2nd Annual Pop-Up Clothing Swap Party for the YWCA


Do Sask & NatureCity Festival Present the 2nd Annual Pop-Up Clothing Swap Party for the YWCA.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Tuesday, May 22, 2018 – YWCA Saskatoon Gym

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN– Do Sask and Wild about Saskatoon announce the Second Annual Pop-Up Clothing Swap Party in support of the YWCA Turning Points Program.

The Do Sask & NatureCity Festival Pop-Up Clothing Swap Party invites you to clean out your closet for a cause on May 22 at 7 PM at the YWCA. Take part in a green fashion workshops with local stylists Maygen Kardash, Sarah Gaudry, and K-Lyn Bonogofski. Each speaker will discuss their individual take on incorporating environmentally-friendly values into your daily fashion routine. Duo Ezra & Jon will play unplugged live music while you browse the swap collection pool for new-to-you fashion.

Light appetizers and desserts will be available to registered attendees courtesy of our generous sponsor, PickNic’s Catering & Fine Foods Ltd.

Space is limited. Please RSVP at Eventbrite.

If you’re not able to attend, follow and join in on the discussion on Facebook #DoSaskPopUpParty.


When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7 PM

Where: YWCA Saskatoon, 510-25th Street East, Saskatoon, SK

Registration: https://pop-upclothingswap.eventbrite.ca

Cost: Suggested donation is $10. Registration is by donation and all proceeds go back to the YWCA Turning Points Program.

Parking: There is a pay lot and street parking is free after 6 pm.

Speakers: Local style gurus Maygen Kardash, Sarah Gaudry, and K-Lyn Bonogofski


“For more than a decade, Maygen Kardash has been a wardrobe stylist for television, music videos, print, and both artist and personal consults. She is also a musician, frequent lifestyle guest on Global Morning, featured contributor to Refined Lifestyles Magazine, freelance writer, Brownie leader, and most important, loving mama to 3-year-old daughter Petra and baby boy Paris. Sneakers & Lipstick is Maygen’s personal blog on which you’ll find honest posts about style, motherhood, and anything in life that peaks her interest.”

Follow: www.sneakersandlipstick.com


“Sarah Gaudry is the owner of The Knick, a curated vintage clothing and accessories shop that is dedicated to handpicking the best finds from all over North America. With over 20 years of experience in tailoring, personal shopping, and designing, Sarah has been able to use these skills to help shape The Knick into one of Saskatoon’s premiere vintage shops.”

Follow: https://www.facebook.com/theknickvintage/


“K-Lyn has been heavily involved in the fashion community, since moving to Saskatoon from a small city in Alberta. K-Lyn held the position of marketing co-ordinator for the Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival, as well as styled and organized the Living Green Expo Fashion Show in coordination with Stasia Boutique. Her consulting business focuses on personal shopping, and closet organization for those who want a fashion lift. K-Lyn has a passion for consignment shopping and believes that you do not need to break your wallet in order to be fashionable.”

Follow: https://www.instagram.com/k.bonogofski/

Although the spirit of donating clothing to people in need is always appreciated, about 85% of our clothing eventually ends up in a landfill. For this reason swapping instead of buying brand new clothes is an exciting way to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

To start the night off, get fashion hack advice by local stylists to show you how to reuse your clothes in multiple seasons.


1. Come with 5 – 12 items of clothing, or accessories to add to the swap collection pool.

2. After the welcome and brief styling workshop, swap shopping will officially begin. Pick any garments and accessories up to the amount you added to the swap collection pool.

3. At the end of the swap, you can choose to take home remaining items that have not been taken, or you can leave them to be donated to the YWCA Opportunity Shop.


What to bring: dresses, pants, skirts, tops, shoes, bags, scarves, hats, jewellery, and a few friends. This swap has no size restrictions.

What NOT to bring: earrings, swimwear, underwear, night wear, and children’s clothes.

Clothes must be clean and in good condition. If you wouldn’t pass it on to your best friend, please leave it at home. Try-ons cannot be accommodated (unless you have a portable changing room that you can let us borrow)!


