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Urban Gardening Presentation

May 4, Free Public Urban Gardening Presentation

Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces
Come and learn about growing your own food without pesticides at this free, public event presented by Sandra Schweder, Urban Ag Coordinator at CHEP Good Food Inc, with support from the Steep Hill Food Co-operative and the Nutana Community Association Community Gardens. 
Join us in learning how to make the most of the space you have, including container and vertical gardening, and improving soil quality. 

Saturday, May 4 from 9 to 11 am 
Location:
Brainsport: 616 10th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7H 0G9 – the Community Room.   

School Break Camps

Get active during the Easter break! Six FREE camps in three days offer and opportunity to learn new activities from qualified instructors. Bring a water bottle and snack. Ages 10-14. Co-ed.

Dodgeball
April 23, 9AM – 12 PM
Cosmo Civic Centre, 3130 Laurier Drive
Registration code: CD2380-01

Cricket
April 23, 1 PM – 4 PM
Cosmo Civic Centre, 3130 Laurier Drive
Registration code: CD2380-02

Kickboxing
April 24, 9 AM – 12 PM
Cosmo Civic Centre, 3130 Laurier Drive
Registration code: CD2380-03

Tennis
April 24, 1 PM – 4 PM
Lakewood Indoor Tennis Centre, 1635 McKercher Drive
Registration code: CD2380-04

Water Polo
April 25, 9 AM – 12 PM
Shaw Centre, 110 Bowit Crescent
Registration code: CD2380-05

Intro to Drama
April 25, 1 PM – 4 PM
Cosmo Civic Centre, 3130 Laurier Drive
Registration code: CD2380-06

For more information call 306-975-3378.
Register online at leisureonline.saskatoon.ca or call or visit any Leisure Centre.

Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Days
Spring has sprung, and as residents begin their spring clean-up and purge, we urge them to put their waste in the right place. This includes disposing of their Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) material safely, and keeping it out of the landfill and other waste streams.

The City of Saskatoon and GFL Environmental are hosting Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop-off Days at a new location for the 2019 season, starting Sunday, April 7.

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days
April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 11, September 8, October 6, November 3
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

NEW LOCATION:
City of Saskatoon Civic Operations Centre
57 Valley Road (see map)

For more information visit saskatoon.ca/hazardouswaste

Swim and Play Day Camp

New! Swim & Play Day Camp 7-12 yrs.

A perfect 1-day camp for kids who like to have fun and keep active. Participants will spend the morning playing a variety of sports including soccer, Frisbee, tag and more. In the afternoon they will enjoy the waves at Lawson Civic Centre pool followed by board games until pick up. Lunch will be provided.
Lawson Civic Centre
Friday, May 17 2019, 09:00 AM-04:00 PM
FREE
Register online at https://www.saskatoon.ca/parks-recreation-attractions/recreational-activitiesfitness/registered-programs using registration code: CD2635-01

Campsite Reservations Open April 2 2019

Campsite reservations for the 2019 season kick off on Tuesday, April 2 with seasonal bookings.

For the first time, seasonal campsites will be booked on the new online reservation system.  Due to high demand for these sites, a queuing system will be used to ensure a fair process.

Reservations for seasonal campsites open Tuesday, April 2 at 7 a.m.  Reservations open at 7 a.m. on April 4 for group camping sites, and April 8 to 18 for nightly sites.

With the newly upgraded online reservation system, available at https://saskparks.goingtocamp.com, all campers need to create a new account.

More information can be found here.

