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Railpath Cleanup Day April 18

West Toronto Railpath - April 17, 2015 - 1:09pm
Join the Parkdale RoadRunners and Community members for a cleanup on the Railpath ! Here are the deets: The sun is finally out and it’s time to give our community a bit of spring cleaning! On Saturday, April 18, Parkdale Roadrunners will be doing our part to make the West Toronto Railpath a little more beautiful for all us runners and everyone else using it this spring and summer. As part of the city’s Clean Toronto Together 2015 project, we’re asking anyone and everyone to spare about one hour to help us clean the Railpath between Bloor St. and Dundas St. WHEN AND WHERE: Meet on the Railpath at the Bloor Street entrance at 12 NOON. We will move south as a group, cleaning as we go. Bags will be dropped for City pick-up at Dundas St. Garbage / recycling bags will be provided. We hope to be done it all by 1 p.m.
BRING AND WEAR: A pair of gloves if you have them and wear your PDRR gear.
Let’s do this! (other cleanup locations in Junction Triangle)

Railpath Expansion Update April 2015

West Toronto Railpath - April 17, 2015 - 1:02pm

Railpath expansion is in the last days of an environmental Assessment (EA) and barring any last minute snags the shovels will go in the ground in 2016! Yea!

This is the City of Toronto EA page for the project. There is a slide show that can be opened to provide a great overview. One note, the most southerly part of the expansion shows a route from Abell Street south east that uses Sudbury Avenue. This was not the original preferred route and is not going to happen. This remaining short stretch is going to be rethought, in the original preferred route along the rail corridor, in conjunction with locals and stakeholders. The idea is to think big and inventive and see how we can get people across King and into Liberty Village in a way that adds to the community and adds to the larger Railpath vision.

There will be some Railpath news in the next few weeks so come back or follow us on Twitter: @railpath


Park clean-up and gardening day May 9

Sorauren Park - April 16, 2015 - 9:46pm
The annual Sorauren Park clean-up and gardening day is set for Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to about 1 p.m. Coffee’s on… bring your gloves, trowels, shovels, wheelbarrows! (Or just bring yourself, that’s OK too.) Once again, local residents will team up with a special group of Yale University alumni, who have volunteered for […]

Community centre funding “secure” for 2017-2023 period

Sorauren Park - April 9, 2015 - 9:52pm
Councillor Gord Perks’s office brought good news to local residents assembled at the annual general meeting of the Wabash Building Society last week: funding for the long-awaited Wabash Community Centre is “secure.” A representative from the Councillor’s office delivered the news to about 40 people at the public meeting (the Councillor was in a City […]

Roncy Walks

Roncesvalles Renewed - March 31, 2015 - 8:12am

Roncy Walks for Earth Hour

A symbolic gesture

Every Earth Hour, the kilometre and half of Roncesvalles Avenue is travelled upon, by environment conscious supporters. This year the symbolic gesture campaigning crowd, gathered at  the (future site of) the Dundas  Roncesvalles Peace Garden where Earth Hour 2015 Walk Marshals; Andrea DOnofrio and Sarah Malleau had arranged for acoustic performer, Markur to entertain attendees. 

Keith Denning from the RVBIA handed out mason jar lanterns, for those who didn’t arrive with any. I stayed busy working with media and welcoming friends.

If I were to continue on accolades, the whole of RoncyWorks and all that it does, wouldn’t exist without key facilitator Veronica Feihl, who thoughtfully organized the first cleanup of the plant beds and tree beds, the morning of the annual Earth Hour Walk.

Symbolic Walk starts Live on CP24

Coinciding with a live TV hit, the revellers with lit candles and lanterns, began the Walk along Roncesvalles’s commercial side, pausing briefly to salute patrons in the many dimly lit cafes, bistros and bars. Many businesses participate in the power-down hour.

