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Marr Residence Summer 2018

The Marr Residence is the oldest house in Saskatoon still standing on its original site. Built by Alexander (Sandy) Marr in 1884, it was one of the first substantial houses to appear in the original Temperance Colony of Saskatoon. Mr. Marr brought his wife and family west; drawn by the lure of homestead land and a chance to make a living in the new colony. The house and property was acquired by the City of Saskatoon in 1979 and restored to show what domestic life was like in early Saskatoon. Today, the house also features an exhibit on the relationships between settlers and First Nations during the Northwest Resistance of 1885. A second floor bedroom is dedicated to telling the story of the use of the house as a Field Hospital during the Resistance.

The Marr house and garden is open for programs, workshops and tours throughout the year. Further information can be obtained by calling 652-1201 or by checking the events calendar. Admission is by donation.

Address: 326 11th Street East – Saskatoon, SK S7N 0E7

The Marr Residence website

July 1 – Canada Day at the Marr. Commemorating July 1, 1918. Presentation by Alan Morton at 2:00 pm.
July 8 – Perennial Society Garden Tour
July 15 – Lorne Deighton Concert 2:00 pm
July 22 – Walking Tour of Nutana With Dianne Wilson
July 29 – Open House
August 5 – 16th Annual Rhubarb Festival
August 12 – Antique Appraisal
August 19 – Rug Hookers Association at the Marr
August 26 – Open House

Sum Theatre 2018

Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebrate

In over 25 different parks around Saskatoon. Evening shows at 7. Sunday matinees at 2.

Theatre in the Park is Saskatchewan’s first FREE live professional outdoor theatre. Suitable for all ages. Everyone welcome. FREE of charge. Come an hour early to do a free craft with the Children’s Discovery Museum!

Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat is an epic tale about a time and a place where everyone was disabled. A land of golden ramps and quiet spaces that was ruled by kindness alone, until a mysterious stranger arrives… This original story was written by Adam Pottle and adapted by the Sum Theatre ensemble. Presented by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission and Concentus Citizenship Education, join us for the free, family friendly show in Saskatoon public parks July 2 – 31st.

Sum Theatre website

SCHEDULE
July 2 – Chief Darcy Bear Park at 7:00pm
July 3 – Alexander MacGillivray Young Park at 7:00pm
July 5 – Optimist at 4:00pm and at 7:00pm
July 6 – Wilson Park at 7:00pm
July 8 – Holland Park at 2:00pm
July 8 – Wallace Park at 7:00pm
July 9 – Swick Park at 7:00pm
July 10 – James Anderson Park at 7:00pm
July 11 – Meadowgreen Park at 7:00pm
July 12 – GD Archibald Park West at 7:00pm
July 13 – Silverspring Park at 7:00pm
July 15 – Churchill Park at 2:00pm
July 15 – Anita Langford Park at 7:00pm
July 16 – Ashworth Holmes Park at 7:00pm
July 17 – Les Kerr Park at 7:00pm
July 18 – Herbert S. Sears Park at 7:00pm
July 19 – Mount Royal Park (Nut Free Performance) at 7:00pm
July 20 – Ernest Lindner Park at 7:00pm
July 22 – Pleasant Hill Park at 2:00pm
July 22 – Lakeview Park at 7:00pm
July 23 – Exhibition Park at 7:00pm
July 24 – W.J.L. Harvey North Park at 7:00pm
July 25 – Sidney L. Buckwold Park at 7:00pm
July 26 – AH Browne Park at 7:00pm
July 27 – Parc Canada Park at 7:00pm
July 29 – Robert Hunter Park West at 2:00pm
July 29 – Buena Vista Park at 7:00pm
July 30 – Surprise Park at 7:00pm
July 31 – Surprise Park at 7:00pm

Sportball Summer Camp

Sportball Saskatoon Summer Camp

Drop off camps build upon Multi-Sport programs for expertly coached half-day sessions filled with creative fun, exciting games and skill-based sports. Camps for 3.5-5 years old for from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Camps for 5-7 year olds go from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Albert Community Centre: July 3-5; August 21-23
Grosvenor Park: July 3 – August 21
St Martins United Church, 2617 Clarence Ave. S: July 10-12; August 14-16

See Sportball website for dates, times and costs.


