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Spring is here! This year again, your Junction Residents Association (JRA) will organize a Community Clean-up Day on Saturday, Apr. 23, from 10 AM to 1 PM, 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 Sat., Apr. 23.
- Find a park, lane-way, 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 1 pm on Saturday. The JRA will organize pick-up by Sanitation.
The newly renovated Campbell Lofts, 2870 Dundas St. W., is starting to reserve units for tenants, occupancy August 1, 2016. Campbell Lofts is a boutique-style loft building which has been renovated extensively over the past two years and consists of ground-floor commercial units (90% leased already) and 31 residential units (2nd and 3rd floors). Contact Ms. Sogol Monfared (416-723-2346), who is in charge of leasing and will be happy to provide posters and flyers in print/digital format, floor plans and renderings, pictures, price list, etc. The website offers more information.
JRA e-newsletter updates: Because this newsletter is mailed only once a month (on the last day of the month), we occasionally get wind of an event (or a change in an already scheduled event) that is too late to be included. To make these late changes and additions available to you, we’ll post them to the JRA website front page. Please check there mid-month or so to catch any late-breaking events.
TransformTO Community Conversations: Toronto residents are invited to join a community conversation about climate change and how we can shape Toronto’s future as a low-carbon city. The City will host four community conversations this spring to build a vision of what Toronto will look like in the year 2050 with drastically reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The first, and nearest, is Apr. 25 at Metro Hall, 55 John St., 6-9 pm, and it will be chaired by Councillor Gord Perks. The conversations are part of TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable, Prosperous Toronto, a City initiative in collaboration with Toronto Atmospheric Fund. You can learn more and register for an event near you at http://toronto.ca/transformto. All four events have the format: 6 pm, open house; 7-9 pm, presentation and roundtable discussions.
=========== Opportunities ==========
There are two local Community Environment Days this month: Ward 13 on April 16 in the City Parking Lot at 2001 Lakeshore Blvd (east of Ellis), 10 am-2 pm, and Ward 14 at Sorauren Park (along Wabash Ave. south of Dundas St. W.), 10 am-2 pm. Here’s how you help yourself and the community that day:
Reuse, recycle and safely dispose of a number of household items including: cell phones, small electronics, printers and fax machine, household hazardous waste, fluorescent bulbs, computer components, small TV’s, unused medications, old batteries, propane tanks and inkjet and laser cartridges.
Pick Up for Free – Green Bin and Kitchen Container (with proof of new residency in the last 90 days or in exchange for a damaged bin); leaf compost (limit one cubic metre per household)
Donate to schools for reuse
– Yarn, knitting needles, sewing notions, buttons and keys
– Children’s books, musical instruments
– CD’s, CD cases, 35 mm cameras
– Costume jewellery including broken, old watches
– Arts and crafts supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, etc)
– Corks, cork boards, clipboards
– Dress-up clothing (costumes, prom dresses, uniforms)
Donate for Reuse
– Sporting goods (e.g. skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets)
– Books (excluding school/university books)
– Eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids,etc.
– Small household items (e.g. clothing, linens)
– Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank
– All items must me in very good condition
New this year:
• Used Bicycle Drive – Donate used, complete bicycles for refurbishing
• Free Document Shredding – Bring your old bills, bank and credit card statements and have them shredded.
• VHS Cassette Collection – Get rid of those old VHS tapes.
• “Please Slow Down” Signs – Free lawn signs will be available for pick-up
Please do not bring: construction waste, gasoline, garbage, wood, audio cassettes, commercial/industrial hazardous waste or scrap metal. Check out the online Waste Wizard to see how to dispose of these and other unwanted stuff.
