The Neepawa Rotary Club and Neepawa Settlement Services (NSS) are welcoming newcomers to the community and asking community members to join them.
The two groups have joined forces to organize a “Welcome to Neepawa” barbecue, Free Flea Market, enertainment and children's activities scheduled for Sept. 7.
“The goal of the event is to welcome newcomers and their families, and also give all Neepawa residents the opportunity to meet and learn more about our newcomers, and them about us,” Settlement Services Co-Ordinator Cheryl Champbell explained.
A Free Flea Market will kick off the day from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Dominic's Church, on 416 First Ave., for the new residents of Neepawa.
“Residents of Neepawa are encouraged to donate unneeded clean clothing and household items. Especially winter clothing and gear,” Campbell said. “If you have larger items to donate, please bring a picture of your item to the Church.”
People offering donations to the event are asked to drop off their items at the Church's basement during the day on Thursday, Sept. 5 or Friday, Sept. 6.
Following the flea market will be the free barbecue and children's activities at the Rotary Park and Bird Sanctuary. The children's activities will begin at 2 p.m. while the barbecue and evening entertainment and music from about 4:15 to 6 p.m.
“We will have bands, dancers, singers, face painters, balloon artists and a bouncy castle. Campbell explained. “And, of course, there will be karaoke as well.”
The supper menu will feature roasted pork, potato salad, rice, beans, dessert and beverages – all free.
There will also be a station to learn how to husk and cook your own Manitoba-grown corn on the cob.
Rotary Park is south on Brown Avenue and across the walking bridge. Or travel South on First Avenue about 1 km. Parking and seating may be limited so car pooling as well as bringing lawn chairs is encouraged.
Anyone looking for more information regarding donations for the flea market, or to volunteer, are asked to contact Rrain or Kathleen at VCC (204-476-3232).
If it rains Sept. 7, the barbecue will also take place at St. Dominic's Church.