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JRA e-newsletter – December 2014

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Wed., Dec. 10 – Wear Yellow and Write for Rights with Amnesty International, Annette St. Library, 10:30 am – 5 pm.  Celebrate International Human Rights Day by dropping in anytime during the day and “write for rights.” Join people around the world wearing yellow, writing letters and signing postcards and petitions. Help Amnesty International bombard authorities responsible for human rights abuses with letters from all over the world. Tell them we are united against injustice! All the materials are provided for you – just drop in and join us!

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

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Sat., Nov. 29 -  CP Holiday Train, 8:15 pm (getting ready, 7:30 pm), CP Lambton Yard (750 Runnymede Rd., south of Walmart).  This year will see the return of musical guests The Odds and Roxanne Potvin. Please bring a donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank.   

Sun., Nov. 30 – Film “Westfront 1918″ (1930), 2 pm, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Directed by one of Germany’s greatest directors of cinema in his era; the film was his first “talkie”.  Set in WWI, this film denounces war through the experiences of four soldiers. German with English subtitles.  Free admission; also refreshments, exhibit & display, free house tour.

Sun., Nov. 30 – High Park Christmas Celebrations, from 2 pm in High Park.

   •   2-3 pm:       Santa visits his reindeer at the Reindeer Pen in the High Park Zoo
   •   2-5:30 pm:  Family activities on the Grenadier Restaurant patio
   •   5:30 pm:     Lighting of the Christmas tree at the Grenadier Restaurant

Sun., Nov. 30 – Junction Writes, 4-6 pm, 3030 Dundas St. W.  Local authors read excerpts from their books; this session features Robert Shaw, Jerry Levy, Alisha Piercy and Ray Robertson.

Tue., Dec. 2 – Your Brain on Speed: How the Brain Responds to the Rush Hour of Life, Annette Library, 7-8:15 pm.  Dr. Nasreen Khatri, clinical psychologist at the Rotman Research Institute, discusses how busy lives, the daily time crunch, multiple roles, and technology impact the brain health of adults.

Thu., Dec. 4 – Home Security Seminar, 7-9 pm, St. Pius X Church, 2305 Bloor St. W. (basement).  Toronto Police 11 Division will show you exactly what to do (both high and low tech) how to minimize the risk of a break-in. RSVP to 11division@torontopolice.on.ca or simply attend.   

Thu., Dec. 4 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society holds its annual Christmas/Winter Solstice celebration, 7:30 pm downstairs at Shox’s Tavern, 2827 Dundas St. W.  Be there for snacks, pints, and the return of the Junction Quiz and prizes. Free to members and friends.

Fri., Dec. 5 – Christmas Concert with organist Clement Carelse at the Masonic Temple, 7-9 pm.  The pipe organ, one of only two in the GTA of its size, was installed around 1927 by the man who is tonight’s performer.  The concert takes place in the Lodge Room upstairs, so this is a special opportunity to experience this Masonic building. Tickets ($25) include hors d’oeuvres, with a cash bar.  Buy online through Eventbrite.  See poster.

Sat., Dec. 6 – Family nature walk, “Orienteering,” 1:30-3 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  Forget your GPS! Find your way through our orienteering course using a map and compass. Each station is an activity that teaches you about the natural ecology of the park.  No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event.  Event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!  $2-5 per person suggested donation.

Sun., Dec. 7 -  Santa in the Junction: Winter Market, all day from 11 am.  The Junction BIA presents a Christmas festival, including a visit from Santa and his elves at the Junction train platform, and an outdoor winter market also at the train platform — a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, rated by the Toronto Star as one of the top ten markets in Toronto!  See the website for details.

Tue., Dec. 9 – “Winter Preparedness,” 7-8 pm, Annette St. Library.  Beat ole’ man winter this season by being prepared!  Join Caitlin Ryan, from Greensaver, in this workshop on energy conservation and winter emergency preparedness.  She will explain Toronto Hydro’s Home Assistance Program. Winter storms and power outages may be coming — learn what to do to be prepared!

Thu., Dec. 11 – Hour of Code, 5-6 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  During Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14), Jane/Dundas will host “Hour of Code” activities, including hour-long tutorials, to show that anyone can learn the basics. There will also be coding activities for kids.  No registration required; call 416-394-1085 for more information.

Thu., Dec. 11 -  Tall Tales of the Junction,” West Toronto Historical Society annual fundraiser, 6 pm at the Junction Craft Brewery, 90 Cawthra Ave., #101.  $20 provides an evening of some of the Junction’s finest storytellers telling their finest Junction stories. Join in with your own Junction tale and win valuable and fun prizes. Admission also includes snacks and a pint of ale from a JCB special cask.

Fri., Dec. 12 – West Coast and East Coast Swing Dance, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St. W.  This time, dancing to “Irene Torres and The Sugar Devils.”  Monthly dances sponsored by the Toronto Swing Dance Society; all ages, $10 members, $15 non-members.

Sun., Dec. 14 – HIJ Reading Series and Annual Bookthug Holiday Shindig, 260 Ryding Ave.  Readings by Martha Baillie and Jacob McArthur Mooney from 2 pm, party from 4 pm. Bring your favourite holiday-inspired reading for the party after.

Tue., Dec. 16 – Community Meeting about the 2265-79 Bloor St. W. Development Proposal, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm), Runnymede United Church.  This proposed development will set the precedent for all future developments in the Village and could be approved by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) at the hearing beginning on Jan. 6.  If you love Bloor West — come out to this meeting!

Wed., Dec. 17 – Movie Night: “The Grand Seduction” (2013),” 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Film directed by Don McKellar, and introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.    Plot:  A Newfoundland fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative business contract.  When big city doctor Paul Lewis lands in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him into staying.

Sat.-Sun., Dec. 20-21 – 10th Annual Decorate a Tree for the Birds Family Nature Workshop, High Park Nature Centre.  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 discover how birds like cardinals, nuthatches and woodpeckers survive the winter. $8.50 per person, reserve space by clicking on date:  (a) Sat. Dec. 20th from 10am – Noon ;  (b) Sat. Dec. 20th from 1pm – 3pm ;  © Sun. Dec. 21st from 10am – Noon

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Fri.-Sat., Dec. 5-6 -  Winter Open House Craft & Gift Sale, Fri. 7-9 pm, Sat. 10 am – 2 pm, Morningside-High Park Presbyterian Church, 4 Morningside Ave.  A wide array of crafts and gifts, and free mini photo sessions.

Fri.-Sun., Dec. 5-7 – Junction Flea Holiday Market: Party and Shop, Fri. 6-10 pm, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-5, at SMASH, 2880 Dundas St. W.  Enjoy a drink from Indie Ale House while shopping from a specially selected mix of vendors.

Sat., Dec. 6 – Annual Holly Tea, 1-4 pm, St. John’s West Toronto Anglican Church, 288 Humberside Ave.  Beautiful hand-made crafts, delicious baked goods, preserves and other one-of-a-kind items. While you’re shopping, have yours and/or your children’s photo taken with the original Santa Claus…St Nicholas.  Take a break for tea or coffee, including sandwiches and other goodies.  Free admission. Tea $8 ($3 for children).

Sun., Dec. 7 -  Santa in the Junction: Winter Market, all day from 11 am. More info in first section above.

Sun., Dec. 7 -  Christmas Flea, 11 am – 5 pm, at Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W.  Vintage clothes, housewares, hand made gifts, records, baked treats and more!  Also, a wrapping station will be set up with proceeds going to the Toronto Humane Society.

Sun., Dec. 14 – Christmas Craft Sale, 12-5 pm, at Junction Craft Brewing, 90 Cawthra Ave., #101.  Various craft vendors join Junction Craft Brewing in this craft sale.

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Sat., Dec. 6 – An Appalachian Christmas, 7:30-9:30 pm, at Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd.  Cantores Celestes Choir performs a selection of seasonal songs, including Gwyneth Walker’s Appalachian Carols. Tickets $25.

Sat., Dec. 6 – An English Christmas, 8-10 pm, Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 151 Glenlake Ave.  Voices chamber choir celebrates the Christmas season with a wide selection of choral music.  $20 adult, $15 students/seniors.

Sun., Dec. 7 – A Christmas Carol, 7 pm, Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd.   Dramatic reading of the Dickens classic, with the Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus and the Runnymede Chancel Choir.  For tickets ($25), call 416-767-6729, ext 100 or buy online.  To benefit The Stop Community Food Centre.

Fri., Dec. 12 – Christmas Carol Singalong, 7-9 pm, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.   Join in community singing for the whole family with musical accompaniment to mark the holiday season. Free, including treats, hot chocolate, and hot cider.

Sat., Dec. 14 – Christmas Caroling, 7 pm, Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd.  Join the sing-along on the church lawn. Free.

Sun., Dec. 14 – Christmas Carol Service, 7-8:30 pm, Runnymede Community Church, 60 Colbeck St.  Candlelight, carols, the Christmas story, hot apple cider and Christmas treats. Bring your whole family. Free, everyone welcome.

Sun., Dec. 21 – Carols by Candlelight Service, 7 pm, Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd.   Carols, readings & musical selections by Runnymede’s Chancel Choir.  Free, all are welcome.

Sun, Dec. 21 – Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols, 7:30 pm, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave.  Free, all are welcome

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5th Annual Holiday Gingerbread Party with The Junction Project, Fri., Dec. 5, 2-8 pm (three sittings), at the Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W.   Gingerbread decorating and holiday festivities for charity!  We will be providing pre-built gingerbread houses that need your artistic touches with icing and decorating candies (also provided) for only $20 per family!  Buy your tickets ahead at the web address above to ensure seats in one of three time slots.  Proceeds to SKETCH, a program that provides opportunities for homeless youth to engage in cultural and artistic expression.

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club, Sat., Dec. 6, 10 am – 12 pm, Annette St. Library.  Explore the world of magic, witches, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay in the some of the greatest stories ever told!  Professional actors and educators from Shakespeare in Action theatre company lead kids 7-12 through drama games and Shakespeare’s plays. The program is free. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Celebrate Nikolaus!  Sat., Dec. 6, 1-2:30 pm, Runnymede Library.  Have you been good this year? Nikolaus knows! For German children, the tradition of cleaning your shoes before Nikolaus visits is very important because if your shoes are dirty, where will Nikolaus put the presents? Will you get sweet treats, little toys, or a piece of coal this year? Come to the library on Dec. 6 to find out!  Recommended for young children ages 3-6. In partnership with the Goethe-Institut Toronto, this is a special bilingual German and English program. To register, call 416-393-7697 or email rnstaff@torontopubliclibrary.ca

How to Build Pallet Coasters, Sat., Dec. 13, 10 am 12 pm, Home Depot at 2121 St. Clair Ave. W.  A great free activity for children ages 4-12.  Kids will learn how to build pallet coasters using a hammer and glue. Pre-register at website.

MakerSpace Open House, Sat., Dec. 13, 10:30 am-12 pm, Runnymede Library.  Join us for card-making, Lego building, and other fun and creative crafts!  Children ages 6 and up and teens are welcome. Hosted by Runnymede Library’s Youth Advisory Group.  Drop-in program.

Christmas Bird Count for Kids, Sun., Dec. 21, 8:30-9:30 am, High Park Nature Centre.  Learn to use binoculars, identify birds and collect data to help with bird conservation efforts!  Hike the trails to find the winter birds who are toughing it out this winter!  Free, but must reserve space at website above.

Colborne Lodge in High Park has a number of fee-based programs for children in December.  Click here and here; some programs are listed on one or the other website.

More programs for kids in December:  at Jane/Dundas Library; at Annette Library; at Runnymede Library

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Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays (Dec. 6, 13), 10 am – 12 pm at Annette St. Library, 145 Annette St.  Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners.  Bring your own wool and needles.  Currently there are two web pages for this event, the link above and also here.

High Park Walks, alternate Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in.  Dec. 7, “High Park Through the Ages” with David Berndorff; Dec. 21, “Holiday Hike to Colborne Lodge” with Walking Tours Committee.

Lambton House Open House, Suns., Dec. 7 and 14, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas St. –  Come in for a free tour and visit. It’s a good idea to call ahead to 416-767-5472, as the open house is occasionally pre-empted for a private rental.  Continuing in December, the Great War Commemorative Display in the Humber Room, personal mementos of World War I from local residents.

