=========== News, Opportunities, and Ongoing =========
The 400th anniversary reenactment of the 1615 Brûlé-Wendat Expedition: This is the 400th anniversary of the historic portaging down the Toronto Carrying Place Trail to reach the shores of Lake Ontario in Swansea. The reenactment will take three days, and is scheduled to reach Swansea in the afternoon of Sun., Sep. 13, to join the Swansea 8000 celebration, 12-6 pm at Lucy Maud Montgomery Park, 222 Riverside Dr., just east of the Humber River, between Bloor St. and the lake. Numerous events and activities (see two websites above). “Come and meet 25 of Swansea’s most famous historical characters from the First Nations, French and British periods.” See related events below: children’s event on Sat., Sep. 12; historical walk on Sat., Sep. 19; and leader’s talk at Lambton House on Sun., Sep. 27.
Development in the Junction: There are decisions to be made soon on three proposed buildings; the history and current status of each of these is explained at www.ward13.ca under “Developments.”
• 108 Vine Ave.: application to permit a 1,670 sq.m. grocery store in the western portion of 108 Vine Ave, and a parking lot at 162 Vine Ave. There were questions about the resulting traffic, which will be discussed at a public meeting on Sep. 1 with Councillor Doucette and members of the Toronto Transportation Dept., to be held on Sep. 1, 6:45-8:15 pm, at Annette Public Library, 145 Annette St. See poster for this meeting at http://www.ward13.ca. For history and current status of this project, see Councillor Doucette’s report
• 2978 Dundas St. W. (at Pacific Ave.)
The two projects above will be voted on at the Sep. 8 meeting of Etobicoke York Community Council; the agenda for this meeting is posted. The public can submit statements in writing or register to speak to the committee in person at this meeting. See updated status reports on these two.
• 3260 Dundas St. W. (at Gilmour Ave.): Decisions about requested variances will be made by the Committee of Adjustment (Etobicoke York section) on Sep. 10, 10 am, at the York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Ave. W. The public can submit statements in writing or register to speak to the Committee in person. For more information, please contact the Committee of Adjustment, Etobicoke York district office at 416-394-8060
The following three items of interest are copied from Councillor Doucette’s late-August email newsletter:
High Park Nature Centre Board Volunteer Opportunity: The High Park Nature Centre is looking to fill the Secretary member for the Board of Directors. Do you love nature? Are you looking for a way to make a difference? Do you have experience with corporate governance or record keeping or have a law degree? If yes, please consider applying by Sep. 25. See details at website above.
Last chance for Live Green Toronto Community Grants: Since 2008, Live Green Toronto has awarded grants of up to $30,000 for environmentally beneficial projects that address community needs such as: park enhancements, school yard improvements, local food gardens, bike infrastructure, tree planting and much more. The deadline to submit an expression of interest is Sep. 25. Eligible applicants include: resident associations, parent councils, community groups, not-for-profit organizations and Business Improvement Areas; individuals and businesses are not eligible. See details at website above.
2015 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit: The TTC will host their annual public forum on Accessible Transit on Wed., Sep. 16, at 6 pm, at the Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place (105 Princes’ Boulevard). The forum is to hear from customers with disabilities about improvements to the TTC’s conventional and specialized services, and to inform customers of TTC accessibility initiatives. There will be one-on-one discussions from 6-7 pm, followed by an open public forum 7-9 pm.
From High Park Coalition, July 25: “The OMB has rendered a decision in favour of the Developer (High Park Bayview Inc). After more than 11 months of deliberation, the OMB has approved the proposed Zoning By-Law Amendment; allowing the development of two 25-storey buildings along 51-77 Quebec Ave and 40-66 High Park Ave. The High Park Coalition Executive team is extremely disappointed in the outcome… The OMB’s decision can be found here.” Further information was sent out on Aug. 8, you can read it here. Ed. note: This topic was inadvertently left out of the email newsletter last month — our apologies.
Local farmers markets are continuing through the fall:
• Junction Farmers Market – Saturdays, 9-1, Dundas W. & Pacific
• Sorauren Farmers Market – Mondays, 3-7, Sorauren Park
• Annette Village Farmers Market – Wednesdays, 3-7, Runnymede Presbyterian Church, 680 Annette St.