Walkers acknowledge “power-down” patrons of restaurants & bars along the way

Karyn & NDP MP Peggy Nash

The more people that attend the Roncesvalles Annual Earth Hour candlelight walk, the more evident it is to educators, commercial planners and governing parties that our neighbourhood cares and wants strategies that will safeguard the world from issues like climate change.

I’ve been Roncy’s Earth Hour Co-ordinator since 2010, so how pleased was I to chat with NDP MP Peggy Nash as we strolled the length of the celebratory walk. Locally running Liberal Candidate Arif Virani also attended, but I didn’t get a chance to say hello.

RoncyWorks Members; Veronica, Sarah, Andrea, Karyn

As soon as we arrived at Grafton Park, we posed for our annual group picture as the Walk Marshals queried the crowd on Earth Hour Trivia. Correct answers were rewarded with amazing giveaways that the RoncyWorks Earth Hour Marshals had canvassed for.

Wonderful packages were supplied by these local businesses:

  • SOHO Art & Custom Framing
  • The Herbal Clinic & Dispensary
  • Revue Cinema
  • Michael Johnston Music Studio
  • Chocolateria
  • The Cookery
  • Fresh Collective
Thanks to all the media outlets that covered the event. EXCERPT from Inside Toronto Parkdale Villager interview by: Hilary Caton For Koski, having people show up this Saturday, March 28 is a testament to successful non-violent community communication. “There is no fist pumping or screaming demands to recognize and do something about climate change,” she said. There are just a whole bunch of people, that get together every year to walk down a kilometre and half of Toronto real estate, holding lit candles symbolically representing that we aren’t using conventional man-made power for just one little hour. And we’re doing so because maybe one day, there just won’t be any.”

JRA e-newsletter — April 2015

The Junction Residents Association - March 29, 2015 - 7:43pm

FUNCTION IN THE JUNCTION:  Sat., Apr. 11 — Get your tickets!

What:  Organized by the Junction Residents Association (JRA), the Function is a lively evening to share local food, drinks and music, and to raise money for a worthy neighbourhood cause.

When:  Sat., April 11.  Dinner is 6 pm, live auction at 8 pm, and live music starts at 9 pm.  Tickets for the 3-course sit-down dinner are sold in advance only, at Latitude 44 Gallery and Agora Cafe (both cash only), or online (e-transfer) at the Function website.

Where:  The event takes place at the West Toronto Masonic Temple, 151 Annette Street.

Why:   This year’s proceeds will go to the Annette Street Public Library, a cornerstone of our community that offers a welcoming space for readers and an inclusive variety of programs as well as community gathering space.

Latest news: Junction musician Michael O’Grady to perform live at 9 pm!  For more info, see the Function website for details. And, follow us on Twitter — @JunctionRA.

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

Spring also means the return of the City’s annual Clean Toronto Together Community Clean-Up Days, Apr. 17-19.  This year again, your Junction Residents Association (JRA) will organize a local clean-up on Sunday, Apr. 19, and you can show your pride in our community by participating:

  • Make a team (or two) with your friends, family, or neighbours.
  • Pick up gloves and bags at the Green P parking lot on Pacific starting at 10 am on Sun., Apr. 19.
  • Find a park, laneway, street, or any other public space that needs your help. Collect litter and other garbage in the area.
  • Bring your full bags of garbage back to the Green P any time between 10 am and 4 pm on Sunday. The JRA will organize pick-up by Sanitation.

From Councillor Doucette:  As residents in Ward 13 will be directly affected by the Pan Am Games, being prepared and informed will be a priority.  A public information session for our ward is being held by the Pan Am Transportation Team for all residents and business owners. Join us on Thu., Apr. 2 at the Swansea Town Hall (95 Lavinia Avenue).  Business owners/operators will meet from 3-5 pm, with residents then meeting from 6-8 pm. For more information on the games and how you could be affected, email businessinfo@toronto2015.org or residentinfo@toronto2015.org.