Sportball offers kids multi-sport programs in North Saskatchewan, including children’s soccer, T-ball and ball hockey for toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged kids in locations across North Saskatchewan. Our non-competitive sports classes for kids are play-based programs designed to improve fitness for children from toddlers ages 1 to 3 years old up to young children ages 3 to 5 years old and 5 to 12 years old.

sportball.ca

Canada Day 2018

Canada Day
July 1, 2018
10:00am- Dusk
Diefenbaker Park
Celebrate your citizenship at Optimist Canada Day, start with a buffet breakfast, official ceremonies at 10am, with Celebration cake. Entertainment on mainstage from 11am-dusk, with displays, food vendors, marketplace, beverage gardens, pins, flags and fireworks at 10:30pm.


Canada Day
July 1, 2018
12:00pm-1:00pm
Bait-ur-Rahmat Mosque
Prayer, the singing of O’Canada and remarks by dignitaries. Refreshments will be served.

Police Pipes & Drums Concert

SASKATOON POLICE PIPES & DRUMS ANNUAL SUMMER CONCERT

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
River Landing Amphitheatre, Rotary Park & River Landing
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Admission: no cost
Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums Annual Summer Concert.

The Saskatoon Police Pipes and Drums is a proud organization with a long history in the Saskatchewan pipe band community. While embracing the traditions of ceremonial police pipe bands, the The Saskatoon Police Pipes and Drums strives to play at a professional and competitive musical standard.

VVCA Help Wanted

Interested in making your community a little better? VVCA is always looking for volunteers!

VVCA is run by volunteers who organize and attend meetings, provide programs and activites for youth and adults, work with the City regarding development, parking and other issues, keep the rink in good condition, publish a newsletter and website, raise money for community events and projects, and generally try to make your neighbourhood a little nicer to live in.

Sounds fun, right? If something on that short list fills a need in you, or you have other ideas on how to improve your neighbourhood, come out to a monthly VVCA board meeting and have your say. We’d love to hear your ideas and would be more than happy to find you a spot on our board if you are interested.

Right now, the VVCA is looking for a Newsletter Editor – putting together three issues a year (one printed, two digital) full of information of interest to our community. We do have someone filling the chair for the next few issues, but would like to see someone new take this on. See information about our newsletters and previous issues here.

Email info@vvcasaskatoon.com for more information, or check out the About Us page for information on the dates of our next board meeting.

Residential Parking Zones

Residential Parking Permit Zone Expanded
Many areas in the Varsity View and Grosvenor Park neighbourhood experience significant on-street parking congestion, usually generated by the nearby hospital and university. The Residential Parking Program (RPP) was established to minimize this congestion by limiting non-resident parking to a maximum amount of time so that on-street space is continuously made available in these areas. The RPP zone in the Varsity View area has been expanded and new signage indicating the extent of the zones will be in place beginning September 1, 2018.

Residents of an RPP zone may be able to purchase an RPP permit which allows them to park their vehicle near their homes beyond the posted time limit. Parking Enforcement vehicles regularly patrol RPP zones. Vehicles parked on the street beyond the posted time limit are ticketed if they do not display a valid RPP permit. Residents of apartments or multi-unit dwellings can contact City of Saskatoon Customer Services at 306-975-2400 to find out if they are eligible.

Permits can be purchased at Customer Service on the main floor of City Hall (222 3rd Ave North).

Resident Permit
• $25.00 plus applicable taxes.
• Prorated to $12.50 if purchased six months after the zone’s permit renewal date.
• For residents of an RPP zone.
• Not transferable between vehicles (i.e. permit is issued to a specific vehicle).
• Limit one permit per resident.

Visitor Permit
• $5.00 plus applicable taxes, or $25.00 plus taxes if purchased in place of a resident permit.
• Prorated to $2.50 (or $12.50) if purchased six months after the zone’s permit renewal date.
• For residents of an RPP zone to provide to their visitors as needed.
• Transferable between vehicles.
• Limit one permit per residence.

Temporary Permit
• $1.00 per day plus applicable taxes.
• For short-term use by residents and non-residents.
• Valid only for the dates indicated on the permit.