======= Events coming up, in and near the Junction ======
Note: All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
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Tue., Sep. 1 – Traffic Calming meeting about Vine Avenue, Annette St. Library, basement meeting room, 6:45-8:15 pm. See longer announcement above under News / Development in the Junction.
Wed., Sep. 2 – High Park Nature Walk, 10 am. Meet at the Park entrance, Bloor St. W. and High Park Ave. for a 2-1/2-hour circular walk. Leader: Miles Hearn. General info at http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/v-walks.htm
Wed., Sep. 2 – Urban Bat Walk, High Park, 6:30-8:30 pm. “Echolocation By Bats” with Dr. Paul Faure. Come to High Park for an evening hike to learn more about bats in Toronto, including which species are at risk, and how you can help. Hike to bat hot-spots in the park, and practice using hand held bat monitors. No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! $2-5 per person suggested donation. Meet at High Park Forest School, inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave. See more walks listed below under Recurring Events.
Mon., Sep. 7 – Free Yoga in High Park with Christine,10 am, at the big Maple Leaf on the southeast side of Grenadier Pond. Come on out and salute the sun! OPEN TO ALL so bring your partner, kids, parents, friends, neighbours! Please bring your own mat. An event in partnership with Flow Active.
Tue., Sep. 8 – Meeting of Etobicoke York Community Council, Etobicoke Civic Center, 9:30 am. See longer discussion above under News / Development in the Junction.
Thu., Sep. 10 – Meeting of Committee of Adjustment (Etobicoke York section), York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Ave. W., 10 am. See discussion above under News / Development in the Junction.
Fri., Sep. 11 – BroadBelly Band at Pub Night, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Doors open 6:30 pm, music from 8 to midnight by this country rock band. Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale. Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.
Sat., Sep. 12 – Please donate blood at Swansea Town Hall, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Rousseau Room, main floor. Please bring your donor or ID card. For more information, call 416-974-9900 or see Canadian Blood Services website.
Sat., Sep. 12 – High Park: Oak Savannah as a Threatened Habitat, 11 am. Meet at the Park entrance, Bloor St. W. and High Park Ave. Leaders: Joanne Doucette, TFN, and Michelle Dileo, President, Society for Conservation Biology. “Come tour this rare fire-dependent ecosystem and discover its origins, characteristics, beautiful and rare plants, threats it faces, etc. Circular route. Some hills, steep paths and rough ground, as well as poison ivy. Bring lunch, a drink, and binoculars. Ends about 3 pm.” General info at http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/v-walks.htm
Sun., Sep. 13 – Swansea 8000 celebration, Lucy Maud Montgomery Park, 222 Riverside Dr. (just east of the Humber River, between Bloor St. and the lake), 12-6 pm. See fuller description above in News section.
Tue., Sep. 15 – Funding Cities With Renewable Resources, presentation by Green 13, Jane/Dundas Library, 6:15 pm. [changed from Sep. 8 date previously announced] A new way of make our cities sustainable is presented by Green 13 Vice-Chair Paul Mero. The most efficient heating and cooling systems — district-based ground source geothermal — can also generate sustainable funding for local transit, and would be an incentive for the Province, cities, companies and residents to switch to locally available ground source geothermal. Followed by a discussion.
Wed., Sep. 16 - 2015 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit, 6 pm. See above in News section.
Wed., Sep. 16 – Movie Night: “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2015, 122 mins.), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library. Introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy, posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals, so Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel. Same director, writer, and stars as the first film. [Note: Postponed from previously announced Aug. 26.]
Fri.-Sun., Sep. 18-20 – Ukrainian Festival and Sidewalk Sale, Bloor St. West, between Jane St. and Runnymede Rd.
Sat.-Sun., Sep. 19-20 – Roncesvalles Polish Festival, Roncesvalles from Queen to Dundas.
