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Spotlight on Seniors

Now in its 20th year, Spotlight on Seniors is a one stop show for active aging for baby boomers, older adults and caregivers.

Over 70 exhibits provide information on healthcare, housing, recreation, travel and finances. Enjoy non-stop entertainment and activity with Bridge City Cloggers, Free Flow Dance Studio, fitness demos with Forever in motion, urban poling and much more!

When: October 1, 2019 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: TCU Place, Saskatoon
Admission: $10 at the door
Hosted by the Saskatoon Council on Aging and TCU Place.
For information phone 306-652-2255 or visit

Saskatoon Council on Aging [SCOA]
Temporary Location:
From June 17, 2019 to September 13, 2019 our office will be located at the Community Health Centre at Market Mall – phone # and email stay the same, 306.652.2255

Chalk Mural Record

Have you heard?! On August 31st 2019, Meewasin is attempting to make history by setting a new world record for the longest chalk mural right in Saskatoon on the Meewasin Trails, and we need your help!

In order to break the world record, the whole mural must reflect a ‘Meewasin Valley’ theme. This can include anything relating to the natural world (plants, animals, insects, weather) or to things you see around the trails (the Bessborough, buildings, etc.) will count!

We are getting participants to register so we can ensure there are enough people at each of the stations. There is no experience necessary to be a chalker, which you can register for here

We are also looking for volunteer coordinators to help with getting the chalkers set up. You can register to volunteer here

More information about the event and sponsors can be found at our website page here or on our Facebook event page here

This will be a fun community event, meant to bring people to the outdoors, and to work together to accomplish breaking a record while creating beautiful art on the trails!

Use the Hashtag #MeewasinRecord on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter leading up to, after, or at the event to get your name entered to win a prize pack! (Winner announced September 6th 2019)

Spread the word, bring family, friends, and be part of history!

Refinery classes

Emmanuel Refinery is excited to announce the upcoming fall classes being offered at The Refinery!  We have so many wonderful facilitators leading unique classes for both adults and youth.

Attached is a poster, listing classes and workshops that shape our fall  term.  Full class descriptions and details can be found online at
Please register for our classes:  Online at, or by phone (306) 653-3549.

If you have any questions about our programs or our facility, please contact The Refinery office, we are happy to help.  We look forward to welcoming you to our creative and vibrant space this fall!

Learn Latin Dance

The Latin Dance Academy is a local Latin Dance Studio situated in the Exhibition area of this great city.

They offer classes in Latin American dance rhythms to children and adults at competitive price that are always in popular demand. They are community minded and participate and collaborate with associations and non – profits throughout the city to foster friendship and community building.


Little Stone Schoolhouse Open House

From August 8th-10th, the Little Stone Schoolhouse will open its doors to visitors! Come visit and admire Saskatoon’s first public schoolhouse. The Little Stone Schoolhouse will be open from 1-4 pm each day with staff on hand to answer any questions and provide context to the building’s rich history.

Located just off College Drive (use the Hospital Drive turnoff) on the University of Saskatchewan.

VVCA Fall Programs

Registration is Thursday, September 5 AND Tuesday, September 10, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Brunskill School, Multi-Purpose Room, 101 Wiggins Avenue North.

A membership fee of $10/individual OR $20/family per year is required to participate in programs and must be presented at the time of registration. A fee of $10 will apply to late registrations. Varsity View Community Association honours other community association memberships.

In an effort to ensure everyone who wants to particpate can, cost-as-a-barrier assistance is available for those facing hardships. To inquire, please contact Barb ( or inquire with any volunteer on registration night. All inquiries are confidential.

See the Program listing here.

Neighbourhood Detour Party

Grosvenor Park United Church POP-UP PROGRAM presents:

This coming Saturday July 27 we’re having a big party out on the lawn of the Grosvenor Park United Church! There’s difficult traffic nearby, and we’ve all experienced inconvenient construction, so we’re taking advantage of this opportunity to have a party! We’ll have food, music, games, and more. It’s completely free, everyone and anyone from Saskatoon is welcome.

