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JRA e-newsletter — April 2015

FUNCTION IN THE JUNCTION:  Sat., Apr. 11 — Get your tickets!

What:  Organized by the Junction Residents Association (JRA), the Function is a lively evening to share local food, drinks and music, and to raise money for a worthy neighbourhood cause.

When:  Sat., April 11.  Dinner is 6 pm, live auction at 8 pm, and live music starts at 9 pm.  Tickets for the 3-course sit-down dinner are sold in advance only, at Latitude 44 Gallery and Agora Cafe (both cash only), or online (e-transfer) at the Function website.

Where:  The event takes place at the West Toronto Masonic Temple, 151 Annette Street.

Why:   This year’s proceeds will go to the Annette Street Public Library, a cornerstone of our community that offers a welcoming space for readers and an inclusive variety of programs as well as community gathering space.

Latest news: Junction musician Michael O’Grady to perform live at 9 pm!  For more info, see the Function website for details. And, follow us on Twitter — @JunctionRA.

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Spring also means the return of the City’s annual Clean Toronto Together Community Clean-Up Days, Apr. 17-19.  This year again, your Junction Residents Association (JRA) will organize a local clean-up on Sunday, Apr. 19, and you can show your pride in our community by participating:

  • Make a team (or two) with your friends, family, or neighbours.
  • Pick up gloves and bags at the Green P parking lot on Pacific starting at 10 am on Sun., Apr. 19.
  • Find a park, laneway, street, or any other public space that needs your help. Collect litter and other garbage in the area.
  • Bring your full bags of garbage back to the Green P any time between 10 am and 4 pm on Sunday. The JRA will organize pick-up by Sanitation.

From Councillor Doucette:  As residents in Ward 13 will be directly affected by the Pan Am Games, being prepared and informed will be a priority.  A public information session for our ward is being held by the Pan Am Transportation Team for all residents and business owners. Join us on Thu., Apr. 2 at the Swansea Town Hall (95 Lavinia Avenue).  Business owners/operators will meet from 3-5 pm, with residents then meeting from 6-8 pm. For more information on the games and how you could be affected, email businessinfo@toronto2015.org or residentinfo@toronto2015.org.

Community Tax Clinics – Peggy Nash has one more free tax prep clinic, on Sat., Apr. 11, 9:30 am-4 pm, at her office, 1596 Bloor St. W. for residents of Parkside-High Park who are:

  • Without dependants, and with a gross household income of less than $25,000
  • With dependants, including spouse or equivalent, and with a gross household income <  $35,000

To book an appointment, see the website above, and do it soon!

Ongoing, Apr. 24 – May 16:  “Maggie’s Getting Married,” a play by Norm Foster, directed by David Eden, at the Village Playhouse, 2190 Bloor St. W.   Maggie’s getting married! Or is she? It’s normal for people to have cold feet just before a wedding, but one person – who shouldn’t – recalls the groom as having warm feet!  Delightful comedy from the author of The Long Weekend.  Tickets $18 – $22, at 416-767-7702.

Summer is coming:  The Junction Farmers Market  2015 season will start on Sat., May 23!

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Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
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Tue., Mar. 31 – “Vegetarianism 101: Easy steps to eating less meat!” 7-8:30 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Interested in making healthier, more sustainable and more compassionate food choices? The Toronto Vegetarian Association will give you some tips and tools for going vegetarian or reducing your consumption of animal products, and answer all those commonly asked questions like, where do I get my protein and what’s a quick meal I can pull together on a work night? Free vegan snacks!  Questions? Email highpark@veg.ca

Tue., Mar. 31 – Ask an Expert: Planning for Retirement, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.  Retirement is the largest bill you’ll ever face. As a member of the healthiest and longest-living population ever, government payments are not enough to fund retirement. Learn how to become proactive and start retirement planning early. Discover the benefits of using government tax deferral/savings opportunities, participating in company pension plans, and including non-registered investments as part of a retirement plan. A member of the CPAC (Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada) will be the presenter.

Wed., Apr. 1 – “How Are New Solar Systems Born?” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  New stars are born in the Milky Way every year, but stellar nurseries are veiled by dense clouds of gas and dust. Dr. Rachel Friesen explains how stars and solar systems form and how astronomers peer into their birth sites using telescopes on earth and in space. Presented in collaboration with the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Wed., Apr. 1 – Swansea Historical Society Meeting, 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Speaker Rona Arato on “Josiah Henson and the Underground Railway.”  Visitors welcome, light refreshments.

Thu., Apr. 2 – “Tips and Tools for Getting Around During the Pan Am Games,” 3 or 6 pm, see information at the top of email.

Thu., Apr. 2 [ changed from 3/31 ] – “Vegetarianism 101: Easy steps to eating less meat!” 7-8:30 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Interested in making healthier, more sustainable and more compassionate food choices? The Toronto Vegetarian Association will give you some tips and tools for going vegetarian or reducing your consumption of animal products, and answer all those commonly asked questions like, where do I get my protein and what’s a quick meal I can pull together on a work night? Free vegan snacks!  Questions? Email highpark@veg.ca

Thu., Apr. 2 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, Annette Library, downstairs.  7:30 pm -business meeting; 8:15 pm – speaker:  Madeleine McDowell, “The Great War through the Eyes of a Child.”  My mother was two when the War broke out. She and her mother followed her father to England, and she experienced bombings, saw the depth charging of a German submarine, and was friends with many Canadian soldiers. They all adored her; she was pretty, bright, friendly and above all Canadian – and they were in England, preparing for, or returning from, Flanders or France. She was a tangible piece of Home.

Sat., Apr. 4 – Harry’s Spring Run-Off in High Park.  Start times: 8k at 10 am, 5k at 11:15 am, Children’s Run at 11:45 am.  The High Park Nature Centre is thrilled to, once again, host a post-race pancake breakfast for runners (and watchers!), 10:45 am- 12:30 pm. Purchase the “I ♥ High Park” Pancake Breakfast (only $3!  coffee $2) at the Party Site, in the Park just west of the entrance at High Park Ave. and Bloor.

Tue., Apr. 7 – “Nature in the City,” Annette St. Library, 6:30-8:15 pm.   Local naturalist and educator Richard Aaron will talk about some of the intriguing species of wild plants and animals to be found here in Canada’s largest city, as well as some of the best places to see nature in Toronto and what learning opportunities exist. From tiny slime moulds to secretive creatures to “living fossil” trees, discover a side of the city that is often overlooked.

Wed., Apr. 8 – Immigration Policy Roundtable, Loyola Arrupe Centre, 1709 Bloor St. W. (basement), 7-8:30 pm.  Join Arif Virani, Liberal Candidate for Parkdale-High Park, and the Hon. John McCallum, Liberal Party Immigration Critic, for an discussion of the future of immigration policy in this country with neighbours and colleagues.  Free admission; refreshments.

Thu., Apr. 9 – “The Battle of Britain: The 75th Anniversary,” Jane/Dundas Library, 7-8 pm.  2015 marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, fought over the summer skies of England in 1940. This air battle was a major turning point in the Luftwaffe’s efforts to win air superiority before an invasion of England. Who were the key military and government figures on both sides, the aircraft, groups, tactics and the technology involved?

Thu., Apr. 9 – Heritage Talk: Bob Galway on “The Aerodromes of Toronto: de Lesseps to Downsview and Beyond,” Lambton House, 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30).  Refreshments, free admission.  Co-sponsored by Baby Point Heritage Foundation and Heritage York.

Fri., Apr. 10 – My Journey of Discovery Art Show, 10 Heintzman St., 6-8:30 pm.  People living with cancer showcase their art work.  Free.

Fri., Apr. 10 [ changed from usual first Fri ] – Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6 pm, music by John Dorsey.  Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Sat., Apr. 11 – JRA’s sixth Function in the Junction, this year to benefit the Annette St. Public Library.  Dinner at 6 pm, tickets $45 in advance only.  Entry is $5 at the door at 8 pm for entertainment and cash bar, with Junction musician Michael O’Grady performing live at 9 pm.  See more information at the top of this newsletter, and at the webpage.

Tue., Apr. 14 – Green 13 film “The Nature of Cities,” Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm.  “The Nature of Cities” explores the nature in our own backyards – Austin and San Diego – and the possibilities in projects of cities of the future – Malmo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Freiburg, Amsterdam and Paris. Sustainable Communities professor Timothy Beatley tours these places with city planners, landscape architects, ecologists and residents to learn how our urban environments can be integrated with the nature around us.  Followed by a discussion led by Nancy Dengler, President of the Toronto Field Naturalists.

Tue., Apr. 14 – “Music to Better Your Health: Ideas from a Music Therapist,” Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.  Research increasingly shows that music has positive effects on our physical and emotional health. This is an information session about music therapy, followed by an interactive workshop exploring ways everyone can use music to improve their health and well-being.  No previous music experience or skill is necessary. Participants will leave with new ideas and skills for using music in more conscious and purposeful ways.

