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Sorauren kids’ sports registration March 11

Sorauren Park - March 2, 2015 - 9:01pm
City of Toronto registration for Sorauren children’s soccer, t-ball, t-rex ball, rookie ball and tennis lessons opens MARCH 11 at 7 a.m. You can register online, by phone, or in person. To register, you’ll need a Family Number and client numbers for each registrant. Then you’ll need the codes for the programs you want. You […]

JRA e-newsletter – March 2015

The Junction Residents Association - March 2, 2015 - 9:29am

We are gearing up for our sixth annual Function in the Junction, to be held on Sat., April 11, 2015. It will be a lively evening to share local food, drinks and music and raise money for a worthy neighbourhood cause — the Annette Street Public Library!  The library is a cornerstone of our community, offering a welcoming space for readers and an inclusive variety of programs as well as community gathering space. Basic expenses for the library are paid for by our property taxes, so funds from the Function will go towards important resources not covered by municipal funding.

Come spend the evening with your community on April 11!  Tickets will be available at Latitude 44 Gallery and Agora Cafe starting March 13 (cash or cheque only). See posters soon in Junction shop windows and on our website for more info as it becomes available.

The next JRA general meeting is on Thu., Mar. 12, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.  Meet your neighbours.  Refreshments served.   Note:  If you cannot attend this meeting in person, you can catch our video streaming of the meeting in real time.  To watch it live on your computer, go to http://www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv.  There may be a 15-second commercial (not ours) before you can watch.  We’ll post the agenda there, so you can follow along.  There is a facility for asking questions remotely.  After the meeting, the video is posted online.

========    News, Opportunities, and Ongoing   =======

From Bloor West Village Residents Association:  “The BWVRA learned this week that the City of Toronto Budget Committee has moved to reduce funding to the City Planning department.  This recommendation will be decided upon by the Mayor and the Executive Committee on Monday March 2nd.  In our view, this decision was taken without understanding the serious impacts this would have not only on our neighbourhood but all City-wide area studies and Heritage District Conservation studies currently under consideration by the Planning department.

We are asking for your help.  The recommended motion will set us back in our continued efforts for responsible and well-planned growth in our area.  It is important for your voice to be heard by the Mayor and the Executive Committee.  We have drafted a letter which you can send by clicking at the website above.  Please go there by noon on Sunday March 1st to read more and to take action.  Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to send this letter  We all can make a difference in our community.”

From Green13:  From Feb. 3 to Mar. 3, the National Energy Board has invited citizens to apply for an opportunity to comment about Enbridge’s proposed Energy East Pipeline, which will carry dirty, carbon-intensive tar sands crude across Canada and into world markets. Energy East will move 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil a day. From a climate standpoint, the pipeline poses a threat greater than Keystone XL — in fact, worse than adding 7 million new cars on the road. But here’s the real shocker: the NEB won’t accept submissions that address the pipeline’s climate impact!

How to respond to this bias? The best way may be to challenge the legitimacy of the whole process. This is just the aim of People’s Climate Intervention, co-sponsored by a number of organizations including Greenpeace, TO 350, Council of Canadians, Green Neighbours 21, and Green 13. We need you to stand up and join us in fixing our broken regulatory process.  Please, by Mar. 3, go to http://www.toronto350.org and apply online to have your say.

TTCriders Public Forum:  With the victory of the Tory mayoralty campaign, and the rather ominous vote for Ford in inner suburban areas, we think it is an opportune time for stocktaking in the growing public transit movement in Toronto. TTCriders and The Free and Accessible Transit Campaign of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly are jointly sponsoring a public forum on transit issues, inviting partners in the public transit movement and people generally interested in fighting for better, more affordable and more accessible public transit.  Sun., Mar. 1, 1-3 pm, Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St. (just west of Boor and Bathurst).  RSVP to hermanrosenfeld@rogers.com.

From Sarah Doucette and Gord Perks:  “The first meeting of the Climate Change Mitigation Subcommittee will be taking place on Mon., Mar. 2, at 7:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers.  We will be looking to the public to hear your concerns, ideas, and goals regarding both climate change, and the work we can do at the City level.  For more information, please see the meeting’s poster, and join us on Mar. 2!”  More from Gord Perks’ office (he is the committee chair): “The meeting is open to anyone interested in attending, no rsvp is required.  The open call for people to attend and speak is here, but I believe this first meeting will be informal. It will mostly be setting the terms of reference; a few people have registered to depute.”

From Metrolinks:  “Help choose your community’s public art!”  Bloor-Perth Underpass Art Project Consultation, Wed., Mar. 4, 6-8 pm, at Crossways Employment and Social Services, 2340 Dundas St. W., 3rd floor, Suite 301.  Metrolinks and the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) program have teamed up to deliver locally-inspired public art that deters graffiti-vandalism while adding vibrancy and artistry to the community. This is one opportunity to review preliminary concepts and let the artists know what you want the art in your community to look like.  The concepts will also be posted online for review and feedback Mar. 5-11.  Elevators to the 3rd floor are located beside the Toronto Public Health office on the main floor. For more information, call Loretta at 416-241-2300 or e-mail gts@gotransit.com.

Community Tax Clinics – Peggy Nash will be sponsoring free tax prep clinics over the next six weeks for residents of Parkside-High Park who are:

  • Without dependants with a gross household income of less than $25,000
  • With dependants, including a spouse or equivalent, with a gross household income of less than $35,000

To book an appointment, see the website above, and do it soon!

The Mouse House,” a play by Robert Ainsworth, will be presented live at the Village Playhouse, 2190E Bloor St. W., from Feb. 27 to Mar. 21, directed by Julian Mulock.  Plot:  While working in seclusion in a northern Ontario family cottage, a mild-mannered middle-aged writer suddenly becomes responsible for the life of an aggressive juvenile delinquent. A hard-hitting yet touching thriller with lots of surprises. Warning: Contains coarse language.  Tickets are $18-22, call 416-767-7702 for reservations.

========    Events coming up, in and near the Junction    ========

Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
===  Jump to  Events for children   == and ==   Recurring events   =======

Sun., Mar. 1 – Performance of “Making Meanings of Memories” 50+ workshop group, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 2-3:30 pm.  After working with Simon Malbogat of Mixed Company Theatre for six sessions, the group concludes with a mini-presentation.  For more information about the workshop, see page 4 of the Heritage York Newsletter.

Wed., Mar. 4 – Swansea Historical Society Meeting, 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Douglas Gibson, editor and publisher and author of “Stories about Story Tellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau” will talk about the writers he has known.  Visitors welcome, light refreshments.  More information.  Note: Doug Gibson will also speak at Runnymede Library on Mar. 12.

