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WHAT’S UP IN WINNIPEG: OUR COMMUNITY EVENTS GUIDE FOR FEBRUARY 2018

YOUR SOURCE FOR LOCAL EVENTS HAPPENING RIGHT IN OUR AREA!

 

Don’t let the cold trap you inside.  There is plenty to do in February in Winnipeg.  With that in mind, we have created the following list.  The only criteria: the event had to sound interesting, and cost less than $20 per person.  Many of these options are even FREE!!

 

 

February 2, 2018 | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Mardi Gras Dance and Costume Party. For all ages.  Dress up and partake in the festivities.  Offering plenty of prizes and games for children, teens, and adults.  There will be dancing, pizza, and pop. Co-hosted by knights of Columbus and St. Ignatius Youth Ministry. Location: St. Ignatius Church, 255 Stafford Street, Winnipeg.

 

 

February 2, 2018| 6:00 p.m. | Camerata Nova at Guy Maddin's Temple of Lost Things. Wander down the Red River Mutual Trail to Warming Huts v.2018 Invited Artist Guy Maddin's Temple of Lost Things constructed from Red River ice + driftwood to experience a choral performance like no other. Choral ensemble Camerata Nova will perform inside the Hut, below Queen Elizabeth Way Bridge, providing exceptionally unique acoustics. Location: Red River Mutual Trail

 

 

February 1-4, 2018 | Greendell Winter Carnival.  Offering plenty of activities for all ages including pizza nights, magic shows, socials, pancake breakfasts, bouncers, and more.  Visit greendell.ca for the itinerary.  Location: Greendell Community Centre, 75 Woodlawn Avenue, Winnipeg

 

 

February 1-7, 2018 | La Poutine Week. A weeklong food festival celebrating the great French-Canadian classic – poutine! From the same geniuses behind Le Burger Week!  This year, there are 80 restaurants in Winnipeg participating.  For a list of participants, visit: lapoutineweek.com.

 

 

February 2-4, 2018 | Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel. this is Canada’s largest outdoor curling bonspiel - 88 teams field & 10 sheets of ice. The Bonspiel (est. 2001) is a fundraiser for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. All ages, skill levels and genders are welcome. Location: Beachcombers

 

 

February 3, 2018 | Robert Steen Community Centre Winter Carnival.  Offering activities for all ages, some of which include a family dance, pancake breakfast, interactive learning sessions, bingo, hay rides, and more.  Tickets are $10 (or $12 at the door) per adult, $5.00 per child 10-17, kids 9 & under are FREE. Visit robertasteencc.ca for more information.  Location: Robert Steen Community Centre, 980 Palmerston Avenue



February 3, 2018 | St Norbert Heritage Day. A day full of free family activities celebrating the culture and heritage of our community. Visit stnorbertcc.ca for more information.  Location: St Norbert Community Centre, 3450 Pembina Highway



February 3, 2018 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Just for Kids Marble Run Mania. Design and build your own marble run using cardboard recyclables, then watch those marbles fly! Experiment with speed, gravity, angles and your imagination. Free. Register online at Winnipeg.ca/library. Location: Louis Riel Library, 1168 Dakota Street



February 4, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. | The Great Skate.  A free 6km race on the Red River Mutual Trail, organized by November Project Winnipeg. Open to all abilities! Location: South Atrium in The Forks Market



February 1-28, 2018 | Ice Castles Winnipeg. You likely have seen posts on social media from others of the expansive acre-sized Winter Wonderland, but you will only have until the end of February to view it.  All crafted by hand! Ticket prices range from $9.95-$20 depending on the day of week you go, if you are purchasing at the door, and your age.  Children under 4 are free. Location: Parks Canada Place at the Forks National Historic Site, Winnipeg



February 7, 14, 21 & 28 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | The Forks Learn to Skate. Forks Market Atrium Learn how to: Fit, tie and wear skates so they don't hurt your feet,  Balance and stride with confidence on your skates, Stop, turn, cross cut and skate backwards, New skaters, haven't skated in 20 years skaters, and people wanting to improve current skate skills are welcome!  Skate rentals available at Iceland Skate Rentals. Location: The Forks Market Atrium



February 9-11 | The First Annual International Crokicurl Tournaspiel.  Includes tournaments, awards, and free family fun day.  You do need to register your team.  Location: The Forks Market Atrium.



February 10, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. | Folk for Families Free Concert.  Join Sonja Rasmussen as she puts on a free family concert.  For more information visit: WinnipegFolkFestival.ca. Location: Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street.



