Parenting and raising kids in our neighbourhood.

Open Letter Re: Junction Triangle Boys and Girls Club

Dear Neighbour:

You are probably aware of the on-going problems at the Junction Triangle Boys and Girls Club which is managed as an outreach location of the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club located at 180 Westmoreland Avenue.

The Junction Triangle Boys and Girls Club has been operating in a temporary location and offering a limited after-school program for children since the lease expired at their Randolph location in March 2008. A new clubhouse location was found and the Club began leasing a facility in August 2009 at 45 Ernest Avenue. The new clubhouse would have provided additional space for 120 children and brought the services for young people back to pre-existing levels when the Club was located on Randolph.

After a year of renovations, the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club abandoned the Ernest Avenue location without notice or any neighbourhood consultations. The Club’s departure resulted in the loss of several hundred thousand dollars worth materials, rent and donated goods and labour. Because the Club had no legitimate reason to abandon the new facility they now face the additional expense of tens of thousands of dollars to settle a legal claim by the landlord for breaking the lease. With on-going legal negotiations with the landlord, the Club is refusing to hold a public meeting or consultations with Junction Triangle community.

Just Kid'n Around - Grand Opening Party
1615 Dupont St., between Edwin and Franklin (map)

Perth Public School looking for hockey helmets and digital cameras

Sharon, a parent at Perth Ave. Public School writes:

Perth Public School is looking for donations of hockey helmets for their winter skating program for grades 1-6. They are also looking for donations of old digital cameras to allow classrooms to experiment with photo and video. Cameras are also helpful when the teachers are on outings with their classes and for creating school and classroom newsletters. If you have these items kicking around, please drop them off at the school or let me know and I can make arrangements with you to pick up.

Campbell Park rink opens Saturday December 4

The 2010-2011 outdoor ice skating season at Campbell Park kicks off on Saturday December 4th. There is a scheduled mix of shinny, pleasure skating, and paid-use times.

With the growing success of the family-oriented pleasure skating sessions and feedback from the community, a new 2-hour pleasure skating time slot has been added to this year's schedule: Saturdays from 4-6PM, Sundays from 1-3PM, and Mondays after school 3:30-5:30PM.

Perth Ave. Public School needs reading volunteers

From the Parents Committee at Perth Ave. Public School:

Perth Avenue P.S. is looking for READING volunteers for a few minutes a day in the morning to sit with the children.
If interested, drop into the office and see Janice Robinson the principal.

5th Annual Pumpkin Lighting in Carlton Park

PLEASE JOIN US for our annual Pumpkin Lighting in Carlton Park (on Edith Avenue) on Monday, November 1st, 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!

You can download a copy of the event poster here.

Last year's event was a big success and very fun for everyone who attended! It seems to be growing every year, so make sure you check it out. Some photos and a writeup about the 2009 event are posted here.

Perth Avenue Junior Public School: Advisory Council Meeting

Perth Avenue Junior Public School invites you to attend a public meeting about adding grades 7/8 and French Immersion programming.

When: Monday, October 18, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Perth Avenue PS Library

Child care is available.

Love and Care Day @ Perth Adventist Church

The Perth Avenue Seventh Day Adventist Church, at the corner of Perth and Wallace, has distributed flyers to the community inviting everyone to their Love and Care day this weeked. Details from the flyer:

Perth Avenue Seventh Day Adventist Church invites the community to attend Love and Care Day on Sunday, October 3, 1-5 pm, 243 Perth Avenue.


Activities for the entire family:

  • Light refreshments
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Bicycle giveaway
  • Bouncing castle

The Stop's Good Food For All Festival

An excellent event hosted by The Stop Community Food Centre and the Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre, just north of the Junction Triangle:

The Stop Community Food Centre's Good Food for All Festival is back and bigger than ever! Join us on September 18 for a fun-filled—and entirely free!— day of entertainment, kids' activities, music and, of course, lots and lots of delicious food. Hosted by broadcaster and author Jane Farrow, the day features the Food Network's Food Jammers and their crazy culinary contraptions; music by Nine Mile and Samba Squad; a community cook-off (you be the judge); a farmers' market; samples from The Stop kitchen; a bike-repair clinic; a swap shop and much more. Kids will enjoy Whimz live animals, food-themed activities and crafts (cookie rewards for completing them all) and, of course, the ever-popular bouncy castle. Join us for what is always a wonderful day celebrating our neighbourhood and healthy and delicious food.

When: Saturday, Sept 18, noon til 3 pm

Where: 1884 Davenport (at Symington) - Behind the parking lot between Davenport Perth Neighborhood Centre and The Stop

How much: Free

There will also be a Free Bike Clinic hosted by the DPNC from noon to 2pm.

Junction Triangle Playdate

Info from this event's Facebook listing:

Time: Monday September 6, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Perth Square Park

A last chance for neighbourhood children and their parents to enjoy Perth Square Park before a new school year begins. This informal gathering is organized by the Junction Triangle Rail Committee. Come on out, chat with the neighbours and catch up on all the summer news while the kids enjoy the swings and splash pad.

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