=========== News ==========
JRA e-newsletter updates: Because this newsletter is mailed only once a month (on the last day of the month), we occasionally get wind of an event (or a change in an already scheduled event) that is too late to be included. We’d like to do more (short of sending more email blasts). So, we plan from now on to post such additions and changes to the JRA website front page. Please try to check there mid-month or so to catch any late-breaking events.
From the Bloor West Village Residents Association: “Have you noticed the roar of more jets passing over Bloor West? You aren’t alone – and you aren’t imagining things! Bloor West is now under one of the busiest flight paths in Canada. Last year, over 86,000 commercial aircraft flew over our neighbourhood and this number will continue to grow. Why has air traffic over our neighbourhood increased in recent years? NAV Canada is a private company that “owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation space.” In 2012, NAV Canada redesigned air routes for Pearson Airport, relocating one of the main flight paths directly over many Toronto neighbourhoods, but it has been unable to provide an adequate explanation as to why this relocation was necessary and has also been unwilling to reconsider other options that would have less impact on our City’s residential neighbourhoods. As a private company, NAV Canada’s customers are airlines – not taxpayers. Yet, they make decisions that impact our quality of life. What can I do?” … continue reading…
=========== Opportunities ==========
The Toronto Seniors Forum is seeking members: The Toronto Seniors Forum is a diverse group of Toronto residents age 60 and above, comprised of 22 members who meet monthly to examine, advocate, and advise on seniors’ issues that matter to older Torontonians. The group is sponsored by the City of Toronto Social Development, Finance and Administration Division. To apply online, go here. Or, by mail to Tina Peach, Support Assistant: City Hall, 15th Floor, East Tower, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2. For telephone inquiries, please call 416-392-8630. Applications will be accepted until the full complement of 22 members is reached.
The 8th Annual Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off is coming up on March 20, 2016, to be held at Daniels Spectrum, at 585 Dundas St. East in Regent Park. There are a number of ways to participate, but one requires early registration — to compete with your very own recipe for a vegan food. Online registration for competitors will be open until 5 pm on Tue., Feb 16. See the details at their website.
Mayor’s Black History Month Creative Writing Contest: In 1979, the City of Toronto became the first Canadian municipality to proclaim February as Black History Month, through efforts of many individuals and organizations such as the Ontario Black History Society. To recognize Black History Month, Mayor John Tory is introducing the Mayor’s Black History Month Creative Writing Contest, which is designed for youth to engage on the topic of Black history and the achievements and contributions made by the community in Toronto. The City of Toronto was shaped and developed by its diverse communities, including black immigrants and black Torontonians. Deadline: Feb. 16, 2016. See website to apply.
A local community centre that has served primarily people of Portuguese descent would like to welcome a wider group of neighbours to its frequent events. Claudio Abreu, of Casa da Madeira (Canadian Madeira Club), attended the JRA meeting in January and asked us to spread the word. They are located at 1621 Dupont St. (just east of Edwin Ave.), and this month they are hosting three dinner events: Tue., Feb. 9, Malasada Night for Shrove Tuesday; Sat., Feb. 13, Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance Party; and Sat., Feb. 27, 80’s Dance Party & Dinner — see these dates below for details. Claudio says that you will hear lots of Portuguese spoken at these events, but of course almost everyone speaks English, too, and it is a friendly group.
Refugee Health and Legal Clinic for Syrian refugees will be held at Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre on Thu., Feb. 18, 9 am-1 pm. To make an appointment for any Syrian refugee who will be arriving or is here already, call 416-323-6400, x 5905 (Women’s College Hospital).
The Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFL) Program is designed to provide young women with hands-on experience in the field of urban forestry (a field where women are historically underrepresented) and community engagement. This unique six month program includes 20 hours of formal arboriculture training, additional project-specific workshops and ongoing mentoring. LEAF is currently accepting applications for the 2016 session of this free program. Applicants must be female-identified residents of Toronto between the ages of 18-24. Priority will be given to applicants with a need to participate in a fully-funded training program, and applications will be accepted until Sun., Mar. 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm.
======= Events coming up, in and near the Junction ======
=== Scroll down for: Events for children == and == Recurring events ===
Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
Thu., Feb. 4 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society Meeting, Annette Library, 7:30 pm for business meeting, speaker at 8:15 pm — Ken Leland reads passages from his historical novel 1812: The Land Between Flowing Waters. More info at website above.
