Category Archives: VVCA News & Events

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YAS 2020 Basketball Camps

FREE Youth Basketball Camps.
During July and August.
Camps in Regina or Saskatoon.

Instructed by Professional “A” certified teachers who are highly accomplished basketball coaches. Separated age and ability sub-grouping for every level from introductory to basics to fundamentals to developing to advanced.

Everyone invited and welcome.

Request more details by email.

Pelican Watch 2020

From Meewasin:

With the warming temperatures outside, we can’t help but have spring on the mind! It is always a bittersweet time of year at Meewasin, since it means the closing of the Meewasin rink for the season; but also means the launch of our Spring programs – including Pelican Watch!

Saskatoon residents have special visitors each summer. April through October, pelicans gather by the weir to fish. These birds, once on the endangered species list, have been a beautiful sight on the South Saskatchewan River since the late 1970s. For Saskatoon residents, their arrival is a harbinger of spring.

The contest
Guess the arrival of the first pelican to land at the weir for a chance to win a $500 prize pack, with a special pizza party for the youth winner’s whole class!

Follow along on our Facebook event page for fun facts about pelicans all month, and feel free to share the page on any of your social media pages!

While you’re at it, why not enter now!

Good luck and happy (almost) spring!

Rink Raffle

The outdoor skating rink at Brunskill School – operated and maintained by the VVCA – has seen better days. Repairs and upgrades are needed on the boards and netting around the rink. Volunteers on the board and community are keen on doing the work, but they just need the supplies.

In order to help finance the costs, the VVCA is holding a Raffle in support of the Brunskill Rink Renovation Project.

Grand Prize: $1500 Cash
2nd Prize: Crew Rowhouse Gym 12 classes pass (worth $225) plus $200 Cash
3rd Prize: All in the Wild Art Gallery $175 Gift Certificate plus $200 Cash
4th Prize: d’Lish by Tish $50 gift card
5th Prize: d’Lish by Tish $50 gift card
6th Prize: d’Lish by Tish $50 gift card
7th Prize: d’Lish by Tish $50 gift card

3 tickets for $10 OR 1 for $5
DRAW DATE: June 12, 2020
License# SR19-4423

Thank you very much to our prize sponsors!
Crew Rowhouse Gym, 341 20th Steet West, Saskatoon, 306-241-8878
All in the Wild Art Gallery, 1011 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon, 306-933-4430 (BONUS: there is a 10% off coupon for All in the Wild on the back of your ticket!)
d’Lish by Tish Cafe, 702A 14th Street East, Saskatoon, (306) 652-5483

Interested in tickets? Talk to any board member or email and we will try to help you out.

City of Saskatoon Spring Break Camps

Community Recreation has revamped the Spring Play Programs for 2020. The sessions are intended to engage children and youth in physical activities while developing new and improved skills. All equipment is provided. All programs are free to participate in and are intended for ages 10-14. All programs are led by qualified instructors. Participants must register in advance. For more information call 306-975-3378.

Session Details: April 14 from 9:00am-12:00pm, Cosmo Civic Centre Gymnasium (3130 Laurier Drive)
Registration Code: CD2380-01
MMA/Anti Bullying
Session Details: April 14 from 1:00pm-4:00pm, Cosmo Civic Centre Gymnasium (3130 Laurier Drive)
Registration Code: CD2380-01
Session Details: April 15 from 9:00am-12:00pm, Cosmo Civic Centre Gymnasium (3130 Laurier Drive)
Registration Code: CD2380-03
– 1st Session Details: April 15 from 1:00pm-4:00pm, Canadian Bowling Centre (217 Fairmount Drive)
Registration Code: CD2380-04
– 2nd Session Details: April 16 from 1:00pm-4:00pm, Canadian Bowling Centre (217 Fairmount Drive)
Registration Code: CD2380-06

The Big Shred 2020

The Big Shred set for May 2 is cancelled in order to minimize the threat of the corona virus pandemic.

On Saturday, May 2 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 trucks’ shredders! Quickly destroy old bank and utility statements, tax returns (2013 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 enhancing seniors’ living at Amy McClure House, a licensed intermediate care assisted living facility at McClure.  Protect your family by removing that unwanted . . . yet personal paper!

Bike Lane Open House

March Open Houses

14th Street East Corridor
Open house to discuss a bike lane along 14th Street from Cumberland to Sask Cres.

  • present general information to the public regarding active transportation and neighbourhood bikeways;
  • provide participants an opportunity to discuss concerns, considerations and possible improvements regarding all forms of transportation in their area; and
  • to help inform the neighbourhood bikeway designs that will be specifically tailored for each corridor’s transportation needs.