French Conversation Circle, alternate Mons. (Dec. 1, 15), 6-7 pm.  The Jane/Dundas Library invites French-speaking children and teens, or anyone interested in practicing their French to join our French story-time/conversation circle.  Please call 416-394-1014 for more information.

Writers’ Group, third Tuesday  (Dec. 16), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Creative writing group meets once a month to discuss their current writing projects. Phone 416-393-7697 for more information.

Toronto Debating Society, alternate Tues., 7:30-9:30 pm.:  Dec. 2 – “E-cigarettes are a healthy alternative to smoking” (Beginners);  Dec. 16, TBA.  A non-profit public community organization, we meet at Swansea Town Hall from September to May.  Attendance is always free.  See some videos on the website.

Swansea Historical Society Meeting, first Wednesday (Dec. 3), 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.  Author Nate Hendley will talk about Edwin Alonzo Boyd, the “gentleman bank robber” in the 1950′s.

Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (Dec. 18), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  Community gathering where fiddlers and musicians of all ages and levels come together for various fiddle-focused events. Tickets for purchase at fiddleshow@gmail.com or 416-402-1642.

Pub Night at Lambton House, first Friday (Dec. 5, music by local John Dorsey), doors open 6 pm, music from 8 pm to midnight; free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  4066 Old Dundas St.; bus #55 from Jane TTC station, #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe, and Fridays 2-3 pm at Pascal’s.

Christmas at Colborne Lodge, daily through Jan. 5 (except Mondays), 12-4 pm, 11 Colborne Lodge Dr. (in High Park).  Warm up by the hearth and take in the sights ad smells of a Victorian Christmas.  Enjoy the natural greenery decorations, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider, and nibble on special holiday treats.

Local library Book Clubs are as follows:

   •   first Tuesday (Dec. 2), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club”
   •   first Wednesday (Dec. 3), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
   •   first Wednesday (Dec. 3), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
   •   second Monday (Dec. 8), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club”
   •   Monday (Dec. 15), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Polish Book Club”

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 JRA Community Meeting  – Thu., Jan. 8, 2015, 7-9 pm

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JRA e-newsletter – November 2014

Junction Residents Association Annual General Meeting will be held on Thu., Nov. 13, 2014.  On the agenda is election of officers, reports on the past 12 months of JRA activity, and speakers on local street drainage and a study of the problematic intersection at Dundas/Dupont/Annette.  For details.

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CREW Toronto is looking for you!  Creating Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW) is looking for volunteers to join our team!  We are working to create a network to help Toronto’s residents, households and communities prepare for extreme weather events. We are forming relationships with the City of Toronto, the Red Cross and community groups across the city. We are hoping to launch a variety of projects, including a city-wide event and the creation of ward profiles to map the resources available during an extreme weather event.  Come join us on Tue., Nov. 4 at 6:30 pm in Room 308, Metro Hall, and learn how you can become involved!  RSVP to thecrew@crewtoronto.ca

Sat., Nov. 15 – Please donate blood at Swansea Town Hall,  9:30 am – 1:30 pm.  Bring your donor or ID card.  More info at 416-974-9900 or click Canadian Blood Services

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Sat., Nov. 1 –  Last day this season of the Junction Farmer’s Market, 9 am – 1 pm, at “the train platform,” 2960 Dundas St. W. (just east of Pacific Ave.).

Sat., Nov. 1 –  Day of the Dead Celebration, 10 am-1 pm, Annette Library.  For all ages.  Find out about this Mexican tradition, and make an altar.  Bring a picture or drawing of a loved one for your altar.

Sat., Nov. 1 – The Junction Project will be hosting the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Walk @ Vine Park, 6 pm start. “Bring your fabulous Jack-o’-Lanterns to be seen and enjoyed by all!  Early drop-off available; contact us info@thejunctionproject.com

Sat., Nov. 1 – Tenth Annual Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade starts at sundown. Bring your jack-o-lantern to the park and line it up along the path.

Sun., Nov. 2 – Clocks fall back in the early morning, and we gain an hour!

Sun., Nov. 2 –  Choral Evensong followed by Pumpkin Tea and a performance by City Flutes, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Avenue, 4 pm.

Mon., Nov. 3 – “Toronto’s Astronomical Heritage,” Jane/Dundas Library, 7-8 pm.  Join Dr. John Percy as he explores astronomy’s impact on our society, from the 1830s until today.  Dr. Percy is Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, in Astronomy & Astrophysics and in Science Education.

Wed. Nov. 5 – The eh List Author Series: The Bear, a novel by Claire Cameron, 7-8:15 pm, Runnymede Library.  Claire Cameron’s newest book is a riveting fictionalization of a real event — two children who struggle to escape the angry bear who attacked and killed their parents in Algonquin Park.

Thu., Nov. 6 – Cleopatra at the Breakfast Table, 7-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Local author Peter O’Brien talks about his new book, which is about storytelling in the digital age. It’s a jaunty account of a single father and his daughter studying Grade 10 Latin together. The book explores the expanding influence of technology, and how fathers and daughters communicate, or fail to communicate, in the era of Facebook.

Thu., Nov. 6 – Strictly Murder, a play at the Village Playhouse, 8 pm (doors open 7:30, open seating), 2190 Bloor St. W.  This sneak preview on the night before its official opening is a fundraiser for Swansea Area Ratepayers Association & Bloor West Village Residents Association.  The plot:  “Conflicts that play out in a British couple’s rustic cottage in Provence may affect the greater conflict that is about to envelop Europe. We dare you to separate the good guys from the bad in this thrilling tale of murder and espionage set in 1939.”  Email info@bwvra.ca for tickets, $18.

Sat., Nov. 8 – See below, Bazaars and holiday sales, 10 am.

Sat., Nov. 8 – Operation Sock Monkey Workshop – For adults!  1-4 pm, Annette St. Library.  Learn how to make a handmade sock monkey.  At the end of the workshop, sock monkeys will be shipped overseas and given to a child in need, or can be kept, for a small donation to Operation Sock Monkey.  Space is limited. Call to register, 416-393-7692.

Sat., Nov. 8 – Family nature walk, “Amazing Animal Adaptations,” 1:30-3 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  We will be on the trail of some of the most amazing animals of High Park to learn how they do the things they do. Hawks, squirrels, chipmunks, stink bugs and raccoons are some of the cool creatures we will be talking about.  No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event  Event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!  $2-5 per person suggested donation.

Mon., Nov. 10 – “And what will I do with the rest of my life?” 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Aimed at “boomers,” this workshop will help you come to a clearer idea of your true desires, using visualization, brainstorming, journaling, targeted exercises and the wisdom of elders.  Presenter Elaine Ruth Mitchell, is a prize-winning writer, leader of workshops, teacher and coach.  Register beforehand at 416-393-7697.

Tue., Nov. 11 – National Climate Assessment, and Canada in a Changing Climate, 6:30-8:15 pm, Runnymede Library.  Green 13 & Runnymede Library present video and discussion of two recent and influential reports.

Thu., Nov. 13 – Community meeting of Junction Residents Association, AGM and other topics, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church.  Details.

Thu., Nov. 13 – Heritage Talk: “The Diminution of York Township” with Don Kendal, 7 pm at Lambton House. Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Don Kendal was born in York Township and taught History and Social Sciences in City of York high schools and Geography at Ryerson University before retiring. He co-authored and edited City of York: A Local History (1987).

Sat., Nov. 15 – See below, Bazaars and holiday sales, 10 am.

Sun., Nov. 16 – Talk on “The Great War and Its Lasting Impact on Toronto” by John Beram, 2 pm, Lambton House.  As a colony, Canada was committed to the Great War effort and Torontonians soon registered for service soon after its sudden outbreak in Europe.  Doors open at 12, come and see our Great War Commemorative Display of local memorabilia. Talk is a Heritage York project.

Mon., Nov. 17 – “Winter Preparedness,” 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  “Beat ole’ man winter this season by being prepared!  Join Susie Cho, from Toronto Hydro’s Home Assistance Program, in this workshop on power outages, energy conservation and winter emergency preparedness.

Wed., Nov. 19 – Movie Night: “The Railway Man” (2013), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Film directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, and introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.

Fri., Nov. 21 – Trakkers Cross-Country Ski Club Open House, 7-9 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.  Snowbank Trakkers is a volunteer-run, non-profit, recreational cross-country ski club based in the High Park/Bloor West neighbourhood. Trakkers welcomes members of all ages and all skill levels.  The club also actively promotes snowshoeing and each of the resorts we visit offers several snowshoeing trails.  For more information, contact info@trakkers.ca or visit their website.

Sat., Nov. 22 – See below, Bazaars and holiday sales, 10 am.

Sat., Nov. 22 – Family nature walk, “Know Your Nature” (led by High Park Rangers youth), 1:30-3 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  Learn about the plants and animals in High Park from the young naturalists of the High Park Rangers group!  We will explore woodlands and black oak savannah habitats to learn fascinating facts and connect with the nature surrounding us.  No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event  Event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!  $2-5 per person suggested donation.

Wed., Nov. 26 – Bloor West Village Cavalcade of Lights, Alex Ling Fountain, Jane and Bloor Sts., 6:30-9 pm.  The Village lights up with the wonderful lights of Christmas, and Santa arrives in the Village!  Join us for carols and hot chocolate.  Sponsored by the BWVBIA.

Thu., Nov. 27 – “1914-2014, Toronto Remembers the Great War,” 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Author of Death So Noble: Memory, meaning, and the First World War, Professor Jonathan Vance (University of Western Ontario), considers the challenges of remembering this catastrophic event. When we are encouraged to remember the First World War, what exactly are we being encouraged to remember?  The History Matters series is presented in collaboration with ActiveHistory.ca and Heritage Toronto.

Sun., Nov. 30 – High Park Christmas Celebrations, from 2 pm in High Park.

  •  2-3 pm:       Santa visits his reindeer at the Reindeer Pen in the High Park Zoo
  •  2-5:30 pm:  Family activities on the Grenadier Restaurant patio
  •  5:30 pm:     Lighting of the Christmas tree at the Grenadier Restaurant

Sun., Nov. 30 – Junction Writes, 4-6 pm, 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W.  Local authors read excerpts from their books, this session features Robert Shaw, Jerry Levy, Alisha Piercy and Ray Robertson.

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Here is a handy list of bazaars and nonprofit holiday sales this month.  Unless otherwise noted, admission is free.

Sat., Nov. 8

Bloor West Village Arts & Crafts Show (formerly Runnymede United Craft Show), 10 am – 3 pm, 432 Runnymede Rd.  Unique crafts as well as delicious Bake and Deli table. Over 80 vendors will be selling their wares. Stay for lunch and shop ’til you drop!

Sat., Nov. 15

Annual Church Bazaar at St. Pius X, 10 am – 2 pm, 2305 Bloor St. W. (near Durie).  Christmas craft, hot lunch, baked goods, knitted goods, books, children’s table, gift baskets, silent auction, tombola, nearly-new table.  Contact:  marydifrancesco@gmail.com or 416-604-8559.

St Olave’s Christmas Craft Show, 10 am – 4 pm, 360 Windermere Ave. (just south of Bloor).  Unique hand-made crafts will be sold by artisans, artists and craftspeople from the Greater Toronto Area with a coffee bar available.  $2 admission, kids under 12 free.

Sat., Nov. 22

Annual Junction Triangle Home Style Craft Show and Sale 2014, 10 am – 3 pm, Perth Ave. Public School, 14 Ruskin Ave.  Home-made gifts and treats, live Santa.  Contact: jtcraftshow@yahoo.com

Emmanuel-Howard Park United Church’s Christmas Arts & Crafts Show, 10 am – 4 pm, 214 Wright Ave. (at Roncesvalles).  One hundred vendors, in one of the most beautiful venues in the city. Everything is original, designed and made by the vendors.  $2 admission, kids under 12 free.  Contact:  416-536-1755 or ehpchristmasmarket@gmail.com

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Nutcracker Fair, 10 am – 2 pm, 151 Glenlake Ave. (at Keele).  Silent auction, home baked goods, including prepared meals. Vintage jewellery, crafts, holiday greenery for sale. Hot Peameal Bacon BBQ Brunch and Soup and Salad Lunch. Cookie decorating for children, wheelchair accessible.