Venue Sponsor: YWCA Saskatoon

“YWCA Saskatoon is a vibrant, community-based organization that responds to the needs of women, men and children here in Saskatoon, providing both preventative and emergent services. We are a member of YWCA Canada and our funding comes from government, granting agencies, charitable donations and fee-for-service.”

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ywcasaskatoon/

Website: http://www.ywcasaskatoon.com/

Catering Sponsor: PickNic’s Catering & Fine Foods Ltd.

PickNic’s Catering Saskatoon, is proud to offer affordable appetizers, nibbles or meals for your lunch, dinner or event catering needs. They cater throughout Saskatoon, and would be more than happy to provide for your next special event. Specialties include, but are not limited to, weddings, banquets, midnight lunches, conventions, Christmas parties, and more!

For your daily dose of #foodporn, follow @PICKNICS_CATERING on Instagram. Like PickNic’s on Facebook for contests, and updates on weekly lunch and dessert specials.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/picknicscatering/

Unplugged Music by: Ezra & Jon

“Ezra and Jon are a dynamic blend of folky blues, with a dash of good ol’ rock and roll. Ezra’s voice is raw and ripe with emotion. Jon is sweet and salty, playing an array of instruments (let’s hope he pulls out the washboard). This eclectic duo draws all eyes in the room.”

Charity: YWCA Turning Points Program. Click here to donate online.

Do Sask is a community that makes living in Saskatchewan fun. Meet people in a relaxed and friendly environment, or grab some friends and make a night of it. Founder Amy Rederburg produces events like speed dating and brewery tours, and writes inspirational blogs to help you plan dates in Saskatchewan. The spirit of Do Sask is being brave enough to try new things.

NatureCity Festival runs May 22 – 27, 2018 at locations across Saskatoon. Check event listings here.

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Things to do in Saskatoon this weekend

Apr 26 to May 2 Things to do in Saskatoon

Events for the week of April 26 to May 2, 2018

These events were compiled using the Do Sask Facebook Group community calendar. Group members are invited to share events and engage with each other about things to do in the city of Saskatoon. Think of it as an online community cork board.


Check out more in the listings below:


5:45 pm Adult Dance course for beginners at Alma Flamenca

7 pm Mothers Empowering Mothers Paint Nite at Sutherland Bar

9 pm Karaoke at Amigos Cantina

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018

10 am Countdown to NatureCity Festival at River Landing

10 am Saskatoon Rock, Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show at Saskatoon German Cultural Centre

5 pm Curated Spring Market at TCU Place

7:30 pm Heart Songs (sing & play alongs) with Bruce, Brian D & Friends! at d’Lish by Tish Café


10 am Saskatoon Rock, Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show at Saskatoon German Cultural Centre

11 am Tabletop Day at Amazing Stories

7 pm Speed Dating for Singles 34 to 45 at Finn’s Irish Pub

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018

10 am Saskatoon Rock, Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show at Saskatoon German Cultural Centre

10 am Third Annual Spring Plant Sale at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market

8:30 pm Kizomba Social at Lakewood Indoor Tennis Centre

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018

Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival begins today

6 pm Free container gardening seminar at Dutch Growers


Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival continues

8 pm Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre


Never miss another event in Saskatoon. Get this event listing sent to your inbox by signing up for the Do Sask newsletter below:

If you want to promote your event, please send it in for a free listing and share it in the Saskatoon Events and Date Night Ideas group. Follow Do Sask on Facebook for more daily updates.

Things to do in Saskatoon this weekend

This week, Do Sask is celebrating one year of speed dating. View the events calendar for speed dating, brewery tour and book club dates.

