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Perogy Fundraiser

2nd Annual Saints Peter and Paul Parish Perogy Fundraiser

Date: Sunday May 6, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Church Auditorium (corner of 10th Street East & Munroe Avenue)

Plate includes perogies & mushroom sauce, fried cabbage, sausage, dessert and beverage

Admission by advance tickets only.
Adults: $15.00
Children 6 – 12 years: $8.00
Children under 6 years: Free

Tickets available at Rectory office. Please call 306-343-6516 or email sspp@sasktel.net
Ticket deadline: Tuesday May 1, 2018

Supper, Silent Auction, Raffles, 50/50
Frozen perogies will be available for sale: 5 dozen bag for $25.00

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Recycle for VVCA

Do you like to collect pop cans and bottles for recycling? Do you like to donate to worthy causes?

Now you can do both! Drop off your recyclable containers at any Saskatoon SARCAN location and either tell them to put your refund toward “VVCA” or use the Drop & Go system with the group account “VVCA“. Your refund will be directed to VVCA and then used for community projects in our neighbourhood.

With Drop & Go there is no waiting in line. Just punch your account into the terminal, tag your bags with the sticky labels generated and then drop your bags off at the counter. Easy.


Drop & Go is a new service that SARCAN is offering at our larger depots in cities and towns across Saskatchewan. When the line gets long, Drop & Go is an easy way to drop off your containers without having to wait.

SARCAN Drop & Go information

Bike to Work Day 2018

You are invited to participate in Bike to Work Day YXE on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Saskatoon Cycles in partnership with the City of Saskatoon is pleased to host Bike to Work Day YXE 2018


About Bike to Work Day:

Bike to Work Day (BTWD) is an annual event that promotes and celebrates the bicycle as a viable mode of transportation. BTWD has now grown into a widespread event with countless bicyclists taking to the streets in an effort to get commuters to try bicycling to work as a healthy and safe alternative to driving alone.

The Commuter Stations are the backbone of Bike to Work Day and brighten what for many is a routine commute, and each year we aim to have a number of Bike to Work Day Commuter Stations all over Saskatoon.

Host a Commuter Station:

If you or your business or organization is interested in hosting or co-hosting a BTWD Commuter Station please contact our BTWD co-ordinator, jenthoma@saskatooncycles.org. Co-hosting with other local businesses or organizations allows for friendly collaboration, assistance with costs and more human power to run your station. Commuter Station possibilities are endless and could include snack and beverage stations, giveaways, discounts for cyclists, bike maintenance and more.

For full details of BTWD YXE, please visit our website biketoworkdayYXE and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SaskatoonCycles

NatureCity Festival 2018

Event Name: NatureCity Festival
Date: May 22 – 27 2018
Cost: Free
Website: wildaboutsaskatoon.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wildaboutyxe/
Description: All Ages

NatureCity Festival is a week-long festival featuring 50+ events to help you discover, explore and experience nature in Saskatoon! We invite urban residents, students, families, urban planners, artists, educators, community leaders, businesses and organizations to explore the vital role of nature in our prairie city and life.

Our city is a living network of rivers and streets, trees and office towers, prairies and yards. We are a city of contrasts unified by the natural networks that hold our ecosystem together. NatureCity Festival 2018 uses the Cree concept Âniskopicikêwin (pronounced ahnsko-pich’-kewin) to describe these vital connections.

NatureCity Festival is your opportunity to explore the vitality of urban nature in our city through experiential events, workshops, dynamic speakers, guided tours, citizen science projects, music, art, performance and more!

We want to show off the wild side of the Saskatoon: the magnificent river valley, parks, conservation areas, gardens and urban forests, together with the fascinating creatures and native plants that surround us. Celebrate the assets and diversity of nature in Saskatoon and deepen your understanding, appreciation and access to urban nature through experience, exploration and education.

We respectfully acknowledge that NatureCity Festival is situated on Treaty 6 territory and traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.

