April News & Events

IN SEVEN YEARS, YOUR JRA HAS DONATED $41,297.06 TO IMPORTANT LOCAL CHARITIES. 

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2017 Function in the Junction

News

The next Junction Residents Association community meeting is Wednesday, April. 12th, 7-9 pm, at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.

Registration for High Park Nature Summer Clubs begins Apr. 19 at 7:00 am. Click here for a list of different clubs and prices.

Runnymede Library remains closed for renovations for another 3 months.

Looking for information about new developments in the Junction? Check the JRA website.

Upcoming Events in the Junction Area

Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.

High Park Community Alliance Meeting
Mon, Apr. 3 | 50 Quebec Ave | 7:30 pm

A community meeting to discuss densification of Bloor Street and proposals to add 7 residential buildings with 1700 units to the area. For more information, contact highparkcommunityalliance@gmail.com.

The Battle of Ridgeway: The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle that Made Canada
Wed, Apr. 5 | Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave | 7:30 pm

The Swansea Historical Society presents speaker Peter Vronsky who will discuss the 22,000 Canadians who were mobilized in June 1866 to fight the Fenian invaders, and the resultant state of national emergency led to Canadian Confederation the following year.

The Beginnings of the Canadian Auto Industry
Thurs, Apr. 6 | Annette Street Library | Archives open 6:00 pm. Presentation at 8:00 pm.
Join the West Toronto Junction Historical Society and local history enthusiast and storyteller, John Beram, for a discuss of the early days of the auto industry in Canada. There will be special reference to the role of the Junction in the development of the industry. (Learn More)

Stress Management: Strategies for Reducing Stress
Fri, Apr. 7 | Annette Street Library | 9:30 – 10:30 am

Learn about the signs and symptoms of stress and the effects of stress on your health. Prevent stress with positive coping skills. (Learn More)

Constituency Hours with Councillor Doucette
Fri, Apr. 7 | Annette Library | 3:30 – 5:30 pm

(Learn More)

Junction Geo – Comfortable Homes, Locally Powered
Sat, Apr. 8 | Annette Street Library | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Green 13 and Public Good Initiative (PGI) for a presentation and discussion on the feasibility of building next generation district-based geoexchange heating and cooling systems in older urban neighbourhoods. (Learn More)

Greenhouse – Nursery Cleanup – High Park Stewards
Sun, Apr. 9 | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  

Nursery cleanup with the volunteer High Park Stewards.  Contact stewards@highparknature.org to be added to the email list. (Learn More)

High Park Easter Egg Hunt
Sun, Apr. 9 | Colborne Lodge | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

The annual Easter Egg Hunt in High Park – on the grounds of Colborne Lodge Museum.  Outdoor egg hunts for children are scheduled every 30 minutes starting at 11 am – the last hunt at 3:00 p.m.  Other activities include – egg dyeing, making bunny-themed crafts, face painting, explorations of Colborne Lodge and a visit from the our friend the Bunny. Small fees apply for some activities. (Learn More)

Public Health and Climate Change
Tues, Apr. 11 | Annette Street Library | 6:45 – 8:15 pm

Green 13 hosts Carol Mee, Manager, Healthy Public Policy, Toronto Public Health. Ms. Mee is the lead manager for the recent “Climate Change and Health Strategy 2016” for the City. She will speak about public health and climate change (e.g. heat waves; extreme cold; insect-borne disease such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease; asthma…), new Ward Health Profiles (Ward 13, Ward 14), and considerations around vulnerability (e.g. confidentiality). This presentation is part of a series of follow-up events emerging from the recent Ward 13/14 Roundtable on Community Preparedness for Extreme Weather Events. (Learn More)

Junction Residents Association Community Meeting
Wed, Apr. 12 | West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. | 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Please join the Junction Residents Association for its next community meeting. Learn more about JRA activities and news from the community. (Learn More)

Heritage Talk
Thurs, Apr. 13 | Lambton House | 7:00 pm

Phil Ralph, National Program Director, Wounded Warriors, gives a talk entitled “Birth of a Nation: Vimy at 100.” Although July 1, 1867 and April 9, 1917 are separated by 50 years in time, in many ways they are inextricably linked to Canada’s identity as a nation. Confederation declared political independence and Vimy declared Canada’s place in the world. (Learn More)

Blood Donor Clinic
Apr. 14 | Annette Community Recreation Centre

Register online.

Unearthing Stories of Lost Wendigo Creek
Sat, Apr. 22 | Meet at Malta Park, Dundas St. W. and St. John’s Road | 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Green 13  and Toronto Green Community celebrate Earth Day with a walk along the path of lost Wendigo Creek.  Along the way we will discover what happened to Wendigo Creek, where the water is now, and learn about the idea of a Blue Green City – how people are getting together to help re-make a more natural water cycle one garden and one park at a time. Walk Leaders: Gib Goodfellow, member of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society and lifetime resident; Helen Mills of Toronto Green Community’s RAINscapeTO and Lost Rivers. (Learn More)

Community Environment Day
Sat, Apr. 22 | Sir Casimir Gzowksi Park (parking lot at the foot of Ellis Ave) | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join Councillor Sarah Doucette at this annual event. Drop off your household goods and old VHS tapes for recycling or donation to area schools and families. Donate bicycles. Shred documents. Pick up a free “Slow Down” sign. Park cleanup runs from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. (Learn More)

Recurring events in the Junction Area

Community Yoga: Last Tuesday of the month at Annette Library, from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. One hour community yoga class with Caitlin on the last Tuesday evening of the month for free. This class is designed for all levels beginner and advanced practitioners alike. All you need is a mat, water bottle. Call 416-393-7692 for any questions.

Street Knit: Last Tuesday of the month at Annette Library, from 6:15 – 8:15 pm. Put your needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year. Patterns, wool and some needles are available, but all material contributions and donations are welcome. For more information, call the Annette Street Branch at 416-393-7692. Repeats on the last Tuesday of each month.

Market Days at Mongomery’s Inn: Every Wednesday at Montgomery’s Inn, from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. Get fresh-baked bread, cheese, meats, and produce at this weekly farmers market. Museum tours are free during market hours.

Cyber Seniors (55+): Every Wednesday at Annette Street Library at 4:00 and 5:00 pm. Cyber Seniors is an intergenerational program which pairs youth volunteers and older adults for basic one-on-one computer help and support. The program runs 3 weekly one-hour sessions; registrants are expected to commit to all sessions. Topics include: email, social media, downloading from TPL’s digital collection, internet safety, and Microsoft Word. Space is limited. Register in branch or call 416-393-7692.

Fret Not Ukulele Night: First Thursday of the month at Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W, from 6:00-9:00 pm. Come and sing, laugh and make music at this monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Beginners welcome! Bring your use or borrow one from the host. Fee may apply.

Thirsty Thursdays: Last Thursday of the month at Montgomery’s Inn, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Held on the last Thursday of every month, this event offers live traditional music, beverages and stew by firelight in the Inn’s restored 1847 barroom.

Community Pub Night at Lambton House: First Friday of every month at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas Street. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Music at 8:00 pm. March Pub Night features the Hawk’s Nest Trio.

High Park Walks: First and third Sunday from 10:30 am-12 noon. Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park. All ages welcome. Dogs on leash only, please.

  • Apr. 2: Lost Waterways – That gurgling sound beneath your feet? It’s a river! City Planner Leo deSorcy follows the flow.
  • Apr. 23: Spring Photo Buff Walk – Professional photographer David Allen helps you frame the best seasonal images. Bring your camera, iPad or other photo device.

Tea Time at the InnSundays at Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $7.00 plus HST. No reservation required.

Junction Reads & Writes: Last Sunday of the month at Famous Last Words, 392 Pacific Ave. at 5:00 pm. Special Young Adult night with Allan Stratton, KJ Rankin, Shalta Dicaire Fordin and Sarah Sahagian and Sarah Henstra.

Events for Teens

The Space – Youth Drop In
Every Monday | St. John’s Anglican Church, 288 Humberside Ave. | 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

Weekly drop-in program for area youth. Check website for more details. No drop-in on March 13 due to March Break. (Learn More)

Events for Children and Families

Bunny Hop
Sat, Apr. 15 | Annette Street Library | 10:30 – 11:30 am

Hop on over to the library and spring through our stations of challenges, crafts & games. This is a drop-in program for ages 5 & up. (Learn More)

Recurring events for children and families

Poetry Saved Our Lives: Mondays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Join award winning spoken word champion, Ian Keteku, as he leads a spoken word workshop this fall. The workshop will provide youth with mentorship and artistic development opportunities, while allowing them to showcase their artistic poetic talent and develop their leadership skills. Come out and work with some of the finest young poets the city has to offer, and showcase your talent. There will be no event on Monday, March 13 due to March Break.

