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Dare to enter the den

Dragons’ Den is holding auditions for the next season, and they are making a stop in Winnipeg.

Auditions are on Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at CBC Manitoba. Young and enthusiastic entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas to a primary panel, and successful candidates will go on to pitch to the dragons in Toronto on national television.

Dragons’ Den is in its tenth season and has become one of the most successful unscripted shows on CBC. Right now, Jim Treliving, Michael Wekerle, Michele Romanow, Joe Mimran and Manjit Minhas are the dragons.

You can register online and bring the completed application forms to the audition.

Be Authentic

Winnipeg Pride unveiled its 2016 theme — Be Authentic.

The theme is all encompassing. Organizers hope it will encourage people to be real, be a person who affects change.

Pride Winnipeg has been hosting an annual festival for almost 30 years. It provides an opportunity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Winnipeggers and supporters to celebrate.

Prizes will be awarded for best float, most creative walking group, best music and best interpretation of the theme.

The festival runs May 27 to June 5.

Winnipeg bids Willow farewell

Winnipeg’s weathercasting woodchuck died suddenly on Jan. 30, two days before Groundhog Day.

Five-year-old Winnipeg Willow was acting normal the day before her death, according to an organizer with the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Woodchucks usually live between four and six years.

Willow was brought into the centre in 2010 when her mother was killed by a dog. After her release into the wild was delayed by a broken leg, Willow became so used to humans, she was adopted into the centre’s educational program.

The scheduled Groundhog Day event was cancelled, but organizers said they still are predicting an early spring, as she was eager to head outdoors.