Join us on the trails, the rivers, the sidewalks, and the flyways to celebrate Saskatoon’s wild side.


Event Name: Nature Needs Half | NatureCity Festival Presents Harvey Locke
Date: Friday May 25 2018
Time: 7pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Aden Bowman Castle Theatre Saskatoon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/202996890459245/
Description: All Ages

Wild about Saskatoon is delighted to announce that Dr. Harvey Locke will be the keynote speaker at this year’s NatureCity Festival, May 22-27, 2018.

Harvey Locke is one of Canada’s and the world’s most respected voices for the protection of wildness. And he is coming to Saskatoon, as chair of the Nature Needs Half movement, to deliver an urgent message.

The Nature Needs Half movement begins with the recognition that nature needs sufficient space to function properly for the benefit of all life on our planet. In most ecosystems, science demonstrates that at least half of the region must be protected to ensure the Earth’s resilience in the face of environmental change. We only have to look around us or listen to the news to know that conservation efforts to date have not been sufficient to sustain life on Earth.

What does the knowledge mean for those of us who live along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River? How do we transform the bold vision of Nature Needs Half into an achievable strategy?

Harvey Locke will be addressing these questions at a public event at the Castle Theatre in Aden Bowman Collegiate from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the evening of May 25. We hope that you will be able to join us.

About Harvey:
Harvey is a conservationist, writer, and photographer, and worked closely with First Light Films on Wild Ways. He is a recognized global leader in the field of parks, wilderness and large landscape conservation. He is a founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and of the Nature Needs Half Movement. His work has been featured in films and television programs in many countries and his photography has been used in numerous publications. His popular writing has been published in English, French and Spanish, he has co-curated art shows about Nature in major North American museums, and he has written many peer reviewed articles. Named one of Canada’s leaders for the 21st century by Time Magazine, he has received many awards for his work including IUCN’s Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award for outstanding service to the worlds protected areas. He lives in Banff National Park, Canada.

https://natureneedshalf.org/

Music for the Gut 8

MUSIC For The GUT ‘8’

Thursday, August 23
TCU Place!
Tickets: https://tcutickets.ca

BEST Variety Show in Saskatoon! 8th annual for Crohn’s & Colitis Canada!
Jordie Hughton-artistic director, Kristen Raney-choral director, Jared Tehse-pianist.
Guests: Jay Semko, Brianna Burtt, Stephen Maguire and Theresa Sokyrka.
Soloists: William Boan-violin and Gerard Weber-sax.
55 performers! 15-piece Gut Banda!
http://musicforthegut.com

Youth Writing Workshop

‘Kick-start your Imagination’ Writing Workshop – for young writers ages 11 – 16 (age range can be flexible)
Led by award-winning author, Arthur Slade www.arthurslade.com

This workshop will include finding the answer to questions that every author confronts every day: How to put a bang into your beginning? What goes into creating a character? Do brainstorms hurt? There will be time to write and discuss many of the different techniques of writing a story, poem or novel. This will be a fun literary adventure!

Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street, Saskatoon
Thursday, May 24th – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 – includes materials

Please contact
Janice Cook
Creative Writing Seeds Ltd.
www.creativeseeds.ca
(306) 979-1463 to register.

Letters of Love

You are invited to The Refinery, 609 Dufferin Avenue, on Sunday, April 15th, between 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Refinery will join Author, and writer-in residence at St. Paul’s Hospital, Kristine Scarrow, to host a drop-in community event to support Letters of Love.

Letters of Love is an initiative that aims to offer comfort and words of support and encouragement, to patients and their families during challenging times, through heartfelt letters or cards written by members of the community. As Writer-in-Residence at St. Paul’s Hospital, Kristine knows the power of this initiative and sees it as a way to strengthen the bond between community and the patients at St. Paul’s, through words. An impactful initiative that we hope you will be a part of.

