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The next JRA general community meeting is on Thu., May 12, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. Meet your neighbours. Refreshments served. We will be discussing:
- Function in the Junction: May 28. Get your tickets!
- Friends of Watkinson Park: Great local project
- New business in the Junction: Canada Herbal Bliss (carried over from previous agenda)
- Monterey Park, Inc. (developers of Campbell Block at Keele and Dundas): They’ll talk about their plans, answer questions
- Development 101: Understanding City and development processes and guidelines
- Dundas/Pacific northwest corner development: Understanding the latest development application, organizing community opinions
Note: If you cannot attend this meeting in person, know that we stream video 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 also post the agenda there, so you can follow along. There is a facility for asking questions remotely.
JRA e-newsletter updates: Because this newsletter is mailed only once a month (on the last day of the month), we’ll post late changes or new events to the JRA website front page. Please check there mid-month or so to catch any late-breaking news.
Function in the Junction: Join us for the seventh annual Function in the Junction!
WHEN: Sat., May 28, 2016, 5 pm.
WHERE: West Toronto Masonic Temple, 151 Annette St.
WHAT: A lively evening to share local food, drinks and music and raise money for a worthy neighbourhood cause — the Community Junction, which offers personalized services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Prominently located on Dundas Street West at Medland Street, Community Junction supports individuals searching for accessible and meaningful ways to live in the community. Funds raised at the Function will provide access to classes for people who, due to financial limitations, may not otherwise be able to attend them.
WHY: Come for the best Junction hang of the year and spend the evening with your community on May 28!
HOW (a): $45 ticket (advance only, starting May 3). Buy (cash or cheque only) at: Latitude 44 Gallery, Agora Cafe, the Annette Street Library or Community Junction; or buy on the JRA website (credit or debit cards). This full ticket includes:
- Cocktail hour with buck-a-shuck oysters, 5-6 pm NEW THIS YEAR (sponsored by Honest Weight)
- Sit-down dinner, served by local firefighters! 6-8 pm
- Live music by local musicians, 9 pm
- Silent and live auctions — generous donations by Junction businesses
HOW (b): $5 ticket (from 9 pm, cash at the door) includes: Live auction and live music by local artists. Cash bar available, sponsored by Junction Craft Brewing and Toronto Distillery.
MORE INFO: See posters soon in Junction shop windows. Check the JRA website for menus and more info as it becomes available.
High Park Cherry Blossom Watch: “Celebrate spring’s arrival with a visit to High Park and participate in the centuries old Japanese tradition of Sakura Hanami, roughly translated as ‘cherry blossom flower viewing.’ The flowering of the Sakura trees is spectacular, but peak bloom only lasts about a week, so keep updated on the progress of the blooms by visiting our website. We’ll take weekly photos of the buds so you don’t miss a thing! And perhaps donate a little to keep this service funded.” Councillor Doucette says: “Visitors to the park are encouraged to walk or take transit to see the cherry blossoms as parking is extremely limited. Keep in mind that a planned subway closure of Line 2 from Bathurst to Jane on May 7 and 8 might coincide with the blossoms; if so, shuttle buses will be running along Bloor and parking on Bloor will be restricted.”
The JRA Website now has a new section — Pictures — old archival photographs of the Junction as it used to be. Take a look! In connection with this new project, we would love to see any digital pictures or videos of the Junction area that you might have, going back as far as possible. We will of course acknowledge by name the sender and/or copyright owner of any material we post. Also, the JRA is looking for a volunteer videographer who has a video camera and some time, to help us with our “Time Capsule” project. We want to record a slice of life in the Junction for the history books, a profile of the present and into the future. We will be grateful for your skills and happy to give you credit for your work. To respond to either of these requests, email email@example.com.
