=========== News, Opportunities, and Ongoing =========
Parapan Am activities: (For details on road closures in the High Park neighbourhood on these days, go here.)
Fri., Aug. 7, 11 am – 1 pm. High Park will be closed to vehicular traffic; no access to parking lots, due to road cycling training activities.
Sat., Aug. 8, 9 am – 2:30 pm. Parapan Am Cycling Road Race (Men’s and Women’s) – This event is FREE! Enjoy a day in the park and help to cheer on our athletes!
The High Park Nature Center has moved to the Forest School, which is near the north (High Park Ave.) end of the park, just to the east of the two main roads leading in/out of the park there. They say: “Over the past year, the Nature Centre has been planning and preparing for our big move to the High Park Forest School. In the last few weeks of June we finally made it a reality. To commemorate this exciting time, we’re sharing a photo blog of the experience!”
The Canadian Red Cross is offering several courses for middle-school children, teens, and adults at Swansea Town Hall in mid-August. Courses include Babysitting, At Home All by Myself, First Aid for Kids, and CPR/AED Certification. Fees depend on course, $35-$75. To register, or for more information, call Catherine at 905-877-4490.
From thejunctionmusicfestival.com: “The Junction BIA regrets to announce the cancellation of the 4th annual Junction Music Festival originally scheduled for Saturday, September 19th, 2015. The reason for this decision is because of the effects of the Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games in the city this summer resulting in a number of other events shifting their dates to September 19th. The festival will return for September 2016. Many thanks to all who have inquired.”
Shakespeare in the Park, continuing through Sep. 6 – In our own back yard, live theatre six nights a week! “A case of mistaken identity ends in hilarity. A case of mistaken intent results in war. The 33rd season brings two of Shakespeare’s great ‘Roman’ plays: the fast-moving, delightful The Comedy of Errors, and the classic tragedy Julius Caesar. The shows will be playing on alternate nights through the summer. Pay-what-you-can at the gate or reserve online. Pack a picnic, bring your friends and come enjoy this outdoor theatre tradition.” Shows start at 8 pm; gate opens at 6 pm. For schedule of free backstage tours, see website link above. For more information, click “Visitor Info” tab on website.
From High Park Coalition, July 25: “The OMB has rendered a decision in favour of the Developer (High Park Bayview Inc). After more than 11 months of deliberation, the OMB has approved the proposed Zoning By-Law Amendment; allowing the development of two 25-storey buildings along 51-77 Quebec Ave and 40-66 High Park Ave. The High Park Coalition Executive team is extremely disappointed in the outcome. The Executive will be meeting with their lawyer to determine what options, if any, are available. The OMB’s decision can be found here. Further updates will be communicated. Should you have questions, please email email@example.com
Local farmers markets:
• Junction Farmers Market – Saturdays, 9-1, Dundas W. & Pacific
• Sorauren Farmers Market – Mondays, 3-7, Sorauren Park
• Annette Village Farmers Market – Wednesdays, 3-7, Runnymede Presbyterian Church, 680 Annette St.
======= Events coming up, in and near the Junction ======
Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
=== Scroll down for Events for children == and == Recurring events ===
Sun., Aug. 2 – Free Yoga in High Park with Adrienne,10 am, in High Park just west of the Bloor St. entrance. Come on out and salute the sun! Please bring your own mat. An event in partnership with Flow Active.
Sun., Aug. 2 – Lower Humber River Nature Walk, 1:30 pm. Meet at Old Mill subway station. Walk will go north, to Magwood Park nature reserve, ending at St Mark’s Rd. and Jane St. near coffee shops and TTC, a 5-minute bus ride north of Jane subway station. Leader: Mary Taylor. General info at http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/v-walks.htm
Wed., Aug. 5 – Eglinton Flats Nature and Heritage Walk, 10 am. Meet at Scarlett Rd. and Eglinton Ave. for a circular walk. Morning only. Scarlett Rd. bus from Runnymede subway station or Eglinton bus will get you to and from there. Leader: Madeleine McDowell. General info at http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/v-walks.htm
Thu., Aug. 6 – Vegan Potluck, 6:30-8:30 pm. Join us for a summer vegan potluck in one of our members’ beautiful backyards in the Jane/Bloor area (exact address and directions will be given only to those who RSVP). Please RSVP by Mon., Aug. 3 and let us know what kind of dish you plan to bring (appetizer, dessert, main course, salad, etc.). Please bring your own cutlery and plate.
Wed., Aug. 12 – Urban Bat Walk, 7-9 pm. “See Like a Bat: Human Echolocation” with Dr. Melvyn Goodale. Come to High Park for an evening hike to learn more about how some humans are able to use echolocation. Also learn about bats in Toronto, including which species are at risk, and how you can help. Hike to bat hot-spots in the park, and practice using hand held bat monitors. No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! $2-5 per person suggested donation. Meet at High Park Forest School, inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave. See more walks listed below under Recurring Events.
Thu., Aug. 13 – Summer Book Club, 2-3 pm, Runnymede Library. Join fellow book lovers for a special summertime book club, reading two books by Canadian authors – Aug. 13 is Cool Water by Dianne Warren. Registration not required. There are copies of the books to borrow in the branch.