Please drop-in to write or draw a message with us. This is a free community event, all materials will be provided and all ages are welcome! Coffee, tea, and juice will be served.

Avalon Soccer Tournament

Aurora Soccer Soccer Club in Saskatoon Saskatchewan would like to invite your team to our 22nd Annual Harder Avalon Classic Soccer Tournament.

Date: June 1-3, 2018
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Our tournament accepts U7s to U19.
Adults are also invited to enter our tournament, we have a mens, ladies and coed groupings. We have a rec and competitve competition, with the competitve 1st place winner winning $1000.00
To register: https://auroratournaments.goalline.ca/registration_team.php?id=3874
If you have any questions about registration please contact our registrar:
Gail Bastien
e-mail: tournament@aurorasoccer.ca

YAS Basketball Camps

All you need to do is ask us.

You can get a $50.00 camp discount certificate to attend one of eight week-long basketball day camps to be held at Saskatoon’s Cosmo Civic Centre this July and August . . . just for asking.

Just email us at info@yas.ca or text us at 306-242-2425 and say, ‘Please send me a discount certificate.’ We’ll hustle it right to you.

Everyone is welcome. We have a skill level and age group for everyone.


These discount certificates are funded by donations from
Canadian Tire Jump Start Charities
City of Saskatoon
Hall*Comm Trust
Saskatchewan Lotteries
Saskatchewan Community Initiatives Fund
Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority

Seniors Tech Buddy Fairs

Presentations on financial fraud and internet safety. One on one help with tech devices by students from local high schools. Learn how to use your laptop, tablet, iPad, smartphone, iPhone or other device.

Tuesday April 10th at St. Joseph High School, 115 Nelson Road, Saskatoon
9:15am-9:45am Registration/Check-in
9:45am-11:00am Financial Fraud and Internet Safety Presentations
11:00am-12:15pm One on One help with technology by high school students

OR

Thursday April 19th at Bishop James Mahoney High School, 231 Primrose Drive, Saskatoon
10:00am-10:30am Registration/Check-in
10:30am-12:30pm Financial Fraud and Internet Safety Presentations
12:30pm-1:30pm One on One help with technology by high school students

$10 fee to cover administration cost

FREE TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO NEED IT
Phone: 306-652-2255 Email: admin@scoa.ca
Or in-person at Saskatoon Council On Aging (SCOA): 2020 College Drive, Saskatoon (Saskatoon Field House)

Senior Social Isolation – Survey

The Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism, Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Red Cross (Saskatchewan), and the University of Regina’s Lifelong Learning Centre are partners in a collaborative project to reduce social isolation of seniors in south and central Saskatchewan. To assess the impact of our combined efforts, the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU) at the University of Regina is conducting an evaluation for the project. Part of this effort involves gathering feedback from interested community members who are involved in issues affecting seniors.

For the purposes of this survey, interested community members are defined as those individuals who through a personal, professional, leadership, volunteer, or community-engaged capacity, find themselves supporting, observing, advocating for, or interacting with seniors in their community.

If you are an interested community member, we are asking for your assistance in this effort. The purpose of this survey is to gather understanding of broader community awareness about the social isolation of seniors. Your participation is completely voluntary and your answers will remain confidential.

This short survey contains a few background questions about you, your community, and what you think can and should be done to help reduce the social isolation of older adults. It will take about 5-10 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept confidential.

Click here to begin the Survey


PARTICIPATION
Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may decline to take part in the research or exit the survey at any time. We would like to involve as many interested community members as possible in this process, so your unique input is greatly appreciated.

BENEFITS
You will receive no direct benefits from participating in this research study. However, your responses may help us learn more about how to develop the best programs to address social isolation of older adults in central and southern Saskatchewan.

RISKS
No risks are anticipated.