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Leaf compost was distributed at the Environment Day event in April, and there is still some left. Councillor Gord Perks announces an additional Compost Day. Compost is available for pickup (limited to one cubic metre per household) while supplies last; please bring your own shovel and containers. Sat., May 14, at two locations:
- Indian Road Crescent Public School parking lot from 9:00 am (near Indian Rd. Cres. and Humberside)
- Corner of Macdonell and Wabash Aves. from 10:00 am (behind Sorauren Park)
Reserve ahead: Swansea Horticultural Society is sponsoring a day trip to “Rural Gardens” on Sat., June 18, 2016 — Depart/Return: 9 am-6:30 pm from/to Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave. Price: $79 per person, which includes return transportation via deluxe coach, garden visits (Froggies Song, Rainbows & Angels Nursery, Fiddle Head Nursery), lunch (Steven’s B.B.Q.), driver gratuity and all taxes. Take this opportunity to meet enthusiastic and knowledgeable gardeners and to share the delights of variety of rural garden venues. To book and pay: Contact Ellen Mitchell at 416-767-2574, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane’s Walk Festival – Fri., May 6 – Sun., May 8. Out of about 150 free, volunteer-guided walks inspired by author, activist and urbanist Jane Jacobs all over the city, we list here the 12 that are closest to the Junction, giving title (with link to a full description), day and time, and where to meet (in order by date and time):
- Walk the Line: Exploring Toronto’s Green Line Linear Park, Fri. 4 pm, from Foundry Ave. near Davenport
- Walk as Workout! Fri. 7 pm, from Brulé Park parking lot
- Nightwalking & Secret Staircases (#1 Swansea), Fri. 11 pm, from Jane St. TTC
- Dawn Chorus Walk, Sat. 5 am, from High Park Nature Centre
- Take a Walk on the Sunnyside, Sat. 10 am, from King & Roncesvalles
- Listening to the Language of Plants, Sat. 11 am, from High Park TTC
- Bloor West Village – A century of development, heritage and community, Sat 11 am, from Runnymede TTC
- Let’s Walk Together! Sat. 1 pm, from Romero House (near Bloor & Dundas)
- Legends of the Toronto Carrying Place, Sat. 2 pm, from Jane and Bloor Sts.
- Diamonds! Bridges! Tunnels! Sat. 3 pm, from a park near Symington and Bloor
- Nightwalking & Secret Staircases (#2 Baby Point), Sat. 11 pm, from Baby Point Gates
- Trees, Trails, & Tales. Sun. 2 pm, from Jane and Annette Sts.
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Contact Photography Festival – Most of the exhibits run for the month of May, ranging across the city,. From the Junction BIA: “We are pleased to present another great year of Photography in the Junction. This year you will be able to explore 13 venues and see the works of 15 artists. Yet again, this is the highest concentration of photographic venues in the city in this Festival. Some venues will be hosting an Opening Reception on Sat., May 7.” Junction venue map. Here are the venues, in geographical order (east to west), with exhibit dates, and reception (if any):
- Nodo, 2885 Dundas, May 1-31, Reception: Fri., May 6, 7-10 pm
- Latitude 44, 2900 Dundas, May 1-31, Reception: Sat., May 7, 6-9 pm
- Opticianado, 2919 Dundas, May 7-31
- West Toronto Paint, 2975 Dundas, May 1–31, Reception: Sat., May 7, 6-9 pm
- Coolearth Architecture, 386 Pacific, May 7–31, Reception: Sat., May 7, 10 am-12 noon
- Vesuvio’s, 3010 Dundas, April 25–May 30
- Agora Cafe, 3015 Dundas, May 1–31, Reception: Sat., May 7, 6-10 pm
- Kingsway Chiropractic, 3021 Dundas, May 7–31
- Helen & Hildegard, 3036 Dundas, May 1–31
- Zalucky Contemporary, 3044 Dundas, April 30–June 4, Reception: Sat., May 7, 6-9 pm
- Bricco Kitchen & Wine Bar, 3047 Dundas, May 1–31
- Axis Gallery & Grill, 3048 Dundas, May 1–31, Reception: Sat., May 7, 6-10 pm
- Phillipa C. Photography, 3063 Dundas, May 1–31, Reception: Sat., May 7, 6-9 pm
The Veggielicious festival is coming up May 6-22! If you visit the website and click on Menu, you can see the list of participating restaurants. This year, it could have been called High Park Veggielicious because there are SO many restaurants in our neighbourhood participating:
- Soup ’n Such Cafe, 2285 Dundas St. W. (see the calendar below for the VHP upcoming dinner May 10!)
