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Some local gift ideas - tis the season!

Y'know, we all have those "hard to buy for" people on our gift list. Some of us also procrastinate on the whole gift-buying scene.

As we head into the final shopping weekend before Christmas, I have taken the liberty (and some base suggestions from this Time Magazine article) and attributed it to shopping locally in the Southwest.

1. Gift a home-cooked meal that you can be frozen for use at a later date. Think about it - some night, you get home from work, and you don't feel like preparing a huge meal for your family. How nice would it be to pull out a frozen, homemade lasagna for the freezer for the fam-jam?!

2. A subscription to the Blenders Concert Series.

3. A subscription to the Swift Current Allied Arts Concert Series.

4. Visit Etc. Etc. in the Swift Current Mall - not only do they have sweet kitchen gear, they also have a huge selection of luxury Crabtree & Evelyn products for the special person in your life!

5. Do you like doing a deep clean on your carpets? ME EITHER. Gift a residential carpet cleaning to someone you care about from ServiceMaster Clean in Swift Current.

6. Donate to the Salvation Army... the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation... the Swift Current SPCA... or The Center! - in the name of someone you love.

7. A gift card from the spa at Home Inn & Suites!

8. Know an athlete - or an armchair athlete? Ticket packages for the Swift Current Indians, Swift Current Broncos, golf passes to Elmwood Golf & Country Club, or even a gym membership to Training Zone could be a great gift! Also, one I would love, as a runner... gift a marathon entry fee to the runner in your life! They're often pricy and some don't go on sale till the new year (like the Queen City Marathon in September) so do some research. It's a cool idea.

9. Tanning sessions or Mystic Spray tans from Fabutan in Swift Current - an awful lot of people are heading down south this winter. Maybe you know someone who's planning a trip. The tanning gift would be thoughtful and it's one size fits all.

10. The Sundrops just released a live CD. How amazing are those kids? Music lovers in your life would enjoy this album!

Angel Tree (and other) Giveaways Continue till Friday!

Because you were so generous to the Salvation Army - we're being generous to you, thanks to our awesome sponsors of our Angel Tree prizes!

We have some seriously sweet stuff to give away today, including a $75 gift card for Pinnacle Source for Sports & a $75 gift card for Pioneer Co-op Grocery. I mean - who couldn't use those at this time of year?!

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(Santa's helper Candace, with a tinsel Davy Crockett-esque hat. And Broncos GameDay shirt, of course!)

In addition to our Angel Tree ballot draws, we're also giving away a $50 gift card for Nutters... AND a $50 gift card for Giant Tiger. PS. We're doing this for the rest of the week. AWESOME!

Speaking of awesome - check out our Facebook page for a video of the vocal stylings of the Swift Current Broncos. They hit the ice at 7 tonight at the iPlex to host the Saskatoon Blades. The Blades just unloaded a bunch of their marquee players too, so hopefully the Broncos can pull out a "W" tonight in front of a home crowd - the last home game till Dec 27.

Oh - and if you're looking for cool presents for the athletic-types in your life - the Stable has relocated to the Swift Current Mall until Christmas, and word is they just got some more Broncos jerseys in. If you need to buy for a golfer - both Chinook & Elmwood have golf gear in their seasonal stores at the Mall.

Happy shopping... it's one week till Christmas Eve!
(No pressure.)



Creative Holiday Gathering Ideas

I may be savvy when it comes to social media - but that doesn't include Pinterest. For some reason, I only go on Pinterest when I'm looking for a good gluten-free recipe when I'm in the mood to bake or cook.

For those that know me, they know this is never.

Anyway - I happened upon a holiday party on Saturday night, whose guest list inlcuded some extremely talented local musicians (read: The Midnight Roses) - and it was like walking into a 3D version of Pinterest.

All guests were given a gift when they arrived - a Christmas tree ornament that you were to attach to your clothing. I've still got mine on, it was a super way to give a little trinket to everyone and I believe they were purchased at the Salvation Army store, which obviously goes to a great cause!

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Among the other cool holiday decor? A "real" Playstation!

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Last but not least... there was a backyard bonfire (hey, the weather was beautiful!) - and not only was there an outdoor speaker system playing Christmas carols - but there was a pinata of Frosty the Snowman, carefully crafted by the students of Maverick School in Swift Current.

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So there you have it.
Sometimes it's better to "pin" things in real life. :)



Looking for a win in Brandon

The Swift Current Broncos are on the road tonight in Brandon, looking to avenge a loss at home last weekend to the Wheat Kings. The Broncos are bringing a record of 16-13-0-4 into this game, and are fresh off a HUGE Wednesday night victory over Division rivals the Regina Pats.