Community Tax Clinics – Peggy Nash has one more free tax prep clinic, on Sat., Apr. 11, 9:30 am-4 pm, at her office, 1596 Bloor St. W. for residents of Parkside-High Park who are:

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

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

Ongoing, Apr. 24 – May 16:  “Maggie’s Getting Married,” a play by Norm Foster, directed by David Eden, at the Village Playhouse, 2190 Bloor St. W.   Maggie’s getting married! Or is she? It’s normal for people to have cold feet just before a wedding, but one person – who shouldn’t – recalls the groom as having warm feet!  Delightful comedy from the author of The Long Weekend.  Tickets $18 – $22, at 416-767-7702.

Summer is coming:  The Junction Farmers Market  2015 season will start on Sat., May 23!

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

Wed., Apr. 1 – “How Are New Solar Systems Born?” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  New stars are born in the Milky Way every year, but stellar nurseries are veiled by dense clouds of gas and dust. Dr. Rachel Friesen explains how stars and solar systems form and how astronomers peer into their birth sites using telescopes on earth and in space. Presented in collaboration with the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Wed., Apr. 1 – Swansea Historical Society Meeting, 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Speaker Rona Arato on “Josiah Henson and the Underground Railway.”  Visitors welcome, light refreshments.

Thu., Apr. 2 – “Tips and Tools for Getting Around During the Pan Am Games,” 3 or 6 pm, see information at the top of email.

Thu., Apr. 2 [ changed from 3/31 ] – “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

Thu., Apr. 2 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, Annette Library, downstairs.  7:30 pm -business meeting; 8:15 pm – speaker:  Madeleine McDowell, “The Great War through the Eyes of a Child.”  My mother was two when the War broke out. She and her mother followed her father to England, and she experienced bombings, saw the depth charging of a German submarine, and was friends with many Canadian soldiers. They all adored her; she was pretty, bright, friendly and above all Canadian – and they were in England, preparing for, or returning from, Flanders or France. She was a tangible piece of Home.

Sat., Apr. 4 – Harry’s Spring Run-Off in High Park.  Start times: 8k at 10 am, 5k at 11:15 am, Children’s Run at 11:45 am.  The High Park Nature Centre is thrilled to, once again, host a post-race pancake breakfast for runners (and watchers!), 10:45 am- 12:30 pm. Purchase the “I ♥ High Park” Pancake Breakfast (only $3!  coffee $2) at the Party Site, in the Park just west of the entrance at High Park Ave. and Bloor.

Tue., Apr. 7 – “Nature in the City,” Annette St. Library, 6:30-8:15 pm.   Local naturalist and educator Richard Aaron will talk about some of the intriguing species of wild plants and animals to be found here in Canada’s largest city, as well as some of the best places to see nature in Toronto and what learning opportunities exist. From tiny slime moulds to secretive creatures to “living fossil” trees, discover a side of the city that is often overlooked.

Wed., Apr. 8 – Immigration Policy Roundtable, Loyola Arrupe Centre, 1709 Bloor St. W. (basement), 7-8:30 pm.  Join Arif Virani, Liberal Candidate for Parkdale-High Park, and the Hon. John McCallum, Liberal Party Immigration Critic, for an discussion of the future of immigration policy in this country with neighbours and colleagues.  Free admission; refreshments.

Thu., Apr. 9 – “The Battle of Britain: The 75th Anniversary,” Jane/Dundas Library, 7-8 pm.  2015 marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, fought over the summer skies of England in 1940. This air battle was a major turning point in the Luftwaffe’s efforts to win air superiority before an invasion of England. Who were the key military and government figures on both sides, the aircraft, groups, tactics and the technology involved?

Thu., Apr. 9 – Heritage Talk: Bob Galway on “The Aerodromes of Toronto: de Lesseps to Downsview and Beyond,” Lambton House, 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30).  Refreshments, free admission.  Co-sponsored by Baby Point Heritage Foundation and Heritage York.

