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What You'll Find at Nuit Blanche Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   September 26, 2014 16:36

Nuit Blanche - a nighttime festival celebrating the artistic expression of light, sound, images, human movement - is the first of its kind in Saskatoon. Starting at 8pm on Saturday night, 20th Street will come alive with stunning artistic showcases by a great number of talented local artists. This is artistic collaboration at its finest, and is sure to become a staple festival in Saskatoon. Its also a great chance to enjoy the abundant food and drink options on 20th Street, such as Little Bird Patisserie & Cafe and Collective Coffee, among others. 

The event, sprawled across the four blocks of 20th Street between Idylwyld and Avenue E, features enough artistic installations to keep you entertained and inspired late into the night. Nuit Blanche is free, and fun for all ages. 

What a fantastic opportunity to experience a piece of the creativity and passion that drives our city, in such a unique setting. Grab your friends and head on down to Riversdale on Saturday to get in on the joy and excitement this event is sure to bring.

Tips for Good Driving

posted by Trusted    |   September 23, 2014 13:26

Locally owned and operated in Saskatoon, the professionals at Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting share a few tips on good practises for today's drivers.

Driving is a daily task for most of us, and staying safe on the road is important. Your car is also likely one of your largest investments, so taking care of it should just be common sense.

However, when you spend so much time in your car, it can be easy to overlook even the most basic safety and maintenance issues. These are great habits to get into so that your car will serve you well for years to come. Overlooking these simple tasks are some of the most common mistakes drivers make.

Check Your Oil Frequently 

Everybody who drives knows that cars need an oil change from time to time. However, many drivers really neglect this fact. They know what needs to be done, but they don't do it. Why?

While you might read that motor oil needs to be changed every 5,000 miles or so, the truth is that the only way to know how often you should be changing your oil is to follow the intervals recommended in the owner’s manual that came with your vehicle - and use the dipstick to see if the oil's color has darkened. Every car is different, and that's why owner's manuals exist.

Not changing your car’s oil frequently enough can cause harm. If you have a leak, just topping it up will work for a while, but you should really get it fixed if you want your car to work for any length of time. Engine repairs are among the most costly, so changing your oil on time just makes sense for your pocketbook. You can even keep an eye out for coupons to save money on car maintenance.

Replace Your Air Filter 

Most people simply don’t think about the air filter in their car unless they’re very interested in how a car works. In fact, some people don’t even realize that their car needs a filter. It does, and if your air filter is dirty and needs replacing, your car won’t perform at its best.

Over time, running your car with a dirty air filter can cause the engine to overheat, damaging other parts of your car and keeping it from running efficiently. The worst part is that replacing your air filter is an inexpensive repair, usually below $40, so having a dirty one damage your car for expensive repairs doesn't make sense at all.

Monitor Your Brake Pads 

Brake pads don’t really break, but they can easily become worn down over a period of time, making it more and more difficult to stop your vehicle. Eventually, that quick stop that keeps you from going past that red light or bumping into a car ahead of you just won’t be possible.

While there really is no ideal amount of time you need to wait between changing brake pads, many mechanics and car manufacturers recommend somewhere in the 20,000- to 25,000-mile range. The best time to have your brake pads checked is when you’re having your tires rotated or replaced, since they will be exposed and easily accessible. If the pads need replacing, do it on the spot if you can afford it, to avoid any unnecessary risk.

There are also a few warning signs of worn-down brakes to look for between checkups. You should head to a mechanic if you start hearing squealing when braking, or if it starts taking longer than usual to brake.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road 

Beyond maintenance, good habits while on the road are even more important. For a lot of people, the biggest driving distraction is using a smartphone to send text messages or make voice calls. There's also applying make-up, changing the radio or iPod playlist, and eating and drinking. Regardless of what your distraction is, stop it.

You might think you’re saving time, but doing too much while your eyes should be focused on the road can lead to catastrophe.

If you absolutely have to multitask on the road and make calls, you should consider investing in a vehicle with hands-free technology that allows you to dial, talk and answer calls with voice commands. Texting is something that you shouldn’t be doing in your vehicle. 

Maaco Saskatoon are Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body experts in collision repair and auto paint. We suggest you read what their happy customers have to say in their listing on Trusted Saskatoon. What can you expect when you deal with the professionals at Maaco Saskatoon? More than you thought! First, expect big cost savings and seamless quality repairs. A faster turnaround for your vehicle (on average 25% faster) and assistance dealing with insurance. You'll find Maaco quality at every price point - from a few hundred dollars to a thousand or more. It's up to you.