Swansea Craft Sale 2014, 10 am – 3 pm, Swansea Public School, 207 Windermere Ave.  Over 70 vendors  — Christmas wreaths, ornaments, cookies, gourmet edibles, handmade chocolate, soap, stuffed animals, greeting cards and more. Kids craft activity all day. Santa visits from 11-1.  Contact: dringdring@rogers.com or 416-393-9080.

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TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club, Saturdays in November, 10 am – 12 pm, Annette St. Library.  Explore the world of magic, witches, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay in the some of the greatest stories ever told!  Professional actors and educators from Shakespeare in Action theatre company lead kids 7-12 through drama games and Shakespeare’s plays. The program is free. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Getting the Scoop: Write Like a Reporter, 2-3 pm for 4 sessions (Saturday, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22), Runnymede Library.  You must register for this program by Nov. 1!  “If you’ve ever wondered whether journalism is as fun as it looks in books, movies and comics, join children’s author and former reporter Jennifer Lanthier for a series of four fun-filled workshops. Get the inside scoop on how to find and tell a great story. Get ready for reading, role-playing, writing, editing and creating!  Space is limited. Register at the branch or by calling 416-393-7697.”

Thu., Nov. 6 – Family Hockey Night @ the Library, 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas.  Join us for an evening of hockey-related fun, including a reading by local young author Quinn Oliver of his newest book Duck with the Puck.

Thu., Nov. 20 – At Home Alone: Five Easy Steps to Independence, 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  A fun family workshop to help families prepare their 10-14-year-old to be home alone safely.  Parents and children must attend together. Call 416-393-7697 to register.  Presented by Toronto Public Health.

More programs for kids in November:  at Jane/Dundas Library;  at Annette Library

=================   Recurring events  (by day of week)  ===============

Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays (Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29), 10 am – 12 pm at Annette St. Library, 145 Annette St.  Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners.  Bring your own wool and needles.  Currently there are two web pages for this event, link above and also http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT13902&R=EVT13902

High Park Walks, alternate Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in.  Nov. 2, “Geological Wonders and Origins” with Frank Remiz;  Nov. 16, “Art of the Park” with Grace Petrucci.

High Park Stewards volunteers, 2nd & 4th Sundays (Nov. 9, 23):  Buckthorn Busting #2 and #3), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.  On Nov. 23 it will be followed by a  pot-luck lunch.   For more info + click ‘Brochure 2014′ for calendar.

Lambton House Open House, Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas St. –  Come in for a free tour and visit. It’s a good idea to call ahead to 416-767-5472, as the open house is occasionally pre-empted for a private rental.  Continuing in November, the Great War Commemorative Display in the Humber Room, personal mementos of World War I from local residents.

French Conversation Circle,  Mondays (Nov. 3, 17), 6-7 pm.  The Jane/Dundas Library invites French-speaking children and teens, or anyone interested in practicing their French to join our French story-time/conversation circle.  Please call 416-394-1014 for more information.

Writers’ Group, third Tuesday  (Nov. 18), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Creative writing group meets once a month to discuss their current writing projects. Phone 416-393-7697 for more information.

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Nov. 25), 7-8:15 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, see www.streetknit.ca or email us at streetknit@gmail.com

Toronto Debating Society, alternate Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 pm.  A non-profit public community organization, we meet at Swansea Town Hall from September to May.  Attendance is always free.  See some videos on the website.

Walk This Way: free Nordic pole walking group continues through November: Wednesdays (weather permitting), 11:45 am-12:45 pm.  Meet at Black Oak Cafe, West Road, High Park.  “Discover a new way of walking!  Nordic Pole Walking is a fun and effective low-impact full-body workout for people of all ages and fitness levels.  No experienced required, poles supplied.”  Contact Junko at 416-604-0640 x 6453 for more information.

Swansea Historical Society Meeting, first Wednesday (Nov. 5), 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.  Guest speaker Linda Granfield talks about Remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war.

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday (Nov. 19), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Cresc. P.S., 2nd Floor Teachers’ Lounge, 285 Indian  Rd. Cresc.  Everyone welcome.

Drop Everything and Sing, alternate Thursdays (Nov. 6, 20), 10-11 am, 193 High Park Ave., 2nd floor, $2 admission.  Neighbourhood sing-alongs. No commitment or experience necessary.  For more information, highparksingalong@gmail.com.

Fall Storytelling Evenings, some Thursdays, 7-8:15 pm, Runnymede Library.  Join us for an evening of interactive storytelling for all ages. Lead by professional storytellers. Come to just listen, or share a story of your own. This program is supported by Storytelling Toronto.

  • Nov. 13 Enigma (Temptation or Riddle) Stories
  • Nov. 20 Conflict with God Stories

Monthly meeting of West Toronto Junction Historical Society, first Thursday (Nov. 6), Annette Library, lower level, business meeting at 7:30 pm, speaker at 8:15 pm.  On Nov. 6:  Our Remembrance Night speaker is Ron Atkins, of the recreated 20th Battalion C.E.F., which learns and lives proper drill, procedures and deportment to present an accurate “snapshot” of the Canadian Infantry of that period. The topic: “How W.W.I affected Toronto.”

Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (Nov. 20), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  Community gathering where fiddlers and musicians of all ages and levels come together for various fiddle-focused events. Tickets for purchase at fiddleshow@gmail.com or 416-402-1642.

Pub Night at Lambton House, first Friday (Nov. 7, music by local band Just Us), doors open 6 pm, music from 8 pm to midnight; free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  4066 Old Dundas St.; bus #55 from Jane TTC station, #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe, and Fridays 2-3 pm at Pascal’s.

Christmas at Colborne Lodge, daily Nov. 22 – Jan. 5 (except Mondays), 12-4 pm, 11 Colborne Lodge Dr. (in High Park).  Warm up by the hearth and take in the sights ad smells of a Victorian Christmas.  Enjoy the natural greenery decorations, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider, and nibble on special holiday treats.

Home Depot at 2121 St. Clair Ave. W. is holding free workshops on various topics (installing insulation, laminate flooring, etc.) on various days; some are for children!  See schedule and description at http://www.homedepot.ca/workshops#; preregistration required.

Local library Book Clubs are as follows:

  • first Tuesday (Nov. 4), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club”
  • first Wednesday (Nov. 5), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
  • first Wednesday (Nov. 5), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
  • second Monday (Nov. 10), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club”
  • fourth Monday (Nov. 24), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Polish Book Club”

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 JRA Community Meeting  – Thu., Nov. 13, 2014

AGM, Thu., Nov. 13, 7-9 pm

On Thu., Nov. 13, we will gather for our Annual General Meeting at our usual time and place, West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St W., 7-9 pm. The first order of business will be the election of new officers, approval of minutes of past meetings (see Minutes), and reports by officers on JRA activities over the past year.

Here is the slate of officers that the Nominating Committee presents:

  • linda o. nagy, Chair
  • Andrew Keenan, Vice-Chair and Membership
  • Pam Mountain, Secretary
  • Renee Wells-English, Treasurer
  • Officers at Large:
    • Ken Clements
    • Mat Scolozzi
    • John Shields
    • Andrew Zimbel

Six of these eight candidates have previous experience on the Executive Committee, and two are new to it. (Of the ten officers elected last year at this time, two have moved out of our area, and two decline to stand again.) Since the EC can be as many as ten people, we also have some room to grow. (See our bylaws.)

A new incentive: All paid-up members of the JRA will be eligible to vote at this meeting and, in addition, those members who attend the AGM will be entered in a draw for a gift certificate to a great Junction business.

After AGM business, we will have speakers on two matters of local interest:

  1. Gutters and drains: Have you seen flooding on the streets lately? Have you noticed weeds growing in the gutters and blocked drains? Do you what to know what to do about it? Two representatives from Road Operations for City of Toronto will advise us and answer questions.

    • City’s plan to keep the streets clean. (What can we expect?)
    • How we as citizens can assist City staff in keeping the streets clean.
    • What to do if we see a problem
    • What would it cost to return to the old system where the City cleared leaves from the streets each year?
  2. Study of the “crazy” intersection at Dupont/Dundas/Annette Streets: Jim Chisholm of The West Bend Community Association will tell us about their project to cooperate with a first-year engineering class at U of T, giving them parameters for an improved design of this complex intersection, from the vantage point of motorists, cyclists, pedestrans, and buses. If time permits, those at the meeting can offer their experiences and ideas on this problem.

JRA e-newsletter – October 2014, second half

October is a busy month!  There was too much for one email, so we decided to send out the news in two halves this month.  This is the second half, with a few general items repeated, but mostly containing events for the second half of the month.

JRA Annual General Meeting will be held on Thu., Nov. 13, 2014.  On the agenda is electing officers, hearing reports on the past 12 months of our activity, and other matters of interest to be arranged and announced in the November newsletter.  We have sent email (or a letter, to those who do not have email) to voting members with the slate of candidates.

===========   News for the neighbourhood and beyond  ===========

OMB hearing on Grenadier Square development proposal (two 26-storey buildings at 51-77 Quebec Ave. and 40-66 High Park Ave.), from High Park Coalition, a citizen group which is opposing it:  “Thanks to your contributions, we were able to raise our shortfall of $1,500 in under two weeks! We are deeply grateful for your support in making the fight possible.  We ancticipate the OMB’s decision before the end of 2014 and will share this with you when we are notified. Click here for the latest article in The Villager regarding the development proposal.”

==================   Opportunities to consider  ===============

We’re looking for your support!  Runnymede Healthcare Centre is currently undertaking the development of a new strategic plan for 2014-2017. As a part of that process, we are reaching out to community members and associations to get their feedback and ask them to help shape our future.  We invite all local residents to fill out a short survey for a chance to win a prize!  (The survey — and the opportunity to win a prize — will be open until the end of day Fri., Oct. 17).  Your feedback is confidential. If you have any questions, please email communications@runnymedehc.ca

===========    Events coming up in and near the Junction    ========  ===  See below for Recurring events === and ==== Events for children ===

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

Tue., Oct. 14 -  Film “Disruption” at Jane/Dundas Library, 620 Jane St., 6:30-8:30 pm.  Sponsored by Green 13 and the Library.  “Join us for a free screening of this new, fast-paced cinematic journey through the wild world of climate change — the science, the politics, the solutions, and the stories that define the crisis at this pivotal point in human history.  The movie is about an hour long, and afterwards we’ll have a discussion about what we can all do together on this important issue.”  More info.

Tue., Oct. 14 -  Women’s History Month Film Night, 7 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 2nd Floor, 95 Lavinia Ave.  Screening “Rosies of the North” and “The Lost Garden: The Life and Cinema of Alice Guy-Blaché.”

Wed., Oct. 15 – Hurricane Hazel Walk, 10 am-12 pm.  To mark the 60th anniversary of this significant event in the history of Toronto and Lambton House, Heritage York is participating in two walks along the Humber in collaboration with Heritage Toronto and the Toronto Field Naturalists.  Beginning at the Old Mill Subway Station and concluding at Lambton House, follow part of the path of one of the greatest natural disasters in Canadian history, and hear the stories of those who were there.  Another walk on Sat., Oct. 4, 1:30-3:30 pm.

Wed., Oct. 15 – West Bend Community Association meeting, 7 pm, Indian Rd. Cresc. P.S., 2nd Floor Teachers’ Lounge, 285 Indian  Rd. Cresc.  Everyone welcome.

Wed., Oct. 15 – Looking Back to Hurricane Hazel, 7:30 pm, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.   David Phillips, Senior Climatologist at Environment Canada, speaks on the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel.  His talk promises new insights into an event that resides in our memory. The free event is open to the public on first-come first-serve basis. It may also be streamed online.  See poster.

Thu., Oct. 16 – Autumn Sketchbook: Lessons in Colour, workshop series by High Park Nature Centre. “With the skilled instruction of botanical artist Nellie Sue Potter, and the colourful medium of your choice (colour pencils, pastels, watercolours etc.) you will learn how to sketch various fall subjects.”  Fee: $150 / 3 sessions:  Thu., Oct. 16, 6-9 pm (indoors); Sun., Oct. 19, 1-4 pm (mostly outdoors); Tue., Oct. 21, 6-9 pm (indoors).  More info and registration.