407 Cumberland Ave. S. (corner of 14th Street and Cumberland Ave.)
Saturday July 27, 5:00 PM

Senior Hub Clubs

Your Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Clubs (SNHC). Now in 5 locations! 

Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Clubs are an age-friendly initiative of the Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA). The Hub Clubs promote social participation, a key aspect of an age-friendly city.

  • Open to independent seniors living city wide
  • Free programs and refreshments
  • Programs run monthly 1:30 pm – 4 pm
  • Forever in motion exercises
  • Blood Pressure Clinics
  • “Ask a Pharmacist” station

Mayfair Hub Club, 902 33rd Street W.
3rd Thursday of each month (September – April)
1:30 PM – 4:00 pm

Eastview Hub Club, Royal Canadian Legion, 3021 Louise St.
4th Tuesday of each month (September – May)
1:30 PM – 4:00 pm

St. Martin’s Hub Club, St. Martin’s United Church, 2617 Clarence Ave. S.
3rd Tuesday of each month (September – May)
1:30 PM – 4:00 pm

Silverwood Hub Club, F.G. Community Church, 102 Goerzen Street
2nd Thursday of each month (October – May)
1:30 PM – 4:00 pm

Open Door Hub Club, House for all Nations, 501 Ave. W South
1st Wednesday of each month (September – May)
1:30 PM – 4:00 pm

More details on Saskatoon Council on Aging website.

Drop-In Soccer

12th Annual KIDS IN THE PARK Drop-in Soccer Program.

WHAT: Drop-in Soccer program FREE for any age and gender
WHEN: All summer long Monday to Friday from July 2 to August 22 during the day.
WHERE: Travels city-wide to 45 City of Saskatoon Summer Playground Sites. Visit the website below for a complete schedule including dates, times and site addresses.

Nutana: Albert Park, Paddling Pool, 508 Clarence Avenue
Thurs Jul 4, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tues Jul 16, 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Tues Jul 23, 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Mon Aug 12, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Greystone Heights: Greystone Heights Park Paddling Pool, 2711 Main St
Tues Jul 16, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tues Jul 23, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mon Jul 29, 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Tues Aug 13, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wed Aug 14, 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Tues Aug 20, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Wed Aug 21, 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

SUM Theatre 2019

The Young Ones
July 2 – 25, 2019
In 24 different parks around Saskatoon.  Free for everyone!

The earth is in a terrible way. The sun is too hot. The land is too dry. But the Young Ones are looking for hope. . .

Dates and Parks Hosting SUM Theatre this summer:

  1. July 2 Chief Darcy Bear Park at 7:00pm
  2. July 3 Churchill Park at 7:00pm
  3. July 4 AH Browne Park at 1:00pm and at 7:00pm
  4. July 5 Wilson Park at 7:00pm
  5. July 7 Grosvenor Park at 2:00pm
  6. July 7 Anita Langford Park at 7:00pm
  7. July 8 Robert Hunter Park West at 7:00pm
  8. July 9 Swick Park at 7:00pm
  9. July 10 Pleasant Hill Park at 7:00pm
  10. July 11 GD Archibald Park West at 1:00pm and at 7:00pm
  11. July 12 Mount Royal Park (Nut Free Performance) at 7:00pm
  12. July 14 Alexander MacGillivray Young Park at 2:00pm
  13. July 14 Wallace Park at 7:00pm
  14. July 15 Ashworth Holmes Park at 7:00pm
  15. July 16 Les Kerr Park at 7:00pm
  16. July 17 Herbert S. Sears Park at 7:00pm
  17. July 18 Optimist Park at 1:00pm and at 7:00pm
  18. July 19 Wildwood Park at 7:00pm
  19. July 21 Parc Canada Park at 2:00pm
  20. July 21 Buena Vista Park at 7:00pm
  21. July 22 Exhibition Park at 7:00pm
  22. July 23 W.J.L. Harvey North Park at 7:00pm
  23. July 24 Sidney L. Buckwold Park at 7:00pm
  24. July 25 Silverspring Park at 7:00pm
  25. July 27 The Landing at Grasslands, Regina at 7:00pm
  26. July 28 The Landing at Grasslands, Regina at 2:00pm

RPP Open House

Residential Parking Program Review
Varsity View Open House

The City established the Residential Parking Program (RPP) Bylaw in 1999 in response to parking concerns in residential areas that experience significant on-street parking congestion.
The program designates certain streets as Residential Parking Zones which limit non-resident parking to a short period of time. 

