Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Wine Making Club: Dessert Wines

The SSC Wine Making Club has bottled a few dessert wines now, so it's good to know what a dessert wine actually is. The ones the club has bottled are called "Port Wines", which are typically red. White dessert wines are typically called "Icewine".

"Dessert wines, sometimes called pudding wines in the United Kingdom, are sweet wines typically served with dessert. There is no simple definition of a dessert wine. In the UK, a dessert wine is considered to be any sweet wine drunk with a meal, as opposed to the white fortified wines (fino and amontillado sherry) drunk before the meal and the red fortified wines (port and madeira) drunk after it. Thus, most fortified wines are regarded as distinct from dessert wines, but some of the less-strong fortified white wines, such as Pedro Ximénez sherry and Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, are regarded as honorary dessert wines. In the United States, by contrast, a dessert wine is legally defined as any wine over 14% alcohol by volume, which includes all fortified wines—and is taxed more highly as a result. This dates back to when the US wine industry only made dessert wines by fortification, but such a classification is outdated now that modern yeast and viticulture can produce dry wines over 15% without fortification (and German dessert wines can contain half that amount of alcohol)."

Monday, November 07, 2022

Conversations for Mental Health

This was an event held on Oct 27 in the Meetup Live group.

Recording: Critical Conversations for Mental Health - Meetup Blog
Critical Conversations for Mental Health, Thu, Oct 27, 2022, 3:00 PM | Meetup

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Meetup Live (New York, NY) | Meetup

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Shekinah Wine & Cheese, Nov 19

fyi... I got this from Shekinah's facebook page. To get notices of future events, you can follow their page directly.

Shekinah Wine & Cheese, Nov 19

Shekinah Retreat Centre

Monday, October 24, 2022

SHEETFACED :A Ghostly Halloween Affair, Oct 28/29

I found out about this event. I can't put it on the SSC calendar, but wanted to let people know about it in case they'd like to go to it.

Oct 28th/29th Saskatoon - Secret Location - Saskatoon - Oct 28, 2022 | Showpass

A Ghostly Halloween Affair

This Halloween, join us for what will be one of the most debaucherous weekends Saskatoon has ever seen! This event will be held at a secret warehouse location in our North industrial district. Over the course of the weekend there will be a collection of performances from some of the most talented names in electronic music from across the Canadian prairies. A full PK sound set-up and lighting by Pro Plus Production. Captivating decor by Katalyst Media. A fully licensed bar, after hours, and all around saucy night of costumes and dancing all await you this Halloween! Mark our words, this is an event you do not want to miss!!! Moments like this come highly seldom in life and we PROMISE this will be one UNFORGETTABLE weekend for all of you!

October 28th and 29th
8:00 PM to 6:00 AM both nights

Tickets:$35 per night OR $50 for both nights
$40 per night at the door

Monday, October 17, 2022

Revised: City of Saskatoon golf courses scheduled to close for the 2022 season

Revised: City of Saskatoon golf courses scheduled to close for the 2022 season | Saskatoon.ca

Saskatoon Social Club: City of Saskatoon golf courses scheduled to close for the 2022 season

The science of keeping adult friendships

fyi... As an owner of a Meetup group, I was sent this invitation, but it seems like good information for anyone who is using a social club to find and keep friends. :-)

UPDATE: This event was recorded. You can view it here:

Recording: Attachment Styles Meet Friendships - Meetup Blog


The science of keeping adult friendships

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 | (9:00 AM Saskatoon time, 2:00 PM ET)

“Make new friends but keep the old” is a classic line for a reason. Sustaining healthy friendships is a process that requires some effort and care. In this Meetup Live event, we will be talking about how different attachment styles have an impact on a friendship’s longevity.

Join Dr. Marisa Franco, author of the New York Times bestseller Platonic: How The Science of Attachment Can Help You Make–and Keep–Friends as an Adult, for a discussion on how attachment styles influence friendships. You will learn the secrets to forming and maintaining adult friendships, identify characteristics of good friendships, and what the different attachment styles are and how they influence your friendships. Plus, stick around for Q&A! RSVP now to save your seat.

This event is free and open to the public. Consider sharing this invitation with your community.


Information about the Event Speaker

4 Minutes to Better Friendships

How to Make—And Keep—Friends | Aspen Ideas

Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make--and Keep--Friends: Franco PhD, Marisa G.: 9780593331897: Books - Amazon.ca


Thursday, October 13, 2022

Wine Making Club: How to Serve Port

"Vintage Ports are best served slightly below room temperature: 60°F to 64°F. Too cool (e.g. straight from the cellar) and the wine will not release all its aromas and flavors, too warm (68°F or more) and it may appear unbalanced on the nose. If you are thinking of all the literary allusions to warming Port by the fire, remember that up until the mid-20th century or later, houses were not centrally heated and could be as cold or colder than modern cellar temperature recommendations."

How to Serve Port | Premium Port Wines, Inc.

Friday, October 07, 2022

Fall Sale @ Wine Kitz

I received this because I am subscribed to the Wine Kitz newsletter. You can subscribe yourself by going here... http://winekitzsaskatoon.ca/subscribe-to-our-newsletter


Monday, October 03, 2022

House Concert: Whiskey & Wine (Oct.23, 2-4:30pm)



Be entertained by the Dynamic Duo of Whiskey and Wine at the old Borden Mennonite church.