Fri., Apr. 10 – My Journey of Discovery Art Show, 10 Heintzman St., 6-8:30 pm.  People living with cancer showcase their art work.  Free.

Fri., Apr. 10 [ changed from usual first Fri ] – Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6 pm, music by John Dorsey.  Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Sat., Apr. 11 – JRA’s sixth Function in the Junction, this year to benefit the Annette St. Public Library.  Dinner at 6 pm, tickets $45 in advance only.  Entry is $5 at the door at 8 pm for entertainment and cash bar, with Junction musician Michael O’Grady performing live at 9 pm.  See more information at the top of this newsletter, and at the webpage.

Tue., Apr. 14 – Green 13 film “The Nature of Cities,” Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm.  “The Nature of Cities” explores the nature in our own backyards – Austin and San Diego – and the possibilities in projects of cities of the future – Malmo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Freiburg, Amsterdam and Paris. Sustainable Communities professor Timothy Beatley tours these places with city planners, landscape architects, ecologists and residents to learn how our urban environments can be integrated with the nature around us.  Followed by a discussion led by Nancy Dengler, President of the Toronto Field Naturalists.

Tue., Apr. 14 – “Music to Better Your Health: Ideas from a Music Therapist,” Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.  Research increasingly shows that music has positive effects on our physical and emotional health. This is an information session about music therapy, followed by an interactive workshop exploring ways everyone can use music to improve their health and well-being.  No previous music experience or skill is necessary. Participants will leave with new ideas and skills for using music in more conscious and purposeful ways.

Wed., Apr. 15 – Movie Night: “The Theory of Everything (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.  The story of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, seeing him first as a healthy young man and following his career, his marriage, and his decline into virtual helplessness due to ALS, up to his present life in his 70s.

Wed., Apr. 15 – Vegetarians of High Park meet to enjoy a vegetarian meal with like-minded people, 6 pm.  This month it’s Magic Oven (347 Keele Street, just south of Dundas), which offers a wide range of pizzas and pastas, including gluten-free crusts and vegan pizzas made with dairy-free cheese.  They offer 10% off  to Toronto Vegetarian Association members, so bring your Toronto Veg Card!  Please RSVP by Fri., Apr. 10.

Thu., Apr. 16 – “Gladiators in Ancient Rome: Sport in the Service of Imperial Power,” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  Did you know that gladiator spectacle started as a form of funeral entertainment sponsored by aristocratic Roman families? Jonathan Edmondson (York) talks about the role of this bloody cultural phenomenon in the social and political context of the Roman Empire.  Presented in collaboration with ActiveHistory.ca, this lecture takes an entertaining and slightly idiosyncratic look at sports history to mark the Pan Am games in Toronto.

Sat., Apr. 18 – Spring Planting in High Park, 10-11 am, free but registration required at Jon Hayes 416-392-1748 or naturecenter@highpark.org.  We need 10 people to help replant the lands surrounding Howard and Ridout retention ponds with native shrubs.  Join TRCA staff, High Park Stewards group and Nature Centre staff to replant this important habitat.  See website for more information.

Sun., Apr. 19 – JRA contingent for Clean Toronto Together Community Clean-Up Days, 10 am-4 pm, pickup/dropoff station at Green P parking lot, Pacific Ave. south of Dundas.  See more information at top of newsletter.

Sun., Apr. 19 – HIJ House Reading Series #3, at BookThug HQ, 260 Ryding Ave., 2-5 pm, with Brecken Hancock and Grace O’Connell.  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., Apr. 19 – “Best Things in Life,” Festive Choral Evensong at 4 pm, followed by St. George’s Tea at 5, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave. Music, poetry and readings; free.

Mon., Apr. 20 – A Simpler Life: Downsizing & Moving for Seniors, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 2 pm.  Traps to avoid and the financial questions you need to ask before, during, and after you downsize.  Free, but must reserve to home@dslowey.com or 416-875-0499.  Refreshments.