Thu., Mar. 5 – Humber River Watershed; A Meandering Journey from Past to Present, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm. The Humber River is Toronto’s largest river system and has an incredibly rich and unique history.  Discover why this Canadian Heritage river is being protected and what the City of Toronto is doing to ensure that the natural areas surrounding it remain healthy and diverse for generations to come.  Presenter: Jimmy Vincent, coordinator from Humber Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology. Supported by TD Friends of the Environment.

Thu., Mar. 5 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, Annette Library, downstairs.  7:30 pm business meeting; 8:15 pm speaker:  Dave Cook, author of Fading History Vol. 2, which has 11 chapters covering a wide range of stories of historical interest.

Fri., Mar. 6 – Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6 pm, music by Randi Helmers and Friends on their ukes from 8 pm to midnight.  If you play a ukulele please bring it, as Randi will have an open mike session.  Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Sat., Mar. 7 – “Family Screech & Hoot Owl Prowl” family event, High Park (meet at Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Dr.), 6-8 pm.  Learn all about the owls of High Park! An indoor interactive slideshow will focus on owl adaptations, what they eat, where they live and the different species that can be found in Toronto. The second half of the workshop will be a night hike through the trails of High Park to explore owl habitat, try our owl calls.  $8.50/person (children under 4 are free), register in advance at website above, or call 416-392-1748.

Sun., Mar. 8 – “Living the Way of the Bicycle,” talk by Alix Aylen, 2 pm (doors open at noon), Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., TTC bus 55 from Jane station stops at the door.  Free admission and refreshments.  Sponsored by Heritage York.  Bicycle enthusiast Alix Aylen will tell about building a bike and touring from Toronto through Mexico on it, cycling over 10,000 km; features a visual presentation and “The Bike.”

Sun., Mar. 8 – Concert by children’s band Oozakazoo, 3030 Dundas St. W., 4 pm (doors open 3:30).  Admission by donation — thanks to the generous sponsorship of The Sweet Potato (2995 Dundas St. W.), every dollar donated at the door will go directly to The Stop Community Food Centre.  Oozakazoo create original folk, rock and bluegrass tunes for all ages.  Their CDs have won awards and received critical acclaim.

Tue., Mar. 10 – Film “Planet Ocean” (2012) and discussion, hosted by Green 13 at Jane/Dundas Library,  6:15-8:15 pm.  Directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot.  Can we imagine a film that would change the way people look at the ocean? With astonishing photography, the film takes us on a magnificent journey into the heart of the least-known regions of our planet, and narrates the most marvelous and most terrifying human experiences of our time. This film is also a plea for humanity to respect the world in which we live.

Tue., Mar. 10 –  High Park Blood Donor Clinic, Humberside CI, 280 Quebec Ave., 4-8 pm.  Give blood before March Break and help the blood bank!  Free. Book an appointment and view eligibility online at www.blood.ca or by calling 1-888-2-DONATE.

Thu., Mar. 12 – Junction Residents Association Meeting, West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W., 7 – 9pm.  Meet your neighbours.  Refreshments served.

Thu., Mar. 12 – Stories about Storytellers: An Evening with Doug Gibson, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  Hear Douglas Gibson (Alice Munro’s editor) tell stories about the many famous authors he worked with in the course of his long career as an editor and publisher. Featuring authors like Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau and others, the show (which has run more than 80 times) is animated by music and lively caricatures.  Note: Doug Gibson will also speak at Swansea Town Hall on Mar. 4.

Thu., Mar. 12 – “The Summer/Autumn Garden,” Lambton House, 7:30 pm.  Professor Emeritus Bill Andrews will show and tell us how to achieve beauty, diversity and low maintenance in your garden.

Sat., Mar. 14 – Blood Donation Clinic, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Please donate blood; bring your donor or ID card.  Canadian Blood Services needs volunteers!

Tue., Mar. 17 – Diabetes Education, Jane/Dundas Library, 6-7 pm.  The West Toronto Diabetes Education Program services adults with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes within the West Toronto Region. Our diabetes health care team consists of registered nurses and dietitians dedicated to helping adults achieve optimal diabetes control through self-management and continuous support.

Wed., Mar. 18 – Pan Am Poetry Slam and Celebration Night, Jane/Dundas Library, 5-8 pm.  This Pan Am Poetry Slam and Celebration Night features 2015 Canadian Pan Am National Team Gymnast Rosie Cossar, Canadian National Poetry Champion Patrick de Belen and local youth poets.  This will be a night of arts, inspiration and ultimately a celebration of the Pan Am Games in Toronto.  Drop in program, no registration required.

Wed., Mar. 18 – Movie Night: “Calvary” (2014, 100 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.  Film written and directed by John Michael McDonagh.  Set in rural Ireland, this bleak but powerful seriocomedy centers on Father James, a good man intent on making the world a better place.  When his life is threatened one day during confession, he finds he has to battle the dark forces closing in around him.

Sat., Mar. 21 – Storyfire, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm. Toronto Public Library’s wonderful storytellers welcome you to Storyfire, a celebration of storytelling that kicks off the 2015 Toronto Storytelling Festival.  Featuring Ana Malespin, Astrida Narbutas.  Recommended for all ages.

Sun., Mar. 22 – HIJ House Reading Series #12, at BookThug HQ, 260 Ryding Ave., 2-5 pm, with Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer and Paul Vermeersch.  Two new HIJ chapbooks containing work by our featured authors will be available for purchase at the event. Homemade pie will be served.  Free, but a hat will be passed for the authors.

Tue., Mar. 24 – The eh List Author Series:  Russell Smith – Confidence, Runnymede Library, 7-8:15 pm.  Russell Smith is a successful author, bon vivant and journalist; he has it all. Like the people who populate this collection of tales who have everything — money, status, brains, futures, and secrets. But confidence? Maybe not so much. Come and meet Russell and his cast of colourful characters.

Wed., Mar. 25 – “Soil,” talk by The Toronto Master Gardeners, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7:30 pm.  Sponsored by Swansea Horticultural Society.  Join us in the Rousseau Room, Main Floor, and have your questions ready.

Thu., Mar. 26 – Crooked House Road for Women Benefit Concert Series, 3030 Dundas St. W., 9 pm.  CHR is hosting a benefit concert series in Feb/Mar/Apr in support of local charities focused on aiding women struggling against poverty and violence.  This month, to benefit Sistering, which has been providing a variety of essential services to homeless and marginalized women since 1990. Program: 9:30 pm, Simeon Ross; 10:30 pm, Crooked House Road; 11:30 pm, Heavyweights Brass Band.  Donate what you can.

Sat., Mar. 28 – Lambton House Earth Hour Walk, 8 pm (doors open at 7:30).  Bring your flashlight or lantern or even a candle, for a walk in the Valley, along the Humber if the ice permits, with guide Madeleine McDowell and her lantern.  Return to Historic Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., for hot spiced apple cider and maybe some stories.