Eligibility
All applicants are required to prove that they reside within an RPP zone by providing a current driver’s license and vehicle registration, along with any one of the following documents:
• utility bill
• phone/internet/cable bill
• residence confirmation from landlord
• lease agreement

Applicants of eligible apartment buildings must provide a letter from the landlord stating that the dwelling unit does not have an assigned off-street parking space. In instances where the resident is not the registered owner of the vehicle, but is the principal operator, the owner must sign an affidavit declaring possession of that vehicle.
Persons driving corporate vehicles must provide proof of employment with the corporation or ownership of the corporation. An employment contract, a letter on corporate letterhead signed by an official of the company, shareholder agreement, business card, etc. are all acceptable forms of documentation.

For more information about RPP permits, contact Parking Services at 306-975-2400.

City of Saskatoon Residential Parking Program webpage.

Reconciliation Artwork Unveiling

On behalf of the Saskatoon Tribal Council and the City of Saskatoon, you are invited to attend the upcoming unveiling event for the Where Our Paths Cross Reconciliation Commemorative Artwork, “The Coming Spring,” on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Victoria Park (Spading Crescent West, between Ave D and Ave E).

Unveiling Event
6:30 AM – 8:30 AM Pipe ceremony
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Coffee and bannock
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Unveiling Ceremony


“The Coming Spring,” by Canadian artist, Gordon Reeve, was commissioned by the Saskatoon Tribal Council and the City of Saskatoon, with funding from the Government of Canada. Its creation is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, No. 79: educating and creating a sense of shared awakening.

Cool off this summer!

Paddling Pools, Spray Pads and Outdoor Pools – cool off this summer!

Summer Spray Pads will open for the season on Friday, June 1st, and will be operational daily from 10 am to 8 pm. All spray pads are activated by push buttons located near the spray features. Please note that spray pad sites located on or near school grounds have timers and are set to turn spray features off during recess and lunch breaks. Shut-off times will vary according to individual school schedules.

To find a spray pad location near you, please visit www.saskatoon.ca/spraypads or call 306-975-3378.

The outdoor pools will open the following dates:
Riversdale Pool – June 10th
Lathey Pool and– June 13th
George Ward Pool – June 19th
Mayfair Pool – June 18th

National Aboriginal Day 2018

National Aboriginal Day – Thursday, June 21st
You are invited to join the 3rd annual ‘Rock Your Roots’ Walk for Reconciliation on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

This year, the theme is “Planting the Seed”. By walking together, we plant the seeds of reconciliation – honouring survivors and answering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action as we grow a more inclusive community.

Starting at 9:30 a.m. at Victoria Park, the Rock Your Roots walk will feature a variety of traditional and multicultural dances, music and performances along the way.

The walk culminates at 11:30 a.m. joining National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations hosted by the Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre including lunch, special guest speakers, entertainment and fun for all the family!

NEW #808 Bus Route

Saskatoon Transit is piloting a new bus route that will improve access to many medical and health facilities throughout the city. Route 808 will run on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. starting June 1, 2018.

It will service the following facilities every 45 minutes:

Bus Stop Number – Building
#5899 – City Hall
#3168 – Saskatoon Housing Authority
#5839 – RUH / Cancer Centre
#5838 – Field House
#5480 – Luther Tower
#4140 – Ronald McDonald House
#5865 – City Hospital
#3169 – Medical Arts Building

Route 808 will provide Access Transit customers with an alternative transportation option to attend medical and health appointments.

Use the Transit mobile app or route map to plan your trip.

If the pilot route is determined as successful based on customer feedback, it may become permanent.

City of Saskatoon page

Curbside Swap 2018

Saskatoon Curbside Swap
Have clean, usable stuff to give away? Want free stuff? Swap it!
Reduce the amount of garbage ending up in landfill by giving away your stuff to someone or find free stuff of your own. At a curbside swap, place your unwanted items in good condition on your property (next to the side walk or curb) and mark them as free for anyone to pick up or go out on a treasure hunt of your own to find what your neighbors are giving away for free.

Let’s SWAP it Saskatoon !!
Plan a curbside swap this summer or join the annual city-wide curbside event on September 08, 2018. Contact your Community Association to find out if a Curbside Swap is planned for your neighbourhood. Promote your event online on the Curbside Swap Facebook event page at Saskatoon City News. Check out the Curbside Swap Host Manual for information.

