================== JRA e-newsletter – March 2014 ==================
i. JRA’s Function in the Junction #5 is coming up — evening of Mar. 29, 2014, at the Masonic Temple, 151 Annette Street. This annual event centers on food, drinks, music, silent and noisy auctions, and socializing with neighbours. This year we will be raising funds for FutureWatch, a not-for-profit registered charitable organization, and their youth group Y-ECO Youth Environmental Community. Posters for FinJ are appearing in Dundas St. shop windows, and tickets ($50 including dinner provided by local restaurants) are soon on sale at Agora Cafe and at Latitude 44. Dinner and silent auction begin at 6 pm, and the after-dinner events start at 8: live auction, raffles, and cash bar, with live music from 9 pm. Those who come after dinner pay just $5 at the door. See the event poster.
ii. JRA General Meeting: The next JRA meeting is on Mar. 13, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. The agenda for this meeting includes a presentation by this year’s FinJ beneficiary, FutureWatch. We hope also to be discussing area traffic issues, so bring your peeves and praise about our local streets, intersections, and parking. Refreshments served.
Note: If you cannot attend this meeting in person, you can catch our video streaming of the meeting in real time. To watch it live on your computer, go to <http://www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv. There may be a 15-second commercial (not ours) before you can watch. We’ll post the agenda on the front page of our website, so you can follow along. There is a facility for asking questions remotely. If you have any problem getting connected, please call 647-235-0843 during the meeting and we’ll try to help.
iii. 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 we’ll have a community barbecue near there afterwards. However, we encourage individual streets in the area to hold their own yard sales on this day, and even to include a street party! (On page 4 of this month’s Westside’s Story is a step-by-step guide to throwing a street party…) Let us know what you are planning (email firstname.lastname@example.org), and we can help publicize an area list or map for visitors.
=================== News of general interest =====================
a. The Westside’s Story, a new monthly e-newsletter, has started in the Bloor West Village – Junction area. Take a look at the March issue. You can subscribe, or submit info about coming events to be listed, by emailing email@example.com
b. March Break programs for kids at your local ibrary, Mon-Fri Mar. 10-14 during the day. More info here: Annette St branch; Runnymede branch; Jane/Dundas branch.
c. Peggy Nash will be hosting free tax clinics for individuals with income under $35,000 and families under $40,000. Each year, hundreds of experienced certified general accountants (CGAs) volunteer to help lower-income Canadians by preparing their income tax returns, free of charge. Services are available by appointent only. Call our Community Office our Community Office at 416-769-5072 with any questions or to book an appointment; there are five dates available, from Mar. 22 to Apr. 12. See full information.
c. From the Junction BIA:
• The BIA has put out a call for musicians to participate in the Junction Music Festival, which will be held Sat., Sep. 20, 2014. Those interested should apply online between March 1 and May 15; preference will be given to local talent.
• The Junction Summer Solstice Festival will be held on Sat., June 21, 2014, noon to midnight.
• On Mar. 4-5, the TV show “Beauty and the Beast” will be filming in the Junction. “We would like to inform you that we wish to film interior and exterior scenes on Tue., Mar. 4 and Wed., Mar. 5 between approximately 7 am and 11 pm each day. The majority of our filming is at 209 Mavety St., and then on March 5 we will move to 2878 Dundas St W at about 6pm and film till about 10pm.”
========== Events coming up in and near the Junction ==========
Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
Tue., Mar. 4 – Ravina Community Garden is having a meeting at 7 pm at Annette Library, in the lower level.
Agenda: Team Creation — an invitation for each member of the garden to help move the project forward. We’d like everyone to pick an area where they want to contribute. Suggested teams include:
• Garden Agreement Manual – writing and editing
• Communications – community outreach, promotion
• Fundraising – ideas, grants, private donations
• Construction of Garden Structures – research and development
• Garden Design – beautification and best utilization of space
• Shoppers – sourcing and pricing supplies
• Secretary – for meeting minutes
Plus brainstorming other areas of focus. Ideas welcomed!
~ March 4 will be the day to get an early-bird membership in person. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thu., Mar. 6 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, Annette Library. Business Meeting 7:30 pm. Speaker, 8:15 pm: Larry Sherk: One Hundred Years of Sheridan Nurseries. More info here.
Thu., Mar. 6 – Junction Commons Project, public meeting at Smash, 7:30-9:30 pm.
“We’ve got a fresh feasibility study and we need help getting ready to share it with the neighbourhood at a Townhall in late March/ early April. We need your vision, experience, and open mind. If you can’t come to this meeting do let us know if you are interested in helping us build the vision for 209 Mavety this year. Email email@example.com with a note or any questions you have about what’s involved.”
Fri., Mar. 7 – Pub Night at Lambton House, music by local band Just Us. Doors open 6 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.
Tue., Mar. 11 – Green 13 screening of film “Dirt”, Runnymede Library, 6:15 pm. ”Floods, drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt.”
Thu., Mar. 13 – Georgetown South Project Construction Liaison Meeting for West Toronto Diamond, 18 Hook Ave., #204, 5 pm “Please join us for an informal conversation with the construction project delivery team to review the ongoing work and what is planned in the coming months. As always, you can contact our Community Relations team at any time with questions or concerns, but having a monthly meeting is a regular opportunity to ask specific questions.” For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri., Mar. 14 – “From Hospital to Home: What happens when I’m discharged from the hospital?” 2-3:30 pm at The Four Villages Community Health Centre, 3446 Dundas St. W.