These events were compiled using the Do Sask Facebook Group community calendar. Group members are invited to share events and engage with each other about things to do in the city of Saskatoon. Think of it as an online community cork board. Check out more in the listings below:


Saskatoon Craft Guild Display and Tea, 2 pm at Masonic Temple

GRCS Fundraiser Show, 7 pm at Saskatoon Indoor Skatepark 

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018

3 Beer Release 420 celebration, 11 am at Prairie Sun Brewery 

We All Stare At The Remai Modern & Say “Wow” Like Owen Wilson, 6 pm  at Remai Modern

14 Hours: Gallery Reception, 7 pm at Gordon Snelgrove Gallery

Carbon Copy at Somewhere Else Pub, 9 pm at Somewhere Else Pub & Grill 


Saskatoon Pottery Guild Spring Sale, 9 am Albert Community Centre

Grand Reopening – Joyne, 10 am at Joyne

Free BBQ at BN, 11 am at BN Metals Sas

Women’s Self Defense Seminar, 3 pm at Momentum Martial Arts (Saskatoon)

SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018

Warman Spring Community and Jazz Band Concert, 2 pm at Warman Community Middle School Legends Theatre

MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018

Do Sask Book Club #4, 7 pm at Park Town Hotel Lounge


3D Printing an Artifact in the Gallery!, 8 am at Museum of Antiquities (Saskatoon)


Never miss another event in Saskatoon. Get this event listing sent to your inbox by signing up for the Do Sask newsletter below:

If you want to promote your event, please send it in for a free listing and share it in the Saskatoon Events and Date Night Ideas group. Follow Do Sask on Facebook for more daily updates.

FIRST ANNIVERSARY: Catching up with a speed dating match one year later

“It’s a crapshoot. You never know what’s going to stick!” – George, past attendee and speed dating match

On April 18, 2017, the first Do Sask Saskatoon Speed Dating event took place on the third floor of the Hose & Hydrant Pub.

In celebration of my first anniversary, I invited attendees from the very first speed dating event to share their success stories. With 11 people in attendance it was an intimate crowd. Fast forward twelve months. Speed dating has had more than a dozen successful events, hundreds of matches, and lots of singles ditching their smartphones for some real face time.

Do Sask began with a goal to help people get connected on a deeper level to the community around them. With all the buzz, I’m sure you’re just as curious as I am about how speed dating has an impact on attendees once the event is over.

This week, I was pleasantly surprised to hear from two of my very first attendees, a lady named Kate* and a gentleman named George*, who are now in a long-term relationship.

Kate and George have been seeing each other since meeting at speed dating last year. When I asked them if they would let me interview them on their experience, they agreed. I talked to each interviewee separately and encouraged them to give honest answers.

Read on if you’re interested in learning about how a real speed dating match develops into a relationship.


“Speed dating for me was far better than using POF or Tinder, it was a lot more personal and allowed for a better chance at a good first impression.

I matched with Kate and we’re still together. We were friends for the first little bit and then started dating later in the year. I think the benefit of speed dating is putting people together in a room and taking away the ease of making a quick judgment call and moving on, it forces a bit of conversation and getting to know the other person a little bit more than you would see on a dating profile.”


“I am happy to say that George and I (whom I met that night) are still together. It was 7 months of being in a relationship as of April 1st. We wanted to be friends for a little bit once we met and he asked me to start a relationship on September 1st at the fireworks festival.

I’m so happy I took a chance and went, took a chance and checked yes and I have you to thank 🙂 so Thank you! I hope that mine and George’s relationship continues to bloom and see where this adventure takes us :)”

What did you think about speed dating before you came?

George: “I heard about speed dating from the movies, but I didn’t know what to expect going into it. I was going in with an open mind.”

Kate: “Honestly the first thing that came to my mind was the scene in the movie Hitch when they have speed dating at the end of the movie. I knew it was meeting someone, you talk for a couple of minutes, then you go on to the next one. Check yes, or no. And if you match ‘yes’ you exchange numbers. I didn’t know what to expect as far as the kind of people I would meet, or anything like that.”

What did you want out of speed dating?

Continue reading “FIRST ANNIVERSARY: Catching up with a speed dating match one year later”

9 surprising ways starting patio season early is more refreshing than new socks

Crazy Cactus rooftop patio season

Patio season will soon be here! How do I know? It’s technically spring, it hasn’t snowed in 48 hours, and any moment now the temperature will rise above zero. I just know it! Get ready to release your shorts and flips flops from retirement.