Wed., Apr. 15 – Movie Night: “The Theory of Everything (2014),” 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.  The story of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, seeing him first as a healthy young man and following his career, his marriage, and his decline into virtual helplessness due to ALS, up to his present life in his 70s.

Wed., Apr. 15 – Vegetarians of High Park meet to enjoy a vegetarian meal with like-minded people, 6 pm.  This month it’s Magic Oven (347 Keele Street, just south of Dundas), which offers a wide range of pizzas and pastas, including gluten-free crusts and vegan pizzas made with dairy-free cheese.  They offer 10% off  to Toronto Vegetarian Association members, so bring your Toronto Veg Card!  Please RSVP by Fri., Apr. 10.

Thu., Apr. 16 – “Gladiators in Ancient Rome: Sport in the Service of Imperial Power,” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  Did you know that gladiator spectacle started as a form of funeral entertainment sponsored by aristocratic Roman families? Jonathan Edmondson (York) talks about the role of this bloody cultural phenomenon in the social and political context of the Roman Empire.  Presented in collaboration with ActiveHistory.ca, this lecture takes an entertaining and slightly idiosyncratic look at sports history to mark the Pan Am games in Toronto.

Sat., Apr. 18 – Spring Planting in High Park, 10-11 am, free but registration required at Jon Hayes 416-392-1748 or naturecenter@highpark.org.  We need 10 people to help replant the lands surrounding Howard and Ridout retention ponds with native shrubs.  Join TRCA staff, High Park Stewards group and Nature Centre staff to replant this important habitat.  See website for more information.

Sun., Apr. 19 – JRA contingent for Clean Toronto Together Community Clean-Up Days, 10 am-4 pm, pickup/dropoff station at Green P parking lot, Pacific Ave. south of Dundas.  See more information at top of newsletter.

Sun., Apr. 19 – HIJ House Reading Series #3, at BookThug HQ, 260 Ryding Ave., 2-5 pm, with Brecken Hancock and Grace O’Connell.  Two new HIJ chapbooks containing work by our featured authors will be available for purchase at the event. Homemade pie will be served.  Free, but a hat will be passed for the authors.

Sun., Apr. 19 – “Best Things in Life,” Festive Choral Evensong at 4 pm, followed by St. George’s Tea at 5, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave. Music, poetry and readings; free.

Mon., Apr. 20 – A Simpler Life: Downsizing & Moving for Seniors, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 2 pm.  Traps to avoid and the financial questions you need to ask before, during, and after you downsize.  Free, but must reserve to home@dslowey.com or 416-875-0499.  Refreshments.

Mon., Apr. 20 – The eh List Author Series: “Gail Bowen – 12 Rose Street,” Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Gail Bowen is called the ‘Queen of Canadian Crime Fiction,’ and for very good reason. In the 20th installment of the Joanne Kilbourn books, husband Zack runs for the mayor’s chair and all hell breaks loose.

Wed., Apr. 22 – “Ferns,” talk by The Toronto Master Gardeners, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7:30 pm.  Sponsored by Swansea Horticultural Society.  Join us in the Rousseau Room, Main Floor, and have your questions ready.

Sat., Apr. 25 – Annual Yard Sale, Anglican Church of St John’s West Toronto, 288 Humberside Ave., 9 am – 1 pm.  Treasures will abound! Lots of books, clothing, housewares, toys and much more.  We will accept donations of items from Apr. 20-23 in the afternoons and early evenings.  Contact 416-763-2393.

Sat., Apr. 25 – Children’s Pillage in the Village, Swansea Community Centre, 15 Waller Ave., 1-3:30 pm.  A friendly place to buy and sell gently used kids’ clothing and toys, twice a year.  50%-off sale 3-3:30 pm.  Free admission.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Sun., Apr. 26 – Open House at Forest School, Colborne Lodge Dr., High Park (building is east of the road leading into the Park from Bloor and High Park Ave.), 10:30 am – 12 noon.  Celebrate the opening of the new location of the High Park Nature Centre in the old Forest School.  Special guest speakers at 10:30, then activities 11-12.  Feel welcome to bring your family, your friends or a community member to join this exciting event! Please RSVP for yourself and your guests, as we will be serving a light breakfast.  Free, but register online at link above.

Sun., Apr. 26 – Junction Reads, 3030 Dundas St. W., 4-7 pm.  Local authors read excerpts from their books; this session features Daniel Perry, Marianne Miller, Vanessa Shields, Bruce Meyer, and Alexandra Leggat.  PWYC.

Wed., Apr. 29 – “Unusual Nature Discoveries in High Park,” Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  High Park has a particularly impressive diversity of habitats. Come learn about some of the unexpected flora and fauna that can be found in this magnificent 399-acre urban oasis. From uncommon plants, to seldom-seen animals and peculiar insects, let local naturalist and educator Richard Aaron help you discover one of Toronto’s natural wonders.

Thu., Apr. 30 – Crooked House Road for Women Benefit Concert Series, 3030 Dundas St. W., 9 pm.  CHR is hosting a benefit concert series in support of local charities focused on aiding women struggling against poverty and violence.  This month, to benefit The Stop Community Food Center. Program: 9:30 pm, Georgian Bay; 10:30 pm, Crooked House Road; 11:30 pm, Horsey Craze!! — feat. Will Kidman & Dallas Wehrle of THE CONSTANTINES and Justin Small of DO MAKE SAY THINK. Live performance of vintage Neil Young / Crazy Horse songs.  Donate what you can.

Sat., May 2 – King George Public School craft show and business fair, 25 Rexford Rd. (near Willard and St. Johns), 10 am-2 pm.  Entry $2/person, $5/family.

Sat., May 2 – A Village of Love Fundraiser, Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd., 5:30-10 pm.  Benefit for micro-loans so orphan caregivers in Kenya can feed their children.  5:30 country entertainer, wine bar; 6:30 vegetarian chili supper $10; 7:30 square dance $10 (for absolute beginners, so all are welcome).  Prizes! Raffle! Silent Auction!  Tickets/info: 416-766-7265.

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Note for future planningSmall Wonders is a new drop-off program for kids 4-6 at the High Park Nature Center, fee-based.  Kids explore the natural wonders of High Park while learning tons about the amazing plants and animals that live here. Participants learn about the ecology of High Park through play, inquiry, direct experience, stewardship action and observation. Sign up for outdoor fun and learning at the link above!

Note for future planning:  There is a good list of local summer day camps in the April issue of The Westside’s Story (go to the fifth page and click Summer Camp link, or go to the very end of the pdf and then back a couple of pages).

Easter Traditions at Colborne Lodge – Saturday (Apr. 4), 12-4 pm; Sunday (Apr. 5), 11-4 pm.  Visit inside Colborne Lodge and learn about 19th-century Easter traditions. Families will tour the museum and spot Easter treasures hidden in the restored rooms. Children dye their own eggs using natural dyes. Last tour at 3:15 p.m. Included with regular admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax)

Easter at the High Park Zoo, weekend Fri.-Sun., 11:30 am – 2 pm.  Come and visit the High Park Zoo llama pen on and feed the llamas for the first time this year for a $2 donation, and meet other animals. See the spring babies as you walk through the Zoo. The High Park Zoo is open from 7:00 am to dusk every day.

Drama Class for ages 6-12, Weds., 5:15-6:15 pm, Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave. (south of Bloor), Weekly on Wednesdays from Feb. to June.  Explore storytelling through music, text and movement. Free. Call 416-769-5611 for information and registration.

Kid Workshop: Build a Chalkboard Planter Stand, Sat., Apr. 11, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W.  Kids will learn how to build a chalkboard planter stand using a hammer and glue, with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.  A great free activity for children ages 4-12.  Pre-register at website.

Junction Family Resource Centre, at Annette St. Library.  A free drop-in program run by Macaulay Child Development Centre, 3 days a week:  Mon., 10 am – 1 pm; Tue. and Thu., 12:30-4 pm. Parents and caregivers bring their pre-school children for:

  • Fun and educational activities for the children
  • A chance to get to know other parents and caregivers
  • Information on parenting/child development
  • Healthy and nutritional snacks

For more info, call the library at 416-393-7692.

More programs for kids in April:  at Annette St. Library;  at Jane/Dundas Library;  at Runnymede Library 

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Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays (Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25), 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.

Family Nature Walks, alternate Saturdays, 1:30-3 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  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.

  • Sat., Apr. 14 – “Feel the Forest” – Wake up your senses by experiencing High Park with more than just eyes! Practice listening, smelling, and feeling the natural world through peaceful, interactive activities.
  • Sat., Apr. 25 – “Trekking and Tracking” – Brush up on your tracking skills by exploring signs of animals in High Park. Learn to identify shelters, middens, scat, and more!

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

  • Sun., Apr. 5 – “Lost Waterways.”  That gurgling sound beneath your feet? It’s a river! City Planner Leo deSorcy follows the flow.
  • Sun., Apr. 19, “Spring Photo Buff Walk.”  Professional photographer David Allen helps you frame the best seasonal images. Bring your camera.