Preschool Time: Tuesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 2:00 – 2:45 pm beginning March 28. Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts for children age 3 – 5 years with their parents or caregivers. No registration required.

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Annette Street Library, from 10:30 -11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required.

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required.

Family Nature Walks: First and third Saturdays, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm. All walks meet at the High Park Nature Centre at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive unless special instructions are given.

  • Sat, Apr. 8  – Burning the Black Oak Savannah: A History of the Spring Burn – Explore the endangered black oak savannah ecosystem in High Park. Learn the role of indigenous peoples in the creation and maintenance of the savannah and how the City of Toronto restores it through annual controlled burns.
  • Sat, Apr. 22 – Nifty Nests and Bouncing Babies – Springtime breathes new life into High Park as many of park residents are having babies! Explore who is being born at this time of year, search for nifty nests and have fun learning about some very quirky mating behaviours.

More programs for kids:  Annette St. Library | Jane/Dundas Library

Clubs and Groups in the Junction Area

Digital Camera Club: Bring your camera, pictures and videos (bring yours on a thumb drive). Questions and answers. Guest speakers. Tutorials: how to take photos and video. Camera settings explained. Outings: shooting in the field – like High Park. Questions: 416-604-3359.

High Park Natural Environment Committee: The NEC advises the City of Toronto on the protection and restoration of the natural features of High Park.

High Park Speakers (Toastmasters): Meets Thursdays from 6:15-8:00 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs.  Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation.

Junction Residents Association: Representing residents living between Keele, Humberside/ Quebec/ Annette, Runnymede, and south of the railroad tracks. Membership in the JRA is just $10.

Junction Seniors: Meets Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 am at Agora Cafe (3015 Dundas St. W.) and Fridays 2:00-3:00 pm at Pascal’s (2904 Dundas St. W.).

Parkdale- High Park Rotary Club: Meets Thurs. mornings, Grenadier Café in the heart of High Park, 7:30 am. The Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park is one of 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and regions, forming a network of community service around the world. We are a welcoming, friendly and fun-loving group of men and women from different backgrounds, age groups, cultures and occupations.  If you want to be part of a global network of community volunteers, then Rotary is for you. Breakfast is available for $3.99.

Scottish Country Dancing Group: Meets Wednesday evenings at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Road, 7:15-9:15 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early. 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, Roncesvalles United Church, 240 Roncesvalles Ave. 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.

Swansea Horticultural Society: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor). Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. For more information, call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852.

Toronto Debating SocietyAlternate Tuesdays, Swansea Town Hall, 7:30-9:30 pm.  A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking. This non-profit public community organization meets from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.

  • Apr. 4 – The Toronto Housing Market is a Good Investment
  • Apr. 18 – Bridges are Better Than Walls

Toronto Marine Historical Society: The Toronto Marine Historical Society was founded about 50 years ago and is still going strong. Its function is to research and record the history of commercial vessels that plied the Great Lakes and adjacent waters in years past and in the present. The focus is on cargo ships of all kinds, passenger vessels, tugboats, and indeed anything that could float and had a commercial purpose. The highlight of each meeting is an illustrated presentation that deals with an aspect of Great Lakes shipping. Meets the first Saturday of Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec at Swansea Town Hall, 2:30 – 4:30 pm.

Toronto Swing Dance Society: Meets monthly on Fridays at Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W from 7:30 pm to midnight. Monthly dances for all ages.  No experience or partner needed. $10 fee/ $5 for members.

West Toronto Junction Historical Society: A volunteer organization formed by a group of local residents to learn about and preserve the history of the Junction, and to get involved in local planning issues.

West Toronto Masonic Temple: The West Toronto Masonic Temple was built in 1908 by 3 local Masonic groups: Stanley Lodge, Victoria Lodge and Shekinah Chapter. Their members consisted of many of the Railway workers, local merchants and Government leaders of the community.  Notable members were the Heintzam brothers (of piano fame), James Ellis (prominent local architect) and GW Clendenan.  Prior to 1908, the members met at Kilburn Hall at Dundas and Heintzman.  Today there are 12 Masonic groups that hold their meeting at the building. The ground floor is a banquet faciility used by members and the community.  Masons are a fraternity with roots in England circa 1720.  To become a member, tour the building or use the banquet room contact John Breakey.

Your Next Read Book Club: Meets the first Wednesday of each month at Jane/ Dundas Library at 7:00 pm. Copies of the book are available to borrow starting one month prior to each club meeting.

Junction Area News & Events

January News

The Runnymede Library repairs will begin soon.  Click here for more information, when it becomes available.

There will be a 2017 Community Budget Meeting hosted by Councillors Sarah Doucette and Gord Perks. January 26 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School, 1515 Bloor St West in the 3rd Floor Staff Room. Join the councillors to learn more about the city’s 2017 budget process. (Click here for more information)

Toronto City Council is considering appointments for a large number of board, agency, and tribunal positions (e.g., Toronto Transit Commission, Heritage Toronto). For more information about available positions and application procedures, please click here.

 

Upcoming Events in the Junction Area

Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.

Blood Donor Clinic
Sat, Jan. 14 | Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue

Organized by Canadian Blood Services. Please pre-register online. (Learn More)

A Cool Walk Along the Humber
Wed, Jan. 4 | Meet at the southeast corner of Eglinton Ave W and Scarlett Rd | 1:30 pm  

A nature and history walk led by Ed Freeman. (Learn More)

An Evening with David Miller on Cities and Climate Change
Wed, Jan. 11 | Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue | 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Join Green 13 and guest speaker David Miller, President and CEO of WWF Canada, for a presentation and discussion on the lead role cities are playing. Just back from Mexico City, where he was Chair of the Jury selecting the winners of the C40 Cities Awards, David will share the latest news on the most innovative, creative and exciting projects tackling climate change in cities around the world. (Learn More)

Heritage Talk
Thurs, Jan. 12 | Lambton House | 6:30 pm

R. B. Fleming kicks off the 2017 Heritage Talk series. The topic is Sir W.P. Howland – An important voice in the making of Canada. Fleming discusses this American Father of Confederation and former owner of the Lambton House. (Learn More)

Certified E-Waste Collection Event
Sat, Jan. 21 | Annette Library | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Bring old computers, phones, and other broken or unused electronics for safe disposal. Co-sponsored by Green 13. (Learn More)

She Won’t Be Silenced with Author Lisa Freeman
Sat, Jan. 21 | Annette Library | 3:00 – 4:00 pm

For the past twenty-one years, Lisa has put the trauma of her father’s brutal murder behind her and has built a happy, stable life for herself. One day, she receives a letter from the Parole Board of Canada and learns that her father’s killer, despite a sentence of life imprisonment, has started the parole process well before he reached the twenty-five-year eligibility mark. Author Lisa Freeman will be talking about her book She Won’t Be Silenced, the trials and tribulations she faced with the Parole Board of Canada, and her experiences with writing a Victim Impact Statement and facing her father’s killer. (Learn More)

High Park Stewards 20th Anniversary
Sun, Jan. 22 | Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Volunteer Stewards have been working with the City of Toronto since 1996, to protect and restore the remaining natural areas of High Park including large areas of Savannah with Black Oak trees and related flora and fauna. During the spring, summer and fall Stewards plant, collect seeds, and remove invasive species from restoration sites. (Learn More)

Summer Camp Information Event
Sun, Jan. 22 | Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Meet with directors from many of Ontario’s finest children’s summer camps. (Learn More)

Writer Lawrence Hill delivers the Howcroft Lecture
Fri, Jan. 27 | Bishop Marrocco Thomas Merton High School | 7:30 pm

In a talk entitled “Faction: a novelist uses fact and fiction to explore injustice”, Hill will discuss refugees, slavery, migration, freedom, and human rights.  With readings from his books The Book of Negroes and The Illegal. (Learn More)

Recurring events in the Junction Area

Tea Time at the Inn
Sundays | Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $7.00 plus HST. No reservation required. (Learn More)

Market Days at Mongomery’s Inn
Every Wednesday | Montgomery’s Inn | 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Get fresh-baked bread, cheese, meats, and produce at this weekly farmers market. Museum tours are free during market hours. (Learn More)
Fret Not Ukulele Night
Thurs, Jan. 5 | Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W | 6:00-9:00 pm.

