The next JRA Community Meeting (last community meeting till October) will be Thu., May 14, 7-9 pm, at the West Toronto Baptist Church, as usual (3049 Dundas St. W.). Meet your neighbours. Refreshments served. The agenda will include:
- Update on the Function in the Junction 2015: Come hear about our huge success this year raising money for the Annette Street Public Library
- 18blocks: Learn about this cool new initiative to share neighbourhood events and needs through a creative online sharing site.
- Community updates and summer happenings
Note: If you cannot attend the May 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.
The annual Junction Community Yard Sale and Potluck, sponsored by the JRA, will be on Sat., June 6 (raindate June 13) at Vine Parkette, 200 Vine Ave.
8 am – 3 pm: Join your neighbours on June 6 and come to Vine Parkette for our annual community yard sale. Bring a blanket or table and display your items to sell. Come with pocket money to buy other people’s neat stuff. Anyone is welcome to sell in Vine Parkette — no table fees!
4 pm: Bring some food to Vine Parkette to eat, some to share if you like, and enjoy free hotdogs compliments of your JRA.
Promote your sale: If you’re having a yard sale on June 6 also, at some other location in the neighbourhood, send us the location and contact info by May 27 (email firstname.lastname@example.org), and we’ll put you on our event’s Google map and help get the word out.
Function in the Junction 2015 — A massive success! If you were there on April 11 for the 6th annual Function in the Junction, you were part of a wonderful evening in our community. Delicious food, beautiful community spirit, donated tasty local drinks, they were all part of the magic. Dinner tickets sold out (96 people) and the silent and live auction items generously donated by local businesses were a huge hit. Live music kept us together to celebrate into the evening. The event raised $7,200 for the Annette Street Public Library. Incredible. Thank you to the volunteers who worked tirelessly for months to prepare, and to those who gave us their time and great Junction spirit as volunteers at the event. What an incredible neighbourhood we live in… Next year’s Function is going to be even better!
=========== Ongoing Events =========
Contact Photography Festival, citywide, May 1-31. Exhibits in the Junction feature 20+ artists in 16 venues, with openings on Sat., May 2, 6-9 pm. Stroll on Dundas from Quebec to Heintzman — see a map of all venues in the Junction. And check out the thick glossy catalogs available for free at any exhibit spot.
Jane’s Walk, citywide, May 1-3. Their website is a little hard to use for searching, so here are walks in our general neighbourhood, with times (some are held twice), meeting place and link to more information:
- The Month of Brûlé–An Introduction – Fri. 5/1, 6 pm. Alex Ling Fountain, NW corner of Bloor and Jane, near the Jane TTC.
- Intriguing, industrial, Sterling Road!! – Fri. 5/1, 6 pm; Sun. 5/3, 1 pm. Northwest corner of Dundas West and Sterling, where the PATH begins
- Nightwalking & Secret Staircases #1 Swansea – Fri. 5/1, 11 pm. Jane TTC, at Bloor & Armadale.
- Worship the Birds and Everything Else Will Follow - Sat. 5/2 8 am. Corner of Queen and Roncesvalles.
- Walk as workout! – Sat. 5/2, 10 am & 4 pm. Etienne Brulé Park parking lot.
- The Great Lambton Gas Explosion – Sat. 5/2, 11 am. Scarlett Rd. and Bernice Crescent.
- Junction of the Canadian Dream: Hangin’ Out With History – Sat. 5/2, 2 pm. Runnymede Library, 2178 Bloor St. West
- The Railpath and its possibilities – Sat. 5/2, 2 pm. Meet at the southern entrance to the Railpath on the north side of Dundas West, just west of Sterling.
- Community Well-Being: Looking beyond the ER – Sat. 5/2, 2 pm. St. Joseph’s Health Centre – pergola in the gardens
- The Shadow Side of Sunnyside – Sat. 5/2, 4 pm. Beaty Parkette at foot of Roncy, between the pedestrian bridge and the Katyn Monument.
- Sidewalks in Swansea – Sat. 5/2, 6 pm. Alex Ling Fountain, northwest corner of Bloor and Jane near the Jane TTC offers examples of public space design and urban street furniture.
- Nightwalking & Secret Staircases #2 Baby Point – Sat. 5/2, 11 pm. Baby Point Gates, 4 blocks N of Jane Subway, NW corner of Jane St. & Annette/Baby Point Rd.
- Dawn Chorus Walk – Sun. 5/3, 5 am. High Park Nature Centre.
