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Full listing Classes | Event Calendar


SCOA Globe Walk LaunchJanuary 5 1:30 pm
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SCOA Coffee Break Series: Conversations with Physicians
January 25 1 pm Free to attend, all 55+ invited. Online via ZOOM

Join us online for a conversation with Sask Geriatric EM Physician Dr. Brittany Ellis and geriatrician Dr. Krista Lagimodiere.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
SCOA Coffee Break series made possible by New Horizons for Seniors Program, Government of Canada

Saskatoon Transit & Bus Buddy Joint Presentation
January 27 2 pm  Free to attend, Online via ZOOM

Want to learn more about taking the bus? Topics covered:fares, trip planning, transit app and trips and tricks along the way. Sign up in advance to receive a digital workbook so you can follow along during the presentation. If you want to be paired with a SCOA Bus Buddy for your first bus trips we can accommodate that too. Email Betty or call 306.652.2255  for more information.


Watercolour Introduction Art Class
Feb 1 1 pm to 3 pm Cost $60 Online via ZOOM

Ccurrently an instructor at the U. of S. College of Arts and Sciences Community Arts program, and at Hues Art Supply, Alison Montgomery has been painting in watercolour for over 30 years. Become familiar with watercolour materials and techniques while creating a painting of a simple subject. Supplies not included, contact SCOA to register and for a supply list at 306-652-2255. You may also audit the class if you do not wish to purchase supplies.

All About iCloud: Technology Workshops
Feb 2 1:30 to 3 pm COST $25 Online via ZOOM

What is it? What does it cost? Storage space? Different types: iCloud, Google photos, Google Drive, OneDrive and DropBox. Phone 306.652.2255 to register.

D’reen’s Catering Cooking Class: Appetizers
Feb 10 1 pm to 2:30 pm Cost: $45 Online via ZOOM

Feb 10 Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a little Bite!
D’reen will step you through a series of delicious appetizers that will impress your friends and loved ones. To register and obtain a class supplies list contact SCOA 306-652-2255,

iPhone Photography Introduction: Technology Workshops
Feb 16 1:30 to 3 pm COST $25 Online via ZOOM

Camera app: still pictures, video and how do I see pictures and thumbnails. Phone 306.652.2255 to register.

SCOA Globe Walk – February Event
Feb 17 1:30 pm Online via ZOOM

Join us for a presentation about Wanuskewin Heritage Park with archaeologist and forensic anthropologist Dr. Ernie Walker. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Live Zoo Animal Session: Mayfair Hub Club
Feb 18 1 pm Online via ZOOM. Free to attend, all older adults 55+ invited.

Zoo Animal session with a Saskatoon Zoo Society Educator. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

D’reen’s Catering Cooking Class: Thrifty Chicken
Feb 24 1 pm to 2:30 pm Cost: $45 Online via ZOOM

Get a Bang for your Buck!
D’reen will step you through three incredibly scrumptious meals, all made from one chicken! To register and obtain a class supplies list contact SCOA 306-652-2255.

SCOA Coffee Break Series: Mental Health and Older Adults
Feb 25 1pm Online via ZOOM.

The COVID-19 situation can be very stressful. It is important to take care of our mental health as well as physical health. Join us for a presentation by Dr. Megan O’Connell on mental health and older adults; how you can stay healthy during these challenging times.

MARCH 2021

Advanced iPhone Photography Technology Workshop
March 2 1:30 pm to 3 pm COST $25 Online via ZOOM

Camera app editing: adjust, filters, crop, markup. Photo app: library arrangement, featured photos, albums. Phone 306.652.2255 to register.

Finance and End of Life Planning – Lifeskills Series
March 9 1 pm to 2 pm, No cost. Online via ZOOM

Kevin Maynard, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE) will guide us to plan for the future as we face life events. “End of life planning” will be emphasized along with adjusting plans as we are faced with life events, dealing with illness and end of life, remaining in control, Power of Attorney, making estate arrangements including your will and arranging funerals. To register call SCOA at 306-652-2255.

SCOA Globe Walk March Event – March 17 1:30 pm Online via ZOOM

More information to come

Easter Bread Making – Mayfair Hub Club – March 18 1 pm Online via ZOOM. Free to attend, all older adults 55+ invited.

From Baba With Love: Easter Paska Bread Making with UWAC, Hanka Romanchych Branch Ladies. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

April 2021

Container Gardening – Mayfair Hub Club- April 15 1 pm
Online via ZOOM. Free to attend, all older adults 55+ invited.

Container Gardening World with Jacqueline Bantle, Horticulturist, (U of S).