- Humble Beginnings, 3109 Dundas St. W.
- Grasshopper, 3080 Dundas St. W.
- Mad Mexican, 405 Jane St.
- Butler’s Pantry, 371 Roncesvalles Ave.
- Cardinal Rule, 5 Roncesvalles Ave.
- Rawlicious, 2122 Bloor St. W.
NOTE: We list a lot of events at branches of Toronto Public Library. We are advised that: There is a possibility that Toronto Public Library will be closed due to a labour strike. Unionized workers are in a legal strike position as of May 2. Should this occur, and depending upon the length of the strike, scheduled programs would have to be cancelled and hopefully rescheduled at a later date.
======= Events coming up, in and near the Junction ======
=== Scroll down for Events for children & teens == and == Recurring events ===
Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
Sun., May 1 – England’s Morris Dancers – From Ruth Malloy’s Toronto Multicultural Calendar: “They appear every year starting shortly after dawn in High Park near the restaurant on May Day. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get there by public transit at that hour, but they are usually still going strong about 8 am. You might miss some great dances but you won’t miss their liveliness. They don’t usually advertise and they do it out of the joy of dancing, of being together and of tradition, of fun. It’s a great way to start the month. Rain or shine. For more information, email email@example.com.”
Mon., May 2 – Ask an Expert: Balcony and Terrace Container Gardening, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm. Ask Master Gardener Elizabeth Stewart about balcony and container gardening. Learn practical ideas for successful gardening above ground (topics at website). Presented by Toronto Master Gardeners.
Tue., May 3 – Nazneen Sheikh, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm. A riveting and timely story of art, war, greed, and spirituality, her novel The Place of Shining Light takes readers on a wild journey from the valleys of Afghanistan to the magical mountain kingdoms of Northern Pakistan and the diplomatic enclaves of Islamabad. The eh List Author Series. Book signing to follow.
Tue., May 3 – Vinyl 101: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Records, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm. Vinyl is back, and this event will unpack the vinyl boom for music lovers. Award-winning producer and record spinner DJ Agile and guests will break down the basics of vinyl appreciation, listening and collecting, with music galore from the library’s own 15,000+ strong record collection. Whether you are a crate-digging veteran or a vinyl virgin, bring your ears and an appetite for great music, and get ready to connect with record lovers from all over Toronto.
Wed., May 4 – International Affairs with Keith Hyde, Historian, Annette St. Library, 2:30-4 pm. Well-known historian Keith Hyde starts a new series of monthly discussions about International Affairs. The program will include an introduction to new non-fiction books in TPL’s collection, with emphasis on war and conflict.
Wed., May 4 – Pamper & Connect, Coco Beauty Bar, 16 Jane St., 6-9 pm. Pamper & Connect is a free ticketed community event for women 19+ hosted by Coco Beauty Bar in Bloor West Village. A great evening of fun and a chance to meet some awesome local ladypreneurs as you listen and learn savvy tips and advice on beauty, fashion and real estate. Indulge in free mini spa treatments and demos, great shopping & prize giveaways! Presenters: Gloria Czomko – Sales Rep, Royal LePage; Krista Wyle – Cabi Fashion Stylist; Thalgo – Active Marine Skincare & Beauty. Tickets available online.