From the Junction Farmers Market team: Do you know a food-lover in the community who would want to work for a local vendor at our Saturday market? A few of our vendor friends are looking to grow their teams! This is an excellent opportunity to be part of the team that helps make our farmers market great. If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, and would be available on Saturday mornings, please get in touch with them. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
• Patricia from Fifth Town Cheese (email to email@example.com)
• Jennifer from Fisherfolk (email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Angelos from Country Meadows Organics (email to email@example.com)
Here are two programs aimed at new parents — there doesn’t seem to be a category below where they would get the attention they deserve, so I’ll put them here:
Make the Connection, Thursdays Mar. 31 – May 19, Jane/Dundas Library, 10 am – 12 noon. A free 9-week program for parents and babies from birth to 12 months. Learn more about connecting with your baby in ways that make your baby feel loved, and promote language and learning. Meet other new parents and find out about services in your community. Note: This series has already begun; for those who are willing to enter late (on Apr. 7, the third session), please call Laura (Public Health Nurse) at 416-338-6264. Similar parenting programs are given now and then, here and there; see website or call Toronto Health Connection, 416-338-7600.
Infant/Family CPR & Safety Workshop, in Bloor West Village, Sun., Apr. 10, 10 am-12:30 pm. Would you know what to do if your baby stopped breathing and went blue at home? Our Infant/Family CPR & Safety Workshop teaches you what to do if the unthinkable happens. This 2.5-hour course focuses on accident prevention, basic family first aid, as well as infant & child CPR and relief of choking. Great for expectant parents, experienced parents, grandparents, aunt & uncles, babysitters and all childcare providers. Cost: $50 per person +HST. More at website.
==== Ongoing event =====
At the Village Playhouse, Apr. 22 – May 14: The Fox on the Fairway by Ken Ludwig; director, Katherine Bignell; producer, Steve Minnie. Nothing like a relaxing game of golf . . . when there’s some “green” at stake. Another hole-in-one comedy by the author of Lend Me a Tenor.
======= Events coming up, in and near the Junction ======
=== Scroll down for Events for teens & children == and == Recurring events ===
Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
Fri., Apr. 1 – Community Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Doors open 6:30 pm, music from 8:00 by “Hawk’s Nest Trio” — “a mix of Roots, Rockabilly, Country and good ol’ Rock n Roll by Dave Hubert, Neil Cotton, John Cox… 2 guitars, one bass, 3 vocals.” Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale. The traditional Lambton House hot roast beef sandwiches will be available for purchase (from 6:30) — arrive early as they sell out quickly! Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.
Sat., Apr. 2 – Pop-Up Tour: Bloor West/Baby Point Wellness Tour, 4:30-6:45 pm or so (location sent upon registration). A behind-the-scenes look at local venues, businesses, and shops, with a fun experience and/or swag at each. Sponsored by The Westside’s Story. Cost: $30/person, 10 people maximum. To reserve, pay on the website. This time, visit:
• 4:30 pm: Bloor West Homeopathic and Wellness Clinic will let us in on the secrets of stress, hormones, and weight management.
• 5:20 pm: Explore the many experiences at Talk Touch Move and walk away with knowledge and some free gifts!
• 6 pm: Experience the calming influence of Tao Sangha with a meditation, dharma talk, and tea.
Mon., Apr. 4 – Lactivism with Courtney Jung, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm. Breastfeeding has become a moral imperative for new mothers. But are women being sold a bill of goods about the merits of the practice? University of Toronto professor Courtney Jung offers a critique of how breastfeeding has become big business, but bad policy.
Wed., Apr. 6 – Shakespeare 400 HD Screenings: King John, Annette St. Library, 2-4:45 pm. Story: War is the inevitable result when the King of France demands that King John (ruled 1199-1216) relinquish his crown in favour of his nephew. Excommunication, attempted atrocity, rebellion and assassination all contribute to a political and personal turmoil that finds devastating expression in an anguished mother’s grief for her son.
Wed., Apr. 6 – Town Hall on Medical Assistance in Dying, Annette St. Library, 7-9 pm. Come out and hear discussion with MP Arif Virani and a panel of experts, and share your views with them. RSVP to Arif.Virani.C1@parl.gc.ca with subject “MAID Town Hall RSVP.” More background at weblink.
Thu., Apr. 7 – All the World’s a Stage, Or Is It? Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm. Shakespeare in the subway, hospitals and bars? Or better left for Stratford? Wolf Manor’s Dylan Brenton and Michael Kelly of Shakespeare-in-Action debate staging Shakespeare in found spaces versus stage. Lend Me Your Ears: Toronto’s indie Shakespeare artists debate the vitality of the Bard’s work in the modern world and what drives performances today. Moderated by Victoria Urquhart, director of Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective.