Sun., Aug. 16 – Slow and Steady 5K Walk/Run, High Park, 11 am. Free, but must register ahead at website. “For anyone who has felt too big, slow or ashamed to run. Our programs are designed for your comfort, and to increase strength, both physically and mentally.”
Sun., Aug. 16 – Healthy Walk exploring the Foxwell allotment gardens, the “Toronto Carrying Place” (an Indigenous trade route for millennia), a remnant of Oak Savannah, and the wetland restorations and waterbirds of Smythe Park. Meet at 2 pm at Jane and Woolner; finish at Jane and Alliance. Walk leaders: Helen Mills and friends. General info at http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/v-walks.htm and http://www.lostrivers.ca/content/WalkSchd.html. A joint outing with Toronto Green Community.
Thu., Aug. 20 – High Park Evening Ramble, 6:30 pm. Meet at the park entrance at Bloor St. W. and High Park Ave. for a circular walk. Leader: Wendy Rothwell. General info at http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/v-walks.htm
Sat., Aug. 22 – Safe Rail Communities Family Fundraiser and Hoop-a-thon, Runnymede Park (on Ryding Ave., north of the rail tracks, east of Runnymede Rd.), 1-5 pm. Grab a bite to eat from our BBQ; check out the silent auction items generously donated by local businesses; lots of activities for kids. Our hoop-a-thon will raise funds to support our work in advocating for greater transparency and safeguards for the transportation of dangerous goods by rail. You can sign up to participate as part of our hoop-a-thon team, collect sponsorships, or make a donation at https://www.payitsquare.com/fundraiser/71440. We will be offering free hooping lessons, and hoops in various sizes to borrow. Together with your help we can support our community and stand up for safe, transparent, and regulated rail.
Wed., Aug. 26 – Movie Night: “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2015, 122 mins.), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library. Introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy, posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals, so Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel. Same director, writer, and stars as the first film.
===== Events for children and families (in chronological order) =====
Fall Nature Clubs for Kids – Registration Begun! Fall 2015 Club Registration will open on Tue., July 28 at 7 am. To register, go to the link above and click on the button when it appears. We have all your favourite clubs with a few new sessions, including Sunday sessions for Knee-High Naturalists and Small Wonders; see fall schedule.
* * * * Recurring events for children and families (listed by day of week):
K’NEXathon! – Mondays in Aug. (except Aug. 3), 2-3 pm, Annette St. Library. Join us for 8 weeks of fun, building and learning with K’NEX! Drop-in program.
Gardening Workshops: St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave., sponsors two series of free gardening programs, one for small children (Tues. 9:30-11 am, Aug. 4 & 11) and another for families and children Grade 1 and above (Thu. 6-8 pm, Aug. 6 & 13). See website for more information.
Afternoon at the Movies, Tuesdays (Aug. 4 and 11), 2-3:30 pm, Jane/Dundas Library. Join us for a fun feature-length children’s movie. Aug 4, “Wreck-it Ralph”; Aug 11, “The Lego Movie.”
Summer Family Storytime – alternate Wednesdays (Aug. 5 and 19), 10:30-11 am, Annette St. Library. Stories, songs and rhymes for pre-school children and the entire family! No registration required. UPDATE: Please note dates have been changed to a biweekly frequency.
Family Time – Wednesdays (Aug. 5 and 12), two sessions each day: 9:30-10:15 and 10:30-11:15 am., Jane/Dundas Library. Join us for stories, songs and rhymes for children up to 5 years and their caregivers. Drop in.
Family Time: Summer Stories in the Park – Wednesdays (Aug. 5 and 12), 10:30-11 am, Runnymede Library. Join us for summer stories, songs, and rhymes in the park behind Runnymede Branch. For kids 5 and under and their parents/caregivers. BYOB (bring your own blanket). In the event of rain the program will be held inside. Drop in, no registration required.
Lego Mania! – Wednesdays in Aug., 2-3 pm, Annette St. Library. Join us for 4 weeks of intense Lego building. Each week we will have design challenges to engage your creativity! Drop-in.
TD Summer Reading Club Meetings – Wednesdays (Aug. 5 and 12), 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library. Fun activities about books, words, learning and play. Note: On Thu., Aug. 13 – TD Summer Reading Club Closing Ceremonies, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm. As summer comes to an end, join us for an afternoon to celebrate all the great stories, games and fun we had.
Watch Me Grow Family Drop-In – Thursdays, 10 am-12 pm. The Children’s Eco Programs offers free family drop-in program runs every Thursday throughout July and August at the High Park Children’s Garden. Join us for organic gardening, games, nature arts and crafts, storytelling and more! Open to children from 0 to 12 years old (older children are welcome as helpers/volunteers). No registration needed, just stop by whenever you can! Parental/caregiver supervision is required.
West End Walking Group, Thursdays at 10:30 am. Get out for some exercise and meet some great neighbourhood parents and kids. Walk (kids on stroller or bikes) along the Humber River. Free. Meet at Etienne Brule Park parking lot.
