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The deconstructed freight car currently sat in the Andrew A. Merrilees yard on old Weston Rd.

Junctioneer - August 8, 2016 - 2:44am
Andrew A. Merrilees was a industrialist railroad entrepreneur, whose business at Old Weston was supplying railroad supplies, such as rails and locomotives to corporate customers with their own sidings. He […]

Massive work on the Symes Rd destructor as it converts into the Junction Brewery site.

Junctioneer - August 7, 2016 - 11:50pm
Click here to read a great article on the site at the West Toronto Blog from 2011 

A post for Junction makers, U.K. Gives copyright protection to furniture designers/makers

Junctioneer - August 7, 2016 - 2:43pm
While new tech  makers are may not be happy about this, persons trained and educated in the crafts and art of object design in the tradition manner will be happy. […]

Retail stores in and out in The Junction.

Junctioneer - August 5, 2016 - 12:50pm
Two more retail buildings with relatively short business stays. In the past five years many buildings have been hosts to businesses which stay in the Junction for what appears to […]

JRA e-newsletter – August 2016

The Junction Residents Association - August 5, 2016 - 9:46am

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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.

From Green 13:  Extreme Heat Alert – Water your trees, and water our street and park trees!  This summer is extr-r-r-r-emely hot, hard on humans and hard on trees. Our trees are very stressed, both in public and private locations.  Urban trees already have serious challenges—pollution, pests, soil compaction, wanton damage to their roots…  What we can do is water them.  An excellent source of information to guide your watering and caring for our trees is here.

Water your own trees, and water stressed boulevard trees. Ask members of your local BIA, faith groups, RAs, and other community groups/organizations to water the trees in their respective areas. Open your eyes to the state of trees on your local playground, park, and get out your watering can!  Green 13 will be posting opportunities to help water in our ward, please check our web pages for further details:  Facebook and www.green13toronto.org/

From Councillor Doucette:

Welcoming refugees in Ward 13Support the community initiative Swansea Welcomes Refugees, led by Swansea parent and friends. Help us raise funds (about $30,000) to sponsor a Syrian refugee family with elementary school-aged children. And join us in building knowledge about refugees and humanitarianism. You can help by donating to the fund and/or helping to organize fundraising and educational activities.

Sunnyside Bike Park Seeks Volunteers Join the volunteer stewardship team Tuesday and Friday evenings from 5-8 p.m., every fourth Saturday of the month (Aug. 27) from 1 pm-5 pm. Meet at the shipping container on the east side of the park. No experience is necessary. For more information and to register, please email trails@toronto.ca.  The Sunnyside Bike Park runs parallel to the north side of Lake Shore Blvd. between Colborne Lodge Rd. and Ellis Ave.

731 Runnymede Road Shelter CLC:  The City of Toronto is establishing a Community Liaison Committee (CLC) to advise on the development of the shelter at 731 Runnymede Rd., address community concerns and support the shelter’s integration into the community. The CLC will be made up of residents, businesses, shelter clients, social service agencies, Ward Councillors and City staff.  If you are interested in participating on the CLC, please fill out the Expression of Interest form available at the link above.

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Wanted: E-newsletter editor.  The JRA is looking for a volunteer editor to help us put together and send out the JRA e-newsletter that’s emailed once a month to our subscribers.  It’s a great opportunity for someone who likes to stay up-to-date on everything that goes on in the Junction.  The e-newsletter tells folks what events are coming up and what’s happening in the community.  If this task sounds up your alley and you want to join a fun group of people who all love their neighbourhood, please contact the JRA at info@junctionra.ca today!

“Discover Canada” Citizenship Education Mentoring Circle, Jane/Dundas Library, Mondays (Aug. 15, 22, 29), 10 am-12:30 pm.  Enjoy learning about Canada’s history and practice for the Canadian Citizenship Test, while enhancing your English reading skills!  Attend one or all 8 sessions (continuing into Sep. and Oct.).  Free, for landed immigrants and convention refugees, 19 years and older with LINC Level 4 and higher.  Small group settings with experienced and trained mentors. To register, call or email Lily Krowiak 416-588-6288 x213 or lkrowiak@culturelink.ca.  In partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, CultureLink and Toronto Public Library.