Thu., Apr. 7 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society Meeting, “To strengthen peace: Music and dance in the Canadian fur trade (1750-1850),” Annette Library, 7 pm social time, 7:30 pm for business meeting, speaker at 8:15 pm. Talk by Daniel Laxer, based on his PhD dissertation at the University of Toronto, “Listening to the Fur Trade: Sound, Music, and Dance in Northern North America, 1760-1840,” which he is currently revising for publication by McGill-Queen’s University Press. More info at website.
Fri., Apr. 8 – Family Happy Hour, Magic Oven, 347 Keele St., 5-7:30 pm. The Junction Project says: “Dust off those dancing shoes and shake off those winter blues! Join friends and family for a family-friendly happy hour! Kid-friendly music, food for sale at the bar, and Magic Oven’s bevvies for us adults. Only $2 a head — all proceeds, as always, go toward our summer fun at Vine Park. Stop by anytime during the event! Hope to see you all there :)”
Sat., Apr. 9 – Spring Run-Off in High Park, 10 am-noon. Established in 1978, the Spring Run-Off is Toronto’s oldest, continuously-held road race. The race features an infamously challenging course through High Park, a consistently strong elite presence, beautiful medals, souvenir race shirts, cheering stations, and live entertainment. It’s a family-friendly event features strong traditions — a bagpiper leading runners to the start line, maple syrup prizes and a pancake breakfast. Registration for participants ($50) is open until Apr. 3.
Sat., Apr. 9 – Hiring a Lawyer for a Lawsuit: What are Unbundled Services? Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm. Lawsuits cost a lot of money. Lawyers are now beginning to offer what is called “limited scope retainer” or “unbundled” services, meaning that lawyers can help you for only certain parts of your case. Hear how to hire a lawyer this way, so that no one needs to go to court without any help. This is a great way to improve access to legal services. Presented by Heather Hui-Litwin, Ph.D., J.D.
Tue., Apr. 12 – “Jane’s Journey,” Runnymede Library, 6:15-8:15 pm. This film is an inspiring tribute to legendary anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall, highly respected in the field of wildlife conservation for her ground-breaking animal research. We travel with her across several continents, from her childhood home in England, to the Gombe National Park in Tanzania where she began her groundbreaking research and where she still returns every year to enjoy the company of the chimpanzees that made her famous. Free screening and discussion, co-sponsored by Green 13.
Tue., Apr. 12 – “Comedy Can Be Murder: An Aristophanes Murder-Comedy,” Annette St. Library, 7:30 pm. Book launch by author Neil Ross, who debuts his new historical comedy in an unusual “reading/performance.” In ancient Athens, up-and-coming comic playwright Aristophanes is accused of murdering his leading actor. With his one-liners and the strong arm of the leggy Lysistrata, he must solve the murder, dodge arrows, and produce the first known comic masterpiece — against the backdrop of an absurd war. Professor Wagstaff (apparently an alias of Groucho Marx) translated this ancient document and, to help bridge the millennia, he has “cast” the novel with 24 modern comedians, thespians and politicians. Free admission.
Thu., Apr. 14 – Vegan Potluck by Vegetarians of High Park, in a condo party room at Bloor and High Park Ave. (address given to those who RSVP), 6:30-8:30 pm. We’ll start with a vegan potluck, and then registered dietitian Pamela Fergusson will give a talk about vegetarian sources of protein, calcium, iron, omega-3 fats, and vitamins D and B12, as well as tips for reducing stress, anxiety and depression with a plant-based diet. For the potluck, please bring a vegan dish (no meat, eggs, dairy, fish or honey) to share, as well as your own plate and utensils. For those who are shy about making a dish, you can always bring a drink or a simple store-bought dish — ask for suggestions when you RSVP. RSVP required by Sun., Apr. 10 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thu., Apr. 14 – Wellness Workshop, Jane/Dundas Library, 7-7:55 pm. A workshop focused on learning how to set and achieve goals, stress-management techniques, and practices to attain balance in life. Led by counsellor Lourdes Carbajal from the Polycultural Community Immigrant Services. For more information call 416-394-1014.
