Events, fundraising

Grand “Old” Opry Zoomer Style

Call for auditions for our Grand “Old” Opry “Zoomer Style” Let Saskatoon know that you are a talented Country and Western style performer!

How:   Call by June 3 [306.652.2255] to ensure you get on the list to audition.  You will be contacted with further instructions for the next steps.

Who:  Older Adults 55 years and older (individuals or groups of up to 6)

What:  Saskatoon Council on Aging presents Grand “Old” Opry – Zoomer Style event on March 27, 2020 at the Western Development Museum. 

Let’s celebrate the talents of older adults specializing in country and western music. This event will start with a wonderful meal followed by entertainment and an exciting competition between country music acts.

There will be several winners at the event.  Winners receive an award, press coverage and fan adoration”. This is your opportunity to be part of an entertaining night of fun where Saskatoon’s seasoned talent is showcased.

For more information call the Saskatoon Council on Aging at 306-652-2255.








age-friendly, Events, fundraising

Gala Night Celebrates Older Adults

Message from June Gawdun, Executive Director, Saskatoon Council on Aging [SCOA]

On October 25th many older adults enjoyed a lovely evening at the Best of Zoomer Idol event at the Western Development Museum.  This event showcased the talents of older adults in our community.  The funds generated from ticket sales and voting for your favourite idol go to support SCOA’s programs and services.  The room was packed with 323 guests attending.  A huge thanks to the Idols and to the organizing committee.

lilaThe people’s choice winner was Lila Henderson. In the spirit of having a fundraising event the Idols had the option to collect votes prior to the event.   Lila managed to collect just over $6000.00 in votes!
There was a tie for the judge’s choice.  The winners were Mary Ellen Buckwold and Roy Hargreaves. 


Thank you to everyone who attended.  Tax receipts will be issued during for a portion of the fee for your ticket and for votes that were $25.00 and up.

Thanks to our sponsors:


Thanks to Prairie Meats
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Thanks to Saskatoon Media Group

Thanks to Star Sponsors Edwards Family Centre; Barry Woytowich, RBC Dominion Securities; Affinity Credit Union
Dessert Sponsor:  Hillcrest Memorial 


Events, fundraising

The Best of Zoomer Idol

“The Best of Zoomer Idol”
A fundraiser for the Saskatoon Council on Aging

WHEN: Thursday, October 25th , 2018
Doors open 5 p.m. Supper 6:30 p.m.
Performances 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $100  [partial tax receipt issued]
Phone 306-652-2255 or visit 

Presented by:

Four years of Saskatoon Zoomer Idol yielded an astonishing
array of talent right here in River City.  Participation in Zoomer Idol provided wonderful opportunities for older adults 55+ to step into the spotlight. From a roster of 32 great acts, our co-artistic directors  selected 8 to perform in a gala showcase.
 Best of Zoomer Idol Contestants:

  • To celebrate the talents of these older adults, the Saskatoon
    Council on Aging presents our fall fundraising event :
    The Best of Zoomer Idol.”
  • In 2017, attendees enjoyed “Partying on with Canada” at the fourth Saskatoon Zoomer Idol Competition.

For 2018, we look forward to an exciting grand finale for Zoomer!


Events, fundraising, Services

Get Your Groove on at Spotlight 2018!

Spotlight on Seniors is the largest showcase for older adults in Saskatchewan.  Held annually, the show is a day of fun for older adults and also promotes health and wellness.
Proudly presented by:
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This year’s show theme is “Get Your Groove On” and focuses on fun physical activities and games.
Hula Hoopsters – Creative movement and demonstrations
and more!
Musical entertainment includes Gopher Broke and Spectacle.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
TCU Place  Grand Salon – 35 22nd St. East, Saskatoon
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lunch available for purchase

  • Product demonstrations
  • Wellness and fitness information
  • Financial resources Information
  • Hobbies and leisure activities
  • Health products
  • Government services
  • And much more…

Also ….
Music, entertainment, free refreshments throughout the show




Events, fundraising

Cherry Bop Hop

Tickets sales are now closed – if you have already purchased tickets – many thanks and enjoy the event! 



The Cherry Bop Hop is a new fundraising venture for the Saskatoon Council on Aging, This dinner & dance party features:

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Dance to the music of 50’s and 60’s
Location: Western Development Museum (WDM)
Doors Open: 5:00 p.m. Cocktails: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Program: 6 p.m. Supper: 6:30 p.m. Dance: 7:30 pm.