Sat., Feb. 6 – Vegetarians of High Park book signing, Eat Your Words, 778 Annette St. (at Jane), 2 pm. Nicole Axworthy and Lisa Pitman, co-authors of a new book “DIY Vegan,” will be doing a book signing. “The book is incredibly beautiful, full of glossy, delicious-looking photos, with simple easy-to-follow recipes — the ones I was able to try were fantastic!” See details at FB page link above.
Sat., Feb. 6 – Toronto Marine Historical Society meeting, Swansea Town Hall, 2:30-4:30 pm. “WW I Great Lakes Vessels”: Walter Lewis presents the next instalment in the illustrated history of Great Lakes vessels that were sent to salt water during World War I.
Sat., Feb. 6 – Heritage York’s 22nd Annual Fundraising Dinner and Dance, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 6:30 pm cocktails followed by 7:15 pm buffet. Annual community event, this year featuring artist and architectural conservationist Elaine Waisglass on “building a sustainable future for Toronto’s built heritage.” Event features a cash bar, raffles, an auction and DJ. By advance reservation only, $45. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call: Margo Duncan: (416) 761-1819; Michael Freeman: (416) 766-6642; Madeleine McDowell: (416) 767-7633. Note: No Pub Night in February.
Sun., Feb. 7 – The Westside’s Story‘s Local Camp Fair, 3030 Dundas St. W., 10 am-3 pm. Come, ask questions and discover all your kids’ options for March Break and summer camps (ages 2 to 17). Speak to camp representatives from a variety of camps — sports, academics, dance, art, and more! Free.
Sun., Feb. 7 – Annual Pancake Luncheon, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave., 12 noon. Held in the Parish Hall to start the Lenten season. Prices: $6 adult, $3 child, $15 family. Tickets will be available at the door, space permitting; please reserve in advance (416-769-5686 or email@example.com) so we know how many to prepare for. The luncheon provides not only food but a splendid fellowship opportunity as well.
Mon., Feb. 8 – National Film Board Mini Film Fest: United States of Africa, Annette St. Library, 6:30-7:45 pm. This 2011 film by Yanick Létourneau shows African hip-hop pioneer Didier Awadi on a quest to craft an album that pays tribute to the great black revolutionary leaders and their struggle to realize a dream: a united, independent Africa. In this epic musical and political journey, Awadi visits some 40 countries to collaborate with hip-hop activist artists. During Black History Month, in partnership with the National Film Board, TPL presents films that celebrate, discuss, and embrace diversity.
Mon., Feb. 8 – Pre-Application Consultation for Development at 2442-2454 Bloor St. W., Humber Cinema, 2442 Bloor St. W., 6:30-8:30 pm. From Councillor Doucette: “Plazacorp has approached my office to inform me they plan to submit an application to the Planning Department for a 14-storey development at 2442-2454 Bloor Street West (the Humber Odeon site, just west of Jane St.). I have asked that they hold a community meeting prior to submitting this application, to hear our thoughts and concerns. While this will be Plazacorp’s meeting, I will attend along with City Planning Staff. A City-organized consultation will still take place after the official application is received. Please come out to let the developer hear your thoughts before they apply.”
Feb. 9 – Malasada Night for Shrove Tuesday, Casa da Madeira (Canadian Madeira Club), 1621 Dupont St. (just east of Edwin Ave.), 5-10 pm. Drop by and join us for some delicious Portuguese Malasadas! Shrove Tuesday always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday, and is also known as the occasion for eating richer foods and desserts before the ritual fasting of the Lent. Malasada Night is the perfect time to indulge the hot sugary goodness of malasadas without feeling guilty. Get the original Madeiran malasadas, or try them coated with cinnamon or sugar. See photos at http://casadamadeira.ca/event/shrove-tuesday. Malasadas will be sold singly and in packages. No entry fee or reservation necessary; children welcome. See background info at top of newsletter under News.
Tue., Feb. 9 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Suppers – A number of neighbourhood churches make this an annual event on the night before Ash Wednesday (just before Lent begins). Prices (where known) are shown: $ adult / $ child / $ family:
- Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Road (btw. Bloor and Annette), 5-7 pm. Please join us and have breakfast for dinner! We’ll have pancakes, sausages, fruit, and dessert. Bring your family, meet your neighbours and enjoy some pancakes together. $8 / $6 / $25-30. Info: 416-767-6729.
- Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave., 5:30-7 pm. “We’ll do the cooking and the dishes! You can bring your family and enjoy a night with friends.” $7 / $4 / $20. Gluten free supper available as well. 416-769-5611.
- Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Rd., 6-7:30 pm. Indulge before Lent starts, with yummy pancakes and sausages, coffee, tea, juice and cookies. Last year: $5 / ? / $15-20. Contact: 416-767-6122 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Also the Pancake Luncheon at St. Olave’s, see Sun., Feb. 7 above.
Tue., Feb. 9 – Green 13 Film: The Hand of Franklin, Annette Library, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm Free screening and discussion of an adventure film about the tightening grip of climate change in the Arctic. Come along for the ride and be entertained as well as educated by this one-of-a-kind documentary. We are grateful for the special permission of filmmaker Frank Wolf to screen this. For more information and trailer, see website.
Tue., Feb. 9 – MPAC Property Assessment Information Session, Runnymede Library, 7 pm. Sponsored by Cheri DiNovo, MPP. Learn how the residence property assessment process works, and what to do if you disagree with your assessment. MPAC representative will be present. Free; register here.
Wed., Feb. 10 – National Film Board Mini Film Fest: United States of Africa, Annette St. Library, 1:15-2:30 pm. See description at Mon., Feb. 8.
Wed., Feb. 10 – Ward 13/14 Town Hall Meeting on the City Budget, Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton School, 1515 Dundas St. West (at Bloor), 7 pm. This meeting, co-hosted by Councillors Perks and Doucette (Wards 14 and 13), will provide an opportunity for residents to learn what is being proposed in the 2016 City Budget, and to share their priorities with the Councillors and with each other. Please RSVP by calling 416-392-4072 or by clicking here to give us an idea of how many to expect. For more information on the budget, visit: www.toronto.ca/budget2016
Thu., Feb. 11 – Newcomers Mini Service Hub, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4 pm. Drop-in services for newcomers in the Bloor-Junction neighborhood; settlement service providers will be available for information on housing, Immigration, health services, education/language classes, legal information, trauma counselling, and employment services. Appointment booking and referrals will also be available. Organized by Toronto South Local Immigration Partnership in partnership with Toronto Public Library, WoodGreen Community Services, YMCA, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, Salvation Army and FCJ Refugee Centre. This event will be repeated on Thu., Mar. 10.
Thu., Feb. 11 – The Germ Files, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm. Jason Tetro is here again to advise us and amaze us about germs. Some items are purely fun, some are there to boggle the mind, some might just save your life. All are designed to improve our relations with germs for the benefit of human health and happiness.
Thu., Feb. 11 – Pre-Budget Consultation by MP Arif Virani, Swansea Town Hall, 7 pm. This is part of the federal budget process, and is a chance for citizens and businesses to communicate their wishes to our new MP.
Thu., Feb. 11 – Nature Drawing for Adults, High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr., 7-9 pm. This 3-session workshop (continues Feb. 18 and 25) will focus on drawing directly from taxidermic animal specimens, mammal skulls and live reptiles. Participants will be observing up close, the types of wild creatures found in High Park, all in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. You’ll receive demos and constructive feedback so you can learn how to begin a drawing, establish proportions, shading techniques and deal with movement. All skill levels welcome. Fee: $100 for 3 sessions; must pre-register at website.
Sat., Feb. 13 – Lost Rivers Walk: “When a large part of High Park was part of Lake Ontario.” Led by Ian Wheal. Meet at 1:30 pm at Windermere and Queensway NE corner, traverse High Park and end in Roncesvalles Village, total length about 8 km.
Sat., Feb. 13 – Valentine’s Day Party, Casa da Madeira (Canadian Madeira Club), 1621 Dupont St. (just east of Edwin Ave.), doors open 6, dinner at 7 pm. A dinner and dance party. Dinner includes soup, salad, steak with potatoes and vegetables, dessert, coffee or tea. Live band Tabu, a great Luso-Canadian band specializing in popular Portuguese music. Reserve in advance at 416-533-2401 or email@example.com; $35 per person. See background info at top of newsletter under Opportunities.
Sun., Feb. 14 – Choral Evensong with Schola Ecclesiam, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Avenue, 4 pm. After light refreshments at 5 pm, the conductor, Clem Carelse, will discuss the Music of Charles Wood, marking the 150th anniversary of his birth. Clem also discusses Wood’s colleagues and students, including Healey Willan, Charles Villiers Stanford and Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose works are also featured in this Evensong.
