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Stretch Out The Summer On This Hot September Weekend

posted by My Saskatoon    |   September 10, 2015 11:34

Broadway Street Fair is on from 10:00am to 5:00pm this Saturday. Vendors, street performers, artists and musicians will be taking over Broadway for another year! 

The Spadina sandbar will be packed with people when the temperature gets to 27 degrees this Saturday. Head to the beach and sink your toes in the sand.

Bar patio season is coming to end so make sure your replenish yourself by stopping in your favourite rooftop patio and soak up some rays. If you haven't yet, check out the Bessborough's, Metric Garden Lounge.

There is a citywide curbside swap planned for Saturday starting early in the morning. Can you say FREE garage sales everywhere!

Many fundraising walks and runs for awareness are happening on Sunday. Grab a coffee and cheer them on across the city.

The Hilton Garden downtown is putting on a BBQ for New Hope Dog Rescue and the Saskatoon SPCA starting at 11:00am on the patio. 

A cute date night idea includes a truck bed, pillows and blankets and a loved one.  Head to the outskirts of the city and star gaze all night while the air is warm.

 

Let us know what you are doing on this beautiful September weekend by using the hash tag #mysaskatoon

 

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Photo Credit: Sharai Siemens Photography

 

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5 Things: DIY, keepin' cozy and vote for the best

posted by My Saskatoon    |   September 9, 2015 11:23

Did you know Warm & Art, located in Willowgrove Square, sells wall fire places? Fall is the time to prepare for the winter ahead so check out the range of beautiful fire places in stock and keep warm this season.

Pineapples are the "in" trend this year for decor. Here are 5 different ways to add a cool vibe to your wedding or home.

Georgia Mills is having a back to school sale for all your students out there looking to brighten up your room for the new year. 20% off all regular priced duvets and quilts until September 13th.

You have until September 21st to vote for the best of Saskatoon for Planet S magazine. Check out the details here.

Pick up your free 2016 calendar of classic cars and travel at Al Hattie Insurance.

 Photo Credit: Sharai Siemens Photography 

 

 

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Food and Fireworks Has Your Weekend Busy

posted by My Saskatoon    |   September 3, 2015 11:11

From September 2nd-6th, Riversdale District is hosting the first YXEeats food and drink festival. Proudly presented by the Commercial Group, YXEeats is a new festival to Saskatoon where you can try all the unique cuisine that the Riversdale District has to offer featuring set price menus and daily deals.

 

You can find some of your local favourite's like Collective Coffee, Leyda's, The Hollows, the Odd Couple and more!  Check out the rest of participating restaurants here.

 

Make sure you head out to the  PotashCorp Firework Festival this Friday and Saturday at the Friendship Park and the Amphitheatre at River Landing.  It is forecasted to be a chilly weekend so make sure you have plenty of blankets, friends and family around you to keep you warm,

 

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Back To School Essentials

posted by My Saskatoon    |   August 31, 2015 12:22

Whether you are a mom and your are kids off to school for another year or  you are a student at U of S, these are some essentials that will help you get back in the groove!

Janea Dieno of JBD Financial is offering 30% off on your child's saving funds effective until December 31st, 2015. Its never too late to start a savings fund for your child's future education. You can find that promotion here!

We all know spring is the time for beach-body training but after the summer is over, we need to start all over again to shed the summer pounds. Maintain that body for the winter by signing up for a membership at Fitness Focus. If you refer a friend, you will receive a month for free!

For all the back to school fall trends, Era Style Loft and Options by Trish have the clothing and accessories for you! 

 Now that it is September, the colours are changing and by adding a different colour pallet to your home will make the transition from summer to fall much easier! Here are some fall flower ideas to brighten your home.  Head to Michelle's Flowers to get that special fall arrangement for your student dorm or apartment!

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Haven Builders on 5 Things To Know Before You Build An Infill Home

posted by My Saskatoon    |   August 27, 2015 14:32

Building an infill home is not as simple as many think. In fact, many builders won’t even consider building an infill home due to the extra factors involved in the process. Here are 5 things you probably never thought of when considering an infill home.