NEW TO ZOOM? Dr. Megan O’Connell and her team from the U. of S. will be pleased to assist. Phone Phone 306.966.2496 or email For more information and support, please visit the Seniors Help website

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What older adults need to know NOW about virtual communication 

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One truth that has emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic is how important virtual communication has become. Sometimes it’s the only means of communication possible. In hospital settings and nursing homes where visitors are not allowed to visit, virtual communication becomes the only way (besides trying to talk through a window) to reach a loved one and keep them (or yourself) from feeling totally abandoned.

And please don’t throw up your hands and say: Oh, that’s so beyond me; I’ll just phone; my family will be there for me; I haven’t needed it in the past 20 years and I don’t need it now! Really? You may need it tomorrow if you have to be admitted to a care facility or hospital.

Got your attention?  Let’s start with the common cell phone. I think everyone should have one for safety sake in any case, and should, at the very least, know how to text, send emails, use FaceTime and just for fun, learn how to take photos. These basic functions will allow you to keep in touch with your family and they with you.

So why not prepare now for a worst possible communication scenario?

Even if you never have to endure the trauma of mandatory visiting restrictions keeping you from  a loved one, note that there are many other advantages to a cell phone. Texting is the fastest way to reach the grandkids!! FaceTime brings them right to the edge of your chair. And they can teach you the basic functions of a cell phone! And photos are fun!

Why not give it a try?

Isn’t it everyone’s responsibility to learn to communicate virtually?

You’ll be glad you did!

by Mercedes Montgomery, SCOA Co-President 

Great collection of how to’s for ZOOM 


Classes, Lifelong Learning, Programming, Technology

SCOA Winter Classes & Programs

Note: All class/program fees must be paid in advance.
1. Phone 306-652-2255 to pay with credit card, OR
2. Mail a cheque to our office: SCOA, Saskatoon Field House, 2020 College Drive, Saskatoon, S7N 2W4 OR
3. Visit our office at the Field House

Literary Roundtable Discussions – CANCELLED

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This course will examine and discuss three famous short stories—“A New England Nun”, by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman; “The Veldt”, by Ray Bradbury; and “The Boarding House”, by James Joyce. Each story is full of mysteries and unanswered questions. All stories are on the internet – please read them before the classes begin. Join Terry Matheson (PhD American Literature) and Brian Cotts (MA Literature) for three fascinating sessions (6hrs).

Wednesdays (April 8, 15, 221:30 pm – 3:30 pm $50
SCOA Boardroom

 Bird Identification – CANCELLED


Identification and appreciation of local birds. This class will go beyond the basic identification of birds to consider more advanced visual identification and introduce birding by ear, along with some of the hidden aspects of birdsong. We will also cover bird migration and how it changes the mix of species locally over the course of the year. All classes indoors (6hrs).

Wednesdays (April 29, May 6, 13)  1 pm – 3 pm $50

Technology – CANCELLED

Apple Technology Classes

Beginner one-on-one Apple ONLY classes on Friday afternoons.
Become more confident using your Apple iPad, iPhone, Computer or Watches. Register now for 2 classes of 1.5 hrs (3 hrs) which includes a take home manual. Must bring your device.
Date: Friday afternoons Cost: $40

IOS 12/13 Apple operating system and iPhone/iPad photography/Cloud Classes
Mystified with the Apple system update (IOS 12/13) Having troubles with photos stored on the “Cloud”? Small group class sessions with 5 people per class – register early.

IOS System Update 12/13
Tuesday, Feb 4 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  Cost: $20
Tuesday, Jan 28 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  Cost:$20

Tech Buddy – CANCELLED

Seniors Tech Buddy (Any type of technology device) One-on-one beginner technology workshops with students from local high schools.
Cost: $10 (Fee to cover administration costs) 306-652-2255 to register

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Learn how to stay safe online with presentations on financial fraud and internet safety. Get one on one help with tech devices by students from local high schools. Learn how to use your laptop, tablet, iPad, smartphone, iPhone or other device.


Tuesday April 10th at St. Joseph High School
115 Nelson Road, Saskatoon
9:15am-9:45am Registration/Check-in
9:45am-11:00am Financial Fraud and Internet Safety Presentations
11:00am-12:15pm One on One help with technology by high school students


Thursday April 19th at Bishop James Mahoney High School – CANCELLED
231 Primrose Drive, Saskatoon
10:00am-10:30am Registration/Check-in
10:30am-12:30pm Financial Fraud and Internet Safety Presentations
12:30pm-1:30pm One on One help with technology by high school students
$10 fee to cover administration cost
Phone: 306-652-2255 Email:
Or in-person at Saskatoon Council On Aging (SCOA):
2020 College Drive, Saskatoon (Saskatoon Field House)