Mon., Feb. 15 (Family Day) – Jane Austen Film Club meeting, 361 Danforth Ave. (at Chester subway, side entrance on Hampton Ave.), 9:30 am – 6 pm. In honor of Alan Rickman (who died in January), we’ve decided to screen Sense and Sensibility (1995) with Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman, directed by Ang Lee. The film will be interspersed with dancing, a nuncheon of historically appropriate foods, tea, and historical games. The film and discussion are free; historical food, tea, etc. are optional, and tickets for those activities must be reserved in advance; food, dancing, tea and games tickets: $25, students/seniors $20; see the website above to register. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue., Feb. 16 – Toronto Field Naturalists Walk in Humber Bay Park East, “Birds,” 10 am. Leader: Anne Powell. Meet at the southwest corner of Lakeshore Blvd. W. and Park Lawn Rd. for a circular walk on flat surface; dress for winter conditions and bring icers if icy conditions exist. Morning only. No washrooms.
Tue., Feb. 16 – Tuesday Film Night, Runnymede Library, 6 pm. Introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer. “Far From the Madding Crowd,” 2015, 119 min. In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: a sheep farmer, a reckless sergeant, and a prosperous and mature bachelor. From the classic novel by Thomas Hardy.
Tue,. Feb. 16 – National Film Board Mini Film Fest: Hue: A Question of Colour, Annette St. Library, 6:30-8 pm. Hue (2013), by renowned director and cinematographer Vic Sarin, is a personal, heartfelt investigation into the history and often-tragic effects of colourism — the phenomenon whereby people within the same ethnic group discriminate against each other based on differences in skin tone. During Black History Month, in partnership with the National Film Board, TPL presents films that celebrate, discuss, and embrace diversity.
Wed., Feb. 17 – National Film Board Mini Film Fest: Hue: A Question of Colour, Annette St. Library, 1:15-2:45 pm. See description at Tue., Feb. 16.
Wed., Feb. 17 – These are the People in Your Neighbourhood with Christine Lucy Latimer, Jane/Dundas Library, 7-8 pm. An evening of film and talk with experimental filmmaker and photographer Christine Lucy Latimer, who lives in the Junction area. She will present some of her films and will discuss her filmmaking process. Christine’s work has been featured across five continents in over 200 film festivals and gallery installations.
Thu., Feb. 18 – Vegetarians of High Park Prix Fixe Dinner, Humble Beginnings, 3109 Dundas St. W. (just west of Quebec Ave.), 6:30 pm. This super veg-friendly place has put together a special all-vegan menu for us that night! $23 per person (plus tax and gratuity) Includes starter, entrée, side and dessert. Email email@example.com for a copy of the menu. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Fri., Feb. 12.
Sat., Feb. 20 – Play Reading Group, Annette St. Library, 1-4 pm. Like reading aloud? Enjoy theatre? Join us for a free community play-reading group, this time reading The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Led by theatre-lover/actor Carina Cojeen, this group will read plays together monthly through April. For more information, check out the Meetup website. Free; all welcome; no experience necessary.
Tue., Feb. 23 – “A Night of Novellas” – Readings and Discussion, Annette St. Library, 7-8:15 pm. Featuring Terri Favro, Gemma Files, and Carol Giangrande reading from their works. See website for their bios.
Thu., Feb. 25 – Etobicoke Historical Society Speaker’s Night, Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. (at Islington Ave.), 7:30 pm. Historian Peter Vronsky speaks on his book “Ridgeway: The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle That Makes Canada”
Sat., Feb. 27 – 80s Dance Party & Dinner, Casa da Madeira (Canadian Madeira Club), 1621 Dupont St. (just east of Edwin Ave.), doors open 6, dinner at 7 pm. A dinner and dance party. Dinner includes soup, salad, fish filets with rice, potatoes and vegetables, dessert, coffee or tea. DJ ElectricSOM will supply non-stop music. Reserve in advance at 416-533-2401 or email@example.com; $30 per person. See background info at top of newsletter under Opportunities.
Sat., Feb. 27 – Jane Austen Midwinter Supper, Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. (at Islington Ave.), doors open 7 pm, Introduction to the Georgian Supper at 7.30, the meal will be served at 8 pm. Here’s your chance for an actual taste of Jane Austen’s world. Sit at an elegant table by the fire at historic Montgomery’s Inn, and eat the delicious and intriguing foods she and her contemporaries knew. We’ll begin with a short talk on the nature of the Regency supper and then enjoy a thoroughly researched, beautifully presented and delicious meal reconstructed from Georgian-era recipes. Dress code: historical clothing is encouraged, but optional. Gowns are available for rent at a modest fee. Tickets are $55, and must be purchased by Fri., Feb. 19; see website above for menu and advance registration, or contact 416-578-1031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun., Feb. 28 – Heritage York talk, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 2 pm. Rita Deverell, social activist nominated to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, will mark Black History Month with a talk on “Black and Optimistic: Regardless.” Light refreshments.