 

  1. City Bylaws – Saskatoon has specific bylaws relating to building infill homes. Before proceeding to designing your home, you must be aware of these requirements in addition to zoning and other bylaws.
  2. The Design Process – Infill designs must be done in accordance with lot specifications and permit requirements before going forward to designing your dream home. At Haven Builders, we include a 3D virtual tour of the home (inside and out) and some of the neighborhood around it. This ensures you will be building the house you love and that it will look great in the neighborhood. What you see is what your going to get so there will be no regrets once the build is complete.
  3. Demolition and Infrastructure Needs – Some of our older core neighborhoods have an infrastructure system that is often in need of upgrades when you build something new. Sewer, water, etc. are a couple of areas where there has been some additional costs that can be at the very least upsetting if you aren’t made aware ahead of the build. Also, if you plan to demo an old home on the lot – you will need a permit for that.
  4. Tree Plans – The beauty of some of our cities historic neighborhoods are the beautiful trees that line the neighborhood. However, if you happen to cut down one that is not on your property and owned by the city, you could be dishing our some big bucks to the city. Saskatoon has a protected tree plan throughout the city and if you happen to cut down the wrong one to make room for your new home, you will pay for it!
  5. The Neighbors – Let’s face it, most people are thrilled to see the dilapidated old house next door that is reducing their own property value get knocked down and hauled away. However, there are a few that may not want to see the tree in the middle of your property disappear or have a 2 story home next to them blocking the sun to their small bungalow. It is always good to chat with the neighbors if you can and let them know your plans. You won’t be able to make everyone happy all the time. However, most people are more gracious and tolerant of the construction zone next door if you are in communication with them and let them know what is happening.

Most people are unaware of all the factors involved in an infill build and the details can be overwhelming and pretty stressful. However, if you find a builder that is experienced in infill home development and is willing to look after the many details for you then an infill home is a great option. At Haven Builders, we specialize in infill home builds and yes, we look after every detail so you don’t have to. At Haven, we believe you will love your home even more if you love the experience!! The Haven Team will work with you through the process, eliminate your stress, and provide you with a dream home customized just for you. Then, you can move in, relax, and enjoy your new home!

 

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6 Steps In Purchasing A New Home with Deb Murdoch

posted by My Saskatoon    |   August 21, 2015 09:42

Deb  Murdoch of TMG the Mortgage Group says that buying a new home can be very stressful if you don't know the correct steps to a successful purchase. Since Fall is one of the busiest seasons for home buyers and sellers, Deb wants you to know the six steps to buying a home stress free and make the process a little easier with her help.

Step 1: Get pre-approved: It allows you to determine the amount you can qualify for your new home.

Step 2: Start Searching: Using a realtor, word of mouth or checking sites is very useful. Take a drive around the neighbourhoods that interest you and look for "for sale" signs because they may not be listed with a realtor.

Step 3: Make an offer to purchase: After finding the home you want to buy, making an offer of purchase to the seller allows the legal document to be outlined with details that you need to ensure a proper agreement. 

Step 4: Finalize your financing: Once your offer to purchase is accepted, your mortgage broker turns your pre-approval into a live deal. 

Step 5: Closing day: This is the day your receive legal possession of your new home.  You take steps with your lawyer for the payment process and to complete the deal.

Step 6: Moving: The most exciting time of the whole process is moving. Either moving yourself or hiring a moving company, the process can be stressful in an exciting time.

With Deb Murdoch having access to great rates in all of these categories, make your experience a happy one! 

These steps are only an overview of what you need to look for when purchasing a new home. For more details on each of these steps, check our Deb Murdoch's Feature Business Article here or visit her website at debmurdoch.com

 

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Want To Feel Like A Kid Again?

posted by My Saskatoon    |   August 5, 2015 13:32

One year shy of 130 years in production, the Ex is back in Saskatoon again gracing us with it's bright lights and the lingering smell of deep fried mars bars. The festival is on from August 4th-9th bringing you non-stop entertainment for all ages!

The Gates open at 12:00pm and close at 12:00am so there is enough time to enjoy the rides, food, music and talent. The main stage brings you bands like Hedley, Marianas Trench, Magic and Dean Brody. All tickets to these shows are free with general admission to the festival so all you need to worry about is finding a close enough spot to the stage to get the attention of your favourite band member. If you are a foodie then simply come for the variety of carnival treats you will only get once a year like elephant ears, cotton candy and caramel apples! Rumour has it there is a new roller coaster added to the lineup of rides that is sure to make you scream. Feel the fear amongst the children and venture into the Haunted House because sometimes a little adrenaline rush is good for the soul.  