Thu., Apr. 14 – “The Latest Buzz about Urban Beekeeping,” Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., doors open 7 pm, talk 7:30 pm. A talk about bees and their life in urban areas by Sarah Allinson-Chorabik of the Toronto Bee Rescue. Dedicated to the humane removal and relocation of established honeybee colonies within the GTA. Refreshments, free admission. Co-sponsored by Heritage York and Toronto Bee Rescue. A free-will offering would be appreciated.
Sat., Apr. 16 – Ward 13 Community Environment Day, 2001 Lake Shore Blvd. (city parking lot east of Ellis Ave.), 10 am-2 pm. Safely dispose of a number of household items including: cell phones, small electronics, printers and fax machine, household hazardous waste, fluorescent bulbs, computer components, small TV’s, unused medications, old batteries, propane tanks and inkjet and laser cartridges. For more information about what you pick up and drop off, see list at top of newsletter.
Sat., Apr. 16 – Play Reading Group, Annette St. Library, 1-4 pm. Like reading aloud? Enjoy theatre? Join us for a free community play-reading group, this time reading Easter by August Strindberg. Led by theatre-lover/actor Carina Cojeen, this group will read plays together monthly through April. For more information, check out the Meetup website. Free; all welcome; no experience necessary.
Sat., Apr. 16 – Toronto Seed Library, Annette Library, 2-3 pm. Love to garden? Interested in preserving and exchanging seeds? Find out about the Toronto Seed Library. Bring seeds to exchange! Free seeds for all! Find out about the new community garden in Ward 13. Kids are invited too – plant a seed today!
Sun., Apr. 17 – Evensong for St. George, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave., 4 pm. Followed by St. George’s Tea and a talk by Douglas Cowling on the world of Shakespeare and his contemporary, English Renaissance composer William Byrd. The event will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on St. George’s Day, Apr. 23, 1616.
Tue., Apr. 19 – Tuesday Film Night, Runnymede Library, 6 pm. No film in April!
Tue., Apr. 19 – Film “Hadwin’s Judgement,” Annette St. Library, 6:15 pm. A special Earth Day (Apr. 22) screening and discussion, co-sponsored by Green 13. A stunning documentary by Sasha Snow based on the award-winning book The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed by John Vaillant, the story of logger Gran Hadwin’s transformation into an environmental terrorist who challenged the destruction of the world’s last great temperate rainforest.
Tue., Apr. 19 – eh List Author Series: Kathleen Grissom, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm. This author of New York Times bestseller and beloved book club favourite The Kitchen House talks about her new novel Glory Over Everything, which is set in 1830 and continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master of Tall Oaks. Book signing to follow. Note: This is a new time.
Wed., Apr. 20 – Our Oceans and Us, Annette St. Library, 1-2 pm. Marine biologist Andrea Seibt looks at the profound effect that oceans have on all of us, and at our impact on the health of oceans, which is not always positive. As our understanding of the complex systems that support ocean life has improved, we are realizing how much of an impact we have on the world beneath the water’s surface. Despite these increasing challenges, our oceans are still an amazing treasure of biodiversity, healthy food and awe!
Sat., Apr. 23 – Ward 14 Community Environment Day, Sorauren Park (along Wabash Ave. south of Dundas St. W.), 10 am-2 pm. Safely dispose of a number of household items including: cell phones, small electronics, printers and fax machine, household hazardous waste, fluorescent bulbs, computer components, small TV’s, unused medications, old batteries, propane tanks and inkjet and laser cartridges. For more information about what you pick up and drop off, see list at top of newsletter.
Sun., Apr. 24 – Let’s Clean the Junction Together! It’s time for some spring cleaning. Gather your friends, neighbours, co-workers and classmates to clean a park, laneway or any other space that needs your help. (See more information at top of newsletter.)
Sun., Apr. 24 – Classical Music Conservatory Benefit Concert, Roncesvalles United Church, 214 Wright Avenue at Roncesvalles, 1:30-3:30 pm. This year the Classical Music Conservatory will be raising money for a very important cause: youth mental health at CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). See website for ticket info.