Sat., Mar. 28 – Green 13’s Annual Earth Hour Walk.  After turning off your lights for Earth Hour, please consider what else you can do. It’s time to make a difference.  The plan:

  • Power down at home.  Bring with you your own lantern or candle.
  • Join your neighbours at 8:15 PM at the Alex Ling Fountain at the NW corner of Bloor and Jane.
  • Walk starts at 8:30 pm.  Plan to stay for refreshments following the walk (location to be confirmed).

Sun., Mar. 29 – Swansea Town Hall’s annual HUGE spring indoor garage sale from 10 am to 2 pm.  Three floors packed with lots of wonderful new and used items!  On our Ravine Level, the Swansea Seniors will have tables packed with great finds!  Bring all your large and small electronic goods to our patio as iRecycle will be picking up all donations of any your electronic and e-waste!  Table rentals are available for $30-45; see link above.

Sun., Mar. 29 –  Music, She Wrote, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave., 3 pm.  The Windermere String Quartet will perform pieces all by women composers, including a new commission.  Buy tickets online, $10 / $20 / $25.

Tue., Mar. 31 – “Vegetarianism 101: Easy steps to eating less meat!” 7-8:30 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Interested in making healthier, more sustainable and more compassionate food choices? The Toronto Vegetarian Association will give you some tips and tools for going vegetarian or reducing your consumption of animal products, and answer all those commonly asked questions like, where do I get my protein and what’s a quick meal I can pull together on a work night? Free vegan snacks!  Questions? Email highpark@veg.ca

Tue., Mar. 31 – Ask an Expert: Planning for Retirement, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.  Retirement is the largest bill you’ll ever face. As a member of the healthiest and longest-living population ever, government payments are not enough to fund retirement. Learn how to become proactive and start retirement planning early. Discover the benefits of using government tax deferral/savings opportunities, participating in company pension plans, and including non-registered investments as part of a retirement plan. A member of the CPAC (Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada) will be the presenter.

======   Events for children and families (in order by date)   ======

Free Library programs for children during March Break, Mar. 14-20:

Sat., Mar. 14 – Creepy Crawlers Express, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  Learn about different creatures from all around the world that crawl and creep. Appreciate nature’s diversity. For ages 4 and up.

Mon., Mar. 16 – Makers Afternoon – Crafters Wanted, Jane/Dundas, 2-3 pm.  Bring your creativity to the library. Make something wonderful with a fun selection of crafting materials.

Mon., Mar. 16 – LEGO Fun, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Calling all LEGO fans! Join us for fun LEGO challenges and test your creativity. Limited tickets available 30 minutes before program.  Ages 6-12 years.

Tue., Mar. 17 – Puppet Show! Runnymede Library, 2-2:45 pm.  Enjoy two fairytale puppet shows! Rumpelstiltskin and Stolen Tarts will be performed by the Runnymede Branch Youth Advisory Group.

Tue., Mar. 17 – Afternoon at the movies, Jane/Dundas Library,  2-3:30pm, “The Boxtrolls.”  A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the book “Here be Monsters” by Alan Snow.  2014. 96 minutes. Rated G.

Tue., Mar. 17 – Comic Book Workshop, Runnymede Library, 3:30-5 pm.  Learn how to draw comic book style art with artist Matthew Dimuantes. All materials provided. For ages 12-19. Call 416-393-7697 to register.

Wed., Mar. 18 – Makers afternoon – Builders Wanted, Jane/Dundas, 2-3 pm.  Join us for a constructive afternoon of building with Lego.

Wed., Mar. 18 – Magic Show: Magician IncrediBrent, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Join us for a fast paced, funny and interactive magic show for children of all ages!

Thu., Mar. 19 – Spectacle de magie avec Jean Deshaies, Jane/Dundas, 10:30-11:30 am.  Spectacle de magie avec Jean Deshaies. Billets gratuit disponible 30 minutes avant le programme.

Thu., Mar. 19 – Magic Show: Mysterion!, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  A magic show featuring mentalism, the supernatural, spoon bending, mind reading, and ESP.

Thu., Mar. 19 – Build a City!  Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Together we will build our own model city using recycled materials! For children ages 5-12.

Fri., Mar. 20 – Games! Games! Games!  Jane/Dundas, 2-3 pm.  A fun afternoon of library games.

Fri., Mar. 20 – Family Film, Runnymede Library, 2-4 pm.  Enjoy a free screening of “The Boxtrolls.”  A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the book “Here be Monsters” by Alan Snow.  2014. 96 minutes. Rated G.

Note:  If you want to go further afield, the Library has many possibilities.

Other programs during March Break:

Colborne Lodge Family Drop-In, March 14-20, 12:30-4 pm, ages 3 & up.  Drop in for a tour of the historic house and a children’s activity. Make it a day in High Park for you and your family!  The Lodge is located close to both the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground and the High Park Zoo. Regular admission applies: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax).

Jack Grunsky in Concert, Sat., Mar. 14, 2 pm, Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave.  “Our annual super-fun March Break Children’s Concert, featuring four-time Juno award-winner Jack Grunsky.” Pay-what-you-can fundraiser for the children’s ministries.  For more information, call 416-769-5611.

Regular programs:

Easter Traditions at Colborne Lodge – Saturdays (Mar. 21, 28, Apr. 4), Sundays (Mar. 22, Apr. 5), 12-4 pm.  Visit inside Colborne Lodge and learn about 19th-century Easter traditions. Families will tour the museum and spot Easter treasures hidden in the restored rooms. Children dye their own eggs using natural dyes. Last tour at 3:15 p.m. Included with regular admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax)

Drama Class for ages 6-12, 5:15-6:15, Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave. (south of Bloor), Weekly on Wednesdays from Feb. 4 to June.  Explore storytelling through music, text and movement. Free. Call 416-769-5611 for information and registration.

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club, Sat., Mar. 7, 2-4 pm, Runnymede Library.  Over six Saturdays (began Jan. 31, ends Mar. 7), professional actors and educators from Shakespeare in Action theatre company lead kids 7-12 through drama games and Shakespeare’s plays, such as The Comedy of Errors, Henry IV, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night.  Register in advance at 416-393-7697.

Kid Workshop: Build Sports Book Ends, Sat., Mar. 14, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W.  Kids will learn how to build sports book ends using a hammer and glue, with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.  A great free activity for children ages 4-12.  Pre-register at website.

High Park Easter Egg Hunt - Colborne Lodge, Sun., Mar. 29, 11 am- 3 pm.  Bring your Easter basket and join in this annual community event.  Children enjoy egg hunts and colour eggs using natural dyes inside historic Colborne Lodge. $3 for egg hunts and $1 for egg dyeing. Registration not required.