Green 13 monthly planning meeting, fourth Monday (Apr. 27), 6:30 pm, Annette St.. Library.  Anyone concerned with our climate and environment is encouraged to attend, particularly those interested in volunteering or in presenting initiatives on which they are prepared to act.

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (Apr. 27), Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.,12:15 pm.  WTSS Silver Circle and SASA present a hot, nutritious lunch, $5. An opportunity for adults 55+ years to socialize.  Call 416-653-3535 x.240 to reserve.

Toronto Debating Society, alternate Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 pm.  A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking.  A non-profit public community organization, we meet at Swansea Town Hall, 2nd floor, from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.  See videos on the website.

Writers’ Group, third Tuesday (Apr. 21), 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 (Apr. 28), 6:30-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library.  Put your knitting needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year.  Patterns, wool and some needles are available, or if you have something in your personal stash to donate to the cause, it will be welcome.  For more info, email us at streetknit@gmail.com

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 experience required, poles supplied.  Contact Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453 for more information.

Polish Film Night, second Wednesday (Apr. 8), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  A free screening of a recent Polish film with English subtitles. Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto.

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday (Apr. 15), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Cresc. P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cresc.  Guest speaker:  MP Peggy Nash.  Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.

High Park Speakers (Toastmasters) meeting, (almost) every Thursday, 6:15-8 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs.  Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation.  See more information at website.

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (Apr. 16), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  Guest is Dan MacDonald.  Beginner workshop at 7 pm and one intermediate/advanced at 8, then a jam at 9 pm.  Tickets for purchase ($35) at 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com

Toronto Swing Dance Society, Friday (Apr. 10), 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages, all welcome, no experience or partner required. $10 members, $15 non-members.  Apr. 10:  Lesson in Country Two Step taught by Nelson Clarke.

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

Local library Book Clubs are as follows:

  • first Tuesday (Apr. 7), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
  • first Wednesday (Apr. 1), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
  • first Wednesday (Apr. 1), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
  • second Monday (Apr. 13), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club”
  • last Monday (Mar. 30, Apr. 27), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Polish Book Club”

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JRA e-newsletter – March 2015

We are gearing up for our sixth annual Function in the Junction, to be held on Sat., April 11, 2015. It will be a lively evening to share local food, drinks and music and raise money for a worthy neighbourhood cause — the Annette Street Public Library!  The library is a cornerstone of our community, offering a welcoming space for readers and an inclusive variety of programs as well as community gathering space. Basic expenses for the library are paid for by our property taxes, so funds from the Function will go towards important resources not covered by municipal funding.

Come spend the evening with your community on April 11!  Tickets will be available at Latitude 44 Gallery and Agora Cafe starting March 14 (cash or cheque only), and here (by e-transfer). See posters soon in Junction shop windows and on the Function page for more info as it becomes available.


The next JRA general meeting is on Thu., Mar. 12, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.  Meet your neighbours.  Refreshments served.   Note:  If you cannot attend this meeting in person, you can catch our video streaming of the meeting in real time.  To watch it live on your computer, go to http://www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv.  There may be a 15-second commercial (not ours) before you can watch.  We’ll post the agenda there, so you can follow along.  There is a facility for asking questions remotely.  After the meeting, the video is posted online.

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From Bloor West Village Residents Association:  “The BWVRA learned this week that the City of Toronto Budget Committee has moved to reduce funding to the City Planning department.  This recommendation will be decided upon by the Mayor and the Executive Committee on Monday March 2nd.  In our view, this decision was taken without understanding the serious impacts this would have not only on our neighbourhood but all City-wide area studies and Heritage District Conservation studies currently under consideration by the Planning department.

We are asking for your help.  The recommended motion will set us back in our continued efforts for responsible and well-planned growth in our area.  It is important for your voice to be heard by the Mayor and the Executive Committee.  We have drafted a letter which you can send by clicking at the website above.  Please go there by noon on Sunday March 1st to read more and to take action.  Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to send this letter  We all can make a difference in our community.”


From Green13:  From Feb. 3 to Mar. 3, the National Energy Board has invited citizens to apply for an opportunity to comment about Enbridge’s proposed Energy East Pipeline, which will carry dirty, carbon-intensive tar sands crude across Canada and into world markets. Energy East will move 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil a day. From a climate standpoint, the pipeline poses a threat greater than Keystone XL — in fact, worse than adding 7 million new cars on the road. But here’s the real shocker: the NEB won’t accept submissions that address the pipeline’s climate impact!

How to respond to this bias? The best way may be to challenge the legitimacy of the whole process. This is just the aim of People’s Climate Intervention, co-sponsored by a number of organizations including Greenpeace, TO 350, Council of Canadians, Green Neighbours 21, and Green 13. We need you to stand up and join us in fixing our broken regulatory process.  Please, by Mar. 3, go to http://www.toronto350.org and apply online to have your say.


TTCriders Public Forum:  With the victory of the Tory mayoralty campaign, and the rather ominous vote for Ford in inner suburban areas, we think it is an opportune time for stocktaking in the growing public transit movement in Toronto. TTCriders and The Free and Accessible Transit Campaign of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly are jointly sponsoring a public forum on transit issues, inviting partners in the public transit movement and people generally interested in fighting for better, more affordable and more accessible public transit.  Sun., Mar. 1, 1-3 pm, Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St. (just west of Boor and Bathurst).  RSVP to hermanrosenfeld@rogers.com.


From Sarah Doucette and Gord Perks:  “The first meeting of the Climate Change Mitigation Subcommittee will be taking place on Mon., Mar. 2, at 7:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers.  We will be looking to the public to hear your concerns, ideas, and goals regarding both climate change, and the work we can do at the City level.  For more information, please see the meeting’s poster, and join us on Mar. 2!”  More from Gord Perks’ office (he is the committee chair): “The meeting is open to anyone interested in attending, no rsvp is required.  The open call for people to attend and speak is here, but I believe this first meeting will be informal. It will mostly be setting the terms of reference; a few people have registered to depute.”


From Metrolinks:  “Help choose your community’s public art!”  Bloor-Perth Underpass Art Project Consultation, Wed., Mar. 4, 6-8 pm, at Crossways Employment and Social Services, 2340 Dundas St. W., 3rd floor, Suite 301.  Metrolinks and the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) program have teamed up to deliver locally-inspired public art that deters graffiti-vandalism while adding vibrancy and artistry to the community. This is one opportunity to review preliminary concepts and let the artists know what you want the art in your community to look like.  The concepts will also be posted online for review and feedback Mar. 5-11.  Elevators to the 3rd floor are located beside the Toronto Public Health office on the main floor. For more information, call Loretta at 416-241-2300 or e-mail gts@gotransit.com.


Community Tax Clinics – Peggy Nash will be sponsoring free tax prep clinics over the next six weeks for residents of Parkside-High Park who are:

  • Without dependants with a gross household income of less than $25,000
  • With dependants, including a spouse or equivalent, with a gross household income of less than $35,000

To book an appointment, see the website above, and do it soon!


The Mouse House,” a play by Robert Ainsworth, will be presented live at the Village Playhouse, 2190E Bloor St. W., from Feb. 27 to Mar. 21, directed by Julian Mulock.  Plot:  While working in seclusion in a northern Ontario family cottage, a mild-mannered middle-aged writer suddenly becomes responsible for the life of an aggressive juvenile delinquent. A hard-hitting yet touching thriller with lots of surprises. Warning: Contains coarse language.  Tickets are $18-22, call 416-767-7702 for reservations.

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Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
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Sun., Mar. 1 – Performance of “Making Meanings of Memories” 50+ workshop group, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 2-3:30 pm.  After working with Simon Malbogat of Mixed Company Theatre for six sessions, the group concludes with a mini-presentation.  For more information about the workshop, see page 4 of the Heritage York Newsletter.

Wed., Mar. 4 – Swansea Historical Society Meeting, 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Douglas Gibson, editor and publisher and author of “Stories about Story Tellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau” will talk about the writers he has known.  Visitors welcome, light refreshments.  More information.  Note: Doug Gibson will also speak at Runnymede Library on Mar. 12.

Thu., Mar. 5 – Humber River Watershed; A Meandering Journey from Past to Present, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm. The Humber River is Toronto’s largest river system and has an incredibly rich and unique history.  Discover why this Canadian Heritage river is being protected and what the City of Toronto is doing to ensure that the natural areas surrounding it remain healthy and diverse for generations to come.  Presenter: Jimmy Vincent, coordinator from Humber Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology. Supported by TD Friends of the Environment.

Thu., Mar. 5 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, Annette Library, downstairs.  7:30 pm business meeting; 8:15 pm speaker:  Dave Cook, author of Fading History Vol. 2, which has 11 chapters covering a wide range of stories of historical interest.