- Laneways in Bloor West Village – Sun. 5/3, 10 am. Neil McLellan Parkette across from the Runnymede subway station
- Trees, Trails, & Tales – Sun. 5/3, 2 pm. Baby Point Gates, west side of Jane at Annette (Robert Home Smith home at 1 Baby Point Road)
- Walking with Refugees in the West Bend – Sun. 5/3, 2 pm. Romero House, 1558 Bloor St. W., start and end: An introduction to Romero House and the lives of refugees in Canada.
Kundalini Yoga, Annette St. Library, Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm, 8-class series from May 4 – June 29 (no class May 18). Breathe, move, sing, relax, and meditate. Come to the full series, or individual classes. Just bring a yoga mat and you.
Doors Open Toronto, Sat.-Sun., May 23-24: In newspapers the week before, there is usually a pull-out map and listing of all the open sites. I’ve listed here those in our neighbourhood that are shown on the city website (see link), but there may be more later.
- Toronto Police Service 11 Division
- Riwoche Tibetan Buddhist Temple of Toronto
- The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
- High Park – Forest School
- High Park – Production Greenhouses
- High Park – Children’s Teaching Kitchen
- High Park – Colborne Lodge Museum
- Lambton House
Summer is coming: The Junction Farmers Market 2015 season will start on Sat., May 23! The market is set to start again at the same location, the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas St. W.), continuing every Saturday, 9 am-1 pm, through October 31. Read about their new president and new Market Manager in a recent newsletter.
Other markets also exist in the neighbourhood, but a little further away: Sorauren Farmers’ Market runs every Monday from 3–7 pm in Sorauren Park (see recurring events below). The Annette Village Farmers’ Market operates on Weds., 3-7 pm in Runnymede Presbyterian Church parking lot, 680 Annette St. (see below for opening event on May 27).
Running through 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.
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Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
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Fri., May 1 – Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Doors open 6:30 pm, music from 7:30 by Jane Drake and Friends, “Living Room Music.” Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale. Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.
Sat., May 2 – World Labyrinth Day in High Park.
Sat., May 2 – 50th Annual Spring Sale, Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Rd., 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, free. Amazing bargains on jewelry, books, furnishings, toys, clothing, and more!
Sat., May 2 – King George Public School craft show and business fair, 25 Rexford Rd. (near Willard and St. Johns), 10 am-2 pm. This fundraiser features 46 vendors, student crafters, and a bake sale. Entry $2/person, $5/family.
Sat., May 2 – Ward 13’s Community Environment Day, Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, 2001 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (east of Ellis Ave.), 10 am – 2 pm. Sponsored by Councillor Doucette. Reuse, recycle and safely dispose.
Sat., May 2 – High Park Annual Spring Clean-Up, off-leash area Dog Hill (near Can Stage), 10 am – 2 pm (raindate May 9). Latex gloves and garbage bags will be provided; please wear sturdy shoes and long sleeves, bring a bottle of water, and help out for a couple of hours picking up garbage, debris and dog poop that has been left from the winter on the trails and the woods. Contact email : email@example.com
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.
Mon., May 4 – “The Hidden Costs of Buying a Condominium,” Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 2 pm. Second in a 3-part series, “A Simpler Life: Downsizing & Moving for Seniors.” Free, but must reserve to firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-875-0499.
Mon., May 4 – Coastal Command during World War II, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm. Keith Hyde, aviation historian, will speak on the lesser-known role of the Royal Air Force. Using long-range flying boats and land-based aircraft, Coastal Command had the thankless task of endless patrols, searching for U-Boats and service raiders, throughout the Mediterranean, Baltic, Atlantic and Pacific theatres. Canadian airmen played a major role with Coastal Command.
Thu., May 7 – Save Our Village fundraiser, BAKA Gallery Cafe, 2256 Bloor St. W., 7:15 pm. Jennifer Robson is a local Mom who is also the international bestselling author of “Somewhere in France” and, most recently, “After the War is Over.” Come meet Jennifer, hear her speak about “After the War is Over” and ask questions at this unique “neighbourhood book club”! Tickets $55 (includes: appetizers, cash bar, signed copy of “After the War is Over”). We need to raise an additional $8,000 to pay all costs associated with the OMB Mediation for 2265-79 Bloor St. W (this process took longer and cost more than anticipated!), so if you cannot make it May 7th, please consider making a donation online.
Sat., May 9 – Blood donation, Swansea Town Hall, Rousseau Room, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Please bring your donor or ID card. For more info, call 416-974-9900 or https://www.blood.ca/en.
Sat., May 9 – 100th Anniversary of St. Cecilia School – Open House, 355 Annette St., 1-5 pm. Come tour the school and see the many changes that have happened over the years! St. Cecilia Catholic School will have an open house for parents, alumni and others in the community that are interested in our history. This event will feature themed classrooms, work by the students, and other activities about our school’s history.