    ====    New ongoing events (see older ones at end of newsletter)  ====

My Peace: Paintings by Nadia Gurkova, exhibit at Runnymede Library during August.

Living and Learning with Baby, Jane/Dundas Library, Fridays in August (Aug. 5, 12, 19), 11 am-12 pm.  This is a FREE parenting program provided by Toronto Public Health for parents with infants aged 6 weeks to 6 months. Topics covered during the program are: adjusting to parenthood, infant nutrition, growth and development, caring for a sick child, keeping your child safe & community resources. Register in person or by calling 416-338-6264.

Baby Sleep Seminar, offered twice at neighbourhood libraries (see list below).  Join Triona Coakelin, Certified WeeSleep Consultant, at this one-hour free seminar to learn about baby and toddler sleep—the importance of sleep, the most common issues affecting sleep, and the top sleep strategies to help you and your family start getting the sleep you need and deserve!
Fri., Aug. 12, Annette St. Library, 11 am-12 pm
Thu., Aug. 18, Jane/Dundas Library, 10:30-11:30 am; call 416-394-1014 for more information.

  =======    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.

Tue., Aug. 2 –  Smythe Park: Nature and Heritage. Leader: Madeleine McDowell.  Meet at 10:30 am on the west side of Jane St. and Alliance Ave. (#35 Jane bus) at the entrance to Smythe Park.  A 2-hour+ circular walk on mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces with some gentle and steep slopes. There is a parking lot entered from Scarlett Rd. but located by the swimming pool near Jane St, a short walk from the starting point.  Washrooms at beginning of walk. See what has become of a former sand and gravel pit, the site where John Graves Simcoe had lunch in September 1793, the route of the Toronto Carrying Place, a swimming pool inspired by the Queen Elizabeth Bldg. at the CNE, a view of a golf course built by the only Golf Olympic Gold Medalist, and maybe a mockingbird, a great blue heron or a large turtle.  Bring snack, binoculars, camera.  A Toronto Field Naturalists walk.

Tue., Aug. 2 –  Free film showing: “A People Uncounted: The Untold Story of the Roma,” The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave., 6:00-8:30 pm.  Presented by the Toronto Roma Community Centre as a Holocaust Remembrance event.  Q&A with director Aaron Yeger.  Live performance of The Gypsy Rebels with Michael T. Butch and his band.  Wine and cheese for sale.

Sat., Aug. 6 – High Park Poetry Walk, High Park Nature Centre at Forest School, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr., 1-3 pm.  Join poets Maureen Scott Harris, Maureen Hynes, Dilys Leman and Nicholas Power for a poetry walk along with Jon Hayes of the High Park Nature Centre, Helen Mills of Lost Rivers and John Wilson of Bring Back the Don. Hear poems inspired by the Park’s black oak savannahs, the serpentine wanderings of buried creeks and the dramatic 2003 discovery of the aquifer whose source was buried 10,000 years ago, as well as the plants, birds, snakes and insects that make their home in the Park.  Moderate difficulty; some slopes and mud paths; please wear appropriate footwear. Washroom access in High Park.  A Toronto Field Naturalists walk.

Tue., Aug. 9 – Film “Pipelines, Power and Democracy” screening and discussion, Annette St. Library, 6:15 pm.  This National Film Board documentary by Olivier D. Asselin (2015, in French with English subtitles, 88 mins.) documents the growth of an anti-pipeline movement over the course of two years, a movement that rekindled a sense of collective purpose and solidarity.  Read more and watch the trailer at the link above.  Presented by Green 13.

Sat., Aug. 13 – Plaques unveiling, Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion, 2019 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 1:30-2 pm.   Heritage Toronto and Parks, Forestry & Recreation invite you to the presentation of two plaques commemorating the history of the Sunnyside Amusement Area and Bathing Pavilion.  The plaque unveiling will be followed by a PWYC tour (see next item).  Register for the unveiling at the website above.