There is so much to see at the Ex this year, you will not want to miss out! Click here www.saskatoonexhibition.ca for information on admission, rides and live entertainment.

So if you find yourself in Saskatoon this weekend without any plans, head out to the Ex, even if its just for a tarot card reading. 

 

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In Our City

Fringe Out

posted by My Saskatoon    |   July 31, 2015 11:58

Kicking off its first night on Thursday, the Fringe Festival is here again! If you are in the city this August long weekend, make sure you check out the Broadway district for all that the Fringe has to offer. From street buskers and vendors, food, arts and crafts, the Fringe Festival sees over 40,000 people filling the streets to check out the local and international vendors and artists! The independent theatre provides you entertainment from local artists as well as international artists and you can see them at the Broadway Theatre. The hours are as follows: Tuesday-Friday, 6:00pm-10:30pm, Saturday/Sunday/Monday, 12:00pm-10:30pm.

 

Craving ribs? Saskatoon's RibFest is on again this weekend, with professional "ribbers"  from across the nation providing you with ribs and other BBQ to tantalize your taste buds. Bring a blanket and chair to Diefenbaker Park where you will find free admission, parking, live music and games for the kids! It starts at 4:00pm-dusk tonight and 11:00am-dusk Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds go to charity so come on out and support local, give back and eat well!

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It's The Weekend!

posted by My Saskatoon    |   July 23, 2015 12:19

Are you hanging around Saskatoon this weekend? Make your way down to Rotary Park and take in the Dragon Boat Festival July 24th-25th from 10:00am-4:00pm both days! Although 1100 paddlers on the water are entertaining enough, the festival also offers great food and entertainment along with games and activities for the kids! This year the Heart and Stroke Foundation is partnering with FMG's Dragon Boat Festival raising funds to create more survivors of heart of stroke. Don't miss the chance to see the flower ceremony which honours survivors and those who lost loved ones. Come on down and support this cause and take in some of Saskatoon's best entertainment of the city!

 

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On Sunday, July 27th, take your on-leashed pet to Saskatoon's Pet's In The Park in Kiwanis Memorial Park between 9:00am- 4:00pm. Another fun-fundraising event in Saskatoon, raising money for local animal shelters so that medical care and food is provided for animals without a home. From demonstrations, live music, vendor booths, pet portraits, silent auctions and more, this is the perfect event for your furry friend. Come and help support animals in need and give your's some pampering for the afternoon!

 

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Victory Safety & Training Has Your Courses

posted by My Saskatoon    |   July 20, 2015 09:29

 Victory Safety & Training is your local provider for training in all areas of the work force. Here is what they have to say about their new specialized courses they have to offer.....

"Welcome to Victory Safety and Training a business established on integrity, honesty, quality instruction and excellent customer service. Victory Safety and Training has been established as one of the top training providers in the province and offers the highest quality courses in the industry through training partnerships with the most highly recognized names in the industry. We now specialize in courses that traditionally haven't been offered in Saskatchewan such as Global Ground Disturbance, H2S Alive and many OSSA  (Oil Sands Safety Association) certified courses through our friends at Fusion Safety Services. They also provide OSSA Fall Protection, OSSA Confined Space Entry and monitor, OSSA Orientation and coming soon is their OSSA Aerial work platform. Furthermore,  Victory Safety still offers the same trusted courses our company was founded  on such as WHMIS, TDG, confined space rescue and First aid and CPR through another well established training partnership with the Canadian Red Cross. The industry is continually evolving and we at Victory are sure to keep on top of it by keeping an eye out for changing requirements and new services required. So whether you need in-class training, online training or services such as workplace drug and alcohol screening look no further because at Victory we truly are your one stop safety shop aiming to make safety a bit easier for everybody. Hope to hear from YOU soon as it would be our privilege to serve you. So stay safe Saskatchewan from your friends at Victory Safety and Training where YOUR SAFETY IS OUR BUSINESS. Don't forget we are having a 20% off all in stock store items until July 31st!"

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