i. JRA Yard Sale and Community Potluck, Sat., June 7
• The JRA will be holding a Junction community yard sale on Sat., June 7 (rain date June 14). We’ll have space in Vine Ave. Parkette for people who want to bring their stuff to sell, and there will be other sales on nearby streets — see the map. The sale will extend from 9 – 3 (though some tables may start or end earlier). Anyone can come and sell, no charge — just bring a table or a sheet, and your stuff!
• The Junction Seniors will have a group table in Vine Parkette — come by and see us!
• There will also be a tent in the Vine Parkette collecting e-waste (such as unwanted computers, TVs, printers, and cables) — for more info on this, email email@example.com
• Later in the day, there will be a community potluck dinner in Vine Parkette, from 4-6 pm. Bring a potluck dish to share and enjoy hot dogs provided by the JRA. Please bring your own plates and cutlery. Everybody is welcome! Meet your neighbours!
• If it looks like rain, we will postpone this event for one week, until Sat., June 14. The decision will be made by 7 am on June 7, and we’ll post a “go or no-go” notice at notice http://junctionra.ca, or you can call 647-830-9772 for the latest info.
ii. The Junction Farmers Market opened its season recently, and it will be held at the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas St. W.) every Saturday through Nov. 1, 9 am to 1 pm. The Junction Residents Association (JRA) and West Bend Community Association will share an outreach table at the Farmers Market on Sat., June 21, from 9 am to 1 pm. Come by and say hello!
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2014 Live Green Toronto Awards – You can see the winning videos at awards.livegreentoronto.ca
Green 13 offers two bursaries for local youth to encourage them to learn how to safeguard our tree canopy. Each bursary will pay tuition for LEAF’s Tree Tenders four-day course [ http://www.yourleaf.org/tree-tenders-volunteer-training ] that teaches tree-related knowledge and skills. The course provides basic arboriculture training through a combination of indoor and outdoor instruction and a group tree planting to students 18 and over. Applicants for a bursary must attend a high school in Ward 13 or have graduated from one, and Green 13 asks that, after receiving training, each recipient commit to 15 hours of volunteering on a project here in Ward 13 to safeguard our urban forest. For more information, contact (416) 766-6331.
============== Events coming up in and near the Junction =============
Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
Wed., June 4 – All-Candidates Meeting for Provincial Election, Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd., 7:30- 9:30 pm. The Bloor West Village Residents Association is hosting an All-Candidates Debate immediately following their AGM. Candidates from the four major parties, Conservatives, Green, Liberal and NDP, will participate.
All are welcome to attend. The debate is an opportunity for local residents and businesses to learn more about the candidates and their platforms, and will enable you to ask the candidates directly about issues that matter most to you.
Fri., June 6 – Pub Night at Lambton House, music by local band Howard Timms & Friends. Doors open 6:30 pm, music from 8 pm; free admission; sandwiches, beer, snacks for sale. 4066 Old Dundas St.; bus #55 from Jane TTC station, #30 from High Park or Islington stations.
Sat., June 7 – Neighbourhood yard sales, coordinated by JRA, will take place, 9-3 pm. From 4-6 pm, there will be a community dinner, potluck and hot dogs, in Vine Parkette. (See more information at the top of this email.)
Sat., June 7 – “Buzz on the Bridge,” 10 am – 5 pm. For the first time ever, Toronto will host 100 in 1 Day [ http://100in1day.ca/toronto/#top ] and the West Bend is a part of it with an event at the Wallace Ave footbridge. “Community building event centred around the Wallace Avenue pedestrian bridge and the West Toronto Rail Path at Wallace Avenue. People of all ages will be coming out to bring some life and maybe even some nature to the bridge. Local artists and musicians will be displaying their art and entertaining passers-by. There will be children’s art angle to the event where kids can get involved in bringing some life and colour to this space. Theme will be focused on bees, butterflies and their importance as pollinators in our ecosystems.” For more info.
Sat., June 7 – High Park Residents’ Association Rain Barrel Fundraising Pick-up Day, Loblaw’s, 2280 Dundas St. W. (south of Bloor, east side of Loblaw’s parking lot, near the gardent centre), 11 am – 3 pm. Cost per Barrel: $ 60. To pre-order: www.RainBarrel.ca/highparkra/ (only pre-ordered barrels will be guaranteed). These environmentally friendly products were once used to transport fruits and vegetables, but now they have been repurposed and offer years of reliable service as rain barrels. They allow you to save the rainwater from your eavestroughs. This prevents the flooding of your basement, your property, and the sewers during heavy rainstorms. By using your rainwater to water your lawn and garden, you reduce your water bill. The High Park Residents Association is a grassroots neighbourhood association. Each rain-barrel purchase helps the HPRA to continue its community work.
Sat., June 7 – Family Nature Walk in High Park: “Know Your Nature” led by High Park Rangers youth club, 1:30-3 pm. Cost: $2-$5 per person suggested donation. No pre-registration necessary. Event is great for all ages: bring the whole family! For more info.
