Spring Zumba – It’s Not Too Late

APCCA is offering a spring Zumba class.  For $60.00, you get access for all classes in April, May and June.  Please contact Teri at sammert@sasktel.net to register.  The classes are located at St. Philip School gym (1901 Haultain Ave).

Spring 2014 Zumba

Saskatoon Mass Notification System Launched

The City of Saskatoon Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) today launched NotifyNOW, a new mass notification system. It means Saskatoon residents can receive information via direct text, voice mail, and e-mail messages in emergency situations that could affect them or their property.

An emergency could include any situation in which residents would be required to take some form of precautionary action as a result of a major blizzard, tornado warning, plane crash, hazardous goods spill, etc.

To create its contact database, the EMO purchased the phone numbers listed in the 2013-2014 Saskatoon SaskTel Phonebook. This database will be used only in emergency situations. Residents who do not have a phone number listed in this phonebook, or who wish to customize how they receive messages, can sign up on the EMO’s website.

Upon reviewing the system and signing up, you are able to list numerous phone numbers and email addresses and rank them in the order you wish them to be used as a contact.  You can request text messages instead of phone calls.  You are able to set up notifications for many sections of the city, so you could set one up for your work, your spouse's work, your child's school, and your own home neighbourhood, and you will be notified if an emergency occurs in one of your relevant areas.

This emergency measure is an important step to reach all citizens of Saskatoon quickly, provide them with up-to-date information, and give guidance on actions to take. 

Please take the few minutes to set up your account and locations through the NotifyNow section of the City of Saskatoon's website.

Be Informed on Today’s Issues

Be informed about today's relevant issues.  The Saskatoon Police Service, Saskatoon Health Region, and Saskatoon Public Schools present information on:

  • Bullying/internet safety
  • Drugs
  • Personal safety

Two sessions will be held in April:

Monday, April 7th from 7:00 – 8:30pm

Mount Royal Collegiate (2220 Rusholme Road in the cafeteria)

Monday, April 14th from 7:00 – 8:30pm

Walter Murray Collegiate (1905 Preston Avenue in the theatre)

For more information, please contact joanne.smallbones@police.saskatoon.sk.ca

 

I Wanna Rock!

rocknrollpetrock1Girls Rock Camp Saskatoon!

Girls Rock Camp Saskatoon is a day-camp where girls aged 7-13 have the opportunity to learn an instrument (electric bass, electric guitar, drums, or keyboard), form a band, write and practice a song, and perform their original music in front of their fans, friends, and families at a Showcase Concert at the end of the week. GRCS’s first camp will be held this summer from 9:00-4:30, August 18-22, 2014, at Grace Westminster United Church. (Early drop-off and late pick-up arrangements can be made upon request.) The Showcase Concert will be held August 22, 2014 at 7:00 at Village Guitar and Amp.

Registration for Girls Rock Camp Saskatoon will open at noon on March 31st, 2014 through our website. Registration fees for campers are $200, and financial assistance can be provided where needed.

For more information or to register, please visit www.girlsrocksaskatoon.ca.

Time to Get Green

The Green Cart program for leaves and grass composting has been expanded for 2014, and is now available to interested households for $55 per season.  The 2014 Green Cart collection schedule is now available.  You may also download a personalized, easy-to-read calendar at saskatoonrecycles.ca, which will be available online within two weeks after you register or renew. 

NEW: Register or renew, and pay online

Registration, renewal and payment is easy. Simply go online to register, renew and pay for the Green Cart Program.

You can also register by mail or in person: Complete the 2014 Green Cart Registration Form (PDF) and mail it along with a cheque made payable to City of Saskatoon, or pay in person at City Hall.

Information for renewals

Renewal forms were mailed to 2013 subscribers. You can renew online, or your completed 2014 Green Cart Renewal Form (PDF) can be mailed along with a cheque made payable to City of Saskatoon, or paid in person at City Hall.

Billing will no longer occur as part of the utility bill. Please note that the subscription cost for 2014 is $55.00.

Please do not write your address on your green cart. Your cart may be used at another location if you choose to not register for the program in the future.

If you registered for the 2013 program and do not wish to register for 2014, please e-mail leavesandgrass@saskatoon.ca or call 306-975-2487 to arrange a day for your green cart to be picked up.

For more information on how the program works and materials that you can include, see the City of Saskatoon's website.

It’s, It’s a Pothole Blitz!

