Chelsea Mendez showed off her creativity by adding spots to a dog
at the Pets in the Park festival. (Express photo)
The case of ‘The World’s Children’ proves we can be nice to each other

Perhaps it was because we could not imagine perching on a rocky ledge deep inside a flooded cave for 18 days.
Maybe it was the youth and innocence of the trapped boys, in a remote and harsh location.
Likely it was the potential of tragic death by lack of food, asphyxiation, drowning, infection or any of a myriad horrible ways to die.
Ultimately, it was at least partly the colossal rescue effort that drew possibly every eye on the planet to the drama unfolding around 12 young Thai soccer players and their coach, caught underground while spelunking by a weather event in the middle, more or less, of nowhere.
In the mornings at home, news of the boys was the first thing we talked about. This story had us in the grips of a great thrall, shared by, say, six or seven billion people.


Ex headliners a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll

Susan Kuzma went shopping a little bit before Christmas, 2017, and she came up with a country music gift for the fans of the Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition.
The gift is Trace Adkins, a seasoned American singer, who will be the headliner on the main grandstand on Thursday, Aug. 9.
The last studio album for Adkins was Something Going On, released in 2017, and his most prominent hit singles over the years have been I Left Something Turned On At Home, (This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing, Ladies Love Country Boys and You’re Gonna Miss This, which was American Country Music’s (ACM) single of the year in 2008.
He’s a three-time Grammy winner. Important in his collection of awards was the 2010 production of Hillbilly Bone, which he shared with Blake Shelton, and it won the ACM event of the year and CMT’s collaborative video award.

SaskPoly eco-car team takes the silver at world championship

One hundred and fifty teams from about a dozen countries competed at the Shell Eco-Marathon Drivers’ World Championship in London, England on July 8. All of them had qualified to be there at previous eco-car meets, so these were the global cream of the crop.
The team from Saskatoon’s Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus beat them all except one, coming in second by a hair’s breadth, and marking the first time a Canadian team has placed in the competition.
How did that feel?
Depending on which team or faculty member you ask, awesome, amazing, super or spectacular.
“I was happy with second,” said Dylan Markwart, one of the two drivers of the eco-car. “I was super happy. I would have been happy with top five.”

Young artists engage with community in public places

If you’re in Riversdale this month, you may notice young artists in parks and other public spaces talking with community members about access to healthy food and the changing neighbourhood.
The artists’ activities are part of Locals Only, a multi-year art project commissioned by AKA Artist-Run gallery on 20th Street West.
With support from the Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter Initiative, the project aims to use art as a tool to bring people together in unexpected ways to have important conversations, according to the gallery.
Justin Langlois, the lead artist with Locals Only, said between four and eight youth artists are working on the project at any given time, plus two summer students who are co-ordinating and overseeing the art carts that are out in the community this summer.

P.A.’s Shantel Kalika makes NASCAR debut at Wyant Raceway

Growing up in a racing family, Shantel Kalika always envisioned herself trying the sport at the highest levels.
The 28-year-old Prince Albert product will advance her goals when the NASCAR Pinty’s Series makes its annual stop at the Wyant Group Raceway just north of Saskatoon.
Kalika, who is in her eighth season racing at the local Saskatoon track, will make her debut on the NASCAR circuit, taking part in the two 125-lap main event Pinty’s Series races.
She will be the first female driver from Saskatchewan to compete on the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.
“The atmosphere and the excitement around it is obviously going to be huge,” said Kalika. “I just feel obviously blessed to be able to actually have the first one be at my home track.
“Wyant Group Raceway is a phenomenal track. The grounds that they have there are immaculate.”
The two-day race event is set for July 24-25. The action on July 24, which starts at 7 p.m., features 75-lap main event races for the local pro truck class and the sportsman class and heat races for the super late model class.

Reflections on Saskatoon through a visitor’s eyes

My husband’s law class had a reunion in the city recently, and the search was on to find group activities and events for the occasion. With classmates coming from across the country, all with ties to the city from their student days, it was an opportunity to reflect on what Saskatoon has to offer to visitors and how much it has changed over the decades.
Of course, a tour of the College of Law was a must, along with a tour of the College of Agriculture because one classmate, local philanthropist Henry Kloppenberg, had donated a large collection of art to that college, with many pieces of art showcasing artists with ties to Saskatchewan. It helps that the University of Saskatchewan campus is one of the prettiest in the country, mixing old architecture with new and lovely landscaping.


Humanity displayed in Thai rescue should be extended to Regina protesters

It was the heartwarming story we all needed.
Or so the pundits like to claim.
True, the story of the stunning rescue of the young Thai soccer team trapped in a flooded cave was captivating. We were all rooting for them. As they emerged, one harrowing rescue after another, we cheered.
“Why is this story so extraordinary?” asked one anonymous Twitter account. “Simple, this is the exact opposite of hatred and war. This is a story of collective international efforts to reach a common goal regardless of race, nationality, religion or political idea. This is “humanity” at its best!”
This Tweet was one of many proclaiming the Thai cave rescue story the definitive example of why “humanity” isn’t dead.