Raising Funds For Elevate
Pembroke has the way to chase away the winter blahs this weekend, with the running of its annual SnoSpree winter carnival.
The event got underway Wednesday with free public skates, followed by Thursday’s sixth annual Soup Sensation Competition and Fundraiser for First Step Options, held at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
On Friday, Feb. 5, there are more skating parties scheduled. First, the Pembroke Memorial Centre hosts two free public skates, one for adults and seniors at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., the other for parents and tots from 11 a.m. to noon. Then, over at Rotary Park, the Rotary Club of Pembroke is holding its annual skating party from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free hotdogs, drinks, face painting and more are offered to everyone attending.
A free public swim at the Kinsmen Pool is being held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., children eight and under must be accompanied by an adult. There is also the SnoSpree Family Movie Night at Festival Hall, where people can come out and watch the G rated Minions free of charge. Showtime starts 7 p.m., and there will be a cash canteen available.
Also at 7 p.m. for the 19 and older set is Trivia Night, held at the Kiwanis Field House. $15 per person, six to eight people per team. Prizes and a cash bar available. Call 613-735-1933.
Saturday, Feb. 6, will start at 8 a.m. with the SnoSpree Family Breakfast at Branch 72 Royal Canadian Legion, which runs until noon. $8 per person, or $5 for kids 12 years and under.
The first ever Downtown HockeySpree, a road hockey tournament taking place on Pembroke Street West between Victoria and Prince Streets, starts at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to run until 3 p.m. Free jerseys for all who enter, three on three format, youth division, ages 10-14, and an open division, ages 15 and up. The registration fee for the youth division is $60 per team, while the fee for the open is $80.
Proceeds will be going to Elevate Youth Fitness Studio located in the Phoenix Centre. The studio will also be open for the day and will be serving chili, hot chocolate and loaded baked potatoes. There will also be a raffle for an Ottawa Senators game package. RY-J’s Climbing Adventures will provide interactive hockey games for the younger set. Teams can register up to the start of the event. To register call 613-629-5555.
The Senior Citizens Drop-In Centre is hosting a giant euchre tournament starting at 1 p.m., with doors open 11:30 a.m. Costs $10 a person to register, cash prizes offered. Call 613-735-1226.
SnoSpree Central returns to the Algonquin College Campus gym for three hours of free family fun. This includes balloon twisting, face painting, bounce house, live entertainment provided by a magician and a busker, and much more. The event starts 12:30 p.m. and wraps up at 3:30 p.m.
Another free public swim at the Kinsmen Pool is offered between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., again with children eight and under needing to be accompanied by an adult.
The annual Feast of the Farms, which celebrates local foods, beer and wine, is being held at Calvin United Church Hall from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $50 and to purchase them contact Cheryl at 613-756-3884.
Wrapping up Saturday is the Mardi Gras Dinner and Dance, a fundraiser for Family and Children’s Services in Renfrew County being held at the Pembroke Legion. It costs $60 per person, with charitable tax receipts available. Cocktails at 6:45 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. and the dance starts at 8:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Feb. 7, the day starts at 11 a.m. with SnoSpree Family Day at the Pembroke Marina, with free snowshoeing, a bonfire, snow painting and horse drawn wagon rides.
From noon to 3 p.m., the tradition continues with the Knights of Columbus Sliding party happening behind the new Carefor facility at 700 Mackay Street, using the Mother House Sliding Hill. Free hotdogs and hot chocolate are available, courtesy of the Knights.
The Polar Bear Dip for the Pembroke Handi-Bus is set to proceed at 1 p.m. at the Pembroke Marina Basin. The event will be done differently this time around than previous years due to the less than optimal ice conditions. Instead of jumping into a hole cut in the ice, participants will run into a trench dug out of the ice and enter the water that way, then turn around and head to shore. The hot tub will be waiting for all dippers. To register, call 613-735-6998. Minimum pledge of $50 per participant.
Also starting at 1 p.m. and going to 3 p.m. is free Kids Bingo for those 12 and under at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 170 Ellis Avenue. Lots of prizes.
At 2 p.m., Festival Hall is presenting a live production of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Tickets run $10 for kids under 18, and $15 for everyone else. For information, call 613-735-2182.
SnoSpree wraps up with a Winter Fireworks Show at the marina, starting at 6 p.m.
For more information about SnoSpree and its events, call the city’s recreation department at 613-735-6821, ext. 1501, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.