i. JRA’s Function in the Junction #5 is coming up — evening of Mar. 29, 2014, at the Masonic Temple, 151 Annette Street. This annual event centers on food, drinks, music, silent and noisy auctions, and socializing with neighbours. This year we will be raising funds for FutureWatch, a not-for-profit registered charitable organization, and their youth group Y-ECO Youth Environmental Community. Posters for FinJ are appearing in Dundas St. shop windows, and tickets ($50 including dinner provided by local restaurants) are soon on sale at Agora Cafe and at Latitude 44. Dinner and silent auction begin at 6 pm, and the after-dinner events start at 8: live auction, raffles, and cash bar, with live music from 9 pm. Those who come after dinner pay just $5 at the door. See the event poster.
ii. JRA General Meeting: The next JRA meeting is on Mar. 13, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. The agenda for this meeting includes a presentation by this year’s FinJ beneficiary, FutureWatch. We hope also to be discussing area traffic issues, so bring your peeves and praise about our local streets, intersections, and parking. Refreshments served.
Note: If you cannot attend this meeting in person, you can catch our video streaming of the meeting in real time. To watch it live on your computer, go to <http://www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv. There may be a 15-second commercial (not ours) before you can watch. We’ll post the agenda on the front page of our website, so you can follow along. There is a facility for asking questions remotely. If you have any problem getting connected, please call 647-235-0843 during the meeting and we’ll try to help.
iii. The JRA will be holding a Junction community yard sale on Sat., June 7 (rain date June 14). We’ll have space in Vine Ave. Parkette for people who want to bring their stuff to sell. and we’ll have a community barbecue near there afterwards. However, we encourage individual streets in the area to hold their own yard sales on this day, and even to include a street party! (On page 4 of this month’s Westside’s Story is a step-by-step guide to throwing a street party…) Let us know what you are planning (email email@example.com), and we can help publicize an area list or map for visitors.
=================== News of general interest =====================
a. The Westside’s Story, a new monthly e-newsletter, has started in the Bloor West Village – Junction area. Take a look at the March issue. You can subscribe, or submit info about coming events to be listed, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
c. Peggy Nash will be hosting free tax clinics for individuals with income under $35,000 and families under $40,000. Each year, hundreds of experienced certified general accountants (CGAs) volunteer to help lower-income Canadians by preparing their income tax returns, free of charge. Services are available by appointent only. Call our Community Office our Community Office at 416-769-5072 with any questions or to book an appointment; there are five dates available, from Mar. 22 to Apr. 12. See full information.
c. From the Junction BIA:
• The BIA has put out a call for musicians to participate in the Junction Music Festival, which will be held Sat., Sep. 20, 2014. Those interested should apply online between March 1 and May 15; preference will be given to local talent.
• The Junction Summer Solstice Festival will be held on Sat., June 21, 2014, noon to midnight.
• On Mar. 4-5, the TV show “Beauty and the Beast” will be filming in the Junction. “We would like to inform you that we wish to film interior and exterior scenes on Tue., Mar. 4 and Wed., Mar. 5 between approximately 7 am and 11 pm each day. The majority of our filming is at 209 Mavety St., and then on March 5 we will move to 2878 Dundas St W at about 6pm and film till about 10pm.”
========== Events coming up in and near the Junction ==========
Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
Tue., Mar. 4 – Ravina Community Garden is having a meeting at 7 pm at Annette Library, in the lower level.
Thu., Mar. 6 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, Annette Library. Business Meeting 7:30 pm. Speaker, 8:15 pm: Larry Sherk: One Hundred Years of Sheridan Nurseries. More info here.
Thu., Mar. 6 – Junction Commons Project, public meeting at Smash, 7:30-9:30 pm.
Fri., Mar. 7 – Pub Night at Lambton House, music by local band Just Us. Doors open 6 pm, music from 8 pm; free admission; sandwiches, beer, snacks for sale. 4066 Old Dundas St.; bus #55 from Jane TTC station, #30 from High Park or Islington stations.
Tue., Mar. 11 – Green 13 screening of film “Dirt”, Runnymede Library, 6:15 pm. ”Floods, drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt.”