Sat., Aug. 13 – “Sports and Recreation Along Humber Bay” Walking Tour and Plaque Unveiling, 2-3:30 pm, starting at the Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion, 2019 Lake Shore Blvd. W. This Heritage Toronto tour will be led by members of the Swansea Historical Society. The eastern shore of Humber Bay has come a long way from landfill operations in the early 1900s to today’s string of sports and recreation facilities and parks. Hear about past (and present) elements, including an amusement park and Easter parades, on this historical stroll along the Lake Ontario shoreline. Heritage Come for the plaque unveiling at 1:30 (see item above) and stay for the tour!  The tour will finish at the Argonaut Rowing Club, 1225 Lake Shore Blvd. W.  Heritage Toronto tours such as this one are offered on a Pay What You Can basis; a voluntary donation of $5 to $10 per person is suggested.  Register for the tour at the link above.

Tue., Aug. 16 – James Gardens and Lambton Woods: Birds and Butterflies.  Leader: Carol Sellers.  Meet at 10 am in the first parking lot in James Gardens on Edenbridge Dr. east of Royal York Rd. for a circular 3-hr walk on mostly paved surfaces, mainly flat. Bring lunch and binoculars. Washrooms at start of walk.  A Toronto Field Naturalists walk.

Thu., Aug. 18 – High Park: Evening Ramble.  Leader: Wendy Rothwell.  Meet at 6:30 pm at the park entrance at Bloor St. W. and High Park Ave. for a circular walk to look at wildflowers.  Some unpaved trails and slopes.  A Toronto Field Naturalists walk.

Thu., Aug. 18 – Walk by the Light of the Moon, meet at Lambton House at 8 pm (sunset is 8:16).  Take a walk along the Humber in the full moon’s light, with Madeleine McDowell.  See the shadows it casts and the magic it weaves.  Maybe learn a little about the river, look for owls and bats (probably not see any, but we might be lucky).  Return to the Lambton House for lemonade.  Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.; the #55 bus from Jane station stops at the door.

Tue., Aug. 23 – Tuesday Film Night, Runnymede Library, 6 pm.  Spotlight (2015, 129 min.).  Directed by Thomas McCarthy, with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber.  Riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation of allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church.

Wed., Aug 24 – Vegetarians of High Park dinner, Grasshopper Restaurant, 3080 Dundas St. W.,  6:30-8:30 pm.  Join us for dinner again at Grasshopper in the Junction, just west of Quebec Ave.  Grasshopper is an all-vegetarian restaurant, and they give Toronto Vegetarian Association members 5% off.  Because of everyone’s enthusiasm and interest in recipe sharing and meal ideas, we’re going to be recipe swapping at this event! If you can, please bring 15 printouts/copies of your favourite recipe or meal idea. RSVP required by Aug. 18.

Wed., Aug. 31 – Swansea and High Park: Nature and Heritage.  Leader: Ed Freeman.  Meet at 1:30 pm at the northwest corner of Windermere Ave. and the Queensway for a 2-hr linear walk on mostly paved surfaces, flat with some steep slopes and stairs. We will walk past old ponds and observe the problems they present and the transformation from an industrial centre to residential housing, and enjoy nature within High Park. End at Grenadier Restaurant and return home from High Park subway station. Bring curiosity.  A Toronto Field Naturalists walk.

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Sat., Aug. 6 – Youth Comic Illustration Workshop, Runnymede Library, 2-4 pm.  An introduction to illustrating comics! Fun tips and tricks of the pros abound in this course! Illustrator and comic artist Ben Shannon gives a crash, bam, pow course in how you can make your very own comic books at home! Inking, drawing and basic storytelling will all be demoed and then tried by YOU! Who knows, with the skills you learn in this class YOUR comics could one day be on the shelves of the Toronto Public Library! What are you waiting for?! Sign up today!  For youth ages 12-19. To register, call 416-393-7697 or email runnymedeteens@torontopubliclibrary.ca. Supplies provided.