Sat., June 7 – Wanda Rd. Street Party (Wanda Rd. is south of Glenlake, east of Keele)
2:30 Kid’s Activities
4:30 Bike parade
5:00 POTLUCK SUPPER please bring something to eat/drink
6:00 Talent Show. If you or your kids would like to be in this, contact Jill Moriarty (firstname.lastname@example.org)
8:00 LIVE MUSIC
9:30 STREET DANCE
Tue., June 10 – “Who Killed the Electric Car,” film co-sponsored by Green13 at Jane/Dundas Library, 6:15-8:15 pm. Film investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future. Guest speaker from Plug’n Drive. (Note: Green13 will sponsor another screening of this film, at Runnymede Library on Tue., Jul. 8, 6:15-8:15 pm.)
Tue., June 10 – “Canadian Cinema since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World,” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm. David Pike, American author of this new book, talks about how the Canadian filmmaking industry became a viable force on the international stage.
Tue., June 10 – Ravina Community Garden is meeting at 7 pm. For location, see website or contact: email@example.com
Wed., June 11 — “Demystifying Diets,” nutrition seminar at Four Villages CHC, 1700 Bloor St. W. (at Keele), 1-3 pm. Do you have questions about nutrition? Should I be going gluten-free? Does eating too much sugar cause diabetes? Get the facts! Cooking demo and tasting! For more information, and to sign up, call Krystyna at 416-604-3361 ext. 1058.
Thu., June 12 – Lambton House Heritage Talk, “Up the Humber to the West: My Métis Voyageurs”, doors open at 7 pm, talk at 7:30 at Lambton House. Joanne Doucette is an artist and historian, and a Storyteller. She will tell of her Metis ancestors; their role in the exploration and mapping of Canada, with Fraser and MacKenzie; her discoveries about when they traveled the Toronto Carrying Place and onwards.
Sat., June 14 – Swansea Horticultural Society sponsors an all-day Whistling Garden Bus Trip, including a stop at Whitehern Historic Home & Garden. For more info.
Sun., June 15 – High Park Walk: “Hidden Treasures Scavenger Hunt,” 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in. For more info.
Tue., June 17 – “Healthy Aging: Lifestyle Matters!” talk at Annette St. Library, 6:30-7:45 pm. Aging can no longer be equated with inescapable decline and disease. Research shows that while some older adults experience decline in physical and cognitive function, there are a number who maintain function in later life. This talk will discuss the biological and psychosocial factors that contribute to successful aging. Lifestyle choices matter! Finally, this talk addresses the importance of breaking down ageist stereotypes that may prevent older adults from flourishing in an aging population. A presentation by Ryerson University, Department of Psychology.
Wed., June 18 – “Stories We Tell,” 2013 film written and directed by Sarah Polley, Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm. Film introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer. In this inspired, genre-twisting film, Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. She is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets behind a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions.
Sat., June 21 – The Junction Residents Association (JRA) and West Bend Community Association will share an outreach table at the Junction Farmers Market, on Dundas St. W. just east of Pacific Ave., 9 am – 1 pm. Come by and say hello!
Sat., June 21 – Junction BIA sponsors Summer Solstice Festival, noon – midnight. Many activities and events to entice people to our shopping street.
Sat., June 21 – Family Nature Walk in High Park: “Furry Forest Friends,” 1:30-3 pm. Cost: $2-$5 per person suggested donation. No pre-registration necessary. Event is great for all ages: bring the whole family! For more info.
Tue., June 24 – “Street Knit,” Annette St. Library, 6:30-8:15 pm. Join community-minded knitters and knit warm scarves, socks and more for the less fortunate.
Tue., June 24 – “Mystery Mayhem” featuring writers from the Crime Writers of Canada as they discuss their books, at Annette Library, 7-8:15 pm. Stimulating discussions about the books and how they came to be.
Tue., June 24 – Ravina Community Garden is meeting at 7 pm. For location, see website or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed., June 25 – Janet Hepburn, Evergreen 2014 shortlist author, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm. She will read from her novel “Flee, Fly, Flown” — find out what happens when two ladies with dementia escape from a nursing home and go on a road trip. For more info.
Tue., Jul. 1 – Canada Day celebrations:
• Heritage York BBQ, 11-2, Old Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Bus 55 from Jane TTC stops at the door.
• Peggy Nash presents Canada Day in High Park, 11:30 – 1:30, with a special citizenship ceremony, music, refreshments, and children’s activities. Picnic Area 1, High Park (Bloor St. entrance, near High Park TTC). See flyer (may be slow to load…).
Sun., Jul. 6 – High Park Walk: “Shakespeare in the Park” with Julia Bennett, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in. For more info.
=================== Ongoing activities ======================
Junction Seniors — Tuesdays 10-11 am and Fridays 2-3 pm
JRA Community Meeting - Thu., Sep. 11, 2014
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