With the rapid growth of the city in recent years, demand for on-street parking has increased.  A comprehensive review of the RPP is required to identify revisions to the bylaw that will better address current needs and pressures.

We invite you to provide your input in the following ways:
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
4 to 8 p.m.
Albert Community Centre, 610 Clarence Ave. S.
Come & Go Format

RPP Online Survey
Survey closes Sunday, June 30, 2019

Send your feedback to

For more information on the RPP Review, please visit

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Summer BBQ

VVCA Summer BBQ & Park Fundraiser

Sunday, June 2, 2019
12:00 NOON – 4:00 PM
Raoul Wallenberg Park, 10th St E & Munroe Ave.
• Balloon Guy
• Community BBQ
• Fun
• Families
• Reflexology Park Opening!

Garden Patch Workshops

Garden Patch 2019 Summer Workshop Series
FREE gardening workshops at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre’s Garden Patch. All workshops offer a transportation stipend to participants travelling by public transit. We will give $6 cash to cover the bus fare.

Compost: The Story of Soil
Tuesday, May 21
st as part of Nature City Festival
5:15-6:15 with the Saskatoon Compost Coaches
In this workshop, Saskatoon Compost Coach Lisa will go in depth about one of her favourite topics, soil! Come and learn some in depth information about soils, what goes on in them and how to keep them healthy.

Plant the Saskatoon Seed Library
Tuesday, May 21
st as part of Nature City Festival
6:30-8:00pm with the Saskatoon Seed Library
Our very own Saskatoon Seed Library will be planting this years heirloom crops and needs help. Come down to the Garden Patch to help plant a variety of heirloom vegetables. Packets of Seed Library seeds will be available for pick up this evening.

Chemical Free Gardening
 Wednesday, May 22
 5:00-7:00pm with Sara Williams
Horticulturalist Sara Williams will be hosting this workshop to discuss chemical free gardening. If you have any interest in managing your own gardens without synthetic additives, then this is the workshop for you. Sara will cover various methods and discuss some of the science behind them as well as the benefits of going chem-free. No mater the garden, ornamental or vegetable, this workshop will give you more of the tools you’ll need to be successful.

Reclaim Our Prairie
Thursday, May 23
rd as part of Nature City Festival
5:15-6:15pm with John Paul
Come join John Paul in the planting of a variety of native prairie plants in the Garden Patch. John Paul will discuss the importance of growing native species as well as some methods for successful production of these species.

Bees in the Garden
Thursday, May 23
rd as part of Nature City Festival
6:30-7:30pm with Jeff Boone & the Saskatoon Horticultural Society
Saskatoon city entomologist Jeff Boone will discuss the basics of urban beekeeping, providing both information for new beekeepers as well as helping answer questions for more experienced beekeepers. This workshop will also look into the importance of native bee species.

Bee Hotels
Saturday, May 25
th as part of Nature City Festival
3:00-4:00pm with Bee with Us
Join Bee with Us for an in depth discussion about native bees and their habitats. Help set up a bee hotel in the garden patch and learn all about creating your own bee friendly habitats and hotels in urban spaces.

Gardening in the Shade
Wednesday, May 29
5:30-7:00pm with Vanessa Young
The three basic requirements we learn about when growing plants are water, soil and sun, but what if you have a shady backyard? Join Vanessa Young in the Garden Patch as she discusses the plants and gardening methods to make even a shady backyard a green haven. Ask questions and take a look at our demonstration gardens for more ideas for your own yard space.