YAS Summer Basketball Camps

YAS 2019 FREE CAMPS
In addition to its regular main weekly all-day summer camps, YAS is pleased to invite every Saskatchewan youth to one of its no-frills camps free of charge in Regina or Saskatoon during early July, 2019 as follows:

Dates, Locations and Times:
– July 2 (Tuesday) to July 5 (Friday)
– in Regina at Monseigneur de Laval South Campus Gym, 1601 Cowan Crescent
– in Saskatoon at the Cosmo Civic Centre Gym, 3130 Laurier Drive
– ages as of June 30, 2019
– Under Age 10 Co-Ed 8:30 am to 11:30 am
– Under Age 12 Co-Ed 8:30 am to 11:30 am
– Under Age 14 Co-Ed 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
– Under Age 16 Co-Ed 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Features:
– courtesy early drop-off supervision starting at 8:00 am daily
– 12 hours of instruction and competitions (3 hours a day)
– youths experience a small sampling of YAS regular camp
– equipment supplied by YAS (i.e. basketballs, game vests, etc.)

Pre-Register:
– number of registrations limited
– deadline for pre-registration is June 24, 5:00 pm
– pre-register by email to info@yas.ca
– state this information:
Youth(s) Name Youth(s) Age as of June 30, 2019
Age Level Registered For: U 10, U 12, U 14, U 16
Parent or Guardian Name Parent or Guardian Email Address
Parent or Guardian Telephone number(s)
Parent or Guardian Canada Post Address

Expectations:
(a) These free camps are for youths who either will be attending one or more YAS 2019 regular main camp(s) or will not be attending any sports schools or camps at all other than YAS during July and August 2019 (i.e. no non-YAS basketball, no volleyball, no soccer, no hockey, no ringette, no football, etc.),
(b) We expect every youth enrolled in a free camp to remain at camp from start time to finish time every camp day including Friday, and
(c) These camps will fill up soon and we do not keep waiting lists, so we strongly urge those who register to be absolutely sure that they will attend every camp day, with no possibility that they will withdraw or not show up. Thank you.


What each Youth will receive at a YAS 2019 Regular Main Camp
An award-winning 30 to 35 hours of our “quick and smart” skills development program developed by and headed by professional “A” certified teachers who are also highly-accomplished basketball coaches who know how to make learning rewarding and FUN.
Small group and individualized attention for each youth due to narrow age ranges of camps (2 years), low youth to staff ratios, and a maximum 24 youths in the age group.
A wide range of weekly camps’ choices throughout July and August.
Air conditioned gyms.
Lots of free parking near the gyms.
Use of state-of-the-art leather basketballs all day every day supplied by Wilson Sports. The same basketballs used for games in the NCAA “March Madness” Tournament. YAS owns 350 NCAA Wilson basketballs in official sizes (7, 6 and 5). Youths do not have to bring their own basketballs.
Daily nutrition motivational mini-lessons (10 minutes) taught by sports nutrition experts.
A multi-screened numbered camp jersey immediately upon their registration.
Upon graduation from camp, a special-grip shot-development basketball to keep.
Upon graduation from camp, a Young Athlete Saskatchewan graduation medallion.
Upon graduation from a camp, a special invitation to return to YAS on Friday evening and Saturday morning and afternoon August 23 and 24 (or Saturday only) to be placed on a team for the popular IRONMAN Tournament. The “Ironman” will be two age-class tournaments at the same time, U 16 and U 13, in which every player will be placed on a balanced team to play equally in 8 games with 2/3 floor time in each game. Every player will received a medallion for finishing the Ironman Tournament as: FINALIST, CONSOLATION WINNER, or CHAMPION.

To view all 32 camp choices, visit: www.yas.ca and click on the “YAS 2019 Main Camp Brochure” link. We look forward to every call, and question at (306) 585 – 2020 in Regina or (306) 242 – 2425 in Saskatoon.

VV Community Clean Up 2019

VVCA ANNUAL NEIGHBOURHOOD CLEAN UP

WHEN: Saturday June 8, 2019, 8:30am
WHERE: Brunskill School Parking lot (101 Wiggins Avenue)
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 neighbourhood 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 June 8th, 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.

MVA: College & Clarence Condo Meeting

MEEWASIN VALLEY AUTHORITY Public Meeting
Friday May 3, 2019

NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!
NOON

At this public meeting, MVA will review the proposed College Drive & Clarence Avenue Condo development.