Sat., Sep. 19 – Humber Heritage Committee historical walk, assemble 9 am. Join Lieutenant Governor Simcoe in a reenactment of his 1793 journey up the Toronto Carrying Place. Departing 9:30 from the parking area south of 8 South Kingsway (The Rousseaux Site – Petro-Canada) by the Humber, ending at the Eglinton and the Humber River. Bob Roden is the Governor, with historical commentary by guide Madeleine McDowell. No charge; info 416-767-7633.
Sun., Sep. 20 – HIJ House Reading Series #15 with Miriam Toews and Phil Hall, 260 Ryding Ave., 2-5 pm. An intimate reading, with pies.
Mon., Sep. 21 – Fascinating Fungi: The good, the bad, and the just plain weird, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm. Mushrooms and other fungi occur in an astounding variety of colours, shapes and sizes. Some are edible, others are poisonous, while many are just plain strange. Come learn about some of those found right here in Toronto, from a puffball that can produce more than 7 trillion spores, to a mushroom that glows in the dark. Speaker: Richard Aaron is an accomplished naturalist who has been studying mushrooms and other fungi for over 20 years; see www.natureknowledge.weebly.com.
Tue., Sep. 22 – Simplify Moving to A Simpler Lifestyle, Runnymede Library, 2-3:30 pm. Have you recently downsized, or are you thinking about moving to a simpler lifestyle, and are overwhelmed by all the decisions that need to be made? Come learn about the traps to avoid and the questions you need to ask. Presented by a Mortgage Broker, Certified Financial Planner and Real Estate Broker, with professional organizer. To register call 416-393-7697 or email email@example.com
Tue., Sep. 22 – Your Aging Brain – What’s Happening? Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm. What changes occur in the brain as we age, and is this normal? This presentation will provide an overview of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders, including available treatment options. No scientific knowledge is needed for this event — all are welcome! The talk is delivered by SciChat, a student-run adult outreach initiative by the Department of Immunology at University of Toronto. Celebrate Science Literacy Week by expanding your knowledge about your brain!
Wed., Sep. 23 – Benefits of the Urban Forest, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm. Meeting of the Swansea Horticultural Society; presentation by L.E.A.F. and arborist Michael Marcucci. Info: 416-763-1897.
Thu., Sep. 24 – Vegetarians of High Park dinner at V’s Caribbean restaurant, 1221 Weston Rd. (west of Eglinton), 6:30 pm. This new all-vegan restaurant is staying open late just for us, so please RSVP by Sun., Sep. 20 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun, Sep. 27 – Heritage Talk about the 400th anniversary of the Etienne Brulé/Wendat Expedition that followed the Toronto Carrying Place along the Humber River; Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 2 pm. Speaker: Christian Bode, leader of the recent reenactment. Sponsored by Heritage York. See also Sunday open house and exhibits at Lambton House below under Recurring Events for Adults.
Sun., Sep. 27 – Junction Reads, 3030 Dundas St. W., 4-7 pm. Join us as we begin our third season at 3030, featuring Loren Edizel, Marianne Miller, Colette Maitland, and Marissa Stapley. Free.
Tue., Sep. 29 – An evening with Crime Writers of Canada, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm. Do you love a good crime novel? Join us for an evening with four authors who share their most recent work: Sharon A. Crawford (host), M. H. Callway, Rob Brunet, and Karen Blake-Hall.
Wed., Sep. 30 – Why NOT make a will?, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm. Lawyer Lisa Sticht-Maksymec and Certified Financial Planner Ingrid Denda provide tips on the problems and pitfalls of failing to have a proper will in place. Come and hear about wills and estate planning and common strategies to minimize probate tax. To register, call 416-393-7697 or email email@example.com
Wed., Sep. 30 – Healing on the Spiritual Path, Swansea Town Hall, 7 pm. Medical doctor from Europe reports on a natural way of healing on the spiritual path. Sponsored by www.bruno-groening.org. The lecture is free; voluntary donation appreciated. Seats are limited, please reserve seats at (647) 834-3074 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
=== Events for children and families (chronological order) ===
**** Recurring events for children and families (by day of week):
West End Walking Group, Thursdays at 10:30 am. Get out for some exercise and meet some great neighbourhood parents and kids. Walk (kids on stroller or bikes) along the Humber River. Free. Meet at Etienne Brûlé Park parking lot.