Come and sing, laugh and make music at this monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Beginners welcome! Bring your use or borrow one from the host. Fee may apply.  Repeats on the first Thursday of every month. (Learn More)

Pub Night @ Lambton House
Fri, Jan. 6 | Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. | Doors at 6:00 pm, Music at 8:00

Featuring Shaolin Pilots. Repeats monthly except February, July, August. (Click for Details)

High Park Walks
First and third Sundays | 10:30 am-12 noon

Note special dates for January. Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park. All ages welcome. Dogs on leash only, please.  (Learn More)

  • Jan. 8: Hiders, Hibernators and Hightailers – Naturalist, outdoors-man and nature photographer Pat Parent shows how the park and its plant, bird and animal residents make it through the winter.
  • Jan. 22: Winter Ramble Toronto – Field Naturalists’ Joanne Doucette leads an exploration of the park’s winter landscape, searching out areas of particular natural interest.

Employment Workshops
Wed, Jan 18 & 25 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

For youth ages 15-29. Hosted by the Learning Enrichment Foundation. Registration required. Please call 416-394-1014 for more information and to register.

  • Jan 18: Career and Your Transferable Skills. This workshop will help you to identify your skills, interests and career options and gain a deeper understanding of your personality and values. Make a career decision and plan your future. (Learn More)
  • Jan 25: How to write a resumé and a cover letter. This workshop will help you understand the different styles of resumes, what you should include on a resume to get an employer’s attention, capture their interest, promote your most desirable skills and motivate them to take action by inviting you to an interview. (Learn More)

Junction Reads & Writes
Sun, Jan. 22 | Famous Last Words, 392 Pacific Ave. | 5:00 pm

Marg Nowaczyk, Stephen Thomas, Valerie Mills Milde, Anil Kamal and Jane Ozkowski are featured at this monthly prose reading series. Note the new location. (Learn More)

Thirsty Thursdays
Thurs, Jan. 26 | Montgomery’s Inn | 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Held on the last Thursday of every month, this event offers live traditional music, beverages and stew by firelight in the Inn’s restored 1847 barroom. (Learn More)

 

Events for Teens

The Space – Youth Drop In
Every Monday | St. John’s Anglican Church, 288 Humberside Ave. | 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

Weekly drop-in program for area youth. Check website for more details. Program resumes January 9, 2017. (Learn More)

 

Events for Children and Families

Holiday Bingo
Wed, Jan. 4 | Runnymede Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Play holiday bingo and win prizes. For kids 6-12. (Learn More)

Winter Break Film Screening
Wed, Jan. 4 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Watch Polar Express (rated G). (Learn More)

Mini Scientists Storytime
Fri, Jan. 6 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 3:00 – 5:00 pm

A STEM-inspired story time for kids ages 3-5, with their caregivers. (Learn More)

I Want My Hat Back Fun & Games
Sat, Jan. 7 | Runnymede Library | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kick off Family Literacy Month with craft & game tie-ins to the Jon Klassen trilogy, “I Want My Hat Back,” “This is Not My Hat,” & “We Found a Hat.” This family-friendly program is suitable for ages 4 & up. Drop-in, no registration required. (Learn More)

Afternoon at the Movies
Fri, Jan. 20 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Looking for something to do on your P.A. Day? Come and watch “Finding Dory”. This movie is rated G. (Learn More)

Family Nature Walks
Sat, Jan. 21 | Meet at High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. | 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Frosty Fairies: Dryads, Wood Nymphs, Fairies & Gnomes! High Park’s magical woodland creatures work hard to make High Park a winter wonderland.  They need our help to build some well insulated fairy homes.  Please support your local fairies. Suggested donation $2-$5. (Learn More)

Family Literacy Day with Elephant and Piggie
Sat, Jan. 21 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Share the joy of reading with the whole family and our literary friends, Elephant and Piggie. For children ages 3 & up. (Learn More)

Winter Fun Day
Sun, Jan. 22 | Colborne Lodge, High Park | 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Fun, wintery activities for the whole family at Colborne Lodge. Roast marshmallows and sip warm cider in the great outdoors. Make a bird feeder in the Coach House. Pull delicious taffy in the historic kitchens. Go for an interactive exploration of the historic house. Dress warmly as many activities are outside. Visiting the grounds is free, there will be small fees for some activities. Exploring the historic house is pay-what-you-wish. (Learn More)

Game Night (part of Family Literacy Month)
Mon, Jan. 23 | Annette Library | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Drop in and play literacy-promoting board games like UpWords and Scrabble. Have fun, try something new, and get your game face on! No registration required. (Learn More)

Storytime and Craft (part of Family Literacy Month)
Sat, Jan. 23 | Annette Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

January 28 is Family Literacy Day in Canada. Celebrate with a special storytime program, and make a craft to take home. For children 0-6 years old with their parents or caregivers. No registration required. (Learn More)

Barbara Reid-inspired Playdough Craft (part of Family Literacy Month)
Sat, Jan. 28 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Reading together as a family is FUN! Celebrate family literacy month by making your own playdough and creating a Barbara Reid inspired scene. All ages. Younger children will need parental support to read/measure and make the playdough. (Learn More)

Recurring events for children and families

Scotiabank After School Opera Program: Mondays at Montgomery’s Inn, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Montgomery’s Inn is the newest location of the COC’s Scotiabank After School Opera Program for children ages 7 to 12. Under the guidance of the lead artist, a program assistant and special guests, children explore opera through singing, composing and drama. This fun and unique program develops children’s performance and music skills while nurturing their self-confidence. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebratory performance on the final day. Program runes from January 9 to March 6.

Preschool Time: Tuesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts for children age 3 – 5 years with their parents or caregivers. No registration required. Note: First session of 2017 will be Tuesday, January 10.

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Annette Street Library, from 10:30 -11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required. Program resumes Jan. 11, 2017.

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required. Program resumes Jan. 11, 2017.

XBOX Kinect Gaming Zone: Wednesdays at Annette Library, from 3:30 – 5:15 pm. After School Club for ages 8-13 years old. Test your XBOX Kinect gaming skills against other kids. Try fun & active games that you control with your entire body. Bring friends. No registration required. For more info call 416-393-7692 or drop by the library. Program resumes Jan. 13, 2017.

Baby Time: Fridays at Annette Library, from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Program for birth-18 months, includes bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs and stories for babies with their parents and caregivers. No registration required. Program resumes Jan 13, 2017.

Baby Time: Fridays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Program for birth-18 months, includes bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs and stories for babies with their parents and caregivers. No registration required. Program resumes Jan 13, 2017.

Living and Learning with Baby: Fridays beginning January 20 at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. This is a FREE parenting program provided by Toronto Public Health for parents with infants aged 6 weeks to 6 months. Topics covered: adjusting to parenthood, infant nutrition, growth and development, caring for a sick child, keeping your child safe and community resources. Please register by calling 416-338-7600.

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club: Every Saturday beginning Jan. 28 at Annette Library, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Shakespeare in Action’s TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club is a FREE readers’ theatre program for children ages 7-12. Led by professional actors and educators, kids will explore one to three plays from The Comedy of Errors, Henry IV, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Twelfth Night. It’s a world of ghosts, magic, silly mix-ups, and swordplay! Children read aloud, play drama games, build confidence,and make friends with other Shakespeare fans. The program runs over six consecutive Saturdays. Please register in person at the branch starting January 7th.

More programs for kids:  Annette St. Library | Jane/Dundas Library | Runnymede Library

 

Clubs in the Junction Area

Digital Camera Club: Bring your camera, pictures and videos (bring yours on a thumb drive). Questions and answers. Guest speakers. Tutorials: how to take photos and video. Camera settings explained. Outings: shooting in the field – like High Park. Questions: 416-604-3359. Next meeting: Tues. Jan, 17 at Annette Library, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

High Park Natural Environment Committee: The NEC advises the City of Toronto on the protection and restoration of the natural features of High Park. Next meeting: Wed, Jan 11 at High Park Nature Centre, 6:45 pm.

High Park Speakers (Toastmasters): Meets Thursdays from 6:15-8:00 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs.  Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation.

Junction Residents Association: Representing residents living between Keele, Humberside/ Quebec/ Annette, Runnymede, and south of the railroad tracks. Membership in the JRA is just $10.

Junction Seniors: Meets Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 am at Agora Cafe (3015 Dundas St. W.) and Fridays 2:00-3:00 pm at Pascal’s (2904 Dundas St. W.).

Parkdale- High Park Rotary Club: Meets Thurs. mornings, Grenadier Café in the heart of High Park, 7:30 am. The Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park is one of 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and regions, forming a network of community service around the world. We are a welcoming, friendly and fun-loving group of men and women from different backgrounds, age groups, cultures and occupations.  If you want to be part of a global network of community volunteers, then Rotary is for you. Breakfast is available for $3.99.

