Parenting and raising kids in our neighbourhood.

6th Annual Pumpkin Lighting in Carlton Park

From Shelly at Carlton Park, posted to the Carlton Park People's Auxiliary Facebook page:

PLEASE JOIN US for our annual Pumpkin Lighting in Carlton Park (on Edith Avenue) on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011, starting at 6:30 p.m.and continuing to midnight.

Bring your jack-o-lanterns (with a tealight inside), line them up around the splash pond, and light them in a dazzling display of Halloween creativity that will delight children and adults alike.

At midnight, the lights will be doused and the pumpkins left at the park for the City to pick up the next day for composting.

Children have a wonderful time dashing about and playing with each other in the twilight, while adults have a chance to visit and get to know their neighbours in this fun community-building event.

So invite your friends and neighbours, bring a thermos of hot cocoa or cider and your pumpkins, and come enjoy this creative community gathering before we all hibernate for the winter!

French Immersion at Perth Ave P.S.

Thank you for your interest in French Language Instruction at Perth Ave Public School.

If you are a parent of children in the Perth Avenue P.S. area, please complete the survey attached at the bottom of this page and return it to one of the locations listed below. For more information on this initiative, keep reading...

TIME: 6:30 PM

Perth Dupont Community Garden - Fall Harvest Potluck and BBQ

Susan Berman from the Perth Dupont Community Garden sends the following event info. Follow the links for further details:

Perth Dupont Community Garden - Fourth Annual Fall Gathering and Barbecue, along with the Dog Show and Training Workshop

Both events will be held in the Symington Avenue Playground Park, on Sunday Sept 25, starting at 4 pm.

Yard Art Show & Sale and Harvest Wine Tasting

Where: 254 Sterling Road, backyard
When: Saturday, September 17
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information call: Jack at 416-521-9268

Contents Sale for art lovers and collectors!

  • Over 50 framed pictures, prints, posters and collectibles
  • framed stained glass window, stamps, sports cards, CDs
  • hand crafted Greek vases, horse statues and sculptures
  • FREE CDs, stamps or sports with purchase of framed art

In Addition:

Junction Triangle Library Expansion Committee Meeting

Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 1 p.m.

Second Floor Meeting Room, Perth/Dupont Library at 1589 Dupont Street

Following the recent public meeting, the Junction Triangle Library Expansion Committee will form a working group to organize the community consultation process and fundraising initiative. The meeting is open to anyone who would like to work on the campaign. If you would like to join us, drop us a line at

Junction Triangle Library Services

The following notice comes from one of the meeting organizers:

The Perth/Dupont branch of the Toronto Public Library is popular spot in the Junction Triangle. Demand for its services has more than doubled since opening in 1977, and with the neighbourhood thriving, it will surely continue to grow. This bustling branch is one of the smallest in the Toronto Public Library system at 3600 square feet spread over three floors. With just a handful of reading spaces and computer workstations, the library struggles to accommodate groups in the tiny, second-floor meeting room. There is no elevator and washrooms are in the basement.

How can library services in the Junction Triangle be expanded in the current environment of fiscal restraint at City Hall? Is it possible to renovate or build a new library? Councillor Bailao supports the idea of matching contributions raised by the community with City money using Section 37 funds (i.e., fees paid by property developers for zoning allowances on building projects).

Our neighbourhood is undergoing a significant amount of development and the opportunity to obtain Section 37 funds for public projects like libraries now exists in the Junction Triangle. With the active support of the Councillor, a group of local residents is forming a committee to expand library services at the Perth/Dupont branch.

If you are interested in helping a great library grow, you are invited to the first meeting of the Junction Triangle Library Expansion Committee on Tuesday, August 16 at 7 p.m. in the Perth/Dupont Library (second floor meeting room) at 1589 Dupont Street.

Boys & Girls Club - New Bloor St. Location

The Villager / Inside Toronto has an article about the new location for the Junction Triangle Boys & Girls Club, on Bloor St. between Symington and Lansdowne.

A few quotes from the article:

Junction Triangle members of the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club are just months away from moving into a new home base.

Operations Manager Justin Hanna confirmed the club is about to sign a lease for a new space on Bloor Street West between Dundas Street West and Lansdowne Avenue.

Plans to move into a new renovated warehouse space on Ernest Avenue were derailed last year, much to the dismay of area residents. Community activist and former Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club board member Kevin Putnam said he is frustrated by the club's lack of communication with the neighbourhood and its lack of accountability. The Bloor Street West location, at 2,600 sq. ft., is a far cry from the 7,000 sq. ft. 45 Ernest Ave. warehouse, said Putnam.

"It's no replacement for the club house they promised us," said Putnam.

Hanna explained that the 7,000-sq.-ft. warehouse with 18 foot ceilings would have cost the organization $100,000 in operating costs after taking care of rent, utilities and maintenance. However, Putnam said the club had to pay $90,000 to settle with the landlord of 45 Ernest Ave., who was going to rent his space to the club at cost.

The new Junction Triangle club house will be located within a condominium complex and features a kitchen, various rooms and an elevator. The condo's developer was required to provide community space within the complex and has thereby leased it to the city for 99 years, said Hanna. The Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club will lease the space from the city for three years.

This new home will allow the club to continue and grow its homework club, its nutritional cooking class and provide a technology room and an arts and culture program.

"We'll be starting a teen program in a teen lounge that will concentrate on leadership, social responsibility and volunteerism," said Hanna.

Perth Dupont Community Garden - Potluck and Music

The following announcement comes from the Perth Dupont Community Garden, regarding their event on Friday July 15th:



Date - Friday July 15th from 6:00 pm ‘til dark

The Perth Dupont Community Garden is located just outside the downtown core of Toronto, in the west end. We are one block west of Symington Ave, just north of Dupont St. The only entrance to the garden is on Perth Ave.

Come join the Perth Dupont Community Garden as we enjoy our fresh veggies and music.

Please feel free to bring your MUSICAL talents. There will also be a few guitars on hand if you are interested in participating, but do not have access to equipment.

Public Meeting: the Future of Dufferin Grove Park

From Michael Monastyrsky. Please note that this affects services and events at Campbell and other parks too.

Tuesday June 21, 7 to 9 pm, with Councillor Ana Bailao. At the park clubhouse. Bake-oven supper available from 6 p.m. Everyone welcome!

On Tuesday June 14, more than 100 people came to Campbell Park for a community dinner and campfire. During the evening, many people asked park staff if dinners like this could become a regular event. Campbell staff would like to see that happen, but a lot will depend on decisions made at City Hall.

"Organic Learning" Info Session at Perth-Dupont Library

A flyer passed on to us from Carmen at the Perth-Dupont Library. Click the flyer to download the original PDF version.

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