Junction Family Resource Centre, at Annette St. Library.  A free drop-in program run by Macaulay Child Development Centre, 3 days a week:  Mon., 10 am – 1 pm; Tue. and Thu., 12:30-4 pm. Parents and caregivers bring their pre-school children for:

  • Fun and educational activities for the children
  • A chance to get to know other parents and caregivers
  • Information on parenting/child development
  • Healthy and nutritional snacks

For more info, call the library at 416-393-7692.

More programs for kids in March:  at Annette St. Library;  at Jane/Dundas Library;  at Runnymede Library 

========   Recurring events  (in order by day of week)  ==========

Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays (Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28), 10 am – 12 pm at Annette St. Library, 145 Annette St.  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, alternate Saturdays, 1:30-3 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  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.

  • Sat., Mar. 14 – “Know Your Nature” (led by High Park Rangers youth) – See High Park through the eyes of young naturalists. Our High Park Rangers have been busy planning a nature hike to introduce you to some of the amazing nature they have discovered this winter.
  • Sat., Mar. 28 – “Orienteering” – Forget your GPS! Find your way through our orienteering course using a map and compass. Each station is an activity that teaches you about the natural ecology of the park. Bring your own compass or borrow one of ours.

High Park Walks, alternate Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe.

  • Sun., Mar. 1, “Discover the Park Through Archival Photos”: Master Gardener Terry Fahey narrates the story of changes in the park over the past 100 years.
  • Sun., Mar. 15, “My Favourite Trails”:  City Councillor and High Park resident Sarah Doucette reveals her special park places.

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (Mar. 30), Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.,12:15 pm.  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.

Green 13 monthly planning meeting, fourth Monday (Mar. 23), 6:30 pm, Annette St.. Library.  Anyone concerned with our climate and environment is encouraged to attend, particularly those interested in volunteering or in presenting initiatives on which they are prepared to act.

Writers’ Group, third Tuesday (Mar. 17), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Creative writing group meets once a month to discuss their current writing projects. Phone 416-393-7697 for more information.

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Mar. 31), 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 streetknit@gmail.com

Toronto Debating Society, alternate Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 pm.  A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking.  A non-profit public community organization, we meet at Swansea Town Hall, 2nd floor, from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.  See videos on the website.

Polish Film Night, second Wednesday (Mar. 11), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  A free screening of a recent Polish film with English subtitles. Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto.

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday (Mar. 25), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Cresc. P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cresc.  This meeting: Our MPP Cheri DiNovo.  Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.

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.

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (Mar. 19), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  Guest is Dan MacDonald.  Beginner workshop at 7 pm and one intermediate/advanced at 8, then a jam at 9 pm.  Tickets for purchase ($35) at 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com

Toronto Swing Dance Society, Friday (Mar. 13), 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages, all welcome, no experience or partner required. $10 members, $15 non-members.  Mar. 13:  Lesson in West Coast Swing taught by Sean Browne.

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 (Mar. 3), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
  • first Wednesday (Mar. 4), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
  • first Wednesday (Mar. 4), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
  • second Monday (Mar. 9), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club”
  • last Monday (Mar. 30), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Polish Book Club”
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Metrolinx at public meeting Feb. 24 to discuss rail electrification, noise walls in park

Sorauren Park - February 19, 2015 - 8:57pm
Come to the Feb. 24 meeting of the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association to hear Karen Pitre, head of Metrolinx’s electrification project, give an important update. RMRA electrification and Sorauren Park noise wall update Guest: Karen Pitre, Executive Director, Electrification, Metrolinx Feb. 24, starting 7 p.m., Fern Avenue Public School Free registration Sorauren Park and fellow neighbourhoods […]

New date for Function in the Junction 2015

The Junction Residents Association - February 17, 2015 - 6:13pm

Previously announced for March 21, 2015, it will instead take place on April 11, 2015!

Please note this on your calendar.

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Junction Parents - February 11, 2015 - 9:16pm
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• Mengembalikan simetri payudara
• Pasca kehamilan payudara mengangkat pengobatan

Untuk setiap metode pembesaran payudara memiliki kelebihan dan kekurangan. Tetapi terjadi kebanyakan wanita lebih suka operasi pembesaran payudara karena hal ini dikenal untuk memberikan hasil terbaik. Muda adalah nomor Anda dengan mudah dan cepat. Solusi jangka panjang ini dapat membantu Anda mengembalikan tampilan awet muda dan keyakinan. Namun, itu harus dipantau. Selain itu, ini adalah pembesaran "operasi payudara", ini melibatkan beberapa risiko. Berikut adalah apa yang perlu Anda ketahui tentang prosedur.

Operasi payudara




• Untuk melakukan riset Internet dan pemahaman yang komprehensif tentang pilihan yang tersedia dalam bentuk, bahan, ukuran profil dan cangkir. Ini akan membantu Anda memahami pilihan pribadi.
• Operasi pembesaran payudara benar-benar aman. Namun, Anda perlu berkonsultasi dengan dokter Anda tentang menjadi calon yang kuat untuk operasi ini.
• Jika Anda adalah kandidat yang tepat, maka Anda memilih dokter bedah Anda. Ada banyak bedah pembesaran payudara yang berkualitas di Chennai dan Mumbai, Delhi. Jika Anda tinggal di Chennai dan kemudian, Anda harus mempertimbangkan bedah pembesaran payudara di Chennai karena terapi ini memiliki beberapa risiko. Seperti serta aftercare dan pemulihan proses, dan sama pentingnya.
• Setelah konsultasi dengan dokter bedah, Anda perlu mempersiapkan untuk operasi ini. Anda akan perlu untuk mengumpulkan uang dan ikuti petunjuk sebelum melakukan dengan benar.
• Akan menjalani operasi, dan kemudian ikuti petunjuk setelah operasi juga.

Informasi ini tampak seperti awal yang baik untuk setiap wanita. Anda akan perlu untuk memahami beberapa tips sangat berguna. Verifikasi.

• Karena proses ini melibatkan uang besar, hal ini diperlukan untuk mengkonfirmasi kesiapan fisik dan mental sebelum dilakukan operasi.
• Harus tahu apa yang harus dicari dalam sebelum dan sesudah gambar dari tindakan.
• Anda harus tahu bagaimana untuk memilih ahli bedah yang tepat untuk operasi pembesaran payudara.
• Tidak semua tentang ukuran, setelah semua. Meskipun dihargai oleh ukuran payudara yang lebih besar, ia harus menjadi ukuran payudara yang ideal untuk jenis tubuh Anda juga.