Container Gardening
Wednesday, June 5
th at the Askîy Project Garden (1202 Ave. L S.)
5:30-8:00pm with the Askîy Project
Urban gardening can be a challenge when space is limited or soils are in need of repair before they can be planted into. Join the Askîy Project interns as they discuss the ins-and-outs of container gardening. Learn about choosing the right container, the right soils, and the best plants to grow in containers. This workshop will be hosted at the Askîy garden, located at 1202 Ave L South.

Flower Gardening 101
Saturday, June 8
1:30-3:00pm with Vanessa Young
Flowers can add colour and beauty to any yard, come and learn about designing and maintaining your own flower garden. Master gardener Vanessa Young will introduce some of the most popular and best flowers to start out with. Ask questions and check out the Garden Patch’s demonstration gardens for ideas for your own garden space.

Saskatchewan’s Traditional Foods
Wednesday, June 12
5:30-7:00pm with Sandra Walker
Author of The Path to Wild Food: Edible Plants and Recipes for Canada, Sandra Walker, will be hosting a workshop all about the natural edible plants of Saskatchewan in this Garden Patch workshop. Come join Sandra as she introduces many of this land’s native foods, where to find them, and ways to eat them. Sandra will also have copies of her book available for purchase for $26.25.

Bokashi and Vermicomposting
Wednesday, June 19
5:30-7:00pm with the Saskatoon Compost Coaches
Composting is a fascinating topic with many methods. In this workshop, the Saskatoon Compost Coaches will guide you through the basics of both Bokashi and Vermicomposting. Come learn all about how to compost with meat & bones through fermentation and about composting with Red Wiggler worms.

Container Gardening
Wednesday, June 26
th at the Askîy Project Garden (1202 Ave. L S.)
5:30-8:00pm with the Askîy Project
Urban gardening can be a challenge when space is limited or soils are in need of repair before they can be planted into. Join the Askîy Project interns as they discuss the ins-and-outs of container gardening. Learn about choosing the right container, the right soils, and the best plants to grow in containers. This workshop will be hosted at the Askîy garden, located at 1202 Ave L South.

How to Save Tomato Seeds
Wednesday, August 7
5:30-8:00pm with the Saskatoon Seed Library
Join the Saskatoon Seed Library in the Garden Patch as they harvest their heirloom tomatoes and prepare the seeds for storage. This workshop will teach you everything you need to know about saving tomato seeds from any variety and the best methods for what you are doing. Questions about other vegetable seeds can be answered at this event, so bring your questions!

Annual Garden Patch Community Barbeque
Wednesday, August 14
3:00-7:00pm with the SFBLC & Garden Patch Staff
The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre and the Garden Patch welcomes you and your family to join us as we celebrate our annual Community BBQ! Join the Garden Patch staff for an afternoon of games, face painting, family activities and a free BBQ dinner. Everyone is welcome.

Hot Composting
Wednesday, August 21
5:30-7:00pm with the Saskatoon Compost Coaches
Hot composting is a quick & easy way to get through your compostable materials. With this method, you can more quickly turn over your piles and have more compost ready to use for your backyard. Come join the Saskatoon Compost Coaches in this workshop to learn all about hot composting.

Saving Wildflower Seeds
Wednesday, August 28
5:30-7:00pm with Blazing Star Seeds
Join Renny Grilz of Blazing Star Seeds in this workshop all about saving wild seeds. Learn about local wild species, where to find them and how to recognize if they’re ready to be harvested. This workshop will also teach you some of Blazing Star Seeds best tips and tricks for making the most out of your harvest.

Composting 101
Wednesday, September 11
5:30-7:00pm with the Saskatoon Compost Coaches
So you want to learn about compost. Join the Saskatoon Compost Coaches in this workshop to learn the basics of what composting is, how to compost, and why it is so important. Take a tour of the Garden Patch composting system and get a feel for what you can do once you become a composter too.

Harvest the Saskatoon Seed Library
Wednesday, September 18
5:30-8:00pm with the Saskatoon Seed Library
Join us in the Garden Patch to harvest this years Seed Library garden. We will harvest a variety of heirloom vegetables and teach you about saving seeds from your own garden. This activity is suitable for all ages.