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Summer Book Sale at Portage la Prairie Regional Library

38th Annual Spectacular Summer Book Sale at Portage la Prairie Regional Library.
Starts on July 5th, and will run until October 1, 2016!
Books for Adults and Children, Collectable Books, Magazines, DVD & VHS Movies, Music, LPs & Much More!!!!

*** Categories starting July 5, 2015 include:
Hard Cover Adult Fiction, Collectable Books & Signed Copies, $3.00 ‘Like New’ Paperbacks, Junior & Young Adult Fiction, Primary Picture Books, Gardening, House & Home Repair, Travel, Music CD’s,
VHS Movies & More! ***
New items added daily. Visit often for best selection!
Watch for notices and visit our website for sale updates.

Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Portage la Prairie Regional Library
40-B Royal Rd. N. Portage la Prairie, MB
Ph: 204.857.4271

Come to the Library and attend our major fundraiser. Hope to see you!
An entire summer to browse for books at bargain prices!
Remember, when you buy it helps us resupply!


Arden’s Annual Crocus Festival

Arden’s annual Crocus Festival is on Saturday, May 7, 2016 commencing with a pancake breakfast and activities for all ages all day. Children under 13 are free.

In conjunction with the Arden Crocus Festival is the Wild Crocus Photo Contest. Each photo must depict the Wild Prairie Crocus in Manitoba and must be taken in April 2016, with the deadline Saturday, April 30th.

Thunder Ridge Rally will be held July 8-10, 2016 in Lansdowne Centennial Park in Arden. Please see the attached poster for more information.



Raptor Awareness Day & Festival

Blair Morrison Hall, 504 Broadway Street, La Riviere
Contact 204-242-3272 for more information.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
An exciting and fun-filled day of educational displays, photos, exciting kids activities, guided walking tours (sign up ahead of time onsite), fabulous food and live raptors up close and personal by Manitoba Wildlife Rehabilitation Organization. We also have an art raffle sponsored by Wayne Benedet. Come watch the spring migration of hawks and eagles in Manitoba’s scenic Pembina Valley.

Annual migration of raptors across the prairie lands in the valley near La Riviere will have to viewing a large number of raptors in one day. The festival to celebrate the Raptor Migration is on April 9, 2016 this year.


Manitoba Hydro Island of Lights

Manitoba Hydro Island of Lights
Come visit Island Park, the brightest spot in Portage la Prairie during the Manitoba Hydro Island of Lights! Manitoba’s longest running drive through light show will run nightly from 6:00 – 10:00 pm December 4, 2015 to January 7, 2016As a winner of numerous provincial and national tourism awards, this exciting show is a must see! It’s worth the drive to Portage la Prairie to see what new displays have been added, we are sure you’ll be dazzled!

For more information contact the City of Portage la Prairie at 204-239-8334 or

**New** Walk-through-only evening at the Island of Lights

One night only! On Wednesday December 30th for one night only the City of Portage la Prairie is offering a free walk-through-only evening at the Island of Lights!

For this one evening, the Island of Lights will be closed to vehicular traffic and open free of charge to pedestrian traffic.

Parking will be available at the PCU Centre with additional parking in the Splash Island if accessible.

Island of Lights Gate Fees per vehicle:

Up to 7 passenger vehicle………… $10.00
8-13 passenger vehicle………………$20.00
14-25 passenger vehicle…………….$30.00
26-50 passenger vehicle…………….$60.00
Hayrides (gate fee only)……………..$30.00


Book early as spaces fill up quickly!
Don Bowden………204-428-5509
Ross Hunt…………204-428-3693
Please contact the hayride operator directly to book your hayride.
The cost of hiring a hayride operator is the responsibility of the customer.
**Note – Only the above City approved Hayride Operators will be permitted through the show.


2016 Winter Carnivals


Altona’s Winter Festival
Altona, MB

The festival is a day filled with family fun, activities and entertainment for all ages. For a confirmation of date and further details visit out website at:

January 23 – 14

Morris Winter Carnival
Morris, MB

Early February

Winter Carnival
St. Claude, MB

Early February

Winter Carnival
Emerson, MB

For a confirmation on the date and further details visit our website at:

February 5 & 6

Carman Blizzard Festival
Carman, MB

Events include: Free pancake breakfast, sled dog races, hay rides, free hot chocolate, free soup, sled dog rides, snowmobile poker derby, jam pail curling, social, pyjama party, fireworks, street hockey, snow sculptures, skating on the Boyne River, entertainment and much more. Call 204.750.3050 for more info.


Portage Potato Festival

Friday August 8, 2014

We have an exciting day FULL of activities all lined up for you this year!

9:00am – 11:00am Portage Pitbulls Pancake Breakfast for $5 you get pancakes, sausage & coffee/ juice! (Ukrainian Bandstand)
9:30 am Nelson Little (Ukrainian Bandstand)
9:30 am Tai Chi Demonstration (Main Stage Area)

10:00am-11:00am Opening Ceremonies (Main Stage – south of playground)

10:00am-6:00pm Various Retail Vendors for your shopping pleasure (east side of George Hill Drive)

10:00am-11:00pm Various Food Vendors – come hungry! (George Hill Drive)

11:15am Tai Chi Demonstration (Ukrainian Bandstand area)

11:30am -12:30pm Cold Hard Cash (Main Stage)

12:00pm – 6:00pm Bouncers, Face Painters, Bumper Balls, Laser Tag etc

12:00pm-6:00pm Pony Rides

12:30pm Diamond Disc Dogs Show

1:00pm-2:00pm Northern Reflections (Main Stage)

2:00pm – 11:00pm Beer Gardens (Ukrainian Bandstand)

2:00pm – 2:30pm Ronald McDonald Magic Show

2:30pm-3:30pm Jim Sharpe and Edge (Main Stage)

6:00pm-7:00pm Antic (Main Stage)

7:30pm-830pm Petric (Main Stage)

9:00pm Aaron Pritchett (Main Stage)


Farmer’s Market across the Pembina Valley Central Plains

Farmer’s Market across the Pembina Valley Central Plains are full of produce, baked goods and handmade items.

Winkler, MB: 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Holland, MB: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Morris, MB: 4:00pm – 8:00pm

La Riviere, MB: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Morden, MB: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Treherne, MB: 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Carman, MB: 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Altona, MB: 10am – noon
Cypress River, MB: 10am – noon
Miami, MB: 9am – noon


Manitoba Stampede

A pro-rodeo event on the Canadian Tour circuit, the Manitoba Stampede stars some of the top names in bull riding, bronco-busting, tie down roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, ladies barrel racing, and team roping. Also check out the fast paced thoroughbred chariot and pony chariot and chuckwagon racing. For those looking for a laugh, look out for the Rodeo Clown.

At an altogether lower tempo, the Agricultural Fair section of the Stampede features dairy shows, light and heavy horse shows, betsy bingo and a Youth Stars of Manitoba Talent Competition. All this and great children’s entertainment, Kid’s Corral petting zoo, and ag-tivites in our Ag-Tivity Ranch make this a great event for the whole family.

Adults will enjoy the Scratching River Saloon (formerly the beer gardens) featuring a great line up of entertainment on the Rempel Insurance Saloon Stage. Don’t miss Saturday night QX104 Cabaret in the Scratching River Saloon.

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