Visit Maaco's Spotlight Profile for contact details and to stay connected on social media. Maaco is always posting great tips and inspiration for car lovers. 

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Help Grow the Local Saskatoon Food Scene

posted by Elle    |   September 16, 2014 15:34

Not long ago, I wrote about a post about the importance of supporting locally owned and operated Saskatoon businesses. I thought I would revisit the subject with a slightly different focus- food. We all need it, and most of us seem to love it! So while we're buying it, I propose we all put some thought behind where our dollars are going, and how they can tremendously impact our local Saskatoon economy. Here are a few ways to ensure that your money spent on food is staying in our community. 

Support Locally Focused Restaurants.

This one is, in my opinion, one of the most enjoyable! A few restaurants in Saskatoon that focus on sourcing locally are Prairie Harvest Cafe, The Hollows, Leyda's, and Ayden Kitchen + Bar. Choosing to spend your money in support of a restaurant that sources its ingredients within the region, you're helping to sustain both the restaurant owner and the farmer. Not to mention, everyone employed by both. And, I don't think its a coincidence that the food at the restaurants mentioned is some of the best in the city. If you know of any other great Saskatoon restaurants with a local focus, let us know on Facebook

Shop at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market.

Supporting local farmers and producers is most easily done at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market, as many are congregated there on Saturdays (and to a lesser degree on Sundays). I enjoy exploring the entire market first, and then making my purchase decisions based on what's available. Not only is visiting the market fun, but local food is fresh, tastes great, and studies show that it fuels your body better than food grown outside of your region. I find that there's a huge difference between the taste of produce purchased at the market vs the grocery store. Even during the winter months, there is still much to be found at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market.

Buy from other local vendors. 

There are some great locally owned and operated bakeries, delis, and markets where the breadth of choice may be less than the Farmers' Market on a Saturday in the summer, but are great places to go for specialty ingredients year-round. Think Riversdale Deli, The Bulkcheese Warehouse, Earthbound Bakery, Ingredients, and Night Oven. And you don't have to stop at food! Local liquor and beer producers like LB Distillers, Paddock Wood, and Prairie Sun Brewery have got you covered. 

 

Get on board with a community supported agriculture program.

CSAs provide a great way to support local farmers and advocate for a sustainable food system in our city. CHEP is one in Saskatoon that I am familiar with. Through CHEP, you can purchase food boxes of varying sizes, containing fresh fruits and veggies that come from local producers. The contents of the food box vary by season and availability. Contact CHEP to find the pick-up depot closest to your neighbourhood. There are a few other CSA programs in Saskatoon and surrounding areas, and by doing a little research you can determine which one is right for you. 

The local food movement in Saskatoon is on the rise! If we as consumers continue to choose local when purchasing food, a sustainable food economy in our city will continue to grow. Even small purchases count, so don't feel overwhelmed. Trying different locally made food products, locally grown veggies, and locally-focused restaurants can also be a lot of fun (not to mention yummy!). Spread the local food love by tagging My Saskatoon in your Instagram photos @mysaskatoon, and don't forget to hashtag #eatlocalyxe and #mysaskatoon. 

Cardio Training Tips

posted by Trusted    |   September 15, 2014 14:18

Locally owned and operated in Saskatoon, Fitness Solutions is a sincere company with a straightforward vision: to provide you with the fitness tools to change your life. They believe that with a little help, every single person has the ability within themselves to achieve their fitness goals and that "fitness is not a destination, it's a way of life.".

Fitness Solutions, your Trusted Saskatoon Fitness & Fitness Equipment experts, share a tip on cardio training. 

Cardio refers to light-to-moderate intensity activities that are sufficiently supported by aerobic metabolism that can be performed for extended periods of time. Cardio equipment is used to condition your heart through aerobic workouts that involve increasing your heart-rate and blood-oxygen levels. There are a ton of different options when it comes to cardio equipment, but which cardio machine is best for you?

 

Treadmill

Treadmills enable the user to set up an exercise regime that can be adhered to irrespective of the weather. Their cushioned tread provides substantially lower impact training than running on outdoor surfaces and their variety of preset programs and user settings allow you to experience a comfortable and custom workout every time you set foot on your treadmill. Treadmills offer instant feedback on your speed, distance, time and calories burned, which most users find to be very useful.