Neighbourhood Bikeways Project.
Wednesday, March 4
7-9 pm (come & go format)
Emmanuel Anglican Church. 609 Dufferin Ave.

May Open Houses

The objectives of the second phase of public engagement open houses, occurring in May (dates to be determined), will be:

  • present the neighbourhood bike designs;
  • communicate how previous public input informed the designs;
  • collect public feedback on the designs to help prioritize the projects; and
  • summarize public feedback on the designs for the final report to City Council.

At the completion of each phase, summaries of the engagements will be added to the Engage page.

Jane’s Walk 2020

Jane’s Walk Saskatoon
May 1st, 2nd and 3rd 2020

20 free walks will be posted by mid April on the website with starting location, time and date.

General Description: Jane’s Walk in Saskatoon explores a wide range of our city’s landscapes from quirky hideaways and hot button issues to cultural and historical stories. Volunteers lead the group sharing the story they are passionate about while encouraging dialogue.  Each of the 20 unique walks take an hour, run throughout the weekend, and are free.  Participants just show up.

Join the thousands of people who take part in a Jane’s Walk now in 212 cities world wide, inspired by the urban activist Jane Jacobs.  She knew “vital cities are not helpless to combat even the most difficult problems” and so encouraged people to deeply know the neighbourhoods by walking their city. 

Used Bike Sale and Expo

When: May 9, 2020  9 am -3 pm (Sale and Expo)
Set up: May 8 6:30-9:00 pm
Where: Brunskill School

Do you have bikes in reasonable condition taking up space in your garage?Give them a second wind. We will be accepting donated bikes and accessories that are in a reasonable condition, and will also be selling bikes on commission. The Bike Expo will feature many local groups, businesses, and individuals who want to show everything bike related.

We will definitely need volunteers. If you can help with set-up the night before (May 8) or the Sale and Expo (May 9). please email Cathy Watts  Thank you.

Clarence Ave Water Main Replacement

Water Main and Lead Connection Replacement Project – Public Information Session Invitation

Earlier you were notified that during the 2020 construction season the City will be completing a water main and lead connection replacement project on Clarence Avenue between College Drive and 8th Street and on Aird Street between Clarence Avenue and Munroe Avenue. Since this notification, we have also added additional locations to this project which include:

  • Temperance Street from Clarence Avenue to Wiggins Avenue South;
  • The back lane of Aird Street and Temperance Street from Munroe Avenue to Wiggins Avenue South;
  •  Munroe Avenue from Temperance Street to Aird Street.

The water main and lead connection replacement project scheduled in your neighbourhood this construction season will include the following improvements and will occur in phases in order to minimize the disruptions to residents:

  • Replacement of water mains;
  •  Lead connection replacements;
  • Restoration of roadways, resulting in smooth, ‘like new’ road surfaces; 
  • Rehabilitation of sidewalks.

For a detailed overview on the project and to have your questions answered, you are invited to attend a come and go public information session:
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Albert Community Centre
610 Clarence Avenue
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

You are also encouraged to sign up to receive updates prior to and during the project. To sign up, please e-mail and provide your name, address and contact information.

SCOA Caregiver Forum

“Looking Back—Moving Forward” Caregiver Forum

DATE: Friday, March 20, 2020
TIME: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
WHERE: Circle Drive Alliance Church (3035 Preston Ave. S.)
Tickets: $20 (must pay in advance) (includes lunch & light refreshments)
Phone 306-652–2255 to register

FREE Caregiver Presentations during Caregiver Week
Call Saskatoon Council on Aging at 306-652-2255 to register

Monday, March 16
Caregiver Workshop
“Self-care and coping with caregiving”
Presented by USask nursing students
Preston Park 1 (114 Armistice Way)
TIME: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17
Caregiver Workshop
“Building a self-care community”
Presented by USask nursing students and Rainbow 50+
St Thomas Wesley United Church basement (corner of 20th & Ave. H)
TIME: 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18
Provincial Electronic Health Record Presentation
Technology is changing the way Canadians experience care. In this presentation, Dr. Tracie Risling from the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan will share some of the research that her team has done on electronic health records. Learn more about how these systems work, what kind of health information is in this record, and how you can get signed up. At the end of the program, the library will present on resources for caregivers. Alice Turner Branch Library (110 Nelson Road)
TIME: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Saskatoon Council on Aging
2020 College Dr.
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2W4
Phone: 306.652.4411
Fax: 306.652.7525