Runnymede Public Library book clubs:
Please contact library to confirm dates after mid-January, due to upcoming renovations.

  • Kidlit Book Club (for adults), 6:30 – 7:45 pm. Mon, Jan. 9.

Scottish Country Dancing Group: Meets Wednesday evenings at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Road, 7:15-9:15 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early. 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, Roncesvalles United Church, 240 Roncesvalles Ave. 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.

Swansea Horticultural Society: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor). Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. For more information, call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852.

Toronto Debating SocietyAlternate Tuesdays, Swansea Town Hall, 7:30-9:30 pm.  A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking. This non-profit public community organization meets from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.

  • Tues, Jan. 10: The American Dream is overrated
  • Tues, Jan. 24: Capitalism has run its course

Toronto Marine Historical Society: The Toronto Marine Historical Society was founded about 50 years ago and is still going strong. Its function is to research and record the history of commercial vessels that plied the Great Lakes and adjacent waters in years past and in the present. The focus is on cargo ships of all kinds, passenger vessels, tugboats, and indeed anything that could float and had a commercial purpose. The highlight of each meeting is an illustrated presentation that deals with an aspect of Great Lakes shipping. Meets the first Saturday of Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec at Swansea Town Hall, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, Jan. 7.

Toronto Swing Dance Society: Meets monthly on Fridays at Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W from 7:30 pm to midnight. Monthly dances for all ages.  No experience or partner needed. $10 fee/ $5 for members. Next meeting: January 20.

West Toronto Masonic Temple: The West Toronto Masonic Temple was built in 1908 by 3 local Masonic groups: Stanley Lodge, Victoria Lodge and Shekinah Chapter. Their members consisted of many of the Railway workers, local merchants and Government leaders of the community.  Notable members were the Heintzman brothers (of piano fame), James Ellis (prominent local architect) and GW Clendenan.  Prior to 1908, the members met at Kilburn Hall at Dundas and Heintzman.  Today there are 12 Masonic groups that hold their meeting at the building. The ground floor is a banquet faciility used by members and the community.  Masons are a fraternity with roots in England circa 1720.  To become a member, tour the building or use the banquet room contact John Breakey (john.breakey@fivel.ca).

West Toronto Junction Historical Society: A volunteer organization formed by a group of local residents to learn about and preserve the history of the Junction, and to get involved in local planning issues.

Your Next Read Book Club: Meets the first Wednesday of each month at Jane/ Dundas Library at 7:00 pm. Copies of the book are available to borrow starting one month prior to each club meeting. Next meeting: Wed. Jan, 4.


The JRA newsletter is mailed once a month (usually on the last day of the month). To subscribe to these emails, send name, email, and address to newsletter@junctionra.ca. To have events listed, email newsletter@junctionra.ca, or add us to your mailing list.

JRA News and Events – December 2016

Now accepting applications from nonprofits to benefit from Function in the Junction 2017
Organizing has begun for our next Function in the Junction, the annual JRA fundraiser to benefit a local nonprofit. It’s a fun night when residents and businesses come together to support a good cause, meet neighbours and have a great time. The JRA is looking for local nonprofits or similar organizations who are interested in being the beneficiary of this happening spring event. There is an application process, at the end of which one organization will be chosen.  Please email info@junctionra.ca for more info.  Deadline for final applications: Dec. 16.

News

The Runnymede Library repairs will begin in the new year.  Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events in the Junction Area

Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.

Public Meeting about Montgomery’s Inn
Thurs. Dec. 1 | Montgomery’s Inn | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Inn invites all its friends, supporters and members of the public to a public meeting about two Montgomery’s Inn building projects scheduled for 2017. The projects aim to improve the visitor experience by refreshing the interpretation of the historic Inn (including addressing issues with the building fabric) and opening up the main entrance so that it creates a more welcoming and easy-to-navigate space. The architects have created detailed plans, which have been reviewed and approved. The Inn hopes that members of the community will be able to join them and learn more about how these projects may balance the long-term preservation of this designated heritage site with its function as flexible venue best serving the needs of the community. Light refreshments will be served.  (Click for Details)

West Toronto Junction Historical Society Holiday Celebration
Thurs. Dec. 1 | Lambton House | Doors: 6:30 pm, Auction: 8:00 pm, Presentation: 8:30 pm

WTJHS invites the public to join them for a special meeting to be held at the historic Lambton House. The guest speaker Daniel R. Laxer will discuss the music of the fur trade in a historic hotel tavern room in a presentation entitled “To strengthen peace:” music and dance in the Canadian fur trade (1750 – 1850). Enjoy  the opportunity to raise money for the WTJHS at its Holiday Season Charity Auction. (Click for Details)

7th Annual Holiday Gingerbread Party
Sat. Dec. 3 | Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. West | 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Junction Project’s annual family Gingerbread Build and festive fundraiser. Doors open at 4:00 pm for gingerbread decorating. Pre-built houses will be provided so you can decorate with icing, candies and treats. Tickets start at $20 to decorate a gingerbread house. Entry is $2 without the house. Come any time. (Click for Details)

High Park Christmas Celebrations
Sun. Dec. 4 | Grenadier Restaurant Patio and High Park Zoo | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This event is always lots of fun for children and families! Meet Santa from 2-3pm as he checks his reindeer in the High Park Zoo with the Friends of the High Park Zoo. Try hot chocolate and cookies, face painting and a raffle, marshmallow roast, decoration-making. Santa returns to the Grenadier Restaurant Patio from 4-5 pm. Sing along with “The Withnells” from 4:15 – 4:45pm. Tree lighting at 5 pm. (Click for Details)

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – Dramatic Reading
Sun. Dec. 4 | Runnymede United Church | 7:00 pm

You won’t want to miss this exciting yearly event, held at Runnymede United Church. This year features readings by: Gillian Deacon, Jeff Douglas, Ben Heppner, Susan Ormiston, Nancy Palk, RH Thomson and Lisa Horner! Tickets are $25. Proceeds to The Stop Community Food Centre. (Click for Details)

Artist talk and gallery tour with a cup of coffee
Sun. Dec. 4 | Zalucky Contemporary | 3044 Dundas St. W | 11 am
Meet at the gallery for a 15-minute casual talk about the current exhibition Press Play, which presents new work by Toronto-based sound artist Christof Migone. All local Junction-area residents are welcome, and morning coffee/snacks will be served. RSVP to info@zaluckycontemporary.com(Click for Details)

Santa in the Junction
Sun. Dec. 4 | Junction Train Platform | 11:00 am
The Junction BIA’s annual Santa in the Junction is back again. Join them for a full day of Christmas themed activities. Major attractions include  a visit from Santa and his elves at the Junction Train Platform, the street-wide market theme spanning Dundas St W from Indian Grove to Quebec Ave, holiday tales by Mrs. Claus, performances by Creative Children’s Dance Centre, live holiday music and workshops. Don’t forget to post holiday photos for the Santa in the Junction photo contest! Use the hashtag #SantaInTheJunction. (Click for Details)

Holiday Farmers’ Market & Gift Sale
Wed. Dec. 7 | Montgomery’s Inn | 2:00 – 7:00 pm

Artists and artisans join the regular farmers’ market vendors for a special holiday event. Shop for foodie gifts and seasonal treats in a lovely historic setting, open an hour longer than usual. You’ll find fresh bread from the Inn’s bake oven, preserves, local winter vegetables, sweets, prepared foods, ethically raised meats, cheese, eggs, dried fruit, nuts, honey and wine while enjoying festive seasonal music. Cozy up to a roaring fire while sipping a hot mulled apple cider and gingerbread. (Click for Details)

In Partnership with the Sun: Stained Glass at St. Olave’s Church
Wed. Dec. 7 | Swansea Town Hall | 7:30 pm.