Elliptical

Elliptical training is a low-impact form of exercise. Low-impact exercise means exercise that is less stressful on your back, hips and knees compared to activities like running on a treadmill. You only need to use muscular strength to propel an elliptical machine, which offers benefits for older people, pregnant women, recovering athletes and people who are new to exercising. Since elliptical training can exercise various lower-body and upper-body muscles, you won't have to spend as much extra time working those muscle groups after you work out on an elliptical. You may be able to get in a well-rounded workout on an elliptical machine in less time.

 

Bike

If you have a previous or current injury caused from a higher impact sport, or if you prefer a lower impact workout than an elliptical can provide, bikes (recumbent, upright or spin) and rowers are a popular alternative. Both offer unique preset programs and features, whether it’s a low, medium or high intensity workout you’re looking for, all with zero impact.

An exercise bike gives you a low-impact workout that simulates riding a bike outside. Exercise bikes may be perfect for your fitness needs if you want something that is convenient and easy to use. An exercise bike does not take up much space and can be used indoors, rain or shine. 

While an upright bike offers a more traditional ride, the recumbent bike eases back tension and increases lumbar support as you ride.

The spin bike is another popular and effective cardiovascular workout, taking the user to a whole new level of cycling. Some models are specifically designed for triathletes and cyclists who want to reach an increased performance level, while other stationary bikes are designed for the entry-level rider looking to experience indoor cycling for the first time. Many stationary bikes also come with features including the latest screen technology and software programs, giving riders the ability to watch and experience an interactive training workout.

 

Rowing Machine

Rowing is an excellent exercise for attaining maximum physical fitness. Much like rowing a boat on the water, a stationary rowing machine can help to build and tone muscles, strengthen cardiovascular function and increase stamina. Rowing machines are particularly effective for older fitness enthusiasts because there they place no strain on the back and joints.

Rowing invokes all the muscles of the body and trains them evenly. With little pressure on the joints, rowers work the legs, hips and buttocks with each stroke. They also use upper body muscles, strengthening the back, shoulders and arms. The trunk and core are engaged in the exercise as the rower performs each stroke. You can also adjust most rowing machines to create a tighter resistance to build muscle.

How can I get the best workout for my body?

As you might have guessed, incorporating both strength and cardiovascular training into your workouts will produce the best overall results.

Cardio workouts boost your blood-oxygen levels, which greatly aid your body’s performance in recreational activities like high intensity sports or even just walking up a few flights of stairs without being winded.

Strength training will complement your cardio by allowing your body to utilize more muscles without using as much effort, not to mention the multitude of positive effects that strength training has on your body and physical well-being.

Visit Fitness Solutions' impressive showroom, or shop online! We suggest you read what their happy clients had to say in their listing on Trusted Saskatoon. Trusted is proud to give Fitness Solutions the thumbs up!

Check out Fitness Solutions' Spotlight Profile for contact details and to stay connected on social media.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

posted by My Saskatoon    |   September 12, 2014 11:49

J&S Picture Frame Warehouse, locally owned and operated since 1978, offers unique, specialty services in framing, photo restoration, and printing. Sherry Morris, owner and principal designer, brings many years of experience to framing almost anything. She is an expert in the preservation and beautiful presentation of photography, artwork, and memorabilia.

We visited Sherry at her shop in Sutherland, where she shared with us the history of J&S, her evolving industry, and the unique products and services she and her staff provide.

 

You've been in business for over 30 years! Looking back, how have things changed in your industry?

I moved back to Saskatoon from Toronto in 1978, and at that time in Saskatoon, the framing industry was very basic. No one out here was using acid-free materials or doing the archival framing that I had experience with in Toronto. Because I came from a bigger centre and had worked with different artists there, I knew about these innovations. Still, the colours and options were so limited then. The industry, like everything else in our society, has progressed. We now have much better products than we had before, and it’s wonderful! In this industry, you have to keep up with that.

In what ways has your business evolved over the years?

When we started we just did picture framing. In those days, we had the biggest selection of stock frames west of Toronto. People came from all over. We now offer all types of framing. We specialize in memorabilia, and the restoration of old things. We do every kind of framing out there, and now have thousands of framing options. Very often we put more than one frame together for a different look, so the options are endless. We also now do large format printing, canvas printing, photography printing, and giclée printing for artists. We use only UV ink in our printers. You can bring a piece of artwork in, and we can reproduce it on any substrate you choose.