February 10, 2018 | It’s Not a Pirate Ship! Stories of Modern Day Rigging. A family-friendly event that explores what it is like to be a modern-day rigger!  The Nonsuch Gallery is now temporarily closed for a major gallery renewal – come hear about what’s happening behind the scenes before the Nonsuch re-opens in summer 2018! Your ticket includes all-day admission to the Museum Galleries (before or after the event). Admission $14 General, $9 Child/Student (3-17, or with valid student ID), Kids under 3 get in free. Location: Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Avenue



February 10-11, 2018 | Central Canada Horror and Sci-Fi Expo. Formerly known as St Valentines Horror Con, Central Canada Comic Con Presents The Horror and Sci-fi Expo! Manitoba's premier Convention for all of your Horror and Sci-fi needs! Come by and see some amazing attractions, fantastic guest lineups, and ghoulish costumes. With plenty of photo opportunities around the hall, you will be bound to come away with some amazing memories! Weekend pass: $20, day pass: $10. Location: RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue



February 11, 2018 | Half Moon Market.  The Half Moon Market is a craft show with heart, in the heart of the Winnipeg's downtown. Think outside the craft box with 20+ local artisans, free admission, and a comfortable setting. Location: Inn at the Forks



February 11, 2018| 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.| Valentine Pop-Up Farmer’s Market.  A pop-up farmers' market! Local Manitoba food, crafts, clothing vendors, and artists will be there. Find the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your loved one. Location: Union Station – Via Rail

 

 

February 14, 2018| 6:00 p.m. Doors Open, 7:00 p.m. Start | Winnipeg Jets Skills Competition. Winnipeg Jets players compete head-to-head in five events. The first 5,000 fans to arrive will receive a Winnipeg Jets Collectors Cup.  There will be exciting prize giveaways throughout the night for all fans in attendance.  Proceeds benefit the True North Youth Foundation and the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Fund.  Cost: $20, $15, $10 depending on the ticket. Tickets can be purchased at: nhl.com/jets/fans/skills. Location:  Bell MTS Place - 300 Portage Ave. 



February 15, 2018 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.| National Film Board of Canada Film Club For Kids. Especially selected for young audiences, five animated shorts will move and entertain the whole family: Janice Nadeau’s Mamie, Janet Perlman’s Bully Dance, Pierre Sylvestre’s Cot Cot, Bertrand Langlois’ Demon and Marvels and Judith Klein’s Catuor. Register online at Winnipeg.ca/library. Location: Westwood Library, 66 Allard Avenue, Winnipeg



February 16-18, 2018 | Winnipeg Wellness Expo. Learn about many of the new and some ancient products and services available to you to help enhance or improve your quality of life. The Wellness Expo now consumes the entire first floor of the RBC Convention Centre to bring you the ultimate Body, Mind Soul Experience. General Admission: $10.00 per day, Seniors / Students: $8.00 per day, under 14 years old free. Location: RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue



February 16-25, 2018 | Festival du Voyageur.  Could we call this a guide if we forgot Festival?  Heck no!  Every winter since 1970, Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg’s French quarter, is transformed into a winter paradise and becomes host to the largest winter festival in Western Canada. Voyageur, Métis and First Nations histories are brought back to life, not only through the historical interpretation offered inside reconstructed Fort Gibraltar, but also through the many attractions inside Voyageur Park and at the festival’s various official sites. Music of old, traditional cuisine, sensational snow sculptures and captivating shows are but a few examples of the entertainment you can expect to witness during this convivial gathering. Offering a vast array of historical, recreational and educational activities, Festival du Voyageur has something for all tastes and all ages! For more information, visit: festivalvoyageur.mb.ca.  Location: Voyageur Park, St. Boniface



February 17, 2018 | 2:00-4:00 p.m.| Just for Kids Lego Block Party. Test your LEGO® logic by answering skill testing trivia questions, read some amazing LEGO® stories, make your own bookmark to take home...and more! Free. Registration required. Register at winnipeg.ca/library to register. Location: Sir William Stephenson Library, 765 Keewatin Street, Winnipeg



February 19, 2018 | Wild Winter Canoe Race.  Yes, it's a canoe race – in the winter – on the ice. Have a blast and help Inclusion Winnipeg raise money to support the Emergency Card Project for the design of a communication tool to be used by people with communication challenges in situations of distress or emergency.  You do need to register in advance.  For more information or to register, please visit: wildwintercanoerace.com.  Location: Red River Mutual Trail.



February 2, 9, 16, 23 | 8:30 p.m.| Wee Johnny’s Comedy Night.  The first Friday of every month is Women’s Open Mic Comedy hosted by Dana Smith.  The other Friday’s alternate between Stand-up comedy, Sketch Comedy, and Alternative Comedy shows. Price: $5.  Location: Wee Johnny’s, 177 McDermot Avenue



February 23, 2018 | 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Blood Donor Clinic. We thought it would be nice to finish off the month with some charitable giving. It’s in you to give! To book an appointment please call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283). Location: CanadInn Transcona attached to Nashville’s.

 

 

Feel that we have missed something?  Please email Jennifer@JenniferQueen.com so that we can have your event added!