Learn about Toronto Community Care Access Centre and how they can work with you in the hospital and at home to assess your need for home based and community services, coordinate delivery of these services, and support you to live at home and in the community. Presented by 4CATS (Four Villages & Committed Action Team for Seniors). For more information, contact Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453
Sun., Mar. 16 – Bloor West Village Inorganic Market, 11 am – 3 pm, No Frills parking lot, 2187 Bloor St. W. (at Kennedy Ave.). An opportunity to drop off your electronic waste. Bring your computers, cell phones, laptops, cables, printers, keyboards, monitors, and TVs to divert your e-waste from landfill. (no batteries please). Info: email@example.com or (416) 572-2025
Wed., Mar. 19 – Film “Love, Marilyn” (2012) at Runnymede Library, 6 pm. Director, Liz Garbus, starring Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Jennifer Ehle. Two boxes of Marilyn Monroe’s private writings were discovered in the home of her acting coach, 50 years after her death. Watch as actors read her letters onscreen in a fascinating and illuminating film.
Wed., Mar. 19 – The West Bend Community Association monthly meeting, Indian Rd Crescent Public School, 285 Indian Rd Cres. (at Humberside), 7-9 pm; info 647-478-8457. Come and find out what is happening in your neighbourhood, in High Park-Parkdale and across the city. We meet in the Teachers’ Lounge, 2nd Floor.
Wed., Mar. 26 – Swansea Horticultural Society presents Green Roofs, 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave. Come hear Toronto Master Gardener Tina Van Andel speak about Green Roofs.
Wed., Mar. 26 – Sarah Doucette will be hosting a second Development 101 meeting, 7:00 pm at Humberside CI, 280 Quebec Ave. ”Development has been an increasingly pressing issue in our ward… This will be a chance to ask city staff and me any questions you may have.”
Fri., Mar. 28 – Falls Prevention Workshop, 2-3:30 pm at The Four Villages Community Health Centre, 3446 Dundas St. W. What causes falls? Why is falling risky? What can I do to prevent falls? Plus tips and equipment recommendations to help keep you independent, and safe at home! Presented by 4CATS (Four Villages & Committed Action Team for Seniors). For more information, contact Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453 .
Sat., Mar. 29 — JRA Function in the Junction, see announcement at the top of this newsletter, and/or poster online.
Sat., Mar. 29 — Green 13′s 6th Annual Earth Hour Candlelight Walk, 7:45 pm starting at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Walk by the Humber, Reconnecting With Our Natural Heritage
• Turn your power down at home
• To start the walk at 8 PM, join your neighbours at 7:45 PM at historic Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas Street. Note: Parking is limited. Bus #55 from Jane Station stops at the door. Bus #30 travels along Dundas St W.; exit at Howland Ave. and walk south 1 block
• Enjoy a guided candlelight walk along the historic Humber River with Madeleine McDowell, local historian. We will start and end at Lambton House. Please stay for refreshments following the walk.
• Remember to bring your own candle or lantern.
Sun., Mar. 30 – Inorganic Market and Annual Indoor Garage Sale, 10 am – 2 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave. An opportunity to drop off your electronic waste. You can rent a table to sell your treasures (see more), or just come and browse. Info on Inorganic Market: firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 572-2025
Tue., Apr. 1 – Green 13 Town Hall, 7 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave
Presentation by special guest speaker Mary Ambrose, communication specialist at Green Peace and trained on climate change by Al Gore. Listen to Mary’s podcasts for Greenpeace.
============ Events of local interest, but farther away ============
Wed., Mar. 5 – Talk on “Transit Matters: The history of the TTC and how to improve our transit system today,” at 1674 St. Clair Ave. W. (MP/MPP office, just west of Caledonia), 7 pm.
From Jonah Schein, MPP Davenport: “Join me and TTCriders on March 5th to learn about the history of our public transit system in Toronto. Dr. Tony Turrittin, a local historian, will speak about how the TTC was formed and how it became the system we know today, while TTCriders will speak about ways to improve out transit system today.”
Lambton House Heritage Talks, Thursdays, 6:30 pm
Thu., Mar. 13 – “Canada Packers & the Union Stockyards,” John Beram
Thu, Apr. 10 – “Dale Estates, Brampton,” Dale O’Hara
High Park Walks first and third Sunday of the month, including holidays, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in. For more info.
Sun., Mar. 16 – “Heroes and Villains of the Park,” Julia Bennett
Sun., Apr. 6 – “My Favourite Trails,” Sarah Doucette
Mon., Mar. 17 – Made-for-Toronto Local Appeal Body Public Consultation, Metro Hall (Rooms 308-309), 6:45 – 9 pm, with a staff presentation to commence at 7:00 pm.
The Province of Ontario granted the City of Toronto the power to establish a Local Appeal Body (LAB) to hear appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions (both minor variances and consents). This meeting is the last in a series that City Planning division is launching around the city with the express purpose of initiating and facilitating public dialogue around this matter.
==================== Ongoing activities =================
Junction Seniors — Tuesdays 10-11 am and Fridays 2-3 pm
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