Join speakers Sarah Hall and Craig Douglas for an illustrated talk on the church windows presented by the Swansea Historical Society. Craig Douglas is a member of St. Olave’s Church in Swansea, and also a veteran variety entertainer and educator. Sarah Hall is a distinguished Canadian stained-glass artist, with many spectacular installations to her credit, in Toronto and elsewhere. Craig and Sarah will team up to present an illustrated talk about twelve of the glorious windows of St. Olave’s Church that were specially designed and created for the parish church by the talented and renowned Canadian artist Yvonne Williams (1901-1997). Light refreshments. (Click for details)

Salute to a Medieval Christmas
Thurs. Dec. 8 | 7:15 – 9:30 pm
The first stop on this pop-up tour will be David’s Tea. Stave off the winter chill with a delicious tea tasting. Then head across the street to the Toronto Consort to  hear selections from their upcoming show, A Medieval Christmas, and find out more about the medieval, renaissance and early baroque music ensemble. Following this, pop over to Famoso restaurant for a tasting experience, to cap the evening off. What a perfect way to get in the holiday mood! Tour costs $30/person. (Click for details)

Lambton House Carol Singing
Fri. Dec. 9 | 4066 Old Dundas Street | 7:00 pm

Lambton House’s annual carol sing. A goodwill offering is appreciated. (Click for details)

Blood Donor Clinic
Fri. Dec. 16 | Annette Community Recreation Centre, 333 Annette S | 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Canadian Blood Services is holding a blood donation drive in the Junction. (Click for details)

Events for Teens

The Space – Youth Drop In
Every Monday | St. John’s Anglican Church, 288 Humberside Ave. | 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

Weekly drop-in program for area youth. Check website for more details. Not open December 26, 2016. (Learn More)

Poetry Saved Our Lives
Every Monday | Jane Library, 620 Jane St. | 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Join award winning spoken word champion, Ian Keteku, as he leads a spoken word workshop this fall. The workshop will provide youth with mentorship and artistic development opportunities, while allowing them to showcase their artistic poetic talent and develop their leadership skills. Come out and work with some of the finest young poets the city has to offer, and showcase your talent. Check website for details for December 26. (Learn More)

Events for Children and Families

Afternoon at the Movies
Fri. Dec 02 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Looking for something to do on your P.A. Day? Come and watch a fun movie at the library! They will be watching “The Angry Birds Movie”. This movie is rated G. No registration required. Groups must call ahead to check space availability. (Click for Details)

Colour All the Libraries in Toronto
Wed. Dec. 7, 16 | Runnymede Public Library | 7:00  – 8:00 pm

Come and hear stories about the city’s unique neighbourhoods and architecture. Daniel Rotsztain, the Urban Geographer, visited every public library in Toronto and illustrated their exteriors. Colour along while Daniel shares his experience of exploring Toronto. Everybody’s welcome. Book signing to follow (Click for Details).

Holiday Paper Arts
Wed. Dec. 14 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Take simple paper and colour, fold, and cut into amazing holiday decor. Jo-Ann shares her secrets for delightful paper creations. Registration required. Please register in branch or call 416-394-1014. (Click for details)

Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Sat. Dec. 17 | High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. | 8:00 – 9:30 am

Help count the birds of High Park. There will be an indoor introduction to teach you about the winter birds in High Park, some rare birds you should look for, and how to use binoculars. Then head out onto the trails! Groups will be led by experienced birders. Data will be submitted through eBird to the Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids program and will help bird conservation efforts. A $2-$5 donation per person is recommended. (Click here to pre-register)

The Elves and the Shoemaker Puppet Show
Sat. Dec. 17 | Runnymede Public Library | 11:00 – 11:30 am

See a puppetry rendition of the classic tale, “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” For children ages 4 and up. No registration required. (Click for details)

Decorate a Tree for the Birds
Sat. Dec. 17 & Sun. Dec. 18 | High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 3:00 pm both days

Help decorate an evergreen tree in High Park with handmade pine cone bird feeders and edible garlands for the birds. Hike through the woods and learn how to feed chickadees from the palm of your hand, search the skies for soaring hawks and discover how birds like cardinals, nuthatches and woodpeckers survive the winter. Children under 3 are free. Others: $8.50. (Click for details)

LEGO Fun
Wed. Dec. 28 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Bring your friends and complete a variety of different LEGO challenges. For children ages 4 and up. Drop in only. (Click for details)

Kusudama Flower Ball
Wed. Dec. 28 | Runnymede Public Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Join the library for an origami afternoon and learn to make a Kusudama Flower Ball. This program is for ages 6-12. Drop-in program, no registration required. (Click for details)

Gaming Friday
Fri. Dec. 30 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Drop in with your friends and play a variety of board and video games. Drop in only. (Click for details)

New Year’s At Noon
Sat. Dec. 31 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Can’t stay up till midnight to ring in the New Year? Join the library for a countdown instead and celebrate New Year’s at Noon! For children ages 3 and up with their parents or caregivers. Drop in only. (Click for details)

Recurring events for children and families

Preschool Time: Tuesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts for children age 3 – 5 years with their parents or caregivers. No registration required. There will be no program Dec. 20, Dec. 27.
Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Annette Street Library, from 10:30 -11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required. There will be no programs Dec 21 – Jan 6. Program resumes Jan. 9, 2017.

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 9:30 – 10:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required. There will be no programs Dec 21 – Jan 6. Program resumes Jan. 9, 2017.

XBOX Kinect Gaming Zone: Wednesdays at Annette Library, from 3:30 – 5:15 pm. After School Club for ages 8-13 years old. Test your XBOX Kinect gaming skills against other kids. Try fun & active games that you control with your entire body. Bring friends. No registration required. For more info call 416-393-7692 or drop by the library. No program Dec 28.

Baby Time: Fridays at Annette Library, from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Program for birth-18 months, includes bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs and stories for babies with their parents and caregivers. No registration required. There will be no Baby Time programs taking place Dec 21-Jan 6. The program will resume the week of Jan 9, 2017.

More programs for kids:  Annette St. Library | Jane/Dundas Library | Runnymede Library

Recurring Events in the Junction Area

Christmas at Colborne Lodge
On through Jan. 6 | Colborne Lodge, 11 Colborne Lodge Dr.

Warm up by the hearth at Colborne Lodge and take in the sights and aromas of a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy the natural greenery that decorates the house, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats. The Lodge is nestled at the south end of High Park. Tuesdays to Sundays, Noon to 4 p.m.  December 24 and 31, Noon to 3 p.m. Closed Mondays, Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1.  Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths $4.42, Children $4.25 (plus tax). (Click for Details)

Fret Not Ukulele Night
Thurs, Dec. 1 | Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W | 6:00-9:00 pm.

Come and sing, laugh and make music at this monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Beginners welcome! Bring your use or borrow one from the host. Fee may apply.  Repeats on the first Thursday of every month. (Learn More)

Constituency Hours
Twice monthly | Annette Library

Councillor Doucette holds local constituency hours in libraries throughout the ward, by appointment only. Please call 416-392-4072 to make arrangements. (Click for Details)

  • Friday, Dec.  2, 3:30pm 5:30pm
  • Friday, Dec. 16, 2:45pm 4:45pm

Pub Night @ Lambton House
Fri. Dec. 2 | Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. | Doors at 6:00 pm, Music at 8:00

Featuring John and Julie Dorsey. Repeats monthly. (Click for Details)

Shop the Junction
Sat. Dec 4 to Dec. 11
A week-long shopping extravaganza. Look out for special “Shop the Junction” decals in the windows of all participating businesses. (Click for Details)

High Park Walks
First and third Sundays | 10:30 am-12 noon

Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park. All ages welcome. Dogs on leash only, please.  (Learn More)

  • Sun, Dec. 4: High Park Through the Ages with Dave Berndorff.
  • Sun, Dec. 18: Holiday Hike to Colborne Lodge.

Tea Time at the Inn
Sundays | Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $7.00 plus HST. No reservation required. (Learn More)

Free Community Yoga Class
Mondays | Annette Library | 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Join Caitlin every Monday evening from 6-7pm for a free one hour community yoga class. This class is designed for all levels beginner and advanced practitioners alike. All you need is a mat, water bottle and an open mind! No registration required. Repeats: Mon Dec 05, Mon Dec 12, Mon Dec 19. (Click for Details)

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. (Learn More)

Academy of Realist Art’s Annual Christmas Open House and Sale
Sat. Dec. 10 – Jan. 2 | 2968 Dundas Street West, 2nd Floor | 2:00 – 9:00 pm

The Academy of Realist Art is one of a rare group of North American academies dedicated to teaching classical art training using the techniques of the 19th century ateliers. This will be a unique opportunity for the public to step inside the normally private studios and see the high calibre of work being done by students; meet the new generation of rising stars in the realist art community; and participate in a silent auction. Hosted by the Academy President Colleen Johnston and Director and Senior Instructor Fernando Freitas, as well as teaching staff and students. (Click for Details)

Movie Night
Tues, Dec. 20. | Runnymede Library, 2178 Bloor Street W | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Free screenings of the great movies presented by Risa Shuman, former Senior Producer of TVOntario’s Saturday Night at the Movies. (Learn More)

 

Clubs in the Junction Area

Digital Camera Club: Bring your camera, pictures and videos (bring yours on a thumb drive). Questions and answers. Guest speakers. Tutorials: how to take photos and video. Camera settings explained. Outings: shooting in the field – like High Park. Questions: 416-604-3359. Next meeting: Tuesday Dec 20 at Annette Library, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

High Park Speakers (Toastmasters): Meets Thursdays from 6:15-8:00 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs.  Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation.