Wed., May 4 – Swansea Historical Society Meeting, Swansea Town Hall, 7:30 pm. Hugh Barnett on “King George’s War and the Lake Ontario Frontier, 1744-1750.” Visitors welcome, light refreshments. More info (see p. 3).
Thu., May 5 – Wellness Workshop, Jane/Dundas Library, 7-7:55 pm. A workshop focused on ways to set and achieve goals, stress-management techniques, and practices to attain balance in life. Led by counselor Lourdes Carbajal from the Polycultural Community Immigrant Services. For more information, call 416-394-1014.
Thu., May 5 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society AGM, Annette Library, 7 pm social time, 7:30 pm for business meeting, speaker at 8:15 pm. More info may be at website.
Thu., May 5 – Swansea Area Ratepayers’ Assoc. AGM, Swansea Town Hall, 7:30 pm. Talk “How We Changed Toronto” by John Sewell, former mayor of Toronto.
Fri., May 6 – Community Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Doors open 6:30 pm, music from 8:00 by John & Julie Dorsey (see poster). 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.
Fri., May 6 – Sat., May 7 – Receptions being held at Junction venues of Contact Photography Festival; see information under Ongoing Events at the top of this newsletter.
Fri., May 6 – Sun., May 8 – Inspirations Studio Open House and Sale, 2480 Dundas St. W. See the beautiful functional pottery made by our women members. We are a social enterprise for low-income women, and a project of Sistering.
Fri., May 6 – Sun., May 8. Jane’s Walk Festival – See the list of local walks at the top of this newsletter, or go straight to the website for the full menu. (Hint: On the map page, click Filter but don’t enter any and then click “Print list” and you’ll get a list of all the walks!)
Sat., May 7 – Humbercrest United Church Spring Sale, 16 Baby Point Rd., 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Monster rummage sale, snack bar and café on site.
Sat., May 7 – High Park Spring Off-Leash Area Clean-up, Dog Hill (by Can Stage and opposite Grenadier Café), 10 am-2 pm. Come out and join us (rain or shine) in our annual spring clean-up! All off-leash areas are required to have two clean-ups per year to keep the privilege, in the spring and fall. The High Park K9 committee provides large garbage bags and latex gloves. Wear long sleeves, good shoes, as we have to go into the woods and clean up winter debris, garbage and dog poop. Bring water to drink and a snack, and come pitch in for a couple of hours. Email K9 Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun., May 8 – Mother’s Day.
Sun., May 8 – Native Plant Sale, Grenadier Restaurant, High Park, 11 am-2 pm. The sale will take place in front of the Greenhouse. In order to have plants for everyone, large orders will be available only after 1 pm from the remaining stock. Cash only. Parking is very limited at the Grenadier Restaurant, so please use transit, walk or bike if cherry blossoms are in bloom, as expected. Assistance in carrying plants will be provided. This plant sale supports the work of the High Park Volunteer Stewardship Program and native plant restoration in High Park. Helpers are needed; see weblink for more info.
Sun., May 8 – Aggie’s Wildflower Walk, from corner of Scarlett Road and St Clair, 1:30 pm. Join Madeleine McDowell and the Toronto Field Naturalists for an informative walk and talk about our community’s wildflowers past and present. Stay for tea at Lambton House after the walk. This is an annual event co-sponsored by Heritage York, Humber Heritage, and Toronto Field Naturalists. A free will offering would be appreciated.
Mon., May 9 – Glen Downie, Poet: Democratic Beauties, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm. Award–winning poet Glen Downie’s new book traces a path back to the now dimly remembered pre-digital age. Using poetic and imaginative criticism, he sifts through our rapidly changing consumer culture, decoding much that has already become perplexing and mysterious. Books will be available for purchase.
