At In Charge Self Defense, women master a mélange of karate, krav maga, kickboxing, and tae kwon do. Taught by a third dan black belt with Level 3 NCCP certification, the studio’s intimate classes help build self-confidence and discipline in students, while also borrowing fitness training techniques from yoga and Pilates. In Charge can work one-on-one with students for more personalized attention, and also offers co-ed training sessions for local high schoolers.
Saskatoon Paintball deploys combatants at two separate locations, including an outdoor field in Vanscoy that remains open year-round and features 10 different battle zones. During winter months, an indoor facility on Valley Road invites teams in from the cold to pelt each other with reballs, or rubber paintballs. The indoor location also features a spacious viewing area, as well as a pro shop stocked with the sport’s latest equipment.
Visitors enter the Wintergreen Fine Craft Market to peruse and purchase the handmade work of more than 80 craft artists, visual artists, and local food producers. Art-seekers can stock up on traditional and contemporary creations such as jewellery, furniture, and professional photography that prompt guests' point-and-shoot cameras to flash their approval in morse code. Peer through glass pieces to the see the world differently, knock on wooden artwork for luck, or flesh out living-room galleries with a sculpture. After inspecting the main booths, crafty duos can meander over to the emerging-artists booth, where up-and-coming masterpiece makers showcase work in styles such as mixed media, painting, and printmaking. All of the event's art creators undergo a rigorous jury process that separates the artisans from the crowds of people who just figured out they could use a ponytail as a paintbrush.
The chefs at Miramar Restaurant fry, grill, and steam a flavourful array of classic Chinese dishes. Beef and broccoli are topped with a succulent dark sauce, and barbecued pork plates tempt eyes and tongues with colourful mixed vegetables. Among house specialties, the Bird Nest pays tribute to a storied delicacy without actually displacing neighbourhood wildlife. A selection of vegetarian options ensures diners of all dietary stripes leave satiated.
Snooker Shack lures pool-hall marvels with billiards tables, a family-friendly atmosphere, and a menu of classic bar fare that is available 365 days a year. Chase wily eight balls with a friend or friendly postman ($11.50) while snacking on some crinkle-cut fries ($3.33). The dry ribs heat benumbed tongues with boneless seasoned dry ribs, ranch dip, and a zesty lemon wedge ($9.29), and the herbivore nachos season crispy tortillas with tomatoes, green onions, black olives, and jalapeños ($7.86). The Burger of the Rings responsibly tops a 100 per cent Canadian ground beef patty with two crispy onion rings and sides the sandwich with fries or a caesar salad ($8.81). Snooker Shack also wraps cheese steaks and grilled or crispy chicken, like a newborn fairy, in a tortilla before tucking it in with ranch or caesar dressing ($10.21).