Junction Residents Association: Representing residents living between Keele, Humberside/ Quebec/ Annette, Runnymede, and south of the railroad tracks. Membership in the JRA is just $10.

Junction Seniors: Meets Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 am at Agora Cafe (3015 Dundas St. W.) and Fridays 2:00-3:00 pm at Pascal’s (2904 Dundas St. W.).

Parkdale- High Park Rotary Club: Meets Thurs. mornings, Grenadier Café in the heart of High Park, 7:30 am. The Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park is one of 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and regions, forming a network of community service around the world. We are a welcoming, friendly and fun-loving group of men and women from different backgrounds, age groups, cultures and occupations.  If you want to be part of a global network of community volunteers, then Rotary is for you. Breakfast is available for $3.99.
Runnymede Public Library book clubs:
Please contact library to confirm dates after mid-November, due to upcoming renovations.

  • Polish Book Club, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Mon, Dec 19.
  • Afternoon Book Club, 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Mon, Dec. 12.
  • Evening Book Club, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Tue Dec 06. Call (416) 393-7697 to register.

Saturday Morning Knitting Club: Sat. mornings, Annette Street Library, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. All are welcome to knit in a group setting. Make new friends and share knitting tricks and techniques. Bring your own needles and wool. Limited instruction by group members. Dec 3, 10, and 17.

Scottish Country Dancing Group: Meets Wednesday evenings at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Road, 7:15-9:15 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early. 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, Roncesvalles United Church, 240 Roncesvalles Ave. 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.

Swansea Horticultural Society: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor). Annual potluck dinner is Dec. 14. 5:30 – 9:00 pm. For more information, call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852.

Toronto Debating SocietyAlternate Tuesdays, Swansea Town Hall, 7:30-9:30 pm.  A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking. This non-profit public community organization meets from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.

  • Tues, Dec. 6: Bottled water
  • Tues, Dec. 20: Workplace walls

Toronto Marine Historical Society: The Toronto Marine Historical Society was founded about 50 years ago and is still going strong. Its function is to research and record the history of commercial vessels that plied the Great Lakes and adjacent waters in years past and in the present. The focus is on cargo ships of all kinds, passenger vessels, tugboats, and indeed anything that could float and had a commercial purpose. The highlight of each meeting is an illustrated presentation that deals with an aspect of Great Lakes shipping. Meets the first Saturday of Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec at Swansea Town Hall, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, Dec. 3. Topic: Icebreaking

Toronto Swing Dance Society: Meets monthly on Fridays at Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W from 7:30 pm to midnight. Monthly dances for all ages.  No experience or partner needed. $10 fee/ $5 for members. Dec. 15, 2016.

West Toronto Junction Historical Society: A volunteer organization formed by a group of local residents to learn about and preserve the history of the Junction, and to get involved in local planning issues. Next meeting: Dec. 1.

 

November Events – Updates

Gallery tour… with a cup of coffee!

Sat Nov. 19 @ 11am

Meet at Zalucky Contemporary Gallery (3044 Dundas Street West) for a 15-minute casual talk about the current exhibition Curbside, which presents new work by Toronto-based artist Laura Moore. All local Junction-area residents are welcome, and morning coffee/snacks will be served! Please RSVP to info@zaluckycontemporary.com

JRA e-newsletter – November 2016

BE ACTIVE IN YOUR ‘HOOD’: Join the JRA executive!
The Junction Residents Association is  looking for a few new people to join the JRA executive.  Want to be part of a group of fellow Junction-lovers who are committed to helping foster a supportive and engaged community?  Have a particular skill set or background you’d like to use to engage others in the ‘hood?  You must live within the JRA boundaries to apply.  Current or new JRA members are welcome. We will present all candidates (current executive members and new applicants) at the JRA annual general meeting on Nov. 10, 2016. Please send your expression of interest to the JRA by Nov. 5, 6 pm.  To apply or for more details, drop us a line at info@junctionra.ca.

JRA’s Annual General Meeting, Thurs., Nov. 10.
Join us from 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. If you cannot attend this meeting in person, we stream video of the meeting in real-time. To watch it live on your computer, go to www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv.  There is a facility for asking questions remotely.

JRA now accepting applications from nonprofits to benefit from Function in the Junction 2017
Organizing has begun for our next Function in the Junction, the annual JRA fundraiser to benefit a local nonprofit.  It’s a fun night when residents and businesses come together to support a good cause, meet neighbours and have a great time. The JRA is looking for local nonprofits or similar organizations who are interested in being the beneficiary of this happening spring event. There is an application process, at the end of which one organization will be chosen.  Please email info@junctionra.ca for more info.  Deadline for final applications: Dec. 16.


News

Councillor Doucette will be holding Constituency Hours at Annette Library on Friday, Nov 4 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm and Friday, Nov 18 from 2:45 – 4:45 pm. By appointment only. Please call 416-392-4072 to make arrangements.

The Runnymede Library closes for repairs in mid-November. The library at 2178 Bloor St. West will be closing for four to five months to allow for interior alterations. Click here for more information.

 

Upcoming Events in the Junction Area

Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.

Vine Park Pumpkin Parade: Tues, Nov. 1. Vine Avenue Parkette. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Give your gourds one more chance to shine! Bring your peeps and your pumpkins to Vine Park on November 1st and add it to the ever-growing, ever-winding path of carved creations. All are welcome – spread the word! (Learn More)

Going Mobile: An Introduction to Smartphones and Tablets: Tues, Nov. 1. Annette Library, 145 Annette St. 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Cell phone, mobile phone, smartphone or tablet? Mobile data, Wi-Fi, streaming or downloading? Confused? This workshop will help you understand the language of mobile devices and networks. Learn about types of smartphones, apps and connections, and what makes sense for you! (Learn More)

Fading Histories, a talk by Dave Cook: Wed, Nov. 2. Swansea Town Hall. 7:30 pm. The Swansea Historical Society member, author, and story-teller will return after almost four years with more of his fascinating “Fading History” stories about various events centred around Toronto’s western suburbs during the mid-1900s. (Learn More)

Fur Trade Music, a talk by Daniel Laxter: Thurs, Nov. 3. Annette Library. 7:30 pm. The West Toronto Junction Historical Society presents Daniel Laxter on “Fur Trade Music.” University of Toronto musicologist Daniel Laxter will discuss and perform music from the period before Confederation. (Learn More)

Winterizing your Home: Tue, Nov. 8. Annette Library, 145 Annette St. 6:30 pm. In this interactive presentation, guest speaker Greg Labbé of BlueGreen Group will talk about ways you can get your home ready for winter. With a balance of theory and practice, he’ll cover the elements owners of typical Junction/High Park homes should focus on to lower energy costs for the winter and make their living space more comfortable. From attics to basement floors, he’ll cover both quick fixes and more involved projects. Part of the Fragile Planet Series. (Learn More)

Holocaust Survivor Speaker Faigie Libman: Wed, Nov. 9. Annette Library, 145 Annette St. 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Hear Faigie (Schmidt) Libman’s story of strength, courage and survival. Faigie Libman was born in Kovno, Lithuania, in 1934, an only child. In 1941, she and her family were forced into the Kovno Ghetto. When the ghetto was liquidated in 1944, her father was taken to Dachau, where he perished. Faigie and her mother were transferred – first to Stutthof, then to three slave labour camps – before they were liberated by the Soviet Army. They immigrated to Canada in 1948. Presented by the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre for Holocaust Education Week. (Learn More)

Heritage Talk on Canada and the Great War 1916: Thurs, Nov. 10. Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm. A Heritage Talk with John Beram “Canada and the Great War 1916” about the devastating battles that shocked the world and the Toronto men who were there. Refreshments. A goodwill donation is appreciated, but not required. Doors open at 7:00pm. (Learn More)

Swansea Town Hall Remembrance Day Ceremony and Reception: Fri, Nov. 11. 10:15 am. Commemoration of the men of Swansea who gave their lives in World War I and for whom the Swansea Memorial Library was created. All those who served in wars and peacekeeping missions and those who have sacrificed themselves for Canada will be honoured. Seating from 10:15 to 10:40 am, Service starts at 10:45 am. (Learn More)