Register Now to Volunteer for Cyber Seniors in October:  Are you 13-19 years old? Are you good with computers?  Volunteer for the Runnymede Library’s Cyber Seniors (55+) program!  Cyber Seniors pairs youth volunteers with older adults for one-on-one computer help and support. The goal is “to engage youth mentors in bridging the technology gap by empowering older adults to use technology to expand their social and physical worlds.” We are looking for youth volunteers who enjoy teaching, meeting new people and who are tech-savvy. Training and orientation will be provided.  Commitment requirement is three times a week for two non-consecutive weeks: Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 18-20, 4-5:30pm.  Applications are available at the Runnymede Library. For more information, ask in person, email runnymedeteens@torontopubliclibrary.ca or call 416-393-7697.

Consider also these may-be-good-for-teens events listed in the adult or children’s calendars:
▪ Sundays 10-11 am, Flow-active’s Free Yoga in High Park is back!   (see adults recurring)
▪ Fridays in August – Anime Screening, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm (see children
▪ Tue., Aug. 23 – Tuesday Film Night, Runnymede Library, 6 pm.  Spotlight (2015, 129 min.).
▪ Tue., Aug. 30 – The StreetKnit Project, 6:30-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library (see adults recurring)

=====    Events for children and families (in chronological order)  ===== 

Mondays/Tuesday in August – Afternoon at the Movies, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4 pm.  Go wild this summer and enjoy a selection of feature films on Monday afternoons.  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for pre-school and school-age children.
• Mon., Aug. 2 (libraries closed Aug. 1):  A Bug’s Life
• Tue., Aug 8:  Nut Job
• Tue., Aug. 15: Jungle Book (1967 animated film, not recent remake)

Tuesdays in August (Aug. 2 & 9), Storytime in the Park, Runnymede Library, 10-10:30 am.  Join us for summer stories, songs and rhymes in the park behind the Runnymede Library. This is a “bring your own blanket” event.  Drop-in program.  Series: Ready for Reading Storytimes; for pre-school children.

Tuesdays in August (Aug. 9 & 16) – Preschool Time: Wild, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-2:45 pm.  “Wild” stories, songs, rhymes and crafts for children age 3 – 5 years with their parents or caregivers.

Wednesdays in August (Aug. 3, 10, 17) – A Gathering of Wildlings, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Bring your wild side to the library every week, and participate in fun games, crafts, and activities!  No registration is required. Please call 416-394-1014 for more information.  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for pre-school and school-age children.

Fridays in August – Anime Screening, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Bring your friends and enjoy a selection of anime straight from Japan.  Please note: Anime will be subtitled in English but spoken in Japanese. Anime shown will be for ages 12 and up.
• Aug. 5 – Kiznaiver
• Aug. 12 – Twin Star Exorcists (Sousei no Onmyouji)
• Aug. 19 – Sailor Moon Crystal

Wed., Aug. 3 – Wild Instrument Craft, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Join us Wednesday afternoon for wacky and wild games, challenges and crafts.  Make your very own maraca and alligator castanets. Olé!  Drop-in program, ages 5 & up.   Groups please contact the branch in advance, 416-393-7697.  Series:  TD Summer Reading Club; for school-age children.

Wed., Aug. 3 – The Bubbleology Show, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  Bubbleologists wield a huge range of exciting bubble tools and perform tricks to wow, surprise and enchant audiences of all ages and of any size… from the teeniest bubbles, humungous bubbles the size of a mammoth, square bubbles, bubble caterpillars, flaming bubbles, glow in the dark bubbles, bubbles filled with smoke, whatever can be done with bubbles to break the barriers of science we do.  For school-age children.

Thu., Aug. 4 – Kids’ Magic Show with Magician Scott Dietrich, Swansea Town Hall, 10-11:15 am.  Prepare to be amazed by magician Scott Dietrich and his helper Sir Walken the magic bunny! Lots of audience participation. Drop-in program, suitable for ages 4-8.