October 23, 2022, from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Tickets $25 each.   Etransfer recommended.  Call 306-244-8890 for more info and to book your spot.

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Sunday, October 02, 2022

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Saskatoon Roller Rink Survey

I found the message below on Facebook today. I was told the survey may close tomorrow, so if you are interested in seeing roller skating come back to Saskatoon, fill out the survey now. :-)

SSC Owner


Good morning everyone! I am student with the University of Saskatchewan and am conducting research regarding the feasibility and design of a roller rink in Saskatoon. I have a 2 minute survey that I would really like to hear your feedback on as individuals in the area interested in roller skating. If you have a moment to spare the link to the survey is below. Thank you for your time and have a great day!
Disclaimer: the information being collected is for a business plan as part of an entrepreneurship class, however, the rink is not intended be developed beyond the business plan. We are looking to gain real insight into the market so we appreciate all of your feedback as it is an immense help but apologize for any confusion regarding the actual start-up of a rink in Saskatoon.

Original Facebook Post


Sunday, September 25, 2022

Windscreens at Father Basil Markle Park

fyi... The following information was passed on to me about the pickleball courts at Father Basil Markle Park.


From: Marilyn Barrington
Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 10:43:48 p.m. EDT
Subject: Windscreens at Father Basil Markle Park


Your group may have noticed that 2 sections of the windscreens SPI ordered are now up on the north end only of FBM. Attached is a summary of how they came to be, and why one panel is 6 ft high, and  ll of the others are 44” high.

The project took  several months to complete, as our SPI Facilities committee needed to get approvals  and follow all of the requirements outlined by the City. If you think your group may be interested in  receiving the attached account of our journey, please feel free to share with anyone. Thanks.



Windscreen Project for Fr. Basil Markle Park

Windscreens for FBM Park have long been the number one wish of our membership. Having completed Uptown Jack’s in 2021, we set our sights on satisfying this requirement in 2022. While we anticipated the project being relatively straightforward, it required us to address a number of issues to keep the project moving.

Prior to the opening of the courts, we met with City of Saskatoon officials to outline our desires for the project and to understand what would be required from the city to get an agreement to execute the project. After a number of discussions, the city advised that they would require an engineering analysis on the strength of the existing chain link fence to withstand various wind loads and that the analysis had to be stamped by a qualified structural engineer for the Province of Saskatchewan. As FBM Park was built 50 years ago, there was no information available on the construction standards used at that time. One of our members, Ed Miller, who is a professional engineer helped to gather information on the construction specifics, which was then forwarded to JCK Engineering who did the analysis for us. We had done a lot of research to locate a supplier, Douglas Sports, who fabricates windscreens for municipal facilities all across North America and we selected a fabric that had a density factor of 85% and a long-expected life with a satisfactory warranty. We were hoping to erect 72-inch windscreens around the entire facility, but when the engineering analysis was done based on the structural integrity of the fence at FBM, we could only erect a windscreen no larger than 44 inches. The easterly portion of the north fence of FBM previously had a tennis backboard which was supported by larger posts spaced closer together for added strength. Accordingly, the engineering analysis determined that this particular section would withstand a 72-inch windscreen.

Having determined the specifications for the windscreen, our next step was to address the requirements of the CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) committee which is made up of representatives from various civic departments. We had to prepare a written report outlining the implications that a windscreen may have on potential for criminal activities using published CPTED principles. As the CPTED committee only met once a month, we were fortunate that City officials were able to get us on their agenda for early July. While the CPTED committee originally had concerns with putting windscreens around the entire facility, we were fortunate that they took the time to understand our approach and ultimately agreed to having windscreen around the entire facility. Once CPTED approval was obtained we had to negotiate a Use/Management Agreement with the City of Saskatoon that addressed such issues of installation, repairs, maintenance and storage of the windscreens in the off season. Also, we had to agree on the responsibility for eventual replacement of the windscreens when they reach end of life.

At the same time, we initiated procurement activities and encountered long delays getting quotes form the Canadian distributor of Douglas Sports. Eventually we changed course and were able to secure the windscreens through Al Anderson Sports who was most helpful in dealing with supply chain issues, import regulations etc.

All of this would not have been possible without the financial support of the Government of Canada through its New Horizons For Seniors Program administered by Employment and Social Development Canada. This program funded not only the engineering analysis and windscreen purchase, but also provided funding for equipment and activities used to promote the sport of pickleball amongst seniors. While the project took a long time due to the number of requirements mentioned above, we are happy to have the windscreens erected at the north end of FBM Park to get a trial run and also perfect installation and removal techniques for next spring. While the structural soundness of the 50-year-old FBM fence did not allow for the height of windscreens that we originally envisioned, we are happy to have windscreens that meet the maximum allowed according to the engineering evaluation, and we hope that the membership is able to get enhanced enjoyment from playing at FBM Park in the future.

Saskatoon Pickleball Inc.
Facilities Committee


Monday, September 12, 2022

The Comedy Pit season is back on


The Comedy Pit season is back on for those who enjoy that event. I can't attend them myself and therefore can't host it on the SSC calendar, but that doesn't stop anyone from going if they want to. :-)

The Comedy Pit Events