Tue., May 10 – Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy: Fortune and Our Lives, Runnymede Library, 2-3:30 pm. Prof. John Greenwood discusses this sixth-century work. At a crucial moment, when the classical world was fading and the Christian one was dawning, the imprisoned Boethius imagines Lady Philosophy descending to console him. He challenges her to explain why bad things happen to good people. Her responses are as relevant and timely today as they were when she suggested them 1500 years ago. Great Books Lecture Series.
Tue., May 10 – Vegetarians of High Park Dinner, Soup ’n Such Cafe, 2285 Dundas St. W. (a few doors south of Bloor), 6 pm. They are offering a soup of your choice, salad and vegan dessert, all for $10 including tax! I know 6 pm is a bit early on a weeknight but they close early. Please RSVP by Fri., May 6 to email@example.com.
Tue., May 10 – The Controversy of William Avery “Billy” Bishop, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm. From Owen Sound to the air war on the Western Front, Bishop’s exploits in aerial combat are well documented in numerous books and films, mostly positive but some questionable. Should he have been awarded the Victoria Cross? Where was he based? Join aviation historian Keith Hyde speaking on the life of pilot Billy Bishop, VC war hero and legend.
Tue., May 10 – “Fast & Fearless Cooking for the Genius,” Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm. Ann Tudor will read from her new cookbook, with a question and answer period to follow the reading. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Tue., May 10 – Green 13 presents film “Cowspiracy,” Swansea Town Hall Council Chamber (2nd floor), 95 Lavinia Ave., 7-9:30 pm. Free screening and discussion with guests Nimisha Raja, nutrition coach, and Katie Harper, Director of Project Neutral. This film by Kip Andersen examines the destructive impact of industrial agriculture, and proposes a path to global sustainability for a growing population. Discussion will include corrections and updating of some information presented in the film. Please bring along your laptop, tablet, or other device as we plan to take a brief carbon footprint survey focused on our individual food choices.
Wed., May 11 – Stratford Festival HD Production Screening: Anthony and Cleopatra, Annette St. Library, 2-4 pm. Reason and judgment prove no match for the tsunami of mutual passion engulfing Mark Antony, one of the three joint rulers of the Roman republic, and Cleopatra, the seductive queen of Egypt. Surrendering everything to their desires, they open the floodgates to a civil conflict that will shake the very foundations of their world.
Wed., May 11 – Bloor West Village Residents Assoc. AGM, Runnymede United Church (432 Runnymede Rd.), 7:30 pm (doors open at 7). Followed by a Town Hall Meeting (8-9:30), panel discussion “From Saving Our Village to Shaping Our Village” with Councillor Sarah Doucette, BIA Chair Paula McInereny, and Toronto Star columnist Edward Keenan. Also a showcase of local organizations.
Thu., May 12 – Junction Residents Association general meeting, West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W., 7-9 pm. See more details at top of this newsletter.
Thu., May 12 – Heritage Talk: “The Early Millers of the Lower Humber,” by Hugh Barnett, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., doors open 7 pm, talk 7:30 pm. The Whitney Haines Mill, which was the predecessor to our area’s Coopers/Lambton and Baby Mills. Refreshments, free admission. Heritage York History Night. A free will offering would be appreciated.
Sat., May 14 – Please donate blood at Swansea Town Hall, 9 am-2 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., May 14 – Woofest, at Master Mechanic, 2 Howard Park Ave. (between Dundas and Roncesvalles), 11 am-4 pm. Festival of community and dogs, with adoptions, kids’ activities, live music by Daniel Lanois and Crooked House Road, contests and more. Free admission! More info at 416-532-2449 or weblink.
Sat., May 14 – 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 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Led by theatre-lover/actor Carina Cojeen, this group meets monthly. For more information, check out the Meetup website. Free; all welcome; no experience necessary.
Sat., May 14 – Lambton Park Community School Area Walk, from corner of Scarlett Road and St Clair (and will end there), 1:30 pm. Join Madeleine McDowell and Bonita Nelson for a walk and talk about the six memorial trees which were planted to remember the twelve Lambton Park School students who were lost in World War I.