Mon., Feb. 29 – Memory and Dementia Workshop, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm. In this educational workshop, we will explore the nature of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Participants will become familiar with underlying causes of dementia, the risk factors for developing dementia, and prevention strategies. You will also get to know the current treatment options available and the research being done to advance the field. Co-sponsored by CAMH’s Geriatric Mental Health Services.
===== Future events for children that need advance registration =====
Programs for children are offered by the High Park Nature Centre.
- Spring Nature Clubs – Registration opens Fri., Feb. 26 @ 7 am.
- March Break Day Camp (Mar. 14-18, 9-3:30), Ages: 6-10, Cost: $50 a day.
- Summer Camp – Registration opens Thu., Feb. 18 @ 7 am
- Summer Clubs Survey: We are considering offering summer nature clubs for 0-5- year-olds and their guardians. Click here to offer your feedback.
Time Traveller P.A Day Camp (Ages 7 to 10) – Feb. 12, Colborne Lodge, Feb. 12, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children will travel back in time and explore life almost two hundred years ago and experience a P.A. day like no other – cooking over the fire, telling tales in the parlour, indoor and outdoor games, and unique hands-on activities. New activities every P.A. day so make Colborne Lodge your home away from home for P.A. days this year. $40 plus tax per child. Some places still left, register now at 416-392-6916.
Shakespeare for Kids Library Club – Free six-week program, ages 7-12, at Annette St. Library, Saturdays 10 am-12 pm, during Jan. 30 – Mar. 5. Join us for storytelling adventures! Explore the world of magic, witches, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay! Play drama games, read aloud, and act out scenes! Instruction by professional actors and educators. Only 24 participants allowed, so call Annette St. branch at 416-393-7692 to see if there is space.
Poetry Slam, Wednesdays (through Mar. 16), Jane/Dundas Library, 4:30-6:30 pm. Spoken word poetry artist and 2014 World Poetry Slam Champion Ikenna “OpenSecret” Onyegbula has performed his work across the country. This winter he will be leading a poetry slam workshop for youth 13-24 years of age, to provide youth with mentorship and artistic opportunities, while allowing them develop their leadership skills. Come out and work with some of the finest young poets the city has to offer, and showcase your talent. Registration is required. Pick up an application from the library today. Please call 416-394-1014 for more information.
===== Events for children, teens and families (in chronological order) =====
Recurring: After School Club, Mondays, Jane/Dundas Library, 4-5 pm. Looking for something fun to do after school? Join our After School Club and learn new things, make stuff, meet other kids and have fun! Each month will be a different theme. February’s theme is “Wizardology.” Concoct potions, make a magic wand, and learn magic tricks as you learn from wizards like Harry Potter. For school-age children. Note: There will be no After School Club on Feb. 15 (Family Day), or during March or June.
Thu., Feb. 4 – Mini Scientists, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm. Join us for a special STEM-inspired interactive story time. For children ages 3-5 with their parents or caregivers.
Fri., Feb. 12 – Afternoon at the Movies, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4 pm. Looking for something to do on your P.A. Day? Come and watch a fun movie at the library! We will be watching “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” rated PG. For school-age children. No registration required. Groups must call ahead to check space availability.
Sat., Feb. 13 – Build a Valentine’s Mailbox, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W., 10 am-12 noon. Kids will learn how to build a Spinning Box with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. A great free activity for children ages 2-13.
Thu., Feb. 18 – Teen Gaming, Jane/Dundas Library, 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Bring your friends and play on a variety of games and consoles. Drop in.
==== Recurring events for adults and teens (by day of week, Sun-Sat) ====
High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 am to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet in the middle of High Park, at the benches across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant. Contact: John Howard, email@example.com
- Sun., Feb. 7: The Naked Trees of Winter – A Toronto Urban Forester shows how trees survive and how to identify them.
- Sun., Feb. 21: Passion and Poetry – Writer Julia Bennett guides us through literary expressions of the park’s natural beauty.