Fri., Mar. 6 – Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6 pm, music by Randi Helmers and Friends on their ukes from 8 pm to midnight.  If you play a ukulele please bring it, as Randi will have an open mike session.  Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Sat., Mar. 7 – “Family Screech & Hoot Owl Prowl” family event, High Park (meet at Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Dr.), 6-8 pm.  Learn all about the owls of High Park! An indoor interactive slideshow will focus on owl adaptations, what they eat, where they live and the different species that can be found in Toronto. The second half of the workshop will be a night hike through the trails of High Park to explore owl habitat, try our owl calls.  $8.50/person (children under 4 are free), register in advance at website above, or call 416-392-1748.

Sun., Mar. 8 – “Living the Way of the Bicycle,” talk by Alix Aylen, 2 pm (doors open at noon), Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., TTC bus 55 from Jane station stops at the door.  Free admission and refreshments.  Sponsored by Heritage York.  Bicycle enthusiast Alix Aylen will tell about building a bike and touring from Toronto through Mexico on it, cycling over 10,000 km; features a visual presentation and “The Bike.”

Sun., Mar. 8 – Concert by children’s band Oozakazoo, 3030 Dundas St. W., 4 pm (doors open 3:30).  Admission by donation — thanks to the generous sponsorship of The Sweet Potato (2995 Dundas St. W.), every dollar donated at the door will go directly to The Stop Community Food Centre.  Oozakazoo create original folk, rock and bluegrass tunes for all ages.  Their CDs have won awards and received critical acclaim.

Tue., Mar. 10 – Film “Planet Ocean” (2012) and discussion, hosted by Green 13 at Jane/Dundas Library,  6:15-8:15 pm.  Directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot.  Can we imagine a film that would change the way people look at the ocean? With astonishing photography, the film takes us on a magnificent journey into the heart of the least-known regions of our planet, and narrates the most marvelous and most terrifying human experiences of our time. This film is also a plea for humanity to respect the world in which we live.

Tue., Mar. 10 –  High Park Blood Donor Clinic, Humberside CI, 280 Quebec Ave., 4-8 pm.  Give blood before March Break and help the blood bank!  Free. Book an appointment and view eligibility online at www.blood.ca or by calling 1-888-2-DONATE.

Thu., Mar. 12 – Junction Residents Association Meeting, West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W., 7 – 9pm.  Meet your neighbours.  Refreshments served.

Thu., Mar. 12 – Stories about Storytellers: An Evening with Doug Gibson, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  Hear Douglas Gibson (Alice Munro’s editor) tell stories about the many famous authors he worked with in the course of his long career as an editor and publisher. Featuring authors like Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau and others, the show (which has run more than 80 times) is animated by music and lively caricatures.  Note: Doug Gibson will also speak at Swansea Town Hall on Mar. 4.

Thu., Mar. 12 – “The Summer/Autumn Garden,” Lambton House, 7:30 pm.  Professor Emeritus Bill Andrews will show and tell us how to achieve beauty, diversity and low maintenance in your garden.

Sat., Mar. 14 – Blood Donation Clinic, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Please donate blood; bring your donor or ID card.  Canadian Blood Services needs volunteers!

Tue., Mar. 17 – Diabetes Education, Jane/Dundas Library, 6-7 pm.  The West Toronto Diabetes Education Program services adults with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes within the West Toronto Region. Our diabetes health care team consists of registered nurses and dietitians dedicated to helping adults achieve optimal diabetes control through self-management and continuous support.

Wed., Mar. 18 – Pan Am Poetry Slam and Celebration Night, Jane/Dundas Library, 5-8 pm.  This Pan Am Poetry Slam and Celebration Night features 2015 Canadian Pan Am National Team Gymnast Rosie Cossar, Canadian National Poetry Champion Patrick de Belen and local youth poets.  This will be a night of arts, inspiration and ultimately a celebration of the Pan Am Games in Toronto.  Drop in program, no registration required.

Wed., Mar. 18 – Movie Night: “Calvary” (2014, 100 mins.),” 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.  Film written and directed by John Michael McDonagh.  Set in rural Ireland, this bleak but powerful seriocomedy centers on Father James, a good man intent on making the world a better place.  When his life is threatened one day during confession, he finds he has to battle the dark forces closing in around him.

Sat., Mar. 21 – Storyfire, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm. Toronto Public Library’s wonderful storytellers welcome you to Storyfire, a celebration of storytelling that kicks off the 2015 Toronto Storytelling Festival.  Featuring Ana Malespin, Astrida Narbutas.  Recommended for all ages.

Sun., Mar. 22 – HIJ House Reading Series #12, at BookThug HQ, 260 Ryding Ave., 2-5 pm, with Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer and Paul Vermeersch.  Two new HIJ chapbooks containing work by our featured authors will be available for purchase at the event. Homemade pie will be served.  Free, but a hat will be passed for the authors.

Tue., Mar. 24 – The eh List Author Series:  Russell Smith – Confidence, Runnymede Library, 7-8:15 pm.  Russell Smith is a successful author, bon vivant and journalist; he has it all. Like the people who populate this collection of tales who have everything — money, status, brains, futures, and secrets. But confidence? Maybe not so much. Come and meet Russell and his cast of colourful characters.

Wed., Mar. 25 – “Soil,” talk by The Toronto Master Gardeners, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7:30 pm.  Sponsored by Swansea Horticultural Society.  Join us in the Rousseau Room, Main Floor, and have your questions ready.

Thu., Mar. 26 – Crooked House Road for Women Benefit Concert Series, 3030 Dundas St. W., 9 pm.  CHR is hosting a benefit concert series in Feb/Mar/Apr in support of local charities focused on aiding women struggling against poverty and violence.  This month, to benefit Sistering, which has been providing a variety of essential services to homeless and marginalized women since 1990. Program: 9:30 pm, Simeon Ross; 10:30 pm, Crooked House Road; 11:30 pm, Heavyweights Brass Band.  Donate what you can.

Sat., Mar. 28 – Lambton House Earth Hour Walk, 8 pm (doors open at 7:30).  Bring your flashlight or lantern or even a candle, for a walk in the Valley, along the Humber if the ice permits, with guide Madeleine McDowell and her lantern.  Return to Historic Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., for hot spiced apple cider and maybe some stories.

Sat., Mar. 28 – Green 13’s Annual Earth Hour Walk.  After turning off your lights for Earth Hour, please consider what else you can do. It’s time to make a difference.  The plan:

  • Power down at home.  Bring with you your own lantern or candle.
  • Join your neighbours at 8:15 PM at the Alex Ling Fountain at the NW corner of Bloor and Jane.
  • Walk starts at 8:30 pm.  Plan to stay for refreshments following the walk (location to be confirmed).

Sun., Mar. 29 – Swansea Town Hall’s annual HUGE spring indoor garage sale from 10 am to 2 pm.  Three floors packed with lots of wonderful new and used items!  On our Ravine Level, the Swansea Seniors will have tables packed with great finds!  Bring all your large and small electronic goods to our patio as iRecycle will be picking up all donations of any your electronic and e-waste!  Table rentals are available for $30-45; see link above.

Sun., Mar. 29 –  Music, She Wrote, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave., 3 pm.  The Windermere String Quartet will perform pieces all by women composers, including a new commission.  Buy tickets online, $10 / $20 / $25.

Tue., Mar. 31 – “Vegetarianism 101: Easy steps to eating less meat!” 7-8:30 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Interested in making healthier, more sustainable and more compassionate food choices? The Toronto Vegetarian Association will give you some tips and tools for going vegetarian or reducing your consumption of animal products, and answer all those commonly asked questions like, where do I get my protein and what’s a quick meal I can pull together on a work night? Free vegan snacks!  Questions? Email highpark@veg.ca

Tue., Mar. 31 – Ask an Expert: Planning for Retirement, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.  Retirement is the largest bill you’ll ever face. As a member of the healthiest and longest-living population ever, government payments are not enough to fund retirement. Learn how to become proactive and start retirement planning early. Discover the benefits of using government tax deferral/savings opportunities, participating in company pension plans, and including non-registered investments as part of a retirement plan. A member of the CPAC (Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada) will be the presenter.

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Free Library programs for children during March Break, Mar. 14-20:

Sat., Mar. 14 – Creepy Crawlers Express, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm.  Learn about different creatures from all around the world that crawl and creep. Appreciate nature’s diversity. For ages 4 and up.

Mon., Mar. 16 – Makers Afternoon – Crafters Wanted, Jane/Dundas, 2-3 pm.  Bring your creativity to the library. Make something wonderful with a fun selection of crafting materials.

Mon., Mar. 16 – LEGO Fun, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Calling all LEGO fans! Join us for fun LEGO challenges and test your creativity. Limited tickets available 30 minutes before program.  Ages 6-12 years.

Tue., Mar. 17 – Puppet Show! Runnymede Library, 2-2:45 pm.  Enjoy two fairytale puppet shows! Rumpelstiltskin and Stolen Tarts will be performed by the Runnymede Branch Youth Advisory Group.

Tue., Mar. 17 – Afternoon at the movies, Jane/Dundas Library,  2-3:30pm, “The Boxtrolls.”  A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the book “Here be Monsters” by Alan Snow.  2014. 96 minutes. Rated G.