Why is high quality framing so important?

Preservation is the most important thing, in my opinion. If a piece is not framed correctly, with a chemical-free frame, ten years down the road, it will be ruined. If you have an MDF or plastic frame, they are made with chemicals. Those chemicals off-gas into your artwork or whatever it is that is framed. The materials we use do not contain those harmful chemicals. We see things coming in that have been poorly framed, and we see how the artwork or photograph has deteriorated. It is amazing to see what a poor or cheaply made frame can do to a beautiful piece. I’ve trained my staff to be very very diligent about showing the customer what can be done to prevent this, and why it should be done.

Read on to learn more about how Sherry creates a unique piece for each and every customer, her recent award for ethics and integrity, and her chosen local charity. 

Fill your Weekends in September

posted by My Saskatoon    |   September 9, 2014 15:46

While the big-name concerts, widely publicized attractions, and annual events in our city are great, we love to dig a little deeper and discover the more "niche" to-dos in Saskatoon. The unique public gatherings, first-time festivals, and weekend classes are great ways to meet like-minded people and enjoy the fruits of the talent and passion of other Saskatonians. We thought we'd put together a little list of what's on our radar each month in Saskatoon. Here's what we've got for September. If you know of anything happening in September that isn't mentioned here, let us know on Facebook

 

Intuitive Path Superfoods Classes

Every weekend in September // Saskatoon Farmers' Market

Join the folks at Intuitive Path Superfoods throughout the month for education on a variety of topics, including Living Hydration, Fermentation, Earthing, Raw Chocolate Making and more.

Get more information here

 

Storefront presents SoundCloud 

Opening Reception

Friday, September 12 at 7pm // The Storefront

SoundCloud is a suspended undulating paper cloud which creates a landscape composed of clustered paper forms. SoundCloud seeks to redefine The Storefront by translating the sound that exists in the space into a visual and spatial experience. 

Get more information here

 

33rd Street Fair

Saturday, September 13 at 10am til 4pm // on 33rd Street from Avenue D to Avenue F

Buskers, Food Trucks, and Vendors selling handmade, recycled, vintage, and repurposed items. Bring your perennials for swapping, and your garden abundance for sharing. 

Get more information here

 

YXE Street Food Fest

Saturday, September 13 at 11:30am til 10:30pm // River Landing Phase 1

An collection of 14 mobile food vendors congregating on Spadina Crescent, complete with beer gardens and live music. 

Get more information here

 

Saskatoon Cycles' Moveable Feast

Friday, September 19 at 6:15pm til late // meet at Mendel Art Gallery parking lot

Delicious appetizers and tasty beverages at several Downtown locations, enjoyed via an urban bike ride with fellow bike and food lovers. 

Get more information here

 

From Field to Shield | Dinner with Chef Jenni

Saturday, September 20 at 6pm // Saskatoon Farmers' Market

An autumn feast celebrating the abundance and beauty of Saskatchewan through foods foraged from the Canadian shield to prairie fields. Shield to Field is the second event in the seasonal market dinner series with the Saskatoon Farmers' Market Chef in Residence, Jennifer Willems. 

Get more information here

 

Etsy Made in Canada | Saskatoon

Saturday, September 27 at 10am to 5pm // Le Relais

A great selection of local Etsy shops selling their wares in person, and an origami table where you can try your hand at the ancient art of folding paper. 

Get more information here

 

Nuit Blanche

Saturday, September 27 at 8pm til late // on 20th Street West

20th Street will be brought to life with over 30 artistic installations from the surreal to the exciting. Incorporating light, sound, images, human movement and everything in between - plan to be surprised, dazzled, and entertained long into the night. 

Get more information here

 

We hope something on this list will pique your interest! If you capture your experience at any of these local events on Instagram, don't forget to hashtag and tag us @mysaskatoon!

#shoplocalyxe #eatlocalyxe #supportlocalyxe 

 

Herbal Time Tea House

posted by My Saskatoon    |   September 8, 2014 11:33

In our fast paced, high intensity world, many of life's simple pleasures aren't given the attention they deserve. This is particularly the case when it comes to eating and drinking. Meals are increasingly consumed in front of the TV or computer, while driving, or while otherwise distracted. We often find ourselves growing impatient as we wait five minutes standing in line or at the drive-thru. Coffee has become a constant accessory, alongside us all day long without much care or attention paid. Other drinks accompany our meals, but aren't really savoured in the way they could be. 