Broncos pre-game show goes on the Eagle at 7:00, puck drop in Brandon tonight is 7:30.

Check out the awesome Christmas card from the team!

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Broncos win big vs the Pats!

It was a really good Swift Current Broncos game last night. They beat division rivals the Regina Pats 6-4 (with an empty netter in the last few seconds of the game) and Jake DeBrusk had 5 points.

But. The REAL story was during the 1st intermission.

Take a look...

 


Santa's been on a steady diet of energy drinks to get ready for that matchup, methinks!

Broncos next in action at home next Wednesday vs Saskatoon at 7pm.

Giant Tiger Wants to Give YOU the Presents!

A $50 gift card is up for grabs from our generous friends at Giant Tiger in Swift Current!
How do you win? Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week AND next week (so - yeah, TODAY!), listen to this cue to call for your chance to win at 8:10!

https://soundcloud.com/cwoodside/cue-to-call-giant-tiger

When you hear it, call 306 773 0971 and you could walk away with $50 from Giant Tiger.
Good luck!


What to buy the hard to buy for this holiday season

The holidays are fast approaching, 16 shopping days left to be exact, and you're scratching your head thinking what you're going to buy that hard-to-buy for gal/guy on your list.

I had this problem over the weekend with my dad, Trent. Has everything, doesn't want anything and if he needs something will generally purchase without asking for it. His birthday was on Sunday and so I asked the same question every year, Dad what do you want for your birthday/Christmas. He smiles and says what most dad's say... just a hug & a kiss. (Doesn't cost much but he can get those any day of the year)

Then we had Sean Finell, with the Dr Noble Irwin Foundation in on the show last week promoting their ticket blitz for the 2015 Lottery. *Light Bulb* This would be a great gift idea!

So to make this long story short, if you have someone on your shopping list this season stop by the Foundation and pick them up a ticket for a chance of 52 draws of $500 and a bonus draw next December for $4000. All the while your $100 ticket goes back into keeping healthcare strong in the community.

Details on the lottery can be found here http://www.drirwinfoundation.com/community_lottery.html

Only 2000 tickets will be sold so your odds are 1 in 2000, not bad! First draw takes place January 2nd. Good Luck!

Teddy Bears, Toques & Mitts... OH MY!

This weekend the SC Broncos have back to back home games. The first against the Lethbridge Hurricanes with the 50/50 sitting at $4000, would make Christmas a little lighter on your visa winning that!

The following night, Saturday December 6th, Brandon Wheat Kings come back with a vengance after the Broncos sent them home with their tails between their legs just a few short weeks ago.

It's a huge night for the Bronco's as Saturday nights game is also the Teddy Bear, Toque & Mitt toss. Once the Bronco's score their first goal the fur will fly!

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(photo taken at last year's Teddy Bear Toss night)

If you stop at the Stable in the iPlex with the purchase of a stuffy, toque or mitts you'll receive a free child's ticket to Saturday's game. See you at the rink this weekend! #BrandedBlue

Lighting Up the Future

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The Swift Current Centennial Committee has plans well underway to make the city's annual tree lighting on November 28th downtown bigger and better than ever - including real, live reindeer and a visit from the jolly fellow himself!

Candace caught up with committee member Elden Moberg to get the details here:
https://soundcloud.com/cwoodside/light-up-the-future

Bundle up warmly and join us downtown - Magic 97 will be on location for the events, as they take place in the heated tent at Market Square, outdoor at the BMO Courtyard, and in the Lyric Theatre.

The Centennial Light Parade is new this year, sponsored by the Lions Club. The parade will get underway at 6:30pm and after a short trek through downtown, will wind up at Market Square for the official Tree Lighting at 7:00pm.

Want to volunteer? Lenora would love your help! Call her at 306 773 2944.

For more information - check out Tourism Swift Current's link to the event.


Fill The Nets!

The Swift Current SPCA is holding a fundraiser this weekend to coincide with "billet weekend" for the Swift Current Broncos.

Planning to hit the iPlex for the Broncos/Flames alumni game at 2pm on Saturday?
Maybe you're planning to take in that game PLUS the WHL's Broncos & PA Raiders game at 7pm that night...

Either way, if you're heading to the arena, bring along some canned dog or cat food... some toys for our furry friends... or even some cash! Every little bit helps our friends at the SPCA.

Also - given that the weather is so cold today... here's a good rule of thumb for today for your pets!

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