CONFIDENTIALITY
Your survey answers will be sent to a website where information will be stored in a password protected electronic format. This website does not collect identifying information such as your name, email address, or IP address. Therefore, your responses will remain anonymous. No one will be able to identify you or your answers, and no one will know whether or not you participated in the study.

CONSENT
Completion and return of the survey will constitute consent to participate and permission for the researchers to use the data gathered in the manner described.

The survey is being conducted by a team of faculty members with the University of Regina (Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit).

Dr. Bonnie Jeffery (project lead) bonnie.jeffery@uregina.ca
Dr. Tom McIntosh tom.mcintosh@uregina.ca
Dr. Nuelle Novik nuelle.novik@uregina.ca
Shari Caffet (Project Coordinator) sharianne.caffet@uregina.ca
Colleen Hamilton (Administrative Coordinator) colleen.hamilton@uregina.ca

Please feel free to email if you have any questions or comments.

The results of the survey will be available in a report in early 2018 on the Saskatchewan Population and Health Evaluation Research Unit website at www.spheru.ca

ELECTRONIC CONSENT: You may print a copy of this consent form for your records.

Clicking on the Community Perspective Survey link indicates that
· You have read the above information
· You voluntarily agree to participate

VVCA 2018 AGM

VVCA Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7:00pm, Brunskill School Library

All community residents are invited to attend for an update on projects and to elect next year’s Executive. Come and get involved in making a difference in your neighbourhood!

BINGO de MAYO

JOIN THE VARSITY VIEW COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION FOR OUR ANNUAL SPRING SOCIAL EVENT!

BINGO DE MAYO!

When: Saturday May 5, 2018; Doors open 5:30 PM, dinner at 6:30 PM
Where: Albert Community Centre, 610 Clarence Avenue, Loft (enter from the south doors and use the elevator from the basement level)
What: food, drinks, BINGO, prizes and socializing!
Cost: $45/person

Fantastic Authentic Mexican Cuisine
From La Bamba Café, Saskatoon (www.labambacafe.ca)

Because nothing says SPRING like playing BINGO with your friends and neighbours!

Tickets available from VVCA board members or by emailing varsityviewca@gmail.com

Neighbourhood Clean-up

VVCA ANNUAL NEIGBOURHOOD CLEAN UP

WHEN: Saturday May 12, 2018, 8:30am
WHERE: Brunskill School Parking lot
WHAT: empty out your garage, basement, storage room, or backyard; or shed! Bring your items to the large garbage bins that will be in the Brunskill school parking lot for disposal!


This is the event at which each year the same half dozen committed volunteers donate their Saturday morning to removing trash (think sodden couches), fire hazards (tree and bush clippings piled against wooden garages) and junk (the odd stove or three) from our back alleys.

You can help in two ways:
1) Bring your own junk to the dumpsters that will be parked at the back of Brunskill school on the morning of May 12th, 8:30 to 11:30 am (please do not use the small school dumpsters – you will get me in trouble) or
2) join us as a volunteer – just show up at the parking lot behind Brunskill by 9 am. You get an extra donut if you bring your own truck.

Colonization Road: Free film

Free film Wednesday March 21 at the Broadway Theatre
Saskatchewan Intercultural Association presents the 6th annual Reel to Real Anti-Racism Film Festival, featuring “Colonization Road” followed by a panel of speakers.

Synopsis: In towns throughout Ontario, there are startling reminders of the colonization of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people. Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon takes us to his hometown of Fort Frances and down its main drag, which is called Colonization Road. Similar streets have similar names in towns and cities across the province, direct reminders of the Public Lands Act of 1853 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land in the name of “Canadian settlement.” On his journey through Ontario, McMahon explores the history of these roads, meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about “reconciliation” and what it means to “decolonize.”

*Free popcorn for everyone in attendance!
6:00pm Doors open
6:45pm Welcome and Introduction
7:00pm Film begins
8:00pm Performance by Curtis Peeteetuce, Followed by Panel Discussion
9:00pm Conclusion