Thu., Oct. 16 – The eh List Author Series: Bob McDonald, Canadian Spacewalkers, 7-8:15 pm, Runnymede Library.  “The host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks makes his living explaining science to the rest of us. This time out, he delves into the mysteries and uniqueness of the spacewalking experience.”   

Sat., Oct. 18 – Health and Wellness Fair, St. John’s Anglican Church West Toronto, 288 Humberside Ave (at High Park Ave.), 11am – 3pm.  Get information that could help you live a healthier life. Blood typing clinic, medical consultations, nutrition information and more, from the Parish Nurse at this Anglican Church.

Sat., Oct. 18 – Toronto’s Great War Attic, Colborne Lodge in High Park, 1-4 pm.  “Bring your WWI stories and treasures to participate in Toronto’s Great War Attic. At this ‘pop-up museum-style’ event, experts will document your family stories and keepsakes. Toronto’s Great War Attic will create a legacy for Torontonians for generations to come. This program is a joint initiative created by City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services, Historica Canada, York University’s History Department and the Multicultural History Society of Ontario.  Admission is free.”  More info + click ‘Colborne Lodge’.

Sat., Oct. 18 – Rain Tonight: A Story of Hurricane Hazel, 2 pm, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Steve Pitt is a children’s author and magazine writer whose non­fiction book was short­listed for the Silver Birch, Red Cedar and Rocky Mountain Awards. Featuring a nine-­year-­old heroine, Penny Doucette, Rain Tonight is an exciting true story. This event is ideal for grades 2 to 5; an adult should accompany children. Free admission, refreshments. First come, first served.  Everybody warmly welcome!  See poster.  

Sun., Oct. 19 – Fourth annual Toast of Autumn presented by Bloor by the Park BIA, 12-7 pm, Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St. W., Hall A (just west of Dundas West TTC station).  Live music, food and art fair, kids’ games, and more.  Free admission.

Sun., Oct. 19 – The Identity of a Tree, 2-4 pm, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Stephen Scharper and Hilary Cunningham discuss the landmark decision protecting private trees reached on May 17, 2013 by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto.

Mon Oct 20 – Rienzi Crusz, “Coming through the Shadows” and other poems, 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Rienzi Crusz was born in Sri Lanka, and immigrated to Canada in 1965; he is now a Canadian citizen. He has published 12 books of poetry, on themes of love, the immigrant experience, animals, spirituality, Sri Lanka, bandits and heroes.

Wed., Oct. 22 – Film “Fading Gigolo” (2013, 90 min., R), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Directed by John Turturro, with Turturro, Woody Allen, Liev Schreiber, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Tonya Pinkins.  Film introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.

Wed., Oct. 22 – All-candidates meeting for Ward 13 Councillor candidates, 7-9 pm at Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd.  Sponsored by Bloor West Village Residents Association.

Thu., Oct. 23 – Project Canoe Gallery Opening and Fundraiser, 6-9 pm, Latitude 44 Gallery, 2900 Dundas St. W.     Award-winning painter Brigitte Nowak’s first solo show of canoe paintings takes place from Oct. 16 to Nov. 13 at Latitude 44 Gallery.  Brigitte and Latitude 44 are jointly donating a portion of proceeds from the sale of paintings from the exhibition to Project Canoe, a charitable organization which has a strong record of supporting at-risk youth through outdoor activities, including wilderness canoe trips.

Fri., Oct. 24 – Haunted High Park – “Visit Colborne Lodge and its grounds at night and hear about legends and ghost stories that have been told about the Lodge and High Park.  Period refreshments included.”  Call 416-392-6916 to register in advance and pay.  For those 18 years & up, three sessions: Fri., Oct. 24; Thu., Oct. 30; Fri., Oct. 31 at 7-8:30 pm,  $17.50 + tax.  Also see Sat., Oct. 25 below under “For children and families.”  More info + click Colborne Lodge.

Sat., Oct. 25 – Humbercrest United Church’s Annual Sale, 9-11:30 am, 16 Baby Point Rd.  Start your Christmas shopping early for bargains on clothing, toys, books and handmade items, baking, and preserves. Free admission.   

Sat., Oct. 25 – Operation Sock Monkey Workshop, 1-4 pm, Annette St. Public Library.  “Learn how to make a handmade sock monkey from an Operation Sock Monkey (OSM) workshop facilitator and earn three high-school volunteer hours.  At the end of the workshop, sock monkeys will be shipped overseas and given to a child in need, or can be kept, for a small donation to Operation Sock Monkey.  Space is limited. Call the branch to register, 416-393-7692.

Sat., Oct. 25 – Family nature walk, “Nuts About Seeds,” 1:30-3 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  Nuts and seeds are amazing survivors and seasoned travellers. Come find out all of the nutty ways that seeds get around – from hitchhikers to tummy travellers, we will find tons of incredible seeds. No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event  Event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!  $2-5 per person suggested donation.  More info.

Sat., Oct. 25 – Junction Pumpkinfest, 2-6 pm, Junction Train Platform, 2960 Dundas St. W.  Annual event sponsored by the Junction BIA — pumpkin carving for kids, family-friendly activities, treats and more.

Sun., Oct. 26 – Toronto West Hallowe’en Fest, 10:30 am – 4 pm, Bloor St. W. btw. Jane St. and Runnymede Rd.  Street festival and live entertainment, costume parade from 1:15 pm. Performance by Jully Black. Sponsored by Scotiabank and others, to benefit St. Joseph’s Hospital.  More info.

Sun., Oct. 26 – Twilight Pumpkin Float in High Park, 4-6 pm at High Park Wading Pool (northwest corner of the park, just west of the entrance at High Park Ave. and Bloor St. W.).  Carve a pumpkin and set it afloat with other ghoulish gourds!  $2.50/pumpkin.  Sponsored by the High Park Nature Center, info 416-392-1748, x. 2 or click here.

Mon., Oct. 27 – Election Day in Toronto, 10 am – 8 pm. Don’t forget to vote on (or before) this day!   Visit www.toronto.ca/elections/myvote and input your address in order to:

-       View the list of candidates running in your ward and their contact information
-       View a map of your ward showing your home in relation to your voting place
-       Enter your name to check if you’re on the voters’ list
-       Find out where and when to vote during advance vote and on election day
-       Review the accessibility information of your voting place
-       View a sample ballot
-       Remember to bring one piece of identification showing your name and qualifying (Toronto) address.  Your voter information card cannot be used as a piece of identification. View the complete list of acceptable identification.

Tue., Oct. 28 – Small Business Selling 101: Finding your first customer, 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  “Carla Langhorst, co-founder of Small Business Solver, will help you customise your pitch and sales tactics for new target audiences and new products. This workshop offers a simple guide to assess the compatibility between your business and your target market. Phone the branch on 416-393-7697 to register.  More info.

Sat., Nov. 1 -  Last day this season of the Junction Farmer’s Market, 9 am – 1 pm, at “the train platform,” 2960 Dundas St. W. (just east of Pacific Ave.).

Sat., Nov. 1 – The Junction Project will be hosting the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Walk @ Vine Park, 6 pm start. “Bring your fabulous Jack-o’-Lanterns to be seen and enjoyed by all!  Early drop-off available; contact us info@thejunctionproject.com

=============    Recurring events  (by day of week)  =============

Junction Farmer’s Market, Saturdays through Nov. 1, 9 am – 1 pm, at “the train platform,” 2960 Dundas St. W. (just east of Pacific Ave.).

Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm at Annette St. Library, 145 Annette St.  Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners.  Bring your own wool and needles.

Jane/Dundas Chess Club, alternate Saturdays (Oct. 11, 25), 2-4 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  This is an intergenerational club, so players of all ages can join.  Please call 416-394-1014 to register.

High Park Walks, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in.  • Sun., Oct. 19, “Autumn Splendour Photo-Buff Walk” with David Allen.

High Park Stewards volunteers, 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month (this month only Oct. 26:  Buckthorn busting #1), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. For more info + click ‘Brochure 2014′ for calendar.

Lambton House Open House, Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas St. -  Come in for a free tour and visit. It’s a good idea to call ahead to 416-767-5472, as the open house is occasionally pre-empted for a private rental.  Continuing in October, the Great War Commemorative Display in the Humber Room, personal mementos of World War I from local residents. 

French Conversation Circle,  Mondays (Oct. 6, 20), 6-7 pm.  The Jane/Dundas Library invites French-speaking children and teens, or anyone interested in practicing their French to join our French story-time/conversation circle.  Please call 416-394-1014 for more information

Ravina Community Garden meets at 7 pm on alternate Tuesdays (Oct 14 and 28).  Weather permitting, meetings will be held at the site (corner of Clendenan Avenue and Glendonwynne Road).  Rain location will be Annette Library.

Walk This Way: free Nordic pole walking group, Wednesdays (weather permitting), 11:45 am-12:45 pm.  Meet at Black Oak Cafe, West Road, High Park.  “Discover a new way of walking!  Nordic Pole Walking is a fun and effective low-impact full-body workout for people of all ages and fitness levels.  No experienced required, poles supplied.  Contact Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453 for more information.

Another Farmer’s Market, every Wed. through Nov. 5, 3-7 pm at Runnymede Presbyterian Church, 680 Annette St.  Meet your local farmers.  Sponsored by Crème Fraîche Market Cafe.    

Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe, and Fridays 2-3 pm at Pascal’s.

Home Depot at 2121 St. Clair Ave. W. is holding free workshops on various topics (installing insulation, laminate flooring, etc.) on various days; some are for children!  See schedule and description at http://www.homedepot.ca/workshops#; preregistration required.

Free exercise classes for seniors are facilitated at various locations by Etobicoke Services for Seniors; for information and registration, call Intake Co-ordinator at 416-243-0127 ext. 237.

=============    Events for children and families    ==============

Runnymede Maker Club, 10:30-11:30 am, Sats. Oct 18, 25, Runnymede Library.  Are you a creative kid (ages 6 and up) who likes to build, tinker or try new things? If so, then the Runnymede Maker Club is for you! Join us for exciting experiments, kooky crafts and thrilling technologies. Call the Runnymede branch at 416-393-7697 for details.

Sat., Oct. 25 – Halloween Haunted House, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Runnymede Library. “Prepare for a scare! Walk through a spooky haunted house created by the Runnymede Branch Youth Advisory Group. Drop-in.”

Sat., Oct. 25 – Haunted High Park – “Visit Colborne Lodge and its grounds at night and hear about legends and ghost stories that have been told about the Lodge and High Park.  Period refreshments included.”  For families and children (not recommended for under 8 yrs.), two sessions:  6:30-7:30 pm or 8-9 pm. Adults: $12.50+tax, children $7.50+tax.   Call 416-392-6916 to register in advance and pay.  (See Fri., Oct. 24 above for 18 years & up)  More info -> click Colborne Lodge.

Getting the Scoop: Write Like a Reporter, 2-3 pm for 4 sessions (Saturday, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22), Runnymede Library.  Here is a program series scheduled for school-age kids in November, but we thought you might like to plan ahead:  “If you’ve ever wondered whether journalism is as fun as it looks in books, movies and comics, join children’s author and former reporter Jennifer Lanthier for a series of four fun-filled workshops. Get the inside scoop on how to find and tell a great story. Get ready for reading, role-playing, writing, editing and creating!  Space is limited. Register at the branch or by calling 416-393-7697.”  More info.

More programs for kids in October:

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JRA Community Meeting  – Thu., Nov. 13, 2014

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JRA e-newsletter – October 2014, first half

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JRA Annual General Meeting will be held on Thu., Nov. 13, 2014.  On the agenda is electing officers, hearing reports on the past 12 months of our activity, and other matters of interest to be arranged and announced in the next newsletter.  We will send email (or a letter, to those who do not have email) to voting members 30 days beforehand with the slate of candidates.

Note:  If any resident within our boundaries would like to stand for office (including Officer at Large on the Executive Committee), please email to info@junctionra.ca very soon!   See our bylaws for more information.

============   News for the neighbourhood and beyond  ===========

OMB hearing on Grenadier Square development proposal (two 26-storey buildings at 51-77 Quebec Ave. and 40-66 High Park Ave.), from High Park Coalition, a citizen group which is opposing it:

“From September 8-12, the High Park Coalition attended the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing regarding the Grenadier Square development. Thank you to everyone who supported this process – we’re pleased to announce that area residents and participants filled the room…  We expect the OMB could take approximately two months to make their decision on the Grenadier Square development.  The High Park Coalition will be following this process closely and will inform you of any updates…”    View complete text online.