Mon., Apr. 25 – TransformTO Community Conversation, Metro Hall, 55 John St., 6-9 pm. See background and links above, under News. Toronto residents are invited to join a community conversation about climate change and how we can shape Toronto’s future as a low-carbon city. This session will be chaired by Councillor Gord Perks.
Mon., Apr. 25 – Wills and Estate Planning, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm. Edward Olkovich, one of Canada’s leading estate experts, will simplify what you must do to make a will. Edward (“Mr. Wills”) makes Estate Planning easy and, more importantly, fun!
Tue., Apr. 26 – Spring Awakening: Ask a Master Gardener, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm. Learn easy steps to grow your best garden ever! Plus view enchanting photos to motivate you into action.
– Monthly tasks for the flower beds, shrubs, veggie patch and lawn
– When to start seeds, cut back foliage, clean up and weed
– Right time to prune and plant shrubs, use dormant oil
– When to plant, divide, stake and deadhead perennials
– When to re-seed, de-thatch and aerate the lawn
– Best times to mulch, water and compost
– Five great ways to maximize results in the veggie patch
===== Events especially for teens =====
Poetry Slam, Wednesdays (Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27), Jane/Dundas Library, 4:30-6:30 pm. Spoken word poetry artist and 2014 World Poetry Slam Champion Ikenna “OpenSecret” Onyegbula has performed his work across the country. This winter he will be leading a poetry slam workshop for youth 13-24 years of age, to provide youth with mentorship and artistic opportunities, while allowing them develop their leadership skills. Come out and work with some of the finest young poets the city has to offer, and showcase your talent. Registration is required. Pick up an application from the library today. Please call 416-394-1014 for more information.
Tue., Apr. 5 – Who Are You? Runnymede Library, 4:30-6 pm. Youth are invited to participate in a “Spin the Wheel” game and answer questions about healthy eating, physical activity, self-esteem, and lifestyle issues. This interactive workshop is designed to raise awareness about the factors that influence body image, educate youth about health, and stimulate discussion on healthy lifestyle choices. Presented by the Toronto Public Health. For youth ages 12 and up. Snacks provided. Call 416-393-7697 for more information.
Mon., Apr. 11 – Tea & Teen Books, Runnymede Library, 4:30-5:30 pm. Looking for your next great teen read? Join us for a cup of tea, snacks and a lively presentation of teen fiction, comic books and graphic novels. Bring your friends and share your favourite teen books! Drop-in.
Mon., Apr. 18 – Money 101: Financial Literacy for Teens, Runnymede Library, 4:30-6 pm. Join us for a personal financial management workshop designed especially for teens! Topics include selecting and opening a bank account, percentage and interest calculation, debt and credit cards, how to manage your income, savings, expenses and budgets more effectively and investment options for the young investor. Workshop led by Michael Goldberg, winner of the 2011 Outstanding Educator in Financial Literacy Award, and a Business and Computer Studies teacher at Martingrove Collegiate Institute of the TDSB. Don’t miss this chance to invest 90 minutes of your time to learn financial management skills that will pay off for the rest of your life! For youth ages 13 and up. Parents are welcome. No registration required. Call 416-393-7697 for more info.
Tue., Apr. 19 – Runnymede Youth Advisory Group meets monthly, Runnymede Library, 4:30-5:30 pm. For youth ages 13-19. Do you want to earn volunteer hours, meet other teens and contribute to library services and programs? Join the Runnymede YAG! New members are welcome year-round. Get application form at branch; for more info, call 416-393-7697.
Thu., Apr. 28 – Teen Gaming, Jane/Dundas Library, 3:30-5:30 pm. Bring your friends and play on a variety of games and consoles. Drop-in event.
See also these events which might interest teens, in the regular calendar above:
• Wed., Apr. 6 – Shakespeare 400 HD Screenings: King John, , Annette St. Library, 2 pm
• Thu., Apr. 7 – All the World’s a Stage, Or Is It? Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.
• Tue., Apr. 12 – “Jane’s Journey,” Runnymede Library, 6:15-8:15 pm.
• Tue., Apr. 19 – Film “Hadwin’s Judgement,” Annette St. Library, 6:15 pm.
