Pick of the Day: Party4Pastures Benefit Concert

atwoodYou can find out more about this benefit concert, which features Midnight Roses, Glenn Sutter, Black Drink Crier and the Down Home Boys, here. In a nutshell, though, it’s geared to promoting awareness of the importance of public pastures that the feds recently transferred to provincial control to the prairie eco-system. The concert goes tonight at the Artesian on 13th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 advance and $30 door.

Then on June 27 there’s another fundraising event to promote conservation of prairie grasslands called Prairie Passages Dinner. It features guest-speakers Margaret Atwood (pictured) and her partner and fellow novelist Graeme Gibson, and goes at the Hotel Saskatchewan at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100, and can be obtained by calling 306-525-6400.

Get Your Goat On

If you’re looking for some hot goat on invasive plant species action this weekend, make sure you swing by Wascana Centre. Last August, you’ll perhaps recall, centre authorities brought in some goats to have a chomp-fest to try to control weeds and whatnot without herbicides. The experiment must have proven successful, because today through Monday the goats will be back grazing near Douglas Park Hill.

The goats should be visible from a distance throughout the weekend. But Saturday from 1-3 p.m. there’s a special public viewing in the Habitat Conservation Area. According to organizers, clearing out the invasive species makes room for native grass  species to reestablish themselves.

Free Willysaurus!

You know those Disney-style animal movies about the unlikely adventures of a lost li’l bear or a brave orphan raccoon or an otter with a chip on its shoulder or a flock of sheep with a lust for violence… okay, scratch that one. But you know the type of movie? Those animal movies so drenched with oppressive sentimental moments that even stony-hearted toughsters tear-up when things look the most bleak for the furry hero? Well, there’s going to be one with with dinosaurs, and it just got a new trailer.

Go, little, uh, whatevertheceratops, go! (sob)