Menikmati proses dan bersabar dengan setiap pilihan yang penting dalam operasi implan payudara. Kemudian, Anda akan mendapatkan kesempatan untuk keluar dari rumah Anda merasa bangga, elegan dan feminin.

Radhit Goswami, mahasiswa sarjana kedokteran dan bedah, ingin menjadi seorang dokter bedah plastik suatu hari nanti. Tapi hari ini, dia suka untuk membantu orang memahami dunia menarik operasi plastik. Oleh karena itu, meskipun jadwal sibuk, dia menulis tentang ukuran payudara dan prosedur operasi pembesaran payudara.

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Junction Parents - February 11, 2015 - 7:00am
8 makanan yang harus Anda makan untuk hidup sehat

Kesehatan hidup dimulai dengan makanan yang Anda makan. Kita semua tahu bahwa kita harus makan banyak buah-buahan segar dan sayuran, minimal disiapkan makanan, dan menghindari makanan sampah dan membuat pilihan makanan sehat secara umum. Selain pastikan makanan ini delapan dalam diet Anda akan membantu Anda hidup sehat.
Susu Rendah Lemak dan Keju

Susu rendah lemak dan keju adalah sumber yang baik kalsium dan lebih efektif daripada suplemen kalsium. Mereka juga adalah sumber yang baik vitamin d dianjurkan untuk mengambil 1, 500 sampai 2.000 mg vitamin d setiap hari untuk mengurangi risiko osteoporosis. Satu cangkir susu akan menyelamatkan 300 miligram vitamin D. susu rendah lemak dan keju sangat baik karena Anda mendapatkan semua manfaat tanpa semua lemak.

Kecambah dan Brokoli




 Apakah Anda tahu kecambah brokoli mengandung melawan senyawa dari brokoli kepala Apakah kanker hingga 50 kali lebih banyak? Mulai menikmati kanker ini menyebabkan properti hari ini.

Makanan-makanan Yang difermentasi


Makan makanan yang difermentasi seperti miso, yoghurt atau asinan kubis. Penelitian telah menunjukkan bahwa jenis makanan dapat mengurangi risiko kanker payudara, kekebalan dan meningkatkan sistem pencernaan, perlindungan terhadap infeksi ragi untuk nama beberapa manfaat.
# 4 mengganti semua mentega dan margarin menggunakan dengan mana canola atau minyak zaitun. Omega-3 asam lemak dengan lemak trans dapat membantu Anda meningkatkan kolesterol baik dan menurunkan kadar kolesterol buruk Anda. Hotel ini juga dapat mengurangi risiko penyakit jantung.
# 5 minuman enam ons jus jeruk 100% setiap hari akan mengurangi risiko stroke hingga 20%. Itu berarti jenis jus jeruk yang memiliki tidak ada gula yang ditambahkan. Penelitian tentang jenis kaya serat jika Anda ingin manfaat tambahan.
# 6, termasuk kayu manis ke dalam diet Anda untuk manfaat antioksidan. Itu lebih dari bahwa-itu memperlambat laju makanan olahan dan berhenti gula darah tinggi yang menyebabkan insiden. Penelitian telah menunjukkan hanya ½ sendok teh per hari akan menurunkan kolesterol dan gula darah Anda jika Anda memiliki diabetes tipe 2.
# 7 makan segenggam kacang setiap hari mengurangi risiko penyakit jantung hingga 35%. Dan ini penting. Kacang-kacangan juga merupakan sumber besar protein.
Ini harus menjadi no. 8 buah membentuk bagian dari diet harian Anda. Finlandia studi menemukan hanya lima ons per hari akan memberimu jantung sehat, menurunkan tekanan darah, meningkatkan kadar kolesterol dan mengurangi risiko penyakit kardiovaskular

Sorauren Family Day Fun Monday Feb. 16

Sorauren Park - February 9, 2015 - 7:55pm
Spend your Family Day in the community with a swing by Sorauren Park. The weather is looking promising for a great day of skating and shinny on the natural ice rinks, brought to you by the Sorauren Park Hosers. Then, the Sorauren Farmers Market will start early at 2 p.m., with tunes, hot chocolate, treats […]

JRA e-newsletter – February 2015

The Junction Residents Association - February 1, 2015 - 11:34am

Function in the Junction 2015:  Save the date — March 21, 2015  April 11, 2015  !   Mark it on your calendars — the JRA’s annual fundraiser for a local charity. Come meet your neighbours and make new friends at this lively community gathering. Enjoy an evening of local food, drinks and music. Proceeds support a local nonprofit soon to be chosen.  Location: Masonic Temple on Annette Street, beside the Library. Look for ticket and other info soon on posters in local businesses and on the JRA website junctionra.ca

============    News, Opportunities, and Ongoing   ===========

Development Proposal for 2265-79 Bloor St. W.“We had a huge turnout for January 6th, with more than 100 people in the room. A big thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to attend. There is a brief update posted online [see link above] to conclude the process. In short, we are now awaiting a report by City Legal to be presented to City Council, hopefully in February.  Confidentiality protocols prevent us from saying any more about the mediation until the report is made public, but the OMB Mediation team (comprised of at least 1 member from each local Residents’ Association, our 2 lawyers and planner) feel positively about the process.  As soon as we can share more, we will let you know.”

Apply to learn nature activism:  The Homegrown National Park Project, sponsored by the David Suzuki Foundation, has been operating for two years in Toronto now, mainly in the corridor between Bathurst and Ossington.  Its driving force is the group of activist citizens called Homegrown Park Rangers, which adds members each year, and this year will accept a few new Rangers from other Toronto neighbourhoods.  The Rangers not only design and execute community activities that connect people and the natural world, but they also learn how to bring people together for the common good.  This editor hopes that a few individuals from the West End will apply to join this group, so we too can benefit from this energy.  The deadline for Ranger applications is Feb. 9!  Another group will be formed this year for the first time, with a less central role and a lesser time commitment; this is the Homegrown Volunteer Corps.  Applications to both and more information are here.  And check out this great video about the project.

50+ workshop:  Making Meanings of Memories – A series of workshops for 50+ adults at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Tweak your creative spirit and join us for six free afternoon workshops with Simon Malbogat of Mixed Company Theatre.  The creative workshops begin in February (Feb. 10 & 12; 17 & 19; 24 & 26, 2-4 pm) and conclude with a mini-presentation on Sun., Mar. 1.   Please bring any portable musical instruments you play.  Early registration will be appreciated.  To register, or for more information, call Joy at 416-766-8679.   Also see page 4 of the Heritage York Newsletter.

