classic

As a new year begins, I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy 2017. December was a busy month in the Fort Rouge constituency.

It was fun connecting with folks at events throughout the community, whether at school holiday concerts, doing deliveries with my son for the Christmas Cheer Board, or dropping off oranges and poinsettias at daycares and seniors centres.

With many days with low windchill values ahead of us, it is important to find creative ways to stay active, especially if you started 2017 by saying "New Year, new me!" The Winnipeg Winter Club, River Osborne Community Centre and Mayfair Recreation Centre all offer indoor activities. There’s a ton of fun outdoor stuff to do too. My wife, kids and I spent New Year’s Day dog sledding for instance. It was peaceful and memorable.

On Jan. 28, there will be another event to help you stay active with too. Osborne Village BIZ will be hosting its third annual Village Winter Classic. This event runs all day and turns the road into a four-on-four street hockey tournament (three attackers and one goalie each). Over the past two years, the Village Winter Classic has been a big success, with over 20 teams competing each year. The tournament is for all ages and skill levels: there’s a competitive division and a family division where parents can enter with their kids.

When the time comes to take a break from playing, or cheering on your favourite players, you can check out live entertainment in a heated tent. For those of you just planning on passing through the area, remember that parts of Osborne Street and River Avenue will be closed for the tournament. If you are interested in participating, registration costs $120 per team, and can be done online at www.winnipegballhockey.com

It is part of who we are as Manitobans to brave the cold and embrace the spirit of winter. The Village Winter Classic is just one example of the many fun events happening around the province throughout January.

Happy New Year and I hope to see you out in Fort Rouge, shaking off the winter blues! As always, feel free to contact by email at Wab.Kinew@yourmanitoba.ca, or call my office at 204-615-192.