More election debates/forumsCTV’s list of mayoral debates [link no longer valid] citywide is being kept current.  Locally, Bloor West Village Residents Association and Swansea Area Ratepayers Association are sponsoring a mayoral debate Fri., Oct. 3 at Runnymede United Church, 7-9 pm.

The following meetings for local City Councillor candidates are scheduled:

  • Tue., Sep. 30, at Swansea Town Hall, 7:30-9 pm for Ward 13.   Doors open at 7 pm.     Hosted by SARA (Swansea Area Ratepayers Assoc.), HPRA, and Old Mill RA.  For more information.
  • Tue., Sep. 30, 7-10 pm at Fern Public School, 128 Fern Ave., for Ward 14 candidates.
  • Wed., Oct. 1, Rogers TV Cable 10 will televise a Ward 13 debate at 7 pm.  (Ward 14 was Sep. 27 at 2 pm.)
  • Wed., Oct. 22, 7-9 pm at Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd. for Ward 13, sponsored by BWVRA. 

Don’t forget to vote on (or before) Mon., Oct. 27!   Visit www.toronto.ca/elections/myvote and input your address to:

  • View the list of candidates running in your ward and their contact information
  • View a map of your ward showing your home in relation to your voting place
  • Enter your name to check if you’re on the voters’ list
  • Find out where and when to vote during advance vote and on election day
  • Review the accessibility information of your voting place
  • View a sample ballot (available October 1)

===============   Opportunities to consider  ==============

 Cheri DiNovo, MPP, announces Legislative Assembly of Ontario Model Parliament Program applications:

       “The Legislative Assembly of Ontario is holding its three-day Model Parliament Program for students in grades 10 to 12 from February 25-27, 2015. This exciting initiative brings together Ontario high school students representing all 107 provincial ridings who are interested in current affairs, provincial issues and government.
“We are seeking applications from interested students in your riding to participate in this program.  Additional information and the online application is available on our website. If you have any questions …, please call Parliamentary Protocol and Public Relations at 416-325-0061.”

Ed. note:  We hear a lot these days about citizen apathy, particularly young people, so please encourage the youth in your life to consider applying for this program.

Another youth challenge:

Earlier this month Elections Canada launched their National Democracy Challenge with the theme:
“Show us why Canada should vote!
Young Canadians age 14 to 17 are invited to answer this question through a video, image or writing piece for a chance to win prizes. The deadline is November 30. More details at www.democracy-democratie.ca, or by emailing democratie-democracy@elections.ca.

============    Events coming up in and near the Junction    ==========
====  See below for Recurring events ==== and ==== Events for children ====

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

Wed., Oct. 1 – Rogers TV Cable 10 will televise a Ward 13 debate, 7 pm.

Thu., Oct. 2 – Monthly meeting of West Toronto Junction Historical Society, Annette Library, lower level.   Business meeting at 7:30 pm, speaker at 8:15 pm:  Terry Reardon, author of Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King: So Similar, So Different.  Winston Churchill and William Lyon Mackenzie King had much in common. Both forged long parliamentary careers, and each led his country to victory in World War II. Terry will speak about the part played by Canada in WW II, with anecdotes both dramatic and humourous.

Fri., Oct. 3 – Pub Night at Lambton House, music by local band Memorial Park.  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.

Fri., Oct. 3 – BWVRA and SARA sponsor a mayoral debate, 7-9 pm at Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd.   More info.

Sat., Oct. 4 – Green Energy Doors Open, start at 9:45 am, at 60 Heintzman St.  “Let’s celebrate green energy in Ward 13!  Join Green 13 for a tour of some wonderful examples of green energy in our ward.  This is part of a city-wide event coordinated by Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA).   Detailed itinerary and RSVP.

Sat., Oct. 4 – Hurricane Hazel Heritage Walk, 1:30-3:30 pm.  To mark the 60th anniversary of this significant event in the history of Toronto and Lambton House, Heritage York is participating in two walks along the Humber in collaboration with Heritage Toronto and the Toronto Field Naturalists.  Beginning at the Old Mill Subway Station and concluding at Lambton House, follow part of the path of one of the greatest natural disasters in Canadian history, and hear the stories of those who were there.  Another walk is on Wed., Oct. 15, 10am-­12:00pm.

Sat., Oct. 4 – Blackout, a local event like Nuit Blanche, 4 pm to midnight, on Mavety St. between Dundas and the laneways to its south.  “The Junction Commons is celebrating its second anniversary this fall and we want to commemorate the occasion by hosting an arts and community event in conjunction with Nuit Blanche on October 4th — an integrated multimedia arts and community event that will bring people together in a temporary public space. We’ll be hosting a series of performances, site-specific installations, and booths for local businesses in a public space. This temporary space symbolizes our long-range goal of bringing people together and acquiring a permanent community space. The theme of the event is light!  Through reflections and illumination, light will become a signifier of the goal of the Junction Commons.  For more information, see our website.”

Sun., Oct. 5 – High Park Harvest Festival, Colborne Lodge in High Park, 12-4 pm.  “Enjoy the harvest in High Park with crafts, music, horse and wagon rides, warm apple cider, roasted potatoes and more. Purchase honey from local beekeeper, Brian Hamlin, art prints from local artist David Crighton, and photo cards and calendars from High Park photographer David Allen. Redpath Sugar will be handing out free cookies from their Acts of Sweetness Truck. Members of the Metis Fiddler Quartet will perform and dance mistress Karen Millyard will lead Regency dance workshops for the whole family.”  Free admission to grounds; activity and merchandise fees apply.  Cash is required for most purchases.  Contact: 416-392-6916.  More info -> click Colborne Lodge.

Mon., Oct. 6 – Great Books: Jane Austen’s Emma, 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  “Jane Austen’s most sprightly and flirtatious work, this novel immerses readers in its mischievous wordplay and playful misperceptions among would-be lovers. This lecture pulls back the comic veil to reveal the author’s cautionary tale about her heroine’s ill-advised presumption and manipulative will. Presented by Dr. John Greenwood, University of Toronto.”  More info.

Wed., Oct. 8 – Polish Film Night, 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library, 2178 Bloor St. W.  “Join us for a free screening of a recent Polish film with English subtitles. Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto.”  Note:  Also ask the Library about their monthly Polish Book Club, conducted in Polish.

Wed., Oct. 8 – Vegetarians of High Park dinner, 6:30 pm at restaurant Humble Beginnings, 3109 Dundas St. W. (just west of Quebec Ave.).  “They are a super veg-friendly place and they are in fact so awesome they are going to put a few extra vegan dishes on their menu on the 8th just for us!  RSVP to highpark@veg.ca by the morning of Friday, October 3.”

Thu., Oct. 9 – “The Great War and Modern Cinema,”  6-8 pm at Jane/Dundas Library.  Using film clips, Professor Seth Feldman (York U.) will discuss how the movies came of age during the First World War and how they changed the way we think about the War ever since.

Fri., Oct. 10 – Community Health and Wellbeing Week Event, 10 am – 1 pm, Four Villages Community Health Centre.  Tour both sites of the CHC, with refreshments and a Nordic Pole walk in between!  Local political representatives will give remarks, and some will walk with us. Schedule: 10 am, welcome and tour of 1700 Bloor St. W. site; 10:45, Nordic pole walk from Bloor site to Dundas site (poles provided); 11:45am, tour of 3446 Dundas St. W. site and light lunch.  More info: 416-604-0640.

Sat., Oct. 11 – Family nature walk, “Save Our Savannah,” 1:30-3 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  Celebrate High Park’s most rare ecosystem, the Black Oak Savannah in all its end of summer glory! Learn about the plants and animals that make this habitat unique. After exploring the savannah, we will help restore the savannah!  Event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!  $2-5 per person suggested donation.  More info.

Tue., Oct. 14 -  Film “Disruption” at Jane/Dundas Library, 620 Jane St., 6:30-8:30 pm.  Sponsored by Green 13 and the Library.  “Join us for a free screening of this new, fast-paced cinematic journey through the wild world of climate change — the science, the politics, the solutions, and the stories that define the crisis at this pivotal point in human history.  The movie is about an hour long, and afterwards we’ll have a discussion about what we can all do together on this important issue.”  More info.

Tue., Oct. 14 -  Women’s History Month Film Night, 7 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 2nd Floor, 95 Lavinia Ave.  Screening “Rosies of the North” and “The Lost Garden: The Life and Cinema of Alice Guy-Blaché.”

Wed., Oct. 15 – Hurricane Hazel Walk, 10 am-12 pm.  To mark the 60th anniversary of this significant event in the history of Toronto and Lambton House, Heritage York is participating in two walks along the Humber in collaboration with Heritage Toronto and the Toronto Field Naturalists.  Beginning at the Old Mill Subway Station and concluding at Lambton House, follow part of the path of one of the greatest natural disasters in Canadian history, and hear the stories of those who were there.  Another walk on Sat., Oct. 4, 1:30-3:30 pm.

Wed., Oct. 15 – West Bend Community Association meeting, 7 pm, Indian Rd. Cresc. P.S., 2nd Floor Teachers’ Lounge, 285 Indian  Rd. Cresc.  Everyone welcome.

Wed., Oct. 15 – Looking Back to Hurricane Hazel, 7:30 pm, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.   David Phillips, Senior Climatologist at Environment Canada, speaks on the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel.  His talk promises new insights into an event that resides in our memory. The free event is open to the public on first-come first-serve basis. It will also be streamed online.  See poster.

Thu., Oct. 16 – Autumn Sketchbook: Lessons in Colour, workshop series by High Park Nature Centre. “With the skilled instruction of botanical artist Nellie Sue Potter, and the colourful medium of your choice (colour pencils, pastels, watercolours etc.) you will learn how to sketch various fall subjects.”  Fee: $150 / 3 sessions:  Thu., Oct. 16, 6-9 pm (indoors); Sun., Oct. 19, 1-4 pm (mostly outdoors); Tue., Oct. 21, 6-9 pm (indoors).   More info and registration.

Thu., Oct. 16 – The eh List Author Series: Bob McDonald, Canadian Spacewalkers, 7-8:15 pm, Runnymede Library.  ” *** Our Bookmark indicates the wrong date. THIS is the correct date. *** The host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks makes his living explaining science to the rest of us. This time out, he delves into the mysteries and uniqueness of the spacewalking experience.”   

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Junction Farmer’s Market, Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm, at “the train platform,” 2960 Dundas St. W. (just east of Pacific Ave.).

Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm at Annette St. Library, 145 Annette St.  Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners.  Bring your own wool and needles.

Jane/Dundas Chess Club, alternate Saturdays (Oct. 11, 25), 2-4 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  This is an intergenerational club, so players of all ages can join.  Please call 416-394-1014 to register.

High Park Walks, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in.

  • Sun., Oct. 5, “Plumage and Plants” with Ken Sproule.
  • Sun., Oct. 19, “Autumn Splendour Photo-Buff Walk” with David Allen.

High Park Stewards volunteers, 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month (this month only Oct. 26:  Buckthorn busting #1), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. For more info + click ‘Brochure 2014′ for calendar.

Lambton House Open House, Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas St. -  Come in for a free tour and visit. It’s a good idea to call ahead to 416-767-5472, as the open house is occasionally pre-empted for a private rental.  Continuing in October, the Great War Commemorative Display in the Humber Room, personal mementos of World War I from local residents. 

French Conversation Circle,  Mondays (Oct. 6, 20), 6-7 pm.  The Jane/Dundas Library invites French-speaking children and teens, or anyone interested in practicing their French to join our French story-time/conversation circle.  Please call 416-394-1014 for more information

Ravina Community Garden meets at 7 pm on alternate Tuesdays (Sep 30, Oct 14 and 28).  Weather permitting, meetings will be held at the site (corner of Clendenan Avenue and Glendonwynne Road).  Rain location will be Annette Library.

Walk This Way: free Nordic pole walking group, Wednesdays (weather permitting), 11:45 am-12:45 pm.  Meet at Black Oak Cafe, West Road, High Park.  No experienced required, poles supplied.  Contact Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453 for more information.