Sun., May 10 – Native Plant Sale, High Park Greenhouse, 11 am- 2 pm This sale supports the work of the High Park Volunteer Stewardship Program, and native plant restoration. See the website and map for necessary information if you plan to attend the sale.
Sun., May 10 – Aggie’s Wildflower Walk, 1:30 pm. This nature walk, led by Madeleine McDowell, starts at Lambton House and takes about two hours, returning to Lambton House for a refreshing Tea & Talk about Agnes and her work, displayed in Humber Room.
Mon., May 11 – “Why NOT to Write a Will,” Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 2 pm. Third in a 3-part series, “A Simpler Life: Downsizing & Moving for Seniors.” Free, but must reserve to email@example.com or 416-875-0499.
Mon., May 11 – Climate Change and Canada, Runnymede Library, 6:30-7:30 pm. A presentation by Step Up, Canada! and the People’s Climate Movement on the causes & consequences of climate change and Canada’s role in the global effort to address this escalating global phenomenon. Supported by Green 13.
Tue., May 12 – Basics of Vegetable Gardening, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm. Discover the joys of growing your own food. Meet master gardener Joanna Blanchard and learn everything you need to know about growing your own vegetables.
Tue., May 12 – Green 13 presents film “Symphony of the Soil,” Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7-9 pm. Free screening and discussion with a guest speaker from Canadian Organic Growers-Toronto. Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting-edge science, this is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance, soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships among soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex nature of this precious resource.
Tue., May 12 – Write On Playwrights’ Showcase, On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St. (1 block south of Annette), 8-10 pm, doors at 7:30. “Write On” is a night to showcase playwrights’ work and to focus on the next stage of script development. Each playwright will perform an excerpt or piece of their choosing. With a musical performance by folk songstress Brooklyn Doran. Tickets are $5 at the door or online.
Thu., May 14 – Junction Residents Association community meeting, 7-9 pm, West Toronto Baptist Church. See at top for details.
Thu., May 14 – Heritage Talk, “Wilderness Settlement: The Illustrated Journals of Susanna Moodie,” Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 7:30 pm. Talk by contemporary artist Charles Pachter. Free admission & refreshments.
Tue., May 19 – Teen Scrabble Tournament!, Runnymede Library, 4:30-6 pm. Many will enter, few will win. Compete for a shot at becoming the next Scrabble champion and win prizes! For youth ages 13-19. Snacks provided. Space is limited. Register in person or by phone at 416-393-7697. Presented by the Runnymede Library Youth Advisory Group.
Wed., May 20 – What’s Trending?, Runnymede Library, 4-5 pm. Calling all fangirls and fanboys! Introducing a new in-real-life forum where you can discuss the latest books, movies, TV shows, video games, apps, and more! Drop by and meet other teens who share your interests. Snacks provided. For youth ages 12-18. Presented by the Runnymede Library Youth Advisory Group.
Wed., May 20 – Cheri’s Education Town Hall! – Western Technical, 125 Evelyn Cres., Cafeteria, 7-9 pm. As Parkdale-High Park grows, so does student enrolment. Join MPP Cheri DiNovo and several guest speakers to discuss how our schools and school boards are adapting with redevelopment intensification, and what possible future changes may come as our community grows. Everyone in the community is invited to this free Town Hall event.
Sat., May 23 – Junction Farmers Market opens a new season. See info above in Ongoing section.
Sat.-Sun., May 23-24 – Doors Open. See listing above in Ongoing section.
Wed., May 27 – The Annette Village Farmers’ Market Launch Day/BBQ, Runnymede Presbyterian Church parking lot, 680 Annette St., 3-7 pm. Sponsored by Creme Fraiche Market Cafe, this market offers fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, pasta, meats, fish, preserves, baked goods, and other artisanal delights.
Wed., May 27 – Destress and Engage for Healthy Cognitive Aging: What the Research Tells Us, Jane/Dundas Library, 7-8 pm. Join us for this presentation by Dr. Alexandra J. Fiocco, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University and the Stress & Healthy Aging Research Lab (StAR). Dr. Fiocco will be discussing her research on healthy cognitive aging. Drop in program, no registration required
Wed., May 27 – “Governing Toronto: Bringing Back the City That Worked,” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm. Alan Redway speaks about his book, which traces the growth and governance of the city from its creation in 1834 through its successful Metro years, and discusses why amalgamation is a failed model, and how other metros successfully de-amalgamated. See more at link.
Fri.-Sun., May 29-31 – 18th Annual Art Tour in Bloor West Village, High Park, and The Junction, Fri. 6-9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 11 am-5 pm. Thirty-one locations where art is displayed, mostly artists’ studios. See map and art samples on website. Free admission.