Okay, maybe I’m jumping the gun. The thermometer is currently sitting at -16 as I type. 

But I’m hoping that one of our city’s restaurant or pub managers will see this post and open up for patio season within the next few weeks. If you close your eyes, some local decks channel the quaint bistro cafe vibe of Europe. Let’s give people a reason to feel like Saskatoon really is the Paris of the Prairies.

9 surprising reasons to start patio season early:

Feel outdoorsy without getting eaten alive by mosquitos and hornets.

Last summer was really bad for bugs in the city of Saskatoon. Name any kind of annoying insect – flies, wasps, mosquitos – and my sweet nectar-filled pint glass attracted them. Get out there early to avoid the insects before they’re back in full-force.

Being the first to find a new, unknown patio is like winning a free mini-getaway with all your friends.

With one caveat: getting there before the masses find out about it.
The feeling of having an entire patio to yourself is quite liberating. You have the space to enjoy with friends… until someone says something and word spreads.

Make nice with the servers to potentially get top priority come summer.

Relationships are everything in the restaurant and bar industry. So treat your favourite patio bartenders and wait staff with the respect they deserve. They may remember you when the deck is packed this summer and it’s between you and that douche snapping their fingers.
Tips for bonding with industry peeps: ask about how their day is going and listen to the answer, give them genuine compliments when deserved, tip them a minimum 15% gratuity for a job well done, and avoid stereotypical asshole behaviour.

Start working on your tan before everyone else.

Okay, negative temperatures aren’t the best for sunbathing. But who says it won’t warm up in a fortnight? Once it gets above zero, the sleeveless tees are coming out! Make sure you bring layers to wear once the sun goes down. Remember: east-facing is better for morning brunch, and west-facing is better for sunsets.

People watch those unlucky souls who have to trudge through mud and slush.

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Cheers to avoiding mud puddles and potholes for an hour or two!

Rooftop patios with their own bars are lit! (When I say ‘lit’ I mean usually heated.)

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Photo via Crazy Cactus on Yelp.ca

You won’t have to move a muscle ’cause the bartender keeps drinks flowing and the heater keeps you cozy. Sit, drink, repeat!

Day drinking begins every weekend at 11 AM!

Forget waiting around all day to head to a club at 11 PM. Seize the day and get home at a decent hour. (That’s the 30-year-old, getting-in-bed-before-10-PM, waking-up-without-a-hangover voice inside me talking.)
My favourite patio season day drinks include bulldogs, margaritas, sangrias, and gringos!

Have a sunny bunch on the patio complete with mimosas and chicken n’ waffles.

My favourite brunch at Elk Ridge Lodge.

Anyone who doesn’t love chicken n’ waffles is no friend of mine.

Horseshoe, or corn-hole games don’t need green grass.

Set up some lawn games on a patio and you’ll have plenty of fun – mower/shovel not required!

Patio season should start refreshingly early, Saskatoon. There may be snow and ice on the ground, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try and convince your neighbourhood patio to open early for the season. Tell ’em it will make you feel better than putting on a new pair of socks. They won’t say no!

Saskatoon spots to inspire you this patio season:

Boffins Public House, University
Original Joe’s, 8th Street
Somewhere Else Pub & Grill, Avalon
Yard & Flagon, Broadway
The Hose & Hydrant Brew Pub, Broadway
PiNK Lounge & Nightclub, Downtown
Crazy Cactus, Downtown
O’Shea’s Irish Pub, Downtown
Cathedral Social Hall, Downtown
Una Pizza & Wine, Broadway
Las Palapas Resort Grill, Broadway
Amigos Cantina, Broadway
Finn’s Irish Pub, Downtown
Browns Socialhouse, Stonebridge
Shoeless Joe’s Sports Grill, Stonebridge
Shift Restaurant, Downtown

So, which patios are on the top of your list in saskatoon?  JOIN THE DO SASK FACEBOOK GROUP TO HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE DISCUSSION.

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