Tue., Mar. 17 – Comic Book Workshop, Runnymede Library, 3:30-5 pm.  Learn how to draw comic book style art with artist Matthew Dimuantes. All materials provided. For ages 12-19. Call 416-393-7697 to register.

Wed., Mar. 18 – Makers afternoon – Builders Wanted, Jane/Dundas, 2-3 pm.  Join us for a constructive afternoon of building with Lego.

Wed., Mar. 18 – Magic Show: Magician IncrediBrent, Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Join us for a fast paced, funny and interactive magic show for children of all ages!

Thu., Mar. 19 – Spectacle de magie avec Jean Deshaies, Jane/Dundas, 10:30-11:30 am.  Spectacle de magie avec Jean Deshaies. Billets gratuit disponible 30 minutes avant le programme.

Thu., Mar. 19 – Magic Show: Mysterion!, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm.  A magic show featuring mentalism, the supernatural, spoon bending, mind reading, and ESP.

Thu., Mar. 19 – Build a City!  Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Together we will build our own model city using recycled materials! For children ages 5-12.

Fri., Mar. 20 – Games! Games! Games!  Jane/Dundas, 2-3 pm.  A fun afternoon of library games.

Fri., Mar. 20 – Family Film, Runnymede Library, 2-4 pm.  Enjoy a free screening of “The Boxtrolls.”  A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the book “Here be Monsters” by Alan Snow.  2014. 96 minutes. Rated G.

Note:  If you want to go further afield, the Library has many possibilities.

Other programs during March Break:

Colborne Lodge Family Drop-In, March 14-20, 12:30-4 pm, ages 3 & up.  Drop in for a tour of the historic house and a children’s activity. Make it a day in High Park for you and your family!  The Lodge is located close to both the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground and the High Park Zoo. Regular admission applies: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax).

Jack Grunsky in Concert, Sat., Mar. 14, 2 pm, Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave.  “Our annual super-fun March Break Children’s Concert, featuring four-time Juno award-winner Jack Grunsky.” Pay-what-you-can fundraiser for the children’s ministries.  For more information, call 416-769-5611.

Regular programs:

Easter Traditions at Colborne Lodge – Saturdays (Mar. 21, 28, Apr. 4), Sundays (Mar. 22, Apr. 5), 12-4 pm.  Visit inside Colborne Lodge and learn about 19th-century Easter traditions. Families will tour the museum and spot Easter treasures hidden in the restored rooms. Children dye their own eggs using natural dyes. Last tour at 3:15 p.m. Included with regular admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax)

Drama Class for ages 6-12, 5:15-6:15, Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave. (south of Bloor), Weekly on Wednesdays from Feb. 4 to June.  Explore storytelling through music, text and movement. Free. Call 416-769-5611 for information and registration.

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club, Sat., Mar. 7, 2-4 pm, Runnymede Library.  Over six Saturdays (began Jan. 31, ends Mar. 7), professional actors and educators from Shakespeare in Action theatre company lead kids 7-12 through drama games and Shakespeare’s plays, such as The Comedy of Errors, Henry IV, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night.  Register in advance at 416-393-7697.

Kid Workshop: Build Sports Book Ends, Sat., Mar. 14, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W.  Kids will learn how to build sports book ends using a hammer and glue, with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.  A great free activity for children ages 4-12.  Pre-register at website.

High Park Easter Egg Hunt - Colborne Lodge, Sun., Mar. 29, 11 am- 3 pm.  Bring your Easter basket and join in this annual community event.  Children enjoy egg hunts and colour eggs using natural dyes inside historic Colborne Lodge. $3 for egg hunts and $1 for egg dyeing. Registration not required.

Junction Family Resource Centre, at Annette St. Library.  A free drop-in program run by Macaulay Child Development Centre, 3 days a week:  Mon., 10 am – 1 pm; Tue. and Thu., 12:30-4 pm. Parents and caregivers bring their pre-school children for:

  • Fun and educational activities for the children
  • A chance to get to know other parents and caregivers
  • Information on parenting/child development
  • Healthy and nutritional snacks

For more info, call the library at 416-393-7692.

More programs for kids in March:  at Annette St. Library;  at Jane/Dundas Library;  at Runnymede Library 

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Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays (Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28), 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.

Family Nature Walks, alternate Saturdays, 1:30-3 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  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.

  • Sat., Mar. 14 – “Know Your Nature” (led by High Park Rangers youth) – See High Park through the eyes of young naturalists. Our High Park Rangers have been busy planning a nature hike to introduce you to some of the amazing nature they have discovered this winter.
  • Sat., Mar. 28 – “Orienteering” – 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. Bring your own compass or borrow one of ours.

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

  • Sun., Mar. 1, “Discover the Park Through Archival Photos”: Master Gardener Terry Fahey narrates the story of changes in the park over the past 100 years.
  • Sun., Mar. 15, “My Favourite Trails”:  City Councillor and High Park resident Sarah Doucette reveals her special park places.

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (Mar. 30), Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.,12:15 pm.  WTSS Silver Circle and SASA present a hot, nutritious lunch, $5. An opportunity for adults 55+ years to socialize.  Call 416-653-3535 x.240 to reserve.

Green 13 monthly planning meeting, fourth Monday (Mar. 23), 6:30 pm, Annette St.. Library.  Anyone concerned with our climate and environment is encouraged to attend, particularly those interested in volunteering or in presenting initiatives on which they are prepared to act.

Writers’ Group, third Tuesday (Mar. 17), 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 (Mar. 31), 6:30-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library.  Put your knitting needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year.  Patterns, wool and some needles are available, or if you have something in your personal stash to donate to the cause, it will be welcome.  For more info, email us at streetknit@gmail.com

Toronto Debating Society, alternate Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 pm.  A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking.  A non-profit public community organization, we meet at Swansea Town Hall, 2nd floor, from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.  See videos on the website.

Polish Film Night, second Wednesday (Mar. 11), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  A free screening of a recent Polish film with English subtitles. Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto.

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday (Mar. 25), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Cresc. P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cresc.  This meeting: Our MPP Cheri DiNovo.  Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.

High Park Speakers (Toastmasters) meeting, (almost) every Thursday, 6:15-8 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs.  Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation.  See more information at website.

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (Mar. 19), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  Guest is Dan MacDonald.  Beginner workshop at 7 pm and one intermediate/advanced at 8, then a jam at 9 pm.  Tickets for purchase ($35) at 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com

Toronto Swing Dance Society, Friday (Mar. 13), 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages, all welcome, no experience or partner required. $10 members, $15 non-members.  Mar. 13:  Lesson in West Coast Swing taught by Sean Browne.

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

Local library Book Clubs are as follows:

  • first Tuesday (Mar. 3), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
  • first Wednesday (Mar. 4), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
  • first Wednesday (Mar. 4), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
  • second Monday (Mar. 9), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club”
  • last Monday (Mar. 30), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Polish Book Club”

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New date for Function in the Junction 2015

Previously announced for March 21, 2015, it will instead take place on April 11, 2015!

Please note this on your calendar.

JRA e-newsletter – February 2015

Function in the Junction 2015:  Save the date — March 21, 2015  April 11, 2015  !   Mark it on your calendars — the JRA’s annual fundraiser for a local charity. Come meet your neighbours and make new friends at this lively community gathering. Enjoy an evening of local food, drinks and music. Proceeds support a local nonprofit soon to be chosen.  Location: Masonic Temple on Annette Street, beside the Library. Look for ticket and other info soon on posters in local businesses and on the JRA website junctionra.ca

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Development Proposal for 2265-79 Bloor St. W.“We had a huge turnout for January 6th, with more than 100 people in the room. A big thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to attend. There is a brief update posted online [see link above] to conclude the process. In short, we are now awaiting a report by City Legal to be presented to City Council, hopefully in February.  Confidentiality protocols prevent us from saying any more about the mediation until the report is made public, but the OMB Mediation team (comprised of at least 1 member from each local Residents’ Association, our 2 lawyers and planner) feel positively about the process.  As soon as we can share more, we will let you know.”

Apply to learn nature activism:  The Homegrown National Park Project, sponsored by the David Suzuki Foundation, has been operating for two years in Toronto now, mainly in the corridor between Bathurst and Ossington.  Its driving force is the group of activist citizens called Homegrown Park Rangers, which adds members each year, and this year will accept a few new Rangers from other Toronto neighbourhoods.  The Rangers not only design and execute community activities that connect people and the natural world, but they also learn how to bring people together for the common good.  This editor hopes that a few individuals from the West End will apply to join this group, so we too can benefit from this energy.  The deadline for Ranger applications is Feb. 9!  Another group will be formed this year for the first time, with a less central role and a lesser time commitment; this is the Homegrown Volunteer Corps.  Applications to both and more information are here.  And check out this great video about the project.

50+ workshop:  Making Meanings of Memories – A series of workshops for 50+ adults at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Tweak your creative spirit and join us for six free afternoon workshops with Simon Malbogat of Mixed Company Theatre.  The creative workshops begin in February (Feb. 10 & 12; 17 & 19; 24 & 26, 2-4 pm) and conclude with a mini-presentation on Sun., Mar. 1.   Please bring any portable musical instruments you play.  Early registration will be appreciated.  To register, or for more information, call Joy at 416-766-8679.   Also see page 4 of the Heritage York Newsletter.