Thu., Mar. 13 – Georgetown South Project Construction Liaison Meeting for West Toronto Diamond, 18 Hook Ave., #204, 5 pm “Please join us for an informal conversation with the construction project delivery team to review the ongoing work and what is planned in the coming months. As always, you can contact our Community Relations team at any time with questions or concerns, but having a monthly meeting is a regular opportunity to ask specific questions.” For more info, email email@example.com
Fri., Mar. 14 – “From Hospital to Home: What happens when I’m discharged from the hospital?” 2-3:30 pm at The Four Villages Community Health Centre, 3446 Dundas St. W.
Sun., Mar. 16 – Bloor West Village Inorganic Market, 11 am – 3 pm, No Frills parking lot, 2187 Bloor St. W. (at Kennedy Ave.). An opportunity to drop off your electronic waste. Bring your computers, cell phones, laptops, cables, printers, keyboards, monitors, and TVs to divert your e-waste from landfill. (no batteries please). Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 572-2025
Wed., Mar. 19 – Film “Love, Marilyn” (2012) at Runnymede Library, 6 pm. Director, Liz Garbus, starring Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Jennifer Ehle. Two boxes of Marilyn Monroe’s private writings were discovered in the home of her acting coach, 50 years after her death. Watch as actors read her letters onscreen in a fascinating and illuminating film.
Wed., Mar. 19 – The West Bend Community Association monthly meeting, Indian Rd Crescent Public School, 285 Indian Rd Cres. (at Humberside), 7-9 pm; info 647-478-8457. Come and find out what is happening in your neighbourhood, in High Park-Parkdale and across the city. We meet in the Teachers’ Lounge, 2nd Floor.
Wed., Mar. 26 – Swansea Horticultural Society presents Green Roofs, 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave. Come hear Toronto Master Gardener Tina Van Andel speak about Green Roofs.
Wed., Mar. 26 – Sarah Doucette will be hosting a second Development 101 meeting, 7:00 pm at Humberside CI, 280 Quebec Ave. ”Development has been an increasingly pressing issue in our ward… This will be a chance to ask city staff and me any questions you may have.”
Fri., Mar. 28 – Falls Prevention Workshop, 2-3:30 pm at The Four Villages Community Health Centre, 3446 Dundas St. W. What causes falls? Why is falling risky? What can I do to prevent falls? Plus tips and equipment recommendations to help keep you independent, and safe at home! Presented by 4CATS (Four Villages & Committed Action Team for Seniors). For more information, contact Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453 .
Sat., Mar. 29 — JRA Function in the Junction, see announcement at the top of this newsletter, and/or poster online.
Sat., Mar. 29 — Green 13′s 6th Annual Earth Hour Candlelight Walk, 7:45 pm starting at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Walk by the Humber, Reconnecting With Our Natural Heritage
Sun., Mar. 30 – Inorganic Market and Annual Indoor Garage Sale, 10 am – 2 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave. An opportunity to drop off your electronic waste. You can rent a table to sell your treasures (see more), or just come and browse. Info on Inorganic Market: email@example.com or (416) 572-2025
Tue., Apr. 1 – Green 13 Town Hall, 7 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave
============ Events of local interest, but farther away ============
Wed., Mar. 5 – Talk on “Transit Matters: The history of the TTC and how to improve our transit system today,” at 1674 St. Clair Ave. W. (MP/MPP office, just west of Caledonia), 7 pm.
Lambton House Heritage Talks, Thursdays, 6:30 pm
High Park Walks first and third Sunday of the month, including holidays, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in. For more info.
Mon., Mar. 17 – Made-for-Toronto Local Appeal Body Public Consultation, Metro Hall (Rooms 308-309), 6:45 – 9 pm, with a staff presentation to commence at 7:00 pm.
==================== Ongoing activities =================
Junction Seniors — Tuesdays 10-11 am and Fridays 2-3 pm
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You can watch/listen to the JRA’s AGM on ustream.com — see instructions at www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv — and below is the agenda so you can follow along. If you have problems with the video during the meeting, call 647-235-0843.
General Meeting: The next JRA meeting is on Jan. 9, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.
Topic: “Dreaming the Junction”
Let’s brainstorm about what improvements in our neighbourhood we would like to see. No critical thinking here, just dreams! Practicalities can come later. Any and all ideas and visions will be welcome. Here are some starters for you:
Vote: This spring we will hold our 5th Function in the Junction (date to be soon announced). We need to decide who/what will be this year’s recipient of the funds raised. If you contributed funds to last year’s FinJ, or plan to join us for a lively evening this year, help decide who will benefit!