Do you think its time we slow down, and stop sipping mindlessly from our to-go cups as we rush from Point A to B?

Herbal Time Tea House in Willowgrove provides us with an opportunity to do just that. 

Walking into Herbal Time in mid-afternoon, the environment feels bright, awakening the senses with lots of light beaming in on the fresh green walls. We are greeted with a warm welcome, and are seated at a table near the window. We expected a coffee shop style of service where people line up at the bar to order, and were surprised when we were brought to a table and presented with menus. The menu is tea-focused, of course, with herbal teas and bubble teas making up the majority. The menu is unique in its detail, with the health benefits of each type of tea outlined. The ingredients are all natural, and are combined into a number of herbal infusions, centred around lemongrass, rose, goji, chrysanthemum, and jujube. An excellent source of vitamins and minerals, benefits for specific body systems are associated with each ingredient. 

 

We ordered the Rose Milk Tea and Raspberry Bubble Tea. The Rose Milk Tea was creamy and floral with a hint of sweetness. We could taste the quality in the Bubble Tea, and witnessed other patrons delighted by their first experience with the tapioca bubbles and giant straw. Most of all, we enjoyed the fact that our beverages were the focal point of our experience. Such great care and attention was taken with them, and it really made us appreciate the simplicity of sitting and savouring a cup of tea. 

Herbal Time also offers a unique Afternoon Tea for Two, which includes tea served in a beautiful porcelain tea set, accompanied by an array of cheesecake, ganache, cookies, and fruit. Next time we go, we will definitely have to experience it! 

 Whether you're looking for a unique date night, a relaxing place to catch up with friends, a quiet place to study (there's wifi), or an opportunity to extend the peace and health benefits of a yoga class, Herbal Time Tea House is now open and waiting for you in Willowgrove Square. 

Visit Herbal Time's Spotlight Profile for a map of their location and hours of operation, and to connect on social media! 

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A Day of Play in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   September 5, 2014 10:44

Day of Play started as a legacy for Rayna Korte, and three years later the event is bigger and better than ever! Held in South Kiwanis Park this Sunday, September 7th, Day of Play is an afternoon jam-packed with fun for the entire family. This time each year, a great number of amazing local people and businesses come together to honour the memory of Rayna while raising funds for local children’s charities.

Leanne Thompson-Hill, former owner of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, has been with Day of Play since its beginnings. She shares with us the history and heart behind Day of Play, and what you can expect to see at this year’s event!

How did Rayna Korte inspire Day of Play?

In 2010, in the midst of her battle with leukemia, Rayna was all set to go and meet the Disney Princesses in Disney World, courtesy of the Children’s Wish Foundation. Just two days before her departure date, Rayna was admitted to hospital due to a complication from her chemotherapy treatments. The recreational therapist at the hospital and the Children’s Wish Foundation contacted us at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, and we arranged to have our Princesses visit Rayna for a Tea Party in the hospital. When Rayna finally got to go on her trip, she told her Mom that the Princesses at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo were better than the Princesses at Disney World. Sadly, Rayna was re-diagnosed in January 2011 with brain cancer. When the decision to to stop treatment was made, Rayna’s last wish was 100 more days to play. After the Tea Party at the hospital, I followed Rayna’s story on Facebook. In 2011, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo hosted a Tea Party fundraiser in collaboration with the Children’s Wish Foundation, and of course Rayna immediately came to my mind. She had so much fun at the one we held at the hospital, and she had this natural energy that made you fall in love with her. So, I thought I would do it only if Rayna was the guest of honour. Unfortunately, Rayna wasn’t well enough to attend the Tea Party, and she passed away the following day. Rayna got her wish, as she passed on exactly the 100th day after she made the wish for 100 more days to play.

How did the Tea Party evolve into the big event that it is today?

After Rayna passed away I became friends with her parents, Cindy and Roger. With their blessing, we wanted to do an annual Day of Play in Rayna’s memory, to honour her 100 days of play wish she had made. The basis of the event was to throw a party including things Rayna loved - tie dye (cupcakes were tie dye, and our logo is tie dye), kites (we decorated and flew kites) and so much more. Our attendance has grown considerably, as well as the profit we receive from the actual day. All money raised after costs is donated to a children's charity.

How do you choose the charity organization to support with the funds generated by Day of Play?

