Sat, Sept 8 was a very eventful day at Cinema in the City. At 3pm, Steinbach's first-ever community-wide Amazing Race kicked off at 3pm. Twelve teams participated in fun challenges around town. Here are some of the challenges: Locate a car in a parking lot with the clue on the windshield Find a lady dressed in Mennonite costume in the gallery at Mennonite Heritage Village Dress in water wings and goggles and complete a challenge at Urban Life Purchase a non-perishable item from Sobeys and donate it to Southeast Helping Hands Pick up a rose at Heier Designs Florist and deliver it to a senior at Woodhaven Manor Find “Waldo,” who was dressed in a red and white striped shirt and toque like the “Where’s Waldo?” books Just like on TV, there were several detours teams could choose between – Live Action Role Playing (as directed by the Steinbach LARPers Society) Painting an autumn scene (with local artist Colleen Watchorn) Teams also sang a song for the staff and patrons at Sawney Beans. The final pit stop was AD Penner Park where teams had to reach the winner’s mat. The winning team, Grumpy Bears, completed the Race in just over an hour. They received a free hot tub rental from Urban Life, a $50 Niakwa Pizza gift card, two free rentals from Video Max and a bouquet of flowers from Heier Designs Florist. The second place team, clocking in at 1 hour, 17 mins – just three minutes after Grumpy Bears – was El Chupacabra (Lizards) who won a $50 gift card from Sawney Bean, a gift basket from Video Max, and four free classes from the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre. The Incredibles team in their black tights and masks – also winning the ‘best costume’ award – placed third and received a Video Max gift basket and $50 Sawney Beans gift card, along with four Livery Barn coupons from MHV for best costume. Big thanks to Video Max, LBees, Studios on Main Photography and Steinbach Aquatic Centre for great prizes that were awarded to those teams who took part in the optional photo challenges. Amazing Race participants enjoyed hot dogs and smokies at the Steinbach Arts Council Charity BBQ, which was also open to the community in support of the Creative Arts Bursary Fund, which provides program assistance to families with financial challenges. Along with great food, there were lots of fun workshops for the public to enjoy from 5:00-7:30pm under the shelter at AD Penne Park – line dancing with Debra Ward from The Dance Floor, a Hawaiian Hula workshop by Eddie from XCOMPANY Physical Arts Training School, and a drumming workshop by Coffieman’s African Dance Studio.

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About the Steinbach Arts Council

The Steinbach Arts Council, an umbrella organization for performing and visual arts groups, enriches the lives of our community through development of local artists and musicians and exposure to professional art forms. The Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre is a home for all these groups and their programs. It’s purpose is to create an environment where all arts disciplines can work together under one roof and share their resources and their talents with each other, and the entire Arts Community!

For more info, visit steinbachartscouncil.ca.

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