Parenting and raising kids in our neighbourhood.

Community Festival at Perth Public School

In conjunction with the Perth Public School staff and parent council, the Perth Park Festival Committee, is hosting a COMMUNITY FESTIVAL.

This fun day will consist of food, games and a bouncy castle! Join in on the fun at the Perth school yard at 3:30 p.m.

Adult Volunteers are needed to assist with this event. Please contact Carla at

Public Meeting Re: Grades 7/8 and French Immersion at Perth PS

There will be a public meeting with school board trustee Maria Rodrigues regarding the addition of grades 7/8 and a French Immersion program at Perth Ave. Public School.

DATE: Monday, 5 July
TIME: 6:30 p.m.

For more information about this, please see the Pump Up Perth campaign website.

Gap Lends Helping Hand at Junction Triangle Boys and Girls Club

The following announcement comes from the Junction Triangle Boys and Girls Club. You can download a PDF version of the announcement here.


GAP Inc Joins the Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club in Renovating our new site for the Junction Triangle Boys & Girls Club

Junction Triangle Boys & Girls Club Renovations at 45 Ernest Ave

Toronto- June 3rd 2010: The Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club is proud to announce that Gap Inc will be joining the Club in renovating our new Junction Triangle Boys & Girls Club on June 3rd, 2010 from 9am-4pm.

Over 40 employees from Gap Inc will be coming to the new Club at 45 Ernest and assisting us in renovating the new space that will be the new permanent home for the Junction Triangle Boys & Girls Club at 45 Ernest Ave, Toronto, ON. Gap is one of the Club’s biggest supporters and we are extremely proud that they have come on-board as a partner in completing this project.

The new location at 45 Ernest Avenue is a 7,000 sq foot building, which is currently being renovated. The new location will open up an additional 120 spaces for community youth to attend a safe and positive after school and day camp program. The Club has been appealing to corporations and individuals to donate building materials and labour to complete the renovations as a community “Barn Raiser” and is proud to announce Gap as a new partner.

We invite the media to join us on June 3rd between 9am-4pm to see the Gap team in action as they spend all day working tirelessly in making the Junction community a better place to live.

Pauline Public School: Fundraiser

I just wanted to inform the community about Pauline Public School's upcoming Fundraiser this Saturday from 9-2 in the gym. Pauline is in the Dufferin and Wallace area and is having a Garage Sale to Raise Funds for the school. Everyone is welcome to come out and shop at this event. Money raised will go to the school for field trips, sports equipment, etc.


Pauline Public School
100 Pauline Avenue

Campbell Park skating: Final weekend!

It's hard to believe, but skating season is almost over at our local rink at Campbell Park. The rink closes after Sunday February 28th, and the final pleasure skating session is on Saturday February 27th from 4:00-6:00pm.

The Saturday afternoon pleasure skate has been a huge success this year. Many people from all over the neighbourhood are coming, not just for the skating but to hang out in the friendly outdoor atmosphere with other neighbours. Lots of kids, and people just learning how to skate too. Even if you don't really like skating, it's fun to just hang out at the park and chat with people, or warm up by the campfire with some freshly-made donuts and hot chocolate.

For pleasure skating and shinny schedules, please check the City Rinks website.

Hope to see you all there.

Summer Memories: Perth Park Festival 2009

Today, December 21st, marks the official start of the Winter season. The temperature is below zero, the days are very short, and there's a surprisingly small amount of snow on the ground. Christmas lights decorate the neighbourhood to liven things up a bit while many families make last-minute holiday preparations.

I enjoy all seasons, each with their ups and downs. But at this time of year it's always fun to think back half a year ago when the days were long, the weather was warm, and everyone was outside enjoying it all. So on that note, I want to share with you some photos from this year's Perth Park Festival, which took place on June 13 2009. This was a fantastic event put together by a team of local volunteers, and attended by people of all ages from around the neighbourhood.

Definitely a fun and relaxing event, enjoyed by all, especially the kids! Many people are looking forward to next year already. Here are the photos, and memories of warmer days.

Photos: Carlton Park Pumpkin Lighting

On the evening of November 1st, the day after Halloween, was the fourth annual Carlton Park Pumpkin Lighting.

This was the first time I heard about this event, and consequently the first time I went, even though I've known about similar events at other parks. I was excited to learn that someone had organized this for our own neighbourhood!

My wife Jennifer and I gathered up some friends from around the neighbourhood and beyond (Australia!) and met up at the park. There were already many pumpkins blazing when we arrived, and we added ours to the lineup. We bumped into other neighbours and friends, enjoyed the snacks and drinks that people brought to share, watched the kids run around through the leaves while wearing their Halloween costumes "just one more time". And of course, had a great time checking out everyone else's pumpkin creations.

Apparently, this was the biggest ever Pumpkin Lighting event at Carlton Park, with probably around 60 pumpkins. It's great to hear that with some persistence, this neighbourhood event has continued to happen and grow over the years. Already looking forward to next year!

Michael Monastyrskyj also has a writeup of this event over on his Bloor-Lansdowne Blog.

Here are some more photos from the Pumpkin Lighting. Click to see larger versions:

Help the Boys & Girls Club and Art Starts

Two worthwhile local organizations are looking for funding from the Aviva Community Fund. The Art Starts bike rack project was recently mentioned on this site, but the Boys and Girls Club is also on the list. Here are the details provided by Kevin Putnam:

Yasi's Place: Kid-Friendly Restaurant

On Friday, the Globe and Mail posted an article about Kid-friendly restaurants in Toronto. One of our local favourites, Yasi's Place at Wallace and Campbell, received the top honour complete with a Five Happy Face rating. The full article is online (though with an annoying page viewer), and here's the text for the specific Yasi's Place review:

(299 Wallace Ave.)

Tucked away on a residential street in the up-and-coming Bloor and Lansdowne area, Yasi’s has become a favourite for neighbourhood parents and kids thanks to the quality menu, smoothies and patience of staff. It’s a go-to spot for anyone who wants a great lunch or brunch withor without kids in tow.

Kicking and screaming:
Owner Yasemin Zorlutuna takes everything in stride, including kids crawling around on the floor and banquettes. Note: Ms. Zorlutuna insists there is rarely such a thing as a misbehaved child, only misbehaved parents.

Kiddy classics:
Crowd-pleasers include grilled-cheese sandwiches, “silly sticks” (French toast), and something called a “hungry monkey.” All meat comes from Vince Gasparro’s Quality Meats and other ingredients are local and organic when possible, while bread is from Ace Bakery.

Most notable adult item:
The burger, made from scratch with organic beef, is considered one of the best in the city. They also serve a two-person Turkish brunch Saturday through Monday, along with standard brunch offerings.

Pumpkin Lighting in Carlton Park

This event poster was recently sent in by a blog reader. What a great idea for an event, and a wonderful way to get rid of our post-Halloween pumpkins. You can download a PDF copy of the poster to send to friends too.

4th Annual Pumpkin Lighting in Carlton Park

PLEASE JOIN US for our annual Pumpkin Lighting in Carlton Park (on Edith Avenue) on Sunday, November 1st, 2009, starting at 6:30 p.m. and continuing to midnight.

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