How you can Swap!
• Mark all your items free that you wish to give away.
• Do not put out items with potential safety hazards, for example weapons, chemicals, mattress infested with bedbugs, broken furniture or expired child car seats.
• Do not block traffic, sidewalks or place items on road.
• Do not trespass on other people’s property, block other people’s driveway or park illegally.
• Be in compliance with the Temporary Sign Bylaw No. 7491.
• Return unclaimed items into your homes by 6:00 p.m.

https://www.saskatoon.ca/services-residents/waste-recycling/recycling/saskatoon-curbside-swap

Saskatoon Pride Festival 2018

The Saskatoon Pride Festival, hosted by the Saskatoon Diversity Network (SDN), is an annual festival providing an accessible space in which to celebrate queerness, fostering community pride, and raising awareness of queer culture within the larger community. The Saskatoon Diversity Network (SDN) is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization which serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender, transsexual, inter-sex, two-spirit, queer, and questioning community, family, and supporters. We exist to raise awareness of queer community and culture by facilitating, organizing, promoting, and presenting a queer pride festival.

The SDN cultivates community support and partnership within and outside of the queer community; we encourage and promote involvement in SDN, the festival, and the queer community by individuals and organizations. SDN is committed to a network of pride organizations on a regional, national, and international level.

SDN values professionalism, accountability, and transparency in its operations. SDN is non-discriminatory; we embrace LGBTTI2QQ people of all races, cultures, ages, sizes, abilities, sexes, genders, orientations, relationships, economic groups, and affiliations. We acknowledge and value the contributions of all our volunteers, members, and supporters.


All events are open to the public
Check out http://saskatoonpride.ca/ for more event details.
JUNE 2 – OUT on the Green Golf Tournament
JUNE 3 – OUT in the Forest – Pride Tree Planting
JUNE 7 – LGBTQ2S Professional Women’s Breakfast
JUNE 9 – Drag Queen Story Time
JUNE 9 – Santiago High Tech Play
JUNE 10 – Family Swim
JUNE 11 – Flag Raising, TIGHT & BRIGHT – Ryde takes on DIVAS, and Queer-O-Rama
JUNE 12 – Gaymer Pride
JUNE 14 – Out at the ROXY
JUNE 15 – Live in Colour Fashion Show
JUNE 16 – Rejoining the Circle – Saskatoon’s First Two-Spirit Powwow, and Back to Your Roots- 55+ Event
JUNE 17 – Family Day Carnival – OUT & Wild, OUT on the River and, Overboard – After Boat Party
JUNE 18 – Wes Funk Memorial Pride Latte
JUNE 20 – Drag Queen Bingo
JUNE 22 – Mainstage & Market
JUNE 23 – Pride Parade and Gurls! Ladies’ Night
JUNE 24 – Detox Pool Party

Household Hazardous Waste Days

Household Hazardous Waste Days 2018

Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are the discarded, unused or leftover portion of household products containing chemicals that can cause illness or death to people, plants and animals. These products are often labeled CAUTION, WARNING, CORROSIVE, EXPLOSIVE, FLAMMABLE, POISONOUS or TOXIC. Common household hazardous wastes include aerosols, cleaning solvents, oils, paints, pesticides and batteries. These and many other types of hazardous materials should not be put in your garbage or recycling bins, dumped on the ground or poured down the drain.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days run from 8:00am to 2:30 pm at SaskTel Centre on designated dates. This year, events will be held on:
• May 27 (Sunday)
• June 16
• July 14
• August 18
• September 8
• October 28 (Sunday)
• November 17

Older Adult Awareness Day

World Older Adult Abuse Awareness Day [WOAAD] Workshop 2018
Hosted by the Saskatoon Council on Aging

Older adults are frequently the target of frauds and scams. Financial abuse is the most common type of elder abuse.

Topics include:
Frauds and scams: Saskatoon Police Service will speak on various types of scams such as door to door, technology, credit cards, mail, phone and how to protect against these threats.
Financial Management: Conexus, Investors Group and Cheryl Kloppenburg will speak on preventing financial abuse and protecting independence. Topics include such as reverse mortgages, estate planning, power of attorney, joint accounts et cetera

Presentations followed by a wellness break and general discussion.

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:30 a.m. to noon
Location: McClure United Church, 4025 Taylor Street East
Cost: $10 registration, phone SCOA 306-652-2255
Refreshments will be provided.

www.scoa.ca