The public is welcome to attend and make a presentation related to the proposal, limited to 5 minutes. Registration for public presentations must be made by NOON, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Written submissions will also be accepted if received prior to the deadline.

The meeting will be held at the MVA offices, 402 – 3rd Avenue South, MVA Boardroom.

For more information, please contact the Manager of Planning & Construction at 306.665.6887.

SREDA Growth Strategy Survey

Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) is working to create Saskatoon’s first-ever economic growth strategy in collaboration with the City of Saskatoon and other organizations in the city. They would like to gain insights from a wide variety of leaders and community members alike on what they envision for the economic future of Saskatoon.

Your survey response will help shape the strategy and ultimately the economic future of Saskatoon! This survey should take you approximately 10 minutes and your responses will be completely anonymous.

The more feedback we get, the more well-rounded this strategy can be! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/growingyxe

What park project next?

What park project do we tackle next?

VVCA is asking for community feedback and ideas on parks and facilities in the Varsity View and Grosvenor Park neighbourhoods. With the Raoul Wallenberg park enhancement nearly complete and Albert Rec Unit hopefully beginning construction in fall of 2019, our major initiatives are wrapping up.

So, what’s next? We have been thinking about Albert Oulton Park (corner of Cumberland Avenue and 12th Street/Garrison Crescent), or Cumberland Park (Cumberland Avenue and 8th Street), or continue to further enhance Raoul Wallenberg Park (Munroe Avenue and 10th Street).

Google map of neighbourhood

Are there other parks or areas that need some love and attention? What should we accomplish in these (or other) areas? More benches? Bicycle racks? Games tables? Exercise equipment? Public art? Something else?

Feel free to email your ideas to the VVCA President, or find us at any community function to discuss your thoughts. Come out to the VVCA Summer BBQ on June 2 2019 in Raoul Wallenberg Park and chat with us. We’d love to get your input!

Big Shred 2019

On Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 9 am – 12 noon, bring your old paper to the ‘Big Shred’ in the parking lot of McClure United Church at 4025 Taylor St. (at McKercher)!

Protect against personal identity theft as your old documents go into the Shred-It company truck’s shredders! Quickly destroy old bank and utility statements, tax returns (2012 and earlier), old files, outdated documents, etc. The service is by donation (suggested $10 per paper box, or $5 per shopping bag) to assist the McClure Place Foundation in paying off the new therapeutic tub for residents at Amy McClure House, a licensed intermediate care assisted living facility at McClure.

Protect your family by removing that unwanted … yet personal paper! (Note: In 2018, more than 16,300 pounds of paper was safely shredded in three hours!)

Gutsy Walk 2019

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Gutsy Walk is Canada’s largest community fundraiser for Crohn’s and colitis. Every walk is fun-filled, family-friendly, and non-competitive. Participants can walk any distance they’re comfortable with. In Saskatoon; we walk approximately 5 km at Meewasin Park. We’ve got live entertainment on stage by some great local bands, and a fantastic BBQ in addition to the camaraderie of about 500 fellow Gutsy Walkers along the walk route.

If you can’t make it to the Gutsy Walk, you can still support the cause by making a donation to the event, a team,or an individual walker. With your support, cures are only steps away. We hope to see you on June 2, 2019 at Meewasin Park! Time and details are at www.gutsywalk.ca.

NatureCity Festival 2019

May 21 – 26 2019
Spring is coming and we are looking forward to growing wild things with you this NatureCity Festival – with over 50 event hosts last year, it’s time to begin planning our celebration – with the launch of a new website!

Submissions Now Open!
What can grow wild this May in Saskatoon? Celebrate citizen science, wild places and our furry, feathered and finned neighbours – we are here early this spring to help you organize and run your event for NatureCity Festival 2019 with our new Event Host Guide. Be part of the growing excitement!

Submit Your Event Now

This year’s festival theme is “I Spy With My Wild Eye”. How can you be a citizen scientist?