High Park Summer Nature Camp Registration – On Wed., Feb. 11 at 10 am, registration will open online.  We have an updated system that will make registration quicker and easier!  However, this new system means that even parents who have registered with us before will need to create a new account.  You can use the Create an Account feature before Feb. 11, so you’ll have less to worry about when registering. You can also add a picture of your child to the account so our staff can get a head start on getting to know them.  Give us a call or email if you’re having any challenges with setting up your account!   Please note: As of July 1, 2015, the High Park Nature Centre programs will take place in High Park’s historic Forest School building!  This building is located at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive (southeast of Bloor St. W. and High Park Ave. – see map at website). Summer Camps in 2015 will have increased programing capacity, but (don’t worry!) the small-sized groups and format of our programs will not change!

The Mouse House,” a play by Robert Ainsworth, will be presented live at the Village Playhouse, 2190E Bloor St. W., from Feb. 27 to Mar. 21, directed by Julian Mulock.  Plot:  While working in seclusion in a northern Ontario family cottage, a mild-mannered middle-aged writer suddenly becomes responsible for the life of an aggressive juvenile delinquent. A hard-hitting yet touching thriller with lots of surprises. Warning: Contains coarse language.  Tickets are $18-22, call 416-767-7702 for reservations.

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Wed., Feb. 4 – Swansea Historical Society Meeting, 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Will O’Hara, author of Enemy Arrows: Toronto in the Year 1420, will speak on “Life in West Toronto before European contact.”  Visitors welcome, light refreshments.  More information.

Thu., Feb. 5 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, Annette Library, downstairs.  7:30 pm business meeting; 8:15 pm speaker:  Neil Brochu, of Collections & Conservation, City of Toronto Museums, will provide an overview of the collections and insight into the conservation challenges presented by such a large and diverse museum collection (roughly 150,000 artifacts and over 1 million archaeological specimens, all related to Toronto’s history).

Fri., Feb. 6 – No Pub Night at Lambton House, due to their annual dinner/dance.

Sun., Feb. 8 – Winter Tree ID: Buds, Barks & Twigs, 1-5 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  Build skills, and learn how to identify the trees of Ontario while they sleep. Hike on some lesser known nature trails of High Park to practice your new skills by identifying a variety of trees.  Cost: $50.  Register at website above, or call 416-392-1748 x2.

Tue., Feb. 10 – “Easy Like Water,” Green 13 monthly film, 6:15-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library.  Filmmaker Glenn Baker produces an off-the-grid journey that presents a new perspective on the developing world. In rural Bangladesh, visionary architect Mohammed Rezwan is building floating schools – outfitted with solar-powered Internet – to bring education to kids, especially girls, who might otherwise never get a chance to go to school. Now, he is trying to expand the model to create floating clinics, cinemas, and climate shelters. In a nation where 20 million people may be washed away by mid-century, Rezwan is creating a blueprint for his people’s survival.

Wed., Feb. 11 – JD Code Club, 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  A bi-weekly Computer Code Club for teens and adults – come and develop your skills in HTML, CSS and other forms of computer code. We will learn about the basics of code as well as other projects, including building our own website!  We will have activities and guest speakers from notable programming firms. Be sure to join us for this all-ages club. If you have any questions, feel free to ask staff.  To enhance your learning and fun, we advise you to bring a laptop or tablet.  Second session is on Feb. 25, and may continue beyond that if there is sufficient interest.

Thu., Feb. 12 – “The Flag at Fifty,” 7:30 pm, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  A free Heritage Talk featuring Rick Archbold, author of A Flag for Canada: The Story of the Maple Leaf Flag, a “biography” of Canada’s defining symbol.  Doors open 6:30, refreshments.

Sat., Feb. 14 – Chili Fest, 5-10 pm, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, 151 Glenlake Ave. (at Keele).  A Dreamscape and Queensway Lions Club fundraiser to send underprivileged children to camp.  A wide selection of all-you-can-eat chili, $10. For tickets, lorrainejung@gmail.com, or buy at door.

Sun., Feb. 15 – Annual Pancake Lunch to celebrate the coming of Lent, 12 noon, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave.  All are welcome!  $6 for adults, $3 for kids or $15 for families.

Mon., Feb. 16 – The Great Back Yard Bird Count, 9-11 am, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  Family day is for the birds!  Make some bird feeders to bring home, go on a short birding hike in the forest, learn how to hand-feed chickadees and become a “citizen scientist” by counting the birds that we see at our feeders.  We will then submit the tallies from our “back yard” to give scientists a valuable snapshot of the abundance and diversity of birds all around the world.  You can watch as tallies are submitted online from around the world. Bring your cameras to take part in our photo contest. There will be warm drinks and cookies!  Great for all ages.  Optional: Bring your own camera and binoculars.  In partnership with Bird Studies Canada.  Supported by Wild Birds Unlimited.  Recommended donation $5 / person.  Register at website above.

Tue., Feb. 17 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Suppers – A number of neighbourhood churches make this an annual event on the night before Ash Wednesday (just before Lent begins):

  • Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Road (btw. Bloor and Annette), 5-7 pm.  Please join us and have breakfast for dinner!  We’ll have pancakes, sausages, fruit, and dessert. Bring your family, meet your neighbours and enjoy some pancakes together.  Info: 416-767-6729.  Adults, $8; children under 10, $6; family of 4, $25; family of 5, $30.
  • St Johns Anglican Church, 288 Humberside Ave. (near High Park Ave.), 5-7 pm, supper is free.  “Craft, Food and Fun!”
  • Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave, 5:30-7 pm.  Cost $7 adult, $4 for child, $20 for family. Gluten free supper available as well.
  • Morningside High Park Church, 4 Morningside Ave (south of Bloor, btw. Ellis and Kennedy), 5:30-7 pm. $8 per person, or $25 / family.  Contact kathleenk123@gmail.com.
  • Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Rd., 6-7:30 pm.  $5/person; $15 family w/ 2 children; $20 family w/ 3 or more children.  Indulge before Lent starts, with yummy pancakes and sausages, coffee, tea, juice and cookies.
  • Also the Pancake Lunch at St. Olave’s, see Sun., Feb. 15 above.

Tue., Feb. 17 – Vegetarians of High Park, dinner at Soup ‘n Such Cafe (2285 Dundas Street West, just south of  Bloor), 6-8 pm.  Join us for dinner at this very vegan-friendly cafe. They have fresh made soups, salads, chili, quinoa salad and even vegan yogurt available. Tuesdays their daily special is a delicious vegetable coconut curry!  Please RSVP by Thu., Feb. 12 to highpark@veg.ca.

Tue., Feb. 17 –  Black History Month Free Double Bill Film Night, 7 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.   Two documentary films, presented jointly with the Swansea Memorial Library.  “The Colour of Beauty” (17 minutes), directed by Elizabeth St. Philip, examines racism in the fashion industry. “Hue: A Matter of Color” (85 mins.) – The range of our skins’ colour spectrum has had and continues to have significant social and anthropological implications; written and directed by Vic Sarin.

Tue., Feb. 17 – “Ask an Expert: Estate Planning,” 7-7:30 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Curious about estate planning?  Wondering what the process entails?  Attend this workshop and take away key understandings, ideas and tools which are helpful while planning your asset distribution.  Hosted by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPAC).  No registration required.

Wed., Feb. 18 – Movie Night: “The Hundred-Foot Journey” (2014),” 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.  Plot:  The Kadam family leaves India for France, where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s (Helen Mirren) Michelin-starred eatery.

Wed., Feb. 18 – Healthy Habits Seminar, 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Program, conducted by Health Bound Health Network, will deal with:
•  Prevention of slips and falls
•  How posture can affect health (proper sitting/standing/lifting techniques)
•  Choosing proper footwear
•  Gait Scan Analysis
•  and other forms of healthy living

Sun., Feb. 22 – “Wildlife use of native / non-native trees in the city,” Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Dr., 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. High Park Stewards Winter Speaker series:  Eric Davies, University of Toronto, is speaker.

Sun., Feb. 22 – Wild Poetry: a writing and reading workshop in the city, 1-4 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  You don’t need to be a birder or a biologist to have a relationship with nature. And a nature poem needn’t be an ode to a swan. It might be a rant, a lament, an exploration, a surprise. Come hunt the wild woods in the heart of the city for that unmistakable poetic call.  Cost, $25.  Go to website to pre-register.

Sun., Feb. 22 – HIJ House Reading Series #11, at BookThug HQ, 260 Ryding Ave., 2-5 pm, with Helen Guri and Kate Cayley.  Two new HIJ chapbooks containing work by our featured authors will be available for purchase at the event. Homemade pie will be served.  Free, but a hat will be passed for the authors.