  • The band England playing tunes from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s
  • Eye-popping decorations and novelties
  • Signature cocktails and refreshments
  • Door prizes and raffles and much more!
  • Dance demos with Julie Janzen
  • Dance to the music of England
  • Take your selfie! Draggins Rod and Custom Car Club will have a Red 1964 Mercury Parklane Convertible on display!

Paint the town red! Wear red and be entered to win a cool prize!

Cherry Fizz Sponsor 

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Cherry Pop Sponsor


Events, fundraising

A Fundraiser Concert with Saskia and Darrel; The Great Plains

A Fundraiser Concert with Saskia and Darrel;
The Great Plains.

Everyone is WELCOME!!!! 
Sunday, March 11 at 7:00 PM
Presented by/at: The Mount Royal Emmanuel United Church

Tickets $15/Person. Available from Barb at 306.249.2433 or 306.370.0136. Tickets also at the door.

An evening filled with laughter and friendship, this is a show not to be missed!!

​Award winning Canadian Folk Duo Saskia and Darrel LOVE what they do and it shows in every song they sing. They have an easy, crowd-friendly style that instantly endears them to any audience. This is “real” Canadian Music, woven around exquisite melodies, drenched in our culture and heritage delivered in comfortable highly skilled sets with oodles of self-poking humor. Enjoy a taste of Celtic, a dab of Bluegrass, some beautiful Gospel and some toe tapping favorites. Warning…..there might be some yodelin’!

They perform throughout all of Canada and Western Europe and have cultivated an immense following…… winning over their fans one town, one hall at a time.

One of the Great Songwriters in Canada; Gary Fjellgaard.
“The Voice of an Angel”. Gerrit Vermeij. Radio 2  Holland.
“Standing Ovation in Switzerland”.  Signed Robert Collette, Ambassador, Berne/Canadian Embassy, Bern.
“Wild response from the Audience”. Todd Maclean. The Guardian, Charlotte Town, Prince Edward Island.

What do the fans say…………………

Uplifted my Spirits!! I wanted to thank you both for the wonderful show. It uplifted my spirits and I could see many others around me. From the bottom of my heart, I just want to let you know how much your music, voices and spirits touch all who are lucky enough to be in the audience. Thanks again, we have a couple of CD’s now so we can listen again, and again……….Randi and Art. Nipawin.

See you on stage! “The first time I heard the song “Laura’s Kitchen” I knew Darrel and Saskia had something special. The rest of the songs on this CD measure up to that standard. Heartfelt lyrics, friendly melodies, great vocals all supported by Darrel’s intricate acoustic guitar. Saskia more than holds her own with sensitive electric bass. Their live performance matches the quality of the CD. With the stories around the songs, it all adds up to an enjoyable evening of entertainment. A very comfortable visit to “Laura’s Kitchen”. See you on stage.” -Gary Fjellgaard-

Great Singing & Musicianship. Saskia and Darrel have assembled a great batch of songs on “songbirds”. They’ve obviously put in their time playing together, and it shows on this album; full of great singing, musicianship, and heart-felt original songs. -Steve Dawson-

Catch One’s Breath. Saskia & Darrel: What a fabulous show! Between hilarious stories and poignant song lyrics accented by extraordinary harmonies, there was hardly a moment to catch one’s breath. It was an evening none of us will forget for a very long while! Thank you on behalf of the Anne Murray Centre for an outstanding performance.” -Susan Belliveau-. Springhill, Nova Scotia.

You have music power!! Your music, personalities, talent and presence are unforgettable. You have music power and finally experiencing that power in person will always be one of the highlights of my moments in an audience! Kudos to you both and this website is Awesome!!! Happy Thoughts your way Always in All Ways! Madlyn Andres – Calgary


fundraising, Publications

Two great cookbooks!

Back by popular demand just in time for the holidays! Two great cookbooks to choose from: Living Simply or A Taste of Time. You may decide to get both!  The books are $20 each and proceeds go towards SCOA`s programs and services.

Living Simply is a great gift for anyone who is venturing out on their own for the first time, has recently assumed new family responsibilities or is new to Canada. Prepared by the Association of Saskatchewan Home Economists (Saskatoon), this book is more than just great recipes. It also offers practical tips and basic home skills on anything from how to safely thaw meats to reading labels. 

A Taste of Time features treasured family recipes and the stories that make them memorable. Enjoy over 222 recipes, unique anecdotes and quirky tips. Each section of the cookbook is marked with beautiful, original drawings by local artist Helen Johnson.

Don’t hesitate – reserve your copies of these treasures today! Call 306-652-2255.