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5 Things You Need to Know This Morning

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 8, 2014 06:01

1) Leyda's is now taking orders for organic, gluten free pumpkin pies. Each pie is $30. 

2) Jazzed Up for Uganda is tonight at The Bassment at 7pm. Tickets are $25, in support of Orphans in Uganda. Email bcockrum@sasktel.net for more information.

3) Era Style Loft has your perfect winter coat.

4) This DIY recipe for all natural deodorant actually works!

5) We've come across a ton of über chic pumpkin carving alternatives, starting with this one!

Enjoy your Wednesday!

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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.

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!

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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. 

5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Home's Saleability

posted by My Saskatoon    |   August 25, 2014 10:14

Are you in the market for a new home in Saskatoon? If you're not a first time home buyer, you know as well as anyone that you've gotta get out of the old before you can move on with the new! Tanya LaRose, local Saskatoon REALTOR with Re/max Central, has 5 easy tips for increasing the saleability of any home. Whether your home has been on the real estate market for a while, or you are just taking the initial steps to put it up for sale, following these pointers will help to ensure that you get the most out of your home sale in the shortest time possible. 

Tanya LaRose, Saskatoon REALTOR

Clean

The cleanliness of a home fore sale is often overlooked and underestimated. Be sure to complete both a surface clean and deep clean. Deodorize the home if any strong odours are present. Purge any old items to reduce a cluttered appearance and open up the space to appear larger. Also, put family momentums in storage, as potential buyers need to be able to envision themselves living there. This requires a neutral environment.

Facelift

Giving your home a facelift is improving its showing quality without the huge budget of major renovations. Add fresh coats of paint and when in doubt, choose white - however, grey is the chic trend right now. Update fixtures like discoloured light switch covers, rusted faucets etc. Ensure your window covers are consistent. Drapes are the most inexpensive option and add a feeling of warmth to the home. Make sure everything works correctly - lights turn on, doors close, and toilets flush.

Yard Work

Curb appeal is so very important, as it is first impression that can either draw buyers in or turn them away. Remove weeds! Plant a few flowers. Potted flowers work just fine. Make sure they are colourful, and position them at the front step.

Staging

Statistics show that getting your home professionally staged often reduces the amount of time it sits on the market, and increases the amount of the offer. You can opt for full or partial staging, or even a consultation to have your current furniture re-arranged to look its best. 

Hire a Contractor

If your home has some serious issues, your REALTOR will be able to advise you if you will be able to make a return on any major renovations. The best time to hire a contractor is in the fall, because they will be less busy and more likely to negotiate a better price. Ask if they offer any sort of warranty on their services, as this could be used as an additional selling feature. Ask to view a portfolio, references, business license, and/or website before making a decision on a contractor. Be sure your are hiring a legitimate tradesman, because if the price is too good to be true, it probably is.

For more detailed information on the best ways for you to prepare your home specifically for today's market, contact licensed REALTOR with Re/Max Central, Tanya LaRose at 306-380-REAL(7325).

Check out Tanya's Spotlight Profile for more about her, or to connect with her on social media!

August in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   August 22, 2014 10:37

Saskatoon is truly a city that thoroughly enjoys its summer!  As residents of the downtown area, we’ve had the pleasure of living right in the middle of some of Saskatoon’s summer events.  What a treat to cook dinner with the background music of Jazz Fest’s Ms. Lauryn Hill coming in through our windows!

June and July were fantastic but I’m realizing that Saskatoon saves some of the best for last. This has been my first August in Saskatoon, and boy am I impressed!  

The first nine days of the month, the Fringe Festival was in full swing on Broadway Avenue!  My husband and I visited on a few occasions – taking in the crafts, the artwork, and of course, the street theatre (zombie newlyweds!). 

We also visited the Saskatoon ‘EX’, enjoying mini donuts, a free concert by Walk Off the Earth, and Safeway Kidsville. We don’t have kids of our own, but it sure was fun watching little ones going on rides or petting ponies in the petting zoo!  

My personal favourite was the President’s Choice SuperDogs.  If you haven’t seen this dog show, you must!  I don’t know what it is about dogs doing tricks or racing through obstacle courses but the crowd literally went wild – including me!  I can’t remember the last time I laughed that hard. I probably would have been embarrassed, but, like I said, the whole crowd was wild! 

 

Sadly, we weren’t able to make it to Folkfest, but I hear it’s another great August event, and I’m already looking forward to the PotashCorp Fireworks Festival on August 29-30.

Of course, it’s always sad when summer ends, but I hear that Saskatoon is beautiful in the fall!

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Badminton at Rotary Park

posted by My Saskatoon    |   August 19, 2014 16:41

Growing up, badminton was an annual unit in junior high and high school gym class. Once a year, we’d arrive at gym class to find the badminton nets set up.  We’d happily select our racquets and birdies, and prepare for two weeks of badminton tournaments. 

I can’t deny it was one of my favourite units in gym class (besides square dancing). There’s just something about badminton… it’s like tennis but less running, similar to volleyball but less painful on the arms. So when my brother-in-law mentioned that he was coaching a badminton team this winter, the wonderful memories of spiking those birdies came rushing back. And so badminton was added to my husband and I's summer to-do list!

When the weather warmed up, we tracked down a set of racquets and birdies (although it was difficult – apparently we weren’t the only ones wanting to play badminton!) for under $10 at Dollarama! On a gloriously hot day, we hit those birdies around at Rotary Park. Oh man! It was as great as I imagined! I’m proud to say that my husband and I volleyed that birdie back and forth 200 times without it touching the ground. 

If you are looking for a fun way to soak up a summer evening, I highly recommend grabbing a buddy and heading down to Rotary Park to bat a birdie around! 