Sun., Feb. 22 – Junction Writes, 4-7 pm, 3030 Dundas St. W.  Local authors read excerpts from their books; this session features Aggrey Sambay, Ron Schafrick, Peter Norman, Nancy Jo Cullen, and Michael Winter.

Tue., Feb. 24 – “Kick-start your memoir using the six senses,” 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Join author and editor Sharon A. Crawford in her new program, and learn how to use emotion and the senses to bring your story to life!  Sharon is the author of mystery novel Beyond Blood, and she runs the East End Writers’ Group.  Please bring an old photo of yourself and/or your family, friends, or one of where you lived.  Registration required, call 416-393-7697.

Wed., Feb. 25 – JD Code Club, 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  A bi-weekly Computer Code Club for teens and adults – see Feb. 11 above for description.

Wed., Feb. 25 – Swansea Horticultural Society, 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Laura Reinsborough will talk about Not Far from the Tree, a non-profit group which mobilizes volunteers to pick fruit from Toronto trees and share the yield.

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Drama Class for ages 6-12, 5:15-6:15, Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave. (south of Bloor), Weekly on Wednesdays from Feb. 4 to June.  Explore storytelling through music, text and movement. Free. Call 416-769-5611 for information and registration.

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club, Saturdays (Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28), 2-4 pm, Runnymede Library.  Over six Saturdays (began Jan. 31, ends Mar. 7), professional actors and educators from Shakespeare in Action theatre company lead kids 7-12 through drama games and Shakespeare’s plays, such as The Comedy of Errors, Henry IV, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night.  Register in advance at 416-393-7697.

Time Traveller PA Day Camp, Fri, Feb. 13, 9 am-4 pm, Colborne Lodge.  Looking to engage your 7- to 10-year-old kids? Children will travel back in time and explore life almost two hundred years ago. Activities will include playing time detective to uncover mysteries around Colborne Lodge and engage with 19th century cooking techniques and crafts. Cost: $38; pre-registration required. Call 416-392-6916 for details and after care information.

Kid Workshop: Build a Heart Box, Sat., Feb. 14, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W.  A great free activity for children ages 4-12.  Kids will learn how to build a heart box using a hammer and glue.  Pre-register at website.

Junction Family Resource Centre, at Annette Street Library.  A free drop-in program run by Macaulay Child Development Centre, 3 days a week:  Mon., 10 am – 1 pm; Tue. and Thu., 12:30-4 pm. Parents and caregivers bring their pre-school children for:

  • Fun and educational activities for the children
  • A chance to get to know other parents and caregivers
  • Information on parenting/child development
  • Healthy and nutritional snacks
  • For more info, call the library at 416-393-7692.

More programs for kids in January:  at Annette St. Library;  at Jane/Dundas Library;  at Runnymede Library 

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Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays (Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28), 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.

Family Nature Walks, alternate Saturdays, 1:30-3 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  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.

  • Feb. 14 –  “Togetherness” – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a hike that explores symbiotic relationships, mutualism and of course mating and reproduction. Learn about the lovely relationship Blue Jays have struck up with oak trees, when in the year squirrels mate and the intense co-operation found within lichen.
  • Feb. 28 – “Frosty Fairies” – Winter woodland magic!  Learn about the fairies and gnomes of winter and how they thrive in the snow. Help us build the fairies some well-insulated fairy homes.

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

  • Feb. 1, “The Naked Trees of Winter”:  A Toronto Urban Forester shows how they survive and how to identify them.
  • Feb. 15, “Passion and Poetry”:  Writer Julia Bennett guides us through literary expressions of the park’s natural beauty.

Green 13 monthly planning meeting, fourth Monday (Feb. 23), 6:30 pm, Annette St.. Library.  Anyone concerned with our climate and environment is encouraged to attend, particularly those interested in volunteering or in presenting initiatives on which they are prepared to act.

Writers’ Group, third Tuesday (Feb. 17), 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 Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 pm.  A non-profit public community organization, we meet at Swansea Town Hall, 2nd floor, from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.  See videos on the website.

Polish Film Night, second Wednesday (Feb. 11), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  A free screening of a recent Polish film with English subtitles. Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto.

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday (Feb. 18), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Cresc. P.S., 2nd Floor Teachers’ Lounge, 285 Indian  Rd. Cresc.  Everyone welcome.

High Park Speakers (Toastmasters) meeting, (almost) every Thursday, 6:15-8 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs.  Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation.  See more information at website.

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (Feb. 19), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  Guest is local Toronto fiddler Meaghan LaGrandeur; she will focus the workshops on Cape Breton style and repertoire.  Beginner workshop at 7 pm and one intermediate/advanced at 8, then a jam at 9 pm.  Tickets for purchase at 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com

The StreetKnit Project, last Thursday (Feb. 26), 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 Swing Dance Society, first Friday (Feb. 6), 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages, $10 members, $15 non-members.  Check website for programs.

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

Local library Book Clubs are as follows:

  • first Tuesday (Feb. 3), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
  • first Wednesday (Feb. 4), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
  • first Wednesday (Feb. 4), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
  • second Monday (Feb. 9), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club”
  • Monday (Feb. 23), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Polish Book Club”

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 Next JRA Community Meeting  – Thu., March 12, 2015, 7-9 pm

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JRA e-newsletter –  January 2015

The next JRA general meeting is on Thu., Jan 8, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.  Meet your neighbours.  Refreshments served.  We will be discussing:

  • Approval of minutes from Nov. 13, 2014 meeting (members, please read them beforehand)
  • JRA goals and plans for 2015
  • 2014 update from our treasurer
  • Continuing focus on Junction development primer:  Mid-rise development

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

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Development Proposal for 2265-79 Bloor St. W.:  If you have been following the activism to get more resident input into development planning, you will be pleased to know that all parties to the OMB Hearing have agreed to Mediation regarding the 2265 Bloor St. W. development proposal. This opens the door to constructive dialogue focused on finding common ground and reaching a mutually acceptable agreement.  The OMB has appointed a Mediator, and the OMB Hearing scheduled for Jan. 6, 2015, has been converted to a Pre-hearing Conference. This will be followed immediately by the OMB Mediation session. If the parties are unable to reach an acceptable agreement through this OMB Mediation process, then a full OMB Hearing will be scheduled at a future date.

       From the neighbourhood committee:  “If you have signed up to be a Participant, it is important that you show up on Jan. 6 at 655 Bay St., 16th floor, at 10:00 am.  We are also asking people that have not requested Participant status to show up on the 6th, too.  Although you will likely be dismissed fairly early in the day, showing up is critical to demonstrating widespread community concern about this development.  And, please continue to spread the word about the importance of donating, and subscribing to receive emails to stay abreast of the situation.”

Public Appointments Available:  The City needs local residents to serve on high-profile, challenging, and exciting boards of directors for City agencies and corporations. Being on a City board is a unique opportunity to contribute to your community, collaborate with others, and gain valuable skills and experience by helping to support public services. The City is accepting applications from Toronto residents for a range of board positions. Apply now at toronto.ca/ServeYourCity to be considered. (from Councillor Doucette’s newsletter)

Draw the Lines: The Toronto Ward Boundary Review:  The Toronto Ward Boundary Review is looking at the size and shape of Toronto’s wards. This review is being undertaken to ensure that each person in Toronto is fairly represented at City Council.   The Review will look at the number of people living in each ward, as well as other factors such as geographic communities of interest and neighbourhoods, major physical and natural boundaries and population trends, to “draw the lines” among Toronto’s wards. To attend a community meeting, or to learn more, please visit www.drawthelines.ca.  (from Councillor Doucette’s newsletter)

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

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Fri.-Sun., Jan. 2-4 – Christmas at Colborne Lodge, 12-4 pm.  Warm up by the hearth at Colborne Lodge and take in the sights and smells of a Victorian Christmas.  Enjoy the natural greenery decorations, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats.  The Lodge is nestled at the south end of High Park.  Holiday admission prices apply:  Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths/Children $4.42 (plus tax).

Sun., Jan. 4 – World Hypnotism Day Open House, Hypno Healing Institute, 355 Keele St., 12-3 pm.  Debbie Papadakis, accomplished Master Hypnotist, Reiki Master, and author, welcomes everyone to this free event to discover the power and possibilities of hypnosis. Refreshments will be served.  The Open House will be immediately followed by a fee-based workshop, to help you discover and overcome blockages that hold you back from reaching your goals..

Wed., Jan. 7 – “J. K. Gasztold: Znad Berezyny do Toronto (From Berezyna River to Toronto),” 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  A chronicle of J. K. Gasztold’s life and his extraordinary journey from his childhood near Wilno, through Siberia, Palestine, Egypt, England and finally Canada.  Program will be conducted in Polish and English.

Thu., Jan. 8 – Community meeting of Junction Residents Association, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.  All welcome.  Meet your neighbours, enjoy refreshments.  See notice at top for agenda items, and notice to members to read minutes from Nov. 13, 2014 meeting before the approval vote.