Note: If you cannot attend the meeting in person, you can catch our video streaming of the meeting in real time. To watch it live on your computer, go to http://www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv. There may be a 15-second commercial (not ours) before you can watch. We’ll post the agenda on the front page of our website, so you can follow along. There is a facility for asking questions remotely. If you have any problem getting connected, please call 647-235-0843 during the meeting and we’ll try to help.
==================== News of general interest ====================
a. The Ravina Community Garden is a go!
b. BWVRA reaches a settlement on the 1990 Bloor West condo proposal
c. The Georgetown South Project of GO Transit is working on infrastructure improvements in our area to meet existing GO Transit ridership demand and future growth, including the new Union Pearson Express service between Union Station and Pearson International Airport. It publishes a monthly email newsletter, which presents progress reports and near-term plans for the project, and announces public information meetings. You can see the December issue online at http://bit.ly/1bv33ma, and you can subscribe by emailing your request to email@example.com
================= Opportunities for participation ==================
1. Friends of High Park Zoo is seeking nominations for their Board of Directors, accepted until Jan. 31, 2014. See full details: http://cms.highparkzoo.ca/fohpz-board-nominations-2014
3. Become a neighbourhood choreographer for Jane’s Walk and help others appreciate the Junction! See details at http://janeswalk.net/apply
============== Events coming up in and near the Junction ===========
Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
Thu., Jan. 2 – Junction Commons Project general meeting, SMASH, 2880 Dundas St. West, 7 pm.
Thu., Jan. 2 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, Runnymede Library, 2d floor, 7:30 pm. Talk by WTJHS member Christopher Moore, two-time winner of the Governor General’s Award in history, speaking on his book-in-progress celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Writer’s Union of Canada. Featuring special recorded interviews and dramatized readings.
Fri., Jan. 3 – Community pub night, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 6-11 pm.
Tue., Jan. 14 – Talk: “Bicycle Touring Around the World: Organized vs. Self-Supported,” Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm
Wed., Jan. 15 – The West Bend Community Association monthly meeting, Indian Rd Crescent Public School, 285 Indian Rd Cres., 7-9 pm; info 647-478-8457
Wed., Jan. 29 – Talk: “Vegetarianism 101: Easy steps to eating less meat!,” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.
============= Extended events in and near the Junction ==============
Drama “Willow Quartet” at Village Players, 2190 Bloor St. W. (near Runnymede) – Jan. 10 – Feb. 1, $16-20. For ticket prices and performance times, see http://villageplayers.net/
Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Jan. 20-26 — The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is a not-for-profit, independent design festival happening annually at the end of January. TO DO’s aim is to provide exposure for local and national designers; to foster public understanding and knowledge of the practice of design; and to create an ongoing presence that promotes Canada’s creativity, drawing on great thinkers, practitioners, and educators to a deliver an innovative celebration of art and design.
The Junction will be the host of almost a third of the festivals programming!! See http://todesignoffsite.com/ for detailed schedule, map, and PDF version of festival guides (eventually). There will be a number of exhibitions and window displays in the Junction, as well as the following scheduled events:
Wed, Jan 22 – Thu, Jan 23, 8pm – midnight
Wed, Jan 22, 5-10 pm
Wed., Jan. 22, 6-9 pm
Sat, Jan 25, 1-4 pm
===================== Ongoing actvities ====================
Junction Seniors — Tuesdays 10-11 am and Fridays 2-3 pm
JRA Community Meeting and AGM - Thursday, Jan. 9, 2013
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JRA AGM: If you could not attend in person on Nov. 14, you can watch the video version live on your computer — go to http://www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv. There may be a 15-second commercial (not ours) before you can watch. The meeting agenda is on the front page of our website, so you can follow along. The next community meeting is Jan. 9, 2014.
Opportunities for participation:
2. Help protect High Park
3. Project Neutral 2013 Household Carbon Footprint Survey continues to offer prizes for those who complete the survey by Dec. 1, 2013, and don’t forget to say the JRA sent you!
4. The nucleus of a committee to improve Malta Park has been formed.
================== CONTENTS ==================
News of general interest:
a. Annette Street Library closed for a while
Events coming up in and near the Junction:
Mon., Nov. 25 – Junction Commons Project town hall meeting, 3030 Dundas St. W., 7-9 pm
Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am and Fridays 2-3 pm
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