Tue., May 17 – Tuesday Film Night, Runnymede Library, 6 pm. Suffragette (2015, 107 mins.). Directed by Sarah Gavron. with Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter. Inspired by true events, this moving drama explores the passion and heartbreak of the women who risked everything to fight for the vote in early 20th-century Britain.
Tue., May 17 – The Julius Caesar Project, Annette St. Library, 7-8:15 pm. In this innovative, gender-swapped staging, Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective explores the roles of women and power in Shakespeare’s text. It received critical acclaim in NOW Magazine for its turn in the 2014 Toronto Fringe. Supported by the British Council as part of the Shakespeare Lives Microfestival. Check out the Facebook event for more info!
Tue., May 17 – Green 13 event: “Sharing Our Best Ideas to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Toronto by 80% by 2050,” evening, location TBA. Imagine Toronto in 2050 — a better, more livable city and we’ve cut carbon emissions by 80% — how do we get there? City staff want your ideas. Neighbours want to brainstorm and work with you. Hosted by Green 13 and Project Neutral, with special guests Councillor Sarah Doucette; Linda Swanston, Energy and Environment Division, City of Toronto; and Paul Antze, facilitator. Check website for time and place, not yet available at press time.
Wed., May 18 – Know Your Rights & Responsibilities: Landlord and Tenant Rights, Jane/Dundas Library, 7-8 pm. An information session facilitated by the West Toronto Community Legal Services Staff. Learn about rent increases, maintenance, eviction, rent geared to income, and more. For more information call Helle at West Toronto Community Legal Services at 416-531-7376 x 223 or the Jane/Dundas Library at 416-394-1014.
Sat., May 21 – How to Select and Plant Perennials, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W., 10-11 am. This free workshop teaches participants the basics of perennials. Learn how to choose perennial plants, prepare the soil for planting, plant perennials, divide perennials, and care for mature plants.
Sat., May 21 – Cyber Seniors (55+), Runnymede Library, 10-11:30 am. Do you need one-on-one help with email, social media, Microsoft Word or other computer topics? Sign up for the Cyber Seniors, an intergenerational program that pairs youth volunteers with older adults for computer help and support. It will be held on alternate Saturday mornings in May and June. Fill out an application at Runnymede Library. For more information, call 416-393-7697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mon., May 23 – Victoria Day Holiday.
Thu., May 26 – Pop-Up Tour: Good Taste at Runnymede and Annette, 7:15-9 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:
- 7:15 pm: Savour a sampling of the delicious sausage options (and the new saus/urgers!) from Butcher By Nature.
- 8 pm: Home furnishings and decor boutique A Changing Nest will help you beautify your nest with a design workshop.
- 8:45 pm: Finish the evening with a tasting of artisanal wines and cheeses at Creme Fraiche Market Cafe.
Sat., May 28 – Runnymede Fun Fair, Runnymede Sr. & Jr. Public School, 357 Runnymede Rd. (at Colbeck St., one long block north of Bloor), 11:30 am – 5 pm. Friends, family, alumni and community members all welcome! Come have some fun and celebrate our Centennial! More info: email@example.com; alumni can register for more info here.
- 11:30-12:30 – Opening Ceremony and Student Performances in the Sr. gym
- 12:00-3:00 – Alumni Event in Library
- 12:00-5:00 – Outdoor Fun Fair activities open: dunk tank, bouncy castles, carnival games, scavenger hunt, photo booth, face painting, food trucks, visits from RCMP and Toronto Fire and much more!
Sat., May 28 – JRA’s Function in the Junction, West Toronto Masonic Temple, 151 Annette St., enter at 5 pm or 9 pm. A lively evening to share local food, drinks and music and raise money for a worthy neighbourhood cause. See full information at top of this newsletter.