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OUR YEAR IN REVIEW – 2017

By Real Estate Sales Representative Jen Queen

Here we are again! A new year, a new momentum, and so much to be thankful for. I still can’t believe another year has gone by. And it feels like it did so in the blink of an eye. 2017 was a monumental year for The Jennifer Queen Team. It stood out for so many reasons, let’s review!

 

Amy McDermid  - Real Estate Sales Representative

#AgentAmy, what can I say about this phenomenal human being. She started with me when I was only a year into the business, and is truly my best-kept secret. When people asked “what do you do differently,” I would always reply, “I have an Amy. You should get one too.” I knew the day would come where she would follow her dreams to be a licensed REALTOR and I am so incredibly proud of the growth I’ve seen thus far.  Just look at her! She is a full time licensed realtor that brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her clients and I know that this year will bring great joys and successes for her, both personally and professionally. Her dedication and commitment as a person shines through in all that she does. She’s more than just a colleague and work wife, she’s become a great friend.

 

 

Logan Queen – Real Estate Sales Representative

Logan initially got into the business to help me find a bit more balance between work and home life.  With his help, I’ve been able to spend much more time at home with our daughter, Everly.  #AgentLogan has shown tremendous growth as both a person and a Realtor throughout his career, and I often find myself commenting that I truly think he has found his calling. His clients love him, and I certainly can’t blame them.  He takes a sincere interest in each and every one of their lives and has built some long-lasting relationships in 2017.

 

 

 

 

Milestones for the Jennifer Queen Team in 2017

This year was time for a brand refresh.  As our team continues to grow, it was important to come up with a logo that would help ensure our marketing was all cohesive.  After much debate early on in the year, we settled on a logo that we are all quite happy with.  This logo is now used in much of our marketing and is the basis for the entries and exits of our listing videos.  For these amazing videos and pictures, I must thank the amazing Jim Todd, who always manages to fit me in – even for a last minute shoot, and is always willing to go above and beyond to make sure our videos properly represent our listings. Outside of being incredibly brilliant in his trade, he is an incredible person both inside and out – even if his Instagram feed seems to contradict that. We are excited to continue this relationship and can’t thank you enough for your hard work and commitment.

 


 

 

 

I was truly humbled and honoured to be asked to sit on a Realtor expert panel for the Realtor Reset hosted here in Winnipeg.  For those of you who know me, you will know that I love to speak to others one-on-one, but speaking in front of a crowd is a huge challenge for me.  Not to mention, the peers that I sat alongside were seriously titans of industry – honestly, agents I never ever thought I would share a stage with when I first entered the business and am still a bit shocked that I was able to do so.  I hope I was able to give valuable answers to my fellow peers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was also a year of awards for our team. We did win our team board award again this year, meaning we have placed in the top 3% of Realtors in Winnipeg based on sales volume, but more importantly, we won two important awards based on votes from our peers and fellow colleagues.  The first award was our Metro Community Choice Award for Favourite Real Estate Award.  I was also awarded by my office with another honour this year, The Carol Parent award.  This award is in honour of a former receptionist at our office that passed all too suddenly, but had a huge impact within our office. Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of meeting this fine woman, but I am told the award is given to an agent who exhibits her qualities: “Happy, always smiling, makes time for you and goes beyond their daily tasks”.   I could not think of a bigger honour than to have been nominated by our amazing staff, who do so much for us agents, without ever asking for any recognition.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

This was our highest sales year yet, in terms of closed transactions as well as sales volume.  I remember hearing a quote from a professional athlete as he was reflecting upon his rigorous training that went something like “If you aren’t getting better, you are getting worse”.  So far, every year just gets better.  This is not an easy feat, especially when things get so busy in the spring market, and we feel spread thin, but it is always important to get back to the basics. We stayed true to ourselves, always looking forward to how we could improve, and only looking back to self-reflect on what was working for our team and what was not. We put our clients first every step of the way, and know they appreciated our honest and strategic approach through testimonials and a constant flow of referrals. We never forgot about our community, and volunteered, donated and sponsored local organizations, youth activities and not-for-profit organizations any chance we could. We launched our Holiday Hampers this holiday season to help give back to those people in need within our community. We hope we made their holiday season a little brighter.

 

 

On a personal note, Logan and I discovered that we are expecting our second child in March 2018. Everly will now have a baby brother that we know she will love to pieces.  It is at times like these, that I am ever so grateful for the team I have built.  Because of Amy and Logan, I will be able to have a few months off with our new addition, and know that my clients will be well taken care of in my absence. 

 

For 2018, we dare to do what no one else has done. We will dream big and aim for the stars. There is no goal we can’t attain and no task we can’t complete. The Jennifer Queen Team has some exciting new things to come, new members joining and, just like always, creative and innovative marketing strategies to WOW our clients. 2018 - Look out!

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