Vegetarians of High Park Dinner: Fri, Nov. 11. Friendly Thai, 3032 Dundas Street West. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Did you know the Junction’s Friendly Thai can make almost any dish on their menu vegan? For this special night though, they’ll have a vegan menu prepared just for our group! You pay for your order. RSVP required by Monday, November 7th to highpark@veg.ca. Space is limited. (Learn More)

35th Annual Bloor West Village Arts and Crafts Show and Sale: Sat, Nov. 12. Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Over 80 craftspeople and artisans are participating with unique gifts, clothing, woolens, and much more. This is a great place to start your Christmas shopping and see a wide range of unique handmade items. Admission is only $3.00. (Learn More) 

Holocaust Education Week Speaker Denise Hans: Mon, Nov. 14. Jane Library, 620 Jane St. 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. In honour of Holocaust Education Week and in partnership with the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, Denise Hans will be speaking about her personal experiences during the Holocaust. Denise Hans was born in Paris, France, in 1938. In 1942, after her father, aunt and uncle were taken from her home and murdered, her mother sought places to hide her six children and two nieces. Denise was hidden twice with farmers and then in a convent. She and two sisters stayed there until 1948, when they were reunited with their mother and siblings. Denise immigrated to Canada in 1956. For more information please call 416-394-1014. (Learn More)

Authors in Conversation: Tues, Nov. 15. Annette Library, 145 Annette St. 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm. The stories, intrigue and other possibilities that underlie lives, cottages, history, and burlesque! With Lisa de Nikolits, John Oughton, Heather Babcock, Terri Favro and Rosemary McCracken. (Learn More) 

Bridge at the Inn: Fri, Nov. 18. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Spend an afternoon at the Inn learning about its history and playing bridge. The afternoon will include a tour of the Inn, refreshments, and the opportunity to meet other bridge players. Admission: $17.70 per person plus tax (or $70.80 for a table). Pre-booking tables of four required; please bring your own deck of cards. Register at 416-394-8113. (Learn More)

Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness Community Workshop: Sat, Nov. 19. Christie Gardens, 600 Melita Crescent. 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. An interactive workshop in which participants will discuss, explore, and identify any gaps in the level of preparedness for rail accidents in their community. Hosted by Safe Rail Communities and the the Dupont Christie Rail Safety Group. Presentation by City of Toronto, Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13), rail policy expert Greg Gormic. (Register here)

Stir-Up Sunday: Sun, Nov. 20. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. Witness a working 19th-century commercial kitchen when the Inn’s team of Historic Cooks in period costume presents an afternoon of cooking demonstrations that focus on traditional Christmas treats like shortbread, fruitcake, mincemeat and Twelfth-Cake according to authentic historic recipes and using antique equipment on the date traditionally set aside for holiday baking. Samples while supplies last! Admission: Free with regular admission to the Inn. (Learn More) 

Toussaint: Story and Song of the Dark Months: Sun, Nov. 20. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Danceweavers presents an evening of Breton food, music and storytelling by the hearth, featuring storyteller Bruce Carmody and Emilyn Stam with Balfolk Toronto. The evening includes hot cider and a meal of white-bean soup from a kettle over the hearth, cheese, apples, whole-grain bread baked at the Inn, and a traditional Breton butter and buckwheat cake. Admission: $20 (show, general). $15 (show, students & seniors). $15 (meal). Pre-registration is recommended. 416-578-1031, danceweavers@gmail.com (Learn More) 

Events for Teens

The Space – Youth Drop In: Every Monday. St. John’s Anglican Church, 288 Humberside Ave.3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Weekly drop-in program for area youth. Check website for more details (Learn More)

Poetry Saved Our Lives: Every Monday. Jane Library, 620 Jane St. 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Join award winning spoken word champion, Ian Keteku, as he leads a spoken word workshop this fall. The workshop will provide youth with mentorship and artistic development opportunities, while allowing them to showcase their artistic poetic talent and develop their leadership skills. Come out and work with some of the finest young poets the city has to offer, and showcase your talent. (Learn More)

Events for Children and Families

Baby Sleep Seminar: Fri, Nov. 11. Jane Library, 620 Jane St. 11:00 am – 11:45 am. Join Triona Coakelin, Certified WeeSleep Consultant, at this one hour complimentary seminar where you will 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! Drop in only. (Learn More)

MAP Family Saturdays: Black Creek Pioneer Village visits Annette St. branch: Sat, Nov. 12. Annette Library, 145 Annette St. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Learn how wool from a sheep becomes a sweater! Kids can try their hand at carding and spinning wool themselves. Call 416-393-7692 or visit the branch to register. Auditorium, lower level. Accessible by elevator. (Learn More)

Afternoon at the Movies: Fri, Nov. 18. Jane Library, 620 Jane St. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Looking for something to do on your P.A. Day? Come and watch a fun movie at the library! We will be watching “The Emperor’s New Groove”. This movie is rated G. No registration required. Groups must call ahead to check space availability. (Learn More)

Recurring events for children and families

 

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Annette Street Library, from 10:30 am-11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required.

Swansea Town Hall Homework Club: Thursdays from Oct 20 – Dec 1, 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Swansea Town Hall’s Homework Club offers FREE tutoring and learning strategies for children in Grades 4 – 8. Register using the link above.

West End Walking Group: Wednesdays. Meet at Etienne Brulé Park parking lot 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.

More programs for kids:  Annette St. Library | Jane/Dundas Library | Runnymede Library

 

Recurring Events in the Junction Area

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. (Learn More)

Fret Not Ukulele Night: Thurs, Nov. 3. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W, 6:00-9:00 pm. Come and sing, laugh and make music at this monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Beginners welcome! Bring your use or borrow one from the host. Fee may apply.  Repeats on the first Thursday of every month.(Learn More)

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

High Park Walks: First and third Sundays, 10:30 am-12 noon. Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park.  (Learn More)

  • Sun, Nov. 6: Geological Wonders and Origins with Frank Remiz, writer, researcher and student of geology, unearths the secrets of the park’s topography and geological history.
  • Sun, Nov. 20: Art of the Park A trek around the many sculpture sites in the park with art teacher Grace Petrucci.

Tea Time at the Inn: Every Sunday. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $10.00 plus HST. No reservation required. (Learn More)

Family Nature Walks:  Alternating Saturdays, 1:30-3:00 pm. Meet at High Park Nature Centre (formerly Forest School), inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave. 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.  (Learn More)

  • Sat, Nov. 12:  High Park Rangers – Know Your Nature. See High Park through the eyes of young naturalists. The 12-16 year olds of the High Park Rangers have been busily creating an engaging and informative hike to teach you about some of the coolest nature in High Park. Not to be missed!
  • Sat, Nov. 26: High Park Eagles – Know Your Nature. Learn about the plants and animals in High Park from the young naturalists of the High Park Eagles group! We will explore woodlands and black oak savannah habitats to learn fascinating facts and connect with the nature surrounding us.

High Park Stewards Buckthorn Busting: Sun, Nov. 13 and 27. Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive. 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Buckthorn is one of the worst invasives in High Park. Buckthorn removal is a popular activity for anyone who likes being outdoors and finds satisfaction in restoring the park’s ecology; a few hours of work make a real difference. For students, it is also a way to collect volunteer hours. The final session, on November 27, will be followed by a potluck lunch. Meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am, and we will go together to the site. All tools will be provided. (Learn More)

Junction Reads and Writes: Sun, Nov. 13. Axis Gallery & Grill, Downstairs. 5:00 pm. A monthly prose reading series, featuring the best in new and emerging fiction and non-fiction. Next event features Shari Kasman, Heather Tucker, Colette Maitland, Malcolm Sutton, Daniel Perry and Vanessa Shields. Repeats monthly. (Learn More)

Movie Night: Tues, Nov. 15. Runnymede Library, 2178 Bloor Street West. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Free screenings of the great movies presented by Risa Shuman, former Senior Producer of TVOntario’s Saturday Night at the Movies. Scheduled to repeat December 20. Check with library to confirm date, time, and location due to renovations. (Learn More)

Swansea Community Lunch: Mon, Nov. 28. Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Come at 12:15 pm for 12:30 pm lunch. 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. Repeats on the last Monday of each month. (Learn More)

The StreetKnit Project: Tues, Nov. 29, Annette St. Library, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm. 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. Repeats on the last Tuesday of each month. (Learn More)

 

Clubs in the Junction Area

High Park Speakers (Toastmasters): Meets Thursdays from 6:15-8:00 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs.  Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation.

Junction Residents Association: Representing residents living between Keele, Humberside/ Quebec/ Annette, Runnymede, and south of the railroad tracks. Membership in the JRA is just $10. Next meeting is Thurs, Nov. 10.