Another Farmer’s Market, every Wed. through Nov. 5, 3-7 pm at Runnymede Presbyterian Church, 680 Annette St.  Meet your local farmers. Vegetable farmers Victoria from Holland Marsh; Fruit farmer Jim Burnson, from Country Winds Farms in Beamsville; Zack selling meat, pork, beef, lamb and veal, summer sausage, pepperettes, from Greengate Farms; Krista, from Harrington Lane Farms selling pastured lamb & eggs, and home of the “From Those Roots” cannery, offering seasonal preserves. The ever popular ChocoSol tortilla queen, Ashley will delight us with her tasty Mexican treats.  Come early for the best of the crop.  Sponsored by Crème Fraîche Market Cafe.

Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe, and Fridays 2-3 pm at Pascal’s.

Home Depot at 2121 St. Clair Ave. W. is holding free workshops on various topics (installing insulation, laminate flooring, etc.) on various days; some are for children!  See schedule and description at http://www.homedepot.ca/workshops#; preregistration required.

Free exercise classes for seniors are facilitated at various locations by Etobicoke Services for Seniors; for information and registration, call Intake Co-ordinator at 416-243-0127 ext. 237.

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Runnymede Maker Club, 10:30-11:30 am, all Saturdays in October, Runnymede Library.  “Are you a creative kid (ages 6 and up) who likes to build, tinker or try new things? If so, then the Runnymede Maker Club is for you! Join us for exciting experiments, kooky crafts and thrilling technologies.” Call the Runnymede branch at 416-393-7697 for details.

Sat., Oct. 4 – Home Depot has a free workshop on “Building an EMS Truck” at 2121 St. Clair Ave. W., 10-12 am, for children ages 4-12.  Register at http://www.homedepot.ca/workshops#.

More programs for kids in October:

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 JRA Community Meeting  – Thu., Nov. 13, 2014

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All-candidates meeting successful

On Thursday, Sep. 11, an audience of about 70 residents questioned seven candidates
for Ward 13 City Councillor.

If you missed it, check out the video recording at www.ustream.tv/recorded/52563185.

Now Seven Candidates for City Councillor Ward 13 to Appear at All-Candidates Night, Thu., Sep. 11


The JRA General Meeting on Thu., Sep. 11 will be a Council Candidates’ Night for Ward 13 candidates. We now have acceptances from 7 of the 11 candidates registered for the Oct. 27th election:

The format for the evening will be as follows: Three-minute self-introduction by each candidate, then open questions from the audience to the candidates for one hour. Finally, a two-minute closing statement from each candidate, and then 15-20 minutes of free mingling and conversation among residents and candidates. Refreshments. Event at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W., 7-9 pm.

Note: If you can’t join us in person, perhaps 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. There is a facility for asking questions remotely. If you have any problem getting connected, call 647-235-0843 during the meeting and we’ll try to help.

JRA e-newsletter for September 2014


JRA General Meeting on Thu., Sep. 11 will be a Council Candidates’ Night for Ward 13 candidates. See post above for details.

==========    News for the neighbourhood and beyond    ==========

OMB hearing on Grenadier Square development proposal (two 26-storey buildings at 51-77 Quebec Ave. and 40-66 High Park Ave.), from High Park Coalition, a citizen group which is opposing it:
   “We have great news: On Aug. 28, City Council rejected the proposed settlement on the Grenadier Square development, instead adopting Councillor Doucette’s motion to continue fighting at the OMB with an outside Planner. Thank you to everyone who reached out to the City Clerk to oppose this agreement – over 250 emails were sent in under 48 hours, again demonstrating how strongly the community opposes this development.
   “What’s next? On Sep. 8, representatives of the High Park Coalition will head to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing, and we want you to join us.  Help show community opposition to this development by filling the room with supporters, especially during the first few days.  The hearing begins at 10 a.m. at 655 Bay St., 16th floor, and is scheduled to run 10 days.  Please join us for an hour or two if you can!
   “Our OMB Team includes highly knowledgeable and experienced technical professionals. Together, we’ve developed a strong strategy to demonstrate why the Grenadier Square developments don’t belong in High Park.  Please help us secure the funds we need to have our professionals support our case at the OMB hearing for the full 10 days, by making a donation to the High Park Coalition today.”

Live Theatre Nearby — Sep. 12 – Oct. 4, “Lady Windermere’s Fan” by Oscar Wilde, at the Village Playhouse, 2190E Bloor St. W. Tickets $18-22, performances at 2 pm and 8 pm (see website for exact schedule, or leave message at 416-767-7702).

Mayoral debates — There are lots, all over the city! See the list from The Toronto Star (http://on.thestar.com/1ogQDEu) or from CTV (http://bit.ly/1BYsBZy).
 
========== Events coming up in and near the Junction ==========
See below for === Recurring events === and ==== Events for children ====

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

Thu., Sep. 4 – Monthly meeting of West Toronto Junction Historical Society, Annette Library, lower level. Business meeting at 7:30 pm, speaker at 8:15 pm: Donna Bernardo-Ceriz, Assistant Archivist, Ontario Jewish Archives, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.  The OJA has launched a brand-new website which contains a wealth of publicly accessible information on Jewish heritage in Toronto, including that in and around the Junction area — in particular, “the hidden gem of the Junction,” Congregation Knesseth Israel, the Junction Shul, the oldest purpose-built synagogue in Ontario.

Thu., Sep. 4 – Community Meeting on Rail Safety, 7 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. Join MP Peggy Nash for an important community meeting on rail safety. Learn about the federal government’s role in rail safety regulation and what recent changes mean for our rail-bordering neighbourhoods.

Fri., Sep. 5 – Pub Night at Lambton House, music by local band The BroadBelly Boys. 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.

Sat., Sep. 6 – Dedication to poet Raymond Souster in Willard Gardens Parkette (“Lollipop Park,” 55 Mayfield Ave.), 11 a.m. to noon. Please join the City’s Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke, and Councillor Sarah Doucette at a very special event to dedicate the stairs to revered Canadian poet Raymond Souster and unveil the newly refurbished playground. A number of Souster’s friends, many of whom are prominent Toronto writers, will also be attending. A plaque at the bottom of the stairs will inform the public of his influence as the “Dean of Toronto Poets” and will include Souster’s poem, “Flight of the Roller-Coaster.” The stairs will be named the Souster Steps. After the plaque dedication, we will celebrate the recently refurbished playground with families from the neighbourhood. Councillor Doucette looks forward to seeing many of you there!
   Over 60 years, Raymond Souster (1921-2012) penned more than 50 poetry collections and edited many anthologies. He co-founded Contact Press, which published Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Gwendolyn MacEwen, and Milton Acorn, among others, early in their careers. He helped to establish the League of Canadian Poets, serving as its first President and he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1995. Raymond Souster was also a resident of Ward 13 for most of his life. One of his regular and cherished activities was to take a walk through the neighbourhood, starting from his home on Mayfield Ave and moving through Lollipop Park, using the well-worn stairs that have been there for many years.

Sun., Sep. 7 – Grandparents Day in High Park. Enjoy High Tea at the Grenadier Cafe, 3-5 pm — for prices and reservations, see http://www.highpark.org/grandparents-day-in-high-park-2/ For other events happening during the day throughout the park, see http://peggynash.ndp.ca/grandparents-day-in-high-park

Mon., Sep. 8 – First day of OMB hearings on Grenadier Square development proposal. The attendance of persons opposed to the proposal is requested; see longer description above under News.

Tue., Sep. 9 – Green 13 & Annette Library present film “Qapirangajuq – Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change” and discussion, 6:15-8:15pm at Annette Library. Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (“Atanarjuat The Fast Runner”) and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (“Seeds of Change”) explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic and how the Inuit are adapting to it. Learn how climate change is a human rights issue affecting this ingenious Indigenous culture. Hear stories about Arctic melting and how Inuit believe that human and animal intelligence are key to adaptability and survival in a warming world.

Wed., Sep. 10 – Urban Bat Walk, 7-9 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr., $2-5 per person suggested donation. Topic: Bat Ecosystems and biodiversity, with the ROM’s Dr. Burton Lim. Come to High Park for an evening hike to learn more about bats in Toronto including which species are at risk, and how you can help.  Hike to bat hot-spots in the park, and practice using hand held bat monitors.

Thu., Sep. 11 – JRA General Meeting: Council Candidates’ Night for Ward 13 candidates, 7-9 pm. See longer description at top of page.

Thu., Sep. 11 – “Boats on the Bay: Sachau Boat Yard,” a Heritage York talk, 7:30 pm, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Elsa-Ann (Sachau) Pickard will speak about her father and his businesses. A display will accompany the talk. Refreshments.

Sun., Sep. 14 – Town Hall on Improving Bike & Pedestrian Safety, 11:45 am, Humbercrest United Church (16 Baby Point Road). Bring your ideas and input, to make bike routes as safe as possible in the Baby Point / Magwood / Warren Park neighbourhood. For more information, contact Rev. Jessica McCrae at 416-767-6122 or Janet Joy Wilson of Cycle Ward 13.

Mon., Sep. 15 – “Great Artists of the Impressionist Period: Manet,” 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library. The Impressionists opened the floodgates of artistic innovation and experimentation and things haven’t been the same since. In this evening’s lecture, art historian Suzanne Tevlin will consider the innovative work of the father of the Impressionist Movement, Edouard Manet.

Wed., Sep. 17 – Film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014, 100 min., 14A), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library. Director: Wes Anderson. Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody. The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune. Film introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.

Wed., Sep. 17 – West Bend Community Association meeting, 7 pm, Indian Rd. Cresc. PS, 2nd Floor Teachers’ Lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cresc. Everyone welcome.

Thu., Sep. 18 – The eh List book talk by Charles Foran on “Planet Lolita,” 7-8:15 pm, Runnymede Library. Novelist, journalist and nonfiction writer Charles Foran sets his latest novel amid the turmoil of the SARS epidemic in Hong Kong. There he introduces us to a young bi-racial “half-half” girl as she explores the consequences of desire.

Sat., Sep. 20 – JRA will share an outreach table with West Bend Community Association at the Junction Farmer’s Market, 9 am – 1 pm. Come by and say hello!

Sat., Sep. 20 – The Junction BIA presents the Junction Music Festival, Dundas St. W., noon to midnight. See website for details closer to date.

Sun., Sep. 21 – The Howards of High Park, a walk and talk, 1:30-3:30 pm, meet at the blue Colborne Lodge museum entrance sign near the south end of High Park, on Colborne Lodge Drive. Explore the life of John Howard, one of York’s first architects and founder of High Park. See their home, gardens and other historical landmarks. Presented in partnership with Heritage Toronto. Free, donations welcome.

Mon., Sep. 22 – Book talk by Jennifer Robson on “Somewhere in France,” 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas Library, 620 Jane St. Jennifer Robson studied French literature and modern history as an undergraduate at Kings College at the University of Western Ontario, then attended Saint Antony’s College, Oxford, where she obtained her doctorate in British economic and social history. Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War is her first novel.

Wed., Sep. 24 – “Fabulous Foliage,” 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave. Swansea Horticultural Society presents a talk by Heinke Thiessen, OHA Successful Gardening Show Committee Chair & Co-President, Credit Valley Horticultural Society.

Sat., Sep. 27 – Centennial of Keele St. School, 10 am–3 pm, 99 Mountview Ave. We are looking forward to many of our past and present students gathering together to share stories, fond memories, and their love for Keele Street Junior Public School. We anticipate close to 500 people attending the event!

Sat., Sep. 27 – High Park Fall Clean-Up of Off-Leash Area, 11 am – 3 pm, Colborne Lodge Drive in High Park (see map, where it is a big yellow area marked “dog off leash area”). Steve and Bernard will met you at Dog Hill and provide latex gloves and garbage bags. Bring water, a light snack, wear long sleeves & good shoes. If you use the park and are physically capable to pitch in for a couple of hours, honor the mandate to do two clean-ups per year, spring and fall. Contact email: k9@highpark.org

Sat., Sep. 27 – Improvised Fairy Tales with The Second City Training Centre, 1:30 – 2:30, Annette St. Library. Family-friendly improvised fairy tales – fun for kids of all ages. The Second City troupe will use audience suggestions to create never-before-been-told tales, right before your eyes. Anything can happen, so join us and take part in the story! A Culture Days free event.