Sun., May 31 – Junction Reads, 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W., 4-7 pm. Featuring Helen Nelson, Bruce McDougall, Ed MacDonald, Tamai Kobayashi, and Diane Schoemperlen. Free.
========== Events for children and families ===========
Note for future planning: There is a good list of local summer day camps in the May 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).
Crafts for Mom!, Thu., May 7, 3:30-6 pm, Annette St. Library. Drop in for an afternoon of “do-it-yourself” crafting for Mom! Make a special Mother’s Day gift to take home. Supplies provided. All ages.
MAP Family Saturdays – Bata Shoe Museum visits Annette Street, Sat., May 16, 10-11 am, Annette St. Library. Have you ever wanted to feel a sealskin boot or touch a shoe made from a tire? Well, now is your chance! Join the Bata Shoe Museum staff and touch and examine museum objects up close while hearing the fascinating stories behind the shoes. You’ll also get to make a shoe-shaped magnet craft to take home!
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 Picket Fence Frame, Sat., May 9, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W. Kids will learn how to build a picket fence frame 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 May: at Annette St. Library; at Jane/Dundas Library; at Runnymede Library
======== Recurring events (in order by day of week) ==========
The Junction Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm, May 23 through Oct. 31 at the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas Street West).
Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays (May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30), 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 (and occasional Sundays), 1:30-3 pm, meet at High Park Forest School, inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave. 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., May 9 – “The Birds Are Back in Town“
- Sat./Sun., May 23-24 (same program given twice) – “Savannah in the City” – High Park is home to the 4th largest remnant of Black Oak Savannah left in Ontario. Learn about the flora and fauna that reside here and be ready to get your hands dirty!
High Park Walks, alternate Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe.
- Sun., May 3 – “The Amazing Birds of the Park.” Listen, watch, spot and identify resident and migratory birds with experienced birder Brian Bailey.
- Sun., May 17, “Grenadier Pond Awakes.” Spring brings big changes to the pond. Aquatic Ecologist Christine Tu-Parker points out the activity.
Lambton House Open House: Sundays, 12 noon – 4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas Street. Free admission and house tours; refreshments available.
Sorauren Farmers’ Market, Mondays, 3-7 pm, in Sorauren Park, including most holiday Mondays. During the winter the Market is indoors at the Fieldhouse, but from mid-May to October it’s an outdoor affair. Sorauren Market is owned and operated by the WestEnd Food Co-op.
Green 13 monthly planning meeting, fourth Monday (May 25), 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 (May 25), 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 (May 19), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library. Creative writing group meets once a month to discuss their current writing projects. Call 416-393-7697 to register.
The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (May 26), 6:30-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library. Put your knitting needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year. Patterns, wool and some needles are available, or if you have something in your personal stash to donate to the cause, it will be welcome. For more info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk This Way: free Nordic pole walking group, Wednesdays (weather permitting), 11:45 am-12:45 pm. Meet at Black Oak Cafe, West Road, High Park. No experience required, poles supplied. Contact Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453 for more information.
Swansea Historical Society Meeting, first Wednesday (May 6), 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall. Speaker May 6: Millie Morton – One-Room Schools & Ontario History.” Visitors welcome, light refreshments.
Polish Film Night, second Wednesday (May 13), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library. “Powstanie Warszawskie” (Warsaw Uprising”) (2014). 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 (May 20), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Cresc. P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cresc. Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website. May 20 meeting will report on the outcome of the studies by two student groups on the Dundas/Dupont/Annette intersection.
Swansea Horticultural Society, fourth Wed., Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7:30 pm. May 27 – “Flower Arranging” with Sue Clarkson. Join us in the Rousseau Room, Main Floor, and have your questions ready.
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.
West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, first Thursday (May 7), Annette Library, downstairs, 7:30 pm. You are invited to our AGM. Participate in democracy and vote for the candidate of your choice for the WTJHS executive. Join in a frank and ultimately long-lasting discussion of the future of a two-time Heritage Toronto award-winning historical society. Meet your fellow local history buffs and sample delicious snacks.
Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (May 21), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane). Guests are Celina Di Cecca and Tony Nesbitt Larking. 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 email@example.com
Toronto Swing Dance Society, Friday (May 8), 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. May 8: Lesson in East Coast Swing taught by Steve Miller.
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 (May 5), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
- first Wednesday (May 6), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
- first Wednesday (May 6), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
- second Monday (May 11), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
- last Monday (May 25), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; conducted in Polish.
next JRA Community Meeting – Thu., May 14, 2015, 7-9 pm
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