Junction Seniors: Meets Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 am at Agora Cafe (3015 Dundas St. W.) and Fridays 2:00-3:00 pm at Pascal’s (2904 Dundas St. W.).

Parkdale- High Park Rotary Club: Meets Thurs. mornings, Grenadier Café in the heart of High Park, 7:30 am. The Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park is one of 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and regions, forming a network of community service around the world. We are a welcoming, friendly and fun-loving group of men and women from different backgrounds, age groups, cultures and occupations.  If you want to be part of a global network of community volunteers, then Rotary is for you. Breakfast is available for $3.99.

Runnymede Public Library book clubs:
Please contact library to confirm dates after mid-November, due to upcoming renovations.

  • Polish Book Club, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Mon, Nov. 28, Mon. Dec 19.
  • Afternoon Book Club, 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Mon, Nov. 14, Mon, Dec. 12.
  • Evening Book Club, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Tue, Nov. 01, Tue Dec 06. Call (416) 393-7697 to register.

Saturday Morning Knitting Club: Sat. mornings, Annette Street Library, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. All are welcome to knit in a group setting. Make new friends and share knitting tricks and techniques. Bring your own needles and wool. Limited instruction by group members.

Scottish Country Dancing Group: Meets Wednesday evenings at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Road, 7:15-9:15 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early. 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, Roncesvalles United Church, 240 Roncesvalles Ave. 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.

Swansea Horticultural Society: Wed, Nov. 23. Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm. Annual General Meeting with a presentation on Ontario Garlic by speaker Peter McClusky, Toronto Garlic Festival. For more information, call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852. Repeats Dec. 14.

Toronto Debating SocietyAlternate Tuesdays, Swansea Town Hall, 7:30-9:30 pm.  A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking. This non-profit public community organization meets from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.

  • Tues, Nov. 8: Guaranteed annual income
  • Tues, Nov. 22: Mini-debate marathon

Toronto Fiddle Collective: 7-9:30 pm. All folk instruments, levels and ages welcome. Info: 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com.

  • Fri, Nov. 11: Gerry O’Connor at the West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. $35 fee applies.
  • Thurs, Nov. 17: Edwin Huizinga/ Fire and Grace at the Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. $35 fee applies.

Toronto Swing Dance Society: Meets Fridays at Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W from 7:30 pm to midnight. Monthly dances for all ages.  No experience or partner needed. $10 fee/ $5 for members.

West Toronto Junction Historical Society: A volunteer organization formed by a group of local residents to learn about and preserve the history of the Junction, and to get involved in local planning issues.

JRA e-newsletter – October 2016

You’re invited: Residents in the Junction Toronto community are invited to attend the JRA’s Annual General Meeting on Thurs., Nov. 10, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.  

Note: If you cannot attend this meeting in person, we stream video of the meeting in real-time. To watch it live on your computer, go to www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv.  There may be a 15-second commercial (not ours) before you can watch.  We’ll also post the agenda there, so you can follow along.  There is a facility for asking questions remotely.

News for the Junction Toronto neighbourhood

Councillor Doucette will be holding Constituency Hours at Annette Library on Friday, Oct 14 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. By appointment only. Please call 416-392-4072 to make arrangements.

Cheri DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale-High Park, wants to hear from you. The Ontario Legislature resumed sitting in September. What issues are important to you? What do you want her to speak up about in the Legislature? What concerns, ideas or questions do you have with regards to the provincial government and Parkdale-High Park? Send your comments to dinovoc-co@ndp.on.ca.

Volunteers needed. The Junction BIA is on the hunt for some top notch volunteers to help with this year’s Pumpkinfest on Sat Oct 29th 2016. For more details please email thejunctionbia@gmail.com.

Registration is open for High Park Nature Centre’s fall clubs for children. There’s still space in Knee-High Naturalists on Tuesday and Nature Baby on Fridays.

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JRA e-newsletter — September 2016

The next JRA general community meeting is on Thurs., Nov. 10, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.  Meet your neighbours.  Refreshments served.

What was discussed at the last meeting on Sept 8th:

1. Tree for Me — Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation: Increasing our tree canopy in the Junction
2. Pop-up Tours: Learn more about Westside’s Story behind-the-scenes pop-up tours of local venues, businesses and shops
3. Function in the Junction 2016: News from May community fundraiser
4. Junction development updates
5. JRA annual general meeting happens in November: Join the executive!

Note:  If you cannot attend this meeting in person, know that we stream video of the meeting in real time. To watch it live on your computer, go to http://www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv.   We’ll also post the agenda there, so you can follow along.  There is a facility for asking questions remotely.

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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.

Upcoming Blood Donor Clinics:  See the calendar below for Sat., Sep. 10 (Swansea Town Hall) and Fri., Sep.30 (Annette Recreation Centre).

Runnymede Library open Sundays beginning this fall:  Effective Sep. 11, Runnymede Library at 2178 Bloor St. W. will be open on Sundays from 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

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More updates to August e-newsletter

 

Mon., Aug. 22 – Canada Post Town Hall, Annette Public Library, 145 Annette St., 7-8:30 pm.  Canadians deserve a say in the future of their postal service.  The current review of Canada Post is intended to make it self-sustaining, while providing valuable services to Canadians well into the future.  Arif Virani, our MP, wants to hear from us on important questions such as:

  • Do you want to save door-to-door delivery?
  • Do you want postal banking to return?
  • How should Canada Post adapt to the new digital world?

Register for this public consultation at www.eventbrite.com/e/canada-post-review-town-hall-tickets-26970812426


Mon., Aug. 29 – Movie Night in High Park, Picnic Area 2, near Bloor St. entrance, behind the Chess House, 8 pm.  Councillor Doucette and CUPE Local 416 are sponsoring a free showing of “Zootopia.”  Bring your own chairs and blankets.


From Gord Perks:   West Neighbourhood House Newcomer Youth Program is offering an all-week Sailing Trip for girls ages 13 to 24, next week from August 22 to 26. Please share this with your youth and families. For more information, see the link above. To register, contact Jovie: 647-268-4417 or joviega@westnh.org

More from Gord:  The City of Toronto is seeking public input on a licensing framework for rental apartment buildings. The intended goal of the licensing framework is to build on the current Multi-Residential Apartment Building Audit Program by promoting best practices in building maintenance, strengthening enforcement of property standards violations, and improving tenant engagement and access … more

Update to August e-newsletter

Help Green13 save the thirsty trees!

Help water-parched trees in Vine Ave. Park!  And, we are also tackling the parched, stressed street trees along Dundas St. W. in the vicinity of Pacific Ave.  We need help with this, and hope local people will join us.  You can water trees on your own, of course — really, we just need to open our eyes to see the living things that are suffering in this drought, and it’s within our reach to tend to them.

Here are two scheduled watering sessions coming up:

•  Fri., Aug. 12 (call for time and place) on Dundas St. W. — We have a wagon with a rain  barrel plunked on top. We use watering cans to water the trees.  If we have more people, we can water more trees. It’s too hot out there for long stints.

•  Sun., Aug. 14, 2 pm in Vine Ave. Park.

For other times or ways to help, call Rita 416-766-6331, and/or see http://green13toronto.org/ under Upcoming Events in the left sidebar.  We are hoping to plan a schedule for volunteers to water and help save our trees throughout this hot summer.  We’re also happy to sign for community hours for high school students who volunteer.

Sorauren Park Town Square Screenings – Aug. 13 and 20 

Sat., Aug. 13 – The 1975 classic Jaws will light up the big screen at the Sat., Aug. 13 Sorauren Outdoor Movie event on the park’s Town Square at 8:30 p.m.  Rated PG, the shark story is a little scary, especially for the little ones, but you probably knew that already.  IMDB’s review page publishes a content advisory for parents.  Jaws will be preceded by a special screening of La Maisonette, a short film produced by filmmakers who live in the neighbourhood.  Support our local artists!

Sat., Aug. 20 – Live screening of The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration, in association with CBC Music.

The Sorauren Outdoor Movie Series is presented by the non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park and its sponsors. Pass-the-hat donations will be accepted at the screening to help cover the costs of licensing, movie equipment and other projects, including the forthcoming bake oven for the park.

Shakespeare in High Park

Councillor Doucette reminds us:  “I encourage you to check out one of the city’s best loved cultural attractions: Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park. This year’s program includes productions of Hamlet and All’s Well That Ends Well, running every week until Sep. 4, Tuesday through Sunday.  For the schedule and more information, click here.

JRA e-newsletter – August 2016

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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.

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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.

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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 

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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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