When I owned Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, I got to know many different children's causes. After the first Day of Play on Central Avenue, Cindy decided she wanted to honour the pediatric unit as well as Children’s Wish Foundation, as both had been a part of Rayna's journey. And with that, we became the Day of Play Board and decided to choose a new children's charity yearly. Lisa, the Program Director at Crisis Nursery, was a customer at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, and I know how much the Nursery relies on funding. I’ve never met someone who works as hard as Lisa. She lives and breathes for those kids. We want to support such a wonderful cause.

How many people do you expect to attend Day of Play this year?

We are holding the event in a different location and on a different day than in past years, so it is hard to estimate, but we usually see between 4,000 and 5,000 people attend.

How many volunteers come together to make this event happen?

We live and learn, and we now know that we need about 100 people for the actual day! The Day of Play Board consists of 9 members.

What are some of the highlights of the event this year?

We have Go-Karts this year, courtesy of KartTrak, and a 100 foot obstacle course. We have a Safety Service Tent, and puppies from two of our favourite rescue groups. Living Sky Rehabilitation (birds and wild babies such as skunks and foxes) and Wrangler Elisa (reptiles) are joining us. And of course we have live children's entertainment all day, including a special Singing with Sylvia concert which you have to pre-purchase your pass to attend. We also have a performance by Wide Open Children’s Theatre, a Market Square, car show, rides, petting zoo, face painting, carnival, and more. 

It seems like Day of Play is a collaborative effort by many local Saskatoon businesses.

We have been lucky to have such awesome support! Past sponsors have been Sun Life Financial, Areva, The Medicine Shoppe, and Agrium. Our regular sponsors are Tantrix Body Art, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, SaskTel, Travis Quiring, and Outgrow Outplay Saskatoon East. The Mom and Tot Expo, Cakes by Jen, Butler Byers, Tweet’s Roofing, O’Brians Automotive, Can-Do Delivery Services, Maaco, and 96.3 Cruz FM. Pizza Hut and DQ, Avid Enterprises, Air Canada, and Pro Print. New sponsors this year are PotashCorp, RedHead Equipment, Federated Co-op, WakeRide (courtesy of Gregg Bamford), and Saskatoon Funeral Home. Our Title Sponsor this year is Wheaton GM. 

Since Day of Play is run solely by volunteers, we rely on businesses to help support this fun event as well as come out and attend. Now that we have a new home Downtown in the South Kiwanis Park, we are hoping that more businesses in the Downtown core will become involved. 

Do you fundraise throughout the year?

Every year we plan a few new things. We start our year off with the Santa Claus Parade. Our Disney Princess Christmas and Scrooge themed floats have won in past years! We do an auction online, we had a hypnotist night at The Ivy, bake sales, The Saskatoon Parent and Tot Expo, and Outgrow Outplay Saskatoon East donates a lot of their door donations to our event. We had a screening of The Little Mermaid at the Roxy Theatre, a giant garage sale, a BBQ at Co-op, and Cakes by Jen with 96.3 Cruz FM held a Cupcake Day fundraiser.

What is your goal for Day of Play this year?

All we care about at the end of the Day is that all kids had a blast, and our goal of $30,000 raised for Crisis Nursery is met. 

Can you describe a positive outcome of Day of Play that you didn’t expect?

There are many, but something that just happened that made me smile is an email I received from a lady who has attended Day of Play in the past. She was touched by Rayna's story, and lost her best friend and her best friend’s daughter shortly after in a car accident. She wanted to let me know that Day of Play inspired her to throw one in her friend’s daughter’s honour. It is called Clara's Play Day and was a few Sundays ago. I believe in positive energy, doing good always, and paying it forward. I believe that Day of Play is a great example of what a team of great people can do.

Do you have a dream for the future of Day of Play?

Yes, but it is a secret and will be announced after September 7th!

We ask everyone this question: What do you love about Saskatoon?

I love the fact that there are so many caring people here. I cannot believe the support that we have received this year in the way of volunteers- it is truly awesome. 

Day of Play is happening this Sunday, September 7th in South Kiwanis Park. There are so many things to see and do that the whole family will enjoy, while supporting a great cause! Its a fun-filled event that is an awesome opportunity to get out and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts. Get your passes before Sunday and save $5! Passes can be purchased online here. They are now sold out at Tantrix, but are also available at Crisis Nursery, The Trading Post, Cakes by Jen, and Bike Doctor - and also can be purchased for $20 at the event. 

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