High Park Summer Nature Camp Registration – On Wed., Feb. 11 at 10 am, registration will open online.  We have an updated system that will make registration quicker and easier!  However, this new system means that even parents who have registered with us before will need to create a new account.  You can use the Create an Account feature before Feb. 11, so you’ll have less to worry about when registering. You can also add a picture of your child to the account so our staff can get a head start on getting to know them.  Give us a call or email if you’re having any challenges with setting up your account!   Please note: As of July 1, 2015, the High Park Nature Centre programs will take place in High Park’s historic Forest School building!  This building is located at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive (southeast of Bloor St. W. and High Park Ave. – see map at website). Summer Camps in 2015 will have increased programing capacity, but (don’t worry!) the small-sized groups and format of our programs will not change!

The Mouse House,” a play by Robert Ainsworth, will be presented live at the Village Playhouse, 2190E Bloor St. W., from Feb. 27 to Mar. 21, directed by Julian Mulock.  Plot:  While working in seclusion in a northern Ontario family cottage, a mild-mannered middle-aged writer suddenly becomes responsible for the life of an aggressive juvenile delinquent. A hard-hitting yet touching thriller with lots of surprises. Warning: Contains coarse language.  Tickets are $18-22, call 416-767-7702 for reservations.

=======    Events coming up, in and near the Junction    =======
Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
===  Scroll down for  Events for children   == and ==   Recurring events   ===

Wed., Feb. 4 – Swansea Historical Society Meeting, 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Will O’Hara, author of Enemy Arrows: Toronto in the Year 1420, will speak on “Life in West Toronto before European contact.”  Visitors welcome, light refreshments.  More information.

Thu., Feb. 5 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, Annette Library, downstairs.  7:30 pm business meeting; 8:15 pm speaker:  Neil Brochu, of Collections & Conservation, City of Toronto Museums, will provide an overview of the collections and insight into the conservation challenges presented by such a large and diverse museum collection (roughly 150,000 artifacts and over 1 million archaeological specimens, all related to Toronto’s history).

Fri., Feb. 6 – No Pub Night at Lambton House, due to their annual dinner/dance.

Sun., Feb. 8 – Winter Tree ID: Buds, Barks & Twigs, 1-5 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  Build skills, and learn how to identify the trees of Ontario while they sleep. Hike on some lesser known nature trails of High Park to practice your new skills by identifying a variety of trees.  Cost: $50.  Register at website above, or call 416-392-1748 x2.

Tue., Feb. 10 – “Easy Like Water,” Green 13 monthly film, 6:15-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library.  Filmmaker Glenn Baker produces an off-the-grid journey that presents a new perspective on the developing world. In rural Bangladesh, visionary architect Mohammed Rezwan is building floating schools – outfitted with solar-powered Internet – to bring education to kids, especially girls, who might otherwise never get a chance to go to school. Now, he is trying to expand the model to create floating clinics, cinemas, and climate shelters. In a nation where 20 million people may be washed away by mid-century, Rezwan is creating a blueprint for his people’s survival.

Wed., Feb. 11 – JD Code Club, 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  A bi-weekly Computer Code Club for teens and adults – come and develop your skills in HTML, CSS and other forms of computer code. We will learn about the basics of code as well as other projects, including building our own website!  We will have activities and guest speakers from notable programming firms. Be sure to join us for this all-ages club. If you have any questions, feel free to ask staff.  To enhance your learning and fun, we advise you to bring a laptop or tablet.  Second session is on Feb. 25, and may continue beyond that if there is sufficient interest.

Thu., Feb. 12 – “The Flag at Fifty,” 7:30 pm, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  A free Heritage Talk featuring Rick Archbold, author of A Flag for Canada: The Story of the Maple Leaf Flag, a “biography” of Canada’s defining symbol.  Doors open 6:30, refreshments.

Sat., Feb. 14 – Chili Fest, 5-10 pm, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, 151 Glenlake Ave. (at Keele).  A Dreamscape and Queensway Lions Club fundraiser to send underprivileged children to camp.  A wide selection of all-you-can-eat chili, $10. For tickets, lorrainejung@gmail.com, or buy at door.

Sun., Feb. 15 – Annual Pancake Lunch to celebrate the coming of Lent, 12 noon, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave.  All are welcome!  $6 for adults, $3 for kids or $15 for families.

Mon., Feb. 16 – The Great Back Yard Bird Count, 9-11 am, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  Family day is for the birds!  Make some bird feeders to bring home, go on a short birding hike in the forest, learn how to hand-feed chickadees and become a “citizen scientist” by counting the birds that we see at our feeders.  We will then submit the tallies from our “back yard” to give scientists a valuable snapshot of the abundance and diversity of birds all around the world.  You can watch as tallies are submitted online from around the world. Bring your cameras to take part in our photo contest. There will be warm drinks and cookies!  Great for all ages.  Optional: Bring your own camera and binoculars.  In partnership with Bird Studies Canada.  Supported by Wild Birds Unlimited.  Recommended donation $5 / person.  Register at website above.

Tue., Feb. 17 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Suppers – A number of neighbourhood churches make this an annual event on the night before Ash Wednesday (just before Lent begins):

  • 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.  Info: 416-767-6729.  Adults, $8; children under 10, $6; family of 4, $25; family of 5, $30.
  • St Johns Anglican Church, 288 Humberside Ave. (near High Park Ave.), 5-7 pm, supper is free.  “Craft, Food and Fun!”
  • Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave, 5:30-7 pm.  Cost $7 adult, $4 for child, $20 for family. Gluten free supper available as well.
  • Morningside High Park Church, 4 Morningside Ave (south of Bloor, btw. Ellis and Kennedy), 5:30-7 pm. $8 per person, or $25 / family.  Contact kathleenk123@gmail.com.
  • Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Rd., 6-7:30 pm.  $5/person; $15 family w/ 2 children; $20 family w/ 3 or more children.  Indulge before Lent starts, with yummy pancakes and sausages, coffee, tea, juice and cookies.
  • Also the Pancake Lunch at St. Olave’s, see Sun., Feb. 15 above.

Tue., Feb. 17 – Vegetarians of High Park, dinner at Soup ‘n Such Cafe (2285 Dundas Street West, just south of  Bloor), 6-8 pm.  Join us for dinner at this very vegan-friendly cafe. They have fresh made soups, salads, chili, quinoa salad and even vegan yogurt available. Tuesdays their daily special is a delicious vegetable coconut curry!  Please RSVP by Thu., Feb. 12 to highpark@veg.ca.

Tue., Feb. 17 –  Black History Month Free Double Bill Film Night, 7 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.   Two documentary films, presented jointly with the Swansea Memorial Library.  “The Colour of Beauty” (17 minutes), directed by Elizabeth St. Philip, examines racism in the fashion industry. “Hue: A Matter of Color” (85 mins.) – The range of our skins’ colour spectrum has had and continues to have significant social and anthropological implications; written and directed by Vic Sarin.