Sat., May 28 – Sun., May 29 – 17th Annual Doors Open Toronto. This year’s theme is “Re-used, Revisited and Revised,” and all buildings have free entrance. Watch for the official program in the week preceding, but you can be sure that a number of them will be in our neighbourhood. We know these will be open:
- Lambton House open 10 am-4 pm both days
- Montgomery’s Inn open 10 am-5 pm both days
- Colborne Lodge open 10 am-5 pm both days, with tours every 20 minutes (last tour 4:30 pm)
- Runnymede Public School open 10 am-4 pm Sat., celebrating their Centennial (see just above)
===== Events especially for teens =====
Sun., May 15 – Sunnyside Bike Park opens — Volunteers Wanted. Sunnyside Bike Park is at 3 Ellis Ave. (just north of Lake Shore Blvd. W. and east of Ellis). Join the volunteer stewardship team Tuesday and Friday evenings from 5-8 pm, starting May 17. There are also Saturday afternoon volunteer opportunities on the 4th weekend of the month, details to be confirmed. Meet at the shipping container on the east side of the park. No experience is necessary. Volunteers will help with park maintenance and engage park users to improve bike park etiquette. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great opportunity for high school students looking for volunteer hours. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
Tue., May 17 – Lisa Moore, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm. The eh List Author Series presents award-winning author Lisa Moore and her first young adult novel, Flannery. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, empowering and harrowing, sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone takes matters into her own hands and concocts a love potion for her entrepreneurship project – and the conquest of outlaw graffiti artist Tyrone O’Rourke, the rebel-with-a-cause of Flannery’s dreams. Book signing to follow.
Tue., May 17 – 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., May 19 – Youth Employment Fair, Jane/Dundas Library, 3-5 pm. Are you 14 and older and looking for a summer job? Local community agencies will be visiting the library for this event and providing information on summer job programs and opportunities for youth.
Thu., May 26 – 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.
Tue., May 31 – Teen Trivia! Runnymede Library, 4:30-5:30 pm. Test your knowledge and win prizes and bragging rights! For youth ages 13 and up. Snacks provided. Hosted by the Runnymede Library Youth Advisory Group.
Consider also these good-for-teens events listed in the adult or children’s calendars:
- Mon., May 3 – Vinyl 101: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Records, 7 pm
- Wed., May 4 – International Affairs with Keith Hyde, Historian, 2:30 pm
- Mon., May 9 – Glen Downie, Poet: Democratic Beauties, 7 pm
- Wed., May 11 – Stratford Festival HD Production Screening: Anthony and Cleopatra, 2 pm
- Tue., May 17 – The Julius Caesar Project, 7 pm
- Fri., May 20 – Meet Author Susin Nielsen, 1 pm
===== Events for children and families (in chronological order) =====
Mondays (May 2, 9, 16, 30 – not 23) – 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 — May’s theme is “Paper Crafts.” In honour of Asian Heritage Month, we’ll use paper to craft amazing creations every week.
Wed., 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.
Thu., May 5 – 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., May 7 – MAP Family Saturdays: Montgomery’s Inn, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm. Learn about mid-19th-century rural life in Etobicoke with staff from Montgomery’s Inn. The workshop will combine storytelling, music and art making.
Sat., May 7 – Cherry Blossoms and Other Trees in the City, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm. An informative presentation which discusses the history, description and further details of the Cherry Blossom trees currently at High Park. Learn about other tree species, and participate in a creative gator bag decorating activity.
Mon., May 9 – French Story Time / Heure du conte, Runnymede Library, 6:45-7:30 pm. Venez-vous joindre à nous pour une série speciale de l’heure du conte en français pour les enfants de 4 à 8 ans et leur famille. / Join us this spring for a special French story time for children ages 4 to 8 and their families. Drop-in program. Repeats on May 16.
Sat., May 14 – Build An Angry Birds Birdhouse, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W., 10 am-12 noon. Kids will learn how to build an Angry Birds Birdhouse with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. A free hands-on workshop designed for children ages 5-12.
