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Shakespeare in the Park, July 2-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. Last year there were free backstage tours before the show, and there may be some this year — call and ask. For more information, click “Visitor Info” tab on website.
High Park will be closed to vehicular traffic on July 18, 24, and 25 for Pan Am Games events. There will be no access to parking lots, barricades will be in place and event marshals and volunteers will be present to control pedestrian traffic and athletes moving through the park during the cycling and marathon events. EMS, Toronto Fire, Toronto Police Services will be on site and utilizing horses, ATVs, service vehicles and bicycles to move within the park. Non-vehicular access and activities will be normal.
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.
Judging from the number of events being scheduled, July is a time for children, with adults chilling out, hanging around the house, etc.! Many regular activities are taking a break for the summer.
======= 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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Wed., July 1 – Lambton House Canada Day BBQ, 11 am-2 pm. Take a tour, share your memories or just relax on the lower porch or a chair on the front lawn. Check out our newly planted Heritage garden.
Wed., July 1 – MP Peggy Nash hosts a free Canada Day celebration in High Park, at Picnic Area 1, entrance off Bloor St. at High Park Ave. , 11 am-2 pm. Join Peggy and local community groups in enjoying a beautiful, touching citizenship ceremony (at 11 am), as well as tons of activities for the family, including entertainment, face painting and a bouncy castle. Travel by public transit to High Park Subway Station or cycle to the park! (Parking is extremely limited.)
Wed., July 1 – Colborne Lodge in High Park will be open for tours at regular admission prices, which include the exhibit Objects Related: Art Among the Artifacts, a textile art installation by Meghan Macdonald. This exhibit will close after July 5. Open Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 5 pm.
Thu., July 9 – Summer Book Club, 2-3 pm, Runnymede Library. Join fellow book lovers for a special summertime book club, meeting July 9 (Mount Pleasant by Don Gilmour) and Aug. 13 (Cool Water by Dianne Warren), reading two books by Canadian authors. Registration not required. There are copies of the books to borrow in the branch.
Sat., July 11 – Please donate blood at Swansea Town Hall, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Rousseau Room, main floor. Please bring your donor or ID card. For more information, call 416-974-9900 or see Canadian Blood Services website.
Sat., July 11 – Summer Kids Festival, 10-5 along Bloor St. W., Bloor West Village BIA’s annual Kids Festival. “This free event is great for the whole family and will feature activities and entertainment that include a Frozen Castle, a wildlife and reptile display, sidewalk sale, delicious food, stage shows inflatables, and much, much more!”
Sat., July 11 – Junction Night Market, 7-11 pm, at Pacific Ave. and Dundas St. W., and on the train platform at 2960 Dundas St. W. “Join us for an evening of fabulous local food, craft beer, cider and wine in the Junction! Live music. Tickets will be sold on site. Beer, cider, wine and food are only $5.00 each! All the proceeds go to help members of our community gain access to fresh and healthy food through local food programs.”
Tue., July 14 – The Strangest Dream – film and discussion, 6:15-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library. The anniversary of the first detonation of an atomic bomb is July 16. This film is the story of Joseph Rotblat, the only nuclear scientist to leave the Manhattan Project, the U.S. government’s secret program to build the first atomic bomb. His was a decision based on moral grounds. The film traces the history of nuclear weapons, from the first nuclear test in New Mexico (July 16, 1945) to Hiroshima. Showing is co-sponsored by Green 13.
Wed., July 15 – Movie Night: “McFarland, USA” (2015, 129 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. A cross-country coach in a small California town (Kevin Costner) transforms a team of runners into championship contenders. [Ed. note: At press time, there was some confusion about which movie would be shown on July 15, so to be sure check with the library a few days before.]
Sun., July 19 – Climate Vegan fundraiser, High Park, 12-5 pm. Walk, potluck, masquerade, prizes. Help bring awareness to the key role animal agriculture plays in causing global warming and climate change. See website for more information.
Tue., July 21 – “How to Pay Off Your Mortgage in Half the Time,” 6:30-10 pm, Baka Cafe, 2256 Bloor St. W. A “real estate mixer,” free admission, see details and schedule at website.
Wed., July 29 – Patronal festival at St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave. Evensong at 6pm, BBQ at 6:30pm. [Ed. note: May be free, but flyer does not make that clear.]
====== Events for children and families (in chronological order) =======
Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass Program – Did you know that at your local branch of the Toronto Public Library, you can borrow free passes to local museums, art galleries and similar venues, such as the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Museum of Inuit Art? See the link for more information; some museums are available only at certain libraries; here is a list. The whole family can get in free on a single one-time pass, and you have 3 months to use it.
* * * * Recurring events for children (listed by day of week):
Listen! Watch! Make! – Mondays (June 29-Aug. 10, except Aug. 3), 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library. 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. See website for each day’s topic.
K’NEXathon! – Mondays in July and 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) and another for families and children Grade 1 and above (Thu. 6-8 pm). Both run from early June to mid-August. See website for more information.
Afternoon at the Movies, Tuesdays (June 30-Aug. 11), 2-3:30 pm, Jane/Dundas Library. Join us for a fun feature-length children’s movie. See website for film titles.
Summer Family Storytime – Wednesdays, July 8 and July 22, 10:30-11 am, Annette St. Library. Stories, songs and rhymes for the entire family! No registration required.