Thu., Aug. 4 – La danse du jongleur / The Dancing Juggler, Jane/Dundas Library, 10:30-11:30 am.  La danse du jongleur est un mélange parfait de musique, comédie et jonglerie! Ce spectacle interactif est parfait pour faire connaitre aux tout-petits le monde merveilleux des arts de performance.  The Dancing Juggler is a perfect blend of comedy, music and juggling. This interactive show is the ideal introduction for young children to the world of live performance.  For school-age children, no registration required.

Wed., Aug. 10 – Applefun Puppetry: Jungle Trek, Runnymede Library, 2-2:45 pm.  Boldly go where few puppets have gone before! The jungle is a peaceful place . . . until some nutty space explorers arrive. Join Applefun Puppetry for interactive fun. Afterwards, everyone will learn how to make a paper puppet to take home.  Suitable for ages 3-9.  Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the start of the show.

Wed., Aug. 10 – Go Wild with LEGO, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  Have fun building with Lego – let your imagination run wild!   Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for school-age children.

Thu., Aug. 11 – Wild Bingo, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Bring your friends and come play a wild game of bingo for a chance to win prizes!  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for pre-school and school-age children.

Sat., Aug. 13 – Build a Skateboard Pencil Box, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W., 10 am-12 noon. Kids will learn how to build a Skateboard Pencil Box (See illustration at website) with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions.  A free hands-on workshop designed for children ages 5-12.

Wed., Aug. 17 – The Twisted Balloon Show, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  Imagine a group of children learning the art of balloon twisting through a colourful step by step process. Imagine excited screams and laughter as a whole crowd of children wave their balloons in the air. It’s not a quiet experience, but it’s a great one. Children learn a new art form with tons of enthusiasm and fun!Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for school-age children.

Thu., Aug. 18 – A Celebration of Wild Summer Reading, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  Join us for a wild celebration of summer reading by the amazing Jane/Dundas Wildlings. There will be games, prizes and fun for all!  Please call 416-394-1014 for more information.  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for pre-school and school-age children.

Wed., Aug. 24 – Cartoon Coach, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  Learn drawing techniques for cartoons and animation. Limited to 20 participants, ages 7 and older.  Please register in the library or by phone 416-393-7692.  For more information visit cartooncoach.ca    Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for school-age children.

Wed., Aug. 31 – Summer Reading Club Wrap up and Button Making, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  Help us celebrate another fun summer reading club and make a special button.  Series: TD Summer Reading Club; for school-age children.

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)  ====

Flow-active’s Free Yoga in High Park, Sundays 10-11 am.  Meet in High Park, west of the entrance at Bloor St. & High Park Ave. (please arrive by 9:45 am).  We have an amazing line-up of local yoga studios and gyms (see website) coming together to work out and zen out in High Park.  Whether you are an experienced yogi or just starting your practice, all levels are welcome.  Spirit of karma: This year, we will be collecting donations for StepStones for Youth; suggested donation $5. What to bring: Sunscreen, a mat or towel, water, an open mind, and friends!

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, highparkwalkingtours@yahoo.ca
•   Aug. 7:   Caterpillars, Moths, and Butterflies, Science teacher and writer Don Scallen shares knowledge of these beautiful creatures. Very interactive and a favourite with children.
•  Aug. 21:  Native Wildflowers, High Park Nature leader Karen Yukich tours natural restoration sites, explaining the work done to return the park’s plant life to its original beauty.

High Park Stewards, fall/summer work sessions on Sundays, meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant, 10:30 am -12:30 pm.  Aug. 14 and 28: Weeding and Watering in the Tablelands.  These sessions meet rain or shine, but are subject to change based on weather and need; check beforehand by going to www.highparknature.org.