Sat., Sep. 27 – Family nature walk, “What Trees Are These?,” 1:30-3 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr. We love trees. Come learn how to identify High Park’s most interesting trees by leaf shape, bark texture, twig and smell. We will explore why some trees lose their leaves and how they survive year after year. Event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! $2-5 per person suggested donation. More info.

Sun., Sep. 28 – Mushrooms & Other Fungi, 10 am – 5 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr., cost $55-60. Get to know your local mushrooms and other fungi with seasoned naturalist and educator Richard Aaron in this adult nature workshop. Space is limited, full info and register online, www.highparknaturecentre.com/adult-workshops/

Sun., Sep. 28 – Choral Evensong, 4 pm, St. Olave’s Church, 360 Windermere Ave. With the Choir of St. Peter’s, Erindale, followed by Peach Tea, plus a talk by Clem Carelse on the life and works of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

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Junction Farmer’s Market , Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm, at “the train platform,” 2960 Dundas St. W. (just east of Pacific Ave.). Note that on Sat., Sep. 20, JRA and WBCA will have a joint outreach table at the Market to talk to our neighbours. Stop by and say hello!

Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm at Annette St. Library, 145 Annette St. Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners. Bring your own wool and needles.

Jane/Dundas Chess Club, alternate Saturdays (Sep. 13, 27), Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4 pm. This is an intergenerational club, so players of all ages can join. You do not need to be a chess master to sign up, all you need is an interest in the game and the desire to learn. Please call 416-394-1014 to register.

Free Yoga in High Park – Sundays (Sep. 1 and 7 only), 10-11 am, meet just inside the main gates of High Park (on Bloor), turn right by the Chess House Building and look for the ONE TOOTH sign under the trees. Varying styles every week. Open to people of all ages. For more information call 416-727-3803.

High Park Walks, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in.
   • Sun., Sep. 7, “Myths and Legends” with Colborne Lodge Staff.
   • Sun., Sep. 21, “Who Goes to the Park,” visit sites from the well-known book of poems.

High Park Stewards volunteers, 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month (Sep. 14, Fall restoration planting; Sep. 28, Seed collection), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. We meet rain or shine and work under supervision weeding and maintaining the Park, learning as we work. Anyone interested in joining us is welcome to meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 and we will go to the site from there. For your protection, please wear long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and sunscreen. We will supply tools and gloves. For more info, go here.

Lambton House Open House, Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas St. – Come in for a free tour and visit. It’s a good idea to call ahead 416-767-5472, as the open house is occasionally pre-empted for a private rental. During September, the Great War Commemorative Display in the Humber Room, personal mementos of World War I from local residents, will also be viewable. 

Ravina Community Garden meets at 7 pm on alternate Tuesdays (Sep. 2 and 16). Weather permitting, summer and fall meetings will be held at the site (corner of Clendenan Avenue and Glendonwynne Road).  Rain location will be Annette Library.

Another Farmer’s Market, Wednesdays in September, 3-7 pm at Runnymede Presbyterian Church, 680 Annette St. Meet your local farmers. Vegetable farmers Victoria from Holland Marsh; Fruit farmer Jim Burnson, from Country Winds Farms in Beamsville; Zack selling meat, pork, beef, lamb and veal, summer sausage, pepperettes, from Greengate Farms; Krista, from Harrington Lane Farms selling pastured lamb & eggs, and home of the “From Those Roots” cannery, offering seasonal preserves. The ever popular ChocoSol tortilla queen, Ashley will delight us with her tasty Mexican treats. Come early for the best of the crop. Sponsored by Crème Fraîche Market Cafe.

Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe, and Fridays 2-3 pm at Pascal’s.

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Runnymede Maker Club, 10:30-11:30 am, Sats., Sep. 20 and 27, Runnymede Library. Are you a creative kid who likes to build, tinker or try new things? If so, then the Runnymede Maker Club is for you! Join us for exciting experiments, kooky crafts and thrilling technologies. Call the Runnymede branch at 416-393-7697 for details. For children ages 6 and up.

More programs for kids at Runnymede Library in September: click here.

Programs for kids at Jane/Dundas Library in September: click here.

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JRA e-newsletter for August 2014

=============== JRA e-newsletter – August 2014 ===============

August is the quietest month… time to regroup and refresh. We’ve taken more space this month to list regularly recurring activities — see the section after the Events section. There is a peak of activity in High Park during this summer month, and perhaps more children’s events than usual. Your JRA is gearing up for a busy fall, working to gather candidates for Ward 13 City Councillor to take our questions at the Sep. 11 meeting.

Have you noticed the gutters and catch basins? A letter from Andrew Zimbel, a long-time resident of Laws St. and a member of the Executive of the JRA

“Over the last six to eight months, I have had to occasion to walk many of the streets in our neighbourhood. I have noticed the many beautiful gardens, said good morning to many of my neighbours, and commented on the weather, and received big smiles in return. I have also noticed that most if not all of the gutters and catch basins have been full of leaves and debris. Have you noticed this as well? If you have, let us know how your street’s gutters and catch basins are doing. You can reach the JRA at info@junctionra.ca

“I have contacted 311 and Councillor Sarah Doucette’s office, and I have spoken to someone from the City. I have been told that the City is looking into it. Since my call, I have seen one street sweeper. Have you seen a street sweeper? Did the leaves on your street get picked up by the City? Is this an issue that concerns you? Would you be willing to help clean a part of your street if the City isn’t able to? Let’s get together on this issue to ensure that our very basic infrastructure is looked after so our homes and families are safe and dry.”

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2978 Dundas Street West update. This proposed new building at the northwest corner of Dundas and Pacific (see background at http://www.junctionra.ca/new-building-projects-in-the-junction/) will have its mandatory community consultation, hosted by the City of Toronto Planning Department, on Tue., Aug. 19, from 7-9 pm at the West Toronto Baptist Church (3049 Dundas Street West). The planning notice should be coming out shortly.  For up-to-date information, see Councillor Doucette’s website

A letter from Ravina Gardens:

The Ravina Community Garden would like to extend an invitation for community members to step up and take on a variety of leadership roles within the garden. We all know there is a lot of behind the scenes work needed to create a community garden from scratch, and that the work is indeed a labour of love! We also know there is no garden without community involvement. The garden is currently seeking community members who are willing to lead the following areas…

… continue reading at http://www.ravinacommunitygarden.blogspot.ca/

Did you know that the Junction Flea Market has relocated? It can be visited on the second Sunday of the month, 10am-5pm, on Sterling Road just north of Dundas St. W. (south of Bloor, near where the Railpath intersects with Dundas). Not exactly the Junction now, but may still be of interest.

===========    Events coming up in and near the Junction     ==========
==== See below for Recurring events === and ==== Events for children ====

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

Sat., Aug. 9 – Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club Community BBQ at Perth Square Park, 350 Perth Ave. (east of Dundas St. W., 1 block south of Dupont), 12-4 pm. Bring the family for a fun-filled afternoon featuring DJ and Steel Pan Music, Games, Bouncy Castles and Slides, Face Painting, Lucky Draws, Watermelon Eating Contest, and Magician X. Ray. For more information, tony@dovercourtkids.com or 416-530-4233. P.S. We are looking for some high school or young volunteers to help with supervising games and bouncy castles, which is a small commitment of approximately two hours the day of the BBQ.

Sat., Aug. 9 – By the Light of the Moon…, 9 pm, walk begins and ends at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Walk by the Humber River led by Madeleine McDowell for Heritage York & Green 13. Refreshments provided. The Moon casts shadows!

Sun., Aug. 10 – Film “And We Knew How To Dance: Women in World War I,” Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 2 pm. NFB documentary of women’s commitment and determination during WWI, which helped lead the way for postwar social changes. Introduced by NFB director Maureen Judge.

Tue., Aug. 12 – Film “The Ghosts in our Machine,” 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library. A multi-award-winning documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and photographic lens of award-winning animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur, audiences become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year as she documents several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story and photograph is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research. Co-sponsored by the Vegetarians of High Park. Of interest to all ages! More info.

Tue., Aug. 12 – Film “Quietly Into Disaster,” presented by Green13. Free screening and discussion with Angela Bischoff at Swansea Townhall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7 pm. This documentary deals with nuclear fission — damages done to health and environment, nuclear waste and politics, renewable energies, reactor safety, the serious implications of a nuclear accident and the public resistance. More info on the film can be found here. Speaker Angela Bischoff is a long-time environmental organizer, and Outreach Director for the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, an organization whose goal is to move Ontario to 100% renewable electricity.

Tue.-Fri., Aug. 12-15 – The Junction Project‘s annual Pop-Up Art Camp, Vine Park, 3-5 pm. This camp is for children and their caregivers and is FREE!  We set up in Vine Park every day and aim for an awesome mix of camp-style crafts and art exploration.

Fri., Aug. 15 – The Junction Project‘s Community BBQ Bash will be BIGGER and BETTER than even last year!  This is an important fundraiser for our group, so spread the word and invite your family and friends.  More details to follow! See http://thejunctionproject.com

Sat., Aug. 16 – Aggie’s Wildflower Toronto Heritage Walk leaves from the Lambton House at 1:30pm, returning around 3:30 for tea and refreshments. Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas Rd.

Sun., Aug. 17 – The Secret Lives of Wildflowers workshop, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Drive, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Learn all about the late summer wildflowers of High Park in this exciting hands-on workshop. From the spectacular Cup Plant to the ghost-like Indian Pipe to the more subtle Asters and Goldenrods, this isn’t your average wildflower workshop. Hike with seasoned naturalist and educator Richard Aaron to learn the many species of High Park, their intriguing lifestyles and ecological relationships, and even see some plants that Charles Darwin studied. Richard’s lively hikes are popular and fun ways to learn more about nature. Price: $50 before August, then $55. High Park Nature Centre. More information here.

Tue., Aug. 19 – Community consultation meeting for the proposed building at 2978 Dundas St. W., from 7-9 pm at the West Toronto Baptist Church (3049 Dundas St. W.). See more in “News for the Neighbourhood” section above.

Wed., Aug. 20 – Film “Cabaret” (1972), Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm. 124 min. PG. Director: Bob Fosse. Starring: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey, Fritz Wepper. Sally Bowles, a singer at the Kit Kat Klub, is an American caught up in the faux-glamour of prewar Berlin. Although Sally giddily ignores the decadence that has begun to permeate every aspect of society, her Jewish friend Natasha cannot; Natasha constantly faces persecution by Nazi authorities, and her lover has entirely hidden his Jewish identity. But Sally continues to bury herself in her own problems: in addition to the difficulties of sharing her bisexual English lover with a wealthy German homosexual, she keeps getting more and more drawn in by the sleazy and sinister atmosphere of the Kit Kat Klub. Film introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.

Sun., Aug. 24 – Vegan Potluck in the Park, 12 – 2 pm, High Park picnic area #3 (a covered picnic area on West Road a bit south of the entrance to the park at High Park Ave. and Bloor). Join Vegetarians of High Park for a picnic in the Park. The cost of this event is $5 per person to cover the costs of the picnic area rental. Please give your $5 to Jewel when you arrive. Please bring a vegan dish to share (no meat, dairy, eggs or honey), with your own plate and cutlery and a serving spoon for your dish if necessary. RSVP by August 20th to highpark@veg.ca

Thu., Sep. 4 – Monthly meeting of West Toronto Junction Historical Society, 7:30 pm at Annette Library, lower level. Program TBA.

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Ravina Community Garden meets at 7 pm on alternate Tuesdays (Aug. 5 and 19). Weather permitting, summer and fall meetings will be held at the site (corner of Clendenan Avenue and Glendonwynne Road).  Rain location will be Annette Library.

Family Nature Walks in High Park. Cost: $2 per person or donate-what-you-can. No pre-registration necessary. Great for all ages: bring the whole family! Walks meet at the High Park Nature Centre, unless otherwise stated. • Wed., Aug. 6, 1:30-3 pm, “Fairies & Gnomes” — Enter the magical woodlands where fairies and gnomes roam. We will follow their trails of wisdom and offer them help.

   • Wed., Aug. 13, 1:30-3 pm, “The Birds and the Bees” — Discover some of High Parks most fascinating winged creatures, including their hidden nesting sites!