Summer Stories in the Park – Wednesdays (July 8-Aug. 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 July and Aug. (except July 1), 2-3 pm, Annette St. Library. Join us for 8 weeks of intense Lego building. Each week we will have design challenges to engage your creativity! Drop-in.
TD Summer Reading Club Meetings – Wednesdays (July 8-Aug 12), 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library. Fun activities about books, words, learning and play.
Library Games – Fridays in July and Aug. (through Aug. 14), 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library. Come and play fun library games with your friends. Prizes will be awarded!
* * * * One-time events for children (note an event in French on July 9):
TD Summer Reading Club Opening Ceremonies – Thu., July 2, 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library. It’s the start of the 2015 TD Summer Reading Club. Sign up, get swag, share a story, play a game and have fun.
Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Torch Relay Crafts – Mon., July 6, 2-4 pm, Runnymede Library. Wear your sports gear to celebrate with Runnymede Library as we take part in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Torch Relay. Join us for various activities, including face painting, sidewalk chalk drawings, button-making, and make your own torch arts and craft to cheer on the Torch Relay. A family event: recommended for ages 6 and up, and for younger children with a parent or caregiver. Free drop-in program, no registration required.
TD Summer Reading Club Kick-Off! – Wed., July 8, 2-3 pm, Runnymede Library. Register for the TD Summer Reading Club — read to win cool prizes throughout the summer.
Mireille Messier – Thu., July 9, 10:30-11:30 am, Jane/Dundas Library. Mireille Messier, auteure du nouvel album « Le voilier d’Olivier » fait découvrir aux jeunes la magie des anagrammes. En jonglant avec les lettres, lion devient loin, nord devient rond et bien plus encore! Venez écouter son histoire et jongler avec les lettres à votre tour! L’inscription n’est pas nécessaire.
Camp JD – Thu., July 9, 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library. For one afternoon only, Camp JD is in session. Camp songs, games and crafts. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before program.
TD Summer Reading Club Launch with Magical Entertainer Vincent! – Fri., July 10, 2-3 pm, Annette St. Library. Celebrate the launch of our Summer Reading Club with a magic show! Enjoy fantastic jokes and thrilling m-a-g-i-c! No registration required.
Summer Kids Festival – Sat., July 11, 10-5 along Bloor St. W. Bloor West Village BIA’s annual Kids Festival. See above in main listing.
Build a Minions Scooter – Sat., July 11, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W. Kids will learn how to build a Minions Scooter 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.
Spin! Pop! Boom! with Mad Science – Wed., July 15, 2-3 pm, Runnymede Library. This thrilling performance will explore a combination of chemistry and physics. Children will be awed as the Mad Scientist creates an extra hand to help with our experiments. Children will witness a number of exothermic reactions that will produce a Genie Out of a Bottle and a Giant Foam Snake. No registration is required. Space is limited, tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before show starts.
Be a kite flyer – Thu., July 16, 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library. Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring! Design and build your very own kite. Space is limited, tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before program.
Draw Along with a Comics Artist! - Wed., July 22, 2-3 pm, Runnymede Library. Join along with our comics artist and create some of your own comics and characters! Participants will draw along with instructor. For ages 6-12. Free. Registration is required; call 416-393-7600 or visit the branch.
Be a skull detective! – Thu., July 23, 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library. Using artifacts from the Royal Ontario Museum, you will learn how to be a skull detective. Then put your skills to the test with a few mystery skulls. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before program.
Recycling Rules! with Liz Rice – Sat., July 25, 2-3 pm, Annette St. Library. An enlightening environmental workshop, where your recycling skills are put to the test! Make a recyclable craft to take home. Drop in, school aged children.
Puppet Show: Strega Nona – Wed., July 29, 2-2:30 and 2:30-3 pm, Runnymede Library. Presenting a special puppet show, a quirky retelling of a classic tale. (See website for summary of the tale.) For all ages. Two identical shows, the first at 2 pm, and the second at 2:30 pm. Space is limited, tickets will be available 30 minutes before the start of each show. For more information, please call 416-393-7600.
Let’s play with paper! – Thu., July 30, 2-3 pm, Jane/Dundas Library. With a few folds, a couples of snips and a little glue, we will transform a simple piece of paper into something amazing. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before program.
More programs for kids: at Annette St. Library; at Jane/Dundas Library; at Runnymede Library
======== Recurring events (in order by day of week Sat-Fri) =======
High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe.
• Sun., July 5: “More Bees Please.” Urban bee researcher Scott McIvor shows how nature’s pollinators contribute to the park’s ecosystem.
• Sun., July 19: “Exploring Spring Creek Ravine.” Arborist Steve Smith investigates the uplands of the defining feature of High Park’s east side.
Lambton House Open House and exhibition “Exploring Where We Live“: Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas Street. A joint project of Heritage York and Baby Point Heritage Foundation, explores the history of the Baby Point community through period photographs. Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available.
Green 13 monthly planning meeting, last Monday (July 27), 6:30-8 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.
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 email@example.com.
The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (July 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 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.
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, second Friday, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W. Monthly dances for all ages, but July is quiet, the next is in August.
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.
Family Nature Walks, various days. 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., July 16, 6-7:30 pm – “Bugs and Slugs”
• Wed., July 22, 8:15-10 pm – “Moth Night” – Meet at the square of benches south of Grenadier Restaurant and finish at the Forest School location.
• Thu., July 30, 6-7:30 pm – “Fairies and Gnomes”
Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe, Thursdays 10-11 am at Lunch Box, 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 (July 8), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
▪ second Thursday (July 9), 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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