Fri., Jan. 9 – Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6 pm, music by Tony Day from 8:30 pm to midnight; free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Fri., Jan. 9 – Lesson in Hustle, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  This time, lesson taught by Mary Adams.  Monthly dances sponsored by the Toronto Swing Dance Society; all ages, $10 members, $15 non-members.

Fri.-Sun., Jan. 9-11 – 4th annual Toronto Argentine Tango marathon, Lithuanian Hall, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Registration and fees required.

Sat., Jan. 10 – Blood Donation Clinic, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Please Donate Blood.

Sun., Jan. 11 – “Room Enough For Nature: Unusual nature discoveries in High Park,” Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Dr., 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.  High Park Stewards Winter Speaker series:  Despite its many built-up areas, High Park still has an impressive diversity of nature. For years, our speaker, Richard Aaron, has wandered the trails seeking to learn about the park’s flora and fauna. On occasion, he has chanced upon a totally unexpected animal or plant. Richard will share some of these unusual encounters with you. Following the talk, the floor will be open for audience members to share their own unusual High Park nature discoveries.

Mon., Jan. 12 – “And what will I do with the rest of my life?” Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm.  This workshop will support you in figuring out what you really want to do with the next part of your life. With the help of visualization, brain-storming, journaling, targeted exercises and the wisdom of elders, you will come to a clearer idea of your true desires.  Presenter Elaine Ruth Mitchell is a prize-winning writer, leader of workshops, teacher and coach.  Please register in advance by calling 416-393-7697.

Thu., Jan. 15 -  Tall Tales of the Junction,” West Toronto Historical Society annual fundraiser, 6 pm at the Junction Craft Brewery, 90 Cawthra Ave., #101.  You didn’t miss it!  Postponed from Dec. due to blizzard.  $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.  Tickets at the door and at Annette St. Library in advance; tickets from Dec. date will be honoured.

Thu., Jan. 15 – “Future Directions for Toronto’s Historical Museums,” 7:30 pm, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  The second Annual Howland Lecture presents Dr. Lawrence Ostola, Director, Museum and Heritage Services, City of Toronto.  Free, doors open at 6:30 pm, tea and coffee available.

Sat., Jan. 17 – Family nature walk, “Winter Trees,” 1:30-3 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  How do trees survive the deep freeze?  Learn how to identify trees without their leaves and meet some of the critters who call them home.  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., Jan. 18 – HIJ House Reading Series #10, at BookThug HQ, 260 Ryding Ave., 2-5 pm, with Andre Alexis, Roo Borson, Kim Maltman. Two new HIJ chapbooks containing work by our featured authors will be available for purchase at the event. Homemade pie will be served. A hat will be passed for the authors.

Week, Jan. 19-25 – Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is an annual city-wide platform for the exhibition and engagement of independent design in Toronto, showcasing unexpected prototypes, immersive installations, and unique programming.   There will be 21 exhibits here in the Junction during the festival. Visit www.thejunctionbia.ca soon for more details!

Tue., Jan. 20 – “Funding Cities With Local Energy: Geothermal Urban Royalties,” 7 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue.  Sponsored by Green 13.  A discussion about how the most efficient heating and cooling systems – district-wide ground-source geothermal – can play a central role in a new model to provide sustainable funding for transit without raising taxes.  See more at website.

Wed., Jan. 21 – Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) Opening Receptions.  Make your way to The Junction neighbourhood and discover all participating businesses hosting their very own opening receptions. Then join the city-wide festivities with the Grand Reception at SMASH!, 2880 Dundas St. W., 8 pm -12 am.

Wed., Jan. 21 – Movie Night: “Pride” (2014),” 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.    Plot:  UK gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.  Ed.: A really wonderful film!

Sun., Jan. 25 (and 2 more days) – “Winter Sketchbook: Lessons in drawing,” a 3-day workshop at High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  $150 fee, must pre-register; see website or call 416-392-1748 x2.

Sun., Jan. 25 – “How to make awesome things happen in your neighbourhood,” Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Dr., 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. High Park Stewards Winter Speaker series:  Despite its many built-up areas, High Park still has an impressive diversity of nature. Jode Roberts will provide insights into effective community organizing based on his decade of experience managing media, branding and outreach efforts, most recently with the David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown National Park Project.

Sun., Jan. 25 – Junction Writes, 4-7 pm, 3030 Dundas St. W.  Local authors read excerpts from their books; this session features Alicia Elliot, Ruth Walker, Ben Stephenson, and Stephen Smith.

Mon., Jan. 26 – “The Great War through the Eyes of a Child,” 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Florence Myrtle Smith was only two years old when the Great War broke out.  She and her mother followed her soldier father to England.  Florence experienced bombings, spent time in Canadian military encampments and was friends with many soldiers. They all adored her; she was pretty, bright, friendly and above all Canadian. She was a tangible piece of Home.  Local historian Madeleine McDowell, Florence’s daughter, will share some of Florence’s stories about the Great War.

Sat., Jan. 31 – Family nature walk, “Staying Alive,” 1:30-3 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  Winter survival isn’t easy for those hardy creatures who don’t migrate to warmer climes. How do they stay alive on the coldest of days? We will be investigating the adaptations of squirrels, chipmunks, chickadees, owls and insects for tips on surviving a Northern winter.  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.

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High Park Winter FUNshop for Kids, Fri, Jan. 2, 9 am to 12 noon, Colborne Lodge.  Looking to engage your 6- to 10-year-old kids? Sign them up at Colborne Lodge for a fun-filled morning preparing for the New Year!  Activities include playing Victorian games, crafts, outdoor interlude, and cooking over the hearth. Pre-registration  required, call 416-392-6916.  $25 plus tax per child per morning. Call 416-392-6916.

Winter Holiday Camp, Fri., Jan. 2, 9 am to 3 pm, High Park Nature Centre. For ages 6-10, $45 per day; call 416-392-1748 x2 or sign up online.

Kid Workshop: Build a Sled, Sat., Jan. 10, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W.  A great free activity for children ages 4-12.  Kids will learn how to build  a sled using a hammer and glue.  Pre-register at website.

Purple Pirate Puppet Show, Sat., Jan. 17, 2-2:45 pm, Runnymede Library.  Celebrate Family Literacy Day! Enjoy puppet show adventure on the high seas and chase the Great Purple Whale!  Applefun Puppetry presents an interactive puppet show for children ages 3-9.

Winter Fun Day, Sun., Jan. 18, 12 noon to 3 pm, Colborne Lodge.  Fun wintery activities for kids, including taffy pulling inside the Lodge, and roasting marshmallows, eating roasted potatoes and sipping warm cider in the great outdoors.  Dress warmly, as most of the activities are outside. Small fees apply for taffy-pulling, potatoes and cider. Grounds are free, regular admission applies for tours of Colborne Lodge.  Info: 416-392-6916 or clodge@toronto.ca.

2015 Summer Camp Fair, Sun., Jan. 25, 2-4 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Sponsored by the Ontario Camps Assoc.  Find a summer camp for your child!.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with directors from many of Ontario’s finest children’s camps.  Bring the family and find the right summer camp for you.  Free.

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club, Sat., Jan. 31, 2-4 pm, Runnymede Library.  Join us for storytelling adventures. Explore the world of magic, witches, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay in the some of the greatest stories ever told!  Register in advance at 416-393-7697.

More programs for kids in January:  at Annette St. Library;  at Jane/Dundas Library; at Runnymede Library

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Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays (Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31), 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.

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

  • Jan. 4, “Winter Survival” – Hiders and Hibernators”: Naturalist Pat Parent shows how plants, animals, birds and bugs make it through the winter.
  • Jan 18, “Winter Wonderland”:  Enjoy the winter beauty of the park with the Walking Tours staff.

Writers’ Group, third Tuesday (Jan. 20), 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.  A non-profit public community organization, we meet at Swansea Town Hall, 2nd floor, from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.  See videos on the website.

  • Jan. 13:  “Justice and peace cannot coexist” (Regular Debate)
  • Jan. 27:  “Government should monopolize the distribution and sales of recreational drugs” (Cross Exam)

Polish Film Night, second Wednesday (Jan. 14), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  A free screening of a recent Polish film with English subtitles. Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto.

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday (Jan. 21), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Cresc. P.S., 2nd Floor Teachers’ Lounge, 285 Indian  Rd. Cresc.  Everyone welcome.

Swansea Historical Society Meeting, Wednesday – no meeting in Jan.

High Park Speakers (Toastmasters) meeting, every Thursday, 6:15-8 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs.  Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation.  See more information at website.

The StreetKnit Project, last Thursday (Jan. 29), 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

Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (Jan. 15), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  Guest Mark Fletcher, Stratford (ON) specialist in Celtic music on many instruments, will offer a Beg/Int workshop at 7, then an Int/Adv workshop, and then a jam session.  Tickets for purchase at 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com

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

Local library Book Clubs are as follows:

  • first Tuesday (Jan. 6), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
  • first Wednesday (Jan. 7), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
  • first Wednesday (Jan. 7), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
  • second Monday (Jan. 12), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club”
  • Monday (Jan. 26), 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 – December 2014

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

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 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

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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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