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Pretty Summer Hair

posted by Elle    |   August 2, 2014 16:35

When it comes to hairstyles, especially in the summer, I am all about the natural look. Hair that is gently tousled, slightly wavy, and maybe even a little bit unruly strikes a nice beauty balance when paired with a bold lip colour or lush lashes! A twist here, a pin there, a braid-- small, simple measures can give a put together look, even in sweltering heat. 

These hair looks are some of my favourites for Summer 2014. Simple, yet beautiful. They give off a chic vibe without being fussy. Perfect for a walk by the river, and morning at the market, or an afternoon shopping on Broadway. 

I love how Diane Kruger's braids are so subtle. They provide nice texture and add intrigue to her look without being overdone. Start with a texturizing spray on damp hair, and let it air dry. If your hair is naturally straight, add some loose curls in with a curling wand, and then ad a braid or two in random areas. 

 

The way Sonam Kapoor's hair is twisted back into a bun adds just the right amount of elegance to her look. This do would be perfect for our hot Saskatoon summer as it keeps your hair off the back of your neck and out of your face. Roll the strands on both sides of your head back, adding more hair as you work your backward (similar to with a French braid). Wrap the two twists into an untidy bun, secured with an elastic and a few pins. If you have thick hair, you may want to tuck a few additional pins in if you find the twists at the side of your head are heavy and tipping forward. 

 

The vintage vibe of this style is marked by its strict centre part. You can wear your hair wavy or straight with this look, and simply pull the hair on both sides of your head back and secure with criss-crossed bobby pins at the back. Perfect for a summer wedding or dinner al fresco. 

Enjoy your cute, no fuss hair while soaking up the sunshine this summer! 

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10 Things You Can Do as a Labour Support Partner

posted by Noël    |   June 23, 2014 11:47

As I am fast approaching my due date, the more specific details of the upcoming labour and delivery are at the forefront of my mind. Of course I've been doing a lot of research, as this is my first go around with pregnancy and childbirth. Even as a newbie, I know that having a well informed and prepared labour support partner is a hugely important asset to easing the stress involved with such a pivotal moment in the motherhood experience. Whoever the labour support partner may be, there a several things this person can do to ease the pain and make the events leading up to delivery run smoothly. Here are 10 practical things that you, as a support partner, can do prior to and during labour and delivery! 

1. Clean your vehicle and ensure it has gas in it. One of my favourite local car washes is Good Morning Car Wash

2. Install the infant car seat and have it checked out at the nearest car seat clinic.

3. Download a contraction counter app on your phone, so that you are ready with the important information that the doctor will need upon your arrival to the hospital.

4. Make a "call and text" list of family and friends, identifying which ones you will notify during the different stages of the labour and delivery.

5. Attend prenatal classes with the mom-to-be.

6. Make arrangements for existing children and pets. 

7. Ensure that the fridge is full with her favourite snacks while she labours at home.

8. Continue to experiment with the different pain relieving positions discussed during prenatal classes.

9. Be informed and in agreement with the birth plan so that you can be a strong advocate for her.

10. Make sure that the overnight bags are packed and are in the vehicle prior to leaving for the hospital. 

Remember that you are an important part of her birth experience, so be flexible and dependable!

Mothers in Saskatoon: do you have any additional suggestions for things that a labour support partner should be prepared for? I'd love to hear about your experience!

What's happening at Kinsmen Park?

posted by David    |   June 9, 2014 11:54

It has been a tradition in my family for almost 20 years. At least once each summer, we will all get together and have chicken in Kinsmen Park. Driving by the park a few days ago, I was reminded of the renovations I had heard the park would be undergoing over the next few years. There are several goals associated with the renovations, as the City of Saskatoon seeks to provide balance between human and environmental needs in our city and along the riverbank. 

Kinsmen Park is Saskatoon's oldest park development. For over 100 years, it has drawn in the young and the young at heart for picnics, rides on the mini train, and summer festivals. When I was a kid, I remember taking a Coke or Pepsi "Taste Test" at a festival there during the summer. Although a small detail, the memory has stuck with me into adulthood. The renovation plans for Kinsmen Park include many small details like this, details that will provide great long lasting memories for us, our kids, and our kids' kids. 

The next 25 years of development have been broken into three phases of construction, rejuvenation, and removal. As of this writing, the demolition period of Phase 1 is complete, and construction has begun with plans to be open to the public by the beginning of summer 2015. This phase will be followed by two more, as Kinsmen Park is transformed into one of the premier parks in Saskatchewan.

 

Photo Credit: City of Saskatoon

First 5 Years

Construction for Phase 1 will include a new play area with activities for all ages (including winter features), new rides including an updated carousel, a new Ferris wheel, a family swinger, and an updated miniature train. Additionally, the train route is being expanded. There will also be a "racetrack promenade" built, which is a paved public walkway along the old racetrack, as well as a winter skate path. 

In 5-10 Years

This phase will bring construction on a land/ski bridge and more terrain for skiers, a year-round concession building with washrooms, a tobogganing slope, community gardens, and enhanced informal space at the north end of the park, including a picnic area and hot air balloon launch. 

In 10-25 Years

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan will be moved north, to make use of the amphitheatre and a new civic amenity south of the east parking lots. The Spadina interchange will be converted to a roundabout, and there will be expanded boat docks. 

Kinsmen Park has long been a social hub of activity, and it is nice to see the city pushing forward in keeping it functional for future generations. The renovations strive to boost both the functionality and beautification of Kinsmen Park and our city. It is exciting to be a part of a growing city with new projects in the works every day. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing these improvements year by year as I visit with my family for chicken in the park. 

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