   • Wed., Aug. 20, 1:30-3 pm, “Summer in the Savannah” — Celebrate High Park’s most rare ecosystem, the Black Oak Savannah in all its end of summer glory!

Another Farmer’s Market, Wednesdays 3-7 pm at Runnymede Presbyterian Church, 680 Annette St. Meet your local farmers. Vegetable farmers Victoria from Holland Marsh; Fruit farmer Jim Burnson, from Country Winds Farms in Beamsville; Zack selling meat, pork, beef, lamb and veal, summer sausage, pepperettes, from Greengate Farms; Krista, from Harrington Lane Farms selling pastured lamb & eggs, and home of the “From Those Roots” cannery, offering seasonal preserves. The ever popular ChocoSol tortilla queen, Ashley will delight us with her tasty Mexican treats. Come early for the best of the crop. Sponsored by Crème Fraîche Market Cafe.

Summer Storytelling at Runnymede Library, Wednesdays 6:30-8pm. Come and listen to professional storytellers as well as tell your own stories! Call 416-393-7697 for more information.
   • Wed., Aug. 6 – Humourous Stories around the World
   • Wed., Aug. 13 – (topic TBA)

FamJam series at Vine Park, Fridays 5:30-8 pm, by The Junction Project.  The idea is simple – bring your dinner to enjoy in the park and if you’re so inclined, bring an instrument.  We’re encouraging wanna-be/budding/successful musicians to bring the JAM to FamJam, so dust off those tambourines and tune up those guitars! Let’s get together and have fun – let’s FamJam!

Junction Farmer’s Market – Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm, at “the train platform,” 2960 Dundas St. W. (just east of Pacific Ave.).

Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm at Annette St. Library, 145 Annette St. Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners. Bring your own wool and needles.

Jane/Dundas Chess Club, alternate Saturdays (Aug. 2, 16, 30), Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4 pm. This is an intergenerational club, so players of all ages can join. You do not need to be a chess master to sign up, all you need is an interest in the game and the desire to learn. Please call 416-394-1014 to register.

Lambton House Open House, Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4 pm – Come in for a tour and visit. It’s a good idea to call ahead 416-767-5472, as the open house is occasionally pre-empted for a private rental. During August, two small exhibits will be viewable:
   • Exploring Where We Live: Lambton House – Highlighting life in the valley of the Humber River from the turn of the 19th century to the mid-20th century.
   • World War I memorabilia: Personal mementos from local residents.

Free Yoga in High Park – Sundays, 10-11 am, meet just inside the main gates of High Park (on Bloor), turn right by the Chess House Building and look for the ONE TOOTH sign under the trees. Varying styles every week. Open to people of all ages. For more information call 416-727-3803.

High Park Walks, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in.
   • Sun., Aug. 3, “Caterpillars, Moths, and Butterflies” with Don Scallen.
   • Sun., Aug. 17, “Native Wildflowers” with Sharon Lovett; a tour of Black Oak Savannah Restoration sites.

High Park Stewards volunteers, 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month (Aug. 10 and 24), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. We meet rain or shine and work under supervision weeding and maintaining the Park, learning as we work. Anyone interested in joining us is welcome to meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 and we will go to the site from there. For your protection, please wear long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and sunscreen. We will supply tools and gloves. For more info, go to website and click ‘Brochure 2014′ for calendar.

Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe, and Fridays 2-3 pm at various places in August; call 647-235-0843 for Friday locations.

===================== Events for children ====================

At Annette St. Library:

   • Wed., Aug. 6 and Aug 20, 2-3 pm – “Maker Crafts for Kids!” Participate in fun arts & crafts activities designed for Young Makers.

   • Wed., Aug. 13, 2-3 pm – Just Imagine: Building with LEGO. Construct a model set of unique buildings and structures with other Lego enthusiasts or just stop by and enjoy an hour of free form building with Lego. Lego bricks will be supplied.

   • Wed., Aug 27, 2-3 pm – Build & Construct with K’Nex. Build a model, machine or structure with K’Nex! K’Nex rods and connectors will be supplied.

More programs for kids at Annette St. Library in August.

At Runnymede Library:

   • Tue., Aug. 5, 2-3 pm – Make a Garden. If you have a green thumb or just love to get your hands dirty then you’ll have fun making a grass person with us. Drop-in. For children ages 6-12 years.


   • Tue., Aug 12, 2-3 pm – Airplane Aerobatic Wrap Up Party. Wrap up the summer with a fun loop de loop airplane aerobatics contest. Make a flying airplane and see how far it will soar! Drop-in. For children of all ages.


More programs for kids at Runnymede Library in August:

Programs for kids at Jane/Dundas Library in August:

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 JRA Community Meeting  – Thu., Sep. 11, 2014

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JRA e-newsletter — July 2014

JRA board member wanted: Your JRA is looking for a new board member, to replace one who has moved away. Meetings are one evening a month, and duties are variable, depending on your interests and the JRA’s needs. If you live within our boundaries (see http://www.junctionra.ca/mission/) — own or rent — and think you might like to be more closely involved in your neighbourhood, send a note to info@junctionra.ca and chat with one of us about possibilities.

JRA website’s new page on Development: As several sites in the Junction are proposed for new development, we are trying harder to stay abreast of these events. We have a new page on our website called “Development in the Junction” — http://www.junctionra.ca/new-building-projects-in-the-junction. Take a look, and please tell us if you hear of happenings that we haven’t yet posted.

==================== News for the neighbourhood ====================

More Development: In addition, there are several projects being considered for the Bloor West Village area. While these are not in the Junction, they would be our neighbours and so we note them here in the e-newsletter. Two neighbourhood organizations have been formed to keep an eye on these projects, and both are keen to receive donations to hire the experts needed to influence developers and the governmental bodies that monitor them, as well as volunteers and “word-spreaders” — neighbours who will tell others about it:

Save Our Village (SOV) — Watching three proposals — 1990, 2114, and 2265-79 Bloor St. W. Composed of four local RAs: Bloor West Village Residents Association, Swansea Area Ratepayers Association, The Old Mill Community Association, and the High Park Residents Association.

High Park Coalition — Proposed are two 26-storey residential buildings, known as Grenadier Square Redevelopment, to replace the townhouses located (back to back) at 51-65 Quebec Avenue and 52-66 High Park Avenue.

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is continuing its efforts to inform Ontarians of the importance of verifying their electoral information. As the municipal and school board elections are quickly approaching, they say that if voters verify their information ahead of time, the polls will operate more efficiently this October. Using the website voterlookup.ca, a non-partisan, non-profit service focused entirely on preparing more accurate and complete Voters’ Lists for the upcoming municipal and school board elections, you can check your registration record and even update incorrect information online. Although we mentioned this service in a previous newsletter, we think it bears repeating.

============= Events coming up in and near the Junction =============

====== See below for Recurring events === and === Events for children ======

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

Thu., July 3 – Public Consultation meeting on 108 Vine St., 7 pm, at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. Following two motions that were moved at the behest of Councillor Sarah Doucette during a recent meeting of Toronto’s Planning and Growth Committee, the City’s planning department established a date for a public consultation meeting BEFORE the province’s decision on Toronto’s new employment policies. While all are welcome to attend the meeting, only those living within 240 m of the site will receive an official notice of it from the City. Those who do not receive notice can still attend the meeting and give feedback, or they can give feedback via email and/or register as “interested parties” by clicking on the following link: http://bit.ly/1mksE6T      For more background on this project, see http://www.junctionra.ca/new-building-projects-in-the-junction/

Sat., July 5 – High Park Coalition (HPC) community garage sale, 9 am – 2 pm, at 50 Quebec Ave. Items for sale include jewelry, housewares, glassware, vases, clothes, shoes, luggage, linens, decorative pillows, small appliances, books, and much more! All money raised will go directly to funding the professional witnesses required for HPC’s upcoming hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board. More info from info@highparkcoalition.ca

Tue., July 8 – “Revenge of the Electric Car,” film co-sponsored by Green13 at Runnymede Library, 6:15-8:15 pm. Whereas “Who Killed the Electric Car” ended with the destruction of nearly 5,000 electric cars from California’s clean air program, notably the GM EV1, the new film “Revenge” features the birth of a new generation of electric cars including the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Roadster. Guest speaker from Plug’n Drive, and you get to see and test ride a Electric Car afterwards. See more at: http://www.green13toronto.org/event/revenge-electric-car-free-screening-and-discussion

Sat., July 12 – Blood Donation at Swansea Town Hall, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. More info.

Sat., July 12 – Junction Night Market, 7-11 pm. A community food festival to benefit the Junction Farmers Market food voucher program. $5 for local food, $5 for local craft beer and wine. On Pacific Avenue, just north of Dundas St. West intersection — just down the street from the regular market’s Train Platform. (Editor’s note: This was a huge success last summer, and should be even better in the more open area of the street.) More info.

Wed., July 16 – “Alice in Wonderland,” Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm. Tim Burton’s version, with Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Matt Lucas, and many wonderful others. Film introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.

Tue., July 22 – Toronto Field Naturalists Walk leaving Lambton House at 10:00 am and returning around 1:00 for tea and refreshments. (Information available by publication time is less than I would wish, so please confirm details well ahead of time with Lambton House (admin@lambtonhouse.org) or Toronto Field Naturalists (office@torontofieldnaturalists.org) .

====================== Recurring events =======================

Family Nature Walks in High Park. Cost: $2 per person or donate-what-you-can. No pre-registration necessary. Great for all ages: bring the whole family! Walks meet at the High Park Nature Centre, unless otherwise stated.

• Wed., July 2, 1:30-3pm, “Forest Foodie” — Get caught in a forest food web! Find out who eats what in the wild, make a squirrel salad, and munch on some human edibles too!

• Wed., July 16, 1:30-3pm, “Wetland Wander” — Everybody loves Grenadier Pond, but the eastern wetlands of High Park have tons of wonders to explore too! Visit an ancient underground water source, lift a log in Salamander stream, weave a willow crown and wind your way along Spring Creek.

• Wed., July 30, 8:15-10 pm, “Moth Night” — Discover the “butterflies of the night” at the annual High Park Moth Night. We will explore moth habitat and spread moth broth on tree trunks before members of the Toronto Entomologists Association will set up special lights and help us identify moths. Meet at square of benches just south of Grenadier Cafe. Please bring your flashlights and insect collection containers.

High Park Walks, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in.

• Sun., July 6, “Shakespeare in the Park” with Julia Bennett.
• Sun., July 20, “Exploring Spring Creek” with Stephen Smith.

Ravina Community Garden meets at 7 pm on alternate Tuesdays (July 8 and July 22). Weather permitting, summer and fall meetings will be held at the site (corner of Clendenan Avenue and Glendonwynne Road).  Rain location will be Annette Library.

Summer Storytelling at Runnymede Library, Wednesdays 6:30-8pm. Come and listen to professional storytellers as well as tell your own stories!
• Wed., July 2 – Coming to Canada Stories – Stories of Migration
• Wed., July 9 – Round the World in 90 minutes – Travel Tales
• Wed., July 23 – Neighbourhood/Local History Stories
• Wed., July 30 – Creation Myths

Junction Seniors — Tuesdays 10-11 am and Fridays 2-3 pm

===================== Events for children ====================

At Annette St. Library:

• Wed., July 2, 2-3 pm – “Inventionation!” Mad Science will be presenting an interactive and fun workshop showcasing the wonders of invention and discovery! Kids will learn about famous inventors and inventions and engage their creativity in a hands-on science activity. Start your summer with a memorable science experience! For ages 5-12. Call 416-393-7692 to register. More info.

• Wed., July 16, 2-3 pm – “Maker Crafts for Kids!” Participate in fun arts & crafts activities designed for Young Makers. Also on Aug. 6 and Aug. 20.  More info.

At Runnymede Library, Tuesdays 2-3 pm: more info

• Tue., July 8 – Tissue Box Monsters (all ages)
• Tue., July 15 – LEGO Fun (6-12 years)
• Tue., July 22 – Cardboard Instruments (all ages)
• Tue., July 29 – ?IS IT MAGIC OR IS IT SCIENCE?? with Professor I. M. Confused

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 JRA Community Meeting  – Thu., Sep. 11, 2014
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