**** One-time events for children and families:
Sat., Sep. 12 – Build a Football Toss Game, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W. Kids will learn how to build a Football Toss Game with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. A great free activity for children ages 4-12. Pre-register at website.
Sat., Sep. 12 – 400th anniversary of Étienne Brûlé’s Journey of 1615, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm. Hear the story of Turtle Island and Moon Woman’s children. Learn about the Humber River and the trail near by; how it was shared eventually with the French newcomers and later the English. Presented by Madeleine McDowell, co-chair of the Heritage Committee of the Humber Alliance, and is active with Heritage York, the West Toronto Junction Historical Society, and the Preservation Panel for Etobicoke York.
Sat., Sep. 26 – Doodling Landscapes: A family art adventure, Runnymede Library, 2-4 pm. Children and their parent/caregiver will explore drawing and colouring on the theme of urban landscapes of Toronto. Children and their parents will work together to create an art piece using elements that are familiar to them. Presented by Sick Muse Art Projects. To register call 416-393-7697.
Sat., Sep. 26 – Batman Day, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm. Come dressed as your favourite Batman character and celebrate the adventures of the Caped Crusader with games, activities and a chance to win prizes! Drop-in event. Call 416-394-1014 for more information.
More programs for kids: at Annette St. Library; at Jane/Dundas Library; at Runnymede Library
=== Recurring events, adults (by day of week, Sun-Sat) ===
High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 am to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park.
• Sun., Sep. 6: “Myths and Legends.” Mystery and history of High Park, from Native times to the present, will be narrated by Colborne Lodge staff. “Are they entirely myth, are they simply cautionary tales, is there a modicum of truth somewhere? Join us and decide for yourself!” Participants enjoy a light refreshment at the Lodge at the end of the walk.
• Sun., Sep. 20: “Shakespeare in the Park.” Join us for a social ramble with nature readings from The Bard, presented by writer Julia Bennett.
High Park Stewardship event, Sundays (Sep. 13 and 27), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, meet in front of Grenadier Cafe. Volunteer Stewards work with the City of Toronto to protect and restore the remaining natural areas of High Park, removing invasive species from restoration sites.
Lambton House Open House, Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas Street. Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available. Exhibit “Exploring Where We Live“: A joint project of Heritage York and Baby Point Heritage Foundation explores the history of the Baby Point community through period photographs. Also see exhibit “The Changing Face of Warren Park,” a collection of photographs, documents and memories of Warren Park over the years.
Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (Sep. 28), Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., come at 12:15 pm, lunch served at 12:30. WTSS Silver Circle and SASA present a hot, nutritious lunch, $5. An opportunity for adults 55+ years to socialize. Call 416-653-3535 x.240 to reserve.
Kundalini Yoga, Mondays (from Sep. 14 to Oct. 19), 6:30-8 pm, Annette St. Library. Breathe, move, sing, relax and meditate with Kundalini Yoga. Free 6-week series. Come each week or just drop in for the classes you can, no registration required. Bring yourself and a yoga mat!
LadeeBee’s Tuesday Evening Stitching Bee, Tuesdays, 6-10 pm, 3079B Dundas St. W. (enter on Quebec). Bring your knitting, crochet, hand sewing, spinning, jewelry-making or other portable craft project, and work on it in the company of other like-minded individuals. Stitching Bee attracts mainly knitters, but we welcome everyone for an evening of relaxing, socializing, and crafting in a welcoming atmosphere. Info: 416-605-0811 or email@example.com.
Toronto Debating Society, alternate Tuesdays (Sep. 8 and 22), 7:30-9:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 2nd floor.. A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking. A non-profit public community organization, we meet from Sep. to May. Attendance is always free. See videos on the website, and the topic for each meeting.
The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Sep. 29), 6:30-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library. Put your knitting needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year. Patterns, wool and some needles are available, or if you have something in your personal stash to donate to the cause, it will be welcome. For more info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk This Way: free Nordic pole walking group, Wednesdays (weather permitting), 11:45 am-12:45 pm, meet at Black Oak Cafe, West Road, High Park. No experience required, poles supplied. Contact Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453 for more information.