Sat., May 14 – MAP Family Saturdays: Mackenzie House, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm. Learn how newspapers and images were created in the 19th century. Print your own souvenir. For children ages 6 and up. Call 416-393-7697 or visit the branch to register.
Sat., May 14 – Marty Chan – TD Book Week, Runnymede Library, 3:30-4:30 pm. Marty will share the real-life origins behind his mystery series and his Sasquatch novels. Through an interactive writing game, Marty will demonstrate that the most ordinary situations can lead to the most amazing stories if you know the secret! For his grand finale, Marty will replicate Houdini’s famous straitjacket escape! Suitable for school-aged children, grades 3 and up.
Mon., May 16 – French Story Time / Heure du conte, see above for May 9.
Fri., May 20 – Meet Author Susin Nielsen, Annette St. Library, 1-2 pm. Meet author Susin Nielsen as she talks about how she became a writer, from “Degrassi Junior High” to her award-winning young adult novels. Toronto Public Library gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts through the Writers’ Union of Canada for sponsoring this special event. Aimed at pre-teen children, but all are welcome.
Sat., May 28 – MAP Family Saturdays: Gardiner Museum, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm. May is Asian Heritage Month, so visit the library to work with the Gardiner Museum’s talented ceramists and learn how to make a dragon or fantastic beast out of clay. Don’t forget the scales, claws and whiskers! Call 416-393-7692 or visit the branch to register. For school-age children.
More programs for kids: at Annette St. Library; at Jane/Dundas Library; at Runnymede Library
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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
- May 1: The Ecology of Grenadier Pond – Spring brings big changes to Grenadier Pond, a pond that centres much of the local ecosystem. Join Senior Aquatic Ecologist Christine Tu-Parker for this session.
- May 15: The Amazing Birds of High Park – Listen, watch, spot and identify resident and migratory birds with experienced birder Brian Bailey.
High Park Stewards, fall/summer work sessions on Sundays, meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant, 10:30 am -12:30 pm. May 22: Removing Garlic Mustard in the Tablelands. These sessions are subject to change based on weather and need; check beforehand by going to www.highparknature.org.
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! May 29: “Our best season-ender yet! More bang for your buck with six authors taking the Junction Reads stage — Alissa York, Amy Stuart, Nicole Chin, Lucinda Johnston, Robert Shoub and Cassandra Cronenberg.” Some info also here.
Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (May 30) (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 4th/5th Monday (May 30), 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 (May 31), 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, 10:30-11:30 am, 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, and to check on the weather. Group will be continuing probably until mid-November.
West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday, 7 pm, Indian Rd. Crescent P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cres. May 18: 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. May 25: “Naturalization: Greening your Grounds with Plants” by Toronto & Region Conservation (TRCA). Flower show is held concurrently with the presentation. For more information, call call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852.
Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday, 7-9:30 pm. May 19: 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, 2nd/3rd Friday, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W. Monthly dances for all ages. May 13: Replay Band (no lesson, dancing starts at 8 pm). D.J. dance until midnight. Cost: $8 for members, $12 for nonmembers. No experience or partner needed.
Saturday Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays in May, 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. This series has ended, but see the May 21 event in the main calendar above — one-on-one training called Cyber Seniors at Runnymede Library on alternate Saturday mornings.
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.
- May 14: “The Birds Are Back in Town”: The migrating birds are back and with lots to say! Bring your binoculars if you’ve got them and check out the birds returning to and migrating through High Park.
- May 28: “13,000 Years of High Park”: Did you know that 13,000 years ago High Park was under a glacier? High Park has changed a lot since then! Come learn about High Park’s transition from glacier to present day.
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.
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. Opening day is Sat., May 14, 2016.
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 (May 3), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
- first Wednesday (May 4), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
- first Wednesday (May 4), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
- second Monday (May 9), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
- fourth/last Monday (May 30), 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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