Lambton House Open House, Sundays in August, 12:30-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Guided tours; refreshments available; a goodwill offering is appreciated.  Come by and check out the last remaining historically designated building on the Humber River from the Lambton Mills period.  Originally built in 1847, the Lambton House operated for 140 consecutive years until it was closed in 1988 for local development.  Through the actions of local residents and Heritage York, the building was rescued from demolition and restored as an integral part of the local community.  “Please call about noon (416-767-5472) to confirm that we are open on a given Sunday, as sometimes the facility is rented.”  Exhibit “The Monarchy from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth,” royal memorabilia from the collection of Howard G. Ashbourne, will be on view through the summer.

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (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.

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Aug. 30), 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 streetknit@gmail.com

West End Walking Group, Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Get out for some exercise and meet some great neighbourhood parents and kids. Walk (kids on stroller or bike) along the Humber River. Meet at Etienne Brulé Park parking lot. Free; contact info@fifty-seven.ca or 416-972-9367.

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday (but no meetings June-Aug.), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Crescent P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cres.   

Swansea Horticultural Society Meeting, fourth Wednesday (but not July or Aug.), Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm.  For more information, call call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852.

Bats, Birds, and Bees: walks and talks in High Park, Wednesday evenings, High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr.  Recommended donation of $2-$5; for adults and youth ages 8+.
•   Aug. 3Avian Urbanites: Chimney Swifts in Toronto, 7:30-9:15 with Dan Riley.  Often referred to as “cigars with wings,” Chimney Swifts can be seen wheeling around the sky high above the city during the summer months.
•   Aug. 17:  Bat Research at the ROM: From Toronto to the Tropics, 7-9 pm. Join Dr. Burton Lin of the Royal Ontario Museum to learn about the Ontario Bioblitz, bat fieldwork in tropical countries, and research on the evolution and biodiversity of bats throughout the world.
•   Aug. 31: Nighthawk Count with Emily Rondel, 7 pm. One of the more easily recognized birds of our city, Common Nighthawks are still mysterious and poorly understood.  They are almost impossible to find during certain parts of their life cycle, and little is known about their habits here.

Thursday evenings at the Lodge, through September, 4:30-7:30 pm.  From Colborne Lodge:  “In the Park on a Thursday evening? Why not drop in and join us at the Lodge? Discover how the Howards fulfilled their ideal of a romantic villa in 1837– building their country retreat from city life. Step through the French doors and enjoy the view as the Howards did. Their lifelong love of the park ensured its preservation as a retreat for us all. Pay what you can.”

Family Nature Walks.  Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm (unless otherwise stated).  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.  Supported by Toronto Field Naturalists.
•   Aug. 11Sensing the Savannah.  Did you know that High Park is home to the fourth largest remnant of Black Oak Savannah left in Ontario? Explore the savannah & learn about the flora and fauna that reside here.
•   Aug. 18Nature Journaling.  Make a simple nature journal and discover some ways to use it. We will be hiking to several areas of the park to try some journal activities. What a great summer project for the whole family!
•   Aug. 25Fairies and Gnomes of High Park.  Enter the magical woodlands where fairies and gnomes roam. We will follow their trails of wisdom and offer them help.

The Junction Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm, through Nov. 5 at the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas St. W.).

Saturday Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays in August, 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.

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.

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.).

Note:  Local library book clubs are all in hiatus for the summer.

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.

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.

Scottish Country Dancing, Wednesday evenings 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.

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (except July and Aug.), 7-9:30 pm.  At Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  All folk instruments, levels and ages welcome.  Info: 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com.

Toronto Swing Dance Society, usually Fridays, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages.  No experience or partner needed.

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next JRA Community Meeting – Thu., Sep. 8, 2016, 7-9 pm

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Jaws lights up Sorauren big screen Aug. 13

Sorauren Park - August 1, 2016 - 2:39pm
CANCELLED BECAUSE OF RAIN! Join us for the next Outdoor Movie on Saturday, September 24th.   Perhaps the greatest thriller of all time, the 1975 classic Jaws will light up the big screen at the Saturday, Aug. 13 Sorauren Outdoor Movie event on the park’s Town Square. The evening’s festivities start at 8:30 p.m. (If […]
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