Shout Sister Choir (Toronto SW chapter), Wednesdays (from Sep. 9), 7-9 pm, Emmanuel Howard Park United Church, 214 Wright St. All-woman choir practices each week, welcomes new members continuously. Director: Kara Santokie. No audition or music reading is required, varied repertoire (Motown, folk, etc.). Attend a practice without obligation.
West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday (Sep. 16), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Crescent P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cr. Agenda for Sep. 16: Update on the designs for the Dupont-Dundas-Annette-Old Weston Road intersection. Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.
Scottish Country Dancing, Wednesdays (from Sep. 16), 7:15-9:15 pm (newcomers at 7 pm), Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Rd. With Deirdre MacCuish Bark, from the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society, as leader/instructor. This social group is intended for dancers who wish to practise their reels, jigs and strathspeys at a reasonable pace in a friendly atmosphere. Cost is $7 per session. Call Dorothy Lothian, 416-762-5037 or Barbara Kalmuk, 416 766-3879 for more information. Check calendar for future dates.
High Park Speakers (Toastmasters) meeting, (almost) every Thursday, 6:15-8 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs. Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation. See more information at website.
Conscious Aging: An Experiential Workshop, Thursdays (Sep. 10-Nov.), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library. Would you like to explore the possibility of turning the challenges of aging into opportunities for growth? Join us for a unique 8-week workshop series (we skip Oct. 22, and will add a November date TBD). The workshop goal is to help you become more balanced, self-compassionate and skilled at coping with impermanence and change. Registration is limited; call the branch to register: 416-393-7697.
West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, first Thursday (next meeting in October).
Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (Sep. 17), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane). 9/17 program: Workshop ($20) at 7 pm, concert ($15) by Stephanie Cadman and Jeremy Walmsley from Once the Musical at 8 pm. Tickets for purchase at 416-402-1642 or email@example.com
Birding Basics – A Program for Seniors, three Thursdays (Sep. 17, 24, Oct. 1), coffee 7:45 am, hike 8-9 am, Grenadier Cafe and High Park Nature Centre. This new Birding Basic program is designed especially with seniors in mind! Participants will learn the basics of birding from naturalists, who will lead a moderate hike to help find and identify migratory species in High Park. For the early birds we’ll have coffee and tea to get conversation started before the hike begins. Fee $20 for all 3 sessions. For info and registration, see website above.
Toronto Swing Dance Society, second Friday, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W. Monthly dances for all ages. Sep 11: TSDS annual Open House. Special pricing: Free for members and only $5 for non-members. There will be a variety of dance demonstrations. No lesson that night; dancing starts at 8 pm.
Family Nature Walks. No pre-registration necessary, these are drop-in events, great for all ages – bring the whole family! $2-5 per person suggested donation. Meet at High Park Nature Centre (formerly Forest School), inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.
• Sat., Sep. 26 – Let’s Go Blue Jays! Come appreciate the natural side of baseball. Learn the different species of tree used to make Blue Jays sluggers’ bats, how pines make their way onto the pitcher’s mound, and compare the various historical Blue Jays logos to the actual markings of the bird itself. We will investigate why Blue Jays feel at home in High Park’s endangered black oak savannahs and woodlands, as well as where Blue Jays go in the offseason.
West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club has open games at Baird Park (Keele & Humberside), Sat. at 10 am & 3 pm, Tue. at 11:30 am & 7:30 pm, and Thu. at 7:30 pm. “Are you new to Lawn Bowling? It is easy to get started and your first game is on us. Join us any time.” See more information at their Schedule page, and/or call ahead to confirm there is no change in schedule.
Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe and Fridays 2-3 pm at Pascal’s.
Local library book clubs are as follows:
▪ first Tuesday (but this time, Sep. 15), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book
Club,”call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪ first Wednesday (but this time, Sep. 9), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
▪ first Wednesday (Sep. 2), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
▪ second Monday (Sep. 14), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,”
call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪ fourth Monday (Sep. 28), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; in Polish.
next JRA Community Meeting – Thu., Oct. 8, 2015, 7-9 pm
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