• Wed., Apr. 20 – Our Oceans and Us, Annette St. Library, 1-2 pm.
• Thu., Apr. 26 – Ask a Master Gardener: Spring Awakening, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.
===== Future events for children that need advance registration =====
Camps for children are offered by the High Park Nature Centre. For online registration tips.
Camps for children are offered by Colborne Lodge — call 416-392-6916 to register, or see website.
Note: To use the Toronto Fun portal to register online, you will need a Family Number and a Client Number for each camper. To get them, go to toronto.ca/camps or phone 416 338 4FUN (416 338 4386)
===== Events for children and families (in chronological order) =====
Mondays (Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25) – After School Club, Jane/Dundas Library, 4-5 pm. Looking for something fun to do after school? Come and learn new things, make stuff, meet other kids and have fun! For children ages 6-12 years old. Each month will be a different theme — April’s theme is “Science Fun.” Conduct experiments, learn something new and have some fun causing cool reactions. Maybe even cause an explosion!
Thu., Apr. 7 – Mini Scientists, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm. Listen to stories, participate in experiments, and learn something new! Each month we will discover a different science related theme! For children ages 3-5 with their parents or caregivers.
Sat., Apr. 9 – Build A Butterfly House, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W., 10 am-12 noon. Kids will learn how to build a Butterfly House with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. A free hands-on workshop designed for children ages 5-12.
Wednesdays Apr. 13, 20, 27, May 4 – Crafting Stories, Annette St. Library, 4-5:30 pm. So you want to write? Got some fantastic ideas? Join Rukhsana Khan, an award-winning author and storyteller, who’ll show you the ropes in a lively and interactive workshop on how to craft a story. Ages 8 – 12. Space is limited. Register at the branch or by calling 416-393-7692. Sophie’s Studio was created to support early literacy, creativity and writing skills in young children thanks to a bequest from long-time library lover and user Sophia Lucyk. Please note that the time of this workshop was previously listed as 3:30 – 5 p.m. and has changed.
Fri., Apr. 15 – Afternoon at the Movies, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4 pm. Looking for something to do on your P.A. Day? Come and watch “The Peanuts Movie” at the library! This movie is rated G. For pre-school and school-age kids. No registration required. Groups must call ahead to check space availability.
Tue., Apr. 19 – Elephant Journey, Runnymede Library, 1:30-2:30 pm. Author and animal advocate, Rob Laidlaw, will recount the fascinating story of his new book, Elephant Journey. In 2013, people across North America were riveted by the story of Toka, Thika and Iringa, the last three elephants at Toronto Zoo. Lonely, sick from the cold and weak, the elephants desperately needed a change. Zoo and animal advocates agreed, but the best option, the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary, was in California.
More programs for kids: at Annette St. Library; at Jane/Dundas Library; at Runnymede Library
==== Recurring events for adults and teens (by day of week, Sun-Sat) ====
High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 am to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet in the middle of High Park, at the benches across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant. Contact: John Howard, email@example.com
• Apr. 3: Lost Waterways – That gurgling sound beneath your feet? It’s a river! City Planner Leo deSorcy follows the flow.
• Apr. 17: Spring Photo Buff Walk – Professional photographer David Allen helps you frame the best seasonal images. Bring your camera.
High Park Stewards, occasional Sundays, Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Dr., 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Apr. 10: “Toronto’s Ravines and Urban Forests,” with Jason Ramsay-Brown, author of Toronto’s Ravines & Urban Forests.
Lambton House Open House, Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas St. Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available. “Please call about noon (416-767-5472) to confirm that we are open on a given Sunday, as sometimes the facility is rented.”
Junction Reads, occasional Sundays, 5 pm, Magic Oven, 347 Keele St. All welcome. Sign-up sheet at the door! Next event is May 29.
Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (Apr. 25) but not July, Aug., Dec.; Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., come at 12:15 pm, lunch served at 12:30. 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 in advance.