Hundreds of people are using their mobile devices and desktops to help the City of Saskatoon find potholes on major streets around the city.  Since its launch March 17, there have been 469 trouble locations reported by residents in all areas of the city using the City’s Report a Pothole interactive map.  While they aren’t into the Spring Pothole Blitz yet, they've repaired 247 of the larger reported pothole on major streets, plus hundreds of others!

We all know there are going to be lots of potholes.  So drive slowly, be cautious, and take care.

Celebrate Earth Hour

What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organised by WWF. Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide, and the one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.

When does Earth Hour take place?

Earth Hour 2014 will be held on Saturday 29 March between 8.30PM and 9.30PM in your local time zone. The event is held worldwide towards the end of March annually, encouraging individuals, communities households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. Earth Hour 2015 will take place on Saturday, 28 of March at 8:30PM to 9:30PM in your local timezone.

What does Earth Hour aim to achieve?

Earth Hour aims to encourage an interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world.

What does Earth Hour ask people to do?

The first thing anyone can do to get involved is to turn off their lights on Saturday. But there’s much, much more. But our full ambition is for people to take action beyond the hour. Whether it’s supporting a crowdfunding or crowdsroucing campaign on www.earthhour.org or getting involved in Earth Hour campaigns in their own country, or starting the movement in their own community. The vision is always to do more, so make the light switch the beginning of your journey.

Discover Agriculture in the City

Agriculture in the City is a free, family oriented, urban festival that explores how food and farming are all around us, every day. The event offers people of all ages a chance to explore the vibrant and innovative world of agriculture – a world that involves exciting careers, biotechnological advancements that improve our daily lives, and of course, the food on our plates. Last year, thousands of visitors enjoyed the interactive and educational displays, exhibits and contests illustrating the depth of our industry.

Ag in the City’s goal is to educate urban audiences about agriculture – as our society becomes more urbanized, people lose their connection to agriculture.  By understanding modern agricultural practices, consumers can make informed decisions about healthy food choices, value Saskatchewan made products and recognize the importance of the industry to regional, national and global economy.

Our next Ag in the City event will be held in Saskatoon on Saturday, April 5th, 2014. We invite you to visit our website (www.celebrateagriculture.ca) to find out more about our organizing committee, our purpose and last year’s activities. We ask that you help us to promote this event around your community via your website, newsletter, facebook, etc.  Whatever venue you are able to provide, we would appreciate very much.

Our facebook link is: facebook.com/aginthecitysk

Twitter link: twitter.com/aginthecitysask

The City of Saskatoon Wants Your Opinion!

The City of Saskatoon’s (City) Recreation & Sport Division is conducting a research study to gather the public’s opinions, perceptions, and expectations of the City’s seven indoor Leisure Centres (Cosmo Civic Centre, Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre, Fitness Circuit & Terry Fox Track, Lakewood Civic Centre, Lawson Civic Centre, Saskatoon Field House, and Shaw Centre).

 

Fast Consulting has been hired to administer the research on behalf of the City, and over the next few weeks, they will be gathering public feedback via telephone, online, and site intercept surveys. As an incentive to answer the 12 to 18 minute questionnaire, participants will be entered into a draw for $2,500 worth of prizes, such as iPad minis and cash cards.

 

To give your feedback, a link to the Leisure Centre Research Survey will be available until Saturday, March 15, 2014, on the City’s new community engagement website www.shapingsaskatoon.ca.

 

The research findings will provide important insights about Leisure Centre facility and program offerings, customer service levels, usage patterns, admission options, and promotional opportunities. The information gathered will be used as part of future planning being undertaken by Recreation & Sport.

 

For more information about the study or to complete the survey over the phone, please contact Fast Consulting at 306-975-3070 Ext. 235.

Soccer Registration

Online registration is now available for Soccer. A fee will apply when purchasing registrations online, relative to the registration amount and is included in the prices here. If you do not have a family membership, please choose the program plus membership option. Only one membership needed per family. Click here to register online.

Late Registration fees after March 5th are an additional $25/athlete.

In-person registration will take place on Thursday February 27th at Hugh Cairns V.C. School Library 6:30-8:30PM.

All mini soccer is for fun. No standings are kept.

U6 Mon/ Tues or Fri games 6 & 7pm games

U8 Wed/Thurs or Fri games 6 & 7pm games

U10 Boys Mon/Wed or Fri games 6& 7pm games

U10 Girls Tues/Thurs or Fri games 6& 7 games

****Free coaching clinics available to U6, U8, U10 coaches****

Respect In Sport Certification - MANDATORY ONLINE TRAINING PRIOR TO FIRST GAME.

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