Mon., Apr. 20 – The eh List Author Series: “Gail Bowen – 12 Rose Street,” Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Gail Bowen is called the ‘Queen of Canadian Crime Fiction,’ and for very good reason. In the 20th installment of the Joanne Kilbourn books, husband Zack runs for the mayor’s chair and all hell breaks loose.

Wed., Apr. 22 – “Ferns,” 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.

Sat., Apr. 25 – Annual Yard Sale, Anglican Church of St John’s West Toronto, 288 Humberside Ave., 9 am – 1 pm.  Treasures will abound! Lots of books, clothing, housewares, toys and much more.  We will accept donations of items from Apr. 20-23 in the afternoons and early evenings.  Contact 416-763-2393.

Sat., Apr. 25 – Children’s Pillage in the Village, Swansea Community Centre, 15 Waller Ave., 1-3:30 pm.  A friendly place to buy and sell gently used kids’ clothing and toys, twice a year.  50%-off sale 3-3:30 pm.  Free admission.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Sun., Apr. 26 – Open House at Forest School, Colborne Lodge Dr., High Park (building is east of the road leading into the Park from Bloor and High Park Ave.), 10:30 am – 12 noon.  Celebrate the opening of the new location of the High Park Nature Centre in the old Forest School.  Special guest speakers at 10:30, then activities 11-12.  Feel welcome to bring your family, your friends or a community member to join this exciting event! Please RSVP for yourself and your guests, as we will be serving a light breakfast.  Free, but register online at link above.

Sun., Apr. 26 – Junction Reads, 3030 Dundas St. W., 4-7 pm.  Local authors read excerpts from their books; this session features Daniel Perry, Marianne Miller, Vanessa Shields, Bruce Meyer, and Alexandra Leggat.  PWYC.

Wed., Apr. 29 – “Unusual Nature Discoveries in High Park,” Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  High Park has a particularly impressive diversity of habitats. Come learn about some of the unexpected flora and fauna that can be found in this magnificent 399-acre urban oasis. From uncommon plants, to seldom-seen animals and peculiar insects, let local naturalist and educator Richard Aaron help you discover one of Toronto’s natural wonders.

Thu., Apr. 30 – Crooked House Road for Women Benefit Concert Series, 3030 Dundas St. W., 9 pm.  CHR is hosting a benefit concert series in support of local charities focused on aiding women struggling against poverty and violence.  This month, to benefit The Stop Community Food Center. Program: 9:30 pm, Georgian Bay; 10:30 pm, Crooked House Road; 11:30 pm, Horsey Craze!! — feat. Will Kidman & Dallas Wehrle of THE CONSTANTINES and Justin Small of DO MAKE SAY THINK. Live performance of vintage Neil Young / Crazy Horse songs.  Donate what you can.

Sat., May 2 – King George Public School craft show and business fair, 25 Rexford Rd. (near Willard and St. Johns), 10 am-2 pm.  Entry $2/person, $5/family.

Sat., May 2 – A Village of Love Fundraiser, Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd., 5:30-10 pm.  Benefit for micro-loans so orphan caregivers in Kenya can feed their children.  5:30 country entertainer, wine bar; 6:30 vegetarian chili supper $10; 7:30 square dance $10 (for absolute beginners, so all are welcome).  Prizes! Raffle! Silent Auction!  Tickets/info: 416-766-7265.

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Note for future planning:  Small Wonders is a new drop-off program for kids 4-6 at the High Park Nature Center, fee-based.  Kids explore the natural wonders of High Park while learning tons about the amazing plants and animals that live here. Participants learn about the ecology of High Park through play, inquiry, direct experience, stewardship action and observation. Sign up for outdoor fun and learning at the link above!

Note for future planning:  There is a good list of local summer day camps in the April issue of The Westside’s Story (go to the fifth page and click Summer Camp link, or go to the very end of the pdf and then back a couple of pages).