Green 13 monthly planning meeting, last Monday (Apr. 25), 6:15 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. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Apr. 26), 7-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library. Put your knitting needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year. Patterns, wool and some needles are available, or if you have something in your personal stash to donate to the cause, it will be welcome. For more info, email us at email@example.com
Swansea Historical Society Meeting, first Wednesday (Oct.-May ex Jan.), 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall. Apr. 6: Rona Arato – “The Last Train—A Holocaust Story.” Last year, Rona Arato delivered a most interesting and informative talk on “Josiah Henson and the Underground Railway”. We are delighted that she has accepted our invitation to return to Swansea with a talk based on an incident from World War II. More info.
West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday, 7 pm, Indian Rd. Crescent P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cres. Apr. 20: Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.
Swansea Horticultural Society Meeting, fourth Wednesday, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm. Apr. 27: “The Versatility of Herbs” with speaker Glenn Brunetti. Info: 416-763-1897.
Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday, 7-9:30 pm. Apr. 21: John Showman, of New Country Rehab and Lonesome Ace String Band, will run a fiddle workshop at 7 pm ($15), followed by a concert and jam session ($20). At Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane). All folk instruments, levels and ages welcome. Info: 416-402-1642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toronto Swing Dance Society, second (or third) Friday, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W. Monthly dances for all ages. Apr. 8: Hustle lesson with Mary Adams (and swing, of course). 7:45 pm, beginner lesson (3/4 hour); 8:30 pm, intermediate lesson (1/2 hour); 9 pm, D.J. dance until midnight. Cost: $8 for members, $12 for nonmembers. No experience or partner needed.
Saturday Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays, 10 am-12 pm, Annette St. Library. Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners. Bring your own wool and needles.
Computer & Library Training: User Education, Saturdays, Jane/Dundas Library, 10 am-12 pm. Apr. 23: Move That Mouse! Basic Mouse Skills. Apr. 30: Basic Keyboarding Skills. Other topics will be taught in coming months; see schedule on website. Space is limited, please register in person, or call the branch at 416-394-1014.
Family Nature Walks. Saturdays, 1:30-3 pm. No pre-registration necessary, these are drop-in events, great for all ages – bring the whole family! $2-5 per person suggested donation, or PWYC. Meet at High Park Nature Centre (formerly Forest School), inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.
• Apr. 2: “Nuts About Seeds”: Nuts and seeds are amazing survivors and seasoned travellers. Learn many nutty ways that seeds get around – from hitchhikers to tummy travellers, we will find tons of incredible seeds.
• Apr. 16: “Signs of Spring”: I saw the sign…of spring in High Park…and it opened my eyes! Come join us and count the signs of spring on a hike through Toronto’s biggest park.
• Apr. 30: “Savannah Stewards”: We need stewards to help protect the endangered High Park Savannah habitat, the 4th largest Black Oak Savannah left in Ontario. Join us for a hike followed by a campfire. We’ll discuss why fire is essential to restoration of the Savannah.
Toronto Marine Historical Society meeting, first Sat. of Nov.-Apr., Swansea Town Hall, 2:30-4:30 pm. Apr. 2: David Bull will present the second instalment of his illustrated look at the vessels and operations of the Soo River Company, which ceased business in 1982.
Other groups in our area — use website or phone/email for more information:
Toronto Debating Society, alternate Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall. A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking. A non-profit public community organization, we meet from Sep. to May. Attendance is always free. See videos on the website.
Scottish Country Dancing, Wednesdays at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Rd. Call Dorothy Lothian, 416-762-5037 or Barbara Kalmuk, 416 766-3879 for more information.
Shout Sister Choir (Toronto SW chapter), Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, Emmanuel Howard Park United Church, 214 Wright St. All-woman choir practices each week, welcomes new members continuously. Director: Kara Santokie. No audition or music reading is required, varied repertoire (Motown, folk, etc.). Attend a practice without obligation.
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.
Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe (3015 Dundas St. W.) and
Fridays 2-3 pm at Pascal’s (2904 Dundas St. W.).
Local library book clubs are as follows:
▪ first Tuesday (Apr. 5), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪ first Wednesday (Apr. 6), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
▪ first Wednesday (Apr. 6), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
▪ second Monday (Apr. 11), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪ fourth/last Monday (Apr. 25), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; conducted in Polish.
next JRA Community Meeting – Thu., May 12, 2016, 7-9 pm
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