Tue., Feb. 17 – “Ask an Expert: Estate Planning,” 7-7:30 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Curious about estate planning?  Wondering what the process entails?  Attend this workshop and take away key understandings, ideas and tools which are helpful while planning your asset distribution.  Hosted by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPAC).  No registration required.

Wed., Feb. 18 – Movie Night: “The Hundred-Foot Journey” (2014),” 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.  Plot:  The Kadam family leaves India for France, where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s (Helen Mirren) Michelin-starred eatery.

Wed., Feb. 18 – Healthy Habits Seminar, 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Program, conducted by Health Bound Health Network, will deal with:
•  Prevention of slips and falls
•  How posture can affect health (proper sitting/standing/lifting techniques)
•  Choosing proper footwear
•  Gait Scan Analysis
•  and other forms of healthy living

Sun., Feb. 22 – “Wildlife use of native / non-native trees in the city,” Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Dr., 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. High Park Stewards Winter Speaker series:  Eric Davies, University of Toronto, is speaker.

Sun., Feb. 22 – Wild Poetry: a writing and reading workshop in the city, 1-4 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  You don’t need to be a birder or a biologist to have a relationship with nature. And a nature poem needn’t be an ode to a swan. It might be a rant, a lament, an exploration, a surprise. Come hunt the wild woods in the heart of the city for that unmistakable poetic call.  Cost, $25.  Go to website to pre-register.

Sun., Feb. 22 – HIJ House Reading Series #11, at BookThug HQ, 260 Ryding Ave., 2-5 pm, with Helen Guri and Kate Cayley.  Two new HIJ chapbooks containing work by our featured authors will be available for purchase at the event. Homemade pie will be served.  Free, but a hat will be passed for the authors.

Sun., Feb. 22 – Junction Writes, 4-7 pm, 3030 Dundas St. W.  Local authors read excerpts from their books; this session features Aggrey Sambay, Ron Schafrick, Peter Norman, Nancy Jo Cullen, and Michael Winter.

Tue., Feb. 24 – “Kick-start your memoir using the six senses,” 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Join author and editor Sharon A. Crawford in her new program, and learn how to use emotion and the senses to bring your story to life!  Sharon is the author of mystery novel Beyond Blood, and she runs the East End Writers’ Group.  Please bring an old photo of yourself and/or your family, friends, or one of where you lived.  Registration required, call 416-393-7697.

Wed., Feb. 25 – JD Code Club, 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  A bi-weekly Computer Code Club for teens and adults – see Feb. 11 above for description.

Wed., Feb. 25 – Swansea Horticultural Society, 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Laura Reinsborough will talk about Not Far from the Tree, a non-profit group which mobilizes volunteers to pick fruit from Toronto trees and share the yield.

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Drama Class for ages 6-12, 5:15-6:15, Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave. (south of Bloor), Weekly on Wednesdays from Feb. 4 to June.  Explore storytelling through music, text and movement. Free. Call 416-769-5611 for information and registration.

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club, Saturdays (Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28), 2-4 pm, Runnymede Library.  Over six Saturdays (began Jan. 31, ends Mar. 7), professional actors and educators from Shakespeare in Action theatre company lead kids 7-12 through drama games and Shakespeare’s plays, such as The Comedy of Errors, Henry IV, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night.  Register in advance at 416-393-7697.

Time Traveller PA Day Camp, Fri, Feb. 13, 9 am-4 pm, Colborne Lodge.  Looking to engage your 7- to 10-year-old kids? Children will travel back in time and explore life almost two hundred years ago. Activities will include playing time detective to uncover mysteries around Colborne Lodge and engage with 19th century cooking techniques and crafts. Cost: $38; pre-registration required. Call 416-392-6916 for details and after care information.

Kid Workshop: Build a Heart Box, Sat., Feb. 14, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W.  A great free activity for children ages 4-12.  Kids will learn how to build a heart box using a hammer and glue.  Pre-register at website.

Junction Family Resource Centre, at Annette Street Library.  A free drop-in program run by Macaulay Child Development Centre, 3 days a week:  Mon., 10 am – 1 pm; Tue. and Thu., 12:30-4 pm. Parents and caregivers bring their pre-school children for:

  • Fun and educational activities for the children
  • A chance to get to know other parents and caregivers
  • Information on parenting/child development
  • Healthy and nutritional snacks
  • For more info, call the library at 416-393-7692.

More programs for kids in January:  at Annette St. Library;  at Jane/Dundas Library;  at Runnymede Library 

==========   Recurring events  (in order by day of week)  ==========

Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays (Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28), 10 am – 12 pm at Annette St. Library, 145 Annette St.  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, alternate Saturdays, 1:30-3 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  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.

  • Feb. 14 –  “Togetherness” – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a hike that explores symbiotic relationships, mutualism and of course mating and reproduction. Learn about the lovely relationship Blue Jays have struck up with oak trees, when in the year squirrels mate and the intense co-operation found within lichen.
  • Feb. 28 – “Frosty Fairies” – Winter woodland magic!  Learn about the fairies and gnomes of winter and how they thrive in the snow. Help us build the fairies some well-insulated fairy homes.

High Park Walks, alternate Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe.

  • Feb. 1, “The Naked Trees of Winter”:  A Toronto Urban Forester shows how they survive and how to identify them.
  • Feb. 15, “Passion and Poetry”:  Writer Julia Bennett guides us through literary expressions of the park’s natural beauty.

Green 13 monthly planning meeting, fourth Monday (Feb. 23), 6:30 pm, Annette St.. Library.  Anyone concerned with our climate and environment is encouraged to attend, particularly those interested in volunteering or in presenting initiatives on which they are prepared to act.

Writers’ Group, third Tuesday (Feb. 17), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Creative writing group meets once a month to discuss their current writing projects. Phone 416-393-7697 for more information.

Toronto Debating Society, alternate Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 pm.  A non-profit public community organization, we meet at Swansea Town Hall, 2nd floor, from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.  See videos on the website.

Polish Film Night, second Wednesday (Feb. 11), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  A free screening of a recent Polish film with English subtitles. Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto.

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday (Feb. 18), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Cresc. P.S., 2nd Floor Teachers’ Lounge, 285 Indian  Rd. Cresc.  Everyone welcome.

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.

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (Feb. 19), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  Guest is local Toronto fiddler Meaghan LaGrandeur; she will focus the workshops on Cape Breton style and repertoire.  Beginner workshop at 7 pm and one intermediate/advanced at 8, then a jam at 9 pm.  Tickets for purchase at 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com

The StreetKnit Project, last Thursday (Feb. 26), 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, see www.streetknit.ca or email us at streetknit@gmail.com

Toronto Swing Dance Society, first Friday (Feb. 6), 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages, $10 members, $15 non-members.  Check website for programs.