Easter Traditions at Colborne Lodge – Saturday (Apr. 4), 12-4 pm; Sunday (Apr. 5), 11-4 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)

Easter at the High Park Zoo, weekend Fri.-Sun., 11:30 am – 2 pm.  Come and visit the High Park Zoo llama pen on and feed the llamas for the first time this year for a $2 donation, and meet other animals. See the spring babies as you walk through the Zoo. The High Park Zoo is open from 7:00 am to dusk every day.

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

Kid Workshop: Build a Chalkboard Planter Stand, Sat., Apr. 11, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W.  Kids will learn how to build a chalkboard planter stand 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.

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 April:  at Annette St. Library;  at Jane/Dundas Library;  at Runnymede Library 

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Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays (Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25), 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., Apr. 14 – “Feel the Forest” – Wake up your senses by experiencing High Park with more than just eyes! Practice listening, smelling, and feeling the natural world through peaceful, interactive activities.
  • Sat., Apr. 25 – “Trekking and Tracking” – Brush up on your tracking skills by exploring signs of animals in High Park. Learn to identify shelters, middens, scat, and more!

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

  • Sun., Apr. 5 – “Lost Waterways.”  That gurgling sound beneath your feet? It’s a river! City Planner Leo deSorcy follows the flow.
  • Sun., Apr. 19, “Spring Photo Buff Walk.”  Professional photographer David Allen helps you frame the best seasonal images. Bring your camera.

Green 13 monthly planning meeting, fourth Monday (Apr. 27), 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.

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (Apr. 27), 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.

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.

Writers’ Group, third Tuesday (Apr. 21), 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 (Apr. 28), 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

Walk This Way: free Nordic pole walking group, Wednesdays (weather permitting), 11:45 am-12:45 pm.  Meet at Black Oak Cafe, West Road, High Park.  No experience required, poles supplied.  Contact Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453 for more information.

Polish Film Night, second Wednesday (Apr. 8), 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 (Apr. 15), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Cresc. P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cresc.  Guest speaker:  MP Peggy Nash.  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 (Apr. 16), 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 (Apr. 10), 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.  Apr. 10:  Lesson in Country Two Step taught by Nelson Clarke.

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 (Apr. 7), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
  • first Wednesday (Apr. 1), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
  • first Wednesday (Apr. 1), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
  • second Monday (Apr. 13), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club”
  • last Monday (Mar. 30, Apr. 27), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Polish Book Club”

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Wabash Community Centre: project update April 2 with Councillor Perks

Sorauren Park - March 25, 2015 - 10:32pm
With the opening of the Sorauren Town Square last July, one piece of the Sorauren Park vision — dating from the late 1980s — remains: the proposed Wabash Community Centre on the old linseed oil mill property. Come get a status update on the Wabash Community Centre project on Thursday, April 2 at the Sorauren […]

Environment Day (hazardous waste drop-off) April 4 on Wabash Avenue

Sorauren Park - March 18, 2015 - 12:47pm
The annual Ward 14 Community Environment Day takes place Saturday, April 4 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wabash Avenue next to Sorauren Park. You can drop off reusable household items, household hazardous waste, and recyclable materials that can’t go in the Blue Bin. The City crews will also collect old electronics, clothing, sporting […]

Sorauren kids’ sports registration March 11

Sorauren Park - March 2, 2015 - 10:01pm
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 - 10:29am

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 14 (cash or cheque only), and here (by e-transfer). See posters soon in Junction shop windows and on the Function page 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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New date for Function in the Junction 2015

The Junction Residents Association - February 17, 2015 - 7:13pm

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 - 10:16pm
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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 - 8:00am
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

Vine Avenue park amazing graffiti

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Monarch road closing in photo

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Original Junction cow pen surface

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Just love these bicycles excepted signs

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Double Store dental office coming to 2990 Dundas St. W.

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