Library Games – Fridays (Aug. 7 and 14), 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library. Come and play fun library games with your friends. Prizes will be awarded!
FamJam – Fridays in August, 5 pm on in Vine Ave. Parkette. The idea is simple – on Friday we all head to Vine whenever our work day is done, and kick back with our kids doing whatever it is we want to do! Bring instruments, bring dinner, bring bubbles – whatever floats yer boat. See FB page for latest program info.
* * * * One-time events for children and families:
Wed., Aug. 5 – Fun in the Sun: a Musical Theatre Performance by Aunty B!, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm. Don’t miss Aunty B’s high energy story-telling, singing, dancing and her extraordinary puppets! Topic: Safety – Aunty B and Tommy head off to the beach where they explore safety and swimming, but how are they going to get to the beach? Will their groovy friends’ imaginations get them there? Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the start of the show. For more information, please call 416-393-7697.
Thu., Aug. 6 - Let’s Find It!, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm. Put your sleuthing hat on and come on a treasure hunt in the library. Following the clues which lead you around the library to a treasure to share with your fellow sleuths. Space is limited; tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before program.
Sat., Aug. 8 – Build a Chalkboard Door Hanger, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W. Kids will learn how to build a Chalkboard Door Hanger with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. A great free activity for children ages 4-12. Pre-register at website.
Mon., Aug. 10 – Listen! Watch! Make!, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm. Listen to some stories, watch a short movie and make something fun. Inspired by an author or favourite character, each hour will be a creative event. Aug. 10 topic: Elephant & Piggie.
Wed., Aug. 12 – TD Summer Reading Club Wrap-up Party, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, games and fun! Drop In program. For more information, please visit the branch or call the information desk at 416-393-7600.
Sat., Aug. 15 – Woodwork with Patrick Clarke Kelly, 10-11:30 am, Annette St. Library. Join us for a woodworking workshop where you will create your very own bird feeder to take home. Pat works with several conservation groups. For school-aged children; adult accompaniment (over 16) is required. Register in advance, in person, or by phone at 416-393-7692. No drop-ins. Space is limited.
More programs for kids: at Annette St. Library; at Jane/Dundas Library; at Runnymede Library
==== Recurring events for adults (by day of week, Sun-Fri) ====
High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 am to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe.
• Sun., Aug. 2: “Caterpillars, Moths, and Butterflies.” Popular science teacher Don Scallen shares his knowledge of these beautiful creatures. Children love this one!.
• Sun., Aug. 16: “Native Wildflowers.” Volunteer Stewards leader Sharon Lovett tours natural restoration sites in the park.
High Park Stewardship event, Sundays (Aug. 9 and 23), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, invasive species removal. Meet in front of Grenadier Cafe.
Lambton House Open House, Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas Street. Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available. Exhibit “Exploring Where We Live“: A joint project of Heritage York and Baby Point Heritage Foundation, explores the history of the Baby Point community through period photographs. Also, exhibit “The Changing Face of Warren Park,” a collection of photographs, documents and memories of Warren Park over the years.
LadeeBee’s Tuesday Evening Stitching Bee, 3079B Dundas St. W. (enter on Quebec), Tuesdays 6-10 pm. Bring your knitting, crochet, hand sewing, spinning, jewelry-making or other portable craft project, and work on it in the company of other like-minded individuals. Stitching Bee attracts mainly knitters, but we welcome everyone for an evening of relaxing, socializing, and crafting in a welcoming atmosphere. Info: 416-605-0811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Aug. 25), 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 email@example.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.
Family Nature Walks, Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm. No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! $2-5 per person suggested donation. Meet at High Park Forest School, inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.
• Thu., Aug. 13 – “Nature Journaling” – Make a simple nature journal and discover some ways to use it. We will be hiking to several areas of the park to try some journaling activities. What a great summer project for the whole family!
• Thu., Aug. 20 – “In Trees We Trust” – We love trees. Come learn how to identify High Park’s most interesting trees by leaf shape, bark texture, twig and smell.
• Thu., Aug. 27 – “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 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 Swing Dance Society, Aug. 21 (exception to normal second Friday), 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W. Monthly dances for all ages. Aug 21: West Coast Swing lesson taught by Maria Ford and David Ward; no beginner lesson this night, intermediate lesson begins at 7:45.
West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club has open games at Baird Park (Keele & Humberside), Sat. at 10 am & 3 pm, Tue. at 11:30 am & 7:30 pm, and Thu. at 7:30 pm. Are you new to Lawn Bowling? It is easy to get started and your first game is on us. Join us any time. See more information at their Schedule page, and/or call ahead to confirm there is no change in schedule.
Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe and Fridays 2-3 pm at Pascal’s.
Local library book clubs are as follows (many of the regular clubs do not meet in July or August):
▪ first Wednesday (Aug. 5), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
▪ second Thursday (Aug. 13), 2-3 pm, Runnymede, “Summer Book Club” – See full description above in main section.
next JRA Community Meeting – Thu., Oct. 8, 2015, 7-9 pm
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