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 (Feb. 3), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
  • first Wednesday (Feb. 4), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
  • first Wednesday (Feb. 4), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
  • second Monday (Feb. 9), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club”
  • Monday (Feb. 23), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Polish Book Club”

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Rink rocking

Sorauren Park - January 31, 2015 - 7:58pm
Mother Nature has mostly been cooperating again this season, creating good conditions for the two natural ice rink pads on the Sorauren baseball diamond. ‘Course, it needs a helping hand from the humans. Big thanks to the Sorauren Hoser crews who flood each night at 9 p.m. when the rink closes. And thanks to the […]

Collaboration amongst Community groups

DIGIN - January 22, 2015 - 11:20am
Community groups finding collaboration a great way to strengthen neighbourhoodsToronto neighbourhood associations are finding rewards in reaching across borders with the common purpose of solving urban issues. Tara Walton / Toronto Star Order this photo
Gathering on the West Toronto Rail Path, from left, Bruce Gavin Ward, Liz Sutherland, Donna Cowan and Suhail Barot got together to develop a road safety program. 

By: Staff Reporter, Published on Wed Jan 21 2015 Donna Cowan was appalled at the anger in the streets she witnessed when she started commuting on her electric bicycle a couple of summers ago. “It wasn’t car against bike only, it was car against car, bike against bike, walker against bike, everywhere,” she said. So Cowan did what she’s grown accustomed to doing since the neighbourhood association she leads, DIGIN, launched a little more than a decade ago: she reached out to other local groups.More and more neighbourhood associations like DIGIN — which is committed to the cultural, social, environmental and economic vitalization of the Bloor Street West neighbourhood around Bloordale — are breaking down boundaries and working together to strengthen their areas, Cowan said. She believes collaboration is a must if neighbourhood associations want to get anything done. “Your community doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Just because you have a border to your group doesn’t mean you cross the street and nothing’s happening,” she said.On Sunday, Cowan, representing DIGIN, met Liz Sutherland of Ward 15 Cycle Toronto; her Ward 18 counterpart, Suhail Barot; and Bruce Gavin Ward, from Friends of West Toronto Rail Path, to work on a street safety initiative aimed at boosting civility and respect among all people who use the road.People need to come together to improve an area, she said. DIGIN has had its successes. It was the group’s idea to launch the BIG on Bloor Festival, a bi-annual street festival aimed at getting people in the neighbourhood talking about how to develop their stretch of Bloor.“It brought together not only community residents’ associations but also social service agencies, the Bloordale Village BIA (Business Improvement Area), the Bloorcourt BIA, councillors, provincial and federal elected officials. From it, people are still talking; other collaborations are still going on. It was quite fruitful,” she said. Many community groups that neighbour DIGIN subscribe to her group’s email list to keep up to date, Cowan said.
Tara Walton/Toronto Star
From left to right, Liz Sutherland, Donna Cowan, Bruce Gavin Ward and Suhail Barot pose for a photo Sunday on Dupont St. near the Toronto Railpath. 
“When next-door associations have information, they share it. For example, our neighbourhood is notorious for having bad developers. We’ve talked with other groups to share information so you know what tactics (certain developers) are going to use on you, that sort of thing.” New development is often a catalyst for community groups coming together, said Sue Dexter, a member of the Harbord Village Residents Association board. Harbord Village, she said, regularly collaborates with Grange Community Association and The Annex Residents Association, among many others. “I think there are enough issues in common that we do cross each other’s boundaries and get bound up in each other’s work,” Dexter said. “In a sense, we’re riding shotgun with each other and helping each other out as best we can. Harbord Village, for example, is a delegate to the Huron-Sussex neighbourhood revisioning.” Dexter said Harbord Village has collaborated with other groups for at least a decade now, but the collaborations are happening more often lately.“We’re starting to think of our own selves and our interests in a different way, because we see ourselves as part of a bigger picture. It’s no longer a one-off, in a sense. It’s a bigger unit.” The change in thinking could be part of a resurgence in initiatives led by neighbourhood residents. In September, Paul Bain, a project manager in the city’s planning department, told the Star he has observed a “renaissance” of resident-led initiatives sprouting in neighbourhoods across Toronto. “People have understood that there’s an opportunity to go in and do things in their community, and not just sit back and wait for the city to do it all,” Bain said. Ed Hore, co-chair of the York Quay Neighbourhood Association, said it’s been helpful to have the support of other groups as the YQNA deals with the issue of the island airport.“We want a whole bunch of groups together on this, because we don’t want to be a whole bunch of parties all squabbling with each other.”So much more can be accomplished by working together and capitalizing on one another’s strengths, said Tony Bolla, who is both a board member of the Regal Heights Village BIA and the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas. Bolla, who also founded a community website building business, said the Internet facilitates increased collaboration. Communities across the province have contacted him asking for help to build a website of their own. The Danforth East Community Association has also spread its wings outside of Toronto through the association’s pop-up shop project, which aims to revitalize main streets by moving temporary stores into empty storefronts.The project has so far proven successful — the commercial vacancy rate on Danforth East has decreased from 17 per cent to nine per cent — and the team has shared information with communities within the city as well as Oshawa, Bruce County and New Tecumseth, said Gay Stephenson, one of the project’s leads. “The pop-up shop toolkit is available for any community to use for free and we can offer a workshop to help them get started,” Stephenson said in an email to the Star Sunday. “We began sharing it on Twitter last week, and it's been downloaded 81 times. And the City of Toronto is very keen on supporting the spread of the pop-up project through combining work with BIAs and residents associations.”

With files from Rachel Mendleson

Volunteers & Suggestions wanted for Street Safety Initiative

DIGIN - January 22, 2015 - 11:16am
Hi all,
Some DIGIN members and a few west end Cycle Toronto groups  have been working on a West End Toronto Street Safety Project (a better name is to come) that has been borne out of the increased frustrations on our streets. We all know that growing congestion has resulted in more aggression and carelessness on the part of drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users. Our project is a modest outreach campaign that involves the development of a website with public awareness tools and resources that call attention in a light-hearted but pointed way to dangerous and disrespectful street behaviours, like aggressive and distracted driving, like cyclists or anyone else running red lights, or wandering into traffic while texting.
At this point we are looking to add content to our website. 
We are looking for any cartoons, videos, stories, anecdotes, anything that will help create more awareness and/or educate folks on how to respectfully share our streets so everyone can arrive alive. 
If you have come across anything that you'd like to share please send me the link or the information. 
*** If anyone is interested in working on this project we would gladly accept your help. ***At this point we are doing research and web design...later on we will be designing 'promo' material and then doing the outreach during the spring/summer months.

Thanks!Donna

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