High Park Stewards: Educational Presentations, occasional Sundays (Feb. 28), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive. During the winter we have a number of indoor presentations of interest to the general public on topics relating to protecting and understanding nature, especially in High Park. Feb. 28: Jessica Iraci, Green Toronto, Community Stewardship Program.
Lambton House Open House, Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas St. Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available. “Please call about noon (416-767-5472) to confirm that we are open on a given Sunday, as sometimes the facility is rented.”
Junction Reads, occasional Sundays (Feb. 21), 5 pm, Magic Oven, 347 Keele St. Reading: Suzanne Alyssa Andrew, Jess Taylor, Susan Glickman, Jean Marc Ah-Sen All welcome. Sign-up sheet at the door!
Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (Feb. 29), 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 in advance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Runnymede Youth Advisory Group, third Tuesday (Feb. 16), 4:30-5:30 pm, Runnymede Library. For youth ages 13-19. Do you want to earn volunteer hours, meet other teens and contribute to library services and programs? Join the Runnymede YAG! New members are welcome year-round. Get application form at branch; for more info, call 416-393-7697.
The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Feb. 23), 7-8:15 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 email@example.com
Swansea Historical Society Meeting, first Wednesday, 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall. Feb. 3: Glenn Turner on his book “The Toronto Carrying Place: Rediscovering Toronto’s Most Ancient Trail,” featuring the route, the history of the peoples using it, and a modern account of walking the route. Visitors welcome; light refreshments.
West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday, 7 pm, Indian Rd. Crescent P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cr. Agenda for Feb. 17: Update on the UofT student traffic study of Bloor / Dundas complex intersection. Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.
Swansea Horticultural Society Meeting, fourth Wednesday, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm. Feb. 24: “Hillside Gardening and Weeping Trees” with speaker Frank Kershaw. Info: 416-763-1897.
Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday, 7-9:30 pm. Feb. 18: Kelly Trottier, Ottawa-based fiddler and step dancer, running a workshop 7 pm ($15), 8 pm concert ($20) and jam. All folk instruments, levels and ages welcome. Tickets, 416-402-1642 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: For this month’s location, please visit website in a few days.
Toronto Swing Dance Society, second (or third) Friday, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W. Monthly dances for all ages. Feb. 19: West Coast Swing lesson with David Ward. 7:45 pm, beginner lesson (3/4 hour); 8:30 pm, intermediate lesson (1/2 hour); 9 pm, D.J. dance until midnight. Cost: $8 for members, $12 for nonmembers. No experience or partner needed.
Computer & Library Training: User Education, Saturdays (Feb. 20, 27), Jane/Dundas Library, 10 am-12 pm. Feb. 20: Setting Up an Email Account Using Outlook. Feb. 27: Basic Keyboarding/Typing Skills. Other topics will be taught in coming months; see schedule on website. Space is limited, please register in person, or call the branch at 416-394-1014.
Saturday Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays, 10 am-12 pm, Annette St. Library. Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners. Bring your own wool and needles.
Family Nature Walks. Saturdays, 1:30-3 pm. No pre-registration necessary, these are drop-in events, great for all ages – bring the whole family! $2-5 per person suggested donation, or PWYC. Meet at High Park Nature Centre (formerly Forest School), inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.
- Feb. 13 – Frosty Fairies: Dryads, Wood Nymphs, Fairies & Gnomes! High Park’s magical woodland creatures work hard to make High Park a winter wonderland. They need our help to build some well insulated fairy homes. Please support your local fairies.
- Feb. 27 – 13,000 Years of High Park: Did you know that 13,000 years ago High Park was under a glacier? High Park has changed a lot since then! Come learn about High Park’s transition from glacier to present day and then cozy up with us around a fire.
Other groups in our area — use website or phone/email for more information:
Toronto Debating Society, alternate Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall. 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.
Scottish Country Dancing, Wednesdays at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Rd. Call Dorothy Lothian, 416-762-5037 or Barbara Kalmuk, 416 766-3879 for more information.
Shout Sister Choir (Toronto SW chapter), Wednesdays, 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.
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.
- Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe (3015 Dundas St. W.) and
- Fridays 2-3 pm at Pascal’s (2904 Dundas St. W.).
Local library book clubs:
- first Tuesday (Feb. 2), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
- first Wednesday (Feb. 3), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
- first Wednesday (Feb. 3), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
- second Monday (Feb. 8), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
- fourth/last Monday (Feb. 29), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; conducted in Polish.
Next JRA Community Meeting – Thu., Mar. 10, 2016, 7-9 pm